Awakening Legacy was conceived and curated by Sarah Parkes.
Sarah is a mum of 3, author, speaker and legacy coach. She helps soul led entrepreneurial change makers have a profitable business without sacrificing your family life.
Who is Sarah?
Chapter 12: A Path to Possibility: Is Anything Really Possible?
Sarah Parkes – Legacy Coach from S P Coaching
Sarah uses a unique blend of coaching, personal development, intuitive alignment and parenting skills to help soul-led entrepreneurial change-makers and parents create family and financial freedom. So you can have a fulfilling, happy family AND a thriving business. Free to use your journey, your story as fuel to connect with your purpose, and expand into a wider impact.
Writing this book and holding space for the stories that wanted to be expressed has been such an honour and a challenge. I have felt so many emotions reading these brilliant stories, they are all so relatable. It has reconnected me with my purpose and awakened a vision of our children growing up in a world of possibility, where conscious legacy creation is the norm.
Chapter 1: You Don’t Leave Legacy Behind – You Create Legacy in Every Moment
Lee Chambers – Psychologist and Founder of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing
How rarely we get the chance in our everyday lives to truly reflect on the journey we have taken, from trauma to triumph to decisions and directions. It’s easy to mistake movement for progress, and it’s easy to think that legacy is something we craft and leave behind. For me, and hopeful for you, reading these chapters will bring you to tears, send tingles down your spine, catch you smiling to yourself and fill you with optimism and hope.
I firmly believe that legacy isn't something you leave behind. It's the impact of your actions on a daily basis. The root of the word authentic comes from the word author, so being involved in this book was a chance for me to pick up my pen and live with purpose.
Chapter 2: Generational Waterfall
Sian Rule – Mindfulness and Energy Yoga Teacher, Eden Method Therapist from Sian Rule Yoga
I love empowering tired, heart-led women to revive and revitalise their life so they find their passion for adventure.
Learning how to love myself has been a long road. And I don’t expect it to finish. I have a sense of remorse that I didn’t learn this lesson before my children were born. But I am grateful I learned about love before it was too late, and to a large extent I have them to thank for teaching me to love. This legacy came down through generations of people who survived rather than thrived, were stressed, and did not know love from their parents, all doing the best that they could with their level of consciousness.
Chapter 3: Power of Separation
Lindani Njie – Leadership Development Coach, Writer and Speaker
At the core of his work is highlighting the importance of purpose, leadership, growth mindset and personal development. Lindani has a coaching background in policing and an MSc in Leadership Development and Society.
Conditioning takes our freedom away. We get into autopilot and our actions become seamless and effortless. How many times have you picked up your phone today without a just cause? That’s how powerful our conditioning can be. We don’t see it happen because the act of programming is subtle. Now imagine years of being raised in poverty, where ambition can be problematic if it seems out of reach.
Becki Marie Douglas
Chapter 4: The Legacy of Grief
Becki Marie Douglas – Wellness Educator (and Mindfulness Mentor) from Big Love Movement
The process of writing my chapter and being part of the creation of this book was a process of awakening. A cracking open of myself. The theme of legacy has reinforced my decision to live my life with purpose, on purpose. I invite every reader to explore each chapter and allow their minds to be opened to new possibilities.
I’d rather look up than look forward. I’d rather stand still knowing I am still moving; that life still flows just like the clouds in the sky. From that place, I can meet myself right where I am and know that I am here.
Chapter 5: The Transformative Power of Connection
Emma Baylin, FRSA – Founder of Shared Harmonies CIC, Speaker, Author
Emma is an award winning facilitator, trainer, author, speaker, founder and proud single mum. She helps companies and communities increase connection, improve wellbeing and thrive.
Each experience you have, good and bad, can provide insight into your deeper self. The path to finding my true self has been a long one. There have been many times when it has not been easy, but with each step I take, with each new discovery of a part of myself I didn’t know existed, I feel more whole, more grounded and more powerful. Reader, let me ask you, how connected do you feel to yourself right now?
Chapter 6: Rediscovering Connection and Accepting the Invitation to SHINE Brightly
Beckie Shuttleworth – Children’s Well-Being Mentor and Childhood Specialist from Bhumi Yoga and Bhumi Kids
Beckie is a Children’s Well-Being Mentor and Childhood Specialist, her mission is to inspire children to SHINE Brightly and live into the most truthful and joyful expression of themselves through her unique combination of mindful movement, meditation and mindset activities.
Society teaches us to focus on approval from the outside. We are taught that we are somehow simultaneously too much but also not enough. Imagine if we all knew that we were perfect just as we are. Exactly as we are meant to be in that moment.
Chapter 7: Footprints in the Sand
Melanie Harris – Tantra Teacher, Natural Healer and Spiritual from Alchemy of Living
Mel trained as a Medical Microbiologist (BSC honours) and in International Overseas Trade (Diploma from the Institute of Export) before entering the commercial world as an international marketing and business development manager/director for 15 years and as a Tutor for the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
The desire to create a legacy is a valuable part of the journey of self-realisation, motivating and teaching us self-confidence, self-belief and our creative capacity to manifest what we desire. And in that we start to understand that it is the simplicity to life that is key.
Chapter 8: Break Free from Your Own Story
Yvette Puliga – Founder of a Health & Lifestyle Concierge Service from Yvette Puliga Lifestyle Management Services
For many years Yvette was frustrated and confused by her inability to just do ONE THING . Typical of the condition was to have many start, stop initiatives. Externally to many onlookers this appeared as ‘flakey’. She discovered late in life that she had ADHD… and used this to power herself up with the ammunition to capitalise on her creativity and passion for juggling multi projects.
Jump and trust that the net will follow”. The quote she first heard almost 30 years ago which fuelled the inspiration to become an Entrepreneur!
Chapter 9: A Spark for a Spark
Alexander Mackenzie from alexandermackenzie.net
From the 90 years old Aboriginal Guardian of the Land Naninjah “As long as we have our story to tell no force can take this land from us”. I was bowled over by the simple truth of this statement Naninja shared with me when I asked her “why do you tell this story?” I was also gobsmacked by my reading of her being interrupted repeatedly by others in the Aboriginal group with a dance, a song , wailing and stamping the earth etc.
Q. How did you cope with being interrupted all the time by others? A. What interruption do you mean? This is not my story. It is our story and as soom as anybody has anything to add to the story, be it a song or a dance or whatever it is their right to stoo the story and bring their story to it. The story needs this. We are all involved.
Katie J Redstar
Chapter 10: Transforming the Fight for My Rights
Katie J Redstar – Actor, Author, Sign Language Coach
Deaf and visually impaired Katie has always had to fight for equality and accessibility, but also raises awareness on how to break the communication barriers with sign language. Believe in inclusion and diversity.
Over the next few weeks, it is on the news more and more, the death rate is rising fast. More information being given, but not in the language I understand – BSL (British Sign Language). Asking family members for information, asking CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) friends who use sign language to explain things. It's through a third party I know, and some things may have been changed during the relay but it's better than being in the total dark and not understanding what is going on.
Chapter 11: Turning Weakness into a Superpower by Connecting the Dots
Amanda Daniels-Allen – Founder of Koogar, the Creatrix of the Marketing Oracle Card Deck and an Award-Winning Marketing Architect
I’m a graphic designer, web designer and Internet developer who fell in love with the customer first approach to marketing, and my vision is to create an abundance of aligned marketers. I believe in tradition. Old fashioned and old school marketing approach with a modern (digital) twist; building a customer journey to create great relationships that are quality over quantity, making you memorable!