Love Letter to Summer

IMG_0315A slice of summer: a window view from Corsica

The Latest from the Peachey Letter Series of ‘Love Letters to Life’

Written on the first day of Autumn: 22 September 2014 

Dear Summer,

Farewell my gorgeous and fair weathered friend… for now…

It is officially the first day of Autumn and today the sun is shining, yet too there is hint of sharp coldness in the air…

But before I Fall into Autumn, I want to thank you and celebrate YOU, my bountiful, shimmering friend.

This has been such a special summer year – so lovely, long and light, and so constantly giving, so much so, that I wanted to commemorate your season and your sense.

You have been so, so generous in your gifts this year – so giving of your light, of sweet abundance, of out door possibilities, of countless, coatless days…

And you gave and then you gave… Long light days, bright mornings, endless radiant afternoons, mellow yellow lingering evenings.

I’ve walked in the bright dawn light and danced out my mornings with the joy of life. I have too, walked off my woes, racing out to meet you in the day, stepping smartly past my thoughts and being coddled by your wonderful warmth instead. There have been languorous evenings wandering along river and canal banks, watching the light transform into the warmth of dusk. A new tincture of light and shade and silence, sloping down gently to the short darkness of warm, loving nights…

And then there have been those crystal clear nights with marvellous moons, hanging in clear view above our heads. Waxing and waning. Round and full, pulling the earth to bed, curved crescents and silver slivers, counter poised against the sparkling stars.

I have a habit of wandering around water. Sun and water are a marriage made in the heaven that you come from… As well as the rivers and canals, I have pranced and paced round and round ponds, lakes and reservoirs, seeing you shine your summer light in them and over them.

I have caressed the ocean, striding and splashing through it and then plunging and immersing myself in, feeling your fortuitous force, still on my face. Letting your sharp sun kiss me dry – misting away the water from my skin. So I protected that same skin from your burning fierceness – still respecting your perfect power.

Zooming through the sky, I arrived in Corsica, and you welcomed me from the window of the plane, where your sun glittered like a million diamonds, reflecting off the sea, simply, to me.

And in my long sojourn in Spain, you were a constant feeling, an expanded view, a slowing down of body, and a quickening of heart and heat and creativity. A gorgeously generous and constant gift…

Summer loving has made even more of a woman of me: dressing less, to soak you up, to feel you feed me and free me… Bare arms, free wiggling / painted toes, long blonde hair reflecting the shine back to you in your glorious gift of a beautiful blue sky.

And for my bronzing body to be nurtured and altered, I would happily reach out for salads and barbeques, Pâté and Tapas; then fruit, and favourite summer drinks swimming with fruit and with fizz…

Your time changes taste, and shapes perspective. I feel your solar energy, opening me out, guiding my creativity and pulling me sweetly out of the house and into your cuddling arms. And I feel your freedom and have slowed the steam train of a hectic journey through life, to take the slow, sweet time to love you and appreciate you.

So this is my song to summer, only just a day behind me on the calendar, shining within me joyously and ready to sweep away with the dropping, dripping foliage that hails a new season coming.

I am loathe to leave you, yet that is the way of life, in all its’ own temporal perfection. It is time to transpire into autumn and I have started to see her too – with yellowing leaves, and a bumper harvest of fruit transmuting into puddings and sauces and future sweetness in my loving life.

And the gorgeous, glorious thing is that you will be back, and I am enjoying that thought as I seek out warmer clothes and simmering soup recipes. I choose to move easily from Autumnal Equinox through to Winter Solstice… Those ancient pagan words smelling of time and tide and the circle of seasons, once gone and soon to be again.

So this is my gratitude to you, my Summer, my gorgeous and fair weathered friend.

Au Revoir…

S xxx

PS: As Autumn follows summer and Christmas quickly rushes round again, it could be that you are thinking of a gorgeous gift, for you or someone else in your life… So did you know that a collection of my ‘Peachey Letters’ have been gathered together in to a beautiful book?  I’m completely biased of course, but it makes a perfect present… You can buy it from book websites any where in the world, including from Amazon (in both Paperback and Kindle)

WOMEN: 2014 is the year to IGNITE your Life

It’s me again, here to give you a very special heads about the 4th Damsels in Success conference: IGNITE! 2014.*

As I think about IGNITE! this coming November, I’m also loving this gorgeous end of the summer season and the beginning of autumn, and working for myself means that I can take full advantage of it.  Today that meant making the most of the sunshine and going out for a long walk with a cherished old friend – well and truly blowing the cobwebs away.  What I wonder would YOU choose to do with a gorgeous day like today???

At Damsels in Success we are now getting well and truly geared up for our next national event, IGNITE! 2014.*  Now you KNOW I will say that last years event was energising, life changing and gave everyone the chance to connect with inspirational and like hearted women.  And we can expect more of the same, in bucket loads, THIS year too!  Yet rather than me waxing lyrical, let me share what some of previous attendees have had to say about it:

“GOSH And WOW! what a weekend at Ignite… I feel very proud to be part of a very special community of amazing women……I almost feel lost for words!!! Thank you Lucie, the Damsel Directors and the behind the scenes team for a truly immense event.  A special mention to all the Directors that shared their stories………..and to the Beautiful Becky Lee, Joyous Jennie Horchover and Super Sue Maggott you ROCKED IT!!!! I cannot go without mentioning Lucie’s stunning frocks!! Sandra Peachey you are a natural at speaking…….you MUST do more!! As for the New LAWs For Women….thank you Lucie for creating these…..if all us Damsels can implement these through 2013 WOW! where will we all be this time next year….?I look forward to seeing you all grow and seeing the results…”
~ Hayley Lloyd Wilkins

“What a fantastic 2 days at Ignite. There was so much power and energy in that room over the two days that I was so pleased to have been part of it this year. Thank you to you Lucie for sourcing such great speakers who really did create magic … and some fantastic tips for success were passed on. Thank you to all the other speakers who shared their stories and passions … you told your stories beautifully and you really did follow the ‘new law’ of being the real you. I have to just say though that those of you who I know (and know your stories) you were absolutely fantastic on that stage and whilst you may have been a little wobbly on the inside .. you certainly shone on the outside and were so inspirational. And the lovely Sandie … well you really did speak from your heart and moved me to tears. Fantastic!!  Thank you to all the lovely ladies I had the pleasure to connect with and spend time with over the weekend.”
~ Vicky Stanton

“Just wanted to say, “thank you, thank you, thank you” for an amazing weekend at Ignite. I had an fabulous time and was inspired by all the speakers, the excitement, the singing and dancing and just being with such a wonderful group of like-minded women. I didn’t truly realise the positive effect everything had had on me, until I sat down at my laptop this morning, to create my vision of my future. Everything seemed so much easier than last week and flowed! I have already used some of the teaching to create my Elegant Business Model!!!!!”
~ Caroline Ashby

The audience showing their appreciation at IGNITE! 2012

Well THAT was last year and this year holds more fabulouslessness in store too in the form of our stellar line up of speakers and what they will be sharing with you…

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Lucie Bradbury – CEO and Founder, and the Directors of Damsels in Success will also be speaking on How to Live the New Law for Women – a mission that will give you the life, the love and the bank balance you crave.  It is all happening in Birmingham and the dates are Saturday/Sunday 22 and 23 November.

Now the HEADS UP that I promised you is that the tickets are currently selling at a special EARLY BIRD price.  This price will keep on increasing the closer to the event we get, so grab your tickets NOW and in the words of Katy Perry “Ignite your life and let it shine” (lyrics borrowed from her hit ‘Firework’ – a definite Damsels’ anthem)!  To get the FULL low down and to buy your discounted tickets, please click through here...*

As for my next LOCAL Damsels in Success event, it’s being held in Ashby de la Zouch – Leicestershire on 15 October, with Love, Love, Love being the theme for this months Damsels in Success Burton event.

Join us at Damsels in Success Burton on Trent on the evening of the 15th – just click on this link to find out more and book your seat.  It is FREE for all first timers and I’ll throw in some cake along with the laughter, learning and inspiration!

Here’s to living and loving the life you choose – with ease, clarity and grace.

With warmest regards
Sandra Peachey
Coach, Author and Director at Damsels in Success
Check out my book – Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life as featured in Psychologies, The Lady & Best Magazine
Winner at the 2013 ‘Women Inspiring Women’ Awards
Nominee in two categories in the ‘Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers & Consultants’ Awards, 2012 & 2013 and finalist for Women’s Coach in 2014.

Tel. 07921 494363

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Love Letter to Spain: The Magic of San Miguel

2014-08-21 22.10.25Iglesia San Miguel by night

The author of this ‘Love Letter to Life’ has written a whole book of love letters, for you to peruse, to dip into or to read from cover to cover – whether to answer life’s puzzles, to celebrate or know you are not alone. You buy your own copy of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life on Amazon and book websites around the world, in both paperback and Kindle.

Spending my summer in Spain – in Jerez and Malaga, I spent a lot of time reading and meditating, and I was also particularly fond of looking at Angel cards for daily messages and divinations.  In the beautifully mysterious way of such things I kept being drawn to messages from Archangel Michael again and again… I had a daily habit too of walking out and about, and was wondering around the centre of Jerez de la Frontera when one day I came across the Iglesia San Miguel.

The word Iglesia –  ‘church’ doesn’t really do it justice… It has the vast, airy proportions of a cathedral and is heart engagingly beautiful inside and out. In the modern and sparse reception area I scratched around for the two euro entrance fee in my purse, paid my way, received an English pamphlet to guide me and then pushed through a tough and fearsome door, in to the cavernous interior.

I was suddenly in the open space of arches and pews… It was both splendid and simple… And I had this amazing place all to myself… I meandered about, looking at pictures and plaques, the airy stone arches curving high above me.  For a while I sat in a pew giving thanks for my Spanish experience.  I then took a look at the pamphlet… the church was dedicated to San Miguel – the Archangel Michael… Ah of course, no wonder I had been inexorably drawn to visit it…

Back on my feet, I peered into elaborate and ornate chapels.  In one corner of the church was the Chapel of Health, with a beautiful and beatific statue of the Virgin Mary.  Around the walls were padded seats.  I sat down and peered up into the face of the statue.  Suddenly I felt moved to pray…

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The Chapel of Health

For several years now I have manifested the symptoms of a condition called Rhinitis… It seems trivial if you look it up in a medical dictionary – it’s an inflammation of the nasal passages.  Yet in my case it has also been the harbinger of ceaseless headaches and chronic fatigue.  Apparently it’s a mysterious condition and the root cause isn’t really known, so I’ve had all the usual treatments for it, yet they haven’t worked.

It comes upon me in the autumn and used to last for around 3 months, but gradually this has crept up to 9 months; 9 long months of the year when I feel its’ presence in me, in some way, shape or form… My GP thinks that I’m ‘allergic to pollution’ and yet I live in a village…

Last year I started taking holistic treatments, including acupuncture, as a preventative measure.  The symptoms lessened, but September came around and still they came back…  As a result, so often I have been so completely knackered that I have completed the bare minimum of physical effort needed to get by in life… And I was very conscious of constantly saying to friends, ‘I’m not coming out tonight, I’m just way too tired’…

This year I decided on a mind-set change.  I’m determined not to manifest any symptoms this time around.  Having to all intents given up exercising for 2 years, I got back in slowly – walking every morning.  The walks became longer and I started, happily, to add more activities in – swimming, dancing, rebounding – what ever I could do with real enjoyment. I started to think more about nurturing food and got back into better habits, like drinking lots of water, taking supplements and getting more raw food in to my system.

One of the purposes of my Spanish trip was to give my body a change of climate and a long period of sustained relaxation to see if that would impact this condition.  During my time there I felt more energised and less tired than I can remember in a very long time…

So back in the Chapel of Health my prayer was that I no longer manifest these symptoms and as I said the words in my head, a realisation dawned on me that there were some deeper issues to be healed in my life too and that would all contribute to my well being.  I surrendered to the thought and said I was ready.  Then when I came out of my reverie, there were quiet tears rolling down my cheeks.

Reluctantly I left the chapel and found myself back out in the main body of the church.  “Thank you San Miguel for this beautiful and healing experience” I said in my head.  In reply, from out of now where, there was a chiming, tinkling sound… I tried to find the source of it… Was it a clock..? I checked the time, but it wasn’t a ‘chiming’ time of the hour… So I gave up on looking for the source of the sound and decided that Michael had replied… “You are most welcome, and I will help you”… ‘How will this happen?’ I wondered, and then wandered into the next chapel… Which was the Chapel of Support!  I laughed in delight.  Could this place have been more perfect for me, right here and right now???  Another prayer was sent heavenwards with a smile…

I lingered around the church for as long as I could, taking in the paintings and statues, absorbing the airy atmosphere and letting a glorious sense of release wash over me.  And I left just minutes before it was due to close. Now, back at home, I have been even more quietly focused on my well being and a commitment to be headache free and more energised.

September has come around again… So now I am reaffirming my commitment – to heal what ever lies beneath and to be symptom free, as summer segways to autumn and then transpires into winter.  I am eating more healthily, taking more exercise, meditating and praying… And I am truly enjoying the experience and the way it allows me to feel.  Inside and out.

Once more… thank you San Miguel…



Sandra Peachey
Coach, Author and Director at Damsels in Success

As well as being the author of this ‘Love Letter to Life’ , I have also written a whole, gorgeous book of love letters, for you to peruse, to dip into or to read from cover to cover – whether to answer life’s puzzles, to celebrate, know you are not alone or to find the love in everything, seemingly bad or good, in life… You buy your own copy of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life on Amazon and book websites around the world, in both paperback and Kindle.

* Author of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life as featured in local press, Psychologies, The Lady & The BBC…
* Co-author of ‘The F-Factor’ – the blueprint for entrepreneurial women to have Success without the Stress
* Winner at the 2013 ‘Women Inspiring Women’ Awards
* Nominee in two categories in the ‘Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers & Consultants’ Awards, 2012 & 2013. Shortlisted for the Women’s Coach category, 2014.

Letter to Leo – a Loved Lost Pet

From the author of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life:

A lot of us humans have animal companions in some way, shape or form.  In the last week or so, several people I know who share their animal experiences on Facebook, have had feline friends who have been taken from life ‘early’.  In my maudlin moments too, I dread losing any of my Peachey Pride of cats.  So I wanted to write a ‘love letter’ for every one who has had an animal companion pass away; to offer some comfort and gratitude and most of all to celebrate these amazing gifts of God, that are so graciously and lovingly loaned to us human creatures.  This letter was prompted by the passing of Leo, the companion of Caroline Ashby and her family.  She shared his life stories and pictures on Facebook, so, somehow, he became my cat too.  I was so sad and shocked then to find out that he was run over and killed this week at just 18 months old, about the time when he had become an adult.  But not just for Leo, this is a letter to ALL such animal gifts from God, for anyone who has loved, then lost their creature companion, and ultimately gained by having them in their lives.

Sandra Peachey – Cat Guardian & Companion.

Dear Leo


You were a kitten gift to us, a beautiful black and white ball of wonder.

A true gift in every way, showing us how to live life in glorious cat technicolour, even though you were made in monochrome…

You were bought into the home for Robert, who was the cat man, yet now he, Caroline and Emily are all cat people for ever… and that, Leo was your gift.

Leo – you were loving, clever and so self possessed and these things were your gift too.

You were a proud hunter, out there in the jungle of your outside world bringing back the family and yourself your clever catches. And that was a gift too, not always appreciated by the humans of the pride, but still, it was understood… 

You dealt with dogs, those alternative creatures who shared YOUR home, and you knew… You knew how to take charge, how to play and how to let them love you. This was your gift… of course.

And Caroline shared your life and your pictures with us all and that made you everyone’s cat. The everyone who loved your debonair poses, your sleek self assurance and the every day tales / tails of life in cat. What a gift!

You Leo, are a creature of God. All of you magnificent creatures, in what ever pet form you take (cat, dog, rabbit, goldfish, mouse, etc etc) are on loan to us lucky humans. That you were on loan for us for such a short time feels hard to bear. But what a gift you were and are Leo! We have learned so much from you, got so many purrs and rubs, got so much laughter and pleasure and so let’s choose your loving legacy. So for me the choice is that you are a gift with a big red ribbon on (and knowing you, the ribbon wouldn’t stay on for very long…). 

It feels like you were taken from life too soon. Too soon for us, any way. Is that fair for any one? That is what I have felt, but not what I know, when I think with love of where we are. For me, the knowing is that you had your time. That was the thing about you Leo, it was always YOUR time and so thank you, so much for giving it to us. And that is a very rare gift.

We must allow time to grieve and be sad, for that honours what we felt for you, my furry friend. Because you gave us so much, we feel so much now. But I want to celebrate you too. To celebrate the distinct spark of living light that you were. And since I believe we don’t disappear when our bodies stop, I can safely say this to you, where ever and in what ever presence of being you are now. 

And Leo, what ever any one thinks about what is next, nothing changes that we knew you, that you will stay in us and with us for ever and that you made such a marvellous and magical difference. So you, my little one, are a warm, true and loving gift.

So farewell to the one physical element of you, little lion; the gorgeous, perfect gift from God that you are and always will be.

With love and a delicious chin scratch…

   From Sandra xx

PS: The author of this ‘Love Letter to Life’ has published a whole book of these gorgeous ‘Love Letters’, for more comfort, inspiration and a poetical exploration of life.  You can peruse it, dip into it or read it from cover to cover – whether to entertain you, gently answer life’s puzzles, to celebrate or simply to know you that are not alone. You buy your own copy of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life on Amazon and book websites around the world, in both paperback and Kindle.