It’s hard to be Jolly when you miss your Family


You miss your family at Christmas

Everyone around you seems to be caught up in endless celebrations of good tidings of comfort and joy. However, you feel different.

You feel like an imposter, caught up in pretending to join in as you cleverly hide your deep physical and spiritual heartache from missing your family. Rushing through the madness, you are filled with compounding feelings of anxiety and dread. Your smile skilfully hides an inward groan.

You yearn for the innocent, simple and uncomplicated family Christmases of your childhood.


I too have worn the hollow festive mask

Like you, I have smiled as I put on a show of decking my halls with boughs of holly. Being isolated from my immediate family, I have skilfully distracted others from the fact that I felt trapped in a castle of sadness surrounded by an impassable moat filled with quicksand. Deep within the secret recesses of my soul, I increasingly felt my dread looming.

All around me people were laughing and smiling. My soul cringed at my inability to live up to other people’s Christmas ideals. I intentionally hid the heaviness within my soul which was overwhelming my inner resources.

With a smile on my face, I floundered, searching for an olive branch of hope and inner peace. A place where I could be seen and heard. A place where I could nurture my soul. A place that felt like family.


Your experience of Christmas is up to you.

Why should over a third of women experience this annual emotional torture? It is meant to be a season of comfort and joy! Christmas can be what you make it. You get to decide.


Dare to be Jolly!

Dare to only embrace that which speaks to your heart. Dare to honour the authenticity of your soul. Make a conscious decision to look to the future and not the past. Dare to reach out to those close to you. Dare to forgive those who do not see your pain.


Surround yourself with your own kind of family.

Lost and lonely while facing another Christmas, I heard the call of my sisters in the Virtual Women’s Village. I found a safe, supportive place filled with heart-centred women willing to embrace and accept me. I found a place where I could be seen. A place where I belong.

See my hand reaching to you to welcome you home. Dare to take up the space in the circle waiting for you.

Love and Light,


Estellé Woods
Virtual Women’s Village Member 
and Author of ‘Daring to Claim my Bespoke Pathway’



You deserve to be nurtured the way you nurture others

The members of our Virtual Women’s Village know what it’s like to be apart of a truly safe, loving and nurturing sisterhood.

Every day, women are re-claiming their lives piece by piece to remember who they really are, before they got  crazy busy and lost in the never ending ‘to-do’ lists and demands of ‘life’.

What are you yearning for? What’s that something ‘more’ that’s nagging deep inside you?

We all have access to this knowing, but often we need a little support to find it. Reach out, take our hand and let’s find out together.

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