So I begin Journal Midwife with high hopes and big plans, and with thanks to everyone behind the scenes who has encouraged me and helped me to get this far in above-mentioned hopes and plans.
This website is still in development so please view it with soft eyes as I get things fully into place. Journal Midwife has been growing in my belly these past several months, around the margins of a full-time job at a local college and other significant commitments. It goes further back than that: from 2014-16 my pal Nina and I had a consultancy business called Personal Wealth, which was certainly a major stepping stone for my thinking about what could be done and how to do it. And even further: I have been writing and reading and thinking for decades about the issues and ideas that form the foundations of Journal Midwife.
When I was a child, one of my favourite books was Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet carried a composition notebook with her everywhere and wrote about the people she was observing.
That composition book lodged itself in my imagination for years, and when I was 15 years old – seething with teenaged thoughts and emotions about myself and the people around me – I turned to the same notebook with a mottled cardboard cover which featured in Harriet the Spy.
That was 1985, and I’ve been journaling ever since.
So I welcome you to the Journal Midwife website, and invite you to visit me here now and again as I set things up more fully. Broken links and empty pages will eventually be put right, and content will be published accordingly.