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180401-Govt-Funded-Scheme

Mum gets it write first time, assisted by Fuji Xerox
Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

When Lisa Folland found herself getting stuck in a rut after having her children, she decided to do something about it and help others do the same.

"Prior to kids, I did a lot of personal development and I’d let it all go. I felt a bit depressed."

The Sandringham mum discovered that while there were some good self-help books available, much of the writing was either dry and written in "pseudo-intellectual language" or a bit too fluffy.

Wanting to help other mothers in similar situations, she decided to write her own book, The Attractive Mum.

"It’s a play on words. The book is about the law of attraction, the power of feelings and what we think about is what we attract into our lives."

She says mothers quite often stop doing the things they did before they had children and put themselves "way down the priority list".

"They’ve got to put themselves higher and look after themselves."

Mrs Folland, a former high school physical education teacher, wrote the book while her children Emily, 4, and Jack, 3, were having their daytime naps and after they had gone to bed.

Writing the book got her back into setting goals and putting the law of attraction into practice.

Mrs Folland happened to see a poster for the charity Look Good, Feel Better which helps women with cancer and decided she would use the book to help raise money for the service.

Her mother used a similar service in England.

"Her change in outlook and attitude made the whole household a lot more positive place. She probably lasted longer than she would have because of her better frame of mind."

Half the profits from the book, which is being launched on Sunday, will go to the charity.

Fuji Xerox has agreed to print the first run of the book for free and Mrs Folland will use the rest of the profits to print the next edition.

The Attractive Mum includes interviews and anecdotes from some celebrity mums, including designer Annah Stretton and Sally Ridge.

Look Good, Feel Better general manager Yvonne Brownlie says the service is totally self-funded and Mrs Folland’s contribution will be a big help.

"Cancer doesn’t go away. Our programme is growing and we need funds to move forward and look after the women who need our service."

Ms Brownlie read parts of the book while it was being written and says it’s fantastic.

"She’s done an amazing job and captured lots of information, concerns and expressions of mums."

 

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