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Guest Blog: Dr Rebecca Dinsdale

How a life in lockdown has inspired joy.

Writer and public speaker, Dr Rebecca is this months guest blogger as well as guest speaker at our May Online Networking: North Northumberland Networking Event.

Published: 12 March 2021

When lockdown hit back in March of last year, many of us spiralled into a bit of a panic: what to do? How to cope? Where to turn?

But in the chaos that was the first few weeks of unfamiliarity, Dr Rebecca Williams Dinsdale stood out to those who knew her as a beacon of positivity, hope and joy.

Being diagnosed with ME at the age of 17 and spending the following 20 years bed bound, Dr Rebecca did not allow this to get in the way of her dreams.

Studying at Sunderland University and going on to do a Masters and a Doctorate, Dr Rebecca was invited to speak at lectures to fellow students.

"My lecturers invited me to speak to my fellow students as a motivational speaker and I’ve since gone on to become a self-employed writer, speaker and celebrant, taking over 1,000 funeral services over the past decade".

Author, Dr Rebecca spent lockdown writing a book based of her lockdown daily diary 'Lifejoy'.

"It was written in the early, darkest days of lockdown. It gave me a focus and has since been enjoyed by hundreds of readers in the North East and beyond.

It’s written so that each of the 12 chapters focuses on the following values: love, courage, integrity, action, reliability, thoughtfulness, joy, grace, wisdom, humility, peace and hope. The idea is that the book is designed to help you find the wealth of your own normality, to inspire courage and increase your capability. If you’re a bit sad or stuck then I hope it will help you to help yourself.

Each chapter is broken down into a single day’s reading. Each day might just be a couple of sentences or a page or two. Lots of my readers have told me they read each day’s thought at the start of the day before even picking up their mobile phones. I think it helps instil a sense of calm and optimism."

Dr Rebecca will be guest speaker at our Online Networking: North Northumberland event on Friday 28th May 2021 10:00-11:30.

Credit: Helen Bowman, 

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