Every month I tell you how much I love this bit. Today is no exception. I can only describe this Solemother as a living Rainbow. If you are feeling blue then this Solemother exudes sunshine and creates a rainbow.

Her strength, courage, positivity and talents inspire us all. I personally feel blessed to have you in the Solemother Hood and for the amazing work that you do for our Solemini’s too. Thank you Tor xx

Tor’s Blog post…

6 months ago my life undoubtedly changed for the better. It was a normal rainy Manchester morning when I received a message from a bubbly, energetic lady enquiring about booking one of my new ‘Wonderful Me’ doodle workshops. The energetic lady turned out to be Grace, the female founder of a ladies running club called Solemother.

I signed myself up to the group on Facebook and it didn’t take me long to realise that Solemother was not your average, run-of-the mill, running club. Everyone was welcome whatever your ability or circumstance and everyone was treated equally. But the main thing that struck me was the supportive, non-competitive vibe. Women were sharing their achievements to inspire and motivate each other and instead of competing, they were cheering each other on, offering nothing but love, respect and admiration for each other.

Just before I joined, my teenage son had started high school and as a single parent, I was desperately missing the network of the school mums from primary school. I was feeling disconnected from any sense of community and if truth be told, a little bit lonely. Joining Solemother has given me back that community spirit and I now feel part of a super supportive and empowering girl gang.

Of course, there was one small problem with my shiny new membership…my running abilities were pretty rusty! I used to be a keen runner, but I had lost my hair to Alopecia in my thirties and my enthusiasm for running had disappeared along with my hair. Running with a wig was hot and uncomfortable so I had given in to my condition and avoided any exercise that made me too sweaty.

Despite these reservations and inspired by the achievements of the other Solemothers, I started running again. It felt so good, that in a crazy moment of madness (or post run adrenaline!) I decided to book a place for the Manchester Half Marathon. The furthest I had ever run was 10k, so a half marathon was a huge jump for me (gulp!)

Once I started training for the half, I soon realised that if I was going to complete the race, the wig had to go! So during one of my morning runs around Urmston, I ditched the wig and ran bald for the last 5k. It felt AMAZING! It was much cooler, much more comfortable and because I was being brave enough to show the world the real me, I felt hugely empowered.

The Solemother community have been there for me every step of the way. I don’t think I’d have had the confidence to run without my wig without their support. So I’d like to take this opportunity to say a HUGE thank you to each and every one of you for supporting me on my running journey, for getting behind my fledgling doodle workshop business and for every word of love, encouragement and kindness. You ladies seriously ROCK!

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