Hi, I’m Leigh.
I’m an award-winning writer, campaigner, digital influencer, communications professional, coach, and a mummy.
This is me with my other half, Martin.
I’m an empty-armed Mummy writing about life after the death of my son Hugo. He was born in February 2014 when I was just 24 weeks’ pregnant because I had the rare, life-threatening pregnancy illnesses HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia.
My precious super champion boy fought so hard for 35 days, but his lungs were not developed enough. I am an incredibly proud mummy of a tiny boy with such a huge personality.
After Hugo’s death, it was difficult to find the support I needed – to read about women who had been through a similar experience. I write to celebrate Hugo’s life, and as a cathartic way of dealing with my grief. I am passionate about raising awareness of HELLP syndrome, premature birth, bereavement, and related issues. I call Hugo my ‘little star’, hence the star motif throughout my blog.
The focus of my blog is about moving forward after trauma and loss. There is nothing that can be done to undo what has happened, so I am exploring what is helping me in the hope that it helps others too. As well as posts about trauma and grief I write about what makes me, me – such as pretty things, dresses, and shoes.
Please consider helping fund my work with Hugo’s Legacy.
Some of my successful posts include (in terms of comments, as well as page hits):
Standing on the Periphery
The Facebook Motherhood Challenge
Creating Precious Memories: Baby Bereavement Photography
An Open Letter to a Recently-Bereaved Mother
Moving Forward, Not Moving On
Empathy Vs Sympathy: Why the Difference Matters
The Bloggers’ Hierarchy of Needs
The Letter From the War that Shattered the Peace
I am very proud to have won the Tommy’s Mum’s Voice Award in March 2016.
I was honoured to be a finalist in the Best Writer and Outstanding Contribution categories in the MAD Blog Awards 2015. I was shortlisted in the Author/Blogger category in the 2014 Butterfly Awards and in the Inspire category of the 2015 Brilliance in Blogging Awards.
In 2015, I was named by the HSJ as one of 50 Patient Leaders, in their first-ever list.
I am a blogger at the Huffington Post.
My posts have been in the spotlight on a range of websites – you can see the full range in my Featured In page.
Please also take time to visit the website I have set up in Hugo’s memory – Bright in Mind and Spirit. The aim of it is to improve information and communication in healthcare settings, as well as help others enhance their personal wellbeing.
I originally started this blog in 2013 as a showcase for my writing. You can find my pre-Hugo work in the archived features section.
How we tick, what makes us happy and the steps we can take to achieve our full potential fascinate me. I am a leadership and performance coach, and love learning about human behaviour.
In addition, I am a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Accredited PR Practitioner.
The site is called Headspace Perspective because it gives me a space to deposit and sort out all my head’s thoughts – and hopefully give me a new perspective on them. It’s a concept based on the fundamentals of coaching practice.
If you’d like to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tweet me at @leighakendall. Do also visit my Facebook page.
Thanks for visiting!