Kate Godfrey, Founder of Write Stuff

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I always wonder why people prefer to be pitied than to be admired. Since losing my husband suddenly, I’ve always tried to count my blessings. A positive mindset goes a long way – and if someone has their life cut short, you owe it to them to make the best of yours…

Five years ago, my husband Michael dropped dead playing football. He was 46, fit and active. We thought the few heart instances he’d had were sorted, but a latent birth defect killed him.

Our four children were aged nine, 11, 13 and 19 at the time. We could have sunk, railed and relied on help and benefits. I could have played safe and got a ‘proper’ job, but I wanted my children to be proud of me. I chose to do what I always wanted to do: start writing for a living…

Michael had been a builder. I did his bookkeeping, admin and marketing, and worked part time in a coffee shop. I took a risk and quit; then I began writing for an SEO ‘copy mill’ which churned out drivel for peanuts. I always went the extra mile and often thought: ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this!’ but then, the tide turned. My contributions to a community website led to enquiries from small local businesses… “Can you write me a blog?” they asked.

Everything exploded from there. I’ve written about everything from dog walkers to erectile dysfunction. I’ve been published in a national weekly and am currently working on a fictional ghost story for the local pub’s special event.

It takes a lot coffee and the house is often a disgrace, but I have a very viable little copywriting business that’s paying my bills and looking after my children. I’m doing things my way, for us, without relying on anyone else.

Recently, my 14-year-old daughter gave a talk at school called: ‘Dead Dad Jokes: A Positive Attitude, Dark Sense of Humour and Raising Money for a Defibrillator’.  I am so very proud of her. I am of all my children. We’re powering on in a way that’s true to us – doing what we can to raise CPR awareness and choosing to be happy.

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