Below is the 'bio/about me' section that I had on my website before this current one. I kept the first paragraph in the updated one and simplified the rest so it isn't too long, but I didn't want to dismiss the thoughts I had about myself and my journey back then cos they still ring true. Anyway, here it is.
“Hello, my name is Lily. I've had a few different names and labels in my life to go with the many hats I have found myself having to wear, but Lily resonates with me now. It's here to stay. It feels right. It's short for Lilian, the name my mother gave me when I was born on 11th November, 1976. Morley is not my legal name, but a name I have a deep connection to, nonetheless.
Music plays a huge role in my life, it always has. After my children, music sits in joint second position, with my work on the list of things that keep me going. Living barefoot and being grounded 24/7/365, comes in third place. I can't imagine my life without music, and most definitely don’t want to start wearing shoes again.
My life has been, for want of a better word, extremely colourful. Some roads have been smooth sailing while others have proven extremely demanding, but I have always known that they were worth walking. I am who I am today because of all the decisions I made, all the decisions that were made for me and all the experiences and events along the way.
On May 16th, 2020, I took Reiki Level One training. My healing journey went from a slow, subconscious type of healing to a full on, proactive, conscious type. Kinda funny, because I legit wasn’t aware I needed healing. I thought things were peachy, lol. I reached out to everyone I thought could help me with the multitude of things I was facing. So many thanks to the handful of people who gave me their time and their open minds to help me decipher what was happening to me.
What can only be described as my ‘spiritual awakening’, has forced me to face what was staring at me in the mirror. I slowly became aware of my awareness and with that I started to write. Writing has been the most powerful healing tool to date for me. As I write about and share my story, I slowly lose ownership of it. In doing so, how my story affects me decreases with each piece of writing. It has not been an easy ride, ask my family and friends.
I sought out different ways to heal. Shedding years of shame, suppressed emotions, hidden trauma and regret can bring up all kinds of thoughts in a person’s head. But it's all been about reframing my perception of my story, accepting my path, letting things go, saying sorry, forgiving myself and others, and focusing on the future.
Lily - November 2021