Monday, March 2, 2020

Guest Post from Kay Hutchison Author of My Life in 37 Therapies

Kay Hutchison - Author, My Life in 37 Therapies
Topic - The first line of my book and what you need to know
366 Words

I’m sitting in a field of wild lupins. I’m six years old.

Although the book is about my mid-life crisis and how I sought help through 37 therapies - some funny, some bizarre - the personal story of my childhood and upbringing is a constant, underlying theme.

The first line is about a seemingly insignificant episode when I was chased by my older brother and his friend within the grounds of the Masonic Lodge. They made ‘spears’ from wild lupins, stripping off the leaves and launching them at me, laughing as they ran. I hid, crouched down, deep within the field of lupins, silent, motionless, praying they’d move on. 

Growing up in the 60s, within a Scottish Presbyterian culture, I quickly took on board a number of ideas - that men were in charge, women had their place and that life wasn’t about having fun, it was about working hard.

I believe a person’s experience in their early years shapes their whole outlook on life. That’s not to blame, it’s just what I see. You pick up beliefs and values from those close to you and it guides what and who you become.  These ideas flow into adulthood and sometimes hold you back from being your true self.

At the age of 45, I was forced to reflect on what was important in the lifetime we are given. My dear mother died of cancer after 4 long years, then my husband was diagnosed with cancer too. My first response was to look after everyone, keep things going and keep everyone happy. I just exhausted myself until one day it all became too much. I suddenly walked out, away from my life and left everything behind.

For several years I was lost, but through the many therapies - including five different psychotherapists - I began to regain my strength and balance. Most important of all, I was able to set myself free from past limiting beliefs that I’d absorbed and began to create a new future and a more positive outlook.

My experience at the start of the book is just one of many childhood ‘episodes’ that I retell. They are an important part of the story.

Release Date: March 3, 2020

Success isn’t everything and no one knows it better than media professional Kay Hutchison, author of My Life in Thirty Seven Therapies: From Yoga to Hypnosis and Why Voodoo is Never the Answer. Recently released with much acclaim in the UK (Red Door Press, 2019), Hutchison is bringing her poignant, relatable and often funny story to the US in audio format in March 2020, spoken in her distinctive and appealing Scottish voice.

With a burgeoning media career, a beautiful home, and a loving husband, everything changed one day for Kay Hutchison when she woke up and said to her husband, “I’m leaving.” Why would someone who had it all walk away from the life most women would envy and turn to a host of weird and wonderful treatments in search of answers to a question she couldn’t even articulate? 

Part memoir, part guide, My Life in Thirty Seven Therapies chronicles Kay’s quest for self-discovery. How she chose to deal with some very dark moments include forays into homeopathy, astrology, silent retreats and reiki while also dabbling in past-life regression, sonic therapy, shamanic retreats and other alternative modalities. 

While some of the therapies she tried were more successful than others, Kay went further than most working through a total of 37 therapies. The good news is, she believes she came out on the other side healthy, whole and content as a result of some of these experiences. Packed full of funny stories, My Life in Thirty Seven Therapies will appeal to a myriad of women from younger working women looking for relief from stressful and arduous routines to baby boomers who practically invented our predilection for seeking alternative and exotic routes to life’s profound and mysterious answers. 

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 Kay Hutchison is a content creator with extensive experience in radio, television and publishing. After gaining her BMus and MA in music at Glasgow University, she joined Decca Records in London and then BBC Radio as a Producer. Kay moved across to television with Channel 4 and went on to lead the launch teams for Disney TV and Channel Five. In the build-up to the 2012 London Olympics, she successfully led the legacy partnership that delivered a long-term future for the multi-million-pound Olympics Broadcast Centre. Kay founded her own company, Belle Media and launched Belle Kids in 2015, producing multi-platform, conservation-focused content for children.  

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