About #ourconnectedjourney

 

Welcome to Of Saffron & Cyrus

A blog about #ourconnectedjourney

While this blog is somewhere I can share my personal story of strength, weakness, reality and utopia as a multicultural new mum over 40, it’s also a place where companies and brands can join my family on #ourconnectedjourney through story-telling.

Understanding culture, race and the difference in the way Westernised culture differs from other cultures is vital to any child growing up in today’s multicultural world.

My site is somewhere I can reach out to others on a multicultural journey of their own, who might see their own reflections in my writing.

It’s a great place for experts to share advice, mums to share birth stories, individuals to share multicultural parenting tips and companies and brands to tell their story. We’re all here to support one another, no matter who we are or where we are in the world.

In the beginning

I initially devised my blog because I found very little positive support in Cyberspace when I was pregnant at 40. I could have done with knowing there were others out there the same age, sharing similar experiences. That’s why #connectedjourneys are so important to me.

I’ve called the site Of Saffron & Cyrus. I admit the title was actually born out of distraction. I’m still not sure how I came across Robert Burns’ 1785 poem ‘To a Mouse’ online, but I was reading how it had inspired the title for John Steinbeck’s 1937 novella, Of Mice and Men and it got me thinking.  In Burns’ poem, the lines that resonated with Steinbeck were:

‘The best laid schemes of mice and men

Go often askew,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain,

For promised joy!’

I read the lines above over and over again. I then read them aloud. There was just something about them that I felt I could identify with myself. My own shattered dreams and failed plans after a miscarriage left me with nothing but grief and pain.

So while the title Of Saffron & Cyrus has been spun from Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, the point is:

Persian saffron is a huge part of my life and my son is called Cyrus. The underlying message however is a reminder of my miscarriage, the baby I lost, which cannot be forgotten.

My connected journey

My journey started out as no more than a host of therapeutic Post-It notes on which I dissected the key areas of my life and my hopes and fears. I then categorised them into Strength, Weakness, Reality and Utopia.

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After reflecting on the four key areas of my life, I was able to decide on distinct categories for my blog so I could group my experiences and share them with others on Pinterest.

 Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce something special. And sometimes, it comes from the most unlikeliest of sources.

 

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