“Fundamentally, that’s all we need right? A reason for being “
Syreeta Challinger started her lifestyle brand and online studio, Moments of Sense and Style, following a total upheaval of her and her partner Rob’s life. Life changed in a heartbeat when Rob suffered a severe stroke and brain haemorrhage whilst on holiday in Sydney, Australia, miles from home, friends and family. Since then both Syreeta and Rob have had to find a new home, new ways of living and a new sense of purpose in their life together, and M.O.S.S. became the phoenix that emerged from the ashes. Together, with Syreeta’s incredible optimism and determination at the helm, they’ve build a business that is all about light in the darkness and appreciating the beautiful moments in life.
I haven’t edited Rob’s audio for pauses etc, because a) there’s nothing wrong with pauses, and b) they show the reality of conversation with a communication impairment, and I think that’s something we don’t hear enough.
Things we talk about in this episode:
- Life, love and communication after traumatic brain injury
- The role blogging and finding an internet community played in establishing M.O.S.S
- The practicalities of moving back to the UK after years living abroad, and starting a business in a new country
- How a sense of purpose and a creative business can be a lifeline in difficult times
- How life changes and job changes can impact our sense of identity, and what we can learn from that
- Why Syreeta chose to use British-made products and materials for MOSS
- Working together both as a married couple, and as carer and dependant
- Attitudes to recovery and disability, and how we can all do more to support and connect with one another
- Listening to our gut instincts and tuning back in
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Rob’s artwork for MOSS
- MOSS’ scented candle line
- Rob and Syreeta’s glorious wedding
- Headway, the UK brain injury charity
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