Last Friday, 6 August 2021, over 350 (!) strata peeps jumped on zoom to hear from Briony Benjamin and Jamila Rizvi as Briony talked through the themes of her new book, Life Is Tough (But So Are You).

Briony and Jamila, both having survived cancer, spoke through their experiences of the good days (& the bad ones) when facing uncertainty and difficulty in life. Briony, a video production expert, shared some of her favourite, viral work, including the fabulous, and very emotive, You Only Get One Life, and the lighter but meaningful If a man lived like a woman for day. It was a roller coaster of emotion with tears of both laughter and empathy shed.

Briony talked about the importance of allowing yourself to lean on others, setting boundaries that fit your life at that moment, and finding space for fun. Friday night pyjama dance party anyone? Attendees have already been gifted Briony’s book, however, it makes quite the gift, and you can purchase it online. It’s an especially helpful read in lockdown

What touched me was the openness in the chatbox. People shared their own struggles with illness, the loss of loved ones, and lockdown, with so much touching advice given in kindness.

Oh, did I mention the wine and cheese? Peter Dillon from Handpicked Wines spoke us through the fabulous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, paired perfectly with the cheese in the gift boxes.

Such a phenomenal event, complete with gift boxes, was only possible with thanks to some amazing people and our sponsors:

Chambers Russell

RHM Consultants

Watermark Services Group

Credwell Consulting

Very special shout outs to:

Jamila Rizvi and Briony Benjamin; the openness, kindness and joy they shared was truly uplifting.

Hannah Berryman: event goddess who pulled all this together at lightning speed, including getting the gift boxes out to everyone.

Amanda Farmer: MC of the hour, and who also jumped in and helped to get this event on your screens.

Did you miss this event? Check out the replay on our blog, here

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