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Hello, dear one
I’m Grace, I live in Wales and I’m a psychotherapeutic counsellor, writer, coach, wellness provocateur, and healing trailblazer.
I want to live in a world where we are loved, accepted and supported and when illness, disability, difference, trauma or grief throw life off track, we can blaze a trail to a truer self.
Living with pain, illness or life crisis? I made this site for you.
Illness has been called “another country”, and it’s not only illness we get lost in, but pain, accident, trauma, or grief.
They are our own personal wilderness, and you are finding a way through the wilderness you are the first to do it in your life, the only one who can, but you don’t have to do it alone.
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"The transformational experience that Grace offers as an alternative to thrashing about in the weeds of 'no cure' and 'multiple chronic illnesses' is like nothing I've experienced before.
Her insight, support, and invaluable perspective on life with illness - and the healing journey that accompanies it - reminds me not only of her extraordinary capability for transformation and courage, but of my own as well."
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CW: Fat phobia, body shaming I do it too, some days I look at my body and wish I looked different. I visualise how I would look if I were stronger or fitter. If my body were sleek rather than sore and swollen. They’re all so tempting, those narratives. If I push and push, I’ll somehow break through an invisible, unspecified internal barrier. Then emerge the other side; svelte, joyful, filled with ease. In the films, the training montage shows challenge but it’s always overcome. The protagonist is seen to have the resources and capacity to overcome such challenges. They don’t begin exhausted. I can’t imagine my body beginning anything…
CW: Ableism, Law of Attraction I know it’s Bridget Jones-esque, but I have bought more than my share of self-help books. Not about relationships, but about health and wellness. I began searching for wellness advice in books when I didn’t get answers from the doctors. There are few challenges I don’t believe I can research my way out of, at least in part. In the beginning, in between reading frightening prognosis on obscure internet forums and re-reading BMJ and JAMA journal articles, I also came across a new phenomenon: self-help books. I had seen Men Are From Mars and The Road Less Travelled on the bookshelves of friend’s parents, but…
It can be tough being disabled in an unfamiliar space. All the habitual tricks and patterns I rely on to circumnavigate difficulties fall flat. It’s a risk for me not to fall with them. I can’t grab a usefully positioned table, I need to learn where the uneven paving is, my adaptive equipment is all at home so I’m making things up and compensating as I go. Staying somewhere new is a particular kind of courage; when non-disabled people say a space is accessible, do they mean an actual disabled person can access it, or do they mean “Looks O.K to me”, which also translates as “Just a little step”…
A lot of people see data as being removed from the human experience, something in the cloud. However, our data sometimes reveals a lot more about us than we might initially realise, maybe even things we didn’t realise about ourselves. In this panel, we will be exploring the human relationship with data as a mirror, from how it helps us understand ourselves and others, to the consequences of data misrepresenting us, or exposing aspects of ourselves we may want to keep private. I’m a New Talent Data Fellow with the South West Creative Technology and along with my fellows Hannah & Joyann, we are talking about how each of our…
A podcast micro-series interviewing people who hold cultural, financial and political capital in the field of digital placemaking, facilitating conversations that explore readiness for inclusion and develop inclusivity appetite in the interview subjects and offer insight and instigation change making listeners. I spent a year researching how to influence appetite and aptitude for inclusion in digital placemaking and digital transformation. I’m sharing the findings from my research in this special podcast series and in an essay on Bristol + Bath Creative R +D online platform. Check out the podcast below and Bristol + Bath Creative R +D for my research findings and those of the fantastic fellows I’ve been honoured…