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gratitude and grace list: winter wellness edition gracequantock.com text on photo of winter street, britain

Inspired by my dear friend Gala Darling, I’m taking my love lists out of my (gold, sparkly) journal and sharing them with you.

It’s been so frosty here. I’ve been enjoying our woodburning fire, curling up inside and hibernation time. I am truly grateful for every beautiful day.

Here are some more things I’m grateful for:

Little Things I Love:

Making pomanders with oranges and cloves * Decorating the chimneypiece with seasonal delights – I had pumpkins all Autumn but now it’s candles, a garland of holly, ivy and old man’s beard and bowls of glass baubles and homemade pomanders – it’s bringing me so much joy * Making festive gifts * Having bowls of mixed nuts and clementines out * Planning to make dried orange wreaths next year * Enjoying not worrying about gifts for a minimalist Christmas/Yule * Having piles of biographies from the library to dive into * Drying herbs for the winter, including bundles of sage and roses * Finishing my huuuugely deep essay for psychotherapeutic counselling training * Finding gorgeous clothes on eBay to stay warm in the winter * Lightening candles in the day time * Re-vamping my Healing Box Self-Care Kit * Planning to spend Christmas day painting * Celebrating Lady of Guadalupe day * Qoya on full and new moons * Celebrating advent with candles and calendars * The frost decorating the world * Drying organic orange slices in the dehydrator for delicious treats and edible yule tree decorations * Blending festive essential oil blends like nutmeg, frankincense, lemon and cinnamon – and opening the door and finding the house smelling utterly delicious * Christy’s amazing self-care workshops: get there for a peaceful festive time and intentional new year * New year, your way *

My Winter Wellness Gratitude & Grace List:

I am totally loving: sending out Healing Boxes…did you know I founded a non-profit called Healing Boxes CIC? check it out…Healing Boxes: order a Healing BoxA gift is an opportunity for joy, transformation and connection. Make it count. Click To Tweet

We create boxes full of great stuff for the people you care about. Gifts that say “I’m thinking of you”, “Hang in there”, or simply “You are loved”. For a loved one – or yourself! – Healing Boxes are the perfect pick-me-up: thoughtful, useful, easy to customise and ship.

How It Works

Browse the Healing Boxes shop and choose a box that reflects the message you want to send.We provide a variety of package options including:
• Bespoke boxes for those who’d like a little help in putting together their gift. This option pairs you with a staff member to personally assist you in your choices. (It may even get you access to specialty items not available in our regular collection!)

Simply choose your Healing Box option, purchase it through the shop and we’ll have it delivered to that special someone.

Charity & Donations: Where The Money Goes

A portion of every box sold goes toward:
• Covering stock costs and the upkeep of Healing Boxes.
• Expanding our reach and range of gifts
• The Healing Boxes donation fund which regularly contributes to local hospices and charities*

*The hospices and charities we support may change over time. For a list of organisations we’ve donated to, check out Who We’re Supporting, or sign up for our newsletter. Monetary or Healing Box donations can also be made directly here.

Order an Original Healing Box today


Mara Glatzel, looking out over a lake in profileMara Glatzel is an intuitive guide and energy healer.

She is also a creative leader, a wild celebrator of the sacred mundane, and expert at living in her own skin with as much grace and ease as she can muster.

She teaches women how to reclaim and celebrate their innate power and brilliance, guiding women home to themselves, because she believes that each and every one of us is the expert to our own experience of being a human on this plane.

Do you want to hear more from this intentional, compassionate soul? I do…

In this Trailblazer Interview we talk about: 

– What is rest, really?

– Reframing our needs of rest, for health, business, entrepreneurship.

– The illusion of rest. Are you having junk food rest? 

– How to know what rest you need and how to get it.

– Entrepreneurship and real rest.

– Animals hibernate – the ocean ebbs and flows, there’s nothing wrong with you, we are part of the natural system and we all need rest.

– Eye care and rest extension

– Mara’s favourite 5-second wellness practice that you can do every day to shift your body and life.

Newsletter http://www.maraglatzel.com/about/

Watch the Interview:


Transcript in process.


You can sign up to Mara’s amazing, free intuitive life and business newsletter here:  http://www.maraglatzel.com/about/

She’s also kindly offered a set of utterly gorgeous Daily Tending Divination Cards to a Trailblazing Wellness reader.


To enter, comment on this post with your favourite insight from the interview above. Deadline: Midnight GMT 31st December 2016. 

Daily Tending is the process of tuning into your inner wisdom each day. It is about carving out space for your needs by urging them forward to be witnessed and lovingly attended to. It is the practice of cultivating self-trust by creating a habit out of listening to and trusting your inner dialogue.

It is not a magic pill or a plan to revolutionize your entire life in 30 days.

It is the slow, delicious process of tuning in and experimenting with welcoming more of yourself into your own life.

The Daily Tending divination deck connects you with your inner wisdom in a tangible, daily practice that is easy to use and impossible to mess up. It provides you with a place to begin when you are unsure of how to foster deeper levels of communion with yourself.


Pull a card in the morning, before you head into the busyness of your day.

Pull a card in a moment of overwhelm or doubt, when you are unsure of what to do next.

Pull a card and listen to yourself respond.

Pull a card and notice the ten-second shift towards tender sustainability.


It provides a practice for you to count on as the one small thing that you can return to when you lose your way.

With gentle exploration and kind words, the Daily Tending divination deck gives you the language for the questions that you haven’t been able to ask aloud before.

This deck is your road map to devotion, ease, and everyday indulgence.

This deck was created to facilitate your daily conversations with your highest self.

Deck Details

Your deck includes 40 hexagon cards.

10 prompts | 10 intentions | 10 questions | 10 gentle invitations

40 opportunities to connect with yourself more deeply.

Your deck will arrive in a beautiful muslin pouch with a love note from Mara and a set of sacred instructions for use.


picture of U.S.A flags and text over: novembertrailblazing resources: post-election fallout support

Post U.S Election – so much has changed and is still changing. So many people I care deeply about are feeling scared, threatened, divided and alone. 

Dear one, wherever you are today, I witness and hear you. I know many people are feeling betrayed, terrified and scared for the future, especially people of colour, women, people with disabilities, people of other-than-christian faiths, people of all sexualities and all spaces on the gender spectrums and many others who may be feeling especially ‘other’ and unsafe right now.

I have read that some people are feeling heard and vindicated.
Others may be feeling a mix of so many things.

I have lived through Brexit, (and continue to live with the unfolding ramifications) but I cannot pretend to know how you feel.

Continue Reading November Trailblazing Resources: Post-Election Fallout Support

woman in a wheelchair text over: glitter and trailblazing attitude: grace quantock on living well with pain and illness

I’m so excited to have been interviewed on my friend Alana Sheeran‘s amazing podcast.

Come and check it out…listen here.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • What it means to be a “trailblazer”
  • Grace’s journey through autoimmune illness
  • Surviving and living well
  • Why Grace creates “healing boxes”
  • Why body glitter? (Why not?)
  • Rising from the ashes of grief
  • This is ME and it’s NOT my fault
  • Beware of judgments
  • Toolkit for the newly diagnosed (on Grace’s website)
  • Stages of healing
  • Awareness is a process
  • How to answer the question, “So, what’s WRONG with you?”
  • How to handle probing questions from others
  • Redefining exercise
  • Find what WORKS for you
  • Micro-volunteering: What is it?
  • How illness affects relationships
  • How Grace and her husband, Linus, make their relationship work
  • How to make your doctor’s appointment NOT be the focus of your day

Come and check it out…listen here & do subscribe on iTunes as Alana’s podcast is awesome and you don’t want to miss any of her amazing offerings.

What’s your top tip on living well with illness? Let me know in the comments!

My Daily Practice: Yoga

my daily practice: yoga a guest post kayla kuin gracequantock.com

Daily Practice series – demystifying daily practice with experts sharing their real-life experience in wellness and self-care modalities.

10 years ago I never though I’d be where I am today.

I was tired ALL THE TIME. Despite the fatigue, I couldn’t sleep through the night. During the day, my brain felt like mush.

I was in University, studying two subjects that I LOVE (classics and psychology), but I couldn’t pay attention in class. In fact, I could barely make the 5 minute walk from my flat to the classroom. I hit a low when the potent sleeping pills I was taking stopped working. Like the other drugs before them, I had grown immune. My one lifeline was gone and I was lost.

Continue Reading My Daily Practice: Yoga