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Trailblazer Interview - Michelle, Systems & Self-Care for Freelancer & Entrepreneurs text over photograph of Michelle on bench wearing a black tank top and smiling
Michelle has been writing basically ever since holding a pencil was physically possible, and now has a career as a freelance business writer. In whatever free time is left over from that, they work on their many side projects, including Unplaced, Serendipity City, the Worldslip series, and short stories/essays.

And launched an amazing Kickstarter The Freelancer Planner: Track your income, client projects, tasks, & everything else in one planner, while learning better business habits. Earn more, stress less. Back it now on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1LxcDfm

Productivity how-tos & classes for freelancers and biz owners: www.bombchelle.com

In this podcast, we talk about: 

  • Healthy entrepreneurship
  • What are systems? Why are they important in freelancing/entrepreneurship/business?
  • Freelancing and mental health
  • Navigating the dark side bootstrapping and escaping the ‘cured’ narrative.




Transcript: to follow, in process.

Show notes:
Podcast summaries:
Unplaced is a short-form audio drama about a woman who wakes up one day to find that no one can see or hear her, and everyone she knows is slowly forgetting about her.
Serendipity City is an actual-play RPG podcast, set in a sprawling, alt-1920s metropolis, with a magical underworld (literally and figuratively). Anarchists fight corrupt companies, shapeshifters fight for turf, dwarves work in the caves underneath the city, and through it all, our intrepid group of questionable heroes just wants to do the job they were hired for.
You can support Michelle’s awesome work and get access to her amazing offerings at her Patreon here:  https://www.patreon.com/chelleshockstudios   
How do you keep healthy in entrepreneurship or freelancing, if that’s what you do? Let us know in the comments.
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Story seeking sessions: therapeutic writing as a gift to your body-soul

N.B: Personal Mythmaking is currently in session and not open for enrollment. But if you are still interested in working with me for a Story Session just email grace AT gracequantock.com and we can speak further about your needs and how to get them met. 

If you’re anything like me you’ve always wanted to write your memoir. It feels like a calling, a joyful and terrifying challenge you can’t avoid, yet keep avoiding.

In fact, it often feels too daunting to approach your life story and start writing it down. There’s so much going on. And, you wonder if your story is interesting.

Or if you’ll be opening too many cans of worms to manage. Or if you might hurt someone or many someones in the process of examining your own life.

And you don’t want to cause more pain, to yourself or others.

Plus it’s overwhelming. And you wonder if you’re deluding yourself. If you’ll be a terrible writer.

So you just keep putting it off.

Because of this, you’re starting to feel frustrated. Pent-up. Because when you’re called to something, you can’t set it aside.

But, if you’re anything like me, the calling keeps tapping you on the shoulder, pestering you in subtle and not so subtle ways until you heed the call.

Until you turn and face your own stories. Your own lineages. Your own legacy. And start writing it down. Start exploring. Start healing.

So how do we look at our vast, storied and varied lives and get started with writing it down?

Continue Reading Soul Stories & Inky Fingers – connecting to our lineage, our history, our life stories

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The best of the wellness internet. Lovingly curated trailblazing healing resources for fun and wellness fabulousness to fuel your healing fire.

Dear heart, it’s the end of term and summer hols, finally. What a journey this school year has been! I have been quiet here; spending my energy in my client work, processing all my learning and caring. I’ve curated my favourite trailblazing healing resources, inspirations, proclamation and motivation this month – dive in…

Yes, I want to attend the Rebel Heroine Retreat! Do you want to take action, but in a way that actually makes something happen? By which I mean, in a way that is effective but sustainable? So often we see activism and self-care placed at opposite ends of the spectrum, but what if activism IS self-care? Want to know more? Read more here and don’t wait to head over to the Rebel Heroine Retreat.

I love working with dreams, in my journals, in my body, in the world. But Dyana Valentine goes even deeper, working with the unedited scene of sleep, dreams and symbols…she knows what we really, truly need to hear cannot be gleaned by the waking, editing mind. I have been blessed to experience a Woke Up Knowing with Dyana and it still resonates and guides me 7 years later. Check out Dyana’s Patreon and let your dreams live.

I am looking forward to reading The Collected Schizophrenias and think you may too, check it out and pre-order here.

Continue Reading August Trailblazing Resources: Fuel for Your Healing Fire

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Why I wrote Beyond the Boundaries

I have been bed bound and house bound, through illness and pain. I tried to fight against the limits, to circumnavigate them, to ignore them, to expand them. Then I arrived here, at living with well within my own four walls.

I realised that I could be empowered, fabulous and joyful – right now. Not when I’d finally cured myself against all the doctor’s prognoses or when I’d finally ‘got better’, because what is getting better? When does one reach it? How does one realise? Is it when you can do what you did before – before you became ill, before you had caring responsibilities or before the difficult thing(s) happened?

But we are different now, we’ve gone through something extraordinary, and in our survival, we’ve grown extraordinary ourselves.

You can’t find a way back to ‘before’, but you can find a way onwards to live well. So can I.

I still live with pain and symptoms and yes, I’m still living with and managing the effects of the conditions every day. But I am happier (and in many ways healthier) than when I got ill. So in that way, I have got better. There has been true healing.

Healing is different from curing. We may not be cured, we may never go back to the life we had before we were sick, we may never live a life 100% free of the conditions we are managing, but we can all be healed, even those dying can be healed.

“Sometimes healing is not about getting better as much as about letting go of everything that isn’t you. All of the expectations, all the beliefs and becoming who you are.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen

Healing can be of the moment, noticing some part of your body of your body which feels good or something in your life that you are pleased about. That despite all the pain, fear, exhaustion, problems, that there is still, some part of your life that brings you some ease for a second and a smile.

This is what we will be looking towards here. In this work some find physical healing, some people recover, some don’t, but that’s not the point here, it’s more of a side effect…

We are looking for healing and living well and we can all achieve that.

Continue Reading Beyond the Boundaries: Behind the Scenes

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Have you ever looked up from your device and wondered where the last hour (or two, or more) of your life went?

Wondered who spitefully replaced your spine with a series of inflexible sticks and how they managed it?

Felt sick from all the information and stimulation you’d taken in and despite all those ‘DIY’, ‘5 Easy Steps to Fabulous’ * articles, you still felt absolutely confused about where to begin or go from here?

Have you then, actually, just collapsed further, because it turns out, binge watching/scrolling may have it’s own health risks that just aren’t printed on the side of the packet.

I have been there my dears, This used to happen to me all.the.time.

(I mean, there’s a reason I quit my smartphone and smart devices)

It generally happened when I was extra sick, or in a flare.  I felt like being in my body, close to the symptoms, feeling it all, was just intolerable. My iPhone was easy, distracting. It took me out body for a time and that gave me a break from pain I didn’t know how to handle or bear.

This is not another quit your iPhone or Facebook article** in fact, today I’d like to talk to you not about how to prevent the internet hangover (I have a great interview with the founder of Digital Detox, Brooke about conscious internet use here  and self-care maven Mara Glatzel on finding true restoration and avoiding ‘junk food rest’ here.)

Instead, I want to talk about what to do once you realise that you got hooked in. Where do we go from the post-screen malaise?

Continue Reading What to do after spending 2+ hours scrolling on social media

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