• Photo of 3 candles in jars on a tray, text above: Turning your journal into an altar- a how-to guide

    Turning Your Journal Into an Altar: a How-To Guide

    In difficult days, self-care can feel like a luxury that we cannot afford, delicious journals or artful altars can feel ever-so-far away. But it doesn’t have to be this way. And painful times are when we most need compassion. I believe self-care is a way of including ourselves in our compassion (credit: Karuna training) My favourite self-care activities are non-aspirational, they are in the moment, accessible for those of us on the front lines, those fighting to help or suffering at the sharp points of this world. A challenge for many of us is making self-care accessible. I don’t know about you, but I have spent far, far too long scrolling…

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    Sacred Stories: Light Returning & Restoration Reflections

    Sacred Stories Series: seasonal psycho-spiritual checkpoints to share our history & remind us to pause. This is the story of small beginnings, this is the story of what happens invisibly, under the earth, before we ever see the results.  What is happening beneath your awareness, deep under your conscious thoughts healing may be occurring. This is the time of year we are most likely to feel well springs of energy bubbling up. You may suddenly find yourself, one warming Tuesday afternoon, with a paintbrush in your hand and an image on the page before you. When you’d been planning to make a pot of soup and tackle your inbox. But something…

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    Trailblazing Resources: Winter Resilience for Emotional Struggles 

    The best of the wellness internet. Lovingly curated trailblazing healing resources for fun and wellness fabulousness to fuel your healing fire. Relax and dive in! My favourite trailblazing healing resources, inspirations, proclamation and motivation this month. I am so excited to share that my chapter is published! I have contributed to When Bodies Break: How Bodies Survive & Thrive with Illness & Disability. You can get a copy here. Yes and yes to Randi’s words on adult friendships. Thea’s Tarot is being re-released and I am really, really considering if I can swing a deck. I am reading up on peri-menopause, so I am prepped before I get there. I am so glad to see Rachael’s work on menopause…

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    The Undaunted Heart Podcast #27: Andréa Ranaea & Coaching as Activism

    The Undaunted Heart Podcast: gives a platform to wellness rebels and sacred revolutionaries on the margins to share their medicine and magic directly with you, wherever you are in the world, or on your life’s journey (previously named Trailblazer Interviews). Andrea is a coach, facilitator and writer. She’s the creatrix of Coaching as Activism and her work is rooted in love, justice, grief, rage and a vision for liberation. You can explore her work further on http://www.andrearanae.com In this podcast, we talk about:  The split between healing work and social analysis/awareness. Divergence in activism, focussing on the urgency of people’s lives, not being able to focus on inner work. Her Coaching as…

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    Dear Grace Q & A: How do I cope with new year pressure?

    Hello 2019! New year, new you, right? Living your best life! #YOLO #blessed Except, maybe not. And if not, what then? I hear you on this question, let’s look deeper… A few months ago, I went to the stationers in a small market town where I see clients to buy a new journal (I chose turquoise and rose marbled paper cover, lined paper, gold gilded pages, if you were wondering)  It was then I first felt The 2019 Pressure™.  I saw a rack of gorgeously glittery, pretty, pink-teal-rose-gold notebooks and my excitement grew. Here, I would find a journal for me. But no, as I came closer I saw that…

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    What To Do When You Are Sick At Home

    Wondering what to do when you are sick at home? I hear you! Illness can be devastating, scary and painful. But it can also be depressing, boring and serious. When you are very ill it’s easy to get into the habit of thinking medically and forgetting about the fun, human things that make life bright. – Can you ask a visitor bring some nail varnish into the hospital, and give you a pretty pedicure? – How about getting a new, exciting book and reading it aloud, or listening to the audio version? – Maybe watching your favourite childhood films again would be a fun distraction? – Or ordering a guide on coping…

  • Gratitude & Grace: Winter Retreat Edition

    Inspired by my dear friend Gala Darling, I’m taking my love lists out of my (metallic hot pink) journal and sharing them with you. Little Things I Love: The scent of pine and pomanders decorating the house * Embroidery – I went to an event on women, art and social change and left with plans, ideas and a radical embroidery practice * Listening to Classic FM and all the festive music * Learning Jingle Bells on my harp * The poems of Horace, in Latin and in translation on my bedside table* Raspberry vegan hot chocolate * My gorgeous new turquoise Filofax – a bigger size, I’m practising taking up –…

  • Sharing Our Voices: Entrepreneurship & Speaking Out

    Sometimes sharing is scary. For many of us, if we are living with challenges or pain, our very voices can feel forfeit. If we are also an entrepreneur, sharing online can be something we very much need to do. But how to reconcile these tensions? To manage the anxiety, I love to work with systems. I love systems, they can hold what needs to be held so I can focus on what’s really important to me; creation and connection. I actually have flow charts for my businesses, yes, really. In coloured sharpie, with boxes and colour coding. If http://Healing-Boxes.com gets press coverage, you bet I have a system to cover that.…

  • Inclusivity Matters: Welcoming the Lord Holmes Review

    I am delighted to welcome the Lord Holmes Review today. Why? I believe in inclusivity. I believe we are stronger together. I believe that diverse views and experience matter. Because it is helping to ask the question, what does talent look like, really? If I asked you to imagine a doctor…what comes to mind? For many people it’s the image of a non-disabled, white, cis man. But that’s not what all doctors look like. It used to be, perhaps, when prejudice excluded everyone else from training and applying. But more and more doctors can look like the people they treat – like everyone. There is still a great way to…

  • Trailblazer Interview – Michelle, Systems & Self-Care for Freelancer & Entrepreneurs

    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?…

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