• What I wish I could tell my younger self about getting sick and surviving text over photograph of girl holding a camera on her lap. Seen from neck to knees

    What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self …About Getting Sick & Surviving

    “If I could give my younger self some nurturing advice, I would tell her (or him [or them])…” – Kris Carr Thinking back to my younger self, when she first got sick. If I could speak to her now and offer some nurturing advice, I would tell her… You Are Enough You are loved. You are amazing. You are going through something extraordinary and it’s impacting you, that’s tough but it doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong. Listen to your body as much as you can, she has wisdom to share with you. Get a journal, keep writing. Write through the story. Move your body in all the ways…

  • Trailblazer Interview: Tiffany Kairos on Epilepsy Mindfulness, Compassion & Action

    Today we are hearing from Tiffany Kairos Care-Rose,  the founder of The Epilepsy Network (TEN). TEN’s mission is to educate, advocate and provide hope to all who have been affected by epilepsy. Tiffany has lived with epilepsy for eight years to date. In this Trailblazer Interview we talk about:  – How to move forward and build a life with a condition that can make the future unpredictable. – How to keep positive after seizures happen (or any other unexpected health flare or challenge that might affect someone) and how you’ve managed to make peace with a repetitive condition. – How Tiffany used her challenge to blaze her trail and make…

  • Trailblazer Interview: KC Baker & Public Speaking Skills to Transform Your Self & World

    Previously an investment banking analyst and assistant for two US Senators, KC Baker is an international women’s thought leadership & public speaking skills trainer, speechwriter, and two-time TEDx speaker and is renowned for her unorthodox and highly effective methodologies. She believes that the key to positive transformation in our world lies in supporting women in unleashing the brilliance of their voices.

  • Swift Ways to Support Habit Changing & Transformation Part 2

    How are you finding supporting your life/habit changes? Are you feeling more integrated with your goals and dreams? In Part 1 we talked about how to keep on track and make sure your new transformation sticks. Today we are talking about checking that your intention still fits your situation and preventing the damaging, frustrating bore of burn-out. Let’s dive in:

  • 3 Swift Ways to Support Habit Changing & Transformation Part 1

    You know the feeling when you are making a change in your life but are afraid it won’t stick? It’s tough isn’t it? We can have all the good intentions in the world but when ideals meet reality our good intentions can get lost under the pressures of day to day life. I’ve been there and I’ve got some habit changing techniques (all marvellously beginning with M) that will keep you on track when you’re shifting your habits and your world:

  • Surfing the Emotional Surges: How to Cope When Feeling Overwhelmed

    Photo credit: Unsplash You know when you have ALL THE FEELINGS? Like, ALL the feelings, and you’re feeling overwhelmed and it’s difficult to actually function because of the flood of emotions pouring through you…? What do you, uh, actually do in those moments? If the answer to that question is, ‘I don’t know’ or ‘not good things’ keep reading, as I have some ideas that may be of help, and certainly have been for me.

  • How to Create a Trailblazing Wellness Toolkit

    Hello trailblazer (if you are wondering what a trailblazer is, check out the trailblazers’ manifesto here). Today we are talking about making your Wellness Toolkit – a healing refuge, a portable, in-your-pocket emotional first aid kit. Your bespoke sanctuary. Sound good? Let’s get started!

  • 7 Gentle, Generous, Restorative Ways to Feel Better

    Sometimes life is beautiful. Sometimes life is tough, and sometimes it’s both at once. I have learned from long experience that looking for the bright spots of light in dark times is what keeps things going. I hope you can find some gentle, loving bright spots in this list of ways to feel better.

  • Ultimate List of Things to Do When Bed Bound and Bored

    I know what it’s like to be bed bound and bored. I know what it’s like to live with chronic illness. I know what it’s like to be simultaneously so tired you could collapse and so bored you could cry. Unless you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to appreciate how difficult lying in bed all day is – or it certainly seems to be hard to appreciate, judging by how many “oh, you just get to rest, I wish I could nap all day” comments I’ve heard. (Those people really need to read my article on How to Speak to People with Disabilities. Top hint: don’t compare taking a nap with…

  • What’s Self-Care When You Can’t Care for Yourself?

    When we finally found it, I felt like there was hope again. There are very few clinics set up for treating people with M.E. and Linus and I heard about a clinic in the Breacon Beacons, near where we live. It looked amazing, set amid parkland, with an on-site nutritionist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and pain management experts. People whose job it was to help me live, to encourage my body to heal and hurt less. Quickly, where do I sign? Self Caring But then the fine print; you couldn’t go unless you were “self-caring”. I care for myself – I love myself – I really, really care about my well…