• How I Manage Business, Wellness and Life

    As a wellness provocateur and disabled entrepreneur I’m often asked about how I manage business, wellness and life. I am sharing my answer here (with permission from the person who asked). Q: When personal matters grow overwhelming, how do you refocus so that you can effectively run your businesses? This has been on my mind lately; I have more clients right now than ever, which is exciting, but I’m also feeling my symptoms worsen. And I’m not in crisis mode, either, so am not sure of how to proceed.  A: It’s challenging that more clients can come, but bring more pressure too. It’s not often talked about, but it’s totally a…

  • Diagnosis: A New View

    It is the moment which changes your life. Sometimes it feels like it is the moment which ends it. The life you knew is gone, you are AD – After Diagnosis, your own new millennium. Diagnosis can feel like your carefully planned and treasured life burning up around you. That you can see things changing, feel them shifting, but are helpless to stop it. Diagnosis feels like a fire moving through our lives, consuming all we hold dear, burning our very selves, our image, who we are, and leaving us with little but pain and ash – where there used to be hopes, plans and a maybe not perfect, but…

  • Ready to Rise? More Phoenix Fire Details!

    The Phoenix Fire Academy: A powerful, new program to nurture your rise from the ashes and embolden you to blaze a fiery, fabulous trail full of possibility. Are you:  Tired of constantly being tired? Fed up of with trying out new healing modalities but never seeing lasting change? Drowning in the chaos of a new diagnosis? Done with circling the healing block only to end up where you began? Near tears from the skeptical looks and questions from people you thought would understand? Being told there’s “no cure” by your doctor and unsure where to turn? Sure there must be a better way than this, but don’t know where to…

  • Announcing The 2014 Phoenix Fire Academy

    This is a love letter. To you who’s been diagnosed. Has struggled with long standing illness. Whose obstacles are dictating your limits, and whose true and purest potential has been hemmed in. This is an invitation.  To you, whose old life has been burned away by adversity. You, who has a fire smouldering at your centre. A hunger for a new way. A new beginning. To take your diagnoses and hardships and turn them into something else. Something different. Something abundant. Something better. This is that opportunity. A turning point. Disability doesn’t mean isolation and fear. Diagnosis doesn’t mean the end of joy, fun, ease and freedom. Your challenges can be…

  • Beyond Good and Bad

    I don’t know about you, but as much as I appreciate and value people I know, choose and trust offering me refinement, celebration, feedback, reflection advice and wisdom… I don’t much like people telling me what I can and can’t do. Especially as most of it turns out not to be true. I’ve turned Trail Blazer, remember? I mean if I’d listened to all the people who told me I couldn’t do something, I certainly wouldn’t be here writing to you today. And so I don’t really like categorizing my life into ‘that’s not for me’. Of course there are things I have no desire to pursue – recreational drugs,…

  • Detoxing Your Home Begins in Your Heart: A Mindset, An Exercise & A New E-Guide That’s Going To Knock Your Socks Off

    Have you ever lamented that: Your energy can’t keep up with your to do list? You have shelves of recipe books, but are always eating the same few meals? You’re overwhelmed by everything you “should” be doing and no idea where to start? Me too. And when I began to execute my Healing Blueprint, although the first (and biggest!) change I made was more movement, I always knew I wanted to get back in the kitchen. I’ve eaten a plant-based diet for 27 years, before any sort of raw movement became trendy, even before the phrase “plant-based” existed. I’ve struggled with the perfectionism and aggressive aspiration that can, all too often, be tangled…

  • Claiming Compassion…For Yourself

    “Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.” ~Susan Sontag Be compassionate to your healing body, and your loving soul. To do so, to accept it, is the very essence of being human. And by allowing self- compassion, you free yourself from the inevitable exhaustion of straining to escape it. Pain ebbs and flows. Struggles arise and fall. They needn’t be set upon like they are…

  • Aspiration Is Not All There Is

    Sunday 11 June Another wasted Sunday… Realise, as the long hot days freakishly repeat themselves, one after the other, that whatever I am doing I really think I ought to be doing something else…The more the sun shines the more obvious it seems that others are making fuller, better use of it elsewhere: possibly at some giant softball game to which everyone is invited except me; possibly alone with their lover in a rustic glade by waterfalls where Bambis graze, or at some large public celebratory event, probably including the Queen Mother and one or more of the football tenors, to mark the exquisite summer which I am failing to get the…

  • A Wonderful Birthday Party Alternative: Afternoon Tea Party

    But you have to, it’s your birthday! They cry. You might get pressure from other people, for whom birthday celebrations look a certain way, but it’s your day and you can choose what to do and how to do it. If people aren’t ok with that and you are struggling to explain, try Pitch Perfect: What’s Wrong with You? to help. Who says birthdays have to be celebrated with alcohol and accolades? Have you noticed that lots of the people who live ‘the high life’ ultimately find it unfulfilling and strip back to simple things? Perhaps your excitement is a letter from a friend, a Healing Box, or photographing a new flower. This…

  • Ditching the Game of Life to Celebrate You

    Why do we get upset about birthdays? Is it because we have a secret mental list of what we wanted to achieve by this age? Or what we feel we ‘should‘ have achieved? This isn’t The Game of Life, and if you are a Trail Blazer then you will have gone off track at one time or another. You may have done things you never expected and skipped the conventional achievements for something entirely different. Or maybe you feel you’ve missed out on the ‘normal’ aspects of life entirely. And since you felt like it was your right to experience those aspects, you are left feeling cheated and as if…

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