• Dear Grace Q & A: How do I keep my spirits up when I’m hurting?

      Dear Grace Q & A: How do I keep my spirits up long term, when living with emotional and physical pain? I really hear how difficult it is to cope emotionally when you are hurting for a long time and I hope these 5 points help you manage the pain and still find some peace: 1. Build Resilience Resilience supports us to cope with uncertainty. Resilience is something we can choose to build. The factors which make up resilience have been identified by psychologists. We can learn resilience as surely as we can learn how to use Instagram or make a cup of tea.

  • Allow Me To Introduce: Aroga Yoga [New Sponsor]

    Aroga Yoga: online yoga and wellness for chronic illness, is our latest sponsor. The opinions and words used here are, as always, my own. Why Accessible Yoga Matters I believe that yoga can be a catalyst for liberation. I believe it can help us find our way back to our bodies. I believe your daily practice can be what carries you through the hardest times. I believe that yoga isn’t just handstands and flat tummies. Most people think that yoga is for size 6 bodies that can jump and move but really, yoga is accessible even if you are bed bound. That’s why I’m so glad to find Kayla‘s work, finally,…

  • How I Run Two International Businesses While Living With Chronic Illness

    Running your own business can be a huge challenge. Sometimes it feels like it’s a PhD in patience and confidence, just entering that arena. Running a business while living with chronic illness can seem like it requires a super-power. But many people are turning to entrepreneurship due to their health challenges. It has lots of positives; you can often work from home, set your own hours, take rests in between tasks and make a living doing what you love. However, adding the pressure of work to a life already struggling with pain and exhaustion can be a powder keg. I have been working while living with chronic illness for several years and…

  • Brexit, Britain & the EU: 3 Tools to Build Emotional Resilience in Uncertain Times

    You know the bit in a novel when someone comes into the room and says, ‘The government has fallen!’ and everyone gasps, dowagers clutch their pearls and send the maid to make tea, (with a stiff whisky for the gentlemen)? That’s how it’s felt here since Friday – financial markets crashing, house prices falling, politicians resigning in droves, and fear rising, rising, rising. While I don’t believe in the catastrophizing, I have seen many people scared and hurting after the Brexit result, and I’ve felt the anxiety in several of my coaching clients and in myself. I want to address that fear here today. I may not know all the political implications…

  • Limits to Liberation: Building Resilience in Business (Part 3)

    Read part 1 here and part 2 here. Running your own business can be a huge challenge, and sometimes it feels like it’s a PhD in patience and confidence, just entering that arena. Running a business while living with a health challenge can seem like it requires a super-power. But many people are turning to entrepreneurship due to chronic illness. It has lots of positives; you can often work from home, set your own hours, take rests in between tasks and make a living doing what you love. However adding the pressure of work to a life already struggling with pain and exhaustion can be a powder keg. I have…

  • Reflections on the UK Election From A Disabled Entrepreneur

    Something big is happening. Something seismic that may affect me, and everyone I love. With the exception of a postal vote, I have no say in how it will shake out. Perhaps you’re in the same boat, feeling helpless, unheard, unnoticed, unsafe – often disrespected – by a system of government set to vote on issues central to your wellbeing. Your life. I generally don’t write about politics here. But there is so much fear at the moment. And I’ve never been one to ignore the difficult parts. It takes a certain type of privilege to be able to cut funding and support for those with disability and illness. The…

  • Entrepreneurship and Disability

    Are you dreaming of starting your own business but don’t know how? Want to make a difference in the world yet struggling with illness? I’ve been there, and in the face of multiple disabilities, I not only consistently defied my prognoses; I overhauled my diet, earned a degree (with honours), built a global business, & launched a worldwide non-profit foundation. When you have a change-the-world-build-a-business dream and want to see it become a reality, then head this way. Too many of us are held back by the illness/no time/no money struggles and the world needs what you have to offer. I want to help you live your business dreams too, that’s…

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