February Trailblazing Resources: Fuel for Your Healing Fire
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.
How to support your disabled friends in winter and beyond.
Also: winter magic and herbs for support ourselves through the darker, colder times. I’m celebrating spring on the way with snowdrops, birdsong, trees budding and even violets and primroses emerging. But still – the ground is icy, it’s snowing intermittently and still feels a lot like winter here. I’m supporting my body accordingly.
Do you recognise a biopsychosocial model in illness? This is a new term to me and I’m still exploring it, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Mindfulness can be misused by medicalisation and individualisation of health struggles. I love and adore mindfulness and that’s why I believe we need to guard it carefully against misuse.
Let’s resist the Goopification of Self-Care. I have always seen self-care as resistance, survival and radical. One of my most influential yoga teachers developed her practice in a war zone. I first learned Reiki as an activist as part of emotional first aid in crisis situations. Self-care can be keeping ourselves alive another day. Self-care can be what keeps us in the game, long-term. I love and recommend Christy Tending‘s teachings on self-care.
Speaking of, I am still working on my evening self-care rituals, Christy has a great primer here.
I love getting emails about how working with Turning Trailblazer has shifted people’s lives and perspectives…if you’d like to check it out, you can get a free copy here.
If you are building a business, do you follow my Accessible Business Pinterest board?
Disabled artists and creators and how we can support their amazing work (by buying it).
Each week we set our intentions in The Trailblazers’ Cafe and support each other through the week, so powerful!
Isn’t this just beautiful:
“…I don’t owe anyone anything. Not my healing. Not my happiness. Not my redemption story. I was not put here to be a source of entertainment or inspiration for anyone. I am more than the story that I’ve lived...I am allowed to be human. Flawed. Floundering. Finding beauty in the most unlikely of places. Meaning in the mess. Healing when I haven’t any hope left…to remember to challenge myself to go further. Not beyond my reach, but beyond my fear. Beyond the mental limitations that I’ve gotten used to. Beyond the excuses that I’ve let become an authority on my abilities.” -Chani Nicholas (complete post here)
via. Asali and her amazing work.
Want more? Head here to Chani Nicholas
Also, did you know I’ve written a new book? It’s called Beyond the Boundaries: Finding Freedom and Fulfilment Within Four Walls. It’s a guide to living a loving, joyful life…from home.
If you’re here because you are stuck in bed or at home (short or long term) and wondering how to cope, you aren’t alone…
If you’re stuck in bed and bored,
If you feel isolated, stuck or left behind,
If struggling with self-care (or lack of it) drains your energy and leads to spiralling self-criticism or shame,
…then Beyond the Boundaries: Finding Freedom & Fulfilment Within Four Walls. Self-Care Edition is for you.
When you live beyond the boundaries, you see your bed as a launch pad for living your life.
When you live beyond the boundaries, you learn to transcend your limits in everyday life.
When you live beyond the boundaries, you don’t have to wait until things are perfect to be happy.
You aren’t broken, you’re breaking boundaries.
Inside this ebook is empowerment, inclusion and accessible coping tools.
Beyond the Boundaries: Finding Freedom & Fulfilment Within Four Walls. Self-Care Edition is delivered as an audiobook and a PDF ebook. You can read it on a device or lie back and listen to me read to you.
This is an experiential, inclusive experience. Through the book, you’ll be guided to create your own Limits Liberation Plan, your own guide to living well, (wherever you are).
You’ll finish with a completed, accessible self-care plan that fits you.
What you’ll learn in Beyond the Boundaries:
– You’ll be guided in designing your own Limits Liberation Plan.
– Meet role models for self-fulfilment and learn about the world-changers making a massive impact from their homes and beds.
– Create a morning routine of self-care that’s accessible and sustainable for you.
– Learn to create a beautiful environment, no matter your location or circumstances.
– Discover 8 ways to make your bedroom gorgeous.
– Explore dressing for comfort and joy.
– Find accessible, energy saving, stylish ways to dress.
– Reveal the secret of what to wear all day instead of pyjamas.
– Meet the challenges of how to actually get dressed when struggling with pain.
– Top tips on managing personal care when you are too tired to get to the bathroom.
What you’ll get:
– A downloadable ebook and audio version. In total, over 30,000 words of wellness support, inclusion and action!
– A list of 500 Things to Do When You are Bed Bound and Bored (if you liked my viral blog 49 Things To Do When Bed Bound and Bored, you’ll LOVE this!)
– Exclusive Beyond the Boundaries manifesto to super-charge your intention.
– Special bonus resources including:
An interview with Vivienne McMaster, founder of Be Your Own Beloved: exploring self-compassion through self-portraiture. We talk about ways to make this accessible to people who are bed bound or house bound and how working with our image supports healing.
An interview with Huffington Post blogger Heidi McKenzie, founder of Alter Ur Ego wheelchair fashion company on how style can transform perceptions, conversations and connections, her experience as Ms Wheelchair Kentucky and creating an adaptable style solution/revolution.
You’ll also get exclusive printable posters of all your favourite fun things to do from bed to brighten your walls.
Buying the book also support the no-fee resources, interviews and community I run here. Thank you in advance.
What are you reading/enjoying/loving? Let me know in the comments.
P.S Check out all the healing resources and my top healing apps for chronic illness, healing and caring part 1, part 2 and part 3.
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