As you might have noticed, I’ve been doing a lot of travelling recently. I’ve been moving around so much that I haven’t stayed in one place for more than 10 days in the past few of months. I had a particularly big bout of self-doubt and hectic energy when I first arrived in Sydney alone. Since then it has been essential that I find a way to stay grounded and allow my energy to settle quickly rather than feeling all 'up in the air', especially when there is a lot of uncertainty circulating. Today I'm sharing some of the ways I've been 'keeping my feet on the ground'.
The Universe works in weird and wonderful ways. This isn't news, but a reminder is always welcome. I first came across Maddison Vernon's work a couple of years ago, when she was still at uni and I remember being inspired by someone entering the coaching and personal growth world so young. After an intermission of sorts Maddison (re)appeared on my radar right when I needed her to. She put her head above the parapet so that I could see her, and I'm mighty glad she did because I get to share her words with you today.
This month's Bold-Heart is the host of the very first podcast I ever found a couple of years back, Wellness Wonderland Radio. It seems perfect (though totally coincidental) that this interview follows on from my post on my favourite podcasts a short while ago. Katie has been carving a path in the seemingly overcrowded online personal growth world as a young woman ready to share the message of health and happiness in way that no one else can - simply by being herself. Having overcome her own body-related struggles and an eating disorder she now "helps women develop a positive relationship with food and their body image by embracing a spiritual connection of their own understanding". I love that last bit: "a spiritual connection of their own understanding." Much less intimidating (and potentially off-putting) than white robes, stiff backs, a bald head or chanting beneath the moon, right?
As a visual learner I will forever love reading blog posts, but I have been devouring all the podcasts I possibly can recently. Even though I’ve been listening to a couple for over a year now, until recently I had no idea just how many wonderful podcasts were out there. It seems as though everyone is starting their own podcast right now, not that I'm complaining about this trend - I’m freaking loving it. The brilliant thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them on your commute, whilst walking your dogs or cooking dinner. I really got into them when I was painting the bathroom at home, which kept the boredom at bay. Podcasts a super quick way to get fired up and inspired... and save a ton of time!
I’m not one to do things by halves so when it came to choosing my favourite podcasts to listen to I couldn’t just give you a few. Plus, we all like something a little different, right? I’ve included all of the podcasts that I subscribe to on iTunes, but just to be clear: I don’t listen to all of them religiously. There are a handful that I do (marked with a *), but the others I listen to when the subject line catches my attention.
Emily Ehlers first came onto my radar a couple fo years back when she wrote a blog called 'Olive on Blonde'. Since then her blog and business has morphed a couple of times. Today she describes herself as, "a writer, coach, speaker and artist who moonlights as a mama with a penchant for animal impressions (my “Gorilla” is actually amazing)." After discovering that health coaching wasn't her zone of genius she took a little 'time out' (*cough* minor identity crisis) and came back as a sensational copywriter for gutsy solo-preneurs with a hankering for authentic expression. Which is pretty much a no-brainer considering that this lady can really (like, really, really) write and peppers all of her prose with giggle prompts (she's funny too).
Personally, I can't think of someone better to talk about vulnerability, authenticity, living boldly and other buzzwords without sounding like a douche. (And that's meant as a glowing compliment).
Play. Do you do it? I know that it can feel like there is never enough time to do the things you love and devote to creative pursuits. Just the fact that it needs to be scheduled in can suck the fun right out of it. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Being playful can hugely influence your creativity and confidence.
My friend and past coach Claire Baker has just launched her very first eCourse into the world: Wild, Well and Creative. I’m all signed up and excited to dive in. Creativity, self-care and play are Claire’s speciality so I thought I’d share with you the cliff notes from an email exchange I had with her whilst she was planning the course.