A lot of things have happened since I first started writing about and sharing my experience of growing up with a birthmark that covered most of my face when I was young. When I first decided to study Life Coaching and set up my blog, I hadn't even considered that my strawberry marks would ever become a point of discussion - let alone something that would become such a central point of WHY I believe so strongly in what I do.Read More
Maybe it's just the lack of good quality sleep I've been dealing with over the last week, but my anxiety has been on high alert lately. I spent a good chunk of yesterday in my pyjama's, listening to the music that got me through my 20's, feeling too many feels, and crying on and off.
Of course, it may have also had a lot to do with the near constant yelling and arguments that have been going on outside our apartment for almost a week...Read More
With the beginning of the New Year, I'm committing to a new special series here on the blog, dedicated to Self Care Sunday. Each week I'll share about what Real Self Care looks like in practice for me. And I'm starting off with something which may not actually seem like a self care practice: CLEANING HOUSE - LITERALLY.Read More
I'm not really one for big New Years Eve parties, and to be honest I hope to spend the night at home with a couple of my besties watching Madonna movies and drinking Sailor Jerry's in my pyjamas.
But before any of that happens, I like to spend some time reflecting on the year that was. I think that this is really important, because it's really easy to just allow the days to float on by with indifference, but when I stop and take stock I'm always struck by just how much has happened.Read More
Being the weekend before Christmas, I’ve noticed a bit of a recurring thread for some of The Girl Gang members – and that is that while for many of us Christmas is a time of love and celebration, this time of year can be really, really difficult for many people.Read More
So on the back of the icky and stressful feeling week, I decided to share some of the things I like to do to boost my mood and make myself feel like a bit more of a Rad Bitch. Some of these are big things, and some of them are quick and easy wins, because let's face it, when we're feeling a just a little bit shitty is not always the time when we're at our most patient - well I'm certainly not anyway!Read More
I know I talk about this a lot, but if there was one thing I could teach the entire world, it would be that we don't have to be 100% okay all of the time. It's okay if we're not okay, but it's important to tune into how we're feeling, and to figure out what we need.Read More
Rad Bitch is about supporting women to empower themselves, to own their voices, stand up for themselves and express their views with confidence.
Rad Bitch is inspired by the incredible, radical women who have, and do stand up together to carve out space for us to speak up and shine in our own ways.Read More
It's the difference between trying to build up walls and dismissing other people as soon as I've decided that they're too hard to deal with, and learning that there are ways of setting boundaries without being a total dick.Read More
Ultimately, as people responsible for raising children, we are the people who are raising the adults of the coming years.
As such, any one of us who plays any significant role in the lives of children is in a position to do something to create positive change.Read More
As someone who has made most of my closest adult friends as a result of being active, open and honest in online spaces like Facebook Groups. I find this disconnection and hiding behind walls really sad. I crave reading peoples stories just as much as I long to share my own. There's nothing quite like being a part of a community where people are willing to feel safe, be vulnerable and reach out to one another when they need some support, help, or understanding.Read More
Let's be honest here, we all have days when things just don't go the way we would like them to. Things break, the traffic holds us up, a payment you were relying upon gets delayed - it's totally frustrating, right? Well how we feel about any given situation at any point in time, is always valid, and we're entitled to feel however we choose. How we feel about a situation isn't going to change what has already happened.Read More
I’m of the opinion that “Go Hard Or Go Home” can be a really damaging and destructive mindset to approach any form of creative or service focused work with, so I resolved that I was not just going to force my way through. Instead of trying to persist, I sat back and pulled out a pen and notebook.Read More
Something I feel isn't discussed as much as it probably should be - especially when we consider how much noise there is about introverts and Myers-Briggs Personality Types in general, is the internal struggles we face before we can find and use our voices.Read More
I want to shift the world out of limiting, and false beauty standards which not only keep us living in fear and shame in ourselves - but that breed fear and competition amongst women. I want us to be able to move beyond the overwhelming idea that our value is determined by the men in our lives, or by the supposedly finite amount of affection, money, opportunity, and attention they can afford to toss our way if we're deemed to be enough.Read More
Let's be real here.
Intersectionality can be fucking hard work.
Being a "Good Feminist" is challenging.
Being able to fully consider everyone else's feelings, experiences and reactions before we open our mouths, or do anything - and successfully accommodate them all, ALL OF THE TIME, is an absolute impossibility.
BUT that doesn't mean that we don't try.
We're all human.Read More
Thank you so much to everyone who has made Artful 2015 so awesome! Thank you for the hugs, the high fives, the inspiration and encouragement, the thoughts, tears and the belly laughs. I appreciate everything we shared and learned together over the last two days.Read More
I'm notorious for writing long, ranting or rambling Facebook posts and comments, but not once have I qualified it with a TL;DR - and not once have I dismissed anyone else's post with it. I see dudes throwing that excuse around so frequently, as if their time is somehow too valuable to consider anyone else's thoughts or feelings that can't be summed up in two sentences.
Sadly, I think so much of this lack of connection - or lack of desire to connect that we encounter in male dominated spaces, has coloured the way we speak in safer, female only spaces.Read More
And as the conference started to loom closer, I could feel myself starting to slip back into some of those old patterns - although thankfully, I've kept to my limit of two coffees a day, and I haven't taken up smoking again.Read More