Welcome back to my regular series with suggestions of awesome people and things to check out, read, participate in and follow – and I’m kicking the year off with what I can only describe as a power list!
I’ve been meaning to write this post for years – like as long as I’ve been blogging, and I started in May 2010. It therefore feels appropriate to be sharing it on the first day of a new year. I’ve always wanted to share with my readers the people whose work I read voraciously. Of course there are lots of writers, bloggers and social media folks who I follow with interest and enjoy, but this list is like the inner sanctum: the wise women to whom I return to again and again. These are the women that I may never have met, or perhaps only once, but my partner knows them by first name because I refer to them so often. They may not need a surname in our household but I will share it here, along with how you can find out more about their awesome juicy goodness!
In alphabetical order else I would have spent hours agonising how else to list them….
Anna was one of the first life coaches who I began to follow. I’m not sure how I even stumbled across her although it was probably via the uber coach Martha Beck’s website as Anna is a certified Master Martha Beck Coach. I have done so many of Anna’s offering, free and paid, and they have made a tremendous difference to my life, not least because I’ve made some awesome friends through the process. I’d include Anna herself amongst that list. She is a huge-hearted, bear-hugging firecracker and her weekly missive is always one of the highlights of my Friday evening.
Again, I’m not sure how I first found Courtney but I think it was through a chain that began with reading Oliver Burkeman’s brilliant book HELP!: How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done. Courtney is a warm and generous writer who shares freely with her readers about her journey into and through minimalism, encouraging and supporting all the way. I feel blessed to have been able to host an event for her back in March 2016, when her tiny wardrobe (truly tiny – 33 items for 3 months, aka Project 333) came on tour to London. I was so thrilled to be able to offer something back to her after all she has given me. I am also thrilled to say that I will be interviewing Courtney for this site in January – more news on this soon!
Where to even start with this one?! I just love Sas. She’s like the cool older sister I never had (perhaps I should quickly add that I never had *any* older sister). Another inspiring woman who’s a Master Martha Beck coach with a huge heart and bear hugs, I try to seize any chance I can to work with her. Coaching with her, and going on her amazing Sacred Rascals retreat, has broken me apart in all the best ways. She has also held a space for me, cheering at my side and calling out bullsh*t, as I’ve put myself back together again.
My instinct when beginning to write this paragraph was to take a deep breath in then gently fold my arms around me as I contemplate the world outside the window. I feel this is a metaphor for Susannah and her work, as it always feels calming, soothing and deeply intentional. She is brilliant at creating containers for other people to explore their hidden depths and (re)connect with their hearts and souls. And no kidding, her biz group ‘The Inside Story’ has literally changed my life. Literally. As part of this, Susannah created a ‘Summer School’ week of worksheets and completing those totally shifted the direction I was heading in career-wise – three months later, the results have been beyond my wildest dreams.