Last Thursday, I was privileged enough to spend some time interviewing Courtney Carver. Courtney is well known the world over for sharing her journey to minimalism on her blog, bemorewithless.com, and also for masterminding the Project 333 wardrobe challenge. We’d arranged to talk back in the autumn as I knew she’d have some wise words to share about making long term and sustainable changes. It’s an apt conversation for this time of year as by late January many of us are despairing about our seeming inability to alter our behaviour and habits. Courtney has plenty of reassuring and practical advice if that’s you!
Our conversation is a great counterpoint to the one I had last week with Helen Rusell of Leap Year and The Year of Living Danishly so if you haven’t already listened to that then head over and catch up! It’s been a huge honour to interview two such inspiring women but a challenge too, particularly with the technicalities of getting a decent quality audio. In today’s recording, Courtney’s voice is super clear but I’m accompanied by a bit of a fuzz. Apologies for this although it’s really her that you’ll be wanting to listen to anyway!
On Tuesday, I had the privilege to interview the writer Helen Russell while she was in London to promote her latest book, Leap Year, a guide to making big decisions, becoming more resilient and making changes in your life. I’d previously read her first title, The Year of Living Danishly, and loved her willingness to take on the challenge of try to live one’s best life while retaining a self-deprecating and not-too-earnest British perspective on the world. Although I was nervous as this is the first interview I’ve conducted, chatting to her about the book and her adventures in facing change and developing resilience was a lot of fun as well as being insightful. Come, pull up a chair next to us at breakfast in a busy hotel dining room and share our conversation…
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.
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