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Courageous Company with Alessandra Cave: The courage to share ourselves with the world.

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

As we gear up for the next round of 30 Days of Courage: a guide to bravery in action, (registration is now open) I’ve invited some courageous friends to join me in exploring the small steps and choices that add up to a brave life. Find the other Courageous Company posts here. About two years […]

Courageous Company with Lisa McKay: The Courage To Say Yes

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

When I told Marianne I’d write a post about the courage to say yes, I had it all planned out.

I was going to start the piece by referencing saying “no.” There would be a brief anecdote about how my two-year-old’s main mission in life seems to be finding new and creative ways to provoke me into using that very word. Then I’d talk about how my inbox is full of people telling me to “Say No, No, No All The Way To Success,” and how my new book, From Stranger To Lover, looks at how the dynamics of meeting someone online conspire to lower our inhibitions, encourage casual intimacy, and facilitates poor boundaries in a new relationship. (In other words, when we’re online dating or in a new long distance relationship, many of us don’t say “no” enough.)

Courageous Company with Dani Shapiro: On Doing What Scares You

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As we gear up for the next round of 30 Days of Courage: a guide to bravery in action, (registration is now open) I’ve invited some courageous friends to join me in exploring the small steps and choices that add up to a brave life. Find the other Courageous Company posts here. I’ve been thinking […]

Courageous Company with Jen Louden: Courage Needs Fear

Friday, July 18th, 2014

I used to believe I was fearless. I remember when Bob, my now husband, and I were dating. We were juggling kids and often couldn’t see each other for days at a time so we hit upon the plan to share my office so we could spend work time together. So adorable. I was on a call with someone talking about a possible big project, and when I hung up, Bob looked over at me and said, “You’re so afraid.”

I bounced out of my chair and huffed, “I am not afraid! I am fearless! Do you know what I’ve done in my life?”

Courageous Company with Andrea Scher: The Courage to Believe There is Room for Everybody

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

A few years ago, I was designing the curriculum for an e-course “Cultivating Courage” and was getting really excited about the idea of a 30 day courage challenge. One day I googled “30 days of courage” (what I was originally going to call the class) to see if anyone was doing something similar. I was shocked to discover that not only was someone already doing a course by that name, but it was someone I knew! Someone in my creative circle who I have always adored and admired – Marianne Elliott. Crap! I thought.

A Hard-won Lesson: what I learned from a harsh review

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

This month I’ll be sharing some of the hard-won lessons I learned in the process of writing, publishing and promoting Zen Under Fire as a Guest Contributor in the online Conscious Booksmith workshop. A book doesn’t come to life in a vacuum — mine certainly didn’t. A book is made real in the midst of […]

Is it time to recalibrate your compass?

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

There’s a lot of talk, in personal development and activist circles, about finding your purpose. I’m wary of that turn of phrase, with it’s implication that ‘purpose’ is both singular and fixed. I think of it more as ‘living a purposeful life’, or - as my friend Tara puts it ‘recognising your callings‘, plural. Julia Butterfly Hill calls […]

Meet Aoife Kenny — doctor & expat yogi.

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

One of the greatest rewards of my work as a yoga teacher is getting to know, learn from and be inspired by the people who take my courses. As we’re gearing up for the next round of 30 Days of Yoga, we wanted to stop and put the stoplight on a few of the students […]

A chat with Jennifer Lee about her latest book

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Jennifer Lee is one of the people I always make time to meet up with when I’m in San Francisco – there’s something particularly delightful about an afternoon spent walking and talking with her. She brings together creativity and clarity, and is able to hold in balance a kind of vibrant playfulness and a deeply […]

Meet Di Cannone — baker & beginner yogi.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

One of the greatest rewards of my work as a yoga teacher is getting to know, learn from and be inspired by the people who take my courses. As we’re gearing up for the next round of 30 Days of Yoga, we wanted to stop and put the stoplight on a few of the students […]

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