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An unexpected journey.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

I got a job. I know. A job. It’s a bit of a surprise to me too. After being self-employed for the past four years, I didn’t expect to go back on anyone’s payroll. But this is no ordinary job. It’s the perfect job for an entrepreneurial advocate & story-teller like me. About six months […]

Horia Mosadiq on living without regret

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Today I’m sharing a snippet of wisdom from the last of our guest teachers in the upcoming session of 30 Days of Courage – Horia Mosadiq. I met Horia in Kabul, where we worked together at a human rights organisation. From the moment I got off the plane Horia, who was waiting for me in […]

Andrea Scher On The Courage To Trust Yourself

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Last week I told you a little about Andrea Scher – and what she helped me understand about the courage to trust that our work has it’s own place and purpose in the world. But the truth is that Andrea has helped me learn many things over the years. Andrea lives an ocean away from […]

Amanda Blake on Sweaty Feet (or, Your Body + Fear)

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

I’ve been fascinated by the biology of fear – and courage – for years. I first noticed, in detail, my own physical reaction to fear while I was in Afghanistan. Obviously, before then I was already familiar in a generic way with the relationship between stress or fear and sweaty palms. I have very specific […]

The courage to trust — a wise snippet from Kate Swoboda

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Almost two years ago, when I was launching the 30 Days of Courage course for the first time, I got an email from Kate Swoboda — who I already knew as Courageous Kate — a life coach and author, creator of the YourCourageousLife.com website and of the Courageous Coaching Training Program. Kate was writing to let me know […]

We need you. No one else will do.

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

I want to live in a world where we all work together to find solutions to the big challenges facing the planet, where every person on the planet knows that their part in the big pictures matters and that their story needs to be heard.

I’m so tired of seeing amazing people – like you – being told that they are not qualified enough, not important enough, not educated enough, not famous enough to make a difference. I’m tired of hearing brilliant women (and men) tell me they don’t have anything important to say or do, or that someone else can say it just as well.
It’s not true.
No-one else will do. We are all in this together.
And we need you.

I want you to know how important your voice and your participation is for the future of our planet –and to I want you to have the courage you need to tell your story and play your part.

How Jen Louden, Danielle LaPorte & Rachel Cole changed my puritanical view on desires

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

It’s the beginning of a new year, and it seemed like a good moment to revisit my systems, including how I plan my days. I’m a minimalist when it comes to planning. I plan as much as I need to: to reduce stress for myself and others; to give myself some parameters around how much will be enough so that I don’t work all night; and to make sure the things that really matter to me happen.

But I’ve always been wary of traditional approaches to planning – guided as they often seem to be by external ideas of success, and sufficiency. Many planning approaches feel too restrictive and rigid for me – as someone with a constitutional tendency towards rigidity, the last thing I need is a rigid planning tool!

So I was excited when two of the women I’ve learned the most from over the past four years as a business owner – Jen Louden and Danielle LaPorte – recently released (or in Jen’s case, re-released) books sharing their own approach to planning.

What 41 years have taught me

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Nearly two years ago I woke up on my 40th birthday in the tiny town of Chagcharan, in the mountains of Afghanistan and wrote: Yesterday was my 40th birthday. I woke up thinking of all the people who I’ve loved who didn’t make it to 40. I was at once sad and deeply grateful to […]

Food guilt in Ghor [seven years later]

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

This week I’m revisiting posts I wrote nearly seven years ago, when I was living and working in Afghanistan, as a way of reminding myself why I decided to commit myself to creating resources and tools to help aid workers – and other people in caring professions – to take better care of themselves. Here’s […]

4.00am [revisited seven years later]

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This week I’m revisiting posts I wrote nearly seven years ago, when I was living and working in Afghanistan, as a way of reminding myself why I decided to commit myself to creating resources and tools to help aid workers – and other people in caring professions – to take better care of themselves. Here’s […]

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