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The bravest thing I’ve done this year.

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

But you don’t lie down. And you don’t run away. And you know that the person who is going to save you from this mess is you. You are going to be your own Knight in Shining Armour. You are going to woman up, make a plan and take the first step.

Leaping before I look (How I get past self-doubt to find faith)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

It is in my nature to leap before I look too hard. I follow my enthusiasm without too many questions. If something fits well with my core values, excites me and seems generally in line with what matters most to me, then I’m in. Boots and all. Later I’ll figure out the details. Which is […]

Not a manifesto, just a list of 10 things I’ve learned lately

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

1. There is an astonishing ease to the things that flow from following your enthusiasm. 2. That ease doesn’t exempt you from hard work, but it does mean you never have to scramble. 3. You don’t always have to put your hand up. If your intention is strong and clear, the people who share that […]

A dose of my own medicine

Friday, June 25th, 2010

This morning I was talking to Marissa Bracke. She is an unmitigated delight, by the way, and I’m thrilled to be working with her. Anyway, she mentioned to me that her friend Pam Slim also talks about this idea that I’m always banging on about – the idea that we each have our own unique […]

Zen of giving and receiving: a Buddhist take on effective aid

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The past few days there has been a lot of discussion about effective aid and good intentions. It was triggered by the plan to send one million used t-shirts to Africa. There is widespread agreement amongst international development professionals that this is not good aid. In fact, it has the potential to be quite harmful. […]

Shame-free yoga: teaching yoga without triggering body shame

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Although yoga is a wonderful opportunity to find harmony between our body, mind and spirit, many of us experience body-shame as we approach yoga. What could yoga teachers be doing to reduce the presence of shame on the yoga mat?

How I got my agent

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Lots of writers hope to find the right agent for their book. This is how I got my agent. I hope you find it helpful.

Finding your purpose

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The journey to Afghanistan That's me, during one of my beloved walks into the hills around Chegcharan, where I lived for six months of my time in Afghanistan. If you look closely you can see the village of Chegcharan in the distant background, to the upper right of the picture. You have to look carefully […]

What Greg Mortenson taught me about aid and humility

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

What I am about to confess does not make me look good. But in the interests of full disclosure I’m going to confess it anyway. Because I’m a straight-up, even-if-it-makes-me-look-bad kinda gal. My confession is that I avoided reading “Three Cups of Tea” for more than a year. My mother read it while I was […]

Because everyone is your people

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

I've just finished reading 'The Translator', a memoir by Daoud Hari. It is one of the most humane and powerful books I've ever read. Hari writes about his experiences of the genocide in Darfur. His own village is attacked and his family decimated and scattered. He goes on to work as a translator for UN […]

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