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Archive for the Changemakers category

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 […]

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.

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 […]

How home yoga cultivates self-trust (+ can help you find your purpose)

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

I love a good yoga class. In fact, as I’ve traveled around the world over the past four months, I’ve savoured the opportunity to visit different yoga studios and practice with different teachers. Sustained practice takes community, and yet, practicing alone – following the voice of your inner teacher, and the pace of your own breath – is […]

New mentoring sessions – let’s take your big idea and get it done

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

You have an idea. A story to tell. A book to write. A skill to teach. A solution to share. A new career to start. A project that has been living in your head, or in the pages of your journal for days, weeks, months – maybe even years. I want to help you bring […]

Five essential components of courage

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

When Zen Under Fire came out last year, people started asking me about courage. ‘Where did you find the courage to go to Afghanistan? They asked. ‘Weren’t you afraid, as a woman?’ Some asked where I found the courage to be so honest in my memoir. ‘Weren’t you afraid to reveal so much about yourself?’ […]

10 questions to ask before you start a non-profit

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

There’s a kind of person who – when faced with a big problem – gets on with the business of building a solution.  I love this kind of person.  Sometimes I AM this kind of person. The world needs this kind of person. AND here’s the tricky thing about this kind of person: sometimes we […]

Read this, next time you want to give up on making a difference

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The world’s problems are big. And complex. And some days it feels like nothing we can do will make enough difference to be worth the effort. Next time you are ready to give up on making a difference in the world, I want you to remember these five things. 1. No act of kindness, however […]

Take a pause: Mindful in May

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Is it just me, or has life got a bit crazier than usual lately? Somedays I feel like I’m on a roundabout that keeps speeding up, and I’m not quite sure how to slow it down or get off. The beauty of meditation is that it can help us find a little pause in the […]

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