Ep.012 Self-Care for the Self-Employed with Brook McCarthy

Today I talk with digital marketing trainer, writer and business coach Brook McCarthy about 4 major self-care themes for the self-employed. And even if you are not self-employed these themes are still relevant to the workplace, and life in general. We discuss:

Boundaries: How to set boundaries with clients, money and time. Indicate where your boundaries are through action, rather than getting cranky when they're over stepped. And how to create space for yourself to work (and relax) at home, especially when you have small humans.

Managing Stress: Understand your unique triggers- ie the root cause of the stress (which may be a boundary issue) and how to deal with stress in a crisis. Brook shares a few of her favorite stress busters.

Getting Your Focus Pants On: Don't kid yourself that mucking about on social media is a replacement for real work. Concentrate on what's important. Brook shares a few fantastic tools you can use to bring laser focus to running your own race and tuning out the noise.

The Comparison Trap: Given the visibility of business in the age of the internet, it's so easy to get stuck comparing ourselves to folks who may be decades ahead of us in their career. Brook shares some helpful reminders of why comparison is not even accurate metric of your success, and how to stay focused on running your own race.

Finally Brook shares a "Homeplay", get ready, because this one is so much FUN!!

Enjoy!

Love, Kate

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SHOW NOTES:

Brook's programs:

Hustle and Heart - Group Coaching Program

Non Planner's Business Plan

Her article on the problem with "charge what you're worth"- Money and Self-Worth

Focus Pants on:

Forest- grow a tree and stay out of the social media rabbit warren.

Pomodoro Productivity Technique

Connect with Brook:

www.brookmccarthy.com

Facebook

Instagram

Viva La Self-Care!

 

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Ep.011 Dances with the Heart's Desire.

In this episode I share how radical self-care is continually schooling me in refining the way I live, so each day can be an expression of my hearts desire for Simplicity, Presence and Wholeness.

I talk about listening to my intuition, the greatest teaching of my life - learning to say no and do less, the powers of concentration and the mind (I read from Swami Vishnu-Devananda) and the re-commitment to daily sadhana (conscious spiritual practice) in the form of meditation and mantra (I read from Maya Tiwari) and how all this relates to the evolution of this project... "Radical Self Care Project", where form must meet function. I share intimately about my process in creating all this, giving you a bit of a behind the scenes look at my attempts at rejecting masculine ways of doing business and finding a more authentic feminine way which is more sustainable and more, me.

I share a Homeplay, guided practice at the end, for connecting with your Sankulpa/ Heart's Desire.

Enjoy!

Love, Kate

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Ep.010 Menstrual Cycle Awareness with Alexandra & Sjanie from Red School

Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer are Visionary Educators in Feminine Power and the Founders of Red School. They teach a radical new approach to women's health and wellbeing; creativity and leadership; and spiritual life based on menstruality consciousness.

In this passionate conversation we hear how they each came to this 'work', or as Alexandra says "This work chose me". Then they go on to share how the menstrual cycle is a powerful practice for self-care, discussing:

* The 3 Maps emdedded within the menstrual cycle, each with their own powers to support deepening in awareness to tap the wild power within.

* The 2 poles of the cycle: menstruation and ovulation and how to harness these energies " the inner lights" and "the outer lights"

* "Holding the tension"  in the pre-menstrum, often a time of tension or discomfort, and how to make peace with this energy.

* The impact of MCA (menstrual cycle awareness) on the world at large and the rising of the feminine.

* Home Play: Alexandra and Sjanie each share a practice for you to explore at home!

This was such a fun episode to record-- enjoy and share widely dear friends!

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Viva La Self-Care,

Kate x

Founder @radicalselfcareproject

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Get the book: Wild Power

Check out Red School's online education, menstruality mentoring and in person workshops.

Follow Red School on Instagram to see Sjanie's inspired menstrual cycle tracking.


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Ep.009 Ayurveda with Marissa Mele

Marissa Mele is a yoga practitioner of 20 years, the owner of Five Prana Ayurveda and is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor through the NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) organization. In this interview Marissa shares an overview of Ayurveda, Panchakarma, the 5 Ayurvedic cleansing practices; Dinacharya - morning routines, a bit about adapting Ayurvedic recipes for a western diet and at the end Marissa shares a home play for you to have an experience of one of her favourite Ayurvedic practices- Abhyanga. Enjoy!

Show Notes:

Further reading: Marissa's introduction to Ayurveda was with Vasant Lad's book "Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing"

Find out your constitution: take the Banyan Botanicals Prakriti/ Dosha Quiz

Marissa's Website: Five Prana

Connect with Marissa on Instagram

Listen to Marissa on her Radio Show / Stream Marissa's Radio Show

Marissa on Spotify (find the Reggae Yoga Playlist)

HOME PLAY:

Abhyanga (Self Massage with Warm Oil)

Pitta Use coconut oil, Vata use sesame oil, Kapha use sunflower oil.

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Ep.008 Art Journaling + The Red Tepee with Michelle Buggy

In today's episode I chat with Michelle Buggy. Michelle is an Art Therapist, Director of InformEmotion and a mother of 5. Her passions are in art, mental health, menstrual education, community relations and supporting woman in all areas of emotional health.

We discuss art making as a process to explore our inner world, to bring to the surface mood, thought and feeling through accessing a different part of the brain. Michelle shares the evolution of her art practice, from making art journals while traveling and throughout pregnancy, to now facilitating art therapy workshops both at festivals with community participants and in a psychiatric hospital with those who suffer from trauma. Her Red Tepee, showcases the work of diverse women's relationship to their wombs, and at other times it serves as a "Red Tent" where menstruating women can rest. And at the end of the chat, Michelle shares a prompt for "Home Play" so you can explore your response to your day/ inner landscape through art-making.

Enjoy!

LINKS:

Michelle's Art Therapy Journal: ‘Spring Tide - Experiential Creative Arts Journal’

Websites

The Red Tepee

Birthing Art Birthing Heart

Facebook pages

Surf Coast Celebration Day for Girls

Spring Tide Journal

The Red Tepee on Facebook

Bleeding Art Bleeding Heart

 

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Ep.007 MINISODE: Trataka/ Candle Gazing Kriya

If you’ve ever been transfixed by a candle flame or a bonfire and felt your mind clear, you may have been tapping into a yogic practice of trataka.

The Hatha Yoga Pradipika defines trataka as “looking intently with an unwavering gaze at a small point until tears are shed.”

This simple technique cleanses, revives and strengthens the eyes, while also creating a purifying, invigorating effect on the mind. It improves concentration, reduces eye strain/fatigue and paves the way for a deeper meditation practice.

The eyes are related to manipura chakra, and the fire element (the element of transformation and focus) This practice creates heat in the body which enables transformation process of burning up impurities. When the eyes begin to water, wipe the tears away gently with a tissue (you dont want to rub the impurities back in to the eyes).

Materials needed: candle, matches, something to elevate the candle to eye height, tissue to wipe tears.

 

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Ep.006 Radical Community Care in the Birthing Years with Geneveive Slonim

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Genevieve is mother of three, a therapist with an M.A. in Psychology and certification in Narrative Family Therapy. She is also a certified Birth and Post Partum Doula and Childbirth Educator. She is the founder of Birth of a Mama, with an online community on instagram 171k strong. Genevieve's genius I believe is in making the link between the personal and the political, she is and has been deeply active in peace activism and social justice work for over 20 years.

In this conversation Genevieve and I talk about what radical self-care means for her as an North American born mother of 3 living in Israel, and her initial resistance to the term self-care.

Genevieve is vibrant, articulate and passionate as she talks about the formation of the new mothers identity and the way in which this liminal phase can be recognized and reflected back through community, ceremony and ritual (ie that self-care may infact need to begin with the collective, within safe container of relationship and community care!)

This episode is a great one for women beginning the journey to motherhood, or those who are preparing to support a mother through this extraordinary rite of passage.

Enjoy!

Kate x

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Connect with Genevieve

Birth of a Mama: www.birthofamama.com (Download the Postpartum E-book here)

Instagram @birthofamama

Other Links and Resources Mentioned

Churching of Women

Birth of a Mother (Book by Daniel Stern)

Postnatal Doula Services in Sydney with Yoni Yoga Birth (including belly binding, ceremonial bath, massage, birth story listening, placenta encapsulation)

Kate’s article 40 Days at Home After Birth

Slow Mum's Movement (Australian Mum's taking on traditional post-partum confinement practices- SBS Mini-Documetary)

Bumble Music (From Podcast Intro)

 

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Ep.005 Self-Care for Empaths + Wisdom of Cycles with Kristina Wingeier

Kristina is a compassionate, truth-telling ally for women who are on the path of healing, integration & embodiment. My body of work is anchored in the Blood Mysteries - women's cycles of empowerment - and the natural rhythms of lunar & seasonal living. Multi-perceptual listening allows me to give voice to unseen realms, making this information useful & practical without taking away any of the magic & mystery.

On the #RadicalSelfCareStories Podcast Kristina and I discuss what's in her personal self-care medicine bag; practical self-care for empaths, including creating good boundaries; intuition and how to develop it. Enjoy!

Links we discuss:

The Conscious Empath

The Moon is My Calendar

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