I've been meditating on the song Read All About It recently by Emile Sande. We live in a world where women's voices are rising, but in no way are they rising fast enough, loudly enough or in large enough numbers. We still silence ourselves, and we still silence each other, in…
July Round Up
Welcome to the July Round Up. I feel like I just blinked and July was gone completely, how about you? I am about to head off to Byron Bay for ten days of bliss – the Byron Writers Festival, some cherished time reading, maybe a little writing, and a whole lot of nothing much at all. I hope you are taking some time out to restore at this mid year point, even if that’s just a bubble bath once a week amidst your crazy life.
So here are a few bits and pieces from July around what I was up to, listening to, reading and loving.
The biggest thing that happened in July was that we launched the Lead Like A Woman online leadership and coaching program. We did our first in a series of six free webinars and officially opened the doors to the program and released the book on Amazon! It was pretty huge. The book will be getting some major buzz from mid August when I get back from Byron, through published articles, media and in book stores, but for now you can check it out on Amazon, Kindle, Booktopia and all other online retailers (will be in stock in Booktopia next week).
I also was out and about speaking and running strengths, mindset and leadership workshops for wonderful clients like Microsoft; ran an incredible See What’s Possible Day at my home for a small group of wonderful women, the results of which always blow my mind (another one coming up around October so stay tuned for that); I was part of a great online leadership summit called Crack The Leadership Code where I talked about the rise of feminine traits in leadership and why the world is desperate for new leadership – and what it looks like; and worked with some incredible new and existing coaching clients on creating businesses and careers that light them up.
The two articles I wrote on the site in July are here in case you missed them:
So that was me for July. I have some really interesting posts coming up, and we are launching our Women, Leadership & Work – Changing The Conversation podcast on iTunes this week which I am incredibly excited about, with some fascinating interviews already in the can to share with you. Lot’s more content to come once I get back from Byron with a refreshed heart and mind.
Things I’m loving this month
Here are some resources for you this month that might be of interest, provide inspiration, or just a bit of light entertainment!
I seem to get into a groove with podcasts and listen to one after the other of a certain person. This month I have been listening to Liz Dialto’s Untame The Wild Soul, especially loving Ep93 with Natalie MacNeil; I’ve been diving back into The Accidental Creative with Todd Henry and Sounds True again listening to Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes on The Dangerous Old Woman.
My favourite tools this month: Canva which I am using for presentation images to make them visually interesting; Asana which is a project management tool I am using religiously in my businesses. I resisted using a project management tool for first the two years of my business as I was very attached to my story of being a ‘creative’ and having to ‘go with the flow’ and be ‘organic’ in my business. What a crock. For all you creatives out there, or resistors like I was, bringing more discipline and structure into your days actually frees you up for more creativity. Who knew? A lot of people it seems! A post on this coming soon; and Spotify which I love for all my tunes, meditation and yoga music and listening on the go without paying ridiculous prices per track. Fav song this month? Wild Things by Alessia Cara – “I lose my balance on these egg shells you tell me tread, I’d rather be a wild one instead….don’t wanna hang around the in crowd, the cool kids aren’t cool to me, they’re not cooler than we are.” All love.
This one is from me to you with love. I released a completely free video Career Master Class training and workbook this month. You can access it here. It will help you get unstuck with your career, develop your personal brand and work out what on earth you really do to leverage mentors and sponsors. Share it with your friends, they will love you for it.
I’ve been in and out of too many books to mention this month, just browsing really as my mind settles after all that writing. Next up for is The Red Tent which is in my bag ready for Byron reading. I’ll let you know how I find it!
Recipe – Anti-inflammatory Toddy
I wanted to share this incredible recipe from Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food who I interviewed on the podcast this week (the episode will be up in a few weeks). For all those Aussies reading, this will warm you through and through on these cold winter nights, and for others in warmer climates, it’s still equally nourishing.
Inflammation lies at the root of many chronic illnesses, and a majority of them start within the gut as an autoimmune reaction that develops into systemic inflammation. This tea is your drug-free weapon of prevention, laced with creamy cashew milk and perfumed with healing spices.
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) cashew milk or milk of choice
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
pinch of vanilla powder
pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
6 drops liquid stevia
Heat the cashew milk in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2–3 minutes or until just warmed. Add the spices, ginger, vanilla and pepper, then stir to remove any lumps.
Remove from the heat and pour through a fine sieve to remove the grated ginger. Add the stevia and enjoy warm.
That was July. I hope it was wonderful. More from me after Bryon. Until then, be well, and thanks as always for being here.