There’s nothing like the strength of someone who stands at the shoreline, day after day, continually bashed by the tide and swell; who is relentless in their pursuit of a better life. They step into the incoming, letting the waves wash over head, as they are battered by an ever returning power that overcomes them, but the most inspiring thing is that once they have been rolled and tumbled by the wash, they find which way is up and fight to the surface. They never give up on the hope that they will float even when faced with the next wave and the next.
To know you are going to be knocked down, but to continue to rise, even against the greatest force: that is true strength.
As I wrestle with a cat that has discovered his own ability to lift himself up my jeans with his claws, I bring you playlist numero 8. I’ve already wandered out and about this Sunday but really I always want to get home to my comfy sofa and death clawed kitty.
This week I’ve been working on a mini-ebook for my email subscribers and managed to at least get a little done even though my body insists I require an insane amount of sleep. I’ve also, finally, got motivated to start the Daily Beeks. Oh yes. SnapChat, people. Loving it so much! Follow my snap stories at soulcartographr.
Flipping through the pages of an old, old blog I came across a short poem I wrote a few years ago that explains how out of sorts it can feel to learn about yourself and have some semblance of understanding of it.
Ever since podcasts came on the horizon I’ve been pretty hooked and over time I’ve subscribed and unsubbed to many depending on what’s feeding my curiousity at that moment. Sometimes I take a break and come back, sometimes I don’t. There are a select few that are my go to evening listens in bed, sofa curl ups, or while I’m stepping on my stepper. So if you’re after some new ‘casts to check out, here are my favourite 5.
The Wellness Wonderland –
One of my absolute faves and full of wisdom for ladies looking for peace in every area of their life, Katie Daleabout leads the pack of wellness focused podcasts with this long running series of conversations with inspirational people. Each time a new episode lands in my phone’s notifications I cannot begin to tell you how quickly I drop everything I am doing to listen to the latest!! It’s a MUST HAVE.
Dear Sugar –
Many of us have been emotionally wrecked by the autobiography Wild by Cheryl Strayed, but before she had a hold of our tearducts she was Sugar, an agony aunt. She shares the role with author Steve Almond, himself a previous writer of Sugar’s column and they are back! I came late to the party on this one, but it gave me an entire catalogue to listen to. This is great late night listening when you can’t sleep and they also dish out some well considered advice too!
Untame the Wild Soul Woman –
The first of two Elizabeth’s on this list is the elegantly wild Elizabeth Dialto. Passionate about womanhood and throwing off the convential cape of how women are traditionally conditioned, Elizabeth is THE expert on loving yourself… Wildly, of course.
99% Invisible –
Hosted by a man with the best name in history who also has a voice I could listen to for days. Ladies and Gentlefolk, I present, Roman Mars. I’ve been listening to this Godly voiced chap for many years and I just can’t get enough. The podcast orginally began as a exploration into how architechture impacts and changes our lives, but has evolved to cover design as a whole. Each show is exquistely put together. Just go and listen. It is perfection. I highly suggest finding the episode about Heyoon. You’re welcome.
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert –
Recorded to go along with the release of Liz Gilbert’s latest book, Big Magic, this podcast had a limited number of episodes but the lessons in it will stand the test of time. With the help of her fellow authors and friends she strives to help renew the creative juices of those that have run out of oomph. If you’re a fan or simply are after some golden nuggets of creative wisdom you’ll be just like me, listening to these 10 episodes over and over again.
Another Sunday, another day snuggled up with a cup of tea and a blanket. Duncan is curled next to me showing me his tummy, there’s a stack of books next to me that need reading, and it’s laundry day so my flat will be smelling like fresh loveliness later on. I can’t see myself moving from this spot today apart from to load, unload and floof my face in the clean washing. I never feel like getting out and about once it starts raining and getting cold. Perfect inside chilling weather.