Collective Care is a written interview series with people who are changing the world. Most often, these folks are working at the intersection of creative, healing, and/or activist work.
I’m in love with the idea of amplifying the work (and self-care practices) of people who are building a more compassionate world. In this series, I get to chat with people who inspire me like whoa.
Today we get to meet Grace Quantock!
Grace, take it away…
How are you changing the world?
(What is your change-making, healing, and/or creative work? This might be paid, unpaid or a combination.)
I love changing the world through increasing compassion – in myself and in others. I help people who want to heal by creating bespoke ethical gifts at my non-profit Healing Boxes CIC at http://healing-boxes.com and offering writing, teaching and psycho-spiritual depth coaching on living well with pain, illnesses at http://gracequantock.com.
What challenges your heart in that journey?
Balancing my needs and rhythms with the requirements and deadlines of the world. It’s a constant dance I am feeling my way into.
What inspires you to keep going?
Seeing the difference my work makes in the world and knowing that I have the massively privileged opportunity to be able to do this work in the world and I want to use this opportunity to it’s fullest.
How do you support yourself or tend to yourself and your heart in that process?
What nourishes and replenishes you?
I am deeply nourished and replenished by time with my dogs and horse, time in the garden, time at the canvas, intuitively painting and time at my celtic harp, playing and learning. I am nourished on the mat, on my plate with vegan, ethical eating and in my relationships, for which I am so blessed.
How do you experience care within community?
How do others support you in your journey and practice?
My beloveds; my husband, my dogs and horse, the land, my family and friends, as well as my community in The Wellness Trailblazers’ Cafe are all wonderful support on this journey.
What’s your best piece of advice you have for people who want to make a difference?
You are a revolution, an instigation, a coup d’etat de la couer waiting to spring. You are needed, wanted, longed for. No matter what they said there are people who love you. You, dear heart, are worth fighting for. Believe me when I say the world is waiting for you and all you have to offer. It could be a novel, an invention or the love you give when you are baking. Our dreams can be grand(ios) or humbly filled with love. That doesn’t matter. You and the calling in your heart matters.
You are an angel, an answered prayer, a rainbow hope, a miracle worker, a kind heart, a untapped resource, a potential inspiration explosion, a waiting-hiding clear blue fountain. You are the potential of the ages hidden inside you.
You are the result of a million years of evolution.
You are the cumulation, the success, the thriving survival of all your ancestors.
You are the instigation and hope for future generations.
You are here on this beautiful planet for a tiny fraction, a mayfly, firework, glittering second. You have too little time, and too much talent to waste.
You are an un-renewable resource, if you burn-out, get stuck, drown in overwhelm and quit, the world will never experience what you can give in the way you can give it. And honestly, we can’t risk loosing that. To survive, the world needs all of us, now. So please, take care of yourself so that you can do your soul-work. Go gently and know that I am grateful for you.
Paint us a picture of the more compassionate world and future you imagine.
I want to live in a world where you are loved, accepted & supported & when illness, disability, trauma or grief throws your life off track you can blaze a new trail to the true you.
Grace Quantock is an award-winning international wellness expert, coach, author and motivational speaker. She is the founder of Healing Boxes CIC and Grace Quantock Trailblazing Wellness (Un)Ltd.
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