The day after I graduated college, I put everything I owned in a storage unit to go live at a First Nations logging blockade in Canada. That summer changed everything.
Now, I’m a Northern California activist, educator, writer, and mama who is obsessed with empowering caretakers, creatives, and changemakers to lead sustainably.
I balance being a highly-sensitive person + introvert with blocking highways for fun. (I contain multitudes!)
I aim to be: anti-capitalist, anti-fascist, anti-racist, and abolitionist in my work and life. I believe in lovingkindness and collective liberation.
I truly love: knitting, drinking coffee, snuggling my cats, soaking in hot springs, and hiking in the redwoods.
These days, I'm:
* Writing articles about mindfulness, self-care, sobriety, and mental health for Catapult, Ms. Magazine, Scary Mommy, The Mighty, and elsewhere.
* Hosting the Tending Your Life podcast: a podcast all about the political and spiritual practice of being human.
* Teaching online courses that will help you develop deep self-care + sustainable leadership.
My specialty is helping people make a bigger impact. I teach people how to dissolve overwhelm, heal burnout, and lead sustainably.
And to be clear, you don't have to be an activist for us to work well together. If you are ready to lead, I'm ready to help you do it.
Root Causes: It's time to excavate why we need self-care in the first place. By looking at root causes, we can create root solutions.
Both/And: You don't have to choose between making an impact and having a life that's personally meaningful. They can fuel each other.
Compassionate: Real self-care starts with compassionate presence with yourself. It needs to begin with caring before anything else.
Sustainable: Self-care should resource you deeply. It shouldn't be just one more thing on your to-do list to stress you out.
Anti-Capitalist: You can break free from the narratives about needing more or hustling harder. You are allowed to show up as you are.
Liberatory: Our self-care is not freedom in and of itself. Our practice is a vehicle for freedom, not just for us, but for all beings.
Her voice is so warm, gentle, and real; like a good friend or sister who’s unafraid to reach a person in the dark waters and guide them to shore. Or, more precisely, suggest solid ways for that person to (re)discover the resilience and refuge within themselves.
Ashley Beaudin, Leadership Mentor + Heart Encourager, ashleybeaudin.com
I have truly found joy in helping my patients this week, focusing on all the ways that I have been able to serve them, and I have ended my days feeling rewarded instead of discouraged.
Heather Hamilton, physical therapist
Louise Warren, Musician and Creativity Coach