Avoiding burnout and keeping ourselves replenished doesn't just mean taking a break when it all gets too much. It's our duty as change makers to take care of ourselves and honour our own wellbeing every day – so that we can root our work in practices that help us thrive. It's the only way we can make sure the change we want to see is one that we can sustain over the long term. Today, we're … [Read more...] about Change Making Voices: Desiree Adaway
I see some of what is happening, in particular online, around ‘self-care’ as a commodification and the development of a kind of ‘self-care’ industry that sells us stuff so that we can meet a need that the ‘do-it-all’ culture around us is creating. To me this is a capitalistic notion of self-care in which we buy something to fill a gap. In this model looking after ourselves is yet another thing we … [Read more...] about Resisting the commoditisation of self-care & building our capacity for collective care
The recent story about Oxfam’s handling of abuse that happened in Chad and Haiti feels like the #MeToo moment for the charity sector which we knew would come. We knew it would come because we know these kinds of abuse are everywhere. We (as a sector) are neither uniquely flawed nor, uniquely infallible. It’s right and proper that there is scrutiny of what charities get up to and how they … [Read more...] about Thousands of passionate people and a few ‘bad eggs’?
What does taking care of ourselves so that we can have a bigger impact actually look like in practice – and how do real change makers fit rest, replenishment and self care into their day to day work? Today we're talking to Kimberly Weiss. Kimberly's a body neutral, BS-free teacher, writer and speaker. She works with smart women who overthink, focus on perfection and are tired of feeling … [Read more...] about Change Making Voices: Kimberly Weiss
Take your shoes off, sit down and make yourself comfortable. Switch off your phone (yep!), the notifications, the updates, the noise. I want to share some things with you To whisper these things in your ear Like the wind So they'll be with you Next time and every time you need to hear them First of all I want to honour your busyness, I want to honour all the ways in which you have been … [Read more...] about Dear Exhausted Woman, who wants to change the world. It’s OK to rest.