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On symbiotic relationships and home coming

The process of returning to my birth name has been an important focus the last few weeks and I have written about it in: Returning. Alongside that process I have been working on another creative endeavour. Only very recently have I seen that both processes are leading to the same point. And that point lies within me. It was Sylvia Boorstein who, I believe, coined the phrase 'Happiness is an inside job' and wrote a book of that name. Its a simple easy to read explanation of the positive impact of...

May 17, 2021

I am seething about this advert!

This ad was in the NZ Herald this morning (12/5/2021):...

May 12, 2021

Returning

17th April, 2021: I am embarking on another journey - I am returning to my birth name: Jacqueline Mary Pearson In the spirit of the Inanna story, I am imagining this will be a process of letting go, a time of waiting and a time of embracing the new....

April 29, 2021

The story of 'The little gold cup and saucer.'

Recently, for the opening meditation of an online group I was running, I lit a tealight candle in a beautiful gold cup and saucer I have sitting on my desk....

April 6, 2021

Love Letters to Death # 3

I celebrated Equinox and the coming of Autumn over this last weekend. Lovely to spend time out in nature with other people interested in stopping the busyness and take time:time for ourselvestime to honour the change of season time to feel gratitude ...

March 22, 2021

Love Letters to Death # 2

I have had lots of very positive comments about my Love Letters to Death # 1. Thank you. ...

March 12, 2021

I am Re-imagining Myself my way ...

This morning I awoke out of a dream where I was holding a tiny, new born baby. ...

March 4, 2021

Love letters to Death #1:

Death is the biggest transition any of us will make in our lives.This is certainly true for the person dying.It can also true for the dying person's family / nearest and dearest.Death, dying is one of life's transitions that I feel most drawn to. This is partly, for sure because my father's death in 1962 defined who I was until I finally did the work of resolving that experience in my thirties. Caring for my late husband, Ivan as he died in 2009 was one of the most powerful and rich times of my ...

March 4, 2021

one woman's story number 1

Re-imagining Ourselves is a process to understand life transitions. It provides a framework - like a map pr markers along the path.It came to me the other day that a good way to communicate how different women come to the place where they are ready to make that inner journey was through storytelling.So here is the first story :...

February 22, 2021

Stepping into boldness ... again!

Towards the end of last year, I decided to commit to making a promotional video with some video creatives here in Auckland. I knew that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and 1) ask for help with marketing and, 2) walk my talk by being bold and become visible. It was useful to have Christmas as a deadline to pay for the video as that meant I had to act promptly. I chose One Day Video (ODV) because I had a connection with one of the team and I liked the initial conversation I had with them o...

February 2, 2021

Walk Thoughts

I haven't felt moved to make new year resolutions this year. If 2020 taught me anything it was that seemingly random stuff - like Covid, like the circus in the US right now - happens; that so much of our lives in a story in our heads, or more dangerously, in Donald Trump's head. I also haven't felt moved to write the usual new year blog. So many of them contain imperatives about what we should be doing in 2021. I find most of them preachy  ".... just do x, y or z ... and your life will be...

January 8, 2021

Thoughts on authenticity: what does it really look like? Cutting through the BS

Now that I have finished creating the content for Re-imagining Ourselves, I am exploring different options of letting people know that it exists. I have been researching who might be able to assist me with this. It's a BIG world out there! This blog is not about which digital marketing platform I am going to use or who I am going to work with to get the word out there. No. What I am struck with that most blogs / articles / posts talk about how we need to find strategies to get through this new...

December 16, 2020

'I want an older woman in my life!'

I was listening to a super smart highly successful professional woman this week who had the question: 'Where are the older women who can listen ...  guide ... (fill in the blank) me?' She asked me how I see myself. Yes, I am now an older woman. Older not old! There are some things I am not: I am not a therapist, even though I have many years of training. I do not see the women who seek me out as in need of healing. We are already whole and complete, but we have forgotten that. We can expand...

December 11, 2020

Why I love the Inanna story so much

I first came across the Inanna story 35 years ago, whilst living in London. This was an intense time of inner exploration; heady emotional days filled with workshops and courses while working full time to create a not-for-profit parenting organisation with my late husband, Ivan. Given that I am now 65 years old, that means that the Inanna story has been a thread for more than half my life. OK, so perhaps I am Leo the late bloomer in that it has taken me til now to truly nail my flag on the mast ...

November 30, 2020

Building Resilience to Ride the Bumps Along the Way

So, I have spent the best part of six months creating the content for Re-imagining Ourselves. A month ago, I was celebrating completing the video making and editing and getting the course out to a small group of beta-testers. I have been so appreciative of the small group who have tried Re-imagining Ourselves out. Thank you, you know who you are! The feedback has been powerful and poignant. And I still haven't launched publicly. Some of the delay has been that I have needed help from other peopl...

November 17, 2020

The creative journey

I am super excited to be getting close to launching my first online offering: Re-imagining Ourselves. It has been such a process! What is so interesting about my creative journey - any creative journey, I believe - is that the process started in my imagination. and, if I look back on all of the big creative projects I have initiated during my life, they have all started like this.... with a flash 'out of the blue', an image, a thought. Those imaginal images can be so fleeting that we can ignore...

October 19, 2020

Honouring (some of) the women who have been part of my journey

Look at this! An old photo - January, 2005, Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga, Aotearoa / New Zealand. Here are some of the 'heroines' who participated in my first retreat for women, aptly called 'The Heroine's Journey'. It ran over 6 months in 2004, up in the hills. It was an amazing experience for me especially, following on from the success of my play, Kur the year before. How young we look! Women in mid-life splendor, plumbing the depths and feeling so creative and (almost) invincible....

October 17, 2020

Transitions are happening in our lives ALL the time - let's honour them!

We experience so many transitions during our lives. So few of them are marked or celebrated. Birth, marriage and death are the most popular. Some transitions like turning 21 used to be considered important but now that young people are considered adults at 18, the need to 'receive the key' don't seem to fit anymore. ...

October 15, 2020

Working collaboratively takes guts and courage

I was mentoring a woman recently who was telling me how unhappy she was in her job because there was a culture of gossip and talking behind each other’s backs. Yes, there are many work teams that work really effectively. It is so exciting to work in a supportive professional team with everyone is working towards a common end and everyone’s opinion is valued ...

August 19, 2019

Believe me, you have a storyteller inside you

Telling stories enriches us as the storyteller as well as those who listen.I spent last weekend at a storytelling gathering on the Kapiti Coast with UK storyteller,  Shonaleigh Shonaleigh may be the last of the storytellers from the Drut’syla tradition, where a Jewish grandmother would train her grand-daughter to memorise thousands of stories. Her Bubba (grandmother) started training her at the age of four. As well as being blown away by Shonaleigh’s ability to tell stories for hours at...

March 10, 2019

On Being vs Doing

It is ironic that we are called human beings when in fact most of us are on the go, most of the time. We are human doings. I certainly am. I have just spent a good few hours in my garden which I love doing. Building a compost pile, laying pavers for a new patio … pottering. I enjoy feeling physically tired after working hard. I know I will sleep well tonight. It takes discipline for me to remember to have down time – and I don’t mean on my phone! I mean reflection or meditation time, ...

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