I can be difficult to live with. I get an idea in my head. Get on a mission. Get carried away and don’t listen to rhyme or reason. It is a particular pattern that I exhibit in line with my monthly cycle. Don’t mess with me when I’m pre-menstrual. I’m always right and I know what I’m doing. Regardless of the fact that I am prone to emerge from the fog and realise I have wasted time, sometimes money and worse, occasionally made commitments that I wish I hadn’t. Oh, and did I mention, I can be foul.

So, for…

Me & my imperfect body after a swim at the beautiful Lepe beach

I recently read ‘The Body is not an apology’ by Sonia Renee Taylor. In it she talks a lot about how ‘body terrorism’ induces shame and stops us from making peace with ourselves, and other people or reconcile with the reality that we can’t know anything with utter certainty. Her words spoke to me on many levels and brought up some difficult reactions. For a start, the concept of ‘radical self-love’, feels uncomfortable. I guess my evangelical Christian upbringing makes the thought of loving myself first, in order to truly love others, feel wrong. Bad. Selfish. And thinking about my…

As a woman in my late forties, I am definitely approaching menopause. I feel in that ‘peri’ state. Even though I am perpetually altered by chemical hormones, due to suffering from pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). My doctor tells me I can’t be feeling this because I am on the pill, but I know my hormones are still there. Just masked. I feel them every month as I move through my cycle.

And I am also childfree. Purposefully so. It’s not that I didn’t want children. For many years I did. But for my husband and I, we couldn’t bring them…

Stop calling me a consumer: it’s time to take back control and live our lives on purpose

Covid-19 has brought the problems of our world into sharp relief. As I think about what needs to change if we are to tackle our planetary crises and deliver social justice, I see language and the stories we tell ourselves and each other as a high priority. Near the top of my list is how we, citizens of the world, are always referred to as ‘consumers’ by politicians, business and the media. I am so much more than a consumer and so are…

“this is the 21st century and we need to redefine r/evolution. this planet needs a people’s r/evolution. a humanist r/evolution. r/evolution is not about bloodshed or about going to the mountains and fighting. we will fight if we are forced to, but the fundamental goal of r/evolution must be peace.

we need a r/evolution of the mind.

we need a r/evolution of the heart.

we need a r/evolution of the spirit.

the power of the people is stronger than any weapon. a people’s r/evolution can’t be stopped.

we need to be weapons of mass construction.

weapons of mass love.

it’s…

Photo by Vasilios Muselimis on Unsplash

This week, world leaders are meeting at the UN Global Assembly and as part of New York Climate Week. And Monday also saw the autumn equinox and the International Day of Peace. Will they achieve anything this time? I hope so. If not, it’s time to take responsibility, where are leaders will not.

We are so far away from peace right now. As individuals, communities and a global village, life feels more frantic than ever. We are in the middle of a pandemic and we don’t have a fix. We are on the brink of the worst recession in decades…

Thankyou to my friend Catherine Van Loo for letting me use her photo from the School Climate Strike in London in September

As always, I was fascinated by what happened in Davos this year. If not necessarily encouraged. Donald Trump criticised climate ’prophets of doom’, pronouncing the amazingness of the USA and promoting their fracked gas as a safe solution to energy security. On the same stage, Greta Thunberg gave all the adults in the room a good talking to about the rapid action needed to tackle climate and ecological breakdown to provide her generation with a future that they can thrive in. HRH The Prince of Wales told us that we have just ten years to get our act together. And…

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So, this is my third blog of Advent. In blog one I embarked on a journey of discovery and then in blog two shared my worries, anxieties and inadequacies in relation to the climate crisis. I am now back to reflect on how to turn those negatives into power and purpose to become part of the solution and do Christmas well in a climate emergency. I have found it more challenging process than flushing out the worries! …

I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas again. Time really does speed up as you get older! Going to the supermarket on Sunday, I could feel the change in tempo. The rise is in pitch. The transition from Black Friday to the first day of advent. The compulsion to shop becoming ever more frenzied and pressured. The season to over consume almost upon us. I find it exhausting and anxiety inducing. Stay away as much as possible.

I don’t want to be a fun sponge. I love Christmas. The sparkling lights on a cold dark night. The food. The socials. Spending…

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I can’t believe it’s nearly Christmas again. Time really does speed up as you get older! Going to the supermarket on Sunday, I could feel the change in tempo. The rise is in pitch. The transition from Black Friday to the first day of advent. The compulsion to shop becoming ever more frenzied and pressured. The season to over consume almost upon us. I find it exhausting and anxiety inducing. Stay away as much as possible.

I don’t want to be a fun sponge. I love Christmas. The sparkling lights on a cold dark night. The food. The socials. Spending…

Gudrun Cartwright

Climate Coach, turning fear into power, purpose and action. It’s time to become 21st Century Grown Ups and fix this mess.

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