14 November 2012, 07:19
‘Allo Guv’nor! Yes, it’s true! Kat, Nubby & I are bringing The Blogcademy to good old London town; dusting off our passports & flying over the ditch to mingle with the best of British!
It’s pretty fair to say that we’re DYING with excitement!
Our first class in New York City was such a smashing success that it seemed silly not to bring it to Europe! Of course, we’d love to see you there…
“This past weekend I went to The Blogcademy and oh my heavens. I haven’t felt that kind of magic since summer of 2010.”
Want to join us?
The Blogcademy will be LIVE in London on the 19th & 20th January 2013. The location? Curtain Road Studios, in Shoreditch. (It’s pretty beautiful. We’re pretty excited.)
Best of all, we have an earlybird special for the first 48 hours… So don’t dilly-dally! Click here to reserve your space!
At The Blogcademy, 30 enthusiastic bloggers are provided with guidance & encouragement, along with a massive dose of inspiration. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a hobbyist or if blogging is your full-time gig; all that matters is that you have a passion for this crazy thing we call the blogosphere!
Instagrams from our fabulous students in New York City!
“Truth be told I’ve been trying to get my mojo to sing loud and proud for an age, to middling success. To get things hip hop moving along I spent a couple of days at the first ever Blogcademy in New York city. It was hands down one of the best things I’ve done to move my ideas forward in a really long time. The BEST. I think I may have a choir of mojo about to sing hallelujah. It got me thinking about how we get our mojos to sing…”
The Blogcademy is a two-day workshop designed to shake you all the way down to the tippy-toes of your blogging boots! We spend the weekend together, talking about how to make your blog completely unique. The structure is informal & fun, more like being part of a conversation with your friends than a stiff, dull conference style. (That’s not how we learn best, & we bet it’s the same for you!)
We pack as much information as we can into our two days together, with plenty of space for ample Q&A. (Bring your questions! Do your best to bamboozle us!) From branding to book deals, PR to digital products, if it’s part of the blogosphere, we’ve either done it or are doing it right now!
On Sunday, you’ll get an expert photography lesson from Lisa Devlin, British wedding photographer of the year. Oh, & we send you off with a personal review of your blog, summarised on a report card! Boom!
The goal is that you go home with your head bursting with ideas… Then start implementing them!
By the way, if you’re curious about what The Blogcademy was like from the eyes of our students, read one of these posts from Femke, Nikki (our wonder volunteer), Hayley, Liz, Maree, Stephanie Marie, Ruby, Andrea, Islandia, Stephanie, Dara, Jamie or Natanya... !
“All blogging info aside, Kat, Gala and Shauna taught lessons of confidence, self love and positivity. The overarching theme of the weekend was: you are the only person that can take control of your future, so own it!“
“Y’all MUST GO. It was AWESOME. So much great info that a week later my brain is still leaking!”
Did you know Shauna has never been to London?! She’s going to rip her jolly knickers! I can’t wait for the hi-jinks to ensue… Do all you Brits promise to show us a good time?!
I’m so excited to see you!
13 November 2012, 10:58
Photo by Corey Tenold.
Recently, my friend Mystic Medusa said to me, “You are beginning a magical journey. Take some time with this next eclipse to think how you could better nurture yourself/your soul. You need to replenish your Qi for the next big push.”
I took her seriously, & have since kicked up my levels of self-care & radical self LOVE! I’ve been indulging in regular meditation, more green tea & water consumption, reflexology, hypnosis & taking relaxing baths. Yes, clearly, when Mystic Medusa says “Jump!”, I ask, “How high?!”
In case you, like me, are feeling a little unravelled, here are a few of the things I’ve found that are extremely restorative & calming…
1. Deepak Chopra’s free meditation course
I learned about Deepak’s free 21-day meditation course through Yaz, who is, by all accounts, a pretty wonderful gal. It sounded great, but I was worried that I was too late to start. Thankfully, my fears were unfounded; when you sign up, you’re simply directed to a page with a list of MP3s, which you can work through at your own pace.
I started with Day 1 on Saturday night, while sitting cross-legged (& sideways!) in a lavender Epsom salt bath. Every day, Deepak gives you a new thought to focus on while you meditate. He also supplies you with a mantra that you can slowly repeat to yourself over & over if you find yourself getting distracted.
The length of the meditation isn’t too long — it’s just long enough to feel like you have sunken into that place of deep peace — & I think they will probably increase in length as I work my way through the series. Who can know?!
Either way, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Commit yourself to 3 weeks of daily meditation & see if it makes a difference to your happiness!
2. Epsom salt baths
The idea of going & taking an Epsom salt bath is an oldie but a goodie. A huge number of us have diets that are lacking in magnesium & sulfates, & Epsom salt is extremely high in those two things. Thankfully, we’re able to easily absorb them through our skin!
When you step up your levels of magnesium, it helps to flush toxins & heavy metals, improves heart & circulatory health & regulates electrolytes (which improves nerve function). Magnesium also raises your levels of serotonin, which reduces stress & makes you feel happy, improves sleep & concentration & improves sleep, as well as relieving muscle pain & inflammation.
Sulfates are important, too: they help improve the absorption of nutrients, help to form better proteins in the body, & prevent & ease migraine headaches.
So basically, an Epsom salt bath will soften the skin, soothe aches, reduce swelling, exfoliate the skin, draw toxins from the body, sedate the nervous system, relax the muscles & provide relief from joint soreness. If that doesn’t make you want to run a bath right now, I don’t know what will!
Some witches take Epsom salt baths to cleanse the aura, & others say Epsom salt baths can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I don’t know about that, but hey, it can’t hurt!
Photo by Corey Tenold.
“You are getting sleepy…” No, no, not like that!
On Friday, I took an hour & a half out of my schedule to pay a visit to Deborah Flanagan. Her Yelp reviews are incredible, & at first I bookmarked her page because she works as a reflexologist. When it came time to book the appointment, however, I decided to mix it up, dedicating half of the session to reflexology, & the other half to hypnosis!
I’d never tried hypnosis before & I was so pleasantly surprised. Deborah is this wonderful woman with a spellbinding voice, & I knew I was with a like-minded person when she told me that she teaches almost all of her clients EFT!
An hour & a half later, I sat up on her table & looked in the mirror. I was literally GLOWING. I floated out of her office, feeling completely blissed out.
My session with Deborah was one of the most rejuvenating & satisfying energy-work experiences I’ve ever had. If you’ve ever been interested in trying hypnosis, I strongly encourage you to do it!
I’ve been practicing EFT since 2006, when my then-boyfriend basically talked me into giving it a try. It literally transformed my life, & through using it regularly, was able to transform from a sad, angry girl with an eating disorder into the very happy woman I am today!
EFT has an incredible ability to remove emotional blockages from the body, freeing you from sadness, tension, fear, anger or any other negative feelings you might be experiencing… & once those emotions disappear from your body, you’ll be amazed at how much more of the real you shows up.
It’s mind-bogglingly easy to do. In fact, I made a video about how to use it in 2007! (Geez, probably time for an update!)
Trust me when I say: I know it sounds ridiculous. Tapping on your face with your fingers while you say things that feel uncomfortable doesn’t seem like something that would achieve much, other than making you feel silly. But it REALLY WORKS. (One day I should share the email I got from a girl who used EFT to not only achieve her first orgasm, but become multi-orgasmic! Go girl!)
Anyway. Give it a shot, & let me know if you’d like me to write more about it!
Just click the link. Go on! I’ll wait…
Yes, one of the best ways to deal with feeling bad is simply to SMILE. Our physiology informs our psychology, so if you’re having the worst day ever, smiling — even if you don’t mean it! — will actually transform your mood. The same goes for standing or sitting up straighter, dropping your shoulders & doing some deep breathing. Our brain is easily tricked by our body, so take advantage of it!
As simple as this sounds, it actually works, & as annoying as it is to have creepy dude on the street tell you to “SMILE!”, maybe he’s onto something?!
12 November 2012, 12:28
We’ve had power back for about a week. Showers, lights, heating, the whole nine yards. I swear, I’ll never complain about low water pressure again! We’re immensely thankful. But I wanted to let you know, for those of you who are not in NYC, that we are the exception rather than the rule.
Our neighbourhood isn’t looking too pretty right now. There are still massive piles of garbage on the street: some people have had to throw away every single earthly possession. The trash is beginning to really smell. Our nearest supermarket — which was thoroughly flooded — reopened a couple of days ago. I went in on Sunday, & immediately turned & walked out again. It stinks in there. I don’t know how they can be allowed to be open, when it’s still so filthy.
But we’re the lucky ones. For most people in Manhattan, life is starting to return to normal. The subway works. Our places of business are open. Our local coffeeshop is, once again, serving up soy lattes.
This isn’t the case for everyone. Almost 60,000 people are without power. Some of them are disabled, & stuck in their apartments, the stairwells pitch black. Looting & violence is rife. Schools have been transformed into enormous homeless shelters, & conditions are terrible.
Turning the power back on is one thing, but what about the thousands of people who are now homeless? So many people lost everything. Where are they going to live? Where are they going to go?
It’s really easy to change the channel, to pretend this isn’t still going on, that NYC is back on its feet & everything is dandy. But that isn’t the case.
Instead of sitting around & feeling useless, which is how most of us have been for the last week or so, here are five ways you can help out.
You can buy supplies for Occupy Sandy through their wishlist. As you can see, most of their needs have been met, but not entirely. You can also donate money, & consider giving some to New Jersey, too! They were hit REALLY hard.
If you’re in New York or New Jersey, simply ask your neighbours if they need anything! Our landlord gave everyone in the building a space heater once we had power back, but when the boiler was fixed, we were left with a surplus heater. We donated it. Your neighbour might have a family member who could really use extra blankets or toiletries. Just ask.
Let people know about the free housing being offered through Airbnb. Almost 1000 people are offering a room in their house to people left homeless by Sandy, which is such a beautiful thing.
...And once the clean-up is over, the only thing left to do is rebuild. If you know any construction workers who could volunteer their time, please let them know that they are needed!
You can follow @OccupySandy for realtime updates on what is needed & where…
11 November 2012, 09:52
We had SUCH a bloody good time at The Blogcademy that it only made sense to make a little film about it! Here’s a 30 second tease that I hope brings a little smile to your Sunday!
Remember, we’re announcing our next class on Wednesday… So y’all come back now, y’hear?!
With much love from your headmistress,
9 November 2012, 09:14
Photo from Vogue Girl Korea.
Happy Friday! After a day of snow & its inevitable sister, a day of slush, the sun is shining in New York City. Walking Dolly this morning, I was struck by the light coming through the trees: it was truly a beautiful East Village morning.
This Carousel is very long overdue, so I hope you’ll enjoy it, share it & pass it to friends who also need distracting!
Did you know that the number one productivity tool is self-love?!
I love Kelly’s apartment... & it is even more spectacular in person!
I kinda agreed with what Olivia Wilde had to say about how you know a relationship is over when your vagina dies...
So funny: What we pretend fashion week looks like versus what it actually looks like…
I read this post in October & it became even more poignant to me during & post-Sandy. Who are the people in your neighbourhood?
My birthday twin & all-round amazing woman Molly Crabapple wrote about being a professional naked girl. It is absolutely brilliant.
If you need filler text, try Kiwi Ipsum! Oh well, it made me laugh…
Have you ever wanted to stay in a castle? Now you can!
This is a good read, but a sad one, too: 16 Ways I Blew My Marriage.
Writers, you do not wanna miss Linda Sivertsen’s top 3 writing shortcuts!
Got new shoes? (Lucky!) Here’s how to break them in!
So much has been written about the efforts of Occupy Sandy in New York but this piece is the best summary so far.
Just one more reason to feel awesome about his reelection: Obama’s letter to a girl who has two dads.
Shauna — who you might know as Nubby! — wrote a review of Paul Arden’s Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite & I enjoyed reading her takeaways. (It’s a fab book, & a super-quick read to boot!)
I love this cardigan-over-a-wedding-dress look. Do you?
Garance writes & draws about some of the differences between Paris & New York. She’s so right… but American enthusiasm is a big part of what makes this country so great!
My GOD, I laughed so hard at this post about Brad Pitt’s furniture designs... & the comments.
Let’s move to Paris & live here!
Are you sometimes horrified when you watch movies from your childhood & realise they’re jam-packed with innuendo that you just didn’t get? If so, this list of jokes you didn’t understand as a kid is for you.
On Being a Fat Child, by Autumn, who is just as amazing in person as you’d expect.
Loved this piece, The Malia Generation, about Barack & Michelle’s daughters growing up.
Chloe took some photos at Disney & I can’t wait to see the rest!
At a loose end? Make a globe lamp this weekend!
Always happy to distract you,