What are we daring to do next?

If you’ve been following Dare to Live from the beginning, firstly thank you, but also, you’ve likely seen it change and evolve, go through periods of activity and dormancy, represent different experiences and lessons. It’s become something a bit different than what it was set up as and it’s about to undergo another little shift. My intention is to bring more life, activity and connection to this space.

Dare to Live began in Dublin, with an incredible group of individuals who wholeheartedly wanted to encourage survival over suicide (sos). These beautiful people held groups, shared experiences and used this space to inspire others to keep going, to overcome their challenges and to reconnect to the person they truly are.

That group surrounded me with people who get it. They valued a lot of what I value. They saw the importance of saying yes to life, showing up and daring to live even when it’s scary, challenging and maybe even the last thing we wanted to do. That group looked for the light…

How Can We Heal?

“You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we're not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power." Louise L Hay

[ˈhiːlɪŋ] NOUN the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again. VERB alleviate (a person's distress or anguish correct or put right (an undesirable situation).

'When I heal myself, I heal others around me. The joy I feel in my healing is radiated out to everyone around me.'

This affirmation by The Road to Hannah on her Instagram story really resonated with me this week. It's so accurate and it encapsulates such a powerful message. I really believe that working on ourselves is one of the best contributions we can make to this world. There's enough negativity, fear and hate out there, we have no need to continually add to it. By choosing to heal ourselves we are choosing to put more love and positivity into our society. We stop the cycles of i…

5 Ways to Get Sh*t Done

I feel like I could write a post like this every few months! I get so many ideas so frequently, and my passions for a multitude of areas flare up and I consistently have so very much that I want to do. 

And I find sometimes, the more I want to do, the less I actually get done.

I'm sure I've written about this before, because I've definitely felt like this before. But of course, I do tend to revisit the same old lessons, you know, to strongly cement the learning as a new pattern or something progressive like that ;)

There's a lot to consider when we're passionate people feeling strongly about ten different things at once - motivation, resources, priorities, time management etc. I know for me, I find it challenging to balance what's most important, what is calling me loudest and give it sufficient attention, without worrying about what's going to the wayside in the meantime.

So lately, I've been thinking seriously about what exactly it is that I want to do. W…

Word of the Day: Discipline

The word discipline piqued my interest when I heard it in a podcast recently. In the way it was used, I really connected to its sound and meaning, immediately inspiring me to look into it further, to figure out its potential power in creating positive practices in my life. 
The definitions I found on it are not the most appealing and possibly match most people's initial association with the word:
Discipline - [noun] the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behaviour, using punishment to correct disobedience. [verb] train oneself to do something in a controlled and habitual way.
Self Discipline -  the ability to control one's feelings and overcome one's weaknesses. Synonyms: self-control, self-mastery; restraint, self-restraint; will power, strength of will, firmness, firmness of purpose, purposefulness, strong-mindedness, resolution, resolve, moral fibre; doggedness, persistence, determination, tenacity 
These didn't particularly evoke the way in which I re…

If You Could Only See

See How Free You Can Be
If you could only see, See just how free you can be See, how it looks, sounds and feels To be unleashed, into liberty. If you were to cultivate A boundless belief in sufficiency; A you that surpasses all sense of ‘enough’.
A you who emerges from the constraints of ingrained fallacy Rewriting the fictions penned by your affliction of conditions Whose sole function is to keep you small. Restricted. Contained. Silently submissive To the clipped wings of self esteem deficiency, It may seem, impossibly out of reach, But I promise, with this belief, you will see.
If you can fill your speech with accents of affirmation, Your mind with positive, empowering information If you focus your vision on the view of freedom, Reframing challenges into lessons of wisdom, You will, supplement your life with sustained self-support, And this, this is your passport, to a life laden in your limitless dreams And to a you, who is wealthy in the means needed to see What it is to finally be free.
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5 Steps to Feeling Better


As you may or may not know, I'm currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Last year I was travelling Australia and working on a farm (!) to get a second year on the Working Holiday Visa. I've been calling Melbourne home since late October, and now in January, I'm still finding my feet and figuring things out.

Like anything, there is a process involved in moving, in setting up, in changing. There are ups, downs and lengthy list of learnings along the way. Since being here, I've been working a lot on challenging things. I've challenged my relationship with money; my fears, my ideas about security, my ideas around scarcity/abundance, consumption and consciousness. I've challenged my actions, identifying when love or fear was guiding and acting accordingly. I've challenged my limitations, my passions, the transformation of what matters most. I've been reading and engaging in new ideas, exploring different areas and getting inspired by new voices.

There …

Terms & Conditions DO NOT Apply

I recently looked into the word Maitri, which I’ve come across in meditation and Buddhist teachings. The idea of it has also come up as Metta which essentially is ‘meditation focused on the development of unconditional love for all beings.’
Maitri itself is a Sanskrit word which can be roughly translated as an unconditional friendship towards oneself. Other definitions include loving-kindness, benevolence, friendliness, amity, good will, and active interest in others.
My favourite definition comes from Pema Chodron who describes it as “unconditional friendliness,” toward ourselves. This beautiful terminology got me thinking about the word unconditional and what it can mean for us to live and love more unconditionally.
Unconditional, of course, means not subject to any conditions.
In my personal experience, the word ‘condition’ was the term applied to eating distress, and I’d take it to be relevant for all mental health challenges. This use of the word allows us to speak openly in a way wh…