5 Simple Steps to Master Your Fear of Public Speaking

5 Simple Steps to Master Your Fear of Public Speaking

There I was, standing in front of a room full of people, when I had an anxiety attack. I tried to hide it by doing a loop of the room. Only this set off unnerving paranoia and I became increasingly convinced that the students were whispering about me. They could see inside me, they could […]

How my shadow saved my life

How my shadow saved my life

Lately I have felt tired, grateful, anxious, hopeful, sad, happy, uncertain, excited, the list goes on. That’s a lot more than I could have said six or seven years ago. Back then if someone asked me how I was feeling I probably would have responded with ‘good’ and then walked away. Anxiety was like my […]

How busyness crushes creativity and stillness cultivates it

How busyness crushes creativity and stillness cultivates it

The world of ‘crazy-busy’ People pride themselves on being busy. At times it seems to be worn with a badge of honour with people uttering, ‘I am so busy!’ on a daily basis. It’s as if the need to constantly do has weaved its way quite comfortably into our social fabric. The more we do, […]

#iamsubject – I am not my thinking

#iamsubject – I am not my thinking

I am participating in the #iamsubject project led by Diane DeBella author of I Am Subject: Telling Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves. Here is my #iamsubject story: I am not my thinking by Tess Bartlett My mind is a whirlwind, forever tripping and sliding. Spinning and confused I tumble and fall and fight my […]

Such terrifying sleep

Such terrifying sleep

I have experienced nightmares and sleep paralysis, on and off, my whole life. As a child, horrific shrieks woke my parents who, upon entering my room, would find me sprawled under a mountain of bedding. Sometimes I was being chased and could never run fast enough away from my enemy. At other times, I would […]

Mastering control or gripping on for dear life

Mastering control or gripping on for dear life

One of my biggest fears in life is not being in control. This may seem like a foreign concept to a lot of people, but to me the idea of not being able to control everything and everyone petrifies me. Recently, when I noticed how afraid I was of letting go of this control I […]