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Give it Rice: A true underdog story

“People who never even knew Bridgwater Carnival existed say they were moved to tears. People laugh, cry and say the tension is palpable. It’s great to have such a strong emotional response,” says documentary filmmaker Richard Ridout whose latest film, Give it Rice, has gone viral…

Emily Quinton: “My biggest dream is to live in joy and alignment, always”

“As a mother of four children with additional needs, I am not in the season of flow at the moment. But it will come. Breathwork, meditation and raising my vibration with movement, song and/or time in nature all help me to have flow now in the time I do have,” says photographer, author and speaker… Read More »Emily Quinton: “My biggest dream is to live in joy and alignment, always”

SQ (spiritual intelligence) and how raising yours can lead to more joy, magic and success

Annie Ridout, founder of Raise your SQ, is delighted to announce that her book on SQ (spiritual intelligence) will be published by Radar Books in May 2023. Here’s how the book deal came about and what it will help you with…

Jewellery designer and stylist Bertie Bowen on her B Happy jewellery brand

“Designing, making and wearing my jewellery helped my mental health no end. And mental health really is central to my brand,” says stylist and B Happy founder Bertie Bowen. Here, we talk beads, business, dreams and SQ…

Flower farming, greenwashing and why you should buy local, seasonal blooms

"The flower farming industry is incredibly supportive," says Lucy Clayton, founder of Dead Head flower farm. "It completely surprised me. TV can be quite ruthless, and I just assumed this would be super competitive too, but I've found it very nurturing and supportive."

“There are generations of ancestral knowledge in every piece”

During a trip to see her Columbian family as a teenager, Caroline Kuis picked up a crochet bag made by an indigenous group from the north-east of Colombia. This was where her obsession with artisanal products began. Now, she runs her own business - wuchii - selling ethically-sourced Columbian homewares...

Listening to birdsong can improve your mental wellbeing

New research reveals that everyday encounters with birdlife can have positive, longterm benefits for people's wellbeing, including those already suffering with depression...

Annika Reed on designing wallpaper, running a business and creativity

“My love affair with print and colour began in childhood. I was constantly surrounded by pattern books in my dad’s upholstery workshop. After school I would sit and admire his latest creation, transforming objects most would abandon into exquisite pieces of furniture,” says wallpaper designer Annika Reed…

Manifesting: how to do it sensibly and achieve tangible results

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could click our fingers and discover one million pounds had landed in our bank account? Some think this is what we’re hoping for when we manifest. But it’s not. Here’s a guide to manifesting sensibly and with integrity to achieve tangible results…

“Seeing our book in Waterstones windows was a ‘pinch me’ moment”

Jenna Harman is an illustrator and the co-founder of publishing company Doodles and Scribbles. Here, she talks about what it’s really like running a children’s book publishing company and shares useful tips for others thinking of starting one…

Skychology: the wellbeing trend that can benefit everyone (and it’s free)

Skychology is the new wellbeing trend that can benefit us all. It doesn’t cost a penny, can have an immediately calming effect and will continue to work, however many times you do it. We asked positive psychology coach and Skychology founder Paul Conway to tell us more…

Holistic healer Emma Haines on changing people’s lives

“My greatest achievement, so far? Getting a needle-phobic client to have their first injection in 51 years. And allowing someone to not only get on a flight without having a panic attack but also to enjoy it with her kids,” says Emma Haines, a holistic healer based in Frome, Somerset…

I wondered: Would it be possible to work from home on a Greek island?

‘I was better at my job when I was happier, taking breaks to swim in the sunshine or walk the herb-scented hillsides. I was more focused, less stressed,’ writes Jennifer Barclay. So she moved to Greece where she has a rather idyllic-sounding life writing books…

Working mothers: this is how to work smarter (not harder)

For working mums, confined to working in the hours between school drop-off and pick-up, there can be a temptation to spend every minute at the laptop, tapping away – and then dash out the door at the very last minute. But there is a better way…

I quit alcohol and here’s what happened

‘I take a moment to appreciate this early morning run. Now, I’m embracing life from the early hours rather than chatting shit in the bar until the early hours,’ writes Madeline Gibson. Read her story of sobriety, plus coaching tips for quitting booze…

Witch wound: is this why women distrust each other?

Why are women constantly told to support other women? Could the witch wound – caused by generational trauma from the witch trials – be making us sceptical about each other? If so, perhaps these witch wounds need healing…

Overwhelmed and not sure what to prioritise? Do this coaching exercise

If your to-do list feels never-ending and you’re finding it hard to work out where to start, here’s a coaching exercise that will help you to work through your overwhelm and plan some simple steps forward…

How I turned my so-called soft skills into career superpowers

For years, Felicity Haythorn squashed her empathetic, intuitive nature to fit in at work. This is how she harnessed her ‘softer’, undervalued innate traits to create a more authentic career…

Harness your menstrual cycle to get ahead at work

For menstruating people, certain phases are better suited to different types of work. Here, women’s health expert Le’Nise Brothers explains the menstrual phases and what you’ll be best (and worst) at during each of them…

Nikki Heaton: I launched my debut art collection in just six weeks

I developed an overwhelming sense of needing to create a new type of life, away from the break-neck pace and deadline culture of big-brand design, writes Nikki Heaton. So she returned to her own art practice and went on to launch a beautiful collection of her textile art…

7 things that are bringing me joy as autumn approaches

After a long, hot summer spent waiting for rain, we’re now getting the rain. But instead of spending this autumn lamenting the end of summer, here are some things that can bring joy as the days shorten and the weather cools down…

Dr Sam Akbar on how to beat stress and build resilience

“It’s really hard for all of us to get out of an emotional storm … but you are not your feelings, you are a place where feelings happen,” says Dr Sam Akbar, author of Stressilient: How to beat stress and build resilience…

Using Ayurveda to better understand your personality

Do you ever feel like everyone around you has more energy? Or perhaps you wonder why you find it hard to relax? Well, the ancient life science of Ayurveda – translating as ‘knowledge of life’ – might be just the tool you need…

Manifesting: How big should your dreams be?

The concept of manifesting gained momentum during the pandemic, as business owners looked for ways to stay focused and energised. But are some dreams just too big? Annie Ridout shares her thoughts…

Cacao ceremonies: the new networking trend for women?

Find networking dry and exhausting? You’re not alone. So how about shaking things up and hosting a cacao ceremony for female founders in your area? Forget name badges and small talk, it’s all about going deep…

Emotional wellbeing coach Tamu Thomas on living, as well as working

“When you are honest about who you are, what you want and stop people-pleasing, your business can be part of your self care.” Emotional wellbeing coach Tamu Thomas on looking after herself while running her wellbeing brand…

Breathwork: It felt like I’d taken ecstasy but I was totally sober

If you’re looking for a wholesome, toxin-free way to take your body and mind somewhere they’ve never been, you’ll find what you’re looking for in a breathwork session. Here’s what the experience was like for Annie Ridout…