Fall Tokens

Rachel Rowland

A blog about life, leadership and whatever else lands in my lap.


April 1, 2020

This pandemic is spreading more than just dry coughs and raised temperatures; conflicting emotions and quick tempers are perhaps the most contagious symptoms of all. Being locked at home may keep us safe from the virus, but it's pressurising a contagion of feelings....

March 18, 2020

We’ve been raised to believe that our worth is in caring,

Not for ourselves as much as for others.
Well now you must do that. With a rebellious streak.
For now is the time to reveal yourself, true and deep.
Sink into your wisdom, what you’ve always known.
How to save f...

March 8, 2020

My wish for women is that they learn to love themselves.

It’s harder than it seems. The words, “She loves herself” ring in my ears. They seem dangerous, even if I say them silently. An echo of school age judgement, shadowed by fear. The social retribution is not worth t...

June 3, 2019

I rinse coffee out of mugs and drain toast crumbs away watching swifts swoop through the blue sky. Diving towards red roof tiles they sing of summer beside the sea. Their joyful chirruping calls me into the garden. I wander through the gate into the lane. I want to pla...

October 31, 2017

I’m half way through life, and I'm already exhausted by the effort. When social media algorithms recently filled my feed with bleak forecasts for GenX women I became even more unsettled. Am I really going to battle work vs. life for another twenty years? I think brilli...

November 17, 2016

I’m fascinated by my journey into creativity.

When does the mood take me to write? Why? What do I write? How can I make that writing better? When does my critical voice stop being constructive and start to stifle me? When am I the writer I want to be?

This blog has dropp...

April 19, 2016

It’s interesting to me where inspiration comes from. I’m intrigued because it seems to come to me from places I would otherwise not have reached if I hadn’t moved here. So is that why I’m here? To find new inspiration and connect it in someway to something I’ve brought...

March 30, 2016

A friend just asked to see my blog, and I felt ashamed that it was so out of date. I started it almost a year ago, but I’ve purposefully ignored it for weeks. It was an outlet for an old self. An unsettled self, with unbounded optimism.

At the end of my first post I wro...

September 18, 2015

Yesterday, after missing my yoga class, things started to get better.

I started to clear out. I emptied a room that was full of rubbish and started to create a zone of my own. My room has a lovely view, lots of space and a peaceful energy. I took some time out to do so...

August 28, 2015

Before I left London lots of the people I love kept saying to me “Look after yourself”. I knew exactly what they meant. I would have said the same thing to them if they were leaving. My interpretation was eat well, don’t try and do too much, get some rest, don’t stress...

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