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...

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A friend just asked to see my blog, and I felt ashamed that it was so out of date.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...

August 26, 2015

On the morning we left I woke early. I couldn’t handle the impact of my emotion. I felt strong but I needed to be alone to work out what to do with it. So I went to the bottom of the garden and wrote this message to myself:

I am open.

I am receptive to whatever this exp...

August 15, 2015

What an intense weight of emotion. It’s stinging my eyes, squeezing my chest, sitting heavy in my heart and weighing my face down.


I am happy. I know I am. I feel calm on the inside. But my edges are frayed. My shell is worn thin. I’ve nothing left to fortify myself wi...

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