• Zoe Asks – Suzy Walker

    “What top tip would you give to women wanting to become the best version of themselves?” “Write in a journal every day. I’ve written a diary on and off since I was a child but when I read The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron 10 years ago, I was re-inspired. A book all about unleashing your creativity. One of the main tools of the 12 week ‘course’ is 3 pages of stream of consciousness writing first thing in the morning. It’s a habit that I’ve continued to this day. I think of it as free therapy. It allows you to vent, thrash out how you really feel about something before…

  • The Wolves Within

    An old Cherokee Chief was teaching his Grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he told the young boy, “A terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil, full of anger, sorrow, regret, greed, self-pity and false pride. The other is good, full of joy, peace, love, humility, kindness and faith.” “This same fight is going on inside you Grandson… and inside of every other person on Earth.” The Grandson ponders this for a moment and then asks, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?” The old man smiled and simply said, “The one you feed” Which wolf are you feeding?

  • My Kind of Manifesto

    “Imagine a sisterhood , across all creeds and cultures . An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage each other. That we won’t seek to take advantage of another’s weakness, or sit in judgement of each other’s shortcomings. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we’ll assume that each of us is doing our best. That we will do the work to heal ourselves so that together we can create a more compassionate world.”  We – A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel

  • Beauty Advice… Audrey Hepburn Style

    A favourite poem of Audrey’s, and one she often read to her children. “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you’ll never walk alone. People even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed: never throw out anyone. Remember, if you need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older, you will discover that you have…

  • Serenity

    “God grant me the serenityTo accept the things I cannot change;Courage to change the things I can;And wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr I’m sure you already know this beautiful prayer, although it’s so easy to forget, especially when life starts to get batshit! Serenity is defined as ‘the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled’ and for me, it’s the Holy Grail of emotional states.  So when life’s stressful and  feeling out of your control, take some time to remember the prayer of Serenity, close your eyes, drop your shoulders and breathe. Remember it’s not about freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm, and who doesn’t…

  • The River Crossing

    Two monks were walking along the banks of a river. They saw a young woman who was afraid to cross. Although the monks had taken vows never to touch a woman, the older monk picked her up and carried her to the other side of the river. The younger monk was angry about it all day. The two didn’t speak until sunset, when they were allowed to break their vow of silence. Then the angry younger monk accused the older monk of polluting not only himself but also the whole order. The older monk simply answered, “I put the woman down on the other side of the river early this…

  • Love, Lulu and Lipstick!

    A few years ago I met fashion designer Lulu Guinness… who I love, and I mean really love! We got chatting (which sounds wonderfully casual). In reality I was having a champagne fuelled, full on – fangirl moment (the bubbles were free!). We talked about work, and I told her all about Mascara for the Mind, and how I was helping women improve the relationship they had with themselves, in a fun and solution focused way (I’m all about one off coaching sessions) . I was writing a book at the time, and the strap-line was ‘Sometimes all you need is a sweep of mascara and you’re ready to face…

  • Bird by Bird

    This always helps me when I feel overwhelmed… “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilised by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'” Anne Lamott…

  • You Do You

      It’s life, but not as we know it… and we are all dealing with this situation in our own unique way and that’s perfectly fine. If you want to start baking banana bread (am I the only person not doing?) or learn Japanese, then that’s just subarashi (fabulous)! If lying in bed, reading and eating biscuits gets you through then I recommend The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary and custard creams. Do whatever works for you. You can be inspired by other people without putting any pressure on yourself. It’s such a stressful time, so take your wins where you can, even if some days that’s just dragging a brush…