Episode 76 | How does your garden grow with Mary Reynolds

We've been waiting to share this interview with Mary Reynolds with you. She is a Chelsea flower show gold medal winner. Mary has designed gardens internationally for more than 17 years, including commissions in Kew Royal botanical gardens in London as well as occasional stints of garden television presenting for RTE and BBC. Mary calls herself a reformed landscape designer. These days she sees herself as a midwife -birthing what the land wants to become and what the client needs. She is an interpreter.

We recorded this interview during the winter when gardening was far from our minds. We decided to save it for Spring. We know that right about now we are collectively holding our breath waiting for warm weather to really settle in over the Northern Hemisphere so we can throw open our windows and pack away our winter gear until next year. And because Mary lives in Ireland we think releasing it the week of St. Patrick's Day was also very clever!

Talking about gardening might seem like a departure for us but once you listen to Mary you'll realize that this subject is much bigger and deeper than what type of plants you put in your containers. We need to reframe our relationship with the earth from something to own to something to take care of. Mary reminds us to work with the land to allow the light to come through so that it can be healthy and strong. That light is both metaphorical and literal.

Have you ever considered the parallel between the messages we get as women and the way we approach our gardens? Look around your neighbourhood. Are the gardens all cultivated, tame, and pretty? Sit with that for a bit!

A feature length movie based on Mary's true life story was released in 2016. This focuses on the story of Mary's journey to build a gold medal winning garden at the Chelsea flower show. There is a link below to the trailer. The movie will be available on Netflix in the US on April 1st and is available online elsewhere. Mary is also the author of The Garden Awakening – Designs to Nurture Our Land and Ourselves. You can read more about it further down in this email. For more on Mary's work click on her picture below.

Links to topic discussed on this episode:

Want to know more about the Chelsea Flower Show? Visit this website: Royal Horticultural Society

Interested in the movie Dare to Be Wild? Watch the movie trailer here.

The Global Forest by Canadian author and activist Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Follow the Dare to be Wild Facebook page

The Garden Awakening - Mary developed her years of listening to the land into a comprehensive and ground – breaking book. Her new approach to garden design is a practical treasure map that leads gardeners into a gentle and healing relationship with the land. This book is a step by step instruction manual drawing on ancient methods of working with the land.

If you want to live and lead your best life you will need the skills of a gardener. Let's get dirty!

Episode 75 | Together women are pressing for progress in 2018. Join us!


March 8th is International Women's Day and we couldn't let this week go by without celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women's Day belongs to all communities everywhere. It marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year the theme is: #pressforprogress.

On our episode this week we talk about some of the ways we can support women and some of our own challenges.

We also suggest you continue your learning and reflect on how you can press for progress in your circle of influence.

Here are three episodes that we have recorded that we recommend you listen to and share this week with the women in your life!

Episode 36: Are You a Feminist?

Episode 47: Six Unique Challenges Women in Leadership Face

Episode 58: Why Women Need Other Women

Don't forget to tag us on Instagram on your International Women's Day posts using #lifereframers!

Episode 74 | Memoir #2: Gathering Stories with Patti M Hall

Last week we addressed the barriers we face when it comes to writing our memoir or story. If you didn't get a chance to listen to the episode you can link to it here.

Once you've had a chance to address those barriers, the next step is to get started. But where do you start? Do you just open up a blank document and start writing the first memory that pops in your mind? Maybe - but after that story is finished then what? What do you do next? Memoir writing expert, Patti Hall has developed an approach that helps her clients not only have a bank of stories to draw on, but also begin to see the themes in that are emerging in their story. We think it is great and she takes us both through the process she uses on this episode. Warning: We get pretty vulnerable about our past!

What story would have to be in your memoir?

Think about what stories were defining moments for you and shaped who you are. Try answering that question and listen to our answers. You'll notice Patti has a gift for drawing out stories. Start making note of what you want to include. We share a few that we think must be in our stories and discover that there is a vulnerability required in this process.

Where would your story start? Where would it end?

This week we get into the initial steps of how to write a memoir timeline and where to start your story. Memoirs are a part of your life not your entire life. If you have read Wild  or Eat Pray Love for example, those stories represent a specific time in the author's lives.

We have a timeline worksheet available to help you get started! Be sure to listen to this week's episode for instructions on how to complete it.