I'm thrilled to introduce you to my last and very special, Gutsy Woman for 2014! I met Katie when we did the Bright-Eyed and Blog-Hearted e-course this year. Katie has a beautiful heart and courageously shares her healing journey on her blog in support of others. She has created a highly informative and special corner of the web for people who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I cannot imagine what CFS is like, but I have had my own first hand health and wellness battles with adrenal fatigue, depression and trauma. I think it is so important to raise awareness about illness and all health matters and to provide a place where people can feel supported and less alone. Katie certainly voices some thoughts here that I learned through my experiences.
I hope you enjoy the interview and please, check out Katie's work and share it with anyone you know that will benefit. Welcome Katie!!
Who are you and what do you do?
I'm a teacher, writer and mentor and I created the blog 'Conquering Fear Spiritually' to document my healing journey from M.E or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). After a 10 year illness, I've been free from this debilitating illness for 4 years, and I know it's never coming back. This is the blog I really wanted to read when I was ill, but couldn't find one like it. I write CFS ebooks, mentor lovely CFS clients and give intuitive readings via the website, whilst working full time as a languages teacher.
What do you love most about your business?
I think the thing I love most about it at the moment is that it's still blossoming! I only started offering more in-depth, paid resources a few months ago and I love experimenting with it and trying to be of the highest service to my readers. Asking them for feedback is essential and I love connecting with them whenever I can. I have to admit, I was frightened to start offering services to my audience, but I'm so glad that I did. I've learned so much in a short space of time.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received and how it has influenced your life.
The best piece of advice I've ever received was from my Music teacher from high school when I was starting high school teacher training. He said, "Teaching is the type of thing you can 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and you can always justify what you're doing. Give yourself a break."
I think this can apply to so much in life, especially when we're trying to set-up our own business or make a difference in the world. You have to treat your energy like a bank account and trust that you'll be looked after.
How do you deal with your inner critic?
I still battle with my inner critic on a daily basis, but I'm learning that she isn't out to get me. She's actually steering me to become a better person. I usually meditate with her or take her out into nature and these seem to help 'appease' her quite quickly.
What has been your greatest challenge in life?
I think it has to be overcoming my ten year long illness with M.E./CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). Ironically, I didn't really see it as being an incredible challenge when I sick with it as such, but I really went through a lot with it.
If you could give one crucial piece of advice to an emerging artist/creative artista/entrepreneur, what would it be?
Don't let fear or others sway you from your path. If you have an idea that you can't get out of your head or your intuition is screaming at you, you have to follow that feeling, even if you have no clue where it's going to lead you. After being taught to lead with my brain for so long, letting my heart and intuition guide me is unsettling, but incredibly rewarding. Also, if you expect to be thrown around by fear, the journey will be a little smoother for you.
What positives has your journey brought you and what are your intentions for the future?
Being ill for so long and missing out on most of Twenties has taught me so many lessons, but I didn't realise this until I was well and truly 'over the line'. I think the main thing I learned was that resting and letting others help you is not a weakness. Instead of pushing through things and pretending that you're ok, giving yourself a break and really letting yourself have quality time out without the guilt (this is the tricky part!) is the best the best thing you can do for yourself. Also, realising that everything doesn't have to be done all at once was a true revelation (sounds crazy, but if you're a type 'A' like me, this can difficult). Ultimately, I realised that at the root of all my pushing and perfectionism was fear. Letting this go is a daily practice for me, and I'll definitely be writing about fear a lot more in the future.
If you could be an expert in something, what would it be?
I would love to be an expert in teaching people about using the energy that is already inherent in them to lead lives full of natural passion and enthusiasm. It would be an honour to speak to audiences about CFS/ME and spread awareness of this debilitating illness.
Short and Sweet:
Favourite song: too many to mention, but 'September' by Earth, Wind and Fire is on constant repeat in my head!
Favourite quote: It's a toss up between Anais Nin's, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom", and Max DePree's, "We cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are".
Favourite book: Against, this is a really difficult one, but Caroline Myss' 'The Anatomy of the Soul' is the book that truly changed my life.
What is your number 1 self care tip? Rest before you get tired.
Your role model/s? Anything or anyone who speaks out and perseveres, despite all the odds being stacked against them (there are some incredible examples of this in nature)
Katie is has released The Little #CFS Book of Relapse this week, so do visit her social media links below to find out more!
Katie Manning is a teacher, mentor and writer, and the creator of the blog, ‘Conquering Fear Spiritually’. The blog documents the steps she took to completely heal herself of a 10-year illness with M.E./CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). After being free of the illness for over four years, Katie inspires others to take control of their own healing journey and live healthy, peaceful lives, free from chronic illness.
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