Ruby Brown – Founder & Editor
My journey has been an interesting one so far. Back in the early 90’s I had the pleasure of experiencing Island life in a quaint Greek village, working in bars, cleaning, being a tour guide and just about any other legal job that would keep me out there for as long as possible. Upon my return to the UK some three seasons later I had no real idea what I would do or where I would end up.
It soon became apparent that marketing and sales were to play a big part of my life which I would mix up with market-style trading in the vibrant and bohemian city of Brighton, organising Surf Movie nights for the Surf fraternity on the South Coast and raising my gorgeous girl (now all grown up….where did it all go?)
I came to realise that my love of people and knack of connecting them to their people and assisting them in building tribes was something I truly loved to do. I also developed a love of photography, capturing images and exploring who we are and what we do.
For some time I had been on my own path of self-development & self enquiry, probably from first reading a book by Shirley McLaine called Out On A Limb many many moons ago, but of course, it probably goes back even further than that. When my daughter was very young I had met the lovely Author and Self Love Guru Tara Love Perry and attended my first Unleash The Power Within conference, I was hooked. My interest in complimentary therapies deepened, there was so much out there.. with my attention being drawn to Reiki, Crystal healing, and aromatherapy the most. I have struggled with my mental health for as long as I can remember so seeking out the tools to help me cope with this has been very much a part of my life. Fortunately now more than ever the help is here and for that I am so grateful.
In 2012 I was introduced surreptitiously to Sophie Jewry from The Holistic Directory and I began working with Sophie within a sales role for membership at the directory. I loved it, I loved chatting to all the amazing therapists about their products and services and am pleased to say I made some life long friends along the way. It came as a bit of a shock in 2015 when Sophie announced that she would be changing things a little as she would like to step away from the directory to develop her business Ladies That Plan and the wonderful journals she had been busy curating. Although nervous about stepping out on my own I was also excited and curious about taking things forward. I wanted to put my own stamp on things and after some thought I realised that combining my love of writing, photography and getting up close and personal with the holistic therapists about who they are and why they do what they do The Holistic Journal was born.
Like many things in life you have to start before you are ready and I most certainly was not ready, not financially, not emotionally, not technically, in fact it is no wonder that there have been, not one, not two, not three but four attempts to even get this off the ground, birthing this baby has been hard, BUT here we are and I truly hope you enjoy. There are a wealth of amazing contributors within our team who go above and beyond in sharing their love and knowledge to help us lead happier, healthier ways of being.
Anne-Marie Wickham – Life Coach, Hypnotherapist
Anne-Marie’s greatest passion is bringing healing and hope to people who are stuck following trauma or adversity. Offering a pathway to a life renewed though the empowerment of transformation. Anne-Marie works with people applying a range of strategies from hypnotherapy, NLP coaching and mentoring to create a personalised journey to success, she also speaks publicly about her personal experience’s being born into social care, learning to accept the past, forgive, and love every aspect of who we are. Speaking truth, to teach others how to accept, forgive and move through negativity to an empowered and uncompromised future with no limits.
As a life- long learner Anne-Marie’s educational background includes a Foundation degree in Early Years Education and Child Psychology, B.A Honours in Education and Professional Practice, and A Master Diploma in Personal Development Life Coaching, a Master Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Master Neuro Linguistic Coaching Diploma.
Lucy Batham-Read – The Loveursoul Agency
In the first chapter of her career, Lucy implemented the first CRM systems into banks and travelled the world project managing the transition from paper systems to computer ones and when she returned to the UK she ended up running the IT company she had implemented the systems for. After her second child she took time out to raise her children but following a termination of one pregnancy and a difficult fourth one when her youngest was 1 the cracks really started to show.. what was to reveal itself was unhealed trauma that had been bubbling under the surface probably since the day she was born. What was required was a new foundation and a new belief system that she could pass to her children so they could be stronger than the generation before. Fast track 13 years she is now a wellbeing and resilience coach who has a private practise and works with the NHS with teenagers in crisis .She specialises in teaching others to allow themselves to be enough and to reach our full potential. She believes to do this we must have both a regulated nervous system and a belief system that reflects the person we are today not inherit ones that are stopping us from achieving our goals. Getting to this point often requires the unravelling of many onion layers which can be uncomfortable to say the least. Lucy has a natural ability to encourage others to be honest with themselves and with this she helps them find peace of mind and clarity of vision to create the life that only they can live and stay without living in overwhelm and stay well in mind and body at the same time.
Janey Lee Grace – Radio 2 Presenter and owner of Imperfectly Natural
Janey Lee Grace is a presenter, singer and author. She is co-presenter on the UK’s biggest radio show, BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon. She began her career singing backing vocals for Kim Wilde, Boy George and toured the world as a backing singer with George Michael and Wham! She reached number 8 in the charts with the single 7 ways to love (Cola Boy) in the early 90’s. Janey is a major influencer in the world of natural health and well-being, she has written five books on Holistic living including the number One Amazon best seller Imperfectly Natural Woman and currently writes columns for many magazines, and runs training workshops and consultations on Media Breakthrough for holistic brands, therapists and experts. Janey believes there is a natural alternative to everything and aims to inspire us to happiness and well being through living a more sustainable lifestyle (albeit imperfectly) and the importance of extreme self-care. Check out her courses atwww.janeyleegrace.com and she has just launched a free podcast Janey Lee Grace Alcohol Free Life
Georgina Land – blissiplineguru.com
I am an independent sports lecturer, kundalini yogini practitioner and holistic writer. Within this soft space I take healing to the next level. Nurturing circles of women to look inward for their strength instead of outwards when it comes to health and wellbeing coaching. Resourcing deeply to delicious eastern philosophies, practices and teachings.
I have created a beautifully nurturing space with a deep longing to gently allow women to come gracefully together in healthy connection and bond. Not only because we crave to be social with our feminine emotional connection but merely because we want to have the right to say what we think and do is right for ‘us as an individual’ as busy women trying to be active today; to show up feeling content and enough as we are now with some movement.
A fat lot of good fitness was birthed in 2009 with a deep longing to build long lasting friendships. It has since heartily evolved to blissipline guru, basing conscious self care ritual and kindness practice at its foundation.
The wise wild women in this space are thinkers, seekers, creatives, homemakers, mothers, yoginis and the feminine to the masculine. All celebrating their efforts, their bravery, their showing up to seek the scent of activity and female comfort. Through ‘a fat lot of good’ it has always been my personal hope that you will find a restorative and replenishing space of nurture to lean upon for self reflection and a good safe home for practice on the self.
I put breath into looking to the power of bringing women together, forgetting stereotypes of the gym and fitness tradition altogether, this is not that space. Turning busy beautiful women into rooted strong human beings with centred wellbeing and kindness care at the forefront. And here it is a community that I hope you return to time and time again for a rich source of inspiration, love, connection, movement and health.
Trina Keane – The Upstarts