NOTE: Dotted throughout this brief history are the quotes I have cherished for many years - words of wisdom I have lent on in the darkest of times that have helped me regain a sense of empowerment, hope and ultimately healing.
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1988 The seeker is ignited
At the tender age of 17 I was diagnosed with IBS and told there was nothing I could do about it. I remember feeling powerless and devastated at the thought of living with this painful, debilitating and embarrassing condition.
But something in me didn’t want to believe the doctor’s prognosis and an unfamiliar yet powerful determination to prove him wrong took hold. And I embarked on a journey of self-discovery, self-healing and self-empowerment that continues to this day.
You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain as a gift to you with a very very specific purpose. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
2007 The sage emerges
After the initial diagnosis I read everything I could get my hands on to help me understand my symptoms and my situation. This voracious appetite to know grew and led me to books on spirituality, psychology, wellbeing, healing and wisdom.
I was learning a lot about myself and about life and felt this strong urge to record the wisdom from my struggles. 50,000 words later I had penned (by hand!) a manuscript called A New Leaf that went on to become a therapeutic card set published by Innovative Resources called Note to Self in 2009.
The only real failure is the failure to grow from what we go through. Marianne Williamson
2014 Seeker & Sage is born
With writing and journaling now a personal necessity and a joy, I wanted to grow my skills and hone my craft and pursued a Professional Writing and Editing Diploma at my local TAFE.
Little did I know that a short story assignment would lead to the name I would blog under, base a business on, and identify as, promoting the notion that we are each a seeker and a sage.
How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be. Elizabeth Lesser
2019 Seeker & Sage gets serious
"You have to let the cancer change you.” Those were the words spoken to me with the greatest kindness by an oncology nurse on a dismal June day, that opened me up to the truth of life like never before. I realised it’s not just cancer we need to let change us – it’s life.
More journaling led to more healing discoveries which I started sharing on Instagram and later during Covid transformed into a book called Find Your Way which I self-published in 2021.
We’re all just walking each other home. Ram Dass
2023 Seeker & Sage...the journey continues
I still read voraciously, devouring all manner of self-help books to nourish and help me navigate life’s twists and turns, but journaling has been a sanctuary for all these years, providing solace and a place to process, learn, heal and grow. Above all it has given me the permission, validation and acceptance I needed to be who I was, where I was.
I feel so strongly about the powerful practice and process of journaling that I am currently writing a book about it and excited to be designing a range of journals for publication!
As you’ll see on my EVERYTHING PAGE I offer many teachings and resources to help people journal their way through their life.
True power is living the realisation that you are your own healer, hero and leader. Yung Pueblo