If you’ve ever missed out on the encouragement or validation you needed, all is not lost.
You don’t have to pay for a coach or invest in an expensive programme.
You can find supportive voices + role models in digital spaces.
Choose your own online mentors + make your own ‘Dream Team’:
• Whose teachings + examples help in times of loneliness?
• Who could be a father- or mother- figure, helping you re-parent your inner child?
• Who leads by example, helping you imagine how you could live?
• Who reminds you of your connection to nature + animals, or spirituality?
Whenever I feel hopeless or defeated about the state of the world, I look to my mentors to lift me up.
I’ve learnt so much from them over the years.
They inspire me + help me to keep going.
They give me motivation, even when I feel unsupported.
They challenge me to keep my standards high.
Yet, we’ve never met.
[– I share more details of my business mentors in Holistic Grower, my business programme for highly sensitive empaths.]
Business-aside, below are the best of my current personal online Dream Team!
Hope you love them as much as I do!
Rich Roll – Plant-Based Encouragement (US)
A paternal figure + fellow introvert, who showcases excellence + interesting stories in the worlds of fitness, well being, mental health, social justice, environmental activism + spirituality.
The Rich Roll podcast has a good blend of interviews, information + discussion, delivered in a highly polished + thoughtful way. An Ultra-runner and recovering alcoholic, Rich Roll has a unique and vulnerable interviewing style. The way he gets his guests to open up is often therapeutic + cathartic. His interviews with innovative experts, and unusual figures from the arts, science + the environmental movement, are usually laid-back + nourishing offerings. Recommended episodes: Maggie Q, Paul Hawken, Gut Biome Masterclass or the latest with his wife Julie Piatt.
Isabel Paige – Crafty Self-Sufficiency (US)
She saved up + built her own tiny house, and lived alone in it all winter.
She weaves, cooks, grows her own vegetables.
She even made + fired her own ceramic kitchen tiles! Isabel is now is building an art studio from wood. She also makes beautiful video stories, about living in wild nature in the north west USA.
Isabel tells a story of a girl breaking away from the norm to create beautiful way of life. I like this You Tuber because, until recently, she didn’t have any channel adverts / sponsors; instead she worked in a grocery store to pay her way.
Her intention – to live simply and enjoy creating things – seems fairly pure. See Isabel Paige YouTube.
Mossy Bottom – Heart-warming Life on the Land (EU)
With a melodious voice, Daniel at Mossy Bottom is the Alan Titchmarsh of smallholding.
His gentle videos teach how he quit the rat race to live on a few acres of green and on the emerald of Ireland.
He also grows his own vegetables + rears animals, whilst repairing an old stone cottage and learning about sustainability.
His channel has a relaxing + soothing effect, like hot cocoa on a rainy day. Daniel generously shares his experiences + know-how, even showcasing similar properties for sale, in case any viewers want to emulate his lifestyle.
Check out the Mossy Bottom YouTube Channel.
Her 82m2 – Lyrical Snapshots of Green Living (EU)
The anonymous creator of this YouTube channel blogs + makes cinematic videos about green living, art + lifestyle. You’ll love the video of her 82m2 balcony vegetable garden transformation – truly inspiring + ingenious!
Even if you just love the pretty pictures + scenes, this channel is stylistic + aesthetically shows that you can go green, even with extremely limited space!
Growing a Small Vegetable Garden on my Balcony (8sqm) (2020)
How My 8m² Balcony Vegetable Garden Transformed in 6 Weeks (2021)
Eva Zu Beck
Roaming off the beaten track, this intrepid solo-traveller breaks down barriers + tells stories of ordinary people around the world. Unlike other YouTubers, who boast of countries visited to gain social currency, Eva is modest about her accomplishments + experiences.
She travels slowly, in Pakistan, Yemen, eastern Europe, and the far reaches of outer Mongolia, among others. Most lately she’s learning about car mechanics, being mother to a Land Rover Defender.
As an introvert, she shows how fortune favours the brave, and how true happiness comes from challenging ourselves to go outside our comfort zone.
Check out Eva Zu Beck’s YouTube channel.
Who will be in YOUR Dream Team?
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