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Getting deep with Kate Fenton, Part Two.

I've loved getting deeper with Kate. After part one, I guess what really resonated and what I wanted to tap into is the mental health side of things and self-love. I feel personally, people who speak the way Kate does has something to say and share. Kate shares books, podcasts and stories that have changed her life. Also, for the first time which i'm, stoked about, I asked about love, because fuck, I'm all for being an independent women but it is nice to give the lover in our lives some time too - Find our raw email thread below.

"this is a warning ⚠️ this interview contains course language, drug references and heaps of other cool shit”

photos- wolfejessie, thank you.

Books I've read that changed my life...

Beneath the veil - Bernadette O'Connor

This book was written by my kinesiologist friend in Newcastle. I remember going to the book launch and taking photos for her, not really knowing what it was all about.

Bernadette then gifted me a copy after a treatment with her & it triggered a very intense 7 day healing for me.

I'm not one to sit down and get lost within a book.. I enjoy dissecting it and marinating in the contents but this book forced me to sit down and shut up.

I confided in Bernadette after that experience and she said no one had experienced such a physical response to the book quite like I had.

It's a heavy one, beautifully written and one I turn to in times of healing.

Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle I've had this book for 5 years, i've not finished it yet but the bits i've read have stuck to me like gooey snot ball after a big night. Need I say more?

My current reads.. yes i'm reading multiple books right now don't yell at me !

The body keeps the score - Bessel Van Der Kolk

I'm devouring this book right now and it's changing my day to day mental state. As I said, I'm really into the science of psychology / neuroscience so this book is tickling all those saucy spots for my inner nerd. It's fascinating, an easy to follow read, baffling and utterly transformative.

The places that scare you / The guide to fearlessness - Pema Chödrön

My dear friend Jamie sent me this book after a weekend catch up not long after i'd moved to SYD. We met at a mutual friend's 30th... which ended up in a 4am ****** induced conversation about life whilst the rest of the party started to scatter off into the new day.... so of course we are close now haha. Anyway, since then he's been one of my top male counterparts and we chat often about what's going on for both of us. This book arrived at my workplace one day and Jamie just said you need to read this Kate... you're such a powerful woman and you need to realise it. I don't know if it's the book that helped me get through the past few months or the generous act of a wonderful human being... but it's a good read when you need a perspective redirection or have the beer goggles ripped off.

Zen & The art of motorcycle maintenance - Robert M Pirsig

A recommendation from my love. It's a weird one but a goodie to mix it up a bit.

Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world - Haruki Murakami

Such a wack novel but I love how dark and strange it is, one of those books where your imagination takes hold of the story line and you end up going on a fun journey to the weird and wonderful. Also, Murakami is a lord.

Next on my list of books that'll change my life...

The Artist's Way - Julie Cameron

My neighbour has been rambling on about this book and I'm intrigued so this is the next on my list!!


Change your brain - Andrew Huberman on the Rich Roll Podcast

This is everything and I couldn't recommend it more. I listen to this podcast a lot.... probably once a month.

It's an easy listen, you are always interested in the conversation, it's compelling!

Anything to do with Paul Stamets - he's a genius and should be the Prime Minister or President.

Alan Watts!

Super low moment - what it looked like - how i grew from it

A super low moment for me.

There have been a few over the years but I'm really grateful for experiencing all of them.

In January of last year, I went home to visit my family in Western Australia. A few days in, everything that had occurred the years before caught up with me, i completely unravelled. I read back on my journal entries from that time only a few short weeks ago and was brought to tears by how dark my thoughts were and what I was acting upon and letting go of. My younger brother ended up dragging me to the beach following my two day melt and we had a nice mushroom trip which was exactly what the Dr ordered.

These are the moments that challenged me and forced me to check in with myself when I was slipping up. I love it when life calls you out for being a dick or not being true to yourself, or for being a young brat and not caring for your wellbeing. I'm in a constant state of "grow & flow", working with the natural unfolding of life instead of trying to change it at each turn. It becomes much easier to just roll with the punches then to fight them.

"Adversity does not build character, it reveals it." - my new neighbour Hugh told me this one night whilst enjoying a spanish red, and it has stuck with me.

Boyfriend & love. What song would it be

We don't have a song... is that sad? He just said "we don't have one, we have all of them"... bless. Golden Years by David Bowie is on repeat in my head when I stare at him so maybe that one for me.

This man is the gentlest, kindest, most intelligent, kooky, little bird / nature / surf / food / dog loving weirdo I've ever met and I love him for all that he is. It's the mutual respect we have for each other's feelings and individualism after a long haul to get to where we are now that makes me appreciate our relationship even more. It's not been easy but it is special and I am stoked. Eeeeeeeeeee.

Love as a general conversation subject is fascinating. Love is so different for everyone, no two people are the same, relationship dynamics and experiences are vastly different with each person. I've had some hectic relationships which messed me up but I've also felt a love that makes me black out (in a good way) and I hold both close to my heart.

Love is so healing and we all have the power to feel it and share it so why the fuck not!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE I LOVE LOVE.

I'm super hyper active after sitting down and writing this so I'm going to go practice my kickflips and drink a beer.

Yew yew yew.

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