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Tending Your Life is a podcast from Christy Tending—that’s me!—I’m an activist, self-care mentor, writer, artist, and mama. In this podcast, we’ll explore the spiritual and political practice of being human. Expect deep inquiry into activism, spirituality, nature, creativity, and relationships. Tending Your Life is designed to evolve our legacies, individually and collectively. This is where self-care and devotional service meet—and become friends. Together, we’ll embrace our whole, messy, beautiful selves—as we work toward this wish: May we all be free.

Tending Your Life Christy Tending

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Tending Your Life is a podcast from Christy Tending—that’s me!—I’m an activist, self-care mentor, writer, artist, and mama. In this podcast, we’ll explore the spiritual and political practice of being human. Expect deep inquiry into activism, spirituality, nature, creativity, and relationships. Tending Your Life is designed to evolve our legacies, individually and collectively. This is where self-care and devotional service meet—and become friends. Together, we’ll embrace our whole, messy, beautiful selves—as we work toward this wish: May we all be free.

    How to Be Inconvenient

    How to Be Inconvenient

    Being convenient is a priority for many people, and it is ingrained in our culture and our society. It impacts the way we show up in our work and with our families. I recently held a workshop titled "How to be Inconvenient" and several people shared that they gasped at the topic. How did being inconvenient get to be so controversial?
    Being "convenient" means our self-care is happening at another person's convenience. This means we're not doing anything in a way that doesn't upset anyone else, doesn't upset the balance of power or the equilibrium of a given situation and we avoid doing things that have an impact anyone else. What happens is that self care becomes something we do in secret. We know it happens, but we make the effort to do it in a way that doesn't requires anyone to rearrange their schedules or be upset, or be "inconvenienced."
    Convenience, and especially being seen as convenient to other people, is often an unseen hurdle to self care. And, discovering that many people feel so strongly motivated (often at a subconscious level) to maintaining convenience that it becomes a hurdle to self care was a big learning moment for me. Why? Because I personally do not feel strongly about being convenient to other people. And in fact, my being inconvenient, I see as a way of teaching the people around me that I do not exist simply to serve them.
    And, so in this episode, I'm talking about this, and how to be inconvenient and why it matters for your self care and personal boundaries.
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    • 38 min
    Marlee Grace: Getting To Center, How to Not Always Be Working, and Social Media Breaks

    Marlee Grace: Getting To Center, How to Not Always Be Working, and Social Media Breaks

    I've been following Marlee Grace's Work for quite awhile, and when I was thinking about pioneers—people who are doing this a step away from, or even against, the mainstream, I thought about Marlee. I knew I wanted to bring her on the show to talk about creativity, stepping away from the socials, creating community, her books (Getting to Center and How to Not Always Be Working, especially).
    I loved this conversation so much, and it was an honor to have Marlee Grace on the show.
    Marlee Grace is a dancer and writer whose work focuses on the self, devotion, ritual, creativity, and art making. Her practice is rooted in improvisation as a compositional form that takes shape in movement videos, books, quilting, online courses, and hosting artists. Grace’s Instagram dance project Personal Practice has been featured in the New York Times, Dance Magazine, Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and more.
    Marlee’s most recent book is Getting to Center: Pathways to Finding Yourself Within the Great Unknown. She also recently self-published a book of advice based on her radio show, Friendship Village.
    Connect with Marlee Grace Marlee Grace's Website
    Links and resources for this episode Marlee's books on Bookshop.org Christy's favorite resources Free Workbook: You're Allowed to Want Things Subscribe & Rate the Show iTunes
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    • 40 min
    Welcome to Season 5 of Tending Your Life

    Welcome to Season 5 of Tending Your Life

    Welcome to Season 5 of Tending Your Life.
    This season, I'm pleased to partner with Hyde Organic Yoga Apparel to uplift this slow, sustainable brand and bring you a discount on what I think are the most fabulous yoga clothes on the planet to get in on this awesomeness, click the link and enter Christy10 at checkout.
    And if you're brand new here, this is a podcast that lives at the intersection of our political and spiritual lives and aims to help listeners redefine self-care and make a deeper impact in their unique way, wherever in the world, they find themselves. We talk about leadership.
    Self-care creativity, sustainability. Sobriety mental health, social justice, mindfulness parenting, and so much more. Plus you'll enjoy interviews with luminaries and friends who are revolutionizing the way we think about joy, grief, love, dreams, boundaries, adventure, and life.
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    • 4 min
    Sustainable Self Care

    Sustainable Self Care

    One of the best things about doing this work for as long as I have is the ability to see patterns over a long period of time. What are people struggling with? What are those tendencies that pop up again and again? And how can I fashion solutions that address those issues that don't seem to disappear?
    In this week's episode, I'm talking about sustainable self-care.
    One of the things I've noticed over the last few years is that people tend to take the same approach that got them into burnout, overwhelm, etc.—and apply it to their approach to self-care.
    For example, if you overwork in your professional life, you're likely to try to overwork or do too much in your self-care. If you're a people-pleaser, you approach self-care so that it never inconveniences anyone and makes sure that you only do self-care that works for others.
    While this might feel okay for a while, ultimately, it doesn't address the real issues of why you need self-care in the first place and how to create it in a sustainable way that actually resources you..
    Links and resources for this episode Free Video Workshop: How to Be Inconvenient Free Workbook: You're Allowed to Want Things My Bookshop.org shelves for more books and resources Homework: creating sustainable self-care Ask yourself: what is the root of your need for self-care? What is the root cause, and how can you envision a root solution based on your unique needs, wants, desires, and way that you show up in the world?
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    • 38 min
    Sitting With Discomfort

    Sitting With Discomfort

    In today's episode, I'm here to give a little State of Things update and to talk about my biggest a-ha moment so far in this unexpected and highly usual moment in which we find ourselves. In the midst of this shelter-in-place/COVID-19 pandemic moment, what do we do about self-care, let alone all of those difficult emotions and feelings that come along with this moment of deep uncertainty?
    In this episode, I'm proposing something that is both compassionate, yet counter-intuitive. This is about sitting with our discomfort instead of trying to self-care it away. 
    Read all of the episode notes on Christy's blog.
    Links and resources for this episode The Art of Self-Advocacy Subscribe & Rate the Show On iTunes
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    • 41 min
    Vintage Episode: Imperfection is Awesome

    Vintage Episode: Imperfection is Awesome

    We all know that perfectionism is the enemy of liberation.
    Which means that imperfection is our ally in liberation. Which is awesome!
    In this episode, I'm talking about embracing imperfection and the awesome impact that imperfection might have on our lives. Once we set down perfectionism, what could we choose instead? What are the things that we're able to access in the context of imperfection that perfectionism could never give us?
    What I want you to take away from this is, is really that we do not live in a binary of perfection and imperfection. (We're never going to reach that perfection! It's not an option!) If we're never ever going to get to perfection, then we become free of its hold on us.
    It means that we all exist somewhere on this spectrum of imperfection. Finding our place on that spectrum is pretty amazing.
    Links and resources for this episode Episode: Perfectionism is the Enemy of Liberation. Episode: Sitting with Discomfort. The When I Grow Up Coach: Michelle Ward. Free Self-Care Course. My Favorite Self-Care Resources. My teachers on sobriety Rolf Gates Holly Whitaker Elena Brower Laura McKowen Subscribe & Rate the Show Apple Podcasts
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Lauren Kay Roberts ,

One of my favorites

Christy’s words always come at just the right time, and seem to reflect exactly what’s coming up for me or my coaching clients in the moment. I’m grateful that she’s putting this work into the world, when we need it more than ever!

megbrun ,

Episode

Christy is very eager to share her personal history with political activism. In doing so, though, she lends a critical eye to newly galvanized activists with a twist of shame inducing narratives. What I found informative was subdued by the her all knowing, and also demoralized attitude toward younger activists who are in the process of learning how to be part of communities to make the world a better place. In her episode with Marlee Grace, this especially was present, and I found it off putting.

Carla, MD ,

Phenomenal podcast!

As a life coach, podcaster and nurse, I so appreciate everything Christy shares on her show. I highly recommend subscribing and sharing it with all the caregivers you know! Thanks for the amazing work Christy! 💕

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