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
Being convenient is a priority for many people, and it is ingrained in our culture. It impacts the way we show up in our work and with our families. I held a workshop titled "How to be Inconvenient" and it shocked folks. How did being inconvenient get to be so controversial? Being "convenient" means our self-care is happening at another person's convenience. Convenience, and especially being seen as convenient to other people, is often an unseen hurdle to self care. And that's what this episode is about.
Marlee Grace: Getting To Center, How to Not Always Be Working, and Social Media Breaks
When I was thinking about pioneers—people who are doing this a step away from, or even against, the mainstream, I thought about Marlee Grace. I knew I wanted to bring her on the show to talk about creativity, stepping away from the socials, creating community, and her books (Getting to Center and How to Not Always Be Working).
Sustainable Self Care
One of the key reasons I believe so many of us are still looking for self-care that actually works is that the self-care we have isn't sustainable. In this episode, I talk about what makes our self-care unsustainable, and the key questions to ask to start.
Welcome to Season 5 of Tending Your Life
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. 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.
Sitting With Discomfort
With the shelter-in-place/COVID-19 pandemic what do we do about self-care, and the emotions and feelings that come along with this time of deep uncertainty? I'm sharing ideas that are compassionate and counter-intuitive: sit with your discomfort.
Vintage Episode: Imperfection is Awesome
What I want you to take away from this is, is really that we do not live in a binary of perfection & imperfection. We all know that perfectionism is the enemy of liberation. Which means that imperfection is our ally in liberation.
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!
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.
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! 💕