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My Dog is my Guru

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

Bella is seriously winning at life. She just gets it, you know? 💪👑🙌

She’s fed like a royal, drinks plenty of fresh water, and is walked on lush green grass and lovely beaches.

She sleeps when she feels tired, wakes up when she wants to, and gets plenty of ‘me’ time and rest.

She’s always loving, but doesn’t tolerate too much fuss or dominance. If anyone gets on her nerves, she just tells them off, and takes herself away to her own space, without drama or apology.

She loves to cuddle, to connect, to play, to nap, be in nature, and to sit and watch the world go by.

She’s loyal, protective, affectionate and feisty. And she’s usually smiling.

All in all, she’s a very contented, happy dog. And I’m not ashamed to say that she’s one of my greatest teachers in life. If we all lived a little bit more like Bella, I think the world would be a much better place! 😀💜

With Passion and Without Apology! 🙏💫🔥

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

Evening Meditation Time! Tuning into the energy of summer, with lovely sunflowers as my inspiration! 🌻🙏 💕 💫

You don’t have to be religious, spiritual or even particularly peaceful to have a meditation practice. You also don’t have to be afraid or embarrassed to have one, either.

Many people are under the false (and a little stupid, quite frankly) assumption that if you meditate, then you go into some trance-like state where you levitate in the air as demons whisper in your ear, guiding you to sin. Those notions and fears have been handed down through the years, by a patriarchal system that wanted to keep people in their place, without freedom of speech, or an awareness of their conscious ability and personal power.
It’s an old, uneducated belief system that surprisingly still has control over a lot of people even today!
Most of those people will condemn holistic practices, including meditation and alternative healing therapies, without ever trying any of them! You can’t change or control who people are, what they do, or what they believe. But you CAN control who YOU are, what you do and what you believe.

So, if you feel a call to sit quietly, to walk in nature, to sing or chant, to dance, to howl, to orgasm, to visualise, to dream, to connect, to create, to cry, to shout, to express yourself, to embody yourself, to meditate in your own way – a way that delights your mind, body and soul – then PLEASE have the courage to do so with passion and without apology.

I do 😁💕💫🔥👑💪🙏

Connecting with Mother Nature 🙏🌿💜

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

My favourite tree at Buckland Hall, Brecon.
This week, I had the honour of staffing there at a beautiful spiritual retreat, serving and supporting participants through their healing process.
While I was there, I made sure I had plenty of time to sit under this wonderful tree and soak up her lovely energy and nutrients as food for my soul. .
I visited her every day during my own healing process at Path of Love last year, and it really helped to ground me through the tough days.
Allow Mother Earth to hold you. Welcome Her nurturing. Connect with Her soul. Feel and express your appreciation and gratitude for Her love and for everything She provides us. And then take that love, and share it with the world in whatever way lights you up!

Seven Years of Taurus! 🐂 🌿 💫💕🙏

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Uncategorized

Over the next couple of nights, Planet Uranus is moving into Taurus with the Taurus New Moon, and it will be staying in Taurus (ultimate Earth sign of the zodiac) for the next seven years. Plus, the New Moon is actually in the sign of Taurus, too, so this is especially powerful! 🌑 💪💫

I hear you: wtf does that mean?! 😂

So, basically, Uranus only moves into each sign every 84 years – because there are so many signs to get through, and it stays with each sign for seven years, so it takes 84 years to go full circle and get back around to each one again!
When it ‘moves in’ with each sign, it really gets comfy with the qualities of that sign, and brings a lot of that sign’s energy to the planet during the seven years that they live together.

An example of this would be how Uranus is just moving out of the feisty zodiac sign of Aries, where it has been for the last seven years (Aries is the sign that precedes Taurus). Aries is a sign of the Self. It’s a very selfish sign (not in a bad way!), and it likes to feel acknowledged, powerful and validated. So, it would make sense that during the last seven years, when Uranus has been ‘living’ in the sign of Aries, the world has really seen the birth and rise of the Selfie!

If Uranus is now moving into Taurus, it means that the world will be naturally moving forward in a more earthy direction. We will see more awareness around subjects like animal rights, environmental issues, human rights, ways to help Mother Earth and all her creatures.
As Taurus is also very much connected to the home, food, romance, sensuality, security and long-term planning, these next seven years are the perfect time to really think about how happy you are with these areas of your life.
Start laying firm foundations and strong roots for long-term plans to do with your home, family relationships, romantic relationships, healthier lifestyles (I suspect we will see a big increase in vegetarianism in the next seven years), and financial security. If you consciously do this, you will be cosmically supported as Uranus and Taurus work together to help create a better, healthier, happier Earth.

I will be writing a list of intentions for the next seven years, for my own life and well-being, as well as the general well-being of Earth and all who live here.
My ritual will be to walk barefoot outside on the grass, lighting candles, and burying my list of intentions in the ground (the perfect way to finish!).

Why don’t you try doing the same? Any sort of intention writing and ritual will be especially powerful during this New Moon, particularly if you centre it around the energetic qualities of Taurus.

Good luck, with love and light! 🙏💕💫

Walking the Path: The Next Natural Step

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, Writing Stuff

Just had my article/review published on HuffPost for Walking the Path – the follow-up course after Path of Love, both by Path Retreats.

It seems I am on a linking path with this community, and I welcome the journey, the work and the connection. These have been my favourite things to do this year, and by far the most beneficial personal development retreats/courses I have ever done!

Feel free to have a look at the article/review, and see what you think! 🙂

Much love 💜

Maria xx

Review of Walking the Path Retreat

Tir na n-Og Awards 2016

By | Cool Stuff, White Petals

The Welsh Books Council has announced the titles on the shortlist of the prestigious Tir na n-Og Awards for 2016. The awards celebrate a special 40th birthday this year and there is much excitement surrounding the announcement of the winning title.
Although White Petals didn’t make it onto the lovely list, I’m still chuffed because it made onto the Highly Commended list by the judging panel of 2016. I’m also chuffed that I’m on there with my brilliant Firefly teammate Eloise Williams and her wonderful children’s book Elen’s Island.

Have a look at the great list of books on the awards list, and there’s also a link to my interview with girlsheartbooks about the awards.

Congratulations to all! 😀

Welsh Books Council – Tir na n-Og Awards

girlsheartbooks interview with Maria Grace

Interview with MuggleNet

By | Cool Stuff, White Petals

I’ve just done a great interview with MuggleNet, and I have to say, it turned out a bit lovely!
The journalist – Lucy Aprahamian – was an utter professional, and I really enjoyed working with her. She asked some fab questions, as you will see if you click on the link to the interview (below). I love it when I get asked juicy questions; it makes the interview so much more interesting and fun!
As a Harry Potter fan myself, it was an absolute pleasure to be interviewed for MuggleNet. The whole thing has inspired me to go back through all seven books of the Harry Potter series again! So, while I get my Gryff on (yes, I did the test, and I definitely belong to Gryffindor! ), why don’t you have a read of the interview and see what you think? And after that, have a nose around the MuggleNet website – it’s a lot of fun! 🙂

Maria Grace – Interview with MuggleNet.

Interview with Books & Pontyclun

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, White Petals | No Comments

I really enjoyed my visit to Books & Pontyclun bookshop. During my visit, I was asked if I would do a video interview with author Daniel Parsons, which I was very happy to do.
As a writer who’s used to being behind a screen, rather than in front of one, I find it weird to do video interviews. My brother Gav does it on a regular basis for IGN and he always seems really comfortable in front of the camera.
Me? I think I missed that screen-worthy gene because I find it really strange to talk to a monitor, instead of an actual person! Which is probably why I spent most of this interview looking at Dan, instead of the camera!
Either way, I don’t mind. I suppose if I’m interacting, then it doesn’t really matter if it’s with a person or a camera, as long as I’m communicating myself and my work effectively. It’s definitely something that I’d like to work on in the future, so I can hopefully one day be comfortable in front of a camera / screen / monitor, as well as behind it! But until then, I’ll just stay tucked up behind the screen and pages of my own stories. And why not? It’s a lovely place to be, after all!

Hope you enjoy watching 🙂

White Petals Wordsearch! :-)

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, White Petals

I have been blessed with the most lovely gift ever!
A wonderful woman and reader of White Petals has written her review of the novel, and get this – created a word search in honour of my beloved characters!
Grateful is an understatement! I absolutely LOVE it! What a treat to have someone be so kind as to actually put the time and effort into doing something like this for you. When I realised what it was, and when I sat down to do the word search with my cup of tea and a slice of carrot cake, the whole thing literally brought a tear to my eye because I appreciated it so much.

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WICID EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Brad Williams and Maria Grace

By | Cool Stuff, My Life on a Plate, White Petals

A couple of weeks ago, a young journalist called Brad Williams got in touch with me to ask for an interview for WICID.
Rhys Milsom – the editor of WICID – is a university friend of mine, and has told me all about the great social and creative benefits that WICID provides for our local community and young people. Being a supporter of creative incentives, I was more than happy to take part in Brad’s first exclusive interview for WICID.

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