self-publishing: frustrating, amazing + fucking liberating.

G-friend is BACK! Have you missed me?
Blame the bloody book for my absence. Yep, as most of you know, I’ve been ovary-deep in book edits + publishing plans for the new book Code Red: know your flow, unlock your superpowers + create a bloody amazing life. Period. that’s out on March 8th, International Women’s Day. 
I CANNOT wait to finally share this blood-red beauty with you, the book that demanded to be written and shared despite the fact I was over half way through writing Untamed at the time.
Y’see, Untamed was going to be THE book.
My puffed-up ego had been convinced it was going to be the ‘Stay With Me’ of the book world, publishers would be knocking my door down to shower me in compliments for this mistresspiece, fuck Lena Dunham, they’d name ME the voice of a generation.
Part memoir, part cathartic release after the death of my parents and auntie within weeks of each other, it explores what it is to be a wild, untamed woman without restraints within the constructs of a patriarchal society. (If any of you read my blog in the months prior to death continually knocking me to my knees, you’ll know the deep excavating that was happening during that time)
Yet, SHE had different plans for me.
Which is why Code Red is being released in 2 weeks time and NOT Untamed.
I’m here, in this lifetime as an agent o’ SHE. 
A PR girl for Mary Magdalene and all the women throughout history who’s stories have been silenced + censored, and while I may still publish Untamed at some point, Code Red is their story, it’s our story, it’s for EVERY woman that bleeds and has bled. 
What’s been interesting/challenging/exciting/a […]

The Bloody Basics: Day 5 – Caution: Menstruating

The #BloodyBasics is a 5 part blog series introducing you to the wonders o’ menstruation.
Yep, over the next five days I’ll be sharing EVERYTHING you need to know about riding your crimson wave  – how to chart your cycle and discover your monthly super powers, natural ways to deal with endometriosis + PCOS, nutrition for PMS, how the pill is making you bat-shit cray-cray, amazing period apps that will help you know yourself better – SO. BLOODY. GOOD.

My lady parts have not always been good to me.
For most of my menstruating years, it has been a place of serious dis-ease in my body – Pre Menstrual Dismorphic Disorder, Endometriosis, PolyCystic Ovaries Syndrome – have all taken up space in my lady parts causing me pain + discomfort, making me grumpy and not nice to be around,  forcing me to get a reputation as a flake because pain/flooding would mean I’d have to pull out of social + work commitments at the last minute.
In fact, it broke me.  
I broke so hard and I lost everything.
I lost my home, my career nose dived because I could no longer write the words I was being asked to write, my endometriosis hospitalized me, in fact, I lost any idea of who I actually was, and in writing this, I now see why.
I had to lose everything to find my way home to myself.
If I didn’t break I wouldn’t of gone on the ten year adventure that has been an exploration of my lady landscape, I wouldn’t have discovered the amazing power of my cycle, I wouldn’t have trained with incredible teachers in menstruality, fertility and womb wellness, I wouldn’t be sharing what […]

The Bloody Basics: Day 4 – My moontime

The #BloodyBasics is a 5 part blog series introducing you to the wonders o’ menstruation.
Yep, over the next five days I’ll be sharing EVERYTHING you need to know about riding your crimson wave  – how to chart your cycle and discover your monthly super powers, natural ways to deal with endometriosis + PCOS, nutrition for PMS, how the pill is making you bat-shit cray-cray, amazing period apps that will help you know yourself better – SO. BLOODY. GOOD.

I mentioned back on Day 2 that there are alsorts of ways that you can chart and work with your cycle, but my go-to app is My Moontime – not only does it’s remind you when your period will most likely arrive, it helps to fuel your life’s dreams and aspirations AND get you through each day of your cycle…Now that’s Period Power!
I spoke to my cycle sister + creatrix of My Moontime app, Dana Michelle Gillespie to get the lowdown on why she’s created this app, what’s so great about it and how you can access it free – hurrah!
Dana, My Moontime – BEST. PERIOD. APP. EVZ. – tell us all about it, and most importantly why we need it…
Thank you, Lisa! I really made My Moontime app for myself and my own need and desire to track all of my female energy cycles in one beautiful app. To help me move through life with more ease, grace, success and joy. I found myself disappointed with the period tracker apps out there as they were not visually nice to look at, and I didn’t want to JUST track my period or ovulation potential. My girlfriends and I don’t do the basil body tempature charting becuase it doesn’t […]

The Bloody Basics: Day 3 – The pill

Do you suffer from crazy pain at bleed time or get PMS so bad you want to gouge your partner’s eyes out when they so much as breathe?
Right now, do you know what day of your menstrual cycle you’re on?
In fact, do you even care?
I really began to get intimate with my cycle in 2004 when after three years of totally debilitating pain and mis-diagnosis, I got told I had endometriosis. 
If I’m honest, I was relieved.
I finally had a name for the thing that had made me pretty much unbearable to live with or be around. 
Except, when we name things we give them power, and the power of endometriosis amongst the medical professionals at the time was that it gave an insta-green light to take out my ovaries and womb in order to ‘cure’ the pain.
I was shocked. 
I was 25 at the time and my boyfriend and I had not even had the ‘children’ chat yet.
Their response? ‘Endometriosis means that babies are no longer an option, so why would you need your womb and ovaries? Surely being pain free is the goal?’
Sure, the pain was debilitating, I had to take to my bed for entire days, and I was forever cancelling meetings, appointments and social engagements. 
In fact, I got myself a reputation as a total flake just because I was too embarrassed to say ‘I can’t come out/to work/to the meeting because I’m bleeding through industrial super-size pads and my bed looks like a scene from the movie Carrie.’
But, and I didn’t know the incredible power that we hold in our womb space at the time, I simply wasn’t willing to give it up.
If you hadn’t figured it out before now, I’m a total geek, so […]

The Bloody Basics: Day 2 – Discover Your Monthly Super Powers

The #BloodyBasics is a 5 part blog series introducing you to the wonders o’ menstruation.
Yep, over the next five days I’ll be sharing EVERYTHING you need to know about riding your crimson wave  – how to chart your cycle and discover your monthly super powers, natural ways to deal with endometriosis + PCOS, nutrition for PMS, how the pill is making you bat-shit cray-cray, amazing period apps that will help you know yourself better – SO. BLOODY. GOOD.

Why should you chart your cycle?
Charting your cycle is not just for the want-to-be pregnacious. Your cycle is the key to unlocking what’s good and what’s not so good in your life. So if you’re suffering from gnarly PMT pains and red-with-rage anger, it’s your body’s signal that usually you’re not paying attention to your body or your needs in the other phases of your cycle – maybe you’re working too hard, pulling too many all nighters at work or maybe you’re trying to be super woman and not taking time out for yourself – when you start charting your moods and actions for a few months, you’ll begin to see patterns emerge, tendencies will make themselves known and you’ll really get to know your cyclic nature. 
You’ll see what days you want to curl up in a ball and hide under the duvet, what days you rock out at getting shit done and what days you are so full of energy you could work for 14 hours straight and still be nice to your family members. (I am yet to discover this day as the Viking will testify.)

I’ve created a Cycle Repair Kit to help you understand your cyclic nature, what the super powers of each phase are […]

The Bloody Basics: day 1

The #BloodyBasics is a 5 part blog series introducing you to the wonders o’ menstruation.
Yep, over the next five days I’ll be sharing EVERYTHING you need to know about riding your crimson wave  – how to chart your cycle and discover your monthly super powers, natural ways to deal with endometriosis + PCOS, nutrition for PMS, how the pill is making you bat-shit cray-cray, amazing period apps that will help you know yourself better – SO. BLOODY. GOOD.
This full-to-the-brim, content-heavy series IS a promo-tool for Explore Your Lady Landscape which starts this Sunday 1st Feb, and yep, at the end of each feature I will be linking to the programme and I will be telling you that you have x number of days to sign up and I’m totally shameless about that because what I share in Explore Your Lady Landscape is so necessary and important, that I believe EVERY girl and woman should know it + have access to it.
But I get that it may seem a whole lot of weird to pay money for something that sounds essentially like it’s teaching you about your period. Especially if, right now, you:  
– find your cycle bloody annoying or a big ol’ inconvenience.
– are disgusted by your blood and feel dirty and shame-filled at menstruation.
– want to hide away and pretend menstruation doesn’t exist.
– talk about your period in hushed tones, if at all.
– are crippled by pre-menstrual or menstrual related pain and dis-ease.
– hate it because your bleed means that another month had passed, and you’re not pregnant when you desperately want to be.
– thought to yourself ‘there must be a freaking reason as to why we bleed for […]

It’s all about the bass. And the hips, and the belly and the whole down-there-ness.

So back in December, you might remember me talking about how 2015 was going to be my year of being ‘all in’ – I was told by super-clever astro-geeks that that there has been some crazy shiz going down in Scorpio for the last 2 years (yep, can TOTALLY vouch for that!) and that while it’s effected us all, it would have had most impact on Scorpios (yep, I can TOTALLY vouch for that too) anyway, the good news is that it ended in December – hurrah – and at the risk of sounding woo-woo (don’t I always?!) I felt a whole lot lighter because of it.
In body, in mind and most deffo in spirit.
The Viking and I both roll in sync with the seasons, so we’re still very much in our creative, play + down-time winter cave (if you’re waiting on a response from me regarding editing or mentoring know that I will be back at my desk on the 2nd Feb, Imbolc, ready to work with you and plant seeds together for Spring) and as part of my own play I’ve been exploring two things that I need to share with you, woman to woman.

Non-pretzel shape-pulling
I’ve taken to the yoga mat each day, (if you’re on Instagram, you’ll totally know that – come join me @sassylisalister I LOVE Instagram) which I know as a yoga teacher ‘should’ be a given, right? Except, 1. I’m rubbish with ‘shoulds’, and 2. When I’m day 23 of my menstrual cycle, the idea of pulling a warrior pose is not something that ever appeals to me, so I’ve devised my own practice. SHE Flow yoga – a fierce and feminine practice that puts the ‘ass’ in asana and it feels SO […]

Blessed yule, post-surgery musings + a declaration of ‘all in-ness’

Blessed yule SHEloves! So, it was the Viking and I’s wedding anniversary on the 21st, and as well as the fun, laughter + ridiculous amount o’ love stuff that happened on that day, we made a vow to each other that in work, love + life we would be ‘all in’.  The whole SHEbang, because when you witness + experience death as much as both the Viking and I have in the last 2 years (him even longer, he’s an A+E nurse) you start to realise that certificates on a wall, doing things to please others + the safeness of the known, are NOT what you give a shit about in your last moments, what matters is a heart full of love + no regrets.

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Go with YOUR flow

FACT: A huge-ass percentage o’ ladykind no NOTHING about their super powers as a woman and instead, spend their menstruating years doing life like a dude.
Maybe it’s because they see their femininity as a sign o’ weakness, maybe they feel pressure in the workplace to be ‘as good as the boys’ or perhaps they think  in order to be the version of successful that society would have us all believe makes us ‘worthy’ and ‘someone in the world’ we have to to be thinner, better, stronger, faster while ignoring the innately feminine natural ebb + flow of our nature-based, cyclic nature.

It’s NOT your fault.

Tampax tells us that our menstrual cycle is mother nature’s ‘monthly gift’ (to be said in sarcastic tone) + that we should be ashamed + resentful of it.
Bodyform tells us that despite the fact we’re bleeding we should jump out of planes and rollerskate backwards while wearing white jeans.
Basically, the message is loud and clear – ignore your womb wisdom – the wisdom of the seasons + the cycles – ebb + flow, give + take – + pretend your period doesn’t exist. Literally plug it up and stop it’s flow, take contraception pills to ‘control’ it and to keep going, full steam. ALL THE TIME.
But when we ignore the call of the feminine, who calls us to know our flow – the masculine AND the feminine – by never looking up at the moon, by cursing our monthly bleed, by plugging our yoni with bleached tampons to stop the blood flowing, by not honouring yourself and your cycle, by never resting because you think it makes you look weak, by doing everything possible to pretend it doesn’t exist, […]

I’m a celebrity…and I bleed.

For non-UK residents, we have a programme here called I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here –  10 z-list celebrities (who generally have a big tax bill to pay) enter an Australian jungle for 3 weeks and do a variety of hellish tasks that involve eating kangaroo penis and various other parts of an animal’s anatomy, putting their hands into unknown boxes to be nipped, bitten and stung by various insects and surviving on rice and peas all for our viewing pleasure. I LOVE shit like this. I’m a total fan-girl. Except watching this Saturday’s episode made my tummy a li’l uneasy and it was NOTHING to do with the cocktail of witchity grubs and pigs testicles.