This Now

Ruth Fanshaw

Ruth Fanshaw's writer podcast: making the most of the seasons of life through poetry and prose. read less
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008: Missing – Comfort for Mothers' Day
May 31 2022
008: Missing – Comfort for Mothers' Day
Although Mothers' Day was back in March here in the UK, for most of the world it was just around the corner when this was recorded.For our May episode, This Now seeks to offer comfort to those for whom this day is challenging or painful.* * * * *PRACTICAL ADVICE:1) Before the day, think about how you're likely to feel- Then plan to put things in place that will help you with those feelings     - E.g. calming experiences, supportive people, etc.- Plan to avoid people or situations that will not be healthy for you at this time- Give yourself permission to opt out of situations, gatherings, etc.- Have a planned answer if you don't want to talk about things     - E.g.: I'm doing as well as can be under the circumstances - how are things with you?2) Remember it's absolutely fine to do whatever you need to do to pass the day in a healthy way:- Spend the day alone, remembering the person you've lost- Talk to people you trust- Cry if you need to, either alone or with others- Meet up with other people who are in the same position as you are- Do something that you feel honours your experiences- Do things that make you feel connected to the person you've lost- Skip the thing altogether!      - Again, give yourself permission to opt out.3) Remember there's no right or wrong way to handle your pain!- It is your pain - find what works for you- Nobody else gets to decide how you should feel4) Remember it's okay to not be okay!5) Be kind to yourself* * * * *LINKS:Here's the Mothers' Day Resources Page.Here are the slides used in the livestream.* * *Here's the This Now Questionnaire.Here's the Whole Hearted final cover image.* * *Here's the livestream on Facebook.Here's the livestream on YouTube.* * *If you have any feedback, please contact me through my Facebook page Ruth Fanshaw, Writer, or email me at ruth@originaltextpublications.com.You can find out more about me and my work at my website, ruthfanshaw.com.
006: Of Faith, the Fathers, and Following Christ - Interview with Author LUKE WILSON
Apr 29 2022
006: Of Faith, the Fathers, and Following Christ - Interview with Author LUKE WILSON
Hi folks! I'm very happy to introduce to you my first interview guest, Luke Wilson. We talk disciples of the Apostle John, doctrines, and Dan Brown - and possibly get a little controversial in places.I've always found Luke's blog, 'That Ancient Faith', very helpful and thought-provoking. Luke has a way of taking fairly complex theological ideas, unpacking them, and making them easy to get our heads around, and I do recommend reading him.For those of us who are Christians, our faith is obviously central to helping us make the most of the seasons of our lives, and I hope Luke's work will help other people as it's helped me.Hope you enjoy this episode, and finding out more about Luke and his work! * * * * *Here are the links I promise you in the podcast:Luke's book 40 Days with the Fathers.And here's a review of it.Excerpt from review: "Luke writes his book… in a way that is very conversational, so that the average Christian can read it and get things out of it. I would encourage my 13 year old daughter to read '40 Days with the Fathers'… I give a heartfelt recommendation..."*Luke's website, lukejwilson.com.*Luke's facebook pages, Luke J Wilson, Author and That Ancient Faith.*Luke's blog, That Ancient Faith.The particular post I mention is in 2 parts: here's part 1, and here's part 2.* * *This Interview:Here's a link to the video on Facebook.* * *If you have any feedback, please contact me through my Facebook page Ruth Fanshaw, Writer, or email me at ruth@originaltextpublications.com.You can find out more about me and my work at my website, ruthfanshaw.com.
005: Whole Hearted - a This Now Special
Apr 26 2022
005: Whole Hearted - a This Now Special
Hi folks! 'This Now' will be a little different this month...Healing from romantic heartbreak is my main area of experience and expertise, so I want to do a Valentine's Day Special, to reach out to people for whom Valentine's Day is NOT fun.When we've been hurt, occasions like this can be especially challenging and painful – but healing CAN be found!I know, because I found it.I'd love to share some of my journey with you, to help you on your own journey.For now, though, let me just say that God cares about your suffering more deeply than you can imagine, and He DOES have good and fulfilling future for you!*I believe that much of the material may be more widely applicable – for instance, the stuff about God's love for us - but the focus is definitely on sharing my journey out of romantic heartbreak in the hope of helping others who are still on that journey.* * *This hour-and-a-half special episode was originally recorded on 10th February 2022 as a livestream on Facebook and Youtube. There are some places where the sound gets a bit stuttery, because of issues with the livestream. (There's also a recurrent tapping noise, and I have no idea what that was!) I do apologise for this.* * *Here's the livestream on Facebook.Here's the livestream on YouTube.Here's the link to the Recommended Resources page.Here's the link to Luke Wilson's website, and here's his blog.* * *If you have any feedback, please contact me through my Facebook page Ruth Fanshaw, Writer, or email me at ruth@originaltextpublications.com.You can find out more about me and my work at my website, ruthfanshaw.com.
002: Questions, Questions
Feb 7 2022
002: Questions, Questions
Hello folks! I’m Ruth Fanshaw. Welcome to my writer podcast, This Now, in which I share pieces of my work that I hope will help you make the most of whatever season of life you’re in. This time, I’ll be sharing the poem that this podcast is named after, which I hope expresses the focus I’d like it to have.*One of the ways we make the most of the seasons of our lives is by processing our pain, and I think that will always be an element of this in some way. I’d even go as far as to say that we can’t really make the most of our seasons unless we process our pain in a healthy way.One of the things I’ve been processing lately is childlessness, and one of the poems I share here is a big part of that journey for me.*There’s also a good deal of lighter stuff, some Author News, and an excerpt from my forthcoming book: Finding Your Wings: A Christian Guide to Healing from Romantic Rejection & Heartbreak.I feel that this episode has kind of a theme of questions and questioning – some of it serious, some of it lighthearted – but hopefully it can all play a part in helping us make the most of this season of our lives.Welcome to episode 2!* * *This episode was originally recorded as a live stream on Facebook and YouTube, which went out on the 6th of October 2021. * * *Check out my interview on the ‘Coffee with Jesus’ podcast here.Here’s the livestream on Facebook.Here’s the livestream on YouTube.* * *If you have any feedback, please contact me through my Facebook page Ruth Fanshaw, Writer, or email me at ruth@originaltextpublications.com.You can find out more about me and my work at ruthfanshaw.com.