Lucy H. Pearce is a multiple Amazon bestselling author, publisher, vibrant artist, teacher and mother of three young children.
Her five life-changing non-fiction books are:
- Burning Woman – her most recent, highly-acclaimed exploration of women and power is a #1 Amazon bestseller.
- Moon Time: harness the ever-changing energy of your menstrual cycle, is the #1 best-selling book in its field on Amazon, and has been acclaimed by women around the world as “life-changing”.
- Her girl’s version Reaching for the Moon is a soulful guide to the menstrual cycle for girls aged 9-14 and is now in 5 languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Polish.
- The Rainbow Way: Cultivating Creativity in the Midst of Motherhood has been a #1 bestseller on Amazon in the UK and US. It features the voices of over 50 creative mothers including: Jennifer Louden, Pam England and Leonie Dawson and has been credited with saving lives and starting creative businesses.
- Moods of Motherhood is a journey through the diverse emotional weather of motherhood that speaks the unspeakable straight to the heart.
Lucy has contributed to a number of book anthologies from: Tiny Buddha; BlogHer; Wild Sister and She Rises. Her work is featured in If Women Rose Rooted and her art has featured in magazines, diaries and calendars around the world.
The former contributing editor at JUNO magazine, Lucy is the founder of Womancraft Publishing, which publishes life-changing, paradigm-shifting books by women, for women. She is passionate about helping midwife creativity, and offers mentoring and editorial services at Lucent Word.
For seven years she has blogged on creativity and motherhood at Dreaming Aloud.net. Her articles have appeared in newspapers, websites and magazines around the world. And she is much in demand as a guest teacher and speaker at telesummits.
She lives in a little pink house with white shutters, in the village of her birth on the coast in East Cork, Ireland where she co-creates a living and the care of her family with her husband.
Some may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…
That line from John Lennon has been known to make me cry.
Because being a dreamer in this world can feel lonely and scary. We have big beautiful dreams but learning to live them out loud, helping them to bloom, and supporting ourselves in the process – that’s the work of heroes, and often we feel anything but.
I understand what it takes to move ideas from seed to fully rooted plant. I know the creative process inside out. In the words of one blog reader: “Lucy gets shit done!”
I know what it’s like to be highly sensitive and under-confident. To struggle with depression and anxiety. I know completely. Please, please don’t let that stop you for a second. The way out is through. Through creativity we heal ourselves… and all those whose lives we touch. This I know as truth.
And it matters. Don’t for a second think it doesn’t. Or that you can put it off for another moment. Our world needs all the colour and innovation we can give right now. Our communities, global and local, are hungry for people of vision, projects of hope, people standing fully in their power not dominated by fear.
We need find the courage to harness our greatest visions and live them out. We need to embody our values. Dare to live authentically. Risk vulnerability. Face down shame, repression and taboo. Dreaming new dreams not only for ourselves but for the entire human race.
Each of our voices matters so much. Our collective energy is so desperately needed in these transition times.
Together we can create change.
About Dreaming Aloud
Dreaming Aloud is a hub and creative portal – a virtual community, inspiration tank and resource centre – for world changers, creatives of every rainbow hue, artists, writers, mamas, free thinkers, dreamers all…
Here at Dreaming Aloud we celebrate:
- The creative process
- Authenticity and vulnerability as the keys to self expression
- Radical self-care and revolutionary approaches to health
- Breaking taboos
- Making connections, creating community
- Experimenting with new ways of living, balancing creativity, work and parenthood…
You may have noticed a pebble theme going on here! Pebbles have been a passion for as long as I can remember. Every time I’m feeling overwhelmed, angry, in need of inspiration… I go down to the beach near our house. I walk the strand, look out to sea, sometimes draw labyrinths in the sand, and I always take a pebble and pop it in my coat pocket.
My hand is drawn to it as I go through my daily life. I silently turn it over in my hand and it brings me back to a place of clarity and connection.
I was deep inspired by the book Circle of Stones, by Judith Duerk, it was the impetus I needed to start our women’s group. In it she asks this very important question: how would your life be different, if you have a circle of women to go to? A circle of stones is a metaphor for a circle of wise women.
Dreaming Aloud is a circle of stones to me.
And why the spiral?
Spirals have always been an important image to me – they appeared on our wedding invitations, on my father’s pottery, on my favourite clothes. The spiral of pebbles harks back to when I was training to be a teacher at Cambridge University, there was an artists’ house that we often visited called Kettles Yard. In the sitting room was a simple wooden table in a sunny window with a beautiful spiral of white pebbles. On my first visit I sat there, in the midst of the hubbub of school children and wrote a poem. I bought three postcards and have always had one close to hand to inspire me – for me this represents everyday zen, a topic which Dreaming Aloud returns to many times: a celebration of the simplicity, the order, the connection between art and nature…
The original Dreaming Aloud blog had a photograph of a stone spiral as its logo, the spiral was made with a group of women on International Women’s Day a few years back, out of the stones on our local beach. It was a beautiful and evocative image, and one of the examples of random acts of beauty which I regularly create on my walks. I often leave spirals of stones, mandalas of leaves and flowers, or chains of blossoms, labyrinths, and other ephemeral art behind me.
Spirals appear in nearly all my paintings, it is an image which calls me again and again. It is a simplified form of a labyrinth,
which is the central image of my fourth book on creativity, The Rainbow Way.
The final piece of the puzzle is the zentangled doodles on the pebbles, this is a new passion of mine.
Spirals, labyrinths, pebbles, rainbow colours… all together… these represent Dreaming Aloud and its key themes: women, wisdom, creativity, books, everyday zen and random acts of beauty to me.