096 Discovering Happiness, Interview with Marie-Claire Ashcroft
Marie-Claire struggled with depression for 30 years. She ended up in a place where she found she could no longer feel her feelings. She launched on a journey to discover where her happiness was hiding, which led her to become a happiness ninja.
Q & A
Why do you believe that self love is important?
Self love is important to me because it’s about taking that time for yourself, and knowing and accepting you as you are with your flaws and imperfections.
What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?
The one core reason was complete lack of worth. I’d closed up to myself completely and worried about everybody else.
Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?
Matt, my other half. He refused to take this closed up person and chipped away, brick by brick, to get to the shiny person on the inside.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
“Stop pretending to be somebody you’re not. . . Drop the f’ing mask.”
What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?
Start your day with a “yeah.” It’s making sure you do something positive in the morning for you, before doing anything for anyone else.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“You cannot protect yourself from sadness, without protecting yourself from happiness.”
Can you share a resource, an app or a tool that we can use to build our selfcare practice.
I use something called the Lotus Bud. It’s chimes at times during the day, and you can use it to pull yourself back in the present moment.
What book are you reading right now?
What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?
Living true to yourself. Not living a life of “shoulds” and “have too’s.”
Marie-Claire is a Happiness Ninja. She helps people find their happy, have more fun in life and have the confidence to be themselves.