Ellen Fisher on Unschooling and Following Your Heart
I want to take a moment to deeply thank you for all of your feedback and love on my special birthday episode that I shared last week – 33 Things that I’ve Learned in 33 Years – so many of you told me that my words brought you to tears and that means the world to me.
I was talking to one of my close girlfriends Alexandra Dawson, former podcast guest (episode 10) about how I wished I had included one more lesson and she suggested that I share it today as a good luck lesson “you always need an extra for good luck!” she said.
So here it is…
Appreciate your body. Love your body. LIVE in your body. Respect your body.
This is one that I’m always working with. I constantly find myself looking back at photos of myself thinking “I looked so good then…” or “wow..I was so fit then..” when in reality, I’m still wearing the same clothes, they fit the same…the shape of my body may have changed a little here and there but for the most part, I look the same now as I did in the photographs that I always look back on. It’s my mind that sees someone different in the mirror. And here’s the thing – my body made a baby, birthed a baby medication free and has breastfed her now for almost 21 months. My body healed itself naturally after being burnt in a house-fire. My body has overcome an eating disorder. The list goes on and I’m sure you have similar stories about what your amazing body has done for you. Because our bodies work SO HARD every single day for us so something that I’m constantly working on, my “lesson for good luck” is to constantly love and accept the ebbs and flows of my body as it evolves with time and life.
Let’s talk about today’s guest – Ellen Fisher.
Ellen is such an effortless force. I started watching her YouTube videos years ago and fell in love with her vibrant, healthy, natural lifestyle in Maui Hawaii. Sharing now with an audience of half a million people, Ellen’s become a world-wide resource and role model for veganism, gentle parenting, home birthing and breastfeeding. In our chat we talk about how she and her husband Andrew manifested their move from California to Hawaii, why they did it and how they made it happen, we talk about unschooling and Ellen’s thoughts on the traditional school system, we talk about raising vegan children and what to do if you have a picky eater and we also talk about how social media has helped Ellen build up her confidence and improve her relationship with herself.
"Living is learning.”
In This Episode We Discuss...
+ why Ellen & her family decided to move to Hawaii from California and how they made it happen
+ tips Ellen has for others who want to move somewhere else
+ how Ellen has achieved financial freedom for her and her family
+ Ellen’s social media career
+ breastfeeding & milk sharing
+ our feelings around education
+ unschooling and allowing children to be ‘free thinkers’
+ raising children vegan
+ tips on getting your children to eat more fruits and vegetables
+ outside negativity and how to overcome it
"I really believe that we are all born vegan in our mind and in our hearts.”
Ellen on Instagram
Ellen on YouTube
"My Babies Were Born at Home. Here's the Story" on YouTube
"What My Raw Vegan Baby Ate Today" on YouTube
Ellen's "Tips for Successful Breastfeeding" blog post
"How Children Learn" by John Holt
"How Children Fail" by John Holt
"What Inspired Us to Homeschool Our Kids" - Ellen on It's Always Beautiful YouTube channel
"Homeschool Q&A with Ellen Fisher & Sara Triglia" - Ellen on It's Always Beautiful YouTube channel
ep. 29: Julie Piatt on Mothering, Eternally Creating & the Rise of SriMati
Do Schools Kill Creativity? - Ken Robinson TEDTalk
Ruby Roth's Children's Books
Bite Size Vegan YouTube channel
"My Home Birth Story with Scout" on YouTube
My Birth Story
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz