THOUGHTS ON WRITING
JOY & BADASSERY

How to make a living as a writer

Think bigger You use words. You use words to evoke emotion, tell stories, record concepts, sell ideas or services or products, engage a following. Whichever of those you do, think bigger. People are always asking me if I specialise in a particular type of writing....

How to be happier

Love the rain It was high summer and on that day it was raining. I’d been revelling every day in the heat. The sunshine. The creek, the beach. Great Barrier Island I love warm nights sleeping with just a sheet and cool mornings on the deck when you know there’s only a...

If you have something to say

If you have something to say, just SAY IT! I need you to know this. There are no new ideas. There are no new things to say. There is nothing to say that hasn’t been said before. If you’re waiting to have something NEW to say, you’re shit outta luck. I can’t even tell...

Whose permission do you need?

Have you given yourself permission to be your authentic self?

How to get better at writing

Practice. The end. Ok, fine. I’ll say more. But, that is one of the biggest things if you want to improve your writing.

Heeey superwoman! How’s your cape?

I did the best I could. I tried my hardest. I couldn’t have done more. I used to feel guilty every time I thought or said any one of those statements. I thought they were lies. The superwoman days You see, I have these days every now and then that I call my superwoman...

Let’s talk truths and confirmation bias

I’m really intrigued by the concept of truth. It’s probably because one of my core values is integrity, and so truth is part of that. What I’m interested in, though, is the complexities around truth. As an indigenous woman, for example, I have a clear position that

How to write an essay

Seriously? Do you really want to know that? Or do you really mean How to make writing an essay EASY?  Or make it happen by MAGIC? Cos I’m not your Fairy God Mother. If you found this blog post by googling How to write an essay,  I feel...

What can you accomplish today?

Living with depression I’ve lived with depression officially for 15 years but in truth probably closer to 20. I’m all good with that. It’s part of me. We manage. I know how it works and what to watch for and what to do about it. And when I’m having a low...

How to write an executive summary

For the love of all that is right and good, PLEASE DO NOT WRITE YOUR EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FIRST! Here’s why. The executive summary is the only part of a report you can guarantee will get read. So it needs to be the most powerful and well-written part. The end.The...
How to be happier

How to be happier

Love the rain It was high summer and on that day it was raining. I’d been revelling every day in the heat. The sunshine. The creek, the beach. Great Barrier Island I love warm nights sleeping with just a sheet and cool mornings on the deck when you know there’s only a...

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If you have something to say

If you have something to say

If you have something to say, just SAY IT! I need you to know this. There are no new ideas. There are no new things to say. There is nothing to say that hasn’t been said before. If you’re waiting to have something NEW to say, you’re shit outta luck. I can’t even tell...

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podcasts

Shelly joins Kiwi Talkz to chat Writing, Joy & Badassery

Reece Reilly spoke with Writing and Communications Trainer Shelly Davies about how to improve your writing and training as well as other topics such as Maori, Profanity, Racism and more. This long-form video podcast will take you on a real journey!

Rich or Good? Burning the Bullshit with Caroline Herfurth (March 11, 2019)

The bullsh*t belief — “You can be either rich or a good person, but not both”  negatively impacted how much Shelly Davies charged for her services. And led to shortchanging herself to the tune of thousands of dollars each day.

Add that up over time and… well… you can do the math.

Good Shit I've learned with The Artful Chiropractor (October 17, 2018)

Shelly Davies is living a dream she didn’t know she had – helping people live more fully, more authentically, and more in their truth.  She does this with a lot of laughs, her new traditional Māori chin tattoo, and a fair amount of curse words sprinkled liberally through everything she does, even her website.  Shelly’s story is one of loving self through dead husbands, depression, obesity, single parenting, running an #accidentallyawesome business, and even, much to her equal dismay and delight, grandparenting. 

Stories of Courage and Self Care with Christina Marlett (July 4, 2018)

Tune into this episode of the Courageous Self-Care Podcast to hear Shelly Davies’ powerful story of parenting, overcoming shame and authenticity. 

Learning from Children with Bettina Tornatora (May 23, 2018)

An honest account of the pain and self doubt that parenting can bring. Listen to Shelly talk about the perfect recipe for disaster that she experienced as a mother. Profound and vulnerable sharing in this podcast.

Passive Aggressive Punctuation with The Content Wrangler (July 20, 2017)

You know all those “rules” you were taught in school about “good writing?” They were lies. Our focus today needs to go beyond grammar and punctuation, and towards clarity and understanding. What works for real people? And what really ARE the rules?

Want me on your podcast?

(I’ve got SO MUCH to say!) 

Boy do I have stories to tell. Yes, I’ve run a fucking amazing business for 7 years now, and YES I want other people to feel THIS POWERFUL in their own universe. I can talk business. Money. Marketing. Brand. Authenticity. Vulnerability. Courage. Someone might have suggested I’m New Zealand’s Brene Brown *blush*. I can talk parenting, divorce, dead husbands, depression, obesity and weight loss surgery, family court, addictions, SERIOUS mental health.

I mean fuck. I’ve lived. What can I say? You don’t become a joyful badass rockstar through a boring, not-much-happened kinda life. So let’s talk.