Breathe, laugh, and drum your way to Emotional Wellness

What you know ’bout relationship guilt, woman?

Ever been in a friendship that drained you far more than it sustained you? Some friendships take you so low, that you are forced to propel yourself upward by being honest with yourself and learning how to value your own needs.

Today’s speaker is going to talk about that. #TakeNotes

Michelle Currie owns and operates a rhythm and wellness company — hello? Like that’s not reason enough to invite her to share her insights with us!

In her session, Michelle gives us some “Red flag” indicators in friendships, and tells us what she did to get herself out of that space gracefully.

Michelle has the sweetest, most calming demeanor, and though I haven’t yet met her IRL, we connected via Twitter more than a year ago, and I’ve been her e-cheerleader ever since.  She’s based in Toronto, Canada, and by the support she’s gathered online (and I’m sure locally) she’s clearly in Life Design mode.

I love the idea of sister circles of any kind. I’m also an avid chanter and I practice meditation, so the idea of drumming, rhythm, breathwork, and self-awareness are right in line with my life and work.

How about you? Does the current rhythm of your life need some fine tuning? Well, see if this puts a bit of sway in your hips:


Keep the rhythm going by commenting below, and by connecting with Michelle this way:

Twitter: @MeditativeArts

  • Friends. Yes. I’ve had/have some wonderful friendships. Some I have to slow way down to allow one or both of us to grow. Some are for a just a season or a particular reason. Some last a lifetime. The ones that have lasted me 20+ years, have stayed because we give each other space. We talk, FB, text, come together at crucial times, laugh, share, but sometimes that’s just a few times a year or once every couple of years. There is a knowing between us. We know we are friends and that we will show up when we are needed.

    I had a situation within this year where a friend, who I have known for 5 years, didn’t show up when I needed her. I had always shown up for her, and rarely asked for much. However, when I needed her she couldn’t find what she needed to just send a text, or a short email. I ended it because I realized that I was doing all the showing up, and she was doing all the taking. Later, she acknowledged her missteps, and we had a conversation that left us at peace, However, I am not expecting anything else from her, and she shouldn’t expect anything else from me. If this is a slow growth period, we have yet to see that. For right now I am content with things the way they are, at peace.

  • Larie

    Quite a bit resonated with me but my favorite, the one that stands out the most, “…the person has to see value in prioritizing emotional wellness.” Thanks Michelle.

  • Sandra

    First let me say that I love the idea of women using drums for wellness ! I have been wanting to have african drums in my home for that very reason . The sound of the drums are so healing to me and puts me in a great mood. You have inspired me to go ahead and get my drums ! Secondly I understand what you are saying about friendships…it is so important to recognize red flags and take actions accordingly. whether it be setting boundaries or “gracefully” walking away from them. thank you for sharing your story !

  • This was a good reminder of maintaining emotional wellness while giving to others. The “bucket” analogy resonates with me. We should be conscious of not emptying our OWN “bucket” for the sake of filling up someone else. Good stuff!

  • Interestingly enough, I have had to decide to step away from some relationships over the past few years. It required me to evaluate how I felt when I was with and when I was away from certain people. In the end, it served me more to serve ME more 🙂 Thank you for sharing.