Be gentle… with yourself, with others + with the planet.

I believe in being gentle and truly shining from within.  I speak to, write for and teach teen and tween girls that they are perfect, just as they are.  I support women to embrace their inner ‘youth mentor’ and create incredible youth programs and businesses they love.  And I do my best to live gently [from being vegan to living off the grid in a shipping container one year]!


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Current insights, tips & research about teens from the front line for parents, educators and mentors.

Amanda Rootsey, founder of teen holistic personal development school Shine From Within and coach to youth mentors all over the world, interviews experts about what’s going on for youth today.  From psychological insights to practical advice on how to hold a safe space for teens, it’s your short burst of inspiration and motivation amidst the crazy world of teens and tweens!


– Latest from the #livegently blog –

Youth Mentor Training 2nd Intake Closes Today!

I’ve been working with teens for many years, and intensively through my own business Shine from Within for the last 4 years. If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that supporting young women and girls to truly shine in their own awesome way is pretty special. Even if it’s just running the odd workshop about whatever you know (yoga/food/sustainability/kindness/confidence/etc) or a series of little sisterhood evenings.

It also takes particular knowledge and skills to do it responsibly. Being aware of where they are at psychologically. Understanding how to truly connect with them in an engaging way that they can actually relate to. Even things like knowing what kind of insurance you need and the legislation you need to comply with. It’s definitely not something that can be taken lightly. But to see them shining and saying things like ‘I actually do feel more confident,” after a course is very very special. I truly do believe that if more men and women held a supportive space for teens to grow and develop by tapping into their own strengths and passions, the world would be a little kinder and brighter.

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How to be gentle when you’re flat out! 

These last few months have been hectic and I’m sure you would probably be in the same boat – who isn’t?! And while it’s all good and well to say things like, “oh I don’t believe in the word ‘busy’,” and “let’s stop the glorification of the busyness” (which I wholeheartedly agree with by the way), the reality is we are pretty busy. Whether we fill our lives with nonsense or fun stuff or family commitments or work – most people’s lives are pretty full.

So for me, it’s about finding ways to come back to my calm happy place when I’m feeling frazzled and essentially working in a way that suits me. I’ve been reflecting on how I got through the last few months so here are some tips I came up with….

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How Soulpreneurs helped me launch my program

What I didn’t expect from enrolling in this course was the assistance and support I got in creating a brand new offering. It helped me get my online program, Shine From Within Youth Mentor Training up and running. I remember attending one of the in-person training days earlier in the year, sitting in the ‘hot seat’ and pitching this crazy idea that I had been working on for months and months behind the scenes. I also remember the swift kick up the butt that Yvette gave me about the price I was suggesting (thankfully!), because Soulpreneurs in particular, can really struggle to charge what they’re worth.

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