Lessons from Lockdown with Marie-Claire Donnelly

The global pandemic has brought heartache and sadness, but it’s also given us opportunities to think more deeply about how we live our lives and to learn and grow from adversity. Through her book, It Is What It Is: Universal And Everlasting Lessons From Lockdown, Marie-Claire Donnelly shares her experience of using lockdown to go deep within and find the silver lining in such an unexpected situation. Along the way, she reconnects with the importance of faith, self-acceptance, and ultimately, self-love.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • Learning to surrender;
  • Seizing the opportunity to learn more about ourselves;
  • Connecting to our faith;
  • Staying grounded with daily practices and habits.

I love this interview! You can listen here:


Marie-Claire is the author of It Is What It Is which details the many valuable lessons she learnt during lockdown. Lessons of acceptance, forgiveness, love and hope. The book outlines the toolkit which she has accumulated over the last 20 years of studying personal development and how this toolkit helped her navigate the storm of a global pandemic. It is additionally about her deep faith in God and how this faith has helped her overcome so much. Marie-Claire is also the creator of Dream Magic Superfood Powders, a Quantum Energy Coach and runs Dream Fitness with her sister Joanna. She is super passionate about all things related to improving Health, Fitness and Mental Wellbeing and loves helping her clients to look and feel their best – mentally and physically. Follow and connect with her on Instagram @coachingbymc.


By the way, if you’re feeling inspired to start a daily practice, as Marie-Claire spoke about in this episode, you might want to check out the Daily Centering Practice Guide & 28-Day Workbook I created. It teaches you how to establish a daily reflection and centering practice, and it also gives you a 28-day fillable workbook to help you build the habit. You can learn more about this guide and workbook at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me. It’s $11.99 but you can use promo code LOCKDOWN to get 50% off. (US customers only).


See you next time!



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 100 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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