Inspired by a Universal Medicine Student: What I love about Kristy Wood

Having recently received a truly loving and deeply appreciative email from Kristy Wood, it made me stop to feel just how much I appreciate Kristy and what I love about her.

Just in a matter of a few lines, Kristy shared her absolute love, warmth and appreciation of my expression, my writing and me.

Kristy Wood
Kristy Wood

It wasn’t so much about the words that Kristy shared, though these were heartfelt and important, but the absolute love, depth and care felt in every word written.

I have never met Kristy as she lives on the other side of the world, so I cannot share about day to day life, but what I do know is how much I am inspired by her – her absolute depth of wisdom, love, passion, commitment and care for people, kids, teachers, community and education.

Kristy and I work together on a global project called ‘Teachers are Gold’. I love the clarity and truth Kristy brings, she makes it very real.

Since I have known Kristy for the past four and half years, Kristy’s love and depth has grown more and more.

When you listen to Kristy speak about people, children and education, you can’t help but feel the absolute lived authority and power that she is and holds, and the absolute rock solid, steadfast support she brings to everyone – kids, classrooms, teachers, head teachers, parents, schools and the communities in which she works and lives, not to mention her wicked sense of humour and playfulness as well.

Hearing Kristy presenting about her experiences in life, you cannot help but feel the humbleness she lives, and I would say she may not even realise just how incredibly awesome she is.

Her work has won awards, and there are so many people that have nothing but absolute respect for Kristy and the work she offers. I know for a fact, people across the world are deeply inspired by Kristy and all that she is and lives.

Kristy is also not afraid to stand up and speak the truth, no matter what that may be, having recently written an incredible article speaking up against lies and abuse.

Kristy is a true role model for kids and adults too.

It’s not often we open up as a society and share this normal way of being and expressing with one another in the world, appreciating everything we love and adore about a person or a group.

This is what I love about Kristy Wood: her willingness to go there and appreciate people with absolute truth, depth, genuine warmth, love, and care.

Kristy has taken the bar of love and appreciation to a whole new level. Kristy Wood rocks this world!

Gyl Rae
Gyl Rae

By Gyl Rae, 38, Teacher, Scotland

Gyl Rae Gyl Rae works as a Visiting Arts Teacher, loves writing about life, supporting people and works as a volunteer on Global projects.

You can read more about Gyl Rae at or on follow Gyl on twitter @GylRae

Kristy Wood Kristy Wood loves working with people to develop initiatives that build a sense of community and support wellbeing.

You can read more about Kristy Wood at

Further Reading:
What is the Science of Appreciation and how does it evolve all of our relationships?
Self-Love and Inspiring Love in Another
Inspired by a Universal Medicine Student: What I love about Karin Becker
Inspired by a Universal Medicine Student: What I Love about Simon Asquith

494 thoughts on “Inspired by a Universal Medicine Student: What I love about Kristy Wood

  1. How amazing life could be if we all lived in this level of true appreciation of each other. It would blow jealousy out of the water.

  2. I can only agree with what you share about Kristy Woods. Gyl! She is a Powerhouse at getting things done especially those things relating to children of all ages. A truly passionate and inspired woman who is not afraid to speak her truth.

  3. There are not nearly enough genuine role models out there in everyday life living with the integrity and a loving authority that inspires us all to step up and change the status quo of a world we all can feel is not living to its full potential at all.

  4. What an appreciation is felt and how beautiful to feel a woman appreciating another woman, which is truly so rarely seen in our world today.Talking about the appreciation of who you are, not what you just wear or can do etc. This is only because we lack this appreciation within ourselves and we miss that connection that we struggle to then appreciate or truly seeing who we are.

  5. After having just read some of Kristy’s blog posts dedicated to those she appreciates, it’s wonderful to now read one about how she inspires others. This to me feels like the knock on effect of what happens when people stop to appreciate each other. Like ripples, the love spreads far and wide. The impact of such a gesture is exactly the kind of impact we need to offset all that is going on as standard in the world.

  6. When Kristy talks about her work with children there is an all encompassing equal-ness with which she holds them. No child or teen is any less than the teacher or carer. With this standard of equal ground it seems children dramatically respond and feel their own power and wisdom. This is something to celebrate – along with many other qualities that Kristy brings to the world.

  7. What a Joy to read this unhindered expression of appreciation of another Gyl – and to celebrate the amazing Kristy Wood! This is one amazing woman, I agree – she never, ever takes her finger off the pulse of what is happening in her community and particularly with our young people. And she shies not from addressing the bigger picture and concerns. People with such consistent dedication deserve to be celebrated in full – indeed, books should be written about them, for we deserve ever-more insight into just what it is that inspires such purpose in life, and absolute care for others.

    1. Beautifully said Victoria, we absolutely need to study people like Kristy Wood and learn from her because she is a true educator and the world needs more of them. The more we celebrate people like Kristy the more we will be able to see what is needed to bring true education to all.

  8. I love the way you so openly appreciate here to Kristy, Gyl. It makes me feel how easy and powerful appreciation it is in fact. When we appreciate, we confirm the truth that we feel, and in that confirmation we honour it, offering the space to be seen and be expanded much more in our lives.
    Thank you both for offering to me such a beautiful reminder.

  9. It’s beautiful to feel your appreciation of Kristy, Gyl! She has also inspired me deeply as a fellow professional in the field of teaching. Her commitment to truth and speaking it has given me plenty of food for thought and the way she works with children is amazing to observe.

  10. I am blessed with having this woman, Kristy Wood so close by. Sometimes it takes someone from the other side of the world, with a whole lot of love to share, for you to snap to and realise what you have got! Kristy is so amazing on so many levels but her way with children and teens is what blows me away. It’s beautiful to see woman appreciate each other like this.

  11. Beautifully shared Gyl your appreciation of Kristy and the qualities she brings to her life and to her work. What a world of difference it would make to life if we stopped for a moment and pondered on all the things we appreciated in each other and then share it with them, this could be the new normal of relationships. I loved the photo just gorgeous thank you.

  12. I met Kristy whilst in Australia in early 2016 and was struck by her solidity when it came to what she new was true and her jovial being, with such a warm smile. Pleasure to have met you Kristy 🙂

  13. “I have never met Kristy as she lives on the other side of the world, so I cannot share about day to day life, but what I do know is how much I am inspired by her – her absolute depth of wisdom, love, passion, commitment and care for people, kids, teachers, community and education.” Beautiful Gyl. I have never met Kristy either but seeing her on webcasts I feel the same. She is one inspiring woman.

  14. Thank you Gyl, it is so important to appreciate people such as Kristy Wood for all the incredible and deeply inspiring work she does with children off all ages.

  15. Imagine how different our world would be if we expressed our appreciation for one another more. Through openly expressing our appreciation for each other when we feel it, we confirm and celebrate the movements of love and truth, of who we are in essence, as such restoring the trust and dissolving the walls of protection that is much needed in our relationships today.

  16. Wow that is what I call true appreciation of somebody. And somebody that we haven’t even met. I do appreciate your writing Gyl, you write profoundly and lightly, very much needed in this world that takes the ‘ heavy’ things in life way to seriously.

  17. Beautiful to feel the depth of your appreciation Gyl and it is so inspirational that you have taken the time to write it down for all of us to share. There are so many positive things that happen and yet so often we tend to focus on what is not going right rather than appreciating what we, or another, do well.

  18. I love how you appreciate the specific qualities that Kristy brings to the world as it allows for a deeper confirmation with each reading.

  19. I love Kristy Wood too, I have never met her but heard her speak and present about how she is with the children she teaches and supports and it is really beautiful how she really goes there and meets the kids for who they are without holding back on pulling them up if needed and with equally no holding back on expressing her love for them.

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