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. 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 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

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

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

  1. The great the magnificence we see in others, then this is the reflection we are also opening our hearts to share equally to every one who is open to feel our own glorious movements. So is it any wonder that Gyl, and Christy see so much in each other!

  2. When I think of all the people that I know within the industry I work in I am so blessed to know so many beautiful people, they are like an extended family to me. I have just spent 8 days on a business trip with a work colleague and I can honestly say that every day was so much fun. I am learning that everyone is different on the surface, but at a deeper level we are all the same and when we tap into this same quality, we get to feel the bond of true brotherhood and it is the most delicious feeling to have.

    1. Our essence is a deepening connection and that is also known as our Inner-most-heart so as you have shared Melinda heart to heart is the inner-most that we are searching for.

  3. There needs to be more appreciation stories like this, how lovely to read an article based on love and appreciation.

  4. Appreciation of what one is connected to is such an advance for all concerned as it deepens our relationships with not only True-Intimacy but a humbleness of the most divine nature.

    1. I am learning to appreciate myself and, in this deepening, I can feel how all my relationships with everyone is changing. I can also feel a deeper connection to humanity, whether I know them or not it doesn’t matter, there is something greater taking place it’s far more than physicality, it is at a particle level where I can feel we are all the same. We have championed our minds to run our bodies, whereas in truth it is our bodies that hold the intelligence of who and what we are.

  5. When we appreciate others we are more able to be inspired by their qualities, rather than being in comparison or jealousy. True appreciation is something that holds us as equals, no pedestals needed.

    1. Absolutely Melinda, appreciation and intimacy go hand in hand and thus we can not but help hold everyone as an equal. True intimacy is letting people in or being open and transparent so that we have no barriers or beliefs about how another should be.

      1. Thank you Greg, that is the beauty of your heart speaking. Once we know how gorgeous our essence is by reconnecting to it, we also know others have the same beauty in them, our expression of that will be slightly different just as it is with different notes in the one song. We all make up something so incredible together, we are different expressions of the one light.

  6. “Kristy is a true role model” when we meet or read about someone who inspires us with how they live it is an inspiration to realise that we can all be role models in deepening our love and commitment to each other.

  7. We can feel from the appreciation and sharing from this blog.. that there is a greater expression than we are used. Meaning that we are all capable of not holding back our truth and love, and that by standing for the raw and real truth of things, is actually very admirable.. but not in a sense that it is only achievable by that person alone, but an inspiration for us all to stand for truth — not being afraid to show.

  8. What a beautiful way to talk about someone, and it says so much about the kind of relationship you have between you two – no jealousy or comparison but mutual adoration and deep care, and we definitely do not do enough of expressing our appreciation for another. So blessed to have someone like Kristy and you, Gyl, as a teacher. What amazing role models we have for kids.

  9. It is beautiful to love and appreciate each other as women in the teaching industry and therefor inspiring and supporting each other. Thank you for sharing.

  10. This was just awesome to read and feel the mutual respect and deep appreciation you not only have for one another but also are so willing to honestly and open share with each other, without reservation or holding it back. Thank you for the inspiration.

  11. This is a beautiful example Gyl of how we can express our appreciation to another, there is such power and love when we don’t hold back our appreciation, thank you for reminding me of this.

  12. How awesome to appreciate another so deeply and to have someone (Kristy) care so much about the role she has with others bringing all of her to it. Very inspiring.

    1. Vicky you are just as inspiring in the work that you do, working with young people who are struggling to find their place in the world. Your absolute love and steadfastness is something I’m in awe of; your ability to offer these young people something they have not had so far in their lives; a person who can meet them at their level with no judgement or condemnation but offer them a way back from the abandonment of a social system that doesn’t truly care.

  13. This is a totally refreshing way of talking about somebody Gyl, absolutely love it. In a world that highlights faults and what we do wrong, it is time that we start seeing people for the qualities they bring. And everybody brings something! As long we want to cast our eye on that, and not on the negative, we get a totally different perspective. You rock Gyl.

    1. It’s so important that we normalise expressing appreciation. When we don’t we don’t just fail to show our love and care of another, we cap our own expression and that expression that needed to come out stays stuck the body adversely affecting it.

  14. To be inspired by one, often leads to inspiring many, when we live in a way that supports ourselves, people cannot but notice that there is something different in the way that you move and interact, and that inspires people to make more loving changes.

  15. I love reading these blogs about people we are inspired by, the world does not do this enough – appreciate one another. Do we truly write about an everyday person that has inspired us and why they have made a difference to our lives? It doesn’t have to be reams of writing, just simple expression. Truly inspiring read.

  16. This is a very beautiful sharing to read about the deep appreciation between 2 women. It is us not holding back in relationships and it sets a foundation of how relationships can truly be – always growing, always learning, always appreciating.

  17. A beautiful article that honours what we can feel through another even if we don’t live in the same county, it can be amazing to feel the love another holds for both themselves and humanity and it can be felt in many ways, even through how they write.

  18. Thank you for sharing your appreciation of Kristy and all she brings to the world. By sharing your appreciation we all feel the power and purpose that she offers to the world of education and living life to the full.

  19. To appreciate someone for the rock-solidness that they bring is very special, because it is an appreciation of the fact that there can be stability and foundations in relationships. And this is something that I have come to value very highly, and it is in part due to the inspiration of Kirsty Wood and people like her that this appreciation has grown.

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