TGGC #54: From Voice Thief to Voice Freedom with Gail Schock.

Gail Shock aka G Love is a Love Revolutionery, Quantum Meditation Teacher, Coach, Writer and Energy Magician.

We talked a lot about what that mega job title even means, the crises that ended up being her soul cures, the new ritual, Gail is using to celebrate the small, wonderful things that happen throughout her daily life, her beautiful spiritual beliefs, living from a place of self-acceptance rather than self-improvement, following the whispers of the feminine throughout our lives, and the experience of “The Voice Thief,” and how we can go about reclaiming our voices.

 

 

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • The new ritual that Gail is using to celebrate the small, wonderful things that happen throughout her daily life
  • What it means to let Shakti move through your body
  • What it looks like to be a Quantum Meditation Teacher, Coach, Writer and Energy Magician
  • How Gail balances her roles as an executive producer with her role as a spiritual teacher - and how they’re connected
  • Gail’s experience of growing up in a spiritual family and how her beliefs have evolved over time
  • The car crash Gail was in in 2008 that devastated her body, brain, and voice, and how it ended up being exactly the “soul cure” she needed at the time
  • What she learned about femininity from living in the Middle East
  • What she learned about the power of the imagination by walking over hot coals at Tony Robbins’s Unleash the Power Within
  • Living in a place of self-acceptance rather than always striving for self-improvement
  • Following the whispers of the divine feminine
  • The experience of “Voice Thief” when we are rendered speechless and how we can move towards reclaiming our voice

Links mentioned: 

Where to find Gail:

TGGC #53: The power of self-awareness & setting boundaries online with Emma Gannon.

Emma Gannon is an author, blogger, and marketer, and she recently released her first book Ctrl Alt Delete: How I Grew Up Online with Ebury Publishing.

Emma was one of the first bloggers I started following when I decided to move to London. I love her charming but no-nonsense take on life and her adventures in this city are always exciting to read about. I'm thrilled to say that you can look forward to hearing from her in an upcoming episode of the podcast!

When Emma announced that she was publishing a book, I knew it would be just as fun and thought-provoking as everything else she does. In Ctrl Alt Delete Emma chronicles how she grew up, and ultimately built a career, online - complete with cybersex, catfishing, and many an MSN convo. The book is fun and lighthearted in places, but also deep and philosophical in others as she grapples with such topics as bullying and feminism. There's a whole lot of nostalgia too, for all of us who fumbled our way through growing up in those early days of the Internet.

In this episode we talk about the power of self-awareness for designing a life you love, setting online boundaries, creating a work/life balance that works for you, and finding inspiration.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why structure and routine isn't always the best thing for creative entrepreneurs and how we can go through seasons of routine and seasons without routine
  • Finding the work routine that suits your personality and preferences 
  • The balance between being honest online and being discerning consumers of content, realizing that people don't owe us a complete picture of their lives
  • Choosing the boundaries we set online and the damage that can be done by trying to hold ourselves to impossible standards
  • Emma's writing process and the process of publishing her book
  • Breaking through writer's block
  • Finding inspiration by taking a break
  • The best writing advice that Emma's received
  • The benefits of growing up online - because it's not all doom and gloom
  • How the internet allows us to "choose ourselves" and create what we want to create 
  • Getting out of a funk
  • The problem with seeing as guru and what happens when we outgrow our heroes
  • Replacing the idea of "work/life balance" with the idea of blending
  • What's helped Emma distance herself from the negative feedback she's received online

Links mentioned:

Where to find Emma:

TGGC #52: Creating abundance by honouring the lunar cycles with Ezzie Spencer.

Ezzie Spencer trained as a lawyer and has a PhD in women’s wellbeing. She cares about, and works to further, women’s emotional, financial and spiritual wellbeing.

As the creator of Lunar Abundance™ – a lunar-inspired self-care practice, Ezzie helps thousands of women around the world cultivate self-worth, confidence and feminine flow in a playful and feminine way.

In this episode you’ll hear Ezzie’s unique perspective on what each phase of the moon can offer us and how tracking the lunar cycle is a really powerful personal development tool.

While magic and ritual can be a beautiful part of any lunar practice, Ezzie is very practical and grounded and there are unique perspectives even for people who have absolutely zero interest in magic or spirituality.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Ezzie’s practice of her keeping her mornings clear for creative work
  • Her journey from working as a lawyer to developing the Lunar Abundance™ as she sought to create a deeper understanding of herself
  • How the new moon phase teaches us about coming back to ourselves and our intuition and our feelings
  • Different types of abundance you can cultivate in your life
  • The importance and beauty of working with only one intention in each moon cycle
  • An overview of the 8 moon phases and how they connect to our lives and the different steps of the Lunar Abundance™ practice
  • Using the moon to connect with our body and our natural rhythms
  • Defining feelings as physical sensations that connect us to our somatic experiences
  • Creating intentions based on our feelings
  • How the lunar cycle can teach us about our own natural cycles, including our menstrual cycles
  • Balancing our need to be “doing” and expressing our masculine energy while still honouring the feminine phases while we are in them

 

Links mentioned:

 

Where to find Ezzie online:

TGGC #51: The magic of our menstrual cycles & creating happy hormones with Bianca Osbourne

Bianca Osbourne is a menstrual and fertility coach for energetic women, like you, who are ready to love their cycle and step into their feminine power. It’s her mission to help women balance their hormones, regulate their cycle, and create a vibrant, effervescent life that they love.

We sat down to talk about her journey, of course, but also how we can reclaim our health and stop looking for answers outside of ourselves.

You’ll hear us dive into talking about many of the most common reproductive health issues women struggle with and the insights Bianca has to share about alleviating them.

She shares her advise for tapping into the wisdom we can gain from our menstrual cycle and what it can teach us about our bodies and lives. She also answered listener questions about coming off the pill and non-hormonal birth control.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Bianca uses lists as the ritual that keeps her organized and sane within her busy, diverse schedule
  • The importance of switching up your environment and taking time away from work for both fuelling your creativity and creating work/life balance
  • Bianca’s struggles with yo-yo dieting and the hormonal imbalances this led to and how her reluctance to medicate the problem led her to seek out more natural solutions
  • How hormonal birth control silences information about our body and about who we are
  • How my high sensitivity trait changes responses in my body and sometimes makes it difficult to get support from my doctor
  • The unique information and power that you can get access to each month through your menstrual cycle
  • How focusing on the macronutrients of what you eat can help keep your hormones happy and balanced
  • Foods to avoid for hormonal health
  • The importance of not being too strict about what foods you need to eat (“You need to live your life!”)
  • The supplements that Bianca recommends for balancing your hormones
  • The fact that hormonal imbalances are a problem for men too
  • The “sleep test” you can do to determine how much sleep you need each night (because sleep is so important to your hormonal health)
  • Advice for supporting your body in coming off the pill
  • The methods of birth control that Bianca recommends
  • What it takes to effectively chart cycle
  • How to approach a doctor about a reproductive issue (or any other health problem) in a way that will make them take you seriously

 

Links mentioned:


Where to find Bianca:

TGGC #50: The healing power of journaling with Katie Dalebout.

Through her blog, podcasts, videos, and courses, millennial blogger, speaker, and podcast host Katie Dalebout curates inspired wisdom that guides people to go deep and sift through the thoughts clouding their minds. She’s the author of the Amazon best-selling book Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling.

She helps people develop a positive image of their bodies by embracing their creativity and personality outside of their physicality and she’s on a mission to share journaling tools that invoke deeper authenticity and self awareness. 

In this episode we talk about her journey of using journaling in her recovery from eating disorder, why she thinks journaling is such a powerful practice for personal development, what her journaling practice looks like, how to get the most out of journaling, and some of her favourite journaling tools that she shares in her book.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • How overwhelming it can be when we have a lot of choice and how creating plans or routines can help alleviate that overwhelm
  • What transcendental meditation is and how this practice has been transforming Katie’s life
  • Her journey of becoming obsessed with self-help and how, as she eventually ran into the limit of what she could gain from other people’s content, she eventually stumbled upon the practice of journalling
  • How Katie approaches journaling: what her practice looks like and how she uses it as a tool for healing, cultivating self-awareness, and working through the issues she’s facing
  • Why journaling is accessible for everyone, even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer (spoiler: if you can send a text, you can journal!)
  • The gratitude practice that Katie is using right now
  • The radical honesty and vulnerability it takes to truly tap into the benefits of journaling
  • Katie’s beliefs around manifesting and what her manifestation process looks like

 

Links mentioned:

 

Where to find Katie online

 

 

Podcast art by Ella Masters.

TGGC #49: Overcoming massive obstacles and smashing your goals with Kylie Travers

Kylie Travers has gone from homeless single mother of two because of domestic violence to multiple international award winning CEO, author, speaker and advocate for ending domestic violence and homelessness. She is passionate about helping others turn their obstacles into opportunities, change their mindset, smash their goals and achieve a life they never though possible.

We sat down to talk about the mindsets and tools she used to overcome massive obstacles and rebuild her life. We dive deep into her goal setting (& smashing!) process and her beliefs about what it takes to develop resilience.

We had some difficulties with the Skype connection so towards the end of the interview the audio begins to get a bit shaky and we had to edit some portions out, so I apologize for this and hope you still get a lot out of the conversation!

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • The quote that helped Kylie keep moving forward during one of the darkest periods of her life
  • The difference between trying and really, deep-down-in-your-bones, things-will-never-be-the-same deciding, how the latter can feel somewhat outside of our control but that we can harness that power and truly decide to make a change
  • The mindset tools that Kylie used to stay positive and focused on her goals even when it felt like her life was falling apart
  • The importance of finding gratitude for even the seemingly negative things that happen to us
  • How being raised in a family that encouraged personal development helped Kylie develop resilience and how she encourages other people to develop these life skills if they did not grow up with this type of background
  • The values-based system that Kylie uses for setting goals in every area of her life and the process she uses for following through on achieving them
  • The importance of celebrating your achievements and how Kylie likes to celebrate hers
  • The biggest mistakes Kylie sees her clients making when it comes to achieving their goals and how you can avoid making them
  • The validity of setting small goals and how to let go of goals when you realize they’re not what you really want
  • The power of writing a list of 100 things you’re grateful for and how Kylie started hers when it felt like there wasn't anything she loved about herself 

 

Links mentioned:

 

Where to find Kylie online:

Podcast art by Ella Masters.

TGGC #48: Devotion to spiritual practice & finding your soul's calling with Rebecca Campbell.

Available on your favourite podcast app.

Rebecca Campbell is a best selling author, inspirational motivational speaker, spiritual teacher, grounded spiritual mentor and practical intuitive guide. She's the author of Light is the New Black and her forthcoming book, Rise Sister Rise.

We had a really amazing chat about the power of devotion to your spiritual practice, exactly what HER practice looks like, creating from a space of feminine flow, and the role of the shadow when you’re trying to work your light.

In this episode we talk about:

  • An in-depth look at Rebecca’s daily routines and rituals
  • What “light sourcing” is, why it’s the one spiritual practice she’s most committed to, exactly how Rebecca practices it, and the instrumental role it plays in her creative process
  • The importance of consistency to your spiritual practice and how it leads to finding and living your soul’s calling
  • The story of how Rebecca discovered and then many years later started pursuing the work she was put on this Earth to do
  • The advice she gives to anyone who is trying to find their life’s purpose but doesn’t know where to begin
  • The simple ways you can tune into or amplify your intuition (which anyone can do!)
  • The important role of the shadow, even for lightworkers or anyone trying to work their light
  • What a lightworker is
  • The story of what inspired Rebecca to write her new book, Rise Sister Rise, and how it forced her to create from a place of real feminine flow
  • Living in tune with the seasons and rhythms of your body
  • The difficulty of living within the feminine in a society that wants to force us to stay in the masculine (and how we’re both navigating that)

Links mentioned:

Where to find Rebecca:

Podcast art by Ella Masters.

TGGC #47: Releasing expectations and harnessing the power of intention with Makenna Johnston.

Makenna Johnston is a business coach, author of The Intention Generation and her and her wife recently bought Julia Child's home in the South of France, which they're turning into a cooking school and yoga retreat centre. Whether through writing, speaking, or creating her work’s cornerstone is the notion that intention trumps expectation and that input matters far more than extraction. The results? Alignment & Presence. (Things the world could use more of).

We dove deep into Makenna’s journey - which is absolutely fascinating - as well as what it takes to live an intentional life, the consequences of getting caught up in expectations rather than intentions, and how to set powerful intentions and visions for our lives.

Intention and expectation are words that get bandied a lot but I promise this is not more of the same. This is a deep, powerful, fun, & playful conversation that left me with goose pimples. I can't wait for you to hear it!

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • The difference between "inspiration" and "aspiration" and how mainstream marketing is impacting how we desire
  • The problems that we're experiencing as a result of being taught to expect things
  • How intentions are different than expectations by shifting us into a space of action and the ingredients for creating powerful intentions
  • The problems with bucket lists, the havoc they wreaked in Makenna's lives, and how she approaches hers now
  • The three-tiered system that Makenna uses for setting intentions for herself and why feeling states form the foundations of her intentions
  • What vision really is, how she suggests her clients go about finding their vision, and why once you've found yours, it never really changes
  • How Makenna set the intention of buying Julia Child's house and how she held on to it despite difficult odds
  • Their larger vision behind La Peetch and how they hope to build connection and community through the project (& why this is so important in today's difficult times)
  • The importance of recognizing that there are different types of seasons in our lives and acknowledging how they fit into our larger intentions and vision

 

Links mentioned:

Where to find Makenna:

Podcast art by Ella Masters.

TGGC #46: Finding peace within the hustle & bustle of city life with Xochi Balfour

Xochi Belafour is a blogger and a nutritionist-in-training who combines diet, natural healing, and various methods of spiritual inquiry to guide her readers and clients in cultivating more balance and harmony within and without. I’m in love with her beautiful book that has the same name as her blog (The Naturalista!), both of which are full of delicious recipes, natural beauty tutorials, and practices for mindful living. In our interview Xochi talks about how she slows down and lives mindfully within the hustle and bustle of city life. We dive into her own journey to wellness and healing and how we can begin experimenting to find the foods and practices that suit our bodies in this season of our lives. She shares many of her own favourite practices and talks really beautifully about bringing mindfulness into our daily lives.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Xochi's journey from fashion journalist to food truck owner to naturalista
  • Her experience with burn out and how her healing journey led her to the practices and modalities she now shares in her own work
  • How we can cultivate mindfulness and inner peace within the hustle and bustle of city life by cultivating practices and mindsets that soothe us
  • Overcoming the mindset that we need to constantly be "doing" and "striving" and checking off accolades in order to be successful
  • Coming back to the body and tapping into its wisdom and how this can "save" us
  • The perfectionist mentality we both used to bring to our journalling and how we've overcome that mindset to really dive into the full benefits of this practice
  • A peek into Xochi's toolbox and the practices that she uses in her own life
  • Taking a truly holistic approach to diet and wellness by experimenting with the foods and practices that will serve you best in this season of your life

Links mentioned:

Where to find Xochi

Podcast art by Ella Masters.

TGGC #45: Finding magic in routines, sexual healing, & “me too!” moments with Sarah Starrs

Available on your favourite podcast app.

Yes, the new name and look is here! We are officially The Girl Gang Conversations! So while this is actually the 45th episode of the podcast, it kind of feels like episode 1 - which is why, somewhat strangely, this week’s episode is also a special one: it’s with me! I’d heard from quite a few of you that you that you wanted to hear more about my journey and life and how I’d answer the questions that I ask my guests each week. So that’s exactly what I’m offering this week. My amazing friend Ebonie Allard interviewed ME and she did an amazing job; we got really deep and vulnerable and she asked incredibly powerful questions. 

I talk in-depth about my daily routines and rituals, the benefits of my meditation practice, finding magic rather than monotony in our daily rituals, my journey with sexual shame and what I’ve been doing to heal and release that, why I’m making these changes with the podcast, the importance of sisterhood, and so much more. We also cover my recent transition away from coaching and what I'm up to now.

I have to admit: I have a bit of a vulnerability hangover from this one but I’m also really excited to share it with you.

In this episode we talk about:

  • an in-depth overview of my daily, weekly, and monthly routines and rituals and how they contribute to my spirituality, health, and overall sense of wellbeing
  • my thoughts on making your routines and rituals feel magical, rather than like another to-do list and just going through the motions
  • what it's like to get a "download" during meditation and the experience of being "in the flow" that comes from consistent meditation
  • my journey of unlocking hidden sexual trauma in my body and what tools, practices, and mindsets are helping me to heal it
  • the three practices that have stuck with me the longest and had the biggest impact for me
  • why I changed the name of this podcast and how it reflects my changing views on sisterhood and personal development
  • how my beliefs about (and experiences of) friendship have changed since moving to another country

Links mentioned:

Where to find me:

Podcast art by Ella Masters.

The Best Of The Girl Gang Conversations Season 1!

Alright, I know I said I wasn’t going to be back until next week BUT… I’ve got something special  to share with you this week: The Best of Punk Rock Personal Development Season 1!

I can hardly believe that I’ve been sharing this conversations with you for an entire year now.

The idea for this podcast started as a tiny seed of an idea while sitting at my desk at my old day job.

I had loved hosting a series called the Inspiration Interviews on my blog but I was craving conversation rather than just sending questions via email that people messaged me back the answers to.

I wanted to dive deep into people’s journeys and experiences. Into the obstacles they’d faced and how they’d overcome them. Into what was working for them and what wasn’t. Into the nitty gritty of how they’re living with passion and purpose. Into their big dreams and all the messy reality of being human.

I felt a bit crazy piling another project onto my plate but I also felt really passionate about it and my husband agreed to help with the technical side. Within a week I’d ordered a microphone, downloaded the necessary software and scheduled my first interview.

Looking back, I’ve learned a lot in the past year. About being an interviewer. But more importantly about the importance of conversation and connection and just being real. My guests have taught and inspired me so much.

To be clear, I could easily have picked multiple clips from every single episode because I love them all. They are all beautiful and precious to me. But that really wasn’t feasible so here are 12 - based on my feelings, the input of listeners, and download numbers.

I hope it will inspire you to dive deep into archives and listen to any of the conversations that inspire you...

 

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TGGC Minisode: A 6-Week Break + Exciting Changes!

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If you listened to last week's episode you'll know that Punk Rock Personal Development is currently on a 6-week break, during which no new episodes will be released. I hope this gives you a chance to re-listen to your favourite episodes and catch up on any interviews you haven't had a heard yet. The show will be coming back on 22nd July with a brand new look and NAME! Listen to today's minisode to find out exactly what those changes will look like and how they correspond with some exciting developments in my life and career.

TGGC #44: Bullet journals, life as a mom, & creating a balanced, healthy life with Laura Agar Wilson.

AVAILABLE ON YOUR FAVOURITE PODCAST APP.

Laura Agar Wilson is a writer, health coach and recipe developer at WholeheartedlyHealthy.com. I think this episode complements last week’s really well as takes a really balanced, holistic approach to living a healthy and happy life. We talk about Laura’s journey from being unhappy and overweight to becoming too obsessed with exercise and healthy eating to finding a place of balance and happiness in her life. We also talked about how to find your own healthy balance, the importance of mindset to positive body image, what changed for her after becoming a mother, and our new obsessions with bullet journalling.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Laura’s journey from being really unhappy with her weight and yo-yo dieting to discovering healthy living blogs and becoming interested with clean eating and exercising to a point where it became an unhealthy obsession that wasn’t making her happy
  • The wake up call that shows her that she had swung too far in the other direction and what it took for her to come to a place where she feels happy, healthy, and balanced
  • Entry points for finding your own healthy balanced based on your personal body, health, and circumstances
  • Cultivating a positive mindset and how to change the limiting beliefs that are keeping you from making healthy choices or that are keeping you stuck in a negative, obsessive relationship with your weight, food, and body
  • Why we’re both obsessed with bullet journalling and how we’re using it to cultivate healthy habits and balanced lives
  • How Laura's life changed after having a baby and how she manages to incorporate healthy habits into her busy schedule

 

Links mentioned:

 

Where to find Laura:

TGGC #43: Making peace with food and tapping into true hunger with Kathryn Holt.

Available on your favourite podcast app.

Kathryn Holt is a psychotherapist who accompanies people on the journey of reclaiming their hunger, desire, and permission to live fully in their bodies and lives. She utilizes a psycho-spiritual approach that integrates our whole person-- body, mind, soul, and spirit-- as a way of accessing our deepest wisdom and self-trust. She lives and works in Boulder, CO. We sat down to talk about the importance of questioning the messages we're taught about our bodies, how reclaiming our true hunger is a radical act that changes everything, and Kathryn's own journey of learning to trust her body.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • What it means to reclaim our hunger and why it’s a revolutionary act that has physical, mental, spiritual, and even political ramifications

  • Kathryn’s journey of learning to trust her body - what that looked like spiritually, as well as in a practical day-to-day way
  • The mistruths that society teaches us about women’s bodies and the impact they’re having on us, including that our bodies can’t be trusted, that we should be following the same diets and movement practices all of the time, and that our hunger is dangerous
  • Learning to view all food as neutral; recognizing that it does not have a moral code (whoa! this is such a biggie …my mind was blown!)
  • Simple (but not easy!) steps for tapping into our true hunger and learning to trust our bodies
  • The concept of “the body project” and the problematic idea that we need to be constantly working on and improving our bodies
  • How restricting what we eat and taming our hunger restricts pleasure in all areas of our lives
  • The impact of the male gaze and orienting ourselves towards men's pleasure on our body image and relationships to our own pleasure
  • A study that shows how young women actually unlearn what they want

Links mentioned:

 

Where to find Kathryn:

TGGC #42: Being your own heroine, dressing for the occasion, & modern minimalism with Xandra Robinson-Burns.

Available on your favourite podcast app.

Xandra Robinson-Burns is a Gryffindor and writer who believes that heroines exist in reality, not just in the pages of books. On her website HeroineTraining.com, Xandra provides the tools, lessons, and adventure necessary to live and own your story. We sat down to talk about what it means to be a heroine, how to make minimalism work for you, the importance of dressing for the occasion, her journey with depression, and the magic she's learned from the pages of Harry Potter.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Xandra’s journey with minimalism led her to develop the concept of “heroine training” and her take on what it means to be your own heroine
  • As an avid reader, how she learns life lessons from the pages of her favourite books and applies them to her own life
  • The morning and evening routines that anchor and add intention to Xandra’s days
  • Her alter ego, Xandra the Bold, that she has cultivated through social media and how it’s playing a part in her own heroine training journey
  • How we can use Instagram, and photography more generally, to savour an experience and choose to see it through a different lens
  • The creative ways that Xandra and I are capturing and documenting our memories in a physical way and why we think this is so important
  • Xandra’s take on minimalism and why it’s not about how many things you own
  • How Xandra and I met when we were both living in London and our personal (but similar) journeys from being lifestyle bloggers to creating personal development businesses
  • Why Harry Potter has been such an important part of her life and the magic she thinks these books have to teach us
  • The problem with the concept of “guilty pleasures"
  • How we got over our hang ups with style and fashion and why we’re such big advocates of dressing for the occasion
  • Xandra’s experience with depression and how a dismissive attitude from a therapist made the journey even more difficult than it needed to be
  • The strategies she’s using for trying to get a better night’s sleep

 

Links mentioned:

 

Where to find Xandra:

TGGC #41: The healing power of solitude, living a nomadic existence, & being a sister of the wild with Jayne Goldheart.

Available on your favourite podcast app.

Jayne Goldheart is a Qoya teacher and founder of the Sisters of the Wild non-profit organization. I sat down to Jayne to talk about her pilgrimage walking 222 miles around Scotland, the healing powers of solitude, and what she’s learned about living a nomadic existence. This is a special episode because not only is Jayne a good friend of mine, it’s the first time I’ve had a repeat guest on the show so you may remember her from episode 7.

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why Jayne initially decided to settle down in London after her pilgrimage around Scotland and what’s drawn her back to nomadic living
  • What initially called Jayne to complete a 222 mile solo walk around Scotland, what it looked like on a day-to-day basis, what she learned spiritually from the experience, and how it led to her non-profit foundation, Sisters of the Wild
  • The healing power of solitude and the magic that can happen when we allow ourselves to be alone with our thoughts
  • How Jayne’s relationship with her body changed through the experience of her walk
  • What her relationship with stuff is now that she lives out of two suitcases, and the emotional journey it took to get there
  • Jayne’s travelling altar and how these precious possessions act as a touchstone for her wherever in the world she is at the time
  • The Wisdom Gathering that will bring together 60 sisters of the wild (you could be one of them) in Wales in September to share workshops, ceremony, and ritual
  • How you can apply to receive £1111 to empower you to have your own wild experience or achieve your big dream
  • What it means to be a sister of a wild and why so many people are feeling drawn back to nature as they become dissatisfied with living a disconnected life
  • What it took for Jayne to settle into and become comfortable with nomadic life after 18 months of living that way
  • The downsides of this lifestyle and the toll that it’s taken on Jayne’s health
  • Her simple advice (and heartfelt warning!) for anyone who feels called to travel more or live a nomadic existence

Deposits for The Wisdom Gathering are only £55 if you book before June 19th.

 

Links mentioned:

 

Where to find Jayne:

TGGC #40: Keeping the romance alive, releasing your expectations of marriage, & designing a flavourful life with Jessie Artigue.

Available on your favourite podcast app.

Jessie Artigue is a lifestyle expert and speaker who blogs at Style and Pepper about designing a healthy, happy, and flavourful life. She’s also the host of the Marriage is Funny and The Perfect Wife podcasts and is a big sis and mentor at Pepperologie.com. We talked about keeping the spark alive in long-term relationships, the importance of releasing your expectations of marriage, and designing a flavourful life.

In this episode we talk about: 

  • The routines and rituals that support Jessie’s health and happiness
  • Jessie and her husband’s love story - which didn’t seem like it was going to be one in the beginning 
  • What has made the biggest difference in keeping the spark alive in their marriage and getting through ruts when they have arisen
  • The surprising thing they're currently trying in the bedroom (it’s not what you think!) and the difference it’s having in their marriage
  • Why it’s important to hang out with other couples and how you can befriend other married people if most of your friends are single (or you just want to expand your social circle)
  • Jessie’s thoughts on what it takes to maintain a solid sense of self in a relationship while also growing together
  • How our expectations of marriage and long-term relationships can actually hurt the health of our romance
  • The difference between great love and perfect love
  • How Jessie’s own struggles led to her creating the Pepperologie lifestyle design process and how she helps her clients find the right combination of ingredients to create their own flavourful life
  • Our personal relationships to self-image and how we can begin to change what we think when we look in the mirror

 

Links mentioned:

 

Where to find Jessie:

TGGC #39: Giving the finger to outspiriting, finding your tribe, & being spiritual online with Lucy Sheridan & Jo Westwood.

Available on your favourite podcast app.

Today’s episode with Lucy Sheridan and Jo Westwood, the co-founders of #HIGHERSELFIE and it’s a very special episode because it’s the first time I’ve interviewed two guests together. Lucy and Jo just released their first book, which came out in April from Hay House and last year they put on the only spirituality un-conference in the world. We sat down to talk about how to get over the compare and despair that arises from seeing everyone’s highlights on social media, navigating a spiritual life in the modern age, how to find your tribe when you feel like the only “woo” in the village, and their favourite hashtag: #DONTWAITFORITCREATEIT!

 

In this episode we talk about:

  • Jo and Lucy’s personal journeys from complete skepticism to spiritual awakening and the paths that led them to launching their own heart-centred businesses and together creating #HIGHERSELFIE
  • The synchronicities that led to the creation of #HIGHERSELFIE and what the heck an un-conference actually is
  • The epidemic of “outspiriting” (or one-upmanship) that runs rampant in the spiritual community: what it is and how to manage it when you’re being outspirited or when you’re the one doing the outspiriting (because hey, we all have egos!)
  • How to use social media as an extension of our spiritual practice, rather than viewing it as something that inherently pulls us away from our spirituality
  • How to make authentic friendship and find people who “get you” as an adult
  • Why becoming “spiritual” doesn’t mean you have to cull your “unspiritual” friends from your life and how to navigate these relationships given your new perspective
  • How to get clear on which of your dreams to go after when you’re overwhelmed by having “too many” ideas
  • How to help create the things you wished existed in the world, even if you don’t want to be the one leading it

 

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TGGC #38: Navigating mental health challenges, loving yourself, & making the world a more beautiful place with Mary England.

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Mary England is the artist, author, and blogger behind Uncustomary Art! Mary is like a rainbow in the shape of a girl! Everything she does infused the world with more colour, love, & positivity! While we know her as a beacon of happiness, Mary has also faced serious struggles with her mental health and clawed her way out of the clutches of self-loathing, so she has a lot to share when it comes to getting through the bad days and making your life a beautiful masterpiece.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Mary’s journey to living with undiagnosed mental health issues for over a decade to learning how to love herself and taking responsibility for her own happiness
  • The stigma behind mental health issues in general and specifically prescription medications, how they’ve helped Mary along her journey, and some important things to think about before starting to take them
  • The steps she took to take her “unrealistic dream” of opening a “glitter bar” to creating her online empire that is completely focused on cultivating happiness and beauty
  • What self-love really means and the tools that were most powerful on Mary’s own journey, including the ones she still uses today
  • How to start your own happy journal to cultivate gratitude and positivity
  • What it looks like (for us) to love ourselves on the bad days and how we cultivated that ability and mindset over time
  • Mary’s journey to body acceptance and the realizations and mindset shifts that allowed her to begin loving her body
  • How she got started creating street art and a look at some of the inspiring, positivity-infused exhibitions she has created over the years
  • Advice for creating your own street art installations for the first time

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TGGC #37: Being a multipotentialite & the truth about lifestyle design with Meg Kissack.

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Meg is a freelance graphic designer and the incredible woman behind That Hummingbird Life. where she shares her philosophy that everything changes when you believe you matter. We sat down to talk about her journey from burnt out to prioritizing self-care, what it means to be a multipotentialite and how to embrace this trait, and the ins and outs of lifestyle design.

In this episode we talk about:

  • A before and after look at how Meg’s life has changed since she started prioritizing self-care
  • How discovering the concept “multipotentiality” helped Meg realize that looking after yourself isn’t selfish and get over her addiction to busyness
  • Meg’s philosophy that “everything changes when you believe you matter” and her favourite practices for acknowledging that she matters
  • How to discover your strengths and honour them in ways that build your confidence
  • Letting go of what we think we “should” be doing so that we can focus on what really works for us
  • Breaking down what the idea of “multipotentiality” means and why it can be damaging to try to pigeonhole ourselves into one passion or career path
  • How to go from a place of overwhelm with all of your passion to embracing multipotentiality
  • The myths that are often perpetuated about lifestyle design and the inherent privilege that is assumed by a lot of personal development work
  • Rituals and exercises that you can use to begin intentionally designing your life

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