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If you’re into meditation and healing, you may know what a Tibetan sound bowl is. If not, you’ve got a treat in store, as we’ll be digging deep into the world of holistic health in this episode. My guest today is https://aurorafacets.com/about-me/ (Justine Nagaur), a spiritual healer, teacher, mentor, and creator of bespoke crystal malas. I met Justine a couple of years ago, and she’s one of those rare people with a degree of warmth, insight, intuition and care for others that is incredibly striking. But like many of my guests, Justine’s career is multi-layered, with twists and turns along the way. She went to finishing school, and we chat about that, she ran a very successful company in private members’ clubs and she’s worked in social media along the way, before starting her current business, https://aurorafacets.com (Aurora Facets Transformational Healing) after a long period of chronic illness. She is the queen of the pivot you might say. Useful links Justine's website: https://aurorafacets.com Justine's LinkedIn profile: https://www.instagram.com/justinenagaur/ Follow Justine on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinenagaur/ Follow Justine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aurorafacets Music Provided by https://pixabay.com/users/zakharvalaha-22836301/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=8642 (ZakharValaha), https://pixabay.com/users/alexzavesa-24262182/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=11301 (AleXZavesa), https://pixabay.com/users/coma-media-24399569/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=12217 (Coma-Media) https://pixabay.com/users/sergequadrado-24990007/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=13004 (SergeQuadrado) https://pixabay.com/users/juliush-3921568/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=3945 (JuliusH), https://pixabay.com/users/lesfm-22579021/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=5642 (Lesfm) and https://pixabay.com/users/lemonmusicstudio-14942887/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=15602 (lemonmusicstudio) from https://pixabay.com/music/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=music&utm_content=8642 (Pixabay)
How often do you think about your own breathing? I bet you are right now. How fast do you breathe? How deeply?  Most of the time it’s completely unconscious. We just do it, and we rarely consider how we breathe unless we’re exercising and out of breath, or ill and out of breath, as many of us have been during the pandemic.It’s only when our capacity to breathe is reduced that we ever consider - without stating the absolute obvious - how important it is  My guest today helps people to breathe better. She helps people to feel better. She reduces their pain and helps them with many other conditions besides. Her name is Caroline Kremer, and she’s the owner of Pulborough Natural Health, a clinic in a beautiful part of England, West Sussex. Caroline is a Bowen therapist, and a practitioner of Evans Alignment and her own Kremer Method to stimulate the vagus nerve, which is known as the “rest, digest and repair nerve”.  Her business and interest in health and wellbeing is one of the reasons that Caroline is on the podcast this week. The other is her remarkable capacity for career reinvention. From being kicked out of school to becoming a chef and working in restaurants, to running a ski company with her husband before being widowed at 34 with 3 small children, Caroline has an incredible sense of resourcefulness and a can-do attitude that I really admire. She is full of stories and in this episode we barely had time to scratch the surface of the people she’s met in life and how colourful her career has been. We recorded this episode deep in the Covid lockdown and the sound isn’t the best on Caroline’s line at the beginning, but bear with it - she’s worth it. Useful links Caroline's website at Pulborough Natural Health: https://www.pulboroughnaturalhealth.co.uk Caroline's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-kremer-69b644a/ Follow Caroline on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kremermethod/ Follow Caroline on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKremer Music Provided by https://pixabay.com/users/zakharvalaha-22836301/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=8642 (ZakharValaha), https://pixabay.com/users/alexzavesa-24262182/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=11301 (AleXZavesa), https://pixabay.com/users/coma-media-24399569/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=12217 (Coma-Media) https://pixabay.com/users/sergequadrado-24990007/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=13004 (SergeQuadrado) https://pixabay.com/users/juliush-3921568/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=3945 (JuliusH), https://pixabay.com/users/lesfm-22579021/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=5642 (Lesfm) and https://pixabay.com/users/lemonmusicstudio-14942887/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=15602 (lemonmusicstudio) from https://pixabay.com/music/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=music&utm_content=8642 (Pixabay)
This week, we’re talking, amongst other things, about sleep. My guest today is https://www.linkedin.com/in/dotzacharias/?originalSubdomain=fr (Dot Zacharias), COO and co-founder of https://www.thenourishapp.com (Nourish), a wellbeing app designed for busy mums to find a little calm in their lives, which aims to protect maternal mental health and provide support. But that description doesn’tquite cover Dot’s career. After starting her working life in Russia, she’s worked as a management consultant, qualified as a sleep coach, been a part of multiple start ups and successfully exited her own previous company, Sleepability. She describes herself as rebellious and adventurous, which basically means she’s a woman after my own heart. We recorded this episode a little while ago, and given the current events in Ukraine, I debated whether I ought to release this episode this week with its discussion about Russia and Dot's work there. The actions of the Russian government and the unspeakable horror they are unleashing on the citizens of the Ukraine is appalling, and cannot be condoned, but our conversation was on the world of work, and Dot’s experiences with the people of Russia that she met, most of which was wonderfully positive as you'll hear. On balance, I felt the insights she offered warranted leaving this section of the interview in, and I hope you agree. You can donate to the Red Cross appeal for Ukraine here: https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal Today's podcast is supported by https://www.fem-foundry.com/ (Fem Foundry), a one-of-a-kind global community for womankind to discover, learn, connect and thrive. One of the key components that sets Fem Foundry apart is their focus on the multi-faceted aspects of a woman’s life, from her career to her wellness, from her spirituality to her mental health. This, along with their founding team and Fem Foudnry’s global partners, mean they are uniquely positioned as a media powerhouse for women’s empowerment on a large scale.  With a new improved 2.0 version of the app just launched, Fem Foundry has huge global ambitions, with a mission to become the Bumble of humanised female networking, learning and support. So https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/fem-foundry/id1594765546 (download Fem Foundry) today and have a look. Useful links Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed - https://www.waterstones.com/book/rebel-ideas/matthew-syed/matthew-syed-consulting-ltd/9781529348408 Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker - https://www.waterstones.com/book/why-we-sleep/matthew-walker/9780141983769 Kim Cattrall's highly personal monologue on insomnia - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0783lq9 FemTechLab's Accelerator Programme - https://femtechlab.com Dot's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dotzacharias/?originalSubdomain=fr Follow Dot on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rest_fully/ Follow Nourish App on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenourishapp/ Music Provided by https://pixabay.com/users/zakharvalaha-22836301/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=8642 (ZakharValaha), https://pixabay.com/users/alexzavesa-24262182/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=11301 (AleXZavesa), https://pixabay.com/users/coma-media-24399569/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=12217 (Coma-Media) https://pixabay.com/users/sergequadrado-24990007/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=13004 (SergeQuadrado) https://pixabay.com/users/juliush-3921568/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=3945 (JuliusH),...
My guest this week is endometriosis advocate, golf influencer and brilliant lawyer https://www.linkedin.com/in/sinéad-mcgrath-b6a15b93/ (Sinéad McGrath) - as you might imagine, the subjects we covered in this conversation are many and varied. Sinéad sits on thehttps://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics/junior-lawyers/jld-committee-members#sinead-mcgrath ( Executive Committee of the Junior Lawyers' Division) athttps://www.lawsociety.org.uk/ ( The Law Society), and after saying ‘no’ for many years, she started https://www.instagram.com/sineademgolf/ (playing golf) a couple of years ago. There she discovered a community of women that are passionate about the sport and both keen to change the image of golf as an old white man's game, and to tap into the opportunities that golf provides for women. She’s amassed a large Instagram following in the golf world, and writes brilliantly about her journey into, and love of, the game. Sinéad has alsohttps://www.lawgazette.co.uk/commentary-and-opinion/living-with-endometriosis-in-the-law/5107671.article ( written openly) in the Law Gazette about her experiences and struggles with endometriosis, and is now an active supporter of increased awareness, conversation and help for women and girls in her position. Endometriosis affects 1.5 million women in the UK, about the same number that suffer from diabetes, but on average, it takes 8 years to get a diagnosis. Sinéad had her first surgery for endometriosis when she was just 13 years old, and it has impacted every part of her life and career so far. Today's podcast is supported by https://www.fem-foundry.com/ (Fem Foundry), a one-of-a-kind global community for womankind to discover, learn, connect and thrive. One of the key components that sets Fem Foundry apart is their focus on the multi-faceted aspects of a woman’s life, from her career to her wellness, from her spirituality to her mental health. This, along with their founding team and Fem Foudnry’s global partners, mean they are uniquely positioned as a media powerhouse for women’s empowerment on a large scale.  With a new improved 2.0 version of the app just launched, Fem Foundry has huge global ambitions, with a mission to become the Bumble of humanised female networking, learning and support. So https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/fem-foundry/id1594765546 (download Fem Foundry) today and have a look. Useful links Sinéad's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sinéad-mcgrath-b6a15b93/ Follow Sinéad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sineademgolf/ Sinead's article in the Law Gazette on endometriosis: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/commentary-and-opinion/living-with-endometriosis-in-the-law/5107671.article Endometriosis UK: https://www.endometriosis-uk.org NHS website on endometriosis: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/endometriosis/ Tiffany Mack Fitzgerald and Black Girls Golf: https://blackgirlsgolf.net/about-us/ Music Provided by https://pixabay.com/users/zakharvalaha-22836301/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=8642 (ZakharValaha), https://pixabay.com/users/alexzavesa-24262182/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=11301 (AleXZavesa), https://pixabay.com/users/coma-media-24399569/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=12217 (Coma-Media) https://pixabay.com/users/sergequadrado-24990007/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=13004 (SergeQuadrado) https://pixabay.com/users/juliush-3921568/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=3945 (JuliusH), and https://pixabay.com/users/lemonmusicstudio-14942887/?tab=audio&utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=audio&utm_content=15602 (lemonmusicstudio)...
My first guest of 2022 is Catie Friend, who says of her adventures that she “will always be a completer rather than a competer”. Given the challenges she’s completed, which includehttps://www.pdg.ch/ ( the world’s toughest ski mountaineering race) and the https://www.halfmarathondessables.com/ (half Marathon des Sables), and the things she’s done in her career, completing any of them would be considered a strong achievement as far as I’m concerned.  Catie grew up in south west Scotland, and after travelling solo round the world, she embarked on a career in events management, found her way into radio, and is now a https://www.instagram.com/ismf_skimo/ (multi-lingual sports commentator), presenter, https://www.instagram.com/chattingtoafriend/ (podcaster) and coach. She lives in Verbier, in the Swiss Alps, with her family. In this conversation we discuss (amongst other things) solo travel as a woman, surviving a difficult boss and a nightmare job, the difference between a ‘job’ and a ‘career’, the paradox of age vs. wisdom, and why sometimes it’s best not to overthink it. Today's podcast is supported by https://www.fem-foundry.com (Fem Foundry), a one-of-a-kind global community for womankind to discover, learn, connect and thrive. One of the key components that sets Fem Foundry apart is their focus on the multi-faceted aspects of a woman’s life, from her career to her wellness, from her spirituality to her mental health. This, along with their founding team and Fem Foudnry’s global partners, mean they are uniquely positioned as a media powerhouse for women’s empowerment on a large scale.  With a new improved 2.0 version of the app just launched, Fem Foundry has huge global ambitions, with a mission to become the Bumble of humanised female networking, learning and support. So https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/fem-foundry/id1594765546 (download Fem Foundry) today and have a look.   Useful links  Catie’s website: https://www.catiefriend.com Listen to her podcast, Chatting To A Friend: https://pod.link/chattingtoafriend Follow Catie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catiefriend/ Music The Show Must Be Go by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4509-the-show-must-be-go License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license https://www.bensound.com/ (Royalty Free Music from Bensound)
Siobhan Daniels grew up in a care home as one of eight children amongst the elderly people her family looked after. She's subsequently had an incredibly varied and colourful life, first working as a nurse in the NHS before joining the BBC as a trainee in broadcast journalism. Siobhan spent 30 years as a presenter, reporter and producer at the BBC, before selling her property and setting off on a new round of adventures in her camper van! She's now a freelance broadcaster and journalist, and a pro-age campaigner. Since the age of 50 she's run two marathons, and is currently writing a book. Siobhan is a huge advocate of supporting women through the menopause in the workplace, and talks about all this and more in this chat. She's a total delight, and great fun. Enjoy. Trigger warning: This episode contains references to parental abuse Useful Links Siobhan's website: https://www.shuvonshuvoff.co.uk Siobhan in the news: https://www.shuvonshuvoff.co.uk/features Follow Siobhan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shuvonshuvoff/ And Twitter! https://twitter.com/SiobhanDaniels
To open Season 4, I’ve got two guests with me with this week, and if you’re looking for inspiring women in your life, then these two are it.  Kirsten and Aiyven Mbawa are sisters from Northampton, England and they’re 13 and 12 years old respectively. Nothing unusual there. What is unusual is that both Kirsten and Aiyven are published authors and business owners. Their love of reading has driven everything they’ve done so far, and you’ll hear in this chat the effect on their lives that they both attribute to books. Their company, Mbawa Books, produces monthly subscription boxes for teens containing diverse titles with relatable, representative heroes from a wide range of authors, as well as stories written by Kirsten and Aiyven themselves. Their output is prolific, and having tasted success with their first books, which they self-published but subsequently got onto the shelves of Waterstones through their hard work and tenacity, they are well on their way with their next novels.  Kirsten and Aiyven are the face of their brand. They have help from their mum, Ndah, but have themselves appeared on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4 and in various local and national press. Kirsten confidently told me she wants to be prime minister, and I just wouldn’t put anything past these two. Useful Links Mbawa Books Website: https://www.mbawabooks.co.uk Subscribe to Kirsten and Aiyven's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1-zobH5aogUrGF02gIW3lw Follow Mbawa Books on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mbawabooks/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbawabooks Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mbawabooks/
When you think about human rights, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it's the treatment of prisoners overseas, or working conditions and pay in a place of employment, or freedom of speech, or the right of an individual to live freely and safely in whatever manner they choose? Maybe it's a multitude of other things, because the subject of human rights is broad and deep. It's also vitally important. My guest today is Vicki Prais, a human rights lawyer and consultant, podcaster and writer. We love women with adventurous and challenging careers on this podcast, and Vicki has that in spades. She's worked for the UN in Kosovo, Amnesty International, Penal Reform International and the British Government. She's worked in Ukraine, Russia and Armenia, and consulted on cases involving Guantanamo Bay. "We are all experts in our own little niches" she says. Vicki Prais, welcome to Smashing The Ceiling. Useful Links Vicki's Website: https://vickiprais.com Connect with Vicki on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vicki-prais-5862151/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vickiprais?lang=en
To many people, the world of burlesque may seem distant, mysterious and unknown. You might have heard of https://www.instagram.com/ditavonteese/?hl=en (Dita von Teese), but how much do you know about the art of it, the glamour, and the people, who are, by all accounts, a brilliant bunch of welcoming human beings? My guest today is https://www.tigzrice.com (Tigz Rice), who combines her career as a burlesque and boudoir photographer with an ambition to leave her mark on the world creatively. She has shot for Cosmopolitan, and produced work that the HuffPost described as the 'most diverse lingerie shoot of its time'. But like many of my guests, she didn't expect to end up where she is. Tigz harboured a strong desire to be a forensic pathologist, and it was circumstances that led her to art college, then into photography. She's an amazing advocate for people celebrating their bodies, taking pride and joy in what society may view as physical flaws, but often actually are a sign of strength and resilience. She is storyteller of the highest order, and I hope you enjoy this conversation about her life and career. Useful Links Tigz's websites: https://www.tigzrice.com and https://brandingbytigz.com Follow Tigz on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/tigzrice/ (@tigzrice) and https://www.instagram.com/brandingbytigz/ (@brandingbytigz) Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - http://www.skylarkcollective.co.uk/ (www.skylarkcollective.co.uk) Follow us on Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk (www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk)
https://www.thefemalecreative.co.uk (Hannah Roper) is an incredible woman with a varied career forged out of a combination of inspiration and necessity. Not many people can say that they've worked as a teacher, a policeman, a country music singer and an entrepreneur. Hannah has worked in both primary and secondary education, founded a country music festival, been on the beat and with suspects, and released several successful albums. In the midst of all of that, she's also survived domestic abuse and harassment at the hands of her ex-husband, also a police officer. Her life and career are quite extraordinary. It has certainly not always been an easy ride for Hannah, and as a survivor of domestic abuse there was a time where confidence and self-esteem were not the norm. She spent many years rediscovering herself, in the process finding her love for entrepreneurship and developing skills in business, branding, marketing and web design. After launching her company The Female Creative in 2020, she was named in Yahoo Finance as one of their Top Ten Business Start up Coaches in 2021. Hannah also recently launched her podcast, https://www.instagram.com/tfctalkspodcast/ (The Female Creative Talks) earlier this year, which is well worth a listen! Please note this podcast contains references to domestic abuse and coercive control. If you need further help or advice, https://www.womensaid.org.uk (Women's Aid) and https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk (Refuge) are always available. Useful Links The Female Creative website: https://www.thefemalecreative.co.uk Find Hannah on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thefemalecreative/ Follow Hannah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_femalecreative/ Listen to Hannah's podcast: https://www.thefemalecreative.co.uk/podcast Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - http://www.skylarkcollective.co.uk/ (www.skylarkcollective.co.uk) Follow us on Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk (www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk)
We hear so much about side hustles and entrepreneurship and it seems that every second person on social media is starting a successful new business and scaling it to 7 figures from their kitchen table. But if you've had an idea, how do you get started? How do you balance your day job and the need to earn a living with launching a new venture? What's the best way to go about that, and why does it seem so damn easy for other people when you're finding it pretty hard? If these questions have ever popped into your head, then this episode is for you. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizogabi/?originalSubdomain=uk (Elizabeth Ogabi) has balanced life in the corporate world with founding and progressing multiple businesses, both in London and Lagos, Nigeria. She's worked in communications for some of the world's most successful companies, whilst also being an inspirational entrepreneur. Liz is a huge supporter of women in business, and always knew she wanted to make a positive change in the world. In 2016 she founded https://forworkingladies.com (For Working Ladies), a digital media platform focused on equipping women with the information and tools they need to start a successful business. Most recently, she co-founded Leicour.com a community network focused on accelerating women within organisations into leadership roles. Whether it’s starting a side hustle, breaking through the corporate glass ceiling or pursuing full-time entrepreneurship, her ultimate goal is focused on the advancement and economic empowerment of women. Her new book, https://harpercollins.co.uk/products/side-hustle-in-progress-a-practical-guide-to-kickstarting-your-business-elizabeth-ogabi?variant=32751318794318 (Side Hustle in Progress), is a brilliant practical guide to kickstarting your business, and is well worth a read if you're starting something new this year. She also has a successful podcast, https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/how-i-made-it-happen/id1487346016 (How I Made It Happen), and we chatted a little about podcasting later in the interview. This conversation is packed full of entrepreneurial and business wisdom. Enjoy. Useful Links Order Liz's book Side Hustle in Progress from Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/side-hustle-in-progress/elizabeth-ogabi//9780008455002 For Working Ladies website: https://forworkingladies.com Find Liz on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizogabi/?originalSubdomain=uk Follow Liz on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethogabi/ Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - http://www.skylarkcollective.co.uk/ (www.skylarkcollective.co.uk) Follow us on Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk (www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk)
Have you ever had a moment when you met someone for the first time, but you felt like you'd known them your entire life? It's a weird and rare but wonderful thing. I had that feeling when I chatted to Nikki Trott prior to this interview, and I knew I had to have her on the show. Nikki is an entrepreneur, podcaster and coach on a mission with her company, Conscious Accelerator. That mission is to help entrepreneurs with a real purpose in their business to thrive. She believes that purpose and profit don't have to be mutually exclusive (something I wholeheartedly agree with) and that business can be ethical, meaningful and financially successful all at the same time. But she started her working life singing in a choir and working in Topshop during her teenage years, before beginning her career post-university at a tech startup. She's had huge experience in business development, branding and the tech sector, and has done a variety of different and roles that have led her to where she is today. We talked in this interview about how experience in retail and service early in Nikki's career shaped her attitudes going forwards, why 'success' isn't always what it seems, and how the realisation that her personal values and professional life were poles apart led to some pretty significant changes. Useful Links Nikki's website: https://www.nikkitrott.com Find Nikki on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkitrott/ Follow Nikki on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikkitrott/ Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - http://www.skylarkcollective.co.uk/ (www.skylarkcollective.co.uk) Follow us on Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk (www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk)
My guest this week is an incredible woman, whose life and career were turned upside down by circumstances. We talk often on this podcast about how circumstances shape the careers of women, but in the case of Victoria Jenkins, the circumstances were becoming disabled in her mid twenties. Before becoming ill, Victoria was forging a successful career as a garment technologist, working for the likes of Sweaty Betty, Jack Wills and Victoria Beckham no less. She was doing well, and that’s an understatement. But at the age of 26, her life turned upside down - I’ll let her tell you her story in the podcast, but suffice to say, she ended up founding her own fashion company, Unhidden, to cater to people requiring adaptive clothing that’s stylish, beautifully made and affordable.  Victoria is now an entrepreneur, business owner, disability advocate and brand ambassador for Models of Disability. She’s a tour de force, and I’d urge you pop out and buy her book The Little Book of Ableism. We started, as ever, talking about her early life as one of six kids.   Useful Links Victoria's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoria_is_unhidden/ Unhidden Clothing Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unhidden_clothing/ Find Victoria on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-jenkins-812b7027/ Victoria's website: https://www.victoriaann.online Unhidden Clothing website: https://unhiddenclothing.com Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - http://www.skylarkcollective.co.uk/ (www.skylarkcollective.co.uk) Check us out on Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk (www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk)  
We've often talked on this podcast about how our upbringing shapes our attitudes to work, ambition and success. Mira Patel's parents ran a newsagent, and she started working in the shop at an early age, before forging a successful career in HR. She understands the value of hard work and determination in building a business. She stepped away the HR world to train in neurolinguistic programming, and she founded her company, Prana Coaching in 2019. She now specialises in coaching young people through their teenage years, equipping them with the tools and skills they need to navigate the modern world. Mira is one of the most accomplished women I know, seamlessly managing her business, motherhood, a house build, fundraising challenges galore and organising huge events for the Gujarati Cultural Society in Brighton. She's quite the tour de force, and one of the kindest people you could hope to meet. Useful Links Mira's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/prana_coaching/ Mira's website: https://www.pranacoaching.co.uk  Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk
When you're in a box career-wise, it can be hard to get out of it. Sometimes it's pressure from others, or from society that keeps you in that box, or sometimes it's your own internal monologue telling you that you can't do anything else. Sometimes, life events send you on a different path. https://www.linkedin.com/in/imogentinkler123/ (Imogen Tinkler) is a total inspiration in this area. After an adventurous childhood in Pakistan, and studying Russian with politics at uni, Imogen thought she was going to be a lawyer. After losing her mother, she re-considered her priorities, and subsequently forged a successful career in the charities and non-for-profit sector, becoming a director at the age of 31 and working with David Cameron and Gordon Brown. After her dad became ill, Imogen re-invented herself again though, quitting her job and starting a food  business Bangers and Balls with her husband Duncan. Imogen and Duncan are aiming to start a revolution from your kitchen table. They began with pop-up restaurants, but now take foraging expeditions, telling the tales of food surrounding you in the natural world and have written a new book, Foraging Fairytales, which has just gone straight into the Amazon Top 10. As well as being a successful businesswoman and master marketeer, Imogen is also a keen https://thebluetits.co (wild swimmer) with a love of the ocean and being in water, and she tells me about how swimming saved her after the loss of her 8 week old baby daughter in the midst of the pandemic last year. Her positivity and infectious enthusiasm despite everything she's encountered made me just want to be her friend and move to Kent immediately to join her gang of swimmers. As a trigger warning, we do discuss grief and loss in this podcast, but listen in if you can for warmth, energy and lots of great advice from Imogen.    Useful links: Bangers and Balls website: https://bangersandballs.co  Bangers and Balls Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bangersandballs/  Imogen's Girls Gone Wild swimming page: https://www.instagram.com/girlsgonewildswimming/ The Government's Kickstart Scheme that Imogen mentioned: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme ( https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme)
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but I love meeting women who’ve done something unexpected, who bucked the career trend and taken a path that others might not expect. Today's guest, https://www.instagram.com/thebodylovebabe/ (Caroline Knight), very much falls into that category. After a biochemistry degree and multiple different careers including being a https://junglecacaoperu.ck.page/d36fa6deb0 (naked yoga instructor), and working in the wine industry, she went to Peru last year, fell in love and unexpectedly stayed to set up a business selling cacao direct from the Peruvian jungle into the UK.  Caroline is a fascinating woman. We talked in this chat about being in tune with your body, and why so many people aren’t, why it’s ok to have more than one job, even when the world tells you it isn’t, and why the power of curiosity in your career can be super beneficial. As a trigger warning, this podcast does contain a brief reference to eating disorders. Useful Links Sign up for Breaking The Bonds of Shame: https://zw3rse68.pages.infusionsoft.net  Jungle Cacao Peru Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/junglecacaoperu/  Buy Jungle Cacao here: https://www.junglecacaoperu.com  Caroline's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebodylovebabe/ Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk
Here’s a question for you. Would you describe your mum as sex positive? My guest today, Anita Whittaker, garnered the term “the sex positive mum you all wish you had” after appearing in  Channel 4 show ‘Mums Make Porn’. This happened after a television company read her original blog, Only Boys and A Tomboy, describing her family life in Harlesden in London with her 4 sons and husband Johann.  Anita is an award-winning mentor, speaker, journalist and community liason. She’s run children’s nurseries, been a DJ on pirate radio, had a super successful blog and Instagram account, and worked in education for 17 years, including stints on the board of charities and other organisations. Anita is a raconteur in the truest sense of the word, and it’s no great surprise that she now has her own successful podcast, https://anitawhittaker.com/podcast/ (Anita Whittaker and Friends). This podcast is all about women with unusual and interesting careers and lives, and she certainly fits that bill. This interview is full of rich stories, laughter and vivid descriptions of both London and the Caribbean, and I LOVED it. Useful Links Only Boys And A Tomboy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/onlyboysandatomboy/  Anita's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_anitawhittaker/  Listen to 'Anita Whittaker and Friends' on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1Lv1Ou2EP4rvnjN5CskX9f  Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk
Sometimes you meet someone whose energy, creativity, and drive just blows you away, and Monique Hodgson is one of those people. Monique is a Latin American trailblazer, on a mission to redefine motherhood through her company, Mumble Forum. Monique established in 2019 as a platform to unite women through motherhood with the objective of creating social change, collectively and individually. She says that mothers are underestimated, undervalued and under-utilised, and that the world is suffering both metaphorically and economically because of this.  Monique is from Panama, and after moving alone to Milan at the age of 18 to study in the fashion capital of the world, she found herself in London working in the ambassadorial service at the Panamanian embassy. Her work has stretched from fashion, to international politics and commerce to luxury branding and events. We talked a lot in this interview about strong women - being them, raising them and inspiring them, and how Monique’s ambition to change the perception of motherhood drives everything she does at Mumble.  Useful Links Mumble Forum Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mumbleforum/  Monique's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monique_vega/ (https://www.instagram.com/monique_vega/)  Listen to 'Ladies of Mumble' on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3gN2YcLrO0QgF5hE6aZs5M v Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk
If like me, you had a misspent youth watching as much Friends, Sex and the City and The O.C. as you could, you’ll probably love today’s guest, Amanda Ogen. Amanda was obsessed with film and TV from a young age and despite being from New Jersey, couldn’t wait to move to Hollywood. After interning at Nickelodeon, she is now a freelance casting agent, and has worked on shows with Netflix, Fox, Facebook and Buzzfeed.  Amanda also hosts a hit podcast, ‘How Did I Get This Far?’, which takes a lighthearted look at some of basic life skills that you might regret never acquiring. Her show charted on the Apple podcast charts earlier this year, and has featured guests talking about everything from changing a tyre, to doing your taxes, to defending yourself with MMA skills. Amanda is, quite frankly, hilarious. In this conversation we talked about sororities in American university, the phrase ‘the dog’s bollocks’, why it pays to be persistent, and the value of speaking up, even if you’re not sure you really should.   Oh, and in case you're wondering, here's a video of the cha cha slide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZv62ShoStY Useful Links Amanda's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandaogen/ Listen to 'How Did I Get This Far?' on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7xuqBvUoqQdnqr1N59SqwM  Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk
Some people take half a lifetime to discover their passion, but others know their calling from an early age. Iffat Gill was only 25 when she was first invited to speak at a UN Conference, after founding her first not-for-profit in Pakistan at the age of 22.  Iffat grew up in Libya and received her education there with the strong encouragement of her family, but when she returned back to her home nation of Pakistan, she realised the need for community education in the effort to empower women. Iffat began with a local skills centre, teaching women the practical aspects of running a small business, but soon realised that her future lay in tech. She has gone on to found Code To Change, a diversity non-profit to upskill and re-skill under-represented groups, and Digital Starling, a new AI enabled female talent marketplace supporting digital freelancers and founders. In 2020, Iffat was nominated for the UNESCO Prize for her work in women and girls’ education, and she is world-renowned for her expertise in digital skills advocacy and internet governance.  Useful Links Iffat's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irgill2021/ Connect with Iffat on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iffatgill/  Medium article about Digital Starling: https://medium.com/@womeninai_nl/the-story-of-digital-starling-c738ba23b486 Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk
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