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The Storyteller is holding space for progressive women across the globe to share their stories. These women are healing and empowering the lives of others through their soul work and when you hear these journeys your hearts connect. You will feel that we are all the same and it is possible for you to see a way forward in your life."I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"Music: Caleb Etheridge Production: The Storyteller Co.
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Today we are talking to Rochelle, Mother, Grandmother, ex-Personal trainer and the Founder of ‘Share the Dignity’, a charity that works to provide at-risk women across the nation with sanitary products.Rochelle and I dive into her past and how netball taught her about mate-ship and the strength of women bonding over a common goal. As a player and coach many of her lessons learnt in this sport is how she has built a strong network and foundation across the Nation.Her upbringing in domestic violence taught her to get back up time and time again, and she attributes her strength to the family life she experienced. On the topic of Period poverty Rochelle shares the time when she first read of the 48,000 homeless women in a Mamamia article in 2015. She was shocked to find that women were without basic needs and using socks and newspapers during their menstrual cycles.She began her quest for giving the dignity back to women as a Personal Trainer, asking her clients to bring pads and tampons for every wine they drank that month, giving those items to local shelters which then lead to her founding 'Share the Dignity'.Rochelle’s passion oozes through the stories we discuss, the triumphs and tribulations she has witnessed of other women, youth and families.'The need is so great' she says, and we are the solution. As we dive into Rochelle’s story and share each of our perspectives and experiences we invite you to lean into your own story.   Have you felt similar?  Do you resonate? and if so how? As we share our stories we give permission for ourselves to rise above the narratives and honour our unique journeys. Plus we give permission for others to deepen too, we can raise the frequencies of each other by storytelling, sharing and connecting. If you've resonated with this episode or any of Season 1 we would love to hear from you by leaving a comment, subscribing or sharing with another woman who may need to hear these stories."I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging" Music: 'Eyes of Wonder' by Caleb Etheridge Production: The Storyteller Co.Guest Speaker: Rochelle Courtenay  Let's Rise x
Today we are speaking to Jo Betz, Marriage Celebrant, Mother and Author of 'Grief'- a guided Journal. Jo opens up about her story and the threads of grief she has experienced since the sudden death of her Husband.Jo shares that she is innately a positive and bubbly person but through her journey she has softened into believing 'It's ok not to be ok' and through her journey she has empowered herself to give grief a voice for all. We discuss her thoughts on seeing grief as non-linear, not having to 'fix' grief, witnessing emotions and traumatic healing as well as realising her strength and vulnerability. Jo talks about the power in both and how after Craig passed she began to learn to back herself.Jo shares the journey of single/solo parenthood navigating the grief process as a Mother-Daughter duo and the birth of her 'Grief' Journal which was released during the 2020 Global Grief state. As we dive into Jo's story and share each of our perspectives and experiences we invite you to lean into your own story. Have you felt similar? Do you resonate? and if so how? As we share our stories we give permission for ourselves to rise above the narratives and honour our unique journeys. Plus we give permission for others to deepen too, we can raise the frequencies of each other by storytelling, sharing and connecting. If you've resonated with this episode or any of Season 1 we would love to hear from you by leaving a comment, subscribing or sharing with another woman who may need to hear these stories."I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"Music: 'Eyes of Wonder' by Caleb Etheridge Production: The Storyteller Co.Guest Speaker: Jo Betz   Let's Rise x
Today we speak with Loren Honey, Wild Woman Activator and Coach, breath work facilitator and author of Sacred Seasons. This Aquarian souled goddess opens up about the threads of her life cycles and the cycles of women.Loren shares her journey of deepening her feminine, her Māori lineage and delving into her Ngai Te Rangi ancestry to then weave these learnings into her souls work.She shares her upbringing growing up off grid in nature and the transition to city life in Auckland. Lorens passion extends potently into the archetypes of the wild woman and we discuss areas of a woman's life not always spoken about such as anger and coping and healing methods and rituals around how we can honour this natural part of life.We have an open and honest conversation about her marriage ending at 28 which she feels was a large turning point for her and the unravel and exploration of self.Safe to say we are open wide here, many laughs but also very important threads that many women ( if not all) can relate to. As we dive into Loren's story and share each of our perspectives and experiences we invite you to lean into your own story.   Have you felt similar?   Do you resonate? and if so how?   As we share our stories we give permission for ourselves to rise above the narratives and honour our unique journeys. Plus we give permission for others to deepen too, we can raise the frequencies of each other by storytelling, sharing and connecting.   If you've resonated with this episode or any of Season 1 we would love to hear from you by leaving a comment, subscribing or sharing with another woman who may need to hear these stories.  "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"     Music: 'Eyes of Wonder' by Caleb Etheridge Production: The Storyteller Co.Guest Speaker: Loren Honey    Let's Rise x
Today I'm speaking with the big hearted Hayley Lane, a Woman, Doula, Yoga teacher, Mother, Wife, Space holder, Retreat owner whose motto for live is to ‘live life to the max', which you'll soon discover was a common theme from a very young age.Hayley's story is one of growth in all areas of her life and one of the most pivotal moments for her was at 14 years old, where the potency of her journey began.Falling in love at 13, falling pregnant with twins and birthing at 14, she experienced the trauma of the physical body and a spiritual awakening that has lead her down many paths.Knowing she couldn’t mother these children she told them that they would have a good life with foster parents. Hayley shares her feelings of immense love at this time in knowing this deep truth as well as the healing trauma she endured.We discuss her education pathways, her navigation through bulimia, bullying, new love, moving to Australia, travel, home birthing and raising 4 four children all the while running a Retreat space she created called 'Premalaya' located in Yallingyup W.A.A real life human octopus with equally as much heart and passion as arms and legs. A powerful story of a potent life, and she's still evolving.  As we dive into Hayley's story and share each of our perspectives and experiences we invite you to lean into your own story.   Have you felt similar?   Do you resonate? and if so how?   As we share our stories we give permission for ourselves to rise above the narratives and honour our unique journeys. Plus we give permission for others to deepen too, we can raise the frequencies of each other by storytelling, sharing and connecting.   If you've resonated with this episode or any of Season 1 we would love to hear from you by leaving a comment, subscribing or sharing with another woman who may need to hear these stories.  "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"      Music: 'Eyes of Wonder' by Caleb Etheridge   Production: The Storyteller Co.  Guest Speaker: Hayley Lane     Let's Rise x
Helene's story is one about worthiness, ageing with attitude, her addiction to unhealthy love and sharing about her biggest growth which has come from the power of being alone We talk about the generational changes in the topics of self love and the rush of love as well as hearing Helene's  perspective on having a daughter; speaking of the differences she has noticed since her early womanhood.She deepens her story and narratives around the fear of being alone when it came to motherhood  ‘The need to be loved and wanted doesn’t go away, it even shows up with your kids’ she shares. As we dive into Helene's story and share each of our perspectives and experiences we invite you to lean into your own story. Have you felt similar? Do you resonate? and if so how? As we share our stories we give permission for ourselves to rise above the narratives and honour our unique journeys. Plus we give permission for others to deepen too, we can raise the frequencies of each other by storytelling, sharing and connecting. If you've resonated with this episode or any of Season 1 we would love to hear from you by leaving a comment, subscribing or sharing with another woman who may need to hear these stories."I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"    Music: 'Eyes of Wonder' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co. Guest Speaker: Helene Fuller   Let's Rise x
It's been a while risers, I haven't been able to hold deep space for podcast since our last episode so sending love to those who have been waiting to hear their stories and the stories of others. I have plans to complete season two in the new year and so I am  just landing here today to share a little bit about how I have been listening to myself and checking in with you.Let's Rise x"I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"         Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge   Production: The Storyteller Co.
Carolines journey  of awakening has been about leaning into what was holding her in strong continuous threads of toxic relationships, depression & searching for love.She shares connections to her family of origin and how she came to become aware of her relationship patterns and self destructive behaviours.  As well as the power of seeing your parents as 'people' as she wove her threads of fear of abandonment and rejection through.Fears consuming many of her teenage years and twenties, then hitting a rock bottom in her thirties with depression, she decided that something has got to change.We talk alcoholism, materialism, forgiveness and the seed of motherhood as a gift.With love let's rise x "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"         Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge   Production: The Storyteller Co.  Guest Speaker: Caroline Jane
The threads of darkness and a profound spiritual awakening has moved Sess into the light of her work here. She shares her journey of mental health and her connections to suicide within her environment as well as the meeting of her higher-self. Sess is a deep soul with a deep message after she met her 'death'.Re-awoken she is here to share her story to help others.Let's lighten, open and rise x "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"         Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge   Production: The Storyteller Co.  Guest Speaker: Sess Nicole
This is a story of a woman who journeyed into her spiritual opening at a young age; a coming back into her feminine.Being able to see other energies when she was younger Danielle has reconnected back into her intuition and vulnerability with the guidance of her loving mother and spiritual teachers. Danielle has slowly stepped into her softening and purpose by experiencing a strong connection to the masculine in the form of obstacles in her life with others, as well as the internal harshness of her natural strength. Her opening is creating a magical alignment within her hairdressing business and a level of consciousness that holds space for others through life-coaching.'I was blocking myself so I could be normal but I had to trust my softness to venture into who my soul was calling me to be'Let's soften, open and rise x"I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"       Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co. Guest Speaker: Danielle Tropiano
'The wait time was 7 and a half years, I felt that there was no way I could do this'After four rounds of chemotherapy, dialysis taking her only room for sanctuary, waking up in the middle of the night drowning in her own fluids Hollys return from a holiday in Bali was a time that turned her life around.Holly shares her reflections on her threads of health, the miracle match from her dad and the traumatic experience of her near-death experience, asking herself 'have you done everything you need to do, are you done with this life'?Holly decided that her journey wasn't over, that she wasn't going to give up.Even with constant night terrors, the 2 years since her kidney transplant has Holly feeling an immense amount of gratitude for drinking coffee over 500ml, a fresh breath of air, to exercise and walk around healthier than she has ever been before.Hollys Dads kidney saved her life, let's dive deeper into her journey.Many people don't know about becoming an organ donor, it could give someone else a second chancehttps://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/australian-organ-donor-registerLet's Rise x"I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"      Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co. Guest Speaker: Holly Kirk
The re-creation thread.The threads of being in her body and reclaiming her worth. A car accident, leaving the corporate world through breakdown, universal synchronicities and the willingness to show up for herself has lead Leah to the founding of 'We-being platform', welcoming in motherhood and be a  conscious creator. We deepen the sliding doors moments and the journey of recognising her wake up calls.The signs and symbols, it's time to listen, act, be. Let's Rise x "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"    Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge Production: The Storyteller Co.Guest Speaker: Leah Kearns   
Barrister, Mum of four and Surviver competitor Sharn shares her lessons and threads to why she stands for others voices.As a young child she embodied the justice keeper and creator of awareness around understanding the stories of others. In the school yard to the court room the rich conversations with her father throughout her life has created a deep passion to stand up for what is right. Sharn also shares her experiences as a Survivor competitor and the links to her passionate way of living. A powerful woman with a deep heart for making change, within her home, at the Bar, within herself. "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"    Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co. Guest Speaker: Sharn Coombes   Let's Rise x 
Isn’t it interesting that just when we think we have worked through ‘that thing’ it comes in again swinging. If it said anything it would say “Are you sure you’ve rid of me”?Think again.I’m ok with the shadows, I do see how profound they make life. We wouldn’t feel light, love and joy if we didn’t feel darkness and sit with the darkest parts of ourselves. Every step into the light we choose to take, the dark will show up too. It will create some greys and it will break open our colourful chest of crayons, test those heart strings and bend our minds. When calling in another mentor/coach  who could push me to the edge, rattle my cage, hear the things I wasn’t saying and hand back the power to me to change, I was sure no one could handle me. ‘I’m too much’ says old me. Today my mind and heart have been broken open and light is cracking through. With hope and vision, with nervousness and excitement, with fears pooling into my eyes. She asks ‘are you worried that no one will show up for who you are’ A hard YES hit me like a tonne of bricks. In business, love, friendships, in every way there was still a belief that I wasn’t FULLY worthy of being ‘stood’ with. Woah. My heart hurt, blood racing & a massive realisation that this worthiness is a lifetimes work. One step at a time. "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"    Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co.   Let's Rise x
Truth. What is it?Why are we searching for it?Does it change?Does it just feel better when its concrete?Trust.Based on what?How do we feel into trust?How can we deepen our foundations right now?Have you ever pondered about your truth or the worlds truth?I have many times and it seems to be rising to the surface of my consciousness more during this pandemic. Here's some of my thought and feelings, would love to hear yours."I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"    Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co.  Let's Rise x
Mother of four, Chiropractor and Birth Educator Dr. Gabriel Floreani shares her story of discovering her soul work and deepening her innate intelligence.After studying many pathways including nutrition & business, Gab landed in Chiro which created a sense of knowing she had found her soul work. Feeling deeply connected to working with pregnant women, mums and babies as a Practitioner her work deepened as she stepped into Motherhood."Labour was an incredible gift. I didn't realise I had to shed another layer before welcoming in my daughter" Gab shares about her four home births, the lessons in trusting herself and the power of Chiropractic care in how it connects us to our innate potential."I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"  Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co. Guest Speaker: Gabriel Floreani Let's Rise x
After sharing her story on Sunday Sessions Chloe dives deeper into the ego heaviness and intuitive alignments of stepping deeper into her soul work as a midwife. She shares her physical symptoms around sharing her voice and stepping into her truth; touching on references of some historic threads of being unsafe to hold space for women.We talk about delayering and embodying our soul work, being seen as space holders in multilayered businesses and the power of balancing the masculine and feminine. "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"  Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge Production: The Storyteller Co.Guest Speaker: Chloe Thornton Let's Rise x
A lesson I have learnt over and over again has revolved around setting healthy boundaries. I used to see boundaries as limitations and with an empathetic personality and an open heart I had fallen ( many times) into the narratives of others without asking myself 'What do I want'?In this episode I share the journey towards understanding my patterns of behaviour, the mirroring effects of my relationships and how I have learnt to create my own healthy boundaries.During turbulence and change we have been given a powerful gift; time to reflect.May this podcast be one space to help you rise!"I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"  Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co.Let's Rise xx
A strong thread for Chloe has been the awakening of her feminine. 'If I'm going to hold space for others to be vulnerable and create a container for others wellbeing I needed to see and explore those shifts within me'. The masculine was running her life and the vision of holding space for women giving birth required her to soften into areas of worthiness. Chloe shares her experience she labels 'the incident' which has been one of the threads in letting go of the fear of being female. 'I was very triggered by sex or abuse scenes in movies or females who dressed seductively, any implications or behaviours that would be suggestive around the female triggered me'.Chloe walks us through her softening and her visions for the future of supporting women in their journey from Maiden to Motherhood. "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present, and Emerging"Music: Caleb Etheridge Production: The Storyteller Co.Guest Speaker : Chloe ThorntonLet's Rise x
"I honestly don't fear death, I fear leaving my children, I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders". The Woman behind the creative empire Nomad Styling, Shonel Bryant, shares her story of her rapid diagnoses of a rare breast cancer. The last 10 months has lead her to make powerful decisions and unleashing a vision to be the success story that she never had. Shonel shares her perspective about dis-ease, the power of the mind, being informed in a reactive culture, having a support team and trusting what was unfolding for her and her family. This is a raw, powerful and informing conversation. #checkyourbreasts "I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"  Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co. Guest Speaker: Shonel Bryant @support.your.girlsLet's Rise x
As I continue to deepen my understanding of this magnificent life, I am discovering the power of narratives, the learned behaviours of self sabotage and the complete geek in me that froths over the law of vibrations. This episode touches on all of these areas and how recent shifts have brought them to the surface of my consciousness. Let's go between the lines."I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land in which we work on and with, the land of the Wadawurrang people. I pay my respects to their Elders, past and present, and Emerging"  Music: 'Guardians' by Caleb Etheridge  Production: The Storyteller Co.Let's Rise x
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