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Author: Katie Watson

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Life is tough! Hey It Gets Better is a podcast to provide you with some positivity and hope for the future. Every Wednesday, Katie chats to a different guest about how they got to where they are now, their ups and downs and the advice they would give to anyone who feels like life is not going their way right now.
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In this episode, I am actually the one being interviewed. My friend Alice Rath, CEO of Pippins Digital Marketing, interviews me about my own life and the challenges I have overcome to get to where I am today. From my mental health diagnosis in my first year of university to losing my job and going freelance, I actually surprised myself with how much I have gone through and achieved in 22 years. I hope you enjoy hearing my story or at least the first couple chapters of it anyways.Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
In this episode, I am joined by Alice Rath, a charity sector digital marketer and youth advocate. We chat about working everything out in your twenties and how everyone takes a different path, how to set and achieve goals and also how to let people know what you need on a bad day because we all have bad days.  Alice founded her agency in July 2019, Pippins Digital Marketing, collaborating with purpose-led organisations that empower women and create a world where they can thrive. Alongside this, Alice is the co-host of the Digital Marketing Babes Podcast, which aims to equip marketers with the knowledge to break the mould and achieve anything they set their mind to. Alongside her career, Alice advocates for the priorities of young people in the healthcare and social good sector. Where can you find Alice:Instagram: @pippinsdigitalmarketingInstagram: @digitalmarketingbabesSubscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
I am joined by Danusia Malina-Derben who is the CEO and Founder of DMD Global, a  Badass Mother of Ten, author of NOISE: A Manifesto Modernising Motherhood and Podcast Host. In this episode, we discuss the biggest challenges Danusia faced to get to where she is today, from being adopted to having her first child at 17. We discuss motherhood and the "noise" surrounding it in society and finally, we talk about the fact that things do get better. Danusia Malina-Derben is a mother of ten children, and still her own woman. From teen mother to tenured Organisational Behavior and Development academic, and onto award-winning, internationally published leadership expert. Danusia traded academia to head a global firm that fixes corporate boardrooms and develops top talent. She also hosts two critically acclaimed companion podcasts; School for Mothers and School for Fathers. Danusia has received praise and recognition from The Sunday Times to Metro, Psychologies to Good Housekeeping. She lives in the South Downs, UK with her family, and their mini-dachshund, Dickie. Visit her online at danusiamalinaderben.com Where can you find Danusia:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/school.for.mothers.podcast/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danusiamalinaderben/Twitter:https://www.facebook.com/SchoolForMothersClubhouse: https://clubber.one/@danusiamd Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
I am joined by Liam Chennells, CEO of detected and former rugby player, to discuss how he got to where he is today. Liam shares how he went from waking up having to decide whether to spend money getting the tube to work or buying food to the CEO of an upcoming startup that is changing the eCommerce scene. He provides an honest depiction of what life is like when you are in your twenties and building your career but also gives valuable advice about staying true to who you are. This episode was fantastic to record and reminds us all that "there are always blue sky behind the clouds".Where can you find Liam?Instagram: @liamchennellsWebsite: https://www.detected.app/Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
I am joined by Fiona Thomas, an author and freelance writer with work published in iPaper, Grazia, Happiful Magazine and Huffington Post. Her most recent book Out of Office: Ditch the 9-5 and Be Your Own Boss is a guide to freelancing. In this episode, we talk about how Fiona got to where she is now. From her career in hospitality to her mental breakdown in 2012 and then to her career as a writer and advocate for mental health. Where can you find Fiona?Instagram: @fionalikestoblogWebsite: https://fionalikestoblog.com/Out of Office book: https://amzn.to/3cR14QaOut of Office podcast: https://fionalikestoblog.com/out-of-office-podcast/Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
I am joined by Narmeen Kamran who is an event professional, mental health advocate, podcaster, clubhouse pro and many more things. In this episode, Narmeen shares her mental health story and how she has learnt to overcome what life throws at her. Narmeen is a strong and resilient person. Her story about her challenges with her mental health and her perspective on the past truly highlights that things do get better. Narmeen first started in the events industry aged 16 volunteering at comic conventions. Since then she has worked in hospitality and events throughout her studies becoming an AGM at a venue shortly after university. Now with 11 years of experience, she has worked on a variety of events across the world from Olympic sporting competitions to international conferences and awards. Mental Health, Diversity and Personal Development are Narmeen’s passions. She also acts as a strong advocate and speaker on these topics through her own personal experience and growth. Narmeen is involved with multiple industry charities to give back to the industry, most recently creating HospoMasks to raise funds as well as being a qualified Mental Health First Aider. Since her redundancy in the pandemic, Narmeen has launched her own personal brand and started various projects. Desert Island Events is an industry podcast created, produced and hosted by Narmeen as a fun conversation highlighting the heart of the industry, the creativity. Not one to sit still, Narmeen is also running Hospo Book Club, a network centred around personal development and wellbeingWhere can you find Narmeen?Instagram: @eventsnarmeenInstagram: @narniaisonlinePodcast: https://anchor.fm/desertislandeventsClubhouse:@eventsnarmeenMental Health Services:Anxiety UK - www.anxietyuk.org.ukBipolar UK-  www.bipolaruk.org.ukCALM- www.thecalmzone.netMen's Health Forum- www.menshealthforum.org.ukMental Health Foundation- www.mentalhealth.org.ukMind- www.mind.org.ukNo Panic- www.nopanic.org.ukOCD Action-  www.ocdaction.org.ukOCD UK- www.ocduk.orgPAPYRUS- www.papyrus-uk.orgRethink Mental Illness- www.rethink.orgSamaritans- www.samaritans.org.ukSANE-  www.sane.org.uk/supportYoungMinds-  www.youngminds.org.ukSubscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf
I am joined by Adam Brazier who is the co-founder of Graffiti Life, co-host and co-founder of Creative Rebels and also a fashion and beauty photographer. Adam gives away so much remarkable life advice in this episode, covering everything from finding his way after graduating in the last recession to how being curious will help you progress in life. For anyone who does not feel like they want the typical 9-5 but they don't know what else to do then this episode is for you.Where can you find Adam and Creative Rebels?Instagram: @adambrazierportraitsInstagram: @rebelscreateWebsite: https://adambrazier.co.uk/Podcast: https://creativerebels.co/Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro
I am joined by Lucy Haslam who shares her story of how she went from working at her kitchen table, selling at markets to owning a six-figure business that has its own shop and cafe. Lucy is the founder of Acorn and Pip and before that she was a high school teacher. Lucy shares her inspirational story and how dreaming big, taking risks and planning for her future helped her get to where she is now. This episode is perfect for anyone who doesn't have a plan or wants to change the direction they are going in. Where can you find Lucy?Instagram: @acornandpipWebsite: https://acornandpip.com/Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter 
I am joined by Olivia Hanlon, the founder of Girls in Marketing, an online community empowers and educated women on their marketing journey. When Olivia started Girls in Marketing she never could have imagined it would grow this big. During the pandemic, she took a risk and quit her full-time job to run it. Since then Girls in Marketing has gone from strength to strength. In this episode, Olivia talks about having to make the decision to leave her job and the challenges she faced. These types of decisions are difficult but also exciting. We also discuss loneliness, a feeling lots of us are familiar with since the pandemic, and Olivia shares her tips on coping with it.Where can you find Olivia?Instagram: @oliviamaehanlonInstagram: @girlsinmarketingWebsite: https://girlsinmarketing.com/Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter 
I am joined by Lucy Menghini, founder of Six Stories, ex-Marketing Director Social Chain, Podcaster, eComm, Kickstarter. She has a pretty impressive CV! Lucy didn't go to university and she shows that it is essential for a great career. We talk about how Lucy got into marketing and rose to the position of Marketing Director at Social Chain. After getting married, Lucy spent time travelling with her husband, created a podcast with 60+ downloads and grew their Etsy store into an e-commerce store within the bridal industry. Lucy is full of great life advice and plenty of book recommendations. She shares what she has learnt in different aspects of her life, from her career to relationships. Where can you find Lucy and Six Stories?Instagram: @sixstoriesofficialInstagram: @lucymenghiniWebsite: https://www.sixstories.co.uk/Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro
I am joined by Stacey Pritchard who is the super proud founder of Planthaya. Planthaya began as a lifestyle brand who fell in love with CBD and created their own range but ended up creating a community of people who are all on a wellness journey.  In this episode, we talk about what CBD is and the challenges Stacey faced from having eBay take down her store to having Paypal close her account. We talk about overcoming roadblocks and the importance of feeling your feelings. Stacey is helping many people with their wellness journey. Stacey found herself saying every day to people, who were reaching out for support, "There is no one product (including ours), activity or book that is going to make you feel wonderful. Wellness is an accumulation of small choices each day that have a positive effect on your mind, body, life or community. We are creating a brand and platform to support this." Where can you find Stacey and Planthaya?Instagram: @planthayaInstagram: @iama_badassWebsite: https://planthaya.com/Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
I am joined by Jess MacIntyre and Nat Moore who founded Mac+Moore, an agency that combines science with magic to achieve brilliant marketing. Jess and Nat discuss how they both experienced a double redundancy and how it led to the birth of Mac+Moore. They have done a lot of work on themselves and their business since Mac+Moore began in 2016. They support businesses that value profit and purpose equally, helping to make the world a better place.  The story of how these two remarkable women both experienced a double redundancy and how it led to them creating an agency that supports positive change is an unmissable HIGB story about working on yourself and finding your purpose.Where can you find Mac+Moore?Instagram: @macandmooreWebsite: https://www.macandmoore.com/Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
In this episode, I am joined by Amanda Perry who is the founder of SOUP agency, the E-coms growth hub, a coach and just an all-round fantastic person. In this episode, we dive deep into a number of topics from Amanda's own journey where she opens up about her bankruptcy and how finding your purpose can help you navigate life and find what is important. We talk about the year, 2020, the one no one could have predicted. How it highlighted the beauty of technology but also how everyone has had very different experiences. Recording this episode has made me think a lot about this year and how I will use what I have learnt and experienced to do better, it is an episode that gives hope that whilst this year has been tough the future will be better.Where can you find Amanda?Instagram: @amandaperryWebsite: https://www.amandaperry.co.uk/ Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
In this episode, I am joined by Sarah Townsend who is the author of the best selling book Survival Skills for Freelancers: Tried and Tested Tips to Help You Ace Self-Employment Without Burnout. Sarah has ran her own business and freelanced for over 20 years and during that time she has learnt a lot of lessons, some of which she kindly shared on this podcast. From how to deal with uncertainty and building resistance to how to watch out for the key signs of burn out, Sarah shares lots of wisdom in this episode. It is a great listen for freelancers and everyone working at home during this pandemic.  Where can you find Sarah?Instagram: @thecopywritersdayWebsite: https://www.sarahtownsendeditorial.co.uk/Buy her fantastic book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Survival-Skills-Freelancers-self-employment-without/dp/1916371566 Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter ------------------------------------------------------Music:  Uplifting Ambient Music Intro by Warm Wolf 
In this episode, I am joined by Vanessa Belleau who is CEO of High Fifteen, a Business Strategist, Inclusion and Belonging Consultant and an Executive Coach.  Vanessa gives some fantastic advice in this episode about how she got to where she is now and what you can do to live your life with purpose. From fueling your actions with your beliefs to having your own mantras to bring out the best version of you, this episode is perfect for anyone who feels lost right now. You can follow Vanessa on Instagram at @highfifteen_ and visit her website here https://www.highfifteen.com/ Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter 
In this episode, I am joined by Kieran S-Lawler who is the Head of Marketing at Hallam. Kieran chats about how he got into marketing, worked three jobs at one time during University and his experience travelling around Europe after university. Kieran's attitude to life is fantastic as he has gone for what he wanted in life but always reminded grounded. We chat about adulting, moving to different cities and keeping the people who add value to your life close. Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter 
In this episode, I am joined by Gaby Mendes. Gaby is the founder of Talk Twenties which is a fantastic community that teaches you everything you never get taught in school. In this episode, we chat about finding yourself after university as Gaby's mental health suffered after she graduated from university and went into teaching. Then Gaby pivoted into events management. She gives fantastic advice on being resilient when job hunting. We also chat about comparing yourself to others and giving your Instagram a purge of content that doesn't make you happy. I hope you enjoy today's episode and Gaby's story. Thank you to Gaby for being such a fantastic guest.Talk Twenties: https://www.talktwenties.com/Instagram: @talktwentiesFacebook: Talk TwentiesIf you want to listen to more of Gaby then check out Talk Twenties Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/1qlLyLdB9kEss7t0UQ8nrN Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter 
In this episode, Katie is joined by Lucy Werner. Lucy is the founder of The Wern and author of Hype Yourself, which is basically a book of pure PR as wisdom. As well as being a fountain of PR knowledge Lucy is also a fantastic person who has a lot of amazing advice in this episode. We talk about how Lucy got into PR and how she wrote her book whilst she was pregnant with her second child. Lucy shares the challenges that she faced in her twenties and she gives her thoughts on the modern-day hashtags girl boss and mum boss. Finally, we talk about self-love, which is much easier said than done, and how to do it even on the hard days. Buy Lucy's book: https://amzn.to/2Rqj23JThe Wern: https://www.thewern.com/Follow Lucy on Instagram: @wernchatIf you want to listen to more of Lucy's story then I would recommend her interview with Amanda Perry: https://spoti.fi/3iwBrYu Subscribe and give us a rating wherever yo u listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter 
In this episode, Katie is joined by Tom Lansdowne. Tom currently works for Butternut Box and he talks about his journey to get to where he is today. As an economics student, he decided not to go for the career options that were set out for him and instead he created founded a start-up with his co-founders. For Tom this meant he had to move back in with his parents after university and spend his weekends working another job, putting most of what he was earning back into his business. Katie and Tom chat about what it is like moving back in with your parents after university and Tom gives some tips on personal finances. Finally, Tom talks about how his start-up ended and how he sees it as success in helping in build his career. Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter 
In this episode, Katie is joined by Max Cotton. Max is a Personal Trainer and he runs both Train Badass and P.E. For Grown-Ups. If he gets knocked down then he gets up again, not just because he was MMA fighter. In the episode, Max gives some brilliant advice about getting into exercise and they discuss a range of topics from trends in the fitness industry to Max's own personal career journey that led him to where he is now. Talking to Max was an absolute privilege and the advice he gave about exercise was brilliant!  If you want to reach out to Max then you can email him about personal training max@trainbadass.co . I would also highly recommend to subscribing to the Train Badass blog as it is a great read that motivates you to exercise. You can also find Max on Instagram @maxcotton88 and @trainbadass  Subscribe and give us a rating wherever you listen to your podcasts and follow us on Instagram @heyitgetsbetter 
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