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Episode 133: Making the most of your heart beats with Julie Owen Moylan (Re-Release)

Julie Owen Moylan

Hattie Voelcker went from being a barrister to retraining as a performance coach, working particularly with singers. She’s so wise and inspiring! And great fun too. 

We talk about:

  • Why Hattie made the change from barrister to performance coach
  • The similarities between the two professions
  • The beauty of transferable skills
  • The power of understanding people’s wants, needs and vulnerabilities
  • How being a family law barrister helps her coaching practice now
  • Moving from a very high-powered career to a new and different role
  • How people of all levels suffer from impostor syndrome
  • How the real fear we feel when stepping forward is looking stupid, both for men and women
  • How our desire for perfection can hold us back
  • Vulnerability and courage as two sides of the same coin
  • Empathy starts with ourselves
  • How it’s OK, in fact, normal, to be nervous when stepping forward
  • It’s fine to be just OK and to be you, and in that is perfection
  • Life is an infinite series of nows
  • How fun is vital to life
  • The importance of pausing in midlife
  • SMOG, WELL and WISE words
  • Getting rid of the word should from our vocabulary!

And more!

Find out more about Hattie:

Hattie’s website: FindYourTrueVoice.co.uk

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Other information mentioned in this episode:

Brene Brown

SMOG words – should, must, ought, got (also have to and need to)

WELL words – want, enjoy, like, love

WISE words – wise, important, sensible, effective

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Episode 114: Embracing silver hair and a new career with Rachel Peru (Re-Release)

Another platinum gem from the podcast archives. Meet the very lovely Rachel Peru who went from nursery school teacher to successful curve and silver-haired model in her 40s. Rachel’s waving the flag for older, more diverse women in the media. She’s going from strength to strength since embracing her authentic self and stepping forward to shine.

We talk about:

  • How the decision to go grey kick-started Rachel’s modelling career
  • The stigma that still remains about older women going grey
  • How she never would have had the confidence to do what she does now when younger
  • The importance of being body positive as we age
  • The pressures on younger women in terms of looks
  • How things are changing when it comes to talking about menopause
  • How Rachel controls the anxiety that has come on especially when travelling to modelling jobs
  • The importance of getting exercise outside
  • How words are powerful and what we say to ourselves matters
  • Rachel’s first front cover for Goldie magazine
  • How beauty is about confidence
  • Rachel’s own Out of the bubble podcast
  • How to not feel invisible
  • How reinvention can help bring energy in midlife and beyond
  • How Rachel nearly had a breast reduction because of lack of confidence

And more!

Find out more about Rachel:

Rachel’s website: Liberté Free To Be

Listen to Rachel’s podcast: Liberte Free To Be With Rachel Peru

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Episode 107: The power of older women with Jennifer Arthurton

Jennifer Arthurton is the creator and founder of Old Chicks Know Sh*t, a community and podcast (of the same name) designed to inspire and support midlife women in chasing their dreams and creating a kick-ass next chapter. Having made her midlife course corrections, she’s a passionate advocate of the inherent power and knowledge that women possess, at a time when they often feel overlooked and doubt themselves most.

We talk about:

  • How Jennifer got so passionate about changing midlife narratives
  • Jennifer’s own menopause and midlife experience
  • How she reinvented herself after reaching rock bottom
  • How so much of what we believe about midlife, menopause and aging is wrong
  • What makes Jennifer angry about what women are told/believe about getting older
  • How women can get very stuck in midlife and how to get unstuck
  • How women can step up to lead more
  • What Jennifer has learnt from doing her own podcast
  • How Jennifer has changed the perception of midlife for her own daughter
  • What Jennifer most wants women to know about midlife and beyond

And more!

Find more about Jennifer:

Jennifer’s website: oldchicksknowshit.com

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Listen to her podcast: Old Chicks Know Sh*T Podcast

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Episode 94: Becoming the singing gynecologist with Dr Kristina Dervaitis

Have you ever wanted to do something completely different to what you actually do? My guest Dr Kristina Dervaitis is an obstetrician and gynecologist who has reinvented herself as a singer/songwriter and released a beautiful new album. Now she does both her passions and has modified her life to make that work. She’s battled with imposter syndrome and gone ahead with her dreams, and the result is sublime. We talk about her dramatic midlife reinvention.

We talk about:

  • When Kristina first wanted to be a professional singer
  • About her musical background
  • How she juggles singing with being a gynecologist
  • Her contraception advice on YouTube
  • The inspiration for her songs and how she comes up with the lyrics
  • Learning to dream again and stay open to possibility
  • Using writing to process pain and grief
  • Deciding not to have children despite working in obstetrics
  • What the future holds for her medical and singing careers
  • Doing the work to make dreams happen
  • Kristina’s advice for women who have unfulfilled dreams

And more!

Kristina’s website: kristinadervaitis.com

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Listen to her latest album: Overdue

Book mentioned in the podcast: The Healing Power of Singing

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Episode 92: The rewards of being late-onset with Jo Pybus

Jo Pybus is a writer, feminist and what she calls late-onset to many things. She’s an Ironman (Ironwoman) and represented Australia in triathlon and cycling in her 40s. She’s latterly become a writer and a champion for raising awareness of menopause. Her mantra is better late than never!

We talk about:

  • What inspires Jo and what being late onset means to her
  • Why Jo set herself extreme physical challenges
  • Running 102km in perimenopause
  • How physical activity helped her cope with grief
  • Having a low intolerance to regret
  • How women can stop settling for the way things are
  • How she learnt that her body needed to adapt through perimenopause
  • Why we need to talk about menopause more
  • What it means to be a late onset feminist
  • The Me Too movement and the way we see things differently now
  • Menopause and history
  • The importance of managing our stress well
  • How to set yourself up to take action
  • Recognising what no longer serves us
  • Accepting that we may need more sleep
  • The challenge and joy of dancing
  • What Jo wants for women in midlife

And more!

Find more about Jo:

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Episode 83: Making the most of midlife with Karen Skidmore

Karen Skidmore

Karen Skidmore is a marketing consultant and business advisor with a particular interest in helping midlife women scale their small businesses without burning out. She’s also had a lot of reinventions as she has moved through her midlife shifts. This is a fascinating and uplifting discussion about the potential of midlife.

We talk about:

  • How Karen successfully made the transition from working in a corporate world to building her own business
  • Why Karen was always ahead of the curve
  • How Karen managed to balance family life and business in an ongoing basis considering different transitions 
  • The potential of businesses going virtual in reaching global audience over the coming years 
  • Necessity is the mother of invention.
  • Karen’s Embrace 2.0 event
  • What inspired Karen to write her book, “True Profit Business”
  • Karen’s journey in figuring out what kind of business really suited her
  • How Karen sees business as three energies
  • The systems and processes that we can apply to life and at the same time, in our business
  • Having a routine to support you
  • How we can factor in our cycles
  • The different energies we have as we go through a menstrual cycle
  • What a moon cycle is

And more!

Karen’s website: karenskidmore.com

Find out more and register for Karen’s Embrace Festival

Karen’s book: True Profit Business: How to play your bigger game without burning out 

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Book mentioned in the interview: Wild Power: Discover the Magic of Your Menstrual Cycle and Awaken the Feminine Path to Power

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Episode 77: Triumph over adversity with Elizabeth Solaru

An interview with Elizabeth Solaru, the founder of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and maker of luxury wedding cakes. Elizabeth has a fascinating story to tell about multiple reinventions including a new one accelerated by the global pandemic. She’s the mistress of creating opportunity out of challenge.

We talk about:

  • Elizabeth’s careers before cake-making
  • Being a microbiologist and working for the health service
  • The trauma of child loss
  • Why Elizabeth went back to college to study for an MBA
  • How she started headhunting while still studying
  • Making the leap into luxury cake making
  • Famous clients and exotic locations
  • Coping during Covid when your business is wedding cakes
  • Being open to possibility and curious about how to fix issues
  • Feeling the fear and doing it anyway

And more!

Find out more about Elizabeth:

Her websites: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Luxury Wedding Cakes London

                         Create the Luxury Business of Your Dreams | Luxury Business Emporium

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