July 25th, 2019
In this episode, I am joined by the beautiful and the brave Kate aka @tribe.of.savages.
Kate, like myself, left a relationship of domestic abuse and openly shares her experience to help others.
Our stories are slightly different in that mine ended with physical abuse after many years of emotional abuse, and Kate's was intimidation, emotional and coercive but both stories are stories that are happening all day every day and not just to women.
We talked openly about what these relationships did to us, why we didn't 'just leave' as soon as it started, the incredibly underestimated difficulties that come from leaving and why nobody around us could have helped us.
I thought it was really important that we also shared a bit about how scary and frustrating it can be to watch a friend or loving living with DV and what's the best ways for us to support them.
*spoiler, at the end of the conversation I got pretty choked up, still triggered 10 years on.
Please read this blog for signs to look for that yours or another's relationship may be coercive.
And reach out if you need extra support or help in leaving, you're not alone, people can and will help.
Womensaid - 24 hour support - 0808 2000 247
July 22nd, 2019
In this episode, I am joined by Emma Cottom aka @isabella_and_us, creator of Postive Wellbeing magazine, a positive wellbeing zine for mums and previous sufferer of postnatal depression.
Emma set up her brand during her postnatal depression journey as a way to connect with other mums going through similar experiences.
During our chat, we talk about how Emma realised there was something not quite 'right' with how she was feeling post-birth, how she got a diagnosis, how she began to heal, where's she's at now and how to spot PND in others in a bid to be able to offer some support.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from postnatal depression please reach out, you are not alone and don't have to live like this, there is lots of help available.
Pandas - 0843 28 98 401 - They offer online support and in-person support groups for parents
Mind - 0300 123 3393 or text 86463
July 18th, 2019
My guest on this episode of the podcast is Elle aka @feathering_the_empty_nest author of Ask Me His Name, mother to Teddy and Boris (her pug, her little lifeline.)
Elle talks so honestly about her experience with birthing, and then losing her baby. Her story is sadly one of many and she bravely, and beautifully shares her story in a bid to help other bereaved parents to feel less alone.
We also chat about her secondary infertility and the challenges that that has brought (and is still bringing).
It's a story or real life, with real emotion but what Elle is doing with all her work to create a legacy for her boy is done with a strength and a positivity that I'm in utter awe of.
July 13th, 2019
If you follow me on the socials (@thisgirlisenoug) you'll have seen that in the last couple of weeks I unveiled my new business.....hella exciting and scary as hell!
My new product is called Wear 'em Out, a kick-ass reusable period pad for modern women, it's good for you, good for our planet and good for your purse, but what the chuff even are they, and how the hell do you use them?
In this episode, I answer a whole heap of questions that I've been asked since sharing my new business (FYI I love questions, it's the first step to learning, seriously, ask me, anything babe) I may not have all the answers but I'll tell you what I know.
I answer questions such as;
'I use Tampons and pads as I'm so heavy, will the pads hold up?'
'I'm not confident that they won't leak'
'Do they smell?'
'How do you change them when out and about?'
'How do you wash them?'
'I'm going on holiday and don't want to use them while I'm away, do you have any advice?'
And loads more, to keep up to date with our physical launch and to get a 10% discount off your first order, click here; www.wearemout.co.uk
Follow Wear 'em Out on the socials and join the conversation
July 3rd, 2019
In this episode, I am joined by Sheryl (who for some unknown reason I introduce as Shirley??) and Nikki aka Placenta Essex
We talk about why people choose to consume their placenta, how the placenta is prepared for ingestion and our own personal experiences of our post-birth recovery from not having eaten our placentas in previous births, and the stark difference we felt with our post-birth healing after having eaten our placentas.
I also read out some feedback that was shared with me via my Instagram & Facebook channels which is all very interesting.
To read the blog about 'Lactation and the Placenta'. as discussed on the podcast, click here.
June 24th, 2019
Last year I got asked to speak at an event called Limitless Live hosted by my lovely friend @suzy_ashworth.
I had always considered my life to be pretty limited with a dodgy childhood, no qualifications, married and kids young, domestic violence and 2 divorces by the age of 36, but, when I started to write my talk, I realised, I was far from limited, I was, in fact, FUCKING LIMITLESS!
This podcast episode was recorded live at the event, and is for anyone who feels that their lives challenges are creating limitations, this talk will make you reconsider that story that you're telling yourself and challenge you to reframe it, and empower you to instead, use it as evidence (this will all make sense, once you've listened to the podcast - trust).
June 21st, 2019
This is one of the rawest, frankest and most beautiful conversations I've had on this podcast and because of such, there are a few triggering topics such as cancer, termination, and IVF among others, so please consider if you're in the right place to listen.
In this episode am joined by Emily Hodge aka @gentle_life_mindful_business. Emily is one of the strongest women I have ever met, she has gone through multiple, pretty devastating, life experiences and yet remains firmly staying in the present and seeking the positive.
This is a real-life human story of triumph over constant adversity. Emily chooses to not be defined by her experiences and instead, chooses to look forward rather than behind.
She's a true inspiration, I've been truly inspired and I'm sure you will be too.
June 11th, 2019
Following on from my live event last week in Essex (which was a HUGE success and raised just shy of £900 for Safer Places Essex, refuge for women and children) I thought I'd share my talk with you here so you don't miss out (sadly I can't share the other amazing 3 speakers talks but please do go and search them up on the socials - @jemmas_health_hub - @the_business_therapist - @elloaatkinson)
My talk was about forgiveness for freedom, in this episode I share why I got to the point where I had no choice but to forgive (my lowest point), who I had to forgive (spoiler, my mother who didn't show me any love, my abusive ex-husband, and maybe the toughest one, that's still ongoing, myself)
I share how I managed to forgive and detach myself from stories that I had been carrying for more years than I care to remember, and I share my top 5 tips on how you can begin to forgive too.
If you enjoy this episode, please subscribe, review and share on the socials tagging me @thisgirlisenough
If you are living with domestic abuse, please reach out, this is not how your life has to be, much love 💖
Contact: Women's Aid - 24 hour emergency helpline - 0808 2000 247
June 7th, 2019
This episode is one I recorded with Gemma Barry aka The Well Woman Project.
Gemma is a specialist in all things women's wellness, a Herbologist and a trained Mizan Abdominal Therapist.
Periods are her thang!
We chatted about the benefits of using Mizan massage to regulate your cycle, herbs to stop the bitchin', menstrual cups, PCOS, Endometriosis, the power in the menopause and how we can support our teenage girls when they first start their periods.
"Last year after 10 long years I was finally diagnosed with something, I had a large cyst on my ovary that I need to have surgery to remove. I was also found to have fibroids, endometriosis, and Adenomyosis. It was a bummer and a relief all at the same time. But my intuition had been right, there had indeed been something wrong and finally, I could start making moves to make me healthy again." - Gemma
May 29th, 2019
I bagged myself one of those influencers for this episode, didn’t I.
In this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with me old mate Anna Whitehouse aka Mother Pukka - Author of Parenting the Sh*t Out of Life, Radio Presenter, Grazia columnist, TEDx speaker and campaigner for Flexible working for all.
I’ve know Anna IRL for a while now and we often talk about the bullshit spectrum of Instagram, the hierarchal domain of what is ultimately just a bunch of human guinea pigs who seem to have become a divided state of them, (influencer), and us, (normos), and so it felt natural for us both to open this conversation and share how it looks from either side.
On the podcast I shared what I learned about myself from having called out the influencers last year (seeking validation of them, putting them up on the pedestals that they had never asked to be put upon, and how we shouldn’t build expectations of people who are essentially strangers), and Anna shared how she has shifted in her Insta seat over the last few years through natural growth, and her own lessons around sharing on the gram (of which some came as really fucking tough and painful lessons, she took personal umbrage with being called a c*nt with no context, shes perfectly clear that she’s open to the idea of her being a c*nt, but there’s gotta be context babe).
Basically our aim is to break down some divides and remind others that regardless of lifestyle, background, class, colour or gender, there isn’t one human on this planet that is exempt from a full life experience, and that includes all the pain and the joy, and to remind us that if we were more open to listening and learning from others then we would all be living in a more humbling environment.