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The Mummalove Podcast
10 minutes | 5 days ago
A Little End-of-Year Pep Talk: 5 Tips for Going the Distance
The end of year before the boys finish school always feels very full, but especially this year as Sam is finishing primary school and next year Charlie will start at a new school. And it's 2020! So it's been a BIG year anyway.In this episode, I give my top five tips when you're feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list:Prioritise self-careQuestion everything on the to-do list : is it important, urgent, necessary?Get lots of sleepLower your standardsMake it fun and shift up your energyIf you'd like a copy of my downloadable 'Be Kind to Yourself' print or image for your phone, pop on over here to the website to enter your email address and I'll send you a copy.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts. Not sure how to do that? You can watch my quick video guide over here on the website - scroll down past all the episode covers to find it.
38 minutes | 21 days ago
Transforming Pain Into Purpose, with Jess Sermak
Jess is an intuitive life coach and author who's passionate about inspiring, uplifting and empowering women to tune inwards to unpack who they really are and what they want from life.As you’ll hear in this episode, Jess has had a big life so far - finding love with a Masai warrior in Africa, experiencing the tragic death of her mother, and the birth of her children have all been formative experiences that she has written about in her book, Becoming a Butterfly.Jess was determined to break the cycle of suicide in her family and create a new story of courage, following her intuition, strength and hope. She now works as an intuitive life coach and psychic medium with women from all walks of life to ignite their internal fire - to help them find joy, purpose and happiness again.You can find Jess in the following places:Jess Sermak websiteFacebookInstagramBecoming a Butterfly bookMummalove Mix Tape playlist on SpotifyPlease leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
19 minutes | a month ago
Dream Big, with Olivia Hargroder
Olivia Hargroder has achieved some impressive feats in her 21 years. From speaking at the UN in New York, and being nominated as Australian of the Year, to starting a movement to have Down syndrome recognised as its own category in the Paralympics, Olivia uses her voice to advocate for change and equality.In this episode, we chat about Olivia's big dreams, how she feels about having Down syndrome, being an ambassador for #21YourWay, her passion for acting and dancing, and why she loves her job.It was an absolute pleasure and delight to have Olivia on the podcast. Her passion and humour are contagious, as you will no doubt hear!To find out more about Olivia, you can go to her website at https://oliviahargroder.com/Also mentioned in this episode:StepUp #21YourWay#21YourWay on InstagramLaBoite Assembly
13 minutes | a month ago
How We Made a Big Decision Through Fear and Uncertainty
I was recently asked to think of a time in my life where I've had to make a decision where there was a lot of fear and uncertainty around the outcome. Luckily, I had plenty of options to choose from 😜It made me reflect on one of the biggest decisions I've ever had to make, which is when we embarked on prenatal testing for our third baby and needed to decide what to do with that information.In this short, solo episode, I talk through what helped and what factors we considered when approaching this monumental decision.Mentioned in this episode: The Upside documentary with Julia HalesPlease leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Advocating for a Better World for Our Children with T21, with Joelle Wedd
October is Down syndrome Awareness Month, so I wanted to invite one of my treasured friends from the Down syndrome community, Joelle Wedd, to the podcast.In this episode, we talk about:what it was like to receive a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis for Joelle's third baby;how Joelle's life was changed by the arrival of Josee Hope;becoming an advocate to create a better world for our children, and what advocacy looks like;how Joelle has renamed October 'Down syndrome Acceptance Month' and what it means to Joelle to recognise this month;how we can do better in Australia at supporting parents who receive a Down syndrome diagnosis;and how Joelle has created a safe space for pregnant women who receive a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis.Joelle Wedd is a mum to three children, and her youngest child Josee lives with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Joelle has a passion for connecting pregnant Mums facing a potential or confirmed diagnosis of Down syndrome. 321 Pregnancy Care is Joelle’s other ‘baby’ and an important resource in the prenatal sector. During the day Joelle is a teacher and currently Head of Inclusive Learning in an independent school. Joelle and her kids live near the beach in Hervey Bay and enjoy all that the warm coastal living offers.Mentioned in this episode:Raising Josee Hope Facebook page321 Pregnancy Care Facebook pageThe Instant Advocate Facebook postDown Syndrome Australia associationMummalove Mix Tape playlist on SpotifyPlease leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Psychics, Mediums, Spiritual Signs & How They Relate to Grief
I was never very interested in going to see psychics. Or, to be more honest, I always thought it seemed a little bit scary to be told of my future.But after Nicholas died, I read a book called 'After This' by Claire Bidwell Smith and it really changed my perspective on psychics and how those spiritual experiences can actually help us in our grief.Over the past few years, I've seen a few different psychics, mediums and healers, so I thought I'd give you the run down on how I've found each experience. I also share a bit about looking for spiritual signs from loved ones who have passed on.Mentioned in this episode:After This, by Claire Bidwell SmithThe Rules of Inheritance, by Claire Bidwell SmithThe Light Between Us, by Laura Lynn JacksonEpisode 16 - A Sister Conversation About Our Mum, with Rebecca Winston
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Finding Your Heart Amidst Your Healthcare, with Jessica Bean
Jessica Bean is a medicine access advocate, international speaker, consultant and empowerment coach for young women living with chronic illness.Informed at age 21 that she would need a double lung transplant to survive the damage caused to her lungs by the genetic condition cystic fibrosis, Jessica fought hard to change her trajectory. Over a decade later, Jessica continues to breathe through her own lungs and live a life beyond her diagnosis.“If I wanted a different future for myself, I had to become my own warrior. I was the one and only person who could change my health. No matter how much anybody loved or cared for me, nobody could do it for me. I had to take control and own it.”In this episode, Jess and I talk about what cystic fibrosis is, what it was like to grow up with the condition and what advice she'd give to parents who receive a CF diagnosis for their child. We also discuss the importance of intuition, advocating for our own healthcare and finding the right treatment path for us. After a surprise visit from Jess' dog, we chat about the healing power of our furry friends, and the richness and perspective that comes with facing life challenges.Jessica’s experience as one of the first cystic fibrosis patients to benefit from genetic modulation therapy, gave her an intimate understanding of the emerging challenges faced by patients in the age of personalised medicine. This has inspired a mission to ensure patients and their values are represented in decision making across the health eco system.Jessica’s work has been recognised by global health leaders and brands, including Bupa for whom she was a finalist in their 2016 health influencer awards. Jessica is currently chair person for Patient Voice Initiative (Australia), sits on both The Australian Genomic Health Alliance Community Advisory Group and the Queensland Genomics Community Advisory Group, chairs the Cystic Fibrosis Consumer Engagement Group at The Prince Charles Hospital and is an Ambassador for the international Hello My Name Is campaign.For more information about Jessica and her work please visit:Jessica Bean's websiteJessica Bean on InstagramAlso mentioned in this episode:Beautiful You Coaching AcademyThe Mummalove Mix Tape playlist available on Spotify.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
13 minutes | 3 months ago
What It Was Like to Go Through Leukaemia, with Sam Love
In this episode, I interview a very special guest - our eldest son, Sam Love.Sam was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia seven years ago this week, on 9 September 2013, when he was just five years old. He's now a healthy 12 years old, so I thought I'd ask him a few questions about what it was like to go through treatment for leukaemia, what life looks like now and what his advice is for other kids who are going through Cancer.Mentioned in this episode:The Four Blades 'Kids Dinner Party' podcast episodeThe Mummalove Mix Tape playlist is available on Spotify.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
8 minutes | 3 months ago
Creating Quick Wins in Your Life (Tale of a Laundry Tub)
My beloved 10 year old son spends far more time whinging, complaining and generally resisting cleaning his teeth than he does actually cleaning his teeth. I’m sure this is not an unusual story when it comes to kids. But I was thinking about how often as adults we do a similar thing. Maybe not about cleaning our teeth, but can you think of something that you put off doing because it feels too hard?In this episode, I want to tell you the story of our laundry tub and how we managed to pretty easily and cheaply fix a situation that I'd been putting off for a good 11 years, and share some strategies to creating some quick wins in your life.Where can you clear some headspace by getting the job done, rather than continuing to think about it and let it annoy you forever? How can you let it be easy?Mentioned in this episode:Queenslander style houseThe Mummalove Mix Tape playlist is available on Spotify.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
72 minutes | 4 months ago
A Sister Conversation About Our Mum, with Rebecca Winston
This week, my beautiful Mum, Marie, would have been turning 80 - on 14 August. Following an original diagnosis and treatment for oesophageal cancer, Mum died in January 2019, six short weeks after discovering she had secondary liver cancer. Whilst those final weeks together were incredibly hard, it was also a really beautiful time for our family being with Mum at the end of her human journey.For this episode, I invited my baby sister Rebecca Winston to the podcast to chat about that sacred time in our family. The conversation is both hilarious and teary, and (just a heads up) brevity is not our strong point.We talk about Mum's diagnosis, the similarities between birth and death, the role Nicholas played as we farewelled Mum, looking for spiritual signs after Mum had passed on, and everything in between. We hope that this conversation may help someone else's journey a little easier if they're facing the impending death of a loved one.Mentioned in this episode:Five Maries video on FacebookKaruna Hospice ServicesElizabeth Gilbert's podcast on The Moth discussing Rayya's death.You can connect with Rebecca on The 4 Blades on Instagram or Facebook, or Need a System on Instagram or Facebook.The Mummalove Mix Tape playlist is available on Spotify.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
What Do We Do with the Belongings of Those We've Loved and Lost?
What do we do with the belongings of our loved ones after they have passed, when it feels like the only way we have left to be physically connected to them?In this episode, I share how our family chose to go through Nicholas' clothes and other belongings after he died and the timeline that felt right for us. I also touch on how the experience differed to going through my Mum's clothes after she died. It's such a personal experience and it's so important to do what feels right for you.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
56 minutes | 4 months ago
Learning to Lean In, with Eileen Robertson Hamra
Eileen could have never imagined how her life would change in the course of one wintery night. Authorities confirmed that the plane her husband was piloting on his way home to celebrate Christmas with the family had crashed, and he had not survived. With three young children and an entire lifetime ahead of her, Eileen’s journey through the valleys of grief and the peaks of hope brought her to a place that is nothing short of miraculous. Author, speaker, yogi, and philanthropist, Eileen Robertson Hamra, shares her experiences in her first book, Time to Fly.In this episode, Eileen and I talk about the loss of her husband and her sister, how her 'buffet-style' spirituality has helped with her grief, sister trips to Ireland, finding love again and welcoming their miracle baby at the age of 46, and writing and publishing a book. It was so lovely to chat with Eileen and, although we have very different stories, I was amazed by how much we're also connected.You can purchase Eileen's book in many places, including Amazon, Booktopia, Fishpond.You can find out more about Eileen on her website, or connect with her onLinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | TwitterThe Mummalove Mix Tape playlist is available on Spotify.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Unshackling Self-Limiting Beliefs, with Annie Gichuru
Fellow life coach and BYCA graduate, Annie Gichuru was born in Kenya and has called Australia home for the past 20 years. She lives with her husband and two young children. In this episode, we talk about what it was like for Annie to grow up in Kenya, the bullying she experienced at school, beginning a new life in Australia and how motherhood has changed her. We also talk about the important work she does serving migrant women of colour, through her coaching and uplifting documentaries, to chase their dreams and be all they can be. Annie's passion is contagious and I know you'll love her as much as I do.Annie Gichuru is the founder of Uplifting Studios, a platform dedicated to supporting migrant women of colour. As a life coach and the producer and host of Uplifting Studios TV, Annie teaches how to unshackle self-limiting beliefs. Now in Season 2, Uplifting Studios TV is founded on positive storytelling, showcasing inspiring stories through guest interviews and documentaries. Motivated by those facing the same challenges she faced, Annie believes your future can be one of purpose and impact.Life Coaching with Annie GichuruFREE Mindset Audio Guide: 3 Steps to Unshackle Your Self-Limiting beliefsBecome an Uplifter: sponsoring women in coachingYou can also find Annie on:LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | YouTubeThe Mummalove Mix Tape playlist is available on Spotify.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
8 minutes | 5 months ago
Trusting Yourself and the Timing of the Universe
Over the past week, our 10 year old son has officially started riding a bike for the first time. Along the way of the somewhat bumpy journey to feeling 'ready' to ride a bike, Charlie has taught me a few valuable lessons about the trusting in myself and the divine timing of the Universe. What does it mean to feel ready? What happens if I'm afraid of taking the leap and following my dreams? Here's a little recap on our bike riding adventures and the lessons we've learned along the way.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
Do More of What Makes You Happy, with Pauline Roche
After the death of her brother in 2013, Pauline Roche worked out that the best way to navigate grief for her (because grief is different for each individual) was finding her way back to music and doing more of what made her happy. In this episode, we talk about how she rediscovered music through joining a very special choir, using family connection to help work her way through grief, and establishing a business with her sister creating beautiful retreat experiences.Pauline is an experience designer, singer, mum to Jack and Tom and wife to Carl. In 2015, Pauline started Me Time Experiences with her sister Sharon. Together they organise small group retreats and events in Australia and internationally (well until Covid hit!) full of joy, fun and laughter that bring people together around a shared passion. Their specialities are singing, writing, walking and food. Pauline’s other great love is singing. She performs regularly with funky Brisbane choir Cheep Trill Choir and does the occasional solo gig.You can find Pauline on Instagram, Facebook or via the Me Time Experiences website.Mummalove Mix Tape on Spotify.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
7 minutes | 5 months ago
You Are Worthy of Self-Love and Self-Care
Today I just want to have a little chat about self-care - a term bandied about but often, I think, misunderstood.What does it mean to you?What would it look like to give yourself permission to honour YOU and show yourself more love and more care?You can find my Self-Care Quiz over on the Mummalove website. Enter your email address to receive self-care tips and resources in your inbox.Please leave a rating and review of the Mummalove podcast over on Apple Podcasts.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Making Something Good Out of Challenges, with Michelle Worthington
Michelle Worthington is an international award-winning author, business woman and Mum to three gorgeous boys.In this episode, we discuss the premature arrival of Michelle's babies, how she navigated through these difficult times and what has helped her process the experience since. We talk about the leap of faith required going from working in a job she didn't love into creating a creative business, what her work looks like now and how she helps other aspiring authors. Michelle also shares the process of writing and publishing her beautiful book, 'Super Nicholas', which was inspired by our beautiful son.Michelle is the two-time winner of the International Book Award and finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. She was the recipient of the 2018 AusMumpreneur Gold Award for Business Excellence and the winner of the 2018 Redlands BaR award for Best Start Up Business. An energetic and dynamic storyteller, Michelle is dedicated to encouraging a strong love of reading and writing in young children and conducts author visits at primary and special schools, libraries and bookstore storytelling and publishing workshops for adults. She especially enjoys meeting people through her speaking engagements for women's groups and charities.Mentioned in this episode:Michelle Worthington websiteMichelle on InstagramMichelle on FacebookLife's Little Treasures FoundationMy Brother Tom bookSuperNicholas bookMummalove Mixtape playlist
8 minutes | 6 months ago
When Awkward and Uncomfortable is Better Than Silence
A short (rambly) reflection from a privileged white woman on how the death of George Floyd relates to us in Australia and why it's important for me to have this awkward and uncomfortable conversation rather than be silent.Warning: In this episode, I refer to the names of two deceased Aboriginal people. I have updated the audio to include a verbal warning as well. My profound apologies for this oversight.Resources I'm starting with to learn more about Anti-Racism in AustraliaStand Out Life - episode 87 with Teela ReidUluru Statement from the HeartGuardian Article on Deaths in CustodyCommon Ground AustraliaAnti-Racism Resources From Australia and BeyondAnti-Racism Resources for White PeopleHow Non-Indigenous Australians Can Show Solidarity With First Nations Australians.
40 minutes | 6 months ago
Everything Will Be Okay, with Mim Jenkinson
Mim Jenkinson, mother of two small children, is a digital content creator and the author of “Less Wine, More Time”. Her mission is to help overwhelmed women create empowering habits that lead to a life they love. When she isn’t writing or juggling her energetic kids, Mim spends her time watching reruns of Outlander, reading books and listening to podcasts. Find out more about Mim at her blog, Love from Mim.In this episode, we talk about Mim's journey with breast cancer, her coping mechanisms through difficult times, and everything she learned about herself after deciding to give up alcohol. Mentioned in this podcast episode:Allen Carr's EasywayAllen Carr's book 'How to Stop Drinking for Women'Mim's Book: Less Wine, More Time
13 minutes | 6 months ago
Will Grief Last Forever?
As we've recently passed the four year mark since Nicholas died, I thought I'd share my reflections on grief and whether I think my grief will last forever, based on a blog post I wrote last year. I feel like there were big differences in my grief over the first couple of years, but the shifts have been less significant over the past 12 months. What do you think - will your grief last forever?Link to blog post is here if you'd like to read.
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