EP024: One time this summer… reconnecting after a long summer break

EP024: One time this summer… reconnecting after a long summer break

Welcome to September, beauty! This summer was one of escaping to North America, pondering what “home” really means, and reconnecting with family and with my own JOY.

It was awesome. And long. Too long away from our beds. How was yours? Were you vagabonding or enjoying a staycation?

In today’s episode, recorded alongside a river, I catch you up on what’s been going on over the summer, talk about the importance of us taking time for ourselves and tell you the story of the carrot at the end of my summer. It was epic and involved more hugs than I’ve ever had in a 72-hour period, unicorns and sparkle aplenty, and carried on into my family when I got home. 

Between frog songs and crane squawks I also talk about one of the podcasts that inspire me, which you can find here, and tell you that Camp made me step forward in braveness to start something I’ve been dreaming about for YEARS (yes, really) and create a Village in your pocket. There’s nowhere to go to join, but visit the Facebook group and tell me in there if you’d like to join us, and I’ll add you to the waiting list. Telling you about it gives me butterflies, so there must be magic in there too!

Here’s the link to join our private Facebook group, and be sure to either post in there or message me that you want to learn more about the (as yet nameless) Village in your pocket!

EP023: Amy McLaren’s inspiring story of travel, love, learning and changing lives on a huge scale

EP023: Amy McLaren’s inspiring story of travel, love, learning and changing lives on a huge scale

Ready to have your mind blown by what’s possible when you’ve got a vision and are open to watching it grow? Meet Amy McLaren, a super-inspiring, whole-hearted woman whose passion for travel and teaching led her to create a charity that’s since built dozens of schools for displaced children in Kenya. 

Amy is mama to two beautiful children, one of whom she and her husband adopted from South Africa. In the midst of her active life with a booming business, a growing charity and a house full of humans and fur, she keeps sight of what lights her up: travel and giving back.

This episode is on the long side because we had SO MUCH to talk about including Amy’s passion for travel, how she decided not to let having kids hold her back from seeing the world (with them and without them), how she and her husband make conscious time for themselves and how Village Impact, the charity they founded and have grown in the past few years, has shaped their lives and their broader community as it changes the lives of hundreds of families in Kenya. 

I had a great reminder about the power of others to teach us — specifically what the mama-infrastructure does for life in Kenyan villages (they know EVERYTHING and make it all happen) — and how approaching others and communities we don’t know with an open heart can create beautiful exchanges for all. 

Towards the end I also make two MAJOR announcements, so be sure to listen to those to find out more!

Click here if you’d like to find out more about Village Impact. 

 

 

EP022: Karen Quinn on the terrors of post-natal depression and the swift progression to an empty nest

EP022: Karen Quinn on the terrors of post-natal depression and the swift progression to an empty nest

I’m excited to share this conversation with you, because it’s a heart-to-heart with my dear friend Karen Quinn. She’s an unusual artist, a healer and mama to two fully grown men. In the blink of an eye she went from being the fully-absorbed mama to a premature baby, then two littles within two years, and now finding herself (more than two decades later) in an empty nest with lots of time to rediscover what makes her light up.

And boy oh boy, has she succeeded in figuring it out!

In this episode we talk about post-natal depression and our shared terror that someone would take our babies away if we admitted how awful we were feeling, how Karen figured out that giving up everything about herself outside of her role as mama was NOT the path to joy, and what she’s doing about it now that lights her up every single day.

Karen’s investigations into joy took her from stay-at-home mama to pediatric nurse, to aromatherapy and eventually perfumery studies. She’s found the most incredible way to blend (pun intended) all of her passions and deep experience to change people’s lives for the better. She creates bespoke perfumes that tell your story through scent, long before you can get the words out. She creates healing potions (more on that in the episode) and she REALLY is a modern-day alchemist.

She is amazing, and so are her Pocket Potions. To find out more about Karen, visit her beautiful online home and DEFINITELY check her out on Instagram where she deploys even more of her talent.

Once you’ve had a listen, hop into the Facebook group where we’ll be talking about today’s episode. Find Karen’s picture and let’s chat! 

EP021: Laura Husson on how following intuition and trust make for an amazing life

EP021: Laura Husson on how following intuition and trust make for an amazing life

Laura Husson is a woman who lives life according to what makes the most sense in her gut. She follows her intuition and her inner knowing like no one I’ve ever known. Laura’s followed her deep inner knowing even when it didn’t make sense, over and over in her personal life and in her business. The results are amazing.

Laura is genius at creating and protecting SPACE for inspiration to flow and opportunities to arrive. She’s a beautiful mama, a supportive friend and a wise soul who’s figured out the magic of creating space, trusting in the Universe and allowing goodness to flow. 

For more information about Laura, visit http://businessbeyondbelief.com/

EP020: Celebrating 20 episodes and sharing my heart!

EP020: Celebrating 20 episodes and sharing my heart!

This podcast was a dream for months, and suddenly here we are with 20 published episodes, listeners all over the world and amazing feedback that these conversations really are reaching your hearts. I couldn’t be happier, so to celebrate I’ve done something absolutely terrifying: a solo show. 

Just me, sharing the what, why and how of MamaFuel, telling you what’s in my heart and hoping it reaches yours. Thanks for listening, lovely. Here’s to 20 more!