EP041: Hannah Hardy-Jones on post-natal mental illness, celebrating wellness and new beginnings

EP041: Hannah Hardy-Jones on post-natal mental illness, celebrating wellness and new beginnings

Hannah Hardy-Jones could be a stranger in a far-off land, but instead she’s a brand new soul sister. Our digital paths crossed somewhere on the interwebs a few months ago and a gentle conversation began, quickly deepening as we discovered shared values and interests. 

Our first conversation, recorded to share with you, felt more like one in a long string of conversations than a simple beginning. I’m deeply moved by Hannah and touched by her openness about her experiences with post-natal bi-polar disorder. 

Hannah’s generous sharing about her life-altering experience and how she manages it now invites us all to look closely at preconceptions or stigmas we may hold about mental illness. We move from trauma in the community (Hannah lives just outside Christchurch and we recorded this conversation a week after the horrific massacre of innocent Muslims in their places of worship), to the importance of sisterhood and support, especially in times of illness, and finally to Hannah’s newest baby: an offering that’s making the world a better, kinder place for mothers. 

Find out more about Hannah and her work on Instagram
or at her web site and be sure to download, rate and review her app. It’s life-changing. 

Be sure to join the free MamaFuel Facebook group here, where the conversation continues. 

EP040: Debbi Carberry on self-acceptance, self-compassion and the value of building resilience

EP040: Debbi Carberry on self-acceptance, self-compassion and the value of building resilience

This week’s guest is a force of nature, a leader and a wise, wise woman. Debbi Carberry is a therapist, a clinical social worker, possibly Brené Brown’s twin, a mama of four, owner and leader of five businesses, loving partner, friend, and so much more. 

Debbi and I go deep straight away, talking about shame, self-acceptance, self-compassion, kindness and building individual relationships with each person we love. As our conversation weaves from love to self-criticism, via the power and impact of silent genetic messages that are passed from generation to generation, we exchange our experiences as mothers, leaders and women doing our best, every day. 

There’s so much more in this episode: we talk about control within the family unit, the inability of most adults and children to tolerate discomfort, and what the consequences may be, the importance of dopamine and why we’re raising a generation of kids who are dopamine-deficient because we don’t let our children struggle anymore. 

Honestly, I stepped away from this interview with my heart brimming over and my brain beyond excited. I can’t urge you enough to go and listen to this conversation, then share it. 

When you’ve finished listening I’d love you to join our free Facebook community, where we’ll continue the conversation and expand on what we talked about in this week’s episode. Click here to join the MamaFuel Virtual Village Facebook group. I can’t wait to see what resonated most with you about our conversation.

If you’d like to find out more about Debbi, here are a few of the places where you can find her: www.debbicarberry.com.au
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debbicarberry/
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebbiCarberry/

EP039: Sally Wyatt on the benefits of living outside your comfort zone, celebrating failure and adjusting to life abroad

EP039: Sally Wyatt on the benefits of living outside your comfort zone, celebrating failure and adjusting to life abroad

A few months ago I was awe-struck, watching magic in motion. The woman who orchestrated this particular piece of real-life magic is my guest on this week’s episode of MamaFuel. Sally Wyatt is an adventurer, a kind, energetic and intelligent woman who happens to be a mama to two tiny human girls, a writer, a dreamer and a courageous soul who spends a lot of time outside her comfort zone.

Sally moved to Switzerland less than a year ago (at time of recording) and has already built up a deep network of close friends and soul sisters through a H-U-G-E leap of faith she took late last year. Her willingness to make things happen and to find ways of making things work is inspiring me, and I know it’ll inspire you too. 

In this week’s episode we talk about the benefits of living outside your comfort zone (where Sally is happiest), finding your way back to yourself in the midst of mothering and all the things life throws at you, life as an expat, how moments of change and failure remind you that you’re alive and why teaching kids that failure is a natural part of life sets them up for success in life.

I loved Sally’s candid sharing about why she started her blog, Life Lemonaid, and how it’s helped her stay on an even keel mentally and intellectually: sanity-saving writing really is a glorious thing and Sally’s words uplift and inspire anyone who reads them. Hearing Sally talk about what it was like to volunteer for a massive event like TEDxLausanneWomen was also eye-opening, and has got me thinking of my own engagement with volunteer opportunities in Geneva and beyond. 

These show notes wouldn’t be complete without a link to the amazing TEDx talk given by Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson, aka @mother_pukka and @papa_pukka at TEDxLausanneWomen 2018. THIS is the magic that Sally made happen for me (attending this TEDx talk was a turning point in my thinking and in my life) and meeting Anna and Matt in person was a fun, inspiring and cake-fuelled experience. I loved every second of it and I suspect you’ll love their talk as well.

When you’ve finished listening I’d love you to join our free Facebook community, where we’ll continue the conversation and where Sally is available to answer any questions or expand on what we talked about in this week’s episode. Click here to join the MamaFuel Virtual Village Facebook group. I can’t wait to see what resonated most with you about our conversation.

If you’d like to follow Sally, her’s where you can find her: 
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/life_lemonaid/
Online: https://lifelemonaid.com/

EP038: Musings and passions of an eleven year-old and her mama (meet my daughter, Carolina)

EP038: Musings and passions of an eleven year-old and her mama (meet my daughter, Carolina)

This week I’m proud to introduce you to the little being who made me a mama. Her name is Carolina, and she’s an incredibly special soul, a super smart girl and a wonderful, complicated, being.

We’re heading into the preteen years and today’s conversation, as well as being a time capsule of where she’s at and how she’s thinking, is probably representative of the concerns and priorities shared by a lot of kids her age. 

We talk about dyslexia, what it was like to be undiagnosed and struggling at school, how it felt to get help with her dyslexia, bullying, big transitions and getting used to new circumstances.

Carolina shares her thoughts on what parents can do if they think their kids are struggling with dyslexia or any other learning differences, what she thinks about some new guidelines we’ve just agreed in our family and how she feels about a MASSIVE event that happened on the day of recording.

It’s an unusual and sometimes funny episode which I’ve left totally unedited, because that’s how we roll. I adore my girl, I’m privileged to be her mama and I can’t wait for every single day we spend together. She blows my mind every day and I’m happy to share a little of our bond with you.

I’d love to know what you think. Make sure you head into our Facebook group to join the ongoing conversation there. Better still, I’d LOVE IT (and would be forever grateful) if you’d head over to iTunes and rate the podcast and leave a review. The more we get, the likelier it is for mamas around the world to be able to access these conversations. Thank you for your support!

EP037: Celia Ward-Wallace on raising upstanders (not bystanders), activism and the power of community

EP037: Celia Ward-Wallace on raising upstanders (not bystanders), activism and the power of community

OOOOOhhhhhh my goodness this week’s podcast episode is good…

Meet Celia Ward-Wallace. She’s an activist, a community building and organiser, a powerhouse entrepreneur, a gatherer of beautiful souls and a mama to two wonderful black girls growing up in South Central Los Angeles.

Along with her husband, Celia is raising two upstanding citizens who are already making a difference in our world. In this week’s conversation, Celia and I touch on racial discrimination, what it’s like to be growing up black in today’s America, activism and the role it played both in her upbringing and how it continues to impact her life now, spirituality, white privilege and how to educate ourselves about it, what it means to live and leave a legacy, the impact of bringing a spiritual foundation into her life, and so much more.

I could spend ages writing about this conversation but honestly: LISTEN. Then SHARE. We need to be having these (sometimes uncomfortable) conversations. 

Celia shared a number of resources during our conversation. Here’s where you can find what we talked about:

To find out more about (and hang out with me in) Celia’s fantastic new group Women Empowering Women click here.

If you’d like to be in Celia’s world, follow her on Instagram @celia.ward.wallace or email her at more@celiawardwallace.com. You can also find her on Facebook.

Here Celia’s list of books to start with if you’d like to educate yourself about white privilege: 
1. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
2. The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
3. Women, Race & Class – Angela Davis
4. The People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinnia’s
5. White Fragility – Robin Diangelo
6. White Like Me – Tim Wise
7. Uprooting Racism – Paul Kivel

I mentioned a few gems as well:
* To listen to the amazing J.S. Ondara’s incredible voice, visit https://www.jsondara.com/
* Want to see the comic about emotional load, called “You should’ve asked”? Click here, then come into the Virtual Village to tell us what you think and how YOU live the load sharing in your relationship.

When you’re finished listening, be sure to head to the MamaFuel Virtual Village to join the conversation about this and other podcast episodes. It’s a totally free group and we’re waiting there to have you join us. 

And finally, if you’d like to join the MamaFuel Sisterhood, drop me a line at anne@mamafuel.me and let’s talk. It’s the only way to step into the circle at the moment, and I can’t wait to talk to you about it.