Joanna Hennon shares with us how it took a nervous breakdown before she claimed back her passions, from her teenage years, back in into her life.
She explains how she turned her back on her fascination with anything to do with the soul and spirit guides, when she consciously decided it was 'stupid to be interested in it', and that it was time to grow up and be in the real world.
So she went into a corporate world and was ambitious. She describes it as 'playing office', and that her 'pretty' suits were a costume. Joanna created a whole world around this way of life, because she didn't know there was another way.
This changed one day when she was reading O magazine, and it featured a woman who had a super high powered job, and gave it up to make wall paper. Joanna recognised that this woman had made a different choice from the typical 9-5 corporate life and was not only being recognised for it, but was being successful too!
She realised that there was a possibility that she too could be successful leaving her corporate world and following her passions.
Joanna shares that it was during the recovery from her nervous breakdown that she started to feel good again, calm again, she was no longer shouting at everyone, and she started to ask herself if it was possbile to feel like this every day.
It was simple these questions that would lead Joanna back to herself and her true path.
But of course it wasn't without a few more obstacles...
To have confidence in herself.
That she’s deserving of wonderful things.
That she is a soul – an unlimited being – and that gives her immense confidence
If nothing changes, nothing changes.
If you want something to change in your life, you have to change something in your life.
It's My Life- Bon Jovi
'I’m not your regular spiritual, intuitive person. You will definitely not find me walking around barefoot in my backyard. It’s more likely that I’ll be watching Modern Family or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the best tv show of ALL time), sipping red wine. Oh and I love shoes, especially black boots. I can literally shop till I drop, I don’t seem to have any other limits.
I’ve always been obsessed with past lives – it’s so fascinating to me that we have experienced so much and that we can either remember or get information about it! Past life stuff comes through regularly in my work because patterns are often from before this life, and I am so grateful that I get to work with this!
Over the past few years, I have learned to trust my intuition, even when things feel scary. Following my path – this work – has been the most fulfilling thing I have ever experienced. Worth every minute of self-doubt and fear.'
Laura Yahmin shares what it took for her to go from living in a toxic environment trying to keep it together to living a great life full of contentment and fulfilling dreams - A life of no regrets.
Laura had been brought up where failure was not an option and she clearly identified herself as a person that didn't quit. Discover why it was so important to her that she then had to learn to quit and fire clients.
She shares valuable advice for how to give up a toxic life, while still being supported and how she managed this.
During the interview Laura identified herself as her biggest obstacle in her own life, that was holding her back, she had to move through this and give herself permission to have the life that she dreamed of.
To TRUST myself
To believe I could figure it out.
Do one thing that scares you everyday.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
I will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Laura is a recovering perfectionist and overachiever who is obsessed with working smart, creating an abundantly rich life and decluttering the things that no longer serve her.
She is an Advisor, Teacher and Author who specializes on perfectionism. She is the host and creator of Not Safe for Work (NSFW) podcast.
She has over ten years of advising, leadership training and educational experience working at New York University, University of Maryland- College Park, University of Missouri-Columbia and Pace University She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Syracuse University and a Master of Arts at the University of Maryland – College Park.
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Amy Simpkins shares with us what it took for her to leave her 20 year career as a rocket scientist to become a lifestyle design strategist.
Amy shares how she had lost her passion, her inspiration, and her drive to continue toward the goals of her childhood and any desire to "climb the corporate ladder."
Instead she found that she wanted new goals: flexibility to travel, time with her kids, and most of all, the opportunity to have a more powerful, personal impact on the world.
This realization rocked her.
She began to question everything, down to who she really was at her core.
For so long she had identified "who I am" with "what I have done or will do," especially when it came to her career, that she realized she didn't really know that much about herself anymore.
And so began a year long (and beyond!) exploration of herself as a human BEing, not a human DOing. An exploration of who she is RIGHT NOW, as an adult, with wonderful and unique experiences behind her and new passions and interests in front of her.
You have those urges for a reason.
It can be done, You can do it!
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
Erin Shore (instrumental) - The Corrs
Amy Simpkins is a former rocket scientist who spent 10 years in the corporate world designing and flying spacecraft.
Since hearing The Call, she is now a Lifestyle design strategist, coach, and founder of Life Architecting.
Her new mission is to help mid-career professionals bust the myth of work/life balance, rediscover what they need to truly THRIVE, and to design and build impactful, resilient, beautiful lives from the raw material of that deep self-knowledge, exploration, and grace.
My coaching practice is called Life Architecting because I believe we all have the power to architect lives that are impactful, resilient, and beautiful.
Architecture brings together art and science, form and function, beauty and structure, yin and yang.
As architects, we must carry the vision for our lives and we must also determine how best to execute that vision within the boundaries of reality.
Boundaries don't have to be roadblocks, they can be points of leverage from which to build magnificence.
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In this episode JJ Carolan shares how she ignored post natal depression and ended up in the Psyche ER. It was following this pivotal moment that she was forced to listen to her inner voice and is now joyfully expecting her second child.
JJ tells us how she believes she ended up at this crisis point due to the pressure of trying to “keep it all together” and live up to EVERYTHING that women are expected to do.
She was working as the Clinical Director of an agency providing therapy to kids with Autism, long hours.
Raising a newborn that I had to leave at daycare sometimes 12 hours a day!
AND she was trying to live up to attachment parenting, making her own organic baby food, helping her parents keep their house tidy (she lived with them at the time) despite the newborn, and never mind be a wife and friend ~ trying to keep up going to all the social events like a happy mom should.
She kept dogging away at this pace while her soul was dying piece by piece, every moment she was on the road driving 5-6 hours away while her daughter was in someone else’s hands. While her marriage crumbled under the weight of all of this. While she started sabotaging her career and high profile job, mailing it in, cutting corners.
She was on complete autopilot.
Discover what happened when her body and soul had, had enough and she found herself on the psche ER ward.
Speak your truth.
The end of a Mary Oliver poem called 'The Summer Day'
"Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"
All I Ask - Crowded House
Hurricane Kitty (yes like the beer!)