**Please note: In July 2016, after almost five incredible years of creativity and growth together, we decided to close She Makes Magic. This podcast no longer receives new episodes but remains for now as an archive of incredible interviews. While She Makes Magic is now closed, we’d still love to hear from you. You can find Koren at korenhelbig.com or Alana and her new Untangled podcast series over at alanahelbig.com/untangled.**
Hosted by Australian sisters Koren and Alana Helbig, She Makes Magic: The Podcast Series is a collection of raw and gritty interviews sharing the real life stories of women who have left behind lives that don't quite fit right to bravely follow their wild hearts. We ask each woman to share her story – how she uncovered her gifts, faced her fears and challenges, learned to trust her intuition and continues to financially support herself. And how she embraces both the darkness and light, the success and the struggle – an inevitable part of growth and transformation. Through her story, we all find the courage to explore these parts of our own journey, too.
034 - Thank you
Today, an announcement: after five incredible years of creativity and growth together, we have decided to close She Makes Magic.
To explain this decision, and to celebrate the immense beauty of all She Makes Magic is and was, we recorded a special podcast for you.
033: Katie Dean - finding the humour in the shadows
Katie Dean, Mindset and motivation mechanic, first dropped into my life just over a year ago when she invited me to be a guest on her website YOUR WILD LIFE.
I was instantly attracted to Katie's quirky sense of humour, her down-to-earth nature and her pure heart of gold.
As you'll hear in this interview, Katie has this unique capacity to go deep and honest in conversation while keeping things light-hearted and simple. You'll hear her talk about her journey with anxiety, what this has meant for her family life and for her business, why she ultimately decided to take anxiety medication, and how she's learnt to find the humour as she's navigated this path.
In this interview, Katie shares:
+ Her journey with anxiety, why she ultimately decided to take anxiety medication and the stigma she faced around this.
+ Redefining success after the birth of her son.
+ The reality of being a Mum while running an online business.
+ Why your outside world is a direct reflection of your internal landscape.
+ The danger of defining yourself by your job title / business.
032: Vienda Maria - freedom is a feeling
Vienda Maria's first memory of the desire for freedom came at the age of six when her step-father cut off her beautiful long hair. From that day forward, she dreamed of living life on her own terms.
And, just like the manifesting goddess that she is, that's exactly the life she has created.
Vienda has spent the majority of her life travelling the world and choosing a path that best honours the desires of her soul. You'll hear her explain that, more often than not, this has required her to go against the status quo. But, in turn, has taught her how to deeply trust in her own inner guidance.
Here's a woman who walks her talk and is a shining example of how magical life can be when we stop looking for the answers outside ourselves and start listening to the wise voice within.
In this interview, Vienda shares:
+ Her story from psychology student, to the music festival scene, to blogger, to online biz owner and mentor.
+ Her experimentation with psychedelic drugs and how this gave her a deeper understanding of human behaviour, belief systems and thought processes.
+ How to cultivate trust in your own intuition.
+ The importance of spending time with people who are thriving examples of the kind of life you want to live.
+ Why she believes our fears are doorways to breakthroughs and how to sit with the discomfort of fear.
+ Why creating space and time to journey inwards is essential for living a life of freedom.
For links to all the resources mentioned in this podcast, head to http://shemakesmagic.com/podcast-032-vienda-maria
031: Caroline Sanchez - saying goodbye to the good girl archetype
Caroline Sanchez, an oncology nurse, hoop dancer and women’s movement guide, began her soul work at the age of 21 when her mother Grace passed away from breast cancer.
Following the subtle thread of her soul’s guidance, she became an oncology nurse, discovered hoop dancing in a city park, married the alternative art of hoop dancing with the Western medicine world through her Masters thesis, and became a Women's Empowerment Movement Mentor.
Having worked as an oncology nurse for over 12 years, supporting women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, Caroline has a very unique and potent way of looking at the world. Be inspired by her joy for life and her message of letting go of the good girl archetype and learning to resource from the fierce unapologetic love for our gifts and passions. Even when this might look wild, crazy, ugly or inappropriate to others.
In this interview, Caroline shares:
+ Discovering her soul work at the age of 21 after her mother Grace passed away from breast cancer.
+ Her experience with burn out and compassion fatigue in the nursing world.
+ How and why she started hoop dancing and what this daily practice has taught her about joy, body play and her soul gifts.
+ Marrying the alternative art of hoop dancing with conventional Western medicine and how her fear of being dismissed and judged as a "hippy" influenced this journey.
+ Feeling guided on the soul path and tuning into the subtleties of symbolism and synchronicity.
+ What it means to truly let go of the "good girl" archetype and show up in our raw fullness, even when this might look wild, ugly or inappropriate.
+ Learning to trust that your unique offerings and gifts are needed in this world.
For links to all the resources mentioned in this podcast, head to http://shemakesmagic.com/podcast-031-caroline-sanchez
030: Laura Anne Page - navigating the unknown and mysterious underworld of the soul
If you're here, it's likely that you have, at some point in your life, felt the nudge of your soul calling you to explore deeper and ask the bigger questions.
This soul inquiry process often starts out gentle – like a small quiet whisper – but eventually it gets louder and more urgent.
What this can often lead to is a stripping away, crumbling or destruction of all that no longer serves us. Often we drop into a period of unknown mystery. A time when we are no longer the person we once were but who we are to become is yet to make itself known to us.
I like to think of these periods as stripping for the soul. A process of removing all the layers we have outgrown. These times can be wild, erotic and empowering or they can feel awkward, uncomfortable and very vulnerable.
This interview catches Laura Anne Page three years into a period of soul stripping or, what she refers to as, journeying into the soul underworld.
Intrinsically tied to Laura's story is her former name Shakti Sunfire. A name which she used for over 10 years to promote her gifts as a hoop dancer, yoga instructor, movement educator, and mentor for women, amongst many other things.
This is the first time Laura has spoken publicly about the journey of returning to her birth name and what this has meant for her business, her intimate relationships and for her soul.
If you're in a period of mystery, if you're feeling called to strip away all the identities and labels you've placed on yourself, if you're feeling lost and confused about where to head to next, this is the interview for you.
In this interview, Laura shares:
+ Her three-year journey with exploring the unknown mysteries of her soul and why letting go of the name Shakti Sunfire has been paramount in this exploration.
+ The resistance and fears that showed up when she felt the call to explore deeper, including issues within her relationships and discomfort in her career.
+ Why the story that has come before now – however this story may look for you – is sacred and deserves to be honoured.
+ Why being in the mystery of the unknown is maginalised in our society and why it's important to honour these dark, unknown voids in our life, even when others around us might not understand.
+ Her personal inquiry process for tuning into the voice and wisdom of your soul.
+ Why she believes all of us have special soul gifts to offer the world.
For links to all the resources mentioned in this podcast, head to http://shemakesmagic.com/podcast-030-laura-anne-page
029: Nadine Lee - spirituality, sexuality and connecting back to soul
Nadine Lee has always had a deep connection to her spirituality and sexuality. At the age of 14, she had an intense and totally unexpected Kundalini awakening. At the time, Nadine thought she was losing her mind. With no one to turn to and no idea what was going on, she shut down her connection to spirit.
What followed was total abandonment of her soul path. Her life became filled with self-destructive habits - partying, alcohol, drugs, casual sex and eating disorders.
Listen in as Nadine shares her journey from a disconnected marketing and advertising guru to connected tantra yoga teacher, sacred sexuality guide, energy healer and nutritionist.
In this interview, Nadine shares:
+ Why she shut down her connection to spirit after an intense Kundalini awakening at the age of 14 and how this impacted her schooling, career and life choices.
+ What it feels like in the body to be disconnected from your soul path.
+ Using drugs, alcohol, sex and food to fill the void.
+ Her experience with sexual abuse as a young child which eventually lead her to discover Tantra.
+ How overcoming the desire for acceptance propelled her business forward.
+ Why feeling good is paramount to creating an abundant life.
+ Moving through the fear of doing your soul work by aligning back to your heart.
+ Her exploration with breaking away from labels and defining her worth through her work.
For links to all the resources mentioned in this podcast, head to http://shemakesmagic.com/podcast-029-nadine-lee.
I love Alana and Koren’s friendly, warmhearted style - and hearing the incredible stories from their remarkable guests.
I have only recently discovered podcasts and I love, love love this one. Honest, raw inspiring women interviewed by real women. These podcasts not only teach and inspire me but leave me wanting more. I listen on my way to and from work so get to work and then home refreshed and motivated. I still have lots more to catch up on, so hope that you can make them as quickly as I can listen to them. Thanks lovely ladies.
Raw and honest
She makes magic is one of my favourite podcasts - the sisters, Koren and Alana offer honest and wholehearted conversations with their guests. I admire their courage and willingness to ask deep and meaningful questions. Highly recommended.