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she was the fire. is a go to guide for every 20,30 or 40-something yr old woman looking for advice and hacks on how to ignite her fire, own her crown, organise her schedule and live her best damn life… whatever that means!

But let me introduce myself, I’m Courtney & just before my 30th birthday I thought I had life sorted. I was a successful business owner, driven and fiercely independent - with a Louis Vuitton bag in one hand and pina colada in the other! But then, one day sitting in a doctor’s office, everything came crashing down…Stage 4 Cancer…WTF!

In an instant this pragmatic and ‘I’m too busy to meditate’ girl knew she needed to take make a change, so I dived headfirst into becoming my ‘best self’, or whatever Oprah says.

she was the fire. is a witty & brutally honest insight into my life, sharing recaps from my self-development wins & fails, my ticking biological clock, my on-again-off-again relationship with diets, my best tips for every aspiring girl boss, oh, and did I mention my TV and beauty addiction? Because I have 100’s of TV show and mascara recommendations for you too!

Yes, my world turned upside down and I thought I might break...but instead, I realised, I was the fire and I’m here to help you realise that too.

Some women fear the fire, some women simply become it - R.H.Shin

New episodes of my podcast will be coming every Tuesday & I can’t wait to share it with you, so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss my first episode.

Welcome to, she was the fire.

xoxo Courtney Mangan

she was the fire‪.‬ The Spin Studio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 208 Ratings

she was the fire. is a go to guide for every 20,30 or 40-something yr old woman looking for advice and hacks on how to ignite her fire, own her crown, organise her schedule and live her best damn life… whatever that means!

But let me introduce myself, I’m Courtney & just before my 30th birthday I thought I had life sorted. I was a successful business owner, driven and fiercely independent - with a Louis Vuitton bag in one hand and pina colada in the other! But then, one day sitting in a doctor’s office, everything came crashing down…Stage 4 Cancer…WTF!

In an instant this pragmatic and ‘I’m too busy to meditate’ girl knew she needed to take make a change, so I dived headfirst into becoming my ‘best self’, or whatever Oprah says.

she was the fire. is a witty & brutally honest insight into my life, sharing recaps from my self-development wins & fails, my ticking biological clock, my on-again-off-again relationship with diets, my best tips for every aspiring girl boss, oh, and did I mention my TV and beauty addiction? Because I have 100’s of TV show and mascara recommendations for you too!

Yes, my world turned upside down and I thought I might break...but instead, I realised, I was the fire and I’m here to help you realise that too.

Some women fear the fire, some women simply become it - R.H.Shin

New episodes of my podcast will be coming every Tuesday & I can’t wait to share it with you, so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss my first episode.

Welcome to, she was the fire.

xoxo Courtney Mangan

    #317 Goodbye for now...

    #317 Goodbye for now...

    Hello Sunshine, today's episode is a very sad one and one I didn't want to have to ever record.
    🎶 Fire Starter of the Week | Not Ready to Make Nice - The Chicks🔥 Thought of the Week | "Find out who you are and do it on purpose." Dolly Parton
     
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    If you would like to show your support for she was the fire. I would be so grateful if you would consider rating and reviewing my podcast and hitting 'subscribe' on Apple Podcasts or 'follow' on Spotify. 
    CREDITS:
    Host & Producer: Courtney Mangan @courtneymangan @shewasthefireThis podcast is part of The Spin Studio network @thespinstudionetwork
    Technical Producer: Sammi Brew @sammibrew_

    • 42 min
    #316 Gaslit by the Medical Community | Brain Cancer at 19 yrs old

    #316 Gaslit by the Medical Community | Brain Cancer at 19 yrs old

    Hello Sunshine, in today's episode I speak with Paris Majeks who was diagnosed with secondary brain cancer at 19 and a mystery primary cancer. Paris talks about how she was ignored and dismissed by the medical community for years about her symptoms and saw over 50 doctors to finally find one who listened to her. After experiencing such a life-changing event at such a young age, Paris also opens up about how her cancer impacted the way she was living and how she became driven to live the life of her dreams.
    🎙️Breakdown of EP #316

    How Paris and I know each other
    Paris opens up about her background 
    Paris shares her first symptoms of her brain cancer
    Trying to get doctor's to figure out what was wrong and believe her
    How race may have played a part in her brain cancer going undiagnosed 
    The moment Paris found out she had brain cancer
    The hunt for a mystery cancer 
    What life is like now 
    YOLO moment becoming a model 
    Living in fear and managing that 
    Advice to someone wanting to live their dreams

    🎶 Fire Starter of the Week | Since You're Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson🎶 Guest's Fire Starter | Let's Go Crazy by Prince🔥 Thought of the Week | "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." - Mae West
     
    RESOURCES: Purchase my stationery Join my closed Facebook group🎶 Time Blocking Playlist 🎶 Fire Starter Playlist
    If you would like to show your support for she was the fire. I would be so grateful if you would consider rating and reviewing my podcast and hitting 'subscribe' on Apple Podcasts or 'follow' on Spotify. 
    CREDITS:
    Host & Producer: Courtney Mangan @courtneymangan @shewasthefireGuest: Paris Majeks @parismajeks
    This podcast is part of The Spin Studio network @thespinstudionetwork
    Technical Producer: Sammi Brew @sammibrew_

    • 52 min
    #315 How to Reach your Full Potential ft. Empowerment Coach @Lauragradyy

    #315 How to Reach your Full Potential ft. Empowerment Coach @Lauragradyy

    Hello Sunshine, in today's episode I chat with bright light Laura Grady about confidence, self-development, negative belief systems and living a fulfilled life.
    Laura Grady is a women’s empowerment coach and fulfilment mentor helping women manifest their desires, live in a state of inspiration, alignment and ease... without burnout. For the last few years, she has coached and mentored thousands of women worldwide to help them create the life they desire through her online coaching business that helps women step into their most confident, empowered and authentic selves. Laura’s aim with all clients is to have them realise their own power and claim it fearlessly
    🎙️Breakdown of EP #315

    How Laura and I know each other 
    Laura shares her background growing up 
    How Laura became an empowerment coach 
    Laura talks about her acting career on Ja'mie Private School Girl
    Negative belief systems & limiting beliefs 
    Confidence 
    Working through self-doubt 
    Emotions 
    What is an empowered woman
    How do we know when we aren't fulfilled - red flags

    🎶 Fire Starter of the Week | Diamonds by Rihanna🎶 Guest's Fire Starter | I Believe by Yolanda Adams🔥 Thought of the Week | “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington
     
    RESOURCES: Purchase my stationery Join my closed Facebook group🎶 Time Blocking Playlist 🎶 Fire Starter Playlist
    If you would like to show your support for she was the fire. I would be so grateful if you would consider rating and reviewing my podcast and hitting 'subscribe' on Apple Podcasts or 'follow' on Spotify. 
    CREDITS:
    Host & Producer: Courtney Mangan @courtneymangan @shewasthefireGuest: Laura Grady @lauragradyy
    This podcast is part of The Spin Studio network @thespinstudionetwork
    Technical Producer: Sammi Brew @sammibrew_

    • 1 hr 19 min
    #314 Story Time | Best Friend Edition

    #314 Story Time | Best Friend Edition

    Hello Sunshine, in today's episode I chat with my bestie Belinda
    🎙️Breakdown of EP #314

    How we met 
    My first memory of Belinda 
    Our friendship when we were younger
    Stories of our time working together over the years 
    Bad hair cuts
    Being mistaken as lesbians 
    Foo Fighter's Concert 
    The time we go stuck on a golf course 
    Belinda's decision to not have children 
    Belinda's journey with anxiety 
    Difficulties in our friendship
    How my cancer journey has impacted our friendship

    🎶 Fire Starter of the Week | Proud Mary by Tina Turner🎶 Guest's Fire Starter | Back in Black by ACDC🔥 Thought of the Week | “A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.” – Arnold H. Glasgow
     
    RESOURCES: Purchase my stationery Join my closed Facebook group🎶 Time Blocking Playlist 🎶 Fire Starter Playlist
    If you would like to show your support for she was the fire. I would be so grateful if you would consider rating and reviewing my podcast and hitting 'subscribe' on Apple Podcasts or 'follow' on Spotify. 
    CREDITS:
    Host & Producer: Courtney Mangan @courtneymangan @shewasthefireGuest: Belinda Siwka @bel_leelee
    This podcast is part of The Spin Studio network @thespinstudionetwork
    Technical Producer: Sammi Brew @sammibrew_

    • 1 hr 13 min
    #313 How to Get Through Hard Times ft. @relatable.therapist

    #313 How to Get Through Hard Times ft. @relatable.therapist

    Hello Sunshine, in today's episode I brought in the big guns and I speak with Clinical Psychotherapist Monique Harding about how to work through hard times. We discuss understanding & processing emotions, the concept of good or bad emotions, trauma, comparative suffering, journalling and tools to help you get through a difficult stage in your life.
    🎙️Breakdown of EP #313

    How Monique and I met
    Monique tells us about herself
    How to understand your emotions
    How your emotions can manifest physically 
    The concept of 'good' & 'bad' emotions 
    What is trauma? 
    How can you tell if you are avoiding your emotions? 
    When is distraction healthy and when is it toxic? 
    Tips for journalling 
    Why is it important to feel our emotions rather than suppress
    Creating a safe space for kids to express their emotions 
    Comparative suffering
    Tools to shift your mindset when you are going through a difficult time
    Releasing emotions physically 
    Self-doubt 
    Tips to minimise anxiety
    How to control obsessive thoughts around things you can't control?

    🎶 Fire Starter of the Week | Murder on the Dancefloor by Sophie Ellis-Bextor🎶 Guest's Fire Starter | Heat Waves by Glass Animals🔥 Thought of the Week | “Feelings or emotions are the universal language and are to be honored. They are the authentic expression of who you are at your deepest place.” Judith Wright
     
    RESOURCES: Purchase my stationery Join my closed Facebook group🎶 Time Blocking Playlist 🎶 Fire Starter Playlist
    If you would like to show your support for she was the fire. I would be so grateful if you would consider rating and reviewing my podcast and hitting 'subscribe' on Apple Podcasts or 'follow' on Spotify. 
    CREDITS:
    Host & Producer: Courtney Mangan @courtneymangan @shewasthefireGuest: Monique Harding @relatable.therapist
    This podcast is part of The Spin Studio network @thespinstudionetwork
    Technical Producer: Sammi Brew @sammibrew_

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #312 Entertainment Recommendations | The Court Report: September

    #312 Entertainment Recommendations | The Court Report: September

    Hello Sunshine, it's that time of the month again! Get ready for the September 'Court Report' where I share everything I am loving from the past month, including movies, tv shows & podcasts. Did you know I have my own stationery collection? Click here to purchase
    🎙️Breakdown of EP #312
    Recommendations: The Verdict is in: 
    - 9 Perfect Strangers- Clickbait - He's All That
    Watch - Only Murders in the Building - Ted Lasso - Sex Education - The Chair
    Listen - Sentimental Garbage - Something Was Wrong - Everybody Knows
    Be Our Guest- Guest recommendations from Revie Jane & Sophie Guidolin 
    🎶 Fire Starter of the Week | Lady Marmalade
    🔥 Thought of the Week | “Taking on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse, isn’t it? If you’re comfortable while you’re doing it, you’re probably doing it wrong.” - Ted Lasso 
    FREE RESOURCES:Subscribe to my newsletter courtneymangan.com.auJoin the closed Facebook group🎶 Time Blocking Playlist🎶 Fire Starter Playlist
    If you would like to show your support for she was the fire. I would be so grateful if you would consider rating and reviewing my podcast and hitting 'subscribe' on Apple Podcasts or 'follow' on Spotify.
    CREDITS:Host & Producer: Courtney Mangan @courtneymangan @shewasthefireThis podcast is part of The Spin Studio network @thespinstudionetworkTechnical Producer: Sammi Brew @sammibrew_

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

ET2626 ,

Challenging, enjoyable and fun

I absolutely love listening to this podcast. Courtney unashamedly speaks to challenging subjects like cancer and chronic illness but she does so in such a pragmatic and kind way. I enjoy the guest episodes but I actually prefer listening to Courtney speaking about her life. I particularly love the ‘Court Report’. I highly recommend this podcast as it’s fun but also extremely challenging and highlights important messages at the same time. Easy 5 stars.

El A93 ,

Raw and real

Love this podcast. It is very personal and raw and I love that no topics are of limits. There is a episode for everyone here.

Emm Engelman x ,

Excellent

Love Courtney’s honestly.
So easy to listen to
Entertaining
Love . Love . Love

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