27 episodes

Good Intentions connects with experts and storytellers around social impact, psychology, mindfulness, personal growth, and health. Each conversation unpacks the beliefs and rituals that drive and ground each guest. You will hear about achievements that go beyond the conventional and tangible to a deeper level, finding the meaning and intention behind what we do.We believe that there is a deep longing in our culture and society for something more: something higher, something deeper. Material possessions and technology do not satisfy our souls. As human beings we long for connection. We are on a mission to spread positivity, drive connectivity and to inspire others to live a more meaningful life.

The Good Intentions Podcast Kelly Harvarde

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Good Intentions connects with experts and storytellers around social impact, psychology, mindfulness, personal growth, and health. Each conversation unpacks the beliefs and rituals that drive and ground each guest. You will hear about achievements that go beyond the conventional and tangible to a deeper level, finding the meaning and intention behind what we do.We believe that there is a deep longing in our culture and society for something more: something higher, something deeper. Material possessions and technology do not satisfy our souls. As human beings we long for connection. We are on a mission to spread positivity, drive connectivity and to inspire others to live a more meaningful life.

    Ep 28 - Silencing the Inner Critic - Aliya Rajah

    Ep 28 - Silencing the Inner Critic - Aliya Rajah

    On this episode, I had a super conversation with Aliya Raja.

    Aliya is a personal and professional development coach, a corporate trainer, a podcast host an entrepreneur and founder of Coaching with Aliya.

    She helps people develop the range of skills they need to maximize their potential, which obviously I couldn't wait to hear more about.

    We talked about changing our lifestyle and our habits, how organizations need to change and evolve post COVID at the confidence gap between men and women. Fascinating stuff.

    Aliya says: "Have big goals, have wonderful relationships, have huge amounts of success in your life. But unless you're also dedicating yourself to knowing who you are, knowing what you want and nurturing the relationship you have with yourself, you will end up feeling empty and disconnected, no matter how many boxes you tick that look impressive to other people."

    She gave lots of practical tips about how to stay connected to what's important to you, how to succeed at work and at home, and she gave me lots of food for thought about how we classify success in our lives. I hope you enjoy the conversation.

    Follow me, and the Good Intentions podcast:

    https://www.instagram.com/kellyharvarde/

    https://www.instagram.com/goodintentionsuae/
    Find Aliya here:

    https://www.instagram.com/coach_aliya/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/aliya-rajah-0b72ba8a/

    Immerse yourself in some of the books we discussed: 

    Adam Poswolsky - The Quarter Life breakthrough
    https://magrudy.com/book/the-quarter-life-breakthrough-invent-your-own-path-find-meaningful-work-and-build-a-life-that-matters-9780143109525/

    Susan Jeffers - Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

    https://magrudy.com/book/feel-the-fear-and-do-it-anyway-the-phenomenal-classic-that-has-changed-the-lives-of-millions-9780091907075/

    Carrie Green - She means Business

    https://magrudy.com/book/she-means-business-turn-your-ideas-into-reality-and-become-a-wildly-successful-entrepreneur-9781401953164/

    https://www.instagram.com/iamcarriegreen

    • 52 min
    Ep 27 - The Journey Through Grief and Finding Hope - Sasha Bates

    Ep 27 - The Journey Through Grief and Finding Hope - Sasha Bates

    My guest this episode is Sasha Bates: psychotherapist, journalist and former BBC and Channel Four producer. Sasha’s husband, the actor and playwright Bill Cashmore, died unexpectedly at the age of 56. 
    When Bill died, Sasha turned to writing and the resulting book, called Languages of Loss, is a moving, powerful and informative narrative account of how grief works, how it feels and how it can be managed; a searingly honest account of losing a loved one, and a practical guide to help anyone who is grieving. 
    In this beautiful conversation, Sasha talked to me about the death of her husband Bill and how her best selling book The Languages of Loss, is a conversation between her therapist self and her grieving self in an attempt to express and make sense of the inexpressible and incomprehensible. 
    We talked about the five stages of grief and how they are not necessarily helpful, why we are so bad at talking about death as a society and how we can best support someone who has lost a loved one. We also talked about guilt- how feeling happy doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten a loved one, yet it is an inevitable part of the grief process.
    Sasha is warm and wise and open about her experiences and has so much practical advice about how to attempt to navigate grief, and why it will never be the same experience for two people. 
    Our conversation is a powerful insight into what it is to lose someone you love, and is also filled with hope and healing. Sasha says: “Fear is at the root of our inability to talk about death, we are absolutely terrified of speaking about it.” 
    I really hope that my having more conversations like this, we can bring grief out of the darkness and into the light, where it can heal.
    I hope you enjoy this episode.

    Follow me, and the Good Intentions podcast:

    https://www.instagram.com/kellyharvarde/

    https://www.instagram.com/goodintentionsuae/
    Find Sasha here:

    https://www.instagram.com/sashbates/

    https://sashabates.co.uk

    Immerse yourself in some of the books we discussed: 

    Sasha Bates - Languages of Loss
    https://magrudy.com/book/languages-of-loss-a-psychotherapists-journey-through-grief-9781529312690/

    Sasha Bates -  A Grief Companion

    https://www.amazon.com/Grief-Companion-Practical-darkness-Languages-ebook/dp/B0967R92G4

    Nelson Mandela - The Long Walk to Freedom

    https://magrudy.com/book/a-long-walk-to-freedom-the-autobiography-of-nelson-mandela-9780349106533/

    Ndaba Mandela - Going to the Mountain - 11 Life Lessons from Nelson Mandela

    https://www.amazon.ae/Going-Mountain-Lessons-Grandfather-Mandela/dp/1786090570/

    The Dalai Lama - Cultivating Happiness

    https://magrudy.com/book/cultiving-happiness-9781607967170/

    • 48 min
    Ep 26 - The Sober Revolution - Erika Doyle

    Ep 26 - The Sober Revolution - Erika Doyle

    On this episode we speak about a topic very dear to my heart - the zero alcohol revolution. I stopped drinking alcohol in 2017, and it was a truly life changing and momentous decision. I’m always passionate to talk about how embracing a sober lifestyle can impact positively on your world, and the world around you.
    So you can imagine how excited I was to speak to Erika Doyle, zero alcohol champion here in the UAE. Erika is proud to be the driving force behind the UAE’s first and only premium non-alcoholic drinks marketplace, Drink Dry. 
    Erika’s Drink Dry journey began in 2015 when she decided to give up alcohol to start a family. She moved to the UAE just a few years later and found there was a gap in the market for non-alcoholic drinks in the region and the Drink Dry store was born. 
    The one stop shop caters to those wanting to either reduce or eliminate their alcohol intake and indulge in a variety of premium non-alcoholic hops and grapes, spirits and cocktails. 
    What started as an e-store, is now a firm mainstay in the retail and hospitality sector across the UAE with expansion plans into Kuwait and KSA this year.
    Erika is a busy working mum, juggling three children with a successful business, so I was keen to understand how she manages to stay focused, efficient and resilient. 
    We talked about the positive impact of cutting down or cutting out alcohol, the insidious nature of ‘mummy wine’ culture and how community is crucial when starting an alcohol free journey. 
    We also talked about making a difference in our lives and the world around us and I found Erika’s grounded and compassionate approach very relatable and inspiring. I’m sure you will too - please enjoy our conversation.
    Follow me, and the Good Intentions podcast:

    https://www.instagram.com/kellyharvarde/

    https://www.instagram.com/goodintentionsuae/
    Find Erika and the Drink Dry store here:

    https://drinkdrystore.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/drinkdrystore/

    https://www.instagram.com/erika_drinkdry/

    Immerse yourself in some of the books we discussed: 

    Michelle Obama - Becoming
    https://magrudy.com/author/michelle-obama/

    Michelle Obama - Becoming - For Younger Readers

    https://www.amazon.ae/Becoming-Adapted-Readers-Michelle-Obama/dp/0593303741/

    • 52 min
    Ep 25 - Making Big Life Changes and the Power of Learning - Louise Nichol

    Ep 25 - Making Big Life Changes and the Power of Learning - Louise Nichol

    Louise Nichol fell in love with Dubai when she moved here in 2005. Originally from the UK, you probably know her best as editor of fashion magazines Grazia Middle East and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. 
    Most recently Louise has made a career switch to indoor cycling instructor and can be found leading legendary and much sought after classes at Crank. 
    Her impossibly glamorous life always fascinated me and I couldn’t wait to talk to her about her experiences in the world of publishing, how she balances raising three children with a career and how she manages to stay grounded - especially when surrounded by the glitz and celebrity  of the magazine world. 
    Louise is warm, candid and down to earth and I loved her take on life in Dubai, making big career changes and bold choices whatever age you are and how to find connections and community. Last but not least, I loved our conversations around wellness and taking responsibility for our own health.
    Louise says: It’s humbling, terrifying and life-affirming to start from scratch at the bottom, to go from being the most experienced to the least. The power of learning is truly formidable.
    I learned so much from my conversation with Louise and I know you will too. Please do enjoy it.

    Follow me, and the Good Intentions podcast:

    https://www.instagram.com/kellyharvarde/
    Find Louise Nichol here:

    https://www.instagram.com/louisenichol/

    https://www.louisenichol.com/

    Read more about Heroes of Hope and their great work here:

    https://www.instagram.com/heroes_of_hope_/

    Immerse yourself in some of the books we discussed: 

    JRR Tolkien - Lord of the Rings
    https://magrudy.com/book/the-lord-of-the-rings-9780618645619/

    Justin Cronin - The Passage

    https://magrudy.com/book/the-passage-9780752883304/

    Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice

    https://www.amazon.ae/Assassins-Apprentice-Farseer-Trilogy-Book/dp/000756225X

    • 58 min
    Ep 24 - Mind Hacking Toxic Patterns and Healing Trauma - Hiba Balfaqih

    Ep 24 - Mind Hacking Toxic Patterns and Healing Trauma - Hiba Balfaqih

    I just love it when my incredible guests recommend other incredible guests to be on the show, and that is exactly what happened with this episode. 
    Earlier this year I interviewed the wonderful Shereen Al Qutob - who is a corporate alchemist, no less. 
    She led me to Hiba Balfaqih who has an equally brilliant job title - she’s a Mind Hacker. As one of the world’s top mindset therapists, healers and psychologists, she helps liberate people from deeply held blocks, negative beliefs, and trauma to live their most fulfilled life.
    A trained psychologist who combines traditional practices with those of energy and healing, Hiba quit her corporate job to choose this new life path - as you might imagine she’s full of guts and chutzpah and she had me hooked from the first word.
    We spoke about how the first 7 years of our lives are crucial in setting the shape of the rest of our lives and how we can unpick that programming, how to stay connected to what’s important to us, and how to stay fulfilled if you work in the corporate world.
    A self confessed growth addict, Hiba believes that if you’re not growing, you’re dying, and her energy and wisdom is so uplifting. 
    She believes that we create our reality, and after our conversation, I felt inspired to do go off and do the same.  I hope you do too.

    Follow me, and the Good Intentions podcast:

    https://www.instagram.com/kellyharvarde/
    Find Hiba Balfaqih here:

    https://www.instagram.com/hibabalfaqih/

    https://www.hibabalfaqih.com/

    Immerse yourself in some of the books we discussed: 

    An Extraordinary Mind - Vishen Lakhiani
    https://magrudy.com/book/the-code-of-the-extraordinary-mind-10-unconventional-laws-to-redefine-your-life-and-succeed-on-your-own-terms-9781508224532/

    Dying to be Me - Anita Moorjani
    https://magrudy.com/book/dying-to-be-me-my-journey-from-cancer-to-near-death-to-true-healing-9781848507838/

    Will - Will Smith

    https://www.amazon.ae/Will-Smith

    What Happened to You - Oprah Winfrey

    https://www.amazon.ae/What-Happened-You-Conversations-Resilience/

    Conversations with God - Neale Donald Walsch

    https://www.amazon.com/Conversations-God-Uncommon-Dialogue-Book/dp/0399142789

    • 53 min
    Ep 23 - Why Empathy is Essential in Leadership - Mimi Nicklin

    Ep 23 - Why Empathy is Essential in Leadership - Mimi Nicklin

    Mimi Nicklin is the internationally bestselling author of Softening The Edge - an incredible book about how humanity’s oldest leadership trait - empathy - is changing our world. 

    The data shows that in emotionally intelligent organisations where empathy is high, we see performance, productivity, and creativity go up.
    Mimi believes that empathy – a scientifically validated skillset –has the power to not only change business environments, but to change society for the better. This was music to my ears.
    I can’t think of a better time to talk to Mimi about empathy - burn out is at an all-time high, we are all feeling super jaded after the last year, passion is dropping, and the younger generation is leaving the corporate world quicker than they entered it.
    Mimi believes that we are significantly underestimating the powerful role that increased empathy could have on profits as well as workplaces at large. We had a fascinating discussion about empathy - can it be taught or are we born with it, how we can build empathy within our workplaces, and how can we balance the demands of a corporate job with a desire to lead an empathetic life? 
    I loved what Mimi had to say about empathy, community and connection, and how it can make a real difference to our world and the way we do business. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

    Follow me, and the Good Intentions podcast:

    https://www.instagram.com/kellyharvarde/
    Find Mimi Nicklin here:

    https://www.instagram.com/miminicklin/

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/miminicklin/

    Mimi's wonderful book is here:

    https://www.amazon.ae/Softening-Edge-humanitys-leadership-changing/dp/9948340094

    Immerse yourself in some of the books we discussed: 

    Hit Refresh - Satya Nadella
    https://magrudy.com/book/hit-refresh-9780008247652/

    Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg
    https://magrudy.com/book/lean-in-women-work-and-the-will-to-lead-9780753541647/

    • 46 min

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Sarainsydney ,

Treat yourself, this listen gives you much needed space in our busy world

Thought provoking, insightful and intelligent - an absolute treat • I feel calmer for listening and ready now myself, to set some good intentions 💕 thank you Kelly

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