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We're a podcast for women looking for style, substance, and solidarity. We celebrate the paradox of modern motherhood; the struggle and the beauty, the joy and the relentlessness. We’re known for our refreshingly honest and insightful conversations with parents, from celebrities to the extraordinary, ordinary women and men raising the next generation. The Grace Tales covers everything from the big questions (‘how to raise good humans’) to the very little ones (‘are cardigans cool again?’)

Our host is former Australian VOGUE deputy editor Georgie Abay. Back in 2013, pregnant with her first child, Georgie no longer felt quite at home in the glossy magazine world, but nor did she see herself reflected in the sea of mummy blogs and online forums. Thus, The Grace Tales was born – a content-first platform covering profiles, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, interiors and food.

The Grace Tales Georgie Abay

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 134 Ratings

We're a podcast for women looking for style, substance, and solidarity. We celebrate the paradox of modern motherhood; the struggle and the beauty, the joy and the relentlessness. We’re known for our refreshingly honest and insightful conversations with parents, from celebrities to the extraordinary, ordinary women and men raising the next generation. The Grace Tales covers everything from the big questions (‘how to raise good humans’) to the very little ones (‘are cardigans cool again?’)

Our host is former Australian VOGUE deputy editor Georgie Abay. Back in 2013, pregnant with her first child, Georgie no longer felt quite at home in the glossy magazine world, but nor did she see herself reflected in the sea of mummy blogs and online forums. Thus, The Grace Tales was born – a content-first platform covering profiles, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, interiors and food.

    Jacinta Tynan | Embracing Single Parenthood

    Jacinta Tynan | Embracing Single Parenthood

    On The Grace Tales, we explore the ups and downs of motherhood – sleepless nights, toddler tantrums, teenage angst, but what happens when you’re raising kids alone? When you’re the only adult in the house. As a child of divorced parents, I’ve seen it from the perspective of a child. But what’s it like from the mother’s perspective?

    Today’s guest is Journalist Jacinta Tynan, who has just published her new book ‘The Single Mother's Social Club - Inspiration and advice on embracing single parenthood’. As the mother of two young boys, she explores what life really looks like as a single mother – and why it has been the making of her.  

    Jacinta talks about how, yes, it can be lonely and overwhelming. But it can also be liberating - not just adapting to your new normal, but wholeheartedly embracing it.

    In her book, she interviews experts and single mothers, who share the best advice for thriving when you're the only adult in the home, along with her own experiences of making it as a single mum. 

    In her own words: “You can look back and lament. Or you can join the club.” 

     

    Purchase: ‘The Single Mother's Social Club - Inspiration and advice on embracing single parenthood’

    Follow: @jacintatynan 

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    • 40 min
    Clem Bastrow | Diagnosed As Autistic at 36

    Clem Bastrow | Diagnosed As Autistic at 36

    Read Clem Bastow’s new non-fiction book Late Bloomer and it will change the way you think about autism. 

    Clem grew up feeling like she’d missed a key memo on human behaviour. She found the unspoken rules of social engagement confusing, arbitrary and often stressful. Friendships were hard, relationships harder, and the office was a fluorescent-lit nightmare of anxiety. It wasn’t until Clem was diagnosed as autistic, at age 36, that things clicked into focus. 

    The obsession with sparkly things and dinosaurs. The encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music. The meltdowns that would come on like a hurricane. The ability to write eloquently while conquering basic maths was like trying to understand ancient Greek. These weren’t just ‘personality quirks’ but autistic traits that shaped Clem’s life in powerful ways. 

    With wit and warmth, Clem reflects as an autistic adult on her formative experiences as an undiagnosed young person, from the asphalt playground of St Joseph's Primary School in Melbourne to working as an entertainment journalist in Hollywood. Along the way she challenges the broader cultural implications and ideas around autism, especially for women and gender-diverse people. Deconstructing the misconceptions and celebrating the realities of autistic experience, Late Bloomer is as heartbreaking as it is hilarious, and will stay with you long after the reading. 

    Purchase Late Bloomer here 

    Visit www.clembastow.com  

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    • 42 min
    Courtney Adamo | Raising Teens & Navigating Criticism

    Courtney Adamo | Raising Teens & Navigating Criticism

    I’m so excited to introduce you to today’s guest, who I first interviewed for the grace tales over 5 years ago when she was travelling around Australia on holidays. It was on that trip that she decided Byron Bay was where she wanted to call home and not long after, she began the process of making the move to Australia a permanent one.  

    If you’re one of Courtney Adamo’s 276K followers on Instagram, you’ll know she became a “parenting influencer” long before anyone had even heard of the term. The American mother of five moved from London to Australia’s Byron Bay after an 18-month stint spent travelling the world with her children and husband Michael. Given she’s the mother to five children ranging from toddler to teen, it’s no wonder she’s built a hugely successful career on doing what’s most important to her: being a mother. 

    In this episode, we’re going to talk about her career journey from launching babyccino to most recently, launching a series of e-courses called In The Loop. Registrations are now open for Courtney’s most recent course on tweens and teens which starts on August 2. The link to sign up is in the show notes. We’re also going to look at navigating criticism, the harder parts of motherhood and what keeps her grounded.  

    I also wanted to invite you to a live AllBright event we’re doing with Courtney on Wednesday 28th July. You’re all invited, so sign up for free via the link in our show notes.  

    Sign up for Courtney’s new In The Loop course on Tweens & Teens here:  

    https://intheloop.courtneyadamo.com/ 

    RSVP for our free AllBright event with Courtney Adamo on Wednesday July 23rd at 8pm AEST here 

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    • 46 min
    Dr. Yumiko Kadota | Being An Emotional Female & Overcoming Burnout

    Dr. Yumiko Kadota | Being An Emotional Female & Overcoming Burnout

    Yumiko Kadota was every Asian parent's dream: model student, top of her class in medical school and on track to becoming a surgeon. A self-confessed workaholic, she regularly put ‘knife before life’, knowing it was all going to be worth it because it would lead to her longed-for career.  

    But if the punishing hours in surgery weren’t hard enough, she also faced challenges as a young female surgeon navigating a male-dominated specialty. She was regularly left to carry out complex procedures without senior surgeons’ oversight; she was called all sorts of things, from ‘emotional’ to ‘too confident’; and she was expected to work a relentless on-call roster – sometimes seventy hours a week or more – to prove herself. 

    Eventually it was too much, and Yumiko quit. 

    In her new book ‘Emotional Female’ Yumiko Kadota refers to herself as a recovering doctor. In today’s fascinating and eye-opening conversation, you’ll hear why. She’s also reclaiming the term emotional – and turning it from a negative to a positive. You’ll hear why she believes that: “Being emotional makes us human, and I’m certain that it made me a better doctor to my patients. Keep being emotional, it’s a beautiful thing.”  

    Yumiko’s new book is an honest account of the toxic culture of bullying and overwork that junior doctors can experience in the workplace as part of their training. 

    Emotional Female is her account of what it was like to train in the Australian public hospital system, and what made her walk away. 

    Buy Emotional Female here  

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    • 52 min
    Justine Cullen | Magazines, Motherhood & Not Having It All

    Justine Cullen | Magazines, Motherhood & Not Having It All

    As someone who spent most of her career in fashion magazines, I loved interviewing today’s guest not only because she’s someone I admire but because she’s always kept it real and honest. Today you’ll meet the former editor of Australian ELLE magazine Justine Cullen who has just published her first book, Semi-Gloss, which through a collection of essays, takes us on a hilariously candid exploration of her life so far - and all the mistakes she's made along the way. It’s a reminder that no matter what our lives look like on Instagram, every single one of us makes mistake.  

    Her new book Semi-Gloss is an intimate, sharp and witty look at growing up and growing older from the kind of woman who seems like she has it all together - the glamorous job, the perfect family, the killer wardrobe. But, chipping away at that shiny, sparkly surface, Justine reveals the beautiful mess that lies beneath. 

    As always, we talk about Justine’s incredible career, and how she’s done it while raising 4 boys. We talk about the big topics – from marriage to miscarriage and also get a glimpse into justine’s former life as a WAG, a beauty editor and more. 

    Let’s meet Justine.   

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    • 45 min
    Willow Crossley | The Renowned Florist Artist On Finding Passion & Purpose

    Willow Crossley | The Renowned Florist Artist On Finding Passion & Purpose

    If you love flowers, you’ll adore the joyful Willow Crossley. You’ll also love the way she talks about passion, purpose and happiness.

    I first had the pleasure of interviewing the British floral artist and author over a year ago (you can see the story photographed by Helene Sandberg here). I’d followed her on Instagram and as a creative, fell in love with her wild and free floral extravaganzas. In her own words, her unique signature style encompasses “a riot of colour, pattern and texture”.

    Willow grew up in the countryside in rural Wales, where she was drawn to nature. She dreamt of being a fashion designer and would spend hours dreaming up outfits. Willow went on to become a fashion journalist, before moving into floristry.

    She’s since written four books, works on commissions for the royal family and some of the world’s biggest brands such as Mulberry, Jo Malone and Liz Earle.

    Willow is a mother to three boys, and talks honestly about motherhood – from the isolation of the early days to what it’s like raising young men.

    I’m so thrilled that The Grace Tales Editor-At-Large Emily Armstrong who is based in the Cotswolds with Willow, is interviewing Willow for this podcast today.

    Emily and I have worked together for a long time, and she’s also one of my dearest friends – and favourite interviewers.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

AppMumMelb ,

Love

Love this podcast - what a find! Intelligent, empathetic and insightful 💕

tulipsandrainbows ,

Willow Crossley interview

Was really looking forward to this interview as I love Willow, but was frustrated by how much the interviewer spoke. Overall I enjoy this podcast due to the people who feature on it. The quality of the audio is often not great/of a professional standard, which leads me to switch off.

Sarah_🌈✨ ,

Insightful and Authentic

I throughly enjoy the variety of topics and guests on the podcast. Georgie’s interview questions are fantastic. I feel inspired every time I listen to an episode.

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