Ever struggle to just enjoy the process of life, instead of always having your next step planned or figured out? The Process podcast shares weekly inspiration and resources to support you through the process of life. Danielle shares solo episodes, guest interviews and guided rituals, aimed to support you through all of life's ups and downs, and to help you enjoy and trust "the process". From personal stories to guided meditations, you'll find endless inspiration for feeling good and living more fully, consciously and authentically.
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#30 - Why Everything is Better Simplified, and Authentic Entrepreneurship with Ning Li of Typology Paris
In this guest episode, I sit down with Ning Li, digital entrepreneur and founder of one of my favourite natural skincare brands, Typology Paris.
Ning talks us through his entrepreneurial journey, starting up several brands from scratch and how the process has been different with a slightly more meaningful and sustainable one. We talk about the importance of having a passion for something you set out to start, in personal life and career, and how if you really enjoy and are engaged in something, you will struggle to fail.
We talk about his approach to skincare, and his mission with Typology to simplify it more than ever. We discuss the build up confusion, the empty promises and the vagueness and lack of transparency in many mainstream brands these days, and how stripping it back to less ingredients, more authentic 'promises' and more natural foundations is key for the success not only of a business but of the functionality of products themselves.
We talk about how using simpler products is more empowering for the consumer, and how natural ingredients (provided freely by plants and botanicals) provide much more for the skin but also don't draw on the Earth's resources in such a detrimental way, either. We talk about what ingredients we should be avoiding, and how using natural components instead of trusting in chemical conglomerates is better for ourselves, as well as the planet.
We also talk about Ning's approach to life too, and successful entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs and CEOs are often painted as stressful, burnt-out individuals, but Ning shares his rituals for simplifying life in general, as well as simple rituals he does daily in order to manage the load a little more efficiently, and more enjoyably.
Typology Serums: https://rstyle.me/+rctFZmPEXj70qq0sNqjXrg
Typology Tinted: https://rstyle.me/+X6J33o_d4hTyvr77bhJjfQ
Typology Periodic Serums: https://rstyle.me/+WX2isSudO4ZX1PHO40Y9ZQ
Originals book, by W H Allen: https://amzn.to/3j3yKz1
#29 Mindful Movement, Practicing Awareness and Prioritising Joy with Max and Tom of District Vision
In this guest episode I'm joined with Max Vallot and Tom Daly, co-founders of District Vision. District Vision is an activewear brand specialising in responsibly-made apparel and accessories, and hosting community events and retreats to help athletes (and aspiring ones) to develop a more mindful approach to movement and activity. Alongside these events, they offer mindfulness tools (in the form of online and in-person classes) that can help not only deepen ones daily movement practices and bring a new dimension to ones experiences, but also to enhance them.
Max and Tom have a really refreshing approach to moving and working out, and their mission is to offer inspiration, tools and functional apparel to help people to get more out of their movement. For them, it's not about inflicting constant pressure on yourself to reach goals or beat records, unless that's what brings you joy. Instead, they want to encourage a more sustainable approach and thinking towards moving the body, and one that just so happens to benefit the mind too.
In this episode we talk about how the missing piece in most people's routines is joy, and how working out or being active is something we often do for a reason, and not necessarily the right one. We want the most challenging workouts in order to feel we've achieved something, and we want accountability and quantifiable evidence that we're doing well and always getting better. Of course, that's part of it, but it's not the only part.
We talk about the importance of being more present and having treated awareness, and how this can supplement and support us in progressing, both in fitness and in day-to-day life. We talk about prioritising joy, and not adding to our stresses by making something like exercising as demanding and draining as another job.
We talk a bit about start up life, and the journey of paving a new and slightly different path built on foundations of passion and meaning. We talk about the beauty in sometimes just letting things unfold naturally, and not always limiting our potential with goals and grand plans.
We talk about mindfulness and mediation, and how different this can look from one person to the next. We talk about the importance of stillness and also not creating rigid routines but learning more to go with the flow of life's inevitable ebbs and flows. We talk about some of their favourite alternative therapies and methodologies, and we also talk about the importance of integrating the things we learn, fully, rather than doing them as part of a checklist and not really absorbing them into part of our life or part of our journey.
The Ten Keys to Reality book: https://amzn.to/36vha1d
#28 - Navigating Natural Beauty with Kerry Moore of Amly Botanicals
This week I am joined by Kerry Moore, co-founder of one of my favourite natural skincare brands, Amly Botanicals.
In this episode we discuss the start up journey and what exactly Kerry and her business partner are doing so differently, and so well. We discuss common side affects of mainstream, commercial skincare, and look at ingredients we absolutely should be avoiding, as well as those we should start learning more about.
We discuss beauty on a holistic level, exploring how healthy, balanced skin is determined by so much more than just the products you use topically. It is also dictated by the way we eat, sleep, breathe, bathe and feel mentally and emotionally, too. We demystify common myths and trends in the mainstream beauty market, as well as why we need to recondition ourselves to stop searching for a "miracle cream" to fix all of our problems, and instead take responsibility to develop a long term, preventative and healing routine with more natural products we've taken time to educate ourselves about.
We also talk about the ritual of beauty, and taking time over daily practices, as well as the power of involving all the senses - which you'll experience more than ever, the more you incorporate natural products and pure ingredients into your regime.
Use code Listen20 for 20% off all Amly products at www.amlybotanicals.com.
#27 - Everything You Need to Know About Breathwork with James Dowler
In this episode, I'm speaking with James Dowler, breath work expert and founder of Breathe with James.
James first discovered breath work as an alternative and complimentary therapy after gaining interest in meditation at the suggestion of his doctor. Struggling with chronic fatigue and minor physical injuries and ailments, James began discovering that physical issues were not just physical, and that, in fact, more often than not, it's mental unrest and imbalances that cause physical discomfort. He began to discover more about the mind-body connection and how crucial managing our mental and emotional health is in keeping us fit and well, physically.
In this episode we talk about James's personal journey and how breath work has helped him, and we delve deep into the scientific stuff, looking at how breath work works, how oxygen intake is crucial for our mental, physical and cellular health, and how practising breath work can reduce and soothe many side effects of modern life. We talk about how to notice when we're perhaps not breathing as we should be, and why, and we discuss simple solutions to many everyday issues and annoyances that can be harnessed and managed by none other than our own breath.
We also talk about intuition, how to notice tests in life that keep us in our comfort zone, and how to move past them into an even better unknown. And we discuss briefly, nature and light therapy as other free and natural forms of healing that we often disregard. We talk about how the simplest yet most powerful rituals and tools are often overlooked, and how and why we overcomplicate things, especially when it comes to our wellbeing. And, thankfully, we discuss several other tools and methods that we can use easily, and everyday, to bring more balance to our lives and to reduce anxiety, stress and fatigue, and enhance our experiences here, altogether.
#26 - The Power of Nature and Why Our Minds Need the Wild, with Lucy Jones, Author of Losing Eden
I'm so excited to share this episode with you as it's on a topic I feel constantly fascinated by and keen to learn more about. Lucy Jones is the author of Losing Eden; Why Our Minds Need the Wild - one of my new favourite books. In the book, Lucy explores how disconnected we have become with nature and how our modern lifestyles have lead to less and less of us experiencing regular contact with the natural world in some way. She shares studies and stories about what we're missing out on, and just how exactly nature could be the answer to a lot of side effects to our modern lifestyles. She explores correlations between nature and our mental health and depression, as well as the physical impacts we might experience due to lack of nature in our day to day lives.
In this episode we also talk about how the lack of nature in our modern lives also sadly means more of nature is destroyed in order to accommodate our lifestyles. But you'll be pleased to know we also discuss solutions, and explore ways in which we can easily reintroduce nature into big cities and ensure we come into contact with it on a regular basis, almost effortlessly. We talk about how we can begin to redesign cities in order to co-exist with nature and incorporate it into our habitats, instead of destroying in to construct in places it usually thrives. We also talk about how we can enjoy the benefits of nature now, even living in cities or confined spaces, looking at urban gardens, household plants, nature sounds, art, scents and more.
#25 Imposter Syndrome and the Benefits of Simplifying Life with Megan Williams
In this episode I’m speaking with my good friend Megan Williams; model and founder of Hunu. Megan and I met over a decade ago when we were both beginning our modeling careers in London. More recently Megan has been living in New York and it's there that she began to learn first hand about the affects of our modern lifestyles on the environment. This ultimately led her to launch a start-up, HUNU, with her partner, Vince.
In this episode we talk about Megan's earlier career and what inspired her to use her platform for good. We talk about her transition into entrepreneurship, complete with imposter syndrome and low self-esteem, and how it ultimately helped her to overcome perfectionism and the need to always succeed; or seem to be doing so. We talk about expectations and how being more vulnerable makes space for more learning and growth, and we talk about the importance of always being prepared to learn and able to improvise on the go.
We talk about HUNU and their mission to encourage people to live more sustainably whilst still leading modern lives, and their commitment to equip people with useful, everyday items to reduce single-use waste. We also talk about Megan's personal life with her partner who recently finished building a property in rural upstate New York. The property is self-sustaining and made from natural materials, free from wifi or any signal at all, and complete with compost toilets. We talk about how she has adjusted to a simplified way of living, and how going off grid on a regular basis has been key for her to find balance, remain present, and live more consciously amidst the fast paced lifestyle that comes with the job. We talk about how to stay connected whilst disconnecting, and how to find a sustainable balance between the two.