31 episodes

The Very Brave Podcast is the podcast for women who are looking to find their brave and take more bold steps in life. We'll be chatting with women from all walks of life about redefining bravery away from just physical and heroic battlefield acts. We're being more inclusive of emotional, moral, and spiritual bravery.If you're ready to be inspired by stories of feminine bravery from across the globe, and you know it's time to make your next bold move, then let's get started!

The Very Brave Podcast Rachael Evans

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The Very Brave Podcast is the podcast for women who are looking to find their brave and take more bold steps in life. We'll be chatting with women from all walks of life about redefining bravery away from just physical and heroic battlefield acts. We're being more inclusive of emotional, moral, and spiritual bravery.If you're ready to be inspired by stories of feminine bravery from across the globe, and you know it's time to make your next bold move, then let's get started!

    The Brave Voice with Angela Vithoulkas

    The Brave Voice with Angela Vithoulkas

    When we speak about bravery, we often correlate it to standing our ground and doing what we need to do for ourselves. While this is a valuable component of bravery in many situations, we often forget that another huge part of being brave is speaking up and standing your ground for the sake of others rather than yourself.

    Angela Vithoulkas is a first-generation Australian making big waves in business and politics with a unique viewpoint. Angela’s mother arrived in Australia at the young age of 15 years old with not so much as language on her side, yet she managed to build a successful business while raising her children. Angela and her brother ultimately followed in their parents’ footsteps and collaborated to build multiple businesses in the hospitality industry. 

    Anglea went a step further to start a business in radio and television as well as jumping into the political scene head first where she is using her voice to speak on the injustices that she sees. The bravery to go for whatever she wants without the thought of barriers is inspiring and has provided her with the opportunity to achieve so much more than she thought she was capable of.

    Much like any other type of bravery, we often don’t realize that it’s happening in the moment and it’s only something that we understand as bravery when looking back. Angela speaks to these moments of realizing that she was brave when she looks back at something and considers it to be one of the hardest things she’s ever done. But it’s the hard things and the scary things that teach you the biggest and most valuable lessons in life. 

    Tune in to hear more about Angela’s story and how she’s making big brave moves on the business and political scene in Sydney! Everyone needs this dose of inspiration and I know you’ll love it.

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    • 41 min
    The Brave Voice with Natasha Stott Despoja

    The Brave Voice with Natasha Stott Despoja

    A huge component of being brave as a woman is using one of the most powerful tools that we have - our voices. For so long, the voices and opinions of women have been hushed and marginalized. The more we choose to speak out against injustices, the louder we become and the more we are heard. 

    I spoke with Natasha Stott Despoja on The Very Brave Podcast this week and, if anyone knows what it’s like to speak up about injustice, it’s her. Natasha was the youngest woman to ever sit in federal parliament at the age of 26. She has held roles as a politician, senator, and political party leader.

    She spends her time now as a diplomat, ambassador, and a nonexecutive director of multiple non for profit causes as well as a member of the UN Treaty Body Committee on elimination of the discrimination against women.

    Natasha and I speak about what it means to be brave enough to speak out against the injustices we see, even if it’s not popular or the consequences may be unfavorable. By being the voice of women everywhere who may not have a voice for themselves, we can light the way for others to speak up and unify our voices to be heard. Together, we can make a better life for the women who come after us. 

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    • 26 min
    Tall Poppy Syndrome - Brave Rave with Rach

    Tall Poppy Syndrome - Brave Rave with Rach

    We talk a lot about imposter syndrome and how it can be difficult to overcome the voice inside your head that tells you that you either can’t accomplish something or that the things you have achieved aren’t significant. 

    One of the reasons that Imposter Syndrome may be so deeply ingrained in our psyche may be due to the more widespread issue of Tall Poppy Syndrome. 

    Tall Poppy Syndrome really gets under my skin because it shows a complete lack of empathy and understanding for others when we immediately turn to envy or jealousy as opposed to applause and celebration. This type of thinking not only causes women to make themselves smaller in the face of their successes, but it causes them to doubt that their success is even valid, to begin with.

    You can’t compete with me if I want you to win too. There is room for all women to stand up and succeed and there is no reason why we can’t cheer each other on as opposed to tearing each other down.

    By coming together and being brave enough to unify and support each other, we can set the tone for generations of women who come after us to continue to encourage one another. 

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    • 11 min
    Brave Intuition with Lisa Winston

    Brave Intuition with Lisa Winston

    Casting the opinions of others aside in the face of making brave decisions is something that we often speak about on The Very Brave Podcast. However, there is a different type of bravery that is required to quiet the voice in our heads so that we can listen to the voice that’s in our hearts. 

    I spoke with Lisa Winston this week about the bravery of following your gut and listening to your intuition even when it may not make sense. Lisa is setting the stage for women everywhere to embrace their bravery and lean into their life’s true purpose. As a former vocalist, TV host, speaker, author, and mother, she is bravely encouraging others to listen to their intuition and follow their hearts to achieve the purpose they were meant for.

    Having survived terrible trauma in many forms over the years, she became more aware of her intuition and embraced the bravery to make the decisions that were right for her. By honoring her feelings and staying true to herself, she has been able to really tune in to her life’s true purpose.

    Listen into this week’s episode as we discuss the bravery it takes to listen to the voice inside above all others. When we are in tune with ourselves and the energy that guides us, there’s nothing that we can’t do! 

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    • 19 min
    Those Two Brave Girls with Sarah Wills & Lise Carlaw

    Those Two Brave Girls with Sarah Wills & Lise Carlaw

    Starting a business takes a fair amount of bravery, but it takes a special type of bravery to jump headfirst into business with your best friend. I had the opportunity to speak with Lise and Sarah of Those Two Girls this week and we got down to what it really takes to make brave moves in our careers as women in our middle years.

    There is the unfair misconception that women in their 40s are meant to slow down and close up shop when it’s actually quite the opposite. We should embrace this decade and continue to thrive and achieve our dreams and goals.

    One of the biggest factors in being happy with your decisions is shedding the weight of other people’s views and opinions. To achieve great things and go places you’d never thought you would go, the voice you need to listen to is the one in your heart and also the one of your very best friend.

    Lise and Sarah speak about the many resources they’ve made available to women in their 40s about what to expect in this next season of life and how to navigate it with grace and ease. By sharing the connection they have as best friends with the world in the form of podcasts and books, they have opened the door for other women entering their 40s to feel more in tune with themselves and how they can continue to burn brightly for decades to come. 

    This episode is dripping with life-changing advice and you won’t want to miss it. Tune in now to hear how you can flourish after 40!

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    • 28 min
    Advocating Bravely for Women’s Rights with Wendy McCarthy

    Advocating Bravely for Women’s Rights with Wendy McCarthy

    Moral bravery is one of the topics that we speak about most frequently on The Very Brave Podcast. Many of my interviews involve someone who saw something that requires speaking up about in order to change the lives of others. While it may not be the traditional definition of bravery as many understand it, it is bravery nonetheless.This week, I spoke with Wendy McCarthy who is one of the trailblazers in Australia for standing firm for women’s rights and the social injustices that we face as women. As a mother, teacher, and author, Wendy has used her voice to speak boldly against the abortion laws that women face, and, thanks to her advocacy, the whole of Australia recognizes abortion as a health issue as opposed to a criminal offense. Wendy and I speak about her life and her experiences and what it means to speak up about the injustices that we see in our lives, even if they may not apply directly to you at that moment. By walking a path to change the horrible experiences we have faced for the women that come after us, we can begin to shake the pillars of our culture and bring about a new age. 

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    • 39 min

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Lane Kat ,

uplifting… inspiring… BRAVE!

Can bravery be quiet, calm and feminine? Rachael Evans brings together some amazing female voices - and they have big, brave stories to tell! Listening to the many stories of female bravery, told by women, is absolutely inspiring and definately worth a listen.

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