51 episodes

Unlikely Conversations on Uncomfortable Topics

Wabi Sabi Series Michelle Cox

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 71 Ratings

Unlikely Conversations on Uncomfortable Topics

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS with Michelle Cox

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS with Michelle Cox

    This is an interesting chapter I thought I’d share with you from my book, Death Doesn’t Have to be Morbid - life, death and learning to grieve.
    I’ve always wondered which is the better way to die- fast and furious…or long and loving. Having all the time to say goodbye to a loved one sounds idyllic, but it comes with consequences. Whereas with a quick and unexpected death, often there are things left unsaid. It’s less painful for the one who dies. But far more for the ones left behind.
     
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    Many people find it hard to talk about topics like death and dying but personally I don’t think we talk about them enough. This is a short sharp episode where I’m challenging you to think a little differently about a topic that many people are uncomfortable about.
    If you’d like to read the book “Death doesn’t have to be morbid” in full or you think it would be good for someone you know, you can find it at all online book stores or purchase it here at the Wabisabiseries shop.
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    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    * https://wabisabiseries.com/
    * Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries
    * Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

    • 10 min
    FINDING YOUR GENIUS with Valerie Khoo

    FINDING YOUR GENIUS with Valerie Khoo

    If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?
    “Your genius is what comes naturally to you.”
     
    “I was once driven by the idea that you should strive to learn new skills and improve on the things that haven't come naturally. After some time, I have learnt that although you can do anything, you can't do everything at the same time. Do the things you’re good at."
     

     
    Valerie Khoo is a writer, artist and business owner based in Sydney. She is CEO of the Australian Writers' Centre, the country’s leading centre for writing courses which has helped more than 75,000 students. She’s also owner of Story Art Studios, where she creates original art, sculptures and designs that are licensed all over the world on products such as stationery, wallpaper, fabric, upholstery, art prints and more.
     
    Valerie hosts two weekly podcasts, ‘So you want to be a writer’ and ‘So you want to be a photographer’, is author of several books including ‘Power Stories: The 8 Stories You MUST Tell to Build an Epic Business’ and ‘So you want to be a writer’. She started her career in finance with PwC before transitioning in to publishing and journalism where she was deputy editor of CLEO magazine and a writer for Fairfax for 15 years. She founded the Australian Writers' Centre in 2005.
     
    Valerie is a winner of the Telstra Business Awards and was recently the City of Sydney’s Curator of the Sydney Lunar Festival for 2019 and 2020, a 10-day event featuring artists, galleries, and events all over the city. She is one dynamic lady and I felt so lucky to get to sit down (in person over a cuppa) and have a great chat. Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with the incredibly multi-talented Valerie Khoo.
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    Connect and find out more about Valerie here;-
    For those interested in writing, they have a great newsletter at the Australian Writers’ Centre. You can find it at https://www.writerscentre.com.au/
     
    For those interested in art and creativity, follow Valerie on Instagram: @valeriekhoo

    Website: valeriekhoo.com
    Social handles:

    * Twitter: @valeriekhoo
    * instagram: @valeriekhoo


    Check out her Podcasts:
    So you want to be a writer:- -https://www.writerscentre.com.au/blog/category/podcasts/so-you-want-to-be-a-writer-podcast/
    So you want to be a photographer:-
    https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/so-you-want-to-be-photographer-transform-your-skills/id957592464

    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    * https://wabisabiseries.com/
    * Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries
    * Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast,

    • 26 min
    GRIEVING IS NOT CONTAGIOUS with Michelle Cox

    GRIEVING IS NOT CONTAGIOUS with Michelle Cox

    Today, I’m reading you a chapter from the book, Life Doesn’t have to be morbid - life, death and learning to grieve.
    Death can actually be a source of inspiration. I know that sounds morbid, but stay with me. Think about those secret desires you hold those things you'd love to try but worry you'll be embarrassed about if you failed. I find that thinking about the worst possible scenario helps propel me into action. The worst thing in most cases is literally that your heart stops and you die. So if asking someone on a date, or starting a new business, or writing a book is the thing that terrifies you and excites you at the same time, take a leap of faith and give it a go.
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    Today I’m covering a topic that I am very passionate about and that is death, dying and grieving. Many people find it hard to talk about these topics but personally I don’t think we talk about them enough. This is a short sharp episode where I’m challenging you to think a little differently about a topic that many people are uncomfortable about.
    If you’d like to read the book “Death doesn’t have to be morbid” in full or you think it would be good for someone you know, you can find it at all online book stores or purchase it here at the Wabisabiseries shop.
    ——
    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    * https://wabisabiseries.com/
    * Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries
    * Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

    • 15 min
    THE ART OF LISTENING with Julie Nicholson & Fiona Verity

    THE ART OF LISTENING with Julie Nicholson & Fiona Verity

    If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?
    “We need to listen more!”
    The interview this week is a treat! I’ve managed to coerce Julie & Fiona the formidable duo from the fabulous podcast “Art W**k”, on the other side of the mic. Which was no mean feat, let me tell you! Think ‘Ab Fab for the Artworld’...and you’ll picture what a fun time we had together!


    Fiona Verity and Julie Nicholson are two comical, curious artists that came together to create a podcast featuring those in the art community. They talk about their own creative journey as well as interviewing incredible artists, curators, gallery owners, teachers and all the creatives they can find to guide them and learn more about how and why they do what they do. Cheekily named “Art W**k”, the intent of the podcast is to expose the underbelly of the art world, beyond the polished veneer, and instead focus on the process and practice of contemporary art.
     
    Originally both from the UK, Julie & Fiona have lived in Australia for over 20years and happen to live in my neck of the woods here in Avalon so we luckily go to meet in person. They have both had really interesting careers before meeting through their love of art and starting this project together. They have interviewed over 60 artists, creatives and curators since starting Art W**k over a year ago. Their aim is to inspire others to further their own art journeys. I can say from the many episodes I’ve listened to of theirs, the more I hear, the more confidence it gives me around approaching my creative endeavours with more playfulness and less expectation - as everyone does it differently! It was an absolute delight to talk to Julie & Fiona. Please enjoy this entertaining podcast with two wonderful humans. 

    Connect and find out more about Julie and Fiona here;-

    * Fiona Verity - www.fionaverity.com.au
    * Julie Nicholson - julienicholsonartist.com
    * https://linktr.ee/Artwank
    * And listen to their fabulous podcast here;-
    * https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/art-w**k/id1503610662

     
    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-

    * https://wabisabiseries.com/
    * Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries
    * Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries

    If you have a burning topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

    • 32 min
    Grieving is Personal with Michelle Cox

    Grieving is Personal with Michelle Cox

    Today, I’m reading you a chapter from the book, Life Doesn’t have to be morbid - life, death and learning to grieve.
    Death can actually be a source of inspiration. I know that sounds morbid, but stay with me. Think about those secret desires you hold those things you'd love to try but worry you'll be embarrassed about if you failed. I find that thinking about the worst possible scenario helps propel me into action. The worst thing in most cases is literally that your heart stops and you die. So if asking someone on a date, or starting a new business, or writing a book is the thing that terrifies you and excites you at the same time, take a leap of faith and give it a go.
     
    —-
    Today I’m covering a topic that I am very passionate about and that is death, dying and grieving. Many people find it hard to talk about these topics but personally I don’t think we talk about them enough. This is a short sharp episode where I’m challenging you to think a little differently about a topic that many people are uncomfortable about.
    If you’d like to read the book “Death doesn’t have to be morbid” in full or you think it would be good for someone you know, you can find it at all online book stores or purchase it here at the Wabisabiseries shop.
    ——
    And for more information about the Wabi Sabi Series, please find us here:-
    https://wabisabiseries.com/
    Connect with us on Instagram here:- @thewabisabiseries
    Connect with us on Facebook here - @thewabisabiseries
    If you have a topic you’d love society to talk more about, or know someone who’d be great to come on our podcast, drop us a line at hello@wabisabiseries.com

    • 9 min
    MEN CRY TOO with Justin Jones

    MEN CRY TOO with Justin Jones

    If there was one thing you think society should talk more about, what would it be?

    “It’s okay to cry if you’re a guy!”

    Justin Jones - otherwise affectionately known as Jonesy, is Australia’s pre-eminent Explorer, keynote speaker, adventure thinker and storyteller. His expeditions have taken him to the very corners of the world. He’s paddled a kayak from Australia to New Zealand, skied to the South Pole and back, and walked 1800km across the Australian Outback with his gorgeous wife, Lauren and one-year old daughter, Morgan.
     
    Over the past 18 years he’s made a career of undertaking huge, epic, record setting expeditions around the world and sharing these on the stage and the screen. Justin currently holds two Guinness World Records and a place as one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers of all time.
     
    Some of his most notable expeditions have been captured on screen - Crossing the Ditch, Crossing the Ice and Crossing the Outback. I urge you to watch these if you haven’t seen them already as they are riveting journeys to follow and gives you a real insight into the man himself.
     

    Jus is a humble, charismatic and inspiring man. He’s a loving husband and beautiful Dad and I feel privileged to call him my friend. He’s an amazing keynote speaker and despite the incredible things he’s achieved in his life thus far, he’s very lowkey. He’s the perfect example of how determination, detailed planning and foresight can enable us who feel we are ‘ordinary’, achieve some of the most extraordinary feats. I’ve been looking forward to getting Justin on the podcast for so long - I’m thrilled to have him here! Please enjoy this wonderful conversation with Justin Jones.

    Connect and find out more about Justin here;-
    Jonesy is a passionate story teller. Watch his award winning documentaries capturing the amazing expeditions he’s been on;-
    Crossing the Ditch
    In 2008, Jonesy along with expedition partner, Cas, paddled a kayak unsupported from Australia to New Zealand. After paddling 3318 km over 62 days they finally staggered ashore setting a world record for becoming the longest unsupported double kayak expedition and the first people to cross the Tasman Sea by kayak.
     
    Crossing the Ice
    In 2012 he then skied 2275km from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back over 89 days, completely unsupported setting another world first. It became the longest unsupported polar expedition ever undertaken and set a new benchmark and raised the bar of polar exploration globally.
     
    Crossing the Outback
    In 2017 Jonesy, his wife Lauren, and one-year old daughter, Morgan undertook an 1800km trek across the Australian outback. For 102 days they lived wild, in synch with the heartbeat of the land, attempting to challenge the belief that you can't lead an adventurous life and a family life at the same time.
     
    Justin is launching Adventure Thinking Experiences later this year for corporate groups and individuals down in Tasmania. They are Tailor made experiences incorpating Adventure, food/wine, luxury and hardship. Check out his website for more deets
     

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Mary C Dwyer ,

Yearning for more.

I have just listened to two of Michelle Cox's new Wabi Sabi podcasts and want more. I listen to a lot of Pods. These were punchy, really, informative, inspiring and left me wanting to listen to more conversations. Thankyou. Mary
PS. I thought you latest chat with Erika about overcoming self doubt was a must listen to. Have sent it to so many people.

Rosepearlparker ,

Authentic story telling

Michelle talks about topics that are important to so many..but are just not getting discussed so openly. She speaks honesty and authentically be seeks out truth tellers and provides the platform for them to tell their stories which we all benefit from.

imu bob ,

Such a good listen

I love tuning in to this podcast. Michelle has such a soothing voice however the topics she covers are a fantastic way to challenge the way you think about certain things. Really enjoy and feel like I’m learning at the same time! Win win!

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