14 episodes

You Can Shine podcast is for people who want to push through their limits and live life with courage, resilience, grace and joy. Each month, your host Josie Thomson shares interviews of REAL stories of REAL people who have faced adversities and trials… and WON! You will hear how they overcame these challenges and the lessons learned. Based on her own personal experiences and learnings, Josie also passes on her own guidance on how to take charge of your life experience. Shift the way you think - it’s not what happens to you that defines you… it’s how you respond that counts! You too CAN rise and shine again.

You Can Shin‪e‬ Josie Thomson

    • Self-Improvement
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

You Can Shine podcast is for people who want to push through their limits and live life with courage, resilience, grace and joy. Each month, your host Josie Thomson shares interviews of REAL stories of REAL people who have faced adversities and trials… and WON! You will hear how they overcame these challenges and the lessons learned. Based on her own personal experiences and learnings, Josie also passes on her own guidance on how to take charge of your life experience. Shift the way you think - it’s not what happens to you that defines you… it’s how you respond that counts! You too CAN rise and shine again.

    Episode 14 - ‘Conquering the mountain’ of cancer with Vijay Bhat

    Episode 14 - ‘Conquering the mountain’ of cancer with Vijay Bhat

    This podcast interview features cancer thriver and pioneer of Cancer Coaching in India – Vijay Bhat.



    Post successful surgery, he decided against chemotherapy and turned to a holistic and integrated approach after being advised by doctors to ‘go home and pray.’



    19 years later, he is still cancer-free, and a better person than before. “Cancer healed me” he says.



    This episode examines practical ways of managing the emotional depths of despair, fear, confusion, anger and feeling violated ambushed and betrayed.



    We talk of many life themes including resilience, personal responsibility, spirituality, open mindedness, courage and asking for help.



    Learn from a man who offers 5 levels of healing and the shifts/changes required to maximise remission potential and improve your immunity.



    This interview is packed with practical resources and reflections to help you find the strength you need to push forward and to find answers you seek in your deepest darkest moments.



    Tune in, open your mind and heart, and be inspired.

    • 41 min
    Episode 13 - Advocating For Healing & Hope with Andrew Bills

    Episode 13 - Advocating For Healing & Hope with Andrew Bills

    This podcast interview features a deeply heart-centred, service oriented leader, husband, father, mentor and business leader – Andrew Bills. 



    In this episode we examine how to rise above your circumstances. Andrew was sent to boarding school at 10yo, his father died when he was 12yo, and his mother raised Andrew and his brother and sister on her own. He believes taking on more responsibility from age 12 and then leaving New Zealand at age 21 to make his way in the world has given him a baseline of resilience. 



      



    Andrew Bills shares his story of suddenly being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer in 2019 and is testimony that early detection is a saving grace. Andrew is committed to building awareness and improving mental health by talking about his experience to empower, resource and encourage others to have regular checks. Andrew believes talking about it has reframed his experience from being a victim to being a victor. The nurse at the hospital said: “you’ve talked all the darkness out of you so it can’t take you down!”  



    Devoted to sharing his wisdom for the benefit of others, Andrew explains how he deployed the Stockdale Paradox – confront the brutal facts and have belief in yourself to get through it. He kept things in perspective by working a way forward with small practical steps – he shares some of these steps with us in this interview. “No matter what you’re going through – talk about it, talk about your feelings – what you’re experiencing is not unique to you – help yourself and others.” 



    Tune in, open your mind and heart, and be inspired. 

    • 34 min
    Episode 12 - BRAVE: from addiction and abuse to self-love with Barbara Fordham

    Episode 12 - BRAVE: from addiction and abuse to self-love with Barbara Fordham

    This podcast interview features a respected Brisbane-based vocalist and actress with a voice that has captivated audiences for the past thirty years. She is a passionate performer, daughter, partner and mother with natural charisma, beauty and an honest, heart-felt delivery.  



    This is Barbara Fordham ‘unplugged’ – raw, vulnerable and real.  



    Barbara shares her story of how a choice between life over death was a significant defining moment that turned her life around from the depths of despair. Struggling with substance abuse and addiction, Barbara tells how realising her dream of performing, and leaning into the spiritual saved her life. She is now 24 years sober and the survivor of abuse. 



    We talk of many life themes including abuse, addiction, joy, passion, motherhood resilience, service, bravery, self love and purpose. 



    Learn from a woman who had to trust, lean into ‘pure love’, transformed her pain into passion and overcame surgery from an aggressive rare jaw tumour almost a decade ago, and continues to sing and live on strong with all her heart. 



    Tune in, open your mind and heart, and be inspired. 









    Resources: 



    Make a donation to Barb’s charity of choice:  https://www.rbwhfoundation.com.au/donations/ 



    Enjoy some serious fun music with R&B six piece band featuring Barbara Fordham - The Trespassers: https://bit.ly/35YLtMV



    Poem - Diving Into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich: https://poets.org/poem/diving-wreck 



    Take back control of your brain with Josie’s online course, featuring leading neuroscientist and expert in neuroplasticity and OCD, Dr Jeffrey M Schwartz: You Are Not Your Brain - https://josiethomson.com/you-are-not-your-brain/   

    • 43 min
    Episode 11 - From Pain to Radical Honesty & Living The Dream with Dr Anthony Metivier

    Episode 11 - From Pain to Radical Honesty & Living The Dream with Dr Anthony Metivier

    My fascinating interview with Dr Anthony Metivier, a former heavy metal band member and best-selling author of 52 books centred on memory improvement, will move you and inspire you to new heights of possibility. 



    We examine practical strategies to not only survive, but thrive in life after debilitating experiences of domestic conflict, addiction, death anxiety and family suicide attempts. We investigate what it took Anthony to say YES to life. 



    In this podcast we discuss various success tips such as the ‘if this… then’ system, and the importance of accountability to create systems to support your success, including the 90 day rule. 



    We talk of the moment that turned his life around, when he could no longer walk from years of self-abuse, and how Anthony was able to master his mindset, be radically honest, and transform his whole life.  



    Learn from a memory expert and award-winning world champion referred to by Tony Buzan as a ‘Warrior of the Mind’ for his outstanding contributions to global mental literacy. Anthony now teaches and mentors people globally on his magnetic memory method. He advises: ‘be ALL IN to create the right dream.’ 



    Tune in, open your mind and heart, and be inspired.  









    Resources: 

    The Victorious Mind: How To Master Memory, Meditation and Mental Well-Being

    https://www.amazon.com.au/Victorious-Mind-Master-Meditation-Well-Being-ebook/dp/B085D8M7S5 

    https://www.magneticmemorymethod.com/ 

    You Tube: Anthony Metivier https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdIwC3d4CRjrrQdaqZaNBpA 

    Wellness & Wisdom for the Workplace for preventative and proactive strategies for positive mental health and growing resilience capability with Josie Thomson https://bit.ly/2RqQ5Vn

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download https://bit.ly/2ZAO79k

    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope https://bit.ly/35BLnwr

    You Are Not Your Brain online course, for changing bad habits, ending unhealthy thinking and taking control of your life, with Dr Jeffrey M Schwartz & Josie Thomson https://bit.ly/33uiKyn

    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership  https://bit.ly/2ZD4aDQ

    Purposeful Pause – free online 15mins mindfulness meditation practice each Monday at midday with Josie Thomson https://josiethomson.com/pp

    • 26 min
    Episode 10 - Bouncing Back from Burn Out with Nicole van Hattem

    Episode 10 - Bouncing Back from Burn Out with Nicole van Hattem

    This podcast interview features an effervescent, inspiring entrepreneur and business woman committed to bringing an end to premature death by burnout! Nicole Van Hattem, the youngest of 5 children from immigrant parents from Holland, learned from a young age that working hard and making a difference was what life is all about. She secured her first job at just 9yo.  



    As a young woman, taking rest or prioritising self care was not modelled nor encouraged. Naturally, having a strong work ethic and defining her sense of self through her work became a pattern for living. 



    That is, until a day that changed her life forever. The sudden death of a work colleague from a stress related condition coinciding with her own burnout in her corporate career, marked a turning point in Nicole's life and set her on a course that would change thousands of people's lives. Yet it wasn't until after her fourth experience with burnout, that Nicole finally learned to make the time and have the courage and determination to end the cycle of burnout in her own life and live with conscious intention - not by default, and her mantra is: #It’s all about you! 

     

    This episode examines the definition of burn out, who is at risk, how to recognise the signs, and importantly, strategies to avoid it and overcome it. We explore burnout in the context of physical, emotional, psychological creative, financial and spiritual. 



     We talk about how to manage the effects of burnout and prevention strategies to go from struggle and striving to living and thriving, including the critical need for self care and redefining ‘success’. 



     Learn from a woman who commits her life to assisting others to avoid burnout and recover fast.  



    Tune in, open your mind and heart, and be inspired.  



    Resources: 



    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolevanhattem/ 

    Website: https://www.hotandhealthyglobal.com/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicolevanhattem2 



    Wellness & Wisdom for the Workplace for preventative and proactive strategies for positive mental health and growing resilience capability with Josie Thomson https://bit.ly/2RqQ5Vn



    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download https://bit.ly/2ZAO79k



    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope https://bit.ly/35BLnwr



    You Are Not Your Brain online course, for changing bad habits, ending unhealthy thinking and taking control of your life, with Dr Jeffrey M Schwartz & Josie Thomson https://bit.ly/33uiKyn



    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership  https://bit.ly/2ZD4aDQ



    Purposeful Pause – free online 15mins mindfulness meditation practice each Monday at midday with Josie Thomson https://josiethomson.com/pp

    • 36 min
    Episode 9 - Rising From The Ashes - From Pain to Purpose with Joe Williams

    Episode 9 - Rising From The Ashes - From Pain to Purpose with Joe Williams

    This podcast interview features a Wiradjuri/Wolgalu First Nations man, with a 15 year career in professional National Rugby League playing for South Sydney Rabbitohs, Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs before switching to professional Boxing in 2009. He is a best selling author, struggles with suicidal ideation and bi-polar disorder, attempted suicide in 2012 to eventually fight through his pain to realise his purpose. Meet Joe Williams.  



    This episode examines how Joe managed to turn his whole life around. He shares the practical strategies he continues to use to combat the constant downward spiralling effects of self-defeating thoughts, and the defining moment with an Elder to cure his ‘spiritual illness’ that set him on his path to pursue his life’s purpose. 



    We talk of many themes including the flow on effects of childhood trauma, paranoia, the importance of choice, having a growth mindset, and the need to take personal responsibility for your own happiness, and to master what Joe calls our ‘inner stigma.’ 



    Joe offers advice for carers of those with mental illness, lots of ways to deal with suicidal thoughts, and the need to ‘step into the pocket’ in seeking a more understanding relationship with these thoughts and fears.  



    Tune in, open your mind and heart, and be inspired.  



    RESOURCES 

    Website: https://www.joewilliams.com.au/speaking 

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joewilliams__tew/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEnemyWithinJoeWilliams

    BOOK: Defying The Enemy Within https://bit.ly/2ZCpWY1

    Wellness & Wisdom for the Workplace for preventative and proactive strategies for positive mental health and growing resilience capability with Josie Thomson https://bit.ly/2RqQ5Vn

    You Are Not Your Brain online course, for changing bad habits, ending unhealthy thinking and taking control of your life, with Dr Jeffrey M Schwartz & Josie Thomson https://bit.ly/33uiKyn

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download https://bit.ly/2ZAO79k

    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope https://bit.ly/35BLnwr

    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership  https://bit.ly/2ZD4aDQ

    Purposeful Pause – free online 15mins mindfulness meditation practice each Monday at midday with Josie Thomson https://josiethomson.com/pp

    • 39 min

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