30 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

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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 30 - Seeing Beyond Sight with Julie Woods

    Episode 30 - Seeing Beyond Sight with Julie Woods

    In this inspiring episode of the You Can Shine Podcast, join Josie as she delves into the remarkable journey of Julie Woods, a woman who redefined her life after losing her sight in 1997. Host Josie Thomson sits down with Julie, a renowned author, professional speaker, and coach, to explore the incredible milestones she has achieved despite the challenges she faced.

    Discover how Julie Woods, fondly known as “that blind woman,” transformed her initial despair into a life filled with purpose and passion. In a candid conversation, Josie and Julie revisit their first encounter in Queenstown, NZ, reflecting on the profound impact their connection had on Julie’s journey.

    As a single blind parent, Julie opens up about the unique challenges she faced and the empowering lessons she learned along the way. Her story is a testament to resilience, love, and the extraordinary capabilities within us all.

    Get ready to be inspired by Julie’s ambitious mission to walk every street in her home city of Dunedin, NZ. Join the conversation as she shares the stories of empowerment and discovery that unfolded during her remarkable quest.

    Julie Woods takes us on a virtual tour of her experiences visiting the Seven Wonders of the World, proving that limitations exist only in the mind. Her adventures showcase the power of perspective and the ability to see beyond physical boundaries.

    Tune in as Julie discusses the fears she confronted while preparing for a presentation, highlighting the power of overcoming obstacles and inspiring others to see themselves and the world more clearly.

    Explore the coaching insights that Julie Woods brings to the table, offering a unique perspective on personal growth, resilience, and embracing one’s true potential.

    Join us for an uplifting conversation that transcends sight and encourages listeners to embrace their own journeys with courage, resilience, and a vision for a brighter future.

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

    Resources:

    Connect with Julie Woods: https://www.facebook.com/thatblindwoman/

    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope https://josiethomson.com/product/enliven-u-little-book-inspirations/

    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://josiethomson.com/you-are-not-your-brain/

    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership https://josiethomson.com/product/the-wise-advocate-the-inner-voice-of-strategic-leadership/

    Wellness & Wisdom for the Workplace for preventative and proactive strategies for positive mental health and growing resilience capability with Josie Thomson

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download https://josiethomson.com/product/simple-meditation-for-busy-people-digital-download/



    In this inspiring episode of the You Can Shine Podcast, join Josie as she delves into the remarkable journey of Julie Woods, a woman who redefined her life after losing her sight in 1997. Host Josie Thomson sits down with Julie, a renowned author,

    • 18 min
    Episode 28 - From Vulnerability to Victor with Noel Lord

    Episode 28 - From Vulnerability to Victor with Noel Lord

    This podcast interview is part 2 of an interview that features a larger than life business man and entrepreneur who learned that comparison is the killer of all joy, and that you can get back up after the hard knocks of life.

    Whilst Noel Lord stands at 6ft 8” and weighs around 130kgs, he lost everything in 2008 when exposed to market conditions beyond his control, and was then blindsided by a bad business venture.

    Things got more challenging for Noel. Six years ago, Noel was diagnosed with cancer – a stage 2, level 4 melanoma. This added more stress and uncertainty to the mix. His wife Jonene stepped up and provided much needed reassurance and support for this big fella. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, Noel’s father, his ‘rock’ died.  Not only were they incredibly close, they even shared the same birthday. A stoic man, Noel’s father refused any form of care. It was at this time, when Noel was researching potential care options for his father that he identified there was nothing to help Australian families to overcome the emotional hurdles to find the right aged care home for their specific needs. So Noel founded Care360 – a truly independent free service based on individual needs. Care360 was established to find (search), facilitate (help with all the paperwork), fund (help finance solutions/options), and follow (the on going care) suitable aged care facilities, independent from the home.

    This episode examines the conversation most people ignore until it’s too late, the important distinction between intent and impact, and what contributes to poor decisions.

    We talk about the fear of uncertainty, the disorientation of loss and grief, and how your greatest challenges can become the platform for your greatest contribution and purpose in life.

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

    Resources:

    Contact Noel Lord: noel.lord@care360.com.au

    Noel’s book (coming soon):

    Website: www.care360.com.au

    From Breakdowns to Breakthroughs online program https://josiethomson.com/product/recreate-from-breakdowns-to-breakthroughs/

    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope https://josiethomson.com/product/enliven-u-little-book-inspirations/

    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://josiethomson.com/you-are-not-your-brain/

    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership https://josiethomson.com/product/the-wise-advocate-the-inner-voice-of-strategic-leadership/

    Wellness & Wisdom for the Workplace for preventative and proactive strategies for positive mental health and growing resilience capability with Josie Thomson

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download https://josiethomson.com/product/simple-meditation-for-busy-people-digital-download/



    This podcast interview is part 2 of an interview that features a larger than life business man and entrepreneur who learned that comparison is the killer of all joy,

    • 21 min
    Episode 28 - From Vulnerability to Victor with Noel Lord

    Episode 28 - From Vulnerability to Victor with Noel Lord

    This podcast interview (part 1 of 2 interviews) features a larger than life business man and entrepreneur who has learned that comparison is the killer of all joy. Noel Lord stands at 6ft 8” and weighs around 130kgs – an imposing presence yet he found himself incredibly vulnerable in 2008 when he lost everything he’d work hard to achieve. Shares, home, assets… all gone in a blink of the eye due to the Global Financial Crisis.

    Having held senior positions for over 30 years in a number of companies including Macquarie Bank, CommSec and Metlife, Noel Lord became known for his unwavering commitment to helping stakeholders grow, contribute and achieve success. His strategic prowess meant he was well-prepared to navigate the evolving business landscape and continue to make a positive impact, until his life changed.

    This was a significant turning point for Noel. The experience of losing ‘everything’ helped him re-evaluate what was truly important in his life. Having chased job titles, status and financial wealth for several decades, he grew to learn the value of family, true friendships, and health.

    When he thought he was back on track, he was further derailed by deceit and betrayal in a business venture by a supposed friend.

    Tune in and learn how Noel turned his predicament around and found a new and more fulfilling purpose in life.

    This episode examines the distinction between influence and concern; that asking for help is empowering, and how vulnerability can be a great strength in taking personal responsibility.

    We talk about the fear of judgment, failure, how to help yourself, and leaving the ego at the door.  Learn from a man who says that vulnerability has brought him greater happiness, fulfilment and purpose.

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

    Resources:

    Contact Noel Lord: noel.lord@care360.com.au

    Noel’s book (coming soon):

    Website: www.care360.com.au

    From Breakdowns to Breakthroughs online program https://josiethomson.com/product/recreate-from-breakdowns-to-breakthroughs/

    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope https://josiethomson.com/product/enliven-u-little-book-inspirations/

    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://josiethomson.com/you-are-not-your-brain/

    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership https://josiethomson.com/product/the-wise-advocate-the-inner-voice-of-strategic-leadership/

    Wellness & Wisdom for the Workplace for preventative and proactive strategies for positive mental health and growing resilience capability with Josie Thomson

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download https://josiethomson.com/product/simple-meditation-for-busy-people-digital-download/

    This podcast interview (part 1 of 2 interviews) features a larger than life business man and entrepreneur who has learned that comparison is the killer of all joy.

    • 19 min
    Episode 27 - From brain cancer to self love with Mayte Miguelez

    Episode 27 - From brain cancer to self love with Mayte Miguelez

    This podcast interview features a former banking and finance executive, Mayte Miguelez, who in July 2022 was diagnosed with an aggressive grade 4 GBM – brain cancer: glioblastoma and given 6 months to live.

    Originally from Mexico, Mayte knows what it’s like to fight against the odds to achieve her dreams. Growing up in an era when it was not considered appropriate for girls to play soccer, Mayte battled against much resistance to play soccer for her country… and she won!

    Fast forward many years, her fighting spirit was challenged yet again when she was suddenly rushed to hospital for immediate brain surgery and subsequent radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment.

    Mayte has been able to transform her brain cancer diagnosis into one of the most enriching, loving and healing experiences through her MAYOGA practice. Today, 8 months on from her surgery, she is back at work leading workshops, managing a Mexican art business, running, cycling, driving, flying and loving life.

    As Mayte likes to say: ‘through self healing, the healer is born.’

    We talk of many life themes including integrative medicine, relationships, surrender, trust, self love, perception and purpose.

    Learn from a woman who learned to apply what she knew about wellbeing and healing to become the CEO of her own life.

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

    Resources: 

    For more information about Mayte visit her website MAYogaaustralia.com

    Wellness & Wisdom for the Workplace for preventative and proactive strategies for positive mental health and growing resilience capability with Josie Thomson

    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://josiethomson.com/you-are-not-your-brain/

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download https://josiethomson.com/product/simple-meditation-for-busy-people-digital-download/

    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope https://josiethomson.com/product/enliven-u-little-book-inspirations/

    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership https://josiethomson.com/product/the-wise-advocate-the-inner-voice-of-strategic-leadership/



    This podcast interview features a former banking and finance executive, Mayte Miguelez, who in July 2022 was diagnosed with an aggressive grade 4 GBM – brain cancer: glioblastoma and given 6 months to live.

    Originally from Mexico, Mayte knows what it’s like to fight against the odds to achieve her dreams. Growing up in an era when it was not considered appropriate for girls to play soccer, Mayte battled against much resistance to play soccer for her country… and she won!

    Fast forward many years, her fighting spirit was challenged yet again when she was suddenly rushed to hospital for immediate brain surgery and subsequent radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment.

    Mayte has been able to transform her brain cancer diagnosis into one of the most enriching, loving and healing experiences through her MAYOGA practice. Today, 8 months on from her surgery, she is back at work leading workshops, managing a Mexican art business, running, cycling, driving, flying and loving life.

    As Mayte likes to say: ‘through self healing, the healer is born.’

    • 38 min
    Episode 26 - From Depression & Homelessness to Determination & Happiness with Kevin Porter

    Episode 26 - From Depression & Homelessness to Determination & Happiness with Kevin Porter

    Kevin Porter’s story is the epitome of resilience, courage, determination and true grit.

    This episode examines what it takes to fight to live. Kevin is a research and design anthropologist, providing intelligence to companies to deliver insightful solutions to common and uncommon business problems. He served in the military from the age of 15 to 21yo. and was a stay at home dad for 14 years. He says his two sons are what kept him alive.

    We talk of many life themes including mental, emotional and physical abuse, bullying, depression, PTSD, anger, violence and self discipline.

    Learn from a man who shares how he learnt to rise from the depths of depression and despair to realise the importance of honesty, team work, integrity, gratitude and respect. Kevin believes life is a verb – it’s not a passive act. He now describes himself as a positive mosaic with a fight to live.

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

     

    Resources: 

    His Linkedin profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-porter-9819493a/

    His website link – https://anthropogenesis.com.au

    Mindfulness book: The book is: The Path of Mindfulness Meditation by Peter Strong. PhD

    Wellness & Wisdom for the Workplace for preventative and proactive strategies for positive mental health and growing resilience capability with Josie Thomson

    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://josiethomson.com/you-are-not-your-brain/

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download https://josiethomson.com/product/simple-meditation-for-busy-people-digital-download/

    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope https://josiethomson.com/product/enliven-u-little-book-inspirations/

    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership https://josiethomson.com/product/the-wise-advocate-the-inner-voice-of-strategic-leadership/



    Kevin Porter’s story is the epitome of resilience, courage, determination and true grit.

    This episode examines what it takes to fight to live. Kevin is a research and design anthropologist, providing intelligence to companies to deliver insightful solutions to common and uncommon business problems. He served in the military from the age of 15 to 21yo. and was a stay at home dad for 14 years. He says his two sons are what kept him alive.

    We talk of many life themes including mental, emotional and physical abuse, bullying, depression, PTSD, anger, violence and self discipline.

    Learn from a man who shares how he learnt to rise from the depths of depression and despair to realise the importance of honesty, team work, integrity, gratitude and respect. Kevin believes life is a verb – it’s not a passive act. He now describes himself as a positive mosaic with a fight to live.

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

     

    Resources: 

    His Linkedin profile – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-porter-9819493a/

    His website link – a href="https://anthropogenesis.com.

    • 50 min
    Episode 25 - From Lies, To Truth, To Purpose with Bill Bennett

    Episode 25 - From Lies, To Truth, To Purpose with Bill Bennett

    Hold onto your seats as you tune into this special podcast interview with Bill Bennett. You may recognise the name – Bill Bennett is a multi-award winning Australian Producer and Director. He’s an author of Palace of Fires and also the Camino memoir: The Way, My Way. Over a career spanning four decades, he’s made sixteen feature films and numerous documentaries. He studied journalism at the University of Queensland and is a former reporter at Channel 7 and ABC Australia.

    What you may not know is 5 years ago, at the height of his career, Bill was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

    For a long time, Bill didn’t want to tell people – he didn’t want to be judged for it. Bill didn’t want to be defined by Parkinson’s disease.

    In this episode Bill shares his quest to answer the hardest question of all: who are you?

    Bill also opens up about the 3 formative periods and major turning points of his life: from a near-death road accident, to ‘hearing’ the voice of intuition that saved his life once again, to the granting of his ultimate wish to have challenges to overcome so to experience his spiritual growth… voilà!… the diagnosis of an incurable degenerative disease.

    This episode examines the biggest obstacle to intuition, and how Bill’s firm belief that nothing is random, has redirected him to his life’s greatest purpose.

    We talk of many life themes including fear, purpose, intuition, mindfulness, grace and dignity.

    Learn from a man who has transformed adversity into opportunities to learn, grow and serve. Listen to how he used his filmmaking talents to express and accept his circumstances, to ultimately serve a greater purpose.

    Bill talks about grace and death and that grace, or lack of grace, is what defines us.

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



    Resources 

    To learn more about Bill Bennett go to: https://billbennett.com.au

    Bill’s latest Facing Fear Film: https://facingfearfilm.com

    To buy The Way, My Way – a Camino memoir book: https://www.amazon.com/Way-My-Bill-Bennett/dp/1493670115

    To buy PGS – Intuition is your Personal Guidance System book: https://www.amazon.com/PGS-Intuition-Personal-Guidance-System/dp/0648377202/

    Bill’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/billbennettaus

    Bill’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billbennettoz/

    For inspiration from Josie about various significant life themes: https://josiethomson.com/product/enliven-u-little-book-inspirations/

    Read Josie’s chapter on Conquering Fear from Secrets of Success Coaches Exposed: www.josiethomson.com/fear

    To learn the basics of meditation and enjoy some guided practices by Josie: https://josiethomson.com/product/simple-meditation-for-busy-people-digital-download/

    For help with overcoming bad habits, self-defeating thoughts and taking charge of your life:  https://josiethomson.com/you-are-not-your-brain/

    For assistance commencing and maintaining and sustaining your own meditation practice: https://josiethomson.com/product/smfbp-ebook/

    For free mindfulness/meditation support and inspiration: https://www.facebook.

    • 33 min

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