16 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 15 - From Trauma to Triumph with Justine Roach

    Episode 15 - From Trauma to Triumph with Justine Roach

    Meet a man who ditched the corporate blazer to become a trailblazer for men’s wellness and growth. After a successful global career spanning decades as a strategic leader, Martin Gillespie suddenly found himself face to face at death’s door. 

    Not only had he faced his fair share of mental challenges and traumas with the sudden loss of several family members, and his own marriage flailing, Martin’s world was turned upside down when after months of feeling constantly fatigued, unable to rest, and ‘knowing’ something wasn’t quite right, he was finally diagnosed with stage 4 cancer non-Hodgkinson lymphoma. 

    Drinking too much and travelling at length for work, in this episode we examine how he managed to overcome his patterns, loneliness, shame and fear to break the stigma of seeking help and getting well.   

    Martin is now a Holistic Coach and convenes the Men’s Circles in Sydney, where he shares from personal experience and offers rich and intimate depth of connection into their gatherings.  

    Learn from a brave man who has learned to take personal responsibility for his health, self-care and wellbeing, to ultimately discover his ultimate passion and purpose in life. 

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

     

    Resources: 

     

    https://www.hkpost.com.au/news/welcome-to-the-beginning-of-your-life  

    For information about his impending new book, email Martin directly on: Martinegillespie70@gmail.com 

    LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/gillespiemartin/ 

    IG: @mgillespie70 https://www.instagram.com/mgillespie70/

     Want help changing bad habits or ending unhealthy thinking? Check out this online course: 

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

    Want to learn the basics of meditation? Check out my free ebook: https://josiethomson.com/product/smfbp-ebook/ 

    Join me for free online weekly mindfulness meditation practice – go to www.josiethomson.com/pp  

    Want some inspiration to lift your spirits from time to time? Buy this! https://josiethomson.com/product/enliven-u-little-book-inspirations/ 

    Download your copy of my audiobook about how I learned to meditate successfully. Includes 4 bonus meditation tracks – https://josiethomson.com/product/simple-meditation-for-busy-people-digital-download/ 

     



    Meet a man who ditched the corporate blazer to become a trailblazer for men’s wellness and growth. After a successful global career spanning decades as a strategic leader, Martin Gillespie suddenly found himself face to face at death’s door. 

    Not only had he faced his fair share of mental challenges and traumas with the sudden loss of several family members, and his own marriage flailing, Martin’s world was turned upside down when after months of feeling constantly fatigued, unable to rest, and ‘knowing’ something wasn’t quite right, he was finally diagnosed with stage 4 cancer non-Hodgkinson lymphoma. 

    Drinking too much and travelling at length for work, in this episode we examine how he managed to overcome his patterns, loneliness, shame and fear to break the stigma of seeking help and getting well.   

    Martin is now a Holistic Coach and convenes the Men’s Circles in Sydney, where he shares from personal experience and offers rich and intimate depth of connection into their gatherings.  

    • 33 min
    Episode 15 - From Trauma to Triumph with Justine Roach

    Episode 15 - From Trauma to Triumph with Justine Roach

    Justine Roach’s life as a successful businesswoman, professional home renovator and mother changed overnight in 2005, after the sudden suicide of her beloved sister, Rachael. Struggling to come to terms with her soulmate’s death, Justine suffered a breakdown which left its mark in ongoing depression and anxiety.

    This episode examines her rise from other traumas including childhood abuse and a life/death surgery of her then 30 day old son, whilst riddled with anxiety attacks and post natal depression. We explore the various philosophies and strategies Justine adopted that have ultimately transformed her life and how she ‘feels’ her way through the tidal waves of ever-changing emotions.

    We talk of many life themes including dealing with buried memories, loneliness, inner child, self love, courage, joy and purpose.

    Learn from a woman who has learned to take personal responsibility one little step at a time, day by day, to ultimately discover who she really is by cultivating joy and love from within, and now contributes to the lives of many through her book: Start Being Happy: Proven Practices for a Joyful Life.

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

     

    Resources: 

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

    Website: www.justineroach.com.au

    Online video course Roadmap to Joy: https://justineroach.com.au/product/roadmap-to-joy-course/

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations download 

    Enliven-U book of inspirations and hope 

    The Wise Advocate book – the inner voice of strategic leadership  

    Purposeful Pause – free weekly online 15mins guided mindfulness meditation practice each Monday at midday (Brisbane time) with Josie Thomson 



    Justine Roach’s life as a successful businesswoman, professional home renovator and mother changed overnight in 2005, after the sudden suicide of her beloved sister, Rachael. Struggling to come to terms with her soulmate’s death, Justine suffered a breakdown which left its mark in ongoing depression and anxiety.

    This episode examines her rise from other traumas including childhood abuse and a life/death surgery of her then 30 day old son, whilst riddled with anxiety attacks and post natal depression. We explore the various philosophies and strategies Justine adopted that have ultimately transformed her life and how she ‘feels’ her way through the tidal waves of ever-changing emotions.

    We talk of many life themes including dealing with buried memories, loneliness, inner child, self love, courage, joy and purpose.

    Learn from a woman who has learned to take personal responsibility one little step at a time, day by day, to ultimately discover who she really is by cultivating joy and love from within, and now contributes to the lives of many through her book: Start Being Happy: Proven Practices for a Joyful Life.

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

     

    Resources: 

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

    Website: www.justineroach.com.au

    Online video course Roadmap to Joy: https://justineroach.com.au/product/roadmap-to-joy-course/

    Simple Meditation For Busy People ebook/meditations a href="https://josiethomson.

    • 34 min
    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

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