11 episodes

Hosted by Sophie Elwes, who knows a thing or two about overcoming difficulties, after sustaining a spinal cord injury in 2011. Each episode Sophie will interview an extraordinary guest who has faced and overcome enormous challenges and adversity and is achieving incredible things in spite of what they've had to deal with. She'll be finding out their story, about their greatest struggles and triumphs, and asking them what advice they would share with other people dealing with challenges of their own.

A Life Less Ordinary with Sophie Elwes Sophie Elwes

    • Self Help
    • 5.0, 31 Ratings

Hosted by Sophie Elwes, who knows a thing or two about overcoming difficulties, after sustaining a spinal cord injury in 2011. Each episode Sophie will interview an extraordinary guest who has faced and overcome enormous challenges and adversity and is achieving incredible things in spite of what they've had to deal with. She'll be finding out their story, about their greatest struggles and triumphs, and asking them what advice they would share with other people dealing with challenges of their own.

    10. David Smith MBE – Finding life’s purpose, winning gold at London 2012 and how he built resilience to enable him to learn to walk again four times.

    10. David Smith MBE – Finding life’s purpose, winning gold at London 2012 and how he built resilience to enable him to learn to walk again four times.

    Two-time world champion and gold medal-winning Paralympian David Smith MBE was born with a club foot and has had a rare tumour in his neck which left him fighting for his life after several major surgeries and having to learn how to walk again four...

    • 1 hr 12 min
    9. Brett Moran – Drug dealer to healer, getting comfortable with your discomfort and taming your ‘monkey mind.’

    9. Brett Moran – Drug dealer to healer, getting comfortable with your discomfort and taming your ‘monkey mind.’

    A former drug dealer, crack addict and young offender, Brett Moran's life changed when he stumbled across a book on meditation whilst on a drug deal in a prison library. He has since become a published author, life coach and yoga and meditation instructor and his daily meditations on his Instagram account have helped countless people deal with life’s challenges. Sophie and Brett discuss their shared experiences of adversity and how they recognise it to be a blessing instead of a curse. They discuss the ‘victim complex,’ coping with depression and anxiety by ‘getting comfortable in your discomfort’ and Brett shares some valuable lessons about taking control of your ‘monkey mind.’

    • 38 min
    8. Sophie Morgan - Mentorship, dealing with ableism and changing the world

    8. Sophie Morgan - Mentorship, dealing with ableism and changing the world

    Sophie Morgan is a TV presenter, award-winning disability advocate, artist and entrepreneur who became paralysed at the age of 18 in a car accident. Since then Sophie has carved out an impressive career as a TV presenter covering a range of topics, as well as presenting Channel 4's coverage of the Paralympic Games for both London and Rio. Sophie is passionate about creating change for people with disabilities and campaigns to enable this; she supports multiple charities, is an ambassador for various companies, amongst many other things. Sophie talks about the importance of mentorship and role models, overcoming her disability in the public eye and her love of travel and adventure. They share their grievances about the need to be gracious when people come across patronising and discuss the juxtaposition of being disabled - being inspirational whilst being vulnerable. v

    • 42 min
    7. Paula Akpan – Micro-aggressions, Harry Potter & accidentally ‘coming out’

    7. Paula Akpan – Micro-aggressions, Harry Potter & accidentally ‘coming out’

    Paula Akpan is a freelance journalist and co-founder of Black Girl Festival. She is also co-founder of The ‘I’m Tired’ Project – a campaign which aims to highlight the significance of micro-aggressions and stereotypes faced by people in everyday life. Paula writes about a range of subjects with a particular interest in blackness and queerness. She shares her thoughts on the apparent ‘discovery of racism’ by white people on social media in relation to recent events, we talk about what we are both ‘tired of’ and Paula talks about how it felt to be dressed by her mum for Cosmopolitan magazine.

    • 48 min
    6. Alana Nichols - Making history at the Paralympic Games, coping with grief and the spiritual element of surfing

    6. Alana Nichols - Making history at the Paralympic Games, coping with grief and the spiritual element of surfing

    Alana Nichols is a five-time Paralympian and six-time medalist who has competed in three different sports - wheelchair basketball, alpine skiing and para-canoeing. She is the first US female Paralympian to win gold medals in both summer and winter...

    • 43 min
    5. Ashley Belal Chin – Seeking fame, Tupac Shakur and finding inner peace

    5. Ashley Belal Chin – Seeking fame, Tupac Shakur and finding inner peace

    The talented Ashley Belal Chin rose to fame in 1999 BBC film Storm Damage and has enjoyed success as an actor, screen-writer, rapper and spoken word poet. Having thought happiness was found in success and material possessions he realised, after...

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

T&cs fog ,

Really inspiring!

Really love these podcasts. Whether I’m having a bad day or not they are really great interviews that I enjoy every time!

Bottleski ,

Learn what you can do

Listening to Sophie and her guests is just so valuable, as you will realise that no matter how you feel, you can simply do what you aspire to do. The choice is quite simply yours.....
Sophie is speaking to some incredible human beings. So worth a listen, as it will postively influence your own perspective on life. So many different and especially generous people who some exceptional insights on tackling their own very un-ordinary lives. Each episode delivers some gem of an insight to getting the best out ourselves.
Episode 10 is especially refreshing and motivating for everyone.

Tessingtons ,

Totally brilliant *****

Such a great line up of stories, characters and attitudes. Just shows what positivity and determination can achieve 🙌🙌🙌

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