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Couragemakers is a weekly podcast for creative and passionate,mission-driven doers, makers and world-shakers designed to inspire and encourage fellow couragemakers, and spark a movement of women who are choosing themselves. Building the life you want and putting stuff in the world takes a boatload of courage, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Every Monday, unconventional couragemakers all over the world share their stories, their advice and their dreams as we have honest conversations about everyday courage, living a wholehearted life and dream chasing. We’ve figured out what we don’t want in life, now we’re figuring out what we do want. And we talk about the things that make us feel on fire as well as the monsters that hide under our beds.

Couragemakers is brought to you by Meg Kissack of That Hummingbird Life. Because everything changes when you believe you matter. Let’s shake things up together.

Warning: contains courage, vulnerability and a desire to leave the world a brighter place than how we found it.

The Couragemakers Podcast | Encouragement, Inspiration & Rebel Rousing for Mission Driven Doers, Makers & Shakers | Meg Kissack | That Hummingbird Life: Creativity, Inspiration & Dream-chasin

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Couragemakers is a weekly podcast for creative and passionate,mission-driven doers, makers and world-shakers designed to inspire and encourage fellow couragemakers, and spark a movement of women who are choosing themselves. Building the life you want and putting stuff in the world takes a boatload of courage, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Every Monday, unconventional couragemakers all over the world share their stories, their advice and their dreams as we have honest conversations about everyday courage, living a wholehearted life and dream chasing. We’ve figured out what we don’t want in life, now we’re figuring out what we do want. And we talk about the things that make us feel on fire as well as the monsters that hide under our beds.

Couragemakers is brought to you by Meg Kissack of That Hummingbird Life. Because everything changes when you believe you matter. Let’s shake things up together.

Warning: contains courage, vulnerability and a desire to leave the world a brighter place than how we found it.

    142: Truth Telling & Secret Sharing & Myth Busting with Leona Thrift-ola

    142: Truth Telling & Secret Sharing & Myth Busting with Leona Thrift-ola

    Hello Couragemakers and welcome to another fabulous episode of The Couragemakers Podcast! 

    This week I’m chatting to the wonderful Leona Thrift-ola. Leona is the founder of Indie Roller: a truth telling, secret sharing, myth busting community that empowers Indie Biz owners to play by their own rules.
     
    We dive into SO many things, from Leona’s business journey, her experiences of being self-employed and building a community of likeminded people to how to lead with your values.
     
    I am so excited to share my conversation with Leona! A couple of weeks ago, Leona interviewed me for her new - and amazing podcast - The Indie Roller Podcast and I think we could easily chat for hours about mindset, how to keep going and what it means to lead and live by your values

    If you want to find your people, if you want encouragement for your creative journey, or if you’re craving the real behind the scenes look at what it takes to run an indie biz, this is the episode for you!
     
    So, enjoy the show!
     
    About Leona
    Leona is the founder of Indie Roller: a truth telling, secret sharing, myth busting community that empowers Indie Biz owners to play by their own rules. She is the host of The Indie Roller Podcast and The Indie Roller and Indie Roller News, a quarterly trades newspaper for Indie Biz owners.
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    Things We Talked About
    Leona's fascinating business journey Leona's  experiences of being self-employed and building a community of likeminded people
    How to lead with your values
    Leon'a fabulous advice if you're in our head a lot  
    About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast
    I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m a coach for creative and multipassionate women, a writer and INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate.
    I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.
    When I'm not recording episodes, writing b******t-free Sunday Pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with coaching clients, I'm usually covered in paint or walking my wonderfully weird cockapoo Merlin.
     

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    141: Couragemakers Birthday Special: Create What You Want To See In The World

    141: Couragemakers Birthday Special: Create What You Want To See In The World

    Today is a special episode to celebrate Couragemakers' 4th birthday! 🎉
    Today we're diving into creating the things you wish to see in the world, and how to keep your dreamshitters at bay with the brand new short, snappy and sassy podcast, The Daily Pep!
    About Meg & That Hummingbird Life.
    I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m a coach for creative and multipassionate women, a writer and INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate.
    I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.
    When I'm not recording episodes, writing b******t-free Sunday Pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with coaching clients, I'm usually covered in paint or walking my wonderfully weird cockapoo Merlin.
     

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    140: The Middle Finger Project with Ash Ambirge

    140: The Middle Finger Project with Ash Ambirge

    Hello Couragemakers and welcome to another episode of The Couragemaker’s Podcast!
    Before we dive into today’s show, I have a very exciting announcement! On 29th February, I’m launching a brand new podcast, called The Daily Pep! (Don’t worry, Couragemakers isn’t going anywhere!)
    I’ve spent the past six years building a creative life and I’ve got to spend it in the company with the wisest and most creative and wonderful women. And even though we’ve been on different paths, there’s been one thing in common: it takes a shitload of courage, a shitload of perseverance and a f**k load of energy to keep going every day.
    I got to thinking about how we all need frequent encouragement and rebel-rousing to keep going, and going, and going. And reminders not to sacrifice yourself (or your values) along the way. And you know what they say about being the change you want to see, or building the thing you want to exist?! Well, The Daily Pep! Podcast was born.
    Every weekday, I’ll be sharing short and snappy insights, reminders and stories to help you build a wholehearted creative life that feels good, is sustainable and joyful AND leaves the world a brighter place.
    Each episode will be purposefully short and snappy, designed to fit in with your life and your routines. Listen with your morning coffee, while you walk the dog, on your commute, or while you’re trying to resist the snooze button.
    So if you’re exhausted by the need to be all the things, want regular reminders that you’re on the right path and you matter, or you’re sick of being your very own personal dreamshitter, this is the podcast for you! It’s launching on 29th February I’ll going to be sharing more about it later this week. Ahhh!
    Now, onto today’s show!
    This week I’m seriously excited to share my conversation with Ash Ambirge. I have been a fan of Ash’s for YEARS, after stumbling across her blog The Middle Finger Project when I was just getting started in 2014. Since then I’ve really enjoyed watching her journey
    Ash is an internet entrepreneur, creative writer, speaker, and advocate for women being brave and doing disobedient things with their careers and their lives. Her voice has been called, “the most memorable on the Internet,” “not safe for work at all,” and also, “really kinda sweary,” which is definitely her favorite description. She is the founder of The Middle Finger Project®, which is both the name of her hallmark lifestyle blog as well the title of her first book. It’s a call to action for “women who disobey” with the tools and mind-set to reject the world’s expectations of success and get on their own path to happiness, wealth, independence, and adventure. Ash splits her time between Philadelphia, PA, and traveling the world.
    We dive into SO many good things in this episode. We talk about the importance of failing and getting up again, why Ash doesn’t believe in the myth of the starving artists, the things hardship and loss show us, self promotion as women and a great reframe on how to see money.
    Ash shares her experience of writing her first book, how she felt pressing publish on her first ever blog post and the journey along the way. Ash has some fabulous advice about how to put yourself out there and becoming what she’s terms, unfuckwithable and I know you’re going to get SO much out of today’s show!
    I know so many of you are already familiar with Ash’s work and The Middle Finger Project and I’m so delighted to share today’s episode with you! If you’re working on or need to work on putting yourself out there, your mindset around money - especially around being a starving artist - or you’re looking to do your own thing, this is the perfect episode for you!
    Enjoy the show!
    About Ash
    Ash is an internet entrepreneur, creative writer, speaker, and advocate for women being br

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    139: The Creative Process & Feeding Your Creativity with Caroline Jestaz

    139: The Creative Process & Feeding Your Creativity with Caroline Jestaz

    Hello Couragemaker and welcome to a fabulous episode of The Couragemakers Podcast! This week I’m delighted to be chatting to the wonderful Caroline Jestaz.
     
     
    Caroline is a fiction writer, language teacher and writing mentor. She was born and raised in Paris and has been living in the UK since 2003. She first went to England at the age of seven and fell in love with the language, the culture and the country. By the time she was thirteen, she spoke fluent English and went on to study Russian and Italian, then English Literature at university. She has twenty years of teaching experience at university, in language schools and giving private tuition face-to-face and online. Her love of books has led her to run an independent publishing company and to work for two high-profile educational publishers.
     
    Writing is her vocation. Caroline has four novels under her belt. She likes to weave in different narratives and viewpoints and explore themes such as grief, loss, projection, manipulation and deceit. She’s also created an online writing course, runs creative writing workshops in Cambridge and mentors aspiring writers.
      
    Caroline has just launched The Creativity for All Podcast, a bi-monthly show which explores and celebrates the many unseen and unrecognised forms of day-to-day creativity, with the hope of inspiring listeners to tap into their creative potential. She’s passionate about all things creative and endlessly curious about the creative process.
     
    During this episode, we dive into Caroline’s love of languages and linguistics, how her creativity was nurtured as a child and how this plays out in her life today.
     
    Caroline shares her philosophy on writing which doubles up as beautiful advice on life, her life as a self-taught woman and her journey to writing.
     
    We dive into dealing with the critic inside your head, protecting your creativity and putting boundaries around it and the importance of space and freedom in your creative work. We also chat about the myth of the muse and the idea of being too early for something as opposed to not being able to do it.
     
    If you love deep conversations about creativity, if you struggle with your inner critic or you need some creative inspiration, this is the perfect episode for you! Enjoy today’s show!
     
    About Caroline
    Caroline is a fiction writer, language teacher and writing mentor. She’s passionate about all things creative and endlessly curious about the creative process.
    Caroline was born and raised in Paris and has been living in the UK since 2003. She first went to England at the age of seven and fell in love with the language, the culture and the country. By the time she was thirteen, she spoke fluent English and went on to study Russian and Italian, then English Literature at university in France, Scotland and Ireland. She has twenty years of teaching experience at university, in language schools and giving private tuition face-to-face and online. Her love of books has led her to run an independent publishing company and to work for two high-profile educational publishers.
    Writing is her vocation. Caroline has four novels under her belt. Her stories are character-based and always include an element of mystery. She likes to weave in different narratives and viewpoints and explore themes such as grief, loss, projection, manipulation and deceit. She’s also created an online writing course, runs creative writing workshops in Cambridge and mentors aspiring writers. Caroline is passionate about her writing and teaching: ‘The reason I'm a teacher and writing mentor is that I love empowering my students with words and languages and give them the confidence they need to find their own voice.’
    On January 27th 2020, she launched The Creativity for All Podcast, a bi-monthly show which explores and celebrates the many unseen and unrecognised

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    138: Building Fortitude and Cultivating Flow with Audrey Holst

    138: Building Fortitude and Cultivating Flow with Audrey Holst

    Hello Couragemakers!

    This week I’m so excited to share my conversation with Audrey Holst!
    Audrey Holst helps really smart people not fall apart by helping them heal and transform their burnout. She combines over a decade of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness with extensive training and work as a Certified Professional Coach. She is the author of an upcoming book that teaches readers that there is nothing wrong with them, that what they experience as burnout and disconnection makes sense, and that reconnecting to their body and healing their nervous system is the pathway to tap into their innate brilliance and their sense of self. Each month she leads the Standing Still Collective, a virtual gathering for people that want to achieve their goals in a body-centered and intuitive way with the backing of a community that nurtures their positive actions and changes. Audrey believes that everyone is deserving of a life that nourishes them and small and doable changes over time will eventually change the world.Audrey loves spending spending time with her husband and their adorable kitty Sweatpea as well as hiking,  hiking, dancing, yoga and movement in general. I also love curling up under a warm blanket with a book and a cup of tea, which is my personal idea of bliss
    In this week’s episode, we’re diving into everything burnout, connection and flow!
    Audrey shares about her passion for teaching people how to connect with themselves and shares SO much fabulous wisdom!
    She gives us a lesson in nervous system 101, shares her favourite practices to connect with yourselves as well as practices to help with chronic stress.
    We have great discussions about perfectionism as a survival tactic, building a relationship with discomfort and keeping our sanity as ambitious women. We also talk how you can’t  use the same tools to get out of burnout that got you there, and the problem with this idea of always living outside of your comfort zone
    If you’ve ever burnt out, if you struggle with perfectionism or you want to connect with your body more, this is the perfect episode for you!
    I loved learning more about our nervous systems and the things we can do to take back control and connect with ourselves today!
    I know you’re absolutely going to love Audrey - she has a contagious energy and we cover SO much ground in this episode!
    Enjoy today’s show!
    About Audrey
    Audrey Holst helps really smart people not fall apart by helping them heal and transform their burnout. She combines over a decade of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness with extensive training and work as a Certified Professional Coach. She is the author of an upcoming book that teaches readers that there is nothing wrong with them, that what they experience as burnout and disconnection makes sense, and that reconnecting to their body and healing their nervous system is the pathway to tap into their innate brilliance and their sense of self. Each month she leads the Standing Still Collective, a virtual gathering for people that want to achieve their goals in a body-centered and intuitive way with the backing of a community that nurtures their positive actions and changes. Audrey believes that everyone is deserving of a life that nourishes them and small and doable changes over time will eventually change the world.Audrey loves spending spending time with her husband and their adorable kitty Sweatpea as well as hiking, dancing, yoga and movement in general. She also love curling up under a warm blanket with a book and a cup of tea.
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    Things we talked about
    building a relationship with discomfort nervous system 101 burnout Audrey’s favourite practices to connect with yourself stress loops practices to help with chronic stress perfectionism as a survival technique Resources
    Burnout: The secret to solving the stress cyc

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    137: Becoming a Flourishing Introvert with Joanna Rawbone

    137: Becoming a Flourishing Introvert with Joanna Rawbone

    Hello Couragemakers! For this week’s episode, I had the real pleasure of chatting to Joanna Rawbone.
    Jo is a Flourishing Introvert with an international training & coaching business based in the UK.​Joanna has spent more than 24 years working with 000’s of international clients through her own training & coaching consultancy, Scintillo Ltd. During this time, and through her own earlier experiences, she has seen just how problematic the Extraversion bias in organisations is. Recognising that it was time for action, Joanna founded Flourishing Introverts to
    support those who want to fulfil their potential without pretending to be something they're not. educate and inform organisations about the true cost of overlooking their introverts promote positive action and balance the extraversion bias in 2019, Joanna delivered a TEDx talk on the subject called ‘Tackling Extraversion Bias to unlock the potential of Introverts’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD7GXMeH4yI
    Joanna has a real passion for helping her clients make the small but sustainable changes that really make a difference. Her weeks are spent working with clients, travelling, writing and just 'being'.The things that make her happy include her work with individuals and groups,  spending time on her own; necessary in order to replenish sufficiently and music, crafts and reading; all pastimes in which she can 'lose' myself
    During our conversation, Jo shares her journey of learning she was an introvert and the fabulous work she now does to advocate for fellow introverts.
    We have so many great discussions during this episode, from our shared value of integrity, how how exhausting it is pretending to be an extravert because we think we should be and expanding your comfort zone while staying true to who you are.
    We talk about the concept of heart-song work and how Jo found hers, and her brilliant advice for anyone searching for work that makes their heart sing.
    We dive into how flourishing is a choice, Jo’s experiences of being an introvert and the six different types of introverts. I learned SO much during this interview and I can’t wait for her podcast which is launching at the end of February.
    This is such a practical episode, I got so much out of it and I am just so excited to share it with you!
    Enjoy today’s show!
    About Jo 
    own training & coaching consultancy, Scintillo Ltd. During this time, and through her own earlier experiences, she has seen just how problematic the Extraversion bias in organisations is. It negatively impacts employee engagement, retention and productivity. It also impairs the physical and mental health & well-being of employees with the obvious consequences. 
    Recognising that it was time for action, Joanna founded Flourishing Introverts to
    support those who want to fulfil their potential without pretending to be something they're not. educate and inform organisations about the true cost of overlooking their introverts promote positive action and balance the extraversion bias in 2019, Joanna delivered a TEDx talk on the subject called ‘Tackling Extraversion Bias to unlock the potential of Introverts’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD7GXMeH4yI
    Joanna has a real passion for helping her clients make the small but sustainable changes that really make a difference.  Being a functioning introvert, her clients value her ability to listen to more than the words, understand things from their perspective and co-create robust, pragmatic solutions. 
    Things We Talked About
    Jo's journey of discovering she is an introvert How exhausting it is pretending to be an extravert because we think we should be Dealing with inauthenticity Tackling the introversion bias How flourishing is a choice Expanding your comfort zone while staying true to who you are The 6 different types of introverts How Jo found her 'heart-song' work and

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Customer Reviews

Caroline Jestaz ,

I could listen to the Couragemakers Podcast all day long!

I have to stop and ration myself, otherwise I would spend my days listening to Meg's many wonderful interviews! I've also downloaded her pep talks, which I listen to when my motivation is low. I highly recommend The Couragemakers Podcast. It's inspiring and good for the soul.

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Meg has a warm, thoughtful style in the interviews and guests are honest about the unique challenges they’ve had to face, while sharing some helpful ideas on how to overcome them. Uplifting stuff!

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