29 episodes

From stories of reinvention and inspiring career pivots, to the dramatic shifts that happen in moments of crisis, this season on change explores how we feel at that crucial point of creating new lives for ourselves, and what we can learn from the experiences of others.

Speaking to the likes of authors, artists, CEOs, adventurers, musicians, former prisoners, and even monks, presenter Dee Stirling uncovers the truth about what it takes to make a life change, and paints a picture of how we feel when our lives experience a transition, during life-changing event however big, or small.

Double Espresso With Dee: Inspiring Stories of Change and Personal Growth Dee Stirling

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From stories of reinvention and inspiring career pivots, to the dramatic shifts that happen in moments of crisis, this season on change explores how we feel at that crucial point of creating new lives for ourselves, and what we can learn from the experiences of others.

Speaking to the likes of authors, artists, CEOs, adventurers, musicians, former prisoners, and even monks, presenter Dee Stirling uncovers the truth about what it takes to make a life change, and paints a picture of how we feel when our lives experience a transition, during life-changing event however big, or small.

    Extraordinary Journey from Inmate to Fitness Entrepreneur - Coss Marte

    Extraordinary Journey from Inmate to Fitness Entrepreneur - Coss Marte

    My guest today is Coss Marte born and raised on the lower east side in New York, the son of Dominican immigrants and raised by a single mother who struggled to support her family.

    • 35 min
    There Is Absolutely Nothing Wrong with You | Gerad Kite

    There Is Absolutely Nothing Wrong with You | Gerad Kite

    My guest today is Gerad Kite, internationally recognized as an acupuncture master and a fertility expert. Gerad trained in five element acupuncture of which he is now a master and teacher based in London. He started the first-ever NHS acupuncture service in the UK in 1993, based at King's college hospital, predominantly working with patients with AIDS and terminal illnesses.
    Gerad is a renowned author. His latest book 'The Art of Baby Making' came out in 2020, and he has gained a reputation as the daddy of all fertility experts. Gerad has gone through much change in his life and enabled many to make lasting change in theirs. His discovery of acupuncture was a true epiphany and in our conversation, he tells me all about that moment and the life-changing journey he embarked on.
    I loved learning about his early approach to work and his rigid mindset, how limiting that eventually was and how somewhere like San Francisco in the 80s could offer such a world of liberation and change. Gerad reminded me that we are so often more programmed to think and behave in a certain way than we realise. And that something, often is about taking a risk. “It doesn't have to be a big risk but take a step outside of the box and take a risk,” he says.


    Points of discussion: (00:00) Introduction
    (01:44) What was it like to leave London and move to San Francisco?
    (04:53) How did you change your mindset and go into acupuncture?
    (09:11) Five element acupuncture 
    (11:39) After the years of training and practice in acupuncture, what shifted in you?
    (18:09) How Gerad became a fertility expert
    (22:03) What are seasons teaching us about changes in life?
    (25:19) How to get back to the mindful living
    (26:00) Why do people struggle with change?
    (28:26) One piece of advice from Gerad
    (29:15) Future focus and plans
    (30:09) Key takeaways by Dee


     
    If you have a question or feedback on the series send me a message on Instagram (@deedoubleespresso) or email me at doublespressowithdee@gmail.com

    • 32 min
    Reflections on inspiring stories of change and personal growth

    Reflections on inspiring stories of change and personal growth

    As I’ve discovered in the last couple of months, from speaking to all of my extraordinary guests, sometimes it takes a week to decide our destiny. Sometimes it happens in a moment. And sometimes it’s an ongoing journey of discovery. As we come to the close of another year, this is such a valuable message for us to remember. There is so much possibility ahead of us if we can only listen to our instincts, trust the process, lean into challenge and change, and not be afraid of our power. 
    So my invitation to you today is to take my guests as your inspiration. To ask what is stopping you, to listen, truly listen to the answer, and then go forth into a new year ready for change. 
    Thank you, happy new year, and I look forward to sharing more incredible stories with you in 2022.

    If you have a question or feedback on the series send me a message on Instagram (@deedoubleespresso) or email me at doublespressowithdee@gmail.com

    • 10 min
    Business pivot helped me succeed | Andrew Forman Founder of Givz

    Business pivot helped me succeed | Andrew Forman Founder of Givz

    My guest Andrew Foreman is a former banker, who after his MBA at Harvard Business School, decided to resolve a problem he experienced to make charitable giving smarter. Fast forward he took the leap, made a business pivot and became an entrepreneur. Today Andrew is co-founder and CEO of Givz, a high-growth tech platform created to resolve this problem. Andrew shared the story of his journey from banker to entrepreneur. During the transition there were many highs and lows. He described how he was feeling during the tough times of business challenges and things not working. 
    Points of Discussion:

    Introduction (00:00) How did you decide to start a business? (01:47) Being called a wantrepreneur fueled Andrew’s fire (03:35) What was the emotion around not going back to banking? (05:45) Beginnings of Givz and how it looks today (07:05) What were the big business pivots and how did you cope with them? (09:11) What were the changes for you as a business leader? (12:48) How do you deal with uncertainty? (13:51) After becoming a parent, how did that change you as a person? (15:17) Who were the people who influenced you? (16:57) What is your superpower? (19:08) What did you learn about yourself that you are going to bring forward? (20:36) What do you feel is your purpose in life? (21:55) Key takeaways (23:32) Additional Resources:  
    More about Andrew Forman
    Learn more about Givz
    Follow me Instagram
    Visit my website
     

    • 25 min
    How a near-death experience shifted my path | Cassius Rayner

    How a near-death experience shifted my path | Cassius Rayner

    Cassius Rayner is a multi-award winning filmmaker, writer and lecturer. His passion is producing film content using iPhones, capturing stories globally on a variety of social issues. He embraces new technology and runs workshops in smartphone video.  He is the founder of the Go Film It, a video production company and also He is also a lecturer at ScreenSpace Ealing Studios in mobile filmmaking.    Most recently he won the award for Best Short Film for Dead Eye at the Stockholm Film Festival.

    Cassius has been working as a camera operator and director in film since 1992. He was 30 years old when his life suddenly changed, when he was stabbed by two youths in South London.  They hit a major artery and he would have bled to death had it not been for an off-duty nurse who found him and saved his life.
     
    Points of Discussion:

    Introduction (00:00)
    What passed through your mind during your near-death experience? (01:45)
    How did you feel about life during the recovery process? (05:18)
    Did that trauma send you into a new direction? (07:24)
    How did you emotionally cope with recovery? (08:24)
    What did you learn about the gangs and these sorts of behaviours? (11:11)
    Career pivot and the work with marginalized young people (19:45)
    Mobile filmmaking and opportunities that come with new technology (29:05)
    How has Covid affected you and your work (32:35)
    How do you feel about change? (36:04)
    What are you looking forward to? (37:38)
    Key takeaways (40:45)

    If you have a question or feedback on the series send me a message on Instagram (@deedoubleespresso) or email me at doublespressowithdee@gmail.com
     

    • 43 min
    Surviving cancer was a life changing experience | Annee De Mamiel

    Surviving cancer was a life changing experience | Annee De Mamiel

    Today, my guest is Annee de Mamiel, world-renowned skin health specialist, and founder of natural skincare range  De Mamiel - activated by science and designed to treat the impact of stress on the skin.    Annee de Mamiel grew up in rural Australia. And after an early career in the pharmaceuticals industry, she pivoted into finance and excelled as a trader on the financial markets. She also pursued her love of sport and became one of Australia's top women triathletes. Then, the sudden death of her dear mentor made her question her life and, as a result, she made some quick and drastic changes. Later, following her cancer diagnosis, she continued to change and evolve her purpose. Today we discuss her journey, her challenges, and her epiphany moments.



    Points of Discussion:


    Introduction (01:00)
    Why the pharmaceutical industry? (1:29)
    Highlights of finance career (03:45)
    Time of career change (06:10)
    Was it a risk to leave the world of finance and money? (08:05)
    Cancer diagnosis and coping with it (09:05)
    Changing aspects to survive (15:07)
    Setting up a business and new road (19:15)
    What have you learned about yourself by building a business? (22:45)
    Interconnections between three elements and where does imbalance lie (24:30)
    Annee's secret of living a healthy life (26:40)
    How do you handle change, and how do you feel about it? (30:50)
    What would you say to a 20-year-old self? (32:15)
    Key takeaways (33:04)
     
     
    If you have a question or feedback on the series send me a message on Instagram (@deedoubleespresso) or email me at doublespressowithdee@gmail.com

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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carmelwads ,

Great conversation

I loved this conversation with Dee and Kiki fantastic questions and thoughtful answers.

Deetee1234 ,

Excellent!

Super interesting and informative

Janesaunders ,

Insightful

So good to hear the story of a young woman who uses her talents to help others. Dee has a gift in bringing out hidden gems.

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