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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.

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

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

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.

    The Truth About Taking Risks In Life | Gerad Kite

    The Truth About Taking Risks In Life | Gerad Kite

    Many of my guests have talked about the importance of taking risks to show yourself what you're made of and grow in every aspect of your life. All of them believe that if you play it too safe, you will miss out on the many adventures and opportunities that life brings. I always say, give it a go take the leap. What is the worst that can happen?
     
    My dear friend and guest, Gerad kite is a big proponent of going out of your cosy zone and taking a risk. Many years ago within a space of a few weeks, he left behind a successful business in London, which he built in his early twenties and moved to San Francisco with one suitcase and nowhere to stay. Today we will hear how he was feeling while taking a risk and changing his life.

    Over the coming weeks, we will launch the Double Espresso With Dee shorts. 10-minute podcast episodes with key soundbites from my amazing guests. We will revisit themes that matter to you, risk, letting go, overcoming adversity, embracing failure, making a change, identity, how to be you and many more.

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

    Visit my website: https://dee.biz/

    • 13 min
    Healing Journey After Childhood Trauma | Pirie Jones Grossman

    Healing Journey After Childhood Trauma | Pirie Jones Grossman

    My guest today is the incredible Pirie Jones Grossman. Pirie started working in L.A. and over the following 20 years became a well-known actor and then a very high profile presenter and TV host for E! Entertainment, Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC.  She was famous, fabulous, and part of an L.A. power couple. But privately, she struggled deeply after hitting rock bottom. Pirie left L.A. for good and settled in Sun Valley, Idaho. Over time, she broke through, found herself and decided to change her life. 
    Today, Perry is an international bestselling author, a soul-centred, transformational life coach and TEDx speaker and co-founder and co-host of podcast Own Your Throne. I highly recommend reading her amazing book Conversations With Pirie: 30 Stories of People Who Reinvented Themselves
    Today through her own experiences, Pirie works with clients to empower their life path, enabling them to learn and recover from their life events, and rise like a phoenix to fulfil their potential. 
    I am sure you will love our conversation as much as I did. 
    Points of discussion:
    Introduction (00:00)
    Going back to Pirie's early childhood (02:45)
    Moving past childhood trauma (07:59)
    Building the next chapter (10:37)
    Pirie's first marriage (13:46)
    Moving to L.A. and starting a professional career (15:21)
    Second Marriage and suicide attempt (20:18)
    Leaving LA (24:39)
    Becoming a mother (28:54)
    Road to reinvention (34:51)
    Coaching as life mission (40:07)
    Final words by Dee (44:23)



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

    • 46 min
    Ready to Pivot? Fire up Life and Career Change with Octavia Goredema

    Ready to Pivot? Fire up Life and Career Change with Octavia Goredema

    Speaking to Octavia today reminded me that we are all constantly working through a cycle of change. Sometimes we seem to see life as a series of steadier moments, punctuated by dramatic shifts. Often, as she points out, change might happen quickly, but the ripple effects last much longer.

    My guest today is Octavia Goredema - author, entrepreneur and career coach, British by birth and resident of LA. Octavia is the founder of Twenty Ten Agency a career coaching company that works with individuals and also major corporations to help them advance the leadership development of underrepresented employees. She is the author of the book PREP, PUSH, PIVOT which helps women of colour navigate the key moments that define their careers.

    “While change might happen suddenly, the ripple effects from that change can take much longer…” - Octavia Goredema

    Thank you for listening to this week's episode. And thank you to Octavia for her energy and for her wisdom. Points of discussion: Introduction (00:00)
    Going back to Octavia's decision to relocate to the LA (02:15)
    Twenty Ten Agency Launch and Growth (06:36)
    What has changed from when you started your agency (09:28)
    What are a few things large corporations should lead with after COVID (15:03)
    Push, Prep, Pivot Book (16:12)
    How Octavia dealt with her fears (22:33)
    Epiphany moments (23:49)
    How to get ahead of yourself - Octavia's secrets (29:08)
    The best advice Octavia have been given to (31:25)
    Key Takeaways by Dee (33:22)



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

    • 35 min
    How Mental - Inspiring Story of Social Entrepreneur George Taktak

    How Mental - Inspiring Story of Social Entrepreneur George Taktak

    George Taktak and I had a fabulous high-speed conversation about the highs, the lows, and the challenges of humanizing and scaling mental health support. We also discussed how George's creative talents, he is both an artist and a poet, contributing vitally to his high growth business and his wellbeing.

    George is an entrepreneur, mental health activist, and founder of How Mental - a social movement of more than a quarter of a million people whose mission is to make mental health care accessible to all. The Genesis for How Mental started some years ago, born out of Georgia's own struggles and his experience of a harrowing mental pain.

    He was so beautifully honest and inspiring to talk to. I am always amazed by his passion, his knowledge and his refusal to accept the status quo. 
     
    Points of discussion:
    Introduction (00:00)
    George’s experience of working as a banker  (03:01)
    Dealing with the loss of a family member (05:31)
    How did George turn the corner and started his next step on the journey (11:54)
    How is he supporting himself today (16:04)
    View on isolationism of technology (21:35)
    Growth of How Mental movement (23:27)
    Role of creativity (27:25)
    The biggest moment of change/epiphany (30:24)
    Takeaways by Dee (34:21)



    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
    Underwater Epiphany - A Story of How Eddeene Became a High Jeweller

    Underwater Epiphany - A Story of How Eddeene Became a High Jeweller

    It’s a special joy to interview your friends, and I feel so lucky to have talked to Édéenne today. She has such an incredible vision and the real grit to keep going, no matter what.

    Édéenne is a high jeweller having founded her jewellery house in Paris in 2003 after a major life-changing epiphany.

    We talked about her life-changing experience and transition from businesswoman to a high jeweller. I loved her insistence that we have to keep looking for experiences all the time, not watching the trains go past, but jumping on the right one when it comes along. And her epiphany at the bottom of the lake is just such a hypothetical train. But it is also a testament to the power of nature and how the answers are always there, if only we were listening.   
    Nature plays a big part in her work - from the butterfly to ivy leaves and precious stones. And this links her own belief about trusting her instincts, thinking in her heart about what she wants to do with her life, and how she wants to enjoy it. 

    We discuss her incredible story, this moment of radical change in her life and why we all need to feel the fear and embrace it because surprises await us.


    Points of discussion:
    Introduction (00:00)
    Epiphany story (02:53)
    Starting over - pursuing a new career (05:51)
    The biggest challenges Edeenn had in the early years of becoming a fine jeweller (10:52)
    The creative process (15:30)
    Changing the personal name (18:05)
    What excites you the most, today? (22:12)
    Edeenne’s advice to someone who needs to make the change (24:34)
    If you could make one piece for one person in the world, who would that be? (26:42)
    Takeaways by Dee (28:05)



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

    • 30 min
    How Genocide Survivor Taban Shoresh Rebuilt Her Life and Became an Aid Worker

    How Genocide Survivor Taban Shoresh Rebuilt Her Life and Became an Aid Worker

    My guest today is the incredible Taban Shoresh, a former child genocide survivor who suffered imprisonment as a four-year-old with her family, during the Saddam Hussein regime. 
    Over time Taban adjusted to life here, but the trauma of her experiences never fully left her. She married at a young age and settled into her university studies and subsequent career. Little by little. She came to realize that the relationship she was in was highly abusive and she feared for her life once more. Somehow, however, she finds the courage to escape.
    By 2014, she set up the Lotus Flower, a not-for-profit for women and girls impacted by conflict and displacement. Since its launch, it has supported ISIS survivors in three camp based centres. And to date has helped over 40,000 women and girls.
     
    Points of discussion:
    Introduction (00:00) Going back to Taban's childhood (02:43) Coming to the United Kingdom (08:51) Embracing both Kurdish and British culture during teen days (10:30) Leaving abusive marriage (15:08) Epiphany moment (24:09) The genesis of Lotus Flower organization (32:27) How does Taban manage her foundation and life (38:46) Taban's advice on how to go through hardship (40:01)
    Closing words by Dee (41:58)



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

    • 44 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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