A very warm welcome to Prim Rose Light. Over the course of this series I hope you’ll enjoy the journey we embark on together where we discuss real conversations to the pressing but inspiring, all with the aim to build a truly conscious and inspiring community. I’ve wanted to do this for years so I’m really excited and passionate to share some of the experiences and hopefully wisdom I’ve gained along the way and continue to experience as we go through this journey called life. My deepest thanks for listening and warm wishes and I’m sending you all lots of peace, love and light. 🙏
Pensions with a purpose, a guide to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.
In this episode I was absolutely delighted to be joined by Charlotte from pensions for purpose. We discuss the super important subject that is ESG, what does this mean and how can we move towards more impact investing. We also give practical tips for investors (both institutional but more retail) and consider why it’s taken so much time to even get the finance industry to take this seriously as it’s not been cost factored into our models. The current Coronavirus pandemic has provided us with an opportunity to take stock, to think about the interconnectedness of the global community and economy, and the impact we have on one another’s lives and the environment. We are recognising in real time the value of the environment, society and good decision making (or governance) as well as the failure of bad decision making, of not valuing the environment and different groups in society.
The current situation has provided some indicators on what the future may look like and what sacrifices we need to make in order to create a sustainable world. We have seen satellite images showing reduced air pollution across the world as a result of lockdowns and with a potential long-term shift to working from home. We have also seen a shift in emphasis on key workers and key services which benefit society. We have, overnight, changed the role of the state and its reach, recognising people’s value based on contribution, not profit. Every person is playing their part and every component in the chain needs to work to make this possible. I hope you find this topic on personal finance helpful. Sending you peace, love and light. ❤️🙏
Meet 15 minute mom
Meet 15 minute mom, Kripa. I was delighted to have the chance to speak to Kripa who is a busy professional who loves putting her creativity to good use as well as using her scientific background (she has an Msc in Organic Chemistry and is currently studying "Science & Cooking" with Harvard University). Kripa loves making delicious vegetarian, quick and easy recipes for her family and her to enjoy.
What started of with simple recipe sharing amongst friends has seen over the last 4 years huge growth and interest in what Kripa produces. Impressively, Kripa now works with various food brands, kitchen gadget and utensil companies to create content, recipes and social media campaigns. These include GOSH, Mr Organic and Asda to name a few. Kripa also runs an interior Design Consultancy) so needless to say, her hands are very full.
In this podcast, we discuss some of the concepts around how Kripa even got started and how she grew her IG following to become an "influencer" to over 52k followers. We also discuss child psychology and how she feels that we have become to worried about this need to entertain our kids, rather than let them sit with boredom. We also discuss some of the myths of food and the science of food. We also chat about how she comes up with different recipes coupled with how she has engaged her 3 young children to participate and get so involved in cooking. The podcast also discusses some of her tips and tricks for parents who may have to get more creative on how to get their children to eat their fruits and veggies. Finally, we talk about how Kripa manages her wonderful trim figure and being surrounded by food all day and having had 3 kids, is nothing short of impressive!
What is global health and how can we juggle a career whilst creating meaning in our own life?
In this episode, I was thrilled to have Priya talk about her fascinating journey which is very international indeed! Priya and I discuss her life’s work, her mission to make things better but also the lack of female mentorship in global health and the choices she was confronted with. We also explore some of the struggles women face from safety being abroad to thinking about life choices such as fertility and freezing eggs when pursuing a career. I hope you enjoy this podcast. By way of background, Priya is an optometrist by training but took the route of public health and working globally. She grew up in Tanzania and had a very diverse upbringing between boarding school in Kenya and then an International School in Tanzania.
She had a keen interest in bringing her passion, her spiritual quest and her career together. And global health was the perfect fit for her. Of course not withstanding it’s challenges! She realised very quickly after doing a few voluntary trips abroad that building health systems should have a sustainable approach and not one off feel good projects.
Currently she holds a dual position, as Assistant Professor in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Head of Global Programme Design at a social enterprise called Peek Vision based out of London working in ten countries.
Priya’s experiences and challenges come from her work in implementing projects and teaching in over 20 countries. Her PhD has led her further to better understand how complex behaviour change is, especially in resource scarce settings.
She’s been recognised by the World Council of Optometry for her role in public health as a young leader and has recently also been included as a Fellow of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics. And a couple of weeks ago was admitted into the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.
She continues to walk on her spiritual path and had made running a part of her journey with an obsession woth running marathons and when she couldnt do that, decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro!
Opening to series 2 - dating and relationship advice from a relationships coach
Welcome to series 2 of Prim Rose Light, I’m joined by Varsha who is a dating and relationship coach and speaker. Her clients stop the daunting swiping and texts by empowering self acceptance and confidence to once and for all click authentically with their ideal partner. She helps creates awareness, distinctions and transformation in love by recognizing deep rooted beliefs and automatic behaviors. As a former lawyer & mediator, Varsha uses her past experiences, even a divorce and remarriage, to help others make decisions free from stigmas and taboos that move them towards their dreams. I hope you’ll find this conversation useful whether you’re just starting out your dating journey, or are looking to maintain a relationship and a discussion around love languages. After all, we need to be in a relationship with ourselves first and foremost.
Season 1 - season finale. On the couch with Chris Mayo
In this final episode for series 1, I am joined by Chris Mayo who has his own podcast and is a legal recruiter. Like all good stories, this was a random encounter and we decided to do a joint collaboration and podcast. This final podcast summarises some of learnings and realisations I’ve had whilst podcasting, how this passion of podcasting even came about and the same for Chris. It’s a mix of interviewing and being an interviewee so I hope you’ll enjoy hearing me ‘partially’ in the hot seat. Wishing you a safe and happy 2021 and I’ll be there with new, inspiring and uplifting content. Lots of love and light. ❤️🙏
BAME property - what impacts this group?
In this episode I’m joined by Priya of BAME property.
Priya is an Urbanist, exploring the built environment from political, social and diversity perspectives, through her roles as a communications consultant, and founder of BAME in Property, an organisation that seeks to increase ethnic diversity in the built environment sector.
Since launching in December 2017, BAME in Property has grown to become one of the leading ethnic diversity networks in the built environment sector. Using her communication skills, Priya has grown the organisation's social media presence significantly, and during the first 100 days of the COVID-19 lockdown, she reached 370,000+ people on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Over the last few months, Priya has started providing more strategic advice to companies on ethnic diversity and BAME inequalities in housing. She sits on several advisory boards including the Estates Gazette Content Advisory Board and was recently appointed to a Research Advisory Group on Race Equality with the Oak Foundation, a homelessness charity and Heriot Watt University. She is a trusted voice in the property industry, changing the narrative about ethnic diversity.
Priya is particularly interested in the built environment in developing countries and brings experiences from her travels to the professional environment. She believes diversity in thought comes from the best working practices around the world. In late 2018, Priya undertook research in South Africa, where she explored the housing struggles faced by the Indian population in Kwa-Zulu Natal and how the role of religion and culture has helped them overcome these. She published her research paper for the property industry in February 2019 and shared her findings during a live EG audience interview in May 2019.
Priya has received the following accolades for her work:
- RTPI Planner Magazine's Women of Influence (2018, 2019 and 2020)
- September 2018, finalist for Estate Gazette's Rising Star Award
- September 2019, listed as one of Property Week's RESI Trailblazers for shaking up the UK residential sector with BAME in Property
- October 2020, finalist for the Women of Future Award, Real Estate, Infrastructure and Construction category
- October 2020, listed as one of TechRound's to