Relight Your Fire; to fuel your passions and purpose and rejuvenate your fire for life. While this may sound like a mountain of a task, in reality, it takes a few actions and new ways of thinking compounded over days, weeks and years. In this series, we explore the minds, values and habits of high performing individuals to find what they do to relight their fire. We dive into their stories, how they got to where they are and most importantly, how they’ve stayed motivated, inspired and passionate. I hope you enjoy the podcasts.
To get in touch with Anita about the show or any other queries, you can e-mail: email@example.com
Relight your fire is hosted by Anita Goyal. Anita is the CEO and trustee of The Hemraj Goyal Foundation and the Hallmark Care homes foundation. Also serving as the Vice President of Barnardo’s, Patron of Binti International and an Ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society. She is an award-winning philanthropist, community champion and author of Voices from Punjab and Voices from Gujarat. Anita’s passion for teaching led her to become a teacher in science and an Assistant Headteacher. She has completed her MA in Special and Inclusive Education in London and is pioneering personal development workshops in schools across the UK. She is passionate about making a difference and believes in doing everything with passion and purpose.
Ep.8 Shalini Khemka | Embracing technology & the power of networking
In this episode, I'm with entrepreneur Shalini Khemka.
Shalini founded E2Exchange in 2011. Its mission is to help build and foster the future high impact entrepreneurs of the UK by providing one place, under one umbrella organisation, where entrepreneurs come to grow their businesses by connecting with fellow entrepreneurs, sourcing investment, finding NEDs and accessing world-class corporate services.
Prior to establishing E2E Shalini was an Investment Director at LDC the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group and led LDC’s off-market origination network; The LDC Opportunity Club.
Shalini joined LDC from Lloyds Banking Group where she ran the Group’s 'plain vanilla' International Trade Finance business whilst chairing the Lloyds TSB’s Emerging Leaders, programme.
Speaking to Shalini, she speaks on her early career, what drove her to leave her corporate job, seeing the opportunity the internet provided the financial market and the route to becoming an entrepreneur.
We speak on the importance of mentors and what lessons she's learned going into business.
COVID's impact on the live events industry in 2020 was catastrophic. With conferences and live events cancelled at the drop of a hat; e2e's business model had previously relied upon live events for its members to connect. We speak on how Shalini took on the challenge that COVID presented, how the business has pivoted online and the challenges she was faced with early in the pandemic.
Speaking on the pandemic, Shalini expresses her concerns for young entrepreneurs who are unable to build meaningful relationships in the current climate. In 2020, Shalini also worked closely with the Chancellor, consulting on the Government's furlough scheme and she speaks on the challenges she foresaw in the job market and how she helped to shape the scheme to protect more people.
This episode is really valuable for entrepreneurs who are early on in their businesses, Shalini has a tonne of valuable advice alongside being an inspirational role model.
Find out more about e2exchange at https://www.e2exchange.com/
And you can get in touch with Shalini via linked at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/e2exchange/
Ep.7 Avnish Goyal | Chasing excellence
In this episode, I'm joined by serial entrepreneur, Avnish Goyal. Avnish’s desire to make a difference is the fuel that has helped to create many of his achievements. He was raised by parents, Santosh and Hemraj who instilled in him a strong set of values of industry, integrity and ingenuity which have set him in good stead for building one the most respected companies in social care in the UK, Hallmark Care Homes, and won him and his team many awards and accolades.
More recently, he decided to diversify into building and operating retirement villages under the brand of Santhem Residences. The care homes and care villages are being built through the construction arm Savista Developments which he also set up in 2018 to manage the expansion. Avnish’s vision is to transform the social care sector for older people and to make a difference in a world where everyone has the same opportunities irrespective of their gender, class, race or sexual orientation. Avnish is now a recognized speaker on topics such as entrepreneurship, personal development and building culture and performance in the workplace.
We talk about where Avnish's drive came from; reflecting on his upbringing and roots, he shares how life in Essex and coming from very little shaped his character. How the influence for the work he does today began at a young age when he began to stand up for himself and leadership of his Mother's unwavering attitude towards education for her children.
Avnish is focused on excellence and he shares his approach towards being the best at something and the key difference between actually being the best and 'trying to be the best'. Much of his early success in property can be attributed to this virtue and how his more recent endeavours are benefitting from this attitude is truly inspiring.
We finally talk about his philanthropy and our relationship, with him, of course, being my husband. Talking on the Vision Board Workshop that we are both currently preparing for, we talk about the inspiration behind these workshops and others like it that we host and hopefully do a good job at convincing anyone listening to join us, for free, on January 10th 2021!
Connect with Avnish on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avnishgoyal/
Ep.6 Dr. Javed Khan, CEO of Barnardo's | Leading with authenticity
I'm honoured to be joined by Javed Khan, leading figure in the UK public and voluntary sectors, with thirty-four years’ experience developing a track record of successfully managing change through key high profile leadership roles.
He is currently the Chief Executive of Barnardo's, the UK's largest children’s charity and oversees over 1000 services in local communities, including support for children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. In the episode, we start by talking about what drives Javed to do what he does and how, with all of the responsibilities he has, he avoids overwhelm. Starting as a math's teacher, Javed reflects on what led him to get to the position of CEO that he's in today and how his journey is driven by purpose.
Growing up in the humble backstreets of inner-city Birmingham with hard-working parents who didn't speak English, Javed recalls, as a child, never having a parents evening but always seeing how hard they worked and being surrounded by love being the driving factor in his success. Often found asking himself 'should I have been a Barnardo's child?', Javed gives us a unique personal insight into how his personal experience and self-awareness helps shape his vision for how the charity seeks to help children.
A core part of his work is managing the services of the organisation and this authentic approach gives him a better perspective on how services need to be nuanced towards the 'differed starting points that people come to Barnardo's with'; he gives a great example of the helpline Barnardo's launched 'Boloh', the UK’s first helpline supporting vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and families impacted by COVID-19.
Touching further the impacts of COVID, Javed shares the challenges that young people are going through at the moment and the hard work that Barnardo's is doing for them. He personally spends time with the children the charity helps and so when speaking on the topic, Javed has an authentic & grounded view of what challenges the children he's seeking to serve need from him and the charity. Javed stresses the importance of resilience that we must all have in order to get through this unpredictable time. Often found asking himself 'am I doing a good enough job' & how this has been amplified by the pandemic.
As a mother myself, I found Javed's advice on online safety, especially with children from less fortunate backgrounds, eye-opening and further reassurance that at the helm of this incredible charity is an authentic, grounded and forward-thinking leader who is perfect for the job.
Javed's authentic leadership style and drives to see change is clear throughout the episode and the insight he shares for individuals wanting to impact not only the world but themselves is second to none.
Javed’s Twitter: @JavedKhanCEO – https://twitter.com/javedkhanceo
Javed’s LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/javed-khan-29b98310
Ep.5 Lavina Mehta, MBE | Exercise for sanity, not vanity.
In this episode, I'm with award-winning Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach and mum of 3, Lavina Mehta.
Lavina's recently been awarded an MBE for her services to health and fitness during COVID-19. Pre-COVID, she launched a National press campaign to “Get UK Asians Fit!” and during the first two lockdowns in 2020, Lavina harnessed the power of social media, launching a YouTube and Instagram series for seniors; Joined by her 72-year old mother in law they made national TV and radio!
Lavina and I talk about her passion and drive and how she's gotten to where she is today. She explains why she's embarked on this journey and how her 'why' keeps her motivated to keep going, how she seeks to inspire other women to join her journey to 'feel good' and how she uses concepts like 'exercise snacking' for women of all ages to keep them interested in their health. Naturally, with all that she's doing, Lavina lives an extremely busy lifestyle little did I know, this was what inspired exercise snacking and Lavina explains the massive health benefits of something as simple as a 10minute walk after eating to control diseases like diabetes.
Being quite a private person, before launching her Instagram, Lavina's journey onto social media has been met with challenges. And while she's impacted so many people we talk about how it's helped bring her family closer together too. At the height of the lockdown, she was doing workouts daily, Lavina shares the challenges of making this possible, especially combined with family life. She shares with me how she self-motivates to continue serving the community day-after-day and even whilst self-isolating when a family member contracted COVID-19.
Going into the deeper reasons behind what drives Lavina to help the elderly and inspire younger generations to keep fit and active. We touch on her father-in-law's journey, who sadly passed away within 6-months of being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Losing someone she loved as quickly as she did, she reflects on how exercise helped her and her husband through such a challenging time and what others can take away from it.
Her journey is very much inspired by those around her and her drive to make the world a better place in whatever way she can.
Lavina is so inspirational and I'm delighted to have had this conversation with her. To keep up with her journey, you can find her on Instagram @feelgoodwithlavina.
Ep.4 Ameesha Bhudia | Gaining the strength and resilience of an MMA fighter.
In this episode, I'm with Powerlifter, Judo black belt, BJJ blue belt, former MMA fighter, Ameesha Bhudia. She now works as a martial arts coach - teaching children to defend themselves, manages a gym and is a personal trainer helping to empower women.
Ameesha tells us all about how her fascination for Judo began and how this led to her competing, being entered into the boy’s category during a tournament in Paris and the struggles she's faced as a female fighter and as an Asian woman.
Also sharing with us what goes through her mind and the mental techniques she uses in the ring and how these are applicable outside the ring.
Going onto Ameesha's inspirational journey into powerlifting we talk about the 'mantra' she lives by taught to her by her mentor and how she uses this to lift extraordinary weights and how this mindset is transferred again in day-to-day living.
She reflects on the learnings she's had as a MMA fighter and how this has helped her to become a better powerlifter, the physical changes that motherhood has brought and her plans for the future.
To keep up with Ameesha's journey you can follow her on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/ameeshab
Ep.3 Sonali Shah | How to presence yourself for high-profile interviews & building self confidence.
Sonali has been a regular face on BBC One for fourteen years. She is in her eighth year of hosting the property show Escape to the Country and also presents from many live events, such Trooping the Colour, The Lord Mayor’s Show and The Commonwealth Service, for the channel.
Sonali joined the ITV Tonight reporting team in 2020 and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and on BBC Breakfast.
Sonali was part of the presentation teams for Beijing 2008, Delhi 2010, the Cricket World Cup 2011, London 2012, Glasgow 2014 and Wimbledon for BBC Sport.
Sonali was a long-serving presenter of Newsround and has also hosted Crimewatch and National Lottery Live for BBC One.
Sonali is an Ambassador for the British Asian Trust, The Prince’s Trust and Barnardo’s and regularly hosts live audience events.
In this episode, we talk about how she has built her career in TV & some of the A-list personalities she's interviewed. Sonali gives us insight into preparing to interview high-profile people, the 'unofficial agreement' between her and her father while pursuing a not-so-regular career.
She dives into her experiences at the BBC, the skills she's needed and reflects on her attitude going into dangerous situations such as the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and reporting from Afghanistan.
To connect with Sonali online you can find her here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SonaliShah
And Instagram here: http://instagram.com/sonalishah
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Inspirational and fascinating!
I recently listened to Anita’s interview with Avnish Goyal (Ep 07). Anita was really able to bring out Avnish’s story from being a young boy born in India, emigrating to the U.K. fifty years ago and his subsequent journey. She helped Avnish to articulate his story, evoke the emotions he felt at the time, and what dreams he had and what inspires him. That left me feeling inspired, touched and motivated.
I’m now moved to go and listen to all the other episodes that Anita has made of ‘Relight Your Fire!’ and I encourage you to do the same ;-)
An amazing podcast really enjoyed listening to all of the episodes. The stories were very inspiring and I look forward to more episodes from Anita
Inspirational and motivating
Fantastic podcast, easy to listen to and relate to. Listening to these strong and inspiring women got me thinking about a lot of the things in my life and helped me to see them from a different perspective. I am so looking forward to more episodes and definitely feeling inspired.