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Welcome to Smashing The Ceiling, the official podcast of The Skylark Collective. On this show we showcase the lives of women with interesting, unusual and inspiring careers, those who have achieved amazing things, some who've got a really cool or unusual job, and some who've just had a fascinating life.

Each week I sit down with one woman to dig a little deeper into the HOW of it all - how did they get where they are, how they picked themselves up when things didn’t go right, and how their mentors, motivations and mistakes have led them to achieve the things they have.

Smashing The Ceiling Naomi Mellor

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Welcome to Smashing The Ceiling, the official podcast of The Skylark Collective. On this show we showcase the lives of women with interesting, unusual and inspiring careers, those who have achieved amazing things, some who've got a really cool or unusual job, and some who've just had a fascinating life.

Each week I sit down with one woman to dig a little deeper into the HOW of it all - how did they get where they are, how they picked themselves up when things didn’t go right, and how their mentors, motivations and mistakes have led them to achieve the things they have.

    Justine Nagaur - on holistic care, spiritual healing and recovering from chronic pain

    Justine Nagaur - on holistic care, spiritual healing and recovering from chronic pain

    If you’re into meditation and healing, you may know what a Tibetan sound bowl is. If not, you’ve got a treat in store, as we’ll be digging deep into the world of holistic health in this episode. My guest today is https://aurorafacets.com/about-me/ (Justine Nagaur), a spiritual healer, teacher, mentor, and creator of bespoke crystal malas.
    I met Justine a couple of years ago, and she’s one of those rare people with a degree of warmth, insight, intuition and care for others that is incredibly striking. But like many of my guests, Justine’s career is multi-layered, with twists and turns along the way. She went to finishing school, and we chat about that, she ran a very successful company in private members’ clubs and she’s worked in social media along the way, before starting her current business, https://aurorafacets.com (Aurora Facets Transformational Healing) after a long period of chronic illness. She is the queen of the pivot you might say.
    Useful links
    Justine's website: https://aurorafacets.com
    Justine's LinkedIn profile: https://www.instagram.com/justinenagaur/
    Follow Justine on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinenagaur/
    Follow Justine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aurorafacets
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    • 38 min
    Caroline Kremer - on healing injuries, unexpected circumstances, and career re-invention

    Caroline Kremer - on healing injuries, unexpected circumstances, and career re-invention

    How often do you think about your own breathing? I bet you are right now. How fast do you breathe? How deeply?
    Most of the time it’s completely unconscious. We just do it, and we rarely consider how we breathe unless we’re exercising and out of breath, or ill and out of breath, as many of us have been during the pandemic.It’s only when our capacity to breathe is reduced that we ever consider - without stating the absolute obvious - how important it is
    My guest today helps people to breathe better. She helps people to feel better. She reduces their pain and helps them with many other conditions besides. Her name is Caroline Kremer, and she’s the owner of Pulborough Natural Health, a clinic in a beautiful part of England, West Sussex. Caroline is a Bowen therapist, and a practitioner of Evans Alignment and her own Kremer Method to stimulate the vagus nerve, which is known as the “rest, digest and repair nerve”.
    Her business and interest in health and wellbeing is one of the reasons that Caroline is on the podcast this week. The other is her remarkable capacity for career reinvention. From being kicked out of school to becoming a chef and working in restaurants, to running a ski company with her husband before being widowed at 34 with 3 small children, Caroline has an incredible sense of resourcefulness and a can-do attitude that I really admire. She is full of stories and in this episode we barely had time to scratch the surface of the people she’s met in life and how colourful her career has been.
    We recorded this episode deep in the Covid lockdown and the sound isn’t the best on Caroline’s line at the beginning, but bear with it - she’s worth it.
    Useful links
    Caroline's website at Pulborough Natural Health: https://www.pulboroughnaturalhealth.co.uk
    Caroline's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-kremer-69b644a/
    Follow Caroline on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kremermethod/
    Follow Caroline on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKremer
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    • 50 min
    Dot Zacharias - on sleep deprivation, life at a tech startup and the power of yoga Nidra

    Dot Zacharias - on sleep deprivation, life at a tech startup and the power of yoga Nidra

    This week, we’re talking, amongst other things, about sleep. My guest today is https://www.linkedin.com/in/dotzacharias/?originalSubdomain=fr (Dot Zacharias), COO and co-founder of https://www.thenourishapp.com (Nourish), a wellbeing app designed for busy mums to find a little calm in their lives, which aims to protect maternal mental health and provide support. But that description doesn’tquite cover Dot’s career. After starting her working life in Russia, she’s worked as a management consultant, qualified as a sleep coach, been a part of multiple start ups and successfully exited her own previous company, Sleepability. She describes herself as rebellious and adventurous, which basically means she’s a woman after my own heart.
    We recorded this episode a little while ago, and given the current events in Ukraine, I debated whether I ought to release this episode this week with its discussion about Russia and Dot's work there. The actions of the Russian government and the unspeakable horror they are unleashing on the citizens of the Ukraine is appalling, and cannot be condoned, but our conversation was on the world of work, and Dot’s experiences with the people of Russia that she met, most of which was wonderfully positive as you'll hear. On balance, I felt the insights she offered warranted leaving this section of the interview in, and I hope you agree.
    You can donate to the Red Cross appeal for Ukraine here: https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal
    Today's podcast is supported by https://www.fem-foundry.com/ (Fem Foundry), a one-of-a-kind global community for womankind to discover, learn, connect and thrive. One of the key components that sets Fem Foundry apart is their focus on the multi-faceted aspects of a woman’s life, from her career to her wellness, from her spirituality to her mental health. This, along with their founding team and Fem Foudnry’s global partners, mean they are uniquely positioned as a media powerhouse for women’s empowerment on a large scale. With a new improved 2.0 version of the app just launched, Fem Foundry has huge global ambitions, with a mission to become the Bumble of humanised female networking, learning and support. So https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/fem-foundry/id1594765546 (download Fem Foundry) today and have a look.
    Useful links
    Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed - https://www.waterstones.com/book/rebel-ideas/matthew-syed/matthew-syed-consulting-ltd/9781529348408
    Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker - https://www.waterstones.com/book/why-we-sleep/matthew-walker/9780141983769
    Kim Cattrall's highly personal monologue on insomnia - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0783lq9
    FemTechLab's Accelerator Programme - https://femtechlab.com
    Dot's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dotzacharias/?originalSubdomain=fr
    Follow Dot on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rest_fully/
    Follow Nourish App on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thenourishapp/
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    • 48 min
    Sinéad McGrath - on endometriosis advocacy, becoming a golf influencer and women in the law

    Sinéad McGrath - on endometriosis advocacy, becoming a golf influencer and women in the law

    My guest this week is endometriosis advocate, golf influencer and brilliant lawyer https://www.linkedin.com/in/sinéad-mcgrath-b6a15b93/ (Sinéad McGrath) - as you might imagine, the subjects we covered in this conversation are many and varied. Sinéad sits on thehttps://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics/junior-lawyers/jld-committee-members#sinead-mcgrath ( Executive Committee of the Junior Lawyers' Division) athttps://www.lawsociety.org.uk/ ( The Law Society), and after saying ‘no’ for many years, she started https://www.instagram.com/sineademgolf/ (playing golf) a couple of years ago. There she discovered a community of women that are passionate about the sport and both keen to change the image of golf as an old white man's game, and to tap into the opportunities that golf provides for women. She’s amassed a large Instagram following in the golf world, and writes brilliantly about her journey into, and love of, the game.
    Sinéad has alsohttps://www.lawgazette.co.uk/commentary-and-opinion/living-with-endometriosis-in-the-law/5107671.article ( written openly) in the Law Gazette about her experiences and struggles with endometriosis, and is now an active supporter of increased awareness, conversation and help for women and girls in her position. Endometriosis affects 1.5 million women in the UK, about the same number that suffer from diabetes, but on average, it takes 8 years to get a diagnosis. Sinéad had her first surgery for endometriosis when she was just 13 years old, and it has impacted every part of her life and career so far.
    Today's podcast is supported by https://www.fem-foundry.com/ (Fem Foundry), a one-of-a-kind global community for womankind to discover, learn, connect and thrive. One of the key components that sets Fem Foundry apart is their focus on the multi-faceted aspects of a woman’s life, from her career to her wellness, from her spirituality to her mental health. This, along with their founding team and Fem Foudnry’s global partners, mean they are uniquely positioned as a media powerhouse for women’s empowerment on a large scale. With a new improved 2.0 version of the app just launched, Fem Foundry has huge global ambitions, with a mission to become the Bumble of humanised female networking, learning and support. So https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/fem-foundry/id1594765546 (download Fem Foundry) today and have a look.
    Useful links
    Sinéad's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sinéad-mcgrath-b6a15b93/
    Follow Sinéad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sineademgolf/
    Sinead's article in the Law Gazette on endometriosis: https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/commentary-and-opinion/living-with-endometriosis-in-the-law/5107671.article
    Endometriosis UK: https://www.endometriosis-uk.org
    NHS website on endometriosis: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/endometriosis/
    Tiffany Mack Fitzgerald and Black Girls Golf: https://blackgirlsgolf.net/about-us/
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    • 30 min
    Catie Friend - on unexpected career challenges, solo travel and life in the mountains

    Catie Friend - on unexpected career challenges, solo travel and life in the mountains

    My first guest of 2022 is Catie Friend, who says of her adventures that she “will always be a completer rather than a competer”. Given the challenges she’s completed, which includehttps://www.pdg.ch/ ( the world’s toughest ski mountaineering race) and the https://www.halfmarathondessables.com/ (half Marathon des Sables), and the things she’s done in her career, completing any of them would be considered a strong achievement as far as I’m concerned.
    Catie grew up in south west Scotland, and after travelling solo round the world, she embarked on a career in events management, found her way into radio, and is now a https://www.instagram.com/ismf_skimo/ (multi-lingual sports commentator), presenter, https://www.instagram.com/chattingtoafriend/ (podcaster) and coach. She lives in Verbier, in the Swiss Alps, with her family.
    In this conversation we discuss (amongst other things) solo travel as a woman, surviving a difficult boss and a nightmare job, the difference between a ‘job’ and a ‘career’, the paradox of age vs. wisdom, and why sometimes it’s best not to overthink it.
    Today's podcast is supported by https://www.fem-foundry.com (Fem Foundry), a one-of-a-kind global community for womankind to discover, learn, connect and thrive. One of the key components that sets Fem Foundry apart is their focus on the multi-faceted aspects of a woman’s life, from her career to her wellness, from her spirituality to her mental health. This, along with their founding team and Fem Foudnry’s global partners, mean they are uniquely positioned as a media powerhouse for women’s empowerment on a large scale. With a new improved 2.0 version of the app just launched, Fem Foundry has huge global ambitions, with a mission to become the Bumble of humanised female networking, learning and support. So https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/fem-foundry/id1594765546 (download Fem Foundry) today and have a look.

    Useful links
    Catie’s website: https://www.catiefriend.com
    Listen to her podcast, Chatting To A Friend: https://pod.link/chattingtoafriend
    Follow Catie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catiefriend/


    Music
    The Show Must Be Go by Kevin MacLeod
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    License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
    https://www.bensound.com/ (Royalty Free Music from Bensound)

    • 50 min
    Siobhan Daniels - from nursing to broadcast journalism to pro-age campaigning, and life in a campervan

    Siobhan Daniels - from nursing to broadcast journalism to pro-age campaigning, and life in a campervan

    Siobhan Daniels grew up in a care home as one of eight children amongst the elderly people her family looked after. She's subsequently had an incredibly varied and colourful life, first working as a nurse in the NHS before joining the BBC as a trainee in broadcast journalism. Siobhan spent 30 years as a presenter, reporter and producer at the BBC, before selling her property and setting off on a new round of adventures in her camper van! She's now a freelance broadcaster and journalist, and a pro-age campaigner. Since the age of 50 she's run two marathons, and is currently writing a book. Siobhan is a huge advocate of supporting women through the menopause in the workplace, and talks about all this and more in this chat. She's a total delight, and great fun. Enjoy.
    Trigger warning: This episode contains references to parental abuse
    Useful Links
    Siobhan's website: https://www.shuvonshuvoff.co.uk
    Siobhan in the news: https://www.shuvonshuvoff.co.uk/features
    Follow Siobhan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shuvonshuvoff/
    And Twitter! https://twitter.com/SiobhanDaniels

    • 49 min

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Fascinating guests and a considerate host

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Naomi, founder of this podcast interviewed me for my first ever session. I found her so utterly easy to talk to and all my worries of feeling awkward we’re put at ease and listening back to my podcast with her I found it really enjoyable as a listen with smooth as butter editing skills. She also had given so much as in supporting other women in their own podcasting journey without which I would not have started my Aurora Facets Metaphysical Musings Podcast thank you Naomi. If you want to learn about podcasting she is your go to!

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