The Good Life Unravelled is a podcast curious about what it truly means to live a fulfilling and interesting life, where wellness is for everybody and having an open mind to learning from others is the key to living the best life.
We talk about wellbeing, self-care, lifestyle, and all the different approaches to living a better life.
We take a holistic approach to wellbeing looking at issues of the body, mind and spirit.
We cover topics including mental health, creativity, manifestation, green beauty, intuition, journalling, ethical travel, community-changing business, diversity, yoga, volunteering, and so much more.
We talk to people from all walks of life, folks within the wellness industry, and people who have an interesting take on what it means to live a good life.
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New episodes every Monday and Thursday.
Monday = Monday Motivation
Thursday = Good Life Interviews
The Good Life Unravelled is hosted by Elizabeth Dhokia.
#055 - Welcome 2021 - How To Use My Free Guide to New Year Journalling
Happy New Year. Yes, it's two week late, but it's a pandemic world and it has taken me this long to feel motivated and ready to share.
In this episode I share where I have been at the for the past couple of months. I talk anxiety and coping.
I am about to start my New Year Journalling process where I reflect on the past year, work on my current values, passions, and priorities, and finally plan and find focus for the year ahead.
I decided to turn this into a free guide for you to download and use as a digital prompt or print at home. Join me in a gentle process of reflection, processing, and dreaming for the future year.
It's free to subscribers on the mailing list. Unsubscribe at any time. https://www.elizabethdhokia.com/subscribe/
Let me know how you get on!
#054 - Leveraging Instagram To Start a Business and How Scent Can Boost Your Wellbeing with Hannah Chapman of Ava May Aromas
Hannah Chapman is a 25 year old entrepreneur with a passion for home fragrance. She started her business Ava May Aromas in July 2018 and now runs the business alongside her Dad (Daryl) who is also her business partner.
Alongside work she is also a full time dachshund mum to my pup Harley who goes everywhere with her.
In this episode we talk about:
How Hannah got started with the business. The importance of the encouragement of her Dad. Understanding the power of Instagram and how she started business there. The importance of remaining approachable as a key value to her personally and in business. How she got to know Mrs Hinch - Sophie Hinchliffe - and how their business relationship /collaboration came about and their friendship. The positivity that can come from social media. The link between scent and wellbeing How a fragrance can impact our mood and association with a space. The importance of balance and structure in life and business. Making space and time to prioritise self-care Learning to delegate, an important skill. Self-care routines How having a dog makes you enjoy walks What is a wax melt? Show notes: https://www.elizabethdhokia.com/hannahchapman/
#053 - A Few Ideas on How To Cope with Lockdown 2
In this episode I talk on day 1 of England lockdown 2 about:
why I am limiting my screen time what mini moments of daily trauma can do to us acknowledging that lockdown 2 is different creating different seasonal routines whether we should bring out the Christmas decorations early the need to adjust in the longer term to a different way of living what it's like dealing with able-bodied reactions to lockdown my hope for more empathy why we need to be more creative in adapting to the new way of society functioning reaching out if you feel lonely what I did when I had a low day and an invitation to connect with me. Get updates on: https://www.elizabethdhokia.com/subscribe/
The Importance of Processing (ep. 37) Setting Boundaries (ep. 25) Holland Otik on being chronically ill in lockdown (ep. 50) My mailing list Core values worksheet
#052 - Value-Driven Business That Feels Good with Kayte Ferris
In today's podcast episode we chat with Kayte Ferris from Simple and Season, a business coach and blogger who left the corporate marketing world and moved to Snowdonia in 2017. Since then she has helped over 100 creatives launch and build their businesses online, winning awards and launching a top-rated podcast along the way. Kayte’s approach is all about creating a business that feels like you, ignoring the rules and should do’s and trusting your soul.
In this episode we talk about Kayte’s approach to intentional business and slow marketing and what that looks like. We both share the belief in working from a place of intentional values and Kayte tells us how she’s been able to craft a business that works well for her by staying rooted in those values.
We also touch on whether business values and personal values need to be separate.
I ask Kayte about being vulnerable in her work, and how to manage connecting with your audience in a way that is truthful. We talk about what success means and how business can function in a sustainable way.
Other things we touch on include visualisations to make and direction your decisions, using tarot cards to journal and process you mind. Plus we talk about how self-care can be a prickly term.
I very much enjoyed this chat with Kayte today. I think we come from a similar place in our approach to business and career. It’s great to see somebody who has honed their core values and put them into action, somebody who has created a business that works best for them.
Show notes: https://www.elizabethdhokia.com/kayte-ferris/
#051 - The Value of Procrastination
In a culture that prizes being busy and productive, I argue that there is a value in procrastination.
For too long we have associated procrastination with laziness, emptiness, nothingness. We sometimes link procrastination with a poor sense of self-worth.
But what if we reframe that? What if we look at why we are procrastinating and what the act of it can do for us?
#050 - The Power of Centering People and Their Knowledge of Themselves with Holland Otik (pt.2)
This is part 2 of the interview with Holland Otik. Listen to part 1 on episode 48 first.
Holland Otik is a maker, chef, teacher, researcher, and animistic object enthusiast who incorporates magic and ritual into everything they do.
In this episode we cover a range of topics in quite some depth. It's a super interesting discussion with some pretty profound and insightful ideas.
How most of the spiritual and wellness industry in the west uses eastern philosophy, beliefs, and culture and repackage to make it accessible to white westerners. History of folk religion in the UK was linked to the natural world and a lot of that has been lost with disconnection through urban life. The importance of autonomy in our current way of life. Links with personal spirituality between autonomy. How capitalist society needs us to be disconnected to keep the system going. Personal art is essential and not a luxury. Everyone is has a creative practice if you reframe what they do. Everyone is a curator and noticing that is liberating. The imperfections in relationships make them more meaningful. The good life comes from being yourself and giving space for others to be themselves. Living with chronic illness taught her to accept that it's not possible to always be happy or without pain, but finding a peace and accepting moves you forward. The pandemic has opened her eyes to how able-bodied people see illness. This is triggering for the chronically ill and disabled whose lives are always like that. How the wellness industry can make the chronically ill feel disempowered. The tragedy narrative attached to disabled people and the chronically ill. How seeing disabled people thriving might change perception of illness. Even the perception of a wellness treatment can change depending on who it is serving. Wellness industry not accessible to the people who need it the most. What to say to somebody who is chronically ill. Holland's MA art work on tragedy narrative, child abuse, and self-harm. The problem with centring trauma response on authority figures and not the victim. The need the allow people to self-soothe in the way they know best. The power in truly seeing one another and appreciating their autonomy. Show notes: https://www.elizabethdhokia.com/hollandotik2
Soothing and insightful
Such a beautiful podcast. The most beautiful voice and insightful conversation. I wish I remembered who recommended you, in order to say thank you.
Super insightful Podcast
I have discovered a new favourite! I love Elizabeth’s interview style and concepts especially around purpose driven living and how we can incorporate self care into our lives on a practical level. Have loved all her guests so far 🙌🏻
As I am not used to listening to podcasts I found this one particularly easy. Elizabeth sounds enlightened and passionate about this topic. A great idea to have guest speakers on different aspects of wellness.