Hope is defined as the belief that the future can be better than the past, coupled with the knowledge that we as individuals have a role to play in making it so. We have all had difficult times, but have you noticed how some people seem to be able to navigate them better than others? The likelihood is that this is because they have been able to create hope for themselves. Research shows that harnessing hope is the most important factor in success in all areas of life.The focus of this podcast is on exploring hope within the stories of individuals who have overcome adversity and found their purpose as a result. An interview-based podcast, I shine a light on how ordinary people have overcome adversity and are now doing extraordinary work by harnessing hope in order to make the world a better place.
Episode 24. How a chronic illness led me to re-find my purpose, with Khristee Rich
As a holistic healer, medium, writer, and a speaker, Khristee Rich advocates for women’s health and wellness. With over twenty years researching alternative health and wellness and seventeen years as a healer, she empowers empathic women and creatives to take their power back and live joyful, healthy lives by incorporating a holistic perspective.
Khristee overcame her debilitating 15-year chronic illness in one month, 100% naturally, on her own, by addressing the root cause and treating it with natural remedies. In this interview we talk about Khristee's experience of being dismissed by traditional medical professionals, and her tenacity in advocating for herself until the cause of this mysterious illness was identified as well as how this experience led her to re-connect with her purpose.
Her amazing story was featured in the Amazon bestseller, Food Heals and her other heart-felt story appeared in Tiny Buddha. Khristee’s specialty is using her skills as holistic healer, clairvoyant, and medium and her knowledge to determine the root cause and then treating the problem with natural remedies for quick and lasting results. She is currently writing her first book about childbirth around the world from a holistic perspective.
Episode 23. How a broken down bus led me from despair to helping others achieve their best hopes, with Elliott Connie
A complicated and less than ideal upbringing like the one experienced by Elliott Connie can often break a spirit. So, what then, is the reason that some of us gain strength from our shortcomings and trauma? It was this question that initiated Elliott's journey into the world of psychotherapy.
Elliott has worked alongside some of the most prominent figures in the solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) field, and he has lectured all over the US as well as internationally, in places like the United Kingdom, Russia, India, and Australia, and he's the author of four books on the Solution Focused method.
In this conversation Elliott talks about how a random event - a bus breaking down, led him on a journey of healing from his past and towards solution focused brief therapy.
The concept of hope and best hopes is central to SFBT, and I have to admit to being a little star struck when interviewing Elliott as I have been inspired by so much of his training over the past five years.
You can see all that Elliott is doing through his website https://www.elliottconnie.com
Episode 22: How I help changemakers actually change the world, with Sara Price
Sara Price has more than 20 years experience in PR and communications having worked with brands such as Kelloggs, AirBnB and the royal household. Alongside her continuing PR consultancy, Sara has set up Actually, a communications, mindset and support network which serves to enable purpose-driven consultants, coaches and entrepreneurs to achieve their vision and financially thrive in the process.
In this conversation Sara speaks about why she set up Actually, and major life events that have shaped her thinking including a difficult relationship with her mum, and surviving cancer.
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FB: Actually Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/makingadifferenceactually
LI: Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saraactually/
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Insta: Actually business profile: https://www.instagram.com/actuallychangingtheworld/
Sara has also provided the 10 Actually Rules of Great Communications to help you take your communications from 'good' to 'great'.
Episode 21: How overcoming anxiety led me to write Generation Panic, with Agi Heale
As this episode is being put out on what has been notionally labelled 'freedom day' in England - where all legal covid restrictions have been removed, it seems apt to have this episode in which I discuss all things anxiety and how to cope with it, with the wonderful Agi Heale.
Agi worked in recruitment until after reflecting on her experience of anxiety she decided she needed something more in her life. This book, Generation Panic, published in June, combines Agi's reflections on her own experience of anxiety with more than 100 practical tools and techniques that may be helpful for anyone who experiences it.
You can buy the book here.
For more information about Agi please visit her LinkedIn profile here.
Episode 20: How my experience of being a parentally alienated child led me to create the Victim to Hero Institute, with Petra Deeter
Parental alienation is the process through which children are turned against one parent, by the other. Definitions do vary, but ultimately this is what happens. Sometimes this process occurs within a wider dynamic of domestic abuse, and this is something that I myself have published on (see HERE). It is not surprising then, that I was honoured to speak with Petra Deeter in this episode. Petra, herself an adult victim of parental alienation, provides a moving account of her experiences, how her mother's behaviour turned her against her father, and the long term impact of this and the realisation that her father was not the man her mother led her to believe.
Petra also details the multi-layered approach to healing and support offered by the Victim to Hero Institute that she founded. Petra is a keen political activist and is currently campaigning for legal change in Texas at the time of airing. I am sure this episode will convince you of the need for recognition, increased awareness and legal change surrounding these issues.
You can reach Petra in these places:
The Victim to Hero provides resources and support for anyone affected by parental alienation: https://victimtohero.com/
Episode 19. How I moved past my experience of sexual assault to help men achieve mindful masculinity
In this episode I speak with Julia Caldwell about her experiences of sexual assault, and how these experiences enabled her to see the need to support men to develop a mindful connection to their masculinity. ?This is not always easy listening, but Julia provides a frank discussion of how her experiences impacted her own behaviour, in a way that I think may be helpful to others who have had similar experiences.
You can find out more about Julia here.
Erica is a lovely podcast host and interviewer. She is very personable. I love the concept for the podcast...we need more stories of hope these days!