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 26. End of Season Review, with Erica.
So in this shorter than usual episode I reflect on what hosting The Hope-Makers has given me, and the lessons I've learned. It has been a hugely enriching experience and I have been humbled time and time again by the extraordinary ordinary people I have interviewed.
I will be taking some time to consider how best to proceed with season 2, and if you would like to share ideas and thoughts of what you would like, even if it is 'more of the same please' then please let me know your thoughts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 25. How a family album led me to create After Cloud to help others memorialise their life story, with Darren Evans
Darren Evans speaks with me about how his work in health care innovation and experience of a family bereavement led to a question from his 11-year old son which would result in the development of an innovative digital platform to help other people memorialise their life story.
I don't know about you, but I have family photo albums which contain pictures of people I never met, whose stories have been lost. It was the experience of looking through a family album and not having the stories to contextualise the photos which led Darren's son to ask him if he could create a way to help other families capture their stories, before there is nobody with living memories of them left.
This idea is the basis of After Cloud, a digital platform that enables people to memorialise their life by uploading a range of media, videos, photos, pictures etc to help keep the stories alive after they are gone. Not surprisingly the conversation I have with Darren is as ever wide ranging, and we touch on grief, attitudes to death and technology.
You can connect with Darren here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/darren-evans-58607415/
and find out more about After Cloud here: https://www.aftercloud.co.uk
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.
FB: Actually Business Page: https://www.facebook.com/actually.world
FB: Actually Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/makingadifferenceactually
LI: Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saraactually/
LI: Actually Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/actually-world/
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.