12 episodes

Two years ago, Madeleine West hit restart on her life. She packed up her life in Melbourne and moved to Byron Bay, split up with her partner of 15 years and the father of her six kids and she started life again. And now she wants to find out why and how women from across the country are restarting their lives. For 10 weeks, Restart will look into why more and more women are pressing refresh on their lives, and how the hell they’ve done it. From divorce to health, to appearance, to career, to sex. Restart, it’s never too late to change everything.

Restart Mamamia

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    • 3.7 • 3 Ratings

Two years ago, Madeleine West hit restart on her life. She packed up her life in Melbourne and moved to Byron Bay, split up with her partner of 15 years and the father of her six kids and she started life again. And now she wants to find out why and how women from across the country are restarting their lives. For 10 weeks, Restart will look into why more and more women are pressing refresh on their lives, and how the hell they’ve done it. From divorce to health, to appearance, to career, to sex. Restart, it’s never too late to change everything.

    The Key To Making Friends As An Adult

    The Key To Making Friends As An Adult

    The day Madeleine West sat down to start recording this episode, her best friend Alicia had just gotten on a plane to move to the other side of the world. Alicia is her lifeline, her chosen family, and Madeleine was going to have to continue their friendship long distance.

    In this episode of Restart, Madeleine speaks to Elisabeth Shaw from Relationships NSW about why it's so hard to make and keep friends as an adult, and how we can attract 'our people'. Plus, she catches up with Alicia a few months after her move to speak about the importance of supportive friendships, and how they're staying close while far away.

    And on this final episode of Restart, Madeleine reflects on what she's learnt making this series.

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    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au.

    CREDITS

    Host:Madeleine West

    Producers: Emmeline Peterson

    Executive Producers: Tia Ucich, Elissa Ratliff & Holly Wainwright 

    Audio Production: Madeline Joannou

    Guests: Elisabeth Shaw and Alicia Poray

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 36 min
    The Many Kinds Of Motherhood Regret

    The Many Kinds Of Motherhood Regret

    Motherhood is an inescapable part of womanhood, whether you have children or not. Some people happily have kids, and some happily don't, and then there are the ones who want to but can't.

    That is Jennifer White and her husband's story. Ready to start their next chapter as parents, their inability to have children was their ultimate restart. So how do you process this new reality, when life goes in a direction you never expected or prepared for?

    Plus, Madeleine opens up about her life with six kids and how motherhood changed her, and speaks rawly and honestly about a recent life update.

    THE END BITS

    GET IN TOUCH

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au.

    CREDITS

    Host:Madeleine West

    Producers: Emmeline Peterson

    Executive Producers: Tia Ucich, Elissa Ratliff & Holly Wainwright 

    Audio Production: Madeline Joannou

    Guests: Jennifer White

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    The Day Madeleine West Was Hit By A Bus

    The Day Madeleine West Was Hit By A Bus

    20 years ago, actor Madeleine West had finished a long day filming Neighbours. She was walking down Oxford St looking for some food when her life changed forever...she was hit by a bus.

    What followed was months and years of rehabilitation and pain, but also coming to terms that she might never look the same way again. It was the most unexpected restart of her life.

    On this episode, Madeleine interviews Dr Yumiko Kadota, author, doctor and cosmetic surgeon, about why so many of us want to change our appearance, and the effect our "perfect" faces are having on us.

    THE END BITS

    GET IN TOUCH

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au.

    CREDITS

    Host:Madeleine West

    Producers: Emmeline Peterson

    Executive Producers: Tia Ucich, Elissa Ratliff & Holly Wainwright 

    Audio Production: Madeline Joannou

    Guests: Dr Yumiko Kadota

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    Julie Bishop & The Myth Of Having It All

    Julie Bishop & The Myth Of Having It All

    A career restart can look completely different from one woman to another. From the glass ceiling, to having a family, to changing industries, women often don't have the luxury of a linear career progression that men have.

    On this episode of Restart, Madeleine West speaks to two completely different but fascinating women. The inimitable Julie Bishop, who has changed careers drastically twice in her life and smashed all expectations, and Cathy O'Brien, who left the workforce for 15 years to raise her family, and found that re-entering the workforce was her biggest career challenge so far.

    Plus, Madeleine opens up about her biggest career restart to date: her intention to enter politics. This is an episode of Restart not to be missed.

    THE END BITS

    GET IN TOUCH

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au.

    CREDITS

    Host:Madeleine West

    Producers: Emmeline Peterson

    Executive Producers: Tia Ucich, Elissa Ratliff & Holly Wainwright 

    Audio Production: Madeline Joannou

    Guests: Julie Bishop and Cathy O'Brien

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 44 min
    How The Heck Do You Find Your Purpose?

    How The Heck Do You Find Your Purpose?

    What is your purpose in life? For some it's their family, or their job, or just to make the world a better place. Khadija Gbla is one of those people; the victim of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) when she was young, her purpose in life is to work on educating the world so no young girl has to experience what she did.

    Meshel Laurie is another woman who has found strong purpose in her life; you'll know her as a comedian and radio host, but her journey to finding Buddhism has been her most life-changing experience to date.

    In this week's episode of Restart, Madeleine West speaks to both Khadija and Meshel about how they restarted and found their purpose, and what this clarity has brought to their lives.

    THE END BITS

    GET IN TOUCH

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au.

    CREDITS

    Host:Madeleine West

    Producers: Emmeline Peterson

    Executive Producers: Tia Ucich, Elissa Ratliff & Holly Wainwright 

    Audio Production: Madeline Joannou

    Guests: Khadija Gbla and Meshel Laurie

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    The Day Madeleine West Had A Surprise Diagnosis

    The Day Madeleine West Had A Surprise Diagnosis

    When Madeleine West found a lump on her breast a few months ago, a million little things ran through her head. Not least of all: who would teach her kids to ride the train?

    She's had a few health scares in her life, and each time has forced her to re-assess and restart her priorities in life. In this episode, she speaks to someone who received the ultimate surprise diagnosis; Briony Benjamin. Briony was only 30 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma and her whole life was thrown upside down. But she faced it head on, and restarted her life on her terms.

    THE END BITS

    Click here to buy Briony's book Life Is Tough (But So Are You)

    GET IN TOUCH

    Feedback? We’re listening! Call the pod phone on 02 8999 9386 or email us at podcast@mamamia.com.au.

    CREDITS

    Host:Madeleine West

    Producers: Emmeline Peterson

    Executive Producers: Tia Ucich, Elissa Ratliff & Holly Wainwright 

    Audio Production: Madeline Joannou

    Guest: Briony Benjamin

    Mamamia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land we have recorded this podcast on, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

    Just by reading our articles or listening to our podcasts, you’re helping to fund girls in schools in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world - through our partnership with Room to Read. We’re currently funding 300 girls in school every day and we aim to get to 1,000. Find out more at mamamia.com.au 

    Support the show: https://www.mamamia.com.au

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min

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