September 24, 2018 Episode - Trade School Kitchen

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"Second Chances" Meet members of Trade School Kitchen in Naenae an amazing local cafe advocating to decrease the stigma around women with a prison past by providing the necessary support and employment opportunities for them to get back to society!

This podcast episode was aired last September 24, 2018.

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September 10, 2018 Episode - Lisa Nimmo, Rock Star/Author/Mum

podcasts Dec 19, 2018

"Rock Star Mum" We explore our very special guest's rock star adventure as she proves to the world that it's never too late to follow a dream.

This podcast episode was aired last September 10, 2018.

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August 27, 2018 Episode - Hadley Fierlinger, Whole30 Coach

podcasts Dec 19, 2018

"Nutrition Edition" Believe in the mind/body connection? Our guest shares her own path to conquering nutritional challenges and honoring her values to pursue her passion and find her purpose.

This podcast episode was aired last August 27, 2018.


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November 26, 2018 Episode - Martin Bosley


From cheffing to fishmongering, Martin Bosley has realigned what he does to reflect not just his talent for cooking, but also his values. After a very public business failure, now his social conscience drives his professional choices. The reward? He's found happiness again.

This podcast episode was aired on November 26, 2018.

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Follow Your Passion & See Where it Leads!

Writing is my passion, that I just follow for fun. And sometimes it leads to getting published: here's an article about "news done differently" that originally featured in The Spinoff. 
What are you passionate about that you like to do as a hobby? Have you ever dared just to follow it, with no expectations? You might be surprised to see where it leads!
Another article was in Huffpost Australia: a light-hearted look at what I learned during a year and a half without my husband, as well as a nudge to other women to examine the little ways in which they deny themselves a voice, and validation.  

Many women, otherwise strong and independent, have not yet learned to prioritize themselves within the context of their closest relationships. Flexibility is one thing, but overriding your own wants and needs costs you.  And I've seen time and time again how that "putting yourself last" bleeds into lives outside of the home - holding...

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Marketing Yourself with Strategic Authenticity

Uncategorized May 08, 2018
No matter what product, service, or company you sell or work for, who you are and how you are perceived impacts how successful you are.
As consumers become more empowered, the human connection – understanding who is behind what they are "buying"- is increasingly important. As Simon Sinek so rightly pointed out in his Golden Circle example, people want to be a part of a community. In order to do that, they need to understand and be able to buy into, the big “why”.  That “why” isn’t just about a product, service or company someone but also about the individual behind it.
This is simply human nature in play: people want to know why do you do what you do, and what your passion and purpose are.  However, professionals often marginalise this part of their professional lives. Instead of investing their time and energy defining and learning to articulate the answers to these questions, they rely on...
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How to Cruise through Uncertainty: A Unique Perspective

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2018

My Dad has a rather wild imagination. When I was a kid, he used to make up bedtime stories to tell me - about a “fairy god leg” that floated around granting wishes.

Memorable. I’ll grant you that.

Memorable is what you want when you want to get a message to “stick”. So, when I was preparing a speech to present at a recent conference, I just couldn’t help myself. The topic was something that’s been a recent theme in my own life: uncertainty. My Dad and I had been talking about “going with the flow” - and that’s when he mentioned a dream he’d had.

I should have known better than to ask.

He dreamed about a juicy, perfectly browned, succulent pot roast - you know the kind that just flakes apart? So tender, you don’t even need to cut? Only he was the pot roast. And he was floating down a stream.


And in the dream, when he struggled against the current - fought where it was trying to take him - you...

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What Women Want: Learning How to Negotiate What you Deserve

When I was a young television anchor working in a small market in Northern Michigan, a well known New York talent agency offered me “representation”.  And no, this is not a humble-brag, so keep reading… (I’ll also explain the picture above at the very end.)

I was actually pretty surprised. What were they doing trolling around tiny towns’ tv stations? “Looking for talent we can grow into larger markets” was the answer.

The thing was, I wasn’t interested. Not then, at least. I knew I still had skills to hone and frankly loved living in the area (if you haven’t been to Traverse City, Michigan, you are missing out on some of the most beautiful real estate in the United States).

So, I asked the agent “Why would I want to give a cut of my salary to someone who really can’t help me right now?”.

He had a ready answer: when it came time to renew my contract, he could negotiate a better deal than I would have...

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Top 3 Tips to Building Confidence

confidence life coaching Mar 24, 2018

The definition of confidence is:

“1. full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing:

We have every confidence in their ability to succeed.

2. belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance:

His lack of confidence defeated him.”

Note how the definition of confidence includes the danger of not having it: defeat in the face of challenge.

To be able to “go confidently in the direction of your dreams” as  Henry David Thoreau said, you need to have a clear idea of what makes you strong and the strength of mind to overcome internal and external obstacles that undermine confidence: your own fears and  insecurities and external criticism and challenges. 

Step One: Own Your Strength

When you can see and embrace your innate talents, and the skills you’ve learned - through life experience as well as what you’ve learned in the classroom - you...

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Mind the Confidence Gap

Doubting our abilities can stop us in our tracks. We can all probably pinpoint a time when we've given up on something, out of fear, and ended up missing out. This can be especially debilitating for women.

Co-authors of the book, The Confidence Gap, The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know, Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, revealed that  confidence struggles particularly damage women’s careers.

A chronic lack of confidence among women leads them continually to underestimate their abilities, fail to put themselves forward for promotion, and predict they won’t perform well when faced with challenges - far more so than their male counterparts.

In one example, a study by Hewlett-Packard found women only considered going for that promotion when they were 100% confident they fulfilled all job requirements. Men were happy to apply with only 60% of the requirements fulfilled.

Even the expected income of graduate students differed, with women...

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