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{Podcast 029} Nadine Lee: spirituality, sexuality and connecting back to soul

Nadine Lee She Makes Magic

Nadine Lee has always had a deep connection to her spirituality and sexuality. At the age of 14, she had an intense and totally unexpected Kundalini awakening. At the time, Nadine thought she was losing her mind. With no one to turn to and no idea what was going on, she shut down her connection to spirit.

What followed was total abandonment of her soul path. Her life became filled with self-destructive habits –  partying, alcohol, drugs, casual sex and eating disorders.

Listen in as Nadine shares her journey from a disconnected marketing and advertising guru to connected tantra yoga teacher, sacred sexuality guide, energy healer and nutritionist.

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{Podcast 027} Michelle Marie McGrath: falling in love with yourself

Michelle Marie McGrath She Makes Magice

Back in 2003, Michelle Marie McGrath was living in Australia in a beautiful house on the water. She was excelling in her career and winning national awards. She appeared to be happily married. For an outsider looking in, it seemed Michelle was living the dream.

On the inside, however, Michelle was miserable. She says she felt like she was living someone else’s life.

One night, while deep in meditation, Michelle found herself asking “What do I most need?”

“Self-love” was what she heard in return.

This simple yet profound question propelled her down a path of deep introspection and awakening.

As you’ll hear Michelle share in this interview, committing to self-love wasn’t easy. She suffered a miscarriage, her marriage broke-down and she battled with illness, anxiety and depression as she rediscovered her lost love for herself.

Yet, what I adore about Michelle’s story, is her unwavering commitment to herself and her trust in her own intuition. You see, even though it seemed like her entire life was crumbling around her, Michelle still followed the soft whispers of her soul. Intuitively she developed a self-love range of alchemical oils which she used on herself to release old patterns and then eventually she began offering these oils to other women, forming the foundation of her intuitive-based business, Sacred Self.

Now Michelle is a self-love mentor for other women and host of the ground-breaking podcast series Unclassified Woman. Michelle is passionate about helping other women commit to a loving relationship with themselves and create lives of purpose beyond traditional paradigms.
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{Podcast 026} Bec Shann on the simplest way to create a simple life

Bec Shann from Think Big Live Simply

When you hear the phrase “the simple life”, what kinds of things pop into your head?

Maybe something like a country house, an organic farm, a zero waste lifestyle, loads of nature, plenty of time for family and friends. Or maybe it’s that horrible old TV series with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, who knows.

But I think there’s one conclusion that lots of us do arrive at when we ponder this idyllic idea of the simple life – and that’s ease. Simpler must equal easier, we think.

Bec Shann reckons that’s not quite so and she has this really beautiful alternative theory that I reckon you need to know about if you’ve ever dreamed of embracing the simple life.

So here’s Bec’s story. A few years back she swapped her plum job as a government agricultural research scientist for a simpler life on the land. She and her husband went to live in a tiny two-bedroom cabin on an Australian organic farm, where they became solely responsible for growing an enormous veggie patch and raising chickens and pigs.

Which is quite incredible, because Bec was one of those people who didn’t have a damn clue what she wanted to do with her life. Going to the plant nursery with her mum as a kid was her personal nightmare.

Then, in 2013, Bec was made redundant. And instead of freaking right out, she decided to seize the opportunity to get really clear on what she wanted her new life to look like.

And then these little stepping stones of perfect opportunities began to fall across her path, which led her directly to a career and lifestyle she felt whole-heartedly passionate about.

And that’s where Bec’s beautiful theory comes in. The simple life, she says, isn’t necessarily easy. The simple life is actually a life of intention. It’s about deciding what’s most important to you, deciding how you want to feel, paring back your life to those few core things that really matter to you and then making choices each day to stay aligned to that.

Not being swayed by outside influences or societal norms. But rather knowing your core intention and going for it. It’s like an anchor that you can keep coming back to when fear or doubt come a-knocking.

So really, the simple life is available to all of us, right now, wherever we live and whatever we’re doing. It’s an internal state that has the power to spark dramatic external transformation.

It’s as simple as that.
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{Podcast 025} Juliet Allen: becoming a sexually empowered woman

Juliet Allen She Makes Magic

If you’ve been following us for a while you’ll know, a couple of years back, I hit publish on a very vulnerable post about my sexuality. To this day, it is still the most vulnerable post I have ever shared.

Funny, it was about that same time that our community really started to grow and engage. And then, the stories rolled in. Emails, Facebook messages, even conversations with my closest friends. Women opening up to me and telling me that, at some point in their life, in one way or another, they had been through the same thing.

And I thought to myself: why the hell isn’t anybody talking about this?

Finally, I decided to do something about it.

Meet Juliet Allen. A straight-talking sexologist with a passion for empowering women to embrace their true sexual nature.

This interview is slightly different from the ones I’ve done before. Sure, we talk a little about Juliet’s journey from coffee barista to sexologist. But the juice is in Juliet’s sexual awakening.

Listen in as we take a deep dive into her sexual journey – from a teenager kissing her girlfriends in nightclubs, to the birth of her daughter, to falling in love with a woman, to her experience with homophobia, to coming out as bisexual. Juliet talks powerfully about what it means to be attracted to the same sex.

It’s inspiring to hear from a woman who is willing to bravely explore and follow her sexual desires, wherever they take her.

What I love about Juliet is her cheeky, fun and no-shame approach to all things sex. And why shouldn’t it be that way? We all came from sex. Most of us have sex at some point in our life.

To all the women who reached out to me with your stories of both sexual confusion and sexual awakening, thank you. I created this interview for you.
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{Podcast 024} Amanda Sandlin on how to find your true voice by making, making and making some more

Amanda Sandlin

You’ve heard the saying, practice makes perfect – the idea that if we devote ourselves to doing something with regularity, we’ll almost certainly improve and grow better at things just through sheer repetition.

Well, last year Amanda Sandlin discovered kind of by accident that practice has the power to crack us open, too, if we do it in a certain way.

She discovered that dedicating to just doing creative work every day, without judgment, without even necessarily trying to make money, can actually help us uncover our own voice and aesthetic. You know, that way of making or doing or expressing yourself that feels fully and completely you.

Yeah, that thing so many of us struggle with.

Amanda was struggling with it too, this time last year. She’d studied journalism and done a few writing gigs, then fell into graphic design after somewhat incredibly teaching herself how while working fulltime for Danielle LaPorte.

Then came an opportunity to move across the world to New Zealand, the perfect chance to go freelance. Thing was, Amanda had no idea what her real voice or style was.

So, she started what she called The Year of Making.

For an entire year, she gave herself full creative freedom to make anything she wanted. No judgment. No pressure. No need to sell anything. No need to even like what she was making. Just one condition: make something new every single day, no matter how small. 365 days. 365 pieces of creative expression.

Her Year of Making began in January 2015. In the months that followed, Amanda tried everything. Typography, illustration, stop motion photography, video blogging, even sewing – which she reckons didn’t work out so well. Sometimes she’d realise at 11pm that she hadn’t yet made something that day and have to scurry off and get making.

Of course, it was hard to keep up the momentum at times. But Amanda found that, after months of consistently showing up and doing the work, she began to make art that felt like an honest expression of herself, for the first time in her life.

Things get pretty deep pretty quickly in this interview. In the first few minutes, Amanda goes to a place even she wasn’t expecting and reveals a part of her life story that she’s rarely spoken about publicly. I reckon there couldn’t be a better demonstration of just how wholeheartedly she’s learned to express herself over the past year. Continue Reading →