Monthly Archives: November 2015

Playing it safe with Mark Shapiro

Playing it safe with Mark Shapiro - SHP037

Mark Shapiro is a big fan of authenticity. In fact, he quit his job in television earlier this year to spend time teaching people how to live an authentic life.

And what he’s discovered is that we humans play it safe. We stick very closely to whatever it is we “should” be doing, even if it means ignoring the truth of who we are and what would make us happy. As I’ve learned to slow down and simplify, I’ve also spent a huge amount extricating myself from these “shoulds” (with varying degrees of success) and coming to understand who I really am has been a huge part of that.

Mark and I chat really honestly about the obstacles and changes in our lives, the stories we tell ourselves and what happened when we realised the “all” we had worked so hard to have wasn’t actually going to make us happy. 

I walked away from this conversation with a completely new outlook on what it is to live authentically and after he edited it, Ben told me that this is one of his favourite shows of the year!

So I hope you enjoy it. x

Today’s show is sponsored by Audible.com where you can access over 180,000 audiobooks, including (rather excitingly for this nerdy nerd) all 7 Harry Potter books by JK Rowling. Click here to get a free, no strings attached, 30-day trial of Audible and claim one free audiobook of your choice.

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Hands-free living with Rachel Macy Stafford

Hands-free living with Rachel Macy Stafford

When people asked Rachel Macy Stafford just how she managed to fit so much into her life, she took it as a compliment. But as her world began crashing down around her, she realised just how much ‘having it all’ was actually costing her.

In today’s episode I ask Rachel about the moment she realised things needed to change and how giving just 10 minutes of undistracted time to her family was enough to turn things around. 

We also talk about people pleasing and the modern day myth that busyness equals success.

This show is full of big moments of realness – just like Rachel’s writing – and there’s a lot in this conversation that I’ve been revisiting over the past couple of weeks.

I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Today’s show is sponsored by Audible.com where you can access over 180,000 audiobooks, including Rachel Macy Stafford’s new book Hands-Free Life. Click here to get a free, no strings attached, 30-day trial of Audible and claim one free audiobook of your choice.

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The psychology of slow with Linda Esposito

The psychology of slow with Linda Esposito

Linda Esposito is a psychotherapist (and all-round awesome person) who’s passionate about helping stressed out, sleep deprived adults, angry teens and their frustrated parents.

When I sat down with her recently we wound up talking about happiness, social media, the power of disconnecting and the importance of routine.

We also chat about the work she does with mindfulness, how we can learn to better manage our stress and why she’s determined to reduce the 46+ million Xanax prescriptions written each year in the US.

It’s really interesting to get an insight into the clinical research into living a slower, simpler, more mindful life because so often it feels like the slow movement has been turned into a modern-day trend. Talking about the real world benefits of it with someone who sees the result daily was fascinating.

Enjoy!

Today’s episode is brought to you by A Simple Year – a 12-month guided course designed to help simplify your life. Each month you’ll receive written course notes, audio files, homework assignments and access to a live webinar with one of the course teachers, including Leo Babauta, Joshua Becker, Courtney Carver, Jules Clancy and myself. Early bird registration is open until November 20, 2015. Head here to save 25% when you join today. 

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Small changes and green smoothies with Jen Hansard

Jen Hansard on small changes and green smoothies

Sometimes I’ll have a conversation with a guest that leaves me feeling like I’ve spent an hour chatting with a friend, and today’s episode with Jen Hansard – half of the dynamic Simple Green Smoothies duo – is one of them.

Jen and I talk about Simple Green Smoothies and their brand new book (out this week!) but we also talk about the health crises that started it all.

Like a lot of us, Jen was addicted to coffee and getting by on a diet high in processed food. Her energy was flagging and she found herself and family constantly sick. It wasn’t until she was forced to make huge changes to her family’s diet that she really recognised the impact food was having on her health and well being. The Simple Green Smoothies movement grew from there and now the girls are rockstars of wellness.

We also talk about balance and being realistic in the changes we make, why there’s always room for Pizza Fridays, the importance of community and Jen’s favourite smoothie recipe. I also share my non-recipe for a go-to breakfast smoothie that looks disgusting but tastes amazing. (And now I’m hungry.)

Enjoy!

Today’s show is sponsored by Audible.com where you can access over 180,000 audiobooks, including Elizabeth Gilbert’s beautiful new book Big MagicClick here to get a free, no strings attached, 30-day trial of Audible and claim one free audiobook of your choice.

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Most important of all, thanks for being here!

Bonus: Joshua Becker Returns!

Joshua Becker on The Hope Effect

This is a special bonus episode of the show, featuring a chat I recently had with Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist.

Joshua, his wife Kim, and Joe Darago, have just launched The Hope Effect – a charity designed to revolutionise orphan care.

To be honest, I had no real idea of the difficult and damaging environment many young orphaned children are brought up in, and once I heard Joshua’s reasons for and the plan behind The Hope Effect, I absolutely had to share it with you.

Today we talk about the work of The Hope Effect, what made Joshua and his wife decide to start a charity (which is a story of great generosity in itself) and how you can get involved this holiday season.

Take a listen, check out The Hope Effect and share this episode with your friends and family.

If you’d like to give the gift of hope this holiday season, you can contribute to the Homes for the Holidays campaign here, and know that your gift is making an enormous difference in the lives of kids who need it most.