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Abi Blears

Host of GROWN UP
Abi Blears is a matchmaker at Little Black Book and a co-host of Grown Up Podcast.


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Self-Awareness: The secret to career success and the fine art of letting people speak
Ever met someone in the workplace who you simply cannot tolerate? Is there always one person in any team who is, quite frankly, a bit of a d*ck? What do you do if you realise that your boss is an incompetent arse? Meet Steve Sallis: “Failed” footballer turned, Vice Principal, turned mindset coach for elite athletes and business people. Steve has worked for Millwall Football Club, is a consultant for the England U15s national team and he’s the author of “Educating Football”. This week Laura and Abi interrogate Steve on dealing with d*ckheads in the workplace. Listen as they learn about the importance of self-awareness and mastering the fine art of letting people speak.
Maternal Mental Health: Postnatal depression, perinatal anxiety and stress, and why it's okay not to be the perfect parent!
Pregnancy and parenting can be a terrifying and overwhelming prospect. Join Laura and Abi as they discover the statistics about how many new parents are struggling with their mental health, what to do if you yourself are struggling and laugh along with them as they reveal the slightly ridiculous things they fear about childbirth and parenting.Their interview this week is with Anna Ceesay, a mother of two, former BBC journalist and Founder of Motherdom- The UK's first maternal mental health and wellbeing magazine.This one's a little bit "sweary", potentially triggering and admittedly they do start off by getting carried away with "poo talk" but the message is clear... it's okay not to be the perfect parent and you are certainly not alone if you're feeling low. If you're struggling with your mental health please contact your gp. If your gp's about as welcoming as a teething toddler you can do as Anna did and contact The Panda's Foundation by calling: 0843 28 98 401. And for those of you who hate making calls you can also email them on: info@pandasfoundation.org.ukTo grab a copy of Motherdom Magazine please visit www.motherdom.co.ukFor Grown Up updates and news please follow @grownup_official on Instagram. Thank you for listening!
Sleep: Say goodnight to insomnia naturally, and get a great night's sleep!
This week Laura and Abi learn about one of their favourite hobbies, sleeping! Is sleep better for banishing wrinkles than botox? Why do women need more sleep than men? Does sleeping before midnight really make a difference? And how can you get rid of insomnia naturally?This week's guest is Max Kirsten, an international sleep expert, speaker and an award-winning Sleep Coach. Max successfully treats Insomnia in London and all other anxiety related issues at his insomnia sleep clinic in Knightsbridge. He's also an award-winning Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Master NLP Success Coach and author. Max is dubbed "the hypnotherapist to the stars" with previous hypnotherapy clients including Adele, Ewan Mcgregor, Liam Payne, Tom Hardy and rumour has it David Cameron. Be sure to listen to the end where Max hypnotises Laura and Abi into a state of relaxed bliss.To learn more about max visit www.thesleepcoach.co.ukFollow the Grown Up Podcast on Instagram @grownup_official and be sure to dm them your feedback!
Is university a waste of money? When is it okay to lie on a cv? And how can you get Wikipedia page?!
This week Laura and Abi chat with Cambridge university alumni Zoe Cunningham. Join them as they work out whether university is a waste of time and money, the situations when lying on a cv is acceptable, and most importantly how YOU can get a Wikipedia page! They uncover the truth about Cambridge university, the role of parental influence in career choice, and debate whether having a strong social media following is more beneficial than education background.According to her Wikipedia page "Zoe Cunningham is a British business executive and competitive backgammon player. Cunningham serves as the Managing Director of Softwire. She is an advocate for women in technology related businesses, and a contributor to business columns in UK periodicals. In 2010 she became the Ladies World Backgammon Champion. "For weekly podcast updates you can follow Grown Up on Instagram @Grownup_official
Grief: How to deal with unspeakable loss
Meet Gary Andrews: Ex-Disney illustrator and cartoonist, director of Fireman Sam and dad of two. Gary lost his wife very suddenly to sepsis in 2017. Suddenly widowed, Gary did what he does best and channelled his grief into his drawings. Every day Gary drew a doodle to express how he was feeling and shared it with his friends on Twitter. Gary went viral. When Laura and Abi saw Gary on The One Show his story resonated so strongly that they reached out to him to come on for a chat about how to deal with unspeakable loss. This is that chat. An ordinary man with an extraordinary talent and a passion for keeping his wife Joy's memory alive. They discuss coping with grief, how to manage unspeakable loss and the importance of open communication as a parent."Underneath it all we’re basically human beings and grief is a universal thing and it’s the one thing that is certain when we enter this world... we’re going to leave it and most of us are going to have to deal with it at some point."-Gary AndrewsTo look at Gary's heart-warming doodles you can find him @garyscribbler on social mediaFor weekly quotes from the Grown Up podcasts and updates you can follow @grownup_official
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8 hours, 4 minutes