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111: Choosing + Using a Word Of The Year with Sarah Bater
  Hello Couragemakers, and welcome to the first interview of 2019! This week I’m speaking with the fabulous Sarah Bater and we’re chatting all things word of the year related. Whether you’ve chosen your word, you’re still deciding like me or you have  no idea what I’m on about, this episode is for you! This is how Sarah describes herself: I’m a typical Gemini with a penchant for worrying needlessly but also having bursts of productivity that would have even the most efficient conveyer belt running for the hills. I have a whole ton of new ideas generating every day in my brain to ponder and worry over while I procrastinate with My favourite past times which include sniffing new books, nosing at houses for sale on the internet and most recently, pretending that I have my shit together. With a husband, two children, a full time job and a secret Netflix obsession, I am frantically striving to thrive whilst just about surviving. In amongst the madness is me. An ‘on the outside’ confident sometimes, ‘well put together’ working mum and loving wife but secretly, an introverted quickly approaching 40 year old with a thirst to find my true calling and a mad obsession to be a better wife and a less tired mother. Sarah emailed me a while ago to tell me about her experience with choosing a word of the year. I related to so much of her journey and I just knew that she would make a brilliant guest for Couragemakers and I’m thrilled that she said yes when I asked her to be the first guest of 2019. During our conversation, Sarah shares about her word of the year for 2018 and how much it has changed her life. She shares about her experience with anxiety and how her word of the year has helped her to breathe and be more present and how journalling and writing things down has made such a difference. This is such a practical episode and Sarah gives so much great advice on choosing a word of the year, how to get it to stick, what to do if you feel overwhelmed about your word of the year and the biggest things she learned in 2018. If you’re looking for encouragement and inspiration, you are in the right place. I love how frank and honest Sarah is,  and how willing she is to let us all in to her behind-the-scenes to show just how much having a word of the year can change your life. I am so excited to share this episode, and i know you are just going to LOVE Sarah! Enjoy today’s show   Things We Talked About   How Sarah’s word of the year has helped her to look at things differently Sarah’s experience of anxiety and how her word of the year has made a difference Getting your word of the year to stick The importance of journaling and writing things down  Becoming more present and be able to breathe The biggest things Sarah has learned from her word of the year Advice if your word of the year feels overwhelming How to pick your word of the year About Couragemakers and your host I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I'm not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free Sunday pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with clients, I'm usually covered in paint and dreaming of owning a cockapoo.
103: Resilience + Showing Up Courageously with Rachel Flower
Hello my lovely Couragemakers and welcome to Episode 103 of The Couragemakers Podcast! This week I couldn’t be happier to share this WONDERFUL heartwarming episode with the inspiring Rachel Flower. Rachel is a multi-passionate, full time lover of life, non-traditional wife, mum to two gorgeous girls, recovering former-suit-wearing lawyer, almost actress, singer, constantly curious question asker and loyal friend who lives in Yorkshire in the UK. She is a  disruptive entrepreneur, an ambassador for growth and greatness, recovering lawyer turned business coach helping women to grow and scale sustainable businesses. Rachel runs courses on  run courses on Happiness because we teach what we most need to learn and spends her time inspiring others to create lives of impact and independence. In this week’s episode, we explore what what it means to build resilience, the lessons we learn from really hard times and the courage it takes to show up and be yourself. We dive deep into so many aspects of Rachel’s story, from building her business, slowing down, and her and her daughter Bella’s journey of being diagnosed with leukaemia aged 2, and what Bella has taught her along the way. We dive deep into the courage it takes to raise the next generation, the sheer pressure we put on ourselves as women and the importance of having a community and feeling heard, understood and importance. Along the way we also talk about decluttering friendships, how we’re not a problem to be fixed, well intentioned dreamshitters and drag queens. This episode is one hell of a ride and my cheeks were aching from smiling and laughing by the end of this episode. Rachel’s vulnerability, resilience and positivity is awe-inspiring, and I know you’ll be thinking about this episode long after you listen to it. If you’re craving some soul food, you are in for a treat. Enjoy the show! About Rachel Rachel Flower is  a multi-passionate, full time lover of life, non-traditional wife, mum to two gorgeous girls, recovering former-suit-wearing lawyer, almost actress, singer, constantly curious question asker and loyal friend who lives in Yorkshire in the UK. She is a  disruptive entrepreneur, an ambassador for growth and greatness, recovering lawyer turned business coach helping women to grow and scale sustainable businesses. Rachel runs courses on  run courses on Happiness because we teach what we most need to learn and spends her time inspiring others to create lives of impact and independence.  Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter   Things We Talked About the importance of community how Rachel builds her own resilience  the courage it takes to raise the next generation the pressures we face as women the importance of feel heard, feeling understood, feeling supported   Resources I mom so hard   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free Sunday pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with clients, I'm usually covered in paint and thinking of imaginative ways of hide my would-be dog from my landlord. 
074: Documenting Your Life & Choosing Your Word of The Year with Amy Parker
We’re back! Happy New Year Couragemakers, I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back! If you’ve been listening for a while, you might have noticed that Couragemakers has been on hiatus since October. The end of last year was a hard one, I lost one of Grandmothers and had a health scare (luckily everything is okay). Taking a break felt incredibly scary - but it was a great reminder that the world doesn’t end when you need to take time for yourself and there’s no shame in needing time for yourself! So, as I mentioned, Couragemakers is back to its usual Monday schedule! I have fantastic interviews lined up which I know you’re going to love, and I couldn’t be happier to start the new year off with this wonderful conversation with Amy Parker! Amy is an in-house copywriter and general creative who loves making a mess, enjoys documenting her life (but not necessarily publishing it!), decorating things with washi and stickers, and generally finding little ways to make the world more joyful. She is the woman behind HappyPostBox and shares memory-keeping and planner-related posts on Instagram  and sells printable planner stickers in her Easy shop. For the last year she’s been living by her first ever ‘word of the year’ - ‘joy' - and would absolutely encourage anyone else to give it a try, too. In this episode, Amy shares all about choosing her word for the year, what she has learned during the year and some really helpful practical tips to set your own intentions for your year We’re really dive into starting your year without pressure, how to use your creativity to  record life without getting lost in the act of recording your life, perfectionism and liberating our inner people pleaser and treating your future self as a different person. One of the things I love the most about this episode, apart from the fact that both of our cheeks were aching from laughing and smiling during our conversation, is Amy’s flexible approach to using a word to guide your year. I love how she sees it as a lens rather than something which you can use to create a rigid plan. I really admire Amy’s honesty in sharing the bumps in the road of her Year Of Joy are it’s really refreshing to see that her journey wasn’t linear, and that you don’t have to do it right, or in a certain way. I hope this episode helps take the pressure off and helps you to add more joy to your own life. Here’s to a Hopeful, Inspired and Creative New Year! And remember, if you’re listening to this episode further along the year, you can start your own Word of The Year journey any time! Now, onto the show!     About Amy Amy is an in-house copywriter and general creative, who enjoys documenting her life (but not necessarily publishing it!), decorating things with washi and stickers, and generally finding little ways to make the world more joyful. She shares memory-keeping and planner-related posts on Instagram at @happypostbox and sells printable planner stickers in an Etsy shop of the same name (which started a couple of years ago when she couldn’t find any stickers for her planner of choice, the Passion Planner). For the last year she’s been living by her first ever ‘word of the year’ - ‘joy' - and would absolutely encourage anyone else to give it a try, too. Etsy | Instagram     Things We Talked About: Getting honest with yourself and choosing your word of the year based on what you need instead of what you feel you should be doing The little things that bring Amy joy Capturing real life versus what makes us look good What Amy’s year of joy taught her Treating your future self as a different person     Resources Mentioned: Oneword365 The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo magic of tidying up The Miracle Morning - Hal Elrod 1 Second Everyday Day App Gretchen Rubin Podcast - four tendencies The Curse of Lovely - Jacqui Marson The Passion Planner Planning Instagram Hashtags: #plannercommunity / #plannergirls   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multipassionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I’m not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free, very vulnerable and encouraging Sunday emails to fellow couragemakers or making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life. THL is the online home for unconventional creatives and multipassionates who want to show up unapologetically and intentionally as who they are, and really own, live and share their many stories. It’s made for couragemakers who have so much great shit to give the world and want to leave their mark but have too much self doubt standing in the way!
120: Stop and Pause - A Mid-Year Review
Hello wonderful Couragemakers and welcome to episode 120 of The Couragemakers Podcast! This week it’s just me and you as I have a solo mid year review special for you today.  For today’s episode I thought it would be a great opportunity to just stop, pause and reflect for  a minute. We’re approaching the halfway through the year mark, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to take stock, see what’s working for you, what could be improved and imagine what you would like the rest of the year to be like. So grab a notepad and pen, get ready to get honest and compassionate with yourself and let’s reflect on the year so far and put some plans into place to make the next six months really work for you!   About your host, Meg Kissack + That Hummingbird Life  I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I'm not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free Sunday pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with clients, I'm usually covered in paint or walking my wonderfully weird cockapoo Merlin.  
106: What To Do When You Lose Your Enthusiasm
This week we're diving into everything enthusiasm related! Enthusiasm is a topic very close to my heart and today's episode is a very practical one and perfect for you if you're struggling with enthusiasm!   Things Mentioned in Today's Show! Tara Mohr's Playing Big  Tahr Mohr, Playing Big on Raise Your Hand. Say Yes with Tiffany Han Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic Magic Lessons Podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert Barbara Sher's Refuse to Choose Puttylike: Why you shouldn't finish what you start When you shouldn't quit How to stop feeling guilty about new interests A Pick Me Up box guide Fascination Advantage test  Strength Finder Test  The Good Life Project  The Lively Show Amber Thomas' guest post:  how consumption can influence our creativity   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. WHEN I'M NOT RECORDING EPISODES, WRITING BULLSHIT-FREE SUNDAY PEP TALKS TO MY WONDERFUL COURAGEMAKERS COMMUNITY OR WORKING 1:1 WITH CLIENTS, I'M USUALLY COVERED IN PAINT AND THINKING OF IMAGINATIVE WAYS OF HIDE MY WOULD-BE DOG FROM MY LANDLORD. 
117: Self-Care, Healing & Finding The Peaceful Path with Sarah Brassard
Hello Couragemakers and welcome to episode 117 of The Couragemakers Podcast! This week I’m chatting with Sarah Brassard. In a nutshell, Sarah helps people re-establish peace inside. For the last twenty-five years, Sarah has been guiding women from a place of struggle in life to one of grace, peace, and ease through sacred self-care. She is the author of Inside: A Guide to the Resources Within published in 2018: a book that details the self-care practices that sparked Sarah’s healing journey and inspired her work in helping women move from trauma to transformation.. Sarah lives in New Hampshire and loves helping people heal through trauma with spiritual practices. What makes her most happy is being around people that have said YES to living authentically and finding the peaceful path. In this week’s episode we’re really diving into everything self care and living a life in tune with who we are deep down. Sarah shares her journey and takes us behind the scenes of her own healing journey. We talk about being a highly sensitive person and how important safety is, building a self care practice, how Sarah learned to take her mask off and how self care is non negotiable. We have a great conversation about the ripple effect of being compassionate on ourselves, the emotional, mental and spiritual sides of self care and Sarah shares her wonderful definition of audacious self care. Sarah has so many reframes and ideas that I love, including the idea of having a spiritual bank account that you deposit and withdraw from. This episode is a great reminder of how veering off the path can lead to some of the most important lessons we can learn, and why self care is never selfish. If you’re interested in building a self care practice and starting or continuing your own healing journey, this episode is for you! Enjoy today’s show! About Sarah Inside: A Guide to the Resources Within published in 2018. The book details the self-care practices that sparked Sarah’s healing journey and inspired her work in helping women move from trauma to transformation.. Sarah lives in New Hampshire and loves helping people heal through trauma with spiritual practices. What makes her most happy is being around people that have said YES to living authentically and finding the peaceful path. Website | Book | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube |   Things We Talked About   How Sarah initially dealt with loss and trauma by putting on a mask and what started her own healing journey Feelings of safety as highly sensitive people Taking ownership of your life Building a self care practice The ripple effect of being compassionate to ourselves Why self care is non negotiable Sarah’s definition of audacious self care How veering off the path can lead to some of the most important lessons we learn The idea of a spiritual savings account   Resources Elizabeth Gilbert Kundalini Yoga The Slow Simmer of Burnout - Sarah Brassard Yogi Bhajan Mister Rogers documentary   About Couragemakers and your host  I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I'm not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free Sunday pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with clients, I'm usually covered in paint or walking my wonderfully weird cockapoo Merlin.
067: Using Creativity To Heal Yourself with Lily Calfee
Hello Couragemakers and welcome to episode 67 of The Couragemakers Podcast! Before we dive into this week’s episode, I wanted to let you know that Couragemakers is going to be taking a short break over the summer. Couragemakers will be back on September 4th, and I’m already excited to share the amazing episodes that are lined up! There might be some spontaneous solo shows released over the summer, so keep your eyes peeled! Over the summer, I’ll taking a break, sorting out various health issues which have really been draining me and spending lots of time with Mr. Meg! Rest assured, that Couragemakers is absolutely going nowhere! Now, onto today’s show! This week, I’m happy to share my conversation with Lily Calfee. Lily describes herself as a foodie, health nut, and journal scribbler who lives in Denver, Colorado. Lily is a baker-turned-nutritionist, a control freak-turned-intuitive eater, and manages her own private practice coaching women who want to experience more freedom and ease with food and their bodies. In this episode, Lily shares her journey, from being a creative and going to art school to opening a bakery and later becoming a nutritionist and using creativity to redirect self criticism and as a way to help people with their health. We really dive into the relationship between creativity and self respect, setting intentions instead of goals and the importance of how we speak to ourselves in our head. We have a great conversation about the problem with the word deserving and really explore how our economy runs off of women believing they are not enough, so it is an act of radical bravery to claim your own worth AND want to make a bigger impact. Just to give a quick heads up that a very brief reference to sexual assault is mentioned during this episode around the six minute mark. I love how Lily blends art, creativity, food and health and I loved hearing her own creative journey and how it has led her to where she is today. Creativity can be such a tool for change and this conversation is a great reminder to explore ways to use your creativity to heal yourself. Enjoy the show and see you in September!   About Lily Lily is a creative health coach and describes herself as  a foodie, health nut, and journal scribbler who lives in Denver, Colorado. Lily is a baker-turned-nutritionist, a control freak-turned-intuitive eater, and manages her own private practice coaching women who want to experience more freedom and ease with food and their bodies.  Website | Instagram |  Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook   Things We Talked About   Lily’s journey, from being an artist to creative a bakery in rural Vermont, then finding nutrition and working as a women’s creative health coach The importance of how we speak to ourselves The problem with the word deserving How looking after yourself is radical   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multipassionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I’m not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free, very vulnerable and encouraging Sunday emails to fellow couragemakers or making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life. THL is the online home for unconventional creatives and multipassionates who want to show up unapologetically and intentionally as who they are, and really own, live and share their many stories. It’s made for couragemakers who have so much great shit to give the world and want to leave their mark but have too much self doubt standing in the way!  
019 Self Reflection & Being Unapologetic with Maria Northcott
Hi there and welcome to episode 19 of Couragemakers!   Today I'm talking with Maria Northcott. Maria is native New Englander, former schoolteacher, sought-after wedding officiant and   creator of community.Maria thrives on building relationships and making connections and in 2015, she quit her full-time job to free her heart and soul to do exactly that   During our conversation, Maria shares her journey into the world of creative business, her world beliefs including why she doesn't believe in competition and how we can all take the time to ask ourselves what feeds us, what feeds the world and how we want to spend our energy.   We dive into so many topics during this episode and talk about everything from why the idea of quitting your job today to follow your passions is bullshit, why reflection is so important and how creativity has such a wider definition than we're taught.   This is a wonderful episode if you want to explore how you would like your world to look and if you're struggling to see how things will all work out okay for you.   Maria is just such a big hearted, wonderful person and I think this conversation is the very definition of authentic.   Enjoy the show!   About Maria   Native New Englander. Former schoolteacher. Sought-after wedding officiant. Of all the labels that describe Maria Northcott, however, the one you’ll hear most often is “creator of community.” It’s not just weddings that are Maria’s passion — it’s the people at the heart of those weddings. Whether it’s couples planning their wedding or the professionals who serve them, Maria thrives on building relationships and making connections. In 2015, she quit her full-time job to free her heart and soul to do exactly that. Not only is Maria in demand as an officiant by couples across the country, but she's also the founder of the Maine Wedding Network, fostering a sense of collaboration and support among professional wedding vendors throughout Maine. Whether it’s by the woodstove in her midcoast Maine cottage or at one of the many weddings she officiates each year, Maria exudes a warmth that draws people in, makes them feel comfortable, and sends them back into the world with a brighter spark in their eye.   You can connect with Maria here: A Sweet Start | Maine Wedding Network | Twitter | Things we talked about during today's show   The sacrifices you have to make to follow your dreams   Uncovering the reality of the 'quit your job and do what you love myth'   How everything you do leads you to what you are meant to do   Why self reflection is so important and how you can use it to really grow get the answers you need to get to the next step   Books/Resources etc mentioned during today’s show   Quiet the Mind - Matthew Johnstone   Episode 1 of Couragemakers: Creating From The Margins with Amber Thomas   Rising Tide Society Facebook Group Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here   If you have any question about today's episode, any comments or would like to be a guest on Couragemakers, get in touch: meg@thathummingbirdlife.com   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I'm Meg and I'm the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I started this podcast because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes and making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life, sending free self care checks ins to hundreds of women every Sunday and helping my clients build brands they love as a graphic designer. I'm currently based in London, and getting ready for my round the world adventure with Mr. Meg starting August 2016. Don't worry the podcast isn't going anywhere!   That Hummingbird Life | Twitter | Pinterest |  
020 Being a Self Love Junkie with Jennifer Seale
  Hi there and welcome to episode 20 of Couragemakers!   This week, I'm talking with the lovely Jennifer Seale. Jen is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner (health and wellness coach), licensed Spiritual Practitioner, blogger, truth-seeker, and lover of life.  She guides those who want to love themselves, heal their relationship between food and body, and live their best life possible!  She shares a passion of overall wellness through holistic health, food, creativity, mindfulness, spirituality, and most importantly…balance! Jen currently resides in sunny southern California with her partner Greg, and their sweet pup Charlie.   In this episode, Jen really vulnerably her journey of growing up feeling insecure and how she made the decision to start learning how to love herself.  Jen shares all about the doubt and guilt that comes with starting to love yourself, and how we can start to move beyond the grief of what could have been and embark on a journey of working to build yourself.   We really dive into how working to love yourself is always a work in progress, how healing and change can happen when you treat yourself with kindness and respect and Jen gets really vulnerable about what she believes about herself now that her younger self would be astounded to hear.     This is a wonderful episode if you want to learn more about what self love looks like in practice, if you struggle with your self esteem and if you find it hard to accept yourself where you are right now.   Also, Jen is queen of recommending books and TV programmes, so I've included all of the things she's mentioned in the show notes!   I'm really excited for you to listen to this episode - Jen is so honest, so funny and I really appreciate how vulnerable she gets  during this interview, to help all of us learn to love ourselves.   Enjoy the show! About Jen   Jennifer Seale is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner (health and wellness coach), licensed Spiritual Practitioner, blogger, truth-seeker, and lover of life.  She guides those who want to love themselves, heal their relationship between food and body, and live their best life possible!  She shares a passion of overall wellness through holistic health, food, creativity, mindfulness, spirituality, and most importantly…balance!   Jen recently launched an ongoing 21 Day Meditation Experience that is open to the public.   You can connect with Jen here: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram Things we talked about during today's show   How Jen's life fell apart in one week and Jen’s decision to start learning to love herself   How fear is good for you   How healing and change occurs when you treat yourself with kindness and respect   What keeps Jen inspired and her go to things when you're having a shitty time   Books/Resources etc mentioned during today’s show   The Office   House of Cards   Scandal   Orange is the New Black   The Royal Tenenbaums   It Was Me All Along  - Andy Mitchell   Gabrielle Bernstein   Mary Ann Williamson   Seven Thousand Ways to Listen - Mark Nepo The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz   Friday Five Favourites - The Happy Healthy Balance   Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here   If you have any question about today's episode, any comments or would like to be a guest on Couragemakers, get in touch: meg@thathummingbirdlife.com   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I'm Meg and I'm the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I started this podcast because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes and making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life, sending free self care checks ins to hundreds of women every Sunday and helping my clients build brands they love as a graphic designer. I'm currently based in London, and getting ready for my round the world adventure with Mr. Meg starting August 2016. Don't worry the podcast isn't going anywhere!   That Hummingbird Life | Twitter | Pinterest |  
123: Courage As Rebellion with Elise Rorick
Hello Couragemakers and welcome to another episode of The Couragemakers Podcast! This week I’m absolutely delighted to be chatting with Elise. Elise Rorick is the creative magic behind Lusicovi Creative. Elise is an Enchantment Artist, Book Designer + Photographer (including underwater photography) Writer, Philosopher, and Creator of The Starlight Journal, and the upcoming Starlight Collective and Create Journal. Capturing wonder and creating enchantment are her specialties and she is a giant nerd, fascinated by stories, the sea, the stars, and exploring questions like “why are we here?” and “where did we come from?”  Elise’s artwork is always literary inspired with a bohemian feel, and is usually a combination of painting, photography, and historical research. She believes that both fantasy art and fantasy writing are incredibly important, because they allow us to explore very real problems in a safe space. Above all, she believes in the value of art to inspire and challenge us, children and adults alike. She hopes that her art, by exploring these big ideas about who we are as humans, and what amazing magical things we are capable of, will inspire others to re-examine what they think and know about the world and about themselves. She believes in spreading magic, beauty, love, and light, so that together we can inspire and empower the world. Books, art, nature, and connections with other creative and soulful humans are what makes her happy.  Elise is also a huge supporter of Couragemakers and is a wonderful member of the Couragemakers Patreon community! In today’s episode, Elise is sharing her journey, from being a photographer since the age of 12 to running her own business and bringing loves of art, creativity, nature and wellbeing under one roof. Elise really shares the behind the scenes of her business and it’s fascinating to hear the behind the scenes development of her Starlight Journal and the organic evolution of her business. Elise shares how she resisted picking a niche and also how she came to find out what holds everything in her business together. We also dive into how fear and creativity walk hand in hand, the power of everyday magic  and synronicity, how courage is a form of rebellion and also the story behind Elise’s Harry Potter tattoo. If you’re struggling to see how all the bits of your life fit together, you’re curious about the creative process, if you find it hard to ask for help and ask for feedback or if you ever wonder what will become of your unfinished creative projects, this episode is for you! This episode is so inspiring and I’m so excited to share it with you! Enjoy the show!   About Elise Elise Rorick is the creative magic behind Lusicovi Creative. Enchantment Artist, Book Designer + Photographer, Writer, Philosopher, and Creator of The Starlight Journal, and the upcoming Starlight Collective and Create Journal, capturing wonder and creating enchantment are her specialties. She is a giant nerd and is fascinated by stories, the sea, the stars, and exploring questions like “why are we here?” and “where did we come from?”  Her artwork is always literary inspired with a bohemian feel, and is usually a combination of painting, photography, and historical research. She believes that both fantasy art and fantasy writing are incredibly important, because they allow us to explore very real problems in a safe space. Above all, she believes in the value of art to inspire and challenge us, children and adults alike. She hopes that her art, by exploring these big ideas about who we are as humans, and what amazing magical things we are capable of, will inspire others to re-examine what they think and know about the world and about themselves. She believes in spreading magic, beauty, love, and light, so that together we can inspire and empower the world. Lusicovi Creative comes from Elise’s Armenian heritage. “Lus” means “light” in Armenian, and “covi” means “sea.” In addition to fine art prints and products in her shop, she offers custom book cover design, unique fantasy portraits, and styled product and book photography to other storytellers and creatives around the world. The Starlight Journal is her first major publication. In the fall of 2020 she is releasing the Create Journal, launching the Starlight Collective, and re-publishing her senior thesis work on the myth of Pandora.   Website | Patreon | Shop | Starlight Journal | Starlight Collective | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook   Things We Talked About How artists should be taught marketing How Else resisted picking a niche The creative process behind The Starlight Journal Everyday magic and synchronicity The evolution of Elise’s business Elise’s advice for anyone who finds it hard to ask for help or feedback How fear and creativity can walk hand in hand Finding your north star and Elise’s north star   Resources Why Starlight? Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert Magic Lessons Podcast - Elizabeth Gilbert   About your host, Meg Kissack + That Hummingbird Life  I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m a coach for creative and multipassionate women, a writer and INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I'm not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free Sunday pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with coaching clients, I'm usually covered in paint or walking my wonderfully weird cockapoo Merlin.
124: Living Your Purpose with Dr. Pam Davis
Hello hello my Courgemaker family! I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to share with you today’s episode - it seriously gives me LIFE! This week I’m talking with Wellbotics founder Dr. Pam Davis. Wellbotics delivers pop up makerspaces to cancer care communities and other safe spaces, using instructional robots to leverage Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and Mindfulness to increase problem-solving skills, communication, and cooperation amongst children facing family trauma. Since her first seizure at ten years old Pam has spent a lifetime thinking “with and about [her] brain.” That interest expanded to include interests in Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and Artificial Intelligence. With a passion for academic research Pam earned her doctorate degree in Instructional Media and Technology from Columbia University and in 2016 Pam combined her interests, passion and profound gratitude to those who helped her in her own battle with breast cancer by developing and offering Wellbotics to children and families dealing with the troubling times that often accompany a family cancer diagnosis. Pam loves kids and building robot so her time is spent using one to help another. Pam resides in New York City area as a workshop leader, public speaker and a STEM Educator.  In this week’s episode, Pam shares her experiences of growing up as a child with epilepsy, being diagnosed with cancer at 47 and the story behind Wellbotics. She shares how Wellbotics was a response to Pam’s battle with breast cancer and how it changed her life and the lives of others in some unexpectedly positive ways. There are so many wonderful moments in this episode that I don’t even know where to begin! We have a great conversation about reframing bitterness and Pam’s passion for sustainable positivity, confidence, the parallels between robotics and life - which is fascinating - and Pam’s notion which I love, of ‘once-upon-a-time strangers’. Pam’s passion is utterly contagious and my heart felt so full after this conversation and I am couldn’t be more excited to be sharing it with you today. If you need a boost, if you’re wondering if it’s possible to combine your interests into a fulfilling career or if you simply want to spend time in the company of one hell of an inspiring woman, you are going to love this conversation. Enjoy the show, and as Pam says, Be Well.   About Dr. Pam Davis Dr. Pam Davis is the Founder of Wellbotics. Wellbotics delivers pop up makerspaces to cancer care communities and other safe spaces, using instructional robots to leverage Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, and Mindfulness to increase problem-solving skills, communication, and cooperation amongst children facing family trauma. Since her first seizure at ten years old Dr. Pam has spent a lifetime thinking “with and about [her] brain.” That interest expanded to include interests in Mindfulness, Neuroscience, and Artificial Intelligence. With a passion for academic research Pam earned her doctorate degree in Instructional Media and Technology from Columbia University and in 2016 Pam combined her interests, passion and profound gratitude to those who helped her in her own battle with breast cancer by developing and offering Wellbotics to children and families dealing with the troubling times that often accompany a family cancer diagnosis. Pam resides in New York City area as a workshop leader, public speaker and a STEM Educator.  Website | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn   Things We Talked About Pam’s journey from growing up as a child with epilsepsy, being diagnosed with breast cancer as an adult Pam’s framework for a meaningful life: combining her interests, passions and gratitude How Pam sustains her positivity Taking a day by day or hour by hour or minute by minute approach to life The power of accountability partners The parallels between robotics and life   About your host, Meg Kissack + That Hummingbird Life  I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m a coach for creative and multipassionate women, a writer and INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I'm not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free Sunday pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with coaching clients, I'm usually covered in paint or walking my wonderfully weird cockapoo Merlin.  
096: Getting To Know Yourself with Tamara Burgess
  Hello Couragemakers! This week I’m so excited to share with you my conversation with Tamara Burgess!   Tamara calls herself a bit of a "digital doer". She owns a writing and marketing business based in the UK. Tamara started freelancing a few years ago after she left her corporate career to move to Japan and start travel writing – and things have progressed from there! Tamara love having bullshit-free discussions about controversial topics with an open heart and the four things she loves the most are being outside exploring something green, listening to people, idea sharing and laughing so much that she cries.   And a bullshit-free discussion definitely happens during this episode! We dive into so many thing during this episode from Tamara's journey from growing up and only seeing herself as a mathematician and not creative to leaving the corporate world and moving to Japan and starting a freelance career in writing and marketing, the myth that every has it all figured out and finding time in your time to do the things that bring you joy.   We have a great discussion about self awareness, prejudice and judgement, attitudes to money as a creative and the problems we both share with the minimalist movement.   This episode is really about giving yourself permission to be yourself, embracing the things that make you you and really getting to know yourself. Tamara’s ability to tell it as it is is so refreshing and she shares so much practical wisdom from her own journey about accepting yourself where you are right now. If you’re craving a a shitload of encouragement, a good laugh and really bullshit-free conversation about the reality of creating a life you love, this episode is for you.   Enjoy the show Couragemakers!   About Tamara Tamara calls herself a bit of a "digital doer". She owns a writing and marketing business based in the UK. Tamara started freelancing a few years ago after she left my corporate career to move to Japan and start travel writing – and things have progressed from there! Tamara love having bullshit-free discussions about controversial topics with an open heart and the four things she loves the most arebeing outside exploring something green, listening to people, idea sharing and laughing so much that she cries.  Website | Bio | LinkedIn | Pinterest | Twitter Things We Talked About Tamara's journey from growing up and only seeing herself as a mathematician and not creative to leaving the corporate world and moving to Japan and starting a freelance career in writing and marketing The myth that we’ve got everything sorted out The realities of working for yourself The 'scattering' of things that bring Tamara joy and how she builds them into her daily life    Resources The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg Les Brown quote -“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.” About Meg & That Hummingbird Life I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multipassionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate.   I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I’m not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free, very vulnerable and encouraging Sunday emails to fellow couragemakers (join the party here!) or making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life. THL is the online home for unconventional creatives and multipassionates who want to show up unapologetically and intentionally as who they are, and really own, live and share their many stories. It’s made for couragemakers who have so much great shit to give the world and want to leave their mark but have too much self doubt standing in the way!
083: Going Behind The Scenes with Meg Kissack (Birthday Special!)
Couragemakers turns 2 today! And as a birthday special, past guest, the wonderful Katie Snyder is interviewing me! We talk struggles, money, creativity and some serious vulnerability! To listen to last year's birthday episode with Mr. Meg, click here! You can listen to Katie's episode here! And to find out all about Couragemaker's Patreon page, go here :) THANK YOU for being the most wonderful community I could ever ask for.  
062: Creative Resilience & Being An Unsinkable Creative with Nikki Sinay Torres
Hello Couragemakers! It’s so good to be back after a week’s break, and I know you’re going to love this episode! This week I’m chatting with Nikki Sinay Torres. Nikki  is a certified Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach, US Army Master Resilience Trainer, Army wife and former FRG leader, mom of two teenage girls with Cystic Fibrosis, self-employed mural artist, and Main Muse at Serendipity Creative Coaching Services. Nikki describes herself as a blend of Lucille Ball, Frida Khalo, a Mermaid and Mr. Bean, which I think you’ll agree, is very accurate. Nikki runs creative resilience workshops and retreats, and The Unsinkable Creative Society Art Camp for teen girls in North Carolina, as well as working one to one online with creatives. During this episode, Nikki shares her journey from being the weird girl in school,  to the mother of two daughters with cystic fibrosis, a self employed mural artist and creative resilience coach. We really dive into how creativity has helped Nikki deal with everything life throws her, how she gives herself permission to react to situations and how creativity helps us to slow down and problem solve. We talk about how important it is to find your strengths and focus on them, dealing with the reality of things versus our expectations and how getting creative is one of the five scientifically proven things you can do to calm yourself. At the end of the episode, Nikki shares a fantastic exercise you can use to help build you creative resilience and I know it’s one I’m going to be using time and time again! This episode is a fantastic and much needed reminder for all of us creatives, that creativity is important, that it’s anything but frivolous and essential to both our wellbeing and the world. I know you’re going to love Nikky’s storytelling and sense of humour! Enjoy the show!   About Nikki Nikki Sinay Torres. is a certified Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach, US Army Master Resilience Trainer, Army wife and former FRG leader, mom of two teenage girls with Cystic Fibrosis, self-employed mural artist, and Main Muse at Serendipity Creative Coaching Services. Nikki runs creative resilience workshops and retreats, and The Unsinkable Creative Society Art Camp for teen girls in North Carolina, as well as working one to one online with creatives.  Nikki describes herself as a blend of Lucille Ball, Frida Khalo, a Mermaid and Mr. Bean, which I think you'll agree, is very accurate. Nikki has a very exclusive offer of a 30 minute coaching session for Couragemakers, for $25. To take advantage of her offer, you can find Nikki's email below:  Email | Facebook |   Things We Talked About   Nikki’s journey, from being the weird girl in school, to the mother of two daughters with cystic fibrosis, self employed mural artist and creative resilience coach The importance of art in the healing process How creativity can help us slow down and problem solve A fantastic exercise to help you build your creative resilience.   Resources Mentioned   The Nine Modern Day Muses and the Body Guard by Jill Badonsky Kaizen Muse   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multipassionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I’m not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free, very vulnerable and encouraging Sunday emails to fellow couragemakers or making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life. THL is the online home for unconventional creatives and multipassionates who want to show up unapologetically and intentionally as who they are, and really own, live and share their many stories. It’s made for couragemakers who have so much great shit to give the world and want to leave their mark but have too much self doubt standing in the way!
011 Going Against The Grain with Mei Leong
Hello and welcome to episode 11 of Couragemakers! I’m so excited this week to share my conversation with the hilarious Mei Leong. Mei is a writer, artist and entrepreneur living in Lancaster in the UK, and is the woman behind Wonderfully Mei Designs.  In this episode, Mei shares how leaving a career in teaching allowed her to tap into her creativity and how going against the grain helped her to value herself a lot more. We talk a lot about listening to your gut instinct, keeping inspired and how Mei’s life has changed for the better since starting to carve a life for herself on her terms. During our conversation, we dive deep into quarter life crisis’, Mei’s undying love of Nicholas Cage and how creativity and courage can be combined to change the world. This is a great episode is you feel stuck in what you’re doing and if you want some practical tips to help you figure out what you love and how to  combine them to create a life you love. Mei is hilarious and she’s a real inspiration for anyone looking to change paths or uncover their own inspiration, and I know you’re going to love this episode. Enjoy the show!   About Mei Mei is a UK based writer, artist and entrepreneur behind Wonderfully Mei Designs.  Her work is fuelled on café lattes, inspirational quotes and self-motivation and her favourite things in the world are David Tennant, Shakespeare and iced lattes.  You can connect with Mei here: Website |  Twitter |   Things we talked about during today's show   How leaving a career in teaching helped Mei to lean into her untapped creativity How inspiration plays a massive part in Mei's life The boldness and gumption it took Mei to go against the grain and leave her teacher training programme Mei's inspiration wall  How creativity, courage and making the world a better place runs through Mei's life.  Books/Resources etc mentioned during today's show: Noughts & Crosses - Mallory Blackman Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert Impractical Dreaming Facebook Group Being Boss Facebook Group    Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here If you have any question about today's episode, any comments or would like to be a guest on Couragemakers, get in touch: meg@thathummingbirdlife.com   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life I'm Meg and I'm the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I started this podcast because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes and making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life, sending free self care checks ins to hundreds of women every Sunday and helping my clients build brands they love as a graphic designer. I'm currently based in London, and getting ready for my round the world adventure with Mr. Meg starting August 2016. Don't worry the podcast isn't going anywhere! That Hummingbird Life | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook    
024 Inventing Your Own Reality with Victoria Klein
Hi there and welcome to episode 24 of Couragemakers! This week I'm talking to Victoria Klein, aka VK and I'm so excited to share this episode! VK is a former Virtual Assistant-turned-Online Business Manager + Burnout Busting Mentor for entrepreneurs who are ready to take their online business up 3 notches while also sleeping 8 hours a night. And when she’s not getting her ambitious clients out of their inboxes, you can find her indulging in adult coloring books, in-depth conversations, + dark chocolate anything. Me and VK got chatting a couple of months ago, and she's a fellow podcast host, and I loved chatting to her for her podcast Behind the Boss Mask. It was great to get behind the scenes and hear more about her journey and I know you're going take so many wisdom nuggets out of this episode. In this episode, VK shares the long journey of how she became an entrepreneur, and how her life has changed since she stopped doing what she felt she had to do and started to invent her own definition of success. We dive really deep into the various career paths VK has had so far and what ties them all together, how we can start to live life instead of allowing life to happen to us, and how remembering that everything is temporary is a great way to help you in any situation.   This is a fantastic episode for anyone who feels a stuck and needs a reminder to keep going and showing up in the world as your unique self. It's also a wonderful episode for anyone doing their own thing, who feels scared, stuck or isn't sure where their journey is going to take them. I love how honestly VK shares her life and her lessons, and she has  great tips for anyone struggling to deal with failure. If you need a pick me up and some real talk, you're in for a treat! Enjoy the show!   About VK   Victoria Klein (VK) is a former Virtual Assistant-turned-Online Business Manager + Burnout Busting Mentor for entrepreneurs who are ready to take their online business up 3 notches while also sleeping 8 hours a night. Through her no B.S. Behind the Boss Mask podcast, dedicated OBM support, + 1:1 mentoring, she’s here to show you how to organize + upgrade your business so you earn more + work less — while making it all feel like the world’s first calorie-free dessert. And when she’s not getting her ambitious clients out of their inboxes, you can find her indulging in adult coloring books, in-depth conversations, + dark chocolate anything. Meet your virtual business Yoda + get ready to book that vacation you damn well earned at VKtheVA.com. You can connect with VK here: Website | Behind The Boss Mask | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest Things we talked about during today's show   VK’s long journey of being an entrepreneur by the way of being an actress, model, yoga teacher (alongside many other fascinating jobs)   How no matter how small your actions, you can have a difference on the world   The importance of celebrating everything all the steps along the way   VK’s advice to people dealing with failure   Books/Resources etc mentioned during today’s show   Burnout, Bold Action, + Round-the-World-Adventure with Meg Kissack (Behind the Boss Mask episode) Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here   If you have any question about today's episode, any comments or would like to be a guest on Couragemakers, get in touch: meg@thathummingbirdlife.com   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I'm Meg and I'm the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I started this podcast because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes and making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life, sending free self care checks ins to hundreds of women every Sunday and helping my clients build brands they love as a graphic designer. I'm currently based in London, and getting ready for my round the world adventure with Mr. Meg starting August 2016. Don't worry the podcast isn't going anywhere!   That Hummingbird Life | Twitter | Pinterest |  
107: Doing Things On Your Own Terms with Nomi of Piquetures
Hello Couragemakers and welcome to another episode of the Couragemakers episode! For this week’s episode, I’m chatting with the inspiring Nomi from Piquetures. Nomi is a creative adventurer seeking to push the boundaries of the audio-visual experience! She is currently experimenting with creating videoscapes, playing tourist everywhere she goes with her camera, digitally illustrating, and producing music (her newest interest!). Growing up as an Asian American and taught to believe that there is a clear division between what is considered "science" and what can be called "arts," she graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and certified to teach high school level sciences feeling unfulfilled. After years of being torn between her multiple interests and "identities," Nomi is finally happily studying computer science at her 9-5 web developer job and reserves her evenings for her creative pursuits!  In this week’s episode, we’re really diving into claiming our identities and who we are, the importance of scheduling time for our art and practical things you can do to preserve, sustain and maintain your creative energy.   We dive into struggling to come to terms with your identity as an artist, why it’s okay for things to take time and Nomi’s advice for anyone who struggles to find what makes them unique. I absolutely love this episode. Nomi’s approach to her art is beyond refreshing and in an online world where we feel like we have to find a way to make a full time living from our art and we’re made to feel having a side hustle isn’t valid, it’s so good to have a real conversation about finding creative fulfilment in your life alongside having a 9-5, and why doing it that way can be so wonderful. If you love talking about all things creativity and sometimes struggle to describe yourself and what you do and make time for creativity in your life, this is the perfect episode for you! Enjoy the show!   About Nomi Nomi is a creative adventurer seeking to push the boundaries of the audio-visual experience! She is currently experimenting with creating videoscapes, playing tourist everywhere she goes with her camera, digitally illustrating, and producing music (her newest interest!). Growing up as an Asian American and taught to believe that there is a clear division between what is considered "science" and what can be called "arts," she graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and certified to teach high school level sciences feeling unfulfilled. After years of being torn between her multiple interests and "identities," Nomi is finally happily studying computer science at her 9-5 web developer job and reserves her evenings for her creative pursuits!  YouTube | Instagram |   Things We Talked About Nomi’s journey of becoming comfortable with identifying as an artist and a scientist Keeping your art living and breathing Choosing not to do art as your 9-5 Maintaining, preserving and sustaining your time for creative work Making art a priority in your life Disrupting this notion that we all have to monetize our art   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I'm not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free Sunday pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with clients, I'm usually covered in paint and thinking of imaginative ways of hide my would-be dog from my landlord. 
039 Creativity, Self Care & Mental Health with Sarah Steckler
Happy Monday Couragemakers! I am so excited to share with you this week’s episode of Couragemakers! For this week’s episode, I sat down and had a good natter with Sarah Steckler. Sarah is a Creative Self-Love Coach who helps women take control of their lives by taking care of themselves. As a writer, journal lover, and creatively obsessed sticker collector, she loves to spend her free time wandering through nature and forest bathing, cuddling up with her English Bulldog, and planning her next Netflix binge!   In this episode, Sarah shares her journey of how creativity helped her learn to love herself, how her life has changed now she has become more intentional about her creativity and self love and how struggling is part of the process.   We really dive into how showing up as yourself can be a struggle, how giving yourself permission to have bad days can make all the difference and how important it is to find something we love that isn’t for anyone but ourselves.   Sarah shares great advice for anyone looking to add more creativity and self love to their life, great practical self care for people doing their own thing and really helpful words of wisdom for creative women who struggle with their mental health.   This is also a great episode if you struggle with your mental health and want to use creativity as a way to help you, if you often find yourself thinking that doing things for yourself is selfish, and if you need the reminder that what you have to put in the world is pretty damn important.   I really loved my conversation with Sarah and finding out more about her journey and the work she’s putting in the world. As creative people, it can be so hard to remember that while our creativity gives so much to the world, it gives so much to ourselves as well, and I’m so glad Sarah reminded us of that today.   Enjoy the show!​​​​ About Sarah   Sarah is a Creative Self-Love Coach who helps women take control of their lives by taking care of themselves. While this seems simple enough, Sarah understands the barriers to change we all can face, including self-doubt, guilt, feeling emotionally overwhelmed, and anxiety that comes with transitions and change. As a writer, journal lover, and creatively obsessed sticker collector, she loves to spend her free time wandering through nature and forest bathing, cuddling up with her English Bulldog, and planning her next Netflix binge! She's also huge animal lover who dreams of one day opening up her own cow sanctuary and dreams of creating her own self-care journal for others. You can connect with Sarah here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Free Self Care Course   Things we talked about during today's show   The relationship between creativity and self love   What Sarah’s self - love journey looks like   The biggest things Sarah has learned in starting a business   Sarah’s advice for anyone looking to add more creativity and find self love in their life   Why women struggle with self love   Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here   If you have any question about today's episode, any comments or would like to be a guest on Couragemakers, get in touch: meg@thathummingbirdlife.com   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I'm Meg and I'm the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I started this podcast because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes and making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life, sending free self care checks ins to hundreds of women every Sunday and helping my clients build brands they love as a graphic designer. I'm currently on a 3 month road trip of the US with Mr. Meg but normally based in the UK.   That Hummingbird Life | Twitter | Pinterest |  
Creativity, Bravery and the Fear Year Project with Elin Lööw
Hello Couragemakers and welcome to the first episode of 2017! So, I have a huge love hate relationship with the start of the new year. I love getting out new notebooks and writing down my dreams but I hate the bullshit around feeling like we have to change everything about who we are. And that s why I’m so excited to share my episode with Elin Lööw. Elin is a writer and artist who set out to face her creative fears in 2016 with her Fear Year project. A project I absolutely adore, and I know you’ll be inspired to do by the end of this episode. Elin now helps fellow creatives find the courage to go after their dreams too.  Elin is a self confessed twenty-something creative weirdo living and she lives Sweden with her boyfriend Petrus and our two cats Pysen and Alice. In this episode, we really dive into Elin’s creative journey - from being a freely creative child to losing track of her creativity when she felt she had to be the best and how she came to embrace her creativity again. We have a really honest conversation about many of the struggles creatives face, from self doubt and fear to joy and trust. Elin shares the inspiration behind her Fear Year project - a project to identify, challenge and work on her fears in 2016. She shares what her project looked like in practice and fantastic advice for anyone wanting to start their own Fear Year. We really explore how Elin’s way of measuring her creative successes has changed, how her creative process has evolved and how Elin’s Fear Year really explored the connection between creativity and bravery. We talk about how important identity is to our creativity, how important it is to bring what we want to the world, not just what other people want and just how lethal combination of pressure and perfectionism is to our creativity. This episode is perfect if you’re a creative and you’re looking to get more brave with your creativity in 2017, if you feel creatively blocked and are desperately in need of some inspiration, and if you’re intrigued about the idea of the Fear Year and want to start your own! Elin has so much practical advice for fellow creatives who feel scared to start or continue and really helpful and compassionate advice for anyone looking to get back to their creativity! Elin’s episode is the perfect start to 2017 and I hope you get as much out of our conversation as I did! Be sure to listen all the way to the end to hear an update on Elin’s Fear Year! You can read Elin's update on her blog here. Enjoy the show! About Elin Elin Lööw is a writer and artist who set out to face her creative fears in 2016. Now she helps fellow creatives find the courage to go after their dreams too! She is a  self confessed twenty-something creative weirdo living in Sweden with her boyfriend Petrus and our two cats Pysen and Alice. You can connect with Elin here: Website | Fear Year Project | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest Things we talked about during today's show   How perfectionism and pressure stopped Elin creating and how she learned to re-discover her creativity The good things that hide behind your fears Elin’s Fear Year - a year long project to tackle her creative fears Advice for if you want to get back to your own creativity and start your own Fear Yer,   Books/Resources etc mentioned during today’s show Linchpin - Seth Godin Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here   If you have any question about today's episode, any comments or would like to be a guest on Couragemakers, get in touch: meg@thathummingbirdlife.com   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I'm Meg and I'm the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I started this podcast because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes and making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life, sending free self care checks ins to hundreds of women every Sunday and helping my clients build brands they love as a graphic designer. I'm currently on a 3 month road trip of the US with Mr. Meg but normally based in the UK.   That Hummingbird Life | Twitter | Pinterest |
100: What 100 Episodes Has Taught Me About Courage, Owning Your Story and Living Unapologetically
This week we’re celebrating 100 episodes of Couragemakers! I’m sharing what Couragemakers means to my soul and what I’ve learned so far about courage, about women, and our stories along the way!   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life  I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multipassionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.  When I’m not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free, very vulnerable and encouraging Sunday emails to fellow couragemakers (join the party here!) or making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life. THL is the online home for unconventional creatives and multipassionates who want to show up unapologetically and intentionally as who they are, and really own, live and share their many stories. It’s made for couragemakers who have so much great shit to give the world and want
013 Self Validation & Emotional Constipation with Jenny Ambrose
Hi there and welcome to episode 13 of Couragemakers!   Producing this podcast and interviewing amazing women all over the world has already been such a great experience for me, and this episode is really special. It's not often you get the privilege  to interview one of your best friends.   This week I'm talking to the wonderful and hilarious Jenny Ambrose. Jenny is a creative director, anthropologist, writer, business owner, encouragement coach - along with many other things - and also the mother of 4 needy animals and the wife of an amazing man.   Me and Jenny met through the power of Twitter a couple of years ago, after we bonded over our love of hummingbirds, and she's definitely made my world a much brighter place to be. Jenny grew up in New Jersey, and via LA and New York now lives in Florida. I'm SO excited to meet Jenny and her lovely husband Jake in person for the first time when me and Mr. Meg embark on our three month road trip across the US in August!   During our conversation, Jenny gets really open and vulnerable about her own journey - of feeling like she doesn't fit in anywhere, difficult    family relationships, her experience of art school and ultimately getting to a place of self validation and acceptance.   Jenny really shares how her journey of  rooting for herself and finding joy in the world, and what it has looked like for her, and she has some great words of wisdom and comfort for anyone wanting to work on accepting themselves.   This is a great episode if you struggle with self acceptance, feel like you don't fit in a box and generally if you want to hear a really fascinating discussion about creativity and how it links to who we are as people.   Jenny is the sassiest person I know, a self confessed power house and I know you'll love her just as much as I do!   Enjoy the show   About Jenny   Jenny is a creative heavyweight and self confessed powerhouse. She her time running her business  Purée Fantastico, a one stop creative shop focusing on all manners of design, creative thought,  and strategic brainery, Jenny can be found tending to her four needy animals, goofing around with her husband and watching re-runs of RuPaul. You can connect with Jenny here: Website |  Twitter | Blog   Things we talked about during today's show     Jenny’s journey from growing up as a curious, creative child to running her own business and learning to accept herself   The links between not creating and emotional constipation   How Jenny structures her day to allow for spontaneity   How what you create evolves as you do and the link between creativity and silliness.   Things mentioned during today’s show   2001: A Space Odyssey   The Shining   Rosie Bitts   Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here   If you have any question about today's episode, any comments or would like to be a guest on Couragemakers, get in touch: meg@thathummingbirdlife.com   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life   I'm Meg and I'm the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I started this podcast because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes and making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life, sending free self care checks ins to hundreds of women every Sunday and helping my clients build brands they love as a graphic designer. I'm currently based in London, and getting ready for my round the world adventure with Mr. Meg starting August 2016. Don't worry the podcast isn't going anywhere! That Hummingbird Life | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook
109: Self-Compassion + Looking At The Nuances of Life
This episode is part two of a three-part series of wrapping up this year Couragemakers style. We started part one talking all about fear and uncertainty, and this week we’re diving into looking back on the year with self-compassion. Show Notes Couragemakers Patreon Page Reflection exercise: Create the space and take the time to write yourself three letters:   Letter 1: imagine yourself a year ago and write a letter to your present self. Letter 2: write a letter to your past self.  Letter 3: from the perspective of your future self, write a letter to the past and present you. About Meg & That Hummingbird Life I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multi-passionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I'm not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free Sunday pep Talks to my wonderful Couragemakers community or working 1:1 with clients, I'm usually covered in paint and thinking of imaginative ways of hide my would-be dog from my landlord.     
089: Playing To Your Strengths & Following Your Curiosity with Sally Pewhairangi
Hello Couragemakers and welcome to another episode of The Couragemakers Podcast! This week I have the joy of talking with Sally Pewhairangi. Sally is a New Zealand librarian who helps other librarians be the best they can be, particularly with things digital. Sally share her 20+ years library experience and wants to share what she has learned help librarians improve their digital practice through her website TheLibraryBoss.com. The Library Boss takes a holistic approach to digital literacy; something that is often overlooked by many libraries, programmes, workshops and courses. Sally loves Watching international tv series with subtitles (mostly crime) and will always choose summer over winter. In this episode, Sally shares her journey of becoming an entrepreneurial librarian, her wonderful weekly experiments I think we could all learn a thing or two from and how enthusiasm, curiosity and strengths play a huge part of Sally’s life. We really dive into how under-rated excitement is, the idea of being the best you already are - which I love and we also debunk a myth or two about librarianship along the way! We also talk about risk taking and how subjective risk is, what helps Sally take action and trying things for the sake of trying new things and not worrying about failure. If you often find yourself over-thinking, struggle to take risks or you’re a multi-passionate who wants to find new ways of doing things, this episode is for you! I absolutely love Sally’s strengths-based approach to life, and I loved our conversation. This is the perfect episode if you’re experiencing the Self Doubt Wobbles and I know you’re going to get so much out of this episode. So enjoy the show!   About Sally Sally Pewhairangi doesn’t have any magic beans or secret sauce. But she does have 20+ years library experience and wants to share what she has learned to help librarians improve their digital practice through her website TheLibraryBoss.com. The Library Boss takes a holistic approach to digital literacy; something that is often overlooked by many libraries, programmes, workshops and courses. People get stuck on the tech skills and the shiny new things, and forget about the person who needs to learn those skills and use those shiny new things. You might think it sounds a bit woo-woo. But Sally’s not a woo-woo kind of person. She’s an optimistic, creative problem-solving kind of person who questions everything, and then gets on and does stuff to find out what works best. Website | Twitter | LinkedIn   Things We Talked About Breaking the stereotypes of librarianship Tying new things for the sake of trying things, not always worrying about failure The courage it takes to do something differently and the confidence to generate new ideas   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multipassionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I’m not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free, very vulnerable and encouraging Sunday emails to fellow couragemakers or making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life. THL is the online home for unconventional creatives and multipassionates who want to show up unapologetically and intentionally as who they are, and really own, live and share their many stories. It’s made for couragemakers who have so much great shit to give the world and want to leave their mark but have too much self doubt standing in the way!
090: Intuition, Forgiveness & Sharing Your Story with Lucy Brand
Hello Couragemakers and welcome to episode 90 of The Couragemakers Podcast! For this week’s episode, I’m talking with Lucy Brand. Lucy Brand is an Intuitive Business Coach & Speaker supporting women entrepreneurs to know they ARE enough and can fearlessly achieve their wildest dreams and desires in business and life. Lucy combines her digital marketing experience with energy work & Shamanic healing to address your inner game of mindset & energetic alignment with outta game business strategies. Lucy lives in Brighton in the UK  and is a massive Dungeons and Dragons fan, can be found attending moon circles, practising yoga with the hubby, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or visiting the sea.  In this episode, we dive into intuition and how it has played a huge role in Lucy’s life and her business, how life becomes so much more colourful when we are ready to and are able to show up as our entire selves and the journey Lucy has been on to get to that place. We also talk about how Lucy’s life has changed since she started asking for help, how some of the biggest lies we tell are the ones we tell ourselves and the transformative powers of forgiveness. A heads up that during this episode we talk about sexual assault, so if you feel this might trigger you, I suggest only listening up to the twenty minute mark. During the episode, Lucy shares a story she has only shared once before and I love how she really shares the behind-the-scenes aspect of what it takes to share your story and her advice for anyone who feels compelled to share their story. I love how happen Lucy is to get open in order to help other women tell their stories and know they are not alone and they are loved. I got so much out of this episode and I know you will too.  Enjoy the show!   About Guest:   Lucy Brand is an Intuitive Business Coach & Speaker supporting women entrepreneurs to know they ARE enough and can fearlessly achieve their wildest dreams and desires in business and life. Lucy combines her digital marketing experience with energy work & Shamanic healing to address your inner game of mindset & energetic alignment with outta game business strategies. Lucy lives in Brighton in the UK  and is a massive Dungeons and Dragons fan, can be found attending moon circles, practising yoga with the hubby, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or visiting the sea.    Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn     Things We Talked About:   Intuition and how it plays a part of Lucy’s life and business How being your authentic self is where the magic happens Lucy’s experience of sharing her story for the first time and her advice for sharing your story Home of the biggest lies are the ones we tell ourselves The importance of forgiveness and forgiving yourself for how you treat yourself How Lucy’s life has changed since she started asking for help   Resources Mentioned:   JK Rowling & Oprah Winfrey interview Oprah Winfrey and Tina Turner interview Tony Robbins Documentary Ho'oponopono Joe Vitale Youtube video   About Meg & That Hummingbird Life I’m Meg and I’m the host of Couragemakers and founder of That Hummingbird Life. I’m an INFJ creative and multipassionate who has a bit of a notebook and post-it note obsession, loves foot-stomping country music and likes her hot chocolate with way too much chocolate. I started Couragemakers because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum. When I’m not recording episodes, writing bullshit-free, very vulnerable and encouraging Sunday emails to fellow couragemakers (join the party here!) or making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life. THL is the online home for unconventional creatives and multipassionates who want to show up unapologetically and intentionally as who they are, and really own, live and share their many stories. It’s made for couragemakers who have so much great shit to give the world and want to leave their mark but have too much self doubt standing in the way!
000 Couragemakers: The Back Story
Think of this as the prequel to The Couragemakers Podcast. For this show, it's just me and you, and I'm taking you through the journey that's led up to Couragemakers and more information about what you can expect from the show!  If you prefer, skip straight to Episode 1 of the podcast, but you will miss out on some juicy bits!    Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here.   If you have any question about today's episode, any comments or would like to be a guest on Couragemakers, get in touch: meg@thathummingbirdlife.com or send me a tweet!   About Meg Kissack & That Hummingbird Life   I'm Meg and I'm the host of Couragemakers. I started this podcast because I wanted to create a platform for passionate and unconventional women to have honest conversations and to share their stories, struggles and dreams. The intention behind this podcast is to inspire and encourage creative and mission-driven women to live a wholehearted life and follow the beat of their drum.   When I'm not recording episodes and making new friends with the wonderful guests, you can find me working on all manners of magic over at That Hummingbird Life, sending free self care checks ins to hundreds of women every Sunday and helping my clients build brands they love as a graphic designer. I'm currently based in London, and getting ready for my round the world adventure with Mr. Meg starting August 2016. Don't worry the podcast isn't going anywhere! That Hummingbird Life | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook   Have a wonderful day!  
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