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60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share At the start of the year, if I’d been thinking about a word that was going to describe my experience in the coming year……and to be honest, I didn’t do that because I didn’t follow my own advice and recommendations……BUT if I had come up with a word, I can guarantee that it wouldn’t be the one that it’s turned out to be.Because this year – so far – has been all about connections.Despite the whole Coronavirus lockdown thing, I’m connecting with more people on a daily basis than I have in a very long time.So, while connections seems a strange word to describe life given what’s happening in the world right now, it also turns out to be the most accurate one.Which is just plain weird.Mind you, logistics and internet meltdowns notwithstanding, there are still any number of hiccups. I want to get honest, vulnerable and open in my connections with people. And it’s not always easy… More fabulous podcasts and articles 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share I did a degree in construction back in the 80’s. I was one of 6 women in the UK doing my job when I graduated, I worked on building sites for 5 years and I can hand on heart say that I RARELY experienced any sex discrimination in that time. In fact, I experienced sex discrimination a grand total of three times over that time. I remember each time clearly and I also remember that the man involved didn’t come out of the encounter… intact. My experience was, more than anything, that I had an advantage. Being a rare female in a male dominated industry had huge advantages for me and I had a great time. But over the last few years, I’ve been getting more and more uncomfortable with things. I have this growing, gnawing suspicion that women are growing less and less equal in many ways, it’s just that the inequality is becoming more and more subtle. It’s still there, it’s just pretending to be “freedom” and “self expression” and – I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for saying this – “strong, sexy woman”. I think that women absolutely have the right to be as sexy as they choose, but I also think that in reality (the current reality), it’s still all about objectification. That’s all I’m going to say here. Listen to the podcast, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. K xxx More fabulous podcasts and articles 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share I’ve never really experienced sex discrimination or gender inequality. At least, I didn’t think I had. Till I read a book and started doing some research and then I realised just how much of a difference there is between the way men & women are allowed to communicate (and I say “allowed” purposely). I also discovered what a massive difference there is in medical research for men and women (hint: it’s not equal). Having come out of a major operation to remove some ill-advised pelvic mesh, I’ve got some very interesting things that need sharing. I’m currently three weeks into an eight week recovery period, so while I can’t sit at my laptop and work for long (I can’t sit at all, really!), I do have a fair bit to share! And no doubt, more things will come out over the next few weeks. Listen to the podcast and enjoy. I’d love to hear your thoughts on all this K xxx Click here to listen to the Someone New Podcast Click here to watch “For The Love Of Fangirls” More fabulous podcasts and articles 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share I’m going to talk today about the big topic of motherhood. I’ve been online for about three and a half or so years now. And I generally avoid the topic of motherhood, and particularly the parenting side of motherhood. I’ll talk about the things that have happened with my children. But I don’t like giving parenting advice. And I don’t like giving my views on parenting… because people get so uptight about their own views on parenting and it just leads to arguments. I don’t want the conflict so I generally avoid it, being a big coward at heart. You know, I want everybody to like me like we all do, and I just want to keep the peace and yeah get everyone to like me. But I’ve had several conversations with friends who have younger children who’ve commented that the parents telling the children what to do is “old fashioned” and that parents these days “discuss” things with their children. There’s nothing wrong with discussion, I always explained what and why we were doing things with my kids and we’d have a conversation about it. But make no mistake: the final decision about what we were doing (and what the kids would be doing) was mine. So what I’m going to say today goes against a lot of the current beliefs about how to raise children because I believe that all children need strong rules and clear boundaries. And consequences. Read the article including the psychiatrist’s comments here More fabulous podcasts and articles Join the very sparse and succinct mailing list (just so’s you get notified when new podcasts and articles are released. Saves me letting you know through social media, right?) 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share I had no idea that a forceps delivery would have any impact on me. I was certainly upset by the bruises on my baby’s face but I honestly thought that an “assisted” birth was way better than having a Caesarean. Twenty five years later, I find out that I have major – and permanent – issues from that decision. To be fair, I don’t think the medical profession understood at the time what a forceps delivery actually does to a woman, they’re only just beginning to understand now. Twelve years ago, I had a pelvic mesh inserted to help with the prolapses from the forceps birth, the same pelvic mesh involved in the worldwide class action (you can read about the Australian class action here). The pelvic mesh started causing problems pretty much straight away and I had procedures to try to correct it in 2011 and 2012. The recovery period for the second operation was three months of no bending, no lifting my arms above my head, no picking anything up, and no driving, then twelve months where the most exertion I could do was walking. I’m just about to have another procedure to try to remove the mesh completely (they weren’t able to do that before) but fortunately, the recovery time shouldn’t be as long. This time, I only have six weeks of not being able to lift, pick things up, bend or drive. I’m not looking forward to it but I can’t wait for the mesh to be removed. If you had an assisted birth and are wondering what the possible implications might be, or if you have pelvic mesh, I’d love to hear from you to find out your experiences, so please get in touch 🙂 You can email me me via the link below or comment on the post or podcast or catch up with me via one of the social media links below xxx John with Jamie just after Jamie was born. You can see the marks from the forceps on Jamie’s forehead and nose. More fabulous articles and podcasts 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share When I started this podcast, one of the things I wanted to do was chat to my friends so they could share their stories. I love listening to people’s stories and I’m always left feeling deep respect for the things they’ve dealt with in their lives and the way they’ve dealt with them. Jo Dolan, the woman I’m talking to today, is one of those women. She’s highly educated, a volunteer fire fighter and former taxi driver who’s shaved her head twice to raise funds for cancer research. And she’s now a much sought after editor for PhD students. Twelve years ago, Jo’s daughter Kate discovered that she had a melanoma. You might think that having a melanoma isn’t a big deal, I know I didn’t. I thought you just went to the hospital, got it cut out, maybe take some drugs to help clear it up and then carry on with your life. But you might just make sure that you use more sunscreen and wear a hat. For Kate, the melanoma wouldn’t clear. After two years of treatment, the cancer got into her brain and Kate died aged 21. What became clear to Jo was that they actually knew very little of their family’s medical history and had they known more, things might – might – have turned out differently. In the ten years since Kate’s death, Jo’s started to turn her own experiences and insights into a way of helping and supporting other people going through the same kind of thing: being carers to their sick child. She’s now coming up to her final qualifications as a life coach as well as setting up a website. Her intention is to help people record their stories for two reaons: Firstly to hopefully to share them with their children or grandchildren. But at the very least to record family medical history so that medical professionals have every piece of medical information that they might need. You can contact Jo at: Her website is http://rightingwriting.com.au/ On Facebook, find her at https://www.facebook.com/joanna.dolan More fabulous podcasts and articles 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share Podcast Episode 9 It’s well known that insomnia can lead to depression and anxiety and vice versa, but there are a few things about sleep that I’ve discovered recently, along with the impact that social isolation can have on our mental & emotional state. Listen to the latest episode here: Resources Video Click here to watch the TedMed talk by Jeffrey Iliff – “One more reason to get a good night’s sleep” Recommended Reading: Note: these are affilliate links and I may get a small commission if you purchase anything. Click on the link on the right to read the full disclosure Sleep Affirmations: 200 Phrases for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep Kindle Edition by Jennifer Williamson Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams Kindle Edition by Matthew Walker Why We Can’t Sleep: Generation X Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun Sleep: Change the way you sleep with this 90 minute read by Nick Littlehales Apps to Help You Sleep Sleep Cycle: smart alarm clock. Sleep tracker to better health AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch: Sleep Tracker & Monitor Brainwave Studio: relaxation, stress relief, sleep support, meditation and mind training system, with 40 sessions of nature sounds and ambient music. Affirmation Assistant: hundreds of positive affirmations or positive quotes. More fabulous articles and podcasts 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share I got asked an interesting question: would I expect to have to parent my partner? I have strong opinions about this aspect of Australian culture that’s always been a source of irritation for me. Plus Part 2 of my learnings and experience during the amazing Persistent Pain Management Program that I’m lucky to be a part of before my upcoming operation to remove the painful pelvic mesh. More fabulous podcasts and articles 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share Podcast Episode 7 Persistent and chronic pain is something that a large number of women live with from a variety of causes: migraines, fibromyalgia (Lady Gaga is a sufferer), cancer, arthritis, or, in my case, pelvic mesh that has gone horribly wrong. What I’ve come to realise is that persistent pain is very much a hidden disease, mostly because the sufferers look okay physically. Everyone on this program has, on more than one occasion, been told that it’s all in our heads and we ought to get over it. It’s bad enough to be on the receiving end of that when it’s a friend or acquaintance that says that, but when it’s a close family member, it makes it so much worse. The really interesting thing is that science is now showing that this kind of pain – persistent, chronic pain – really is all in our heads, and is actually caused by a nervous system malfunction. Click on one of the links to listen to the first part of my experiences on the Persistent Pain Management Program. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss an episode, too! xxx More fabulous podcasts and articles 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share
60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share People think I’m busy, that I’ve always got a tonne of things on and I can’t sit still for five minutes, but I’m a complete novice compared to my friend, Stephanie. After moving to Australia via NZ from South Africa, she divorced her husband and set about raising her five children, one of whom is autistic, while holding down an executive job and putting as much effort as she could into her own personal development. Figuring that she needed to be financially independent, she began renovating & selling properties in her spare time and then became an Executive Producer on a movie-length documentary about the 70’s singer, Suzi Quatro. The way Steph works on herself and how she deals with her large team at work, her kids and in creating her future is fascinating. More fabulous podcasts and great articles Subscribe today and you’ll get new episodes right when they’re released! 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Follow us Save Share