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The Couragemakers Podcast | Encouragement, Inspiration & Rebel Rousing for Mission Driven Doers, Makers & Shakers |

Couragemakers is the weekly podcast for creative and multi-passionate women. Because building the life you want and putting stuff in the world takes a boatload of courage, but you don’t have to do it alone. Couragemakers is designed to encourage and rebel-rouse mission-driven doers, makers and world-shakers to spark a movement of women who are choosing themselves. Every Monday, Meg chats to unconventional couragemakers all over the world who share their stories, their advice and their dreams as we have honest conversations about everyday courage, living a wholehearted life and dream chasing. We’ve figured out what we don’t want in life, now we’re figuring out what we do want. And we talk about the things that make us feel on fire as well as the monsters that hide under our beds. Couragemakers is brought to you by Meg Kissack of That Hummingbird Life. Because everything changes when you believe you matter. Let’s shake things up together. Warning: This podcast contains courage, vulnerability and a desire to leave the world a brighter place than how we found it.
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May 30, 2016

Hi there and welcome to episode 16 of Couragemakers!

 

This week I'm talking to Michelle Anneliese. Michelle is a writer, speaker, geek, mental health advocate, and self confessed overachiever. She's also a multi-passionate content creator and has dreams of owning her own media production company.

 

During our conversation we really dive into some great discussions about passions and how to sustain them, starting projects to get us through hard times and how to refill your creative cup.

 

Michelle shares her journey of how she started her  two blogs and sharing her life online, her dreams of owning a media production company and how choosing herself in tough situations has led her to where she is today.

 

We cover so much ground in this episode, from blogging misconceptions and friendship breakups  to being an introvert and what to do to get yourself through a bad.  I know this episode is going to be especially helpful for you if you're also a person with a wide range of passions and if you struggle to choose yourself. I find Michelle's honesty so inspiring and I know you're going to love this episode!

 

Enjoy the show!

 

About Michelle

 

Michelle is a writer, speaker, geek, mental health advocate, and overachiever at michelleanneliese.com. She currently runs two blogs: Look Through My Lens

and A Geek Girl's Guide.

 

You can contact Michelle:| Twitter | Instagram | Medium

Things we talked about during today's show

 

  • What keeps Michelle inspired and how she organises her creative content

 

  • What it’s like when the people you know in your real life find out about what you do online

 

  • What Michelle does to get her through a bad day and how blogging has helped her through hard times



  • Michelle’s amazing decision making process based around resouces, time, inspiration, and energy




Resources/Things We Mentioned During today's show

 

 

 

 

 

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 |

 

May 23, 2016

 

 

About Suzanne

 

Suzanne (who likes it when people call her Suz) is a recovering lawyer and the founder and chief creative copywriter of PepperJar, the place where small business owners and entrepreneurs go to escape the 'epidemic of generic' and stand out online with personality-infused words.

 

As much as she loves her work, she loves play too, and can often be found enjoying any of the following: snuggling on the sofa, wandering by the sea, thinking up witty tweets, sweating on the netball court, getting lost in a book, listening to Stevie Nicks, watching a cracking boxset, eating pretty much anything edible, relaxing in a bubble bath, dancing like a crazy fool in her lounge, and her favourite of all, laughing until she cries.



You can contact: PepperJar | Facebook | Twitter |

Things we talked about during today's show

 

  • Suz shares her unexpected journey of moving from being a miserable lawyer to owning her own copywriting business

 

  • We challenge the myth that work can't be fun

 

  • Suz’'s advice for people to give themselves permission to follow their own path

 

  • How trying new things and taking yourself out of your comfort zone can spark new ideas




Resources/Things We Mentioned During today's show

 

 

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



May 16, 2016

Hello and welcome to episode 14 of Couragemakers!

 

For this week's episode, I had the absolute joy of talking to Ashten Giardine.

 

Ashten is the founder of Just Go Left: a lifestyle blog and a love letter to living her best life. She founded Just Go Left, not just because she not-so-secretly wants to be Oprah, but because she believes through the ups and downs of life we are given the choice to "go left" when things don't go right and I'm so excited to share that journey with you today.

 

In this episode, we really dive into the idea of choosing joy in the everyday little things, how grief and hard times can profoundly affect us and how learning to ask for help can change your life.

 

This is a great episode to listen to if you're going through a hard time and want to hear advice and lessons from someone who made it through to the other side.

 

Big things have happened with Ashten since we recorded this episode back in February. Ashten made the huge decision to move from Atlanta back to California and she has been really honestly shared her journey and also some great decision making, packing, budgeting and moving tips on Just Go Left. So if you're in the process of making a big decision, or moving, I seriously recommend reading her series on the blog.

 

Ashten is such a warm and reassuring force of nature and has so much wisdom to share and I know you're going to get so much from this episode.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

 

About Ashten

 

Ashten is the founder of Just Go Left: a lifestyle blog and a love letter to living her best life.

 

She founded Just Go Left, not just because she not-so-secretly wants to be Oprah, but because she believes through the ups and downs of life we are given the choice to "go left" when things don't go right.

 

Ashten is an introverted extrovert with a penchant for sarcasm, and sass, who thinks most problems can be solved with a cup of coffee. Ashten lives in Southern California with her boyfriend Kyle and their dog, Gatsby.

 

Just Go Left | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Bloglovin

Things we talked about during today's show

 

 

  • Warner’s story - how Ashten’s life and outlook on life was completely transformed after her dog Warner was diagnosed with PLN (a genetic incurable disease) and how the experience completely changed her

 

  • Thriving in difficult situations

 

  • How we are entitled to come out of pain, grief and hardship however we want to

 

  • Ashten's practical tips for learning to ask for help and how it can change your life

 

  • Enjoying the chapter you’re on and finding joy in the everyday


Resources/Things We Mentioned During today's show

 

 

 

 

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


May 9, 2016

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

 

 

 

 

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



May 2, 2016

Hello and welcome to episode 12 of Couragemakers, I’m so happy you’re here.

 

I got SO much out of listening to today’s episode back when editing it and I know you’re going to love this one.

 

For this week’s episode, I talked to the lovely Jennifer Sterling.  Jennifer Sterling is an Emotional Eating Coach. She helps women stop eating their feelings and release the physical, mental and emotional weight that’s keeping them from feeling their absolute best.

 

This is a really juicy conversation and we really dive deep into Jennifer’s own personal journey of taking her health into her own hands, the taboos that exist around how women look, and how we can learn to reconnect to our bodies and lean into the discomfort instead of do everything we can do avoid it.

 

We talked a lot about the power of slowing down, Jennifer’s advice for any woman who struggles with her body and why taking time for ourselves isn’t selfish.

 

This is a wonderful episode if you struggle with accepting your body, find it hard to deal with emotions and struggle with the idea that self compassion and self care is selfish.

 

Jennifer is such a grounded person and has so many insights into how we can learn to live in our bodies. I know this is a topic so many women struggle with, me include and I think you’re going to find our conversation just as healing as I did.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

About Jennifer

 

Jennifer Sterling is an Emotional Eating Coach. She helps women stop eating their feelings and release the physical, mental and emotional weight that’s keeping them from feeling their absolute best.

 

Outside of her business, Jennifer a mom who enjoys dancing and baking. She can often be found in her kitchen doing both simultaneously.

 

You can connect with Jennifer here: Website |  Twitter |

 

Things we talked about during today's show

 

 

  • How your body is always in a state of unconditional love and how to reconnect to your body

 

  • Leaning into discomfort and Jennifer’s advice on how to deal with discomfort

 

  • How compassion and working on yourself can change the world and how we behave towards each other

 

  • Why taking care of ourselves is really important not only for ourselves but for the people we look to serve

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



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