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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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Jun 6, 2016

Hello and welcome to episode 17 of Couragemakers!

 

This week I'm talking to the lovely Krista Rae. Krista is  a blog strategist and WordPress developer who helps female creatives  craft   strategic blogs to elevate their business and conversions.

 

In this episode, Krista shares how how she went from starting a craft blog and having a side hustle to being able to quit her job and focus on her business full time , She also shares how  she  found a supportive community online, and also the not so glamorous side of side hustles and working for yourself.

 

We have a great discussion about the links between mental health issues and becoming an entrepreneur, what happens when you take a bet on yourself and how the power of starting before you're ready.

 

This is a great episode if you have an online business or are thinking of starting one, if you struggle to give yourself permission to take feel afraid and make decision and if you want to hear about both the shit and the glitter of owning your own online business.

 

I had so much fun talking to Krista and I love how honest she is about every step of the journey. She has so much practical advice and I think everyone can learn something from her story.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

About Krista

 

Krista is a blog strategist and WordPress developer who helps female creatives elevate their business, increase conversions, and boost engagement through crafting strategic blogs. She uses personalized, goal-driven strategies to set her clients apart from the competition and highlight their unique offerings. Learn more over on her blog!  Krista is happiest spending time with her husband, family, and friends...especially if she can mix a little work in there too

 

You can contact Krista:  Website | Twitter | Pinterest | Bloglovin’

Things we talked about during today's show

 

  • Krista shares how how she went from starting a craft blog and having a side hustle to being able to quit her job and focus on her business full time
  • The links between becoming an entrepreneur and mental health issues

 

  • The not so glamourous side of having a side hustle and working for yourself

 

  • The different ways we can handle fear



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 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



Apr 25, 2016

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:

 

 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 Lifesending 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

 

 

Apr 18, 2016

Hello and welcome to the tenth episode of Couragemakers! We’re officially in double digits!

 

I’m so happy this week to share my conversation with Raewyn Sangari. Raewyn is the founder of Be a Warrior Queen, a movement empowering women to embrace self-love which began in 2006 among Raewyn’s group of friends.

 

During this episode, we really dive into Raewyn’s own self love journey, the motivation behind starting the Warrior Queen Movement and how alternative parenting (punk parenting) has made a difference to her life. Raewyn shares her struggles with anxiety and has great advice for anyone who wants to start their own self love journey.

 

This is a great episode if you struggle with self care, choosing yourself and dealing with other people’s expectations and also their reactions when you choose yourself.

 

Raewyn is really flying the flag for subverting gender stereotypes, empowering women, and creating a space for women to learn to love themselves and I think you’re going to love this episode!

 

Enjoy the show!

 

About Raewyn

Raewyn is the founder of Be a Warrior Queen, a movement empowering women to embrace self-love. She’s also a new wife and mother to a baby girl, learning to navigate these new waters while maintaining her sense of self. The Warrior Queen Movement began in 2006 among Raewyn’s group of friends. Always having a passion for writing and feminism, Raewyn’s posts empower and inspire. 

You can connect with Raewyn here: Website | Free Self Love E-Course | Twitter | We Are Warrior Queens Facebook Group

 

Things we talked about during today's show

 

  • The inspiration and motivation behind the Be A Warrior Queen Movement

  • Raewyn’s definition of self care

  • Raewyn’s decision to move home from college

  • Making an alternative magazine for friends in high school

 

Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here

 

About Meg Kissack & 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 Lifesending 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

 

Apr 11, 2016

Hello and welcome to episode 9 of The Couragemakers Podcast!

I’m so happy you’re here and I’m really excited to share with you another great episode today!

I’m thrilled today to be talking to Joanna James-Lynn. Joanna is a virtual assistant, podcaster, blogger, and writer. We’ve been running in similar circles online for a couple of years, and I first heard of her when I stumbled upon the multipotentiality movement. A quick brief one liner on multipotentiality if you’ve never heard the term before, is a term for someone who has many different passions and we talk about this a lot in today’s show. I had a lot of fun getting to know Joanna when she interviewed me for her own brilliant podcast Introspectology and we had a lot of fun during this episode.

Joanna is fascinated by personality, identity, and the individual’s experience - themes she explores in her own podcast, Introspectology, on her blog, and also in the books she writes. While she has . degrees in German, French, and Slovenian, and has lived in Germany, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and in a car, she now lives in Oxfordshire with her wife.

During our conversation, Joanna shares her journey into the world of lifestyle design, her experience of having depression and how this has impacted many choices she made,  

We really dig into the idea of doing things for fun’s sake and following your curiosities to see where you end up, giving yourself permission to follow your passions and getting to know yourself.

This is a great episode if you struggle to know why you feel the urge to do something, if you  have many passions and feel pressured to pick just one (spoiler alert: you don’t), and if you get excited by the idea that you can design a lifestyle that suits you!


Enjoy the show!

 

About Joanna

Joanna James-Lynn is a virtual assistant, podcaster, blogger, and writer. She’s fascinated by personality, identity, and the individual’s experience - themes she explores in her podcast, Introspectology, on her blog, and in the books she writes. (She considers herself a multipotentialite and in a former life she was a linguist. She has degrees in German, French, and Slovenian, and has lived in Germany, Luxembourg, Slovenia, and in a car. She now lives in Oxfordshire with her wife.) 

You can connect with Joanna here: Website | Introspectology Podcast | Twitter

 

Things we talked about during today's show

 

  • Joanna's journey into multipotentiality and how her experiences with depression have led her to design a life that suits her
  • Learning to like yourself
  • The art of following your interests and seeing what happens
  • Giving yourself permission to follow your hobbies for fun’s sake

 

Books/Resources etc we mentioned during this episode

  

 

 

Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here

 

About Meg Kissack & 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 Lifesending 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

 

Apr 3, 2016

 

Hello and welcome to the eighth episode of Couragemakers!

 

This week I had the joy of speaking with Anabel Roque Rodríguez. Anabel is a curator and art historian, and in this episode we really dive into the idea of everyday courage, how we all need to have our stories validated and how we can move beyond fear.

 

During our conversation Anabel shares her journey to becoming a freelance curator and art historian, The Comfort Zone list - a snail mail project she started with her friend to move beyond fear, how storytelling has to be a two way process and how Anabel has started to trust herself and honour her decisions, past and present.

 

This is a fantastic episode if you’re interested in the process of storytelling, and if you struggle with putting yourself out there for the world to see. Anabel has great advice for anyone who wants to make themselves more visible, and also some practical tips for anyone who wants to work on owning their story.

 

Anabel has such a unique and fascinating approach and experience of empowering people and we go to so many interesting places during our conversation. This episode made the hair on the back of my neck stand up on end, and I think you’re going to love Anabel!

 

About Anabel 

 

Anabel Roque Rodríguez  is an independent curator and art historian. She works in the field of contemporary art with a focus on the relation of art and the social, the financial crisis in the Mediterranean, community based art practices and feminism.. She believes that the private is political and we can all make a change through our everyday choices. Her projects deal frequently with empowerment tools and how to create safe spaces where a dialogue can happen and we talk about that in today’s episode.

You can connect with Anabel here: Website | Tinyletter | Twitter

 

Things we talked about during this episode:

 

  • The art of storytelling, and the challenges of listening to people's stories in an academic context

 

  • The Comfort Zone List - a weekly list writing practice Anabel shares with a friend to support each other to move beyond their comfort zone

 

  •  Annabel's tips for anyone who wants to become more visible, and for anyone who wants to work on owning their own story.

 

Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here

 

About Meg Kissack & 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 Lifesending 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!

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Mar 28, 2016

Hi there!

 

It’s the seventh episode of Couragemakers and I’m so happy you’re here.

This week, I’m joined by Jessica Humphreys. Jessica is a self-described feminist and sex positivist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jessica owns a digital communications agency and a social commentator who enjoys debating over copious amounts of herbal tea.

During our conversation Jessica shares her journey of entering the world of feminism and sexual politics and how she came to start her own business with several employees. We discuss how the thread of community, empowerment and education has shown up in every aspect of Jessica’s life, what it means to be a woman in the world of entrepreneurship and business ownership, and how having a Type A personality affects how you see other people and how you run your own business and

This is a great episode if you identify as a Type A and struggle to relax, if you’re a fellow passionate soul and if you’ve had any big changes in your life which have changed what you thought your life would look like and where you would be by now.

I absolutely loved talking with Jessica and I really admire her courage of conviction and the passion she has for empowering women, herself included.

Just a heads up that towards the end of the episode around the 50 minute mark, we briefly touch on male rights activists and violence against women. If you find this triggering, skip forward a couple of minutes.

Enjoy today’s show!

About Jessica

Jessica is a self-described feminist and sex positivist living in Melbourne, Australia.  Jessica owns a digital communications agency and a social commentator who enjoys debating over copious amounts of herbal tea.

You can connect with Jessica here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

Things We Talked About During This Episode

  • Jessica’s journey of starting her own business
  • The struggles that come with being Type A and learning to take time away from work
  • How your perception of work changes when you work for yourself and do what you love.
  • The importance of standing up for what you believe in, even if you’re the only one saying it

Books/Resources etc we mentioned during this episode

Soar Collective

 

Find out more and download the Couragemakers Manifesto here

 

About Meg Kissack & 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 Lifesending 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

 

Mar 21, 2016

Hi there! And welcome to Episode 6 of Couragemakers! I’m so happy to share today’s episode with Torie Jochims.

 

Torie describes herself as the over-caffeinated wordsmith at the helm of Wild Spark Creative. She's also a hiker, a mountain climber, a runner, a makeup enthusiast and a lover of craft beer and good desserts. Ultimately, she is a believer in people. At heart, she’s a storyteller and I loved hearing how growing up with her grandparents influenced her ability to tell good stories and how this helped her develop as a person and confront her fears.

In this episode we really dive into the power of storytelling, dealing with perfectionism and how important it is to work on your relationship with yourself. Torie shares really openly her journey from working in the service industry, advertising and co-creating a video production company to starting her own venture Wild Spark Creative.

This is a great episode if you struggle with dealing with your inner critic, want to learn more about how to use storytelling and writing as a tool to deal with life and how to bounce back. Torie has great advice for anyone struggling with perfectionism or dealing with a toxic work situations and I know you’re going to love her. Torie her she has such a beautiful message for the world and I find her attitude so refreshing and I’m so excited to share our conversation!

Enjoy the show!

 

About Torie

Torie is the over-caffeinated wordsmith at the helm of Wild Spark Creative. She's passionate about helping small business owners and creative entrepreneurs create content that ignites their brand and authentically connects with their ideal audience. She's a believer in people. She's also a hiker, a mountain climber, a runner, a makeup enthusiast and a lover of craft beer and good desserts.

You can connect with Torie here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

Things We Talked About During This Episode

  • Using writing as a way of dealing with the shit life throws at you
  • Torie’s journey from co-creating a video production company, to starting her own business Wild Spark Creative
  • Learning to open up to people and working on your perfectionism
  • Working on your relationship with yourself

 

Books/Resources etc we mentioned during this episode

Gala Darling

Yes Please - Amy Poehler

Impractical Dreaming

Harry Potter

Tara Mohr

 

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 Kissack & 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 Lifesending 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

 

Mar 14, 2016

I’m so happy to share with you today’s episode of Couragemakers with Fab Giovanetti.

Fab describes herself as an Italian cheeky monkey who moved to the UK looking to fulfil her never-ending cravings for avocado. She is a Certified Health Coach and the founder of the Health Bloggers Community: platform, events, awards and magazine for people passionate about health and writing.

 In this episode, we really go deep into the need for self compassion, reframing the stories we tell ourselves about what other people think of us and what we think of ourselves as well as how learning to ask for help.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Compassion and self awareness
  • The lessons Fab learned from a really difficult 6 months
  • The need to give ourselves time to feel shit
  • The myth that we can go from zero to 100, or zero to Taylor Swift

 

This episode is great if you struggle with asking for help, recognising the stories you tell yourself and believing you are enough.

I absolutely love Fab’s sense of humour, and included some our of pre-call chatter at the start so you get to join in with the mayhem! 

I really love how Fab is really happy to share her ability to create communities how she’s willing to get really vulnerable in order to help people deal with hard times.

Enjoy the show!

 

About Fab

 

Fab is an Italian cheeky lil monkey who moved to the UK looking to fulfil her never-ending cravings for avocado. Certified Health Coach, and business mentor with over five years of experience in PR, marketing and copywriting, she is the founder of the Health Bloggers Community: platform, events, awards and magazine for people passionate about health and writing.

 

You can connect with Fab here Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Podcast | Website

 

Things we talked about during today's show

 

  • Creating a safe space for communities to grow online
  • Fab’s recent experience in the dating world and what it’s taught her about life
  • Learning to strengthen the ‘asking for help’ muscle
  • Recognising the stories we tell ourselves

 

Books/Resources etc we mentioned during this episode

 

Fuck It (Do What You Love) - John Parkin

The Daily Love - Mastin Kipp

Rising Strong by Brené Brown



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 Kissack & 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

 



Mar 7, 2016

I’m so excited to share with you today’s episode with Megan Reynolds, founder of Flawed Perfection Jewelry and Parks & Recreation Fan! During our conversation, we really dive into surrendering the need to have a detailed life plan, creating a bullshit filter and the lessons we can learn from heartbreak. This episode is great if you struggle with saying no, setting boundaries, and if you feel the need and pressure to plan every aspect of your life.

Megan Reynolds is a 24 year-old entrepreneur who attempts to balance her jewelry business, Flawed Perfection Jewelry, with being a personal stylist and part-time nanny. She was born, raised, and currently resides in San Diego County, California. She is constantly inspired by her beautiful surroundings. When she's not making jewelry or being a clothing stylist, she's listening to podcasts, chatting with her online friends, watching plenty of good t.v. shows, or enjoying time with all her family that lives nearby.


You can connect with Megan here: Website | Instagram |  Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook

 

Things we talked about during today's show

  •  The link between bravery and honesty
  • The opportunities that open when we leave our planned path
  • Our shared experiences of dealing with OCD
  • How you can embrace your flawed but perfect life
  • Creating a bullshit filter and the importance of saying no 

 

Books/Resources etc we mentioned during this 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 Kissack & 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

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

Feb 23, 2016

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!

 

Feb 23, 2016

In this episode of Couragemakers, I'm talking to Violeta Nedkova, founder of the Creative Rebels Movement. This is a great episode if you struggle to own your weird, find your superpowers and connect to your voice. You're going to want a notepad and pen!

Violeta Nedkova is a multipassionate writer, marketing coach, and solopreneur, who enjoys tweeting, writing to humans, and helping fellow creative rebels grow their businesses authentically. Her goal for 2016 is to create an entire library of fun guides for creative rebels. Wish her luck!

 

You can connect with Violeta here: Website | Creative Rebels Facebook Group |  Twitter | Free Guide!

 

Things we talked about during today's show

 

  • Starting from the core and not from the surface
  • Going from someone who started many projects to concentrating on one project
  • Building a business from your heart that fits your personality
  • Advice she has for people struggling to choose themselves

 

Books/Resources etc we mentioned during this 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 or send me a tweet!

 

About Meg Kissack & 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

 

Have a wonderful day!

Feb 22, 2016

Today's Couragemaker is Jordan Gage: writer & co-founder of Impractical Dreaming. We're diving into how it feels to say no to things that no longer serve us, feeling like we have to have everything together and how a simple 'me too' can change the world.

 

Jordan is a twenty-something writer currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. When she’s not dreaming of writing and speaking truth to women across the world or new tattoos, she’s probably listening to Harry Potter audiobooks and co-leading Impractical Dreaming, an online community whose vision is to see every woman on the planet free from the bonds of shame, insecurity, and fear by having hard conversations in a space of unyielding empathy. Jordan loves discovering more about Jesus, and would appreciate knowing who allowed her to become an adult because she believes they made a terrible mistake.

 

You can connect with Jordan here: Blog | Impractical Dreaming Facebook Group | Twitter

 

Things we talked about during today's show

 

 

  • Showing your true self with the people around you, and sharing your struggles
  • Falling apart underneath while on the surface everything looks great
  • Building a facade around yourself and saying yes to yourself

Books/Resources etc we mentioned during this 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 Kissack & 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

 

Have a wonderful day!

Feb 22, 2016

Welcome to the first episode of Couragemakers! This week I'm joined by Amber Thomas, blogger, small business owner & an all round creator of things. If you're struggling with being creative or facing creative resistance, this is a great one for you! 

Amber Thomas is an adventurer and homebody, a surprising misfit and devoted hopeful, a cocktail of colour and grace, born and raised in a small town laying happily under the Californian sun. Amber describes herself  as  more contradiction than constant; always seeking the space where life can bloom. When life fell apart, her art brought together the many jagged pieces in a beautiful array. Though she says her story is flawed, messy and all the brands of imperfect, art affords her the amazing opportunity to accentuate the greatness that is life. 

You can connect with Amber here: Blog |Shop | Instagram |  Twitter | Pinterest

 

Things we talked about during today's show

 

  • Being trapped in a hamster wheel which is only a race with ourselves

  • The Painful 10 minutes (a fantastic technique to get your creative work started) allowing for time for being creative with no pressure

  • Shaking up your echo chamber

  • Being honest with yourself about your intentions

 

Books/Resources etc we mentioned during this episode

 

  • Sia - This is Acting (album)
  • "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." -- Pablo Picasso 

 

 

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 Kissack & 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

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

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