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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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Oct 14, 2020

It's the last episode of the book club! This week we're diving into the conclusion, the bigger picture of what playing big is all about and our own personal biggest takeaways and surprises!

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Oct 7, 2020

We're back! This week we're discussing chapter 10: Let It Be Easy. We're diving into why wise planning, sustainable action and unrelenting self-compassion, and why self-discipline doesn't exist (and what we can do instead!)

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

Books mentioned in today's episode

The Big Leap - Gay Hendricks

Refuse To Choose - Barbara Sher

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Sep 9, 2020

This week on The Playing Big Book Club we're diving into callings and this might just be my favourite chapter yet! We're diving into how to recognise your calling, common objections we have to our callings and why callings are so important to playing big.

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

Books mentioned in today's episode

The Big Leap - Gay Hendricks

Refuse To Choose - Barbara Sher

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Sep 2, 2020

This week on the Playing Big book club, we're diving into how brilliant women unconsciously undermine ourselves with language and how we can change that! All the compassion for yourself when you're listening to this episode!

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

Books mentioned in today's episode

The Big Leap - Gay Hendricks

Refuse To Choose - Barbara Sher

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Aug 26, 2020

This week we're diving into what Tara Mohr calls the antidote to hiding: leaping! This is a really practical episode, we share what constitutes a leap, and what you can do right now to start playing bigger! And we have a challenge for you!

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

Books mentioned in today's episode

The Big Leap - Gay Hendricks

Refuse To Choose - Barbara Sher

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Aug 19, 2020

This week on the Playing Big Book Club, we're diving into the ways we hide from playing bigger: from overcomplicating and endless polishing to leaving out our own story and finding things we need to do first. This is such a juicy episode!

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Aug 12, 2020

This week on the Playing Big Book Club, we're diving into chapter 5: how we've been raised to be good girls, people pleasers and perfectionists and we're also diving into why self promotion is so tricky for women!

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Aug 5, 2020

This week on the Playing Big book club, we're diving into unhooking from praise and criticism and this might be our most vulnerable conversation yet! If you feel the weight of other people's opinions, this is absolutely the episode for you!

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

 

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jul 29, 2020

This week we're diving into two very old ways of looking at fear - and let me tell you: this is a game changer! We dive into our own fears, how we can deal with our fears and there's just SO much good stuff in this week's book club episode!

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

 

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jul 22, 2020

Last week was all about your inner critic and this week we're diving into your inner mentor! This concept is SUCH a game changer and such a wonderful antidote to your inner critic. If you want to tap into your inner wisdom, you'll love this episode!

Inner Mentor Visualisation - Tara Mohr

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

 

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

 

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jul 15, 2020

This week we're diving into the inner critic, from where it comes from and why it exists, to how to deal with it and what to do when self-doubt shows up. If you've ever struggled with your inner critic, you are going to get SO much out of this episode!

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

 

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

 

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jul 8, 2020

This week on the Playing Big book club, we're diving into the Introduction which is packed full of SO much good stuff! If you've ever wanted to play bigger but felt held back, you're not alone and this one's for you! 

If you want to join in the conversation, our details are below:

Meg:  Instagram and Email

Katie:  Instagram and Email

 

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

 

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jul 1, 2020

Welcome to the first ever Couragemaker's book club! Every Wednesday me and my fabulous co-host Katie Snyder are going to be diving into Playing Big by Tara Mohr, diving into fear, inner critics and more, chapter by chapter!

 

About Katie

Katie Snyder is a life, business, & enneagram coach, as well as an author & podcast host. She writes and speaks about fear & creativity and believes that better understanding these two subjects are the keys to being brave enough to chase your dreams.

Katie has a bachelor of science degree in research Psychology with a minor in Photography from Milligan College and received her life coach accredited certification from Transformation Academy. She has owned and operated her own wedding and portrait photography business since 2003, and was nominated for Best Management Company by the International Music and Entertainment Awards in 2018.

Website | Free Do It NOW Guide | Instagram

 

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

 

 

Jun 29, 2020

Hello lovely Couragemakers!

I am so excited to share with you today’s episode with Sidonie Smith! Sidonie is a multi-pasionate powerhouse. She is a multilingual,, actress, composer, a classically trained violinist, and mindset coach for performers.

She is an in demand international Broadway actress and has played the lead lady, in shows such as Jekyll & Hyde, Sister Act, and The Bodyguard.

Sidonie is passionate about helping both experienced and aspiring artists, supporting them practically in their pursuits to become the strongest versions of themselves— mind, spirit and body. She helps guide artists to heal their hearts in order to create great art.

Today’s episode is like one huge injection of courage. We dive into SO many things, from Sidonie’s journey of travelling to Berlin for a belting workshop and living there ever since, how following open doors has changed Sidonie’s life, including a fabulous career as a leading lady on Broadway, and the things she’s learned about herself through the different characters she’s played.

Sidonie shares how to give yourself permission to walk through open doors, how she made the decision to choose herself and treats herself with compassion and the importance of being your own cheerleader.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my conversation with Sidonie and how refreshing it is to hear a woman owning her gifts and brilliance, and encouraging others to do the same.

If you need an injection of confidence, if you wonder if you have anything to give the world or if you want to start being your own cheerleader and owning your own brilliance, this is the perfect episode for you!

Enjoy today’s show!

 

About Sidonie

Sidonie is a multi-pasionate powerhouse. She is a multilingual,, actress, composer,  a classically trained violinist, and mindset coach for performers.

She is an in demand international Broadway actress and has played the lead lady, in shows such as Jekyll & Hyde, Sister Act, and The Bodyguard.

Sidonie is passionate about helping both experienced and aspiring artists, supporting them practically in their pursuits to become the strongest versions of themselves— mind, spirit and body. She helps guide artists to heal their hearts in order to create great art. 

Website | Instagram 

 

Things we talked about

 

  • Sidonie’s journey of moving to Berlin to

  • How following open doors has changed Sidonie’s life

  • How to give yourself permission to walk through open doors

  • The power of owning your gifts and Sidonie’s journey to owning her own

  • Choosing yourself and living with self- compassion

  • The things Sidonie’s learned about herself through the different characters she’s played

  • Being your own cheerleader

 

About Meg + The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jun 22, 2020

Hello Couragemakers!

This week I’m so excited to be sharing with you my conversation with Susie Bell. Susie is a Self-Love and Body Confidence Coach for women and is passionate about self-compassion, authenticity and self care. She is on a mission to support and inspire women in their 40s and 50s who are feeling lost and also trapped by comparison with others and perfectionism, to help them reconnect with and accept themselves including their bodies so they can stand in their truth, be seen and fell alive again. Susie lives on the south coast on England in Hampshire with her husband and two teenage children, and her favourite quote is “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” by Anaïs Nin, who Susie shares a birthday with!.

In today’s episode Susie is sharing her experience of living in diet culture for 26 years and her journey of working to love her body. We dive into how as women our default is to believe we’re not enough, how it is exhausting always fighting yourself, and how we can go abut changing that and how there is another way.

Among many other things, we dive into Diet culture 10, Susie shares 3 practical ways you can start connecting to your body today, how to get the courage to put yourself out there, intuitive eating and Susie’s journey to finding the work she was meant to do.

If you’ve ever struggled with connecting to your body, feeling not enough or if you’re looking for a more compassionate way to treat yourself, this is absolutely the episode for you.

Susie’s compassionate approach is contagious and this episode is the perfect reminder that, as Susie says, :”You are not broken. You don’t need fixing. You are magnificent.”

Enjoy the show, I know you’re going to love this one!

 

About Susie

Susie Bell is a Self-Love and Body Confidence Coach for women who is passionate about self-compassion, authenticity and self care. She is on a mission to support and inspire women in their 40s and 50s who are feeling lost and also trapped by comparison with others and perfectionism, to help them reconnect with and accept themselves including their bodies so they can stand in their truth, be seen and fell alive again.

Susie lives on the south coast on England in Hampshire with her husband and two teenage children, and her favourite quote is “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” by Anaïs  Nin, who Susie shares a birthday with!.

Website | Free Guide: 10 Ways to Coming Home To Your Body | Instagram | Facebook

Things We Talked About

  • Susie’s experience of living in diet culture for 26 years and her journey of working to love her body

  • Diet culture 101

  • 3 practical ways you can start connecting to your body today

  • Susie’s experience of finding the work she was meant to do

  • The concept of intuitive eating

  • How to get the courage to put yourself out there

 

Resources 

 

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jun 16, 2020

Hello Couragemakers!


I am so excited to share with you this weeks episode with the absolutely fabulous Jen Louden! I’ve been a fan of Jens work for years and it was such an honour to sit down and have a good chat!

Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first bestseller, The Woman’s Comfort Book in 1992. Since then, she’s written seven additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Woman’ s Retreat Bookand The Life Organizer, with close to a million copies of her books in print in nine languages. Jennifer has spoken around the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine. She’s been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines; two of Brené Brown’s books, Daring Greatly and Dare to Lead; and appeared on hundreds of TV, radio shows and podcasts, including Oprah.

Her newest and most personal book, Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next was published on April 21, 2020.

Alongside this, Jennifer has been teaching workshops and retreats since 1992 and creating vibrant online learning experiences since 1999. She writes weekly email newsletters, hosts an online writing community of and continues to inspire women all over the world.

Jen lives in Boulder Colarodo, with her husband Bob and is obsessed with running trails in the moonlight, reading like a writer and helping people believe in themselves through taking action on their desires.

During our conversation Jen shares her story and we dive into what inspired Jen’s latest book: How do you bother after heartbreak, after creative and career defeats, after loss, after sidelining your dreams to pay off debt, raise kids, or take care of aging parents?

We have a great conversation about doing hard things imperfectly, uncovering and celebrating your desires as well as the courage it takes to be seen.

Jen also shares her journaling process, her perspective on how self care has changed since it became mainstream and we debunk the bullshit that is positive vibes only.

There is so much great stuff in this episode and I am beyond honoured to have Jen on the podcast and to share our conversation today!

I know so many of you are already familiar with and are raving fans of Jen’s work and I know you’re going to love this episode!

Enjoy the show!

 

About Jennifer

[]">Jennifer Loudenis a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first bestseller, The Woman’s Comfort Book. Since then, she’s written seven additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Woman’ s Retreat Book and The Life Organizer, with close to a million copies of her books in print in nine languages. Jennifer has spoken around the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine. She’s been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines; two of Brené Brown’s books, Daring Greatly and Dare to Lead; and appeared on hundreds of TV, radio shows and podcasts—even on Oprah.

Her newest and most personal book Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next was published on April 21, 2020.

Jennifer has been teaching workshops and retreats since 1992 and creating vibrant online learning experiences since 1999. She writes weekly to her email list of 20,000 and hosts an online community of over 600 members. She lives in Boulder County, Colorado.

  Website | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook

 

Things We Talked About

  • How self help has changed since it has become mainstream

  • Getting your bother on

  • The courage to be seen

  • Jen’s journaling process

  • Doing hard things imperfectly

  • Uncovering and celebrating your desires

  • The problem with ‘positive vibes only’

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jun 8, 2020

Hello Couragemakers!

Today I’m chatting with Katie Sullivan, and I have to say, if you’ve ever felt like you could only have one path in life, this episode is for you.

Katie is an opera singer turned entrepreneur who helps other creatives make a living online doing what they love.  After burning out pursuing a career in music, Katie teaches creatives how they can use their magic to make a living, so they can live connected, happy, and free.

In today’s episode we’re really diving into Katie’s journey, from having a musical background and pursuing music as a career to burnout and starting on her entrepreneurial journey. We cover SO much ground during our conversation, from living a life that looks good on the outside but feels shitty on the inside to debunking the myth that you have to choose one path and stay the course.

There is so much good stuff in this episode - if you’ve ever felt like a rebellious overachiever, if you wonder whether you’re on the right path, or if you wonder if there even is such a thing as the right path, this episode is for you!

Enjoy the show!

About Katie

[]">Katie Sullivan is an opera singer turned entrepreneur who helps other creatives make a living online doing what they love.  After burning out pursuing a career in music, Katie has developed a passion for online business and is ready to share what she has learned about turning a passion into a paycheck.

  Website | Rise Through Strife Podcast | Passion Project Launch Lab | Instagram

Things We Talked About

  • Katie’s journey from opera singer to entrepreneur

  • How there is no one true path

  • Being an overachiever and a rule breaker

  • How it’s rebellious people who change the world

  • The courage to choose a new path

  • Perfectionism, originality and other toxic combinations that hold creative people back

  • Giving yourself permission to be your whole self


Resources

About Meg + The Couragemakers Podcast

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

Jun 1, 2020

Hello Couragemakers! This week I'm chatting with actor Abbey Briscoe.

Abbey Briscoe is an aspiring actress in the Midwestern part of the United States. As someone who struggles with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, Abbey was able to turn to performance art as a way to gain confidence and heal from childhood trauma. Over a 17 year span, she has performed on stage, film, and television, as well as earning a B.A. in Theatre in 2012. With the world on hold in times of uncertainty, Abbey is currently focusing on writing, as well as preparing to star in her first horror movie, "Born to Raise Hell" set to shoot in September. Abbey says her hope is to empower other women who are facing similar struggles to not give up because we all deserve to love the person that we are becoming.

&nbsp In today's episode, we’re diving into Abbey’s journey and her advice on what to do when the road feels rocky. Abbey shares  her journey to becoming an actor including her goal to audition 20 times for 20 different companies during 2019 to combat negative thinking and to go out of her comfort zone. Abbey shares some great practical advice for anyone carving their own path and also considers themselves a jack of all trades. She shares her own self-help journey and the things that have helped her build up her confidence along the way. If you need permission to make mistakes, if you struggle to keep going on your path, if you need a boost of resilience and courage and some inspiration to keep showing up, this is the perfect episode for you. Abbey is such a wonderful storyteller and I know you're going to love today's show! A quick heads up that during this episode there are brief references to abuse, alcohol and suicide, so if you need to skip this episode to look after yourself, please do. About Abbey Abbey Briscoe is an aspiring actress in the Midwestern part of the United States. As someone who struggles with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, Abbey was able to turn to performance art as a way to gain confidence and heal from childhood trauma. Over a 17 year span, she has performed on stage, film, and television, as well as earning a B.A. in Theatre from K-State University in 2012. With the world on hold in times of uncertainty, Abbey is currently focusing on writing, as well as preparing to star in her first horror movie, "Born to Raise Hell" set to shoot in September.

  Instagram | Facebook

Things We Talked About

  • Abbey’s journey to being an actor

  • Abbey’s advice for keeping going when the road feels rocky

  • How taking a break can really help

  • Building confidence and fighting for yourself

  • Overcoming people pleasing and standing up for yourself

  • Giving yourself permission to make mistakes

  • The importance of showing up

Resources

 

About Meg & That Hummingbird Life

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

May 25, 2020

This week I'm talking with Quinn Tempest and we're diving into all things creating your purpose. Quinn is a creative entrepreneur and speaker based in Phoenix, Arizona. She helps entrepreneurs and small business owners uncover their unique purpose and bring it to life in everything they do - both online and offline. In this week's episode, we're really diving into uncovering your purpose, burnout and wearing busy-ness as a badge of honour, the two questions Quinn asks anyone who is trying to create their purpose and we have a great discussion about the importance of experiments when it comes to building an intentional life that works for you. If you're feeling a bit wobbly about your path, if you struggle when it comes to your purpose or if you just need a boost of motivation, this is the episode for you! Enjoy the show!

 

About Quinn

Quinn Tempest is a creative entrepreneur and speaker based in Phoenix, Arizona. She helps entrepreneurs and small business owners uncover their unique purpose and bring it to life in everything they do - both online and off. She is the founder of Create Your Purpose®, a philosophy, mindset, and community made up of like-minded purpose-driven entrepreneurs who are dedicated to living their lives and building their businesses ON purpose and WITH purpose.

Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Things We Talked About

  • Quinn’s journey to finding her purpose

  • Spotting signs of burnout

  • The problem with validation

  • The importance of experiments

  • How busy-ness is a badge of honour

  • Building an intentional life

About Meg & That Hummingbird Life

Meg Kissack is a coach, writer, podcaster and all-round rebel-rouser for creative and multi-passionate women. As well as Couragemakers, Meg is the host of The Daily Pep! Podcast and founder of That Hummingbird Life. Meg is 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.

Meg started Couragemakers because she 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 she's not recording episodes, Meg can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

May 18, 2020

Hello Couragemakers!

It's good to be back! This week I've got a special episode for you as I've teamed up with the mental health charity CALM and CALM ambassador Shareefa J to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. We're diving into all things mental health, self-kindness and how courage is courageous. 

Shareefa J is a London based presenter and plus size model. She is at the forefront of promoting body/race diversity and mental health awareness within fashion and advertising. She’s an ambassador for the mental health charity CALM. Alongside this Shareefa runs a non profit organisation called @shine4diversity where she creates short documentaries and photographic campaigns to highlight the importance of racial inclusion within advertising. Her last campaign was featured in Marie Claire & Buzzfeed.

If you struggle with your mental health, and find it hard to talk about, if you ever feel alone or like you’re a burden and if you simply need a dose of self-kindness, this is the episode for you.

Heads up that in this episode we do briefly discuss suicide, so if you need to skip this episode, please do. Look after you first.

About Shareefa J

Shareefa J is a London based presenter and plus size model. She is at the forefront of promoting body/race diversity and mental health awareness within fashion and advertising. Shareefa is an ambassador for the mental health charity CALM and actively advocates for them by getting involved in fundraising and media projects.  

Alongside this Shareefa runs a not- for- profit organisation called @shine4diversity in which she creates short documentaries and photographic campaigns to highlight the importance of racial inclusion within advertising Her last campaign was featured in Marie Claire & Buzzfeed. Shareefa recently graced the cover of Womens Running magazine for the annual London Marathon edition and she continues to promote a positive message for women within the fitness space.

Instagram | CALM

Things we talked about

  • Shareefa’s experience with mental health

  • How sharing your mental health struggles isn’t a sign of weakness

  • What failure has taught Shareefa and what we can learn from it

  • Being kinder to yourself and intentions instead of goals

  • Shareefa’s work as a CALM ambassador


Resources

About Meg & That Hummingbird Life

The Daily Pep! Podcast 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, I can be found working 1:1 with my fabulous coaching clients and playing with my adorable but silly puppy Merlin. 

 

Mar 10, 2020

Hello Couragemakers and welcome to another fabulous episode of The Couragemakers Podcast! 


This week I’m chatting to the wonderful Leona Thrift-ola. Leona is the founder of Indie Roller: a truth telling, secret sharing, myth busting community that empowers Indie Biz owners to play by their own rules.

 

We dive into SO many things, from Leona’s business journey, her experiences of being self-employed and building a community of likeminded people to how to lead with your values.

 

I am so excited to share my conversation with Leona! A couple of weeks ago, Leona interviewed me for her new - and amazing podcast - The Indie Roller Podcast and I think we could easily chat for hours about mindset, how to keep going and what it means to lead and live by your values


If you want to find your people, if you want encouragement for your creative journey, or if you’re craving the real behind the scenes look at what it takes to run an indie biz, this is the episode for you!

 

So, enjoy the show!

 

About Leona

Leona is the founder of Indie Roller: a truth telling, secret sharing, myth busting community that empowers Indie Biz owners to play by their own rules. She is the host of The Indie Roller Podcast and The Indie Roller and Indie Roller News, a quarterly trades newspaper for Indie Biz owners.

Website | Podcast | Instagram

Things We Talked About

  • Leona's fascinating business journey
  • Leona's  experiences of being self-employed and building a community of likeminded people

  • How to lead with your values

  • Leon'a fabulous advice if you're in our head a lot

 

About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

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.

 

Mar 2, 2020

Today is a special episode to celebrate Couragemakers' 4th birthday! 🎉

Today we're diving into creating the things you wish to see in the world, and how to keep your dreamshitters at bay with the brand new short, snappy and sassy podcast, The Daily Pep!

About Meg & 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.

 

Feb 24, 2020

Hello Couragemakers and welcome to another episode of The Couragemaker’s Podcast!

Before we dive into today’s show, I have a very exciting announcement! On 29th February, I’m launching a brand new podcast, called The Daily Pep! (Don’t worry, Couragemakers isn’t going anywhere!)

I’ve spent the past six years building a creative life and I’ve got to spend it in the company with the wisest and most creative and wonderful women. And even though we’ve been on different paths, there’s been one thing in common: it takes a shitload of courage, a shitload of perseverance and a fuck load of energy to keep going every day.

I got to thinking about how we all need frequent encouragement and rebel-rousing to keep going, and going, and going. And reminders not to sacrifice yourself (or your values) along the way. And you know what they say about being the change you want to see, or building the thing you want to exist?! Well, The Daily Pep! Podcast was born.

Every weekday, I’ll be sharing short and snappy insights, reminders and stories to help you build a wholehearted creative life that feels good, is sustainable and joyful AND leaves the world a brighter place.

Each episode will be purposefully short and snappy, designed to fit in with your life and your routines. Listen with your morning coffee, while you walk the dog, on your commute, or while you’re trying to resist the snooze button.

So if you’re exhausted by the need to be all the things, want regular reminders that you’re on the right path and you matter, or you’re sick of being your very own personal dreamshitter, this is the podcast for you! It’s launching on 29th February I’ll going to be sharing more about it later this week. Ahhh!

Now, onto today’s show!

This week I’m seriously excited to share my conversation with Ash Ambirge. I have been a fan of Ash’s for YEARS, after stumbling across her blog The Middle Finger Project when I was just getting started in 2014. Since then I’ve really enjoyed watching her journey

Ash is an internet entrepreneur, creative writer, speaker, and advocate for women being brave and doing disobedient things with their careers and their lives. Her voice has been called, “the most memorable on the Internet,” “not safe for work at all,” and also, “really kinda sweary,” which is definitely her favorite description. She is the founder of The Middle Finger Project®, which is both the name of her hallmark lifestyle blog as well the title of her first book. It’s a call to action for “women who disobey” with the tools and mind-set to reject the world’s expectations of success and get on their own path to happiness, wealth, independence, and adventure. Ash splits her time between Philadelphia, PA, and traveling the world.

We dive into SO many good things in this episode. We talk about the importance of failing and getting up again, why Ash doesn’t believe in the myth of the starving artists, the things hardship and loss show us, self promotion as women and a great reframe on how to see money.

Ash shares her experience of writing her first book, how she felt pressing publish on her first ever blog post and the journey along the way. Ash has some fabulous advice about how to put yourself out there and becoming what she’s terms, unfuckwithable and I know you’re going to get SO much out of today’s show!

I know so many of you are already familiar with Ash’s work and The Middle Finger Project and I’m so delighted to share today’s episode with you! If you’re working on or need to work on putting yourself out there, your mindset around money - especially around being a starving artist - or you’re looking to do your own thing, this is the perfect episode for you!

Enjoy the show!

About Ash

Ash is an internet entrepreneur, creative writer, speaker, and advocate for women being brave and doing disobedient things with their careers and their lives. Her voice has been called, “the most memorable on the Internet,” “not safe for work at all,” and also, “really kinda sweary,” which is definitely her favorite description. She is the founder of The Middle Finger Project®, which is both the name of her hallmark lifestyle blog as well the title of her first book. It’s a call to action for “women who disobey” with the tools and mind-set to reject the world’s expectations of success and get on their own path to happiness, wealth, independence, and adventure. Ash splits her time between Philadelphia, PA, and traveling the world.

The Middle Finger Project | The book! | Instagram | Twitter

 

Things we talked about

  • The things loss and hardship bring
  • Putting yourself out there
  • Seeing money as an opportunity
  • The importance of failing and getting up again
  • Ash's experience of writing The Middle Finger Project

About Meg & 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.

Feb 3, 2020

Hello Couragemaker and welcome to a fabulous episode of The Couragemakers Podcast! This week I’m delighted to be chatting to the wonderful Caroline Jestaz.

 

 

Caroline is a fiction writer, language teacher and writing mentor. She was born and raised in Paris and has been living in the UK since 2003. She first went to England at the age of seven and fell in love with the language, the culture and the country. By the time she was thirteen, she spoke fluent English and went on to study Russian and Italian, then English Literature at university. She has twenty years of teaching experience at university, in language schools and giving private tuition face-to-face and online. Her love of books has led her to run an independent publishing company and to work for two high-profile educational publishers.

 

Writing is her vocation. Caroline has four novels under her belt. She likes to weave in different narratives and viewpoints and explore themes such as grief, loss, projection, manipulation and deceit. She’s also created an online writing course, runs creative writing workshops in Cambridge and mentors aspiring writers.

  

Caroline has just launched The Creativity for All Podcast, a bi-monthly show which explores and celebrates the many unseen and unrecognised forms of day-to-day creativity, with the hope of inspiring listeners to tap into their creative potential. She’s passionate about all things creative and endlessly curious about the creative process.

 

During this episode, we dive into Caroline’s love of languages and linguistics, how her creativity was nurtured as a child and how this plays out in her life today.

 

Caroline shares her philosophy on writing which doubles up as beautiful advice on life, her life as a self-taught woman and her journey to writing.

 

We dive into dealing with the critic inside your head, protecting your creativity and putting boundaries around it and the importance of space and freedom in your creative work. We also chat about the myth of the muse and the idea of being too early for something as opposed to not being able to do it.

 

If you love deep conversations about creativity, if you struggle with your inner critic or you need some creative inspiration, this is the perfect episode for you! Enjoy today’s show!

 

About Caroline

Caroline is a fiction writer, language teacher and writing mentor. She’s passionate about all things creative and endlessly curious about the creative process.

Caroline was born and raised in Paris and has been living in the UK since 2003. She first went to England at the age of seven and fell in love with the language, the culture and the country. By the time she was thirteen, she spoke fluent English and went on to study Russian and Italian, then English Literature at university in France, Scotland and Ireland. She has twenty years of teaching experience at university, in language schools and giving private tuition face-to-face and online. Her love of books has led her to run an independent publishing company and to work for two high-profile educational publishers.

Writing is her vocation. Caroline has four novels under her belt. Her stories are character-based and always include an element of mystery. She likes to weave in different narratives and viewpoints and explore themes such as grief, loss, projection, manipulation and deceit. She’s also created an online writing course, runs creative writing workshops in Cambridge and mentors aspiring writers. Caroline is passionate about her writing and teaching: ‘The reason I'm a teacher and writing mentor is that I love empowering my students with words and languages and give them the confidence they need to find their own voice.’

On January 27th 2020, she launched The Creativity for All Podcast, a bi-monthly show which explores and celebrates the many unseen and unrecognised forms of day-to-day creativity, with the hope of inspiring listeners to tap into their creative potential.

Website | Creativity For All PodcastFacebook Page | Novel Writing Course Facebook Page | Instagram

 

Things We Talked About

 

  • Caroline’s love of languages and linguistics and how her creativity was nurtured as a child
  • Life as a self-taught woman
  • Caroline’s journey to writing
  • Dealing with the critic inside your head
  • Protecting your creativity and putting boundaries around it
  • The importance of space and freedom in our creative life and work
  • Creating conversations about creativity and overcoming the loneliness

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.

Jan 27, 2020

Hello Couragemakers!

This week I’m so excited to share my conversation with Audrey Holst!

Audrey Holst helps really smart people not fall apart by helping them heal and transform their burnout. She combines over a decade of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness with extensive training and work as a Certified Professional Coach. She is the author of an upcoming book that teaches readers that there is nothing wrong with them, that what they experience as burnout and disconnection makes sense, and that reconnecting to their body and healing their nervous system is the pathway to tap into their innate brilliance and their sense of self. Each month she leads the Standing Still Collective, a virtual gathering for people that want to achieve their goals in a body-centered and intuitive way with the backing of a community that nurtures their positive actions and changes. Audrey believes that everyone is deserving of a life that nourishes them and small and doable changes over time will eventually change the world.Audrey loves spending spending time with her husband and their adorable kitty Sweatpea as well as hiking,  hiking, dancing, yoga and movement in general. I also love curling up under a warm blanket with a book and a cup of tea, which is my personal idea of bliss

In this week’s episode, we’re diving into everything burnout, connection and flow!

Audrey shares about her passion for teaching people how to connect with themselves and shares SO much fabulous wisdom!

She gives us a lesson in nervous system 101, shares her favourite practices to connect with yourselves as well as practices to help with chronic stress.

We have great discussions about perfectionism as a survival tactic, building a relationship with discomfort and keeping our sanity as ambitious women. We also talk how you can’t  use the same tools to get out of burnout that got you there, and the problem with this idea of always living outside of your comfort zone

If you’ve ever burnt out, if you struggle with perfectionism or you want to connect with your body more, this is the perfect episode for you!

I loved learning more about our nervous systems and the things we can do to take back control and connect with ourselves today!

I know you’re absolutely going to love Audrey - she has a contagious energy and we cover SO much ground in this episode!

Enjoy today’s show!

About Audrey

Audrey Holst helps really smart people not fall apart by helping them heal and transform their burnout. She combines over a decade of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness with extensive training and work as a Certified Professional Coach. She is the author of an upcoming book that teaches readers that there is nothing wrong with them, that what they experience as burnout and disconnection makes sense, and that reconnecting to their body and healing their nervous system is the pathway to tap into their innate brilliance and their sense of self. Each month she leads the Standing Still Collective, a virtual gathering for people that want to achieve their goals in a body-centered and intuitive way with the backing of a community that nurtures their positive actions and changes. Audrey believes that everyone is deserving of a life that nourishes them and small and doable changes over time will eventually change the world.Audrey loves spending spending time with her husband and their adorable kitty Sweatpea as well as hiking, dancing, yoga and movement in general. She also love curling up under a warm blanket with a book and a cup of tea.

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Things we talked about

  • building a relationship with discomfort
  • nervous system 101
  • burnout
  • Audrey’s favourite practices to connect with yourself
  • stress loops
  • practices to help with chronic stress
  • perfectionism as a survival technique

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About Meg & The Couragemakers Podcast

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.

 

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