010 Making a Big Impact with Anna Chisholm

In this episode I enjoy an inspiring conversation with Anna Chisholm (annchisholm.com) on her journey from social worker, to being a mum and becoming a health coach.

Anna is a plant based health coach and also an experienced podcast host on her show ‘Big Impact’ which is an interview series with people making big impacts in the health and wellness space, especially with plant based nutrition.

She shares her methods for a healthy life through plant based eating, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle and through her background as a social worker she is able to work at a deeper level with her clients.

Anna shares her interesting journey to her health coaching business;

  • How a fatal car crash as a young age lead her to helping others through a career as a social worker
  • Studying at university in Sydney training as a social worker
  • Practised for 10 years in hospitals in Sydney and London
  • After experiencing burnout retraining as a personal trainer as she always enjoyed movement and being active
  • Returning to Sydney to work as a social worker while pregnant with her daughter
  • How she experienced burnout again whilst pregnant with her son and knew it was time for a change
  • In 2013 she was influenced by beautiful food and wellness bloggers and the information being shared
  • While taking a year’s maternity leave she completed an online course in Integrated Nutrition and began a new direction as a health coach

Her passion for plant based health began while living in London with her husband. He made the decision to go vegan, and soon after she decided to join him.

Through trial and error and also time to complete research, they found healthy nutritious food ideas that focused more on health benefits.

More studies followed with Anna completing a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition and she began sharing the benefits to health and also healing through a plant based diet.

Anna’s client’s come to her for support on how to adopt plant based eating, and especially for mums to improve their health and wellness.

Anna gives her views on the paleo v’s plant based diets and how there is actually a few common messages, including eating fresh fruit and vegetables and no dairy.

Plant based diets include whole foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Anna suggests we have a responsibility to confirm scientific research on all foods, for example butter and coconut oil. She recommends that we read independent studies to look at all information provided to make correct choices for our health.

I ask Anna to share her tips for self-love and self-care. Other than her healthy eating and exercise she includes–

  • Daily walking alone – no trainers, no kids, no messages or notifications, just enjoying quiet space to think and connect with herself.
  • Daily meditation – which can be a few minutes of breathing exercises or a guided mediation.

Anna has an amazing health coach herself, who is also one of her close friends. She also has a business coach and close family who are very supportive. Her husband is also incredibly supportive and they work as a great team together.

She explains how she found running a business from home has its benefits of flexibility, especially with small children, but can be isolating at times due to a lack of regular deep connection with others.

For inspiration Anna listens to Rich Roll Podcast (plant-based endurance athlete) as well as following  nutritionfacts.org

She also loved reading ‘Rising Strong’ by Brene Brown.

If you’re inspired to learn more about a healthy, plant based lifestyle join Anna’s 21 day Smoothie Challenge, for ideas on seasonal, fresh food.

Also find Anna’s podcast ‘Big Impact’, Blogs with lots of inspiring information and also her Facebook Page.

009 Being A Creatress of Beauty with Nora Wendel

In this episode I’m chatting with the beautiful and fascinating Nora Wendel from her stunning location in Bali.

Nora is the ‘Creatress of Beauty’ www.norawendel.com/ and has a great passion for all things beautiful and to surround herself with things that bring beauty to herself and the people around her.

I enjoy discussing with Nora;

  • How she’s recently rebranded her website to define more of who she is and what she loves.
  • Her life growing up in Kathmandu, Nepal and early years in a boarding school in India.
  • Her global, nomadic life and how this influences her design style.
  • How she had a creative passion from a very young age.
  • Her studies of Fine Art and a degree in Audio Engineering.
  • Back to a living in India and starting a jewellery making business while living in Delhi.
  • How creating graphics through the use of her own photographic images lead Nora towards becoming a graphic designer
  • Establishing a business ‘Hey Yogi’ (hey-yogi.com/) to provide graphic design for people in yoga industry

Following on from this many people asked Nora for graphic design work which lead to her becoming the ‘Creatress of Beauty’ and she now provides graphic design work for women entrepreneurs.

We discuss life in Delhi and the importance of close friends around her.

We then continue with;

  • The importance of having a close group of friends around you
  • Her journey of becoming comfortable with letting go of the jewellery business to focus on her new vision
  • How we need to let go of the old to allow something new
  • Moving to South Africa with her boyfriend to help overcome anxiety

Nora shares her beautiful message of knowing it’s ok to be kind to yourself and that everything can be changed.

Nora was understanding the effects of anxiety and how she could gain support through counselling and dance therapy, plus asking for help!

From this process she now incorporates self love and care into her daily rituals.

Although Nora doesn’t consider herself an intuitive person, she is incredible passionate about life and has learned to control her feelings and to let go of things. For her it’s more about going with the flow of her day.

Nora’s daily self-care ritual is about just sitting and enjoying the moment, which is a fantastic way to begin the day.

Checking in with yourself is a perfect way to trust yourself and draw on inner wisdom.

It’s very important for women to have self-trust, as this leads to self-love, self-determination and really believing that you deserve what you are going after.

Nora has now taken her passion for beauty and photography to create a membership-based stock photo business ‘The Photo Forest (www.thephotoforest.com/) to provide ‘real life’ images to use on websites and her graphic design work.

Nora shares with us the steps taken to create her new business ‘The Photo Forest’ including;

  • How she researched what people’s needs were.
  • Deciding to use a membership model for the business.
  • Coming up with this wonderful name.
  • Funding the website development.
  • Hiring a business coach and being surrounded by a supportive team of women so she didn’t have to do all this alone.
  • Her plans to travel to Australia for photographic work with clients.

Nora shares the term ‘multi-potentialite’ as a description of someone who chooses many passion to persue, rather than one niche area.

‘Don’t choose a niche, craft an overarching theme’ is a quote I’ve recently heard which explains this term.

Nora considers this of herself, as she has many talents, skills and passions and embraces all things of beauty. This shines through in all the work she does.

Her suggestion for gathering inspirations for life and business is through Pinterest. Through her Pinterest Boards Nora gathers and shares beautiful images that inspire her personally and professionally.

She suggests to create boards when designing your website, launching products, creating events and also for travel, nature, colour and anything else that inspires ideas in your life.

Find Nora’s Website, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.


008 Creating Balance to Flourish with Kinesiologist Claire Tait


The next 50 minutes (or so) is just for you.
This week I’m chatting with Holistic Kinesiologist, Claire Tait who is passionate about helping people live to their full potential. She works from the principle that body, mind and spirit are connected and through the balance of these 3 components, full health can be achieved.
She is a Registered Specialised Kinesiology Practitioner with the AKA (Australian Kinesiology Association), an Accredited member of the ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society), an Australian Bush Flower Essence practitioner, an EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioner and a Reiki Master. She is passionate about her family and friends, great food and wine, a good gym session, yoga, animals and nature, acts of kindness and the appreciation of all the simple things in life. She tries to live in gratitude everyday.
This is one of my favourite episodes so far. Claire talks about
* her evolution through life that has led her to practising kinesiology,
* the loss of her parents within a week of each while she was at university
* her journey with depression following this.
* her family’s decision to leave South Africa and make their home in Australia
* how to embrace balance in our daily lives
* how to balance our masculine and feminine in order to flourish and the importance of doing so
We have a beautiful in depth conversation – the common thread that pulls it all together is balance. It’s not about perfect balance but balance is what we’re seeking.
Claire explores with me her take on spirituality and the importance of our connectedness to all things. We touch on soul lessons and that our souls chose to be here at this time.
Claire’s depth of knowledge and passion shine through this conversation and we manage to touch on so many aspects of life as a woman, as a mother, as an entrepreneur and as a human being. She shares some beautiful tips on how to tune in to your intuition and how to start meditating and her recommended books and teachers.
Connect with us:
Claire: Facebook + Website
Show links
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach
– both available on Booktopia

007 Why we don’t need guilt with Mothering Mentor, Marion Rose


Welcome to episode 7 of the Dare to Flourish Podcast.  This week I’m chatting with Mothering Mentor, Marion Rose.

“I long to live in a world where every child’s feelings are heard, no child is left to cry, no baby is left alone to cry, no mother is left alone to cry”. (Marion Rose)

She helps mothers to be compassionate with themselves and offers effective and long term parenting practices to help our children thrive.  In addition to being an inspiration as a mother and providing powerful tools and techniques that we can embrace on our own mothering journey, she is also a savvy business woman and prolific course maker. If you go to her website (and I recommend that you do) you’ll find about 16 free courses available together with the same amount of paid courses.

In this conversation we explore the concept of guilt and talk about replacing our internalised dialogue. Marion explains her Inner Loving Presence Process.  We of course talk about self-love and sisterhood and she shares her gorgeous recommendation for having empathy buddies – friends who can just be with you while you let your feelings flow and why you may need different friends for different feelings.

We chat about Marion’s take on spirituality – love and compassion in action and listening to our intuition and Marion explains why it is never too late to listen to our child’s feelings or our own feelings.

If you would like to connect with Marion or me – please use the links below.

Show Links

Marion’s Website

Dare to Flourish

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Marion: Facebook + Instagram

Mitle: Facebook + Instagram


006: Digital Dilemmas, Soulful Success and Effortless Ease with Dr. Kristy Goodwin


Dr. Kristy Goodwin Episode 6

In Episode 6 I have a beautiful conversation with Dr. Kristy Goodwin, the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World – finding a healthy balance of time online without techo tantrums and conflict.

We cover the full spectrum from science and research to EFT, crystals and spiritual awakening. Kristy shares why she gets up at 4am every day, how she found the time and discipline to write her book and the way the universe stepped in to publish it!

We also talk about creating and growing her business, seeking the support and help she needs it, how she maps out her year and uses 90 day planning, identifying skill gaps and understanding your own definition of success.

Kristy shares her journey as a mother and the personal metamorphosis that motherhood has meant for her, learning to listen to her intuition and surrender.

We talk about being digitally distracted and why her biggest fear about our technology use means we’re missing those micro-moments with our children.

We also discuss the importance of seeking, asking and accepting help together with Kristy’s 3 “Ss” – support, self-care and sleep.

I absolutely love this interview – it is a beautiful blend of Kristy’s work and vision for preserving the sanctity of childhood together with her personal journey in motherhood and business. We chat about self-love, sisterhood, spirituality and success.

Dr Kristy Goodwin is a leading children’s technology and development expert (and mum!). She helps parents ditch the techno-guilt + raise happy, healthy kids who thrive online and offline. Kristy takes the guesswork and guilt out of raising kids in the digital age by translating the latest research into practical and digestible information, tips, and tricks for parents so that they can feel confident and assured that they’re raising healthy, happy and balanced kids in the digital age.

Show Links:

I don’t know how she does it Podcast

Mums with Hustle

The Lucky Bitch Podcast with Denise Duffield Thomas

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Dr. Kristy Goodwin

Dare to Flourish Facebook Group

Connection with us:

Kristy: Facebook + Instagram 

Mitle: Facebook + Instagram



005: Money mastery, living in alignment, becoming a single mama with Jessica Giles



In this week’s episode I chat to Jessica Giles of Chic Money.  Jess is an accountant, a bookkeeper and wealth management coach so, not surprisingly, we talk about money!  Jess explains why financially empowered women with change the world and we also talk about the money blocks, beliefs and stories that may be holding you back.

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004: Motherhood, Intuition and Getting Fearless with Dr. Ricci-Jane Adams


In this fabulous episode I chat with the Intuition Expert, Dr. Ricci-Jane Adams about her mission to let as many people as possible know that they are intuitive powerhouses. We talk about why intuition is a symptom of a healed mind and why there is only fear or love.
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003: Creating a Heart-Centred Business in the Resources Sector with Dani Tamati

Creating a heart-centred business in the Resources Sector whilst being a mama to 4 and a FIFO wife with Dani Tamati

In this episode you’ll hear how Dani (who was once called the Pilbara Princess):

  • created her business in her shed,
  • how she has grown that business using the power of word of mouth and utilising social media to the best of her ability,
  • how running her own business has enabled her to be there for her kids and to give back to her community and
  • how her love of helping people has helped her to have a big impact in this sector whilst developing new friendships and connections.

In Dani’s words, if you want to make a difference, you have to pick up your big girl panties!

Dani is a Resource Industry recruitment specialist, careers practitioner, HR manager, OHS advisor, a mentor and the the founder of the The Resources Hub – a careers, talent and recruitment company dedicated to the resources industries including civil, construction, mining and oil and gas.

Dani has been interviewed and appeared on ABC Nationwide, Today Tonight and Channel 9, Sunday Times, Perth NOW and is a regular on ABC Drive National radio and I am honoured and very grateful for her time in talking to me. She is also a winner in the 2016 AND 2015 Top 100 Influential Person of the Year .

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002: Befriend your Inner Critic with Amy Madden

Meet Amy Madden, the Inner Critic Analyst who hasn’t met an inner critic she doesn’t like.

Amy and I chat about:

  • her experience of creating her business,
  • blending her personal experience with her professional skills, 
  • how her brush with her own inner-critic led her to helping other women befriend their inner-critic,
  • why the inner-critic likes to isolate you, and
  • why we must remember that we don’t have to do this alone.

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001: Unjuggling your Juggling Act with Jana Kingsford

Want to know how to do it all? Searching for ways to bring that elusive balance into everyday while juggling kids, business and big dreams – meet Jana Kingsford and learn how to unjuggle your juggling act and how to act from your heart. We talk about breakdowns before breakthroughs, how to meet your self-belief, enjoying rather than enduring and Jana shares her approach to productivity (she sees it as a spiritual act) and the three things that she does every day.

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Recommended Books:

  • What I know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
  • The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

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