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045 Be a power girl with vulnerability | Sarah Wade

You’ve got to learn quickly how to prioritise and to let things wait. Some days you can’t do it and you say no and it will wait until tomorrow
— Sarah Wade -

It seems almost impossible that two years ago Sarah Wade was unable to speak and walk yet she takes a risk in being a podcast guest with me which is so amazing. Her story is one of courage, fierceness and vulnerability that is filled with lessons for those of us who don’t take time to smell the roses in our lives.  Sarah shares how she is prioritising her self care, people who she values and doing things in a contented way.

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Sarah Wade

We spoke about 

  • From the corporate world to a water view Cosy Home store

  • Sarah’s life-threatening medical emergency on 1 July 2015

  • The impact of work and emotional stress on Sarah’s wellbeing

  • A complete shift to Sarah’s world as she knew it

  • The journey of rehabilitation

  • Lessons along the way and doing things in a contented way

  • Creating a haven and sanctuary for customers at the Cosy Home store

  • Taking care of yourself is not selfish

Value Quotes 

“If I think about it every day now I wake up to my dream in action”

”I spent just over 35 years in the corporate world where they owned me, now I own me”

“It’s nice to wake up every morning and do something that I want to do”

“My girlfriend who came to visit me tells me that she wasn’t expecting to see me the next day”

“After a couple of days I realised that I wasn’t able to talk and I couldn’t even answer or focus on the questions on Family Feud” (game show on Australian TV)

“I looked around in the hospital and saw other women taking their first steps and I knew at that point that I had a job to do”

“When I look back on when I was in the corporate world, it was too hard to continue doing”

“I’m still finding the right mindset to feel confident every day to talk”

“I knew I would be a different person when I started this journey and I was looking forward to figuring that out, how different I was going to be”

“You’ve got to learn quickly how to prioritise and to let things wait. Some days you can’t do it and you say no and it will wait until tomorrow”

“Sometimes you’ve got to break the rules to get through things I guess”

“In order to support your mental health, your spiritual health, you have to eat well no denying that and it has to be every day”

“Every day you’ve got to be taking the time and ensuring you are important and what you want to achieve”

“I was in HR for so many years and I’m still in it! Because when you come into Cosy Home, my store it’s like a haven, it’s like a sanctuary. It’s a great feeling my customers tell me about”

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Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now! 

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Episode Links 

You can find Sarah Wade at:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/cosyhomeettalongbeach/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/cosyhomeettalongbeach/

032 Step forward into what you really want | Elizabeth Williamson

It’s really important when you’re faced with a difficulty or a challenge that’s ongoing and sometimes feels insurmountable, that we give ourselves time for the difficult feelings
— Elizabeth Williamson -

Imagine as a result of an operation becoming completely immobile and having to learn to walk again?

Elizabeth’s story is inspirational and her spirit and quest to live the best life are both moving and truly motivational.  The humour and creativity that Elizabeth brings to her daily life is extraordinary and had me realise that it’s the lens we use on our situation that can change our outcomes.

This is an interview that will make you not want to settle for a second best life and step forward into what you really want to do in your life.

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Elizabeth

Elizabeth Williamson

We spoke about

Elizabeth’s career as a counsellor and conflict resolution specialist

The life changing impact of an operation and the gruelling rehabilitation

Finding a way to be with the experience of grief

Focus on being the most positive person in the ward and gym

Neuroplasticity of the brain in the healing process

Bringing creativity and humour into the difficult experiences

Choosing your attitude for the day

The art of sadness and learning to create fun

Living with daily courage and humour

Love, support and generosity of friends

The passion to build a business courageously

Looking at fear differently

Compassion and self-care 

Value Quotes

“I have a real passion about creating a legacy for the future in our families and for our children”

“..creating workplaces where the inevitable conflicts and tensions are not avoided or escalated but seen as creative opportunities”

“If I had really understood what the progress would be post-surgery, I don’t think I would have managed”

“I thought re learning to walk was just like when there’s a tingle in your legs and they are numb in the morning and the feeling comes back, that’s what I thought would be happening for me”

“It took more courage than I could have understood at the time.  It took more humour than I could have understood at the time and more sadness, you know really having to understand grief and loss in a new way”

“It’s been a long slow journey back”

“I get the sensation of the nerves flowing through my body.  It’s an astounding experience”

“Determination needs lots of laughter, a little bit of competition and a little bit of anger”

“I joke now that I walk like I’m drunk when I’m sober. Well I walked back then like I was 4 or 5 or 17 sheets to the wind”

“We do have a choice about how we manage chronic pain but it is a daily choice and for people living with a disability or chronic pain it’s often a choice they have to make several times a day”

“It’s really important when you’re faced with a difficulty or a challenge that’s ongoing and sometimes feels insurmountable that we give ourselves time for the difficult feelings”

“I wasn’t going to settle for a second best life.  Whatever my physical possibilities were going to be I was going to live the very best life I could”

“There’s lots of value to be found in the difficult experiences”

“That decision to live a best life possible means just very small daily courage”

“One of the amazing outcomes for me is to understand so much more about compassion”

“We need to have rich, full lives which are full of the dark and the light”

“I have a joke that I start off with saying that I have a conflict with gravity and you’ll see me wobble as well as other conflicts we have in life”

“We have to live our lives being our very best friend”

“If I reach out and very simply make 5 or 10 people smile. My mood will be better and I’ll have raised my head, my eyes and my attitude and my emotions”  

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I have some really exciting news I want to share with you! I will be writing my book in the first quarter of next year. Woo hoo I was accepted on the 90 day book writing course with Kathy Miles Wheeler and will be supported by the fabulous Karen Gunton, she's a coach and author of the Lighthouse Revolution.

So in order to achieve my dream of writing a non-fiction book I will be moving to fortnightly shows in 2017.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for being such a fabulous listener and I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy festive season.  May joy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now!  

Episode Links

You can find Elizabeth Williamson at:

Website: www.elizabethwilliamsonsolutions.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethWilliamsonSolutions/

Kathy Miles Wheeler: http://www.bookwritingmagazine.com/

Karen Gunton: http://www.karengunton.com

022 Take courageous action | Brenda Tsiaousis

Taking action was a very big antidote for the doubt and a very big antidote to the lack of confidence
— Brenda Tsiaousis -

There is nothing quite like uprooting yourself and your family when you migrate only to realise your identity was locked in your career and your self-confidence along with it.  The fabulous thing is that Brenda turned her story around and now lives by the philosophy of taking courageous action and supports other women to have the courage to bloom.

Inspire yourself with these essential insights from Brenda

We spoke about

  • Brenda’s transition from corporate high flyer to entrepreneur in a new country

  • The value of journaling and gratitude as part of a daily routine

  • How a dip in confidence was connected to a loss of identity of external things

  • Getting clear on what Brenda's identity was rooted in

  • Reviewing and repurposing strengths and skills

  • The benefits of taking action

  • Balancing a business with being a mother and the family

  • Valuing self-care and nurture

  • Cultivating positivity

  • Knowing that we are enough

Value Quotes

“I find that many women who are presenting themselves online lack the confidence and courage to actually take the action”

“One of my biggest challenges as well has been the doubt and confidence issues that go with building a business online”

“All you need to do for personal growth is to become an entrepreneur”

“I have a lot more clarity from journaling and I didn’t expect that”

“The more you express gratitude the better life looks”

“The dip in confidence was loss of identity, not having the status, the title, the fancy houses and cars and good income”

“Taking action was a very big antidote for the doubt and a very big antidote to the lack of confidence”

“Concept of courageous action is doing it even though we do feel uncomfortable because realising that what we really want is on the other side of that comfort zone”

“They need to care for themselves, they only have one of them”

“I can highly recommend and suggest to people that when they get that part of their life right (sic spirituality) everything else seems to flow”

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Until next time fabulous podcast listener, I’m Bev and I invite you to live the fab life with me now!

Episode Links

You can find Brenda Tsiaousis at:

Website:  http://brendatsiaousis.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/brenda.tsiaousis/