I asked for your Coronavirus related questions on Instagram and in this podcast I try and answer some of them.
I’m not claiming to be an expert but if my words help you in one way or another, whether they give you some comfort, or challenge your current thinking, then I'm glad I recorded this episode.
Some questions I delve into are...
Are you worried about the days ahead?
I feel overwhelmed, what can I do to help myself?
Do you think everything will go back to normal when this is over?
Remember, you are braver than you think, stronger than you can imagine and loved more than you know.
My guest this week is politician and Kerryman, Michael Healy-Rae.
We sat down to have a chat many months ago now but I think his philosophy on life is certainly something we could do with a generous injection of, particularly at the moment.
He’s married to Eileen and they have five children and in this conversation we talk about many things; his recovery from an accident in his twenties, his parents, why he doesn’t sleep too much and how happiness can be cultivated.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Brian and Arthur are my wonderful guests this week.
Brian has already had a hugely successful career in television over the past two decades. He went from being a flight attendant to winning Big Brother, the biggest reality TV show of the time, in 2001. And since then he’s presented a whole host of high profile TV shows mainly in the UK but also here in Ireland.
His husband Arthur, a proud Armenian; is a world class choreographer and creative director, who has worked artists like…Beyonce, Girls Aloud, Kylie, The Pussycat dolls…to name but a few!
They’ve both felt the deep pain of losing a parent. Arthur’s Dad died when he was 16 and Brian’s Mum passed away suddenly, only 2 years ago.
We sat down to have a chat in January, a few shows into the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars on RTE and in this conversation, Brian gives us a beautiful insight into his Mum Rosie; they talk about the importance of setting boundaries and finding balance, their relationship and also their plans to have a family.
They have such a beautiful perspective on life and I think it's obvious when you hear this that I’m mad about them both.
In this episode I try and answer a selection of questions I received through Instagram.
I talk about Cancer, Career and Miscarriage but I also answer questions like....
What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever worn?
What is your best and worst quality or trait?
And what do you know now, that you wish you knew at 25?
Claire Grady is a qualified nutritional therapist and the owner of ANU Wellness, her practice based in Galway.
She’s passionate about using food as medicine and helping people achieve optimal health and well-being.
In this conversation, Claire shares some of the changes and challenges she’s experienced in her own life, which in turn gives her a deep understanding of people’s struggles and pitfalls when it comes to making those positive changes.
She also gives some simple and practical tips, including the benefits of incorporating fermented foods and why eating organic is always best.
I loved this chat and I hope you enjoy it too.
Pat Shortt is a multi award winning actor, comedian, musician and TV presenter.
He’s achieved huge success in his 34 years so far as an entertainer, from packing out theatres worldwide and smashing TV ratings; he clearly has the midas touch.
In this conversation he talks about, amongst other things, his family tree which sounds like a film script and playing the saxophone in his underpants!
Caroline Foran is this weeks guest. She’s a journalist, co-founder of GAFF Interiors, a podcaster and a bestselling author.
‘Owning It’ her first book, tells of her experiences with anxiety and offers practical advice on dealing with it.
She lives with her husband Barry and their adorable dog Bear and she’s currently working on her third book.
In this conversation we talk creativity, anxiety, spirituality and respecting the comfort zone.
This conversation is with former Irish soccer player, pundit, psychotherapist, podcaster and now author Richie Sadlier.
2019 has been a big year for him; he got married, he completed his masters in adolescent psychotherapy and he finished writing his autobiography ‘Recovering’.
In the lead up to the books release, he appeared on The Late Late Show and revealed he had been sexually abused when he was 14 by a physio he has been attending, for back pain.
‘Recovering’ is genuine, raw and in my opinion, a masterclass in stepping away from shame and taking your power back.
He’s been a non-drinker for 8 years and is in a great place in his life.
In our chat, he shares how he met his wife Fiona, he talks about his relationship with his Dad, his experience of alcoholism and his new found love of sea swimming.
Triggers : references to alcoholism, sexual abuse.
If you need to talk to someone, you can contact a Samaritan
Freephone 116 123
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Activist Vicky Phelan, is the epitome of a powerhouse. She has integrity running through every vein in her body and she fundamentally believes in the power of speaking up for what you believe in.
Last year she was thrust into public light when she made a very powerful statement on the steps of the four courts, having refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement in the settlement of her action against the HSE.
It would come to light that Vicky, along with over 220 women with cervical cancer were given false results. In many cases, their cancers could have been prevented.
Vicky through her unrelenting desire for justice uncovered the medical and political scandal of our times.
She is a founding member of the 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group and is a passionate advocate for those affected.
She lives in Limerick with her husband Jim and their two children, Amelia who’s now fourteen and Darragh who’s eight.
And she's just released her memoir ‘Overcoming’.
Triggers : references to cancer, post treatment/ surgery, depression, death.
If you need to talk to someone the Irish Cancer Society have a helpline open 9-5pm Monday to Friday
Call and speak to a Nurse on the Cancer Nurseline on
FREEPHONE 1800 200 700
Or email email@example.com
Gerry is a performance psychologist who has worked with a range of clients from professional athletes and Olympic champions, to business leaders.
Miriam is a qualified pharmacist, a yoga instructor and an Integrated Health, Wellness and Nutritional coach.
Together and individually, they run retreats and seminars here in Ireland and internationally.
They also run a wellbeing event called Soul Space and it’s going from strength to strength with Gerry running a series of one day workshops called Soul Sundays.
Go to https://www.soulspace.ie/soul-sundays to find out more.
TV and Radio presenter Lucy Kennedy is my first guest on Ready To Be Real Conversations.
She is warm, genuine and naturally funny and it’s a pleasure to spend time in her company.
She’s married to Richard and they have three children, Jack who is nine, seven year old Holly and Jess who is two.
She’s just launched her first ever children’s book ‘The Friendship Fairies’ and I really hope you enjoy our conversation.
'I’m Síle Seoige and thanks for checking out READY TO BE REAL.
Before we get into the conversations, I thought I’d give a bit of background on who I am, and what I’ve done.
Well I’m a Mom to a two year boy, I’m engaged and at forty, I’m in a pretty good place in my life and I know I have a lot to be thankful for.
Of course, like many of us, I still get days where I can feel overwhelmed or stressed but I've learned better ways to cope with those bumps in the road.
I grew up in the village of Spiddal in Connemara on the west coast of Ireland.
I’m a native Irish speaker and I’ve spent the past twenty one years working in the media industry, primarily as a telly presenter.
Other elements of my work life include being a wellness speaker in recent times which I really enjoy, a radio broadcaster, a voice over artist, an event MC, a writer and even as an occasional singer and actor.
It’s a fairly eclectic mix and as lots of you will know, life as a freelancer is unpredictable; I’ve been hired and fired regularly.
I’ve dined in some of the best restaurants and I’ve also eaten spuds sprouting a few legs when there was nothing else in the press and my wallet was empty.
In 2011, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, an experience which ultimately was a gift in my life.
I was lucky, my surgeries and treatment were a success and during that year, I was tested in many different ways; but through the process of healing, I rediscovered what was truly important in life and I let go of the stuff that wasn’t.
I went on to study yoga and loved it, and I’m now a certified yoga teacher as well.
I’m still working on myself every single day and I get that it’s a lifelong process but through it all, I’ve learned that nothing is permanent and life always has the capacity to change.
READY TO BE REAL is my passion project and I really hope you find the upcoming conversations helpful.'