Joanne O’Riordan is only one of seven people in the world living with a rare physical disability known as Total Amelia. This means she was born without all four limbs and even though there is no medical explanation as to why this happened, Joanne or indeed her family, has never allowed it to hold her back.
During the week of her sixteenth birthday she made a speech at the United Nations and challenged the body to create technology to help disabled people.
She’s the youngest in her family and at twenty four, she’s already achieved more than many of us will achieve in a lifetime.
She’s a sports writer and podcaster and she’s by far one of the coolest and most interesting people I’ve ever met.
Our paths have crossed numerous times down through the years, including interviewing her before, but last month I spoke to her in her home county of Cork and it was simply wonderful.
You can follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/joanneor/?hl=en
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This episode is the second part of the conversation I had with
clinical psychologist, author, and psychology lecturer, Dr. Malie Coyne.
In this podcast, she answers a selection of questions that were sent in on Instagram.
For more on Malie, go to her website www.drmaliecoyne.ie
As always I’m very thankful for your feedback so if you can take a minute to rate this podcast, leave a little comment (I promise it only takes a minute!) and hit subscribe, I’d be so grateful.
* Podcast - The TED Interview with Elizabeth Gilbert
* Books - ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’ by Viktor E. Frankl, ‘The Upside Of Stress’ by Kelly McGonigal and ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz.
* Cognitive Behavioural Therapy https://cbti.ie
* Previous podcast episodes in this series, Miriam and Gerry Hussey, Kathie Stritch and Professor Luke O’Neill
Triggers : hopelessness, depression, loneliness, grief.
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Dr. Malie Coyne is a clinical psychologist, author, and psychology lecturer.
She also sits on the mental health advisory panel for the ‘A Lust for Life’ charity and she released her book,“Love in, Love out: A compassionate approach to parenting your anxious child” this summer.
She lives in Galway with her husband Pete, and their two daughters, Jessica who’s 9 and Aimée who’s 7.
On Tuesday we sat down to have a conversation and we covered a lot during the chat so instead of releasing one very long episode, I’ve split it.
This is the first part and in the second part, coming next week, we’ll look at questions that were sent in by listeners.
So we’re about 6 months into life with Covid 19 in Ireland.
There was a degree of relaxation of restrictions during the summer but now we’re into the second wave of measures with Dublin and Donegal currently on Level 3 of the government’s 5 Level ‘living with Covid’ plan to tackle the virus over the next 6 months.
There is a lot of stress and uncertainty to be felt amongst people, myself included, so I hope this conversation can help you realise that whatever you’re feeling is OK and that you’re not on your own.
For more on Malie, go to her website www.drmaliecoyne.ie
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Thanks so much for listening.
References(check the episode post on my Instagram page for some imagery)
* The TED Interview podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert
* Lotus of self-care
* Self Compassion Break
* Habit Stacking
* ‘Do you often feel overwhelmed by worry’ by Susi Lodola
TV maestro Baz Ashmawy is one of my absolute favourite people in telly.
What you see is what you get. He’s genuine, funny and decent to the core.
Having had huge success in his career, it hasn’t always been a smooth road for him.
9 years ago, life was really tough; he underwent double-lung surgery and around the same time Irish TV stations had no interest in even meeting with him to discuss ideas.
But despite it all, he kept working and creating and knocking on doors and it certainly paid off in the end.
He pitched his show ‘50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy’ with his adorable Mam Nancy to SKY TV. They went on to win an EMMY Award and the TV format has now been sold all around the world.
He lives in Rathmines with his wife Tanja and their six kids.
And in this conversation, we talk about the kids going back to school, imposter syndrome, the power of manifestation, faking an appendectomy and plenty more!
Man of the moment, Professor Luke O'Neill is my guest this week.
A renowned Immunologist, educator and author, Luke lives in Sandycove in Dublin with his wife Margaret and their sons, Stevie and Sam.
He’s simply one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met and in this conversation, we talk about Covid 19, but I also hope it gives you more of an insight into the man behind the science.
This episode is the second half of the conversation I had with Health Scientist and Sleep Consultant, Tom Coleman.
Tom is married to Jeeny and their son Kai, is nearly two.
He’s worked with professional athletes and elite teams on improving their sleep and nutrition for many years now, and in this conversation he covers a wide range of questions to help us get better sleep.
Questions related to anxiety, waking up in the middle of the night, advice for shift workers, pandemic dreaming, supplements, sleep disorders, tech do’s and don’ts and lots more!
To follow Tom on Instagram, you’ll find him https://www.instagram.com/tomcoleman.ie/
And if you like this podcast series, please share it with friends and family and leave a rate and review on Apple and subscribe on the other podcast platforms, as it really helps to spread word about these conversations.
Thanks so much for listening!
This week we zone in on the topic of SLEEP with Health Scientist and Sleep Consultant, Tom Coleman.
He is massively knowledgeable and has worked with elite teams and professional athletes in Sleep and Nutrition.
In this conversation he talks us through the fundamentals of sleep, what happens when we sleep, why we need it, how much do you need and what we can do to improve it.
You can follow him on Instagram, you'll find him https://www.instagram.com/tomcoleman.ie/?hl=en
This week I sit down with Galway based Wellness coach Kathie Stritch.
Originally from Cloonfad in Co. Roscommon, she lives in Galway with her partner Stephen and
their little boy Freddie who’ll be 2 in November.
She's one of the most impressive people I've ever met and brilliant at what she does but instead of talking to her about her career, in this conversation she shares some painful experiences that have shaped the woman she is today.
6 years ago her world changed forever when her sister Elaine was diagnosed with a stage 4 brain tumour. Elaine was married to Pa and their two boys Adam and Jason were 1 and 4 at the time.
This is a phenomenal conversation that I will never forget.
Triggers : cancer, death, grief.
She runs online courses which are a combination of fitness, nutrition and wellbeing and they're great!
If you’re interested in participating go to her Instagram page and
send her a direct message.
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This episode is an introduction to Numerology with John Kenny, someone who’s been studying numbers and their meaning, for over 30 years now.
He talks about the master numbers, what to look out for and what to avoid doing when it comes to numbers. He also tells us how to figure out our life path, personal year and inner need numbers, while also answering some questions I was sent on Instagram as well. As you’ll hear in our chat, it’s tricky to give a comprehensive run down of all the different elements in a single podcast, but if you’d like to contact him and book in a session, simply go to his website…
How to find out your Life Path Number…
Take your date of birth’s numerical value, add all those digits together by category (day, month, year), and keep adding each of those digits together until you finally end up with a single digit.
Let’s take my birthday for example: 13th April 1979
The date, 13, is reduced to 1 + 3 = 4. The month is 4. The year, 1979, is reduced to 1 + 9 + 7 + 9. This equals 26. Then, 26 is reduced to 2 + 6 = 8
Then, we add the reduced date, month and year numbers (4 + 4 + 8) and arrive at 16. Finally, we add 1 + 6, and reach 7.
My life path number is 7.
Exception - during the calculation process, if one of your groups totals 11 or 22, you do not reduce those values to a single digit until the final reduction. That’s because 11 and 22 are “master numbers,” according to numerology, which have their own special meanings.
** There have been a few edits to this episode as John often spoke to me about my own numbers and their meaning during our conversation and I took a lot of that out as I didn’t think many of you would be interested in hearing about me!
This week I chat to nutritionist, author and devoted new Mum, Rosanna Davison.
She lives in Dublin with her husband Wes Quirke, and their baby daughter Sophia.
And in this episode, she shares her journey to motherhood; from multiple miscarriages, years of tests, treatments and heartache to their decision to try surrogacy and the happiest moment of her life, when her baby girl was finally in her arms.
Rosanna is strong, incredibly honest and full of compassion and her struggles are a reminder to all of us, that we never really know what’s going on in other people’s lives.
I wish her and her family all the love in the world.
Triggers: Fertility, pregnancy, miscarriage, tests and treatments, surrogacy.
Jamie and Georgie Crawford are a couple who’ve been tested in many ways. From Jamie’s MS diagnosis in 2012 to Georgie discovering she had breast cancer five years later…they have been through more than most people experience in a lifetime but despite everything they have had to deal with, their relationship is stronger than ever and their appreciation for life is truly inspiring.
Jamie made the decision to speak publicity about his MS diagnosis at the end of May on Georgie’s hugely popular podcast ‘The Good Glow’.
They live in Dublin with their three year old daughter Pia and their dog Piper.
And in this conversation, they give us an insight into their relationship, they talk about the healing power of nature, the importance of talking and their plans to expand their family.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
In this episode I speak to a relationship expert and we explore singledom, healthy and unhealthy relationships, dating in the time of Corona and the importance of acceptance wherever you are in life.
Dating-relationship coach and relationship educator Annie Lavin, goes by the name "The Relationship Coach" and works with people far and wide to empower them to create and maintain, healthy, meaningful intimate relationships.
Content being single herself, she has experienced the trials and tribulations it has taken to reach this point.
When love and relationships begin to feel very confusing and out of control it can be hard to know who to turn to for support. This is one of the reasons Annie decided to combine her background in Psychology, Education, Coaching and Psychotherapy to
empower clients to relate to themselves with compassion and skill.
At the moment she works with clients remotely one to one, but is in the process of designing online programmes and if you'd like to work with her or you are simply interested in some dating or relationship advice, check out her Instagram page
Book recommendations during the conversation:
Women who love too much : Robin Norwood
The Body Keeps The Score: Basel van der Kolk
Attached: Levine and Heller
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success : Deepak Chopra
Comedian, TV and radio broadcaster and now meditation teacher too; Dermot Whelan is my guest this week.
Dermot has been meditating for many years, but now, having trained as a teacher, he's passionate about breaking through some of the misconceptions people have about meditation to help bring it to a wider audience.
He's married to Corrina, they have three kids and they live in Dublin.
His colleague and friend is the equally brilliant Dave Moore who he's worked with for the past 18 years on award winning radio show 'Dermot and Dave'.
And in this conversation, we talk about many things...his lessons from lockdown, his new found love of skateboarding, the importance of taking time out for yourself and he also guides us through a short but effective breathing exercise which I loved and I think you will too.
This short guided meditation will help you to calm your thoughts and bring your body to a sleepy, restful state; giving you the best chance to fall asleep or get back to sleep if you've woken up.
So simply lie down, get as comfortable as you can and follow the sound of my voice.
This week I chat to makeup artist turned TV presenter, Nadine Reid.
Born to a Jamaican family, Nadine grew up in Handsworth, Birmingham.
She came to live in Ireland 4 years ago and lives in Dublin with 94 year old Minnie and the new addition to the household, cockatiel Georgie.
I asked her to be a guest on the podcast last summer as I’ve been a fan of hers since we met, but now felt like the right time to have a conversation.
When we spoke last week about recording a podcast, she was apprehensive and I get why.
She made it clear to me that unless I was prepared to read and educate myself on white privilege and her perspective as a black woman she would not be open to speaking to me and I fully respect and admire her position on this.
She asked if I could read some books before we spoke and they are...
Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
I have been reading (or in my case listening!)and I know that these learnings or ‘unlearnings’ as the case may be won’t happen overnight.
There is a long road ahead but I want to do better so I will keep reading and listening, having conversations and questioning myself and the world around me in the hope that change will happen for us all.
Blaming or shaming will help no-one and every-one can play their part.
In this episode we discuss white privilege, how colour-blindness isn’t helpful and what it actually means to be anti-racist.
And I hope, like me, that you’ll listen to this podcast with an open mind and a willingness to explore yourself a little deeper.
None of us are perfect or have all the answers but a desire to do better in our lives, will make a difference.
You’ll find Nadine on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nadinereid/
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We often move through our day without asking ourselves what we truly want to achieve or what direction we want to go in.
This meditation will help you to check in with yourself and allow you to bring focus and awareness to your day ahead.
Why not try it and see if it makes a difference!
We breathe every moment of every day, but how often do we bring our attention to it?
Practice this meditation whenever you want to feel more grounded and connected.
And please let me know what you think by leaving a review, rate and subscribing if you want to hear future podcasts.
Check out https://www.readytobereal.com/ for more.
June Burke lives at Spanish Point, County Clare and helps her brother John in the running of family business, The Armada Hotel.
She has two children Callum and Amelya and she’s the founder of a positive sea swimming movement in West Clare called ‘Snámhaí Sásta’ (Happy Swimmers!), which celebrates it’s first birthday this month.
Six years ago though, her life changed forever when her husband John, died by suicide a few months before his 40th birthday.
We spoke at the end of January when she was sea swimming every morning, but naturally, due to Covid 19, she and her happy tribe of swimmers took a break from it.
But she’s now back at the beach every morning and in this conversation we talk about self-care, the power of gratitude and how kindness is more important than anything else in life.
You’ll find her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/snamhaisasta/
Trigger warnings :
If you need to talk to someone, you can contact a Samaritan
Freephone 116 123
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Kathryn Thomas is one of the most talented, successful and hardworking TV and radio presenters in Ireland.
In a career spanning over two decades, she added business owner into the mix six years ago when she set up fitness and wellness retreat, Pure Results Bootcamp.
She’s lives in Dublin with her husband Pádraig, their gorgeous little girl Ellie who’s two, their dogs Peter and Poppy and their cat Arthur.
She’s ballsy, kind, grounded, open-minded and they’re just a few reasons why I love her.
In this conversation, we reminisce about her beautiful wedding last August, we talk about the power of self-talk, the current situation, the ups and downs of baby making and the brilliance of a sing-song!
I wish we had been able to have this conversation face to face but we did the best we could during this strange time and I hope you enjoy it.
If you’re interested in joining the Pure Results online wellness community, check out Kathryn’s Instagram page for updates or go to pureresultsbootcamp.com to sign up.
And as always, if you enjoyed this conversation please do leave a review, click to rate and follow the podcast, as it really helps to spread the word.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh!
Trigger warning : fertility, pregnancy, miscarriage.
There may be things, people or situations in your life which are causing you discomfort at the moment but even in difficult situations there is always something to be thankful for, even if it’s something as small as a cup of tea.
The more we focus on what we have and what we’re grateful for it, the more we’ll invite positive change into our lives.
So why not pop on your headphones and have a listen to this guided meditation.
As always I love to hear your feedback so please feel free to get in touch and let me know what you think, you’ll find me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sileseoige/ or Twitter @SileSeoige
And if you can, please take a minute to rate, review and/or subscribe to this podcast as it really helps to spread the word.
Go raibh míle! X