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
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
or email email@example.com
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
This week I chat to Tommy Tiernan; a world renowned comedian, actor, writer and in recent years, TV host.
He’s married to Yvonne and has lived in Galway for the past 32 years.
He has 6 children and a granddaughter who’s 6 months old.
And in this conversation, he shares his thoughts on the Coronavirus situation we’re in, he also talks about his interest in religion and philosophy, his experience of meditation and his love of strong coffee!
This chat is my longest one so far and instead of sitting face to face with someone, we recorded it online; but despite not being able to see Tommy, it’s a conversation that will stay with me for a very long time.
I really hope you take something from it too and 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
Seán Boylan is a 5th generation herbalist and a true sporting legend.
For 23 years he was the Meath football manager and led them to 4 All Irelands, gaining him his reputation as an iconic leader.
He’s married to Tina and they have 6 children and due to the Coronavirus pandemic he’s currently cocooning at his home.
We sat down to have a chat last year and during the conversation he spoke about many things including his deep faith, his recovery from cancer and the healing powers of nature.
To get in touch with Seán and/or his team, go to…
I hope you enjoy this conversation and 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 or Twitter @SileSeoige
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In this episode I share my thoughts on Self Worth and guide you through a meditation.
It was recorded on my phone and from my wardrobe but I hope you find it helpful especially during these strange days.
Sometimes we forget who we really are; what we’ve been through, the positive impact we’ve had on others and what we’ve already achieved in our lives.
At 19.30 I guide you through an empowering meditation that will help you remember how strong you are, how capable you are and how worthy you truly are.
So I suggest you listen to this part of the podcast when you can give yourself 15 minutes to relax, connect and allow yourself to simply follow the sound of my voice.
As always I love to hear your feedback...you can find me on Twitter or Instagram at @SileSeoige
And if you can take a moment to subscribe/follow, rate and/or leave a review I'd be very thankful.
Singer and performer Paul Byrom is my guest this week.
He has faced a fair amount of difficulty in his life but his outlook is refreshing.
And even though he is naturally funny, this conversation delves a bit deeper as he opens up about the death of his father, his health challenges in childhood and with his voice and why listening is so important.
Whether you know him or you don’t, whether you are a fan of his style of music or not...I would urge you to give it a listen.
I think we can all learn a lot from him.
Triggers : Alcoholism, suicide, grief.
Counselling psychologist and founder of Rosabel’s Rooms, Dr. Suzanne McClean is my guest this week.
She bravely shares how her world completely changed three years ago, when her baby girl Rosabel, died suddenly, when she was only 16 months old.
My questions at times, may seem insensitive but Suzanne wanted to share her experience in an effort to help others in a similar situation and I am so thankful to her for her time and her honesty.
She is an extraordinary woman and this is a powerful and important conversation to have.
Triggers : Child Loss, Sudden Death Trauma, Grief.
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!