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By Karen O‘Connor

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Menopause Marriage and Motherhood – Women’s Issues. Every woman will experience at least one of those things but all of us experience life through a female lens. And midlife, with its physical, emotional and lifestyle changes, often demands that we take stock of our lives and look at everything in different ways. Join me, Karen O’Connor, and my guests each week as we take an in-depth look topics close to home such as health, families, finances and our changing relationships, to wider issues such as women’s rights, equality and stress in the workplace. If you’ve asked the question or thought about something to do with life after 50, you’ll hopefully find a podcast about it here. And if you don’t, message me because it’ll probably be a great topic to cover! Subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss a single thought provoking episode:

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Gymtimidation: How Do You Dress For The Gym - Tracy Taylor | CBF Clothing
When you're not feeling good about yourself but you also want to get back into shape, going to the gym can be a challenge, to say the least. Most gyms are places where people go to show off their abs, their biceps, their glutes, they're not places where anyone who doesn't feel amazingly good about themselves feels comfortable. And then there's the fact that some of us don't like going to the gym at all so even just getting there is a major achievement. Like most of us, Tracy Taylor knew that she needed to go to the gym, she knew that she needed to lose weight and get into shape. But just getting to the gym can be a major challenge and when you do get there, the gym junkies with their toned bods and perfect, skimpy, body hugging outfits can be very intimidating. Being a natural rebel, rather than trying to fit in and compete, Tracy decided to create her own set of gym wear, clothes that allow you to step to one side and not feel like you have to compete with everyone else. And it's called... CBF Clothing. CBF stands for "Can't Be F*cked"     Find out more here:
Jun 06, 2023
Why Being A Female Is A Huge Disadvantage
Overhearing a conversation between two male relatives as a child where they're discussing the fact that it was a shame that you were born a girl because with your personality and gifts, you should have been born a boy, will have a huge impact on how you view yourself and your gender. The fastest growing age group for divorce is in the over 55's and recently I've had personal experience in why that's the case. Devoting yourself to others should be a role that gives us the highest respect, yet it isn't. I've had several conversations with experts about the growing divorce rate of couples as they head towards retirement age is caused by the women realising that they've had enough of being treated like a second rate person.  Unfortunately, it generally takes their husbands/partners completely by surprise because they're in the space of, "well, she's done this for years, why can't she just carry on being happy with it?" Listen and watch the episode and then let me know your thoughts and experiences.     Find out more here:
May 30, 2023
Three Steps To Help You Release Stress & Trauma with Chana Studley
You might not think of peri-menopause or painful periods as being traumatic, but any woman who's experience one or both knows how debilitating they can be both mentally and physically. The brain fog, the forgetfulness, the lost work days, the concern that you're losing your mind, the stress about all these weird symptoms you're suddenly experiencing, the ridiculously heavy periods, the pain. All of these things lead to one thing: stress. And stress leads to mental and physical sickness. Chana Studley talks to us about how we hold trauma and stress in our bodies, how our natural human tendency is to focus on that stress / pain / trauma, and how much that negatively impacts on our lives. She also talks about how we can move beyond all that! This is fascinating, insightful and informative listening. Come and join us and let us know what your thoughts are on what we talk about. Listen, watch and find out more here:
May 23, 2023
Why Men’s Emotional Immaturity Causes More Problems As We Grow Older

It's no secret that men are often emotionally immature and it can be a huge source of frustration and resentment - and the major cause for separation - for their partners. Emotional immaturity in a partner can lead to unhealthy relationships, lack of communication and trust, and ultimately, an inability to build meaningful connections. Whether it's a lack of emotional intelligence or an inability to express feelings, emotional immaturity can have a huge impact on relationships.  Unfortunately, because of this immaturity, many women end up acting as a parent to their partners and taking on the responsibility for their behaviour and acting as their moral compass. Whilst it might work in the short term, it's like having to be permanently responsible for 3 year old who's never going to grow up.  And it's exhausting. Listen to this episode and let me know your thoughts. Find out more here:

May 16, 2023
How ”You’re Doing It Wrong!” Affects Us In Midlife
Basically, regardless of where it's coming from - ourselves or others - invalidation is a form of emotional abuse. Invalidation can be subtle or overt, but it always has the same effect: to make us feel small and insignificant.   We all have opinions (some of them are definitely Opinions) and we're all entitled to them. But a lifetime of being told that you're wrong, either in overt ways such as someone saying "That's not right!" or in more subtle ways such as dismissing or ignoring something you just said, has a huge impact on us over time. Invalidation is a when someone denies or rejects our feelings, thoughts, and experiences and most women have been on the receiving end of that their whole lives. Invalidation makes us feel less worthy or valuable and over time, we can find that the ones invalidating us is ourselves. Find out more here:
May 09, 2023
Becoming a Mother at 57 years old with Barb Higgins

I found it physically and emotionally challenging when I had my fourth child when I was 40, but having a third child aged 57, I just cannot imagine. But that's what Barb Higgins did.

A few years ago, Barb's teenaged daughter died suddenly from an undiagnosed brain tumour, then Barb's husband became very ill with renal failure and kidney disease. We all grieve and recover from grief in different ways, it's not a journey that is the same for anyone.

After being incapacitated by grief for several years, Barb sought counselling and eventually, she and her husband, Kenny, decided that having another baby was something that was the right thing for them to do, something that would complete their family.

Listen to this inspirational story of unimaginable heartbreak, stress and joy. 

May 02, 2023
How to Overcome Your Fear of Confrontation
The Merriam Webster Dictionary says,  "The English language has many fine words for “coward”... However, fine though they may be, none of these words have the evocative power that comes from compounding quake and buttock." Like many of us, particularly women, I am a quakebuttock when it comes to prolonged confrontation.  But there are quite a lot of things that are great about getting older and one of them is you're quite clear about your boundaries... And you're much less worried about upsetting people when they overstep those boundaries In today's episode, we discuss how to face your fears and head into confrontations without allowing fear to stop you from achieving success.     Find out more here:
Apr 25, 2023
How To Deal With Toxic Behaviour with Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, Psychologist
Anxious feelings can be hard to process and understand but when we ignore them, they can manifest in unexpected ways. Depression, sleeplessness and nervousness about our daily lives are the usual things we associate with anxiety, but things like being closed minded, needing to get things right and even gaslighting can all be indicators of high levels of anxiety. Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin explains the many aspect of anxiety to help you understand what could be going on and provide tips on how to manage it. Find out more here:  
Apr 18, 2023
How To Get Off The Midlife Emotional Roller Coaster | Separation and Moving house
When we're going through a highly emotional and stressful time (such as separating from our partner and/or moving home... maybe both at the same time), it's so easy to feel like we're on an emotional roller coaster. But what if you just can't afford to be on that roller coaster because there's just too much at stake and too many things that need doing? When you listen to your emotions, rather than letting them control you, you can begin to see how they are influencing your decisions. If you're ready to get off the emotional roller coaster, listen to this episode!     Find out more here: 
Apr 11, 2023
Midlife Reckoning: Do You Take Time Out Of Your Relationship? Or Do You Just Head Straight For Divorce?
When you've been in a relationship for a very long time, it can get to the stage where you and your partner are just your irritations, resentments, and complaints when you're interacting with each other. The days where you were so in love that you listened to them as someone who is basically amazing are long gone. How do you get back to that (assuming that you want to)? CAN you get that back?       Find out more here: 
Apr 04, 2023
How To Alleviate The Symptoms of Menopause & Peri-Menopause with Liza Baker
Menopause and Perimenopause are so much more than just physical changes. Nutrition can have a huge impact on the way you experience this journey. A balanced diet can alleviate many symptoms, making this a smoother transition. ⁣⁣Discover how proper nutrition during perimenopause can help reduce your risk of developing common health problems like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.  Liza Baker, nutritionist and campaigner, explains the huge and mostly unacknowledged impact of poor nutrition and generally not looking after ourselves because we're too busy. This is not to be missed.       Find out more here:
Mar 28, 2023
The Truth About Trauma And Addiction with Dr Alice Kerby
Trauma is not necessarily just one big, overwhelming event. It can also be the result of ongoing stress and anxiety. And any kind of trauma can lead to addiction, which is why it's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in order to prevent it from leading to more serious problems. The good news is that recognizing the signs of traumatic experiences can help us take steps towards healing before addiction takes hold.  Join me in conversation with trauma and addiction expert & recovery coach, Dr Alice Kerby, as we look at causes, symptoms and support for the kind of lifestyle many of us live today. Web page:
Mar 21, 2023
Why we’re more than just what we eat with nutritionist Sally Imeson
Eating right is important – but it’s far from the only way to take care of ourselves. It’s about building healthy habits and creating positive changes in our life. It's about understanding what works best for you in terms of nutrition and exercise, but also recognizing the importance of finding balance in all aspects of life.  Self care isn't just about eating well - it's about nourishing your whole self. Join me in conversation with nutritionist Sally Imeson as we talk about the impact of not looking after ourselves properly. Find out more here:
Mar 14, 2023
Why You Need A Purpose In Midlife
Having a purpose and being purposeful are two completely different things and you don't need to have a purpose in order to be purposeful. Many of us (me included) put a lot of effort, energy and angst into trying to figure out what our life purpose is, particularly around midlife. We feel a bit lost, unsure of what we want from life, therefore we must be missing something.  But what if we don't need to have a life purpose in order to be purposeful? How does that work? Join me for this look at purpose. Find out more here:
Mar 07, 2023
How To Lose The Weight in Midlife with Shari Ware, Weight Loss Coach
There are many causes of sudden or long term weight gain, it's an understandable reaction to the things that happen throughout life, but we're particularly vulnerable as we hit midlife.   Find out how to lose the midlife midriff from someone who's lost over 100kgs (220lbs). Join me in conversation with Weight Loss and Body Image Coach, Shari Ware, as she shares her journey with us.   Find out more here:
Feb 28, 2023
The TRUTH About Aromatherapy and Why You SHOULDN’T Use Oils Every Day with Amy Anthony, Clinical Aromatherapist
We all know of those MLM companies who sell essential oils and promote daily use of oils to maximise their efficacy, But is that true? Should you be using several different oils several times a day? Should you be ingesting them? Join me in conversation with Amy Anthony, certified Clinical Aromatherapist, educator and distiller as we dispel the myths and discuss how to correctly use essential oils and what they're actually for.     Find out more here:
Feb 21, 2023
Trauma Recovery: How to Create a Plan for Your Journey Towards Healing & Growth
There’s power in having a voice. That’s why Donna Arnold is determined to help teenage girls take back control over their lives and recover from trauma because every girl’s journey is unique and worth fighting for. ⁣⁣ Through her own personal experiences, Donna has created a way to bring hope, support and encouragement to girls and young women who have suffered from trauma, help them to realise their potential, build confidence and find strength.  Join us to hear Donna's journey and how she's now supporting other people on their journeys.     Find out more here: 
Feb 14, 2023
Sitting with our thoughts, self-awareness & belonging With Gaj Ravichandra

French philosopher Pascal in the 19th century had this beautiful quote that I think goes id something along the lines of this: all of the world's problems come from the fact that we cannot sit alone in a room by ourselves with our thoughts. Understanding our behaviours, reactions, our personality is so important, but for a lot of people, sitting with our inner thoughts, and analysing ourselves is one of the most uncomfortable things we will ever do. This week Gaj Ravichandra and I discuss the elements that make our personality, how fear drives our lives and how we are all broken.

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Feb 07, 2023
Adaptibility, Curiousity & How To Cope With Stress - Karen O’Connor

When I think about the pandemic and the last few years, the different ways in which people responded was so fascinating - people I thought I knew well were responding in ways that I never expected. It had me wondering things...Why did they respond in that way? Is there a common trait in the personality of those who hate change? Does the flight or fight response impact our adaptability to change? In this episode I explore how our fight or flight responses impact how adaptable we are, how to best cope with street and why I believe being curious makes you more resilient.

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Jan 31, 2023
Finding Your Purpose, The Future of Work And The Importance of Social Interaction | Gaj Ravichandra
If we want to find our purpose we need to have an understanding of what we are good at and what we enjoy doing. The intersection between these two ideas is where we can find our purpose or "purposes". Because there is not just one purpose that we are here to fulfil, there may be many and they may change over time.  In today's episode with Gaj Ravichandra, he explains how he helps billionaires, entrepreneurs and other individual's find their purpose.  Gaj shares his thoughts on the 3 day work week, working for multiple bosses and how social interaction can improve our life in many ways.   Find out more here:
Jan 24, 2023
How to overcome sadness and the benefits of negative behaviours With Psychologist Romy Kunitz
Healing does not mean remembering to work through it all, because sometimes this is not the best action to take - it can even traumatise us further. If we want to get to place where we have adjusted to a more healthy lifestyle, we must listen to what we need.  We should focus on is exercises to ground ourselves in the present moment, and recognise when we tend to things that are not good for us or self-destructive. what's important is to be able to do grounding exercises to ground ourselves in the, in the present moment and you know, to recognize when we tend to do things that are maybe self-destructive, not good for. When we acknowledge and we recognise our behaviours, it gives us a lot of answers moving forward.  Join myself and psychologist Romy Kunitz in this episode, part two of last week's episode "Relationship difficulties, adjustment disorder and repetition compulsion".        Find out more here:
Jan 17, 2023
Relationship difficulties, adjustment disorder and repetition compulsion With Psychologist Romy Kunitz
Do you consistently repeat bad behaviours or traumatic events? Are you struggling to get over a breakup, a passing of a loved one, or big changes happening in your life? Romy Kunitz is a highly experienced psychologist who specialises mainly in adults and couple therapy. In this episode she brings her expertise on how to navigate change and stop repeating negative patterns. Actually, a lot of the time when people are going through trauma, they don't realise they're going through trauma. For example, COVID was a trauma for most people. It has been a massive adjustment for everybody, and with that uncertainty, lack of control and change has caused people to go through adjustment disorder.  As human beings, we cannot avoid trauma, loss or change, so join myself and Romy in this episode to discuss how best to navigate tough times, overcome repetition compulsion and how to adapt.        Find out more here:
Jan 10, 2023
Chronic stress, mental illness and disconnection - Why we need to process all of our negative emotions With Psychologist Dr Marny Lishman
Many of us grew up with people telling us not to be angry or not to be "ridiculous" - this idea that we can show some emotion, but we have to suppress others. Main:   Dr Marny Lishman is a psychologist who joins me this episode to talk about adaptability, wellbeing and change. After the last couple of years, many of us have become more stressed, unhappy, and ultimately mentally unwell. And unfortunately, we have been grown up without being taught to properly process negative emotions, leaving us overwhelmed, and triggered at any moment. Join us in this episode to talk about mental health and how you can best navigate your emotions.        Find out more here:
Jan 03, 2023
When is it okay for a widow to smile, laugh or to love again? With Marie Alessi

When a woman loses her husband, there are these unspoken expectations held by society. And so when she moves on, when others see her enjoying herself, smiling, laughing, they judge her (whether consciously or subconsciously).  Moreover, we have this idea that if you love someone, you can never love again to the same standard, but this is simply not true. After losing her husband, Marie Alessi has dedicated her life to helping other people move through grief. Join us again, as we discuss moving on, expectations and redefining our image of a widow. 


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Dec 27, 2022
What Do You Say To Someone Who’s Grieving? With Psychologist Deirdre Brandner

Talking about grief is getting easier, but there's still taboo surrounding the subject. When you grieve, you do it in private, and when someone else is in grieving there is an awkwardness. It's almost as though, this awkwardness and taboo coincides. So when someone is grieving, we don't know what to say, so we try to avoid them - they then become isolated, alone, and the whole situation a lot, lot worse... Join myself and psychologist Deirdre Brandner as shares insight into how to navigate the world of grief, and how to support someone who is going through a devastating time. Listen now!


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Dec 20, 2022
Why you Need To Plan Your Own Funeral With Lindee Garrett
In this episode I am joined by Lindee Garrett, a funeral celebrant, who has insight into how different people celebrate the lives of their lost loved ones, and the different ways of doing so. One thing we speak about is organising your own funeral - yes you heard that right - according to Lindee, we all should be organising our own funerals. Want to find out why? Listen now!   Find out more here:
Dec 13, 2022
Can You Be Happy When You’re Grieving For Someone? With Marie Alessi
When someone close to us passes away, it's very difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Is it possible to find happiness during or even after, the grieving process? Western societies generally believe that if you truly love someone, you can never heal from that loss. However, Marie Alessi has a different take on the whole thing. After losing her husband when they were in their early 40's, Marie chose to grieve in a different way. She now shares her experiences with others, teaches them how to live after loss in a healthy way and shows how it's possible to experience happiness even after losing someone. Join Marie Alessi and I in this deeply personal conversation about loss, healing and happiness. Find out more here:
Dec 06, 2022
The difficult side of Christmas: loneliness, grief and loss
We are always taught that grieving is something that takes place behind closed doors. We are not taught how to support others in grief, or how to support ourselves. So in the time of joy, happiness and festivities, sadness and loss is the last thing anyone is talking about is this. It was the last thing I was going to talk about, until a guest I had on recently suggested it. So today, let's talk about how to deal with the pain and loneliness of grief in a time of merriness and love - the darker side of Christmas.    Find out more here:  
Nov 29, 2022
Why Is There An Epidemic Of Loneliness Among Teenagers? How Do You Deal With This As A Parent?
Dealing with teenagers can be a difficult and daunting task particularly when they're struggling with issues that we, as parents, may not be able to comprehend. Psychologist Angela Karanja is an expert in the behaviours of teenagers and educates parents and teachers on how to deal with both the teenagers concerns and their actions in a way that doesn't fracture the adult/child relationship. Join Angela and I in this fascinating discussion about teenagers, and find out how she's helping vulnerable children. Listen now to learn more! Find out more here:
Nov 22, 2022
This is how to change your life with Karly Nimmo
There are so many barriers that stop us from trying something new: the fear of what other people will think or the idea that after a certain age there is no point (just to name a couple). And a big one is a feeling of guilt...I should be at my job working right now or I should be at home doing something productive.  Join myself and Karly Nimmo in conversation as she tells us about her experiences of trying something new and the power in investing a bit of time just for your own personal fun. This is something we can all benefit from! Listen now! Find out more here:
Nov 15, 2022
The Psychology Of Acting and the Dangerous Side Effects of Getting into Character with co-host Ryan O’Connor
Did you know that in Germany, I think it's about an hour after they've gone off stage they can't be held accountable for any actions that they take to wards a crime. They'll still be charged, but they won't be criminally culpable - they'll be considered to be insane. The nature of getting into character has its effects on our psychological state, and especially when you are getting into the character of a murderer or in Ryan's case, a wife beater.  Join us for a fascinating deep dive into the world of theatre and the interesting ways our body handles the changes an actor/actress makes when getting into character.        Find out more here:
Nov 08, 2022
How To Lose The Menopause Weight With Donna Aston
As we age, although our muscles and bones start to decline which in theory should make us much lighter in weight, many people gain a significant amount of weight in midlife and put on more fat. In this episode I am joined by Donna Aston, a nutritionist and performance coach, who shares her thoughts, opinions and advice on how to manage the midlife weight gain*. Listen to learn more! Find out more here:  *The opinions expressed in this episode may not represent those of this podcast nor do they constitute advice of any kind.
Nov 01, 2022
How to Successfully be in an Open Relationship With Deborah McGinnis
The divorce rate is at around 50% and increasing - could open relationships be the solution to this problem? Today's episode, we are joined by Deborah McGinnis who shares her insight and perspective on the topic. Deborah is moving towards becoming a relationship counsellor with a strong focus on open relationships. She has spoken to many people involved in them and those wanting to start, and has so much invaluable knowledge on how open relationships work and how they can be successful. Listen now to find out more about this fascinating and taboo topic!       Find out more here:
Oct 25, 2022
How I Found Love on a Dating App in my 40s
 Entering the dating scene as an older women is daunting - especially when you are doing it within the online world. Kylie Mitchell, someone who has not only used these apps, but succeeded in finding love on them, shares her experiences, as well as, things that helped her.        Find out more here:
Oct 18, 2022
Harrowing True Stories of Children Who’ve Been Trafficked For Sex
The sex trafficking industry is larger than the global cocaine market. If you put together the yearly revenue of McDonald’s, Netflix, Wall Disney, and Best Buy, you get about the same value* Most of us can't imagine it. Our kids have dreams, they want to be movie stars or baseball heroes, doctors or astronauts. Imagine if your child found themselves caught by strangers and forced to have sex with other strangers with no way of ever escaping. You can help right now by listening to this episode and donating to the charity, Destiny Rescue, who go into those bars and brothels and rescue the children trapped there. Since 2011, they've rescued 10,361 individuals, taken them to safe places, given them medical care, counselling,  trained or educated the ones who wanted it, and set them up in careers or businesses.     Find out more here:     Donate to Destiny Rescue here:  *    
Oct 11, 2022
The Ultimate Guide to Menopause... for Men with Dr Ron Eaker, Gynaecologist

We treat menopause as if there's something wrong and when men think that something's wrong, they want to fix it. The problem is, they don't know what it is that needs fixing when menopause hits because, on the whole, neither do the women.

In this episode, we discuss how menopause affects the men in our lives and the impact that it can have on our significant relationships. Dr Ron Eaker is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who has specialised in menopause for the last thirty-three years, and today, he shares his wisdom and knowledge in this topic. Listen now and get the men in your life to listen, too! 

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Oct 04, 2022
Are you ’normal’?
We have been seeing more emphasis in society on what is considered to be acceptable, aka 'normal'. But what is 'normal' and why does the idea of 'normal' hold so much power over us?    Find out more here:
Sep 27, 2022
The Shocking Primary Cause Of Death For Women Aged 50+ with Dr Ron Eaker.

There are many physiological changes that happen during menopause, one of which is how much oestrogen your body produces, which you may already know, but are you aware of the impact that has on other parts of your physiology?

Join me and Dr Ron Eaker, an ob/gyn with decades of knowledge and expertise on menopause to find out more.

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Sep 20, 2022
WHY WE NEED TO LISTEN MORE! With Elizabeth Gould
Tune in to listen to this brand new episode where Elizabeth Gould and I discuss our culture and the power in listening. This fun and fascinating conversation offers a perspective on the importance of letting people to be heard. Find out more here:
Sep 13, 2022
Why We Need A Role Model with Elizabeth Gould, author
Are there any archetypes (aka role models) that are relevant to women today? This is an interesting thought when we consider that Kim Kardashian is currently a very big archetype. Join me in conversation with author Elizabeth Gould, why it's important to have role models and why midlife women need to step up as role models for future generations. Find out more here:
Sep 06, 2022
How To Tell Someone’s IQ From Their Social Media Posts with Ryan O’Connor

There are studies that show the correlation between the number of times you post on social media and your IQ. The more posts the lower the IQ...

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Aug 30, 2022
Why We Need To Learn To Apologise with AJ Grossman, Divorce Lawyer
Join divorce lawyer AJ Grossman and I in this part two to last week's episode. This time we are talking all things apologies, feeling acknowledge and taking responsibility for our actions. Listen now! Find out more here:
Aug 23, 2022
Why insisting on being right causes problems in relationships with AJ Grossman
Today's guest, AJ Grossman, is a divorce lawyer and an expert in conflict and dispute resolution. In this episode he shares with us how many people focus on being right and proving that they're right - at the expense of moving forward. Tune in now! Find out more here:
Aug 16, 2022
On voting, Trump and the terrifying future of the United States with Kerri Wilson
Today’s guest, Kerri Wilson, is a US citizen who is horrified and saddened at the way her country is going. Tune in to this controversial and potentially polarising conversation with someone who lives in the heart of the chaos. Find out more here:
Aug 09, 2022
Why are men angry all the time? And since when was pink a masculine colour? with co-host Ryan O’Connor

Join Ryan O'Connor and I in this light-hearted and thought-provoking conversation about gender roles, assumptions and stereotypes.

Aug 02, 2022
What is the difference between gender and sex? with co-host Ryan O’Connor
Today's guest and co-host, Ryan O'Connor, shares his own opinions, perspectives and knowledge on gender and sex. Join us in this interesting, light-hearted conversation about an important topic. Find out more here:
Jul 26, 2022
The Times, They Are A-Changin’...
Welcome to this final episode of the menopause marriage and motherhood podcast. I'm kind of not sorry for dropping that in on you, but don't worry. The podcast isn't stopping. I'm just doing a bit of a rebrand and having a bit of a change and a shake-up. Find out more here:
Jul 21, 2022
What was the role of women in the ancient world? With Jamie O’Connor

We all know of Julius Ceasar and Socrates, but who are the female figures in ancient history? There is distinct lack of prominent female figures in ancient history. Jamie O'Connor and I explore ancient history as we attempt to find important female figures. Join us in this fascinating and captivating episode. Find out more here:

Jul 19, 2022
Why We Need To Reduce The Stigma Around Menopause with Melissa MacGowan

Menopause is often seen as something that a woman should keep to her self, her own private secret. More recently, it has been talked about openly but there it still largely considered a taboo topic and women continue to suffer in silence.

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Jul 12, 2022
The psychology behind politics with co-host Ryan O’Connor
This is quite a confronting subject for many - due to its controversial nature it's one of those topics that isn't talked about. However, I've never been one to shy away from sharing my opinion, and this podcast is no exception to that. Join myself and Ryan O'Connor in this fascinating discussion about Australian politics and the inner workings of our nation's parties. In this (hopefully!) highly engaging episode, we share our personal opinions and perspectives.   Find out more here:
Jul 05, 2022
(Part two) How to be in a healthy, happy relationship! with Dr Thomas Jordan
On this episode I am joined by clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Thomas Jordan who shares his fascinating insight into relationships and love. We discuss how to overcome unhealthy habits, toxic patterns and ultimately, psychological barriers that are inhibiting you from achieving your dream love life.   Find out more here:
Jun 28, 2022
How To be In A Healthy, Loving Relationship, with Dr Thomas Jordan
Join clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Thomas Jordan and I as we discuss the root cause of toxic, unhealthy relationships. Dr. Jordan explains how we can overcome negative patterns and beliefs around relationships. Listen to this insightful and fascinating podcast to learn about how you can achieve your dream love life.  Find out more here:
Jun 21, 2022
Why budgeting doesn’t work; get your finances under control WITHOUT doing a budget! with Sherri Dumbrell
Money expert, Sherri Dumbrell, firmly believes that trying to create your financial future from a budget is quite possibly the worst thing you can do. Come and find out how to stop living from pay cheque to pay cheque and get on top of your finances without the whole lot of pain that goes with budgeting. Find out more here:
Jun 14, 2022
The Embarrassing Problem No One Wants To Talk About with Kate Hooper and Allison Bryant
Weak pelvic floor muscles can cause so many problems but overly strong and tense pelvic floor muscles can cause just as many problems. There are rows and rows of laxatives available at the supermarket yet a large proportion of constipation problems are caused (or started) by muscular problems not digestive issues. And it's relatively easy to resolve those problems if you know how. Find out more here:
Jun 07, 2022
The BEST way to look after your skin and hair during menopause with Dr Shyamalar Gunatheesan
For many years now, I've thought of dermatologists as doctors who give you creams for skin conditions. Apparently, that's not true. Join me and Dr Shyamalar Gunatheesan of ODE Dermatology to find out what we can actually do to help our skin (and hair and nails!) as it ages without resorting to surgery, creams or prolonged treatments at the salon. Find out more here:
May 31, 2022
Why does it seem like there’s a motherhood elite that makes some mothers put others down?
"Mother's Day is for real mothers. You're not a real mother because you didn't actually give birth to your child, you lost it before it was born." What constitutes a "real" mother? And why, in this age of supposed equality, careers and life choices, do women (and men!) have to justify their decision not to have children?   Join us as we consider three questions in this episode: how (and why) some mothers put a lot of effort into gaslighting other mothers, why we might want to bring children into the world (or not), and do mothers forgive - and defend - their children no matter what they do.   Find out more here:  
May 23, 2022
Why Period Pains Are NOT Normal with Alexis Wolfe, CEO Endometriosis Australia
Most women are used to the fact that once a month they - or someone they know - is incapacitated for a few days because of the "discomfort", it's "normal", "all part of being a woman", "just the way things are. Unfortunately, it's not. We shouldn't be allowing ourselves, our daughters and friends to struggle with monthly pain because the pain is very likely to be a symptom of something much more serious than "monthly problems" Find out more here:
May 17, 2022
Why You Need To Give Up Alcohol with Jo-Anne Bowyer

When Jo-Anne Bowyer and Lauren Lakin took stock of their lives, they realised that they were way too dependant on alcohol to "relax" and "wind down" and made the decision to stop drinking alcohol. But they quickly realised that there was nothing drinkable to replace their beloved cocktails, so they set about creating their own, the fabulously irreverent Smug AF Cocktails.

Find out more here:

May 10, 2022
How to give up alcohol and still have a social life with Rachael Layton
If you've thought you need to cut down the alcohol or even give up altogether for a while, you need to listen to this. Alcohol coach, Rachael Layton, explains why it's a good idea to cut down and how to do it  in the face of no agreement. Find out more here:  
May 03, 2022
The FASTEST Way To A Superfit Pelvic Floor with Angela James

Think strengthening your pelvic floor is just about incontinence and prolapses? Did you know that a weak pelvic floor can have a seriously negative impact on your ability to have and enjoy sex? In both men and women.

Find out more here:

Apr 26, 2022
How To Stop Blaming Yourself For Everything

There's a tiny gap between allowing people to fully express themselves and not making it mean anything and feeling like you're being a door mat. Find out how to stop taking responsibility for other people's stuff.

Find out more here:


Apr 19, 2022
How to deal with stress and trauma

It seems that so many people and teachings tell us that if our lives were perfect, we'd be happy all the time and that is what we should aim for. How would life be different if we stopped making 'negative' feelings such as anger or sadness wrong and instead accepted them as a necessary part of our existence? Join us for this deep dive into stress, trauma and how positivity is toxic.

Find out more here:

Apr 05, 2022
How women are written out of history with Rahaleh Nassri
If a man is forthright and takes charge of a situation, he's called a leader. If a woman does the same thing, she's called bossy at best or something like "a b*ll breaker" at worst. In this episode, I find out about some of these Violent Femmes, these women "who were brave, bold, and ingenious, yet are mostly remembered for their brutality or villainy, if at all." Find out more here:
Mar 29, 2022
Why ”Core” Exercises Don’t Exercise Your Core with Angela James

What we call "core" classes are generally about getting a flat stomach or ripped abs, they're not actually exercising our true core muscles, partly because we don't know how to recognise or connect to them. Physiotherapist Angela James, explains the implications of this. Find out more here:

Mar 22, 2022
Things No One Wants To Talk About with Kate Hooper and Allison Bryan
Weak pelvic floor muscles can cause so many problems but overly strong and tense pelvic floor muscles can cause just as many problems. There are rows and rows of laxatives available at the supermarket yet a large proportion of constipation problems are caused (or started) by muscular problems not digestive issues. And it's relatively easy to resolve those problems if you know how. Find out more here:
Mar 16, 2022
How The Medical Profession Downplays Women’s Diseases with Gabrielle Jackson

'Women are in pain, all through their bodies; they're in pain with their periods, and while having sex… And many are so, so tired … But women's pain is all too often dismissed, their illnesses misdiagnosed or ignored.'

Guardian journalist, Gabrielle Jackson, talks to us about her research into, and personal experience of, Endometriosis.

Find out more here:

Mar 15, 2022
Painful Periods Are NOT Normal with Sarah Thomson
Sarah Thomson had painful periods as soon as she began menstruating and it only got worse over the years. Join us as she shares her story, the problems she had with the medical system, being ignored as well as getting a diagnosis, plus surgeries gone wrong, and how having endometriosis impacts her life. 1 in 10 women suffers with Endometriosis yet it takes on average more than 6 years to be diagnosed and costs every woman with the disease approximately $30,000 a year* in lost wages and medical fees Find out more here: * Endometriosis Australia -
Mar 08, 2022
How To Solve The Unmentionably Leaky Problem with Herschel Peddicord III

More than 60 million women in the US alone suffer from bladder leakage problems... and they're just the ones who admit to having a problem... We talk about the latest research and a new solution to this huge problem. Find out more here: 

Mar 01, 2022
How To Win Every Argument with Ryan O’Connor

Do you ever wonder why some people seem to get their own way all the time and win every argument? Find out why and also how easy it is to do when you know how.

Find out more here:

Feb 22, 2022
The dark side of positivity with Louise Pieri

The difference between supporting someone and gaslighting them. Louise Pieri explains the dark side of "Everything always works out for the best" and the toxic positivity that can go with always looking on the bright side of things. Find out more and read Lousie's article here:

Feb 15, 2022
The Secrets of a Successful Separation with Nicole Jevtovic
Nikki Jevtovic has two absolute pearls of wisdom regarding separation and divorce to share in this podcast: 1. MEDIATE! TALK! DON'T COMMUNICATE THROUGH LAWYERS' LETTERS, and 2. Get legal advice BEFORE you start to go down ANY legal path, divorce or otherwise. Find out why. Connect with us here:  
Feb 08, 2022
How to write a book... Easily! with Gail Tagarro

If someone asked us to put in writing the most profound moments of our life or a story we want to share with our grandchildren, most of us would look at the blank piece of paper or blank screen and never manage to write a thing. Find out how to move beyond that.

Find out more here:

Feb 01, 2022
Why We Need A Peri Menopause Hub with Emily Barclay
Why is it that we don't know what to expect when we reach Peri-Menopause? There are whole sections of the library about what to expect when you're expecting and we understand puberty in great detail, so why not menopause? Find out more here:
Jan 25, 2022
What Morals & Values Should You Instil In Your Children And Why?

How do we, as parents, instil in our kids the things that are the most important to us? And what about the things that we don't necessarily mean to pass on as values or ways of being, but do? Now those are the ones we get to feel really guilty about, right? Find out more here:

Jan 20, 2022
The Hidden Blessings of Menopause with Brenda Rogers
Most of the focus on midlife and menopause is negative: the mood swings, the brain fog, the admittedly awful symptoms, but there's a huge, and often hidden, blessing in changes taking place.   Find out more here:
Jan 18, 2022
Why Losing Weight Is All In The Mind
How many times have you shovelled popcorn into your mouths when you're watching a scary movie? Recognising the reasons for doing something is the first step to having control over it. Find out how you can do that when it comes to eating & weight loss. Find out more here:
Dec 28, 2021
The horrific conditions for members of the gay community in refugee camps
When members of the Sydney LGBTQI community started an online group, they were excited to find that a group of refugees in an African camp had joined. Then they realised the extent of the violence and suppression these people are subjected to; some were so malnourished they didn't have the strength to lip sync through a full song. Find out more here:  
Dec 21, 2021
How to keep your identity when you‘re a full time parent
How do you retain your identity when by default, you need to step in to be your children's voice of reason, their educator, their conscience and in doing so, you can easily forget who you are and what you want. Find out more here: 
Dec 16, 2021
What Every Woman Can Do To Secure Her Future Right Now
Women aged 50+ are the fastest growing category of homeless people. Listen to episode 77 to find out all about that - But there are a few easy things that we, as midlife women,  can do to kickstart the second half of our lives and secure ourselves financially. Find out more here:
Dec 14, 2021
The Science of Finding the Perfect Colours That Bring Out the Beauty In You!

Colour plays a unique role in our mood, thoughts and other's perception of us. Finding the right colour palette not only boosts your lifestyle but brings out a better you! Need some help finding your best style and colours? Click here to find out:

Dec 07, 2021
How Sex Trafficking Operates and What You Can Do About It

Sex trafficking has become easier to conduct and more accessible than ever before. How is it being tackled today and what can you do to help end the problem? Click here to find out:

Nov 30, 2021
How the brain works (and how little we know about it)

Why is it that even when our brains experience a massive trauma, they can relearn how to do everything they did before. However, at the same time, massive trauma to the brain can also lead to a change in personality. Find out more and connect with us:

Nov 25, 2021
The BEST Way To Organise Your Life

Ever felt overwhelmed and snowed under with the amount of things that need doing?  Or that you’re juggling too many balls in the air and they’re all starting to fall down around you? Find out how to get your life organised. Click here to connect with us:

Nov 23, 2021
Sex After 50

Susan Jarvis has made it her mission to inspire women, no matter their age, to have a fabulous sex life and to provide them with access to high quality products to help them reignite their love life. **WARNING EXPLICIT** Find out more here:

Nov 16, 2021
How to survive menopause in the workplace

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of menopause when you’re at work, how do you create open communication about what’s going on, what those around you can expect and how do you survive menopause in the workplace? Dyna Vink tells us how. Find out more here:

Nov 09, 2021
Why The Rights Of The Individual Don‘t Apply To You

When people say, "This is my God-given right" or "This is my right as the individual", they're using that as a get out of jail free card to do whatever they want, which means the consequences of their actions shouldn't affect them.

Find out more here:

Nov 04, 2021
How to help little people through big moments with Hannah Davison

When we have kids, nobody gives us a manual telling us how to do things, it’s all a big make-it-up-as-you-go-along guessing game. So, when the big events in a little person’s life come along, things like a new baby in the family, starting school or someone dying, how do we talk to them about it? How do we teach them to identify and communicate how they’re feeling?

Find out more here:

Nov 02, 2021
Why you need to be your child’s parent not their friend

As parents, we all want our children to be happy and we’ll do whatever we can to keep them happy and to avoid giving them any pain. But we could be doing them more harm than good when we do that. Dr Stephen Spencer explains why. Find out more here:

Oct 26, 2021
Pain and Prejudice: A Call to Arms for Women and Their Bodies

‘Women are in pain, all through their bodies; they're in pain with their periods, and while having sex… And many are so, so tired … But women's pain is all too often dismissed, their illnesses misdiagnosed or ignored.‘

Find out more here:

Oct 19, 2021
Why Old Wives Tales might lead to a better understanding of medicine

Why does modern medicine dismiss ‘old fashioned’ herbal remedies as not efficacious? Are ‘old wives tales’ all nonsense? Find out why there is actually little difference between modern medicine and the traditional herbal remedies. Find out more:

Oct 12, 2021
Why Logic Never Wins An Argument With A Fanatic with Ryan O‘Connor

We’ve all been talked over, ignored, sidestepped or ridiculed when we’ve tried to point out the flaws in the logic of a person who’s wrapped up in and inflamed by conspiracy theories. This is why. Connect with us here:

Oct 07, 2021
How to recognise a cult by the words they use

Laura Conti discusses the similarities between fundamentalist religious sects and the QAnon conspiracy theorists. Find out more here:

Oct 05, 2021
How to raise strong and confident daughters

Raising confident, strong women is never an easy job, but it can be particularly difficult when girls are being constantly bombarded by the idea of female 'perfection'. Here’s how to do it. Find out more here:

Sep 28, 2021
The Pioneering Change Room That Transforms More Than Just Your Style

The change room that refurbishes your entire life, from your wardrobe to your purpose to your business and career with Scarlett Vespa. Find out more here: 

Sep 21, 2021
When being tolerant becomes intolerable

“The paradox of tolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant.”*

Join Ryan O’Connor and I for this discussion:


Sep 16, 2021
What to do when you’re overweight, depressed and unmotivated with Lisa Curry

What’s it like when someone who’s been to the Olympics three times goes through midlife and menopause? How do they handle it? Is it different to what ‘normal’ women experience? Find out more here: 

Sep 14, 2021
How to have an amazing sex life at any age

Ups and downs in our desire for and enjoyment of sex are all part of a woman’s life, it seems, and sexual problems are little understood – or openly discussed – by either gender. Jacquie Olliver specialises in helping both women and men overcome those problems.

Find out more here:

Sep 07, 2021
How to feel great about the way you look

Body shame is real for many women no matter what our age. Find out what one woman is doing to help change that.

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Aug 31, 2021
How to feel great about the way you look with Susie Taaffe

Body shame is real for many women no matter what our age. Find out what one woman is doing to help change that.

Find out more here:

Aug 31, 2021
How to get rid of your menopause symptoms

What if all the menopause symptoms that most Western women experience are common, but they're not normal? What if there's a way to get rid of them?

Find out more here:

Aug 24, 2021
How to survive your midlife crisis with Dr Karen Phillip

Why is it that as we hit midlife, all those little things that we’ve put up with for years suddenly become intolerable? Why is it that people in their late 50’s and early 60’s are the fastest growing age group for divorce?

Find out more here:

Aug 17, 2021
So you think you know how to breathe?

What if all those colds, blocked noses, sore throats, have had a negative impact on our ability to breathe properly. Eva Knorles explains to us how we can notice how we breathe and how to change it.

Find out more here:

Aug 10, 2021
How to be stylish regardless of your age

Why is it that we can have a wardrobe stuffed with clothes, yet still feel like we have absolutely nothing to wear? Imogen Lamport tells us how we can move beyond this and transform our wardrobe. Connect with Imogen here:

Aug 03, 2021
How to inspire everyone you meet

Find out how you can inspire everyone you meet and leave each person in a better place. Find out more here:

Jul 27, 2021
The best way to support teens through emotional trauma

Despite the fact that young people today have life easier and better than ever before, there is a growing incidence of youth depression, anxiety & suicide. This is how you can support them. Find out more here:

Jul 20, 2021
How To Manage Your Hormones, Health, and Happiness During Menopause

Why is it, when we reach menopause, all of a sudden the food we’ve eaten for the previous forty-odd years makes us feel bloated? Nutritionist Liz Ward explains why that happens and what we can do about it. Find out more here:

Jul 13, 2021
How to go to bed feeling like you've done the very best that you can with Terri Vincent

One of the worst things about midlife is lying in bed at night overwhelmed by that feeling of guilt and shame. Find out how to go to sleep feeling like you've done your very best and be a role model to your grown up children. Find out more here:

Jul 06, 2021
How to do everything in Two Shakes of a Lamb's Tail

Danielle Hawkins is a country vet, who also runs a cattle & sheep farm with her husband, all while bringing up two kids and finding the time to write not one but five best selling novels. Listen now to find out how and connect with Danielle here:

Jun 29, 2021
Why It’s So Difficult To Leave An Abusive Relationship

We're often left wondering why people don't just leave what's clearly a toxic relationship. After 20 years of working in that field, Dr Erica Bowen sheds a bit of light on things. Find out more here:

Jun 22, 2021
Why Women Stay In Abusive Relationships with Dr Erica Bowen (Part 1)

With the increase in domestic violence thanks to the lockdown, I thought I'd ask an expert about how women (and some men) got into abusive relationships and why they stay in them. Find out more here: and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE

Jun 15, 2021
What happens when your child gets a head injury

Brain injuries are hidden. You can see a broken arm or a bruise, but the damage that can be caused when you hit your head is life changing. Find out more here:

Jun 08, 2021
Why Midlife Women Are The Forgotten Generation with Dr Wendy Sweet

In part 2 of this super rare interview, Dr Wendy Sweet opens up about how midlife women are the FORGOTTEN GENERATION. Dr Sweet has dedicated her life to figuring out what goes on during menopause, why we gain weight, why we need to change the food we eat and the way we exercise and why we can have so much difficulty sleeping. In this rare interview, she shares all her knowledge. Connect with Dr Sweet here:

Jun 01, 2021
How to Avoid Weight Gain and Sleeplessness during Menopause

According to Dr Wendy Sweet, midlife women are the FORGOTTEN GENERATION. She's dedicated her life to figuring out what goes on during menopause, why we gain weight, why we need to change the food we eat and the way we exercise and why we can have so much difficulty sleeping. In part one of this rare interview, she shares her knowledge. Connect with Dr Sweet here:

May 25, 2021
Why You Need To Be A Parent Not A Friend

There seems to be a trend towards being a friend to your kids. Find out why that's a really bad idea. Connect with us here:

May 19, 2021
How to overcome the guilt and grief of midlife

By the time we reach our fifties, life can seem like it's filled with regrets and sadness. Find out why and what you can do about it. Find out more here:

May 12, 2021
How to support your family when you're going through menopause

Menopause can be a huge series of unknowns. Here we talk about how you can prepare yourself and your family for what might happen over the next few years. Find out more here:

May 04, 2021
How to be financially secure after divorce with Gayle McKew

One of the biggest growth categories for homelessness is women over 45. You might not notice them, but we all know someone who house sits permanently or couch surfs. And most of those women are divorced or separated.

Find out how you can avoid becoming one of those statistics:

Apr 27, 2021
How To Get Everything You Want In Life (with very little effort!)

Feng Shui isn't for everyone but the results that people can get when they make a few small changes can be huge.

Find out more here:

Apr 20, 2021
How To Dress With Effortless French Style

Ever wondered how French women always look so effortlessly elegant and stylish? Meet Marie-Anne LeCoeur who's taught thousands of women to do exactly that. Find out more:

Apr 13, 2021
What happens when you think anything is possible

Ordinary people do the most extraordinary things. It's often more inspiring to hear a 'normal' person's story. This one is no exception.

Apr 06, 2021
Do You Know What Happens When It’s Period, The End? with Linda Condrillo

MENOPAUSE. Does that conjure up a feeling of dread? Impending doom? Linda Condrillo spent 11 years researching and publishing a book about what happens as we go through this phase.

Find out more here:

Mar 30, 2021
The Best Medicine To Prevent Mens’ Suicide

It's an unseen and unspoken killer: depression and suicide in men. It's often left to the women in their lives to get them help and support them to move forward. Find out more here:

Mar 23, 2021
How To Argue Less And Love More

Paul Sterling, best selling author and relationship coach who's appeared alongside Tony Robbins, shares his expertise on how to get the best from our relationships. Watch the video and connect with us here:

Mar 16, 2021
How to detox your life (and why it's so important)

You may not think that the kind of water you drink and shower in or the coffee cups you use has an impact on your health, until you listen to this. Find out more and connect with us here:

Mar 09, 2021
The woman who cared enough to start a charity in a foreign country before she turned 20

Lucy Obod headed off to Africa at the age of 17 and began a charity to help educate the young children there before she turned 20. Listen to Lucy and find out more about her charity The Kutamani Foundation:

Mar 02, 2021
The Ultimate Menopause Survival Guide for Husbands and Partners


Feb 23, 2021
How To Find Out What's REALLY Going On During Menopause

Did you know that mineral imbalances can be the cause of most of the symptoms of menopause? And that those imbalances don't show up in blood tests? This is how to find out what's going on in your body. Go here to do the quiz and connect with both Veronica and I:

Feb 16, 2021
Why It’s So Important To CELEBRATE Menopause

It's time to go beyond our view of old crones as unwanted, wizened hags and embrace them as they're meant to be: Wise Women.

Find out more here:

Feb 09, 2021
The Amazing Healing Power of Doodling

Jane Whittred creates art classes that both parents and children can participate in at the same time, and she did this whole taking care of a child with aspergers. Listen to her inspiring story and find out more here:

Feb 03, 2021
How to wave a magic wand andget everything you want!

Sounds like a fantasy, right? Well Karen Clark can tell you exactly how to do it. Listen to/watch the podcast and then click here to download your free tip sheet:

Jan 19, 2021
Why there is no one size fits all in counselling

Meet the delightful Shawn Matthews, a woman who really understands that there’s no ‘One Size Fits All’ when it comes to counselling and what it takes to help each of us move our lives forward or break through something that’s holding us back. And find out the one daily practise that really will change your life. Connect with us here:

Jan 12, 2021
Why We Need Multiple Income Streams (and How To Create Them)

Heather Abbot has spent her "retirement" researching potential sources of investment and now she's sharing that information with others to help them create a life of wealth. NB: Heather is NOT a financial advisor. Find out more here: 

Jan 05, 2021
How To Eat Like A French Woman with Marie-Anne LeCoeur

How on earth do French women eat all that rich food, those baguettes, croissants, amazing desserts and exquisite sauces and don’t put on any weight?

These are the things Marie-Anne wants to show you. Find out more here:

Dec 29, 2020
How to have a healthy diet WITHOUT eating kale with Kerri Robertson

If you know you need to clean up your act but the thought of eating healthy food makes you reach for the nearest chocolate bar, it's time you met Kerri Robertson. Find out more here:

Dec 22, 2020
The Massive Consequences Of Undiagnosed ADHD with Esther Nagle

Imagine going through your life feeling weird, a misfit, never good enough and hating yourself for it, only to find out when you're in your mid-40's, that you have ADHD. Most females with ADHD go undiagnosed. Find out why and what impact that has. Find out more here:

Dec 15, 2020
How To Release Chronic Stress & Trauma From Your Body with Dr Alice Kerby

Find out how trauma and how chronic stress affects our autonomic nervous system and our physiology and how we can release it. Find out more and connect with Alice here:

Dec 08, 2020
The Cheapest Way To Get Healthy (hint: it's not exercise!)

What do you do when you have a newborn baby, married to an elite athlete, on low single income while still having to provide highly nutritious meals on a very low budget? Find out how Sally Imeson created health & wellbeing for all her family, and how she survived domestic violence. Find out more here:

Dec 01, 2020
The Shocking Consequences Of A Cat Bite

How on earth does someone end up in hospital for three days, on IV antibiotics and with about 20 stitches from a cat bite? We want to know all the details.Come and join us for a bit of fun and a fair few gory details. Find out more here:

Nov 29, 2020
Why Burnout Can Be Deadly And How To Avoid It

For most of us, we expect to keep going until we drop, it's seen as a badge of honour. But what if it's actually killing us?

Find out more and connect with Leah and I here:
Nov 17, 2020
How To Use Your THREE Different Brains

Did you know that we actually have THREE different brains... if only we could learn how to listen to and develop them. Find out how in this conversation with Heidi Goodman of Minds Connect.

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Nov 10, 2020
What It's Really Like When You Get Covid

Sick of lockdown and not being able to see your friends and family? Think that maybe it's time to get back to normal? So did we. Then Alan contracted Covid. Find out what's happened.

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Nov 03, 2020
What It Takes To Be In An Open Relationship

Join me in this chat with Deb McGinnis, the creator of Open Relationship Counselling, a practice dedicated to serving those people involved in – or thinking about being in – an open relationship.

Find out more:

Oct 27, 2020
Why We Need To Free The V! with Danielle Dal Cortivo
**WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT** As a midlife mother of four, as far as I'm concerned, my relationship with my vagina is a kind of mild awareness that it's had a few intense moments and it's done its job quite nicely, thank you. That's about it. So, why has Danielle Dal Cortivo created a project called Free The V... with the "V" being Vagina? Find out more here:
Oct 20, 2020
Why You Need To Write Your Life Story

When Jo's daughter was diagnosed with cancer and the doctors started asking for family medical history, Jo realised how little they actually knew about it all. She also began to realise just how much information and experience is lost when someone passes. Now she's building a platform for people to record their stories.

Find out more here:
Oct 13, 2020
How To Lose Weight Permanently with Shari Ware

Shari Ware spent almost her entire life morbidly obese. By the time she left High School, she weighed 100kgs. At her maximum weight, she was over 180 kgs. After spending decades on the dieting roller coaster, she realised that she needed to go about things in a different way. Find out more here:
Oct 06, 2020
How To Use Yoga To Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms

Amrit Kendrick shares her knowledge on yoga, why yoga helps with things like menopause, the effects that it has on the body, and what you can do to help relieve the symptoms of menopause (or any other imbalance/disability/injury).

Go here to find out more:

Sep 29, 2020
How To Rescue Children From The Sex Trade
Imagine if your daughter went to the local town to find some casual work and ended up being held hostage, gang raped by four men then being forced to work as a prostitute and if she refused to do the work, she was gang raped until she submitted. That’s a real story from one of the children that the charity Destiny Rescue have saved. Marc Nuss tells us how they work undercover in seven countries, pretending they’re ‘Dirty Johns’, searching out children, gaining their trust and then rescuing them, giving them their destiny back. Find out more here:
Sep 22, 2020
How To Have A Relaxed And RAUNCHY Relationship with Ingrid Galloway

Bringing a bit of pizazz back into our relationships can sometimes seem a bit, um, tricky, but Ingrid Galloway has come up with a unique and intriguing way of doing exactly that. Not only that, she also helps people trying to find a new partners to help them make sure they get it right this time!

Click here to find out more and to claim your FREE 30 minute session with Ingrid:


Sep 15, 2020
How To Do Online Dating (Successfully!) In Your 40's

When Kylie decided to get back on the dating scene when she was in her mid-40's, she knew that unless she got some help, she was never going to find the right guy. So she educated herself on how to attract the man of her dreams, including which photos to use and which to avoid.

Join Kylie & me in our Facebook Group (the level of fun, love and laughter is unbelievable!):

Sep 08, 2020
Why Community is Crucial

I think that we often forget just how important community is to us and we're left feeling isolated and alone. Listen to how this woman - Casey Zhang - is creating a massive global community that is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives.

Come and join our facebook community (you won't believe the fun we have!) -

Connect with Casey here:
Sep 01, 2020
The Pain & Impact of Early Menopause

As if menopause wasn't bad enough, can you imagine going through it in your EARLY THIRTIES? Think about the implications: no kids, no hormones, a complete change of lifestyle. Join our Facebook group and connect with other midlife women here:

Aug 25, 2020
Not Fit For Human Consumption

Menopause isn't a topic for discussion until it hits, and then we're full of questions. In the first of a series about menopause, find out a little about what you can expect during menopause, where to get support and why support is crucial.

Find out more here:

Aug 18, 2020
A Love Affair Spanning Centuries
How can one love affair span centuries? Find out about all of the information and eerie coincidences that have led Victoria and her partner to believe they are Twin Flames. Find out more here: Join our Facebook group here: 
Aug 11, 2020
Why You Need To Jingle Your Spoons

You know how sometimes you just feel completely drained of energy, both emotional and physical? Well, all you need to do is jingle your spoons! Listen in to find out more.

Come and join us in our Menopause, Marriage and Motherhood Facebook Group here:

Aug 04, 2020
Why Your Child Isn't Likely To Succeed At School with Victoria Jennings

I asked Victoria a question: why did my daughter lose her creative flair in the space of a few months? and I discovered a whole new level of understanding about why our education system isn't suited to most of the population.

For more information about Victoria go here: Join the Facebook group here:
Jul 28, 2020
What Got This Woman Out Of Her Wheelchair... Permanently with Elizabeth Ann Walker

Elizabeth Ann Walker ended up in a wheelchair after a series of bungled operations. A few years later, she's out of the wheelchair - permanently - and she's transformed a popular personal development tool - Neuro Linguistic Programming - into something completely new and much more appealing to the feminine half of the population. Join our Facebook group to find out more about Elizabeth:

And check out the webpage for more information:
Jul 21, 2020
How To Spot A Toxic Coach

It's not always easy to spot a toxic coach, whether that's a life coach or a sports coach, but when you do spot it and you realise the extent of the toxicity, it can be pretty heartbreaking.

Find out more here:

Jul 14, 2020
This Is How To Live A Life of Joy with Chiara Sharp

Chiara is a professional Success & Mindset Coach as a Proctor Gallagher Consultant and specialises in Energy Healing, Vibrational Alignment, Essential Oils education, Meditation & Leadership Development.  She is Co-Founder of Joy In The Workplace.

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Jul 07, 2020
How Feng Shui Can Change Your Life with Patricia Lohan

Feng Shui isn't a kind of interior design and it can make a huge difference to people's lives. If you're looking to change direction or even find a new direction for your life, then starting with a bit of Feng Shui could be exactly the thing you're looking for. Find out why.

Jun 30, 2020
When Your Child Suffers Permanent Brain Damage

In 2015, my eldest daughter was thrown from two different horses in the space of three weeks. After spending months trying to convince doctors that she was sick, a neurologist finally confirmed that she had a Traumatic Brain Injury. Five years later, we've realised that the damage is permanent.

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Jun 23, 2020
How To Be An Awesome Person

Join me in conversation with Karly Nimmo, podcaster extraordinaire and all round amazing person, for a fabulous conversation about how to believe you're a pretty awesome person and what kind of a difference it can make in your life.

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Jun 16, 2020
What Happens When You Don't Listen To Your Kids

For eight years, Ryan tried to communicate something to his mother, but she didn't hear it. Whilst it was nothing terrible, even as a grown man, he's still left feeling like he doesn't matter.

Actually, for the most part, he's happy and remembers his childhood with nicely tinted rosy glasses, but there's still an impact.

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Jun 09, 2020
The Guilt and Grief of Midlife

By the time we reach our fifties, we're highly skilled in feeling guilty and being sad about what we've lost and will never have again. Find out: How we can recognise what's going on at any moment, how we undervalue ourselves and how to allow ourselves the freedom to do things we enjoy and not do things we think we OUGHT to do. Don't forget to subscribe!

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May 26, 2020
Things Your Kids Want To Know (But Are Too Afraid To Ask) #3: Which Child Do You Love Most?

When one of your four children wants to know which child you prefer, how do you answer? Because, let's face facts, saying "I love you all the same" is an outright lie and every child knows that. I invited my three oldest children to ask me whatever they wanted to know about their upbringing and my parenting. Which of my children I liked the most and found easiest to bring up is what my eldest son wanted to know...

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May 19, 2020
Things Your Kids Want To Know (But Are Too Afraid To Ask) #2: Why Did You Insist That You Were My Parent, Not My Friend

👩‍👧💖Have you ever wondered what your children REALLY think of your parenting style (but you’re too afraid to ask)💖👩‍👧

I had this great idea: why not ask my kids their opinions on what did and didn't work for them as they were growing up, particularly in their teenage years. I don't know whether I'm really brave, really stupid or just a glutton for punishment. In this second of the series, my 20-year old daughter came armed with a list of questions... and I wasn't prepared for some of them...

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May 12, 2020
Things Your Kids Want To Know (But Are Too Afraid To Ask) #1: How Did You Put Up With Our Teenage Years?

How do you pull a teenager out of their avid and dramatic introspection ("the whole world is against me, no one understands me!") and into understanding their place in the world, their impact on others and what's really going on is just inside their own heads. And yes, other people actually do understand them because anyone older than them has been through the whole teenage thing themselves.

So, I thought I'd ask one of my kids how, despite many setbacks and much yelling, I got that through to them and how our relationship survived their teenage years.
May 05, 2020
...And The Word for 2020 is... Connections!

Connections seems a strange description given what's happening in the world right now but somehow it seems appropriate.

I want to get honest, vulnerable and open in my connections with people. And it's not always easy...


Apr 28, 2020
...I'm only just realising how unequal women really are

I did a degree in construction back in the 80's and experienced little sex discrimination, but over the last few years, I've been getting more and more uncomfortable about things and I have this gnawing suspicion that we haven't come as far as we think we have.

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Mar 24, 2020
The Subtle Ways Women Are Silenced

I've discovered some weirdly interesting things in the last few weeks around gender inequalities. I've never been one to hark on about sex equality, I just take it for granted that I'm equal. But my recent enquiries into medical research into women (it's bizarrely behind the times) and the subtle ways women are taught to suppress their self expression, came up with a completely different story...

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Mar 17, 2020
Why Boys Need Rules

I'm going to go out on a limb here and go against current beliefs on child rearing because I believe that boys need rules. And consequences. I don't think they need conversations, though they do need to understand and be understood. To me, the "modern" way of child rearing seems to be geared more towards girls than boys and it's putting boys at a big disadvantage.

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Mar 10, 2020
How Forceps Mess Up Your Body

When I had my first child, I thought that having an assisted birth would be better than a Caesarean. 25 years later, I'm finding out just how wrong I was. A few years ago, the damage caused by the forceps was repaired using a pelvic mesh. Unfortunately, the mesh is eroded and corrupted and is massively impacting my quality of life, so it has to be removed. This is important for all women to know.

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Mar 03, 2020
Life With A Terminally Ill Child

It's one of a parent's worst nightmares: your child gets diagnosed with a terminal illness. What happens as your child goes through chemotherapy and all the struggles? How do you, as carer, deal with it? Joanna Dolan talks about the process of having a child die of cancer, how it impacts the whole family, the general lack of support available for carers in this situation and how she's helping families uncover their real medical history.

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Feb 25, 2020
Depression, Sleep, and the Need to be Social

It’s well known that insomnia can lead to depression and anxiety and vice versa, but there are a few things about sleep that I’ve discovered recently, along with the impact that social isolation can have on our mental & emotional state.

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Feb 18, 2020
Why Would You Parent Your Partner?

I got asked an interesting question: would I expect to parent my partner? I have strong opinions about this aspect of Australian culture that's always been a source of irritation for me.

Plus Part 2 of my experience during the Persistent Pain Management Program and the precursor to the upcoming operation to remove the painful pelvic mesh.


Feb 11, 2020
Persistent Pain: A Woman's Disease

Persistent and chronic pain is something that a large number of women live with from a variety of causes: migraines, fibromyalgia (Lady Gaga is a sufferer), cancer, arthritis, or, in my case, pelvic mesh that has gone horribly wrong. Persistent pain is a hidden disease, mostly because the sufferers look okay physically. We've all been told that it's all in our heads and we ought to get over it, and science is now showing that it is in fact, all in our heads, and is caused by a nervous system malfunction.

Feb 07, 2020
How To Be A Successful, Happy And Single Mother Of Five

Meet my wonderfully over-achieving friend, Stephanie C Stevenson, who can't sit still for five minutes, always seems to be happy and has managed to raise five gorgeous children... as a single parent, while holding down a high level job. And then, just because she didn't have enough to do, she took on a role as executive producer on a movie!

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Feb 04, 2020
French Life and Style with Marie-Anne LeCoeur

Meet Marie-Anne Lecoeur, her videos have more than 6 million downloads on YT & she’s an expert in:

🌟🌟 French chic and style

🌟🌟 Different body shapes

🌟🌟 Dressing to suit your body shape

🌟🌟 Healthy eating the French way

🌟🌟 Organising your home

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Jan 27, 2020
What Do You Do When You Get Cancer... Twice...?

Meet Kylie Mitchell, artist, designer and businesswoman, who overcame a brain tumour, ended her marriage, rebuilt her business, got back onto the dating scene and then discovered she had breast cancer.

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Jan 21, 2020
How To Have The Best Day Ever

In this episode, I share what got me out of the dark hole that I was in a few years ago and the things that I do to make sure that I have the best day possible.

I discovered that if I start my day doing things I don’t enjoy such as housework, screaming at kids, emptying the dishwasher, doing the laundry and that kind of thing, then I find that by the time I go to bed, all I’ve done is…

Housework, scream at kids, empty the dishwasher, do the laundry and that kind of thing.

It’s weird.

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Jan 14, 2020
Some Days, All You Can Do Is Laugh

This inaugural episode is where I give you a bit of background about me, my life, my family, the whole getting rich (and then going back to poor) thing, real estate adventures, what happened when midlife hit and why I started blogging and now podcasting. Some days, all you can do is laugh...

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Jan 07, 2020