The Ideal Life Club Podcast
#53: How to boost your image with Kate Evans

#53: How to boost your image with Kate Evans

April 1, 2020

Hey there, Michelle here and welcome back to The Ideal Life Club Podcast.

Ok, so if you’re a regular listener you’ll know that one of my goals for this podcast is to share real-life stories of women who have overcome challenges to live their ideal life or help others to do just that. My aim with these interviews is to inspire YOU to find your passion, step out into your power, set yourself exciting goals and know that you have the strength inside you to overcome your challenges and start living YOUR ideal life.

Today I’m joined by one of the loveliest and wisest women I’ve had the pleasure to meet over the past year. Kate Evans is an image consultant and life coach with over 14 years experience helping her clients to look, feel and be the most confident and effective version of themselves.

Following a background in teaching and interior design, Kate had her colours done and loved having a plan to work with when she was choosing her clothes - knowing what styles and colours suited her made shopping for outfits so much easier. In fact she loved it so much she trained as an image consultant.

In our interview you’ll hear how, following a personal crisis in her family, Kate had to accelerate her business way faster than she was expecting to and is now booked out months in advance. You’ll hear her personal rant about fashion influencers, and if you’re someone who’s interested in diversifying your income and pivoting into different channels you will love listening to Kate share how as well as working with one to one clients she now runs an online membership program for people who want instant help and advice as well as working with corporations, helping their employees tap into the transformative power of a carefully considered working wardrobe, dress professionally and in a style that’s aligned with how their company wants to be represented.

You’ll also hear about the six daily habits and practices Kate uses to keep herself productive while working from home. And of course I had to take the opportunity to pick Kate’s brain for her top tips to overcome the challenges we, as business owners, have dressing to represent our brands… she has some great advice you don’t want to miss here and we also talk about what happens if you make a change like cutting your hair - something close to my heart right now which you’ll know if you follow me over on Instagram.

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#52: Passive income 101 with Lisa Johnson

#52: Passive income 101 with Lisa Johnson

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#51: Staying proactive in a crisis with Charlie Day

#51: Staying proactive in a crisis with Charlie Day

March 18, 2020

 Today in this bonus episode, I wanted to reach out to anyone feeling overwhelmed...

With the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the globe, schools closing, travel plans being cancelled and the situation around us changing daily, it's no wonder that many business owners, and particularly small business owners are starting to feel overwhelmed and anxious about how to keep their businesses going.

There's a lot which is out of our control at the moment and clearly we're having to react to decisions which have been made for might have a big impact on us. But that doesn't mean that we can't do anything.

So I wanted to record this bonus episode for you with award-winning entrepreneur, Charlie Day, a multiple business owner with over 60 franchisees, to share some strategies that you can use to stay proactive in your business during this challenging time.



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#50: Top tips roundup to celebrate our 50th episode

#50: Top tips roundup to celebrate our 50th episode

March 11, 2020

Well now let me just say that today's is an extra special episode because it is our 50th show - I can’t believe it! I’m so grateful to you for listening and sharing your thoughts and comments since I launched the show in January 2019. It’s been my absolute pleasure sharing the journeys of some incredible women in business and I know that you’ve loved hearing about the challenges that they’ve faced and how they overcame them.

So to celebrate our half-century (that just makes me tingle even as I’m saying it), I thought it would be fun to do something a little different for this week’s show and share some of my favorite tips from the top 10 episodes so far.

Now, frankly I had to cut this episode right down because I could have just gone on and on for hours, there are so many great tips in ALL the shows, but I know your time is precious and I do try to keep each episode under an hour for you so that you can listen at the gym or when you’re driving as I know many of you are.

So I went into the show statistics (which I can do at Podbean, my podcast hosting platform, which I absolutely recommend if starting a podcast is on your goals list this year by the way) and I picked out the top 10 shows in terms of the number of downloads that they had - interestingly 7 of those were interviews and 3 were the shows that I record for you with my own hints and tips - but anyway, these are the shows that YOU, my listeners, have voted for with your ears so that felt like a good way to cut down the list. 

Enjoy the show!


Plus to make this episode EXTRA special I’m running a giveaway where one of my UK listeners will receive a bundle of goodies. Full details are on my instagram page at:


#49: Being a working parent with Heather Rutherford

#49: Being a working parent with Heather Rutherford

March 4, 2020

When I was working in my corporate career I never anticipated that I’d be running my own coaching business one day, but if I had, I know I would have wondered how easy it would be to make that transition. 

My guest today did just that, switching careers from a successful career in finance and working on a trading floor to running her own business in a completely different industry. Following personal parenting struggles, Heather Rutherford launched The Parenting Partnership to help parents overcome the challenges that parenting throws at us.

In our interview you’ll hear the key practices Heather has to make sure she stays productive when she works from home, the very first steps she took to get started in her business, the importance of being visible, even when it’s scary and knowing when and where to ask for help to move up to the next level in our own businesses. 

As a parenting coach Heather also shares invaluable tips for those of us who are working parents, how to balance work and family without parental guilt and how to come back from those tricky times when things don’t go to plan.

I had some real light bulb moments chatting with Heather. For example when she said if we point out all the things our kids get right, we’ll get more of what we’re looking for but that the OPPOSITE is true too. I don’t know about you but I am definitely guilty of that sometimes. And the other light bulb moment for me was the concept of our kids practicing dropping their guard and perhaps behaving in a way that we don’t want in the safe space that we create for them at home and how if we remain calm and don’t take that behavior personally it helps them learn how to manage their emotions. I just loved hearing all Heather’s wisdom and will definitely be putting her tips into practice.


#48: Own your health with tech founder Sarah Bolt

#48: Own your health with tech founder Sarah Bolt

February 26, 2020

Today’s guest is the founder of a business which is empowering women to take ownership of their health and fitness. Sarah Bolt is the founder of Forth - a company which enables you to measure and optimize your health with at home blood test kits, with analysis at accredited labs and an unrivaled results dashboard that helps you understand the health markers that really matter. Sarah is at the forefront of a movement which sees people beginning to turn from passive recipients of healthcare to active consumers of preventative care. This is a subject that is close to my heart as I have personal experience of managing two medical conditions proactively without any medication.

In our interview you’ll hear how Sarah realized she wasn’t living her ideal life and how she motivated herself to pivot towards her goals, you’ll hear how she had to step out of her comfort zone to convince people to invest in her business and the mindset challenges that led to, the bad habits that she had to break and her key tips for raising funding for your business. 

Now, let me just say that even if you’re not planning to use crowdfunding or another route to get investment in your business Sarah shares so much wisdom in this interview that I know you’re still going to get a LOT of out it. And as always I’ll pop all the links into the shownotes at so don’t worry if you’re at the gym or driving, as I know a lot of you are when you listen to the show, because you can grab all the details later on.

I hope you enjoy this episode! If you do it would mean the world to me if you could rate and review it on iTunes so that more amazing women can find the show. Thank you!


#47: The business of empowering parents and kids with Cai Graham

#47: The business of empowering parents and kids with Cai Graham

February 12, 2020

Today I have a fellow author and coach on the show and someone who I respect SO much, in fact I’m reading her book right now and soaking up all the knowledge. Cai Graham is a parent, parenting coach, therapist, founder of Peak Parenting and author of The Teen Toolbox, an invaluable resource to equip parents and teenager with the tools for navigating adolescence.

Cai has a degree in Business and was an IT project manager before she became a mother, when she quit her city role and eventually set up her first passion-based business as a family photographer until her father sadly passed away. It was working with a life coach that showed her that her values for her work and life were very different and she gave herself permission to do something that she felt passionate about - being a life coach for women. Over time she realised that there was a gap in the market for supporting parents with teenage children. 

As you’ll hear in our interview, Cai’s journey  mission is to empower parents and teenagers with the tools to navigate what can traditionally be a challenging time, to create a mentally healthier and happier generation of young people. How incredible is that? And as you can imagine Cai has so much wisdom and some great top tips to share so grab your journal and a pen because you’re not going to want to miss them!



#46: BONUS EPISODE: another free chapter of my book

#46: BONUS EPISODE: another free chapter of my book

February 5, 2020

Today I have another special bonus episode for you. It was so much fun sharing my book The Happiness Habits Transformation at events around the UK last year and back in episode #14 I shared two chapters with you right here. Well today, I’m sharing another chapter - this time it’s all about my 3rd happiness habit. 

I’m still so proud of this book, it’s was endorsed by Dr Juliet Mcgrattan, health expert and author and also by Vicki Psarias Broadbent founder of the multi-award winning website Honest Mum, who full disclosure is a pal of mine, and she said it was “a brilliantly engaging practical guide on changing your mindset and improving your life.” Thank you so much ladies, I’m blown away by your lovely words.

But to be honest writing this book wasn’t that easy. Going back and reliving my journey and personal experience of depression to share how I rebuilt my life through a combination of 8 simple happiness habits took me right back to that point in my life when I was at ROCK BOTTOM.

Ten years ago I quit my corporate job in marketing, my husband and I put our lives into storage and travelled 5500 miles around the world to Shanghai in China where our exciting future lay before us, full of wonder and possibilities. 

But fast forward 24 months and I was unrecognisable to myself, let alone anyone else, in the grips of post natal depression with a six month old baby who’d been born prematurely and not slept much since, a shell of the confident woman I’d once been.

And now, 10 years on, here I am, a certified life and business coach, author and podcast host, working with incredible entrepreneurs who are making huge changes in their businesses AND their lives. It’s incredible and something I’m so so grateful for.

And that’s very relevant to today’s episode as you’ll see that my 3rd happiness habit is all about having an attitude of gratitude. I hope you enjoy it!

Buy The Happiness Habits Transformation on Amazon here

#45: Healthy mind, healthy body with Josie Buck

#45: Healthy mind, healthy body with Josie Buck

January 29, 2020

Josie Buck is the founder of The Mindful Cook, which brings together Josie’s love for food and cooking with her expertise in eating psychology and applied nutrition to help other women nurture a better relationship with food. Through her online courses, retreats and coaching Josie is empowering others to leave behind yo yo diets and faddy trends with the knowledge they need to make the right food choices for their body’s needs.

I don’t know about you but I’ve REALLY struggled in the past with knowing what to eat to counteract indigestion and food intolerances - there is so much information out there and it can be pretty confusing right? But Josie is great at laying everything out so simply, which I just love.

In our interview you’ll hear how we met for sure, but also how losing a dear friend became a catalyst for Josie to make a HUGE shift in her life and work, the courageous step that led her to finally find her passion and purpose and how that translated into launching her dream business. And you’re going to want to have a notebook ready because Josie shares some top nutrition tips straight from her online program “Healthy Mind, Healthy Body” including what most people need more of and what we should avoid.




#44: The Messy Middle

#44: The Messy Middle

January 22, 2020

One of the things you might not know about me is that I love public speaking. That’s not to say it doesn’t scare the pants off me sometimes, because I get just as nervous as anyone when I’m on stage, but I just love sharing the lessons I’ve learned and helping others to live their best life. Last year I was lucky enough to be invited to be the keynote speaker at the What’s On 4 Kids Business Huddle Conference, where I spoke about a concept that I call ‘The Messy Middle’. 

The Messy Middle is that space between those exciting ideas we have as business owners or creators and actually seeing them come to life. It’s where fear sits, it’s where doubt sits, it’s where failure sits. But there IS a way through the messy middle and that’s what I shared in this talk. I thought it would be fun to share with you in today’s episode too. 

Now, this was a live talk so you’ll hear some laughter and clapping and the sound is a bit different to what you might be use to on the show, but I hope you still enjoy it. Oh and do listen out for a story I tell about my close encounter with a major soccer team.


My book: The Happiness Habits Transformation