The Ideal Life Club Podcast
#23: How do you work with your clients?

#23: How do you work with your clients?

June 19, 2019

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

This week I wanted to take some time to answer a question I was asked recently and I realised I've never actually talked about it here on the show which is a major oversight on my part so apologies for that. And the question I was asked is “how exactly do you work with your clients”.

Now the reason I consider this to be a major oversight on my part is that i’m always recommending that the business owners in my ideal life club get out there, get visible and talk about what they do, however comfortable it might make them feel. And of course you already know that I'm a life and confidence coach that I’m an author, I host this podcast and I run the ideal life Club Facebook group.

But while that explains what I do it, doesn't explain how I do it. 

So in this episode I'm sharing my simple 4-step framework for sustainable success and a piece of bonus content - 9 questions to ask yourself before you invest money with a personal coach this year.


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#22: Getting your career unstuck with Lucia Knight

#22: Getting your career unstuck with Lucia Knight

June 12, 2019

Today I’m delighted to be joined by Lucia Knight; Career Satisfaction Coach, founder of MidlifeUnstuck and author of XChange - how to torch your work treadmill, retire your boss, dump the ingrates, torment the passive-agressives, escape the toxic office, get your fierce on and design the career that lets you live, love and laugh after 40. Which might just be the best book title ever!

Lucia combines her head-hunting, management, coaching and psychology experience to help other mid-lifers to write a new career future that includes more satisfying and enjoyable work.

In our interview, you’ll hear why Lucia believes more education isn’t always the answer when you’re feeling dissatisfied in your business or career, the importance of understanding your personal ‘superpowers’ to guide you and a cool framework for finding out what YOUR superpowers are. We also talk about the difficulties she had in stepping out into the world as a new business owner, the reasons we stay often stay stuck in a job we don’t love and the steps we should - and shouldn’t - take when that happens.

Lucia also shares some of her favourite apps and books in this episode and as always you’ll find all the links in the shownotes at

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#21: 7 strategies to break free of your inner judge & jury

#21: 7 strategies to break free of your inner judge & jury

June 5, 2019


Ok, I admit it, I’m a HUGE fan of courtroom dramas. I love the glamour and drama, the swagger and wordsmithery of the legal teams, the tension of the final decision by a jury.

And it got me thinking this week about how many of us live our lives in a courtroom because we’re constantly putting ourselves on trial!

So, in today's episode, I'm sharing 7 simple strategies to help you break free of YOUR inner judge and jury. 


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#20 How to stop criticism crashing your confidence

#20 How to stop criticism crashing your confidence

May 30, 2019

Today I wanted to tackle another topic that I’ve seen show up time and again for my coaching clients - how to deal with criticism. It's so easy to let other people’s opinions make us doubt ourselves and stop us in our tracks! Listen in as I share my top tips for stopping criticism from crashing your confidence.


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#19 Living a tailored life with designer Dara Ford

#19 Living a tailored life with designer Dara Ford

May 23, 2019

Today I’m delighted to be joined by Dara Ford, fashion designer and contemporary bespoke tailor for women.

As a teenager, Dara became an apprentice to Haute Couturier Elise Topell and then studied Fashion Design at the University of Westminster in London. Her Graduate collection featured in the Guardian and Evening Standard newspapers and she worked on collections for Julien MacDonald shown at London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. After graduating, she worked in the fashion industry for several years but left behind the fast-paced world of designer fashion to pursue a slower, more sustainable path. She was tired of the limited view of beauty she saw in the world around her and wanted to create clothing that would cater to women of any age, shape and style. And so Dara Ford Designs was born. Dara’s motto is There is no perfect size. There is only the perfect fit.

In this interview, Dara shares her passion for encouraging women to make themselves a priority and her mission to help women feel great, especially at work, so they can boost their confidence, play bigger and get into the top levels of their businesses.

She also talks about how joining a networking group was a turning point for her in terms of support and the transformation she had after investing in a coach to boost her mindset, set clear goals and take action in her business with someone cheering her on.

Dara opens up about the biggest roadblock you’ll face when starting a new business (and how to overcome it), how she continues to work on overcome her own confidence issues, perfectionism and self-doubt (something that I’m sure will resonate with all of us) and shares her productivity tips, including the top 3 apps she uses on a daily basis.

And as always you’ll find all the links for this episode in the show notes at






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Dara's top apps: Toggl / Todoist / Lucky Bitch app

#18: Exercise and my mental health journey

#18: Exercise and my mental health journey

May 16, 2019

Welcome back to The Ideal Life Club Podcast. As this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, I’m sharing a special interview I did with Louise Humphrey for the Weekly YouTube Show - Pilates for Busy People.

Louise Humphrey has been teaching pilates for 17 years and is the owner and founder of Studio 44 Pilates, an online membership for Pilates practice with 10 minute only videos so there’s no excuse about fitting into your daily life. Louise is passionate about keeping the nation moving and in her weekly YouTube show she shares tips and ideas for adding movement and time for you into your busy day. In this episode of the show, specially recorded for #mentalhealthawarenessweek, she interviews me about how moving my body daily was such an important part of my mental health journey.


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#17: Baking passion into your business with Liz Wilson

#17: Baking passion into your business with Liz Wilson

May 8, 2019

Today I’m joined by Liz Wilson, a teacher, passionate home cook and the founder of Ma Baker, an award-winning Bread Bakery.

In 2014 Liz split up with her long term partner and father of her three children. She found myself in a small house, working at the local primary school. She took a bread course as a treat, became bread obsessed overnight and eventually Ma Baker was born. She now bakes, sells and delivers up to 100 loaves on a bake day and teach bread classes 3-4 times a week that are transforming people’s lives. She’s won World Bread Awards, Great Taste Awards and was voted Best Sole Trader at the 2018 British Business Awards.

In this fascinating interview Liz shares the challenges that she’s faced starting her own business, the expectations and pressures that she had to deal with working from home, the practices that keep her sane and how she’s managed to create a work/life balance that works for her and her family. Liz’s passion for what she does and for serving her community is SO infectious and I know you’re going to love the discussions we get in to and the tips that Liz shares for starting and running a business including setting boundaries with your children, knowing when to say ‘no’, when to push forward and when take your foot OFF the pedal and how to promote your business without being sleazy or salesy. She also shares some specific tips for starting a food-based business which are golden!

But before we get started, I have to apologise for the sound at the beginning of this interview, Liz and couldn’t figure out what was causing the noise! Turns out it was the fan on Liz’s laptop… who knew it could be so loud! Stick with us though because we do fix it just a few minutes in. Progress not perfection right? But I know it’s hard to listen to podcasts when the sound isn’t 100% great so thank you for persevering with us.






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#16: Self doubt and comparing ourselves with others

#16: Self doubt and comparing ourselves with others

May 1, 2019

Hey there and welcome back to The Ideal Life Club Podcast. I’m you’re host Michelle Reeves and today I want to chat about something that comes up time again both for my coaching clients and in our Facebook Group. In fact, it’s one of the most common issues that women in business face - self-doubt and comparing ourselves with other people. 

Have you ever suffered from comparisonitis? It's so easy to compare ourselves with others but it can REALLY hold us back. So in this episode, I'm sharing why self-doubt and comparisonitis often go hand in hand and the key strategies we can use to get back on track - comparison doesn't have to be the thief of joy!


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#15: Empowering other women with Charlie Day

#15: Empowering other women with Charlie Day

April 24, 2019

Today I’m joined by former actress turned entrepreneur Charlie Day, co-founder of the franchise business Sounds Right Phonics Classes For Kids.

Sounds Right Phonics has grown from just a few classes a week to now over 40 franchises in the UK and with plans to take the business overseas, Charlie is INCREDIBLY busy. But she and her sister were always keen to ensure that their work fit around their lives as parents, and this led to their ethos and passion for empowering other women and creating flexible working opportunities for Mums.

In this candid interview, Charlie shares the tips she’s learned about being more productive including how to plan in self-care, goal-setting, time management and overcoming the fears we all have as women in business, even though she’s not naturally an organised person herself. She also talks about the importance of having a personal support community and how her training as an actress helps her deal with ‘performing’ as an entrepreneur.

And full disclosure, I have to apologise for the few ‘bongs’ you’ll hear from Charlie’s notifications - she’s a busy lady for sure!

Charlie was such fun to interview and I have to mention up front her that she is a HUGE fan of Rachel Hollis so a big shout out to her and I will put all the links that Charlie and I mention in the show notes for this episode at

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#14: Bonus Episode - free chapters from The Happiness Habits Transformation

#14: Bonus Episode - free chapters from The Happiness Habits Transformation

April 17, 2019

It’s been so much fun sharing my book The Happiness Habits Transformation at events in the UK this year and today you're getting to listen to the first two chapters here on this bonus episode of The Ideal Life Club Podcast.

Also, as a special extra bonus for my listeners, I’m giving away 3 copies of The Happiness Habits Transformation. For your chance to win, share this podcast episode on social media with the hashtag #HAPPINESSHABITSTRANSFORMATIONBOOK and tag me. I’ll announce the winners on the podcast on April 25th. So tune in next week to see if you’re one of the winners.

This episode is brought to you by my book The Happiness Habits Transformation - what if your routine could make you happier every single day? Order your copy on Amazon here:

(Prize Draw Terms & conditions: one entry per social media channel (max 3 entries per person, one on each channel below), over 18s only, not transferable, no cash alternative, only entries which tag me and include the hashtag above will be included in the random draw.)