The Ideal Life Club Podcast
#27: The What, How and Why of Vision Boards

#27: The What, How and Why of Vision Boards

July 17, 2019

Hey there and welcome back to The Ideal Life Club Podcast. Have you ever created a vision board? If not, or if you haven't always been satisfied with your results, today's episode is for you. I’ll be sharing why you should have a vision board, what it is (and what it isn't), the steps you must take before you get creative, how you can use vision boards powerfully in different areas of your life to empower and drive your vision, and exactly what tools and materials you need to get started.

Plus there’s a great freebie for this episode that you can download to help you get started creating your OWN vision board TODAY.


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#26: Making BIG life changes with Juliet McGrattan

#26: Making BIG life changes with Juliet McGrattan

July 11, 2019

One of my goals for The Ideal Life Club 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. They live their dreams and empower others while staying true to themselves. And this week's episode is NO exception featuring the amazing @julietmcgrattan.

Following a 16 year career as a GP, Dr Juliet McGrattan took a long hard look at her life. Taking a career break led to a complete life change where she has had to overcome financial challenges, fears about other people’s opinions and guilt about leaving her GP practice. She is now the author of an amazing book which I think is a must-have for any woman’s bookshelf, the global women’s health lead and UK Director of running organisation 261 Fearless and a passionate advocate for improving women’s health through being active.

In our interview, you’ll hear how Juliet discovered the transferable skills she didn’t realise she had when changed careers, how making mistakes and was an important part of learning the NEW skills she needed and some top tips for staying productive without working ALL the hours. Juliet also shares how much exercise we REALLY need to do each week to stay healthy and just how easy that can be to build that into our working day.


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#25: How to hit your goals for the rest of 2019 without sacrificing your summer or your sanity

#25: How to hit your goals for the rest of 2019 without sacrificing your summer or your sanity

July 3, 2019

Can you believe it's the middle of the year? With my two little people already on Summer vacation, I've been planning how I'm going to get ALL the things done while still having a ton of fun with the kids. If that resonates with you, you'll love this episode where I'm sharing how I make sure I hit my top goals for the rest of 2019 without sacrificing the summer or my sanity. I walk you step by step how to review where you are right now, where you want to get to and how to get there - grab your journal because this is an actionable episode for sure!


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#24: Finding your community with Laura Ludlow

#24: Finding your community with Laura Ludlow

June 26, 2019

Have you ever felt 'alone' in your business? Or had a burning question you wish you could ask someone in a supportive space without feeling stupid or paying a huge consulting fee? If you have you are definitely not alone and you will love this week's episode of The Ideal Life Club podcast with Laura Ludlow, founder of one of my favourite networking communities, DiscovHer.

We dive deep into what led Laura to create this unique membership group including her journey from corporate life to successful business owner and the challenges she faced as a new Mum without the support network she craved.

Listen out for Laura's refreshing perspective on work/life balance, the apps that help her most in her business and the #1 piece of advice that she'd give to any aspiring entrepreneur.


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#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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