The Ideal Life Club Podcast
#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.

SHOWNOTES: michellereevescoaching.com/listen

#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 michellereevescoaching.com/listen 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!

SHOWNOTES: michellereevescoaching.com/listen

#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!

SHOWNOTES: michellereevescoaching.com/47

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#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.

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SHOW NOTES: michellereevescoaching.com/listen

CONNECT WITH JOSIE: themindfulcook.co.uk

#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.

SHOWNOTES: michellereevescoaching.com/listen

My book: The Happiness Habits Transformation

#43: Anger management with Tanya Heasley

#43: Anger management with Tanya Heasley

January 15, 2020

From a difficult childhood to an award-winning anger management coaching business, Tanya Heasley is a perfect example of how you can transform a negative personal experience into your purpose and passion, and I’m delighted to have her on the show today.

Tanya combines anger management, counselling, coaching and positive psychology (and yes she has trained in ALL of these areas and more) to help young people, parents and teachers to deal with their own challenging emotions and behaviours.

In our interview you’ll hear the steps Tanya takes to overcome the negative beliefs which can hold us all back - including her fabulous superhero post, which I love - how she changed the structure of her business so that a percentage of her profits could help young people who couldn’t otherwise access her services and how one particular internal dialogue can be so destructive for us all.

You’ll also hear how Tanya stays productive and focused even though structure and discipline don’t come naturally to her, who inspires her in her business plus key tips we can all use to help us manage our anger better.

As always you’ll find all the links for connecting with Tanya in the show notes at michellereevescoaching.com/listen

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#42: Resolution Revolution!

#42: Resolution Revolution!

January 8, 2020

Welcome back to The Ideal Life Club Podcast and welcome to not only a shiny new year but a brand new decade!

Now, one thing you’ve probably already heard a lot about over the past week or two is New Year’s resolutions. I’ve already lost count of all the conversations I’ve overheard or had with clients and friends resolving to lose weight, get healthy, find a new job or finally feel successful in their businesses.

Well I’m calling TIME on all that. In fact, I want to start a resolution revolution! No more New Years resolutions. Ok, I know this is going to make me sound all baa humbug like a New Year Mrs Scrooge but I’m serious because for 92% of people resolutions just don’t work.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make change in our lives and businesses, most of us have some sort of fresh start in mind this time of year and I’m all for that, but today I'm chatting about some key reasons why resolutions DON’T work and some very specific steps we can take to make lasting change instead.

Download the transcript for this episode by heading to the shownotes page at michellereevescoaching.com/listen

#41: PR power with Caroline Macdonald

#41: PR power with Caroline Macdonald

December 18, 2019

Today on the final episode of The Ideal Life Club podcast for 2019, I’m joined by a business powerhouse… from a baptism of fire at the age of 24, turning around a loss-making wine bar to profit in the heart of London, to founding and running guerrilla comms agency Oggadoon PR, Caroline Macdonald’s entrepreneurial journey is a lesson in learning the fundamentals of business and applying those principles, alongside your values, goals and a whole heap of self-belief, to create a unique, successful and inspiring enterprise of your own.

In our interview, Caroline shares the importance of creating something that allowed for a balance between her work and life, refusing to compromise on her own values, her belief that while we don’t have to be alpha-females to be successful, we do have an Achilles heel as women in business and what that is, why PR isn’t just a nice-to-have and some must-have tips for all small businesses who want to promote themselves in the media including what journalists are really looking for.

I couldn't have wished for a better episode to round off 2019! Enjoy listening and see you in the New Year x

SHOWNOTES: michellereevescoaching.com/listen

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#40: 3 ‘take-now’ steps to lay the foundations for success in 2020

#40: 3 ‘take-now’ steps to lay the foundations for success in 2020

December 11, 2019

So assuming you’re listening to this episode when it goes live, we have 12 days until Christmas. And while I don’t have a partridge in a pear tree for you today, I do have a gift of sorts. And I really do love this time of year actually, especially the promise of a new year coming up and planning ahead for all the fun things I want to do in my business. 

But there is a natural tendency, I think, for us to start going into hibernation mode in December. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the feeling of hunkering down, sitting in front of a fire, relaxing and daydreaming about what's going to be exciting in the upcoming year and all those goals and plans. But I also want to just offer to you that that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s too late for you to do anything productive over the next few weeks.

You still have a great opportunity to lay the foundations for your future success. So today I’m sharing 3 steps you can take now, before 2020 begins, to kick that off.