Episode 48 - Katie Manos finally made the decision to start her own business in lockdown!

Katie admits she seems to like to do things the hard way! She had always wondered about running her own business but never believed it was possible.  Like many people along came covid and redundancy which gave her the push to think more seriously about it and take the leap. Having taken the leap she then discovered that she pregnant. Gill finds out the challenges she faced growing a new business and having a new baby! https://www.littlelibrabotanicals.co.uk/


Episode 47- Sam Balshaw is a 'foodie' and also known on social media as Hungrywomancooks.

Gill chats to Sam about how she has time to prepare and cook a different meal everyday on social media especially as she has a very different full time job! They work out, whilst chatting, how the skills and discipline needed for Sam's career is actually very much part of her cooking and who she is. Plenty of laughs in this podcast but how did they go from chatting about cooking to having a wee?! Instagram @hungrywomancooks.


Episode 46 - Catching up with Zoe Lane 18 months on from having major health issues. 

Gill first chatted to Zoe Lane in episode 2 about how as a result of a major health issue she was told she needed a stoma permanently and how she coped with it. Later she was told it could possibly be reversed and it was. Zoe, 18 months on, talks about how she went from surviving to thriving both in her personal life and career. 

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Episode 45 - Chatting to Maggie Blagrove about wild water swimming, the benefits to mental health and woolly hats! 

Maggie had been an open water or wild swimmer before she was made redundant. Realising the benefits of being in cold water and out in nature she wanted other people to be able to share a similar experience, particularly marginalised communities. Hence her idea of building an inclusive and outdoor community became a reality when she started https://www.openmindsactive.org/


Episode 44 - Gill is joined by Janey Holliday her good friend and co-coach 

 With the addiction to our phones and social media usage on the increase and small business owners chasing 'the pot of gold at the end of the algorithm rainbow' Gill and Janey decided enough was enough! They're launching a new project called 'The Escape Route' looking at different ways to live your life and run your business enabling you to take back control. They will be exploring all aspects of modern technology both positive and negative on people's lives. https://janeyholliday.com/


Episode 43 - Gill chats to naturopath and nutritionist Dawn Rolls. 

Dawn had always been interested in alternative medicine with her Mum being a homeopath. At the age of 40 she decided to completely change careers and become a naturopath and nutritionist. It took 4 years of juggling her studies alongside working and looking after her young family. Gill finds out exactly what a naturopath is and what type of client Dawn helps. http://headintobalance.co.uk/


Episode 42 - Talking to Chris Tibbetts about his lifetime battle with a food addiction. 

Following a sudden change in his family when he was younger Chris developed an emotional relationship with food which nearly killed him. He talks openly about his life and the challenges he has faced to overcome his addiction to food and be in recovery. He realised that as an addict diets were not the solution so he had to make some big decisions and choices about his life. He now helps others with their addiction. https://transform365.co.uk/


Episode 41 - Chatting to Anna Logue owner of clothes brand Vivaansie. 

Busy Mum of 3 and business owner, Anna Logue shares how she came to start her online clothing business. Having previously been an estate agent she had no formal business training, experience in retail or creative type of qualification. She talks of the benefits of running her own business but also the challenges she faced and had to overcome which nearly made her gave up. https://vivaansie.com/


Episode 40 - Gill finds out from Bhavik Patel what it takes to be an entrepreneur. 

Entrepreneur and podcast host of 'Bigger than the Hustle' Bhavik was working in the corporate world when he decided to set up his own business with a friend. Several businesses later he realised that although he had the trappings of wealth it was just the 'veneer of a good life' and he could't do it anymore. Gill finds out what happened next and how he rebuilt his life 'one cell at a time'. Instagram @bhavikp.limitless 

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Episode 39 - Gill chats to Bethan Winn about her move to Perth, Australia and 'critical thinking'.

Bethan was living and working as a teacher in London when she and her partner (now husband) thought 'there has to be more to life than this!'. A move to Perth, Australia followed and after having her 2 children, Bethan is now running her own critical thinking training business. Gill finds out exactly what is 'critical thinking', how does she promote her business and 'the Repair Lab' which Bethan also started in her local area. https://www.bethanwinn.com.au/

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Episode 38 - Gill talks to The Speaking Mentor Chris Murphy. 

When Gill first met Chris he was living in London and running a physiotherapy training company but roll forward a few years and he is now living in Kent and is The Speaking Mentor. Gill wants to know what exactly is a Speaking Mentor as she digs deeper to find out what happened to make Chris have such a big change in his life and career. www.thespeakingmentor.co.uk/


Episode 37 - Gill talks to Ros Ball author of The Gender Agenda.

Having worked in various roles for the BBC and having had two children Ros Ball wrote, The Gender Agenda. Gill finds out what was the motivation behind it and how it came to be published. She discovers that two of Ros's passions are: equality, especially for women, as well as gardening. Ros is also in the process of writing and crowd funding the publication of her next book  'Women Who Won'. If you would like to help Ros in her crowd funding go to Unbound.com


Episode 36 - Gill talks to natural movement coach Wendy Welpton

Gill talks to Wendy about her mental and physical journey from being addicted to running, living with chronic pain to being able to move naturally. Wendy was in her early 40's and a busy Mum of 3 boys when she sustained an injury to her back that halted her in her tracks. She shares how she was determined not to give up finding a solution and, in the process found a new career as a natural movement coach.  https://www.reclaimmovement.co.uk/  Photo  courtesy of: @pirhanaphotography

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Episode 35 - Gill chats to Stefan Buczacki about how he became a gardening expert and prolific writer. 

Gill finds out what lead Stefan to leave a career in research to become an expert on Gardener's Question Time and a writer of over 60 books. They chat about: gardening, being a writer, his love of mycology (fungi and mushrooms), their joint dislike of 'cosmetic horticulture' and Stefan's recent venture into writing his first novel, 'The Marmalade Pot'.  www.stefanbuczacki.co.uk/


Episode 34 - In this episode Gill talks to grief coach Maryline Favreliere.

What is it about grief that makes it so hard for us to talk about it? Gill finds out from Maryline what type of situations and circumstances, that are often dismissed or ignored, can cause us to grieve. Maryline shares her own story and explains how unresolved grief, that we are often unaware of, can cause problems later in life and needs to be dealt with. She shares ways in which we can find our way through the grieving process and also help / support others to face their own grief. 

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Episode 33 - Gill catches up with her friend Paul Tizzard - The Fear of Flying coach. 

Gill and Paul were both cabin crew in their previous roles but with different airlines and met some years later.  Gill finds out what motivated Paul to set up the Virgin course many years ago to help people overcome their fear of flying. He decided to stop but now, a few years later, is offering smaller more bespoke designed courses. Gill discovers what changed his mind and how he came to develop his new approach as the Fear of Flying Coach.  https://www.paultizzard.co.uk/    https://www.lovefly.co.uk/


Episode 32 - Gill chats to Jessica Florence May a young professional performer who graduated during 2020.  

Having faced personal challenges to even get to achieve her dream of becoming a performer Jessica then had to face graduating during 2020 and all that it meant. Her final performance before graduation which would have served as a show reel, as well letting any potential agents come and watch, was cancelled. Her new industry was closed with no chance of work. Jess tells her story of the highs and lows and what it's taken to keep pushing forward.  

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Episode 31 - Gill chats to TV presenter, journalist and broadcaster Eamonn Holmes. 

Back at the end of 2019 Gill, her husband Clive and Eamonn were out for a walk with his dog Maggie. The conversation lead, amongst other things, to single use plastic, the state of the planet and what would need to happen to change it. Little did they know what was to happen. This episode is a continuation of that conversation, what they have discovered about themselves through 2020, the important role pets play in their lives and the memories it has brought back from their childhood. 


Episode 30 - Gill looks back on 2020 and forward to 2021 with her good friend and co-coach Janey Holliday. 

Gill and Janey chat about what the arrival and impact of Covid meant for them both personally and professionally through 2020. They share how they maintained a good mindset throughout, using their skills to remain positive and be in a good position to help others. With the approach of 2021 they chat about how they are preparing for the year, not only with setting new 'directions', but also ensuring their coping strategies are still the right ones. 


Episode 29 - Gill chats to Harriet Campina about the pros and cons of living in the Algarve. 

Little did Harriet know how much a girl's weekend away in the Algarve would change her whole life. Harriet was living in London, divorced and with a young daughter when she and some friends went away for a break. She met and fell in love with Miguel. Gill finds out about the pros and cons of marrying and living in the Algarve for over 10 years with a young family, as well as helping Miguel build  "Maria's" into a successful restaurant. Instagram @Marias_algarve 


Episode 28 - Gill talks to friend Sally Nye about her new seed initiative Cultivating Change.

Sally used to be a geography teacher until a series of back operations meant she had to give up teaching. She lost her purpose in life and struggled both physically and mentally until she joined BEST, an online coaching programme for women and met Gill. Through a series of events and, still wanting to help people, she has created Cultivating Change, a new seed donation initiative to bring people together through growing their own veg. https://www.cultivatingchange.co.uk/

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Episode 27 - Gill chats to musician Graeme Taylor about being in a band spanning 40 years and all the years in between!

Graeme first picked up a guitar at 11 and taught himself how to play. He only ever wanted to play music and so did exactly that! He joined Gryphon 40 years ago and they have just released their latest album. Gill wants to know what else happened in those intervening years and how Graeme came to set up and run his own recording studio - Morden Shoals.  http://www.thegryphonpages.com/ 


Episode 26 - What has happened to Honor's gite business in the south of France since Gill chatted to her in January?

Honor was Gill's very first podcast guest in January and they chatted all about her thriving gite business in the South of France. Covid and lockdown meant no guests. Gill finds out what Honor did, how she has survived and developed a whole new business. They also chat about how Honor has taken up the baton on being an 'authentic' mature woman on social media.  https://www.maisondelaroche.com/


Episode 25 - Gill finds out about the traits and behaviours of a narcissist from divorce coach Janet Henson. 

When she was going through her divorce Janet was looking for support from someone objective to help her understand what was happening and navigate her way through. She realised that she had been in a co-dependent relationship with a narcissist and learnt how to understand and deal with the behaviours through her divorce. Janet explains the traits of a narcissist and the reason people become co-dependent in the relationship, having believed things were their fault.  https://jhdivorcecoaching.com/

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Episode 24 - Gill talks to poet Irina Childs and discovers how she finally followed her passion. 

Irina grew up in Romania with a mixture of logical and creative thinkers surrounding her. Writing poetry was the one constant through her life - from childhood to a career in the corporate world. A chance meeting lead her to publish her first poetry book and eventually take the decision to follow her passions as an author, leader and educator.  https://www.irinaechilds.com/

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Episode 23 - Gill finds out from Sophie Black what inspired her to become a film maker and director. 


Sophie Black grew up in a small town in Derbyshire but that didn't stop her from wanting to become a film maker and director. Gill finds out what inspired Sophie at a young age to want to make films and how she is now, not only building a film career, but helping to forge a film industry outside of London.  Gill also asks Sophie about the challenges she has faced being female. https://www.triskellepictures.co.uk/ 

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Episode 22 - Gill chats to Helen Perry about what she did to 'unstick' her career to find a new one on Instagram. 

Helen's a former journalist who was searching for 'what next' after a career break. She discovered the answer was staring her in the face, creating social media content. It brings together all the things she loves, writing, taking photos, videos and ultimately starting a conversation. She now helps others to grow an 'engaged' online community that supports them and their business. https://www.notabout-thekids.com/ 


Episode 21 - Gill finds out what lead Joel Gage to start his own charity. 

How many people go on holiday to a Greek island and are so moved by what they see they feel they have to do something? Gill chats to Joel who did go on holiday to a small Greek island back in 2015 and witnessed first hand the plight of not only the refugees arriving but also that of the people who lived on the island. The result of that holiday ended up with the charity asnteamuk.org being created. 

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Episode 20 - but episode 8 of Gill's gardening 'Grow your Own' mini series.

In the final episode of her mini series Gill talks to Stephen Avery from Backdoorshoes. She finds out  where the idea came from to make the shoes and how they have grown the business organically over the years. This year has presented it's own challenges of dealing with the changes Covid19 has brought to events being cancelled. As a family business Stephen is passionate about building and maintaining that personal feel with their customers.


Episode 19 - but episode 7 of Gill's gardening 'Grow your Own' mini series.

Gill talks to amateur fruit and veg grower Joe Harrison about what lead him to take on an allotment. Joe talks about his memories as a child and how he is hoping to make similar memories for his 3 young children that will give them a love of growing their own when they are older. He's not only into growing his own food but into recycling as much as he can from his home. Nothing gets thrown away without thinking how it could be used on his allotment - from an old wooden spoon to food containers.


Episode 18 - but episode 6 of Gill's gardening 'Grow your Own' mini series.

Gill chats to Rich Pennock from Haws Watering Cans, a family business who care about the work they do as a company to minimise their impact on the environment. Gill finds out about how they make their watering cans and also all the things you need to consider before buying one. Rich talks about Haws involvement with the charity 'Treesisters' and being members of 1% for the planet. Follow on socisl media @hawswateringcans


Episode 17 - but episode 5 of Gill's gardening 'Grow your Own' mini series.

Gardens are full of plants and flowers as well as fruit and veg. In this episode Gill talks to Amanda Haines a horticulturist, who used to be an adult edcuation teacher for students with a mental disability. Amanda shares her story about the changes and benefits she witnessed in her students from gardening as well as how she went about redesigning her current 'beach' garden, which was only shingle when she moved in.

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Episode 16 - but episode 4 of Gill's gardening 'Grow your Own' mini series.

Ever thought about the amount of attention to detail and work that goes into making the perfect garden tool? Gill finds out by talking to Adam Greenman whose passion for designing and making 'just the right tool' started when he found his grand father's old garden tools in the shed. The enthusiasm for what Adam does and his ongoing desire to help gardeners both young and old is clear as he talks about it.  Follow on Instagram @greenmangardentools or  https://greenmangardentools.com/


Episode 15 - but episode 3 of Gill's gardening 'Grow your Own' mini series.

In this episode Gill chats to two experienced 'grow your own' gardeners. Martina Holgersson, who describes herself as nearly self sufficient on the veg and berries she grows for her family and Kim Hedges who has a number of raised beds in her garden. Gill finds out what sparked their interest originally in gardening and what benefits they each get from being out in the garden and growing their own food and flowers. You can find both Martina and Kim on Instagram: @simplygrowfood and @kimbearly28growveg


Episode 14 - but episode 2 of Gill's gardening 'Grow your Own' mini series. 

Gill talks to amateur beekeeper Graham Jones about how he came to keep bees at the end of his garden. She learns about the importance of the bee 'waggle dance' and the Queen bee. She discovers bees have different roles to perform according to whether they are a male (drone) or female (worker) bee. Gill also finds out how gardeners, by thinking about what they plant, can help the bees from early on in the year to extending their feeding season. 


Episode 13 - is the start of Gill's gardening 'Grow your Own' mini series. 

In this first episode Gill tells the story behind the redesign of their garden last year to start growing their own fruit and vegetables again and where her love of gardening started. She chats to Rachel Mayor a 'newbie' allotment grower about how 'covid lockdown' helped her and her husband fall in love with their previously ignored allotment. Gill also takes a look at the research and benefits to being out in nature and growing your own. To follow Rachel's growing journey she can be found on Instagram @rach_mayor


Episode 12 - Gill chats to musician and songwriter Clive Harvey, who also happens to be her husband! 

Interviewing your husband can be tricky, but in this episode Gill chats to Clive all about his songwriting and how he changed careers to become a full time musician. She finally discovers how his brain works and where he gets those random ideas from to write his comedy songs as well as his more serious ones.  Clive chats about the different bands and types of music he has been invovled in as well as his love of 'rock 'n roll'. Find Clive on Instagram @cmharvey5625

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Episode 11 - Gill talks to Sarah Dix, upholsterer and creator of the corset chair. 

Sarah tells her story of how she went from studying fashion to working in the music industry, doing PR for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, working at the BBC to finally running her own business combining her two passions - fashion and upholstery. Follow Sarah on Instagram @sarahlouisedixupholsterycentre


Episode 10 - Gill chats to her good friend, talented artist and musician Derek Pearce. 

As a follow up to the previous podcast with Elsa, Gill chats to Derek about where he gets his ideas from, Einstein, how dyslexia saved his life, the education system and the positives to having a 'butterfly brain'  amongst other things! Follow Derek on Instagram @derek_pearce_original 


Episode 9 - Gill discusses with fellow coach Elsa Dale if today's education system fit for purpose. 

Gill chats to Elsa Dale, ex-teacher and now coach, on the suitability of the current school and education system for world today versus alternative schooling. The podcast was prompted by an article Gill had read in the British Psychology magazine. Having shared it with others it had brought many comments from parents whose children struggled to fit the traditional way of teaching. Elsa's website is currently being revamped to contact her email: elsa.dale@hotmail.com



Episode 8 - Gill catches up with Neil Mundell-Phipps about what led him to leave corporate life to set up his own learning and development company. 

Gill discovers what led Neil to leave corporate life to start his own training and consultancy business Improview Ltd. His approach to working with companies worldwide and the importance of evolving. They touch on the possible impact that the current Corona virus situation will have on companies and employees both in the short, as they return to normal working and long term. 


Episode 7 - Gill talks to Helen Golstein about her different approach to helping 'chronic dieters' compassionately. 

Helen has taken a very different approach to helping people who have dieted all their life. She looks behind the standard 'diet club' mentality and the vicious circle dieters find themselves. In learning to have compassion for ourselves and nourish ourselves with kindness the need to emotionally eat is reduced. Follow Helen on Instagram @the_self_compassion_coach_ or contact her via her websitehttp://selfcompassioncoaching.co.uk/


Episode 6 - Gill is joined by her good friend and co-coach Janey Holliday to chat about Covid-19.

Gill and Janey talk openly about what they are seeing from both a personal and professional view-point in terms of the very different impact Covid-19 is having on people. Janey is a single Mum of 3 children and runs her own online business working with women. She shares what she has done to ride the 'emotional waves' of dealing with the situation so far.   




Episode 5 - Gill chats with Claire Melvin about what she's learnt about making plans that don't quite work out. 

Like many people Claire had some plans for herself and her future, some might call them goals or visions to work towards. Gill finds out what happened when Claire's plans didn't actually work out for many reasons. What did Claire learn from the experience and does she still plan for the future? Follow Claire on Instagram @clairermelvin


Episode 4 - Gill chats with Frank Sinclair (FitwithFrank) about Fitness Trackers. 

Gill is joined by her friend Frank Sinclair who runs an online fitness bootcamp FitwithFrank to discuss the pros and cons of people wearing Fitness Trackers. Have fitness trackers taken over from the obsession of getting on and off the scales but are in danger of having the same negative impact on how we feel?  Follow Frank on social media it's simply FitwithFrank on all platforms. 


Episode 3 - Gill talks to Grainne Sherry a Mum of 2 boys with Special Educational Needs

Gill talks to Grainne about what life has been like since she discovered her first son had Special Educational Needs and then her second son was also diagnosed but with different SEN needs. Grainne shares her experiences, as well as give some practical tips, of how she went about getting the help she needed and how she coped personally. Grainne has started to to write a book to help other parents navigate their way through if their child has SEN. Follow Grainne on Instgram @sen_doula 


Episode 2 - Gill chats to Zoe Lane about going from healthy to coping with 'Mavis the Mass' and 'Sydney the Stoma'.

Zoe is a young nurse who whilst on holiday discovers she has a problem going to the toilet. After returning home she learns that she has a large mass near her bowel and needs a big operation. She is told she will have a permanent stoma. She is very honest about the highs and lows of dealing with it, particularly as a young single woman. Having got used to the idea there is another 'plot twist' to come!


Episode 1 - Gill chats to Honor Marks about running a gite business in France. 

Gill finds out what made Honor (in the photo) leave a corporate job in London to move to France and set up gites business - Maison de la Roche.com. From cleaning showers to exploring the local area Honor lets us into the highs and lows of an english woman with 'schoolgirl french', a teenage daughter and Bob the 'ambassadog' running a business in France. Honor's Instagram @maisondelaroche Website: maisondelaroche.com 

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Episode 000 - An introduction to GHB & Friends

Gill explains what you can expect when listening to her podcasts and her reason for starting them.