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Feed your MIND + BODY right to make yourself into a better BRAND! A podcast looking at what it means to be human, and how we can live more fully in our diverse, hectic lives today to create personal brands we’re proud of. For the innately curious, for the hard-workers, the optimists, and the keen explorers of ‘self’ and the world around them. See more at brandmindbody.blogspot.com or for regular updates, Instagram & Twitter: @a_blanx
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How to Make Friends & Digitally Influence People
We learn about the human behind the term 'influencer.' The influencer industry is going through a bit of reputation crisis with many skeptical of its morality and authenticity. However, with every career there's conflict between earning a living, doing what you love and what it contributes to the world... Let's face it, all humans are contradictions! This week I chat with my sister, Liv Blankson @livblankson, who's been a 'Content Creator' (preferred title) for several years now. We chat about the effects of growing up so close to social media, her experience of forming and maintaining friendships, and how she navigates this always-on lifestyle on a personal, moral and emotional level. My baby sis is a BEAUTIFUL, SENSITIVE, INTELLIGENT young woman. I hope you dig this episode!! I'm so proud of her and her dedicated entrepreneurship. Catch me on IG: @a_blanx // brandmindbody.blogspot.com
44:17
April 17, 2019
Quarter-life Change & Decision-Making! THE BIG MOVE
If you've got some big life decisions ahead or get confused as hell at making them like me, this episode's for you! I think I've found a credible process here, transitioning from a full-time career and busy lifestyle, to a more uncertain and nomad one abroad! From acknowledging the brain as a survival organ and batting away fearful thoughts, to noting the positive signals thrown at us by the universe, here are some nuggets helping you through the well-known questioning period in our twenties/thirties. Follow my move to Canada on IG: @a_blanx or read my blog at brandmindbody.blogspot.co.uk BIG LOVE X
29:51
April 10, 2019
What I Learnt from Chef's Table/ Pursuing What You Really Want
Setbacks, fear and asking for help are all part of the journey towards getting what you really want... and I learnt this by watching the Netflix series, Chef's Table when seeking some answers in my own life... I'm currently on a quest to move to Canada, whilst identifying the environments, companies and types of work I'm going to invest in, that will help me flourish as a person (and a professional). After a few job rejections, I decided to sit back and take stock of the bigger picture... What did I really want and how was this process nudging me towards it?  This episode is useful for those confused about where they're heading, undergoing a career change or wanting to put more into their passions... Hope you can get something out of it, even if it's just thinking about delectable food!!! Catch on me IG: @a_blanx // More life learnings at brandmindbody.blogspot.com
28:53
April 3, 2019
Debunking Happiness
This episode contains the secret to happiness...NAAAAAT! We just need a simple mindset shift... You may have heard 'the pursuit of happiness' thrown around (or just seen the film with Will Smith), BUT in truth 'the HAPPINESS of PURSUIT' is how we should be thinking... Happiness is a state that can be more easily attained if we accept that it's not the end-goal but the ride. I explain it better on the podcast, so tune in!! Plus there's a few tools, ingredients and spices thrown in on how to cultivate more of it (take it with a pinch of salt though - there's no one-size-fits-all recipe). If you prefer written form & fancy sketches, read the blog post: http://brandmindbody.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-secret-to-happinessnot-really-there.html  Insta fun here: @a_blanx
39:32
March 27, 2019
The Meaning of Life: Chats With Mum
Life with meaning is a constant search of the human condition... well it is for those in their twenties/thirties today. This is due to the pivotal point in society we were born into. It's a period of structural change, new and renewed human rights, vast environmental pressures weighing in on our near future, increased individualism, the effects of tech, and conflict with the former generation's value system. With this comes a lot of uncertainty, questioning and people trying to navigate where to put their time and effort...there's SIMPLY TOO MUCH TO DEAL WITH! On chatting with mum, a cute 61 year-old Yorkshire lass, this episode highlights generational differences, what could contribute to a meaningful life, and why a tumbleweed rolled through our living room when we recorded... but seriously, BIG love for my mum! She's the nicest person I know. Find her IG: @mummagbear. As per, catch my updates on IG / TW: @a_blanx and blog: brandmindbody.blogspot.com  
36:59
March 20, 2019
How To Be More Creative, Whoever You Are!
Creative thinking isn't just for those in the creative industries! In my POV, being creative stems from being connected to your innate self and uncovering your unique view of the world. Everyone can do it! It's about originality, better problem-solving and injecting an element of surprise into the ordinary. This episode contains tools that have been CRITICAL in helping me think outside the box. For those who want to shake up their thinking, generate more ideas or be more inspired in their everyday lives! Full and fun blog post at: http://brandmindbody.blogspot.com/2017/12/how-to-be-more-creative-whoever-you-are.html.  Cute updates on: IG & TW @a_blanx
23:00
March 13, 2019
On Giving & Setting Boundaries
'Giving' can provide a sense of purpose, fulfillment and a sense of connectedness to something bigger, but there can also be drawbacks... In this episode I discuss 3 scenarios where I gave my time and energy, and how they affected me. Balancing personal needs with those of others is paramount in order for everyone to get the best out of it. Sometimes giving too much can end in self depletion... :O I loved recording this one - it gave me so much joy sharing my volunteering and family stories!! (Excuse the sound quality - I was on the road) BLOG: brandmindbody.blogspot.co.uk and IG: @a_blanx as usual. PEACE N LOVE.
28:11
March 6, 2019
Finding Your 'Who' & 'Why'
Life M.O.T time! Anyone stopped for a moment and thought about why they're doing what they're doing, and what's driving underlying behaviour and decisions? (and I don't mean like when making toast...). This episode covers some useful thought-starters on working out who 'you' are a bit further; dominant forces curating our lives and a deep-dive into 'self' using some examples from my own. P.s. Russell Brand's in it... BLOG: www.brandmindbody.blogspot.co.uk for further personal growth content and fun nuggets on the gram at: @a_blanx.  Lots of love, loves!
18:07
February 27, 2019
Quitting Alcohol, Meat & People
That's right - I quit alcohol, meat and people (well not wholly, I just removed myself from the bustle of city life) for a month when I lived on an island last year... All in the name of reclaiming my own voice, and re-establishing clarity and my authentic self without external influences. A few months on, I'm podcasting my learnings! The effects on mind and body were HIGHLY noticeable. I also changed my outlook on some things...like why I should DEFINITELY continue to drink alcohol WOO. Listen to the full ep today, yay!! Full blog post and pictures from island life, here: http://brandmindbody.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-search-for-serenity-wholesome-life.html Social shenanigans on IG &TW: @a_blanx.
39:24
February 20, 2019
The Travelling Lifestyle
In an open chat over tea, pro traveller of 9 years and close friend Hollie and I, discuss the pressing questions about the travel lifestyle. We cover the Millennial crisis of how best to use our time and twenties, societal norms and pressures associated with a non career-focused trajectory, and self-learnings acquired from temporal, nomad living. At the end we leave you with this question - what is most important to you? Catch Hollie on Instagram @hollieclarke - She's an amazing, driven, sunny self-starter! More travel learnings at brandmindbody.blogspot.com and regular updates on my IG @a_blanx
50:28
February 13, 2019
Top 10 Podcast Recommendations
A podcast episode on podcasts! If you’re keen on hearing the stuff I consume, knowledge sources, and the key themes that feed my mind every week, have a listen! There's some female entrepreneurship, TED talks, artists trying to make it, and a US comedy duo thrown in. Here are my top 10 and what to expect... (plus a bonus!) Want more knowledge? Check out my blog: brandmindbody.blogspot.com or follow @a_blanx on Instagram & Twitter for regular updates!
23:37
February 6, 2019
Coping with Change
It's the start of the year which means we're all going through changes in one way or another! This episode outlines change from two angles: being a victim of unforeseen change and being the change-maker in your life.  I chat about what each transition might look and feel like, why various feelings arise, and how to go through the differing experiences more easily! Hope it helps :) Regular updates on IG and Twitter: @a_blanx. Full blog: brandmindbody.blogspot.com
33:23
January 30, 2019
Short Ep: Learning from Loss
Learning from loss is part of the grieving process and it can highlight the power of one person... A shorter episode this week due to an unexpected departure of a unique spirit and loved one to many. This person's light, energy, talent and compassion to all, deserves to be respected and shared, acknowledging the many lives they touched and will continue to, through their art and memory. Here's how the space a person leaves can propel us into a more meaningful future... If you've ever experienced loss, know that it's okay to process how you feel fit and take everyday as it comes. RIP.
09:11
January 23, 2019
A Closer Look at Self Love
If you've been battling with yourself for years and want to show yourself some love, this one's for you! This episode explores what factors contribute to how we view ourselves, what can influence our self worth, how relationships affect us, and some useful exercises to help us LIFE M.O.T and be kinder to ourselves. It's time to accept who we are - HUMAN, IMPERFECT, INDIVIDUAL. BEST LISTENED TO IN QUIET PERSONAL TIME over a cuppa or on a jolly walk! The full blogpost here: http://brandmindbody.blogspot.com/2018/06/a-closer-look-at-self-love.html Latest updates on IG: @a_blanx      BIG LOVE!
40:38
January 9, 2019
New Year Thinking- Cut The Goals, Be Real Instead
Addressing the usual schpiele on new year's resolutions, I offer a different way to look ahead that's less cliche, easier going and somewhat practical. In this episode I use reflections on 2018 as a springboard into 2019- aka wanting to feel more human, more myself, more centered and more honest. What themes has this past year brought up for you? Listen for some light wisdom that won't (hopefully) add any more pressure to this thing called adulthood! HAPPY NY!!! As always, updates on the regs on IG @a_blanx!
33:39
January 2, 2019
Why Christmas is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
We're nearing the end of another year - what a perfect time to capture the cheer and reflect! A 4-person family invite you to experience a snippet of their festive period in Sussex, England. In this spontaneous episode (during the making of Christmas lunch!!), we discuss what makes Christmas magic, what human needs and qualities this time of year conjures up, and what's changed over the years on a societal and personal level.  Maybe this giving season can help us enter 2019 with a better outlook...? HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A RUDDY GREAT FEW DAYS WITH LOVED ONES, HOWEVER YOU CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE! Check the jolly shenanigans on IG: @a_blanx!
42:38
December 25, 2018
Part 2: Singledom, Relationships & Everything In Between
PART 2 of 2: **DISCLAIMER: A VERY real, open and personal episode, so expect some foul language and crude subject matter.** A continuation on from part 1 with a focus on the single-life this time; an open-minded, honest and curious male and female open up about their sexual histories, annoying dating behaviours, some advice for starting an open relationship, and what the heck it means to be 'single' anyway. Plus, what are the differences for men and women?  LISTEN FOR AN EQUALLY INSIGHTFUL EPISODE from two travelers in Cape Town. BIG THANKS to a few glasses of wine, and the arty cafe, Ground Zero/Marley Coffee in Observatory, Cape Town. Paul and Ross very kindly offered us their back space to record in. Perfect for the conscious eater or coffee connoisseur! IG: @groundzero_obz As always, more on my Instagram & Twitter @a_blanx
31:20
December 23, 2018
Part 1: Singledom, Relationships & Everything In Between
**DISCLAIMER: A VERY real, open and personal episode, so expect some foul language and crude subject matter.** Discussing monogamy, commitment and polyamory, fellow traveler Elijah and I establish that accepting you're human first - complex, ever-changing, multi-faceted - is paramount before starting a relationship with another, and that there may be a way to maximise life's satisfaction and happiness levels via the type of relationship you choose... Should we expect one person to meet all our needs? Can we all have our cake and eat it...? LISTEN FOR THE JUICIEST EPISODE YET! BIG THANKS to a few glasses of wine, and the arty vegan cafe, Ground Zero/Marley Coffee in Observatory, Cape Town. Paul and Ross very kindly offered us their back chill space to record in late at night. Perfect for the conscious eater or coffee connoisseur! IG: @groundzero_obz As always, more on my Instagram & Twitter @a_blanx
45:01
December 12, 2018
What Cape Town Living Taught Me About Myself
After 4 months away (journeying new landscapes internally and around the world), with 2.5 of them spent in Cape Town, SA it was time to reflect and round-up. As a 27-year-old, African mixed race, middle class, nomadic female from the UK, here’s what I learnt about myself, managing the process of being away alone, and how I’m perceived differently from another cultural and societal lens. As always, check regular updates on Instagram & Twitter: @a_blanx. My blog contains years of visual and mental goodies + solo travel learnings: brandmindbody.blogspot.co.uk. THANKS & ENJOY ☺️!
36:47
December 5, 2018
3 Ways To Alter Our Perspectives & Expand Our Minds
It’s so easy for us to carry on viewing the world as we’ve always done and acting on default behaviour. But what if there’s a better way? In this episode I explore 3 new techniques for looking at, and understanding everyday encounters and difficulties, enabling us to respond and behave with greater empathy. This not only fosters more calm and fulfilment in ourselves but also for others, creating an easier time for us all! Ahhhhhh 🙏🏻 If you want more insightful stuff, check out my blog: brandmindbody.blogspot.com or follow @a_blanx on Instagram & Twitter for regular updates! Thanks and love.
30:53
November 28, 2018
Morning Routines - Myth or Magic?
Some people wake up at 5.50am to see the sunrise, others cull social media for the first hour of the day. Whatever they may consist of, morning routines sure are being researched, sworn by and shouted about A LOT these days. But is all the hype adding extra pressure? In this episode I question if this trend is perpetuating personal success or self sabotage, as well as how to look at them in a way that may work for you. REMEMBER: there’s no one size fits all! Loved this ep? Check out my blog: brandmindbody.blogspot.com or follow @a_blanx on Instagram & Twitter for regular updates! Thanks for listening XX
29:36
November 21, 2018
What Hiking Taught Me About Navigating Life
Sometimes it’s so hard to know how much to plan, look to the future or live in the moment. When should we use our minds, trust our guts or go with feelings?! This episode cuts through these questions providing clarity on how to live life with more trust, ease and enjoyment, and how to use all of these approaches in harmony! Trying to find an outlook that suits you? Here’s: What hiking taught me about navigating life. For more on this topic, hit up brandmindbody.blogspot.com or follow @a_blanx on Instagram & Twitter for more regular updates! BIG LOVE.
29:57
November 14, 2018
Welcome to the Brand Mind Body Podcast! Story & Mission
HI HI! This is the introductory episode of the Brand, Mind, Body podcast; feed your MIND + BODY right to make yourself into a better brand - a podcast rooted in human insight. Expect to hear about me, Alix Blanx the host; my career overview, experience with mental health, growing up into this confusing thing we call adulthood, and my work on ‘self’. I cover key podcast themes, ambitions for the platform, and why I felt it was time to share life-learnings and researched knowledge! In association with brandmindbody.blogspot.com - my passion project of a few years. Follow @a_blanx on Instagram & Twitter for regular bites and IGTV episodes. WELCOME! * shimmies *
15:10
November 6, 2018
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