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Flourishing Education

Flourishing Education

By Fabienne Vailes
Powerful imperfectly perfect conversations to challenge our views and beliefs. Every conversation shows me how our truth may be different from someone else's truth but is not THE truth. When we talk, discover and learn to respect our differences and similarities, we can all show up authentically and communicate authentically. That's the only way we can change education - TOGETHER in COLLABORATION.

True learning is not the simple acquisition of skills, knowledge and competences. It requires us to be flexible and open to change through powerful imperfectly perfect conversations. Are you ready?
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Episode 82 - what does it mean to be a self-directed learner with Olivia Barnes
This week is all about young people and we start this Monday with Olivia Barnes. She is 17, lives in the US and describes as a self-directed learner, a lover of learning. Listen to what she has to say about her experience. I was so impressed by her eloquence and her ability to express herself so clearly and effectively. You will understand why she calls herself a lover of learning. I have found a new hero!
49:18
June 21, 2021
Episode 81 - The future of teaching: And the Myths that Hold it back with Guy Claxton
In this episode, I talk with Professor Guy Claxton. We discuss his new book 'The Future of Teaching: And the Myths That Hold It Back' and why it's time for the educational slugfest to stop. He also told me why the search for a new model of education – one that is genuinely empowering for all young people – is serious and necessary. A must listen for anybody who wants to see change in education!
01:17:17
June 18, 2021
Episode 80 - The unschooling school movement with Heather MacTaggart
I am so happy to share this conversation with Heather MacTaggart creator of the Unschooling school movement - let's make school fit the learner. Heather is a mother of four children, passionate about making the education system work for everyone. She is also Founder and Executive Director of Classroom Connections, on-site leader, Change It Up initiatives within Alberta First Nations communities. She is the co-author Overschooled but Undereducated, with John Abbott in the UK
56:04
June 14, 2021
Episode 79 - Another way is possible with Derry Hannam
This episode is an outstanding conversation with Derry Hanham. He shares with me about how in his twenty years as a teacher in English state secondary schools he always tried to create environments where students could make choices about and take care control of their own learning in a democratic and rights respecting context. We talk about his book Another Way is possible - hardcopy or ebook Derry has been described as a 'bridge person' who tries to bring about dialogue between the mainly private democratic education movement with its 500+ schools worldwide and state or public school systems. I highly recommend this episode.
01:27:27
June 11, 2021
Episode 78 - Equity and inclusion that serve the child with Elsa Torres
This is a beautiful conversation with Elsa Torres about equity and inclusion. I highly recommend it. It was such a powerful chat. Elsa tells us to: be gentle on ourselves  there's always a story behind any behaviour build empathy for each child serve all children
01:21:05
June 7, 2021
Episode 77 - What is a learning coach? with Scott Van Beck
Wonderful to finish the week with this powerful interview with Scott Van Beck who is co-founder of The Education Game. We talk about our importance and role as parents, how we can become learning coaches instead and start asking questions instead of telling our children what to do.
55:58
June 4, 2021
Episode 76 - Decentralised education with Beau McCoy
A short conversation with Beau McCoy, Founder and CEO at SOLcademy. We talk about his new educational short-format video platform, distraction-free & ad-free and the benefits it brings to learners, parents and educators.
24:16
June 2, 2021
Episode 75 - The importance and power of meeting people where they are with Shannon Ross
Today, I am particularly excited to share my interview with Shannon Ross. He is Founder and Executive Director of The Community. Emotional intelligence expert. HIGH-motor, highly-principled entrepreneur and Reentry/reform consultant. Shannon truly inspired me during this interview and we talked about his experience in prison, how it changed him and all about his work on Reentry and reform consultant. A truly empowering conversation.
01:00:27
May 31, 2021
Episode 74 - Trust, love and connections for a safe and nurturing learning environment with Emmanuel Ponchon
I am very excited to be sharing this episode with Emmanual Ponchon, who is Multicultural educator - eduScrum Rep / Trainer for Spain and France. Languages & Effective Communication Trainer / Coach. In this episode, Emmanuel tells us about eduScrum and his amazing work with the Treehouse but we also discuss what it would be like if we considered education as an ecosystem. What happens when we create a safe and nurturing environment? If we fostered trust in ourselves and our young people and most importantly if we developed more connections:  with yourself, with the people around you, with your emotions with the world, and with nature (which is very important)?
01:07:20
May 27, 2021
Episode 73 - what are you learning right now? with Seth Fleischauer
Today I talk with Seth Fleischauer, President & founder at Banyan Global Learning; founder at Lingoloop; expert in video conferencing, international teaching, SEL & K-12 online education. We talk about his amazing work at the intersection of technology, language, culture and social and emotional learning.  Seth invites us to: consider what we are learning right now analyse and bring consciousness of that process for ourselves ask ourselves: how can knowing that help me help young people more.
57:12
May 24, 2021
Episode 72 - Why we want young people to be lifelong lovers of learning with Wayne Haworth
We often say that our schooling system is not working. Well today, I am going to share the amazing work done by the wonderful Wayne Haworth who is Principal at Hampton Park Secondary College in Australia. Wayne shares his journey and his innovative thinking and approach and why we want young people to be lifelong lovers of learning. A must listen for those who have lost faith in the current schooling system.
01:07:44
May 20, 2021
Episode 71 - Soweni - evolving education for the 21st Century with Kathryn Pratt
This week, I talk to Kathryn Pratt - Founder at Soweni (Cornish for Thrive) where we discuss the origins of this empowering non-profit, which is evolving education for the 21st Century in the Age of Corona.  It’s all about Ecosystem Learning where the traditional boxes of family life, work life & school are blown apart and education becomes an exciting, inquiry driven, supported open journey for everyone. I am sure you will find this episode a fascinating listen!
01:03:28
May 17, 2021
Episode 70 - Education - the combination of curriculum and pedagogy with Lee Pace
This week I talk with Lee Pace, Deputy Headteacher who specialises in pedagogy and curriculum design. We talk about the concept of cognitive load, cognitive overload and how great curriculum design, tailored to the needs of pupils, complimented by research informed pedagogy will lead to amazing outcomes, giving learners hope for the future.
01:30:00
May 14, 2021
Episode 69 - How to help our young people navigate their lives and mental health better with Ava Shabnum Hasan
Today, I talk with Ava Shabnum Hasan, LSE graduate and former teacher who worked in several state and independent schools in England and Asia, including Merchant Taylors' Prep School and Harrow International School Bangkok. Former SENDCo and Senior Leader she founded Mentally Well Schools in 2019. We talk about the importance of compassion and self-compassion as well as giving our young people the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the challenges ahead of them.
54:11
May 10, 2021
Episode 68 - The first choice is always the right choice with Aidan Sloane
This week, on the Flourishing Education podcast, I talk to the amazing Aidan Sloane, Head of Skills, Apprenticeships, Employer Engagement at Belfast Metropolitan College. We discuss how the FIRST choice is always the RIGHT choice for young people and how there is not just one determined straight path: GCSE, A-levels and degree/higher degrees (in the UK) but that people should be encouraged to find what is right for them - not ONE PATH but ONE'S PATH.
01:02:46
May 5, 2021
Episode 67 - Changing our minds with Naomi Fisher
In this episode, I interview the amazing Naomi Fisher, Clinical Psychologist.  We talk about her book Changing our Minds and how it brings together research, theory and practice on learning. Naomi looks at education through a psychological lens and tells us how there are other ways to learn. School is not the only way to become educated.
54:23
May 1, 2021
Episode 66 - The importance of skills with Nathan McGurl
This week I talk with Nathan McGurl, Founder of The Study Buddy which Nathan created to support his child when he was revising for his GCSE. We discuss the importance of developing skills for the future of our young people.
52:51
April 26, 2021
Episode 65 - Why we need to be our young people's voice with Claire Fitter
In this episode, I speak with Claire Fitter, previously a secondary school teacher for nearly 10 years and who is now home educating her two daughters. She tells me what home educating is (and is not) and her amazing journey.
01:09:20
April 23, 2021
Episode 64 - Why we should keep investing in children and young people's outdoor experiences with Toni Pettitt
This week, I share another powerful conversation with Toni Pettitt, who is founder and director of Branching Out Forest School & Social Forestry. We discuss the what 'Forest School and Social Forestry are, their benefits and most importantly why we should keep investing in children and young people's outdoor experiences.
55:06
April 20, 2021
Episode 63 - Helping our young people find meaning and fulfilment with Sally Fox
In this episode, the wonderful Sally Fox, Headteacher of a Pool Church of England primary school in West Yorkshire talks to me about her big why and why she believes in personalising education not standardising it. and helps me realise that what I want the most for my children and our young people (and myself) is to find meaning and fulfilment in life. I am sure you will find this conversation with Sally as inspiring as I did.
54:03
April 16, 2021
Episode 62 - Self Managed learning and the new education paradigm with Dr Ian Cunningham
This week, I talk with the wonderful Dr Ian Cunningham who chairs the Governing Body of SML College. He created Self Managed Learning in the 1970’s and was the first person to be awarded a PhD in Management Learning from the University of Lancaster. He has published six books and over 120 articles and papers in areas such as education, learning, leadership and organisational change. In this episode we talk about his new book - Self Managed Learning and the New Educational Paradigm and his amazing work at the Self Managed Learning (SML) College. I am sure you will be as inspired and motivated by his work than I am.
01:43:05
April 13, 2021
Episode 61 - Behaviour is communication with Stu Evans
This episode was so transformative for me and I am so grateful to Stu Evans - Headteacher at PRU New Leaf inclusion Centre for his insights and knowledge. He showed me my unconscious biases and reminded me that all behaviour is communication. A very timely and powerful conversation.
56:16
April 9, 2021
Episode 60 - Bringing Consciousness to education with Komal Shah
Tis week I speak with the wonderful Komal Shah, Educational consultant creating a more harmonious world by shifting outdated educational paradigms through consciousness. It was a fascinating discussion talking about Komal's journey through the 'mainstream system', her frustrations which led her to write her new book, a nonfiction book that speaks to educational leaders, teachers, and parents who have a desire to educate the whole child in a new way. Komal's book 'Bringing Consciousness to Education' is available to pre-order here.
46:34
April 6, 2021
Episode 59 - why we need more than grades and passing exams with TJ Juttla
This week I talk to TJ Jutla Managing Director of QTS - Quality Teacher Suppliers who is inspiring change in education and & challenging The Status Quo. Enjoy!
47:13
April 1, 2021
Episode 58 - The importance of talk with Ros Wilson
This week I had a wonderful and joyful conversation with Ros Wilson about the importance of talk. With over 55 years experience in education, including 27 years in schools, ten years in senior management positions and 14 years in advisory and inspection work. She has taught in primary, middle and secondary schools in England and overseas and has a wide experience in teaching and advising on raising achievement for pupils with English as an additional language and also pupils with special educational needs. She is the creator of Big Writing (books published by Oxford University press), VCOP and the criterion scale.
01:16:58
March 25, 2021
Episode 57 - Why normal is broken and you want to be weird with Matt Barnes
This week, I talk with the wonderful Matt Barnes.  Matt describes himself as a son, a spouse, a dad, an entrepreneur, and an active community member. Over the last 10-years, he has coached thousands of parents on how to grow their children into “self-directed learners for the 21st Century.” His kids have been educated in public, private, hybrid, virtual, and homeschool structures over the last 13 years. One is a valedictorian in his local public school, another started attending college at 15, and the other is starting a business at 14. As a family, they routinely use online, off-line, and experiential learning to build the children into Self-Directed Learners. The result is traditional academic success and readiness for the 21st-century. If you want to schedule a call with Matt, please use this link or go directly to Matt's website (www.theeducationgame.com/contact). Their services are free (some are sponsored by our Patreon donors).
01:03:47
March 18, 2021
Episode 56 - How to make education relevant with Olly Newton
This week I speak with Olly Newton - Executive Director of The Edge Foundation. Olly oversees Edge’s work on research, policy and Edge Future Learning. He is passionate about connecting researchers, policy makers and practitioners to learn from each other. Olly chairs several of Edge’s networks and often speaks at events – feel free to email him or connect on Twitter @UkEdgePolicy if you would like to start a conversation. Before Edge, he spent ten years with the Department for Education, most recently as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy. Olly is based in Sheffield where he is a governor and Enterprise Adviser for Firth Park Academy and volunteers with the Scout Association.
57:22
March 11, 2021
Episode 55 - The power of language and how we can all be 'everyday heroes' with Dr Victoria Carr
Victoria is a primary school headteacher in the North West of England, a post she has held for nine years. She is a mum of two teenagers. In her spare time she is a British Army reservist and also lectures on the MA programme in Educational Leadership (previously at Chester University and currently at Liverpool Hope). In addition, she has completed two MAs (in Equality & Diversity and Educational Leadership) and a doctorate, and is currently studying for a third MA with Bucks University, in Military History. She loves sport, cooking, and the outdoors. She has presented a TEDx on The Power of Language and how we can all be ‘everyday heroes’, has done several key note speeches, podcasts and blogs, most recently for BERA and Leeds Beckett University. You can follow her on Twitter
55:60
March 3, 2021
Episode 54 - Time to challenge the education system with Phil Sharrock
This week, I have an amazing conversation with Phil Sharrock, former headteacher who has a passion for the well-being and empowerment of children, staff and the whole community in order to facilitate rapid improvement. He prides himself on being different and challenging the norms of what is perceived to be right for all schools. He argues strongly that all schools are individual and their needs should be met with an individualistic approach to solve their issues. He has been called a “maverick” and a “breath of fresh air” as well as “inspirational” by Ofsted. Having trained at Y Coleg Normal in Bangor from 1992-96 graduating with a B.Ed (Hons) in Physical and Outdoor Education, he then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management at Wolverhampton University in 1999. Phil has been a PE coordinator, ICT coordinator, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and finally Headteacher. Phil’s career has taken him from Birmingham, The Black Country, Oldham in Lancashire and Dewsbury in West Yorkshire. He has been the Headteacher of 4 Schools which were all in and “inadequate” category and led them to “Good in all areas” within 15 months. For the last 3 years he has been a Foster Carer and has had a number of children live with him over that time.
01:13:51
February 24, 2021
Episode 53 - The need for a holistic approach to wellbeing in (Higher) Education with Imogen Moore
This week I talk with a colleague at the University of Bristol, Imogen Moore who is Associate Professor in Law, lead on education and innovation and development.  We talk about the blogpost we wrote together ahead of yesterday's symposium on staff wellbeing organised by Advance HE. We talk about the need for a holistic approach to wellbeing in Higher Education (and in all settings) which requires a focus on the whole institution, on student and staff. We conclude that a flourishing institution requires flourishing students AND flourishing staff. One cannot happen without the other.
56:42
February 18, 2021
Episode 52 - Don't let fear hold you back with Nicole Webb
This week I speak with Nicole Webb, journalist, writer and speaker. Nicole spent 20 years in Australia television as a reporter, producer and presenter. She's recently returned to Sydney after nearly a decade abroad in Hong Kong and China.  We talk about her book China Blond, which you can buy here. Through her wonderful experience Nicole shows us how stepping outside of our comfort zone, not letting fear hold us back and being patient is the only way to live a full life.
45:27
February 11, 2021
Episode 51 - How to cope during lockdown and beyond - tips for parents, teachers and young people with Maxine Houghton
This week, I speak with Maxine Houghton, who is Advisory Teacher for SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) at Somerset County Council. Maxine tells us what she thinks we all need to cope with lockdown and beyond and provides us with very good advice and tips for parents, teachers and young people.  
01:00:55
February 5, 2021
Episode 50 - Figuring out who we are and what we stand for with Megan Norton
Today I speak with the talented Megan Norton, an intercultural training consultant, facilitator, and researcher focused on supporting cross-cultural families. and we discuss what we can learn from her experience of being and working with Third Culture Kids (TCK). Such a powerful conversation again! Megan's expertise as an intercultural trainer combined with her experience in international education has enabled her to design socio-emotional and educational programming tailored to globally mobile families and youth. Megan mentors, writes, and consults to enable Third Culture Kids, families, and cross-cultural workers to identify and implement tools and strategies that will help them transition well and thrive wherever they are. Growing up as a U.S. diplomat dependent/Third Culture Kid, she lived in 6 countries (the U.S., South Africa, South Korea, Germany, Japan, and Israel) and has lived in 4 more as an Adult Third Culture Kid (Austria, Greece, Hungary, Poland) in addition to 5 U.S. States (Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Washington DC, and Michigan). She loves hearing TCKs share their stories and supporting their journey into their next “home.” Megan is also host and producer of “A Culture Story” - a podcast which focuses on cultural identity, belonging, and purpose in relation to intercultural stories.
46:45
January 29, 2021
Episode 49 - Briony May's recipe for life and success
This week I speak with the amazingly talented Briony May from Briony Bakes, semi-finalist of the Great British Bake off 2018 (GBBO) and winner of the Great Christmas Bake off 2019 and now presenter  - Food Unwrapped, Channel 4. Briony shares her story, how she got from language teacher to TV presenter and what her recipe for life and success is. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I loved recording it.
51:20
January 21, 2021
Episode 48 (in French/en français) - les bienfaits de la pleine conscience avec Elisabeth Allier
Cette semaine - c'est un programme en français avec la merveilleuse Elisabeth Allier. Nous parlons de notre rencontre en 2011, comment elle a découvert la pleine conscience et nous partageons des conseils et des idées sur comment améliorer et développer notre bien-être. Bonne écoute!
46:44
January 14, 2021
Episode 47 - What can we learn from the Finnish Education system with Marjo Kyllonen
This week I share my conversation with Marjo Kyllönen, Head of Development Services, City of Helsinki. We talk about the Finnish Education system and what we (as UK teachers, educators and parents) can learn from the changes and the work they have done over the last 20 years. I learned so much and really loved our conversation. You can find Marjo Kyllönen on Linkedin
49:15
January 8, 2021
Episode 46 -Why staff wellbeing is as important as student wellbeing with Professor Basia Spalek
In this episode, I talk to Professor Basia Spalek about staff wellbeing (mainly in Higher Education) but this applies to all settings. We talk about what we can do to change the system and to make sure that we create a flourishing education where both students AND staff can flourish. Professor Spalek is the founder and director of Mental Wellbeing Services You can follow her on Twitter @MentalWellbein6 
36:09
December 18, 2020
Episode 45 - Freedom to learn with Dr Peter Gray
Today I talk with Dr Peter Gray, research professor at Boston College, is author of Free to Learn (Basic Books) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 8th edition). We talk about self-directed education and how we foster curiosity in our young people. He has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. He a founding member of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education and a founding board member of the nonprofit Let Grow. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.
01:25:47
December 11, 2020
Episode 44 - How to BE humble and flourishing beings with Dr Ashish Bhatia
This week I have a conversation with the wonderful Ashish Bhatia - a GP (Gentle presence), Tutor at the medical school at the University of Bristol and Founder of the Humble Foundation. We talk about what it takes for human beings to flourish and be humble. Happy listening!
54:07
December 4, 2020
Episode 43 - How to handle our emotions in these difficult and challenging times? with Dr Sarah Whyte
This week I had another conversation with the wonderful Dr Sarah Whyte who with a degree in psychology, a masters in education and a doctorate in emotional intelligence, shared science-backed tools and very practical tips to help us (and our young people) deal with our emotions in these difficult and challenging times. Based in Singapore, she works with organisations,  international schools and families across South East Asia to equip people with simple, practical skills to boost their resilience and develop their emotional wellbeing. I hope you find her tips very useful and we will do another podcast to discuss emotional equity soon.
01:04:40
November 20, 2020
Episode 42 - Education or schooling - same or different? with Kelly Challis
Today I am really excited to share interview with Kelly Challis a Consultant Teacher at Driver Youth Trust. We talk about education, what it is, what it isn't and how our schooling fits into this notion of education. You can find Kelly on Linked in or on Twitter. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I loved speaking to her. Have a good week and a fantastic weekend.
01:08:26
November 12, 2020
Episode 41 - Collaboration, love and community with Hayley McDonnell
This week I talk with the wonderful Hayley McDonnell who is supporting school leaders with SMSC and Global collaborations and meaningfully connect with others to create positivity and success. We talk about SMSC - which stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Did you know that all schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC? I loved talking to Hayley - her passion for her subject is infectious. I also agree wholeheartedly with her mantra 'collaboration, love and community'  and how at its core this means if we work together, we will work towards harmony between people and build stronger communities. I am sure you will enjoy this week's episode too! You can find Hayley here: Website Facebook
01:02:58
November 6, 2020
Episode 40 - Contextual well-being with Dr Helen Street
This week I share with the wonderful Dr Helen Street, Founder and Chair of The Positive Schools Initiative in Australia which advocates for educational reform to better support equity, motivation and wellbeing in young people. I talk to Helen about contextual well-being which is the title of her book. Such a powerful and insightful conversation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
01:02:33
October 30, 2020
Episode 39 - How do you stop men taking their lives? with Ben Akers
My conversation this week was on a very moving and sensitive subject - how to stop men taking their lives? with the wonderful and inspiring Ben Akers, a filmmaker. A PROBLEM SOLVER AND MENTAL HEALTH campaigner. Co-founder of Talkclub. I hope you will feel as motivated as I am to ask: How are you? Out of 10?
01:16:18
October 23, 2020
Episode 38 - School Beyond Limitations with Martina Geromin
This week I talk with the wonderful Dr Martina Geromin - CEO & Founder of School Beyond Limitations. We talk about their online school - offline and online learning and what it means to take a holistic and whole student approach to teaching and learning. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did. Lots of synergy between my research and what Martina and her school are trying to achieve.
54:34
October 16, 2020
Episode 37 - What can we learn from 'unschooling' with May-Ling Thomas
I had the most wonderful conversation with May Ling Thomas about 'unschooling'. If you don't know what it is - worry not! all will be revealed in this episode. May-Ling is a coach and she has been unschooling her two daughters and she tells us what we can learn from this 'home educating' concept. Our conversation really got me thinking and made me question a lot of my approaches. I hope it does the same for me. You can reach May Ling here Website www.maylingthomas.com Facebook www.facebook.com/maylingthomas Instagram  - http://www.instagram.com/maylingthomas
01:11:06
October 9, 2020
Episode 36 - Emotions? What emotions? with Dr Sarah Whyte
This week I had a conversation with the wonderful Dr Sarah Whyte who with a degree in psychology, a masters in education and a doctorate in emotional intelligence, shared science-backed tools to develop emotional wellbeing and resilience with me. Based in Singapore, she works with organisations,  international schools and families across South East Asia to equip people with simple, practical skills to boost their resilience and develop their emotional wellbeing. A must listen if you want to discover more about emotional wellbeing. The book she mentions at the end is from Dr Dan Siegel and is called 'The Whole Brain child'
57:35
October 2, 2020
Episode 35 - Why diets don't work with Dr Rebecca Hiscutt
“We're only as sick as our secrets” they say in the AA. Well this week, I am completely honest and share one of my most guarded secrets for over 30 years - my issues with body image and how sugar was my drug of choice. Was? Yes! Now that I have started working with the wonderful Dr Rebecca Hiscutt creator of The Happy Eating Club - things have drastically changed.  In this episode, I have a wonderful conversation with Rebecca: why diets don't work and how the work we have been doing together since July has literally transformed my relationship with my body. To know more about Rebecca's amazing work  Info about The Happy Eating Club www.happyeatingclub.com Instagram - happyeatingclub
52:35
September 18, 2020
Episode 34 - Human Flourishing or When arts and creative enquiry meets science and medicine with Louise Younie
This week I had a fascinating conversation with Dr Louise Younie whose work celebrates human Flourishing through creative enquiry.  We discuss how through creative enquiry medical student are invited to find their personal voice and to share their own experiences when presenting patient cases.  
44:56
September 11, 2020
Episode 33 - A-level Fiasco and the UK Education system - a young person's perspective with Ben and Libby
Today I had a fun and amazing conversation with two wonderful young people - Libby Smerdon and Ben Holmes who used to be respectively Head Girl and Head Boy at Gordano School and whom I met when I organised a focus group with Year 12 and Year 13 to discuss my research.  They provided me with their views on the UK Education system and what they think needs to change. We also discussed the A-level fiasco. I would highly recommend this to any parent or teacher/educator who wants a student's perspective of our current UK education system.  Very grateful to them both for sharing their story and their views so openly. So much maturity and fabulous ideas.  
59:21
September 4, 2020
Episode 32 - Anxiety - What to do when it all gets too much with Jen Ramsey
Do you suffer from anxiety? Do you sometimes feel that life is not enough and that YOU are not enough. In this episode the wonderful Jen Ramsey , sought-after coach, business strategist and podcaster shares her story and talks about how she dealt with her diagnosis of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). She gives us specific tips on how to live life from a place of true freedom and peace.  I am sure you will love this episode. I certainly did. The meditation Jen mentions in the conversation can be found here If you would like to work with Jen or find out more about her click on the links below: Facebook: Instagram  Podcast 
01:12:22
August 28, 2020
Episode 31 - September 2020 - recovery or reset? with Jeanne Fairs
I share a conversation I had at the start of the summer holiday with the wonderful Jeanne Fairs who works at Gordano School. She is Assistant Head,  Head of Sixth Form. She is also Mental Health Lead and Head of Careers. She gives us a 'school perspective' of what to expect in September and what we can do as parents to support our children when they go back. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did!
01:11:47
August 24, 2020
Episode 30 - Why is my mind so busy? with Adam Dacey
Round 3 and such a powerful conversation with Adam Dacey, my mindfulness teacher.  We talk about 'stepping off' the treadmill and why it took me so long to relax and 'switch off'. Am really grateful for his insights. If you too have experienced or experience this 'busyness' too - I would really recommend listening to Adam and his amazing insights.
01:23:12
August 14, 2020
Episode 29 - that's a bit morbid! addressing the elephant in the room with Adam Dacey
Round 2 - a new conversation with Adam Dacey my mindfulness teacher - Director of Mindspace and we discuss the power of a regular contemplation of the impermanence of life (and the power of a meditation on death).  That's a bit morbid! Listen here to find out why we both feel that the absolute opposite is true. A wonderful opportunity to challenge YOUR TRUTH.
01:20:22
August 7, 2020
Episode 28 - Why young people are NOT weak with Gareth Hughes
Another amazing and powerful conversation with the wonderful Gareth Hughes, Psychotherapist, Research Lead - Student Wellbeing, PFHEA, University of Derby, Human Givens College. He is also a campaigner for student wellbeing and an educationalist.  We talk about young people and how they are not weak or 'snowflakes' but are in fact extraordinary as they are called to deal with the unique and complex challenging environments of the 21st century.  From this conversation, you will see that it is clear that we both believe young people have amazing strengths and potential.  Listen now to find out more...
53:39
July 31, 2020
Episode 27 - What is true learning? with Professor Mike Higton
In today's episode, I have a fascinating conversation with Professor Mike Higton who is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. I contacted him because I thoroughly enjoyed one of his books, Vulnerable Learning - Thinking Theologically about Higher Education. We discuss why we are all life-long learners and why he might not write the book in the same way and not use the terminology 'vulnerable learning'.  I am sure you will get as much out of this conversation as I did.
01:01:18
July 24, 2020
Episode 26 - How to grow a grown up with Dr Dominique Thompson
In this episode, I talk with Dr Dominique Thompson, Director of Buzz Consulting about why we decided to write a book together and what we can do as parents and educators to best support our young people over the summer and post Covid as we enter the new normal. I am sure you will enjoy this as much as I did. To join the private Facebook community click here https://www.facebook.com/groups/growingagrownup/ To download the free *5 Step Guide to supporting your teen this (weird!) summer* click here https://bit.ly/3fVuAq2 You can reach Dominique https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominique-thompson/?originalSubdomain=uk https://www.facebook.com/drdomthompson/ https://www.instagram.com/drdomthompson/
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July 17, 2020
Episode 25 - How to foster our children's individuality with Elaine Halligan
This week I have another powerful and wonderful conversation. This time with the talented and amazing Elaine Halligan, London Director of The Parent Practice  (links to connect with Elaine and Melissa below). Elaine is author of My Child's Different - I highly recommend it! We talk about raising a neurodiverse child and how as parents we can best support our children and young people. How can we recognise their differences and strengths and foster their individuality so that they can flourish and be their true selves. www.theparentpractice.com https://www.theparentpractice.com/shop/our_books https://www.theparentpractice.com/podcast/ BOOK HERE FOR A PARENT SESSION http://meetme.so/ElaineHalligan Listen to Elaine's Tedx Talk here on ‘Neurodiversity being a super power not a problem
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July 10, 2020
Episode 24 - what type of role model are you for your children? with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs
In this episode I have a second conversation with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs. In our first recording, she shared her son Daniel's story with me and we talked all about drugs and the work she is currently doing through the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. In today's session we talk about our role as parents and teachers - what type of role model are we?  Do you model all the helpful and positive habits? Do you talk about your emotions and feelings openly to your children? I had a massive 'aha' moment whilst speaking with Fiona so would really recommend this particular episode. The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation The websites Fiona mentioned were: Talk to Frank  https://www.talktofrank.com/ Drugscience https://drugscience.org.uk/ Drugsand.me https://www.drugsand.me/en/ Other useful sites Fiona and her foundation refer parents to are: Say why to drugs podcasts https://play.acast.com/s/saywhytodrugs/ Alcohol Education Trust https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/ Festivalsafe https://www.festivalsafe.com/ Teen Tips https://www.teentips.co.uk/
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July 3, 2020
Episode 23 - Inequitable outcomes at University - what can we do? with Vikki Hill
In this episode, I speak with Vikki Hill (Senior Fellow of the HEA) who is an Educational Developer in the Attainment Team in the Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange at University of the Arts London (UAL). We talk about inequalities in outcomes at University and what we can do to remove inequitable outcomes in Higher Education Settings (and in lower educational levels). Vikki has over 20 years experience in art and design education teaching, managing and examining in both UK and international contexts. Vikki works with staff across UAL to address awarding differentials and develop learning and teaching approaches in social justice and anti-racism. She has been leading the UAL Creative Mindsets project – that aims to reduce bias and stereotype threat as barriers to learning - since 2017. Her doctoral research is focused on educational development, critical pedagogy, compassion, bias and arts-based research methods in higher education. UAL Teaching Learning and Employability Exchange https://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/teaching-and-learning-exchange UAL AEM and Attainment: https://www.arts.ac.uk/about-ual/teaching-and-learning-exchange/aem-and-attainment Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zines: https://decolonisingtheartscurriculum.myblog.arts.ac.uk/ UAL Creative Mindsets: https://ualcreativemindsets.myblog.arts.ac.uk/ Interrogating Spaces Podcast: http://interrogatingspaces.buzzsprout.com/683798 BLACK, ASIAN AND MINORITY ETHNIC STUDENT ATTAINMENT AT UK UNIVERSITIES: #CLOSINGTHEGAP: https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/reports/Documents/2019/bame-student-attainment-uk-universities-closing-the-gap.pdf Supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic students during the coronavirus pandemic https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/news-blog-and-events/events/supporting-black-asian-and-minority-ethnic-students-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/ Gurnam Singh (3 May 2020), Covid-19 does discriminate – so we should tackle its impact on BAME students. https://wonkhe.com/blogs/covid-19-does-discriminate-so-we-should-tackle-its-impact-on-bame-students/ Shades of Noir: https://shadesofnoir.org.uk/ Audre Lorde (2018) The Master’s Tools will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.
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June 26, 2020
Episode 22 - The making of an inclusive school with Trystan Williams
Want to know more about diversity and inclusion? How do we make our environment inclusive for ALL pupils and staff? In this episode, I talk with Trystan Williams - Principle of Venturers' Academy and Executive Leads Primary Schools in the Venturers' Trust. We discuss the needs of ALL young people and how we can help them cope with the way the world has changed so rapidly and quickly. I am sure you will agree that Trystan brings wonderful insights and useful tips for young people, teachers, leaders and parents. You can find Trystan on Twitter.
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June 19, 2020
Episode 21 - What stories do you tell yourself? The importance of our mindset with Caroline Ferguson
Do you tend to want to change the external conditions? What if we had a lot more power than we realised? In this episode, I have an extremely powerful conversation with the amazing Caroline Ferguson, Mindset trainer. As a Mindset Trainer and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, Caroline helps business leaders overcome wellbeing issues like stress, imposter syndrome, limiting beliefs and low self worth.  By listening to this episode, you will discover how it is in your control to shape your own experience(s) through your thoughts and mindset. Caroline will provide you with very useful tips and tools. If you want to know more, you can contact Caroline by visiting her website https://carolineferguson.com/ or on LinkedIn.
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June 12, 2020
Episode 20 - Specific tips and tools to handle the 'new' normal effectively with Elizabeth Gillies
Are you worried about what is going to happen when our children go back to school? Are you worried about going back to work? In this second conversation with Elizabeth Gillies - Educational psychologist based in London we talk tips and advice on how to handle transition back to work and school effectively - we discuss 'cultural agility' as a great tool for our 'tool box'. What it is and how it can be used by students, staff and parents alike. You can find Elizabeth on Linkedin
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June 5, 2020
Episode 19 - What happens when the kids go back to school? with Elizabeth Gillies
Are you worried about what is going to happen when our children go back to school? Are you worried about going back to work? In this episode, I interviewed Elizabeth Gillies - Educational psychologist based in London and we talk about the challenges and disruptions Covid-19 has brought over the last few months. Elizabeth discusses her work with young people in transition and how to deal with ALL our emotions and how we can support our children/pupils back (and ourselves). You can find Elizabeth on Linkedin
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May 29, 2020
Episode 18 - Are you struggling to be everything to everyone? With Nicola Huelin
Are you struggling to juggle 'working from home', homeschooling/family life and all the other tasks ahead of you? Do you often feel frustrated? Then I would highly recommend listening to this interview with Nicola Huelin, multi-award winning, qualified and accredited business coach and mentor, with over 20 years' in business, Nicola has connected, coached and mentored hundreds of women through Mpower for mums in business. She shares really good advice on what we can do to flourish in life. Twitter: @MpowerMumsinbiz https://www.mpower.academy/nicolahuelin
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May 22, 2020
Episode 17 - Is Mindfulness really the answer? with Adam Dacey
This is the longest conversation, I have had so far but it was so worth it! Listen to this conversation with Adam Dacey - Founder of MindSpace. He taught me all I know about Mindfulness. In this episode, we talk about how he discovered Mindfulness and why Mindfulness has become so popular. We also discuss some of the more advanced practices and why they might be useful for us during Covid-19. LINKS Web: https://www.mindspace.org.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/createmindspace/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mindspaceuk Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mindspaceuk/
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May 15, 2020
Episode 16 - Worried about online safety? Follow the Breck principles with Lorin LaFave
If you want to hear more about safer internet for all children and young people – whether they are gaming, communicating on social media, using apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity, then please listen to this interview with Lorin LaFave (Breck's mum) founder of The Breck Foundation  in 2014 in response to the tragic murder of Breck Bednar, a 14-year-old Surrey schoolboy who loved science, computing and gaming who was groomed online. You can watch Beck's last game here http://www.breckfoundation.org/ Lorin LaFave Founder and Head of Education & External Affairs e: lorin.lafave@breckfoundation.org t: 01883 621102 (ext 1322) m: 07799 418070 @lorinlafave
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May 13, 2020
Episode 15 - Mental health and wellbeing issues - how the science of compassion can help us with Dr Theo Gilbert
A fascinating conversation about an exciting topic on how the science of compassion and how adopting a compassionate approach can help improve well-being in Higher Education (and education/life in general) with Dr Theo Gilbert. I loved every minute of it and felt so inspired. Dr Theo Gilbert is Associate Professor at the Learning Teaching Innovation Centre of the University of Hertfordshire. Check out his website on embedding and Assessing Compassion in the University Curriculum. You can check his profile here He is also on Twitter
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May 7, 2020
Episode 14 - Your emotions - good or bad? with Davide Antognazza
If you struggle with your emotions and would like to understand their roles and their importance in your daily lives, then I highly recommend listening to this wonderful conversation with Davide Antognazza who is based in Locarno Switzerland.  Davide currently works as senior researcher and lecturer at the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland. Davide does research in International Education, Teacher Education and Didactics. It's main interest is emotional intelligence in education. He as a Masters in Education from Harvard School of Education. He is an expert on emotional intelligence and in this conversation we discuss emotions (all of them - positive and negatives) and why we need to 'befriend them'. You can find him on Twitter
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May 1, 2020
Episode 13 - How to handle transitions effectively and positively with Louise Wiles
About to go to University? Worried for your child? In this conversation Louise and I discuss how to use positive change and transition knowledge to university transition (and any transition). Louise is a coach and consultant supporting individuals and organisations to navigate the challenges and maximise the opportunities and outcomes of relocation and international employment. Through her coaching and training programmes, Louise supports individuals and dual career couples to navigate change and transition positively and build thriving professional and personal lives abroad. Louise holds a MSc, in Occupational Psychology, a Certificate in Creating Positive Change, is an Enhanced Narrative Coach Practitioner and is a Certified Personal Performance Coach. Louise is also host of the Thriving Abroad Podcast HERE  and author of Thriving Abroad: The definitive guide to Professional and Personal Relocation Success HERE If you would like to connect with Louise, you can email her Louise@Louisewiles.com
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April 24, 2020
Episode 12 - Covid-19: online teaching and how to keep motivated - a conversation with Owen Barlow
This week - I had a conversation with Owen Barlow - one of Bristol Insitute for Learning and Teaching (BILT)'s Student Fellows. He is currently working on the wellbeing in the curriculum project. You can find out more about him here We've had numerous conversations in the past but today we focus on Covid-19 and the move to online teaching and online assignments. How can we all (students and staff) remain motivated. We discuss what motivation is and how we can make the current situation work for us. Thanks Owen for a wonderful conversation and for allowing me to reflect on this. If you want to reach Owen - his twitter handle is @ob_owenbarlow.
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April 16, 2020
Episode 11 - Drug education through Daniel's story with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs
In this episode I speak with Fiona Spargo-Mabbs. She shared her son Daniel's story with me and we talked all about drugs and the work she is currently doing through the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. How can we support young people to make safer choices about drugs. A powerful story that we all need to hear. Thanks Fiona! The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation The websites Fiona mentioned were: Talk to Frank  https://www.talktofrank.com/ Drugscience https://drugscience.org.uk/ Drugsand.me https://www.drugsand.me/en/ Other useful sites Fiona and her foundation refer parents to are: Say why to drugs podcasts https://play.acast.com/s/saywhytodrugs/ Alcohol Education Trust https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/ Festivalsafe https://www.festivalsafe.com/ Teen Tips https://www.teentips.co.uk/
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April 10, 2020
Episode 10 - Covid 19 a threat or an opportunity for education with Dr Debbie Pinfold
I spoke with my colleague Dr Debbie Pinfold, Senior Lecturer in German and our topic was Covid 19 - is it a threat or an opportunity for education? We discuss personal tutoring, the challenging experience of moving our teaching to online teaching and online assessments, stress and anxiety for staff and students. If you want to find out more about Debbie and her amazing work- you can see her University profile here. I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I enjoyed speaking with Debbie - thanks so much for a wonderful conversation!
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April 8, 2020
Episode 9 - Social media's impact on our mental health with Bailey Parnell
I am really excited to be sharing this episode with the amazingly talented Bailey Parnell. We talk about the impact of social media on our mental health. Bailey Parnell is the Founder & CEO of SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company, and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Bailey is a TEDx speaker with near 1 million views (watch it here), an award-winning digital marketer, and a businesswoman with a talent for helping people develop the skills they need for success. Her work and expertise have been featured in Forbes, CBC, FOX, Flare Magazine, and more. Bailey is also currently completing her part-time Masters in Communications and Culture at Ryerson University with research looking into social media's impact on mental health, the results of which she presented at the World Youth Forum in Egypt. If you want to find out more about Bailey - check out her website here
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April 2, 2020
Episode 8 - Coronavirus, fear of death and loss - a fabulous discussion with Debra-Jo Bright
In this episode, I have a conversation with my American friend Debra-Jo Bright. Over the weekend I felt very ill and very scared of dying and admitted to friends and family how I felt and how scared I was. I LOVED this conversation. So good to openly discuss my fears and to hear Debra-Jo and Frank's story. Debra-Jo's husband was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer 2 years ago. He's been living with cancer since. Debra-Jo shares their story, her views on death, spirituality, etc. Again - some of my beliefs were challenged but I loved our conversation very much. You can find her here www.TheBrightHouses.com During the podcast she mentioned Julie Ryan - https://askjulieryan.com/ - it might be a bit too much for you (I know this is stretching my limits...) but feel free to explore further. This is the meditation Debra-Jo mentioned https://youtu.be/VLqN25Mxx2A Enjoy and I would love to hear your views on this topic. 
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March 31, 2020
Episode 7 - Homeschooling and empowering children and teens through natural learning with Emily Quandt
This week I  have been struggling with self-isolating as a family and you may have seen on my Facebook that I have given up on the whole idea of home educating the boys. If you too have been having issues and experienced stress on how to juggle it all and 'do the best' for your children/teens, then you will absolutely LOVE this conversation with Emily Quandt. Such useful tips and Emily really challenged some of my beliefs around natural learning. Thank you Emily!!! If you want to reach Emily - you can email her email is emily@FreetoLearnCommunity.com https://www.facebook.com/freetolearncommunity/ http://freetolearncommunity.com/ If you want to see about an Agile Learning Center near them they can check the network map here: https://agilelearningcenters.org/#map If you are looking for more info on how to support Self-Directed Education during this time at home there are tons of resources here: https://www.self-directed.org/ Finally if you are listeners more than readers, here is another helpful resource podcast of another mama doing Self-Directed Education. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fare-of-the-free-child/id1138611256
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March 27, 2020
Episode 6 - I heart learning with Dr Michelle Donah
This week we speak with Dr Michelle Donah, Educator Life and Academic Coach at I heart Learning LLC in North Carolina, USA. We talk about the importance of telling young people that they are already perfect as they are, how learning difficulties affect young people and what we can do as parents and teachers to empower them and not apply the deficit model to our parenting/education. You can find more about Michelle here
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March 20, 2020
Episode 5 - Joyful Empowered Living with Melissa Alexander
Another international episode - this time with my friend Melissa Alexander who is a primary school teacher in the US (in Arizona) and Director of Joyful Empowered Living. She teaches empowerment programmes to  students, teachers, and families who wish to discover more personal joy in life. You can reach her by email: Melissa@joyfulempoweredliving.com
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March 13, 2020
Episode 4 - Flourishing and Languishing with Professor Corey Keyes
I am delighted to share this episode with Professor Corey Keyes at Emory College of Art and Sciences in Atlanta, USA. He is an expert in social psychology and mental health. His research centers on illuminating the “two continua” model of health and illness, showing how the absence of mental illness does not translate into the presence of mental health, and revealing that the causes of true health are often distinct processes from those now understood as the risks for mental illness.  Corey's flourishing and languishing continuum has been instrumental to my research and it is the reason this podcast, my business and my first book all have the name they have. As you will hear when you listen to this episode, it was such a pleasure and an honour to speak to Corey again and to have such an in depth conversation about wellbeing, positive psychology, flourishing and languishing. Further information on Corey's work can be found here I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed speaking with Corey.
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March 6, 2020
Episode 3 - Everyday Matters with Dr Eithne Hunt
Today I share our first international interview, with the wonderful Dr Eithne Hunt. Eithne is is a State registered occupational therapist who has clinical, research and teaching expertise in the area of adolescent health. She is also an award-winning university lecturer who has developed innovative curricula on everyday activities and health. We talk about adoslecent brain and her new programme 'Everyday Matters - healthy habits for college students' she is introducing at University College Cork, Ireland (UCC). Read an article in Thrive Global about it You can find out more about her here and reach her on twitter and her email is e.hunt@ucc.ie
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February 27, 2020
Episode 2 - The importance of sleep for our wellbeing with Dr Akram
This week I share the interview I had with Dr Asha Akram, Neuroscientist and University Teacher from the University of Sheffield. A must listen to for any of you who want to know more about sleep and how important it is for all of us. We discuss what is sleep, why we sleep, society's veiw on sleep, the benefits of a good night's sleep, what happens when you're sleep deprived, sleep and mental health, how to get a good sleep, advice for parents with teenagers, advice for people who suffer from stress and anxiety and much more. You can reach Dr Akram through twitter or via her webpage
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February 21, 2020
Episode 1 - Systems Thinking and Education with Kelly Challis
Today I share my interview with Kelly Challis a Consultant Teacher at Driver Youth Trust. We talk about Systems Thinking and why it is a new and exciting approach for Education which will benefit institutions, teachers, parents and students alike. You can find Kelly on Linked in or on Twitter. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed speaking to her. Have a good week and a fantastic weekend.
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February 14, 2020
Intro Flourishing Education Podcast
Welcome to Flourishing Education: The podcast that brings you tools and strategies to understand that joy and happiness come from the inside.  If you are interested in learning more about how to embed wellbeing into your daily lives then you are in the right place.  There is no magic wand, no silver bullet - just solutions specific to you as the unique, perfect individual that you are.  Find out what others do and see what you would like to start implementing in your own life.
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February 8, 2020