Follow Your Bliss

Follow Your Bliss

By A Gentler Pace | Nicola Fisher
A series of interviews exploring how change takes us on unexpected journeys and leads us to discover our essence and purpose.





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Mark Matousek - Author and Memoirist
Mark Matousek is an award winning and bestselling author, teacher and speaker whose work focuses on transformative writing and self-enquiry. In this episode, we talk about Mark's own pivotal moments navigating change; his writing collaboration with Ram Dass and his book about Mother Meera. Mark shares his writing routine and his current project, a book about Ralph Waldo Emerson. We discuss essence and how our greatest catalysts for change can come from our losses.  You can find Mark online here: Website: https://www.markmatousek.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mark.matousek The Seekers Forum: https://theseekersforum.com/ If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
51:17
June 22, 2020
Jane Dyer - Vocational Rehabilitation Coach
Jane Dyer works with business owners and individuals helping them bridge the gap between health and work. In this episode, we talk about how Jane views her lifelong disability and her can do attitude that inspires others to face their own health challenges; how she has grown her business and the importance of having a team around you; the legacy she would like to leave; and her travels with her lorry driver partner. You can find Jane online here: Website: https://tudorroseservices.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TudorRoseBusinessServices/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-dyer-11158098/ If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
49:22
June 15, 2020
Teresa Renton, Writer
Teresa Renton writes for women who are seeking a more intentional, self-fulfilling, and creative lifestyle.  In this episode, we talk about how Teresa came to search for her authentic self and do the things that light her up; her passion for writing and stories; the catalyst for embracing her truth; what she has learned along the way; what she values; and her quest to share her findings with other women and to spread the message that it's never too later.  You can find Teresa online here:  Website: https://ladychicpea.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ladychicpea/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeresaRenton  Medium: https://medium.com/@teresasochackarenton  If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here:  Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
59:08
May 4, 2020
Chris Fisher, Woodturner
Chris Fisher is the UK’s only completely blind professional woodturner, and the first blind turner to be accepted on to the Register of Professional Turners. He is also my husband. In this episode, we talk about why Chris doesn't want his eyesight back, dealing with failure, finding purpose and inspiring others, using technology as a blind man, the good and bad of sight loss; Bamber, Chris' Guide Dog, and why being blind is who Chris was meant to be. You can find Chris online here: Website: https://theblindwoodturner.co.uk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blindwoodturner/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/blindwoodturner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blindwoodturner/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/blindwoodturner If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
1:05:39
April 26, 2020
Nicky Pattinson, Speaker
Nicky Pattinson is a huge inspiration to me. A straight talker, Nicky is a maverick who shares the story of how she navigated decimation and came out the other side, and who now elevates individuals and businesses so that they reconnect to their genius.  In this episode, we talk about what drives Nicky, how we are all someone and how to embrace who we truly are, and why the pivotal moments in our lives teach us what we're good at. We discuss Nicky's need for validation and its roots in her childhood, and how she got back up after the death of her son, Jackson.   Nicky uses some adult language in this episode.  You can find Nicky online here:  Website: https://nickypattinson.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hiyaitsnicky/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/HiyaitsNicky  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HiyaItsNicky/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HiyaItsNicky1  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickypattinson/  If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here:  Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
1:06:40
April 19, 2020
Alex Cuncev, Storyteller
Alexandra Cuncev is a storyteller telling inspiring life stories to showcase beautiful and little known projects in the charitable world. In this episode, we talk about Planet Project, a multimedia project celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Alex is inviting people around the world to take part on 22nd April 2020 by joining hands, virtually, around the world with their creativity. We discuss storytelling and narrative, why stories are so important for us to find meaning and purpose, and how we enrich each other by sharing our own stories. Alex also speaks about living through the Romanian Revolution which took place in 1989, and how that informs her life today. You can find Alex online here: Website: https://storisse.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storisse/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/storisse_com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/storissecom Podcast: https://storisse.com/podcast/ If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
54:53
April 14, 2020
Karen Staniland-Platt, Photographer
Karen Staniland-Platt is a photographer who is passionate about inspiring women and girls to do what they love and to be seen. In this episode, we talk about Karen's career evolution and her desire to find her own creative outlet; how she found this in photography; the importance for Karen of visibility and being seen, especially for women; the evolution of finding purpose and the lessons learned from growing a business. Damian Lewis even gets a mention! You can find Karen online here: Website: https://www.withpassionandpurpose.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/withpassionandpurpose/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wpassionpurpose Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withpassionandpurposeuk/ If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
1:01:40
April 6, 2020
Erin Werley, Author
Erin Werley is the author of One Truth, One Law: I AM, I Create. In this episode, we talk about how Erin began to hear and talk to her inner voice, which she calls the wise voice of the Universe; the challenges of following your purpose, and how our individual blueprints unfold. We chat about Erin's current book, One Truth, One Law: I AM, I Create, and her forthcoming book, due out in May. Although this episode was recorded several weeks ago, the themes we cover are very relevant. We spoke about the changes that were unfolding at the time and leading people to embrace slow living and a greater connection with nature.  You can find Erin online here: Website: https://www.erinwerley.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinwerley/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuA-7HqmdESZvqHR6NaZcJQ If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
57:02
March 30, 2020
Karen Andrews, Bullet Journaler and Creative
Karen Andrews is a former HR Manager who left her dayjob to become her own boss, and who now creates and sells typographic prints and shares her love of bullet journaling. In this episode, we talk about Karen's transition to working for herself, seeking a more creative and fulfilling outlet and discovering bullet journaling. We chat about finding the clues in what we loved as children and how Karen designed her life around doing the things she enjoys, Karen's podcast 'Being Heard' and the importance of following your curiosity.  You can find Karen online here: Website: https://www.thehappysideof40.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehappysideof40 If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
59:49
March 23, 2020
Katy Carlisle, Squarespace Queen
Katy Carlisle is a Squarespace Expert and Trainer who set up as a freelance under the umbrella of The Wheel Exists in 2013, so that she could be her own boss.  In this episode, we talk about how Katy's business name came about and how she fell into web design, becoming a Squarespace expert; the evolution of The Wheel Exists and how working with a coach helped Katy identify what she wanted to do; fitting work around life in a non-lifestyle business way; and the impact surfing has on Katy's work. We also talk about a back burner project about living differently and sustainably. And, of course, we couldn't have a conversation without mentioning the inimitable Paul Jarvis! You can find Katy online here: Website: https://www.thewheelexists.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewheelexists/ Twitter: hhttps://twitter.com/thewheelexists If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
43:55
March 16, 2020
Katherine May, Author
Katherine May is an author whose most recent book, Wintering, a memoir, is the story of Katherine's year long journey through her own personal Winter. A sea swimmer, Katherine loves cold water, long walks and sea views, and lives in Whitstable with her husband and son, and dog, Fraggle. In this episode, we talk about engaging with the seasons and the increasing importance of the impact on us of the natural world; the joys of swimming and being in the water for its own sake; how walking can help an idea to percolate and lead to magical thinking; reading rabbit holes; the importance of our life's work; being a writer without following the rules or a routine; and the writing process and community. We talk, of course, about Wintering, quiet pleasures and the joys of holding a hibernating dormouse. You can find Katherine online here: Website: http://katherine-may.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katherinemay_/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/_katherine_may_ If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
46:37
March 8, 2020
Katya Willems, Instagram Trainer
Katya Willems is an Instagram Trainer who left her job at BBC 5 Live after a 10 year career there. While at the BBC, Katya ran social media workshops for journalists, which was to be the catalyst for her to set out to discover her 'thing'. In this episode, we talk about the milestones that triggered some of the changes including turning 40 and wanting to be creative; how long it takes to get started in business and the challenges along the way; taking a year off but building a foundation for what was to come; who inspired Katya to connect with her values of conscious consumerism, sustainability and being eco friendly. We talk about the workshops that Katya hosts, how to be visible online and the benefits of helping the community around you. You can find Katya online here: Website: https://easyinstamcr.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/easyinstamcr/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/easyinstamcr If you would like to get in touch with me, Nicola Fisher, you can find me here: Website: https://seedtosource.co.uk/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seedtosource/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/seedtosource Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seedtosource
59:23
March 1, 2020
My new job title
Today I talk about: my three values and how they underline everything I do.
10:20
January 16, 2020
A jigsaw without a picture
Today I talk about: this morning's walk along the canal. Living my dream. How you can move forward even if you don't know where you're heading.
09:08
January 14, 2020
A year of magic
Today I talk about: my plans for 2020 and planning. Why I’m recording a podcast for the first time in a while. My hopes and dreams for this year.
12:06
January 13, 2020
The Essence Map
This video is part of a free resource called the Essence Map. Please see my website for more information: https://seedtosource.co.uk/repository/   ~~~   We start with an interview with my husband, Chris Fisher RPT, also known as the Blind Woodturner.   Chris lost his sight 11 years ago, becoming completely blind in a period of four weeks. He has travelled through all of the milestones of the Essence Map and we talk about what it really felt like and how his life was transformed by the whole journey.   Chris is now the UK's first professional, accredited blind woodturner and he travels the country sharing his story and giving public woodturning demonstrations. His mission is to inspire and motivate others to achieve their potential.   You can also watch the video of this interview: https://youtu.be/sdcNJUBdU7I
52:27
December 12, 2019
Message from a robin
Today I talk about: my love of our hawthorn trees. Reworking the stumperies. A visit from the local robin. Our plans to move house. The Writers' Retreat at the weekend. A short story and some work on my website.
10:05
October 22, 2019
Change is coming
Today I talk about: our weekend travels to Nuneaton. A beautiful new and bespoke fountain pen. A visit to Derbyshire and changes. Talking to Nik Davis about clarity.
10:24
October 15, 2019
The lone wolf syndrome
Today I talk about: wanting to be inspired. A new website I found recently by Nik Davis. Which led me to James Victore. And his book, Feck Perfuction. Sally Hogshead and How to Fascinate.
10:12
October 9, 2019
Who am I?
Today I talk about: who I am. The theme of essence that runs through my website/blog. Being an INFP. Entering a new creative phase. Writing and photography. My husband, Chris Fisher, aka the Blind Woodturner.
10:01
October 8, 2019
Talking a lot about planning
Today I talk about: planning the Kanban way. Catching up with editing our other podcast, At Home with the Fishers. Reaching 100 subscribers! Being a control freak and getting a handle on all my planning.
09:51
October 7, 2019
Mad as a hatter
Today I talk about: seeing Fisherman's Friends at the Bridgewater Hall. Bamber going on patrol with the security team. The origins of mad hatter and walking in the footsteps of some of my ancestors. 
10:03
October 6, 2019
The best latte ever
Today I talk about: house hunting in Derbyshire. A great latte at Tagg Lane Dairy (and wonderful cake too). Spotting Chester from Four Weddings and a Funeral talking about Morning Pages on his Instagram. Having a listener! 
09:49
October 5, 2019
On location and special guest
We’re on location in Staffordshire. Today I talk about: woodturning demonstrations. How the Blind Woodturner uses tech for the blind. My latest blog post. The Post It/Trello integration.
10:00
October 4, 2019
Making a plan and checking it twice
Today I talk about: planning, inspired by Helen Redfern's latest video. Where I might be able to sell my photographs. My to do list for today on Post-It notes. Editing a blog post featuring Michael Buble. The podcast is now live on Spotify! Interesting engagement on Instastories.  P.S. I meant iOS 13.1.1 NOT 3.1.1!! 
09:19
October 3, 2019
The first frosty morning
Today I talk about: the first frost this morning and going from Indian Summer (apart from the rain!) to full on Autumn. Watching geese fly over in V formation. Taking photographs in the garden as a future reminder. Matthew returning from his Summer in Hong Kong to make videos for Chris' YouTube channel. (Today they made a film about concentration fatigue!). Making Chris' new website live and sending out a newsletter. Watching the last season of The Big Bang Theory.
09:55
October 2, 2019
This Is Me
The first podcast!  Today I talk about: planning the last quarter of 2019, and the decade! Josephine Brooks and the 12 week plan. Selling my photographs.My Instagram accounts - seedtosource and pinkmacro. The video of This Is Me. Ben Thompson, the guy in the purple sweat top.
09:52
October 1, 2019
Follow Your Bliss - the Prequel Episode
The prequel to my new podcast, Follow Your Bliss, talking about my journey to find a simplified way of life, my creative projects, and my life as the wife of a blind woodturner.
07:49
September 30, 2019