Pivot Points Podcast

Pivot Points Podcast

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‘Pivot Points’ explores, celebrates and normalises the twists, turns and changes of course in life.

Each episode we take our guests on a retrospective; looking back on how they felt at their pivot points; the highs, lows, failures and fixes. We delve into their mindset, perspective and choices at that time, and what it has taught them in the long run.
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Episode 10: The Black Jewish Experience with Sarah Castro MBE
Sarah Castro MBE has over 20 years’ experience working with charities, local authorities and in social housing. Sarah has worked in some of London’s most disadvantaged communities and is currently an Independent Adviser to the Metropolitan Police during critical incidents, and acts as an independent observer on high-level operations. She also works with the Trident Gangs Unit on their community engagement strategy. This episode is a unique opportunity to hear someone, incredibly knowledgeable and eloquent, discuss what it is like to be a black Jew today and what happens when these two worlds, which are so often perceived to be like oil and water, come together. With headlines telling us that antisemitism is rife and our eyes being opened to the blatant and systemic racism all around us, this episode explores these issues from the inside and is not one to be missed. In this episode, Sarah talks to us about: The Black Lives Matter movement and how this is a “no go back moment” in time Wiley’s recent anti-semetic commentary How the Jewish and Black communities have more in common than sets them apart We cover generational trauma, non violent communication, how Jews became white, her work with drug wrecked communities and the power these communities have in the fight for their own standards of living So we cover a lot! You will fall off your chair with the blast of energy. Please do write in with your questions to pivotpointspod@gmail.com and we will get Sarah back on to answer these You can find Sarah on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-castro-mbe-frsa-ab971023/?originalSubdomain=uk You can get hold of Gabi & Amelia here: @pivotpointspodcast www.linkedin.com/company/pivot-points-podcast/ pivotpointspod@gmail.com www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Rob Sell is our Editor / Life saver Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also know as Alix Kol. Logo design - DShaw & Co
54:00
August 13, 2020
Episode 9: The art of happiness (and how to be imperfect) with Tal Ben-Shahar
Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and Harvard University lecturer.  He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership.  Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multinational corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. This episode is a learning experience on steroids!! With encyclopedic breadth we discuss the key to happiness, how to conquer perfectionism and, if you were to transcribe the episode, you would have a mic drop quote for every day of the year! We ask him about; What stops people pivoting in life? How to still be a high achiever, and understand when something is ‘good enough’ How we should view failure Quote gems: ‘What’s most personal is most general’ ‘Failure and success are not seen as synonymous’ ‘The Arrival Fallacy’ - a game changer concept. Resources. Mentions: Alain De Botton - https://www.alaindebotton.com/ Carl Rogers - http://carlrrogers.org/ Karen Horenie - The Neurotic Personality of Our Time Richard Wiseman - https://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/ Shirley Yuval-Yair - https://www.haaretz.com/1.5203440 Vicktor Frankell - https://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/history-of-happiness/viktor-frankl/ Nestor - ‘Breathe’ - https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/breath Wim Hof - Iceman - https://www.wimhofmethod.com/ Ben Zander - https://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_zander_the_transformative_power_of_classical_music/up-next?language=en
1:14:48
August 6, 2020
Mini Pivot: Tal Ben Shahar
A trailer for our eye opening conversation with Tal Ben Shahar,  Author and Harvard University lecturer.   He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership.  His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. VERY worth tuning in! Full episode released on Thursday.
04:14
August 4, 2020
Episode 8: Miscarriage & Menopause with Jess Rad
Jess Rad is the founder of ‘The WomenHood’, which connects women on the issues that matter to help them navigate womanhood. Her mission is to empower women with the knowledge, mindset and toolkit to make positive changes in their lives. This episode really opened our eyes to the unspoken aspects of womanhood: miscarriage and premature menopause. How have we gone this long? It’s like a weird Fight Club mentality - you can’t talk about the trauma - you just have to be with it and allow it to beat you up. Well, NO MORE says Jess Rad! She has bravely opened up the conversation through her own experiences. She asks to be heard and not told how to feel. And lets us know how to speak to people who have gone through similar life events. The episode is also informative from a medical perspective. She bust myths around HRT, what the 34 (yes, 34) side effects of menopause are (spoiler, not just hot flashes!), that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, they are painful, traumatic and, invariably, unsupported by medical staff. This episode is a heavy subject with a lightness of touch that makes it accessible and human. Resources: Amazing Menopause doctor on a mission, Dr Louise Newson - https://instagram.com/menopause_doctor?igshid=kew31qrxf32q Liz Earle, wellbeing warrior, brilliant podcast - https://open.spotify.com/show/5YLl0cJmNFUzP6Ow5Uiroo?si=b6yohF1tSJiIcYyFh3kHTA Lost Connections book by Johann Hari - about root causes of depression and anxiety HRT replacement - gel on thighs not as a pill! With Alva has a very useful menopause assessment: https://withalva.com/menopause-assessment If you have been affected by the discussion around miscarriage, Tommy's do wonderful work in supporting women https://www.tommys.org/ Find Jess Rad here: https://www.instagram.com/thewomen_hood/ You can get hold of Gabi & Amelia here: @pivotpointspodcast www.linkedin.com/company/pivot-points-podcast/ pivotpointspod@gmail.com Gabi: www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  Amelia: www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Rob Sell is our Editor / Life saver Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also know as Alix Kol. Logo design - DShaw & Co
48:50
July 30, 2020
Mini Pivot: Jess Rad- The WomenHood
This week we shine a spotlight on the hushed pain points of many families, miscarriages and menopause.  We meet Jess Rad, founder of The WomenHood (https://www.instagram.com/missjessrad/) and we speak about the unspoken. Jess is thoughtful, wise and candid as she shares her experiences. She is hosting an 'Unspoken Session'  on Money Confidence; on Thursday 30th July. You can join her by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-unspoken-sessions-money-confidence-tickets-112435710236?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
03:41
July 28, 2020
Episode 7: Jason Goldberg
We’re joined by Jason Goldberg; entrepreneur, author of best selling book 'Prison Break', TEDx speaker and a rapper, who once opened for the Woo Tang Clan (yes, true). Jason is gifted with wisdom and intellect, which he relays with an entertaining lightness that makes this episode unmissable. Listen to this episode if you: Want to understand a new way to relate to negative emotions Need a lesson in self trust Are ready to make changes that stick Soooooo many ‘mic drop’ moments. Gabi and Amelia were clearly in awe / getting their heads round some mind bending concepts / falling a little bit in love. Jason has pivoted in more ways than one, which has brought him some awe inspiring insights and teachings that he shares with us. Physically losing over 9 stone in weight, getting a divorce after 10 years of marriage, leaving behind an extremely successful career to take the leap into entrepreneurship and, moving across the country to start a new life. The power in Jason’s pivots comes from the fact he has been able to study them with such conscious objectivity. They have formed the foundation of his work today which is insightful, accessible and life changing. This episode is filled with humour, warmth, humanness and wisdom that will leave you thinking, re-thinking and questioning. He has been generous enough to provide our listeners with a free copy of his book 'Prison Break', which you can download via this link: http://GetPrisonBreak.com/PivotPoints. We have read/listened to it and it comes highly recommended. People he mentioned in the episode: Byron Katie - https://thework.com/ Eckhart Tolle - https://eckharttolle.com/ Christian Michaelson - https://christianmickelsen.com/ Viktor E. Frankl - Man's Search for Meaning.  Ashley Stahl - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRtBHF-WPpM Mind Valley - https://www.mindvalley.com You see more of Jason here: http://www.thejasongoldberg.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonrgoldberg/ https://www.instagram.com/TheJasonGoldberg/ https://www.youtube.com/user/meometry https://www.facebook.com/TheJasonGoldberg/ https://twitter.com/jasonthespeaker You can get hold of Gabi & Amelia here: @pivotpointspodcast  //  www.linkedin.com/company/pivot-points-podcast/ //  pivotpointspod@gmail.com www.gabriellamillercoach.com  www.kinestheticacoaching.com 
1:04:31
July 23, 2020
Mini Pivot: Jason Goldberg
Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect on Thursday when we’re joined by the wonderful Jason Goldberg - http://www.thejasongoldberg.com/ Listen to this episode if you: Want to understand a new way to relate to negative emotions Need a lesson in self trust Are ready to make changes that stick We fell a little (#alot) in love with him. We know you will too. 
05:58
July 21, 2020
Episode 6: Hollie Holden. Mother, Midwife, Poet, Philosopher, Teacher, Noticer
This week we’re joined by the effervescent Hollie Holden. If you haven’t fallen in love with her by the end of this episode, we’ll give you your money back! This episode is for you, if you struggle with perfectionism, or you struggle with finding the silver lining during the hard times, or you find change crippling. Even as big pivot fans ourselves; she mirrored back to us how important it is to reflect upon our pivot points - learn to love them (however hard they were/are) and move through them. She talks about pivots as a gateway. And that in order for something to be born something else must die, meaning pivots must have a moment of mourning and celebration. We need to stay soft at these times, to let the new in. She speaks of herself as a midwife - helping new ideas and change into the world - with support and love. She speaks of motherhood - ‘allowing another human to unfold’. There is no point wishing a ‘tulip bulb will grow to be a rose’. She asks beautiful, insightful questions such as: How can we be loved into our next pivot?, How do I work with what I’ve been given?, What’s the gift here?, What’s the invitation’ Find her here: http://www.hollieholden.me/ @hollieholdenloves Resources she also mentioned: Her non religious spiritual practice is based in ‘A Course in Miracles’ - it’s an awakening spiritual path. Found here: https://acim.org/acim/ Enneagram: https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-descriptions (Brene Brown does a podcast on this in Unlocking Us - this is the institute she recommends) Rudolf Steiner - biographical counselling: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biography_Work Robert Holden, author of ‘Loveability’ (and Hollie’s husband, who runs workshops with her): https://www.robertholden.com/loveability/ You can find us here: @pivotpointspodcast www.linkedin.com/company/pivot-points-podcast pivotpointspod@gmail.com Gabi Miller: www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  Amelia Saberwal: www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Editor / Life saver - Rob Sell Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also known as Alix Kol. Logo design - DShaw & Co
1:04:28
July 16, 2020
Mini Pivot: Trailer for Hollie Holden
This week we’re joined by Hollie Holden. Have a listen to this week’s mini pivot to get to know her a little ahead of the full episode on Thursday. Gabi shares how Hollie was part of her own life changing pivot point and you hear content that isn't shared in the main interview released this week. Hollie was so interesting before we even got started - we decided to share some of that footage too! If you fancy a pre-read: http://www.hollieholden.me/
07:19
July 14, 2020
Episode 5: Lennie Ware: Pivot Points with Table Manners!
This week's guest is one half of the ‘Table Manners’ podcast - Lennie Ware. A fiercely fabulous Mama Bear, Lennie Ware is a mother, social worker and celebrity podcaster (with her daughter Jessie Ware on 'Table Manners') Lennie talks to us about her life, her childhood, her 45 years in social work, raising 3 wonderfully successful children, how lockdown has affected her and how she finds her side hustle career - cooking and interviewing A-List celebrities in her kitchen. Funny, smart, interesting, sharp and brilliant, Lennie is a dream to speak to. This is her first solo podcast experience and we felt honoured to have it be with us. We learn about going with the flow, that traditional family structures aren’t a prerequisite  for traditional family values, and being unattached to what your children do with their lives can have the most empowering and successful results. If you’re unsure about whether you want to have children, this episode may be the deciding factor. Lennie’s love for her family and being a mother and grandmother, shine through everything she shares. Table Manners Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/table-manners-with-jessie-ware/id1305228910 Table Manners Cookbook https://www.waterstones.com/book/table-manners-the-cookbook/jessie-ware/lennie-ware/9781529105209 Jessie Ware's album - don't be like the French guy -you know Lennie will seek and destroy you if you don't buy it legit!  https://www.jessieware.com/ You can get Gabi & Amelia here: @pivotpointspodcast pivotpointspod@gmail.com www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Credits to: Rob Sell is our Editor / Life saver Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also know as Alix Kol. Logo design - DShaw & Co
47:55
July 9, 2020
Mini Pivot: Lennie Ware
The pubs are open again... and yet we didn't go - wtf? But Gabi & Amelia's Mums' did! Speaking of awesome Mum's -  here's a sneaky peak at our Lennie Ware episode released this week. 
05:10
July 7, 2020
Episode 4: Thomas 'Woody' Woodland
In today's episode we're joined by Woody; and boy! was this an enlightening conversation! It stretched our minds and made us question everything including our own thinking.  If you're interested to hear about someone who totally transformed their life, this episode is for you. From addict to guru, he talks to us about his years of addiction to drink and drugs, his time in rehab and his subsequent, awakening and sobriety. Woody worked in Private Equity, driven by money, success and a rock n roll lifestyle, before radically changing his life. He now coaches high performing individuals and lives in an (almost) constant state of peace... yes, you heard that right. Woody teaches us so much in this episode: We have inherent resilience. Our external experiences do not create our internal experience. (It's a mind bending concept in a lot of ways - but stick with it!) The power of thought - 'I don't have to feel what I'm thinking'. Pause a minute and take that in... you are not your thoughts Enthusiasm for life is within. We often don't realise it's us. We assume it's the external circumstances. Life is not an outside-in experience. Towards the end of the episode, we also discuss how Woody’s enlightened state of mind can marry up with the anger and outrage over such potent issues like Black Lives Matter: He notes - we don't make good decisions when we're mad, sad or worried. People mistake peace for inaction. Actually peace is inspired action. We have two states - stuck ‘in your thinking’ or ‘in life’. What we THINK is up for grabs. In short, our default is we feel what we think; but we are at choice to tell ourselves otherwise. Resources (from Woody himself!): - Syd Banks has lots of videos (I think 3 video series and many other individual ones) on YouTube and on www.sydbanks.com - If you want to get a feel for what the 3 Principles then the best thing to do is listen to Syd - just don't try to understand it intellectually. Look beyond the words to the Truth of it, we have to look within to understand it - 'Within' or 'inside' is a metaphor for beyond the physical world, beyond what any of us can conceive - Syd also wrote 6 books about this understanding Other amazing coaches / teachers mentioned: - Micahel Neill,  Dr George Pransky (Michael's mentor),  Dr Joe Bailey,  Dr Bill Pettit I also love Dr Dicken Bettinger, Cathy Casey, Judy Sedgman, Elsie Spittle.  You can find Woody: www.woodlandgrowth.com  thomas@woodlandgrowth.com  https://www.instagram.com/thomas.woodland/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomaswoodland/ And us: @pivotpointspodcast pivotpointspod@gmail.com Gabi Miller: www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  and Amelia Saberwal: www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Our Editor / Life saver - Rob Sell Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also know as Alix Kol. Logo design - DShaw & Co
43:30
July 2, 2020
Episode 3: Rabbi Jeremy Gordon
Rabbi Jeremy Gordon who is the Rabbi at New London Synagogue in St Johns Wood. Rabbi Jeremy graduated with a first class honours degree in Law from Cambridge University before going on to work in television. He subsequently went on to become a Rabbi, studying at the Hebrew University, the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. While in New York, Rabbi Jeremy trained as a hospital Chaplain and spent many hours working as a Chaplain with the Red Cross in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks On this episode he speaks about  ~ humans are built for imperfection. ~ there is strength in softness. ~ living in alignment with your values can look rebellious! ~ leadership of a community. ~ pivoting out of COVID. Stay on after the interview as we revisit Rabbi Jeremy to comment on the Black Lives Matter movement which covers his optimism about humans in a change process. Here's a link to Rabbi Jeremy's blog http://rabbionanarrowbridge.blogspot.com/ This is where you can find him - https://www.newlondon.org.uk/about-us/religous-leadership/rabbi/ He mentions:  Rabbi Louis Jacobs - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Jacobs Ben Okri, Poet and Author - https://www.ft.com/content/f89f39ec-ab3b-11ea-a766-7c300513fe47 This is us: @pivotpointspodcast pivotpointspod@gmail.com You can Gabi Miller here: www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  and Amelia Saberwal here: www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Our Editor / Life saver - Rob Sell Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also know as Alix Kol. Logo design - DShaw & Co
57:06
June 25, 2020
Episode 2: Louise Blyth
Louise Blyth is a mother of two young boys and an author who has just realised her memoir ‘Hope is Coming’ It tells of her husband's journey from his bowel cancer diagnosis to his passing away. When he was diagnosed their boys were just 2 years and 8 months old. He went through 8 rounds of chemotherapy but sadly passed away within a year of diagnosis. What runs in parallel to the story of George’s illness is the story of Louise finding her spirituality, taking her on a path from trauma to peace. She writes through prose, letters and prayers to her husband and to God. Her book gives its readers an insight into the vulnerability of terminal illness. It tells of hope in a dark place and gives an enlightened perspective around grief, loss and the difficult conversations these bring. In this episode she focuses on the diagnosis moment, finding her faith and the pivotal points after his death and it’s subsequent parallels with the global grief we feel in Coronavirus. Hope Is Coming is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hope-Coming-story-grief-gratitude/dp/1916332900 You can find Louise here: https://www.instagram.com/louise_blyth/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-blyth-207a7a49/ This is us: @pivotpointspodcast pivotpointspod@gmail.com You can Gabi Miller here: www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  and Amelia Saberwal here: www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Our Editor / Life saver - Rob Sell  Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also know as Alix Kol. Logo design - DShaw & Co
48:06
June 18, 2020
Trailer: Louise Blyth, Author of 'Hope is Coming'
This trailer is a letter read by Louise to her late husband. It's an extract from 'Hope Is Coming', Louise's book released in April this year.   The full episode of us exploring her Pivot Points is released on Thursday 18th June.  Louise Blyth is a mother of two young boys and an author who has just realised her memoir ‘Hope is Coming’  It tells of her husband's journey from his bowel cancer diagnosis to his passing away. When he was diagnosed their boys were just 2 years and 8 months old. He went through 8 rounds of chemotherapy but sadly passed away within a year of diagnosis. What runs in parallel to the story of George’s illness is the story of Louise finding her spirituality, taking her on a path from trauma to peace. She writes through prose, letters and prayers to her husband and to God. Her book gives its readers an insight into the vulnerability of terminal illness. It tells of hope in a dark place and gives an enlightened perspective around grief, loss and the difficult conversations these bring. In this episode she focuses on the diagnosis moment, finding her faith and the pivotal points after his death and its subsequent parallels with the global grief we feel in Coronavirus. Hope Is Coming is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hope-Coming-story-grief-gratitude/dp/1916332900 You can find Louise here: https://www.instagram.com/louise_blyth/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-blyth-207a7a49/
04:34
June 16, 2020
Episode 1: Ebony-Jewel Rainford- Brent
Ebony is a World Cup Winning Cricketer, who was the first black woman to play for the England Team. Now retired from playing, she is a Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker and Performance Coach. She talks to us about her pivot points, from an injury that almost ended her career before it had even begun, retiring from sport with no clear next step and what death has taught her about how to live.  Ebony hosts her own podcast - the Art of Success and you can follow her on instagram @ebonyjewelrainfordbrent  You can Gabi & Amelia here: @pivotpointspodcast pivotpointspod@gmail.com www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also know as Alix Kol.
48:28
June 2, 2020
Trailer
Welcome to Pivot Points, the bi monthly podcast which explores, celebrates and normalises the twits, turns and changes of course in life.  You can find us here:  @pivotpointspodcast pivotpointspod@gmail.com www.gabriellamillercoach.com @gabriellamiller.coach  www.kinestheticacoaching.com @kinesthetica_coaching Pivot Points Jingle - composed, performed and recorded by Alexandra Kolubayev, also know as Alix Kol.
01:54
May 29, 2020