The Happiness Diary - A personal journal to wellness podcast with Simon Ngo

The Happiness Diary - A personal journal to wellness podcast with Simon Ngo

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By Simon Ngo
As a wellness and lifestyle coach, Simon Ngo is passionate about helping people make a positive impact in their lives so they can in turn help other people enhance their lives. This is a podcast show about finding more sustainable wellness in our lives.

Each episode will showcase some millennial wisdom on how to inject more wellness and happiness in our daily lives using simple tips, tricks and mindset shifts. Simon's no-nonsense approach also features "Meaningful Conversations" with everyday individuals who have mastered their own art to happiness and wellness.
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#018 The Happiness Diary Launched!
Tune in to the very first episode in this format - The Happiness Diary!
31:22
March 16, 2019
The Happiness Diary!
The Happiness Diary! A re-launch and re-brand of The Happy Hour Podcast!
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March 15, 2019
#017 New Year Resolutions - Yay or Nay?
January can be hectic time of the year for New Year Resolutions! That's great! If we can all stick to them and get them ticked off by year end. This episode I share with you my five personal new year resolutions for 2019! As always, I would love to connect with you on Insta: @simonngo.wellness if you have any feedback and thoughts on the podcast, and I would love hear your new year resolutions! Show notes: Meditation app: Headspace iTunes & Google Play Store Netflix: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo High Performance Planner by Brendon Burchard Wellness: Detox Your Home Workshops based in Sydney upcoming
37:39
January 8, 2019
#016 Meaningful Conversations: Going Chemical-Free with Caitlin Robertson
This episode is another long awaited Meaningful Conversations segment episode where I invite a good friend of mine, Caitlin Robertson, over to my apartment to talk about her personal journey in going chemical free and sharing her knowledge and top tips in swapping into a more chemical-free lifestyle. We spoke about (the following) plus SO MUCH MORE! how did she get on to this journey herself? what actually are essential oils? how are they extracted and produced? how do we know if we are getting the quality ones vs copycats out there? why she uses Young Living Essential Oils? what are her personal favourite essential oils to use? what household and personal care items we all should swap out with a more chemical-free alternative? what ingredients on the label are immediate red flags? why we need to steer clear of these harmful toxins and chemicals in our lives? is it financially possible for everyone to afford the journey to swap-out? her mission to continually share this chemical-free journey with others and how you can get involved yourself? Notes/Resources: The must-watch Netflix Documentary "Stink" The must-read article on the companies with harmful chemicals in shampoo The website you can read more about Young Living's sourcing and sustainable practice in producing essential oils: SeedToSeal.Com The app you can install on your smartphone to cross-check your beauty, household and personal care products on the list of ingredients: ThinkDirty available on both iTunes and Google Play The upcoming Sydney chemical-free living workshop/gathering/masterclass happening on January 5th, 2019. Please DM either Caitlin or myself on Insta to get all the details. Come along and commence your chemical-free journey sooner rather than later along with the full support of the team. As usual, if you have enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the podcast wherever you tune in from. A 5-star review will help support a start-up podcast like us a very long way! Look forward to hearing what you guys think on this juicy episode! Until next time, "Sleep is Golden", "Movement is Medicine", "Mindfulness is Magic". Sxx
57:52
December 21, 2018
#015 The (Not So) Weekly Wrap-up with Simon Ngo
I know! I have done it again! Not being able to keep up with the demands of producing The Happy Hour Podcast! But, as usual, I regret nothing and I kinda like it that this podcast is raw and real, which has always been my intention since I launched it on the very first day. Here goes the not-so weekly wrap-up episode because we are wrapping two weeks' worth of contents into the one! One breathe is all it takes. A conscious mindful breath will be about 8-10 seconds and this attention and space created is literally enough to shift our mindset and also attitude. This will in turn change our actions and reactions towards a more serving one for ourselves and others, rather than not. Rather than approaching life from a sense of lack, let's approach life from a sense of abundance. We all deserve the very best irregardless of our finances, relationship, family, career etc. If we can mindfully stop being wasteful in all areas of our lives, we will also notice that we actually enough, if not more, to go around all areas of our lives. Support another local business based in Sydney, Bondi Meal Prep. Owned by an ex-colleague of mind who is also a personal trainer, his brands understands both physical and nutritional needs when it comes to diet. More importantly, the convenience from a meal prep service does not feel like cheating at all. In fact, it helps us beginners stay on track for our health, fitness, and wellness goals. Check them out and use my code FIT10 for 10% off your order. Take advantage of the early bird discount ending 31 Dec for my newly designed Mindful Wellness Retreat happening in March 2019! If you have any question or concern, shoot us an email or drop my a DM on my Instagram: @simonngo.wellness. Please subscribe and write a review for this podcast to support the show further! Namaste
23:19
December 15, 2018
#014 Top 10 Tips for Better Sleep with Simon Ngo
Episode 14 of The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo is all about sharing my Top 10 Tips for Better Sleep! Here I share with you some tips, some reasons and some hacks on how to create better sleep each and every night. Why? Because "Sleep is GOLDEN!" Using my own experience in understanding my sleep patterns and having better "sleep hygiene", here I share my 10 top tips for a better night in bed every single night of the day. Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender is well known for having a fresh and calm scent. I diffuse this essential oil every night before bed to create a safe and calm environment for my bedroom. In the event that I am on the road, I will bring this essential oil with me to create a DIY pillow mist to spray all around the bed, sheets, pillows...EVERYTHING! You can read more about this wonderfully versatile oil and the brand I'm using HERE! Move Every Day: We have spoken extensively about this is the episodeon movement and its benefits. I truly believe that adding any form of movement to your day helps tire us out when the sun goes down to assist in falling into a deep sleep at night. Switch Off Early: I am a strong believer in switching off early to help buy us a bigger window to winding down in the evening. The more wired we are during the day, the more time we will require to wind down. This rule not only helps us become more productive during the day to get everything done by switch-off time, but also that we can actually bookmark the switching off by getting our exercise in from Tip #2! It's a win-win in my opinion. Have Dinner Early: Naturally from the above, having an earlier dinner can also help with sleeping better. It reduces the chances of bloating and indigestion by avoiding hitting the bed with a full stomach. Further to that, by allowing the remainder of our daily energy for digestion, we easily become more tired by the time we hit the sack two to four hours later. Connection: Connect with a REAL person by having a REAL conversation! Either a small talk with someone you live with or a quick phone call will allow us the opportunity to feel like we have expressed ourselves for the day rather than holding everything in. Externalisation FTW! Read Tip #9! Mindfulness/Meditation: Have a daily mindfulness or mediation practice! We also already spoken extensively on this in Episode 12 of the podcast. The ability to reduce stress and anxiety means we are clearer, calmer and lighter when we finally wind down for the evening. I tried bedtime meditation for a month and I found it to be helpful in dozing off nicely. Night-time Ritual: I have a nighttime skin care ritual literally as a ceremony to mark off the closing of my availability to the external world! Find something which suits you for this emotional gesture as well! Which brings me nicely to the next tip... Night-time Reading: My ritual naturally finds me hopping into bed and grabbing whatever book I am reading at the moment. I found this to be one of the best ways to make the eyes heavy preparing ourselves for a good night sleep! Avoid non-fiction, motivation and self-help books though as these stimulate us. We want a light storybook for this purpose. Night-time Dump: Well what happens if we do catch ourselves being overly stimulated at night. Twisting and tossing around certainly don't help. I recommend jumping immediately out of bed, grab your journal (or any piece of notebook or writing pad) and dump all your ideas on the paper! Which is why I am such a BIG advocate for daily journaling! For this, I recommend
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December 3, 2018
Season 2! The Weekly Wrap!
Welcome back! It’s Season 2! Find out why I have been taking some time off and what I was actually up to in between seasons. Check out @brightswimwear, a swimwear brand that donates 10% of sales to cleaning the ocean! Tune in to the very first weekly wrap on catching ourselves in the midst of judgment and pre-conceived negative thoughts and emotions before they trickle down to actual actions and reactions. As usual, subscribe, share, rate this podcast, and don’t forget to tell me on @simonngo.wellness what was your biggest takeaways in this episode! Much love, Sx
41:39
November 16, 2018
#012 - Mindfulness is Magic
Here it is! The long awaited Episode 12 after a break from the pod, on understanding stress part 3 - what is meditation to me and its benefits!
51:08
October 17, 2018
#011 - Movement is Medicine
Part 2 to Episode 7 - Understanding Stress (Part 1): Stress and Sleep. In this episode, we speak about stress and movements (or exercise). As our body doesn't really differentiate between good and bad stress, we have to be careful to not overexercise. Truth though, most people aren't active enough! I share my five top tips to get more movement in our lives! 1. I talk about how I pencil it in the diary and commit to this appointment. The easiest way to make it happen. 2. I share my strategies for creating incidental movements throughout the day. 3. We use technology to our advantage by holding ourselves accountable to step counts and be a little competitive about it. 4. We check the ego at the door to take baby steps as every small step forward is progress rather than failing. 5. We take the no excuse approach to simply find something we like and enjoy! And, please subscribe and rate to help this podcast grow! DM me on Insta @simonngo.wellness to let me know your thoughts.
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August 21, 2018
#010 - Meaningful Conversations: Talking Fitness with Luke George
Episode 10 (yes! double digits!) of The Happy Hour Podcast is a Meaningful Conversations episode with Luke George. Luke is one of my good friends and we used to work in the same club back when I was still a group fitness manager. A man of not many words but he certainly has got lots to say when it comes to debunking some of the myths and misconceptions floating around in the health and fitness space. As the founder and owner of Luke George Athletic, Luke operates his business at one of the busiest health clubs in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. His current passion are fat loss and lower back pain rehabilitation. Enjoy this no-filter chat and, as always, please help the podcast grow by subscribing, leaving a rating or review, and share it around. Connect with me via Instagram (@simonngo.wellness) to let me know your thoughts and what you would like to hear about more next. Until next time, stay real and stay happy! In happiness and kindness, Sxx
58:59
August 9, 2018
#009 - Meaningful Conversations: Talking Productivity & Energy with Vanessa Bennett
DOUBLE EPISODE WEEK! Episode 9 of The Happy Hour Podcast is a Meaningful Conversations episode with Vanessa Bennett. Vanessa is one of my good friends, a fellow Les Mills instructor and high performance coach. She is the queen of all things practicality and in my times of knowing this beautiful soul, she is the most stress-free and easy-going person ever! As the founder and CEO of Next Evolution Performance, Vanessa is the living and breathing example of how to sustain high performance with less effort. This is one juicy episode not to be missed for sure! Tune in to find out what this high performance business is all about ;) Thank you so much for listening and I would love to hear your thoughts on the show via Instagram (@simonngo.wellness) and please help the podcast grow and reach more people by either sharing it with someone you know or on your social. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, a sure-fire way to get this pod to more peeps :)
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August 1, 2018
#008 - Meaningful Conversations: Talking Girl Boss with Emily Gillies
DOUBLE EPISODE WEEK! Episode 8 of The Happy Hour Podcast is a Meaningful Conversations episode with Emily Gillies. Emily is one of my good friends and someone who has been in the health and fitness industry for as long as she can remember. Today, she talks the talk and walks the walk on all things wellness especially when it comes to animal welfare. A full time vegan and queen of healthy hustlers, Em and I had get to know one another over a cuppa and brekkie. Tune in to get to know this totally awesome woman over the most fun and real conversation. Thank you so much for listening and I would love to hear your thoughts on the show via Instagram (@simonngo.wellness) and please help the podcast grow and reach more people by either sharing it with someone you know or on your social. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, a sure-fire way to get this pod to more peeps :) In happiness and kindness, Sxx
42:28
August 1, 2018
#007 - Understanding Stress Part 1: Stress and Sleep
Latest episode of The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo. This episode, I wanted to dive deeper into understanding stress in our lives. The good ones and the bad ones. And how they show up differently in our lives including the impact etc. If you were lucky enough to have tuned into the pilot episode (which was anything than presentable and how I have come a long way since then!), you will remember that the pilot episode was about the three things we could all include our lives, which are sleep, exercise, and meditation. First one off the rank, let's talk about sleep. Not just any sleep but good quality sleep. Let's talk about what sleep does and where does it come in the picture when it comes to stress. Let's talk about the preparation for a good night's sleep. The apps mentioned in the episode were: "Good Morning" and "Sleep Cycle". Happy sleeping and thanks for tuning into this episode. As always, please rate, review and share or comment via Insta @simonngo.wellness Sxx
38:21
July 26, 2018
#006 (BONUS) - A Mini-Sode of What or Who is Les Mills
Welcome back to the pod! A quick mini episode to quickly clear the air about what or who is this Les Mills thing we all keep hearing about on the pod! PS I totally missed out on Les Mills BODYBALANCE/BODYFLOW™! Ooops sorry all Balance/Flow instructors out there! Yours in happiness, Simon
11:04
July 21, 2018
#005 - Meaningful Conversations: Talking Life Lightly with Marie Anagnostis
This episode we are trying something new! To have a meaningful conversation with someone in life instead. Someone I think have a great story to share, someone I find inspiring and real! This episode, we are chatting with Marie, who is a good friend of mine who has the most positive ways of living life! We have a fun, deep, meaningful, and real conversation over a cup of peppermint tea whilst finding more about each other and, most importantly, getting real with our life lessons and even our outlook on life! You can connect with her on Facebook: Marie Anagnostis. If you love this, please leave a review on wherever you get your podcast, subscribe and share with someone you know who will also enjoy this episode :) As always, you can find me on social on Instagram at @simonngo.wellness. Leave me a comment and thoughts! Yours in happiness, Simon
52:09
July 19, 2018
#004 - The 5 Things People Don't Know About Me (Part 2)
Here it is! Part 2 and the other 4 facts! - I too once suffered from body image issues. Dropping from a 32-inch waist 8 year-old fatty to a twiggy badminton athlete obsessed with staying under 55kg and having a 24-inch waist , I was only given the wake-up call from the universe when I hurt my knee and lost my moment in competitive badminton as a career. - I once suffered from OCD. Real OCD. Not only being particular how I needed how things to look and are presented, but also some very disruptive behaviours which are impacting day-to-day living. I cried myself out of this cycle after suffering so much pain from the 'failure' I needed in my life. - I am actually the 'manliest' when I am exercising. Just put my head down and, as we have said multiple times on the pod, just make shit happen! - Although an extrovert on paper, I might just be the most introverted extrovert out there. I love my alone time unapologetically. Sx www.livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/4
44:15
July 11, 2018
#003 - The 5 Things People Don't Know About Me (Part 1)
The very first fact that people don't know is that I was actually once depressed, especially during my high school and university years. Mostly, it was "weekend depression" hence I hid behind being go-getter because moving, working, hustling is the only way I know how to cope with my life but it was all just an escape, a bandaid solution. Truth was, I never felt belonged due to my Asian upbringing. We don’t say things like "I love you" and we certainly don't give out praises. As a result, I didn't know how to for help and I am also less sensitive to the people around me for support or empathy. It’s almost like I automatically expect to be as tough and as resilient as myself. It all changed when I found exercise. This 'drug' saved me. Which is how I got introduced into the health and fitness world. Tune in next for Part 2 and the other 4 facts! Full post at livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/3 Sx
40:28
June 28, 2018
#002 - What Is Your Weakness? Perfectionist?
This episode we explore the topic of 'what is your weakness?', as in actual weaknesses. PS Being a perfectionist is not a weakness. Or it is not good enough to simply say that we are a perfectionist. This is all just hiding behind the notion of perfectionism and taking the easy way out! Guess what?! Truth bomb! Stop hiding and start confronting! It is about breaking it down to truly understand what are the actual weaknesses (in our cases) from us being a perfectionist. There is absolutely no shame in speaking it out and acknowledging the issue underneath. Otherwise, we are just hiding. After all, this is how we can manage those weaknesses rather than just brushing it under the carpet. Get ready to dive into an entertaining (imperfect) episode of The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo.
29:54
June 7, 2018
#001 - It's Happy Hour! Be An Original
The inaugural launch episode of The Happy Hour Podcast, a weekly raw, uncut and unedited podcast hosted by Simon Ngo. In this episode, Simon shares some insights on one of his favourite quotes and how he is now living this quote and fully owning it. As a truly uniqued individual, it could not be more right and fitting for Simon to be speaking about taking ownership of being a stand-out person in life, and make sh!t happen!
25:54
May 29, 2018
#Pilot - The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo
Pilot episode of Happiness Made Simple - 3 things we can include more in our life. Learn more about who Simon is and why did decide to create this podcast. Pilot episode bonus where Simon shares about the top three things we can all include in our lives for more happiness - sleep, meditation, and exercise.
22:46
May 17, 2018
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