Have I mentioned that I’m podcast obsessed? I must have most certainly brought it up in a previous blogpost or newsletter, because I tell almost anyone that will listen.
But did you know that the first podcast I had the pleasure of listening to was Connie Chapman’s Awaken Radio?
Connie most certainly knows this, because I distinctly remember an Industry event where I pulled her aside in a true-fan-girl-moment to tell her just that #awkward. She of course, handled my word vomit with authentic and soulful grace, which of course just increased my fan-girl crush.
If you’re not familiar with Connie’s work, she is a life coach, speaker and writer, opening the hearts and minds of people from all over the world. Her mission is to teach practical, yet soulful ways to bring more peace, fulfilment, freedom and flow into your life.
And if like me, podcasts are your jam, then you must download a few episodes of Awaken Radio and absorb yourself in Connie’s inspiring series of interviews.
What was the path that led you to being a soulful life coach, with a focus on inner transformation work?
My own personal journey began at age 19 when I read my first self-help book. It sparked something within me and I began diving deeper into exploring myself, understanding my mind, and noticing the thoughts and beliefs that were running my life. When I was 20 years old, while reading a Tony Robbins book, I saw a vision of myself on stage speaking to large groups of people teaching the principles of self-transformation. But I was filled with self-doubt, had zero confidence and was wracked with fear so I sidelined my dream. It took me another 9 years to finally build up the courage to pursue it! I am now three years into running my own business working as a coach, speaker, writer and hosting my podcast, Awaken Radio.
I am so passionate about inner transformation work as this is the journey I have had to go on to overcome all of the blocks that held me back from my dream. And now that I have overcome them, I have been able to turn my vision into a reality. I have had to move beyond so many of my own fears and limitations to get here and so now I am incredibly passionate about supporting others to also release everything that is holding them back.
Now that we’ve heard your inspiring story what kinds of things inspire you?
I am inspired by people who are walking unconventional paths, living from their heart and intuition. People who are taking risks, creating, innovating and sharing ideas and messages that they are passionate about with the world.
I also find much of my own personal inspiration by surrounding myself with places and experiences that I love. I live by the beach, so being able to watch the sunrise or sunset, get my feet in the sand and breathe in the ocean air always fills me up with happiness and inspiration.
I love learning so I am always devouring books, podcasts, videos and attending workshops where I can be expanding my mind and my consciousness.
I also find a lot of my inspiration when I meditate. This is where I can receive beautiful insights and higher guidance which lead me along my path.
You speak a lot on your blog and in your Awaken Radio podcasts about the importance of self-love and honouring your truth. What part do you believe our relationship to food plays in our relationship to self?
I see food as a form of self-love as it is how we honour, care for and nourish our bodies. The way we eat shows how present we are and how connected we are to body and is a powerful indicator of how we feel about ourselves.
I also feel that many of our issues with food such as addictions, emotional eating or binges can be resolved by really listening to our body and our inner voice. I have found that when we learn how to meet our own needs, make time for rest, and fill our lives with things that make us happy, many of our food issues can drop away. Sometimes food can be a way to mask an inner emptiness or unhappiness, but when we love ourselves enough to listen to those sensations and support ourselves through them, our relationship with food radically shifts.
What foodie mentors inspire you?
One of my biggest mentors was Jess Ainscough who inspired me endlessly with her passion, authencity and fierce commitment to spreading the message of wellness and healing.
My favourite foodie blog to find healthy and delicious recipies is My New Roots, and I also follow the work of Sarah Wilson, as my body responds really well to a low sugar diet.
Mindfulness is a huge part of The Inspired Table’s wellness philosophies, in what ways do you practice mindfulness?
I practise mindfulness by starting the day with some meditation and journaling to connect inwards and begin to bring my mind into a calm and conscious space.
I also really need to balance ‘doing’ and ‘being’ as I find that when I am too busy and doing too much, I can lose my inner balance and feel ungrounded which is when my mind can spiral out of control. So making a lot of time to just slow down and relax, to be in nature, to get by the ocean, to be with friends or to just relax with a book, really help me slow my mind and become more present.
I also find yoga is incredible for mindfulness as it really makes you draw your attention into the here and now and into your body. I love the calm, spaciousness I feel in my mind after yoga.
Each of these practices bring me back to myself, and when I am connected to myself and present in the moment I can witness and observe my thoughts much more easily and I am more able to choose more loving and empowering thoughts.
If you could only pass on one piece of advice for optimal health and happiness, what would it be?
Slow down! This has been my biggest practise. I have found that no matter how well I eat, or what I achieve, stress is the biggest killer of my happiness. When I live in fear and anxiety and when I get too caught up in the future, it takes a massive toll on my body and energy levels. But when I just slow everything down by taking some deep breaths, coming back to the present and slowing down the speed at which I do everything, I find myself dropping back into an effortless flow where everything happens easily.
Can you name three people that inspire you?
- Marianne Williamson for just simply being amazing.
- Eckhart Tolle as his work has literally transformed my life.
- Danielle LaPorte for her incredible way with words.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote ?
I adore the words of Rumi, and at different times, different quotes with resonate with more than other times. At the moment this is one of my favourites…
“Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.”
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