The tiny habits that we do everyday have the power to change our lives. Whether it's getting up early, so you have a moment to yourself before the kids wake up or making time to exercise or meditate or something as simple as a cup of tea in silence, these habits have a profound impact on our wellbeing and also our mental health. Yet, with small humans to care for, so many of us find it hard to start a new habit and stick to it. And we find ourselves in a rut which we can't get out of. In his book 'Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything', world-renowned behaviour scientist FJ Fogg looks at how we're approaching habits the wrong way.
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Julie Morgenstern on The Best Time Management, Productivity and Organising Tips You’ll Ever Hear – Episode 19 of The Grace Tales Podcast
I don't think I've ever covered off so many topics in one interview before, but when I knew I had an hour on the phone with Oprah favourite, internationally renowned expert and best-selling author Julie Morgenstern's on time management, productivity and organising, I didn't want to miss a thing. You might want to listen to this episode a few times, and take notes!
FLOWERBX founder Whitney Bromberg Hawkins on The Journey Behind Her Biggest Career Change – Episode 18 of The Grace Tales Podcast
Is there anything more chic than a bunch of single-bloom flowers displayed in a beautiful apothecary-style vase? The answer is undoubtedly no, and a style that American in London Whitney Bromberg Hawkings champions on a daily basis through her company, FLOWERBX…
Megan Gale on Mindfulness, Self-love & Celebrating The Little Moments in Life – Episode 16 of The Grace Tales Podcast
Australian model, brand ambassador, entrepreneur and actor Megan Gale is one of Australia's most adored personalities. Born in Perth, her career began when she won a modelling competition at 18 in her hometown. The winner was told they would not only grace the cover of the now defunct CLEO magazine, but also feature in an eight-page fashion shoot inside the magazine. When the issue came out, Megan wasn't on the cover. And there was no eight-page shoot. It was a defining moment in her life and a reminder that the life of a model or celebrity isn't always as glamorous as it seems. But she did exactly what her mother taught her to do – she picked herself up, got on with it and never looked back.
Known on Instagram as Glow Maven, and as co-founder of the wildly popular Continuum Conference, Latham Thomas is an advocate for reproductive justice.
On autonomy in birth…<p>We've been on a 25 year increase in Black maternal deaths in the United States. These numbers actually mirror in other developed countries like the UK. They're exactly the same in terms of the disparities, where we see Black women who are four to five times more likely than white women to die during childbirth or due to childbirth-related causes.</p>
On racism in the medical industry…<p>The reasons for these deaths, it's not because of race, it's because of racism. There's nothing wrong with Black people. They're not more susceptible to illness or disease or more prone to birth disparities. But what's happening is that we see a system that has never really reconciled how it was founded. In the 1700s, we started to see medical journals that would talk about Black women in a certain way, that talked about certain things like the inability to feel sensation or pain. And so a lot of studies and experiments were done on black women in slave hospitals, without anesthesia.</p>
On the future of medical care for birth…<p>What does the future of medicine look like? What does inclusivity in medicine look like and maternal health? How do we repair the system if not just completely dismantle it and build it over again? How do we imagine birth outside of the hospital? I think that's a huge piece that I would like to see – more out of hospital birth options for people, including home births, birth centers and standalone maternity care centers. I think this is really important because as we've seen in COVID-19, our medical system is under duress, is overstretched and extended, and cannot accommodate people who are healthy and low-risk, and are coming in for birth.</p>
On what a doula actually is…<p>During pregnancy and birth, it's a person who is being a non-judgmental presence of support and who is carrying through that journey, and helping you as you navigate this process and postpartum. Someone who is helping you to figure out how to configure your life, how to figure out systems so that when they leave, that you're set up and you can meet the demands of new motherhood and parenting.</p>
On how the role of a doula connects us back to our village…<p>It is like a role that just was part of our village, village wisdom keepers, but now we don't function in that same way. So this is a way to protect the birth village by having someone who is connected to some of our traditions ancestrally, who will bring back that energy and help people to anchor in a process that's so deeply moving, transformational and that really impacts their life in such a meaningful way.</p>
On what birth means for a mother…<p>If you think about what happens when the baby arrives here, they are born but the mother is also born. And it's a rebirth for that person. Who she once was is no longer; she's someone new.</p>
On mothers and postpartum vulnerability…<p>They are people who are so vulnerable, that when the babies are here, when they don't get the same amount of attention that you give to a baby, when they don't get swaddled with love, when they don't get fed and washed and hugged, and they don't get sleep, and they're not hydrated, and people aren't checking in on them, they don't thrive.</p>
On consent in the medical system…<p>For you to be able to provide consent, you need information. And so, informed consent really means that prior to a procedure that you have all information on the nature of that procedure, the risks, the benefits, and the alternatives, prior to the procedure even taking place. And so that has to happen before you can give consent.</p>
On parenting a Black teen…<p>I'm really committed to my son not living in fear, especially in a time like this when we see Black people being murdered, and by the hands of the police and state-sanctioned violence that is happening constantly. I'm in this sort of space where I'm learning as I go. He's 16. That's the only teenager I've ever had. And so I'm sort of figuring it out. What I've found is that, I have to trust him and I have to trust that our village has taught him things that he needs to know, so that he can be a good human being when he goes out in the world, an informed human being.</p><p><span></span><em>Image:<a href="https://yumimatsuostudio.com/" target="_blank"> Yumi Matsuo</a> for <a href="https://linguafranca.nyc/" target="_blank">Lingua Franca</a></em></p><p><em>Go to</em> <em><a href="https://mamaglow.com/" target="_blank">mamaglow.com</a></em></p>
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If there's one word that probably sums up 2020 so far, it's stress. From bushfires to pandemics, redundancies to homeschooling, it's been a rocky road (and not always the delicious kind). Today's podcast episode with Dr Libby Weaver helps us to unpack all the different ways we're unknowingly adding stress to our lives, and how we can change our behaviour and attitudes to help alleviate that.
Dr Libby is an internationally acclaimed Nutritional Biochemist, author of 13 books, and highly sought after speaker. She's an expert on women's health, in both the mental and physical sense, and her latest book The Invisible Load is a must-read guide to overcoming stress and overwhelm.
We've been lucky enough to have Dr Libby speak at past Grace Tales events, and her impact was so powerful that our founder Georgie even gave up her 20-year coffee habit the day she first heard Dr Libby speak – she is just that good!
In today's timely episode, Dr Libby Weaver tells us:
- The difference between stress and trauma
- Why saying no is so important for our health
- How stress affects your hormones, your weight, your metabolism, and more
- How what people don't say to us often causes more stress than what they do say
- What 'forehead words' are, and how they can stress us out
- Why seven year olds all believe they're deficient
- Why being ego-centric makes our lives harder
- Why calories belong in a hospital emergency room
- How relinquishing control can calm us down
- Why she believes life happens for us, not to us
Read her latest book, The Invisible Load, here.
Latham Thomas on Vulnerability in the Postpartum Period & the Importance of Ritual – Episode 15 of The Grace Tales Podcast
Latham Thomas describes her work as her 'calling' – and with a spot on Oprah's Super Soul 100, two best-selling books to her name, a host of celebrity clients and a global following via her Mama Glow brand, there's no doubt that she's living her purpose. Known on Instagram as Glow Maven, and as co-founder of the wildly popular Continuum Conference, Latham is an advocate for reproductive justice. As a doula, her work centers not only around birth but around supporting women through all points of the reproductive cycle. And with a deep respect for the traditions around divine femininity, the 'village' and sacred rituals of self-care, her holistic approach to caring for women is both modern, and informed by history.