All Episodes of Gen X Voices
Giving Gen X women opportunities to be heard, talking about their life journeys so far and what they’re passionate about.
*Will almost definitely contain swearing*
From corporate traps to living and loving every day with Karen Miller
In this episode of Gen X Voices, I chat with Karen Miller, a Reiki Master, coach and holistic practitioner.
Karen practices holistic living, nature spirituality and a little magic every day. She’s an ordained minister, herbalist, equestrian and mum to a daughter and many animals.
In this episode, we talk about Karen’s journey from corporate trapped but successful single mum through suicidal thoughts, depression and food allergies to now being an advocate for holistic living. Karen broke out of living her life how she should live it to embrace all the coulds as she turned 50. In our chat, Karen helps me get over my fear of horses and we talk about having fulfilling relationships later in life and how to take a “sparkle walk” :).
To find out more about Karen and her courses, go to her website at www.shiftkitchen.com, Facebook at www.facebook.com/shiftkitchenbalanaceforbodymindspirit and see her incredible nature photos on her Instagram at www.instagram.com/ravynwood.
This is the last episode of Season 1 of Gen X Voices and I’d love to hear your feedback on the Gen X Voices journey so far with this short survey: https://forms.gle/qNpyTzguPghGCESu9
PLEASE NOTE: poor audio in parts of this podcast (yes, we did everything we could to fix it so please don’t @ me!)
Suicide is discussed in this episode.
If you need support:
UK Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/ or call 116 123;
USA https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1800 273 8255.
Wikipedia has a global list of suicide helplines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines
Season 1, Episode 10 | 52mins
What’s Gen X Voices all about?
We start off this series with Dr Clare Forder, chatting with her about Gen X being the transitional generation of tech and social media. In this 30 minute chat, we cover who we are as Gen X women, how this series can develop, social media and cyberbullying for our kids (not mine, just the entire generation’s!), marches, politics, gender equality, community. Likes and positive comments/shares welcome.
Some swearing throughout. Full copyright belongs to Susan B. Bentley 2020. Original music copyrighted.
Embracing inconvenience and the art of polite protest with Suzi Warren
Suzi is a London based artist who worked in advertising for 20 yrs before starting her own business, Twisted Twee in 2003, making items of practical lunacy. Suzi is the creator of polite protests, becoming a human billboard to express her reaction to political and social events. She’s currently selling her masks online at twistedtwee.co.uk as well as the fantastic hag range, reclaiming words used to describe older women. You can find Suzi on Instagram and Twitter. Likes and positive comments/shares welcome.
Being a nomadic educator with Lou Mycroft
I chat with Lou Mycroft. Lou is a nomadic educator and a true Generation X outsider. Adopted into a loving family in the Yorkshire coalfield, Lou grew up during the Thatcher years and raised for a life that wasn’t there anymore. Although she struck a few poses it wasn’t until she was an independent parent in her 30s that she found her identity as a thinker. These days, Lou works on a range of projects, each of which practice affirmative ethics of joy. She is one of further education’s #DancingPrincesses💃 a Thinking Environment specialist and has just submitted her PhD. She still dances like no-one is watching, even if they are, and she totally believes that her son’s generation will save the earth for humanity. You can find Lou on Twitter.
Fangirl flailing and revisioning male stereotypes with Sara Dobie Bauer
Sara is a bestselling romance author and mental health / LGBTQ advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. You can find out more about Sara at her author website: SaraDobieBauer.com and Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram as saradobiebauer.
Sara’s latest book, Abstract Love, is available from Amazon.
Content warning for mental health and suicide discussion.
The ‘Andness’ of life and saving the planet one piece of litter at a time with Jo Moseley
Jo is a mum of two sons and lives by the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. She’s a beach cleaner, joy encourager and midlife adventurer.
In August 2019, Jo became the first woman to SUP (stand up paddleboard) coast to coast 162 miles along the Leeds Liverpool Canal, picking up litter, fundraising and raising awareness of the problems of single use plastic.
Owning your own Power with Star Monroe
I chat with Star Monroe, the midlife revolution coach and psychotherapist.
Star talks openly with me about being through hell and back in her life with eating disorders, cocaine addiction, alcoholism and codependency. She’s also spent 30+years teaching in the health and wellness arena including being a yoga teacher, pilates instructor and pole dancing trainer.
You can find out more about Star on her Instagram at msstarmonroe where you should definitely follow her – her Instagram Lives and Stories are sensational!
Content warning: swearing, discussions of addictions, eating disorders and codependent relationships.
How to gather your pillars of support with Abi Sea
I chat with Abi Sea, a fantastic content coach, a Scot and all-round fabulous woman.
Abi is a self-confessed collector of excellent humans from different areas of her life. With her content coaching business, she works with women who inspire her, empowering them to find the right words and show up online. Her Dirty Words series on Instagram helps people get out of their own way and she has a fab Youtube channel where she chats with some of those interesting women she’s collected. You can find her on her website too.
Backing yourself and being body confident with Rachel Peru
I chat with Rachel Peru, body confidence activist, influencer and host of the Out of the Bubble podcast.
What a great chat with Rachel! Volunteering for a Macmillan charity fashion show set her on the path for midlife modelling, both catwalk and lingerie. We talk about being inspired by other women and the challenges she’s set herself for 2021, working with your values, our Mums and body confidence, talking to the next generation about ageing and being visible as well as the growing midlife movement for women.
If you want to buy the books we mention in this episode, they’re all up on my website as affiliate links to bookshop.org supporting local bookshops.
Sharing perimenopause journeys with Lorna Ive
I chat with Lorna Ive, women’s health and wellbeing specialist.
Lorna is the founder of award winning PeriMenoPost, a LIVE campaign and digital platform to raise awareness and support across all stages of menopause. She wanted to create a community for women to feel informed, comfortable and to create conversations to break down the menopause taboo!
In this episode, we go deep into everything menopause, with Lorna sharing her menopause journey and where she’s at now with her health. We discuss the lack of menopause education for GPs in the UK, hidden health issues such as adenomyosis and how to persevere with your goals, no matter what.
To collaborate with Lorna, join her community or find her perimenopause resources and advice, go to her website: https://perimenopost.com/and she’s on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/perimenopost/.
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Content warning: medical descriptions of perimenopause, menopause and adenomyosis