EP034: Ann Sheybani on the delights of an empty nest, the importance of risk and how you can’t prevent your kids from suffering

January 14, 2019

Life has many seasons, and this week’s guest is ROCKIN’ her current season in life and loving her empty nest. Ann Sheybani is revelling in the time she now has to live life entirely on her terms, engrossed in what thrills her and setting off on countless adventures.

I loved our conversation about love and worry (spoiler alert: it’s not the same thing), how you can have it all, but NOT all at the same time. My favourite quote? “This superwoman thing is CRAP!” because we end up like we’re falling short all the time. Not good and so true.

When her children were young, Ann tried to shield her children from suffering as their father fell ill and eventually died. That’s when she learned the hardest lesson of all for a mother “you can’t save your kids from pain and suffering. You can’t control everything. The guilt and worry is totally a waste of energy and time. Do your best, trust that you’re doing your damndest, and give it up to god or whatever.”

Words to live by.

We meander through the quickest way to destroy a marriage and detour over to risk and its benefits for our kids before landing on some real nuggets of advice. Make sure you listen right to the end, because Ann’s wisdom is so, so valuable.

I’d love to know what was your favourite piece of wisdom from Ann? Head into our free MamaFuel Facebook group to tell us about it and join the discussion here.

If you’d like to learn more about Ann, check out her web site here.


EP033: On pivots, excitement and fear moving into 2019

January 11, 2019

It's a new year with its fresh-scented promise of great things to come. Whatever your ambitions this year, my wish for us all is kindness, gentleness, success, heaps of fun and wickedly delightful adventure.

In today's episode I'm doing something scary: I'm telling you what's about to switch around here and why. It's all about belonging, sisterhood and why it matters so damned much to have a group of trustworthy, supportive women who have your back through thick and thin.

Today's episode marks a pivot for this podcast, a pivot for my business and the beginning of a massive flourishing for the MamaFuel Sisterhood community. 

I can't wait to hear what you think and what your experiences of sisterhood have been. If you haven't yet, make sure you join our free Virtual Village by clicking here so you can join the conversation. And if you'd like me to tell you about the Sisterhood when it opens again, then drop me a line at anne@mamafuel.me and I'll keep you posted. Huge love, pivots and all. 


EP032: Dr Stephania Sciamano on radically evolving the feminine & attracting what you desire

December 31, 2018

Today’s conversation is being published a week later than planned because I decided to take a REAL break. From the Internet, from work, from everything. But I’ve stepped back into the digital world to share with you a juicy and thought-provoking interview to carry us into the new year.

Dr Stephania Sciamano is a healer, a naturopathic doctor, a shaman, a mother and one hell of a perspicacious woman who talks straight about our relationship with money, wealth and receiving being a direct result of how we care for and think of ourselves.

In this wide-ranging conversation Stephania and I talk about radically evolving the feminine AND the masculine to create a beautiful dance within ourselves and with the Divine. She shares how her path from pre-med student to shaman was anything but straight, what radical evolution looks like in her daily life and how we can radically evolve ourselves.

If talking soul, energy and trust is your jam, buckle up… this conversation is packed with gems about listening to the whispers of your soul, rebuilding your connection with the Divine and achieving a magical union between your inner feminine and masculine.

Stephania talks about something she frequently sees in women: our separation from the Divine and our belief that we’re not worthy to receive. I was hooked by her explanation of how she’s seen countless women find their way back to Source, union, wealth and easeful joy once they become aware of their unconscious willingness to be separate and heal that at its core. I’ll have some of that. How about you?

If you draw nothing else from this episode, remember this: once you create space and become in full approval of yourself, THEN (and only then) you begin to radically evolve your feminine, and you can reconnect with your healthy feminine and masculine incredibly strongly.

I suspect we’ll be back with a sequel to this conversation, but for now if you’d like to find out more about Stephania, check out her web site here and join her on Facebook here.

Join the MamaFuel community online in our Virtual Village on Facebook here and click here to join the Centered Mama’s Self-Lovathon for $199 (special price) using coupon code SELFLOVE2019 to get $80 off!


EP031: On adventure, pleasing yourself and following your curiosity with Patricia Agnew

December 22, 2018

Today's guest is a wonderful pixie-souled adventurer whose everyday courage inspires me to step off the beaten track. Patricia Agnew is a mama and a grandmother whose love of life is contagious. Any woman who says that her RV is her soulmate is a woman I definitely want to talk to... and Patricia is top of the list in that category!

In this episode we talk about the importance of following the nudges in life and trusting that they'll lead somewhere good, the delicate dance of establishing the right amount of space in multi-generational relationships, and why one of the secrets of happiness is to put yourself FIRST always. 

Patricia's nuggets of wisdom will stay with me for a while, and at the end of the podcast I read you a list of 10 things she'd love to have been able to tell her younger self. Here's one of my favourite from our conversation: "Try things, and make sure that you do it in the safety of your "tribe" because it's so comforting to know they'll understand whether you do or you don't go through with something."

We'll be talking about this episode and so much more over in The Centered Mama's Virtual Village free Facebook group, so head over there to join the conversation.

If you'd like to know more about Patricia, check out her blog here: mabelandmetravel.wordpress.com


EP030: Musings on transitions with kids, the true meaning of sisterhood and why connection is lifeforce

November 21, 2018

In today's episode, I'm recording in my new digs... but with really bad soundproofing (thus the cushion)! With an update on what's been going on at MamaFuel HQ.

There's been a lot of change in our neck of the woods, and I've been watching how the stories we tell ourselves cause so. much. resistance. to. change.

Oh my goodness. 

But change is GOOD, for the most part. Even when you like things the way they are.

My question to you is this: is it your true heart urging you to stay comfortable, or is it your ego-dressed-up-like-a-fancy-authority? Because our ego doesn't always have it right; in fact, it's usually messing with you in a bid to keep us small and safe.

While comfort zones are good at times, we only grow when we move beyond them. Which is what I'm inviting you to do today in your relationships: step outside your comfort zone. Have a good look at your day-to-day life. Do you have a lot of online friendships? How about in-person relationships?

Technology is bringing us together and it's also pushing us apart. More and more mamas (and I count myself among them) are feeling a deep craving for personal interaction. Nothing beats being within hugging distance. I'm recommitting to seeing people face-to-face and I'm excited to feel my world open up again. Want to join me? 

Come to our Facebook group and let's talk about it. You can join us here


EP029: Elena Lipson, goddess of self-care, on truly loving yourself

October 8, 2018

Elena Lipson was my first ever self-love mentor. In fact, she is THE Divine Self-Care Mentor, and I credit her and my previous guest Leslie Potter with helping me out of “martyr mama” mode and into grace and spaciousness.

Elena is my first guest in this month of focus on self-love. In today’s  conversation we talk about mindful choices, how Elena’s experiences with auto-immune disease led her to explore deep self-care as a path to healing, how she used the positive side of curiosity to imagine a completely different way of living, the BIG decision to homeschool her son and why that helped her grown and evolve personally and profesionally, and so SO so much more.

For more information and to find the links we mention in the podcast, head to: http://thecenteredmamaproject.com/podcast/ep028-elena-lipson/


EP028: Heather Dawson on surprises in your genes, BIG decisions and making the most of life

September 24, 2018

Heather Dawson is a warrior goddess whose warmth, kindness and optimism always light up even the darkest of situations. Good thing, too, because life's thrown her some doozies...

When we were just finishing university together, Heather lost her mum to breast cancer, then struggled through miscarriage after miscarriage (7 to be exact) before her first son was born, and another 8 miscarriages before her youngest made his miraculous appearance. Yep, that's 15 miscarriages. Enough to make anyone lose hope.

Not long ago, Heather found out that she carried a gene that made it very unlikely she'd live to see her boys become men. So she took action, undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstruction, followed by a hysterectomy. She's committed to sticking around, and I know she will.

This lady is one amazing soul. She's navigated grief, loss and uncertainty like no one I've ever seen, and she's one of the happiest, most positive people I know. Cozy up with a cup of tea and enjoy this interview.

Click here to find out more about our conversation and to meet Heather virtually. As ever, I'd love you to be part of the conversation in the Virtual Village on Facebook, so make sure you head over here to join us!


EP027: Sharlene Lopez on identity, racism and otherisation in the midst of motherhood

September 17, 2018

We have four nationalities in our family, and it often makes for interesting conversations when people ask "where are you from?" Today's guest has four nationalities wrapped up in her one being, and earlier this month she decided to step into one of her nationalities more fully.

Sharlene Lopez was born to a Scottish mother of Irish descent and an Iraqui father, adopted by a loving British family and educated in Catholic private schools. To say she's the nexus of many influences doesn't begin to cover it. Living in the British countryside with her Argentine husband and two boys, Sharlene has often felt a bit "other" in her village.

Troubled by the racism she's always seen in British society and feeling the plight of immigrants to her country, Sharlene recently decided to explore that "otherness" by, as she puts it, "trying on" one of her identities. She chose to embrace her Iraqui heritage and live for a month as an immigrant Iraqui muslim woman. She learned to wear a hijab and abaya and has been experiencing life very differently as she runs her business, parents her kids and shows up in her relationship and her community.

Listen to today's episode and be sure to join Sharlene and I in The Centered Mama Project's Facebook group to join the conversation after the episode. It's sure to get you thinking. 


EP026: Anna Saucier on infertility, guilt and the power of sisterhood

September 14, 2018

You know how sometimes you meet someone and they just zoom into your heart? That's what happened the day I met Anna Saucier with her sweet baby girl strapped to her chest. The two of them were an oasis of deliciousness in a sea of friendly but decidedly adult people.

Anna and I got talking about her bumpy journey through infertility to motherhood, the realities of being mama to two small humans under the age of three, and what exhaustion does to your brain.

Basically we were instant sisters. When Anna agreed to be my guest for today's episode of MamaFuel: The Podcast I was delighted. Not least because I know at least one mama out there listening will be struggling or will have struggled with infertility. If that's you, I'm sending you so much love. And hope in the form of Anna and another guest I'll have on in a couple of weeks.

In today's (long but juicy) episode, @orchidfertilitywellness and talk about how to talk to couples living through infertility, the power of real talk and the importance of women being in tune with each other.

For more information and to find Anna, visit http://thecenteredmamaproject.com/podcast/ep026annasaucier/


EP025: Laura Powner on anxiety and living courageously from the heart (instead of the “shoulds”)

September 10, 2018

Laura Powner is a powerhouse. Early in her adult life she ticked all the boxes of "success" as it's set out for so many of us. But it's her journey to becoming the woman she is today -- a woman who now listens to her body, her soul and her longings and lets THOSE guide her decisions -- that is the fascinating nugget at the core of today's conversation. 

We meander from career to motherhood, through valleys of panic to stretching our boundaries before we land at the heart of how Laura now leads her life: from her inner knowing, from her heart, from her soul.

To find out more about our conversation, visit http://thecenteredmamaproject.com/podcast/laurapowner/