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Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Continue Reading >>
Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as she reveals what happiness means to them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. << Show Less
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Jordan Stephens Time, money, and attention turned out to be a difficult combination for Jordan Stephens to cope with at the height of his Rizzle Kicks fame. In this chat with Fearne, Jordan opens up about his social anxiety, body dysmorphia, and the way he used to self-medicate ADHD. They also discuss when anger can be an incredibly useful emotion, and discover they have a shared core fear of getting things wrong.Jordan’s children’s book, The Missing Piece, is out on August 18th. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Jordan Stephens Time, money, and attention turned out to be a difficult combination for Jordan Stephens to cope with at the height of his Rizzle Kicks fame. In this chat with Fearne, Jordan opens up about his social anxiety, body dysmorphia, and the way he used to self-medicate ADHD. They also discuss when anger can be an incredibly useful emotion, and discover they have a shared core fear of getting things wrong.Jordan’s children’s book, The Missing Piece, is out on August 18th. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Melanie Woods This episode of Happy Place is made in partnership with The National Lottery.We’re in the midst of The Commonwealth Games, and thanks to National Lottery Players over £40million has been raised to support the Games. To mark the event, The National Lottery have launched a campaign celebrating some of the incredible athletes, including wheelchair racer Melanie Woods.In this chat with Fearne, Melanie talks about how her own journey coming to terms with being disabled has encouraged her to see the excitement in trying new things. Getting started, she says, is often the hardest part, but there are always opportunities to gain new skills and confidence. They also chat about how to deal with pressure, especially when doubts creep in, and why it’s so important to lean in to hard work and persistence. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sonia Choquette Your spirit is fully equipped to take care of you. Your brain and your body might struggle but spiritual teacher and intuitive guide Sonia Choquette is clear that your sixth sense – your spirit, your intuition – can take care of you no matter what.In this chat with Fearne, Sonia explains how to tune into and trust your intuition, which will in turn open you up to a more fun, loving, and spontaneous life. Fearne and Sonia both share experiences of feeling a physical urge to trust their gut, even though they weren’t entirely sure why, and their guts were giving them a feeling for very good reasons...A new, revised version of Sonia’s book, Trust Your Vibes, is out now, and you can join her Good Vibe Tribe here: https://soniachoquette.net/join-our-tribe/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Samantha Renke Constantly being subjected to micro-aggressions can feel like death by a thousand paper cuts; Samantha Renke is an actor, broadcaster, writer, and disability rights campaigner who has the confidence to call out ableism.In this chat, Fearne and Samantha explore where her innate sense of self-worth comes from, how we can all learn to become more confident, and how we can’t talk about an individual’s mental health without also talking about politics and systemic issues. They also cover risk-taking, cats, and nipple hair...Samantha’s book, You Are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, is published by Happy Place Books, part of Ebury, and is out on July 21st. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mya-Rose Craig Patience is a bit of a lost art, but it’s something that ‘Bird Girl’ Mya-Rose Craig is well practiced in. Mya-Rose is an ornithologist, an environmentalist, a diversity activist as well as a writer, speaker and broadcaster. Having been a twitcher – someone who travels to specific locations to spot birds – since she was days old, she revels in patiently waiting to see the next beautiful bird on her list.In this chat, Fearne and Mya-Rose talk about the connection between nature and mental health, as well as how activities that get you outside are vital in making and maintaining relationships with loved ones through sharing a lived experience rather than a digital one.Mya-Rose’s book, Bird Girl, is out now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dame Kelly Holmes Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes recently announced publicly that she is gay. Although she’s acknowledged this truth privately for a number of decades, it’s only now that she’s felt able to begin living publicly her authentic self. Having served in the British military at a time when homosexuality was banned, Kelly had always feared serious repercussions, which only intensified when she became a celebrated world class athlete.In this chat with Fearne, Kelly talks through the painful – and hopeful – journey that’s brought her to a place where she feels confident to live entirely authentically, as well as delving into the mental, emotional, and physical stress of hiding such a huge part of her identity for so long.Kelly Holmes: Being Me is available to watch back on ITV Hub.CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank chat about self harm, so take care while listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Owen O'Kane If you tend to doubt yourself, do you know why? Psychotherapist, best-selling author, and former NHS lead for Mental Health Owen O’Kane has spent a lifetime unpicking his own past as a gay Irish Catholic child who was bullied and surrounded by bombs and bullets in the hope of understanding where his fear and shame in adulthood came from.In this chat, he and Fearne talk about why therapy isn’t just about talking – that’s just one part – it’s actually about so much more, like who you surround yourself with, how you set boundaries, and the types of choices you make. Owen also explores what he’s learnt about living a full life from working with people who are dying in palliative care.Owen’s new book, How To Be Your Own Therapist, is out now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Emma Barnett Do you have open conversations at work when you’re in pain emotionally or physically? After going through numerous rounds of IVF, as well as having a miscarriage, broadcaster, writer, and author Emma Barnett wants to re-brand pain as weakness into pain as strength, especially at work.In this chat with Fearne, she talks through the worries she had that she might be seen as greedy for wanting a second child through IVF when she’d already had a wonderful son by IVF, and how she’s put this shame to bed. They also explore the often cruel language around infertility, and the difference between sympathy and empathy when it comes to difficulties conceiving.You can sign up to Emma’s new newsletter, ‘Trying’, here: https://emmabarnett.substack.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sara Cox Broadcaster and author Sara Cox joins Fearne for a special live episode of Happy Place at The Podcast Show in Islington. A brilliant storyteller, Sara talks about the process of finding her own voice and becoming a confident raconteur both on the radio and in her personal life.In this chat, Fearne and Sara also explore friendships – how our friends heavily influence who we are as individuals, how to sustain friendships over a lifetime, and how to kindly break up with a friend if you notice they’re really just a drain on your energy.Sara’s novel, Thrown, is out now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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