Dream Chasers

Alison O'Leary | The Dream Chasers Show

I am a Dream Chaser, as well as a certified Life and Career Coach, who delights in helping people pursue the career and lifestyle changes their inner self truly craves. In 2008, I made a radical discovery – my full and seemingly fulfilling life was making me seriously ill. I realised that things had to change and fast. As a result this meant moving my life out of the centre of London, and away from my corporate high-paced job, to rural Wales and re-training to embark on a completely new profession and working for myself. Dream Chasers are people who are ready to make actionable moves to craft their ideal career and life, aligned with what brings them joy and delight, on their own terms. This show is intentionally designed to infuse you with inspiration and practical advice on how to live true to yourself, go after your goals and radically conquer any obstacles standing in your way. You can expect to learn from like-minded Dream Chasers who are on their journey to transition to a new way of living and working, or from those who have already achieved their own version of happiness and success...their way. I have candid, uplifting and energetic conversations with friends, fellow experts, colleagues and clients, intended to give you a dose of humour, positivity and practical foresight. Living your life, true to you, is simple and daring. This show is here to give you solid insights and guidance to pursue your own transformation as you go in the direction of your epic dreams, happiness and greater meaning. read less
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Episodes

EP014 | Making Feel-Good Changes. Philosophies on Luck and Risk, with Michael Taggart
04-07-2024
EP014 | Making Feel-Good Changes. Philosophies on Luck and Risk, with Michael Taggart
In this episode:I talk to my long-time friend, Michael Taggart, who has had a really interesting career path with numerous twists and turns - some chosen by him, and some forced upon him by forces outside of his control.Through a mix of employment and self-employment, he’s been a journalist on national newspapers, a comms guy for city councils, a PR for financial services companies, he’s built and run his own content marketing agency, and he now co-owns and manages a gourmet tea business with his wife Helen, suppling tea to hotels, restaurants and cafés, and running an actual bricks and mortar shop in Brighton.In this episode you will hear us talk about the different career shifts that Michael has made during the course of his life, and why he had them. Plus: we delve into the fascinating philosophies that underpin his courage, resilience and attitude to risk as he continues to chase his dreams.  This stuff is provocative and engaging in equal measure, so without further ado click, play and come listen.- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Michael Taggart started his professional life in the 2000s as a journalist, rising through the ranks, at first, of local and regional newspapers. Following a stint as deputy editor of a group of newspapers in Spain, he went on to work on Fleet Street for several national titles (“all the worst ones”, he says!), finally hanging up his notebook in 2005 to switch to local government communications. After six “mostly enjoyable, mostly productive” years at three city and county councils, Michael moved to Brighton, fell in love, got married and began a 10-year career in finance and tech marketing. In perhaps his most eyebrow-raising professional move, he took the reins at his wife’s tea company, MDTea, just over a year ago, (at the time of recording) and describes his current managing director role as “the most satisfying so far”.𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP013 | From Daily Fatigue To Energised Joy. My Career Change Saved My Health, with Amy-Beth Mellor
20-06-2024
EP013 | From Daily Fatigue To Energised Joy. My Career Change Saved My Health, with Amy-Beth Mellor
In this episode:Join me as I talk to a former client, Amy-Beth Mellor who I’m personally super inspired by. Amy-Beth spent 20 years working in the NHS as a Dietician in pretty senior roles, whilst battling a number of physical health issues that she’d had since childhood, as well as an inexplicable level of exhaustion that left her unable to function during her time off. Then, in 2020, she got a late-in-life diagnosis of Autism and ADHD, which finally shed some light on her long-held work struggle, and started her journey to understanding her own requirements for a right-fit career and lifestyle. In this episode you will hear us talk about Amy-Beth’s very real and detailed experience in trying to operate in a role that wasn’t right for her and the impact it had.We also talk through how she determined the criteria for her ideal career and the path she navigated to finding the kind of work she loves doing today – which she still can’t believe she gets paid to do every day! (HINT: puppies are involved).- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Amy-Beth Mellor hails from a 20-year career working as a Registered Dietitian in the NHS service, which included the areas of Acute and Community Dietetics, and extensive experience in Home Enteral Feeding in both adults and children.The pandemic in 2020 caused a big change for people worldwide and for Amy it kicked off her journey to discovering why she was so heavily fatigued every day and was not enjoying her work.After a late-in-life autism and ADHD diagnosis and career coaching with Alison, Amy has now found her permanent adventure in happiness - working with dogs. She runs her own dog walking and pet sitting business called Furry Popins, based in the Wirral, UK.𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP012 | Overcoming Relentless Setbacks to Achieve my Dream Book Deal, with Claire Frances
06-06-2024
EP012 | Overcoming Relentless Setbacks to Achieve my Dream Book Deal, with Claire Frances
In this episode:The amazing and highly inspirational Claire Frances joins me. Claire is a professional writer and soon-to-be published author, who also happens to be my fabulous cousin.Claire has come on to share her pretty incredible journey to having her first novel published.  Despite her experience as a journalist and freelance feature writer for publications like BBC Countryfile Magazine and Devon Life, and as a host blogger for The Huffington Post, the road to securing a publishing deal has been anything but easy. But what I have wholeheartedly admired in Claire throughout the past few years is her unrelenting tenacity in continuing to work at it, despite monumental hurdles and setbacks, and her steadfast belief that the universe has her back, which has helped her trust her instincts and make massive decisions that others would have considered too risky. In this episode you’ll hear us talk about Claire’s very relatable experience of trying to make this dream of hers work. We unpick how and why she didn’t give up, and hear about her challenging and tenacious journey to gaining her first book deal with One More Chapter, an imprint at Harper Collins, who publish “unputdownable fiction”. Come join us. You won’t regret it!- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Claire Frances has worked as a journalist and freelance feature writer for BBC Countryfile Magazine and Devon Life and has been a host blogger for The Huffington Post.  With a rich hands-on experience with professional writing, she also has a Masters in Professional Writing, specialising in fiction, a diploma in Print Journalism and Radio, and studied Creative Writing at university.Claire’s first novel, ‘Someone Like Pearl’, is being published by One More Chapter, an imprint at Harper Collins in early 2025.She lives on Dartmoor with her family, and finds her ideas for books come most naturally when she's out walking with her dogs. 𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP011 | Beat Your Four Fears®. Bravely Step Towards Self-Employed Happiness, with Mark Franklin
23-05-2024
EP011 | Beat Your Four Fears®. Bravely Step Towards Self-Employed Happiness, with Mark Franklin
In this episode:I’m joined by the awesome Mark Franklin, a consultant, trainer and speaker, with two decades experience supporting solo and small business owners to overcome their Four Fears®, Mark’s proprietary framework for tackling what holds us back the most in our professional and personal lives.This episode is for you if you are a self-employed business owner or are dreaming of running your own business.Mark’s mission is to help you see and believe that you ARE good enough, you are ready, you do have time, and that failure can sometimes be the greatest gift you give to your story.In our conversation we talk about the work Mark does, how and why he took the plunge himself and moved from a corporate career in publishing into self-employment, his biggest learnings in doing so, and the surprise plot twist that was part of his journey.Come join us!- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Mark Franklin is a consultant, trainer and speaker with over 20 years’ experience supporting small independent business owners to overcome their Four Fears® - the most common barriers preventing them from having the business of their dreams. He invests deeply in his clients’ stories, providing uplifting, relevant and engaging support to unlock the bravery and belief they need to pursue their happy path to success.He too decided to take the plunge from a corporate career in publishing into becoming self-employed so he is incredibly empathetic to the bravery needed to go it alone.His Four Fears® Programmes are designed to move business owners from inertia to victory and find joy in that journey.𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP010 | Bringing 'Big Yes' energy to everything you do. A career change born from a need to rediscover fun, with Susan Hyatt
09-05-2024
EP010 | Bringing 'Big Yes' energy to everything you do. A career change born from a need to rediscover fun, with Susan Hyatt
In this episode:Ever felt like you are tired and burnt out, despite earning a decent income and having the outward markers of a good life…and then weirdly wracked with guilt because you ‘should’ be much more grateful than you feel?That was Susan Hyatt in the early 2000s. She got to a point in her life where she was ticking all the right ‘success’ boxes that we’ve been conditioned to believe are the formula to winning at life. But, on the inside, she was tired, sad and had begun to believe that finding the kind of work and life that actually felt fun and worthwhile had completely passed her by.She reached a breaking point and whilst in search of help, a book literally fell on her head at her local Barnes and Noble store. One that coaxed her to do some exercises to draw out what actually made her happy. That sparked the beginning of her journey and completely spun her off on a magical trajectory to where she is today. Loving life, serving the people that value her, and inspiring significant change in others too.Susan’s story will have many things in it that you might recognise in your own life and your own internal narrative.Join us. You won’t regret it.- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Susan Hyatt is a Master Certified Life Coach, Bestselling Author, and TEDx Speaker.She’s on a mission to ignite 'Big Yes Energy' in women everywhere. From boosting your bank account to supercharging your self-confidence, from elevating your energy levels to amplifying your joy, Susan is the go-to expert for women who want more.With 17 years of coaching experience under her belt, Susan has guided thousands of women through their personal revolutions. She's a crusader against diet culture and a vocal advocate for closing gaps – in wages, confidence, and yes, even orgasms.She is also the creator of BARE - a ground-breaking process that’s inspired women all over the world to stop shrinking their bodies and start expanding their lives.Susan's impactful work has graced national TV, leading podcasts, and top magazines including O: The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Woman’s World, and Call Her Daddy. Her dedication to women's empowerment and entrepreneurship also earned her a spot as a finalist for the prestigious Athena Award.When she's not hyping up her clients, leading epic retreats, or making a scene, Susan can be found weightlifting, marathon training, globetrotting, or cosying up in her hygge corner. She’s also not shy about advocating for equality at home, regularly reminding her husband about the importance of sharing the "invisible workload," so she can continue to earn big and play big.𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals. Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes,...
EP009 | Pursue heartfelt happiness, above all else. Jeremy’s example to us all, with Alison O’Leary
25-04-2024
EP009 | Pursue heartfelt happiness, above all else. Jeremy’s example to us all, with Alison O’Leary
In this episode:I'm coming at you in all my vulnerability. This show is all about pursuing happiness, but my personal experience over the last two months has really challenged me to the core on this. My beloved husband, Jeremy, the love of my life, was diagnosed almost out of the blue with terminal cancer on the 7th of Feb 2024, and 11 days later, I lost him. As you might imagine it's been an insanely difficult and very emotional time but my anchor has actually been Jeremy himself, believe it or not.I have decided to record this episode and share this deeply emotional time with you because the way that Jeremy lived his life and what he modelled for me throughout our 20 amazing years together is the ultimate example of knowing yourself, of not compromising in ways that are harmful to yourself, and pursuing heartfelt happiness above all else.By sharing this very personal story of my husband and how he lived his life, I hope it provides some inspiration to go after and live whatever kind of life you want and wholeheartedly deserve. - - -𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP008 | Proud to be 100% myself. How My Values Define Me, with Dan Gamble
21-03-2024
EP008 | Proud to be 100% myself. How My Values Define Me, with Dan Gamble
In this episode:If you ever needed a confirmation that making bold moves by listening to your instincts and being true to your own values is priceless – then this episode with Dan Gamble is for you!Dan’s insights and views really shine a light on how important our values are to our sense of wellbeing and happiness, and our mindset.You'll here how Dan’s upbringing and challenging adolescence shaped his Respect and Drive values, and enhanced his emotional intelligence skills, helping him make right-fit work and life choices, and become the proficient comms professional he is today.Dan walks us through some of the bold decisions he has made over his life so far, based on his gut instinct of what would and wouldn’t work for him. He uses his core values as his decision compass to great effect and you will hear how much so throughout our discussion. Join us!- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Dan Gamble is a career PR professional with 20 years’ experience in the global tech space. He has worked both agency side and inhouse, and represented global tech brands and notable CEOs. In 2011, Dan left London and moved to Vancouver, and 10 years later, launched his own agency, DGPR. Since then, his team has expanded to Vancouver and Toronto, and has partnered with some of Canada’s most notable tech businesses and exciting entrepreneurs.He was recently named on Business in Vancouver's 40 Under 40 list, and he is a regular Forbes contributor sharing his thoughts on PR & Communications, Entrepreneurship and LGBTQIA+ issues.A true advocate for the PR profession, shortly after moving to Vancouver, he co-founded a community of 300+ PR & Comms professionals called YVRPR. Dan blends creativity with logic, and is an advocate for equality and diversity in all forms.𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP007 | ‘Let’s Pretend’. How I retrained to become a Nutrition Coach, with Sian Aherne
07-03-2024
EP007 | ‘Let’s Pretend’. How I retrained to become a Nutrition Coach, with Sian Aherne
In this episode:Do you dream of making heartfelt, purposeful change, but struggle with fear, self-doubt and procrastination, which ultimately stops you going after what you want?If so, you are definitely not alone! Many of my clients have experienced exactly this, and Sian Aherne is one of them.In this episode, I talk to Sian about the fear and discomfort that has held her back for years, and the approaches she’s now applying that have helped her navigate it and get unstuck to embark on a new career path and build her own business. Through perseverance and a fabulous “Let’s Pretend” approach, she is now qualified in her new field and is running her practice as a nutrition coach alongside her PR and Comms freelancing.If you do listen – you can also learn about my concept of little acts of proactive discomfort (a sneaky way of tricking yourself into trying new things and having mini adventures in being brave!).- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Sian Aherne spent 20-something years in PR and communications working with all sorts of organisations, but often pondered purpose and what else life could look like. After numerous false starts over the years, she's finally taking a leap. Alongside her day job, she's now a certified nutrition coach, working work one-on-one, in small groups and with corporates to help people feel more energised and improve their mood. If you would like to know more about Sian, or would like to connect with her, please do visit her website, drop her an email or join her on LinkedIn.𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP006 | Natural movement and dynamic aging. A career change story, with Mike Mullins
22-02-2024
EP006 | Natural movement and dynamic aging. A career change story, with Mike Mullins
In this episode:Meet Mike Mullins, from Liverpool, who has spent over 30 years working in the education sector, most recently supporting parents and carers of children with special educational needs or disabilities around their legal entitlements. In May 2023, he embarked on a career change to pursue what he is most passionate about and is now working as a Mobility Coach.If you’re not familiar with that term, Mike’s work is all about helping people optimise their body to meet its fullest potential. The aim is to age healthily, promote wellness, and change people’s mindset around physical limitations. Come join us as we talk about Mike’s career change from education to self-employment in the wellbeing space.- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Mike Mullins has 30+ years of experience in education, supporting parents and carers of children with special educational needs or disabilities, around their legal entitlements. Today he runs his own business as a Mobility Coach working to support people to optimise their health and wellbeing, to reach their fullest potential.  Mike is passionate about promoting the value in aging healthily and encouraging people to change their mindset regarding physical limitations. He is a qualified MovNat coach, a 5th dan Aikido instructor and a keen advocate of breathwork and meditation. He lives in Liverpool with his family. 𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP005 | Listen to your body’s responses, there is wisdom deep within, with Alison O’Leary
08-02-2024
EP005 | Listen to your body’s responses, there is wisdom deep within, with Alison O’Leary
In this episode:Have you come to believe in work and life you have to just battle through and compromise, which means you end up chasing goals and expectations that society, culture and others dictate for you, when it’s not what you truly need or want?That was me. In this podcast episode, I share my own story of how my body clearly signalled I was not living true to myself. Even to the point where my digestive system shut down completely.I also share how I’ve learnt to listen to my body and what it says, and how this helps me make daily decisions about what food I eat, the work I do, the movement I fit into my day, and the people I spend my time with.My body physically breaking down was the trigger that set me on the path to my own career and life change, and its messages are the reason my coaching business is called Live True! The episode is only 17mins, so come join me :)- - -𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP004 | When Scary Met Exciting. How I Became a Published Author, by Elijah Lawal
25-01-2024
EP004 | When Scary Met Exciting. How I Became a Published Author, by Elijah Lawal
In this episode:Have you ever dreamt of writing a book and becoming a published author?Many have, but get derailed by a lack of professional writing experience, confusion over where to start, the deflation of rejections, and the belief that it’s simply not possible.It’s easy to succumb to the perceived barriers and limitations that our minds and “accepted wisdom” throw up in response to this goal, so in this episode, I invite Elijah Lawal to share how he went from defining his goal to become a published author, to making that dream a reality.You’ll hear insights from Elijah on how he approached his writing; his tips on the practical process of pitching and finding an agent; how he dealt with rejections; and his lessons learned on the journey to getting published.- - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Elijah Lawal is a British Nigerian published author and screenwriter based in San Francisco. In 2019, his first non-fiction book, ‘The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling out Racist Stereotypes’, was published by Hodder & Stoughton. It was well received and led to lots of media coverage, and as a result, Elijah was recognised as one of the top 30 Black authors by the Black British Business Awards.Elijah’s day job is as a Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Google, and he also sits on the leadership team of the Black Writers Guild, an organisation aimed at working with publishers to ensure meaningful and purposeful change in making the industry more inclusive at all levels.𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales. Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP003 | My Ex-PR Story Telling Skills Helped Me to Become a Celebrant, with Eleanor Willock
11-01-2024
EP003 | My Ex-PR Story Telling Skills Helped Me to Become a Celebrant, with Eleanor Willock
In this episode:Many dream of making a fulfilling career change, but get stuck in a cycle of fear around making the wrong choice, throwing away years of existing experience, and the big one – taking a big pay cut or not making enough money.It’s easy to get stuck in analysis paralysis, circling around wanting to make a change, but feeling like it’s just not possible, so in this episode, I invite Eleanor Willock to share her experience as she transitions from PR and communications into her second career as a celebrant, creating wedding ceremonies, vow renewals and naming days for people.You’ll hear how Eleanor chose her new career path and what gave her the confidence to select it; the skills she’s using to make her transition; and how she’s approaching the move practically from a financial point of view. - - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Eleanor Willock is an Independent Marriage Celebrant. Always curious and interested in making the most out of life, she has worked internationally in three continents with some of the world's biggest tech and public sector brands. In 2023, she ended her 25-year career in public relations and comms to find out what else she might be good at. She lives in Somerset with her family. 𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP002 | The Liberation of Beginner's Mind. From Tax Accountant to Comedian, with Samantha Day
28-12-2023
EP002 | The Liberation of Beginner's Mind. From Tax Accountant to Comedian, with Samantha Day
In this episode:Have you ever dreamt of making a wildly different career change but told yourself it’s not “realistic” or possible?Our minds place all sorts of limits on what we can and can’t do, and what’s permissible, so in this episode I invite Samantha Day to share her story and insights on how she made the seemingly impossible shift from tax accounting to stand-up comedy.In her inimitable style, you’ll hear about how Samantha made the decision to leave her 30-year career for something new and incomparable; the thought-provoking psychological approaches she uses to deal with fear and doubt; and the practical steps she took to get started and build her profile. - - -𝗚𝗨𝗘𝗦𝗧 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Samantha Day spent 30 years working as a tax accountant in the city of London, before making a career change that couldn’t be more polarised. In her early 50s she embarked on a transition from accounting to stand-up comedy, turning a very new hobby into a real job that she earns a living from. In the four years she’s been at it, she’s won numerous comedy awards, is regularly gigging around the country, and she’s had two really successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.
EP001 | Why this show, why me, why YOU?
08-12-2023
EP001 | Why this show, why me, why YOU?
In this episode:Before you jump into my upcoming interviews and hear from many of my clients and friends who have navigated the thrilling, scary and exciting concept of career and life transition…I thought you may like to know a bit about me, your host.Why do I care about this subject so much? Why am I driven to support people who feel that either something is missing or they just want more out of their work and their life? Well, in this short intro episode, I answer that very question by sharing my own career transition journey which saw me leap from a high-paced, London-based corporate role, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, and radically transition to my ideal life - living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Yes, I'm going to ‘port’ you back 15 years and give you a little insight into my own life at that time and how I figured out that my work and lifestyle was making me very ill. There’s a good ending I promise and it brings me to this uplifting work today where I get to share these amazing, real-life career and life transition stories with you.- - -𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝗢’𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗬 𝗕𝗜𝗢:Alison is a highly experienced, certified life and career coach and is an active ideal life advocate. She’s the founder and designer of the Work Wonderland™ process, her proprietary model that helps people make career and life choices that truly align with their values, strengths, passions, skills and life goals.Alison hails from a high-paced, London-based corporate background, working for more than 20 years in the field of PR and Communications, until she made her own radical transition to her ideal life, living and working from a remote mountainside in Wales.Today she focusses her life coaching on supporting professionally successful people in making career changes that facilitate transformational life change. When Alison is not working, you can find her outdoors - walking beaches at the crack of dawn; experimenting with the universe and consciousness; trying her hand at paragliding; and delighting in the magic of the superhero’s quest. She is also Marvel movie obsessed.==================All episodes are video recorded and can be watched in the website show notes, or on YouTube.