Happy Chicks Podcast

Loretta Hart

Happiness chat without the fluff and bullshit. Each episode we explore a different pathway to happiness with awesome guests and me your host, Loretta Hart. I'm a Happiness strategist who loves to help you find your happy.

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Surrender Isn't For Losers
Yesterday
Surrender Isn't For Losers
You can stop pushing sh*t uphill any time you like.  You have my permission to surrender. Not because you can't cope but because you choose.In this episode we dive into how Acceptance and Surrender are a fast track to more happiness joy and flow.  In the past "giving up" was shunned and "hustling and pushing through" was praised.  Fortunately we are moving into a time when we can know the power of letting go, accepting what is and being ok with it.  As Buzzy, my guest ,says, "There isn't a right way or wrong way to be, but there is a gentle way"My guests this week are:Laura DickLaura is a cyclical business mentor who helps high achieving and driven business women to ditch the hustle and run their businesses and launches with intention, and in alignment with their cycles.With a blend of cycle syncing, systems, and planning, Laura's approach to business allows her clients to focus their time and energy on the things that matter most, and get results without burning out. LewisBuzzy Lewis spends her time between her partner's family farm and her beachy hometown Warrnambool, the natural beauty of both places inspire her endless creativity. Buzzy loves creativity. It lights her up, and it’s how she pays the bills. She’s been a graphic designer, marketing manager, artist, art teacher, entrepreneur and strategist.But it’s the dark-side of creativity that led her to become a writer. As a recovering perfectionist Buzzy is very susceptible to creative anxiety, self-doubt and creative burnout. Since 2014 she’s been researching and writing about the lessons from the dark-side of creativity and building a pretty remarkable toolkit for what she calls a ‘Failure Friendly Mindset’. Her Failure Friendly action cards teach the three non negotiable skills needed for a Failure Friendly Mindset: self-awareness, self-belief and self-compassion. While her book ‘Being Creative’ goes beyond treating symptoms like perfectionism or procrastination, to explore the true cause of our difficulties and how to establish a healthy relationship with the creative process. Buzzy’s current creative projects include a farmhouse renovation, planning her wedding, designing a gameshow, self-publishing her second book, designing a jewellery collection and rolling out a worker attraction campaign as part of her day-job as an Economic Development Officer.
Surrender Isn't For Losers
Yesterday
Surrender Isn't For Losers
You can stop pushing sh*t uphill any time you like.  You have my permission to surrender. Not because you can't cope but because you choose.In this episode we dive into how Acceptance and Surrender are a fast track to more happiness joy and flow.  In the past "giving up" was shunned and "hustling and pushing through" was praised.  Fortunately we are moving into a time when we can know the power of letting go, accepting what is and being ok with it.  As Buzzy, my guest ,says, "There isn't a right way or wrong way to be, but there is a gentle way"My guests this week are:Laura DickLaura is a cyclical business mentor who helps high achieving and driven business women to ditch the hustle and run their businesses and launches with intention, and in alignment with their cycles.With a blend of cycle syncing, systems, and planning, Laura's approach to business allows her clients to focus their time and energy on the things that matter most, and get results without burning out. LewisBuzzy Lewis spends her time between her partner's family farm and her beachy hometown Warrnambool, the natural beauty of both places inspire her endless creativity. Buzzy loves creativity. It lights her up, and it’s how she pays the bills. She’s been a graphic designer, marketing manager, artist, art teacher, entrepreneur and strategist.But it’s the dark-side of creativity that led her to become a writer. As a recovering perfectionist Buzzy is very susceptible to creative anxiety, self-doubt and creative burnout. Since 2014 she’s been researching and writing about the lessons from the dark-side of creativity and building a pretty remarkable toolkit for what she calls a ‘Failure Friendly Mindset’. Her Failure Friendly action cards teach the three non negotiable skills needed for a Failure Friendly Mindset: self-awareness, self-belief and self-compassion. While her book ‘Being Creative’ goes beyond treating symptoms like perfectionism or procrastination, to explore the true cause of our difficulties and how to establish a healthy relationship with the creative process. Buzzy’s current creative projects include a farmhouse renovation, planning her wedding, designing a gameshow, self-publishing her second book, designing a jewellery collection and rolling out a worker attraction campaign as part of her day-job as an Economic Development Officer.
The Art of Asking
Jul 24 2022
The Art of Asking
My mantra is Clarity Is Kindness.  This is how I try to turn asking into an art rather than a dreaded job.Getting clear on what we want, asking for help or requesting the space to step forward on our own is all a form of kindness.  It’s kind for us because it means we have more hope of getting the desired outcome and kind for those around us.  They can choose to grant the request when they have all the information.This is the Happy Chicks podcast where we explore the pathways of happiness with the fluff and bullshit.Our guests this episode:Kim MacdonaldKim is a BAS agent and book keeper who as a single mother of three found herself in a state of overwhelm and exhaustion.  Kim’s rates simplicity as one of her top values in life and in business and shares her story from the heart.Kim has the ability to make the complex simple and her down to earth tips and advice makes it feel like you are listening to a friend. TaylorLisa is a family therapist, coach and consultant and Director of Strengthening Families Australia.  She is incredibly passionate about supporting individuals and families to connect, heal and understand themselves and each other. She uses her highly-sensitive superpower to listen to what’s in people’s hearts, hear what’s not being said and reconnect relationships, whether it’s with yourself, partner, family or business.  The core of her craft is helping people to see who they truly are in the world and to understand the gift they are to others and her mission is to create experiences of connection and belonging that allows love to thrive.Lisa is a wife and Mum of 3 teenagers and loves working with conscious parents, and families and has developed The Ultimate Parenting Success Program and The Source coaching group to support parents and anyone wanting to strengthen their relationships.Follows us on Facebook & InstagramSign up here for Connect & Thrive newsletterWebsite:
You say you want a revolution?
Jul 10 2022
You say you want a revolution?
Andrea FrankAs a licensed mental health therapist, coach and consultant, Andrea explores a new emerging meaning of kindness from a wellbeing lens and as a sustainability practice. Her Covid passion project involved co-creating wellbeing economic policy with eclectic professionals from around the globe to serve organizations from parliaments to local communities with ground up solutions for reimagining how the economy works for everyone. Countries like Australia, Scotland, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Finland, UK, and Canada have and are moving forward with these practices in their governments and communities.She works with high achieving individuals currently in the medical field, CEO’s in the nonprofit and for profit sectors and organizations interested in using wellbeing as a lens. Together she is building a kinder world one thriving person at a time. Eldred Only when we treat the whole person can the person feel well within themselves.“I  first heard of Bowen Therapy after I had just had my child and was in pain suffering from sciatica and vertigo. I was in so much pain, and with constant dizziness I was unable to drive. Then after exhausting all that was offered to me, my mum suggested Bowen Therapy . I was skeptical, but I was also desperately wanting to be living a pain free life. Honestly, while on the therapist's table I could feel the pain ease and the sensation to my feet returning. It was such a sweet relief. After just one session I was able to sleep better , move better and suddenly finding the energy I so desperately needed, to be a new mother. Something I will always be so grateful for.”Alice trained in massage and Bowen therapy and runs her practice, Soothe My Soul, in Hastings Hawkes Bay NZ.  She believes that creating moments of mindfulness throughout your day are the stepping stones for not only greater mental health, but physical wellbeing too. She is intrigued with the way trauma is held in our bodies and loves to work with other trauma sufferers to help them feel safe, and at ease in their body  make sure to read "2 Great Reasons to be Kind" over on the Happy Chicks Blog
Why Do We Need Connection?
Jun 26 2022
Why Do We Need Connection?
I remember being in a psychology lecture at university and the question was asked why do humans sleep.It seemed like a no brainer to me.Isn’t it because we are tired??  The lecturer went on, ‘Yes we sleep because we are tired but why do humans need to fall into an unconscious state in order to revive themselves and why do we need 8 hours a night.  Why can’t we exist and perform by having mirconaps or just reduce our metabolism and activity like fish but stay alert to danger?This question still intrigues me mainly because we often accept what we do as normal and don’t question the why behind it.It's like the question: Why do humans need connection?We come out of the womb looking to bond. We seek places to ‘fit in and belong’ all through life, often knowing that when we are part of something bigger than ourselves we feel more fulfilled and whole.Religion, clubs and organisations flourish as people with common mindsets come together to connect, but why do we do it?  What does it give us?Lisa TaylorLisa is a family therapist, coach and consultant and Director of Strengthening Families Australia.  She is incredibly passionate about supporting individuals and families to connect, heal and understand themselves and each other. She uses her highly-sensitive superpower to listen to what’s in people’s hearts, hear what’s not being said and reconnect relationships, whether it’s with yourself, partner, family or business.  The core of her craft is helping people to see who they truly are in the world and to understand the gift they are to others and her mission is to create experiences of connection and belonging that allows love to thrive.Lisa is a wife and Mum of 3 teenagers and loves working with conscious parents, and families and has developed The Ultimate Parenting Success Program and The Source coaching group to support parents and anyone wanting to strengthen their relationships.Follows us on Facebook & InstagramSign up here for Connect & Thrive newsletterWebsite: ScottPittockWe've all got one... the friend who's always got a camera in their hand... that's me! Always with the camera, the photos and the memories. The friend who always gives photos for gifts! I'm also the friend who nags about keeping photos safe, and most importantly sharing and using those beautiful treasures. Now I get to be that person for my clients. The person with the information, the camera scanner and the help to keep their treasures safe and share with their families.Moving from photography to photo organising wasn’t really in the plan… then again neither was 2020 or a pandemic! It did, however, give me the time and opportunity to get deeply lost in the world of photo organising, write a class for my clients and friends, and think deeply about the future of my business. They say a change is as good as a holiday… and given we weren’t going anywhere and I couldn’t work in 2020… I changed my business from taking the photos to helping clients with their own photos. So, Dallas ScottPittock, Professional Photo Organiser and owner of Treasured Collections Photo Organising it is! And I’m loving every minute, challenge, client and project! Change is often challenging, but out of challenge often comes the best parts of life. My passion has forever been photos! I used to create them, but now I get to help save, use and share them!www.treasuredcollections.com.au
Courage is Fear Walking….
Jun 12 2022
Courage is Fear Walking….
We hear that “courage is fear walking” but in this conversation we break apart why sometimes we feel like we need a rest from being courageous all the time.  We unpack the difference between courage and bravery and how that impacts us.  We also laugh, share our “happy this week” moments and inspire each other.Make sure to read more about 'Courage' HERERachel PennRachel is an art therapist and a somatic experiencing practitioner who has worked in the community services sector for the last 10 years in a counselling and case management position.Rachel has spent the last several years working with women and their babies before taking maternity leave to grow and nurture her own baby.Rachel likes to incorporate touch work for trauma resolution and movement such as QiGong to support her therapeutic work and embodiment practices. PaatschKylie is the founder of a company called the Fearless way and is on a mission to permeategreater consciousness, courage, compassion, and creativity in all dimensions of leadership.She has spent over 25 years in business, leadership, and people development and hasstudied, researched, explored, and directly experienced what success looks like when weconnect deeply with ourselves and live with less fear.She is an advocate of courageous leadership, mindfulness and passionate about breakingdown barriers to inequality, creating environments where everyone can thrive anddeveloping female talent.www.thefearlessway.com.au
Finding Your Passion
May 26 2022
Finding Your Passion
We are told to follow our heart, tap into our passion and let our joy guide us….but what if we aren't sure if our passion is ‘good enough’ or ‘worthy’ of being followed.  What if we feel like we flit from one passion to the next, how do we pin it down, or how do we even begin to break in and find our passion?Tania MoloneyIn 2012 Tania Moloney founded Nurture in Nature and has been helping educators, parents and others who care deeply for connecting kids and nature to grow their knowledge and skills so they feel confident and supported in their nature-inspired teaching and learning practice.She presents regularly at national & international conferences & events including: Children and Nature Network Conference (2016, 2017, 2019), International Association of Nature Pedagogy Conference, Environmental Education in Early Childhood Conference, Playgroup Victoria Conference and Outdoors Victoria Conference.She is also the host of the Nurture in Nature Radio Podcast, is a Vasque Footwear Ambassador and runs innovative outdoor programs for kids and communities in her mobile classroom The Nature Bus.Tania also organises and leads innovative and engaging professional development programs for educators - including an annual face to face Campference Teacher Nature Conference and Retreat in Australia; an online Campference: Where Nature Meets Story and Nurture in Nature’s online Membership Community, Treehouse Educators.As a deeply passionate, creative and highly regarded nature-preneur, Tania has a knack of bringing great people who care deeply for children and nature together around the campfire - be it in the real world or the virtual one - and making sure there is a welcoming seat for everyone around it.Simone OutteridgeSimone is a wellbeing and organisational culture specialist.She founded The Growth Trilogy to be able to guide and assist leaders and teams to create a blueprint for individual and collective wellbeing to influence culture transformation.It is her mission to create workplace cultures that foster wellbeing, psychological safety, engagement, and innovation. A workplace where everyone can be their best and feel valued.You can read more about Finding Your Passion HERE
Looking for more confidence?  Begin with trust.
May 15 2022
Looking for more confidence? Begin with trust.
Doubt, fear and confusion can all erode our confidence.  So what builds it?  Like any good building we need to begin with the foundation and that my friends would be TRUST.Liz FryAlong with her varied career background from Nursing, the Prison Service, teaching English in Sri Lanka, and running a pub, Liz also weaves her personal mental health journey into the mix; into the stories she shares and the coaching space she holds for people.  Liz left the UK in 2013 for world wide travel, touched down at Auckland Airport and felt she had come home.  Nine years on and she is a super passionate New Zealand citizen, working in the area of suicide prevention as a Life Coach.  With freedom as one of her top core values, you will often find Liz off on adventures as her way of looking after herself, keeping the tanks topped up and remaining connected to her authentic self.Please find her at  www.liz-fry.com or facebook -www.facebook.com/lizfrycomJen LiddyJen left her high school teaching career to avoid a life doomed by grading crappy 9th grade Romeo & Juliet essays. In 2013, she made a terrifying leap into entrepreneurship & learned everything the hard way! Today, as a Content Creation Specialist, Jen helps personal brands step off the content creation DREADmill & get out of content chaos with strategies that ease-ify , simplify, and actually make content FUN! As one client said, “Jen shows you how to create content that FEELS GOOD to you -In a way that WORKS for you!”
Using Creativity For More Happiness and Working Shit out
Apr 26 2022
Using Creativity For More Happiness and Working Shit out
No creative bone is your body…fear not happiness is still open to you!In this episode not only do we explore how to tap into your happy place through creativity but also how you can harness the power of creativity to nut out that pesky problem that is blocking your path.Tamara Protassow is a non-fiction writing coach, accountability coach and course creator. She specialises in developing non-fiction books with purpose-driven writers and holding space where creative inspirations become reality.Tamara has developed and edited books with over 50 authors, including Denise Duffield Thomas, Leonie Dawson and Lisa Lister, and has edited both freelance for self-published authors, as well as for Hay House UK. Her favourite working space is the writing and creating incubator where her clients bring their heartfelt inspirations into reality through their intuitive answers to the simple question, “What’s the next step?” Tamara lives in the hills outside of Melbourne, Australia with her husband, two teenagers, dog, cat and five chickens. Anne HigginsSue-Anne is an internationally accredited results-based coach.She helps women leaders & business owners over 40 achieve work-life balance and impact, by reconnecting with who they are, with clarity, confidence and contentment.Historically Sue-Anne worked in the corporate world as a change & communications manager, leadership development expert and coach for over 20 years.The last 4 years of her corporate career was with a boutique organisational transformation company. She was a much sought after leadership development expert and coach, with a hefty charge out rate of $3,500 per day!After seeing the amazing transformation in with the people she worked, Sue-Anne knew that there had to be a way to make the life changing opportunities available to all women - without the heft boutique consultancy price-tag!Over the next few years, she honed the techniques and developed a step-by-step system to specifically fast-track results for women leaders and business owners over 40.Sue-Anne has a fun easy to listen to vibe and embraces courage, curiosity, creativity, consistency and confidence.She is on a mission to positively impact 1M people by transforming communities from the inside-out, one woman at a time. can also read my blog about Creativity HERE!
Why “SHOULD” can take a flying leap on a short pier.  Keeping Guilt out of Gratitude
Apr 11 2022
Why “SHOULD” can take a flying leap on a short pier. Keeping Guilt out of Gratitude
Who else was raised to eat your vegetables because there were starving children in Africa?"You should be grateful to have broccoli and brussel sprouts with your silver side and mash pumpkin, don't you know there are starving children in Africa?"To which we would sarcastically suggest we parcel it up and post it to them and see if they liked it! None of this bode well for a harmonious dinner, nor did it help our notion of what being grateful was all about.So what is it to be grateful and why do people bang on about it so?Is grateful the new black, it can’t be cos slow is the new black, so maybe grateful is the new rose gold in muted tones.Whatever it is, it’s agreed that it’s important, so let’s delve into why.Shandra Moran Shandra is the founder of The Transit Lounge, a boutique coaching consultancy for women who’ve had a career and now want to start their own successful solo business. She’s an award-winning promotions and marketing director, Professional Results coach, internationally accredited money breakthrough coach, podcast host and co-author of an international bestselling book ‘Elevate Your Success’. An early ‘midlife crisis’ led Shandra to leave the media industry and follow her passion for people development, and after training as a coach, she held a senior management role within a learning and development company. Following a diagnosis of severe adrenal fatigue in 2014, she reinvented her professional life once again when she left her successful career to create ‘The Transit Lounge’. Shandra is passionate about working with professional women who want to be their own boss - so they can earn great money, doing work they love, without burning out. She helps them do that through Private coaching and her online coaching and implementation group ‘Women In Transit – the path to being your own boss TurleyAlena is an award-winning Australian educator, podcaster and martial artist. Founder of pioneering blog, the Soul Mama Hub, her new membership - the Soul Mama Academy -  connects over-extended mothers with juicy, holistic energising ideas and each other. Her mission is to bring women together to co-create a lighter, happier and kinder way of life.
If Slow Is The New Black.......
Apr 4 2022
If Slow Is The New Black.......
If slow living is the new black…….how the hell do I fit it into my busy schedule?Ok I get that my title misses the point of the slow movement, but from the outside looking in, slow seems like it takes up too much time when there is so much else to do in my day.These have always been my first thoughts when thinking about how to embrace slow, but lately I think I’ve been cracking the code on this happiness pathway.Rebekkah FinnaganFunctional Nutrition, Health & Wellness CoachRebekkah is so incredibly passionate about helping you become aware of what is stopping you from being the very best you.  She loves to work together on what matters to you most.  Breaking down the walls of old habits and building new habits that will transform your health & your life.  One small step at a time, to ensure life long transformation.  Helping you Take Control of your Body and live your life to the absolute fullest!Specialising in autoimmune diseases, gut health, weight loss, and stress management, Rebekkah helps people use Food as Medicine to reduce pain, weight, inflammation, depression.......  Anything that is keeping you from being the person you were always meant to be.  Helping you Feel Amazing Inside & Out! Heidi Founder of Total Somatics® (www.TotalSomatics.com)Total Somatics is an online program designed to reduce pain, improve posture, increase mobility, develop mindfulness and allow you to resume or continue with the activities you love to do. She is a Certified Clinical Somatic Educator and Somatic Movement Teacher in the work of Thomas Hanna. Heidi is also a qualified Pilates instructor. This gives her clients greater awareness of their bodies, movement patterns and educating them with a skill set so they can perform specific exercises for 10-20 minutes each day in the comfort and privacy of their own home.Heidi also has her own podcast, Somatic Movement & Mindset. Within these episodes, Heidi delves into the fields of neuroscience, pain, mindset, mindfulness, habits and how to use your amazing brain and body to create lasting healthy changes. Somatic Movement & Mindset is available on all major podcast platforms and you can also listen to it at www.TotalSomatics.com/podcast.  It is also available on You Tube at
Taking Back Control.....Simply
Mar 29 2022
Taking Back Control.....Simply
Taking Back Control….simply.Some days the world is a whirlwind, you’ve got to-do stacks out the wazoo and it feels like the stage show, “Stop The World I Want To Get Off,” was written just for you.  As a result of this life in this chaos, our happiness decides to pack its bags and head off for the summer - just great.If this is your reality it's ok, we've got you.  On this episode we chat with Kim Macdonald and Jess Niblett about how we can use the principles of simplicity to start taking back control.This is the Happy Chicks podcast where we explore the pathways of happiness with the fluff and bullshit.Our guests this episode:Kim Macdonald is a BAS agent and book keeper who as a single mother of three found herself in a state of overwhelm and exhaustion.  Kim’s rates simplicity as one of her top values in life and in business and shares her story from the heart.Kim has the ability to make the complex simple and her down to earth tips and advice makes it feel like you are listening to a friend.--------------------------------------Jess NiblettLighten the Load / @lightentheloadpo is living proof that organisation is a learnable skill. She says her house is not perfect and neither is she.She understands first-hand the overwhelm that mess, clutter and chaos can create, and the impact this can have on the lives of everyone living or working in that space, because Jess has lived it too.Jess loves helping busy people to lighten the mental load that they carry by helping to declutter, organise and simplify their homes or workspaces.She doesn't believe in judging, shaming, taking life too seriously, or making everything perfect. What Jess does believe in is compassion, understanding and making progress over perfection.Prior to establishing my business, Jess was a secondary school teacher for over a decade. She lives on a farm near Lismore with her husband and two boys where they operate a transport/contracting business as well as growing cereal crops and prime lambs.