Starting Over with Shannon

Shannon Jenkins

Starting Over with Shannon is a podcast about fresh starts, new chapters and navigating life’s inevitable changes and challenges to become a better version of ourselves and to create a better world around us. I am your host, Shannon Jenkins and every Tuesday my guests and I will be bringing you a different ‘starting over’ story with tips on how to conquer life’s difficulties to find greater joy, meaning and purpose.Tune in for inspirational and uplifting stories which will motivate and empower you to meet your inner self, to do THE work and to make meaningful changes in your own life and the societies in which we live. Follow me on instagram at @startingover_withshannon to be a part of the journey and the conversation!

Ep.33 Release your fears & limiting beliefs and tap into your highest self w/Brad Yates
2d ago
Ep.33 Release your fears & limiting beliefs and tap into your highest self w/Brad Yates
Do you have fears or limiting beliefs that hold you back in life? Today’s guest hypnotherapist, speaker and author, Brad Yates has a self-help healing technique for that: “tapping”, formally known as “emotional freedom technique”, which involves tapping on energy meridians throughout the body while talking through and resolving emotional resistance or trauma (think acupuncture without the needles and free therapy thrown in).For over 20 years Brad  has been teaching these techniques in person and on his YouTube channel which contains 1100 videos with over 38 million views. In this episode, he shares the research and philosophy behind EFT tapping, how we can practice ourselves (5-minute demonstration featured) and his own story starting over from actor to hypnotherapist. Here are a few quotes from the episode:  “Our emotions aren't just in our head: we feel them in our bodies. So we're trying to just do talk therapy in our head to deal with what's going on in our body?!” (not the answer)“Our emotions drive our behaviour. And I like to say that emotional freedom is the freedom to make better choices.”“The main benefit of tapping is to calm down the stress response. And when you consider that most, if not all of the issues that bother us physically and emotionally are either caused by, or worsened by, stress, then having a simple tool for relieving stress is profound.”“Self-sabotage is simply misguided self-love” You can connect with Brad and me on the links below: Shannon's instagramShannon's websiteShannon’s tiktokBrad’s YouTube Brad’s websiteMusic by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0
Ep.31 Let go & surrender into your highest self & best life w/ John Purkiss
Aug 2 2022
Ep.31 Let go & surrender into your highest self & best life w/ John Purkiss
What if surrendering was not giving up or being lazy but actually granting us access to an intelligence far greater than our own? Could letting go of control, pain and thoughts lead us to our highest self and our best life? What if the answers we are searching for are not external to us, but internal, and already present? These are some of the questions considered in this week’s episode with John Purkiss, author of “The Power of Letting Go: How to drop everything that’s holding you back”. In the first part of the show we hear John’s own starting over story: how he achieved “success” both academically, as a graduate of Cambridge University and INSEAD,  and professionally, in his career in banking and management consulting. But at age 26 he was diagnosed with clinical depression which nearly proved fatal. And yet it is something he now describes as a ‘gift’ because of the new path it set him upon.  In the second part of the show, we consider the themes in his book “The Power of Letting Go”, including surrendering, letting go, pain patterns, feeling stuck and a technique called completion - which involves re-living experiences which cause pain, agitation or disturbance within us in order to release them. YouTube links mentioned in episode:Unclutching technique - 6 minute video Completion process - for health, wealth, relationships and enlightenment You can connect with John and I on the links below: - Shannon's instagram- Shannon's website- Shannon’s tiktok- John’s website - John’s book “The Power of Letting Go: How to drop everything that’s holding you back” Music by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0
Ep. 27 Surviving sexual abuse, finding the courage to heal & reconciling relationships w/ Laura Davis
Jul 5 2022
Ep. 27 Surviving sexual abuse, finding the courage to heal & reconciling relationships w/ Laura Davis
Laura Davis came to fame and acclaim in the late 1980s after the publication of her book: “The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse” in which she shared her own experience of sexual abuse by her grandfather. An ordeal which left her feeling broken, damaged and incapable of loving & freely receiving love as well. But she dared to heal her pain and to ‘return to her body’, from which she had long dissociated as a result of the trauma she lived through. In our conversation we discuss her healing journey, what adversity taught her and what type of forgiveness is essential in cases of abuse. We also discuss her relationship with her mother, who long refused to believe Laura’s truth and with whom the decision to go public with her grandfather’s incest with the publication of “The Courage to Heal”  further deepened their estrangement. This is the subject of Laura’s beautiful and captivating memoir “The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story” and I think in this podcast and far beyond, Laura has many words of wisdom to share about reconciling relationships, how to overcome adversity and how to live a joyful and happy life. You can connect with myself and Laura on the links below: Shannon's instagramShannon's websiteShannon’s tiktokLaura’s website Laura’s facebook Laura’s instagram Music by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0
Ep.26 Shadow work: what is it and 3 reasons why you should do it!
Jun 28 2022
Ep.26 Shadow work: what is it and 3 reasons why you should do it!
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate” - Carl Jung Reality is that our subconscious controls so much of our lives and we do not even know it. We often think that life is happening TO us, when in reality we are creating and attracting people, events & circumstances  based on our own often subconscious beliefs and parts of our personality. And this continues to be the case until we become conscious of what is unconscious in us: and this is the purpose of shadow work. On this episode, I draw on my recent experience at a week-long spiritual and self-development retreat in Southern France (that felt like a rebirth of sorts as it impacted me so significantly) and I explore: What shadow work isA common misconception about shadow work (clue: it ain’t necessarily sinister) &Why on Earth you would want to face your pain, shame and fear when it is hard!This episode is intended to inspire, motivate and encourage you to start or continue this journey of doing the inner work, but it is not a substitute for psychological treatment. Shadow work can be challenging, especially for people with a history of trauma, therefore I would encourage you to seek out professional help where you can for this. You can connect with me on socials using the links below InstagramWebsiteTiktokMusic by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0
Ep. 25 Feeling empowered, connected and joyful after abuse and trauma w/ Emmy Marie
Jun 21 2022
Ep. 25 Feeling empowered, connected and joyful after abuse and trauma w/ Emmy Marie
Emmy is a shining example of someone who has transformed her pain into purpose; her first experience of romantic love from age 15 was abusive and she was left with many symptoms of trauma, including flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and suicidal ideation. But she is now in a happy & healthy long-term relationship and she is a certified trauma-informed life coach who specialises in helping her clients create thriving lives and relationships after trauma. We discuss Emmy’s own experience with trauma, her healing journey and learning to love again after being hurt. We also share some differing perspectives on what ‘unconditional love’ means.Here are a few quotes from the episode:  “One of the biggest things that I've ever unlearned is that my worth as a human being is inextricably tied to what I can do for others or how many people like me.”“Surviving and healing from trauma is so often a thankless process. It's so difficult and no one actually knows what it's like to live in your body and have been through everything you've been through. So your survival, your resilience, your agency, your healing deserves to be amplified and celebrated and seen for the powerful and brave act that it is.”“Understand why shame is present and create a voice of self-acceptance, neutrality and then of self-compassion and self-love” You can connect with myself and Emmy on the links below: Shannon's instagramShannon's websiteShannon’s tiktokEmmy’s instagramEmmy’s website Music by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0
Ep.24 My starting over story - winning a high conflict legal case & finding freedom and love
Jun 14 2022
Ep.24 My starting over story - winning a high conflict legal case & finding freedom and love
Four years ago, I ended an abusive relationship with the person I share a child with. But that did not signal the ‘end’ of the separation: in ways, it was only the beginning. There were two years of difficult legal proceedings, full of pure lies, manipulation, false allegations & frivolous additional legal suits on the part of my ex. But after some time, justice was served. I slam dunk won the legal case and was given permission to relocate to Switzerland from Australia and have sole parental responsibility (custody) of our son. Sadly this isn’t the most common outcome in cases in which one parent has a ‘high conflict’ personality disorder (e.g. narcissism, sociopathy), so on this episode I share some of the strategies that contributed to my success -  both in the legal procedure itself and also in managing my emotions and finding the inner resources to fight a fight I often very much wished wasn’t happeningThis episode was originally featured on “It’s All Your Fault!”, the podcast from the “High Conflict Institute” hosted by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and Megan Hunter MBA, which explores the “five types of people who can ruin your life” (the name of one of their books) and how to spot and deal with these characters - whether in romantic relationships, at work or beyond. If you are enjoying the podcast, please share with a friend and leave me a quick rating on your platform of choice! Shannon's instagramShannon's websiteShannon’s tiktokThe High Conflict Institute websiteMusic by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0
Ep.20 Why you shouldn’t be afraid of dying w/Near-Death Experience expert David Perroud
May 17 2022
Ep.20 Why you shouldn’t be afraid of dying w/Near-Death Experience expert David Perroud
What can Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) tell us about dying and our life on Earth? Why shouldn’t we be afraid of dying? Why do NDEs make for such compelling starting over stories? These are some of the questions I explore with my guest, my partner in love and life, David Perroud.David holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Simon Business School in New York,  and he has spent a large part of his career as the co-founder and CEO of an international market research company. But while he was a successful businessman, he had a deep curiosity and interest in finding answers to what he perceives to be some of life’s biggest questions: What is the universe? Who are we? What is the purpose of our existence?That took him on a journey across scientific fields such as cosmology, astrology, life sciences, neuroscience and quantum physics. A unifying theme, he learnt, was that of consciousness in which he became an expert and made a huge pivot from market research into becoming a full time author. He is the author of 4 novels for which he has received much acclaim across Francophone countries and from some of the biggest names in science, including Ervin Laszlo, twice nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. You can connect with myself and David on the links below: Shannon's instagramShannon's websiteDavid's websiteDavid's instagramMusic by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0
Ep.18 10 life lessons learnt in our twenties! w/Sian McKeever
May 3 2022
Ep.18 10 life lessons learnt in our twenties! w/Sian McKeever
Are our twenties THE most defining decade of adulthood? I’d argue so! Today’s guest is a fellow 20-something Sian McKeever - authenticity & empowerment coach, content creator and award winning illustrator and designer. (I’d add IG “influencer” in the self-development & spirituality space, though I’m not sure how much she loves that term ;) On this special episode we both share 5 key lessons that we have learned in our twenties and 1 “lesson” that we are very much in the thick of, right now. This is quite simply, real & unfiltered chat, with some deep and meaningful moments and a good laugh too! Here is a summary of the 10 lessons mentioned! Share this to your IG stories and copy in your favourite lesson! Being spiritual doesn’t mean you are immune to making mistakesWe experience our life predominantly through our mind, therefore mindset work is absolutely crucial to our wellbeing, success and happinessFeeling deeply is a strengthEven when life feels really hard, you can always find something to be grateful for, and gratitude is absolutely key to happinessBeing polarising helps you attract what is for youTherapy can be a very worthwhile investment in yourselfDo they make your nervous system feel at peace? (Trust your body’s signals)Spending time single is so insightful and valuable; don’t rush into another relationship just because you’re feeling lonely or feel like it's the ‘rite of passage’ for your age groupBe careful what you consume, especially trending contentMaybe don't agree to go out with any other guy who lives in a cupboardYou can connect with myself and Sian on the links below: Shannon's instagramShannon's websiteSian’s instagram Sian’s website Music by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0
Ep.16 Ex-wife to the Wolf of Wall Street on finding wisdom in our wounds w/Nadine Macaluso
Apr 19 2022
Ep.16 Ex-wife to the Wolf of Wall Street on finding wisdom in our wounds w/Nadine Macaluso
Dr. Nadine Macaluso is a licensed marriage & family therapist and somatic psychologist. She has a PhD in somatic psychology and is trained in a modality called NARM – the NeuroAffective Relational Model, which utilises the mind-body connection for healing. Her expertise is complex trauma, attachment, trauma bonds and narcissism, due to her former marriage to the infamous Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort (subject of a blockbuster film directed by Martin Scorcese with leading cast including Leonardo DiCaprio).On this episode we hear some of Nadine’s story of her eight-year marriage, which she says was filled with abuse, greed, drugs and trauma. But Nadine is of the view that there is indeed much wisdom in our wounds & we can all learn valuable lessons from our (inevitable!) adversity. We also discuss some of the lessons Nadine learned through adversity - not only in her abusive marriage but illness too - what she wishes her 23 year old self knew (she’s now 54), why the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” felt like the “ultimate form of gaslighting” and making a big career change at age 39. If you liked this episode, I would love for you to share it with a friend and leave a rating on your platform of choice!  You can connect with myself and Nadine on the links below: Shannon's instagramShannon's websiteNadine's websiteNadine’s instagram Nadine’s YouTubeMusic by: Flood (Instrumental) by RYYZN Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0