Start living YOUR ideal life! Join Michelle Reeves, certified life coach and author of The Happiness Habits Transformation, for weekly inspiration and practical tips to claim success on YOUR terms with clarity, confidence and the courage to unleash your passion on the world, plus regular interviews with women who are doing just that.


#18: Exercise and my mental health journey

As this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, in this episode I’m sharing a special interview I did with Louise Humphrey for the Weekly YouTube Show - Pilates for Busy People.

Louise Humphrey has been teaching pilates for 17 years and is the owner and founder of Studio 44 Pilates, an online membership for Pilates practice with 10 minute only videos so there’s no excuse about fitting into your daily life. Louise is passionate about keeping the nation moving and in her weekly YouTube show she shares tips and ideas for adding movement and time for you into your busy day. In this episode of the show, especially recorded for #mentalhealthawarenessweek, she interviews me about how moving my body daily was such an important part of my mental health journey.

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#17: Baking passion into your business with Liz Wilson

Today on I’m joined by Liz Wilson, a teacher, passionate home cook and the founder of Ma Baker - an award-winning Bread Bakery.

In 2014 Liz split up with her long term partner and father of her three children. She found herself in a small house, working at the local primary school. She took a bread course as a treat, became bread obsessed overnight and eventually Ma Baker was born. She now bakes, sells and delivers up to 100 loaves on a bake day and teach bread classes 3-4 times a week that are transforming people’s lives. She’s won World Bread Awards, Great Taste Awards and was voted Best Sole Trader at the 2018 British Business Awards.

In this fascinating interview Liz shares the challenges that she’s faced starting her own business, the expectations and pressures that she had to deal with working from home, the practices that keep her sane and how she’s managed to create a work/life balance that works for her and her family. Liz’s passion for what she does and for serving her community is SO infectious and I know you’re going to love the discussions we get in to and the tips that Liz shares for starting and running a business including setting boundaries with your children, knowing when to say ‘no’, when to push forward and when take your foot OFF the pedal and how to promote your business without being sleazy or salesy. She also shares some specific tips for starting a food-based business which are golden!

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#16: Self doubt & comparing ourselves with others

Today in episode 16 of The Ideal Life Club podcast I'm chatting about something that comes up time again both for my coaching clients and in our Facebook Group. In fact, it’s one of the most common issues that women in business face - self-doubt and comparing ourselves with others.

Have you ever suffered from comparisonitis? It's so easy to compare ourselves with others but it can REALLY hold us back. So in this episode, I'm sharing why self-doubt and comparisonitis often go hand in hand and the key strategies we can use to get back on track - comparison doesn't have to be the thief of joy!

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#15: Empowering Women with Charlie Day

Today I’m joined by former actress turned entrepreneur Charlie Day, co-founder of the franchise business Sounds Right Phonics Classes For Kids.

Sounds Right Phonics has grown from just a few classes a week to now over 40 franchises in the UK and with plans to take the business overseas, Charlie is INCREDIBLY busy. But she and her sister were always keen to ensure that their work fit around their lives as parents, and this led to their ethos and passion for empowering other women and creating flexible working opportunities for Mums.

In this candid interview, Charlie shares the tips she’s learned about being more productive including how to plan in self-care, goal-setting, time management and overcoming the fears we all have as women in business, even though she’s not naturally an organised person herself. She also talks about the importance of having a personal support community and how her training as an actress helps her deal with ‘performing’ as an entrepreneur.

Charlie was such fun to interview and I have to mention up front her that she is a HUGE fan of Rachel Hollis so a big shout out to her! And full disclosure, I have to apologise for the few ‘bongs’ you’ll hear from Charlie’s notifications - she’s a busy lady for sure!

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Sounds Right Phonics Classes for kids / follow Charlie on Facebook and Instagram.
"Girl Wash Your Face" and "Girl Stop Apologising" both by Rachel Hollis.
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#14: Bonus Episode: Free chapters from The Happiness Habits Transformation

It’s been so much fun sharing my book The Happiness Habits Transformation at events in the UK this year and today you're getting to listen to the first two chapters here on this bonus episode of The Ideal Life Club Podcast.

Also, as a special extra bonus for my listeners, I’m giving away 3 copies of The Happiness Habits Transformation. For your chance to win, share this podcast episode on social media with the hashtag #HAPPINESSHABITSTRANSFORMATIONBOOK and tag me. I’ll announce the winners on the podcast on April 25th. So tune in next week to see if you’re one of the winners.

This episode is brought to you by my book The Happiness Habits Transformation - what if your routine could make you happier every single day? Order your copy on Amazon today. 

(Prize Draw Terms & conditions: one entry per social media channel (max 3 entries per person, one on each channel below), over 18s only, not transferable, no cash alternative, only entries which tag me (Facebook / Instagram / Twitter) and include the hashtag above will be included in the random draw.)

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#13: 'Living With Allergies' author Emma Amoscato on empowering yourself with knowledge

Today I’m joined by author, allergy educator and professional blogger, Emma Amoscato. Emma shares her journey from being a national features journalist who has written for The Times, The Guardian and The Independent newspapers here in the UK, to her son’s analphylactic reaction in 2014 which led to her passion for empowering people with allergies and raising awareness to keep them safe and included.

As you’ll hear in this interview, Emma is no stranger to challenge and adversity, having had to manage not only two children with severe allergies but also her husband’s kidney cancer diagnosis, but she has turned so much of what she and family have been through into a positive resource to help others.  Emma talks openly about her own struggles with staying positive, the importance of having a personal self-care routine and how you can inform and empower yourself in the early days after receiving an allergy diagnosis AND in the following weeks and months.

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Emma's blog: Free From Farmhouse / Emma's Facebook Group
Emma's NEW book: 'Living With Allergies' / Allergy UK
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#12: The Simple 4-Step System for Planning Success

As we’re coming up to the end of the first quarter of the year, it's a great time to start planning ahead for quarter 2. So today I want to share with you my Simple 4-Step System for Planning Success.  This episode is for you if you want to get crystal clear on what your big hairy goals are for the next quarter, getting into the detail of what you want to achieve AND how you’re going to get there. Plus I have a great freebie that you’re not going to want to miss out on! Download your workbooks below:

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Step 1 Workbook / Step 2 Workbook / Step 3 Workbook / Step 4 Workbook
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#11: Overcoming tragedy with Sarah Davies

Today I’m joined by interior designer Sarah Davies, founder of Floella Interiors. Sarah has brought a wealth of Interior Design experience to the Cotswolds, following a career in London spanning twenty years.

In this intimate and inspiring interview Sarah shares not only the challenges of leaving behind her position in a well respected London design practice and setting up her own business, but also her own personal story including how, a year into her business, a huge and sudden personal tragedy made her see her whole life differently and led her to make some crucial changes for her happiness and her family’s future.

Sarah also shares the habits and practices that keep her positive, her top tips for overcoming the fears that so often hold us back, money saving tips for anyone who’s planning a room or home redesign and how to add colour and texture in the spaces we live and work in without breaking the bank.

Sarah is one of the most courageous women I’ve had the pleasure to interview and I feel privileged to share her story in this episode. I hope you enjoy it too.

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Floella Interiors / Floella on Facebook / Floella on Instagram
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#10: How to put yourself 1st on your list

Do you know your worth? Do you see your sparkly value? Do you understand your incredible importance in the world? If these questions make you feel a bit uncomfortable, this episode is for you as I share 10 ways to help boost and maintain your self-worth.

One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the gift of believing in our inherent worth as amazing women. Without a clear understanding of our self-worth, it’s SO much harder to move forward and touch other people’s lives in a beneficial way, to be the role model that we want to be, and we can end up settling for less than we truly deserve in life.

Allowing-in toxic relationships, tolerating situations that make us unhappy, letting other people’s expectations rule our decisions… none of these things serve us. But we can let ourselves believe that somehow we’ve caused those things to happen so we have to own them.

Our identity and our value can be tied to what we believe others think of us, to what we most recently achieved (or didn’t achieve), to past situations or the unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves.

But all of that masks an incredible TRUTH. The truth that we are worthy just as we are right now, with all our perfect imperfections, regardless of our baggage, our past and our future.

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FREE tickets to my book event in Chelmsford on 23 March
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#9: Mindset makeover with Janine Coombes

In this episode I'm joined by marketing expert Janine Coombes. Janine helps small businesses create simple marketing that works, using the processes she honed in her 15 years working with big brands like EE, Orange and Europcar so you get more results from the marketing efforts you put in.

In this interview, you’ll hear how difficult Janine found the transition from corporate life to running her own business, the mindset challenges she had to overcome, including battling the feeling that to be a good mum she had to replicate her own Mother’s experiences, and how she still has a wobble whenever a new opportunity arrives in her business.

We chat about the importance of being authentic in our businesses, Janine shares her tips for focusing on the fundamentals of business strategy and the aha moment that changed her life and led her to not only become more intentional in her life and work but to fronting her own band! 

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Janine Coombes website / Connect with Janine on Linked In
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#8: Indecision & the art of problem-solving

Do you find yourself struggling to make decisions? Do you worry that you’ll make the wrong choice or what people will think about your choice? And why do we find it so hard to make decisions in some areas of our lives, but not in others? In this episode I cover all this and more, with my 8 simple steps for solving problems.

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#7: From passion to profit with Dr Rosie Knowles

In this episode, I’m joined by Dr Rosie Knowles. Rosie is a practising GP, author, speaker, Mum of 2 and founder of the Sheffield Sling Surgery and Library. Her business grew from her passion for educating parents about the benefits of baby-wearing and now she lectures on the topic as well as maintaining her doctor’s practice.

Rosie is also deaf and in this candid interview, she talks about both the physical challenges she faced, setting up her fledgeling business and the difficulties she had combining all of her various roles in life.

Rosie shares her top tips for getting going when things get tough, how the right mindset helped her overcoming those challenges, the tell-tale signs that you’ve got your work/life balance wrong and the importance of not trying to do everything yourself.

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DOWNLOAD interview transcript
"Why Babywearing Matters" by Rosie Knowles on Amazon
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#6: My top 10 strategies for giving YOURSELF a little love

Happy Valentine's Day! Now I know traditionally Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating that significant other in your life, but in this episode I want to shake that up a bit and share with you my top 10 strategies for giving YOURSELF a bit of love today and every day. 

I believe that self-love isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a necessity for us all.

Self-love isn’t selfish… it’s sustenance.

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#5: Breaking Taboos with Karen Martin

In this episode I interview Karen Martin, founder of award-winning UK business My Pets Ashes. You’ll hear about the challenges Karen had to overcome to quit her corporate life and start her own business with three young children and a partner who worked away most of the week.

Karen shares the difficulties she had overcoming negative attitudes when she returned to work part time after maternity leave and the impact that had on her own confidence, how she created a business based on her own experience that now helps other people, her top tips for staying productive, the women that inspire HER and the lessons that she’s learned on her journey.

Karen also talks about her passion for changing people’s attitudes to talking about bereavement and death, particularly pet bereavement, and how important it is to have these conversations sooner rather than later.

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My Pets Ashes Blog /  My Pets Ashes on Facebook /  My Pets Ashes on Instgram /  My Pets Ashes on TwitterKaren Martin on LinkedIn

Vote for My Pets Ashes for the Family Business of the Year 2019 > Family Business of the Year Scattering Ashes

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#4: Living 'on purpose' and rediscovering your passions

This week on the Ideal Life Club podcast I talk about how we can begin to honour our purpose and passions more intentionally in our lives and share a couple of exercises that YOU can do to explore this for yourself.

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Free tickets for my Book signing and Q&A, Sat 2nd February 2019
One day yoga & intention-setting retreat, Sat 9th March 2019
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#3: Overcoming challenges with Claire Grace

In this episode I interview Claire Grace, founder of The Assistant Quarters. Claire talks candidly about the challenges she had to overcome when starting her business including coping with the grief and loss of multiple miscarriages. She also talks about the importance of having clarity and vision and shares tips and apps for staying productive, motivated and organised. 

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Claire's app recommendations:
Clementine App / Personality Test / Trello / Asana / Pomodoro Focus Timer (Mac)
Book Recommendations:
Brand Brilliance - Fiona HumberstoneWork Like a Woman - Mary Portas /
You are a Badass - Jen Sincero 
Miscarriage Support:
Tommy’s / The Miscarriage Association / Claire's Blog for Baby Loss Awarenesss Week

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#2: How to choose your inspiring word for 2019

I am definitely Anti-New-Year’s-resolutions! So in this episode, I’m going to share with you an alternative way to stay inspired and motivated about your goals - PLUS I’ve created a free workbook you can download to get started right away!

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#1: Welcome to the podcast / manifesto

Welcome to the Ideal Life Club podcast! I'm beyond excited to be broadcasting again and in this episode you'll get a taste of what's to come plus I share the Ideal Life Club manifesto... does it resonate with you?

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