The art of being..

Welcome to The Art of Being.., a podcast about who we are as human beings and how we show up in the world. The podcast started out as the Healthy Happy Writer Show, but I very quickly realised that it had become limited. And when I made the decision to change what I focused on to reflect more of who I am and what I believe, it became apparent that, although I love writing and writers, I want to talk to and uncover more about what makes the world such a unique and diverse place.

Over the years I’ve hosted a number of authors on my Thursday Throng author interview, some have gone on to write other things and others have changed direction  or started a different writing career. And these interviews taught me something interesting, that is doesn’t matter what the question, everyone always has a different answer. In these interviews you’ll find I may sometimes ask the same question, but again I’m finding that everyone has a different answer.

What that tells me is that there is no such thing as ‘normal’, there is no such thing as ‘the same’ and there is definitely no such thing as better or best.

I believe that being healthy and happy is a mix of all the things that make up our lives. How can I be healthy if I don’t eat well or exercise and how can I be happy if my body doesn’t feel ‘right’ in some way. These are just some of our physical needs.

Being healthy and happy also means recognising the importance of our mind and spirit to leading a life that brings us fulfilment regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in. These are the things I’ll be exploring with my guests of the coming weeks, months and hopefully, years.

(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

In conversation with Gill Donnell

I have real pleasure in introducing someone I’ve long admired and who has long been committed to empowering women in the workplace, much as I do with their health and well-being. Gill Donnell is the founder of the Successful Women…

In conversation with Martha Gabler

This week, I’m in conversation with Martha Gabler, who originally joined me on the Thursday Throng in October 2013 with her book about autism titled, Chaos to Calm: discovering solutions to the everyday problems of living with autism. Martha’s son…

In conversation with Tom Evans

This week, I’m in conversation with someone who has been described as being as close to a real-life wizard as you can get, the author of 16 books, Tom Evans.

In conversation with Elizabeth Hopkinson

This week, I’m in conversation with prize-winning fantasy author Elizabeth Hopkinson. Elizabeth is a writer of fairy tales and her latest project is an anthology called Asexual Fairy Tales. She previously joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2013 with…

In conversation with Marc Nash

This week, I’m in conversation with science fiction novelist Marc Nash. Marc has ten Kindle books published and three in paperback. He previously joined me in 2013 with his novel Time after Time.

In conversation with Patsy Collins

This week, I’m in conversation with prolific short story writer Patsy Collins. Patsy has written over 700 short stories for UK magazines. On top of that she has written five novels, two non-fiction books for writers and published 18 collections…

In conversation with Meaghan Delahunt

This week, I’m in conversation with award winning literary fiction author Meghan Delahunt. Meaghan and I first chatted about The Red Book, which back in 2011. She later joined me on the Thursday Throng in 2012 with her next book,…

In conversation with Andy Lopata

This week, I’m in conversation with Andy Lopata. I first came across Andy’s work back in 2008 when I joined a business networking group called The Brilliant BusinessXchange, lead by the lovely Laura McHarrie. She gave all new members a…

In conversation with Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar

This week I’m in conversation with Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar. I was fortunate, back in 2012 to come across Mohana’s work and her book ‘Love comes later’. She very kindly graced my Thursday Throng in an interview and since then has gone…

Introducing the Healthy Happy Writer Show

Over the years I’ve done many interviews with writers and authors on the Thursday Throng, Over 262 if you want to be exact about it. And they’ve been great, they still are great, but … they are fairly static and…

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