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I’m Rania, a transformational life coach, comedian and former host of the Pan-Arab TV talent show Pop Idol.I will be sharing my own life adventures and those of my inspirational guests from all over the world to discover
Latest Episode5/23/2022

Money confidence

Season 2, Ep. 37
Dr Nikki Ramskill, also known as The Female Money Doctor believes that we cannot be truly healthy while a money nightmare is going on in the background; health and wealth is intimately intertwined.She is a certified money coach, and runs an award winning blog, The Female Money Doctor. She is the only doctor to be featured in the top 25 feedspot list of Personal Finance Blogs in the UK, and has been highlighted in Plum’s Top 5 Personal Finance Blogs for female financial independence.She now helps women from all over the world to improve their mental health and well-being through getting organized with their finances and building wealth for the future they truly deserve.And on today's episode she will be sharing some valuable tips, including a description of the eight money type personalities. Which one are you? Discussed in this episode:The reason behind Nikki describing herself as the female money doctor (2:30)Nikki started out with a blog about her experiences with debt (4:15)The money medicine clinic podcast (8:30)Healthy money habits we can teach our kids (11:30)Women are taught to budget and save versus men who are told to invest (19:05)Money personality types. How to understand your partner's type (22:10)The 8 types in more detail with a quiz to find out yours (24:15)Nikki shares that she will be part of a new channel 4 youtube show about money (34:00)Connect with Nikki:Find out your money personality quiz: https://thefemalemoneydoctor.com/sma-quiz/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyyP40p8xIi8g55z47ZF68wPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-money-medicine-clinic-podcast/id1490147489Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/femalemoneydoc/Let’s connect !FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
5/23/2022

Money confidence

Season 2, Ep. 37
Dr Nikki Ramskill, also known as The Female Money Doctor believes that we cannot be truly healthy while a money nightmare is going on in the background; health and wealth is intimately intertwined.She is a certified money coach, and runs an award winning blog, The Female Money Doctor. She is the only doctor to be featured in the top 25 feedspot list of Personal Finance Blogs in the UK, and has been highlighted in Plum’s Top 5 Personal Finance Blogs for female financial independence.She now helps women from all over the world to improve their mental health and well-being through getting organized with their finances and building wealth for the future they truly deserve.And on today's episode she will be sharing some valuable tips, including a description of the eight money type personalities. Which one are you? Discussed in this episode:The reason behind Nikki describing herself as the female money doctor (2:30)Nikki started out with a blog about her experiences with debt (4:15)The money medicine clinic podcast (8:30)Healthy money habits we can teach our kids (11:30)Women are taught to budget and save versus men who are told to invest (19:05)Money personality types. How to understand your partner's type (22:10)The 8 types in more detail with a quiz to find out yours (24:15)Nikki shares that she will be part of a new channel 4 youtube show about money (34:00)Connect with Nikki:Find out your money personality quiz: https://thefemalemoneydoctor.com/sma-quiz/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyyP40p8xIi8g55z47ZF68wPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-money-medicine-clinic-podcast/id1490147489Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/femalemoneydoc/Let’s connect !FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
5/10/2022

Standing up to abuse with confidence

Season 2, Ep. 36
Warning: This episode discusses domestic abuse.My guest Julie Randall juggled a successful career in sales, finance & management as an employee and then a self-employed business owner alongside bringing up three children.But she also survived several toxic relationships, which were physically and mentally abusive during her 30-year career.Julie gives us an insight into how a strong, capable and intelligent woman like herself couldn't even see that what she was living with was actually domestic abuse. The toxic relationships were disguised as loving and kind at first but then developed into what sounds like living an intense psychological thriller movie for years on end. She was left feeling confused, depressed, suicidal and unable to trust herself to make decisions but eventually gained the confidence to secretly question what she was being told by her perpetrator, break the pattern and ask the police for help.Her experiences led to a change in her career and she now works as a female leadership & empowerment coach/mentor. Helping women to let go of toxic relationships, move on after domestic abuse, overcome uncertainty, gain confidence, set boundaries, take back control and move forward empowered to live life on their terms.Discussed in this episode:How being in a toxic relationship isn't always something you can notice straight away (1:45)Red flags get mixed up with the nice gestures that also happen which left Julie confused and blaming herself (3:34)Julie's first experience of a toxic relationship started when she married at the age of nineteen after three years together (6:50)She describes the systematic and constant manipulation she endured for eight years with a partner she had a business with (8:23)How the information she shared was then used against her (10:45)Why women tend to justify bad and abusive behavior (11:55)Living in fear silently (13:00)Noticing a pattern in the abuse was the first step towards Julie questioning it (17:35)The danger of teaching little girls to always be nice and people please (21:45)She didn't take instant action but started to plot her escape (24:00)The turning point was when Julie's perpetrator threatened her friend (26:35)Moving on without all the answers is possible. How Julie broke free in stages (27:00)Finding out who she was again and deciding to help other women (30:00)Julie's recent experience being called to jury service on a domestic abuse case (33:20)Connect with Julie : https://www.enlivened.co.uk https://www.linkedin.com/in/julieprandall/?originalSubdomain=uk https://www.facebook.com/EnlivenedWomenLet’s connect !FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
4/26/2022

Clowning with confidence

Season 2, Ep. 35
If you feel stuck and unfulfilled doing what you are doing and wondering how you can make a fresh new start; do listen to this fun and inspirational chat with my guest Rania Khoury.She found the confidence to leave a successful corporate career after two decades, when she took a (values in action) VIA test and discovered that her true strength lay in her skill to be playful. Her love for learning and exploring new possibilities and challenges, helped her discover so much more about herself and led her to finding her true passion as a laughter wellness leader and a medical clown with the Red Noses NGO in Jordan. Discussed in this episode:Rania begins to make different choices as she gains more awareness about herself and what she values most (3:30)Always wanting to improve herself, she changed her old school directive management style, through taking a life coaching certification and discovered a new passion (4:40)Taking the' values in action' test VIA, was a key moment in discovering Rania's number one strength which was playfulness and humor (5:30)Discovering laughter yoga (7:40)The difference between laughter and being silly. We experiment laughing together (10:45)Rania joins Red Noses to help people in need in Jordan by becoming a medical clown (15:20)How corporate work focuses on the areas that need improvement instead of capitalizing on your strengths (22:10)Swimming the Bosphorus sea in Turkey from the Asian side to the European side, broke another limiting belief (23:30)How the glamour of uniforms swayed Rania initially towards a corporate career that seemed to portray confidence, only to find her true confidence grew wearing her uniform as a medical clown (28:40)Three valuable tips that can help you create your own authentic path (32:30)Connect with Rania:https://www.instagram.com/raynia_r/References:https://www.rednoses.johttps://laughteryoga.orgLet’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
4/11/2022

Confidence through music

Season 2, Ep. 34
My guest is Suad Bushnaq, an incredible Jordanian-Canadian composer of Bosnian, Syrian, & Palestinian roots.She speaks Arabic, English, French, Spanish, is fluent in both Western & Middle Eastern music & is active in both the film & concert world.Her music, described by the BBC as 'reflective & touching', tackles themes of identity, loss, war, peace, & coexistence.She has scored award­-winning feature films & shorts that have screened at festivals around the world.The latest of which is the feature film SALMA's HOME which I am proud to have played the role of Lamia in. In this episode, we discuss some of the challenges and painful times that Suad faced in her life that changed her career path, as well as the beautiful moments that helped shape the woman she has become today. I hope you find her unshakeable confidence and passion about her work as inspiring as I did.Discussed in this episode:The beautiful discovery, that I was unknowingly an artistic influence early on in Suad's life before being part of the film (SALMA'S HOME) together (3:15)The reason Suad was encouraged and supported by her parents to become a composer, who also instilled in her the confidence needed to follow her dreams (4:00)How the sudden loss of Suad's mother changed her life path for ten years (6:15)A degree in maths and teaching came naturally as Suad enjoyed the math and architecture in Johann Sebastian Bach's music (9:50)The artist reawakens in Suad as the film industry starts to bubble in the Arab world (11:00)Suad describes herself as a workaholic and composes soundtracks for forty films in just seven years (15:00)Motherhood was another major shifting moment for Suad and how she found reading 'Bringing up Bebe' helped. (16:00)'The borrowed dress' score was about losing family members as Suad grieved her own father and unborn child (24:30)How Suad has an unshakeable confidence in her ability as a composer (29:15)Connect with Suad:https://www.suadbushnaq.comhttps://www.instagram.com/musicbysuada/https://open.spotify.com/artist/30k85HCLHOFmPzKQCC5uKZhttps://www.youtube.com/user/SuadBushnaqTickets for MAY 7th 2022 at Coventry Cathedral, UKhttps://www.bpso.org.uk/coventry/References:Free PDF download of book, Bringing up Bebehttps://www.seecoalharbour.com/bringing-up-bebe/ McGill UniversityMalcolm Gladwell's book 'Outliers'Johann Sebastian BachLet’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
3/8/2022

Balancing your masculine and feminine energies

Season 2, Ep. 32
How would you describe your ideal partner? A strong man who has the ability to be sensitive and communicate his feelings ? A woman who is both confident and vulnerable and caring?Well those are a combination of male and female energies that are in balance in one person. (Strong and confident) is a male energy while (sensitive, communicative, vulnerable and caring) is a female energy. Having a balance of both makes you a great person to work with or be in a relationship with.The energies complement one another. Having a more masculine or feminine energy doesn't always have to relate to your actual gender.In today's episode which coincides with international women's day, I will ask some questions and share tips that will really help you notice where you might need help in boosting your less dominant energy and in turn...start to ooze more confidence.You will also learn about the power of poses and how standing or sitting a certain way can actually increase your testosterone and lower your cortisol levels ! It only takes a few minutes and can help you feel more confident before a meeting, interview or that special first date.As women living in a very masculine world that is all about doing and achieving, It has become harder to feel our feminine power. We may have given value to more male qualities and forgotten how powerful the feminine energy is within us. Men have not be allowed either to show or express their feminine energies which has led to rigidity and an increase in male suicide.In order to feel whole, we must embrace both masculine and feminine, so get ready to awaken them starting from today.Discussed In this episode:How to increase your confidence by balancing the feminine and masculine energies within you (0.50)Why we lose our spark early on in our childhood (1:50)What happens when you repress one of the energies (3:10)3 helpful questions for thought and reflection(4:10)Why somme relationships and partnerships are difficult (5:25)Ideal partner traits (6:05)Masculine energy traits (7:03)Feminine energy traits (7:25)Things you can do to increase your feminine energies (7:44)Things you can do to increase your masculine energies (8:37)Power poses that increase your testosterone and lower your cortisol levels in minutes (9:44)A gender fluid female KING (11:16)How finding your big YES will help you say No to less important things (12:00)Things to say YES to (12:44)How you can awaken the powerful wild energies that are within you (13:05)'Your a goddamn Cheetah!' (13:55)References mentioned:'Untamed' by Glennon Doyle'Presence' by Amy CuddyHatshepsut the female King.Let’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
2/22/2022

Becoming sexually confident

Season 2, Ep. 31
We are all confident in some areas of our lives more than we are in others, but sexual confidence is rarely felt or talked about. Feeling confident in your body and knowing what pleasures you, gives you confidence in the way that you carry yourself and interact with others. Our sexuality is an important and integral part of being human, so why do we shy away from exploring it more openly? Why do parents find it difficult to discuss sexuality and body autonomy with their children? Why is shame tied to sexual pleasure in so many cultures? My guest in today's episode of Breaking Free is sex educator Zina Malas. Born in the UK and raised in the UAE, Zina is a third culture kid who’s lived in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UK. She started out her career in media and research and made the shift to sexual health after becoming a mother to two young girls and noticed a lack of sexual education and knowledge in the Middle East.Discussed in this episode:Why Zina chose to train as a sexuality educator in a region that regards sex as taboo (1:16)How feeling comfortable with our sexuality can increase our confidence (3:52)How Zina starting to educate her girls early about sex in order to give them body autonomy, surprised the school (7:40)Sexual shame is a feeling, not a fact! (13:11)How when women are mostly raised as dutiful caretakers, it becomes hard to be vocal about what they want (15:27)How we can give our kids an age appropriate sex talk (17:05)Deciding on the Values, beliefs and messages you want to pass down to your children instead of passing on generational ideas that have never been questioned (21:20)The danger of kids turning to porn for answers when they don't feel comfortable asking their parents (22:30)Typical gender roles can harm relationships (24:00)Connect with Zina:https://www.instagram.com/sexualhealth_jo/Let’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite