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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 Episode9/21/2021

On sexuality-Part 2

Ep. 18
My guest Madian Al Jazerah is a successful businessman and human rights activist living in Jordan. His story is a story of searching for identity and worth.In Part two of the episode of Breaking Free- On sexuality, he shares an honest account of how the Gulf war left him knowing what it was like to be a refugee, coping with depression and having to go into witness protection in San Francisco after being gay bashed and much more.He is described in the preface of his incredible memoir " ARE YOU THIS? OR ARE YOU THIS? " as:"A Palestinian but wasn't raised in Palestine, Kuwaiti-born but not Kuwaiti, British-educated but not a westerner, a gay man out of the closet but still living in the shadows."Things we talk about :The impact of the Gulf war on Madian and his family (2:00)A dark time in Madian's life (7:30)Saved by Ellen in San Francisco and outed as Gay (9:30)Learning to lie from a young age (11.00) Madian comes out to his siblings by FedEX when he thinks he has cancer (12:00)Witness protection (15:00)Moving to Jordan and finding familiar faces from Madian's life back in Kuwait (16:20)Succeeding in business with Zuwwadeh restaurant and Books@cafe (18:00)The hell of living in Limbo in Texas (26:35)New York, abuse and recognizing a victim pattern (28:00)Madian's search for his real name and identity after the loss of his father (32:00)Visiting Jenin (35:45)Madian Al Jazerah's memoir ARE YOU THIS ? OR ARE YOU THIS? :https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=are+you+this+or+are+you+this&crid=49BWXDYWQMHR&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_12Let’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
9/21/2021

On sexuality-Part 2

Ep. 18
My guest Madian Al Jazerah is a successful businessman and human rights activist living in Jordan. His story is a story of searching for identity and worth.In Part two of the episode of Breaking Free- On sexuality, he shares an honest account of how the Gulf war left him knowing what it was like to be a refugee, coping with depression and having to go into witness protection in San Francisco after being gay bashed and much more.He is described in the preface of his incredible memoir " ARE YOU THIS? OR ARE YOU THIS? " as:"A Palestinian but wasn't raised in Palestine, Kuwaiti-born but not Kuwaiti, British-educated but not a westerner, a gay man out of the closet but still living in the shadows."Things we talk about :The impact of the Gulf war on Madian and his family (2:00)A dark time in Madian's life (7:30)Saved by Ellen in San Francisco and outed as Gay (9:30)Learning to lie from a young age (11.00) Madian comes out to his siblings by FedEX when he thinks he has cancer (12:00)Witness protection (15:00)Moving to Jordan and finding familiar faces from Madian's life back in Kuwait (16:20)Succeeding in business with Zuwwadeh restaurant and Books@cafe (18:00)The hell of living in Limbo in Texas (26:35)New York, abuse and recognizing a victim pattern (28:00)Madian's search for his real name and identity after the loss of his father (32:00)Visiting Jenin (35:45)Madian Al Jazerah's memoir ARE YOU THIS ? OR ARE YOU THIS? :https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=are+you+this+or+are+you+this&crid=49BWXDYWQMHR&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_12Let’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
9/7/2021

Bullying

Ep. 16
In today's episode about bullying, I talk to Lisa Hunter who was born and raised in South Africa and moved to the UK in 2001. Lisa struggled with bullying herself from the age of 16 at a new school. It was the support of her family and a very special biology teacher, which helped her cope with some of the darkest of times when she contemplated taking her own life. She then went on to experience bullying again as an adult in the workplace. Robert was a very close friend of Lisa's in Johannesburg who died of suicide after coming out as a gay man to his parents but was rejected and bullied by the whole community. Robert was unable to find support at the time and Lisa founded Robert’s Wish in 2015 so that no-one else need go through the loneliness that Robert felt. She works extensively supporting the LGBTQ community, youth and parents navigate their way through various challenges related to bullying and strives to make a difference where possible.WARNING: Suicide is discussed in this episodePoints discussed in this episode:How Lisa begun to be bullied at the age of 16 when she moved from Johannesburg to a new school in the UK and then in the workplace as an adult (1:20)What helped Lisa cope at school (4:46)Getting an apology years later (7:52)What thought stopped Lisa from taking her own life, when she felt all hope was lost (8:26)Cyber bullying (9:28)The power of listening (10:30)Simple ways you can feel less alone and vulnerable (12:45)The reason behind founding Robert's Wish (17:37)Why bullies bully (21:45)Connect with Lisa:https://robertswish.comhttps://www.instagram.com/robertswishapp/https://www.facebook.com/RobertsWishApp/Let’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite
8/31/2021

Life with Alopecia

Ep. 15
My Guest and beautiful friend Houda Echouafni describes herself as a human, mother, actor and everything in between. Born to a Moroccan mother and an Egyptian father who died when she was young, she moved to England when she was eleven years old and had to learn English to cope in a London secondary school.She then discovered drama and a love for Shakespeare and decided to train as an actor.Houda started out as a presenter with MBC and worked in film, TV and was in a production with the Royal Shakespeare company until the outbreak of the Covid virus brought a lot of stress and change. Not long after, Houda discovered she was losing hair very quickly and is now learning to live with Alopecia as she continues to raise and homeschool her four children.This episode will discuss :Houda's childhood memories of her life in Morocco where she was raised by her grandmother (1:10)The challenges of moving to England (age 11), managing in an Inner city secondary school in London without speaking English (3:30)Finding expression outside of language in drama class was a revelation (10:20)Drama school adventures (13:00)Discovering hair loss and learning about the autoimmune disease Alopecia (17:00)Wigs and an empowering moment (28:00)How finding a tribe and community for support and solutions was vital (29:00)Questions about choice, hair and hijab (35:00)Connect with Houda:https://www.instagram.com/houdaechouafni/https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1445342/https://www.facebook.com/houdaechouafniactresss/https://www.linkedin.com/in/houda-echouafni-37074622Let’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsiteResources mentioned:Brit school: https://www.brit.croydon.sch.ukMicrobladinghttps://www.diniwigs.com/coping-with-hair-loss/Magnetic eyelashes
8/10/2021

Messages from beyond with Susie Tamim

Ep. 13
Susie Tamim is an Irish spiritual guide, psychic and Reiki master who lives and works in Amman, Jordan. Her memoir "Only Time Will Tell" is a personal journey of faith and attunement through the healing powers of universal energy. I thoroughly enjoyed not only reading it but also narrating the audio book, available for Free on Youtube. Susie's life has been one adventure and challenge after the other and talking to her about her second book on Breaking Free, sounds like there is far more excitement to come.This episode includes:A short clip from Susie's audio book Only Time Will Tell (00:50)Susie loses her mother when she was 14 years old but receives a special message through a medium years later (2:15)How Susie becomes a medium (3:40)Susie joins Royal Jordanian Airline as a flight attendant and moves to Jordan (5:15)Discovering healing abilities (7:30)How a young Palestinian boy in a coma teaches Susie patience and how to believe in herself (10:00)Susie has a near death experience after a burst appendix (12:00)Susie survives a serious car crash (15:40)My mystical journeys and initiations (20:22)Susie's message to us all (22:30)Connect with Susie:https://www.facebook.com/susie.tamim.35https://Instagram.com/susie.tamim.35References:Only time will tell - FREE Audio book:https://youtu.be/gBeSjqTy27QOnly time will tell on Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Only-Time-Will-Tell-Attunement/dp/1530485614/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?dchild=1&keywords=only+time+will+tell+susie+tasmim&qid=1628539838&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmr0Let’s connect!FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedInWebsite