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Learning to surrender and let it go - Síle Seoige

Season 1, Ep. 14

Síle Seoige joins us in this episode of everymum the podcast. We know her best from over 20 years working on Irish TV and media but behind the screens Síle has learned how to conquer life's challenges. 

At just 32 Síle was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer, dealt with the end of a relationship and navigated career twists and turns. Since then she's opened up about of her life, health, fertility & personal healing.

And now as a mother to a two year old boy, Síle is more thankful than ever for the path that led her to today. She has learned the power of surrendering to what life has planned for you, for trusting that you are on the right road and that to truly move forward towards happiness that it's so important to let stuff go. 

Yoga, breathing, meditation and journaling are all really powerful tools - but so is the art of getting real and having honest conversations about how we are really feeling. 

With her new podcast Ready to be Real Síle understands the power of these open and honest conversations - like this one with everymum. It really is good to talk. 

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