Some Parents Couldn’t Be Who We Needed, and We Need to Forgive Ourselves

There are so many humans struggling due to believing, on some level, that they’re not good enough because of childhood experiences. We misunderstand painful and uncomfortable events, and they become the story of who we are and can be. Regardless of whether we...

Podcast Ep. 256: On Grief and Grieving and Why It Brings the People Pleaser Out in Us

March 28th marks five years since my father died. In this week’s episode of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions podcast, I share recent insights I’ve gained from exploring my quiet grief, including why we don’t have to be people pleasers about our grief and...

Parents Believing They ‘Had It Worse’ Makes Empathy Difficult for Them

My mother wanted me to do “better”. She wanted me to have and make the most of advantages and opportunities. She was also terribly afraid of me, not just failing and so not “succeeding”, but also ending up “like her”. I’m not alone in having a mother who...

Podcast Ep 204: Let’s Talk About Family Estrangement

This week’s episode of The Baggage Reclaim Sessions is on a subject I’ve been thinking about for a while: estrangement. 2020 has tested our relationships and routine, thanks to the pandemic. And now it’s that time of year when a lot of people...
Podcast Ep. 121: The Release & Relief of Giving Up On Try-ing

Podcast Ep. 121: The Release & Relief of Giving Up On Try-ing

Happy New Year! After a couple of weeks break, it’s time for a new episode of  The Baggage Reclaim Sessions. I’m kicking off 2019 by delving into a tricky but much-needed subject for discussion: recognising when we’re trying too hard with...