Stories of the Brave - Podcast Series

What’s better than reading someone’s story?  Hearing their story!

In our podcast series, listen to individuals share about navigating their Self unLimited adventures with Helen Palmer (Creator of Self unLimited) or with special friends of Self unLimited.

Be inspired.

Be enlightened.

Be encouraged!

Photo of CassieEpisode 31: Hearing from Cassie
Helen talks with Cassie Goodman about self-fidelity and what it means to her. She’s been on a journey to explore and shape a practice of being true to self, and restore faith in the very best version of self. It’s an idea that stands out in a world when there are many voices that attempt to influence who we are or who we should be. Cassie advocates for clarifying one’s own strengths and recommends starting with the VIA Strengths tool. She’s written a book about self-fidelity, for a deeper dive of personal exploration.
[35 min; released Dec 2021]
Photo of DaniEpisode 30: Hearing from Dani
Helen and Dani Sirotic muse about creativity and what it means to them. They explore ideas of showing up, trying things, keeping eyes open to find new connections, placing self in different situations both to restore self and to find new things. In their everyday lives there are different things they do that are creative. [Dani recommends this TED Talk with Ethan Hawke, and Helen recommends this list of creativity personality traits.]
[53 min; released Nov 2021]
Photo of CatherineEpisode 29: Hearing from Catherine
Helen talks with Catherine Grenfell about her recent action to leave the world of ‘normal’ work and move to a state of retirement. Well, not retiring as you might expect … she says it’s a state of discoverment. She’s got many things on the go that tap into and grow her abilities and interests. One project is mixing her love of books and travel in videos published on YouTube.
[28 min; released Oct 2021]
Photo of JulienEpisode 28: Hearing from Julien
Helen and Julien Leyre talk about unconventional lives and independent work choices. This includes what Julien does, who he works with and what value he seek from his work away from the mainstream. His decisions are partly based on a conscious understanding with his partner about lifestyle choices that connect to work choices. There’s a deeper philosophy at play in the reign of Julien unLimited!
[43 min; released Sep 2021]
Photo of NatashaEpisode 27: Hearing from Natasha
Helen and Natasha Redman riff on the subject of Imposter Syndrome – something they don’t experience. They reflect on what they Do experience, choose to do and who they listen to as they step into situations of not knowing, and growing.
[45 min; released Aug 2021]
Photo of MariaEpisode 26: Hearing from María
Helen talks with María Recaman in a second conversation about the challenges in finding a job and creating a workscape in a foreign country. María moved to Australia from Columbia and has navigated general cultural, as well as professional cultural changes.
[32 min; released Jul 2021]
Photo of AliEpisode 25: Hearing from Ali
Helen talks with Ali Farajala, originally from Sudan, now living and working in Australia. Ali shares key moments in his journey and advice he’d give his younger self. He shares his reflections on what graduates want, and how Self unLimited thinking helped him change his perspective on work and working life.
[32 min; released Jun 2021]
Photo of StephEpisode 24: Hearing from Steph
Helen and Steph Clark riff on what is work, and ways to actively create varied opportunities for having new experiences and gaining new skills. They explore being intentional, experimental and taking break periods as part of a contemporary working life.
[48 min; released Jun 2021]
Photo of JoanneEpisode 23: Hearing from Joanne
Helen talks with Joanne Hansen about value and what’s valuable to Joanne personally. It’s a mix of enduring, and things that change because of context. Together they riff on different notions of finding value in work, tapping into Joanne’s HR/OD perspective.
[36 min; released May 2021]
Photo of BlairEpisode 22: Hearing from Blair
Helen talks with Blair Morgan about how his interest and skill in music are enriching his workscape, both when he’s employed and when he’s on a work break. And he’s not the only one benefiting from the musical experiences.
[26 min; released May 2021]
Photo of WendyEpisode 21: Hearing from Wendy
Helen talks with Wendy Grimston about how much change she’s seen, and the changes she’s personally made, as she celebrates 40 years in her workscape. She’s had core values as her guiding light through a diversity of opportunities, and commitment to learning.
[29 min; released Apr 2021]
Photo of LizzieEpisode 20: Hearing from Lizzie
Helen talks with Lizzie Webb who works to improve the lives of those around her, creating a world of which she can be proud. In her very diverse workscape, she’s mixing volunteer and paid work where she can align what she does with her values. She has great advice for others ready to contribute through volunteering.
[16 min; released Mar 2021]
Photo of ShelliahEpisode 19: Hearing from Shelliah
Helen talks with Sheillah Bagayana from Uganda to get a view of the current workscape of a young bio-medical engineer working in a NFP organisation (Fre02). Sheillah is passionate about the work she does and has a resilient learning mindset with which she navigates challenges.
[16 min; released Mar 2021]
Photo of MariaEpisode 18: Hearing from María
Helen talks with María Recaman about her experience of being in a ‘limbo state’ in her workscape. She had moved to a new country and sought to find work. Two things that are challenging under normal circumstances, but she had to also contend with the early phase of the COVID pandemic. She shares about her emotions and strategies for coping and finding a way through.
[27 min; released Feb 2021]
Photo of Sam & MikeEpisode 17: Hearing from Samantha and Mike
Helen talks with Samantha (Sam) Garrett who’s venturing inside her organisation, Using Technology Better.  She’s tapping into her creative energy for personal flow, and to create new value for the small enterprise of 20 and its clients. Also in the conversation is Mike Reading, her boss, who’s supporting and backing such emergent activity with useful guardrails from strong core values that Mike’s set for all team members. One of Sam’s ventures is the LearnBytes podcast.
[36 min; released Nov 2020]
Photo of PrateekEpisode 16: Hearing from Prateek
Helen talks with Prateek Kapur about relationships and the nitty gritty in establishing and cultivating connections, with an open mindset to what value might be created. Prateek came to Australia two years ago as a post-grad student from India. So there’s a cross-cultural flavour to his relationships too as he shapes a new chapter in his workscape after completing his studies.
[38 min; released Oct 2020]
Photo of HelenEpisode 15: Hearing from Helen
Helen becomes the subject of the podcast, rather than the interviewer! The microphone is turned around so Dani Sirotic, good friend of Self unLimited asks Helen the questions. Dani probes to learn more about Helen’s past workscape and what shaped her thinking in creating the Self unLimited idea. Spoiler alert – there’s a recurring theme about possibilities!
[72 min; released Sep 2020]
Photo of MaireEpisode 14: Hearing from Maire
Helen talks with Maire Ruane about the challenging health situation she experienced and how she’s found ways to use this experience to help her thrive. She connected to her strengths in relationships, learning and sharing; and has got a buzz from purposeful activity to help others, and to save lives.
[33 min; released Aug 2020]
Photo of MattEpisode 13: Hearing from Matt
Helen talks with Matt Mulrine about his adventures in passionately choosing to run his own business, and what he’s learnt from the challenges in this choice. Mindset is an important part! There are risks and rewards should you decide this is the life style you want.
[47 min; released Jul 2020]
Photo of RuariEpisode 12: Hearing from Ruari
Helen talks with Ruari Wood-Freeman about his decision to create space with a temporary break from employment with a large corporate organisation, to creatively explore a different workscape. A bold decision for a young person so early in their working life!
[20 min; released Nov 2019]
Photo of Nisha and PatrikEpisode 11: Hearing from Nisha and Patrik
Helen talks with Nisha Leena Sinha Roy and her husband Patrik Mihailescu about their mutual Self unLimited journeys and exploring Value in their workscapes. The journey’s are not the same, yet they have powerful intersections that have shaped both their workscapes and their family life.
[45 min; released Oct 2019]
Photo of Eric ChanEpisode 10: Hearing from Eric
Helen talks with Eric Chan about making career choices that go against the status quo. He shares about the influences, the challenges and the results for his choices. While in his early 30s, he’s got daring advice for people of all ages.
[59 min; released Jul 2019]
Photo of Helen BlundenEpisode 9: Hearing from Helen B
Helen talks with Helen Blunden about her side-gig: Reporting for CNT News Channel. It’s got nothing to do with money, and everything to do with learning, being creative and having fun. It’s also having positive flow-on effects to other parts of her life. She offers advice for those who are inspired to try something different.
[23 min; released Apr 2019]
 Episode 8: Hearing from Eliza
Eliza Lim talks with guest interviewer Dani Sirotic about how she took the big leap to create her own retail business. She knew she was unhappy in the corporate world and had to make a change. She shares openly about the ups and downs of such change.
[31 min; released Nov 2018]
Photo of Kim BallestrinEpisode 7: Hearing from Kim
Helen and Kim Ballestrin talk about the choices Kim makes for herself, and in negotiation with her employer, that enables her to work in a Self unLimited manner.
[21 min; released Sep 2018]
Photo of Jason LeongEpisode 6: Hearing from Jason
Helen and Jason Leong talk about how the Self unLimited program was utilised in personal and professional development of his team. Jason also reflects on his own Self unLimited journey.
[32 min; released Jul 2018]
Photo of Angela NielsenEpisode 5: Hearing from Angela
Helen and Angela Nielson talk about how Angela extends her Relationships to bring diverse people from her network together in an informal awesome gathering.
[11 min; released Jun 2018]
Photo of Nisha Leena Sinha RoyEpisode 4: Hearing from Nisha
Helen and Nisha Leena Sinha Roy chat about what Nisha’s been exploring as different ways she does ‘extra-curricular’ activity in her Scenario 2 workscape. One of those is volunteer work with Girl Guides (Australia).
[36 min; released Apr 2018]
Photo of Brad AdriaanseEpisode 3: Hearing from Brad
Helen and Brad Adriaanse chat about how Brad unLimited is shaping up since he had some Self unLimited coaching. He’s been shifting across multiple Self unLimited Scenarios, and has insights and advice for people exploring and wandering like him.
[35 min; released Apr 2018]
Photo of LisaEpisode 2: Hearing from Lisa
Helen and Lisa Weber chat about how Lisa unLimited is shaping up since she attended a virtual class. She’s working Scenario 2 (employee with extra-curricular activities) in a large multi-national organisation, and has useful advice for people in a workscape like her.
[14 min; released Feb 2018]
Photo of Emma SmartEpisode 1: Hearing from Emma
Helen and Emma Smart chat about how Emma unLimited is shaping up since we read her story in the Self unLimited book. She shares what lessons she’s learning as she runs her own creative business in her early 30s.
[21 min; released Jan 2018]

The music used on the podcast is “Talk Back” by Jay Man www.ourmusicbox.comJuneJ

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