Episode Episode 53. Anna Newton, Blogger, YouTuber, Podcaster and (Now!) Author, on Leading ‘An Edited Life’

Episode Episode 53. Anna Newton, Blogger, YouTuber, Podcaster and (Now!) Author, on Leading ‘An Edited Life’

It’s time for our first ever repeat guest—the wonderful Anna Newton! Since we last spoke to Anna in episode 20 of Let’s Discuss, Anna has gone on to pen her first book: An Edited Life: Simple Steps to Streamlining your Life, at Work and at Home.

We consider Anna to be our go-to girl for all things organisation, and we couldn't wait to sit down with her to discuss her approach to ‘being the editor of your own life’. 

From budgeting, to working from home, and creating a capsule wardrobe, we chat about paring things back to create more margin in your life.

It’s always a pleasure to spend time with Anna, and we hope that you’ll love virtually hanging out with the three of us, as much as we did!

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Episode 52. Libby Page, Author of The Lido, On Writing A Best-Selling Debut Novel, Picking Yourself Up After Rejection and Pursuing A Dream Career

Episode 52. Libby Page, Author of The Lido, On Writing A Best-Selling Debut Novel, Picking Yourself Up After Rejection and Pursuing A Dream Career

We are over the moon to welcome best-selling author (and Monica’s dear friend) Libby Page onto the show today! Libby’s first novel The Lido, was described as the “feel-good debut” of 2018, and quickly became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller.

The Lido has since been sold in more than 24 territories around the world, and a movie adaptation is also in development.

The Lido – which is titled Mornings with Rosemary in the US – tells the story of an unlikely friendship between 26-year-old journalist Kate, and 86-year-old Rosemary. Rosemary has been swimming at the Brixton Lido for most of her life. And when the Lido is threatened with closure, Kate and Rosemary forge a surprise alliance. In the pursuit to save the Lido, both women find themselves impassioned by the strength of the local community, and discover more about themselves than they ever expected. As author Sara Winman wrote The Lido is a “Joyous and uplifting debut - a testament to kindness and friendship”. 

We both absolutely loved The Lido, and are so excited to chat to Libby about the process of writing her first novel – which comes out in paperback, this spring.

We hope you’ll love getting to know Libby, and be inspired by her story, as much as we are!

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Episode 51. The Decision To Start A Family: Sharing Our Thoughts On Motherhood In The Future

Episode 51. The Decision To Start A Family: Sharing Our Thoughts On Motherhood In The Future

This week we’re exploring a subject close to our hearts: the question of whether or not we’d like to have children, and how we feel about the wider dialogue around that choice. 

Plus . . . ! We are over the moon to be joined by our great friend Wendy Gilmour, of Thankfifi blog, for part of the show. Wendy recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Hunter, into her family. Wendy shares her journey into parenthood, and how her choice wasn’t always clear. 

Every person is different, and your choice surrounding parenthood is uniquely your own. We hope that this episode will resonate with you, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject too.

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Episode 50. Our Thoughts on the Future of Blogging & Instagram

Episode 50. Our Thoughts on the Future of Blogging & Instagram

To mark our milestone 50th episode(!), we are taking an in-depth look at the future of blogging.

With 21 years of blogging experience between us, we have seen the industry’s landscape change dramatically. Many times over!

The blogging world, as it now stands, is SO different to when we first started. 

As social media platforms, like Instagram, become increasingly more prominent, we’re exploring blogging's relevance in 2019, and what the future of the industry holds. 

We also share advice for newbie bloggers, and bloggers looking to go full-time with their platforms. 

We dip into the relationship between our egos and our analytics, and how we try to keep comparison at bay. 

And finally we round things off by sharing our long-term blogging plans, how we feel about blogs and social media playing a part in our lives, and some of our all-time favourite blogs. 

This is VERY in-depth conversation about the blogging industry, and we hope that you’ll love diving into it with us!

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Episode 49. James Wong, Liz Earle’s In-House Ethnobotanist, On The Power Of Plants In Your Life

Episode 49. James Wong, Liz Earle’s In-House Ethnobotanist, On The Power Of Plants In Your Life

This week we are thrilled to welcome world-famous ethnobotanist James Wong to the show.

James is a plant scientist, broadcaster, science writer, author and self-proclaimed indoor jungle creator. 

Since 2014 James has been the in-house ethnobotanist for one of our favourite skincare brands Liz Earle, and to say that we were excited to sit down with James at Liz Earle’s HQ would be a huge understatement. 

During the course of our conversation we quizzed James on a whole array of subjects, from what ethnobotany entails, to the power of plants in our lives, all the way through to how to care for our houseplants.

James is one of the smartest people we have ever met, and this episode is a crash course in plant science, the use of plants in the beauty industry and how to keep your succulents looking fresh. 

Plus SO much more. 

We hope you’ll love virtually sitting down with James as much as we did! We felt a LOT more educated after an hour in James’ company! 

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Episode 48. Opening Up Our Bathroom Cabinets To Chat ALL Things Skincare

Episode 48. Opening Up Our Bathroom Cabinets To Chat ALL Things Skincare

Skincare is a subject we could chat about ALL day long! 

We try so many products through our work (and personal obsessions) that we decided to open up our bathrooms to you and share our skincare shelfies. 

From the daily routines we go through, to how we tackle our skincare problems, we’re opening up about ALL things skin.

If you suffer with pigmentation, hormonal acne, or just love a great beauty chat, we hope today’s episode will resonate with you. 

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Episode 47. Katherine Ormerod, Author Of 'Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life', On Using Your Apps Consciously & The Future Of Social Media

Episode 47. Katherine Ormerod, Author Of 'Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life', On Using Your Apps Consciously & The Future Of Social Media

Welcome back to a brand new season of Let’s Discuss! We are so happy to be here with you. 

To kick start Season 7 we sat down with writer, speaker, influencer and author Katherine Ormerod to discuss her book Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life

As bloggers ourselves, and avid users of social media, we empathise with the emotional ebbs and flows of using various platforms. 

During this episode we dive into the impetus behind Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life, and discuss at length the impact using social media can have on our lives. 

We also discuss the simple habit changes we can all make to have a healthier relationship with our apps. 

We hope that you'll love virtually chatting this through with us, and we'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic! We have a brand new Instagram account which you can connect with us on: @LetsDiscussPodcast.

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Episode 46. 2018 In Review: Our Highs, Lows And A Comprehensive List Of Favourite Things This Year

Episode 46. 2018 In Review: Our Highs, Lows And A Comprehensive List Of Favourite Things This Year

What a year it’s been! We can’t quite believe that we’re wrapping 2018. It’s been an incredible year of sharing on the podcast, and we are so grateful to you for listening, reaching out and letting us know how much you enjoy the show. We do a happy little dance every time we hear from you!

In this episode we’re reviewing 2018, our highs, lows and all of our favourite things. 

It’s so important to take time to reflect, and we hope that you’ll enjoy doing so with us. We also hope that it may help you to look back on 2018 too. 

Thank you so much for supporting the show! Happy holidays! 

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Episode 45. Beatriz Stix-Brunell, First Soloist Of The Royal Ballet, On Dancing In The Nutcracker, Life As A Ballerina And Festive Traditions When You’re Working

Episode 45. Beatriz Stix-Brunell, First Soloist Of The Royal Ballet, On Dancing In The Nutcracker, Life As A Ballerina And Festive Traditions When You’re Working

Nothing says Christmas quite like The Nutcracker ballet, and this week we’re over the moon to welcome Beatriz Stix-Brunell, a First Soloist at The Royal Ballet, to the show. 

Beatriz is dancing in the iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy this winter, and we’re diving deep into the magical story of The Nutcracker, and why the ballet is just so enchanting, with her. 

We also chat to Beatriz about the intense preparation she goes through for her work, as well as what it’s like to celebrate the festive season backstage at the Royal Opera House.

Beatriz opens up about her early journey into ballet, her incredible career focus and the intricacies of being a dancer.

Finally, we chat about one of our favourite shared hobbies. Can you guess what it is?!

This is a magically festive episode which is a must-listen for all fans of the ballet and anyone who loves a big dose of inspiration. 

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Episode 44. Cat Meffan On Approaching The Festive Season With A Full Heart & Healthy Attitude, Plus Tips For Getting Into Your Exercise Groove

Episode 44. Cat Meffan On Approaching The Festive Season With A Full Heart & Healthy Attitude, Plus Tips For Getting Into Your Exercise Groove

We are so excited to welcome wellness guru Cat Meffan to the show! Cat is a yoga teacher, wellness retreat host, Youtuber, blogger and all round sunshine-emitting lady. We met Cat a year ago, via our dear friend Kristina Karlsson, and since our first dinner together we’ve been hooked on Cat’s work. 

During our interview with Cat we discussed a whole myriad of wellbeing-related topics, including: comparison on the internet, finding your groove with exercise and how to approach the festive season with a healthy mindset. 

With Christmas right around the corner we can’t think of a better time to hone in on our health and wellbeing priorities, alongside a healthy (no pun intended!) dose of celebrating too. 

We feel so inspired by Cat’s approach to life, and we hope that you will too.

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Episode 43. Laura Jane Williams On Making Your 'Yes' Count, Letting Go Of Self-Imposed Guilt And Pursuing Your Own Path

Episode 43. Laura Jane Williams On Making Your 'Yes' Count, Letting Go Of Self-Imposed Guilt And Pursuing Your Own Path

Welcome to Season 6 of Let’s Discuss podcast! How quickly have two years of podcasting gone?! Thank you so much for listening and supporting the show!

This season we’ve invited a whole roster of incredible guests onto the show. We hope they’ll inspire you as much as they have inspired us, especially as we head into the festive season and think about 2019. 

To kick off Season 6, we chatted with the incredible Laura Jane Williams.

We had the pleasure of meeting Laura via work this year and we were immediately hooked on her hilarious story-telling, warm nature and no-bullshit attitude. 

Laura has so much wisdom to share, and we can’t wait for you to get to know her better.

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Episode 42. Taking Criticism, Milestone Pressures, Autumn Loves And SO Much More In Season 5's Q&A

Episode 42. Taking Criticism, Milestone Pressures, Autumn Loves And SO Much More In Season 5's Q&A

Wow! We can’t quite believe that we’ve come to the end of another season of Let’s Discuss! Thank you so much for joining us for Season 5. If it’s possible to choose a favourite season, this has to be ours so far. 

As per tradition, the last episode of this season is a listener Q&A. And you guys delivered! We have a whole host of juicy questions to answer from you. From career quandaries and love dilemmas all the way through to soul-searching discussions. 

This was a super fun (and at times high emotion!) episode to record. We hope you’ll love listening as much as we loved recording it for you. 

Enjoy this season’s Q&A and we can’t wait to be back with you again a little later on this year. 

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Episode 41. Holistic Health Coach Tori Boughey On Finding Balance, Chakras, Crystals & How To Listen To Your Body's Signals

Episode 41. Holistic Health Coach Tori Boughey On Finding Balance, Chakras, Crystals & How To Listen To Your Body's Signals

When you feel unbalanced, or have a niggling sense that something is ‘off’, what do you normally do? 

In this week’s episode we talk to holistic health coach Tori Boughey, of TBalance, all about just that. From chakras, to crystals and listening to your body’s signals, we discuss the many ways you can heal imbalances.

If you feel unsettled, have a niggling pain or your confidence is low, this episode is an illuminating look at a holistic approach to finding balance again. 

Tori’s work is absolutely fascinating, and we hope that you’ll enjoy virtually sitting down with her as much as we did!

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Episode 40. Working As A Friendship Duo - A Look At Our Partnership As Co-Hosts & BFFs

Episode 40. Working As A Friendship Duo - A Look At Our Partnership As Co-Hosts & BFFs

As best friends in real life, and now partners in work too, we often get asked about our dynamic.

What’s it like working with a friend? Is it a good idea? How has it affected our friendship? 

We love working together, but we understand peoples’ concerns 100%. In this episode we’re opening up about how our partnership on the podcast came about, how we prepared for it and what we’ve learnt working together over the past two years. 

If you’re thinking about going into business with a friend or family member, or are simply curious about the dynamic of working friendships, this episode is for you. 

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Episode 39. Eco-Friendly Habits And Choices

Episode 39. Eco-Friendly Habits And Choices

Making more eco-friendly lifestyle choices has been at the forefront of our minds this year. In this episode we’re delving into the habit changes we’ve been making, as well as the areas of our lifestyles we’d still like to work on. 

From daily commitments, to clothes and ‘voting with your wallet’, this episode is full of recommendations and conversation around the things we can all be more conscious of when it comes to the environment. 

Plus we share the mantra which we’ve adopted to make sure that we’re getting the full life cycle out of everything we own. 

We hope that you’ll enjoy this episode, and if you have any recommendations for us about more eco-friendly choices we can make, tweet us on @LetsDiscussShow or individually on @CocosTeaParty and @MonicaBeatrice

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Episode 38. Naomi Mdudu, Founder Of The Lifestyle Edit, On Leaving London To Live In New York & Her Advice On Making A Big Move

Episode 38. Naomi Mdudu, Founder Of The Lifestyle Edit, On Leaving London To Live In New York & Her Advice On Making A Big Move

Naomi Mdudu is the founder of The Lifestyle Edit, an incredible website sharing long-form interviews with creative entrepreneurial women. Since its inception The Lifestyle Edit has expanded into other areas including creative retreats, coaching and more. 

Naomi is one of our great friends, and we admire her on so many levels, not least for her courage in leaving London to set up a new home in New York!

Naomi now lives full-time in New York, and we were dying to virtually sit down with her and discuss all things related to moving countries in your twenties. 

Making any big life decision, be it for work, love or something else, is taxing . . . choosing to move countries is surely one of the largest you can make?!

We are so excited to share our heart to heart with Naomi which goes deep into the practicalities of moving countries. We talk about how to know if it’s the right move for you, how to set yourself up with professional and personal contacts, and what the most important things are to focus on.

Our time with Naomi was so inspiring, and we hope that you’ll love sharing her journey with us.

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Episode 37. Photography Tips: Creating A Consistent Aesthetic, Our Favourite Editing Apps & Much More

Episode 37. Photography Tips: Creating A Consistent Aesthetic, Our Favourite Editing Apps & Much More

As bloggers and content creators photography plays a huge part in what we do. A well planned out Instagram feed, editorial photos and a consistent aesthetic are just a few of the ways we ensure that our visual game in on point. 

In this episode we’re opening up about all the tools we use to create the images we share. We’re diving deep into the equipment and apps we love for a whole myriad of uses.

With 18+ years of blogging between us, we’re also looking back on some of the biggest photography lessons we’ve learnt, and the mistakes we’ve made. 

Plus we share the photographer Instagram accounts we love to follow!

This episode is perfect for our fellow bloggers, Instagrammers and content creators, and anyone interested in curating a gorgeous Instagram feed of their own. 

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Episode 36. A Look Back At Our Teenage Years - The Shows, Albums & Fashions We Loved + Other Teen Fascinations

Episode 36. A Look Back At Our Teenage Years - The Shows, Albums & Fashions We Loved + Other Teen Fascinations

Step back in time to the early 2000s with us as we take a nose around our teenage years!

We’re leaping back in time and talking all about the shows, people, cultural influences and more that shaped our teen years. 

From The OC, to The Hills, through to Justin Timberlake and our Nokia phones, there are so many hilarious snippets from our teen years we loved reliving in this episode.

Do you recognise any of our obsessions?

We hope that you love taking a trip down memory lane with us!

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Episode 35. Our Journeys With Anxiety + Expert Insight From Chloe Brotheridge, Author Of The Anxiety Solution

Episode 35. Our Journeys With Anxiety + Expert Insight From Chloe Brotheridge, Author Of The Anxiety Solution

Anxiety can manifest itself in many different forms, and we’ve both suffered with it at different points in our lives. 

In this episode we're opening up about our experiences with anxiety - the points in our lives when it's affected us, the symptoms we experience and how we've learnt to recognise our anxiety and overcome it. 

We’re over the moon to welcome Chloe Brotheridge to the show in this episode! Chloe is a coach, hypnotherapist and author of The Anxiety Solution. Chloe’s advise in this episode is SO helpful.

If you’ve ever experienced anxiety, think that you may be going through it currently, or are interested in an open discussion about the pressures of life and your mental health, this episode is for you!

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Episode 34. How Reading Has Impacted Our Lives + Our Top Book Recommendations

Episode 34. How Reading Has Impacted Our Lives + Our Top Book Recommendations

Reading is a big part of both of our lives, and in this episode we're excited to geek out with you on all things books!

We’re opening up about our favourite authors, favourite books and our top tips for incorporating more reading into a busy schedule. 

Reading has helped us to learn so much about ourselves, life in general and our businesses, and we can't wait to share our experiences with you!

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