Here are the “Living with Purpose Interviews” – long form interviews with people living purposeful lives
Series 1 of the Living with Purpose podcast was released in 2016. It’s been a long time since then but I’m getting ready to do more episodes and will release them later in 2020. This episode reflects on some of the people and highlights from series 1.
In this conversation with Lucy Morris she explained that her main role in life is tell stories of meaning and purpose. At the time of this conversation Lucy was the CEO at Baptistcare, and a priest, a wife, a mother, a grandmother – the list goes on. I’ve known Lucy for over 20 years and I was struck in this conversation how she has grown into her beliefs and convictions in a such a powerful way.
Rachael West has had a number of disparate pathways that have led her to be the founder and director of Finding Yoga. She’s been an engineer, worked in social enterprises, studied circus performance, and trained at an advanced level in yoga. If you get to meet Rachael all this seems logical and plausible.
Anne Courtney, is a Coach, Retreat Facilitator and Leadership Consultant. In her past, Anne has worked as a social worker, and also led a small not for profit organisation, and in recent years has been running her own business supporting people to deal more effectively with relationships in their families, workplaces, and communities. In this interview I am struck by the changes that Anne has noticed in her life – how she has become more reflective herself over the years and has settled into a path of helping others to see the value of reflection, and how it can facilitate more purposeful action.
Alicia Curtis is involved in many projects that may seem at first glance to be unconnected. She’s involved in the philanthropy project 100 Women, the Emerging Young Leaders on Boards project, and many other initiatives. What I learnt in having a conversation with Alicia is that she’s passionate about developing the leadership of people that she works with.
There are some people, more than others, who make me smile. Suzanne Waldron fits into the category of those who do. She has an energy and authenticity that is infectious. What comes across in this interview is that Suzanne knows this about herself, and has worked out how she can use her ability to get on with people to help them live better lives. Suzanne specialises in the field of human behavioural change and holds a master’s degree in applied coaching and neuro linguistics.
Ian Carter starts this interview by saying that he is a simple person, whose life has had an interesting journey. He started as a Teacher, became a Youth Officer, and a Director of Community Economic Development, before spending over 20 years as CEO of Anglicare WA. Ian talks about how his Anglican faith has been a key factor in taking on this role, and also staying committed to it over the long term.
Nicky Howe has done a number of different things in her life, and yet as this interview unfolds there appears to be thread of continuity which sews it all together. Her focus on relationships seems to be the golden thread that guides her path. Whilst she says that she didn’t recognise what her values were until her mid-thirties, Nicky lives a life which is congruent with them, and a life where she has found purpose in a range of different activities.
Lynda Rose has done a number of things in her life, including being a real estate agent, and now a health and wellness consultant and coach. Lynda is a mother and grandmother and has done many things in a full life. In this interview she talks widely about some of the things that have influenced her and led her to where she is now. She’s finding purpose in her life through a focus on health and wellness and she’s finding ways of bringing her knowledge and energy to people that she has the opportunity to work with.
Penny Robinson is a Lecturer at Monash University, doing a mixture of research and teaching. She volunteers for the I CAN Network, and is one of the Young Adults group leaders for Aspergers Victoria. She also likes cycling, but hasn’t done much of it over the past couple of years. She was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome at the age of 14.5, in Year 9, in 1997. In 2015 it is 18 years since her diagnosis!
Over the last year I have been thinking a lot about what my purpose is and what it is that I want to be focusing my time on. As I was doing this it was helpful to hear from some other people and understand how they see these things. Purpose is something so important, but we don’t talk about it very often.