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Hey guys I just loved this weeks episode with Alice Williams
In a former life, writer Alice Williams worked as a former storyliner on one of Australia’s best-loved TV soaps, and is passionate about bringing more diversity to our screens.
Alice is now the author of two books, ‘Would it kill you say please?’ and ‘Bad Yogi’, a memoir about overcoming addiction and teaching yoga. Alice is passionate about the power of storytelling to heal. And in teaching yoga, Alice believes that in shedding light on the hidden ‘shadow’ parts of ourselves can be a powerful healing tool.
Alice lives in Melbourne with her two children and coaches new authors polish and pitch their manuscripts to publishers. She is currently writing her third book.
This week my podcast is such a great conversation,
SHOWNOTES FOR ALICE:
· Alice’s life into yoga came about in a convulated way from feeling a sense of failure in her current job and facing writer’s block and her Dad being sick. She had an awakening on Christmas night where she surrendered to the universe and felt like she had to surrender and let go of everything.
· When Alice was in that “stuck” place she was stuck in a no mans land and was told by her therapist to give things a try and this is where she stumbled into yoga teacher training.
· One of the things in the course were designed to get in touch with a deeper sense of herself and found this was a way of getting in touch with her body rather than coping her way through food.
· Alice talks about the 12 steps programme with food and how she felt during the process as she was also doing her yoga teacher training.
· Alice lost that desire to binge and starve during this time as she learnt to switch off her rationale brain and she connected deeper into her mind and body.
· Something shifted during this practice where she stripped away everything she believed and let go of things that she was used to and found she went back to writing. The training allowed her to be more like herself.
· Alice talks about the thinking vs food and how the programme tackles the mindset around food thought and behaviours.
· Carla and Alice talk about the power of chanting.
· Alice talks about her second book – the rules of engagement on social media, restaurants, discusses the world of online dating with Carla.
· Alice’s definition of happiness is about being aligned with her inner voice.
· Alice’s morning routine involves getting her kids ready in the morning, a 15 min yoga practice, and journal for 20 mins until her mind is clear, and does a vipassana meditation and get back into her body.
· Nothing brings Alice more joy than dancing around to music on YouTube and her favourite is Beyonce, she loves having a good belly laugh with a friend and making people laugh whether it’s with her book as it gives her a sense of purpose.
· Her last meal would be anything with seafood and mangoes.
· Her all-time favourite book is written by Kate Holden: In My Skin.
· Ricky Gervais, Ivanka Trump would be her fantasy dinner guests
· What is something I learnt today? Would did I do well? What am I grateful for today? Form as part of Alice’s meditation and gratitude routine.