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I'm Fiona the host of the podcast! I was inspired to create this podcast from my original role as volunteer at a cat sanctuary in Rome. It was the place I fell in love with an amazing FIV cat called Gianburrasca who was the love of my life. I love cats more than anything else in the world. They are what makes the world beautiful inspiring and magical! I know there are so many amazing cats in the world but behind every cat there is also an amazing human who can share their story! I believe in ...
 
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In this episode of the podcast I had the absolute pleasure of chatting to the lovely Georgie who is mum to Toby, Quinton and Leo. Those who follow them on Instagram will know them as Tummy & Gummy and will surely know their story so far....and for those who do not then I will try not to spoil the episode but it is an emotional one and Georgie share…
 
Sometimes in life you may hope for a moment when you can speak to someone truly special and I feel so honoured and lucky to have spent over 2 and a half hours with my next guest. They say some people are born golden because they have beautiful hearts & even more beautiful souls, this is the only way to describe Chris Poole. He is one of the gems of…
 
This episode is dedicated to the amazing Ashley who is mom to Dan a paralysed kitty who is living his best and fullest life ever thanks to her care and love!! Dan was adopted by Ashley and he was her first experience with a special needs cat but she knew she wanted to open up her heart and home to a special needs kitty and give them a wonderful lif…
 
First of all Happy New Years Eve and welcome to this episode of the podcast! The final one of 2021! I recently put a shout out asking if there were any people interested in being featured on my show. I received a lovely message from Bash asking if he could be a guest and I immediately said yes! All that was left to happen was to arrange a mutual ti…
 
Kris Kaiser is the foster mom of sweet little Snapple the star cat of our Christmas Miracle episode!! Snapple's story is one which is heart-warming and perfect for not only the festive season but all year round. Snapple is a beautiful young tuxedo cat who was spared from euthanasia because his foster mom simply gave him a chance to live. Being born…
 
Figaro was found outside in January of 2019 with severe facial trauma. He was brought to the vet for care and surgery to try and save his life. Puppy Kitty NY City was the organisation who took on the care of Figaro and whilst he was recovering in the clinic Meagan was visiting him and was going to be the one fostering him until he found a home. Ar…
 
Well what can you say about Shannon Jay.... he is everything a hero should be and a little bit more!!!! Shannon Jay is an ex law enforcement officer who has now retired and when the need arises he will drive hours to enter the burn zones of Fire affected areas to rescue and locate cats who are missing, injured and often hours away from death. Shann…
 
Well what can you say about Shannon Jay.... he is everything a hero should be and a little bit more!!!! Shannon Jay is an ex law enforcement officer who has now retired and when the need arises he will drive hours to enter the burn zones of Fire affected areas to rescue and locate cats who are missing, injured and often hours away from death. Shann…
 
A successful career in asset management requires going beyond your technical skill base to develop business acumen and street-savvy that will take you to the next level. Enter Dr. Monique Beedles is an internationally recognized thought leader in asset management and best-selling author of several books including Asset Management for Directors. She…
 
Raphael Fimm is an award winning composer and orchestrator. Originally born in Germany Raphael moved to Vienna where he currently resides. Raphael describes himself as being late to the music world and yet what he has achieved in his life so far is remarkable. Raphael plays piano and it is his first love but also violin too. He found a passion in c…
 
Katey Brooks is originally from Bristol but now resides in Manchester. She grew up knowing that music was a way to share her feelings and emotions. Through the gift of music and song she has shared some of her life with her fans. Katey has played on large stages such as Glastonbury and WOMAD and has been lucky enough to perform all over the world. …
 
Mentoring has been a critical part of many successful people’s career story. Sometimes it’s done formally and for an exchange of money, but often it is about a more seasoned leader meeting regularly with a less seasoned human and imparting ideas, knowledge, and even empowerment. I am chatting today to James Sewell, the founder of MentorConnex, a se…
 
Joy Smith along with her sister Jann set up Fieldhaven Feline Centre back in 2003. It wasn't quite what it is now and back then consisted of a humble barn and small number of cats. However, the mission and the sentiment behind the work was the same and it was created to save and enrich the lives of cats. Since those humble beginnings Fieldhaven has…
 
I have to admit, I am a sucker for buying merchandise or ‘merch’ as we colloquially say in the land Down Under. Whether it be signed books by authors at their book launch or tea towels from a boutique vineyard on a regional holiday I am handing over that plastic card with joy! Last year, according to Intelligence Insider, the pandemic fueled rapid …
 
This is an incredible episode where I had the pleasure of speaking with Katharine Parsons from Ravenshoe Media. Katharine is the director of the upcoming documentary movie "The Fire Cats" (not yet released but which has been submitted to several festivals) and I am sure this is going to be selected by many of them and hopefully will be a winner of …
 
Ashley Peverett is the Co-founder & CEO of the Building Communities Initiative (BCI). A self-proclaimed entrepreneur, he grew up in a family business so had a good start. While working, Ashley studied business part-time and completed an MBA from the University of New England. He climbed the corporate ladder across several organizations to eventuall…
 
This episode is dedicated to Eli the amazing mom of Dusty who is a campfire survivor. Dusty was caught up in the devastating campfire of 2018. At this time the campfire was one of the most destructive and deadly in the history of California and tragically killed around 85 people and unknown numbers of wildlife and many cats. During this campfire du…
 
What can you say about Pen Farthing....??? Some view him as a national hero for the work he has carried out to help and save animals but in the recent months the British Media have had nothing but a target on his back. Pen Farthing comes from a military background most recently serving in Afghanistan. It was there he encountered a special dog (he l…
 
Financial literacy is a term that excites some, but many people are hard-pressed to get excited about it, despite its importance in how we all view, manage and maximize our money, from our first pocket money as a kid to making retirement savings last these days for up to 30 years after we no longer earn a wage. My guest Julia Newbould is Managing E…
 
In this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with the lovely Frances who is the mom of Courage and who lives in Seattle. Courage's story is one which is more than difficult to swallow and makes her mom choke up even to this day just thinking about it. It is a story of cruelty but also of hope and survival and that there is always good in the worl…
 
Water management and the policies behind it is something we all need to get our heads around, whether you live in a big city, small town, a coastal region or a remote community. I am deeply passionate about the water sector having worked closely within the NSW state government during the recent drought of 2018-2020, leading communications in areas …
 
In this episode I chatted with the lovely Katherine from Blind Cat Rescue in North Carolina. Blind Cat Rescue sounds like just an ordinary and normal blind cat shelter but if you are thinking this then you are mistaken! This special place takes care of not only blind cats but cats who are FIV+ and FELV+. The sanctuary was set up in 2005 by the foun…
 
Buying property is expensive especially in Australia's biggest cities and regional areas now surging too (thanks Covid), with purchasers paying stamp duty, conveyancing, and legal fees, not to mention the huge deposit required. So, would you really want to pay more for something you could do yourself? Well, recently I did. For the first time ever, …
 
In this episode I chatted with Courtney who is the face of Poets Square Cats. What or who is Poets Square Cats...? well it is a semi feral cat colony in Tucson, Arizona and Courtney is the incredible young woman taking care of this colony in her own neighbourhood. Courtney's journey is almost one of chance for moving home meant she became familiar …
 
Dr Katie Lawlor is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in Pet Loss. She helps those who are battling with the pain of losing their loved ones. Since we are all animal lovers it is something we have all experienced at some time in our lives or will experience at one time in the future unfortunately. Animals live shorter lives than us and so its …
 
A disaster brings out the best and at times, the worst in everyday ordinary people. Rarely is it something less polarizing. Thinking of devastating bush fires, major floods, or terrorist attacks and the raw, media images of what disaster looks like -- and the days that follow -- are pretty confronting for many people, let alone those experiencing t…
 
In todays episode I had the pleasure to chat to Mick who is the dad of the world famous Oskar the Blind cat - yes you will know him from his viral video where he was fighting the air from the hairdryer!! SO cute and so fun! Mick at that time had set up his you tube channel to upload videos of his cats for his family members to see them growing and …
 
The costs associated with turnover and lower productivity seen in burnout result in a loss of $322 billion annually according to the World Economic Forum stats from January 2021. There is a wave of burnout with many of us trying to stay afloat in a pandemic and find a way to recharge when many of the tools we use such as socializing, group exercise…
 
In this episode I chatted with the lovely Linda Van Gelder the secretary from the Stichting Buitenlandse Asielen (SBA) who are a non profit organisation based in the Netherlands. SBA is a foundation helping other animal shelters all around the world. They provide not only financial help for a guaranteed period of agreed time but they also assist wi…
 
Daisy Turnbull is the Director of Wellbeing at an independent girls’ school in Sydney (in fact my own alma mater), where she has also been a teacher for eight years. She has taught across school systems including some time at a behavioral school, working with students from diverse backgrounds. Before going into teaching Daisy worked in interactive …
 
Today I chat with the inspirational Rachael from Saving Seniors who is giving some wonderful golden oldies a second chance at living! Rachael's mission is to save seniors from the euthanasia lists in the USA. Many shelters due to unfortunate circumstances have time-stamps on their incoming cats and dogs. This means many people have to spring into a…
 
In todays episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Emily the mom of Moet the Blind Cat. Moet and Emily live in Oman which is an area with no regulated pet shops or laws in place to protect the welfare and wellbeing of animals in the country. Due to this lack of protection many animals suffer unnecessarily and Moet is one of those animals who suf…
 
The rise of organic food has been steady over the past 20 years and is very much part of many consumer's food buying decision process. Paddock to plate is an in-demand thing too. One of Australia’s best-known organic meat success stories is Cleaver’s Organic meats. Starting from a humble suburban butcher’s store in Sydney, Cleaver’s products are no…
 
In this episode we chat to Monica Baraschi who is the Vice President of the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in Rome. Monica fills us in on her life before she started volunteering in the shelter and how it was that she came to be a volunteer there. She speaks about her role changing over the past years until now she is Vice President. Monica explains…
 
Freelance writing is a pipe dream for many burnt-out staff reporters, hobby writers, and anyone who wants to achieve work-life balance on their own terms. Alexandra Cain or Ali as most of her clients and peers call her has spent 20 years building and sustaining a successful freelance business writing career. Ali wanted to be a business journalist e…
 
Chris Sanders is the wonderful human carer of Special Agent Bob Cat. Special Agent Bob Cat was a cat living on the streets of NYC for over 10 years! Having suffered greatly with frostbite on his ears which were also ravaged with ear mites he was also positive for FIV and as a senior street cat badly needed a home. He was also diagnosed with diabete…
 
In current times, with all the challenges of a global pandemic and what that means for us as we navigate work, family, isolation, sickness and sanity (and in lockdown for some of us), the notion of kindness must be an anecdote for some of that which we struggle with. I am speaking today to Hugh Mackay, a highly regarded social psychologist and rese…
 
Daniele Halep is one of our longest members of staff at Torre Argentina. Having been with us since he was only 18 years old Daniele has come a long way from his early days as a volunteer scooping litter boxes and is now our vet technician, head of adoptions as well as heading up our very important sterilisation campaign, Daniele is hands on and wor…
 
Around 20 years ago, I did a whole Masters thesis on Philanthropic models that took me to leaders in this arena across the USA and Europe. While most of us take an impulsive approach to giving, a little bit of research into where your dollars will do the most good can make your donation hundreds or even thousands of times more effective! The Life Y…
 
Daniele Halep is one of our longest members of staff at Torre Argentina. Having been with us since he was only 18 years old Daniele has come a long way from his early days as a volunteer scooping litter boxes and is now our vet technician, head of adoptions as well as heading up our very important sterilisation campaign, Daniele is hands on and wor…
 
Courage means different things to different people. I have known Sonia McDonald for close to seven years. Her personal story has much to do with courage in the face of some pretty hard times and she has been able to rise above it all to forge her own successful path. Sonia is a global leadership executive coach and advisor, thought leader, dynamic …
 
Holly Ransom is a globally renowned content curator, powerful speaker, and master questioner with the belief that if you walk past it, you tell the world it’s okay. Named one of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Australian Financial Review, she has delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, was Sir Richard Branson’s nominee for Wired …
 
On todays show we speak to the wonderful Dawn Firestone. Dawn lives all the way across the pond in New Jersey USA and she is an advocate for special needs cats. She is the mummy of Rocky Road aka Rocky on Wheels who is a wonderful little boy who is paralysed in his back legs and cannot walk to go to the bathroom by himself. Dawn lets people into he…
 
Microbusinesses are my passion and in no small part because I run a couple myself. Microbusinesses represent around 25% of all businesses in Australia – a pretty hefty chunk of our business landscape when you think about it. Today’s guest is a truly inspiring microbusiness leader with a swag of awards. Tina Tower opened her first business at the ag…
 
I do not know about you, but I find it hard to be consistently productive. It seems like it’s a secret weapon for some and a natural gift for others. Dermot Crowley is the Director and founder of Adapt Productivity, a Sydney-based training company founded almost two decades ago. He is one of Australia’s foremost thought leaders on productivity. He …
 
In todays show we speak to Gunn Holmestad who is one of our dear friends and supporter of the shelter. Gunn opens up her heart to us about her own personal TA journey. She speaks about the beginning of this everlasting relationship, how the journey started and how it developed over time. Gunn talks in depth about her many distance adoptees includin…
 
Body image is a topic rife with expectations, taboo, nuance and even debate. Nikki Parkinson is here today to discuss just that! Her career path of journalism, fashion writing and design makes her an ideal expert for this topic. That is because at the core of everything that former journalist Nikki Parkinson has done in her "second life" as a blogg…
 
In this episode we speak to Calvin Tucker who is also known as Black Noah. Calvin lives in Alabama USA and takes care of 90 cats spread over 2 counties everyday. On top of this daily care Calvin also rescues and rehomes several other animals, His love doesn't just extend to cats but other animals including dogs, alpacas and he even rehomed a tarant…
 
Emma Heuston is a lawyer, author, and entrepreneur. A passionate advocate of work/life balance and the freedom to work from home, Emma is the Founder and Director of The Remote Expert, a virtual law firm delivering legal services and legal information to online business owners across Australia. In 2011, Emma was on the traditional lawyer-style corp…
 
Dr. Simon Longstaff is the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre and one of Australia’s leading philosophers and ethics commentators, regularly appearing on national radio, broadcast and newspapers to comment on politics, business and culture, including on ABC Radio National, Q&A and The Sydney Morning Herald. Simon has been instrumental in advis…
 
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