Living Life Differently

The MahoJos

Hello!If you ever wanted to live life a bit differently but feel stuck and unable to take the leap of faith, then be inspired by the Living Life Differently podcast.Ali and Amy (aka The MahoJos) speak with different women who live alternative lifestyles; from someone who packed up a £400 ex-builders van and moved to France, to another woman who lives life as a bicycle nomad.Their guests share personal insights into the way they live life differently and their journey of how they got there.Ali and Amy are currently Living Life Differently with their newborn son and dog in a static caravan on a farm in South Wales. They are patiently waiting to start a European campervan adventure once the pandemic restrictions ease up.Buy us a coffee?If you enjoy listening to our show and want to buy us a coffee to say thanks then you can use this link to donate.MusicPodcast intro / outro music by Kevin MacLeod | Open Those Bright Eyes | https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4171-open-those-bright-eyes/

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Hello and welcome to Episode 13 of the Living Life Differently podcast!We are Ali and Amy, the hosts of the podcast and in this episode we do a round up of the 12 episodes that we've recorded in season one.We talk about how and why we set up the podcast and chat through our favourite moments when we've been talking to these inspirational women.Join us on our journey of adventure as we speak to you from sunny Portugal - yes we finally made it away in our campervan!As always we'd love to hear from you and know where you're listening from. And...if you know any women who are already Living Life Differently and who might be a good guest on our podcast then let us know!____________________If you are enjoying our podcast and would like to support our work then you can buy us a coffee! Head over to the following site and check out the supporter / member options: https://buymeacoffee.com/themahojosYou can also follow our adventures or say hi on our own social media channels:Facebook: https://facebook.com/themahojosInstagram: https://instagram.com/themahojosYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/themahojosSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Jul 24

30 min 22 sec

Join us in this episode as we speak with Phillipa Alexandre who left the island of Jersey with her husband Callum and their cat Theodore after realising that they both needed to change their lives for the better.Phillipa talks about how and why they decided to leave Jersey and how their vanlife adventure went across Europe.Their adventure didn't end with vanlife, as through a twist of fate, they decided to buy a static caravan in southern Portugal.Follow Phillipa via her blog and her social media channels below:Blog: https://rvmanvyi.comSocial LinksInstagramFacebookYouTubeIf you are enjoying our podcast and would like to support our work then you can buy us a coffee! Head over to the following site and check out the supporter / member options: https://buymeacoffee.com/themahojosYou can also follow our adventures or say hi on our own social media channels:Facebook: https://facebook.com/themahojosInstagram: https://instagram.com/themahojosYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/themahojosSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Jul 10

1 hr 1 min

When the opportunity came for Linda Wilmott to leave her well established career in the civil service, she jumped at the chance. Her organisation were offering Voluntary Exit packages, and having got to a point of high stress and dissatisfaction with her job, she knew it was time for a BIG change. At the age of 47 she left the security of a career with nothing else to go to.Linda applied for a voluntary role with Stirling Youth Hostel for six weeks, and in that time, she was inspired to try something new. She was already a keen hiker and loved the outdoor life. So after speaking with her partner and sister, she decided that buying a Youth Hostel would be her next step. With no experience of hospitality previously (and lots of Googling), Linda, her partner and sister clubbed together to buy a hostel together in the heart of Cumbria.7 years later, she is still managing the Alston Youth Hostel and despite the long hours, she has no regrets about changing her life.Follow Linda's Youth Hostel adventure here:Website Twitter Facebook _______If you are enjoying our podcast and would like to support our work then you can buy us a coffee! Head over to the following site and check out the supporter / member options: https://buymeacoffee.com/themahojosYou can also follow our adventures or say hi on our own social media channels:Facebook: https://facebook.com/themahojosInstagram: https://instagram.com/themahojosYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/themahojosSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Jun 26

57 min 57 sec

Kelly Hayes-Raitt admits that she sleeps around (usually with pets!) as a full-time international pet sitter.Fifteen years ago, after a 30-year career as a political activist promoting social and environmental justice, Kelly ran for public office and got her butt kicked. She decided to take a sabbatical from politics and ended up in the Middle East working with refugees.She’s housesat throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.  She’s visited more than 70 countries, including pre- and post-U.S. invasion Iraq, from where she reported.She's written several essays about her trips to the Middle East that have been published in a variety of anthologies, literary journals and newspapers. She's also written the definitive book about housesitting called How to Become a Housesitter: Insider Tips from the HouseSit Diva, available in soft cover or Kindle on Amazon or as an ebook from her web site www.HouseSitDiva.com.Besides sleeping around with animals, Kelly is an avid scuba diver who tries to perfect her octopus-whispering.Follow Kelly on her other social networks:Facebook - www.facebook.com/jumpstartyourbookwithkelly Twitter - https://twitter.com/KellyHayesRaittKelly is also an Editor & Book Coach at: www.JumpStartMyBook.orgAnd a Travel Writer at: www.TravelAwaits.com/author/kelly-hayes-raitt/_______If you are enjoying our podcast and would like to support our work then you can buy us a coffee! Head over to the following site and check out the supporter / member options: https://buymeacoffee.com/themahojosYou can also follow our adventures or say hi on our own social media channels:Facebook: https://facebook.com/themahojosInstagram: https://instagram.com/themahojosYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/themahojosSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Jun 12

1 hr 1 min

Louise Dumayne lived in London and worked as an actor all her professional life. In 2012, aged 42, she made the life-changing decision to fulfil a childhood dream of moving to the Alaskan Wilderness. She now lives with her husband in the Canadian Yukon at their extremely remote, off-road, off-grid log cabin. In 2017, they featured in the Channel 4 series “Escape to the Wild”. Her short story, The Bear, was published in Words and Women IV (Unthank Books) and she’s currently working on a novel based in The Yukon. You can follow Louise's Yukon adventures here:Instagram: https://instagram.com/yukonbushlifeBlog: http://yukonbushlife.blogspot.com .......If you are enjoying our podcast and would like to support our work then you can buy us a coffee! Head over to the following site and check out the supporter / member options: https://buymeacoffee.com/themahojosYou can also follow our adventures or say hi on our own social media channels:Facebook: https://facebook.com/themahojosInstagram: https://instagram.com/themahojosYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/themahojosSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

May 29

1 hr 20 min

In this episode we speak with Siobhan Daniels who has retired from her role in the BBC to travel the UK in a motorhome.Having sold her flat and most of her possessions, she bought a motorhome with no previous experience of vanlife. Siobhan talks passionately about using her retirement at the age of 61 years young to challenge ageism and ageist stereotypes.She also discusses her round the world backpacking trip at the age of 50 after taking a gap year from work.Follow Siobhan's motorhome adventures on the following social media channels:Twitter - https://twitter.com/SiobhanDanielsInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/shuvonshuvoff/TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@siobhandaniels6LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/siobhan-daniels-5a46a91b8Blog - https://shuvonshuvoff.blogspot.com.......If you are enjoying our podcast and would like to support our work then you can buy us a coffee! Head over to the following site: https://buymeacoffee.com/themahojosSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

May 15

1 hr 3 min

In this episode we speak with Natalie (from Australia) and Amanda (from Brazil) who are travelling full time together in a converted bus.The couple have been travelling around Australia, earning a living on the road through the sale of various online products.They share how they got into vanlife, their favourite places that they've visited and share the best and worse things about living this way.Follow Natalie & Amanda's vanlife adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BRISATHEBUS/You can also check out their ebooks and other social links here:https://linktr.ee/brisathebusIf you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member here Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

May 1

53 min 18 sec

In this bonus episode we celebrate reaching the 1000 downloads milestone as well as celebrating some great things that we've achieved recently.We also talk about our first attempt to go camping in our campervan this year and why it didn't quite go to plan.Plus, we give you an insight into how 'not' to record a podcast with some of our out-takes.Enjoy!Find out more about us on our website and feel free to follow us on our social networks:FacebookInstagramYouTubeIf you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member here Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Apr 24

28 min 58 sec

In this episode we speak with Daniela Carneiro from Portugal. Daniela left her job as an Environmental Engineer to follow her two passions; surfing and travel.After going on a 7-month travel adventure she realised that she could not return to her old life. With her boyfriend Eduardo, they spent time travelling in a campervan and finding some great surf spots.Whilst they were travelling, an idea developed for the Truck Surf Hotel; an amazing vehicle that converts into sleeping and living space which is now their full time business.Daniela speaks all about her decision to leave her career, and how she now lives her passion every day.Truck Surf Hotel website Truck Surf Hotel Instagram Truck Surf Hotel YouTube If you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member here Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Apr 17

46 min 5 sec

After 13 years of teaching and a life changing experience of a long-distance walk, Zoe decided to change her life.She quit her job in teaching to follow her passion for adventures and writing. In addition to this, she moved from her home in Dorset to live on a canal boat with her partner, Mike.Now moored on the beautiful Monmouthshire-Brecon canal in Wales, Zoe spoke to us about the challenges of making big life decisions. She also speaks about the realities of canal boat dwelling!Follow Zoe and her adventures here:-        Website www.headrightout.com -        Instagram - @headrightout -        Twitter @headrightout -        Facebook @headrightout If you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member hereSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Apr 3

1 hr 3 min

After working in finance for 8 years, Sarah made a big and bold decision to quit her high-flying city job and spent 18 months travelling the world, climbing Kilimanjaro, backpacking around South America and doing a ski season. She used the time abroad to help her decide on what she wanted to do with her life. As a result, she set up Tough Girl Challenges as a way of motivating and inspiring women and girls. She founded and developed the Tough Girl Podcast from scratch, where she’s interviewed over 350 inspirational female explorers, adventurers, athletes and everyday women who have overcome great challenges.The Tough Girl Podcast has been downloaded over 1.5 Million times in 174 countries. It won the Women’s Sport Trust, Media Initiative of the Year Award in May 2018 and the She Extreme best adventure podcast in 2019.  In addition to this she has completed the Marathon des Sables (6 marathons in 6 days across the Sahara Desert), thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 100 days (2,190 miles), completed a Masters in Women & Gender studies at Lancaster University and cycled the Pacific Coast Highway and Baja California solo and unsupported (over 4,000 km). Follow Sarah’s adventures, podcast and social media channels here If you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member hereSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Mar 20

1 hr 2 min

Welcome to our first bonus episode!On International Women's Day 2021 we take the opportunity to tell you a bit more about us, where we live, and what we hope to do in the future.Hope you enjoy this little insight into our lives!Find out more about us on our website and feel free to follow us on our social networks:FacebookInstagramYouTubeIf you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member hereSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Mar 8

25 min 38 sec

After living in France for just over 10 years (listen to EP1 for more details) Ellie landed a remote job and decided that it was time for another big move in life.Motivated by the desire to live somewhere warmer and cheaper, she opted to relocate to Portugal - a country she had never even visited before.She talks about her decision to move, why she chose Portugal, what she loves about the country and how she has achieved financial freedom and became debt free!She also gives some top tips on looking for properties to rent / buy in another country.Follow Ellie's adventures on her blog If you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member hereSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Mar 6

52 min 51 sec

In this episode, we talk to Helen who is 50,000km into her epic worldwide cycling adventures. She is aged 42 and talks to us from her current base in North Macedonia whilst she waits for pandemic travel restrictions to be lifted.Helen talks about how she got into cycle touring, how she finances her travels and how she overcomes shyness on the road.You can follow Helen's adventures here:FacebookInstagramYouTubeWe also mention the Warmshowers website in this episode - a site dedicated to matching cycle tourers with hosts who can put them up for the night for free, all over the world.If you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member hereSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Feb 20

49 min 11 sec

Ever thought about packing up and moving abroad to start a new life? Listen to Ellie's story - after some huge financial pressures, she bought an ex-builders van for £400, packed it to the roof and set off to the French Alps.She went to France with very basic French language skills and took a huge drop in salary. It was a big gamble. Did it pay off? Listen to find out!Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast so that you don't miss an episode and feel free to follow our own adventures by using the links below:WebsiteFacebookInstaYouTubeIf you enjoy our podcast and would like to support us, you can buy us a coffee or become a member hereSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/living-life-differently/donations

Feb 11

48 min 23 sec