The Every Year Itch Podcast

Kirsten de Bouter

Starting the conversation to get inspired to "do life differently". This is the Podcast accompanying The Every Year Itch book by Kirsten de Bouter Shillam.

All Episodes

She had always known about her love affair with chocolate, but little did she know it would turn into a passion, a purpose, a business venture, complete with tasting and festivals. Nicola walked away from a career in conventional teaching to teach people about her love of chocolate.

Mar 2020

36 min 48 sec

Coach, speaker and author of the Lipstick Principles Amanda Brown had a great start in the corporate world when she was overcome with imposter syndrome. It lead her to take a huge leap of faith to leave a steady job behind to follow her calling to coach.

Mar 2020

40 min 13 sec

From photojournalist to PR, consulting and public speaker and futurist, Stefan has ‘jumped ship’ a number of times as he prefers to jump rather than be pushed. Motivated by wanting to learn, the love of freedom  and wanting to affect change, Stefan has carved out his own path for working differently.

Mar 2020

45 min 32 sec

Gera started a journey of living more consciously with less 8 years ago, spurred on by a school project of one of her children. It resulted in a huge life change for the whole family (of seven!), freeing themselves of clutter, to collect experiences and not things, as well as slow living. The minimalistic lifestyle even resulted in a business, a book and a new vocation.

Mar 2020

37 min 13 sec

Kim Adele wanted to be a hairdresser. In fact she tells anyone with pride that this is the only NVQ she has. But life took many turns and she now runs a business as a executive coach and laughs as she recalls they sometimes say "help they've let a hairdresser on the board!" How to overcome adversity and love yourself, how to allow people to 'borrow belief' and how to deal with the imbalances of life and stay -beautifully- true to yourself.

Mar 2020

42 min 24 sec

Dr Karen Freeberg understood the importance of social media before it reached its current popularity. She followed her "itch", pushed through the resistance and became a clear voice in a world of change.

Feb 2020

44 min 40 sec

Another amazing 6 interviews, this time with Samatha Kelly, Paul Ince, Jon Ferrara, Esther Jacobs, Joseph McQuire and the Pepperhustle girls Lynn & Martina, with an overarching theme of "don't be limited by the rules". All these amazing interviewees are in business but found extraordinary ways of getting to success in the -sometimes- most unconventional of ways. Enjoy this round up of great advice and inspiration.

Feb 2020

20 min 24 sec

Esther felt it came down to a choice between Time and Money. She chose Time. Whilst most peple carried on studying and rolled into junior and then senior positions, Esther grabbed entrepreneurial opportunities anywhere in the world. At one bizarre point, she was effectively "fired" from her home country the Netherlands for having been away too much. It led to a difficult three battle with out of date and slow changing systems. She is now officially a digital nomad, never held back by rules and proud to be the odd one out.

Jan 2020

36 min 49 sec

Paul had a safe job in the corporate world and didn't plan to start a business. But he grew increasingly unhappy working and earning money for other people and just coming away with the pat on the back. In this Podcast Paul describes the highs and lows of running a company, but concludes to have a better life and to be a better person as a result of it. He is in charge of his time and able to be present as a single parent. Above all, he says people want you to succeed and it's amazing what help you get when you ask for it.

Jan 2020

42 min 31 sec

Life wasn’t perfect for Jon Ferrara but navigating across certain roadblocks in his life made him stronger. From early on he decided to walk the path of truth and knowledge. Jon achieved great entrepreneurial success and developed great ideas for the future of business, which he compares to keeping an ecological garden. Despite all he’s experienced and encountered, Jon feels his journey is about growing the soul and walking to his own drumbeat.

Nov 2019

55 min 46 sec

As a small child Joseph was acutely aware of the adults around him. Through receiving some complimentary therapy Joseph had a lightbulb moment which spurred him onto learning about complimentary therapy and face reading. It was a journey of ups and downs in which some of the greatest struggled turned out to be the biggest blessings.

Nov 2019

47 min 25 sec

Becoming a mother cannot be underestimated. You're told you will cope but nothing truly prepares you for that adventure. You're supposed to be in that perfect earth-mother bubble of bliss. Many mothers -Martina and Lynne included- struggle coming to terms with their new identity, a new life pattern and in many cases new requirements for your body and health. Pepperhustle aims to turn those struggles into doing life differently health and wellness successes for every mum at every stage.

Oct 2019

40 min 28 sec

An inspiring journey from lone parent to being the much loved Tweeting goddess and social media expert. Samantha Kelly tells her story how she found her talent almost accidentally and now helps many people across the world.

Oct 2019

37 min 24 sec

Listen to the takeaways of the interviews with Danni Tabor, Sharyn Kearns, Dan Furlong, Aoifa O'Brien, Bill Liao and Matt B Davis. Every one of these stories are about being adaptable and having the courage to start something authentic, whilst overcoming obstacles. In the end each of these business people followed their purpose and expressed their talents in many successful ways.

Oct 2019

22 min 35 sec

For years Matt feared the question where he went to school. Now he knows that disliking school doesn’t equal a bad life. He googled how to start a business and founded a successful staffing company. Then he found his passion, in mud. Today Matt writes, produces Podcasts and is recognised as the obstacle course industry expert.

Oct 2019

43 min 44 sec

With a background in and passion for technology, successful entrepreneur Bill Liao actually believes that social transformation is the driving force behind technology. He is dedicated to creating a life that works for all life and says it’s our responsibility to fix the planet. Bill is the founder of the Coderdojo and Weforest amongst other initiatives. Instead of just striving for financial gain in business, the most important question is “what is life all about?” Design a purpose and do the work, because all purpose needs fuel. The hardest obstacle to overcome is fear, as well as the fear of fear. In order to win this game it’s important to handle the emotion and to be free around failure. There are just three rules in entrepreneurship: don’t die, don’t suck, don’t quit.

Sep 2019

45 min 41 sec

If you want to see the world and not be tied to one place, then you need to take initiative. Breaking the mould and common perception, Aoife left her secure employment and travelled from Ireland to London and Sydney and took a Masters in Organisational Behaviour. During her travels she made the decision to never return to the rat race and realised she could have a different kind of life. Aoife now assists others in companies to find meaning in their work. as we spend so many hours working, it’s imperative that it has purpose and flexibility to it. According to Aoife everyone has a choice in life. Be inspired to write your own script. 

Sep 2019

43 min 51 sec

After a 20-year struggle with mental illness, Dan got help and decided to no longer be a victim of the past. He’s now turned his life into a meaningful journey, not just as a successful entrepreneur, but also because he dedicates himself to charity work, raising awareness for mental well-being (male anxiety and depression) and by being an inspiration to others. His openness is heart-warming, starting a truly honest conversation about those aspects of mental health still often ignored and hidden. Dan is a thought leader who believes that we should all stop taking the path of the least resistance. Today he is grateful for his struggles, which have led to great insights which will hopefully touch many lives.

Sep 2019

46 min 23 sec

Every aspect of business can be turned on its head and be redefined. Sharon didn’t believe in work/life balance, but as a business owner she decided to work round her life and her clients. Who said that a finance director had to be present full time in an office? Sharon created a successful company where financial services are outsourced to her by companies worldwide. It gives her (and her clients) the adaptability and flexibility needed in today/s climate. Her story describes the long road, the ups/downs and the tenacity of creating a business fit for your life.

Aug 2019

43 min 20 sec

When you leave the acting world after many successful but hard years, your ego might trick you that you should stick at it. Instead Danni free flowed into a career she loved, when she realised she could be happy not acting. By being her own boss, doing something that made a difference to others her work suddenly felt so natural, it didn’t feel like work at all. Danni helps people have “Ah-ha” moments; no big meal/exercise plans, but a process of tweaking and doing what feels good. According to Danni, she learned to forgive herself, listen to her body and still do things that “tickle her taste buds”.

Aug 2019

39 min 6 sec

A roundup of tips and tools of the six previous insightful interviews. For your inspiration a summary of real life experiences and lessons learned of those who have scratched their every-year itch and are still on their do life differently journeys.

Aug 2019

20 min 46 sec

Chris Strub’s job that he says ‘he was supposed to be doing’ was in journalism. He followed the path and took the regular pay check, but he wanted more. The question “how do you want to be remembered?” set into a motion a new, unconventional and exciting journey.

Aug 2019

37 min 15 sec

Alex Bescoby had a job, a wage, a flat. He wore a suit to work but felt he was pretending to be someone else. He wondered ‘is this it?’ This is his journey from a conventional job to his passion as an award winning documentary film maker.

Jul 2019

41 min 51 sec

Daria Tsvenger became interested in the human brain and studied at Stanford University. This set her on to a journey of taking charge of her own life and training her mental muscles in order to manifest certain things into her life. Today Daria works as a mindset expert helping people to take charge of their lives and goals.

Jul 2019

37 min 35 sec

Best-selling crime author Sharon Thompson started out as a primary school teacher. When Sharon had to somehow come to terms with the loss of her daughter, she found that writing was a huge help in this process. She works as an author and runs a writing business assisting new writers to find their way.

Jul 2019

38 min 1 sec

Lesya Li, managing director of the online platform Having Time used to operate in the pressure of the corporate world. Her subsequent breakdown lead to a much more meaningful journey of connectedness and of bringing together human stories which -Lesya finds- can literally change people’s lives.

Jul 2019

38 min 21 sec

Ben Coates - best-selling author of “The Rhine” and “Why the Dutch are different” has always travelled a lot. Once got stranded at Schiphol airport. He rang the number of someone he had met and ended up staying in the Netherlands writing with humour about his experiences of Dutch culture.

Jul 2019

36 min 26 sec

Steering away from a traditional job, finding your passion, listening to your heart. In the previous 6 inspirational interviews themes such as travel and relocation, turning a passion into a business and finding news ways in traditional system were discussed. Together with great advice and tips from people who have been there and done it. This is a summary of the best bits of the interviews with Andrew Lunn, Robin Arnold, Casey Paul, Ash Bhardwaj, Dana Corriel and Traci Jeski.

Jun 2019

23 min 9 sec

Dana Corriel is a board-certified internist and creative entrepreneur. Working within a traditional and structured medical world didn’t stop Dana to have the courage and give life to her other loves and talents such as travel and photography. With her company she practices the same out of the box innovative thinking, working tirelessly to empower physicians with the use of social media.

Jun 2019

37 min 31 sec

Personal Stylist, Traci Jeske, always had a love for fashion. She moved from Canada to Italy, took care of her family, taught English and then realised it was absolutely time to make room for her itch. She is now director of En Vogue Stylist changing the wardrobes and also the lives of women over 50, teaching them to wake up with passion, purpose but above all, to look amazing.

Jun 2019

37 min 34 sec

Travel writer, film maker and storyteller Ash Bhardwaj lets his curiosity guide him on extraordinary journeys meeting new cultures, people and documenting their worlds. Ash’s personal story to doing the work he now enjoys so much is as adventurous and diverse as the trips he takes.

May 2019

33 min 57 sec

When you study law but working in a law firm makes you miserable, what do you do? Casey Paul followed her intuition and commercial instincts and set up a successful business in the fashion industry, became a celebrity personal stylist and moved onwards seamlessly to becoming a success coach for women.

May 2019

34 min 46 sec

British born Robin Arnold (CTO Lumo Digital) always had a love for New Zealand. He built a life there but ended up coming back to the UK. This is the story of crossing borders -more than once or twice- to action your itch and taking notice and action when New Zealand calls you back again.

May 2019

39 min 28 sec

Photographer Andrew Lunn tells his story of finding his itch. It saw him leaving behind a conventional career to build what has become a very successful London based photography company.

Apr 2019

44 min 20 sec

A roundup of all the advice, tools and tips shared in the previous six inspirational interviews with people doing life differently. Kirsten draws together the invaluable wisdom from each conversation in one Podcast to grow the Every-Year Itch toolbox.  

Apr 2019

24 min 7 sec

With a multi-cultural upbringing Jody learnt at an early age to adapt and change. She feels she rolled into her BBC broadcasting work, but has always worked hard to invest in her passion as a writer and find opportunities. This is the story of an international best-selling author and award winning writer, now on a journey as a film director.

Mar 2019

41 min 55 sec

In 2016 Lisa harris (Marketing professional) took her first 12 months solo travel trip around the world before returning to a contract role in London. Having visited 40 countries, she didn’t really want to get too used to UK. She is currently on her 2nd solo trip, documenting her adventures with her passion for photography.

Mar 2019

40 min 55 sec

Professor Paul Iske recognised the fact that people prefer to share success stories rather than their failures. As professor of Open Innovation & Business venturing at Maastricht’s University School of Business and Economics, he felt that was a shame- risk and the evaluation of mistakes are cruscial for entrepreneurship and innovation. Paul is fascinated by the topic and feels there is a lot more to be done within organisations to embrace the art of failing brilliantly.

Mar 2019

35 min 59 sec

What if you have a successful career as a boardroom director and you decide to give it all up? Jenny Hall (previously customer experience director Dulux) didn’t feel she was heading in the right direction in life and decided to take part in the Clipper Round the World Race with no prior sailing experience.

Mar 2019

48 min 46 sec

What do you do when you get to a crossroads in your life? You give up your business and make your mission to colour the world! Noël Straakenbroek (brand expert) tells how her travels took to various deprived areas in the world and how she subsequently started the Colour The World foundation, brightening up schools, hospital and orphanges for children.

Mar 2019

38 min 44 sec

Matt Fairbrass (Organisational Behavioural Consultant) tells his very personal story of how he moved from working without fulfilment to taking the leap and going freelance. As a result Matt aims to help people work more heart-fully, something he knows literally all about. Don't forget to subscribe!

Feb 2019

48 min 11 sec