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Connections Untold

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Hello, I'm Ricky Weaver and welcome to the Connections Untold podcast. The premise for this podcast is simple; I talk to amazing people and share their stories. It's my belief that in sharing our stories, we have the power to learn from and be inspired by each other. You'll get to hear about a whole range of topics, from mental health, the highs and lows of running a business, addiction, what it means to be truly happy and much more.

Hello, I'm Ricky Weaver and welcome to the Connections Untold podcast. The premise for this podcast is simple; I talk to amazing people and share their stories. It's my belief that in sharing our stories, we have the power to learn from and be inspired by each other. You'll get to hear about a whole range of topics, from mental health, the highs and lows of running a business, addiction, what it means to be truly happy and much more.

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United Kingdom

Description:

Hello, I'm Ricky Weaver and welcome to the Connections Untold podcast. The premise for this podcast is simple; I talk to amazing people and share their stories. It's my belief that in sharing our stories, we have the power to learn from and be inspired by each other. You'll get to hear about a whole range of topics, from mental health, the highs and lows of running a business, addiction, what it means to be truly happy and much more.

Language:

English

Contact:

07814472433


Episodes

Paul Ledger: Building a better relationship with our emotions

2/13/2020
“It’s okay to make mistakes. We’re supposed to make mistakes. No one is expected to be perfect.” Ever since I’ve known Paul, he’s always worked incredibly hard towards his aim of becoming a therapist. He was one of the few people when we were at university who had a very clear goal in his mind of what he wanted to do and actually stuck with it; getting numerous qualifications, doing volunteer work and moving around the UK to finally become fully qualified. Paul’s line of work has always...

Duration:00:55:23

Gemma Boxall: Overcoming my friend’s murder

1/23/2020
“When you’re having a bad day, just remember that everything is temporary. The bad times make the good times, good.” Gemma Boxall shares her story with us about her difficult childhood, where she quickly learnt to suppress her feelings to keep everyone happy, even through life-changing events, such as her parents divorcing under intense circumstances and her childhood friend’s tragic murder when she was 11. Pushing her emotions aside affected Gemma whilst growing up, with her becoming...

Duration:00:45:46

Brett Turner: If your world isn’t right, change your world

1/8/2020
“If you've got a passion and want to turn it into a business, there's resources out there...open the door for yourself. If the world around you isn't right, change your world.” Brett Turner has worked in a bowling alley, a factory, a garage and he even did a stint as a travel rep in the Costa Brava (of which he interviewed for wearing his mum’s tights – no really, he genuinely did). He’s since ditched the tights and is now the owner of All Video Productions, a video production company...

Duration:00:39:18

Sue Fish: Challenging inequality, managing stress and finding fulfilment

12/12/2019
“Find your resilience and grow it...you don't just get a finite amount when you're born that just stays with you.” In this episode, I’m lucky enough to speak with I speak with Sue Fish, ex-Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police. We chat about her time as a woman starting her career as a police officer in the mid-80’s; a very different time in the world and a very different time in policing. Some of the stories she told me about the things that her and other female police officers and...

Duration:00:44:00

Greg Searle MBE: If not now, when? If not you, who?

11/13/2019
“I'm totally okay with what I've done. I wonder if being that okay about it, my thirst had been quenched…maybe because of that, I was never to win again, because I was okay with winning once.” In this episode, I speak with Olympic gold medalist Greg Searle MBE. We chat about his extraordinary journey in winning a gold medal at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics and then coming back to win a bronze medal in London 2012, twenty years later. His time of set-backs and self-discovery throughout this...

Duration:01:06:37

Marion Hart: Our negative experiences don't define us

10/23/2019
"I could blame my real father, who was an alcoholic....I could blame my stepfather, who was abusive, I could blame breast cancer. I could blame lots of things on why I should be an unhappy person, but I don't...that's life and because of that, I am who I am today." Marion Hart is a survivor, but to say she is just that is to downplay her as a person. As a bit of background, Marion is my cousin - and I'm very proud to call her so. She's been a source of inspiration for much of my life and is...

Duration:00:57:48

Tom and Bowden: Healing after our best friend's suicide

10/13/2019
“Our friendship with Hodson hasn’t ended. It’s just changed and he can still be with us.” David Hodson, (aka ‘Hodson’), was 34-years-old when he took his own life. As well as being a son, a brother, a friend, he was also the fun guy, the one who’d do pranks on others, the one who was always late, the clumsy one, the one who everyone liked. We all know someone like Hodson. But hidden behind this, he was suffering – more than anyone could’ve known. The tragic thing is, Hodson’s story is one...

Duration:01:07:49

Sarah Stephenson-Hunter: Not taking the easy road

9/28/2019
"No matter our background or our issues, if you can get to that place where you're content with who you are, with all your imperfections, it's a very powerful place to be" It's safe to say that Sarah Stephenson-Hunter, Stonewall's East Midlands Role Model of the Year 2018, has had an eventful life. Struggling from health issues to her own gender identity earlier in life, it was only after a loss in the family did she finally have the courage to become the person who she always knew she...

Duration:01:01:46

Sid Sottung: Addiction, recovery and transformation

9/25/2019
“The other side of fear is success” Sid has an incredible story to tell. Growing up in in Long Island and Brooklyn, he fell in love with hairdressing and eventually began a 14-year career with Vidal Sassoon. He fell into drug and alcohol addiction, which took him to some very dark places, but has since become clean and transformed his life. He's a successful business owner, running a renowned hair academy where he helps others achieve their dreams, and also owns a beautiful salon in...

Duration:00:48:52

Rewriting my story

9/14/2019
Welcome to the Connections Untold podcast. This episode is different to the others…it’s me introducing myself a little and my reasons for starting this podcast. I open up about the abuse I suffered as a toddler and my emotionally painful relationship with my dad. I talk about stumbling and growing with each step. None of us should feel ashamed of past trauma that we may have suffered. It makes us stronger. It makes us resilient. It gives us a brilliant level of empathy towards others. Be...

Duration:00:11:02