Join Michelle & Mark as they share stories and messages from friends, mentors, thought leaders, and souls who have awakened to an open-hearted, joyful and intentional way of living.

Be inspired by articles and conversations where vulnerability, courage, and love are keys to living a life full of deeper experiences, unconditional contribution, and consistent awakening and growth.

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Episode 32 - 'Awaken to Your Magic' with Ashley Gonor

An amazing woman who transitioned through different phases of her life, our guest on this weeks episode, awakened to brand new possibilities and uncovered her personal magic through a deep dive into personal development. Ashly Gonor is a passionate inspiring mother of 2, a podcast host, and an inspiring teacher with her new course, launching in January 2021, called “Raising Confidence”.


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Episode 31 - 'Awaken to Healthy Nutrition' with Kate Eason

A country girl with a keen sense of adventure, our guest this week has a passion and zest for healthy living. Meet Kate Eason. Kate is on a mission to build a healthy world through educating what true health feels like. A Nutritionist & founder of Food deFined, Kate empowers people to create a lifestyle that helps them balance their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual life.


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Flip Your Belief About Aging

Growing older in years doesn’t have to mean the deterioration of your health and wellness. When you give your body everything it needs to maintain optimum health and strong immunity, you can absolutely enjoy a quality of life that allows you to thrive, and continue getting the most out of your body.


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Episode 30 - 'Awaken to a New You' with Annette Cruz-Padilla

Introducing Annette Cruz-Padilla. A quasi - empty nester & truly amazing lady who embodies the ECG pillars that add more life to life; Experience, Contribution and Growth. Annette has managed to fit into her 50+ years of life more than most people have. When you listen to the number of career roles Annette has had prior to retirement, added to that being wife, mum, Ombudsman and much more, you will not be alone in wanting to crown her the Queen of Transition!


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Emotional Hunger

Decades of marketing and manipulation from the food marketing industry has programmed most of us to believe that food is the best way to enhance our emotional experiences, be they positive or negative.


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Episode 29 - 'Awaken to Being Curious' with Tanya McQueen

Introducing Tanya McQueen, a truly special soul, a lady who has overcome many labels throughout her life, through resilience, humour, and curiosity. Tanya is on a mission to help awaken others to their soul’s purpose and to create and deliver poignant heartfelt messages that deeply influence through their authenticity. This is possible through Tanys’s unique kaleidoscope of her life experience.


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Episode 28- 'Awaken to Food Freedom' with Mark O'Toole

In this episode, we explore the mission of The Dream Architects which is to add more life to the lives of empty nesters. We chat with the co-host of this very podcast, WildFit Nutrition Coach: Mark O’Toole When Mark became an empty nester, he knew this time of transition was his opportunity to find the answers to a challenge that had been haunting him for years. That challenge was born out of an extremely tough time in Mark’s life. For 11 years, he cared for his very ill wife, as they both struggled to raise their first-born, twin daughters. Mark shares why he is doing what he does as a WildFit Coach, and what the WildFit program is about and how it is helping people to transform their relationship with food.


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Episode 27 - 'Awaken To Relationship Freedom' with Annie Kallis

In this podcast episode, we speak with a passionate Relationships Architect who boldly calls out the bullshit stories we tell ourselves: Annie Kallis Annie is on a mission to help her clients build strong relationship foundations that will withstand the storms of life. She works primarily with men to help them overcome their hurt, resentment, and fears by using a system called the AKRA system.


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Episode 26 - 'Awaken To Your Impact' with Dr Akoje Omo Okonkwo

What a blast this episode is. Our guest, Dr Akoje Omo Okonkwo, is such a beautiful shining light! A mum to 3 gorgeous young children, an educator, a motivational speaker, a transformational business and personal coach, a clinical teacher, and an accomplished and highly accoladed dental surgeon, you will enjoy listening to her soothing voice. In this conversation, she reminds us of the importance of being open to change and process, and acknowledging that life is happening for us.


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Episode 25 - 'Awaken to A Really Good Life' with Janette Morris

Our guest, Janette Morris, is a young 57 year old mother of 2 & grandmother of 4. A wife of 37 years to Steve, she is a massage therapist, a Zumba and yoga instructor, a social butterfly, and a cruise junkie, who has been navigating the constant changes that come with a growing family, a love for growth and adventure.


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Episode 24 - 'Awaken Self Love' with Onneile Thamuku

Affectionately known as Mr Thams in some circles and as Onnie in other circles, our guest in today's podcast is our dear friend & success coach who is passionate about helping people develop loving relationships with themselves, and therefore with others. Onnie contributes much time in inspiring and helping empower youth in Maun, where he resides, a town known as the tourism capital of Botswana, a gateway to the Okavango Delta.


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Episode 23 - 'Awaken To Financial Autonomy' with Paul Benson

Empty nesters, if you are wondering about how to master your financial future, and live your best lives now, instead of waiting till you retire, this is the podcast for you. We feel very honoured to welcome our guest: Paul Benson. Paul is a Financial Planner for Gen X & Y Australians, Author of a brand new book, and Producer of the hugely successful Financial Autonomy Podcast.


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Episode 22-Awaken To Plant Spirit Medicine' with Marc John Brown

In this episode, our guest, Marc-John Brown, is a Shamanic Practitioner and Plant Medicine Integration Coach. He is closely partnered with a retreat center in Peru's Sacred Valley collaborating with the Shipibo tribe and works hand-in-hand with the country's indigenous populations to educate the modern world on the ancient ways of utilising sacramental plants for personal discovery and growth. Marc-John's message is one of high vibration and inspiration in a modern setting, whilst remaining well-rooted in the ancient ways of the tribes with which he works.


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Episode 21-'Awaken To Being Seen and Heard' with Michelle Sorro

It is finally time to introduce our good friend & mentor, Michelle Sorro. This truly amazing lady inspired & taught us to stand up & share our voice through the power of media. Her gifts in this arena allow her to lead from her heart & soul, 1000’s of people from around the world to to be seen & heard. Michelle is truly a rare soul, a bubble of joyful energy, a lady who lights up the room and your hearts, whose every word is so very precious. She epitomises what we believe are the 3 pillars essential for living with a vibrant life pulse, & honestly, had it not been for Michelle’s expert guidance and mentorship, (as well as the support of her team at Ginni Media), this podcast would possibly still be on the to-do list! We are so proud & honoured to share this conversation with Michelle Sorro.


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Episode 20 - 'Awaken Future Leaders' with Lawrence Yau

In this episode, we speak with the Founder of ‘Blue Hands’. A Brand Consulting and Web Design business, with a mission and culture to not only serve their customers with branding that captures their passion, but serves their local community and making a positive impact on people’s lives. Lawrence Yau contributes his personal time to Lions Club & has served in different leadership positions for over 10 years. He is passionate about youth personal development, & through the Lions Club, he inspires youth to become future leaders who are willing to lead and serve the community.


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Episode 19 - 'Awakening Your Playfulness' with Jason Goldberg

Impacting thousands of lives with joy and playfulness, Jason Goldberg, is a man whose goal is not to simply give more INFORMATION but instead to help people experience true TRANSFORMATION and uplevel that to CRYSTALLISATION, all whilst having FUN at the same time! Join us as we take a joyous deep dive into the essence of this wise edu-tainer, who operates from his heart and a wild imagination.


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Ep 18 - 'Awaken to Community Volunteering' with Paul Hinchcliffe

Join us in this episode where we have a conversation with Paul Hinchliffe. A proud man & loving husband, father & grandfather, Paul epitomises the three pillars we believe are essential for living an extraordinary life: experience, contribution and growth. An adventurer at heart, he loves to spend time with his two families, his wife, children and grandchildren, and with his Orange Family, the team at the SES [State Emergency Service]. After retiring a few years ago, Paul has immersed himself into travel with his wife Deborah, hiked thousands of kilometres, and overcome a 22 year-long health issue.


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Episode 1 - 'Awakening' with Michelle and Mark

Welcome to ‘The Awakening Empty Nester Podcast’. This episode titled ‘Awakening’ introduces you to your hosts, Michelle and Mark. Launched in April 2020, during a global pandemic where fear and scarcity have become the currency of conversation, we believe there is no better time than now, to begin a journey of awakening. Awakening to experience more deeply, awakening to unconditional contribution, and awakening to consistent learning & growth. Like your hosts and their extraordinary guests, you will be inspired to awaken to an extraordinary life.


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Episode 17 - 'Awaken Your Resourcefulness' with Rose Siva

It was a pleasure to have Rose Siva as our guest on this episode. Rose is a woman who takes life in her stride, showing much resilience, resourcefulness, and a “can-do” attitude, as she reinvented herself and adapted to many changes along the way. From working as a corporate employee, to owning & running an education business, to volunteering for the 'Australian Age of Dinosaurs' located in Winton, Queensland Australia, Rose is now an accomplished author with a series of entertaining/educational books written for youth, about Australian dinosaurs. We know you will be inspired!


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Episode 16 - 'Awaken Your Orange Energy' with Frank Clark

Also known as Mr Orange, we are excited to bring you, a fellow empty nester, a loving father of 3, a serial entrepreneur and an accomplished life, business and success coach from Tampa Bay, Florida, Mr Frank Clark. An entrepreneur from the young age of 8, for over 50 years, Frank started, created, and sold many multinational companies, generating hundreds of millions of dollars; working with startups and Fortune 50 companies around the globe. In this episode, Frank shares how he became known as Mr Orange, and shares a ton of wildly incredible nuggets along the way, which empty nesters will find extremely valuable.


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Episode 15 - 'Awakening to Joy' with Tracey Benson

An avid lover of learning, with wisdom in fields such as engineering, business, and nursing. Our guest in this episode is our good friend from Arizona, USA, Tracey Benson, Tracey is a self-proclaimed personal development junkie with a passion to help others find their inner hero, and therefore take their lives from ordinary to extraordinary. In this episode, Tracey shares how she journeyed from a place of not knowing how to access joy, to living it every day and attracting to her, a tribe of joyful souls.


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Episode 14 - 'Awaken to a New Reality' with Rohan O'Reilly

Be inspired to awaken to a new reality of possibilities, and like our guest in this episdoe, Rohan O'Reilly shares to never give up on your dreams. At 51 years old, Rohan relates to us the long yet necessary journey of becoming who he needed to be, to bring all 3 major and impactful projects to life, all driven by a deep sense of wanting to make a difference and a desire for others to feel loved.


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Episode 13 - 'Awaken to Present Moment Awareness' with Morello

Affectionately known as “Morello”, our guest on this episode is the one & only Andrew Morello. An awarded entrepreneur, investor, author, and the winner of the first ever Australian Apprentice, this young man is young man is larger than life. Listen to Morello as he takes you on a journey of many experiences, waves of contribution, and growth at every turn. The many facets of this man’s wisdom have been polished through his colourful, varied and passionate family, business, and philanthropic experiences.


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Episode 12 - 'Awaken Your Community Spirit' with Gill and Pete

Gill and Peter are a true beacon of light for community service, lighting a flame in my own heart for contribution to community. This amazing seasoned empty nester couple, led a very successful business, encompass exactly what is important to live a fulfilling life, plenty of experiences and adventure, committed contribution and uplifting connection with their community, consistent learning and a good dose of humour.


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Episode 11 - 'Awakening to Passion' with Kirk Nugent

For two decades Kirk has been a catalyst for change, challenging preconceived notions about success and self-actualization. He started public speaking in poetry venues, with infectious wit and passionate energy. Early audiences crowned him, “The People’s Poet”. He is a sought after international speaker and author of 3 books, and well known for his electrifying audio set, "Pursue Your Passion”. It is an honour to have Kirk as our guest, a man who truly embodies passion, purpose and truth.


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Episode 10 - 'Awakening Unto Yourself' with Nancy Walters

It is a pleasure to have Nancy as our guest in this episode. She is a woman who truly embodies beauty, grace and femininity. Nancy’s passion and true calling is in helping other women find the light within themselves. Ladies, may you be inspired to dive into your essence, into your divine and to give yourself the gift, of opening yourself to deeper levels of awareness, of rediscovering the goddess within. Gentlemen, you will find many gems within this conversation, to help you to connect at an even deeper level with women and with your own feminine energy.


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Episode 9 - 'Awaken Your Story' with Ralph Barba

When you have a vision, it is easy to set your goals, and as Ralph puts it, "You find a way." Ralph left a teaching career 20 years ago to pursue a mashup of his passions and started a curriculum development and education consultancy. Together with 25 years of experience in commercial radio, producing and presenting radio shows for the likes of Triple M, SEN 1116, ABC radio, and ABC Radio Australia, Ralph is the creative director and founder of ‘Making Media Australia’. At the youthful age of 57, Ralph says he is doing today what he dreamed of doing when he was 10 years old. For Ralph “Life is very very good.”


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Episode 8 - 'Awakening Your Spirit of Adventure'

Jane St Catherine has an insatiable curiosity for life, nature and humanity. In her 30’s, Jane left her husband and an office job, and set off on an old 250cc trail bike to ride around the world. With determination, courage and resilience, she overcame many challenges, reinventing herself and adapting to many circumstances along the way. She immersed herself into many diverse experiences, from working in Parliament House, on prawn trawlers, driving 400 tonne mining trucks and teaching children on outback Australian cattle stations.


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Episode 7 - 'Awaken Your Body's Vitality' with Eric Edmeades

Eric Edmeades, the founder of WildFit, shares his story of awakening to optimal health and his journey to contributing to the world, through a unique and highly effective body optimisation program called WildFit. If you are an empty nester in your 40s and over, and you are feeling like you have less energy and more aches and pains, we know this conversation will inspire you “to awaken your body” to a renewed vitality.


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Episode 6 - 'Awakening to Your Inner Wisdom' with Pete Craig

Pete is an empty-nester living in the UK, with an amazing amount of experience in the business & entrepreneurial world. He is a deeply insightful and intuitive coach and consultant & for 30 years, he has delivered extraordinary results within multiple niches for his own businesses and those of other visionary leaders. Listen in to awaken to your inner wisdom by embracing higher levels of connection and communication, and therefore contributing to the power of the collective genius


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Episode 5 - 'Awakening to Love in Your 40’s +' with Tina Jesso

If you are a single empty nester, you will, by the time you have listened to this podcast, be renewed with excitement about the possibilities of meeting your ideal life partner. Tina is the co-founder of LoveinSync, a new concept dating website for those passionate about personal growth, and a new coaching subscription program called LifeMakeover Collective.


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Episode 4 - 'Awakening Your SuperHero' with Gary Ng

Whilst most entrepreneurs derive meaning in their lives through their obsessions solely in business, Gary built successful businesses whilst home-schooling (or cosmic-schooling) his 3 children, and being in an intimate relationship with his beautiful wife Doreen. Through this conversation, you will hear the many gems of wisdom that Gary has discovered through his own life experiences and awakening


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Episode 3 - 'Awakening to One Step at a Time' with Naise Dermott

Many empty nesters, and empty nesters- to -be, will resonate with the message Naise has for you. Naise is a part empty-nester, mother of 3 beautiful children, counselor, coach and soon to be author, about to launch her new book 'The Deliberate Climb'.


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Episode 2 - 'Awakening to Your Truth' with Billie Lue-Fung

with Billie Lue-Fung. You will fall in love with this lady’s heart, as we did. Her insight and wisdom has helped us to see ourselves in a different light, and her laughter and joy will have you smiling from ear to ear.


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