podcast episode no. 39 – self care and recess living with Nina Elegba

:: by Lizzie


Recess Living founder Nina Elegba


My podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’, is back for another interview episode. May I introduce you to the wonderful Nina Elegba? Founder of Recess Living, an events and lifestyle company that creates experiences, stories, and connections to inspire you to enjoy a guilt-free timeout.


In this episode Nina shares her own self care rituals and routines that she uses as ‘Recess’, to support her own creativity, health, productivity and wellbeing. She talks us through all things Recess Living and the ways in which you can benefit by getting involved. This episode will leave you feeling inspired to take more ‘Recess’ to better support the life you want for yourself.



Recess Living Self-Care Gift Boxes featuring sustainable wellness products


S H O W    N O T E S  :

Recess Living – www.recessliving.com

Instagram – @recess.living 

Recess Living x Black Minds Matter – Workshop

Sound Bath Resource – Bliss Works Sound Bath

Free Workshop – Craft with Intention

Grow Your Brand – Group Coaching Programme


podcast episode no. 38 – my first £10k month with elizabeth stiles

:: by Lizzie




Welcome back to the podcast! Season 4 of ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ is back with an interview episode. Today I’m joined by Fashion Brand Consultant and fellow Money Mindset advocate, Elizabeth Stiles.


Elizabeth has had her first ever £10K during lockdown and has so much to share with us about her how and why. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as we enjoyed recording it. Thank you so much to Elizabeth for coming on and sharing her journey so far with us. Here’s to lots more £10K months! And thank you to you guys as always, for listening. Lizzie x


S H O W N O T E S :

Elizabeth’s website – www.elizabethstiles.co.uk

Elizabeth on Instagram – @elizabethstilesuk

‘Up-level Your Money Mindset with me’ My Group Coaching Programme – www.lizzieforsmug.com/money-mindset

‘Grow Your Brand’ Group Coaching Programme – www.lizzieforsmug.com/grow-your-brand

One-to-one Coaching slots for September/October – www.lizzieforsmug.com/one-to-one



podcast episode no. 37 – is your comfort zone really serving you?

:: by Lizzie


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Welcome back to the podcast! This week’s episode is a solo show titled ‘Is Your Comfort Zone Really Serving You?’ I have some simple journaling questions ready for you, so grab a pen and a notebook if you’d like to. Let me help you move out of your comfort zone and learn to grow and stretch. Maybe even take a leap! Thanks and shout out to Jen Sincero, Llewy Davies and Tara Mohr who have all played parts in inspiring me to record this episode for you. I hope you find it helpful. Thank you for listening. Speak soon, Lizzie x





S H O W N O T E S :


Sign up for my FREE Workshop – Money Mindset for Designer Makers

Join the Waitlist – ‘Up-level Your Money Mindset with me’ Group Coaching Programme



podcast episode no. 36 – manifesting with victoria jackson

:: by Lizzie


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Welcome back to the podcast. Season 4 kicked off with a boom last week with my solo show all about Values and this week I’m back with an interview episode on Manifestation with the brilliant Victoria Jackson. I bloody love this woman!

She’s a Manifestation and Business Coach and expert on all things motivation and mindset. She also happens to be a brilliant writer (thank her previous career) so her blog is full of resources on these subject too. Check out the show notes below for the links you’ll need to find out more and get to know Victoria better.

This episode was such a joy to record (and edit and listen back to). Thank you Victoria! I thought you guys might find it interesting to hear two Money Mindset/Manifestation Coaches taking through what all this manifestation and money mindset stuff really means to us and looks like for us. You’ll hear a lot about our beliefs, teaching and values in this episode and you’ll also hear two women who really respect each other having a conversation that inspires and fills us both up. My hope is that spills over and inspires you. Thanks for listening, Lizzie x


S H O W    N O T E S  :


Victoria’s Website – www.themanifestationcollective.co

Victoria’s Instagram – www.instagram.com/themanifestationcollective

Join her Facebook community (I have!) – www.facebook.com/groups/themanifestationcollective

The 5 Principles of Manifestation for Beginners – themanifestationcollective.co/manifestation

Victoria’s Interiors Blog, Apartment Number 4 – www.apartmentnumber4.com

Join me for my FREE Values Workshop / Group Coaching Call on Zoom – www.lizzieforsmug.com/values-workshop

The Wait List Is OPEN – ‘Up-Level Your Money Mindset with Me’ – www.lizzieforsmug.com/coaching



podcast episode no. 35 – know and live your values

:: by Lizzie


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My podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ is back with its fourth season and it feels great to be back recording for you. I have several interview episodes with amazing women ‘in the can’ that I’m so looking forward to sharing with you.

But this first episode is a solo show. You may have heard my bonus ‘lockdown’ episode speaking about how I’ve been up-levelling my mindset during lockdown and I’ve so much more to share with you.

This episode we are talking Values. After the bonus episode (check out the show notes for the link if you’ve not heard it yet) I received more requests then ever to dive deeper into what I mean by ‘Values’, why it’s worth having them, how to work out what yours are and how to go about living by them. So in this episode we get right into that. I also catch you up on how my Money Mindset journey is going, the break throughs I’ve had so far and what I’m working on currently to continue to work towards financial abundance.

S H O W   N O T E S :

Podcast episode no. 34 – How I’m Up-levelling My Mindset During Lockdown

IGTV – My Big Money Mindset Takeaways So Far

‘Up-Level Your Mindset with Me’ – My 8 Week Group Coaching Programme

Know and Live Your Values – FREE Group Coaching Call – Get your seat on the call here

‘Grow Your Brand’ Group Coaching Programme, the Growth Mindset Edition

(more info coming soon)


podcast episode no. 34 – How I’m Up-levelling My Mindset During Lockdown

:: by Lizzie


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Hi everyone! Thanks for being here. Today I’m sharing my mindset journey throughout lockdown to date. It’s been full on! In this episode I catch you up on my own situation both financially and in terms of how my family has been effected due to Covid-19.


I’m in a really good place now (it’s taken a few weeks) and I’ve even had a few epiphanies! I’m super excited to have read the life changing book by Jen Sincero ‘Your are a Badass at Making Money. Master the Mindset of Wealth’ and I want to share what I’m learning with you.


For details of my ‘Up-Level Your Mindset with Me – 8 Week Digital Book Club’ and to sign up and get your seat around the table, see the show notes below.


Thanks for reading and listening guys. Stay safe and God bless. Lizzie x



S H O W   N O T E S  :


The background… Why I’m Closing (have closed) my Brick and Mortar Store Youtube Video. This fills you in with my why and my plans for closing SMUG and moving forward with my ‘freedom business’. Watch here.


Tara Mohr Core Values Journalling Work – link


Sarah Akwisombe Podcast Episode – link


Jen Sincero – You are a Badass at Making Money. Master the Money Mindset of Wealth.


Watch my ITGV ‘Up-Level Your Money Mindset With Me’ – here




podcast episode no. 33 with Naomi Mdudu – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




Welcome back to my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’. Episode no. 33 with Naomi Mdudu has literally been life changing for me. Listening back now, having recorded the interview with Naomi in 2019 (before her baby Atlas was born), I’m aware that so much has changed. And yet the words we speak have had such a huge impact in my life and work and have led to those very impactful changes. Huge thanks to Naomi for being such a loving and inspiring friend and to you guys for your continued support with the podcast. It makes me very happy that you seem to get so much out of each episode. This one, I believe, is full to the brim with amazing advice and mindset challenges. I hope you enjoy it and are changed by it. Thanks as always for listening, Lizzie x



S H O W  N O T E S :


Naomi’s Website, The Lifestyle Edit – www.thelifestyleedit.com

Naomi’s Instagram, The Lifestyle Edit – www.instagram.com/thelifestyleedit

Naomi’s Thrive Mastermind – www.thelifestyleedit.com/thrive-mastermind




podcast episode no. 32 with Abbey Withington – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




As you’ll be able to tell from this week’s podcast episode ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’, an interview with Abbey Withington, I am a HUGE fan of Abbey’s work. We had the best time meeting IRL for tea and cake in my North London flat. First thing’s first – congratulations Abbey on your pregnancy! Abbey was pregnant when we recorded but not far enough along that she was talking about it (but I did have a feeling – maybe she’s always all glowy and interested in other peoples babies though). Such lovely news. Follow Abbey’s Colour Play Today account (see show notes) on Instagram to see how she’s getting along nesting and her Abbey Withington work account too which shows some gorge baby product colabs coming soon, as well as all of her other illustrative work in her super appealing colour palette and playful style.


This episode is jam packed full of take-aways. Abbey shares lots about her experience of working for well known brands and the obstacles she came across and her decision to go freelance and work for herself. Personal and brand values are something we talk about a lot as well. Knowing if a brand is a good fit, how to navigate sticking up for yourself and your brand values, having started a working relationship with a client. We talk about what to charge for your work and even Abbey’s experiences around dealing with plagiarism! It’s all very helpful stuff guys. A must listen for creatives everywhere!





S H O W  N O T E S :


Abbey’s Website – www.abbeywithington.com

Abbey’s Instagram – www.instagram.com/abbeywithington

New Designers – www.newdesigners.com

Abbey’s Colour Play Instagram – www.instagram.com/colourplay.today

Weekend:IN – www.wkndin.co.uk

The Association of Illustrators – theaoi.com

SPACES magazine piece – www.the-smuggler.com

REN Glow Tonic – www.renskincare.com

Bailey Nelson X Abbey Withington – baileynelson.co.uk/blogs/journal/abbey-withington www.abbeywithington.com/bailey-nelson-stylist-luxe

Self Care for Creatives Meet Up – www.lizzieforsmug.com/lizzie-meet-up



podcast episode no. 31 – 10 ways to find peace and clarity in your busyness and your business

:: by Lizzie



Happy New Year! The first episode of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ for 2020 is all about finding more peace and clarity in your busyness and business. This subject is something I’m really focusing on right now and it’s already helped me make some big changes in my life and business. I wanted to share with you here the things that have really been working for me and the things I’ll be doing more to find peace and clarity in my busyness and business in 2020.



1 .  W R I T E  M O R N I N G  P A G E S

2 .  M E D I T A T E

3 .  M O V E  Y O U R  B O D Y

4 .  G E T  T O  K N O W  Y O U R  I N N E R  C R I T I C  A N D  I N N E R  M E N T O R

5 .  M A K E  A R T I S T ‘ S  D A T E S

6 .  W H A T  W O U L D  Y O U  D O  I F  Y O U  C O U L D  N O T  F A I L ?

7.  L I V E  Y O U R  V A L U E S

8 .  S E T  M I N D F U L  G O A L S

9 .  B U I L D  R E L A T I O N S H I P S

1 0 .  C O M E  T O  M Y  ‘ S E L F  C A R E  F O R  C R E A T I V E S ‘  M E E T  U P



S H O W  N O T E S :


Sara Tasker’s Instagram – www.instagram.com

The Artist’s Way Book – wikipedia.org

Headspace – www.headspace.com

Couch to 5K – www.nhs.uk/live-well

30 Days of Yoga with Adriene – www.youtube.com

Playing Big Book – www.taramohr.com/the-playing-big-book

Playing Big Course – www.taramohr.com/courses

Inner Mentor exercise – www.taramohr.com/pbbookmaterials

Your Dream Life Starts Here Book – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Jess Lively work on Values – jesslively.com/getstarted

Mindful Goal Setting Workbook – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Naomi Mdudu’s Instagram – www.instagram.com

My Self Care for Creatives Meet Up – www.lizzieforsmug.com/lizzie-meet-up

My Instagram – www.instagram.com

SMUG’s SALE – www.lizzieforsmug.com




podcast episode no. 30 with kangan arora – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




Welcome back to my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’. I’ve so been looking forward to sharing this episode with you. Kangan Arora is a brilliant textile designer and fascinating person. If you’re interested in learning what the journey of a successful Textile Designer looks like, this episode is for you. My talk with Kangan really got me wanting to find more time to design. The work she does (and who she is) really inspires me and it was a pleasure to catch up with her and take a walk down memory lane. She’s done so much! There are so many take-aways from this episode for designer makers earlier on in their careers. It’s also I hope, an enjoyable episode for others to hear two people in the design world who’ve know each other for a good while, talking about how things began for Kangan and her journey as a create person in the design world. She’s done so much! Thank you Kangan.



S H O W  N O T E S :


Kangan’s Website – www.kanganarora.com

Kangan on Instagram – www.instagram.com/kanganarora

Designer Makers Market – oldspitalfieldsmarket.com

Design Junction – www.thedesignjunction.co.uk

3 Days of Design – 3daysofdesign.dk

Milan Design Fair – www.salonemilano.it

Floor Story – floorstory.co.uk

Lizzie for SMUG textiles – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Kangan at ual – www.arts.ac.uk

My Xero Blog Post – What I’ve Changed Up So That I Now Love Doing My Accounts


Portrait of Kangan by Alun Callender