Wednesday 19 January 2022

Remembering Lou, our ACT Auntie, our inspiration (from the People Soup archives)

Season 4 Episode 18

This episode is revisiting a favourite conversation from the archives - my chat with Louise Gardner, my ACT Auntie, your ACT Auntie, our inspiration.

Over the last few days I’ve been feeling a bit adrift and overwhelmed - the enormity of business planning, the complexity of my residency application, improving my Spanish. And as an aside, that’s nothing to do with Blue Monday, which is a nonsense created by marketing folk.
And I’ve also been trying to think of a topic for the next episode, my mind was all over the shop, lots of possibilities, so for inspiration I decided to listen back to my chat with Lou. 

Now that Lou is no longer with us - I miss her tremendously her fun, her love, her creativity, her courage, her energy. Many days when something absurd or bizarre happens I think, I’d love to tell Lou all about that, which I go ahead and do, in my head. I also told Lou about my award in her name - you can read more about the Louise Gardner Award in the show notes below. I’m so so proud to receive that award.

Once I’d listened to Lou I felt hugged, inspired, sad and grateful. So I thought I’d share it with you too, in case it helps. Through People Soup I try to take a stand for what’s possible at work, and show people how they can build that possibility for themselves. For me, what Lou illustrates and role models for us in this chat is her creative connection with her values which gave her direction. She also showed us the way she relates to her old friend, anxiety whilst courageously pursuing her purpose.


Show Notes

You can hear another episode with Lou - where we reflect on one of our favourite childhood programmes, Mr Benn, and relate it to our personal values in life.

Link to Lou's interview on BBC Radio Somerset interview - her segment starts at 1 hour 10 mins.

Podcast where Louise discovered Russ Harris - Not Another Anxiety Show

The Happiness Trap - Russ Harris - 8 week online programme here

The complete visual summaries of the 8 week happiness trap course link here

Connect with ACT Auntie on: 

Louise also illustrated a recent book called From Neigh to Zebra - a colourful, whimsical tale of a horse that falls in love with a zebra written by Alex Frankel Schorr. It looks brilliant and you can find out more here

ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
CFT - Compassion Focussed Therapy
RFT - Relational Frame Theory

Those Five books in 2020

OUT NOW! The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full by Dr Patricia Zurita Ona, published by Jessica Kingsley publishers  .. illustrated by Louise! 

Your Anxiety Beast and you: A compassionate guide to living in an increasingly anxious world by Dr Eric Goodman published by Exile publishing in 2020.

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Self-Esteem: A Practical Guide to Build Self-Compassion and Self-Acceptance by Dr Joe Oliver and Dr Richard Bennett, out in 2020 published by New Harbinger

The Little Depression workbook by Dr Michael Sinclair & Dr Michael Eisen AND
The Little Anxiety Workbook by Dr Michael Sinclair & Dr Elena Gil-Rodriguez published by Crimson Publishing in 2020  

You can read about our Chisi Award for the People Soup Podcast, Ross and Big G here! 
This includes the Louise Gardner Award, which I am tremendously moved and proud to receive.

You can find the #365daysofcompassion community

Facebook – #365daysofcompassion group


The main #365DaysOfCompassion account @365dayscompass

The book club account @365daysBookClub

Chris' personal account @chisi_98

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