Our latest episode celebrates Black History Month with three amazing ladies who are members of the Leeds African Communities Trust. Meet Lucy Ndlovu, Abigail Marshall Katung and Kendi Guantai and please have a look at their biographies further below.

We explored the idea of the Strong Black Woman; where does it come from? why is it important? what are the positive and negative aspects of it?

I found this discussion fascinating as I’m not from that community and wanted to learn more. I also wanted to compare it with the messages that I received from my Latin American cultural background.


Lucy Ndlovu is a researcher and a recent graduate at Leeds Beckett University where she completed an MA in Public Relations and strategic communication. She currently works in the Housing sector in this field. She is interested in the sociocultural model of PR and communication and as a practitioner, Lucy looks at race, gender, class and ethics and how these frame vital discussions within organisations.


Abigail Marshall Katung is a Labour & Cooperative Councillor in Leeds City Council. She’s the Lead Member for BAME, Support Executive Member, Chairs the Strategic Board of FE (14-19)25yrs and the Hate Crime Strategic Board. She is the first African to be elected on to the Leeds Council in May 2019. She is also an England Athletics Coach specialising in sprinting at the Leeds City Athletics Club.


Dr. Kendi Guantai is a public speaker, corporate communications expert, mother and community advocate. In her work, Dr. Guantai is an academic at the Leeds University Business School (LUBS), where she designs and delivers postgraduate courses in Corporate Communication and Public Relations. She is also a trainer on the Goldman Sachs 10K Women’s Project and is currently the Vice President of the International Association for Business Communicators (IABC) – EMENA region. She is also the current President and co-founding trustee of the Leeds African Communities Trust.

Our topic is how to support the Immune System which is always important but particularly at the moment, when our focus needs to be on keeping ourselves and our families as healthy as possible. Simona Vateva, owner of Nutrienne, joins me to give some practical ideas of healthy choices you can make to improve your lifestyle. She’s also giving away a free guide to boosting your immunity and here’s the link:



Simona had some book recommendations that we didn’t have a chance to discuss but she’s shared them with me below in case you want to do more reading.

Stay well and keep healthy xx




To join the Leeds MOMM online on Sunday the 10th of May:

If you’re on Facebook, then you will get access to the full programme of sessions (starting at 10am) by following the link below to our event and booking a ticket to become a member of the group:


If you don’t have a Facebook account but still want to take part in the main meditation at 12pm then email us at leedsmomm@gmail.com and we will send you the Zoom link on Sunday morning.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Stay well and keep healthy!


Our new episode is about keeping things simple with Kieran O’Connor, aka The Simplicity Guy. We chat about finding more simple solutions to life’s challenges. Often we can feel overwhelmed when dealing with issues and problems and can’t see how to move forward, even if the answer is right in front of us.

Kieran also mentions the regular self-care practices that help him improve his creativity and support his ability to find the simple solutions.

I’ve always enjoyed talking to Kieran about big topics because as an engineer, he often comes at things from quite a different angle to me. He’s morphed into a published author and his latest book is called ‘The 1% Improvement Mindset’.


Happy New Year to you all! We’re very excited to start 2020 with a podcast on Feng Shui with consultant Korina Hortynska. Korina explains how changing the energy in your home or work environment can impact important aspects of your life. She also gives a few practical suggestions to improve our spaces by moving things around and using colour.

The new year is a great time to de-clutter and change things up a bit. A good friend of mine recently did a pop up shop in her home of clothes and items she no longer wanted which now other people can use and enjoy. This inspired me so much that I’m currently going through my things to give some away. I always feel so much better after I’ve done this as I feel lighter and notice a change in how my space feels. Hopefully this will inspire you to start 2020 with more clarity and energy to make the improvements in your life that you want to make! Best wishes x

This week we meet Mario and Bev and talk about everything to do with crystals.

They are definitely a couple of Leeds legends and opened their Global Tribe shop in 1999. They have a great story and are lots of fun.

Crystals are so much more than pretty stones so sit back and find out a bit more. We hope you enjoy it! www.globalcrystals.com

This week is all about money… Why a whole episode dedicated to money and finance? Well because it’s a source of tension and stress for so many people. A difficult relationship with money can lead to relationship breakdowns, mental health problems and sometimes even suicide.

My guests are the wonderful Sam Leigh and Sanae Floyd who each bring some interesting experience and thoughts about how to improve your relationship with money and personal finances. Sam is a Financial Coach and Sanae is a Sales Coach who recently published her book called “Paid in Full”.

If you want to know more about them, have a look at their websites:

For Sam: http://www.sleighservices.co.uk/

For Sanae: https://sanaefloyd.com/

The TV programme that Gloria mentions towards the end of the podcast is called ‘Killed By My Debt’ which is a BBC3 drama based on the story of a young man called Jerome Rogers who committed suicide when he was 20 years old. He had accrued debts of over £1,000 that originated from two unpaid traffic fines of £65. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIeVilRBAUw

Thank you for all your support for the first series of our podcast! Whether you’ve subscribed, liked our Facebook page, commented or simply shared a link with a friend (hopefully you’ve done all of these things!), we deeply appreciate your help in getting this information out there to all the people who need it.

This is the final episode of our first series and a few of you have asked me when I was going to share my story about the path that has led me to co-create this podcast.  So just how did I get from New York to Leeds (via Costa Rica, Washington, DC and San Francisco). Well here it is…

I asked my good friend Kendi Guantai to take my role. Kendi is an intelligent, wonderful, heart centered woman who is all about good communication and was the only person who came into my mind when I thought about who would interview me.

You will hear about my experience of holistic health, homeopathy, PSYCH-K® and some of my spiritual views.

I hope that something resonates with you.

Gloria x


It’s men’s mental health part two with Gloria joined again by friends of the pod Sam, Ryan and Chris.

Getting men talking isn’t easy so we were grateful to have three very open guests who were more than happy to share their experiences and ideas. We discuss the role of social media, advertising and even children’s films in how they might impact men’s views of themselves. Everyone shared some practical tips at the very end to hopefully help anyone who is feeling a bit low.

Helpful resources:

Chris Sutton’s podcast is called Mental Conversations: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mental-conversations/id1436889290?mt=2

Ryan Rogerson’s Meetup is called Yorkshire Climbers: https://www.meetup.com/Yorkshire-Climbers/

Sam Fong Brooks yoga studio: https://leedsyoga.com/

Books mentioned:

The Untethered Soul, The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The advert we discussed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiynAdEuyWQ

Not mentioned but one of Gloria’s favourites: Brene Brown – short clip of her TED talk regarding shame and how it manifests in men and women differently: https://www.facebook.com/TED/videos/10160673484905652/


Men’s mental health is a huge issue in the UK with an obscene amount of deaths each year from male suicide (4,383 in 2017).

It has been referred to as a silent epidemic and not enough airtime has generally been given to men’s mental health. Looking through the stats, if you are male or have a loved one in your life who is male, at some point in their life they are going to go through a crisis and may need help.

This week Gloria welcomes back Sam Fong Brooks and is joined by new friends Ryan Rogerson and Chris Sutton. They talk about when to see a GP, medication and share their own personal experiences. The conversation is very open and both serious and light hearted.

If you have a loved one in your life who you think would benefit from listening please share this episode with them. Note that we split the discussion into two episodes so part 2 will be shared next week.

Links and websites mentioned in this episode:

Chris Sutton’s podcast is called Mental Conversations and you can find it on itunes and other platforms:


App in Leeds for young people: https://www.mindmate.org.uk/



Sam, Ryan and Chris

Chris Sutton

Ryan Rogerson