Welcome to RachReflects, a podcast that explores the intersections of learning & living through the voices & experiences of diverse guests. On this journey, we'll bring together diverse voices, perspectives & walks of life to engage in thoughtful conversations about the challenges, joys and lessons that come with growing through life. From personal growth, relationships to work and creativity, we delve into topics that shape our lives and ourselves as individuals.Join me on this journey of discovery, growth, & connection, as we explore the richness & complexity of learning & living together.
Season One Finale | RachReflects Episode 22
It's the FINAL episode of Season One :') I can't believe we are here!
Join me and some guest listeners for this reflective, fun and celebratory episode as we look back and reflect on what we've learnt from the weekly episodes the past 6months. We shared our favorite guests, most meaningful takeaways, the personal growth and challenges we experienced. This episode is a tribute to all the elements that have made Season One unforgettable.
PS Don't miss the exciting quiz and game, and find out who is the biggest RachReflects fan ;)
As we bid farewell to Season One, I also offer a sneak peek into what's in store for Season Two, with even more inspiring content, thought-provoking conversations, and exciting surprises.
Thank you for being part of the journey! Please share in the comments below and let me know what you'd love to see in the upcoming season! Your feedback will shape the future of RachReflects.
28/09/2023 • 44 minutes 17 seconds
7 Most Asked Questions on Work | RachReflects Episode 21
Dive into this enriching video where we unravel the intricacies of navigating work environments and relationships in the professional realm. From assessing your ideal work setting to managing expectations and conquering fears in meetings, we've got it all. Join us on this enlightening journey through the complexities of professional growth and self-discovery with our #WorkBestie Crystal in our final work bestie episode for this season!
00:00 - Introduction
01:02 -" Start-up vs SME vs Corporate, how do I assess which type of working environment suits me the most?"
08:27 - "When the work environment is ever-changing and ambiguous, how do I provide clarity and assurance to the team without continuously sacrificing my own personal headspace?"
10:28 - "As a chronic people-pleaser, how do I better manage expectations on what I’m able to realistically deliver at work w
18/09/2023 • 30 minutes 57 seconds
Crafting A Life You Love: Lessons from ‘Designing Your Life’ | RachReflects Episode 20
In a world filled with expectations and preconceived notions about success and fulfillment, this book stands out as a guiding light for those seeking to break free from the mold and design a life that's uniquely ours. Join me in this episode as we dive into the inspiring pages of 'Designing Your Life' by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Through the lens of design thinking, we explore powerful concepts like reframing challenges as opportunities, creating a personal life compass, and crafting an Odyssey Plan to map out our ideal future. But this episode isn't just about the book; it's a personal journey. I'll share my real-life stories, lessons learned, and the profound impact 'Designing Your Life' has had on my path. So, if you're ready to unlock your potential, embrace creativity, and chart a course toward a more fulfilling future, tune in to this episode. It's time to pick up your life's blueprint and start crea
11/09/2023 • 15 minutes 16 seconds
Zone of Genius vs Zone of Excellence: Awaken Your Aliveness | RachReflects Episode 19
Are you truly thriving in your personal and professional life, or are you merely surviving? In this thought-provoking episode, my personal coach, Joyce Chen and I delve deep into the transformative concepts of the "Zone of Genius" and the "Zone of Excellence." Join us as we explore how understanding and harnessing these zones can lead to a life of purpose, passion, and unparalleled fulfillment.
Discover what sets your heart on fire and where your innate talents truly shine as we dissect the Zone of Genius – the realm where passion and proficiency meet, creating a powerful synergy that can propel you to greatness. We'll share inspiring stories of individuals who've unlocked their Zone of Genius and reaped the extraordinary rewards.
But that's not all! We'll also journey into the Zone of Excellence, the comfort zone where many find themselves, excelling in tasks but often feeling a nagging sense of unfulfillment. Learn how to differentiate bet
04/09/2023 • 36 minutes 19 seconds
Making life's best decisions with our head, heart & gut intelligence | RachReflects Episode 18
"All of my best decisions in business and in life have been made with heart, intuition, guts... not analysis.” - Jeff Bezos
In this episode, we embark on a captivating exploration of human awareness and decision-making through the lenses of Head, Heart, and Gut intelligence.
The idea behind these three sources of awareness is that they complement each other and collectively contribute to how we make decisions.
Join me with our #workbestie Crystal as we delve into the intricate interplay of these three sources of awareness that guide our choices in life, and how we can hone and strengthen each of them.
00:00 - Introduction to human awareness, decision making using our head, heart and gut intelligence
03:15 - Enhancing head intelligence for critical thinking and analysis
04:45 - Overcoming analysis paralysis
06:32 - Striking a balance across different intelligence
07:39 - Cultivating
28/08/2023 • 30 minutes 18 seconds
Why Turning Inward Is The Way Forward With Yung Pueblo | RachReflects Episode 17
“A change in one is a change in millions.”
My special guest on this episode is a living, breathing example of his favourite quote (above): Someone who has inspired change in millions when he decided to change himself one summer in 2011.
Diego Perez, perhaps better known by you and millions of others around the world as Yung Pueblo through his Instagram account and bestselling books — Inward, Clarity & Connection, and Lighter — uses his beautiful art of words and poetry to help himself and others recognise the power of self- healing, create healthy relationships, and tune in to the wisdom that comes when we truly work on knowing ourselves.
His self-healing journey began when, at 23, he thought he had reached the end of his life. A life of constant hard-partying as his way of escaping the sadness and anxiety he was experiencing, and never wanting to be alone with himself to feel difficult emotions, eventually pushed his body to the edge and gave him a mild heart attack. That was
21/08/2023 • 35 minutes 7 seconds
Reflections & lessons on marriage as we celebrate our 7th anniversary | RachReflects Episode 16
This week, I have a very special guest, my husband Leo! As we celebrated our recent wedding anniversary, we thought it would be apt to share some of our reflections & lessons over the last 7 years as a couple.
In this episode, we share our personal anecdotes, stories and lessons that have helped us build a stronger marriage.
00:00 - Introduction and welcome
02:53 - Ice breaker
04:56 - A better and stronger relationship starts with a better and stronger me
08:35 - Remaining curious about each other
11:42 - Learning to articulate my needs instead of expecting him to be a mind reader
13:22 -Timing matters
17:50 - Don't sweat the small stuff
22:44 - It's the little things that matter
23:53 - Lightness and humor
25:20 - Bids of connection
29:05 - Marriage is not 50/50
33:15 - Surrounding ourselves with couples with strong v
14/08/2023 • 34 minutes 43 seconds
Designing Your Life with Bill Burnett | RachReflects Episode 15
Every person deserves to design a well-lived and joyful life with purpose and fulfilment. In this thought-provoking episode, I sit down with the renowned Bill Burnett - previously a Product Leader at Apple and designer of Star Wars toys to Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and bestselling author of Designing Your Life and Designing Your Work life.What does it mean to live a successful life? What are the most dangerous advices out there? What are the essential skills and characteristics necessary to thrive in today's ever-changing landscape? This is one episode filled with practical wisdom and actionable advice to help you design the life you truly desire!
00:00 - Introduction
01:20 - Bill's intro on Designing Your Life
05:07 - The purpose driven generation and the Gen Z's approach to work life
07:30 - Key trends in the different generations today
10:51 - 2 dang
07/08/2023 • 34 minutes 37 seconds
Ask Me Anything live event | RachReflects Episode 14
Join me this week for a special episode of RachReflects, where I held an in-person Ask Me Anything (AMA) session during our get-together.
Some of these questions include:
00:00 - Rachel's intro
01:03 - “What do you do to pick yourself up when bad things happen? How do you stay motivated?”
08:37 - “How do you keep your fire burning? When did you realize this is what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?”
13:16 - “How have you evolved in your 20's versus your 30's?”
17:20 - “What is one of the biggest life lessons that you have learnt?”
20:01 - “Do you experience imposter syndrome?”
26:23 - Outro
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31/07/2023 • 26 minutes 15 seconds
How to express yourself effectively & confidently as a manager | RachReflects Episode 13
We are back with another episode with our in-house guest expert, our #WorkBestie Crystal! This time, we will be learning how express ourselves effectively and confidently as a manager around some of the topics listed below:
00:00 Rach introduces Crystal
01:18 Addressing underperformance
04:32 Quantifying the impact, giving feedback
05:26 Work inefficiency or slow output
08:50 GROW coaching model
10:11 Personal grooming and hygiene matters
13:41 Getting team to adopt a growth mindset at work
15:23 Taking ownership, learning from mistakes
17:22 Hard conversations on letting go of staff
23:06 Key principles to communicating effectively
Crystal is the CEO and Co-founder of Forest Wolf, a global leader in future-ready skills, leadership, and corporate learning and development. In this episode, she answers some of
24/07/2023 • 27 minutes 19 seconds
Raising Indistractable Children with Nir Eyal | RachReflects Episode 12
This week, I’m back with Part 2 of an illuminating conversation with Nir Eyal on how we can all free ourselves from distraction. In other words, how can we become indistractable so we may create the life we truly desire and become a version of ourselves that’s living at full potential every day?
In Part 1, Nir unearthed for us the root of our distraction and generously shared the essential tools to help us reclaim and master our attention. (If you haven’t yet listened to it, I highly recommend that you do.) If you, like me, are a parent — or plan to be one — then you definitely won’t want to miss this episode, where we delve into what it means to raise indistractable children in a distracting world.
The four fundamental steps apply:
1. Scheduling time to be “tractable”, whether that’s time for homework, free play, or screen time.
2. Teaching kids from a young age to master internal triggers or uncomfortable sensations that
lead to distraction.
3. Removing external triggers. Some
17/07/2023 • 17 minutes 33 seconds
Master Your Attention, Focus, & Create The Life You Want With Nir Eyal | RachReflects Episode 11
You’ve probably heard this one before: When you change your habits, you change your life. But before we can change our habits, we need to learn how to master our attention and focus, and do the things you say you’re going to do that’ll direct us towards living the life we desire, and being the person we want to become.
This week, I am beyond thrilled to be sharing with you my chat with Nir Eyal, who’s going to make you think — and re-think — how you’re spending your time and attention every day. Are you actively choosing your life with each action you take? Why do we do things that we did not intend against our better interest? Why do we go off track? Through his work, Nir wants to make sure we don’t look back on our lives with regret for all the things we said we were going to do, but didn’t because we got “distracted”.
Nir is the author of two bestselling books, Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products and the critically acclaimed Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention
10/07/2023 • 35 minutes 27 seconds
The Art of Asking Powerful Questions with Rach | RachReflects Episode 10
I recently had the opportunity to delve into the transformative insights of Michael Bungay Stanier's book, "The Coaching Habit." As I applied the principles from the book to my interactions with various groups of people in my life, including my husband, my team, and my friends, I witnessed a profound shift in my communication dynamics.
Through the implementation of the book's essential questions, my ability to foster better communication improved significantly. These powerful questions became the catalysts for more meaningful conversations, as they encouraged active listening and a genuine interest in understanding others. I found that by embracing a coaching approach, I could elicit deeper insights, uncover hidden perspectives, and forge connections built on empathy and trust.
The impact of "The Coaching Habit" extended beyond communication alone. It proved instrumental in enhancing my problem-solving and decision-making skills. The book
03/07/2023 • 16 minutes 49 seconds
Building A Thriving Career, Marriage & Family with Tan Su Shan | RachReflects Episode 09
Today's guest is Tan Su Shan, Group Head of Institutional Banking at DBS.
Su Shan is a trailblazer, and a prominent leader in the financial world. Prior to leading the institutional banking business, she was Group Head of Consumer Banking and Wealth Management for close to a decade. Before joining DBS, Su Shan was Morgan Stanley’s Head of Private Wealth Management for Southeast Asia. She has also worked at Citibank and prior to that at ING Barings in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
I've always admired Su Shan for not just her impressive accomplishments in her career, but also how she has a strong bond with her two grown children, and husband of 25years. I have learnt so much from her as a leader, mother, wife and daughter.
In this episode, Su Shan goes into detail about her career and leadership journey, the key habits and routines that have kept her going, how she balances her career with family commitments, what it takes to build a strong marriage, her definition of su
26/06/2023 • 37 minutes 2 seconds
Upgrade Your Brain & Unlock Your Limitless Life with Jim Kwik | RachReflects Episode 08
“Limitless is the art and science of learning how to learn. There’s no limit to our creativity, there’s no limit to our imagination, there’s no limit to our motivation, or our ability to solve problems. The sky’s not the limit. Our mind is the limit.”
On this week’s RachReflects, be prepared to have your mind blown by the inimitable Jim Kwik, who went from being called “the boy with the broken brain” to becoming “the world’s No 1 brain coach”.
Author of Limitless, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling guide to unlocking your inner genius, and host of podcast Kwik Brain, Jim counts such top leaders in their fields as Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk and Richard Branson as his “students”. And for the three decades, he has taught his learning techniques at Harvard, Google, Nike, 20th Century Fox and the United Nations, among other renowned organisations and institutions.
Wow, I know. I am still in awe that I have had this opportunity to speak with Jim, an
19/06/2023 • 24 minutes 32 seconds
Answering your questions about work issues & challenges with our resident #WorkBestie, Crystal Lim-Lange | RachReflects Episode 07
We are back with another episode with our in-house guest expert, our #WorkBestie Crystal! This time, we will be answering some of the burning questions you have around work such as:
How do I continue growing in my current role if my responsibilities remain the same?Should I move on to a new job ? How should I manage an indecisive boss? How do I manage someone who’s underperforming, supposedly has more experience, and also has a huge ego? What happens if I’ve accepted a job, I'm really enjoying it, but the long term prospects are meh? How to remain sane in a toxic environment?How can I be seen and heard more as an introvert at work?
Crystal is the CEO and Co-founder of Forest Wolf, a global leader in future-ready skills, leadership, and corporate learning and development. In this episode, she answers some of the challenges and issues we face at work, and provides us with advice and frameworks on how we should overc
12/06/2023 • 26 minutes 1 second
“What It Means to Be A Leader Today — In Business & In Life” with Carla Harris | RachReflects Episode 06
In this episode of RachReflects, I had the pleasure of chatting with the dynamic and inspiring Carla Harris about all things leadership. What does it mean to be a great leader today? What are the misconceptions? Why is being authentic, decisive and resourceful more valued in a leader today than being the expert? How can we be more authentic then, and embrace our multi-faceted selves in every room we walk into so that we may connect more powerfully with others?
Carla also shares brilliant insights on the importance of recognising the unique strengths in each team member and where they shine best in order to inspire leadership in them and build a dream team you can trust. Not least of all, she also drops pearls of wisdom on overcoming the Imposter Syndrome.
Carla is a renowned international public speaker, a senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, and the author of best-selling books, such as her most recent title, “Lead to Win”. She was appointe
05/06/2023 • 38 minutes 25 seconds
"Marriage, parenthood and everything in between." with Rach & Leo | RachReflects Episode 05
This week’s special guest, Leo, my husband joins me as we share our journey, struggles and challenges as a married couple, young parents and entrepreneurs.We also address some of your questions for us as a couple.
From the ups and downs of trying to conceive, we chat honestly about my near death experience enduring an ectopic pregnancy, the key lessons it taught us, and how we learnt to repair our relationship when we we drifted apart.
We hope that through this episode, you will takeaway something useful, or at least feel seen and heard to know that you are not alone whenever you face challenges in your relationship
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29/05/2023 • 37 minutes 47 seconds
“How To Express Yourself Effectively & Confidently At Work” with our resident #workbestie, Crystal Lim-Lange | RachReflects Episode 04
Join us for an engaging conversation full of insights and tips on how to convey what you want to say professionally and effectively with our Season 1 in-house guest/#workbestie, Crystal Lim-Lange.
Crystal is the CEO and Co-founder of Forest Wolf, a global leader in future-ready skills, leadership, and corporate learning and development. In this episode, Crystal shares the importance, framework, and examples of effective workplace communication. It’s not just about what you say, but also how you say it. Communication is key in all areas and relationships in our lives. It’s no exception in the professional world. Finding the right words and conveying them in the right manner can be challenging.
Join us in this episode as Crystal guides us through communication strategies and techniques, navigating various workplace scenarios from delivering constructive feedback to handling difficult conversations with grace. Without further ado, let’s dive in and
22/05/2023 • 19 minutes 46 seconds
“Becoming Better Selves, Parents & Partners By Healing Our Inner Child” with Dr Nicole LePera | RachReflects Episode 03
We are back this week with Part Two of my conversation with Dr Nicole LePera, whom you may know as The Holistic Psychologist, or as The Wall Street Journal calls her, “Instagram’s Favourite Therapist”. Dr Nicole is a trained clinical psychologist and the author of bestselling self-help books, “How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self” and “How to Meet Your Self: The Workbook for Self-Discovery”.
Today, we are going to deep-dive into the impact that our upbringing and early conditioning by caregivers and society have on the way we see and treat ourselves now as adults and parents. Are we repeating and recycling the same old unexamined stories and habits that aren’t serving us? In what ways does our unhealed “inner child wounds” keep us from showing up intentionally, from making new and better choices for ourselves every day in order to become the person we wish to be? And how do these outdated beliefs affect our sense
16/05/2023 • 32 minutes 56 seconds
“How Our Nervous System Affects Our Emotions, Mental Health & Who We Are In The World” with Dr Nicole LePera | RachReflects Episode 02
In my first conversation on RachReflects, I am honoured to be joined by Dr Nicole LePera, whom you may know as The Holistic Psychologist, or as The Wall Street Journal calls her, “Instagram’s Favourite Therapist”. Dr Nicole is a trained clinical psychologist and the author of bestselling self- help books, “How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self” and “How to Meet Your Self: The Workbook for Self-Discovery”. Ever since she decided to venture outside of traditional psychotherapy to pursue a more holistic approach to healing, Dr Nicole’s teachings have helped and empowered many to recognise and free themselves from trauma cycles to re-create the person they truly want to be and the life they wish to live. This episode is the first of two parts of a conversation that is packed with insights, wisdom and tools from Dr Nicole who sheds light on how everything from our mental and physical health to our relationship with our selves, our
09/05/2023 • 27 minutes 49 seconds
RachReflects (Season 01)
Welcome! It's our very first episode on RachReflects Podcast & Show. I'm so excited to finally be doing this on a wider podcasting platform.
RachReflects started as a way of sharing and documenting my learning journey as an entrepreneur, wife, friend, daughter and mom. What started as a way to hold myself accountable to personal growth and development has grown into a community of like-hearted individuals who journey together in our quest to live better, do better and be better.
The RachReflects Podcast & Show marks a new chapter as we invite you along to enjoy the journey of collective reflection and growth. To learn from our diverse group of guests and experts, but also to be encouraged by our shared struggles and victories. Let this space be a sheltered cove for vulnerability, healing, belonging, learning and ultimately, growth.
Stay tuned for a new episode every week, Tuesday, 9am. We've got amazing content and rich conversa