The Emma Guns Show

Emma Gunavardhana

Are you getting in your own way? You might not even realise you are. I didn’t, but by the time I hit my late 30s, the way I thought and lived was so life-limiting that I’d backed myself into a corner and I was horribly lost; mentally, physically and emotionally.

I was the Queen of self-sabotage and the only way out was to admit I didn’t have all the answers, wipe my slate clean and look at the world through other people’s eyes. And that’s how The Emma Guns Show was born.

Each week I chat to guests from different backgrounds, expertise and industries to find out how they overcame their insecurities, tapped into their potential and started to live authentically. They generously share their success stories without sugar-coating the failures so you can become the best version of yourself.

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Andrea McLean | Risking everything, navigating mental health challenges, low self-worth and following your gut.
6d ago
Andrea McLean | Risking everything, navigating mental health challenges, low self-worth and following your gut.
Andrea McLean is one of those people you already feel as though you know. Not least because she's been a familiar face on British television for two decades but because she has such an easy, warm, open and welcoming way with everyone she meets. And let me tell you, in the flesh, this magnetism is even more charming than you could imagine. She is also blessed with a dry wit and an excellent side-eye!After years anchoring the liveliest panel on TV, the prime-time show Loose Women, she is now focused on her website and app This Girl is On Fire, which focuses on supporting women (and soon men) through midlife. It's not just her day job, it's a calling. Having navigated her own mental health struggles, crises of confidence and a constant drive to want to do better and be better, Andrea is committed to passing on and sharing everything that has worked for her with those who feel the same.I open each podcast by asking my guest 'what's your relationship like with risk?' and, as you can imagine, Andrea's answer, as someone who walked away from one of the most coveted jobs for women in broadcasting, is an incredible one... We discuss being in bad relationships, trying to make a bad thing work, knowing when to listen to advice - and when to ignore it - and why admitting you're wrong can sometimes be the greatest gift. Andrea was so open and honest and I'm thrilled to share this conversation with you...To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum.To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram.Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Eddie Sternberg | How to get a multi-million pound film made, the stress of providing for a family while pursuing your dream and the challenge of time management.
23-01-2023
Eddie Sternberg | How to get a multi-million pound film made, the stress of providing for a family while pursuing your dream and the challenge of time management.
Picture it. Peckham Rye, 2014. It’s a Friday night and I’m joining a friend’s birthday drinks. I’m nervous because I only know one other person there but one of the first people I chat with is @esternberg.director We immediately bonded over films and, after a brief disagreement over Marvel vs DC, chat about hearing writer, producer and director @rodriguez on a podcast that week. I tell Eddie that if he ever makes a film he too should have a trademark hat.Eddie mentions a film he’d like to make and something about the way he describes it makes me think he’s absolutely going to get it made.Fast-forward to 2022 and I Used to Be Famous, the film Eddie told me about that night, is a huge @netflixuk hit - hitting the Top 10 in the U.K. and US charts. It stars @edskrein@eleanormatsuura and @leojlong and earns high praise from critics, including @jameskingmovies and @kermodeandmayo This podcast tells the story of how the idea Eddie told me about in a bar nearly 10 years ago (a bar that features in the film!) became the hit film it is today. He took risks, made sacrifices, left his ego (but not his hat) at the door and grabbed every opportunity with both hands. Eddie made his idea, and his dream come true. If he can, so can you. To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum.To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram.Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Ask Me Anything | Your questions answered.
11-12-2022
Ask Me Anything | Your questions answered.
In this episode, Emma answers listener questions sent in via the Facebook Group. 1. Of all the habits you’ve tried, which are the ones you have stuck with in the long term and find most beneficial, and why?2. Are there any more contraception/hormone-related podcasts coming? I”m 38 and have just decided to come off the pill for no reason other than being fed up with pumping synthetic hormones into my body.3. I’d be interested to know how your early mornings are going now that you’re in winter. I found winter very hard and my early mornings disappeared. Now that it’s summer again, in New Zealand, I’m motivated to get up early again. Maybe it’s about changing what you do in the cold and dark. Exercise seemed to be the last thing my body wanted to do. I would really appreciate hearing about your experiences.4. I know this question will be hard to answer, maybe impossible, but what have you heard from your guest speakers (excluding myself) that most changed the way you think and what you most want others to know about? Book referenced: Everyday Trauma by Dr Tracey Shors.Multiple references in the following answers to The EC Method 5. How long do you give a new regime, either diet or fitness, before deciding it’s not working for you?6. What is an achievable target for weight loss? For example, if you want to lose three stone, how long do you think is sufficient to achieve and keep it off?7. How do you get motivated and stay motivated?8. How do you get back after falling off the wagon when the mental hurdle seems so massive? I don’t know if I’m explaining it well, but it feels daunting and that also you’re beating yourself up for being a failure. I didn’t want to be overweight at 40 but here I am, at nearly 50, and even more overweight.9. I always love finding out what surprising things have happened to people along the way. So my question would be, what did you expect to happen but didn’t.10. What expectations did you have going into the new habits or routines that you made that were happily surprised to see were unrealistic or even unhealthy? For example, I think ‘health’ and ‘fitness’ are sold to us as huge problem solvers. Almost as if when we become fitter we have to stop worrying about X, Y and Z too. So I guess I’m wondering if that kind of thinking influenced any of your goals and/or plans to reach those goals.11. How do you stop yourself from becoming fixated on healthy eating and fitness?12. How do you make changes so that they just become habits?13. How do you meal plan? When I go to a supermarket or try to plan weekly meals, I seem to forget all the foods I like. 14. How do you stick to a certain amount of calories per day without starting the cycle of restricting leading to binge eating?15. How do you plan fun in your life? As I get older and kids’ social lives take priority, I feel my life is sadly lacking fun. I actually can’t think of fund stuff anymore.To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum.To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram.Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
James Smith | How to Be Confident
29-10-2022
James Smith | How to Be Confident
In this episode, Emma chats to author, entrepreneur and fitness expert James Smith.Emma started following James on Instagram because she found his diet and fitness content helpful, clear and easy-to-follow. Much like previous guest Emma Storey-Gordon, James bangs the drum for calorie deficit and energy balance and skilfully dismantles arguments made by people peddling alternatives that have no evidence or science to support them.In all honesty, this conversation didn't go the way Emma was expecting - and thank goodness it didn't!One of James' books is called Not a Life Coach, and right from the off James called Emma out, in a way that any good life coach would, on why she doesn't feel confident sharing her opinions online. Don't worry, they did get to diet and exercise, but James very generously offered a perspective on how to avoid falling into the trap of worrying whether people like or agree with you or not - and much more!This conversation also includes discussion of confirmation bias, deciding what your metrics of success are, emotional issues with food, short term vs long term wants, why life is for living and why the ultimate currency we should be dealing in is happiness.This conversation might not be what you'd expect from The Emma Guns Show, which is why you should definitely listen to it.Links to James:James Smith on Instagram James Smith Academy James Smith's books on Amazon To join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum.To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram.Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Whitney Goodman | What is Toxic Positivity?
08-10-2022
Whitney Goodman | What is Toxic Positivity?
In this podcast episode, Emma chats to Radically Honest Psychologist Whitney Goodman (@sitwithwhit) about Toxic Positivity.If you haven't heard the phrase toxic positivity before, it refers to saying things like 'good vibes only' and 'look on the bright side'. It's a positive platitude someone might offer when you tell them about something you're struggling with or sayings such as 'everything happens for a reason'.It might feel like being helpful, it may even seem like kindness to offer a hopeful perspective but, Whitney argues, that it actually invalidates your feelings and can leave you feeling dissatisfied and confused.During our conversation, Whitney and I discuss our thoughts on The Secret and the idea you can manifest your perfect life, we realise how insidious toxic positivity is and how it affects us all. We discuss the type of people who have 'be kind' in their social media bios and how [spoiler alert] they are usually trolls.Whitney also offers valuable tools on how to eradicate toxic positivity and the ways in which you can be helpful and constructive and why, actually, a little negativity is now bad thing...Whitney's book Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy is available now.Listen ad-free now on PatreonTo join the closed Facebook group for the podcast click here >> The Emma Guns Show Forum.To follow me on social media >> Twitter | Instagram.Sign up for my newsletter here >> Newsletter. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.