<![CDATA[LIVING SIMPLY SIMON - Podcast]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:01:19 +1100Weebly<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo - Season 2, Episode 4]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2019 21:18:40 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/17New Year Resolutions - Yay or Nay?
January can be hectic time of the year for New Year Resolutions! That's great! If we can all stick to them and get them ticked off by year end.


This episode I share with you my five personal new year resolutions for 2019! As always, I would love to connect with you on Insta: @simonngo.wellness if you have any feedback and thoughts on the podcast, and I would love hear your new year resolutions!




Show notes:
Meditation app: Headspace iTunes & Google Play Store
Netflix: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
High Performance Planner by Brendon Burchard
Wellness: Detox Your Home Workshops based in Sydney upcoming
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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo - Season 2, Episode 3]]>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 09:49:37 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/16Meaningful Conversations: Going Chemical-Free with Caitlin Robertson

​This episode is another long awaited Meaningful Conversations segment episode where I invite a good friend of mine, Caitlin Robertson, over to my apartment to talk about her personal journey in going chemical free and sharing her knowledge and top tips in swapping into a more chemical-free lifestyle.


We spoke about (the following) plus SO MUCH MORE!
  • how did she get on to this journey herself?
  • what actually are essential oils?
  • how are they extracted and produced?
  • how do we know if we are getting the quality ones vs copycats out there?
  • why she uses Young Living Essential Oils?
  • what are her personal favourite essential oils to use?
  • what household and personal care items we all should swap out with a more chemical-free alternative?
  • what ingredients on the label are immediate red flags?
  • why we need to steer clear of these harmful toxins and chemicals in our lives?
  • is it financially possible for everyone to afford the journey to swap-out?
  • her mission to continually share this chemical-free journey with others and how you can get involved yourself?


Notes/Resources:
  • The must-watch Netflix Documentary "Stink"
  • The must-read article on the companies with harmful chemicals in shampoo
  • The website you can read more about Young Living's sourcing and sustainable practice in producing essential oils: SeedToSeal.Com
  • The app you can install on your smartphone to cross-check your beauty, household and personal care products on the list of ingredients: ThinkDirty available on both iTunes and Google Play


The upcoming Sydney chemical-free living workshop/gathering/masterclass happening on January 5th, 2019. Please DM either Caitlin or myself on Insta to get all the details. Come along and commence your chemical-free journey sooner rather than later along with the full support of the team.


As usual, if you have enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the podcast wherever you tune in from. A 5-star review will help support a start-up podcast like us a very long way! Look forward to hearing what you guys think on this juicy episode!


Until next time,
"Sleep is Golden",
"Movement is Medicine",
"Mindfulness is Magic".


Sxx
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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo - Season 2, Episode 2]]>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 23:24:27 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/15The (Not-So) Weekly Wrap-up with Simon Ngo
I know! I have done it again! Not being able to keep up with the demands of producing The Happy Hour Podcast!


But, as usual, I regret nothing and I kinda like it that this podcast is raw and real, which has always been my intention since I launched it on the very first day.


Here goes the not-so weekly wrap-up episode because we are wrapping two weeks' worth of contents into the one!


  1. One breathe is all it takes. A conscious mindful breath will be about 8-10 seconds and this attention and space created is literally enough to shift our mindset and also attitude. This will in turn change our actions and reactions towards a more serving one for ourselves and others, rather than not.
  2. Rather than approaching life from a sense of lack, let's approach life from a sense of abundance. We all deserve the very best irregardless of our finances, relationship, family, career etc. If we can mindfully stop being wasteful in all areas of our lives, we will also notice that we actually enough, if not more, to go around all areas of our lives.


Support another local business based in Sydney, Bondi Meal Prep. Owned by an ex-colleague of mind who is also a personal trainer, his brands understands both physical and nutritional needs when it comes to diet. More importantly, the convenience from a meal prep service does not feel like cheating at all. In fact, it helps us beginners stay on track for our health, fitness, and wellness goals. Check them out and use my code FIT10 for 10% off your order.


Take advantage of the early bird discount ending 31 Dec for my newly designed Mindful Wellness Retreat happening in March 2019! If you have any question or concern, shoot us an email or drop my a DM on my Instagram: @simonngo.wellness. Please subscribe and write a review for this podcast to support the show further! Namaste, Sxx

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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast - Season 2 Episode 1]]>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:17:43 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/14Top 10 Tips for Better Sleep with Simon Ngo
Episode 14 of The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo is all about sharing my Top 10 Tips for Better Sleep! Here I share with you some tips, some reasons and some hacks on how to create better sleep each and every night. Why? Because "Sleep is GOLDEN!"
Using my own experience in understanding my sleep patterns and having better "sleep hygiene", here I share my 10 top tips for a better night in bed every single night of the day.
  1. Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender is well known for having a fresh and calm scent. I diffuse this essential oil every night before bed to create a safe and calm environment for my bedroom. In the event that I am on the road, I will bring this essential oil with me to create a DIY pillow mist to spray all around the bed, sheets, pillows...EVERYTHING! You can read more about this wonderfully versatile oil and the brand I'm using HERE!
  2. Move Every Day: We have spoken extensively about this is the episodeon movement and its benefits. I truly believe that adding any form of movement to your day helps tire us out when the sun goes down to assist in falling into a deep sleep at night.
  3. Switch Off Early: I am a strong believer in switching off early to help buy us a bigger window to winding down in the evening. The more wired we are during the day, the more time we will require to wind down. This rule not only helps us become more productive during the day to get everything done by switch-off time, but also that we can actually bookmark the switching off by getting our exercise in from Tip #2! It's a win-win in my opinion.
  4. Have Dinner Early: Naturally from the above, having an earlier dinner can also help with sleeping better. It reduces the chances of bloating and indigestion by avoiding hitting the bed with a full stomach. Further to that, by allowing the remainder of our daily energy for digestion, we easily become more tired by the time we hit the sack two to four hours later.
  5. Connection: Connect with a REAL person by having a REAL conversation! Either a small talk with someone you live with or a quick phone call will allow us the opportunity to feel like we have expressed ourselves for the day rather than holding everything in. Externalisation FTW! Read Tip #9!
  6. Mindfulness/Meditation: Have a daily mindfulness or mediation practice! We also already spoken extensively on this in Episode 12 of the podcast. The ability to reduce stress and anxiety means we are clearer, calmer and lighter when we finally wind down for the evening. I tried bedtime meditation for a month and I found it to be helpful in dozing off nicely.
  7. Night-time Ritual: I have a nighttime skin care ritual literally as a ceremony to mark off the closing of my availability to the external world! Find something which suits you for this emotional gesture as well! Which brings me nicely to the next tip...
  8. Night-time Reading: My ritual naturally finds me hopping into bed and grabbing whatever book I am reading at the moment. I found this to be one of the best ways to make the eyes heavy preparing ourselves for a good night sleep! Avoid non-fiction, motivation and self-help books though as these stimulate us. We want a light storybook for this purpose.
  9. Night-time Dump: Well what happens if we do catch ourselves being overly stimulated at night. Twisting and tossing around certainly don't help. I recommend jumping immediately out of bed, grab your journal (or any piece of notebook or writing pad) and dump all your ideas on the paper! Which is why I am such a BIG advocate for daily journaling! For this, I recommend Brendon Burchard's high performance planner. Check it out!
  10. Bedroom Sanctuary: Make your bedroom sacred and an inviting sanctuary! Invest in good bedding and sheets the your bed becomes so irresistible! I mean besides work, this is literally the place we spend most of our daily 24 hours in! So why the heck not!
There you have it! Let me know what you think and what works for you! I would love to hear your thoughts on the show, so please leave me a comment below (or on social via Instagram) and please help the podcast grow and reach more people by either sharing it with someone you know or on your social. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, a sure-fire way to get this pod to more peeps :)
Until next time, stay real and stay happy!
​In happiness and kindness,
Sxx



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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast - Season 2]]>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 01:54:11 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/13The Weekly Wrap
Episode 13 of The Happy Hour Podcast with Simon Ngo is all about wrapping up Season 1 and introducing the new format for Season 2!
Season 1 has been a strong season on sharing the key messages:
"Sleep is Golden, Movement is Medicine, Meditation is Magic"
plus a few gems of wisdom via the Meaningful Conversations segment. Season 2 will include all the goodies we have always had from Season 1 but will now also include a new segment called "The Weekly Wrap Up" released on Fridays.
Using my own experience and journey, here I share with you what has been going on my life the largest lesson of the week that I have managed to gather.
In this episode, I also shared with you some of the upcoming changes to my retreats and you can find out all about the next upcoming retreat here! Early bird pricing ends 31 Dec 2018 and I truly believe you deserve this retreat if you are wanting to include more wellness and to take the first steps in transforming your life for the better!
I also shared with you on how I love supporting small and conscious businesses out there. Mentioned in this episode is Bright Swimwear. a business located in Sweden which not only produces amazing looking swimwear for women, but also contributes back to mother earth! They do this by donating 10% of their proceeds to cleaning up the ocean! I mean, how amazing is that! You can check out their Instagram pagefor some of the featured products and feel free to use my discount code SIMON15for 15% off your total purchase. Enjoy some new threads whilst saving the ocean at the same time!
Connect with me via Instagram (@simonngo.wellness) to let me know your thoughts and what you would like to hear about more next.
If you have enjoyed this episode, you will also love some of Season 1's BEST EPISODES!
Episode 1: It's Happy Hour! Be an Original!and Episode 3: The 5 Things People Don't Know About Me (Part 1).
Thank you so much for listening to this episode! I am so beyond pleased that you are here! I would love to hear your thoughts on the show, so please leave me a comment below (or on social via Instagram) and please help the podcast grow and reach more people by either sharing it with someone you know or on your social. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, a sure-fire way to get this pod to more peeps :)
Until next time, stay real and stay happy!
​In happiness and kindness,
Sxx



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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 12]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 07:56:45 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/12Mindfulness/Meditation is Magic
This is Part 3 to Episode 7 - Understanding Stress (Part 1): Stress and Sleep, where we spoke about what stress is and how sleep comes into the picture and Episode 11 - Understanding Stress (Part 2): Movement is Medicine, where it was all about movement and incidental exercises and how we can all have more of these in our daily lives.

If you have been paying attention, you know that my key messages are
"Sleep is Golden, Movement is Medicine, Meditation is Magic"

This is the third and final instalment to the mantra, to find out more about what exactly is meditation and mindfulness to me and why it is so magical in my life.

Using my own experience and journey with meditation and mindfulness, here I share the five top benefits of having these in my own daily life and hopefully this can inspire you too to take up your own meditation or mindfulness journey. 

1. Super straightforward. Meditation and mindfulness actually help reduce stress. It is literally our own on/off switch to immediately tune the body into the state of parasympathetic nervous system - the rest and digest, restore and repair mode.

2. Mindfulness can be sued a strategy to cope with panic attack and anxiety. Listen to how a paramedic back in my university was using a simple breathing technique to assist a student who was having a panic attack. Bonus: how I actually used some simple presence and breathing to pick up the courage to ring my dad whom I haven't spoken to in more than four years! Crazy!

3. Meditation is a tool to deal with depression. After returning from Bali from the Living Simply Simon active wellness retreat, I fell into this mild cycle of depression where my motivation, drive and character were all at a all-time low! So I went to practice what I preach and upped the ante on my own mindfulness practices to gather more perspectives and clarity.

4. Mindfulness and meditation are the stepping stones to more self-awareness. It all begins with the physical senses before we learn to become more sensitive with our mental and emotional sensors. This, in turn, can help us manage our own thoughts, emotions, and reactions. Win win win win!

5. Meditation can also increase our pain threshold or assist with pain management. I see my bodywork therapist every fortnight for treatment which includes dry needling. And it is no easy feat when he is digging a needle in there searching for trigger points. Some mindful and yogic breathing definitely come in handy here.

So, don't just take my word for it. Try it for yourself and I can't wait to hear all about your life-changing stories! DM me on Instagram and please don't forget to subscribe to The Happy Hour Podcast

Sx
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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 11]]>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:51:56 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/11Movement is Medicine
This is Part 2 to Episode 7 - Understanding Stress (Part 1): Stress and Sleep, where we spoke about what stress is and how sleep comes into the picture.

If you have been paying attention, you know that my key messages are
"Sleep is Golden, Movement is Medicine, Meditation is Magic"

So in this episode, we speak about the second part of my mantra to explore more about stress and movements (or exercise).
As our body doesn't really differentiate between good and bad stress, we have to be careful to not overexercise. I was once a victim of that and no good things ever came out of that. Truth though is that most people aren't active enough!
To help spread the message for wellness, here I share my five top tips to get more movement in our lives!

1. I talk about how I pencil it in the diary and commit to this appointment. The easiest way to make it happen.
2. I share my strategies for creating incidental movements throughout the day.
3. We use technology to our advantage by holding ourselves accountable to step counts and be a little competitive about it.
4. We check the ego at the door to take baby steps as every small step forward is progress rather than failing.
5. We take the no excuse approach to simply find something we like and enjoy!

I hope you have found this episode helpful and please let me know your honest thoughts if there are areas you want me to explore further and anything at all, really. DM me on Insta @simonngo.wellness to let me know your thoughts.

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Already a podcast pro? The Happy Hour Podcast is also available on most major podcast platforms and apps. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Castbox, and Spotify to listen directly on your mobile device.  

Thank you so much for listening to this episode! I am so beyond pleased that you are here! I would love to hear your thoughts on the show, so please leave me a comment below (or on social via Instagram) and please help the podcast grow and reach more people by either sharing it with someone you know or on your social. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, a sure-fire way to get this pod to more peeps :)


Sx
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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 10]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 11:12:56 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/10Meaningful Conversations with Luke George
Episode 10 (yes! double digits!) of The Happy Hour Podcast is a Meaningful Conversations episode with Luke George.

Luke is one of my good friends and we used to work in the same club back when I was still a group fitness manager. A man of not many words but he certainly has got lots to say when it comes to debunking some of the myths and misconceptions floating around in the health and fitness space.
As the founder and owner of Luke George Athletic, Luke operates his business at one of the busiest health clubs in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. His current passion are fat loss and lower back pain rehabilitation.

We spoke about
- the most truthful ways to look at health and fitness
- how Luke find balance amongst a super long working hours as a personal trainer
- why he thinks we should not have too many choices in our daily life
- what types of attitudes will get the results 

Connect with Luke and tune in to his weekly Facebook Lives here:

Facebook: Luke George Athletic
or his new Instragram page: Luke George Athletic

Enjoy this no-filter chat and, as always, please help the podcast grow by subscribing, leaving a rating or review, and share it around. Connect with me via Instagram (@simonngo.wellness) to let me know your thoughts and what you would like to hear about more next.

If you have enjoyed this episode, you will also love Episode 8, Meaningful Conversations with Emily Gillies  and Episode 9, Meaningful Conversations with Vanessa Bennett. Two powerful episodes with two powerful women! Yes!

Until next time, stay real and stay happy!


In happiness and kindness,
Sxx

Already a podcast pro? The Happy Hour Podcast is also available on most major podcast platforms and apps. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Castbox, and Spotify to listen directly on your mobile device.  


Thank you so much for listening to this episode! I am so beyond pleased that you are here! I would love to hear your thoughts on the show, so please leave me a comment below (or on social via Instagram) and please help the podcast grow and reach more people by either sharing it with someone you know or on your social. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, a sure-fire way to get this pod to more peeps :)


Sx
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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 9]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 23:19:04 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/9Meaningful Conversations with Vanessa Bennett
Episode 9 of The Happy Hour Podcast is a Meaningful Conversations episode with Vanessa Bennett
Vanessa is one of my good friends, a fellow Les Mills instructor and high performance coach. She is the queen of all things practicality and in my times of knowing this beautiful soul, she is the most stress-free and easy-going person ever!

As the founder and CEO of Next Evolution Performance, Vanessa is the living and breathing example of how to sustain high performance with less effort. This is one juicy episode not to be missed for sure! If you haven't already read the blog about getting it done and fitting more in, flick back to that post after you have listened to this super juicy and delicious episode to further find out more about the open workshop we spoke about in the episode. 

This super generous, super wise and super practical high performer shares a very scientific and no nonsense approach to sustainable wellness by avoiding burnout. We had some laughs as per usual with my guests on the show whilst talking every about walking the walks to being a more high performing individual. This is one delicious pearl of wisdom packed episode and totally unmissable! 

Here are the social links to connect with Vanessa and subscribe to the NEP newsletters mentioned in the episode

Website - Next Evolution Performance
Instagram - @high_perform_ness
LinkedIn - Vanessa Bennett
LinkedIn - Next Evolution Performance

If you have enjoyed this episode, you will also love Episode 8, Meaningful Conversations with Emily Gillies, a close mutual friend of ours. The contrast could not have been more chalk and cheese! The key gems to take away though are equally delicious :) remember, when everything is life is a choice, choose with the most conscious awareness towards more happiness, joy, lightness and freedom! 

​Thank you so much for listening to this episode! I am so beyond pleased that you are here! I would love to hear your thoughts on the show, so please leave me a comment below (or on social via Instagram) and please help the podcast grow and reach more people by either sharing it with someone you know or on your social. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, a sure-fire way to get this pod to more peeps :)

In happiness and kindness,
Sxx

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<![CDATA[The Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 8]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 23:04:23 GMThttp://livingsimplysimon.com/podcast/8Meaningful Conversations with Emily Gillies
Episode 8 of The Happy Hour Podcast is a Meaningful Conversations episode with Emily Gillies.
Emily is one of my good friends and someone who has been in the health and fitness industry for as long as she can remember. She is also a national trainer and presenter for Les Mills Asia Pacific, a wellness entrepreneur who runs an online business, personal trainer, group fitness extraordinaire, and competitive surf lifesaver. As an animal lover and full time vegan, she brings her unconditional love approach for the furry, feathery and fluffy ones into her day-to-day living. 

Today, she talks the talk and walks the walk on all things wellness especially when it comes to animal welfare. As a queen of healthy hustlers, Em and I got to know one another every more over a cuppa and brekkie.

We spoke about her approach to wellness and balance in her life where she unveils her little life hacks on how she keeps that bundle of bubbly joy every single day. Lots of laughs, lots of truths and my personal favourite moment was when I asked her about the three key messages she would like to leave behind as her legacy! It gave me goosebumps as we can clearly hear and sense the drop and grounding energy towards this part of the conversations. 

If you are an animal lover, a transitioning vegetarian/vegan, a juggler and a hustler, this is definitely one episode not to be missed! Tune in to get to know this totally awesome woman over the most fun and real conversation. You can connect with Emily Gillies via the below social platforms.

Facebook - Emily Gillies Lifestyle Entrepreneur
Instagram - @emilygilliesbondi

If you have enjoyed this episode, you will also love Episode 9, Meaningful Conversations with Vanessa Bennett, a close mutual friend of ours. The contrast could not have been more chalk and cheese! The key gems to take away though are equally delicious :) remember, when everything is life is a choice, choose with the most conscious awareness towards more happiness, joy, lightness and freedom! 

Thank you so much for listening to this episode! I am so beyond pleased that you are here! I would love to hear your thoughts on the show, so please leave me a comment below (or on social via Instagram) and please help the podcast grow and reach more people by either sharing it with someone you know or on your social. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes or on your podcast app, a sure-fire way to get this pod to more peeps :)

​In happiness and kindness,
Sxx

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