Fearlessly Failing: Leisel Jones

Meet chicken, aka Leisel Jones.

I’m so rapt to have her on the podcast, we’ve been mates for about 10 years now. When we both lived in Sydney we used to take each other to work events, i loved it because she’s so down to earth and real, we’d have a laugh at some of the “fake dingos” as i’d call them.

Best of all she wouldn’t judge me when i’d need to walk barefoot in and out of events (i’m horrible in high heels).

She’s a breath of fresh air, so real and open about everything. Leisel qualified for the Australian Olympic swim team at the age of 14, she’s competed in 4 olympics where she set multiple world records and she’s taken home 9 olympic medals for Australia. She’s got an autobiography called Body Lengths which i cannot speak highly enough of, pop it on your Christmas reading list - put simply it is mind blowing, she opens up about not just the highs but also her darker times.

These darker times we explore in the podcast, trigger warning we discuss suicide and depression. Leisel is honest about things that make her feel happy and what she does to deal with the dark moments when they arise. She even says taking breaks from social media is a key element to supporting her mental health. Leisel has always been a very close friend and solid rock (and fellow virgo) in my life. In fact as i write this blurb i’m sitting at the retreat Gaia in Byron Bay hinterland, where i also come here with Leisel a few years ago.

This is a friend i hope i have for life because she’s just one of the real souls that are pretty rare. I hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as i did chatting with the awesome Leisel Jones (chicken).

Big Love

Lola x

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