046 – Colleen Callander on Being the Best Leader You Can Be

Welcome to Episode 46 with Colleen Callander, Former Sportsgirl CEO, Founder of Mentor Me, Author of Leader By Design, Inspirational Speaker, Business and Leadership Coach and Non-Executive Director. Colleen is a powerhouse woman and today she is sharing her years of leadership knowledge with us all.

In today’s episode we are going to be talking about what makes a great leader and how you yourself can be the best leader that you can be. This episode is information packed, so having a note pad and pen ready will allow you to get the most out of this discussion.

Colleen and I explore:

-leaving school early and rising through the ranks all the way to success
-tips for managing burn out and signs to look out for
-boundaries, saying no and being okay with self-care
-why serving yourself, will help you serve others better
-why it’s time to throw out the term ‘work/life balance’
-could you use a little 45 TO THRIVE?
-how you can be the leader you’ve always wanted to be
-the benefits of leading with kindness
-why parenting and leading use the same principles
-a ‘people first policy’ and why you need one
-the old and new era of leadership
-building and honing confidence
-working on your inner critic to overcome stagnancy
-navigating small business in these crazy times
-does retail have a future?
-nurturing mental health in the workplace

The message that Colleen is sharing is so important and so powerful for all women out there. The world needs more kind and compassionate leaders and Colleen is helping to create a beautiful community of them.

Connect with Colleen on Instagram at @colleen_callander or connect with your host at @stephsanzaro.

Happy listening x

Welcome to Episode 46 with Colleen Callander, Former Sportsgirl CEO, Founder of Mentor Me, Author of Leader By Design, Inspirational Speaker, Business and Leadership Coach and Non-Executive Director. Colleen is a powerhouse woman and today she is sharing her years of leadership knowledge with us all.

In today’s episode we are going to be talking about what makes a great leader and how you yourself can be the best leader that you can be. This episode is information packed, so having a note pad and pen ready will allow you to get the most out of this discussion. This episode is all about leadership, kindness, burn out, confidence and self-care, it is inspiring and empowering! Let’s get stuck in.

Colleen and I discuss:

  • leaving school early and rising through the ranks all the way to success
  • tips for managing burn out and signs to look out for
  • boundaries, saying no and being okay with self-care
  • why serving yourself, will help you serve others better
  • why it’s time to throw out the term ‘work/life balance’
  • could you use a little 45 TO THRIVE?
  • how you can be the leader you’ve always wanted to be
  • the benefits of leading with kindness
  • why parenting and leading use the same principles
  • a ‘people first policy’ and why you need one
  • the old and new era of leadership
  • building and honing confidence
  • working on your inner critic to overcome stagnancy
  • navigating small business in these crazy times
  • does retail have a future?
  • nurturing mental health in the workplace

I really hope you enjoyed todays episode with the incredible Colleen Callander, I know I personally took a lot away from this episode and feel much more equipped to be the best leader that I can be. The message that Colleen is sharing is so important and so powerful for all women out there. The world needs more kind and compassionate leaders and Colleen is helping to create a beautiful community of them.

If you would like to work with Colleen, I have added some links below where you can get in contact and work with her. Please do not hesitate to contact either of us, as we would absolutely love to hear what you thought of this wonderful episode.

Website: https://www.colleencallander.com.au
Book: https://www.booktopia.com.au/leader-by-design-colleen-callander/book/9780648980384.html?irclickid=3qFVdHRnixyLRdS0W2SX%3Awd2UkBXQCw5bwxXTg0&bk_source=2783021&bk_source_id=2783021&irgwc=1&utm_campaign=Callander%20and%20Co&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=Impact
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colleen_callander/

Happy listening friends xx


045 – Shannah Kennedy on Pivoting to Plan B.

Episode 45 with the wonderful Shannah Kennedy.

Shannah is the best selling author of The Life Plan. She is a coach, keynote speaker, wife, mother and author of numerous books including her newest, ‘Plan B. A guide to navigating and embracing change’.

In this episode we discuss her new book and some fundamental elements of adapting to change that the book guides the reader through. We gain some perspective into Shannah’s life, as someone who has managed chronic fatigue and depression for over 20 years. Shannah talks openly about these struggles, and does so to help others out there know that they are not alone.

We expand on tools to navigate through lockdowns mindfully, how we can look for the joy in every day tasks, using ‘no’ to protect our energy, training ourselves to come back to the breath, why we need to overcome our barrier to receiving, uncovering your purpose and getting clear on your values and much much more.

If you enjoyed today’s episode you are invited to connect with Shannah and your host, at @shannahkennedy and @stephsanzaro on Instagram.

If you would like to stay up to date with episodes as they are released, press the subscribe button to be notified.

A big thank you to todays podcast sponsor Koala Comforts. Head over to their website and check out their 100% Aussie owned weighted blankets and luxury homewares. Their knitted weighted blanket has changed the way I sleep completely. It has been the best purchase I have made this year! Use STEPH10 at checkout for 10% off your order.
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Enjoy this powerfully uplifting episode friends.

Your host, Steph xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, we are back this week with a deeply insightful episode with the lovely Shannah Kennedy. Shannah is the best selling author of The Life Plan. She is a coach, keynote speaker, wife, mother and author of multiple books, including her newest ‘Plan B. A guide to navigating and embracing change’.

In this episode we discuss her new book and some fundamental elements of adapting to change that the book guides the reader through. We gain some perspective into Shannah’s life, as someone who has managed chronic fatigue and depression for over 20 years. Shannah talks openly about these struggles, and does so to help others out there know that they are not alone.

This new book serves as a journal companion, asking poignant questions and asking you to reflect and to learn more about yourself. It is the type of guide that I myself wish that I had access to early last year as the pandemic was beginning and as I was very unwell and managing the loss of a loved one. At that time, there was so much change in so little time and nothing to help me through logically. This book aims to assist with those massive life changes and how to move through the stages of grief, introduce more self nurture, letting go and beginning to take the next step forward.

Together Shannah and I discuss:

  • tools for navigating lockdowns mindfully
  • why routine is an important part of life and productivity
  • how we can look for joy in every day tasks
  • reframing the ‘achievement junkie’ mindset
  • Shannah’s experience with depression and chronic fatigue
  • why we should allow ourselves to sit within our emotions
  • uncovering your purpose and getting clear on your values
  • why we should step outside our comfort zone and say ‘yes’ more
  • using the word ‘no’ to protect your energy
  • how you can help more people in your life by helping yourself
  • why we need to overcome our barrier to ‘recieving’
  • how you can start using affirmations today
  • why you should incorporate a journal practise
  • why it’s important that we understand the stages of grief and how they apply to any change
  • training ourselves to come back to the breath

An absolutely marvellous and uplifting episode ahead, I am so excited for you to listen!

Thank you for joining Shannah and I for todays episode, if you would like to connect with Shannah then you can find and work with her through her website shannahkennedy.com, or through Instagram instagram.com/shannahkennedy/, or purchase her new book Plan B. here https://www.target.com.au/p/plan-b-shannah-kennedy/65496855?utm_term=65496855&utm_content=plan-b-shannah-kennedy&utm_source=google&utm_medium=merchant-site&utm_campaign=merchant-site&gclid=CjwKCAjwuvmHBhAxEiwAWAYj-HX_plUuEbjdfKwmbaPlR2lHMLghi-29yZq73jmMfQmmlsJkv_2dfBoCWSUQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds.

Another big thank you goes out to todays podcast sponsor Koala Comforts for making todays episode possible (https://www.koalacomforts.com.au/products/knitted-weighted-blanket?variant=32486366576691). Koala Comforts are a 100% Aussie owned luxury homewares brand specialising in feel-good, self-care products with an environmentally friendly heart.

After purchasing my own knitted weighted blanket through them at the beginning of June, I immediately noticed the benefits after only one night. I slept all the way through, which is not something that happens to me very often at all. For a long time I have been a restless sleeper and would wake numerous times throughout the night, significantly impacting my energy levels the next day.

Before life with a weighted blanket, I was sleeping with a second doona and an extra two blankets on top, each and every night… I was desperately seeking weight on top, I just hadn’t realised it. I was so thrilled with the results of my weighted blanket that I decided to contact Koala Comforts to see if they would like to work together.

As most of you know, working with businesses with a strong sustainability and environmentally friendly focus is extremely important to me, and Koala Comforts ticked all the boxes. They use 100% organic and sustainable bamboo, recycled materials where possible, they plant a tree with every purchase (sequestering 101 tonnes of CO2 to date, see where they are planting trees here) and they also use carbon neutral delivery services. This was a massive reason behind why I chose to purchase my blanket through them (that’s right, it was not gifted – I purchased it on my own accord).

Koala Comforts have the largest range of sizes, weights and colours you can find anywhere in Australia. My weighted blanket has significantly improved my sleep, and therefore energy levels and is an item I do not think I could ever live without now… and that is no joke! If you would like to get your hands on one you can head to this link and enter STEPH10 at checkout for 10% off your order.

Thank you again for joining us for todays episode.
If you would like to connect then you can find your host on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/stephsanzaro/?hl=en or send through any interview queries or sponsor requests via email to steph@stephsanzaro.com

Happy listening,

Your host xx

044 – Simon Hill on Human Health, Planetary Health and the Health of All Life on This Planet

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am very excited to share this incredible interview with Simon Hill from Plant Proof, recorded back at the beginning of May. Simon is the host of the very well known podcast The Plant Proof Podcast, Author of The Proof is in the Plants, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist and the content creator behind the wonderful Instagram account and blog of the same name @plant_proof.

For a quick wrap on todays podcast, Simon and I will be discussing:

– Simon’s Dad’s heart attack, and how it started him on his plant-based path years later
– outrunning a ‘certain fate’ of a future cardiac event and how it propelled the motivation to read the research into a plant-based diet
– realising we can take control of our health and why a diagnosis is not always the final word
– planning for longevity with a plant-based diet, without compromising performance and physical goals
– how the transition wasn’t all roses and how it requires an understanding of your ‘why’
– understanding the difference between delayed gratification and instant gratification, and why it’s so important
– where the best place to get started on your journey may be
– Simon on the most shocking studies he has found in his research
– understanding the planetary and hunger crisis on a larger scale and finding hope in our power to adapt quickly
– questioning vitamin insufficiencies with a plant-predominant diet, with a spotlight on iron and selenium
– uncovering the truth about soy and testosterone levels, the production of soy and GMO confusion
– coffee, caffeine and anxiety, is decaf still a nutritional powerhouse?
– how do we empower and teach our children to care for this planet

For many years Simon’s voice has served as a very large inspiration for me and was one of the main motivations behind creating my own podcast. Recording this interview together was a really humbling experience and an incredible opportunity to connect with a like-minded soul.

This is a really powerful episode. It is loaded with information and facts for you to head out into the world and to make more informed decisions about your health and your future.

Thank you for joining Simon and I today for this episode, we are very excited to share this one with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us on Instagram, and if you liked this episode we would love to see what you thought over on the Apple Podcast App.

Contact:
@plant_proof
@stephsanzaro

Happy Listening!

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am very excited to share this incredible interview with Simon Hill from Plant Proof, recorded back at the beginning of May. Simon is the host of the very well known podcast The Plant Proof Podcast, Author of The Proof is in the Plants, Nutritionist, Physiotherapist and the content creator behind the wonderful Instagram account and blog of the same name @plant_proof.

Simon has a thirst for knowledge and when he found himself questioning his future and the fate of his health years after his own fathers cardiac event, he knew it was time to dive into the research and to start planning for longevity, whilst still being able to pursue his physical and fitness goals. It was on this journey that he first found the plant-based diet.

Since then Simon has dedicated countless hours to sifting through the research and providing his podcast listeners and followers with unbiased and non-agenda based facts and information. He has deservedly found himself as one of the most trusted voices within the nutrition world.

For many years Simon’s voice has served as a very large inspiration for me and was one of the main motivations behind creating my own podcast. Recording this interview together was a really humbling experience and an incredible opportunity to connect with a like-minded soul.

For a quick wrap on todays podcast, Simon and I will be discussing:

  • Simon’s Dad’s heart attack, and how it started him on his plant-based path years later
  • outrunning a ‘certain fate’ of a future cardiac event and how it propelled the motivation to read the research into a plant-based diet
  • realising we can take control of our health and why a diagnosis is not always the final word
  • planning for longevity with a plant-based diet, without compromising performance and physical goals
  • how the transition wasn’t all roses and how it requires an understanding of your ‘why’
  • understanding the difference between delayed gratification and instant gratification, and why it’s so important
  • where the best place to get started on your journey may be
  • Simon on the most shocking studies he has found in his research
  • understanding the planetary and hunger crisis on a larger scale and finding hope in our power to adapt quickly
  • questioning vitamin insufficiencies with a plant-predominant diet, with a spotlight on iron and selenium
  • uncovering the truth about soy and testosterone levels, the production of soy and GMO confusion
  • coffee, caffeine and anxiety, is decaf still a nutritional powerhouse?
  • how do we empower and teach our children to care for this planet

This is a really powerful episode. It is loaded with information and facts for you to head out into the world and to make more informed decisions about your health and your future. I feel extremely lucky to have been able to be present for this conversation and to have walked away feeling more equipped with the knowledge I too needed with planning a well rounded plant-based diet, but also the environmental considerations of our food and our footprint too.

Simon’s new book literally blew my mind, and I don’t say that lightly. When I began reading the book I had a preconceived assumption that I would probably already know a lot of the content that was included in this book, but I was truly mistaken. I have been plant-based for 4 years and I read through this book and was so incredibly grateful because there was so much that I still hadn’t learnt or discovered yet. I definitely recommend heading out and sourcing your own copy, it is available almost everywhere you can find books right now, or you can follow this link.

I am so excited to see how the world adapts and changes with the gift that is Simon’s book. It is empowering the reader with all they need to know to make more conscious steps forward, and we hope to have accomplished the same mission with our conversation here today. If you would like to connect with Simon on Instagram you can find him here, or read through his wonderfully informative blog here.

Thank you for joining Simon and I today for this episode, we are very excited to share this one with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us on Instagram, and if you liked this episode we would love to see what you thought over on the Apple Podcast App.

Okay, its time! Get listening and load up on all you need to know today with the brilliant Simon Hill!

Happy listening xx

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043 – Mary Thomas – on Healing, The Expectations of Birth and Embracing Surrender

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas.

Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening as these topics may be triggering for some.

Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother.

‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her Instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind.

The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength.

In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode.

You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro
Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off.

If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice.

Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas.

Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening if these topics may be triggering for you.

Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother.

‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind.

The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength.

In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode.

You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro
Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off.

If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice.

Happy listening xx


042 – Finding Awakening In Every Moment with Ryan Mannix

Episode 42 with Ryan Mannix.

Hello and welcome to the first episode of 2021 and might I say… we are starting off the year with a magical conversation with the incredible Ryan Mannix.

Who is Ryan Mannix at a glance?

Rye was a pro athlete running for Australia, who after an unfortunate accident with a motorbike during a race was left with a lost sense of identity as everything he knew was upended by strenuous injury.

But this is only a small portion his journey, with so much greatness since and so much more to still unfold!

Rye stumbled upon yoga during his recovery and subsequently found his way into becoming one of Victoria’s most well known faces of mindful movement; teaching meditation and yoga, state and Australia wide and leading incredible running groups that cultivate a sense of community and collective growth.

This man is a wonder, with a passion for service and I am so excited for you to dive into this episode and into all of the incredible teachings he shares with us.

This conversation feels like magic. There is something so welcoming and calming about Rye’s presence and voice.

Rye talks to us about connecting into our bodies, our feelings and finding a greater sense of awareness in everything around us. He provides a very beautiful insight into how we can accept and even welcome anxiety. He graces us with countless philosophies from buddhism, yoga sutras and from the great teachers like Ram Das.

Rye is all about collective elevation and accelerating as a community and he leads by example by teaching from the heart here in this episode today, sharing from a place of genuine intent of helping elevate the consciousness of whoever finds this episode.

We touch on comparison, celebrating the wins of others, on the spot mindful practices, why values are important, running away from our problems, vulnerability and shared experience, and why it’s so important for us to ‘allow’ our emotions to just be.

If you would like to connect with Rye you can find him on instagram at @ryanmannix_yoga or at his new studio in Torquay – It’s All Yoga.

Connect with your host on Instagram at @stephsanzaro xx

Hello and welcome to the first episode of 2021 and might I say… we are starting off the year with a magical conversation with the incredible Ryan Mannix.

Who is Ryan Mannix at a glance?

Rye was a pro athlete running for Australia, who after an unfortunate accident with a motorbike during a race was left with a lost sense of identity as everything he knew was upended by strenuous injury.

But this is only a small portion his journey, with so much greatness since and so much more to still unfold!

Rye stumbled upon yoga during his recovery and subsequently found his way into becoming one of Victoria’s most well known faces of mindful movement; teaching meditation and yoga, state and Australia wide and leading incredible running groups that cultivate a sense of community and collective growth.

This man is a wonder, with a passion for service and I am so excited for you to dive into this episode and into all of the incredible teachings he shares with us.

This conversation feels like magic. There is something so welcoming and calming about Rye’s presence and voice.

Rye talks to us about connecting into our bodies, our feelings and finding a greater sense of awareness in everything around us. He provides a very beautiful insight into how we can accept and even welcome anxiety. He graces us with countless philosophies from buddhism, yoga sutras and from the great teachers like Ram Das.

Rye is all about collective elevation and accelerating as a community and he leads by example by teaching from the heart here in this episode today, sharing from a place of genuine intent of helping elevate the consciousness of whoever finds this episode.

We touch on comparison, celebrating the wins of others, on the spot mindful practices, why values are important, running away from our problems, vulnerability and shared experience, and why it’s so important for us to ‘allow’ our emotions to just be.

If you would like to connect with Rye you can find him on instagram at @ryanmannix_yoga or at his new studio in Torquay – It’s All Yoga.

Connect with your host on Instagram at @stephsanzaro xx


This episode discusses:

  • running towards life, but away from your problems
  • why we should aim to spend time with people that inspire us
  • how we can learn about ourself through others
  • the importance of collective energy and accelerating as a community
  • how we can step out of comparison
  • why we should celebrate the wins of others
  • why on the spot mindful practices are so powerful
  • how suffering and dissatisfaction are simply an opinion
  • working and reframing our conditioned thought patterns
  • why we should to get clear on our values
  • vulnerability, connection and shared experience
  • how to welcome anxiety like a friend
  • why it’s important for us to accept and allow our emotions to just be
  • how an unfortunate accident can eventually be the catalyst for awakening
  • why yoga is the teacher

We thank you so much for listening and if you would like to stay connected then you may hit the subscribe button for updates on future episodes, or if it so serves you, then a 5 star review would be warmly welcomed.

Rye and I would both love to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Happy listening,

Steph xx

041 – A Message From Your Host As We Close Another Year

Our final episode of 2020!

Wow, where did the time go?…
A massive thank you to each and every one of you, who took the time to listen to these episodes this year. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to you, truly I am so thankful.

In this final episode of the year, your host discusses the year that was. The learnings that came from deep contraction, as we enter this new phase of expansion. We talk about stepping into your power this holiday season and staying true to your values and protecting your energy. We walk through boycotting New Years resolutions and welcoming in SMART goals. Wrapping up the episode with some ways to maintain our mental health through the holiday season, before a loving goodbye for now, to you and 2020.

You all make this podcast what it is, thank you for being here. Love, Steph xx

Connect with your host on Instagram at @stephsanzaro

Welcome to the final episode of The Steph Sanzaro Podcast for 2020!

What a year…

24 massive episodes in 12 months, a huge achievement given the crazy year we have all had and the unfortunate circumstances that has been my health.

I want to thank you all for your kindness and patience with me this year as I have sporadically uploaded these episodes, with zero consistency. You have all be so understanding as I move through this healing phase and I am so so thankful.

You all make this podcast what it is and I am so thankful to each and every one of you for taking the time to listen to these episodes, my heart could quite literally explode.

Todays episode is just a final message to you all before we close out 2020.

In this episode I gloss over the year that was, validating our experience in this craziness that was a global pandemic. I touch on my experiences, healing from typhoid fever and dengue fever and how it changed my world completely.

I talk about setting SMART goals and leaving New Years resolutions behind, stepping into your power this holiday season and doing what serves you and protecting your energy from what doesn’t. I discuss some of the ways I will be working to maintain my mental health during this season and wrapping it up with a final goodbye for 2020.

I love you all and I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to listen today,

Steph xx

Connect via instagram at @stephsanzaro

Leave a review via the link here

040 – An Open Letter to Grief Part Two – with Jo Betz

Episode 40 with the radiant Jo Betz in An Open Letter to Grief – Part Two.

*Trigger Warning*

This episode comes with a trigger warning for *Grief*. If you have lost someone that you love, I would firstly like to offer my deepest condolences and to tell you how deeply sorry I am. My love is with you.

Move through this episode mindfully; becoming aware of when it may be time to press pause, take a moment, regather your thoughts and validate whatever feelings are arising for you. The invitation to come back and finish this episode when you are ready is warmly welcomed, as I believe these episodes (Part One and Part Two) carry a lot of power in helping to normalise the conversation around grief.

In part two, Jo and I discuss why grief is not a check list we can complete, the benefits of seeing a psychologist in and outside of grief, the balance of grieving and parenting at the same time, the physical effects of grief, finding a spiritual connection to our lost loved one and grieving during a pandemic.

If you have any thoughts or messages, Jo and your host would love to hear from you! You can find Jo over on Instagram at @jo.betz and connect with your host at @stephsanzaro, happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, this week we are back with Jo Betz for Part Two of “An Open Letter to Grief”.

Last week we dove into Jo’s story of losing her husband Craig unexpectedly and how she’s managing life after his death. If you haven’t had a chance to listen in to Part One yet, then I definitely recommend heading back to last weeks episode before starting this one.

For a more in-depth description about this episode “An open letter to grief” please see last weeks episode description.


*Trigger Warning*

This episode comes with a trigger warning for *Grief*.
If you have lost someone that you love, I would firstly like to offer my deepest condolences and to tell you how deeply sorry I am. My love is with you.

Move through this episode mindfully; becoming aware of when it may be time to press pause, take a moment, regather your thoughts and validate whatever feelings are arising for you. The invitation to come back and finish this episode when you are ready is warmly welcomed, as I believe these episodes (Part One and Part Two) carry a lot of power in helping to normalise the conversation surrounding grief.


In Part Two we wrap up our beautiful conversation together, normalising the conversation surrounding grief.

Jo and I discuss:

  • why we can’t tick off the stages of grief like a checklist
  • the value behind seeing a psychologist in and outside of grief
  • what it means to find closure
  • the balance of grieving and parenting at the same time 
  • the physical effects of grief no one really discusses
  • when everyone returns to their normal life, but life isn’t normal for you anymore 
  • being forgotten in your grief
  • finding a spiritual connection to the person we have lost 
  • life after, the reality of life after death 
  • grieving the loss of ‘time to grieve’, during a pandemic that has taken precedence

Over two parts, Jo has done such a beautiful and graceful job of shining light into the realities of grief that a lot of us feel but don’t have the words to describe or maybe feel as though we are not allowed.

I would like to say a massive thank you to Jo Betz for joining us for two magical episodes and for sharing in such an incredibly inspiring way. She helps us all know that it is okay to grieve, however that may look for us.

If you would like to get in contact with Jo, you can find her through the sources below.

Jo is online at https://www.jobetz.com.au

Find Jo on Instagram Here


If you have any thoughts or messages please feel free to message Jo or I, we would love to hear from you!

Subscribe or leave a 5 star review over at the The Steph Sanzaro Podcast here

Connect with your host on instagram @stephsanzaro

Happy listening lovelys,

Steph x

039 – An Open Letter to Grief Part One – with Jo Betz

Episode 39 with Jo Betz comes with a *trigger warning* for grief.

Please listen mindfully and become aware of what feelings this episode may arise within you. Take the time to set the episode aside if it feels necessary and to validate what is coming up for you. You are welcome to join us again at any time and listen back in to this wonderful conversation normalising grief.

Jo Betz is a wedding celebrant, author, speaker and blogger who suddenly lost her husband Craig 3 years ago to an asthma attack in the middle of the night. Jo shares her story here with us today to help normalise the conversation surrounding grief and to shine light into the areas of grief that society tends to shy away from.

As someone currently moving through my own grief, I can say how much I didn’t realise I desperately needed this conversation. Recording it and being present during it helped to validate my grief and what I have been feeling in more ways that one and it made me feel like I was truly not alone.

We have divided today’s episode into two parts, so make sure to hit the subscribe button so that you are notified when the second part airs.

I cannot wait for you to listen to this beautiful and raw episode, it was truly such a pleasure to be a part of. You can connect with Jo on instagram at @jo.betz and she would love to hear from you!

Connect with your host via Instgram at @stephsanzaro. Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, we are back this week with a beautiful and raw episode normalising the conversation surrounding grief.

This week I am joined by none other than Jo Betz, the incredible woman giving grief a voice.

I came across Jo on Instagram during the early stages of 2020 after she wrote a very poignant blog post about the parallels between grief and the national pandemic we are all living through. I was taken with her sincere depth and her eloquent way of describing grief and instantly became a very big fan of this highly intelligent woman.

At the time I had not yet experienced grief before. I had never lost anyone and I was very thankful for this, I’d consider myself quite lucky for never having experienced this type pain before in my life. But I knew it was out there and I knew it was closer to me than ever before.

I was living through one of the hardest stages in my life thus far as my Nan, the woman who was like a mother to me was slowly losing her life to cancer. I sadly lost her in June this year and suddenly found myself in the pits of grief for the first time with no idea if what I was feeling was normal.

I knew of no one else discussing grief openly besides Jo. She was speaking with such grace and articulating grief in such a way that helped me feel very seen in what I was going through. She was talking openly about the emotions that I had been feeling and the pain that I had been going through and in time, it gave me the strength to talk openly about my grief too.

When Jo and I first connected, I knew that we would click instantly. She felt like an old friend, someone who I could resonate with (and someone I think you will strongly resonate with too). She is gentle and kind, yet strong and independent, and it is my absolute pleasure to have us here with us today sharing her story in an open letter to grief.

Jo Betz talks about the loss of her husband and the launch of her new grief journal and subsequent workshops. August is Grief Awareness Month. Picture: Peter Ristevski

*Trigger Warning*

This episode comes with a trigger warning for *Grief*.
If you have lost someone that you love, I would firstly like to offer my deepest condolences and to tell you how deeply sorry I am. My love is with you.

Move through this episode mindfully; becoming aware of when it may be time to press pause, take a moment, regather your thoughts and validate whatever feelings are arising for you. The invitation to come back and finish this episode when you are ready is warmly welcomed, as I believe these episodes (Part One and Part Two) carry a lot of power in helping to normalise grief.


Jo’s husband Craig passed away suddenly from an asthma attack just over 3 years ago and Jo’s life has never been the same since. Over the past 3 years and through learning through her grief she has found her voice, telling her story in speaking engagements, blog posts, podcasts, articles and most recently in her beautiful addition to the world, ‘Grief – a guided journal’.

Through these works Jo has shone light into the corners of grief that others may feel but are not able to articulate openly. In doing this, Jo’s story carries an incredible ability of letting others know that they are not alone in their grief.

In Part One Jo and I discuss:

  • does getting the chance to say ‘goodbye’ impact our grief?
  • how bad days, bad weeks, bad months and an overall heaviness are normal after losing someone
  • the reality of grief fatigue, jet lag after loss
  • how long it’s acceptable to grieve openly in our society
  • the double standard for how much grief is ‘allowed’, depending on your relationship to the person you lost
  • wanting to fast forward your grief, numb out and close off your feelings
  • how grief can bring us closer together
  • loving and knowing Craig
  • learning that grief is simply pain from having loved someone so much

Today’s episode will be split into 2 parts, divided over two weeks. Jo and I had such a good time recording this episode that we ended up speaking for hours! I truly believe that these two episodes are SO valuable in helping others who are grieving to know that the weird things that they’re feeling and experiencing, are completely normal and that other people are going through them too.

Part Two offers some of my favourite pieces of insight and wisdom, so make sure to hit the subscribe button so that you know the moment that it airs and becomes available.

Jo and I sat down today in the hopes of helping others out there who are grieving and I sincerely hope we have done that. If you have any comments or messages about Part One, please feel more than invited to send us a message on Instagram to let us know your thoughts.

To connect with Jo privately, you can find her through the links below.

Jo is online at https://www.jobetz.com.au

Find Jo on instagram Here


Thank you so much for joining us today and for sharing your time with us, we look forward to seeing you next week for Part Two!

Happy listening,

Love Steph xx
@stephsanzaro

038 – You Are Not Alone – Managing Anxiety, Miscarriage and Cultivating Self-Care with Bec Connolly

Episode 38 comes with a Trigger Warning for *Miscarriage*.

I recommend erring on the side of caution and moving through this episode mindfully. Feel free to put down the podcast at any time and to reflect upon the feelings that it may raise. Take the time to journal and to validate how it makes you feel. The invitation is always there to pick the podcast up again and to listen to this incredible story of hope.

Bec is the founder of Botanicals by Luxe, an incredible natural skin care brand taking Australia by storm. She is the proud mum to Ollie and Jack and wife to loving husband Nato. In this episode we discuss learning to manage anxiety and accessing mental health care, raising awareness for miscarriage, tools for self-care and slowing down, skin hacks for this season, building a business, ‘mum guilt’ and prioritising self-care and setting boundaries.

This is a powerful episode that encapsulates so much beauty and wisdom in only 53 minutes! That’s just how incredible Bec truly is! You can connect with Bec via Instagram over at @botanicalsbyluxe.

You can find your host over at @stephsanzaro. Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the radiant Bec Connolly for a very very special episode.

Before we begin, I must give a *Trigger Warning* for *Miscarriage*.
I recommend erring on the side of caution and moving through this episode mindfully. Feel free at any time to put the podcast down for while and to reflect upon the feelings that it may raise. Take the time to journal and to validate how it makes you feel. The invitation is always there to pick up the podcast again and to listen to this incredible story of hope.


Bec is the founder and owner of Botanicals by Luxe, a natural skin care brand launched in 2018 that has taken Australia by storm. Most surprising to learn however, is that Bec has a relationship to anxiety, has been diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS, has experienced multiple miscarriages and is now the proud mum of two, to her loving husband Nato. Her story is nothing short of incredible and I am so honoured to be able to share it here with you today.

After a year of discussing the idea of meeting up to record an episode, and the world having other plans, Bec and I are so thrilled to finally get together today with the aim of raising awareness for mental health and to embed the message into people’s hearts that they are truly never alone.

In this episode Bec and I talk all things anxiety, skin health, miscarriage and self care. It is an episode that you truly do not want to miss. I could not help but be blown away by Bec’s story and to sit before her and to learn of her life and more importantly her strength, was simply remarkable. I am extremely inspired by this incredible woman and I know that you will be too!

In today’s jam packed episode beautiful Bec and I discuss:

  • being diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS and the unheard struggle behind fertility treatments
  • the importance of raising awareness for miscarriage and words of hope and inspiration for all women
  • the joy of giving birth to beautiful Ollie and Jack
  • the scary experience of anxiety onset after birth
  • the relatable fear of losing your family to COVID 19
  • learning about your anxiety to better understand it and manage it
  • how you can access a mental health care plan, normalising mental health and therapy
  • why you shouldn’t be ashamed to utilise the wonderful resources like Beyond Blue and Lifeline
  • creating a successful business as a mum and the hurdles she had to overcome
  • how to incorporate more self-care in this season and tools for slowing down and taking time for yourself
  • ‘mum guilt’ – making self-care a priority as a parent
  • tips for ‘maskne’ – skin hacks
  • setting boundaries and protecting your energy

This episode is magic. I cannot believe the amount of beautiful information this episode was able to encapsulate in as little as 53 minutes! That’s just how amazing Bec is!

I really hope that you loved this episode just as much as I did, I believe that it carries so much power and so much weight in raising awareness for miscarriage, anxiety and self-care. It is a message that is very needed in today’s world, I could not be more honoured to have shared the space with Bec to create this episode.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to Bec and I today, we are incredibly grateful!


I am going to list a few helpful resources for you just in case:

Here are some wonderful mental health resources we discussed today.

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636

Lifeline – 13 11 14

How to access a mental health care plan – https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-health-care-plan


You can find Bec and her incredible product line here – Botanicals by Luxe

Find her on Instagram here – @botanicalsbyluxe

If you have any messages or thoughts, Bec and I would love to hear from you!

You can connect with me via instagram at @stephsanzaro

I appreciate your time more than you know and am so grateful for you listening to this episode today!

Love Steph x

037 – Rituals, Gratitude and Journaling with Your Host

This solo episode is all about rituals, gratitude and journaling! After a few requests, I decided to combine the three into a short 25 minute episode sharing my morning rituals/morning routine that I use to create a really beautiful mindset for the day, a template for my journal entries and why I appreciate gratitude as a means for elevating our vibration. If you enjoy this episode you can connect with me further via @stephsanzaro on Instagram xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today you are joining me for a short solo episode on Rituals, Gratitude and Journaling.

Over the past month I have had a few requests to talk about my journaling and morning rituals, so I decided to combine them and to discuss a little bit about gratitude as well, three things that I like to use to elevate my morning and to start my day off in a beautiful mindset.

I have been using writing as a form of self exploration for many years but I’ve only adopted a daily journaling habit within the past year and I have seen it as a beautiful time for self reflection and a source of greater understanding. I share my template for journaling here with you today, not as a recommendation but simply as a peek into my own practice.

In the current moment I am apart of a wonderful yoga immersion called 40 Days and 40 Nights run by the fantastic Bec over at Zero Point Yoga. In this episode I briefly talk about what the course has been like and the rituals involved. This has been such a brilliant investment in helping me to learn and adopt new skills into my every day life, I could not recommend it more. To find out when her next enrolment will be, stay tuned here.

In this episode we will look a little further into why gratitude is so important and how starting our day with appreciation can be so important for us in focusing on the good energy rather than the negative.

Today we discuss:

  • morning rituals and routines
  • small introduction to Zero Point Yoga’s 40 Days and 40 Nights yoga immersion
  • movement for mental health
  • nourishing our body through food
  • creating gratitude lists
  • a template for my journal entries
  • feelings, validation and mapping
  • writing as a tool for self exploration

Thank you so much for listening and sharing your time with me. You can connect with me over at @stephsanzaro on Instagram, your thoughts and feelings are always welcome.

Happy listening,

Steph x

036 – Deepening The Connection To Yourself with Laura Grady

Episode 36 with Laura Grady, a radiant female empowerment coach who’s mission is helping other women tap into their inner power. Today we will be exploring the idea of deepening the connection to ourself. We discuss the power of inner child work, understanding our past patterns and conditioning, inner work and it’s benefits to anxiety, learning to value ourselves more, triggers as a means for growth, the light and shade in each of us and the importance of showing up as your authentic self. This is an episode that packs a wholesome punch that will hit you straight in the heart. Laura and I had so much fun recording this episode and we really hope that you enjoy listening to it. You can connect with Laura at @lauragradycoaching on instagram. Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the radiant Laura Grady: a female empowerment coach helping women align with their inner selves.

Laura’s ethos is all about guiding women to tap into their power and helping them to become aware that they are truly enough and that they are worthy, just the way they are.

This is a such beautiful episode about deepening the connection to our inner self, it was such a pleasure to record with this wonderful woman.

In today’s episode Laura and I discuss:

  • the impact of low self worth
  • exploring inner child work
  • the power of tapping into the child within
  • becoming our own loving parent
  • why we numb ourselves to protect ourselves
  • how pain can be our biggest teacher
  • re-writing our conditioning
  • the benefits of being held during self discovery
  • how inner work can transform anxiety
  • how we can learn to value ourselves more
  • why we cannot fix other people
  • unlearning old patterns
  • triggers, as a means for growth
  • the light and shade of each and every person
  • showing up as your authentic self
  • finding your inner glow

You can connect with beautiful Laura over on Instagram at @lauragradycoaching or work with her and enrol in her coaching programs here

Thank you so much to Laura for being a wonderful guest today on the podcast, I absolutely loved having this chat with her, it really just felt like two old friends catching up and chatting over a cup of tea!

I am so grateful to you, for being here this week and for sharing your time with us.

Happy listening,

Steph xx

035 – Uncovering Limiting Beliefs and Putting Yourself Out There with Your Host

Episode 35 on limiting beliefs and putting yourself out there. In this short 20 minute solo episode, we explore the idea of uncovering limiting beliefs through therapy, therapy as a means for mental exploration, protection mechanisms, living with anxiety, the benefits of stepping into discomfort, discovering what you are capable of, following the call of your soul, the importance of clear intentions and manifestation and the impact of self worth and self love on our belief of what we deserve from our lives. In this episode I share a piece of my heart with you all, I hope you find comfort in the words and perhaps a new sense of understanding within yourself. Thank you for sharing your time with me. If you’d like to connect you can find me at @stephsanzaro on Instagram. Happy listening xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today you are joining me for a solo episode on limiting beliefs and putting yourself out there.

In this short solo episode we will be talking about:

  • uncovering limiting beliefs through therapy
  • therapy as a means for mental exploration
  • my personal experience with anxiety
  • protection mechanisms in my life
  • the benefits I found from stepping into the discomfort
  • breaking through my fear of travelling alone
  • following the call of your soul
  • understanding what we are capable of
  • the importance of clear intentions and manifestation
  • why we need to take action in manifestation
  • stepping into alignment with your goals
  • the impact of self worth and self love on our belief of what we deserve

Thank you so much for joining me for this weeks episode, I love sharing little snippets from my life with you all, that I have found to be extremely profound in my growth and I hope they provoke a new line of thinking within your own.

You can connect with me via instagram at @stephsanzaro

Happy listening,

Steph xx

034 – Value Alignment with Your Host

Episode 34 with your host, is a quick 16 minute episode about getting clear on your values and stepping into alignment with your true self. By identifying our values, we can get clearer on what feels right, or wrong, depending on our own moral compass. This can help us in areas of relationships, career, friendships and in our daily life. If we simply ask ourselves the question “Does this align with my values?” and make our decisions accordingly, we can move through life knowing that we are walking along the right path for us. You can connect with your host via instagram at @stephsanzaro Happy listening!

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today’s episode is a short solo episode with your host about Value Alignment.

If you are new to value alignment then this is the episode for you, because today we are going to get clear on what our values really are.

Values are very important when it comes to making decisions in our life, based on what we believe is right or wrong, in regards to our own moral compass or ethics.

Making decisions that align with our values will ultimately help lead us down the right path and keep us in alignment with ourself.

In today’s episode we discuss:

  • what are values?
  • why you should get clear on them
  • values in relationships
  • values in career
  • values in friendships
  • values in our day to day life
  • what are the benefits of becoming aligned with your values?
  • how to get clear on your values

I hope you enjoyed this short episode on value alignment and are now more aware of what your values truly are and are now feeling more connected to your path moving forward.

Any feedback is warmly welcomed, thank you so much for being here and I will see you all next week!

Happy listening friends,

Steph xx

033 – Understanding Your PCOS with Elly Mclean

We warmly welcome back Elly McLean to the podcast this week, for episode 33 ‘Understanding Your PCOS’. In this episode we will be diving deep into Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. PCOS effects more than 1 in 10 women world wide and the diagnosis can leave women feeling confused and alone. That is why Elly and I are so excited to share this episode and help women to better understand their condition. We will be digging a little deeper, helping you to understand the drivers of your PCOS and how these can ultimately help lead you to a more specific treatment. We look at Insulin Resistant, Post Pill, Inflammatory and Adrenal PCOS, have you been misdiagnosed with PCOS? Why you should think twice before jumping back on the contraceptive pill, what questions to ask your doctor and much more! Have your pen and paper ready, you’re going to want to take notes! Connect with Elly on Instagram at @nutritionelly Happy listening!

Welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the wonderful Elly Mclean of Nutritionelly.

Elly joins us again this week for another episode, to delve deeper into PCOS diagnosis and sheds some light on how women can learn to better understand their condition.

There is a lot of confusion out there surrounding PCOS and a diagnosis can leave women feeling confused and alone, that’s why Elly and I believe that this conversation is such an important one to have and one we hope will help many women out there.

We head into more detail about the types and drivers of PCOS and how finding out which category you sit in, can ultimately help decide your treatment moving forward.

In this episode Elly and I discuss:

  • what is the criteria for PCOS?
  • understanding the 4 types of PCOS
  • insulin resistant PCOS
  • post pill PCOS
  • inflammatory PCOS
  • adrenal PCOS
  • getting the right testing
  • why you should think twice before jumping back on the contraceptive pill
  • why you should treat your period like your monthly report card
  • what to do if you are in the “post pill PCOS” category
  • do you have PCOS or Hypothalamic Amenorrhea?
  • what questions to ask your doctor

We hope this episode helps bring some awareness to PCOS and has given you some direction moving forward in helping you to better manage your PCOS diagnosis.

Thank you so much to Elly for joining us again on the podcast, if you would like to work with Elly you can find her website here and connect with her via Instagram here

It has been an absolute pleasure,

Happy listening

Steph xx

032 – You Can Have The Life You Imagine with Jenna Hutchison

In Episode 32 we are joined by the beautiful Jenna Hutchison as she shares parts of herself with us she has never shared anywhere else before. This is a heart warming episode of strength and inspiration to do what you’ve always imagined in this life. This episode will certainly bring on a few tears, so have the tissues handy. Jenna is an artist, candle maker, workshop host, founder of a not for profit organisation and a woman to watch. In this episode we sit down to have a conversation about pouring your heart and emotion into your art, leaving the 9 to 5, how our growth is never linear, the pain of losing her father to a rare blood cancer, how when we are in flow the universe provides, the spinal reconstruction surgery that changed her life forever and how having your achievements recognised can make you realise that you are deserving of allowing yourself to appreciate you, after all these years. This is such a stunning episode that I am so proud and so humbled to share with you all today. You can connect with Jenna on instagram at @loveludie happy listening friends! xx

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today I am joined by the beautiful and talented Jenna Hutchison of Love Ludie.

Jenna is a woman of many talents, from being an artist, to candle maker, art workshop director and the founder of a not for profit organisation… this women is one to watch.

This conversation astounded me. Listening to her journey of strength and triumph, warmed my heart and softened my soul. It is not often that I am so in awe of someone when they are telling me their story, but today is a beautiful example of that.

I believe that through listening to the conversation you will be truly inspired to go after your dreams and to not let anything stop you along your journey.

Jenna opens up to us and shares something so deeply personal that she has never shared anywhere publicly before. I am honoured to hold space for this magical woman and I definitely recommend having tissues on hand, because it is destined to be a tear jerker.

Today Jenna and I gently discuss:

  • recognising our own self worth
  • why pouring your heart and emotion into your art can be cleansing
  • why our growth is never linear in this life
  • how the loss of a loved one changes us forever
  • saying goodbye to the 9 to 5 to pursue a life you always imagined
  • why when you are in flow, the universe provides
  • learning to be organically yourself
  • why we all deserve to slow down and appreciate ourselves
  • why yoga has been so important to Jenna in her journey
  • how spinal reconstruction surgery taught Jenna just how strong she really is and the true power she holds within herself
  • how therapy can hold our soul and validate our experience
  • winning the ANZ creative branding award
  • creating Cleaner Coast her not for profit organisation

This conversation made it’s way into my heart and created so much adoration for the wonderful Jenna.

Listening to her talk so vulnerably and openly about her story has enabled us, the listeners to connect with her on such a deep level.

I know that I am extremely inspired by this incredible lady and I hope you are too!

If you would like to work with Jenna you can head over and find her at her website and even join her for a workshop here

Connect and send Jenna your beautiful words of kindness through her instagram @loveludie

I am so incredibly humbled by this conversation and for Jenna sharing her heart with us, I cannot thank you enough.

We would both absolutely love to hear from you and to hear your words and feedback.

Happy listening my friends,

Steph xx
@stephsanzaro

031 – The Power of Manifestation with Your Host

In episode 31, a solo episode with your host, we discuss the idea of Manifestation. We talk about the importance of visualisation and calling in your ideal future, feeling your desires and getting clear on your vision. We discuss the innate goodness of people and the importance to finding gratitude in each day, the significance of a positive mindset and walking with an open mind. Connect with your host on instagram via @stephsanzaro Happy listening! x

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today you are joining me for another solo episode about the power of manifestation.

Manifestation is something that is a little ‘woo woo’ and highly spiritual and I’ll admit that growing up I kind of just thought it was a bit of nonsense.

But over the past few years, as I have dove into spirituality and self development works, I have found myself doing my own manifestation practices and have seen it bring forth many amazing opportunities, simply by putting it out into the universe.

In this episode I will take you through:

  • a little run down on the past 6 months and how manifestation has played it’s part
  • the innate goodness of people at a core level
  • how we must find gratitude in every day and hour
  • the importance of feeling your deepest desires
  • journalling, as a form of calling in your ideal future
  • getting clear on your vision
  • the significance of a positive mindset and an open mind
  • trusting in the process and allowing whatever will come, to come

I hope you all enjoy this short solo episode and that it opens your mind to seeing the world in a new and different way.

If you have any feedback or comments, please do not hesitate to connect with me through Instagram at @stephsanzaro I would love to hear from you!

Love Steph xx

030 – Stepping Into Your Power with Tom Robb

In this episode I am joined by the electric Tom Robb, to talk about stepping into our power and living in our authentic truth, showing up exactly as we are and owning our individuality. We will talk about opening your mind to self development, why life doesn’t get in the way ‘life is the way’, breaking the stigma of Men’s mental health at a young age, why your uniqueness is what makes you special, why we need to communicate openly and so much more! You can find more from Tom at @lifeis_theway on instagram xx

Hi all, welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the electric Tom Robb, a speaker, yoga teacher, outdoor facilitator, mediation teacher and mentor.

That’s right… he does all of those things! Tom oozes passion for helping others become the best versions of themselves.

He has a strong love for self development and along his self improvement journey he has created some wonderful resources that now helps other’s on their journey too.

Life Is The Way is his business and Tom speaks today about how ”Life doesn’t get in the way, life is the way”.

In today’s episode, Tom and I discuss:

  • finding freedom and flexible income with yoga teaching
  • opening your mind to self development
  • working with young minds and providing a safe space for them
  • why it’s never too late to start, age is no barrier
  • why life doesn’t get in the way, life is the way
  • why we need to act on our ideas and passions instantly
  • breaking the stigma of Men’s mental health at a young age
  • why operating at your highest frequency is important for everyone around you
  • why your uniqueness is what makes you special in this life
  • why ”you don’t lose; you learn”
  • why we need to communicate openly and check in on the people around us regularly
  • why we need to step outside the box of social norms and be our authentic selves
  • a message we need to share with our kids

This was such a rad episode to sit down and record and it carries a lot of power along with it’s words.

A big thank you to Tom for showing up exactly as he is and being his best self for us today.

You can find more from Tom on instagram

Or find him through his website

Thank you to you, for joining Tom and I today and sharing your time with us both! We would love to hear from you and hear what you think 🙂

Happy listening,

Steph xx

029 – Everything Happens For a Reason with Your Host

Join me for this mini life update as I take you through the beautiful realisations that have come to me over the past 6 months. I will be discussing the reality of returning home from India with the remnants of Typhoid and Dengue fever and how that played on my self of identity, the sub sequential onset of chronic fatigue, how I was gifted with the chance to live with and help care for my Nan in her last months of life, how gratitude helped me to see all of the bright moments in the darkness and how there can always be a positive on the other side of a negative, it’s just a switch in mindset. Connect with me via Instagram at @stephsanzaro I would love to hear from you! Happy listening x

Welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast!

Today you are joining me for a small solo episode on why I believe that everything happens for a reason.

In the past 6 months life has been a crazy ride for myself and for many others. Yet through a change of mindset and a shift in perspective, I have truly grown to believe that my circumstances these past few months have all happened for a reason.

In this episode I will tell you about my journey over this time, and the things I have found comfort and resolve in.

We will discuss the importance of gratitude and the life changing effects that expressing gratitude daily can do for your mindset.

In life we encounter many ups and downs and sometimes our greatest moments of hardship can feel unfair and unjust. We question how this could possibly have ever happened to us?

But it is in my experience that these hardships can teach us so much about ourselves. That we can then use these hardships to grow strength and resilience and move forward through life as a more evolved and better version of ourselves.

It is my belief that everything happens to us for a reason, to either teach us something or to give us a certain understanding and depth we were foreign to before.

It’s how we use these hardships, that really shapes the people we become.

Choose gratitude and positivity.

If you connected with the epsisode or its message, I would love to hear from you. You can connect with me here on instagram or you can share it to your story to spread the message further 🙂

Happy listening,

Steph xx

028 – Honouring Your True Self with Haley Madison

Episode 28 with Haley Madison, a transformational coach who is helping others make lasting impact. This episode is about retuning in to our sense of self and giving ourselves permission to show up just as we are. We discuss the importance of doing what serves you, why running away from our problems is counter productive, why we need to do less and be more present and the importance of reconnecting to our inner child. You can find more from Haley on instagram at @iamhaleymadison
Happy listening! xx

Episode 28 with the wonderful Haley Madison, is a beautiful message of hope for those of us out there who are existing without a true sense of self.

Haley is a transformational coach who guides other coaches and mentors to make the lasting impact they have always wanted to make. Her journey began herself as a health coach and changing the lives of her clients, through self love, understanding and health and wellness.

In this exceptional episode I am so excited to share with you the beautiful words of wisdom that Haley spreads, it is an episode that I believe will hit you in all the right places.

In this episode we discuss:

  • honouring your expression of who your are in that moment and giving yourself permission to change and evolve
  • how Haley’s self healing journey began with food and alcohol
  • growing up in an environment of addiction and depression and the patterns in can present in adult life
  • creating a safe environment for yourself and allowing yourself to thrive
  • wherever you are at, you can make your way to a greater place than where you are currently at and how you can get yourself there
  • honouring what ‘serves you’
  • why running away from your problems is counter productive
  • why letting yourself experience your day to day life just as it is, can help give you the permission to start accepting yourself just as you are
  • why you need to do less and be more present
  • why you need to start manifesting
  • understanding the ‘inner child’ archetype and why we need to reconnect back in to heal our soul
  • conquering the fear of being alone

This is an episode that I think you won’t long forget.

There are so many parts of this episode that I wish I could replay on repeat over and over for so many of you, to truly learn and understand how truly worthy you all are of living the lives you have been dreaming of living.

You can find more from Haley on her website here

Find her on instagram at @iamhaleymadison

Thank you again for joining me for such a spectacular episode with the ever lovely Haley Madison!

Haley and I would love to hear from you and to hear how this episode touched your lives in some way, so please do not hesitate to connect with us.

Big love,

Steph xx
@stephsanzaro

027 – Trusting Your Innate Intelligence with Sam Floreani

Take a deep dive into Episode 27 with Sam Floreani, a Chiropractor with a vitalistic view on health. Sam is passionate about innate intelligence, spirituality and self improvement and he has a lot to teach us today. In this episode we cover why the biggest investment you’ll ever make is the one between your ears, why we need to remove our idea of perfection and live in ‘the flow’, why we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously and why stagnancy is killing us. You can find Sam and The In8 Life Team on Instagram at @thein8life Enjoy!

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast.

In this episode I am joined by the awesome Sam Floreani of The In8 Life!
He is a superstar chiropractor and a man of spirituality and positivity.

As you listen to this episode you will feel Sam’s energy and passion coming through in his voice, it’s inspiring to listen to!

Sam and his wife Gab’s philosophy surrounds the prefix that our body has it’s own wisdom and innate intelligence, in other words our ‘flow’.

There is a world of information in this episode and so much to adapt to your own life, so that you can grow and evolve into the person that you want to be.

In this episode we discuss:

  • what is innate intelligence?
  • the beauty of business; Italy, Australia and globally
  • asking for help and learning from unconventional resources around you
  • removing your idea of ‘perfection’ and living in the flow
  • how to dig ourselves out of a dark place
  • why our internal happiness must to come first
  • why the biggest investment you’ll ever make is the one between your ears
  • Sam’s biggest tips for positivity and self improvement
  • why you’ve got to have ‘The End’ in mind
  • why stagnancy is killing us
  • why is the victim mentality keeping us from moving away from our past?
  • how to remove your worry about what people think of you
  • why we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously
  • why you should go and find ‘the happy’ people

You can find Sam at The In8 Life, in Geelong West.

To find the In8 team on social media you can find them @thein8life

Thanks for joining us today for a jam packed and high energy episode, I hope you’ve gathered up some magic points to take away and invest into!

Happy listening my friends,

Steph xxx

026 – Learning to Live a Mindful Life with Maddison Vernon

Episode 26 with the radiant Maddison Vernon is a beautiful episode that takes us through the journey to leading a more mindful life. We look at Maddison’s own personal journey, her experience with anxiety, yoga teacher training, falling ill and how the recovery from this illness ultimately changed the pace of live she chose to live. This is a wonderful episode and there are many pockets of heart warming goodness in here surrounding the importance of meditation, self care and kindness. You can connect with Maddison on instagram at @maddison_vernon Happy listening my friends.

Welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the radiant Maddison Vernon!

Maddison is a mindset coach and a meditation and mindfulness teacher. Through her own experiences, she has learnt how to live a more mindful life, one of self care, self worth and self love.

Mindfulness can mean a lot of things. But being mindful, simply means being aware of yourself, your body and being conscious in your decisions and choices.

Mindful activities can be yoga, meditation, journaling, walking, painting, drawing or anything that can pull you out of your thoughts and into the present moment.

Maddison takes us through some beautiful techniques on how to immerse meditation into your life, even if you’ve tried and tried and have never been able to be present in your self before.

In this episode we talk about:

  • the reality of living with anxiety and working with professionals to seek another pathway
  • using yoga as a means for mindful change
  • could a yoga course be right for you, physically and spiritually?
  • when it’s time to give up the fast paced, high expectational life
  • getting sick in Bali and how it knocked her body for the long run
  • how our health challenges can effect more parts of our lives than just the obvious
  • opening your circle up to a wide variety of healers, mechanistic and alternative
  • healing is profound, long and intense, but can change us in beautiful ways
  • meditation isn’t always easy, where to start, tips and tricks for being consistent and integrating a practice into your daily life
  • the physiological differences between acts of mindfulness and meditation
  • the incredible significance of being kind to yourself
  • you are worthy and deserving of self care
  • self care as a selfless act, not a selfish act

What a wonderful episode about the importance of mindfulness and self care! It truly was an episode filled with so much light and love.

To work with Madison connect with her here at her website

To listen to her meditations follow this link

Find her on instagram here

I am so grateful to Maddison for having this beautiful conversation with us today and for sharing so openly. It was such a pleasure to share this time together!

Thank you for listening and if you enjoyed this podcast I’d love to hear from you or if you feel called to, then leave me a 5 star review on the iTunes podcast app 🙂

Happy listening my friends,

Steph xx

025 – Self Worth, Awareness and Growth with Tessa Lloyd

This week we are joined by Tessa Lloyd, the gorgeous Mental Health OT, Art Therapist and founder and creator of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth. This episode is all about learning to understand ourselves a little better, the importance of self reflection and awareness. We discuss Tessa’s experience with an autoimmune disease, her past of ‘running’ and the beautiful effects that art therapy and breath work can have. This is a beautiful and eloquent episode about understanding our mental health, you can connect with Tessa at @tessajlloyd on instagram – Enjoy, my friends.

Welcome to the Steph Sanzaro Podcast.

This week we are joined by the incredible Tessa Lloyd, a Mental Health Occupational Therapist, Art Therapist, founder of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth.

Episode 25 is a very fluid and beautiful episode, carried by the enchanting voice of Tessa. Her episode highlights the importance of self awareness in helping us to recognise and understand ourselves and our emotions, thoughts and feelings.

Understanding ourself, can help to enrich our lives and relationships. It’s understanding why we say and do the things we do. In this episode we touch on how significant this is and how important it is to acknowledge and validate our feelings as a pathway to enhancing our lives.

This episode will take us through:

  • self care rituals during this uncertain season
  • Tessa’s self awareness and growth journey
  • developing an autoimmune disease and the unconscious ways it shaped the women she grew into
  • how our greatest pain can make us more empathetic and understanding
  • repeating the same patterns in relationships and it’s toxic cycle
  • the beautiful act of rebellion against societal norms to stop, sit and appreciate how far we’ve actually come on our journey
  • what is ‘holding space’ and why is it so important for ourselves and others around us?
  • the scientific and spiritual importance of the ‘Breath’ in helping to ground us in moments of anxiety or ‘monkey brain’
  • the beauty of Art Therapy as a healing mechanism
  • uncovering your true creative self
  • fear and shame, containing the expression of our highest self
  • believing we are unworthy of self care and self love and where to start with overcoming this feeling

What a wonderful episode! I loved talking to Tessa about her work and her passion for helping others with mental health, you can truly see that she is doing her ‘soul work’.

We are all at different stages of our self healing journey. Maybe you have just begun or perhaps you are months or years into yours. But no matter where we are, it’s important to sit and appreciate the awareness it takes to try and understand yourself and better yourself.

Where ever you are on your journey, it can be very helpful to have mentors, therapists and others to help and lean on. If Tessa is someone you would like to connect with and work with I will leave her details for you below.

Work with Tessa and connect via LinkedIn

Find Tessa and her graphics we discussed on Instagram

Connect into the Mind Rising program

Thank you so much for joining us today and sharing your time as we have this mindful conversation!

Stay safe and well my friends,

Steph xx




024 – Fear, Safety and Orgasm with Asti Maree

An important episode about rediscovering your sexual power. In this episode Asti Maree, a female sexual empowerment educator takes us through the unconscious blocks to our sensuality and ability to orgasm. She explains the importance of love, safety and belonging and takes us through the significance of boundaries and not letting your fear cock block you. This episode holds some serious gravity surrounding our conditioning, trauma and mindset. Keep your mind open friends, Asti has a lot to teach us all. Connect with her on instagram at @asti.maree

Welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast.

In today’s episode we are joined by the effervescent Asti Maree, an incredible female sexual empowerment educator.

After years on her own sexual empowerment journey, Asti has found her purpose in helping other women rediscover their own.

As adults there can be a lot of shame and disgust attached to sex, but what can be found hiding underneath tends to be our conditioning and our trauma; leading to sensuality issues as adults, even resulting in the inability to orgasm.

In today’s episode Asti shares with us:

  • Her own sexual empowerment journey 
  • The way other women resonate with her being a stripper and how it correlates with the relationship they have with their own sexuality 
  • Destroying a belief that love and desire cannot coexist 
  • Stepping back into your own sexual power
  • Thriving as individuals in a relationship and together
  • How our childhood trauma can effect our sensuality as adults 
  • The unconscious conditioning of shame, towards sex and pleasure 
  • We cannot be thriving if were ‘surviving’, flight or fight mechanisms
  • Love, safety and belonging; as the building blocks to orgasm
  • Getting out of your head and surrendering to pleasure 
  • How our conditioning can lead us to believe we’re not allowed to orgasm, or don’t deserve orgasm
  • How to stop fear from cock blocking us from achieving our greatest desires
  • Acknowledging your emotions to disarm their power
  • The importance of boundaries in sex and relationships
  • How knowing your worth can change your life

This episode is filled with so much goodness from the beautiful Asti.

There is so much psychology behind sex, that could easily never be brought to the surface for many of us; but with Asti’s help she is guiding other women to dig deep and to find their blocks to pleasure.

If the work Asti does intrigues you and you would like to find out a little bit more about your own unconscious conditioning towards sex, or how you too can achieve orgasm, follow the links I will list for you below!

Find her:

Online

YouTube

Instagram

Become apart of her program by clicking here

Thank you all so much for sharing your time with Asti and I today and I hope you learnt something of value and interest to you today and perhaps something that you didn’t in fact know before listening to this conversation.

Like always, Asti and I love your feedback and thoughts and absolutely love to talk with you guys about what you have heard in these episodes!

If you would like to connect with either of us, please do not hesitate! Or if you would like to share Asti’s message with more people out there, then share a screen grab to your instagram story and get the word out there.

Happy listening my wonderful friends

Love Steph xx

023 – Mastering Your Mental Health with Matt Runnalls

A beautiful and touching episode with the wonderful Matt Runnalls, the bright mind behind Mindfull Aus. Matt is a world wide mental health advocate and motivational speaker, who is paving the way for drastic change in the health of many lives. This is a powerful and important episode and one that comes along with a *suicide* trigger warning, so please listen with awareness friends. We discuss the reality of losing countless friends to suicide, living with suicidal ideation and bipolar disorder, experiencing homelessness, the importance of holding space and resisting the recoil of mental illness, educating our support network on how to support us through mental illness, finding the lessons in our mistakes, creating a curriculum for schools that teaches emotional awareness and much much more. This is a power packed episode friends, thank you Matt for sharing so beautifully! Happy listening.

Welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast!

In today’s episode I am joined by the wonderful Matt Runnalls.

Matt is a world wide mental health advocate and motivational speaker making strides in the mental sector of Australia and the bright mind behind Mindfull Aus, his charity that is paving the way in mental health promotion.

This episode will have you laughing and crying along with Matt as he tells the journey of his life; to where he is today as a leader in his field.

This episode comes along with a *suicide* trigger warning, so please exercise with dear caution friends.

In this episode Matt and I discuss:

  • The pain of losing countless friends and role models to suicide
  • What you can do with a limiting belief that you’re a burden on the world
  • The importance of holding space and resisting the recoil in the presence of mental illness
  • Going from living homeless on the streets, to the founder of a charity
  • How a single act of kindness can save lives
  • Finding the lessons in our mistakes
  • Educating your support network on how to support you through mental illness
  • The things we can achieve when being strong is our only option
  • Rewriting the dialogue of a mental illness diagnosis > a switch in perspective
  • Changing the negative connotations in mental health
  • Creating a curriculum for schools, that teaches emotional awareness to the youth of Australia
  • Founding Mindfull Aus and paving the way in mental health promotion
  • Don’t bathe in your crap, turn it into greatness
  • The Corona Virus Prison mindset
  • What Matt is doing for self care in this current climate

What an incredible episode. Listening back to this a few times, I honestly couldn’t believe the amount of wonderful information that is packed into this episode, to perhaps help us work towards mastering our mental health.

Working on our mental health is an ongoing journey. It is something we need to work towards every single day. The more work we put into it and into ourselves, the better equip we become at managing our own mental health. And this is what Matt continues to do every single day.

Matt provides yet again another beautiful example of the value of never giving up. Even when you feel like things may never get better, or that there is no reason to go on; Matt is an example that there will always be brighter days ahead.

From living with bipolar disorder, being homeless, losing 8 mates to suicide and to now being the founder of Mindfull Aus and also a world wide mental health advocate… he proves the value in finding the strength to go on.

There are so many amazing take aways from Matt’s episode and I would like to thank you all for sharing your time with us today. If you would like to share this message further, take a screen grab and share this to your story to help Matt spread his message to as many ears as possible.

If you would like to connect with Matt on instragram you can find him on his personal account here or at the Mindfull Aus page here

Matt offers a new program Best Me, aimed towards supporting the mental health of men. If you would like to be a part of it you can follow the link here

To take action and donate to Mindfull Aus, please click here

Thank you again for joining us today and for sharing your time. You cannot simply grasp how much it means to me.

Happy listening friends

Steph xx

022 – Work From Anywhere with Shiree Francis

In this episode I chat with digital nomad, Shiree Francis. Shiree runs SAF coaching, an online coaching program helping others to live their dream of traveling and working at the same time. This episode is filled with helpful information on how you too can live this amazing and free lifestyle. Shiree shares her tips on the digital world but also takes us through her origin story, her thoughts on self improvement and her take on reading, journalling and meditation. In this current climate of COVID-19 this is a MUST listen episode. Connect with Shiree on social media at @shiree.francis on instagram.

Hello!

Welcome back to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast!

Today’s guest is Shiree Francis; a digital nomad who has worked and travelled online for the last 5 years and is now helping others to live their dream!

The lifestyle that Shiree lives is one that many of us out there would love to live but with Shiree’s coaching business… she is now making that a reality.

In this episode Shiree and I discuss:

  • How she is navigating through this Corona Virus climate
  • Her origin story
  • Her travel journey
  • How to work online while traveling
  • The importance of maintaining a daily routine while working online
  • Staying mindful to keep on top of your mental health
  • Meditation, journaling and reading
  • Training your mind
  • Where to get started if you want to work remotely
  • Setting yourself goals
  • Getting into self improvement
  • Understanding your insecurities and using them to your benefit
  • Finding your Why?
  • Step by Step guide to finding your niche
  • Closing wishes


Make yourself a cup of tea, grab your note pad and pen and sit down to learn all about how you can become a digital nomad.

In listening to this episode you will discover how incredible it is that Shiree is using her skills to help others in such a creative and fundamental way.

It takes a special person to go out on a limb and start their own business and succeed and Shiree is doing just that!

If you would like to connect with Shiree further or better yet; become a client of hers, you can find more information from her over at her website https://www.safcoaching.com

Find her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/shiree.francis/

I want to say a massive thank you to Shiree for connecting with me on the World Wide Web all the way from Columbia to have this chat with me!

You can hear in her voice what a positive and inspiring human she is and someone who is a leader in her field!

She shared very vulnerably with us today and for that I thank her more than she could possibly know. The greatest benefits in life come from our deepest vulnerabilities, I truly believe this.

Thank you so much for listening today and I hope you guys find so much value in learning how to start up your own online business and eventually travel the world at the same time, when the time comes.

Happy listening

Love Steph xx

Shiree Francis Podcast

021 – Creating the Conscious Collective with Carlo Cirillo

In this episode I sit down with the conscious king himself, Carlo Cirillo. Carlo is a mentor, speaker, meditation teacher and podcast host. He is a connector and in this episode he connects with us to share his wisdom on gratitude, changing your mindset, making money doing what you love, reverse engineering your plan, his story and so much more! You will definitely need a pen and paper for this one, enjoy! You can find him at @carlo_cirillo on instagram.

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast!

Today I am joined by Carlo Cirillo.

A speaker, mentor, meditation teacher, podcast host, program creator and so much more! This guy, is one impressive human.

Carlo has done the work. It’s as simple as that. Whilst listening to this podcast you will learn through his story, about how no matter how many times you are knocked down in life, you can always climb your way back up.

This guy has such a solid and unrelenting mindset and it is underpinned by positivity and gratitude; things that he now teaches to his clients.

Carlo is helping so many people through his podcast The Conscious Podcast and through his instagram carlo_cirillo . He is here to help and serve, and it is clear to all that that is his purpose.

We are very lucky to have him sit down with us today and discuss:

  • his origin story
  • feeling disconnected
  • changing his mindset
  • finding gratitude
  • how to do gratitude properly
  • becoming self aware
  • how our failures shape us
  • connecting a community of conscious people
  • identifying your purpose
  • how to make money doing what you love
  • being grounded and present but open to change
  • reverse engineering your plan
  • The importance of a morning routine
  • Listening to yourself
  • His 3 top self care tips

I would like to say a massive thank you to Carlo for coming on the podcast today and for being so open and willing to give us the tools and tips that he uses in his every day life!

If you would like to hear more from Carlo you can find more from him below:

Head over to his website https://www.carlocirillo.com

Connect with him on Linkedin

Find him on Youtube

Apply for his program here 

Listen to his podcast here


Thank you for being here with me today! If you feel that Carlo’s message needs to be shared with more people, then share a print screen to your instagram story and help spread the word!

Happy listening

Steph x

020 – Resilience, Strength and Finding Wellness with Sarah McCarthy

A powerful episode, with the incredible Sarah McCarthy. Sarah is a Fitness and Wellness professional who is making a massive impact in the local community. This episode is something special, Sarah and I broach the hard, yet honest realties of life. We discuss Sarah’s early childhood in commission housing, her Dad’s attempted suicide, losing her father to terminal cancer, battling anorexia and disordered eating, living a purposeful life, breaking stigmas, movement as medicine and much more! This episode is a MUST listen and definitely not one to miss!

Hey guys welcome back for another week, with yet another incredible guest!

Today we are joined by the wonderful Sarah McCarthy, a fitness and wellness professional who is breaking down stigmas and making a big impact in the Geelong community!

Sarah’s story is one of resilience and I am so honoured to share it with you today.


Guys, this is one powerful episode that broaches some really hard, yet important topics.

Topics that yes we may find hard BUT… are so relatable in today’s world and I believe that Sarah sharing them here with us today is such an important thing in helping to raise awareness and helping to enrich the lives of others!!!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Her early childhood in commission housing
  • Her Dad’s attempt with suicide
  • Losing her father to terminal cancer
  • Getting into the fitness and wellness industry
  • Battling anorexia and disordered eating
  • Overcoming these hardships and battles
  • The importance of a support network
  • Strength training, rest and healthy eating
  • Volunteering and living a purposeful life
  • Movement as medicine
  • Breaking down the Mental Health Stigma
  • Men’s and Female only Projects
  • Becoming a Lululemon ambassador
  • Leading by example

This episode is filled with so much light and so much value. There are so many things in this episode that I founds so inspiring and so empowering and I really hope you do too!

The work Sarah has been doing surrounding Men’s mental health is so admirable and is such a testament to the person that she is!

It’s very exciting that Sarah will be running a Women’s only event on the weekend of International Womens Day! It will be held on the 6th of March at 5.30pm! Whilst I cannot share too many details I can share that it will be being held at one of the newest and most gorgeous new yoga spaces in Geelong and that there will be a very special guest speaker gracing everyone with their presence! It will be a night not to miss!


We have to say a massive thank you to Sarah today for being such an incredible guest and for being as honest and transparent as they come, a quality we know and very much love from our guests on the Plant Based Body Podcast!

If you found there was anything in today’s episode that you feel may have brought up something in you and you feel as though you may need to talk; I have listed a few services below that are amazing at what they do!

https://www.lifeline.org.au

https://www.beyondblue.org.au

https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au


For more from Sarah, head to:

Instagram

https://www.wellnesswithsarahmccarthy.com

Be sure to keep an eye on her instagram for more details surrounding the Women’s only event, Yeah The Girls!


I hope you guys enjoyed today’s episode with the amazing Sarah McCarthy!

If you feel that her story and message need to be heard by more people, then share this episode to your story on Instagram and help spread her incredible journey of resilience, strength and finding wellness.

I look forward to seeing you again in my next episode!

For now,
Happy listening

Love Steph xx

019 – Beautiful Skin from Within with Steph Watson

In this episode Steph Watson and I delve into how to create beautiful skin from within. We look into how the food choices we make can have an impact on our skin health. We touch on: acne, anti-aging, foods to avoid and consume, stress and hormones! This is a wonderfully informative episode and one I feel will be extremely helpful to those out there suffering from skin issues! Enjoy!

Welcome back to another episode of the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today I am joined by the gorgeous Steph Watson, as we delve deeper into ‘beautiful skin from within’.

Steph is a beauty therapist/nutrition extraordinaire and we are very blessed to have her as our guest this week! Today Steph and I look into the importance of what we eat in relation to our skin health.

We dive into topics such as:

  • the relationship between our skin and our food choices
  • the difference between internal and external skin factors
  • acne and acne pathways
  • the effect of stress and hormones
  • anti-ageing and antioxidants
  • what foods to avoid and which to consume
  • does soy cause acne?
  • celery juice for skin health?

This episode was loads of fun and it is one of the most informative episodes we have done to date! I do recommend keeping a pen and paper close if you’re someone like me, who is experiencing acne and skin issues and is looking for some answers!

I cannot thank Steph enough for joining us today on the Plant Based Body Podcast and I hope you all enjoy her wonderful soothing voice as much as I did!

To find out more from her, you can find her on instagram HERE

If you feel that more people need to hear today’s message, then share a story with your community on Instagram and get the word out there for more people to be empowered by todays episode! 🙂

Until next time,

Thank you for listening!

Steph xx

018 – Things Don’t Always Go To Plan – India Audio Blog Part 2 – With Your Host Steph Sanzaro

In Episode 18 I detail the sagas of my last few weeks in India. I tell the stories of the fun and crazy things I got up to and of course the story of getting hit with Typhoid Fever and Dengue Fever simultaneously, landing me in an Indian hospital for 8 days. Whilst not everything went according to plan… I simply wouldn’t change a thing!

Hey guys!

I am back for the first podcast of 2020.

Since returning from India, my life has solely been about letting my body rest and recover… and not a lot else! There has been very little activity and unfortunately that’s why the podcast has been a little quiet lately!

If you’re not already aware, in December whilst traveling India I fell ill with Typhoid Fever AND Dengue Fever… at the same time. I was hospitalised for 8 days and it was one of the hardest experiences I have ever been through.

I can honestly say though, I wouldn’t change the experience for anything. I learnt so much and grew exponentially just from having that experience and that is all that matters to me.


Episode 18 is Part 2 of my India Audio Blog.

Part 1 detailed the experiences I was having in my early months in India and the stomach bug that also landed me in hospital.

Part 2 concludes my incredible travels in India and details all of the events, experiences and things I got up to.

It’s a story telling episode, if you will.


India was the most incredible country to visit for my first solo trip and I cannot recommend it enough! It has to be on the bucket list for sure.

Though challenging and hard at times, India is a vortex unlike no other.

It will have my heart always.


I hope you guys enjoy this episode and a little look into my travels!

Happy listening

Steph xx

017 – We Are Stronger Than We Know – India Audio Blog Part 1 – With Your Host Steph Sanzaro

In this solo episode I talk about my crazy experiences in India in the last two months. My little rafting disaster that saw me have my first near death experience, my countless stomach bugs whilst traveling, hiking through the desert and then landing myself in an Indian hospital. It has seen me learn the importance of listening to your body, giving it the rest it needs but also that we are way stronger than we could have ever imagined and that we can truly get through anything.

Hey guys, welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Todays episode is a little audio blog about my crazy experiences in India in the last 2 months!

There have been many ups… but also a few downs!

In this episode I chat about:

  • my little rafting disaster that saw me go through my first near death experience
  • traveling with 4 other people during a stomach bug that saw me on and off the toilet for days
  • hiking through the desert and ditching our camels
  • getting another stomach bug that saw me land in a sketchy Indian hospital
  • learning the importance of listening to your body and resting

It has been a really amazing 2 months here in India and whilst I may talk about a few of the negatives here in todays episode, this trip has truly been the best thing I have ever done for myself in my entire life.

Getting out of my own country and seeing the beautiful land that is India, meeting incredible people, undertaking yoga teacher training, seeing incredible monuments and forts and so much more.

This is a place that I will always remember travelling too and the positives far out weigh any possible negatives!

Happy listening,

Steph xx

016 – Owning Your Story with Purpose with Mel Yu

Today I am joined by Mel Yu, the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo, MCO events and an avid keynote speaker for Suicide Prevention. This episode is a powerhouse of information and inspiration. Get ready to cry, laugh and learn from this incredible woman. We discuss life after losing your love to suicide, the importance of going ‘within’, self work and self love, building and growing business, owning your story and much, much more!

Hello my dear friends, welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Today’s episode is extremely special; I am joined by the incredible women that is, Mel Yu.

Mel has an incredible story. I feel extremely honoured to have been trusted with holding space for Mel as she takes us through her journey.

And what a journey it has been!

Mel has experienced her fair share of hardship. After experiencing family troubles early in life and dealing with racism and bullying in school, in 2014 Mel then lost her partner Gus, to suicide.

It was that heartbreaking and earth shattering kind of love. And the loss of this was something that rocked Mel to her core. What could have been an easy path for Mel to fall into a spiral of depression as well, over the years she has found new strength and has been able to take her lowest point and turn it into power; as an advocate for suicide prevention.

Mel has become an advocate for mental health and is an avid key note speaker. Mel is also the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo and MCO Events, two incredible businesses that are taking Melbourne and Australia by storm.

This amazing lady has so much knowledge and wisdom to share and this episode is a power house of inspiration. I left this conversation buzzing, and I know you will too.

In this episode Mel and I discuss:

  • Mel’s journey
  • Shifting your perspective
  • Suicide and life after
  • Letting blame and shame go
  • Living your life ‘in flow’
  • Hitting rock bottom and finding the strength to rise back up
  • Fostering self awareness
  • Reaching out for help and finding the right person to talk to
  • The power of going ‘within’
  • Building a mental health network
  • The power of vulnerability
  • Owning your story with purpose
  • Becoming A self-made business woman
  • Investing in yourself
  • Leading with kindess
  • Conscious content consumption
  • Positive affirmations for self love
  • Finding gratitude

“The worst thing you can leave behind, is a story untold”.

I am so humbled to share this powerful episode with you all and cannot thank Mel enough for her time and for sharing so openly.

You can find Mel on instagram here

If you or someone you know is struggling, Lifeline is an incredible resource for help and someone to talk to. Be kind to others always, you never know what is really going on underneath.

Happy listening,

Love Steph x

015 – Creating the PCOS Bible with Kayla Jade

Hey guys welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

My name is Steph Sanzaro and I am your host. I am a health and wellness advocate with a passion for talking about the things that really matter.

In today’s episode I am joined by Kayla Jade from the The PCOS Bible, an online platform Kayla created to raise awareness about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a place for women to come and collect information and to help manage their own PCOS symptoms.

PCOS effects 1 in 10 women, yet there is little to no awareness about this chronic disease in Australia. There are many women out there suffering with PCOS whom have no idea that they can holistically reverse and manage their hormones.

Many women, including myself suffer from PCOS. It can be an overwhelming diagnosis with lots of confusing information and not a lot of support from your GP or practitioner.

Many women are placed on the hormonal birth control pill to manage their symptoms, but once they come off the pill their symptoms return, and they are back where they started.

Kayla decided that this was not going to work for her. After he diagnosis she decided to take a holistic route and started working towards managing her hormones through natural means.

In this episode Kayla and I discuss:

  • Her past, to where she is today helping women all over the world
  • Managing burn out and gaining courage to leave a job that doesn’t serve you
  • Being diagnosed with PCOS and the emotional effect of it all
  • The overwhelm and confusion surrounding where to start with your PCOS
  • Managing your PCOS through diet change
  • The effect of stress on our bodies and hormones
  • Is your exercise exacerbating your hormonal imbalance?
  • Choosing to avoid gluten due to inflammation
  • Plant based eating and PCOS
  • Understanding sustainable long-term changes, over ‘quick fixes’
  • What is insulin resistance and why should we be aware of it?
  • What the heck is PCOS and why doesn’t anyone know about it?
  • Creating a community for women with PCOS
  • The truth about the pill
  • Escaping the Binge and restrict minsdset

And plenty more!

The work Kayla is doing is truly remarkable and I am so grateful to have had her share her story with us today.

If you have any questions or would like to contact Kayla yourself, you can find her here:

Instagram

Facebook

Linktree

I look forwad to seeing you in my next episode.

Happy listening

Steph xx

014 – The ‘Food as Fuel’ Battle with Matt Sipala

In today’s episode I am joined by Matt Sipala from You4ia Health and Active Living. Matt is a fitness professional, who in this episode opens up about food addiction, calorie counting and calorie restriction, his mental health, transitioning to a plant based diet and much, much more. I can’t wait for you to listen!

Hey guys welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

In today’s episode I am joined by Matt Sipala of You4ia Health and Active Living.

This is a really great episode that I think lots of us out there can resonate with.

It has become an all too common thing for many of us out there to experience body image issues and Matt is no stranger to this.

In this episode Matt and I discuss:

  • Matt’s story
  • Mental health
  • Masculinity and femininity
  • Being a young teen at 100kg
  • Battling with calorie counting and calorie restriction
  • The ‘fun’ of fad diets
  • Finding sustainable health and fitness
  • Transitioning to a plant based diet
  • Becoming a podcaster and tips & tricks
  • Self care for Matt
  • The importance of breathing and meditation

What a jam packed episode! I’m so happy that matt joined us this week and shared his incredible story with us. Every week I am astounded by the incredible guests who join me and share so openly and vulnerably. It is incredibly inspirational and hopefully this episode has left you with a little clarity moving forward in your life.

You can find more from Matt here

Happy listening

Steph x


013 – Healing the Gut NutritionElly with Elly McLean

In this episode I sit down with Elly McLean to talk all things nutrition and gut health. We discuss plant based nutrition, PCOS, hormones, building a meal, coffee, her journey and much more. This is an extremely valuable episode that I think you will learn so much from!

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today I am joined by Elly McLean of Nutritionelly.


Elly and I could have talked for hours and hours!

This episode is PACKED full of information, you are going to want to listen to this episode more that once… and make sure you have a pen ready to take down all of the amazing tips Elly shares.


In this episode we discuss:

  • Elly’s journey and gut healing story
  • Why the gut is important
  • Plant based nutrition
  • How to build a meal
  • PCOS and hormones
  • Navigating being a female
  • Coffee myths

Elly is honestly a wealth of knowledge and we are so lucky to have had her join us today on the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Her journey is so relatable and the things she has been through have ultimately lead her to a place where she is now using her experience to help others with their own gut healing journey!

You can hear how passionate Elly is and it is honestly incredible to be in a room with someone who has that much knowledge, we will definitely be recording a second episode.

You can find more from Elly here at her Website

On instagram Here


I have no doubt that this episode will teach you many many things and that you will be more equip with the knowledge you need to live a happier and healthier life after listening to this podcast!

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy listening,

Steph x

011 – Becoming Natural Harry with Harriet Birrell

In this episode I am joined by author Harriet Birrell of ‘Natural Harry’ a series of incredible plant based recipe and lifestyle books. In this amazing episode we discuss plant based nutrition, veganism, minimal waste living, self care, finding your purpose and following your journey. This is a must listen!

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today I am joined by the wonderful Harriet Birrell!


This episode is so heart warming and extremely inspirational!

Harriet is the creator of Natural Harry, a series of incredible plant based recipe books and a wonderful concept store that have all evolved from a smoothie and raw treat van called “Natural Harry” back in the day!

In this podcast we discuss Harriet’s journey to where she is today, all of the ups and downs, the forks in the road and that feeling of anxiety surrounding what the hell we are meant to do with our lives!


The moral of the story is that we don’t have to know what we want to do with our lives! All we have to do is enjoy the ride and be present and here for all of the crazy and wonderful experiences that life throws at us!

Harriet is passionate about minimal waste living and a plant based lifestyle and this podcast encapsulates it all!

We talk:

  • Plant based health
  • Veganism
  • Her business
  • Ups and downs of her journey
  • Minimal waste living
  • Self care

You will learn things, you will laugh and you will be inspired to take on your dreams and invest in your ideas and creativity!

You can find Harriett’s website Here

Find her on Instagram Here


I am so pleased that Harriet joined us this week and I really hope you guys are left with that heart warming feeling!

Happy listening!

Steph x

010 – Mind, Body, Plants with Tommy Moore

In this episode I speak with Tommy Moore of Mind, Body, Plants about plant based health and nutrition, the common myths of eating a plant based diet, competing as a plant based athlete and all things meditation and mindfulness. It truly is an info packed episode!

Welcome to episode 10 of the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Prepare to get your ‘nerd’ on in todays episode. Tommy Moore takes us through all of the science behind why you should adopt a plant based diet.

We start off discussing the science behind a plant based lifestyle and Tommy explains his experience with doing a fitness competition whilst eating this way.

We talk supplements, the big protein question, B12, DHA EPA Omegas, Iron.

What does Tommy eat in a day to fuel his workouts and his gym performance? We got you covered!

Tommy is the founder of Mind Body Plants a new podcast promoting all things the brain, mindfulness, nutrition and physical activity. It’s all about breaking down the science and clearing up the confusion.

We also discuss a 10 day silent meditation that Tommy was apart of. It is an incredible listen. Imagine not being able to speak, look anyone in the eye or read and meditating 10 hours a day… So intriguing!

Do you think you could do it?


– You can find more from Tommy on Instagram here

-Or find his Podcast Money Body Plants here


Happy listening guys!

Steph x

009 – This Hot Mess with Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper is the woman behind This Hot Mess, an amazing blog about sharpening minds and softening hearts. This is a beautiful episode filled with many pockets of wisdom. You will learn about the reality of being a Primary Carer, how to create and be your own brand, living and managing Anxiety, self care, living authentically and much, much more! This is one you cannot miss!

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Today I am joined by Kim Cooper, a dear friend of mine who is changing her slice of the world for the better.

Kim is a sensational human being who is a massive beacon in the Geelong community and a part of many philanthropic endeavours. She is a professional singer, brand representative and blogger. Kim is also the primary carer of her father.

But, this ‘wonder of a woman’ still manages to find the time to perform local gigs, go to social events, be on the panel for local charities, write pieces for Forte Mag, create video content for Humans in Geelong, be a brand rep for many companies AND write her own blog; This Hot Mess!

Is there anything this girl can’t do?!


In this podcast we discuss:

  • what it’s like to be a Primary Carer for a loved one
  • the in’s and out’s of Anxiety and tips to manage and support yourself
  • advice for networking, building a brand and being your authentic self
  • over delivering, the influencer industry and doing instagram for the right reasons
  • self care and mindfulness
  • living a life that is true to yourself

It’s one you cannot miss!


Kim’s new project is This Hot Mess, a blog that is all about “sharpening minds and softening hearts”.

She relaunches her creation on the 12th of September 2019.
You can find it here This Hot Mess

Keep your eyes peeled on this project guys, there are big things coming from miss Kim Cooper!


This podcast offers so many pockets of wisdom!

I personally feel that I have been so incredibly changed and enlightened by Kim’s insights and listening to her speak.

I am very grateful Kim took the time to sit down with us today and share her wonderful knowledge.

You can find more from Kim here on Instagram

I hope you guys enjoyed this episode and I look forward to seeing you again next week!

Steph xx

008 – Tales of a Plant Based Traveler with Jian Wong Yen

Have you ever wanted to travel the world like you are limitless? Well my next guest Jian Wong Yen has. In this beautiful episode Jian tells us about his crazy and wonderful experiences from his years of traveling the world. His reflections and insights into the monumental moments of his life will leave you feeling inspired and enlightened. Be prepared for that fire inside of you to ignite!

What a journey this has been so far! I am so excited to have you all back with me for another week on the Plant Based Body Podcast! This is truly such a wonderful medium for people to share their experiences and their lives and presents the listeners with an opportunity to learn and grow.

My next guest is no exception!

This episode excites that itchy part of you that is seeking MORE from life!

My guest Jian Wong Yen, is about to tell you the craziest of tales about his years of traveling the world. Prepare to be shocked, amazed and inspired.

His experiences will ignite a fire in you to go out there and do the things that scare you, to take risks and reminds us that we are capable of everything we set our minds to!

Over his years of travel Jian has written a reflection on each monumental moment that has happened to him. Through his reflections he has been able to unpack and gain insight into how each of them has affected and shaped him.

This podcast offers wisdom beyond Jian’s years and I cannot wait for you to be as inspired by this episode as I was.

Enjoy!

Steph xx

007 – Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone with Your Host Steph Sanzaro

Welcome to my first solo episode. This week I take you through my crazy experience in the week just past, with the Unyoked project and a spontaneous yet transformative trip to the Grampians with a guy that was no more than a stranger a week before. This episode is about the crazy things the world presents you with when you start to step outside of your comfort zone and step into your fears! It’s time to open yourself up to all the possibilities the world has waiting for you!

In this episode I take the plunge and record my very first solo podcast.

It has taken me a while to get to this point where I feel comfortable sitting in front of the microphone and to talk about myself.

But it’s time to not be fearful anymore. It’s time to provide value and share some of the insights that I have come to learn over my life!

In the last week I have seen more of a transformation in myself, than I have in years… all from simply stepping outside of my comfort zone and doing something that would normally scare the absolute hell out of me.

I am not going to give you any spoilers but this episode is really about all of the wonderful things that the universe seems to present to you with when you decide to sit in the discomfort, step into your fears and stop letting your anxious brain control you.

The best things truly do come when you start to open yourself up to new experiences and new opportunities. It is a beautiful reminder that accepting help, is not weak. It is brave, it allows people in to your life and allows intimacy.

The people I have met and gotten to know over the past week have now shaped me for what is to come next in my life.

Each person and experience is a learning opportunity and provides so much space for growth and self awareness.

I hope you guys enjoy this episode and if you do, please feel free to tag someone who needs to hear this today.

Love Steph! xx

006 – Leading the Conversation with Gabe McClelland

In this episode I am joined by Gabe McClelland as he leads the important conversation around mental health. He shares his incredible story about anxiety and OCD, that has a truly inspiring message that will get you moving your body, having important conversations and being a good mate. This episode has the power to change lives.

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

Today’s episode is a beautiful conversation with Gabe McClelland.

Gabe leads today’s episode with a discussion that I hold very close to my heart, a discussion about mental health.

You are going to be blown away by this episode, Gabe inspires with every single word.

His story is incredible and extremely relatable to many of us out there. We discuss anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and how he has managed to tackle and over power these things.

This episode offers hope to many people out there and I think will motivate and inspire you to get outside, get your body moving and get out of your head.

Sometimes our mental illness can feel like it consumes our entire life and seemingly, that is what Gabe’s had done to him. However he is now leading a run group called the Finishr with his partner Bree, that is encouraging movement and inspiring important conversations.

Conversation can change the world.

Talk to someone today. Have the tough conversation, man up and be a mate.

If Gabe’s story speaks to you, feel free to contact him through his instagram at Gabe_mcc

This episode has the power to change lives, I cannot wait for you to hear it.


005 – Sustainable Food, Health and Fitness with Elise Carver

In this episode I am joined by Elise Carver (@littlebantamsurftrainer) as we discuss sustainable living, fitness and food. An incredible insight that I believe will change the way we think about our health and fitness forever. In this episode we also touch on social media, growing a business through Instagram, mental health, living with Gastritis and fueling and moving your body.

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!

In this episode I am joined by Elise Carver (@littlebantamsurftrainer) of Surf Style Training. This episode is jam packed with amazing goodies that I know you guys will love!

Today we talk:

  • her journey
  • fitness
  • social media
  • mental health
  • sustainability
  • fueling your body for optimisation
  • the gut and Gastritis

We discuss Elises early life, moving from place to place and the instability when she was growing up and the rocky relationship she has with her mother and her step father. She explains the work she has had to do to help her over come these issues and ultimately overcome a lot of her childhood trauma.

Elise found home within the Surf Coast, where she lives a sustainable lifestyle with her husband. Elise works as a trainer and online coach, provides active stretching and training tips to her many Instagram followers and is soon to be a published Author.

When ‘sustainability’ is the topic of conversation, we normally think of minimal waste living. But in this episode we talk about sustainable fitness; is your fitness routine a long term commitment or a short term quick fix that will burn you out? What about food? Are you dieting and doing crazy challenges that are unsustainable in the long run or are you eating to fuel your body best?

Elise shares amazing insights for those who have never heard of sustainability before and quick and easy tips that we can use to implement sustainability into our lives today.

I hope you have your pen ready because you are about to learn an abundance of knowledge that will help to change your life forever! 

If you would like to connect with Elise and provide her with some feedback you can find her here:

Instagram – @littlebantamsurftrainer

Website – https://surfstyletraining.com.au

I want to thank Elise for being so honest and so willing to help others, she is providing incredible content through her instagram teaching and inspiring others and truly wants to change other peoples lives but more importantly… change the world!

What a legend.

Steph xx

004 – Binge Eating to Boss Girling with Lucy Brennan

Lucy Brennan is the founder and directer of Luce Fit Australia. In this inspiring episode we discuss overcoming binge eating, anxiety, competing in fitness competitions, founding a successful business and cultivating self love. Have your pens ready because this episode is full of amazing and helpful tips!

Welcome back for another episode of the Plant Based Body Podcast! 🙂


This episode is truly wonderful and heart warming.

My conversation with Lucy is full of empowering messages and inspiring ways to help improve our relationship with food and our bodies.


In this episode Lucy takes us through her early life and into high school. We talk about where she headed after school and her experience with University and moving to Melbourne.

It was there she blossomed as a PT and worked the usual AM and PM fitness professional grind.

We talk about the positives but also the struggles of competing in fitness competitions and how this ultimately effected Lucy’s body image.

However, Melbourne was not for Luce and she ventured overseas where she really discovered her drive and purpose.


Upon her return Lucy knew exactly what she wanted to do… to create an all female gym that would empower women in her community to get their bodies moving and to help improve their relationship with their bodie’s.

This is where Luce Fit Aus was born!


In this podcast we explore mindfulness, self love, building a business, competing,  anxiety, over coming binge eating and poor self image and so many more precious goodies!

I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I did and fall in love with Lucy’s ethos and passion!


She is a wonderful inspiration for all girls out there wanting to make something of themselves and build their own business; and she proves that not everyone needs to go to University to be successful!

Luce Fit Aus is a warm and nurturing womens gym in Geelong, and it’s community continues to grow every day!

If you would like to be a part of it, head over and follow this link to explore their Instagram

Thank you guys for tuning in for another episode and we will see you next week!

Steph xx

003 – Endometriosis Awareness with Amina King

This episode is all about raising awareness for Endometriosis, a chronic illness that affects 1 in 10 women. I am joined by Amina King as we explore what life with this chronic illness is like for many women and how debilitating it can be.

Welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast!


1 in 10 women live with Endometriosis.

Yet most of the population have no idea what Endo even is!

If I hadn’t had my own experience with it, then I too would still live in the dark.

However my experience has lead to awareness that so many women are living with chronic pain due to this chronic illness.


Amina King is living with this Chronic Illness.

It has seen her land in hospital many times, due to the uncontrollable pain.

She lives with fatigue, pain, iron deficiency, poor sleep quality and this also affects mental health.

We discuss what it’s like to live with Endometriosis, how you can improve and holistically help your Endo, we talk about diet, exercise and pelvic floor work you can do.


Many women discover they have Endometriosis after many years of seeing doctors and miss diagnoses and dismissal of their pain.

It is still not common knowledge amongst doctors of how to diagnose and to treat Endometriosis and that is why it can take so long to get answers.

Many women with Endo feel like they are alone. It is not as commonly known and widely talked about like things like asthma or diabetes. That is why many women suffer alone.

It is very important to note that there are women out there experiencing the exact same symptoms and that there is a community that you can seek out and join and be a part of. Here you will find the support and the inspiration you need on a daily basis to get you through.


A harsh reality of Endo is being told that you may never be able to have children naturally. Infertility is one of the major symptoms of Endometriosis. I too know what it is like to be told this.

It breaks your heart and makes you feel like you’re different and incomplete.

In this episode we do get very emotional regarding this topic, as it truly hits so close to home.


Many women are experiencing such severe symptoms that they cannot leave the house, they cannot work, they are just constantly in pain.

That is why awareness is such a powerful part of trying to improve the quality of womens lives, living with Endometriosis.

The more awareness, the more support from governments and from medical funding that can be given.


Amina is an incredible young lady who I admire and adore.

She shares her chronic illness with complete vulnerability over at her instagram page Chronically Amina, helping to raise awareness and helping other girls struggling too.

This conversation is so powerful and educates and raises awareness for such a debilitating chronic illness.

I hope you guys are now more knowledgable about Endometriosis and if you too think you might have the same illness, make sure you push to get it diagnosed and get answers! You are not alone.

Steph xx

002 – Building the Vibe Tribe with Bree Filippone

A very special episode about Bree’s journey, body image, creating your own business, self love, dating, starting a fitness journey, social media and building the ‘vibe tribe’. Bree is a qualified exercise sports scientist, graphic designer and co-founder of The HIIT Project and The Finishr.

Welcome to Episode 002 of the Plant Based Body Podcast.

In this episode I am joined by the beautiful Bree Filippone.

This episode is extremely special, we discuss some extremely valuable points that I think everyone out there should hear.

We discuss Bree’s journey to where she is today, over-coming a sports injury that derailed her basketball career, her experience with body image issues and her relationship with food. We talk about becoming a fitness professional and the ups and downs of starting your own business. We explore the world of dating and offer some seriously good advice for any single pal’s out there holding out for the ‘one’. She offers some incredible tips to anyone wanting to kick start their own fitness journey and we discuss her very exciting new projects!!!

You are going to learn a lot from this podcast, so wherever you are I hope you have a pen ready or your notes ready to type down the absolute gems of wisdom we discuss in this episode. I absolutely fell IN LOVE with Bree whilst recording this episode and I just know you will too!


Bree is a qualified Exercise Sports Scientist, Graphic Designer and qualified Personal Trainer, raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

She grew up as a sporty kid, playing basketball, volleyball and little athletics.

Basketball was where her heart really belonged though. All the way through to her 20’s she played the game competitively, until an injury derailed her career and she ruptured her ACL.

She was heavily involved in sports rehabilitation to get her back in fighting shape and to get back into the game. During this time she found a love for the gym and sports conditioning.

During high school Bree was the girl that loved her sports and was fit and lean. Until schoolies and summer holidays got the best of her and she became a little larger in weight, than her normal small frame.

After becoming extremely unwell with glandular fever, the weight disappeared. Her friends reaction was that of ‘Wow you look great! How did you do that?‘. This unfortunately led to disordered self image for Bree and this encouraged her to continue and seek-out ways to remain in this new small frame. This was a worrying time for her and her family.

Her ups and downs with her relationship to food and her body; whilst they didn’t lead her to her becoming a fitness professional, it did lead her to discovering the ‘proper‘ way to care and to look after her body. Her goals soon changed from being ‘thin’ to becoming ‘fit and strong’ and working out for performance.

She studied Graphic Design at university, before studying her second degree in Exercise Sports Science and doing her Personal Training degree.

This lead her to founding the HIIT Project; a high intensity, intentional, workout group fitness business.

And of course the Finishr; a ‘Vibe Tribe’ running group. It is a FREE run club, that runs every Sunday (pardon the pun). There is a surprise location every single week, announced on the Thursday before.

It encourages the community to get out and about early on a Sunday morning and to start their day off in the best possible way. It truly is a VIBE TRIBE. Anyone is welcome, of any skill level or any type of human/dog. You can walk, trot, run or just chat. It is a community.

Now, a Lululemon ambassador and an inspirational influence in the Geelong/Melbourne/Bellarine/Surfcoast community, Bree is honestly little pocket rocket.

She offers her ideas for self love, mindfulness and tips for anyone out there wanting to start their own fitness journey.

She shares her experiences and her stories with no hesitation. This girl simply wants to ‘give’ and you can just hear her passion and excitement for what she does in her voice.

I am so excited to see what is next to come from this girl, I just know it is going to be HUGE!

I hope you love this one just as much as me,

Happy listening ❤

001 – Breaking the Stigma with Nick Bell

A beautifully honest podcast about the trouble of over coming mental health and breaking the stigma.

Hey guys,

Welcome to the first episode of the Plant Based Body Podcast.


There seems to be this stigma out there surrounding Mental Health.

Still. In 2019.

Why is it still shameful to express that you’re not doing the best?

Everyone struggles. Everyone has down days and everyone has moments where it all seems too much.

So it should make sense that we talk about it with our family and our friends and ask for help in these dark times right???

Unfortunately the answer is NO.

Far too many children, teenagers and adults are suffering in silence. They are trying to fight alone and it is a fight they are losing.

The new statistics show that suicide rates are at an all time high. Specifically among young men. 3 in 4 suicides are men.
What a horrible statistic.

But why men? Why do they lead this number?

Could it be the expectation that is placed on them from a young age to ‘be tough and get over it’?

What about the saying ‘boys don’t cry’?

It could be both of those things.

Unfortunately it doesn’t change the fact that many men are suffering in silence and they’re unable to get help before it’s too late!

But what would happen if men knew that it was okay to say they are not okay?

What if they were told that they could feel whatever it was they were feeling and that it was normal?

What if they knew it was okay to talk to others and share their feelings with other people, from a young age?

What if they knew that they would still be ‘a man’ even if they cried?

What if more men spoke out and normalised mental health among other men?

Well that is exactly why Nick Bell is my first guest on the Plant Based Body Podcast.

To speak out.
To say its okay to not feel okay.
To express that it’s okay to ask for help.
To break the stigma around mental health.


Nick is a young man.
Just like your brother, your cousin, boyfriend, husband, or your father or uncle used to be.

He works a normal job, he goes to uni and he loves sport and music just like any young man.

He has had his hard times and his good times too.

His life, like many others; has not been easy.

He has struggled with mental illness, thoughts of suicide and hopelessness.

However, he is still here.


Nick found himself at a point where his mental health had hit its lowest point. At times the emotion was too much and it overwhelmed him with sadness.

It was at this time that he decided to film a video. A video of him opening up about his situation, his life and being affected by mental health.

In this heart wrenching video Nick explains the depths of his depression and bares all, so that the viewer can truly see behind his usual charade of ‘that bubbly guy’.

No one had seen this side of Nick before. No one knew that he was struggling.
And it’s heart breaking to hear that he almost did something that he can never take back.

He posted this video to his Facebook, whilst he was overseas in Europe. It was a chance for him to finally express how he was feeling, to be free.

He received an overwhelming response of support and love from family, friends but also complete strangers. Something in his video resonated with others… ‘that everyone struggles’.

But, to bear your soul so openly comes at an extremely vulnerable price.

Will he be labeled as ‘the mental health guy’?
Will people treat him differently?
Will his friends still accept him the way he is?
Will people understand him?

The answer?

He became a role model for others around him. He showed everyone that it’s okay to talk about how you are feeling and to let people see the real you. And that is all that matters.

The more people who talk about their struggle publicly, the more normalised it becomes.

The more normalised it is to seek help.


It is not weak to ask for help, it is brave.

It is admitting that you are not perfect, but you’re willing to work towards a better you.


There are many free resources out there for those who are in need of someone to talk to.

We mention a wonderful centre in Geelong called Headspace that has been a tremendous help to Nick and his wellbeing.

You can also contact Beyond BlueSuicide LineLife Line.


  • We discuss the importance of taking a social media detox and getting off the web and focusing on your self for a while
  • We discuss the importance of seeking help professionally and from family
  • We discuss the benefits of getting out there and moving your body with exercise

It is impossible to know what is really going on behind a big beautiful smile.

Sometimes the biggest smile, hides the biggest heartache.

If someone you know is experiencing a hard time, be compassionate.
Open up your time to them and offer them company and support.

You don’t need to fix their problems. They don’t need you for that. Just simply sit and be with them. Keep them company and let them know that it’s okay to not be okay.

Reach out to the people you love, send a message of random love or a cute phone call.

Tell people how you feel about them, be brave, be vulnerable and be courageous.

And most importantly, seek help if you need to.

Because the only way we are going to break this stigma…

Is by smashing the fuck out of it.

Love Steph


I would like to thank Nick Bell for his honesty and his candour in this epsidode.
It takes a fearless and brave young man to do as he has done.

But the more people out there like Nick, the closer we are to breaking this stigma around mental health.

You can find Nick on Instagram Here

Be kind always xx