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

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.


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