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.

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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

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

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

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

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

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


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