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

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


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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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.