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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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