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


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

021 – Creating the Conscious Collective with Carlo Cirillo

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

Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast!

Today I am joined by Carlo Cirillo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connect with him on Linkedin

Find him on Youtube

Apply for his program here 

Listen to his podcast here


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

Happy listening

Steph x