016 – Owning Your Story with Purpose with Mel Yu

Today I am joined by Mel Yu, the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo, MCO events and an avid keynote speaker for Suicide Prevention. This episode is a powerhouse of information and inspiration. Get ready to cry, laugh and learn from this incredible woman. We discuss life after losing your love to suicide, the importance of going ‘within’, self work and self love, building and growing business, owning your story and much, much more!

Hello my dear friends, welcome back to the Plant Based Body Podcast.

Today’s episode is extremely special; I am joined by the incredible women that is, Mel Yu.

Mel has an incredible story. I feel extremely honoured to have been trusted with holding space for Mel as she takes us through her journey.

And what a journey it has been!

Mel has experienced her fair share of hardship. After experiencing family troubles early in life and dealing with racism and bullying in school, in 2014 Mel then lost her partner Gus, to suicide.

It was that heartbreaking and earth shattering kind of love. And the loss of this was something that rocked Mel to her core. What could have been an easy path for Mel to fall into a spiral of depression as well, over the years she has found new strength and has been able to take her lowest point and turn it into power; as an advocate for suicide prevention.

Mel has become an advocate for mental health and is an avid key note speaker. Mel is also the entrepreneur behind Ego Expo and MCO Events, two incredible businesses that are taking Melbourne and Australia by storm.

This amazing lady has so much knowledge and wisdom to share and this episode is a power house of inspiration. I left this conversation buzzing, and I know you will too.

In this episode Mel and I discuss:

  • Mel’s journey
  • Shifting your perspective
  • Suicide and life after
  • Letting blame and shame go
  • Living your life ‘in flow’
  • Hitting rock bottom and finding the strength to rise back up
  • Fostering self awareness
  • Reaching out for help and finding the right person to talk to
  • The power of going ‘within’
  • Building a mental health network
  • The power of vulnerability
  • Owning your story with purpose
  • Becoming A self-made business woman
  • Investing in yourself
  • Leading with kindess
  • Conscious content consumption
  • Positive affirmations for self love
  • Finding gratitude

“The worst thing you can leave behind, is a story untold”.

I am so humbled to share this powerful episode with you all and cannot thank Mel enough for her time and for sharing so openly.

You can find Mel on instagram here

If you or someone you know is struggling, Lifeline is an incredible resource for help and someone to talk to. Be kind to others always, you never know what is really going on underneath.

Happy listening,

Love Steph x

004 – Binge Eating to Boss Girling with Lucy Brennan

Lucy Brennan is the founder and directer of Luce Fit Australia. In this inspiring episode we discuss overcoming binge eating, anxiety, competing in fitness competitions, founding a successful business and cultivating self love. Have your pens ready because this episode is full of amazing and helpful tips!

Welcome back for another episode of the Plant Based Body Podcast! 🙂


This episode is truly wonderful and heart warming.

My conversation with Lucy is full of empowering messages and inspiring ways to help improve our relationship with food and our bodies.


In this episode Lucy takes us through her early life and into high school. We talk about where she headed after school and her experience with University and moving to Melbourne.

It was there she blossomed as a PT and worked the usual AM and PM fitness professional grind.

We talk about the positives but also the struggles of competing in fitness competitions and how this ultimately effected Lucy’s body image.

However, Melbourne was not for Luce and she ventured overseas where she really discovered her drive and purpose.


Upon her return Lucy knew exactly what she wanted to do… to create an all female gym that would empower women in her community to get their bodies moving and to help improve their relationship with their bodie’s.

This is where Luce Fit Aus was born!


In this podcast we explore mindfulness, self love, building a business, competing,  anxiety, over coming binge eating and poor self image and so many more precious goodies!

I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I did and fall in love with Lucy’s ethos and passion!


She is a wonderful inspiration for all girls out there wanting to make something of themselves and build their own business; and she proves that not everyone needs to go to University to be successful!

Luce Fit Aus is a warm and nurturing womens gym in Geelong, and it’s community continues to grow every day!

If you would like to be a part of it, head over and follow this link to explore their Instagram

Thank you guys for tuning in for another episode and we will see you next week!

Steph xx

002 – Building the Vibe Tribe with Bree Filippone

A very special episode about Bree’s journey, body image, creating your own business, self love, dating, starting a fitness journey, social media and building the ‘vibe tribe’. Bree is a qualified exercise sports scientist, graphic designer and co-founder of The HIIT Project and The Finishr.

Welcome to Episode 002 of the Plant Based Body Podcast.

In this episode I am joined by the beautiful Bree Filippone.

This episode is extremely special, we discuss some extremely valuable points that I think everyone out there should hear.

We discuss Bree’s journey to where she is today, over-coming a sports injury that derailed her basketball career, her experience with body image issues and her relationship with food. We talk about becoming a fitness professional and the ups and downs of starting your own business. We explore the world of dating and offer some seriously good advice for any single pal’s out there holding out for the ‘one’. She offers some incredible tips to anyone wanting to kick start their own fitness journey and we discuss her very exciting new projects!!!

You are going to learn a lot from this podcast, so wherever you are I hope you have a pen ready or your notes ready to type down the absolute gems of wisdom we discuss in this episode. I absolutely fell IN LOVE with Bree whilst recording this episode and I just know you will too!


Bree is a qualified Exercise Sports Scientist, Graphic Designer and qualified Personal Trainer, raised in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

She grew up as a sporty kid, playing basketball, volleyball and little athletics.

Basketball was where her heart really belonged though. All the way through to her 20’s she played the game competitively, until an injury derailed her career and she ruptured her ACL.

She was heavily involved in sports rehabilitation to get her back in fighting shape and to get back into the game. During this time she found a love for the gym and sports conditioning.

During high school Bree was the girl that loved her sports and was fit and lean. Until schoolies and summer holidays got the best of her and she became a little larger in weight, than her normal small frame.

After becoming extremely unwell with glandular fever, the weight disappeared. Her friends reaction was that of ‘Wow you look great! How did you do that?‘. This unfortunately led to disordered self image for Bree and this encouraged her to continue and seek-out ways to remain in this new small frame. This was a worrying time for her and her family.

Her ups and downs with her relationship to food and her body; whilst they didn’t lead her to her becoming a fitness professional, it did lead her to discovering the ‘proper‘ way to care and to look after her body. Her goals soon changed from being ‘thin’ to becoming ‘fit and strong’ and working out for performance.

She studied Graphic Design at university, before studying her second degree in Exercise Sports Science and doing her Personal Training degree.

This lead her to founding the HIIT Project; a high intensity, intentional, workout group fitness business.

And of course the Finishr; a ‘Vibe Tribe’ running group. It is a FREE run club, that runs every Sunday (pardon the pun). There is a surprise location every single week, announced on the Thursday before.

It encourages the community to get out and about early on a Sunday morning and to start their day off in the best possible way. It truly is a VIBE TRIBE. Anyone is welcome, of any skill level or any type of human/dog. You can walk, trot, run or just chat. It is a community.

Now, a Lululemon ambassador and an inspirational influence in the Geelong/Melbourne/Bellarine/Surfcoast community, Bree is honestly little pocket rocket.

She offers her ideas for self love, mindfulness and tips for anyone out there wanting to start their own fitness journey.

She shares her experiences and her stories with no hesitation. This girl simply wants to ‘give’ and you can just hear her passion and excitement for what she does in her voice.

I am so excited to see what is next to come from this girl, I just know it is going to be HUGE!

I hope you love this one just as much as me,

Happy listening ❤