022 - Disrupting Dress Codes

"When you're working somewhere, the dress code might be worked into the contract and then there's a consequence to not abiding by it. So, when you think of kids in school and what their JOB is... Their JOB is to show up, participate, be ready to learn. It's not their job to represent the image of the school. Their job is to be comfortable to learn." - Caroline

Duration: 1:06

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I have seen an influx of stories in the news lately regarding the discrimination against how womxn dress in the professional environment. Womxn are getting hate mail or fired from jobs, when there is truly nothing wrong with how they chose to dress their bodies. I feel that this is a reflection about how much society still sexualizes and objectifies womxn's bodies, especially in comparison to men. 
Most dress codes target womxn or girls with their strict guidelines on the size of a...
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Busting Style Myth #1

style tip Nov 05, 2020

Why am I busting style myths?

Because I've heard the 1000s of reasons as to why women have put limitations on expressing themselves in their style.

For years, we have been operating on an assumption that there is a "right or wrong" way to express ourselves in our clothes. I am here to break those down for you, because I hate rules, I hate limitations and I hate when others try to tell me what to do. I get to choose how I want to feel and how I get to express it and I want the same thing for YOU.

I want women to feel joy, freedom and excitement in their wardrobes like they did when they were kids. I don’t believe we will get there by having limitations placed on us. Limitations based on our size OR age.

Style Myth #1:

"I have to lose weight before I deserve to wear clothes that I love."

First off, this statement operates under the belief that you cannot feel good in your clothes if you live in a bigger body or in any body that is not "thin". So many women in bigger bodies are...

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021 - Becoming Body Neutral

"I had lost a significant amount of weight and I was of the mindset that if I can do it, anyone can do it and if you don't, you're lazy... I was the person whose judgments I feared for YEARS before I lost the weight. All those thoughts I internalized about myself, I projected on everyone that looked like I did - looking back on it, it confirmed a lot of things that I feared..." - Carolyn

Duration: 1:05

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In today's episode:
  • I bring on my friend, Carolyn Campbell, who first introduced me to the positive body image movement and she shares about her own journey to wanting to become more body neutral. Body neutral means focusing more on what our body can do, rather then what it looks like. It means the way we feel about ourselves has NOTHING to do with what we look like.
  • Carolyn shares what it is like to live in a larger body and also what it...
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020 - Disrupt the 40 hour work week

"When we're talking about reduced hours and a limited workweek, what were really saying is we need more flexibility. We need you to be more understanding that we are whole people outside of this job and that YOU need to be accommodating to US instead of WE need to be accommodating to YOU. Companies thrive when they are able to breed a culture of fear, but that's a toxic work environment. You're not gonna get the best out of people who are constantly worried." ~ Ingrid Munroe

Duration: 1:19

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Anyone else feel like they are trying their hardest to fit their life around their job, instead fitting your job around your life? Why is this so backwards?! We only have one life and it should not be defined by how productive we are or how many hours or years we work.
I used to think that my worth was based on how much money I made, how many hours I worked or how productive I...
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019 - Human Design - The many attributes that make you "YOU"

"Human-Design is not about changing who you are, and it's not going to tell you anything you don't already know about yourself...It's a tool for shifting our awareness to understanding and deep acceptance for who we are and how we as INDIVIDUALS engage with the world. It's all about playing, not taking it so seriously, it's about figuring out where your soul wants to play" - Dawn Sinclair

Duration: 1:14

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As a Psych major, I have always loved diving into what makes others and myself 'tick". Understanding the "why" behind our thoughts, beliefs and behaviours deeply fascinates me. Yup...I am always the annoying one that asks "WHY?!", even to myself. Constantly.
I am a pretty self aware person who is constantly self analyzing and sometimes I found myself judging my emotions, feelings and behaviours. I thought I needed to be a "better person" or...
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018 - Disrupting Mom Guilt

"If your mom guilt doesn't allow you to write a love letter to yourself, then write it to your child, and in writing it to your child you'll be able to see these words and phrases that really pop-out where you know that that's what's really vital to you to teach to your kids or just generally have in your life" - Nikki

Duration: 1:11

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Have you ever felt that you weren't doing enough as a parent?
Or you always seem to have a nagging small voice in the back of your head telling you that you "should" be doing MORE of something or doing less of something else?
It may persists in everything you do and no matter how much you do or not do, it never seems to go away...
Well, today I am talking about mom guilt. I know so many of us parents or guardians can claim to have felt it at some point or perhaps, it has become our new normal.
Today, I am...
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017 - Ditch the Scale & Gain Sustainable Instead

"What worked for you ten years ago may not work today - and it's okay. DO move your body and DO show up for it, but listen to your body and do so in a way that feels good. You shouldn't dread exercise." - Maria

Duration: 43:55

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Have you ever gone to the punished your body through work outs in order to "pay" for something you ate?

Does the number on a scale determines your happiness or mood?

Have you ever thought of moving your body from a place of love, respect or just for the joy of it?

Want to know how to move your body in a way that is kind to it?

Ditch the guilt trips to the gym and listen to today's episode!

In today's episode:

  • On today's episode, Amanda and her friend Maria Trecartin, a personal wellness coach. They dive deeper into disrupting the 'shoulds' in your life in order to break down fear-driven goals and convert them into desire driven goals for feelings of...
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016 - Disrupting Fatphobia

"You can love your own body and start to choose to love it more, but it doesn't mean you still don't have fatphobia or that you're not just judging other people who have fat..." - Amanda

Duration: 103:44

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When I say the word "fat" or if you hear someone call someone fat, how does that make you feel? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Are you offended?  
If so, then is it because your definition of fat is bad?
When did you decide fat was an insult? Fat does not have to mean "bad". Fat is just a descriptor word like tall, short, thin, curvy, angular... words can have power, but only in the meaning you give them.

In today's episode:

  • Amanda brings on Tammy Cook, a mom of 3 to discuss how, as a fat woman, she is choosing to take up space and to live her life to the fullest, with as much joy and pleasure as possible.
  • Tammy...
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015 - Uncovering Some Truths About Our Ladybits

"We need to have a strong pelvic floor to orgasm. We use and contract our pelvic floor to help with our sensation during sex and to help us orgasm, so having that pelvic floor strength is really important." - Stephanie Brown

Duration: 50:53

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Do you know what a pelvic floor is? Did you know you have one? I didn't up until a few years ago! Which literally blows my mind. Why wasn't this covered in biology or sex ed?? Did my mother know she had one??
After I had my son at 21, I jumped on the trampoline for the first time...it did not go well. Anyone know what happened? Well...take a listen to today's episode!

In today's episode:

  • Amanda brings on her  friend and physiotherapist, Stephanie Brown! Stephanie is not just any physiotherapist, she is a pelvic floor physiotherapist.
  • How many people heard that and had no idea what that means? The pelvic floor is a...
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014 - Disrupting the "Shoulds"

"Somebodies 'right' doesn't negate yours... It doesn't make yours 'wrong'" - Amanda Hanson

Duration: 1:04:05

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Do you find yourself saying things like... "I should be more... I should do this more... I should do this less"? Let's stop "shoulding" on ourselves!

In today's episode:

  • Amanda brings on her friend Lisa Walsh-Cooper to talk about the importance of disrupting the "shoulds" in our life.
  • They talk about the struggles of trying not to lose yourself in doubt and in comparison to others in the pursuit of your own goals. How saying things like "I should do or be this" is one of the most damaging practices that has been normalized for people to do.
  • They also, talk about getting in touch with your body and YOUR instincts can train your brain to trust yourself before trusting others' opinions over yours.
  • The two also discuss how media and...
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