The Conditioning of Womxn to be Appearance Focused

body image Aug 23, 2020
**I want to start this topic off by saying that there is NO judgement towards anyone who takes time to work on their appearance. I get that having rituals that help you focus on yourself and having pretty nails or a clean face can be beneficial. Hey! I focus on clothes and how they can help us connect with ourselves and how we feel.**
So NO judgement from me.
However, it hit me that a lot of womxn's self-care practices revolve around "improving" their appearance. I am sure that there is some biological evolution thingy going on...but I also question whether we have been conditioned to believe that our appearance, as womxn, is something that is always having to be improved or worked on in comparison to men.
I believe 100% yes. It is hard to deny that here has been an exorbitant amount of pressure and conditioning placed on womxn's value around their appearance and their objectification.
I know a lot of women spend a lot of time and...
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013 - Empower Your Inner Voice!

"It is so important, I think, to name the inner voice.  Mine is named Lennie, he's kind of a jerk, but also, Lennie needs support" - Elise B 

Duration: 1:04:35

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Amanda brings on her friend and Vocal Warrior, Elise Besler. Elise is a Voice Teacher and Voice Empowerment Coach based in Halifax NS Canada. She has an extensive performing career as a singer songwriter, and is the creator and founder of her Voice and Voice Empowerment training facility, Nusong Studio. Elise believes in the power of the human voice to heal and create change. She works with Singers and Public Speakers to help them gain skill and confidence and overturn limiting beliefs to own their voices and rock the mic!

In today's episode, they discuss:

  • How to identify, name and manage that every present "inner critic". They discuss what is the purpose of the inner voice and how to handle it when it invades...
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012 - Why Your Pleasure Matters

“Just through taping into my sexuality and feeling more pleasure and intentionally inviting pleasure, I was able to completely heal my burnout and re-ignite my desire for teaching yoga” - Robin


Duration: 1:08:51

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In today's episode:

  • Amanda and her guest, Robin, a pleasure and confidence coach talk about sex!
  • They talk on how our sexuality and sensuality affects our bodies individually because sensuality is our connection with our own body.
  • Robin's goal is to help people feel more present and fulfilled in their lives through acts and feelings of sensuality. She gives advice on how to get rid of the disillusionment that many women feel from their sexual side of themselves, whether it be from stress, unrealistic beauty standards, or sexual trauma.
  • The two also talk about how western society enforces the idea that people don’t deserve pleasure unless they...
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4 Ways to Change Your Definition of Success

challenge status quo Aug 06, 2020

Do you feel like you are always chasing the feeling of "success"?

I thought life was about setting goals and achieving them.

But when I kept reaching "burn out", I had to take a hard look the beliefs I was holding on to that kept leading me down the same path.
I thought I had to set goals to stay motivated and growing. But I realized that I am already a highly motivated person! I don't need a goal to move me to action. When I set goals, I tend to set crazy expectations on myself and when I don't achieve them, then it triggers negative self talk.
Did that mean I stopped having dreams and growing personally or in my business?
I just changed the way I saw my goals. It wasn't about how many clients I had, how much money I made, how many followers I had on social media (this is a WHOLE other topic)... So I gave up on setting goals.
The only intention I set this year was checking in with myself at my present moment and...
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011 - Discover Your Enneagram

"This whole system is based on these 9 distinct, but interrelated ways of viewing and experiencing the world. Even though as human beings, we are all unique and different, the research has shown that we fall into these 9 patterns and they're all interrelated. So, it's not about like putting someone into a box, it's actually a system that says "first and foremost, you're a divine being", and then "we have this tool called the Enneagram to help you figure out where your ego goes." - Krista McNally

Duration: 59:42

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In today's episode:

    • Amanda brings Krista McNally, Human Connection Coach, to explain in depth one of her FAVOURITE topics, the Enneagram!
    • Krista gives a rundown of the 9 Enneagram energies and their motivations and also their "lost childhood messages", so that we can better understand ourselves and how we relate to others.
    • Amanda may or may not burst into tears in...
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010 - Disrupting Diet Culture

"The truth is, you can be healthy, brilliant and vibrant in any body, at any number, in any shape." Laura Buckley


Duration: 50:03

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In today's episode:

  • Amanda brings on her friend, registered dietician and emotional eating coach Laura Buckley, to talk about body image yet again!
  • They dive deep into the ways diet programs trick you into constantly feeling like you need to use them to be healthy and even happy.
  • Laura explains why eating healthy is actually a lot easier than we think.
  • They explore how we’ve all been tricked into thinking we need to follow the eating habits of others and how we were taught to stop listening to the cravings our body instinctually provides.
  • Laura explains the importance of learning to trust your own body, gain balance over our emotions and practice presence in order to help our body naturally want and need food without punishing...
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009 - Disrupt the War On Your Body

“It's knowing that this might always be a struggle for you and it's not something you can just easily overcome. It about how can we can cope and use strategies so that we can live a happy and fulfilled life even when we struggle with our thoughts about our bodies.” 

Duration: 52:03

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In today's episode:

  • Amanda brings on her friend, Heather, to talk about her experience and  struggles with her own body image.
  • They talk about how for too long we’ve been conditioned that in order to be happy or to show up fully as ourselves, then we have to change our appearance first.
  • They talk about the additional difficulty women have because they have been conditioned and trained to focus on exterior factors, like the size of their body, the state of their skin, how much hair they have on their body, the colour of their hair,...
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008 - Disrupt Living on Auto-Pilot

"There are so many beautiful things that come to the surface through presence. The sense of fulfilment and self-satisfaction is the foundation and then all these other magical things begin to surface like; self-trust and being able to go within to answer the questions. If we are not present and chasing fulfillment outside of us, we don't even know if we are chasing the things we desire or chasing the things we were told to desire."

 Duration: 45:11

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In today's episode:

  • Amanda brings her "Inner Wisdom/Meditation" coach, Dhavita Filek, on to discuss how practicing "presence" has been life changing for her in every way.
  • Amanda shares her personal experiences with the everyday, long-lasting positive benefits of practicing presence and how it takes "living in the moment" to a whole new level. It has helped her to better listen to her instincts,...
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007 - Disrupting Gender Norms

 "Asking people their pronouns can make non binary people more comfortable" - Harley Wegner

Duration: 47:14

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In today's episode:

  • Amanda brings on Harley, a non-binary college student, to discuss modern gender identity.
  • They discuss how gender is considered different from sex and some important terminology that can help gender non-conforming people identify themselves.
  • Harley gives their story of discovering themself, who they are and shares how to help non-binary people or people who use they/them pronouns feel included.
  • They discuss why it's so important to ask people their pronouns and why it's important to understand some basic terminology when it comes to gender identity.
  • Enjoy this very important episode!

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006 - The Healing Power of Our Breathe

"In order to survive, especially with trauma, our brain takes that energy and puts it somewhere, in your body parts; lower back, hips, shoulders. Breathwork allows you to meet all your parts together and have a physical release. The joy of it is that I don’t even have to know what it is. It’s just old gunk that I’m cleaning out of my closet. It just doesn’t belong in my body anymore. It’s a way to process and clean house.”

Duration: 58:37

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In today's episode:

  • Amanda dives deep into what a single holotropic breathwork session did to heal herself from a low point in her life when she had disconnected herself from feeling any emotions.
  • She brings on Jolene Dentremont, her breathwork coach, to discuss what breathwork entails and how she uses it to teach others about the importance of taking time to connect with their body in order to aid...
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