002: My Midlife Crisis, May Way (Part 2)

"I stopped finding my worth and value by what I did or anything external. It wasn’t about how much I did or didn't do by the end of the day. By how much was in my bank account. By how much time I spent with my daughter or not. What kind of house I lived in, how many degrees I have... I started to measure my happiness based on how much I was living to my values. Letting my values guide me internally, rather then anything that is happening externally to me."

Duration: 36:35

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In this episode:

  • Amanda elaborates on the disruption in her life she introduced in the previous episode and discusses how organizing her core values helped her ground herself in what she needs to do to be satisfied with herself again; in her personal life, and in her personal styling business.
  • She explains how a focus on external achievements doesn't necessarily equate to feelings of...
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001: My Midlife Crisis, My Way (Part 1)

 

"When my son went to College, I felt a loss and a shift in our relationship and therefore in myself. It led me to ask myself, who am I? To question the life I built and is this still the life I want?"

Duration: 22:39

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In the very first episode of Amanda Hanson’s ‘Women Disrupted Podcast’, she gives a candid, in-depth glimpse into her life and how her son leaving for college has triggered a shift in herself and the changes she is making to her life going forward.
 
In this episodes you will hear:
  • How these "crises" are normal, healthy, and can kickstart a positive change, or as she would puts it, a positive disruption in our own lives and in the lives of others.
  • That discomfort and chaos usually means growth and expansion. As humans, we never stop growing, whether we are coming of age, 30, 40, or on the cusp of retiring.
  • The importance...
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Honouring My Intuition & Mental Health While Training for a 5k

self-care May 22, 2020

Honouring My Intuition & Mental Health While Training for a 5k

Yup, I still need to think about my mental health even when I am moving my body. You might be thinking “isn’t physical exercise supposed to be GOOD for our mental health? Isn’t that what “they” say?”

 I am no doctor, but it does make sense that when we exercise and move our bodies, it releases all those yummy endorphins that our body and brains love. But our mental health is more than the chemicals running through it. It is also about our intentions, thoughts and mindset.

 I see so many whose main motivation to exercise is to:

 Shrink their bodies.

Have the perfect abs

Punish their body for enjoying a piece of cheesecake. 

Now I know that is not everyone's main motivation. But I also think that there are many who are not even truly aware of where their motivation and intentions come from. There could be underlying damaging reasons as to why you are motivated to...

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A Secret to Buying Less Clothes

style tip May 05, 2020
 
This week I challenged my Style Insider Academy girls to wear something that we haven’t worn in awhile. It’s going to get us out of going for our “usuals” and help to breathe new life into a piece that otherwise might not have been getting some love.
 
So today I picked the vest I stole from my hubby and had altered to fit me.
 
 
Speaking of alterations...it is one of my secrets to BUYING LESS CLOTHES.
 
So many don’t look to alterations to salvage pieces that aren’t quite fitting right. I think we don’t consider alterations for many reasons.
 
1. We as women have the impression that our bodies are the problem when clothes don’t fit off the hanger...instead the problem is the clothes, not our bodies. A lot of men go with the expectation that most of their clothes will be altered. Women don’t and I think this needs to shift. Most of my clients always now consider alterations being a part of...
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5 Reasons Why What You Wear Impacts Your Mood

self-care Apr 29, 2020

I am never going to tell you that you “should” get dressed. Seriously, who wants someone to “should all over them? Not me! I promise to never ever “should” all over you.

However, there may be those who are seeking ways to feel more “good” vibes during their days of self-isolation. If you are one of those good vibe seeking people,  then I have one simple thing you can do in your day to UP your mood. You may have guessed it based on the title of this post. Yes, it is getting dressed. What we wear can absolutely have an impact on our mood and here are 5 reasons why.

1. Your outfit can make you feel more powerful. Studies have proven that what we wear can have a correlation to how we perform in a task. Now we don't HAVE to wear a power tie or heels to feel powerful, but we can have pieces and outfits that make us feel like we are going to kick our days ass. Do you think you will feel more ready to tackle your fighting children in your...

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6 Ways to Cope During an Epidemic

self-care Mar 30, 2020
Nothing like living through a time that is going to forever change our world and lives, eh?
 
Like myself, you are all probably trying to do your best to cope with this new norm. Whether is it working from home, being around your partner 24/7, having your children at home, or being retired and trying to fill your time. NO ONE PREPARED us for this.
 
Even though I allow myself to feel the fear and overwhelm, I still always look for the positive, as it is just how my brain works. I don't have all the answers in how to support you during this time, as we all have different needs and different ways of coping. But I live to serve and help in any way that I can, so I wanted to share some simple practices that are helping me during this time. 
 
Here are my top 6 ways I am coping when my world changed:
 
 
1. I am tapping into my POWER words. Words like, trust, grit & resiliency. Using these words to remind myself that...
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Life after a 10x10 challenge

outfit creation Dec 20, 2019

What is a 10x10 challenge and why do I need to evaluate life after it?

A 10x10 challenge is choosing 10 pieces of clothing to create 10 different outfits over 10 days.

It is not to test to see if I can only live with 10 items of clothing, though this challenge has taught me that I can come close if I really wanted to.

No, I do this challenge every year because it kick starts my creativity, more specifically creativity in my wardrobe. We don't play enough in our wardrobes. Maybe we don't because most of our clothes don't fit because you think the body you have now doesn't deserve clothes that fit. Maybe it's because your life has been in transition and it no longer represents the person you are today. Maybe because you think it is just too hard, so you don't bother.

One of the biggest reasons is because we have TOO MUCH stuff and we get overwhelmed and therefore it stumps our creativity because of too much stimulation and choices. So we fall back onto wearing the same pieces over and...

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Pack less and create more for a trip!

travel Nov 23, 2019
 

I know when I go on vacation, packing can be a trigger for stress and anxiety. What if I don’t have enough? What if things don’t match? What if something comes up and I have nothing that makes me feel good? I don’t want to overpack!!  So, I am sharing my tips that helped me pack for my 2 week trip to California.

This is a basic overview, as all vacations are unique. You may be doing a destination vacation, a family vacation, couples vacation, long term vacation, camping vacation...so I am hoping that these tips will help you apply it to any type of vacation that you are going on. As a bonus, I have created planning cheat sheet to help you plan and pack for your next trip! 

My super duper awesome packing tips to not over pack:

  1. Research, Organize & Plan: Research the weather for the days at the location you are going to.  down all the days you will be away on a list and any events or activities planned on that day. 
  2. Outfit...
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What Women Want the Beauty and "Health" Industry to Know

body image Mar 30, 2019

Dear Beauty & "Health" Industry,

I would like to share 10 things that I would greatly benefit your business. I believe that it can teach you how to better interact, sell and market to women who no longer want to be or feel ashamed of the way they look.

1. We already have bikini-ready bodies. You don't need to tell us how great we will look in it if we diet and exercise.

2. We are going to look beautiful in our wedding dress no matter our size. Thanks anyway.

3. Tracking and measuring our food makes us obsessed with a stupid number and fosters fear of food, not being healthy.

4. Scales are stupid.

5. There is no such thing as a goal weight - our size does not determine if we are a good or bad person. You're not going to lose 50 lbs and automatically love yourself more. You have to change your mindset and motivation FIRST. If you can't love yourself at 200 lbs, you won't magically love yourself at 150 lbs.

6. Shaming us for what we eat and restricting what we eat creates...

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Turtlenecks are BACK!

outfit creation Mar 16, 2019

I remember I went years avoiding turtlenecks.

One of the main reasons was because I couldn't stand having something around my neck that I can FEEL. It makes me feel like I am always close to chocking...NOT how I want to feel in my clothes. However, I found a thin lightweight turtleneck that does NOT sit against my neck last year. I have to say, other then my denim, it is my MOST worn piece this Winter.

Why?

Because it is great for layering! I can wear tees, dresses, cardigans and blazers over it. I chose black as it was going to give me the most wear in my wardrobe and I love the classic look paired with a fun pant. See, I have boobs (not big, but perfectly curvy) and I also have small hips, so I like to stay more neutral up top and let my legs be the focus with fun pants. My turtleneck was also a great way to stay WARM in our many cold months in Eastern Canada, as I could still wear it with my tees and not freeze when I put on a blazer.

Next on my list is to find the perfect...

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