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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005 - Disrupting Colorism, Racism & Supporting Black Lives Matter with Melissa Dhillon

“Whatever color of skin you have, you need to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.” 

Duration: 1 hour, 12 min

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In today's episode:

  • Amanda brings her friend, Melissa, on to discuss her personal experience with being a minority as an Indian woman.
  • Melissa discusses the colorism and the obsession with whiteness and having fair skin in her culture as well as her experience living in Canada as an Indian/ Asian woman.
  • They discuss the importance of speaking up against white supremacy and standing with black people during the current protests and the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • Melissa also gives some extremely interesting insight into why she urges minorities to speak up even when they have struggled with oppression themselves.
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004 - The Disruption of Miscarriages with Brandy Williams

"There is not a lot of information or guidance on what you should do when you've miscarried. I don't think I was even recommended to go get counselling. There isn't a lot of education and support around miscarriage and no one wants to talk about it. For someone that is rationale and I know it's not my fault, I still feel guilt."

Duration: 1 hour:12 min

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**Trigger warning: This episode shares sensitive information that may be difficult for some listeners**

Brandy Williams is a Registered Dietitian and fitness instructor who joined Beautycounter because they are going above and beyond when it comes to safety, performance and education in the personal care industry. When she faced her 6th miscarriage, she started to do research and looks for the "why". This lead her on a mission to push for greater federal regulation of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care...

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003 - Disrupting our Sexuality and Relationships with Amanda Bennett

"Nothing felt awkward with her, because the connection and emotion is there. It feels as it should. I also feel like I am more comfortable, because as women, we understand the changes that happens to our bodies when we have kids and age. I feel like there is more acceptance and comfort with my body and myself.


Duration: 41:35

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After a divorce, today’s guest Amanda Bennett tells the story of her personal disruption that changed her life for the better and allowed her to learn more about herself and about relationships.

In this episode:

  • Amanda shares that shortly after getting a divorce with her husband, she realized that she was more interested in loving a person, rather then their gender.
  • What it was like coming out to her loved ones and son.
  • What it's like being in a relationship with someone of the same gender and how it compares to being in one with a man...
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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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