Welcome to The Steph Sanzaro Podcast, today we are joined by the beautiful Mary Thomas. Before we begin, there is a **Mindful Warning** to proceed with care, as this episode discusses fertility, birth and suicide, please exercise caution and kindness to yourself while listening as these topics may be triggering for some. Mary is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, yoga and pilates teacher and a content creator, among many other things. Over the years Mary has dedicated countless hours to healing from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an eating disorder, anxiety, depression and past trauma, so that she could fulfil her life long dream of becoming a mother. ‘Wellness’ is the perfect word to describe Mary’s passion and purpose. She has wholeheartedly shaped her life around it and inspires her Instagram community each and every day with ways to improve their own. Today’s conversation is for anyone that has ever encountered illness or mental health issues, for anyone who has ever wanted to become a mother or who has gone through birth, and this episode is for anyone who has ever known struggle of any kind. The message in this episode is so so special and we are so excited to bring it to you in time for Mother’s Day. Mums are so incredible and they have so much strength and resilience to go through the birthing experience, they truly are heroes and Mary’s story today is a true reminder of that strength. In this episode we talk about evolving online, rebranding and being authentic to our individual growth. We discuss Mary’s experience with PCOS, bulimia, mental illness, her travels and wellness journey and we are guided into an incredible account of her birth story, with some incredible wisdom to take away from it. If you’ve been thinking about or are looking forward to getting pregnant or having a baby one day, then I definitely recommend you dive into this beautiful episode. You can contact and connect with Mary via Instagram at @marythomaswellness and myself at @stephsanzaro Thank you for joining us today, you can stay up to date with all of the upcoming episodes by pressing the subscribe button before you head off. If any of the topics in today’s podcast brought up anything for you, take the time to reflect and to reach out to the appropriate support networks and services. It is never weak to speak. Please note these episodes do not serve as mental health advice. Happy listening xx
Our final episode of 2020! Wow, where did the time go?... A massive thank you to each and every one of you, who took the time to listen to these episodes this year. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to you, truly I am so thankful. In this final episode of the year, your host discusses the year that was. The learnings that came from deep contraction, as we enter this new phase of expansion. We talk about stepping into your power this holiday season and staying true to your values and protecting your energy. We walk through boycotting New Years resolutions and welcoming in SMART goals. Wrapping up the episode with some ways to maintain our mental health through the holiday season, before a loving goodbye for now, to you and 2020. You all make this podcast what it is, thank you for being here. Love, Steph xx Connect with your host on Instagram at @stephsanzaro
Episode 40 with the radiant Jo Betz in An Open Letter to Grief - Part Two. *Trigger Warning* This episode comes with a trigger warning for *Grief*. If you have lost someone that you love, I would firstly like to offer my deepest condolences and to tell you how deeply sorry I am. My love is with you. Move through this episode mindfully; becoming aware of when it may be time to press pause, take a moment, regather your thoughts and validate whatever feelings are arising for you. The invitation to come back and finish this episode when you are ready is warmly welcomed, as I believe these episodes (Part One and Part Two) carry a lot of power in helping to normalise the conversation around grief. In part two, Jo and I discuss why grief is not a check list we can complete, the benefits of seeing a psychologist in and outside of grief, the balance of grieving and parenting at the same time, the physical effects of grief, finding a spiritual connection to our lost loved one and grieving during a pandemic. If you have any thoughts or messages, Jo and your host would love to hear from you! You can find Jo over on Instagram at @jo.betz and connect with your host at @stephsanzaro, happy listening xx
Episode 39 with Jo Betz comes with a *trigger warning* for grief. Please listen mindfully and become aware of what feelings this episode may arise within you. Take the time to set the episode aside if it feels necessary and to validate what is coming up for you. You are welcome to join us again at any time and listen back in to this wonderful conversation normalising grief. Jo Betz is a wedding celebrant, author, speaker and blogger who suddenly lost her husband Craig 3 years ago to an asthma attack in the middle of the night. Jo shares her story here with us today to help normalise the conversation surrounding grief and to shine light into the areas of grief that society tends to shy away from. As someone currently moving through my own grief, I can say how much I didn't realise I desperately needed this conversation. Recording it and being present during it helped to validate my grief and what I have been feeling in more ways that one and it made me feel like I was truly not alone. We have divided today's episode into two parts, so make sure to hit the subscribe button so that you are notified when the second part airs. I cannot wait for you to listen to this beautiful and raw episode, it was truly such a pleasure to be a part of. You can connect with Jo on instagram at @jo.betz and she would love to hear from you! Connect with your host via Instgram at @stephsanzaro. Happy listening xx
Episode 38 comes with a Trigger Warning for *Miscarriage*. I recommend erring on the side of caution and moving through this episode mindfully. Feel free to put down the podcast at any time and to reflect upon the feelings that it may raise. Take the time to journal and to validate how it makes you feel. The invitation is always there to pick the podcast up again and to listen to this incredible story of hope. Bec is the founder of Botanicals by Luxe, an incredible natural skin care brand taking Australia by storm. She is the proud mum to Ollie and Jack and wife to loving husband Nato. In this episode we discuss learning to manage anxiety and accessing mental health care, raising awareness for miscarriage, tools for self-care and slowing down, skin hacks for this season, building a business, 'mum guilt' and prioritising self-care and setting boundaries. This is a powerful episode that encapsulates so much beauty and wisdom in only 53 minutes! That's just how incredible Bec truly is! You can connect with Bec via Instagram over at @botanicalsbyluxe. You can find your host over at @stephsanzaro. Happy listening xx
Episode 36 with Laura Grady, a radiant female empowerment coach who's mission is helping other women tap into their inner power. Today we will be exploring the idea of deepening the connection to ourself. We discuss the power of inner child work, understanding our past patterns and conditioning, inner work and it's benefits to anxiety, learning to value ourselves more, triggers as a means for growth, the light and shade in each of us and the importance of showing up as your authentic self. This is an episode that packs a wholesome punch that will hit you straight in the heart. Laura and I had so much fun recording this episode and we really hope that you enjoy listening to it. You can connect with Laura at @lauragradycoaching on instagram. Happy listening xx
Episode 34 with your host, is a quick 16 minute episode about getting clear on your values and stepping into alignment with your true self. By identifying our values, we can get clearer on what feels right, or wrong, depending on our own moral compass. This can help us in areas of relationships, career, friendships and in our daily life. If we simply ask ourselves the question "Does this align with my values?" and make our decisions accordingly, we can move through life knowing that we are walking along the right path for us. You can connect with your host via instagram at @stephsanzaro Happy listening!
In Episode 32 we are joined by the beautiful Jenna Hutchison as she shares parts of herself with us she has never shared anywhere else before. This is a heart warming episode of strength and inspiration to do what you've always imagined in this life. This episode will certainly bring on a few tears, so have the tissues handy. Jenna is an artist, candle maker, workshop host, founder of a not for profit organisation and a woman to watch. In this episode we sit down to have a conversation about pouring your heart and emotion into your art, leaving the 9 to 5, how our growth is never linear, the pain of losing her father to a rare blood cancer, how when we are in flow the universe provides, the spinal reconstruction surgery that changed her life forever and how having your achievements recognised can make you realise that you are deserving of allowing yourself to appreciate you, after all these years. This is such a stunning episode that I am so proud and so humbled to share with you all today. You can connect with Jenna on instagram at @loveludie happy listening friends! xx
In episode 31, a solo episode with your host, we discuss the idea of Manifestation. We talk about the importance of visualisation and calling in your ideal future, feeling your desires and getting clear on your vision. We discuss the innate goodness of people and the importance to finding gratitude in each day, the significance of a positive mindset and walking with an open mind. Connect with your host on instagram via @stephsanzaro Happy listening! x
This week we are joined by Tessa Lloyd, the gorgeous Mental Health OT, Art Therapist and founder and creator of The Art of Insight and Our Mindful Youth. This episode is all about learning to understand ourselves a little better, the importance of self reflection and awareness. We discuss Tessa's experience with an autoimmune disease, her past of 'running' and the beautiful effects that art therapy and breath work can have. This is a beautiful and eloquent episode about understanding our mental health, you can connect with Tessa at @tessajlloyd on instagram - Enjoy, my friends.
A beautiful and touching episode with the wonderful Matt Runnalls, the bright mind behind Mindfull Aus. Matt is a world wide mental health advocate and motivational speaker, who is paving the way for drastic change in the health of many lives. This is a powerful and important episode and one that comes along with a *suicide* trigger warning, so please listen with awareness friends. We discuss the reality of losing countless friends to suicide, living with suicidal ideation and bipolar disorder, experiencing homelessness, the importance of holding space and resisting the recoil of mental illness, educating our support network on how to support us through mental illness, finding the lessons in our mistakes, creating a curriculum for schools that teaches emotional awareness and much much more. This is a power packed episode friends, thank you Matt for sharing so beautifully! Happy listening.
Have you ever wanted to travel the world like you are limitless? Well my next guest Jian Wong Yen has. In this beautiful episode Jian tells us about his crazy and wonderful experiences from his years of traveling the world. His reflections and insights into the monumental moments of his life will leave you feeling inspired and enlightened. Be prepared for that fire inside of you to ignite!
In this episode I am joined by Gabe McClelland as he leads the important conversation around mental health. He shares his incredible story about anxiety and OCD, that has a truly inspiring message that will get you moving your body, having important conversations and being a good mate. This episode has the power to change lives.