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Better Me

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The Better Me Podcast delves into how people navigate through life’s challenges and live as the best people they can be. Coach, writer, and educator Heather M. Ross chats with guests about how they’ve gotten past life’s bumps in the road, from potholes to sinkholes. She also shares her own stories of living with a mental illness while striving to pursue her dreams.Visit Heather's website at http://betterme.ca

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The Better Me Podcast delves into how people navigate through life’s challenges and live as the best people they can be. Coach, writer, and educator Heather M. Ross chats with guests about how they’ve gotten past life’s bumps in the road, from potholes to sinkholes. She also shares her own stories of living with a mental illness while striving to pursue her dreams.Visit Heather's website at http://betterme.ca

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Better Me

Latest release on Nov 30, 2020

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The Better Me Podcast delves into how people navigate through life’s challenges and live as the best people they can be. Coach, writer, and educator Heather M. Ross chats with guests about how they’ve gotten past life’s bumps in the road, from potholes to sinkholes. She also shares her own stories of living with a mental illness while striving to pursue her dreams.Visit Heather's website at http://betterme.ca

Ep. 34 A Radiant Life (with guest Merle Massie)

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Historian Merle Massie joined me to talk about her latest book A Radiant Life: The Honourable Sylvia Fedoruk - Scientist, Sports Icon, and Statewoman.

Nov 30 2020

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Ep. 33 The Problems With Diet Culture and Mental Health (with guests Angela Erickson and Jackie Reimche)

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Angela Erickson and Jackie Remieche, the women of the Happy Body Health Company joined me to talk about the role that fitness and nutrition played in improving their mental health, and the harm that the diet industry has on our mental and emotional wellbeing.

The Happy Body Health Company can be found at https://happybodyhealthco.com/

Nov 23 2020

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Ep. 32 Books, Books, and More Books (with guest Jennifer Diehr)

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For this episode, my long-time friend Jennifer Diehr joined me again to catch up and talk about the books we've been reading since our previous podcast (episode 17) and what's in our ever-growing stack of "to-reads".

I also talked about the short film and book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

You can find the short film at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad3CMri3hOs&feature=youtu.be

Nov 16 2020

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EP. 31 Supporting Instructors and Students Alike Through Mental Health Challenges (with guest George Siemens)

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While I received incredible support from my supervisors and colleagues through my own depression, that isn’t always the case. Professor George Siemens and I spoke about the struggles post-secondary instructors, but also others in their workplaces, who often don’t receive the same support and why depression and anxiety are such a big problem for so many in higher education.

Nov 10 2020

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Ep. 30 Leadership Self-Care and Team-Care (with guest Mary Burgess)

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Good leaders care for their teams, while also taking care of themselves. Mary Burgess, the Executive Director of BCcampus, and I chatted about her leadership style and the role that’s played in supporting her team through these tumultuous times.

Nov 02 2020

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Episode 29 Nothing Much Happens (with guest Kathryn Nicolai)

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I had the opportunity to speak with writer and podcaster Kathryn Nicolai about her very success podcast, Nothing Much Happens, and her new book of the same name. We talked about sleep, story telling, and how knowing you’re making a difference can bring joy to you.

Kathryn’s website is nothingmuchhappens.com where you can find more information about her, the podcast, and the book, as well as some stories to get you started on a good nights sleep.

Oct 26 2020

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Role Models

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In this episode I explain why it's important to me to be a good role model for those around me, and why it should be important to you too.

Oct 19 2020

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EP 27 The Motivation Code (with guest Todd Henry)

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I had the honor of sitting down with author and speaker Todd Henry to talk about his latest book The Motivation Code: Discover the hidden voices that drive your best work. We discussed why anyone who solves problems as part of their work is "a creative", how individual creatives and their managers can best support them during these tumultuous times, and we delved into the results of my own Motivation Code Assessment to look at what fuels me to do what I do.

Todd Henry can be found at http://toddhenry.com/ and on Twitter at @toddhenry.

Oct 12 2020

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Mindfulness For You and Your Family (with guest Jessica Morey)

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To launch the second season of the Better Me Podcast, I was joined by Jessica Morey, co-founder of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. We talked about a range of topics including how mindfulness can help children and young adults through these trying times, as well as helping their parents, plus the importance of self-care for people with leadership roles.

Oct 05 2020

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EP 25 Gratitude - The Role of Gratitude in Helping Us Feel Better

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In this season finale episode, I talk about how thinking about what we’re grateful for and showing acts of kinds to others can make us feel better mentally and physically.

Aug 15 2020

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EP 24 Changing Minds and Hearts to Make the World a Better Place (with Heather Fenyes)

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In this episode I chat with my good friend Heather Fenyes about her work through various education initiatives to foster critical thinking and civil conversations about the challenging issues the world is facing.

Aug 08 2020

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EP 23 Moving Forward When Things Go Sideways (with Shelby Edwards)

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For this episode I had the privilege of speaking with retired U.S. Army Major and “expert on things going sideways“, Shelby Edwards. Shelby and I had a wonderful and, frankly fun conversation about how what she learned while in the military, the poetry of Mary Oliver, and dogs have been instrumental in not only helping her get through the difficult times, but also to strive to make the world a better place.

Aug 01 2020

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EP 22 My Manifesto

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A few years ago I read a blog post from writer Todd Henry (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers) in which he talked about his manifesto, a list of the principals that guide him in life. In this episode I explain my own manifesto, which I created after reading that blog post. Tune in to hear me explore the principals behind who I want to be as a person, how I want to show up for those in my life, and how I want to make a difference in the world.

Jul 25 2020

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Ep 21 The good, the bad, and the advice for parents (with Sydney)

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I was lucky enough to have my favourite guest on again. My daughter Sydney joined me to talk about the importance of establishing good habits, breaking bad ones, and how parents can help their children to work on these.

Jul 18 2020

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EP 20 Who You Eat With May Be Just As Important As What You Eat (with Marta Zaraska)

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In this episode I chatted with science journalist Marta Zaraska from her home in France about research showing that our connections with each other, including sharing meals, may be just as important in determining our longevity as what we eat and how much we exercise.

Jul 11 2020

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EP 19 Entitled to Nothing, Grateful for Everything (with Lisa Thomaidis)

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For episode 19, I had the privilege of speaking with Lisa Thomaidis, coach of both the University of Saskatchewan Huskies and Canadian National Womens’ basketball teams. We talked about the tumultuous year she’s had, the reputation she and her players have for their kindness toward fans and opponents, and what it was like coaching superstar Sabine Dukate who moved from Latvia to play for Thomaidis and the Huskies.

Jul 04 2020

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EP 18 The Importance of Students ‘Fitting In’ (with Angela DeBarger)

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Angela DeBarger, the Program Officer in Education with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In this episode, we talked about Angela’s own experiences of feeling the need to “fit in” in school and the importance of students seeing representation in their learning experiences.

Jun 27 2020

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EP 17 Read Any Good Books Lately (with Jennifer Diehr)

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Reading has been one of the tools in my toolbox of protecting my mental health. In this episode I’m joined by my good friend Jennifer Diehr to talk about books we’d recommend to each other and to listeners.

Jun 20 2020

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EP 16 The Role of Meditation in My Mental Health

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I went solo for this episode to talk about why I started the podcast and about the role that meditating has played in helping me through my most recent bout of depression, and how it helps me to stay well now.

Jun 13 2020

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Ep 15 The Quest to Make Education More Human (with Robin DeRosa)

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I sat down with Professor Robin DeRosa to talk about how universities and colleges can support student learning during the pandemic and beyond by becoming “more human”. We also talked about the Salem Witch Trials so be sure to check this one out.

Jun 06 2020

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