Rank #1: Depolarizing Health and Wellness with Dr. Neeja Bakshi and Heather Gazley
Two very different worlds collide inside the Inner Circle this week. Dr. Neeja Bakshi, founder of Park Integrative Health and Director of Business Integration, Heather Gazley, join the show to talk about how their two very different approaches of Eastern and Western medicine have come together to create a network of support and empowerment in health.
Rank #2: Become Your Own CEO with Kelley Keehn
Financial educator, author of over 9 books, and public speaker Kelley Keehn joins the Inner Circle today to give us the behind the scenes of all money matters. She got a first-row seat to wealth (and the lack of) while working in both the banking and financial industries and has built her own empire helping others learn to overcome their issues with money and create a long term plan of financial success.
Rank #3: It’s Not What You are Doing- It’s Who You Are
Andrea Rice will not be defined or contained. A school teacher by trade, Andrea got clear on her own life vision and left to pursue a career that aligned with her values and dreams. Today she joins the Inner Circle to talk about what happens when we open up our own mind to the many opportunities that lay ahead, what it’s like to work at Lululemon and why she loves the company so much, and why a good nap is a beautiful thing.
Rank #4: Fitness Equals Freedom
As an expert in the fitness industry for over 25 years, Paul Plakas has seen his clients transform right before his very eyes. Whether it’s getting someone to run for the very first time, finish that marathon or put down the cookie, Paul is the motivator and tough love cheerleader of health and wellness for many. He does not mince words, so get ready for an honest account of fitness myths, real weight loss talk, and practical reasons to incorporate fitness and a healthy diet into your life. What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Paul’s own relationship with being overweight and his personal experience with bullying and teasing. How Paul took control of his life and dedicated himself to getting fit and strong at a young age. The ol’ comic book that inspired Paul to pick up his first weights and get after it! Proof that you don’t start out by being perfect at working out and training, and even more proof that it’s worth sticking to. How Paul finally let go of the anger he had towards his bullies, and why the high road is much sweeter. The path that led Paul to become a personal trainer and the aspects of his job he loves most. The common obstacles people face to maintain health and fitness, and what we can do about them. Paul’s big score of getting Carrie to run a half marathon and the feelings Carrie experienced when she ran that first hour. The real truth, myths, and misconceptions about the fitness industry. Paul’s “Words to Look Out For” (long, lean, detox, energy, and many more!) and why we should be aware of false promises. More about Paul’s book, Lean, Fit & Pain Free. Bulking up when you want to lose weight and gaining weight from working out? Paul explains why. Why fat loss is so difficult in our culture. The importance of who we surround ourselves with when it comes to health and a fit body. Functionality is key when it comes to sustainable fitness! How men and women respond differently to training. Why you shouldn’t believe or get discouraged by all the “perfect” bodies you see on social media. The great mental AND physical benefits that come from getting fit. Motivation for those who want to invest in themselves, but have trouble getting started. Quotes: “That’s one great thing about being a trainer, you learn from your clients as well.” “Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever.” “It’s about feeling good in yourself and having other people feel good about you.” “That’s what is cool - I know they can do it, they just don’t know it yet.” “Who you are hanging around with makes a big difference in your health and fitness.” Mentioned: Paul Plakas Lean, Fit, & Pain Free Journey Into the Inner Circle: Carrie Doll @CarrieADoll – Twitter @carriedollconsulting – Instagram Carrie Doll – Facebook
Rank #5: You Can Always Still Be Somebody
Kristina Botelho had every reason to fail. Between a challenging youth where she was in and out of foster homes, becoming a teenage mother, and the general challenges of starting and running a business, this woman had a lot on her plate in all senses of the word.
Rank #6: Beyond the Words of Mental Illness
Blake Loates’ greatest passion is to educate and speak about mental health and suicide prevention. She openly shares her own struggles to help others know they are not alone, there is help, and there is beauty in resilience and connection. She joins The Inner Circle to share her own internal battles with depression, and how she used her own artistic talent to capture other people with mental illness and serve her community as a leader. What You’ll Hear in This Episode: The strength and beauty Blake sees in working with people with a mental illness. More about Blake’s personal struggle with depression, anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorder. Why we must challenge the stigma and shed light on the truth in mental illness. Depression is a very real and often very physical disease, with many debilitating symptoms and physiological changes. The importance of talking about depression before it gets too late. The trip to Nepal that changed Blake’s life forever, and the opportunity it created for her to realize her passion and skill for photography. That just loving something immensely is not enough to fully cure mental illness. Blake’s experience as a psychiatric nurse, and the fundamental knowledge of mental illness and suicide prevention it gave her. The jump Blake made to pursue photography full time, and how dreams never fully look the same in real life as they do in our minds. More about We all Believe In You — a peer support community to offer people with mental health issues support and connection. The impact that Robin Williams’ death had on her own decision to dive in and fully commit to photography in order to show just how isolating mental illness can be. What it felt like for Blake to have her photography displayed at events and have people resonate so deeply with her work and their truth. More about her achievement as the only Canadian selected for Facebook’s Community Leadership Program. Three important things to remember when dealing with a loved one that has mental illness: believe, listen, don’t judge. What the next steps will be for her in both her personal life and as an advocate. Quotes: “When you say mental illness, the first thing that pops into my mind is resilience.” “I felt like a freak, and I felt like I had no one to connect with.” “I didn’t know why I should have to feel ashamed for something I didn’t do to myself.” “This camera changed my life.” “Photography brought me into people’s best moments.” “I make sure my pride comes from an act of helping and service.” “The illness tricks you. It makes you believe you don’t deserve life or joy.” Mentioned: Canadian Mental Health Organization We All Believe In You...The Community Facebook Community Leadership Program @blakeloates Blake Loates Journey Into the Inner Circle: Carrie Doll @CarrieADoll – Twitter @carriedollconsulting – Instagram Carrie Doll – Facebook
Rank #7: Empowerment in Fashion
Wedad Amiri is an adventurous spirit that doesn’t let others tell her what to do. Whether she is naming her designs after inspirational women or standing up for those that aren’t able to, she has accomplished so much in a short period of time as a fashion designer, entrepreneur and Lebanese Muslim woman. Today, she steps in The Inner Circle about being a Muslim business creator and owner, the meaning and message behind her brand Afflatus Hijab, and the social impact her work leaves on the world around her. What You’ll Hear in This Episode: The difference between culture and religion, and Wedad’s upbringing as Lebanese Muslim. The significance in Wedad’s decision to wear the hijab and to keep it on despite teasing from her classmates. What it was like living through September 11, and the ways it taught her to be patient and empathetic during times of judgment and misunderstanding. The character traits that are to be embodied out in the world when wearing the hijab. What led Wedad into fashion and her very own self created and designed fashion show featuring affordable evening wear. How her fashion line Afflatus Hijab has evolved over the years, including hijabs and a more diverse array of clothing. Where Wedad finds her inspiration, and what she does with the images to make her dreams come to life. Wedad’s experience at New York Fashion Week, and the results that rippled from her hard work. When Wedad knew her community was ready to receive the story of mental health struggles, and the growth she experienced by sharing resources with those that needed them. The values of education and hard work that her mother instilled in her, that she proudly demonstrates every day of her life. Quotes: “I just don’t like when people tell me what to do, especially for a reason that is not good enough.” “People don’t understand sometimes, and you just have to educate them.” “I went to Google and searched for hipster business names.” “Be humble, empathetic and remember where you come from.” “Women can run the world if we believed in ourselves just a little bit more.” Mentioned: NYFW Afflatus Hijab Journey Into the Inner Circle: Carrie Doll @CarrieADoll – Twitter @carriedollconsulting – Instagram Carrie Doll – Facebook
Rank #8: The Struggle Behind the Screen
Today, a very brave and honest young lady joins The Inner Circle to open up and share her story on a topic that we are still continuing to learn more about. Infertility. Linda Hoang and Carrie have worked together in the past, and she shares her very personal story on what they have gone through so far, what steps they plan to take in the future, and how she uses her platform to shine a light on an issue that affects both people individually, and together as a couple. What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Linda has always been ahead of the curve with web and digital content, and encouraged Carrie to tweet way before anyone else. Writing is a huge aspect of Linda’s life, whether it’s for her own blogging, or coaching others on using social media for both business and pleasure. Linda has been blogging for over 10 years, and also has taught herself more about getting her content optimized. She loves writing pieces on food, travel and everyone’s favorite — furry friends. Linda’s pets are her life. She has two cats and two dogs, and she started the Edmonton International Cat Festival. Linda’s struggle with infertility was frustrating on many levels. She heard mixed messages on what was most important to do, and explored a variety of competing options. An honest look into Linda’s situation with infertility, and what she and her husband have tried so far. What unexplained infertility means, and why it is extra aggravating because there is no clear cut solution. How Linda uses her platform and talent for writing to show authenticity and real life struggles. The different methods that Linda and her husband have tried, and an explanation of what IUI, IVF and adoptions typically cost and require. How Linda processes and copes with the emotions surrounding infertility, and how connecting with her blog readers helps give her hope, and an audience that can relate to her experience. Why we shouldn’t make assumptions on anything in infertility, as it is such a personal matter. Quotes: “Every day at some point I think, oh man, I’ve been on my phone too much.” “One of the best part of this event is, well, I fly-in a celebrity cat.” “The people that say they struggled and it worked out, it does help me and offers hope.” “I know we will have a child in some way or another in our life.” “We keep going because...what else can we do?” Mentioned: Edmonton International Cat Festival @nala_cat @lindork Linda - Hoang @yegcatfest Journey Into the Inner Circle: Carrie Doll @CarrieADoll – Twitter @carriedollconsulting – Instagram Carrie Doll – Facebook
Rank #9: Living Completely As Yourself with Marni Panas
Marni Panas is a brilliant educator, community leader, and an example of how sharing your story can impact change for thousands. Today, she shares her story with Carrie as a transgender woman and advocates for the sexual and gender minority community. She has changed laws in Canada and found her way to a strong internal peace that lights the way for others that need it. She and Carrie also discuss her gender reaffirming surgery, her work on the LGBTQ2 Apology Advisory Council, and why it’s crucial to create a safe and supportive space for others to be completely themselves in every facet of their expression. What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Marni’s story as a transgender woman, diversity and inclusion professional, active changemaker, and fiance and mother. The difference between sex and gender identity, and Marni’s experience of always knowing she was a female. What Marni’s childhood and teenage years were like, and it shaped her into being a powerful advocate for herself and others. How the loss of one of Marni’s sons taught her about living life to the fullest and treasuring the present moment. Marni’s pride for how compassionate and empathetic her son Alex is, and a glimpse into their loving relationship. The point at which Marni knew she needed to use her voice to share her story and begin her transition. How those in the “business to care” and her faith helped Marni feel safe and supported during her time of transition. The gift we can give others when we are faced with the unknown — to be vulnerable, honest, and present through it all, no matter how difficult. What the process of gender reaffirming surgery was like in Marni’s personal experience, and the peace and happiness she felt upon waking. A celebration of Marni’s engagement to her fiance Kate, and their upcoming wedding plans. Why we must love yourself to fully love anyone else in our life. Quotes: “Every voice deserves to be heard.” - Carrie “I’ve always been female, despite the expectations that have been put on me.” “When you are real with people, you get real in return.” “The thing I’m most mentally healthy about is being trans.” “After all these years, I finally get to wear the bridal gown I’ve wanted to wear.” Mentioned: @Marni Panas Marni Panas Journey Into the Inner Circle: Carrie Doll @CarrieADoll – Twitter @carriedollconsulting – Instagram Carrie Doll – Facebook
Rank #10: A Life Of Adventure with Anita Bateman
If you dig deep enough, everybody has a story. Today’s guest has gone through some unbelievable events in her life and has a shocking and heartwarming story to tell. Anita Baker is one of the sharpest and best-dressed women you will ever meet, and at age 75 she truly lives life with gratitude and reverence for the present moment. She shares her story about loss, rebirth, tragedy and life lessons. What You’ll Hear in This Episode: More about Anita’s dad, Helmut Gerth, one of the most famous and sought after photographers in Canada. Inside Anita’s mother’s struggle with epilepsy, leading Anita to be left as the caretaker of the family by age 12. The accident that changed everything in Anita’s life. What life was like after the accident and the discoveries of alcoholism in her family that burdened Anita. Anita’s career in nursing, and why she loved helping and caring for others. More about Anita’s beautiful marriage to her husband Bob, which resulted in a lifetime partnership and three children. The empire that she and her husband Bob built, and ways that they were entrepreneurs before it was even in style. The training Anita did personally and professionally to find her own voice, and the ways she loves to share it. How she keeps active, sharp, and engaged at 75. More about her great loves including golf, painting, and fashion. Some of the biggest lessons she has lived about life and living. Why Anita moved back to Victoria and still loves being close to the water. Quotes: “What I learned from my father was to learn in life what makes me happy.” “There is no such thing as a normal family. Everyone has something.” “I am a very forthright woman.” “Having cancer was a gift. It gave me gratitude and a different perspective on life.” “You have to let go of fear.” Mentioned: Journey Into the Inner Circle: Carrie Doll @CarrieADoll – Twitter @carriedollconsulting – Instagram Carrie Doll – Facebook