The Authentic Me: Hosted by Mel Yu

The Authentic Me: Hosted by Mel Yu

A mental health advocate with an honours in Psychology, and no stranger to the commercial world through her entrepreneurial endeavours, Mel is a sought-after empathetic and inspiring speaker. Mel Yu guides and encourages her community to live a meaningful life through the power of authentic story-telling. The Authentic Me connects powerful stories and life lessons to the ears of listeners by interviewing successful game-changers from all walks of life. Popular guests include Australian influencers, entertainment artists, life coaches and creative entrepreneurs. Common topics discussed involve self-development, successes, failures, mindset and how to create a life of purpose.


August 2, 2023 43 mins

On this episode, I have special guest (and my ace coaching client!), Katrina Weller - a Grief & Loss Specialist, Speaker and the founder of the Grow with Grief hub. 

We discussed our experiences with grief and loss, reflecting on the impact it has had on our lives and relationships. We share the duality of emotions, the ongoing waves of grief, and the longing for the presence of our loved ones who have passed away.

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Matthew John Kyoo Purcell (known professionally as Matt Purcell), is a South Korean-born Australian entrepreneur. Matt Purcell is Australia's leading personal branding expert and the founder of Australia's only verbal self-defence program, Kung Fu. Matt is on a mission to help doers think and thinkers do.

I was lucky enough to sit and have a chat with a fellow Asian- Australian to talk about our unique stories an...

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Erin Deering was looking for a bikini to wear on the beach on a second date with her now ex-partner. Craig Ellis, but couldn’t find anything under $100 that didn’t have Hawaain flowers on it. It was either Zimmerman or Billabong back then with no in-between price tag available for women. Little did she know, she would go on to start a multimillion-dollar bikini business known as Triangl – and take it global. 

Today, Triangl is sold ...

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A champion for diversity and loving the skin you’re in; Natasha Heal has taken her every experience in life and turned each into a means of growth, acceptance and self love. With a unique ability to recognise the beauty in all things and people, as well as taking hard lessons in her stride, Natasha is an advocate for alopecia awareness, an internationally renowned fashion model and promotes living a mentally well-balance life.

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Welcome back guys! Today I am joined by entrepreneur, photographer, designer, mentor, former cross-fit enthusiast, former controversial public figure in the media, the author of ‘6-figure creative’ but most importantly, down to earth legend whom I have only until recently had the privilege to call a friend, Carly Söderström. 

Carly is a straight shooter and I love that about her. We talk about the importance of travel and ...

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Today's wholesome chat is with my high school friend, Jess Jackson (IG: @jessinbondi who I went to Mordialloc College with between 2003-2008!

Jess is the founder of health and wellness brand, Australian Made Bio Cellulose Sheet Masks, @goodlivingonly_. She is also a certified meditation teacher who aims to share content to inspire not tire so you're empowered to live a balanced life. Jess is passionate about embr...

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How important is it to have a loving and supportive partner? For me, it is the MOST important aspect to ensure I maintain wellness, peak performance and dedication to building my life, my career and my health. It's all very much dedicated to this man here I share the mic with today... my partner, Jordan Consoli!

To everyone that has been with me through my journey, I appreciate you all so much to get to know the man w...

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We are diving in deep here bringing my housemate into the mix! It's been a year of living with Jordan and Beza in my life so what better way to get to know me further and deeper than having her on the show!

Beza is an incredible media personality, MC, host and fashion model. She is a freelancer in the creative community and really helps us all give perspective to those who may be struggling to start! We also talk all ...

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Helloooooo world! 

I am back after a year and a half from this podcast, The Authentic Me! Life's been busy and when we don't remain consistent and disciplined, things fall off the band wagon... so vola!

Nevertheless, I am keen to put energy back into this show to bring you insightful and authentic stories and ideas. This week, I touch on both discipline and consistency to building successful habits that ...

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WOW! This conversation was SO, SO, SO Powerful! Shani gets down and vulnerable, openly discussing parenthood, finding confidence even through suicidal thoughts and severe moments of depression and sadness. We both cry in this ep!!! So much love for this gal!

If something you hear in this conversation causes heightened emotions within you, please, please reach out and also seek professional healthcare advice.
Lifeline ...

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Quick one! So sorry for the internet stuffing up our conversation a couple of times during this audio. I hope you can be patient and get through the little cracks in conversation to listen to Jake's very important message!

Jake is an absolute legend and I was so proud to be able to have this chat with him. Jake is bloody real, nothing else to say! I hope you take some valuable lessons from this during World Mental Hea...

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If she can do it - you can too! Living in Melbourne, Vanessa is a motivational speaker, body builder, sponsored athlete, and a women empowerment leader. Vanessa Calafiore was born with a genetic-disability of having no hands or feet. Growing up, Vanessa also lived through abuse which then caused PTSD, an eating disorder and depression.

Join us on this epic conversation around self-love, going through life's challenge...

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Natasa Adamovic is a mental health support worker specialising in psychosocial recovery. She manages clients who live with a chronic mental illness ranging from depression, anxiety, autism, OCD to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Tash credits this work to her own lived experience with anxiety to transform and best support her client.

With a Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Science and has also been coached and mentored by yours t...

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SUICIDE TRIGGER WARNING: If you, or anyone you care for, is in need of professional support, please reach out to Lifeline by phone on 13 11 14 (24 hours a day) or message a Lifeline Crisis Supporter on 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight every night).

Lauren McDonough suffered from depression since she was 13. In 2017, when Lauren was just 19, her mental state declined to the point where she made an attempt to take her own life...

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Yollana has worked 20+ years in helping founders, executives, entrepreneurs, and individuals to embody their true leadership potential. She uses an approach that is authentic, insightful, supportive and focused on success. Her goal is to understand your leadership goals and context, and how she can add value to your leadership journey.

We dive deep into Yollana's life on this episode and I share her transformative pro...

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My sister (currently 22 years old) speaks with so much wisdom, so much understanding of self-development and so much awareness! I loved spending this time with my sister and our ability to have these vulnerable, honest and deep conversations.

Hear her side of the view within our family dynamics, what it was like for growing up with a broken family and trying to navigate her emotional triggers from being sexually assaulted by a trust...

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Arggghh Shadow Work! What is it? Despite it sounding like some dark, superstitious, witchy stuff - this is actually a form of deep therapeutic work in psychological and spiritual practices. to assist in healing and integrating all parts of you so you can live a full, whole and meaningful life. 

If you struggle with relationships, especially the one with yourself, it could be a good indication that there is some shadow work...

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Today’s special boss lady, goes by the name of Jada Perfect. 

Jada is the founder of the women’s social networking community called Boss Lady Events. The platform and community brings together like-minded women in small business to empower, inspire and educate one another through her coaching programs, educational workshops and social events. Jada and her team help navigate other fellow business owners through the highs, l...

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TRIGGER WARNING: This episode has discussions around suicide.

This week I am back with an episode of my own lived experience and journey through mental health, belonging and losing my late partner to suicide.

Between June 14th and June 20th, it is Men’s Mental Health Week in Australia. In most countries around the world, men’s mental health is generally poorer than that of females mental health. More males die ear...

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And she is back!!! I guess there are some small perks to Victorian Lockdown 4.50 because with the forced change of pace, I am able to revisit some of these creative passions of mine - PODCASTING!

Sorry it's taken me so long to jump back into the podcasting game and I am thrilled to continue to be able to serve on this journey!

Let's do it. Kicking off with my first quick episode back on, I chat to you ab...

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