Better Me

Better Me

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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June 21, 2021 10 min
I've long struggled with emotional eating and how I view my body. In this episode I talk about how I'm trying to change that through working with a dietician and showing myself some kindness.
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I'm turning half a century this year. I could look at time gone by or time to come. I'm capable of both, but only one option makes me uncomfortable. I also talk about the wisdom of James Clear and Daniel Brereton, and my grandmother.
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In this episode I talk about Naomi Osaka and the need to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.
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The first guest on the Better Me Podcast, Reverend Daniel Brereton, returns to chat about maintaining hope and staying connected during a pandemic, plus what lessons he's learned that he'll take with him beyond these challenging times.
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I turned the podcast over to the amazing Amanda Coolidge to host this week and interview me. We chatted about mental health, morning routines, and the importance of feeling like you're making a difference.
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That's right, I've meditated for more than 400 days in a row. In this episode I talk about why and how I do this. Don't forget to subscribe and share this with your friends and family.
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May 10, 2021 8 min
These days people cling to their views often with little to support them. This can be bad for us as individuals, others in our lives, and society. Why do we do this and how can we change?
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The first episode of the Better Me Podcast went live just as many of us in North America were going into lockdown in March 2020, and here I am, 50 episodes later. Canadian comedian Dave Hemstad returned to the show to help me celebrate, to talk about the past 14 months, and of course, to chat about golf.
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I was joined by jazz and blues singer Darlene Langston to talk about her career, the importance of music in her life and in the world, and about the time we met at a club in San Francisco. Check out Darlene playing with the Buena Vista Jazz Band on YouTube including at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awATlNSlb8g
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Listen to me talk about the importance of evening routines for my overall well-being while acknowledging that I'm failing miserably at being consistent. If you haven't already done so, please subscribe, share the podcast with others, rate, and review the Better Me Podcast.
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In this episode I talk about the role that my morning routine plays in helping to keep me mentally healthy, and why you should find your own unique morning routine that includes what works for you. I mentioned Jessica Morey who was my guest for episode 26 and Todd Henry who spoke with me for episode 27.
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Trina Moyles will be heading up to a fire tower in Northern Alberta in a few weeks for her sixth season as a smoke spotter. She joined me to talk about her new book Lookout: Love, Solitude, and Searching for Wildfire in the Boreal Forest, plus mental health, climate change, and the role dogs and creativity play in helping us through life.
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You just never know what the day may bring. In this episode I tell the story of being invited to a party by strangers and meeting new friends in a hotel lobby.
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Brantt Myhres played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins. Throughout his career he was suspended four times by the NHL for failing drug tests and was eventually banned from the league for life. After becoming clean and sober and studying substance abuse behavioral health at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Myhres was hired by the Los Angeles...
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March 15, 2021 18 min
In this episode I talk about the importance of admitting when we don't know something and then asking questions. I also sing the praises of Adam Grant's new book Think Again: The Power of Knowing What you Don't Know.
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I sat down with two teachers, one in Saskatoon and the other in Southern California to talk about their experiences teaching during the pandemic. We touched on the challenges they've faced, the challenges their students have faced, and how they think education may change as a result of this collective experience.
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Jess Mitchell joined me to talk about inclusive design. She describes her perspective as having always wondered why some and not others, why us and not them, and how that perspective has led her to "see ethical lines drawn through decisions manifested throughout our world - in the design of everyday experiences and expectations for behaviour, and how we could do it all differently."
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Bestselling author, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and a leading British psychotherapist Julia Samuel joined me to talk about her latest book This Too Shall Pass: Stories of Change, Crisis and Hopeful Beginnings. We discussed the importance of connection and how people are grieving in isolation, plus her own vulnerability in writing this book.
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I sat down with best-selling author Timothy Caulfield to talk about his latest book Relax, Damit: A Users Guide to the Age of Anxiety. In this conversation we managed to cover everything from foreplay to how we can get people to wear masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
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February 9, 2021 14 min
Welcome to the first episode of the Better Me Podcast for 2021. In this brief episode I talk about some upcoming guests and ponder the importance of remembering the good things that happen in the midst of dumpster fires.
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