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. Writer and educator Heather M. Ross chats with guests about issues affecting mental health, and 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

Episodes

November 28, 2022 38 min
I had a great conversation with Stephen Hurley, the founder of VoiceEd Radio, talking about baseball, education and podcasts.
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In this episode I talk about why it's good that we do some things automatically, but that more meaningful things aren't meant to be memorized and recited without some thought and feeling.

In this episode I referenced my manifesto and land acknowledgements. The links below will provide more information.

My Manifesto (blog post) - http://betterme.ca/habits/my-manifesto/

Better Me Podcast EP 22 My Manifesto - https://www.spreaker...
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The ever popular Loleen Berdahl returned to the podcast for the fourth time to talk about the concept of "found time" and how to make the best use of it.
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Best-selling author Melissa Urban joined me to talk about her latest book, The Book of Boundaries. We discussed why boundaries aren't just good for you, but also those around you, upholding boundaries with yourself using a "boundary integrity" model, and how we all should stop setting ourselves on fire to warm other people.
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In this episode I share some advice on dealing with subscriptions that are taking more from you than they're giving.
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Writer, podcaster, and speaker Todd Henry returned to the show to talk about his new book Daily Creative: A Practical Guide for Staying Prolific, Brilliant, and Healthy. We talked about the importance of routines, how he gets started on new projects, and some of the lessons he's learned throughout the pandemic.

Learn more about Todd on his website - https://www.toddhenry.com/
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Addiction expert, speaker and author Dr. Gabor Maté was my guest for the 100th episode of the Better Me Podcast to talk about his new book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, illness & health in a toxic culture.

You can find out more about Gabor on his website - https://drgabormate.com/
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Author and social entrepreneur Shaylyn Romney Garrett joined me to talk about her book The Upswing: How America Came Together A Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again (co-authored with Robert D. Putnam). We spoke about how America has faced the problems it’s now facing more than 100 years ago, how individuals help to drive change, and the mistakes they made that we can learn from.

You can find out more about Shaylyn on her website -...
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Dr. Isabeau Iqbal, who was my guest for Episode 92, returned for a conversation about fun, including trying to figure out what that looks like for each of us.

You can find Isabeau at:

website: https://isabeauiqbal.com/
subscribe to monthly newsletter: isabeauiqbal.com/subscribe
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I spoke with best-selling author Marshall Goldsmith about his new book "The Earned Life" and the importance of finding the right balance in how much focus and time we give aspiration, ambition, and action in our lives.

Find out more about Marshall and the book at https://marshallgoldsmith.com/.
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September 12, 2022 6 min
Tune in to hear about what guests are coming up on the Better Me Podcast through the fall, including Marshall Goldsmith and Gabor Maté.
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I’m taking a break for a couple of months, but first I want to thank a few people.

There's some distortion of the sound in this episode. I think I got a bit too close to the mic in all my excitement.
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It's hard to focus, to feel like you can do what needs to be done when there's chaos around you when you're living in a time of crisis, but we can’t just bury our heads in the sand. So how do we avoid overwhelm and keep moving forward?
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June 20, 2022 4 min
It doesn’t matter how good your map or your plan is, if you don’t know where you’re starting from.
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Dr. Isabeau Iqbal joined me to talk about “imposter syndrome” including where it comes from, how we can deal with our own, and how we can make wider changes to reduce the impact.

You can find Isabeau at:

website: isabeauiqbal.com
subscribe to monthly newsletter: isabeauiqbal.com/subscribe
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Educator and visual note-taker extrodinair, Giulia Forsythe joined me to talk about how doodling helps her be a better listener, problem solver and communicator. She also explains why she shares her doodles openly and freely.

Check out Giulia’s amazing doodles on her web site https://gforsythe.ca/visual-notes/ and her Flickr account https://www.flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/albums

For more on visual note taking, see these resources th...
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Song-writer and recording artist Laney Jones joined me to talk about her new album Stories Up. We also chatted about our out-of-the ordinary family pets while growing up, putting yourself out there to take advantage of opportunities, and about our mutual love of baseball.

You can find out more about Laney and listen to her music on her website at http://www.laney-jones.com/
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Lena Patterson, the President of Open Education Global joined me to talk about the challenges and responsibilities of women in leadership roles, doing leadership transitions with care, and the role of the open movement in supporting Ukrainian refugees.
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May 16, 2022 12 min
There is no one thing that keeps me mentally healthy. There is no one set of things that will work for everyone. In this episode I talk about the 8 pillars of my mental health. Have a listen and make your own list.

Link to blog posts I mentioned in this episode:

No More Waking Up To ‘Oh crap, I forgot to …” http://betterme.ca/tools/no-more-waking-up-to-oh-crap-i-forgot-to/

Reviewing Your Week - http://betterme.ca/habits/reviewing-your...
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May 9, 2022 5 min
What small steps could you be taking to make your life, or even just your day, better?
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