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

Episodes

May 23, 2022 38 min
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 Ukranian refuges.
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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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In this episode I talk about a quote from Khail Gibran and the Serenity Prayer, and avoiding anxiety about things you can’t control. You also may hear my dog snoring.

As mentioned in the episode:

Sign up to receive a weekly email with a summary of the latest content - http://betterme.ca/weekly-email/
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We had to say goodbye to one of our dogs last week. As a tribute to her, this episode is about some of the lessons I’ve learned from our dogs over the years.
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We can set all the boundaries we want, but often we’re the first ones to violate them.
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We should celebrate our accomplishments, including thanking those who helped us. We need to share our failures to help others and fight our own imposter syndrome. And we need to relish the boring days. Have a listen to hear how all of this helps with mental health.
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March 28, 2022 4 min
Here are some of the things that are making me happy right now. How about you?

1000 Awesome Things (website I mentioned in this episode)
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Professor, clinical psychologist, and co-founder of Teach Me Self Care (http://www.teachmeselfcare.com) Jorden Cummings joined me to talk about not only the importance of self-care, but also finding real self care that works for each individual person.
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March 14, 2022 4 min
Having the right words is vital to good communication. Having the right words to describe our emotions is necessary for our well-being
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Terry Greene, the host of the Gettin’ Air podcast and the Senior eLearning Designer at Trent University, joined me to talk about our mutual love of podcasting and two new projects where students acted as co-designers to create materials to help other students succeed in higher education.

Gettin’Air Podcast - https://voiced.ca/project/gettin-air/

Liberated Learners Project - https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/learner/

Learning to Be...
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Professor and writer Loleen Berdahl was back on the podcast to talk about dumping SMART goals for EASY goals, why we need to act before we feel motivated and why it’s not selfish to just take time to think.

You can read her blog / newsletter at https://loleen.substack.com/
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My good friend Jennifer Diehr joined me again to talk about books, this time focusing on book banning, the importance of learning about history, and Judy Blume. Plus, we talk about how the Green Room for the Better Me Podcast is seriously lacking.

You can follow Jennifer on Instagram at @jendiehr
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My daughter Sydney joined me on the show for the third time, this time to talk about going from being a tween to a teen, starting high school in a few months, book banning, and baseball. This was a fun and interesting conversation.
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It’s episode 75! To celebrate I spoke with the founder of the Zero Waste Collective, Tara McKenna about her new book Don’t Be Trashy: A Practical Guide to Living with Less Waste and More Joy. This was a great conversation about buying less, decluttering, and why recycling isn’t the answer to our trash problem. I always publicly commit to making February a “no buy” month for me.

The Zero Waste Collective - https://www.thezerowasteco...
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Michael Harris joined me to talk about his new book All We Want: Building the Life We Cannot Buy. We chatted about how social media platforms and advertisers make use of our dopamine, why the GDP isn’t a good way to measure how well a nation is doing, and how supporting others through hard times can give you better perspective on life.
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In this first episode of 2022, I talk about taking mulligans in golf, habits, and life in general.
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December 6, 2021 5 min
In this final episode of 2021 I tell a funny story and offer some advice.
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Canadian comedian Shawn Hitchins joined me to talk about his latest book the Light Streamed Beneath It: A Memoir of Grief and Celebration. We chatted about loss, the importance of community, and how scary it can be to start therapy, but how great it can be when you find a good therapist.

Find out more at https://shawnhitchins.com
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The incredibly talented spoken word poet Sabrina Benaim joined me to talk about metal health, relationships, and her new book of poetry I Love You, Call Me Back.

Her website is https://www.sabrinabenaim.net/home where you can find information about her, her books, social media profiles, and more.
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