“Your One Word Year” with Mary Byers

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In episode 101, I talk to Mary Byers, an author, speaker, and coach who helps organizations and individuals set priorities and develop winning focus. Mary shares her experience with her “One Word Year” experiment. She has let one word guide her each year for the last decade, and she explains how that’s helped her to concentrate on what’s most important, simplify her focus, and improve her life.

Mary and I discuss the power of this practice and Mary provides guidance on how to pick a word, how to let it guide you, and when to abandon it. I explain the impact of feelings-based goals v. behaviour-based goals and the importance of flexibility when it comes to permanently changing habits and thinking. I also share my “one word” for the new year and how it came to me after I became an empty nester earlier this fall.

The “One Word Year” is a wonderful alternative to making a laundry list...

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Karen Furneaux - Lessons in Resilience from an Olympian

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Karen Furneaux is a 3-time Olympian, 2-time World Champion, and the winner of 9 medals at the World Championships over her 20-year professional sprint kayaking career. Karen is now a published author, a broadcast analyst with CBC, and a professional speaker. 

I talk to Karen about the lessons she learned through her lifelong dedication to her sport, and how she’s using that learning to motivate others as a speaker and stay resilient after retiring from competitive kayaking.

We discuss how to set meaningful and achievable goals, the connection between wellness, mindset, and performance, the role of alcohol in wellness (including a funny anecdote about the Beijing Olympics), and how to build resilience and avoid burnout.

FREE REWIND 5-Day Drink Less Challenge: www.wendymccallum.com/challenge

More about Karen: www.ipromiseperformance.com

 

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Chase Chewning: What Women Need to Know About Men’s Burnout

 

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Ladies and GENTLEMAN: We have our first official male guest on the Bite-Sized Balance Podcast!

Chase Chewning is a health coach and host of the popular wellness podcast Ever Forward Radio, and he’s also no stranger to burnout. Chase joins me to share his personal story of multiple burnouts & recovery and what he’s learned along the way. 

Chase and I talk about the differences between men and women’s burnout, the warning signs, the importance of self-care for men (and what that word really means), and how to support someone you care about who is nearing or in burnout.

Got a guy in your life you love (partner, brother, dad, or son) with a lot on his plate? This is a very timely topic given the increase in burnout rates during the recent pandemic, so don’t skip this one!

Find out more about Chase here: https://chasechewning.com/

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Ally’s Garber’s Story – Running Towards Recovery

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Guest Ally Garber, successful career woman, mom of two, and lover of running, shares her personal story of mental health challenges, alcohol dependence, and recovery -- with honesty, insight, and a great sense of humour.

Ally and I discover we have a lot in common in terms of our shared stories, including the decision to stop drinking during the last year of a parent’s terminal illness.

This easy conversation includes a new take on “mommy wine culture”, a discussion of the pitfalls of moderation, advice for sober-curious “gray-area drinkers”, and the unexpected joys of becoming alcohol-free.

Want to start exploring your relationship with alcohol? Maybe drink a little less? No need to commit to anything, start with my FREE 3 video series, here: www.wendymccallum.com/myths

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Ask the Coach: 5 Ways Mindfulness Helps Prevent Burnout

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A simple practice of mindfulness can go a LONG way to preventing the signs and symptoms of burnout.

In this episode, I explain five proven ways a simple meditation, gratitude &/or mindful breathing practice can help to simplify your life, free up time for self-care and reduce your stress in the process.

Tune in to this short episode for some powerful motivation to start slowing down and incorporating some more mindful moments in your day!

For more tips and strategies, follow me on Instagram or Facebook @wendymccallumcoach. 

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Wendy & Meg’s Story - Life in the Sandwich

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There's also a new Bite-Sized Balance Episode today, and it's a really special one. 

My sister Meg and I share our recent experiences in the “sandwich”- raising a herd of teens while caring for a dying parent.

The last few years of our Dad’s degenerative condition included a medi-vac flight home from Florida, a grueling touch-and-go 4-month hospital stay, a year of around-the-clock in-home care, and our Dad's eventual passing two years ago. 

We share our most important lessons learned around navigating the care system, supporting each other and our mom, protecting our own wellness and fulfilling our many other responsibilities as parents and business owners in the process.

While there were lots of tough moments in those few years for our family, there were also so many unexpected gifts, including lots of very funny stories, many of which we share in this episode. 

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Ask the Coach: How Do I Know If I Have a Problem with Alcohol?

 

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Are you a gray-area drinker? Join the club! Over 80% of North Americans drink and about 70% of them wish they drank less.

How do you know when it’s time to make a change? 

I explore this question in today’s episode, highlighting some of the signs that it may be time to start exploring your relationship with alcohol. 

I also talk about the one question we ask ourselves that doesn't really matter, and the one we need to be asking ourselves more often.

Finally, I give listeners a jumping-off point for starting to dig into their own relationship with alcohol with a simple coaching exercise.

Wish you drank a bit less? There's no need to commit to anything more than getting a little curious. I'd suggest you start by digging into your own beliefs around alcohol with  my 3 FREE alcohol belief-busting videos at www.wendymccallum.com/myths

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Bonita Grobbelaar – The Role of Vulnerability in Preventing Burnout

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Bonita Grobbelaar is a coach and CEO of Global Healthy Relationships, where she helps busy women find balance and success in their own lives and relationships.

In this episode, Bonita and I dig into one of the main reasons why we find ourselves in burnout: we don’t ask for enough help.

We discuss the perfectionism standard and how it keeps women stuck, why women resist asking for help, why vulnerability is a superpower (not a weakness!), and the critical role vulnerability plays in preventing burnout and creating meaningful connections at work, home, and in romantic relationships.

Info on Bonita’s next Unlock Lasting Love Workshop can be found here:  https://www.gcfhr.com/a/2147486644/CzcHKU3A

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Jessica Landon: Laughter, Gratitude & Connection in Women’s Recovery

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Jessica Landon was a successful Hollywood actress living a charmed & glamorous life, but it all fell apart when she spiraled into full-blown alcoholism at age 26 which led to jail, then living on the streets, weighing just 78 pounds. She lost it all, but somehow, after 9 trips to rehab, she found the will to leave alcohol behind and build a life she didn't need to escape from. 

She now lives in Los Angeles with her fiancee and beautiful baby boy, and is an advocate and coach for moms in recovery.

Jess shares her powerful story with raw honesty, including the role that laughter, gratitude, and connection played in her own recovery.

Jessica and I discuss gray-area drinking, the sober curious movement, mommy wine culture, and the critical importance of community and connection for women when it comes to healing and recovery.

Follow Jessica on instagram at @jessicalandon12 and find out more about Sober Mom Squad meetings...

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Ask The Coach - 3 Easy Ways to Start Slowing Down

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The #1 key to preventing and recovering from burnout is to slow the f$#% down, but it's also THE hardest thing for most busy, stressed-out women to make happen!

In this week's "Ask The Coach" episode, I provide three easy, practical ways to start slowing down that can add an element of instant calm to an otherwise nutty day (and bring your cortisol down in the process!). 

Tune in to hear about:

1. The 15 minute morning routine that's changed my days.

2. The simple lunch tip that makes a world of difference when it comes to preventing burnout and improving digestion.

3. A life hack for anyone who "just doesn't have time" to fit a short meditation or mindfulness session in their day.

If you're not ready to roll out your mat and meditate for an hour (raises hand ‍), this one's for you!

Listen to this short episode for some simple yet powerful habit shifts! 

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