Pregancy Loss & Grief: Wendy's Story

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1 in 4 pregnancies ends in loss, and it’s high time we started talking about it.

In this episode, with the help of my BFF Megan, I tell my personal story of recurrent miscarriage and grief.

Of my five pregnancies, only one resulted in a live birth. My friend Megan was there for the grief and joy along the way and shares what she learned about how to best support someone who’s going through infertility and/or loss. I recollect some of the toughest moments, but also the lovely ways I was supported by so many.

The goal of this episode is to help anyone who’s been through this feel less alone and to change the conversation by increasing awareness and sensitivity around this really common struggle for women.

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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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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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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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Dr. Jenn Salib-Huber, ND, RD - "What To Eat When You're Hormonal"

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Jenn Salib-Huber, Intuitive Eating Coach, R.D. & N.D., and I discuss what’s going on with our bodies and hormones during perimenopause and menopause and what we can do to our hormones and wellness through a “food-first” approach.

Specific topics include: “Meno Rage” (that out-of-body experience of wild anger that our hormones can trigger!), the “mid-life pleasure deficit” and how that can affect cravings, emotional eating and the importance of an experiment mindset & self-compassion, why soy does not cause breast cancer, the role of estrogen in weight gain and why we should celebrate it, and mindful and intuitive eating as the key to food freedom.

This is a conversation all women should hear!

MORE ABOUT JENN SALIB HUBER:

Jenn helps women navigate the physical and emotional changes that happen in perimenopause and menopause, including their search for food freedom and body confidence....

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Ask The Coach - Meditation: How To (Actually) Do It & Enjoy It

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In today's Ask The Coach episode, I tackle the big myths women hold around meditation including “I need to turn my thoughts off to meditate, “My brain’s WAY too busy for that” and “Meditation takes too much time”.

I explain how establishing a simple meditation practice can help you train your brain to be in the present more often, which is one key to increasing your daily joy and a very helpful tool in managing anxiety. 

I also discuss some of the many benefits of meditation and the science behind them and provide the basics that you need to start incorporating a basic mindfulness & meditation practice in your life, no matter how busy you are.

All you need is five minutes, a “quiet-ish” spot, your headphones, and a free app!

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Lyndsay Doyle: The SuperROLEModel Project - Celebrating Women in Sport

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Lyndsay Doyle is a gifted photographer (she’s responsible for all the photos on my website and the cover art for this podcast!) with a passion for advancing women’s equality.

A few years ago, Lyndsay became aware that only 5% of sports covered by the mainstream media involve female athletes, and that adolescent girls were dropping out of sport at an alarming rate. Those two facts got her curious (and pretty annoyed), so she set out to learn more.

In the process, she began photographing and interviewing women in sport - coaches, athletes and volunteers. That work culminated in a powerful book of photoessays, called Strong and Free. 

Join Lyndsay and me as we discuss the reasons behind the ridiculous inequity in coverage of women’s sport, the reasons why so many girls drop out of sports as they age, and what we can do as balanced, healthy women and powerful role models to start changing the landscape for...

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Amy Risley, CEO of Skinfix on the Myth of “Doing It All”

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Amy Risley built a flourishing skincare line now sold exclusively in Sephora stores across North America, but that success came at a price.

With great honesty, Amy shares her biggest regrets and lessons learned as an incredibly busy female entrepreneur and mom of two teens and provides some sage advice to other working moms.

Amy and I discuss Amy’s personal burnout story, the impact of the pandemic on Amy’s balance, and the surprising gifts working from home for the last year has afforded her, including a shift in her relationship with alcohol and unbroken quality time with her children after years of constant traveling for work. 

I loved talking with Amy - we had an easy flow and a lot of shared perspective on women in business and the myth of "doing it all". I think you'll really enjoy this conversation!

Find out more about Amy and Skinfix at https://skinfixinc.com/

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Christina’s Story - Finding Freedom from Food & Alcohol

 

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This is my first of (I hope!) many client interview episodes. I think you'll love Christina's story as much as I have loved being part of it!

At the young age of 12, when she realized she needed a size bigger pair of pants than her friend, Christina started down a lifelong path of dieting, weight loss, weight gain, and body shame.

Exhausted and physically unwell, she reached out to me one year ago, at the end of her rope and ready to try different, not just harder. My holistic approach to healthy change was something she’d never tried before, but by embracing curiosity and self-compassion, Christina was able to achieve her goal of true freedom from food. She felt so great, she then tackled her unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

Constant thoughts of food and alcohol no longer consume her, and she’s loving how present and joyful she feels in all aspects of her life. In this episode, Christina...

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Ask The Coach - Gratitude: How To Get More Joy in Your Life (In Just 5 Minutes a Day!)

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It’s been a long, hard year. As we roll up to the first anniversary of lockdowns, so many of us are asking: “How can I turn my days around? The glass feels half empty every day.  Is this all there is?”.

In this week's episode, I explain how one simple practice can take you from “glass half empty” to “glass half full” in just 5 minutes a day.

If you’re struggling with staying positive right now, gratitude might just be the key. I address the common objections I hear as a coach to exploring gratitude (including "it’s so corny!") and explain the science behind this simple and incredibly powerful practice.

Even if you enter this episode a skeptic, I think you’ll leave a believer!

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