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Episode 30 | Let Me Overthink About... ALL THE THINGS!
In my thirtieth and final episode of season one, I am joined by my pals Michelle McCann and Alicia Simms as we overthink about ALL THE THINGS.
Michelle and Alicia return to the podcast (this time together!) to take a deep dive with me into season one. While on a staycation weekend in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, we get real about the hits, the misses, the favourite episodes, the ways we differ in our overthinking, and everything in between.
"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler
Episode 29 | Let Me Overthink About... Sobriety
In my twenty-ninth episode, I am joined by Riley Winsor as we overthink about SOBRIETY.
Riley is 24 years of age and originally from Cape Breton but made the move to Truro during his early teen years. He is now a barista and yoga teacher here in Truro and has settled into this little community quite well. When he’s not slinging coffees or guiding people through vinyasas, he can be found frolicking through the many amazing trails of Victoria Park and actively getting his sh*t together. Whether that be deep diving into self-reflection or working up a sweat however he can that day - there’s never a dull moment and always work to be done.
After many years of over-the-top partying and letting loose, Riley has recently rebranded as a self-improvement junkie and feels as though he has a new lease on life thanks to his past 7 months of sobriety. Riley is an open book when it comes to his journey with sobriety and struggles with addiction over the past 10 years and has learned through his own personal experience that the best way to get through these issues is to talk about them.
Episode 28 | Let Me Overthink About It... Real Talk: Uncut (Part 3)
In my twenty-eighth episode, it's all me once again. No theme. Just me. Overthinking my thoughts...
Topics include, but are not limited to: self-sabotage, self care, nose bleeds... See? You never know what I might end up overthinking about;).
Welcome to my world...
"Make time daily to nurture your physical, mental and emotional health." – Lailah Gifty Akita
Episode 27 | Let Me Overthink About... Passion
In my twenty-seventh episode, I am joined by Elsie Morden as we overthink about PASSION.
Elsie Morden is a 25-year-old singer, songwriter, and speaker. She has performed at Canadian Country Music Week. The Music Nova Scotia "Country Recording of the Year" Award Nominee's full-length album was co-produced and written entirely by Elsie. The album reached #28 on the iTunes chart, had a top 100 song on Canadian country radio, and has over 650,000 streams on Spotify. Elsie is currently working on her next release and second full-length album. Elsie is a national ambassador for Kids Help Phone and the Founder and CEO of registered Canadian charity No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society. She has delivered over 600 presentations across Canada speaking about bullying prevention, mental health awareness, neurodiversity awareness, LGBTQ+ visibility, and youth empowerment - directly impacting over 150,000 students. In 2020, she was recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 30 Under 30. Overall, Elsie Morden serves as an ideal role model, and there is no doubt that she will continue to inspire all!
Episode 26 | Let Me Overthink About... Commitment
In my twenty-sixth episode, I am joined by Brie Works as we overthink about COMMITMENT.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Brie Works has spent the last three years chasing after her dreams to move abroad after graduating from Acadia University. In this episode, we talk about commitment - to work, to education, to family and friends, as well as life long dreams. We also talk about what commitment looks like when things don’t go as you expected.
"Never break a promise to yourself." – Rachel Hollis
Episode 25 | Let Me Overthink About... Courage
In my twenty-fifth episode, I am joined by Megan Johnson as we overthink about courage.
Megan Johnson is a self-educated artist, who, after a decade of studying and working in science and medicine, decided to drop all her plans and do a complete 180 with her lifestyle. Burnout, anxiety and gut feelings led to a creative journey that brought her around the world and back to learn how to live a life true to her dreams. Having lived and studied in PEI, Australia and Montreal, Megan returned to her hometown of Truro in 2020 and is establishing her brand and her voice as a creative entrepreneur.
"It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else." – Erma Bombeck
Episode 24 | Let Me Overthink About... Postpartum
In my twenty-fourth episode, sponsored by My Home Apparel*, I am joined by my pal Jill Chappell as we overthink about postpartum.
Jill Chappell is the marketing and communications lead of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, proud wife and twin mom to two adventurous boys. In addition to being a mental health advocate, she is an award-winning broadcaster, former globe-trotting puppeteer and outdoor enthusiast.
*Check out this week's episode to get a special code for a discount at My Home Apparel;)
Photo of Jill by Ian Selig Photography
Episode 23 | Let Me Overthink About... Media
In my twenty-third episode, I am joined by Crystal Richard as we overthink about media. Crystal Richard is the award-winning entrepreneur and publicist behind Crystal Richard & Co., a global digital PR company helping entrepreneurs go after and get the dreamy media coverage they deserve. She’s also the creator of Digital PR School and coaches business owners on how to rock their own media outreach.
Crystal has secured media placements for her clients in leading online publications such as Forbes, the Globe and Mail, GQ, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Chatelaine Magazine, and more. She is also the Founder of travel and lifestyle brand East Coast Mermaid. She donates a portion of her profits to various ocean conservation organizations annually, including the Campobello Whale Rescue Team."
www.crystalrichard.com | @crystalrichard_co on Insta | @crystalcrichard on Twitter
Episode 22 | Let Me Overthink About... Dance
In my twenty-second episode, I am joined by my pal Josee Bourgeois as we overthink about dance.
Josee Bourgeois is an Algonquin first nations band member of Pikwakanagan, Ontario, raised in Toronto. For the past decade, Josee has been focused on evolving as a professional dance artist in Canada, fusing her love and knowledge of powwow dance fundamentals with contemporary and hip hop dance styles. This fusion of dance style that Josee has coined into Powwow Step Groove classes delivered on line, has recently captured the national attention of both CBC Indigenous and CTV's television show, The Social. Josee has collaborated with fellow artists such as DJ's Rise Ashen, Shub, STOiK, and Classic Roots. Josee has also performed multiple times as a solo artist or with dance troupe Kina Nimiwag with the National Arts Centre, Blues Fest Canada (opening for the Backstreet Boys). Josee will continue to explore the limits of her imagination and achieve everything she can manifest as a female indigenous dance artist on Turtle Island throughout the rest of her dancer journey.
Episode 21 | Let Me Overthink About... Resilience
In my twenty-first episode, I am joined by my pal Laura Peters as we overthink about resilience.
Laura Peters is a mother of 3, a grandmother of 1, and a aesthetician with a home-based salon. Laura developed Alopecia Universalis September of 2018, which changed not only the course of her life, but the way she goes about it. In her spare time, Laura enjoys biking, walking, wine, and spending time with her loved ones.
“You live most of your life inside of your head. Make sure it's a nice place to be.” – Unknown
Episode 20 | Let Me Overthink About... Faith
In my twentieth episode, I am joined by my pal Jenn Mantin as we overthink about faith.
Jenn is a business professional, wife and mother. Her passions include working collaboratively to give back to her community, spending time being active and getting outside, and enjoying quality time and conversation with friends and family.
“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty” – Brené Brown
Episode 19 | Let Me Overthink About... Art
In my nineteenth episode, I am joined by my pal Jen Power as we overthink about art.
Jen Power is a self-taught artist from Truro, Nova Scotia. She paints local landscapes and wildlife, in addition to offering commissioned works and custom pet portraits. Jen has been passionately painting for many years and uses her art practice as a therapeutic outlet.
"If you don't want to burn out, stop living like you're on fire." – Brené Brown
Episode 18 | Let Me Overthink About... Mindfulness
In my eighteenth episode, I am joined by Tyler Simmonds as we overthink about mindfulness.
Tyler Simmonds is an Award Winning, Canadian Film Director and Keynote Speaker on mental health and mindfulness. Tyler has spoken at many notable events such as TEDx and We Day. His is clearly a message that resonates with many. In 2016, the Huffington Post named him one of the “10 Inspirational people under 30 you should be following on Twitter.” Within the film world, Tyler continues to use his storytelling abilities to create impactful and engaging films that in his words are “Made to touch your soul.”
“Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” — Buddha
Episode 17 | Let Me Overthink About... The Power of Music
In my seventeenth episode, I am joined by Catherine MacLellan as we overthink about the power of music.
Catherine MacLellan is one of Canadian folk music’s true gems. Her seventh album, COYOTE, is a self-produced release that is a travelogue through heartbreak, loss and the joy of life. Catherine took home a Juno Award in 2015 for her standout album, The Raven's Sun, and she has also been recognized with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. Going to a Catherine MacLellan show feels much like catching up with an old friend, having those long-heartfelt conversations that mean so much.
“One foot in front of the other, that's how we must go.” — Catherine MacLellan
Episode 16 | Let Me Overthink About It... Real Talk: Uncut (Part 2)
In my sixteenth episode, it's all me once again. No theme. Just me. Overthinking my thoughts...
The holidays are coming up and so is the end of 2020. With a brand new year on the horizon, you better believe I have lots to overthink about. As someone who doesn't generally have a great relationship with the holidays in a good year, this one has my anxiety heightened to places it has never been before. I'm going to dive in, you guys... And then I'm going to take a break until the new year.
So, here I am, once more: Raw and Uncut (and complete with ummms, pauses and background dog snores;).
Episode 15 | Let Me Overthink About... Burnout
In my fifteenth episode, I am joined by Martina Kelades as we overthink about burnout.
Martina Kelades is the Founder of Life Out Loud - Mental Health Consulting & Creatives - a professional and specialized service that utilizes a combination of platforms to expand conversations related to mental health and wellness. Martina is a trainer, speaker, advocate and podcast host on the Life Out Loud Podcast - using personal narratives to normalize mental health.
“Courage is contagious.” — Brene Brown
Episode 14 | Let Me Overthink About... Anxiety
In my fourteenth episode, I am joined by my pal Miriah Kearney as we overthink about anxiety.
Miriah Kearney was born and raised in Nova Scotia. Founder of both My Home Apparel and My Home Mercantile, Miriah works with homeless organizations across Canada. and believes that, by working together, we build stronger communities. She has built her businesses on a similar concept of community, connection and a commitment to help those in the greatest need. Miriah lives in Truro with her greatest inspirations: her loving husband and two beautiful boys.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou
Episode 13 | Let Me Overthink About... Fashion
*Please note: This episode is no longer available*
In my thirteenth episode, I am joined by Jennifer Denny as we overthink about fashion. As with most episodes, the conversation started with one theme and organically went in its own direction. Jennifer Denny is an Indigenous fashion designer of an authentic Mi'kmaq culturally influenced line of ready to wear clothing, footwear and accessories. All products are sustainably and ethically made in Mi'kma'ki (unceded traditional Mi'kmaq territory). Jennifer is the co-founder and creative director of L’NU’K Clothing Co.
Episode 12 | Let Me Overthink About... Trust
In my twelfth episode, I am joined by my pal Danielle Crowell as we overthink about trust.
Professionally, Danielle Crowell is a web designer and copywriter in Truro, NS. Passionately, she is also a body positivity and mental health advocate who believes that the world needs more people and businesses willing to show vulnerability and shine/share their light to help build the world they want to live in. In her spare time, she can be found at the barn with her horse, walking her dog through Victoria Park, or having a beer with her husband.
“A woman who is full of herself knows and trusts herself enough to say and do what must be done. She lets the rest burn.” — Glennon Doyle
Episode 11 | Let Me Overthink About... Depression
In my eleventh episode, sponsored by Cobequid Dance Academy, I am joined by my pal Sarah Flemming as we overthink about depression.
Sarah is a wife, mother, fun loving, community minded feminist. She enjoys asking questions and learning more about people. With a focus in social service work Sarah enjoys finding ways to adapt policies to better fit all people. From October to May you can find her in her jammies with tea after 5pm.
“I am running away from my responsibilities and it feels good." – Michael Scott
Episode 10 | Let Me Overthink About... Gratitude
In my tenth episode, I am joined by Steve Foran as we overthink about gratitude.
Steve founded Gratitude at Work in 2007 and started hosting conversations in his community, which has since grown into work with leaders across Canada and into the United States, shifting cultures, helping leaders and their teams bring more gratitude to work each day. His 2019 book, Surviving to Thriving – The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership, was named 1 of 8 recommended reads by Greater Good Science Center and 1 of 5 positive psychology books for a happier 2019 in inc. Also in 2019, Steve was an inaugural winner of Canada's CEO Trusted Advisor Awards Program.
"I think it's important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy." -- Paula Cole
Episode 9 | Let Me Overthink About It... Real Talk: Uncut (Part 1)
In my ninth episode, it's all me. No theme. Just me. Overthinking my thoughts...
I recorded this one on October 4th with full intentions of releasing it one week ago. Then I got scared. So I let myself overthink it and push it off to the side. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety – and crippling grief since I lost my mother in March of this year – it can be really challenging to "put myself out there" like this. But I was compelled to record it for a reason. So, here it is: Raw and Uncut (and still scared).
"Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes." — Maggie Kuhn
Episode 8 | Let Me Overthink About... Discipline
In my eighth episode, I am joined by my pal Melissa Page Webster as we overthink about discipline.
Melissa is a dance educator and business owner (Cobequid Dance Academy, Centre Stage Dancewear) based in Truro NS. Melissa co-founded KickTalkDance Productions with colleague Amanda LaRusic as a platform to create, share and inspire dance and art in the local community. Over her 30 year career, she has had the privilege of being taught by Sally Brayley Bliss, Robert McCollum, Suzette Sherman, Irene Dowd, Peggy Baker and Darryl Tracy among others. Melissa is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and a graduate of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Teacher Training Program.
"What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up." – Anonymous
Episode 7 | Let Me Overthink About... Body Image
In my seventh episode, I am joined by my pal Sarah Mantin as we overthink about body image.
Sarah is a Registered Nurse & Personal Trainer. She runs an online coaching business Sweat with Sarah. As she navigates her way through her own journey to find balance, she tries to teach women to love their bodies through the power of sweat and movement. She wants to help showcase your physical AND mental strength all while living a balanced life.
“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress” — Sophia Bush
Episode 6 | Let Me Overthink About... Imposter Syndrome
In my sixth episode, sponsored by Bold and Italic, I am joined by my pal Alicia Simms as we overthink about imposter syndrome (ie: feeling like a fraud). Trust me, I could go on and on...
Alicia is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with an affinity for food and making people laugh.
"Shame always shrivels when you share it out loud.” — Marie Forleo
Episode 5 | Let Me Overthink About... Self Employment
In my fifth episode, sponsored by Truro Buzz, I am joined by my pal Michelle McCann as we overthink about the ups and downs of being self employed.
As the owner of Bold and Italic, Michelle has spent the past 7.5 years helping her clients navigate their way through the ever-changing maze of online marketing … and navigating her own way through self-employment!
"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou
Episode 4 | Let Me Overthink About... Decluttering
In my fourth episode, I am joined by Kristin Sylliboy as we overthink about how decluttering our homes can often help with decluttering our minds.
Kristin works for her family business in Millbrook First Nation and has a passion for cleaning and organizing. Her intention is to continue to represent Millbrook with pride and integrity. You can follow along as she works through home projects (and motivates others to do the same) on Instagram at @sylliboyprojects.
"Under the influence of clutter, we may underestimate how much time we’re giving to the less important stuff.” —Zoë Kim
Episode 3 | Let Me Overthink About... Bullying
In my third episode, I am joined by my husband Joey Schurman. With schools opening again, we thought it fitting to chat about bullying in schools and how we all need to treat each other with kindness.
Joey Schurman is a Psychologist and Clinical Interventionist, working with autistic children in Colchester and East Hants counties in Nova Scotia. He is also an avid golfer, a lover of all things Michael Scott and a dog father to Bert, the Boston terrier (Hank's little brother;).
"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always." – Unknown
Episode 2 | Let Me Overthink About... Showing Up
In my second episode, I am joined by my pal Heather Laura Clarke as we discuss what it takes to "show up". It can be so hard to show up for ourselves and our goals (like Heather’s goal of writing a novel and working to get it published!!). But guess what!? We can do hard things.
Heather Laura Clarke is an award-winning freelance journalist, columnist, blogger, and editor whose work regularly appears in many Canadian newspapers and magazines. She's on a mission to become a novelist, too.
"You are worthy of wanting something more." – Rachel Hollis
Episode 1 | Let Me Overthink About... Starting Something New
In my VERY FIRST EPISODE, I am joined by my pal Erin Berube as we (very fittingly) "overthink about" what it takes to start something new.
Erin Berube is mother to 3 amazing kids, wife to her college sweetheart and VP of Operations for Vivo Team. She's an amateur sewer, newbie yogi, and former world traveler.
"The time is now. Stop hitting the snooze button on your life." – Mel Robbins
Big thanks to my pal and stellar music producer, mixer, composer John Mullane of In-Flight Safety, for providing MY VERY OWN THEME MUSIC (from episode three on). Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.