Susan Scharpegge is a ‘Jill’ of many trades and a master of none. She considers herself a ‘work-in-progress’ and a life-long-student.
Susan is passionate about helping people work through their stories to discover purpose and fulfill their greatest potential. She is certified as an Executive Coach by Royal Roads University and a member of the International Coach Federation. An accomplished business leader with 20 years of general management experience, Susan has dedicated her career to coaching, mentoring and empowering people to achieve remarkable results. As a yoga teacher, Susan guides her students to manifest their best life on and off the mat!
Susan's company, Anchor to Arise Leadership Development, is grounded in a leadership model that embraces conscious living and a desire to “know thyself-first.” She is a proud mom to two of her greatest teachers, Alyson and Matthew. Susan enjoys walking, cycling and hiking with her partner Pierre. She loves to cook, create art and gets super stoked with a great thrift find!
Jann is a super dorky 40 something (seriously, she can never remember how old she is), living in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada with her wife. She loves all things tea, especially antique tea ware and patents. She’s not a jam jar, but here are some labels that she easily slaps onto herself: happily introverted, her anxiety has anxiety, dances freely, lives with fibromylagia, scorpio, cat lover, Xennial, over-thinker, Apple fan-girl and an INFJ-T.
She loves designing stickers, curating antique teaware boxes, and of course creating YouTube videos. Most of all, she loves connecting with kind people across the globe.
You can connect with Jann at: www.teawithjann.com or on Instagram at: @teawithjann.
Nina Purewal faced an unexpected childhood tragedy, which inspired her mindfulness and meditation journey over twenty years ago. After climbing the corporate ladder for nearly a decade, she took a sabbatical and moved to California to unplug and live in an ashram for a year. It’s been her greatest passion to help others find happiness through adversity, by leaning into ancient wisdom. With that, she founded Pure Minds, a social enterprise that conducts mindfulness and meditation workshops and is the co-author of the International Bestseller, Let That Sh*t Go. You can connect with Nina at: www.ninapurewal.com or on Instagram at: @nina.pure.minds.
Melissa Murray is a sister, daughter, wife, and adoptive mother of two amazing boys, age 10 and 14. She grew up in Truro and considers herself lucky to be surrounded by her network of supportive family and friends. She has worked in Corrections since graduating university in 2002 and feels fulfilled by helping others choose a new path in their lives. Melissa enjoys the little things like playing board games with her family, supper dates with friends, and walks with her sweet silky terriers, Willa and Arnold.
Self love is a topic that I have been overthinking a lot more in the past year. Loving yourself can be especially tough when you are fighting against a mental illness that wants to do the exact opposite. My anxiety and my depression work against me every day in this work of falling in love with myself, but I'm up for the challenge.
(By the way, please ignore the lawn mower in the background for about a minute at the twenty-six minute mark. I'm trying hard not to overthink about it;)
"Self-love means that I have a relationship with myself built on trust and loyalty…I’ll disappoint everyone else before I’ll disappoint myself." – Glennon Doyle
Dr. Ashley Margeson, ND has a clinical practice focused on Burnout Recovery and Prevention, as well as hormone optimization, at her Halifax, Nova Scotia clinic, Cornerstone Naturopathic. She is the co-founder of Burnout Blueprint, an online course to help busy people recover and prevent burnout. She and her team have treated thousands of cases of burnout over the past decade. Dr. Ashley is also the host of The Superwoman Code; a weekly podcast educating young professional and busy women about how to make their health work for them, not against them. She is also a full-time stepmom to her 5 and 7 year old children.
Deb shares a busy home with her husband and two teenaged daughters. A pharmacist by education, she has worked with Nova Scotia Health since shortly after settling in Truro in 2003. In 2018, she moved into her current position within the provincial Cancer Care Program. Her leisure time is spent in pursuit of any combination of her favourite things: knitting, cooking, podcasts and coffee. She has taught knitting on the international conference circuit, and has designed and knitted pieces for magazines, books, movies and television.
Sawyer Hannay is a former professional hockey player and current business owner of Country Liberty and Liberty Village from Rexton, New Brunswick. At 16, he left his hometown in Rexton moving to the big city of Halifax, Nova Scotia to play for the Halifax Mooseheads. From there, he was drafted to the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks in 2010, played professionally in Europe, Indianna and university in New Brunswick.
When living in Europe, he became inspired to start Country Liberty and when he arrived in NB to start his degree, he decided to put his ideas in motion. Country Liberty was born, and has since grown a distribution channel of over 50 retail store and an online store. They are partnered with wonder groups like the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Molson and Lane Merrifield from Dragon's Den!
A JUNO nomination, MuchMusic Video Award noms, multiple East Coast Music and Music Nova Scotia Award wins, John has grown his band In-Flight Safety from small-town art project to the world stage. From David Bowie’s email endorsement in the early days to some iconic Film & TV placements, European tours and radio play on the BBC, John has kept busy since day one.
John’s deep fascination with making music was born the day the Mullane family acquired its first home synthesiser in 1987. By 17, he was recording his own songs on a 4-track cassette recorder. Shortly thereafter - inspired by bands like Sigur Ros - his attention turned to a cinematic brand of rock music that lead him to form In-Flight Safety.
Since In-Flight Safety’s ‘Conversationalist’ album cycle winded down John has been pointing his focus outward. Using an artistic process he developed over years of collaborations he has been spending his time of late producing and co-writing with other artists. By using his skills for concise effective ideas, and feet-up ideas John’s current priority is helping artists find their own creative point of view.
Kayla Short, is an award winning Canadian blogger, columnist, and TV personality. Trained as a teacher Kayla loves to inspire confidence in everything she does. As a full time blogger she's worked with big and small brands alike. As a writer, Kayla has contributed to Huffington Post, Fashion Magazine, Flare Magazine, and Profile Halifax to name a few. As a multi-faceted creative, Kayla loves documenting her adventures in food, fashion, beauty and travel with an ever informative lens.
Kayla is also proud of her work as a seasoned guest expert for CTV, Global, and CBC. With a commitment to authentic growth she's traveled from province to province sharing her extensive knowledge for social media, and online marketing. For her continued work and commitment for inspiring confidence, positivity, and kindness, Kayla was chosen as one of Huffington Post's Top 50 Canadians, and she's been extremely humbled by her numerous awards from The Coast Reader Choice Awards for "Best Blogger" right here in Halifax Nova Scotia.
"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” — Maya Angelou
A Series of Topics That Occupy My Anxious Mind.
I'm Sam Madore, an overthinker extraordinaire.✨
As host of this podcast – and as someone who has lived with anxiety and depression most of my life – I want to normalize the topics and conversations that an overthinking mind can bring to light.
Because I'm sure I can't be alone in this;)
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.