Episode 17: How To Get Real with Nutrition with Heather Allen
Heather Allen is a holistic nutritionist in Toronto, who works with entrepreneurs, doers, and go-getters to help them empower their plates and get realistic about nutrition. She’s also the Director of Operations for Entrepology Labs, running the backend of the projects and businesses. In addition to that, Heather works with an organization called Building Roots, which develops urban space into garden centres that create food for under serviced areas.
Heather is intentional about spending time in nature and taking breaks during her work day to decompress. Her nutrition protocols for clients often include taking time to breathe and spending 20 minutes outside every day. Heather explains her Instagram hiatus and how being bombarded with content muddied up her own message. She also introduces the concept of re-evaluating all daily habits once or twice a year, as well as tips to make your salad not suck and how to embrace failure as the way forward.
Episode 16: Finding Purpose Outside the Corporate Box with Andrea Gust
Andrea began her career in journalism, after being told that her real passion at the time, photography, wasn’t a practical choice. Andrea later returned to photography both as a stock photo editor and a business owner, before deciding to return to the world of writing within a small digital marketing firm. She shares with us how she worked with adrenal fatigue, when she realized she needed to leave the 9-5 job, and how she structures her days now as a novelist.
Andrea and I talk about how our priorities shifted when we left the corporate world. We’ve both found purpose outside of our work, and surprised ourselves at how useful we can be outside our professional wheelhouses. As Andrea learned to embrace the journey outside the corporate box, she’s realized that she’s ok with not knowing what’s around the corner and she’s happier than she’s ever been pursuing her purpose as a writer.
Episode 15: The Truth about Freelancing with Taylor Marsden
Taylor Marsden is a freelance copywriter in Toronto. She studied English in her undergrad and Journalism afterwards. She ended up applying to a start-up, where she learned how to copywrite and was promoted to content editor over the four years she spent there. A year into full-time work, Taylor started a side hustle as a freelance copywriter, where she was able to find more diverse clients, which she loved writing for. When the company she was working for folded, she had amassed a large enough client roster, portfolio and website to go it alone.
Taylor and I started our conversation talking about how we use Instagram now and how we could use it better. We also chat about focusing on fewer platforms and choosing the ones that feel best, while walking the tightrope between business and influencer. Taylor describes the many ways that you can freelance, how you can ease the transition into becoming a freelancer, and how to stop drowning in fear. We both discuss our biggest lessons learned as freelance copywriters, mistakes made, and how we found the best fit for our own preferences.
Episode 14: Tech, Teaching and Raising Good Humans with Alyssa Rowley
Alyssa was a teacher who loved her job, but realized that she was spending all her time with other people’s kids, while missing her own grow up. Alyssa got resourceful one night; she set up a website for her editing services, registered her business, and sent the link out to her family. Working from home was never the goal, but once Alyssa saw the power of setting her own hours and being available for her family, it became her primary focus.
Alyssa and I talk about how university and one career was the only option for our age group, as well as where education and post-secondary degrees are headed in the future. We go deep into the effects that social media, comparison and technology have had not only on ourselves, but on the next generation. We are able to work flexibly because of technology, which is amazing, but we are both starting to be much more conscious of where else in our lives we let technology in, and where we choose to limit or eliminate it.
Episode 13: Corporate Leadership, Overwork and Trust with Wendy Swinden
Wendy ran the HR team at Sick Kids Hospital after managing a hospice in Toronto and a volunteer program at a children’s mental health centre in Whitby. Wendy was then recruited by Walmart when they first started implementing HR in 2006. She held a field role first and was then asked to manage a portfolio containing the speciality groups and the merchandizers, which gave her full access to the senior leadership team that she eventually joined.
We talk about HR challenges, leadership change and a significant reorganization that Wendy and her team had to manage. We also talk about the regrets she has about the 24/7 nature of her job when she couldn’t be 100% present at her son’s volleyball games. She reclaimed her life and left Walmart to consult for local businesses, while allowing herself the flexibility that works best for her lifestyle. We get into the nitty gritty of overwork, wearing work hours as a badge of honour, navigating corporate politics, and the difficulty in saying no to leadership.
Episode 12: How To Get Real on Instagram with Meg Stypa
Meg is a writer and brand strategist, who encourages her clients to look at their content creation differently, in order to engage more meaningfully with their audience. Meg and I share a lot in common; she is also a wife, dog mom, tea lover, and autoimmune disease warrior.
Meg shares practical lessons about using social media, showing up in a way that’s true to you, and how to be intentional about your screen time and the messages you’re putting out into the world. We also discuss how we both started our Instagram pages and then transitioned them to more authentic content. Meg breaks down her top three wellness tools and the important mindset reframes that she used to push past the fear.
Episode 11: How To Find Your Way to Feel Good Work with Sarah Vermunt
Sarah is a badass career coach, author, and the founder of Careergasm, where she helps people quit jobs they hate in order to find work that feels good. Sarah walks the walk, and started her career on the path to becoming a professor in business school, but found herself extremely unhappy, and instead of pushing through, left her PhD program four years deep.
We talk about how to navigate looking for a new job or building a side hustle while you’re still employed. We also get into the power of great mentors, the struggles inherent in leaving academia, and dealing with people who are unsupportive of big changes. Sarah explains how she schedules her week to match her work chemistry, and advocates for experimentation in order to find what works for you.
Episode 10: Prioritizing What You Really Want with Alysha Dominico
Alysha is the co-founder of Tangible Words, an inbound marketing agency that uses a distributed office model to empower their employees. Alysha and her wife Vicky built the business so that writers could just choose their hours and write without worrying about sales and scaling. We talk about the power of content creation and how the company works like a well-oiled machine. Even though Tangible Words operates in the digital space, we discuss the power of in-person networking and conferences to kick-start a career or small business.
We get into how Millennials operate differently in business (ourselves included) and how they have been exposed to more mental health conversations, meaning they know how take care of themselves. It’s a generation that has seen its parents get laid off in force, creating a distrust in organizations and a desire to do work that they are passionate about. To that end, Alysha explains how she structures her week and the importance to putting the things you want first and letting everything else fit into the cracks.
Heather Ricketts owns her own boutique political and nonprofit fundraiser and compliance firm. Today she’s sharing with us the realities of having a side hustle in order to find work that feels good in your soul, and how she structures her day for maximum productivity, which also keeps her aligned with her fiancé’s work schedule. We talked about the value of a supportive partner in building a business, both emotionally and financially.
Heather and her fiancé subscribe to the work hard, play hard mentality. With her fiancé’s six weeks of paid vacation, Heather was motivated to jump into entrepreneurship so she could schedule her own time off and enjoy the breaks together. But in building her own business, it required a tremendous amount of work and it took years for her to put boundaries in place with her clients. Now she’s much more confident in communicating her boundaries, and letting clients know when she is and isn’t available, without guilt.
In today’s episode I chat with Danielle Connolly, founder and CEO of Make them Mainstream, an organization that empowers young girls through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. It’s no secret that there are very few women in STEM fields, and Danielle is on a mission to change this by working with young girls ages 4 through 9, their parents and teachers.
School was really hard for Danielle, who was always a creative. She was a dancer, an actor, and a writer, and never excelled in academia. But in her last year of high school she realized that math and science could be creative pursuits as well. She went on to become an engineer, and now frames the scientific method and engineering problem solving as creative processes. We chat about why this is critical for girls who want to pursue STEM, how our careers become our identities, and the challenges that women face in male-dominated industries.
Today on the podcast I’m speaking with Celeste Ortiz, who is a mechanical engineer in California. We discuss the culture shock that she experienced, not only in the workforce, but also at university orientation. Celeste is one of the most self-aware women I know, and she’s teaching us the lessons she learned about speaking up and setting boundaries at work.
Celeste also fills us in on the layers of being an enGIRLneer, which is her brand of apparel that she created to empower women in engineering. We also cover our tendency to let things slide and to stay quiet, because of being taught to protect our jobs at all costs. Celeste has found her voice and knows when to use it when something is not ok in the workplace.
From childhood through university and into adulthood, Christine has always been a dancer. Although she’s a self-professed introvert, she loves the stage and performing. Needless to say, the traditional 9-to-5 job was never for Christine. Life as a performer often required a lot of side gigs, but she loved the flexibility.
After getting married and having kids, Christine thought she’d be a stay-at-home mom, but life did not turn out the way she thought it would. A painful divorce taught Christine just how strong she really was, and how much change she was capable of withstanding. It was this event that was the catalyst to changing her life, allowing her to pursue her dream of opening a barre studio. We are chatting about what it takes to open a fitness studio, how women-led businesses operate differently, and what you can do to find your own business passion.
Today I am sharing a conversation with my friend Ami Au-Yeung, an HR professional turned career coach and writer. We chat about transparency and communication in the workplace, as well as speaking up when you are different from everyone you work with.
Ami intentionally recalibrated her career and she’s taking us on the journey of exactly how she made it happen. We chat about overcoming our critical inner voice and comparison to others. She also shares with us her simple cue card system, which she takes with her to remind herself of how she wants to feel at work and what type of work she wants to do.
Today I have the pleasure of sharing my conversation with Laura Milne, who is a badass business and branding coach on a mission to serve and empower women. She is the co-founder of Luscious Hustle, a money mindset maven, and an incredible mom.
Laura explains why it’s so hard for us to make big career pivots, how we can transfer the skills from our university degrees to different jobs, and ways that we can check in with ourselves to see if we are in the right career. We talk about money, trusting the process, and getting resourceful to create the life you desire.
Today on the podcast I am speaking with transformational business and branding coach, Betsy Milne. Betsy is the cofounder of Luscious Hustle, which is on a mission to empower women to build businesses that support the lives they want to live.
Betsy and I dive into chasing titles, working with chronic illness, and all the issues surrounding getting paid what you are worth. We share war stories of working in very masculine energy professions, and the toll it took. But we also share how we were able to transfer our skills to completely different industries in order to find health, happiness, and fulfilment.
In today’s episode I get to sit down and talk to my friend, Karen Calder. She is a badass career and corporate coach, a public speaker, an educator, and a consultant. She wears all of the hats and gives us some insight into how she does it.
Karen has an extensive business background, and climbed the corporate ladder to the top. But once there, she made some really important realizations about what success meant to her. We explore a ton of topics to do with Karen’s journey, including false beliefs about paycheques, what it feels like when your job is killing you, and how to live from the inside out.
Welcome to the very first episode of The Otherwise Intelligent Woman Podcast! Today I’m giving you a brief introduction to the podcast, myself, and what I hope that you’ll get out of each episode I release.