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Author: Jessica Lock

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A podcast about coming home to ourselves. Featuring raw conversations with special guests on topics related —but not limited—to burnout, mindset, fulfillment, transitions, wellness and so much more. I am your host Jessica Lock. This podcast is not about telling you what to do. I believe we all have the answers we need within. This podcast is here to inspire you, help you find clarity and maybe give you an extra nudge towards living wholeheartedly. And of course we'll be sharing tools and strategies from our guests to embrace your inner wisdom and live unleashed. Ready to dive in?
25 Episodes
Cate is a passionate, driven woman and mother who has worn many hats throughout the years, including: marketing director, childbirth doula, kickboxing instructor, TV series executive producer, and serial entrepreneur (current: UnstuckCo). She attributes her personal/professional growth to her failures and most painful experiences, not her victories. In today’s episode Cate shares: Why it's OK to change your mind, to continuously be learning and unlearning What gets a lot of entrepreneurs stuck and stops them from taking the leap The narratives we hold onto and in what ways they hold us back The types of overwhelm and how to move through them The difference between fixing and healing ourselves The beauty and lessons she learned from "failure and mistakes"
Kat Herro is a COO and integrator for 7-figure visionary female entrepreneurs. She supports the entire inner workings of their business by supporting team hiring and management, systems, automations, and operations. She has managed 6 and 7 figure online course launches, and loves helping visionaries step into their full zone of genius. She is also the co-founder of TTC Society, a community and podcast to support those who identify as women who are going through a fertility journey. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time outdoors with her little family and french bulldog. In today’s episode Kat shares: The moment she realized the career she studied and invested in wasn't for her How it felt to walk away from that path and let go of the identity The lessons she learned from allowing herself to explore and try new things Her "unconventional path" which might not make sense on paper but ultimately gave her clarity on what her zone of genius is The importance of boundaries and how motherhood helped her stop overextending herself How she manages multi-million dollar businesses and their teams with ease How to ask the right questions to get the answers you need What inspired her to create her podcast TTC society and what she hopes to achieve And a lot of great nuggets of wisdom. I probably highlighted the entire episode. Grab a warm beverage, some snacks if you want, get cozy and join our conversation!
Diana's passion for entrepreneurship and collaboration is at the heart of all of her work. As a critical thinker, design instructor and ecosystem connector, Diana contributes to the startup and innovation landscape in Montreal by forging strong relationships with the various communities to enhance the positive impact in Quebec. From hardware for physical wellness to educational frameworks for entrepreneurs, Diana's passion is less the medium and more about the message. Diana has the fire to build things from the ground up, but above everything, she aims to use her design and technical skills to foster collaboration and creativity to support people working on problems that really matter. Diana is also now completing her Executive MBA at Concordia University while raising her first child and building Go Coconut, a start-up manufacturing play couches for kids in Canada. In today’s episode Diana shares: About her career journey, the incident that helped her own her story and expertise How she started a business in the middle of a pandemic Common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting a business The importance of diversity and collaboration How daily check-ins help her tune into her inner alignment and find balance How motherhood has impacted her life and being ok with figuring things out
Brooke Nielsen is a trauma-informed psychotherapist and the founder of the Therapeutic Center for Highly Sensitive People. Over 15 years, she's helped hundreds of people find freedom from anxiety and self-doubt. With advanced training in trauma therapy and relationships, she's spent thousands of hours helping Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) thrive. She's also the founder of Intuitive Warrior, an online learning community which helps HSPs discover the gifts that lie hidden in what they thought were the worst parts of themselves. In today’s episode Brooke shares: How being a highly sensitive person is not a disorder The gifts of being an HSP and the downfalls if it's not used in alignment The traits and different spectrums of being an HSP Some common challenges HSP face growing up The healing aspects of trauma work and how sometimes we get lost in comparative suffering when in fact there is no trauma hierarchy Her experience in learning she's an HSP and how that knowledge helped her go from being constantly anxious on high alert all the time to being better equipped in handling her triggers The importance of energetic boundaries and how to set them
Elizabeth Marx is a luxury wedding photographer and the founder of Almond Leaf Studios. Over 16 years, she’s captured hundreds of weddings around the globe and now helps other wedding professionals build profitable, sustainable businesses with the work life balance they’ve only dreamed possible. In today’s episode Elizabeth shares: How inner work allowed her to embrace and integrate her sensitivity into her business Creating space to have the awareness on what's working and what's not made a difference in life and business Her journey into motherhood and what her children is teaching her On almost hitting rock bottom in her business and leading her to reevaluate the way she was operating The realization that it's not about the destination And what's become possible once she started to lean into her strengths, align her business to her and let go of expectations
Welcome to the under-cover series. In between guests interviews you’ll find me here, under a blanket sharing some reflections and lessons. In this episode I shared about: What is inner alignment and what it feels to be aligned My signs of not feeling aligned, getting the cues from the universe and in my body On relearning how to be, apart from the doing and accomplishing things Don't give your power away, honouring your truth while learning and being open
Karolina has been alcohol-free since February 2018, and has used her empowering AF identity to achieve her greatest dreams, including working for herself while making an impact, building her passion business, and writing a book (Euphoric will be out in bookstores in January 2022). In addition to working with soul-seekers to transform their relationships with alcohol, she also specializes in the beautiful aftermath of finding freedom: giving voice to new dreams and goals. Karolina lives in San Diego with her husband and sweet Samoyed. In today’s episode Karolina shares: How alcohol became this magical elixir for her as a teenager to be more open and extroverted Noticing how her weekend drinking was affecting other areas of her life Getting into the root of her limiting beliefs associated with alcohol Stumbling upon scientific studies that explained why she felt the way she did from alcohol (hint hint it affects our pleasure system) The social pressure, stigma and dialogue around alcohol How giving up alcohol has opened her up for more possibilities and ways of being Rather you're interested in an alcohol free life or just curious about it, come join this inspiring conversation!
Welcome to the under-cover series. In between guests interviews you'll find me here, under a blanket sharing some reflections and lessons. Today's episode I talk a bit more about my story, how I got into advertising, realizing I was out of alignment, the magic of slowing down, how to make space to hear yourself and lessons I learned from walking away from my career.
*Hello dear viewers today's topic is a sensitive one. We talk about body image, eating disorders and recovery.*   Mary Jelkovsky is the author of The Gift of Self Love, a workbook to help you build confidence, recognize your worth, and learn to finally love yourself. Written like a letter to a close friend, this self-improvement book provides practical advice and exercises that will help you finally love yourself. Mary is a published author, TEDx speaker, and women’s self-love retreat host. Her story has also been featured in places like Teen Vogue, TEDx, and Health Magazine because unfortunately, too many women know what it’s like to struggle with self-love and body-image. Mary is committed to changing this trend by inspiring thousands of women through her book, social media, podcast, online courses, and worldwide self-love retreats.  **In today’s episode Mary shares:** How her body image issues started at a young age, training for bikini fitness competitions. How her body rebelled and started to say no. Her recovery journey moving to Canada and tuning out the external voices. How her relationships with her friends and family changed. What she's learned from her younger sister. and how she hopes to help other women embark on their journey of self love.
I am so excited for today's conversation. I feel like this topic should be in school curriculums. My guest today is Raven Rose. Raven is a reproductive health herbalist and traditional medicine practitioner. She has studied women’s Herbalism and traditional healing practices in Denver, Colorado, the Yucatán, and the Peruvian Amazon. In her journey, Raven was able to overcome debilitating period pain through embracing her cyclical body, restoring ancestral wisdom, and connection to nature. In her work she helps others bring balance to their cyclical bodies through connection with plants, ancestral guides, and grounded spiritual practice. In today’s episode Raven shares: Her own journey in healing her menstrual cycle Learning to recognize when your body is trying to tell you something Her experience with Kambo and how it helps her clients detoxify spiritually, mentally and physically How our menstrual phases are connected to the phases of the moon and how we can leverage that energy to our advantage and get into a state of flow as opposed to pushing How we go through different cycles of creation and destruction How to connect with your cycle wisdom
Farihah Begum, also known as Shukie, is an engineer, yoga guide, and food blogger. She loves to share wellness tips, not just through meditation, movement, and nutrition, but also through her experiences in improving her mental health. Shukie shares candidly about her experiences such as growing up in the south asian community in Brooklyn, mental health stigmas and overall wellness. This is another conversation where we could've chatted for hours! In today’s episode Shukie shares: Her grandma's memory and influence on her Dealing with anxiety and depression and how yoga helped her How therapy benefitted her Mental health and beauty standards in the South Asian community Toxic positivity in the wellness industry and how it's shifting Her detox from social media to make space for herself How we make rules to feel better but end up restricting ourselves
Electric. This is how I'll describe today's guest. For nearly two decades, Karen lived a double life: writer by day, singer by night. She gradually realized that her two worlds were not worlds apart (though the outfits might be). Both words and songs have the power to inspire, inform, connect, and comfort us. And, to Karen, powerful writing and singing share the same goals: to Be candid. Be clear. Be compelling. That’s why she's passionate about Communication that sings™ She launched Karen Gross Enterprises, in 2013 to connect—and help others connect—with audiences through words, songs, and speeches. She's collaborated with some of the most influential, pioneering leaders and organizations, crafting messages that resonate and get results. Before starting her own company, Karen spent over a decade as a communications manager, magazine and newspaper editor, reporter, and publicist. Simultaneously, she was also performing and studying voice, cabaret, and comedy in New York City and Philadelphia. She's been singing since she can remember and performing professionally since graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University.  In today’s episode Karen shares: Her passion and love for words. Her journey integrating writing and singing in a way that's aligned to her. Working through imposter syndrome, why perfectionism is an illusion. Opening herself up for help and support. The power of asking (and receiving!) How things are getting more interesting with age.  And a lot more! come join this juicy conversation!
You know how sometimes you get this inner voice, this nudge from within? And while it might not be logical you can feel it in your bones that it's leading you somewhere. In today's episode, Nadine shares the magic of becoming still, listening to her higher self and allowing her path to unravel. I was introduced to Nadine through a mutual friend of ours, Karla and we hit it off right away! We could've talked for hours. Nadine is an Intuitive Energy Healer and Coach. Even though she started her spiritual journey and worldwide holistic therapies training over 25 years ago, she fell off her path for about a decade and became spiritually disconnected, mentally overwhelmed and physically exhausted. It took closing her business, losing her marriage, and selling her home, (all within 3 months) to learn the value of embracing stillness in her mind and body, to begin listening to her inner wisdom, and eventually re-connecting and finding her way back to herself. Now she helps anxious and sleep deprived high-functioning women deeply restore and connect to themselves, reclaiming their inner peace and rebuilding energy. In today’s episode Nadine shares: What she thought her initial path was and what what took her out of it. How she followed her curiosity, leading her to learn about Ayurveda and holistic therapies. Why she launched a custom dress business that championed body acceptance. How she got swept up in the busyness of doing and got disconnected from herself. The devastating 3 months that served as a catalyst her into stillness. The resistance of being in flow state at first and how she learned to embrace. Her adventures in following her inner voice.
Today’s guest is a dear, dear friend of mine. We met at university a while back and have remained friends ever since. We’ve seen each other grow, change paths and try new things. It’s an honour to call Jonathan Agomaa my friend. Jonathan is a creative designer and art director who specializes in designing interactive experiences, products and brand development initiatives. He spent his career leapfrogging across Canada, working as a creative for various industries from advertising agencies, to broadcast/TV, to bricks and mortar retail design. From working on beer and cheese, to cars and banks, and everything in between, Jonathan has prided himself on diversity and curiosity above all else. Never choosing to stay in one spot, in 2019, he chose to leave the life of 9-5, to begin exploring his own personal and professional ventures. In today’s episode Jonathan shares: How he fell into design even though he had another career in mind How things were great on paper but not aligned to what mattered to him How burnout made him reevaluate everything he was doing The importance of taking a step back The lessons he learned from being a digital nomad How adopting a curious mindset has helped him create a life around what he values the most
"Fifty. It’s not what I imagined, what I thought it would be like… I am not afraid of Fifty - I embrace what it has to offer. I’m selfish, I guess. In that I have tried to live my fifty years, mostly by my own desires, motivations, and interests. There are things I might do differently but regrets …. Fuck that! I find inspiration every day. I am still learning, exploring; dreaming and creating. There is always something to do and never enough time - so much to learn; so much that I do not know; that I am interested in. I am enamoured by this quest of exploration. In following my curiosities. At being surprised by what lay behind each new door, around each corner and over and beyond the distant horizon. To see what is revealed. To ask new questions; have new dreams, and inspirations... there is little greater for me than the journey of learning, exploring and dreaming. There are things that I have learned along the way - most recently from the Pandemic – that have become more clear to my personal sensibilities; the people that I surround myself with for example and the importance of my family and of caring for others and of helping those who are in need and are vulnerable. The closer I got to Fifty - the more I began to question my life and the truths of my motivations. The things that were important to me and why. and I began to question what type of society I wanted to live in and how I could make an impact. I thought about inequality and how lucky I am because of the absolute advantages that I have been given and have experienced – and I try to acknowledge this each day – often failing – by consciously attempting to be a decent and good person. [...]"
Today's guest is someone I met in my ad days. His name is David Bastedo and he is a Creative Technologist, Photographer, Artist & Speaker.  His personal story is about passion. And you'll be able to see throughout our chat, David is passionate about exploring and following his curiosities. About having and following dreams, chasing ideas and creativity. Making and creating things. Taking chances. Pushing himself and often failing. Constantly questioning how he wants to live today, tomorrow and throughout the next part of his life. His Professional story is rooted in the world of digital communications. For over twenty years David worked in advertising agencies. He's been an independent Digital Consult in various guises, developing online strategies and creating content for clients ranging from Car companies, to Alcohol and Marijuana Producers, Politicians and Rock Bands – to name a few. As a photographer, he shoots still and moving images of people and things; documentary and events. With a particular fondness for working with musicians. He's worked with one Canadian band in particular, called the Tragically Hip and documented them for almost fifteen years, as well as their Lead Singer – Gord Downie. The images he made of The Tragically Hip have been published in print and online by every major newspaper in Canada and many international papers. They've appeared in ad campaigns, on band merchandise; movies, tv, magazine covers, books and posters and are available for purchase as Fine Art Prints and Licensed Music Collectables. In today’s episode David shares:   About his unconventional path and the ups and downs that followed. Why he refuses to specialize - Seeing failure as an opportunity for growth.  How he's never satisfied, seeing it as a curse and blessing. His appreciation for street art. What photography means to him, specially working with musicians. The famous "the hug" photo he took of Gord Downie and how that lead him to meeting the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. And David made a special gift for us! He recorded his 50 birthday refleciton piece on audio, adding this as our bonus episode on the podcast.   David, I am grateful for you and let's dive in!
Today's episode is with someone I've been following and learning from for years. Her name is Melyssa Griffin. She's a former school-teacher turned entrepreneur, Melyssa leads a community of over 300,000 entrepreneurs and 25,000 students in her paid courses and mastermind program, where she helps conscious leaders create profitable, purpose-driven companies, as well as heal from the old mental programming and thought patterns that keep them from feeling aligned, whole, and fulfilled. I had the huge privilege of meeting Melyssa when I joined her Bold Abundance Mastermind this year. And let me tell you, she is as warm and vibrant in person (well, zoom) as she is in her videos and social media. She's been such an incredible guide in holding space for us to grow, expand and heal. And let me tell you, this podcast wouldn't be here right now if it weren't for her and everyone in the mastermind. You are in for a treat! In today’s episode Melyssa shares: About her burnout and what she did during her 6 months sabbatical. On re-aligning her business to herself. Practicing inner connection so you don't get lost in the noise. Experimentation, taking the time to see what works and letting go of any attachment. Walking away from something "successful" because it wasn't aligned. On creating connected, honest, vulnerable communities where people can thrive. Money mindset and self worth. And so much more. I highlighted almost the entire episode as I was skimming through the transcript. This call was so nourishing for me, I am grateful I get to share Melyssa's wisdom with you all. Let's dive in!
A 20-minute guided meditation with the intention of honouring your wholeness. You were born and remain whole and when you connect to that truth you become unleashed. This guided meditation was created as a gift for the Whole & Unleashed podcast listeners by Stephanie Major (episode 6 guest)
I’m so excited to share today’s conversation. I met Stephanie during my career transition period. It was one of those serendipitous moments where I asked the universe for a sign and then one thing lead to another. Maybe one day I’ll share that story, but it lead me to meeting a lot of extraordinary people and Stephanie Major is one of them. She’s been on a beautiful unravelling journey in the past couple of years and I’m so grateful she’s sharing it with us today. And she also made us a gift, for Whole & Unleashed listeners! Aaah im so excited and touched by her generosity. It’s a 20-minute guided meditation with the intention of honouring your wholeness. I’ll link it in the shownotes for ya. So who is Stephanie Major? She’s the Director of Community Success for Archangel, the co-host for the Better! With Dr. Stephanie Podcast and a Master Reiki Practitioner. Energy is the language she is most fluent in and she brings that expertise into everything she does to amplify the impact she is making in this world. Finding the safety of a supportive community, dream career and compassion for herself has propelled her into deepening her relationship with her superpowers and developing new ways to bring this beautiful healing to others. Part of her mission is to guide beautiful souls to reconnect with the vital magic of life through Reiki, energy work and creative expression. She is committed to her personal and spiritual voyage and invites anyone who feels called to come along. In today’s episode with Stephanie we talked about: Learning to receive how healing is not the only thing in our journey in learning forgiveness and growth after trauma leaning more into her feminine energy her spiritual journey back to herself the type of reiki she practices trying quiet meditation for the first time and her number 1 grounding tool, it’s a good one come tag along and join our beautiful conversation!
Kelly is an award-winning creative director, designer, and writer with deep roots in communication design, marketing, and advertising, and a special focus on ethical and inclusive creative practice. Kelly holds a master’s degree in design where their research focused on design ethics, social impact, social innovation, and sustainability. Currently serving as executive creative director at Grassriots Inc., Kelly is committed to applying their 15+ years of commercial experience to exclusively supporting progressive, impact-focused clients. Kelly’s book, The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work, published by House of Anansi Press, is a collection of over 100 actions for ethical creative practice. It is the culmination of Kelly’s research in their pursuit of a more humane, values-driven and inclusive creative industry. IN TODAY’S EPISODE KELLY SHARES: The final straw that lead them to reevaluate their approach in advertising How the grass is not greener on the other side and how empowering that realization is Some of the practices that help them stay focused and present in their process The good days and the bad and learning to quiet their judgy inner critique Their overall experience of writing their first book and so much more!
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