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Welcome to the C-Word Podcast. Join co-hosts Carla Thomas & Calum O'Connell, who both share their entrepreneurial journeys, whilst talking to some amazing business owners locally, nationally and internationally. Find out how some of Australia's finest Fitness and wellness entrepreneurs started their journey and what amazing differences they are making to their communities.
74 Episodes
In episode 67 of The C-Word we chat with Cassie Silver, an award-winning television journalist, business owner, mental health advocate and host of uncensored podcast What To Expect When You’re Injecting. Unleashing her flair for storytelling even further, the boss lady opened creative agency Silver Lining & Co, a boutique production house specialising in video production, media training, voiceover and copywriting. But behind Cassie’s career success is her personal story and struggle to make a family, and she’s on a mission to remove the stigma around infertility and IVF with her raw and authentic podcast, What To Expect When You’re Injecting. She’s the former brand manager for social enterprise Happiness Co and continues to shine a light on mental health by using her story as the driving force to raise awareness around self-love and unhappiness. Her passion for mental health, happiness and authentic conversations is unmatched by her charisma and energy around people. She’s fierce, infertile.... and unapologetically has no filter. This episode is sponsored by Red Dust Obstacle Course Races and MindBody Lounge. For my website please…Episode 67: Journalist and Mental Health Advocate  - Cassie Silver 
In episode 66 of The C-Word we chat with Andrew Spence, Manager of Perth’s, and Australia’s, newest state of the art Wellness Lounge; MindBody Lounge. Prior to taking on this role in October 2020, he’s had over 10 years experience in the Health and Fitness Industry both as a coach and a facility manager. He is also one of the very proud Ambassadors for Happiness Co. since it started nearly 4 years ago. Andy enjoys building on his professional knowledge and skills and strongly believes that ongoing development enhances your own self-worth. He aims to continue to do what he can to be an effective coach, facilitator and speaker. Prior to completing his Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness Coaching, he completed an Honours Degree in Sports Administration/Marketing at Victoria University. One thing that working in the customer service industry for the past 20 years has shown him, is that people will come to you for the product or service you offer but they will stay for the environment which has been created. He is very passionate about the Health and Wellness sector and the long term benefits it can have on your overall wellbeing; physically, emotionally and mentally. This episode is sponsored by Red Dust Obstacle Course Races.  
In episode 74 of The C-Word, we chat with Daisy Kermode and Lukas Grone from Coastal Clean-Up Crew.  What started off as a group of friends wanting to clean beaches has now grown to a well-known (and still growing!) group of volunteers along the Perth Coast spreading the awareness and desire for a better future. Doing their best for fortnightly clean ups in random locations around Perth, CCC cleans the beaches, collects data for organisations like Tangaroa Blue and also provide education on waste during the clean ups, helping the local population understand what is ending up in their environment. Young ordinary people making small change to conscious waste management. It was founded by Daisy Kermode, a graduate in Marine Science and Conservation and joining her on the podcast is Lukas Grone, an undergraduate in Psych with a passion for the human consciousness, he has been a part of the CCC family for over two years. This episode is sponsored by Filament Coffee and Happiness Co.
In episode 73 of The C-Word we chat with Brendan Gillam and Aaron Ellwood from Filament Coffee. These two guys met as graduate tax advisors in an accounting firm in 2009 and after five or so years of building their friendship and our careers, they both knew they wanted to do "something" outside of advisory but just weren’t quite sure what. They’d heard about cold brew at a client meeting near the end of 2015 and tested a batch of pre-ground coffee that night and loved everything about it. In early 2016 they began selling their cold brew in bottles at a farmer's market and used the money they made there to buy more coffee and more equipment as they grew. Today, they’re both full time in the business and supply cold brew in kegs to cafes, supermarkets and offices around Perth - as well as their brand-new product, Caskii - to wholesales customers all over Perth and online. This episode is sponsored by Happiness Co.
In episode 72 of The C-Word we chat with Dr Kemi Wright (PhD), the Co-director of Thriving in Motion, An accredited mental health first aid instructor, she also currently works as the senior exercise physiologist in the mental health service at Fremantle Hospital. Thriving in Motion is a not-for-profit charity that has been operating for the last 10 years in Perth with the mission to use exercise expertise to improve the health outcomes of kids & young people. Thriving runs education courses in addition to an afterschool program that operates 6 days a week to provide positive exercise experiences for kids and young people with complex conditions. The directors of Thriving have a passion for research and creating evidence for the use of exercise for the physiological and/or psychological benefit in special populations, with Kemi recently completing her PhD investigating the efficacy of a multi component physical literacy program from children with neurodevelopmental, emotional or, behavioural problems. This episode is sponsored by Happiness Co.
In episode 71 of The C-Word we chat with Crystal & Stone Co-founder, Dylan McIntyre. Crystal & Stone is a modern approach to a spiritual lifestyle founded around the idea that crystals make people happy and when a group of like-minded people get together to celebrate their interests, they create a community. Their aim is to bring people together in a safe space where they can enjoy crystals, good company, good laughs and good vibes. Crystal & Stone’s new warehouse space includes a larger selection of crystals, incense, candles, and jewellery as well as a massive gallery of epic crystal pieces from around the world and more room for events, workshops and hobby classes. Their friendly staff, amazing stockists, phenomenal workshop leaders and beautiful community all come together to make Crystal & Stone a space for everyone to shop, learn, laugh and occasionally break out in dance! This episode is sponsored by MindBody Lounge.
In episode 70 of The C-Word we chat with Personal Trainer, Chris Wilson.  Originally from the UK and celebrating his 15th year as a PT, Chris has worked as a coach in the UK, America and Australia and extremely hard over the last 9 years to build a strong identity and brand in the Perth community. Chris has a BSc in Sports Science, has worked in professional rugby with the Wales Rugby Team and has organised and run many community events and experiences here in Perth. A proud Lululemon Ambassador, Chris coaches multiple corporate organisations, is the owner of One and Only Retreats and is opening Chris Wilson Fitness Studio in Nedlands in April 2021! This episode is sponsored by MindBody Lounge. 
In episode 69 of The C-Word we chat with self confessed snack addict, Daisy Jarvis. There’s no need to ask, "Would you like a snack?", because her answer will always be a " F@#K YES". For years Daisy consumed "healthy" highly processed snacks bars, full of fillers, sugar alcohols and artificial bulls#!t. These snack bars were stripped of everything wholesome and pumped up with cheap ingredients and empty calories and served her body no benefit. Daisy saw the gap in the market, and in 2014 Sneaky Wholefoods was born, as one of the very few handmade retail ready snack bar brands in Australia. Daisy took the chance, to create real value to her snack time and now it's come full circle with thousands of people snacking on Sneaky Wholefoods around Australia daily. This episode is sponsored by MindBody Lounge. 
In episode 68 of The C-Word we chat with Michelle, a Master Kinesiologist and Certified Yoga Teacher obsessed with showing people that their bodies have all the answers to shift them out of their struggles. She uses their body biofeedback to dive into their subconscious where the unresolved energy blocks exist, so she can surface them up and out so clients can move forward and live a more easeful life congruent to health, happiness and freedom. This episode is sponsored by MindBody Lounge.
In episode 65 of The C-Word we chat with…each other! Yep, it’s The C-Word 2020 wrap up and word on the C street is that we cover everything from the one C word we don’t like….to our personal and professional highs and lows, life and love, our favourite episodes for 2020 and of course what we are looking forward to in 2021. Yes, we’ll be back! A big thank you to all of our guests and sponsors and of course YOU! Our listeners and our biggest cheerleaders. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...we’ll see ya on the flip side C side!  
In episode 64 of The C-Word we chat with Maitri Patel, an award-winning dynamic entrepreneur, avid fitness enthusiast and a trained dancer. She won the prestigious Telstra WA Young Business Women's Award in 2017 and Anthill 30 under 30 in 2016. Maitri is the Founder and Artistic Director at Bollywood Dance Studio (BDS), founded in 2011, Perth’s most popular & largest Bollywood Dance School. She went on to create Bolly Active Fitness in 2015, a holistic fitness workout Program, which has become a rage globally with presence in 14 countries & over 90 instructors worldwide. Enhancing her wellness journey further, she launched the Active Wellness Spa in 2019, a rejuvenating and relaxing experience for the mind, body and spirit. Active Wellness focuses on holistic healing and recovery from inside out working on wholesome physical and mental health. A powerhouse of motivation, deadly combination of desire & spirit, she exudes charm and confidence which gets reflected across all her business ventures. She is a champion for female entrepreneurship and team building. Maitri truly is an inspirational woman changing the face of business in Australia. She lives by the mantra ‘She believed she could, so she did.’ This episode is sponsored Athletic Institute. 
In episode 63 of The C-Word we chat with Dan Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Designer of Australian men's activewear brand WPN and their Sales and Events Manager, Brendon Spadek. Dan has been a graphic designer for over 15 years and has spent the last 10 years in the fashion industry, six of those with WPN. A longtime student of the art of Kung Fu has led Dan to living a life that is centred around making his health and wellbeing a priority. The combination of his passion for fashion and healthy wellbeing blends together well in bringing WPN to life. Brendon is tasked with helping to bring the brand's social purpose to life through community events and initiatives. Drawing on his own experience through both his personal journey and running his holistic health coaching business has led to developing WPN Sessions, which is aimed at creating a community where men can come together to focus on their physical, mental and emotional health. This episode is sponsored by Attentive Aesthetics, Athletic Institute and Red Dust Obstacle Course Races. 
In episode 62 of The C-Word we chat with Kendall Whyte, Founder and CEO of Blue Tree Project, a grass-roots movement which has flourished into a not-for-profit making an impact. The mission of Blue Tree Project is to help spark difficult conversations and break down the stigma that's still largely attached to mental health. This is done by giving dead trees ‘a blue lease on life’ and bringing people together to help create space safes and communities. Kendall aims to stay authentic and speak openly to empower others to do the same, in hope that together we can create many mentally healthy future generations. This episode is sponsored by Attentive Aesthetics, Athletic Institute and Red Dust Obstacle Course Races. 
In episode 61 of The C-Word we chat with Chris Masten, a former premiership player for the West Coast Eagles. After 12 years with the club, Chris has now moved full time into the world of wine with his multiple business ventures and partnerships, including an online wine store called Heroes and Comrades with fellow ex-eagle Will Schofield, along with Unearthed Wine Merchants and Off The Vine Distributors. He’s also still kicking the footy about with new WAFL club Perth Demons. He’s now been married for 5 years to wife Emmi and is a father to two kids, son Tex (2.5 years) and daughter Stevie (1 year) as well as two Boston Terriers called Cuban and Cartel. Chris is also a big advocate for mental health, with his new club forming a Mental Health Partnership with The Good Chat Foundation. This episode is sponsored by Attentive Aesthetics, Athletic Institute and Red Dust Obstacle Course Races. 
In episode 60 of The C-Word we chat with Sarah Davidson of Spoonful of Sarah. She began her working life as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a leading international law firm. While she enjoyed several years building strong professional foundations, she found it increasingly challenging to reconcile the all-consuming corporate lifestyle with her personal passions for health, wellbeing, creativity and adventure. In pursuit of balance, Sarah and her partner started Matcha Maiden closing a gap they discovered in the health food market for matcha green tea powder. Matcha is now one of the world's premier health food trends and Matcha Maiden is leading the way with a very bright (green) future ahead. Sarah has now hung up the suits and heels to step into the business full time. In 2016, the matcha mission developed into a physical venue and cutting edge cafe, Matcha Mylkbar, which is taking the food world by storm. Sarah now splits her time between the two businesses and is thoroughly enjoying life as a full time funtrepreneur. She has also started a podcast, Seize the Yay, which investigates the difference between success and happiness, the importance of cultivating "joy" and showcases the down to earth, human side of her diverse and esteemed guests. This episode is sponsored by Attentive Aesthetics and Athletic Institute.
In episode 59 of The C-Word we chat with Elise Barlow, a former high-performance Springboard and Platform Diver is the proud owner and creator of The Movement Society, a Pilates empire based in Perth. And Holly Gibellini Davis, an ex dancer turned Barre Attack/Pilates teacher and master trainer. Elise built her MVMT SOCIETY brand from the ground up and owes her success to being authentic, hardworking and genuinely obsessed. She wanted to disrupt the fitness industry, and share simple, smart and safe movement that people of every level and age could be successful with. When Holly moved to Perth from Sydney and years of overseas living, she met the incredible Elise and has joined forces with them to bring daily workouts to everyone online via Virtual MVMT. This episode is sponsored by Attentive Aesthetics.
In episode 58 of The C-Word we chat with Pro Netball Player, Josie Janz-Dawson. A Torres Strait Islander who was born on Thursday Island, QLD. She grew up in Derby, West-Kimberley and when she was 15 years old she accepted a scholarship to attend boarding school at Presbyterian Ladies College in Perth. Josie played netball for the Western Australian underage representative teams, and after she graduated year 12 she received a two year netball scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Josie then moved back to Perth where she played netball for the West Coast Fever team from 2008 to 2016 in the ANZ Championship, and just recently played netball in the United Kingdom Superleague for both the Severn Stars and Team Bath. Josie has been working at the Wirrpanda Foundation since 2009 in the Deadly Sista Girlz Program focusing on building positive role models in our communities. She says and we quote: “I believe we have a deep sense of responsibility to support the people in our community through mentorship and encourage our next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to be positive and healthy role models.” This episode is sponsored by Giving Greens and Attentive Aesthetics.
In episode 57 of The C-Word we chat with Ninja Warrior Tash Sergi. Growing up, Tash was always into health and fitness and played a number of sports at an elite level most of my life. These include dancing, touch football, baton twirling, athletics, netball, baseball, gridiron (LFL) and currently she is a Ninja Warrior. Last year she represented Australia and went to Vietnam and USA for the world titles. She has also competed on the show 3 times! At a young age adversity hit her pretty hard, losing her Dad when she was 16 then just 18 months later, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Fast forward a few years later and she studied to become a personal trainer. She has now been in the industry for over 10 years and recently started an online health and wellness site with her best friend called Tash + Laura Co (TLC). Out of all this craziness she still fits in training 4-5 days a week and likes to push herself pretty hard! This episode is sponsored by Giving Greens.
In episode 56 of The C-Word we chat with Adam Rose, owner of Flow Space Yoga. Adam and his wife Jen opened the first two Hot Yoga studios in Perth over a decade ago. After finding Yoga through very different paths they discovered a joint passion to help people take responsibility for their own health and wellness. Throughout the years their studios have evolved into spaces for personal transformation incorporating varying styles of Yoga, Pilates, Teacher Trainings, Workshops and Events all with an emphasis on conscious movement and / or self-awareness. They are supported by an incredible Team of awesome humans who equally share in their passion for feeling good! This episode is sponsored by Giving Greens.
In episode 55 of The C-Word we chat with Kelly Bergsma, CEO of The Good Chat Foundation. With a background in the film industry, Kelly has used her creative skills to raise awareness for mental health challenges in short films, before starting a charity. Kelly grew up in Europe with an Australian mother & Dutch father and moved to Australia in 2012 by herself. An avid soccer player & boxer, Kelly has used sport as an outlet for a big part of her life. She decided to create opportunities for young Australians through sporting sponsorships to improve therapy outcomes. Having dealt with depression, anxiety & a suicide attempt, she can relate on various levels to the challenges that young people are facing. Kelly is currently studying psychology at UWA to compliment her work as a CEO for The Good Chat Foundation. This episode is sponsored by Giving Greens.
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