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Author: Heather Ross

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The Better Me Podcast delves into how people navigate through life’s challenges and live as the best people they can be. Writer and educator Heather M. Ross chats with guests about issues affecting mental health, and how they’ve gotten past life’s bumps in the road, from potholes to sinkholes. She also shares her own stories of living with a mental illness while striving to pursue her dreams.

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113 Episodes
Former ballerina, star of the PBS fitness series, Classical Stretch, and author Miranda Esmonde-White joined me to discuss her latest book, The Movement Miracle: The Essentrics Stretch Program to Increase Strength, Improve Mobility and Become Pain Free.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg and I talked about her latest book On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in An Unapologetic World. We discussed how apologies without real change will continue to damage all involved, how the current U.S. justice system's punitive approach does nothing to help victims of wrong-doing, and why we need to be tenacious and hold onto hope to bring about real change in the world.You can find Danya at and on social media at @TheRaDR (Twitter) and @rabbidanyaruttenberg (Instagram)
Retired Canadian Forces officer and writer Kelly S. Thompson joined me to talk about her latest book Still, I Cannot Save You, a book about her relationship with her sister who died of cancer in 2018. We also talked about healing through writing and how your writing can help others to heal.You can find Kelly at and on social media as @KellyS_Thompson (Twitter) and @kellysthompsonwriter (Instagram)
Best-selling author, speaker, podcaster, and all-around-cool guy Chris Bailey joined me to talk about his latest book How to Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times. We chatted about burnout and it's counterpart engagement, how dopamine makes promises it can't keep, and what we can do for ourselves and our organizations to reduce chronic stress.You can find Chris, his books, and his podcast at
Loleen Berdahl returns to the show for the 5th time to talk about prioritizing the things that matter, including creativity. We also talked a bit about artificial intelligence and about how we both pretend to talk for our pets.
British psychologist and writer Julia Samuel returns to the Better Me Podcast to talk about her latest book, Every Family Has a Story. In this conversation, we dove into how trauma can be passed down through generations and how families can work through it to break the continuing cycle.
EP 107 Welcome to 2023

EP 107 Welcome to 2023


I'm back with a preview of what's coming up in the new season. It's going to be a good one with some fabulous guests.
I had a great conversation with Stephen Hurley, the founder of VoiceEd Radio, talking about baseball, education and podcasts.
In this episode I talk about why it's good that we do some things automatically, but that more meaningful things aren't meant to be memorized and recited without some thought and feeling.In this episode I referenced my manifesto and land acknowledgements. The links below will provide more information.My Manifesto (blog post) - Me Podcast EP 22 My Manifesto - Acknowledgements -
The ever popular Loleen Berdahl returned to the podcast for the fourth time to talk about the concept of "found time" and how to make the best use of it.
Best-selling author Melissa Urban joined me to talk about her latest book, The Book of Boundaries. We discussed why boundaries aren't just good for you, but also those around you, upholding boundaries with yourself using a "boundary integrity" model, and how we all should stop setting ourselves on fire to warm other people.
In this episode I share some advice on dealing with subscriptions that are taking more from you than they're giving.
Writer, podcaster, and speaker Todd Henry returned to the show to talk about his new book Daily Creative: A Practical Guide for Staying Prolific, Brilliant, and Healthy. We talked about the importance of routines, how he gets started on new projects, and some of the lessons he's learned throughout the pandemic.Learn more about Todd on his website -
Addiction expert, speaker and author Dr. Gabor Maté was my guest for the 100th episode of the Better Me Podcast to talk about his new book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, illness & health in a toxic culture. You can find out more about Gabor on his website -
Author and social entrepreneur Shaylyn Romney Garrett joined me to talk about her book The Upswing: How America Came Together A Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again (co-authored with Robert D. Putnam). We spoke about how America has faced the problems it’s now facing more than 100 years ago, how individuals help to drive change, and the mistakes they made that we can learn from.You can find out more about Shaylyn on her website -
Dr. Isabeau Iqbal, who was my guest for Episode 92, returned for a conversation about fun, including trying to figure out what that looks like for each of us.You can find Isabeau at:website: to monthly newsletter:
I spoke with best-selling author Marshall Goldsmith about his new book "The Earned Life" and the importance of finding the right balance in how much focus and time we give aspiration, ambition, and action in our lives.Find out more about Marshall and the book at
Tune in to hear about what guests are coming up on the Better Me Podcast through the fall, including Marshall Goldsmith and Gabor Maté.
I’m taking a break for a couple of months, but first I want to thank a few people.There's some distortion of the sound in this episode. I think I got a bit too close to the mic in all my excitement.
It's hard to focus, to feel like you can do what needs to be done when there's chaos around you when you're living in a time of crisis, but we can’t just bury our heads in the sand. So how do we avoid overwhelm and keep moving forward?
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