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The Women Disrupted Podcast

The Women Disrupted Podcast

By Amanda Hanson
Welcome to the Women Disrupted podcast where Amanda Hanson inspires and challenges you to think and live a more disrupted life.

She wants you to challenge the status quo about finding fulfillment, the definitions of success, beauty standards and developing self-worth.
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004 - The Disruption of Miscarriages with Brandy Williams

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017 - Ditch the Scale & Gain Sustainable Habits Instead
Have you ever gone to the punished your body through work outs in order to "pay" for something you ate? Does the number on a scale determines your happiness or mood? Have you ever thought of moving your body from a place of love, respect or just for the joy of it? Want to know how to move your body in a way that is kind to it? Ditch the guilt trips to the gym and listen to today's episode! In today's episode: On today's episode, Amanda and her friend Maria Trecartin, a personal wellness coach. They dive deeper into disrupting the 'shoulds' in your life in order to break down fear-driven goals and convert them into desire driven goals for feelings of fulfillment. Maria shares about her a group called 'strive inside' that helps women to move their body in a way that doesn't make you hate yourself in order to change yourself. Amanda and Maria talk about the shame women often feel around their striving for fitness and how it comes from a place of a desperate desire to lose weight until it delves into pure obsession with numbers. They also talk about how the expectation for what is a healthy body is determined by businesses who want you to feel shame in order to make a profit Maria also gives some insider tips on how to organize your goals so that you don't get overwhelmed. Enjoy today's important discussion! Get Full Snow Notes: HERE Strive Inside group is open for registration from Sept 16-30th, 2020: Strive Inside! Maria Trecartin provides health and wellness coaching to individuals and groups, runs women's wellness retreats and leads boot camps to help women lift their lifestyle and go for more! She lives to help women lift their lifestyle and to up the ante! No fluff. Just accountability, support and ideas to make those changes that you crave. Her unofficial slogan of “you do you” really embodies what strive is all about. You can find her on FB: STRIVEhealthyandfit You can find her on IG:
September 18, 2020
016 - Disrupting Fatphobia
When I say the word "fat" or if you hear someone call someone fat, how does that make you feel? Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Are you offended? If so, then is it because your definition of fat is bad? Why.... When did you decide fat was an insult? Fat does not have to mean "bad". Fat is just a descriptor word like tall, short, thin, curvy, angular... words can have power, but only in the meaning you give them. In today's episode: Amanda brings on Tammy Cook, a mom of 3 to discuss how, as a fat woman, she is choosing to take up space and to live her life to the fullest, with as much joy and pleasure as possible. Tammy shares how this can be challenging while living in a world that would prefer her to stay hidden or shrink into a more socially acceptable body. It has been her life long journey to feel worthy to live a life of  fulfilment at any size. Amanda and Tammy discuss that even though the self-love and body love movement is fantastic in getting everyone to find more beauty in their bodies, it has left where it originated from; the unique issues that fat people face in society. The two talk about disrupting "fatphobia" and the reclaiming of the insult "fat" as a normal word and about the diet pressure trauma many people have faced from a young age. They discuss the societal led dehumanization of people in larger bodies, by making them believe there is something inherently wrong with them (which there isn't), or that if something is wrong, then that it's their fault and that they are lazy. This ignores so many other factors, which are explored in the episode. Amanda and Tammy also go over some small forms of "fuck you" that you can do as a larger person to help destroy stigma in society against you and to alleviate the stigma you, yourself may hold against you. You can find Tammy on Instagram here: @joyfullyfate Her website has just launched! Get the rest of the show notes HERE
September 10, 2020
015 - Uncovering Some Truths About Our Ladybits
"We need to have a strong pelvic floor to orgasm. We use and contract our pelvic floor to help with our sensation during sex and to help us orgasm, so having that pelvic floor strength is really important." - Stephanie Brown Do you know what a pelvic floor is? Did you know you have one? I didn't up until a few years ago! Which literally blows my mind. Why wasn't this covered in biology or sex ed?? Did my mother know she had one?? After I had my son at 21, I jumped on the trampoline for the first did not go well. Anyone know what happened? Well...take a listen to today's episode! In today's episode: Amanda brings on her  friend and physiotherapist, Stephanie Brown! Stephanie is not just any physiotherapist, she is a pelvic floor physiotherapist. How many people heard that and had no idea what that means? The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles and ligaments that stretch between the female pubic bone and tail bone, and it plays a large role in general vaginal health. Stephanie helps us understand what this body part does for us and how our pelvic floor needs to be addressed, because it's heavily neglected in our society's general lack of focus on women's bodies and our health. She shares the most common reasons WHY you might want to see a pelvic floor physiotherapist and how they can help from painful sex, incontinence, to peeing when you sneeze. If you're looking for stronger orgasms as well, paying attention to your pelvic floor health can help... To see the rest of the show notes, go HERE
September 2, 2020
014 - Disrupting the "Shoulds"
Do you find yourself saying things like... "I should be more... I should do this more... I should do this less"?  In today's episode: Amanda brings on her friend Lisa Walsh-Cooper to talk about the importance of disrupting the "shoulds" in our life. They talk about the struggles of trying not to lose yourself in doubt and in comparison to others in the pursuit of your own goals. How saying things like "I should do or be this" is one of the most damaging practices that has been normalized for people to do. They also, talk about getting in touch with your body and YOUR instincts can train your brain to trust yourself before trusting others' opinions over yours. The two also discuss how media and historical standards cause you to sacrifice your identity or happiness for what others or tradition thinks is the best way to identify or to be happy. Read all the show notes --> HERE
August 26, 2020
013 - Empower Your Inner Voice!
"It is so important, I think, to name the inner voice.  Mine is named Lennie, he's kind of a jerk, but also, Lennie needs support" - Elise B  Amanda brings on her friend and Vocal Warrior, Elise Besler. Elise is a Voice Teacher and Voice Empowerment Coach based in Halifax NS Canada. She has an extensive performing career as a singer songwriter, and is the creator and founder of her Voice and Voice Empowerment training facility, Nusong Studio. Elise believes in the power of the human voice to heal and create change. She works with Singers and Public Speakers to help them gain skill and confidence and overturn limiting beliefs to own their voices and rock the mic! In today's episode, they discuss: How to identify, name and manage that every present "inner critic". They discuss what is the purpose of the inner critic and how to handle it when it invades your thoughts or actions. Elise shares about how she treats her "inner voice" in a way that you might not  expect! They talk about how to use our voice to say yes or no to the things we want to ACTUALLY say yes or no an honest and authentic way. Elise discusses the importance of making sure the boundaries you set around yourself are yours and not those of your inner voice. You get to control of what you let in and out. Are you afraid of conflict? Then listen as they both dive a bit into how to have non-violent communication during disagreements in a way that benefits both people, even if you’re insanely angry. This is very timely when wanting to use our voices to call out racial injustice. To practice this skill, she recommends a book called "Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshal Rosenberg. And again, in what seems to be tradition, the topic of vaginas comes up yet again through ow they can help us project emotion though sounds! For all the show notes: HERE Find Elise Here: facebook: instagram: @thevocalwarrior  web: 
August 19, 2020
012 - Why Your Pleasure Matters
In today's episode: Amanda and her guest, Robin, a pleasure and confidence coach talk about sex! They talk on how our sexuality and sensuality affects our bodies individually because sensuality is our connection with our own body. Robin's goal is to help people feel more present and fulfilled in their lives through acts and feelings of sensuality. She gives advice on how to get rid of the disillusionment that many women feel from their sexual side of themselves, whether it be from stress, unrealistic beauty standards, or sexual trauma. The two also talk about how western society enforces the idea that people don’t deserve pleasure unless they earn it and how it can negatively affects people's ability to get in touch with themselves or have fulfilling sex. Robin explains how group nude retreats help many women, like herself, lose stigmas when it comes to their own bodies and shows us how meditation and presence practices, even masturbation, are important in getting grounded in your body, rather than meditating for the purpose of transcending your body. She gives her experience with these retreats and gives a ton of insight into her practices with tantric yoga... Also, if you want to hear about pussy breathing, stick around… Get Full show notes --> HERE Find Robin here: Instagram: Facebook: This podcast is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
August 12, 2020
011 - Discover Your Enneagram
In today's episode: Amanda brings Krista McNally, Human Connection Coach, to explain in depth one of her FAVOURITE topics, the Enneagram! Krista gives a rundown of the 9 Enneagram energies and their motivations and also their "lost childhood messages", so that we can better understand ourselves and how we relate to others.  Amanda may or may not burst into tears in this episode. Discover how your Enneagram can help you to better understand yourself and why you do the things you do, but it's also to better understand your friends, co-workers, and your romantic partners. Understanding your Enneagram is not about boxing you into a certain way of thinking, it's really about helping you to understand why you may feel a certain way or what you may be missing from your mindset that is causing self-doubt. You are you; the test is only interested in explaining why you ended up the way you are, and Krista gives some great insight into some beneficial ways you can take that information and use it to your advantage. Share your Enneagram number and tag us! @womendisruptedpodcast Get Full Show Notes --> HERE Join her next Enneagram workshop for free here: Follow her on Instagram @kristatamcnally
August 5, 2020
010 - Disrupting Diet Culture
In today's episode: Amanda brings on her friend, registered dietician and emotional eating coach Laura Buckley, to talk about body image yet again! They dive deep into the ways diet programs trick you into constantly feeling like you need to use them to be healthy and happy. Laura explains why eating healthy is actually a lot easier than we think.  They explore how we’ve all been tricked into thinking we need to follow the eating habits of others and how we were taught to stop listening to the cravings our body instinctually provides. Laura explains the importance of learning to trust your own body, gain balance over our emotions and practice presence in order to help our body naturally want and need food without punishing ourselves for not sticking to some random strict diet regiment. Get full show notes --> HERE Find Laura Buckley here: Follow her: on Instagram @laurabuckleycoaching on Facebook @laurabuckleycoaching This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
July 15, 2020
009 - Disrupt the War on Your Body
In today's episode: Amanda brings on her friend, Heather, to talk about her experience and  struggles with her own body image. They talk about how for too long we’ve been conditioned that in order to be happy or to show up fully as ourselves, then we have to change our appearance first. They talk about the additional difficulty women have because they have been conditioned and trained to focus on exterior factors, like the size of their body, the state of their skin, how much hair they have on their body, the colour of their hair, etc... They discuss coping strategies that can be used to help those who're struggling with their weight or body and how body love may never be the goal. Get full show notes --> HERE Find Heather Libbey here: You can find Heather at: on Instagram @itsheatherlibbey on Facebook @Heather Libbey - Career + Business Mentor  This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
July 8, 2020
008 - Disrupt Living on Auto-Pilot
In today's episode: Amanda brings her "Inner Wisdom/Meditation" coach, Dhavita Filek, on to discuss how practicing "presence" has been life changing for her in every way. Amanda shares her personal experiences with the everyday, long-lasting positive benefits of practicing presence and how it takes "living in the moment" to a whole new level. It has helped her to better listen to her instincts, body, and intuition. Amanda shares how she is implementing this practice with her daughter in order for her (daughter) to better trust her own feelings and have them guide her. They talk about how connecting to your body, feelings and senses can help you trust your decisions without overthinking every possibility. This is especially important for women, as grounding oneself is often harder to do because society has put so much unneeded pressure to be or live up to impossible standards.  Women can often get lost in a future-focused mindset without stopping to think about what they truly want and need. This is one of Amanda's favourite episodes, so please give it a listen! Get Full Show Notes --> HERE Find Dhavita here: If you want to receive 1:1 coaching from Dhavita or have a tarot reading, contact her HERE Instagram: @iamdhavita This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
July 2, 2020
007 - Disrupting Gender Norms
In today's episode: Amanda brings on Harley, a non-binary college student, to discuss modern gender identity. They discuss how gender is considered different from sex and some important terminology that can help gender non-conforming people identify themselves. Harley gives their story of discovering themself, who they are and shares how to help non-binary people or people who use they/them pronouns feel included. They discuss why it's so important to ask people their pronouns and why it's important to understand some basic terminology when it comes to gender identity. Enjoy this very important episode! For full show notes, go --> HERE If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review! This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
June 23, 2020
006 - The Healing Power of Our Breath
In today's episode: Amanda dives deep into what a single breathwork session did for her mental health when dealing with a personal issue that had previously disconnected her from feeling any emotions. She brings on Jolene Dentremont, a breathwork coach, to discuss what breathwork entails and how she uses her skills to teach others about the importance of taking time to connect with their body in order to aid their mental health. The two share stories of the almost psychedelic effects it can have on you while you go through the process and how powerful the energy is in a room full of people during a session. Jolene also goes into detail in regards to a time that doing breathwork actually helped her heal from a physical injury. Find Jolene Here: Breathwork: Instagram: For full show notes, go --> HERE If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review! This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
June 15, 2020
005 - Disrupting Colorism, Racism & Supporting Black Lives Matter with Melissa Dhillon
“Whatever color of skin you have, you need to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.”  In today's episode: Amanda brings her friend, Melissa, on to discuss her personal experience with being a minority as an Indian woman. Melissa discusses the colorism and the obsession with whiteness and having fair skin in her culture as well as her experience living in Canada as an Indian/ Asian woman. They discuss the importance of speaking up against white supremacy and standing with black people during the current protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Melissa also gives some extremely interesting insight into why she urges minorities to speak up even when they have struggled with oppression themselves. For Show Notes, go HERE If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review! This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
June 10, 2020
004 - The Disruption of Miscarriages with Brandy Williams
**Trigger warning: This episode shares sensitive information that may be difficult for some listeners** Brandy Williams is a Registered Dietitian and fitness instructor who joined Beautycounter because they are going above and beyond when it comes to safety, performance and education in the personal care industry. When she faced her 6th miscarriage, she started to do research and looks for the "why". This lead her on a mission to push for greater federal regulation of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products. In this episode: Brandy Williams shares her personal story of disruption by going through multiple miscarriages and shares the truth about how they affected her emotionally and physically. Brandy and Amanda discuss how the medical system and education system often fails women in preparing them for not just miscarriages, but their health in general, which can lead to shame. Brandy discuss why it’s important for women AND men to communicate about their trauma. Brandy shares the benefits she's had with dealing with loss when it happens instead of pushing it aside and discusses how therapy can help despite how hard it may be to attend counselling. Brandy shares how her experience led her to learn how our environment and hormones can affect women's mental/ physical health. Proper education and restrictions need to be implemented on chemicals to make sure that people aren't doing long term damage to their bodies by using everyday products. NB COPES Facebook Page: Brandy's Beautycounter Website: For full show notes and links, visit: If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review! This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
May 25, 2020
003 - Disrupting our Sexuality and Relationships with Amanda Bennett
After a divorce, today’s guest Amanda Bennett tells the story of her personal disruption that changed her life for the better and allowed her to learn more about herself and about relationships. In this episode: Amanda shares that shortly after getting a divorce with her husband, she realized that she was more interested in loving a person, rather then their gender. What it was like coming out to her loved ones and son. What it's like being in a relationship with someone of the same gender and how it compares to being in one with a man or someone of the opposite gender. Amanda and Amanda discuss how chaos in life can lead to epiphanies about aspects of you you never know about yourself and how things like your sexuality, who you love, and labels don’t and shouldn’t box you in or be what defines you. The two also get frank about what it was like having sex with a woman for the first time. For full show notes and links, visit: If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review! This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
May 25, 2020
002 - My Midlife Crisis, My Way (Part 2)
002: My Mid-Life Crisis, My Way (Part 2) "I stopped finding my worth and value by what I did or anything external. It wasn’t about how much I did or didn't do by the end of the day. By how much was in my bank account. By how much time I spent with my daughter or not. What kind of house I lived in, how many degrees I have... I started to measure my happiness based on how much I was living to my values. Letting my values guide me internally, rather then anything that is happening externally to me." In this episode: Amanda elaborates on the disruption in her life she introduced in the previous episode and discusses how organizing her core values helped her ground herself in what she needs to do to be satisfied with herself again; in her personal life, and in her personal styling business. She explains how a focus on external achievements doesn't necessarily equate to feelings of success.  Feelings of fulfillment and happy is completely an internal process. She discusses the importance of keeping her established core values in mind in everything she does. Connecting to our values lives inside our bodies, rather than overthinking everything or allowing our minds or societal standards to guide our actions and feelings. Keeping these values allows her to be comfortable in speaking her mind and allow her to teach other women to do the same for themselves. For full show notes and links, visit here: If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review! This episode is sponsored by simplySTYLISH Inc and produced by James Higgins Productions -
May 24, 2020
001 - My Midlife Crisis, My Way (Part 1)
001: My Mid-Life Crisis, My Way. "When my son went to College, I felt a loss and a shift in our relationship and therefore in myself. It led me to ask myself, who am I? To question the life I built and is this still the life I want?" In the very first episode of Amanda Hanson’s ‘Women Disrupted Podcast’, she gives a candid, in-depth glimpse into her life and how her son leaving for college has triggered a shift in herself and the changes she is making to her life going forward. In this episodes you will hear: How these "crises" are normal, healthy, and can kickstart a positive change, or as she would puts it, a positive disruption in our own lives and in the lives of others. That discomfort and chaos usually means growth and expansion. As humans, we never stop growing, whether we are coming of age, 30, 40, or on the cusp of retiring. The importance of removing our filters that we put on our voice, our personality, or on our opinions to make others feel more comfortable. We need to remove those filters so that we can truly "be" who we are on the inside. For full show notes and links, visit here: If you enjoyed this episode, leave a review! This episode is sponsored by produced by James Higgins Productions -
May 22, 2020