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EZ Conversations

EZ Conversations

By Furkhan Dandia

A podcast to normalize hard conversations. Talk about adversity, struggles with mental health, feeling alone and facing tough decisions. Topics range from spirituality, evolutionary changes, cultural barriers, our daily lives and finding gratitude.

For more information, please contact me: on Instagram @eunoiazen. I provide mental health services, and if any of the content resonates with you or you need guidance in self-love, please reach out; I would love to work with you and be of service.

Musical credit to Michael from Piano Hooks.

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The Rite of Passage for Men
The Rite of Passage for Men
In this week's episode, I am excited to welcome Jose Alejandro. Jose is a men’s life & leadership coach, impact-driven marketing strategist, somatic practitioner, men’s work facilitator and apprentice rite of passage guide. He is the Founder of Intentional Impact; a program focused on helping impact-driven men increase impact and income with intention and integrity. He is also the Co-Founder of Modern Renaissance Man, a movement empowering modern men to create the life they love. Through brotherhood, leadership training, transformative experiences and resources, they inspire men to unapologetically express their truth and own their power with an open heart. He bridges his personal life experiences and hero’s journey with his training in somatic experiencing, trauma-informed coaching, menswork, breathwork, ancestral wisdom, and rites of passage to inspire leaders to own their stories, release limiting beliefs, and embody their truth. In this episode, Jose shares his story from his childhood and experiencing his parent's divorce. We then discuss Jose's hero's journey leading him back to his family's heritage in Puerto Rico. Jose then shares his leadership style, why he wants other men to lead with impact, intention and integrity, and what those words mean to him. Please find Jose on Instagram @rjose_alejandro
45:31
November 24, 2022
Spirituality and Mental Health
Spirituality and Mental Health
In this episode, I welcome back Angela Abide. Angela is a Psychotherapist trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy who teaches her clients to become great Self-leaders so they can manage their minds and emotions, relationships with others, and interactions in the world in healthy ways. In her practice, Angela specializes in men’s issues and the specific challenges men face and helps men understand the “divine dance” of the masculine and feminine so they can heal, grow, lead, and thrive. She is the host of the Mission Manhood Podcast. In this episode, Angela and I discuss how spirituality has been shown to reduce mental health issues. Angela shares her personal experience with spirituality, and we discuss why spirituality is essential.  Please find Angela on Instagram @missionmanhood. 
51:05
November 17, 2022
Men and Relationships with Bryan Reeves
Men and Relationships with Bryan Reeves
In this week's episode, I am excited to welcome Bryan Reeves. Bryan is a former US Air Force Captain; Bryan is now an internationally renowned Author and Life/Relationship Coach. His viral blog has been read by over 30 million people in every country on the planet (except North Korea). With a Masters Degree in Human Relations and decades of experience studying – and burning in – the transformational fires of intimate relationships, Bryan now coaches men, women and couples in creating thriving lives and relationships. Bryan has served on the Executive Council for the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment (GATE) and worked on various projects featuring worldwide luminaries like Rev. Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, The Oracle of Tibet, Don Miguel Ruiz and many others. He's been a regular blog contributor to The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, and Thought Catalog and is the author of two books, including his latest, Choose Her Every Day (Or Leave Her), and Tell The Truth, Let The Peace Fall Where It May.  In this episode, Bryan shares his journey of letting his fears and wounds hold him back from authentically accepting the vulnerability of a relationship. It was not until he truly embodied himself and stepped into the discomfort of feeling vulnerable that he could not accept a relationship entirely. Bryan and I also discuss some healthy tools people can use in their relationships regarding communication and conflict resolution. Bryan also shares the context behind his book, Choose Her Every Day (Or Leave Her) and what that means for him. Please find Bryan on Social Media and online: Home - https://bryanreeves.com Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/bryanreevesofficial Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/bryanreevvesinsight TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@bryanreevesinsight?
52:51
November 10, 2022
Misdiagnosis and Challenges with Mental Health Services
Misdiagnosis and Challenges with Mental Health Services
In this episode, I welcome Dr. Lina Haji, a licensed clinical psychologist and mental health counsellor specializing in psychodiagnostic assessment, forensic assessment, dual diagnosis, severe and persistent mental illness, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and substance abuse treatment. Her clinical experience over the last 20 years includes working with mentally ill and dually diagnosed adults in inpatient and outpatient settings, including correctional facilities, substance abuse rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, psychiatric hospitals and private practice in four states, NY, NJ, CA, and FL. Her ultimate goal as a psychologist, regardless of population, is to accurately diagnose and identify patient strengths and areas for growth to individualize treatment needs and goals. She was trained at the master’s and doctoral levels in assessing and treating individuals ranging from mild psychiatric symptoms to those with severe and persistent mental illness, dually diagnosed patients, personality-disordered patients and psychopathy. In this episode, we talk about the problems with misdiagnosing and labelling people with disorders based on limited perspectives and knowledge. Dr. Haji also shares her experience working in Forensic Psychology and prisons. Dr. Haji completed a master’s degree in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Albizu University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a forensic emphasis from Albizu University. Her training includes inpatient and outpatient settings, private forensic practice, and an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship. In addition, she has supervised master’s level clinicians and post-doctoral residents and served as clinical director for a 500-patient maximum-security correctional facility. Please check out Dr. Haji's page on Instagram and her website @rise_psychological_services and risepsychological.com. Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
41:54
November 03, 2022
How Losing my Voice Allowed me to Speak my Truth
How Losing my Voice Allowed me to Speak my Truth
In this week's episode, I am excited to welcome Andrew Carruthers. Andrew’s journey started as an apprentice at a salon that instantly proved more to be had in the hair industry than could be seen from the outside. In the past 23 years, he has been a full-time hairdresser, salon owner, artistic director, education director, photographer, editorial stylist, educator, and coach both within and outside the hair world. “Both my paths as a teacher and a personal coach were spawned from a feeling of paying it forward.” Andrew saw first-hand how skilled teachers and his life coach were able to shape a future more expansive than his eyes first envisioned. He wanted to do the same for others, so teaching and coaching became a major focus early in his career. As Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell Schools and Education Director for Sam Villa, Andrew’s passion turned towards building future teachers, coaches, and leaders. Again, all to offer those gifts that were given to him to the widest audience possible. “Every coaching client I work with and every class I teach returns inspiration for my own journey.” In his life coaching practice, The Journeyist, Andrew draws on his certification as an mBit (Multiple Brain Integration Techniques) coach/trainer, an Oxygen Advantage Advanced Breathwork facilitator, and his education through Soul Salt Academy and Ultimate Coach University to support people in using their own intuition, compassion, and creativity to grow personally, spiritually, and professionally. “I truly believe that our journeys are our best teachers”. Motorcycle trips, outdoor adventures, meditation, music, and training in Aikido are all directly infused into Andrew’s vision of life and therefore find their way into every class, every presentation, and every coaching session. “If you are open to your own journey and ready to explore forward with joy and curiosity, my greatest hope is that I can offer some part of my training and experience to support you on your path.” In this episode, Andrew shares how he lost his voice and realized he needed to speak his truth. Andrew walks us through his journey, and we discuss why it is important to speak our truth and identify opportunities when we need to ground ourselves. Please find Andrew on Instagram @andrew.carruthers Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
41:31
October 27, 2022
How Losing my Vision Allowed me to See my Own Healing and Purpose
How Losing my Vision Allowed me to See my Own Healing and Purpose
In this episode, I am excited to welcome Jamie Usher. Jamie is based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2010, Jamie lost 90% of his eyesight and remains legally blind with 10% of his vision. He spent the last ten years dedicating himself to finding ways to better support people to build and maintain good mental health. Jamie is completing his psychology studies to fulfil his dream of becoming an accredited psychologist. He also provides 1:1 coaching for people online and in person. In this episode, Jamie shares his journey after losing his vision and how he ended up on the path of finding his purpose. Losing his vision also allowed Jamie to see the healing he needed from his childhood experiences. He has found a passion for helping others get on their healing journey through his journey. Jamie also shares how he is driven, and despite having 10% of vision, Jamie is still performing in school and thriving in his day-to-day life. People like Jamie are why I enjoy doing this podcast. Please find Jamie on Instagram @the_mind_tradie and online at www.themindtradie.coma Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
51:41
October 20, 2022
Spiritual Healing from the Perspective of a Medical Doctor
Spiritual Healing from the Perspective of a Medical Doctor
In this week's episode, I am excited to welcome Dr. Rula. Rula is a medical doctor and life coach based in London. She works as a GP in primary care and a hospital as a doctor looking after patients experiencing homelessness. In her coaching, she works with people with trauma, stress and anxiety history. Her coaching practice is based mainly on her self-development journey, one that she has been on since she was a teenager when she started looking for answers and wondering why life felt so hard at times. Through her work, she gets to share everything she’s learnt. Her soul’s purpose has always been to ease the suffering of another human being and to help break the cycle of transgenerational trauma. In this episode, Rula shares her journey of wanting to become a coach and help people with trauma. Rula and I discuss how it can often manifest as physical pain if we do not attend to emotional pain. We also touch on spiritual healing and why that is something we both value. Please find Rula on Instagram @themeditatingmedic.  Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
51:19
October 13, 2022
Addiction and Connection
Addiction and Connection
In this week's episode, I welcome Mike Carroll. Mike is an Addiction and Mental Health Counsellor in the private sector. Mike set up MC Counselling in March 2020. Today MC Counselling is a global online counselling service providing addiction and mental health services and counselling to NDIS participants and corporate EAP clients across Australia. Mike is also the National chapter Rural and Regional convenor for the Australian Counselling Association. Mike has been an AOD Counsellor for 17 years with an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Communications. Mike brings lived experience to his work with clients and is passionate about personal development, helping people to become the best versions of themselves, which is central to his successful outcomes with clients. In this episode, Mike shares his addiction journey and how he overcame addiction by finding love for himself. Mike and I then get into some depth about how social connections are important to overcome addiction. We talk about how most of us have struggled with addiction because we are seeking connections that we lack in our lives. Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
38:47
October 06, 2022
The Meaning of StoryTelling
The Meaning of StoryTelling
In this week's episode, I am excited to welcome Dan Shaikh, an event producer and a business systems Strategist who helps heart-centred entrepreneurs, coaches, and authors get on stage and launch their speaking careers. He co-founded Speaker Slam®, a Speaker Development Agency that helps speakers build their brand using speaking and video. His innovations in production and editing, honed over more than 500 speeches, have allowed him to partner with dozens of viral media companies such as Goalcast, Jay Shetty, Power of Positivity, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Dan’s greatest passion and life's mission is to create a space of belonging and empower people to claim their voice – in all spaces. He is best known for being the host and producer of North America’s Largest Inspirational Speaking Competition, where he has provided a platform for over 1000 speakers to share their messages of inspiration. In this episode, Dan and I discuss the value of storytelling and how people gravitate toward the meaning of a story. Dan shares his journey of opening up about his struggles and how that empowered him. Through this empowerment, Dan decided to start Speakers Slam to allow others to share their stories of inspiration.  Please find Dan on Instagram @thedanshaikh Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
41:27
September 29, 2022
Consent and Boundaries
Consent and Boundaries
In this episode, I welcome Yossef Sagi. Yossef lives and breathes transformation, running the gamut across multiple disciples and modalities. For 14 years, he led as a spiritual studies teacher & executive — developing and teaching curricula that empowered people to live out their true potential by becoming aware of & overcoming their internal blocks. He holds Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) certifications and has trained others in advanced coaching skills. He is also an esoteric guide, tantric bodyworker, reality bender and psychonaut. He loves people and meets every interaction with wonder, curiosity, presence, acceptance, and connection: "What will be the unique imprint we will leave on each other?" - weaving sacred sexuality,  ancient wisdom, modern coaching modalities, alchemical magick, and metaphysical energy practices seamlessly along the way. In this episode, Yossef also shares one of his frameworks around consent and expressing our fears, desires and boundaries. Yossef and I then discuss how powerful this framework can be for any kind of relationship and why setting boundaries can be helpful. We also explore how setting boundaries can be uncomfortable for us because of our programming from childhood. Please find Yossef on Instagram: @yossefsagi and yossefsagi.com. Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
39:10
September 22, 2022
Empathy: How to Embody it and Show Up for Others
Empathy: How to Embody it and Show Up for Others
In this episode, I am excited to welcome Erin Thorpe. Erin is an empathic keynote speaker, writer and coach for leaders who struggle with conflict, communication, and performance during high-stress times. She supports leaders in navigating difficult conversations, building powerful teams, and communicating with empathy so they can lead confidently. Erin has authored Inside Out Empathy, a book inspired by her career and journey as a mother, and explores using the superpower of empathy to build effective teams.  Based on her experience, Erin has found that skills often categorized as “soft” — connection, empathy, vulnerability — are the most difficult to learn but are key to creating leaders who make an impact in their personal lives, their company’s, and the world. In this episode, Erin shares her journey of starting as an engineer and becoming a coach for leaders.  In this episode, Erin and I talk about empathy. We talk about the misconceptions often associated with empathy and how to become more aware of those. We also discuss things to avoid.  Erin can be found at  www.erinthorp.ca  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/erinthorpcoaching  Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/elthorp/?hl=en  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/erin-thorp-speaker/  Twitter - https://twitter.com/erin_thorp Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
39:54
September 15, 2022
Importance of Physical Health for Fathers.
Importance of Physical Health for Fathers.
In this episode, I welcome Donald Sweeting (Deej), an Online Coach & Personal Trainer! Deej trains busy dads to help them get in shape. Deej first decided to become a personal trainer to help with his self-esteem and control his narrative. Deej is an ambitious person who constantly seeks to improve his mind and body. It is Deej's goal to help his clients get in shape. His proudest achievement came in 2021 when he placed third in the 2Bros Pro - Naturals Classic competition. Deej has always admired the sport as he believes it is the personification of self-mastery. Deej feels getting in shape isn't a punishment, and on his worst days, he knows how hard it is to push himself to the gym, but those are the times he knows it is the most important to go. In this episode, Deej shares his fitness journey, early childhood experiences with trauma and inability to express emotions. Deej also shares his journey of becoming a father and how he realized he needs to be mindful of carving out time for his physical health. Deej and I also discuss how it is important for fathers to prioritize their health, family, and work without feeling guilty. Deej finally shares how he works with clients to help them find time for exercise and physical activity, including their diet. Please find Deej on Instagram @thedadbod_coach and online: www.fitparentproject.co.uk. Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
38:17
September 08, 2022
The Ego and How to Be Aware
The Ego and How to Be Aware
In this episode, I welcome Gord Kitely. Gord is a father, husband and son who lives in Calgary and works in the energy industry.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing the guitar and reading about ways to expand and diversify the experiences in his life.  He has his podcast (The Second Act Podcast), where he aims to share the stories of people doing what they want to, not what they have to do and working with people who are open to new ideas. In this episode, Gord and I talk about the ego and how to manage situations where the ego runs our lives. Gord shares some of the stuff he does to manage his ego and how it can lead us astray. The book Ego is the Enemy inspired this conversation by Ryan Holiday. Gord and I have read this book and wanted to share our experiences. You can find Gord on Instagram @Thesecondactpod and find his podcast on all podcast platforms.  Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
51:51
September 01, 2022
Therapy and Dealing with Trauma Using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
Therapy and Dealing with Trauma Using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
In this episode, I welcome Travis Goodman. Travis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). He has been practicing over the past 9 years in both a hospital and private practice setting. He has further expertise, training and certification in Attachment-Focused EMDR, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), and dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). In this episode, Travis shares his journey of becoming a therapist and why he is so passionate about wanting to help people. Travis then walks through the process of EMDR and what it entails, which is something a lot of listeners get value from if they are interested in this modality of therapy which is becoming more prominent.  You can Travis on various platforms, including Instagram @therapy4dads. Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
01:02:46
August 25, 2022
Bringing more Peace and Purpose into my Life
Bringing more Peace and Purpose into my Life
In this episode, I welcome Beau Payne. Following a tumultuous upbringing riddled with familial and substance abuse, Beau entered adulthood with no aim or direction. From city to city, Beau was merely focused on one thing: when and where he could get his next fix. That fix often came from drugs, alcohol, or surface-level relationships. After 10+ years behind walls and razor wire, away from loved ones and society, Beau Payne was finally forced to sit with and confront his past pain. Lucky for him, there were a few key people to help tell him the truth: That despite our past mistakes, there is understanding - a hope that offers a new season. Hope beyond a hope that brings purpose to our pain. I am super grateful for how Beau shared his journey through life. Beau talks about years of abuse with alcohol and spending time in prison. Beau shares his story of being drafted into the MLB and squandering that opportunity. Finally, Beau decided to make a change and turn his life around. Beau talks about taking the time to heal and repair relationships impacted by his past. Now, Beau has been able to repair with his family, including his children. Beau is also sharing his story with others and inspiring them.    As a U.S. Army Infantry Veteran with the 101st Airborne and an MLB draft pick by the Florida Marlins, Beau has known the heights of athletic success and the trenches of serving his country. Beau currently lives in Boise, Idaho and loves meeting with his local recovery community. You can find Beau on Instagram: @soberbeau.  Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
53:03
August 18, 2022
Building the Foundation for Healthy Relationships
Building the Foundation for Healthy Relationships
In this episode, I welcome Kyle Rushton, a Relationship coach and speaker who supports individuals and couples in creating healthy, purposeful, and empowering relationships. He supports his clients by empowering them to take radical responsibility for the part their world plays, by helping them alchemize the healing power of doing the inner self-work, and by opening them up to the transformational potential that their relationship naturally invites in, all to help them bridge the gap between what they fear and the profound love and connection they desire. He is also the co-host of a men’s personal development podcast called “Modern Maskulinity” which focuses on unpacking topics surrounding the concept of masculinity to help men redefine and realign themselves on what it means to be a modern man. In this episode, Kyle shares his own journey of navigating relationships and what he learned. Kyle and I talk about the importance of building a solid foundation on which the relationship can be based and why it is important to work on ourselves to improve how we show up in our relationships. We discuss many things, including attachment styles, conflict resolution, expressing our insecurities and timing of communication.  If you want to check out Kyle on Instagram, his handle is @therelationshipcoach_. Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
54:34
August 11, 2022
Disorder Labels and Forensic Psychology
Disorder Labels and Forensic Psychology
In this episode, I welcome Dr. Lina Haji, a licensed clinical psychologist and mental health counsellor specializing in psychodiagnostic assessment, forensic assessment, dual diagnosis, severe and persistent mental illness, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and substance abuse treatment. Her clinical experience over the last 20 years includes working with mentally ill and dually diagnosed adults in inpatient and outpatient settings, including correctional facilities, substance abuse rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, psychiatric hospitals and private practice in four states, NY, NJ, CA, and FL. Her ultimate goal as a psychologist, regardless of population, is to accurately diagnose and identify patient strengths and areas for growth to individualize treatment needs and goals. She was trained at the master’s and doctoral levels in assessing and treating individuals ranging from mild psychiatric symptoms to those with severe and persistent mental illness, dually diagnosed patients, personality-disordered patients and psychopathy. In this episode, we talk about the problems with misdiagnosing and labelling people with disorders based on limited perspectives and knowledge. Dr. Haji also shares her experience working in Forensic Psychology and prisons.  Dr. Haji completed a master’s degree in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Albizu University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology with a forensic emphasis from Albizu University. Her training includes inpatient and outpatient settings, private forensic practice, and an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship.  In addition, she has supervised master’s level clinicians and post-doctoral residents and served as clinical director for a 500-patient maximum-security correctional facility.  Please check out Dr. Haji's page on Instagram and her website @rise_psychological_services and risepsychological.com. Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
42:11
August 04, 2022
The Light and Dark Side of Bullying
The Light and Dark Side of Bullying
In this episode, I sit with down with Na'eem Adam, whom I went to high school with. Na'eem is an entrepreneur to the core. He co-founded Canada's largest restaurant festivals; Le Burger Week, La Poutine Week and La Pizza Week. He co-founded Anatha Fest, an annual wellness and music festival in Quebec, and founded dineTab, an NFT loyalty platform for restaurants, events and festivals. Na'eem is a father of a 7-year-old boy and husband to an entrepreneur/DJ. He likes to balance out with nature, yoga and wellness.  Na'eem and I talk about our experience with being bullied in high school, and how that forced us to become resilient and find light. However, we also talk about the parts of ourselves we repressed and hid in the dark. We conclude with Na'eem sharing an exciting non-for-profit Music and Wellness festival outside Montreal, Anatha Fest. I will also be giving a self-love workshop at this festival, so please check Anathafest.com for details. You can catch him on IG: @naeem.adam. or https://naeemadam.com/ Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
38:21
July 28, 2022
Season 3 Trailer
Season 3 Trailer
I am super grateful and excited to share another season with you. I am incredibly humbled that I have had such amazing guests over the past couple of seasons that have come on this podcast and shared their stories with me so I can share these conversations with you. The objective for this season is the same, with mental health at the forefront but also normalizing conversations around mental health, adversity and personal struggles. My goal is to highlight that we are not alone regarding these conversations.  This season, I am also hoping to bring in more therapists on the podcast so we can better understand a different perspective and learn from each other regarding mental health. As always, I love hearing from you and encourage you to reach out with questions, feedback and suggestions.  Please check out the partners of the podcast: Four Sigmatic: www.foursigmatic.sjv.io/P0gDyM Canva: www.partner.canva.com/KedBY7
01:21
July 07, 2022
How Prison Changed my Mindset
How Prison Changed my Mindset
In this episode, I sit down with Brad. Brad shares his experience of going to prison for a white-collar crime. Brad explains how his sentence started off with bitterness and resentment, and over time to gain control he needed to change his mindset and focus on himself. Brad's new mindset allowed him to work on himself and maintain communication with his family while he was serving time. We also discussed Brad's relationship with his children and wife after he finished his sentence and something that he works on every day to this day. Finally, Brad shares some wisdom for people who may feel imprisoned by their own thoughts and limitations.
01:04:11
May 05, 2022
Supporting Fathers Through Local Initiatives
Supporting Fathers Through Local Initiatives
In this week's episode, I sit down with Curtis Alexander who started DAY1DADS in Calgary. Curtis talks about why starting an initiative like Day1Dads was so important for him and why he believes there is tons of value for initiatives like this one and others. Curtis also shares his own approach when working with his staff regarding their mental health and providing support.  Curtis also shares some new events that will be coming up in 2022 with DAY1DADS including a charity poker event and golf tournament.  DAY1DADS Mission is to build a connected community of dads through engagement and access to support. The DAY1DADS community provides a place where dads can express the unique lives they live. We want to learn and find ways to be better fathers. Our philosophy is that together we can do more for ourselves, our community and the ones we love Please check out the work Curtis is doing in the Day1Dads space and their page: @Day1Dads
31:28
April 28, 2022
The Masculine and Feminine Energies in a Relationship
The Masculine and Feminine Energies in a Relationship
In this week's episode, I sit down with Brandon Archer to discuss relationships.  Brandon and I discuss how men need to be comfortable with their emotions and embrace their feminine energy.  We also talk about the importance of healing prior to entering a relationship but also maintaining the same routine and practices that allow our growth and personal development once we are in a relationship.   Please check out Brandon's website for more information: brandonarcher.com Brandon is also starting a new men’s group. Please the following link for more details: https://brandonarcher.com/lionheart-2/
44:18
April 21, 2022
Men's Fertility and Wellness
Men's Fertility and Wellness
I sit down with Justin Houman, MD in this week's episode. Justin is a urologist based in Los Angeles. Justin shares some tips on how men can improve fertility.  We also discuss some of the myths around covid vaccines and fertility.  Finally, Justin and I talk about all issues related to men's fertility and how men can improve fertility related issues and testosterone production. Please find Justin on social media: Instagram: Justin.Houman.MD Twitter: @JustinHoumanMD YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jhouman Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LAMensHealth/ TikTok: @justin.houman.md
32:54
April 14, 2022
Self-Reliance and Humility
Self-Reliance and Humility
In this episode, I sit with Nate Herron.  Nate works in the financial industry, but in his spare time, he is a mentor and minister at his local church.  In this episode, Nate and I discuss the principles of Self-Reliance and Humility and draw on the work of Jordan Peterson in his book 12 Rules for Life. Nate shares his experience of being unemployed and how that accelerated his growth. Now Nate enjoys giving back to the community and sharing some of these practices with the people he mentors. 
48:35
April 07, 2022
Every Day Man Series 3: The Wisdom of Men
Every Day Man Series 3: The Wisdom of Men
The Every Day Man Series is a feature I am doing on my podcast of three episodes. The focus is to speak to three men that I know who are fathers and husbands. They are working and building a future for their families while putting in the work to better themselves so they can be better fathers and husbands.  These are true heroes in our lives but do not get the praise they deserve. In this episode, I sit down with Ryan King.  Ryan shares his journey through life and building a business to the point where he was able to retire at the age of 35. However, that led Ryan to start questioning his purpose and determine how he could make a difference in the world by helping others out by sharing wisdom. In this episode, Ryan and I also discuss how we can become fathers to our children and better men for our partners.  Please check out Ryan's Instagram page: @Thewisdomeofkings
47:30
March 31, 2022
Everyday Man Series 2: Adapting as Men
Everyday Man Series 2: Adapting as Men
The Every Day Man Series is a feature I am doing on my podcast of three episodes. The focus is to speak to three men that I know who are fathers and husbands. They are working and building a future for their families while putting in the work to better themselves so they can be better fathers and husbands.  These are true heroes in our lives but do not get the praise they deserve. In this episode, I sit down with my friend Shawn Mahoney.  We talk about Shawn's journey through life, focusing on being a better husband and father. Shawn and I discuss the importance of mental health and being aware of managing mental health challenges. Shawn also shares his focus area as he gets older, being mindful of how the world is changing and how we need to adapt as men.  
53:13
March 24, 2022
Every Day Man Series 1: Suicidal Ideation and Doing the Work
Every Day Man Series 1: Suicidal Ideation and Doing the Work
The Every Day Man Series is a feature I am doing on my podcast of three episodes. The focus is to speak to three men that I know who are fathers and husbands. They are working and building a future for their families while putting in the work to better themselves so they can be better fathers and husbands.  These are true heroes in our lives but do not get the praise they deserve.  In this episode, I sit down with my friend Kirk Coburn. Kirk is based in Calgary and I have had the honour of getting to know him really well over the past year.  We have also started our own Men's group together in Calgary.  In this episode, Kirk shares his story and how he considered suicide as a child due to his insecurities. Kirk then talks about how a letter from his father changed his entire perspective and he realized how his life meant more. Now Kirk is a proud father to two boys and a loving husband, Kirk shares his journey of doing the work and becoming a better man.  Please check out Kirk's Instagram page: @W2artyyc for all his art work!
42:10
March 17, 2022
How Running can be Therapeutic
How Running can be Therapeutic
In this week's episode, I sit down with William Pullen.  William is a Psychotherapist based in London, England, he is an author, a TEDx speaker, and the founder of Dynamic Running Therapy.  In this episode, William shares his journey of picking up running and why he believes in the power of running when it comes to therapy.  William also shares the app he is hoping to release.  William and I also discuss the current challenges we are facing, the impact on our mental health, and how running has been beneficial. 
48:46
March 10, 2022
How Being Diagnosed with Epilepsy Gave Me Empathy
How Being Diagnosed with Epilepsy Gave Me Empathy
In this week's episode, I sit down with Pranav Ganeswaran, who is a medical student based in Australia.  In this episode, Pranav shares his journey of being diagnosed with epilepsy and how being a medical student helped him with the diagnosis.  Pranav explains how being diagnosed with epilepsy allowed him to gain more awareness and empathy for others.  Now, Pranav is raising awareness around mental health and using his own story as a springboard to help others.  Please check our Pranav @todaywegrow on Instagram.  
39:35
March 03, 2022
Self-Recovery Requires Looking Inward
Self-Recovery Requires Looking Inward
In this week's episode, I sit down with Angelique Macleod who is an author and model based in Calgary, Alberta.  In this episode, Angelique shares her story of adversity from being raped as a teenager and then being in an abusive marriage.  Angelique shares how she was able to find her way out of her relationship and be a single mom on her own.  Angelique then describes the inspiration behind her self-help book, Whole Nation: The Self-Recovery Movement.   Please check out Angelique @amacleod_ba on Instagram.
44:43
February 24, 2022
How Break-ups can be an Opportunity for Healing
How Break-ups can be an Opportunity for Healing
In this week's episode, I sit down with Leo Cheung (breakuprecoveryleo) and we discuss how break-ups are an opportunity for us to heal ourselves. Leo shares his journey through a break-up and how he was able to heal himself.  Leo also shares the four stages of a break-up based on his experience.   Please check out Leo @breakuprecoveryleo on Instagram.  
44:09
February 17, 2022
Focusing on the Relationship we Have With Ourselves
Focusing on the Relationship we Have With Ourselves
In this week's episode, I do my first solo recording. With Valentine's Day around the corner, I wanted to do something different this year.  Whether you are single or in a relationship, the most important relationship you have is the one with yourself. In this episode, I discuss the things that I have done over the past few months to improve the relationship I have with myself.  I truly believe we can find happiness within ourselves rather than depend on someone else to give happiness.  I share some of the things that have really worked for me.  Most importantly I want to encourage a conversation around what people are doing to improve the relationship they have with themselves, or at least think about the things they can do. 
34:39
February 10, 2022
The Power of Language
The Power of Language
In this week's episode, I welcome back Alistair Moes from MooseAngerManagement.  Alistair and I discuss the power of language in this episode.  We focus on language can impact our ability to communicate and how different words can have different meanings for people based on their subjective life experiences and interpretations.  We also discuss how language is powerful in relationships and how we can use language to enable healthy communication.   Please check out Alistair @mooseangermanagement on Instagram and angerman.ca
01:02:38
February 03, 2022
Why Healing is Crucial for Fatherhood
Why Healing is Crucial for Fatherhood
In this week's episode, I sit down with Curt Storring of Dad.Work.  Curt shares his story of struggling as a father early on in his fatherhood and almost contemplating how his children would be better without him.  Curt then shares his journey of healing and having grace for himself as he embraced being a father.  Curt and I discuss the value of our own healing as fathers but also being open to feedback from our children.   Please check out Curt @dadwork.curt on Instagram and dad.work.   
42:31
January 27, 2022
How Self-Work Can Prepare Us for Relationships
How Self-Work Can Prepare Us for Relationships
In this week's episode, I had the opportunity to sit down with Carl Huelin.  Carl is based in the channel island of Jersey.  Carl is a men's coach who focuses on personal development.  In this episode, Carl shares his journey of personal development and how that shaped him.  Carl and I discuss the patterns we repeat in our relationships and until we do not do the work, we will continue those patterns. Please find Carl on Instagram @carlhuelin.  
41:39
January 20, 2022
How Men Can Find Satisfaction
How Men Can Find Satisfaction
In this week's episode, I sit down with Kevin McNamara who is the author of the book, Satisfaction: How a Man Elevates His Skills and Qualities to Generate What He Wants.  Kevin and I discuss how men struggle in today's society to find themselves and show up as their best selves.  Kevin shares the inspiration behind wanting to write his book and his own experiences.   Please find Kevin's book on Amazon or check him out on Instagram: @kevin_mcnamaraca.  
46:11
January 13, 2022
Choosing Purpose over Comfort with Dr. Jeremy Goldberg
Choosing Purpose over Comfort with Dr. Jeremy Goldberg
In this week's episode, I had the honour of sitting with Dr. Jeremy Goldberg who is the man behind Long Distance Love Bombs.  Jeremy shares his story of how he decided to choose his purpose in life.  Jeremy and I discuss how choosing our purpose or happiness more often come at the cost of our comfort.  I believe this episode is timely for anyone coming into the New Year wanting to prioritize their purpose in life.  Please check out Dr. Jeremy Goldberg @longdistancelovebombs on Instagram and longdistancelovebombs.com.
49:34
January 06, 2022
The Impact of Sleep on Our Mental Well-Being
The Impact of Sleep on Our Mental Well-Being
In this week's episode, I sit down with Dr. Richard Prempeh from Live Light Club based in the U.K. Dr. Rich has focused much of his work on sleep and in this episode, he breaks down some of the myths we have around sleep.  Dr. Rich also shares some valuable insights and tips on how we can improve our sleep.  Dr. Rich also talks about the value of a good night's sleep and a proper sleep pattern can have on our productivity, creativity and overall well-being. Check out Dr. Rich and the work his team is doing @livelightclub on Instagram and livelightclub.com.  
42:56
December 30, 2021
How Therapy Shows Parts of us That Need Healing
How Therapy Shows Parts of us That Need Healing
In this week's episode, I sit down with Jared Salekin.  Jared is an entrepreneur based in Calgary.  In this episode, Jared shares his journey of pursuing therapy and doing the hard work.  Jared and I talk about how therapy can empower us and allow us to heal the parts of that we have hidden.   Please find Jared on Instagram @jaredsalekin.  
43:10
December 23, 2021
The Pillars of a New Kind of Man
The Pillars of a New Kind of Man
In this week's episode, I sit down with Chad Zueck who is the founder of A New Kind of Man.  In this episode, Chad shares his own journey and what allowed him to build A New Kind of Man.  Chad and I also discuss the four principles of his work and break down each one.  Chad also shares his study of masculinity and how he believes every man has the potential to become a good man.  Chad is also the host of the podcast: Men of Iron.   Please check out Chad's website: beanewman.com and on Instagram @anewkindofman
47:46
December 16, 2021
Breathwork and Healing
Breathwork and Healing
In this week's episode, I sit down with Ewan Corlett.  Ewan is a therapist based in the U.K.  Ewan shares his own journey of dealing with addiction, finding a men's group and going on a journey of healing through breathwork.  Ewan and I discuss the value of attending men's groups and how that can enable transformation and growth.  Ewan also shares his own experience of working with men and some of the tools he uses with his clients.   Ewan is a psychotherapist and men's coach with a key interest in trauma healing and the use of breathwork and somatics. Ewan's passion is working with men in doing the deep emotional work to guide men in healing their inner child, grieving past selves to embody the man that they want to be. Please reach out to Ewan if you are in need of help in any of these areas.
41:07
December 09, 2021
How Testicular Cancer Transformed my Life
How Testicular Cancer Transformed my Life
In this week's episode, I sit down with David Jurasek.  David shares his journey of battling through testicular cancer and how that allowed him to slow things down in his life.  David talks about how the experience with cancer allowed him to have a different perspective on life.  David and I also discuss the value of attending men's groups and how that can be beneficial for healing.  
44:37
December 02, 2021
Trauma Bonding and Relationships
Trauma Bonding and Relationships
In this week's episode, I sit down with Mitchell Smolkin.  Mitchell is a psychotherapist, author and speaker.  Mitchell believes in helping people find dignity in their suffering such that they can become closer to themselves and others.  He is also the host of the podcast: The Dignity of Suffering.  In this episode, Mitchell and I discuss relationships and specifically focus on trauma bonding.  Mitchell and I explore how people can confuse trauma bonding for close relationships and the importance of healing.   Please find Mitchell on mitchellsmolkin.com and on Instagram @iammitchellsmolkin.   Mitchell is also offering a promotional discount on his workbook which can be found here: https://mitchellsmolkin.com/shop/ The workbook is normally priced at $47, but for listeners of this podcast, you can get the workbook for $17!.
46:15
November 25, 2021
Emotional Freedom Technique and Healing the Past
Emotional Freedom Technique and Healing the Past
In this week's episode, I sit down with Patricia Vasconcelos from the Spoiled Soul.  Patricia shares her story of healing and learning about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).  Patricia also explains how we can use EFT in our lives to heal from the past through tapping and mindfulness. 
47:28
November 18, 2021
Taking on the role of Caretakers as Children
Taking on the role of Caretakers as Children
In this week's episode, I sit down with Ben Steinbacher.  Ben is a coach and shares his own story of what brought him to coaching.  Ben and I discuss how children can take on the role of caretakers and how that shows up in adult relationships.   Check out Ben on Instagram @ben_steinbacher_
33:37
November 11, 2021
How Men Can Build Relationships With Themselves
How Men Can Build Relationships With Themselves
In this week's episode, I sit down with Mike Campbell from MC Coaching.  Mike is a men's coach working with men to build better relationships with themselves.  Mike and I talk about how men can improve relationships with other men, with their partners and most importantly with themselves.  We discuss how essential it is for men to truly build a relationship with themselves so they can be better men in all their other relationships.   Check out Mike on Instagram @mikecampbellmc
45:40
November 04, 2021
The Problem with Authenticity and Accepting our Paradoxes
The Problem with Authenticity and Accepting our Paradoxes
In this week's episode, I sit down with Dr. Mohamed Soliman.  Dr. Soliman is a medical practitioner and life coach in the field of entrepreneurship.  In this episode, Dr. Soliman and I discuss authenticity, vulnerability and the "self".  Dr. Soliman also discusses the common issues we encounter with language and the impact absolute terms can have.  We discuss the importance of self-talk and being mindful of our language, leveraging our perceived "weaknesses" and finding the balance of how we present our authentic selves.   Check out Dr. Soliman on Instagram @drsolimanmd
01:03:48
October 28, 2021
How Men Can Show up in the Dating World
How Men Can Show up in the Dating World
In this week's episode, I sit down with Kimberly Nina Hill.  Kimberly is a relationship coach that works with men.  Kimberly and I discuss how men can show up in relationships and the things men need to focus on.  Kimberly also shares some helpful dating tips, especially in the online world.   Check out Kimberley on Instagram: @kimberlyninahill Link to Kimberly's ebook: https://kimberlyninahill.kartra.com/page/datewithconfidence
43:51
October 21, 2021
Body Shaming and Mental Health
Body Shaming and Mental Health
In this week's episode, I sit down with Jacqui Mmono who is a fitness instructor, entrepreneur and influencer.  Jacqui and I discuss the impact body shaming can have on mental health.  Jacqui shares her own journey with body shaming and how it shaped her life.   Check out Jacqui on Instagram @fit.jacqui.sweatsessions or Rhythm Fitness.  
36:26
October 14, 2021
The Impact of PTSD in my Life
The Impact of PTSD in my Life
In this week's episode, I sit down with Mike Jay.  Mike is the host of the How Did That Work Out podcast.  Mike shares his story of being part of the U.S. military and being involved in two wars, and the aftermath of being a war veteran.  Mike talks about the onset of PTSD from his experiences and how that has impacted his life.  Mike and I talk about normalizing mental health and feeling comfortable with speaking about our struggles. 
43:21
October 07, 2021
Masculinity and Vulnerability
Masculinity and Vulnerability
In this week's episode, I sit down with Pierre Azzam from the Braver Man Coaching.  Pierre shares his experience of transitioning from a Psychiatrist to becoming a Men's Coach.  Pierre and I talk about how masculinity in the modern world can prevent vulnerability for men.  We also talk about some of the things men can do to be more vulnerable and what others can do to give men the space to ask for help.  
41:19
September 30, 2021
Choosing to be Mindfully Happy
Choosing to be Mindfully Happy
In this week's episode, I sit down with mindfulness teacher, therapist and author Frances Trussel.  Frances shares her own experience and what brought her on the journey of mindfulness and choosing happiness.  Frances and I talk about the importance of our mindset and how we can manifest happiness in our lives.  We also discuss the value of meditation and working through our busy brains.  
42:19
September 23, 2021
The Impact of Porn on Mental Health
The Impact of Porn on Mental Health
In this week's episode, I discuss a very important topic that does not get enough attention.  I sit down with Catherine Lyell from Integrated Men's Health to talk about porn addiction, the impact porn has on our mental health and how it can affect our romantic relationships.  Catherine shares information from scientific research on how porn impacts our brains and the long-term effects of porn addiction.   If you would like more information or would like to get a hold of Catherine, please visit her website: www.integratedmenshealth.com.au.
49:01
September 16, 2021
Unlocking the Mind and Working through Mental Health
Unlocking the Mind and Working through Mental Health
In this week's episode, I sit down with Tom Morgan who is the host of Unlocking the Mind podcast.  Tom is a former Rugby player who had to end his career due to injuries.  Now, Tom is a teacher working with children and helping them experience emotions and feelings.  Tom shares his own journey and what brought him to this point and the amazing work he is doing with his students.  
33:59
September 09, 2021
Bromance and Supporting Other Men
Bromance and Supporting Other Men
In this episode, I welcome back Rich Dolan and Michael Chard for a conversation on bromance.  We tackle the stigma around bromance and men's mental health.  We discuss how as men we can support each other and change the narrative around bromance. 
46:48
September 02, 2021
Being Vulnerable as Men
Being Vulnerable as Men
In this week's episode, I sit down with Dan McMillan who is the director of Assured Psychology based in Calgary.  We talk about the importance of working with men and how to encourage vulnerability in men.  Dan also shares how he has experienced a shift in how men show up and demonstrate vulnerability.  
48:31
August 26, 2021
Building a Community of Support for Men
Building a Community of Support for Men
In this week's episode, I sit down with Derek and Fabian from Menz League.  Menz League is a local initiative that Derek and Fabian started in Calgary to create a space of vulnerability for other men based on their own personal experiences.  In this episode, we talk about the challenges around vulnerability for men and why most men truly struggle to express themselves or ask for help.  We also discuss how collectively we can work together to allow men to feel safe and be more comfortable with being vulnerable.  
45:25
August 19, 2021
Changing My Mindset and Battling Through Fibromyalgia
Changing My Mindset and Battling Through Fibromyalgia
In this episode, I sit down with Daniel Silk.  Daniel has his own podcast called The Life Changes You Podcast.  Daniel and I talk about adversity and how we can change our mindset.  Daniel shares his story of dealing with fibromyalgia and how he has been able to battle through his condition.  
41:30
August 12, 2021
Toxic Masculinity from a Female Perspective
Toxic Masculinity from a Female Perspective
In this episode, I sit down with Angela Abide.  Angela is the mother of three boys and she talks about the work she does with men in the counselling and mediation space.  Angela has her own podcast called Mission Manhood.  Angela and I also talk about toxic masculinity and what that means from a female perspective.  
41:14
August 05, 2021
Season Two Trailer
Season Two Trailer
I'm excited to bring another season of the EZ Conversations Podcasts to all the great people who have been tuning in and continue to show their support.  I am also grateful for the amazing guests that continue to come on this podcast and are willing to be vulnerable enough to share their stories and experiences.  This season will explore many topics such as toxic masculinity, facing adversity, building a community of men, encouraging vulnerability in men, porn addiction, the importance of sleep for our mental health, and much more.  Stay tuned for the first episode of Season Two set to be released in the coming weeks.
01:27
July 08, 2021
The Role of Men in Society and Relationships
The Role of Men in Society and Relationships
In this week's episode, I sit down with Nik Novak.  Nik has recently started a brotherhood called Ascending Men.  In this episode, Nik shares his experience in the pick-up game and what he learned from that experience.  Nik and I also talk about the role of men in society and relationships.  
53:18
June 10, 2021
Taking Care of Your Mind and Brain
Taking Care of Your Mind and Brain
In this week's episode, I sit down with Brody Miller.  Brody shares his story of experiencing malformation in his brain which was causing him to have seizures and also impacting his decision-making capabilities in life.  Brody talks about how this experience has motivated him to work in the space of neuro transformation.  Brody and I also touch on how we can change our mindset and decision-making through neuroplasticity.  
42:31
June 03, 2021
The Impact of Anxiety and Depression in my Life
The Impact of Anxiety and Depression in my Life
In this episode, I sit down with Birk Gundersen.  Birk shares his lifelong battle with anxiety and depression.  Birk talks about the onset of anxiety in his life and how it has been a constant struggle for him. Birk also talks about the struggle he has between anxious and depressive symptoms and the work he has been doing to continue to battle through the symptoms.  Birk shares some tips on what has worked for him over the years.  
46:04
May 27, 2021
Finding Strength and Resilience Through our Choices
Finding Strength and Resilience Through our Choices
In this week's episode, I sit down with Patrick Hill from Think Beyond Now Coaching.  Patrick and I touch on what having strength means and how to find resilience in tough situations.  Patrick shares his own journey and how he had to make drastic changes in his personal life after coming out.  Patrick talks about the importance of our social circles and the impact they can have on our lives, he also shares some practices he uses to manage his social circle.   
49:04
May 20, 2021
How 15 Seconds Changed my Entire Life
How 15 Seconds Changed my Entire Life
In this week's episode, I sit down with "Big" Al Casey.  Al talks about mental health struggles early in his life and how he struggled to fit in.  Al shares his journey as a boxer, becoming a semi-professional, and having a spasm and seizure in the biggest fight of his life to become a professional fighter.  That one moment changed his entire life.  We discuss many facets of mental health in this episode.  
37:51
May 13, 2021
Challenging our Thought Patterns
Challenging our Thought Patterns
In this episode, I sit down with the fine gentlemen from the Man2Man Podcast, Tactical and Vito.  We discuss negative thought patterns and the impact that has on our lives.  We break down the patterns we develop through life and how we can actively make changes in our approach.  Check out the Man2Man podcast for more content!
50:36
May 06, 2021
Facing Childhood Trauma and Stepping into Acceptance
Facing Childhood Trauma and Stepping into Acceptance
In this week's episode, I sit down with Chris Wilson the co-founder of the Unshakable Man Coaching Practice.  Chris and I discuss his journey through childhood and how he dealt with trauma.  For many years Chris avoided the root cause of his trauma and focused on other things. Ultimately, after years of avoidance Chris decided to put in the work.  Through his own work, Chris was inspired to help other men and therefore co-founded the Unshakable Man.  
38:40
April 29, 2021
The Mental Health Challenges with Becoming a Parent
The Mental Health Challenges with Becoming a Parent
In this episode, I sit down with Scott from Parent's Mental Health Support group based in the U.K. Scott shares his story of struggling with the birth of his last son and the impact that had on his mental health.  Scott talks about how he works through his struggles and how he communicates with his 7 boys.  Scott also shares the work he does in the space of Parent's Mental Health.  
54:47
April 22, 2021
Male Archetypes and How to Unmask Ourselves
Male Archetypes and How to Unmask Ourselves
In this episode, I sit down with Alexander Cottle.  Alexander shares his journey and how having a stroke at the age of 27 changed his life.  In this episode, we discuss the different male archetypes and how to find balance in ourselves.  Check out Alexander on Instagram on his page The Unmasked Man. 
44:60
April 15, 2021
The Importance of Communication and some Key Tips
The Importance of Communication and some Key Tips
In this week's episode, I sit down with Talha Imtiaz.  Talha is a Digital Strategist and Communication Specialist based in Abu Dhabi.  Talha and I discuss the importance of communication skills in everyday life and how communication skills can even help with mental health.  Talha shares some quick tips that can help with influencing and seeking help.  
37:17
April 08, 2021
The Impact of my Mother's Suicide
The Impact of my Mother's Suicide
In this week's episode, I sit down with Michael Chard.  Michael shares the concept of his own podcast The Theseus Project and how he has incorporated mindfulness into his life.  Michael shares the mental health struggles he has had throughout his life, and how his mother's suicide impacted him.  Finally, by finding forgiveness for himself and his mom, Michael has been able to find peace in his life.  
51:33
April 01, 2021
Absent Fathers and How to be More Present in the Lives of Children
Absent Fathers and How to be More Present in the Lives of Children
In this week's episode, I sit down with Melissa Noyce.  Melissa is a therapist based in the U.K. specializing in the area of absent fathers.  Melissa shares her own experience of growing up without a father figure in her life.  Melissa and I also discuss the importance of fathers in the lives of children, but also how crucial it is for fathers to not only be physically present but also mentally and emotionally.  
46:47
March 25, 2021
Mental Health Today and How to Navigate It
Mental Health Today and How to Navigate It
In this week's episode I sit down with Richard Dolan, a mental health therapist in the U.K.  Rich and I touch on relevant topics that we are encountering today, especially in the pandemic world.  We discuss issues around divorce, parenting, mental health in general and from the pandemic, and social media and the impact social media has on our mental health.  
57:33
March 18, 2021
An Inside Look on Residential Schools in Canada
An Inside Look on Residential Schools in Canada
In this week's episode, I sit down with Curtis Blind.  Curtis shares his experience of growing up in a residential school in Central Saskatchewan.  Curtis shares some very difficult stories about the physical, emotional and mental abuse he endured while in school.  The impact of this abuse caused severe trauma for Curtis, and he still deals with the trauma.  Until a few years ago, Curtis struggled with alcoholism as he was trying to numb the pain since he was a teenager.  I wanted to take the opportunity to share more information about residential schools to bring awareness because I did not know all the information myself.  Trauma impacts people differently and we never know what others might be struggling with.  
01:08:12
March 11, 2021
Managing Anger and Normalizing Conversations about Anger
Managing Anger and Normalizing Conversations about Anger
In this week's episode, I sit down with Alistair Moes from Moose Anger Management.  We talk about normalizing conversations about anger, learning from our experiences and how to regulate our reactions when we are feeling anger.  Alistair also shares how he has noticed a shift in how men show up for therapy and the things they are wanting to talk about.  While we have come a long way, we still need to normalize the conversations around anger and work through the stigma.  
46:28
March 04, 2021
Living with Suicidal Thoughts and Finding Self-Love
Living with Suicidal Thoughts and Finding Self-Love
In this week's episode I sit down with my friend, Maruva and we discuss his suicidal thoughts originating from the existential crisis he experienced.  Maruva also shares the turning point in his life and how he has been able to find self-love.  Maruva continues to work through his struggles through therapy and self-work, but he is on a new journey with a new outlook for life.  Please check this episode out as well as Maruva's podcast: The Self Love Monologues Podcast.
41:02
February 25, 2021
Imposter Syndrome and how to Navigate It
Imposter Syndrome and how to Navigate It
In this episode, I sit down with Caroline Ritter who is the author of the book The Swan Effect.  The Swan Effect is based on the concept of Imposter Syndrome.  Caroline shares her own struggles with Imposter Syndrome, which inspired her to research the subject, and why it was important for her to write a book about it to help others.  Caroline also shares her own journey in writing the book and how she had to battle her own Imposter Syndrome.  
44:46
February 18, 2021
PTSD and Mindfulness
PTSD and Mindfulness
In this week's episode, I sit down with John Foley.  John is an ex U.S. airforce member.  John shares his struggles with PTSD and the impact it had on him and his relationships.  Over the past few years, John has used mindfulness to battle post-traumatic stress disorder and continues to build mindfulness practices into his daily life.  Please check out this episode to learn more about John's journey and what has enabled him to live life with purpose.  
43:43
February 04, 2021
How my Parent's Separation Impacted Me
How my Parent's Separation Impacted Me
In this week's episode, I sit down with my long time friend, Michael Davis.  Mike shares his story of struggling with confidence and people please, especially because he experienced the separation of his parents at a very young age.  Mike talks about the things he has done to build up his confidence and the things he continues to do.  Mike also shares his experience in the military and how that helped him find a sense of community.  
40:23
January 28, 2021
From Engineer to Entrepreneur and Wellness Business Owner
From Engineer to Entrepreneur and Wellness Business Owner
In this episode, I sit down with Guarav Gupta.  Gaurav is the owner of Leela Eco Spas in Calgary, a set of spas offering massage, esthetics, osteopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture services using environmentally conscious and eco-friendly approaches.  I know Gaurav from when we are in undergrad together as Engineers.  Gaurav was working in the Oil and Gas industry and one day decided to walk away to become an entrepreneur.  Gaurav and I discuss pursuing your passion, the tough decisions that we have to make when it comes to finding our purpose, and the grind of being an entrepreneur.  
45:20
January 21, 2021
The Anxious Brain with Tori Warner
The Anxious Brain with Tori Warner
In this episode, I sit down with Tori Warner who is the author of the book Challenge the Anxious Brain. Tori and I discuss her journey with anxiety over the years, and how a couple of major episodes transformed her life.  Through mindfulness and changing her mindset, Tori was able to overcome anxiety.  In her book, Tori wants to help others that also struggle with anxiety and provide them with tools that can aid in working through anxiety.  
56:01
January 14, 2021
How VERSVS used Rap to Deal with Mental Health
How VERSVS used Rap to Deal with Mental Health
In this episode, I sit down with Calgarian Rapper, VERVS.  We talk about VERSVS new album Invisible and discuss the context of the track Invisible from the album.  VERSVS opens about his challenges with OCD, how rap has allowed him to navigate through his journey of mental health, and the work he continues to do.  VERVS also explains the context behind the track Invisible.  Please check out VERSVS on IG: @versvsofficial, and find his music on Spotify, Apple Music or other streaming platforms.  
26:33
January 07, 2021
The Importance of Parent's Mental Health
The Importance of Parent's Mental Health
In this episode, I sit down with Mark Williams.  Mark is a published author and a pioneer in the space of paternal mental health.  Mark is an International Campaigner and co-founder of the International Father's Mental Health Day.  In 2012, Mark was awarded "Inspirational Father of the Year" and "Local Hero" at the Pride of Britain Awards.  In 2019,  Mark was awarded the Point of Light award by the UK Prime Minister.  Mark is also an ambassador for Mother's for Mother's Charity.   In the episode, Mark shares his own story regarding mental health especially after becoming a father.  Mark talks about the work he has done to bring awareness around parental mental health and all the work he continues to do.  
41:19
December 17, 2020
Battling Through Adversity with Dr. Erica Harris
Battling Through Adversity with Dr. Erica Harris
In this week's episode, I sit down with Dr. Erica Harris. Dr. Harris shares her journey of immense adversity about battling leukemia, and then when she came out of that to find out, she needed a lung transplant. After going through more hardship, she went through a divorce. While she was facing all this adversity, she also was being a mother to two little boys. I am deeply inspired by Dr. Harris's story of facing adversity head-on and coming out stronger.
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December 10, 2020
How being a Musician Affected my Mental Health
How being a Musician Affected my Mental Health
In this episode, I sit down with an old friend of mine from High School, Jordan Larocque.  Jordan was a member of a Francophone Indie Pop band, Bonjour Brumaire.  Jordan toured for many years and performed live at a lot of shows.  With time, Jordan started to realize he was missing out on time with friends and family, everyone was moving ahead in life and Jordan felt stuck  Being away all the time and not having a stable life started to impact Jordan's mental health.  Ultimately, Jordan left the band and decided to focus on his career.  Today, Jordan is happily married and the proud father of a little boy.  I hope you can get as much as I did from this podcast and understand that even musicians and other artists struggle with mental health, fame and glory only go so far.  
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December 03, 2020
How my Anger Transformed Me
How my Anger Transformed Me
In this episode, I sit down with my friend Jeff Berube.  Jeff shares his story about recognizing how he was struggling with regulating his emotions when it came to anger, how he decided to seek help and speak openly about his challenges.  Through group counselling and therapy, Jeff was able to dig deep and find a lot of answers internally.  While Jeff is still pursuing his journey of self-improvement, he has also decided to give back to the community and help other men in similar situations, especially with struggles around mental health.  Jeff is part of a non-profit organization called The Royal Oak Project.  I encourage you to check this program out at royaloakproject.org.  I also applaud Jeff for not only being vulnerable and seeking help but also choosing to give back.  
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November 26, 2020
The Sober Trekker's Reflection on Addiction
The Sober Trekker's Reflection on Addiction
In this episode, I sit down with Miles Bingham aka The Sober Trekker.  Miles gets raw and vulnerable about his struggles with addiction, mental health, being alone in it all and then seeking help.  Miles talks about how his recovery incorporated group therapy, mindfulness and trekking.   Miles has used mindfulness and trekking to face his demons and is in a much better place today.  If any of you are struggling with addiction or know someone that is, Miles' story will truly inspire you as it did for me.  I am truly honoured that Miles came on the podcast and shared his amazing journey!
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November 19, 2020
A Doctor's Perspective on Covid-19
A Doctor's Perspective on Covid-19
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency physician, and we talk about the covid-19 pandemic.  Kashif shares his own experience with Covid-19, the risks associated, and how we as the general population can do things to minimize the risks.  Kashif shares some insightful information that I hope will help you in your understanding of the virus.  Check out Kashif on social media on twitter @kashprime. 
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November 12, 2020
A Hairstylist's Journey Through Meditation
A Hairstylist's Journey Through Meditation
In this episode, I have an easy conversation with one of my oldest friends, John Cicione.  We talk about John's journey through life, the adversity he has had to overcome and how he is a successful hairstylist today with his own salon.  John is vulnerable and raw at times in this episode.  We also talk about John's "accidental" silent retreat experience and how he navigated through the experience for ten days.  Learning the practice of meditation is something John truly values and still applies the teachings today. Check this episode out to hear the story of a person who is real, authentic and is able to find every situation humorous.  
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November 05, 2020
Introduction to EZ Conversations Podcast
Introduction to EZ Conversations Podcast
An introduction to the EZ conversations podcast.  My goal is to bring in different guests every week to talk through everyday life struggles, talk about gratitude, spirituality, cultural barriers, adversity, changing our mindsets and challenging our thought patterns.  I feel we have made these conversations hard to talk about, but they don't need to be.  We should be able to share our struggles and support each other by normalizing these conversations.  The pandemic has created additional challenges for us and this is another opportunity for us to be speaking.  I want to build a community and provide a platform to have these conversations. If people have ideas or want to be a part of this journey, please reach out to me on Instagram: @eunoiazen or email: lifecoaching@eunoiazen.com.  Let's start having EZ conversations!
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October 28, 2020