Let Me Overthink About It
By Sam Madore
A series of topics that occupy an anxious mind.
I, Sam Madore, am an overthinker extraordinaire. I take great pride in my ability to turn the smallest of things into a complex puzzle in my mind. And the thing is? I'm not alone in this... I just know it.
Please indulge me as I overthink my way through my life and this podcast with some of my pals and favourite people.
I, Sam Madore, am an overthinker extraordinaire. I take great pride in my ability to turn the smallest of things into a complex puzzle in my mind. And the thing is? I'm not alone in this... I just know it.
Please indulge me as I overthink my way through my life and this podcast with some of my pals and favourite people.
Let Me Overthink About... Collaboration
In the fifth episode of my third season, I am joined by Jackie Torrens and Jessica Brown to overthink about collaboration. We dive into: • Collaboration and mutual respect. • You can't be good at all of the things. • Creating the work (and the community) you want to see. Jackie Torrens is a Halifax-based actor, writer and film director. She and producer Jessica Brown have, under their company Peep Media, completed four documentary films for CBC, the Documentary Channel and Bravo which include Edge of East, My Week on Welfare, Small Town Show Biz and Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille, which premiered this spring at Hot Docs. Jackie has also done two documentary films for Telltale Productions, Free Reins and the feature length Radical Age. Torrens’ radio documentaries include The Poet Laureate of Youth Now, which received an Atlantic Journalism Award and Camp Mini Ha Ha, which received a CBC Award of Excellence. Jessica Brown has been working in the film and television industry since 2003. In 2012 she incorporated Peep Media Inc. with award winning Writer/Director Jackie Torrens. Since 2012, they have completed four television documentaries which include: Small Town Show Biz: 2 Dreams from a Harbourtown (CBC, Documentary Channel), Edge of East (CBC, Documentary Channel; Screen Nova Scotia Award nominee for Best Documentary), My Week on Welfare (CBC, Documentary Channel, Screen Nova Scotia Award nominee Best Documentary) and Bernie Langille Wants to Know... Who Killed Bernie Langille (BravoFACTUAL). Torrens and Brown are currently producing the feature length documentary version of Bernie Langille Wants to Know What Happened to Bernie Langille, for CBC’s documentary Channel. Brown also produces in the scripted world, and works as Head Researcher/Field Producer for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes; she produced the low budget feature film Noon Gun; the short films My Younger Older Sister and The Toll, the short film/digital media project Hidden Window; as well as line producing the feature film Bunker 6, and producing the television series for Shaw Media TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens (Gemini Award nominee- Best Host). In 2008 she produced her first feature length documentary film Chasing Wild Horses (BRAVO, CBC, OASIS HD), which has screened around the world, and has won awards at the New York International Independent Film Festival- Best International Documentary), and Worldfest Houston (Platinum Remy Award). As always, theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
October 02, 2022
Let Me Overthink About... Tarot
In the fourth episode of my third season, I am joined by my pal Darcy MacCallum to overthink about tarot. We dive into: • What it means to trust in the universe. • The power of letting go. • On the spot tarot card reading. Darcy MacCallum was born and raised in Nova Scotia and has made a career working in the not for profit sector over the past ten years. Darcy is also a self taught tarot reader and loves sharing what he has learned about tarot with anyone who will listen. Aside from tarot, Darcy is also passionate about photography, gardening and naps. *This was one of the few episodes with absolutely no edits.* As always, theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 25, 2022
Let Me Overthink About... Self Doubt
In the third episode of my third season, I am joined by Leanne Whiting and Amanda Kirby-Sheppard to overthink about self doubt. We dive into: • How the seed of self doubt gets planted. • How to give yourself grace and lean on your support through your moments of doubt. • How being good at something and being comfortable doing something are not the same. Leanne Whiting is an educator, author, facilitator, and mother renowned for her creative and playful methods of teaching through story. Leanne is the founder of Grow A Lotus Yoga, a school dedicated to embodying the practices of yoga through movement, mindfulness, and empathy. Leanne is the author of Be Like A Tree, a children’s yoga book and resource for families and teachers. The book has yoga illustrations woven throughout the story to foster movement through the story with a sense of playfulness and connection to nature, while building self-awareness, confidence and empathy. Breathe. Read. Yoga is Leanne's most recent endeavour. This online yoga program brings calm to your classroom with breathing practices, children's literature and physical postures to embody the story. Leanne is a Master’s of Education student at St. Francis Xavier University where she is developing her thesis on the experiences of yoga in the elementary classroom. Amanda Kirby-Sheppard is a creative and strategic communications professional whose career has taken her from centre ice at the IIHF World Women's Hockey Championship in her hometown of Halifax, to coordinating the red carpet of the Sydney Film Festival in Australia, and back again. She has spent nearly 20 years leading successful sales, marketing, recruitment and fundraising campaigns in not-for-profit sectors, municipal government and post-secondary institutions and joined Grow A Lotus Yoga in late 2021 as the director of sales and marketing. A determined and passionate saleswoman, she sets her sights on achieving her goals and she doesn't like to take no for an answer. And Amanda is determined and passionate about how the Breathe. Read. Yoga program can bring calm to every classroom across Nova Scotia - and ultimately, the world... so consider yourself forewarned.
September 18, 2022
Let Me Overthink About... Copywriting
In the second episode of my third season, I am joined by Kate Wallace to overthink about copywriting. We dive into: • Taking your writing one sentence at a time. • Getting out of your own way. • The art of storytelling. Kate Wallace is a high-energy copywriter, award-winning journalist and one-woman agency. Her idea of fun? Writing copy that is generous, honest, consensual, naturally warm, and relational. Copy that is the opposite of scarcity-based, inflated, pressure-inducing, faux-friendly, and transactional. Kate’s writing has helped elevate brands in diverse sectors, including consulting, construction, food processing, financial, tech, non-profit, and the creative industries. Some of her favourite projects are close to home, helping big-thinking Atlantic Canadian organizations with bold plans craft compelling stories that get positive interest and action. Kate’s work spans website and advertising copy, case studies, corporate communications, video scripts, blogs, speeches, op-eds, journalism, and more. A national award-winning journalist, Kate has a BA from McGill and a Graduate Diploma of Journalism from Concordia. In 2014, Kate was named by 21 Inc. as one of New Brunswick’s emerging leaders for the 21st century. She lives in Rothesay, N.B., with her husband, son and lots of pottery. You can find her here: https://katewallace.ca/ Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 11, 2022
Let Me Overthink About... Trusting Your Gut
In the first episode of my third season, I am joined by Karen Dean to overthink about trusting your gut. We dive into: • Toxic family relationships. • Showing resilience through tough times. • What it takes to show up as your authentic self. Nothing is off limits;) Karen is an incredible motivational speaker who brings audiences through her own personal stories of resilience and inspires with an amazing sense of positivity. Recognized by the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards as a Nominee three times, Karen has operated successful businesses in many different industries for over 25 years. She has been a mentor to women in business throughout her career and has been mentored herself by some incredibly accomplished businesswomen. In 2020, she was honoured with the QueenPin Award by QueenPins Halifax for her commitment to improving her community. Karen has published two books to date: • We Are Unbreakable: Raw, Real Stories of Resilience from Women in Nova Scotia in 2020 is a compilation book sharing inspiring stories from 22 women. • Fierce & Fabulous: A Self-Love Journal which provides readers with a daily practice to reconnect to their inner self and become even more successful. Karen’s messages spring from a mountain of lived experience, and she is passionate about her mission to help people reboot their resilience and live their best life, personally and professionally, a purpose she lives in her own life every day. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 04, 2022
Let Me Overthink About... Guilt
In my twentieth episode of season two, I am joined by Serena Lewis to overthink about guilt. We dive into: • The close connection between guilt and grief. • Expectations, should's and being "strong." • Self compassion through tough times. Serena Lewis, RSW, MSW, recent recipient of Canadian Distinguished Service Award is a Health & Social Wellness Consultant. With over twenty years experience in the fields of health, long term care, education, corrections and non profit sectors, she loves working with individuals, teams and organizations. Committed to improving literacy and voice to difficult topics, Serena has become a national and local advocate for grief. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
November 21, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Putting Myself 'Out There'
In my nineteenth episode of season two, it's all me. Overthinking about putting myself 'out there.' I dive into: • My mental health story. • My seven ways to cope with mental illness. • The importance of connection. "You can spend your time on stage pleasing the heckler in the back, or you can devote it to the audience that came to hear you perform." – Seth Godin Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
November 14, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Motherhood
In my eighteenth episode of season two, I am joined by my pal Sacha Brake to overthink about motherhood. We dive into: • Societal expectations on women and mothers. • Balancing motherhood and mental health. • Motherhood + identity. Sacha defines herself differently on any given day, but everyday she loves a good cup of tea almost as much as she loves Bruce Springsteen. A self proclaimed drama kid, Sacha has been performing for as long as she can remember, and the older she gets the more she realizes this applies to both onstage and off. Although an avid participant in community theatre, she credits her greatest role to being mom to now 13 year old Brock. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
November 07, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Forgiveness
In my seventeenth episode of season two, it's all me. Overthinking about forgiveness. I dive into: • How a lack of forgiveness can impact your mental and physical health. • The connection between forgiveness, guilt, ego, and shame. • How to forgive yourself when you're "the bad guy." "Forgiveness isn't condoning what happened or making excuses for the person who caused pain, or righting their wrong. This isn't about them, it's about you. It's making a choice to release yourself from the stuff you're holding on to. When you release, you feel so liberated, and so much lighter." – Nina Purewal and Kate Petriw Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
October 17, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Good Grief
In my sixteenth episode of season two, I am joined by Richie Wilcox to overthink about good grief. We dive into: • Grief as love and building connections over shared grief • Judgement of others' grief • Theatre as (subtle) activism Richie Wilcox is a multi-talented director/writer/creator whose work has been seen across Canada and toured internationally. Wilcox has spent the better part of the last decade co-creating, devising, writing and directing new works. He is the writer of Good Grief, New Waterford Boy and is currently working on his script Coal Bowl Queen. Wilcox is the Artistic Director of the live art company HEIST where he helped create and performed in Princess Rules, Princess’ Pride ’n’ Joy and Nature vs. Nation and The Princess Show which is a Nova Scotia Masterworks 2021 Finalist. Wilcox also serves as the Artistic Director of the 37 year old Ship’s Company Theatre which is known for creating and producing original plays with an Atlantic Canadian emphasis. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
October 10, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Leadership
In my fifteenth episode of season two, I am joined by Doug MacLean to overthink about leadership. We dive into: • The connection between leadership and authenticity • What to look for in a true leader – in sports, business or anywhere • What it means to be a "seagull leader" (and why you should avoid it) Doug MacLean, originally from Summerside, PEI, started his leadership path as a teacher at Holland College. His coaching career started in the high school and junior (Summerside Western Capitals) hockey ranks before moving on to coaching at the major junior (OHL London Knights), university (UNB), and AHL/ NHL levels. Doug was the assistant coach of the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, and Detroit Red Wings, and head coach of the Baltimore Skipjacks (AHL), Florida Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets. In 1996, he led the underdog Florida Panthers to the Stanley Cup finals and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year). Doug also has experience in hockey management, as the assistant GM for the Red Wings and GM and President of the Columbus Blue Jackets. You may also recognize Doug from his time as a leading NHL analyst on SportsNet. Doug and his wife, Jill, split their time between Florida and PEI. We caught Doug at his cottage on PEI, so please excuse the few glitchy audio moments;) Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
October 03, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Launching A Product As Old As Time
In my fourteenth episode of season two, I am joined by Jolene Laskey to overthink about launching a product as old as time. We dive into: • The relationship between maple syrup and Indigenous culture • The keys to success as an entrepreneur (in our humble opinions;) • Staying true to your story Jolene Johnson, (previously Laskey) has extensive work experience in the culinary field, ranging from food preparation and service to management. She also worked extensively in the agriculture industry, in tree farming management, from planting, fertilizing, and harvesting, this work has kept her grounded and in touch with her roots and will always be one of her favourite work experiences. In 2013, Jolene took the initiative to establish and operate her own construction company, in doing so was the first female entrepreneur to join that industry sector in her community. With her construction company established and doing well, she's moved forward in a new direction. In 2017, driven with purpose and passion, Jolene embarked on a new business venture. She launched into the maple syrup industry, developing and marketing value added maple syrup. She strives and is committed to give back in a positive way with her vision to build a global brand, to help Indigenous communities thrive and to help support and preserve our environment for the next generations. Visit www.wabanakimaple.com. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 26, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Vulnerability
In my thirteenth episode of season two, I am joined by Garrett Gloade to overthink about vulnerability. We dive into: • The importance of being vulnerable and honest with yourself while mirroring that for others • Managing trauma by connecting to music and culture • Gender differences in how we view vulnerability and ego Garrett Gloade (he/him), Millbrook First Nation, Mi’kma’ki. Garrett currently resides in the indigenous community of Millbrook with his wife Cheyenne, just outside of Truro, Nova Scotia. Garrett has spent the last 12 years revitalizing culture in his community and abroad, through history, art, song and dance. He believes by opening up, sharing life experiences whether good or bad. Using those experiences and channeling them to help you connect you to who you truly are, will help yourself and others. Connecting to your roots and becoming who you’re meant to be. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 19, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Procrastination
In my twelfth episode of season two, I am joined by my pal Anita Kirkbride to overthink about procrastination. We dive into: • Why we procrastinate and how does it connect to perfectionism? • Can procrastination actually work for you? • Embracing your flaws and being "flawsome" Anita Kirkbride UNDERcomplicates social media marketing for smart, successful small businesses. She encourages her clients to ditch perfectionism, embrace authenticity and #BeFlawsome in their social media. She started Twirp Communications 10 years ago and is the Co-Founder of Social Media Day Halifax. You can find her blogging at Twirp.ca, podcasting at BeFlawsome.ca and supporting her clients through The Flawsome League: Social Media Academy for Small Business and her free training program The No BS Social Media Blueprint. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 12, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... The Healing Power of Yoga
In my eleventh episode of season two, I am joined by my pal Mike Enman to overthink about the healing power of yoga. *Trigger Warning: This conversation includes suicidal feelings. To anyone who may need help to cope with their mental health and/or thoughts of suicide, please, please, please reach out for help. Canada Suicide Prevention: 1-833-456-4566 (phone) • 45645 (text) • www.crisisservicescanada.ca (chat)* We dive into: • How a yoga practice and breath work can help you through your anxiety and depression • Working through suicidal thoughts and negative self talk • The importance of talking, connecting and reaching out when you need help Originally from Nova Scotia, Mike Enman is a secondary teacher of social studies, phys ed and entrepreneurship in Airdrie, Alberta. After decades of soul searching and battling depression, he discovered yoga in 2018, which helped him find his current path, one genuine to who he is. Mike still struggles with anxiety, but has developed a set of tools to help, tools which he strives to introduce to his students so that they too may live a life where anxiety and depression are manageable parts of a fantastic journey. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 05, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Self Sabotage
In my tenth episode of season two, I am joined by my pal Susan Scharpegge to overthink about self sabotage. We dive into: • When your saboteur shows up and what "comfort" it's feeding in you • Owning your part in your own story • What it looks like to play the victim Susan Scharpegge is a ‘Jill’ of many trades and a master of none. She considers herself a ‘work-in-progress’ and a life-long-student. Susan is passionate about helping people work through their stories to discover purpose and fulfill their greatest potential. She is certified as an Executive Coach by Royal Roads University and a member of the International Coach Federation. An accomplished business leader with 20 years of general management experience, Susan has dedicated her career to coaching, mentoring and empowering people to achieve remarkable results. As a yoga teacher, Susan guides her students to manifest their best life on and off the mat! Susan's company, Anchor to Arise Leadership Development, is grounded in a leadership model that embraces conscious living and a desire to “know thyself-first.” She is a proud mom to two of her greatest teachers, Alyson and Matthew. Susan enjoys walking, cycling and hiking with her partner Pierre. She loves to cook, create art and gets super stoked with a great thrift find! Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
July 25, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... The Comfort of Tea
In my ninth episode of season two, I am joined by my pal Jann McFarlane to overthink about the comfort of tea. We dive into: • The importance of community • The effects of online bullying • Getting through tough times by creating a sense of normalcy Jann is a super dorky 40 something (seriously, she can never remember how old she is), living in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada with her wife. She loves all things tea, especially antique tea ware and patents. She’s not a jam jar, but here are some labels that she easily slaps onto herself: happily introverted, her anxiety has anxiety, dances freely, lives with fibromylagia, scorpio, cat lover, Xennial, over-thinker, Apple fan-girl and an INFJ-T. She loves designing stickers, curating antique teaware boxes, and of course creating YouTube videos. Most of all, she loves connecting with kind people across the globe. You can connect with Jann at: www.teawithjann.com or on Instagram at: @teawithjann. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
July 18, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... The Chatty Mind
In my eighth episode of season two, I am joined by author, Nina Purewal, to overthink about the chatty mind. We dive into: • What it takes to "Let That Sh*t Go" • The journey of healing from trauma • Turning a perceived weakness into a superpower Nina Purewal faced an unexpected childhood tragedy, which inspired her mindfulness and meditation journey over twenty years ago. After climbing the corporate ladder for nearly a decade, she took a sabbatical and moved to California to unplug and live in an ashram for a year. It’s been her greatest passion to help others find happiness through adversity, by leaning into ancient wisdom. With that, she founded Pure Minds, a social enterprise that conducts mindfulness and meditation workshops and is the co-author of the International Bestseller, Let That Sh*t Go. You can connect with Nina at: www.ninapurewal.com or on Instagram at: @nina.pure.minds. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
July 11, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... People Pleasing
In my seventh episode of season two, I am joined by my sister, Melissa Murray, to overthink about people pleasing. We dive into: • Setting realistic boundaries • Stepping out of your comfort zone • Modelling positive people pleasing practices Melissa Murray is a sister, daughter, wife, and adoptive mother of two amazing boys, age 10 and 14. She grew up in Truro and considers herself lucky to be surrounded by her network of supportive family and friends. She has worked in Corrections since graduating university in 2002 and feels fulfilled by helping others choose a new path in their lives. Melissa enjoys the little things like playing board games with her family, supper dates with friends, and walks with her sweet silky terriers, Willa and Arnold. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
June 27, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Self Love
In my sixth episode of season two, it's all me. Overthinking my thoughts... about self love. We dive into: • How the degree to which you love yourself affects every one of your relationships • The connection between self love and mental health • Self love as a self fulfilling prophecy Self love is a topic that I have been overthinking a lot more in the past year. Loving yourself can be especially tough when you are fighting against a mental illness that wants to do the exact opposite. My anxiety and my depression work against me every day in this work of falling in love with myself, but I'm up for the challenge. (By the way, please ignore the lawn mower in the background for about a minute at the twenty-six minute mark. I'm trying hard not to overthink about it;) "Self-love means that I have a relationship with myself built on trust and loyalty…I’ll disappoint everyone else before I’ll disappoint myself." – Glennon Doyle Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
June 20, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Hormones
In my fifth episode of season two, I am joined by Dr. Ashley Margeson to overthink about hormones. We dive into: • Hormonal fight or flight • The four cornerstones of hormonal wellness • Leveraging your hormones around your capacity Dr. Ashley Margeson, ND has a clinical practice focused on Burnout Recovery and Prevention, as well as hormone optimization, at her Halifax, Nova Scotia clinic, Cornerstone Naturopathic. She is the co-founder of Burnout Blueprint, an online course to help busy people recover and prevent burnout. She and her team have treated thousands of cases of burnout over the past decade. Dr. Ashley is also the host of The Superwoman Code; a weekly podcast educating young professional and busy women about how to make their health work for them, not against them. She is also a full-time stepmom to her 5 and 7 year old children. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
June 13, 2021
Let Me Overthink About It: Disability
In my fourth episode of season two, I am joined by my pal Deb Barnhill to overthink about disability. We dive into: • The realities of being disabled • The importance of a sense of humour amid struggles • Trying new things even if you're uncomfortable Deb shares a busy home with her husband and two teenaged daughters. A pharmacist by education, she has worked with Nova Scotia Health since shortly after settling in Truro in 2003. In 2018, she moved into her current position within the provincial Cancer Care Program. Her leisure time is spent in pursuit of any combination of her favourite things: knitting, cooking, podcasts and coffee. She has taught knitting on the international conference circuit, and has designed and knitted pieces for magazines, books, movies and television. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
June 06, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Building Community
In my third episode of season two, I am joined by Sawyer Hannay to overthink about building community. We dive into: • Staying true to your values • Making meaningful connections • Unplugging for your mental health Sawyer Hannay is a former professional hockey player and current business owner of Country Liberty and Liberty Village from Rexton, New Brunswick. At 16, he left his hometown in Rexton moving to the big city of Halifax, Nova Scotia to play for the Halifax Mooseheads. From there, he was drafted to the NHL by the Vancouver Canucks in 2010, played professionally in Europe, Indianna and university in New Brunswick. When living in Europe, he became inspired to start Country Liberty and when he arrived in NB to start his degree, he decided to put his ideas in motion. Country Liberty was born, and has since grown a distribution channel of over 50 retail store and an online store. They are partnered with wonder groups like the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Molson and Lane Merrifield from Dragon's Den! Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
May 30, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Fatherhood
In my second episode of season two, I am joined by my pal, John Mullane, to overthink about fatherhood. We dive into: • Gender and parenthood • Parenting vs Childcare • Settling into your authentic self + Not taking yourself so seriously A JUNO nomination, MuchMusic Video Award noms, multiple East Coast Music and Music Nova Scotia Award wins, John has grown his band In-Flight Safety from small-town art project to the world stage. From David Bowie’s email endorsement in the early days to some iconic Film & TV placements, European tours and radio play on the BBC, John has kept busy since day one. John’s deep fascination with making music was born the day the Mullane family acquired its first home synthesiser in 1987. By 17, he was recording his own songs on a 4-track cassette recorder. Shortly thereafter - inspired by bands like Sigur Ros - his attention turned to a cinematic brand of rock music that lead him to form In-Flight Safety. Since In-Flight Safety’s ‘Conversationalist’ album cycle winded down John has been pointing his focus outward. Using an artistic process he developed over years of collaborations he has been spending his time of late producing and co-writing with other artists. By using his skills for concise effective ideas, and feet-up ideas John’s current priority is helping artists find their own creative point of view. Follow John on Twitter and Instagram. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
May 23, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Manifesting
In my first episode of my SECOND SEASON!, I am joined by Kayla Short to overthink about manifesting. We dive into: • What it means to manifest your dreams • Setting realistic goals for yourself • “Find(ing) structure within the non-structure.” — Kayla Short;) Kayla Short, is an award winning Canadian blogger, columnist, and TV personality. Trained as a teacher Kayla loves to inspire confidence in everything she does. As a full time blogger she's worked with big and small brands alike. As a writer, Kayla has contributed to Huffington Post, Fashion Magazine, Flare Magazine, and Profile Halifax to name a few. As a multi-faceted creative, Kayla loves documenting her adventures in food, fashion, beauty and travel with an ever informative lens. Kayla is also proud of her work as a seasoned guest expert for CTV, Global, and CBC. With a commitment to authentic growth she's traveled from province to province sharing her extensive knowledge for social media, and online marketing. For her continued work and commitment for inspiring confidence, positivity, and kindness, Kayla was chosen as one of Huffington Post's Top 50 Canadians, and she's been extremely humbled by her numerous awards from The Coast Reader Choice Awards for "Best Blogger" right here in Halifax Nova Scotia. "Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” — Maya Angelou Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
May 16, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... All the Things!
In my thirtieth and final episode of season one, I am joined by my pals Michelle McCann and Alicia Simms as we overthink about ALL THE THINGS. Michelle and Alicia return to the podcast (this time together!) to take a deep dive with me into season one. While on a staycation weekend in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, we get real about the hits, the misses, the favourite episodes, the ways we differ in our overthinking, and everything in between. "Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
April 11, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Sobriety
In my twenty-ninth episode, I am joined by Riley Winsor as we overthink about SOBRIETY. Riley is 24 years of age and originally from Cape Breton but made the move to Truro during his early teen years. He is now a barista and yoga teacher here in Truro and has settled into this little community quite well. When he’s not slinging coffees or guiding people through vinyasas, he can be found frolicking through the many amazing trails of Victoria Park and actively getting his sh*t together. Whether that be deep diving into self-reflection or working up a sweat however he can that day - there’s never a dull moment and always work to be done. After many years of over-the-top partying and letting loose, Riley has recently rebranded as a self-improvement junkie and feels as though he has a new lease on life thanks to his past 7 months of sobriety. Riley is an open book when it comes to his journey with sobriety and struggles with addiction over the past 10 years and has learned through his own personal experience that the best way to get through these issues is to talk about them. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
April 04, 2021
Let Me Overthink About It... Real Talk: Uncut (Part 3)
In my twenty-eighth episode, it's all me once again. No theme. Just me. Overthinking my thoughts... Topics include, but are not limited to: self-sabotage, self care, nose bleeds... See? You never know what I might end up overthinking about;). Welcome to my world... "Make time daily to nurture your physical, mental and emotional health." – Lailah Gifty Akita Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
March 28, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Passion
In my twenty-seventh episode, I am joined by Elsie Morden as we overthink about PASSION. Elsie Morden is a 25-year-old singer, songwriter, and speaker. She has performed at Canadian Country Music Week. The Music Nova Scotia "Country Recording of the Year" Award Nominee's full-length album was co-produced and written entirely by Elsie. The album reached #28 on the iTunes chart, had a top 100 song on Canadian country radio, and has over 650,000 streams on Spotify. Elsie is currently working on her next release and second full-length album. Elsie is a national ambassador for Kids Help Phone and the Founder and CEO of registered Canadian charity No Time for That Anti-Bullying Society. She has delivered over 600 presentations across Canada speaking about bullying prevention, mental health awareness, neurodiversity awareness, LGBTQ+ visibility, and youth empowerment - directly impacting over 150,000 students. In 2020, she was recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 30 Under 30. Overall, Elsie Morden serves as an ideal role model, and there is no doubt that she will continue to inspire all! "Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you." – Oprah Winfrey Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
March 21, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Commitment
In my twenty-sixth episode, I am joined by Brie Works as we overthink about COMMITMENT. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Brie Works has spent the last three years chasing after her dreams to move abroad after graduating from Acadia University. In this episode, we talk about commitment - to work, to education, to family and friends, as well as life long dreams. We also talk about what commitment looks like when things don’t go as you expected. "Never break a promise to yourself." – Rachel Hollis Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
March 14, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Courage
In my twenty-fifth episode, I am joined by Megan Johnson as we overthink about COURAGE. Megan Johnson is a self-educated artist, who, after a decade of studying and working in science and medicine, decided to drop all her plans and do a complete 180 with her lifestyle. Burnout, anxiety and gut feelings led to a creative journey that brought her around the world and back to learn how to live a life true to her dreams. Having lived and studied in PEI, Australia and Montreal, Megan returned to her hometown of Truro in 2020 and is establishing her brand and her voice as a creative entrepreneur. "It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else." – Erma Bombeck Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
March 07, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Postpartum
In my twenty-fourth episode, sponsored by My Home Apparel*, I am joined by my pal Jill Chappell as we overthink about postpartum. Jill Chappell is the marketing and communications lead of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, proud wife and twin mom to two adventurous boys. In addition to being a mental health advocate, she is an award-winning broadcaster, former globe-trotting puppeteer and outdoor enthusiast. *Check out this week's episode to get a special code for a discount at My Home Apparel;) Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane. Photo of Jill by Ian Selig Photography
February 28, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Media
In my twenty-third episode, I am joined by Crystal Richard as we overthink about media. Crystal Richard is the award-winning entrepreneur and publicist behind Crystal Richard & Co., a global digital PR company helping entrepreneurs go after and get the dreamy media coverage they deserve. She’s also the creator of Digital PR School and coaches business owners on how to rock their own media outreach. Crystal has secured media placements for her clients in leading online publications such as Forbes, the Globe and Mail, GQ, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc., Chatelaine Magazine, and more. She is also the Founder of travel and lifestyle brand East Coast Mermaid. She donates a portion of her profits to various ocean conservation organizations annually, including the Campobello Whale Rescue Team." www.crystalrichard.com | @crystalrichard_co on Insta | @crystalcrichard on Twitter Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
February 21, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Dance
In my twenty-second episode, I am joined by my pal Josee Bourgeois as we overthink about dance. Josee Bourgeois is an Algonquin first nations band member of Pikwakanagan, Ontario, raised in Toronto. For the past decade, Josee has been focused on evolving as a professional dance artist in Canada, fusing her love and knowledge of powwow dance fundamentals with contemporary and hip hop dance styles. This fusion of dance style that Josee has coined into Powwow Step Groove classes delivered on line, has recently captured the national attention of both CBC Indigenous and CTV's television show, The Social. Josee has collaborated with fellow artists such as DJ's Rise Ashen, Shub, STOiK, and Classic Roots. Josee has also performed multiple times as a solo artist or with dance troupe Kina Nimiwag with the National Arts Centre, Blues Fest Canada (opening for the Backstreet Boys at Bluesfest Ottawa, 2019). Josee will continue to explore the limits of her imagination and achieve everything she can manifest as a female indigenous dance artist on Turtle Island throughout the rest of her dancer journey. Photo credit: David Leyes "Reach for the stars, you're worth it!" – Unknown Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
February 14, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Resilience
In my twenty-first episode, I am joined by my pal Laura Peters as we overthink about resilience. Laura Peters is a mother of three, a grandmother of one, and an aesthetician with a home-based salon. Laura developed Alopecia Universalis in September of 2018, which changed not only the course of her life, but the way she goes about it. In her spare time, Laura enjoys biking, walking, wine, and spending time with her loved ones. “You live most of your life inside of your head. Make sure it's a nice place to be.” – Unknown Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
February 07, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Faith
In my twentieth episode, I am joined by my pal Jenn Mantin as we overthink about faith. Jenn is a business professional, wife and mother. Her passions include working collaboratively to give back to her community, spending time being active and getting outside, and enjoying quality time and conversation with friends and family. “Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty” – Brené Brown Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
January 31, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Art
In my nineteenth episode, I am joined by my pal Jen Power as we overthink about art. Jen Power is a self-taught artist from Truro, Nova Scotia. She paints local landscapes and wildlife, in addition to offering commissioned works and custom pet portraits. Jen has been passionately painting for many years and uses her art practice as a therapeutic outlet. "If you don't want to burn out, stop living like you're on fire." – Brené Brown Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
January 24, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... Mindfulness
In my eighteenth episode, I am joined by Tyler Simmonds as we overthink about mindfulness. Tyler Simmonds is an Award Winning, Canadian Film Director and Keynote Speaker on mental health and mindfulness. Tyler has spoken at many notable events such as TEDx and We Day. His is clearly a message that resonates with many. In 2016, the Huffington Post named him one of the “10 Inspirational people under 30 you should be following on Twitter.” Within the film world, Tyler continues to use his storytelling abilities to create impactful and engaging films that in his words are “Made to touch your soul.” “Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” — Buddha Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
January 17, 2021
Let Me Overthink About... The Power of Music
In my seventeenth episode, I am joined by Catherine MacLellan as we overthink about the power of music. Catherine MacLellan is one of Canadian folk music’s true gems. Her seventh album, COYOTE, is a self-produced release that is a travelogue through heartbreak, loss and the joy of life. Catherine took home a Juno Award in 2015 for her standout album, The Raven's Sun, and she has also been recognized with multiple East Coast Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Music PEI Awards. As with many performers, Catherine feels most at home on stage. That moment of connection is what matters most, “Perhaps we don’t have the same story but we all share the same emotions and many of the same experiences. Being able to share my songs and stories with people and finding that connection point is what it’s all about for me”. Going to a Catherine MacLellan show feels much like catching up with an old friend, having those long-heartfelt conversations that mean so much. “One foot in front of the other, that's how we must go.” — Catherine MacLellan Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
January 10, 2021
Let Me Overthink About It... Real Talk: Uncut (Part 2)
In my sixteenth episode, it's all me once again. No theme. Just me. Overthinking my thoughts... With Christmas and my 40th birthday around the corner and a brand new year on the horizon, you better believe I have lots to overthink about. As someone who doesn't generally have a great relationship with the holidays in a good year, this one has my anxiety heightened to places it has never been before. I'm going to dive in, you guys... And then I'm going to take a break until the new year. So, here I am, once more: Raw and Uncut (and complete with ummms, pauses and background dog snores;). Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
December 06, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Burnout
In my fifteenth episode, I am joined by Martina Kelades as we overthink about burnout. Martina Kelades is the Founder of Life Out Loud - Mental Health Consulting & Creatives - a professional and specialized service that utilizes a combination of platforms to expand conversations related to mental health and wellness. Martina is a trainer, speaker, advocate and podcast host on the Life Out Loud Podcast - using personal narratives to normalize mental health. “Courage is contagious.” — Brene Brown Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
November 29, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Anxiety
In my fourteenth episode, I am joined by my pal Miriah Kearney as we overthink about anxiety. Miriah Kearney was born and raised in Nova Scotia. Founder of both My Home Apparel and My Home Mercantile, Miriah works with homeless organizations across Canada. and believes that, by working together, we build stronger communities. She has built her businesses on a similar concept of community, connection and a commitment to help those in the greatest need. Miriah lives in Truro with her greatest inspirations: her loving husband and two beautiful boys. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
November 22, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Fashion
*Please note: This episode is no longer available* In my thirteenth episode, I am joined by Jennifer Denny as we overthink about fashion. As with most of my episodes so far, the conversation started with one theme (in this case, fashion) and organically went in its own direction. Jennifer Denny is an Indigenous fashion designer of an authentic Mi'kmaq culturally influenced line of ready to wear clothing, footwear and accessories. All products are sustainably and ethically made in Mi'kma'ki (unceded traditional Mi'kmaq territory). Jennifer is the co-founder and creative director of L’NU’K Clothing Co. Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
November 16, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Trust
In my twelfth episode, I am joined by my pal Danielle Crowell as we overthink about trust. Professionally, Danielle Crowell is a web designer and copywriter in Truro, NS. Passionately, she is also a body positivity and mental health advocate who believes that the world needs more people and businesses willing to show vulnerability and shine/share their light to help build the world they want to live in. In her spare time, she can be found at the barn with her horse, walking her dog through Victoria Park, or having a beer with her husband. “A woman who is full of herself knows and trusts herself enough to say and do what must be done. She lets the rest burn.” — Glennon Doyle Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
November 08, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Depression
In my eleventh episode, sponsored by Cobequid Dance Academy, I am joined by my pal Sarah Flemming as we overthink about depression. Sarah is a wife, mother, fun loving, community minded feminist. She enjoys asking questions and learning more about people. With a focus in social service work Sarah enjoys finding ways to adapt policies to better fit all people. From October to May you can find her in her jammies with tea after 5pm. “I am running away from my responsibilities and it feels good. – Michael Scott Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
November 01, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Gratitude
In my tenth episode, I am joined by Steve Foran as we overthink about gratitude. Steve founded Gratitude at Work in 2007 and started hosting conversations in his community, which has since grown into work with leaders across Canada and into the United States, shifting cultures, helping leaders and their teams bring more gratitude to work each day. His 2019 book, Surviving to Thriving - The 10 Laws of Grateful Leadership, was named 1 of 8 recommended reads by Greater Good Science Center at University of California Berkeley and 1 of 5 positive psychology books for a happier 2019 in inc. Also in 2019, Steve was an inaugural winner of Canada's CEO Trusted Advisor Awards Program and in 2017, he was awarded the highest earned designation in professional speaking, CSPTM. "I think it's important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy." – Paula Cole Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
October 25, 2020
Let Me Overthink About It... Real Talk: Uncut (Part 1)
In my ninth episode, it's all me. No theme. Just me. Overthinking my thoughts... I recorded this one on October 4th with full intentions of releasing it one week ago. Then I got scared. So I let myself overthink it and push it off to the side. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety – and crippling grief since I lost my mother in March of this year – it can be really challenging to "put myself out there" like this. But I was compelled to record it for a reason. So, here it is: Raw and Uncut (and still scared). "Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes." — Maggie Kuhn Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
October 18, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Discipline
In my eighth episode, I am joined by my pal Melissa Page Webster as we overthink about discipline. Melissa is a dance educator and business owner (Cobequid Dance Academy, Centre Stage Dancewear) based in Truro NS. Melissa co-founded KickTalkDance Productions with colleague Amanda LaRusic as a platform to create, share and inspire dance and art in the local community. Over her 30 year career, she has had the privilege of being taught by Sally Brayley Bliss, Robert McCollum, Suzette Sherman, Irene Dowd, Peggy Baker and Darryl Tracy among others. Melissa is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and a graduate of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Teacher Training Program. "What seems so hard now will one day be your warm up." – Anonymous Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
October 11, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Body Image
In my seventh episode, I am joined by my pal Sarah Mantin as we overthink about body image. Sarah is a Registered Nurse & Personal Trainer. She runs an online coaching business Sweat with Sarah. As she navigates her way through her own journey to find balance, she tries to teach women to love their bodies through the power of sweat and movement. She wants to help showcase your physical AND mental strength all while living a balanced life. “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress” — Sophia Bush Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
October 04, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Imposter Syndrome
In my sixth episode, sponsored by Bold and Italic, I am joined by my pal Alicia Simms as we overthink about imposter syndrome (ie: feeling like a fraud). Trust me, I could go on and on... Alicia is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with an affinity for food and making people laugh. "Shame always shrivels when you share it out loud.” — Marie Forleo Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 27, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Self Employment
In my fifth episode, sponsored by Truro Buzz, I am joined by my pal Michelle McCann as we overthink about the ups and downs of being self employed. As the owner of Bold and Italic, Michelle has spent the past 7.5 years helping her clients navigate their way through the ever-changing maze of online marketing … and navigating her own way through self-employment! "Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” — Maya Angelou Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 20, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Decluttering
In my fourth episode, I am joined by Kristin Sylliboy as we overthink about how decluttering our homes can often help with decluttering our minds. Kristin works for her family business in Millbrook First Nation and has a passion for cleaning and organizing. Her intention is to continue to represent Millbrook with pride and integrity. You can follow along as she works through home projects (and motivates others to do the same) on Instagram at @sylliboyprojects. "Under the influence of clutter, we may underestimate how much time we’re giving to the less important stuff.” —Zoë Kim Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 13, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Bullying
In my third episode, I am joined by my husband Joey Schurman. With schools opening again, we thought it fitting to chat about bullying in schools and how we all need to treat each other with kindness. * If you would like to purchase one of our two books – "Hank's T-Shirt: A Book About Bullying" or "Hank's Ball: A Book About Grief" – visit www.thesammadore.ca/books.html * Joey Schurman is a Psychologist and Clinical Interventionist, working with autistic children in Colchester and East Hants counties in Nova Scotia. He is also an avid golfer, a lover of all things Michael Scott and a dog father to Bert, the Boston terrier (Hank's little brother;). "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always." – Unknown Big thanks to my pal and stellar music producer, mixer, composer John Mullane of In-Flight Safety, for providing MY VERY OWN THEME MUSIC and helping me with the production of this episode (in case you're wondering why it sounds so darn good this time around;). Theme song produced, recorded, mixed, by John Mullane for LMOAI. Written by John Mullane.
September 06, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Showing Up
In my second episode, I am joined by my pal Heather Laura Clarke as we discuss what it takes to "show up". It can be so hard to show up for ourselves and our goals (like Heather’s goal of writing a novel and working to get it published!!). But guess what!? We can do hard things. Heather Laura Clarke is an award-winning freelance journalist, columnist, blogger, and editor whose work regularly appears in many Canadian newspapers and magazines. She's on a mission to become a novelist, too. "You are worthy of wanting something more." – Rachel Hollis
August 30, 2020
Let Me Overthink About... Starting Something New
In my VERY FIRST EPISODE, I am joined by my pal Erin Berube as we (very fittingly) "overthink about" what it takes to start something new. ... Eep! Erin Berube is mother to 3 amazing kids, wife to her college sweetheart and VP of Operations for Vivo Team. She's an amateur sewer, newbie yogi, and former world traveler. "The time is now. Stop hitting the snooze button on your life." – Mel Robbins
August 23, 2020