The Self-Agency Advocate

The Self-Agency Advocate

By Amanda Hanna
It's time to level up your self-agency game.

Dig deeper to reconnect with your truest self and build your capacity to live wholeheartedly, communicate compassionately, tackle the big topics and emotions vulnerably, and make drastic change from the inside out.
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Rethinking Stylishly Conscious Consumerism with Thomas Mo

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Exploring Your Own Boundaries, Rhythm, & Community with Olly Hart
Olly helps shed light on how we can play with the edges of our Selves to discover not only who we truly are at our core but what it means in the bigger scheme of things.  : : : Wait, you dance like no one is watching while you're completely sober? I don't have to be "spiritual" in order to experience the fullness of life?! How can I act from a place of connection and be more involved when I feel isolated or alone in this big world? ---> Our Invitation to YOU = Spend some quality face-to-face time with people who care deeply about. Make it a distraction-free (yes, this means no phones) space where you can connect through laughter, presence and wonder. **Note how you feel before and after this interaction... you may just realize you've been craving this and want more (real) face time!  : : : Olly offers his unique insight and openhearted connection in everything that he does but it shows up so deeply when you're on the dance floor moving to his passionately curated beats at Queenstown Ecstatic Dance. See you on the floor, QT!
39:26
January 30, 2020
Sexuality, Desires and the Other Side of Intimacy with Nina Powell
Nina is sure to ignite your sexuality and help you rediscover a deeper connection to your truest self through compassionate conversations, healthy boundaries and incredible orgasms! : : : How do I communicate what I want and need in all areas of my life, from the office to the bedroom? What does it mean to move TOWARDS the things I want instead of AWAY from all that I don't want? And in all seriousness, is it actually possible to have better sex than I can even fathom simply by getting in touch with my truest self?!  ---> Our Invitation to YOU = Ask yourself what is ONE thing that is holding you back from being your Truest, Fullest, Wildest, Most Authentically Badass Self and what can you do to start changing that right now? **Pro Tip: share this with a quality friend and ask them to be your accountability buddy during this transformation!  : : : Get in touch with this Sex Unicorn and Intimacy Mentor to truly tap into your power and truth to unlock your fullest, wildest, most abundantly incredible self! You can find Nina at www.ninapowell.org
58:42
January 22, 2020
On Loving Your Self Fiercely with Charlene Scott
Charlene brings her contagious laugh and bright spirit to this conversation on what it looks like to go from not even liking yourself to loving yourself fiercely and unconditionally.  : : : How do I know if I actually love my Self and does it really matter? How do I become ok with the uncertainty and not knowing the outcome of a big risk? Won’t I look weak and incapable if I ask for help or support? **Spoiler Alert: You’ll actually look strong and sexy As Hell ---> Our Invitation to YOU = Next time you think to yourself, “I can do this on my own. I’m a strong, independent human”, ask your Self if you really need to be independent in this moment and where that belief came from. Who’s day could you make by reaching out for support while simultaneously making your life a little easier? We call this a win-win-everyone-wins. : : : Charlene has spent the majority of her life trying to fit into the boxes that society has constructed for us but never feeling like she fit in. A year ago at the age of 41 she decided to start listening to her inner truth, quit her conventional job and conventional life in Queenstown, packed all of her belongings into her car and travelled north to seek ocean, a warmer climate and seek a different way of living. She is now living a gypsy lifestyle by choice and trusting in the universe to unveil her journey as she goes. She relies on her art, yoga teaching and dance facilitation for money and is loving life more than she ever thought possible..... If you want to see what this badass woman is up to and the incredibly jaw-dropping art she's making, check out her sites and drop her a line! https://charlenescottartist.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/MyYogicJourney/
44:04
December 21, 2019
Rethinking Stylishly Conscious Consumerism with Thomas Mo
Thomas Mo tells us what it's like to be in the world of fashion, consumerism and how to stay true to yourself in an ever-changing and demanding world. It's time to rethink our connection to our clothing, where it comes from, and what it means to us and the environment! : : : Is mass consumerism really a thing and what's the big deal? Wait, I can have an emotional connection to the clothing I’m buying and wearing?! So tell me the 3 main things I can do to be a more conscious consumer. ---> Our Invitation to YOU = Research and make a list of local brands, thrift shops & consignment stores that align with your values and share it with your friends! Sharing is Caring & Knowledge is Power : : : Thomas Mo started in the apparel side of things in high school at a retail store. Since then, he graduated with an Economics degree and has held various positions in the sales and BD world of technology. He started Alberta Apparel over 4 years ago, and more recently Greater Canada Apparel. Alberta Apparel is a Made in Canada clothing brand that sells direct and through retailers, representing our beautiful province. Greater Canada Apparel is a brand that works with other companies, bringing their brands to life using a Made in Canada, finished locally approach. He sees a great need for everyone to know and understand where their clothing comes from because of the fast fashion movement. Within the industry, Thomas wants to educate people on the Made in Canada movement, promote it, and encourage consumers to buy less, but buy smart. There is so much clothing in the world right now that we don’t have places to put it, or even throw it out. The reason why Thomas joined Fashion Revolution was to continue his knowledge of the industry and network with like-minded individuals. He is passionate about what Fashion Revolution stands for and the possibilities of it within Calgary. He wants to connect the makers, brands, end-users, sewers and retails into one main hub for a bright apparel future within Alberta. You can find out more about Thomas and Alberta Apparel through albertaapparel.com Thomas Mo Alberta Apparel www.albertaapparel.com @albertaapparel www.fashionrevolutionyycca.com @fash_rev_yyc
51:38
November 28, 2019
How to Disrupt Norms with Grace, Compassion and Understanding with Esther Whitehead
If you’ve ever bought into the whole “but I’m just one person, what can I possibly do to make a difference” then this one is for you! Esther powerfully shows us what one person can do in a world of systems, hierarchy and power dynamics. She illuminates hot topics in mental health, neurodiversity, education, community, sustainability, courageous communication and so much more. What a treat, you guys. Listen up! : : : How can deepening my own sense of self-agency make me an impactful change-maker? How do I find a balance between focusing on the greater good and taking care of my Self? Is there a way to be more comfortable in the discomfort when it comes to hard or vulnerable conversations? ---> Our Invitation to YOU = Truly, fully listen to understand. Next time you’re in a conversation, what would it feel like to be so fully present with the other person, their words, their energy, their facial expressions, everything, so much so that you don’t actually think about your reply until after they’ve fully completed what they are saying? No interruptions or interjections, only your simple and profoundly powerful presence. Try this one and see what difference it makes in your relationships and interactions with others. : : : Esther has spent 20 years living in Queenstown and NZ (originally from the UK), building and driving change across the education sector and community sector. Esther has managed the Dyslexia Foundation of NZ for 10 years, leading advocacy on dyslexia in NZ Education and Justice sectors. She is a social entrepreneur, interested in exciting others in community-led solutions, through innovative solutions that encourage participation. She challenges people to think differently about the world in each of her roles. Esther is deeply passionate about challenging the status quo in a positive and informed way and driving change by developing self-agency leadership. What does it mean for our institutions and how can they begin to develop the potential of individuals within organizations?
50:30
November 9, 2019
Confidence, Accountability, & Being a Mom with Lindsay Wye-Palmer
Lindsay offers her perspective on why you are exactly where you are meant to be, why accountability is key and the hard fact that Confidence is everything! : : : What if everything feels stacked against me, how am I meant to be confident then? Ugh, but accountability can feel so hard and uncomfortable, isn't it easier to just look at everything that's to blame outside of myself?? **Spoiler Alert, it's easier than you think and so so worth it! It's really ok to question absolutely everything and make my own informed decision rather than believing everything I hear? HELL YES < More of this, please! ---> Our Invitation to YOU = What beliefs or preconceived notions are you challenging this week? Take one long-standing belief that was passed onto you from family traditions, values, whatever, (think politics, religion, stereotypes, etc.) and get curious about it. Ask other people what they think and see if understanding the other side of the coin shifts your perception. Let us know how you go! : : :  Lindsay is a mom to (almost) 4-year-old twins; a child sleep consultant; and a lifelong thinker and learner. She’s never been keen to understand the meaning of life, because it’s always seemed pretty clear: love. She believes the keys to any successful relationship (especially the one with oneself) are respect, empathy, and the ability to take accountability for one’s actions. She is a lover of good friends, game nights, and the Oxford comma. If you want more of this hilarious, real and inspiring human you can connect with her through www.absleep.com 
53:16
October 26, 2019
Understanding Challenge and Stepping into Truth with Chris Wille
Chris and I take you through what it looks like to walk away from all that no longer resonates and step into the uncertainty and unknown to discover a deeper truth. What would you do if you believed ANYTHING was possible and that you are worthy of it? : : :  How do I push the dominoes and make things happen in my life? How can I tell the difference between worthwhile challenge and uncertainty versus something that actually doesn't align and I need to walk away from? Do I really have to sell everything and start over to live a fulfilled and aligned life?  ---> Our Invitation to YOU = What dominoes need pushing in your life? Ask yourself what's holding you back from doing the work and showing up for what you desire. What does it feel like to lean into the fear and discomfort and keep going for the sake of your heart? : : : Chris Wille is a yoga teacher passionate about living life with more ease. He’s currently living and teaching at Aro Hā Wellness Retreat in Glenorchy, NZ - the award-winning wellness center offering holistic week-long adventures. He’s an outdoor lover, hiker, climber, slackliner, and Acroyogi. Alongside his fiancé, Deni, the pair teach weekly Acroyoga classes, weekend workshops, and an annual Acroyoga Teacher Training. Above all else, Chris is a student, navigating through life finding growth in each challenge along the way. You can find out more and connect with this incredible human through www.lilamovementarts.com
38:54
October 15, 2019
Sitting with the Discomfort to Find the Beauty with Jacob Dodds
We're exploring the transition from the "Standard Life" into the Fulfilled life that we are all capable, worthy and deserving of.  : : :  What does it mean to sit with discomfort and challenge and work towards seeing the beauty and potential within it and within yourself? Can we still be involved and "in" the systems, the politics, the ways of the current world and be a conscious, self-connected and aware human being? If we first get in touch with our Selves and heal from the inside can we actually change the world? *Spoiler alert: the answer is HELL YES!* ---> Our Invitation to YOU = The next time you experience a moment of confrontation, challenge, or discomfort, take a moment to 1. Pause 2. Reflect on the situation 3. Decide how you want to mindfully respond to this challenge 4. Openly and honestly communicate it with whoever else is involved from a space of compassion and understanding. How does it feel to honour yourself and your boundaries? Let us know! : : : Jacob is a self-proclaimed Innate~tivator who loves to live and lives to love. He offers insights which create space to allow your true nature to come into being you can find what he's up to and connect with him at: www.jacobbydesign.com
43:10
October 11, 2019
How to Go from a Spectator of Life to Living it Wholeheartedly with Leah Reinhardt
Leah and I reconnect over what it means to create from the heart, offer it to the world, and mindfully make sustainable changes on a bigger scale. Are you ready to be the author of your own life and every aspect of it? Us too. So Let's dive in! : : : It sounds terrifying and way too vulnerable to create something from the heart, like a business, and then offer it to the world, how the heck do I do this and is it worth the risk? How do we change the way we relate to the food, services, and products that we purchase daily?  And, what are the uncomfortable, vulnerable, rather-avoid-it conversations that need to be had and how do I lean into them? ---> Our Invitation to YOU = Let us know. How do we effectively and sustainably initiate reform in the food and health industries?  : : :  Leah is a breath of fresh air who is showing us what it means to take on the world mindfully and sustainably for lasting impacts from the inside out. 
45:56
October 7, 2019
What is the Felt-Sense & How Do I Get One?!
Mini Musings with Amanda. For some, the felt-sense is second nature and they are always attuned to it, living from that space moment-to-moment. For others, it's fleeting and has to be focused on to really understand what their body is trying to tell them. And for others still, this is a completely new concept and they aren't sure where to start or why it actually matters. No matter where you fall on this gradient, here's a powerful reminder on why being present with your silence and stillness is the most important thing you can do. Discover tools and insights into the Felt-Sense and how to develop a deeper connection to your own inner truth, allowing you to walk your path with wholehearted conviction. ---> Our Invitation to YOU = Explore your felt-sense and really solidify what a Full body YES feels like as well as a Full Body HELL NO. How could this change the way you show up in decision making and communication? Join the shift on Facebook or Instagram!
10:18
October 4, 2019
The Power of a Sacred No with Sarsha Hope
Sarsha Hope takes us on a deep dive of interconnectedness, embodiment, curiosity and truth.  : : : Would I show up differently in the world if I understood on a visceral level that we are all one, we are all connected, and it's through that connection that we make lasting impacts? Is there one "right way" to experience spirituality, self-connection, and growth?  What is a Sacred No and could it really make my Yes more powerful? ---> Our Invitation to YOU = Discover what your Sacred No feels like in your body, in your being, and practice communicating this with others. This could be in the moment or it may take some time to build a practice; it's ok to sit with it for a bit and then go back to the person and then express your Sacred No, but start cultivating that profound practice of saying YES to You! : : : Sarsha is an embodied, passionate soulful teacher, who has been studying Yoga, Meditation and Healing with master teachers since 1997 and has been teaching since 2002. Sarsha founded Hope Wellness, Queenstown Ecstatic Dance and most recently; New Plymouth Ecstatic Dance and she teaches retreats & workshops, both nationally and internationally.  Her offerings blend together the best elements of Hatha, Vinyasa, Mindfulness, Embodiment practices and Philosophy.  They are flowing and grounded, providing an opportunity to dive deep into the souls’ inner waters taking you on a journey into meditative states,  a deeper understanding of self and our interconnectivity to the whole.  Known for bringing a resonant, relevant voice that speaks directly to body, heart and soul, Sarsha offers a direct experience of deepening your understanding of all aspects of self.  Sarsha wholeheartedly believes that is from this place that we can create lasting change in ourselves, our communities and to our precious planet. http://sarshahope.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgS2N9eVAz-uaN2reToNykA/featured https://www.facebook.com/sarshahopewellness/
36:19
October 1, 2019
The Old Mindfulness 1 - 2
Mini Musings with Amanda. When we become mindfully aware, we take our power back. We tell our body and mind that we are interested, we want to know what's going on and we want to respond accordingly. This heightened awareness allows us to respond from a place of love, compassion and innate wisdom rather than letting our emotions run us as reacting from that small place.  ---> Our Invitation to YOU =  Set an intention to be mindfully aware for the duration of your next meal. Notice every single aspect. Can you taste individual flavours? What are the aromas? How does it feel in your mouth? What are the sensations occurring in your body before, during and after your meal? Give a whole new meaning to being a foodie! Join the shift on Facebook or Instagram!
13:35
September 27, 2019
Sneak Peak!
Here's a taste of what The Self-Agency Advocate podcast is all about. Amanda reveals a bit about who she is, where she's coming from and why these conversations are so important!  We're here to dive into the depths of the big conversations, get vulnerable, be candid, and make some profound shifts.  ---> Our invitation to YOU = When it comes to who you are at your core, what is one thing you want to explore, discuss or get some clarity on? It can be ANYTHING, we'll dig into and create an episode around it so we can all learn a little more! Join the shift on Facebook or Instagram!
17:19
September 27, 2019