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Better Me
Better Me
Heather Ross

The Better Me Podcast delves into how people navigate through life’s challenges and live as the best people they can be. Coach,... more

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EP 93 Starting Points

It doesn’t matter how good your map or your plan is, if you don’t know where you’re starting from.

20 Jun 2022 · 4 minutes
EP 92 What Can We Do About Imposter Syndrome (with guest Isabeau Iqbal)

Dr. Isabeau Iqbal joined me to talk about “imposter syndrome” including where it comes from, how we can deal with... more

13 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
EP 91 The Benefits of Doodling (with guest Giulia Forsythe)

Educator and visual note-taker extrodinair, Giulia Forsythe joined me to talk about how doodling helps her be a better listener,... more

06 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
EP 90 - Kangaroos, Courage, and Baseball (with guest Laney Jones)

Song-writer and recording artist Laney Jones joined me to talk about her new album Stories Up. We also chatted about... more

30 May 2022 · 28 minutes
EP 89 The Many Benefits of the Culture of Open (with guest Lena Patterson)

Lena Patterson, the President of Open Education Global joined me to talk about the challenges and responsibilities of women in... more

23 May 2022 · 38 minutes
EP 88 My Pillars of Mental Health

There is no one thing that keeps me mentally healthy. There is no one set of things that will work... more

16 May 2022 · 12 minutes
EP 87 Starting Small

What small steps could you be taking to make your life, or even just your day, better?

09 May 2022 · 5 minutes
EP 86 Avoid Anxiety Over What You Can’t Control

In this episode I talk about a quote from Khail Gibran and the Serenity Prayer, and avoiding anxiety about things... more

02 May 2022 · 6 minutes
EP 85 Lessons I’ve Learned From My Dogs

We had to say goodbye to one of our dogs last week. As a tribute to her, this episode is... more

25 Apr 2022 · 15 minutes
EP 84 Protect Your Boundaries From Yourself

We can set all the boundaries we want, but often we’re the first ones to violate them.

11 Apr 2022 · 4 minutes
EP 83 Success, Failure, and Boring Days

We should celebrate our accomplishments, including thanking those who helped us. We need to share our failures to help others... more

04 Apr 2022 · 17 minutes
EP 82 Things That Make Me Happy

Here are some of the things that are making me happy right now. How about you?1000 Awesome Things (website... more

28 Mar 2022 · 4 minutes
EP 81 With Self-Care, One Size Doesn’t Fit All (with guest Jorden Cummings)

Professor, clinical psychologist, and co-founder of Teach Me Self Care (http://www.teachmeselfcare.com) Jorden Cummings joined me to talk about not only... more

21 Mar 2022 · 37 minutes
EP 80 Having the Right Words

Having the right words is vital to good communication. Having the right words to describe our emotions is necessary for... more

14 Mar 2022 · 4 minutes
EP 79 Students Helping Students (with guest Terry Greene)

Terry Greene, the host of the Gettin’ Air podcast and the Senior eLearning Designer at Trent University, joined me to... more

07 Mar 2022 · 29 minutes
EP 78 EASY Goals, Motivation, and Time to Think (with guest Loleen Berdahl)

Professor and writer Loleen Berdahl was back on the podcast to talk about dumping SMART goals for EASY goals, why... more

28 Feb 2022 · 25 minutes
EP 77 Books, Book Banning, History and The Green Room (with guest Jennifer Diehr)

My good friend Jennifer Diehr joined me again to talk about books, this time focusing on book banning, the importance... more

21 Feb 2022 · 38 minutes
EP 76 The Teen Perspective (with guest Sydney B.)

My daughter Sydney joined me on the show for the third time, this time to talk about going from being... more

14 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
EP 75 Don’t Be Trashy (with guest Tara McKenna)

It’s episode 75! To celebrate I spoke with the founder of the Zero Waste Collective, Tara McKenna about her new... more

07 Feb 2022 · 23 minutes
EP 74 You Can’t Buy Happiness (with guest Michael Harris)

Michael Harris joined me to talk about his new book All We Want: Building the Life We Cannot Buy. We... more

31 Jan 2022 · 22 minutes
EP 73 Consistently, With a Few Mulligans

In this first episode of 2022, I talk about taking mulligans in golf, habits, and life in general.

24 Jan 2022 · 4 minutes
EP 72 Letting Go of Embarrassment

In this final episode of 2021 I tell a funny story and offer some advice.

06 Dec 2021 · 5 minutes
EP 71 Laughter, Grief, and Community (with guest Shawn Hitchins)

Canadian comedian Shawn Hitchins joined me to talk about his latest book the Light Streamed Beneath It: A Memoir of... more

29 Nov 2021 · 32 minutes
EP 70 Using Poetry to Talk About Mental Illness (with guest Sabrina Benaim)

The incredibly talented spoken word poet Sabrina Benaim joined me to talk about metal health, relationships, and her new book... more

22 Nov 2021 · 20 minutes
EP 69 Midlife Transitions (with guest Dr. Kristina Dervatis)

I had a great time talking with gynaecologist / singer-songwriter Dr. Kristina Dervatis about her recently released album Overdue, telling... more

15 Nov 2021 · 28 minutes
EP 68 Living Through Tragedy with Help from Family, Laughter, and Pharmaceuticals (with guest Donna Morrissey)

Award winning Canadian author, Donna Morrissey joined me to talk about her new memoir Pluck: A Memoir of a Newfoundland... more

08 Nov 2021 · 22 minutes
EP 67 Integrity

For this episode I took just a few minutes to talk about some thoughts on integrity and being true to... more

01 Nov 2021 · 5 minutes
EP 66 Stepping Back to Breathe (with guest Kirsteen MacLeod)

Writer Kirsteen MacLeod joined me for a conversation about her new book In Praise of Retreat: Finding Sanctuary in The... more

25 Oct 2021 · 36 minutes
EP 65 Lessons Learned From Music, Parenting, and Life (with guest Emm Gryner)

Canadian singer / song writer and singing teacher Emm Gryner joined me to talk about her new book The Healing... more

18 Oct 2021 · 33 minutes
EP 64 Welcome Home (with Guest Najwa Zebian)

Lebanese Canadian activist, author, speaker, and educator Najwa Zebian joined me to talk about her new book Welcome Home: A... more

11 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
EP 63 Stay on Top of Things, Without Burning Out (with guest Loleen Berdahl)

Loleen Berdahl, the author of the popular Academia Made Easier blog/newsletter, which provides easy tips for teaching, productivity, and work-life... more

04 Oct 2021 · 33 minutes
EP 62 Higher Ed Gig Economy in the Time of COVID-19 (with guest Christina Katopodis)

When we think of the “gig economy” we often picture Uber drivers, but it also exists among positions that require... more

27 Sep 2021 · 30 minutes
EP 61 Productivity and Mental Health - Part 4

Self-care, whatever that looks like for you, is key to both good mental health and productivity. This is the fourth... more

19 Jul 2021 · 6 minutes
EP 60 Productivity and Mental Health - Part 3

It’s all well-and-good knowing what you need to get done, but how do you make sure you have the time... more

12 Jul 2021 · 9 minutes
EP 59 Productivity and Mental Health - Part 2

In part two of this series on productivity and mental health, I talk about the importance of saying ‘no’ (when... more

05 Jul 2021 · 10 minutes
EP 58 Productivity and Mental Health - Part 1

When I'm dealing with depression or anxiety, my memory suffers and I can be horribly disorganized. Over the years... more

28 Jun 2021 · 13 minutes
EP 57 Viewing Food and Myself Differently

I've long struggled with emotional eating and how I view my body. In this episode I talk about how I'm... more

21 Jun 2021 · 10 minutes
EP 56 Being a Fine Wine

I'm turning half a century this year. I could look at time gone by or time to come. I'm capable... more

14 Jun 2021 · 8 minutes
EP 55 Asking For Help Is a Sign of Strength

In this episode I talk about Naomi Osaka and the need to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.

07 Jun 2021 · 7 minutes
EP 54 Self-Care, Hope, and Connection (with guest Reverend Daniel Brereton)

The first guest on the Better Me Podcast, Reverend Daniel Brereton, returns to chat about maintaining hope and staying connected... more

31 May 2021 · 27 minutes
EP 53 A Conversation About Mental Health (with guest Amanda Coolidge)

I turned the podcast over to the amazing Amanda Coolidge to host this week and interview me. We chatted about... more

24 May 2021 · 27 minutes
EP 52 Marking Another Milestone - 400+ Days of Meditation

That's right, I've meditated for more than 400 days in a row. In this episode I talk about why and... more

17 May 2021 · 8 minutes
EP 51 Being Open to Being Wrong

These days people cling to their views often with little to support them. This can be bad for us as... more

10 May 2021 · 8 minutes
EP 50 - Celebrating A Milestone (with guest Dave Hemstad)

The first episode of the Better Me Podcast went live just as many of us in North America were going... more

03 May 2021 · 31 minutes
EP 49 The Joy of Music (with guest Darlene Langston)

I was joined by jazz and blues singer Darlene Langston to talk about her career, the importance of music in... more

26 Apr 2021 · 19 minutes
EP 48 Mental Health and Evening Routines

Listen to me talk about the importance of evening routines for my overall well-being while acknowledging that I'm failing miserably... more

19 Apr 2021 · 17 minutes
EP 47 Mental Health and Morning Routines

In this episode I talk about the role that my morning routine plays in helping to keep me mentally healthy,... more

12 Apr 2021 · 21 minutes
EP 46 Life in a Fire Tower- Looking out and looking in (with guest Trina Moyles)

Trina Moyles will be heading up to a fire tower in Northern Alberta in a few weeks for her sixth... more

05 Apr 2021 · 36 minutes
EP 45 Small Adventures and Chance Encounters

You just never know what the day may bring. In this episode I tell the story of being invited to... more

29 Mar 2021 · 14 minutes
EP 44 Hockey, Addiction, and Gratitude (with guest Brantt Myhres)

Brantt Myhres played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins.... more

22 Mar 2021 · 13 minutes
EP 43 I Don't Know What You Mean

In this episode I talk about the importance of admitting when we don't know something and then asking questions. I... more

15 Mar 2021 · 18 minutes
EP. 42 Teaching During COVID-19 (with guests Kate Harding and Marla Rosenthal)

I sat down with two teachers, one in Saskatoon and the other in Southern California to talk about their experiences... more

08 Mar 2021 · 25 minutes
EP 41 Designing For Everyone (with guest Jess Mitchell)

Jess Mitchell joined me to talk about inclusive design. She describes her perspective as having always wondered why some and... more

01 Mar 2021 · 38 minutes
EP. 40 This Too Shall Pass (with guest Julia Samuel)

Bestselling author, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, and a leading British psychotherapist Julia Samuel joined... more

22 Feb 2021 · 28 minutes
EP. 39 Should I Really Worry About That? (with guest Timothy Caulfield)

I sat down with best-selling author Timothy Caulfield to talk about his latest book Relax, Damit: A Users Guide to... more

15 Feb 2021 · 26 minutes
EP. 38 Welcome to 2021

Welcome to the first episode of the Better Me Podcast for 2021. In this brief episode I talk about some... more

09 Feb 2021 · 14 minutes
EP. 37 I Did the Best I Could Do

In this final episode of 2020 I thank all of the guests who gave their time to be on the... more

21 Dec 2020 · 18 minutes
Ep. 36 Dead Mom Walking (with guest Rachel Matlow)

Rachel Matlow's mom was diagnosed with Cancer, but refused conventional treatments. Rachel's boss at the CBC, Jian Ghomeshi, was a... more

14 Dec 2020 · 16 minutes
Ep. 35 Talking to Strangers (with guest Marianne Boucher)

Marianne Boucher went to Los Angeles in 1980 for a tryout with the Ice Capades. She never made it to... more

07 Dec 2020 · 20 minutes
Ep. 34 A Radiant Life (with guest Merle Massie)

Historian Merle Massie joined me to talk about her latest book A Radiant Life: The Honourable Sylvia Fedoruk - Scientist,... more

30 Nov 2020 · 13 minutes
Ep. 33 The Problems With Diet Culture and Mental Health (with guests Angela Erickson and Jackie Reimche)

Angela Erickson and Jackie Remieche, the women of the Happy Body Health Company joined me to talk about the role... more

23 Nov 2020 · 28 minutes
Ep. 32 Books, Books, and More Books (with guest Jennifer Diehr)

For this episode, my long-time friend Jennifer Diehr joined me again to catch up and talk about the books we've... more

16 Nov 2020 · 35 minutes
EP. 31 Supporting Instructors and Students Alike Through Mental Health Challenges (with guest George Siemens)

While I received incredible support from my supervisors and colleagues through my own depression, that isn’t always the case. Professor... more

10 Nov 2020 · 24 minutes
Ep. 30 Leadership Self-Care and Team-Care (with guest Mary Burgess)

Good leaders care for their teams, while also taking care of themselves. Mary Burgess, the Executive Director of BCcampus, and... more

02 Nov 2020 · 31 minutes
Episode 29 Nothing Much Happens (with guest Kathryn Nicolai)

I had the opportunity to speak with writer and podcaster Kathryn Nicolai about her very success podcast, Nothing Much Happens,... more

26 Oct 2020 · 25 minutes
EP 28 Role Models

In this episode I explain why it's important to me to be a good role model for those around me,... more

19 Oct 2020 · 18 minutes
EP 27 The Motivation Code (with guest Todd Henry)

I had the honor of sitting down with author and speaker Todd Henry to talk about his latest book The... more

12 Oct 2020 · 29 minutes
EP 26 Mindfulness For You and Your Family (with guest Jessica Morey)

To launch the second season of the Better Me Podcast, I was joined by Jessica Morey, co-founder of Inward Bound... more

05 Oct 2020 · 32 minutes
EP 25 Gratitude - The Role of Gratitude in Helping Us Feel Better

In this season finale episode, I talk about how thinking about what we’re grateful for and showing acts of kinds... more

15 Aug 2020 · 23 minutes
EP 24 Changing Minds and Hearts to Make the World a Better Place (with Heather Fenyes)

In this episode I chat with my good friend Heather Fenyes about her work through various education initiatives to foster... more

08 Aug 2020 · 27 minutes
EP 23 Moving Forward When Things Go Sideways (with Shelby Edwards)

For this episode I had the privilege of speaking with retired U.S. Army Major and “expert on things going sideways“,... more

01 Aug 2020 · 29 minutes
EP 22 My Manifesto

A few years ago I read a blog post from writer Todd Henry (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than... more

25 Jul 2020 · 25 minutes
Ep 21 The good, the bad, and the advice for parents (with Sydney)

I was lucky enough to have my favourite guest on again. My daughter Sydney joined me to talk about the... more

18 Jul 2020 · 19 minutes
EP 20 Who You Eat With May Be Just As Important As What You Eat (with Marta Zaraska)

In this episode I chatted with science journalist Marta Zaraska from her home in France about research showing that our... more

11 Jul 2020 · 13 minutes
EP 19 Entitled to Nothing, Grateful for Everything (with Lisa Thomaidis)

For episode 19, I had the privilege of speaking with Lisa Thomaidis, coach of both the University of Saskatchewan Huskies... more

04 Jul 2020 · 22 minutes
EP 18 The Importance of Students ‘Fitting In’ (with Angela DeBarger)

Angela DeBarger, the Program Officer in Education with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In this episode, we talked about... more

27 Jun 2020 · 21 minutes
EP 17 Read Any Good Books Lately (with Jennifer Diehr)

Reading has been one of the tools in my toolbox of protecting my mental health. In this episode I’m joined... more

20 Jun 2020 · 32 minutes
EP 16 The Role of Meditation in My Mental Health

I went solo for this episode to talk about why I started the podcast and about the role that meditating... more

13 Jun 2020 · 20 minutes
Ep 15 The Quest to Make Education More Human (with Robin DeRosa)

I sat down with Professor Robin DeRosa to talk about how universities and colleges can support student learning during the... more

06 Jun 2020 · 24 minutes
EP 14 Feeling Fear (with Eva Holland)

Writer Eva Holland joined me to talk about her new book “Nerve: A personal journey through the science of fear”,... more

30 May 2020 · 34 minutes
EP 13 Living With the Unknown (with Greg Johnson)

More than a decade ago Greg Johnson gave up his job at the communications, marketing, and advertising firm he founded... more

23 May 2020 · 26 minutes
EP 12 Increasing Access to Education (with Hugh McGuire)

Recently my friend Hugh McGuire, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Rebus Foundation chatted about something we’re both passionate... more

18 May 2020 · 31 minutes
EP 11 Slowing Down with Carl Honoré

I recently chatted with Canadian journalist and writer Carl Honoré from his home in London. We talked about his best... more

09 May 2020 · 30 minutes
EP 10 John Boyer

For this episode I sat down with John Boyer to hear his advice on staying informed about, but not overwhelmed... more

04 May 2020 · 34 minutes
EP 09 Laughter is Good Medicine with Guest Dave Hemstad

I chatted with Canadian actor and comedian Dave Hemstad about the time he was struck by lightening and how laughter... more

26 Apr 2020 · 20 minutes
EP 08 'Light a Fire' with Jeffery Straker

Award-winning singer / songwriter Jefferey Straker joined me to talk about his upcoming album, the death of his mother, and... more

19 Apr 2020 · 23 minutes
EP 07 A Tween Perspective ft Sydney B.

For this episode, Heather sat down with her 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, to get her take on getting through all of... more

12 Apr 2020 · 15 minutes
EP 06 Life is a Verb’ Even During a Pandemic ft Patti Digh

In this episode, Heather spoke with writer, speaker, and social justice educator Patti Digh about how the elements within Digh’s... more

09 Apr 2020 · 21 minutes
EP 05 Remember Your ‘Why"’ ft Loleen Berdahl

How can you get through the pandemic while taking care of yourself, your family, and your team? Heather spoke with... more

05 Apr 2020 · 30 minutes
EP 04 - Getting Past Your ‘Mego’ (Guest Ted Mouradian)

Heather sits down with author, speaker, entrepreneur, and president of The 2% Factor Inc., Ted Mouradian to talk about his... more

01 Apr 2020 · 29 minutes
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How can you get through the pandemic while taking care of yourself, your family, and your team? Heather spoke with Professor Loleen... more