Sparking creativity, honest conversations about mental health, & exploring your spirituality on Punk Rock Personal Development

If you listened to last week's podcast episode, you'll know that the show is currently on a 6-week break and it's coming back on the 22nd of July with a brand new look and name (but the same great format and content!)

In the meantime, this is a great chance to re-listen to your favourite guests or catch up on any interviews you haven't had a chance to check out yet.

After nearly a year of PRPD, there are so many great episodes in the archives and I've compiled a couple of posts to recap past episodes categorized based on what mood you’re in, situations you’re working through, or themes you’re exploring in your own life.

If your dreams feel larger than life…

Being a multipotentialite & the truth about lifestyle design with Meg Kissack

Epic dream chasing, healing from trauma, & getting real about money with Heather Jabornik

Gaining focus, making a living from your passions, & getting shit done with Mariah Coz


If you’re having a bad day…

Being a daymaker, reclaiming a bad day, & emptying the tank with Alexandra Franzen

Designing your life in 2016, "having it all," & meditating in hotel bars with Jen Dziura


If you’re feeling stuck…

Why entrepreneurship isn't for everyone & the personal development of yoga with Ashley Wilhite

Redefining self-care, prioritizing yourself, & setting healthy boundaries with Ana Ottman

Getting clear on your desires and how you want to feel: a mini Desire Map workshop with Louise George

Being a misfit, creating personal transformation, & cultivating a positive body image with Ebonie Allard

Surrender, loving yourself with chronic illness, & tapping into your intuition with Louise Androlia


If you want to spark your creativity…

Being an artist, living your values, & creating awesome zines with Aurora Lady

Finding yourself through writing, the art of becoming, & cultivating self-acceptance with Laura Jane Williams


If you’re exploring your spirituality…

Creating your own spiritual path, tapping into your soul voice, & practicing self-love with Meggan Watterson

Giving the finger to outspiriting, finding your tribe, & being spiritual online with the #HIGHERSELFIE gals

Embracing your contradictions, living your spirituality, & designing a life you love with Kathleen Shannon

What the *bleep* is A Course in Miracles?! with Elloa Atkinson

What the *bleep* are chakras?! with Kate Taylor


If you’re looking for honest conversations about mental health…

Managing anxiety, challenging mental health stigmas, & finding your personal style with Celia Edell

Navigating mental health challenges, loving yourself, & making the world a more colourful place with Mary England


P.S. If you love PRPD, please fill out the listener survey so that you can help shape the future direction of the show. And check out Friday's minisode for the grand reveal of the show's new name and to find out how these changes correspond to the changes I'm currently making in my life and career. xoxo


Laura Agar Wilson is a writer, health coach and recipe developer at I think this episode complements last week’s really well as takes a really balanced, holistic approach to living a healthy and happy life. We talk about Laura’s journey from being unhappy and overweight to becoming too obsessed with exercise and healthy eating to finding a place of balance and happiness in her life. We also talked about how to find your own healthy balance, the importance of mindset to positive body image, what changed for her after becoming a mother, and our new obsessions with bullet journalling.


In this episode we talk about:

  • Laura’s journey from being really unhappy with her weight and yo-yo dieting to discovering healthy living blogs and becoming interested with clean eating and exercising to a point where it became an unhealthy obsession that wasn’t making her happy
  • The wake up call that shows her that she had swung too far in the other direction and what it took for her to come to a place where she feels happy, healthy, and balanced
  • Entry points for finding your own healthy balanced based on your personal body, health, and circumstances
  • Cultivating a positive mindset and how to change the limiting beliefs that are keeping you from making healthy choices or that are keeping you stuck in a negative, obsessive relationship with your weight, food, and body
  • Why we’re both obsessed with bullet journalling and how we’re using it to cultivate healthy habits and balanced lives
  • How Laura's life changed after having a baby and how she manages to incorporate healthy habits into her busy schedule


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PRPD #43: Viewing our food choices as neutral and tapping into true hunger with Kathryn Holt.

Kathryn Holt is a psychotherapist who accompanies people on the journey of reclaiming their hunger, desire, and permission to live fully in their bodies and lives. She utilizes a psycho-spiritual approach that integrates our whole person-- body, mind, soul, and spirit-- as a way of accessing our deepest wisdom and self-trust. She lives and works in Boulder, CO. We sat down to talk about the importance of questioning the messages we're taught about our bodies, how reclaiming our true hunger is a radical act that changes everything, and Kathryn's own journey of learning to trust her body.


In this episode we talk about:

  • What it means to reclaim our hunger and why it’s a revolutionary act that has physical, mental, spiritual, and even political ramifications

  • Kathryn’s journey of learning to trust her body - what that looked like spiritually, as well as in a practical day-to-day way
  • The mistruths that society teaches us about women’s bodies and the impact they’re having on us, including that our bodies can’t be trusted, that we should be following the same diets and movement practices all of the time, and that our hunger is dangerous
  • Learning to view all food as neutral; recognizing that it does not have a moral code (whoa! this is such a biggie …my mind was blown!)
  • Simple (but not easy!) steps for tapping into our true hunger and learning to trust our bodies
  • The concept of “the body project” and the problematic idea that we need to be constantly working on and improving our bodies
  • How restricting what we eat and taming our hunger restricts pleasure in all areas of our lives
  • The impact of the male gaze and orienting ourselves towards men's pleasure on our body image and relationships to our own pleasure
  • A study that shows how young women actually unlearn what they want