Life Satisfaction

022 Remembrance Day Special: Life as a Military Family

In honour of Remembrance Day, Zac interviews CPT Matthew Dudley, Human Resources Officer of the United States Army, and his wife, Shannon.

When Shannon and Matthew first met, he was deployed to Iraq. Five months into his time there, Matthew came home for two weeks, and they got married. He then left for another seven months.

“There were some times that I wondered if I was going to be 19 year-old widow,” Shannon says.

“I had my first reality check after we got hit by a car bomb,” Matthew says. “That shook me because it made me realize, ‘Woah… I could have been disintegrated’.”

But their love and relationship remained strong, not without a lot of hard work and understanding.

“When you have a spouse who is a bit broken, you just have to be really accepting for who [they are]. You get really vulnerable really quickly because if you don’t, things just break apart,” Shannon says.

 

Thank you for your service, Matthew, and for your strength, Shannon.

018 Changing Family Dynamics with Andrea McTague

How are family dynamics changing over time? What needs to be done to create a nurturing and stable family? Zac and Andrea take an in depth look into the family dynamic. Specifically, what each partner needs to do in order to satisfy the needs of the family members and what communication between one another should look like.

 

Intro music courtesy of Bensound

017 Appetite for Life: Modern Gravity with Matthew Smith and Jamie Phillips

What is the best way to relax and calm your mind? We all have different tools that we use to deal with issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, etc. But, have you ever tried floating in a sensory deprivation tank? According to Matthew Smith and Jamie Phillips from Modern Gravity, floating is one way that people can reduce anxiety and find that sense of calm in their mind.

The duo founded their business in 2014, starting out with a sensory deprivation tank in the laundry room of their basement. Shocked by the influx of clients they had, they decided to expand their business. Now, Smith and Phillips have half a dozen tanks and are committed to helping people find that sense of peace and happiness that floating has to offer.

What is floating exactly? Listen to our latest episode and find out!

 

Website: https://www.moderngravity.ca/

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Do you want to learn more about the study Zac was referencing? Here is the link:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4219027/

 

Intro music courtesy of Bensound

016 Can Money Really Buy Happiness? with Andrea McTague

On this week’s episode, Zac and Andrea discuss money – specifically how to spend in a way to have a fulfilling life. Referencing a study for Purdue University, Zac and Andrea analyze how people spend money and look into the factors that cause bad spending habits. Andrea shares her experiences with money and offers insight to the age old question: Can money buy happiness?

010 Brené Brown is my spirit animal

 

At the end of February, a few of our staff went to Banff and attended The Gathering – an exclusive union of the world’s bravest brands. The keynote speaker was Brené Brown, a well-respected ‘shame and vulnerability’ researcher and storyteller.

In this episode of the Shift Show, Zac talks with our very own Dr. Lindsay Sewall – a Brené Brown fanatic – about what she learned from Brown while at The Gathering.

“If we dress rehearse tragedy in great moments, then we squander the joy we need when hard things happen.” – Brené Brown

“Until we receive support without judgement, we cannot give support without judgement.” – Brené Brown