The Mental Makeover podcast shares relatable, honest and actionable advice on all things happiness, body image, self-love, relationships, spirituality and reaching your goals. Hosted by Lauren Curtis, social media influencer with over 7 million followers across her platforms. For more, head to @lozcurtis on Instagram or search Lauren Curtis on YouTube!
If you listen to one podcast this year it needs to be this one. Yep, I'm backing it that much! Low self worth, high self doubt, feelings of inadequacy, general insecurities about the person I was and what I had to offer... they've all plagued me my entire life. I had resigned myself to thinking "this is just who I am; as if I can change a fundamental part of myself". I'm sure you can relate in one way or another. It's something my mentor Holly Loxton calls the 'not good enough program'. She joins me in this episode to pick apart the entire thing. Why we feel that way, who or what made us feel that way, why it's important that we change our beliefs and HOW we change them. That last bit is the most important because it gives us the power back over our own lives. We no longer have to feel like a victim to our beliefs and insecurities. You can completely transform your life if you take the first step and start believing that you're worthy of change. I love you guys so much and I sincerely hope you enjoy today's episode. If you did, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review :) You can also find Holly and more info about her course here. xx
We seem to make friends so easily as children, but as we grow up and leave school, things start to get a little more complicated. One friend moves overseas, one friend gets super busy with their career, one friend starts a family and one friend slowly drifts away for whatever reason. Or, perhaps you just never had a lot of friends to begin with. It seems to get harder to establish friendships the older we get, because many lifelong friendship circles have already formed, so you either have to try and penetrate an existing circle or find people that are in the same position as you. It can be pretty intimidating (especially for introverts); so I wanted to speak to an expert about how to go about finding and forming new friendships as adults. Hope Kelaher is a therapist from NYC and the author of 'Here To Make Friends: How to Make Friends as an Adult', and she answers all of your burning questions! We talk about everything to do with finding new friends, introverts vs. extroverts, self-worth, vulnerability, maintaining friendships and even moving past small talk. Hope's book is available from Amazon (.com and .com.au), and Barnes and Noble if you're in the US :) I hope you enjoy!
We're all a little scared/uneasy/anxious at the moment. For the first time in a while we feel like our safety is at risk and our future is uncertain. We're being fed an overwhelming amount of information from countless different sources 24/7. We're trying to take care of ourselves and our families, whilst also keeping an eye out on the other people in our community who may be vulnerable and unable to protect themselves. Some of us feel isolated and alone, missing human connection and interaction. All of these feelings are widespread and palpable. We feel a sense of powerlessness over not only our physical world, but also our emotional state. That's where this episode comes in. I'm joined by Holly Loxton (I call her my therapist but she calls herself a hypnotherapist, life coach and mentor), and we offer a different perspective on everything that's going on right now. It's not going to fix it, but it may relieve some stress and introduce a sense of calm back into your life that you may have noticed is missing. Get comfortable, take a deep breathe in and out, and let yourself relax.
Holly can be found at: https://www.hollyloxton.com.au/ and https://www.instagram.com/hollyloxton_coach/
This is something I never thought I'd be talking about because I never thought I'd be doing it in the first place. For me, therapy always seemed like something you'd only seek out if you were dealing with a lot of physical or emotional trauma, depression or anxiety. I didn't think I had any justifiable reason to go. I was comparing my pain with the pain of others, and mine never seemed significant enough against theirs. In today's episode I talk you through my entire process - from my assumptions about therapy; what led me to start considering it as a valid option; making my first appointment; what the experience was like and best of all, some of the amazing life-changing lessons I've learnt so far. This is a big one for me to share, so if you did enjoy, I would be super grateful if you could leave a rating or a review - thank you so much :) x
Your perspective governs your entire life, whether you realise it or not. Your beliefs, values and morals justify your perspectives on your friendships, relationships, work, your decisions, your actions and your thoughts. They also justify your judgements about other people, and their beliefs, values, actions, decisions, work and relationships. Our perspective is mainly subjective, and very rarely objective. It usually isn't based off hard facts, it's actually heavily influenced by our personal feelings about whatever we're observing, learning or experiencing, and whether they align with our values and beliefs. Today's episode discusses what perspective is, how to fine tune it so that you're making level-headed, informed decisions, and how doing so can truly change your life for the better. If you enjoyed, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! :D
Let's be real: we've all indulged in gossip before. Someone you know (or maybe even don't know) has done something to upset you or someone close to you, and so you talk about it. Maybe with one person, maybe with 10, maybe with more. You feel justified in doing so, because they did something wrong, right? You want that person to be held accountable, so you seek justice in the form of forming a group of people together who know how bad that person is and doesn't want to be friends with them anymore. You've won, because you've proven that you're innocent and they're guilty. Most of the time though, these things blow over. Everyone moves on and becomes friends again. Some feelings might have been hurt, but that's about it. Now, let's consider what happens when a YouTuber has a scandal. Tens of thousands (if not millions) of people join together to actively ruin someone's career. They want them to lose their jobs, their income, their stability, their friends, their support, their sanity and sometimes, when it gets bad enough, their lives. All for what? A bad makeup launch, a misconstrued tweet, befriending the wrong person or a mistake they made when they were a teenager, over 10 years ago? Internet culture has taken a turn for the worse, and someone needs to speak up about it. Let's chat...
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My sleepwear business Lauren Curtis Lounge has been up and running since September 2018. It's my first business outside of YouTube, and while I knew it would be a challenging endeavour, I didn't realise just HOW challenging. Reece (my boyfriend and co-founder) and I have learnt SO. MANY. LESSONS. in the past year and a half (most of them the hard - and expensive - way), and so I wanted to share our experiences with you guys. Who knows, maybe you're thinking of starting a small business or perhaps you've already started and you just feel like you're in your head about where it's at and where you think it should be. Or, maybe it will make you feel better about mistakes that you've made that you're still beating yourself up about. Whatever the reason, I hope it helps you to realise that although I'm calling them mistakes for the sake of the podcast, I really don't consider them mistakes because we both learnt from them. That's what business is - trying something, seeing if it fails or succeeds, then learning from the failure or trying to prolong the success. Lauren Curtis Lounge is currently holding an up to 60% off Valentine's Day sale too, so if you'd like to try our brand now's the time! You can find our website here. If you enjoyed today's episode, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! Thank you so much :) x
What's your relationship with money like? Do you struggle to save, wish you knew how to budget, or can't get yourself out of debt? Do you feel pressured to buy a house and stop renting? Do you regularly use Afterpay and UberEats? Do you understand what shares are, and the impact of smart investments? Or, do you just have limiting money beliefs that you want to conquer? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, this episode is for you. Victoria Devine from She's on the Money (listen here) sheds invaluable light on all of these topics and more, and some of her answers will shock you! If you enjoyed today's episode, please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! It means so much :) xxx
As many of you will know, I have been seeing Carmen McNamara aka The Skin Fairy for at least 4 or 5 years now. She's helped me tremendously throughout the years, but more so now since going off the contraceptive pill and experiencing hormonal breakouts. I have received so many messages asking if I could interview her and pick her brains, so that's exactly what I'm doing in this episode! I asked you guys what questions you'd like for her to answer, and then I picked the most commonly asked or interesting ones. I hope you enjoy! You can find Carmen on Instagram at @theskinfairy_, @skinfairyclinic and www.skinfairyclinic.com.au.
This episode is... mind blowing! I got goosebumps so many times and had to edit out my hundreds of "WOW" remarks (I couldn't help myself!). I really struggled to pick a title because nothing could succinctly summarise how interesting, engaging, informative, inspirational and truly unbelievable her story is. You've probably heard of The Quick Flick by now (winged eyeliner stamp for those who haven't), and maybe even her new venture Beauty Fridge. Iris Smit is only 24 and has managed to build a $15 million dollar empire in 2 years. From the outside, everything seemed perfect. Booming business; long term relationship; dream car; dream life, right? Despite every box being ticked, Iris was unhappier than she'd ever been. After experiencing horrific trauma as a child, she had no identity, no control, nothing to call her own and subsequently felt completely numb. It's the story of what came next that truly blew my mind in more ways than one. I won't spoil it because it deserves to be heard in context and in its entirety. Thank you so much to Iris (@irisjade, @thequickflick, @beautyfridge) for joining me on the podcast, I think this will remain one of my favourite episodes for a very long time x
Hellooo! By now, most of you will probably be familiar with my boyfriend of almost 5 years, Reece. He's the love of my life, my best friend and my soul mate. He's also super shy so it takes a bit of coercing to get him to agree to film a video or record a podcast hehehe but this particular Q&A (Q's asked by you guys) he really enjoyed and gave sooo many personal, insightful and helpful answers. It became quite an intimate discussion about almost everything in our lives (whether it be as a couple or individually), so I really hope you get something out of it :) You can find Reece on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/reeceddaniel/ or on his business page https://bonhommewatches.com/ x
Karissa Pukas and I have an interesting past. We first connected online back in 2011, and met in person in 2013. We filmed two videos together, one at my house in Perth and another in Sydney with Shannon, Chloe and myself (who remembers?!). All was well until it... wasn't. Something happened (tune in to find out what) and that was the end of our friendship. I blocked Karissa from everything and she unfollowed me right back. I'm a grudge holder, so I genuinely thought that was the end of that chapter for good. It wasn't until I heard from Karissa years later that we were able to reconnect and go over what happened between us; this time with a bit more maturity at our disposal. This episode goes into all of the nitty gritty details about why Karissa was mad at me, why I was mad at her and how we came to a resolution years later. We've both learnt so much over the years and came to discover that we actually have way more in common now, then we ever did before. It's a great story full of lots of life lessons, so we hope you enjoy. You can find Karissa at: http://youtube.com/karissapukas and https://www.instagram.com/karissapukas/ :)
From the moment I started my YouTube channel, the most common insults I would receive were to do with my appearance. People would call me fake any chance they could get. While the taboos surrounding plastic surgery and injectables have lessened slightly, the judgement people face whenever they're honest about getting work done, or even if they've never discussed it and people just think they've had something done, is immense. It's almost as if they feel superior to you, and they want to let you know that you should be ashamed of yourself, simply because they don't approve of your choices. Well... I've got a lot to say about that! Keep your mind open while you listen to this podcast, and let me know if you had a change of heart/opinion once you reach the end :)
This episode might make some people uncomfortable because it goes against the saying "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life". I think that statement is very naive and ignorant to the reality of business and being your own boss, and gives people a false sense of hope that monetising your passions will always end well. The truth: it might have the opposite effect. In this episode I talk through why I feel that sometimes hobbies should be left as just that: hobbies, and why the opportunity to make money from them should only be considered if you're primarily driven by financial success, or business success, and NOT happiness!
I hope you enjoy, and please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! THANK YOU :)
The response to my first episode on the law of attraction was epic! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Many of you wanted a follow-up on what was discussed, so here it is! This is a foolproof guide to using the law of attraction, and what common mistakes you might be making that are sabotaging your results. I love discussing this stuff, so I hope you enjoy! Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you haven't already - THANK YOU :) x
Of course we all know that every relationship (friendship or romantic) needs to be built on mutual loyalty to one another, but where do you draw the line? Is there a point at which you begin to give too much of yourself in order to be loyal to someone else, especially when they probably wouldn't do the same for you? I tend to be fiercely loyal, which I feel only really benefits the other person, and leaves me feeling a bit exhausted. It's been on my mind after seeing a meme about it on Twitter, so let's chat! Let me know your opinion over on @lozcurtis or @mentalmakeoverpodcast on Instagram x
The stigma around sponsored posts is still very much alive and thriving, and I almost think that might actually be a good thing. The social media industry is booming, influencers are cashing in, and a lot of the time they're not even disclosing their sponsorships. Many are banking cheques for promoting products they've barely used and it begs the question: who can you really trust? While I pride myself on being 100% honest 100% of the time, I know that many people can't say the same, and it's why I think the distrust of sponsored content might actually be a good thing: it encourages people to be aware, to ask questions and to avoid being taken advantage of. You're absolutely always safe on my page, you never have to question if I've prioritised money over integrity (ever), but I still want you to be fully informed about the almost 'secret' world of sponsorships and paid posts. Please let me know what you think of today's episode, and if you enjoyed it, don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! THANK YOU ❤️
How many times have you had an idea of how something would pan out, only to be left feeling disappointed and underwhelmed? You thought your boyfriend would be able to read your mind somehow and do all of the cute things you wanted him to, but when he didn't meet those expectations you became upset and an argument broke out. Perhaps you expected to be married with kids by now, and because you're not quite there, you feel like you've failed. Maybe you thought your business would be more successful by this stage, but because it's still taking a while to get off the ground, you feel unaccomplished and unfulfilled. More often that not, expectations lead to disappointment, so why do we keep doing it to ourselves? How do we stop it? Let's chat! (If you're enjoying the podcast please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review - THANK YOU!)
This episode is all about staying in your lane and running your own race. Too often we focus our attention on what everyone around us is doing, and use those observations as markers for success in our own lives. Do we even truly want that for ourselves? Do we feel ready for that? Do we need that? I think it's important to remind ourselves every now and then that life isn't a journey that looks the same for everyone. Stop looking at who's behind, alongside or in front of you - it doesn't matter. Focus on living a life that feels authentic and joyful and fulfilling! I love you guys - thanks for tuning in again. If you enjoyed today's episode please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! THANK YOU :)
Perhaps you've heard about 'manifesting' or the 'law of attraction' and you're intrigued but not quite sure where to start. Perhaps you've had lots of experience with it and you just want to hear about someone else's experience. Or, perhaps you think it's some mumbo-jumbo hippie stuff and you're keen for a laugh. Regardless of what caused you to tune in, I'm here to share my 2 cents on what the law of attraction means to me and why I think it's so powerful. If you'd like a part two or have any specific questions you'd like me to answer about it all, send me a DM over on @mentalmakeoverpodcast or @lozcurtis :) Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you enjoyed today's episode! Thanks guys x
Do I regret my plastic surgery? What advice would I give to a younger me? How would I overcome cheating? How do I stay motivated? How am I so happy all the time? These are just some of the questions I answered in today's Ask Lauren episode! If you enjoyed please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review - thank you so much! :) x
How many times, as a woman, have you been asked when you are going to have kids? How many kids do you want? And if you don't want kids, why don't you want kids? Or when are you planning to get married? Do you want to get married? Why aren't you married? Or if you're in a social setting, why aren't you drinking? Why don't you drink? Oh come on, just have one! Ugh, it does my head in... but it's seriously worth talking about. Let me know your thoughts over at @lozcurtis and @mentalmakeoverpodcast! Don't forget to subscribe if you enjoyed today's episode and please leave a rating and review, I appreciate it so much! x
Do you think Instagram has had a positive or negative effect on your life? Our feeds are full of beautiful, successful, wealthy, happy people whose lives seem to be perfect. That's great for them, but what does it mean for the rest of us leading normal, boring lives in comparison? How can we stop getting sucked into the comparison game - and why are we even sucked in in the first place? Listen to find out :) If you're enjoying this podcast please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! Thank you so much x
In the last couple of years I've noticed that my attitude towards many different aspects of my life has completely changed. Things that used to absorb so much of my energy now don't seem to bother me at all, and everything seems so much simpler. It's almost is as my life has become more black and white, and it feels liberating! In today's episode I talk about many of the changes and what it's meant for all the different aspects of my life. Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you enjoyed today's episode - thank you so much! :) xx
Diet culture is a vulture that preys on the insecure, the unconfident and the naive. According to Google, it "worships thinness and equates it to health and moral virtue", and "oppresses people who don't match up with its supposed picture of 'health'". You might not know it yet, but your fears and insecurities are big business, and when money talks, do these companies you trust really have your best interests at heart?
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Do you have friends that never seem to be happy for you and your achievements? Do they talk behind your back and put no effort into the friendship? Do you wish you had friends but can't seem to meet new people or don't know how to? I asked my followers on Instagram (@lozcurtis) what they needed advice on and toxic friendships was the most common response. Tune in to listen to my take on personal questions asked by real people! For more, head to @lozcurtis, @mentalmakeoverpodcast or www.youtube.com/laurencurtis :)
Do you wish you were happier? Do you see other people living amazing, fulfilling lives and wonder what their secret is? Do you want that for yourself? In today's episode I explain why I firmly believe that happiness is a choice - one that needs to be chosen every. single. day. We all struggle, we all go through hardships and we've all faced difficulties in our lives. So what are the happy people doing differently? Tune in to find out :) If you enjoy the Mental Makeover podcast please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! It helps me to spread positive messages to new listeners :) Lots of love to you all x
How do I know if he's into me? Does he see a future with me? Why doesn't he text me back? How soon is too soon to expect exclusivity? Should I leave him? Does he like me? Do I deserve better? Why do I always date losers? Why am I always getting cheated on? If you've ever asked yourself one of these questions (or maybe even all of them), this episode is for you - and I'll give it to you straight! Please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review if you enjoyed today's episode! It means that others can find the podcast and hopefully gain some clarity on their own situation! Lots of love x
Breakups can be soul-destroying, and sometimes it feels like there's no light at the end of the tunnel. I'm here to remind you that the light is most certainly there and it's not as far away as you think! I share all of the gritty details about my own breakup experience, and talk you through the tools I used that helped me come out on top, stronger than ever. I hope you enjoy; please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review so that anyone else who might be struggling through a breakup can find this episode! I love you guys x
I have a love/hate relationship with Facetune. On one hand, I think it's largely responsible for so many people's body image issues, but on the other hand, I think it's a really handy tool to have. In today's episode, we dive deep into how people use it, why they use it, and what should be done about it going forward. Thanks for listening and please don't forget to subscribe, rate and review! x
I spent a large portion of my life picking my appearance apart. It never mattered how thin I was, how healthy I was or how many compliments I received from strangers on the internet, I couldn't be convinced that I was beautiful just the way I was. What I share in the first episode of the Mental Makeover podcast has been a long time coming, but I am so proud of how much progress I've made. I've truly transformed my body image and I want to help you do the same! If you enjoyed today's episode, please rate & leave a review so that this message can be spread wider. You can also follow me on Instagram at @lozcurtis, and YouTube at youtube.com/LaurenCurtis ♥