Simply Complicated with Katie FordJan 21, 2020
OUT WITH BODY SHAME - Ep 108
The way that society praises a pregnant body but shames a post baby bod is as twisted as it gets. This week is your invitation to question the stories that are keeping you supressed, feeling less and living in accordance to archaic ideals.
We say OUT with body shame and IN with self expression.
We say OUT with the post baby bounce back and IN with a sensual new self.
We say OUT with anti age ideals and IN with whatever you feel embraces the skin your in.
There is a call to action for each and every listener and I am serious when I say I want to be tagged in your stories and updated in my DMs.
Be YOU. For YOU. As YOU and that's going to look how it looks.
Go off sis.... xox
HAND IT OVER TO FATE & THE UPDATE - Ep 106
As a passionate single-tasker, celebrating the closing of a chapter and stepping into a new one marks a return of the pod after an unintentional 3-month hiatus.
The update no one asked for but one filled with insider goss nonetheless. I'm not here for the hustle. I want to encourage you to conserve your energy, channel it to what's most essential and play the cards as you see them. Aligned action all the way.
What do you do when you are clear on what you want, honour what you need to do, and take inspired steps towards it but hope for something you cannot see?
This makes my heart happy. If you believe in magic and mystery and a power higher than us... you will dig this one too.
Let me know :)
PROVE IT WRONG - Episode 105
We have 60-70,000 thoughts a day. Most of them are repetitious, and we know all thoughts are real, but not all thoughts are true.
Seeing that our brain doesn't care if we are happy, it only cares if we are doing what it knows - why do we let our worst thoughts stop us?
There is another way!
Let me know your thoughts because this was one of those HOLY SH*T moments for me. I hope it opens the door for you too.
ALONE TIME - FRIEND or FOE? Ep. 104
Do you love time alone? Do you fear it? Are you craving more? It's a topic that divides circles. Driven by a conversation on the weekend that reminded me how polarising it can be for others if you actually enjoy your own company. The shock and horror - haha.
From doing anything to avoid my thoughts to now carving time out to revel in my solitude, I understand both ends of the spectrum, so let's get curious.
What's your relationship to time alone? Does that feel good to you? If not, do you know how to change it?
There's quite a bit of spicy language in this one - a little heads up ;)
THE MAGIC OF WORDS - Ep 103
Words are one of the ways we communicate with the world. They evoke feeling, meaning and storytelling. This week comes with an invitation to lean into the words in your world and celebrate the ones who make you feel SOMETHING 💙
FIGHT or FLIGHT? Ep. 102
From the day we are born, we are figuring out ways to survive in this world. We carry them with us through life because they work to keep us safe...until they don't. One area I've been looking at is our go-to response for navigating uncomfortable experiences.
The big four. Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn.
Join me as we look at how each presents, what they mean and how to use them to open the door to a better understanding of who you are.
Big feelings never need fixing around here, but they sure are the gatekeepers to what steers our ship.
WE'RE BACK - Episode 101
We. Are. back. After almost a year's hiatus SIMPLY COMPLICATED has returned. This week's episode is around the great UNTETHERING. Katie shares where she is up to with her 'vibe check', what this year will look like moving forward and more importantly reminds us all that 'It's ok if the answer changes'. Buckle up because we are back in your ears, more fierce and more determined than ever to create a life that not only feels good but is your own.
Thank you so much for being here with us. LESSSSSS GO!
THE RIGHT DECISION CAN STILL FEEL SH*TTY - EP. 100
The final episode of Simply Complicated is HERE. 3 years of conversations and changes on this channel and it was time to close it out.
We find ourselves faced with dozens of decisions every day. Hundreds probably but let's talk about the BIG ones. A big life choice can cause you to spin on your axis. It can bring up all sorts of feels that you didn't even consider. It doesn't make what's right, wrong... it makes you human.
This ep was more about reassurance than giving you the tools to figure it out. No one knows what's best for you, except you BUT it often helps to know that the process can also look like a dog's breakfast. That fact is A-OK.
TIME HEALS. DOES IT THOUGH? Episode 99
The saying is 'Time heals'. Hmmmm. Does it though? What's your relationship to TIME?
If you are in the trenches, in a deep pit of heavy feelings or navigating a season that sucks, you probably heard this phrase. I get it, but I'm not buying it. Time does many things but miraculously healing all isn't one of them.
Join us for the penultimate episode of Simply Complicated, I am so grateful to have shared this space with you.
BONES, ORGANS + MESSAGES OH MY - WITH ASHLEY STINSON Ep. 98
ENERGY ARCHEOLOGIST Ashley Stinson sees the body and the way we're made up like no one I have ever witnessed or spoken to.
Those aches pains and physical symptoms? All messages. Did you know that there are 6 realms of energy within the body? Nope? Me either. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Wise, gentle and the creatrix of Energy Archeology, I know you are going to be blown away just as I was.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? EP. 97
Floored I was. Floored when I came across this particular quote on Instagram yesterday. How often do you reflect on your choices within your life? What will it take to have you make the changes that will add more life to your days? Are you thrilled to bits with the life you're living? The people you're surrounding yourself with or the people you offer your heart to?
This question and this conversation may be the proverbial wet fish to the face that gives you the push to unleash radical action on your life.
It's a BANGER!!!! Love when that happens.
BEK ANTONUCCI - FORK STIGMA! Ep. 96
Bek is one of those people that adds value to your life every time she enters it. Vulnerable and brave. Smart and Sassy. Wild and oh so wise. There is so much misinformation out there about the herpes virus thanks to bad jokes and fear-mongering. The stigma that often comes attached to a positive herpes diagnosis is far worse than the skin condition itself and when Bek found herself a slave to 'her story', she set about taking her power back and changed the game. She spoke up.
Grateful for brave people having hard conversations everywhere and here's to us and this podcast having more of them. This podcast and the work Bek does is not just about the virus, it's about empowering people to find personal freedom.
If you know someone who tests positive for the herpes virus please share this podcast with them so that they can know that it's super common, not a big deal but the impact it has on your life has more to do with 'what you make it mean' than the virus itself.
VALENTINE'S DAY - WHAT'S YOUR STORY? - Ep. 95
Mate, there is absolutely no shame in my game when I say that I am super triggered by Valentine's Day. The second all the gift ideas start rolling through my feed and inbox, my chest gets tight. I know why, I do the work around it but it may not be because of the reason you think. I actually love Valentine's Day. I love it so much but there's also grief there and that's A-OK.
How do you feel about V-Day? Perhaps there's another day that feels loaded for you? Have you ever thought about it? Do you know how to do the work around it?
LET'S DIVE IN! I got you covered friend.
SWEET SURRENDER? Ep 94
Acceptance? Letting Go? Surrender? Same trains - slightly different stations. What do you do when 'letting go' doesn't feel how you thought it would? Or when the act of 'acceptance' leaves you feeling like you're stuck or giving up?
I really think you're going to enjoy this one no matter what stage you're at. Let's get curious.
CLARE REILLY - LIFE ALONGSIDE MS Ep. 93
Clare Reilly is passionate about wellness and living a simple + wholesome life, but is also living with a chronic illness known as MS, or Multiple Sclerosis. This autoimmune disease is no joke and while some suffer in silence, others' pain and hurdles are visible to the world. That hasn't stopped Clare and her passion to create community. I learned a lot in this weeks ep including
- How to support those who are struggling
- What not to say to someone with a diagnosis
- What actually is MS, how differently it presents for each individual and so much more.
You can find Clare on insta @clare.reilly and also on her Podcast MS Understood which is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to understand or connect with those who also share an MS diagnosis.
WHAT HAS CHANGED? Season 4 - Ep. 92
Nothing says welcome to a fresh new year like a bit of personal reflection. I am all about it tbh, but what happens when you start comparing versions of yourself and achievements of past years? It's a slippery slope my friend but it need not lend itself to a complete unraveling.
In this episode, I dive into my own personal reflections, harsh judgments on my output levels, why I'm actually ok with things, and how I got there.
Plus I pose four questions or prompts for you to lean into and reflect on for when you find yourself with a case of comparisonitis for the you that you used to be. SPOILER ALERT // No matter how great that version of you was, there's a reason you're different or things are different today. I for one am so glad you're here. 2022 let's rumble!
YOUR BEST SELF vs YOUR FAVORITE SELF. Ep. 91
1st Question. Your favorite self or your best self, who gets top billing in your word?
2nd Question. What do you do to embody her?
Can we put the excuses aside from here on in and commit to remembering our light each day? I knew I liked you for a reason…( insert awkward wink here)
TAYLAH GRAY - Wiradjuri Warrior Woman - Ep 90
Taylah Gray is not only kickin' ass, she's taking names. On the day that Taylah was signed on as an official and registered lawyer, she took to the socials stating the injustice that our Nations First People within the education system. This is where I first found Taylah and have been listening to her words and supporting her work ever since.
Making moves from failing her exams in year 12 to graduating Law at Newcastle University, to fronting protests for Black Lives Matter, to writing PhDs on Native Title and working towards a treaty where we can all use the land together, working together and living alongside each other. Supporting each other. Now that is a pathway I believe in as well.
MEDICATION + MENTAL HEALTH - Ep. 89
That is why I wanted to open up the conversation about it today.
I know how beneficial the right treatment can be when paired with the right wellness aspects by a trusted medical professional and the will of an individual.
I'm living proof of this every day so let's normalise a whole bunch of ways to be supported within your lifestyle and your Mental Health.
Please feel free to share with someone who you know is up against this and needs to know it's OK to support yourself in a bunch of different ways.
I got you.
I didn’t fail by opting to also support myself in this way, I won, and everyday I get to live the way I do I keep winning.
That’s not up for debate.
I got you.
BIG DREAMS + CLEAN WATER w/ Cleansip - Episode 88
Have you ever wanted to do something but let all the what if's get in the way? Today we chat with the amazing co-founder of CleanSip, Emma Wilson. A young couple who undertook a big move and are making big moves in the sustainability and clean water industry. I love hearing about people out there making it happen and I hope you do as well.
You'll find them @cleansip_au and Emma was right! What an epic Christmas pressie idea!
EVEN THE STOIC, SLIP - Ep. 87
What happens when you have journaled your heart out, read all the books, attended all the workshops, meditated for hours of your life and you still find yourself ‘in it’?
Welcome to the human experience. There’s no magic pass. No exemption and no ‘one and done’ thing that we can do to avoid ever coming face to face with the uncomfortableness of being human. What I do have for you is that no-one is immune to lifes trenches occasionally. I got you.
STORYTELLING FOR HEALING w/ AMY MOLLOY
In this ep. we dive into some juicy, juicy topics like;
Why small talk is out.
When is it ok to share and why it's important to do the inner work first.
Why you don't need to be an expert to make a difference.
Why sharing your story is so powerful and so, so much more.
This is an episode for everyone, and especially powerful for those who are healing in a world that feels heavy.
We've got you!
Amy Molloy also has a new offering coming out that supports your book-writing dreams and all the details are within. You can also find Amy at
YOUR SPIRIT? SHE'S STILL THERE. - Ep 85
It can all feel a bit too much. You can get lost in the restrictions, the repetition, and the 'constant' of it all. That fire, your spirit, your spark? She's still in there and this week, I want to talk to you about it. I also want you to make me a promise. Deal?
TRIGGERS - THE MAGIC IN THE PAUSE. Ep. 84
To act or not to act, that is the question. There is nothing quite like the emotional flood that comes when our system is activated. The rush of 'feelings'. The anger, hurt, or stomach-churning dread. The need to fix, control, spit venom or retreat to 'pass the buck' on feeling the way you' re feeling. The desire to feel anything different. I gotcha friend.
The wound that caused the hurt was most likely not your fault, but what happens now is entirely in your hands. There's magic in the moments that follow an emotional flood and if you're here, I'd say you're ready for it.
SUPPORTING YOURSELF SOMATICALLY w/ CLAIRE OBEID
Multi-faceted wellness wonderland Claire Obeid joins us today and invites us into the world of Somatic Healing. Everyone knows what it's like to realise that you need support when things get hard, but what if you had the systems in place and ready to go on the daily?
Also...what in the F in Somatic Healing? Timeless traditions that support your system that are available to you right now... but Claire will talk us through that way better than I can :)
Too much? Not enough? Or just right? Episode 82
Self Doubt is a real kick to the emotional shins, but something that is part of the human experience for many of us. Consider this Poddy your spiritual shin pad. Feeling like you are too much or not enough are two sides of the same coin. I got ‘Chu. You will not fit in every room our be understood at every table.
You are not meant be in every relationship and not everything you say in every work meeting will be taken well. Let’s talk about it and if you haven’t already met, I want to introduce you to your sweet spot. The place where you feel your ‘most true’ and aligned self.
THE BRAIN GUY - SCOTT ROBINSON - Ep. 81
TAKING YOUR ANXIETY WITH YOU - Ep. 80
We were often raised to believe that FEAR means avoid at all costs. That’s great when you’re 5, but as an adult the things that scare us don’t often mean harm. They are doorways to big opportunities and GROWTH!
Have you listened already? What are you leaning in to that makes you want to wet your pants at the moment? Let me know over on the IGTV live that's related.
I CAN FEEL IT and do NOTHING? Yes. - Ep. 79
Take a listen and be sure to share any lightbulb moments with me where your nervous system says one way, and you decide to go another for the greater GROWTH.
- If you are curious about trying the Vitable Vitamins - KATIE30 is the code.
GRIEF & CREATING BEAUTY FROM WITHIN IT w/ Hannah from Mayclay Ceramics - Ep 78
(This episode covers some big topics so I will add a TRIGGER WARNING to the notes. Miscarriage, still birth and death are spoken about openly throughout.)
One thing we are guaranteed to move through in this lifetime is Grief. It's inevitable. We lose loved ones, we grieve relationships and we are forced to let go of dreams, abilities and most things we hold dear at some point. While grief can take you out at the knees, it can also teach you things if you let it. It also has the capacity to move you in completely different directions.
Introducing Hannah Chisek. The creatrix behind Mayclay ceramics. In this episode Han shares her very personal journey with grief, healing and the way she is moving through it. So grateful for your openness in sharing with us and making these conversations on important topics more accessible to us.
MOTHERS DAY vs FATHERS DAY. Ep. 77
It's not a competition ladies, but if it were the Dads would win for sure. This is not a poddy slagging blokes because I actually think they've nailed it in this area. This one's on us ladies. I am inviting you to hear me out, get curious and own what you actually want this Mothers Days, Birthdays or any rando Tuesday for that matter. Big questions where the result is hopefully you taking more ownership of what the fork it is YOU actually want to do with your days.
She's an oh so fun and spicy one. If you love it, be sure to leave a review and share it with your besties because I know I'm right here. Doesn't happen often but I'm pretty confident here :)
THRIVING ALONGSIDE FEARS AND PHOBIAS - Ep 76
Living your life in a constant state of trying to avoid the thing that scares you is exhausting. I know it well. At first it feels like you are creating ways to limit uncertainty and fear. Before you know it you've built a prison meshed in by 'must do's', rules to follow and things to avoid in order to feel safe. There is a different way to be and steps to support you in changing your experience.
Your fears don't need to be a prison sentence.
SAMMY LEO TALKS BODY IMAGE, CONFIDENCE & BUSINESS - Ep 75
Sammy Leo is not only kicking ass, she's taking names. This woman has not only shifted from body conscious to body confidence, she has launched a super successful business Breeze Balm, celebrates diversity in all its forms, champions inclusivity and is one of the good ones in my opinion. After Sammy shared a message left by a fake account commenting on her appearance, I knew we had to talk about the stance Sammy took. For that and so, so much more take a listen.
JEALOUSY - Episode 74
Ewww. Jealousy. It's got to be up there with one of the worst feelings to embody. It comes from a place of lack, it feels ugly, it's usually directed at someone else and it's full low vibe territory.
We're human though. Sometimes we don't get what we want. Sometimes someone else gets to play with our 'toys' and we don't always like the way things appear to us. Jealousy is layered. It's about the reality of a situation, plus what we are having the situation mean and also what we are having a situation mean about us. L.A.Y.E.R.E.D.
Let's have a look at ways through, around and together take few different spins around the dancefloor when the tune of Jealousy is blaring through your life's speakers. I get it friend. Feeling jealous sucks big time.
BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS + EXPLANT JOURNEY w/ Dr. KIRSTY SEWARD
Dr Kirsty Seward, Dietician and Dr of Behavioural Change joins us this week to get raw and real about Breast Implant Illness, Breast explant surgery and everything in between. Kirsty being 8 weeks post explant and I 2.5 years we dive into a whole pandoras box of this 'oh so common' cosmetic procedure.
- The explant path from start to finish.
- What we don’t often consider before a surgery
- Shame often associated with Breast Implants and Explants
- Body Image
- Post Op Care
- Breast appearance before and after
- The best and worst moments plus so, so much more.
If you or someone you know is experiencing Breast Implant Illness or is curious about having their implants removed, tag them below or forward this episode onto them. These conversations are important and ain’t no shame held here.
LOCKDOWN LESSONS w/ LEVI WALZ Ep. 72
How would you feel day 12 of a 14 day lockdown? Would you fall in a heap or find the silver lining? What would be the most challenging aspect for you do you think? I loved this chat with NLP Master, Naturopath, Nutritionist, ACT therapist, Demartini facilitator, PT, Homeopath, Herbalist and all round wellness expert Levi Walz.
- Why what you do day to day matters when shit gets real.
- The emotional rona rollercoaster
- Human-ness always
- 60 + Reasons of gratitude
- Boundaries, their benefits and knowing when you need them.
- Self Preservation and so much more.
Can't wait to hear your lightbulb moments on. this one. If you aren't following @themindbodyguy get on it people!
THEY DON'T LIKE ME.... NOW WHAT? Ep. 71
Everyone you have ever met is walking this earth with an interpretation of who they 'think' you are. You have met a shitload of people in your life. Are you going to stop and throw sticks at every dog that barks though? I think not.
I can probably name at least 5 people who dislike me a lot. They may even hate me. That's totally ok. The sting of someone's dislike of you is a real and painful one, but I have 3 solid areas for you to lean in to when hit comes to not being someone's flavour of the month. This may be my favourite ranty episode yet.
YOU ARE NOT A ROBOT! Feel all your feelings. Ep. 70.
Here's what I know. Sit down, be quiet and keep calm are words that have never really tracked with me. I know there's so much out there on moderating your feelings, but FFS have we forgotten that it's ok to feel? It's ok to feel it all. As long as it's not hurting anybody I say overflow all over the place.
This one has some spicy words in it and a shit tonne of honesty.
Love to know your thoughts babe... ENJOY!
CHANGING YOUR TRIGGER RESPONSE - EP 69
An emotional trigger is anything — including memories, experiences, or events — that sparks an intense emotional reaction, regardless of your current mood. Think full body experience that has the capacity to knock you off your feet. It's a flooding of your system so to speak and can easily put you into fight or flight mode. You can change the way you navigate and live alongside your emotional sensitivities and experiences. They are part of the human experience after all. I've navigated thousands of them in my time, and through understanding them I now have a far gentler experience with them. In this episode we walk through how to live alongside them them in the moment and also how to deep dive into healing them when that feels right also.
WHY EVERY CHOICE MATTERS - Ep. 68
If you have ever felt stuck, unsure, lost or completely over it, buckle up buttercup because you are way more powerful than you realise.
CLOSING THE LOOPS ON 2020 Ep 67
It's important to pay homage to the year just gone before we look at what's next. I have some ideas on how to tell 2020 to "wrap it up hoe" and creating space for calling in what you want. Here in your palm are 6 simple tasks to do throughout the month of December or whenever you feel ready to switch gears and support you in doing just that. Defo tag me in yours as you move through them. Let's close out those loops before we look forward to what's next.
Game on betches....
WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE with Lala Socials - Laura Higgins Ep. 65
At some point we will start to become aware of the person we want to be, but how often do you align that with the things that you will need to do to become them? Laura Higgins from the Marketing Powerhouse that is Lala Socials joins us today for a conversation that is not only a powerful message about "becoming", but also about celebrating yourself along the way.
- We talk getting clarity
- Small steps
- Embracing the beginning
- Knowing your 'why'
- What Laura see's as the most common reason people trip themselves up in the world of marketing and biz-ness.
Plus it's actually a really light and fun episode to be honest. You can't go wrong with that!
Hosted by @ktdean.com.au
FEELINGS BEFORE RESILIENCE ALWAYS - Ep 66
I am all for emotional agility, positive thinking and personal development. First though, you need to go through some shit. It's there for a reason and all emotions are welcome at the table. Tis the season where we're told we should be decking the halls and what not, but what if you're just not there? That is A-OK.
I got chu.
EMPOWERED FERTILITY with NAT KRINGOUDIS s3. Ep 64
Mate. I am the ultimate Nat Kringoudis fan girl after our chat. I loved her before, but I would happily follow her around holding her purse for her. No questions asked. If you have ever felt challenged by your body, fertility journey or other people's well intentioned remarks? This is for you.
If you aren't sure on hormones, where to begin or how to trust yourself? This is for you.
If you have ever been on the pill, want to go on the pill or are curious about what the F the pill does? This is for you.
Buy her books. Follow her Instagram. Vote her in for president. NAT KRINGOUDIS IS FOR YOU!
Host - @ktdean.com.au
TRIGGERED, TESTED OR CHALLENGED + HOW TO MOVE THROUGH - Ep. 63
We are all going to get triggered, tested or challenged. Depending on how much work you've done around your limiting beliefs and thought patterns in general will depend how often. This is a real time poddy. In this Episode I walk you through a trolling and a conversation that ruffled my feathers. Both were invitations to come back to what I know to be true about myself and I share with you how to do the same.
We cover ..
- Triggers and what to do when ruffled
- Moving emotion + your movement story
- Best way to solidify your belief system
- Speaking and seeking joy
- Cultivating more light in your life and a whole bunch more.
I enjoyed this episode a lot. Thanks so much. for being here friend. I appreciate you.
COMPASSION - Get amongst it! Ep. 62
COMPASSION. One of the most underrated tools you will have in your self soothing kit. I give it 5 stars consistently.
This week we go over the why, how, when and what that could look like and I actually also came up with a genius idea on this episode. I know it. If you think so too, let me know and I may be able to make it happen. ENJOY FRIEND, and may your day be filled with compassion. Thank me later.
PTSD + LIVING ALONGSIDE YOUR TRIGGERS w/ AMY MOLLOY s.3 - Ep. 61
Amy Molloy, wordsmith, Author, Editor, Qualified Councillor, Wife, Mum and all round great time joins us for this episode and it's GOLD. Amy was diagnosed with PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder) after some catastrophic events in her teens and 20's. Not only does Amy walk her talk, she shares her life, coping strategies and what it's like to live with and through daily triggers and severely traumatic experiences.
- We talk full body reposes
- Motherhood and Parenting mishaps
- Anxiety Attacks
- Changing and managing your responses
- Owning your 'stuff'
- And making mental health more tangible and mainstream.
Amy has just co created a brand new podcast called - The Space- which is basically mindfulness for the rest of us. I love everything about that.
RESISTANCE - BOOOOO. S3. Ep. 60
If you have ever tried to do anything new at some point you would have experienced resistance. It’s a drag for reals.
No one loves it but it doesn’t have to derail you. Oh and there’s no cure for it so throw that out the window. What I do have here for you is a little insight as to why we experience it and how to work alongside it. It’s actually a really sweet notion as to why we get it, but we say NO. No to the resistance. Instead we say onwards. And so it is… #firedup
THE ART OF ALONENESS S.3 EP. 59
If you're human you would be familiar with the hot loneliness that comes around occasionally. It's an ache, a longing and a real soul drainer if you sit in it for too long. Being alone and being lonely are two very different things. I know what it's like to be petrified of your own thoughts. I know what it's like to long for something that you have no control over. The best thing about having experienced them both is that I know what it takes to not only make peace with your present but to co create a future that is full to the brim of your YOU-NESS.
SLAY SELF SABOTAGE - S3 Ep 58
Self-sabotage refers to behaviors or thought patterns that hold you back and prevent you from doing what you want to do. We all have them and there's nothing wrong with that until they actively prevent you from living your best life and more importantly, you get completely fed up with your own BS around them.
Here is a 5 step road map for identifying your road blocks and creating lasting change. There is a bonus 6th step which might actually be the most important. You'll have to listen and find out.