The Hungry for Happiness Podcast

Hosted by Samantha Skelly, the Hungry For Happiness podcast combines personal development, deep conversations and comedy to shake up the way you connect to yourself and the world. Samantha Skelly is a best selling author, international speaker and the founder of Hungry For Happiness.
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Jul 4, 2018

In this episode, we talk a lot about the power of sexual energy and why a lot of women are disconnected from sex and their vaginas. We talk about removing the negative stigma sex has and how to connect back into your body. We offer light tips on how to remove blocks around sex, so we’re not healing sexual trauma in this episode, but we are providing people who have shame around sex tools to be able to truly get honest with themselves and reconnect to their bodies.


About Kim Anami

Kim is a holistic sex + relationship coach, writer, and speaker whose work is grounded in over two decades of integrated practice in Tantra, Taoism, Transpersonal psychology, philosophy, and other renegade healing modalities. Her viral media campaigns have reached over 100 million. Her musings have graced Playboy, Elle, Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Shape, The Sunday Times (UK), The Daily Mail, GQ and national talk shows from E! Network to CNN and NPR.


In this episode, Kim shares:


8:00- Some common blocks people experience with their sexual energy.

11:47- The reason why most women are disconnected from vaginal orgasms.

17:40- Why western kegel exercises don’t work and how to truly strengthen your vagina.

27:40- How to be radically honest with your partner to preserve your sexual energy.

35:02- Some tools ‘heady’ women can use in order to stay sexually engaged.


You can find more of Kim at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram


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Jun 27, 2018

I️ absolutely loved getting to know Mel. As soon as we got on the podcast, we were like, "Hey! You're the British version of me and I'm the Canadian version of you!" She doing incredible things over in the UK with the body image and relationship to food movement. She's an absolutely incredible human. Mel had a seven year battle with eating disorders and in this episode we talked about how she recovered and how she had to accommodate everything in her life to serve her eating disorder. Her and I️ both talked about how we used vegetarianism and veganism as a way to mask our disordered eating. I️ didn't realize I️ was doing that until I️ realized I️ was doing that. This conversation was full of honesty, really asking yourself if that is what you're doing and why you're doing that for other reasons. So we talked about what would your life look like if you never struggled with your eating disorder? 


About Mel Wells

Mel Wells is an Eating Psychology Coach,TEDX Speaker + the Bestselling Author of ‘The Goddess Revolution’,with her second book Hungry For More on the way this July. She is Hay House’s youngest author +has been featured in Forbes Under 30, who said “Mel Wells is giving a voice to the silent struggle billions of women know so well.” Mel helps us ditch dieting for good find= what they're truly hungry for, through her online program+retreats.

In this episode, Mel shares:

5:34: How to recognize when self soothing is becoming a numbing mechanism.

10:00- Mel’s journey to recovery from a seven year battle with eating disorders.

19:17- How to identify when you’re coping with an addictive behavior.

27:00- How to eat intuitively when you’ve dieted your entire life.

35:30- What would you do if you’d never had an eating disorder?

You can find more of Mel at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Jun 20, 2018

Today on the show I️ have Amanda Bucci. For those of you who follow me on Instagram you know that Amanda is one of my dear friends. She’s a sweet, incredible woman and a total fitness expert. She is an amazing entrepreneur and in this episode we talked about how dysfunctional the fitness industry is. Amanda and I️ were both fitness competitors, I️ did bikini competitions,  and we talked about how that industry often, not always, is a mask for eating disorders and that is how I️ used it. I️ was like, “I️ don’t have a problem. I’m committed. I’m dedicated.” After doing some personal self discovery I️ realized it was actually a crutch for me to try and get myself out of disordered eating. It’s just an interesting conversation in order to be clear about what’s going on in the fitness industry.

About Amanda Bucci

Amanda is a fitness influencer, Boss Lady CEO, and her superpower is connection to others, and connecting others to themselves. She serves entrepreneurs by helping design the life of their dreams through business, health, and social media growth. She also is the host the Bucci Radio Podcast, and the Co-Founder of the Fitness Online Coaching Academy - a certificate program for online fitness coaches.

In this episode, Amanda shares:

5:45- How to access your full potential.

12:30- Amanda’s experience with bikini competitions and how she overcame the extreme lifestyle.

22:30- How to remove the rules around food and eat intuitively.

28:30- How to return to a normal lifestyle after a bikini competition.

35:34- A huge factor you should pay attention to when shifting your mindset around food.


You can find more of Amanda at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram


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Jun 6, 2018

Today I'm interviewing Lisa Shield. Lisa went on 199 dates before she found her now husband! That is some serious dedication. This episode is all about love, relationships, how to clear the love blocks that are preventing us from attracting our soul mate. I know before my partner and I started dating, I had to identify so many beliefs about love; who I was and how I existed in a relationship. I had to clear so many masks and beliefs for that love to come in. We also talked about the importance of developing a relationship with our inner child which is so important in the conversation of love.


About Lisa Shield


Lisa Shield is one of the very first love coaches on the planet. Over the past 16 years, she’s helped thousands of singles and couples create loving, lasting relationships, showing them how to “share their head before they share their bed” by getting Emotionally Naked. Lisa has a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology, is a certified coach with The Coaches Training Institute & she trained closely with Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements.


In this episode, Lisa shares:


  • 6:50- What we need to embody in order to attract true love.
  • 12:03- How to shift your mindset around love.
  • 22:30- Major blocks that prevent women from finding their soul mate.
  • 32:12- How to feel safe individually instead of depending on someone else.
  • 42:10- How to talk to your partner when triggered.


You can find more of Lisa at:


Website | Instagram


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May 30, 2018

We talked about soulful-consensual sex, how to go deeper with your partner, exploring sexuality, exploring your own sexuality, exploring sexuality in your relationship, how to feel safe with your body, and we talked about releasing body shame. I️ know you guys talk to me all of the time about the shame around our bodies, especially if we have history of sexual trauma or abuse and so this episode really is powerful and Melissa offers so much incredible information.


About Melissa Ambrosini

Melissa is the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl & Open Wide, host of the number one podcast The Melissa Ambrosini Show, a speaker & self-love teacher. Named a 'self-help guru' by Elle Magazine her mission is to inspire women to create a heart-centred life one that’s wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love.

In this episode, Melissa shares: 

10:11- How to dispel the shame around your body.

21:10- How to have deeper, soulful sex with your partner.

32:52- Practices and belief systems to find your sexuality.

34:00- Using food as an emotional barrier for safety.


You can find more of Melissa  at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Are you ready to end the battle with food and your body?

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May 23, 2018

In this episode, we shifted gears a little bit and we talked about motherhood and entrepreneurship. There’s a lot of you who are mothers. You’re doing that incredible balance of motherhood and entrepreneurship or motherhood and work life, balancing motherhood and being a wife….all the things, so many plates! So we talk about the real conversation around all of that. How challenging that is and how much of an honor it is. So we talk about releasing control and why we refuse to be internal because there’s nothing to be tangibly gained. It is so interesting when we talk about how we can improve our internal landscapes so we that we can see the results externally vs the other way around where we constantly hustle.


About Mary Shores

Mary Shores is the founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar business. Recognized as a thought leader, Mary teaches individuals how to inspire others, create new ways of thinking, achieve their goals, and take action to create meaningful results. She developed the Words That Work system, which inspired her Hay House book, Conscious Communications. Mary travels across the nation giving lectures and teaching courses, and has been featured on international television shows, podcasts, and blogs.

In this episode, Mary shares:


  • 12:22- Why we refuse to internally process our emotions and belief systems so they can reflect in our external word.
  • 22:00- Going through a divorce and rebuilding a business as a single mother.
  • 29:52- The generational difference in belief systems around motherhood.
  • 34:52- How to get laser clear on what you want to increase the quality of your life.


You can find more of Mary at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Are you ready to end the battle with food and your body?

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May 16, 2018

I spoke with Rob Kandell, who is such a genius when it comes to relationships. The polarity of relationships, flowing in and out of the masculine and feminine energy with partners and how high powered women can settle into their feminine. I get this question a lot, and it is so good. We also move into asking our partners for what we truly need, identifying what our needs are in a relationship, and how to ask for them powerfully.

About Robert Kandell


Born and raised to be a "normal person", ROB diverted from his path at the age of 28 and started a deep journey into discovering truly he truly is. It led to him leaving the corporate world, selling his house, divorcing his wife and starting an business around conscious relationship and sexuality ( At 44, left that world and started anew in Los Angeles. He is now, happily married, a podcaster, and business and life coach.


In this episode, Robert shares:


  • 7:45- Why men are intimidated by successful women and how it affects relationships.

  • 11:36- How high-powered women can shift into their feminine with partners.

  • 13:28- Why it’s so common for women to embody masculine energy.

  • 22:09- A huge reason why relationships get stuck.

  • 29:18- How we co-create high and low experiences in our lives.

  • 31:22- A framework on expressing true desires to your partner.

  • 44:39- How to include and educate your partner on your needs.


You can find more of Robert at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram


Are you ready to end the battle with food and your body?

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May 9, 2018

I have my girl Lori Harder back on the show. Lori is a returning guest and I know a lot of you are already familiar with how incredible this woman is. I am so grateful to not only call her a soul sister but I’m so grateful I get to witness her brilliance in the world. She is just one of those people who increases your frequency when you’re around them.


About Lori Harder


Lori Harder is a leading expert in the field of fitness, transformational work, mindfulness, and self-love. As a self-made millionaire, successful entrepreneur, author, cover model, and three-time fitness world champion, she offers a carefully curated set of practical tools to promote sustainable health, spiritual well-being, and financial freedom. She is the creator of the Earn Your Happy podcast and the author of A Tribe Called Bliss, launching on May 8th.

In this episode, Lori shares:


  • 12:36- Why our health depends on the people around us.
  • 20:40- The fear of feeling left out and feeling like you have nothing to offer.
  • 25:25- How to authentically connect with like minded individuals.
  • 37:22- How to bring lightness and enjoyment to your healing process.  


You can find more of Lori at:


Website | Facebook | Instagram

Are you ready to end the battle with food and your body?

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May 2, 2018

We talked about father wounding, daddy issues, for lack of a better term. That’s a technical term, “daddy issues” if you guys didn’t know. But honestly, we get so much of this in our community. We talk about this a LOT. There’s a lot of concepts about father wounding in the society so our team decided to bring Karin on the really talk about this. We’re talking about father wounding, relationships, relationship patterns, why empaths attract narcissists, a HUGE hot topic.


About Dr. Karin Luise

Dr. Karin is a Transformational Life Coach and speaker and an award-winning author of “The Fatherless Daughter Project.” She helps people find freedom and power by firing up alignment, authenticity and passion. She is the creator of the Break the Rules Challenge for Women and Root Down, Fire Up Mastermind – a guide to total life transformation. She’s the host of “The Dr. Karin Show”, where she talks to leading edge visionaries about heart-centered living and soul expansion.

In this episode, Karin shares:

4:29- How we can honor ourselves as mothers.

19:37- More information on The Fatherless Daughter Project and why it’s changing so many lives.

26:39- Why we end up in unhealthy relationships and how we can stop the pattern.

32:09- How to tell if you’re in a relationship with a narcissist.

35:34- The definition of gaslighting and the dynamic between narcissists and empaths.


You can find more of Karin at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram


Are you ready to end the battle with food and your body?

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Apr 25, 2018

In this episode, we are diving into relationships which is Amy's zone of genius. We’re really talking about the difference between loneliness and being alone. You know a lot of you guys have mentioned to me and talked to me about the fact that you just feel lonely and we dig into that. We go into the common themes of what is blocking people from attracting love.  

About Amy

Amy Young is a life coach who specializes in serving up truth and dishing out empowerment to all the single ladies! Along with her  hard-hitting (but hilarious) YouTube videos, she now speaks to people via her brand new podcast: JUST WHAT YOU NEEDED, which provides twice-weekly episodic, empathic solutions to the most annoying, everyday struggles we all kinda fall victim to. Yay.

In this episode, Amy shares:

 9:42- How to step out of our emotions when we feel flooded.

14:34- Find out the difference between loneliness and being alone.

21:05- A big reason we should recreate our belief systems around love and intimacy.

30:23- The most effective way we can show up in relationships.

39:30- How to shift our focus and attract the person we want.

You can find more of Amy at:

Website | YouTube | Instagram


Are you ready to end the battle with food and your body?

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Apr 18, 2018

EP 046: More Courage, Less Fear with Kate Swoboda

This episode is all about courage and the reason why I love the whole idea of living a courageous life is what it leads to. When we’re on the edge of what is kind of  uncomfortable, (I say this all of the time, my like feels like a constant wedgie because it’s always a little uncomfortable) what we get to experience by living on our edge and stepping into the things that terrify us, leads to so much. It’s truly where the magic happens. We’re not going to be able to understand how incredible we are until we push the edge of it and really explore what it is.

About Kate

Kate Swoboda is Director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification at and creator of, where she teaches people how to change old patterns of self-doubt and create courageous habits (and courageous lives) using the neuropsychology of habit-formation. Her first book, The Courage Habit: How to Accept Your Fears, Release the Past, and Live Your Courageous Life (New Harbinger Publications) will be on shelves in spring 2018.


In this episode, Kate shares:

5:07- The foundation of courage and how to access it.

10:28- How fear based behaviors become our default actions.

15:50- What fear actually means and the most effective way to heal our relationship with it.

20:10- The role fear plays in our lives.

24:37- What to do when we have a fear of failure.


YouTube Videos Referenced in the episode:

Shit new aged girls say:


You can find more of Kate at:

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Book

Apr 4, 2018

This episode is a little bit different from what we normally do. We heavily focus on the mental, emotional side of binge eating and this episode brings you a science based approach. I respect it and I love it and I’m excited to hear how you guys dig it. I want to hear your thoughts so make sure you are commenting on iTunes and letting me know how you like it. Kathryn Hansen, the author of Brain Over Binge,  talks about the neural pathways of our brains and how we develop habits and addictions. She talks about her own recovery, why conventional therapy wasn’t effective and the top tools she used to build new habits around food.


About Kathryn

Kathryn Hansen recovered from bulimia in 2005; she is dedicated to educating & empowering women/men who struggle with binge eating. She is the author of "Brain over Binge," and "The Brain over Binge Recovery Guide". Kathryn also leads online courses to support individuals in achieving recovery. Her books & courses offer an alternative perspective--teaching brain-based reasons for binge eating, and departing from mainstream ideas that say eating disorders are the result of underlying emotional/psychological problems.


In this episode, Kathryn shares:

4:35- Why conventional therapy couldn’t cure Kathryn's binges.

6:00- Our brain’s scientific response to dieting.

8:28- How Kathryn developed the habit of binge eating and how she overcame it.

17:02- The difference between food addictions and habitual patterns around food.

19:50- The main thing we need to do in order to stop binging.

25:30- The importance of eating adequately.

29:04- How to eat in a way that feels normal.



You can find more of Kathryn at:



Instagram: @brain_over_binge


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Mar 21, 2018

Today I am interviewing Kali Rogers! We had such a great interview. She is such a cool chick and you guys are going to realize this once you start listening. We chatted about the power of choice, something I’m stoked on; I loved that conversation, and approaching life from a place of curiosity rather than attachment. So often, we want to control our way to happiness, and we all know that doesn’t work. We cling onto identities that make us feel like crap because we’re truly afraid of what will happen if we let go. But letting go is where the magic happens. I talk about this a lot in our community and it’s the whole concept of our structured selves vs our fluid selves. Our structured self is the identity of who we think we need to be and our fluid self is recognizing what feels good to us in the moment. The more we can allow ourselves to be fluid, the easier it is for us to make choices that are in pure alignment with what we want.


Kali Rogers

Kali Rogers is the Founder of Blush Online Life Coaching. She and her team of coaches provide support, motivation, guidance, and advice to girls via videoconference from around the globe for only $79/mo. As well as working with her own individual clients, she provides personality trainings for companies around the country and is the author of, “Conquering Your Quarter Life Crisis: How to Get Your Shit Together in Your 20’s.”


In this episode, Kali shares:

2:07- How the fear of isolation shows up in every aspect of our growth.

7:10- Recognizing and releasing identities that are no longer in alignment.

10:13- Understanding the difference between what we can and cannot control.

14:00- Kali’s transition from pursuing a career as an attorney to a life coach.

23:04- Conquering Your Quarter Life Crisis: How to Get Your Shit Together in Your 20s.

27:00- The first thing we should do when we feel stuck.

35:00- Approaching life from a place of curiosity instead of control.

41:12- Why attachment blocks our ability to manifest.


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