mental health

Episode #58: What the f*ck to do after a breakup with Jessica Smith

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I am so excited to have Jessica back on the podcast to talk about BREAKUPS.

Let’s be honest — the dating world these days is tough as nails. And while Cosmo may be full of dating tips, relationship tips and sex tips, the thing we never hear about is how to navigate a breakup. Which feels SO backwards because I’d bet that 95% of you have been through one in your lives — I know I have.

And it’s gut wrenching. Heartbreaking. And there’s no support attached to that. So as always, I brought the MF support with this incredibly open and vulnerable conversation.

As a reminder, Jessica Smith is the author of YOUR TWENTIES, a book about change and how to take good care of yourself as a 20-something navigating the “real world.” Jess is the host of two podcasts, THAT VALLEY VIBE, a show about wellness and CAREER COACHING WITH JESSNESS, a show about doing your best work in the world, landing job interviews and how to build a personal brand. When she’s not writing or recording podcasts you can find her meeting with people 1:1 about how Doterra Essential Oils can positively impact their health and hosting events with her oil community, The Wellness Squad.

In today’s episode we cover topics like:

  • Her story of getting broken up with the man she thought she was going to marry

  • The 5 stages of a breakup

  • What to do when you feel like you can’t function

  • The journey back to yourself post breakup

  • Body work as a powerful positive coping mechanism

  • The answers you’re looking for? They are within you.

  • Finding closure in the most unexpected way


LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE

Episode 16 with Jess Smith

Jess’s website | Instagram

Jess’s book Your Twenties

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Episode #51: Breaking the Stigma of Therapy with Rachel Wright

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When you hear the word therapy, does it bring up positive or negative emotions for you?

Therapy used to be something I didn’t think I needed and gave a it a major bad rap. But my perspective on the matter has changed drastically in the last few months as I’ve explored my own experience of working with a therapist. Yup, I am a major therapy convert. And I’m talking about my own experience in therapy for the first time on todays episode.

So to talk about all the things and give you the most candid conversation about a topic so polarizing, I brought back on to the podcast one of my favorite humans on the planet, therapist and sex, relationships and mental health expert Rachel Wright.

Things we discuss in today’s episode:

  • Why Rachel wanted to be a therapist

  • How therapy and theatre are so linked

  • Her first experience of therapy as a fourteen year old (and the juicy deets on why her parents shoved her into therapy in the first place)

  • The good, the bad & the ugly of the therapy model

  • Where to even start on finding the right therapist for you

  • Why I finally took the deep dive and started going to therapy

  • Self care starts with mental health

  • How to know if you need therapy

  • A huge aha moment I had in therapy a few weeks ago


LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE

Rachel’s Instagram | Website

Episode 37 with Rachel on Anxiety

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Episode #46: Gut Health Matters: Heal Your Anxiety Naturally, Live Happier & Feel Your MF Best | A Solo Episode

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“The food you’re ingesting and is being absorbed by the gut directly impacts your mental health/anxiety in profound ways.”


ANXIETY. OVEREATING.

Two things so many of us struggle with on the daily (I know I’m raising my hands), but they’re treated as SEPARATE issues.

The reality?

The two are SO freaking linked and nobody EVER talks about it. I know I have personally struggled with anxiety for YEARS and it was something that perpetuated my binge eating. I would feel anxiety coming on and I’d turn to pints of Ben & Jerry’s and all the MF chips and dips this gal could stuff in her face to numb my feelings, only to make my anxiety worse...

And the cycle continued.

Can you relate?

Maybe you struggle with both. Maybe you are living with anxiety and it’s taking over your life and you feel constantly overwhelmed, exhausted and burnt out. Maybe you’ve tried every diet under the sun and are TIRED of feeling like food is controlling you and you just want to be able to FEEL ENERGIZED and HEALTHY. 

Well, YOU CAN. And it starts here.

Here are a few things I touch on in todays episode:

  • The 5 major symptoms you might have that can tell you if you’re gut is healthy

  • What healthy poops look like

  • The path out of brain fog/exhaustion

  • How I healed my eczema

  • How to overhaul your gut in just 3 days

  • 3 simple steps to support your gut health you can implement today


Episode #23: Navigating the shame spiral and learning to love your story with Grace Presley

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"The truth allows you to crack open. Your stories allow you to break open and crack open. And that's not looking at it from the perspective of 'you're broken' but it's looking at it from a perspective of what's open can now allow you to expand."

Grace Presley is a passionate entrepreneur on a mission to help others find their voice, tell their story and change the world. Her SOUL job in this life is to love on *you* hold space for the sacred stories of your life. She created the mission with a message "You are a Story worth Loving" to build a community where your stories are supported, your voices are heard and you can simply come as you are. A gentle reminder and whisper to your soul that the stories of our lives matter and we are (and always have been) worthy of giving and receiving love. It is a movement. It is a lifestyle. 

Here are some things we discuss in todays episode:

  • Community vs. competition
  • Navigating the "not enoughness" feelings
  • Her journey with anorexia, bulimia, spousal abuse, divorce, single mom-hood and beyond
  • How we attract into our lives things that are reflective of the way we feel about ourselves
  • The moment she drew a line in the sand and finally chose herself
  • Trauma, EMDR and therapy
  • Navigating through shame and guilt
  • The story behind creating You Are A Story Worth Loving

LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE

Grace's Website | Instagram | Podcast

You Are A Story Worth Loving

A Tribe Called Bliss

Brene Brown on Shame 

     

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    Episode #11: The truth of being a woman in theatre with Harmony France

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    " Women would talk about it together but we kept it to ourselves. And I reached a point where I'm not afraid of who is willing to hire me and who isn't. If they don't want to work with me because I'm speaking out about how it's messed up how women are treated in this community, then they're not my people." 


    Harmony France is the artistic director of the world's first feminist musical theatre company, Firebrand Theatre. She is a casting director, teacher, actress, singer, home-style guru, writer, activist, and Navy Veteran.

    Here are a few things we discussed in today’s episode:

    • The TRUTH of what it's like to be an artist in Chicago
    • The mission behind Firebrand theatre and why she started the first equity feminist theatre
    • The fat shaming and harassment we've experienced in the theatre community
    • The "is this why" rabbit hole
    • The moment when she joined the navy that sparked her journey with body dysmorphia
    • How we individually choose to show up as an artist every day
    • The theatre experience that changed my life
    • The power of not taking the easy way out
    • Launching a company and having her dad pass away the same week
    • The behind the scenes of launching a business and the mess along the way
    • The path to happiness *hint* it's not what you expect
    • The top 3 tool for tackling your to-do list

    LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE

    Bullymake discount code: LYFYL for $10 off your box

    Firebrand theatre // Get your tickets to 9 to 5

    Harmony's blog

    Lizzie Borden: the musical

    The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    The Diva Cup / Thinx

    The musicals Dessa Rose and Loving Repeating

    Black Panther

    The Den Theatre in Chicago

     

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    Episode #9: How to communicate effectively with your partner & rekindle the spark in your relationship with Rachel and Kyle Wright

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    "A lot of the times we have stories going on in our heads about sex or pleasure in our heads that we don't even know are there. And they're from the media or our familIes or 'Mom told me that if you do x y and z you're a slut' so I can't do those things, and you have no idea that that's playing in the background the whole time and that's why you're not orgasm-ing in bed."

    What would it look like to revolutionize how we share, teach, and talk about sex, relationships, and mental health? That’s exactly what Rachel + Kyle Wright have set out to do. Wright Wellness Center is bridging the gap between a self-help book and a therapist’s couch — bringing psycho-education to life and equipping people with the tools they need (and that our society doesn't teach us!) to have fulfilling and healthy relationships and lives. 

    Here are a few things we discussed in today’s episode:

    • The story of how Rachel & Kyle met
    • The effect building a business together has had on their marriage
    • Where my love of post it notes started
    • How to move out of the "roommate trap" in your relationship, and why you're in it in the first place
    • Communication tools to open the door to a happy and healthy relationship
    • How to actually understand the emotions you and your partner are experiencing
    • How to get back to being intimate when you've lost the spark in your relationship
    • Love languages as a tool for understanding how you show love and receive love
    • Why putting yourself first is CRUCIAL for your relationship

    LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

    Bullymake -- use code LYFYL for $10 off your box!

    WWC Facebook group // Member Hub

    George Carlin's book 

    Ladies & Libidos masterclass

    Love Languages test

    Meyers briggs test

    The Aviary

     

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