self care

Episode #47: Using Joy as a Vehicle for Change with Melanie C. Klein and Marc Cordon

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“ We need to tend to the internalized oppression. We need to tend to all of the garbage that we’ve absorbed since the time we were born. We need to tend to our inner life and we need to bring in whether it’s joy, love, connection and to feel full to do this. Otherwise, how can we be effective instruments?”


This conversation is one of my absolute favorites. As someone who is constantly looking for ways to cultivate more joy AND more social change, these two are fostering a community that fosters a space to breed just that in a FUN and INTENTIONAL way. And I can’t wait to introduce you to this badass duo who are making waves.

Melanie C. Klein, M.A., is an empowerment coach, thought leader and influencer in the areas of body confidence, authentic empowerment, and visibility. She is also a successful writer, speaker, and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies. Her areas of interest and specialty include media literacy education, body image, and the intersectional analysis of systems of power and privilege. She is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery + Loving Your Body (Llewellyn, 2014) with Anna Guest-Jelley, a contributor in 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice (Horton & Harvey, 2012), is featured in Conversations with Modern Yogis (Shroff, 2014), a featured writer in Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living (Llewellyn, 2016), co-editor of Yoga, the Body and Embodied Social Change: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis with Dr. Beth Berila and Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016) as well as the editor of the new anthology, Yoga Rising: 30 Empowering Stories from Yoga Renegades for Every Body. She co-founded the Yoga and Body Image Coalition in 2014. She has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1996 and currently lives in Santa Monica, CA.

Marc Cordon, MPH, is a positive psychology coach, professional speaker, and author of the book "Beyond Resilient: The Coach's Guide to Ecstatic Growth." He has received coaching accolades from the Institute for Professional and Excellence in Coaching including an Energy Leadership Index - Master Practitioner, Certified Professional Coach, and specialties in transitions, leadership, performance, and wellbeing. Before co-founding the Joy Revolution, Marc served as the Associate Directors of the Office of Health Promotion and the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services at Emory University where he developed programs and curriculum on social justice, positive psychology and community engagement. He also received a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a Masters in Public Health in Policy & Management. For over two decades, he has assisted countless people in self-development through speaking engagements, retreats, mini-courses, and 1-on-1 advising and mentoring.   

Things we discuss in today’s episode:

  • Shiny penny syndrome

  • The importance of practicing what we preach

  • Simple tangible ways of experiencing true joy

  • Hedonic happiness

  • What the Joy Revolution is all about

  • Using personal narrative as a form of empowerment

  • Legacy in today’s day and age being all about our own agenda and far removed from true social movement

  • Fostering a collective for joy & change

  • Self care as an act of political warfare

  • Using social media for social good

  • Positive psychology, intersectional feminism, legacy and beyond

  • And…a shit ton of poop references…’cause would you expect anything BUT that?


LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

Melanie’s Instagram | Website | Yoga and Body Image Coalition

Marc’s Facebook | Website

Slut walk

The Joy Revolution

90 Day Fiance

Email Marc for his positive psychology book: marc@marccordon.com

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Episode #45: Creating Female Friendships as an Adult, NAVIGATING shame and Living Your Kickass Life with Andrea Owen

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“If you’re engaging in the behaviors of numbing out. If you’re using alcohol or food or exercise or relationships to run away from the feeling and take the edge off. If you’re isolating and hiding out, meaning you don’t reach out for help when shit hits the fan in your life. If you’re perfecting or performing or proving, overachieving, self sabotaging. If you are participating in those behaviors, then you are doing it in an effort to avoid shame. Bottom line. So essentially shame is running your life and you don’t know it.”


Andrea Owen is an author, mentor, and professional certified life coach who helps high-achieving women let go of perfectionism, control, and isolation and choosing courage and confidence instead. She has helped thousands of women manage their inner-critic to create loving connections and live their most kick-ass life.

She is the proud author of How To Stop Feeling Like Shit: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back From Happiness (Seal Press/Hachette Books) which has been translated into 16 languages, as well as her inaugural book, 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve, (Adams Media/Simon & Schuster).

When she’s not juggling her full coaching practice or hosting retreats, Andrea is busy competing in triathlons, chasing her 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter or making out with her husband, Jason. She is also a retired roller derby player having skated under the name “Veronica Vain”.

Things we discuss in today’s episode:

  • Honey badgers. Yup. We get weird real quick you guys.

  • Her big fetal position breakdown at the age of thirty one

  • How to make friends as an adult

  • Shame, and the way it plays a part in all our lives

  • Breaking free of perfectionism

  • Her journey to sobriety

  • Specific tools to incorporate positive self talk

  • Self care 101

  • Where to start if you feel like you’re life is a MF mess


LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

Andrea’s Website | Facebook | Instagram

Your Kickass Life Podcast

Honey Badgers

This Naked Mind

Gray area drinking

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Episode #34: 20 Things You Should Start Doing So You Won't Regret Your Twenties | A Solo Episode

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“If play is not a word that you focus on on the daily, I empower you to change the narrative.”


Today it’s you and me, talking about how to tangibly turn our twenties around.

Yup, shiz is getting REAL AF today and I’m holding nothing back about what tools I’ve implemented into my life that have been game changers for navigating the quarter life crisis mess.

Don’t spend your life on automatic pilot — let’s start building intentional habits so we can use these years to THRIVE and EMERGE into the women we were put on this earth to be.


Episode #33: Embracing the Wild & the Holy with Megan Hale

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“Rejecting something you were taught to believe is the bravest work you will ever do.”


Megan Hale is a former psychotherapist turned leadership & relationship coach and the founder of Wild & Holy® - a vibrant community of therapists, coaches, helpers, and healers committed to having their own breakthroughs so they can show up braver and help others have their own.  She's the podcast host of The Enoughness Revolution - a conversation on worthiness and Wild & Holy Radio - a conversation on bravery.  Through group programs, retreats and 1:1 coaching she guides others to live their truth and show up braver so they can love the way they lead and lead a life they love.  Find her at megan-hale.com

Here are a few things we discuss in todays episode:

  • Finding a sense of belonging and the process of unbecoming

  • Claiming your enough-ness

  • The beauty of the quarter life crisis

  • Her journey of denouncing her faith and finding it again and all the in betweens

  • Tools for getting in touch with your inner child

  • Rebelling from the box that society tells you you should conform to

  • What success actually should look like (and feel like)

  • Navigating talking about privilege

  • Educating yourself, the endless pursuit of learning, and surrounding yourself with a diverse group of individuals

  • Breaking the cycle of perfectionism and embracing the mess


LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE

The Authentic Woman Series -- use code: 10LOY for 10% off!

EMPOWERED AND FREE RETREAT

Megan’s Website | Podcast | The Bizdom Series

L’Erin Alta: http://lerinalta.com/devotion/

Andrea Ranae Johnson: https://www.andrearanae.com/class/

Rachel Cargle: https://www.rachelcargle.com

Layla Saad: http://laylafsaad.com

Seeing White [Scene on Radio]

Reclaim with Thais Sky

 

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Episode #20: Stop putting everyone before yourself without being a dick with Amy E. Smith

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"If I have to choose between other people approving of me or me approving of me, I choose me." 

Amy E. Smith is a certified confidence coach, masterful speaker, and personal empowerment expert. Founder of TheJoyJunkie.com, Amy uses her roles as coach, writer, podcaster, and speaker to move individuals to a place of radical personal empowerment and self-love. 

With acute focus on helping people “find their voice”, she is highly sought after for her uncommon style of irreverence, wisdom, and humor and has been a featured expert on Fox 5 San Diego and YourTango.com. 

Here are some things we discuss in todays episode:

  • Her two major quarter life crises and how the song Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson changed the game for her (it's a SUPER juicy story, get ready)
  •  The stress of working for someone else's dream and the path to a NEW light
  • The shit we DON'T say and how that can impact so many aspects of our life (except guess what, we say it on the pod)
  • The evolution of Amy's biz
  • How to say NO without being a dick
  • 3 ways to move away from people pleasing and perfectionism tendencies
  • How to meet animosity and disagreement in a way that will leave you getting what you actually want
  • Flipping the switch on guilt

LINKS MENTIONED IN TODAYS EPISODE

FREE TRAINING: 7 days to a more MINDFUL and CONFIDENT you

BUSY BABE'S GUIDE TO HEALTHY LIVING

Amy's Instagram 

Freebie: http://thejoyjunkie.com/free

Amy's After Hours Facebook Club

Coaches Training Institute

 

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Episode #18: Balance is a Load of BS | A Solo Episode

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Are you endlessly striving for this "balanced life" and constantly feeling yourself fall short.

I was talking about this with my girlfriends this past weekend and I realized how long I spent striving for this elusive concept of balance in my own life -- never feeling like I could make it happen, and beating myself up about it.

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

  • Why going with the flow / against your "plan" is key 
  • Why I am taking the word balance out of my vocabulary
  • The perspective shift that changes the game 
  • 3 tools to be able to release the pressure to adopt this "balanced lifestyle"

Episode #15: Healing your hormones and saying what's on your mind with Jess from Wholly Healed

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"80% of hormone and thyroid issues could be solved with feeding your body well and lowering stress."

Jess is a Certified Eating Psychology Coach specializing in Functional Endocrinology and Mind/Body Nutrition. She empowers women in their quest to wholeness through healing solutions rooted in Integrative Care. You'll often find her lifting heavy things in the gym, trying to pet stranger's dogs, or writing some sass-filled #hormonehacks or #tabootuesday's on Instagram. She is passionate about helping women heal their hormones, break free of restrictive dieting, and feel at home in their bodies.

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

  • Her journey from yo yo dieting to wholistic health and self love
  • She breaks it down with her science knowledge bombs and shares not just WHAT to do but WHY it's important to support our overall health
  • Her experience with hypothyroidism, what it is and why 1 in 3 women have it
  • The importance of advocating for yourself and your health
  • Which programs/diets to stay away from when it comes to women's health
  • The best foods to eat to heal your hormones and your gut
  • Taboo tuesdays and getting nitty gritty with the "uncomfortable" 
  • 3 simple steps you can take to heal your hormones right away

LINKS MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

Jess's Website / Blog / Instagram 

Busy Babe's Guide to Healthy Living Ebook

Why I Quit Birth Control Blog Post

 

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Episode #14: How to go from where you are to where you want to be | A Solo Episode

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"If I were to continue on this path doing the things that I do, surrounding myself with the people I do, acting the way I do in my life -- will I in 5 years, in 10 years be happy? If the answer is no, it's time for a change." 

"You're so happy and successful and it seems like you've gotten it all figured out -- how did you do it?!" 

I remember saying this to one of my Instagram friends turned future besties 2 1/2 years ago amidst my quarter life crisis. I was a MESS. Miserable in pretty much every area of my life and I just assumed I was destined to live that way for the rest of my life.

What I didn't realize was that I was the one holding myself back from being the woman I wanted to be.

That I had the power inside myself all along to make a freaking CHANGE in my life. 

And today, I'm sharing the 3 simple things that propelled me into finding my purpose, healing my relationship with food and exercise and creating positive and uplifting relationships in my life. 

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

  • Why perfectionism stunted my growth
  • The time in my life when I thought there was no hope of anything getting better
  • My journey through binge eating
  • The 7 areas of growth
  • The power of your brain
  • How to move towards pleasure and away from pain, and its importance in achieving your goals
  • The 3 simple steps to adopting a growth mindset