In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I chat with mental health and addiction advocate Rynda Laurel who has not only overcome her own serious addiction and clinical depression, but she now educates others how to do the same.
She even started her own supplement company called VRYeveryday that has blends filled with the powerful ingredients that have helped her heal on a biochemical level.
Take a listen as we chat about:
taking the shame out of mental health and addiction
how to stand up for your own healing path
how to focus on the positive instead of what you lack
The natural world is reawakening this time of year and so are we as we continue to make our way through the transition from Winter to Spring to Summer.
And it's the perfect time to reintroduce ourselves with the nature around us and be more prepared and intentional about connecting with the outdoors right now and in the months to come.
To help get us inspired about making the outdoors more a part of our way of life, this episode features a conversation with my dear friend Rodin Lyasoff who shares his experience balancing his career in the tech industry in Silicon Valley with adventuring into nature he loves.
Take a listen as we chat about how our relationship with nature and the outdoors changes over time, the importance of connecting with the nature that is the most accessible to you and your current lifestyle, how to balance our time with technology and our time with outdoors, and how to always have your adventure bag ready.
Decluttering, simplifying, intentional living. All sounds like a great idea, right, but it can also seem daunting and overwhelming. Especially if you share a home with a partner and even more so with children.
Luckily I’ve got best-selling author Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist on the podcast to help give us some inspiration and step-by-step guidance on how to jump on the decluttering train this Spring.
Take a listen as we talk about how to simplify as a family and how that can bond you together, what to do when simplifying gets hard and emotional, how decluttering can make space for what really matters like our faith and real connection with our loved ones, and so much more.
Time. We have turned time into a scarcity, a luxury, and even an adversary. But yet it’s just hanging around, doing the same old thing at the same old pace since the beginning of, well, time. So why does it take so many forms? Why does it seem like a fickle trickster, messing with our concept of what time actually is? What if the problem is actually us and our brilliant human minds?
This week on the podcast, in honor of springing forward this Sunday, I revisit the topic of good 'ol father time. Yes, I've talked about it before on the podcast, but not having enough time remains to be the number one obstacle that keeps people from maintaining a self-care practice.
Take a listen to this week's episode to hear my favorite ways to shift your relationship with time. Let Father Time be your friend, not your foe.
They say that laughter is the best medicine, and today's episode is here to prove that point. I sat down with the gents from the J.J. Meets World Podcast, J.J. Gordon, the charming host, and Tucker Lucas, the witty producer. Not only are these guys talented and hilarious, but they are also my longtime friends that are always fun to be around and connect with.
This episode is full of so many gems on the valuable role humor has during hard times, the universal language of laughter, the magic improv comedy, how to add “having fun” to your self-care practice, the importance of having judgment-free creative outlets, and when to know when it’s time to give your “always funny” friends a break.
You also get to hear stories from what I was like in High School. Let's just say I've come a long way.
How would your life be different if you had a healthier relationship with money? What if you were more intentional about what you brought into your life? As we all recover, especially financially, from the holidays, now is the perfect time to do a bit of healing around money and our habits moving forward.
So to kick off a brand new season of the podcast, I have Cait Flanders, bestselling author of the book The Year of Less, with me to talk about her refreshing take on being more mindful when it comes to money and beyond.
We talk about why money conversations are hard, how to avoid the money shame and defensiveness, how to celebrate money wins, what being a mindful consumer is and how to do it, the deep work that happens after you change negative habits, the importance of getting outside and connecting with nature, and more.
How have you been? Have you had some time to reflect on your year? How are you feeling on this first day of the year? Or have you not even had a chance to check in and think about these things?
Wherever you are at, I've got a special in-between season bonus episode for you to give you a simple framework of some questions and things to contemplate as you close out 2018 and move into 2019.
And to help me, I've got the lovely Artist Nichole Rae. Nichole is one of my dearest friends (pictured dancing her heart out with me above) who also happens to be an incredible personal healing guide and teaches healing practices on her website artofdailypractice.com. We both teach what we've learned from our studies, but even more so from our own experiences.
2018 brought us both a lot of - let’s say wonderful healing lessons, and we thought it might be helpful to share our own journey this past year as we help you with your own contemplations. So take a listen as we share three big questions to ask yourself as you wrap up this year and set some goals for 2019.
Spoiler Alert: We hate New Years resolutions. Also a disclaimer: get ready for some serious Minnesota and North Dakota accents. Oh fer fun.
It’s the Season Two Finale! And to help us wrap up for 2018 and head into the holidays and new year happily and intentionally, I’ve brought Megan Gilger from The Fresh Exchange blog and online store back on for her insights on intentional gift giving and gathering for the upcoming holiday season, and how to get your family on board.
We also talk about how to embrace this season and transition into winter, and my favorite part of the conversation is about her own healing journey over the past year and finding the joy in a slower and wiser path to health.
It’s such a wonderful conversation, full of good nuggets that I think you’ll really enjoy.
This week's episode is short and sweet and all about how to recover from holiday celebrations and prepare yourself for the festivities to come. Listen to my top tips for recovering physically and emotionally from all of the hubbub and get insights on how to refuel yourself for the fun and/or not-so-fun gatherings to come.
Life is full of ups and downs. Highs and lows. Triumphs and failures. And while it seems like everyone only likes to share their successes, today’s guest, Jason Zook from Wandering Aimfully, is an exception to that.
Jason is not only one of the most adventurous entrepreneurs that I know, but he helps other budding entrepreneurs be just as bold and confident and successful. And he has this brilliant ability to share his ups and downs and turn them into valuable learning for everyone.
Take a listen as we chat about enjoying the long game of reaching your goals, making personal growth a curious experiment, turning obstacles into opportunities, defining what success looks like for you, investing in long-term health, and more.
For the last half of October, I had the opportunity to study in and explore the magical land of Peru. And while there is so much to rave about - the ruins, the landscape, the history - I found that there is something else going on there. Something I could try and learn and take home with me.
In this episode, I not only explore fun audio clips from my adventures, but I also share the secret to Peruvian happiness - the power of giving.
Travel is commonly viewed as an escape, a luxury, and sometimes even a burden. But to me, traveling is a vital part of being a part of the human race. Motivated by my recent travels to Peru, the topic of travel is fresh in my mind. And it's a topic I'm very passionate about if you can't already tell.
Maybe you feel the same way, but to help you think about travel a little bit differently or perhaps give you some permission to listen to your own wanderlust whisperings, I’ve come up with a little list I call 'The 3 Gets and 3 Gives of Travel' list - three things you’ll get out of it and three things you get to give, or in other words, three reasons why the world needs you to travel. I think you'll dig it.
Known for her capsule wardrobe challenge Project 333 and all things minimalism, Courtney Carver from bemorewithless.com talks with us not just about our closets and simplifying, but we also get into some juicier topics of how to be your own health advocate, cultivating inner trust, what do right after devastating news, debt-free living, and more.
We also talk about her new book Soulful Simplicity and her year-long course A Simple Year that is now open for registration.
Today’s podcast is a special one indeed. A conversation about probably the most important thing on the planet, maybe even the universe. And that thing is love.
Dr. Jaqueline A. Bussie is an award winning author, theologian, public speaker, and professor at Concordia College up here in my neck of the woods, Moorhead, MN. In her most recent book, Love Without Limits, she writes about what it means to truly love and be loved, and how to learn to love across differences.
Take a listen as we hear about Jaqueline’s personal journey of cultivating this love within, how to deal with religious and political differences with those that you love, how to create your own loving and supportive community, and how to move forward when you feel like your purpose and mission is destroyed.
And one my favorite parts of our conversation is when she shares her experience with getting fired from her publisher while writing Love Without Limits because of the stories of her Muslim and LGBTQ loved ones in her community. How her book ended up coming to be is an incredible tale full of really powerful lessons for all of us.
The end of summer and the coming on of darker days (literally, not figuratively hopefully) in this hemisphere is a perfect time to reset and reground.
Perhaps you’ve been craving that grounding feeling lately. You’ve been running around all summer, traveling, even quite literally flying in the air, and you are needing more stability and ritual and routine. That is where ‘grounding’ comes in.
Grounding is a popular term in the yoga and healing world. Grounding into a pose, grounding your energy, grounding practices, etc. But on this week’s episode, I dig a little deeper into this whole grounding thing to help you ease into the Fall Season.
The delightful Jessica Williams is back on the podcast to not only give us an update on her healing journey with an autoimmune disorder, but we explore the yin and yang of self-care, discipline of taking care of yourself, financial self-care, finding purpose in social media, acknowledging your growth, and more.
"Self-care is your gateway to deep healing. These practices are your true lifesavers."
Welcome to the first episode of Season 2! To begin this new season and new "seasonal vibe" of the podcast, I figured it would make sense to revisit this whole self-care thing and get on the same page.
Take a listen to hear why I'm kind of annoyed with the term self-care these days and how we reclaim its true meaning, the importance of prioritizing and personalizing your practices, and all you can expect from this season.
There is a lot of talk out there about self-love and living your best life, but it is rare to meet someone who has walked the walk and can really teach and inspire you to love yourself from a deep and authentic resource within.
It is my pleasure to bring you Danielle LaPorte, a multiple best-selling author, a highly acclaimed spiritual teacher and speaker, a poet, a mother, and an all around incredible human being, here on the podcast.
Take a listen as Danielle shares her truth bombs on being your own best friend, the life-saving reasons for self-care practices, how to hear your own inner wisdom, how to serve in an empowered way, the importance of knowing your core desires, and so much more.
This week’s episode is a continuation of last week’s conversation all about the important and complex topic of mental health. If you missed it, I recommend taking a listen HERE before you sit down with this one, so you’ll have more context of where I’m coming from and what points were already made.
Last week was more of an overview of the mental health issue and what we as a community can do about it. And in this week's Part 2, I dig into more of the nitty gritty of how you can tend to your own mental health needs with my top tips and things to keep in mind as you brave your own wilderness.
My personal self care journey began shortly after I was diagnosed with depression in my teens. And my path to heal and maintain that part of myself is the substance the powers what I bring to the world, including through my work and through this very podcast.
The subject of mental health is so near and dear to my heart that honestly, I'm a bit nervous to talk about it in this format. But with all that is going on, with so many people out there that suffer alone or don’t know how to help, I feel like it would be a disservice to keep sitting on the sidelines in this arena.
So, I’m going to be taking the next two episodes to talk about the timely and timeless topic of mental health, my personal journey with it, the stigma around it, how you can really help others, and how you can use self care to help yourself.
This episode (part 1) is all about the issue at large and how we as a collective community can help each other. The following episode (part 2) will cover simple self care practices specific for mental health, including thoughts on using or not using medication, how to tune in when you fear what you might hear, the concept of a good day and bad day routine and more.
In a world where we’ve become all about the likes and the followers and the curated feeds and all of that, it’s hard to know if we are really connecting with each other online. And if we are, it's hard to tell if that connection is feeding our deep need to connect or feeding our addiction to escape and compare.
Take a listen as we discuss how to be honest on social media and why it’s so important, being the space holder of a movement, vulnerability and how to reach out in a way that is proactive instead of destructive, the importance of being a witness for each other, the joy of keeping it simple when it comes to self care, and the power of mental sanitation.
The wonderfully inspiriting Ruth Allen from Whitepeak Wellbeing chats with me this week about her experience with the outdoors and her outdoor therapy practice in the UK.
As an indoor and outdoor counselor and coach, and as an outdoor enthusiast herself, Ruth shares her wisdom on how to chill out to hear your inner voice, how to use nature to be more playful, the importance of silence, how to bring the outdoors in, balancing nature and technology, and how to honor and listen to the enticing call of the outside world.
Kym Ventola is not only an amazing life and business coach, community garden manager, and wife and mama, but she is the founder of NINE Retreat, a community dedicated to empowering women through connection, wellness, adventure, and wisdom.
In this episode, Kym shares her own journey of the need to carve her own path when it came to self care and caring for her family and community. We also chat about the perks of taking social media breaks, setting healthy boundaries in everyday life, making the time for your passions, the joy of hitting rock bottom, living with less waste and a simpler lifestyle, and the power of gathering in a judgement free community.
It is a jam-packed, delightful conversation that I know you will get a lot out of.
In honor of Earth Day, I take you with me on my recent trip one of the coolest places on earth, Joshua Tree National Park with my friend, adventure and plant loving buddy, and past podcast guest Kristen Runvik.
There are many things that can fall under the self care umbrella, and I talk a lot about the day to day simple and practical things we can do to bring self care into every moment. But it is also important to think about the bigger picture ways of practicing self care.
And to me, this is travel, exploring, and getting out in nature for extended periods of time. Join Kristen and me as we recount our trip and share what we learned, and we even take you on a special plant hike with a local guide.
Hopefully this episode can inspire some adventures of your own and remind you that the world, the earth, even the plants blooming outside your window, are there waiting for you.
After my brief hiatus, we are back, and I am just giddy to bring you a conversation I had with the lovely Melissa Coleman from the beloved blog The Faux Martha.
Her new book The Minimalist Kitchen just hit the stands a few days ago, and I got to chat with her not only about her book and simplifying the kitchen, but also some beginner steps for bringing minimalism into your life, how gathering around the table can bring healing, Melissa’s favorite self care rituals, and more.
Today on the podcast I share with you and delightful and insightful conversation with the one and only Artist Nichole Rae. As her name suggests, Nichole is an artist specialized in mixed media book arts and hand lettering. And she now uses her creative talents to help others cultivate healing daily practices. With her workshops and online guides she teaches journaling and affirmations practices that inspire the creative spirit and connect you with your present self.
I had her over recently to talk more about her healing path and get her advice on how to use creativity as a daily healing practice. Take a listen as we chat about how to declare your daily practice, using your uniqueness for healing, how to spark your own creativity, and finding purpose during painful times.
Starting new habits can be extremely overwhelming. Especially when you’ve been doing “not so great” habits for a while and want to replace them with healthier ones. It’s easy to want to apply the “all or nothing” mentality to incorporating your self care practices because you are ready for results and you want them now. But most of the time, this way of going about it isn’t very sustainable.
In this episode, I talk about setting non-negotiable self care habit. One doable thing that you will do every day to meet your self care goals. Take a listen to learn how this game changing habit can make self care simpler and more enjoyable.