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.
For the final week of the Month of Joy series, I chat with community builders and influencers Simone Wai and Joe Burgum with Folkways.
From farmers markets to Christmas markets, canoe parades to mobile saunas, these two have been able to cultivate so much joy and connection in their hometown community and beyond. In our conversation we talk about how to fall in love with your hometown, the importance of connection and community, and how to make a difference and bring the joy to your city. I also take you on an adventure into the mobile sauna to get their take on winter wellness and cozying up your life.
For Week 3 of the Month of Joy on the podcast, I share a wonderfully insightful conversation with Caroline Kelso Zook of Made Vibrant. Along with being a friend and all around amazing human being, Caroline is an artist, designer, and writer and her business help soulful creatives create an authentic business and life.
In this episode, we chat about the importance of aligning with your core, how taking action combats the fear of sharing your work, creating space for self care, the power of gratitude, how minimalism creates creative clarity, embracing your weird, and so much more.
To continue the Month of Joy on the podcast, I chat with nutritionist Becca Shern from Minimal Wellness all about finding the joy in healthy daily habits, in particular with diet and exercise.
Take a listen as we chat about the dangers of staying in a stressful situations, the importance of filling your own cup first, the wisdom of the small and simple, how minimalism creates time to take care of yourself, tips on simplifying the kitchen, finding the joy in exercise and more.
So much goodness jammed packed into one episode. Enjoy!
February is the Month of Joy on the Simple Self Care Podcast, and to kick it off, I'm interviewing world renowned chef and food blogger Molly Yeh.
If you follow Molly’s blog and instagram, or have read her award winning cookbook Molly on the Range, you know that every occasion can be a fun celebration with the right mix of funfetti and cute marzipan figures. And her spin on your childhood comfort foods will warm your heart and your belly.
Take a listen as Molly and I chat about bringing joy to the kitchen, what to do if you don’t like cooking, self care travel tips, favorite winter rituals, and a cautionary tale for all of you shnitzel lovers.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our external world that we forget to check in to our internal world. Whenever we have a spare moment, we reach for our phone or other distraction to fill that empty space.
To help calm some of the the chaos in my mind and my life, I decided to do a little experiment last month. For the whole month of December, I took a break from social media. In this episode, I share what I learned from that experiment and offer some insights on why it's important to embrace the moments of nothingness.
Wintertime can be rough, especially on our skin. But as with most things that ail us, there are simple, daily things we can do to feel better.
In this episode, I chat with my favorite herbalist friend, Kristen Runvik. Kristen is the founder of Lagom Body Co., an earth-based skin care line that focuses on making your skin care routine a self care ritual.
Take a listen as we talk about the best Winter skin care and self care rituals, simple ways to use herbs in our daily lives, and get some tips on transitioning into using more natural beauty products.
Instead of setting yourself up to fail with the old school way of New Years Resolution, take a listen to some updated ideas. Learn how setting a theme for the year and creating seasonal goals can help you make 2018 a little happier and a little healthier than the year before.
Inauthenticity is everywhere. So much so that trying to sift through the news, social medias, marketing campaigns, etc. is becoming a full time job. This artificial connection can cause us to keep our walls up and lead with our barriers instead of our real, vulnerable selves. Take a listen to this week's podcast for more on the matter and join me in pondering why it's better to lead with what's real. And hear how our superficial interactions love block us instead of safe keep us.
Instead of just trying to survive and get through the month of December, what if you could truly thrive? Feel taken care of and refreshed. This is possible, and here are the top five ways to keep self care near and dear this time of year.
There is so much going on, and there is too much going on. And it is so easy to get overwhelmed with all of life's demands and distractions. But feeling overwhelmed doesn't have to be a normal way of life.
This week's episode offers some simple ways to give your overwhelm a hug and let go of what isn't needed.
To counter all of holiday shopping hullabaloo, I created the Ultimate Un-Gift Guide, a list of more meaningful ways to spend your money and time this holiday season.
Instead of giving in to the pressures of overspending and giving inauthentic gifts that your loved ones may or may not like, why not give something more valuable: your time, your presence, and meaningful experiences.
“How the seasons change taught me that nothing ever lasts forever. That's both a reassuring thing, but also a moment to really realize that you have to live in the present. Seasons invite a way to look at how much we’ve grown.”
The reason for the season this coming week is our quiet but mighty hero, Gratitude. Noticing what we are grateful for can bring light and positivity to any given moment. It can transform the hardest of times into times of sweet growth, and it enhance our most joyous moments.
In this episode, Megan Gilger from The Fresh Exchange shares how her gratitude practice helps her live a more seasonal, intentional, and fulfilled life.
Time. It seems to be endless, yet it's become more precious than gold. It can stand still, and it can zoom by. It can age, and it can heal. It's a steady constant that governs days, months, years, and seasons like, well, clockwork.
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?
Today on the podcast, in honor of daylight savings time, this episode talks about how we can use time for our benefit when it comes to taking the time needed for our self care practices.
This week's episode is all about embracing the transition from Fall into Winter. Take a listen to hear my favorite things to consider during this time of year and suggested rituals to do as part of your Autumn self care practice.
Jessica Williams is most commonly known for her work running the social media for The Minimalists and co-hosting The Mind Palace Podcast. But Jess is also insightful and wise on the matters of going through a difficult healing journey.
In this episode, I get to have an intimate chat with Jess on not just working through her autoimmune disease, but we talk abou trusting your intuition, having authority over your own body, feeling abundant and content instead of feeling deprived and without, the healing power of minimalism, bringing small doses of luxury into our everyday life, creating an environment to be able to calm yourself down.
Welcome to the very first official episode of The Simple Self Care Podcast. In this episode, we all get on the same 'self care' page by discussing this whole 'self care' thing. What is it, really? Why should we care? How do we do it?
:: Spoiler Alert :: It's simpler than you think, and it will change your life.
Before we embark on this exciting journey through the airwaves together, I figured it important to provide you a preparatory episode, a prepisode if you will, of The Simple Self Care Podcast, a weekly nudge to take good care.
Not only does this prepisode tell you what this podcast is about, how it came to be, and what you can expect in future episodes, it takes you on a little trip with me to the lakes of Minnesota.
Special appearances by the Solar Eclipse, the Loons of Minnesota, and a windy lake.