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.
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.