self care spotlight Season 1
On the SCS, it's not just about bubble baths and massages, but getting to the heart of what it really means to live your best life against the backdrop of every day life. You're invited to a lifestyle, a way of being, where taking care of yourself is everything from yoga or spirituality to doing work that you love and slowing down. Through Alyssa's solo episodes and interviews with inspiring women who are just as likely to meditate as they are to curse, the goal of this podcast is to empower you to make space for you and your self care and live your most radiant, aligned life.
Lighthearted yet Deep. Mystical yet Practical. Soft yet Fierce. You'll feel like you're talking with some girlfriends.
#58 GETTING UNSTUCK, HONORING YOUR PROCESS AND DEEP LISTENING WITH CONNIE CHAPMAN
May 29, 2018
With life coach, podcast host and writer, Connie Chapman
- Intentional social media vs. “have to”
- Honoring your process
- Putting people on a pedestal and comparison
- Applying and acting on what you’re learning
- Having the courage to listen and get still
- Rooting into the heart of your Why
- Moving past inherited limited beliefs
- Meditating with your inner child
- Unlearning fear, relearning love
- Defending your wound and owning your part in your suffering
- Her favorite ways to journal-tangible techniques!
#57 MAKING YOUR SOUL'S ART: CREATIVITY, CONNECTION, & COLLABORATION VS. COMPETITION WITH JESSICA YOUNG
May 22, 2018
With Jessica Young, intuitive artist and psycho-therapist
- Successful side hustling
- The importance of your Why
- The validation trap of money and followers
- “The Dip” and giving up too quickly
- Her boundary practices as a therapist
- Art as intuitive self care
- Not having it all together, all the time
- Sharing vs. Over-sharing
- Our thirst for connection in a digital era
- Jess’s 24 hour detox
- How our new Journal came to be
- Collaboration vs. Competition
- Scarcity Mindset vs. Abundance Mindset
#56 ASTROLOGY TO DISCOVER YOUR IDEAL CAREER PATH WITH BIANCA FILOTEO
May 8, 2018
With astrology expert, Bianca Filoteo
- How to use Astrology to discover your ideal career
- Ideal careers based on the 12 zodiac signs and 4 elements
- Expressing your creativity with Side Hustles
- Sun Sign, Moon Sign, Rising Sign
- Your “Career House”
- The one Sign many celebrities and successful folks have in their charts
- The best risk-taking/entrepreneurial Signs
- Knowing your strengths and weaknesses by looking to the stars
- Crafting a brand around your astrology chart
+ MAP YOUR ASTROLOGY BIRTH CHART FREEBIE!
#55 UNCONSCIOUS SELF-HELP SABOTAGE: REFRAMING YOUR WORDS AND MINDSET FOR SUCCESS
May 1, 2018
- How you shape your life through everyday language
- Self sabotaging self help jargon
- Conscious and unconscious mindsets and finding alignment
- The first step to making a dream life your real life
- The difference between transformation vs. liberation and knowing which you actually want
- Becoming more You
#54 PALM READINGS: DISCOVERING YOURSELF IN THE PALM OF YOUR HANDS WITH HELENE SAUCEDO
April 24, 2018
With palm + finger print reader @handfulofstars_readings
- Palm readings and what they can tell us about our best career, love, strengths, & challenges
- The methodology and history behind palm readings
- Personality profiling and validation through your palm lines
- The energy of your hands
- The elemental shape of your hand
- Your dominant mounts
- What your thumb tells you about yourself and your top three chakras
- Head, heart, and life lines
- Knowing your Inner and outer self based on the hands
- Heart line defects
- The Life Print System of fingerprints readings
- The mystery around why we have fingerprints
- Learning what you’re here to “master” or overcome in this life
#53 CHAKRA SOUNDS, ALIGNMENT, AND MUSIC TO RAISE YOUR VIBRATION WITH CONSCIOUS POP MUSICIAN, RENAE
April 17, 2018
With conscious pop musician, RENAE
- The sounds of the chakras
- How she came up with the idea to make an album based on them
- Hear 4 track samples in the episode!
- Why the music industry did not support her idea
- Pretending to be someone you're not vs. following your heart
- Chakras and their importance at different stages of our lives
- Music and creativity as spirituality and self care
- Singing, Music, and Dance as primal forms of expression that we are all capable of
- Her favorite song on the album
- Her new course, Align Your Vibes and how she blends creative techniques to help you find alignment
#52 A YEAR OF PODCASTING PART 2: THE BEAUTY OF BEGINNINGS, FLOW, LISTENING, TAKING A COMPLIMENT, AND CHOOSING EASE OVER EASY
April 10, 2018 - SPECIAL EDITION ANNIVERSARY EPISODE
With the host, Alyssa
- How and why I started the podcast unintentionally
- Starting without all the answers
- The beauty of being a beginner
- The art of listening
- Honoring your strengths
- Learning from compliments
- Choosing ease and joy over "easy" and what's the difference
- Hell yes living
- How goals are like relationships
- The importance of sustainable self care
- People want people, not perfect
- A deep thank you from me to YOU!
- What I want for this podcast's future
- I read your reviews live!
- My responses to our "Rapid Fire Questions"
#51 A YEAR OF PODCASTING PART 1: REFLECTING ON A YEAR OF SELF CARE AND LEARNING TO BE YOURSELF WITH OUR FIRST EVER GUEST, VANESSA CHECCHIO
April 3, 2018
With fitness gypsy and award winning personal trainer, Vanessa Checchio
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- What does "self care" mean to her a year later?
- The evolution of "hustle"
- The joy and art of "Nothingness"
- Finding the confidence to be YOU: The Aquarius woman
- Being your own hype woman and loving yourself
- The most important relationship you have
- Social media struggles, detoxing and curfews
- Her 3 fav self care tips right now
#50 YOGA METAPHORS: HOW YOU DO YOUR YOGA IS HOW YOU DO YOUR LIFE WITH ANDREA MARCUM
March 27, 2018
With yoga teacher and author, Andrea Marcum
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- On being a yoga teacher in pre-social media days and what we can learn from them
- Her take on the Instagram yoga world
- Her inspiration for writing the book
- The book's unique layout AND your yoga journey: Awaken, transform, unite
- How you do your yoga is how you do your life
- The story of teaching her first yoga class (it's a good one!)
- Yoga as Metaphors for patience, forgiveness, presence, and much more
- Yoga as physical, psychological, and philosophical and how that impacts us differently than other forms of exercise
- Dharma (highest path) and Santosha (contentment) and how to find them
- How to see obstacles as stepping stones
- Her early days as a signer/songwriter and what that taught her
- Creating Space is Creative Space
- Her daily mindfulness recommendations: S.T.O.P., S.T.A.R.T., the ABC's and "little savasanas"
- Her "On the Mat" Challenge for YOU!
#49 LIGHT DRAINS AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO "BE THE LIGHT"
March 20, 2018
With JD founder, Alyssa
- Being the light, doesn't mean giving away your Light
- Your Life's Purpose (yup!)
- Social Media, walking away, and why you need to be the Light more than ever
- The difference between being a Light or an Outlet
- Light Leechers
- Inspiring others to find their Light
- Living a turned-on life
- What you're really seeing in the people you admire
#48 CALLING BULLSH*T: INSTAGRAM YOGA, YOGA INJURIES, AND KEEPING IT REAL ON + OFF THE MAT WITH STEPHANIE BIRCH
March 13, 2018
With Yoga Teacher/Truth Talker Steph Birch
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- Yoga on Instagram and why she's over it
- How her Instagram has changed and losing 10k + followers
- Comparison and Picture Perfect yoga poses on Social Media
- Staying authentic and being mindful on and off the mat
- The Yoga Injuries that changed her practice and mindset
- Why yoga injury is so taboo
- Yoga props and self care techniques for a mindful practice and healthy body
- Tailoring YOUR yoga practice and being a life-long student of your body
- No longer being neutral on some topics
#47 MEDITATION: ON BENDING TIME, YOUR BRAIN, AND SELF WORTH WITH DR. NIKKI STARR
March 6, 2018
With Transformation Coach, Meditation + Yoga Teacher and MD, Dr. Nikki Starr
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- 2 meditation benefits you HAVEN'T thought of
- How does meditation bend time?
- What's happening scientifically to the brain in meditation?
- Living from your Alpha brain waves, what that means, and how to get there
- Keeping calm in the chaos
- The top reasons people hesitate or stop meditating
- Tips to stick with your meditation
- Her go-to meditation for beginners
- What self care means to Nikki
#46 DEALING WITH YOUR INNER MEAN GIRL AND CRITIC
February 27, 2018
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- Judgment Detox book by Gabby Bernstein
- Your inner critic and the Virgo Full Moon on March 1st/2nd
- Being our own BIGGEST critic and block and my personal struggles
- The judgement cycle as an entrepreneur
- Ways we judge: comparison, judgment of others, play victim
- 5 ways to loosen and release judgements
- Growing up with "Survival of the Fittest" mindset and its effects
- Choosing love, abundance, and oneness
#45 SPIRITUALITY IN BUSINESS AND SPIRITUAL TOOLS
February 20, 2018
With Cassie Uhl of Zenned Out Jewelry
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- How she started Zenned Out Jewelry and made it full time
- The paradox of infusing spirituality + business
- How to make money without feeling gross
- Her creative process
- How she uses altars
- Her favorite moon phase, jewelry piece, tarot deck, & goddess
- Why she made her new book, The Goddess Discovery Book
#44 LOVE LESSONS LEARNED WITH MY FIANCE, BRAD
February 13, 2018 A Valentine's Day episode
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- Our steps on how to deal when things just aren't vibing
- The relationship questions you need to ask
- Honoring your partner's differences
- Our favorite things to do together to strengthen our bond
- Growing together spiritually and as a couple
#43 SELF CARE IS NOT SELFISH AND "LIGHT SHAMING"
February 6, 2018
With Alyssa Kuzins, JD Founder
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- The 3 reasons why we need to know that self care isn't selfish
- "The Self Care Tea Cup" analogy
- What is "Light Shaming?"
- Martyrdom and suffering
- An on-air group Affirmation "permission slip" to live your light
#42 AYURVEDA FOR TAILOR MADE HEALTH CARE
January 30, 2018
With Caryn Ohara, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- What is Ayurveda?
- Why practice it?
- Developing your own health beliefs and toolkit
- The 2 core principles of Ayurveda
- The importance of Digestion
- The synchronicity of her colon cancer
- The 3 doshas (energies)
- How to know your dosha
- Self care and exercise based on your dosha
#41 HOW TO FIND YOUR BLISS + BOUNDARIES
January 23, 2018
With Lori Harder of The Bliss Project and the Earn Your Happy #1 iTunes podcast.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- Why Tribe is so important
- Learning about ourselves through others
- From self loathing to self love
- Clinging to false desires for short term happiness
- Knowing how you want to feel and her "words" for 2018
- Creating sustainability even in chaos
- Saying no and delegating
- Protecting your message
- Boundaries with girlfriends
- Her #1 tip for taking a big leap
#40 AURA PHOTOGRAPHY: ENERGY SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS
January 16, 2018
With Eileen Lee of @weareauraaura Aura Photography
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- What is an aura?
- Similarities in auras based on cities
- How she got into aura photography and how it works
- Her BIG mission behind aura photography
- Her most memorable reading
- The different shapes, colors, and densities of auras and what they mean
- How stress affects your aura
- Does any part stay the same?
- Auras as an analogy for being in the moment
#39 THE ONE THING STRATEGY AND THE MYTH OF BALANCE AND MULTI-TASKING
January 9, 2018
With Alyssa Kuzins, JD Founder
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- The two books I recommend to discover your words and/or phrase for 2018
- What is The One Thing Principle?
- How to implement it into your day, week, month, and year for extraordinary living
- How it's changed my life
- The balance fallacy and the multi-tasking lie
- What is counter-balancing?
#38 FINDING THE FIRE AND FLOW FOR SUSTAINABLE JOY AND ACHIEVING FOCUS FOR THE MULTI-PASSIONATE SOUL
January 2, 2018
With Taylor Lou Dixon, a Mindset and Business Coach for female solopreneurs.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK:
- Sustainability and “balance” for happiness
- Honoring both the Fire masculine energy and the Flow feminine energy
- Knowing your natural energy state to lead from
- How she got clients before she had a website
- How to focus when you’re multi-passionate
- Learning to Pivot
- Evolution and learning as self care
#37 HOW TO TAKE BIG LEAPS IN 2018 AND HAVE MORE BY DOING LESS
December 26, 2017
With JD Founder, Alyssa--One of the biggest questions people ask me is, "How did you do it?" They are always referring to how I found the confidence and courage to take BIG leaps, such as creating a product, launching a podcast, leading yoga retreats, leaving grad school, and now opening the Self Care Collective online membership. And when I sat down to really think about 2017, I realized that this year was full of big "leaps of faith," and it got me thinking, what is my recipe to leap?
This week I break it down for you to take your own leaps in the New Year, and I also reflect on 5 of my biggest lessons from 2017. And what's my motto for 2018? I chat about why it is speaking to me right now and how it might relate to you as well.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: My recipe for taking BIG leaps, Reflecting on lessons from 2017, Relationships and Self Love, and My 2018 motto.
#36 Bianca Filoteo- DECEMBER'S POWERFUL NEW MOON, BIRTH CHARTS FOR LIFE EVENTS, & A YEAR OF SELF CARE
December 19, 2017
With Bianca Filoteo--The last New Moon of 2017 is upon us with the moon in Sagittarius, the Truth seeker, and Bianca is back one last time this year to chat with us about what it means! The Full Moon also lands exactly on January 1st, so this moon cycle is especially important! That's why Bianca and I are breaking down how to best approach your intention setting this month!
And did you know events have birth charts too? We used the JD Self Care Collective as an example since it just launched yesterday for enrollment and begins January 1st! This was so cool and really provides an insight into the energy behind important days in your life.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: The Sagittarius New Moon, How to best intention set for 2018, Why this moon cycle is SO important, How to do birth charts for events, The Self Care Collective birth chart, What you get in the SCC, and Bianca's new JD role!
#35 JD Founder, Alyssa- THE SEASON OF LIGHT: LEARNING FROM YULE + WINTER’S GIFT OF DARKNESS AND HOLIDAY BLUES
December 12, 2017- A Holiday Episode
With JD Founder, Alyssa--What are the roots of modern day Christmas traditions? How can you deal with Winter's darkness and what can we learn from it, and how do you deal with holiday blues? This is my favorite time of the year, but for a lot of folks, they struggle with the holidays and winter, and also with the way of the world right now, it doesn't feel super jolly. I've been there.
In this episode, we talk about celebrating the light, exploring the dark, and being the light, especially in darkness, while also investigating the Pagan roots behind Christmas, which I find fascinating! I even offer up some journal prompts to keep your spirits bright and how to use these darker months to prep for 2018.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Why I love Christmas (it's not the gifts), Yule: The Pagan roots of Christmas traditions, The saddest Christmas of my life, How to deal with holiday blues,Winter + introspection, planning, & healing, Listening to Mother Nature, and Self care rituals + journal prompts for the Winter months
#34 Hilary Johnson- ENTREPRENEURSHIP: TAKE LEAPS, BE TRUE, CHANGE YOUR MIND, & TAKE A SHOWER
December 5, 2017
With Hilary Johnson of @hatchtribe-- Hilary had it all. The six figure job working for a very well-known company in a high level position with all the perks and parties, but she was miserable. It took some time to "wake up," but once Hilary heard the message to leave corporate altogether, she did, and she started her own business.
In this interview, Hilary is honest and upfront about her slower road to taking the big leap as she discovered who she was and what she really wanted, and she is chalk full of wisdom on what "being an entrepreneur" means to her. As an author, coach, and mentor at Hatch Tribe, Hilary is dedicated to helping women in all stages of business. Yet even if you aren't an entrepreneur, Hilary's insight and message of being true to you, is what it's all about!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Why she worked a dream, 6 figure job and hated it, Why taking a leap of faith took some time, The evolution of our "Why" and changing your mind, Timing & Necessary Experience, The qualities of an entrepreneur, Comparison as the thief of joy, and How has self care shifted in entrepreneurship?
#33 Joe Ray Phipps- SOCIAL MEDIA HATERS, YOGA STEREOTYPES, BODY POSITIVITY, & MENTAL HEALTH
November 28, 2017
With Joe Ray Phipps-- With over 125k followers on Instagram, my friend Joe knows what it's like to experience the "the dark side" of social media. Butting against the stereotype of a thin, white, ultra bendy female practicing yoga, Joe Ray uses her platform to inspire others in body positivity and mental health awareness. She is always honest and raw with her experiences and opinions, and this conversation definitely got me thinking about the boxes we place ourselves in.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Joe's real life experiences with online haters, How she deals with haters, Yoga stereotypes that need to stop, Instagram is NOT real life, What is a "mental health disorder,” The common link between yoga and mental disorders/health, and How yoga helped her heal.
BE SURE TO JOIN THE JD SELF CARE SUNDAY YOGA CHALLENGE IN THE SHOW NOTES!
#32 Alyssa- THE SECRET SAUCE: GRATITUDE, AMERICAN CULTURE, & A GUIDED MEDITATION
November 21, 2017-- A Thanksgiving episode
With JD Founder, Alyssa-- You've probably heard the saying, "It is not happy people who are grateful, it is grateful people who are happy," and maybe you have pondered it or maybe it was just a passing thought, but for me, this is one of those quotes that just rings so much truth and wisdom. Yet in the USA, I can't help but feel like we've got Thanksgiving wrong in several ways, which I explain in today's episode.
I also talk about gratitude as one of the modalities that helped me heal during the hardest point in my life. When I was so sick of being sad, I decided to be grateful instead. And then I found happiness. I'll share my unique gratitude practice, and at the end you'll get a 7 MINUTE GUIDED MEDITATION!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Gratitude breeds happiness, Thanksgiving as a metaphor for American culture, How gratitude helped me heal, Gratitude Rants, and a guided meditation!
#31 Bianca Filoteo- NOV. ASTROLOGY & DAILY MOONS TO PLAN YOUR DAY
November 14, 2017
With Bianca Filoteo-- Did you know that the Moon changes signs every 2-2.5 days? And that you can focus your energy on different life areas depending on which sign it is in? Crazy cool, right? Bianca and I break this down in a really easy to follow way, and I found this very illuminating as a holistic approach to plan your days, especially since the Moon is so connected to our emotions.
And on top of that, what's the overriding theme of November astrologically and energetically speaking? We're going to jam on what the Scorpio new moon has in store for you and how the Sagittarius sun sign will help you over Thanksgiving to keep it calm, even with that crazy uncle who talks politics...
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: The Scorpio New Moon, Why Sagittarius is going to help you keep calm over the holidays, How to use daily moon signs to help your plan you day most effectively, and A breakdown of the daily moon sign meanings. BONUS DAILY MOON SIGN CHEAT SHEET IN THE SHOW NOTES.
#30 Lauren Hall- LIVING WITH YOUR GHOSTS & A LESSON IN WITCHES
October 31, 2017--A Halloween/Samhain episode
With @spiritsandsawdust-- Lauren, who has been a practicing witch for 20 years, offers practical magic for living with ghosts of all kinds, whether it's the spirit ghost giving you the creeps in your own home, your ex-boyfriend who you cannot seem to rid yourself of, or a block in your business. From magical herbalism to tarot and channeling, she offers her clients FREEDOM and EMPOWERMENT in their lives, homes, and businesses to clear negative energy and manifest the life they desire!
If you are anything like me, the woo woo world and witchcraft especially isn't something you grew up with or started exploring until the more recent years. Today's episode schooled me in what is witch, wiccan, and paganism, and I was fascinated with Lauren's expertise and offerings! +2 Simple spells/rituals for clearing or manifesting
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: How she got into spirit work (it's a GREAT ghost story!), How we are ALL living with ghosts (the spirit kind and the ex-boyfriend kind), How she helps people clear their "ghosts", What's the difference between wicca, paganism, and being a witch, Her thoughts on this new acceptance of "witches" or being witchy, Who is a "witch" and what is "magic?", and Why intuition is self care.
#29 Alyssa Kuzins- UPDATE: SIGNS CONTINUED
October 24, 2017
With JD Founder, Alyssa-- This weekend I saw a dead butterfly while walking on the beach with my boyfriend at sunrise AND I wasn’t sad…let me explain!
Piggy-backing off of the fan favorite, Episode 24: Universal Signs, on this week’s episode, I riff on the idea of what happens when you see a sign that is unsettling, isn't what you want to hear, or signifies that you have to do something really hard. Listen in to hear my perspective on what this beautiful dead butterfly meant to me and why I saw it as a good thing, not a bad omen. JOURNAL PROMPT IN THE SHOW NOTES!
THIS WEEK’S GIRL TALK: Supportive partnerships, Why perspective is everything, Why I viewed this death as a good, not bad sign, How to deal with a scary or upsetting sign, On accepting and trusting new chapters, life shifts, and the on going process of deaths/births throughout your life.
#28 Bianca Filoteo- OCTOBER ASTROLOGICAL ENERGY
October 17, 2017
With Bianca Filoteo-- What's the overriding themes of October astrologically and energetically speaking? Bianca is back for our new monthly astro forecasts to clue you in on the energy happening and how this may be reflected in YOUR life, what you can learn from it, and how to flow with it. After all, even though our sun sign might not be in Scorpio or Libra, we each have these Signs somewhere in our charts...
Which brings me to the fact that she not only clues us in on the duality of this month's energy, but she is also breaking down how to read your astro birth chart with my stars in Scorpio as an example. BONUS HOW TO WORKSHEET IN SHOW NOTES (it's SO good!)
THIS WEEK’S GIRL TALK: Libra & Scorpio energy meaning, Shadow side of each Sign, On dualities/the paradoxes of humanness, Reading astro birth charts, Scorpio and the Divine Feminine, and Jupiter moved into Scorpio: what does that mean for you?
#27 Michele Burchfield- THE UNSUGAR & LIVING A PURE LIFE
October 10, 2017
With Blume Honey Water CEO-- Michele Burchfield started out in the craft beer industry in the original sales team of Sam Adams, and after 20 years of a thriving career in several beverage companies, she started Blume Honey Water in our hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. That was 15 months ago, and Blume has taken Western PA by storm and is now expanding rapidly into local health grocers near YOU!
Michele shares her fascinating journey from beer to honey and how talking to a boys wrestling coach inspired her to create nutritious and delicious, natural hydration for adults and children. We talk a lot about why honey is different from other sugars (I was wondering the same thing), and she shares some funny stories from when starting the business, like when they had to juice 550 pounds of organic ginger unexpectedly!! Tune in for some inspiration on what it means to live life in full blume and the joys/challenges of building a company.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: How she started at Sam Adams beer in the 80’s, How a boy’s wrestling team inspired her, The history and health benefits of honey, The Unsugar: how how honey is processed differently in the body, The challenges & humor of starting a business, Her journey from “the burn the calories” to “fuel your body,” and Society’s evolution from Gatorade to pure hydration. Halloween Cocktail Recipes in the SHOW NOTES!
#26 A Biz Riff With Alyssa- MY FEMININE BUSINESS: WHY I DIDN'T USE KICKSTARTERS
October 3, 2017
A Biz Riff with JD Founder, Alyssa--This week you're getting a behind-the-scenes look into why I didn't use Kickstarters to crowdfund even though it's the number 1 crowdfunding website AND an inside look into my feminine business mindset. This might not sound like a self care topic, but I assure you this decision came with a lot of headaches and ultimately taught me a lot about honoring myself and others.
A lot of people assume there is only one way to crowd fund, and while this is not an episode bashing Kickstarters by any means, this is my reasoning for why it didn't energetically feel like the right approach for starting this company, The Journal Deck. I'll break down my top two reasons and explain the difference between masculine and feminine businesses models and how that related to my crowdfunding platform options and ultimate decision.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Course correction, Masculine versus Feminine business model/approaches, What is crowdfunding and how Kickstarters works versus Celery for pre-orders, Why no sale is small and "enoughness," and Reframing success + being open to new possibilities.
BONUS JOURNAL PROMPT IN THE SHOW NOTES!
#25 Dr. Stefanie Painter- LIVING YOUR PURPOSE: BACK STAGE TO CENTER STAGE
September 26, 2017
With Dr. Stefanie Painter @theshakticenter-- Have you ever wondered what your Purpose is? For Stefanie, I'm pretty sure it's to dance and inspire others to embrace their best, most natural Self, but that isn't usually easy, especially when you're trying to do what's expected of you.
In this candid interview, Stefanie walks us through her awakening journey of people pleasing and "checking off all the boxes," only to arrive at a place where she was questioning her own happiness. She also shares her opinion on doing self care versus embodying true self care and self love, and she isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Finally, her love of dance is sure to make you wanna bust a move and embrace your inner Shakti!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Finding and following your Purpose, Her awakening moment, Living up to family expectations, What Shakti means to her, How acts of self care can be bandaids, and Why dance is life and why everyone can dance!
#24 Alyssa Kuzins- UNIVERSAL SIGNS AND HOW THE BODY TALKS
September 19, 2017
With JD Founder, Alyssa-- How many times have you heard someone say, "It's a sign," and if you're like me, you definitely believe in them! But sometimes it's easier than others to believe that the Universe is really listening to you, let alone talking to you. My hope for this episode is for you to start believing or simply rekindle your belief in Signs.
In this episode, I will share several very personal experiences with Signs from the Universe and my body, how they have helped me make HUGE and HARD decisions, and I'll even let you in on my own personal universal sign.
THIS WEEK’S GIRL TALK: What’s a #weirdnotweird moment, The first time I asked for a Sign, How a Sign helped me make a HUGE relationship decision, and How my Period proved to be a very telling Sign.
#23 Bianca Filoteo- UNDERSTANDING MOON SIGNS AND WHY WE LOOK TO THE STARS
September 12, 2017
Most of us know our horoscope, or our Sun sign, but many of us, me included until recently, are not aware of our Moon sign. What is it? What does it mean? How does it inform your personality, emotional state, and self care?
It seems like everyone is obsessed with the feminine Moon these days, and by knowing your time of birth, birth day, and location, you can discover your Moon Sign. This week we dive deep and break down how you can best practice self care, health, and fitness based on whether your Moon is a water, fire, earth, or air element sign! This is a seriously juicy conversation filled with so many interesting bits!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Moon Signs vs. Sun Signs vs. Rising Signs, Self care based on your Moon Sign/element, How a health scare led to astrology, Why Bianca walked away from acting for nutrition and astrology, Why Astrology isn't "predicting the future," and her beautiful daily Moon journaling practice.
#22 Shannon Gomez- TAROT WITH ATTITUDE: SWEARING, SARCASM, AND KEEPING IT REAL
September 5, 2017
With Shannon Gomez @therebeldeck-- Sometimes you need a swift smack on the face. A wake-up call. A "Get your sh*t together" pep talk from a friend, or in this case, a tarot deck.
The Rebel Deck is an oracle card/tarot deck like no other. With its salty and in-your-face messages like "Your ass needs to go to yoga," you are sure to pull exactly what you need when soft, sweet, and magical isn't the inspiration you need that day! Life's all about paradoxes and balance, right? We even joked that the Journal Deck is your soft side and the Rebel Deck is your darker side!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Finding a creative support team, The Rebel Deck birth story, Embracing your “darker” side, Her fears on going against the norm, Why chanting is her fav. form of meditation, and Her fav form of journaling style.
#21 Kelley Knight- UNIVERSAL TIMING AND DEEP HEALING
August 29, 2017
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have all the luck? Why things just happen for them with ease? Well, I think my most recent guest, Kelley Knight aka @modernmystic_tarot, and I would have to agree that it's NOT luck, it's alignment. It's Truth.
Kelley runs a successful "magic" shop in Atlanta, Georgia called Modern Mystic Shop, and I so enjoyed hearing about her swift road to success that includes Usher and Uma Thurman walking into her shop like nbd!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: The swift, synchronistic success of her Modern Mystic Shop, Universal timing and releasing control, Her journey from spiritual to physical body healing, Healing your family line, blame, and trauma in the body, and Kundalini Yoga. PLUS Kelley drops tons of her favorite things from tarot decks to books, trainings, and energy healing to try--find them in the show notes!
#20 WHAT IS GRACE AND THE SOLAR ECLIPSE
August 22, 2017- A Special Edition Solar Eclipse Episode
How do you define Grace? What does it mean to you? Do you know what it means? After talking to other women about this subject and after discussing it on my recent yoga retreat, I realized that many people don't understand what Grace actually means. It seems like it's this esoteric concept of the past that I've only recently come to understand better after breaking off an engagement.
So this week I jam on one of my favorite words, Grace, and how it relates to this week's special Solar Eclipse!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: What is Grace, What does it look and feel like, What this Solar Eclipse means for us all, Water as a metaphor for feminine energy, What is feminine versus masculine energy, How the feminine energy is rising right now because the world needs it, and Softness and Fierceness as one.
#19 Carly Talbott- WANDER LOST TO WANDERLUST
August 15, 2017
I feel a straight up soul-sister connection with this lady even though we have never met. I met her through my other gal pal, Allie (podcast episode #5), and it was an insta soul sister crush without a doubt! She's got so much heart and I know without a doubt you are going to love hearing her unique perspective on Self Care + she's a dedicated Journaler!
Now a co-host of the popular Podcast, Truth and Dare, which I was interviewed on as well, Carly dives deep about subjects that many of us women shy away from. From periods, to the power of the pussy, body image, manifesting dreams, our sex lives, and even pooping, she is NOT afraid to divulge in authentic conversation and empower women all over to live their Truth and Dare to change!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Self care as a buzz word, The divine threesome you are always in, Self care as a manifestation bridge, Her fav subject to talk about, How Oprah turned her life around, Her first eye-opening meditation experience, How she’s moving onto a sailboat, and Why she’s obsessed with her journal!
#18 Kate Markovitz- BALANCING HORMONES, MOMMYHOOD, & LIFE
August 8, 2017
Kate is one of my go-to gal pals when I have a question about holistic health and clean eating. Kate has always been honest and real about her disordered past eating, getting her hormones balanced from pre-puberty levels, adrenal fatigue, and even gut health.
She used to be a coaching client of mine, and I am so grateful to have continued our relationship as our lives have evolved and changed quite a bit- she is even a super new mom now! Kate is one of the sweetest people I know, and she really does want to educate others with her passionate knowledge so that we may all live happy and healthy lives! You are sure to learn something tangible to take away from our first foodie episode!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Mind body spirit balance, quitting sugar, juicing correctly, disordered eating + working out, her process to heal her adrenals, hormone balancing, stress and periods, taking baby breaks to be a better mom and better You, on grace, and the number #1 Vitamin she recommends to everyone. BONUS: Adrenal Health Creamsicle Recipe + "Finding Grace" Journal Prompt! Listen in.
#17 Kathrin Zenkina- BECOMING BEST FRIENDS WITH MONEY
July 25, 2017
Money. Some people hate it, some people love it. The fact of the matter is that you can't escape a need for money in this world, BUT that doesn't make it a necessary evil; in fact, Kathrin, coach, author, and manifesting expert of Manifestation Babe, seeks to help women in rewriting their relationship with money. Money as your best friend. Money as even your husband!
These are the kinds of radical, thought-provoking conversations we had in this episode, and I think it is absolutely CRUCIAL for all women to hear! I myself struggled with my money story, so I know first hand that your mindset is vastly important to manifesting both physical, emotional, and spiritual abundance!
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: The history of money as masculine, expanding your mind to many money possibilities, how to serve and stay high vibe even with poverty and negativity in the world, “selfish to be selfless,” your money story, how to rewrite your Relationship with money as a friend, why you need to budget and track your money, life-changing money affirmations, doing things for free and under-charging, and nature as a metaphor for money.
#16 Mary Beth LaRue- YOGA OFF THE MAT
July 18, 2017
Mary Beth is one of those people who even though they teach hundreds, if not thousands at festivals like Wanderlust, still feels so down-to-earth. As I happened to walk past her at Wanderlust Snowshoe, I recognized her and thought, "There is no way she will remember me from 3 years ago and from Instagram." But sure enough, she stopped mid sentence and came over and gave me a hug! Is that legit or what?
MB is a co-founder + coach over at Rock Your Bliss, in which you may remember that her counterpart Jacki Carr was on episode #9. Aside from slaying it over in bliss land, she also teaches yoga at Wanderlust Hollywood and at several Wanderlust Festivals and 108s. Dream career, am I right? This woman is sure to make you wanna be her friend, and I was so pumped to talk 1:1 with her after girlboss-crushing since I met her 3 years ago.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: Not shoulding on your meditation practice, yoga off the mat, how she created a full time yoga career, how she got over her fear of public speaking to teach hundreds, how internal work leads to external shifts, and reactionary self care versus proactive self care.
#15 Venus Lau- LIVING IN THE GREY AREA
July 11, 2017
I always say that my whole life is living in the grey area. Nothing about me is black and white. I meditate and I've jammed out to Ke$ha. I pray and I've danced on a stripper pole in college for fun. I drink green juice and I love Tennessee honey and stout beers.
Venus, a fitness coach, animal flow instructor, and fitness model residing in LA, jammed with me about this exact topic-- the grey area. We put people in boxes, and yet as humans we are so much more dynamic and complex than the labels we and others assign us. The Yogi. The Gymrat. The Nerd.
From the time she was 13 she belonged to a gym and knew that fitness would be a part of her life, and this was reconfirmed when both of her parents passed away from cancer. Venus is refreshingly real, and she continues to break stereotypes of the Cali girl, the Asian girl, and even the fitness chick. Why? Because she knows that she's all of that and more, and she'll be sure to inspire you.
THIS WEEK'S GIRL TALK: What the heck is Animal Flow, being honest with yourself, the grey area, living life with ANDS not either ors, surrounding yourself with people who accept you, rather than just those exactly like you, and being who you are not what’s expected of you.
#14 JD Founder, Alyssa Kuzins- CODEPENDENCE, INDEPENDENCE, & INTERDEPENDENCE
July 4, 2017- A Holiday Edition Hostful Episode
Independence, what feelings or emotions does that evoke for you? What about in the context of a relationship? I am SO stoked to release my first ever SOLO podcast episode (hope to do some more in the future if ya'll love it!) where I'm discussing codependence, independence, and interdependence in honor of Independence Day in the USA.
After having personally gone through a HUGE breakup after ten years together, I've been through each of these 3 stages of relationships in my life, and I wanted to share my opinions and experiences thus far. Why? Because as author Danielle Laporte says, "Relationships are everything..."
In this podcast, I will guide you through each kind of relationship by explaining my story with that stage as context + providing corresponding journal prompts. I so hope you appreciate the thought and authenticity that went behind the recording of this solo podcast, and if it helps clarify something for you or moves you in some way, then I've done my job. Remember to honor where you are and always always always practice deep self love and acceptance.
#13 Brittany Hoogenboom- ENERGY WORK TO HEAL YOUR LIFE
June 27, 2017
I was super stoked to have an energy worker on the podcast who specializes in chakras and crystals, but also has a background in western medicine as a physical therapist's assistant. Brittany's passion for energy work and helping others is palpable, and her explanation of all things energy work is easy to understand in layman's terms, yet it doesn't undercut the sacred practices.
If you are curious about how energy work has a place in the western medical world, or how the chakras could be playing a role in your very own life or healing, then you'll really enjoy this episode! A couple of topic's on the table are: what energy work is, how energy can heal physical and emotional trauma, over active, under active and aligned chakras, the rise of energy work in the medical world, manifesting your dream schedule, and accepting your feelings as they are.
I even did a live sample consultation with Brittany about my chronic low back pain to showcase how she works with clients! Listen in to tune into your body, mind, and spirit, and be sure to join the 40k other folks following her on Instagram at @ladiboomyogini.
#12 Devin Strickler- INTUITION, SPIRIT, AND YOUR WOO WOO TOOL KIT
June 20, 2017
The coolest thing unexpectedly happened on this call…I GOT A LIVE MEDIUM READING! An entrepreneur from a young age, Devin figured out quickly that the 9-5 wasn’t going to work for her, so after a a few twisty turns and leaving the Army, she found herself divorced and remarried to the man of her dreams, with 2 babies, and divination front and center in her life as a Medium/Intuitive, Business Coach, and creator of the I Am Power Deck.
We jam about how she created the I AM Power deck + 2 other decks, she gives me a Live medium reading, she explains her take on being an “Intuitive” versus a Medium, how you too are intuitive, what’s a spirit guide?, her on again off again relationship with Journaling, and using journaling to process, not just to purge.
Devin has successfully ran Mystic Moons Tarot for 4+ years, and her newest shop, Love, Light and Legacy is run by herself and her husband, and it’s celebrating its 1 year anniversary this month of June 2017. For Devin, it’s about inspiring herself first, inspiring her kids, inspiring her husband, and hopefully inspiring you- because YOU can do anything!
#11 Cortney Ostrosky- PRACTICAL SELF CARE AND HONORING WHERE YOU ARE
June 13, 2017
Cortney leads international yoga retreats and also has a global audience on Cody App, but she is continuing to spread her message with the #jdtribe! Listening to this episode is bound to strike a cord with you in some way. We talk about soooo much goodness and Cortney's perspective and experience with self care really gives you some practical takeaways to approach self care exactly where you are in your journey and body.
Cortney was introduced to me by previous Podcast guest #2, Emily Cassel, and I cannot wait for you to hear Cortney's beautiful words of wisdom. When two yoga teachers talk, it's bound to be awesome!
In this week's episode, we discuss scheduling self care, letting go of multi-tasking, necessary boundaries- Play, Business, and Romance, Instagram comparison and competition, her yoga journey to advanced asana, how she made it onto the Cody App, journaling for coping and finding creative sparks, and even writing hand-written letters.
#10 Janna Hockenjos-TALKING TRUTHS AND PERSPECTIVE
June 6, 2017- Dropping tonight!
This woman was the first person outside of my family who I told about my idea for The Journal Deck. I was like, "Is this crazy? And if it isn't, do you happen to know a printer?" I asked because she's also a published author, along with being a yoga teacher and studio owner (I teach yoga there!). Don't we all need friends in our lives who listen to our weird thoughts and ideas? I think so!
In this week's episode, we talk about the holy art of saying NO, how her dad’s brain injury impacted her life for better and for worse, skewed views of optimism and positivity, yoga as Truth, and even why she looks up to Jimmy Buffet (yes, you read that right!)
This one is for the amazing women in your life who hear you out and see you for who you are. Listen in to have a refreshing conversation that is sure to have your head nodding in agreement!
#9 Jacki Carr-SELF CARE AND LEGACY AS CHOICE
May 30, 2017
Have you ever looked up to someone a whole lot? You just totally love everything that they do and feel really connected to their message, their business, or how they live their life? Well that's how I feel about Jacki Carr of Rock Your Bliss, which is why I thought I was over my head when I decided to reach out to her for a podcast interview, even though we had met about 3 years prior...
Lucky for me, the Goal Coach, Writer, Motivational Speaker, and Mama to Evergreen said hell yes, and I was in my own little bliss bubble while recording! #goalsalive as Jacki would say...
This episode is pretty jam packed with goodness, but some of the topics are self care as a choice, not a should, The Sacred Pause, yoga as a metaphor for her self-evolution, motherhood, body image and role modeling, legacy, and Jacki's messy journaling practice.
From teaching hundreds at Lululemon, to leading sold-out retreats in tree-houses, and speaking at Patagonia HQ, I am HONORED to have Jacki on this podcast, and I think you'll love her too!
#8 Hannah Skedsvolds-MALAS, MANIFESTING, AND BEING GENTLE WITH YOURSELF
May 23, 2017
This week's episode is pretty cool because I interviewed the very woman who will be hand making ALL of the JD limited edition mala necklaces in the ultimate self care bundle which includes the deck + the mala at an insanely amazing deal! Listen in to hear the crystals we used and what they mean for you!
I've know Hannah, the creator of Malabella Jewels, through Instagram for a while now, and as fellow girl bosses and free spirits, we totally get each other. So I knew that when it came time to decide who I wanted to collaborate with for making these special malas for the #jdtribe, I knew Hannah was my girl!
Hannah started creating malas during college as a way to help her anxiety and depression through Japa meditation, and after creating her first mala, she instantly knew that this was the path for her. She now creates malas for yogis and mindful Bellas all over the world.
In this episode, we chat being gentle with yourself, what are mala beads and how to use them in meditation, the power of intentions and manifesting, Hannah’s badass Meditation + Journaling method (you’ll want to steal this!), and crystal meanings. So much magic. BONUS: Special 20% discount code when you listen!
# 7 Kiera Fogg- SYNCHRONICITY, BIG MAGIC, AND SAYING YES TO YOU
May 16, 2017
Kiera was at home giving her baby boy a bath when the idea for Little Box of Rocks, basically flower bouquets but with crystals in a box, came to her. After only two months of opening, she was catapulted into being a full out girlboss from being a stay-at-home mom after Gwyneth Paltrow got ahold of her product! Wanna hear how? You gotta listen in!
Her idea was novel, her passion palpable, and I instantly connected with her warm energy. In this week’s episode we talk about lightning bolt moments, wanting more outside of motherhood, synchronicity, and saying yes to you.
You are going to feel so inspired to pursue your passion and believe in miracles after this one! Be sure to check out the beautiful crystal bouquets, including the totally cool Stardust Collection which features birthday crystals based on the recipient’s zodiac sign.
#6 Rachael Webb-THE PRIESTESS WAY: CREATING A BEAUTIFUL, INTENTIONAL LIFE
May 9, 2017
Have you ever wondered what the heck a Priestess is? Or do you have a desire to do business differently than the typical business model? Do you crave beautiful things and love the simple art of say, arranging flowers? Do you believe that life is actually quite magical for those who wish to see it?
I met Rachael virtually about two years ago on Instagram and instantly was attracted to her mystical essence and ability to see magic in all things. It's this ability to live intentionally that really sets her a part from a lot of folks, I believe, and I cannot wait for you to unlock this juicy, slightly woo woo, yet still totally approachable episode that has some seriously "whoa" moments. At one point you literally might hear me just pause because I am soaking in what was just said. Maybe you'll feel it too...
We jam about what a priestess and spiritual business coach are and how that applies to you, the intersection of art and business, the importance of soul sisters and community, and much more!
Live clearing + grounding meditation included in the episode!
#5 Allie Van Fossen- CONSCIOUS LIVING
MAY 2, 2017
This woman, Allie, is one of my greatest inspirations right now as I pursue this Journal Deck endeavor. Why you may ask? Because she built a dedicated Live Your Journey community in just a few years that simply adores her (and for good reason), she gives before she receives, she brought over 500 people into her first paid online program the Body, Mind, Soul Detox, yet she's humble, and she did this all while holding down a corporate job, which she has since left to sail the world with her husband and continue to share her journey with you all. F'ing amazing, right?!
This week we have what Allie called a conscious conversation about being an ‘“awake” versus “asleep” person, her evolution from external living to more internal living and what that looks and feels like, her 2 biggest principles for cultivating a beautiful life, and her interpretation of “working out.”
Knowledge is dropped, f bombs are spoken, yet it all unfolds into an insanely fun, conscious chat between two awake ladies. Listen in to find out what that means + more!
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#4 Nikki Aliseo- BALANCE AND LIFE SHIFTS
APRIL 25, 2017
This week is all about self care (duh!), but from a girlboss and mommy-to-be perspective. Nikki Aliseo is the owner and head creator of JIVA, an apparel brand built on the idea that what you wear should express how you want to feel and inspire adventure. From leggings, to bikinis, lounge wear, yoga towels, and bra tops, JIVA is hands down one of my favorite yoga pants to wear both on and off the mat, and I used to work for JIVA back in the day, so I can honestly say that Nikki is not only insanely talented and passionate, but also genuinely down- to-earth.
What started as two sisters sewing yoga pants in their kitchen, has blossomed into a full-blown successful lifestyle brand, and I wanted to know how Co-founder Nikki does it all while taking care of herself and currently being pregnant with her first child. Hence, this interview covers all kinds of good stuff from girlboss to baby bump, why Nikki views shopping as self care, and even a random tangent on horoscopes. (where my Fire signs at?!)
Whether you're a business owner, a mama-to-be, or if you're simply looking for how to foster more balance in your life (more like perfectly imperfect balance), then this episode is for you!
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#3 Julie Cerrone-LOVING YOURSELF TO HEALING
APRIL 18, 2017
This week we talk with the inspirational Julie Cerrone, a holistic health coach, auto immune and psoriatic arthritis warrior, patient empowerer, and health activist blogger of the Twitter award winning itsjustabadday.com.
Despite being diagnosed with arthritis and avascular necrosis (deterioration of the femur) and being placed on disability for over 3 years at such a young age, Julie remains utterly VIBRANT and full of life! You cannot help but be inspired by her story.
This week we chat about the highs and lows of life and overcoming deep challenges, saying Yes to you, taking your hands for granted and the impact of writing it out in your journal, and so much more!
Julie went from a chronically ill mindset to being chronically grateful, and you can too! Snag her free CHRONICALLY GRATEFUL 30 DAY CHALLENGE HERE. (please note, this is especially helpful for those with health issues but anyone can use it.)
#2 Emily Cassel- TUNING IN TO YOU
APRIL 11, 2017
In the second week of our Tuesday interview series, I chat with soulful leadership + business coach, and my soul sister, Emily Cassel. As a full time coach to ambitious women, she is sure to inspire you in ALL things self care; I literally could not do a self care series without including this woman!
This week's episode discusses the one internal self care tip that leads to all external self care practices, according to Emily. We also dive deep into her college days where "self care" looked a whole lot different and was a lot more taxing on the body, and yet unfortunately, it's still how many of us operate. Overall, she teaches us her approach to self care in a Divine Feminine aspect, embracing all things ease and flow.
Emily's SEXY SOULFUL SUCCESS RITUAL GUIDE! Yours free!
#1 Vanessa Checchio- HUSTLING WITH HEART
APRIL 4, 2017
In the very first weekly episode of The Self Care Spotlight, I chat with my dear friend, Vanessa Checchio, who also happens to be a BADASS personal trainer who was just fan voted by the Hoboken Girl Blog as the #1 personal trainer. She trains full time and is also a contributing author for The Tough Mudder.
In this episode, this down-to-earth girlboss dives deep with me into the concept of, "Is self care selfish?" There's a lot of laughs in this one, but Vanessa also has a lot of wisdom to share after years of hustling with heart to get where she is today, doing what she loves, and taking care of others to be their strongest selves!
We even talk about the "yoga bum" in this real talk interview, and if you desire that booty for yourself, Vanessa has got you the hook up girl with her FREE "In Dem Jeans" squat regimen and workout log.