I've been anticipating this interview for a while and it did not disappoint! My sassy friend Lisa Lister is back on the podcast today talking about loving your lady landscape, harnessing the power of being a woman with a cyclic nature, and why we need to reclaim the word "Witch." Lisa has written three books, Code Red, Love Your Lady Landscape and Witch, all three of which have had a massive impact on my life, so not only is she a friend, I consider her a mentor as well. She is my go-to maven for embracing the full experience and wisdom of the menstrual cycle. AND this woman speaks the bone deep truth (which means not skirting the darker, more taboo aspects of anything). We talked about patriarchy, sisterhood, self-care and debated whether or not consistency is all it's cracked up to be. Enjoy!
About Lisa Lister:
Crowned ‘the defender of female awesomeness’ by Cooler magazine, Lisa Lister is an advocate of the FULL female experience. She's a writer, a menstrual maven and creatrix of the SHE Flow system - movement, women's wisdom and menstrual health + 'down-there' care practices - dedicated to helping women crack their lady code, reconnect with their body wisdom + love their lady landscape.
In this episode, Lisa shares:
1. A definition of witch and how the word was taken from us
2. Navigating the fear of visibility that comes with doing the work you're called to do in life
3. Fierce reverence and why it's important to find your own roots
4. Spiritual exploration and understanding the roots of sacred lineages and traditions before incorporating them into your own life and practices
I loved having this conversation so much and I think you're all really going to dig it, too. Today's guest Srini Rao, author and host of the Unmistakable Creative podcast is someone who not only has personal chops and experience when it comes to developing creative processes and creating habits for effectiveness and productivity - but he's a real student of the two as well. Between his own studies and interviewing over 700 people himself (#podcastgoals), he provides a TON of interesting and useful perspective in this episode.
From cultural expectations and differences, to relating his passion and dedication to surfing to creativity, and finding creative flow in spite of having ADD and bouts with depression, we went deep in this conversation. Enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think!
About Srini Rao:
Srini Rao is the host and founder of The Unmistakable Creative podcast where he's conducted over 600 interviews with thought leaders and people from all walks of life. This has given him an incredibly distinctive view into branding, storytelling, and marketing. He's also written multiple books including the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Art of Being Unmistakable; created, planned, and executed a 60-person conference called the Instigator Experience; and is publishing the forthcoming Unmistakable book with Penguin Portfolio. Somewhere along the way his compass led him in the direction of an economics degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Extracting unmistakable stories out of people is his superpower. And in his spare time he's usually chasing waves.
In this episode, Srini shares:
1. Finding flow between boredom and anxiety
2. How to work with a medium that's constantly changing
3. Habits: how to increase activation energy towards the habits you want to cultivate and decrease it from the habits you want to avoid
Y'all, I love today's guest. Talking to Julie Parker feels like being hugged by a fun and wise aunt. You feel safe, seen, heard, and you know that she's got experience and so much care to back up everything she's sharing. We started the conversation around femininity, sensuality, and flow, then ventured into life transitions. Julie runs a coaching certification school and has been in the industry for 17 years. She had a lot to say about the evolution of life coaching, we discussed some of our pet peeves in the current industry, and I got her opinion on when people are ready to either become a life coach, or hire a life coach. As a former therapist, it was also illuminating to hear Julie's perspective on when it's appropriate to hire a coach or hire a therapist. This is a very rich conversation, with tons of useful insight, I can't wait to hear what you think!
About Julie Parker:
Hailed by ELLE Magazine as a ‘self-help guru,’ Julie Parker is the CEO & Founder of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy where she passionately trains and supports heart centered people to bring their talents into the world as life coaches. The Editor in Chief of inspired COACH Magazine, a published author, and in demand speaker, Julie has inspired thousands of people on stages all over the world for clients including Apple, Telstra and Earth Events.
Julie is the recipient of numerous leadership and women’s business awards and she appears regularly in the media including Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as publications such as Cosmopolitan, Peppermint Magazine and Sunday Life. Julie is also a modern day Priestess and is committed to contributing to a world where feminine qualities of intuition, presence, nurturing and love, sit comfortably within the realms of global for profit entrepreneurship.
Julie lives in Melbourne with her husband, stepdaughter and two much loved adopted cats.
In this episode, Julie shares:
1. What it means to "hold space"
2. The difference between, coaches, therapists, shamans, and priestesses
3. What makes a great life coach
4. Navigating the transition from 30s to 40s and into pre-menopause and menopause
Today's guest, Melissa Ambrosini and I jammed on some Untame the Wild Soul favorite topics like self acceptance, body love and acceptance, being nicer to ourselves and how awareness has to precede transformation. We also got into some of her signature work on Mastering Your Mean Girl and she shared a three step process that you will love for it's simplicity and straight forwardness. This was a fun and interesting conversation that even ventured into how to talk about sex with young kids, coming off medication for anxiety and more. Enjoy!
About Melissa Ambrosini:
Melissa Ambrosini is the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl, host of 'The Melissa Ambrosini Show' podcast, a motivational speaker, an entrepreneur and self-love teacher. Named a 'self-help guru' by Elle Magazine, her message — that love is sexy, healthy is liberating, and wealthy isn’t a dirty word — has inspired women across the globe to activate their dreams and live life on their own terms.
In this episode, Melissa shares:
1. We have 60-80,000 thoughts/day, what are you you thinking about?
2. How to feel anything and move forward anyway
3. Cultivating body appreciation
The subject of today's interview is something I'm super passionate about. On this podcast we're all about questioning our programming and conditioning and redefining ourselves, our beliefs, and our lives accordingly. Today's guest, Sean Croxton talked about success, not in terms of getting what you want, but rather, by focusing on what you're willing to give and who you're willing to become to get it. We covered moving through fear, doubt, and indecision, creating unlimited success (defined by you!) from the inside out, and letting go of the "us vs them" mentality. That last point is huge right now, as our social, media, and political climates are massively reinforcing "us vs them." We talked about how passions have seasons and he even dropped some brain science on us. This episode is straight forward, practical and super motivating. Enjoy!
About Sean Croxton:
Sean Croxton is an author, entrepreneur, and money mindset expert on a mission to teach 1 million people how to discover and develop the hidden powers lying dormant within.
A former personal trainer and health coach, Sean began his journey in 2007 when he founded Underground Wellness, one of the first health-based channels on YouTube. His “edu-taining” video content quickly gained popularity due to his unique ability to make complicated matters of health easy and fun for viewers to understand.
In 2008, he launched Underground Wellness Radio, a Top 20 iTunes health podcast featuring weekly interviews with experts, authors, and health practitioners. The program ran for 7 years, with 348 episodes on all things real food, clean living, and functional medicine.
Sean is the author of The Dark Side of Fat Loss: Lessons from the Underground. He is the originator of the popular JERF (Just Eat Real Food) brand. And he has hosted and produced seven online summit events, including The Thyroid Sessions, The Digestion Sessions, and The Depression Sessions.
In late 2015, Sean decided to step away from the health space in order to pursue his passion for personal development, dedicating himself to studying and teaching the timeless works of Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Bob Proctor, and other success writers.
His latest podcast, The Quote of The Day Show, features 5-10 minute clips from motivational and inspirational talks from the likes of Les Brown, Lisa Nichols, Tony Robbins, and more. You can catch a new episode of The Quote of The Day Show Monday thru Saturday on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.
In this episode, Sean shares:
1. Stepping out of the ego (identity) box
2. Allowing your job to be your investor instead of your enemy
3. You have to be something before you can do something (the opposite approach to success than most are taking)
Today's interview might be one of the most important (and challenging) topics we've ever covered on the show. It's something every woman deals with in one way or another - healing the mother wound. Our guest Bethany Webster indulged all of my deepest questions and curiosities around what it means to become the mother you've always wanted and how to do that. We discussed how this kind of healing isn't about bashing our own mothers or the maternal figures in our lives, but the personal, collective and spiritual healing every woman faces in her lifetime. We also got into guilt, grief, anger and family systems. We talked about the mother wound as an initiation and pain as a doorway to birthing oneself. Listen closely to this one, maybe more than once and definitely join us in the Facebook group to continue the conversation if it's relevant to you. Big love!
About Bethany Webster:
Bethany Webster is a writer, transformational coach, international speaker and what you could call a midwife of the heart. Her work is focused on helping women heal the "mother wound" so that they can step into their full feminine power and potential. She offers an online course, teaches workshops and a coaching program for women leaders who want to accelerate their impact and leadership. Bethany is the author of the forthcoming book "Healing the Mother Wound: Move Beyond What Your Mother Never Gave You and Become the Woman You're Meant to be." Her website is womboflight.com
In this episode, Bethany shares:
1. Guilt as a side effect of control
2. Healthy outrage and treating the grief that accompanies it as a holy emotion
3. What exactly the mother wound is and the three aspects of it, personal, collective, and spiritual
4. How women have harmed each other
I lloovvveeed this conversation and have a feeling you will too. Today's guest Abiola Abrams, is absolutely magnetic and generous. We ran the gamut in this one on all kinds of sensitive topics from "color blindness" and political correctness to spirituality, rage, activism, and staying informed during these interesting times we live in. We talked about keeping an open mind, abundance, African goddesses, culture, and more. Her breadth of knowledge and experiences was super valuable and she offered both perspectives we've explored before on the show and some that we haven't. This is a GREAT one to share with friends to help open up conversations that are not easy to have, but unavoidable anyway. Enjoy!
About Abiola Abrams:
Self-Worth Revolutionary Abiola Abrams is an award-winning author, transformational speaker and coach, ESSENCE advice columnist, spiritual teacher and TV lifestyle expert seen on networks from MTV to the BBC. With soulcare and strategy, her work empowers spirit-centered women leaders to stop playing small, answer their callings and become the women they were born to be. Abiola’s mindset reset empowerment tools range from purpose-filled books, meditation albums and goddess affirmation cards to her Spiritpreneur School podcast, womanifesting courses and the Abundance Pray Love Retreat in Bali. Join Abiola’s Spiritpreneur Warrior Sisterhood at ManifestYourPower.com for guidance in self-love, self-launch, and self-creation.
In this episode, Abiola shares:
1. How to use the internet as a spiritual tool
2. "The resistance" and how to handle having different politics and opinions than close friends
3. How to have sensitive conversations with people of different cultures without tokenizing them
Today on the show my dear friend Kate Northrup returns to have a super deep and interesting conversation about doing less, the BEST WAY for women to create some predictability in their lives in a fairly hectic world, allowing the Universe to help you with your to do list (this is more practical than it sounds!), and something we can't seem to get away from lately on the show - navigating transitions! Kate described that in between space as "the fertile void." How much better does that feel than, "I don't know what the hell I'm supposed to do yet!"? One of my favorite things about Kate that we really have in common is the way she blends the woo woo with real mother-freaking life. This is one is packed with super useful insights, enjoy!
About Kate Northrup:
As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, mother, and activist, Kate Northrup supports ambitious, motivated and successful women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Committed to empowering women entrepreneurs to create their most successful businesses while navigating motherhood, Kate is the founder and CEO of Origin Collective, a monthly membership site where women all over the world gather to achieve more while doing less. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, and The Huffington Post, and she’s spoken to audiences of thousands with Hay House, Wanderlust, USANA Health Sciences, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughter Penelope in Maine. Find out more and receive your free copy of the 5 Simple and effective ways to get the results you want in your business at katenorthrup.com.
In this episode, Kate shares:
1.Connecting with the menstrual and moon cycles and syncing them with real life
2. The body is divinely designed
3. The power of predictability (even for those with high tolerance for uncertainty)
4. How doing less helps increase productivity
5. What is for you cannot pass by you
I get SO MANY requests from people to pick my brain about business that I decided to start answering them on the podcast sporadically. In this episode I talked about dealing with the fear and anxiety of putting yourself out there, how to take action and not get paralyzed so you can start building momentum, and what to do about earning income until your business takes off. I see a lot of people shooting themselves in the foot financially as they try to make businesses work and that's one of the primary reasons businesses don't work. Money stress is a pervasive energy. If either of these topics apply to you, enjoy!
Here's the specific questions answered in this episode as they were presented to me:
#1. As I write this I feel anxiety running through my body as I have been playing with the idea of putting myself out there. My question is, did you feel fear as you started putting yourself out there and creating different opportunities? If so, how did you work through those fears? I feel like I have so much to share and create but I am paralyzed by doing so. It feels way too vulnerable for me sometimes.
#1a. Excellent question! And clearly so many of us can relate. I launched my first program last month (beta test). The day I started printing I was exhilarated. Scared. But excited. The next day the vulnerability hangover was so intense I fought with people I love, I abandoned all self care, and I doubted myself huge. I caught myself and turned it around quickly, thankfully. But damn it was so intense!
#2. The start up phase: how do you make sure the need to earn an income doesn't kill your creative freedom? I'm trying to move out of debts and into business for ages already, but all those bridge jobs tend to earn me just enough to live and take up all my time.. what's the way out and up?
#2a. This is my dilemma too, it's like I'm stuck in a loop of bridge jobs that take up all of my time, deplete me and leave me with no energy to do my business ?
Today's guest, Rebekah Borucki is someone I feel like I've "grown up with" over the last few years as we both used to primarily do "fitness stuff" and have branched into deeper and different things now. We took this conversation to places we don't usually go on the podcast, activism, privilege, miscarriages, death, and birth. We also covered some God ground, talked about prayer as a meditation practice and parenting (she's a mom of five and a doula!). I loved this chat and hope you do too. Enjoy!
About Rebekah Borucki:
Renowned Meditation and Yoga instructor Rebekah Borucki is on a mission. Affectionately called a ‘real-life superhero’ by her peers, “Bex” is known as the practitioner for peace of mind, and in her new book, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life: Simple 4-Minute Meditations for Inspiration, Transformation, and True Bliss, she explores highly effective methods to soothe life’s daily stressors with meditation. As a mom-of-five from New Jersey, who’s never lived in an ashram or been to a meditation retreat in India, Rebekah found her path to peace as a teenager with meditation and overcame her childhood trauma to build a life filled with purpose and success. She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals. For more information on Bex’s book, visit www.BexLife.com/book.
In this episode, Rebekah shares:
1. Deconstructing various types of privilege: pretty, white, male, and more
2. How children show parents who they are
3. Discipline as a form of love
4. Different ways to "do activism"
Today's guest is returning for her second time on the show AND happens to be one of my best friends on the planet, Samantha Skelly. Sam specializes in helping women recover from binge eating and in this episode we dive into that as well as other binge and restrictive behaviors. We talk about the resistance and coping mechanism aspect of these behaviors, why we develop them in the first place, how to love the parts of ourselves that choose those things. We also got into radical transformation and what it actually means, takes, and requires (hint: we're not quick fix or band aid on bullet wound type people, we're talking LONG TERM, sustainable strategies here.) We also spent a lot of time talking about shame, so whether or not binge eating is a thing for you - you can apply what we cover in today's episode to a variety of contexts. Enjoy!
About Samantha Skelly:
Samantha Skelly is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and emotional eating expert. As founder of Hungry for Happiness, a movement to empower women to overcome their disordered eating and body image issues, Samantha has revolutionized the weight loss industry by examining the individual and underlying causes of eating disorders. She has shared her mission on an international platform, with appearances on Global TV, Shaw, NBC, and, CBC. In 2013, Samantha was awarded “Top 24 under 24,” and in 2014, she was named a finalist for “Best Emerging Entrepreneur” by Small Business BC. Samantha continues to spread her message and transform the lives of thousands of people through her program, motivational speaking engagements, the Hungry for Happiness podcast, worldwide international retreats, and her best-selling book, Hungry for Happiness: One Woman’s Guide From Fighting Food to Finding Freedom.
In this episode, Samantha shares:
1. Intentionality behind consumption and indulgence
2. How shame informs decisions from self-violence to self-love
3. How trauma, scarcity, and presence all impact eating habits and behaviors
4. Developing a pleasurable relationship with food
This is a fierce conversation if I've ever had one. I was recently on our guest, Emelia Symington Fedy's radio show and we essentially started our conversation there, then got into all the things we couldn't cover on her show in this chat because lucky for me, I don't have to answer to a producer! We talked about integrity in art, creation and self help, spiritual capitalism and commodification, "money stuff", and I'll tell you right now, you're going to love her answer to our signature, "What do you love about being a woman?" question! Enjoy and let me know what you think!
About Emelia Symington Fedy:
Emelia hosts and produces her own 2x daily radio show called Trying to be Good where her and her guest go deep into what matters most to them. 1 interview. 1 hour. All heart and guts.
She’s comfortable live and on the spot, gives great interview and loves being on podcasts. Just ask.
She freelances for online magazines, print and radio. Big resume. Again, ask.
Emelia loves to perform her personal stories live.
She offers personal workshops on “how to be yourself onstage” and “how to be yourself online.” online.
She also does slammin’ reviews if you want a good and honest critique of your product/yoga studio/boyfriend.
Emelia’s is excellent at hosting facilitated conversations at events about contemporary spirituality, neo-feminism and the use of social acupuncture.
Emelia is a speaking gigger. She loves this maybe the most.
And if you need coaching on how to be your brightest, best self at a speaking gig, she can make that happen too; from initial writing to story arc to performance stylings. Give a call.
Check out www.thechoptheatre.com for more of Emelia’s art making.
She also teaches AcroYoga and private yoga sessions, with focus on grief and slow healing.
In this episode, Emelia shares:
1. Contrived vs authentic content
2. How it feels when something is canned and planned versus spontaneous
3. The challenges of being a creative entrepreneur (whether you like it, choose it or not!)
I love talking to people who are navigating big transitions because it's time when trust and identity are really called into question. How someone navigates that space says a lot about them and of course, it's a ripe time for life lessons. At the time of our interview today's guest Emily Greener, co-founder and former executive director of I AM THAT GIRL was still pretty fresh into a big transition and she was awesome enough to share some of the experience with us along with her valuable perspectives. In this interview we talk about not depriving yourself of the full range of human emotions, creating openings for yourself in life, the relationship between anger, the ego and blame, what happens when your identity is wrapped up in a job title and more. And we also went on a cool tangent about Christianity, Judaism and "the real" Jesus Christ. Enjoy!
About Emily Greener:
Emily Greener has an unparalleled ability to give companies the heart beat and soul that allows them to authentically connect with consumers, make an impact, and enrich the human experience from the inside out. She builds and executes strategies that help create systemic improvement for company culture and diversity, internal and external communications, cause integration and marketing, content and campaigns, and business development and partnerships. Her willingness to lead with vulnerability and her genuine passion for people makes her a trusted influence in the business of changing the world and shifting culture. She specializes in generation Y and Z, empowerment, and girls and women.
In 2008, Emily Greener and her Co-Founder launched I AM THAT GIRL, a movement inspiring girls to LOVE, EXPRESS, and BE who they are. As CEO, Greener built a meaningful brand and developed the strategy, content, programming, and support that inspires a community of over 1 million girls daily online and over 250 local chapters across the globe.
Greener’s work has been acknowledged at the prestigious DVF Awards where she won The People’s Voice Award and Oprah named Emily on her very first SuperSoul 100 list.
In this episode, Emily shares:
1. How to translate and interpret wisdom
2. Permission to feel all your emotions and what happens when you don't
3. Navigating big transitions
I met today's guests at a conference in January and practically tackled them during the next break to get them on the podcast to talk about a topic that is fascinating, necessary, and not something we've discussed in depth on the show before - disrupting the education system. Gordy Bal and Philip Moore (who was mentored by Buckminster Fuller!!!), are collaborating to create Xploration Centre, a "wild school" that promotes loved based education. Now before you go rolling your eyes, listen to the show. They share how the current education is setting up children to be ill equipped to exist and thrive in a world where technology is developing at a more rapid pace than any other time in history. Phil schools us on "neoteny" and what that has to do with quality education and development for humans, to be unique, to help them learn and live in questions rather than trying to adhere to curriculums, exactness, and systems that are very exclusive to learning and personality styles. We talk about synergy, what it means to be a global citizen, and more. I don't know that I've ever been more excited about an interview. Enjoy!
About Gordy Bal and Phillip Moore:
Gordy Bal - Alchemist and Visionary
The Xploration Centre is what Gordy has been dreaming of for his own three sons. An education model that connects our children back to nature and prepares them for Xponential times. An education model that embraces entrepreneurial learning and sustainability in a natural environment. A space where young minds can discover their purpose and passion through Xploration and share their superpowers with the world to make it a better place.
Phillip Moore - Synergistic Guide and Educational Innovator
Mentored by Buckminster Fuller, Phillip began teaching at Upland Hills Farm School in 1971. He was asked to become the director of the school in February of 1972 and served until June of 2013. During this 40-year period, Phil developed teams on the staff and board level to grow a learning community.
In this episode, Gordy and Phil share:
1. What it means to be a global citizen
2. What is "eros" and what does it have to do with modern education?
3. Culturing our youth through synergy and consciousness
4. Getting away from trying to "control" children through behavior modification and recognizing all we can stand to learn from them as adults
Money is always a hot topic that stirs up lots of post-show conversation when we get into it with guests so today I've got Jennifer Love, founder of One More Woman and mentor to entrepreneurs at all levels. Collectively, she has been involved in the raising of over $100+ million and over the past 20 years has built several successful companies from the ground up. This woman knows money. In our conversation we cover money as a currency tool to create impact, dealing with money shame, and my favorite part - how to put on your scientist cap to learn, discover, have fun with, and treat money as information. Enjoy!
About Jennifer Love:
Jennifer Love is the Chief Executive Navigator of One More Woman – a fast-track, high-performance educational and advisory company that helps entrepreneurs take the stress out of the money equation so they can effectively raise, make, manage, and give money.
She is a nationally-acclaimed mentor, international business strategist, speaker, and successful leader who has guided thousands of entrepreneurs to position their businesses for long-term, sustainable growth.
Jennifer ignites and charges the GPS system of every entrepreneur by showing them how to believe in themselves and by giving them the tools, support, and advice they need to get out there and make it happen. That makes all the difference – and is what truly sets her apart.
A Serial Entrepreneur…
Jennifer combines 17+ years’ experience building and working with consumer (CPG) brands. Collectively, she has raised, participated in, or advised in the raising of over $100+ million for her and her clients’ ventures.
Under Jennifer’s leadership as a co-founder and former CEO, NibMor went from a kitchen concept to an award-winning wholesale chocolate company, with its products distributed in thousands of locations within five years. NibMor’s impressive growth was acknowledged by The Wall Street Journal and found its way onto two of Oprah’s famed lists, among many others.
Jennifer’s ‘Sweet Success’ was featured on the cover of Small Business Digest in July 2014. In 2015, Jennifer helped one of the brands she advises get funded on Shark Tank, successfully closing out a $1.1M funding round.
Jennifer is a motivating force with an uncanny ability to simplify complicated concepts with her own unique brand of pizazz and sense of humor. Audiences walk away empowered with a newfound enthusiasm and willingness to go beyond what they had ever thought possible.
People often describe Jennifer as brilliant, charismatic, passionate, articulate, resilient, and resourceful. She prides herself on delivering respectful, honest, and direct communication – mixed in with a little spunk!
She is beloved by clients because she gets results. As one client once said, “With Jennifer, the only possible outcome is success.”
On a given day, Jennifer may be found serving as a judge for events like Startup Weekend, on stage speaking to a variety of audiences, advising and educating communities of entrepreneurs on and off-line, advising a client behind the scenes of Biz Fix with Marcus Lemonis, meeting with community leaders and government officials, negotiating with investors, or training entrepreneurs on both mindset and tactical skills.
Jennifer is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post focusing on entrepreneurship, fundraising, and gender disparity in the investment community. She holds a Master’s in Organizational Behavior, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and is a Certified Health Coach.
An eternal optimist who is also grounded in hard analytics, Jennifer adamantly believes that the future will be led by entrepreneurs that place as much importance on social impact as they do on financial health.
She lives in NYC with her adorable dog, Maggie, who also serves as the company mascot at One More Woman.
In this episode, Jennifer shares:
1. How our relationship to ourself will always reflect our relationship to money and vice versa
2. Closing deals
3. Radical reciprocity
4. Charging and asking for what you're worth
Back in 2012 when I was still in fitness, a friend recommended that I follow JJ Virgin because she was up to "big things" in the industry. It was only a month or so after I did that her son was in an awful hit and run accident. I followed her posts and updates over the ensuing weeks and months to see how it would unfold and was amazed and delighted to see that against major odds, he pulled through and was able to not only live, but recover beyond anyone's wildest imagining - except hers. JJ was pulling for him to be 110% the whole time. In this interview we talk about how she made it through those difficult times, and is still doing so. And my favorite part is this - during a time when a lot of people would have totally excused it if she dropped everything, her healthy habits and self-care, her business, and any other obligations, she doubled down on all of it. She shares her reason why in today's interview and it's so so good. Enjoy!
About JJ Virgin:
Celebrity nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin teaches clients how to lose weight and master their mindset so they can lead bigger, better lives. She is author of 4 NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her memoir Miracle Mindset: A Mother, Her Son, & Life’s Hardest Lessons explores the powerful lessons in strength and positivity that she learned after her son Grant was the victim of a brutal hit-and-run accident. JJ hosts the popular JJ Virgin Lifestyle Show podcast and regularly writes for Huffington Post, Rodale Wellness, and other major blogs and magazines. She’s also a frequent guest on TV and radio and speaks at major events. In addition to her work with nutrition and fitness, JJ is also a business coach and founded the premier health entrepreneur event and community, The Mindshare Summit. Find articles, recipes, helpful online programs, and more at www.jjvirgin.com.
In this episode, JJ shares:
1. The toughest times are the most important to step up your focus, mindset, and practices
2. Habits are lifetime things
3. Have hacks in place for when negative stuff comes up
4. Your white knight is you
Today's conversation is a deep one about sex with Layla Martin (pun intended...I couldn't help myself!). Called "The Headmistress of Pleasure" by Women's Health Magazine, Layla spent years studying sexuality at both Stanford University & in the jungles of Asia with Tantric masters. We explored all the things in this chat. From sensuality, play and energetic fullness, to different types of orgasms, better understanding female anatomy, and sexual shame. Related to shame and all the emotions and triggers surrounding sex, we also discussed how our bodies are designed to heal and how sex is not just a pleasure path but a healing one as well. Listen to this one a few times, especially if any of these threads strike a cord for you and of course, let me know what you think!
About Layla Martin:
Layla Martin is the golden standard of holistic sexuality of the millennial generation -- teaching highly intelligent, successful and conscious audiences how to have epic sex and totally incredible relationships through a new approach to the body and intimacy. Her mission is healing and evolving people's conceptions of what sex and relationships truly are. Layla studied human sexuality at Stanford University and then moved to Asia where she worked extensively with Tantric masters for over seven years, mostly in the jungle. All in all, she’s done over ten thousand hours of training in Tantra and sacred sexuality. Her approach is to take this deep wisdom, which is often overlooked because it is cloaked in overly hippy or new-agey language and design and make it highly accessible to young, modern, amazing people by making it entertaining and super fun. Layla brings her knowledge of ancient teachings, and seven years of extensive work with Tantric masters in Asia combined with her foundational education studying human sexuality at Stanford University to hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering from an approach to sex and relationships that has been shaped by hundreds and even thousands of years of old religious and social taboos around these topics that are no longer fully relevant to modern society and yet still play a large role in influencing how we approach love, sex and relationships.
In this episode, Layla shares:
1. Sex education for adults
2. Why cervical orgasms are Layla's favorite
3. How to navigate crying during sex from both partners' perspectives
4. Sexual shame for men and women
Plot twist! For the first time in show history we had a scheduling mishap and had to call an audible. For today's episode I'm flying solo and diving into the topic of break ups. Since my most recent one, a handful of my friends have been seriously encouraging me to write a book called, "How to Break Up Like A Boss," which I'm not going to do, but the reason why is the reason for this podcast episode today. They watched how I took the energy that was going into the relationship and put it into things that were not only important to me for my own healing afterwards, but have helped propel my life, my work and my mission forward tremendously over the last few months. In this episode I cover how to grieve the loss regardless of whose choice it was, how to reclaim the energy that's not longer going into the relationship for yourself, how and when to extract the lessons from the relationship, taking your time, not beating yourself up, and what boundaries are important to have in place to protect and honor your healing. Please share this with anyone you know could use it right now. Break ups are tender times, but they're also ripe with opportunity for growth. I hope my own lessons, learnings, and practices can help.
Big Love, E
Put simply, this episode is about high quality showing up. Satyen Raja is a relationship expert, leader of leaders, and adoring husband and father. We touch on each of these roles in this interview and I invited him to take us the deepest around relationships and personal integrity. We talk about earning things from the school of life, true leadership, the relationship between action and wisdom, short term thrills vs long term aliveness, sexuality as a divine aspect and the deepest terrain of devotion, and shifting from a remedy mindset to an evolutionary mindset. And for those who are just as interested in feminine and masculine energetics as I am, you will LOVE his description of the feminine and masculine triads. This will be one you want to listen to more than once and invite your loved ones to join you for. I can't wait to hear what you think!
About Satyen Raja:
Satyen Raja is the founder of the WarriorSage Group of Companies – umbrella of Ignite Passion Now, Harmony Integration Academy, The Find YourSelf Journey, The Unforgettable Challenge. Through Ignite Passion Now, Satyen, his Wife Suzanne Raja have made it their mission to put a dent in the divorce rate by helping couples ignite their passion, for real, through live interactive entertaining experiences. Harmony Integration Academy is the premiere Coaching training utilizing the latest breakthrough innovative processes ,for those who want to make the deepest and fastest positive life transformations with their clients and themselves,while building a 6 figure plus income. The Find Your Self Journey are Elite Epic Adventure Tours of a lifetime,to exotic lands for persons of influence, desiring their next level of fulfillment, accomplishment and self discovery…. in Indiana Jones style! The Unforgettable Challenge is a one day mental, emotional, physical and spiritual challenge that eliminates the grip of fear and unleashes one`s true invincible power. A challenge shrouded in mystery and world famous in reputation with over 10,000 successful grads ,whom many claim has saved their lives for real.
In this episode, Satyen Raja shares:
1. Silent Power - what it is and why it's a great alternative to the loud and forceful power we're used to as a culture
2. Learning to lead from the "wobble"
3. Different flavors of love
4. When ferociousness is holy and sacred
5. Feminine and Masculine Triads
There is something about being able to relax into a powerful conversation with a woman who is fiery, confident, devoted, embodied, and deeply practiced and experienced that gets me so so excited! In this episode Guru Jugat and I talk about her spiritual path through kundalini yoga, keeping it "real" while doing deep spiritual work, some of the awesome topics from her new book Invincible Living, and for those who love the creative side of things, some of the process of bringing the book to life. I was totally in love with this woman by the time the interview was over, have a feeling many of you will be too. Enjoy!
About Guru Jagat:
Guru Jagat is the youngest senior Kundalini Yoga teacher in the world and the face of the new Kundalini movement. She is the founder of RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology, a premiere Yogic institute with locations in Venice, California and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Guru Jagat’s other entrepreneurial pursuits include RA MA TV, the “Netflix” of Kundalini Yoga, and her record label RA MA Records. Her first book, Invincible Living, will be published in January 2017 by HarperElixir, an imprint of HarperCollins. She lives in Los Angeles.
In this episode, Guru Jagat shares:
1. Spiritual materialism
2. The importance of having a personal practice
3. The power of lineage
Those of you who listen regularly know how juicy the conversation always gets when our guest is someone I've been wanting to dive in with for a while. Kendra Cunov is one of those people. I lost count of how many people told us we needed to connect and once we finally did, it was totally clear WHY. We jammed on some of your favorite topics in this episode: boundaries, cultivating connection with others and relating to them from a truthful, self-honoring and authentic place, healthy and unhealthy expressions of masculine and feminine energy, and parenting. Enjoy!
About Kendra Kunov:
Co-founder of Authentic World, Kendra Cunov has been teaching, facilitating, and (most importantly) practicing Authentic Relating & Integral Circling for the last fifteen years. She works with organizations, leaders & coaches who know that connection, truth & integrity are actually access points to success.
Kendra has consulted for companies such as Genentech & is currently on staff for 4PC, an elite mastermind for the top 4% of coaches in the world.
She brings a genuine care for people, as well as an extraordinary depth of insight, in service of people living truly fulfilling lives.
In this episode, Kendra shares:
1. Parenting and blended families
2. Authentic relating
3. States of being versus stages of development and how the two interact in life and relationships
4. Visibility and craving connection
Patricia Moreno has been training, mentoring and educating people all over the world for over 30 years. In an effort to end her own struggle with her weight, eating disorders and body image issues, she created The intenSati Method, a life transforming workout which combines her expertise in fitness, dance, martial arts, yoga, nutrition, meditation and spiritual practices.
I remember a few years ago today's guest spoke at a friends' event and hearing some of the people I trust most to be discerning about spiritual mentors absolutely rave about her. Like they couldn't get over how deep and powerful what she shared was for them. I'm happy to report I felt it to by the end of this interview with Patricia Moreno as well. This is one of those kitchen sink conversations where we covered so many things and somehow it all gelled together beautifully. We covered parenting as a spiritual practice, and what to do when the parents don't necessarily agree on everything (and we even got a special visit from her daughters at the end as they got home from school!!). We talked about the problem with a dieting mindset and how to make positive sustainable change, living in the life's questions, transforming your concept of self, and my favorite part - she shared the origin story of her life transforming workout the intenSati Method. Enjoy the interview, I can't wait to hear which part you love most!
About Patricia Moreno:
Patricia Moreno has been training, mentoring and educating people all over the world for over 30 years. In an effort to end her own struggle with her weight, eating disorders and body image issues, she created The intenSati Method, a life transforming workout which combines her expertise in fitness, dance, martial arts, yoga, nutrition, meditation and spiritual practices. Encouraged by her own transformation, and the life changing stories of her students, Patricia has gone on to create several other workouts, courses, and workshops including yogaSati, warriorSati, coreSati, danceSati and the intenSati Leadership Training. She is committed to being a powerful force for positive change in the world, and continues to find revolutionary ways to uplift her students and help them to change, inside and out. Patricia believes that through conscious, intentional living, a commitment to excellence and the power of love, every person is able to live a life filled with peace, happiness and joy.
In this episode, Patricia shares:
1. How to have a mind that follows your will (not the other way around!)
2. How to change your state before you change your behavior
3. Harnessing the power of your brain as an answer seeking machine
Some of you remember my dear friend Jill Coleman from her first appearance on the show in 2016. This time I've invited Jilly back to talk about something very specific that she is SO FREAKING GOOD at helping people with - Food Obsession. If you think about food all the time, beat yourself up about your choices, question yourself about it, feel frozen about making decisions because you've taken in so much conflicting or complicated nutrition information through books, magazines, and programs OR and you regularly don't know what to eat or can't enjoy an easy relationship to food for both vital energy and pleasure without feeling guilty or ashamed this interview will help.
About Jill Coleman:
In addition to launching her personal brand at JillFit.com in 2010, Jill Coleman was a co-founder of Metabolic Effect, Inc. Her 16-year journey in the health and fitness industry began when she got her very first job at a gym just for the free membership at 15!
Since then, it’s a been a whirlwind of education in exercise science and nutrition, fitness competitions, landing several national covers for fitness modeling and plenty of business growth. Her work has been featured in SELF magazine, Family Circle, SHAPE, Women’s Health magazine, Prevention magazine and many online news outlets like Yahoo Health, LiveStrong.com and AOL’s That’s Fit.
Her passion lies in coaching in the areas of mindset, body and business, which she does via her flagship program, The Best Of You (BOY) Coaching Club mentorship, as well as a few signature online programs, like the Mindset Makeover, the Food Obsession Boot Camp and her 52-week exercise program, the Total Training Experience (TTE).
In this episode, Jill shares:
1. Using food as a control mechanism so you can present a certain way
2. Using fullness, hunger, satiety and satisfaction to navigate the best choices for you personally
3. How to deal with all the reasons food creates guilt in your life - not finishing it, over-indulging, etc...
Something I love about young children is that they don't yet have the self-consciousness yet, because they haven't faced much rejection yet, to hold back from simply asking someone to be their friend on the playground. That's how I felt when Tasha Blank and I connected, and the playground was Instagram. The conversation basically went, "Hey I like how you be via your photos and your words, let's be friends." And once I heard her story, I had to have her on the podcast. Today's conversation is the result of a new, innocent, and friendly desire to connect with a kindred soul. We get into altering brain chemistry without using substances, dance as a path to connection, how life is full of maps and it's up to us to discover new territories. This is a really fun one. I know you will discover dormant parts of yourself as you listen and I can't wait to hear what comes up when you do!
About Tasha Blank:
Founder of New York City's legendary afterwork party The Get Down + force behind the global Deep House Yoga movement, Tasha has been a pioneer of positive club culture for nearly a decade.
She creates interactive sonic experiences that catalyze everything from underground warehouse parties and music festivals to morning raves and bass-heavy yoga events, and believes that dance is the quickest path to love in the here + now.
Whether bringing in musicians for spontaneous jams at festivals, or collaborating with her performance group The Get Down Crew to create infectiously high energy atmospheres, she works frequently with a wide range of live musicians including cellists, electric violinists, percussionists, full horn sections, beat boxers and MCs.
Her work with traditional African musicians has brought polyrhythms to 4 on the floor, and her live layered vocals add a soaring beauty and depth to both her deep minimal and big room tribal sonic journeys. Her DJ sets meet you in the moment + invite you on a physio-sonic trip into a newer, bigger you.
Clients, collaborations and features have included Cielo, Output, YouAreSoLucky, FunkBox, Envision Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, House of Yes, Google, Adidas, Samsung, W Hotel, Daybreaker, Luna bar, Yoga Journal, Wanderlust Festival, Lululemon, Elena Brower, Shiva Rea, Stephanie Snyder, DailyMail, Summit Series, Thump, New York Magazine, Thrillist, Refinery29, Flavorpill, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, and MindBodyGreen.
Her weekly emails deliver inspirational words and extraordinary beats to thousands of music-hungry dancing maniacs. And more than anything: she wants to see you let wild your most liberated badassery.
In this episode, Tasha shares:
1. Finding yourself using dance as a path to connection
2. Discerning and interest from a calling
3. Languageless knowing - what it is and how you may experience it
I'm excited to share today's episode with you wild ones. Robert Kandell is not just an uber intelligent, successful and funny dude, he's got a breadth of experience that made for an awesome conversation. We explored many facets of relationships and intimacy, from emotional intelligence and self-awareness, to specific practices around communication and how to intentionally function in partnership by creating processes that prevent boredom, getting sucked into routines or becoming resentful over time. Finally, my favorite thing we got into - how women are getting messed up by their own masculinity. This episode is full of things I know many of you can relate to. Enjoy!
About Robert Kandell:
Hailed as “part football coach, part loving dad, and part slightly crazed drill sergeant” Robert Kandell has spent the last sixteen years helping people re energize their lives and build better relationships through more honest and authentic connection.
After building a successful consulting firm in San Francisco, he then took his business acumen and co-founded OneTaste in 2004 with Nicole Daedone. Taking on the challenging task of bringing conscious sexuality to the mainstream market, Robert built the company from scratch to a high seven-figure international corporation. He left OneTaste in 2014 to start his own Consulting firm helping small businesses become marketable and profitable.
Robert is also an accomplished teacher, coach, and lecturer. He brings his enthusiasm and acumen to his weekly podcast, Tuff Love, on subjects around relationships, intimacy, communication and gender dynamics. For information and recordings, please visit www.TuffLove.live.
In this episode, Robert shares:
1. How to navigate masculinity and femininity in relationships
2. The blunder that changed Rob's life
3. Emotional intelligence among men and women