• How to be more conscious when it comes to your life (with Vana Feliciano)
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    How to be more conscious when it comes to your life (with Vana Feliciano)

    I sat down with Vana Feliciano —painter, podcaster and imperfect planeteer — to talk about what it means to be conscious and to live in alignment with your values and dreams. Vana shares about how she got to this place of understanding and what flow, ease, and alignment really mean for her. She also provides a wealth of tools to help others on their journey of conscious living.

    I have a feeling that this episode will leave you feeling inspired while also arming you with the tools you need to bring more conscious awareness into your daily life.

    I’d love to hear from you!

    What stood out most from Vana’s interview? What’s one thing you can do today to be more conscious of how you’re thinking and feeling?

    The Episode:

    Topics Discussed:

    • An introduction to Vana Feliciano and the work she does
    • How Vana’s concern for the planet led to extreme changes in her life
    • Health concerns, becoming a step-parent, and how those two things impacted her life
    • Where conscious living first showed up and how it impacted Vana on her journey
    • What conscious living looks and feels like
    • How negative energy and anger are toxic to the body
    • When our body speaks to us — how to listen and do what we can to nourish it
    • Beginning with the intention to pay attention
    • Why Vana says that messing up has become one of her favorite things to do
    • The power of mindfulness and intention when it comes to our interactions
    • Flow, ease, alignment and the ways in which we knock ourselves out of it
    • How our perceptions shape our reality
    • Gratitude, Morning Pages, and the other tools Vana uses to be more conscious and intentional
    • The fluidity of life and allowing yourself to choose what feels right in the moment
    • What everyday magic looks and feels like to Vana

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  • Can yoga really help you navigate the transitions of your life? (with Stephanie Cunningham)
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    Can yoga really help you navigate the transitions of your life? (with Stephanie Cunningham)

    Can yoga really help you navigate the transitions of your life? If you’re anything like Stephanie Cunningham, a yoga instructor and podcaster that specializes in working with older adults, the answer is a resounding yes.

    Stephanie found yoga after retiring and settling down in Australia. With no job and no ability to get a job due to visa constraints, Stephanie struggled to find her place in the world. That is until she found yoga. Not only did yoga help her physically, it helped her emotionally and spiritually as well.

    But it wasn’t until Stephanie saw how profoundly yoga helped her aging mother manage pain and improved her mobility that she knew this was something she needed to dive into more deeply.

    In this 50-minute interview, Stephanie shares about her own personal journey with yoga, as well as the benefits of yoga and meditation for older adults. It’s a fascinating topic and one that I hope you enjoy exploring as much as I have.

    I’d love to hear from you!

    What stood out most from Stephanie’s interview? Is yoga something that you would turn to as you were navigating your own transitions in life?

    The Episode:

    Topics Discussed:

    • An introduction to Stephanie and what she does
    • The benefit of yoga for older adults and how it supports the body as it ages
    • Meditation and how that supports seniors as they cope with stress
    • How Stephanie found yoga and decided to make this her focus
    • What Stephanie’s life was like prior to finding yoga
    • The mechanics behind why yoga and meditation are such powerful tools for relieving stress
    • How yoga helps you access the deep connection between mind and body
    • Using yoga as a way to work through transitions like retirement, moving, or getting a new job
    • The three parts of yoga — the physical work, the breath work, and meditation
    • How to find the style of yoga that fits your needs and ability
    • Listening to your body and acknowledging your limitations
    • Stephanie’s definition of everyday magic and how it shows up in her life

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  • When was the last time you got something in the mail worth reading?
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    When was the last time you got something in the mail?

    This week’s episode is another solo one from yours truly and the second in the Quick Tip Series (meaning it’s a short one!). It’s all about the power of the handwritten note, and I couldn’t be more excited about the topic.

    A month or so ago, I took a poll over in Instagram about what I should focus on for my next solo episode. It was between this topic and self-care as the antidote to overwhelm. I have to admit that I was a little surprised at how close it was. I kind of assumed that the topic of self-care was going to blow the handwritten note out of the water. But it didn’t.

    It was neck and neck for a while, with self-care eeking out the handwritten note by a few percentage points.

    As you can see, I decided to put self-care on hold and run with the power of the handwritten note for two reasons. First, I took part in InCoWriMo for the second time this February. InCoWriMo, jokingly referred to as a vintage social media, is a 28-day challenge to send out one handwritten note a day. The only rules are that you have to write a letter out by hand and that it needs to be mailed. (Easy enough, right?)

    The second thing — and the one that truly solidified this as a topic that I needed to focus on — was going through 3 large boxes of old papers that had been collecting dust in the corner for close to 20 years. had to do with something I found in my basement.

  • Being intentional with how you live your life (with Meghan Seawell and Lis Hubert)
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    Being intentional with how you live your life (with Meghan Seawell and Lis Hubert)

    When I first connected with this week’s guests — Lis Hubert and Meghan Seawell — I knew I needed to talk with them more. Their podcast, Adrift on Purpose, is all about being intentional with how you live your life; of living from a place of purpose and connection versus one of obligation and expectation.

    Yeah, I know.

    There were so many great takeaways from our conversation, including what security and success really look and feel like, what it feels like to live from obligation versus intention, the role fantasies and daydreams play in the journey, and the importance of support along the way.

    I hope you find a nugget or two in here that helps you explore more deeply with how intention and obligation show up in your own lives.

    I’d love to hear from you!

    What stood out most from Meghan and Lis’ interview? Do you feel like you’re living your life out of obligation or from a deep sense of purpose?

    The Episode:

    Topics Discussed:

    • The impetus behind starting Adrift On Purpose and what it means to Lis + Meghan
    • Failing at the life you should be living versus succeeding in the life you chose
    • What life looks like when you decide to live with intention
    • Predictability versus contrast and remaining present through the transitions
    • Adjusting expectations and the highs and lows of living life on your own terms
    • How the show has intertwined with their own personal journies
    • What interviews or nuggets have been transformative for Meghan on her journey
    • How to know when you’ve gotten off course and what it feels like to live from obligation versus intention
    • The power of fantasies and daydreams to help us connect with our purpose
    • How to course correct when things are out of alignment
    • Tiny steps, connecting with your joy, and being aware of your values and beliefs
    • Support systems, naysayers, and the importance of leaning on your community
    • Being deeply rooted in the present moment
    • What everyday magic looks and feels like to both Meghan + Lis

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    Episode 10: Being intentional with how you live your life (with Lis Hubert + Meghan Seawell)

  • What happens when you push your body to the limits (with Sarah Williams of Tough Girl Challenge)
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    What happens when you push your body to the limit (with Sarah Williams)

    Sarah Williams, the adventurer and podcaster behind Tough Girl Challenges, shares more about the greatest adventures of her life; from the physical challenges she embarked like climbing Mt. Kilaminjaro, running in Marathon Des Sables, and hiking the Appalachain Trail in 100 days to the mental challenges of pushing herself to her limits and remaining intact.

    Sarah shares so many truth bombs during our conversation that I know I’ll be coming back to listen to it over and over again. So get out your notebook and pen and settle in for a conversation that is sure to leave you wondering how you can challenge yourself — both physically and emotionally.

    I’d love to hear from you!

    What stood out most from Sarah’s interview? What’s one thing you can do today to challenge yourself and experience something new?

    The Episode:

    Topics Discussed:

    • An introduction to Sarah Williams and Tough Girl Challenges
    • Where the idea for Tough Girl Challenges came from
    • When something that challenges you becomes your new normal
    • Sarah’s experience running the Marathon Des Sables
    • Stretching outside of your comfort zone and making it bigger
    • Breaking down the images of how other people see you
    • The masks Sarah was wearing and how her adventures/challenges helped her to shed them
    • Imposter syndrome and the difficulty of transitioning from a secure job to a life of adventure
    • Value and success versus money and how those have all become intertwined in our society
    • How pushing your body to the limits really takes down your mental walls and start to get a truer understanding of who you are
    • The power of doing something new and uncomfortable
    • The building blocks of mental resilience
    • What it takes to overcome sabotages
    • Why Sarah believes that change happening from the inside out
    • The cumulative impact of change and stretching yourself
    • Sarah’s journey on the Appalachian Trail
    • The purpose of Tough Girl Challenges and what will be coming in the future
    • Starting your own Tough Girl Challenge
    • What everyday magic looks and feels like to Sarah

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