Vibrant Happy Women | Get happier! Inspiring stories from real moms and happiness experts like Brené Brown, Gretchen Rubin, Elizabeth Gilbert, and more!

By Dr. Jen Riday | Women's Happiness Expert and Mom of 6

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VibrantHappyWomen is a twice-weekly podcast created for women looking to find themselves after getting lost in the stress of motherhood and life. Inspired by Brené Brown, Gretchen Rubin, Elizabeth Gilbert and Glennon Doyle Melton! If you're looking for inspiration, authenticity, and positive thinking with a splash of heart and soul, join Dr. Jen Riday as she chats with inspiring women from all walks of life, including moms, authors, self help experts & happiness gurus. Learn how to build self love, simplify your life, feel balanced, improve your relationships and more!. Each episode ends with our guest's list of FAVORITE THINGS and her personal thoughts on what it means to be a VIBRANT HAPPY WOMAN. Bonus: Jen's HAPPY BITS provide quick + easy tips on how you can feel happier each day.

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125: How Past Hurts Can Affect Your Marriage with Carolina Castaños
53:07

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Your marriage is affected by so many things, including how you were raised and how well your emotional needs were met by your parents, how your parents interacted in their own marriage, your feelings of confidence and self worth, the resentments you carry, and much, much more. In this fantastic interview guest Carolina Castaños shares how we can identify the past hurts and negative patterns that hold us back and begin to heal our hearts and move on with our lives in a more emotionally healthy way.

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Aug 13, 2018
Happy Bit: Yes, Finding Your Tribe is a Critical Piece of Your Personal Growth
04:30

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Your vibe attracts your tribe, or so they say. Learn why this is absolutely true, and how you can use it to attract a circle of friends who empower you and help you be the best version of YOU.

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Aug 09, 2018
124: A Circle of Sisterhood (with Jalaja Bonheim)
39:24

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We can be so hard on ourselves, feeding our mind a constant string of negativity and criticism. But when we learn to be compassionate with ourselves, talking to ourselves as we would to a friend, the way we show up in every aspect of life will change for the better.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • How we begin to heal, fall in love with others, and even fall in love with ourselves when we co-create circles of love with other women.
  • Why your morning routine doesn’t need to be rigid, but can follow where you energy wants to flow.
  • How movement and dance can help with healing, spirituality and connectedness.
  • The importance of developing the art of deep listening.
  • And much more.

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Aug 06, 2018
Happy Bit: It’s Not About DOING, It’s About BEING
04:24

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Most of us share the faulty belief that if we just DO something long enough, or well enough, with enough grit and determination, we’ll finally BECOME the person we want to be. In this Happy Bit I share a little-known secret that throws that false belief out the window and creating space for something much more empowering.

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Aug 02, 2018
123: Make Yourself Happy First (with Lisa Corduff)
49:20

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We can be so hard on ourselves, feeding our mind a constant string of negativity and criticism. But when we learn to be compassionate with ourselves, talking to ourselves as we would to a friend, the way we show up in every aspect of life will change for the better.

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Jul 30, 2018
Happy Bit: Two Unruly Teens: An Update
08:36

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Teenagers can get the best of most parents, as they experiment, push boundaries, and develop independence. In this Happy Bit I share a happy update on 2 of my teens after enrolling them in a wilderness program. 

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Jul 26, 2018
122: Your Messy, Magnificent Life (with Geneen Roth)
32:59

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A mile-long to-do list can have us leaping from our beds and facing the day each morning with little thought for ourselves or for our bodies. But what happens when we show up in our own 2 feet with complete presence and groundedness?

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Jul 23, 2018
Happy Bit: How Compassion Can Improve Every Relationship
05:52

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Compassion is the idea of showing up for ourselves and for others with loving, connected presence as we recognize and cope with the experiences common to being human. In this Happy Bit I share how showing up in the energy of compassion has completely changed my relationship with myself and my family and how you can start showing up in this energy for yourself and your family, too.

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Jul 19, 2018
121: Mindful Self Compassion with Kristin Neff
44:48

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We can be so hard on ourselves, feeding our mind a constant string of negativity and criticism. But when we learn to be compassionate with ourselves, talking to ourselves as we would to a friend, the way we show up in every aspect of life will change for the better.

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Jul 16, 2018
Happy Bit: Are You Truly Nourishing Yourself?
07:15

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You may *think* you know what to do in order to feel balanced, calm and grounded. But do these general social prescriptions work for you? What truly nourishes YOUR soul? Learn how to find out.

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Jul 12, 2018
120: Boost Your Zen, Nourish Your Soul (with Grace Estripeaut)
39:50

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Our nervous systems are on overdrive as we live in a go-go-go society. How can we clear the clutter of stress without giving up on our goals? In this episode Grace Estripeaut shares how to let go of overwhelm using simple and nourishing micro-tweaks that will boost your zen and help you find solid ground again.

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Jul 09, 2018
Happy Bit: How I Survived a Crappy Marriage Without Losing Myself
09:42

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Every couple struggles, but I’m pretty sure our marriage was one of the worst. But I made the personal choice to stick it out and here’s exactly how I did it without losing myself in the process (and also how I ended up actually loving my husband in the end!)

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Jul 05, 2018
119: Deconstructing Divorce with Sally Boyle
38:24

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All marriages can be hard at times, but sometimes a relationship becomes completely unhealthy. How do you know if your relationship needs to end? And if you do decide to end things, how do you let go of resentment and make your separation or divorce as positive as it can be for everyone involved?

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Jul 02, 2018
Happy Bit: Being Service-Minded in Your Marriage
03:31

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Often we get stuck focusing on what we want our spouse to do for us. But, what would happen if you switch your perspective and focus instead on answering the question, “How can I create a 5-star marriage experience for my spouse?”

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Jun 28, 2018
118: Creating a 5-Star Marriage with Maggie Reyes
41:33

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Many of us believe we’ll finally be happy in our relationships when our partner changes. However, there’s an easier and much more empowering way to be happy at home. Learn all about it in this episode!

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Jun 25, 2018
Happy Bit: The Wheel of Happiness
07:52

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When we meet our needs in 8 basic areas, we feel WAY more alive and vibrant. Find out how you’re doing in this Happy Bit!

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Jun 21, 2018
117: Finding the Light After Depression with Maria Paz
34:51

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Have you ever felt like you’re no longer participating in life? No longer spending time with friends? No longer working on goals? Unmotivated? Unhappy? Maria Paz was in that place, which she described as a dark, gloomy pit of unhappiness. In this episode Maria shares the mindset tools she used to bring more light into her life so she could leave depression behind.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • Why you must put yourself first in order to have a thriving family.
  • How to switch your thoughts from negative to positive.
  • Why showing up authentically in the world - with your own beliefs and values rather than somebody else’s - will make you and everyone around you happier.
  • How focusing on the Wheel of Happiness can add massive amounts of light and positivity to our lives.
  • And much more!

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Jun 18, 2018
Happy Bit: How Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies Blew My Mind
04:40

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Family life isn’t always easy (OK, it’s never easy!), but sometimes something comes along that gives you the most mind-blowing AH-HA and completely changes your family for life. Learn how the Four Tendencies did that for me!

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Jun 14, 2018
116: Choose the Bigger Life with Gretchen Rubin
48:14

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Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin shares insightful tips about living your biggest life! Learn how the apply the Four Tendencies to make your family life happier, how to allow your own values and nature to lead your journey of happiness, and how failure can be the best thing that can happen to you.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • Why staying true to your own nature, your own values, and your own interests is a critical piece to your happiness puzzle.
  • The reason understanding the Four Tendencies can help you dissolve the confusion of why your spouse and kids act “that way” and help make your relationships at home much more peaceful.
  • How applying the motto, “Choose the Bigger Life” has made Gretchen’s life more fulfilling.
  • The nickname Gretchen’s sister Elizabeth gave her.
  • And much more!

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Jun 12, 2018
Happy Bit: Getting on the Minimalism Train
11:00

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What does minimalism look like for a mom of 6? Like a work in progress, that’s what. In this Happy Bit I share what I’ve learned so far.

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Jun 07, 2018
115: Intentional Simplicity with Allie Casazza
39:44

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It’s one thing to minimize clutter as an individual or a couple, but how do you simplify your life when you have kids? In this episode guest Allie Casazza gives you step-by-step instructions for creating an intentional clutter-free life for your family.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • Put an end to the constant clean-up in the wake of young children.
  • Make laundry something you never have to think about again.
  • Easily eliminate all paper clutter with one easy app.
  • Live your life intentionally (and not let stuff suck up your joy).
  • And much more!

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Jun 04, 2018
Happy Bit: Decluttering = Pleasure
06:28

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Decluttering can seem overwhelming when you don’t know where to start. But when you tweak your thinking in this one small way, minimizing your clutter becomes a breeze.

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May 31, 2018
114: How to See Through the Mess and Declutter Your Life with Tracy McCubbin
39:28

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All the STUFF in our lives can sap our energy and leave us feeling overwhelmed. Learn how to simplify and free up time and space with some mindful clutter-cutting strategies that work.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • Easily deal the clutter “log jams” in your home, like the entry, paper piles and closets
  • Create a vision of how you want your home to feel and function to support the life you want
  • Treat your home as a tool for your life rather than a trophy case for your stuff
  • Reduce your attachment to stuff by learning to see the world through the lens of AWE
  • Mindfully minimize your wardrobe for maximum joy
  • And much more!

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May 29, 2018
Happy Bit: Try These Hacks for Free Fun
09:42

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Feeling burned out, like you rarely have fun? Then you need to take the free fun challenge and add more SOUL-FUELING fun to your life, including time in nature and time teaching or learning a new skill. Listen to my 5-step challenge to get you started. 

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May 24, 2018
113: How to Be a Financially Savvy Woman with Whitney Hansen
40:04

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You probably know you need to get a grip on your finances, but HOW do you do it? In this episode you’ll get a step-by-step plan that will help you master your finances in as little as 1 month.

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May 21, 2018
Happy Bit: When Parenting Your Teen Becomes Traumatizing
14:29

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Sometimes parenthood can start a long spiral downward into an abyss of struggle and pain, especially when your kids are teenagers. I share the exact strategies I've used to make it out the other side after a recent trauma with one of my teens.

 

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May 17, 2018
112: Finding Hope During Financial Frustration with Erin Odom
51:34

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Do you ever feel like there's not enough money to go around? In this episode you'll learn how to overcome the worry and hopelessness of tight finances and to feel financially hopeful again.

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May 14, 2018
Happy Bit: The Extent to Which You Can Admire Someone Else's House Is the Roof
04:47

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How do we stop comparing ourselves to everyone else and finally feel good about what's happening under our own roof? Listen to learn how. 

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May 10, 2018
111: Growing into Your Authentic Self with Mutale Bingley
35:37

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Ever wish you could create an entirely different life from the lives of the people around you? Mutale Bingley did just that. Born and raised in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa, she didn’t want to have the voiceless life so many females around her seemed to have as they dealt with poverty, abuse, and HIV Aids. In this episode, Mutale shares her story of getting to the U.S. and finding her authentic self through her struggles to acculturate in a new country, and how she continues to nurture her authentic self through quiet morning practices that help her live the story she was born to live.

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May 07, 2018
Happy Bit: Need More Nature in Your Life?
03:56

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Take 30 minutes today to enjoy nature (meaning, a place with grass, trees, plants, water, sand, mountains and the sun overhead). Do it mindfully. Notice what you see, hear, smell, and feel on your skin. Breathe deeply. Take off your shoes and put your feet in the grass or sand. Let the earth nurture you.

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May 03, 2018
110: Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos with Anne Adametz
49:28

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Do you ever catch yourself waiting for that "perfect moment" when you can finally be happy? Maybe it's when the kids are all in school? Or when your teen develops common sense? Or when you can retire? You're not alone! In this episode you'll learn a little-known, little-used strategy that will help you master the art of finding peace in the middle of chaos.

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Apr 30, 2018
Happy Bit: Teaching Your Kids the Vibrant Happy Way
03:55

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What's the #1 requirement for teaching your kids the Vibrant Happy way? Listen to find out. 

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Apr 26, 2018
109: How to Get Unstuck and Start REALLY Living with Michelle Petitpas
40:46

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After experiencing an assault while on duty as a nurse, Michelle Petitpas essentially shut down and stopped living. After years of being stuck in a state of deep depression, anxiety and hopelessness, she woke up one day and decided to truly LIVE her life. 

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How to shift your mindset from hopelessness and despair to positivity and silver-lining-thinking.
  • Why it’s critical to have a positive tribe of like-minded friends
  • Michelle’s secret mindset trick that helped her lose 95 pounds
  • And much more.

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Apr 23, 2018
Happy Bit: Why You Must Be Relentlessly Committed to Your Goals and Happiness
09:33

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Ever wonder how to motivate yourself or your kids? Or how to teach them the thrill of achievement and accomplishment? Listen to learn my easy secret weapon. 

Your Challenge:

Download the free Kids' Goals Chart (a sample of 13 things I like to ask my kids about so I'm sure to cover all my bases as a parent)

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Apr 19, 2018
108: Be More, Not Less with Nia Shanks
32:21

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Tired of the never-ending obsession with losing weight? What would happen if instead of focusing on what you want to LOSE, you focused instead on what you want to GAIN? In this episode, guest Nia Shanks shares how to gain muscle and fitness through strength-training, and how to shift your fitness mindset from “not good enough” to a positive, confidence-boosting focus on all the amazing things your body can do.

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Apr 09, 2018
Happy Bit: What Vibrance Means to Me
09:38

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You want to stay in a high-energy (vibrant) state, but how do you do it when life gets hard?

 

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Apr 05, 2018
107: A Vibrant Life Begins at Home with Courtney Donnelly
45:00

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Have you ever wondered how to boost the positive energy in your home? In this episode, Courtney Donnelly shares how she has built a vibrant life and home by focusing on love, building a village of like-minded friends, and manifesting her dreams. Listen to learn 5 quick and easy tips you can try today to boost the energy in your home fast.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • How to let go of resentment and judgment and instead “come from love” in your relationships.
  • Five easy “high-vibe” decorating tips for your home.
  • How to use the Law of Attraction to build a village of like-minded friends.

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  1. Follow Courtney @VibrantHome on Instagram and comment on any image by saying, "Hey, I heard you on Vibrant Happy Women!"
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  3. Go to vibranthome.net and send Courtney an email. 

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Apr 02, 2018
Happy Bit: 5 Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage This Week
05:18

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In our quest to live more vibrant lives, we can't be an island. Sometimes we have to invest a bit more effort in our relationships, especially in our marriages or love relationships. In this episode I share 5 easy ways you can invest in your marriage this week. 

Challenge:

Do one or more of the following this week:

  1. Have a conversation about shame and commit to avoid shaming each other moving foward.
  2. Have a weekly marriage meeting (check out Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You've Always Wanted
  3. Take the Five Love Languages Quiz (bonus if you read the book: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman)
  4. Go on a weekly date. 
  5. More physical intimacy (helloooo, oxytocin and dopamine. Yes, please!)

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Mar 29, 2018
106: Becoming An Awakened Woman and Following Your Sacred Dreams with Tererai Trent
39:52

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Growing up in a rural village in Zimbabwe, Tererai Trent had 4 children by the time she was 18. However, she had a sacred dream to go to the U.S. and earn a Ph.D., an idea which many said was impossible. In this episode, Tererai shares her story of clinging to her dream until it became reality, and the steps each of us can follow to awaken our own sacred dreams.

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Mar 26, 2018
Happy Bit: The Mom's Ultimate Spring Break Checklist
03:42

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Spring Break can be fun... but it can also be exhausting when all is said and done. Keeping kids happy and occupied can feel like a full-time job sometimes. But there are some quick and easy coping strategies that will help...

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Mar 22, 2018
105: Using Vulnerability to Let Go of Perfectionism and Become More Confident with Gina Brodtman
40:58

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Do you ever feel like everyone is watching and judging, and that you “should” parent a certain way or you’re doing it wrong? Or that when things get scary or stressful you need to control the situation as perfectly as possible? Gina Brodtmann faced the same struggles as her son went through drug treatment.

In this episode, Gina explains what she learned through her struggles, including:

  • The importance of allowing yourself to be vulnerable (and the authentic, deep friendships and connections that will come as a result).
  • Why the most awesome things in life are on the other side of fear.
  • How to stop comparing yourself and your family to other people.
  • The secret to dropping anger and resentment for those hard people in your life.
  • And so much more!

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Mar 19, 2018
Happy Bit: 3 Simple Spring Decluttering Tips to Make Your Home Happier
03:49

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How can you make your home feel happier and more "spring-like" fast? Listen for 3 quick and easy tips.

 

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Mar 15, 2018
104: How to Push Beyond Fear and Become the Creator You Were Born to Be with Joanna Penn
38:06

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Do you have an itch to write a book, run a marathon, become a chef, or paint a masterpiece? Following these urges to create can add a major dimension of joy and vibrance to our lives. In this episode, award-winning author Joanna Penn shares the secrets of staying motivated without letting FEAR stop you in your tracks, scheduling time for creativity, and how to care shift our MINDSET to maximize our ability to focus during and identify with the creation process.

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Mar 12, 2018
Happy Bit: An Easy New Morning Routine Strategy That Will Jumpstart Your Day (and Life)
05:43

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Have you tried to establish a consistent morning routine, only to "mess up" one morning, causing you to give up completely. In this Happy Bit I give you a more doable strategy.

Your Challenge:

Get a blank journal and write down whatever you do in the morning (don't make it rigid) and then track mood and energy at the end of the day. Start to notice which morning routine items have the greatest impact on mood and energy. 

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Mar 08, 2018
103: Everything You Ever Wanted Is On the Other Side of Fear with Erica Mandy
37:55

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Do you ever struggle to do hard things, to face your fears and take the leap? The fear of failure can often keep you stuck and playing small, but as Erica Mandy explains in this episode, listening to your intuition and trusting your gut can give you the courage to take more risks and do hard things, which always lead to the best things in life.

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Mar 05, 2018
Happy Bit: A Marker and a Mirror: An Easy Happiness Tip for the Busy Mom
05:43

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When you're busy, you have to be clever at finding ways to boost your mood and energy. One Vibrant Happy Women listener shared a great tip that ANY mom can do in less than a minute! (And it'll leave you feeling happier all day!)

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Write 3 things you're grateful for on your mirror and enjoy the fruits of this easy gratitude practice every time you use the bathroom! (Bonus:  your kids will be uplifted, too!)

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Mar 01, 2018
102: How Personal Integrity (Aligning Thought, Action, and Desired Result) Leads to a Magical Life with Lauren Zander
38:38

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We all have dreams for our lives, but often get stuck where we are, never moving any closer to our dreams. But what happens when you let go of your disempowering stories and live in true alignment? In this episode Lauren Zander, founder of the Handel method, shares exactly how to achieve success through designing your life in a way that aligns thoughts and actions with your desired result - AND continually keeping your promise to yourself to stay in that alignment.

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Feb 26, 2018
Happy Bit: My New Secret Weapon for Parenting Teens
09:23

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Teenagers can be hard (and make you cry!) but I finally stumbled on a strategy that works to reduce the conflict and make everyone a whole lot happier!

Your Challenge:

Be the coach, not the parent. Help your teens

  1. help your teen decide on the outcome, goal or result they want
  2. help them continually reevaluate whether their current choices are getting them closer or further from their goals
  3. love, admire and support - be their advocate and guide.

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Feb 22, 2018
101: How to Stay Conscious and “Woke” While Protecting Your Tender, Tired Heart with Casey Erin Wood
34:43

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Do you feel deeply and find yourself putting up walls to protect your sensitive side? In this episode, Casey Erin Wood shares how to engage in what she calls “exquisite self-care” that enables you to be vulnerable and to stop “numbing out” so you can fully share your gifts with the world. 

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • How to stay grounded and connected to yourself so you can feel good in your own skin
  • How to stay conscious and “woke” while protecting your tender, tired heart
  • How to process your own emotions in the deluge of everyone else’s
  • How to step into more powerful, active leadership roles when you’d rather numb out and dial back.

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Feb 20, 2018
Happy Bit: 3 Easy Tips to Help You Conquer the Winter Doldrums
06:11

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February can be...interesting. Whether it's illness, low mood, or cabin fever, there are easy strategies you can use to feel better - and I promise these 3 tips are things you'll WANT to do! 

Your Challenge:

  1. Get into bed. 
  2. Be the thinker of your thoughts (Jim Fortin)
  3. Get out of your comfort zone!

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Feb 15, 2018
100: Celebrating the Big 100!
26:05

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You won't want to miss this episode, a CELEBRATION of 100 episodes of Vibrant Happy Women!!! Enter to win prizes in our 100 Episodes Giveaway, grab your copy of 100 Favorite Things From 100 Episodes of Vibrant Happy Women, and grab 10 memorable nuggets of wisdom from 10 amazing guests from past episodes. Listen to get the BIG PICTURE of what the Vibrant Happy Women movement is REALLY about and see how well you've been applying what you've learned over the past 100 episodes!

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Feb 12, 2018
Happy Bit: Shiny, Happy Women Laughing
05:03

What happens when 7 like-minded women get together for a Vibrant Happy Women retreat? Listen to this Happy Bit to find out.

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Spend more time with women who lift you up and make it easier to be a vibrant and happy woman.

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Feb 08, 2018
99: Trusting the Intelligence of Your Heart with Leyla Salvade
36:47

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Ever feel like it’s impossible to forgive and heal your heart? In this episode, Leyla Salvade shares 3 things that will help you accept and open your heart despite your struggles, and how that heart opening can help you accept one of the most empowering truths: we are responsible for our own love first.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • The important thing we lose in school when we focus only on intellectual growth.
  • Why courage starts from the heart rather than the head.
  • Training our heart to open and expand into bigger realms.

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Feb 05, 2018
Happy Bit: How to Stop the Mom Guilt
06:38

Do you have moments when you feel like the WORST MOM EVER? Yep. Been there, done that. How do you stop yourself from spiraling down the rabbit hole of mommy guilt? In this episode, I share 2 ideas that will stop the downward slide and help you keep moving forward without the guilt.

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  1. Create a vivid vision of the type of mom or woman you want to be. 
  2. Play, laugh, have fun, and connect.

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Feb 01, 2018
98: How to Slow Down, Find Yourself, and Walk the Fearless Path with Leah Guy
42:50

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Constant rushing, problems with relationships, and neverending to-do lists can leave us feeling lost, out of balance, and knowing something has to change. In this episode, Leah Guy shares how to create 5-minute chunks of time to care of yourself, how to begin acknowledging your feelings and emotions so you can begin meeting your emotional needs, and how to use your emotional wholeness to improve your relationships.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • How to easily build small chunks of self care into your day.
  • Why expecting your spouse to change is actually a form of self-sabotage.
  • How to let go of the need to control.
  • How checking in with your thoughts, emotions and feelings is much more doable (and effective!) than a strict, formulaic approach to meditation.

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Jan 29, 2018
Happy Bit: Freaking Have Fun Already!
11:59

All work and no play make Jane a dull girl. But how do we justify more time for play when we're nearly drowning in an endless stream of tasks and to-do's? 

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Your Challenge:

  1. Schedule intense, focused work time for no longer than 4-6 hours/day. 
  2. Schedule time to play every single day. 
  3. Celebrate your play and notice the benefits it has on productivity, focus, creativity and attention.

 

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Jan 25, 2018
97: How Choosing Empowering Words Can Improve Your Health and Happiness with Mary Shores
47:00

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Do you ever wonder why change and growth seem so hard and slow? In this episode, you'll discover how to reprogram your brain through conscious communication. It's important to choose powerful words and thoughts because it will completely change your reality in all areas, from health, to relationships, to confidence in your career and much more

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • How to loosen the grip of the tragic stories of your life
  • Viewing your relationships through the "cleanse or clog" lenses
  • Why it's critical to drop unrealistic expectations of ourselves, especially in the role of mother

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Jan 22, 2018
Happy Bit: Are You An Empowered Woman? (Really?)
06:59

What does it mean to be an empowered woman? And what does empowerment have to do with happiness? In this Happy Bit, I share my thoughts on what true empowerment looks like for me and I give you a jumping off point to analyze your own level of empowerment in terms of boundaries, fulfillment, purpose and happiness.

Jan 18, 2018
96: The 6 Things That Matter Most in a Child's Life with Kristen Ivy
32:07

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We want our kids to grow up well-adjusted and capable of functioning in society. But we also them to have happy memories of being loved and cherished. In this episode, Kristen Ivy shares 6 things that matter most in a child’s life: love, words, stories, fun, work and tribes. Are you meeting your kids’ needs in each of these areas?

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • How to build love, words, stories, fun, work, and tribe-building into your children's lives.
  • How to care for your child holistically, treating them as a whole person.
  • How to let go of mommy guilt. 
  • How to make sure your child feels significant and adored.

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Jan 15, 2018
Happy Bit: Be a Light and SHINE in 2018
05:49

Learn why Vibrant Happy Women is way more than a podcast (it's a movement!) and how you can tap into your own gifts to make a bigger difference in the world.

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Jan 11, 2018
95: How to Build a Happier Brain by Mastering Your Use of Technology with Ellen Petry Leanse
57:55

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Ever feel like your brain is rotting away as you spend too much time on your smartphone? Worried your kids will have no social skills because their main form of socializing is texting and group chats? Learn how to "hack back" and start to build a happier brain through connection with other humans and nature, which strengthen the longer-lasting, blissful serotonin cycle in the brain (as opposed to the quick-fix dopamine cycle). This new brain info will leave you pondering your tech use for days.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • Why it's critical that we "hack back" against designers who are creating online interactions in a way that cause addiction and distraction.
  • How to teach our teens and kids to put the smartphone down and connect with other humans and nature.
  • Why we should never start our day with technology
  • And much more.

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Jan 08, 2018
Happy Bit: Creating My 2018 Goals
11:26

Do you often wonder how some people seem to achieve their goals, while others don't? Want to avoid the 3-week New Year's resolution failure point? In this happy bit, I share my 4-step process for setting goals that have motivation and energy behind them so you can keep moving forward all year long. 

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Jan 04, 2018
94: Manifesting an Abundant & Amazing Life in 2018 (Jaya Rose)
57:39

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Have you ever given up on your New Year's resolutions before you're even 3 weeks into the year? In this episode, Jaya Rose shares 4 steps to help you manifest the abundance and success you desire. It all starts with BEING before DOING.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • Determining what you require in 2018 to be your best self and to show up as the most vibrant, happy woman you can be.
  • Why saying no is the fastest way to clear space for a yes.
  • How showing up for ourselves becomes one of the best ways to serve others.
  • The best answer for “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
  • The 4 steps to miraculous manifesting. 

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Jaya's "Bomb Cilantro Tahini Sauce"

1 c. tahini or roasted sunflower seeds
1 c. water
1 c. fresh cilantro
Juice of 3 lemons or 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic or tsp garlic powder
2 tsp. salt or 1/4 cup amino acids
1 Tbsp. honey or coconut sugar
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. cumin

Blend in food processor or blender until creamy. It will thicken in the refrigerator; add water as needed.

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Jan 01, 2018
Happy Bit: Holiday Connection and Love
01:17

The holidays can be draining as we focus on getting everything done, including gifts, decorations, food... But where in the busy-ness do we actually spend time enjoying time with our loved ones? In this Happy Bit I give you permission to let go and spend more time connecting.

Dec 21, 2017
93: Creating Healthy Boundaries and Happy Relationships (Laura Froyen)
54:38

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Do you find yourself feeling resentful, frustrated or upset with the people in your life? In this episode, Dr. Laura Froyen shares how you can strengthen your boundaries in order to preserve your energy, improve relationships, and rediscover authentic connection with your kids, spouse, and other loved ones.

What You'll Learn in this Episode:

  • The difference between internal and external boundaries.
  • Recognizing the relationship between fear and the need to control and How to let go of control.
  • How to have the conversation with your spouse and doing more around the house.
  • How to do a “soft startup” in a conversation to prevent or stop an argument with a spouse.
  • The importance of teaching kids - especially girls - strong boundaries.

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Dec 18, 2017
Happy Bit: Are You Spending Enough Time on the Important Things?
02:27

Have you ever paused to consider whether you're spending your time on what's really important to you? Here's how to do it.

Dec 18, 2017
92: Teaching Your Kids How to Set Goals and Be Productive (Tonya Dalton)
49:39

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Do you find your mood and energy going downhill in the winter? Do you struggle to paste a smile on your face, when all you'd really like to do is stay in bed all day? In this episode, I share my personal formula for coping with depression, along with tons of PRACTICAL mood-boosting tools that really WORK for me and many other women.

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Dec 11, 2017
Happy Bit: Tips for Coping with Depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder
13:07

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Do you find your mood and energy going downhill in the winter? Do you struggle to paste a smile on your face, when all you'd really like to do is stay in bed all day? In this episode, I share my personal formula for coping with depression, along with tons of PRACTICAL mood-boosting tools that really WORK for me and many other women.

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Dec 09, 2017
91: Empowering Tools to Shift Your Emotions and Energy (Jill Payne)
52:27

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Do you ever find yourself saying you’re tired, emotional, or depressed? Or do you ever find it difficult to stick with an exercise routine or to feel motivated? Jill Payne, the “spiritual athlete,” says happy, motivated living starts with managing your energy. In this episode, Jill shares 3 easy strategies to help you achieve a level-10 energy, which Jill calls “being a freaking dime.” Jill’s powerful tools will help you boost your mood so you can live in a more beautiful state of mind every day.

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Dec 04, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Simplify Your Holidays (+ My Fondue Recipes)
04:13

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Do you find yourself feeling stressed and frazzled and wondering how you can handle it all this holiday season without losing it? This episode is for you.

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Dec 01, 2017
90: Embrace Your Messiness and Imperfection (Kelly McNelis)
24:34

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Do you sometimes struggle with feelings of "not good enough"? Is it time for you to end the chase for perfection? In this episode guest Kelly McNelis shares how to fully embrace your flaws, messes and mistakes as you live unapologetically, wholeheartedly and authentically.

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Nov 27, 2017
Happy Bit: My Story of Learning to Love Myself
16:08

What if, deep down, you don't really love yourself? How does that affect your relationships? If you’ve ever had a little voice in your head saying, "You suck," or "You're not good enough," you’re going to absolutely love this episode where I get vulnerable and share my story of learning to love myself.

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Nov 24, 2017
89: Sustainable Motherhood (Heather Chauvin)
35:26

In this episode, Heather Chauvin shares how moms can feel their best and engage in a more sustainable version of motherhood by through energy management and through setting strong, clear boundaries. In the end, it all comes down to knowing how you want to feel and how you want to show up as a mom and then structuring your life to match. A must-listen for moms!

Nov 20, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Change Your Story
07:23

What stories have you always believed about yourself? Is it time to let some of them go? In this episode you'll learn why we need to identify our disempowering stories and replace them with empowering beliefs, which help us to play bigger, be happier, and love more.

Nov 20, 2017
88: Laughing It Up with Chewbacca Mom (Candace Payne)
27:07

Candace Payne was a normal stay-at-home mom... until one random day during her birthday week she chose to try on a Chewbacca Mask, laughing hysterically enough to create a viral video sensation and giving her the nickname Chewbacca Mom. Join me as Candace tells us about a couple of times she wasn’t happy and laughing and how she has made the decision to choose happiness and adventure every day.

Nov 13, 2017
Happy Bit: Stop Loathing + Start Loving Your Body
01:17

Do you despise, loath, and hate your body, noticing every wrinkle, dimple, and curve? Then you need this happy bit.

Nov 09, 2017
87: Playing Big and Living in Alignment (Tara Mohr)
35:51

We often know intuitively what we should be doing with our lives, but our inner critic can get loud in its efforts to protect us from the unknown, making it hard to move forward on the path of sharing our gifts. In this episode, Tara Mohr shares how you can more easily listen to your intuition, overcome the 2 types of fear, and keep moving forward on your path of purpose - even when your inner critic is shouting.

 

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Nov 06, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Handle Critical People
03:45

Sometimes criticism can leave us feeling raw and frustrated, feelings we definitely want less of. What do you do when somebody seems to be hypercritical, constantly pointing out your flaws or how you "should" or "could" do something better? In this Happy Bit you'll learn a powerful strategy to stop criticizers (and whiners) in their tracks so you can stay in a more positive frame of mind more often.

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Nov 02, 2017
86: The Secret Lives of Introverts (Jenn Granneman)
32:17

Jen Granneman is changing lives and making it easier for other introverts to embrace their introversion and understand how to thrive, not just survive. Learn how introverts can dive deep within their relationships and their interests.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Jenn:

"Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.” (from Susan Kane, author of QUIET. This quote reminds me that my time is really my time."

"I just try to pay attention to how I’m feeling both in the moment and after something, after an event."

"For most of my life, I felt like there was something wrong with me. I bet a lot of introverts can relate to this sentiment. Growing up, the teacher said, 'You’re so quiet.' My parents prodded, 'Why don’t you talk more?' And I inevitably got what I call in my book an 'Introvert Hangover,' which is when you feel physically unwell from too much socializing. I wondered why other people could keep on going. Why could they keep going the next day or later in the night?"

"When I read the book called, The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, I actually cried because I never felt so understood in my life. I realized there was a word for what I was, an Introvert, and it really seemed like a magic word to me. It’s so magical because it explained so many of the things that I struggled with for my entire life. Things that made me feel bad about myself. And best of all, that word meant I wasn’t alone - there were other people out there like me, other introverts. So say what you will about labeling, but that little label changed my life!"

"I read about introverts because I never want a quiet person to feel the way I did growing up. I just had this compulsion that I had to reach out to other introverts and start connecting with them, to start letting them know what I had discovered."

Some of Jenn's Favorite Things:

"Introverts prefer quiet, low-key environments. We assume they don’t like people - it’s just that they need that down time to show up. They prefer quality over quantity, to dive deep in interests and relationships, to seek meaning in all that they do - DEEP, like to write their thoughts."

"Introverted kids get less attention in a classroom. Don’t SHAME introversion."

Habit:  "DOWN TIME, being alone each day. Even if it's just 10 minutes. Being alone may be the best way to truly rest, whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. It keeps me from getting cranky. Being alone may be the best time to truly rest, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert."

Favorite Book: "The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney" - It explores the biological base for introversion.

Favorite Kitchen Gadget: Tupperware

What does it mean to be a Vibrant Happy Woman?:

"Working with introversion rather than fighting against it. Having solitude. Not only to survive, but to thrive! Not comparing myself to extroverts and others. As an introvert, I have my own strengths. Speaking up for my needs because my introvert needs are valid too."

A Challenge from Jenn:

"Do something ALONE (walk, book, movie). Remember, being alone is the best way to relax, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. If there’s one thing that we women need in this busy and modern society, it’s more rest."

Resources

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Quiet by Susan Kane.

Introvert, Dear

The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World

The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney

Tupperware

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

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Oct 30, 2017
Happy Bit: Are You Contributing?
08:20

Learn the 10 happiness-promoting reasons you need to be sharing your gifts with the world. Hint: making a contribution doesn't just make others happier... As Albert Schweitzer said, "The only truly happy people are those who have learned how to serve." But don't panic, because I'll share a couple of very easy (and non-time-consuming) ways that anybody can serve.

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Oct 26, 2017
85: Quick and Healthy Meals for Busy Families (Erin Chase)
36:32

As a busy mom of 4 boys, Erin Chase has mastered the art of being one step ahead in the kitchen so it’s easier to prep a quick and healthy meal. Erin not only shares great meal tips, but she explains her philosophy of being fully present for everything she’s doing instead of constantly focusing on the things she still needs to do.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Erin:

“What you don’t track or measure, you’re not going to improve. I track my fitness with 2 different apps… Map My Run for running and Orange Theory."

"Walking through life with grace, with joy, with contentment, with happiness, and I’ll catch myself. You have a choice. It’s not going to help anybody if you yell. Try not to. That’s where the grind happens - just making that choice and choosing the positive, not discounting all the negative emotions. You still have to feel those things, right? Process through them and work through them and start making that choice. That’s what’s beneficial to me and my family now."

"If I want to feel better, I need to be at my best to serve my family and to serve those in our online community and my business, right? And if I’m not at my best, I can’t go day to day like that. It has been a journey."

"One of my biggest goals and strategies, both for myself and for what we teach ourselves (family) is being one step ahead of your hungry family. Like, what can you be doing for the next meal? I would be thinking for the next day, getting into the habit of doing one thing and that mentally checks off things on your list. I’m always doing something for the next meal."

Some of Erin's Favorite Things:

Morning Routine:  "Generally, get the children to school. Number one priority, right? My morning routine really doesn’t happen after that. I feel like my morning routine is flipped backwards. I have my coffee every day, I take my vitamins and supplements, which helps with my arthritis. Really, my morning routine is driving my kids to school or we have a carpool every other week. When I get to the office, I’m not a believer in the 'eat that frog' concept and have a very, very blocked out calendar. If anything needs my attention right away, then I’ll do that. It’s making sure that I have the big tasks for the day in the right order and then I start plowing through everything. My morning routine isn’t that much of a morning routine. I do exercise a couple mornings a week."

Favorite Book: "Ken Follett books - series… 3rd one" and I also love personal development books and small business books.

What does it mean to be a Vibrant Happy Woman?:

"Being present where I am. Being present with my husband, with my boys - and not do more than I should be doing - being present in my business and helping the people in our communities."

"It’s so easy to be a multi-tasker, but I've found out that to be present in that one moment, doing that one thing, then I just exude that happiness, that grace, that joy that we want. When I do more than I should be doing, that’s where it all dissipates. For me, I think, the thing that I work hard at is just being present and that helps me to be at my best. And therefore, that’s when I feel happiest in that moment."

A Challenge from Erin:

"Be one step ahead so you can be more present where you’re at. Understanding and feeling how that’s different and feeling how that’s easier. It’s not going to be perfect every day. Make progress and [take] small steps forward."

Resources

This episode is brought to you by RXBars – Get 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/vibrantwomen and enter promo code ‘VIBRANTWOMEN’ at checkout.

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www.5dollarmealplan.com

www.grocerybudgetmakeover.com

www.myfreezeasy.com

Ken Follett books - series

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

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Oct 23, 2017
Happy Bit: Put Fear In the Backseat
05:21

Failure is a great teacher; fear is not. Learn how to analyze your fear, stop procrastinating and take charge of your life again with an easy fear-neutralizing strategy.

Learn how to put fear in the backseat (Elizabeth Gilbert) and keep moving forward on your journey.

Oct 22, 2017
84: Creating a Powerful Vision for Your Life (Valorie Burton)
36:40

Being able to ask powerful questions is an important tool for good communication and happy living, and journaling is a phenomenal way to unlock the answers to those questions. Valorie Burton shows you how in this episode.

For more about Valorie, you can visit her website at www.valorieburton.com

Nuggets of Wisdom from Valorie:

"If you love what you do and you are so passionate about it, you probably would do it even if you don’t get paid for it. That’s the ideal state." 

"I discovered my purpose in terms of my actual mission statement. I had an epiphany of it one day at a bookstore in 1999, that I was meant to inspire women to live more fulfilling lives, that I would do it through writing and speaking. Within a few weeks after that, I began writing my first book. I’ve written 11 books. "

"Things have unfolded not as I would have expected them, but in just the right way. I’m not sure I would have been ready for my husband. So I don’t begrudge my divorce or anything else, because it has led me to where I’m supposed to be."

"I believe wholeheartedly in journaling and writing. Writing was a part of who I am as a kid. Journaling has health benefits. It can help us work through trauma. If we can write our best possible selves in our journals, it’s a very powerful exercise. I had written what I had envisioned in the present tense. My journal was full of hope. I think that helped me a great deal in getting to a place where I was ready for what I really wanted."

"I’m a coach. What coaches do best is ask questions. It’s not about having the right answers, it’s about having the questions that help others to be able to come up with their own answers. Because I really believe everyone has their own answers. So the person who’s able to ask powerful questions, whether it’s the question that helps you negotiate better or the question that helps you connect with someone better. Being able to ask powerful questions is really an important tool for good communication."

Some of Valorie's Favorite Things:

Morning Routine:  "Meditate for 5 minutes, pray, think about what I’m looking forward to during the day, asking, 'What do I get to do today?' Always eat breakfast (perhaps a breakfast burrito - spinach/eggs/cheese/burrito)."

Favorite Book: Don Miguel Ruiz's The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom"

What does it mean to be a Vibrant Happy Woman?:

"Being vibrant and happy is really a part of how I define success. My definition of success is harmony of purpose, resilience, and joy - knowing I’m here to inspire others."

A Challenge from Valorie:

"Just be happy right now. Stop waiting for things to unfold the way you want to. Stop holding your happiness hostage to your circumstances and make a decision right now to be happy. I made the decision to be happy. It’s a choice. It’s not always easy. It’s a whole lot better when we find reasons."

Resources

Go to Barkbox.com/happy to get one month of BarkBox FREE when you purchase a 6 or 12 month subscription.

Get 20% off your order at organifi.com using coupon code ‘HAPPYWOMEN’

www.valorieburton.com

Successful Women Speak Differently

Coach Training Intensive : November 2017

Valorie Burton Facebook Page

Follow Valorie Burton on Twitter

Subscribe Valorie Burton YouTube Channel

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

 

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Oct 16, 2017
Happy Bit: Your 2018 Goals - In October!
02:22

When you plan your goals in 2018 - and MAP out your entire year, like many businesses do - you'll be able to accomplish WAY more of what's important to you.

Share your thoughts in an audio message to me in the "Comments" section here: jenriday.com/happy83

Oct 13, 2017
83: Claim Your Feminine Power (Mastin Kipp)
57:19

Many women play small, staying stuck because they don't know how to become craftsmen of their lives and create true emotional and creative abundance. In this episode guest Mastin Kipp shares the steps for women to become more empowered through cultivating emotion that is shared with the world in the form of service.

You can explore more at www.mastinkipp.com

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Mastin:

“Not mine, but thy will be done.” ~Jesus

"I’m a recovering Christian or a Christian mystic. Truth is truth is truth."

"Religion gets in the way of trying to connect to a higher power - [Jesus] was a great spiritual teacher: being willing to die, metaphorically laying life on the line with faith to go after your purpose, paying attention to the signs that are coming, getting out of fight or flight and into a more intuitive mindset."

"Typically, following your intuition is scary. That’s how great things come to be. When you follow that path and that pattern, the things that you thought you want into your life that are way better than you can possibly imagine - you are going to get through hard times to get there, typically."

"Claim your power functional life coaching is really about accelerating results. It doesn’t need 10 years in therapy. It’s a cornucopia of how you can move forward. Claim your power is a systems approach to creating accelerated results using the process I just described."

"What I care about is that whatever you are doing with your life, it brings you emotional wealth and you are lit up by it."

Some of Mastin's Favorite Things:

"Nighttime routine is solid. Wake up at 4 or 5am. Epsom salt bath. Cardio. Meditation. Gym-lifting. Parasympathetic activities of massage, yoga, stretching…"

"I’m a creature of habit. I do everything I can to make sure my routine is on point."

Favorite Book: Headstrong by Dave Asprey

What does it mean to be a Vibrant Happy Man?

"A vibrant happy man creates safe spaces for feminine beings. Masculine and feminine are not genders - they are energies! Masculinity is not some macho thing, but some cool, calm presence that’s unwavering, it doesn’t move. To me, that’s what it means to be a vibrant and masculine man is all about: being a safe landing space. Men need to be a container when feminine energy is coming out - to listen without trying to fix and solve and to try to understand why using the phrase, 'Tell me more.'"

A Challenge from Mastin:

Goddess Hour (Hero Hour): "Find an hour and sit down and ask yourself 2 questions: 'How am I feeling?' and 'What do I need?' And then to spend the next 20 minutes to an hour giving yourself what you need."

Resources

Go to Barkbox.com/happy to get one month of BarkBox FREE when you purchase a 6 or 12 month subscription.

Get 20% off your order at organifi.com using coupon code ‘HAPPYWOMEN’

www.mastinkipp.com

Claim Your Power

Daily Love: Growing Intro Grace

Female Brain by Luanne Brezendon

Headstrong

Time Mastery for women enrollment is closing soon! Learn more here: www.timemasteryforwomen.com

Oct 10, 2017
Happy Bit: Stop the Whirling Dervishing
03:23

I believe most women seem to be spinning and spinning and spinning - like a whirling dervish, catching random glimpses of colors and faces and stuff.

I challenge you in this episode to STOP - to be STILL and to just BE and to SEE those beautiful faces and colors and things.

The foundation of happiness starts here.

If you'd like someone to hold your hand and help you STOP, so you can declutter your life and time and put things back together in a simpler, slower, and more enjoyable pattern, join me in Time Mastery for Women where I'll take you gently, step by step, to stillness and balance and calm.

Happiness.

Learn more and sign up here: www.timemasteryforwomen.com

Oct 06, 2017
82: How to Unlock Energy and Success with a High Frequency Lifestyle (Robyn Openshaw)
46:17

Most of us feel tired 80% of the time, but it’s not hard to change that once we learn how to metabolize negative emotions and live at a higher energetic frequency. In this episode, guest Robyn Openshaw talks about the success, flow, gratitude, love, and peace that go hand-in-hand with living a high-frequency lifestyle and how we can raise our energy and mood through diet, movement, time in nature, reframing emotion and much, much more.

Get your free copy of Robyn's book, Vibe: Unlock the Energetic Frequencies of Limitless Health, Love, and Success here: jenriday.com/vibe

Oct 02, 2017
Happy Bit: Maria von Trapp, Mary Poppins and Morning Routines
04:41

Have you ever asked yourself, "Is this it? Is THIS my life?"

If you have a nagging feeling you have something "more" to do with your life, then this Happy Bit is for you. Learn how having a consistent morning routine will make ALL the difference in figuring out your life's purpose and following that path with confidence (rather than striving to be Maria Von Trapp, Mary Poppins, or any number of other "ideal" but unrealistic women).

Sep 28, 2017
81: How to Clean Out Your 'Thought Closet' So You Can Stay Positive More Easily (Jennifer Rothschild)
30:51

Do you ever catch yourself filled with poisonous thoughts about your worthiness or capability as a person, mom or employee? In this episode of Vibrant Happy Women Jennifer Rothschild shares how bad moments don't have to mean bad days filled with endless negativity and how she overcomes her own negative self talk by cleaning out her "thought closet." 

Free Kids Chore Chart: www.jenriday.com/chorechart

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Sep 25, 2017
Happy Bit: You Are a Rockstar!
03:39

Now that school is started, you might like a copy of my Kids Chore Chart: jenriday.com/chorechart.

And I share some words of gratitude and praise for ALL the amazing, good things you're doing in life. Thank you for being a rockstar!

Sep 25, 2017
80: Love Your Marriage Again by Learning the Art of Letting Go of Expectations (Laura Doyle)
29:44

Laura Doyle struggled for years in her marriage until she finally learned the art of letting go of expectations. Learn how she did, how it helped her husband like being around her again, and how Laura is happier than she’s ever been in her relationship. You can explore more at www.lauradoyle.org

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Laura:

"I stopped trying to control my husband and instead, I focused on my own happiness. And that, in turn improved what he sees. I suffered so much in my marriage. I tried everything I could think of, went to marriage counselling and none of that worked for me. And now I know what actually works to make marriage magical again."

"Restoring respect in your relationship in one of the intimacy skills. Respect is like oxygen for husbands. That is how important it is to them. And when they feel respected, they feel loved."

"Intimacy is not just in the bedroom. It is the interactions, the tenders, the funnies, sometimes it’s those interactions you wouldn’t have with anyone else in the whole world. The physical intimacy is the one thing that differentiates the romance from any other relationship you have in the world. Intimacy is when I feel desired. It’s when I feel that he is seeking my company and when he is sharing with me openly because he feels there is emotional safety. That’s when I know the intimacy is high."

"The only person you can ever control is yourself. And then when I did change, my husband responded to me so differently. It was so much better, like ten times better. For me, it was actually good news."

"Only happy people can have happy relationships. It’s unspeakably wonderful to feel so loved every single day. It gives me a lot of inner strength and I say that not to brag but just to say: This is what’s possible for all women. Cause all husbands respond so beautifully to being respected and they want to make their wives happy."

Some of Laura's Favorite Things:

"Most women feel it’s awful until they do it. And that habit is apologizing to my husband when I am disrespectful. I apologize for being disrespectful… I honor my husband’s thinking.

Express your desires in a way that inspires. To let him hear what I wanted instead of complaining. Instead of saying: John, this place is a disaster area! I would say: John, I would love a clean kitchen."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "My Zester. It adds so much flavor."

Rachael's Favorite Books:
"Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray"

Laura's Happiness Formula:

"Asking myself these two questions. How do I feel? What do I want? Desire is the seat of feminine power. Communicate with everyone around me in a way that’s honoring of me but also showing up as a delight and not a bear. Not a martyr, and not a nag, not a porcupine but someone who can smile because you are all filled up."

A Challenge from Laura:

"Get Cherished.com 5 days challenge. Everyday for five days, I will send you an email and do an experiment that’s gonna give you an unfair advantage and making your relationship vibrant and easy. If it works for you, keep it."

Resources

Get $10 off your first FabFitFun box by using coupon code 'HAPPYWOMEN'

This episode is brought to you by RXBars – Get 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/vibrantwomen and enter promo code ‘VIBRANTWOMEN’ at checkout.

www.lauradoyle.org

The Empowered Wife

Zester

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

 

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Sep 18, 2017
Happy Bit: The Think List
02:44

Have you ever had a problem that needed to be solved, but you just couldn't quite figure out the solution? Enter the THINK LIST. This tool will help you find solutions to those annoying problems that seem to have no answer, like how to get up earlier in the morning, how to improve a relationship with a teenager, or any other moment in life when you just need an inspired or creative solution.

Sep 14, 2017
79: Planting the Energy of 'I'm Happy' Using the Law of Attraction (Rachael Pickworth)
41:59

Have you ever felt the deep inner calling of your soul to explore a new path, but your fears meant you ignored that voice inside? Rachael Pickworth of Woman on Purpose had always tried to deny her yearning to rise up, honor her truth and express herself authentically, but ultimately the pain of denying her inner truth led to her life and business crashing around her in what she calls a ‘dark night of the soul’.
Rachael reached a point where she could no longer deny her higher calling and went through a realignment process where she addressed the big questions we often try to avoid such as “who am I?” and “what am I here to do?” In this episode Rachael shares her journey, her biggest learnings (including spiritual discoveries and harnessing Law of Attraction) and how they have changed the course of her life and her work in the world.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Rachael:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson

"You are a child of God. And in my language, you know that word God - you are a child of the universe or spirit or source energy. Your playing small does not serve the world. We are all meant to shine as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us."

"I eventually discovered coaching around 2001. Trained in that area and I’ve been coaching ever since. The journey of course did not stop there. But what it did was it created a platform for me to make a difference that I wanted to make. I support people to find clarity of purpose and express their purpose in the world. "

"Let’s take the language out of it. Let’s remove any conversation around the law of attraction, the word spiritual. Let’s remove that for just a moment. And let’s just dive into feeling good. So I would say that anyone who is in a place of feeling disconnected, that the opportunities here is to do things that lift your energy and support you to feel good. And really making that your focus. The choice to feel good."

"Thoughts are so powerful. We have to speak as if what we want is coming. It’s not about looking at our existing reality and what is around us now because what we say around us is a reflection of what our past vibration is, it’s a manifestation of our historical thoughts, feelings and vibrations."

Some of Rachael's Favorite Things:

"Reading my favorite books. Listening to great music, favorite music. Do what feels good. Expect miracles to come. Eat what feels good. Trust that it will flow. Raise your vibrations.

I write what I feel writing. Writing the vision of my future. I write what makes me feel incredible. I’m imagining myself there, experiencing it. Raising my vibrations and my point of attraction. Putting my focus there so that it can then show up for me. It can then be created and will then unfold. So that’s what I mean by scripting. It’s writing the picture of what’s coming."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Husband on the Barbecue"

Rachael's Favorite Books:
"Ask and it is Given by Esther Hicks"
"Conversations with God by Neil Donald Walsch"
"Law of Attraction 101"

Best advice received: "My mom has been the best example. She was so inspiring to decide to leave my dad in her twenties and start a biz and move to Melbourne with 2 kids and set up a biz. GUTSY. Spiritual. Addicted to work, stressed… 4x cancer. Demonstrated how important it is to look after ourselves. Busy is not a badge of honor."

Rachael's Happiness Formula:

"Sleep 8 hours or more + eat well + drink water + morning practice + evening practice (alignment work) + getting out of my own way and liberating myself and being patient with myself. Self Love. Being really True to myself. Being prepared to go my own way and not trim my wings to fit into what our world thinks is normal."

A Challenge from Rachael:

"Give yourself one month to put yourself first - to really put your needs first - what makes you happy and DO IT and do LOTS of it. Don’t self sacrifice and put yourself last. Be happy regardless of circumstances. Plant that energy of “I’m happy”. Watch what unfolds. Morning and evening practice. Focus on high vibes."

Resources

Get $10 off your first FabFitFun box by using coupon code 'HAPPYWOMEN'

Care.com, a fantastic place to find all the help you need with housework, cooking, tutoring, dog sitting and on and on. Get 30% off a premium membership at care.com by going to care.com/vibrantwomen

www.womanonpurpose.com

Follow Rachael Pickworth on Instagram

Ask and it is Given by Esther Hicks

Conversations with God by Neil Donald Walsch

Law of Attraction 101

 

Sep 11, 2017
Happy Bit: Celebrating Your Hard Work
04:48

Growing up on a farm taught me the value of hard work; however, I’ve worried life in suburbia hasn’t instilled the same work ethic in my kids. Life has converged to help me focus on work ethic, and I share our experience laboring on Labor Day as a family.

Sep 07, 2017
78: Teaching Kids the Value of Work (PJ Jonas)
38:21

PJ Jonas is a business owner, goat-wrangler, entrepreneur, and mother. After getting goats to provide healthy milk for her eight children, she decided to put some excess milk into a batch of handmade soap. That decision was the beginning of Goat Milk Stuff, a growing goat milk products business that includes Goat Milk Soaps,cheeses, candies, fudge, gelato and more! PJ lives in Indiana with her husband, Jim and eight children. The entire family along with 6 full time employees work hard to promote the goodness of goat milk. You can explore more at www.GoatMilkStuff.com

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Nuggets of Wisdom from PJ:

"Thomas Jefferson - I’m a great believer in luck and the harder I work the more I have of it."

"All that hard work, ultimately, leads to the success that we are looking for."

"By teaching our children how to do things, to cook, to do the dishes, to do the laundry, that frees a lot of my time and leaves me more time to spend having more fun times with them. When everybody works, all the work ultimately gets finished for the day."

"When we started Goat Milk Stuff, everything had to become more focused. Starting a business from the very beginning, I had to involve my children in all the business aspects. It’s all something that we all had to work side by side."

"You start small, you are not going to change something big overnight. That’s where a lot of us Go wrong. We have too drastic of a change too quickly. Pick something. Start with something small. Start with cooking. Pick a meal that you can teach your children to make. Don’t try and do it all radically because if we change too fast, it just falls apart. It’s all hard but it’s worth the effort."

Some of PJ's Favorite Things:

"SLEEP is the priority. I go to bed early. Don’t have time to go to a gym. I incorporate exercise into my day: 10-20 squats in the bathroom and 2 pushups against the sink, calf raises while washing dishes, 1 legged toothbrushing."

Favorite kitchen gadget: Cutco Knives

Niyc's Favorite Books: "Margin by Richard Swenson. Having space in your life. Time, physical energy, finances, and emotional energy. Keep space. That space between being overwhelmed and being able to keep up with where you’re at. Just keep that little bit of space, life will be so much more enjoyable."

Best advice received: "Remember what’s important… You have to look 20 years down the road. Is what I’m doing contributing to that? I want my kids to be best friends and have successful marriages and families of their own and put others’ needs in front of their own. "

PJ's Happiness Formula:

"Sleep + eating well + doing nothing with my family. That would make me happy. Just together being a family. Telling stories, laughing -for me that’s what it’s all about."

A Challenge from PJ:

"Let go of something and create more margin in your life. Say no to something and free up more time. Figure out something that you can let go of. "

Resources

Get $10 off your first FabFitFun box by using coupon code 'HAPPYWOMEN'

Free Bar of Soap for Vibrant Happy Women Listeners

www.GoatMilkStuff.com

Cutco Knives

Margin by Richard Swenson

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

 

Sep 04, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Be Authentic (And Help Other Women Do the Same)
04:51

Did you ever stop to consider that authentic living requires listening to your intuition? Learn the best way to tap into your authentic voice and why it's CRITICAL that we not only stop "shoulding" all over ourselves, but especially all over other women. It's time to celebrate the authentic (and diverse) voice of every single woman's effort to live authentically. And to assume we're all doing the best we can.

Aug 31, 2017
77: How to Blossom Even When Life Is Hard (Niyc Pidgeon)
34:07

Several years ago Niyc Pidgeon found herself drowning in negativity and fear after being raped. With the encouragement of a therapist and a hefty dose of self exploration, Niyc found her way out of the darkness and into a place of gratitude, awareness and growth. Now she shares her story on stages around the world to help empower other women to find their own way out of whatever darkness they might be experiencing in their lives.

As a Positive Psychologist and Success Coach, Niyc is on a mission to help a million women change their lives using Positive Psychology by the year 2020. She recently won Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the UK, is currently living in Los Angeles, and proudly travels the world speaking, coaching, and helping women create more joy, personal power, and unstoppable success within themselves and their businesses. SNiyc’s first book Now Is Your Chance, is a 30-Day Guide To Living Your Happiest Life Using Positive Psychology, published with the world’s largest mind body and spirit publisher Hay House, and available for pre order Now. You can explore more at www.niycpidgeon.com

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Niyc:

"Beautiful flowers blossom in adversity."

"My intention is that I bring together the science side of things and the spirituality side of things, as well as my personal experience and my professional expertise to really give the readers something that they can practically do everyday."

"Meditation is something that allowed me to connect with myself and the highest version of myself."

"I managed to find gratitude for the process and managed to find the gratitude for the fact that, one day, I knew that I would be able to share this story and help other people. Even the bad things that happen to us, we have to find gratitude on some level."

"Happiness is about raising your awareness, showing up in everything you do."

Some of Niyc's Favorite Things:

"My morning ritual/nurturing practice: gratitude rampage, moving into this place of gratitude and abundance, meditation, moving my body & energy around to feel empowered, visualization (standing on stage, seeing flowers), written affirmations, speak out loud my goal… abracadabra… I create what I speak. That which I speak, I create. It’s all about everything we say and bringing that thing into our reality. That is a practice that has given me so much."

Favorite kitchen gadget: Garlic Press

Niyc's Favorite Books: "Mind Gym, which is a collection of short, succinct tips about how you can develop a stronger mindset."

Best advice received: "To be able to wake up in the morning and just be yourself."

Niyc's Happiness Formula:

"Happiness is a combination of gratitude, awareness and growth -being grateful for what you have, heightening your awareness and also ensuring that everyday you are doing something that allows you to feel accomplished. And you actually give yourself credit for the things you do as well."

A Challenge from Niyc:

"Every night before bed do you 'DONE list' and reflect on the service you've given."

Resources

www.niycpidgeon.com

Niyc on Facebook and Instagram

One Bracelet Campaign

Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson

Now is Your Chance

Mind Gym

Garlic Press

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

 

 

 

Aug 28, 2017
Happy Bit: What To Do When You Wake Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed
04:55

Have you ever woken up exhausted, grumpy or unready to face the day? In this Happy Bit I give you 3 strategies that will boost your mood, energy and focus on those really tough mornings.

Aug 24, 2017
76: Living Fully Alive (Mary Hyatt)
42:05

Mary Hyatt was drowning in unhappiness after marrying very young and having no idea who she was; after years of numbing her unhappiness with food, Mary found herself 70 pounds overweight and needing to make a change. She decided to embark on a journey to find herself and to stop playing small; in the process she let go of the weight and the unhealthy marriage and today Mary is a strong advocate of living FULLY ALIVE through being authentic, loving yourself and loving your body.

Mary Hyatt is on a quest to feel alive and to live a life full of gratitude, joy, authenticity, and abundance in body, mind and soul. Mary believes that every person has the ability to create the life that they love. She lives in the heart of Nashville and her days are spent juggling the roles of holistic lifestyle advocate as a Presidential Diamond wellness advocate with do TERRA essential oils, and personal life and business coach. She helps her clients wake up, find their voice and become fully alive. You can join Mary every Wednesday at 1 PM CST on her Facebook LIVE show where she dives into raw topics and helps her audience fall back in love with themselves and believe in their potential. You can explore more at www.maryhyatt.com

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Mary:

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." ~Frederick Buechner

"I love that the emphasis on the touching, smelling, and really getting into the holy and hidden heart of it. That is it."

"I can remember thinking to myself, there has to be more to life than this. Surely, being completely asleep for life, being numb, just almost sleepwalking through life - Surely there has to be something else that would make life worth more living."

Some of Mary's Favorite Things:

"Staying teachable. I’m always asking for feedback, I’m constantly learning. The minute that I think I know it all, my career is going to be dead. I want to see always how I can make things better. I get excited to hear about new perspectives, about new ways of seeing things because ultimately, my lens is really limited. I am seeing it only through my own eyes so I think a habit would be asking for feedback and continuously learning. "

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Garlic Press"

Beth's Favorite Books: "Loveability by Robert Holden"

Best advice received: "From my mom: when anything is going wrong, 'What does this make possible?'"

Mary's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I am being authentic + telling my truth + staying in the present. Part of living fully alive is experiencing life in 3D, which means that you are willing to be present for whatever is showing up in this exact moment. I give myself permission to celebrate, to be in that excitement and really stay in it, and asking myself, 'What is asking for my highest attention right now?'"

"Depression and anxiety are escaping the present. When we can find our true happiness, the ability to connect with life, just in this present moment - that truly is what we have - I better show up. I better be all here because this might be my last breath."

"Part of happiness is being able to show up for what’s happening right now. Being present truly contributes to our ability to have happiness and fulfillment."

A Challenge from Mary:

"Slow down in this moment, take a couple deep breaths, in through the nose, out through the mouth, in through the nose, out through the mouth. What is asking for my highest attention right now? What needs some loving today?"

Resources

www.maryhyatt.com

Mary Hyatt Facebook

do TERRA essential oils

Garlic Press

Loveability by Robert Holden

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

Aug 21, 2017
Happy Bit: A Parenting Mantra to Create Happier Kids (and a Happier Mama)
05:11

Happy Bit: A Parenting Mantra to Create Happier Kids (and a Happier Mama)

Parents and kids seem to do a lifelong dance - at least for the first 18 years - between control and freedom. In this Happy Bit I share a parenting mantra I created that helps me focus less on control (and criticism) and more on the positives like love, warmth, humor and praise.

The Mantra:

My only parenting tools are love, hugs, warmth, humor and compliments.

Aug 17, 2017
75: Small & Steady Steps Are Where the Magic Happens (Anne Bogel)
27:32

Rather than always seeking the "grand gesture" or the next "big thing," Anne Bogel, blogger at Modern Mrs. Darcy and host of the What Should I Read Next? podcast reminds us that small and steady steps are where the magic happens.

Anne Bogel is the creator of the popular blog Modern Mrs Darcy and the podcast What Should I Read Next?. Anne Bogel popular book lists and reading guides have established Bogel as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. Anne lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her family. Anne is also the author of Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Anne:

"There are so many things out there that we can make and create."

"Life moves on. Everything’s a stage. You have plenty of time."

"This is a stage. Everything moves in stages. Nothing lasts forever, for better or for worse."

"Something I have learned is how important timing is. That’s not just what you’re hoping to do but also when you are going to be able to do it. Life moves in stages and it won’t stay the same way forever. Things constantly change."

"I hate it when people say: “I don’t have time!”"

Some of Anne's Favorite Things:

Favorite Quote: "Emily Dickinson: 'I dwell in impossibility.' It means excitement and enthusiasm and potential. Anything is possible."

Personal Habit: "Walking the dog with no headphones… motion and movement and fresh air."

Easy meal: Mexican Beef verde from Jessica Fisher’s cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Freezer Meals: Chuck roast - chili powder and oregano - salsa verde - with guac, pico, cheese…

Favorite kitchen gadget: Lemon Squeezer

Ann’s Favorite Books: You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

Best advice received: "Don’t underestimate the importance of small steps."

Anne's Happiness Formula:

"It’s about being peaceful, happy and light in body and spirit. And being free from anxiety of worry and understanding, love."

"A good life is fresh, solid and free, new, vibrant, grounded, safe."

A Challenge from Anne:

"Take a walk without your earbuds or sit on the porch without a book and think and just be."

Resources:

Modern Mrs Darcy

What Should I Read Next?

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything

The Popcast with Knox & Jamie

Unputdownable: 17 books I read in 24 hours or less (because they were just that good)

Anne Bogel popular book lists

Lemon Squeezer

You Learn by Living

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Aug 14, 2017
Happy Bit: Vision Journaling
03:32

Journaling can be a powerful way to see the big picture of your life, to notice the trajectory you're on and to make needed adjustments. Whether you prefer gratitude journaling, writing your goals and intentions or recording a "diary" of your day, journaling is so helpful. One of the most powerful forms of journaling is vision journaling, which is writing down what you WANT your life to look like as if it's already the REALITY. Vision journaling not only creates energy, motivation and focus, but new research would suggest it is probably building new neural pathways in your brain, making it more likely you'll choose behaviors in line with your vision and goals. In this episode I tell you exactly how to do it. 

Aug 10, 2017
74: Health and Fat Loss for Women (Beth Westie)
42:46

Women's and men's bodies are not the same. We try to assume men and women can lose fat int he same way, but it can be helpful to  account for hormones, pregnancy, breastfeeding...all of those things that make women women. In this episode Dr. Beth Westie shares some hot fat loss and health tips just for women.

Aug 07, 2017
Happy Bit: Be the Starter
01:50

Hear how mow my friend Chris "infected" everyone with the happiness bug at a recent BBQ and how you can do the same thing and be the STARTER.

Aug 03, 2017
73: On Wholeness, Alignment and Sisterhood (Nisha Moodley)
35:07

Nisha Moodley shares how happy living and making a contribution to society are tied to understanding our personal wholeness and our “Big Why.”

Jul 31, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Wake Up and SHINE
02:25

You are powerful beyond measure, and it's time to wake up and act accordingly- to play big and to SHINE.

Jul 27, 2017
72: How to Flip Your Lifestyle So You Can Work Less and Live More (Joceyln Sams)
28:29

Ever wished you could work less so you could live more? After an incident with her son’s childcare provider, Jocelyn Sams realized she was giving too much control of her life to other people. She and her husband Shane decided to give up teaching and create an online business so they could have the flexibility and freedom they needed to spend more time with their kids - all while working only 10-15 hours/week. In this episode Jocelyn shares exactly how they did it.

Today’s guest is Jocelyn Sams, part of the dynamic duo behind FlippedLifestyle.com. Jocelyn and her husband Shane are former school teachers. After years of bad bosses, job losses, and frustration at work, they started an online business. That business made it possible to quit their jobs, spend more time with family and earn millions in passive income online - all while working only 10-15 hours per week! Now, they are helping other families do the same by connecting with people through their Flipped Lifestyle podcast, website and inside their Flip Your Life community. Sign up for Jocelyn's free 168-hour Time Management Challenge.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Joceyln:

"We can't let other people run our lives anymore."

"He said we were going to start an online business, we were going to build passive income streams and we were going to quit our jobs. I thought he was crazy at the time, but little did I know, we would do just that."

 

"When you do as you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."

Some of Joceyln's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I calendar everything."

Easy meal: Chicken Lettuce Wraps (P.F. Changs copycat)

Favorite kitchen gadget: Cuisinart Electric Teakettle

Joceyln's Favorite Books: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Best advice received: "Take action and make things happen."

Joceyln's Happiness Formula:

"Take control of my time + prioritize the things that are really important in life + helping others find the same type of freedom we have found."

A Challenge from Joceyln:

"Put everything on a calendar, starting with your non-negotiables like work, sleep, eating dinner, eating lunch.... Once you get those things on there, move on to the things you want to do - things like working on a business, spending more time with your children - whatever it is you want to do, calendar those in after your non-negotiables. This will help you see where you're really spending time versus where you WANT to spend time."

Resources

168-hour Time Management Challenge

FlippedLifestyle.com

Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income

Flipped Lifestyle podcast

ElementaryLibrarian.com

Cuisinart Electric Teakettle

Chicken Lettuce Wraps (P.F. Changs copycat)

Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

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Jul 24, 2017
Happy Bit: Creating a Word Board
03:01

You've probably heard of a Vision Board before, but have you ever created a word board? In this episode I'll tell you how.

Jul 21, 2017
71: How to Live Simply and Put People Before Stuff (Tsh Oxenreider)
29:39

Ever wish you had less stuff? Wanting more time for what's important? In this episode Tsh Oxenreider shares her story of learning to have less “stuff” so she could have more time for living her purpose, which includes helping people and traveling.

Tsh Oxenreider is the author of several books, including her new one, At Home in the World. She's the founder of the community blog The Art of Simple and the top-ranked podcaster of The Simple Show, where she encourages big-hearted people to live simple, unconventional lives. Tsh currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her 3 kids and husband, and eats tacos several times a week. She's equally happy snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and puttering around in her backyard.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Tsh:

“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”  - Parker Palmer 

"Vocation: The word means calling. it's the idea of 'What you are made to do and what your life speaks.'

"Listen to your life because it says something!"

"What made [living in Turkey] truly great were a lot of these smaller life lessons and family togetherness and even the hard stuff that we pushed through to make us a better people and a better family unit."

"Home is where you know and are known. For me, that equals people. Home equals a tangible place. I think there's something important about it being in a place."

"There's this foundational idea that you have to know: your vocation is how your life speaks."

"We would rather put our money toward experiences over things."

"Simple living for me is living holistically with your life's purpose."

"Your life's purpose is your vocation."

 

Some of Tsh's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: " Bullet journaling. It's this way of journaling your day that just keeps your thoughts in a more organized fashion. I feel so much more in control of my time."

Easy meal: "I love chicken tortilla soup in slow cooker from Pioneer Woman." (get the recipe here)

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Ice cream maker"

Tsh's Favorite Books: "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver"

Best advice received: "Taking action and making things happen." (from Tsh's husband)

Tsh's Happiness Formula:

"Travel is a huge part of my happiness. I am more who I am whenever I spend time traveling. And yet, it is coupled with staying home a lot. It's a combination of exploring the world and being at home - embracing where I am, getting to know my neighbors, spending time in my community and getting involved. It is a blend of being a citizen of the world and a citizen of my community."

A Challenge from Tsh:

"Plan a trip on the horizon -even if that means a day trip into the closest city where you live. If you haven't planned a trip in a long time, plan something where you actually leave your house and you go do something pretty different from what you normally do. You might want to explore some small town nearby that you have always wanted to do. You might check out a museum. You might try out a new restaurant, or you could actually get on a plane and or get on a website, see what cheap flights in your area are and go do something like that. I think so much of our life is routine, which is good, but we need to appreciate that routine whenever we shake it up a bit and interact with the outside world around us."

Resources

The Art of Simple (Tsh's Website)

The Simple Show (Tsh's Podcast)

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe (Tsh's Book)

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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Jul 18, 2017
Happy Bit: Focusing on What You Want (Instead of What You Don't Want)
04:31

Learn how to do the "I Don't Want ______" exercise to help you create a crystal clear vision of what you DO want. This is soooo important because, "Where the energy goes, the energy flows." AND "That which we focus on increases."

Jul 13, 2017
70: Broken Home Doesn't Mean Broken Person: Being a Self-Made Woman (Salena Knight)
38:11

Growing up with dysfunction and a broken home, Salena Knight set out completely on her own at age 15, and by her early twenties owned several properties, and today she owns her own business. Salena shares some powerful thoughts on letting go of "victim thinking" and choosing the life you want. A must-listen episode!

Salena Knight is retail strategist who helps independent retailers to grow their business so they can have personal and financial freedom. She lives in Sydney Australia with her husband, daughter and rescue greyhound. In her free time she likes to build things, cook and spend time outdoors.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Salena:

"Laugh at yourself because if you don't, someone else will laugh at you. Laugh at the things that happened because it hurts more when someone laughs at you, than when you laugh about what happened to yourself."

"Just don't take everything seriously; otherwise, you'll end up getting hurt by what other people think about you."

"All I wanted to do was to prove to the world that coming from a broken family doesn't mean that you have to be a broken person."

"You have the choice to make your life-whatever it is you want to be!"

"I was determined to finish my studies and be something better!"

"It does get to the point where you have to decide who your family is and who you want to hang around."

"You can choose your family, you can choose who you want to hang around with."

"If you hang around with people who don't want to take action, who are going to suck the life out of you and deplete you, then you aren't going to strive, you won't be able to achieve those goals."

"At the end of the day, you have to look after you."

Some of Salena's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Constantly striving to succeed. A desire to just be better, bigger, more. I have to get outside every single day, get out with the dog at least once."

Easy meal: "Tacos. 5 batches and freeze them."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Kettle, slow cooker, and food processor."

Salena's Favorite Books: "The Dip by Seth Godin"

Best advice received: "You can do it."

Salena's Happiness Formula:

Family + Home + Laughter + Challenge

A Challenge from Salena:

"Go and evaluate your relationships and see if you have those vampire people. Who energizes you and who depletes you? What can you do about the depleters?"

Resources

SalenaKnight.com

Webinar by Salena - for Retailers Looking to Grow Their Customer Base Fast

Jen's Interview on Salena's Podcast (Bringing Business to Retail)

Southernbellemollymook.com (Salena's vacation rental)

Kettle

The Dip by Seth Godin

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Jul 10, 2017
Happy Bit: Follow What Feels Good to You
03:43

Are you striving to accomplish, achieve and accumulate? That path might not give you the happiness you crave. You'll get a whole lot closer if you take 10 minutes today and follow your feelings instead...

Jul 06, 2017
69: How to Be a Boss Mom (Dana Malstaff)
36:28

After trying the stay-at-home mom thing for a while, Dana realized she literally NEEDED to be an entrepreneur and thus began the Boss Mom movement. Learn how Dana balances motherhood and her online business with confidence and efficiency.

Dana Malstaff is a mother, author, business & content strategist, coach, podcaster, and blind spot reducer. Dana is the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, and the founder of Boss Mom. She serves Boss Moms who yearn for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and raising their family, by providing the tools they need to get more out of their content and business, without sacrificing their family goals.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Dana:

"If you want to be a true influencer, then you should speak to create other influencers. Our influence is based around creating other influencers."

"Good mom for me means playfulness and attentiveness."

"So attentiveness to me means that I'm outwardly always trying to make sure I see what my kids need and trying to fulfill that in a way that makes sense to us in our family. "

"I think you should always try to be something more than a mom."

"You are so much more than one role, and we should strive to figure out what fulfills us outside of being a parent and outside of being a wife and outside of just being a business owner."

"It's a really important lesson for your kids to learn and it's a really important lesson for you to learn that your kids aren't the center of the world too, cause it's hard not to feel that way about them sometimes."

"When you're confident about your decisions, then guilt has no place in your life."

"The reason we feel guilty is because we're not sure we're doing the right thing."

"There are a lot of ways, and a lot of those ways compiled together equal the right way for you. It has to be about collecting the puzzle pieces and fitting them together and being confident about how you're fitting them together."

"If you don't wan't to feel guilty then continually assess every single day what your overall priorities are. What is it that you're trying to achieve, and what are the big things that have to be done? Don't do your business and family separately because those are two big whole buckets."

"What's important to us right now, tomorrow, over this next 30 days, or next year? What do we care about? Which one is more important? Sometimes my business wins, and sometimes my family wins. I don't feel bad about it."

Some of Dana's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "We eat, we hang out and play around. We engage with each other. We do some fun things with
my kids in the morning."

"The habit is the assessment of my priorities, looking at what has to get done, seeing if I can delegate that out and reminding myself that I'm losing money in my business by doing things myself all the time."

Easy meal: "Brown rice packets, chicken apple sausage, Thai peanut sauce, veggies."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "wine opener"

Danielle's Favorite Books: "The Five Love Languages" and "The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran" and "Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert"

Best advice received: "Business is people. Life is people. If you can't learn how to show people how they are loved and valued and connect with people with empathy and compassion, then you're going to be left feeling alone and sad."

Dana's Happiness Formula:

1. "Learn to recognize your happy moments."
2. "Know that others see you differently and that you're often too hard on yourself. Listen to people that tell you nice things."
3. "Recognize when you're not happy and take an assessment on what's not working and tweak it. Don't sit in unhappiness and fester there for a long time. It doesn't help anybody."

A Challenge from Dana:

"I want you to take the next three days and time map what you do in your day, where you spend your time. At the end of those 3 days, look at that time mapping. Look at what you are doing, where you are spending your time, whether you are spending your time doing things that make you happy and fulfill you and that you think are actually helping you get to where you want to go in your life - and the amount of time you are spending doing things that do not fulfill you and actually empty your cup. Get really serious about finding the kind of support you need through this community, through other communities, you know, through your friends and your networks. To pull yourself more into the time you are spending, doing the things that fill you and that you love, and it all starts by assessing what you are doing right now."

Resources

Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro

The Five Love Languages

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Jul 03, 2017
Happy Bit: Why You MUST Share Your Gifts If You Want to Be Happy
03:37

Feeling BLAH? Tired? Discouraged? Afraid? Then you're out of alignment, probably because you're not sharing the gifts and talents you've been given. Learn how to figure out what you're good at and then take the challenge to jump in and get started. 

Jun 29, 2017
68: Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path (Danielle LaPorte)
23:32

Best-selling author Danielle LaPorte shares why it's critical to exercise self compassion, self love and self respect as you walk your spiritual path and how we can deepen our devotion and service in this world when we do so.

Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path—From One Seeker to Another, The Fire Starter Sessions and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries. Millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for spirituality.” Danielle is a speaker, a poet, and a painter. In her spare time she is trying to perfect kale chips and hanging out with friends and traveling. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her favorite philosopher, her son.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Danielle:

"Your true nature is luminous."

"You're the guru. Few and external directions are good but the final say is with you."

"Happiness is feeling compassion for myself and compassion for other people."

"I don't spend a lot of time thinking what I could've done differently."

"This is all about being discerning, and getting to a place of real self love and self-respect."

"Deepen your devotion in everything you want."

"Self-love as a concept is really difficult for people to wrap their heads around."

"The term love, the idea, the notion of philosophy - it's so misused, overused, abused and misunderstood."

"Compassion is a lot easier for people to wrap their heads around. It's about loving what you want to criticize, and loving yourself when you feel you're most unlovable, and that is when self-love becomes the medicine."

"Boundaries are essential to being happy and vibrant and well."

"Find what works for you! If you don't like it find another way! Just experiment, just like food."

"You must have stillness in your life to be your most powerful self."

Some of Danielle's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I meditate everyday."

Easy meal: "Vegetarian tacos, cauliflower mash."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Vitamix"

Dana's Favorite Books: "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Book by Twyla Tharp" and "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins"

Best advice received: "It's not my responsibility to make them feel good."

Danielle's Happiness Formula:

  1. "meditate"
  2. "obsessively text my girlfriends"
  3. "just be with my kid, no phone, and have a conversation"

A Challenge from Danielle:

"My invitation would be to do a list for yourself of all the things that you're doing, to be better, to improve... and stop doing one of those things. Stop doing that one thing that isn't lighting you up, that isn't really getting you results of freedom and joy and vitality."

Resources

DanielleLaPorte.com

White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path—From One Seeker to Another:

The Fire Starter Sessions

The Desire Map

Vitamix

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Book by Twyla Tharp

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins

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Jun 26, 2017
Happy Bit: What Do You Want to Be Remembered For?
03:25

Imagine today is the last day of your life. You are standing on a mountain, looking bath at the winding path you walked throughout your days on this planet, and you notice your kids, your spouse, your loved ones standing there. What would they remember you for? What legacy are you leaving them? 

Would they remember you as a person who is grumpy, frazzled and exhausted? 

Or would they remember you as a vibrant, happy women who lived in alignment with her true purpose?

Think about your answer to that question and strive to live more in alignment with the legacy you WANT to leave.

And if you want additional help, Time Mastery for Women is open for enrollment. Time Mastery is an A-Z system that will help you create more time for the things you love, find your purpose and leave a legacy and enrollment ends on Friday, June 23 at 3 pm Central.

Class begins Monday, June 26th and if you're ready to change your life - in powerfully positive ways - Time Mastery for Women is the program for you. 

Learn more here: www.timemasteryforwomen.com

Jun 22, 2017
67: Building Self Trust and Self Compassion During Your Journey (Kate O'Brien)
28:53

Kate O’Brien and her husband Henare both grew up in toxic environments, leaving Kate saying, “I’ll never let a man treat me like that,” and Henare saying, “I’ll never let a woman treat me like that. Naturally fate brought them together and Kate has allowed their initially rocky 14 year relationship to help her become more self aware, more self compassionate and more accepting of her own humanity.

A visionary & global voice for bold leadership, transformation, playing it big & living from truth. Together with her husband Henare—they hold the space of Australasia's #1 Transformational Leadership Couple & produce the World’s Biggest Personal Development Summit, collaborating annually with over 100 of the greatest thought leaders of our generation - Jack Canfield, Gregg Braden, T. Harv Eker, Brendon Burchard, Marci Shimoff, Dr John Demartini, Dr Joe Dispenza, Michael Bernard Beckwith and many many more.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Kate:

"The risk is a game so I may as well just play it."

"We have a huge capacity for change, a huge capacity for love and a huge capacity to evolve."'

"It took my courage to skip stepping through that door on a moment to moment basis"

"The biggest thing that I've learned is that it's okay to feel like a total human being while you're also being extraordinary."

"When we go through changes, in that process we also have to allow space for the wobbles of those changes."

"We can just ride out all of the feelings that come with being human while we keep growing and expanding and remember to enjoy life."

"When we come back together we've got new growth, new eyes and energy to infuse that with our relationship."

"A lot of times in the world, we're trying to get rid of the things that aren't feeling good."

"[I like to remind] all people that it's okay to be human, it's okay to have all of these experiences, and it has absolutely zero reflection on how amazing you are or what you are up to in the world."

"Have compassion for ourselves, and we can usually shift out of that away more faster."

"We are the solution. It is not the strategy."

Some of Kate's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Connecting into myself. And a cup of tea."

Easy meal: Smoothies, protein powder.

Favorite kitchen gadget: Blender.

Kate's Favorite Books:  Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power by Gary Zukav

Best advice received: "Be yourself!"

Kate's Happiness Formula:

"Passion +truth + commitment."

A Challenge from Kate:

"After this [interview], please stop, close your computer or your phone. Go and walk into a bathroom and look into the mirror. And when you are looking into the mirror, just notice what's in your head. Do you feel really comfortable and friendly with that beautiful person in there? Or do you feel a bit awkward? Or do you feel resistant, judgmental. Do you feel guilty? Whatever comes up, if it doesn't feel loving, that is the place you go to, to bring the love. "

Resources

HenareAndKate.com

Kate on Facebook

Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

Talkspace.com/happy

 

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Jun 19, 2017
Happy Bit: Tired of Housework? Try This...
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Tired of doing everything around the house? Wish your kids and spouse would do their fair share? Grab your free kids' chore chart at www.jenriday.com/chorechart and watch the accompanying video so you can learn the exact system I've used with my 6 kids for the past 5 years or so. It works. And we've STUCK WITH IT! :-)

After you grab that, take it to the next level and start establishing your own morning routine that will fill your cup for the day... increasing patience, productivity and boosting your mood in the process. You can't beat that trifecta of amazingness... and it all starts with taking time to take care of YOU. Get the SEVEN app and start doing the things that feel AMAZING!

Click here to grab your free Kids Chore Chart!

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Jun 15, 2017
66: Friendship Matters: Life Lessons from a 40-year Friendship
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In a society dominated by social media, many women long for deeper friendships. In this episode best friends and clinical psychologists Dr. Sanda Bernstein and Dr. Wendy Rapaport share some stories from their 40-year friendship and their book, Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons, Laughter. If you want to build and strengthen your friendships, you’ll love this episode of Vibrant Happy Women.

Sanda Bernstein, is a clinical psychologist. She has worked in both school districts and universities. Dr. Bernstein is trained in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and as a school psychologist. She has a private practice in which she sees adolescents and adults. Married with 2 grown children and 5 grandsons. She lives in Manhattan. Wendy Rapaport, is a clinical psychologist. She specializes in psychology-related facets of the health-care field, working with providers and patients. She is an adjunct professor at the Diabetes Research Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at the University of Maine Graduate School of Social Work. She has a private practice working with people coping with diabetes. She’s married and a stepmother to 2 grown children and have a granddaughter and a great grandson. She lives in Maine for part of the year and Florida for the rest of the year. They met at a lecture when they were college-aged and Sonda was pregnant and had to go to the bathroom and they chatted the whole time and never stopped talking. They just released a book together called Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons, Laughter.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Sandy and Wendy:

"Do unto others as they would prefer you do unto them."

"We have to really know our friends, what would please them, because sometimes we find ourselves doing things that would please us, not them."

"If I'm not for myself, who will be for me? If I'm only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"

"Do not procrastinate."

"I think women need to teach their men how listen to them better.  I think that we need to talk better."

Some of Sandy and Wendy's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: Wendy: "I like exercise." Sandy: "Not thinking that I know all the answers for myself but reaching out."

Easy meal: Sandy: Taking in from the local gourmet market where they have fresh salmon everyday and fresh turkey and fresh spinach pie.
Wendy: candy, cake and ice cream; take-out delivery.

Favorite kitchen gadget: Wendy: Telephone. Sandy: microwave

Favorite Books:  Wendy: Little Women. The Prince of Time; Sandy: Americanah Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Best advice received: Sandy: "Don't let fear stop you." Wendy: "Honoring my independence."

Sandy and Wendy's Happiness Formula:

Sandy: First is the importance of staying connected with the people I love. Then I want to stay engaged in activities that are meaningful to me. And the other is slowing down to stay appreciative of the world around me. Just appreciative of life.

Wendy: On a couch with a good enough poet - poetry

A Challenge from Sandy and Wendy:

Sandy: "Read a book. Get a friend and deepen that friendship. Be more connected with your friend. I want to challenge everyone to connect better to a friend."

Wendy: "Do it consciously, because good manners come from practice and habit. I challenge you to make a good friend even better."

Resources

Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons

Americanah Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Little Women

The Prince of Time

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Jun 12, 2017
Happy Bit: 3 Easy Tips to Help Improve a Challenging Relationship
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Do you have a relationship that seems more challenging than the others? Maybe it's with a parent or a child, or with a coworker or a neighbor. In this Happy Bit you'll learn 3 easy tips to help you improve that challenging relationship. 

This episode is brought to you by Audible and you can get a FREE audio book using my special link: vibranthappybook.com. It's time to make all that summertime driving a little more entertaining. 

The 3 easy tips to improve a challenging relationship:

  1. Write down 10 positives about that person.
  2. Do something kind for them every day. We love those whom we serve.
  3. Say something kind to or about that person every day. 

Doing these things will help you brain shift into a place of positivity. Like attracts like. When you focus on the positive, your brain will find more of the positive. This happens because of your brain's Reticular Activating System, which filters information in a way to help you support what you believe. If you start to see the positive, your brain will give you more evidence of positivity. You have the power to make any relationship better. Empowering, right? You bet. That's what the Vibrant Happy Women movement is all about. 

Want to hear even more about kindness? Listen to my interview with Shaunti Feldhahn.

Want to work on your personal development in a group of like-minded, amazing women? Ready to live your purpose and to spend more time living in alignment with your higher self - your BEST self? The Vibrant Happy Women Academy will help you make that journey with ease (and with some great friends along the way). Join us: www.vibranthappywomenacademy.com

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Jun 08, 2017
65: Balancing Motherhood with Your Need to Grow, Learn & Create (Tammy Cannon)
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In this episode Tammy Cannon shares her experiences of being a busy, overwhelmed mom of 3 kids under age 3 and how learning to ask for help made all the difference in her happiness. Now, as a mom of 3 teens, Tammy does a fantastic job balancing motherhood with her love of learning, her creativity, and her desire to help other women create a business doing something they love.

Tammy Cannon is the owner of Cannon Social Media helping creative business owners leverage online marketing. Tammy lives in Snohomish, WA with her husband and 3 teens. In her spare time Tammy loves cooking, gardening, and hiking.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Tammy:

"Dom Perignon: Come quickly, I am tasting the stars."

"Happy accidents can happen at anytime and just to be ready for them, to be excited and curious about life because you just never know when something amazing is going to happen."

"I am a really curious person. I love learning... And so I just love life and being curious and being hopeful  for whatever is to come."

"I realized at that time, I didn't know how to ask for help. Being a mother of 3 young children was not something that was modeled for me. I mean, my parents were working and I am an only child, and things were very quiet and organized, and I didn't have any relatives around me, to just kind of see what that looked like until a friend of mine, she is a few years behind me and having kids but once she started having her babies, I watched her really organize her life and asked for help when she needed it. So she got on care.com and got herself a house cleaner and a really good baby sitter, but not just one but a couple when that one didn't meet the time. She'd catch her date night with her husband. And so, I was looking at that and said, 'Wow, I just didn't ask for help.' I didn't recognize that I just really needed the help, but I do not know if it was ego or just not having you know the modeling for myself. I just didn't really know how to go about it."

"So, I think that it is really important that we have the confidence to actually create the things that we love and maximize that time, but there is nothing wrong with profiting from that stuff and actually starting you know a small business, a side business, whatever it is to you, be yourself. You know, give that time back to yourself. I mean, we give our time to our kids and our family, we volunteer, we are out and about. But to really sit and be creative, or to start something new just for yourself is pretty awesome."

"Recently, I have discovered that I really need to set boundaries around myself, and the boundaries are going to help me get more respect for my family and myself, respect in myself. And also confidence to charge what I work and to follow through with those boundaries."

Some of Tammy's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I love learning. So, I read a lot of books, a lot of blog articles. I take a lot of online courses. I just really love learning new things and learning how to apply them in my own life and then teaching them to other people."

Easy meal: "Quinoa salad. Quinoa grains that you cook really simply and then you ad red wine vinegar, like a little vinaigrette to it. And then you can corn sometimes, red onions, you just add in your veggies and then let it sit in the refrigerator. It is great for potluck, for just a side salad, for everything."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Coffee grinder"

Tammy's Favorite Books:  "Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss" and "Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty"

Best advice received: "That is the way it should be. We go through life not recognizing that we just need to dream big and go after it."

Tammy's Happiness Formula:

"Really just sitting down and breaking bread with friends and family is super huge to me. Combine that with learning something new. And a sunny day. And I am the happiest girl in the world."

A Challenge from Tammy:

"I would love for your listeners to download that freebie (5 Steps to a Growth Mindset) and fill it out and over the next 30, 60 or 90 days, pick one big hairy goal, one over-arching goal that you are trying to achieve. Fill out the worksheet and let us know what happened. I think that you are going to be surprised at how the worksheet's going to help. And when you focus on just one thing, over that time frame, you are going to see big things happen."

Resources

Talkspace.com/happy

5 Steps to a Growth Mindset (freebie from Tammy)

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Care.com

Tim Ferriss Podcast

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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Jun 05, 2017
Happy Bit: A Few of My Favorite Things
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A listener recently asked, "Jen, what is your favorite quote, piece of advice, book, healthy meal and kitchen gadget? Also, I would love to know the standout personal development books you've read." I answer each of these questions in this Happy Bit.

Jun 02, 2017
64: From $26 to Seven Figures Through Education and Mindset (Kirsten Tyrell)
27:09

Kirsten Tyrrel and her husband shifted from unemployed to making a 7-figure income in a matter of about 1 1/2 years. Learn how Kirsten was able to transform her life by changing her mindset and constantly focusing on education and goals.

Kirsten is a mom of three with a passion for having fun and raising her kids while building her businesses. She is the host of the Marvelous Mom's Club Podcast and she loves to have adventures and would rather talk to people more than anything else in the world! Kirsten lives in southern Utah.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Kirsten:

"We were not put on this earth to stand still. "

"Something that I really had to understand that if we are not moving forward we're moving backward because life keeps moving. And it's impossible to stay where you are. If you are not moving forward, you are definitely moving backward."

"Failure is when you stop trying."

"If things come so easily, you don't appreciate them when they finally come."

"Lesson:
- you can't control everything
- I learned that you can't do it all
- a little bit of patience and knowing that as much as I want stuff to happen, but as passionate as I am about making my dreams come true and about having a wonderful, adventurous life, I have to be patient with the ride and enjoy the ride as I am on it, instead of constantly looking forward to the outcome."

Some of Kirsten's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I love having my 10 minutes of quiet time or my 15 minutes of quiet time where I am shut off  from everything."

Easy meal: "Curry. We just grill up some chicken and some vegetables and throw the curry sauce on it and put some rice in the rice cooker on it. It's like the fastest, easiest dinner." Trader Joe's Yellow Curry.

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Kitchenaide"

Kristen's Favorite Books: "Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill"

Best advice received: "There is a million ways to make a million dollars, and if you try to do them all, you won't make any money."

Kirsten's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I pray, sleep, and play."

A Challenge from Kirsten:

"Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Realize that every single step you make in the right direction is kind of a pay-it-forward for your future self. If you are willing to do things and push yourself out of your comfort zone everyday, that result is so much more than you came and calculate right now. So, just get out of your comfort zone, do something good for other people and do something good for yourself and the results are going to be more than you can even comprehend."

Resources

Marvelous Mom's Club

Kitchenaide

Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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May 29, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Ditch Overwhelm and Find Alignment with Yoga
04:26

Sometimes when we're feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, we crave nothing more than a weekend getaway. But what if there's something that's just as effective and only takes as little as 20-60 minutes? There is: yoga. In this Happy Bit I share how yoga can help you let go of that frazzled feeling and shift into a space of calm alignment. 

 

Want to feel more grounded, calm and aligned so you can more easily listen to intuition? Yoga will help, and quickly, too. Learn why the combination of breathing and movement will leave you feeling AMAZING!

Resources

Yoga with Adriene

The Minimalists

Vibrant Happy Women Review of the Week

Down Dog (app)

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May 25, 2017
63: You Are Not Your Beliefs (Elizabeth Rider)
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We all have numerous things we believe, but do we ever stop to think about where those beliefs came from and whether they serve us? In this fantastic interview with Elizabeth Rider we talk about beliefs, education, not quitting and the importance of ALLOWING things to happen with ease and flow rather than PUSHING things to happen. 

Elizabeth Rider is a leading nutrition & whole living expert teaching women around the world how to become the healthiest, most successful people they know. In a world flooded with diet information, Elizabeth’s healthy recipes and straight-forward nutrition advice draw millions of inspired readers to her popular blog. Thousands have had success using her online programs, which include Clean Up Your Diet™, Purpose To Profit™ and The Wellness Business Bootcamp™. As host of Elizabeth Eats on Food Matters TV, Elizabeth is delightfully changing the way the world views healthy home cooking. She speaks on stages around the world and mentors scores of ambitious people each year to seek and live life on their own terms. As a Certified Holistic Health Coach (Integrative Nutrition) and accomplished online entrepreneur, cultivating a lifestyle of freedom and health is her religion. Elizabeth is a graduate of Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition program, a TEDx speaker, and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her recipes have been featured on Shape.com, MSN, MindBodyGreen, Buzzfeed, Greatist and POPSUGAR among others.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Elizabeth:

"You are not your beliefs."

"We pick up beliefs in life as we go."

"When we believe something, we will subconsciously seek out facts to affirm our beliefs."

"For a long time, even for me, I wasn't willing to believe that we are not our beliefs, that I am not my beliefs. And when I made that turning point, It was like WOW."

"Because when we think that we are our beliefs, that'S where so much anxiety and discomfort and distress in our brains comes from."

"The thing that people don't realize is that what you accrue along the way, you can't even think of right now. You do not even know what it's going to be."

"I generally stay away from gluten and dairy. I feel like when I eat flour, it makes me feel really bloated. And when I eat dairy, it makes my skin break out."

"My life's mission is in my own personal life is to bridge that gap between really loving my food and making sure that it is serving me and not harming me."

"I really think that judgment is a mirror. And it's always a reflection of our beliefs."

"One of the biggest tragedies in life is people not who would not take action over the fear of being judged when the judgement is actually just a mirror of how they felt about themselves. You can change those beliefs."

Some of Elizabeth's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Not quitting. Knowing that instead of quitting you just have to find a different way."

Easy meal: "A smoothie. Red Thai Curry, easy to put together with coconut milk."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven"

Elizabeth's Favorite Books: "Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender Book by Tosha Silver"

Best advice received: "I can't live if I care what other people think about me."

Elizabeth's Happiness Formula:

"Freedom plus allowing plus awareness plus ease."

A Challenge from Elizabeth:

"Write down your 5 biggest beliefs in life and understand where they came from. And then go read that post on the Oatmeal: The Backfire Effect (on the Oatmeal)"

Resources

Elizabeth Rider

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

Marie Forleo's B-school

Usana

Power of Habit

Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender Book by Tosha Silver

Elizabeth Eats

Elizabeth on Instagram

The Oatmeal

The Backfire Effect (on the Oatmeal)

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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May 22, 2017
Happy Bit: Never Give Up! How to Stay Open to New Possibilities
04:21

I share the story of my 3-year-old daughter Cora's self destructive behavior (hair, stitches, scabs) and how we FINALLY stumbled onto a solution after weeks of thinking there WAS no solution. I relate this story to your life. Are their times you've given up? Well, don't. 99% of the time a solution will present itself IF you stay open. Learn how in this episode.

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May 18, 2017
62: Taking Time to Rest and Pour Into Yourself So You Can Pour Into Others (Crystal Paine)
37:54

Despite having a successful blog and business, Crystal Paine found herself feeling burnt out and not really excited about anything at all. So she made the choice to untangle herself from her business obligations so she could take a year of rest and have that time to pour into herself so she could better pour into others. During that year Crystal did things that brought her true joy, including spending time with her kids, completely overhauling her health and enjoying the freedom to be more spontaneous, adventurous and creative. If the idea of a year of rest appeals to you, then you're going to love this episode.

Crystal Paine a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, business consultant, and the founder of MoneySavingMom.com. MoneySavingMom.com was started in 2007 as an offshoot of a mommy blog Crystal had and has since grown to be one of the top personal finance blogs on the web averaging over 1.5 million unique visitors per month. Crystal lives in the Nashville area with her husband and 3 kids. Get Crystal's free 5 Days to a Better Morning series to learn how to start your day off on the right foot. 

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Crystal:

"Do what you can with what you've got, where you are."

'I wanted to say yes to my family, yes to fun, and yes to things that were going to scare me a little bit but hopefully help me break free from fears and anxiety and be able to just walk in more freedom in my life."

"I said yes to my health."

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"When I broke free from not being dependent upon coffee to survive, then I realized that I felt so empowered in other areas in my life....I needed to break free from that because it was causing me to have anxiety, it was hindering my sleep, and that then was contributing to other health problems. But it was also that I was looking to this thing, this drink that I was drinking, to give me the energy to do what I needed to do, instead of just getting enough sleep and taking care of myself and eating healthy so that I could have the inner strength to do what I needed to do."

"I wanted people to see that I am not at all as brave or courageous as people assume that I must be, and that there's a lot of things like making phone calls or talking to people that I don't know well that scare me. But I have learned that the more that I make myself face those fears and do those things, the more that I feel empowered, and so when I step outside my comfort zone, the more that I do it, then over time my comfort zone moves, and I am able to then face more fears and go farther because I didn't just stay where it is all safe."

Some of Crystal's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Writing out daily to-do-lists. I’ve done for years and years. Google calendar for family, team. I brain dump everything into Google calendar as all-day tasks."

Easy meal: "Salmon, bake it in the oven, with brown rice with sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli. Salad with a homemade dressing."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "InstantPot"

Crystal's Favorite Books: Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Best advice received: "Do the next right thing."

Crystal's Happiness Formula:

Getting enough sleep + allowing time to refuel + using talents and gifts to bless others' lives.

A Challenge from Crystal:

"Take time and make space in your life to breathe and refuel and take care of you."

Resources

5 Days to a Better Morning series

InstantPot

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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May 15, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Figure Out What You're Passionate About
03:35

Are you looking for the "next step" in life? Wondering what your "big girl job" is going to be after sending your youngest child off to school? Wanting to change careers or do more of what you love? You're not alone! Most women want to find their purpose and passions, but they don't know where to start because they have no idea what they like to do. In this episode you'll learn the first step to figuring out what you're passionate about.

Ever wonder what you're "supposed" to be doing with your life? If there's some purpose you need to fulfill? You're not alone! We've all been there.

In this Happy Bit Jen shares a great tip for taking the leap into the unknown: Follow your Feelings. Our body has an internal GPS to let us know exactly what we should and should not be doing: our emotions. When we do what feels AMAZING, we're on the right track. When something leaves us feeling drained, that's probably not the right path. Follow your feelings.

Resources

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May 11, 2017
61: Approaching Challenges from a Perspective of Love, Positivity and Intuition (Kate Northrup)
31:29

When challenges come, we often launch into a state of stress and feelings of inadequacy. In this episode guest Kate Northrup shares why it's critical that we address the HOW of dealing with a situation more than the WHAT. Specifically, Kate believes we need to approach a difficulty from a perspective of love, positivity, presence and intuition. When we do that, everything else is easy. 

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, YouSANA Health Sciences, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughter Penelope in Maine. Join Kate's FREE Sustainable Success Workshop to learn more about the art of balancing mothering and entrepreneurship.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Kate:

“The art of life is not in controlling what happens to us, but in using what happens to us.” - Gloria Steinem

"What I love about this quote is it really articulates what I have been learning, not only in motherhood, but also in business, which is that we cannot actually control what happens in our lives to a large extent, but we can control our response to it, of course, and we can use what happens as fodder for learning information, to change our course of action, and as an opportunity for growth. And so, this just deeply resonates with me for that reason. "

"It's not so much WHAT we do, it’s the HOW we do it. The HOW we do anything is really going to impact our results far more than WHAT that we actually do. We know that from sports psychology that the more awareness and the more consciousness we bring to our workouts for example, and the more presence we bring, the better our results will be."

"Part of what’s been really amazing about scheduling things according to my cycle and also being super clear on when I have childcare and when I don’t and when I’m working and when I’m not, has been that predictability. I find myself so much more calm."

"If we actually honor the gifts of the luteal phase, which is the slowing down, it’s a really great time to wrap up loose ends, to complete projects, to check things off your to-do list. It’s actually a super powerful time to address things, and get done."

"We can’t control the weather, we can’t control our children, we can’t control other people, we can’t control the economy, we can’t control the government… there are so many things that we can’t control, and yet all of us crave predictability. So, for me, you know, I really crave that."

Some of Kate's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Scheduling and calendaring. I think this is a theme of our conversation. I have kept a day timer.  I started using a day timer when I was 14 years old. And just having things written down so I could look at the week and kind of know what it’s going to bring and design my life according to what brings me the most joy has been an ongoing habit my entire life."

Easy meal: "We always kind of have like chicken, organic chicken sausage of some kind in the fridge, because it keeps really well and my daughter really loves to eat it. So, if I just don’t have much time, I take a big huge handful of spinach and sauté it up with some organic chicken sausage, cut up in little pieces, and I eat that, and it’s delicious. And it takes me like 5 minutes."

Possession: "I really love my lemon squeezer."

Morning Elixir Recipe: warm water, juice from half a lemon, dash of cayenne pepper, 1/4 t. raw honey, 1 T. apple cider vinegar, and some grated fresh ginger.

Kate's Favorite Books: "Carry on, Warrior by Glennon Doyle-Melton and Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott"

Best advice received: "Read your baby, not a book."

Kate's Happiness Formula:

  1. Decide that you want to be happy.
  2. In the moment, whenever you notice that you are veering off ,which is really easy to do, and you’ll do it all day long, look for things in your environment that are pleasing to you, or that you could feel gratitude for.
  3. Breathing.
  4. Community. Having a tribe. Investing in the people that you love and those relationships because those bring the greatest joy.

A Challenge from Kate:

"I would like you to try looking at your schedule, and asking yourself if there is anything that you see in the upcoming week that feels heavy or feels draining to you like is it something that you just look at and, 'Uhhh, I don’t want to do that.' And if there is something, then I would ask you to look at it and ask could that thing be cancelled? Could it be rescheduled? Could it be shifted in some way? Could that task change? Or could it be delegated? Could somebody else do it?"

Resources

FREE Sustainable Success Workshop

KateNorthrup.com

Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine

WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul

The Healthy Godmother (Heidi Symonds)

Carry on, Warrior by Glennon Doyle-Melton

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

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May 08, 2017
Happy Bit: Become Confident and Unstoppable by Relying on Your Intuition
04:30

Some of the world's most successful women, including Judy Faulkner, ranked No. 3 on Forbes' "America's Richest Self-Made Women" list, have one important thing in common: they know how to listen to their inner voice - their intuition, or instinct, or a Higher Power - and make confident, bold decisions with clarity and ease. And they DO NOT  allow what "everyone else is doing" to sway their decisions. In this Happy Bit I challenge you to go inward and listen to your gut and allow that inner GPS to empower you to live a confident, unstoppable life. 

Your challenge: whenever you feel unsure of what to do, or looking around at what everyone else is doing. STOP! Go inward and listen to God, or the Universe or your gut instinct to find out what YOU need to do. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic... join me in the Vibrant Happy Women Facebook group and share 1 thing you've learned recently as a result of slowing down and truly listening to that inner voice. 

Make it a great week!

Resources

Epic Systems

Judy Faulkner

The Giving Pledge (Gates & Buffet)

Forbes "Richest Self-Made Women" List

Capital Times Article About Judy

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May 04, 2017
60: How to Improve Sleep, Reduce Stress and Transform Your Health Through Ayurveda (Ananta Ripa Ajmera)
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We can transform our health when we follow the holistic approach of Aryurveda, the world's oldest healing system, which focuses on mind, body, spirit and the 5 senses. In this episode Ananta Ripa Ajmera shares that health is our birthright - our true nature - and shares numerous practices from her book The Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World's Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More. Ananta brings home the idea that true health focuses on so much more than just our body and definitely includes elements of "healthy selfishness" and cultivating a relationship with our own higher selves. 

Ananta Ripa Ajmera is committed to making Ayurveda understandable and applicable to a diverse, modern audience. She teaches Ayurveda lifestyle, stress management, and meditation at yoga and business conferences and for clients including ABC News, Stanford University, and the California probation departments. Ajmera studied yoga and Ayurveda with Acharya Shunya and serves as Branding and Yoga Studies Director for Vedika Global, Acharya Shunya’s school. Her writing is popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and The Huffington Post.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Ananta:

"When you sow a thought, you reap an action. When you sow an action, you reap a habit. You sow a habit, you reap a character. And when you sow a character, you reap a destiny." ~the Upanishads

"We are so often taught to believe that everything worth having in this life is somewhere outside, and it has to be attained by doing something. By affirming that actually everything that I am searching for lies within me, it's just a very empowering way to start the day."

"Ayurveda is the science of life. It is as old as life itself. Ayurveda looks at four dimensions of the human being: the body, mind, spirit, and the five senses."

"Ayurveda is defined as that science which teaches us how to distinguish between those actions that bring us joy and those that bring us sorrow. Because joy-filled actions are what give us health, and, you know, they define the joy-giving actions as those that benefit not only ourselves but others, so, compassion and service are actually an inherent part of the practice and lifestyle of Ayurveda."

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"Health is your birthright. Health is your true nature. And I think, for me, being able to connect with that and being able to connect with the idea of freeing my spirit has been the key to developing the willpower and the strength to be able to make diet and lifestyle changes which Ayurveda recommends for being able to bring my body then into balance. For me the suffering that I had really started in my mind. And it started from just being disconnected."

"We kind of know that certain habits are not helpful for us. We know better, but we don't do better."

"Go slow. Really go slow and make anything that you choose sustainable."

Some of Ananta's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Waking up early by 6 o'clock in the morning."

Easy meal: "Khichadi. It is an extremely healthy recipe, and it's really delicious, and it is something that is particularly good in detoxing the body, so it's great in the spring season."

Favorite kitchen gadget: Magic Bullet blender.

Emma's Favorite Books: "Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy"

Best advice received: "Give when feeling full."

Ananta's Happiness Formula:

"I'm happiest when I listen to my intuition."

A Challenge from Ananta:

"To really contemplate one thing that you would like to start to incorporate into your life to benefit your health, body, mind, and your spirit. And really think it through before you commit to it. So, don't make it like a New Year's resolution, but really commit to a mindful intention or resolution that you want to do. And then I challenge you to write it down, and then make that your first step to manifesting whatever your intention is, and revisit it, and rewrite it, and really, you know, take that one thing and plant it like a seed in the garden of your mind, and see what kind of beautiful flowers start to grow in your life as a result."

Resources

The Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World's Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

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May 01, 2017
Happy Bit: How Women Are Like the Sun
02:43

You might know your happiness is important, yet you feel guilty taking time for yourself. In this Happy Bit I share an analogy that will help. Have you ever considered that women are like the sun? Learn how radiating more happiness will change everything in your "solar system." 

Apr 27, 2017
59: Finding Freedom When You Feel Trapped By Life (Beth Kempton)
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Do you ever feel trapped by your busy life? Desperate for a little more freedom? Beth Kempton felt the same way. While pregnant with her second child Beth found herself completely burnt out and feeling trapped by her busy schedule. Beth arranged her affairs as they say, and took a 5-month break to relax. During this time she did a lot of thinking and figured out the 8 keys to finding freedom, which she shares with us in this episode.

Beth Kempton is a fierce champion of women living free and happy lives, doing what they love. If you were to read her resume from her early career it would include stints working for the UN and at many of the world's top sports events like the Olympics, hosting her own TV show, and the fact that she speaks Japanese, but the most important thing to know about her life now is that she is on a mission to inspire all of us to fly free. For the past six years she has run a company called Do What You Love which has helped thousands of people to create a life that makes them happy, through online courses and retreats. She is also a wife and mother of two sweet girls, and has recently become a Hay House author. Her first book 'Freedom Seeker: Live more. Worry less. Do what you love.' has just come out.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Beth:

"What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." ~Goethe

"If you can see something in your mind's eye, then you almost already know how to do that thing. And when you really do that you become bold and you take those difficult steps and you start to see magic unfold."

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"For the first time I could see what cage I was trapped in, what it was that was holding me back from the fuller life I used to know...I was just this shell of myself, feeling guilty all the time, not running my business properly, not being a good mother...I was never where I was supposed to be. So if I was playing on the carpet with my baby my hands would be in the game and my head would be in my inbox."

"What I discovered was that the key was taking my mind to somewhere where I could get head space and heart space."

"It was almost like I saw a free version of myself out in the world and I asked myself, 'What did she have that I don't have now?' And realized that it was space. She had a vast amount of space, both physical space in the places she was visiting, but also space in her day, space in her mind, quiet... And I had none of those things. I was very heavily pregnant so it wasn't really realistic to get on a plane and go to Siberia. But I thought, 'How can I make some space?' and I started really small with 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there... I would just go outside and stand on the grass and look at the sun or have a cup of tea and read Flow Magazine. And then that would build up, I'd go to a yoga class or spend half a day walking on the beach. And that made a big difference and I felt better."

Some of Beth's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I'm really bad at habits. I have a lot of good intentions. I think my lust for adventure and for wanting things to be fresh and new means I'm very, very bad at habits. But I do know that I'm much better in going through my day when I'm organized, so I do like to sit down and plan my week and have a moment of quiet with a cup of tea."

Easy meal: "Miso and rice. I lived in Japan so it's definitely my favorite."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Rice cooker."

Emma's Favorite Books: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Phenomenal by Leigh Ann Henion

Best advice received: "Moisturize your neck every day."~Beth's Mom  "Keep your eye on the prize. Don't let other people's opinions of how big your idea can be LIMIT your opinion of how big your idea can be."~Lord David Putnam

Beth's Happiness Formula:

"Love + Adventure + Freedom."

"Happiness is something that happens on the side when you aim to feel free."

A Challenge from Beth:

"Ask yourself today what it is that's making you feel trapped and to take yourself to a place when you've felt free in your life and look at the difference and think what can you do right now, in this moment, to feel more like you did the last time you felt free."

Resources

Freedom Seeker: Live More. Worry Less. Do What You Love

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Phenomenal by Leigh Ann Henion

Quiz: Find Your Freedom Key

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Apr 24, 2017
Happy Bit: Why Setting Intentions May Be Even More Important Than Setting Goals
02:40

The sense of achievement and accomplishment that come with setting goals can be amazing... BUT it can also leave us feeling like we are always lacking something because there's always one more goal we need to work on. Learn how setting an intention is different from setting goals and how intentions can dramatically improve your joy in the journey (rather than always reaching for a new destination).

Apr 20, 2017
58: Replacing Perfectionism and "Not Good Enough” with Authentic Self Love (Emma Bell)
27:47

After a fantastic career as a high-level lawyer, a marriage that looked great from the outside and all the normal definitions of success, Emma Bell realized she wasn’t happy and that she didn’t even really know herself. In this touching episode Emma shares how she learned to be compassionate with herself and live authentically, which set off a chain of events that included becoming an authenticity and mindfulness coach, finding the love of her life (who complements rather than “completes” her) and having the thrill of helping hundreds of other women make the same journey to self love.

Emma Bell lives in a beautiful Scottish village with her husband, Graeme, and her jack russell, Buddy. After seventeen years as a corporate lawyer, the high pressure/long hours culture forced her to realize she was a square peg squeezing into a round hole. She worked as a judge for seven years, during which time she published her book, The True You, and began coaching. She now pursues her passions of writing, teaching authenticity, and motorbiking with her husband around the world.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Emma:

"David Foster Wallace said, 'You will become way less concerned about what others think of you when you realize how seldom they do.' I just love that quote because it is a reminder to me not to waste a second worrying about what others think of me. You have to live your life with yourself first. I think being true to your values and your principles is what matters most, and it is something I spent 30 years learning."

"For me, it was the point which I realized I had absolutely no idea who I was, that was important to me. I realized I had been living according to everyone else's idea of success. So, that was really when I realized that I needed to get to know myself."

"I had always been so hard on myself. I was not working hard enough, or I was not trying hard enough or I was a failure or.... I started to change those messages... then self-care becomes a lot easier."

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"Be clear about what success means to you. My definition of success is having the peace of mind of knowing that I have been the best of which I am capable in every single moment. I have given my full self, I have given my heart, I have given my love in every single moment. That is what success means for me."

"Every single day, just take one step toward your idea of success. Just do one thing that moves you toward your idea of success. And those are, for me, the daily rituals."

Some of Emma's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Mindfulness and getting up every morning and meditating."

Easy meal: "Salmon with mango and avocado salsa. Chop up a mango. Chop up an avocado. Put in some red onion.  Get the juice of two limes. Cush it all together and serve it along side baked salmon."

Possession: "My husband. He is an awesome cook."

Emma's Favorite Books: "Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer"

Best advice received: "Emma, you can do everything you want- just not all at the same time. "

Emma's Happiness Formula:

1. Being mindful
2. Being authentic
3. Being self-caring
4. Being giving.
5. Being grateful.

A Challenge from Emma:

I would challenge your listeners to spend 10 minutes being mindful.

Resources

Self Love Checklist

emmajbell.com

The True You - sign up and get a free copy of the Emma's book

Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer

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Apr 17, 2017
Happy Bit: The Magic of Minimalism
03:05

Got Overwhelm? In this episode Jen challenges you to become more of a minimalist and to begin the process of decluttering so you can have more energy for experiences and people you love. 

Apr 13, 2017
57: How to Build Friendships that Last (Lisa-Jo Baker)
24:46

Ever wish you had more friends who really had your back? In my interview with Lisa-Jo Baker you'll learn the secrets of being a great friend and developing friendships that stand the test of time and distance.

Lisa-Jo Baker has been the community manager for (in)courage, an online hoe for women all over the world, for nearly a decade. She's also the author of Surprised by Motherhood and her writings have been syndicated from New Zealand to New York. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband and their 3 very loud kids, where she connects, encourages, and champions women in person and through her blog lisajobaker.com

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Lisa-Jo:

"The shortest distance between strangers and friends is a shared awkward story."

"Time is a gift from God...If we really want to connect with our friends, we have to be willing to be inconvenienced. To make time. Because time is the thing we do not always have enough of. I spent the last few years working on this book. So, I have spent a lot of time studying Jesus' model of friendship. And the thing that is so fascinating to me is He was never too busy, and he was constantly interrupted by people."

"I think what we do not realize about friendship is if we want it to grow deeper, we have to be willing to be inconvenienced by the people around us. And sometimes that is just our own kids, but I think often on a day to day basis, what it looks like for me now is when a friend calls or messages or texts, the neighbor kids come over and knock at the door when I am making dinner, to open the door, to make time to stop what I think is really busy and important, for the people that are right in front of me. "

"I think you have to feed them (friends). They are like plants. They require water and sun and food and all that good stuff. Anytime we are not sowing into our friendship, then it has the opportunity to just kind of wither away."

"While it is good to remain intentional and that is what we do, I think it is also important to have an agreed upon breathing room. So what we say in our friendship is that we believe in guilt-free friendship, which means if you have not had time to respond to that email or that message or that group, or you have to miss the last gathering, nobody gets to call you out on it or be mad at you or make you feel guilty or be passive-aggressive towards you. Because friendship cannot live in that kind of atmosphere either. So, say I am looking for a friendship, that I am trying to be a friend, that's not your skinny-jeans version of friendship, but more like your sweat-pants version of friendship. That leaves room to breathe and to connect."

"When our friends know us, they love us for who we are, not some version of ourselves we are trying to pretend to be. And so being honest with who we are is a gift that we give our friends. And being in a healthy place and being a friend to ourself first, I really do think is what enables us to be a good friend to others."

"It should not be easy to unfriend people... The reality of friendship is that it happens on a slow daily basis between small groups of women who do life together, and that there is such a reward in that."

Some of Lisa-Jo's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I am okay with there being a certain degree of chaos in each of my children's bedrooms, but I need the main living area to be cleared off every night. I cannot handle it if we go to bed with chaos there."

Easy meal: "The Four Ingredient Cookbook. Crunchy Oven-Roasted Chicken. Chicken breast covered in smashed up cornflakes and baked in an oven for an hour. "

Possession: "Milk Frother - $7. It is a little hand-held one. $10 Stainless-steel milk jug."

Lisa-Jo's Favorite Books: "Trilogy: The Riddlemaster of Hed  by Patricia A. McKillip"

Best advice received: "You think love is a feeling. Love is not a feeling. Love is a choice."

Lisa-Jo's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I am by myself watching Netflix alone. I am happiest though with a few very good friends who know me inside and out."

A Challenge from Lisa-Jo:

"What is one thing you could do to be inconvenienced this week for someone else?"

Resources

Never Unfriended

VOXER

INCOURAGE.ME

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Trilogy: The Riddlemaster of Hed  by Patricia A. McKillip

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Apr 10, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Let Go of Your Emotional Baggage
03:28

Want to increase self love, self worth and happiness? Then you've got to let go of that emotional baggage. I tell you how in this Happy Bit.

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Apr 06, 2017
56: The Art of Loving Yourself, Loving Others and Making the World a Kinder Place (Orly Wahba)
49:41

Orly Wahba found herself feeling shy, lonely and ignored in high school, until one day she looked in the mirror and remembered a dream she’d had as a child to make a difference in the world. She literally changed her personality and life, and began doing everything she could to be the type of friend she’d wished she had in high school. Listen to hear Orly’s experiences touching the hearts of 7 years worth of middle school students, creating a viral video that has been watched by 26 million+ people, and what she’s doing today to continue to spread this boomerang of kindness.

Orly Wahba is an author, speaker, educator, entrepreneur and community activist who began her career in Brooklyn, NY, where she taught Middle School children to embrace unity, build self-esteem, and be an influence for good. She’s the founder of Life Vest Inside, a non-profit with a mission to empower people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness. LVI shot to national attention when her film, Kindness Boomerang, went viral, landing her a spot on TED. In her spare time Orly loves sports, music, movies, figure skating, and above all, spending time with her family.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Orly:

"Margarette Mead: Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

"Showing that each and every person makes a difference matters in a huge way. Everybody has something they can contribute."

"When a person understands their value, they can now understand the value within each and every person."

"To empower people to understand their value, that they matter, that they are significant. And even though they might be one in 7 billion people, the number that matters the most is that they are one. "

"So often people do not understand their value. And if you think about it, if you do not understand your value, there is no way you could understand the value of another."

"Every single second we have a choice, whether to act or to allow things to pass us by."

"When we put something out there positive into the world, the impact and the effects are tremendous, that who we are makes a difference. It does not matter what our job title is but just who we are. That when you walk into the room, you impact people, you affect people. You touch people's lives just by being you. And that is so important to remember."

"I believe that any child can learn, any child can succeed. It is just about being able to get through to them, empowering them enough to believe in themselves when they fail. Because a kid that can do well is going to do well, with or without that grade teacher."

"I know that you are going to try and push me away. I am one person you are never going to push away."

"If you think you cannot do it, you cannot. If you think you dare not, you do not. If you would like to win, and think you cannot, it almost like saying you would not.  If you think you lose, you are lost. For out in this world, we find success begins with a fellow's will;  it is all in the state of mind. Life's battles do not always go to the stronger or the faster man. For sooner or later, the man who wins is the one who thinks he can."

"I am in the job of falling in love with people more and more each day. You cannot see the beauty in others if you do not stop and see the beauty in yourself. You just cannot. Kindness has to begin with you. If you do not love you, if you do not truly believe that you matter, that you make a difference, that you are not your job, or you are not how much you make, or you are not how many followers you have, if you are only going to look at yourself in those ways, if you do not truly love you, outside of those things, then how are you going to love other people?"

"Loving yourself and building that confidence is not like a video game. It is not like you finish all the  levels and then you won. It is a constant battle. There are days where I feel really low on myself. And that is okay, and that is normal. It is not about always being positive, no one can always be positive. It is not real then. You are allowed to feel down. You have to take ownership of those feelings, but you have to be able to be able pick yourself back up afterwards."

"It is very easy to compare ourselves with others, especially in today's world of digital media. When people measure themselves, and measure their value based  on numbers (how many followers, how many likes, how many friends..), those things make no difference. It is a facade; it is so fake; what does it mean? It might for the moment make us feel good. But the only person that could really make you feel good about you is you. Happiness comes from you. It comes from inside. If your happiness is going to depend on a person or on a thing, then it is going to be something that will never become attainable because it is going to be something you are constantly chasing. But if it is happiness based on something that is within you, it is based inside of you, then it is a choice that you make every single day. It is not easy. But nothing that is worthwhile is necessarily going to be easy."

"Our ability to stay afloat in a world that sometimes seems to be pulling us downward is inside of us. It is through the kindness that we give to others and through the kindness that others give to us that we keep each other afloat in this world because we cannot prevent the obstacles and the mishaps and curve balls from coming our way. They are going to come. But what we can do, what we have the power to do, what is in our ability to do is to throw somebody a life vest. A lifeline of kindness. That even though they are still surrounded by those troubles, they are still surrounded by those waters, that life vest is the difference between life and death. It gives them the hope to know that it is going to be okay. "

"...it is not huge gestures, it is the simple things that make the difference. And what we find often is that when we give of ourselves, we actually receive so much more. In a sense, it is like blowing air in our own life vest to keep us strong. When we give, that is the air that we blow into our life vest, making our life vest bigger and stronger, so we can then help others. Because when a person is engaged in active giving or in active kindness, then we feel so good, and there is scientific evidence and proof behind this. We release endorphins. People are less stressed. They live a longer life."

"Confidence comes from a place of strength. A person of confidence will make you feel like you matter. They will make you feel included. They will make you feel important. Arrogance comes from weakness. A person of arrogance will make you feel fearful, will make you feel like you are not good enough, will make you feel intimidated. That is the true test."

"I had to learn to be okay with being alone and still loving myself."

"Use positive energy to propel you forward. Negativity will only lead you down the road of negativity. The more you start looking for good, the more good you are going to see."

Some of Orly's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Prayer is a very big thing for me. That has kept me the most grounded. It is my guiding star. Honestly, through all the hardships."

"From Friday night to Saturday night. No phone. No television. No talking about work. No any sort of electric things. It is just being with my family. Being with myself. Connecting to and reflecting on the previous week as to what happened. How I have grown. To have a great time of connectivity and just hanging out with family and playing board games and stuff."

Easy meal: "Fish and beans."

Possession: "Magic Bullet"

Orly's Favorite Books: "The Garden of Emuna: A Practical Guide to Life by Shalom Arush" and "The Secret by Rhonda Byrne"

Best advice received: "Believe in myself and to keep pushing forward. And to know that everything happens for a reason." - Dad

Orly's Happiness Formula:

1. Recognizing you matter. Self-Value component. Self-Love.
2. Pursuing your passion.
3. Opening yourself up to ways that you can offer a lending hand to others. Giving kindness. Engaging in kindness.

A Challenge from Orly:

"Catching Kindness cards. The purpose of these kindness cards, when you see somebody doing it--an act of kindness for someone else--you give somebody a card, and it says on it, 'Tag you're it. You have been caught in the act. Now it is your turn to catch someone else in the act.' Exercise your eye muscle, get out there and spot kindness that is happening around you. Not that is happening to you. It is easy to see kindness happening to you, but the more you start becoming aware of kindness that is happening--good things that are happening in the world--a lot more goodness is going to be reflected back to you. Have at least one positive thing a day that you catch people doing for others."

Resources

Orly's Book: Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts

Life Vest Inside

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Kindness Cards

Viral Video: Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"

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Apr 03, 2017
Happy Bit: How Those "Life Sucks" Moments are Actually a Signal (and a Gift)
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Sometimes our lives just don't feel "right." We just feel blah, or angry, or depressed... just plain out of alignment.

Instead of viewing this as a horrible thing, what would happen if we can view this as a SIGNAL - an opportunity to make a shift and get things back into alignment.

That difficult moment suddenly becomes an opportunity... and a gift.

 

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Mar 30, 2017
55: The Art of Forgiveness and Choosing Happiness (Megan Tenney)
43:40

Megan Tenney shares her experience with forgiveness, choosing to be happy, and taking quality time for what's important, including a bath with a boot, vacation, and playing with her kids.

Megan Tenney is the author/owner of ShapingUpToBeAMom.com, where the goal is, "Life, easier. You, happier!" Her mission is to help other busy moms achieve their goals, while sharing her own adventures in parenting, fitness, travel, and checking off her bucket list. Born and raised on the shores of Maine, she relocated after college to the Arizona desert, where she now lives with her husband and four kids: Carter, Vanessa, Harrison, and Melody...

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Megan:

"Just remember, this too shall pass away."

"I needed to learn how to forgive someone. That is why I had to go through those experiences."

"Your happiness is your own responsibility. You cannot depend on someone else to make you happy."

"Be easy on yourself. Don't jump right to feeling guilty for having negative thoughts toward someone. I think, to a certain extent, we can have power over our own feelings, and to a certain extent we cannot. And I think feelings might just come to you, like you get angry or you feel guilty, but then, you can fan the flames of that feeling or you can redirect your thoughts and try to focus on something else. It takes effort and it takes humility."

"One of the questions you [Jen] ask, the one that left the most lasting impact on me, was, 'At the end of your life, when you turn around and look back, what do you want to have done, or what do you want people to remember you for?' That made it so clear to me. Family. That is my absolute first priority."

Some of Megan's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "It has contributed to my sanity. I take a bath almost everyday. I just relax in the bathtub with a book and I do it almost everyday."

Easy meal: "Crockpot meal. So I make a pasta meal with a jar of marinara sauce. I used maybe four fifths of the marinara sauce. And another night, I do English muffin pizzas, and I use the leftover sauce."

Possession: "Crockpot. Vitamix."

Megan's Favorite Books: "'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,' by Marie Kondo, and 'Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment,'
by Tal Ben-Shahar."

"There are people that only focus on the present, and they do whatever it takes to make them feel good right now. Whether that's a bacon cheese burger, or sitting and watching TV, or whatever it is, and they don't plan for the future, and so they don't plan to be happier in the future. And then there are people that only plan for the future, and they deprive themselves of the moment. They eat only salads, or they work really hard and never take a vacation, and it's all for someday down the road. He [Tal Ben-Shahar] said that the happiest formula is to try to get both of those things, to do, ideally, one thing that will benefit you now and will benefit you later."

Best advice received: "Treat others the way you want to be treated."

Megan's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I am being productive, planning a trip, and ending the day with a bath and a good book."

A Challenge from Megan:

"Plan a trip. It doesn't have to be Disney World. You don't have to get on a plane. It could be to the other end of town, to a restaurant you have never been to before."

Resources

ShapingUpToBeAMom.com

My Konmari Closet (or Who Bought All These Clothes) 

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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Mar 27, 2017
Happy Bit: How to Build Happiness Through Building Healthy Boundaries
03:07

Boundaries are all about where you end and the other person begins. Learn how to strengthen your boundaries through self awareness, clear communication, and consistent consequences so you can preserve (and increase!) your energy and happiness. 

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Mar 23, 2017
54: How Self Care Helped Me Face My Struggles with Strength (Jen Riday, part 2)
22:04

In part 2 of a 2-part series, I share a painful event from my past involving a miscarriage and the marriage struggles that intensified as a result. Listen to Part 1 here.

And, for fun, here's my bio: (Every other guest has one, so I want to fit in with the "cool kids.") Jen is a 42-year-old mom of six and Women's Happiness Expert who lives just outside of Madison, Wisconsin with her family. Jen was raised on a farm with the values of hard work and honesty, and today Jen's priorities are spirituality, family, health and helping women find happiness (in that order). In her free time Jen enjoys yoga, meditation, time in nature, and curling up with a great book.

Mar 20, 2017
Happy Bit: How Having a Vivid Vision Increases Positivity in Relationships
03:49

In this Happy Bit: "It all started with my son plopping a steaming (and HUGE) bowl of yummy goodness in front of me. He had cooked sweet potatoes, spinach, mushrooms, onions, hot dogs and a metric ton of garlic in some sizzling coconut oil... and it was AMAZING."

Our massage table is covered - COVERED - in books from various podcast guests and things I ordered on Amazon months ago but failed to read. But since I disccovered audio books from Audible, things are so much better! I can "read" again. ;) Because I love them so much, I've teamed up with audible.com to offer you a free audio book. Grab yours at vibranthappybook.com. You’ll also get a free thirty-day membership, too. Sweet!

Now on to our Happy Bit.

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It all started with my son plopping a steaming (and HUGE) bowl of yummy goodness in front of me. He had cooked sweet potatoes, spinach, mushrooms, onions, hot dogs and a metric ton of garlic in some sizzling coconut oil... and it was AMAZING.

For a nearly 16-year-old, this boy has mad skillz!

But sadly I tend to get more caught up in the fact he didn't empty the trash or clean his room.

Always the LACK, the scarcity...

When we stop and focus on the good, everything feels to much better, from our emotions to the entire tone of the relationship.

One way to focus even more on the good is to create a vivid vision of the future - to take the good things now and play them out and see exactly what they might look like in the future.

For example, maybe my son will be an amazing chef, or a fantastic cook for his family... one good thing leads to another, and when we create a vivid mental picture of all the goodness that could happen in the future, we train our brains to keep going. It's fun!

Also, I share how you can get your hands on the Self Care Toolkit available at jenriday.com/selfcare.

Grab yours before it goes away: jenriday.com/selfcare

Make it a great week!

And remember to get your free audio book at vibranthappybook.com.

Mar 16, 2017
53: How Self Care Helped Me Face My Struggles with Strength (Jen Riday, part 1)
22:22

In part 1 of a 2-part series, I share a past life struggle involving a miscarriage and the marriage struggles that intensified as a result.

And, for fun, here's my bio (every other guest has one, so I want to fit in with the "cool kids."): Jen is a 42-year-old mom of 6 and Women's Happiness Expert who lives just outside of Madison, Wisconsin with her family. Jen was raised on a farm with the values of hard work and honesty, and today Jen's priorities are spirituality, family, healthy and helping women find happiness (in that order). In her free time Jen enjoys yoga, meditation, time in nature, and curling up with a great book.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Jen:

After I clawed myself out of the emotional pit that resulted from events on the most horrible day of my life (so far), I learned several things that helped me let go of the guilt I used to feel when I took time for myself:

  1. I'm loved and I'm worthy.
  2. I'm 100% in charge of my life and happiness. 
  3. The greatest gift I can give my loved ones is my own happiness.
  4. I'm happiest when I take care of myself first (and others second).
  5. The Wheel of Happiness is the perfect guide to guide my use of time so I take care of ALL aspects of myself. 

 

A Challenge from Jen:

Grab the Self Care Toolkit and learn the 5 things that will help you get rid of guilt... sweet!

 

Then... email me at support@jenriday.com and share 1) one thing you struggle with and 2) 1 thing from the Wheel of Happiness you're going to focus on to help you take better care of yourself so you can face your struggles with strength. You can ask to remain anonymous, or, at the other extreme you can volunteer to jump on a Skype audio call so I can record your voice for Part 2 of this episode, airing next week!

Resources

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The 8 components of the Wheel of Happiness: Body, Mind, Emotion, Spirit, Contribution, Relationships, Outdoors, Resources. 

Listen to Part 2 to get the rest of the story next week. 

Louise Hay

Self Care Toolkit

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Mar 13, 2017
Happy Bit: Do You Rock Your Morning Routine?
04:31

Do you start the day YOUR way?

Mar 09, 2017
52: Dig Deep, Listen to Your Gut and Do What You’re Supposed to Do With Your Life (Loren Brill)
26:31

At age 22 Loren Brill found out she had Hodgkins Lymphoma. Cured a year later, Loren decided she REALLY had to start living life as fully as possible. She entered her favorite natural cookie recipe in a contest and won. Now her cookies are in supermarkets across the nation under the Sweet Loren's brand. You'll love hearing Loren's tips for living a vibrant, happy life with 100% dedication (and with zero tolerance for negativity).

Loren is a 32-year-old New York City born and bred foodie and healthy lifestyle entrepreneur. She is the Founder and CEO of Sweet Loren's, a cookie dough company founded on the promise of delicious taste and better-for-you ingredients. Sweet Loren's offers both retail refrigerated cookie dough sold in supermarkets across the country, as well as bulk food service for businesses to bake.Loren is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and blogger for the Huffington Post. In her free time Loren loves to travel, laugh, have spontaneous adventures, swim in warm water, cook with friends, try new restaurants, do triathlons, paddle board, wakeboard, ski, spin, paint, and drink good wine..

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Loren:

"You miss a hundred percent of the shots you do not take."

"Fear is really what holds us back most of the time from following our dreams."

"I realized that in order to build from the ground up, I was going to have to hustle my butt off."

"But when it is something that you love and it is something that starts growing and has a life of its own, it is something that makes you really happy, it is just this magical combination that has its own driving force and you are just kind of there to guide it along and keep up with it and make sure that it stays on course."

"It is really important to surround yourself with positive energy and a positive attitude and be gentle on yourself."

"If you are strong mentally and physically, you can really get through anything.  Life becomes really a joy. You feel very empowered."

Some of Loren's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Waking up every day and really being grateful and having a clear head. Whether that is a really good workout for you or meditation, but really starting the day grateful with a clear head. And then being able to prioritize."

Easy meal: "Making plantains. Baking them until soft. And cutting them in the middle and then keep stuffing them with whatever you like. So shredded chicken, shredded vegetables. It's just really easy and delicious and interesting."

Possession: "A cast iron skillet."

Loren's Favorite Books: Steve Jobs' Biography

Best advice received: "You've got to be strong." (Loren's Mom) and "You do not scare me." (Hoda Kotb)

Loren's Happiness Formula:

"Digging in deep and listening to your gut. Combine that with honoring your dreams. Going for it 100% with a great positive attitude. And making sure that your life is full."

A Challenge from Loren:

"I challenge anyone listening to let go of fear. To really dig deep and look at their life and see if there is any area where they would want to change and wake up tomorrow and have zero excuses and go after it. To really just throw fear aside."

Resources

Sweet Loren's

Steve Jobs' Biography

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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Mar 06, 2017
Happy Bit: 86,000 seconds
02:49

Learn how 20 seconds can completely change the other 86,000 seconds in your day...

Mar 02, 2017
51: Choosing to Be Fierce, Tenacious and Unstoppable (Carol Egan)
30:03

Carol Egan felt a bit broken when they took her newborn baby away to be placed in foster care many years ago. But as she watched those elevator doors close behind the woman taking her baby away, a level of fierceness, tenacity and unstoppability came over Carol and she did everything in her power to make enough money to get a place so she could get her baby back. She worked as a waitress and visited her son every day for 4 months until she got him back. The rest of her life built upon that decision to be fierce and Carol has earned several degrees with honors, raised an amazing son as a single parent, and now helps hundreds of women as a health coach.

Carol is a Holistic Health Coach from Avon, CT. She specializes in digestive health and detoxification. She works with women who want to look and feel their very best. After years of taking care of their families and all the to do’s that go with that, many women are troubled with excess weight, low energy and foggy thinking. Carol helps them take control of their health so they can focus on what matters most to them. In her spare time Carol loves to cook, read, go to hot yoga, and she’s building a running practice.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Carol:

"To know that we know what we know and to know that we do not know what we do not know is true knowledge." ~Copernicus

"There were moments in my healing journey that I started discovering things that I never knew existed, and they changed my life. "

"That is true knowledge, to know that there's things that could make a difference for you and the quality of your life, but you might not know it even exists. And so, we are open. And all of a sudden, these things start to float to us."

"I really learned that everything and anything is possible."

"Life has never asked me to step up like that, like those moments."

"I could have never done what I did without my mother. She was a huge support."

"Always come back to self."

"The truth of the matter is, you have the fierceness within you. We each have the capability to accomplish everything we want. And the more we give our power away... I guess if we reduce it down to a catch phrase, be one hundred percent responsible for you life. Be the CEO and the director of the course of your life."

"I believe that we are all capable of achieving far greater things than we can even see possible. "

"There's things that you might not see in this moment because a moment is taking you over."

"The pill is going to help you think you are feeling better, but your body is still degrading. It is still degenerating. Whatever has caused you to have autoimmune disease has to be addressed on a holistic level."

"My ultimate goal is to bring people to a lived experience in their body where they literally feel healthy or what healthy feels like."

Some of Carol's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: 5 to Thrive, which helps people get back to themselves.  1. Sleep gives you an advantage hormonally.  2. You are what you eat -Nutrition   3. Become a zone master; meditation and mindfulness 4.  Oxygen - we get it through both exercise and nutrition and the most primary nutrient that we need.   5.  Hydration

Easy meal: "I like spicy peppers. If you do not like spicy peppers, get a red pepper. Split it in half, lengthwise. Hollow it out and smash an avocado and load it up. And then in a small bowl, because I have been eating so much of this, I love radicchio. I chop up the radicchio or something like arugula. I chop it up finely like a chopped salad. I chop up olives. I chop up a little onion, a little hotter pepper, a little roasted red pepper, depending on what the base is. And I make this little chopped salad next. Sprouts, always sprouts. And I just put in on top. It is a great portable thing because you do not have to do anything."

Possession: "My juicer"

Carol's Favorite Books: The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho and Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Best advice received: "Do not be afraid to take a risk."

Carol's Happiness Formula:

"Create calm in the body, plus clear, plus energized equals happiness."

"Calm ourselves with our breathe to create clarity, to create mental clarity. So our choices and our decisions are smart and aligned with what we really want."

"Clearly, we need energy. If we are tired and exhausted and not healthy in our body then we are not going to achieve happiness that lasts, happiness that fulfills us."

A Challenge from Carol:

"For today, add in one healthy thing a day.  If you could have one green juice, one green smoothie, or one meal size green salad,  that would be a great step to start working on your energy from a cellular level."

Resources

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Jen's Eliminate Overwhelm Guide

Carol's 5-to-Thrive Guide

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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Feb 27, 2017
Happy Bit: How Mindful Living Makes You Happier
01:56

Learn the connection between the 5 senses, focus, cortisol and happiness. This is science, people. And that means when we're mindful, we really will be happier on a neurochemical level. 

www.jenriday.com

Feb 23, 2017
50: Join the Kindness Challenge (Shaunti Feldhahn)
34:15

Learn the 3 things that are required to be a kind person. This eye-opening interview will make all the difference in your relationships. 

www.jenriday.com/50

Feb 20, 2017
Happy Bit: Take 2 Ibuprofen and Call Me in the Morning
03:39

I share the story of my daughter Cora's hurt foot and what the doctor recommended and how this relates to our own emotional health.

Feb 16, 2017
49: "I Have Cancer But Cancer Doesn't Have Me" (Sophie Sabbage)
36:15

Sophie Sabbage shares her story of receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, working through the grief and then making the choice to allow cancer to transform her life. Learn how Sophie copes with the fear of cancer, how she feels healthier than ever, and what she's doing to help others with a cancer diagnosis. Sophie is an inspirational writer, speaker, and facilitator who has worked in the field of human development, emotional intelligence, mindset change, and corporate culture change for more than twenty years. The Cancer Whisperer was a UK bestseller and was release in the U.S. in 2017.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Sophie:

"The last of the human freedoms is to choose your own attitude in any given situation." ~Victor Frankl

"I have cancer. Cancer does not have me."

"I realized in that moment that I valued my lucidity and clarity of mind more than my life. And it was threatening my cognitive abilities, my ability to speak, my ability to see, my ability to understand, so it was terrifying for me, the idea that I going to lose my mind having worked for 30 years on gaining my right mind if that make sense."

"I used to think people prayed on their knees as a sign of reverence and an act of humility but now I know that sometimes we are just bought to our knees by the events of our lives. And I was brought to my knees that day. I literally just dropped to my knees by the log fire at home. And I prayed. I do not often pray. I wept and I prayed. "

"I think the grief and the surrender really empowered me paradoxically. I never thought of surrendering that way."

"I want to just say it is okay to be vulnerable and it is okay to be terrified. And also, to teach people what to do with their terror. "

"If you do not take hold of your fear and push through it, it will make your decisions for you as a cancer patient."

"It puts you on war with your own body when you need to make peace with your body. I had been at war with my body my whole life. That is partly why I got cancer."

"I knew I needed to make peace with my body and listen to it instead of fighting it. And I want to get rid of my disease. But I think I've got a better shot at doing that if I am listening to it than if I am in a state of anger and defiance and rebellion which just causes stress."

"What if cancer is a teacher, not an enemy?"

"I am more grateful to my cancer than I am scared of it. I am grateful for it. It transformed my life. I have let it transform my life. We need to be proactive to do that, but it has gifted me in many ways."

"The most important thing is to get some support because it is a very arduous thing to do on your own. But mostly, it is about noticing what is running through your head and what you are believing. I call it mind talk. The mind would just make things up and terrify you with what is going to happen and you need to get that stuff out of your head and start verifying it and telling the truth about it."

"Cancer is loaded with meanings. It is like a gun that gets shot at you, and you think the worst. Hair loss, control loss, pain, agony, misery. It all just runs through your head, instantly and in lightning speed. And you need to get that stuff out of your head, and you need to look at it in the cold light of day. And you need to get very accurate with what you are dealing with and get as much information from your doctor as you can. A lot of patients do not want to know everything because they are so scared. But the more you know, the more power you have. So, it is about getting hold of reality - the reality of what you are dealing with - even if it is more tumors in your brain than they can count."

Some of Sophie's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Breathing helps. Breathing brings us be present when we breathe consciously. And also, verifying my mind talk. I do it every day."

Easy meal: "Avocado and feta salad."

Possession: "My husband. And my kettle."

Sophie's Favorite Books: "Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver"  A Box Full of Darkness: "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift."

Best advice received: "The warrior's way: Seven times down. Eight times up. Then repeat." ~ Dr. Brad Brown

"Do not become a patient, Mrs. Sabbage. Live your life."

Sophie's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I am loving, when I am forgiving, when I am self-accepting and when I am thankful."

A Challenge from Sophie:

"I want to challenge listeners to write down three regrets that they have been harboring and then make a choice about each of those regrets. So, you can either let them go, and I mean really deeply let them go. Write on a piece of paper. Throw it in a fire, burn it, whatever it takes. Or choose an action to change the regret. "

Resources

The Cancer Whisperer

Sophie Sabbage, The Cancer Whisperer

SophieSabbage.com

Follow Sophie on Facebook

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Feb 13, 2017
Happy Bit: One Tip to Slow Down Time
02:47

Ever felt like time is moving too fast? Do this ONE thing to make time slow down.

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Feb 09, 2017
48: Reawakening Sex and Intimacy Through Self Care, Trust & Listening (Kimberly Johnson)
35:08

Kimberly Johnson shares her story of suffering a significant birth trauma that took years to heal and how she discovered that it's critical that we engage in excellent self care while trusting and listening to our bodies. Fast forward to the present, Kim helps mothers heal from their own birth traumas and reawaken healthy and fulfilling sexual intimacy in their relationships. 

Kimberly  is a Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution practitioner, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, doula, postpartum care advocate and single mom. She works at the intersection of birth, sex, and trauma, specializing in birth injuries, birth trauma, and sexual healing. She created a process called the Birth Rehearsal to help women somatically prepare for birth. She is the author of the upcoming book, The Fourth Trimester: A New Mother’s Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Kimberly:

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk for miles on your knees repenting. You just have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." - Mary Oliver poem

"I have experienced a natural intelligence of our body that's 100% trustworthy - much more trustworthy than our minds or our memory. And if we can return to that wisdom through the present moment, we do not have to go excavating for why we are the way we are and why do we make that choice and why does the cycle repeat.. that it really presents itself in the present moment through deep listening and I facilitate that process."

"I actually deserve the care. It is not a luxury. It is a necessity that I care for myself. "

"We have forgotten that women are the center of the spiritual foundation of life and that we are the creators and when that is overlooked and belittled. Then there is a sense that we do not deserve it... and we inherited it from our mothers and our grandmothers and our whole puritanical culture is "sacrifice, the harder you work, the better person you are, that the more you give up, the more holy you are, the more spiritual you are."

"There is a lot of healing one can do on one's own. But the most powerful part of my healing process was really having expert witnessing from people that I trusted because so much of my fabric of support had been torn at that point in my life that I really needed to restore that fabric in order to feel safe and be able to move to the next level of healing."

Some of Kimberly's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Not thinking, 'Oh! That is not challenging enough!' To be able to allow myself to go towards what feels good."

Easy meal: Roast Chicken

Possession: Old-fashioned orange juice squeezer.

Kimberly's Favorite Books: Women's Anatomy of Arousal by Sheri Winston and The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X

Best advice received: "Have faith in doing what I love."

Kimberly's Happiness Formula:

"Deep connection. Collaboration. Hysterical laughter."

A Challenge from Kimberly:

"I want to challenge everyone listening to have one moment of expressing to their partner just how they are feeling in their body at that moment."

Resources

10-day Get Happier Challenge

MagaMama.com

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Feb 06, 2017
Happy Bit: 3 Tips to Increase Patience
02:25

We all want more of it and none of us has quite enough of it... We're talking about patience. In this HappyBit Jen shares 3 tips to increase your non-reactivity throughout the day. 

Feb 02, 2017
47: How to Slow Down and Take Care of Yourself So You Can Be a Happier Mom (Anna Seewald)
30:48

Anna Seewald was forced to grow up quickly when a devastating earthquake killed her mother and destroyed her home town in Armenia when she was only 13 years old. Today Anna strives to live a mindful, slow-paced life that allows her to concentrate on enjoying every moment and being the best mom she can be. Listen to get some great tips on saying “no” to the unnecessaries, taking time to do nothing at all, and how critical it is that we as moms know ourselves deeply and choose the life that makes us happiest.

Anna Seewald is the founder of Authentic Parenting®. She is a speaker, author and a parent educator. She is a mom to a vibrant 8 year old who doesn’t approve of her fashion choices. With a strong passion for helping children, Anna has dedicated her life to working with abused, neglected, orphaned and institutionalized children and juvenile delinquents. After nearly 20 years she realized that it is through helping parents she can help children. Today she is supporting parents around the world by moving from traditional ways of parenting into more peaceful, conscious ways by helping them make sense of their past life experiences, heal from trauma, build effective communication, practice non-punitive discipline and learn to set limits with love and kindness.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Anna:

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by the spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer

"'The past is never dead. It’s not even past. The past defines who we are.' (William Faulkner). We cannot forget where we come from, who we are. We bring in all our unresolved issues, our traumas, all that attachment history comes into play. If we forget and move forward, we never look back. The past will crawl out, and it will haunt you in your present day. So we need to make sense of our life stories, resolve our unresolved issues, and heal from our traumas in order to live vibrant, happy and fulfilled lives.”

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Some of Anna's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Just having alone time, solitude, in the morning. Every morning, I wake up, I make myself a cup of coffee, I sit in my favorite chair in my living room. And then I just sit there and do nothing for a specific amount of time. It could be 15 minutes, 10, 20. Even if I do not have that time in the morning, I still get up early, just to have at least a few moments with myself because looking inwards for me has been the most powerful and empowering, important life lesson. Because no one can make me happy. I cannot expect my husband to make med happy. I am happy. I have to be happy on my own before I have fulfilling relationships with others."

Easy meal: "Omelette.  Any kind of omelette. I throw in some vegetables: spinach, feta cheese, mushrooms, or one with scallions and parsley."

Possession: Cuisinart Food Processor

Anna's Favorite Books: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Best advice received: "Do not sweat the small stuff, and it is all small stuff." -Anna's husband

Anna's Happiness Formula:

"Meaningful relationships, connections, attachments, friendships, family (one category). Doing the things that make me fulfilled. Expressing myself through art or doing something that I love. And perhaps, taking care of myself.  We need to take care of our body first and foremost. To be healthy, to have good relationships and to do the things that you love most. "

A Challenge from Anna:

"I want parents to take a piece of paper and write down five things, big or small, or it could be really big. Something in your eyes, in your own opinion that makes you a great parent. Be honest with yourself. Give yourself credit. "

Resources

Authentic Parenting

Cuisinart Food Processor

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

15 Powerful things to Say To Your Kids

Anna's Podcast - Soundcloud

Anna's Podcast - iTunes

Parenting Conversations Authentic Moments with Anna Seewald

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Jan 30, 2017
Happy Bit: Waking Up on YOUR Terms
02:21

Learn how to feel proactive instead of reactive and to start your day feeling AH-mazing instead of overwhelmed...

Jan 26, 2017
46: Lace Up Your Warrior Boots and Be Your Authentic Self (Emily Cummins)
28:15

Emily Cummins is passionate about partnering with churches and people to reach their full potential and effectively share their story through digital communication strategies. She also founded and leads a community and resource for women, BecomingMe.TV, encouraging, empowering and equipping women as they’re living to their highest God-given potential. Emily lives in Ocala, Florida and for fun she loves spending time on the beach and driving with the top down blaring the latest Taylor Swift song. She also enjoys reading and writing.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Emily:

"Choose to become who God made you to be and daily choose to be her. Choose to become who God made you to be and daily choose to be her."

"My pursuit for this endless perfection that really was never granted,  it was breaking me apart, and it was limiting from becoming who God made me to be."

"'Emily, you are not made to be perfect, and you do not have to be.' There is freedom in that. But you can wake up and choose to become who God made you to be no matter what you are experiencing."

"Sometimes our weaknesses can become our very strengths."

"Life is hard. We go through lots of low points and lots of valleys. But we do not ever have to live there."

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"It reminds me that other people are on this journey too. And when we share who we are and what we are doing, we become stronger together."

"Strip off all the labels and the lies that you have told yourself or that you have listened to from other people. We have to dig through the junk that is in our hearts and in our minds first. And many times that is just stuff we tell ourselves. Second, you have to choose to love you. If you do not love yourself, there is really no way that you can really genuinely love those around you well or even love what you are doing. We have to love who we are in order to become whoever you want to be. Last, you just have to choose to be her."

"The decision to be free really lies with me."

"I think we are all strong to an extent, but I do believe in that power, and for me that is God. "

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Some of Emily's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Writing is my favorite habit because it keeps me centered. It keeps me balanced. It helps me think through things objectively. It
clears my brain."

Easy meal: "Breakfast for every meal."

Possession: "Spatula."

Ruth's Favorite Books: Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

Best advice received: "You know who you wanna be. Just choose to be her."

Emily's Happiness Formula:

"Lacing up my warrior boots. Pursuing & becoming who God made me to be. And daily choosing to be her."

A Challenge from Emily:

"No matter what you are facing today, you can rise above it. The power and the key is already inside you. Just choose to be who you are."

Resources

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

BecomingMe.tv

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

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Jan 23, 2017
Happy Bit: What Are Your Top 4 Priorities?
01:33

When you figure out your top 4 priorities and let go of the rest, everything gets so much more productive (and happy!)

Jan 19, 2017
45: "I Can Choose to Be Happy" (Ruth Soukup)
28:44

After going through years of severe depression Ruth Soukup made her way back to a place of light and hope. She said, “I made a choice to be happy and not spend the rest of my life feeling broken.” Fast forward to today: Ruth is a blogger, author, and entrepreneur, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life and the founder of the Living Well Planner™. Through her popular blog, LivingWellSpendingLess.com, she encourages more than a million monthly readers to follow their dreams and reach their goals, sharing easy-to-implement tips and strategies for saving time and money while focusing on the things that matter most. She lives in Washington State with her husband Chuck and two daughters, Maggie and Annie.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Ruth:

"Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is only the courage to continue that matters." -Winston Churchill

"Life is just a journey that we're on. We have ups and downs. We have highs and lows. And it is just a reminder to me that when things go right, it does not mean that that is the end, and I can be done. And when things go wrong, it is not the end of the world... you've got to keep moving, and you've got to keep going forward."

"I slowly began to figure out how to live again, and it took awhile. But it was that conscious moment of saying, 'I am not going to dwell in the past anymore.'"

"There is hope. I think that was the thing that for me, especially when I was in that really dark place. I love my story just in the sense that I am one person that you can look at and say, 'She was there. She was in that dark place and things got better for her.' There is hope, and believe that there is hope and there is light at the end of the tunnel and hold on to that hope even if you cannot see the last light and you cannot feel the hope for yourself."

CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY RUTH SOUKUP

"That is really where my heart is: encouraging women to set goals for themselves and to figure out practical ways to handle those other things that keep us so busy, so that there is a little more margin for those things that really get us excited."

"As humans, we do not need somebody to preach at us and tell us all the things we are doing wrong and the other people are doing it better, but to realize that there are other people out there who have struggled just like we do and maybe have a rough time and have some solutions along the way: 'Here's what helped me, this might help you too...'"

"Give yourself permission to dream for 20 minutes or half an hour about all of the possibilities and write those things down, and start thinking, 'Yeah, you know what, I could maybe do this.' I like to encourage people to dream, or to set goals that are so big that they scare you a little bit. Because I think that when you feel that little tingle of excitement inside yourself, like, 'Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I just said that. I cannot believe that I just admitted that to myself, that I really want to do that...' -that is where you start to like feel that passion, to feel that fire inside. And then from there, once you have given yourself permission to think big and dream big, I really like to encourage people to dream big and plan small. Instead of starting with a day to day thing, starting with your grand vision. And breaking it down to your goals for the years, and then break that down into your goals for the month. And then break that down for your goals for the week. And then for your goals for the day. Doing that makes you realize what is really important. Because the reality for us is that there is only 24 hours a day. We can only do so much and none of us can do everything. You start with your big things, and you make those the first things on your list rather than the last things on your lists.  You will accomplish more..."

"That failure has actually taught me so much about myself. Because I realized failing was not the end of the world. I thought dropping out of law school would have been the end of the world but instead it allowed me eventually to... find what my passion is, which is what I am doing now. But I  would have never been doing what I am doing now if I finished law school. "

"Sometimes the process of trial and error, and the process of just putting yourself out there and trying new things allows you to find what you truly love and what you are truly passionate about."

"Keep doing the best that you can and you will be fine."

Some of Ruth's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Getting up early."

Easy meal: "I love breakfast for dinner. And freezer meals."

Possession: "Cheese slicer! Gouda."

Ruth's Favorite Books:The Power of Habit by Charles DuhiggSmarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg, and Good to Great by Jim Collins"

Best advice received: "Everybody feels that way and we are all just making it up as we go along. And the best thing that you can do is just keep plugging away and keep making it up as you go along."

Ruth's Happiness Formula:

"My kids and my husband. Being able to do the work that I do. Being able to get up early in the morning and work at something that I love. Helping people along the way and making a difference in people's lives. "

A Challenge from Ruth:

"Take the Crushing It mini course."

Resources

Living Well Spending Less (Ruth's Website)

Living Well Planner

Crushing It Mini Course

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Jan 16, 2017
Happy Bit: Mountain Moments
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Learn how to get out of the trees so you can see the forest by taking regular Mountain Moments throughout the day. 

Jan 12, 2017
44: How to Get On (and Stay On!) the Wheel of Wellness (Cassie Piasecki)
33:43

Have you ever ended the day by realizing everything you ate that day was all junkfood?! Cassie Piasecki had that experience and decided to change her life, get healthy and then start sharing her journey of health and wellness with others. Cassie created the Wheel of Wellness (WOW) nutrition program and has helped thousands of women to be their healthiest self. Cassie also has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, as a certified holistic health practitioner and teaching Pilates, indoor cycling, dance. She has taught fitness to over 10,000 people! She lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband Jack and 2 dogs and 22 old daughter who rarely comes home from the east coast.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Cassie:

"Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness." - Joseph Pilates

"If I can get up in the morning, even it has to be really early, and get my body moving, I am always happier during the day."

"If I take care of myself, my health is good, my body is moving and relatively pain free at the age of 48, I can handle everything else pretty much with a smile on my face. "

"You can do anything for 3 weeks! You're a woman!"

"I quit the sugar, and I quit the gluten for 3 weeks. And within 7 days my moods leveled out. Within 2 weeks, my skin cleared up. And within 3 weeks, all of the things, like stomachaches that I thought were just because maybe I was stressed out or whatever, all went away. So, it was the combination of the sugar and the gluten.... So, after those 3 weeks, there was no way I was going to go back. I mean, I just felt and looked so much better that there was no way I was going to go back."

"The fact that I was not moody anymore, and I did not have to worry that I was going to spout off or, you know, get upset, my patience, just all of that, got so much better. That was a big enough reason for me to stay the course."

"I wanted other women my age to feel and look and act as wonderful as I found that I could eating a very whole foods, low sugar, low-processed food-type diet. I do not like to say diet, it is just a lifestyle."

"The first step is acknowledging that they just do not feel good. And stepping either on a scale or taking a look in their closet at all the clothes that used to fit and do not fit anymore. And just acknowledging, 'Hey, this is not working for me anymore, and I need to do something about it, and I need to do something that might take a little bit longer, but it is going to last a lifetime.'"

Some of Cassie's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: Exercise. "When I wake up first thing in the morning, I meditate. And get up and then I throw on some lycra, and I go and I work out."

Easy meal: "Spaghetti Squash. I cut it in half. And then I bake it and roast it in the oven. And then I put them in the refrigerator. And then, everyday for lunch, take the half of the spaghetti squash and fill it with whatever leftover vegetables I have. I just fill the center of the spaghetti squash with whatever I want. And it is so yummy!"

Possession: "A set of odd measuring spoons."

Cassie's Favorite Books: "The Dip by Seth Godin"

Best advice received: "If something is not working, it is okay to quit. There are some diets that you should quit."

Cassie's Happiness Formula:

"When I am done working out, and I eat a really good breakfast, and then I get to do one of three things. I either get to put on my bathing suit and go down to the beach, or I get to walk around Paris, France, or I get a message from my daughter that everything is going right in her world that day."

A Challenge from Cassie:

"The challenge is not to get them to eat less sugar today. The challenge is for them to add up how much sugar they eat over the course of 5 days. So, everyday, write down all the sugar that you eat. Even sugar from an apple. And see how much you are really consuming. And just sometimes that way of doing it is kind of a wake up call that you are consuming too much."

Resources

Free Guided Meditation from Jen

It's Me Cassie (Cassie's website)

The Wow Life (Wheel of Wellness) Program

The Dip by Seth Godin

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Jan 09, 2017
Happy Bit: When the Low Times Are a Good Thing...
01:11

Why the low points & hard times are a good thing...

Jan 05, 2017
43: "My Fuel Tank Requires People": Filling Up Your Own Heart By Filling Another's (Katie Dilse)
35:03

In this episode Katie shares her story of overcoming the death of her mother, as well as living in one of the most isolated areas of the United States. This high-energy mom will inspire you with her stories of raising 4 boys and staying connected with other women.

Katie Dilse is feisty and spontaneous and loves to laugh. She is a business owner, wife of nearly 20 years, mother of four boys, farmer, and Big Rig driver. Katie inspires audiences around the nation with her heart-to-heart presentations focused on making the most of balancing the demands of work, the tugs on personal life, and community obligations. Katie was listed as one of the Top 40 under 40 business leaders in the Midwest. Katie lives in North Dakota with her husband Stewart and 4 boys.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Katie:

"I am good enough because I am the daughter of a King."

"I learned to learn on my brothers and sisters and that we are each other, we are there for each other and that God will not abandon us. We felt abandoned that God took mom but that is not all that it was - God actually replaced her love through a deeper love for us to be united to Him. And realize that mom was a blessing to us on earth but there is so much that she can do from heaven for all of us."

"I very much struggle with loneliness because my fuel tank requires people. A new stimulation and interaction. And when you live where I do, you have to learn to seek that. So, once I became self aware enough to recognize that my heart needs to be filled with people and filled with interaction and I need new stimulation, I found ways to fuel that without feeling like I am a bad person because I required that. I struggled for that for a long time where now, it is like, 'No way, that is what juices me!'"

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"I do things that just randomly stay connected with people often... And that is fueling me but I get to fuel their hearts too."

"That is how the ball rolls, that is really how I have learned to grow and improve by having enough self awareness inside."

"Whether you are in a small town like me or a big city, make sure your middle circle ties into what is the most important to you in your life. Whether that is the relationship with your family or maybe it is that relationship with you and your God and how much you love Him and if that can be in the circle in the middle, and all the other circles are coming together, that is what makes a happy, vibrant, beautiful woman. "

Some of Katie's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I need to exercise every morning. It is super important for my mental game to get up and get moving. My other favorite personal habit is my nightly prayer. I need rest, I need my ritual of quiet time."

Easy meal: "I love noodles and marinara sauce."

Possession: Pampered Chef chopper.

Katie's Favorite Books: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Best advice received: "Those 20 minutes before the kids get home on the bus, I want you to make sure that you take time to sit down and really adjust your mind into becoming a mom. So that when they come home,  I can just completely embrace them instead of being halfway into supper or into something I am doing... into the computer or switching laundry. I try to be there. I try to be right at the front entrance, greeting them with a hug and really sitting down to visit with them, to hear what has happened with their day."

Katie's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I allow others into my heart, and I surround myself with good people, and I listen to God."

A Challenge from Katie:

"I would love if all of you took a little bit of time to make eye contact with a stranger, and make that stranger's day with your smile or with just one little compliment that you can give them. Because it will really, really make them feel loved. And if we feel more loved, when we live love and when we live with the conviction that we are a daughter of a King, we will live so happy, so vibrant and so full of zest."

Resources

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Facebook: @KatieDilseSpeaks

KatieDilse.com

Pinterest: @SpeakingofFun

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Jan 02, 2017
Happy Bit: A Happier Alternative to New Year's Resolutions
02:12

Learn why choosing happiness is a better idea than setting yet another New Year's resolution. And how to make 2017 your best year ever!

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Dec 29, 2016
42: Creating an Alcohol-free Life You Love (Kate Bee)
30:46

Kate Bee grew up in a home that relied on alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress and a means to celebrate everything. Eventually Kate realized she was drinking too much and finding it nearly impossible to stop, but she pressed on and is happily living an alcohol-free lifestyle today and sharing what she has learned with others. Kate shares several great tips that are helpful for overcoming any addiction, including food, such as pushing through fear and the importance of human connection.

Kate Bee is the founder of The Sober School, where she coaches women through early sobriety and helps them navigate alcohol-free living without feeling deprived or miserable. Kate's mission is to remove the stigma, misinformation and fear that surrounds addiction. Kate lives near Manchester in the UK and in her spare time she likes running, reading and drinking too much tea.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Kate:

"Everything you want is on the other side of fear."

"Feeling fear is good, and anything that is worth doing will bring out fear... Fear is a kind of indicator of what we need to do."

"Give it a hundred percent. Do not let that fear put you off or hold you back. "

"I felt so awful that I had wasted all this money going to this expensive boot camp, and to make things worst, for once, none of my friends were drinking because they were actually going dry in January. And so I had to pretend that I was doing it with them, and I think that was the first time I thought, 'Oh my God, something is really wrong here that I am lying to my closest friends!' So, I think that was a moment that I thought something really has to change."

"So, it was from writing the blog (read Kate's blog here) and building up some recovery and realizing that I was not the only one, that I started to think. There is really a lack of support in this area, and we need something to change."

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"So, it took me a really long time to realize that actually there were other coping mechanisms out there. And for a little while, I think I transitioned from alcohol to food which you know, is not ideal, is not perfect. I ate way to much ice cream during my first year of sobriety. And now I think I have got it nailed down a bit bitter. I know that I have to exercise like at least every other day. Nothing beats running for being a stress buster and helping you cope with your emotions."

"You can talk to people and that really helps you deal with what is going on with your life. I used to never talk to people. I used to really keep everything inside. I was not very good at talking about how I was really feeling, so that was like a big learning curve for me."

"Realizing that something may not be right is really a big step forward. We live in this culture where drinking is so normalized that actually realizing that all is not okay, that is such a great step."

"If you think you have a problem with alcohol and you think it is holding you back in some way, it is great to take a break from it. Ideally a month, maybe 2 or even 3 months because someone who is a truly a take-it-or-leave-it drinker - who truly has a healthy relationship with alcohol - should be able to leave it for a period of time. And so I definitely recommend experimenting with having a break. It does not have to be forever. And I hate talking about the F word, because it freaks everybody out. Just a short term target is great."

"The key to sobriety is changing the way you feel about alcohol."

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Some of Kate's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: Sleeping better.

Easy meal: "Moroccan dish. Chicken and some spices. And throw in some vegetables, courgettes, peppers, what ever you've got around. Put it into a slow cook and it comes out really nice."

Possession: "Caffetiere and dishwasher"

Kate's Favorite Books: I Thought It Was Just Me byBrené Brown. 

Best advice received: "Success happens when you keep taking action."

Kate's Happiness Formula:

"Living an alcohol-free lifestyle. Moving my body. Staying fit and well. Connecting with others. Having good friendships and relationships."

A Challenge from Kate:

"For anyone who feels they are drinking too much or that the alcohol is holding them back in some way, a great challenge would be to start keeping a drink diary. It is really good to get things down on paper or just make a few notes on your phone so you can see what is happening in black and white. You take things out of your head and put it somewhere where you can look at it more objectively. Keep a record of what you are drinking and write down why, what it is you are looking for and how are you feeling at that time."

Resources

Sober Journalist (Kate's Blog)

The Sober School (Kate's Program that will help you become alcohol free. The next program begins on January 2, 2017).

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Dec 26, 2016
Happy Bit: That Which We Focus On Increases
03:37

Learn an easy tip to help you make 2017 WAY more successful. And you can do it any time you want... while driving, while walking... and more!

Dec 22, 2016
41: Reclaiming Your Power: Talking About Pain and Grief (Shawna Percy)
35:48

Shawna Percy shares 2 stories of pain and grief that initially led her to be silent and holding the pain inside of her. But listen to hear how talking about the pain of an abusive situation, as well as sharing the grief of her husband's suicide, helped her to reclaim her voice and her power.

Shawna Percy is a published author, speaker, and advocate. When Shawna was 32 her first husband died by suicide. Overnight Shawna became an only-parent, and was left to find her way through a traumatic grief journey. Today Shawna is known as the Good Grief Guru. She has remarried, now has two children, became a certified suicide intervention trainer, and is thrilled to take the TEDxUW stage on November 26th. Her motto: Talking today changes tomorrow."

Nuggets of Wisdom from Shawna:

"We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. - Maya Angelou"

"As I am open with my story and I talk to other people, what gets reciprocated is that other people can relate and they open up and start sharing their stories."

"Unfortunately, some life lessons take some time to surface. But one of things that helped me was someone once told me a Cherokee parable, which is the story of two wolves: There this story of two wolves, and one is full of everything bad...greed, hate, anger, resentment, all of these terrible things. And then there is this other wolf, who is full of love, hope, kindness, everything good... And these two wolves, go to battle. And the question this person asked me as they were telling me this story was 'which one do you think wins?' And part of me was tempted to say, 'Well, I kinda feel like the bad wolf is gonna win because there's things sometimes feel like they're stronger.' And she said, 'The answer is whichever one you feed.'"

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"...believe that most people generally have good intentions. And if I pour love out into the world and stay open and vulnerable with people, I have known some of the greatest supports of my life to come out of that. And so really, when tragedy hit my life later on, and my first husband died, I am not sure that I would have had of incredible support that I did have, if I had not really fostered the side that are in the good wolf. If I had not fostered love and kindness and vulnerability and staying open to other people."

"One of the reasons why I talk so openly about suicide and my grief journey and all of that today is that it was by breaking that silence that I became more united with this person and we were able to then go through this journey together instead of on our own."

"I learned in that moment that someone else's reaction about something that I have shared is not really a reflection on me, it is a reflection on where they are at at that time."

"I have seen that lives have been saved by me talking openly and directly about suicide."

"Our loss in our life can be transformed into learning, and there can be gain from our pain."

Some of Shawna's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I would say being persistent and telling anyone and everyone about these tools and openly talking about suicide."

Easy meal: "Stir Fry. Lots of veggies, fried up in soy sauce over jasmine rice. "

Possession: Vitamix

Shawna's Favorite Books: Traveling MerciesPlan B, and Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott

Best advice received: "'Have the courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.' After my first husband died, it would have been so tempting to close up and not let anyone in, but this advice really encouraged me to remain open and to remain vulnerable and I have found that so much love and support has come to me through that."

Shawna's Happiness Formula:

"The Breath of Life. The Height of Life. And the Length of life: The inward reach, the outward reach and the upward reach."

A Challenge from Shawna:

Go to the livingworks.net website. And look for a training in your area. Go sign up for a safe talk or an assist.

Resources

Good Grief Guru

STIGMA IN A LARGE YELLOW ENVELOPE

Vitamix

Traveling MerciesPlan B, and  Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year by Anne Lamott

livingworks.net

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Dec 19, 2016
Happy Bit: Feel It to Heal It
01:41

Sometimes we just need to forgive and let go...

Dec 15, 2016
40: How Deep Listening Can Hep You Find Your Calling (Laura Thompson Brady)
34:11

Laura Thompson Brady was happy to be a stay-at-home mom for her 2 kids, but after a time she realized she felt a deep level of sadness and a dimming of her inner light. Laura began to ask, “What am I meant to be doing?” Laura spent lots of time simply LISTENING to her intuition and thoughts and realized she had been neglecting an important part of herself: a desire to nurture other women and to improve the world, which began the Mamas on a Mission movement.

Laura Thompson Brady, Ph.D. & founder of The Nourished Home, leads the Mama on a Mission Movement, where she helps visionary women step “outside of the box” and lead the way to greater harmony, freedom, healing, and joy for their themselves, their families, the communities they serve, and the larger world we call home. Laura lives with her husband and two girls in Maine. You can learn more about Laura’s work at www.thenourishedhome.com.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Laura:

"Resolve to be always beginning." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"No matter how much we think we know, that there is always something more to learn, there is something more to grow into."

"If I want that for you (Flannery), and if I want you to find the way to that, the best way I can do that is by living that and figuring that out and modeling that for you, and so that hit me really hard."

"I was neglecting these parts of myself and that I really needed to lovingly tend to them and listen to them and open myself up to the possibility to what it would look like to be in the space of really loving the opportunities that I have through motherhood and being with my family as well as having the opportunity and the openness to really look at what are the other ways I am called as a human being to make impact and to show up in this world while I am here. That was the turning point that I wanted to share."

"The listening and contemplation and a little bit of research, I decided that I wanted to merge my academic background with really supporting people in a very empowering and positive way."

"Another piece that was so radically important that in terms of the inner work that was required for me, it was around really acknowledging with love all of the fears that I had about stepping into my work."

"I’ve always felt called in some capacity to do healing work with people."

"I allowed myself to really have the space to deeply listen."

Some of Laura's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Walking meditations that I do out in the woods. Simply being in the natural environment reminds us to calm the nervous system, to ground into ourselves and to get quiet."

Easy meal: Crockpot Chicken Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food

Possession: Chef's Knife

Laura's Favorite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Best advice received: "In any moment when you are not sure of what to do, or you are afraid or you do not know how to move forward with somebody, just ask yourself what would love do?"

Laura's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I get outside everyday, when I have quiet space to listen to my intuition and to make space to do something playful or joyful or relaxing with people that I love, something that has no purpose other than to just be playful, just be joyful or just relax and be, and connect, or just be creative for the sake of creativity."

A Challenge from Laura:

"Let go of holiday overwhelm, to let go of all of the things that you think you should be doing to create a perfect holiday for your family or your loved ones and to all the kinds of things that we are talking about in this podcast. To really listen, how do I most want to feel during this holiday season? What do I most want to experience and share with people that I love? What is that I most value? that I do not want miss out on during this time of sacred celebration?"

Resources

JenRiday.com/jenclass

HectictoHarmonious.com (get a copy of Laura's ebook!)

TheNourishedHome.com

Crockpot Chicken Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

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Dec 12, 2016
Happy Bit: Light It Up!
03:30

Do you ever think about all the lights around you? Light through a window, streaming from a bulb, twinkling from a star? I challenge you in this HappyBit to think about LIGHT - physical and otherwise.

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Dec 08, 2016
39: Easy Organizing for Your Lifestyle (Jane Stoller)
22:59

Jane Stoller hit a low point in life after a move and changing jobs and relationships. She asked herself, "What is making me so unhappy?" and quickly realized the lack of organization was really putting a damper on her happiness. Learn how Jane survived that low point by getting organized Jane is originally from Canada and now resides in Zurich, Switzerland and she's constantly finding new ways to get and stay organized. Jane is the author of Organizing for Your Lifestyle, which provides  inspiration to make organization fit YOUR needs.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Jane:

"And for every  minutes spent organizing, an hour is earned."

"For me, I naturally start it with reorganizing my closet and whenever I am in kind of a low point, that is what I do, I organize my own and then sometimes I have lots of friends that love it when I come to do theirs. So that gives me kind of a feeling that I have accomplished something. "

"When I am organized, I am my happiest."

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"If you have a perfect organizing system, sustaining that is the most important part, otherwise there is no point even getting organized. So that is where I say, 'Make it your lifestyle but do not think about it all the time. Make it a routine... Make it fit for your lifestyle'"

"My day starts the night before. Planning my outfit for the next day and my meals. So I make sure that when I wake up in the morning, whether I am working out first thing in the morning or whether I am going to the office or on the weekend, I have my outfit planned, so there is no last minute stress of looking for what to wear or what not. So, I think that really helps you start off on a right foot. And if you start off on that right foot, the rest of the day, I find usually smooth flows pretty smoothly."

Some of Jane's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: Organizing Calendar. Planning.

Easy meal: "Swiss meal. Rösti. Like hashbrowns. Lots of carbs. It is really similar to hashbrowns but they make it into a pie form. I learned it from my mom and it is my favorite side dish to make."

Possession: "My juice maker."

Jane's Favorite Book: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Best advice received: "Do not sweat the small stuff."

Jane's Happiness Formula:

"Being with my family. Being healthy and exercising. And of course, being organized."

A Challenge from Jane:

"Write down three organizing goals. I think that will really help everybody start their organizing challenge. It could be small goals like organize everyday or perhaps larger ones like a creative organizing system. Whatever it is, write down three small organizing goals. "

Resources

Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Rösti - here is the recipe

Jane's Book PR Contact is Kelsey McBride

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Dec 05, 2016
Happy Bit: How Do You Want to Feel for the Holidays?
02:59

How do you want to FEEL? And how can you find more free time for doing the things that generate the feeling you want?

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Dec 01, 2016
38: How to Be More Compassionate With Your Family (Jill Savage)
38:16

In this episode, I chat with Jill Savage and she shares a lifetime of experiences and struggles - including raising 5 children, facing the challenges of her husband's lifelong depression and an act of infidelity, and her triumph over breast cancer - each which helped her learn to feel with others rather than trying to fix others. Author of 11 books, Jill shares many nuggets of wisdom about building stronger relationships and not comparing our "insides" to other people's "outsides."

Jill Savage is known as The Go-To Mom. She is the founder and CEO of Hearts at Home, an organization dedicated to being a moms best place for answers. She is also a popular public speaker and has written eleven books including, Real Moms ... Real Jesus, the best-selling No More Perfect Moms, No More Perfect Kids, and her most recent book authored with her daughter Anne, Better Together. Jill and her husband, Mark, live in Illinois and have five children and three grandchildren.

Nuggets of Wisdom from Jill:

"We have to stop comparing our insides to other people's outsides." - from Jill's friend

"It is recognizing another person's pain. It is not necessarily agreeing with it. It is not giving them pat answers to pull them out of it. It is sitting in the pain with them. So being able to say, 'Wow! That must just feel really dark to you, I am so sorry that it gets hard like this.' That is a validating statement."

"He starts feeling like I am distant from him when I try to fix him. But when I try to feel with him, he says that, 'That makes me feel closer..' to him, and that is huge. Me learning to feel over fixing."

"Feel, don't fix."

HOW TO BE MORE COMPASSIONATE WITH YOUR FAMILY (JILL SAVAGE)

"They say people don't care what you know until they know that you care. "

"Unfortunately, we just live in a very broken world. I think that the struggle, the pain, the hardship is just a natural byproduct of the human experience."

"I am an introvert, and I am refueled by being alone. And so another part of self-care is figuring out ways that I can be alone. "

"We cannot be a perfect parent, but we have to stop trying to be perfect and embrace being perfected. That is what God does with the broken places in our life."

feel, don't fix. Jill Savage

Some of Jill's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Self-care is not selfish. Each morning I get up and I take an exercise class. I always also take time to have a little quiet time with the Lord. I perceive all of that as self-care. "

Easy meal: Mexican. Cook lots of beef or chicken in the crockpot, add Mexican seasonings, then serve it throughout the week with veggies and toppings.

Possession: My little chopper from Pampered Chef

Jill's Favorite Book: How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage by Milan and Kay Yerkovich

Best advice received: "You've got to stop comparing your insides to other people's outside."

Jill's Happiness Formula:

"Faith + Family + Friends"

A Challenge from Jill:

"My challenge is to stop trying to be perfect but embrace being perfected."

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Resources

JillSavage.org

HeartsAtHome.org

Better Together: Because You're Not Meant to Mom Alone by Jill Savage

No More Perfect Moms: Learn to Love Your Real Life by Jill Savage

Real Moms...Real Jesus: Meet the Friend Who Understands by Jill Savage

My little chopper from Pampered Chef

How We Love: Discover Your Love Style, Enhance Your Marriage by Milan and Kay Yerkovich

HowWeLove.com

How We Love Style Quiz

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Nov 28, 2016
Happy Bit: Be Grateful for Yourself
01:58

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S. today, we think about gratitude. But have you ever listed all the things you're grateful for about yourself? Today is your chance to celebrate YOU! When you can be grateful for yourself, you'll be able to love from a much more deeply authentic place. 

Nov 24, 2016
37: The Lost Art of Showing Love Through Hospitality (Callie Blount)
30:11

Callie Blount grew up in a Southern home and was taught that hospitality is a fantastic way to show love. Carrying those traditions forward, Callie talks in this interview about how to be hospitable while still maintaining time for self care, yet not being afraid to be vulnerable and allow people into her home. Callie teaches, "People aren't going to remember what your house looked like. They're going to remember how you made them feel." Callie loves beauty, people and creating, which she uses in her career as a food stylist. She blogs at Luv-Cooks.com. She lives in Nashville with her husband Jake and their cute dog Bigsby. 

Nuggets of Wisdom from Callie:

"Life is either a grand adventure or nothing else." ~Helen Keller

"I was raised in a very southern household with a very southern mama who I absolutely adore. I grew up in this culture of - whether it was a wedding or a funeral or a baby shower - her motto was 'Well, ya gotta eat!' so you might as well be eating at her house. This culture of beautiful tables and beautiful spreads and this enjoyment of food and of people.... There's something about this love of food, love of people, and love of beauty that resonates in my spirit and brings me such fulfillment."

"My mom modeled for me this culture of hospitality. For her it was her way to love us well."

"The best way to love somebody is to cook for them."

"Hospitality is more about the people who are sitting in your living room than it is about you looking fancy or like the coolest hostess in the world. It's about loving them well and making them feel special."

"It's about having a good time and celebrating life with the people around you. It's really more important the way people FEEL when they're in your home than the way your home appears to them."

"Today is the day that I have. Today is my grand adventure. I'm not promised tomorrow. Today is my chance to love people, to be kind to them, to have a good time with whatever situation I'm in and to let my intention be TODAY."

"At the end of the day, land on the side of relationship."

"People who can celebrate food are the best people!"

Some of Callie's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I pray all the time. I try to still myself and maintain a place of peace in my spirit."

Easy meal: Roasted Veggie and Quinoa Bowl with Creamy Asian Dressing (See below in the Resources for the recipe)

Favorite Kitchen Gadget: "Buying a Vitamix Blender has changed our world!" (See below in the Resources for Callie's Chocoholic Smoothie recipe)

Callie's Favorite Book: Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

Best advice received: "The enemy of good is perfect."

Callie's Happiness Formula:

"Encourage, Feed, and Inspire People."

A Challenge from Callie:

"Go out there and practice hospitality. Choose to land on the side of community!"

Resources

Luv-Cooks.com

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

Callie's Pump-Me-Up Chocoholic Smoothie  

1 cup (8 ounces) chocolate coconut water
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (if you want it SUPER chocolatey)
1-2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter (I like PB2)
1/2 banana
5 ice cubes
 
Pour all ingredients into a Vitamix (or other blender of choice). Blend on low, slowly increasing speed to high to thoroughly mix ingredients and create a foamy texture. Enjoy!!

Roasted Veggie and Quinoa Bowl with Creamy Asian Dressing

Serves 2 for a meal or 4 for a hearty side

For the vegetables:
1 sweet potato, diced
1/2 pound okra, sliced into thin circles OR 3 carrots, sliced on the diagonal
1/2 head broccoli, sliced into florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

For the quinoa:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth

For the Asian dressing sauce:
3 tablespoons Sun Butter (or peanut or almond butter)
2 teaspoons soy sauce (or more to taste)
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Green onions, sliced (for topping)
Toasted sesame seeds (for topping)

What You Will Do:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and line two large baking pans with aluminum foil sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, toss together vegetables, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper until all the vegetables are coated with oil and spices.
3. Place vegetables on cooking sheets, spreading evenly.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring vegetables halfway through cooking, until yummy and a bit crispy on the edges.
5. While the vegetables are cooking, bring broth and quinoa to a boil. Cover; let simmer for 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and the whites of the quinoa are showing through.
6. Stir together Sun Butter (or nut butter of choice), soy sauce, honey, lime juice and red pepper flakes.
7. To assemble; layer quinoa and vegetables in bowls. Top with Asian dressing, green onions, and sesame seeds.

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Nov 21, 2016
Happy Bit: My Favorite Safe Place
02:23

This is the place where I love to do affirmations, meditation, prayer, and general thinking...

 

www.jenriday.com

Nov 17, 2016
36: You Are Already Loved: Claiming Your Seat at the Table (Andrea Wenburg)
35:03