The Balanced Life

By Robin Long

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The Balanced Life podcast is a place for honest conversations about what it REALLY looks like to find a sense of balance in the midst of busy lives. Each week I interview women who appear to be "doing it all." We get real and practical to reveal what they DO and perhaps more importantly, what they DON'T do, to find their own unique sense of balance. We talk health, wellness, self-care, work/life balance, and everything in between. Tune in to see how others are making it work and gain practical insights on what it means to create a healthy, happy, uniquely balanced life.

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16: Dorena Williamson: Leaning Into Seasons of Change, Pursuing Solitude, and Always Learning
44:09

It’s important for us to find unique, and interesting ways to bring awareness of relevant topics to our children. Today’s guest, Dorena Williamson, has published a collection of colorful, and beautifully diverse children’s books to empower and educate today’s youth. 

 

Not only is Dorena a passionate author, but she is a stylist, mother, and the wife of a Pastor in Nashville. Dorena juggles many hats, as well as her own health and spirituality. 

 

In this episode, Dorena shares more of her journey of accepting seasons and how to embrace being in the moment. Join Robin Long in this encouraging and powerful episode to bring more joy to your day. 

 

Show Highlights: 

 

  • Robin’s updated morning routine 
  • Who is Dorena Williamson and the many hats she wears 
  • What a typical day in the life of Dorena looks like 
  • An overview of Dorena’s books and her unique approach to writing 
  • How to commit to priorities and the beauty of actively engaging with others 
  • Areas of life Dorena doesn’t prioritize and accepting your current season 
  • Leaning into seasons and embracing the major life shifts 
  • Navigating the desire to go back to the past and being in the moment 
  • Dorena’s strengths and how she manages to juggle so many hats 
  • Practical self-care tips and Dorena’s exercise regimen 
  • The power of solitude 
  • A rapid-fire session of Dorena’s favorite products and resources 
  • Embracing your natural beauty and letting your inner beauty shine 

 

Links: 

 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

 

5 Day Jumpstart: 

 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/

 

Mind, Body, Pilates Challenge: 

 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/mind-body-pilates-challenge/

 

Contact Dorena: 

 

https://www.dorenawilliamson.com

 

Instagram: @Dorenawilliamson 

Twitter: @Dorenawill

Faacebook: Dorena Williamson 

 

Products and Resources Mentioned: 

Bella Curls Coconut Whipped Leave In Conditioner

Sep 11, 2019
15: Laura Whitaker: Building a Career, Raising a Family and Doing Small Things with Great Love
59:59

This week’s extra special and inspiring guest is Laura Whitaker. Laura Whitaker has been the executive director of Extra Special People since the age of 19 and has since taken on new roles as a mother and wife. 

In this wisdom packed episode, Laura shares how her career has evolved and the many tidbits of knowledge she’s acquired throughout her journey. You won’t want to miss this conversation with your host, Robin Long, about developing emotional intelligence, living for small moments of love, along with tricks to make mornings with kids easier. 

 

Show Highlights: 

 

  • What Laura’s career and current season of life looks like
  • How Laura got involved with ESP and how it’s evolved 
  • Having a mentorship mentality and surrounding yourself with uplifting people  
  • Different seasons Laura has experienced throughout her career and redefining what her job means over the years 
  • Mental practices to master putting on different hats 
  • Being understanding of the capacities of others
  • How Laura balances friendships 
  • How Laura utilizes her gifts of encouragement and marketing to motivate others 
  • Things Laura doesn’t do in her daily life and the guilt of missing important moments 
  • Laura’s current self-care regimen and what she does to prioritize her health 
  • Dealing with burnout and shifting your mindset to positively impact others  
  • The benefits of establishing a morning routine and meal prepping for the week 
  • A rapid-fire session of Laura’s favorite products and resources 
  • How to create a life that is unique and whole to you 

 

Links: 

 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

 

5 Day Jumpstart: 

 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/

 

Mind, Body, Pilates Challenge: 

 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/mind-body-pilates-challenge/

 

Contact Laura: 

 

https://www.hopesweethome.com

 

https://extraspecialpeople.com

 

https://javajoy.org

 

Resources and Products mentioned: 

 

https://www.marcopolo.me

 

Amazon Echo Dot

 

Lululemon On the Fly Pants

 

Sep 04, 2019
14: Ask Me Anything: Marriage, Motherhood, and Pilates
50:54

Today is an exciting and special solo episode with the host herself, Robin Long! Robin is a Pilates instructor, CEO of the Balanced life, and is passionate about helping women live their most authentic and fulfilling life. 

In this solo episode, Robin covers every aspect of life from her morning routine to taking care of her children. She shares her journey of learning to connect with her body in a positive and healthy way, how counseling has boosted her confidence and her marriage, and how she sets boundaries on social media. To hear Robin’s life, health, and marriage advice tune into this episode of The Balanced Life. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • How Robin got involved in Pilates and her career prior to being an instructor 
  • How Pilates can help get over anxiety and how it changed Robin’s life 
  • Robin’s family and how she met her husband 
  • Making time for your spouse and maintaining a healthy relationship 
  • How counseling has benefitted Robin’s marriage and created a support system for her 
  • What Robin’s morning and night-time routine currently look like. 
  • Handling private and public life on social media by setting boundaries 
  • The last thing that made Robin cry and the outcome of the situation 
  • Robin’s experience with nursing and how long she intends on doing it 
  • Robin’s top parenting hacks 
  • Learning to manage daily stress and how Robin’s faith has carried her through difficult situations 
  • Quick and easy go-to meals 
  • Scheduling workouts and integrating activity during pocket time 
  • What it’s like behind the scenes of filming on the beach 
  • Rapid-fire session of Robin’s favorite beauty and life go-to’s 

 

Links: 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

Join the Free 10 Day Mind/Body Pilates Challenge:

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/challenge

Products and Resources Mentioned: 

Beauty Counter Moisturizer

Honest Beauty Extreme Length Lash

Aug 28, 2019
13: Tiffany Lee Bymaster: Setting Intentions, Protecting Passions and Asking for What You Want
01:18:40

Lights, Camera, Action! This interview has it all, from the glitz to the glam, to the nitty-gritty details you want to know! Today’s guest, Tiffany Lee Bymaster, is a professional makeup artist, wardrobe stylist, business coach, and online mentor. 

Tiffany has experience behind the camera and in front of it and uses her extensive knowledge to help other individuals grow their own business. 

In this interview, Tiffany gets vulnerable about her career and health journey and the impact exercise has had on her life. She talks about dealing with burnout, how passion can sometimes be toxic, and not waiting for opportunities to come to you. Join Robin Long in this exciting, abundant episode for tangible advice you can apply to your own life and career. 

 

Show Highlights: 

 

  • Dealing with body image and breaking free from negative thought cycles 
  • Tiffany’s career journey and how she got her online market started
  • What Tiffany’s freelancing career as a makeup artist looked like 
  • Working through adrenal fatigue and creating a new reality for yourself 
  • Burning yourself out and pushing your body too hard when you need a break 
  • Healing from burnout and taking a new approach 
  • What Tiffany’s daily schedule looks like and establishing a productive morning routine  
  • Being unapologetic about living the life you want to 
  • Emphasizing relationships and finding a way to incorporate fun into a busy schedule 
  • Time blocking and mapping out your top 10 priorities for the week 
  • Strategies to conquer tasks effectively and the value of time blocking 
  • Asking for what you need and what you want 
  • Things Tiffany outsources and why she stopped cooking 
  • Defying the pressure of perfection 
  • The roles exercise and health play in Tiffany’s life 
  • Rapid Fire Session of Tiffany’s favorite go-to’s 

 

Links: 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

5 Day Jumpstart:  

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/ 

Contact Tiffany: 

http://coachglitter.com

 

Links: 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

5 Day Jumpstart: 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/

Contact Tiffany: 

http://coachglitter.com

Products and Resources Mentioned: 

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Peloton Bike

Derma Flash

Lara Bars

Freshly

The Sisterhood 

Aug 21, 2019
12: Shruthi Parker: Finding Your True Passions, Navigating Friendships and Starting Each Day with Purpose
50:23

We can all be our own worst critics, but sometimes we need someone else to give us a dose of Shruth. Shruthi Parker is a lifestyle blogger based in Austin, Texas who has an array of juicy life advice. 

Shruthi shares how she discovered her passion for blogging and made it her full-time job, the importance of having a solid sense of self, and the beauty of acknowledging your current season of life. She shares how her different life experiences have shaped her and how she’s preparing for her next big life transition as a new mother. This episode has a little bit of wisdom for everyone, so you won’t want to miss out. Join Robin Long in this week’s interview on The Balanced Life. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • What Shruthi’s career looks like and how she got into blogging 
  • What goes into being an Uber driver and the life skills it builds 
  • Treating your side hustle work as a full-time job from the beginning 
  • Fighting for approval from family members and friends with a nontraditional job 
  • Shruthi’s daily schedule and what she does weekly 
  • How Shruthi determined when to bring on interns and the value they bring to her career  
  • Shruthi’s current top priorities and how she balances her creativity 
  • Finding time to nurture relationships during busy work seasons 
  • How Shruthi is preparing and planning for being a new mother 
  • Developing a solid sense of self and using that voice to establish a brand
  • Overcoming the pressure from outside sources and setting boundaries on social media 
  • Aspects of life that have taken a back seat during this season of life 
  • Dealing with the consist intensity of trying to balance it all 
  • Refocusing each day and practicing self-care daily 
  • Rapid fire session of Shruthi’s favorite products and resources 
  • How to discover the path you should pursue 

 

 

Links: 

 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

 

5 Day Jumpstart: 

 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/

 

Contact Shruthi: 

 

https://thehonestshruth.com

Instagram: @Thehonestshruth 

 

Resources and Products Mentioned: 

 

https://www.milkmakeup.com/blur-matte-setting-powder.html

 

https://jamieivey.com/category/podcast-2

 

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/baby-411-ari-brown-md/1114831396#/

Aug 14, 2019
11: Natalie Borton: Evening Routines, Opting Out of Diet Culture and Prioritizing Mental Health
57:46

Today’s episode of The Balanced life tackles the struggles of finding childcare, establishing a nighttime routine, how to follow your hunger and the anti-diet movement, along with so many more juicy topics. 

Natalie Borton is a minimalist, California inspired jewelry designer, along with being a wife, mother, and blogger. Natalie shares how she balances all of the different aspects of life and how she has created a sense of self-awareness to guide her through all of the chaos. Join Robin Long in this abundant episode for more insightful tips and a dose of wisdom. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • What Natalie does and how she uses Instagram to build women's confidence 
  • What a typical day in the life looks like as a mom and jewelry designer 
  • How launching a business impacted Natalie’s life 
  • The struggle of finding proper childcare and going through transitional seasons 
  • Surprising aspects of Natalie’s life 
  • How to make choices that support your priorities and needs 
  • Enjoying the process of self-care and establishing a night-time routine 
  • Secrets to getting better sleep 
  • How to realistically invest in your marriage and “date” your spouse 
  • Letting go of things that aren’t priorities and focusing on current seasons 
  • Aspects of life that Natalie excels in and how she focuses her energy 
  • Keeping yourself in check with an achievement-based drive 
  • Following your hunger and practicing intuitive eating 
  • Overcoming diet culture and the freedom it brings  
  • Finding ways to connect with others outside of self-deprecation 
  • Rapid-fire session of Natalie’s favorite go-to’s
  • Tips to live your own uniquely, happy, balanced life 

 

Links: 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

 

5 Day Jumpstart: 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/

 

Contact Natalie: 

https://natalieborton.com

 

Instagram: @natalieborton 

 

Resources and Products Mentioned: 

 

& Now To Sleep Pillow Spray

 

Slipsilk™ Pure Silk Pillowcase

 

My Blanquil

 

Flick Boy Brow Duo

 

Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

 

Sephora Retinoid Serum

 

Jenna Kutcher's Podcast

 

Allie Casazza's Podcast

Aug 07, 2019
10: Ashlee Gadd: FOMO, Decision Fatigue, and Trying Again Tomorrow
01:01:28

Ashlee may not make her bed, volunteer at every school event, or keep her kid's hair Met-Gala ready, but she does manage email like a boss, use her gifts to encourage women, and mother 3 amazing children. 

Ashlee Gadd is the founder of Coffee and Crumbs, a mothering community with an array of resources to support and encourage mothers to steward their creativity. In this interview, Ashlee shares how she makes practical tips to simplify daily life, the challenges she faces with setting boundaries as a stay-at-home working mom, and the importance of giving yourself grace. Join Robin Long in this episode, for insightful tips and a dose of inspiration. 

 

Show Highlights: 

 

  • Who Ashlee is and what her current season of life looks like 
  • What Ashlee’s daily commitments look like balancing work and motherhood 
  • The origin story of Coffee and Crumbs 
  • Writing in an intentional way that cultivates life
  • Identifying Ashlee’s top values and how she finds time to prioritize them 
  • Letting go of extracurricular activities and anything that doesn’t support your current season of life 
  • Creating a system to handle emails as effectively as possible 
  • Tasks Ashlee doesn’t prioritize in this season of life 
  • Helping people within a capacity that leaves space for your priorities  
  • Eating a balanced diet and practicing intuitive eating 
  • How and when Ashlee finds time to grocery shop and meal prep
  • What exercise looks like in Ashlee’s life 
  • The biggest challenges that accompany juggling work and family time 
  • Finding inspiration and committing to ideas when they come 
  • A rapid-fire session of Ashlee’s favorite products 
  • Letting go of expectations and giving yourself grace each day 

 

Links: 

 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/

 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

 

Contact Ashlee: 

 

https://www.coffeeandcrumbs.net

 

Instagram: @Ashleegadd, @coffeeandcrumbs 

 

 

Products and Resources mentioned: 

 

https://www.hellofresh.com

 

https://www.glossier.com/products/boy-brow

 

https://www.10thingstotellyou.com/podcast

 

TV Shows: 10 Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale 

 

Refurbished Vitamix

Jul 31, 2019
09: Jessica Honegger: Respecting Seasons, Releasing Shame and Choosing Connection Over Comparison
49:42

It’s easy to create unrealistic expectations when it seems like everyone around you has it figured out but you. Today, Jessica Honegger shares her own personal journey with comparison as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur. Jessica not only stays actively involved with her 3 children but balances her businesses, Noonday Collection, and the Going Scared Podcast, and recently released a book, The Imperfect Courage. 

In this episode, Jessica discusses how she’s learned to surrender her perfectionism and embrace her current season of life. She provides an empowering anecdote of an encounter with another mom, how she’s managed to adjust to major life transitions, and how to let go of control. Join Robin Long in this intimate and encouraging interview. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • Jessica discusses her current career and the different projects she’s working on 
  • How Jessica started her own company while balancing being a mother and wife 
  • Learning to appreciate the present moment and enjoying the season you’re in 
  • The progress of Jessica’s office space and cultivating an office culture 
  • How to adjust to different business systems during different life transitions 
  • Letting go of perfectionism and releasing control in order to validate yourself 
  • Dictating what to prioritize and what to release 
  • Choosing celebration and connectivity instead of comparison  
  • What a self-care regimen looks like for Jessica 
  • Approaching exercise as a positive process as opposed to a punishment 
  • The journey of acceptance and the process of transformation 
  • Advice to live a fulfilled and balanced life 

 

Links: 

 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/

 

Instagram: @thebalancedlife 

 

Contact Jessica: 

Instagram: @Jessicahonegger 

Jessica's Going Scared Podcast

References: 

https://thrivecausemetics.com/products/liquid-lash-extensions-mascara

Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger

Mindful Silence by Phileena Heuertz

Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Seasoning

Jul 24, 2019
08: Lara Casey: Maintaining Friendships, Boundaries on Social Media and Cultivating What Matters
59:14

Today’s interview is filled to the brim with insightful and enlightening conversation. Lara Casey is a wife, mom of 3, and entrepreneur, with a countercultural take on life and business. She is the CEO of Cultivate What Matters, a business that helps individuals uncover what matters to them and make an action plan to attain their goals. Lara uses the tactics she implements in her work into her daily life and has created strategies that help her juggle homeschooling, work, and motherhood. Join Robin Long in this interview to learn more about how Lara keeps her cup full and still manages to pour back into others through all life’s chaos. 

 

Show Highlights: 

 

  • What brought Lara to her career now and how she applies her work to everyday life 
  • Identifying priorities and being selective with focusing energy 
  • Navigating saying no and letting go of things that don’t align with your priorities 
  • Putting programs in place to balance childcare, work, and homeschool 
  • Dealing with feelings of judgment 
  • Tips to help stay present and setting boundaries  
  • Using social media as a platform to minister and pour into others 
  • Creating daily rituals for self-care 
  • Finding ways to have quality time in a countercultural way 
  • Lara’s approach to eating and how she meal preps 
  • Overcoming feelings of guilt and using it as a motivator 
  • Maintaining a sense of community and friendships in busy seasons 
  • Finding contentment in the current season of life you’re in 
  • Rapid fire session 
  • The importance of always thinking of the big picture 

 

Links: 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com

 

Contact Lara: 

https://cultivatewhatmatters.com

https://laracasey.com

 

Lara’s book: 

Make It Happen by Lara Casey

 

Organizations Mentioned: 

https://www.zachariahsacres.org

https://www.compassion.com

 

Products Mentioned: 

https://acure.com

Youversion Bible app

Acure Skincare

One Love organics daily face wash

Health Warrior Bars

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Jul 17, 2019
07: Renee Hahnel: Organizational Hacks, Protecting Creative Energy and Doing the Best We Can
01:05:21

This conversation with Renee Hahnel is packed full of encouragement and powerful reminders to help us make each day the best we can. Renee is an Australian travel photographer, blogger, and newly published author with an unconventional perspective on how to live a wholesome and fulfilling life. 

She shares how her own personal experiences have motivated her to become more compassionate towards herself and others, the positive impact of a morning routine, and the how to maintain a healthy work balance with your spouse. Join Robin Long in this magical interview to hear more about how Renee juggle’s it all with a life on the road. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • What led Renee to where she is now and how she finds balance through growth seasons 
  • Getting involved in travel photography and how Renee made it a career 
  • Finding a healthy balance between our own priorities and giving back to others 
  • Giving yourself permission to let go of things that aren’t priorities in the season you’re in 
  • How Renee juggles running a business while traveling full time 
  • Tools and systems to put in place to be more efficient 
  • Maintaining a healthy work relationship with your spouse 
  • Separating work life from romantic life 
  • Overcoming the pressure of inadequacy and comparison 
  • Teaching people how to use social media in a healthy way 
  • The role diet plays in Renee’s life 
  • How exercise is incorporated into Renee’s work and daily life 
  • Encouraging yourself and accepting you’re doing your best 
  • Life changing self-care practices 
  • A rapid-fire session of Renee’s favorites 

 

Links: 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com/jumpstart/

Resources mentioned: 

https://agendio.com

https://www.miraclemorning.com/books/

Fanola No Yellow Hair Mask

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510313/how-i-built-this

Contact Renee: 

https://www.reneeroaming.com

Instagram: @reneeroaming

Jul 10, 2019
06: Monique Melton: Healthy Relationships, Defining Your Worth and Creative Ways to Lighten Your Load
48:23

In order to have a whole, happy, and fulfilling life that aligns with our goals we have to establish solid relationships not only with others, but with ourselves. Today’s guest, Monique Melton, is a relationship and racial diversity coach with a passion for creating unity. Monique encourages others to do intentional heart work that will break down boundaries in their spiritual, personal, and relational growth. 

In this episode, Monique shares how she has personally let go of the pressure of perfection in her own life and how she’s changed her mindset to commit to her family and personal needs, not societal obligations. She also talks about how she has redefined motherhood for herself and established a better relationship with the gym, all while being an entrepreneur. 

Show Highlights: 

  • What Monique’s faith and career look like currently 
  • A typical day in the life for Monique and her family 
  • Paralleling Monique’s current career to her childhood vision 
  • How Monique prioritizes important aspects of her life 
  • Things Monique has had to let go of obligations that don’t support her priorities 
  • Letting go of pressure and the mindset of perfection
  • Disassociating your self-worth from your ability to do it all 
  • Recognizing your family’s needs and meeting them to the best of your ability 
  • Reflecting on experiences that have evoked fear and anxiety 
  • Allowing yourself to feel your emotions and taking action in a way that makes you proud 
  • Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable 
  • Finding ways to incorporate health and fitness into your lifestyle 
  • Ways to incorporate leisure into a busy schedule 
  • Rapid fire session of Monique’s favorite products and daily go-to’s 

Links: 

Join the 5 Day Jumpstart

Contact Monique: 

Instagram: @Moetivate 

https://www.moniquemelton.com

Jul 03, 2019
05: Danielle Walker: Autoimmune Disease, Challenges of Childcare and the Healing Power of Food
53:45

Going against the grain can be uncomfortable, especially when it comes to food. Today’s guest, Danielle Walker, is a gluten-free chef, 3 time New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and blogger.

Danielle started her grain free journey in 2007 when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and was forced to make a major lifestyle and diet shifts. She has found a way to live functionally and comfortably with her disease, all while juggling being a mom, and sharing her healing tips with the world. 

In this interview, Danielle shares how she makes it all work by investing in reliable childcare, prioritizing her self-care, and utilizing her planner. Join Robin Long in this interview to learn more about how Danielle lives her balanced life. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • How Danielle’s diagnosis shifted her diet and daily life 
  • Using yoga and physical activity to treat autoimmune disease 
  • Experimenting with food to improve autoimmune disease 
  • Establishing priorities and utilizing a planner 
  • The benefits and challenges of working from home 
  • Shifting to a more sustainable child care arrangement 
  • Letting go of guilt and insecurities 
  • Tips for grocery shopping and meal planning 
  • What exercise looks like in Danielle’s life and how she fits it in her schedule 
  • Focal points for self-care and being in tune with personal needs 
  • Turning down the noise of people around you 

 

Links: 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com

 

Contact Danielle: 

https://againstallgrain.com

Instagram: @daniellewalker

Danielle's Book - Eat What You Love

Jun 26, 2019
04: Sandra Chuma: Morning Routines, Asking for Help, and Letting Go of Rigid Food Labels
55:14

In a world where we can pick up our phones and look at what everyone else is doing right, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others, especially as a woman of color!

Today’s guest, Sandra Chuma, has built a platform that highlights and celebrates the successes of women of color in a way that no other media platform does. In today’s interview, she shares her journey with creating NDINI, navigating insecurity and inadequacy, and overcoming the challenges of having an emotional connection to food. Sandra shares what it really looks like to sacrifice and prioritize yourself throughout the chaos of every day life. Join Sandra and your host, Robin Long, in this raw and intimate conversation. 

Listen all the way to the end of the show for Sandra’s Rapid Fire Session!

Show Highlights: 

  • What motivated Sandra to start NDINI and how she launched her platform 
  • Stripping yourself of labels to find your purpose 
  • Making a pivotal shift in life and the importance of support from your family 
  • Identifying your top priorities and aligning them with self-care 
  • Establishing a morning routine 
  • Letting go of things that don’t contribute to what you need 
  • Learning to asking for help and letting go of perfectionism 
  • Creating a “do not do” list in order to accomplish your priorities 
  • Investing in services that relieve your mental load 
  • Navigating the pressure of trying to meet societal and cultural expectations 
  • Integrating exercise and balancing healthy eating habits 
  • Practices to be more mindful of eating a balanced diet 

 

Links: 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com

Contact Sandra: 

http://www.sandrachuma.com

https://ndini.com

Social Media: @Ndinimedia 

Instagram: @Sandra_Chuma 

Jun 19, 2019
03: Allie Casazza: Listening to Your Body, Healing with Food and Defining "Enough"
01:04:02

We all feel the pressure to be “more” in different areas of life. As a parent, friend, spouse, business owner, you feel pulls in so many different directions that it’s normal to feel like you’re not “enough” in certain areas. 

Today’s guest, Allie Casazza, is a Mom, entrepreneur, and podcast host with a plethora of practical tips to help you juggle the chaos. She shares her own tactics to prioritize health, learn to use intuition to lean into different seasons, and overcome the pressure of not being enough. Join Robin Long in this interview for how you can evaluate your own life and strategically plan for success. 

Show Highlights: 

  • A flashback of what Allie’s life looked like 10 years ago compared to the season she’s in now 
  • Pursuing a life of abundance and simplicity through the chaos 
  • The framework of Allie’s process to declutter 
  • Establishing your intent and creating a vision 
  • Focusing on your health and learning how to eat for your body 
  • Creating space in your life and simplifying the chaos 
  • Being selective about the commitments you make 
  • What exercise looks like in Allie’s life and regulating adrenal fatigue 
  • Dividing parenthood, business, and romance with your partner 
  • Allie’s self-care practices 
  • Setting boundaries around technology and regulating your availability 
  • Making “enough lists” and giving yourself grace in different areas of life 

 

Links: 

Join the 5 Day Jumpstart

Contact Allie: 

Allie's Podcast

Allie's Website

Allie on Facebook

Allie on Pinterest

Jun 12, 2019
02: Jasmine Star: Boundaries, Managing Expectations and Finding Freedom Through Structure
01:05:01

We’ve all reached the end of a day without feeling like we’ve reached all of our goals. Sometimes it simply feels like we don’t have enough time to do everything we need to - that’s why Jasmine utilizes the art of time stamping. 

Jasmine Star is a blogger, business strategist and the founder of Social Curator. Jasmine’s life is filled to the brim with tasks and activities, but she’s found a system that has increased her productivity and supports the lifestyle she wants. To learn more about how Jasmine maintains her schedule and mindfully indulges join Robin Long in this episode of The Balanced Life. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • Having a partnership with your spouse and balancing each other out 
  • What Jasmine does now and how she created her business 
  • How JD transitioned into working with Jasmine and the challenges shifting from a couple to business partners 
  • Setting roles in place to solidify mutual expectations 
  • The pressure that women feel to uphold cultural ideals 
  • Protecting what is shared online and setting boundaries 
  • Establishing priorities and letting go of things that don’t align 
  • How friendships are impacted and integrated into Jasmine’s schedule 
  • The importance of planning and turning plans into actionable steps 
  • The structure of Jasmine’s schedule 
  • How to time stamp days and be as productive as possible 
  • Creating realistic expectations and eliminating guilt 
  • Mapping out daily goals 
  • Jasmine’s health journey and fitness routine 
  • The biggest changes Jasmine saw in her life after she started her fitness journey 
  • The challenges of making lifestyle shifts with a partner 
  • Rapid-fire session of Jasmine’s favorites 
  • Having grace over guilt with realistic expectations 

 

Links: 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com

 

Contact Jasmine: 

https://socialcurator.com

Instagram: @Jasminestar 

Jun 05, 2019
01: Carly Brannon: Pursuing Passions, Prioritizing Family and the Power of Starting Over
56:45

Carly Jean is an entrepreneur, an artist, a visionary, but most importantly, she’s a wife and a mom to 4 wonderful children. Today, Carly shares her tactics to delegate life as a business owner and a parent by creating a cohesive vision for your life. 

Carly and Robin dive into how to be intentional with your time, aligning your goals, and cultivating a lifestyle that checks off all of your priorities. Tune into this episode of The Balanced Life with your host, Robin Long, to help you set realistic expectations for you and your family. 

 

Show Highlights: 

  • How Carly Jean Los Angeles got started 
  • How LA influenced Carly’s drive and creativity 
  • Identifying your top priorities in different seasons of life 
  • Balancing a full-time job and still being present for your family 
  • Allowing yourself to let go of things to make more time for priorities 
  • Communicating expectations to diminish feelings of guilt
  • Recuperating from seasons of burnout 
  • Delegating your strengths and finding others who compliment what you need 
  • Finding creative ways to share time and use your resources 
  • Maintaining self-care and nutrition 
  • Things you say no to in order to commit to your goals 
  • Combating the pressure of feeling the need to be “more” 
  • Establishing a good relationship with social media and looking past comparison 
  • Incorporating exercise into daily life and finding what works best for your lifestyle 
  • A rapid-fire session of Carly’s favorites 
  • Telling your calendar what you want your time to look like 

 

Links: 

https://www.arcona.com

Pilates: 

https://thebalancedlifeonline.com

 

Contact Carly: 

Carly Jean Home Website

Follow Carly on Instagram:

Business - @Carlyjeanlosangeles

Personal - @Carlyjeanbrannon 

Creative space - @Carlyjeanhome 

Jun 05, 2019
Welcome to The Balanced Life Podcast!
05:35

If you find yourself craving more authenticity and real conversations in your life, then you've come to the right place. I'm Robin and I'm a Pilates instructor. I live in Santa Barbara, CA and I'm a Mom of 4. 

My life is as crazy as it sounds, but that's pretty much why I am here. I decided to start this podcast as a way to have a more honest approach to what our lives look like. We'll look at the good, the bad, the failures and the successes; and all along the way we will celebrate you.

There's no pressure to be perfect here. Just be real. Be Authentic. Be you.

I hope you will join me on this journey.

May 31, 2019