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.

Episode Date
04: Sandra Chuma: Morning Routines, Asking for Help, and Letting Go of Rigid Food Labels

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 



Contact Sandra:

Social Media: @Ndinimedia 

Instagram: @Sandra_Chuma 

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

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 



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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

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 




Contact Jasmine:

Instagram: @Jasminestar 

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

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 





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!

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