Ep 46: Making Ordinary Magic: How Erin Kelly Mixes Work, Love & Adventure to Create An Extraordinary Life

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Ep 46: Making Ordinary Magic: How Erin Kelly Mixes Work, Love & Adventure to Create An Extraordinary Life

I am overjoyed to introduce you to Erin Kelly. Erin is an all around amazing human, mama, wife, and badass entrepreneur. Erin Kelly is the co-founder of MemberVault, a relationship marketing platform disrupting how we look at selling and engaging online using engagement tracking, gamification strategies and a binge & buy marketplace for your free and paid products. Grab your forever free account at membervault.co.  Today we are talking about how Erin is creating a life full of adventure and meaning that I hope will inspire you to make your own magic!

In this episode:

* Erin's experience of creating a company with her husband

* How Erin and Mike lived the digital nomad lifestyle

* The importance of staying open and making changes as it feels right

* The power of accepting and embracing her relationship in all of its seasons

* Activating the power of CHOOSING what we love

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Ep 45: Creating a Culture of Mothering the Mother with Arianna Toaboada

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Ep 45: Creating a Culture of Mothering the Mother with Arianna Toaboada

I'm so happy to introduce you to Arianna Taboada. Arianna is a maternal health expert, author, and owner of a consulting firm that helps female founders intelligently design maternity leave plans that meet their business model and personal needs. 

Today we're talking about the ways Arianna is creating a culture of mothering the mothers in our society by helping entrepeneurial mamas babyproof their businesses.

Whether or not you're a mother, or an entrepeneur, this conversation sheds light on the lack of support women face as they enter motherhood, real talk about the challenges of becoming a mama, and some offerings of insight, healing, and support we can activate for ourselves.

In this episode:

* Motherhood as the great equalizer

* Arianna's proposition that the lack of adequate maternity leave support in our culture is a serious social justice issue

* Arianna talks about the lack of  any 'mothering the mother' values in our culture, and the issues this creates

* Using an Eco-Map to pro-actively create a support system for ourselves and identify weak spots can help us to prevent crisis, and actually receive the support we need. (Get your Eco-Map PDF printable in the links below)

* Some signs and symptoms of post partum depression that you can use as a barometor for when you should reach out for more support so you don't suffer needlessly

* Arianna's suggestion that we need a new poster-mom role model, the mom who doesn't get it all done

* Understanding that when we support the total health of mothers, we are supporting generations of healthy children. The health of mothers creates the health of our society as a whole.

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Ep 44: Finding Our Mothers, Finding Our Fathers, Finding Ourselves with Monique Ruffin

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Ep 44: Finding Our Mothers, Finding Our Fathers, Finding Ourselves with Monique Ruffin

I am so happy to bring you this deep, raw, juicy conversation with Monique Ruffin Monique is the host of Rise Radio (listen at 12radio.com) a mama, a powerful life coach, a professional writer/blogger, and a tremendously gifted astrologer.  Today Monique and I are exploring healing the relationships we have with our mothers, fathers, and our ancestors in order to give ourselves and our families the gifts of forgiveness and freedom. 

I highly encourage you to check out the incredible courses Monique has created! I will be in the Finding Our Fathers course beginning June 6th, 2018 and I would love to have you join us!


In this episode:

* The beginning of Monique's exploration into her own motherhood, and the journey of her mother, and her grandmother to gain deeper understanding of her own experience

* What it means to see our parents as people, who have their own journeys

* There are tremendous possibilities that open up when we release the stories we have about our parents and the circumstances of our childhood

* The energy of our parents is literally within us and we cannot escape it. To hold onto negative beliefs and feelings toward our parents is to be at war with ourselves

* The science of how the experiences of our mothers are transmitted through our cells into multiple generations

* The judgements we formed about our mothers become the judgements we make about all women

* The judgments we formed about our fathers become the judgements we make about all men

* The practicality of forgiveness as a gateway to FREEDOM

* What we believe about our mother is what we believe about god

* When we can identify what we believe, we can shift it

* What we believe about our mothers is intrinsically linked to the type of mothers we are, the relationships we have with other women, and the relationships we have with our own bodies

* To heal the relationship we have with the archetype of the Mother at the level of the heart and soul, we will heal the relationship we have to one another, to the Earth, and to life itself

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Ep 43: For the Love of Real, Simple, Delicious Food with Emma Frisch

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Ep 43: For the Love of Real, Simple, Delicious Food with Emma Frisch

If you listen to the show, you know I love to cook! So when I saw that Emma Frisch had a new cookbook coming out I jumped on the chance to invite her to speak to us on the show! Emma is Emma Frisch is the cofounder and culinary director of Firelight Camps, a glamping destination in the U.S., featured in Vogue, Travel Channel, Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit and Martha Stewart. She was a top finalist on Food Network Star season 10 and has developed over 500 original recipes and cooking videos on her food blog, www.emmafrisch.com. Emma and her husband co-founded La Buena Onda, a boutique hotel and restaurant in Nicaragua. She's also a mom, super down-to-earth, authentic, and an inspiring badass entrepeneur and passionista! I hope you enjoy our conversation about the everyday magic of food: creating it, cooking it, and sharing it!

And do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Emma's new cookbook! Fresh, delicious, easy recipes that you can cook outside in nature, or in your kitchen.


In this episode:

* How Emma got started playing with food and creating recipes

* Emma's path to realizing the power of food to keep us well

* How Emma takes care of herself while creating, running a business, momming and more

* The beauty in the ritual and ceremony of food

* How Emma created Feast by Firelight and fell in love with cooking outdoors

* Emma's thoughts on how to create a healthy, loving relationship with food

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Ep 42: #metoo, Healing Trauma, and Reclamation of Our Sovereignty with Dr. Saida Desilets

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Ep 42: #metoo, Healing Trauma, and Reclamation of Our Sovereignty with Dr. Saida Desilets

Today I am incredibly excited and honored to introduce you to one of my own teachers; a powerful and inspiring force of nature, Dr. Saida Desilets. Dr. Saida Désilets wants to live in a world filled with ignited, sexually sovereign women living expressed and fulfilling lives.

Join us for this deep, juicy exploration of healing trauma we've experienced individually and collectively as a culture. I will put a trigger warning on this episode too, even tho we are not discussing negative details- it is still very sensitive subject matter and I encourage you to come in with an open heart and notice anything that elicits a reaction within you.

As always, please let me know how this episode lands with you and your biggest takeaways! 


In this episode:

* How Dr. Saida discovered the Sovereignty within every woman

* Saida's personal journey to becoming a leader for women's psycho-sexual health

* An exploration of the #metoo movement

* Saida shares how to continue the healing momentum of #metoo

* Saida speaks to feeling broken or damaged

* Saida's invitation to put our feet on the Earth and allow ourselves spaciousness on our human journey

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Ep 41: The Redemptive Power of Inclusion with Mason Aid

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Ep 41: The Redemptive Power of Inclusion with Mason Aid

Today's show is deeply inspiring and loaded with powerful insight. I really hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Our guest today is Mason Aid. Mason is a consultant/educator for businesses and organizations to help them achieve greater LGBTQ inclusivity. Mason has a powerful story of moving from self-hatred to self-love and acceptance. Their self-acceptance & love has blossomed into creating connections and inclusiveness as a lifestyle and now a business.

I would love to hear the biggest insight you get from today's show! Comment in the show notes or email me at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com.

 

In this episode:

*Mason's initial struggle with mental health as sparked by bullying

* Mason realizing at 19 that they were gay

* How the seed for their business was planted and started to grow

* Mason's realization that their parents had long been accepting and supportive even before they realized it

* Mason's realization that when someone comes out, their family comes out too, and it comes with it's own challenges for the family

* Why Mason thinks we're all a little bit in the closet

* Mason's experience of finding and cultivating deep true love

* The lessons Mason has gained from parenthood

* Mason's deep understanding of the difference in standards for men and women

* Mason's experience in being excommunicated from their church, and later being welcomed by a inclusive and loving church/faith community

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Ep 40: Permission to Fail with Jen Vertanen

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Ep 40: Permission to Fail with Jen Vertanen

Today's show sounds like a long and winding conversation between friends, but really it's an invitation to step into the ring of action in your life. Today's guest is the wonderful Jen Vertanen of the 'Going There with Jen Vertanen' Podcast. Jen is a coach by day, a podcaster by night, aa mama, wife, and a Loneliness Expert.  Join us for this exploration of why we might want to go looking for failure, and why failure and loneliness go hand in hand.

I would really love to hear your most powerful insight from the show! Shoot me an email at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com. I will respond to every email I receive.

In honor of the Spring Equinox I am offering Soul Strategy sessions until March 25th, 2018. Email me at monica@monicaballard.com to request a session or to find out more.

 

In this episode:

* Why you want to "fail early and fail often"

* Why Jen connects failure to loneliness

* The story of Jen coming out about her loneliness

* Jen's concept that we keep peeling back the layers

* When is good enough, GOOD ENOUGH?

* Why asking the question, "What if there was no outcome?" can be a motivator to take authentic action

* When Jen's gut feeling was wrong and how it led her to deep transformative growth

* Jen's realization that she was having conversations with her husband in her head

* Progress is more important than the possibility of being rejected

* People love to be a part of another person's story

* Jen's calling to start deep conversations around loneliness

* The shame linked with loneliness

* If you don't share your stories and gifts, you are withholding from the people in the world who would have the chance to enjoy them

*Unraveling the strands of loneliness

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Ep 39: Loving Herself, Healing Many with Nikki Zaahir

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Ep 39: Loving Herself, Healing Many with Nikki Zaahir

Welcome to INHABIT!

Today I am delighted to introduce you to Nikki Zaahir. Nikki is a wife, a mother and a life coach. She is currently the Workforce Development Program Director at Vehicles for Change, a non-profit a 501c3 nonprofit that repairs and provides donated vehicles to low-income families. The vehicles are repaired by men and women who are leaving prison incarceration and re-entering society. Nikki's job is to first recruit, and then provide deep coaching for them during this tender and challenging re-entry period. Out of 100 men that she's worked with, only 1 has re-entered the prison system! That's incredible!

I offer you this conversation with a woman who knows herself, who is committed to loving herself, and out of this fullness is living her purpose and changing lives for the better.

There is so much goodness and wisdom in this episode. I really want to know what YOU enjoyed most! What was the number one insight you took away from this show?  Let me know in the comments below or send me an email at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com.

 

In this episode:

* Nikki's experience of coming into her purpose

* Realizing that her life experiences had perfectly prepared her for her life's work

* Where she learned the art of self-care

* Why Nikki spends as much time with her girlfriends as she possibly can

* How to heal the men of the world

* How to speak the language of men

* Why we don't have to be in a romantic relationship to make connections and shine loving light on others

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Ep 38: Celebrating the Erotic Mother with Ellen Nicholas

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Ep 38: Celebrating the Erotic Mother with Ellen Nicholas

I am so happy to introduce you to Ellen Nicholas.  Ellen is a mother, a facilitator for Shiva Shakti Dance Workshops, sharing the art of devotional erotic dance. She is also trained in Non-Linear Movement and Polarity & Intimacy work as taught by Michaela Boehm & Steve James. She is also the Creatress of the Erotic Mother- playgroups and workshops for where mothers can slow down, get into their bodies and connect with themselves and one another.

I've invited Ellen to share with us about the significance and the power of this Erotic Mother energy that every woman has within- whether she has birthed children or not, what it means to be 'embodied', and the gifts embodiement holds.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

 

In this episode:

* How Ellen discovered embodiment practice through dancing

* Why she created the Erotic Mother Playgroup & Workshops

* What is Erotic Mother energy?

* The significance of sexual energy and why it's not about sex as we often think of it

*Why sometimes taking time for ourselves doesn't automatically lead to realxation

*Why a woman may feel less sexual after giving birth- an explanation I loved that I had never heard before

* How being in her body as a practice transformed her life

* Ellen's belief that we are here in these bodies to experience LIFE with them

* How you can activate your sensual energy every day right when you wake up

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Ep 37: Practicing with Betrayal (Part 2)

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Ep 37: Practicing with Betrayal (Part 2)

I am very happy to be bringing you the second part of this two-part series on BETRAYAL! 

I love today's guest SO MUCH! I was introduced to Karen Harris when she offered yogic teachings on tantra for my yoga teacher training. She is empowered by decades of study and spiritual practice, a Harvard degree in spiritual leadership, extensive travel in India, Nepal, Japan and Tibet, and years of experience as a university lecturer and interfaith minister, Karen’s teaching awakens confidence, clarity, and intuitive understanding in her students. 

I am thrilled to share this deep and juicy unpacking of HOW we can PRACTICE with challenging and difficult emotions that can cause years of pain and suffering in our lives.

I would love to hear from you! What is the most useful and powerful insight from today's interview? Comment below or email me at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com.

On this episode:

* Why betrayal is such deep rich ground for spiritual work

* How we bear responsibility in betrayal

* Why betrayal happens in the STORY we tell

* Why telling the same stories from the past actually keep us from creating a future in alignment with our true nature & purpose

* How we can be wounded AND not need agreement from others that we are victims

* How to take an orientation of forgiveness

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Ep 36: Practicing with Betrayal (Part 1)

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Ep 36: Practicing with Betrayal (Part 1)

I am very excited to be bringing you a two part series on PRACTICING WITH BETRAYAL!

The inspiration from this series was born out of thoughts I was having about the sticky situations in our lives. How do we practice self-care and wellness when we are in a tremendous amount of emotional pain, or conflict with people we care about?

I realized that one of the most painful emotions I personally have ever experienced is BETRAYAL. I have found it incredibly freeing to know that there are ways to work with painful emotions such as betrayal so that we do not have to remain imprisoned in our pain. I hope you enjoy this series, and I would love to hear your insights and personal stories!

PRACTICING WITH BETRAYAL - PART ONE

I am so happy and thankful to introduce you to Karilily McClure. Karilily is a mama to 3 wonderful, wild children, wife and partner to her beloved hubby Joel, a yoga teacher, a student of life and spirituality, and she's also a business owner! Oshun Yoga Retreats offers amazing yoga/wellness/healing/cultural immersion retreats in beautiful destinations around the world.

Join us for this extra long, vulnerable and deep conversation about betrayal that Kari experienced in a relationship; the reality of her pain, her process, and her healing.

 

In this episode:

* Karilily's experience of falling in love & ignoring red flags

* The experience of increasing criticism and negativity within her relationship

* Kari's experience of damping down her inner voice while in this negative relationship

* Her relationship really beginning to fracture when she started a new business that she was excited and passionate about.

* Kari's experience of receiving messages from her intuition but allowing herself to be lied to, and believing she was wrong or even crazy

* Her experience of trauma in childbirth, and then being put down by her partner about her body

* Kari's insights into not hating the other woman

* Feeling all the hard feelings without allowing hate to harden her heart

* Healing by sitting naked on the Earth and being in nature

* The moment Kari realized that SHE IS HER OWN FOUNDATION

* Powerful reminders of healing, and good men, and happiness

* The importance and beauty of scars

* Reflection on what makes healthy relationships

* The importance of women loving and honoring other women and treating them with respect and compassion, even in challenging circumstances

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Ep. 35: Celebrating One Year of INHABIT

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Ep. 35: Celebrating One Year of INHABIT

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

And HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SHOW!!

Thank you so much to all of you amazing women out there who have been guests and who have take the time to listen. It has been an absolute pleasure and I am looking forward to bringing you more juicy, deep shows in 2018.

In honor of our anniversary I am doing a give-a-way raffle of the January Book of the Month which is all about WILLPOWER!!  If you aren't already in the (FREE) Book of the Month club you can sign up here

To be entered in the giveaway:

1. Write a review of the show on itunes.

2. Take a photo of your review.

3. Email the photo to me at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com

The winner will be drawn on Monday, January 15th!!

Today I am re-releasing the very first interview we did on the the show with the wonderful Lisa Larn. Even if you've already heard it, I know you will get new insights the second time around.

I'll be bringing you a two part series on betrayal later this month, so keep an eye out for that because its real and juicy and you don't want to miss it!

Thank you for an amazing year! Please write to me and let me know what you want to explore this year. I love you all near & far.

Follow IN{HABIT} Podcast on Facebook, thru my Instagram!

 

This show is about YOU, and for YOU, the women of the world and I love hearing from you! How did this episode remind you of your own life! Share your stories and experiences in the comments below, or email me at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com.

 

Hey! Want to read awesome books full of wisdom, science, and inspiration to up-level your Radical Self-Care? Sweet! Join the IN{HABIT} Book of the Month Club and receive monthly book recommendations straight to your email. Plus, I'll be doing book club reviews via fb live in our IN{HABIT} Community Facebook group, and I would love to see you there!

xo, monica

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Ep 34: Holiday Rescue Meditation

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Ep 34: Holiday Rescue Meditation

Ep 34: Holiday Rescue Meditation

Welcome to IN{HABIT}!

Today I invite you to an experience of Radical Self-Care as we receive the breath together. Conscious breathing is the fastest way to activate our superpowers. It is the Self-Care tool I use hands-down the most often!

Please share your thoughts with me. Love it? Hate it? Comment here or email me at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com.

 

It would help so much if you could take a moment and subscribe to our podcast, and leave us a review on iTunes so other people can find us too!  Your ratings and reviews are the reason others find the show & connect!

 

Follow IN{HABIT} Podcast on Facebook, thru my Instagram!

 

This show is about YOU, and for YOU, the women of the world and I love hearing from you! How did this episode remind you of your own life! Share your stories and experiences in the comments below, or email me at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com.

 

Hey! Want to read awesome books full of wisdom, science, and inspiration to up-level your Radical Self-Care? Sweet! Join the IN{HABIT} Book of the Month Club and receive monthly book recommendations straight to your email. Plus, I'll be doing book club reviews via fb live in our IN{HABIT} Community Facebook group, and I would love to see you there!

xo, monica

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Episode 33: How the Stars Support Us with Monique Ruffin

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Episode 33: How the Stars Support Us with Monique Ruffin

 

Hello & Welcome!

I am honored and delighted to introduce you today to Monique Ruffin. Monique is the host of Rise Radio (listen at 12radio.com) a mama, a powerful life coach, a professional writer/blogger, and a tremendously gifted astrologer.  I invited Monique to share her astrology wisdom with us, and to inspire us to utilize the presence of the sun, moon and stars in our self-care.

Even if you've never been into astrology, or thought it was super woo woo and 'out there', I think you'll really enjoy this show!

 

In this episode:

* What is astrology?

* Why astrology is more than science

* How astrology enables us to see our blind spots

* What astrology has to do with US?

* Why astrology isn't a religion or blasphemy to other religions or beliefs

* How Monique weaves astrology with Radical Self-Care

* How to begin using astrology in your own life for greater self-awareness

* Why every woman should ask herself the question, "Who would I be if I wasn't interested in a man and if I wasn't raising children?"

 

CONNECT WITH MONIQUE

Email Monique for readings and coaching: moniquecruffin@gmail.com

Facebook & Instagram

Mercury Retrograde Reset on Facebook and Instagram

Read Monique on mom.me

Read Monique on BlogHer.com

 

 

 

It would help so much if you could take a moment and subscribe to our podcast, and leave us a review on iTunes so other people can find us too!  Your ratings and reviews are the reason others find the show & connect!

 

Follow IN{HABIT} Podcast on Facebook, thru my Instagram!

 

This show is about YOU, and for YOU, the women of the world and I love hearing from you! How did this episode remind you of your own life! Share your stories and experiences in the comments below, or email me at inhabitpodcast@monicaballard.com.

 

Hey! Want to read awesome books full of wisdom, science, and inspiration to up-level your Radical Self-Care? Sweet! Join the IN{HABIT} Book of the Month Club and receive monthly book recommendations straight to your email. Plus, I'll be doing book club reviews via fb live in our IN{HABIT} Community Facebook group, and I would love to see you there!

xo, monica

 

 

 

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Episode 32: Care For Your Money, Care For Yourself with Hilary Hendershott

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Episode 32: Care For Your Money, Care For Yourself with Hilary Hendershott

I am delighted to share today's interview with you on one of my favorite subjects: women and money!  Today's guest is Hilary Hendershott,  founder of Hilary Hendershott Wealth Management, a leading financial advisory firm for women, where her mission is to motivate women and their loved ones to be financially empowered.

In this episode:

* Hilary's personal money story, and how she stepped into her financial power

* Why it's so important for women to learn the art of money management and wealth building

* The reasons more women are under-educated and under-empowered with money

* Steps any woman can take right now to shift her relationship with money

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Episode 31: Transforming Shame & Self-Sabotage Into Real Wellness & Self-Acceptance with Kelly Coffey

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Episode 31: Transforming Shame & Self-Sabotage Into Real Wellness & Self-Acceptance with Kelly Coffey

I am overjoyed to bring you this interview today with Kelly Coffey.

ACSM-certified personal trainer Kelly Coffey began dieting at age 5, and she was over 300 pounds by the time she was 18 years old. In her 20s, Coffey opted to have weight loss surgery. She lost 150+ pounds, and immediately started to gain it back, sailing back over 200 pounds. Demoralized and out of options, Coffey was forced to look at herself, her beliefs, and her behaviors in a whole new way. The principles Coffey has since lived by are the cornerstone of her work with women of all shapes and sizes all over the globe.

Kelly is real, she is hilarious, she is totally un-pretentious, and she is a POWERHOUSE OF LIGHT!

I am so thrilled that she accepted my invitation to come on the show!!

In this episode:

* Shame

* The importance of radical acceptance to the emotional experiences we are having in the moment.

* The key importance of our relationship with our many feelings.

* Why we need to have direct personal experiences to change our lives.

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Episode 30: How to Create Success on Your Own Terms with Jenny Shih

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Episode 30: How to Create Success on Your Own Terms with Jenny Shih

I am so thrilled to bring you this episode with Jenny Shih!

Jenny Shih is an uncompromising business coach who works with smart entrepreneurs who are fiercely committed to their own success. Step by step, she shows them how to start, grow, and streamline a successful online business without having to work long hours or make huge sacrifices. She believes that with the right systems and strategies, you can make money doing work you love and also live a life you love.

I have learned SO MUCH from this amazing woman! She adds an incredible amount of value to the world. She is a powerful, effective teacher, with a humble gracious attitude. You can really feel from her presence that she has a deep desire to help women SUCCEED!

 

In this episode:

* Learn how Jenny discovered Radical Self-Care in her life

* Jenny shares about what holds women back from pursuing their dreams and what they can do about it

* Why you should coach yourself!

* Why SLEEP is one of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself, your business, and your life

* 3 Steps you can take to make progress with your goals

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Episode 29: Building a Life After Baby

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Episode 29: Building a Life After Baby

Hello & Welcome to IN{HABIT}!!!

I am so happy to be back for this first episode since I had my baby on June 11th.

Today I just wanted to re-connect with you and share a bit about my vision for IN{HABIT}, as well as a little bit about my story of what it's meant to become a mother all over again.

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Episode 28: The Power of Our Always-Brokenness & A Farewell For Now

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Episode 28: The Power of Our Always-Brokenness & A Farewell For Now

You know those moments where you come face to face with the reality of how little you can actually control? The moments where you can feel the intense pressure of all the things you’ve tried to hold together and accept and make sense of... just before the tension reaches max capacity and it all overflows the edges, spilling  onto the floor all around you?

 

Last week was that week for me. Let me explain. 

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Episode 27: Q&A Tuesday: Is it normal to have to psyche yourself up for sex?

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Episode 27: Q&A Tuesday: Is it normal to have to psyche yourself up for sex?

I am so excited to bring you our first Q&A Tuesday Episode! Today the question is: Is it normal to have to psyche yourself up for sex?  I believe many of us have wondered this and not expressed it. Today I am sharing that YES, I do think it's normal, some of the science I've discovered as to WHY this happens, and what we can do about it! I really hope you enjoy this show!

Once you've listened its your turn to share your answers and insight in the comments below! Do you have to psyche yourself up for sex? If so, how do you do it?  Did you learn anything new on today's show? If so, what? 

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