19
Aug
2015

073 | Alisa Vitti Women’s Health, Hormones, & Femininity

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Today’s guest was on her way to becoming an OB/GYN, but then her body had different plans…this set her on a quest that led her to not only discover highly-effective, drug-free alternative treatments, but eventually led her away from traditional medicine and into the world of functional medicine and nutrition. She’s since built a powerhouse business helping women reclaim control over their bodies and lives as the founder and CEO of FLO Living, an online wellness center for women and written the new book, WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source today’s conversation is enlightening and fascinating. We cover so much ground when it comes to women’s health. I ask her about common period problems like lacking your period, heavy periods, bad PMS, and even infertility. We discuss harnessing your feminine power by embracing your natural cycles in life, love, and even business. I ask her all the standard fun questions too so I know you’ll love this week’s episode.

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Notes from the show:
-Support the show & try audible for a free audiobook!
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-Please leave an iTunes review (must launch the application) & win a book from me I choose one a month!
-email me if you have questions on her, me  or anything.

-Buy Alisa’s Book Women Code! 

-Alisa’s Free Course to get started with thisWebsite| Facebook | Twitter | Book

My favorite lines & nuggets of wisdom: YEP THEY’RE TWEETABLES…Just click right on ‘em!

“Knowing the wisdom of your body can change your life.”

“Harness the power of your hormones.”

“As we grow up we have to be our own mothers.” 

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14
Aug
2015

Monthly Meanderings August

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11420818_994701313914381_603650068_nNew11850361_1485614815081842_1021143534_n month means Monthly Meanderings in Wonderland which are things that have genuinely inspired me around the web. They are live links below and ready to be explored. Comment below what is inspiring you around the internet lately. Until I see you again here keep in touch with me on Facebook & Instagram (above are some Insta-glimpses into my past month). I’m still loving Snapchat now so join me there too. Oh and I’m hosting a party next weekend with my friend Simi, RSVP here if you want to come.

-My favorite interview I’ve ever done with me being in the hot seat for a change with Lucy (yes the most recent WWRadio podcast guest) on her show The Brave Exchange.  If you want to know more about me give it a listen, it’s basically a tell all interview.

-I can’t stop watching this video I made with my friends in Toronto.

-My post about graduating self-help school. 

-Trust me you just absolutely must listen to this.

-I’ve always loved Iris and I’m dying to see this movie on her, have you seen it?

-This video is powerful. wow.

-This sounds so yummy right now.

-I love me some Lisa Kudrow, always have always will.

-Check out this short film my friend Corine is in. It’s way cool.

-Loved this post by my friend Jordan about vulnerability in blogging.

-Also, loved this post from past podcast guest Quinn which also is a bit about breakups and transitions.

-The Liz Gilbert obsession continues, read this NYT article she wrote. 

-Lena Dunham has never inspired me more. 

5
Aug
2015

072 | Lucy Bourchier Finding Your Voice & Living Your Passion

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 7.06.25 PMI say in this week’s episode that it is one of my favorite conversations I’ve ever had and I meant it. Lucy and I talk about teaching yoga, starting podcasts, and of course finding your voice. We connect in so many ways even though we live on opposite sides of the world. That’s why I love the internet and particularly this podcast because  I get to hand select awesome people, speak to them and then share it with all of you. I know you’ll love this episode and have so many ah-ah moments during our conversation that is full with nuggets of wisdom from Lucy. Lucy is a coach, yoga teacher, and fellow podcast host. Check her out at Something To Move where she shares more of her amazing wisdom. Let me know your feedback of the episode below in the comments. Screen Shot 2014-01-01 at 3.37.44 PM

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Notes from the show:
-Support the show & try audible for a free audiobook!
-JOIN the Podcast Private Facebook group! 
-Get on my email list to get the latest episode to your inbox & the free”Wellness Wonderland Quick Start Guide” 
-Please leave an iTunes review (must launch the application) & win a book from me I choose one a month!
-Try oil pulling, part of Lucy’s morning routine. Look at this post I did about it or this video
-email me if you have questions on her, me  or anything.

-Lucy’s Website| Facebook | Instagram | Podcast

My favorite lines & nuggets of wisdom: YEP THEY’RE TWEETABLES…Just click right on ‘em!

“Ask yourself: What would I say if I knew no one would judge me.”

“Fear of what other people think holds us back from expressing.”

“A lot of risks come with fully expressing yourself.”

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3
Aug
2015

Inspiration in Graduation Speeches, Outside of Self-Help, & Everywhere.

david foster wallaceI love me a good commencement speech. This one by Mindy Kaling made me laugh out loud (woah I haven’t seen that written out in a while) multiple times and this one by Conan had some awesome wisdom buried in a mountain of gut laughs. I even wrote an entire blog post years ago about my love for this version of a graduation speech, but this speech by author David Foster Wallace had a huge impact on me. There are so many great quotes in it that are so simple yet profound. Just please watch it, but here’s my favorite::

“Don’t worship false idols, they will consume you. Do your best to be kind. The world is what you make of it. Just because something is clichéd doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Clichés are accumulated human wisdom, and their being worn smooth from repeated use doesn’t mean you won’t be gauged by their accuracy.”

Choose your temple, Wallace said at Kenyon in May 2005. Worship something that won’t destroy you. As noted in this article about it from Kenyon College where the speech was given::

“Though the speech is unassuming, its wisdom seems hard-earned, implying there was a lot of pain in learning the lessons Wallace was trying to impart. The darkness in the speech is what gives it weight.

It was almost as though Wallace thought if we believed him enough, he might eventually believe what he was saying, too.”

Sadly, I don’t know if he did believe his own words. Wallace committed suicide in 2008, which is particularly sadder to me than any other famous suicide to me because of the fact that Wallace seemed to be constantly contemplating happiness & how to achieve it; a concept I’m constantly contemplating myself.

I once heard on a podcast that Helen Schucman, the psychologist and professor who basically wrote the famous spiritual text, A Course in Miracles (she channeled it) never actually believed the words she wrote. This was heartbreaking to me. Perhaps because I’m working on writing a self-help book myself and I assumed on some level that by simply writing one it would mean that myself/ life would automatically be ‘helped’ from the information I share in it. It doesn’t work that way though, I still have to do the exercises in my book consistently to benefit even if I’m the one who made them up. I can intellectually understand the material but I still have to apply it if I want the benefit from it.

What’s fascinating to me about Wallace’s life and even more about his untimely death is that, as stated in this article, his work “tends to verge right on the border of self-help.” Like I said, we’ll never know if Wallace believed his own message but what I think is that he did understand the concepts and believe them but like Helen, and I, and many of us involved, interested, or like me immersed in personal development, he was unable to integrate his concepts fully in his own life.

I struggle with this too. I intellectually understand spiritual concepts or ideas from the countless self-help books I read but truly integrating the message and actually applying the theories in my daily life is a completely different animal all together that I have far from mastered. This makes me question all self-help authors and spiritual teachers, not for their validity (I know their concepts make sense) but for how they are actually able to fully apply their work in their lives. I think of the authors as people outside of their body of work and that is more inspiring to me now than their body of work ever will be.

The interesting thing is that I can trick myself into feeling like I’ve got it together by constantly distracting myself with spiritual or personal growth content. It’s easy to convince myself into thinking I’m actually living these concepts all the time when in reality I’m just consuming information all the time, but rarely living it.

It takes honesty and vulnerability to realize this and even more to blog about it but I suspect I’m not alone. I found, for me, personal growth work was just another way for me to distract myself from my feelings. I’m not knocking it, I still will read self-help books, I’m still writing one for gosh sakes, but I’m also reading fiction, making new friends, and working on other creative projects outside this realm–and that is truly helping myself.

So I’m taking a break from trying to better myself and just being, which makes me better by default. Self-development by nature states that something within me needs developing, but what if I don’t? What if the way I am right now was enough? What if I am good enough as I am? What if I am worthy of love, friendship, success just as I am without having to read another self-help book, write one, or hire another coach, teacher or mentor?

I’m trying that for a while. If you relate to my addiction, I suggest you eventually try it too. You might have to first hit a bottom with what you’re trying now.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Wallace that speaks to all of this perfectly & ties this all up in a bow better than I ever could.

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
Infinite Jest (1996)

PS. If you’re fascinated by Wallace’s life and work like I am you might want to see the new movie, The End of The Tour out this summer about his life starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. The movie is based on the book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace, by Eisenberg’s character David Lipsky who followed Wallace on his book tour for Infinite Jest writing a piece on him for Rolling Stone which was never published in that magazine but later was released as a book. I’m psyched to see it and what intrigues me the most is that most of the dialog between Wallace and Lipsky is accurate based on what was recorded on Lipsky’s tape recorder during his road trip with Wallace.

21
Jul
2015

071 | Melissa Ramos Sexy Food Therapy

8909592_300x300This week’s pod has been months in the making so I’m psyched to welcome one of my Instagram friends, favorite youtube personalities, and all around smart cookie Melissa Ramos to wonderland. As Nutritionist, Acupuncturist and owner of Sexy Food Therapy Inc., her high-heeled approach to health helps people feel sexy from the inside out. She has an amazing TED talk that I love and has been named one of Canada’s up-and-coming health and wellness stars She focuses on digestive imbalances, mental health and hormone-related which we’ll get a little taste of  all of her work this week. Her popular “Quickie” of the week videos ARE MY FAVORITE thing ever  and give me weekly fix by offering food, supplement and lifestyle tips in an unconventional, HILARIOUS FUN AND engaging way. I love how she breaks really important concepts down to be digestible and pleasurable just like the recipes she creates. I’m so excited to be talking with her and getting to know her better today with you guys listening. Screen Shot 2014-01-01 at 3.37.44 PM

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Notes from the show:
-Support the show & try audible for a free audiobook!
-JOIN the Podcast Private Facebook group! 
-Get on my email list to get the latest episode to your inbox & the free”Wellness Wonderland Quick Start Guide” 
-Please leave an iTunes review (must launch the application) & win a book!
-Melissa Ramos Probiotics she recommends
-Try Melissa’s stress detox with $100 off for the first 400 listeners using the code: “STRESSDETOX23KATIE” use all caps and here’s the link right to the program.
-LiteBook- the thing that got me through the winter thanks to this convo.
-SCRUM Method
-Orange Beta Blocking glasses that I wear (stuffy goofy looking)
-email me if you have questions on her, me  or anything.

-Melissa’s Website| Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

My favorite lines & nuggets of wisdom: YEP THEY’RE TWEETABLES…Just click right on ‘em!

“Stress is the root of everything that needs healing.”

“Stop focusing on what you lack & focus on gratitude instead.” 

“It’s more than green smoothies guys, it’s mindset.”

“You don’t have to be perfect all the time.” 

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