26 | Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner Danielle Levy

Welcoming Danielle Levy to the MNBP!

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Danielle is a bubbly, kind spirit who works as a registered holistic nutrition practitioner. I think you will agree with me when I say that you can hear in her voice how passionate and excited she is about staying active, staying in tune with her body through exercise, food, and journaling, and helping others tune in too.

Based in Montreal, Canada, she has a great home base - Apartment Therapy toured her apartment and it is so cute! She recently started a small food product business called Spice & Seed. Although I have not yet tried her seed mix, I have a feeling it is delicious! She also shares with us a little bit of advice for someone who is new to plant-based eating and/or is curious about what it means.

In this episode Danielle tells us what she does in her capacity as a registered holistic nutrition practitioner whether working one on one with clients or through hosting cooking courses/other community events that lay the backbone for how she educates the community and on a greater scale, the world about nutrition and the role it plays in our every day. She shares what is most gratifying in her work and learning about how she lives and stays in her Natural Beet was a pleasure.

I hope you will enjoy our conversation and perhaps take away something - whether it is remembering to add an extra veggie to your plate or to be a little more patient with yourself :)

Thanks for spending time with us, Danielle!

QUOTABLES/TAKE AWAYS:

“Your struggles are never in vein when you are able to harness what you have learned and pass that on and you just hope that something is helpful for the other person.”

“Always sort of planting the seed and offering something.”

“Self care is so DIY”

“We can’t do things alone, we all need help.” 

“Three things that we stopped doing that are essential to human health: Breathing, drinking water, and walking” “When we do those three things it actually really helps our mental, physical, spiritual wellbeing.”

“So simple, we just make stuff so complicated.”

“Whole food (unprocessed, unrefined), plant-based (mostly plants).”

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A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

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Na'an Stop website
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25 | Sabrina Patricia

Welcoming Sabrina to the MNBP!

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It was so enjoyable to spend a few hours with Sabrina recording this episode as we munched on Sabrina's homemade banana bread and fresh fruit and sipped on tea.  As you will hear, Sabrina has a beautiful voice and had much to share with us about finding balance as a busy Masters student at Copenhagen Business School.

Sabrina works and tries to find a balance in maintaining her studies, work, and her interest in yoga, meditation, and cooking. You will learn how Sabrina first became interested in yoga as it quickly became an outlet for her as she learned how to cope with the pressure and stress she felt at business school.  We both agree that if you are generally interested in and want to explore something more whether it is yoga, meditation, or another avenue,  talk to people who are doing what you would like to do or who are interested in the same thing as this will help you along and provide you a bit of guidance and  you will not feel so alone.

I hope this episode will serve as a source of inspiration and a nudge to those interested in yoga and/or meditation who have not felt comfortable learning or experiencing more.  And remember, you can always contact Sabrina (the link to her website is below) or myself if you would like to learn more.

 “One of the greatest teachings of CBS”
– leading her to yoga and meditation

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Keep trying, it is when you least expect it.
- on finding a place to practice yoga that feels right to you

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Sabrina's Guide To Vegan Deliciousness in Copenhagen
The Unteathered Soul - the book that led Sabrina to meditation and starting to experiment with it

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Thank you, Sabrina for sharing your light and perspective with us!

 

 

A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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24 | Non-toxic products and lifestyle hacks with My Lemon Crate owner Mia Gomez

Welcoming busy and beautiful mother of four Mia Gomez of My Lemon Crate to the MNBP!

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Credit: www.mylemoncrate.com

What is My Lemon Crate you might ask?

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Well, in short, it is a monthly subscription that "sends you themed boxes filled with fun, unique, and all natural products aimed to help you reduce the toxins in your home and lifestyle. With step by step instruction cards and pre-measured ingredients you are able to easily create the products and have the tools to recreate them over and over when you need to replenish or if you'd like to create additional products to share with loved ones.  Each month has a new theme to help you gradually eliminate chemically laden products, replacing them for all-natural alternatives in all areas of your home and lifestyle."  

A company dedicated to helping reduce toxins in your home and in your lifestyle? What could be better than that!?  Mia shares with us how she first was introduced to essential oils and the power behind nontoxic products.  We also learn how she keeps herself healthy and well when traveling.  I hope you will enjoy hearing from Mia and also, being introduced to My Lemon Crate if you were previously unfamiliar with it.

 

Notable Quotes:

“Schedule that self-care.” - on taking time the time to care for yourself

“Permission to pause and come back to it.” - on prioritizing tasks

"Trust your own instinct."

"Progress over perfection."

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MOPS - Moms of Preschoolers

Holistic Mom’s Network

Top resources to use so that you know what you are bringing into your home:

Think Dirty App - An app that you can use to scan bar codes of any product in your house

Environmental Working Group (EWG) 

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Check out last spring's crate!

Credit: My Lemon Crate Instagram

 

A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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If this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes.

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23 | Michael Higer, Immediate Past President of the Florida Bar, on the Importance of Mental Health and Wellness in the legal profession

Welcoming Mr. Michael Higer to the MNBP!

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Source: The Florida Bar, International Law Section 

As a practicing attorney for over thirty years and Immediate Past President of the Florida Bar (2017-2018), Mr. Higer brought his experience, perspective, and kind heart to our conversation. 

This episode is a special one and came together in a serendipitous way, thank you G.C.! We recorded live in Key West, FL just as he concluded his term. The primary topic of this episode is the most important initiative during his time as President of the Florida Bar:


the mental health and wellness of Florida lawyers

 

Despite my limited and inexperienced perspective as a young lawyer, I feel the stress, anxiety, and the pressure that accompanies working as a lawyer. Fortunately, due to experiences in my life, I am aware of it, how I deal with it, and on a daily basis, take steps to cope in healthy ways as well as continue in the direction of being of service to others who need support.  

Mr. Higer shared with us the ways in which The Florida Bar is supporting their members. What is important to remember is that the conversation now exists! Whereas in years past for attorneys struggling, there was no conversation.

I hope that Michael's words hit a cord in you so that you can recognize in yourself, if you are a practicing attorney or not, when you need to take a stand. If you work as an attorney in Florida or in any other state and you are struggling with stress, anxiety, and taking care of yourself, I encourage you to speak up, reach out, ask for help. It is worth it - you are not alone.

 

Memorable quotes: 

“Engage the conversation, elevate the conversation, maintain the conversation, and continue the conversation if you are going to address the core issue which is the stigma.” - on the conversation about the Mental Health and Wellness of Florida Attorneys

“We have started the conversation so people can feel a little bit more comfortable about the conversation.”

“How are you going to make yourself stronger, how are you going to make yourself more equipped.” - on coping with stress in the legal profession 

 “Whatever you do, do it because you love doing it, because you are passionate and you really care.” - advice to a young lawyer or anyone in 2018

“There is always time in every single day to take a little time for yourself.” - on self-care 

 

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A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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22 | Sam Vander Wielen, attorney turned entrepreneur, on how she found and created her online business helping women entrepreneurs

Welcoming wonder woman, Sam Vander Wielen, attorney turned entrepreneur to the MNBP!

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Sam practiced as a corporate attorney for five years before she started her career as an entrepreneur. Prior to finding her groove working with women online entrepreuners to ensure their businesses and websites are up to legal par Sam worked at a health coach and in corporate wellness. 

To say she is a go-getter is an understatement, Sam is a DO-er in all senses of the word. Learning more about Sam's journey and how it has beautifully blossomed into where she is today makes me feel excited and totally in awe of the work she has done in carving out her niche business. Sam shares with us the importance of finding what makes you tick and being open and curious as well as playful as your business starts to take shape and develop. 

In addition to running her own business, Sam loves to travel and experience hygge moments. Living in Denmark I am very familiar with hygge and its presence in my daily life. I hope you will enjoy Sam's words, our conversation, and if you are curious about working with Sam, do not hesitate in reaching out to her. She is extremely knowledgable and kind. 

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Sam's website
Insight Timer Meditation App
Oh She Glows
Minimalist Baker
Trusted House Sitters
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

 

A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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Thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your feedback and words so please feel free to reach out to me. Do not be shy!

If this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes.

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21 | Scott Rogers on Present Moment Awareness in the Legal Profession

Welcoming Scott Rogers to the My Natural Beet Podcast!

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Scott works as the "founder and director of the Institute for Mindfulness Studies and of the University of Miami School of Law's Mindfulness in Law Program."  He shares mindfulness and other contemplative practices with those in high stress and high consequence environments - including lawyers and law students. The first time I was introduced to Scott's work was when my Dad shared with me a little about Scott's "Mindfulness and the Law" presentation he gave over the phone to those who attended an Inns of Court meeting in Pensacola, Florida.  

I remember feeling happy to learn that someone (this guy!) was taking the time to talk to busy lawyers and judges about the importance of present moment awareness - mindfulness - and how starting a mindful practice would leave you feeling content, calm and in general, feeling more at ease while practicing law.  Scott travels all over the United States introducing this unique tool to lawyers and lawyers-to-be.

 “You will spread it most effectively by embodying it.”  - on living a mindful and healthy life

“You will spread it most effectively by embodying it.”  - on living a mindful and healthy life

This episode is insightful and hopeful because Scott shares with us many of the steps that are currently being taken in legal education and in the legal profession to promote law student and lawyer wellbeing.  Scott even mentions the work being done by current Florida Bar President, Michael Higer, who is addressing lawyer wellness and mental health.

To give you some background on Scott's work in mindfulness it is important to note that he along with Dr. Amishi Jha are the program directors at UMindfulness which is the University of Miami's Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative where research is conducted on the efficacy and benefits of short-term mindfulness practices. This initiative was started in 2010 and has been evolving ever since. UM's mindfulness initiative is a testament to the open minded-ness of the administration and receptiveness of the students, faculty, and surrounding community. It was a natural sign of growth when the law school decided to include Mindfulness and the law programs. 

At the University of Miami School of Law, there are at least four courses offered: Mindful Leadership, Mindful Ethics, Mindfulness in the Law (each semester), Mindfulness in Motivating Business Compliance in the Law and there are also a few opportunities to practice present moment awareness around the law school campus. For example, a weekly mindful walk around the lake, a short stretch and mindful movement the in student lounge, and a sitting practice with faculty.  As a former law student who attended a once-a-week meditation group - thanks to Professor Krieger at Florida State University College of Law - I am in awe of the resources available at UM School of Law. What a wonderful tool to equip students with and as a student, what a wonderful tool to be equipped with!

Here is to a more mindful and kind legal profession and to the development and support of law students as they matriculate through their rigorous studies to one day become a member of the legal community! I might add that this is the first MNB episode that used the channel of FaceTime video while recording the conversation. Usually my guests and I connect over FaceTime audio and although I was a bit nervous to have the camera on me the entire conversation, I found our conversation was more engaging and I even felt more connected in the conversation. Thanks Scott for flipping the camera on and inadvertently pushing me a bit outside of my comfort zone! And I am aware that this episode might suggest how important sleep is to me because I mention my lack of it it a few times, please forgive :) 

 

“Mindfulness is one form of cultivating greater present moment awareness and there are many.”


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Fairchild Botanical Garden

 

“You will spread it most effectively by embodying it.”  - on living a mindful and healthy life

“We don’t know what tomorrow brings so let’s not miss this moment because that is where the meaning in life resides.” 

 

A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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Thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your feedback and words so please feel free to reach out to me. Do not be shy!

If this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes.

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20 | Therapeutic Skin Coach, Hayley Wood

Welcoming Hayley Wood to the My Natural Beet Podcast!

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Hayley is a licensed esthetician and works as a therapeutic skin coach (TSC) in Los Angeles, California. She works both in person and via Skype with clients who do not live in the area. Hayley coined the TSC because she felt that the existing terms (esthetician, facialist) limit what she truly does which is "coach and guide people beyond their skin care treatments to truly help transform their skin. Half the battle is knowing someone is there for you and has the willingness to support the ups and the downs."  

What drew me towards learning more about what Hayley does was her kind and approachable manner.  She is knowledgeable about what she does, has years of experience, and you can tell she is passionate about what she does!  

Our conversation begins with how she got into skin care, what she is currently doing, and she even shares with us her top three pieces of advice for anyone interested in taking better care of their skin.  I hope you will enjoy learning about Hayley and what she does. And remember if you are in need of a TSC, she is your gal!

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 "Skin care is an opportunity for self care."

 

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A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

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Thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your feedback and words so please feel free to reach out to me. Do not be shy!

If this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes.

The more the merrier my friends! 

Also, if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

Stay true to you!

19 | Letting it Out with Katie Dalebout

Welcoming Katie Dalebout to the My Natural Beet Podcast!

She is cute, isn't she? YEAH!

If you are not already familiar with Katie, let me introduce you to her. She is resident of New York City, a green apple-lover and she is not only the host of her five-season, exceptional podcast called Let it Out, she is a published author of her book called Let It Out, A Journey Through Journaling.  Both are unique outlets that she created and continues to contribute to.  Her podcast has over 200 episodes with extremely interesting guests and the topics range from self acceptance and gratitude to community and creativity. Having read her book from cover to cover, I highly recommend it! There are 55 journal prompts which lead you to getting quiet and honest with yourself as you dive deep into your journal. Don't forget to get hygge - create your cosy space ;) 

Journaling and writing by hand has always been a way for me to slow down, even stop, and think about how I feel in the moment about what is happening around me. If are you skeptic to journaling and cannot fool with writing by hand (hey, Mama Kay!) I encourage you to try it out. Find a nice pen, paper, space, and "Let It Out" as Katie so famously says!

I hope this episode will allow you to get to know Katie better as well as inspire you to stay inquisitive, present, and above all - stay true to you!
 

Here is our conversation:

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Katie's podcast
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“The only way out is through.”

- Katie Dalebout

 Katie's book

Katie's book

A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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Thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your feedback and words so please feel free to reach out to me. Do not be shy!

If this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes.

The more the merrier my friends! 

Also, if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

Stay true to you!

18 | Law Professor and Bar Coach Phillip (Phil) Sandon and the bar exam

Welcoming Law Professor and Bar Coach Phillip (Phil) Sandon to the My Natural Beet Podcast!

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My final semester of law school, December 2014, I was in Professor Sandon's bar prep class. Sitting in his classroom day in and day out, I did not realize his unique approach to bar exam preparation. I also did not realize how thorough his experience and expertise was regarding the material on the bar exam. It was only after I finished the course that I realized that I should have heeded to ALL of his advice on how best to situate and prepare myself to learn and understand the black letter law.

Preparing yourself for the bar exam can quickly start to feel overwhelming. I know this from experience - I prepared three separate times.  While you might be in the interim waiting for your results period or you might be gearing yourself up for the July examination, it is never too early to begin thinking about how to utilize stress management, mindfulness, and organization to set yourself up for success. Bar exam or not these tools are critical in practicing law and, I would argue, in staying on top of the tasks and challenges that you face daily both in your professional and personal life.  If you are interested in support in this area of your preparation, please feel free to contact me!

Utilizing and mixing the above mentioned tools with a solid foundation and approach towards learning and applying black letter law, you soon have a recipe for success! This is where Phil's work comes to play and how I realized, over time, how niche and special his work is. When you are preparing for an intense two day exam it helps to feel as if you have studied, read, and (hopefully) remembered every testable concept under the sun. As a professor, Phil helps you to do exactly that!

Last December, we sat down together and had this conversation. I was able learn more about Phil and his work with students as they prepare for the bar exam. Phil has been teaching and bar coaching since 1998. He finds his role as a bar professor and coach to be rewarding financially as well as gratifying in helping people succeed in their goals. You might even wonder how he began to teach students during this unique preparation period,  if you listen to the episode you will find out!  After years of experience, Phil also includes a few tips that might contribute to your success. 

Professor Sandon's voice used to accompany me at all times of the day when I was studying for the bar - from when I was walking outside for fresh air to before falling asleep - (I recorded a lecture or two ;)) so I hope that you will enjoy our conversation and perhaps take something away from it if you recently sat for the bar or will soon sit for the bar.

 

REMEMBER: 

"If you don't have goals, how do you know if you have succeeded at all?"

- Professor Phil Sandon.
 

What Phil does to stay in his natural beet: 

Walk outside in the morning 

 

Here is our conversation:

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"If you don't have goals, how do you know if you have succeeded at all?" - Professor Phil Sandon.

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A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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Thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your feedback and words so please feel free to reach out to me. Do not be shy!

If this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes.

The more the merrier my friends! 

Also, if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO! 

17 | Leonardo Arias Vera - The first live in-person episode of the MNB Podcast

Welcoming Leonardo Arias Vera, Leo, to the My Natural Beet Podcast!

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A few months ago when I was in the U.S., I was fortunate enough to spend time with Leo. After meeting in a class we were both taking one semester in law school, International Human Rights, we became fast friends. Getting through law school and the bar exam experience can be trying but when you have a friend like Leo you are often reminded to take it easy, laugh, and enjoy the small, simple things in life.

To give you a little background Leo is an attorney in Cuba and most recently (last year) became licensed in the United States, Florida to be specific. Leo has many years of experience working on immigration law and currently does civil litigation work specifically relating to family law and landlord/tenant issues as a staff attorney at Legal Services of North Florida.

Leo is a cheerful friend, a solid and hard working attorney, and I am happy to have him share his perspective with us! 

Here is our conversation:

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Leo's work: Legal Services of North Florida.
 

 Los dos unos días después del bar examen, totalmente en el mode de relax :) 

Los dos unos días después del bar examen, totalmente en el mode de relax :) 

A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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Thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your feedback and words so please feel free to reach out to me. Do not be shy!

If this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes.

The more the merrier my friends! 

Also, if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

Take care and make sure to laugh :) 

16 | A conversation with Dennis Kainen

Hey guys! I have known my next guest for many years now (counting with two hands!) and each time I talk with him I feel recharged, calm, and happy because his outlook on life is an optimistic one. Our conversation meanders from how he started his career as a lawyer to the way he explores his spirit with many tidbits in between including a few pointers on how to be a thoughtful human being. I hope you enjoy our relaxed, post-eclipse convo as much as I did.

Welcoming Dennis to the MNBP!

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Here is our conversation

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A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

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As you know, that was MNB episode number 16. (WOW!) I feel grateful for the guests I have met and had on the MNBP as well as any one who has listened to one episode or all of them.

My intention is that with each episode -
you think about something in a new light or even think about something you had not thought of before.

Again, thank you for tuning in. I appreciate your feedback and words so please feel free to reach out to me. Do not be shy!


And if this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes.

The more the merrier my friends! 

Also, if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

With this, go and enjoy yourself :) 

14 | David Lee on courageous communication and his upcoming FL Bar approved CLE Webinar called "Getting to Reasonable"

The next guest on the My Natural Beet Podcast brings years of experience in productive and positive work place communication to the conversation. He is passionate about courageous conversations and making each interaction we have with another positive, light, and to the point.
He also shared with us a little about his upcoming Florida Bar CLE approved webinar on October 20, 2017 at 18:30pm. The webinar is titled: "Getting to Reasonable" and it is about dealing with upset and generally difficult clients or colleagues.

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This episode is good for anyone who needs or wants to have that important and challenging conversation with an employee/employer, anyone who is curious about how to be a more effective communicator, and anyone who would like to receive a few words on how to handle responding to someone who is acting unreasonable.

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Who:  David Lee 

Where: Saco, Maine, USA

When:  31 August 2017

What we explore together:

  • His work and how he got into organizational development and communication within the workplace especially important workplace conversations
  • Practical advice for an employee who is having trouble with their boss
  • His current projects including a book proposal called "Courageous Conversations 2.0" and his upcoming CLE webinar for Florida attorneys called "Getting to Reasonable." 
  • Suggestions from the school of “hard knocks” including practical advice for effective communication when someone is upset and/or unreasonable.

 

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How David explores:

The world:

A lot of it is through conversation with people.

He loves hearing stories about life experiences. Travel is something he enjoys.
His favorite exploration, though, is of the world is the world of relationships.

His Mind:

I am constantly reflecting and processing everyday life. 

“Simple life experiences that can be a metaphor for life lessons.”

His Body:

“I am super into fitness!”

He gets so jacked about his morning workout, i.e. he loves it and sometimes wakes up early because of his enthusiasm!

By doing vigorous exercise in the am, it helps him focus throughout the day. He also stresses the importance of yoga and other mobility and flexibility practices. 

His Spirit:

He does walking and driving meditations (his eyes are open!). 

Yoga and chi gong help him get into that connected state. He enjoys the music of Hildegard von Bingen (see link below).

 

The one activity, habit, behavior that makes David feel in his Natural Beet is:

Sleep!

And taking care of yourself physically.

Final words David parted us with:

"Life is a mystery to be lived and not a problem to be solved."

 

QUOTABLES/TAKE AWAYS:

  • “Focus on how can I bring this issue up in a way that lets my boss know I get it that you are the boss… and indicates can we talk about this.” - on workplace communication
  • “There is this balance of being bold enough and brave enough to bring it up but also communicating in a respectful and safe way where the boss doesn’t feel like they have to remind you who they are and who you are.” – on workplace communication
  • “Obviously, my job is to bring out the best in you and I want to do that but because I am not perfect there will be things that I do that I do not bring out the best of you and maybe annoy you. So rather you gritting your teeth I appreciate you bringing it up.” – on workplace communication in a nice, inviting way
  • “I was listening to this podcast and they were talking about communicating in the workplace and communicating with their boss. And I was wondering is there a way that is most appealing to you or useful to you if I have requests for you or suggestions on what works best for me in our relationship, a way for me to bring that up that feels respectful to you but is also clear and useful.” – on approaching your boss
  • “Every better result you want requires a better conversation” - encouraging the conversation
  • “Human beings are creatures of reciprocity.” -  if someone shows us goodwill in that way,  we do that but if someone is pushing their view, then we push back. 
  • “If we want to go into new territory in life, we need to delete unproductive beliefs, unproductive outdated maps of how the world is and install, appropriate maps that will help us navigate this new territory.” - on letting go of old and welcoming new
  • “Live each day as if we are on our own heroes journey” 
  • “Our inner world is unceasingly fascinating!” – on being an introvert


 Links mentioned to or referred to:
 
David's business: Human Nature At Work

Courageous Conversations That Work – if you are struggling with having a challenging conversations at work

Sign up for the CLE webinar called Getting to Reasonable: How to Calm Down Upset and Unreasonable Clients and Get Them to Think and Communicate Rationally

Joseph Campbell – The Hero’s Journey

Ido Portal - Movement Culture

Hildegard von Bingen



A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

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If this episode with David was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes. The more the merrier my friends! And if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

May you be well :) 

 

13 | Inês David on veganism, keeping an open mind, and how living in Berlin sparked her interest in veganism and writing her cookbook, "Como assim, vegan?" + BONUS recipe

Welcoming this darling chef to the MNBP!

Inês and I became fast gal pals who will one day cook delicious food together and explore new areas :) We were initially in contact when I volunteered to become a recipe tester for her cookbook. As you will hear in this episode, that quickly became a busy time for her! Inês has a sweet voice and a positive outlook on life. I am excited for when her book, "Como assim, vegan?" is translated from Portuguese into English - I will be one of the first in line! 

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Credit: Inês

This episode is good for anyone interested in dabbling with veganism, learning more about it, and learning how Inês created her cookbook.

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Who:  Inês David

Where: In her hometown of Almada, Portugal 

When:  4 July 2017

What we explore together:

·       What she is currently working on and what she did prior to writing her cookbook

·       The process of creating her recently published cookbook, "Como assim,vegan?"

·       How and where she gets inspired to create vegan food

·       What led her to life a plant-based vegan lifestyle

·       Suggestions if you would like to dabble!
 

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How Inês explores

The world:

With an open mind.

"I always go to everything with an open mind."

"Don’t be afraid and go without any prejudices against others and others people." 

        Her mind:         
                   
Go with the flow ~

"My mind can be very troubled, I overthink everything. I try to be careful with my mind because I know that I tend to be this way so I try to not overthink things and just know that I don’t have control over most things."


Her body:  

"When I feel I am comfortable in my skin that’s when I’m the best version of myself."

"I feel really connected to my body all of the time. I really listen to it. I really like to stay active. I really like to exercise. I need to move."

Her spirit

“It’s a matter of being connected to the world around you.”

“I am really about feelings.”

"It’s related to my mind, I am very sensitive to things. Sometimes I can feel something is wrong with someone."

"I try to embrace everything and really understand what is going on. I feel that there is this whole bubble of energy around everyone."

The one activity, habit, behavior that makes feel in her Natural Beet is:

her morning routine as it makes her feel good. 

She wakes up early in the morning and her current go-to breakfast obsession is chia pudding (bonus recipe, below!). She has a glass of water, always and stretches for 5-10 minutes in the am.

Words Ines wanted to leave with us:

If you are struggling with food --

 “You should try to listen to your body and stay in tune wth the environment that is surrounding you.”  

And remember:

“Go to the beach, you just have to have a body.” 

“Just enjoy and get some vitamin D."

"Try eating vegan and stay curious, don’t try to lose weight - just listen to your body and eat lots of fruits and veggies and everything will be alright :) "

Ines was kind enough to share with us one of her recipes for a simple and delicious breakfast of chia pudding! Check it out below. 

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Credit: Inês

From Inês:

"Chia pudding is one of my favorite breakfasts. Ok, breakfast is by itself my favorite meal. So, all breakfast recipes tend to be my favorite. This one keeps me full the whole morning and it’s great in a hot summer day. We all have been waiting for those days, haven’t we?

#HOWTOMAKECHIAPUDDING


Ingredients:

• 40-45g chia seeds (.16-.19 cups)

• 1 cup / 250 ml of non-dairy milk (I tend to use soy or almond milk)

• 3 tbsp of coconut yogurt
 

Method:

1- Add chia seeds to a tall mason jar (or any glass jar).

2- Mix in milk and shake. Shake, shake, shake! At least for 30 seconds. Chia seeds tend to cluster together quickly, so this step is important.

3- Add coconut yogurt and shake again, until everything is well combined.

4 – Leave it in the fridge overnight, or for at least 4 hours.

That’s it! The best part is that in the morning, you have breakfast ready to go. All it needs are your toppings of choice. Mine are peanut butter and fresh fruit. The possibilities are endless: granola, jam, goji berries, you name it. Just something to add a little sweetness. You can also add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup to the mix, but I prefer to keep mine plain and just add ripe fruit. Enjoy!"

I hope you try it - as it sounds delish :) 

Links mentioned or referred to:

Website of Inês
Email to order cookbook: editora@caminhodaspalavras.com
Check out cookbook here
Fridge picture article
Vegan scene in Berlin
Jessica Murnane's website
Vegan summer festival in Berlin
Meditation apps: Headspace and Calm

Documentaries:

What the Health

Cowspiracy.

 

 

QUOTABLES/TAKE AWAYS:

  • "Just explore." - on eating vegan
  • "Just try and see how the food tastes." - on trying veganism
  • "I am inspired by the world's cuisine." - when writing her book and cooking
  • "I was mesmerized with everything." 
  • "I think we found our thing." - stumbling upon the vegan festival in Berlin
  • "We just started experimenting." - on starting veganism 
  • “I’m trying to not go as much as I used to by plane.” “old school traveling” - by car and train.
  • Don't be afraid of the vegan community." - encouraging anyone to tr it out
  • ”It is a matter of showing up everyday. " - on meditation
  • "Enjoy the moment and not overthink the future because everything will work out." - on not overthinking
  • "I want to approach my mind with a relaxed mood.” - exploring her spirit
  • "I accept my body for what it is but also really take care of it - nourish it as best I can, keep it moving.” - on movement
  • “I really like dancing.” - on movement

A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

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If this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or please leave a review on iTunes. The more the merrier my friends! And if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

Hasta la próxima!!

12 | Matt Corker on The Corker Co., overcoming negative self-talk, "shipping your ideas," and starting your own 100 Before 100

The next guest on the MNBP is vibrant and committed to making an impact in this world.  Not only is Matt an avid yogi and an open-minded world traveler, he co-owns a business with his sister called The Corker Co. where together they run a people consulting firm.  They want strong leaders to have the opportunity to work with great people so they recruit people to join their client's team or develop their client's current existing team through custom program development or through an online manager training called Manager Start Line. From working at Lululemon to developing and creating the The Corker Co., the dynamic duo have been working together for two full years.

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Matt shared his experience in facing negative self-talk, overcoming it, and learning how to use it to your advantage.  We discussed the notion of "shipping your ideas."  He is a published author writing a book called: "Getting Over the Rainbow."  This book is written in a way that if you picked it up and flipped it open to one page you would get something out of it. We also talked about his "100 before 100" - I was challenged to create my own. Let's see how I go ;) 

This episode is good for anyone interested in learning more about Matt and what he does at The Corker Co., "shipping your ideas," how to overcome and use negative self-talk to your advantage, and making your own "100 before 100."

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Who:  Matt Corker

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where he currently lives.  Matt grew up in Ontario, north of Toronto, and moved to BC for school. 

When:  3 July 2017

What we explore together:

  • Canada Day history and traditions
  • How Matt's education and prior work experiences led him to work at The Corker Co. alongside his sister
  • The good work that is done at The Corker Co.
  • Facing negative self-talk and learning how to use it to your advantage
  • How conversations over a dinner table in Copenhagen turned into the book Matt later wrote and published called: "Getting Over the Rainbow."  
  • How Matt overcame negative self-talk and successfully wrote and published his book 
  • Matt's 100 before 100 - stemming from the idea of a bucket list and how there are all these things we would like to do before we die - what would be the things we want to experience, not necessary goals but the cool detour on the road trip. This list makes sure we still stop and smell the roses.  And of course, you are free to add and take things off to keep yourself in your natural beet. We can always ask ourselves: are these still the detours I want to take/experiences I want to have? 

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How Matt explores 

The world:

"I absolutely love to travel!" Has gone to airport before without an airplane ticket and said let's get on next plane.

"Traveling to new countries."

His favorite way to explore in a new place is on a bike.


His mind                            

He spends a lot of time alone during the day to day so he often needs perspective in order to listen a bit deeper and if so, "I will go sit by the water or sit on our deck." This is an opportunity to be reflective.

He is a big reader of articles and books. He loves to learn.

His body:  

Practicing yoga. 

He recently hired a personal trainer.

"I am also aware that, you know, with all the talk with what is the best thing to eat, it is not necessarily about what is good for my body but also what is good for my body in the environment that my body is in." 

"I love what I eat and I love to eat"

His spirit

Prayer.

He says a little prayer before he jumps on a coaching call or before teaching a yoga class.Right after he says a prayer. This practice keeps him grounded and connected to god, to the higher beings that are around us all of the time and also, connected to my own spirit.

"Continued devotion of I am here, I am so committed to making an impact in this word and I know that I cannot do it alone" - on his prayer

What makes Matt feel alive and electric:

Coming home from a big day of work and spending time with his partner, relaxing and chatting together -

 "makes me remember what is most important in my world"
 

The one activity, habit, behavior that makes Matt feel in his Natural Beet is:

wake up before 7 o'clock so you can appreciate it, move your body so you can shower before 8:30, and eat breakfast

and

"At the end of the day, say thank you."

Matt gave me the final words -  I encourage everyone in:

"making the time and the space to invite what feels good to you and what makes you feel like yourself" & "being honest with themselves," making more time and space to appreciate and to do and to act on that - meditation, little walks, - tuning in and figuring out what feels good, and by golly just doing it!"

LINKS MENTIONED OR REFERRED TO: 

Matt Corker - Matt's personal website

The Corker Co. 

"War of Art" - Steven Pressfield 

Seth Godin - mentor of Matt

"Getting Over the Rainbow" Matt's book 

Matt's "100 Before 100"

 "The Karma of Love: 100 Answers for your Relationship"- Geshe Michael Roach

QUOTABLES/TAKE AWAYS:

  • "We believe a great boss makes a difference in people's lives." 
  • "We are creating a movement of people changing their lives - through a fulfilling career and the other is through love." - about the Corker Co.
  • "Fuel for your dreams." - what they refer to as a severance package
  • "I am a self-proclaimed extrovert" - on his personality
  • "When I first started my blog I was really worried about what other people would think." - on growth
  • "When an idea comes and we don't produce anything with it then we have already killed it." 
  • "We are our worst critic."
  • "Ship your idea."  - just get it out into the world, deliver it, let it be what it is today. 
  • "And ship it again tomorrow." - Just create, just poor it out. 
  • "1. Use resistance as guidepost 2. ship it and get it out the door" - on using resistance to your advantage
  • "I'm less afraid to put things out in the world that may ruffle feathers."
  • "I know I can't please everyone anymore"
  • "I just give him kudos for sticking it out." - on who he used to be in regards to pleasing everyone
  • "I was so mean to myself and at the same time i would never say that to someone else." 
  • "Speak to myself the way that I would want to speak to others" - on being aware of the inner critic
  • "It is not a necessity - on negative chatter
  • "But it is a good example as to where we are at in our comfort zone" - looking at resistance
  • "When something knocks like that into our world, we have to listen" - on tuning into what is knocking
  • "Planting seeds for what you are looking for"
  • "Be a good gardener" - from the book he is currently reading



A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

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If this episode with Matt was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about consider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes. The more the merrier my friends! And if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

Hasta la próxima!

11 | Amelia Harvey on the benefits of meditation and finding your own natural beet

Amelia Harvey is my next guest on the MNBP and you know what? I could listen to her talk for hours. She has a charming and soothing Australian accent and more importantly, she speaks with grace about what is important to her and what she feels strongly about.

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Credit; Amelia Harvey

Amelia works as a life and business coach and meditation teacher. She owns her own mindfulness studio called Exhale where she offers courses, workshops, and mindfulness classes. Amelia shared a few -- whooa! -- words on the benefits of meditation with us:

"If you could package those benefits up and put it in pill people would pay thousands of dollars every month to be able to experience those benefits of feeling more present, and being more calm and coping with stress. All we have to do is sit down for ten minutes a day and we get those benefits."

This episode is good for anyone interested in learning more about meditation and mindfulness, our moon cycle as women, and the importance of a sweet and cosy bedtime routine.  

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Who:  Amelia Harvey

Where: Perth, Australia

When: 28 June 2017

What we explore together:

  • Amelia's work as a life and business coach and meditation teacher who owns her own mindfulness studio where she offers courses, workshops, and mindfulness classes 
  • What Amelia finds gratifying in her work
  • The amazing soul sister group Amelia created that touches on the following six different topics: intuition (inner wisdom)/inner critic (fear) distinction, self love, emotional wellbeing, body love and goddess power (the relationship with your body, femininity, and food), energy balancing/clearing, and manifesting and goal setting
  • Amelia offered a few tips for a beginner or someone interested in living a more mindful life and starting a meditation practice
  • The moon cycle and the phases we experience as women throughout the month
  • The importance of a bedtime/sleep routine and the importance of getting to bed at the same time each night
  • Amelia's belief in meditation changing your life for the better
  • A few words on finding your own natural beet
     

 

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How Amelia explores

The world:

With so much wonder. 

Getting out in nature. 

"Having that open mind - always reminding myself I don't know best and that there are different ways of doing things that I haven't even seen yet." 

I could be wrong with everything. With this approach, it makes learning and growth very easy. 

With an open heart

Her mind  

Journaling.

To understand my thoughts and get clarity, I need to be able to see them on paper.      

Her body:  

She loves to move.

She loves to learn more about her body by
listening to her body and strengthening her body.

She has recently become a "sleep guru" because of her keen interest in sleep.

Her spirit

She loves finding her center and wisdom, usually through meditation.

She does visualization meditations and chakra work. 

The one activity, habit, behavior that makes Amelia feel in her Natural Beet is

meditation

"Nothing will make you feel more you than meditation." 

Final words Amelia left with us: 

On finding your natural beet, find what feels good to you - don't expect someone else's way to work for you.

We need to run everything through our filter, our intuition: those little nudges in the direction we need to go. 

Trust those nudges and put everything through your filter.

It (life, body, etc.) doesn't have to look like anyone else's -

it's Y O U R S!
 

Links mentioned or referred to:

Amelia's website

Amelia's meditation studio, Exhale

Apps: Headspace, Calm, Smiling Mind 

Claire Baker - Adore your Cycle, Amelia's friend

Amelia's video on her website phases of cycle 

 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

The Course of Love - Alain de Botton

Thrive - Ariana Huffington

Sleep Smarter - Shawn Stevenson

Model Health Podcast

 Credit; Amelia Harvey

Credit; Amelia Harvey

QUOTABLES/TAKE AWAYS

  • "Meditation is such a powerful practice that can make such a big difference."
  • "I don't think I have had a client who I haven't told them to meditate in some way in some stage along the way."
  • "While it is an easy thing to do, it is a bit easier not to do it." 
  • "The studio is a place that makes mindfulness very easy, very accessible." 
  • "I love business."  - on creating both her businesses
  • "Find a mindfulness studio" - learn a little bit about it with books, podcasts, try to understand the core principles"
  • "We are not our thoughts and that our thoughts are not real. And we can choose whether or not we want to engage with them."
  • "You will find that the mindfulness starts to be a mindset that you take into all different areas of your life." 
  • "If you could package those benefits up and put it in pill people would pay thousands of dollars every month to be able to experience those benefits of feeling more present, and being more calm and coping with stress."  - on meditation
  • "All we have to do is sit down for ten minutes a day and we get those benefits" - on meditation 
  • "I really feel like me and my clients are this great team" - on coaching



A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

 Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

 Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

I hope this episode gave you a nudge to try meditation. If not, that's fine and if so, feel free to reach out to me and let me know how it is going! I  hope this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, and/or gave you something new to think about. Please onsider sharing it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes. The more the merrier my friends! 

If you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

Besos!

10 | Dr. Amy Wood and her upcoming Florida Bar approved mental health webinar: "Less Stress AND Billable Hours? Yes you can really have it all!"

Welcoming Dr. Amy Wood to the MNBP!  Dr. Wood shared with us what she does and told us about her (very exciting!) and upcoming Florida Bar approved mental health webinar titled: "Less Stress AND Billable Hours? Yes you can really have it all!"  Even if you are not a lawyer, this episode has something for you as Dr. Wood sheds light on the importance of tuning into your "internal GPS" aka your intuition. She also talks about how taking breaks, especially in nature, can boost your sense of wellbeing and also, increase your productivity. 

 Credit: Amy Wood

Credit: Amy Wood

This episode is good for anyone interested in the work that Amy does with busy, stressful adults, her upcoming wellness CLE for Florida lawyers, and she reminds us of the importance of getting outside in nature and always remaining grateful. 

SHOW MEMO

Who:  Dr. Amy Wood

Where: Portland, Maine, USA

When:  18 July 2017

What we explore together:

  • Her work and how she helps stressful, adult clients cope with the fast passed, technologically-filled life
  • Collaborative law, what it is, and her role in the process
  • Her upcoming Florida Bar approved mental health webinar: "Less Stress AND Billable Hours? Yes you can really have it all!"  The webinar is about reducing stress, learning more about yourself, developing better coping mechanisms, and moving forward. After you will have a practical roadmap to help you continue along.  The webinar will be held on August 24th, 2017 at 6:00pm Eastern and it costs $79.00. If you are interested, send her an email at amywood@amywoodpsyd.com. Remember, if you cannot catch it live, it will be available for download after.  

Subscribe: iTunes 

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How Amy explores:

The world:

“Through my senses” 
This way you are actually being, listening, and feeling experiences and you are more likely to remember that experience.
For example, hiking in nature.

“If you get away from work and immerse yourself in nature, you get more done and feel refreshed and positive.”

“Those people who take their vacation time and weekends, those people ultimately make more money, happier, and have fun.”

Her mind:     
                       
Through reading.

She exposes herself to things outside her regular habits or comfort zone. She likes to try something outside of what she usually goes with.

Her body

She stays pretty active by hiking, run, swimming, walk, and a little bit of surfing.

"Listen to what your body needs”- on choosing what to eat

Her spirit:
 
Connection is her definition of spirituality.

“Immersing myself in different opportunities to feel that connection”

“Spending time with people I love.”

“Getting together with people I do not see everyday.”
 

The one activity, habit, behavior that makes feel in her Natural Beet is:

At the end of everyday she writes down there things that she appreciates.
It is a great way to unwind and of course, she loves to spend time with her dog. 

And remember: 

“Whatever happens you are going to be able to handle it”

The three words she uses to description herself:

Curious, Optimistic, and Committed

Words Amy wanted to leave with us:

 
Remember to tune into the webinar on August 24th at 6E for the price of $79.
You can email: amywood@amywoodpsyd.com and of course, if you want to learn more about her, check out her book titled
"Life Your Way: Refresh Your Approach to Success and Breathe Easier in a Fast-Paced World."  It is all about how to go within and create the life that you want.

 

Links mentioned or referred to:

Amy Wood's website
Amy Wood's book
Collaborative Law- in Minnesota.
Maine Collaborative Law Alliance

QUOTABLES/TAKE AWAYS:

“Offering people a port in the storm” - on what she does
“More about helping ambitious adults stay centered and stay grounded” - on what she does
“We all have an inner voice” - on our intuition
“Getting in touch with their intuition” – helping others
“Accept that it isn’t going away" - on stress
"Go within, change your perspective - learn to navigate these external demands, You need single minded focus.
“Intuition: internal GPS" - on stress
“Go with your strengths”-  on how to manage stress
“Human interaction grounds us”- on connection
“You have to get our body to try new things.” - on movement
“Listen to your body”- on what you eat
“Focus on what you appreciate!”

 

A huge shout out to the guys of Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Visit them on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 

 Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

 Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

If you are a Florida lawyer, I hope you will check out Amy's webinar. And in any event, I hope this episode was inspiring, made you laugh, or gave you something new to think about. I would be glad if you shared it with a friend and/or left a review on iTunes. The more the merrier my friends! And if you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

Be  Y -O - U!

09 | Sam from Dirty Alchemy on regenerative agriculture and living a sustainable life in alignment with your values

Welcoming my next guest, Sam from Dirty Alchemy to the MNBP!  Sam is special. She has this soul-shining, beautiful intelligence that pervades from her with each word she speaks.  In addition to co-founding Living Earth Systems in Southern California, she is a mentor to women who want to be in alignment with their values. By supporting others in lightening their load and being true to themselves, Sam is a fountain of information and knows her message and values all too well. 

 Credit: Dirty Alchemy

Credit: Dirty Alchemy

She is a fellow journaler who has full-circled past journals (uhh awesome!) and has a deep connection to her place and space on the Earth.  Whether she was talking about her work with either Living Earth Systems or Dirty Alchemy, how to individually find habits and practices to incorporate into your daily life that support both you and the Earth, or regenerative agriculture, this episode contains much food for thought. It was wonderful to bring a guest to the MNBP to which I was not previously familiar with their specific line of work. Thank you for enlightening me, Sam :)

This episode is good for anyone interested in living sustainably, learning about regenerative agriculture, and wanting to live more in alignment with their values. 

SHOW MEMO

Who:  Sam 

Where: Central Michigan while visiting family

When:  27 June 2017

What we explore together:

  • How a student group who was trying to get local food into college cafeterias and her minor in Environmental Studies fed her interest in sustainability and ultimately led her to live a sustainable lifestyle. 
  • The work she does with Dirty Alchemy specifically working with women who want to align their energy with their values 
  • The inspiration behind the name "Dirty Alchemy" 
  • Being aware of letting go of the things that are not valuable to you so that you can make consistent action that matters and actually stick with it instead of jumping full force into something and getting lost in it.
  • Simple and practical places to start when wanting to align your life, begin to "follow your enthusiasm" practices that can help you 
  • What regenerative agriculture is and why it is important
  • Tips on what to do if you want to learn more about regenerative agriculture 

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How Sam explores

The world

Through food.

Breathe and food are two of the most basic ways that we commute with our external environment. 

Powerful breath work: Kundalini yoga

Her mind      

    Journaling and Meditation -
the process of all of the things we are bringing into ourselves        

Using journaling as a tool to help clarify thoughts      

She encourages the practice of free writing every morning - writing for a set amount of pages and just writing whatever comes out of your mind and your head. It is similar to a mind bath!     

Her body:  

Walking.

She consistently does strength training. 

And she loves to cook! 

Her spirit

"Living life!"

"We are spiritual beings living a human experience."

In three words, Sam is: 

Connected. Powerful. M-E.

The one activity, habit, behavior that makes Sam feel in her Natural Beet is

"Being intentional with the time before and after sleep is really important for me."
Slowly down and connecting with myself before sleeping. 
That feels really important to me.

Then Sam asked me what leaves me feeling in my Natural Beet:

By taking three to five really deep breathes and pointing out what I see and staying in the moment - tethered in the present.

Making a conscious effort to stay here and now. 

 

Links mentioned or referred to:

Sam's Dirty Alchemy

Living Earth Systems

Dirty Alchemy + My Natural Beet Go Zero Waste - New Free Challenge for Earth Lovers

Maui Moon Farm

Rama T.V.

Dreaming the Soul Back Home by Robert Moss

Dirty Alchemy on Facebook

Dirty Alchemy on Pinterest

Dirty Alchemy on Twitter
 

QUOTABLES/TAKE AWAYS:

  • "Follow your enthusiasm" - on learning practices that can help you live a more sustainable life
  • "If food excites you learn some new recipes, go to the farmers market" - on following your enthusiasm
  • "These are the things that bring me joy. These are the things that I really care about." - on finding what you value
  • "Helping women to connect with their inner guidance system and understand that they don't have to start eating granola or start wearing goddess dresses or stop wearing shoes." - on the environmental culture
  • "Regenerative agriculture is using techniques and designs and systems that leaves a piece of land better off than it was before. More fertile, more productive." -definition of regenerative agriculture 
  • "Nature is perfect."
  • "Trust our cravings." - on trusting our body
  • "We can all massively change our lifes by bringing awareness to how we are actually spending our lives, spending our money, and consuming." - our homework assignment
  • "Feel your feelings fully whether they are good or bad. Don't judge them. That alone is a really transformative practice." 


A huge shout out to Na'an Stop the jammin' band from Boulder, Colorado for the accompanying podcast music.  The song is titled Instant Gratification from the album From the Deep and can be listened to and purchased here. Their music makes you feel good and want to get up and dance! 

Check them out on social media:

Na'an Stop website
Facebook
iTunes

 Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

 Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Photo credit: https://twitter.com/naanstopmusic & http://www.boulderweekly.com/entertainment/music/green-light-for-boulder-band-naan-stop/edit: 

Wasn't this episode something else? It definitely gave me something new to think about. Feel free to share it with a friend and/or leaving a review on iTunes. The more the merrier my friends! You can even reach out to me if you'd like ;) 

If you want to Nominate a Guest to be on the MNB Podcast, feel free to do that by clicking here.

Love, love, love!

PS - Don't forget to join us during our Free 7 Day Zero Waste Challenge & Be Guided Through
the Process of Living Low Impact and Reducing Your Footprint. Click just below to come along with us. It will be fun! 

Dirty Alchemy + My Natural Beet Go Zero Waste - New Free Challenge for Earth Lovers

08 | Emily Nolan on her pretty full, full circle experience and the #prettyfull movement

Welcoming Emily Nolan to the MNBP!  Emily is a master in radical self-acceptance.  After years of dealing with disordered eating and body dysmorphia as a model and as a women, Emily had had enough. She decided to embrace her earth suit and love the body that she is in. 

 Credit: @katemoorephoto

Credit: @katemoorephoto

Emily is an inspiration for every woman on this planet to love the "earth suit" that you are in and to

"move for fun, eat for fuel, and own their Earth suits." 
 

You can tell immediately Emily is full of moxie and is passionate about sharing her story and inspiring each woman on the planet to be #prettyfull.  She recently trained for a full marathon, running the Paris Marathon earlier this year, and will soon run the Marine Corps Marathon. She is carving out her own career as the International Spokeswoman of radical self-acceptance. 

This episode is good for anyone interested in joining the #prettyfull movement, anyone who gets excited about moving or wants to be motivated to move, feeding it well, and who wants to hear about Emily's remarkable experience.  Most importantly, if you are struggling with body acceptance and self-acceptance, know that you are not alone and that you can join others/feel supported in making positive habits for yourself. Believe it - you can!  Now on to the show...

SHOW MEMO

Who:  Emily Nolan

Where: Northern Virginia, USA

When:  26 June 2017

What we explore together:

  • Her pretty full, full circle experience - from being a model at size 0 to size 16, undertaking full body liposuction as a plus size model to her explant and to her current work as a motivational speaker/thought leader in radical self-acceptance
  • How she has become a master in radical self-acceptance throughout the entire process
  • How she helps women with the process of self-acceptance and discovering who they are. PS - Emily has to date inspired 40 women to get their own explants. 
  • On moving for fun and her path to "mindfully run" by "closet running" and the "TopLess: Bra on, Belly out" events she started
  • The tool she created - her recently written and soon to be published ebook, which you can find the link to below, and her book that is forthcoming 
  • The Pretty Full movement and how she teaches women to "move for fun, eat for fuel, and own their earth suits."

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How Emily explores 

The world:

By travel and by investing in experiences instead of material things.

Her mind        

This new positive practice that she is doing each morning is to
walk for ten minutes and notice, just notice. She notices all different types of things.      

"Take time for myself to explore my mind and just let it go for its own morning movement."

She likes to read. And she recently has begun to use colored pencils to add some creativity to her life.             

Her body:  

"I move for fun!" 

She will not do any movement that is not fun. 

She tries to be as intuitive as possible. 

Eating for fuel. - most important!

The only rule she has with herself is:

 "Eat things that don't make me feel bad."

"Keeping it real simple."

Emily's advice on how to move intuitively and get to the bottom of what makes you feel good:

Understand that there is a difference between being uncomfortable and discomfort
and distinguishing the difference
between the two because one is out of love and one is out of guilt

Keep it real simple - know what it is you are consuming!

Stop and think: Did that make me feel good? Yes? Keep going! If not, find a different alternative.