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Building Psychological Strength

More and more, people are seeing the benefits of building resilience, building confidence, building mental toughness and flexibility, and moving past fear and anxiety in their lives. April Seifert, Ph.D., hosts this powerful podcast that will help you build psychological strength through interviews and information from some of the world's leading experts in the fields of Psychology and Life Design. It's time to go beyond merely surviving. It's time to thrive! This podcast is brought to you by Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength.
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Oct 31, 2018

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve taken on a big project at work or have decided to chase after a big goal. (Hooray! GO YOU!) As you’re going, you inevitably run into snags, barriers, and your own limitations along the way.

You find yourself floundering because you aren’t sure how to move past those barriers….and the self-doubt kicks in. “See, you aren’t cut out for this. There’s no way you’ll get there - you can’t get past this obstacle.”

Or, maybe you persist and reach out to others for help! Maybe they help you, and you continue to make progress….but the self-doubt kicks in. “See, you aren’t cut out for this. You didn’t have what it takes and had to rely on other people to keep you going.”

We’ve all been there.

This week, I’m going to urge you to take your victory lap anyway!

This week, I’m featuring the incredible story of a group of friends who started a technology company, even though they admit that they aren’t tech-savvy.

This week, I’m chatting with Acacia Sieling and Bre Blakely of Mindful Menu. Their company helps families meal plan, shop, prepare, and eat healthy meals, in spite of our busy lives that can get in the way.

What began as a simple emailed PDF has turned into a fully-functioning app on the app store, and the path these women took to get there is nothing short of an INSPIRATION!

They had an end goal in mind that none of them knew how to reach on their own. With some creative Googling and some help from their friends and family, these 5 friends achieved their dream!

At the end of this episode, I have a special message to you about taking your victory lap, even if you needed help along the way.

Thanks for listening!

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Oct 24, 2018

Have you ever met someone who stopped you in your tracks? Someone who made you think about and appreciate life more fully?

That happened to me when I recorded this week’s podcast episode.

This week, I’m talking to an incredible woman who has an appreciation for life that is unmatched by almost no one I’ve ever met. And, if you know me, you know how big of a statement that is.

Mettie Spiess lost two brothers to suicide. Now, as you can imagine, these two events shook her family to its core.

However, Mettie did something that many of us probably wouldn’t do. Rather than shutting down, she channeled her love for her brothers into a movement to remove the stigma around mental illness to rid the world of suicide.

I won’t lie, this episode is a heavy one.

However, more than that, this episode is one of hope. Mettie delivers such a powerful message about how precious life is and how important it is that we love and support one another.

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Oct 17, 2018

Let me ask you a basic question: how important to you are the values of compassion, empathy, and kindness? Pretty important, right?

Here’s another question: when you watch our political process on the news, to what degree do you think our elected leaders are acting out of compassion, empathy, and kindness?

Do you realize that you have the power to impact that? No really. You actually do!

What would this country look like if women got LOUD about the issues we are passionate about? What if we spoke with our voices, our money, AND OUR VOTES?

What if we held our elected officials to a standard slightly higher than we all hold our toddlers to?

  • “No, you can’t just take someone else’s things.”

  • “We don’t make fun of people and call them names.”

  • “When you see someone who needs help, go ask them how you can help them.”

How would this country look if we all voted in alignment with those values? How would it look if we kept in mind the benefit of the entire country, not just the benefit of a few people?

So many times, the values of compassion, empathy, and kindness are ascribed to women, and as a result, they’re seen as soft or weak.

This week’s interview challenges that notion.

This week, we’re talking to Sara Berliner, founder of Vote Like a Mother. She’s here to tell her story of how a small cardboard sign turned into an activism movement that is mobilizing women to change our society for the better.

Listen. Share. And go vote like a mother.

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Oct 10, 2018

How many hats do you wear on a daily basis? How much responsibility do you shoulder as a result? Do you find yourself rushing from task to task, feeling harried, stressed, and stretched thin as you attempt to get it all done?

So many of us feel this way. We strive to perfectly get everything done, and as a result, we run ourselves ragged.

But, let me ask you this: What are you missing out on because of it?

What if you’re missing out on the small, truly meaningful moments that happen each day? Moments with your family. Moments in nature. Moments when you’re alone.

We each only get 1 life, and those small, meaningful moments are the ones that truly make us feel alive. Yet, we rush past them without giving them the attention they deserve, because we have no attention left to give after we’ve given all of it away to the million tasks we try to single-handedly accomplish on a daily basis.

In this week’s episode, I’m urging you to rebalance.

This week, you will meet a woman who reached her breaking point within her family and went on strike. That’s right, she marched out of her house and sat in her front yard for a week in protest of the unequal balance of duties in her household.

And, in doing so, she and her husband learned more about themselves, about each other, and about the beautiful imperfection of life than they ever thought possible.

This week, I am so happy to introduce you to Nicole Hogan.

From the ashes of her experience on strike, a new project is rising: Housewife on Strike. She is cultivating a community where women can share their struggles and their stories of imperfection in order to give and receive support from one another.

That is the beauty of imperfection.

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Oct 3, 2018

Few topics make grown women clam up like an open, honest discussion about sex and intimacy.

What’s more, a recent study showed that 62% of women are unsatisfied with their sex lives.

Whaaaaaat?!

It’s terrible to think that a topic that is so basic to the essence of being human is one that we’re so uncomfortable with! This week, we’re tackling that topic with Jamie Thompson.

Jamie is a sex and intimacy expert, and she helps women figure out what it is that they desire and helps them get more of it in their intimate relationships.

Score!

Here’s the thing though, this episode goes way beyond sex. As it turns out, the ability to figure out what you want and then ask for it is a pretty useful and powerful skill for nearly every aspect of our lives.

I’m so excited for you all to hear this open, honest, candid conversation. I know it’ll motivate you to start thinking about what it is that you desire.

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