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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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Jul 18, 2018

When you see an injustice, someone in need of help, or a gap you could fill, how do you respond?

This week, you'll meet a woman who learned about the massive literacy problem in her state, and she has devoted her career to closing that gap.

Deb Mallin is the founder of Literacy Matters, a non-profit organization that aims to help children read proficiently by Grade 3. In her words, as kids transition from Grade 3 to Grade 4, they stop "learning to read" and begin "reading to learn." Kids who can't read at their grade level are likely to be at a disadvantage for their entire lives. 

I am so thrilled to share this interview with Deb because her organization was just selected to receive a 2:1 donation match from the Bazinet Charitable Foundation in Minneapolis. Through October 31, all donations will be matched 2:1 up to $150,000!! 

If you are at all moved by Deb's passion and this important cause, I encourage you to use the button on the right to donate. 

Donations will be used to get Deb's literacy app, Mighty Doodle, in the hands of kids who desperately need it.

As you listen to this week's episode, I'd love for you to keep in mind a couple of things:

  • Make it happen - Deb had a passion, and her work did not come easily. She worked hard to remove barriers in her way to make her dream a reality. Whether you are pursuing your own passion project, a project at work, or something else, we can all be inspired by her tenacity. Go make your goals happen!
  • If you know better, do better - I was so moved by Deb's words. So many times, we see an injustice, and we remain silent. We become part of the problem. I encourage us all to take a page from Deb's book and do what we can, even if it is only using our voices, to call out and help remedy injustices in our world. Women are incredibly powerful - we absolutely can enact change!

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Jul 11, 2018

Your mind can be your biggest asset or your biggest barrier, and the choice is up to you. 

Deep inside all of our minds is our subconscious. This is the old part of our brain that operates below our awareness, yet it exerts a powerful influence on the way we perceive the world and operate within it. 

Keeping your subconscious mind healthy, in check, and working for you can be incredibly difficult. But it doesn't have to be....

This week, I sit down with Carolin Hauser-Carson, a Humanistic Psychologist, Family Constellations Facilitator, and the author of the book The Pleasure IQ. Carolin helps women connect to their life’s mission that spurs truly fulfilling careers, amazing contributions, and abundance in the areas of health and relationships. 

This interview is incredibly interesting and powerful for so many reasons:

  • Family Constellations I learned about a new methodology for uncovering subconscious blocks called "family constellations." It has incredibly interesting connections to Cognitive Psychology and quantum-physics. You'll really want to hear about it.
  • Your Mind Can Be an Asset - Our subconscious minds evolved to seek out threats and keep us alive. Not the most adaptive way to move through a modern world! Carolin and I have a great conversation about why it is so important to train your subconscious mind to work in your favor.
  • True Yes / No - One way that Carolin works with her clients is by teaching them how to recognize decisions that are a "true yes" or a "true no," based on their underlying desires and values. She even offers a free training to learn how to do it. 

I learned so much from this interview, and I know you will too. I'm thrilled for you to meet Carolin Hauser-Carson!

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Jul 5, 2018

We all likely know what it's like to look around at our life and want to make some changes. 

This week's guest takes that notion to an entirely new, courageous level. For 12 years Nichole Carlson had the American Dream with the husband, house, and career – but she was miserable.

It wasn’t until after her mom passed away at only 47 she realized life was short. She got a divorce and sold her house. One day she quit her job, sold her car an hour later and the next day she was on a one-way ticket to Spain and traveled for the next 10 years. She even got to the point where she was homeless and eating out of dumpsters.

She was standing in line at a soup kitchen when she thought, “I’ve had it all and I was unhappy and empty. I have nothing and I’m happy. And now that I know what it takes to truly be happy, I can rebuild my life on my terms.”

She went back and intentionally rebuilt her life. 

This episode is packed with incredibly deep discussions about the topics that we all need to keep in mind:

  • Life is so short - Confronting the notion that your life is short can help you face your fears and be honest with yourself and live authentically.
  • Self neglect & self care - It serves no one to neglect ourselves. It is absolutely worth it to take care of yourself! This is especially so if you're in a caregiving role.
  • Life design requires intention - If you want to see change and improvement in your life, you have to make intentional changes. 

I hope this episode helps you think critically and honestly about your life and helps set you on the path toward alignment.

Jun 27, 2018

 Let's be honest. For so many of us, the mere idea of networking makes us curl up our lip in revolt. 

The idea of milling around in a room, full of people wearing "Hello, my name is..." name tags, trying to muster up the confidence to had your business card to the V.P. of So-and-So who is standing across the room.

If we're being really honest, that sense of dread arises because we're so focused on what we can get out of the situation.

This week's guest asks you to flip the script. Rather than thinking about networking as a way to get something, she suggests approaching it as a way to give something. As a way to cultivate real, authentic connections. Imagine that.

Jennifer Kroiss is a networking expert, and an entrepreneurial business coach.

During our conversation, we hit on so many amazing topics, including:

  • How to approach networking from a place of service. Asking yourself, "How can I be of value to this person?" rather than, "What can I get out of this person?"
  • We talked about the importance of getting 100% clear on what you want your business to look like. So many of Jennifer's entrepreneurial clients experience overwhelm when they begin entertaining work that falls outside of their passion and their vision.
  • We also talked about the importance of understanding how others might show up to a situation and how that might be different from the way we show up. As an Insights Discovery coach, Jennifer helps people work together in more productive ways, using this powerful tool. 

Whether you are an entrepreneur, or you're simply interested in making more real, authentic connections with other people, this is the episode for you. 

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Jun 20, 2018

It's not often that we get to sit down with someone we have admired for a long time. This week, I'm sharing an interview that resulted from my opportunity to do exactly that.

I have admired Nancy Lyons, CEO of Clockwork, for quite a few years. She is all of the good stuff, wrapped up together in one person.

Strong? CHECK!

Opinionated? CHECK!

Gumption and self-confidence for days? CHECK!

Gives good hugs? DOUBLE-CHECK!

You are not going to want to miss this episode of the podcast. Nancy shared so much wisdom with us all, including:

  • How she cultivated all of that gumption
  • The impact of our actions on the next generation
  • Why we're so unengaged at work and how to fix it
  • The importance of living life to the fullest
  • How to practice and cultivate positivity
  • The importance of silencing your inner critic
  • The impact of women supporting women

I'm beyond thrilled to introduce you all to Nancy Lyons!

Here are a few more details about her:

Nancy Lyons is a CEO, entrepreneur, and all around good human who speaks about the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurialism, technology, and people. Through her candid writing and speaking, she explores the many facets of life at work and champions human-centered approaches to business. Seeing work and the culture of work as the next economic frontier, she pushes the progressive boundaries of how we think about professional and personal lives.

Nancy has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. She is co-author of “Interactive Project Management: Pixels, People, and Process” (New Riders, 2012) and author of the upcoming book, “How to Win at Business by Being Nice to Humans.”

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Jun 15, 2018

You've probably heard it before. That little voice in your head that gets louder and louder, the more you step out of your comfort zone. The voice of your inner critic.

Maybe it sounds something like this, "Do you think you have enough experience for that?" Or, maybe it's more like, "No one is going to take you seriously." Or, my personal favorite, "Do you really think you can pull it off? You're not going to succeed, and you'll end up wasting all that time."

I'll let you in on a little secret. I battle the voice of my inner critic every single day. 

I was thrilled to come across a book called "Playing Big: Finding Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message." This book contains a number of exercises that I have found to be so transformative.

In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through one of those exercises designed to silence your inner critic. I'll walk you through the exercise, and then bare my soul a bit and introduce you to Ron, my inner critic. 

I hope this episode helps you quiet that voice in your head that is attempting to keep you playing small. You are so much bigger than that.

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Jun 13, 2018

This week's episode is all about women supporting other women using the power of the all-mighty dollar. 

Did you know that if we simply bought our tampons (JUST TAMPONS!) from women-owned businesses, it would drive $2.7 BILLION more into women-owned businesses than all of venture capital in 2017?! Those are some powerful tampons!!

Those of you who have taken big leaps know how scary it can be to go after your dreams, and you probably also know how amazing it is to have the support of those around you.

Support and tribe make all the difference.

It is this reason why I am so excited about what Kateri Ruiz and Angel Rowell are doing with their new venture, Maia! Maia is a directory of women-owned businesses, and Kateri and Angel created it to help connect these businesses with consumers who want to support businesses that align with their values.

Our dollars are powerful!

Kateri and Angel are giving away a free premium listing on Maia to one lucky listener who rates & reviews the podcast on iTunes and screenshots that review to me (social media DM or via aprilseifert.com)!

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Jun 6, 2018

Have you ever considered the link between authenticity and confidence?

It is so hard to be confident when we’re masking who we really are. In other words, it is hard to be confident when our insides don’t match our outsides.

This is one of the key topics we’re exploring in this week’s podcast episode.

This week you’re going to meet Susan Denk. Susan is a 38-year veteran of the construction industry and is the owner and general manager of White Crane Construction LLC, founded in 2002. 

Susan's confidence radiates from her during this interview, and she sheds light on exactly where that confidence came from. She worked hard to reconcile her outward identity with the woman inside of her, and it was only when she was able to live authentically that she was able to cultivate her strong sense of confidence.

We also talked about her dedication to mentorship and the impact it has had on her life and on the lives of the women she mentors. What an important topic for us to talk about in the context of starting big projects and going after big goals!

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May 30, 2018

Many of us are familiar with the powerful work of Brene Brown. She truly pioneered the notion that our vulnerability is not a weakness to be hidden, but rather, a powerful way for humans to authentically live their lives and connect with one another.

What does that look like for you?

Are there times when you find yourself feeling consistently vulnerable? How do you respond in those situations? Do you allow yourself to feel the authentic feelings that are coming up, or do you feel compelled to hide your vulnerability. Have you ever even stopped to take note of those times to understand them at a deeper level? 

This week, I am speaking with Silvia Turonova, an inspirational life coach who used her own difficult life circumstances as motivation and fuel to create the fulfilling life she lives today. 

Silvia immigrated to the U.S. 6 years ago from Slovakia with $500 in her pocket. Her desire to create more opportunities for herself and for her mother is what drove her to take such a big leap to start her life over. At the time, she only knew 2 sentences in English, and she had no idea what she was going to do for her career. 

Today, she is a motivational speaker, writer and an author of the book "Courage Within You." She is a founder of the Courage Within You platform blog which she launched almost 3 years ago to support and inspire people in living courageously and without limits.

Silvia has written well over 200 articles on success and personal development and was featured on some successful websites as Addicted2Success, MotivationGrid, Wealthy Gorilla and many more. Her drive to help people in changing their perspective on pain and using their courage to live more authentic lives is mainly based on her own experience and challenges.

She primarily focuses on teaching people how to find benefits in their hardships and how to love themselves through imperfections. Silvia believes that one of the best ways to experience fulfillment in life comes from being our most authentic self.

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May 23, 2018

Unfortunately, it's a near certainty that every single one of us will face some serious adversity in our lives. That might come in the form of a medical diagnosis, an accident, the loss of a job or a loved one, or something else.

The fact that the adverse situation happens to us is one thing, what we choose to do afterward, is another thing entirely.

What if you could THRIVE after adversity? What if an adverse event could be the very thing that reignites the passion in your soul and realigns you to what is really important?

I certainly experienced that on two separate occasions in my life, and this week's guest had the very same experience after she received a serious health diagnosis. 

This week, you will meet Karen Magill. She woke up one morning to near crippling levels of paralysis, with no idea what was happening to her. 

Eventually, she got her diagnosis: Multiple Sclerosis. Because of the effects of MS, she was forced to leave the work force in the year 2000 and had go on private disability....and take a 30% cut in income. In 2002, Karen filed for bankruptcy.

Karen knew the that dealing with the struggle and anxiety of her financial situation was not the way to live, so she took charge of her situation. She got herself out of debt and is now helping other people do the same. 

In her words, "You can't go after your goals if you're disabled by debt." That is so true.

I'm thrilled for you to meet Karen Magill!

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May 16, 2018

Isn't it funny how we don't think twice about helping someone else, but we so frequently put our needs on the back-burner? Whenever you fly to go somewhere, they always tell you to put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others, yet so few of us actually put that idea into practice in our lives.

This week, you're going to meet a woman who learned to heal herself while she was trying to help heal her sister. 

Alyssa Labrecque is a Nutritionist and owner of Soul Food Nutritionista. With a strong family history of irritable bowel disease and years of thinking her constipation, fatigue and extra weight were "normal", Alyssa went on a mission to stop dragging herself through the day and to transform her body by learning how to love and trust her guts!

After healing herself from an abusive relationship, she intimately experienced the close link between our emotions and our physiological symptoms. This link is an important part of the work she does today. 

Today, she is helping people to banish the gas, and ending the diarrhea and constipation so they can fit in their clothes, feel normal and start living their life again.

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May 9, 2018

We have all experienced adversity and struggle in our lives. It's unavoidable. However, what we do when we move past that adversity in our own lives can vary.

Do you simply move on?

Or, do you try to pave the way for others who might come after you?

In this episode, you're going to meet Shala Nicely, a woman who turned an incredibly adverse, difficult struggle into passion that fuels her purposeful work. 

From the age of 5, Shala struggled with the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Because of these symptoms, her day-to-day life was incredibly scary and difficult, and because of the hold that OCD had over her, she felt like she had to keep it all a secret. That's a big job for a 5-year-old.

After suffering for decades, Shala sought out treatment to get her OCD under control. And she didn't stop there.

Shala is now an OCD survivor, author, advocate and cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders in Atlanta. She is author of "Is Fred in the Refrigerator? Taming OCD and Reclaiming My Life." 

She is co-founder with Jeff Bell of BeyondtheDoubt.com, an initiative dedicated to helping people learn to thrive through uncertainty. Shala is an advocate for The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance and blogs for Psychology Today, offering an inside perspective on life with OCD.

Episode Take-Aways:

  1. Pave the way for others. One of the most fundamental ways we can help other people is to help smooth out the path for them when we have gone before them. Some of my most difficult journeys have been made a bit easier because a generous person took me by the hand and helped me move down a path they went down in the past. 
  2. Building your uncertainty muscle. We all have a comfort zone....but we all know that real growth and advancement happens outside of it. One way to help you move outside of your comfort zone is to do it gradually. Build that uncertainty muscle, one "exercise" at a time. Over time, you'll make more progress than you can imagine. 
  3. Assume positive intent. We've all been hurt by the words of others. People can be insensitive and uninformed, and they can say things that truly hurt our feelings, without even realizing it. One way to help yourself minimize the hurt that you might feel, and as an added bonus, preserve or even strengthen the relationship you have with that person, is to assume positive intent. Assume they didn't intentionally try to hurt you. That 1 small assumption can help open your mind to understanding their perspective and having a better conversation about whatever the topic may be.
  4. Get help. If you even suspect that you might be in a situation that could benefit from therapy, please go. Call today. It might seem like an indulgence, but it really isn't. It might seem like something to be ashamed of, but it really isn't. Taking care of your mind is arguably more important than taking care of your physical body. Your clarity, focus, emotional regulation, motivation, drive, calmness, and so much more come from your mind. Be good to it. Get help if you even suspect you might need it.

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May 4, 2018

Your mind can be your best, most powerful asset, or if left unchecked, it can be your worst enemy. 

In this mini-episode of the Women Inspired podcast, I'm diving into something I'm calling the Negativity Addiction. Our tendency to to automatically and more easily perceive negative events and details in the world around us. 

We fall prey to the negativity addiction in our own lives when we focus on the small negative events that happen to us on a daily basis. And, by doing that, we train our brain to form a habit to seek out more negativity in our everyday lives.

We also fall prey to the negativity addiction when we bring negativity into other people's lives through our interactions with them. 

In this episode, I challenge you to take on a new mindset practice. I challenge you to focus on the positive. Carve a new habit in your brain, and tell your mind that you have a new goal for it to seek out. The more you intentionally focus on the positive, the more it will become habitual and automatic. And that, my friends, is when your life changes. 

This mini-episode has the power to alter and improve the way you experience your day to day life. I hope you'll dive in with me!

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May 2, 2018

What are your personal values? What are your non-negotiables? Said another way, what are the things you absolutely need or absolutely refuse to put up with in your job / relationships / life?

Have you thought about it? I mean, have you really thought about it?

In this episode of the Women Inspired podcast, you're going to meet Kristi Piehl, former investigative journalist and founder and CEO of the company Media Minefield. Kristi's personal values and non-negotiables were so strong and clear that they helped her make the transition from her life-long dream job to launching and growing her own company into a massive success. All without compromising her #1 priority: being there for her family. 

In this episode, we hit on 3 powerful points:

  1. Your job is not your identity. You are so much more than the job you go to each day. You are a living, breathing person with passions, strengths, skills, and value to bring to the world. It's critical that you get to know that person on a deeper level.
  2. What are your non-negotiables? What are the personal policies or values that you are not willing to compromise on? Getting clear on these items will become your compass when you find yourself in times of turmoil and ambiguity in your life.
  3. Just start. Time and time again, I hear from incredibly successful guests who began massive projects, simply by taking one step at a time. Small movement. Small progress. Small steps taken day by day lead to incredible progress. You can do it!

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Apr 25, 2018

On Monday I released a podcast episode urging you to take immediate action on your big goals, even if you don't feel ready, and even if you don't know what you're doing.

Did you take my advice? Have you started? Want another example to inspire you?

In today's episode, you'll meet Lee Hersh, a woman who did just that. In fact, Lee began her blog, Fit Foodie Finds as a passion project 8 years ago, without the slightest idea of how to create blog. Not only did her passion project help her recognize and heal from her own eating disorder, but it grew into a massively successful, full-time business! 

Today, Fit Foodie Finds is a lifestyle content blog featuring healthy recipes, travel tips, and exercise programs, all with an eye toward helping people cultivate an enjoyable, balanced, healthy lifestyle. And, Lee herself has grown into a true social media influencer. Her Instagram account boasts over 134,000 followers!

We had an amazingly fun conversation! I feel like we hit all the bases, including:

  • How she started her passion project before she was ready and before she knew exactly what to do, and why you should too!
  • Why she doesn't plan too far into the future, and what she does instead.
  • What it means to be open, authentic, and vulnerable on social media...instead of curating our best moments (#nofilter).
  • The fact that you only live once, and finding a career that you enjoy is so critically important!

There is so much value in this episode, and I know you are going to love to get to know Lee Hersh!

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Apr 23, 2018

By this point, I have interviewed dozens of inspiring women for the Women Inspired podcast, and one of the common themes I've uncovered is that they have all started big projects way before they felt ready.

Funny thing, that's exactly what I did with this podcast, and this week, we're going to recap that journey.

  • I'm going to get real and honest about how little I knew in the beginning. (SPOILER ALERT: I knew nothing. Like NOTHING!).
  • I'll also tell you about a few mistakes I made in the beginning.
  • Finally, I'll fill you in on a few changes you'll see coming in the next few weeks / months.

Ultimately, this podcast has a much broader and deeper soul than I ever anticipated in the beginning. The changes I'm making are to align the outward face of the podcast with that deep soul. As regular listeners, I wanted to openly share them with you.

Last, I'm taking the opportunity to try to express the incredible amount of gratitude I have for each of you who have listened and supported this podcast along the way. I will never be able to fully convey how much your support means to me. Thank you so much.

I hope this episode inspires you to take the first step toward that goal that is on your mind. You are so much more capable and powerful than you give yourself credit for. Just start. Start TODAY!

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Apr 18, 2018

Why is it that everything that's healthy for us is portrayed as a "punishment" (exercise) or as some form of deprivation (healthy food)? Think about it! In this model, if you're "doing it right" you're walking around as a deprived, punished person. Who wants that?!

That being said, we all know how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. 

The answer: balance.

This week, you're going to meet Jaime Morocco, founder of Soul Powered Wellness. We have an amazing discussion about why Jaime is so passionate about helping people achieve a balanced state of wellbeing.

Hang out until the end of the episode for a powerful take-away about the importance of loving yourself first in order to gain the passion and motivation to cultivate a healthy lifestyle. 

I can't wait for you to meet Jaime Morocco!

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Apr 11, 2018

How many of you know someone who constantly dates the wrong type of person? Someone who doesn't treat them well. Someone who isn't kind. Or, simply, someone who just isn't a great match. 

This week, we're talking to Dr. Diana Kirschner, psychologist and best-selling author about why this pattern happens to people and how they can break the cycle.

In our interview, Dr. Diana and I talk about how our early life experiences create mental "templates" or "scripts" that set our expectations for what love should look and feel like. These templates become our relationship comfort zones, and without even knowing it, we seek out partners who conform to these templates....even if they're bad for us. Yikes!

More importantly, Dr. Diana talks to us about how to start rewriting these scripts or templates, starting with an exercise to reveal what she calls your "Diamond Self-Identity." 

SPOILER ALERT! During her interview, Dr. Diana takes me through an exercise to identify my Diamond Self-Identity. As it turns out, my Diamond Self-Identity name is "Adventurous Goddess of the Sacred and Uplifting Hunt!" 

And, as a special gift, Dr. Diana has handpicked and trained a team of awesome Love Mentor® coaches. And you can talk with one of them for free for 40 minutes by phone or Skype! If you have any pressing dating or love questions, sign up for your free session now.

Just go to http://lovein90days.com/dating-coach/ and you will be talking to a wise helpful Love Mentor® very soon!  Just say “April sent me” for VIP treatment! 

I absolutely can't wait for you to meet Dr. Diana Kirschner!

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Apr 4, 2018

This week, we're going after the heart of the beast. We're attacking 3 giant boulders that can get in the way of you being the person you want to be:

  1. Comparison
  2. Expectations
  3. Nay-Sayers

If you've ever felt like you had to compete with other women or you find yourself in a situation where your life and experience isn't measuring up to another woman's, this episode is for you.

If you've ever gotten down on yourself because you didn't react or perform in a way that aligns to the person you are striving to be, this episode is for you.

If you've ever felt your emotional state or your confidence take a hit when other people voice their opinions about something you're doing or working on, this episode is for you.

This week you are going to meet AmyK Hutchins. AmyK is a dynamic, energetic catalyst for producing sustainable solutions to a leader’s most pressing challenges. Thousands of executives in 10+ countries have benefited from her keen insight and intuitive understanding of the issues leaders face.

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Mar 28, 2018

In Episode 0051, I opened up and shared my story of dealing with postpartum depression and PTSD. The CDC indicates that 1 in 10 women experience postpartum depression, but they indicate that the numbers could be as high as 1 in 5. 

Although this condition affects a large number of women, in my opinion, we aren't doing enough to put resources in the hands of the mothers who need them. 

I felt compelled to do my part.

This week, I am thrilled to share with you the interview I recently did with Lisa Wimberger, founder of The Neurosculpting Institute, and author of the book Neurosculpting. 

Neurosculpting is a very specific meditiation-like practice that Lisa developed to help people heal mental illness, manage stress, and recover from countless other conditions that afflict the mind. 

I credit Lisa's work for breaking the hold that PTSD and PPD had on me. 

During her interview, Lisa and I discuss:

  • How she developed the practice of neurosculpting and the incredible impact it had on her own health conditions.
  • How the technique works to intentionally activate specific parts of the brain in a specific order.
  • The role of creating psychological triggers to help induce desired mental states.
  • How you can get started on your own neurosculpting practice.

To say I am thrilled about this week's episode is an understatement. Please listen to this episode and share it with others who might benefit from this powerful practice.

You are not alone. There is hope. I'm here cheering for you.

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Mar 26, 2018

This episode is a very special, very personal episode of the Women Inspired podcast. In this episode, I share with you my firsthand experience with postpartum depression and PTSD.

I wanted to share this story for a few reasons:

  • I want to give more attention to a condition that impacts so very many women after they give birth.In a time that should be one of the happiest of our lives, so many of us struggle with postpartum mental health issues, and it needs to be something we get out in the open.
  • If you've experienced it, I want you to know that you are NOT ALONE, and you are not weak or damaged somehow because you're going through this. 
  • I also want you to know that there are resources to help you, and it is WORTH IT to reach out and get help. 

I'm releasing this episode in advance of another very special episode, an interview with Lisa Wimberger, the author of the book "Neurosculpting." I credit this book as the turning point and the tool that helped me finally move through postpartum depression and PTSD. 

I hope you'll tune in this week, and I hope that by sharing my story, I can help inspire other women to get the help they need to find their way back. You can do it. It's worth it. YOU are worth it.

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Mar 21, 2018

If you're being totally honest with yourself, how fulfilling and aligned is your life right now? Are there areas that feel free-flowing and open, and other areas that feel more difficult? 

This week, you're going to meet Kate Snowise. Kate is a former corporate psychologist turned Life Coach. She is also the host of the "Here to Thrive" podcast. She believes that we all feel most alive when we're internally aligned and fulfilled. In her coaching programs she helps people uncover their unique needs and drivers, so that they can create happiness from the inside out.

During my conversation with Kate, we get into some goooooood stuff. We talk about:

  • How major shifts in your life can actually turn into opportunities...if you pause to recognize them.
  • The importance of being brutally honest with yourself to gain clarity on who you really are.
  • The importance of intentionally creating a life that is worth living.

Damn, this episode is right up my alley, and I hope you get a ton out of it too. I can't wait for you to meet Kate Snowise!

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Mar 14, 2018

Have you ever found that the environment you're in can impact your energy level, mood, and motivation? In one setting, you might feel sluggish and struggle to get moving, but in another setting, you might feel energized and happy.

This week, you will meet Patricia Lohan. She works with women to accelerate success in their lives by making their homes magnetic to their dreams, love, money and success.

Patricia helps women accelerate success through creating powerful environments. She shows you what they don’t teach in school, what lies between the lines, your top secret tool for success. She is a Feng Shui expert, a healer and passionate female entrepreneur who has shaped her dream life living in Bali with her husband.

She is has seen first hand the power of the mind, surroundings and inner healing, clearing and aligning everything so it works holistically. An incredibly spiritual person but also highly practical too. She loves entrepreneurship with 15 years of experience running and growing three successful start ups of her own.

I can't wait for you to meet Patricia Lohan!

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Mar 7, 2018

Have you ever faced a health challenge? I bet the answer to that question is 'yes.'

Maybe it was a diagnosis. Maybe you are struggling with your weight. Maybe you I'm sure you are facing the health implications of aging.

Regardless, I'm sure you can recall the struggles, both physical and mental, that come along with health challenges.

If this speaks to you, this episode can change your life. 

Your mindset is one of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal, and this week, we'll speak with Mari Ruddy about the role that mindset plays in the maintenance of our health. 

Mari has survived breast cancer twice and she has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 36 years. She also just finished writing her second book, which is about how to find your inner endurance athlete in the face of advancing age, health or weight challenges.

You could say she knows a thing or two about the power of a mindset of health! 

This interview has the ability to change your life, if you let it. We talk about:

  • How your health mindset drives the choices you make and how those choices impact your overall health (for better or worse).
  • Being the CEO of yourself and making intentional decisions about who you hire and who you fire in your life. 
  • The power of setting goals and of giving your mind a target to go after in your daily life.
  • The incredible mindset strength that comes from competing in endurance events, and how you can apply that mindset outside of athletics to your daily life. 

I can't wait for you to meet Mari Ruddy!

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Feb 28, 2018

What is the 1 experience you absolutely would love to have during your lifetime? That's where I need your head at as you listen to this week's episode.

This week, you are going to meet Tegan Henke. Tegan always wanted to travel internationally, but she never took steps to make it happen. After experiencing a divorce, she began a period of self-growth and self-reflection. Her desire to travel came roaring back, and she began to intentionally create a life that would eventually allow her to travel the world for 10 months!

Her interview is so good! Most notably, she talks about:

  • How being vulnerable and speaking her truth ultimately brought her the closest friendships she has ever had. 
  • The one lesson about people that she learned from traveling and meeting people all over the world.
  • The way we all can use prototyping to align our life with our true desires and values.

I am absolutely thrilled to introduce you to Tegan Henke!

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