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Imagine Yourself Podcast
32 minutes | 9 days ago
Saying No to Negative Self Talk (with Psychotherapist Blaine Lawson)
What happens when the things you tell yourself start to turn from negative to positive, from discouraging to encouraging, from damaging to life-affirming? Everything changes! Words matter and we decided to evaluate what kinds of things we’ve been saying to ourselves and how it’s affecting our lives. Our guest, Psychotherapist Blaine Lawson, uses a few simple mindfulness exercises to introduce us to a whole new world of language that serves to build us up. By the end of the episode, she has us all neutralizing negative thoughts, focusing more on what we do well, and imagining all the things that could go right in life! For those of us who get into a pattern of overthinking situations, concentrating on the worst-case scenarios, using the words “always” or “never” to describe ourselves in negative ways, get ready for some significant changes. We promise that we won’t tell you to “get over it” or “just be positive.” We won’t even tell you to stop thinking negative thoughts. What we will learn and share are practical, logical, loving ways to end the spiral of harmful inner dialogue. This episode offers effective, efficient ways to be honest and open with ourselves while stepping back and objectively assessing what’s really going on. Robert T. Kiyosaki said it best, “it’s not what we say out loud that really determines our lives. It’s what we whisper to ourselves that has the most power.” Don’t miss this opportunity to get some free advice from an inviting, insightful professional who gets to the root cause of the negative self-talk. Click and listen and have your mind blown—in a positive way!Get more inspiration at imagineyourselfpodcast.com
27 minutes | 23 days ago
Self-Discipline: How to Get It and Why You Need It
Ah, the new year. Every January seems to be the perfect time to focus on a fresh start. It’s a time to take a look at bad habits we’d like to break and good habits we’d like to develop. Many of us make (and a few of us keep) New Year’s resolutions. This New Year hits different. As we usher in 2021, it seems to be less “New Year, New Me” thing and more “New Year, New Circumstances”. Still, there may be room for working on ourselves. For a lot of us, the stress and uncertainty of 2020 left us with some habits we’d like to break. For others, we know more than ever what it’s like to dig deep, grit our teeth, and accomplish the seemingly impossible.Is there a difference between where you are now and where you’d like to see yourself? You might already know what steps you need to take to get there. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of making a plan and sticking to it. Other times, there’s a little more to it. Either way, we’re here to help with an episode packed full of tips to help you get to your finish line. Get more inspiration at ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
30 minutes | a month ago
Ways to Beat Holiday Blues and Loneliness with Counselor Matt Lawson
‘Tis the season to be…lonely? This year will not look like the typical Hallmark Holiday Movie for most of us. In fact, feelings of loss and loneliness will be just as plentiful as elves on shelves and stockings hung by the fire. We made a conscious decision to create an episode where we mentally reframe and reimagine the holiday experience for anyone who is feeling the harsh effects of 2020. Professional Counselor, Matt Lawson, of Chicago Compass Counseling joins us as we acknowledge the pain while we also inject a little light, love, and hope. Get more inspiration at ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Believing in Yourself Starts With Something Simple (w/Author, Sherry Duquet)
There’s a famous quote by Theodore Roosevelt that says “Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there.” Halfway is a big head start. Imagine starting at the halfway point of a race or even having half of a major project done for you before you dive in. What if loving yourself was the key to confidence and believing in yourself? Loving ourselves is not always promoted, but today, we have a guest who teaches us to celebrate self-love, self-esteem, and self-confidence. Listen in as Author Sherry Duquet (who's work includes the best-selling children's book Violet The Hugging Octopus) shares the healthy benefits of lovingly embracing yourself. Get more inspiration at ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
29 minutes | 2 months ago
How to Keep Your Faith Flowing and Gratitude Growing (w/ Author, Pam Reid)
Gratitude is a work of art that becomes more beautiful when it’s used. In fact, the more gratitude we pour out, the more we have to be grateful for. We can truly become God’s masterpiece when we allow faith to flow through our hearts, minds, and souls. Our guest Pam Reid, Author of FLOW, The Devotional for Grown Folks, highlights how everything flows and grows when we stretch our faith muscles and start searching for the good things in life. Spoiler alert: we will learn that there’s always something to be grateful for. Get more inspiration at ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Mastering Time Management is More Than Learning a Few Tips!
Imagine yourself winning at time management! There’s so much more to life than just a hectic assortment of Overbooked, Overscheduled, Overwhelmed, Oh My! It’s time to stop what you’ve been doing, reset the clock, and make major moves that will help you catch up and stay ahead. Yes, we promise to provide a set of tips that will help you successfully slide through your schedule, but we also highlight some of the deeper issues that can make or break the nasty time stealers that creep into our lives. For more inspiration, go to ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
29 minutes | 3 months ago
How to Handle Criticism Well (and When to Ignore It)
In this upside-down year of 2020, it’s easy to second guess yourself. Even though you may not feel like it, you’re probably doing better than you think you are. However, considering you have never been in many of the situations you are currently facing because of the pandemic, you also probably have a lot of room for improvement. We all do, and there is no shortage of people telling us how we can do better: enter the critics. They come in many forms. Some are at work, some on the internet, some right in our own houses. In this episode on how to handle criticism, we look at 1) How to Do a Better Job of Handling People Telling You How You Can Do a Better Job! And 2) When to just ignore the “critics”.A critic’s job is to criticize, and it’s our job to realize…we are all a work in progress! If your defenses go UP when you receive a little criticism, then you might want to listen UP and learn how to wade through the criticisms without losing your cool. Constructive criticism can be a catalyst for growth, and destructive criticism can be tossed out and forgotten, like last week’s old trash! In this episode, we'll talk about how to tell the difference. Join us...and Imagine Yourself! Get more inspiration at ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Political & Personal Arguments Don’t Have to Ruin Relationships (w/Guest: Communications Professor, Lena Antoon)
Can we learn to disagree with dignity? Are there times when we need to agree to disagree? Yes and yes! This episode dives into the perfect balance of justifying our need to speak up and speak out while maintaining a genuine regard for others, with consideration and kindness? Whether it’s relationship issues, family disputes, or political conversations, we want to choose the most effective ways to deal with disagreements. Our guest, Lena Antoon, a Communications Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, gives us a good lesson on the art of arguing well.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Starting a New Chapter? What You Should Know (w/ Consultant LaShay Avery)
How do you want your life to be different? What tools do you need to get to the next level? Our guest, LaShay Avery, Leadership and Wellness Consultant with Q Avery Consulting, has done the inner work, the faith work, and the legwork needed to reinvent herself. She shares some personal tips on how certain connections lead to transformations that ultimately lead to your next chapter in life. For more inspiration, go to imagineyourselfpodcast.com
29 minutes | 4 months ago
How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Stuff Done!
We know we do it. We want to stop doing it. Logically it should be easy enough, but why have we let procrastination kick our behinds day after day, week after week, year after year? Now add in the 2020 factor. Working from home gives us more control of our schedule AND more opportunity to procrastinate. Throw in the extra anxiety and it's a perfect procrastination storm! We uncover the lies we tell ourselves and even give a few personal confessions about the areas that seem to trip us up the most. But mainly, we provide some helpful life hacks on how to turn things around for good. We’re ready for procrastination to end and action to start. Take a listen and let's do this! For more inspiration, go to imagineyourselfpodcast.com
19 minutes | 5 months ago
Organizing 101: Transforming Your Home Into an Oasis (w/Professional Organizer, Nadia Audette)
Decluttering our homes has taken on a new urgency. Some of us are using them as workplaces, classrooms, entertainment venues and more. With our living spaces doing so much, that means it's more important than ever (but much harder) to cut the clutter. We want to help you pave the way to having your stuff in order, your home in order and your life in order! We’ve invited Professional Organizer and Owner of Essential Living, Nadia Audette to give us some advice! We think you’ll find this episode to be a game-changer in organizing your home and life!
26 minutes | 5 months ago
Controlling Your Thoughts When You Can't Control Anything Else (w/Dr. Jennifer Goble)
The worrying, the what-ifs, the doomscrolling! Worst case scenario type thinking is pretty easy to slip into in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty, the constant new information and just the weight of how it's affecting our lives can send the most positive among us into a tailspin of negative thinking. That negative thinking can send our stress level soaring and have a profound effect on our mental and even physical health. But we can’t help what we think about, right? Spoiler Alert: Yes we can! Psychologist, Jennifer Gobel gives us some great insight on how to harness the power of thoughts!
26 minutes | 6 months ago
A Lift in Lonely Times (Fighting Loneliness w/Counselor Matt Lawson)
The coronavirus has presented almost everyone with new mental health challenges, and for those already suffering it has the potential to make things worse. If you’ve been feeling lonely, we think this episode will help bring you clarity and hopefully some healing. If you’re OK, but know or want to help someone feeling lonely, this episode should help you with recognizing it in others and giving you tactics to comfort and assist them.
39 minutes | 6 months ago
How to Cope in a World of Constant Change w/Psychotherapist Blaine Lawson
Every week, every day, every hour, everything seems to change! This has been a turbulent year that has affected our lifestyles, our routines, our stability and all the things that make us feel secure. Time to dig into some tangible ways to cope with constant change. We invited Psychotherapist Blaine Lawson to show us how to look at our new world from a new perspective and reclaim our new lives.
33 minutes | 7 months ago
Generations: Finding Your Place in the World
What pops into your head when you hear Baby Boomer? Gen X? Millennial? Gen Z? Is it time to refresh your thoughts on how you view each generational group? With everything going on in the world lately, we need all hands on deck. We thought it would be helpful to embrace a more full-bodied perspective on the contributions of each age group as we try to bridge the generation gaps, and we brought in some reinforcements!
28 minutes | 7 months ago
Crushing the Quarantine 15 w/ Weight Loss Coach Elizabeth Sherman
How can you set yourself up for a healthy and fit life? By starting fresh. Fresh foods, fresh habits, and a fresh mindset are the first steps that we learn from Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, and Health, Life, and Weight Loss Coach Elizabeth Sherman. She also gives tremendous insight into how factors such as stress, sleep, and hormones can be tweaked to get your energy, your body, and your lifestyle back on track. Get more inspiration at imagineyourselfpodcast.com
45 minutes | 8 months ago
Having a Healing Heart to Heart on Race
If the past few weeks of unrest in this country have you questioning how, why, and when will this change, then we want to offer a genuine conversation that will answer those questions, open hearts, and ignite ways to make concrete, definitive changes. Have you had the opportunity in the past to have real, honest conversations with people of different races and vastly different experiences? Well, you do now. Listen in, share the episode with others, and be equipped to start your own conversations. Get more inspiration at ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
28 minutes | 8 months ago
Now is the Time to RE-Imagine Yourself! w/Professional Development & Personal Brand Strategist, Isha Cogborn
If you’ve been wondering how you will reemerge from this global whirlwind, then Imagine Yourself has an entire episode dedicated to reimagining our lives, our jobs, and our purpose. We invited guest Isha Cogborn, professional development and personal brand specialist and CEO/Founder of Epiphany Institute to offer help in three ways: to reassure us that we will overcome, to demonstrate innovative ways to get things done and to show us how to genuinely and effectively present our brand new selves to this brand new world. Get more inspiration at ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
29 minutes | 9 months ago
What to Do When All the Rules Have Changed (w/Artist, Author & Entrepreneur Desirae Ofori)
Do you find yourself adapting to a “new normal” every single day? Are you ready for a fresh approach? In this episode, we find our sense of balance and our sense of normalcy as we steer our family dynamics, our finances, and our faith forward. Desirae Ofori, also known as Sincerely Mrs. Mommy, uses her gifts as an author, lifestyle blogger, and former counselor to show us creative ways to stay strong with a bold new faith to conquer this bold new world.Imagine Yourself knowing what to do what to do when all the rules have changed. Get more inspiration at ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
22 minutes | 9 months ago
How Faith is Quieting Fear (w/Guest, Chrystal Krajnovich)
Who’s ready for more faith and less fear? If not now, when? Faith is on the rise lately, and we want to highlight ways to grab hold of it on a deeper level to help make it through these difficult times. Our guest, Chrystal Krajnovich weighs in on how the media, the church, and our own relationships all play a part in how we choose to maneuver through life’s unexpected challenges. We get very personal about how we are learning to build and flex our faith muscles. For more inspiration, visit ImagineYourselfPodcast.com
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