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Love Your Enthusiasm
48 minutes | 10 days ago
Choosing Empowerment Over Fear with Angela Ortiz
Angela Ortiz is the CEO of Place To Grow, a volunteer-led nonprofit that strives to connect and inspire a rising generation of leaders in disaster-stricken Tohoku communities. Angela believes that by embracing fear, we empower ourselves so that we may empower others. After seeing the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear meltdown in Tohuku, Japan (known as 3/11), it was only by overcoming the trauma of her experience that Angela was able to take on the monumental responsibility of a social impact career. As someone who works in a vulnerable, heartbreaking, and demanding space, Angela shares thoughtful ways to care for causes and communities without sacrificing ourselves.Social impact achieves its aim when we choose to lead with empowerment. Angela will show you how to pull yourself out of a place of fear so you can empower yourself and those around you.
53 minutes | 17 days ago
Balancing Business and Life with Violette de Ayala
For Violette de Ayala, the founder of FemCity, life is truly what you make of it. When you step into your power and create your own life, the possibilities are infinite. While venturing out on your own may seem daunting, Violette believes that for women, running a business is the most powerful way to create a life on your terms. Being an entrepreneur comes with plenty of stress and overwhelm. Violette gives her take on finding balance and why we should focus on areas of happiness, health, and wealth. This is undoubtedly a time for rebirth...how you choose to move forward is your choice. Do you want to stay stuck? Or, do you want to apply the lessons you've learned to design the life you want?
22 minutes | a month ago
Lowering Your Cost of Living
Many of us don’t like to talk or think about money, but there is a direct correlation between your finances and your passion. This week Britt brings you another solo show, where she explores topics that positively and/or negatively impact your enthusiasm—this discussion is all about taking a long look at your cost of living. In this episode, Britt talks about balancing your finances to protect your enthusiasm—and why focusing only on income-generating activities will drain your time and energy reserves. Having lived and left the West Coast twice, Britt has seen firsthand how lowering your cost of living can raise your quality of life. She shares her own experience, where she lost her love for writing blogs and books to maintain a life in Portland, Oregon and how moving back to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and gaining financial relief helped reignite her creative passions. Britt expands on The Wheel of Life and the Money Dial, and how to use these tools to get your finances back on track. You’ll also hear tips on prioritizing how you spend money, decreasing costs and increasing efficiency, and making a calculated decision to move to a more affordable city. It’s not about chasing money...it’s about using money as a tool. If your finances are more balanced, it’s easier to focus on your passion because you have less stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. If your finances are out of whack, it’s time to address this area in your life. And, lowering your cost of living plays an important role.
47 minutes | a month ago
Live Your Best Life Authentically with Alison Armstrong
The phrase “Live your best life” gets thrown around so much that it has become devoid of any true meaning. However, today’s guest, travel writer and photographer, Alison Armstrong, is the absolute embodiment of this adage.Every day we get bombarded by hyper-curated lifestyle aspirations on social media. Alison understands our best life is not about external markers of success, but about following our inner calling. Alison expands on why even though she has made unconventional choices, these decisions never felt difficult to make. She also shares the work she has done to collapse her limiting beliefs and why we should lean into our feelings of being stuck. Living authentically means listening to your truth. Whether you want to climb the corporate ladder or live out of a suitcase, as long as you are doing what you are called to do, Alison believes you most certainly are living your best life.
56 minutes | 2 months ago
Tap into Your Creative Forces with Kate Johnston
For writing coach and author, Kate Johnston, creativity is the cornerstone of a joyful and fulfilled life. By tapping into her creative forces, she has learned, healed, and evolved. Kate’s approach to writing and teaching is honest and mindful. By starting from a place of self-inquiry and curiosity, writers can learn more about who they are and create from there. Kate believes we find lessons at every turn when we understand that what we are going through—either good or bad—is not the truth, but merely an experience. Kate is truly the embodiment of what it means to live a joyful creative life. Her insights into obstacles, expansion, and creation are especially affirming in light of the tough times we find ourselves in.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Master Yourself to Master Your Life with Aura Martinez
For self-discovery and empowerment coach, Aura Martinez, life’s greatest adventure is going within and reconnecting with ourselves. While so many of us turn to external sources to find fulfillment, nothing will ever give us the sense of peace that we get from the inner journey. This year has led many of us—perhaps reluctantly—to walk a path of self-discovery. With restrictions on activities like travel and socializing, we have started to find a deep contentedness that comes from within. Aura believes that by getting curious and listening to what we are feeling, we can journey closer to our true essence and see the most beautiful places inside. Inner work is the commitment of a lifetime. As Aura highlights, there is no relationship more important than the one you have with yourself. So you might as well do everything in your power to master yourself.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
How to Take A Break from Alcohol
Even though alcohol consumption has been deeply ingrained in our society for thousands of years, it’s still a taboo subject to openly talk about. This week Britt introduces a new segment on Love Your Enthusiasm, where she takes a deep dive into topics that impact your enthusiasm, either positively, negatively, or both—and this episode looks at the complex issue of alcohol. As alcohol is a substance, negative effects like hangovers, memory impairment, and sluggishness are well-documented. But have you ever considered how alcohol disrupts your time and energy?Dependency or addiction manifests differently for everyone, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and there certainly isn’t an easy button any of us can push. Britt reveals the steps that worked for her during previous alcohol breaks, including committing to a designated time period, avoiding triggers, and rewarding herself. She also talks about her own experience with drugs and alcohol, including hitting rock bottom and nearly destroying her life by the time she was 20 years old. There are numerous benefits to taking a break from alcohol. Even if you ditch alcohol for a short 30-day challenge, you’ll tune into the many positives and bonuses that happen when you trade your alcohol habit for healthier habits. It’s more of a “Why the hell not?” rather than a “Why?”
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Changing the World Through Movement with Caitlin Trainor
Caitlin Trainor is the Founder of Dancio, a platform that offers on-demand ballet and contemporary dance classes. Caitlin believes movement is a way for us to achieve more embodied, self-aware lives and to understand the experiences of others.In an increasingly materialistic world, Caitlin recognizes just how radical dance can be. Our society seeks to separate us from our bodies, so coming back to ourselves over and over again is an act of protest against expectations and norms. Along with sharing her journey as a creative entrepreneur, choreographer, and teacher—Caitlin explores the future of video in dance, and how movement through video will be a key tool in making teaching, rehearsing, and conditioning more effective. Although 2020 is an incredibly difficult time for dancers, Caitlin’s message is one of hope. We will always need dance—and we will keep coming back to it time and time again in whatever form we need to create.
54 minutes | 3 months ago
Making Poetry More Accessible with Katrina Naomi
Katrina Naomi is an award-winning poet who is here to improve the accessibility of poetry and show that poetry truly is for everyone.Katrina is not your typical poet. She didn’t grow up reading poetry, because she found it inaccessible and difficult to relate to. Later in life, when Katrina was in her thirties, she saw poetry in a different light and began to create. Along the way, she remained a realist, finding that putting in the work was even more important than seeking inspiration. Katrina’s outlook is both bold and realistic. Her vulnerability and openness around doubt and rejection demystify the often-inaccessible world of poetry. She hopes that by sharing her journey, she can prove that poetry truly is for everyone.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
The Beautiful Practice of Forgiveness with Ra Avis
Ra Avis is the blogger behind the award-winning blog Rarasaur, an author of three books, and a widow who was formerly incarcerated—the practice of forgiveness is an inextricable part of Ra’s life and all that she creates. Ra Avis has lived through more than most of us will ever experience in our lifetimes. She talks about how prison allowed her to truly understand what it means to forgive and the interwoven nature of radical love and forgiveness. While most of us have an idea of what forgiveness means, Ra offers an expanded understanding that begins first and foremost with the self. Forgiveness is largely framed as an external act—but just as with love, forgiveness radiates from the inside out. Letting go requires practice, and it’s a skill that Ra believes we can all work on and strengthen over time. Ra’s story is a powerful example of what can happen when we let things go, accept ourselves with unconditional love, and find our freedom.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Intentionally Redesign Your Home Life with Jane Leach
Jane Leach, eco-home architect and the Founder of iarchitect, is on a mission to make homes a reflection of who we are and a means of serving the planet.For Jane, eco-home architecture is about living better without feeling deprived. She wants people to live in comfortable homes that have a deep consideration of sustainability. Jane also discusses what it’s like being a woman in a male-dominated industry, her approach to time management, and the importance of having diverse voices in built environment professions. As Jane highlights, architecture is about people. Human beings are inherently diverse and have unique experiences. The work Jane is doing goes a long way in capturing the beauty of this diversity.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Honoring Cross-Cultural Communication with Marina Sofia
Translator and Co-Founder of Corylus Books, Marina Sofia, believes books are a cornerstone of connection that highlights the universal human experience. When she was 14 years old, Marina returned to her country of birth, Romania, after being at an international school where she was exposed to diverse cultures. As Romania was a dictatorship at the time, Marina was unable to speak with her friends—so she found solace in books. It was during this formative period that Marina saw just how powerful and transportive literature could be, showing worlds far beyond her own. In our increasingly polarized world, where people seem to be shouting over one another more and listening even less, Marina's story and message are timely. Writing and art allow for an unprecedented exchange between cultures, where we can not only see our similarities but cultivate an appreciation for our differences.
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Travel as a Force for Good with Bex Shapiro
As the Senior Editorial Manager at Intrepid Travel, Bex Shapiro is passionate about using travel to enrich her life and make a meaningful impact.Travel, particularly the Western understanding of it, has typically been focused on the self—it is as much about the journey within as the destinations visited. Bex draws our attention to the growing movement that recognizes that for travel to be a force for good, it must be authentic, culturally immersive, and mutually beneficial for both the traveler and communities. Travel is about discovering parts of yourself you may not know yet, as well as connecting with others. While we may not be able to travel much now, Bex believes we can still cultivate kindness and compassion for ourselves and others and carry this mindfulness with us when our adventures resume.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Cook to Feel Fabulous with Ashley Douglas
For vegetarian chef Ashley Douglas, food is not only her creative outlet and form of self-expression but also a crucial way she connects with others. For many people, cooking can feel like a bit of a drag...Ashley is on a mission to change that. She wants to show people how to bring more fun into the kitchen and embrace their inner chefs. With a focus on feeling good inside and out, her food nourishes both body and soul. Ashley’s approach to cooking is exploratory and encouraging. Ashley reminds us that food offers a chance to tell a story about who we—and that no matter how full our plates are, we must always make room for ourselves.
55 minutes | 4 months ago
How To Follow Your Truth with Karen Munna
Owner, Founder, and Custodian of AHKí Retreat in Costa Rica, Karen Munna is dedicated to helping and inspiring others to follow their truth. Karen followed the signs that showed her AHKí was a space people needed. It's not that she chose the path, but rather that she was open to letting the path choose her. She reflects on the collective healing journey we are all on together during the pandemic, how the old paradigm was no longer serving us, and why this moment of pause has created a space for deep reflection and heightened awareness. The journey of self-inquiry is just that...a journey, not a destination. Which is why it is essential to be kind to yourself every step of the way. By having faith that you are where you need to be, you will receive everything you need to follow your ultimate truth.
61 minutes | 4 months ago
Believing in Positive Thoughts with Meena Azzollini
Digital content creator Meena Azzollini uses her positive thoughts and an optimistic mindset to get through life’s perceived ups and downs. These past few months have been a difficult time for all of us. As someone managing a freelance business, it would have been easy for Meena to feel deflated. Instead, through her commitment to maintaining a positive vibration, she took all of the pandemic-related shifts in stride. Meena discusses her lifelong passion for art and spirituality—along with some of her grounding practices, such as yoga, affirmations, mandalas, and working with crystals. To attract what you want in life, it starts with positive thinking to overcome limiting beliefs. Meena encourages us to vibrate at our highest frequency and attract the good we all deserve.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Discovering Truth Through Fiction with Eden Baylee
Eden Baylee, an author of erotica, flash fiction, and suspense, uses her fiction as a vehicle to discover truth and connect with people.Eden left a twenty-year banking career to write and now she is a full-time author with 15+titles in multiple genres. Infusing truth and reality into her work is the best way Eden knows to connect with her readers. Through her stories, she has always believed in using writing to strengthen the human connection.To keep at it, determination is key. Eden encourages you to learn from life’s lessons—but not dwell on things—and to keep doing what you love no matter how many times you face rejection or self-doubt.
47 minutes | 5 months ago
Being a Strong Woman with Stephanie Allen
Stephanie Allen is a fitness trainer, kickboxer, and freelance writer who has overcome physical injuries and tough situations by building up her strength. Stephanie was hit by a car when she was 23, giving her a permanent back injury and chronic pain. It was a long road to recovery but she was hell-bent on pulling through. Today she is able to bench press and squat about 85% of her body weight, and she has been able to return to one of her longtime fitness loves...kickboxing.Stephanie talks about getting back up and moving on by putting one foot in front of the other. She reveals her journey through various low points, how she became stronger and grew through these tough lessons. If you need a boost, Stephanie’s stories will renew your kick-ass attitude.
58 minutes | 5 months ago
The Art of Showing Up for Yourself with Sada Naegelin
Sada Naegelin is a contemporary dancer and the Co-Founder of De Las Mías...community and connection always have and always will keep filling her cup.Sada first performed when she was nine years old. Continuing her passion for physicality and artistic expression as a wife and mother, she has consistently performed well into her adult years—including when she was 7-months pregnant with her daughter.Sada talks about showing up for herself, so she can show up for other people and other roles in her life. How do you fill your cup? Sada is here to motivate you to stop pushing through life and start showing up for yourself.
51 minutes | 5 months ago
Holding the Magic of Travel with Juliann Wetz
Juliann Wetz has always been a writer, but she found her true calling when she started sharing the magic of travel through her blog, Browsing the Atlas. Juliann first began writing stories and poems when she was seven years old. She published her first article in Child Life magazine when she was a teenager. Since then, Juliann has traveled to 39 countries and counting—including Estonia, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Liechtenstein, and Honduras—and she has kept a written record of every travel experience.Juliann discusses her evolution as a travel enthusiast, from being the person that used to do everything to slowing down and taking the time to process, reflect, and fully enjoy. The magic of travel is never lost on Juliann, and she encourages you to hold onto your love for travel as we look ahead to post-COVID times.
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