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31 minutes | 12 days ago
Meet the Company Making Mental Health Easier for Employers
According to a 2017 study from the American Psychological Association, work is the third-most common source of stress in the United States (only two percentage points behind the future of our nation). And with that one Buzzfeed article still making the rounds and having recently become a book, it's clear that the office (virtual or physical) is the birthplace of much of Americans' stress right now. So if the stress starts in the workplace, could mental healthcare and coaching start in the workplace, too? That's what Boon Health is hoping. Founded by Alex Simmons and Chris Henrichs, Boon Health offers a holistic, flexible, and approachable system for mental healthcare in the workplace. You know how frustrating it is to try and find a new dentist—let alone a mental health professional you vibe with—through your insurance website? Think of Boon Health as the MUCH more user-friendly version of that. The seed for Boon Health became when Alex found himself exhausted by an always-on career in investment banking and private equity. He realized that most mental healthcare offered by employers was only reactive, meant to treat a crisis. But Alex didn't necessarily feel "in crisis" most days and didn't want to be labeled someone with mental health issues—so he found himself ignoring any resources offered by his company. Now, as Alex and Chris tell us in this interview, Boon Health aims to lay the groundwork to prevent crises in the first place by through their blend of mental health seminars, personalized coaching, and group wellness events. And one of the things that makes Boon Health so unique is that they also offer coaching and professional development. You'll hear Alex and Chris talk about how during the pandemic, they've seen that employees still want professional development and growth; Boon Health offers that with their coaching services. Resources: Boon Health's website How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen
27 minutes | 19 days ago
How Christine Yi and Felicity Chen Balance Each Other as Co-Founders of Potli
They'd spent their childhoods 15 miles away from each other in the Bay Area, but it took Boston University pairing the two as random roommates for them to meet. That was their first lucky moment, but the path that led Felicity Chen and Christine Yi to co-found Potli was a mix of lucky moments like that and real, inspiring, hard work. After graduation, Chen returned to the Bay are to discover that her dad had picked up a hobby to help with her mom's asthma: he was bee-keeping in the family's back yard. For Chen, that was a big "aha" when she realized that she "wanted to put some weed into honey" to make it easier for her mom to conceptualize eating a product like that. While the two dreamed of their future company, Chen built a resume while doing business development for tech juggernauts and Yi honed her skills as a management consultant focusing on entertainment. Today, Potli creates olive oils, chili oils, and different skews of honey - including their new Dream Honey, made with CBD, CBN, a pinch of THC (if you're buying in California) and melatonin. And that honey, by the way, is still harvested from Chen's family home. Potli is a food company or a cannabis company, depending on the angle from which you're looking. They make "multi-tasking products," Yi said. "Really meticulously sourced, beautifully, minimally processed raw ingredients and then infuse them with health products like cannabis." On this week's episode, you'll hear all about the goals that took this pair from friends to inspired entrepreneurs. Resources: Learn about Dream Honey Dip your toes into cooking with hemp Try the CBD apple cider vinegar that the pair recommended to me If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
47 minutes | a month ago
How Emily Groden, Founder of Evergreen, Went from Big Law to the Freezer Aisle
As a breakfast enthusiast who conned her friends into a Waffle House Club in high school, I've held a passion for breakfast food for a long time. So when we had a chance to interview Emily Groden, founder of Evergreen, about her clean, frozen waffle brand, I metaphorically elbowed Jeana aside and said "I GOT THIS." Groden has maybe one of the most impressive backgrounds I've ever come across: undergrad at Yale, law school at Harvard, and a career in Big Law, all going according to her life's plan. As a competitive college swimmer, Groden knew about the importance of fueling herself with nutritious ingredients, and a few undergrad Then, one night, Netflix roulette landed her on Chef's Table and an episode about Alinea—and it inspired her so much that she sent a cold email to Alinea's founder Nick Kokonas asking if he needed a lawyer. At Alinea and Tock, the reservation software Kokonas also co-founded, Groden learned the importance of being innovative and following her gut, asking why things "had" to be a certain way. You'll hear how that expansive mindset led to her founding Evergreen and more in this interview. Resources: Need waffles ASAP? Check out Evergreen here and find Evergreen in stores near you here. A supercut of Leslie Knope and waffles Evergreen's drool-worthy Instagram feed How to make egg cups with your Evergreen waffles If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
26 minutes | a month ago
David Rabie, Founder and CEO of Tovala, Heats up His Big Goals
Over the years of hosting #WeGotGoals, we’ve heard a lot of founders tell us that they want to “Revolutionize X” or “Shake up Y.” But when David Rabie, the founder and CEO of Tovala told me that he's going to “revolutionize home cooking,” I absolutely believe him. That's because I talked to him three years ago just after Tovala started selling to the masses, and I've watched the company deliver on the promises they made. Tovala’s countertop cooking device uses a barcode to tell a smart oven how to combine steaming, convection, broiling and toasting to produce a *chef’s kiss* meal. And they promise less than a minute of prep. Rabie says that’s all intended to give you “the best parts of home cooking, but none of the messy stuff – like prepping.” Salmon, he said, will steam, bake and broil as it cooks, giving you a perfectly baked, caramelized meal. But the journey from idea to that smart counter-top oven has been winding, rewarding, and full of the kind of moments that occupy entrepreneurs' dreams. In this week's episode of #WeGotGoals, you'll hear about Tovala's journey to winning the New Venture Challenge at The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, their time at Y-Combinator, and their successful kick-starter campaign – which, by the way, meant that the company had to build a food production process and fulfill 1,000 orders. At the time of our interview, Rabie had recently closed a $20 million funding round - the company's Series-B. And as he put it, "Yeah, that's a lot of money." Resources: Learn more about Tovala and check out its weekly menu If you want to reminisce at how far company has come, look back at the sheer delight as Tovala (originally named Maestro) won the New Venture Challenge at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business Learn more about Y Combinator and go to their free Start-up School, you don’t even have to apply for that. Find Tovala and its menu online and look for a really incredible deal for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Tovala Smart Oven, which normally retails for $299, will be on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday for just $99 with 6 meal deliveries. You can also get a deal with the code ASWEATLIFE for $50 off before 1/31/2021. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
25 minutes | a month ago
Peloton's Jess King on How Training for the Tread, Her Family Goals, and More
Peloton has been one of the buzzwords of the pandemic, but the attention is nothing new to Jess King. A lifelong performer with a resume that includes Cirque du Soleil and So You Think You Can Dance?, King's charisma was so magnetic that when she was recruited by Peloton, it didn't matter that she'd never even been on a spin bike before. The fact that she was a natural performer was what made her attractive to the Peloton team—and last year, she took that same beginner's mentality as she embarked on a two-year long journey to train as a Tread instructor. Listen to this podcast episode to hear: How Jess found her start in fitness at a young age What she loves about being a beginner How she took the initiative to become a Tread instructor in training What the Peloton team did to help her succeed Plus, a super-personal family goal she and her new fiancée, Sophia Urista, are moving towards Find Jess on Instagram @jesskingnyc (that's where you can find her most up-to-date schedule, PS), subscribe to her YouTube channel here, and learn more about her motivational style and playlist choices here. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Alex Caiola, The High Priestess of Brooklyn, Leans Into Spiritual Awakenings
Alex Caiola, the High Priestess of Brooklyn, thought it was normal to know all about the family histories and intentions of the people who she interviewed as an executive recruiter. This is until she had a psychic reading. "You're a very psychic woman," she was told. And I was struck by how bad for business that would be for a psychic to tell someone else they were psychic too if they weren't absolutely certain about the information. "You're psychic too," is a little more direct than, "You're going to meet a woman who will be very important to you." You can look at your life and the things you know and the answer is binary—yes, you are or no, you're not. Alex started honing her claircognizance—which is the term for when you just know something—while she was working at SoulCycle. The perfect place to work on a little inner woo-woo, she explained. And in that time, she kept pulling a card from her tarot deck over and over again: The High Priestess, a card that signifies the kind of inner knowing that Alex was honing. And so she listened, launched her business, and named it High Priestess of Brooklyn for the card that nudged her to do it. In this episode of the podcast, you'll hear Alex explain that she was gifted her first tarot deck—the same first tarot deck that I was gifted. And, because we like each other and both have an appreciation for woo-woo, we started the episode by pulling tarot cards about our friendship. Along with maximum friendship and woo-woo, you'll also hear about Alex's goals, what it takes to write the horoscopes you find online and more. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!). Resources: The Wild Unknown Tarot Birth charts (try something like Cafe Astrology) Alex's podcast - Priestesses Prescribe What's psychic knowing or claircognizance More astrology: Astrology zone, Astrology Twins
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Israel Idonije Tackles His Post-NFL Goals as an Entrepreneur
“Really, I just feel like I’m above all things a creative,” 11-year NFL veteran Israel Idonije explained as he was describing his post-football business ventures. Today, Idonije is truly stretching those his creative muscles on a lot of different ventures. Israel is the founder of iF Charities, which has programs that have contributed to the lives of over 10,000 youth in Chicago, Winnipeg and West Africa. As an entrepreneur, Israel has started several successful business ventures. His company blessed stands as the industry leader in communion supplies, and ATHLiTACOMiCS develops custom comic content and properties. He also cofounded Crypto Key Stack and launched FBRK (fabric) Impact House, a 40,000 square-foot, first of its kind philanthropic hub in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. But when he talks about it, one business really has his heart. He opened RSTR, a gym in Chicago’s South Loop last year is focusing on building that community and the business’s future – yes, even during the pandemic. This level and breadth of accomplishment didn’t come from nothing. Idonije’s family drilled the idea of goals into him. “Growing up, we were very strict in our household, and as a part of our daily routine, we needed to journal,” Idonije recalled. And in those journals at 13, he set himself on path that was close to where he ended up. He wanted to play for the Chicago Bulls alongside Michael Jordan. What’s that saying? Shoot for the Bulls and you’ll end up among the Bears. In this episode, you’ll hear about Idonije’s other childhood goals (and some of them might make you love him more) as well as his plans for retirement. If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Chris Fanucchi, Founder of Bitewell, on his Alternative Path to Problem Solving
I met Chris Fanucchi about a year ago, just as he'd started to build the company he's currently working on now: Bitewell. But go on a conversation journey with Chris—like you will in this week's episode of #WeGotGoals—and you'll notice that his brain works differently. To the question, "How'd you go from winning an innovation competition in college to starting Bitewell?" "Let me tell you about my step-grandfather named Stan - he's an author and the only guy in Illinois to wear a cowboy hat all the time,” he started. When Kristen Geil, our Chief Content Officer asked him about the state of consumer packaged goods in an article about Bitewell, he told her about his favorite website in middle school: hotnewhiphop.com. But in years of talking to entrepreneurs, I've seen over and over again that the way their synapses fire forces them to see the world differently. What does Hot New Hip Hop have to do with CPG? The volume of new food products can be easy to get lost in—Fanucchi wants to help you to find what's hot in the new stuff. What does Step-grandpa Stan who wears a cowboy hat have to do with Bitewell? He doesn't want YOU, dear reader, to have to carry around your own gluten free roll when you go out to eat at a restaurant—like Stan does. On this episode, you'll hear Chris describe his journey from taking second place in an innovation competition at DePaul to creating his own study of entrepreneurship. Resources: We allude to aSweatLife's Bitebox, which you should absolutely buy if you're looking for something to take on your next adventure. (Get $5 off the aSweatLife Bitebox with promo code "SWEAT", too!) Chris talks about some of the products he worked on in early days like Koia and Limitless (we've also had his Koia co-founder Maya French on #WeGotGoals) Follow @BitewellCo If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Michael Tennant, Founder/CEO of Curiosity Lab, on Building Connections and Community
Any time Beyoncé endorses something, our ears perk up—so naturally, we were psyched to host Michael Tennant, founder of CEO of Curiosity Lab, on #WeGotGoals this week. Michael is a thoughtful, creative entrepreneur who's focused on working with businesses that are mission-driven and aligned with his team's values. His card game, Actually Curious, went viral, and our team fell in love with its friendship-making appeal and how it helps you connect to others on a deeper level. In 2017, Michael founded Curiosity Lab, a boutique marketing agency that builds products and experiences that change narratives. In 2018, he created a viral deep conversation card game called Actually Curious, which is designed to bring people close and spread tools for empathy (www.actuallycurious.com) and has been featured in Beyoncé's Black Parade List, Goop, Cosmopolitan, Thrive, Man Repeller, and more. Michael’s long term ambition is to build a thriving integrated products, media, and services business, from communities of color and intended to unite the world. On this episode, you'll hear Michael Tennant share some of the projects that have meant the most to him. Plus, he and Kristen take turns playing Actually Curious on the air, hitting on topics like bad dates and the three people we spend the most time with. And of course, we hit on all the requisite goal-getting topics you know and love. Resources: We highly endorse the Actually Curious cards—buy your set here. The Actually Curious Instagram just did a major deep dive on black-owned businesses to support. Find the highlight here. Follow Actually Curious on Instagram: @actuallyc_rious If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
34 minutes | 2 months ago
This Beverage Entrepreneur is Bringing an Ayurvedic Superingredient to the United States
This podcast was recorded in partnership with ZYN. As always, we only partner with brands, products, and experiences we truly love. Want to try ZYN for yourself? Get 25% off using this link or with code “asweatlife” at checkout! Asim Khan grew up knowing that turmeric was at the heart of many of his family's cures and treatments. Everything from the common cold to knee pain after a soccer match was treated with some variation of the root, whether as a spice in a curry or as part of a topical paste. But it took a family trip to Pakistan in 2016 for Khan to realize just how influential turmeric could be, and how passionate he was about bringing its healing powers to others. Along with his brother, Qasim, Khan came back to the States and immediately started researching turmeric and learning more about its bioactive ingredient, curcumin. (Learn more about curcumin here.) They started experimenting, mixing up blends of curcumin and piperine along with vitamins C and D for extra immunity-boosting. On this episode of #WeGotGoals, you'll hear Khan, the co-founder of ZYN, share his "a-ha!" moment with curcumin and what it was like to pivot from finance to a completely new industry. He also schools us in Ayurvedic principles, the role of piperine in turmeric-infused drinks, and how being B-Corp™ certified reflects ZYN's commitment to whole-life balance and being a force for good. Resources: Here's more info on why turmeric (and thus curcumin) should always be combined with black pepper There's tons of research and medical studies about curcumin—ZYN has a great rundown of them here. A fabulous turmeric face mask If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
31 minutes | 3 months ago
How Liz Lefkofsky Empowers Teens to Give Through VING!
Liz Lefkofsky and her husband, Eric Lefkofsky joined the Giving Pledge in 2013. For those not familiar, the Giving Pledge is an initiative started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet that invites billionaires to give the majority of their wealth away. "He makes the money and I give it away," Liz joked of the division of labor between her husband—who has the co-founder title on companies like Tempus, Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, and Mediaocean—and her, the Executive Director of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. The pledge was merely a comma in the sentence explaining Liz's lifetime of philanthropy and non-profit work. For Liz, giving is who she is, and that identity started in childhood when she lost her sister to a brain tumor, which resulted in her mother founding the American Brain Tumor Association. After spending her early career working in non-profits in Chicago, she continued her work with the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which contributes to initiatives in education, human rights, medical research, and the arts. Today, through VING! she works to give teenagers the experience of philanthropy and the opportunity to be the eyes and ears of the foundation. VING! asks teenagers ages 14-18 living in the United states to answer the question, "If you had $1,000 to give, who would you give it to and why?" That simple question has garnered the support of celebrities like Kristen Bell (swoon) —especially during the current pandemic when VING! committed more than $250,000 to those in need. In the first five years of VING!'s existence, the project gave 300 total checks away, but during the COVID-19 crisis, they've more than doubled that number, Liz told me. "The delivery in-person is a precious moment ... the kids cry, the recipient cries and I cry almost every time," Liz said, noting that accommodations have been made to allow the teens to safely deliver these checks during COVID—either via Zoom or wearing masks and from a distance. Liz's big goal for the future? To inspire a new generation with empathy and giving. "This is $1,000 to give, but you can VING! every day," she said. "I just want VING! to be a moment and a movement where we can just do something kind for each other." Listen to this week's episode and share VING! with a teenager you want to see empowered to give. Resources: Teenagers: Nominate someone to receive a VING! by sending a 2-minute video here. Success Bound: the curriculum for middle schoolers High School Bound: The search engine to help master high school choice. The Yale Happiness class on Coursera "The Science of Wellbeing" If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
64 minutes | 3 months ago
How Dr. Jen Welter Became the First Female NFL Coach—And A Children's Author
This week on the podcast, Kristen talks to Dr. Jen Welter, the NFL’s first female coach, the first female running back in men’s pro football, founder of GrrridIron Girls, and recent children's author. Her remarkable career in women’s football includes two gold medals with Team USA, four World Championships, and eight All-Star selections, Dr. Jen was the first female running back signed to a men’s professional team. Blending her passion for the game with a powerful, unique communication style, she broke through the biggest boys club of all, the NFL, as the first female coach in the league and the Madden NFL 20 video game. Crystallizing her journey into a playbook for overall success, she published “Play Big, Lessons in Living Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL.” You'll hear how Dr. Jen went from tennis to rugby to football, why getting her PhD was so important to her, and how she found an opportunity in the pandemic to write a book series aimed at helping children cope with the weird world we're in right now. Some helpful resources as you listen: Dr. Jen's website, where you can find out more about her achievements From Sports Illustrated: Jen Welter and the Backstory on the NFL's Female Coach Pioneer The Critter Fitter books on Amazon If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Lena Rose Beauty's Founder Jenny Duranski talks Entrepreneurship during a Global Pandemic
"March 16th hit and the dumpster fire that was March and April followed." Jenny Duranski, owner and founder of Lena Rose Beauty, recalled. "It's hard to be proud of anything ... you just dig in and do anything you have to do to survive." Although that sounds dark and bleak, Jenny is not. She's just incredibly focused on the goal of creating a clean beauty space. Her obsession with green beauty was sparked during her days as a nail technician when she developed mysterious ailments from working around chemicals. That was her "there's got to be a better way" moment that nudged her into becoming an "accidental entrepreneur." She studied up on cleaner solutions, even joining the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics before ultimately opening her business. Today, Lena Rose stands Chicago’s first green beauty boutique and spa, focusing on vegan, non-toxic, “farm-to-facial” services and products that are 100 percent safe for your body. But as a brick-and-mortar business, the COVID-19 pandemic presented its challenges. During the shut-down, Duranski released a six-product line to bring the spa home to spa-regulars. She was also one of the entrepreneurs selected to be a part of the 10,000 Small Businesses Program by Goldman Sachs. Listen to Jenny's big goals, how she involved her daughter in the business and what she has on the docket for the business next. Resources: Listeners can use code "ASWEATLIFE" for 15% off at checkout to try Lena Rose for themselves. The Lena Rose House line 10,000 Small Businesses Program through Goldman Sach's Is Pluto a planet? No, but NASA gave it a follow up prize: Dwarf Planet The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck, which we used to pull a card for Jenny If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
37 minutes | 3 months ago
How Jayel Lewis, Creator of the Fitness Curriculum, "Failed Her Way Into" Her Goals
Confronting divorce in a foreign country, jobless, and without connections. That's the rock-bottom is where Jayel Lewis found herself just before she started to build her career as a personal trainer. With experience under her belt, she moved back state-side from Germany and built a thriving multi-national, virtual training business (before everyone had to). On this week's episode of #WeGotGoals, you'll hear about those moments from Lewis, who is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist who has trained internationally, worked with the United States Air Force, and is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today, she teaches trainers across the globe how to scale their businesses in a way that allows them to build careers without burning out, the Fitness Curriculum In our conversation, you'll hear: What it was like to go through a divorce in a foreign country without a support system Some perspectives on failure including, "Failing your way into" something. Why coaches need coaching too About Jayel's program that helps fitness professionals make more money off of their fitness businesses, the Fitness Curriculum
36 minutes | 4 months ago
How Erika De La Cruz, Founder of Passion to Paycheck, Brings a "Better With Friends" Mentality to Her Goals
In this #WeGotGoals episode, Kristen talks with Erika De La Cruz, a TV personality, best-selling author, and founder of Passion to Paycheck, a lifestyle conference and community. Erika shares how she overcame homelessness to thrive in the entertainment and media industry. She and Kristen discuss why goals are another thing that's better with friends, what you can't forget when making a vision board, and.... More about Erika De La Cruz: Erika De La Cruz is a Mini-Mega Boss: Best Selling Author of Passionistas, and Founder of Passion to Paycheck, lifestyle conference and community. The California State Senate has named her “The Millennial to Watch” and she has shared her journey as a first generation Mexican American and survivor of the 2009 American economy crash with publications like Forbes, TODAY, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur and Vogue. Optimism and hope brought her out of her mentality of defeat and allowed her to create a life she loves: helping bring global access to positive emotional health & personal power for women everywhere. You can currently watch her on this season of Dream Life, which follows Serena De Comarmond, a seasoned international love-guru, airing Sundays at 10 am on Hulu and FYI Network. Resources for this episode: Find out more about Erika here, and follow her on Instagram here Interested in Passion to Paycheck? Learn more here! Want to watch Erika on Dream Life? Find out everything about the series here. More about transcendental meditation here
34 minutes | 4 months ago
How Our Views on Goals Changed During the Pandemic
With 61 episodes of The Daily Distance under our belts, Kristen and Jeana come together to reflect on the two-month mini-podcast series and what they learned from our guests. Plus, they give a preview for what's next on the #WeGotGoals podcast and how they're continuing to evolve for Season 4. Among other things, Kristen and Jeana reflect on these episodes: Barry's Chief Instructor and Nike Master Trainer Kate LeMere on redefining what success looks like as a high achiever AKT Fitness President Melissa Chordock on blocking time off on your calendar Scout Sobel on finding gratitude when every day looks the same 305 Fitness Founder Sadie Kurzban on sleep Dr. Melinda Ring on caution fatigue Simple Mills Founder Katlin Smith on her best cooking secret The simplest piece of advice EVER from Better Blends founder John Redmond BALA Co-Founder Natalie Holloway on pandemic hobbies Jeana's latest passion, Girl & the Goatceries If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
12 minutes | 5 months ago
Daily Distance #61: How Holding Just One Yoga Pose Can Ease Your Stress
This podcast is in partnership with The Kimpton Gray. Tired of working from your couch or being constantly distracted during your work day? Use the Gray as your personal home office for the day or night -with flexible check-in and check-out policies. We’ll include a mini bar credit for yummy snacks, bottled waters, your workday essentials like phone chargers and ear buds, travel-sized sanitizer and in-room Keurig coffee to keep you fueled. Welcome to the Daily Distance, a new daily series from the creators of #WeGotGoals. In these short episodes, we’re bringing you one daily goal you can set for yourself during this chaotic time- one actionable thing you can do to move your body, connect with a friend, prioritize your mental health, get some work done, and practice a little bit of self-care. Meredith LeJeune is a PR powerhouseand a yoga instructor to boot. With twins and a newborn in her house, she knows the value of a minute—which is why her recommendation is to do just one asana (or pose) when you need a little yoga but don't have time for a full flow. We talk more about which poses she especially recommends, whether her kids are into yoga, how yoga helped her transition into working for herself, and more. Resources Meredith's Instagram page, where she regularly posts yoga flows and more Meredith's day job is running her own PR consulting agency, Thought Bubble Communications—they have an Instagram, too! The yoga classes and online resources Meredith recommends: Alo Yoga, lululemon, Fightmaster Yoga, Boho Beautiful Yoga, and Yoga with Adriene. Jamie Surya Yoga, where Meredith did her Yoga Teacher Training How to do the thread the needle asana Meredith recommends If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
20 minutes | 6 months ago
Daily Distance #60: An Activewear Collection Co-Founder Shares More About the Dreamy Nordic Lifestyle
This podcast is in partnership with The Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago. Book your perfect summer vacation at The Kimpton Gray Hotel Chicago, located only 4 blocks from Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, The Art Institute and the Chicago Yacht Club. Our summer getaway package includes a gourmet picnic lunch from Roanoke Restaurant that features options such as a deluxe Charcuterie Board, Smoked Salmon, and Mediterranean Vegetarian options, for you to enjoy while indulging in the City of Chicago’s outdoor attractions this summer. Welcome to the Daily Distance, a new daily series from the creators of #WeGotGoals. In these short episodes, we’re bringing you one daily goal you can set for yourself during this chaotic time- one actionable thing you can do to move your body, connect with a friend, prioritize your mental health, get some work done, and practice a little bit of self-care. We were so inspired by Scandinavian culture last week, we had to learn more about how they get outdoors in all kinds of weather without wimping out like we do. So, we talked to Leslie Axvig, co-founder and co-CEO of Aktiv Style, a Scandinavian-curated collection of activewear that's timeless, stylish, and functional for every adventure. Leslie's best quarantine recommendations are daily walks with her family and a standing Peloton date with her BFF. We talk about the Nordic lifestyle (two words: mitten dryers!!), how the right clothes make any weather bearable, her favorite Peloton rides, and more. And bonus! Aktiv Style has a special deal for its aSweatLife listeners: get $20 off any purchase over $100 with promo code SWEAT20. Resources: Shop Aktiv Style here, and don't forget to use promo code SWEAT20 for $20 off your $100 purchase! Browse their curated activewear collections on their Instagram If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
11 minutes | 6 months ago
Daily Distance #59: She's Danced With Kanye, Rihanna, and JLO—And This Is Her Secret Stress Reliever
This week aSweatLife is partnered with N!CK’S, the first and only light ice cream that is actually, truly, creamy. N!CK’s is a Swedish brand that believes healthfulness shouldn’t compromise flavor. Spoon-soft and never icy, N!CK’S has no added sugar and only 220-360 calories per PINT. That means you get a compromise-free healthy and TASTY treat, without the calories. And it’s the perfect way to start summer. Welcome to the Daily Distance, a new daily series from the creators of #WeGotGoals. In these short episodes, we’re bringing you one daily goal you can set for yourself during this chaotic time- one actionable thing you can do to move your body, connect with a friend, prioritize your mental health, get some work done, and practice a little bit of self-care. Tash Crudup is #goals. This professional dancer and choreographer has danced with Rihanna, Lourde, Kanye, and JLO, and she also appeared on the NBC show World of Dance in Season 3. She recently launched Lil Vegan Shawty, a resource house for vegan lifestyle including food and recipes, environmental imprint, fashion, volunteering, workout plans and more. She joins Kristen on The Daily Distance to share her recommendation: herbal tea for every occasion. She schools Kristen in what tulsi tea is, why veganism doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing mentality, and what might surprise you about being a professional dancer. Resources: Lil Vegan Shawty, Tash's new venture and a resource for all things vegan Tash's Instagram, for gorgeous photos and more peeks into her life Want to try tulsi tea for yourself? Here you go! If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
14 minutes | 6 months ago
Daily Distance #58: How to Stop Judging Your Food Choices and Give Yourself More Compassion
This week aSweatLife is partnered with N!CK’S, the first and only light ice cream that is actually, truly, creamy. N!CK’s is a Swedish brand that believes healthfulness shouldn’t compromise flavor. Spoon-soft and never icy, N!CK’S has no added sugar and only 220-360 calories per PINT. That means you get a compromise-free healthy and TASTY treat, without the calories. And it’s the perfect way to start summer. Welcome to the Daily Distance, a new daily series from the creators of #WeGotGoals. In these short episodes, we’re bringing you one daily goal you can set for yourself during this chaotic time- one actionable thing you can do to move your body, connect with a friend, prioritize your mental health, get some work done, and practice a little bit of self-care. Karen Malkin is a board certified health coach, a certified eating psychology coach, and a brain health coach. She comes on The Daily Distance to share advice on how to drop any judgment from your food choices and ways to show yourself more compassion. We talk about getting rid of the "shoulds," what people are struggling with most during the pandemic, and how she's helping the healthcare workers of Chicago. Resources: Karen's Instagram and Facebook Karen's website, where you can find out more about her 14 Day Transformation detox series If you love this episode as much as we do, subscribe to the #WeGotGoals podcast wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including on Apple and Spotify (and hey, leave us a rating while you’re at it!).
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