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Nourish + Flourish

Nourish + Flourish is a podcast about navigating the often difficult terrain of finding what nourishes you — mind, body, and soul — so that you can flourish. Co-hosts Emily Levenson and Betsy Brockett may have different upbringings and diagnoses, but they do have is a shared interest in health and healing. Emily + Betsy wanted a space to explore all of the nuances surrounding health and wellness and to have deeper conversations about those topics.
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Dec 9, 2017

Since this is our last episode, we thought it only fitting to take a look back at our year in podcasting. Join us as we reflect on what the past year, sharing our biggest lessons as well as the biggest gifts, what we are most proud of and what has changed for us as a result. We also share what's coming next for both of us and how to stay in touch.

We’d love to hear from you!

What were the biggest lessons (or aha's) that came as the result of listening to the podcast? Any favorite memories or transformations that were sparked as the result of these conversations?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Why the podcast has been like therapy for us
  • How listening back to yourself can give you a healthy dose of perspective
  • Why talking has actually made us better listeners, particularly when it comes to ourselves
  • The power of conversation and friendships
  • The most transformational episodes for each of us
  • Why gratitude is such a big deal and how it's made an impact for Emily
  • Stillness and quiet, and letting experiences unfold
  • The gift of the inner wise woman and how that changed things for Betsy
  • Gratitude meditations and sending love to those who need it
  • Our goals and intentions for 2018
  • Proudest moment from our year of podcasting

 

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Nov 28, 2017
How do you know when it's the right time to make a pivot in any aspect of your life or career? To make the decision to leave or to stick it out? Whether it's a personal decision or a professional one, there are things you can do to help make the decision an easier one. It involves making sure your basic needs are getting met, listening to how you're feeling about the situation, and a basic willingness to be patient with yourself and the process. We also have an ulterior motive in talking about this, as we have made the bittersweet decision to make this the last season (and second to last episode) of the podcast.

We’d love to hear from you!

How do you know when it's time to step away from something or make a pivot into something new? How has that played out in your life in the past (or present)?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Why we chose this topic (spoiler alert: it involves the future of this podcast)
  • The 3 pieces Betsy uses to make big decisions
  • Emily's preferred method for making changes in her life
  • How feelings are an important indicator for creating change
  • Deciding whether something is "worth it" or not
  • Fighting or accepting change
  • The power of choosing to step into change and honor what it brings to your life
  • Finding balance through pivoting
  • How personal and professional changes follow the same path
  • The role of boredom in pivoting and creating change
  • What's coming next?
 

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Nov 13, 2017
Change. No matter who you are, how much money you have in the bank, or what your relationship status is ... change is inevitable. So why do we fight it so damn hard? Probably because it takes us out of our comfort zone and makes a mess out of everything. And yet, all changes have the opportunity to teach us more about ourselves and help us shift into a place of greater potential. The key is to understand your own patterns when it comes to coping with change. Because the more you know, the more you can navigate through the changes and come out on the other side with less mess and less struggle.

We’d love to hear from you!

How do you cope with change? What is your typical pattern? Do you even have a pattern when change shows up in your life? What helps to make it a more positive or pleasant experience?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • The messiness of change
  • How not having a safety net can be a really good thing
  • Embracing our patterns and how we flow through the cycle of change
  • Turns away from center and how to find our way back
  • Unexpected versus intentional changes
  • Looking for the lessons in everything
  • Releasing expectations and allow things to unfold
  • Impatience and how it hampers change
  • Being honest with yourself about how you deal with the changes in our lives
  • The impact of change as we get older
  • The lessons and the gifts of going through changes, big and small
 

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Oct 30, 2017

The topic of today's episode — positivity and optimism — has been something we've wanted to explore for ages. Of course, the days we were scheduled to record were ones where we were feeling anything BUT positive or optimistic. 

The good news is, positivity and optimism aren't some pollyanna principles that negate the totality of our human experience. Instead, they are a way of approaching and understanding the world. 

So how do we get there? How do we begin to embrace more positivity? How do we challenge the voice in our head that tells us that things are going to hell in a handbasket?

We explore those questions and more in Episode #42.

Oct 23, 2017

Emily is officially back from her sabbatical and shares the ups and downs that she experienced during her time off. Betsy also talks about what happened for her during this break and where she sees herself going in the upcoming months. 

 

All in all, this is a doorway into what has been going on in our lives and hearts for the past month and where we are finding balance in the midst of all of this chaos. 

Oct 9, 2017

What is the difference between having goals and manifesting things? Is there a practical side of manifestation, as well as a negative one? How exactly DO you manifest something? And how does this impact your life (for better or worse)?

We recently chatted with Kimberly Brown of Manifest Yourself to get to the bottom of these questions, and so much more. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into the world of achieving your goals and dreams through the power of manifestation. 

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Kimberly Brown
Founder
Career + Leadership Coach
Manifest Yourself

Kimberly's Affirmation Cards and Teachable School.

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Oct 2, 2017
Today’s episode is all about decluttering and the act of letting go of the physical things that take up space in our homes and hearts. We go so far as to call it a spiritual act. From cherished heirlooms to clothing and art to birthday cards from decades past, the things we collect (and hang onto) are a way to access the memories of the people, the places, and the experiences we cherish. They are also a tool to help create a space that makes us feel inspired and at peace.

We’d love to hear from you!

What's your relationship to stuff? Do you err on the minimal or the collecting end of the stuff-spectrum? Have you ever felt remorse for letting go of something?  

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Topics Discussed:

  • Decluttering as a spiritual act
  • The liberation of cleaning out our closets and our homes
  • Our emotional attachment to clothing
  • Pros and cons of a capsule wardrobe
  • Make-up and books and what role they play in our lives
  • The things that take up space in our lives and homes
  • Digital decluttering — email, computer files, deleting apps
  • The "porous" act of decluttering and what it unlocks in the process
  • What we're really hanging onto when we hang onto stuff
  • The emotional weight of physical clutter
  • Knowing why you are hanging onto things
  • The importance of how our stuff makes us feel
  • Creating space by being more intentional about the things we keep
  • Figuring out how you want your space to make you feel
 

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Sep 25, 2017
Today's episode is all about our shadow self, or the dark parts of ourselves that we'd rather not acknowledge or shine a light on. Unfortunately, burying those qualities in the sand or turning away from our lesser liked qualities only makes them grow stronger and louder. So let's take a walk on the dark side and embrace the less positive aspects of our selves. Because the real question isn't whether you have a dark side, it's whether you acknowledge your dark side.

We’d love to hear from you!

Do you view self-care as an act of self-love and compassion? If so, what does that look like in your life? If not, how would you define the concepts of self-care and self-love?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Aspects of our selves that we don't like — AKA our shadow selves
  • The downward spiral of being late
  • Staying present to the shadow aspects of ourselves
  • Addictive personalities and behaviors
  • Red flags and warning signs of when things are out of control
  • Impulsivity, regrets, and drama-filled living
  • Forgiveness and empathy for the parts of yourself that you don't love
  • The gifts of discomfort and pain when creating change
  • Our connection to "things"
  • Clearly defined values and how that sets the tone
  • Using the shadow aspects as an indication that something is off
  • Curiosity versus judgment and reactivity
 

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Sep 18, 2017
Even though we've talked about self-care in a previous episode of the podcast, we thought it was important to return to this topic and touch on a very specific aspect of self-care and how it relates to self-love. That's right. Taking care of yourself is the ultimate act of self-love. By making time for yourself and putting your needs at the top of the list, you are showing yourself (and your Self) love and compassion. Because when you don't, it leads to feelings of depletion, resentment, anger, and living out of alignment. All things that we've experienced when we fail to put our own needs first. So grab a (hot) cup of something and settle in for an intimate discussion around self-care and how it translates to loving up on ourselves.

We’d love to hear from you!

Do you view self-care as an act of self-love and compassion? If so, what does that look like in your life? If not, how would you define the concepts of self-care and self-love?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Self-care as a form of loving up on ourselves
  • Taking a break and what that really means
  • The myths around time and productivity
  • The weight of resentment and anger and what brings those feelings to the surface
  • What self-love looks and feels like
  • Holding the space without giving too much of yourself in the process
  • Needing to feel it to heal it
  • Closure, healing, and the gifts in every situation

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Sep 11, 2017
We're sitting down with Sloane Davidson — founder of Hello Neighbor and all around wonderful woman — to talk about getting involved in our communities and creating an impact in the world we live in. Whether you've been inspired by the current political climate to be more socially active or have always wanted to make a difference in your community, Sloane will inspire you to do what you can to inspire change.

We’d love to hear from you!

What has your philanthropic path been? Is there anything big or small that you've been wanting to devote your time, talents or treasures to?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • An introduction to Sloane Davidson and Hello Neighbor
  • Sloane's path to social change
  • Giving where you can, when you can
  • Using tools like social media to build connections online and off
  • Clictivism and choosing how you share your time, talent, and treasure
  • Philanthropic goal setting
  • The power of starting small and building from there
  • Work-life fit versus work-life balance
  • Time is the greatest treasure we have
  • How refugee and immigrant status is a human issue and not a political one
  • Getting back to basics by supporting neighbors the people in your community
  • Refugees, Internally Displaced People (IDP), and the resettling process
  • Nourishment on a community level
  • What nourishment means to Sloane on a personal level

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Sep 4, 2017
Last week we touched on a popular topic from the N+F archives: yoga. This week we're revisiting THE most popular episodes in N+F history, which was all about daily routines and staying organized. We thought it would be fun to dive a little deeper into the organization side of that conversation. We cover basic ideas for getting organized, to-do lists and priority setting, clearing up digital clutter, the power of accountability, setting long- and short-term goals, creating rituals, and setting ourselves up to succeed. It's a fun conversation — one where we both walked away with some new tools and solid reminders of why the tools we love so much are actually helping us to stay organized and focusing our attention on the things that matter most.

We'd love to hear from you!

How do you organize your days? What do you do to stay on top of your days and get the things done that matter most to you?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • This is a follow-up from the most popular episode in N+F history
  • The power of waking up to a clean environment
  • The night before and how to set your self up for success
  • Embracing the mantra of "If you see it, clean it." and the 2-minute rule
  • Setting aside time weekly to respond to email and clear out the digital clutter
  • Revisiting the to-do list and how we use them now
  • Digital resources to keep track
  • The power of accountability and collaboration
  • Organizing photos and digital files
  • Home-specific goals and cleaning in bite-sized chunks
  • Food prep and weekly menu planning
  • Setting yourself up to success
  • Getting everyone in your household on the same page
  • Cutting out all other distractions
 

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Aug 28, 2017

Because yoga is more than a physical practice.

One of our most popular episodes to date has been about our individual journeys with the physical practice of yoga. And while we are firm believers that rolling out your mat and doing the work is important, it's nothing compared to the non-physical aspects of yoga. Betsy, our resident yogi, walks us through the first two limbs of yoga — the moral, ethical, and personal codes that create the foundation of yoga that are supposed to be in place before you even hit the mat. So join us for a conversation about the yamas (limb one) and how they translate to our internal world or niyamas (limb two).

We’d love to know!

Are you a student of yoga? Does your study include the non-physical aspects of yoga? If so, how has that opened up your practice as a result?

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Why the non-physical aspects of yoga are important to know about
  • Laying the groundwork for the first two limbs of yoga
  • The power of love
  • An overview of the five yamas of yoga
  • How the yamas apply to us on a personal level (AKA, the niyamas)
  • Connecting it back to the physical practice
  • The goal of enlightenment
  • Finding contentment within your practice
  • Intention setting and the impact that has on self-discipline
  • Compassion and empathy and how it relates to your journey
  • Realizing your place in the grand scheme of things
  • The other six limbs of yoga (asana, pranayama, pratyahara, focused concentration, meditation, and enlightenment)
 

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Aug 21, 2017

The moon and all her magic.

Have you ever wondered who you at your core or questioned what your purpose is in this lifetime? Today's discussion with Jennifer Blumenthal — the human guide behind Seduction of Soul — gets to the heart of those questions through an unlikely doorway: the moon. Jen shares her own journey into authentic living and how the moon played a role in her transformation. She also talks about the impact the moon has on the natural world, as well as the archetype that it represents. As if that wasn't enough, we also dive deep about the different moon phases, what each represents, and how that relates to the female experience of the world. Jen even touches on the impact of today's new moon and solar eclipse. Suffice it to say, this episode is a juicy one. So settle in, take a listen, and then come back to it again and again. Don't forget to head over to the N+F Facebook group for a special something Jen has planned around the new moon and solar eclipse. Spoiler alert: it has everything to do with tarot.

We’d love to know!

What is your connection with the moon? Do you notice any shifts in your energy or mood based on her cycles?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • An introduction to Jen Blumenthal of Seduction of Soul
  • What is soul art?
  • Jen's journey into alignment and connecting with her soul's purpose
  • The moon archetype and what that really means
  • How the moon impacts women differently and why
  • The connection between moon cycles and menstruation, creativity, and mood
  • The different cycles of the moon and what they represent
  • Nourishing the "soul-self" and what happens when we don't
  • A moon-specific ritual to enhance self-care and being true to your own desires
  • Mercury retrograde and what it really means (no, it's not all bad)
  • The real reason why we are so disconnected from the moon and her magic
  • What nourishment means to Jen

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Aug 14, 2017

Putting it out there for everyone to see.

Have you ever wondered why some people feel compelled to share every single detail of their lives with strangers on the internet? We totally do. Which is why decided to spend an entire episode talking about it. We also wanted to explore the landscape of vulnerability and openness that comes as a direct result of blogging and sharing online through platforms like Twitter and Instagram. And, of course, we selfishly wanted to understand our own reasons for being so open and public about the ups and downs of our lives. So fire up your podcast queue and join us for a deeply personal conversation around being vulnerable and sharing our journeys — from the early days of blogging all the way through to the current landscape of social media and podcasting.

We'd love to know!

What is your relationship to sharing personal stories and struggles — your own or reading about others — through a blog or via other social media platforms?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • How Emily got started with blogging and social media
  • How things have changed in the online landscape over the years
  • Betsy's journey with blogging and sharing the details of her life
  • Why we feel compelled to share deeply personal things with complete strangers online
  • Purging old content and shutting old blogs down
  • How blogging brings personal accountability
  • What happens when the urge to run and hide crops up
  • Knowing where we don't want to go and pushing the boundaries of our online worlds
  • Writing that isn't driven by the need to "grow" a blog or make it big
  • Shame, fraudy feelings, and showing compassion for ourselves
  • The power of authenticity while also setting limits around what gets shared
  • Taking a break and going radio silent from time to time
  • Our love/hate relationship with social media

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Aug 7, 2017

Feeling better doesn't have to be difficult.

We've all had days (or weeks, let's be honest) when we've felt grumpy, sad, irritable, overwhelmed or just plain down in the dumps. Which is why we wanted to focus our conversation in today's episode on things you can do in 5 minutes or less to turn your mood around. Tune in for 15 things you can do right now to go from down in the dumps to feeling F-I-N-E fine. We cover everything from a drink of water and a snack to deep breathing, yoga, doodling, acts of kindness, seeking comfort from those we love (furry friends included).

We'd love to hear from you!

What's in your self-care toolbox — or Rolodex of Happiness as Betsy calls it — that gets you feeling better in minutes flat? Feel free to hit us up on Twitter. Or, better yet, join in on the conversation over in our N+F Facebook group.  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • An introduction to the topic and what it really means to turn things around
  • The importance of going through it to get through it
  • Focusing on the breath
  • Do the opposite of what's ailing you
  • Putting the phone down and getting your body outside
  • The power of creativity and creative expression
  • The Rolodex of Happiness, what it is and how to use it
  • Tarot and Oracle Cards as a gateway to creating change
  • How to release tension in the body as a way to let go
  • Seeking comfort from someone close to you
  • The magic of yoga to shift our mood quickly
  • Cleaning up your environment and getting rid of the clutter
  • The surprising impact of drinking more water or a warm cup of tea
  • Fight the hanger and have a snack
  • Acts of kindness — random or otherwise — are a powerful way to shift your mood
  • To-do lists and brain dumps to curb the overwhelm — i.e., decluttering your mental space

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Jul 31, 2017
Are you looking to find more calm and contentment in your day to day life? Us too! Which is how we knew we needed to get today's guest, Catherine Beard of The Blissful Mind on the show come hell or high water. Catherine shared so many nuggets of wisdom during our conversation, from morning routines and her self-care power hour (genius) to finding your purpose, mindfulness, intentional living, resiliency and a whole lot more. She even shares about the new direction her life and career are taking and what that has meant for her. So grab a cup of something — tea, green smoothie, water — and settle in for an insightful conversation with a wonderfully insightful woman.

What about you?

How would you describe the current status of your life? Do you feel calm and contented, or are you feeling something else (better or worse)? What would it take to get you from here to there?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • An introduction to Catherine Beard of The Blissful Mind
  • Blogging, capsule wardrobes, minimalism, and intentional living
  • The hard realities of being your own boss
  • Morning routines and the self-care power hour
  • What led Catherine to pursue the path of wellness
  • How Catherine got to holistic health coaching from blogging
  • Finding your purpose in life
  • What a holistic health coach actually does
  • The external pressures to be perfect and follow your our own advice
  • Authenticity, resiliency, and the human experience
  • Why Catherine says, "You are the expert on yourself."
  • What nourishment means to Catherine

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Jul 24, 2017
What role does creativity play in your life? Is it something you embrace and incorporate into your life or do you see it as something other people are blessed with but not you? Today's episode is all about the power of creativity and the way it brings more joy, introspection, and empowerment in our lives. We touch on the role creativity has played in our lives from the very beginning and then move onto the role creativity is currently playing in our lives and our evolution. What about you? What role does creative expression play in your life? How has it opened you up to new ideas and/or helped you to embrace the magic that exists all around us?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • How creativity took shape in our lives as children
  • Creativity as a way to find joy and appreciate the world around us
  • Creative expression is about more than just art
  • Anyone can be a creator
  • Capitalizing on the creativity when it shows up
  • Fear and creativity — pushing outside your comfort zone
  • The meditative quality of art
  • Creating who we are and what we're known for
  • Where else creativity shows up in our lives
  • Fostering creativity in children
  • The doodle game and letting your creativity loose
  • Embracing the journey and allowing creativity to take you where you need to go

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Jul 19, 2017

Hot off our conversation around female friendships, we felt compelled to bring the Nourish + Flourish community together in a space where we can talk about what we're working on, books we've read and been inspired by, and resources that have helped us along the way.

 

Link to join the group: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/nourishandflourishpodcast

 

Can't wait to see you inside! And make sure to invite a friend (or ten) to join you. 

Jul 17, 2017

The transformative power of female friendships.

That’s what we're spending time talking about today. The power of friendships — particularly with the women in our lives — and how they've taken shape in our lives. Whether those friendships began with a sister or through other channels, friendships give us the space to grow, evolve, and comfort us when we need it most. Our conversation begins with the role friendship has played throughout our lives and ends with what we're currently looking for or craving. It's an honest discussion filled with struggles and insights. And it's one we hope you enjoy.

We want to hear from you!

What role do female friendships play in your life? Do you have women that you can turn to for comfort and fun, or are you craving something deeper?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • What does friendship mean to us
  • Why are female friendships so difficult for us
  • Craving deep connections in our lives
  • What gets in the way of connecting and staying in touch
  • Friendship calendars and making friends as adults
  • Why female friendships are so important and worthy of pursuing
  • Are platonic (heterosexual) friendships even possible?
  • The divine feminine and how that plays a role with friendships
  • Relationships and the way they can replace the role of friendship
  • Pursuing friendships and how to bring more of them into your life
  • Friend soul mates
  • Nurturing friendships and how to show the women in your life that you care
  • How the online world has changed the face of friendship
  • Future topics to unpack around female friendships

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Jul 10, 2017

The moments that matter.

That's the phrase today's guest, Andy Hayes of Plum Deluxe, has anchored his entire life around. Andy went from a toxic job that was eventually going to put him in his grave to creating a community and company based on the values of slow living and savoring the moments that matter. We dive deep into Andy's journey, where his passion for slow living and mindfulness come from, the power of building community, and even why he chose tea as THE thing to sell. So grab your favorite cup of tea (bonus points if it's a Plum Deluxe variety!) and settle in for a really interesting, inspiring, and invigorating chat with Andy Hayes.

We want to hear from you!

How can you embrace the moments that matter in your life? Where could you stand to slow things down and savor the deliciousness that's happening around you?  

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • An introduction to Andy Hayes of Plum Deluxe
  • The path that led Andy to where he is today.
  • The impetus for Andy to create change in his life.
  • Creating moments that matter and how that phrase has anchored Andy throughout his life.
  • Synchronicity and what happened when Andy finally quit his toxic job.
  • How Andy's mother's battle with cancer changed his life and outlook.
  • Why mindfulness is the cornerstone of Plum Deluxe's mission.
  • How the question, "Why are we the best version of ourselves on vacation?" really guided the ship.
  • Why tea?
  • The power of labels (literally).
  • Staying mindful when life gets busier, crazier, and fuller.
  • Knowing what you need and asking for it.
 

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Jul 3, 2017

Do you have big plans for your summer?

Do you have big plans for your summer? Because we do. And it involves a whole lot of relaxing, enjoying time outdoors, and taking better care of ourselves. BUT FIRST, we want to say a huge thank you to every who came to our wrap party and cookbook signing at Studio AM with Heather Crosby of YumUniverse. The evening was beyond anything we could have imagined and just helped to put a beautiful bow on the first season (and year of planning) for the podcast. We also wanted to give a special shout-out to Gluten-Free Goat Bakery & Cafe, and Levity. Today's episode touches on where Season 2 will be taking us, as we dive into topics like creativity, mindset, eating disorders, personal relationships, and moon cycles. We also have quite a few guests in mind that we want to bring on the show, so look for some fun (and insightful) conversations coming up. But before we do any of that, we wanted to talk about what's on our minds and bucket lists for the summer months. So settle in and get ready for a fun one. (Spoiler alert: we talk a whole lot about unicorns.)

We want to hear from you!

Do you have big plans for your summer? What (if anything) is on your bucket list and what do you hope to bring more of into your life?

The Episode:

Topics Discussed:

  • A recap of our Wrap Party + Book Signing
  • The inspiration for our Season 2 album art
  • Topics we'll be exploring during Season 2
  • Shoulding on ourselves
  • The illusion of perfection and sharing the best parts of yourself while hiding the rest away
  • Progress not perfection
  • Our summer bucket list (and goals)

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Jun 12, 2017
Picking up where we left off in Episode #24, we go through everything we've discussed in Episodes 12 through 23 — self-care, CSA's and food, intuition, inspiration around food, stress, the divine feminine, yoga, travel, patience, curiosity, and happiness and joy — and how things have either changed completely, evolved, or stayed the same. We also talked a bit about our relationship before we started, and how it has evolved and strengthened over the course of the last year.

We want to hear from you!

What have been your favorite episodes to date? Any topics that you want us to delve into for Season 2?

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • A recap of Episodes 12 through 23
  • How our relationship has evolved over the past year
  • The Wrap Party + Book Signing

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Jun 5, 2017

With two episodes left in Season 1, we thought it would be fun to revisit our earliest episodes. So today, we went through everything we discussed in Episodes 2 through 11 — daily routines, movement vs. exercise, sleep, tarot, the way we eat, books, body image, meditation, guilty pleasures, and our interview with Heather Crosby — and how things have either changed completely, evolved, or stayed the same. 

We want to hear from you!

What have been your favorite episodes to date? Any topics that you want us to delve into for Season 2?

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • A recap of Episodes 2 through 11
  • Our Wrap Party + Book Signing on June 21st

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May 29, 2017
Happiness and joy. Words we often use interchangeably that have very different implications in our lives. Words that also happen to be the basis for today's episode. We start off by asking each other how happiness and joy show up in our lives, move into what happens when they aren't there, what gets in the way of noticing or feeling those things, and also how we cultivate more of it in our lives. At the end of the day (and the episode), we both agree that life is less about seeking out fleeting moments of happiness, and more about looking around and finding the joy in the small everyday moments.

We want to hear from you!

How do you define (or differentiate between) happiness and joy? How do you bring more of it into your life?

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Our Wrap Party + Cookbook Launch with Heather Crosby on June 21st
  • How we think about happiness
  • The difference between happiness and joy
  • Tiny moments of joy in our lives
  • The awareness that yoga and meditation bring into life
  • Depression and bottoming out
  • How the lows help us to give context to the highs
  • Reaching out for help when we have trouble finding joy
  • Forgiveness and how that can relate to joy
  • Cultivating joy and the things you do to get there
  • Thanking the monsters in your life
  • Spreading joy in our lives
  • What makes us happy

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Quotables:

[bctt tweet="I used to see happiness as this elusive thing that I had to seek out." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Happiness is more of an external moment, but joy can be more of an internal atmosphere." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="To me, happiness is a fleeting emotion while joy is a deeper expression." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Joy is the space I got to where little fireworks of happiness became a bonus rather than a need." username="nandfpodcast"] [bctt tweet="It’s important to have goals, but not ones that are rooted in your ability to be a happy or unhappy person." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="To me happiness is an emotion, you don’t necessarily experience it by thinking about it." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Yoga brought about a contentment with my own body, my own thoughts, and my life. " username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I try to keep the bleak times in the back of my mind because I feel so different now." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I would not have appreciated every moment of my pregnancy if it wasn’t for what I had experienced." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="It’s not sadness that’s the thief of joy, it’s guilt." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="It’s a practice, just like everything else, to forgive." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="It’s practice to cultivate joy and the things that you do to get there." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift." via="no"] [bctt tweet="One of my favorite ways to spread joy is to send people an unexpected note that just praises them." username="emilylevenson"]  

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May 22, 2017
Today we're talking about curiosity. (Huzzah!) Buzzword or not, there's a lot that goes into this word. In today's episode, we define curiosity as being connected to comfort zones, our willingness to try new things, facing fears, and putting ourselves in the position where we are open to growing, learning, and experiencing. We even go so far as to say that curiosity is the keystone for evolving in our lives. So sit back, take a listen, and embrace curiosity in your life.

We want to hear from you!

Are you a curious person? Where has that way of showing up in the world benefited you and/or pushed you out of your comfort zone?

The Episode:

Topics Discussed:

  • Some announcements about the end of Season 1 (plus a surprise offer!)
  • Giving ourselves permission to be curious
  • Questioning why things are showing up in life
  • FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) versus FONA (Fear of Not Achieving)
  • Grand gestures versus the small whispers
  • Curiosity spiraling out of control
  • The power of WHY
  • Comfort zones and why we push outside or stay put
  • Contentment and Upper Limiting
  • Opening yourself up to new experiences
  • The reality of things versus what we build them up to in our head
  • Curiosity as a quality in a person
  • What scares the crap out of us and pushes us to the edge of comfort zones
  • How we feel about what we put out into the world
  • Old stories around contentment and striving
  • The things that happen in the third decade of life
  • Short-term and long-term goal setting
  • What's bringing up fear and excitement for us lately

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Quotables:

[bctt tweet="I was struggling to find my voice and my path; embodying a spirit of curiosity was powerful." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Curiosity opened the door for me to ask questions." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I think I have FONA - fear of not achieving. It’s the curse and a blessing of being an entrepreneur." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I’m starting to pay attention to the smaller cues instead of the grand gestures." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Comfort zones are filled with boredom, but also safety." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Curiosity takes down the veil of what can look very exciting from the outside." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Curiosity as a quality in a person is really attractive. It makes you way more interesting." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="When I’m talking to someone, I don’t want pleasantries, I want shared human experiences." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="The more you know, the more you can share." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I’m afraid that what I put out there won’t matter, and that I won’t discover what I’m meant to do." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="It’s helpful for me to follow those breadcrumbs of what piques my curiosity." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Sometimes you have to break something in order to put it back together more beautifully." username="emilylevenson"]

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