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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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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.

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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?

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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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May 15, 2017
Patience is a virtue. Or so we've all been told. But how often do we actually sit back and think about the role patience plays in our lives or how we cultivate more of it? If you're anything like us, the answer is probably never. Today's conversation focuses on how patience shows up in our lives, how we react when things are happening in the time frame that we want them to, and also the idea of teaching others to cultivate patience in their own lives.

We want to hear from you!

Are you a patient person or an impatient person? What could you do to practice and/or cultivate patience in your life? What could you do to practice and/or cultivate patience in your life?

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • Why we chose the topic of patience
  • Teaching and practicing patience
  • When are most patient or tolerant
  • When we've totally lost our shit
  • Slowing down and taking the time to look around
  • Patience and meditation
  • Flexing your patience muscle
  • Slowing down time and how that impacts the way we experience the world
  • Cultivating more patience in our own lives

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Quotables:

[bctt tweet="I am a reformed, extremely impatient-at-heart person." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="Patience in social situations is not a problem for me, but creative patience is." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="With a 3-year-old you have to be patient and tolerant, or you’ll lose your mind." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Patience isn’t this virtuous quality, it’s something we all have to practice." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Sometimes I worry that people think of me as a flake or scattered because I’m not patient enough." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I’m still honing in on where I want the filtered, creative output of myself, and who I am, to land." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I am finding the balance between tiptoeing and not diving straight into the deep end." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="It feels really against my character to sit back and wait." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Watching children grow up, you realize how quickly things happen." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I wish I could be unaware of time. Or maybe channel the way I used to view it as a kid." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="You anchor your days differently as you get older, and that changes the experience of time." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I'm always more patient when I can embody a sense of wonder about the world around me." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Impatience shows up when I’m excited about something." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Maybe patience boils down to savoring the space that you’re in." username="emilylevenson"]
May 10, 2017

Fresh off of a 30-day gratitude challenge, Emily shares with Betsy a few nuggets about what she's learned along the way, including expressing gratitude for things that aren't always positive. 

May 8, 2017
Where in the world have we been?! That's right. What magical places have we traveled to and where do we want to go next? For Emily, traveling began at a young age with family trips to Mexico, Canada, and annual road trips to Florida to visit family. For Betsy, traveling came much later in her life and has been an opportunity to celebrate life and explore the world outside of the home (and town) she grew up in. Now that we're both older (and wiser?), our traveling whims have changed. But one thing is for sure, we both agree on what constitutes a vacation (relaxing, sleeping, eating) versus an actual trip (exploring, itineraries, work).

We want to hear from you!

What's on your bucket list to visit? Where do you have plans to go this summer or year?

The Episode:

 

Topics Discussed:

  • How travel has found its way into our lives
  • The places we've been
  • What we've gained from traveling
  • Places on our bucket list to visit before we die
  • To Disney or not to Disney
  • Where we DON'T want to go back

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Quotables:

[bctt tweet="As a kid, I remember traveling and being exposed to a lot of different ideas and cultures." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Travel is an auditory thing for me, hearing all of those different sounds was fascinating." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="When I met my husband and we set into our life and routine, I was craving setting down roots." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I didn't travel at all when I was younger." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="When I got into college, I minored in art history and became fascinated with ancient cities." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I make it a point to go somewhere every year." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="It's been fun to find new places to explore as a family versus just finding something new." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="The best thing about traveling? Getting out of your bubble and being exposed to new things." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Every culture has its positives and negatives, including our own." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="Now that I've hit 3 out of 4 corners of this country, it's so different everywhere." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I get really exhausted by travel." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="We only go where can get a direct flight. Otherwise, it's a dealbreaker." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="When we go on vacation, all I want to do is relax, read, eat, and sleep." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="More often than not, I'm looking to disconnect when I travel." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I try to maintain a connection to my goals and values and things I know I need to feel good." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I love trips that are so precious and contained — that you create your own little world." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I'm more interested in exploring places in the U.S. right now." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I'm interested in going back to the places I loved and sharing that with my husband + daughter." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="I'm a cruise advocate, but they also really mess me up." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I had a history of motion sickness as a kid. Every trip would end with puking my brains out." username="emilylevenson"] [bctt tweet="It's always the actual traveling part that ruins it for me and not where I go." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I don't really travel in the summer because of the mini-farm situation we have going on." username="cured_life"] [bctt tweet="I like to travel in the winter and springtime." username="cured_life"]  

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May 1, 2017

Have you ever wondered if a regular yoga practice could make a difference in your life? Or if all of the hype around this form of movement is for real? We did, too. Until we began to implement the practice in our own lives and saw what was taking shape for ourselves. Whether you're looking to move your body more and get stronger, or you're looking for a more gentle, grounding practice, yoga can give you what you need. From the physical to the emotional to the spiritual, a regular yoga practice has the potential to be and do all of that (and more. In typical N+F fashion, our journeys with yoga have been vastly different but the outcome — both intended and actual — are the same: more balance, more grounding, and a more full and loving relationship with our bodies.

We want to hear from you!

What role does yoga play in your life? Do you have a regular yoga practice? If so, what are your favorite styles and/or resources? Looking to embark on your own yoga journey? What's holding you back?

Topics Discussed:

  • How yoga first came into our lives
  • The mental and emotional side of yoga
  • Doing versus teaching
  • The physical practice as a doorway to deeper knowing
  • Emily's #100daysofyoga challenge — how it went and what she learned
  • Little things build up to something great
  • The styles of yoga that we gravitate towards
  • Yoga as a powerful tool to take care of self
  • The power of yoga to let it go of stuck emotions and beliefs
  • The freedom of cultivating a home practice
  • Listening to your body
  • Not getting what you expect but getting exactly what you need
  • It's called practice for a reason
  • Our favorite and least favorite poses
  • Harnessing the power of breath
  • The importance of slowing down, focusing inward, and listening
  • Finding the styles and tools that will support you along the way

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