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Just Stay Curious with Gillian St.Clair

Listen in as Gillian St.Clair talks to women from all over the world. They'll be discussing many aspects of their lives- the good, the bad, and everything in between. As these women talk about their hardships, moments of clarity, and lessons learned, they'll also be delving into a seriously important topic: self-love. Hear self-love defined from women in all walks of life, get tips to include in your own self-care routine, listen to inspirational quotes, and add a few books to your must-read list. These interviews are raw and inspirational. When women are brave enough to listen to other's stories, they start to gain the courage to share their own.
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Dec 30, 2016

Struggling with an eating disorder for many years, Michelle Vina-Baltsas faced her fears and addressed her issues. She talks about her current relationship with food, and how she learned to love herself. Michelle also describes how she treats herself with kindness.

Q & A

Why do you think self love is important?

It’s the foundation of my life. When I’m not in self love, I’m in bashing, and that’s not a good place for me to be. There’s no happiness there.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

For me it was that I had to do it perfectly. I didn’t realize there were degrees – like I could get there. I thought, what about taking baby steps in between working for towards that. When I did that, I felt much better.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

My Husband. I feel his love all the time.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Everything I need is already inside of me.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Meditation for me is a daily practice that has dramatically changed my life.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“I praise you for all I am, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Scripture.

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

I highly recommend “Calm.” It’s a free app with wonderful guided meditations.

What book are you reading right now?

Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body, by Connie Sobczak.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Helping women to see that they are enough. . . just as they are. Because they, too, are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Guest Bio and Opportunity to Connect More

Michelle Vina-Baltsas is a coach who helps women with their food and body image so they can feel confident and powerful in the skin they're in.

www.michellevinabaltsas.com

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Twitter, Intagram, Pinterest: @vbmichelle

Michelle’s ebook "Are You Really Hungry?" is a great resource for women who struggle with emotional eating and body shame.

Dec 28, 2016

Sarah Steckler: After a cross country move, Sarah was surprised to notice a shift in her moods. Things got progressively worse. She describes her desire to “get better,” to overcome her debilitating depression, and her desire to make change happen. Sarah now channels her experience to help others through depression, as well as other challenges, without judgement.

Q & A

Why is self love important to you?

Self love is important to me because it’s all about building awareness with yourself. It’s really developing a relationship with yourself.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

I think it was that I didn’t need it, that it was kind of fluffy. . . that I was tough enough that I didn’t need to take care of myself that way.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

It sounds cliché, but it has to be, and is, my husband.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

My dad always told me that in life, there are a lot of different decisions you have to make. He always told me it’s okay to make different decisions in life, as long as it’s not something that crushes your soul.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is something I listen to while I am working or when I am trying to fall asleep. There are videos on You Tube. I highly recommend searching for Gentle Whispering. She’s a great place to start.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“We must embrace pain, and burn it as fuel for our journey.” Kenji Miyazawa

What book are you reading right now?

The Opposite of Love, by Julie Buxbaum.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Learning and reading.

Guest Bio

Sarah Steckler is an Empowerment Coach and Journal Expert for women focusing on heart centered living and grounded personal growth. She is the founder of the Brazen Heart Collective Community, the creator of multiple online courses and the author of a Self-Love Guide. She helps women find their center and step into living from a place of intention and deep purpose that allows for increased self-awareness, giving them freedom and inner abundance to make confident choices and take powerful action in their lives.

 

Connect with this Guest

http://SarahSteckler.com

Brazen Heart Collective Facebook Group

http://facebook.com/groups/brazenheartcollective

Instagram @SarahSteckler

Twitter @SarahCoaches

 

Self-Love Guide

http://www.sarahsteckler.com/free-tools/

Self-Love Affirmations

http://www.sarahsteckler.com/affirmations/

5-Day Journal Challenge

https://sarahsteckler.clickfunnels.com/optin

 

Dec 26, 2016

Michelle Kirsch talks about a time in her life before she lived an intuitive and intentional life. She describes a series of choices and challenges that led to her current state. Journaling her thoughts and fears, she would ask herself, “Is that true?” She channels her “Wise Inner Self” to allow herself to write freely and without judgement. She found her intuitive and intentional life when she took the first step of “Just start listening.”

Q & A

Why do you think self love is so important?

It really all begins with self love. If you don’t love yourself, you’re not going to make yourself a priority. You’re not going to think who you are on the inside is worth discovering, or uncovering. . . you’re not going to take care of yourself.

Self love is necessary for happiness.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

I think, really, fear. Fear that who I was on the inside wasn’t really good enough.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

My kids. They definitely have helped me be a more loving person and a more compassionate person.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Education is never a waste.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I love automatic writing. I think it is important to find an outlet where you can express your true feelings. On a physical note, I take hot baths regularly.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

Think Up App.   You can record affirmations in your own voice.

What book are you reading right now?

I just started reading Adventures for your Soul by Shannon Kaiser.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Strengthening my intuition.

Guest Bio

Michelle Kirsch is a transformational coach who is passionate about intuitive & intentional living. She believes that creating a life that you love starts by going within, reconnecting to your intuition, and making intentional choices every single day that will nourish your body, mind, & spirit.

Connect with this Guest

http://www.michellekirsch.com/

https://www.facebook.com/michellekirschcoach

https://www.instagram.com/mkirschpics/

https://www.pinterest.com/mmkirsch/

https://twitter.com/Michelle_Kirsch

Listeners can access Michelle's free Nourish + Shine Library by visiting http://www.michellekirsch.com/library/The Nourish + Shine Library is a collection of Michelle's favorite tools & resources to help you cut stress & overwhelm, find clarity, and reconnect to what your mind, body and spirit are craving, so that you can truly shine in your life.

 

 

Dec 23, 2016

Madeline Giles communicates with the angels now, but that wasn’t always the case. During her dark night of the soul, Madeline’s choices didn’t take her own health and safety into account. One day she woke up and said, “No more.” This led her to the discovery of the angels.

Madeline Giles envisions a world where communicating with angels is easy for everyone. She founded Angelic Breath Healing as a fast-acting method for people to feel better by consciously connecting with their angels through breath. Madeline teaches classes internationally and offers 6-Month Mentorship for people interested in incorporating angelic guidance into daily life.

Why do you think self love is important? Self love is important because it is the foundation of anything else we want to experience. Are we acting from a place of love? Or acting from a place of “I need to find love outside myself.”

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? Awareness. Moments where I am not in self love, I am not really present.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? My teachers that I have been blessed to study with.

What is the best advice you have ever received? “If it feels good, you’re doing it right.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? I call on my angels every day. I acknowledge their presence. The angels can only intervene in our lives if we ask, so I make a point to do that every day.

Do you have a favorite quote? “Never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? I am a huge fan of Oracle Cards on my phone. You can get them from the app store. I really like Doreen Virtue.

What book are you reading right now? Healing with the Angels, by Doreen Virtue.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? Listening. Listening to my heart, opening spaces, and holding spaces for people to listen to their own hearts.

1:45 Madeline has her first paranormal experience that led her to learn about angels

6:52 Madeline talks about the time, starting when she was in high school and lasting many years, her mother’s battle with cancer, and the alcoholism that ran in her family. This led her to extreme disconnection from self and spirit.

10:04 Madeline talks about some of the coping mechanisms she used at the time, how she found ways to recharge.

11:05 Madeline talks about embracing the polarity of life- honoring the light and dark in life

13:25 Madeline offers advice for anyone trying to disconnect, or “numb out” from their life.

15:51 Madeline talks about how she ignored her inner voice because she wasn’t in the right space to hear it.

17:05 Madeline talks about her “shooting star moment”, when she realized that she was meant to do angel work, Angelic Breath Healing in particular.

19:13 Madeline talks about how she first took action after her shooting star moment. She mentions the divine timing, and the small steps she took. She worked through her fear and nerves.

21:25 Madeline talks about how her community was essential in anchoring her to her path even when she had doubts and resistance.

23:27 Madeline shares that the biggest lesson from her experience was to appreciate the dark that makes the light possible.

25:03 Daily Insights and Q&A

Madeline talks about how she started using alcohol to disconnect from her life when she was in high school. She also learned that she needed time alone to recharge. After a paranormal experience, Madeline started to learn about angels in an effort to feel safe. Eventually she realized that working with angels, and sharing that experience with others was meant to be her life’s work.

Dec 21, 2016

When she was still a child, Monique Alvarez’s grandmother gave her a lifetime subscription to National Geographic. This opened her eyes to a world beyond her small town. She took her first overseas trip at 19.

Monique describes her challenges with infertility and her adventure opening a yoga studio. Now she and her husband are dedicated to raising their boys outside the United States.

Monique Alvarez is a world explorer and is on a mission to share her love of the world with the world. Currently enjoying slow travel across Mexico with her husband and two baby boys. http://moniquealvarezenterprises.com/blog/

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

Thinking something was wrong with me. Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

I would have to say my husband. He is an incredibly secure, confident and grounded man.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

My mom told me, “Don’t take care of the kids first. Make sure you take care of you first. Momma has to go first. If you go down, the baby goes down.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I nap almost every day. Sleep is the number one thing that nurtures me and keeps me on track.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“If you aren’t selfish enough to feel good, then you can never truly connect to source.” Ester Hicks.

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

There’s an app called Calm. It’s perfect because it sort of helps create your happy place.

What book are you reading right now?

The Science of Getting Rich.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Travel. It has opened up new worlds to me.

2:10 Monique talks about how her love of travel first began

3:12 Monique shares why self love is important in her life as a traveler with her husband and 2 babies.

4:19 Monique tells of her failed attempts to get pregnant and how that led to a depression and her feeling devastated.

7:27 When she realized that things weren’t going as she’d planned and expected, Monique’s self-care practice fell apart. She lost focus.

9:14 Monique shares her biggest lesson… she learned to trust her body.

9:55 Yoga helped Monique get her self care practice back on track. She then started her own yoga studio.

12:40 When Monique got pregnant, she knew that her path lay outside of the US. She knew that through traveling, she would be able to be the mother she desired to be.

13:16 Monique heard Esther Hicks say, "The greatest gift you can give your children is the gift of a happy mother." She realized, she could do this huge task.

15:24 Why Monique needs to raise her kids outside of the US.

17:07 Monique shares her method of changing ingrained belief systems.

18:06 The matriarch of the family influences the rest of the family with her energy.

19:58 Monique talks about the support her husband gives her, notably in her self care practice

22:34 Daily Insights, Q&A

The journey to motherhood wasn’t easy for Monique. She struggled to get pregnant and that had a profound effect on her. When she did get pregnant, she realized that her self-care practice was essential and that her energy would be reflected in her children. It led her family to travel the world.

Dec 19, 2016

Natasha talks about her body work, and how she learned to read her body to understand what it was telling her. Making the shift from conflict avoidance, with time and patience, she began listing to her body and make informed choices. This transformed her approach to her life.

Natasha Koo is the Women’s Tribe Leader of Feminine Space. As an ex-perfectionist, people-pleaser and conflict-avoider, Natasha overcame low-confidence, guilt and self-sabotage by trusting, loving and caring for herself. Natasha leads transformative experiences and holds the sacred, supportive and loving space for women at her Feminine Space online community.

Why do you think self love is so important?

Because the moment I matter, everything I do, everything I create, everything that is within my life starts to have significance, value. And everything else changes from there.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? The belief that others give me happiness.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

Everybody. Everyone plays their role.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Follow your heart. Trust your intuition.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Explore parts of yourself that you may be uncomfortable with.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“It’s really simple. The land, the earth is woman. How we treat women and how we treat the land is the same. By healing women, we heal the earth. By healing the earth, we heal women.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

How about we turn those apps off and listen to ourselves?

I suggest you create a vision board – draw out what it is that you really want without any judgement. Put it on paper and make sure you can see it every day.

What book are you reading right now?

I just finished Wild Creative by Tami Lynn Kent.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

I really have to say that to be alive and to be human and having the human experience keeps me going.

3:38 Natasha shares a time in her life when she was disconnected from herself, and letting others make decisions for her and speak for her.

5:23 Natasha talks about how she started to realize that she wasn’t living her life the way she wanted to, and the warnings she received

6:16 Natasha talks about her experience with a body work practitioner who helped her to open her mind to what she really wanted.

8:02 Natasha shares the chaos that ensued when she finally shared with her family what she wanted to happen… “when you shift, everything around you shifts” 9:20 Natasha talks about how she listens to her body for advice, she turns inward to the wisdom within.

12:33 Natasha shares the warning signs her body gives her, and the discomfort she worked through when first opening up to her body.

15:54 Natasha talks about how she avoided conflict in the past, especially with other people. This led her to say “yes” when she needed to say “no”.

20:33 Natasha shares what she does differently now that she is more connected to her inner voice and body.

23:01 Daily Insights, Q&A

Natasha shares how she was a chronic people pleaser and conflict avoider, constantly deferring to others and ignoring her inner voice. She eventually learned to connect to her own inner wisdom, and to use her body as a tool to listen to her intuition.

Dec 16, 2016

Nancie’s own burnout – 12 years ago, led her to let go of things that no longer served her. Working in a job that didn’t fulfill her and wasn’t consistent with her personal values, coupled with an unexpected car crash, led Nancie to start making different choices about where she worked and what she focused on. Of particular note, Nancie came to the difficult realization that she was creating a lot of her stress and overwhelm by her choices. In this interview, Nancie describes her journey from being completely burned out to being in a position to help others.

 

Nancie Vito is a coach and consultant who helps people who feel burned out to reduce stress, find fulfillment and boost happiness. After recovering from her own burnout, she founded Flourish in 2009, where she has inspired people who feel stuck (perhaps in a soul-crushing job) to take steps towards what they truly want. With an interest in mindset, mindfulness and motivation, she is grateful that her background in public health and mental health led her to this path.

 

Q & A

 

Why do you think self care is so important?

Without it, we can’t thrive, we can’t flourish. We have to help ourselves first in order to help other people.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

Underlying beliefs that I was not good enough, worrying about what other’s thought.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

A professor that studied the concept of happiness, well being, and flourishing.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“The Universe will always give you what you need, and the universe has your back.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I like listening to audio books.

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

Calm. It’s an app that has guided meditation. I have a discount link that your listeners can use (I don’t get a kickback) www.calm.com/flourishwellness.

What book are you reading right now?

The Universe Has Your Back, by Gabby Bernstein.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Making conscious choices to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

Dec 14, 2016

Starting in July of 2007, Viviana became bedridden for two years. She knew this was a consequence of not taking care of herself and focusing instead on what others expected of her. As she grew and found her own voice, she made several startling discoveries which have enriched her life.

 

Viviana Medel is a holistic alchemist guiding others to their inner freedom. Through her intuitive readings, spiritual coaching, inspirational blog posts and high vibration flower essence blends, she is here to remind you of the wholeness of your being while making it all feel like faerie magic! When she’s not creating blends, she is playing chef, reading mind-bending novels or spending time with her loved ones.

 

Q & A

 

Why do you believe that self love is important?

You are the only person that is with you your entire life. Others will come and go. You are here to live life for you and do right by you. Be your most vibrant and authentic self, which can only come from self care.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

My own self sabotage and conditioned belief.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

First, “Activate yourself.” Second, “Be quiet. If you want to discover who you are, be quiet.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Meditation. Yoga. Both are part of my daily life. Also, laughing. Yoga with Adriene

Do you have a favorite quote?

“You are not just a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in one drop.” Rumi

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

Yoga. It’s called a practice for a reason. You start where you are.

What book are you reading right now?

Dear Human: A Manifesto of Love, Invitation and Invocation to Humanity, Courtney Walsh

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

I love being the reminder to others of their own glorious selves. I am very passionate about others being present and passionate about their own lives.

Dec 12, 2016

After being diagnosed in 2004 with major depression, Patricia Leblanc began exploring the critical question, “Who am I?” She took the brave step of moving from a small town where everyone knew her in the context of her family, to Montreal, where people saw her simply as “Patricia.” This was the secret sauce that led her to answering the critical question, “Who am I?”

 

Patricia LeBlanc is a Dream Maker. She empowers Female Entrepreneurs to get out of their own way and get to the next level of their business and life.

 

Q & A

 

Why do you think self love is important?

When you start loving yourself, you’re going to start putting yourself first. You are going to be able to establish boundaries. You will be healthier, and happier.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

Myself. I used to beat myself up. I had to be the perfect person. And nobody’s perfect.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

My dad. He is chronically ill, but he never complains. That has served me very well, especially in challenging times.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Be yourself. That is when you are going to be able to have a huge impact on the people around you and the whole world.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Going for a nice long walk in nature.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“You can be, do, achieve anything that you really want.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

Success Inc. Magazine

What book are you reading right now?

The Angel Therapy Handbook, by Doreen Virture.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Empowering female entrepreneurs to get out of their own way and get to the next level, while being themselves.

Dec 9, 2016

Jessica married her high school sweetheart – and chose well! She described her experience, giving birth at home, and how that changed her perspective. She marveled at how her body could create such a miracle. She moved on, discovering The Secret, which inspired her to set aside two nights a week to write her first book.

 

Jessica is a writer and is passionate about utilizing the law of attraction and self-care on a daily basis. She is a Huffington Post contributor and has been featured on sites such as Scary Mommy, Redbook, and BlogHer. She has a BA degree in psychology and lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

 

Q & A

 

Why do you think self love is important?

Our thoughts and feelings and beliefs create our reality.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

I thought that it was going to be a really big job to accomplish and I didn’t feel I had the time or interest in trying to do that.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

Ronda Burn, who created The Secret. Also Louise Hay, and her workbook.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I do a morning worksheet from my book. I write down how I want to feel. I write down ten things I am grateful for. I write down a couple things I want to accomplish that day. Then I visualize my day.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Thoughts become things,” by Mike Dooley.

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

There’s a free meditation, The 6 Phase Guided Meditation, by Vishen Lakhiana that I listen to each day.

 

What book are you reading right now?

The Big Leap, by Dr. Gay Hendricks

Dec 7, 2016

Tracy Litt-Lester describes a low point in her life, and her journey to her epiphany, “I can believe in everything. I can believe in me.” She describes how this lightning bolt moment fueled her life choices. She taught herself how to fall in love with fear and it fueled her forward as she left her comfort zone, as she recognized fear is about staying “safe, and small, and comfortable.” By looking at fear differently, she learned to “let fear sit with you, instead of sit across from you.”

Tracy: "I am a Certified Professional Coach & Master Practitioner of Energy Leadership. I focus on transformative coaching for individuals, couples, and organizations in helping them move from where they are now to where they want to be. I believe our daily perspectives, mindset and level of consciousness impact every facet of our lives. My intention is to ignite the energy and power of every individual, opening up powerful opportunities and creating profound, sustainable transformation."

 

Q & A

 

Why do you think self love is important?

Because self love is your super power. It is your ability to know that you are your own savior. To know your greatness, to know your worthiness. . . You love you, and everything else in life falls exactly where it needs to fall.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

Mental and emotional congestion.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

My mother, both in life and in death.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

To know, and not to do, is to not know.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I dance and I’m silly as much as I can.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Don’t believe everything you think.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

I am a huge fan of Louise Hay. Her mirror work book is fantastic.

What book are you reading right now?

Prison Break, by Jason Goldberg.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

I am most passionate about people living their best life and knowing that you get to choose. You get to create. Everything that you want is available if you believe that it is there.

 

Dec 5, 2016

An Interview with Victoria Hodder

Guest Bio

Previously a workaholic Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) teacher and obsessive traveler, the great changes in my life began in my recovery from an eating disorder. As I learned more and more about confidence, I saw how I could use it to help my students and the people I love. Now I am turning more towards confidence coaching in my life and work.

www.morethangrammar.wordpress.com

Brief Overview

Victoria Hodder describes a low point in her life, when, upon returning from a trip, she discovered she had an eating disorder. She describes her thoughts about being in recovery, being recovered, and how the whole process has made her stronger.

Q & A

Why do you think self love is important?

If we can’t love ourselves, we can’t do anything properly - we cant love anyone else properly and we will self destruct.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?

Me. Definitely me. There’s me, the real me, who I am becoming closer to being, but there was also the scared me that thought, “If I love myself, will anyone else love me? What happens if I let go of the mask?” But the fact of the matter is, when you let go of the mask, you not only love yourself, but the people around you love you more.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better?

I honestly can’t think of one person. There were so many people out there that have helped me.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“You’ve survived 100 percent of your worst days so far. Keep going.” What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? Taking time to ground myself.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“You’ve survived 100 percent of your worst days so far. Keep going.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

I’ve recently become obsessed with Instagram. I follow Buddha Doodles.

What book are you reading right now?

I just finished The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Helping people to see things differently, and helping people to see themselves differently.

Dec 2, 2016

Christy Tending is a self-care mentor, healer, and climate justice activist. She helps people who want to change the world develop amazing self-care practices so they can do their work more effectively and with more joy. She teaches online courses in a variety of healing modalities, including meditation, breathing, and (coming soon!) poetry.

Christy Tending shares her special position, healing on both the micro level, with self care, and on a macro level, as a climate justice activist. She also discusses how, as a highly sensitive person, she manages her commitments and obligations, in order to be fully present.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? That I thought it had to happen all at once, and that seemed scary.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? The group of climate activists I am working with, who inspire me every single day.

What is the best advice you have ever received? “Just so you know, no one ever asked you to be a martyr.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? Breathing, walking, and sleeping.

Do you have a favorite quote? “Caring for myself is not self indulgence, it is self preservation. And that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? I have an app to watch the phases of the moon.

What book are you reading right now? Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? All of us getting liberated together. Waking up to our interconnection and tearing down the illusion that we are separate from one another.

Nov 30, 2016

Stacey describes a gradual shift in perspective as she spent five years at a job she hated. While many people express concern or sadness when she relates her experience, she identifies those years as critical to finding her purpose and her joy.

Stacey Herrera is a Body, Love, and Pleasure Strategist, from southern California. Her sensuality focused work helps women to enjoy their bodies, cultivate conscious relationships, and live delicious whole-hearted lives.

Why do you think self love is important? Because it’s really close to impossible . . . to receive love or give love to someone else. Because even if someone loves you with your whole heart, if you don’t really love yourself, you’ll never believe them.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? Living up to what I thought people expected of me.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Don’t stop.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? I massage my breasts and my feet every single day.

Do you have a favorite quote? “Don’t take it personal.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? “My days” which is a menstrual tracking app.

Nov 28, 2016

After the loss of a loved one, Kristy Jones re-evaluated her life. Taking a leap of faith, she left her corporate banking job to do “something different,” helping others find balance in their lives.

Kristy helps high-performing women achieve time and financial freedom by educating them on how to build viable businesses. Her corporate banking and strategic planning skills allow for her to guide you down a path that promotes growth and diversity in the marketplace. Having spent 15 years in various financial institutions working with a number of different business owners, she understands the business planning process.

Why do you think self love is important? Self love is about accepting ourselves. It’s the basis of mankind. You can’t give from an empty heart. If your heart is full, you can give more. Self love is the way of being able to fill yourself up.

What was the one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? I have such high expectations for myself. I’ve been using the hashtag grace over guilt. Giving myself more grace and less guilt allows me to move forward.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? My dad. He’d do anything for us.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Brene Brown talks about being uncomfortable and vulnerable with people. Being able to go ahead and be authentic, and realize that “No” is a complete sentence.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? I go to bed and wake up at a certain time each day. I do reading in the morning, then spend time journaling.

Do you have a favorite quote? “An original is hard to find but easy to recognize.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? The Holy Bible on my phone.

What book are you reading right now? Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? Being able to go ahead and help women find their purpose.

Nov 25, 2016

Joanna Hunter was a successful business woman who never took time for herself – until she suffered massive organ failure and was told she likely wouldn’t survive. This led to an extreme reversal of behavior, as she began to explore the concepts of self love and self care. Her book, Get Selfish – The Way is Through is the culmination of what she learned.

Joanna Hunter is a Spiritual Life and Business Coach, who lives in the magical Highlands of Scotland, with her husband and 3 children. She's a published author of Get Selfish- The Way is Through and she is a Law of attraction expert. Joanna is also the founder of the Get Selfish Revolution - going through the self to create self love and acceptance.

Why do you think self love is important?

I think our primary relationship is what underpins the relationship with absolutely everything we come in contact with.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“What makes you think that you will be happier with more, if you can’t be happy with what you have?”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Taking time with myself, checking the stories I tell myself and ask how I am doing and what do I need?

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?

“Hey, Universe!” It reminds you throughout the day to remember joy, manifest, take a dance break. Just little things to tell me to be mindful.

What book are you reading right now?

Thank and Grow Rich, by Patricia Grout.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about?

Spreading the Get Selfish message. I know that it is life changing.

Nov 23, 2016

Cassandra Bodak shares her “dark night of the soul,” which led her to surrender. And so began her spiritual journey, experimenting with different meditation techniques and yoga styles to arrive at her place of joy. You can step into Cassandra’s place of joy with a free seven day trial at aprecity.com/join

Cassandra Bodak is the founder of the online mind-body-soul support community, Aprecity.com and a global meditation and wellness teacher who instructs people on how to utilize the technologies of food, meditation, and self-care to make peace with their bodies and their plates. Cassandra is the host of Eat with Intention TV or you may know her as the happy, healthy living guru from ABC’s The Taste. Cassandra is an author, speaker, and certified Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher. Her upcoming book “Eat with Intention” is all about quieting your mind, loving your body and nourishing yourself from the inside out, available this November wherever books are sold from Race Point Publishing.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love?
Thinking I was worthy of it

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? My brother

What is the best advice you have ever received? You have a choice every day to decide that everything that is happening is helping you towards the destiny you want to create.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?
I take regular baths with lavender, Epsom salts, and jasmine.

Do you have a favorite quote? “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow?
I recommend my book, Eat with Intention. There’s a whole chapter on self care. YouTube is also something I think is helpful. It’s a tremendous resource.

What book are you reading right now? Rise Sister Rise! by Rebecca Campbell.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? Spreading love. You can explore my community at aprecity.com with a free seven day trial.

Nov 21, 2016

Patricia Lohan describes for us her early adventures, owning and running a bar with her father. She describes her epiphany, that led her to change her entire life. Patricia’s inspiring journey will lead you to examine your own choices!

Patricia is a serial entrepreneur and self-confessed manifesting queen, whose passion is working with women to help them bring the life and business of their dreams into reality through transformational VIP Days, online programs, & retreats. Patricia has a Mary Poppins bag of transformational tools which include Feng Shui, Reiki, Body Mind Balancing, along with a Bachelor In Business. Patricia has now merged all of her experience in Business, Holistic Healing & Feng Shui into signature success program for female entrepreneurs around the world. Patricia is now living her dream in Bali with her husband Ken.

Why do you think that self love is important? If you do not fill up your own cup, how on earth can you help other people.

What is the best advice you have ever received? “Just go for it. Follow your gut.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? I love my lemony water every morning.

Do you have a favorite quote? “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? I track my period, using this app called Eve. Then I make sure not to schedule any clients on the days I get my period, if I can at all avoid it.

What book are you reading right now? The Universe Has Got Your Back, Gabrielle Bernstein.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? “I am most passionate about Feng Shui because it has created such a huge transition difference in my life. In Feng Shui, your environment matters. You are a mirror of your environment. Your outer world reflects your inner world.”

Nov 18, 2016

As a survivor of childhood abuse, Susanne left her home, knowing if she stayed, she would die, and if she left, she might have a chance to live. She talks about her realization you can’t make sense out of nonsense. There is nothing that could justify her experiences. This difficult time led her to become a better healer, and allows her to bring closer to others who have experienced trauma.

When Susanne was pregnant, her past experiences of child abuse put her on a different road of care from her team of midwives. Thanks to the hypnobirthing course she did and learning how to work with her own medical team she had her own positive birth experience in May 2014. This birth gave her a new mission in life and she is now working with women all around the world to help them to heal their (birth) trauma experiences.

Q & A

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? Being told that I wasn't worth it. That belief that was still so deeply invested in me. I really had to work through that in order to be able to start giving to myself. I just wasn't worth it, so why would you take care of yourself.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? My best friend, who I met in high school. The story he told me about his grandparents and how they fought during the war, it put me on a whole path.

What is the best advice you have ever received? it’s okay to be you. What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? I love dancing with my little girl.

Do you have a favorite quote? Whether something is right or wrong often depends on the person who has done it.

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? There are guided meditations at BelindaDavidson.com about cleaning your aura and your energy that are important to me in my work.

What book are you reading right now? Get Rich, Lucky Bitch, by Denise Duffield Thomas.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? The healing of women, and mother earth as a whole. Helping ladies get back their power.

Nov 16, 2016

After moving 100s of miles across the country with her brand new husband, Alisha struggled first to find and then to keep a job. During this year, she felt compelled to explore self care options, including blogs, podcasts, and, finally, yoga. She describes her struggles, and her ultimate actions to rescue herself.

Alisha Leytem is a certified wellness coach, yoga teacher and essential oil educator known for her Zen Babe message - a holistic approach to health and wellness, focusing on mind, body and spirit to find your zen place. She is an advocate of mindfulness, yoga, essential oils and helping others to love themselves and true alignment and balance.

Q & A

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? Me, blocking myself from myself.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? Gabby Bernstein.

What is the best advice you have ever received? “Change the way you see things, and the things you see will change.” Wayne Dyer.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? I try to say something positive to myself right away. Then I meditate. Then I journal. Then I pull an Angel card, which guides me to what I need to hear that day.

Do you have a favorite quote? “What you feel emotionally becomes how you feel physically.”

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? Positive books from Audible, or positive podcasts that I listen to.

What book are you reading right now? The Universe Has Your Back, by Gabby Bernstein.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? Inner peace. I believe that everyone deserves to have it and that everyone can have it.

Nov 14, 2016

On her way up the corporate ladder, Elena suffered an illness that resulted in time at home. This led to the revelation that there were other lifestyle choices that she found attractive. This self discovery led her to her new career path.

Elena Lipson is the Divine Self-Care Mentor, speaker, writer, transformational coach and retreat leader. Elena is the creator of 66 Sacred Rituals and The Divine Self-Care Circle Mastermind, a year-long journey for women who are ready to say YES to igniting their divine feminine and dropping the hustle in exchange for creating a life they love with ease and grace.

Q & A

Why do you believe self love is important? I believe that the way you honor yourself and your needs is the first step to building any relationships outside of yourself.

What was the one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? Thinking that my value, my self worth was connected to what I created instead of just because I was born and because I am.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? Caroline Myss, a medical intuitive and healer.

What is the best advice you have ever received? Get more sleep. What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? The Magic Morning Practice, a three step practice that includes meditation, physical movement, and writing.

Do you have a favorite quote? “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? I use my phone as a self care practice. I have 4 different prompts that come up every single day. They are positive messages that pop up throughout the day.

Nov 11, 2016

Sage B. Hobbs interview: After a battling cancer, Sage made the decision to move away from her family in Philadelphia, all the way to Colorado, where she has made her life since. While on maternity leave with her second child, Sage realized she no longer loved her path. She talks about the steps she took to identify and pursue her new calling, and create a life she loves.

Sage B. Hobbs is a coach, author, and speaker who is known for her direct, insightful, and compassionate approach to communication, relationships, and personal growth. She has worked with thousands of individuals and groups for more than 15 years to both transform their relationships and increase their personal fulfillment. She’s also a mom of two, a cancer survivor, a proud teachers wife, a retired school counselor, a world traveler, a book lover, and a kitchen dance party aficionado.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? I get blocked around, “I should just be happy already and I shouldn’t want more.”

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? My dad. What is the best advice you have ever received? “Let things be fun.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? My Danielle LaPorte Desire Map Planner. I spend a few minutes in the morning getting present to how I want to feel and what actions I can take to support those feelings.

Do you have a favorite quote? “When I dare to be powerful and use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” By Audre Lorde.

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? The Desire Map, by Danielle LaPorte.

What book are you reading right now? A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? Helping people be courageous.

Nov 9, 2016

Bethany Williamson suffered a dramatic illness that left her recovering for six months. During that time, she journaled and explored the conditions of her life and career. This led to dramatic changes in how she spends her time and what she chooses to focus on.

Bethany is a former elementary educator with a Master’s in Education and a Bastyr Trained Aroma Therapist. She is passionate about empowering families to take a natural approach to healing in their homes, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? I grew up in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, when the expectations were “You are a giver.”

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? A friend of mine, Barbara Conner. She taught me what true friendship is.

What is the best advice you have ever received? “Saying ‘no’ is not a bad thing.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? My morning ritual. I write down everything I appreciate, how I intend to feel that day, and what I delegate to God – things I cannot control.

Do you have a favorite quote? “In the short run, there are two types of people who live in darkness. Those that are desperate to emerge, and those who are desperate to stay. When you finally realize that part of the reason you were chosen for this life was to shine your light for the first type, you’ll stop worrying about what the second type thinks of you.” Deborah Ivanhoff

Can you share with us a resource or an app that we can use to help our own self care practice grow? A website called www.heartmath.com. There are programs and resources to teach you how to move from your head to your heart.

What book are you reading right now? Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin and The lost language of plants by Stephen Buhner.

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? Plant based medicine and looking to nature for answers.

Nov 7, 2016

Misti Patrella describes a time in her life when everything fell apart at once. The loss of her marriage and the loss of her job led her on a journey of soul searching and self discovery. She gave gratitude for what she wished for, as if she already had it – until she achieved it!

What was the number one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? I didn’t know what it really meant.

 

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? Marie Forleo

What is the best advice you have ever received? What true self love really is.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly? Meditation and exercise. Do you have a favorite quote? e. e. cummings “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”

What book are you reading right now? Oneness, by Rasha

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? Bringing more love to this planet.

Nov 4, 2016

Jaime shares her life, from her time when she was a constant giver, taking care of others constantly, and not taking care of herself at all. As a result, she became physically ill. Slowly, she decided to trust her loved ones. Taking baby steps, she managed to extract herself from a full time care giver and begin to take care of, and love herself.

Jaime is passionate about women living a life under their personal values. She eliminates overwhelm, guilt, and shoulds. Jaime will guide you to know and step into a life lived in ease and flow (and don't forget fun!)

What was the one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? I wanted to be “low maintenance,” which meant “to have no needs.”

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? My now husband is on the tip top of that list. He has been a beacon of unconditional love and support as I have grown into a person that accepts all that I am.

What is the best advice that you have ever received? When I was thinking of whether or not to take a job, my dad said, “If you don’t like it, you can leave.” He gave me permission to commit to something with the knowledge that I don’t have to do it forever.

What is your favorite self care habit? Meditations and visualizations recorded in my own voice.

What is your favorite quote? “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo DaVinci

What is your favorite app or resource to help with our own self care practice? An app called “water daily.” It helps remind me to drink water.

What book are you reading right now? Abundance Now, by Lisa Nichols

What is the one thing that you are most passionate about? I am most passionate about women living in their own personal values. So many women are “living in the shoulds” and I really love to help women find a place to live without the “shoulds.”

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