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Just Stay Curious

Listen in as Gillian Rose Rodriguez 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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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.”

Nov 2, 2016

Rachel shares with us her realization that her unhappiness could no longer be borne. She describes her method of working through her decision to end her marriage. She rises victorious and happy in her new life. Rachel also shares her excitement about her new project, SPARK: Cards for Humanity.

Rachel Rosen is the Founder of SPARK: Cards For Humanity, a fun, relationship-building activity, for leaders and communities who want to strengthen bonds and believe that meaningful conversations have a lasting impact. She also currently works for an educational nonprofit, where she coaches leaders to create powerful, equitable learning conditions for their schools and communities. Rachel’s extensive training in leadership and coaching, as well as her personal experience in an interracial same-sex relationship, has shaped her deep belief that—when space is created for meaningful connection, transformation ignites, community is built, and new possibilities emerge for a more hopeful tomorrow.

What was the one thing that was holding you back from accepting self love? Everybody’s influence. There was so much fear about what other people were going to think or judge.

Who is one person who has changed your life for the better? My current partner, Leah. She is one of the most incredible human beings I’ve ever met.

What is the best advice that you have ever received? “Listen first. Speak second.”

What is your favorite self care habit? Yoga and tending to my body mindfully. I also journal my goals and intentions each week.

What is your favorite quote? Cornell West, “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” What is your favorite app or resource to help with our own for self care Every once in a while, Oprah and Depak have 21 day meditation challenges that are free. I think they are phenomenal.

What book are you reading right now? What Lies Between Us, by Nayomi Munaweera.

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