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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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Jan 30, 2017

Becky Howell is the Holistic Success Coach, as well as author, therapist, and facilitator. Her newest book will be available the end of February and is a delicious blend of light hearted drawings with leading questions and deeper self discovery, titled 'My Happiness Book.' She is also the co-author of Receiving Unconditionally.

Q & A

Why do you believe that self love is important?

If you don’t have self love, if you can’t love yourself, how are you able to receive love? I found myself so unlovely, I wasn’t willing to accept love from someone else. . . everything stems from this mindset, and self love is a mindset.

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

There’s an idea in psychology, “We are all the product of our parents being too good and not good enough.”

A lot of people struggle because they don’t want to go into the past. They don’t want to explore the blocks.

I wasn’t willing to love myself because I wasn’t perfect.

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

My husband. He’s my rock.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

I don’t know if it counts as advice received, but I am a book fiend. One of my childhood books was about your purpose, going out in the world to make it a more beautiful place. When people are down in the dumps, it is easy to think the world is this ugly, nasty, mean thing out to get them. If they cling to that idea of, “be the change you want to see in the world,” “make the world a more beautiful place,” “how can you help the world evolve upwards,” then that’s a very, more hopeful place to be.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Getting out into nature by myself. Breathing and letting shields go. Just being able to be out there with no context or pretext and just exist.

Do you have a favorite quote?

No. I’ve got about six different ones. “Love is the answer.” “Love thyself first.” Too many to pick one.

Can you share a resource, an app or a tool that we can use to build our selfcare practice.

There are some really good online yoga programs. If you can do yoga, which is a movement meditation, or download a meditation on your phone and go for a walk. Incorporating the mind, body, spirit, and energy altogether is wonderful for you.

What book are you reading right now?

The Original Swiss Family Robinson, and The Seven Spiritual Laws, by Depak Chopra.

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

Having people be the own advocate for their health, and understanding it is a four corner approach of mind, body, spirit, and energy.

Guest Bio

Becky Howell is the Holistic Success Coach, as well as author, therapist, and facilitator. Her newest book will be available the end of February and is a delicious blend of light hearted drawings with leading questions and deeper self discovery, titled 'My Happiness Book.' She is also the co-author of Receiving Unconditionally.

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Jan 27, 2017

Doug is the first man featured on Just Stay Curious. He identifies a Christmas he spent alone 16 years ago. Waking up alone, he became determined to never be so alone on Christmas again. A few short months later, Doug gained his sobriety. Doug realized that he couldn’t do it alone. Doug also discusses his path to discovering the need to really feel his feelings, which, he says, are a package deal, and includes both positive and negative feelings.

Q & A

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

Comparison, judgment, and fear. Oh, that’s three things. Part of it was discovering my purpose. I found that my strengths are there to support me in times of weaknesses, and my weaknesses are there to humble me in times of strength.

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

Athena Glass. She was a retired creative writing professor from a University. I did a job for her as a contractor. Somehow, she knew I was a writer. She really showed a complete interest in what I was writing and my message.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Stay on my side of the street.” Meaning, I can’t control what anybody else does, says, or acts. But what I can control is me. I take ownership of all my actions, without blame.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Acceptance. Just to accept that I am human and I am going to make mistakes. Self love is a process. Taking time for me is the biggest thing. I need alone time.

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

Writing.

Guest Bio

Douglas P. Neufeld is an author. He has one project being published and another in the editing stages. Further, Douglas has started a new project on the subject of "how to build a nest in which a woman in her power can grow and feel free doing so.”

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Jan 25, 2017

Diagnosed with a rare health condition, Ysmay was home schooled. Finishing her high school curriculum at age 12, she moved on to college classes. Ysmay moved out on her own at 17. Ysmay soon found herself in an abusive relationship. In her interview with Just Stay Curious, she describes her journey out of the relationship, subsequent mistakes, and lessons learned from the experience.

Q & A

Why is self love so important?

I kind of pick all the wrong people. I’ve discovered that if I don’t put my self care first, that it doesn’t happen. This is nobody’s fault but my own when I put myself at the bottom of the priority list. . .

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

I felt like I must somehow be deeply flawed or broken to make someone I love beat the crap out of me. . .

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

It’s a tie between my grandparents. My grandfather drove across the country and rescued me. My grandmother took care of me after my heart surgery.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

You are not a tree. If you are unhappy, move. Do something about it. Make a change.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I like to dance around in the kitchen when I’m cooking.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Create an ideal story of your future. And tell it to yourself over and over again.” Danielle LePorte.

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

Brain.fm. It’s a paid app, but it has all these really amazing audios. You can meditate, there are different soundscapes, it uses the science of brain entrainment, so the audio you are hearing, . . . on the lower levels of what we can consciously perceive, there are frequencies that help you get into a certain mood. It’s really powerful.

What book are you reading right now?

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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

Yoga. Yoga has changed everything for me. I’ve become more aware of what my body needs. I’ve become more aware of the situations I find myself in. It is a practice that you live on and off the mat.

Guest Bio

Ysmay is a digital strategist and business coach who got her start building websites back in 1999. She grew up with a rare nervous system disorder called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and underwent heart surgery that ultimately failed. Ysmay is also a domestic violence survivor, entrepreneur, and yoga teacher.

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Jan 23, 2017

In her dark night of the soul, Rebecca was living in her parents’ basement, feeling numb. She realized she no longer found enchantment in anything. She sought out the services of an astrologer, who confirmed she was still on track. Rebecca discusses the process of sitting with discomfort and trusting her process. She applies what she learned to ongoing challenges. Rebecca quit her job and joined an ashram where she explored her relationship to something bigger than herself for several months. This started her on the path of finding her own process of connecting both with herself and with the collective. There, she discovered her earth based, feminine being. This led her to understanding her practice called her elsewhere.

Q & A

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

Accepting and being authentic of all my weirdness and wackiness.

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

My friend Julie, she inspires me a lot. Her depth of process is really beautiful to me.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Your soul knows when it’s time to move on.” Oprah Winfrey.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Playing chase with my cat.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Until you make the unconscious, conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” Carl Jung.

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

Marco Polo is an app where I can send a quick video to my friends to just say “Hi.”

What book are you reading right now?

Women’s Mysteries: Ancient and Modern, by M. Esther Harding.

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

I love looking at relational astrology – how two charts come together and really light up each other.

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Guest Bio

Rebecca loves helping people find their special purpose and place in this magical, enchanted cosmos we call home through astrology! Pre-astro geek and coming out of the "broom" closet, Rebecca worked for more than a decade in PR and marketing and had brief forays as TV reporter, speed dating hostess, spokesmodel, yoga instructor, and world traveler. When not staring at her transits, or other people’s charts, she can be found wandering Ocean Beach, posting on Instagram, or "force" cuddling her kitty Freyja.

 

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Jan 20, 2017

Rochelle explores movement as medicine, as metaphor, and as prayer. During her interview with Just Stay Curious, Rochelle discusses her “dark night of the soul,” a year of struggling to work through the end of a difficult relationship. She describes her feelings of not feeling worthy, and her realization she was attracted to rejection, as well as her journey to find her own sense of self. She sees her dark night of the soul as a gift she learned from, and thus, doesn’t have to repeat it. She also takes the lessons forward in helping other women heal. Rochelle also shares her pilgrimage to Peru.

Q & A

Why is self love so important?

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

Being busy. I was too tired and too busy to take the time.

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

In this moment, I am really grateful for Danielle LaPorte.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

A dear friend of mine was talking about fear. She said, “On the other side of it is always love. You just have to go through it.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

A bath at the end of the day, with Epsom salts, essential oils, and a good book.

Do you have a favorite quote?

What you look for is what you see.

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

I love Oracle cards. My favorite cards are from Alana Fairchild. You can also get apps that have Oracle card.

What book are you reading right now?

Entangled by Graham Hancock

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

Elevating the feminine to her rightful place.

Guest Bio

Rochelle Schieck is the founder of Qoya. Since its inception in 2009, she has trained hundreds of Qoya teachers, taught thousands of Qoya movement classes, and led dozens of retreats in the most sacred places on earth with one intention in mind: to remember, and to help others do the same. Her work has been featured in outlets like New York Magazine, Oprah.com, The Telegraph, and Psychology Today.

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Jan 18, 2017

Struggling with anxiety, acne, and digestive issues, Sara sought treatment. She was stunned to learn that her symptoms were all connected. Slowly, she implemented changes, including a consistent yoga and meditation practice. She also eliminated other forms of exercise, as well as some foods that were not working for her body.

Q & A

Why do you believe self love is important?

Self love is what’s going to take you from doing things because you feel like you have to, to doing things because you really enjoy them and because you are really wanting to invest in yourself.

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

For me, it was always being way too hard on myself. Not accepting the mediocre yoga practice. . . Not accepting things going perfectly at work.

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

My husband. He was the one who pushed me to do something about my anxiety.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Failures are redirections.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I love doing yoga and meditation. I love taking hot baths.

What book are you reading right now?

The Big Leap, by Gay Hendricks.

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

Having women give themselves the space and the tools to change their lives for the better.

Guest Bio

Sara Lou helps busy women go from feeling overweight, tired, stressed and unmotivated to being slimmer, toned, having more energy & feeling amazing in their bodies.

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Jan 16, 2017

Wendy De Rosa is the oldest of eight children from, as she describes it, “a loud Italian family.” She talks about how she wasn’t taught about the importance of – or even existence of – self love and self care. Wendy discusses her path to spiritual healing, releasing her inner turmoil, and follow her passion. In figuring out “who Wendy is” and “what Wendy wants,” she found a way out of chaos and into a place of stillness.

Q & A

Why do you think self love is important?

For one, identifying with self, true self, the soul, the spirit within us, who we are on that level, is crucial to living our life fulfilled.

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

Lack of awareness and lack of nurturing on a very deep level, going all the way back to childhood.

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

My daughter. Our children blow hearts open. My daughter has changed me forever.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

To trust myself, trust my intuition.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Leaning back into the waterfall of light, and allowing grace to flow through. It is a fantastic way to stay connected to self.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.” Gandhi

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

I use Youtube to find Abraham Hicks videos.

What book are you reading right now?

I am repurposing my book, Expanding Your Heart: Awakening Through Four Stages of a Spiritual Opening into an online course.

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

Personal transformation, the path of heart expansion, and healing our blocks and our wounds so that we can live in this life fully.

Guest Bio

Wendy De Rosa is a national and international intuitive energy healer, teacher, and author. She offers online and in-person classes in intuitive energy healing and developing intuition. Her programs provide extensive education for spiritual growth and personal process for any person wanting to expand their skills, connect to the Divine, and experience personal transformation. Wendy has appeared on CBS News/Better Connecticut 4 times in 2013 and 2014. She just released her 3rd book Expanding Your Heart: Awakening Through Four Stages of a Spiritual Opening.

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Jan 13, 2017

Jennifer was in an unhappy marriage. She decided to end the marriage, but then discovered she didn’t have the courage to do so. The next few years, Jennifer felt stuck, and stopped caring about life. She engaged in self destructive habits and felt as though there was no hope. Jennifer stumbled across some blogs about minimalism, which was a new concept for her. Jennifer let go of everything she spent a decade building, including possessions, and her husband. This led her to a wonderful new life.

Q & A

Why do you think self love is so important?

Without a doubt, self love is important because, for me, when I don’t take care of myself, I don’t care about anything else. I don’t care about other people, I don’t care about my life.

When you feel good about yourself, you can help everyone. You are capable.

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

A lot of it is, I used to have a real bizarre attitude about weakness, and what it means to be strong.

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

My husband. He is somebody who really finds joy in experiences and life and doing things.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Live below your means.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Besides journaling, walking.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Listen to your heart. Do more of what you love. Let go of all the rest.”

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

I’ve been meditating on and off for the past year. The app that helped me the most is called Headspace. They have a free 10 day introduction. I also use Simply Being, which is a free app.

What book are you reading right now?

The Art of Asking, by Amanda Palmer.

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

Living in freedom. We have a lot more freedom in our lives than we think we do. We just have to take that power on board. We all have the ability to create our lives the way we want to.

Guest Bio

Jennifer is a minimalist, traveler and blogger at Simply + Fiercely. She's passionate about helping women and created Thrive: Clear the Clutter + Create a Life You Love, a 30 day guided exploration to kick start your simple and intentional living journey. She believes in listening to your heart, doing more of what you love, and letting go of all the rest.

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Jan 11, 2017

Kimberly started her yoga practice in her fourth floor walk up in Washington, DC. in June of 2000. After ten years, she sought out new challenges. Kimberly got her masters degree in social work. More recently, she came across a flyer advertising a veterinary social work certificate. She recognized this serendipitous moment as her next calling. Kimberly is currently studying for her veterinary social work certificate.

Q & A

Why is self love so important?

Because love starts from within. If we don’t have it, we can’t give it.

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

I would say the one thing holding me back was a lot of self judgement or “shoulds.”

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

My grandmother. She was incredibly optimistic, despite difficulties.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Let it go.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Baths. Especially this time of year. I sprinkle in a little bit of sweet almond oil.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Spend the days the way you want to spend your life.” Annie Dillard.

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

Laura Vanderkam, who wrote 168 Hours, has a downloadable spreadsheet to help you examine where your time is going.

What book are you reading right now?

If the Budda Got Stuck, by Charlotte Kasl

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

Garth Brooks. I’ve been to 13 of his concerts. And pigs. I’m kind of obsessed with pigs. 

Guest Bio

Kimberly Wilson is a writer, therapist, and creative entrepreneur who founded Tranquil Space—named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world, designs the eco-friendly clothing line TranquiliT, and holds master’s in women’s studies and social work. She is currently studying veterinary social work and dreams of global animal welfare. When not sipping tea, you’ll find her practicing yoga on a leopard-print mat, or leading retreats around the world.

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Jan 9, 2017

Helene describes a low point in her life, where she had a series of relationships that didn’t succeed. She spent several years working on herself. She challenged herself to explore what she really wanted in a relationship, to identify what was important to her, and what she wanted to experience in life.

Helene viewed the loss of her job as an opportunity. After 20 years in corporate America, Helene started utilizing her coaching education full time.

Q & A

Why is self love important to you personally?

For me, without self love, there’s no way to be as fully yourself in this world. It’s too easy to be swayed by other people’s thoughts and opinions. . .

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

I think, in the beginning, I didn’t even know what it was, or why it was important. . . Nobody had ever talked to me about it.”

What is the best advice you have ever received?

To feel the fear and do it anyway.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

Journaling. Every day. I write about my life as I want to experience it and as though I am already experiencing it that way.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“Be the change that 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 want to learn Italian. I have this app called Babble, and I’m learning Italian on it.

What book are you reading right now?

Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth

Guest Bio

Helene helps women attract the love they deserve by confidently owning who they are and loving themselves so that they can stop dating the same guy in different packaging and repeating patterns of past relationships.

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Jan 6, 2017

Vivienne McMaster describes her journey, from being the person always there for others, to her depression, to her loneliness. The advent of cell phone cameras led to Vivienne go on walks - “first dates with myself.” Over time, she emerged from her depression and cultivated her self care and self love practices. She realized that when she went out seeking beauty, she needed to also recognize the beauty in herself.

 Q & A

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

Shame. Years of shame. I felt like I was cloaked in it. I didn’t think I was worthy of love for myself.

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I do a fair amount of free writing in my journal. Breathing and working with my breath.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.” Victoria Moran

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

One of my favorite apps is called Gorilla Cam. It’s a timer app that helps you get into the frame.

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

Exploring our resilience.

Guest Bio

Vivienne McMaster is a photographer, workshop leader and positive body image advocate from Vancouver, Canada. She who helps folks around the world see themselves with compassion through their own camera lens.

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Jan 4, 2017

Brief Overview

Feeling uninspired and unmotivated by her career, she turned to food, seeking pleasure. This resulted in serious stomach issues, as the flora and fauna in her gut responded to the excess sugar. As a pharmacist, Jenna was shocked to discover that her physical symptoms couldn’t be treated with traditional medicine. Jenna sought out a kinesiologist, who introduced her to the world of alternative healing. Jenna talks about her process and her method of being truthful with herself, and listening to her feelings.

Q & A

Why is self love so important?

Self love gets so bastardized in today’s culture. We think that we have to be positive in order to love ourselves. And that is just BS. . . If we can’t practice love in here, we can’t love out in the world.

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

Two of my biggest blocks were that I had acne for many years, and I allowed myself to be in a relationship where my love was conditional on my external beauty.

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

I would have to say the very first mentor, the very first kinesiologist I saw, took me under her wing out of the love and kindness of her heart.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“You are a powerful woman. Don’t ever forget it.”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

My daily embodiment practice.

Do you have a favorite quote?

How we spend our time is a reflection of the truth that we are actually living.”

Guest Bio

Jenna Ward is an Embodiment + Energy Medicine Mentor & Founder of The Embodied Woman. Jenna teaches women how to awaken their magnetic + sensual souls, embodying their deep potential to create authentic businesses + rich relationships that turn them on.

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Jan 2, 2017

Jane Travis tells us about her decision, after years of struggle, to seek counseling. She describes how it slowly changed her life for the better. Jane now counsels others.   She also has a 21 day self care challenge which can be found on her website.

Q & A

Why is self love important to you?

It’s everything. It’s vital. We can’t function without it. We have a responsibility to ourselves to take care of ourselves and look after ourselves.

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

It was myself. I was the person holding myself back from self love. I didn’t like myself. That was me, being “Blinkered.” I couldn’t see any of my good qualities. I was holding myself back.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

My mum always used to say, Never trust a man who says ‘trust me.’”

What is a self care habit that you practice regularly?

I make sure I get time to myself every week. I am absolutely fine saying “no” to doing things in order to recharge.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“You are not a problem to be fixed. As long as you are alive. . . you will still be learning.”

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

“Relax Melodies.” It’s a free app to help with sleep. It has a couple of guided meditations, it plays sound and music.

What book are you reading right now?

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo.

Guest Bio 

Jane Travis has been a counsellor/psychotherapist for almost 12 years. She also blogs about self care for people pleasers, looking at self care, self love, self acceptance and communication. She is a single mother of 2 boys (19 & 20) and a beautiful rescue dog.

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