The Live Journal
About this podcast
In conversation with women making a positive impact in their communities. Sharing personal stories and the self-care rituals which keep them grounded.
About this podcast
In conversation with women making a positive impact in their communities. Sharing personal stories and the self-care rituals which keep them grounded.
The Live Journal
EP54: "How Good Can it Get?" Elizabeth Traina
Elizabeth is a New York-based visual artist and lightwork practitioner whose work explores the intersection of art, service, and spiritualism. Her paintings begin with hand-drawn mathematical formulas of sacred geometric patterns. Her intricate interplay of color transitions and light sources stimulates hypnotic multi-dimensional movement, appealing to the subconscious mind. Elizabeth welcomes you to use her artwork as transcendent meditative instruments. Each piece pairs with a written transmission for deepening contemplation. In addition to her studio practice, Elizabeth expands the ways art and mindfulness intersect with social equity and justice movements. She facilitated youth engagement in Oakland and San Francisco and developed as a community muralist while in the Bay Area. In 2008, Elizabeth created the Community Arts Programs for New Orleans Prospect.1 Biennial and worked for Xavier University Community Art Department. In 2011, Elizabeth created Art & Consciousness, an integrative creative art and mindfulness curriculum, and has partnered with the US Indonesian Embassy, Soho House, and Parsons New School. Elizabeth is committed to her ongoing study of Lightwork methods and metaphysical research. As a transformational guide, she currently serves private clients, leads groups, and facilitates hands-on seminars worldwide. Her work has touched the hearts of many, and her large-scale public murals beautify communities globally. What is your non-negotiable self-care routine or habit? making art You can find Elizabeth at: elizabethtraina.com @eliztraina
EP53: "A Gift of Love" Denise Woodard
Denise Woodard is the Founder/CEO of Partake, a line of allergy-friendly snacks inspired by her daughter’s experience with food allergies. Partake’s first product - delicious, nutritious, allergy-friendly cookies - can be found in retailers including Target, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Wegmans. Prior to launching Partake, Denise spent a decade in consumer packaged goods at various Fortune 100 companies. She lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband, Jeremy, and their 5 year old daughter, Vivienne. Non-negotiable self care ritual: Acupuncture. And I love this Goop tonic. You can find Denise and Partake Foods at: @partakefoods @dgwoodard For our listeners: Save 20% on partakefoods.com with code LIVEJOURNAL
EP52: "On Being Brave" Hellen Yuan
HELLEN is a collection of thoughtfully curated self-care tools created by Hellen Yuan, a New York-based wellness practitioner, foodie, designer and entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in the luxury, ready-to-wear fashion industry. Born in Taiwan and raised in Los Angeles, Hellen’s life has always been a blend of east and west mentalities. After having experienced several losses in her life, Hellen found solace in methods of healing more closely related to her Taiwanese roots. She sought out many nontraditional healers, and eventually studied to become a Reiki practitioner herself. Part of this healing process also involved bath soaks; Hellen started developing layered formulas with potent healing mixtures of essential oils, salts, flowers, crystals, and sound. HELLEN launched with four hand-crafted bath brew recipes that address different areas of a person’s life, correspond with the four elements, and open four of the chakras. In 2019, Hellen furthered her study of plant medicine by becoming a certified Aromatherapist through the renowned National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Favorite tonic: Every morning I make a juice tonic for myself – I call it my "Omega Cold Pressed Juice"! The ingredients include lemon, mint, lavender, ginger, beets, carrots, apples, turmeric and orange. It really helps build my immunity, which is so important during this time, and it is super anti-inflammatory. I also create infused water that I drink throughout the day to further boost my immune system, detoxify, help with digestion issues. Plus, it is a great way to keep hydrated and it is super low in calories! I added a few of my favorite recipes below: Ginger/ Rosemary or Mint / Lime or Lemon Lavender/ Cucumber/ Lemon Strawberry/ Mint/ Lemon You can find Hellen at: www.hellen.nyc @hellennewyork
EP51: "Keep it Simple" Jules Miller
London native Jules Miller was no stranger to supplements when she founded The Nue Co. Having grown up with a doctor for a grandfather who specialized in the study of Vitamin B12, she knew the basics. It was only after she personally turned to supplements as a means to combat IBS, however, that she started to see the problems within the industry. She found that, as a general rule, 50% of the ingredients in supplements are composed of synthetic fillers, bulking agents, and processed ingredients –– all of which made her IBS worse. Disillusioned by brands touting misleading messaging, questionable ingredients, and poor quality products, Jules realized that she could create a solution. She left her job as a marketing executive to take on the supplement industry, developing products that utilized scientific research, clinically tested and clean ingredients, and the best practices from alternative medicines like Ayurveda. By the time the brand launched in 2017, Jules had become a pioneer, redefining the entire category by creating products like Debloat Food + Prebiotic, which has consistently sold-out year after year and which many customers have called “life-changing.” When she’s not at work redefining the supplement category and taking on the wellness industry, Jules advocates for mental health awareness, gender agnostic brands, and sustainability. Jules splits her time between New York and London with her husband, Charlie, and their beloved french bulldog, Lola. Her favorite Ritual: One of my favourite morning/evening self-care rituals is to make my own interpretation of golden milk - the Debloat Latte. I create it by mixing our DEBLOAT + PREBIOTIC supplement, that carries a combination of organic turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, in with warm frothy coconut milk...it’s delicious and great for soothing the stomach. You can find Jules at: www.thenueco.com @thenue_co @iamjulesmiller And a gift for our listeners! Receive 25% off on your next purchase with the code TNCPA25
EP50: "Authentically Me" Jenelle Hamilton
Jenelle Hamilton is an experienced communications consultant with over 18 years of industry experience. Specializing in lifestyle PR and brand positioning, her career has taken her to London, Milan, Paris. She now based Stateside and splits her time between LA and NY. Jenelle herself has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, The New York Times, Glamour, Essence, Business Insider and more. For two decades, Jenelle has successfully secured top tier media placements for entrepreneurs, start-ups and global lifestyle brands. Clients include; Tom Ford Beauty, Mented Cosmetics, The Shorty Awards, Black Opal Beauty, Simply Gum, delivery.com, Partake Foods, and Bob Mackie. Her clients have appeared in the most respected publications, both internationally and stateside. Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, O-The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Inc., and Entrepreneur magazine, are just a few examples of her extensive media contacts. She has also successfully secured high-profile TV segments on the TODAY Show, GMA, Rachael Ray Show, and E! News which positively impacted product sales and brand messaging on a national level. Non-negotiable self care ritual: My daily morning meditation and prayer ritual is a non-negotiable for me. It's only 10 mins, but it changes the course of my day and how I react to things. It also helps me to manage stress and I definitely need help with that! You can learn more about Jenelle and her services: www.jenellehamilton.com @jenellehamilton
EP49: "Grace and Gratitude" Rori Sassoon
Rori Sassoon is the Co-Founded Platinum Poire, a power player matchmaking service that aims to create lasting relationships for elite singles looking for a secure and discreet way to meet others of equal caliber. Rori is responsible for 35+ lasting marriages collaboratively and numerous ongoing relationships between Platinum Poire’s distinguished clientele. Through her incredible experience of becoming a mother, lover, friend, businesswoman and relationship expert, Rori has also Co-Authored "The Art of The Date"- her first book in a trilogy series. It can be described as Chicken Soup For the Soul meets Sex and The City and explores how to navigate the complex world of dating. From dating your partner in your current relationship to the newly divorcee, or dating your husband to keep your marriage healthy happy and alive. It’s the ultimate dating guidebook/bible of the year and is designed for everyone - not just singles. Non-negotiable self-care ritual: For me, a massage is something that is a self-care necessity. I get them regularly and it’s something I would not skip. It relaxes my nervous system and is so good for the lymph system. Prayer in the morning is a non-negotiable self-care ritual for me. I never skip showing gratitude in the beginning of my day - it just sets the tone for how the day will go. You can find Rori at: http://www.platinumpoire.com Instagram @RoriSassoon "The Art of the Date (The Platinum Poire Trilogy Book 1)"
EP48: "Supporting The Self" Molly Shephard
Molly Shephard is a twenty-something blogger, birthworker, and recovering maximalist. Her blog, with Molly, spans from sustainable practices, beauty, wellness, to an advice column. WM’s mission is, in an age of "more is more", to show the beauty in simplicity. Simple loving, simple living. Molly is a Birth Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor. Her journey in birthwork, is inspired by her desire to be a calm and healing presence for others. To support, to hold. She is a Maryland native who moved to New York City in early 2019. You can find her editing her latest article, dancing to Springsteen in the kitchen, deep in a feminist theory essay, or sneaking a second espresso at her favorite café. Her non-negotiable self-care ritual: I have so many! But journaling near-daily to process my life and emotions is key for my mental health and wellness. It's my therapy. You can find Molly: Website / blog: www.withmolly.com Instagram: @mollyshephard @birthingwithmolly And a special gift for our audience! I'm offering $200 off my doula package for anyone who mentions this podcast!
EP47: "Attuned Within" Katie Schomberg
Katie believes in a holistic approach to your personal healing & wholeness. Katie Schomberg is the modern-day medicine woman, The Rosewater Healer. She is a psychic, intuitive, and guide, offering her services via Breathwork, Human Design, Spirit Sessions, Reiki, and Flower Remedies (coming soon). Her work guides women to become aware, developing a deep self-trust and understanding of their individual soul-archetype. Her private sessions, group events, podcast, book, and retreats support women to wake-up, show-up, and dive-deep into their personal healing journey. Katie believes that we hold old patterns and belief systems in our bodies, that keep us from living a life of freedom. When we choose to let go of what is no longer serving us and step into our power, we can heal not only ourselves, but the world around us. Her personal story of healing and reclamation, has shown her that returning home is an inside>out process. We have to go internal and begin to FEEL. We must feel it all>>>our hurts, our wounds, our desires, our wants, our joy, our innate knowing, and our giftings, to truly connect back to spirit. This is what her work embodies. She has worked with women individually in sessions, facilitated retreats, held workshops, in-person events, and online teachings that have empowered and brought healing for the collective over for the past five years. She resides in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina with her three unschooled boys, bullmastiff pup, and her husband of 19 years. My Morning Practice: meditation/breathwork/akashic records, morning pages, tarot, flower remedies (if my body is asking for it), + hot tonic - and I ALWAYS move my body in some way during the day. My Favorite Tonic Recipe as of late: - “Heart Open” Cacao - use your favorite, enough for 16 oz Dandelion (Dandy) Tea - 1 tbsp Collagen - 1 scoop Mushrooms - use a mix of your favorite, I have been using Lion’s Mane and Chaga lately in mine. Ginger - finely grate just a touch Shilajet - 1 dropper full Bee Pollen - 1 dropper full Coconut Mana - just a little (1tsp - you could substitute Ghee as well) Dash of Pink Himalayan salt Sweetner (optional) - sometimes I use Monk Fruit I put all of this in my blender, add 16-20 oz of hot water and blend. I use my favorite mugs by my friend, who’s an amazing potter...and then pour and enjoy. They are perfect for just a few sips at a time. I add the extra drink into my favorite Kinto Travel Tumbler, and sip on this all morning…allowing the heart to expand and receive the intention of the day. You can find Katie at: www.rosewaterhealer.com IG - @rosewaterhealer email@example.com And a special offer fo our listeners! Use code LIVEJOURNAL to receive 20% off booking of any private session.
EP46: "Willful Resilience" Jennie Willoughby
Jennie Willoughby is a former school teacher whose passion is the resilience of the human spirit. Based out of Washington DC and New York, Jennie speaks on the benefits of mindfulness and self-compassion in creating a healthy perspective from which to view life's challenges. With degrees in Bio-Chemistry & Molecular Biology as well as a Masters in Brain-Based teaching, Jennie uses her 13 years working in the classroom and her knowledge of neuroscience to teach mindfulness and meditation as tools to heal from abuse, anger, anxiety, stress, and trauma. In her work, Jennie encourages and supports people in fostering a new dialogue to use with themselves and others that promotes strength and resilience. Jennie writes at www.thepullofgrace.com and is published in the Washington Post and Time magazine. Jennie has been featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NBC's The Today Show, MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Fox's Media Buzz with Howard Kurtz, WNYC’s United States of Anxiety, and NPR’s The Takeaway. Jennie also performs regularly as a vocalist on stage with The Inspired Word NYC. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
EP45: "Deep Soul Healing" Angela Shore
About Angela: "I have thrived under the tutelage of a master healer, a seasoned medicine woman who is my confidant and soul sister today. After many healings and teachings, I received my certification at the Kerala Ayurveda Academy, and studied at School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in Kerala, India. My unquenchable desire to help others find peace, relief, and answers is a continuous passion. I have a natural philosophy of holistic wellness and ecological focus that plays into every aspect of the brand; from the organic, pure ingredients to the humane ethics employed every step of the way. I’m wild about anthropology, photography, art, design, music, hospitality, wellness, ecology, exotic foods, spices, and everything that smells beautiful. I’m a traveler to my very core and find immense fulfillment in documenting, and sharing my journeys. The most transformative travel experience I’ve encountered was attending the largest Spiritual Human Gathering called Kumbh Mela in India. I’m a bit of a rock & roll yogi and sometimes rock shaman, so you may find me at a Patti Smith show, and I never leave home without wearing a turquoise cuff or two. My style and approach to Clean Beauty is a constant innovative creative process. Above all, I believe in living and practicing a balanced life, and loving Mother Earth." A favorite non-negotiable self care ritual or routine OR a favorite recipe or tonic. W A T E R and Y O G A My day always starts with a half squeezed lemon in a 8oz size glass of purified room temp water. I recently discovered a new tonic love in Sedona AZ at Chocolatree Vegan Restaurant called Epic Protein - (Coffee Mushroom), it’s organic plant protein with Reshi, Chaga, Maitake, Lion’s Mane, Turkey tail etc…vegan, plant, non gmo, gluten free…and it is delicious! I add to my hot water in my canteen to carry…perfect for the Winter climate with fueling extra energy! I eat steam or sautéed greens everyday. Spinach and little treelike veggies are my favorite. Rainbow foods makes me complete. I balance between an Ayurvedic diet or knowing where my food comes from. I love food, I am 95% vegetarian, sometimes a vegan :) I do honor our animals to heart. I can eat a platter of sushi easily…with love. I can not live without my ---YOGA. I’m at it 4-5 times a week, my go-to for calming, OM +++ body strength, and sometimes my tears for a good release as I am healing a broken heart with losing my Aunt Idell. Grieving is real. Most of all, nature & sunlight is my HIGH. I love to go on adventures and hikes when time allows. I burn a lot of calories by walking naturally. I’m pretty simple in my skincare routine, between cleansing with Dr. Bronners tea tree for face & body + Youth To the People’s kale, green tea, spinach vitamins…superfood cleanser for face, packed with antioxidants ….sulfate—phthalate free… To follow, I always OIL face and BODY…start my day with Jiva’s ATMAN (SPIRIT) BODY or THUNDERBIRD BODY...and in the evening 1967 BODY is my very own date night oil My extra face favs on hand in the cabinet *Touch Balancing Face Oil by PAOLA, Josh Rosebrook and Poppy and Someday’s face creams. Alexis Smart tinctures and Soul Addict CBD OIL by mouth….I’m hooked on Remedium Fields HEMP salve for my knees and lower back…extra after oiling You can find Angela at... JIVAAPOHA.COM firstname.lastname@example.org - contact email for questions @jivaapoha - Instagram Jiva-Apoha - Facebook And a special offering to our audience! Sign up to our newsletter when you visit JIVAAPOHA.COM — first time shoppers will receive an automatic 10% off first purchase, and follow for all special announcements and specials. Free domestic U.S. shipping for $100 over.
EP44: "A Shift of Mind" Note PR
Heloise van Eeghen, co-founder of beauty and wellness agency Note PR Heloise van Eeghen was born in San Francisco, raised in Los Angeles, studied art and design in London at the seminal Central Saint Martins and upon graduation, her city of choice was New York. She began her career in luxury fashion PR, working in-house for brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prada and Miu Miu. She was introduced to the beauty industry while freelancing for an experiential marketing and events agency where she executed unique and innovative product launches. Following this, Heloise took a position with influencer Garance Doré, to work on her affiliate program and secure brand partnerships within the beauty and fashion industries. To focus on her love of wellness and beauty, Heloise continued at a PR agency in NYC as the Beauty Director for a variety of brands across skincare, body care, hair care, makeup and wellness. She launched Note PR in July of 2019 with co-founder Shannon Comstock. Shannon Comstock, co-founder of beauty and wellness agency Note PR After graduating from the University of Michigan, Shannon Comstock started her career at Sotheby’s, where she managed press campaigns across jewelry and fine arts divisions. She later served as Account Manager at Project MM, a boutique, Brooklyn-based PR agency in the luxury beauty and grooming space. With companies ranging in size from nascent startups to veritable leaders in their categories, she developed a flexible approach that has carried through to today. Following her time at Project MM, Shannon acted as PR Manager at Jennifer Bett Communications - a leading force in the industry. JBC offers start-ups and uniquely competitive brands a creative, multi-dimensional approach to consumer awareness. While at JBC, Shannon guided strategy for brands in the beauty and wellness industry, finding a passion for holistic and founder-focused storytelling. A favorite non-negotiable self care ritual or routine OR a favorite recipe or tonic. Heloise: I love to soak in the bath with either HELLEN’s magical Reiki-inflused bath brews or Bathing Culture’s Dipsea Soak, loaded with hemp-derived CBD. Bathing is great way to process a long day of work! Sometimes I even bring a notebook and pen with me, so I can do a little brainstorming and planning for the days ahead. 20 minutes is just enough time for my muscles to relax and the creative juices to flow! Shannon: Something I could never give up are my daily long walks with my dog, Penny. Getting outside and moving first thing in the morning is a refreshing way to start the day, rather than jumping right into the mad dash commute. And at night, I've been loving my aromatherapy inhaler from our client and friend Hellen Yuan. She's created a really lovely formula that encourages restfulness, and it's the perfect way to wind down in the evening. You can find note PR at: Instagram - @note.pr Website - Note-pr.com Email - email@example.com
EP43: "Messy is Sexy" Olivia Young
Olivia Young “livs” by the idea that the best things in life make you sweat. A self proclaimed "life-a-holic," Olivia believes in the power of energy. She follows many mantras including you get what you give and if you think you can, you can. After many years in the hospitality industry, Young finally realized that given her commitment to early mornings working out rather than late nights of dry aged meat and aged scotch, she should make the jump to pursue her passion of fitness with box + flow®. Young practices a ‘LIVYOUNG lifestyle’ inspiring those to embrace both sides of themselves and all aspects of life. She considers balance to be boxing, burgers, backbends + beer. Liv is developing a balanced brand for the lady who can fight and the man who can flow, and encourages enjoyment without limitation - committed to bringing forth a lifestyle that speaks to all things. work hard, LIVYOUNG. A favorite non-negotiable self-care ritual or routine OR a favorite recipe or tonic: Daily sweat, sleep, create. I love 7 minute salmon in air fryer with melted anchovy, cracked pepper + lemon. Or whole roasted cauliflower with salsa verde You can find Olivia at: @livyoung @boxandflow http://livyoung.co http://boxandflow.com And a special gift to our listeners: If you come to class at her new soho studio you get: buy one get one free for your first session!
EP42: "Extraordinary" Geneva Peschka
Geneva Peschka is a Reiki Healer, Director, Creative Producer and Content Producer based in Brooklyn, NY. For the past 10 years she has worked in the feature animation, commercial and documentary production world. She is most passionate about the power of human connection, sharing authentic stories and creating platforms to empower others. The collaborative documentary UNSPOKEN (Now available on Kanopy) marks her debut as director and producer. She recently released the empowering 12 part short documentary series entitled "WOMXN" that she directed and produced and has a feature documentary in development. A favorite non-negotiable self-care ritual or routine OR a favorite recipe or tonic. Every morning I set aside 10-15 minutes to meditate and visualize. This is a practice that sets the tone for the day and keeps me feeling balanced and open. My favorite tonic is warm water, ACV and cinnamon You can find Geneva at: firstname.lastname@example.org Vimeo : Geneva Peschka IG: Gneva
EP41: "The More You Know" Deb Flashenberg
For a very long time I felt I “knew what to do” in many parts of my life... how I worked, how I drank, how I ate... and it wasn’t until I came to the hard realization that I needed help that things changed. Let’s zoom in on my health for a moment... because of all of the things I’d been going through until that point in my life, I had accumulated a wealth of information. I’m a nerd you see, and when a topic interests me I become addicted. Wanting to know every detail I have to break the subject apart and put it back together in a way that makes sense to ME... and how come I didn’t think of doing that for myself? To break myself apart into all the parts of me that were hurting, and put them back together to make sense… to ME. Healing, healing again with the healing! Well it never ends, it does get better but then we must begin again. And asking for help while humbling, it is life changing. When the ego becomes my friend and I can say - out loud - I actually have no clue what I’m doing… and can you PLEASE HELP ME. Today I speak with Deb Flashenberg, the founder and director of the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC. She is also a labor support doula, Lamaze childbirth educator and mother of two. After the challenging birth of her first child, Deb became incredibly interested in pelvic health and has since become and advocate for women’s health during this incredible vulnerable time, when for some reason, after 9 months of high alert for the mother to be, once the baby comes the new mother somehow moves to the background… Deb has earned her Pelvic Floor Yoga Certification with Leslie Howard. For those who love podcasts, you can tune into Deb’s podcast Yoga | Birth | Babies where she speaks with some of the world’s leading experts in pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood. A FAVORITE RITUAL Reading in bed at night is my all time favorite ritual. After a long day, I love slipping into my warm bed, pulling the covers up high and read a book. My husband and I usually go to bed around the same time, so it is nice to mark the end of our day not on our phones but quietly reading. A NON-NEGOTIABLE Exercise and yoga. These are non-negotiable and I find a way, even when traveling, to exercise and do yoga. While I do get sore and feel my body work, I don't consider yoga part of my exercise routine. For me, my "exercise" needs to be cardio and weights. My yoga practice is a time to step away from the outside world and explore how my body moves in different positions and deeply listen to what is happening and what is being asked of me in the poses. I have mainly been studying Iyengar yoga for the past 13 years and it is so detail oriented and specific, there really isn't space to mentally go elsewhere. I always feel like I was on a mental vacation when I emerge out of class. YOU CAN FIND DEB… www.prenatalyogacenter.com www.whosafraidofthepregnantyogi.com Instagram and Facebook: @prenatalyogacenter email email@example.com AND A TREAT FOR OUR LISTENERS Anyone who signs up for “Who's Afraid of the Pregnant Yogi” and uses the promo code JOURNAL will get the video Pregnancy Safe Abdominal Toning. This is the perfect course for any yoga teacher who wants more information and guidance to best support a pregnant person in class. Or for the pregnant student who wants to walk into class with the knowledge of how to properly modify their practice.
EP40: "Less Is Perfect" Lauren Willson
You know those times when something or someone keeps popping up in your life, and you can’t help but notice? Well one day my life was joyfully full of Lauren… the he loop kept getting smaller and smaller until suddenly we were (instagram) friends. Lauren’s a giver, and an alchemist of sorts. She created a magic potion with a cult following that I predict will be in everyone’s home in no time. Out of personal need she made her all purpose salve, a luscious and delicious potion meant to soothe everything from dry skin and burns, to brittle hair and an itchy scalp. I love this story, when a woman creates something special out of a personal need, which results in something so magical she needs to share it with her friends, and by giving it away the demand grows - until she has to make it for the world. And what’s the difference between a passion and a job? A dream and a business? I believe the second option in each situation is the applied version of the first. You see you can do anything, and you should do the things that are tugging at your heart. Sometimes that first idea is the seed that will bloom into its own magic, but you’ll never know what that will look like until you start... ABOUT LAUREN Lauren is the founder of organic skincare line Lauren's All Purpose. Before founding her company, Lauren worked as a journalist, chef and artist and studied herbalism. She was in grad school at Columbia University for Nutrition when she decided to drop out and pursue her business full time. Lauren began making skincare products when she was cooking in Manhattan kitchens. She amassed various burns on her forearms and wanted an organic cream to heal the scars. Years later, she perfected her recipe into what is now Lauren's All Purpose Salve- often described as "magical." Listen to hear a little more about maker of this enchanting balm. Website: laurensallpurpose.com Instagram: @laurensallpurpose LAUREN’S NON-NEGOTIABLE Lauren will not skip out on a meditation- whether it's 3 minutes or an hour, the power of this practice has transformed her life. AND A SPECIAL OFFER FOR OUR LISTENERS Use the code “LIVEJOURNAL” for 15% off product on her website (fyi her salve is a great gift for the holidays!)
EP39: "The Healers' Touch" Ashleah Walker
Ashleah Walker is a hands on healer, a conduit who understands the power of human touch. Her demeanor is soft AND strong, and when listening to her speak you can’t help but be still. She’s a woman who I deeply believe has been mothering for lifetimes, placing herself in service for the betterment of the community. Its not easy to call oneself a “healer”, a title not often chosen but assigned by those who have been fortunate enough to receive. This exchange is most times serendipitous, until there’s a realization that a purpose has been revealed. Its important to not position oneself as a teacher in a transactional way “I teach YOU this, because I KNOW more than YOU about it”. NO. The desire has to be to learn from the other as much as they are to learn from you. It cannot be merely a hierarchical exchange as it is incorrect and incomplete - and actually pretty boring… This life is a lesson, easier to realize in hindsight that the hardships or difficulties we’ve endured have actually had a purpose. The action is of paying forward what we’ve learned. As we heal ourselves, we heal others, and by healing others we heal ourselves. We are ALL healers, embrace it, open up to it, and go serve. ABOUT ASHLEAH Ashleah has worked as a hair artist for 12 years, in Washington DC. As a natural intuitive, and one of the best at her craft, she always easily tapped into her clients’ wishes for their dream hair style. In 2017, her passion for doing hair started to fade as she felt drained – because as a highly empathic person, she easily absorbed too much from others. She started learning about and practicing energy healing work for her own personal well-being. Soon, she realized it was a great way to help clients as well. Ashleah then had that aha moment that hits every entrepreneur. By merging energy work with hair artistry, her enthusiasm for her craft was once again awakened – in a new way. She saw the connection between energy work and beauty, and that’s when she created Ceremony. Now she offers her own unique brand integrating hair styling and energy work, to clients in Washington, D.C. Website: https://www.ceremonydc.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ceremony_dc/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FAVORITE RITUAL Self spiral meditation energy technique to open up my energy field in preparation for a day of healing (See video below) UPCOMING EVENTS 2019 November 18 and December 16 1:1 energy sessions at Veer and Wander Apothecary https://linktr.ee/ceremony_dc
EP38: "Life, Death, Rebirth" Maryam Ayaji
Maryam Ajayi is a healer and an advocate for inclusivity in the Wellness space. With a background in political lobbying, in the midst of her career she felt the calling to support humanity in a very different way - by returning to the roots of healing. Her work is honorable, her voice strong, her presence empowering, making her a true leader for us all. And how does one suddenly feel the need to change careers - or pivot as they say - so unexpectedly? Having been in that position myself I can tell you, once you know - you know. I used to believe (even though I fought it every day) that I had to “choose” who I wanted to be and that I was to stick with that for the rest of my days… It all began in childhood… “so what do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember having at least 10 desires at a time: I wanted to be a chef, a ballerina, an astronaut, a teacher, a painter, and sometimes a mom. “Well no but which one?’ They’d ask.. “you have to choose ONE”. By the time I was headed to college nothing entertained me, I didn’t know what I wanted to be, but I sure knew what I didn’t want. Lucky for me I discovered Art - a field of study where at least I felt I could be free. Throughout life I navigated this path in many of it’s iterations: as an illustrator, a retoucher, a graphic designer and finally as a fashion creative. As I got better and better I climbed that ladder, never feeling completely fulfilled, and one day the universe kicked back. As I hit a wall and picked myself up, piece by piece I had to put myself together and in doing so - as Maryam did - set off to help others as well. If and when you feel your calling, pay attention, that time means NOW. Always trust your intuition, listen to that voice within, the one you could clearly hear as a child… It’s still the same, and it was always right. ABOUT MARYAM Maryam Ajayi is an energy healer, who practices both Reiki and Breathwork and entrepreneur with +10 years of experience across a multitude of industries ranging from politics to tech. She is passionate about de-stigmatizing the wellness industry, advocating for inclusive spaces for marginalized communities, and using her voice to empower and uplift others around the world. Recently, she founded Indagba, a company that helps socially conscious people and companies grow into their full potential through mindful business strategy, as well as Diversity in Wellness (DIW), a community of diverse and inclusive leaders within the industry that gathers for an open dialogue and discussion in order to create a plan of action for bringing more diversity to the wellness industry. Maryam and her work have been featured in Goop, The Sunday Times, The Cut, Holisticism, Thirlby, and The Nod and she has worked with brands such as Nike Women, The Wing, General Assembly, Lululemon, The Girl Mob, and Sad Girls Club. A FAVORITE RITUAL Write a love letter to the future you. Perhaps start with you 3 months from now. Thank the future you for everything they did to get you to where you are at in the future and tell them everything you love about them and the life they have created and dreams they made come true. Date it and tuck it away in a special place for you to read. NON-NEGOTIABLES Dating myself. Spending a night in alone making myself dinner and watching a movie, going out to a movie or out to dinner, taking a book to special place, getting a massage. It’s not only important to take time for myself, but to also treat myself like the Queen than I am because if I don’t treat me like a Queen—who will? YOU CAN FIND MARYAM… maryamajayi.com ; @maryamajayi indagba.com; @in.dagba AND A TREAT FOR OUR LISTERNERS! 20% off a healing session or Indagba growth strategy session with the code: livejournalcrew
EP37: "A Healing Journey" Caroline Rasmussen
Caroline Rasmussen is in service, shining a light on the deep connection between our body, our brain and our consciousness. After a family experience challenged her to reconsider the career path she was in, she turned her life in a completely different direction, and through her own healing journey was compelled to support others. This is a familiar story, where a person sitting comfortably in a place where they know they’re not in alignment with - but it’s oh so easy to remain in - gets their bottom handed to them by the universe, and gets kicked out of this once stale course. You see there’s no tricking our destiny, no clouding of our true path on this lifetime. Once the calling begins you’ll try your hardest to muffle it, but rest assured you’ll somehow, at some point - hop on. Mind, body, spirit = oneness. I used to think of myself as a solid block of a human being, seeing my feelings and emotions as one dimensional and not really observing what they meant. Once I hit rock bottom and got spit out of my outdated course as well, I felt walls I had built around me crumble, and saw them slowly disintegrate through the work I was doing with myself - and thankfully - the support of others. There are my parts Of me within me - the excited little girl that sees the world as a playground full of opportunity, she has no fear… theres also the 12 year old me, her world crumbling, and for the first time a sense of NOT belonging. There’s the rebel, who once she found her freedom threw all care to the wind - and of course the brat, who wants what she wants, when she wants it - even if it’s not the best of routes. But who’s in charge here? Well its ME, the mother, caring for all of these parts, holding them close, soothing them gently, Kindly guiding them and honoring their needs. I encourage you to listen to the voices in your head (yes there are several in there don’t be scared), and ask them “what do you need”? You can do this out loud if you prefer, or pen to paper may be what you need. Once you get familiar with all of the parts of you that want to truly LIVR, you can make peace within and begin to.. yes, heal. ABOUT CAROLINE Founder Caroline Rasmussen's journey to creating Antara is truly inspiring; after her father's heartbreaking diagnosis of early-onset dementia and Parkinson’s, she was moved to quit her toxic Wall Street job and revisit her journey. After relying for years on cigarettes, coffee, and other crutches to get through a cloud of anxiety and fatigue, Caroline set out to do everything she could to maintain her brain and cognitive function for the long term. This lead to her training in herbal medicine and meditation, and she later began to delve into the science of neurological health and degeneration. Through this research, she learned about the damaging effects of inflammation and stress on the brain - it turns out her burnout had not only been emotionally unpleasant, but had been actively undermining her brain function. This journey ultimately lead to the launch of Antara: products that marry both Western and Eastern philosophies in order to support brain health in a truly holistic and effective way. The formulas use centuries-old plant medicines known to enhance the health of the mind, and then amplify their effects with modern bioavailability technology. Caroline is now a trained herbalist and member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists focusing on meditation training, cognitive neuroscience and hypnosis. A FAVORITE RITUAL Meditation every morning - it keeps my emotions balanced and is my antidote to the mentality of always doing and having more that we're surrounding with in the city. Natural beauty as often as possible. Alone time to recharge, often in an infrared sauna or steam room - I always bring my own eucalyptus oil to make it even more relaxing. Also massages, I'm from Thailand where massages & energy balancing are a big part of daily life and wellness - I love Rhemedy by Rhed in the West Village. A FAVORITE HEALING RECIPE Gotu kola pesto - gotu kola is known as the 'herb of enlightenment' and is a highly respected consciousness enhancing plant in both Ayurveda and TCM. This recipe is a brain-boosting twist on traditional pesto that is great on pasta, vegetables, bread, really anything: 1/2 cup chopped fresh gotu kola or 1/4 cup gotu kola powder (the botanical name is centella asiatica, to avoid any confusion) 1/2 cup chopped fresh tulsi basil 3 cups chopped kale 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder 1/4 teaspoon fennel powder 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 mashed avocado 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/2 cup olive oil Simmer the ginger, pepper, salt and nuts in the 1/4 cup olive oil until fragrant, then add fennel, coriander and tulsi. Simmer two minutes, then add kale and gotu kola. Add a bit of water, cover and simmer until kale has softened. Let cool and then blend with remaining olive oil, avocado and lime. A SPECIAL OFFERING FOR OUR LISTENERS Your wonderful listeners can use code LIVEXANTARA for 15% off at antaralife.com / @antaralife / email@example.com
EP36: “Aging Timelessly” Michelle Aspinwall
Michelle Aspinwall is a wise woman, a soul who’s lived many lives and in each one cared for others. We started our conversation with laughter - as old friends would - something that reaffirms we’ve crossed paths before in a previous incarnation. During this conversation we discuss how Michelle supports women in aging timelessly. Age builds character, life experiences can harden you but they can also soften you, allowing you to set into yourself confidently and comfortably. There’s something magical that happens to a woman entering her 40’s, her version of femininity shifts as hormones fluctuate, and most times than not it can be a little scary. As Michelle describes it: placing positive awareness on this change and transferring the fire we still own are pivotal in honoring the end of an era, and celebrating the beginning of a new one... life / death / rebirth... Repeat. ABOUT MICHELLE Michelle Aspinwall, health advisor and creator/CEO of A Skin, has studied principles of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbal therapies. Central to her approach to women’s health is an attitude toward aging which helps her clients unapologetically reimagine the unfolding of their lives. In addition to her skincare line, Michelle is a hormonal health coach. She works with women all over the world, combining Eastern healing methods with the precision of Western science and specialized testing. A Skin is a bespoke skincare line, created to align women and their skin with the seasons. The line launches four times a year on the equinox or solstice. Its products and their ingredients consist solely of botanicals, herbs, oils, and butters. A favorite ritual: Washing my face every night and applying botanicals that soothe my soul. Sharing with community: She’s happy to offer my 90 minute blueprint session at a special rate to podcast listeners, please email for details and discount code. In addition, using seeds for hormone balance can help women in their 20's, 30's, 40's and post menopausal women with hormonal symptoms. These 2 recipes are her delicious contribution to seed cycling: Dukka Pumpkin seed butter You can learn more about Michelle on her website michelleaspinwall.com and Instagram @michellepaspinwall , and you can contact her at Michelle.firstname.lastname@example.org.
EP35: "Once You Know Better..." Lara Pitkowsky
One of the many things I admire about Lara Pitkowsky is her presence, this woman always shows up... while leading one the most challenging of workouts she presents herself fully, uplifting even the grumpiest of students. Her smile is like sunshine, she commands the room and infuses it with cheer, and once you know her story it makes her delivery even more admirable. And what does “showing up” mean? To me it’s doing what I promised to do for myself and others with integrity and in congruity with the responsibility I signed up for. Let’s face it, sometimes I don’t feel like doing something I signed up for… but I remind myself of why I did and how I will feel once I reach that goal - and that in itself is my motivation. Choosing the right foods for my body, committing to daily movement, my meditation practice, having structure in my sleep routine, relying on stress management techniques like journaling… these have all been the “long road” in my healing journey - but it’s been more than worth it. I took the easy way out for decades and it always landed me back in the same stale place. They key for me is consistency, creating habits one baby step at a time, and letting them stick and continue to add until I have a robust self-care toolbox I can rely on. Like Maya Angelou said “once you know better, you do better”. LARA’S FAVORITES Favorite Ritual: Rolling my feet out. I keep a yoga ball on my bathroom floor and every morning (even those 4am days) I roll my feet out as I brush my teeth to unleash a sense of groundedness as I begin the day. Non-negotiable self care: One day a week where I do not set an alarm. As a super type-A personality I can, and have, run myself into burn out if I do not consciously take moments to actively do nothing and purposely sleep-in. Some weeks this is easier than others, and sometimes I still get up at 6am, but it’s natural not abrupt. Lara recently transitioned from a professional dancer in Los Angeles to a New York City based Integrated Wellness Coach, and strong advocate for holistic healing. She launched exhiLARAted wellness as a result of personal health (Auto Immune/Thyroid) complications and her triumph over them. While Lara loved dancing for artists like Demi Lovato, Paula Abdul, Panic! At The Disco, and Gryffin, the fulfillment of facilitating exuberant vitality in clients far surpasses the later. When Lara is not coaching clients, writing for her blog exhiLARAtedwellness.com, or running around the city to discover new wellness spots, you can find her every morning teaching at the Tracy Anderson Method. With a burning aspiration for connection and positive energy exchange, Lara is enthusiastic about sharing her story and holding the space for others to communicate openly about women’s health, hormone balance, autoimmunity, sexual wellness and everything in between. Follow Lara’s journey on instagram @heylarajaye & @exhilaratedwellness