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Vibrant Happy Women with Dr. Jen Riday | Get happier! Inspiration & motivation from authentic & empowered moms, entrepreneurs, coaches and happiness / self-help experts like Brené Brown, Gretchen Rubin, Tony Robbins, Elizabeth Gilbert, Glennon Doyle Melt

VibrantHappyWomen is a twice-weekly podcast created for you, the woman who's striving to live happily, even when life gets hard. Inspired by Brené Brown, Gretchen Rubin, Elizabeth Gilbert and more! If you're looking for motivation, inspiration, authenticity & positive thinking with a splash of heart and soul, join women's happiness expert Dr. Jen Riday as she chats with inspiring women, including moms, entrepreneurs, authors, self help experts and health & happiness gurus and learn how they use authenticity, creativity, meditation, exercise / fitness / wellness, self development and spirituality to successfully overcome challenges such as loneliness, depression, health problems, death, addiction, family conflict and abuse. Each guest shares her personal low point and her triumph over that difficult time. We end each episode with our guest's list of FAVORITE THINGS and her personal HAPPINESS FORMULA of habits and steps she follows to increase productivity, success and joy. Bonus: Jen's HAPPY BITS provide quick + easy tips on how you can feel happier each day.
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Jul 21, 2017

You've probably heard of a Vision Board before, but have you ever created a word board? In this episode I'll tell you how.

Jul 18, 2017

Ever wish you had less stuff? Wanting more time for what's important? In this episode Tsh Oxenreider shares her story of learning to have less “stuff” so she could have more time for living her purpose, which includes helping people and traveling.

Tsh Oxenreider is the author of several books, including her new one, At Home in the World. She's the founder of the community blog The Art of Simple and the top-ranked podcaster of The Simple Show, where she encourages big-hearted people to live simple, unconventional lives. Tsh currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her 3 kids and husband, and eats tacos several times a week. She's equally happy snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and puttering around in her backyard.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Tsh:

“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”  - Parker Palmer 

"Vocation: The word means calling. it's the idea of 'What you are made to do and what your life speaks.'

"Listen to your life because it says something!"

"What made [living in Turkey] truly great were a lot of these smaller life lessons and family togetherness and even the hard stuff that we pushed through to make us a better people and a better family unit."

"Home is where you know and are known. For me, that equals people. Home equals a tangible place. I think there's something important about it being in a place."

"There's this foundational idea that you have to know: your vocation is how your life speaks."

"We would rather put our money toward experiences over things."

"Simple living for me is living holistically with your life's purpose."

"Your life's purpose is your vocation."

 

Some of Tsh's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: " Bullet journaling. It's this way of journaling your day that just keeps your thoughts in a more organized fashion. I feel so much more in control of my time."

Easy meal: "I love chicken tortilla soup in slow cooker from Pioneer Woman." (get the recipe here)

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Ice cream maker"

Tsh's Favorite Books: "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver"

Best advice received: "Taking action and making things happen." (from Tsh's husband)

Tsh's Happiness Formula:

"Travel is a huge part of my happiness. I am more who I am whenever I spend time traveling. And yet, it is coupled with staying home a lot. It's a combination of exploring the world and being at home - embracing where I am, getting to know my neighbors, spending time in my community and getting involved. It is a blend of being a citizen of the world and a citizen of my community."

A Challenge from Tsh:

"Plan a trip on the horizon -even if that means a day trip into the closest city where you live. If you haven't planned a trip in a long time, plan something where you actually leave your house and you go do something pretty different from what you normally do. You might want to explore some small town nearby that you have always wanted to do. You might check out a museum. You might try out a new restaurant, or you could actually get on a plane and or get on a website, see what cheap flights in your area are and go do something like that. I think so much of our life is routine, which is good, but we need to appreciate that routine whenever we shake it up a bit and interact with the outside world around us."

Resources

The Art of Simple (Tsh's Website)

The Simple Show (Tsh's Podcast)

At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe (Tsh's Book)

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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Jul 13, 2017

Learn how to do the "I Don't Want ______" exercise to help you create a crystal clear vision of what you DO want. This is soooo important because, "Where the energy goes, the energy flows." AND "That which we focus on increases."

Jul 10, 2017

Growing up with dysfunction and a broken home, Salena Knight set out completely on her own at age 15, and by her early twenties owned several properties, and today she owns her own business. Salena shares some powerful thoughts on letting go of "victim thinking" and choosing the life you want. A must-listen episode!

Salena Knight is retail strategist who helps independent retailers to grow their business so they can have personal and financial freedom. She lives in Sydney Australia with her husband, daughter and rescue greyhound. In her free time she likes to build things, cook and spend time outdoors.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Salena:

"Laugh at yourself because if you don't, someone else will laugh at you. Laugh at the things that happened because it hurts more when someone laughs at you, than when you laugh about what happened to yourself."

"Just don't take everything seriously; otherwise, you'll end up getting hurt by what other people think about you."

"All I wanted to do was to prove to the world that coming from a broken family doesn't mean that you have to be a broken person."

"You have the choice to make your life-whatever it is you want to be!"

"I was determined to finish my studies and be something better!"

"It does get to the point where you have to decide who your family is and who you want to hang around."

"You can choose your family, you can choose who you want to hang around with."

"If you hang around with people who don't want to take action, who are going to suck the life out of you and deplete you, then you aren't going to strive, you won't be able to achieve those goals."

"At the end of the day, you have to look after you."

Some of Salena's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Constantly striving to succeed. A desire to just be better, bigger, more. I have to get outside every single day, get out with the dog at least once."

Easy meal: "Tacos. 5 batches and freeze them."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Kettle, slow cooker, and food processor."

Salena's Favorite Books: "The Dip by Seth Godin"

Best advice received: "You can do it."

Salena's Happiness Formula:

Family + Home + Laughter + Challenge

A Challenge from Salena:

"Go and evaluate your relationships and see if you have those vampire people. Who energizes you and who depletes you? What can you do about the depleters?"

Resources

SalenaKnight.com

Webinar by Salena - for Retailers Looking to Grow Their Customer Base Fast

Jen's Interview on Salena's Podcast (Bringing Business to Retail)

Southernbellemollymook.com (Salena's vacation rental)

Kettle

The Dip by Seth Godin

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Jul 6, 2017

Are you striving to accomplish, achieve and accumulate? That path might not give you the happiness you crave. You'll get a whole lot closer if you take 10 minutes today and follow your feelings instead...

Jul 3, 2017

After trying the stay-at-home mom thing for a while, Dana realized she literally NEEDED to be an entrepreneur and thus began the Boss Mom movement. Learn how Dana balances motherhood and her online business with confidence and efficiency.

Dana Malstaff is a mother, author, business & content strategist, coach, podcaster, and blind spot reducer. Dana is the author of Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro, and the founder of Boss Mom. She serves Boss Moms who yearn for more time and less guilt when it comes to building their business and raising their family, by providing the tools they need to get more out of their content and business, without sacrificing their family goals.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Dana:

"If you want to be a true influencer, then you should speak to create other influencers. Our influence is based around creating other influencers."

"Good mom for me means playfulness and attentiveness."

"So attentiveness to me means that I'm outwardly always trying to make sure I see what my kids need and trying to fulfill that in a way that makes sense to us in our family. "

"I think you should always try to be something more than a mom."

"You are so much more than one role, and we should strive to figure out what fulfills us outside of being a parent and outside of being a wife and outside of just being a business owner."

"It's a really important lesson for your kids to learn and it's a really important lesson for you to learn that your kids aren't the center of the world too, cause it's hard not to feel that way about them sometimes."

"When you're confident about your decisions, then guilt has no place in your life."

"The reason we feel guilty is because we're not sure we're doing the right thing."

"There are a lot of ways, and a lot of those ways compiled together equal the right way for you. It has to be about collecting the puzzle pieces and fitting them together and being confident about how you're fitting them together."

"If you don't wan't to feel guilty then continually assess every single day what your overall priorities are. What is it that you're trying to achieve, and what are the big things that have to be done? Don't do your business and family separately because those are two big whole buckets."

"What's important to us right now, tomorrow, over this next 30 days, or next year? What do we care about? Which one is more important? Sometimes my business wins, and sometimes my family wins. I don't feel bad about it."

Some of Dana's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "We eat, we hang out and play around. We engage with each other. We do some fun things with
my kids in the morning."

"The habit is the assessment of my priorities, looking at what has to get done, seeing if I can delegate that out and reminding myself that I'm losing money in my business by doing things myself all the time."

Easy meal: "Brown rice packets, chicken apple sausage, Thai peanut sauce, veggies."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "wine opener"

Danielle's Favorite Books: "The Five Love Languages" and "The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran" and "Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert"

Best advice received: "Business is people. Life is people. If you can't learn how to show people how they are loved and valued and connect with people with empathy and compassion, then you're going to be left feeling alone and sad."

Dana's Happiness Formula:

1. "Learn to recognize your happy moments."
2. "Know that others see you differently and that you're often too hard on yourself. Listen to people that tell you nice things."
3. "Recognize when you're not happy and take an assessment on what's not working and tweak it. Don't sit in unhappiness and fester there for a long time. It doesn't help anybody."

A Challenge from Dana:

"I want you to take the next three days and time map what you do in your day, where you spend your time. At the end of those 3 days, look at that time mapping. Look at what you are doing, where you are spending your time, whether you are spending your time doing things that make you happy and fulfill you and that you think are actually helping you get to where you want to go in your life - and the amount of time you are spending doing things that do not fulfill you and actually empty your cup. Get really serious about finding the kind of support you need through this community, through other communities, you know, through your friends and your networks. To pull yourself more into the time you are spending, doing the things that fill you and that you love, and it all starts by assessing what you are doing right now."

Resources

Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro

The Five Love Languages

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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Jun 29, 2017

Feeling BLAH? Tired? Discouraged? Afraid? Then you're out of alignment, probably because you're not sharing the gifts and talents you've been given. Learn how to figure out what you're good at and then take the challenge to jump in and get started. 

Jun 26, 2017

Best-selling author Danielle LaPorte shares why it's critical to exercise self compassion, self love and self respect as you walk your spiritual path and how we can deepen our devotion and service in this world when we do so.

Danielle LaPorte is an invited member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.” She is author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path—From One Seeker to Another, The Fire Starter Sessions and The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul—the book that has been translated into 8 languages, evolved into a yearly day planner system, a top 10 iTunes app, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries. Millions of visitors go to DanielleLaPorte.com every month for her daily #Truthbombs and what’s been called “the best place online for spirituality.” Danielle is a speaker, a poet, and a painter. In her spare time she is trying to perfect kale chips and hanging out with friends and traveling. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with her favorite philosopher, her son.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Danielle:

"Your true nature is luminous."

"You're the guru. Few and external directions are good but the final say is with you."

"Happiness is feeling compassion for myself and compassion for other people."

"I don't spend a lot of time thinking what I could've done differently."

"This is all about being discerning, and getting to a place of real self love and self-respect."

"Deepen your devotion in everything you want."

"Self-love as a concept is really difficult for people to wrap their heads around."

"The term love, the idea, the notion of philosophy - it's so misused, overused, abused and misunderstood."

"Compassion is a lot easier for people to wrap their heads around. It's about loving what you want to criticize, and loving yourself when you feel you're most unlovable, and that is when self-love becomes the medicine."

"Boundaries are essential to being happy and vibrant and well."

"Find what works for you! If you don't like it find another way! Just experiment, just like food."

"You must have stillness in your life to be your most powerful self."

Some of Danielle's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I meditate everyday."

Easy meal: "Vegetarian tacos, cauliflower mash."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Vitamix"

Dana's Favorite Books: "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Book by Twyla Tharp" and "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins"

Best advice received: "It's not my responsibility to make them feel good."

Danielle's Happiness Formula:

  1. "meditate"
  2. "obsessively text my girlfriends"
  3. "just be with my kid, no phone, and have a conversation"

A Challenge from Danielle:

"My invitation would be to do a list for yourself of all the things that you're doing, to be better, to improve... and stop doing one of those things. Stop doing that one thing that isn't lighting you up, that isn't really getting you results of freedom and joy and vitality."

Resources

DanielleLaPorte.com

White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path—From One Seeker to Another:

The Fire Starter Sessions

The Desire Map

Vitamix

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Book by Twyla Tharp

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't by Jim Collins

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Jun 22, 2017

Imagine today is the last day of your life. You are standing on a mountain, looking bath at the winding path you walked throughout your days on this planet, and you notice your kids, your spouse, your loved ones standing there. What would they remember you for? What legacy are you leaving them? 

Would they remember you as a person who is grumpy, frazzled and exhausted? 

Or would they remember you as a vibrant, happy women who lived in alignment with her true purpose?

Think about your answer to that question and strive to live more in alignment with the legacy you WANT to leave.

And if you want additional help, Time Mastery for Women is open for enrollment. Time Mastery is an A-Z system that will help you create more time for the things you love, find your purpose and leave a legacy and enrollment ends on Friday, June 23 at 3 pm Central.

Class begins Monday, June 26th and if you're ready to change your life - in powerfully positive ways - Time Mastery for Women is the program for you. 

Learn more here: www.timemasteryforwomen.com

Jun 19, 2017

Kate O’Brien and her husband Henare both grew up in toxic environments, leaving Kate saying, “I’ll never let a man treat me like that,” and Henare saying, “I’ll never let a woman treat me like that. Naturally fate brought them together and Kate has allowed their initially rocky 14 year relationship to help her become more self aware, more self compassionate and more accepting of her own humanity.

A visionary & global voice for bold leadership, transformation, playing it big & living from truth. Together with her husband Henare—they hold the space of Australasia's #1 Transformational Leadership Couple & produce the World’s Biggest Personal Development Summit, collaborating annually with over 100 of the greatest thought leaders of our generation - Jack Canfield, Gregg Braden, T. Harv Eker, Brendon Burchard, Marci Shimoff, Dr John Demartini, Dr Joe Dispenza, Michael Bernard Beckwith and many many more.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Kate:

"The risk is a game so I may as well just play it."

"We have a huge capacity for change, a huge capacity for love and a huge capacity to evolve."'

"It took my courage to skip stepping through that door on a moment to moment basis"

"The biggest thing that I've learned is that it's okay to feel like a total human being while you're also being extraordinary."

"When we go through changes, in that process we also have to allow space for the wobbles of those changes."

"We can just ride out all of the feelings that come with being human while we keep growing and expanding and remember to enjoy life."

"When we come back together we've got new growth, new eyes and energy to infuse that with our relationship."

"A lot of times in the world, we're trying to get rid of the things that aren't feeling good."

"[I like to remind] all people that it's okay to be human, it's okay to have all of these experiences, and it has absolutely zero reflection on how amazing you are or what you are up to in the world."

"Have compassion for ourselves, and we can usually shift out of that away more faster."

"We are the solution. It is not the strategy."

Some of Kate's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Connecting into myself. And a cup of tea."

Easy meal: Smoothies, protein powder.

Favorite kitchen gadget: Blender.

Kate's Favorite Books:  Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power by Gary Zukav

Best advice received: "Be yourself!"

Kate's Happiness Formula:

"Passion +truth + commitment."

A Challenge from Kate:

"After this [interview], please stop, close your computer or your phone. Go and walk into a bathroom and look into the mirror. And when you are looking into the mirror, just notice what's in your head. Do you feel really comfortable and friendly with that beautiful person in there? Or do you feel a bit awkward? Or do you feel resistant, judgmental. Do you feel guilty? Whatever comes up, if it doesn't feel loving, that is the place you go to, to bring the love. "

Resources

HenareAndKate.com

Kate on Facebook

Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

Talkspace.com/happy

 

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Jun 15, 2017

Tired of doing everything around the house? Wish your kids and spouse would do their fair share? Grab your free kids' chore chart at www.jenriday.com/chorechart and watch the accompanying video so you can learn the exact system I've used with my 6 kids for the past 5 years or so. It works. And we've STUCK WITH IT! :-)

After you grab that, take it to the next level and start establishing your own morning routine that will fill your cup for the day... increasing patience, productivity and boosting your mood in the process. You can't beat that trifecta of amazingness... and it all starts with taking time to take care of YOU. Get the SEVEN app and start doing the things that feel AMAZING!

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Jun 12, 2017

In a society dominated by social media, many women long for deeper friendships. In this episode best friends and clinical psychologists Dr. Sanda Bernstein and Dr. Wendy Rapaport share some stories from their 40-year friendship and their book, Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons, Laughter. If you want to build and strengthen your friendships, you’ll love this episode of Vibrant Happy Women.

Sanda Bernstein, is a clinical psychologist. She has worked in both school districts and universities. Dr. Bernstein is trained in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and as a school psychologist. She has a private practice in which she sees adolescents and adults. Married with 2 grown children and 5 grandsons. She lives in Manhattan. Wendy Rapaport, is a clinical psychologist. She specializes in psychology-related facets of the health-care field, working with providers and patients. She is an adjunct professor at the Diabetes Research Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and at the University of Maine Graduate School of Social Work. She has a private practice working with people coping with diabetes. She’s married and a stepmother to 2 grown children and have a granddaughter and a great grandson. She lives in Maine for part of the year and Florida for the rest of the year. They met at a lecture when they were college-aged and Sonda was pregnant and had to go to the bathroom and they chatted the whole time and never stopped talking. They just released a book together called Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons, Laughter.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Sandy and Wendy:

"Do unto others as they would prefer you do unto them."

"We have to really know our friends, what would please them, because sometimes we find ourselves doing things that would please us, not them."

"If I'm not for myself, who will be for me? If I'm only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?"

"Do not procrastinate."

"I think women need to teach their men how listen to them better.  I think that we need to talk better."

Some of Sandy and Wendy's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: Wendy: "I like exercise." Sandy: "Not thinking that I know all the answers for myself but reaching out."

Easy meal: Sandy: Taking in from the local gourmet market where they have fresh salmon everyday and fresh turkey and fresh spinach pie.
Wendy: candy, cake and ice cream; take-out delivery.

Favorite kitchen gadget: Wendy: Telephone. Sandy: microwave

Favorite Books:  Wendy: Little Women. The Prince of Time; Sandy: Americanah Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Best advice received: Sandy: "Don't let fear stop you." Wendy: "Honoring my independence."

Sandy and Wendy's Happiness Formula:

Sandy: First is the importance of staying connected with the people I love. Then I want to stay engaged in activities that are meaningful to me. And the other is slowing down to stay appreciative of the world around me. Just appreciative of life.

Wendy: On a couch with a good enough poet - poetry

A Challenge from Sandy and Wendy:

Sandy: "Read a book. Get a friend and deepen that friendship. Be more connected with your friend. I want to challenge everyone to connect better to a friend."

Wendy: "Do it consciously, because good manners come from practice and habit. I challenge you to make a good friend even better."

Resources

Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons

Americanah Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Little Women

The Prince of Time

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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Jun 8, 2017

Do you have a relationship that seems more challenging than the others? Maybe it's with a parent or a child, or with a coworker or a neighbor. In this Happy Bit you'll learn 3 easy tips to help you improve that challenging relationship. 

This episode is brought to you by Audible and you can get a FREE audio book using my special link: vibranthappybook.com. It's time to make all that summertime driving a little more entertaining. 

The 3 easy tips to improve a challenging relationship:

  1. Write down 10 positives about that person.
  2. Do something kind for them every day. We love those whom we serve.
  3. Say something kind to or about that person every day. 

Doing these things will help you brain shift into a place of positivity. Like attracts like. When you focus on the positive, your brain will find more of the positive. This happens because of your brain's Reticular Activating System, which filters information in a way to help you support what you believe. If you start to see the positive, your brain will give you more evidence of positivity. You have the power to make any relationship better. Empowering, right? You bet. That's what the Vibrant Happy Women movement is all about. 

Want to hear even more about kindness? Listen to my interview with Shaunti Feldhahn.

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Jun 5, 2017

In this episode Tammy Cannon shares her experiences of being a busy, overwhelmed mom of 3 kids under age 3 and how learning to ask for help made all the difference in her happiness. Now, as a mom of 3 teens, Tammy does a fantastic job balancing motherhood with her love of learning, her creativity, and her desire to help other women create a business doing something they love.

Tammy Cannon is the owner of Cannon Social Media helping creative business owners leverage online marketing. Tammy lives in Snohomish, WA with her husband and 3 teens. In her spare time Tammy loves cooking, gardening, and hiking.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Tammy:

"Dom Perignon: Come quickly, I am tasting the stars."

"Happy accidents can happen at anytime and just to be ready for them, to be excited and curious about life because you just never know when something amazing is going to happen."

"I am a really curious person. I love learning... And so I just love life and being curious and being hopeful  for whatever is to come."

"I realized at that time, I didn't know how to ask for help. Being a mother of 3 young children was not something that was modeled for me. I mean, my parents were working and I am an only child, and things were very quiet and organized, and I didn't have any relatives around me, to just kind of see what that looked like until a friend of mine, she is a few years behind me and having kids but once she started having her babies, I watched her really organize her life and asked for help when she needed it. So she got on care.com and got herself a house cleaner and a really good baby sitter, but not just one but a couple when that one didn't meet the time. She'd catch her date night with her husband. And so, I was looking at that and said, 'Wow, I just didn't ask for help.' I didn't recognize that I just really needed the help, but I do not know if it was ego or just not having you know the modeling for myself. I just didn't really know how to go about it."

"So, I think that it is really important that we have the confidence to actually create the things that we love and maximize that time, but there is nothing wrong with profiting from that stuff and actually starting you know a small business, a side business, whatever it is to you, be yourself. You know, give that time back to yourself. I mean, we give our time to our kids and our family, we volunteer, we are out and about. But to really sit and be creative, or to start something new just for yourself is pretty awesome."

"Recently, I have discovered that I really need to set boundaries around myself, and the boundaries are going to help me get more respect for my family and myself, respect in myself. And also confidence to charge what I work and to follow through with those boundaries."

Some of Tammy's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I love learning. So, I read a lot of books, a lot of blog articles. I take a lot of online courses. I just really love learning new things and learning how to apply them in my own life and then teaching them to other people."

Easy meal: "Quinoa salad. Quinoa grains that you cook really simply and then you ad red wine vinegar, like a little vinaigrette to it. And then you can corn sometimes, red onions, you just add in your veggies and then let it sit in the refrigerator. It is great for potluck, for just a side salad, for everything."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Coffee grinder"

Tammy's Favorite Books:  "Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss" and "Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty"

Best advice received: "That is the way it should be. We go through life not recognizing that we just need to dream big and go after it."

Tammy's Happiness Formula:

"Really just sitting down and breaking bread with friends and family is super huge to me. Combine that with learning something new. And a sunny day. And I am the happiest girl in the world."

A Challenge from Tammy:

"I would love for your listeners to download that freebie (5 Steps to a Growth Mindset) and fill it out and over the next 30, 60 or 90 days, pick one big hairy goal, one over-arching goal that you are trying to achieve. Fill out the worksheet and let us know what happened. I think that you are going to be surprised at how the worksheet's going to help. And when you focus on just one thing, over that time frame, you are going to see big things happen."

Resources

Talkspace.com/happy

5 Steps to a Growth Mindset (freebie from Tammy)

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

Care.com

Tim Ferriss Podcast

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Jun 2, 2017

A listener recently asked, "Jen, what is your favorite quote, piece of advice, book, healthy meal and kitchen gadget? Also, I would love to know the standout personal development books you've read." I answer each of these questions in this Happy Bit.

May 29, 2017

Kirsten Tyrrel and her husband shifted from unemployed to making a 7-figure income in a matter of about 1 1/2 years. Learn how Kirsten was able to transform her life by changing her mindset and constantly focusing on education and goals.

Kirsten is a mom of three with a passion for having fun and raising her kids while building her businesses. She is the host of the Marvelous Mom's Club Podcast and she loves to have adventures and would rather talk to people more than anything else in the world! Kirsten lives in southern Utah.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Kirsten:

"We were not put on this earth to stand still. "

"Something that I really had to understand that if we are not moving forward we're moving backward because life keeps moving. And it's impossible to stay where you are. If you are not moving forward, you are definitely moving backward."

"Failure is when you stop trying."

"If things come so easily, you don't appreciate them when they finally come."

"Lesson:
- you can't control everything
- I learned that you can't do it all
- a little bit of patience and knowing that as much as I want stuff to happen, but as passionate as I am about making my dreams come true and about having a wonderful, adventurous life, I have to be patient with the ride and enjoy the ride as I am on it, instead of constantly looking forward to the outcome."

Some of Kirsten's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "I love having my 10 minutes of quiet time or my 15 minutes of quiet time where I am shut off  from everything."

Easy meal: "Curry. We just grill up some chicken and some vegetables and throw the curry sauce on it and put some rice in the rice cooker on it. It's like the fastest, easiest dinner." Trader Joe's Yellow Curry.

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Kitchenaide"

Kristen's Favorite Books: "Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill"

Best advice received: "There is a million ways to make a million dollars, and if you try to do them all, you won't make any money."

Kirsten's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I pray, sleep, and play."

A Challenge from Kirsten:

"Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Realize that every single step you make in the right direction is kind of a pay-it-forward for your future self. If you are willing to do things and push yourself out of your comfort zone everyday, that result is so much more than you came and calculate right now. So, just get out of your comfort zone, do something good for other people and do something good for yourself and the results are going to be more than you can even comprehend."

Resources

Marvelous Mom's Club

Kitchenaide

Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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May 25, 2017

Sometimes when we're feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, we crave nothing more than a weekend getaway. But what if there's something that's just as effective and only takes as little as 20-60 minutes? There is: yoga. In this Happy Bit I share how yoga can help you let go of that frazzled feeling and shift into a space of calm alignment. 

 

Want to feel more grounded, calm and aligned so you can more easily listen to intuition? Yoga will help, and quickly, too. Learn why the combination of breathing and movement will leave you feeling AMAZING!

Resources

Yoga with Adriene

The Minimalists

Vibrant Happy Women Review of the Week

Down Dog (app)

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May 22, 2017

We all have numerous things we believe, but do we ever stop to think about where those beliefs came from and whether they serve us? In this fantastic interview with Elizabeth Rider we talk about beliefs, education, not quitting and the importance of ALLOWING things to happen with ease and flow rather than PUSHING things to happen. 

Elizabeth Rider is a leading nutrition & whole living expert teaching women around the world how to become the healthiest, most successful people they know. In a world flooded with diet information, Elizabeth’s healthy recipes and straight-forward nutrition advice draw millions of inspired readers to her popular blog. Thousands have had success using her online programs, which include Clean Up Your Diet™, Purpose To Profit™ and The Wellness Business Bootcamp™. As host of Elizabeth Eats on Food Matters TV, Elizabeth is delightfully changing the way the world views healthy home cooking. She speaks on stages around the world and mentors scores of ambitious people each year to seek and live life on their own terms. As a Certified Holistic Health Coach (Integrative Nutrition) and accomplished online entrepreneur, cultivating a lifestyle of freedom and health is her religion. Elizabeth is a graduate of Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition program, a TEDx speaker, and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her recipes have been featured on Shape.com, MSN, MindBodyGreen, Buzzfeed, Greatist and POPSUGAR among others.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Elizabeth:

"You are not your beliefs."

"We pick up beliefs in life as we go."

"When we believe something, we will subconsciously seek out facts to affirm our beliefs."

"For a long time, even for me, I wasn't willing to believe that we are not our beliefs, that I am not my beliefs. And when I made that turning point, It was like WOW."

"Because when we think that we are our beliefs, that'S where so much anxiety and discomfort and distress in our brains comes from."

"The thing that people don't realize is that what you accrue along the way, you can't even think of right now. You do not even know what it's going to be."

"I generally stay away from gluten and dairy. I feel like when I eat flour, it makes me feel really bloated. And when I eat dairy, it makes my skin break out."

"My life's mission is in my own personal life is to bridge that gap between really loving my food and making sure that it is serving me and not harming me."

"I really think that judgment is a mirror. And it's always a reflection of our beliefs."

"One of the biggest tragedies in life is people not who would not take action over the fear of being judged when the judgement is actually just a mirror of how they felt about themselves. You can change those beliefs."

Some of Elizabeth's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Not quitting. Knowing that instead of quitting you just have to find a different way."

Easy meal: "A smoothie. Red Thai Curry, easy to put together with coconut milk."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven"

Elizabeth's Favorite Books: "Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender Book by Tosha Silver"

Best advice received: "I can't live if I care what other people think about me."

Elizabeth's Happiness Formula:

"Freedom plus allowing plus awareness plus ease."

A Challenge from Elizabeth:

"Write down your 5 biggest beliefs in life and understand where they came from. And then go read that post on the Oatmeal: The Backfire Effect (on the Oatmeal)"

Resources

Elizabeth Rider

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

Marie Forleo's B-school

Usana

Power of Habit

Change Me Prayers: The Hidden Power of Spiritual Surrender Book by Tosha Silver

Elizabeth Eats

Elizabeth on Instagram

The Oatmeal

The Backfire Effect (on the Oatmeal)

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May 18, 2017

I share the story of my 3-year-old daughter Cora's self destructive behavior (hair, stitches, scabs) and how we FINALLY stumbled onto a solution after weeks of thinking there WAS no solution. I relate this story to your life. Are their times you've given up? Well, don't. 99% of the time a solution will present itself IF you stay open. Learn how in this episode.

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May 15, 2017

Despite having a successful blog and business, Crystal Paine found herself feeling burnt out and not really excited about anything at all. So she made the choice to untangle herself from her business obligations so she could take a year of rest and have that time to pour into herself so she could better pour into others. During that year Crystal did things that brought her true joy, including spending time with her kids, completely overhauling her health and enjoying the freedom to be more spontaneous, adventurous and creative. If the idea of a year of rest appeals to you, then you're going to love this episode.

Crystal Paine a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, business consultant, and the founder of MoneySavingMom.com. MoneySavingMom.com was started in 2007 as an offshoot of a mommy blog Crystal had and has since grown to be one of the top personal finance blogs on the web averaging over 1.5 million unique visitors per month. Crystal lives in the Nashville area with her husband and 3 kids. Get Crystal's free 5 Days to a Better Morning series to learn how to start your day off on the right foot. 

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Crystal:

"Do what you can with what you've got, where you are."

'I wanted to say yes to my family, yes to fun, and yes to things that were going to scare me a little bit but hopefully help me break free from fears and anxiety and be able to just walk in more freedom in my life."

"I said yes to my health."

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"When I broke free from not being dependent upon coffee to survive, then I realized that I felt so empowered in other areas in my life....I needed to break free from that because it was causing me to have anxiety, it was hindering my sleep, and that then was contributing to other health problems. But it was also that I was looking to this thing, this drink that I was drinking, to give me the energy to do what I needed to do, instead of just getting enough sleep and taking care of myself and eating healthy so that I could have the inner strength to do what I needed to do."

"I wanted people to see that I am not at all as brave or courageous as people assume that I must be, and that there's a lot of things like making phone calls or talking to people that I don't know well that scare me. But I have learned that the more that I make myself face those fears and do those things, the more that I feel empowered, and so when I step outside my comfort zone, the more that I do it, then over time my comfort zone moves, and I am able to then face more fears and go farther because I didn't just stay where it is all safe."

Some of Crystal's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Writing out daily to-do-lists. I’ve done for years and years. Google calendar for family, team. I brain dump everything into Google calendar as all-day tasks."

Easy meal: "Salmon, bake it in the oven, with brown rice with sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli. Salad with a homemade dressing."

Favorite kitchen gadget: "InstantPot"

Crystal's Favorite Books: Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Best advice received: "Do the next right thing."

Crystal's Happiness Formula:

Getting enough sleep + allowing time to refuel + using talents and gifts to bless others' lives.

A Challenge from Crystal:

"Take time and make space in your life to breathe and refuel and take care of you."

Resources

5 Days to a Better Morning series

InstantPot

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

Vibrant Happy Women Facebook Group

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May 11, 2017

Are you looking for the "next step" in life? Wondering what your "big girl job" is going to be after sending your youngest child off to school? Wanting to change careers or do more of what you love? You're not alone! Most women want to find their purpose and passions, but they don't know where to start because they have no idea what they like to do. In this episode you'll learn the first step to figuring out what you're passionate about.

Ever wonder what you're "supposed" to be doing with your life? If there's some purpose you need to fulfill? You're not alone! We've all been there.

In this Happy Bit Jen shares a great tip for taking the leap into the unknown: Follow your Feelings. Our body has an internal GPS to let us know exactly what we should and should not be doing: our emotions. When we do what feels AMAZING, we're on the right track. When something leaves us feeling drained, that's probably not the right path. Follow your feelings.

Resources

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May 8, 2017

When challenges come, we often launch into a state of stress and feelings of inadequacy. In this episode guest Kate Northrup shares why it's critical that we address the HOW of dealing with a situation more than the WHAT. Specifically, Kate believes we need to approach a difficulty from a perspective of love, positivity, presence and intuition. When we do that, everything else is easy. 

As an entrepreneur, bestselling author, mother, and activist, Kate Northrup supports ambitious, motivated and successful women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Committed to empowering women entrepreneurs to create their most successful businesses while navigating motherhood, Kate is the founder and CEO of Origin Collective, a monthly membership site where women all over the world gather to achieve more while doing less. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, and The Huffington Post and she’s spoken to audiences of thousands with Hay House, Wanderlust, YouSANA Health Sciences, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughter Penelope in Maine. Join Kate's FREE Sustainable Success Workshop to learn more about the art of balancing mothering and entrepreneurship.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Kate:

“The art of life is not in controlling what happens to us, but in using what happens to us.” - Gloria Steinem

"What I love about this quote is it really articulates what I have been learning, not only in motherhood, but also in business, which is that we cannot actually control what happens in our lives to a large extent, but we can control our response to it, of course, and we can use what happens as fodder for learning information, to change our course of action, and as an opportunity for growth. And so, this just deeply resonates with me for that reason. "

"It's not so much WHAT we do, it’s the HOW we do it. The HOW we do anything is really going to impact our results far more than WHAT that we actually do. We know that from sports psychology that the more awareness and the more consciousness we bring to our workouts for example, and the more presence we bring, the better our results will be."

"Part of what’s been really amazing about scheduling things according to my cycle and also being super clear on when I have childcare and when I don’t and when I’m working and when I’m not, has been that predictability. I find myself so much more calm."

"If we actually honor the gifts of the luteal phase, which is the slowing down, it’s a really great time to wrap up loose ends, to complete projects, to check things off your to-do list. It’s actually a super powerful time to address things, and get done."

"We can’t control the weather, we can’t control our children, we can’t control other people, we can’t control the economy, we can’t control the government… there are so many things that we can’t control, and yet all of us crave predictability. So, for me, you know, I really crave that."

Some of Kate's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Scheduling and calendaring. I think this is a theme of our conversation. I have kept a day timer.  I started using a day timer when I was 14 years old. And just having things written down so I could look at the week and kind of know what it’s going to bring and design my life according to what brings me the most joy has been an ongoing habit my entire life."

Easy meal: "We always kind of have like chicken, organic chicken sausage of some kind in the fridge, because it keeps really well and my daughter really loves to eat it. So, if I just don’t have much time, I take a big huge handful of spinach and sauté it up with some organic chicken sausage, cut up in little pieces, and I eat that, and it’s delicious. And it takes me like 5 minutes."

Possession: "I really love my lemon squeezer."

Morning Elixir Recipe: warm water, juice from half a lemon, dash of cayenne pepper, 1/4 t. raw honey, 1 T. apple cider vinegar, and some grated fresh ginger.

Kate's Favorite Books: "Carry on, Warrior by Glennon Doyle-Melton and Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott"

Best advice received: "Read your baby, not a book."

Kate's Happiness Formula:

  1. Decide that you want to be happy.
  2. In the moment, whenever you notice that you are veering off ,which is really easy to do, and you’ll do it all day long, look for things in your environment that are pleasing to you, or that you could feel gratitude for.
  3. Breathing.
  4. Community. Having a tribe. Investing in the people that you love and those relationships because those bring the greatest joy.

A Challenge from Kate:

"I would like you to try looking at your schedule, and asking yourself if there is anything that you see in the upcoming week that feels heavy or feels draining to you like is it something that you just look at and, 'Uhhh, I don’t want to do that.' And if there is something, then I would ask you to look at it and ask could that thing be cancelled? Could it be rescheduled? Could it be shifted in some way? Could that task change? Or could it be delegated? Could somebody else do it?"

Resources

FREE Sustainable Success Workshop

KateNorthrup.com

Money, A Love Story: Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine

WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul

The Healthy Godmother (Heidi Symonds)

Carry on, Warrior by Glennon Doyle-Melton

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

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May 4, 2017

Some of the world's most successful women, including Judy Faulkner, ranked No. 3 on Forbes' "America's Richest Self-Made Women" list, have one important thing in common: they know how to listen to their inner voice - their intuition, or instinct, or a Higher Power - and make confident, bold decisions with clarity and ease. And they DO NOT  allow what "everyone else is doing" to sway their decisions. In this Happy Bit I challenge you to go inward and listen to your gut and allow that inner GPS to empower you to live a confident, unstoppable life. 

Your challenge: whenever you feel unsure of what to do, or looking around at what everyone else is doing. STOP! Go inward and listen to God, or the Universe or your gut instinct to find out what YOU need to do. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic... join me in the Vibrant Happy Women Facebook group and share 1 thing you've learned recently as a result of slowing down and truly listening to that inner voice. 

Make it a great week!

Resources

Epic Systems

Judy Faulkner

The Giving Pledge (Gates & Buffet)

Forbes "Richest Self-Made Women" List

Capital Times Article About Judy

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May 1, 2017

We can transform our health when we follow the holistic approach of Aryurveda, the world's oldest healing system, which focuses on mind, body, spirit and the 5 senses. In this episode Ananta Ripa Ajmera shares that health is our birthright - our true nature - and shares numerous practices from her bookThe Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World's Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More. Ananta brings home the idea that true health focuses on so much more than just our body and definitely includes elements of "healthy selfishness" and cultivating a relationship with our own higher selves. 

Ananta Ripa Ajmera is committed to making Ayurveda understandable and applicable to a diverse, modern audience. She teaches Ayurveda lifestyle, stress management, and meditation at yoga and business conferences and for clients including ABC News, Stanford University, and the California probation departments. Ajmera studied yoga and Ayurveda with Acharya Shunya and serves as Branding and Yoga Studies Director for Vedika Global, Acharya Shunya’s school. Her writing is popular on MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, and The Huffington Post.

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Nuggets of Wisdom from Ananta:

"When you sow a thought, you reap an action. When you sow an action, you reap a habit. You sow a habit, you reap a character. And when you sow a character, you reap a destiny." ~the Upanishads

"We are so often taught to believe that everything worth having in this life is somewhere outside, and it has to be attained by doing something. By affirming that actually everything that I am searching for lies within me, it's just a very empowering way to start the day."

"Ayurveda is the science of life. It is as old as life itself. Ayurveda looks at four dimensions of the human being: the body, mind, spirit, and the five senses."

"Ayurveda is defined as that science which teaches us how to distinguish between those actions that bring us joy and those that bring us sorrow. Because joy-filled actions are what give us health, and, you know, they define the joy-giving actions as those that benefit not only ourselves but others, so, compassion and service are actually an inherent part of the practice and lifestyle of Ayurveda."

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"Health is your birthright. Health is your true nature. And I think, for me, being able to connect with that and being able to connect with the idea of freeing my spirit has been the key to developing the willpower and the strength to be able to make diet and lifestyle changes which Ayurveda recommends for being able to bring my body then into balance. For me the suffering that I had really started in my mind. And it started from just being disconnected."

"We kind of know that certain habits are not helpful for us. We know better, but we don't do better."

"Go slow. Really go slow and make anything that you choose sustainable."

Some of Ananta's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Waking up early by 6 o'clock in the morning."

Easy meal: "Khichadi. It is an extremely healthy recipe, and it's really delicious, and it is something that is particularly good in detoxing the body, so it's great in the spring season."

Favorite kitchen gadget: Magic Bullet blender.

Emma's Favorite Books: "Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy"

Best advice received: "Give when feeling full."

Ananta's Happiness Formula:

"I'm happiest when I listen to my intuition."

A Challenge from Ananta:

"To really contemplate one thing that you would like to start to incorporate into your life to benefit your health, body, mind, and your spirit. And really think it through before you commit to it. So, don't make it like a New Year's resolution, but really commit to a mindful intention or resolution that you want to do. And then I challenge you to write it down, and then make that your first step to manifesting whatever your intention is, and revisit it, and rewrite it, and really, you know, take that one thing and plant it like a seed in the garden of your mind, and see what kind of beautiful flowers start to grow in your life as a result."

Resources

The Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World's Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

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Apr 27, 2017

You might know your happiness is important, yet you feel guilty taking time for yourself. In this Happy Bit I share an analogy that will help. Have you ever considered that women are like the sun? Learn how radiating more happiness will change everything in your "solar system." 

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