Vibrant Happy Women | Get happier! Inspiring stories from real moms and happiness experts like Brené Brown, Gretchen Rubin, Elizabeth Gilbert, and more!

VibrantHappyWomen is a twice-weekly podcast created for women looking to find themselves after getting lost in the stress of motherhood and life. Inspired by Brené Brown, Gretchen Rubin, Elizabeth Gilbert and Glennon Doyle Melton! If you're looking for inspiration, authenticity, and positive thinking with a splash of heart and soul, join Dr. Jen Riday as she chats with inspiring women from all walks of life, including moms, authors, self help experts & happiness gurus. Learn how to build self love, simplify your life, feel balanced, improve your relationships and more!. Each episode ends with our guest's list of FAVORITE THINGS and her personal thoughts on what it means to be a VIBRANT HAPPY WOMAN. Bonus: Jen's HAPPY BITS provide quick + easy tips on how you can feel happier each day.
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Vibrant Happy Women | Get happier! Inspiring stories from real moms and happiness experts like Brené Brown, Gretchen Rubin, Elizabeth Gilbert, and more!



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Feb 27, 2017

Carol Egan felt a bit broken when they took her newborn baby away to be placed in foster care many years ago. But as she watched those elevator doors close behind the woman taking her baby away, a level of fierceness, tenacity and unstoppability came over Carol and she did everything in her power to make enough money to get a place so she could get her baby back. She worked as a waitress and visited her son every day for 4 months until she got him back. The rest of her life built upon that decision to be fierce and Carol has earned several degrees with honors, raised an amazing son as a single parent, and now helps hundreds of women as a health coach.

Carol is a Holistic Health Coach from Avon, CT. She specializes in digestive health and detoxification. She works with women who want to look and feel their very best. After years of taking care of their families and all the to do’s that go with that, many women are troubled with excess weight, low energy and foggy thinking. Carol helps them take control of their health so they can focus on what matters most to them. In her spare time Carol loves to cook, read, go to hot yoga, and she’s building a running practice.


Nuggets of Wisdom from Carol:

"To know that we know what we know and to know that we do not know what we do not know is true knowledge." ~Copernicus

"There were moments in my healing journey that I started discovering things that I never knew existed, and they changed my life. "

"That is true knowledge, to know that there's things that could make a difference for you and the quality of your life, but you might not know it even exists. And so, we are open. And all of a sudden, these things start to float to us."

"I really learned that everything and anything is possible."

"Life has never asked me to step up like that, like those moments."

"I could have never done what I did without my mother. She was a huge support."

"Always come back to self."

"The truth of the matter is, you have the fierceness within you. We each have the capability to accomplish everything we want. And the more we give our power away... I guess if we reduce it down to a catch phrase, be one hundred percent responsible for you life. Be the CEO and the director of the course of your life."

"I believe that we are all capable of achieving far greater things than we can even see possible. "

"There's things that you might not see in this moment because a moment is taking you over."

"The pill is going to help you think you are feeling better, but your body is still degrading. It is still degenerating. Whatever has caused you to have autoimmune disease has to be addressed on a holistic level."

"My ultimate goal is to bring people to a lived experience in their body where they literally feel healthy or what healthy feels like."

Some of Carol's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: 5 to Thrive, which helps people get back to themselves.  1. Sleep gives you an advantage hormonally.  2. You are what you eat -Nutrition   3. Become a zone master; meditation and mindfulness 4.  Oxygen - we get it through both exercise and nutrition and the most primary nutrient that we need.   5.  Hydration

Easy meal: "I like spicy peppers. If you do not like spicy peppers, get a red pepper. Split it in half, lengthwise. Hollow it out and smash an avocado and load it up. And then in a small bowl, because I have been eating so much of this, I love radicchio. I chop up the radicchio or something like arugula. I chop it up finely like a chopped salad. I chop up olives. I chop up a little onion, a little hotter pepper, a little roasted red pepper, depending on what the base is. And I make this little chopped salad next. Sprouts, always sprouts. And I just put in on top. It is a great portable thing because you do not have to do anything."

Possession: "My juicer"

Carol's Favorite Books: The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho and Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Best advice received: "Do not be afraid to take a risk."

Carol's Happiness Formula:

"Create calm in the body, plus clear, plus energized equals happiness."

"Calm ourselves with our breathe to create clarity, to create mental clarity. So our choices and our decisions are smart and aligned with what we really want."

"Clearly, we need energy. If we are tired and exhausted and not healthy in our body then we are not going to achieve happiness that lasts, happiness that fulfills us."

A Challenge from Carol:

"For today, add in one healthy thing a day.  If you could have one green juice, one green smoothie, or one meal size green salad,  that would be a great step to start working on your energy from a cellular level."


The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Jen's Eliminate Overwhelm Guide

Carol's 5-to-Thrive Guide

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Feb 23, 2017

Learn the connection between the 5 senses, focus, cortisol and happiness. This is science, people. And that means when we're mindful, we really will be happier on a neurochemical level.

Feb 20, 2017

Learn the 3 things that are required to be a kind person. This eye-opening interview will make all the difference in your relationships.

Feb 16, 2017

I share the story of my daughter Cora's hurt foot and what the doctor recommended and how this relates to our own emotional health.

Feb 13, 2017

Sophie Sabbage shares her story of receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis, working through the grief and then making the choice to allow cancer to transform her life. Learn how Sophie copes with the fear of cancer, how she feels healthier than ever, and what she's doing to help others with a cancer diagnosis. Sophie is an inspirational writer, speaker, and facilitator who has worked in the field of human development, emotional intelligence, mindset change, and corporate culture change for more than twenty years. The Cancer Whisperer was a UK bestseller and was release in the U.S. in 2017.


Nuggets of Wisdom from Sophie:

"The last of the human freedoms is to choose your own attitude in any given situation." ~Victor Frankl

"I have cancer. Cancer does not have me."

"I realized in that moment that I valued my lucidity and clarity of mind more than my life. And it was threatening my cognitive abilities, my ability to speak, my ability to see, my ability to understand, so it was terrifying for me, the idea that I going to lose my mind having worked for 30 years on gaining my right mind if that make sense."

"I used to think people prayed on their knees as a sign of reverence and an act of humility but now I know that sometimes we are just bought to our knees by the events of our lives. And I was brought to my knees that day. I literally just dropped to my knees by the log fire at home. And I prayed. I do not often pray. I wept and I prayed. "

"I think the grief and the surrender really empowered me paradoxically. I never thought of surrendering that way."

"I want to just say it is okay to be vulnerable and it is okay to be terrified. And also, to teach people what to do with their terror. "

"If you do not take hold of your fear and push through it, it will make your decisions for you as a cancer patient."

"It puts you on war with your own body when you need to make peace with your body. I had been at war with my body my whole life. That is partly why I got cancer."

"I knew I needed to make peace with my body and listen to it instead of fighting it. And I want to get rid of my disease. But I think I've got a better shot at doing that if I am listening to it than if I am in a state of anger and defiance and rebellion which just causes stress."

"What if cancer is a teacher, not an enemy?"

"I am more grateful to my cancer than I am scared of it. I am grateful for it. It transformed my life. I have let it transform my life. We need to be proactive to do that, but it has gifted me in many ways."

"The most important thing is to get some support because it is a very arduous thing to do on your own. But mostly, it is about noticing what is running through your head and what you are believing. I call it mind talk. The mind would just make things up and terrify you with what is going to happen and you need to get that stuff out of your head and start verifying it and telling the truth about it."

"Cancer is loaded with meanings. It is like a gun that gets shot at you, and you think the worst. Hair loss, control loss, pain, agony, misery. It all just runs through your head, instantly and in lightning speed. And you need to get that stuff out of your head, and you need to look at it in the cold light of day. And you need to get very accurate with what you are dealing with and get as much information from your doctor as you can. A lot of patients do not want to know everything because they are so scared. But the more you know, the more power you have. So, it is about getting hold of reality - the reality of what you are dealing with - even if it is more tumors in your brain than they can count."

Some of Sophie's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Breathing helps. Breathing brings us be present when we breathe consciously. And also, verifying my mind talk. I do it every day."

Easy meal: "Avocado and feta salad."

Possession: "My husband. And my kettle."

Sophie's Favorite Books: "Thirst: Poems by Mary Oliver"  A Box Full of Darkness: "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift."

Best advice received: "The warrior's way: Seven times down. Eight times up. Then repeat." ~ Dr. Brad Brown

"Do not become a patient, Mrs. Sabbage. Live your life."

Sophie's Happiness Formula:

"I am happiest when I am loving, when I am forgiving, when I am self-accepting and when I am thankful."

A Challenge from Sophie:

"I want to challenge listeners to write down three regrets that they have been harboring and then make a choice about each of those regrets. So, you can either let them go, and I mean really deeply let them go. Write on a piece of paper. Throw it in a fire, burn it, whatever it takes. Or choose an action to change the regret. "


The Cancer Whisperer

Sophie Sabbage, The Cancer Whisperer

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Feb 9, 2017

Ever felt like time is moving too fast? Do this ONE thing to make time slow down.

Feb 6, 2017

Kimberly Johnson shares her story of suffering a significant birth trauma that took years to heal and how she discovered that it's critical that we engage in excellent self care while trusting and listening to our bodies. Fast forward to the present, Kim helps mothers heal from their own birth traumas and reawaken healthy and fulfilling sexual intimacy in their relationships. 

Kimberly  is a Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution practitioner, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, doula, postpartum care advocate and single mom. She works at the intersection of birth, sex, and trauma, specializing in birth injuries, birth trauma, and sexual healing. She created a process called the Birth Rehearsal to help women somatically prepare for birth. She is the author of the upcoming book, The Fourth Trimester: A New Mother’s Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality.


Nuggets of Wisdom from Kimberly:

"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk for miles on your knees repenting. You just have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves." - Mary Oliver poem

"I have experienced a natural intelligence of our body that's 100% trustworthy - much more trustworthy than our minds or our memory. And if we can return to that wisdom through the present moment, we do not have to go excavating for why we are the way we are and why do we make that choice and why does the cycle repeat.. that it really presents itself in the present moment through deep listening and I facilitate that process."

"I actually deserve the care. It is not a luxury. It is a necessity that I care for myself. "

"We have forgotten that women are the center of the spiritual foundation of life and that we are the creators and when that is overlooked and belittled. Then there is a sense that we do not deserve it... and we inherited it from our mothers and our grandmothers and our whole puritanical culture is "sacrifice, the harder you work, the better person you are, that the more you give up, the more holy you are, the more spiritual you are."

"There is a lot of healing one can do on one's own. But the most powerful part of my healing process was really having expert witnessing from people that I trusted because so much of my fabric of support had been torn at that point in my life that I really needed to restore that fabric in order to feel safe and be able to move to the next level of healing."

Some of Kimberly's Favorite Things:

Personal habit: "Not thinking, 'Oh! That is not challenging enough!' To be able to allow myself to go towards what feels good."

Easy meal: Roast Chicken

Possession: Old-fashioned orange juice squeezer.

Kimberly's Favorite Books: Women's Anatomy of Arousal by Sheri Winston and The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X

Best advice received: "Have faith in doing what I love."

Kimberly's Happiness Formula:

"Deep connection. Collaboration. Hysterical laughter."

A Challenge from Kimberly:

"I want to challenge everyone listening to have one moment of expressing to their partner just how they are feeling in their body at that moment."


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Feb 2, 2017

We all want more of it and none of us has quite enough of it... We're talking about patience. In this HappyBit Jen shares 3 tips to increase your non-reactivity throughout the day.