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The Chasing Joy Podcast

The Chasing Joy Podcast shares meaningful conversations about wellness that will bring energy and joy into your life. Every week Chasing Joy dives into a topic related to wellness and brings on new guests with expertise in that area. This podcast will entertain, educate and inspire you to live a more joyful, energized life.
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Jun 20, 2017

This is the 2nd Q&A episode of the Chasing Joy Podcast. I asked my listeners if they had any questions about health, body acceptance, body image, self-care, relationships and more and they totally did! On this show I share my honest thoughts on a variety of topics. I share my own experience without preachy advice. Hope you enjoy!

On this Episode I Answer Questions About:

Life:

  • Traveling & at home routines
  • Who inspires me
  • Whole Food’s being acquired by Amazon
  • How to get started with your blog

Health:

  • The mind body detox (the 5-day juice cleanse I did last year)
  • The biggest change in my health journey
  • Dealing mentally with gaining weight
  • Not feeling bad about rest days and moving intuitively
  • Turning bad body image days into joyful days

Relationships:

  • Mental health & relationships
  • How to deal with someone who doesn’t want a relationship (but still wants to hang out)
  • How to deal with friends who are being one sided
  • How to meet likeminded friends
  • Long distance relationships
Jun 13, 2017

Evie is a yoga teacher whose classes balance physical wellness, mental health, spiritual growth and self-love.  In addition to teaching a variety of yoga classes each week, Evie works as a Therapuetic Mentor at Fairwinds counseling center, offers seasonal holistic juice cleanses with a local juice-company and leads support groups on intuitive eating.  She views wellness as lifelong journey of healing - and is a dedicated student and teacher of self-love.

 

On this Episode we Talk About:

  • Evie’s journey to discovering yoga and becoming a teacher
  • Lesson’s she’s learned from her yoga practice
  • How her practice evolved from physical to spiritual
  • The lessons from being a beginner & keeping a beginner’s spirit
  • Introducing more feminine energy into your life
  • Balancing the yin and the yang
  • How to tune into intuition, physically and mentally
  • Becoming an observer rather than judger of your own thoughts
  • Body image and the attachment to your inner critic
  • Being mindful about the language we use around our bodies
  • Practicing being more present and participating in your own life

 

This Episode is Perfect For Anyone Who:

  • Is looking to better listen to/tune into their intuition
  • Wants to detach from their inner critic
  • Is feeling fear and judgment around trying something new
  • Is on a journey of body acceptance
  • Wants to bring more mindfulness into their lives
  • Curious about the dimensions of yoga

 

Connect with Evie:

 

Full show notes:

http://init4thelongrun.com

Jun 6, 2017

This week I have my boss, mentor and friend Jason Bridges on the Chasing Joy Podcast. Alongside his wife, Jason owns and operates two Nantucket businesses: Handlebar Cafe & Nantucket Bike tours. He’s also a local selectman and has spoken at Tedx about the power of emotional intelligence and self awareness.

On this episode we talk about:

  • Jason’s journey to discovering emotional intelligence
  • Applying emotional intelligence in small business
  • The importance of connecting with people
  • How to improve your small talk game in a way that works for you (and why it really matters)
  • The importance of self-awareness in your personal and business life
  • How to become more aware of your feelings and thoughts
  • Practical ways to practice boosting your energy and mood when you’re aware you’re having a bad day
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with inspiring, positive people
  • How to move on from situations and relationships that don’t serve you
  • The power of believing in people
  • Teaching to grow yourself
  • Managing your energy not your time
  • The importance of accepting compliments

 

This Episode is Perfect For

  • Honestly, everyone but specifically people who are:
  • Interested in personal growth
  • Want to practice more self-awareness
  • Looking to connect with people whether it’s for work or make new friends
  • Wanting to be more effective with their time and energy
  • Anyone who wants to bring more joy and energy into their life (hello! what this show is all about)

For full show notes visit: http://init4thelongrun.com

May 30, 2017

Today’s guest is extra special. She’s someone who’s known me my entire life. Yup, that’s right my sister is on the podcast. Nellie is a teacher, world traveler and an amazing best friend. We chat all about her career in teaching, navigating friendships after college, making wednesdays as special as fridays, what happens when travel plans aren’t what you expected and creating a flexible life plan.

 

On this episode we talk about

  • Choosing where to move after college
  • Making friends again after college
  • Why college doesn’t really prepare you for your first job (and why that’s ok)
  • Balancing ambition and burnout
  • Coping with disappointment when you don’t feel like you’re meeting your goals
  • Managing feeling mediocre when you’re in the beginning of your career
  • Creating small moments of purpose and meaning when you feel overwhelmed by your work so you don’t live for the weekend
  • How to make Wednesdays as special as Fridays
  • De-stressing after work and feel energized for the next day
  • How Nellie decided to leave her first job
  • Why you have to shift inward to find peace with your current situation
  • How seasonal work can give you freedom
  • What to do when the trip you planned turns out different from what you expected
  • Being more honest with yourself when you are planning a trip - what do I need vs. think I should need
  • Giving yourself permission to be honest with yourself (about what you’re comfortable with)
  • Making decisions based on intuition vs. what you think other people are expecting
  • Social media and travel comparison
  • Making big life decisions without over planning

 

This episode is perfect for anyone:

  • Navigating the begining of their career
  • Feeling stuck at their job or feels like they live for Friday
  • Trying to figure out where they want to live
  • Working a 9-5 job and wants more flexibility
  • Feeling lost when it comes to making big decisions
  • Wanting to travel without the comparison trap

 

For more information and full show notes visit http://init4thelongrun.com

May 23, 2017

I was so excited to score an hour of today’s guest time. Holly Finigan is the creator of the Nantucket blACKbook a modern day marketing agency. It’s pretty much a go-to guide for all things food & drink, shopping, and real estate on island. She’s one of the hardest working female entrepreneurs I know. Not only that, but she runs her business with a spirit of creativity, growth, positivity and best of all, a great sense of humor.

 

On this episode we talk about

  • How Holly first discovered Nantucket
  • How Holly first created her brand Nantucket blACKbook and how it's evolved
  • The power of community and support in local business
  • Dealing with resistance when you start something new (and different)
  • When Holly knew it was time to take her side hustle full time
  • Learning through experience what collaborations were not on brand
  • Creating boundaries and the power of saying "no" to opportunities that aren't for you
  • The importance of the "YOU" factor in influencer marketing
  • How attitudes are changing around influencer marketing
  • The importance of slowing down to build a strategy for your brand
  • Taking the high road when bullshit comes around
  • Handling negative feedback with grace (and humor)
  • Where Holly sees her brand evolving

This episode is perfect for anyone who

  • is navigating the world of blogging and influencer marketing
  • runs or aspires to run a small business
  • wants to hear what the behind the scenes of an online business looks like
  • wants to expand and utilize their local network
  • needs help establishing boundaries and when to say "no"
  • wants a good laugh, seriously Holly is hilarious and so fun to talk/listen to

Links:

Website - http://nantucketblackbook.com

Instagram - http://instagram.com/nantucketblackbook

 

For more information and full show notes visit http://init4thelongrun.com

May 16, 2017

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. On today’s show Jenn Orcutt and I have a uplifting, stigma-busting conversation surrounding mental health. Jenn and I share our experiences with the goal to not only get the conversation started, but also share the tools and resources we’ve used to make our lives ones of joy and growth. Neither of us are defined by our past with mental illness, rather it’s given us a platform to become more self aware and intentional about creating a joyful life, despite our struggles.

On this episode we talk about:

  • Jenn & my experiences with our own mental health
  • how to reach out for help
  • how mental illness looks different on different people
  • the tools we’ve used to help us grow, heal, thrive
  • why therapy is amazing
  • how to find the right tools to help you process your feelings
  • creating a support system & how to help others help you
  • how to navigate difficult life transitions
  • social media’s impact on our mental health - how do we find a balance?
  • how to get unstuck

This episode is perfect for anyone who:

  • has struggled with anxiety, eating disorders, depression or OCD
  • has someone they love who has struggled with mental illness
  • is curious about other’s experience with mental health
  • wants to learn tools to cope in anxiety triggering experiences
  • is looking for a little hope
  • needs a reminder that they aren’t alone or crazy
  • is in a period of stressful change or transition

Links:

Website - http://isntshelovelydesigns.com/client-request-form/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/isntshelovelydesigns

 

For more information and full show notes visit http://init4thelongrun.com

May 9, 2017

On today’s episode of the Chasing Joy Podcast I’m chatting with friend, fellow blogger and former boss, Rachel Mansfield. Rachel runs the (super) popular blog and instagram: @rachLmansfield. What started as an overnight oats account grew into a healthy recipe brand.

We Talk About

  • How Rachel got started blogging
  • The surprising event that pushed her to blog full time
  • How she stays healthy & happy working at home for herself
  • What it takes to be your own boss
  • Lessons she learned about being a boss from her job as a CEO's assistant
  • How blogging helped her build confidence
  • Rachel's struggles with her own body image
  • How she's grown since starting her own business
  • How she stays above the cliques and comparison that come with blogging
  • What it was like to reintroduce meat back into her diet and live to blog the tale

Links:

Blog - http://http://www.rachlmansfield.com/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rachlmansfield

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

May 2, 2017

Kylie Mitchell is the founder of the food/lifestyle blog immaEATthat.com, which she started 6 years ago in an effort to stop disordered eating and help people fall back in love with a healthful relationship with food and their bodies. Through her blog and her private practice, immaEATthat Nutrition Counseling, Kylie works to promote positive body image, intuitive eating, eating disorder recovery and Health at Every Size. 

In 2016, Kylie released her “How to Eat” eCourse, an online course on intuitive eating & body acceptance.  The course was created to offer a more affordable option for nutrition counseling other than one-on-one counseling with a non-diet dietitian.

We Talk About

  • Kylie’s history with disordered eating
  • How Kylie got into working in eating disorder recovery
  • How to identify food rules and overcome you’ve built up over the years
  • What is intuitive eating
  • Myths perpetuated by the diet industry
  • How our bodies change shape/size during different phases of our lives
  • Affirmations to help you develop a positive relationship with your body
  • How to interrupt disordered eating thoughts
  • Intuitive eating: what if I “let myself go” and other fears
  • How to stop calorie counting
  • Body acceptance

This Episode is Perfect for Anyone:

  • Has struggled or is currently struggling with an eating disorder
  • Is stuck in the binge/restrict cycle
  • Has dealt with exercise addiction
  • Wants to learn tools to break the disordered thought pattern
  • Is curious about intuitive eating
  • Is scared to try intuitive eating
  • Wants to let go of counting calories

Links:

Blog - http://www.immaeatthat.com/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/immaeatthat

For more information and full show notes visit http://init4thelongrun.com

Apr 25, 2017

Today my guest Jess, the blogger and personal trainer behind Hello to Fit sheds some serious light on an issue everyone is dealing with: our careers. We're fed this narrative that we go to school, find a job and then become an expert over the next 30-40 years. Unless you end up practicing law or medicine, then that's hardly ever the case. Yet here we are, kind of silently, yet collectively freaking out about how we honestly have no idea what we're doing or if we're moving in the right direction or why we're questioning everything we thought we wanted.

But guess what?! You're not freaking alone. Jess shares how a super stressful year forced her to look inwards. And yup! you guess it, that's where the magic happens.

If you've ever felt:

  • burnout
  • like stress was slowly taking over your life
  • fear of the unknown
  • anxiety about changing your path
  • unsure of whether to be your own boss
  • like you wanted to quit all the things all at once right now

This episode is perfect for you

Links:

Blog - http://www.hellotofit.com/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hellotofit_

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Apr 18, 2017

On today's episode of the Chasing Joy Podcast I talk with Erin Bahadur, personal trainer and blogger behind Erin's Inside Job. Erin shares her incredible story of drug addiction, recovery, and rediscovery of self. Erin's path towards recovery and chasing joy is remarkable and so inspiring.

On this Episode We talk about:

  • Erin's story of drug and alcohol addiction
  • Erin's road to recovery
  • Asking for help - it’s a strength
  • Finding identity after addiction and numbing with food and exercise
  • The slippery slope of lying
  • Transparency online: why it matters
  • How to create boundaries that serve you and those you love
  • How the comparison trap can suck anyone in

Connect with Erin

Blog: Erin's Inside Job

Instagram: @erinsinsidejob

Get the full show notes:

http://init4thelongrun.com

Apr 11, 2017

On today's episode of the Chasing Joy Podcast we're shaking things up and doing a Q & A episode. Listeners wrote in with their questions and today I'm answering! It's a really fun show.

On this Episode I Answer Questions About:

  • Journaling
  • Branching out from food blogging
  • Balancing bills budgets and expenses
  • How to handle being single for an extended period of time
  • Making friends after college
  • What to order at Starbucks when you don't like their coffee
  • How to find space in the wellness world outside of food and fitness
  • Listening to your (repressed) intuition
  • How to enjoy the moment when you're always thinking ahead
  • My career post-London
  • How to manage an unstructured schedule and be more spontaneous
  • How to distinguish versus trends and hype around new wellness products?
  • Major life lessons I learned in my 20's (so far)

To get full show notes go to init4thelongrun.com

Apr 4, 2017

Today's episode of the Chasing Joy Podcast I wanted to have a conversation about finding joy, presence and mindfulness when your life (and mind) are busy. My guest, Catherine, writes the wellness blog: theblissfulmind.com where she shares tips and tools on finding joy in the every day. Catherine is also on her way to becoming a health coach and shares her experience of choosing that path.

We Talk About:

  • Catherine's journey to becoming a holistic health coach
  • How to be present and joyful in the moment when you're a natural goal-chaser
  • How to bounce back from bad days
  • The dangers of self-care becoming over commercialized
  • How to manage when you have content consumption overload
  • How to stay present when you’re an over planner by nature

Links:

Blog - http://theblissfulmind.com/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theblissfulmind

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Mar 28, 2017

On today’s show, Marina Di Loreto shares the ups, downs, challenges and triumphs of recovering from an eating disorder. Marina’s spirit is so vibrant and this episode really felt like a conversation between old friends. I can relate to Marina’s experience SO much (especially the binge gum chewing). Even if you’ve never struggled with disordered eating, Marina’s positive energy and drive to find body peace and positivity will inspire you.

 

We Talk About (a lot):

x Body image as a dancer

x How the mirror can distort your body image & the benefits of living without one in recovery

x Marina’s eating disorder story

x When she knew she needed to ask for help & who she went to

x Why recovery is not a linear journey

x The steps Marina took to recover from her eating disorder

x The surprising habit Marina quit and why it was important

x Is there ever a benefit to calorie counting?

x Wellness practices that help with recovery setbacks

x What it’s like to be stuck in pseudo recovery

x What it’s like to get stuck in the diet industry trap

x Why diets numb your intuition

 

Links:

Blog - http://adancersliveit.com/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/

 

Books: Intuitive Eating

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Mar 21, 2017

On this week’s episode I talk to the wonderful yoga teacher, journalism student and instagrammer behind @thelittleflowerpetal, Georgina Berbari. Georgina is a constant source of light and inspiration to so many. We talk all about her yoga journey and how anyone and everyone can get something out from a yoga practice, yes, even the football team she teaches.

 

We Talk About

x What it’s like to go through yoga teacher training

x Balancing being a student and yoga teacher

x Transitioning from running to yoga

x How to a personal yoga practice

x How to let go of judgement in your yoga practice

x How yoga can be beneficial for everyone, including football players

 

Links:

Georgina’s instagram page: http://instagram.com/thelittleflowerpetal

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Mar 14, 2017

On today’s show I share a wonderful, powerful and entertaining conversation with the plant-based food blogger Emilie Hebert creator of emilieeats.com. Emilie’s approach to veganism is refreshingly down to earth and nonjudgemental. We talk about her journey to veganism. We also dive deep into Emilie’s struggles with perfectionism and body image and what she’s doing to get stronger and more positive every day.

 

We Talk About:

x Veganism: the good, the bad, the myths and the reality

x Diet labels

x The challenges of making different food choices in college and social situations

x Overcoming perfectionism

x Struggling with body image and how to make a change

x Changing school and career paths

x Plus we talk about how our boyfriends love Whole Foods

 

Links:

Blog - http://emilieeats.com

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/emilieeats/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/emilieeats/

The Plant-Powered Community - https://www.facebook.com/groups/theplantpoweredcommunity/

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Mar 7, 2017

Ashley is a popular food blogger with an expertise in making indulgent baked goods healthier (and still taste amazing.) Aside from being my scone idol, Ashley has built a strong brand that extends beyond the blog. On today’s episode we dive into what it takes to start a food blog and more importantly what it takes to stand out (and stay sane in the process.) This episode is perfect for anyone in the blogging world or anyone curious about what goes on behind the scenes of those mouthwatering cookie shots.

 

We talk about:

x How Ashley got started

x How she balances staying healthy while being a regular recipe tester

x The biggest lessons she’s learned from blogging

x The best and worst advice she’s gotten

x What it’s like to work with brands

x Where she thinks the blogging industry is going

 

Links:

http://www.fitmittenkitchen.com/how-to-create-the-perfect-pin-for-food-bloggers/

http://www.fitmittenkitchen.com/purple-sweet-potato-coconut-butter-cups/

http://www.fitmittenkitchen.com/vegan-whole-wheat-chocolate-chip-scones/

http://www.fitmittenkitchen.com/triple-chocolate-avocado-muffins-gluten-free-dairy-free/

http://www.fitmittenkitchen.com/clean-eating-the-good-bad-ugly/

 

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Feb 28, 2017

On this episode Jenn and I have an honest conversation about dating in your 20’s. We talk about how to find happiness in and out of a relationship and what it’s like when you or your partner struggle with mental illness in the relationship.

 

We talk about:

x  What it’s like to date as an introvert

x  How to make the most of dating apps

x  Being patient and finding joy during the process of dating

x  The importance of being honest with yourself about what you want out of a date

x  Being open with your partner about your mental health

x  Asking, and receiving help and support when you need it

x  How to help a partner (or friend) struggling with mental illness

x  Our worst first dates

 

Links:

website: www.isntshelovelydesigns.com

instagram: www.instagram.com/isntshelovelydesigns

 

For more information and full show notes visit in4thelongrun.com

Feb 21, 2017

On this episode we discuss what it means to take a evidence based approach to nutrition and why mental and emotional health are an important part of the nutrition equation. We talk about:

 

x Lauren’s path to becoming a registered dietitian (and what that entails)

x Why the adage “eat less and exercise more” is an incomplete picture of health

x Why Lauren doesn’t focus on calories with her clients

x We rant about the diet industry

x and discuss what intuitive eating really means

 

Links:

Lauren’s website: nutrition-elevated.com

Lauren’s Instagram: @nutrition.elevated

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Feb 14, 2017

On this episode we discuss creating a more positive and intuitive approach to fitness with blogger and personal trainer, Les Alfred of thebalancedberry.com. We talk about

x How and why Les became a personal trainer

x Common myths in the fitness industry

x How social media can impact your body image

x How “transformation marketing” can dangerous

x How to find movement you love

x Approaching exercise outside of weight management

 

Links:

Blog: http://www.thebalancedberry.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/balancedberry

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/balancedberry

Facebook: http://facebook.com/balancedberry

 

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Jan 31, 2017

On this episode I share what to expect from the Chasing Joy Podcast.

I also share my own background in blogging and health to help give a little bit of perspective and context on my own story.

On this episode I talk about

x Why I started the blog back in 2013

x How it evolved (several times)

x How my perspective on health has changed from restricted to intuitive

x A brief history of my eating disorder and recovery

x Why I quit my first job after college to pursue a career in blogging

x and how I wound up living in London for 3 months

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

Jan 29, 2017

On this episode we discuss building an on & offline community around wellness with Kate Van Horn of kaleinit.com. We talk about

x How and why Kate quit her job in advertising to start a career in wellness

x Why community is important

x Why offline community is important

x The growth and need for wellness events

x How to network as an introvert

x Inspiration behind GOODFest & GOODSociety

 

For more information and full show notes visit init4thelongrun.com

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