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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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Jul 6, 2018

Today’s episode is all about plants, well really it’s all about life and what we can learn about it from plants. My guest is Maria Failla who started Bloom and Grow Radio after falling in love with house plant care. Maria was a former plant killer turned crazy plant lady and the podcast grew from a place of joy and a desire to help plant killers become house plant nurturers.

 

On Today’s Episode We Talk About:

How to get started with caring for house plants

Why former plant killers don’t need to be intimidated or turned off

Why there’s no one size fits all plant

Why succulents aren’t as easy as everyone thinks

The common mistakes people make with plants and how to fix them

Life lessons learned from caring for plants

Why experience is the best teacher

How the law of attraction helped Maria grow her podcast in a flowing way

How Jess Lively’s flow with intention online brought connected together

 

 

Connect with Maria:

Online: www.bloomandgrowradio.com

Instagram: http://instagram.com/bloomandgrowradio

Join my online garden club at www.bloomandgrowradio.com/garden-club

Bloom and Grow Radio: https://apple.co/2srZf7Z

 

Episodes to get started with:

Episode 02: Top House Plants for Beginners

Episode 03: How to not kill your succulent

https://apple.co/2srZf7Z

 

 

Check out today’s sponsor: fit.co/joy

 

Connect with Me (Georgie)

On instagram: instagram.com/init4thelongrunblog

On the blog: http://init4thelongrun.com

 

Join the Joy Squad

Joy Squad Private Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/thejoysquad/

Chasing Joy Podcast Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chasingjoypodcast/

 

Jun 19, 2018

Ep. 71 - Finding Purpose in Your Career, Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs, Forgiving Yourself & More - Q&A part 2

Today’s episode is part 2 of last week’s Q&A.

Questions include:

  • what are your favorite podcasts as of late?
  • I’d love to know your favorite houseplants - how do choose them, which ones bring you the most joy and how do you maintain so many?
  • Any advice for sleeping?
  • I’d love to hear your thoughts on finding definition your passion and purpose in life. I’ve been struggling with finding a goal to putty energy towards lately that will help me find a meaningful career. I just want to help people and make the world a better placebo but none of my actions (or the jobs) seem like they will be enough to save the problem. Also, how can you identify what your special skills are that will help the most?
  • Loved your episode on manifestation - one of the things I’m wondering is how you eliminate the limiting beliefs that can stand in the way?
  • Can you talk about how to forgive yourself for something along the lines of going through that process?
  • How did you know starting a podcast was the next thing for you?
  • What are you looking forward to most about your wedding?
  • How did you start with your photography? I don’t know exactly where to start learning?
  • How did you turn our blog into a full-time income?
  • How do you stay true to your own endeavors when others are critical, tease or tell you what you should do?
  • What are your favorite self-care practices of late?
  • When deciding your current career isn't for you, how did you go to finding a new career and how do you make peace in that stressful time?
  • What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by all your goals and dreams, to the point where you have no idea where to begin or even if it’s all possible. And on a related note, how do you deal with the fear that you will achieve none of the things you always saw yourself doing?
  • What advice do you have for someone who is triggered by looking at old photographs? I have gained weight in the last year, and find old photographs of myself to send me down the rabbit hole of negative/obsessive thoughts.
  • How do you find the power to say screw it to what everybody else thinks?
  • How do you make friends when you are in your late 20s and don’t go out often?
  • How do you manage to eat intuitively while also following specific guidelines for an illness?

Links mentioned:
Camera Equipment http://init4thelongrun.com/2018/01/15/whats-in-my-camera-bag/

How to start a podcast: http://init4thelongrun.com/2017/12/21/start-podcast-beginners-guide/

 

The Nourishing Women Community

To learn more: https://www.nourishingmindsnutrition.com/community/

To sign up: https://nourishing-minds-nutrition.teachable.com/p/nourishing-women-community

 

Check out today’s sponsor: fitt.co/joy

 

Connect with Me

On instagram: instagram.com/init4thelongrunblog

On the blog: http://init4thelongrun.com

 

Join the Joy Squad

Joy Squad Private Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/thejoysquad/

Chasing Joy Podcast Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chasingjoypodcast/

 

 

Jun 12, 2018

[Q&A] Taking the Leap into Solopreneurship, Not Letting Labels Define You, Letting Go Of Other People’s Judgements & More

 

Today is part 1 of a 2 part Q&A. I received so many wonderful questions that I wanted to break things up and have enough time for all amazing topics you brought up.

 

Questions Asked:

  • Can you talk about your experience of going with your intuitions guidance and being rally sacred or sick to your stomach? And what the outcome was? Did you question yourself or push back on it? I’m really interested in following my intuition but recently it’s been giving me guidance that freaks me out a little

 

  • I would love to hear your thoughts on soulmates and finding your person. Do you think lawn fo attraction played a role in you meeting Chris? did you want to find someone while you were in college? what do you think people mean when they say “you’ll find someone when you are least expecting it?

 

  • I would love to know how you changed your mindset around food and exercise It’s easy to know what to do it’s the how that  is challenging and scary

 

  • What is the number one thing you do to manage work/life balance? You seem to have a great routine and mindset

 

  • How do you throw the fear and anxiety of how others may perceive you as you grow and change on your journey to joy and happiness?

 

  • What is your opinion on macro counting to help understand portion sizes for people who struggle with binging?

 

  • I would love to hear more about you transition into soloprenuership. What advice would you give to someone really wearing to take that step but feeling nervous about financial security and the level of hustle necessary to get a freelance business off the ground?

 

  • Do you have any tips on how to stop labeling foods as bad or unacceptable and learn to not feel guilty after eating these foods.

 

  • What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

 

  • How can we support our partners when they are going through a really difficult time, one they feel like no one can understand? Particularly if they are on a healing journey to process traumatic events from their past

 

  • How do you deal with the emotional guilt that can come when you want to slow down because you are feeling burned out?

 

  • I would love to hear your thoughts on combatting the society pressures for perfection associated with wedding planning

 

  • How do you not label yourself with the label is actually at true description? my main example is that I eat vegan, but I don’t ilk the stereotype and assumptions that go along with that label. I don’t like that people treat me differently for that label, because I am not just a vegan I simply eat plants and not other foods.

 

 

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Jun 5, 2018

Ep. 69 - Brewing Better Coffee at Home, Curiosity Opening Doors, The Ups and Downs of Running Your Own Business with Sam Kjellberg

Sam, the creator of SK Coffee and I sit down for a really fun, deep conversation about everything from coffee, to prioritizing your time, to ditching the rules, and why we don’t want to always glamorize working for yourself.

Sam is offering an awesome deal for SK coffee. If you buy a summer subscription and use the code JOY you can get a FREE cold brew coffee carafe!

 

We Talk About:

  • Saturn Returns “this is the year you shed all the things that are not you”
  • Why we don’t all have “aha” moments for why we started something
  • How Sam got into coffee
  • Having “chills” moments
  • Realizing how much there is to know about everything
  • Everyone has something that makes them excited
  • Why curiosity makes life so interesting
  • How to prioritize time when you have a lot on your plate
  • Why being super busy isn’t super productive
  • Why quitting your job is glamorized looking back
  • Why not all side hustles need to be your full-time job
  • Why it’s awesome to NOT work for yourself
  • Building your business and life with your OWN rules
  • Tips for how to make better coffee at home (simply)
  • Unpretentious coffee tips
  • Starting slowly with making changes
  • Learning lessons slowly

My favorite coffee equipment: *affiliate links

Connect with Sam:

Buy SK Coffee:

Sponsor: fitt.co/joy

May 29, 2018

[Solo] My Manifestation Practice, Law of Attraction & Following Intuition

 

Today’s episode is me, myself and I talking about my experience with manifestation, the law of attraction and intuition.

I’m obsessed with this topic and it’s something that deeply fascinates me. I’m excited to chat informally about my experience and share tools with you that have helped me.

I recommend you listen with a dose of healthy curiosity even if this topic isn’t something you know a lot about or really excites you. For me it took years to really sink in so I totally feel you if it’s a little weird at first.

On this episode I talk about:

  • My relationship with my intuition as a kid
  • How I followed my gut before I got the evidence
  • Why I never loved following rules
  • How I felt conflicted between logic and my gut
  • The personality frameworks I love
  • How I first discovered law of attraction
  • My biggest takeaway for practicing the law of attraction
  • Alignment before action
  • Why belief is the core of manifestation for me
  • The power of limiting beliefs and how to let them go
  • Releasing the need for an outcome
  • Practicing feeling good without external circumstances
  • Some physical manifestations I’ve experienced
  • How I turn on the ease
  • The thing I love the most about Law of Attraction

 

Resources:

 

 

 

The Joy Squad Private Facebook Group

 

Connect with Me on Instagram

@init4thelongrunblog

@chasingjoypodcast

May 22, 2018

Holly Finigan is the creator of Nantucket Blackbook, a website, digital brand and experience space on Nantucket (and beyond.)

 

We Talk About:

  • What it’s like to be in on the party early
  • How to handle negativity
  • The importance of stepping back
  • Slowing down your responses & the power of the pause
  • Holly’s experience with heart surgery
  • If you know you have to do something - do it before it has to be done
  • What it’s like waking up from heart surgery
  • Healing without a mom
  • Healing with medical marijuana
  • Why airbnb gift cards are the best for someone healing
    Dealing with the grief of losing a parent
  • Why grief can be about losing identity too
  • You don’t need to compare struggles to feel validated or valued
  • Why “Comparison is an addiction to losing”
  • How Holly brings the lessons she’s learned from her healing to her daily life
  • Evolution as a person, brand and place
  • Amazing tips for taking a break from social media

 

Links:

 

Connect with Holly:

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May 15, 2018

The Power of Mindset in Healing, Privilege in Wellness & Getting Into Alignment with Meg Dixon & Victoria Myers

On today’s podcast I’m talking with Meg Dixon & Victoria Myers, co-owners of Nourishing Minds Nutrition and the Nourishing Women Podcast. They’re experts in helping women heal gut and hormonal issues with a history of orthorexia. I love these women so much and had the pleasure of recording this episode with them in person when I was in Florida last month.

Today’s episode is a magical hybrid of a Q&A, interview and roundtable. We have discussions on 5 main topics that are all very top of mind for each of us. Think of this as a wellness without obsession podcast buffet! Because this is a slightly new format I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a review on iTunes or message me on instagram.

Roundtable Topics:

1.) The Power of Mindset in Healing

2.) The Grey Area of Consuming Content

3.) Wellness Privilege

4.) Thin Body Privilege

5.) Practical Ways to Get Into Alignment

Connect with Meg & Victoria

Meg:

IG:  https://www.instagram.com/root_for_food/

Blog: https://www.rootforfood.net/home

Victoria:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/victoriamyers_/

Blog: https://www.victoriamyers.net/

Nourishing Minds Nutrition:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/nourishingmindsnutrition/

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nourishing-women-podcast/id1273444999?mt=2

Community: https://www.nourishingmindsnutrition.com/community/

https://www.nourishingmindsnutrition.com/

Connect with Me:

Blog: http://init4thelongrun.com

IG: http://instagram.com/init4thelongrunblog/

Podcast IG: https://www.instagram.com/chasingjoypodcast/

 

Join the Joy Squad on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thejoysquad/

 

Sponsor:

Fit Fab Fun

visit https://fabfitfun.com/get-the-box/

Use code JOY for $10 off

May 8, 2018

Eating Disorder Recovery & Carving Your Own Empowered Path in Wellness - with Engrid Latina

This week I’m chatting with my amazing friend Engrid. I’m so grateful that the universe brought us together. From our first conversation, I felt like we connected on a soul sister kinda level and I’m so excited to see how both our paths unfold. This conversation feels intimate and deep and winding in such a wonderful way. We talk about her experience with an eating disorder and how she found her way out. We also discuss working in an industry that’s shrouded in diet culture and trying to break the mold by carving out your own path.

 

We Talk About:

  • Engrid’s background
  • Her story with anorexia
  • The root of how the eating disorder manifested
  • The non-linear path of recovering
  • How she became a personal trainer
  • How training and fitness was a slow stepping stone forward in recovery
  • Slow progress is still progress
  • The power and importance of therapy
  • The guilt that comes with realizing that you may have contributed to diet culture in the past - even if it’s not what you believe now
  • Why it’s important not to demonize communities
  • Why you can’t recover for someone else
  • Navigating being a personal trainer that doesn’t focus on weight loss in an industry steeped in diet culture
  • The fear we have of our bodies changing
  • Desires for appearance always boil down to seeking love
  • Why we don’t want to be a gurus

 

Connect with Engrid:

May 1, 2018

The History of Diet Culture, The Negative Impacts of Weight Stigma and Thin Privilege with Christy Harrison

Christy Harrison is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor and the host of Food Psych Podcast. She specializes in helping people make peace with food and reclaim the time and energy they lost to The Life Thief of diet culture.

We Talk About:

  • How Christy got into the work she’s doing now, her history of disordered eating and
  • Why eating disorders don’t always look like what society tells us they do
  • What is diet culture?
  • This history of diet culture and fatphobia - and how it intersects with racism and sexism
  • larger bodies associated with races that were lower on racist evolutionary scales
  • class status associated with body size
  • Scientific studies didn’t precede focus on smaller bodies - culture dictated medicine
  • Why weight stigma negatively impacts people in larger bodies more than the weight itself
  • What is thin privilege
  • Internalized fat phobia versus externalized fatphobia
  • How can people with thin privilege help use that privilege for good
  • Knowing your boundaries when it comes to being an ally
  • How to identifying diets in disguise
  • Nocebo effect - why your brain is so powerful
  • Why being present in your life is more important than eating perfectly

Links:

Nourishing Women Podcast Collaboration on Manifestation: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nourishing-women-podcast/id1273444999?mt=2

 

Resources:

Intuitive Eating: https://amzn.to/2Km5ZeO *

 

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Apr 24, 2018

Ep. 63 - Limiting Beliefs, Attracting Relationships & The Power of Pleasure - Salona Carlisle

As a self-realization coach, transformational guide, and feminine embodiment facilitator, Salona guides women on the journey into radical self-love and back to their essential wholeness.  Through her body-centered approach, Salona empowers her clients in releasing the limiting beliefs and unconscious patterns that keep us stuck and under-realized, so they can liberate their fullest potential, while doing their soul’s sacred work in the world.  Her mission is to empower women around the world in discovering their innermost beauty, divine purpose, and personal joy in life so that they can embody their unique brilliance while flourishing in living radiant, enriched lives.

We Talk About:

  • The power and importance of pleasure
  • How Salona got into the work she’s doing now
  • We dive deep into the topic of limiting beliefs
  • What are they
  • How do we identify them
  • How to retrain ourselves to not believe them
  • Salona’s biggest key for attracting relationships, romantic or friendships

Connect with Salona & free gifts:

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Apr 17, 2018

Ep. 62 - The Power of Being Resourceful, Embracing Opportunity and Change & Creating Joy and Energy in an Intense Career with Christine Skari

This week I'm chatting with a friend, Christine Skari who I've been connected with for years through the food blogging community. I've loved watching Christine's path unfold as she has created an incredible wedding photography business.

I especially wanted to talk to Christine because I knew she would have some amazing insights into creative work and being resourceful as well as being open to your path changing. I love where this conversation went!

About Christine:

Christine is a self-made food blogger and wedding photographer who enjoys cuddling her two sweet kittens, drinking coffee like it's going out of style, and staying in pajamas for as long as possible.

We Talk About:

  • How Christine discovered photography and taught herself in college
  • What it was like to go into a career that had nothing to do with your degree
  • Transitions - how she adapted from college to working for herself full-time
  • Why talent doesn’t just happen overnight
  • the importance of just starting and the power of momentum
  • Being resourceful and teaching yourself new skills
  • Fighting overwhelm in busy seasons of life
  • Handling a busy schedule with joy
  • What it’s like to be a young woman owning a business
  • Fighting imposter syndrome
  • The importance of attracting and repelling with your energy
  • Owning your worth
  • The balance of when to accept free work versus charging
  • The power of photography to change your mindset

Connect with Christine:

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Apr 10, 2018

This week we’re diving into all things essential oils. This is a topic I’ve wanted to explore for a long time and I’m so glad that I connected with Kelsey. Oils are getting a lot of hype, but as a curious semi-skeptical person I want to know why. Kelsey answers all that and so much more.

Kelsey Faehl was a Forensic Scientist turned stay at home/work from home Mom. She is now a Certified Aromatherapist and Aromatherapy Teacher in Philadelphia, PA and holds classes and workshops monthly. She says, “My passion is plants. My calling is to help. My purpose is to love.”

 

We Talk About:

  • What are essential Oils
  • How they work in our bodies
  • The most beneficial uses for oils
  • Different common ailments and the best oils for them
  • How do different smells impact our mood
  • Common misconceptions about essential oils?
  • Kelsey’s experience with a natural birth
  • Handling pain in a positive, empowered way
  • The power of breath
  • Relaxing versus resisting the pain
  • Detaching from your stories of pain
  • Confrontation - why the fear is worse than the actual reality

 

Details for the Live Podcast Event

 

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Apr 3, 2018

If you can believe it, [I barely can] we are at episode 60 of the Chasing Joy Podcast. What the what?! I guess time flies when you're podcasting! Every 10 episodes I reach out to you, my amazing audience for questions and I do a Q&A style episode. These shows are so fun because I get to hear what you're interested in.

Lately I've been recruiting people near and dear to me to help me record these because it's just more fun that way. My sister has hosted, Chris has hosted (twice) and now my mom is joining in on the fun! She totally killed it. We dive into a bunch of fun, food, body image, relationship, wedding and business questions.

If you missed asking your question, no fear because I'm always available to answer questions on the Joy Squad, the private Facebook group!

Questions I Answer (with my mom)

FOR FUN

  • If you were a bagel what flavor would you be and why?
  • Also dogs or cats? And if you could adopt your dream fur baby what would they look like?
  • Curious about matcha benefits vs coffee?
  • What book are you currently reading and loving?
  • Do you have any tips for restful sleep?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be?
  • Favorite spot on Nantucket? In winter, spring, summer and fall?
  • What is your favorite coffee brand?
  • What are your top go-to favorite podcasts and/or blogs? Also what kind of music do you listen to?? Favorite artists/bands/Spotify playlists/etc
  • Would love to know what your morning routine has been looking like lately
  • How did you spend the summer after your senior year before college & any tips?
  • How do you take yourself away from something emotional that you feel you aren’t in control of? [like the news]
  • How do you deal with comparison?
  • What do you do to take care of yourself when you're going through a tougher patch/transition in life?
  • You’ve talked about dealing with depression in the past - what do you do each day now to live joyously?
  • I would love to hear you talk about your manifestation practice and what you’ve learned about Law of Attraction?

Intuitive eating and movement

  • What does intuitive movement look like for you at this stage in your life?
  • What did you find most helpful to develop positive body image and self-love in recovery?
  • What’s been your biggest tip from stepping away from food obsession and truly loving and eating intuitively?
  • How to navigate intuitive eating with inflammatory conditions?
  • The other day you talked about having a bad body image day and I would love to hear more about how you manage those
  • What are a few things that helped you through your ED recovery? Also, did you read any recovery books during that time?
  • Do you have a favorite way to wind down at night and just calm your mind and body?
  • Do you have any tips for night eating?
  • What are some of your go-to meal ideas?
  • I'd love to know if you have any tips on how to support friends w/ certain diet restrictions (for autoimmune conditions, etc) while still staying in your own lane and not trying to "compete" with them in terms of health [use diving team analogy, guitar]
  • I would love more insight on your relationship with alcohol/ how did you come to this mentality? Where are you at with alcohol (in tears of wellness w/o restriction)

Relationships

  • How do you turn social media connections into real life connections?
  • How do you balance your romantic relationship and friendships? I personally find it hard to feel like I have a good balance of spending time with my boyfriend while also finding time for quality 1:1 time with my friends.
  • How did you know your fiancé was the one? I feel like that’s such a big decision to make and I see all my friends around me do it and none of them have been able to tell me how they knew.
  • How do you and Chris keep the magic alive and deal with differences?
  • What are you favorite dates with Chris?
  • When is your wedding? What has been the most fun part of planning? Have you been bombarded by others' opinions or judgments about your wedding decisions and if so, how did you deal with that?

Blog/Business

  • I am curious about your transition to being your own boss! Any tips on starting to freelance would be awesome.
  • How were you able to go from a steady consistent job to working for yourself knowing you might make less money at first or it might not be as consistent?
  • I’d love to know about your blogging dos and don’t, and podcasting!
  • How has podcasting changed the way you blog?
  • What was it like moving back to a small town after living in a bigger city? Were you nervous about finding work?

Resources I mention:

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Mar 27, 2018

The Well Essentials was founded by Global Health Dietitian Megan Faletra, and inspires others to cultivate a healthy life that is filled with intention, and rooted in love and compassion, both for ourselves, for others, and for the greater world around us.

 

We Talk About:

  • Meg’s career of being a humanitarian
  • How she switched gears after her first job and went back to school
  • The less sexy parts of totally switching your career - like living at home and debt
  • How to be optimistic when you’re a humanitarian
  • How to take care of yourself when there’s a lot of hardship in your career path
  • Sustainable fashion 101 - what is it
  • How to go through your wardrobe mindfully
  • How to shop sustainably, why it matters and who it effects
  • The pros and cons of donating clothes
  • Making positive changes for the environment and sustainability
  • The power of starting small
  • Why being an example is far better than preaching
  • Practical ways to practice sustainability

 

Connect with Meg:

https://www.thewellessentials.com/about/

https://www.instagram.com/thewellessentials/

 

Resources:

How Meg Created a Sustainable Wardrobe

https://www.thewellessentials.com/blog/how-i-created-a-sustainable-wardrobe-made-3000-in-the-process?rq=fashion

 

What happened when Meg stopped shopping fast fashion

https://www.thewellessentials.com/blog/what-happened-when-i-stopped-shopping-fast-fashion-for-one-year

 

Companies that make sustainable living easier

https://www.thewellessentials.com/blog/incredible-companies-that-make-sustainable-living-so-much-easier

 

Join the Squad

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thejoysquad/

 

Chasing Joy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chasingjoypodcast/

 

Instagram workshop: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-level-instagram-workshop-tickets-43911906695

 

Live event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2050519935204873/

 

 

Connect with me:

blog: http://init4thelongrun.com/

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/init4thelongrunblog/

Mar 20, 2018

On this week’s episode I’m chatting with the creator of inmybowl.com & popular instagram @tahlulahalexandra - Alexandra Dawson. Alley and I first met last spring when we went to Wanderlust with Perfect Bar. Alley is thoughtful, wise, nurturing and genuine.

 

⁃ How Alley got into blogging

⁃ The power and importance of making space in your life for adventures and expansion both big and small

⁃ How she’s kept it real since day 1

⁃ How Alley’s definition of health has changed and stayed the same over her 5 years of blogging

⁃ Alley shares her experience with transitioning out of a strictly vegan diet and why her son was a big part of that change

⁃ How she slowly shared that transition with her community and why she believes she received love versus negativity

⁃ The power of celebrating plants versus focusing on what’s not on your plate

⁃ We talk how she’s healing her IBS

⁃ Why family was a big part of her decision

⁃ How she’s going on the FODMAP protocol to help heal

⁃ Why it’s not for everyone

⁃ What’s she’s learned from the experience

⁃ Her advice to anyone who is struggling with IBS

⁃ Non-food related healing strategies

⁃ Why it’s ok to make food choices that support your health without feeling like you’re on a “diet”

⁃ Why mindset matters so much in healing

 

Connect with Alley

 

Connect with Me [Georgie]

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

Mar 13, 2018

Staying Healthy Without Obsession While Working a 9-5 Job & How to Balance Your Side Hustle with a Social Life with Lestraundra Alfred

On today’s episode, we’re diving into a highly requested topic with one of my favorite past guests who was actually the first person I ever interviewed. We’re talking about how to be well when you’re in a 9-5 job, without letting it take over your life.

We also talk about why having a social life is so key even when you’re building a side business that’s your passion. I’m so happy that Les from the Balanced Berry is back on the pod to chat today. I had the pleasure of meeting Les in LA when I was there for the GOOD fest and I just think she’s so awesome. I loved how practical today's’ episode is, and I hope you will too.

We Talk About

  • Les’s morning routine
  • The transitions she’s made in her life and how they’ve affected her business
  • How narrowing her focus helped her find clarity with her blog
  • How to create a daily work/life routine that fills you up without getting monotonous
  • How she stays in tune with her needs and adjusts that routine when needed
  • Practical hacks to making morning routines with workouts easier
  • The balance between planning out the week with having spontaneity
  • Tips for staying energized and productive during the day
  • Tools for prepping food and meals for the week without it taking over your life
  • How to deal with food judgment in the office
  • The power of taking breaks
  • How to balance having fun on the weekends and working on your side hustle
  • Letting go of anxiety and “should” do’s - how she gets past it

Connect with Les

Connect with Me [Georgie]

Mar 6, 2018

Meredith Hanson is a Nantucket-based artist specializing in oils and gouache. Her art is fantastic and even more fantastic is Meredith’s truly kind heart. Meredith’s also a super savvy entrepreneur and has collaborated with a range of businesses to infuse her style and design off the canvas and into real life.

 

I wanted to have Meredith on the show because she’s one of the kindest most genuine people I know, not to mention crazy talented. I had a hunch that she’s not this way by accident either. We dive into how she got to the island, what her creative process looks like, how she coaches herself and the power of positivity.

 

We Talk About:

  • Meredith’s approach to exercise outside the gym
  • Her short venture into city life
  • How Meredith found her way to living on Nantucket year-round
  • How she got started with her creative career
  • The partnership that transformed her business
  • How she manages her inner critic and why it’s more of a coach
  • Her work as a teacher and using positivity to create change and growth
  • Why she chooses joy
  • The power of positivity
  • The importance of protecting your energy
  • How to recharge when you’re having a tough day

 

Connect with Meredith

On her website: https://www.meredithhansonart.com/

On instagram: https://www.instagram.com/merhanson/

 

Join the Private Facebook Group: The Joy Squad

For full show notes visit: init4thelongrun.com

 

Feb 27, 2018

Practical Tools for Every Day Joy, Building Confidence in Your 20’s and 30’s and Being “Un-You” with Dr. Samantha Boardman

Sam received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, then went back to school to get her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and has been practicing Positive Psychology, the study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive, ever since.

Positive Prescription is about how psychology, science, art and culture collide, + Samantha talks on a range of subjects, from ways to improve your love life or get out of the friendzone, to dealing with party anxiety, to boosting your everyday mental wellbeing, and everything in between.

 

We Talk About:

  • what is positive psychology - why it’s different from traditional psychiatry
  • how to make the most of difficult situations
  • she shares the story of how Irene totally transformed her jury duty experience
  • the power that comes from really positive people
  • how your attitude can completely shape your experience
  • patterns of happy people
  • what it means to be “un-you”
  • how to tell the difference between self-care and using self-care as an excuse
  • how to develop confidence as 20 something's
  • how to make friends in your 20’s
  • the importance of growth for happiness
  • the power of loose connections and small talk for happiness

 

Connect with Doctor Samantha Boardman

For Full Show Notes Visit:

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Feb 20, 2018

On today’s episode I’m talking with one of my all time favorite podcasters. This guest is someone I’ve wanted to have on the show since day one. I just wanted to make sure I was at a place where I could make the most of the episode. Nicole is so honest, real, interesting, insightful and relatable. I love her podcast because she has hard, honest and insightful conversations and I always leave feeling more connected.

On this episode we talk about

  • Accountability in order to do meaningful work
  • Getting work done in the morning and what it takes to start a new habit
  • Nicole’s story - how she came to podcasting and sharing honest conversations
  • The process of changing and evolving
  • Why it’s important to be honest with ourselves first
  • Balancing grit and grace
  • What it’s like to let go of identities like “runner”
  • Why big hard changes can happen slowly
  • Sometimes you need to transfer obsessions to get healthier
  • What Nicole has learned from long distance hiking
  • Why hard things gives us strength and confidence
  • The power of having positive self-talk and why it matters in other areas of life

Connect with Nicole:

Join the private facebook community - the Joy Squad

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

Feb 13, 2018

1 Year Podiversary, Redefining Health, Embracing Joy Everyday & How I’m Thinking About the Future

On this week's episode, I celebrate a year (and a week) of podcasting by sharing some of the insights I've learned about joy and health from my guests and my own life. 

I Talk About:

  • Mini GOODfest Recap
  • Struggle & Win
  • What I've learned from Podcasting
  • How to listen better (not interrupt or project)
  • The importance of deep conversations
  • Sharing your voice
  • Letting go of control and perfection
  • What I've learned about health
  • It comes in so many shapes and sizes
  • Health means something different to so many people depending on their lives and stories
  • The more context we get the better able we are to apply lessons they've learned
  • You don't need to agree with 100% of what someone says to find value in their work and story
  • We have so much in common and are also so different
  • What I've Learned About Joy
  • It's usually the most simple things (like people & dogs)
  • We can have joy every single day if we like
  • It's vulnerable to be joyful in a world that's always bringing us down
  • It's important to be present in our lives to fully feel joy
  • Joy doesn't have to be at the bottom of your to-do list - you're allowed to prioritize it

Links I Mention:

JOIN THE JOY SQUAD

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

Feb 6, 2018

Ayurveda 101 & Why Health Isn’t the End Goal with Sahara Rose

I’m diving into the topic of Ayurveda with Sahara Rose. Sahara has a really cool story and brings so much passion and knowledge. This is one of those episodes where I can definitely relisten a couple times to get all the great information.

We Talk About:

  • Sahara’s story of how she connected with Ayurveda
  • What Ayurveda is
  • How Sahara takes a modern accessible approach
  • The Ayurveda practices that we do without even realizing
  • How Ayurveda and yoga are connected
  • All about the 3 doshas
  • What they are & how to tell if they are in balance
  • All about the 7 Chakras
  • How to tell if they are out of balance (and what to do)
  • Sahara’s take on self-care

Connect with Sahara Rose:

Take the Dosha quiz https://eatfeelfresh.com/new-quiz/

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Get the full show notes at init4thelongrun.com

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Jan 30, 2018

Gut Health, Why Calories Aren’t an Accurate Measurement of Nutrition & Intuitive Living in an Office Job with Victoria Myers

Today's podcast I sit down with Victoria Myers who is a Registered Dietitian specializing in hormonal and gut health. She's one half of the dynamic duo behind Nourishing Minds Nutrition and the Nourishing Women Podcast. Vicotria and Meg are traditional eaters and untraditional dietitians. Through their practice, they empower women to find peace with food, heal digestion & regulate hormones. 

I loved this conversation so much. Victoria is such a wealth of knowledge and she shares it with compassion. I love her approach to health, wellness, and healing. This episode is perfect for anyone who is struggling with gut issues and especially if they've previously struggled with disordered eating. We also dive into developing hobbies outside of food, living intuitively when you work in an office and have less flexibility and so much more. I didn't want this episode to end. Like with so many of my guests, I so dearly wish we were neighbors because I'm pretty sure we'd be FAST friends.

We Talk About:

  • Victoria’s story - how she got into the work she’s doing now as a dietitian with a private practice
  • What her husband taught Victoria about intuitive eating
  • Misconceptions about gut health
  • Where to start when you know you have gut health issues
  • The connections between SIBO and disordered eating
  • Why food is a part of your health, but not all of your health
  • When an elimination diet isn’t right to heal (when it’s right and when it might not help)
  • Why holistic health CAN be part of intuitive eating
  • Finding a middle ground between wellness and realness #wellnesswithoutobsession
  • Why calories aren’t a complete measurement of nutrition
  • Why dieting causes our bodies to gain weight in the long-term
  • Why binging and restricting go hand in hand
  • Why stopping restricting is the key to stopping binging
  • Why food is an awesome part of your life but not the only part of your life
  • Other practices outside of food that support the healing journey
  • How to deal with losing your “healthy” identity
  • How slowing down can create more time
  • You have to choose to slow down
  • Fears about intuitive eating
  • Dealing with weight gain
  • Body acceptance versus self-love
  • Intuitive living within a 9-5
  • make meal prep fun - bring options for enough food throughout the day
  • If you work out in the morning make sure you’re still prioritizing sleep

Connect with Victoria

For Full Show Notes Visit: init4thelongrun.com

Jan 23, 2018

Dealing with Comparison, Building Confidence in Your 20’s, Balancing Social Media and Real Life & So Much More - Q&A Episode

Every 10 episodes of the Chasing Joy Podcast I flip the mic and have YOU ask me the questions. This round of Q&A did not disappoint. So many wonderful thoughtful questions ranging from body image, intuitive eating, spending time alone, budget-friendly activities to do with friends, photography tips and so much more!

I had my partner in crime, my fiance Chris help me out and ask the questions as well as give his 2 cents. I love having him on the show because he balances me out and always has something encouraging or a good story to share.

Questions Covered:

HEALTH FOOD BODY IMAGE

  • When you first started intuitive eating did you find your choices weren’t all that nutritious?
  • Do you exercise? Is there any kind of exercise you enjoy? How to deal with the sometimes cliqueness of the group exercise scene?
  • How can you tell you’re at a good weight for your body?
  • Do you have any advice for dealing with acne and living with a society that hates on it so much?
  • How do you stay sane trying to gain weight in a world trying to lose weight?
  • Do you have tips for getting away from calorie counting and the fear of gaining weight?

LIFE & RELATIONSHIPS

  • How do you get comfortable doing fun things alone? How did you get comfortable going places and eating alone or was it not hard for you?
  • How do you like to productively spend your alone time?
  • Do you have any tips for gaining confidence in your 20’s?
  • What are some of your favorite activities to do with your partner and/or friends that are budget friendly? What are your favorite date night ideas?
  • What’s your favorite thing to do with your family?
  • What do you do in the evening? I’m not a huge fan of bars or going out, but get super bored in these winter months
  • How do you and Chris navigate "me time" while living together? - To elaborate, my boyfriend and I have been living together for 5ish months now after doing long distance for 2 years and while it's overwhelmingly WONDERFUL, I am definitely more independent/introverted than he is. I'm having trouble wading through feeling guilty for needing alone time when he wants to hang out, and not wanting to hurt his feelings by saying I need a break from all human interaction (including and especially his) sometimes. - Is it wrong to need alone time away from your partner?
  • How do you practice enjoying the moment and be more present each day. It’s hard to not look forward to the next adventure
  • Do you ever compare yourself to others- how do you get out of it?
  • How do you manage a budget after graduating college while looking for jobs?
  • What's the habit you're most proud of or brings most joy to your life?
  • What are some ways that you balance social media with real life?
  • I'm really curious what you do to "put away" your technology. I've noticed certain things like my phone starting to consume all of my free time. It's easy to set a resolution and say "I'm gonna use my phone less" but it's SO hard to actually do it. Got any advice?
  • What are some of your favorite books, whether it’s all-time or one you’ve been wanting to read or have recently gotten into?
  • What’s your favorite coffee drink?
  • Do you have tips for home brewing coffee?

PHOTOGRAPHY & WORK

  • How do you find your passion when you’re not sure what it is? (wants to change jobs)
  • How do you deal with loneliness when you work for yourself? How do you forge meaningful connections when so much networking can be done from behind a screen?
  • Do you have any food photography tips?
  • Do you have advice to someone who is interested in learning photography but is overwhelmed?
  • How do you grow an authentic tribe online through social media?
  • How do you think net neutrality will affect the blogging industry?
  • Would you mind sharing tips and tricks to cultivate an income from your blog?

Links Mentioned

Nourishing Women's Podcast

Blog Posts I Mentioned:

Malcolm Gladwell Books

Chris's Favorite Books

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

Jan 16, 2018

Amanda MacKenzie is a writer from Cambridge, MA. After graduating from the University of Richmond, she taught English in Hungary, earned a Master of Divinity, and become an ordained Congregational minister. In her thirties, Amanda had a do-over and went to work on a small farm.

Her crowning achievement was a rustic country wedding for a hundred, after which she drank all the leftover wine straight from the bottle and decided to stick to cooking for fun. Today she is a part-time professor of world religions, preaches, meditates, and practices yoga. She believes in the power of positivity, possibility, and good coffee. The Do-Over is her first book. 

 

We Talk About:

  • Practical ways to find joy
  • Changing life paths
  • How Amanda found the law of attraction - like attracting like
  • How to manifest and attract things into your life
  • How to find joy in every day
  • Difference between efforting work versus flowing work
  • Letting go of having it all figured out
  • The difference between having the perfect life on paper and having a life that feels good
  • Focusing on feeling good first, then taking action
  • Why life is about change
  • Creating a life that feels right
  • Letting go of caring what other people think about how your life looks
  • Not attaching to the “How” of your goals
  • The power of appreciating things
  • Practicing enjoying
  • Surrounding yourself with people who feel good

 

Connect with Amanda:

For Full Show Notes Visit:

Jan 9, 2018

Siena Dixon founded Bootsy Chuchu after solving her own decade-long menstrual health issues naturally. Bootsy Chuchu seeks to provide natural alternatives to hormonal contraception for menstrual regulation with science-backed products users enjoy and feel proud to own. Her mission as an advocate is to bring the topic of menstrual health into daily conversation and contribute to the growing community of women who are changing the way we think and talk about it. Siena is also the Head of Communications and Marketing for a global eyewear brand called Ollie Quinn.

We Talk About:

  • Siena’s health journey and how she discovered the importance of menstrual health and its connection to overall health
  • What it was like to come off the pill after 10 years of using it to regulate her cycle
  • How she got her regular menstrual cycle back after it being abnormal for so long
  • How and why she started her business Bootsy Chuchu and the first hormonal balancing elixir
  • Things to look out for when coming off the pill in order to get a regular cycle back
  • Health and wellness rituals that help support a healthy cycle
  • What we can learn about our energy and moods from our hormonal cycle
  • How our society treats menstrual health and why that is changing now
  • Wellness habits Siena practices and ones that she’s let go of
  • We talk about journaling strategies and benefits like how it helps with overwhelm and stress
  • We talk about low key wedding planning

Connect with Siena:

Discount the GOODfest in LA: CHASINGJOY10

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