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 topics including creating joy, tuning into your intuition, personal growth & living well 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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Aug 29, 2017

Breaking through comfort zones, pursuing passions and surprisingly deep thoughts on ice cream

Happy 30 episodes! Every tenth episode is a Q&A show and this time we did things a little differently. I asked for anyone to send in their questions and got some amazing ones! Thank you.

My sister was on island for the weekend so I roped her into recording with me. My sister Nellie asked the questions and rather than just a simple Q&A this turned into more of a conversation which I loved. Obviously I am biased because my sister and I are best friends, but I think this episode was really special and so much fun.

I loved that the questions were deep and not black and white answers. Again, take my advice, like all advice, with a grain of salt because we’re different people. If you like something, use it. If you don’t, no worries babe!

We Talked About

  • The most unexpected highs and lows of working for yourself
  • How to balance and manage your time on social media, especially as a blogger
  • What my college experience was like and my advice for college students
  • How to make likeminded friends after college
  • How to navigate the corporate mentality that working longer = working harder
  • How to embrace being single
  • Turning a passion into a career
  • Eating intuitively on a budget
  • Getting over the fear of failure when starting something new
  • My photo shooting and editing process
  • Getting out of your comfort zone
  • & my deep thoughts on ice cream

This Show is Perfect for:

  • This episode hits on tons of different topics: I think it’s especially relevant for young 20-somethings who are navigating college and post college working world
  • We also talk a lot about starting new projects and facing fears - if that’s been on your mind a lot, you’ll love this episode

Links we mentioned in the show:

Connect with Nellie

on instagram: @madaketmorley


Aug 22, 2017

Today’s episode is all about financial health.

When today’s guest approached me asking me to be on the show I hesitated and asked myself is money related to wellness at all?

In the end I definitely believe it is.

My personal belief is that money is an energy.

Its not inherently good or evil, it’s a tool that we can use to amplify ourselves.

I’m a believer that if you’re a generous, positive person with good intentions money can just help you do the things and give and be more of that awesome energy.

The same goes for if you’re a dickhead.

Obviously there’s a million things we could dive into with money but today we kept it pretty simple.

This episode is especially geared towards folks who are in their twenties and early thirties, but heck anyone who just wants to feel a little more empowered and in control.

Just like with your wellness and health there’s no one right answer with how to manage your money.

If you’re listening and don’t agree with everything my guest says that’s absolutely ok. We all have a right and ability to manage our money in a way that works for us.

I also wanted to note that if any of the diet related metaphors don’t work or resonate with you I totally get that. Some of them didn’t really land with me but I was able to understand the point she was making and the money advice was still great. So just because maybe a certain metaphor doesn’t click - you can still listen to and enjoy the financial side of things.

What I really loved is that Shannon is not black and white about money. She knows that everyone thinks and manages things differently which is what really helped me get a lot of benefit from this advice. I loved how she didn’t say there’s just one way to do everything.

We Talk About:

  • How to have a positive mindset around money
  • Why a lot of financial advice is geared towards “perfection” and isn’t realistic
  • Fear & Shame are some of the most common themes when it comes to money
  • Limiting beliefs around money
  • When it’s the right time to see a person instead of using an app
  • Why money is one of the final taboos
  • Why “money is not important to me” should be cut out of your vocabulary
  • Shannon’s belief why no one should feel bad about not understanding money
  • What are some of the biggest myths that people still believe about money
  • Why long term savings is like a cross country road trip
  • Start with short and medium term goals first
  • Why Shannon believes you save and pay off debt at the same time
  • Why financial planning is not one size fits all
  • Shannon’s tip for recent college grads - set up auto saving behaviors
  • Tips for saving for your first house
  • Savings Tips
  • First step is to save 6 months of emergency savings
  • Second step is to save for your first big medium term goal
  • Where to start saving after you’re done paying off debt
  • How financial control relieves major stress in your life
  • Tips for saving money in college - prioritize 1 or 2 areas of spending
  • why expense tracking isn’t for everyone
  • How to get started with IRA’s and retirement savings
  • Work with an accountant to figure our what’s best because retirement has a lot to do with taxes
  • Shannon’s biggest piece of advice when you’re just getting started


Resources Shannon Mentions

  • Financial Diet Youtube
  • Ally Savings Bank


Investment Tools

  • Bettermint
  • Wellfront
  • DriveWealth
  • Practice investing
  • Motif Investing (portfolios with themes)


Different Types of Budgeting

  • goals based budgeting
  • cash diet
  • expense tracking
  • zero sum budgeting


Types of IRA’s for business owners

  • simple IRA
  • 401k


Connect with Shannon

Financial Gym Blog

Podcast: Martinis and Your Money

On Instagram


Aug 15, 2017

Email me your struggles & wins over at to be featured on the next episode!

This week’s episode is with a huge inspiration of mine, Chinae Alexander. Former Texan-turned-New Yorker, Chinae Alexander is an entrepreneur, lifestyle personality, writer, speaker, and wellness expert based in Brooklyn, New York. Her message is to empower people to be better through positive thinking, active change, self-love…with a lot of humor along the way. 

We Talk About:

  • Chinae shares how she got to the work she’s doing today
  • The crazy story of how an old boss pushed her into entrepreneurship
  • How Chinae took her instagram and turned it into a business
  • What it means to show up as yourself in your work
  • What authenticity means and what it means now that it’s more of “trend”
  • Why authenticity can’t be a strategy
  • Why truth will always resonate
  • We discuss how self love isn’t a trend, but a lifelong pursuit
  • The difference between vulnerability & floodlighting and why Chinae doesn’t really talk about her weightloss anymore
  • How to celebrate your wins with grace
  • The other side of vulnerability - celebrating what you’re great at
  • How to be confident with humility and grace
  • How to be truthful when talking about the great stuff and trusting that people will be there to win with you
  • What it’s like to live in New York City
  • Challenges of working for yourself and letting go of what you think your day will look like
  • The scary reality of loving the work you do
  • Being open to receive and let go and being more fluid with your plans
  • How to embrace opportunities without over planning your life
  • What it’s like to meet friends online
  • How to use these platforms to connect with people offline
  • How to understand and grapple with identity
  • Reacting when people put you in a narrow box with empathy


This Episode is For Anyone Who:

  • Is a classic over planner and wants more fluidity in their schedule and life
  • Runs their own business or side hustle or has an entrepreneurial attitude at work
  • Is curious about what it’s like to live in a big city
  • Loves talking/listening to conversations around identity, boundaries, empathy, authenticity and vulnerability
  • Loves a good laugh!


Connect with Chinae:

On Instagram:


For Full Show Notes Go to:

Aug 8, 2017


Davida Kugelmass is the creator behind The Healthy Maven, a multi-channel health and wellness platform dedicated to making healthy living easier and sustainable. Davida’s content is diverse, ranging from recipes, to travel, to self-care with a focus on how to live healthfully, rather than living for your health. When Davida isn’t in the kitchen, she is travelling, hiking with her puppy or trying out local restaurants in her current home of San Francisco.

We Talk About:

x How the school system does not allow for a lot of creativity and self discovery as kids

x Women and success. Why is it so hard as women to celebrate our successes

x Why it’s important to share the lows and the highs (not just one or the other)

x Finding the happiness middle ground - it’s ok to not be high high or low low

x Why Davida encourages women to share what’s on their mind (when they’re ready to)

x How she’s learned how and when to share - (and when to journal/talk to friends first)

x It’s important with blogging to always remember to add value when you share your own story

x One of her biggest points of growth has been getting comfortable following her own path versus fitting into a mold that’s worked for others

x When she knew she didn’t have to define success the way others were

x How Davida’s relationship with her business has changed and how it’s changed her as a person

x Quitting the hustle culture and not being the “healthy maven” 24/7

x Setting boundaries in her business

x How building a great online life can sometimes replace real life magic

x Why friendships & relationships are so important for health/happiness

x How Davida’s definition of health has expanded since starting her blog

x Health experts are meant to be advisors - not dictators

x Judgement goes both ways

x Being open minded when it comes to letting people be on their journey

x Davids’s experience with exercise addiction

x Being patient with changing and improving our mental health

x Having compassion for how long change takes

x Lessons from dog ownership

x The alternative health practice that Davida loves - (essential oils)


This Episode is Perfect For Anyone Who:

x Runs their own business

x Learning to create boundaries

x Expanding and challenging their definition of health

x Has struggled with exercise addiction

x Honestly there are so many gems in this episode, everyone should listen!


Connect with Davida

For Full Show Notes Go To:

Aug 1, 2017

We Talk About:

  • Alexis’s journey to getting started with her blog Hummusapien & restaurant Alchemy Cafe
  • How Alchemy is coming at health from both health extremes with the goal of approachability
  • Why we share and teach what we need to learn
  • How Alexis has grown from her clients
  • Food issues reflecting deeper struggles in our lives
  • Eating intuitively as the gateway to living intuitively
  • Dieting is rooted in self-control while intuition is rooted in self-compassion
  • Why it’s empowering to know that no one has it “all figured out”
  • Why it’s ok to need help - in regards to eating
  • How food and nutrition information can be interpreted in so many ways, there’s no one true answer the same way as religion and politics
  • Alexis shares examples of intuitive eating in her life
  • Why it’s important to acknowledge your your food rules and challenge where they came from
  • When you listen to your body - you think about food less - free your mind for greater things
  • Why we need to change out mindset around fitness from weight management to feeling good
  • Your attitude around fitness matters more than your actual movement when it comes to health
  • How self-compassion can unlock your intuition
  • Understanding your true values to help let go of pieces of your past
  • Finding ways to create a perspective shift
  • How to find compassion with yourself when your body changes & why it’s ok to be upset about it
  • Curiosity over judgement & how to handle comparison with curiosity
  • How food freedom leads to stronger relationship
  • Why being nicer to yourself helps you become nicer to others
  • “Shit is not perfect, but I like it that way, and let’s talk about it”


This Episode is Perfect For Anyone:

  • Who has had a past with restrictive eating or an eating disorder
  • Is curious about intuitive eating and how it impacts other areas of life
  • Wants to find more freedom in their fitness
  • Struggles with comparison and judgement


Books Alexis Mentioned:

  • The Light Side of the Dark Chasers
  • Health at Every Size
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Body Positivity
  • No Period
  • Podcast: Food Psych - Why Food is Like a Religion


Connect with Alexis

On Instagram:

On her Blog:


For Full Show Notes Visit: