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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Sep 12, 2017

We're switching gears today and doing a solo show! Today I'm sharing my story about how I started to tune into my intuition and get in the driver's seat of my life in the past two years. My goal with this episode is to give you context on where I'm coming from when I talk about intuition in terms of life, movement and eating.

I learn through story, which is why I want to share my own in hopes that you can learn from it too. I know that your story will be different from my own, but I think we can all learn from each other. At the end of the episode I'm also sharing some wonderful things that have happened as a result of listening to my intuition as well as some tools you can try to apply yourself to tune into your own intuition.

I Talked About:

  • How I realized I wanted to leave my first job out of college in Fall of 2015
  • Why I took a step back from a traditional career to move home for a year
  • Deciding to save money to move to London
  • What I learned working at a coffee shop
  • Building more relationships and how it positively impacted my happiness
  • Why intuitive movement was the biggest catalyst for changing my relationship with food
  • Meeting my now boyfriend, Chris and how it helped me let go of food rules
  • Changing my London plans despite my ego blow
  • Going to London and realizing I didn't have a plan
  • Discovering the Jess Lively Show and how it opened up so many ideas about intuitive living
  • Where I'm at today and how I use intuition in my business
  • Some wonderful things that have happened as a result of listening to my inuition
  • Tools you can use to practice tuning into your own intuition

This Show is Perfect for Anyone:

  • Who is curious about my story
  • Wanting to tap into their own intuition
  • Curious about how to get started with intuitive eating and movement


For full show notes go to:

Sep 5, 2017

Ep. 31 - Balancing Nutrition Knowledge with Intuition Around Food & Eating Well in Busy Seasons of Life with McKel Hill

McKel Hill is the creator of Nutrition Stripped the (very) popular food blog turned cook book, shop, coaching and more! I chat with McKel about how she dove into the wellness world and how she stays happy and sane running her blog as a full time business.

We dive into the tricky balance between making food choices based of nutrition knowledge versus intuition. We also talk about how to stay well in busy seasons of life. McKel shares her morning routine (which sounds delightful) and why it’s the key to staying positive, healthy and managing stress.

I’ve followed Nutrition Stripped since I started my own blog and I’ve been amazed at how it’s grown and lead the way for so many amazing wellness bloggers and entrepreneurs. McKel is warm, fun and so engaging to talk to. I hope you enjoy this episode!


We Talk About:

  • How McKel got into nutrition and how Nutrition Stripped became her creative outlet then business
  • How to balance knowledge of nutrition with making intuitive food choices
  • Navigating healthy choices when you’re busy and stressed
  • McKel’s tools for reducing stress
  • How to make choices without stressing at the grocery store
  • The power of a morning routine as preventative medicine for stress
  • Moving more intuitively versus sticking to a intense regime
  • McKel shares a couple fun facts about herself that would surprise most people

This Episode is Perfect For:

  • People who are in a busy season of life and want to eat well
  • If you’re on the go and you’re looking to make choices that help you feel good
  • Anyone who’s experiencing a lot of stress in their life


Connect with McKel:

For Full Show Notes Visit:

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:

Jul 25, 2017

Today’s guest, Lisa Hayim shares some serious wisdom about the world of mindful eating. She shares her own journey to becoming a dietitian and mindful eater and how she teaches these skills to her clients.

If you’ve ever craved feeling healthy and normal around food this episode is for you. We dive in to the deep seeded reasons we over and under eat and why we’re so quick to want to label our diets.

If you’ve ever wanted to eat more intuitively or more mindfully but have absolutely no idea where to start, Lisa shares so many useful tools you can start using today. I consider myself a pretty intuitive eater and someone who now feels comfortable around food, and Lisa dropped even more knowledge that made the whole picture more clear for me too.

This episode will help you connect the dots between your mental and physical health and all the wonderful things that happen when you learn to listen to your body’s (sometimes subtle) cues.


We Talk About:

  • How Lisa got started as a registered dietitian
  • How and why she started her own private practice
  • The gaps she saw between what she knew to be true about health and the tools she had as a dietitian
  • How she discovered mindful eating and how she defines it
  • Why mindful eating closes the gaps between physical and mental health
  • Tools for eating mindfully
  • Balancing inner and outer wisdom with mindful eating
  • How it’s important to practice testing our limits in order to learn to listen to your body
  • Lisa’s own food and health journey, how she used veganism as a way to avoid eating mindfully
  • Her discovery of mindful eating and how good it feels
  • Why mindful eating can unlock so many wonderful more parts of your life
  • Why mindfulness isn’t just a trend
  • How mindful movement comes into the equation
  • The Quiet the Noise project & how it teaches mindfulness


This Episode is Perfect For Anyone:

  • Who wants to learn how to connect physical and mental health
  • Who is curious about what eating mindfully really means
  • Who wants practical tools for learning to eat mindfully (and feel better)
  • Who is feeling out of sync with their body and how they eat


Connect with Lisa


For Full Show Notes Visit:

Jul 18, 2017

This episode is an absolute gold mine of information and joy. Kelly Trach spent over 10,000 hours in her life working on healing herself from a plethora of autoimmune diseases including candida, IBS and more. She shares her story and the tools that made the biggest difference in her life, so you don’t have to spend 10,000 hours yourself. I seriously loved this episode. I let it run long because Kelly is so knowledgeable and fun to talk to. We cover everything from the mental traps the stop us from healing to the nitty gritty how to’s of ridding inflammation from the body.


We Talk About:

  • Kelly’s amazing story of how she went from feeling constantly bloated, tired, and unwell to discovering how to heal her body and the 10,000 hours of self work it took to get there
  • Why it was key to start the healing journey with emotional and mental healing first
  • The abundance mindset and why it will help you feel better (and get better results)
  • We talk the comparison trap, jealousy and how to reframe it
  • Mental tools Kelly uses to feel better every day
  • The role of boundaries in the healing process
  • How to not get overwhelmed when you’re making big changes
  • Kelly shares the low down on what inflammation in the body is and how it can show up
  • The breakdown on the difference between a food sensitivity and a food allergy and why both matter
  • How to eat in a way that makes you feel better without triggering restrictive eating patterns
  • We talk about the scary amount of toxins in our household and beauty products
  • How to identify them
  • The first 3 items Kelly recommends replacing


This Episode is Perfect For:

  • Seriously everyone, we talk about healing from so many perspectives I think everyone can benefit from this information
  • Anyone who struggles from an autoimmune disorder
  • If you’re feeling not yourself (tired, dizzy, bloated, mental fog, having skin issues)
  • Anyone curious about removing toxins from their life



For full show notes go to:

Jul 11, 2017

I first connected with Jasmine’s BrandHuman work through previous guest, Holly Finigan. Taking her workshop helped me become more present in my life and impactful in my work. I wanted to chat with Jasmine about business, how we show up in our business and how we own our unique stories and skills to create powerful work. This episode is perfect for both the entrepreneur and the entrepreneurial spirited aka anyone who really cares about the work they’re doing.


On this episode we talk about:

  • What is brandhuman?
  • Why being an entrepreneur is like constantly dying
  • The process of evolving in your life and business
  • Getting comfortable with constant change
  • Why it’s important to always add value and grow in your business
  • The value of teaching to learn
  • why copying people’s work doesn’t ever really work
  • “no one else can be you if you’re interesting”
  • How to cultivate what makes you unique
  • How trying new things is important to finding out who you are
  • Importance of curiosity in finding what you’re meant to do
  • Why it’s important to step back and do something fun or creative to unlock new ideas
  • People can be multi-demensional
  • The difference between kindness and boundaries
  • How to evaluate your relationship with social media
  • Balancing aesthetic responsibly with over currating
  • How to be observant without judgement


This Episode is Perfect for

  • Small business owners
  • bloggers and freelancers
  • anyone with a side hustle
  • women who are career driven
  • anyone who wants to evaluate the relationship they have with themselves and their work


Books I mentioned

Sapiens &

Homo Deus


Connect with Jasmine




For Full Show Notes go to:

connect with me on instagram at @init4thelongrunblog

Jul 4, 2017

On today's episode I'm chatting with the compassionate, humble Alexis Daddio aka @restoring_radiance on Instagram.

Lex is one of the first food and health Instagrams I followed way back and she continues to be one of my favorites because of her kind honest approach to health. Over the years she's shared her story with a binge eating disorder and how she over came it. On today's show, we talk about everything from how she started her Instagram (and accidentally made it public) to the path she's taken to overcome her binge eating disorder.

On this Episode We Talk About:

  • The unexpected way she started her instagram page
  • How she’s grown her page and why instagram stories have been a game changer
  • Why it’s ok to curate content online- or make your food look pretty, as long as you show a full picture
  • Resources for women who are struggling with eating disorders
  • How Lex defines success
  • Why it’s important to crowd out the bad with good (in thoughts, health & life)
  • The importance of challenging your food fears
  • Simplifying (your food and routine) and tuning into your intuition
  • Why it’s ok to to change your mind!
  • Lex’s history with binge eating disorder
  • The steps she took to recover
  • What it feels like to eat for satisfaction (versus counting calories)
  • How recovery helps you show up in your relationships
  • How intuitive eating has impacted her relationship with fitness
  • Why it’s ok to push and challenge yourself without judgement
  • Why you don’t need to workout to eat

This Episode is Perfect For Anyone Who:

  • Has struggled with disordered eating
  • Is curious about what goes on behind the scenes of an food instagrammer
  • Wants to learn about what intuitive eating and movement looks like
  • Wants to smile, because Lex is just lovely!

Connect with Alexis on Instagram


For full show notes

Jun 27, 2017

Emily was one of the first bloggers I really connected with back in 2014. We’ve met a couple times in New York, Tampa and most recently Philly. What attracted me first to Emily’s blog is her amazing writing and ability to distill such relatable truths.

She’s someone who shares her thoughts in such a relatable valuable way without making everything a listicle or waiting until life has happened to wrap up some lessons in a bow.


This episode is all about life after college. The ups the downs and how to navigate between what you really want versus what the world is telling you you’re supposed to be doing.


On this Episode We Talk About:

x Why life transitions are hard

x When to tell your friends you have a blog

x The job hunt - why does it have to be so hard?!

x Identifying the “shoulds” in your life (and slowly getting rid of them)

x Why social media often adds to the “shoulds”

x Practical tips for practicing mindfulness and presence

x Why rest is totally underrated

x What it’s really like to live at home after college

x Emily’s running story

x Why hard times don’t last

x What happens when “healthy” becomes part of your identity

x Why sharing your story matters

x The pressure to turn your blog into a business

x Why blogging full time isn’t right for everyone

x The benefits of blogging as a hobby versus a business

x Why “following your passion” isn’t always good advice


This Episode is Perfect For:

x Recent grads

x Anyone balancing work and a passion project

x 20-somethings

x anyone in a major life transition

x bloggers

x runners


Connect with Emily

on instagram:



For full show notes go to:

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:


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


  • 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


  • 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:

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:

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

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


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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


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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


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May 2, 2017

Kylie Mitchell is the founder of the food/lifestyle blog, 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


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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


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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

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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)

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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: 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


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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



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