Episode 234: The Doula Decision That Changed Her Life with Valerie Trumbower

My guest for this week’s podcast is Valerie Trumbower, a DONA Certified Postpartum Doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor and a mother of three, including identical twins. Her online courses, The Bump-to-Baby Roadmap & Expecting 101...You’re Adopting™ have helped hundreds of families (and grandparents!) prepare for life with their newborns. 

Over the past 8 years Valerie has been helping hundreds of parents adjust to their new family so that they can approach the newborn stage with as much calm confidence as possible. And so that they know what to do with their little newborns.

In this episode, Valerie and I talked about:

  • Understanding what a Doula is and what they do
  • How she learned about postpartum and birth Doula and how she started
  • Best qualities to look out for if you want to be a Doula
  • Necessary tips for grandparents to best help our children navigate new babies

Many people are probably not familiar with what a postpartum doula is. You may decide...

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Episode 226: Pivoting into Deeper Purpose In Your Second Half with Jen Rigley

abundance career May 22, 2022

This week’s guest is Jen Rigley, a former Marketing & Sales Executive who has perfected the art of the pivot, staying positive when facing life's challenges. She is the visionary behind and founder of the Flourishing Over Fifty brand whose sole purpose is to inspire women over fifty to live the life of their dreams.

In this episode, Jen and I talked about:

  • The story behind ‘Flourishing Over Fifty’ and the realization of her later-in-life purpose
  • How she personally defines a pivot 
  • The two important pivots she’s experienced in her life
  • What to do when you’re stuck or facing a pivot

Jen is a mom to three beautiful young women, a wife, a daughter, and a sister to three women. She also does management consulting and works with both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.

Her goal is to inspire YOU to be ready to pivot when life says it's time - whether by necessity or your intuition talking to you. And when that time comes, know that you are the...

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Episode 224: Using S.M.A.C.K. To Help With Procrastination With Dr. Christine Li

career mindset May 15, 2022

My guest this week is Dr. Christine Li, a clinical psychologist in New York for the past 20 years and who is known online as the “Procrastination Coach.”. She helps people stop struggling with underperforming at work and at home so they can work smoothly and with high levels of productivity.

Dr. Christine’s unique coaching process is a blend of mindset strategy, time and emotion management tips, and a deep belief in the power we each have when we treat ourselves with love and good self-care. She is the author of the book “5-Minute Self-Discipline Exercises: Stay Motivated, Cultivate Good Habits, and Achieve Your Goals” and the host of the podcast “Make Time for Success.”

In this episode, Dr. Christine and I talked about:

  • Her story of struggling with procrastination and a workshop that changed everything for her
  • Her 5 letter acronym to help remember how to kick your procrastinating habits
  • Tips for how to manage your time, manage stress and...
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Episode 222: How Searching For Stress Relief Led To A New Passion, with Leslie Bosch

career health mindset May 08, 2022

In today’s episode I spoke with Dr. Leslie Bosch, a developmental psychologist and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach who received her training as an integrative wellness coach from the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

As an integrative wellness coach, Dr. Bosch helps busy professionals achieve their wellness goals in 7 core areas of health including sleep, nutrition, movement, relationships, spirituality, and resilience through stress management, especially, during difficult transitions. Through her coaching, Dr. Bosch aims to help clients make a bigger impact without sacrificing their health, well-being, or personal relationships.

In this episode, we talked about:

  • how her dream of being a singer shifted to wanting to be a coach
  • when she realized she wanted to help people with stress management 
  • the pivot point that led her to study integrative medicine
  • some interesting facts about developmental psychology

Dr. Leslie believes that...

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Episode 220: A Beautiful Memoir About Growing Through Grief With Donna Yates Ferris

career mindset May 01, 2022

This week’s guest is Donna Yates Ferris, a yoga and transformation coach as well as the writer of a “I-can’t-put-it-down” book that I had the chance to read before our interview. It was so fun to do this interview because I felt like I was talking to a friend. 

In her memoir “We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This,” Donna shares her path to inner peace, one that was sidelined by repeated difficulties - divorce, grief,  illness, addiction, and more. She openly shares the details of a short period in her life that began with the dissolution of her 20+ year marriage after discovering her husband’s affair. This was just the beginning of a 3 year roller coaster that led her to become an expert on resilience. 

If you feel overwhelmed and maybe even defeated by life's changes and challenges and need some inspiration by hearing a true story that proves you never know what the future has in store for you, this conversation is for...

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Episode 218: From Quitter To Finisher with Children’s Book Author, Cindy Williams Schrauben

career mindset Apr 24, 2022

This week’s guest is Cindy Williams Schrauben. Cindy lives in Michigan where she writes books for kids that range from the truly serious to the seriously silly. Her debut picture book, This Could Be You was released on April 1, 2022.

Becoming a published author at 63 has inspired Cindy to empower other mature adults with the mindset that it is never too late to dream. When not writing or connecting with other authors, Cindy might be found dissecting her grandsons’ shenanigans for story ideas, reading on the floor in the bookstore, or eating ice cream… ideally all at once.

In this episode, Cindy and I talk about:

  • how she became a children’s author
  • her book writing journey - from start to finish
  • the fear of failure that hindered her from pursuing writing for far too long 
  • how her life has changed now that she’s doing what she loves

Cindy admits she’s NOT always been one to persevere – in fact, when she was younger she often...

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Episode 216: From Political Organizer to Energy Healer with Dr. Alison J. Kay

career mindset Apr 17, 2022

This week’s guest is Dr. Alison J. Kay. She has secrets no one else uses to upgrade, inspire and disrupt old paradigms within her community & the collective. She is an award winning, #1 international best selling author and the Founder of the Vibrational UPgrade™ System.

Dr. Alison is an experienced subtle energies practitioner and natural healer with a holistic approach towards helping others thrive in mind, body and spirit. This is reinforced by the ten years she spent in Asia studying these energies & ancient wisdom.

In this episode, Dr. Alison and I talked about:

  • how connecting to her higher self started at a young age
  • her backstory that started with early work as a political organizer, backpacking in Europe and eventually learning energy medicine
  • her time in Asia and the traditional practices she learned and applied
  • the fascinating topics of energy, vibration and chakras

With 20+ years working in & teaching yoga, meditation, energy medicine, mind/body...

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Episode 214: Same Words, Different Voice, Better Connection, with Katherine Beck

career mindset Apr 10, 2022

This week’s guest is Katherine Beck, a Voice Coach, Voice Actor & host of two globally ranked podcasts. She has coached actors & voiceover artists, broadcast journalists and hosts, and online entrepreneurs how to emotionally connect to their audiences using their voice.

Katherine’s acting career shifted into voice acting after she fell in love with creating characters with her voice. As she was finding her way in a blossoming career, her life in LA changed drastically one night after an encounter with a guy from Australia. Before she knew it she was getting married and relocating her life to Australia. 

In this episode, Katherine shared:

  • how she overcame her fears as an actress and voice coach
  • her career pivot from voice actor to entrepreneur
  • how important our voice is in our communication with others and the ways in which it can impact our ability to connect
  • valuable voice tips on how to communicate and influence others

With her experience of pivoting...

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Episode 211: A Surgeon’s Career Derailed And Revived By Stress with Dr. Tami Berry

career health mindset Apr 03, 2022

This week’s podcast guest is Dr. Tami Berry, a former surgeon and internationally recognized stress resilience expert, who helps people overcome burnout and transform stress into fuel for renewed energy, confidence, and joy. 

Living through her own burnout story, led her to research and develop a process for building stress resilience that helps transform high-levels of stress into a powerful force for life-long fulfillment and success.

In this episode, Dr. Tami shared:

  • Her back story of how she became a surgeon, her love for the work and why she couldn’t continue with it due to the high levels of stress and the destructive behavior the stress caused.
  • What her downward spiral taught her about the mind and body connection and its combined power to both harm and heal.
  • How to recognize the invisible signs of stress.
  • Four quick tips to lower stress.

Dr. Tami’s story is a powerful example of what can happen when there is little understanding about the impact of...

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Episode 209: How To Bounce Back From Big Mistakes with Debbie Colbourn

career mindset Mar 27, 2022

My latest guest is Debbie Colbourn, who calls herself an adventurer, former sport car racer, mountain climber, world traveler and a grandma of 4. Her resume and interests are long and varied and she says she’s filled with a need to always be learning and trying new things.

A combination of 25+ years as a professional accountant and guiding 1 to 25 million dollar companies through their life stages, along with an education in Kinesiology, an active competition life in performance dog sports and a desire to improve her own dogs’ fitness for competition, led her, in 2011, to create The Summit, a 7,000 square foot training facility and her first online business: The Fit Body Fit Mind Dog.

In this interview Debbie and I talked about:

  • How she created boundaries in her corporate work that supported her adventurous lifestyle
  • Her very different and interesting hobbies
  • Her biggest fear is and the event in her life that created it
  • The ‘bounce back-ability’ that is so...
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