Episode 306: Is Unhealed Trauma Hiding Your Gifts? An eye-opening interview with Tanner Wallace

career mindset Feb 28, 2023

Tanner Wallace, an online trauma recovery coach, shares how she leads people to life-changing transformations by uncovering their internal family systems In this week’s episode of Living Your Sparked Second Half.

Tanner specializes in unlocking her clients' hidden-in-plain-sight gifts that are obscured by all the wounding and disappointment. She also hosts a Relational Healing Podcast “HELD by Tanner” and is the creator of the Relational Healing Lab.

In this episode, Tanner talks about:

  • What accelerated her professional move from professor to trauma recovery  coach and the deeply transformational work she now does and why she chose to develop this area of expertise.
  • What Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) means. 
  • The different types of family structures, how the dynamics within them play a part in the development of trauma, and how these dynamics continue into adulthood.
  • The tools she use and how she is using it for her transformative work
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Episode 304: Maintaining Vitality As You Age, with Naturopathy and Sports Medicine Expert Kira Sutherland

career health mindset Feb 21, 2023

In this week’s episode of the “Living Your Sparked Second Half” podcast, Laurie interviews Kira Sutherland, an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Sports Nutritionist who has more than 28 years in clinical practice. 

Her focus on performance nutrition led her to be the first Naturopath in Australia to undertake the International Olympic Committees diploma in sports nutrition. She was also the 2019 winner of the BioCeuticals Integrative Medicine Award for Excellence in practice (Nutrition/Dietetics).

In this episode, Kira talks about:

  • How she became a Naturopath, ultimately venturing into sports nutrition and combining the practices
  • The difference between mind and spirit and how they intertwine with our overall health
  • Rcommended supplements for women who are experiencing perimenopause and menopause symptoms
  •  Her views about Intermittent fasting and other types of food-limiting strategies.

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Episode 295: Learning More About Yourself Through Astrology, with Ruth Nahmias

career mindset spirituality Jan 17, 2023

In this week’s episode of the “Living Your Sparked Second Half” podcast, Laurie interviews Ruth Nahmias, a certified Kabbalah Instructor and Kabbalistic Astrologer.

Ruth began her study of Kabbalah in 1989 with world-renowned kabbalists Rav and Karen Berg. Since that time, she has drawn on the wisdom handed down through this 2,000-year-old spiritual lineage to assist thousands of people in transforming their lives.

A wife and mother of two, Ruth has taught extensively on relationships, parenting, and the spiritual role of women. Her ongoing studies have made her an expert in the field of Kabbalistic Astrology, and she’s a valued advisor, guiding her students on choosing the most successful outcomes when it comes to business partnerships, company launches, strategic planning, and personal relationships.

In this episode, Ruth talks about: 

  • Her background and how she got into astrology
  • Interesting revelations from Laurie’s recent chart reading
  • Why...
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Episode 287: Best of: An Easy Way To Find Instant Calm, with Nick Demos

career mindset Dec 20, 2022


NOTE: This is a reposting of an older episode (EP #27).

Nick Demos is widely recognized in the creative industry. He is a Tony and Olivier Award winning producer, a filmmaker, a writer, and an artistic director. He transitioned the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma into a multi-million dollar business and received the “Living Treasure Award”. Nick has achieved the kind of success in his career that most people dream of having. Yet Nick continues to live his life by going where his heart leads him.

In this episode. he shares one of his biggest realizations that came over him right after he heard his name called when he won the Tony award. The question that popped into his head: “This is it? Now what?"

We also talk about his journey in unveiling his deeper creative self and discovering his significant soul-centered calling. He shares his knowledge about breath work (Pranayama) and its benefits which can be very helpful in times of crisis such as dealing with this...

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Episode 285: How Paws Have Provided New Purpose, with Annie Leo

career mindset Dec 13, 2022

This week’s guest is Annie Leo, the founder of “Paws for Change”, a registered Australian charity who opened Bali's first senior specific safe house for rescue dogs and offers rehabilitation and mobility facilities for special needs dogs.

Annie started this charity as a passion project after her relationship with her long time partner ended, along with her job because she worked for him. Interestingly, a Facebook post she saw kicked off her new purpose in life. 

In this episode, Annie and I talk about:

  • The Facebook post that caused her to take one small step that changed her life.
  • How her purpose evolved from curiosity to starting her own charity. 
  • How she started her ‘Paws for Change’ non-profit.  
  • Virtual dog adoption. 

Annie believes that we all have a purpose and something important to give. Dogs are a life-long passion and now her second half purpose but she’s convinced that everyone has some kind of passion that...

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Episode 281: Moving Past The Middle With Moxie, with Amy Lang

career health mindset Nov 29, 2022

This week’s episode is with Amy Lang, the CEO of Moxie Club and host of the “Happy & Healthy with Amy” podcast. She specializes in working with your brain and body to create joyful eating and deep health. Amy is also known as the Habit Whisperer, with a passion to help people stay motivated and build self-care habits so they can show up as their most empowered, authentic self.

In 2019, before the pandemic hit, Amy decided to close her successful health club business she’d been operating for over 15 years and pivot to her newfound passion: health coaching.. She launched her first online group coaching program in April 2020, right at the time when brick and mortar health clubs were shutting down due to Covid.

In this episode, Amy and I talked about:

  • How she pivoted from a career in the corporate world, working at companies like Arthur Andersen, Oracle, Netscape and Yahoo, into the world of fitness as a health club owner, and finally moving to her latest...
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Episode 279: Find Freedom From Menopausal Symptoms, with Dr. Heather Hirsch

career health mindset Nov 22, 2022

This week’s episode is with Heather Hirsch, a menopause doctor based in Boston who helps women who are experiencing symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause go from feeling confused, symptomatic and stuck with their doctors to becoming symptom-free, educated and empowered so they can thrive again in mid-life.

Dr. Hirsch is board certified in internal medicine, finished her fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic in 2016, and practiced in one of the largest Academic hospitals in Boston. Her area of excellence is Clinical Expertise and Innovation. She focuses on the field of women’s health, particularly midlife and menopause, and its intersection with chronic diseases.

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

  • How she got interested in this specific area of medicine. 
  • How to distinguish between systemic hormone therapy and local estrogen therapy.
  •  The common myths about menopause.
  •  What the term “medical gaslighting” means and how to...
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Episode 276: The Magical Midlife Shift of a Horse Whisperer, with Lindsay de Swart

career mindset spirituality Nov 15, 2022

This week’s guest is Lindsay de Swart, a Shamanic Coach, Energy Medicine Practitioner, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, and Horse Whisperer, who has worked with women for 17 years to help them rekindle their 'inner spark' and gain courage to live their next chapter fully.

Lindsay recently relocated from Canada back to England where she is from. She’s a mom to 3 teenagers, loves outdoor adventures, and loves coaching women and horses, helping them to heal themselves and each other!


Lindsay and I talked about:

  • How her Shamanic coaching practice unfolded so serendipitously.
  • How her horse, Penny, came into her life and taught her what she needed to know to become a Horse Whisperer.
  • How she uses horses to get information about what’s going on with her clients.
  • Our shared love of horses and the tv show (that my husband and I are now watching) that inspired her to become a Horse Whisperer.

Lindsay got into personal development as a way to break generations...

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Episode 272: Dare To Dream At Midlife and Beyond, with Jodi Silverman

abundance career mindset Oct 31, 2022

This week’s interview is with Jodi Silverman who helps women at midlife transition and rediscover who they are, outside of a mom, daughter, and partner. As a speaker and coach, Jodi provides community, tools, and strategies to help women find passion, purpose and true happiness so they can begin living their most daring life now.

Jodi’s life journey is nothing short of evolution. She went from print sales to life coach, speaker and community builder and she wants other women who are approaching this chapter to know that they are not too old or too late to be who they are meant to be.

In this episode, Jodi and I talked about:

  • How she found her voice as she was transitioning to her empty nest phase and gained new purpose.
  • A speech she heard that changed the trajectory of her life.
  • What the word ‘dare’ means to her and why she’s included it in the branding of her business.
  • Her upcoming free virtual event - what it’s about and an invitation to...
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Episode 270: Hollywood Makeup Artist Turned Etheric Clairvoyant, with Loa Blasucci

career mindset spirituality Oct 25, 2022

This week’s interview is with Loa Blasucci, author, nutritionist, content creator, and energy medicine practitioner. Loa began in the entertainment industry as a Hollywood makeup artist, which was a fabulous learning experience and gave her the knowledge necessary to do what she is doing now. She has an incredibly deep understanding of women, and it’s a gift that she holds sacred.

Loa learned her gifts as an etheric clairvoyant later in life and these gifts have given her the chance to help women as they go through life changes, whether they are dealing with emotional or physical issues. She now facilitates a comprehensive healing process for her clients by helping them release anxiety and balance their energy so they are able to find their inner beauty.

In this episode, Loa and I talked about:

  • her life as a Hollywood makeup artist and what she learned along the way that helped her to uncover her true gifts. 
  • her perspective on what living a not-your-average-life...
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