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How To See Yourself As You Really Are, With Tara Whitney

In this episode, I got to talk with Tara Whitney, who is an accomplished family photographer. What’s magical about her style of photography is that she deeply sees her clients. You can see that in the photos, and you can hear it in how her clients talk about the experience of being photographed by her. She sees their inherent beauty and individuality. And by her seeing it, she allows them to see it. How does that change people? Tara and I talk about how photographs can be a powerful...


Befriending Your Body, with Valerie Tookes

Do you consider your body your friend? An ally? Or do you, as so many women do, interact with it more as an adversary? As if your body is troublesome, needs too much, is too much, or looks or feels the wrong way? In this conversation with Valerie Tookes, we explore how befriending our body, treating it as we would a good and wise friend, could change everything. As Valerie says, "Our body is always speaking to us." What might we learn, if we slow down enough to listen and to really learn...


Building Your Self-Care Toolbox, a conversation with Jen Vertanen

In this conversation with Jen Vertanen, podcaster and emotional sidekick, we talk about building a highly personal self-care tool box. One that is designed to support you, with whatever collection of hurts and traumas and likes and dislikes you come wired with. Jen's work focuses around encouraging people to share the hard to tell stories and start to heal the places that hurt and Jen and I begin the conversation talking about self-mothering, a very specific form of self-care that you may...


Journaling For Your Life, with Grace Howse

Journaling has many benefits, including increasing mindfulness, helping you achieve goals, and increasing your self awareness, confidence and creativity. And art journaling - that is, starting the written journaling process with a visual component - is thought to deepen all of those benefits. And besides, it's fun! In this episode with coach, bookbinder and avid art journaler Grace Howse, you'll learn: The difference between a journal and a diary How to use a journal to manifest a...


Tell Your Life's Story and Take Your Life Back, with Stacy Brookman

Our own lives are also a narrative, but we are often so busy recovering from the trial, or preparing for the next one, that we don't take stock of what we have learned about ourselves, and then we can't take that knowledge and appy it to being wiser, braver or stronger. But we could. And we should. Because otherwise we just go around being the weaker, more scared, and not so smart versions of ourselves. And wouldn't you rather feel like the heroine of your story instead? In this episode,...


Tending Deeply To Yourself, with Mara Glatzel

When we are in transition - after a baby, during or after a move - it can feel impossible to find your balance, let alone find space to make good decisions around self care. Eat well? Sleep enough? Even get a shower? Crazy! But also necessary. This week on Nurturing Habit, I talk with Mara Glatzel, an intuitive coach and mama, about how we tend to ourselves through big transitions. We talked about the transition to motherhood, moving, and the difficult but necessary practice of being...


Making Peace With Your Body, with Meredith Noble

Living peacefully with your body - that is the one you actually have, not the aspirational one you strive and work toward, but never quite achieve - is a foundational piece of self care. But it is also a piece of self care that few of us are good at. Meredith Noble is a coach who helps plus-size people make peace with food and their bodies, so that they can live full, engaged lives without the weight of shame and self-hate that may have plagued them their whole lives. In this episode, we...


Your Body Knows, with Sarah Silvas

To kick off Season 2 of the Nurturing Habit podcast, I'm talking with Sarah Silvas, a life coach, yoga and Qoya teacher. In this episode, we talk about what self care is (and is not), how being deeply connected to our bodies is a root of wisdom, and we talk about our shared story of loving dance as children, quitting it, and then finding it again as adults. To find complete show notes, visit www.nuturinghabit.com/episode10


A Path Through Grief with Doña Bumgarner

In this short episode, I talk about the healing path through grief that I learned about from guests in this season of the podcast, and through the season of grief I have been living in in my own life. If you, too, are grieving, I hope that this series of conversations, and this episode, are of support to you. Find show notes and links to all the Season 1 episodes at Nurturing Habit.com


The Journey Through Grief With Joy With Paula Jenkins

Paula Jenkins has built her coaching and podcasting career around joy. This is no naive image of constant lightness and happiness, but instead a study of how people grow through and out of challenging or traumatic life experiences by committing themselves to finding joy - and the transformation that process can bring. I asked Paula to join us as we near the end of this series about nurturing ourselves through grief exactly because of that idea of transformation. How do we return to the...


Hearing the Truth, Telling the Truth, with Megan Devine

On an otherwise normal summer day, Megan Devine's partner Matt drowned in front of her. Immediately, she was thrust into a world that she thought she knew, from her work with grieving people as a psychotherapist, but quickly discovered she didn't understand at all. And it was so much worse than she'd ever imagined. That experience became the root of Megan's current work, because in her deep grief, she came face to face with the realities of how our culture just cannot face pain and...


How To Be With Someone Who Is Grieving, with Jen Downer

In this conversation with photographer Jen Downer, we talk about how to talk to someone who is grieving with the goal of deeper connection and solace, and how to help others talk to you when you are grieving. Jen has walked through a lot of grief, including the death of both parents and living with a son who is autistic. We cover how to create real and authentic connections in times of sudden or ongoing, cyclical grief, and how the same words can be both connecting and disconnecting - the...


Nurturing Habit: Be Okay With Being Messy with Andrea Scher

Episode 5 in this series about how we nurture ourselves in grief is a conversation with Andrea Scher. Andrea is the creator of Superhero Life, a hub for learning how to "use our voices, share our superpowers and live life in full color." She's a photographer, artist, life coach, mentor and a mama to two young boys. I have long admired Andrea for her openness and vulnerability in her online space and in person. She's real and fierce and curious and always looking for where the magic...


Nurturing Habit Episode 4

An interview with Nancy London, LCSW, writer and teacher, about how to turn toward grief and learn to embrace it, as a way to gain wholeness and the ability to be with others who are in pain.


Nurturting Habit: Giving Back as a Way To Heal with April Stearns

April Johnson Stearns is a writer and the founder of Wildfire Magazine, a reader-generated digital magazine for young women survivors and fighters of breast cancer. April launched the magazine, and the community that surrounds it, after surviving cancer herself, and then nursing her father through his own battle with the disease. In this episode, we talk about how healing it can be to give back to your community, especially to people walking the same path you have. Find episode show notes...


Nurturing Habit Episode 2

This episode is an interview with Jamie Van Zanen, LCSW. Jamie spent a decade working in hospice before transitioning to working with pre-natal and postpartum women. She offers ideas for caregivers and those grieving a loss of a person or season of life.


Nurturing Ourselves Through Grief

Nurturing Habit is a a bi-weekly show where we talk about all the ways to nurture yourself deeply. In this episode I introduce the season topic, grief, and why this is so important to talk about.


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