Episode 9: Forging A New Path in Living With Chronic Illness

What happens when you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness and medicine just isn’t working? In this episode we talk with Carly Brawner, a health coach and wellness advocate based in Austin Texas. We talk about what happened after she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s — a thyroid disorder — and how “ditching her endocrinologist” catapulted her into a new career to help others live a more holistic and healthy lifestyle.

Once Carly started asking hard questions and “why” with her health, she started approaching everything else differently as well. This episode is for anyone who has taken their health into their own hands or has watched a love one battle an autoimmune disorder. We dig deep into what it means to passionately advocate for your health and be highly communicative in your relationships to have a wholehearted life.

Connect with Carly on Instagram @frolicandflow and on her website at frolicandflow.me. To learn more about Hashimoto’s, visit Carly’s website or the American Thyroid Institute.

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Episode 8: What To Do Next After a Breakdown-Breakthrough Moment

In this episode, we’re serving up real talk on anxiety and depression with Seattle strength and fitness coach Anna Clausen Williams. We talk about Anna’s “breakdown-breakthrough moment” during a yoga class that precipitated her decision to leave her acting career behind after the realization that her career was at the root of her anxiety and depression. 

Anna talks about how she got the courage to walk away from an acting career she had been building since she was a child and pivot into a life that felt more true to her. She finally asked “what do I want” and “who am I in this world” instead of asking everyone else around her.

What followed was her commitment to help others find their joy through movement and connect with the badasses they are. You’re going to want to lift some heavy shit after this one. 

If you’ve ever felt you might be living your life for others, or feel afraid to try something new, this episode is for you. We talk the hard stuff, but we also laugh (a lot) along the way. 

Follow Anna on Instagram at @AnnaClausenWellness and check out http://www.annaclausenwellness.com to learn more about how to workout and train with Anna in Seattle (and to subscribe to her Feel Good Friday emails!)

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And if you want to try Anna’s morning meditation she shares in this episode, save this image to your phone!

Episode 7: Reframing The Narrative On Women And Physical Weakness

Dr. Ellie Somers, founder of SISU Sports Performance and Physical Therapy, is working to reframe the narratives that women hear around healthcare and injury prevention. She’s bucking the traditional medical system by listening and empowering her clients to break free from injury because of weakness and empowering them to believe they’re enough in their own strength. Fueled by her own “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” moment from childhood and learnings as she’s built her own practice, she’s raising her voice and passionately focused on how to help women discover their own power and strength. Hear more about Ellie’s driving mission and how she’s advocating for female athletes in this week’s episode. 

Connect with Ellie on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter,  or visit SISU Performance online at sisuperformancept.com.

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Episode 6: Confessions of an Unemployed CEO

In this episode we dive into the messy middle of what happens after you sell a company and don’t know what happens next. Last November, tech entrepreneur Kristen Hamilton sold her latest company. As the funds crossed the wire, she shut her laptop and froze, asking herself: “what do I do now?”

What followed was a period of pressing the reset button in a way she had never done before. She realized that after this intense change, she needed to be still in order to determine what was next. She entered a period of blank space – one that gave her complete panic, but became a period that was so important.

As a high achiever with her identity wrapped up in tech entrepreneurship and as a CEO, Kristen needed to get super clear on her value moving forward. Listen in as we dig into what this process looked like and empathize with Kristen’s assessment that self-love is so f-ing hard. 

Connect with Kristen Hamilton on LinkedIn.

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Episode 5: Bringing Black Girl Magic to Wellness

What happens when you look around on your social media feed and see no one that looks like you? For Lestraundra Alfred, it was a moment where she knew that she needed to amplify stories of Women of Color, specifically Black women, in the wellness space.

After building her online community with The Balanced Berry for almost five years, Les knew she needed to make a shift and tell stories of health and wellness for women of color.In this episode, Les unravels how this pivot to create the Balanced Black Girl podcast helped bring more clarity in purpose and mission for herself and her online audience. She also unpacks why it was somewhat taboo to go in this direction – and yet, she did it anyway.

Not only is the podcast amplifying new voices in wellness, but it’s also elevating the conversations about diversity and inclusion in today’s world.

Find more about Les and the Balanced Black Girl Podcast at balancedblackgirl.com. You can follow the Balanced Black Girl Podcast on Instagram at @balancedblackgirlpodcast and follow Les @BalancedLes.

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Episode 4: Navigating Anxiety & Depression by Telling Fear to F*ck Off

Building a strong community in a 24/7 always on, frenetic world isn’t easy. For Molly Kieland, creating a family that combined her love of strength training and a community that relentlessly supported each other was exactly what she needed to do at a time when she felt like something in her life was out of place. 

In 2014, she made it happen: shifting her life from the corporate world to creating FUELhouse, a community built around group strength and conditioning classes. Four years later, Molly had yet another “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” moment as she grew the community but noticed something about her own life wasn’t quite right. Identifying she was in a period of depression became a wakeup call that reshaped how she viewed her days and her team. Listen to more of Molly’s story and how her mindfulness practices and whole-body routines have had a ripple effect with her FUELhouse team and her greater community.

Learn more about Molly and FUELHouse at instagram.com/fuelhousegym and fuelhousegym.com.

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Episode 3: Ignoring Your Inner Critic

Sometimes the hardest advice to ignore is our own. Those internal voices that try to guide us in a different direction than we know is right for us. But when we push away our fears and insecurities, we can actually hear the true voices that matter and follow our truth. 

Erin talks about how this process of truly listening to herself led her to make huge life changes that ultimately led her to where she is today. We hear about her decision to leave college and travel for a year, to pick up her life and move to Germany, to start a hostel in Bolivia and ultimately her decision to walk away from it all and start something completely new.

Learn more about Erin’s empowerment coaching services here: http://www.erinmerrihew.com/

Follow her on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/erinmerrihew/

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Episode 2: That Time You Ignored Your Family’s Advice

What happens after your say “yes” to entrepreneurship? Jen talks about the mess, the muck, the joy, and when you just want to throw a meditation pillow.

When the people we love the most give us advice, it’s pretty dang hard to ignore — especially when it comes to family. In this episode we meet Jen Hope, executive coach and badass fitness lady. Her “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” story spanned a decade of advice from trusted family members, and going against the grain helped pivot her to her current success. 

Learn more about Jen and work with her here: https://heyjenhope.com/

Follow her on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/heyjenhope/

Episode 1: Finding Your YES – with Samantha Willing

We’ve all had the feeling that others want to put us in a box — the mom box, the career woman box, the friend box and more. What happens when you don’t fit perfectly into that box?

Today we talk with Samantha Willing, an HR professional turned freelance coach and podcaster, who recently left her traditional full-time role to navigate life on her own terms. Listen to what happens in the grey when you take the leap and go for it. 

Listen to Sam’s Podcast, Imperfection Wins, or follow Sam on Instagram at @samantha.willing.

We Have Something to Share…

The pilot episode of Don’t Tell Me What To Do is live! Hear more about why Jori and Amy, two friends and marketers living in Seattle, WA, wanted to start a podcast as a way to understand how people have the courage to make choices in the defining moments of their life. Stay tuned as we share a new Don’t Tell Me What To Do episode each Tuesday!