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Inspired by the quote “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day (Henri Nouwen),” this lively show looks at the inspiration, intention, and action that you can take to have for a positive mental outlook, even in hard times and improbable situations.
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Now displaying: January, 2020
Jan 31, 2020

How do you set yourself up for personal, heartfelt, meaningful success for a new year? I'm inspired by the words of Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh and Kate Courageous this week, as I look back on "How to Plan Your Year" month.

Jan 28, 2020

Psychiatric nurse, life coach, and intuitive eating specialist, Molly Larkin joins Paula to talk about how you can look at body image, food, and eating in a new way. By learning to trust your own intuition, you can achieve a balanced, joyful approach.

In this episode, Molly Larkin and I talk about:
-Intuitive eating
-Finding your set point range for your weight and habits: What have you been doing and what worked?
-How you can attune to what your body wants and needs, and allow that to direct your eating habits
-Why society demonizes food groups like carbs and fat
-How many of people are terrified of letting go of the diets and restrictive eating because it’s the only way you’ve know so far
-Asking what works for your body?
-The 10 principles of intuitive eating
-Looking for what pulls you from the present moment
-The ties between Byron Katie and intuitive eating
-Learning to “Wage Peace” with your body and your own size
-How to jumpstart joy: tell the truth, beginning with yourself, showing up and dropping into the present moment, being grateful

Resources
Molly Larkin’s Website
Molly in Episode 10 “Meeting All Things With Loving Kindness”
Molly’s course: Waging Peace
Byron Katie's book "Loving What Is" - my favorite of her books, on Amazon - it's simply brilliant and I know you'll love it!

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Jan 23, 2020

When I first heard Dr. Ezzie Spencer on another podcast back in 2017, I knew I had to talk to her. She’s the author of Lunar Abundance, and she’s defined a framework for creating a natural balance in your life that is all based on the moon, it’s cycles and phases. Now, before you shut this email thinking this is some new-fangled out-there hippy talk (this would be exactly why I’d keep reading, but, to each their own) … keep reading because there’s some big aha moments ahead.

One of the things that Ezzie talks about, and that feels like a missing piece of my life’s puzzle was that the moon has two different kinds of cycles: those with “doing” or Yang cycles that have a more masculine quality, and those cycles that are Yang, or “being” and have more feminine qualities. And the moon goes through four of each of those cycles every month.

Action: The marriage of being and doing: and there are a couple of ways to try this out. 

Starting tomorrow, we hit the first new moon of the year and you could try out Ezzie’s Lunar Abundance approach. I love the structure and process that she’s set out. 

If that seems like a bit much for you right now, allow yourself to be inspired by the idea of following the phases of the moon and build in down time to your day, your week, and your month. Where can you mindfully note that you might like a break? For example, my coach, Jennifer Lee, sets aside Fridays for creative time. I’ve started blocking off Wednesdays for myself so I know I have a breather in the middle of the week. Where can you block off some time to rest?

Resources:

Lunar Abundance: Cultivating More Joy, Peace, and Purpose Using the Phases of the Moon

Lunar Abundance Journal

Dr. Ezzie Spencer on The Lively Show Episode 212

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Jan 21, 2020

In this episode, I’m delighted to be joined by Dr. Ezzie Spencer, author of “Lunar Abundance” and the “Lunar Abundance Journal.” After first hearing her interview with Jess Lively in 2017, I was deeply inspired by her story. Ezzie started out as a lawyer in Australia, and also holds a Ph.D in emotional well being. Starting in childhood, Ezzie found herself drawn to the moon and its phases in cycles, and found herself returning to its magic and cycles as she looked for ways to cope with the stress of life as a lawyer.

In this episode, Dr. Ezzie Spencer and I talk about:
-Her early sparks of joy in watching the moon
-Working as a lawyer, and finding herself at the brink of burn out
-Returning to the inspiration of the moon and its cycles and phases
-How to take inspiration from the lunar phases and cycles as a way to pace our own lives
-Re.love, and her work with women who have experienced toxic relationships
-How to jump start your joy: set an intention to be joyful, meditation, asking what is the one thing you’re grateful for, right now?

Resources:
Lunar Abundance: Cultivating Joy, Peace, and Purpose Using the Phases of the Moon by Dr. Ezzie Spencer
Lunar Abundance Journal (on Amazon)
Re.Love program for recovering from toxic relationships by Dr. Ezzie Spencer
Dr. Ezzie Spencer on The Lively Show Episode 212

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Jan 16, 2020

Let's look at laying a strong foundation in your life, and take inspiration from how coach Casey Jourdan defines change and evolution. This time of year is a great chance to look at what still fits and works in your life, and what it's time to let go of.

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Jan 14, 2020

I’m delighted to have Casey Jourdan joining me as our guest for this week. Casey is a business strategist extraordinaire. She works with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs as they navigate getting their businesses up and running, and helps them navigate the overwhelm that often comes with the first few years of business. It's a real treat to have a conversation with Casey on change, and the pursuit of evolution. The host of “Steady She Grows” podcast, Casey's done some really interesting work around the pursuit of evolution and how change is a part of everything that we do.

In this episode, Casey Jourdan and I talk about:
-Her early sparks of joy: teaching others
-Creating various iterations of her business as a multipassionate
-Evolution as a practice
-The difference between evolution and growth
-How her religious beliefs changed and shifted after coming home from the Iraq War
-Progress and baby steps living with PTSD
-Navigating the first few years of business and why so many businesses fail
-How to jump start joy in your life: be nice and kind to others, find out what fires you up and go try it, set and observe boundaries.

Resources:
Casey Jourdan’s Website
Steady She Grows Podcast
Casey on Instagram

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Jan 9, 2020

Inspired by my discussion with Laura Li of Quietly Bohemian, and her love of Depeche Mode, this 3 Joyful Things episode looks at how you can slow down, and very intentionally take time to immerse yourself in whatever brings you joy. Let's take a look at the inspiration, intention, and action that you can take to be more present in joyful moments.

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Resources

Spotify List: Planning Your Year

Laura Li in Episode 222 on Jump Start Your Joy

Laura Li’s podcast, Quietly Bohemian

Depeche Mode 

U2: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

U2: Where the Streets Have No Name 

The Shins: New Slang 

The Shins: Girl Sailor 

The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 

Short Stories by Penelope Fitzgerald 

Jan 7, 2020

In this episode, Laura Li and I talk about:

-Winning a reading competition as a child as her earliest spark of joy.
-She enjoys reading and the magic that lyrics and words to bring to the world, how to support introverts and highly sensitive people.
-What “Quietly Bohemian” means to her and why she chose it for her podcast name
-How to develop an inside out understanding of life inspiration
-Transformation as explained through Depeche Mode as understood by the lyrics of Martin Gore
-British Synth Pop: Depeche Mode, OMD, and more
-What the labels that society puts on each of us mean
-How to start a podcast
-How to be guided by your inner wisdom, and not your inner critic.
-What it means to dance in between fear and excitement
-How to jump start your joy: listening to music, really embodying what it feels like to spending alone time and allowing yourself to be seen and understanding the freedom and lightness of being seen because it is a choice of being oneself.

Resources:
Laura Li’s Website: Quietly Bohemian
Quietly Bohemian Podcast on Spotify 
Laura’s upcoming class for planning your 2020 - Creating for the Masses 

Spotify List: Planning Your Year

 

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