Premature, How Parental Intuition and HypnoBirthing Maintained a Sacred Birth Experience in the Fear-Based Birthing System of America

Episode Summary

My guests today are the inspirational Heidi Schmidgall and Kristin Carver. They will be talking about how they successfully protected their birth and maintained it as a celebratory, sacred and spiritual occasion despite being surprised with an early term labor and birth, an experience where our conventional birthing system leans toward medical intervention. This important conversation is not just for parents, it’s for everyone.  We will begin to shed light on how we create our world through the way we support our birthing mothers and families. There’s definitely heart and humor in this beautifully woven story that unfolds.

Show Notes:

We will hear from a mother and father that were thrust into a fear and intervention based system when their waters broke at 34 weeks pregnant.  They will be talking about how they successfully protected their birth and maintained it as a celebratory, sacred and spiritual occasion.  I will be touching on the gravity of how we treat birth in this culture and how it creates, changes and shapes who we are as humans.  We’ll get a glimpse of their intimate birth journey where they remained the principal decision-makers in their birth.  We will also chat about the role their independent hypnobirthing class and preparation played and how they worked together in becoming a strong and unified family when being faced with surprising turns in their birth journey.

  • Our history, how we met
  • HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Class
  • A look at how language is empowering or disempowering
  • How childbirth education can become education for life
  • “You’re Not Allowed to Not Allow Me”
  • Psycho-physical association
  • Heidi and Carver’s birth story
  • Epigenetics
  • How conception shapes who we become as adults
  • Anna Verwaal and “aha” moment quotes
  • A beautiful, magic and empowering birth
  • Pelvic floor therapy support for postpartum healing
  • Who is your dream guest and why?

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Laughter is Medicine, How Kandyce August Answered the Call to Comedy

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My guest today is the warm and hilarious Kandyce August.  Oh my gosh y’all. For anyone who knows me and for all of you getting to know me, comedy is my life blood. Out of all the healthcare that I study and practice, I devoutly believe laughter is our best medicine. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited for this impromptu episode today. We get to hear one person’s path to not only gettin her funny on, but also how she answered the call to sharing it with the world.

Show Notes:

We will be talking about how Kandyce August found her funny, the support that paved the way toward her pursuing comedy and how she flows geographically.  We will find what’s at the heart of comedy for her, if she’s ever bombed and how that shapes her performance, the true meaning of joy in comedy and so much more!  This is a series I have started because I truly believe in the power of laughter and I am in awe of the vulnerability comics embrace as they offer up that part of themselves to spark joy.  A series of raw, unfiltered stories that tap into the path to pursuing comedy.

  • When did you find you’re funny?
  • Family of performers
  • Localism becomes bits
  • Tangible steps toward becoming a comic
  • Women in comedy
  • Breaking barriers by being in self-competition
  • “I just want to be loved”
  • Travel + comedy + day job = perfection
  • Favorite performance
  • Play to the crowd
  • Live Kandyce August joke about Portland, Oregon
  • Have you bombed?
  • How does grief affect the comedic process?
  • “Pain + time = comedy”
  • Suffering is universal
  • Raising the vibration – feeling our human magic
  • Who would your dream guest be and why? (It’s a BIG one!)

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Dedicated To The Ones Who Love Us The Most, Our Animals, Part 2

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My guest today is the marvelous Mia Bonnadonna, Animal Behavioral Consultant and Trainer. We are taking a deeper look at animal behavioral training, animal death doulas and the reality of animal rescue.  We will break down truths for the dogs, the cats, the rescue workers and adoptive families.  We will also shed light on the role of an animal death doula and how much support you and your animal can receive through that difficult transition.

Show Notes:

We are taking a deeper look at animal behavioral training, animal death doulas and the reality of animal rescue.  We will break down the truths for the dogs, the cats, the rescue workers and adoptive families.  We will talk about the many moving puzzle pieces that go into rescue work and about ways to increase awareness and support through adoption transitions for everyone involved.  With the growing awareness of humane animal behavioral training, we will break down what to look for when seeking out a qualified trainer and my guest will shed some light on long used techniques that may be outdated and fear-based.  And finally we will shed light on the role of animal death doula.  We will look at how much support you and your animal can receive through that difficult time.

  • Success of the foster-based, all-breed, no-kill animal rescue model
  • Increasing success with the addition of humane dog behaviorists and trainers
  • There are many ways to get involved in animal rescue
  • Animal welfare fatigue – the dangerous impact of upsetting social media posts
  • The role of animal death doulas
  • The Big Sky Workshop – a beautiful workshop to become an animal death doula
  • “Every good moment is everything to them.”  The impact of changing one animal’s entire life
  • Behavioral euthanasia – the pain, the support, the way to honor them
  • Special needs pets need extra supportive environments
  • Survivors guilt from the loss of a pet
  • Fire inhumane trainers – signs to look for if the person you hired does not know or adhere to the science of humane animal training.
  • Who would your dream guest be and why?

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Dedicated To The Ones Who Love Us The Most, Our Animals, Part 1

Episode Summary

My guest today is the marvelous Mia Bonnadonna, Animal Behavioral Consultant and Trainer. We are taking a deeper look at animal behavioral training, animal death doulas and the reality of animal rescue.  We will break down truths for the dogs, the cats, the rescue workers and adoptive families.  We will also shed light on the role of an animal death doula and how much support you and your animal can receive through that difficult transition.

Show Notes:

We are taking a deeper look at animal behavioral training, animal death doulas and the reality of animal rescue.  We will break down the truths for the dogs, the cats, the rescue workers and adoptive families.  We will talk about the many moving puzzle pieces that go into rescue work and about ways to increase awareness and support through adoption transitions for everyone involved.  With the growing awareness of humane animal behavioral training, we will break down what to look for when seeking out a qualified trainer and my guest will shed some light on long used techniques that may be outdated and fear-based.  And finally we will shed light on the role of animal death doula.  We will look at how much support you and your animal can receive through that difficult time.

  • Dog and cat statistics, shelters, adoptions, breeders, euthanasia
  • Educate young through children’s books and media
  • Mia’s first exposure to human animal training
  • Mia’s animal trainer education
  • Puppy and kitten kindergarten classes
  • One on one adult behavior training
  • Dog socialization vs. desensitization
  • Scarcity of human animal trainers
  • Training humans
  • Scientific data for human animal training
  • Stress signals in animals
  • Animal trainers increase success in animal rescue

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The Future Is Here So Listen Up

Episode Summary

My guests today are Hana and Mira, two socially conscious, thoughtful and engaged teens! We’ll be hearing the unfiltered thoughts of the beautiful growing expansive minds from these two brave and courageous souls from Generation Z.

Show Notes:

We’ll be hearing the unfiltered thoughts of the beautiful growing expansive minds of two of my favorites from Generation Z. We will dive into their perceptions of the current political climate, our climate change crisis, mental healthcare, gender identity and so much more!  I want to hear about their passions, drives and desires as they are coming of age in this technologically driven, politically divisive and sometimes fear inducing nation.

  • Navigating high school systems, online vs. private vs. public
  • Mental health in the school system
  • The consequences of social media on mental health
  • Safety with public transportation
  • Does voting make a difference?
  • Climate change crisis
  • Greta Thunberg
  • School walkouts
  • Gender identity, pronoun usage
  • Sexual Identity in peer groups and at home
  • Safety on social media
  • Dating in high school
  • Who would your ideal guest be and why?

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Online Dating For Old Timers

Online Dating For Old Timers

Episode Summary

My guest today is the lovely Amy Rehagen!  We are exploring our now mainstream world of online dating from a generation who began romancing IRL and have now been thrust into the age of digital connection.

Show Notes:

We are exploring our now mainstream world of online dating from a generation who began romancing IRL and have now been thrust into the age of digital connection. We are going to discuss the acquired taste of online dating, not just how to survive, but how to thrive in today’s fast-paced, distraction-filled and sometimes isolating world of technology and romance. And we’ll probably hear some really great stories along the way!  I’d like to note that I said the wrong name in regard to The Law of Fuck Yes or No.  It was not coined by Marc Maron, it was coined by Mark Manson.  I like Marc Maron for lots of reasons as well so they are both worth a listen to!

  • Wisdom that comes with age and how to apply it to dating
  • How online dating has affected the ability to meet in real life
  • Online dating is a flaky business
  • Sex and the City example
  • Mark Manson’s law of fuck yes or no
  • Honesty in online dating
  • Transitioning relationships and healthy dating
  • Elizabeth Gilbert love
  • Downfall of the accessibility of online dating
  • The vulnerability in online dating
  • The downfall of expectation and ghosting
  • Difficulty in being present with technology
  • Putting intention into dating profiles and swiping
  • Paying for online dating, putting intention into investing
  • The physical energy of meeting in real life vs. online
  • Bad online dates
  • How do we make online dating work for us in a healthy way?
  • Main rules for self-preservation
  • Being open to all types of human connection in online dating
  • Timing in online dating
  • The value in not settling
  • Finding healthy compromise in relationships
  • Sweet online dating stories
  • Who would your ideal guest be and why?

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