134 | Women as Sexual Beings: Libido, Hormones + Body Image | with Dr. Heather Bartos

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Today’s guest is a board certified OBGYN and a leading voice in the women’s health space—Dr. Heather Bartos! Dr. Bartos was a gynecologist in the Navy for 12 years before moving into corporate medicine. After becoming fed up with a system that wasn’t providing real solutions, she left and opened her own OBGYN practice. From yoga and meditation, to natural hormones and functional medicine—it’s a village for women’s health!

Our conversation will be digging deep into women’s sexuality, libido, hormones, and positive self-talk. As women, we tend to harbor thoughts and feelings around our sexuality. We develop shame around our sexuality starting at an early age, which affects the way we view our bodies and sex lives. Today, we are opening up a dialogue to begin embracing and understanding the beautiful beings that we as women are!

We Chat About:

  • Pros and cons of birth control

  • What is a diaphragm?

  • Using a Diva Cup

  • Celebrating women’s bodies

  • Smarter babies & bigger butts!

  • Focusing on how you feel vs. look

  • The effect of testosterone on libido

  • The mental component of sex

  • Using your 5 senses to get you in the mood

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133 | Entrepreneurship: Nurturing Customers + Balancing Work & Self-Care | with Sam Vander Wielen

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Today we have a returning guest who is also speaking at the Empowered Voice Conference, Sam Vander Wielen! Sam is an attorney-turned-entreprenuer who helps coaches, creatives, and consultants learn how to legally protect and grow their online businesses.

Our conversation digs into being an entrepreneur and running an online business, to setting boundaries for yourself to avoid burnout. As entrepreneurs, it is so easy to get caught up in overthinking tactics and pushing yourself to overwork. Sam gives marketing tips such as connecting with your ideal client, along with sharing her routine for balancing work and fun. Keep an eye out for Sam’s free workshop coming out soon: The First 5 Steps to Legally Protecting and Growing Your Online Business.

We Chat About:

  • Identifying your ideal client

  • Nurturing your customers

  • Importance of self-care to avoid burnout

  • Fears in online business

  • How we “should” all over ourselves

  • Productivity and your environment

  • Finding a routine that works for you

  • Detaching from results

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132 | Ladies Empowerment: Positive Body Image After Double Mastectomy | with Amanda Katherine Loy

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Today on the pod we have wellness and mindset coach, Amanda Katherine Loy, joining us to talk about all things body image! Amanda is so open as she talks about her journey of stepping into her unapologetic self after many years of yo yo dieting and having a negative self-image. Right after turning 27 years old, she found out she was positive for the BRCA1 gene, which greatly increased her likelihood of developing breast cancer. As a preventative measure, she had a double mastectomy. Amanda shares how imperative it was that she had worked for years on developing a positive body image, so she could come at that big transition from a healthy place and bring self-love through all of it. We love Amanda’s raw honesty and vulnerability, while being upbeat and positive as she shares her story. Be on the lookout for Amanda’s upcoming book!

We Chat About:

  • Social media’s role in negative body image

  • What are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes?

  • The importance of community

  • Listening to your body’s needs

  • Body image in relationship to food and exercise 

  • Being an advocate for your own health

  • Facing your fears head on

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131 | Daysy Fertility Tracker, Birth Control, + Body Awareness | with Holly Grigg-Spall

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Today we are sitting down with Holly Grigg-Spall, author of Sweetening the Pill and brand ambassador for Daysy Fertility Tracker. This is a must-listen for understanding the difference between fertility trackers, period tracker apps, and forms of contraception. The Daysy allows women to really be in touch with their bodies—not only knowing when you can get pregnant (or not!), but learning about your cycle from a health point of view. We also dig into the topics of body literacy, having open conversations about menstrual cycles, and bringing these topics to our education systems!

We Chat About:

  • How to use the Daysy

  • Nina’s experience using the Daysy

  • Research behind the Daysy (30 years of it!)

  • Getting in touch with our bodies and femininity

  • Understanding your fertility window

  • Tracking fertility cycle for pregnancy

  • History of birth control

  • Books on menstrual cycles

  • Females in research studies

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130 | Pink Moon Rising: Reiki Healing, Epic Candles, & Boss Babes | with Natalie Wise

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Today we are chatting with Reiki practitioner and boss babe Natalie Wise, a Columbus local who is helping the community feel great, heal, and SHINE!!

Natalie is the owner of the epically-made and woman-owned company Pink Moon Candles. She uses her intention and her Reiki expertise to infuse candles, crystals, and essential oils with the kindness, authenticity, and collaboration that we all deserve.

We also have a special announcement: Empowered Voice tickets are now only $97!!! This is an event we want as many people to attend as possible, and we really don’t want cost to be a barrier to anyone. Because this event is not about making a lot of money. It’s about bringing women together, sharing our voices, learning how to connect with each other, and sharing what we’re passionate about!! You’ll even be able to meet Natalie!


We Chat About:

  • Natalie’s former life as a lobbyist

  • How she got into Reiki

  • Finding your own North Star

  • Falling into your calling

  • What Reiki is

  • Taking the principles of Reiki into your day-to-day

  • So many blankets

  • How Reiki gives you ownership over your own health

  • Creating Reiki-infused candles and crystals


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129 | Creating Generational Change Now | with Jeanette Schneider

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Today we have Jeanette Schneider joining us to chat all things motherhood, generational change, empowerment, and SO much more! You may already know this, but we are HUGE advocates for women stepping into their own power, and Jeanette is all about that, too. We loved this conversation because it opened up the dialogue for us to explore just what we can do and say to dig into seemingly heavy topics. Jeanette is doing so much out in the world to bring these needed convos more approachable and accessible, and we can’t wait for you to dive into this episode and hear all about it!


We Chat About:

  • Leaving her corporate job to fully ignite her passion

  • Stepping into your divine feminine with the patriarchal system

  • Raising strong children

  • Jeanette’s soul growth moment

  • Self help and development

  • The need to hit rock bottom

  • What Jeanette is creating + what she loves

  • Being there as a mom and the dialogue that needs to change

  • The profound conversations that Jeanette has with her daughter


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128 | Women’s Empowerment LIVE – Bonus Episode!

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We have an AMAZING bonus episode for you all today! We hosted a Women’s Empowerment event with Rachel Kerr of The Beauty Boost, and had an incredible convo with our panel that we just HAD to share. The group of women on the panel were full of inspirational words, advice, and they each share parts of their own story and journey that led them to where they are today. We cover so much in today’s conversation! There’s bound to be a nugget of wisdom that you can take away and allow it to grow into your very own empowering mantra!


We Chat About:

  • What each panelist does

  • What empowerment means to each woman

  • Advice they each try to offer themselves

  • Community and what it means for them

  • The different seasons of life

  • Mindfulness techniques each of them use

  • Navigating the world of women’s body image

  • Knowing your worth

  • Finding community in a new place

  • Feelings of imposter syndrome


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127 | Healing: Our Bodies, Our Relationships, and Our Minds | with Kelli Tennant

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We are so excited because today we are chatting it up with Kelli Tennant, wellness advocate and Ceremony Wellness podcast host! After years of battling health issues, Kelli has been on a beautiful healing journey, sharing her healers, doctors, and practitioners with her audience each week. Through her blog and various social platforms, Kelli offers an honest look into what healing and growth through illness looks like, and even offers coaching for women to help them heal, grow, and find their truth. In our convo today, we get back to our roots and talk about women’s health, plant medicine, and collaboration.


We Chat About:

  • Being misdiagnosed for 10+ years

  • What Kelli realized she needed to heal more than what she was eating

  • Other healing modalities on her journey

  • The transition out of sports

  • What Epstein Barr is + healing from it

  • Healing relationship wounds between women

  • Nina giving unsolicited advice

  • Kelli’s ayahuasca experience

  • What Kelli shares on her podcast, Ceremony Wellness

  • Ceremony Wellness Live


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126 | True Vulnerability, Mental Health, and Doing the Work | with Achea Redd

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Today we are SO honored to be joined by Achea Redd! She’s a mental health advocate, author, and founder of Real Girls F.A.R.T. As a form of self-expression and healing, Achea created her own blog, sharing her feelings about mental health and authenticity. Achea uses her life experience and mental health disorder to help women find their voice and let it out.

In our conversation today, we get VULNERABLE. The three of us chat about mental health and the stigmas that are still attached to it, anxieties, and the overarching theme that your story is unique to YOU. We can’t wait for you to dive into this amazing convo with Achea!


We Chat About:

  • What Real Girls F.A.R.T. stands for + why it was started

  • Actually farting in front of your significant other

  • What true vulnerability is

  • Using CBD oil to help with symptoms

  • Why she you begin to blog and share her journey

  • Speaking to your inner child and seeing the patterns you’ve formed then

  • What made Achea want to write her upcoming book

  • How difficult it is for children these days

  • Toxic masculinity + mental health for men

  • Finding balance in sharing your message


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125 | Female Empowerment + Motherhood | with McLean McGown

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Today on the pod we are SUPER excited to have McLean McGown join us! McLean is a mother of two, wife, Postpartum Doula, Yoga & Pilates teacher, Nutritionist, Buddhist and yoga practitioner. Becoming a postpartum doula led McLean to her truest passion- to support women during one of their most vulnerable times in life and bear witness to their rite of passage into Motherhood.

In our convo today, McLean shares a really vulnerable and open look into motherhood, postpartum, and pregnancy. This is a great episode for all of our amazing listeners because it gives a really honest view of motherhood, and also being a strong woman in her power!


We Chat About:

  • Why McLean became so passionate about helping mothers

  • The differences between midwives and doulas

  • What happened when McLean’s first birth didn’t go as planned

  • The magic of birth

  • Liz’s fears around pregnancy and birth

  • Being humbled in the process

  • Being empowered as a woman and as a pregnant woman

  • Changing the verabage of postpartum

  • Leveraging your community to get the support you need

  • Owning your body as one continuum

  • Figuring out what is the best service to you


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124 | Intuitive Dating, Mindful Relationships, and Energy Healing | with Nikki Novo

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Today on the pod we are joined by Nikki Novo, a bestselling author and intuitive dating coach! Nikki is also a certified hypnotherapist with the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, ThetaHealer(r) and Reiki healer, and speaker. In our convo today, we touch on so many topics, from dating and relationships, to spirit guides and energy. (Leave it to us to break out the spiritual talk!) We absolutely loved this conversation with Nikki, and we know you’ll enjoy it, too!


We Chat About:

  • Why Nikki felt a connection to being a dating coach

  • Tools to cultivate self-love

  • Hearing and trusting our intuitive voice

  • Picking up on the energies of others + how that affects relationships

  • Debunking “soulmates”

  • Past lives, spirit guides, and going down the rabbit hole

  • Blending her dating practice with spirituality practice

  • What Nikki sees for her clients after they work together

  • Why Reiki is such a good tool to have

  • Liz’s mini session from Nikki


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123 | Coming Home To Our Own Stories | with Nina & Liz

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We love a good duo episode, and today the two of us are talking all about the big shifts happening in our lives! When we started our podcast, we were the new kids on the wellness block, and now after a few years, it’s amazing all that we’ve learned. Today, we’re each sharing different things that have come up for us, and what we are doing because of them! Be sure to listen in as Liz shares a super exciting life transition, and Nina talks about the shifts happening within her coaching practice.


We Chat About:

  • Liz’s HUGE transition

  • Changing your automatic response

  • Fear standing in the way

  • A shift in Nina’s coaching

  • Women empowerment + women’s bodies

  • The disconnection we have with our bodies


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122 | Shifting Your Conscious + Powering Through FEAR | with Monica Berg

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Monica Berg, a self-professed Change Junkie, joins us on the pod today! She shares her combination of wisdom and real-life awareness with talks found compelling to a wide range of men and women at different stages in their lives. Monica is the author of Fear Is Not an Option and serves as Chief Communications Officer for Kabbalah Centre International. We are SO excited for this episode with Monica because her mission is incredible, and she brought a ton of confidence to share! This convo the three of us share is full of laughs, raw honesty, and inspiration– we can’t wait for you to give it a listen!


We Chat About:

  • The start of Monica’s spiritual journey

  • What Kabbalah is

  • How Monica breaks down fear + practices gratitude

  • Monica’s advice for moving past fear

  • The three types of fear

  • Nina + Liz’s fears and how to repaint them

  • Monica’s issue with diagnosis

  • Tool to apply in order to shift your mindset and bust through fear

  • Fear developing through parenting


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121 | Making Decisions For YOUR Body | with Jessica Kapusta

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Jessica Kapusta is a blogger and plant-based whole food chef living here, in Columbus, OH. Jessica and Nina have created super fun monthly brunches that are open for anyone who wants a delicious, plant-based meal, and to hear and learn from local small business! On top of all that, Jessica recently started a meal delivery and catering service– she’s doing ALL the things! In our convo today, Jessica shares her personal food journey and discovering that she has celiacs disease, how much of a science nerd she is, and beginning to play more in the kitchen!


We Chat About:

  • Her passion for cooking + going plant-based

  • Discovering allergies in herself and in her husband

  • Celiacs disease

  • Veganism and preconceived around the lifestyle

  • Being judged for your food allergies

  • Nerding out on the science of nutrition + bloodwork

  • Group temperature checks– Liz might be dead!

  • Jessica’s love for cooking

  • Nina’s love for condiments

  • Tips from Jessica


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120 | Being An Advocate For Your Hormonal Health | with Stephanie Zgraggen

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Dr. Stephanie Zgraggen, the Founder and Clinical Director of Lime and Lotus, joins us on today’s episode! Stephanie is a functional medicine doctor, specializing in thyroid and adrenals, as well as a natural female hormone expert. Her private practice is centered on functional endocrinology, lifestyle modification and whole food supplementation. Her mission is to help women reclaim their hormonal health and feminine vitality naturally. Today, Stephanie shares with us why she decided to study holistic health practices, how she helps her clients, what we should be asking our doctors, and so much more.


We Chat About:

  • Being her own health advocate

  • Where to start in order to be your own advocate  

  • Hormone differences to pay attention to

  • Stress affecting the body, which then affects your period

  • Getting yourself back in balance

  • Advice about the health journey

  • Birth control

  • The gluten + dairy connection with hormonal issues

  • Menopause and Liz not ready to age

  • Stephanie’s go-to supplements + nutrients

  • Extra care around pregnancy + preparing for pregnancy


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119 | The Power of the Group Program | with Nina Boyce

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Hey Finding Your Shine fam, it’s just me, Nina, on the pod today! While Liz is livin’ it up in Italy, I thought it would be the perfect time to come on and have a solo episode. For the episode today, I’m giving you all the juicy details of my second round of Empowered Mind, Empowered Body, which is launching in just a few short weeks. I’ll be sharing how much the first group loved their experience, my takeaways from leading it, why I find group coaching such an incredible tool, and so much more!


We Chat About:

  • What to expect from this program

  • Why I started the group course

  • How you can participate

  • Is this for you?

  • Testimonials from the first round of Empowered Mind, Empowered Body

  • Special offer just for FYS listeners!


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118 | Manifesting, The Law of Attraction, and Self-Love | with Kelsey Aida

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Kelsey Aida joins us on the pod today! Kelsey is a new friend of Nina’s, and an expert in self-love, manifestation, feng shui, and so many cool other things, plus she’s an author, too. She’s basically everything we want to be! Kelsey has an amazing story of healing herself from a deep depression, and is here today to share the tools and practices that she used. Kelsey also just launched a brand new course all about self-love and how YOU can achieve it, so we talk all about that, too!


We Chat About:

  • Why Kelsey started diving into healing work

  • Real life roadblocks

  • Changing your perspective

  • Using a gratitude journal

  • The Law of Attraction, breakin’ it down

  • Self-Love + Kelsey’s new course

  • Anxiety protecting you + finding the value


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117 | Living Intuitively: Seeing Spirits, Manifestation, and Taking Inspired Action | with Samantha Oliver

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We are so excited to have our dear friend, Samantha Oliver, back on the pod! Sam is the voice behind the Gooey Podcast– which we were recently interviewed on! Today, the three of us are catching up on life, sharing ghost stories, and laughing about how crazy we may sound. Sam also shares what inspired her to start a podcast, what is in store for Gooey this year, and how she sparks inspiration wherever she goes. We loved this fun convo with Sam, and we can’t wait for you to give this episode a listen.


We Chat About:

  • Sam’s creatively fluid lifestyle

  • Her podcast, Gooey

  • Mercury Retrograde

  • So… Sam sees dead people?

  • Profound 5 year old Liz

  • The inspiration to move around

  • What is coming for Gooey

  • The need for more femininity

  • Sparking inspiration

  • Manifesting random experiences + being a Projector


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Ep 116 - Honest Conversations Around Sobriety | with Kate Bee

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Kate Bee joins us today on the pod! Kate is a coach, and the founder of The Sober School, an online platform with the mission to help women stop drinking in order to create alcohol-free lives that they love. In our conversation today with Kate, we talk about different ways to make not drinking be manageable, changing habits around alcohol, and the program that she offers for women wanting to make the change to stop drinking alcohol.


We Chat About:

  • Kate’s experience that led her to creating The Sober School

  • Sober forever or sober-curious?

  • Rock bottom alcoholics

  • Cultural differences with alcohol + the pressure around drinking

  • The changes that Kate sees in her clients

  • How Kate runs her program

  • Advice around releasing the need for alcohol at special occasions

  • Replacement beverages

  • But what about the antioxidants in wine?!

  • Breaking traditions


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Ep. 115 - Get Out Of Debt + Reach Your Goals - with Amanda Sharratt

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On the pod today we are joined by Amanda Sharratt! Amanda is a financial coach and self-proclaimed spender, who is most known for knocking out over $140,000 of debt in less than 4 years! After reaching her own financial goals, Amanda knew that she had to share her tools with others, which is what inspired her to begin financial coaching and blogging. In this conversation, the three of of talk about how Amanda and her husband became debt-free, how you too can begin your journey to financial freedom, and SO much more.


We Chat About:

  • Who Amanda was prior to being debt-free

  • How Financial Peace University works

  • Balancing a good life with tackling debt

  • Big habits to shift when wanting to become debt-free

  • Getting down to the nitty-gritty debt details

  • The debt-free scream

  • How a coach can help you get to being debt-free

  • The “baby steps”

  • Credit cards: should we have them?

  • Renting vs. buying

  • Car leasing

  • Differing spending mindsets

  • The “should’s” around money + listening to yourself

  • Investing and saving

  • Communicating your goals to your family and friends


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