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Do you remember how curious you were as a kid? Some of us never grew out of that and it’s made all the difference. Pick from any of 100+ episodes to learn from humans who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities, and made an impact, so you can too.

Each week, personal development coach, business coach, and “warrior” mom Melissa Llarena helps you go from imagining to living your best life. In this podcast, you will learn how to believe in yourself, unleash your biggest potential, leave perfectionism behind, and build a fulfilling life. You deserve the best. Learn from entrepreneurs (Suzy Batiz, Beth Comstock), creators (GaryVee, James Altucher), world changers (David Meltzer, Asha Curran), beacons of hope (Raphael Rowe, Dr. Joel Fuhrman), and world-class storytellers (Cal Fussman, Jordan Harbinger). Tune in to discover how you can overcome life’s biggest challenges and embrace its wonderful surprises.

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Do you remember how curious you were as a kid? Some of us never grew out of that and it’s made all the difference. Pick from any of 100+ episodes to learn from humans who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities, and made an impact, so you can too.

Each week, personal development coach, business coach, and “warrior” mom Melissa Llarena helps you go from imagining to living your best life. In this podcast, you will learn how to believe in yourself, unleash your biggest potential, leave perfectionism behind, and build a fulfilling life. You deserve the best. Learn from entrepreneurs (Suzy Batiz, Beth Comstock), creators (GaryVee, James Altucher), world changers (David Meltzer, Asha Curran), beacons of hope (Raphael Rowe, Dr. Joel Fuhrman), and world-class storytellers (Cal Fussman, Jordan Harbinger). Tune in to discover how you can overcome life’s biggest challenges and embrace its wonderful surprises.

Follow Melissa @melissallarena on Instagram for daily pep talks and behind-the-scenes insights. Follow An Interview With Melissa Llarena and share the show with someone who wants to step into their greatness.

    144: Rerun of Dr. Joel Fuhrman Talks About Regaining Your Power Through Nutrition

    144: Rerun of Dr. Joel Fuhrman Talks About Regaining Your Power Through Nutrition

    Thank you for listening to this episode from my archives. Stay tuned for a refreshed podcast theme, new guests, and even artwork soon! Send me a DM on Instagram @melissallarena - I would love to hear your thoughts on this "best of episode."
    Are you looking to lose weight? Let's talk about this top New Year's resolution, which is the desire to lose weight or increase exercise or just improve our overall diet. Sure, we want to improve our health. But how serious are we when it comes to making the changes necessary to turn our health around? Now, what would be possible if we actually got it right this year?
    Today, we have Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a board-certified family physician, seven-time New York Times bestselling author, and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He's here to help us understand why we get diseases in this modern era when we're supposed to be living longer than ever before. He shares how we can regain that power and how we can start leveraging nutritionally dense foods in our lives and that also taste delicious. 
    Dr. Fuhrman gives me a sense of hope that despite some diseases being hereditary, they are not a fact in my life nor in future generations. ​​And so, we don’t need to live with the fear of disease if we just get our diet right. 
    Many diseases are preventable, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It's really about changing our food habits, and the relationship we have with food so we can have healthy immune function. And I think a healthy immune function is a heck of a resolution above and beyond fitting into those skinny jeans. 
    In this interview, Dr. Fuhrman and I talked about what's behind the processed foods that are so addictive. Finally, he teaches us how we can feel empowered, that we have a say in what we eat, and ultimately feel successful that can actually achieve our New Year's resolution of losing weight and feeling healthier. 
    Share this episode with someone who is also trying to do better for their health and life. I hope this conversation inspires you to do the same for yourself and in your family as well! 
    Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Biography
    Dr. Joel Fuhrman is the author of several books including Eat for Life, The End of Dieting, and Eat to Live, among others. He also has a retreat called Eat to Live, and he shares his lifesaving nutritional protocols with people around the world. Dr. Fuhrman's work is cited in medical journals and he's involved with multiple nutritional studies with major research institutions across the U.S. He also serves as the president of the Nutritional Research Foundation. His five PBS shows have raised over $70 million for PBS. 
    Highlights
    Curiosity: Be curious about your history in terms of your health and wellbeing (physical, mental, and emotional) and think about what you need to avoid in your life. Take this opportunity to become your own advocate. 
    Creativity: It takes so much creativity to whip something together in a kitchen that is not relying on salt, fat, or sugar to make the flavors vibrant and stand out. When it comes to food choices, be more creative with how you piece healthier items together.
    Courage: It takes courage to eat differently than everyone around you. It also takes courage to just let everyone else live their lives because we are all able to make our own food choices. Be courageous enough to choose differently and change every generation in the future.
    Nutrition: Nutrition has the ability to be much more effective than conventional medical care. When applied therapeutically, nutrition can help people get rid of high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic headaches, and heal autoimmune diseases.
    Nutritarian: 90% of common cancers don't have to happen if the whole population changed their diet to one that was nutrient-rich and phytochemicals. Dr. Fuhrman calls it a nutritarian diet. 
    Disease: Conventional and popular medical ca

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    Rerun of Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith Talks About How to Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, and Restore Your Sanity Through Sacred Rest

    Rerun of Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith Talks About How to Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, and Restore Your Sanity Through Sacred Rest

    Thank you for listening to this episode from my archives. Stay tuned for a refreshed podcast theme, new guests, and even artwork soon! Send me a DM on Instagram @melissallarena - I would love to hear your thoughts on this "best of episode."
    Are you tired? It’s a silly question, right? This is the episode that can change the quality of your life because this is for you if you are tired all the time. 
    We actually don't have a sophisticated language around our exhaustion. But this week's guest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, wrote the book, Sacred Rest, where she outlines the 7 different types of rest, which you will hear about today. This is a book about honoring rest in a society that values productivity as a way to express your worth. 
    We also go into why we experience Zoom fatigue which is one type of “tired” as well as why our brain doesn’t always shut off when our heads are on our pillow and we're just thinking about that challenge or that tough conversation of the day. Then there is social rest. Interestingly, there are some people that pour into us, and then there are also some people that pull from us. Dr. Dalton-Smith also shares a quiz you can take to uncover what kind of rest you may need more of in your life.
    You will also hear about my 5 secrets to goal-achieving free workshop where you will have an opportunity to hear about the mindset and strategy I implement to achieve big goals that actually matter to my happiness, joy, and fulfillment. Now, if you have big goals you want to achieve in 2022, I'm sharing the insights that have worked for me in terms of achieving really big goals, whether it's been relocating my family from the United States to Australia, earning two full scholarships to private institutions, or birthing my children on my own terms.
    Get ready to uncover the insights that have worked for me and that I have taught my clients. And so, if you have big goals that you want to achieve and goals that really matter to you, then you are going to have a good sense of the five things you'll want to incorporate in your plan, if you have a plan. Sign-up for the recording today: www.melissallarena.com/goals it will be available for two-weeks only. Be ready to rethink what’s possible in your next chapter.
    About this week’s guest
    Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a Board-Certified internal medicine physician, speaker, and award-winning author. She is an international well-being thought-leader featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, Women’s Day, FOX, Fast Company, Psychology Today, INC, CNN Health, and TED.com. She is the author of numerous books including her bestseller Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness, overcome burnout, and live your best life. Over 250,000 people have discovered their personal rest deficits using her free assessment at RestQuiz.com. 
    Share this with a friend for whom you would have to make her rest sacred and part of her daily habit. 
    Highlights
    Courage: It takes courage to understand where you are so that you can better understand the particular rest that you need and then to honor this place. You also get to see who is pouring into you or pulling from you
    Creativity: There is also a need for creative rest. This is the kind of rest we experience when we allow ourselves to appreciate beauty in whatever form. By the consumption of that beauty, it awakens that inspiration inside of you and it awakens your own creativity.
    Curiosity: Seek significant information. Be very specific in defining what's tired. Are you tired of dealing with other people? Are you tired of having to think? Are you tired of having to remember stuff? Or is your body achy? 
    Signs: What are the signs and symptoms of the kind of tired you are experiencing? If you can start narrowing down what the signs and symptoms of that

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    Rerun of Phaidra Knight, World Rugby Hall of Famer, founder of PeaK Unleashed, and Mixed Martial Artist Expresses the Importance of Equality and Feeling Limitless Regardless of Age and Circumstances, Episode 17

    Rerun of Phaidra Knight, World Rugby Hall of Famer, founder of PeaK Unleashed, and Mixed Martial Artist Expresses the Importance of Equality and Feeling Limitless Regardless of Age and Circumstances, Episode 17

    Thank you for listening to this episode from my archives. Stay tuned for a refreshed podcast theme, new guests, and even artwork soon! Send me a DM on Instagram @melissallarena - I would love to hear your thoughts on this "best of episode."
    Originally from a small rural town in Georgia, Phaidra Knight, for nearly 18 years, traveled the globe as a professional rugby player, establishing herself as one of the premier players in the sport. In this episode, she shared the many unique experiences she had both on and off the field. And she explained how each athletic opportunity offered a new perspective and made her a better athlete. She also shared her passion for youth leadership and reminded us that even if we can impact one child out, that’s one person who we have helped shape the trajectory of their life. Every single person deserves equality and the opportunity to feel limitless, especially children. 
    Phaidra has made three appearances in the Rugby World Cup and was selected as the top player in the world for her position in 2002 and 2006. In 2010, she was named the US Rugby Player of the Decade. Also, in 2010, she became an avid CrossFit competitor and, in 2013, a member of the United States Developmental Bobsled Team. And in November 2017, she was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. 
    Phaidra is currently embarking on a new athletic endeavor, perhaps the most ambitious one in her life. She has set out to become a World Champion Mixed Martial Artist by the time she becomes a half centurion. She started training as a mixed martial artist in June of 2019 and has been devoted fulltime to it since. She trains at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City. 
    Meanwhile, in 2019, Phaidra founded PeaK Unleashed, a non-profit organization devoted to cultivating youth leadership and development through Rugby with an emphasis on the incarcerated and sexually exploited populations. She is also a keynote and motivational speaker, and TV/Media sports broadcaster. She serves on the USA Rugby Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees for the Women’s Sports Foundation.
    With a passion for fashion and a powerful voice in equality for girls and women in sports, Phaidra will launch the PSK Collective an inclusive apparel line in the fall of 2020. What’s more, Phaidra will be making her big-screen debut later this year in the movie “Bruised,” starring and directed by Halle Berry. And later this spring, the Global Sports Institute of Arizona State University will film a documentary featuring Phaidra’s life journey. All the while, Phaidra pursued law earlier on in her career at the University of Wisconsin. Phaidra is unstoppable and so inspiring on so many levels!
    Tune in to hear Phaidra’s thoughts pertaining to:
    How the COVID-19 pandemic makes it clear that we need to obtain perspective and learn how we can do better in the future. (6:00) Phaidra talked about the moment she got the notice that she was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. (7:56) Phaidra answers the question, “Do the reasons to get into sports differ for girls (intrinsic) and boys (extrinsic)?” (9:47) Her journey as a power athlete who got into basketball earned a Hall of Fame title in Rugby, and explored bobsledding. (14:00) The contrasts and similarities carry over across various sports, including foot and hand positioning. (28:19) Training never stops even during a pandemic: Phaidra continues her MMA training and chooses to focus on the things she can control; she points to the folks in the Olympics and how she feels for them, given that in one year some of them won’t be competing and fulfilling their dreams. (29:47) Youth leadership and the mission and purpose of PeaK Unleashed. (31:06) Phaidra talks of the influence and push by her family: I know their drive is the reason why I am a Rugby Hall of Famer….I was pushed as a kid...and that’s why I am who I am!!! (36:19) Learn how your cooperation can support Phaidra’s non-profi

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    The Power of Savoring Each Moment During This Back To School Season and into Your Daily Life with Alejandra Molina

    The Power of Savoring Each Moment During This Back To School Season and into Your Daily Life with Alejandra Molina

    A lot of moms have a lot on their plates right now and sometimes, it can feel like things are a little out of control especially during this back to school season. How do we navigate this wild adventure of life called motherhood and still be able to find some humor amidst the craziness of it all? And how do we juggle the demands motherhood brings and our responsibilities in business? For whatever it's worth, just know that you’re NOT alone! And it does help to insert a little positivity into your life. Make it happen right now! 
    In today’s conversation, Alejandra Molina shares fresh perspectives into how we can all figure out that balance between entrepreneurship and motherhood while maintaining positivity in life. Alejandra is a Well-being and Mindfulness Coach, an NBC-HWC Board Certified Health Coach and holds Certificates in Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. She helps people undergoing stress or experiencing burnout, gain mental clarity and create more well-being. Alejandra is a wife and mother of two girls and has lived in three countries with her family, which has brought a lot of growth and inspiration for her work. 
    Alejandra started her journey in development and social work in Latin America, with a strong interest in personal agency, resilience, and early childhood development. It was the resilience she saw in her work and her personal journey with wellbeing and stress after being a mother that led her down this path of coaching and learning the science of wellbeing. 
    Today, Alejandra will teach us how to savor every moment of our lives. These are basic things that we may have all forgotten about, and it helps to be reminded every now and then. By choosing a different mindset and anchoring positive psychology in your life, you’re able to create more meaning into your business, relationships, and every aspect of your life. 
     
    In this episode, you will hear:
    What is positive psychology? PERMA: The recipe to create balance and apply positive psychology to your daily life Ways to savor your morning: taking a pause, having a cup of coffee – it’s all about intentionality! Recognizing the power of the pause and giving yourself some grace especially during an overwhelming back to school season How mindfulness resets your system The difference between virtues and values Having clarity and coherence of your values Acknowledging that transitions might shake up your routines – and that’s okay! Empowerment is about knowing how to adapt to changes in your life What mental strength looks like Embracing both the negatives and positives in your life Why you need to muster up the courage to sit down with your emotions  
    Share this episode with a mom who could use some grace and compassion on her wild adventure of motherhood and entrepreneurship.
     
    Similar Episodes:
    Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith Talks About How to Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, and Restore Your Sanity Through Sacred Rest, Episode 110
    Finding Happiness in the Little Things Within Your Reach, Episode 102
     
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    Here’s what you can expect: Every Friday, I share with you an insight that I have uncove

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    How to Write the Book Inside of You with Alex Kiester

    How to Write the Book Inside of You with Alex Kiester

    Do you have a book inside of you that’s just waiting for you to put out? As for Alex Kiester, writing has been her childhood dream. And although life has a way to deviate her from it at times, she still finds herself coming back to her first love. 
    Here’s a little background about Alex. After graduating from Rhodes College with a degree in creative writing, Alex worked as a copyeditor for the Journal of the Texas House of Representatives then as a book editor for a boutique romance publisher. 
    Her debut novel, “In Her Skin,” came out as an Audible Original in fall, 2019 and was listed as one of November’s Top Ten Trending Audible Originals. Her latest novel, “The Truth About Ben and June,” came out June, 2022 and was chosen as HarperCollins Canada's book of the season and Walmart Canada's read of the month for July. She currently lives in Austin, TX with her husband. 
    One of Alex’s best pieces of advice is to write something you want to read and just let your inner voice guide you. If it resonates with you, then it’s going to resonate with other people. But whether you’re dreaming of becoming a writer or whatever that is, hopefully, this episode will inspire you and give you the confidence to pursue your childhood dream!
     
    In this episode, you will hear:
    The story of a published author who always wanted to be one even as a little girl Sources of inspiration for the book The Truth About Ben and June The real value in writing about a fear or concern you may have – whether in private or publically How the opposite of ambivalence is not certainty The choices that we have as moms – career or otherwise Decisions authors make while working with publishing houses How to not censor yourself The key to getting beyond a bad first sentence How to get that book outside of you The free way to get a writing education  
    Share this episode with a writer or aspiring novelist who seeks inspiration from someone who made her childhood writing dreams come true.
    Similar Episodes:
    How to Plan Your Perfect Summer Travel Through Curiosity and Wonder with Author Jenny Herbert, Episode 82  
    Award-Winning Filmmaker Jeff Bollow on Expanding Your Imagination Exponentially, Episode 78 
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    So many moms are struggling to survive much less to thrive and use their superpower of imagination and for those moms, I have opened a waitlist for moms who want to be first in line for my upcoming book: How to reawaken your imagination to see the greatness in yourself.
    Here’s what you can expect: Every Friday, I share with you an insight that I have uncovered about the book-writing process as a mom and I tell you very practically how to implement these insights so that you can start feeling more confident about someday writing your own story or just on how to use your imagination a bit more each day.
    If you are a mom who is ambitious and seeks to make the biggest impact possible in her life and teach her kids how to do the same then this waitlist call is precisely for you.
    Go to www.melissallarena.com/waitlist 
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    Want to Make a Big Life Change? Learn the Four Phases of the Jump Curve from Mike Lewis

    Want to Make a Big Life Change? Learn the Four Phases of the Jump Curve from Mike Lewis

    Are you thinking about making a big change in your life? Maybe you want to shift careers, or perhaps relocate to a different part of the world. Whatever that change looks like for you, today’s guest, Mike Lewis, shares these four phases of what he calls, “the jump curve,” that people go through as they pursue change.
    Mike is a member of the Sustainable Finance Group at Goldman Sachs, where he focuses on impact investing and helps lead global climate partnerships. Earlier in his career, Mike was a venture and growth equity investor at Bain Capital Ventures and was the founder of When to Jump, a media and reskilling platform and community for working professionals globally. He is the author of "When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want", published worldwide by Macmillan and Hachette in 2018 and distributed in over fifty countries in six languages following its release.
    Mike is the founder of a 501(c)3 urban squash enrichment organization that mentors at-risk youth in his hometown. He formerly ranked 112th as a professional squash player in the world. Mike received his MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he studied Government and Environmental Studies.
    Change comes with some risks and uncertainties. But if you're looking to press reset in your life, hopefully, the wisdom that Mike will share today will motivate you and give you the courage to finally make that jump. 
    In this episode, you will hear:
    How to think about a big change you want to make i.e. make a jump Transferable skills and experiences you can take with you during jumps The courage to share an important message and overcome imposter syndrome A shared desire to be fulfilled What is the jump curve? The 4 phases of making a jump How to begin thinking about your own jump and staying energized  
    Share this episode with a friend who would like to jump into a new sector, career, or even relocate to a different part of the world. 
     
    Similar Episodes:
    From Media Executives to The Big Life Experiment, Cathy and Joe Lurie Share Their Passion for Helping People Reset and Create the Life They Want, Episode 91  
    Laura Carney Didn’t Find Her Life Purpose – Instead, It Found Her!, Episode 99 
     
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    So many moms are struggling to survive much less to thrive and use their superpower of imagination and for those moms, I have opened a waitlist for moms who want to be first in line for my upcoming book: How to reawaken your imagination to see the greatness in yourself.
    Here’s what you can expect: Every Friday, I share with you an insight that I have uncovered about the book-writing process as a mom and I tell you very practically how to implement these insights so that you can start feeling more confident about someday writing your own story or just on how to use your imagination a bit more each day.
    If you are a mom who is ambitious and seeks to make the biggest impact possible in her life and teach her kids how to do the same then this waitlist call is precisely for you.
    Go to www.melissallarena.com/waitlist 
    You are invited to send me a DM. What did you uncover from this episode?
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