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Embrace Her Wellness is a podcast where we talk about the current state of self-care, mental wellness, and self-improvement. Through conversations with individuals who have taken interesting and transformational life journeys, we explore how deeply held beliefs and systemic issues will not be solved by quick fixes and surface-level solutions. At Embrace Her Wellness, we encourage women to discover their strengths, overcome challenges, and foster a sense of belonging, ultimately empowering them to lead fulfilled, balanced, and healthy lives, creating the change they want to see in themselves and the world.

Empower Her Wellness Shelly Drymon

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Embrace Her Wellness is a podcast where we talk about the current state of self-care, mental wellness, and self-improvement. Through conversations with individuals who have taken interesting and transformational life journeys, we explore how deeply held beliefs and systemic issues will not be solved by quick fixes and surface-level solutions. At Embrace Her Wellness, we encourage women to discover their strengths, overcome challenges, and foster a sense of belonging, ultimately empowering them to lead fulfilled, balanced, and healthy lives, creating the change they want to see in themselves and the world.

    From Burnout to Empowerment - My Conversation with Alyssa Brade

    From Burnout to Empowerment - My Conversation with Alyssa Brade

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    Alyssa is a storyteller living with her husband and two toddler boys in the remote countryside of Washington state. A millennial mom navigating the parenting challenges of today's demanding world, Alyssa brings her personal experiences, background in English and anthropology, and a unique blend of empathy and expertise to fellow mothers. Join her in exploring heavily researched tools to reduce burnout, reclaim overall well-being, and rediscover an empowered you.
    Key TakeawaysImportance of not losing yourself when caring for others, and pursuing your own goals/dreamsDangers of information overload and not trusting your intuition as a caregiverValue of being present and practicing "slow living" rather than constantly rushingNeed for a community/village to support caregivers across different life stagesAssessing your own mental health as a critical part of being an effective caregiver
    TopicsLosing Yourself in CaregivingAlyssa's quote: "Find yourself again, have goals, hopes, dreams. It doesn't mean you're a bad mom or you don't care about your family. It means you love them enough not to lose yourself in the process."Importance of maintaining your identity and not sacrificing everything for caregiving rolesPotential for resentment if you completely lose yourself
    Information Overload and IntuitionAn overabundance of advice/information online can lead to analysis paralysisOften contradictory information from different sourcesIt can cause you to second-guess your intuition about what's best for your child/loved one
    Slow Living and Being PresentSlow Living and Being PresentConstant rushing and trying to "do it all" prevents you from being fully presentExample of Alyssa stressing about finding a birthday cupcake rather than enjoying the momentKids value presence over perfectionOpportunities to involve kids and teach life skills when going slowly
    Need for a VillageModern isolation and nuclear families deprive caregivers of a support systemValue of interacting with people in different life stages for wisdom and perspectiveCreating neighborhoods/communities that bring different generations together
    Assessing Mental HealthImportance of evaluating your own mental health, which can be impacted by caregivingAlyssa's examples of postpartum depression and accident after burning outKids will mirror your mental/emotional state as a model

    • 42 min
    Walk Across America - My Conversation with Ranger Kielak

    Walk Across America - My Conversation with Ranger Kielak

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    Ranger is walking across America from South Carolina to California. As he walks he is raising money for three non-profits. Ranger's motivation stems from seeing others do the walk, and realizing his excuses were just that - excuses.
    Non-Profits He's SupportingFuture Farmers of AmericaBigger Than The Trail (mental health for runners)Hospice Promise Foundation
    His Coaching PhilosophyRanger helps entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders focus on high-impact activities, and emphasizes personal wellness alongside business success
    Advice for Pursuing "Big Hairy Audacious" GoalsRealize the reasons you come up with are just excuses for not becoming who you're meant to be. Have "courageous candor" about your true motivations for pursuing or not pursuing something.
    You can keep up with Ranger's walk on Facebook

    • 47 min
    Lemons, Limes, and Life-Altering Diagnosis - My Conversation with Catherine Courtice

    Lemons, Limes, and Life-Altering Diagnosis - My Conversation with Catherine Courtice

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    Catherine Courtice, author of "When Life Gives You Lemons, Choose the Lime", shares her journey of overcoming chronic pain after a severe accident in 2007. She discusses feeling isolated, misunderstood, and dismissed by the medical system, and how she eventually found a path to reclaiming her life.
    The Catalyst MomentCatherine describes the pivotal moment when she realized that nothing would change unless she took action. She had to let go of the life she had before and start focusing on the life she could create within her new constraints. This "catalyst moment" was the turning point that set her on a path of healing and growth.
    The AARC Framework Catherine outlines her AARC framework - Acknowledge, Accountability, Reframe, and Choice. This process helped her shift her mindset from victimhood to empowerment, and start taking small, manageable steps to rebuild her life.
    Connecting with Others Catherine discusses the importance of communication and setting boundaries, both with loved ones and medical professionals. She emphasizes the need for understanding and empathy, and provides suggestions for how to approach conversations about chronic pain and invisible illnesses.
    The Power of Words Catherine emphasizes the profound impact that the words we use, both to ourselves and to others, can have on our physical and mental well-being. She encourages people to be mindful of the language they use and to reframe their inner dialogue in a more positive, constructive way.
    Maintaining Hope Despite the challenges, Catherine urges people with chronic conditions to hold onto hope that their situation can improve. She stresses the importance of not losing that glimmer of hope, as it is essential for fueling the motivation to keep moving forward.
    Where to find Catherine: https://www.facebook.com/groups/overcomingchronicpain2/
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    https://www.amazon.ca/When-Life-Gives-Lemons-Choose/dp/0992094224/ref=zg_bs_g_51225011_d_sccl_8/141-7722907-5042143?psc=1
    https://www.threads.net/@overcomechronicpain?xmt=AQGzBe5c1_iTN2Yf7Phneor47TXEqA43te13n_JMlr7AZcQ
    https://www.tiktok.com/@overcomechronicpain?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc
    www.catherinecourtice.com

    • 47 min
    Redefining Life as a Caregiver - My Conversation with Cynthia Lim

    Redefining Life as a Caregiver - My Conversation with Cynthia Lim

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    Key Takeaways
    Cynthia received little guidance or support from the medical community on being a caregiverHaving a core group of supportive friends and family was crucialWriting and joining a brain injury support group helped provide an outletIt's important for caregivers to take breaks, treat themselves, and not feel guilty about having their own lifeCaregiving is incredibly hard work, but for Cynthia it was the ultimate expression of love
    Cynthia Lim is the author of Wherever You Are: A Memoir of Love, Marriage, and Brain Injury, about her journey as a caregiver for her disabled husband. It’s the story of re-envisioning life with disability and discovering the real truth of love and marriage. The book is available from Amazon.com or can be ordered from your local bookstore.
    Cynthia holds a doctorate in social welfare and is retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District. She is a writer, traveler, quilter and hiker. She is currently working on a second memoir about her family’s immigration history from China. Find out more about Cynthia at http://cynthialimwriting.com/

    • 39 min
    Rare Patient Voice My Conversation with Wes Michael

    Rare Patient Voice My Conversation with Wes Michael

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    Wes is the Founder and CEO of Rare Patient Voice. A market research industry veteran of over 40 years, Wes earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
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    In 2013, Wes launched Rare Patient Voice based on a novel approach to building a market research panel, one that enables patients and caregivers to share their voices with the researchers and companies developing products to improve patients’ lives.
    He structured the company on the core values of being a good resource for patients, a good partner to clients, a good employer to staff, and a good citizen in our community.
    Since then, Wes has seen the company grow, expanding from the US to Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany, completing thousands of projects, and providing customized service to hundreds of clients. He hopes that RPV’s work can help the lives of patients and caregivers who are able to participate in our studies, and of those who come after.
    Hobbies: Walking his dogs, piano, history, exercisePets: Ace (mix of Beagle and Brittany) and Stanley the Chocolate LabLikes: Hearing from patients who have enjoyed taking part in a studyDislikes: When no one qualifies for a studyFun Facts: Wes spent a year in Edinburgh, Scotland and ran cross country with the Hare & Hounds
    You can also check out the Rare Patient Voice YouTube channel to hear the stories of individuals who are a part of Rare Patient Voice.

    • 32 min
    Becoming the Caregiver for Your Spouse - My Conversation with Harry Styron

    Becoming the Caregiver for Your Spouse - My Conversation with Harry Styron

    My friend Harry Styron reaching out to be a guest on the podcast, and I also appreciate his candid words. It was a heartfelt and poignant conversation about the reality of caregiving for spouses with Alzheimer's.
    Resources mentioned in this episode
    Teepasnow.com
    Natali Edmonds and Careblazers
    Banner Health
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    • 41 min

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