20 episodes

How do you design a life that not only grows, but also gives? It’s a question that Lorilee Rager has been asking herself lately. From her upbringing on a rural farm in Kentucky to her career as a designer, entrepreneur, writer and professor, resilience has been essential. Now, Lorilee is determined to build on that foundation, exploring pathways to physical, mental, and spiritual health. There won’t be quick fixes, magic elixirs, or dubious schemes. Instead, you’ll hear plenty of honest conversations, expert advice, and reminders that the key to a healthier life lies within you and you have a choice to design the life you want. Because you are enough.

Ground and Gratitude Lorilee Rager

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

How do you design a life that not only grows, but also gives? It’s a question that Lorilee Rager has been asking herself lately. From her upbringing on a rural farm in Kentucky to her career as a designer, entrepreneur, writer and professor, resilience has been essential. Now, Lorilee is determined to build on that foundation, exploring pathways to physical, mental, and spiritual health. There won’t be quick fixes, magic elixirs, or dubious schemes. Instead, you’ll hear plenty of honest conversations, expert advice, and reminders that the key to a healthier life lies within you and you have a choice to design the life you want. Because you are enough.

    Kirbee Miller on Passion and Purpose

    Kirbee Miller on Passion and Purpose

    Entrepreneur Kirbee Miller joins Lorilee to discuss how she navigates life as a creative, caregiver, partner, and founder. Kirbee runs Nashville-based lifestyle brand KiNiMi Kitchen, where she channels her culinary expertise and love of cooking to foster community and connection. She also holds degrees in biology and chemistry as well as a Masters in healthcare informatics. The two connect over their respective paths toward authentic self-discovery -- and how those journeys are rarely linear!

    • 55 min
    Curiosity in Life and Design with Marielena Andre

    Curiosity in Life and Design with Marielena Andre

    Lorilee is joined by Marielena André -- a multimedia designer and educator living in New Jersey. She is an accomplished artist with expertise in textile, fashion, graphic and sustainable design, as well as  product development. Marielena and Lorilee discuss the fundamental curiosity that has fueled their respective journeys in creativity and education, as well as the importance of experimenting, failing, reinventing, and reapplying ourselves as we grow and develop our lives.

    • 50 min
    Getting Real About Depression with Laura Watkins

    Getting Real About Depression with Laura Watkins

    Lorilee sits down with Laura Watkins -- entrepreneur, licensed cosmetologist, mom, and owner of Pure Salon Spa in Louisville, Kentucky. Laura and Lorilee discuss their respective journeys with mental health and what it truly means to practice self care, especially when we’re struggling.

    • 49 min
    “Where Do I Even Start?” Discovering Therapy on Your Own Terms with Janet and Brianna Velazquez

    “Where Do I Even Start?” Discovering Therapy on Your Own Terms with Janet and Brianna Velazquez

    Lorilee is joined by mother and daughter duo Janet and Brianna Velazquez. Janet and Brianna are both licensed mental health professionals whose goal is to help their clients uncover their true potential and lead lives that are worth celebrating.

    • 47 min
    Ziddi Msangi on Sense of Place and Human Centered Design

    Ziddi Msangi on Sense of Place and Human Centered Design

    Ziddi Msangi is a Tanzanian-born educator and designer. His early experience of moving to California as a child informs his current awareness and interest in history, power and place. Lorilee and Ziddi sit down to discuss the common threads between their distinct backgrounds and how their senses of place have shaped who they are and their approach to design. They also dig into the innovative philosophy behind human centered design.

    • 50 min
    Special: The Membership

    Special: The Membership

    What forces shape who we are on our respective journeys? Wendell Berry’s 2004 novel Hannah Coulter portrays one woman’s experience with her rural Kentucky farming community referred to as “The Membership.” Drawing on Berry’s description, Lorilee shares the role that her own “Membership” played in her life; the people who came together to support each other and their farmland. Not only did this group define her

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

samanthaperkins ,

So authentic!!

I love listening to the natural way that Lorilee talks with her guests. Her heart shines through. Great podcast!

supersoulme ,

Nourishment for the soul

Lorilee effortlessly guides guests through meaningful conversations and her beautiful spirit shines through with authenticity and curiosity for depth and heart!

KWO26 ,

Practical and inspirational!

This podcast is the playbook for how to chase your dreams in an every day, ordinary life. Lorilee has a unique voice based on life experiences that everyone can relate to. Her application of the tools she has gained over the last several years is relevant for all of us. Highly recommend!

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