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Filled with heartfelt stories designed to light you up, Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast provides you with inspirational stories of hope intended to bring happiness to your day while guiding you through life’s hardships. Thought-leaders, authors, health and wellness experts will share their personal stories of finding happiness in their own personal hardship with each Wednesday release. Hosted by Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness, two-time breast cancer survivor thriving with stage IV disease and author of the book "Happiness through Hardship."

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Happiness through Hardship Caryn Sullivan

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Filled with heartfelt stories designed to light you up, Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast provides you with inspirational stories of hope intended to bring happiness to your day while guiding you through life’s hardships. Thought-leaders, authors, health and wellness experts will share their personal stories of finding happiness in their own personal hardship with each Wednesday release. Hosted by Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness, two-time breast cancer survivor thriving with stage IV disease and author of the book "Happiness through Hardship."

Subscribe Now to Discover Why You Don’t Need To Let Hardship Define You and Your Happiness.

    61. Nikki Gallias: The Superpower of Gratitude, Giving and Mindful Living

    61. Nikki Gallias: The Superpower of Gratitude, Giving and Mindful Living

    Whatever life throws at her, today's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, embraces love, light and lots of avocados. I'm honored to introduce you to Nikki Gallias, a mom, wife, former school teacher and inspirational entrepreneur. She's a bright spirit who was raised across the world with a challenging childhood. Yet even at a young age Nikki understood the importance of gratitude. High times or low times, she’s been able to find joy and appreciation in life that has kept her going personally and professionally. Her story is at times heavy, yet radiates gratitude, which is her superpower.

    Nikki's grateful spirit leads her life, which is full of giving. She’s the first to drop off a healthy meal or even a bottle of essential oils to someone needing a smile. Active in the community, Nikki shares her big heart and connection to resources as she brings people together to help those needing shelter, food and care. She also provides guidance, education and motivation to her Every Mindful Meal clients encouraging them to lead healthier and happier lives. She's full of positivity and love for the world around her…and today she’s going to share with us her story. How through her roller coaster journey in life, Nikki found a way to navigate.

    SHOW NOTES
    4:45 - Nikki shares her childhood story
    7:10 - Nikki’s moment of immense gratitude and when she knew she could one day help others
    8:00 - Nikki's family re-builds their life
    16:38 - The moment Nikki knew she needed to look beyond herself and find who needed her help
    19:29 - Nikki and Dave’s house fire and the realization that Nikki already had everything she needed
    20:45 - The power of kindness and selflessness- the fireman
    22:30 - How Nikki's passion for clean eating began and how her first client helped turn her passion into a business
    27:15 - Nikki's mother's positive influence and how Nikki’s mindful living began during the hardest part of her life
    28:35 - Finding clarity during hardship through gratitude
    29:15 - The beautiful moment - the power in truly forgiving
    32:45 - Nikki reminds us that we are the drivers of our own lives
    35:43 - People will connect with you when you open your heart and ask for help
    39:20 - Community doesn't have to be huge- it's just about the love and support
    41:09 - Nikki's advice for people when they feel they don't have the resources to make their dreams come true
    42:59 - There is always light in the dark
    47:25 - Caryn and Nikki play The Grateful Game

    CONNECT with Nikki
    Every Mindful Meal: https://www.everymindfulmeal.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikki_gallias/

    CONNECT with us:
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness - for daily wellness tips
    www.CarynSullivan.com - for more information on media, speaking engagements and book partnerships

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    • 54 min
    60. Renee Nicholson: Ballerina Learns to Dance Again with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    60. Renee Nicholson: Ballerina Learns to Dance Again with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had to teach yourself to walk again...or even a lifelong skill that you loved? This week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast has done both while navigating chronic illness. Renee Nicholson is a dancer, author and teacher whose life has changed from rheumatoid arthritis. It took getting knee-replacement surgery in her thirties for her to own her unique experience. The humility of this allowed her to reteach herself ballet in a different way. On this episode Renee shares her experiences with professional dance and living with chronic disease.

    SHOW NOTES
    3:15 - Renee’s story and background in ballet
    5:17 - Renee's Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis and when she noticed something was off with her body
    7:14 - Renee’s first writing class and how this sparked a lifelong passion for it
    8:49 - Career shifts and the beauty in them
    11:30 - Rheumatoid Arthritis aka RA and what it is
    14:35 - What an Rheumatoid Arthritis flare up feels like
    17:27 - Renee's decision to follow her calling to write and make the most of each day
    19:29 - Renee’s knee replacement and the power of doctors instilling hope in their patients
    23:22 - The importance of connecting with what you love during times of hardship
    25:16 - How personalized care and connection with your medical team can make a difference
    26:10 - When Renee began writing about dance and how this led to her teaching dance
    28:16 - Moving to NYC to study with American Ballet Theater
    29:40 - How journaling about her experience served as inspiration for her book, "Fierce and Delicate: Essays on Dance and Illness"
    35:28 - How one passion can lead us to the next
    38:20 - The healing power of writing and how Renee earned a degree in Narrative Medicine
    43:20 - How stories are what give people hope
    44:31- Caryn and Renee play The Grateful Game

    "Fierce and Delicate: Essays on Dance and Illness" by Renee Nicholson: https://amzn.to/3l773qp

    CONNECT with Renee
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/summerbooks1
    Website: http://www.reneenicholson.com/

    CONNECT with us:
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness - for daily wellness tips
    www.CarynSullivan.com - for more information on media, speaking engagements and book partnerships

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    • 50 min
    59. Rebecca Morrison: Lawyer Cooks Up Happiness Recipe

    59. Rebecca Morrison: Lawyer Cooks Up Happiness Recipe

    Do you know what makes you happy or do you need some help figuring that out? This week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast is Rebecca Morrison, a lawyer turned happiness coach and author of "The Happiness Recipe." Becky spent nearly two decades with a career in the Big Law and Finance industries managing people and trying to figure out her own happiness. She’s turned her experience and expertise into a business and shares with us today - tips and tools on how to figure out our own happiness recipe.

    SHOW NOTES
    4:10 - Becky’s journey and her "lightbulb moment"
    6:47 - Becky's advice on how to start architecting future happiness
    9:21 - Becky's top two action steps
    14:40 - The trap of “shoulds” and how to get clear on your feelings and intentions around them
    15:40 - The power in writing our own story and the art of reframing
    17:43 - Why it is important to understand how we are wired
    19:10 - Discovering where the essence of our happiness really comes from
    21:48 - What you can do today to increase your joy
    23:03 - The recipe for your life and success is defined by you
    24:52 - The Magic Mantra formula and how it feeds the nervous system
    29:43 - Resources to help create your mantras
    31:12 - Borrowing joy and reframing “what-ifs”
    33:57- How identifying how we want to feel is key
    36:55- Caryn and Becky play The Grateful Game

    "The Happiness Recipe" by Rebecca C. Morrison: https://amzn.to/38qawdu

    "Happiness through Hardship" by Caryn Sullivan: https://amzn.to/2UZHG0B

    CONNECT with Becky
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.butterfly.society/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beckymorrisonbfs

    CONNECT with us:
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness - for daily wellness tips
    www.CarynSullivan.com - for more information on media, speaking engagements and book partnerships

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    • 44 min
    58. Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams: Pharmacist Empowers Holistic Healing

    58. Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams: Pharmacist Empowers Holistic Healing

    A broken tooth and bloody Valentine's Day motivated this pharmacist to change her career. On this episode of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams shares how she parlayed her career into holistic healing and wellness empowerment. She's a Pharmacist by trade and now TV & on-air media spokesperson and talent behind the original web series, “Mom Prescribed." Dr. Lisa embraces whole, healthy living, and prescribes anti-inflammatory and nutrient dense foods to heal her patients/clients from the inside out. On today's episode she talks about her top tips and tools for living a healthier and happier life.

    Dr. Lisa is the founder of the "The Domestic Life Stylist" and shares her wisdom and insight as to the importance of getting the entire family involved in healthy living. She includes recipes and other health tips on her blog and free e-cookbook.

    SHOW NOTES
    *AD* – Daily Harvest – use PRETTYWELLNESS code at checkout for $25 off your first order – https://www.daily-harvest.com/
    4:50 - Dr. Lisa’s story: her childhood on the U.S. Virgin Islands, an elective college course in natural healing and how she got into science and medicine
    7:51 - When Dr. Lisa realized she was more depleted than fulfilled and how she found her calling
    9:12 - How Dr. Lisa pivoted into true health and wellness
    10:47 - The importance of having “wellness empowerment”
    11:50 - The transformational impact of motherhood and why we need to advocate for ourselves and children
    13:14 - The point Dr. Lisa’s health hit bottom and how she transformed it
    16:53 - Dr. Lisa’s awakening and how she began to prioritize self-care
    20:44 - The importance of sharing your story
    2248 - Dr. Lisa’s top three tips on healthy, whole living
    32:13 - Taking intentional, small steps towards better health
    33:03 - Dr. Lisa’s advice for parents on encouraging your children to take responsibility for their health
    38:40- Caryn and Dr. Lisa play The Grateful Game

    Dr. Lisa's Cookbook - “10 Easy and Healthy Recipes that Your Family Will Enjoy” available for free download.
    https://thedomesticlifestylist.lpages.co/10-easy-healthy-recipes-that-your-family-will-love

    CONNECT with Dr. Lisa
    The Domestic Life Stylist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedomesticlifestylist
    Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drlisalesliewilliams/
    Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaLeslieW

    CONNECT with us:
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness - for daily wellness tips
    www.CarynSullivan.com - for more information on media, speaking engagements and book partnerships

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    • 47 min
    57. Lindsay Rae: Overcoming Negative Self-Talk with the Body Image Activist

    57. Lindsay Rae: Overcoming Negative Self-Talk with the Body Image Activist

    Do you feel comfortable naked or in your own skin? I’m excited to introduce you to Lindsay Rae - an award winning photographer with a focus on overcoming negative body image. She’s a body image activist and founder of the The Self Love Experience, a boudoir photography experience that empowers women to find beauty in their inner and outer selves. On this episode, Lindsay discusses her incredibly tough upbringing from living riches to rags to constantly being shamed into feeling she wasn't enough. She shares her powerful story growing up with a family of body builders who focused on physical image and how she navigated her way toward acceptance. I’m honored to have her share her truth - and inspire us to work toward overcoming negative self-talk.

    SHOW NOTES
    3:56 - Lindsay Rae's story
    7:53 - The profound impact that parents have on their children
    9:15 - Moving to NYC at 19 and becoming a photographer
    13:30 - How a friend saved Lindsay Rae's life
    15:00 - Forming a positive inner voice in your children
    15:58 - How Lindsay Rae changed her own self-talk with 5 conversations
    18:46 - Looking at yourself as you exist in the moment
    21:19 - How we get to pick the person that the world sees in us
    22:37 - The power of affirmations
    25:56 - Meditations for mindful moments
    27:25 - The power of breathing
    28:20 - What self-love means to Lindsay Rae
    30:11 - Being "trauma-informed” and how all relationships start with yourself
    35:39 - One transformational tool you can use today
    38:09 - Caryn and Lindsay Rae play a special edition of The Grateful Game (“what do I love about myself today”)

    "Fearless" books by Francine Pascal: https://amzn.to/3iKY791

    Former "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast episode mentioned with fashionista and stylist, Laura McCarthy, about feeling better inside when we feel good about our personal style: https://prettywellness.com/styling/

    CONTACT THE BODY IMAGE ACTIVIST/SELF-LOVE EXPERIENCE
    Website: https://bodyimageactivist.com
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebodyimageactivist/?hl=en
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lrpboudoirgroup

    CONNECT with us:
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness - for daily wellness tips
    www.CarynSullivan.com - for more information on media, speaking engagements and book partnerships

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    • 46 min
    56. Stephanie Raffelock: The Beauty of Aging

    56. Stephanie Raffelock: The Beauty of Aging

    Do you believe that age is just a number? Today's guest on "Happiness through Hardship," - The Podcast, award winning author, Stephanie Raffelock, known for “A Delightful Little Book on Aging” and now “Creatrix Rising," believes it's a powerful and positive one. Stephanie’s a writer, motivational speaker and former iHeart Radio host whom inspires women to embrace the strength and passion of their personal story. Stephanie enlightens many women on how to embrace their age… and see it as the next great adventure.

    Stephanie is inspiring, refreshing, and empowering. She will lighten up your day on this episode and beyond. I hope you listen...and if you like please rate, review and subscribe. You leaving a review helps us with our podcast ranking. The higher we are ranked, the more people will be inspired by all these powerful stories and lessons learned from them.

    SHOW NOTES
    *AD* - Daily Harvest - use PRETTYWELLNESS code at checkout for $25 off your first order - https://www.daily-harvest.com/
    3:42 - Why Stephanie loves the title "Happiness Through Hardship"
    5:08 - Stephanie’s story: how she found her passion for writing about aging
    7:30 - The shift in women’s consciousness and what “creatrix” means
    10:23 - Navigating the waters of suffering with gratitude, hopefulness, and creativity
    13:27 - Stephanie’s advice on navigating aging
    14:41 - Menopause as an initiation; a journey
    16:09 - How reframing the way we look at things is a transformational tool
    19:49 - Grief is a transformational force
    22:23 - Why we should look towards other women for inspiration
    24:14 - Don't be afraid to reinvent yourself and live a purposeful life
    27:17 - What is next when you become an empty nester
    28:09 - Stephanie and Caryn’s role models: thriving women
    34:38 - Caryn and Stephanie play The Grateful Game

    "Creatrix Rising - Unlocking the Power of Midlife Women:" https://amzn.to/3ef7xb6
    "A Delightful Little Book on Aging:" https://amzn.to/3hAFjtn
    Forbes 50 Women over 50: https://www.forbes.com/50over50/
    "Want to be Grateful - Be Happy" - TedTalk with David Steindl-Rast: https://youtu.be/UtBsl3j0YRQ
    "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankel: https://amzn.to/3kiFNpU
    "Journal of a Solitude" by May Sarton: https://amzn.to/3yOMHak

    CONNECT with Stephanie
    Website: https://www.byline-stephanie.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/byline.stephanie/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StephanieRaffelock

    CONNECT with us:
    www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes
    
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness - for daily wellness tips
    www.CarynSullivan.com - for more information on media, speaking engagements and book partnerships

    Our Social Media:

    www.Instagram.com/prettywellness
    www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness
    www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness

    To Buy the Book:

    Happiness through Hardship - The Book:
    amzn.to/39PAjuT

    • 43 min

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