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Named #1 of the "15 Interview Podcasts You Should Tune Into" by SquadCast, HIListically Speaking is conversations of stories from trauma to triumph through health, healing and humor. Discover what it takes to be a happy and healthy grownup and "be kind to your mind".

Host Hilary Russo creates the space for stories to be shared, lessons to be learned and lives to be changed. From her own healing journey and work as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner, she's discovered that the sweetest tools for transformation and active, emotional well-being are within each and every one of us. It's what she calls "Brain Candy". Finding balance is possible once we choose to connect to the deepest part of self.

Her engaging guests share their own life battles through inspiring, thought-provoking stories that act as a guide to a happier, healthier and harmonious life. Laughter truly is the best medicine. It's time to up your dose, tune in and thrive!

Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo
Edited by David Sais
Music by Lipbone Redding

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 74 Ratings

Named #1 of the "15 Interview Podcasts You Should Tune Into" by SquadCast, HIListically Speaking is conversations of stories from trauma to triumph through health, healing and humor. Discover what it takes to be a happy and healthy grownup and "be kind to your mind".

Host Hilary Russo creates the space for stories to be shared, lessons to be learned and lives to be changed. From her own healing journey and work as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner, she's discovered that the sweetest tools for transformation and active, emotional well-being are within each and every one of us. It's what she calls "Brain Candy". Finding balance is possible once we choose to connect to the deepest part of self.

Her engaging guests share their own life battles through inspiring, thought-provoking stories that act as a guide to a happier, healthier and harmonious life. Laughter truly is the best medicine. It's time to up your dose, tune in and thrive!

Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo
Edited by David Sais
Music by Lipbone Redding

    Your Voice. Your Choice: Abortion Rights Are Human Rights

    Your Voice. Your Choice: Abortion Rights Are Human Rights

    The Supreme Court of the United States has unleashed a fire in the belly of America with the recent ruling to overturn Roe vs Wade. And those of us with a platform have a responsibility to amplify. But, also hold space for those without a space of their own. This is that episode. 

    On this HIListically Speaking Podcast, you'll hear the voices of many who share their thoughts about the SCOTUS ruling.
    What it could mean for future landmark decisions.
    Plus, the real impact this could have on Americans across the country when it comes to basic human rights.
    Special thanks to podvoices.help, for providing a number of abortion advocacy links and resources for podcasters and listeners who want to be supportive or need support.  We've included them in this episode and the show notes. 
    If you or someone you know needs additional support and wants to know how Hilary can help you on your healing journey, connect with Hilary and set up a call to find ways to turn your own traumas to triumphs and HUG it Out for healing. Connect here: https://hilaryrusso.as.me/hugitout
     
    Abortion Rights Resources & Links
    abortion.cafe - collection of abortion resources
    shoutyourabortion.com - campaign to normalize abortion
    donations4abortion.com - donate to support abortion funds by state
    secure.actblue.com/donate/supportabortionfunds - donate to the national network of abortion funds (donations split between 80+ abortion funds)
    usow.org/repro/volunteer - list of abortion clinics across the country that need volunteers
    dontbanequality.com - language for companies to use to stand against the ruling
    plancpills.org/ambassadors - early abortion access pills you can store in your cabinet
    prochoice.org - abortion access hotline
    natalist.com/products/early-pregnancy-test-strips - buy early pregnancy test strips
    plannedparenthood.org/learn/birth-control - get info on types of birth control
    choice.crd.co - collection of these above links and more, managed by @starplanes (DM them on twitter to add more)
    guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/abortion-policy-absence-roe - abortion policy by state as of June 1, 2022
    More in-depth version: guttmacher.org/state-policy 

    HIListically Speaking with Hilary Russo
    Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo
    Music by Lipbone Redding
    Recorded on SquadCast (Free 7 Day Trial)
    Connect with Hilary
    Instagram: @HilaryRusso

    Twitter: @HilaryRusso
    Facebook: @HilaryRusso
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    Website: www.hilisticallyspeaking.com

    • 18 min
    Kristina Filler: Hold Your Fire (Fighting Gun Violence Artistically)

    Kristina Filler: Hold Your Fire (Fighting Gun Violence Artistically)

    There is no way to avoid the pain that comes with the death of a loved one. I was reminded of that recently when my step father passed. He made it almost 93 years. A good life. My dad… too soon. Only 61 from a massive heart attack. It was traumatic, to say the least.

    But when violence is part of the equation, a lot of unanswered question remain. And in 1998, my dear friend Kristina Filler was confronted with many. Still to this day, in fact. Gun violence. Murder. And in a blink, her father was gone.  Why?

    It’s been over 20 years since Kristina lost her dad to senseless gun violence. And since that time the stages of grief have propelled her into activism. Amplifying the message to “Hold Your Fire”, the t-shirt campaign she created that has raised over $12,000 in just four years for Everytown for Gun Safety. But what’s different about Kristina is that she’s doing her best to make activism “less of a drag” and even fun. Is this possible? I think so. I’ve witnessed it first hand as I also share a loss from gun violence.

    On this episode of HIListically Speaking, Kristina gets real about her approach to fighting for tougher gun laws. As a mom now, it’s the rocket fuel that makes her message even more meaningful with a bit of a punch to get the powerful point across…glitter included. 

    You’ll find out how she’s making activism easy and practical so anyone can make a difference. Including you.  Because when it all boils down to it, there's always humor behind the healing…complete with funny shorts. You'll have to listen to hear more about that. 
    Plus how you can "Hold Your Fire" and support keeping our country (and kids) safe and guns off the streets. 

    If you would like to be part of the change, support Everytown for Gun Safety and sport one of Kristina's Hold Your Fire shirts, you can purchase them at  bonfire.com/hold-your-fire. All proceeds go to Everytown. 

    You can also Text 644-33 to receive actionable text alerts from Everytown. It makes activism easy and practical.

    Connect with Kristina on Instagram @kstar810 or on her website kristinafiller.com

    If you or someone you know needs additional support and want to know how Hilary can help you on your healing journey, connect with Hilary and set up a call to find ways to turn your own traumas to triumphs and HUG it Out for healing. Connect here: https://hilaryrusso.as.me/hugitout


    HIListically Speaking with Hilary Russo
    Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo
    Music by Lipbone Redding
    Recorded on SquadCast (Free 7 Day Trial)
    Connect with Hilary
    Instagram: @HilaryRusso

    Twitter: @HilaryRusso
    Facebook: @HilaryRusso
    TikTok @hilisticallyspeaking
    Website: www.hilisticallyspeaking.com

    • 54 min
    Scarlett Lewis: Healing after Sandy Hook (A Mother's Story Revisited)

    Scarlett Lewis: Healing after Sandy Hook (A Mother's Story Revisited)

    In the wake of another school shooting and to amplify the message during Gun Violence Awareness Month, Hilary revisits her conversation with Sandy Hook Elementary mom, Scarlett Lewis.

    Scarlett's six year old son Jesse was murdered in 2012 during the massacre at the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. She's devoted her life to fighting for change with an important  message left by her son which sparked the Choose Love Movement. This movement is one that Hilary is also an ambassador of and why you're hearing this conversation today.

    This episode is part of a two part series on Gun Violence Awareness. Andwhile the stories and methods are advocacy are different, what sparked the need for change was loss due to senseless gun violence that is running rampant in the America. 

    To learn more about the Choose Love Movement and to join the incredible organization for change, visit chooselovemovement.org

    Want to make a change? Share this episode with one other person. And consider subscribing and leaving a rating and review on HIListically Speaking wherever your headphones take you.

    If you find that you need support changing on your own healing journey and would like to learn more about what Scarlett and Hilary talked about with Havening, you can find out more on Hilary's website https://www.hilaryrusso.com/havening  and set up a complimentary discovery session. 


    HIListically Speaking with Hilary Russo
    Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo
    Music by Lipbone Redding
    Recorded on SquadCast (Free 7 Day Trial)
    Connect with Hilary
    Instagram: @HilaryRusso

    Twitter: @HilaryRusso
    Facebook: @HilaryRusso
    TikTok @hilisticallyspeaking
    Website: www.hilisticallyspeaking.com

    • 47 min
    Telly Leung: Lessons from a Broadway Leading Man

    Telly Leung: Lessons from a Broadway Leading Man

    There are certain people that are just born to be on stage. Telly Leung is one of them.

    Hilary met Telly almost two decades ago when they did The King and I with Lou Diamond Phillips as the lead. Since then, "leading man" is something Telly is quite familiar with and it's a perfect fit. 

    From Aladdin on Broadway to other notable roles that include the Broadway revival and national tour of Rent, Godspell, Allegiance and In Transit...he's done it all.  And if you're a fan of the TV show Glee, it's hard to think of The Warblers without Wes. 

    But what Telly has learned during his devotion to the performing arts is that it comes with a responsibility. Especially when you're the star.  

    On this episode and in honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, HIListically Speaking, Telly opens up about placing race and diversity center stage. The importance of mental health and sharing your story.  And why taking a giant leap into new territory as a director is crucial for conscious conversations to exist; not only for the arts, but for mind, body and spirit as well. 

    Plus, Telly goes public for the first time about about an experiment that nurtured his mental and physical health. Something he's only shared with close family and friends...until now.  

    The curtain is rising and you are front row and center. Enjoy the conversation with the incredibly talented leading man, Telly Leung. 

    To connect and stay up to date on Telly, check out his website tellyleung.com and follow him on social @tellyleung. 

    The book Telly was reading, The Alcohol Experiment by Annie Grace. 

    If you enjoyed this conversation, Subscribe to HIListically Speaking and leave a rating and review wherever your headphones take you.

    If you find that you need support changing a habit or behavior, you can set up a complimentary discovery session with Hilary
    to see how she can support you on your healing journey. You can find out more on her website https://www.hilaryrusso.com/havening  


    HIListically Speaking with Hilary Russo
    Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo
    Music by Lipbone Redding
    Edited by David Sais
    Recorded on SquadCast (Free 7 Day Trial)
    Connect with Hilary
    Instagram: @HilaryRusso

    Twitter: @HilaryRusso
    Facebook: @HilaryRusso
    TikTok @hilisticallyspeaking
    Website: www.hilaryrusso.com



     

    • 55 min
    Claudia Williams: From Hershey's Kisses to Curious Leadership

    Claudia Williams: From Hershey's Kisses to Curious Leadership

    “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. While those words are attributed to Teddy Roosevelt, when business coach, consultant and recovering corporate lawyer Claudia Williams shared them during her conversation, you can  just felt it from the heart.

    She’s the kind of person you want in your posse. In fact, when she was part of The Hershey Company’s legal team, she actually had what she called, “The Chocolate Posse”. It was a place where ideas flowed and friendship, mentorship and leadership was always present. Or as she calls it “Friendtorship”: the pillars that make a good leader in the workplace as well as the home.

    On this episode of HIListically Speaking, Claudia shares her story: 

    The lessons she learned as a child in a home. One she says was filled with love, but also domestic violence and divorce. How she vowed to create a positive space personally and professionally.  And how her own child’s words lead her to make the biggest decision yet…leaving “The Sweetest Place on Earth” to follow her heart. But not before learning the secret behind the Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup.

    Connect with Claudia:
    Website: http://claudia-williams.com/
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/claudiamwilliams
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/execcoachclaudia/
    Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/ExecCoachClaudia
    Twitter:  https://twitter.com/execcoachclaud

    Pay it forward and pass this episode along to a friend. And consider subscribing wherever your ear buds take you. Leave a review on Apple Podcast and I may give you a shout out on an upcoming episode!

    Join the free Brain Candy Challenge during Mental Health Awareness Month. Daily videos are posted all month long on Hilary’s TikTok and Instagram.


    HIListically Speaking with Hilary Russo
    Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo
    Music by Lipbone Redding
    Edited by David Sais
    Recorded on SquadCast (Free 7 Day Trial)
    Connect with Hilary
    Instagram: @HilaryRusso

    Twitter: @HilaryRusso
    Facebook: @HilaryRusso
    TikTok @hilisticallyspeaking
    Website: www.hilaryrusso.com

    • 53 min
    Julia Granacki & Ellie Dvorkin Dunn: From Hormones to Hot Flashes

    Julia Granacki & Ellie Dvorkin Dunn: From Hormones to Hot Flashes

    I feel like my body can't make up it's mind! I remember saying those words when I had my first series of hot flashes. In fact, I shared it quite openly on social media. It was like being in a hot yoga studio one minute and then...gone. What the hell is happening? 

    Incoming! Welcome to the world of perimenopause. On this hilarious episode of HIListically Speaking, I sit with my hormonal sisters Julia Granacki and Ellie Dvorkin Dunn, hosts of the podcast Circling the Drain as we get to the bottom going through the changes. From symptoms and options to friendships and dating. And what it means to stay calm and cool before the period comes to a complete halt. 

    Ready to give Circling the Drain a listen? You can find it on all podcast platforms and on their website.

    Connect with Julia and Ellie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Interested in holistic health coaching? My gift to you... sample a free class from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. IIN is where Julia and I received our certification. 

    Need more support on your women's health journey or known someone who does. Let's HUG it Out holistically by working together. Just set up a complimentary session with me today! https://hilaryrusso.as.me/hugitout

    Pay it forward and pass this episode along to a friend. And consider subscribing wherever your ear buds take you. Leave a review on Apple Podcast and I may give you a shout out on an upcoming episode!

    HIListically Speaking with Hilary Russo
    Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo
    Music by Lipbone Redding
    Edited by David Sais
    Recorded on SquadCast (Free 7 Day Trial)
    Connect with Hilary
    Instagram: @HilaryRusso

    Twitter: @HilaryRusso
    Facebook: @HilaryRusso
    TikTok @hilisticallyspeaking
    Website: www.hilaryrusso.com

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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74 Ratings

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Sound Advice and Topics that Matter

Love this show! Hilary covers important wellness topics with wonderful guests as well as really sharing her own personal experiences! Thru the show there’s great advice and insight into things that MATTER!

TinyUpTinyDown ,

Genuine connections

Hilary has a gift for connecting with whoever she interviews, and as a listener, you feel connected too. Each episode is genuine, and in a time where snark often rules, it’s a lovely break!

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Finding Your Peculiar Genius

I was honored to be invited on this most remarkable platform. Hilary Russo truly knows how to bring out the best in her subjects. I invite one and all, children of all ages to take in and subscribe to this fantastic podcast.

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