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Mind Body Gem, and that's GEM, is a conversational podcast where we believe cultivating the mind, movement of the body, and showing more love and compassion, especially for ourselves, aligns us with our purpose. We become the GEM we are designed to be. It all started with a framework of how fitness saved my life.
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Mind Body Gem Rokki

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Mind Body Gem, and that's GEM, is a conversational podcast where we believe cultivating the mind, movement of the body, and showing more love and compassion, especially for ourselves, aligns us with our purpose. We become the GEM we are designed to be. It all started with a framework of how fitness saved my life.
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    Anna Gsanger: Meet Our Tactical Navigator

    Anna Gsanger: Meet Our Tactical Navigator

    Episode Notes
    Mind, Body, Gem – Season 5, Episode 3
    Anna Gsanger - 
    Meet our Tactical Navigator. 
     
    Special guest: Anna Gsanger  – She is a mother and professional with over ten years of public and private sector experience as a Marketing and communications strategy expert. She is now Fit to Navigate tactical navigator. Learn more about Fit to Navigate at Fittonavigate.com 
    Anna Gsanger and Rokki Bonner discuss Anna share their journey as their friendship grew and evolved into a sisterhood, which now turned into an opportunity to develop the Fit to Navigate social enterprise mission. 

    Doing things from the heart. Anna shares how early in her career, her focus was on access to health care and health policy and creating an impact. Anna was passionate about the possibility of creating access to free health care within the Clinton administration. When National Health Care didn’t see a possibility, Anna shared about going back to business school and working for a large pharmaceutical company Pfizer. 

    Left turn, Moving to Columbus. Anna talks about moving to Columbus as not being something she planned or imagined for herself. Anna shares that she moved to Columbus to be with her now husband, Bob. Moving to Columbus for Anna meant “starting from scratch” because she didn’t feel she had a connection to the people living here. Says, “Columbus is all about who you know.” 

    Building Relationship. Anna shares how she built relationships in Columbus by attending network events and taking people out to develop her professional network. She would find temporary work that allowed her to be part of an online business and manage a business transition.

    Balancing Motherhood and having a career. Anna says, unlike most women, she was “lucky” that she could decide that she was going to redshift her career to spend more time with her children. Growing up with a single mother, Anna had to go to many places with her mother, so it felt normal to have her children with her everywhere she had to be. Anna talked about the importance of also having time for herself. 

    FTN Tactical Navigator Anna shares that she joined the team Fit To Navigate because of her inspiration and relationship with cofounder Rokki. Anna talks about the excitement and passion of the work and being part of growing the Fit To Navigate team. Anna shares that the work Fit To Navigate does has the ability to be part of the change in how Society views restorative justice. Anna shares how she has developed her self-care practices and what that means to her. 

    Follow Anna’s work on her social media page: Connect with Mind, Body, Gem guests, and upcoming workshops on IG: @Fit_to_navigate keywords: impact, life, social impact, motivation, rokki, Anna, learning, people, Motherhood, family, health, woman, opportunity, wisdom, mother, plan, restorative justice

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    • 46 min
    Mind Body Gem: Natalie Legrand - Being a Global Citizen

    Mind Body Gem: Natalie Legrand - Being a Global Citizen

    Episode Notes
    Mind, Body, Gem – Season 5, Episode 2
    Natalie Legrand - Being a Global Citizen 
    Special guest: Natalie Legrand  – She is a multilingual professional with over 10 years of public and private sector experience in various positions. 
    Natalie Legrand and Rokki Bonner discuss Natalie's core values and how they are linked to her upbringing. Natalie shares intimate memories of her earlier life growing up with her as a Honduran and Haitian grandmother. Natalie also shares her personal connection to the war in Ukraine. 

    This is about family for meNatalie shares that her husband is from Ukraine. Natalie shares how her husband’s family escaped their homes due to the war. Natalie has never experienced racism in Ukraine, but as a black woman, she feels emotional about racism. 

    Roots: Opportunities and Access Natalie jokes that the only commonality between her mother and father’s culture of Honduran and Haitian parents is the cooking. As a child of immigrants, Natalie’s parents took pride in their culture while also wanting more for their children. Natalie shares how her parents worked hard to create access opportunities and access for her which links to Natalie’s core values. 

    "Navigating Learning Abilities" Natalie shares her experience of learning and growing up with ADHA. Natalie redefines  ADHA as her ability to hold multiple ideas and things simultaneously. Natalie thought she would never have the ability to learn Russian as an adult didn’t seem possible. Natalie noticed that she could learn different languages once she had the interest and excitement. Natalie says she still works on releasing her self-judgment. 

    Using Corporate experience to create impact.  Natalie accredited her ability to take in multiple interests to her transition into finance. Natalie was looking for a way to use her experience to align with her personal values, which is when the opportunity to go to Ukraine presented itself. Ukraine was the odd choice for Natlie, making it the ideal choice for her. 

    Issues are never-endingNatalie is kept up at night, but this belief is that social impact work is never-ending work. Natalie feels until we can change the narrative, people’s attention. When so many problems seem to come at once, it can feel like a lack of attention. Natalie shares how fitness and health and how to navigate her well-being. Connecting Natalie’s body and mind is how she learns. Natlie shares having sickle cell disease and how she uses fitness to care for her health. 
    Follow Natalie’s work on: https://www.natalielegrand.com/about 
    Connect with Mind, Body, Gem guests and upcoming workshops on IG: @Fit_to_navigate
    keywords: impact, life, social impact, motivation, rokki, Natalie, learning, people, personal growth, family, health, science, opportunity, wisdom, brain, plan


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    • 46 min
    Trevor: Understanding and Increasing Performance

    Trevor: Understanding and Increasing Performance

    Special guest: Trevor Torrance – former basketball player, founder of 'BMore'
     
    Trevor and Rokki Bonner discuss Trevor's journey from being a professional sportsman to becoming a founder of BMore, an organization specialized in performance development. Being at his highs and lows during his athlete career, Trevor came up with handy methods to break blocks and self-made limits in order to achieve more and perform better overall.
     
    -      Dream of becoming famous
    Born and raised in Perth, Australia, Trevor dreamed of becoming famous. At the age of 16, he ended up in a selection process for talented basketball players. More than a decade later, our guest experienced the world of semi-pro and pro athleticism, crossing the globe all around. After that period, he decided it was no longer what he could do.
     
    -      Going from sport to corporate
    After his basketball career, Trevor found himself in naturopathy. Realizing he has a competitive background and a healer inside of himself, he decided to spread the knowledge in performance development. He started his mission by helping individuals and organizations to get where they want to be.
     
    -      "I am not good enough."
    Every person brings this sentence into their life at some point. In these situations, people tend to accuse themselves of something they are not guilty of or responsible about. Trevor finds this issue to be the result of our brain that "likes to know what is going on." If that is not the case, the brain is making up negative stories, creating defeatism within our bodies. At this very moment, we should locate that negative energy, reverse it to our advantage, and create something positive out of it.
     
    -      Stop overloading your brain, make it simple.
    The most important thing we should do is to set a clear intention at the beginning of our day. Setting a bright intention helps us to send it right in front of our brain, and it will set us up for success throughout the day. Setting simple and clear plans can free us from stress.
     
    -      Embrace the sense of freedom
    Trevor's organization 'BMore' helps people find their inner peace and improve feelings of fulfillment. His team guides people to free themselves through training, such as nature therapy, massages, yoga, long walks, doing exercises, and detoxing from mobile devices. That way, people can reconnect with the essence of being a human and set their goals and plans clearly. Trevor concludes that self-care is the basis from which we can build healthy lives.
     
    Follow Trevor's work on: https://bmore.com.au/.
    Connect with Mind, Body, Gem guests and upcoming workshops on IG: @Fit_to_navigate

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    • 31 min
    Season 5 Trailer: What's Up!

    Season 5 Trailer: What's Up!

    Welcome to Season 5 of the Mind-Body Gem Podcast!
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    Sylvia Mosley: God is Everywhere

    Sylvia Mosley: God is Everywhere

    So many flowers in God’s gardenSylvia remembers her brother went to prison when she was young. She shares that when a person goes to prison, the whole family goes to prison. After that, she lost her husband when their child was only six months old, soon after two sisters and two brothers. Consequently, she started doing drugs and alcohol, coming to the point where she almost saw herself dying. She decided to go to the hospital and start serious rehab treatment.
    Starting a clean lifeAfter the rehab, she felt that she should go to church to connect with God and start praying and serving. That was the moment she went to the prison ministry. She faced many people from similar dysfunctional families, all going through life alone. She wrote a letter to a church asking them to send Bibles to prisons, translated from 16th century English to modern. That way, people could understand wise words and feel hope for all of them.
    Walking in her path. She started the whole mission focused on how people shouldn’t be numb and blind to their problems. Church and the Bible are just numerous paths that lead to empathy and love. Wise words already exist, and we just need to understand and use them in everyday life. 
    If I’m not the problem, there is no solution, one of the recovery principles.  Reverend Sylvia shares that anytime I’m looking outside myself for the problem, nothing will get better. Reverend Sylvia  goes on to share the only thing I we can change is ourselves, our thinking and our reactions to others. 
    Live the life that makes the difference.Reverend Sylvia shares that self-care is the most important thing. Only if we are good for ourselves can we be good for the world. God is the increase and she believes the outcome of her work is in Gods hand and she is simply here to water and plant her mission.  Reverend Sylvia believes to change systems we first have to impact people in the system which is her impact in this world. 
    Follow Sylvia's Journey on IG: @
    Connect with Mind, Body, Gem guests and upcoming workshops on IG: @Fit_to_navigate

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    • 35 min
    Letha Pugh: Adrenalin for the Win

    Letha Pugh: Adrenalin for the Win

     
    Different lifeLetha was born to a 15-year-old mother in Omaha, Nebraska. She was only a child but already helping her mother a lot and doing many household chores. After college, she realized she wanted to have a different life than her mother. Her strong will to help people grew further through nursing. From that experience, she claims she gained some true qualities like love and care for others and the discipline she still has today.
    Starting a home care agencyShe opened a home care agency in 2008. After a short time, she made 2 million dollars a year. Even though the business was going great, she and her partners didn’t share the same business ideas, which caused the end of the partnership. She realized how important it is to choose the right people to partner with. 
    Overcoming systemic racismLetha describes her emotions during her career as a business owner and how it feels to be a black person in the room. Also, she faces different types of discrimination in the business world, since black people obviously aren’t given the same chance to develop their business ideas. She concludes that fighting injustice and making continuous efforts are the only possible way to make it happen.
    Pandemic vs. service industryAs a result of the global COVID pandemic, anxiety overwhelmed people, especially business owners, who had extra responsibility at the time. With her wife, Letha reoriented to a delivery system and still stays in touch with the customers to keep the Bake me happy business running. As a result of the pandemic, Letha reimages what a successful business looks like, focusing on keeping operations and space small.  
    Non-stop planningDue to the uncertainty of our world, Letha concludes that we need to keep all the options open. That way, we won’t be surprised no matter the difficulty we may encounter in the future. After all, mutual support in the community is essential, and it is the silver lining of our cloud.
    Follow Letha's Journey on IG: @bakemehappygf.
    Connect with Mind, Body, Gem guests and upcoming workshops on IG: @Fit_to_navigate

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    • 46 min

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A great role model

Rokki’s podcasts highlight the power of self, goal setting and her support of others to make things happen. She is so much more than a personal fitness trainer, she is a life coach.

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