14 episodes

MoodConnect is a weekly podcast that features guests, events, and discussions about health and wellness in our bodies, minds, spirit, and bank account! MoodConnect focuses on being real, authentic and honest about how we feel and why. 

Amy Ouzoonian, the host of MoodConnect brings to her listeners inspiring and intriguing stories from guests on her show. Tips and discounts on health and wellness is offered regularly on her show as well.

MoodConnect Podcast with Amy Ouzoonian Amy Ouzoonian

    • Health & Fitness

MoodConnect is a weekly podcast that features guests, events, and discussions about health and wellness in our bodies, minds, spirit, and bank account! MoodConnect focuses on being real, authentic and honest about how we feel and why. 

Amy Ouzoonian, the host of MoodConnect brings to her listeners inspiring and intriguing stories from guests on her show. Tips and discounts on health and wellness is offered regularly on her show as well.

    Being A Single Mother - Self Love & Self Care

    Being A Single Mother - Self Love & Self Care

    In this episode, Amy wants to share her journey and experience in being a single mother. She talks about life in her 20’s and 30’s and how she came to discover that being a mother was part of the life she wanted to create for herself. This made her realise that we all should, and often do, create the life we want to live and this is something she wants her daughter to live her life by, to pursue what makes her feel joy.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Amy discovered that lifting others up, sharing information and supporting people take the next steps in their lives is what makes her feel good. Helping others has always helped her feel better when she has been struggling in life.


    Growing up, Amy didn’t really think about children or becoming a mother. She generally didn’t spend much time around children, it’s just how her life was. When she got into her 30s she was occupied with so many other things but noticed a lot of her friends and peers having children and she started thinking about how she would like this for her life too.


    Many women often easily step into the role of wanting to nurture and be a caregiver to a child. This was Amy’s experience but she still struggled with relationships and finding a good partner who she would want to have a child with.


    To be truly fulfilled and happy we have to create the life we want to lead, to follow our ‘heart song’. If we do this then we will be living in line with our values and feel aligned.

     

     

    BEST MOMENTS 

    “I wanna love a child, I want to love my child”

     

    “Where are all those men who didn’t want to have a family, who weren’t ready at that time?”

     

    “We create the life we want to live”

     

     

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    Get out of Sleep debt and feel great!

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    ABOUT THE GUEST

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Amy Ouzoonian is the host of MoodConnect podcast. She is also CEO and Founder of MoodConnect, mood media app to be released Summer of 2021, and Maitri Wellness, a health and wellness discount directory. She is a yoga teacher, performance artist and author of several books of poetry, fiction and plays. Amy is originally from New York City, but has spent the past 10 years living and creating with her daughter in Phoenix, Arizona.  

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    • 48 min
    Self-Love is the Platform We Build On - Interviewing Nwamaka Agbakoba

    Self-Love is the Platform We Build On - Interviewing Nwamaka Agbakoba

    In this inspiring and motivating episode Amy speaks to Nwamaka Agbakoba (Amaka) about the creation of her business MKCurvy through enduring health difficulties. They discuss Amaka’s values, upbringing, the ethos behind her work and all other aspects of her own personal journey.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Amy and Amaka met on the global investors platform a year ago, they have both come really far since then. The power of virtual communication has been key in their relationship and successes.


    Amaka was born in Nigeria and still has a strong connection to her birth country as well as a family network there. She currently lives in Canada and sees herself as both Canadian and Nigerian.


    Fashion is one of Amaka’s passions. A lot of her inspiration and passion originated from her mum and childhood. Her mother’s closet was always amazing and she would allow Amaka to choose designs to be made for her. She learnt to make her own clothing which meant she could have unique clothes that fit her perfectly.


    She began making clothes for friends which she enjoyed but she then became very ill, giving her a lot of extra thinking time on her hands, it’s what led her to create her own plus-sized fashion business for curvier women - MKCurvy. Amaka decided to keep the work in her business in Nigeria as she wanted to support the community she grew up in rather than move production to somewhere in Asia.


    Amaka attributes the creation and running of her business as helping her cope and survive her health issues. Even when she is having a difficult time she can always motivate herself to work on her business. Amaka also believes in trying to show up and present yourself the best way you can, this is not to minimise illness or fatigue but she always feels just that little bit better if she makes the extra effort, whether that is in her business or in her physical appearance.


    Amaka grew up in a society where being fat is just a descriptor. People don't necessarily say it to be rude, they just say it how it is. Despite being a plus-sized child, Amaka was given so much love and support from her parents that she always felt beautiful and she still carries that with her today. Those things early on made her realise how special she really was.


    Trust your gut no matter whether that is as a parent, in business or anything else.

     

    BEST MOMENTS 

    “It’s made a perfect story for my life”

     

    “I Recognise that women have so much less access than I do…I just wanted to do more”


     

    "The kindness, the affirmations, just showing me how beautiful I am just carried me through life"

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Follow Amy on Instagram

     

    Get out of Sleep debt and feel great!

    Sign up with Rise Energy and Sleep app and get your first 30-days free, also get 40% off your first year after the trial with this link! https://rise-sleep.app.link/moodconnect

     

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Nwamaka Agbakoba (Amaka) is a Nigerian born Canadian fashion designer and mother to her lovely9-year-old son. Nigerian born and raised, Amaka received her formal education in U.S. and lives inCanada. She spends her time between Canada and US where her operations are in Atlanta, GA. She holds a Bachelors in Finance from Kent State University, Ohio and an MBA in EmergingMarkets Finance from American University, Washington DC. She started her journey in fashion in 2009 when she joined Addition Elle; a premium plus sizebrand. She derived immense pleasure from styling clients and infusing them with a bit of her ownbody confidence (she credits her parents for this). Although Amaka returned in 2010 to thefinancial sector, she still remained the go to person for styling her friends. In 2013, Amaka seized an exciting development sector opportunity in her country of birth;Nigeria. It was at this time Amaka connected with amazing artisans to produce the endlessdesigns she dreamed of.

    • 54 min
    Whiteness

    Whiteness

    Content Warning – Discussion around racism

    White people can stop racism. A difficult truth for some people to hear but it does not make it any less true. White people need to do more listening to educate themselves about what racism is and the things they can do to start the change that is needed in the world.

    In this episode Amy explores whiteness, white privilege and her own experiences around racism and what she, and others like her, can do to be a true ally.  

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    Amy has been speaking with a lot of black people and people of colour, she has learnt a lot about her own whiteness, privilege and her own racist actions.


    Not wanting to be uncomfortable and being afraid are the enemy of change. We have to forget about ourselves and our own individual selves and look at the collective, what can we do to change the narrative, what are we doing ourselves that is racist that we didn’t realise? We need to educate ourselves and others and share the truth about racism.


    If you are feeling uncomfortable by these types of conversations, think about why that is. You shouldn’t feel defensive, you are just being called upon to do something, to help change this racist world. Change is not comfortable.



     

    BEST MOMENTS 

    “Racism is everyone’s problem”

     

    “It’s not enough to just say I’m not racist”

     

    “Be a listener”

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Follow Amy on Instagram

     

    Get out of Sleep debt and feel great!

    Sign up with Rise Energy and Sleep app and get your first 30-days free, also get 40% off your first year after the trial with this link! https://rise-sleep.app.link/moodconnect

     

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Amy Ouzoonian is the host of WeConnect podcast. She is also CEO and Founder of MoodConnect, mood media app to be released Summer of 2021, and Maitri Wellness, a health and wellness discount directory. She is a yoga teacher, performance artist and author of several books of poetry, fiction and plays. Amy is originally from New York City, but has spent the past 10 years living and creating with her daughter in Phoenix, Arizona.  

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    • 44 min
    Self Care is Self Love in Action - Interviewing Emilie Rawlings

    Self Care is Self Love in Action - Interviewing Emilie Rawlings

    Welcome to episode 11 of We Connect!

    In this episode Amy speaks to Emilie Rawlings, creator, author and self-love advocate. Emilie talks about her book (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Foundation-Mindfulness-Meditation-Emilie-Rawlings/dp/B08R9M2FFF) and discusses with Amy how to live mindfully, how to take care of your needs and to love yourself.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    What is in your cup is yours and what overflows is everyone else’s. This is a mantra Amy believes in and wants to share the ethos behind this with everyone.


    Self-care is self-love in action. If we are able to love ourselves it will look like practicing good and frequent self-care. Emilie's journey to self-care started 7 years ago after seeking out help by seeing a counsellor. She found self-care by necessity.


    The people around Emilie started to notice and be inspired by the journey she was on. Her mental health was so much better, she was starting to feel like she was healing, from her stress, her anxiety and her OCD. This is when she decided to write her book.


    Emilie's book has personal stories in but she describes it as a ‘blueprint’ so others can find the calm, peace and love she has managed to discover.


    It’s so easy to fall into the trap of overworking in a lot of Western cultures. It can be seen to be good to be busy all of the time we often “glamourize the grind“, but it actually means that you end up not focusing or doing a good job on the things that matter and many of us then become overwhelmed and burnt out. This was the case for Emilie, she also found that she would use being busy as an excuse for a variety of situations.


    One of the techniques Emilie first used when starting to practice mindfulness was taking a course called “mindfulness for stress relief” which is widely recognised as having a scientific basis and being a versatile treatment method for those suffering from stress.

     

    BEST MOMENTS 

    “Take care of ourselves first because it’s an inside job…if we are able to fill our cups then we are able to fill up the cups of others”

     

    “Self-care is self-love in action”

     

    “Mood Connect came out of that idea, the shift and the change from the pandemic...we were on this place of what do we do now, it forced me to get quiet and to just be with myself”

     

    “When somebody does something amazing I like to give a bit of a shout out to the teachers”

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Follow Amy on Instagram

     

    Get out of Sleep debt and feel great!

    Sign up with Rise Energy and Sleep app and get your first 30-days free, also get 40% off your first year after the trial with this link! https://rise-sleep.app.link/moodconnect

    Emilie's Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Foundation-Mindfulness-Meditation-Emilie-Rawlings/dp/B08R9M2FFF

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Emily Rawlings

    Emilie's Book:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Foundation-Mindfulness-Meditation-Emilie-Rawlings/dp/B08R9M2FFF


    ABOUT THE HOST

    Amy Ouzoonian is the host of WeConnect podcast. She is also CEO and Founder of MoodConnect, mood media app to be released Summer of 2021, and Maitri Wellness, a health and wellness discount directory. She is a yoga teacher, performance artist and author of several books of poetry, fiction and plays. Amy is originally from New York City, but has spent the past 10 years living and creating with her daughter in Phoenix, Arizona.  

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Personal is Political - Interview with Christina Springer

    The Personal is Political - Interview with Christina Springer

    In this episode, Amy speaks with Christina Springer, the founder of Mmm, Yes! which normalizes new Black aesthetics by manifesting diaspora designs, and a uniquely Black womanist voice in our homes, home furnishings and on the go. 

    They talk about feminism, racism and what led Christina on the path to where she is today.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The phrase the personal is political, has so much more depth of meaning to it than many people first realise. What is implied in this phrase is that the choices you make expand and move outwards and affect the world around you. The personal is an extensions of the self.


    When we are talking about the start of the feminist movement we are actually talking about middle to upper class women. Women who already had some privilege. Poor white women have always had to work, they have always had to balance work and the home.


    The need of the owning class was to be the sole lifeline, the sole support for a family. Which is why they would own all the land and stores in one town. It was also one of the reasons education became compulsory for children, it was somewhere for them to go and to be trained to be good workers.



    If you don’t care about someone, it means that they don’t enter your mind. That they then aren’t part of your inner world, this is a large part of racism, this is why Black people have to push so hard to be seen by white people.


    Black children are not treated tenderly by the white world. They have to learn from an early age how to deal with this, they don’t feel entitled to be seen or to be seen lovingly. Christina noticed in her store that if she smiled at white children they always smiled back, black children she smiled at always seemed confused.


    Christina identifies as being Alt-Black. This encompasses so many things but simply, it is a way for her to identify with all of her ancestors and history as well as her own lived experience, including often being on the fringes of what is accepted and relishing those on the edges of society. Alt-Black is a way of being black in a world that is not confined by respectability politics, that is extremely focused on liberation and shows up for itself and what it is interested in rather than what it should be doing.





     

    BEST MOMENTS 

    “Mood connect is just made to connect people together to heal”

    “It’s not just you in the equation it’s everybody” 

    “I’m so over simplifying everything”

    “A lot of people don’t feel like they need any revision”

    "I have never been a real traditional artist...I have always loved those artists on the edges"

    "We have to be more than those who colonised us"

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Follow Amy on Instagram

     

    Get out of Sleep debt and feel great!

    Sign up with Rise Energy and Sleep app and get your first 30-days free, also get 40% off your first year after the trial with this link! https://rise-sleep.app.link/moodconnect

     

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Christina Springer is the founder of Mmmm, Yes! which normalizes new Black aesthetics by manifesting diaspora designs, and a uniquely Black womanist voice in our homes, home furnishings and on the go. 

    Mmmm, Yes! Is the result of Springer’s 30 year practice as a multidisciplinary artist.  Her visual art has been exhibited in galleries nationally.  Her realization that fine art is often inaccessible

    to many led her to founding her company.  She is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent of which was published by Frayed Edge Press in 2018.  She resides in Pittsburgh, PA., where she home educates her child (also an entrepreneur.)

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Amy Ouzoonian is the host of WeConnect podcast. She is also CEO and Founder of MoodConnect, mood media app to be released Summer of 2021, and Maitri Wellness, a health and wellness discount directory. She is a yoga teacher, performance artist and author of several

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Writing, Activism and the History of Tarot: Speaking with Courtney Weber

    Writing, Activism and the History of Tarot: Speaking with Courtney Weber

    In this episode, Amy speaks with Courtney Weber, a Witch, author, Tarot adviser, and activist.

    They discuss Courtney’s books, fringe culture, pagan history, her life journey, and review the worlds perspective on the kind of work and path Courtney chose to follow.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Witchcraft and tarot started as personal hobby for Courtney but when she started doing open mics she discovered that people gravitated to her content that centred around this. This helped her make the decision to follow this momentum, she always found herself being drawn back to this world whenever she was trying to do something else, she knew this was her destiny.


    Courtney is a self-confessed history nerd. She adores learning and gaining knowledge and facts that other people might deem as dull. This paired with her spiritual connection is what pathed the way for her specific niche. She understood it was important to take into account peoples personal spiritual journeys as well as the background and historical context.


    How we are experiencing gods and goddesses today is vastly different to when they were first created. What they would consider to be moral, valuable or terrifying is very different to what we experience. It’s important to take this into account when applying meaning to our own personal stories and journeys.


    So much about Irish history and culture is buried within their language which was suppressed by their oppressors in history. Once you recognise this and use it to aid your understanding you can discover so much more.


    Older generations, particularly marketers, seem to have the impression that gen z are a party generation that are selfish. But this couldn’t be further from the truth, they are a generation that are ethical, genuine, like connection and are very mindful.


    We can criticise social media for many things but one great advantage and positive impact it has had, is the ability to be able to see other peoples perspective, values and way of life. You get a lot more exposure to how other people think and how they live their lives differently to you.

    BEST MOMENTS 

    “It gave me an insight into what art was calling for me”

     

    “Gods are always a reflection of human experience”

     

    “It’s important people get good information about the history of what they do and be given permission to have their own personal experience and have that validated”

     

    “You definitely connect with readers and paint a very honest and authentic painted picture of yourself”

    VALUABLE RESOURCES

    Follow Amy on Instagram

     

    Get out of Sleep debt and feel great!

    Sign up with Rise Energy and Sleep app and get your first 30-days free, also get 40% off your first year after the trial with this link! https://rise-sleep.app.link/moodconnect

     

    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Courtney Weber is a Witch, author, Tarot adviser, and activist. She is the author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and Tarot for One: The Art of Reading for Yourself,  and the forthcoming The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might and the forthcoming Hekate: Goddess of Witches. She is a co-host of That Witch Life podcast. She has been  featured in Maxim, Playboy, Huffington Post, Vice, and the Thom Hartmann Show.  Visit her online at www.courtneyaweber.com.

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Amy Ouzoonian is the host of WeConnect podcast. She is also CEO and Founder of MoodConnect, mood media app to be released Summer of 2021, and Maitri Wellness, a health and wellness discount directory. She is a yoga teacher, performance artist and author of several books of poetry, fiction and plays. Amy is originally from New York City, but has spent the past 10 years living and creating with her daughter in Phoenix, Arizona.  

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    • 1 hr

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