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PRETTYSMART is a love letter to women with something to say: those with bold thoughts and inquisitive minds. In thought-provoking conversations with some of today’s most dynamic voices – from entrepreneurs and authors to politicians and celebrities – journalist Danielle Robay digs into the hearts, souls, and stories of people who put a new spin on Pretty.
Each week, they tackle a new idea, and hold up a mirror to our culture, asking questions about what works for us and what we can work to change. No topic is off limits – come as you are and join Danielle every Thursday to feel pretty inspired, pretty seen, and best of all: Pretty Smart.

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    • 4.9 • 223 Ratings

PRETTYSMART is a love letter to women with something to say: those with bold thoughts and inquisitive minds. In thought-provoking conversations with some of today’s most dynamic voices – from entrepreneurs and authors to politicians and celebrities – journalist Danielle Robay digs into the hearts, souls, and stories of people who put a new spin on Pretty.
Each week, they tackle a new idea, and hold up a mirror to our culture, asking questions about what works for us and what we can work to change. No topic is off limits – come as you are and join Danielle every Thursday to feel pretty inspired, pretty seen, and best of all: Pretty Smart.

    Get Rid of Chronic Pain and Get Out of Functional Freeze Using Somatic Healing with Liz Tenuto (The Workout Witch)

    Get Rid of Chronic Pain and Get Out of Functional Freeze Using Somatic Healing with Liz Tenuto (The Workout Witch)

    The Workout Witch, Liz Tenuto, joins PRETTYSMART to teach us how to release trauma and get rid of chronic pain through somatic exercises and therapy.  With a Degree in Psychology from UCSB, somatic certifications in Feldenkrais and Pilates with a specialization in injuries & pathologies, and 15 years of teaching experience, she's been changing the conversation around how trauma and anxiety affect the body for 15 years. She shares: 
    What it means if you scroll on your phone for an hour at night
    Her personal journey with chronic pain and how she discovered somatic exercises.
    Why any pain longer that does not heal after 3 months is trauma stored in the body.
    Signs you have stress stored in your body.
    How to differentiate stored trauma from muscle injury
    What a functional freeze is and signs that you are in one (and why it often mimics depression)  
    What parts of the body different emotions are stored in. 
    Why there’s an overlap between signs of ADHD and nervous system dysregulation from trauma. 
    Revenge Sleep Procrastination: What it is and what it means for your nervous system. 
    Why you should stop doing cold plunges. 
    Follow Liz on Instagram
    Explor Liz’s Online Courses

    • 46 min
    Fighting for Our Friendships: The Science and Art of Conflict and Connection in Women's Relationships with Friendship Coach Danielle Bayard Jackson

    Fighting for Our Friendships: The Science and Art of Conflict and Connection in Women's Relationships with Friendship Coach Danielle Bayard Jackson

    Friendship coach and author of “Fighting for Our Friendships,” Danielle Bayard Jackson, joins the pod to share practical strategies and thoughtful insights to help us in every area of our friendships. We discuss:
    The two questions every friend wants answered How to handle conflict in friendships as adults How to make friends as an adult Why friendships change depending on our life stages Why desire is important even in platonic relationship Friendship burnout and how to handle it How to know when it’s time to let a friendship go (and how to handle it) Gossip! Why it’s not ALL bad (and how to differentiate the two)  How to reframe what it means to be a good friend The direct line between female friendships and our physical, mental, and emotional health Follow Danielle here.
    Grab her book here. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    10 Tips to Be a Great Conversationalist: with Danielle Robay

    10 Tips to Be a Great Conversationalist: with Danielle Robay

    In Danielle’s first solo episode she dives into one of her favorite topics— conversation. She’s spent 13 years and over 3,000 conversing professionally (and countless hours talking personally lol). Combining both her professional and personal experience she shares 10 tips on how to be a great conversationalist! 
     
    The quality of conversation in so many ways determines the quality of our lives— use these tips to have better conversations and thus, better quality of life! 

    • 19 min
    Make Your Life a Joy Bomb + Live Shamelessly with Heidi Clements

    Make Your Life a Joy Bomb + Live Shamelessly with Heidi Clements

    Heidi Clements is a 63 year old writer, clothing enthusiast, storyteller. She’s also the incredible and inspiring @WelcometoHeidi on Instagram where she doles out no nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is life advice to her half a million followers who are mostly in their 20s and 30s. Today she joins PRETTYSMART to share her story + some of the lessons she’s learned in each decade. We discuss: 
    The impact she’s made on younger women and especially when it comes to views on aging  How she was able to live without shame and always stay true to herself How she got over caring what others think of her  Working with toxic women in the workplace and what that taught her Why she feels her 60s are a filled with joy (and what lessons we can learn from her to embrace that feeling) What the breaking point was for her to get sober in her 30s Why she doesn’t care about dating What she learned from losing her mother How she discovered her style in her 40s How she landed her dream job as a scripted writer in her 50s What she still struggles with today Follow Heidi on Instagram

    • 1 hr
    Manifesting Your Mission with Actress Brianna Brown Keen

    Manifesting Your Mission with Actress Brianna Brown Keen

    Minnesota native Brianna Brown Keen is an award-winning actress who has worked for over two decades in Hollywood with projects ranging from top grossing feature films, to Emmy-winning television shows, to indie projects she has produced. She is often recognized for her roles on Dynasty, Devious Maids, General Hospital & Homeland, Netflix’s hit series Outer Banks. 
    Brianna is the founder and CEO of the 501c3 non-profit organization The New Hollywood— dedicated to supporting socially conscious storytellers and changemakers thru grants, goals, and mentorship.  Brianna is the Chair Ambassador for the National Women’s History Museum. She is also a public speaker on the topic, “Manifesting Your Mission”, and she offers in-person and online workshops, retreats as well as small group accountability coaching using the method within her book, Manifesting Your Mission. 
    Brianna has her own podcast, Manifesting Your Mission. Check it out here! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/manifesting-your-mission-with-brianna-brown-keen/id1680967142

    • 48 min
    The Four Steps for a Healthy, Powerful, Vibrant + Love Filled Life with Somatic Therapist +  Life Coach Alyssa Nobriga

    The Four Steps for a Healthy, Powerful, Vibrant + Love Filled Life with Somatic Therapist +  Life Coach Alyssa Nobriga

    Alyssa Nobriga is a licensed Clinical Somatic Psychotherapist and lifecoach - today she’s joining PRETTYSMART to share the keys to having healthy, powerful, vibrant and fulfilling relationships.
    We discuss:
    The four levels of love (and what they mean for your relationships) Why we almost always attract a partner who triggers us. What to expect when you uplevel yourself even if your partner doesn’t. Alyssa’s number one hack for a healthy relationship.  The difference between being protective and being vulnerable in your relationship.  How to know if you’re a tiger or a turtle in your relationship (and what that means!)  Why everyone is a mirror and how we can evolve once we really grasp that idea.  Follow Alyssa here

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
223 Ratings

223 Ratings

PSantoro ,

It’s Pretty Smart to question everything

Danielle is more than a question-asker. She’s a personable, relatable LISTENER . She’s not afraid to admit she’s striving to be a better person, admit her perceived short-comings (I.E. saying no more often) while encouraging her listeners to look inside themselves and improve along with her. Now she’s breaking silence on egg freezing. She’s outspoken without being preachy. I root for her and she’s right on a lot of things, I.e. “today is a great day to have a great day!”

Lisa Pavic ,

Intrigued and inspired

Danielle explores topics that mean something to me and she keeps it entertaining. Her angle of “pretty _____” certainly connects to my evolving experiences as an educator, mom, wife, athlete, etc. Always feel like her show topics are great conversation starters with friends and colleagues and it’s an easy listen for my long walks.

Amc928 ,

Always inspiring

Discovered Danielle after she was a guest on Financial Feminist, and this has rapidly become one of my indispensable weekly listens. Her conversational style and choice of guests is unique, I always find myself learning something new!

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