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Prickly and Blooming is a weekly conversational podcast hosted by Jessie Browning and brought to you by Lajoie Society. Jessie asks her guests: have you ever had a moment you thought, ‘this can’t be my life’; then what did you do about it? We take deep dive into personal narratives addressing subjects such as mental health, motherhood, divorce, sobriety, job loss, and physical health. New episodes every Wednesday.

Prickly and Blooming Jessie Browning

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Prickly and Blooming is a weekly conversational podcast hosted by Jessie Browning and brought to you by Lajoie Society. Jessie asks her guests: have you ever had a moment you thought, ‘this can’t be my life’; then what did you do about it? We take deep dive into personal narratives addressing subjects such as mental health, motherhood, divorce, sobriety, job loss, and physical health. New episodes every Wednesday.

    A Supercell of Personal Growth | Ellen Leonard

    A Supercell of Personal Growth | Ellen Leonard

    Ellen Leonard was practicing yoga in an unused waiting room when she asked herself how did people manage to take care of their loved ones during a difficult situation. Even though she had health and medical resources available to her, she barely kept it together as her mom went through cancer.In this episode of Prickly and Blooming, Ellen talks to host Jessie Browning about how she coped with her mom’s diagnosis and how that experience changed her approach on life. She also talks about her career as a health coach and Ayurvedic practitioner and her podcast, The Healthy, Happy, and mostly Sane Entrepreneur. Episode Timeline:[00:03] Intro[07:18] Meet Ellen Leonard[10:26] Yoga in a hospital waiting room[14:32] Mom’s cancer diagnosis[21:01] The hardest part and the biggest gift[24:49] Healthy boundaries[30:30] Important to take care of yourself[35:30] Embracing her grief[38:30] Coping during COVID-19[45:32] Celebrate your wins[49:05] Negativity bias[51:42] Surviving an apocalypse[55:20] Lifetime in our house[57:11] Ellen’s work[57:35] Contacting Ellen Leonard[57:41] Jessie’s rapid fire questions[1:03:16] Outro Resources Mentioned:Jessie Browning’s episode on Healthy, Happy, and mostly Sane Entrepreneur podcastSchitt's CreekNew GirlNegativity biasThe Walking DeadLove Actually Standout Quotes:“Everyone listening, you know, take what you do seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.” -Jessie Browning [10:09]“You have to find these routines, these habits, self-care, health and wellness, all these things. They actually have to work for you and they have to work for you now.” -Ellen Leonard [44:32]“So often we overlook our wins.” -Ellen Leonard [45:47] Connect:Connect with Lajoie Society:Lajoie Society is Prickly & Blooming; please rate, review, and subscribe.Lajoie Society on InstagramLajoie Society on FacebookLajoie Society on TwitterLajoie Society Website  Learn more about Ellen Leonard:Ellen Leonard WebsiteThe Healthy, Happy, and mostly Sane Entrepreneur podcastEllen Leonard on InstagramEllen Leonard on FacebookEllen Leonard on LinkedInEllen Leonard on Pinterest

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Mid-life Epiphanies | April Noelle Grant

    Mid-life Epiphanies | April Noelle Grant

    In this episode of Prickly and Blooming, host Jessie Browning talks to a fellow podcast host, April Noelle Grant.April talks about why she started her podcast, The Other Side of 40, that shares stories about women who did things after the age of 40. She also discusses how she coped with the loss of her second child and handles the misconceptions of being a stay at home mom. Listen to what book she uses to plan date nights with her husband.Episode Timeline:[00:03] Intro[04:06] Meet April Noelle Grant[08:08] A mom during law school[11:55] Having a son with hypoplastic heart syndrome[17:20] A new job[18:11] Depression after losing her son[22:08] Getting married[25:14] An occupational shift[28:38] Having more children[32:40] Shifting from the legal profession to a stay-at-home mom[39:49] “I support your choice.”[43:51] Feeling like a single mother[51:51] The Other Side of 40[55:06] Planning dates with her husband[1:01:09] Couples therapy[1:07:18] Launching The Other Side of 40 on her birthday[1:07:55] Where to find The Other Side of 40[1:08:21] Jessie’s rapid fire questions[1:11:44] OutroResources Mentioned:Ossa CollectiveHypoplastic heart syndromeBreaking BadMad MenThe Adventure Challenge: Couple’s EditionStandout Quotes:“There are people that make it their job to try to work every system they possibly can and if you’ve never come across one in the world, consider yourself lucky.” -Jessie Browning [28:14]“I don’t think a lot of women understand how much you really have to be intentional with being a stay-at-home mom. It’s not something that you kind of do, and not to say there aren’t women who do it, but I would say the vast majority are very intentional when they’re home. They’re very intentional with their families, their kids, because they do know that every day’s the same. Every day is pretty much the same. The monotony of it all and trying to make it something and make it memorable and not have that monotony fall onto the kids.” -April Noelle Grant [35:34]“So part of the reason I started it as well is to create this community, because what I’ve realized is making massive, sweeping changes is really hard when you have no support.” -April Noelle Grant [53:38]Connect:Connect with Lajoie Society:Lajoie Society is Prickly & Blooming; please rate, review, and subscribe.Lajoie Society on InstagramLajoie Society on FacebookLajoie Society on TwitterLajoie Society Website  Learn more about April Noelle Grant:The Other Side of 40 WebsiteThe Other Side of 40 PodcastThe Other Side of 40 on InstagramThe Other Side of 40 on FacebookThe Other Side of 40 Facebook GroupThe Other Side of 40 on Twitter

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Living in the moment | Sherri Pauls

    Living in the moment | Sherri Pauls

    As bad as the moment was, losing everything was one of the best things to happen to Sherri Pauls. In the first episode of Prickly and Blooming Season 3, Sherri talks to host Jessie Browning about how she became the person she always wanted to be and how she started living in the moment. Listen to how she uses her five senses to help her through panic attacks. Episode Timeline:[00:03] Intro[09:02] Meet Sherri Pauls[10:51] Losing everything in a house fire[12:59] Her childhood and family life[17:27] “It’s just stuff”[21:41] No more comparisons[23:58] Living in the moment[26:32] Becoming aware[32:22] Meeting her husband[37:37] “Nothing real about me”[41:03] The five senses[46:35] Limping along[49:29] How things changed after the fire[56:38] EMDR[58:54] Giving herself room for grace[1:05:36] Everything is a gift[1:07:11] Missing roadtrips[1:14:58] Jessie’s rapid fire questions[1:20:56] Contacting Sherri Pauls[1:24:10] Outro

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Back to Season 1 | Jessie Browning

    Back to Season 1 | Jessie Browning

    In this last episode of Prickly and Blooming Season 2, host Jessie Browning checks in with some of her guests from Season 1.Listen to Laura Wall talk about her new book and the unexpected listener to her previous episode. Maggie Gentry recaps her rollercoaster of a year and how she is adapting to being home. Teresa King reflects on losing an election, and Dr. Wendy Slinkard talks about the importance of making personal connections for her business.Episode Timeline:[00:03] Intro[08:01] Checking in with Laura Wall[11:45] Launching her book[15:55] An unexpected listener[21:48] Checking in with Maggie Gentry[26:41] A rollercoaster of a year[31:04] Checking in with Teresa King[34:48] Reflecting on the election results[39:51] A positive conversation from an uncomfortable situation[43:03] Checking in with Dr. Wendy Slinkard[55:11] OutroResources Mentioned:Laura Hall’s Prickly and Blooming episodeHiral Patel’s Prickly and Blooming episodeCindy Villanueva’s Prickly and Blooming episodeMaggie Gentry’s Prickly and Blooming episodeTeresa King’s Prickly and Blooming episodeDr. Wendy Slinkard’s Prickly and Blooming episodeFinding Our Wings: Seven Entrepreneurs on Reclaiming Hope and Power by Laura Wall, Lindsey Daniels, Cindy Villanueva, Laura Bautista, Patricia Cashion, Hiral Patel and Amber TarchaHearts of Healing CenterRefuge for WomenKing's RansomStandout Quotes:“Detaching from outcomes has been the theme of the year.” -Laura Wall [08:40]“It was a perfect example of what we’ve talked about and I’ve talked about it in other episodes is like ‘Don’t wait until your life blows up.’” -Jessie Browning [44:44]“This project has given my life. Like it’s giving me connections and stories and listening and laughing and crying, which are all things I live for, that I love, that I need and that have been so helpful in this weird year that we’ve had, this isolated year.” -Jessie Browning [55:45]Connect: Connect with Lajoie Society:Lajoie Society is Prickly & Blooming; please rate, review, and subscribe. Lajoie Society on Instagram Lajoie Society on Facebook Lajoie Society on TwitterLajoie Society Website 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Filling Her Space | Kimberly Wolfe

    Filling Her Space | Kimberly Wolfe

    In this episode of Prickly and Blooming, Kimberly Wolfe speaks with host Jessie Browning about finding joy again after her divorce. She explains how she set boundaries to reform her life after she became a single mom when her baby was four month old. Listen to how she explains what steps she took to stop the shame spiral and why that was important for her.Episode Timeline:[00:03] Intro[07:09] Meet Kimberly Wolfe[09:06] Becoming a single mom[16:48] A divorce depression[19:20] Can’t pour from an empty cup[27:32] Her negative coping skills[35:23] Sitting through shame[39:17] How to get rid of shame[43:54] Unloading emotional labor[50:15] Being a single parent[53:56] Filling her space[58:58] Reform her life[1:02:20] Her future for now[1:06:55] Her adoption story[1:10:00] Momslapped podcast[1:12:11] Contacting Kimberly Wolfe[1:14:00] Jessie’s rapid fire questions[1:21:25] OutroResources Mentioned:Brene Brown's booksThe Michelle Obama PodcastUnlocking Us PodcastStandout Quotes:“If I have a plan for the future, I can be safe in the present.” -Kimberly Wolfe [09:37]“It’s insane how unequipped we go into motherhood.” -Kimberly Wolfe [19:19]“If my daughter came to me 10 years from now and said ‘I feel shame about this in my life.’ And I told her ‘Well, just go sit in the other room for awhile,’ like that’s not going to help her. She needs to be open about it and she needs to see a mom who can say ‘This is my shame’ and bring it into the world, because then she can also do that in her life.” -Kimberly Wolfe [43:06]Connect: Connect with Lajoie Society:Lajoie Society is Prickly & Blooming; please rate, review, and subscribe. Lajoie Society on Instagram Lajoie Society on Facebook Lajoie Society on Twitter Lajoie Society Website Learn more about Kimberly Wolfe:Kimberly Wolfe’s Website Momslapped Website Momslapped on Instagram Kimberly Wolfe on Instagram

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Reframing Self-Care | Stef Caldwell

    Reframing Self-Care | Stef Caldwell

    Stef Caldwell was on track to complete her 10-year plan until she got the call from her boss. Her position at work had been eliminated. She was moved to a new role in a new department, but it completely devastated her.In this episode of Prickly and Blooming, Stef speaks with host Jessie Browning about realizing how she determined her self worth through work and how she adjusted this mindset by setting ruthless boundaries. She also talks about her company, Manifest, that helps ambitious women set and achieve their goals.Episode Timeline:[00:03] Intro[05:33] Meet Stef Caldwell[07:12] An unexpected job change[10:57] The importance to nurture your mental health[15:30] Follow the White Rabbit moment[19:43] Getting her dream job, then losing the dream job[24:04] “My life is sacred”[27:58] Setting ruthless boundaries[30:36] Inspiration on Bixby Creek Bridge[34:58] Hindsight is 2020[40:19] Never stop learning[42:11] Dreaming big[45:57] Contacting Stef Caldwell[47:10] Jessie’s rapid fire questions[55:40] OutroResources Mentioned:ManifestHer: The Ambitious Woman's Guide to: Getting Unstuck, Navigating the Ambiguity of Your Post-Prescribed Life, and Manifesting Your Biggest Dreams by Stef CaldwellRitual Hot YogaInsight Timer“Making Your Life Sacred” by Sarah BlondinArianna HuffingtonMiki AgrawalYou²: A High-Velocity Formula for Multiplying your Personal Effectiveness in Quantum Leaps by Price Pritchett, PhDStandout Quotes:“My personal mission to help women claim their power and step into their potential.” -Stef Caldwell [06:28]“And in that moment, I realized that 100% of my self worth was tied up in who I was in the office, and that just couldn’t be the case anymore.” -Stef Caldwell [10:34]“Self-love, in the way that we define it in Manifest, is expressing a deep affection for your essential being. And self-care, as we define it, is the health, welfare, maintenance and protection of your essential being. And when you start reframing self-care is like what do I need for my health? What do I need for my welfare? What do I need for the maintenance of me and for the protection of me? You start really shape shifting.” -Stef Caldwell [38:49]Connect: Connect with Lajoie Society:Lajoie Society is Prickly & Blooming; please rate, review, and subscribe. Lajoie Society on Instagram Lajoie Society on Facebook Lajoie Society on Twitter Lajoie Society Website Learn more about Stef Caldwell:Stef Caldwell Website ManifestHer Website Stef Caldwell on Instagram Stef Caldwell on Facebook Stef Caldwell on TwitterStef Caldwell on LinkedIn

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