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Join us every week for insightful conversations, practical tips, and life-changing ideas to help you to transform your life from inside out! In this podcast, your hosts, Claudia Velandia and Kenda Swanson, will provide you with a window into their lives that will leave you inspired to live your best life. We will give you the tools and the empowerment you need to get out of your own way, harness the power of your mind so that you lead a happy and purposeful life!

The Art of Living Claudia Velandia and Kenda Swanson

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Join us every week for insightful conversations, practical tips, and life-changing ideas to help you to transform your life from inside out! In this podcast, your hosts, Claudia Velandia and Kenda Swanson, will provide you with a window into their lives that will leave you inspired to live your best life. We will give you the tools and the empowerment you need to get out of your own way, harness the power of your mind so that you lead a happy and purposeful life!

    Choosing forgiveness. Changing your own story, bidding farewell to self-loathing with Laura Fenamore

    Choosing forgiveness. Changing your own story, bidding farewell to self-loathing with Laura Fenamore

    Have you ever felt like you were falling apart on the inside? 
    In this episode, Claudia and Kenda are joined by guest Laura Fenamore, author of the book, Skinny, Fat, Perfect: Love who you see in the mirror on a self-love mission.

    In this conversation, they talk spirituality, changing your own story and finding the power to forgive, so prepare to have your heartstrings seriously tugged and your mind blown.
    Laura is a self-love superstar, coach, author and creator of the OnePinky global community. She specializes in helping people all over the world fall in love with themselves, their bodies and develop healthy and meaningful relationships with themselves again or for the very first time. 
    From decades of struggle with self-esteem as well as addiction, abuse and a heavily troubled home life, Laura found herself at a crossroads between a grim ending and a new beginning. 

    Her decision to find her own path to walk forward into a life of true and deep connection to spirit and body took her life in a whole new direction. And with that difficult journey came immense healing as well as a new insight into her purpose. To help others take that same journey of forgiveness and to no longer let their story define them.
    As you tune in, seek to relax and consider how you can allow that forgiveness into your own situation. 

    Laura treats us to an amazing grounding exercise to start us off so take a deep breath and open your heart to the love this episode is bringing your way.  
    Listening to this episode you will learn what forgiveness truly looks like and how we can truly start to forgive those in our life who have caused us pain, and most importantly learn to forgive ourselves. 

    By removing our victim mindset and starting to understand what true forgiveness is, we can gift ourselves the ultimate freedom and the ability to pursue growth.
    If you want to learn more about Laura you can check out her website or purchase her book at Amazon

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Stop blocking yourself. Insights into how you can see more possibilities for your life!

    Stop blocking yourself. Insights into how you can see more possibilities for your life!

    Leaves are starting to fall, which means that nature is clearing the way for new possibilities, and we decided to follow suit in this episode.

    Claudia and Kenda were inspired this week by the realm of new possibilities. 
    The realm of possibilities is something we often disregard when reflecting on our own experiences. 

    How many things in your life have you chosen not to pursue because you thought they weren’t possible? 1? 2? Maybe too many to count? 

    By closing our thoughts to possibilities, we don’t even allow our minds, bodies, and souls the chance to pursue what we truly desire. 

    Claudia walks (well, actually runs) us through her firsthand experience of how subconsciously she was blocking new possibilities for herself and gives us insights into what YOU can do to stop limiting your own potential and possibilities in YOUR life.  
    This episode illustrates the tools and strategies Kenda and Claudia use in their own lives to shift their perceptions and open a new realm of possibilities. 

    By moving from the subconscious to active thoughts and decisions, we can shift our own ideas of what is truly possible.  

    They also discuss some of the key forces holding us back from pursuing our own new possibilities, such as:
    Our perception of our situationOur own self-worthWhat is truly motivating our decisionsOur denial of true opportunity As you’re tuning in to this episode, ask yourself:
    What areas in my life have I closed myself off to new possibilities? Bonus Question: Do I know why I have chosen to do this? In this episode, you will learn how to develop your own insight into your life’s true possibilities and understand what thoughts, actions and feelings are holding you back. 
    So don’t deny yourself the possibility of learning even more about the true art of living. Get cozy and listen in! 

    • 33 min
    Moving mountains: Understanding trauma, addictions to start the road to healing with Laura McCarthy

    Moving mountains: Understanding trauma, addictions to start the road to healing with Laura McCarthy

    “Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.” – Akshay Dubey. 


     What if you gain the courage to face whatever you may be running from in your life? 
    In today’s episode, we go on a journey of emotions and healing. We are joined by renowned author of “Mess to Majestic” and licensed mental health counsellor Laura McCarthy.

    Laura is passionate about inspiring others towards their own healing journey and opened up with us during this episode about her healing from addiction and how she is changing the stigma about mental health and addiction.   Laura shares her story of the last 36 years and how recovery doesn’t just happen overnight.  

    This episode helps us understand what trauma is, types of trauma and covers the truth about addiction.
    While you’re listening in, watch for the key connections Claudia, Kenda, and Laura draw to their own lives. You will learn how you can evaluate your own experiences and learn from them in a way that allows you to grow rather than be limited by your own trauma experiences. 
    In this episode, you will learn how to discover, assess, and understand your trauma and how by acknowledging that trauma, you can go from feeling like a mess to majestic!

    To connect with Laura, visit her website www.lauramccarthyauthor.com

    • 50 min
    A look into spiritual bypassing and how to stop self-sabotaging with it to move forward from a place of alignment

    A look into spiritual bypassing and how to stop self-sabotaging with it to move forward from a place of alignment

    Have you ever told yourself that everything is okay…when it really wasn’t? 
    Today’s episode is all about pushing the limit of what we want to acknowledge in our lives and being able to break past the cultural norms of hyper positivity to live a more fulfilled life.

    After all, how can we ask other people to push themselves to embrace challenges if we don’t do the same? 

    Today our co-host Claudia gets REAL with some rapid-fire questions and answers. 

    The vulnerability and connection are off the charts as they dig deep into the idea of spiritual bypass and how it’s impacting our ability to move forward in our career, relationships and, on a bigger level, our life! 
    Spiritual bypass is best described as just that, a bypass of our feelings and the chance to validate them.

    By avoiding what is going on within, we do ourselves the disservice of not acknowledging our true state of being. 

    During this episode, Claudia and Kenda answer some of the burning questions about this topic:
    What is a spiritual bypass?What is the problem with saying “everything is okay” all the time?How does understanding spiritual bypass help us feel more aligned?And we can’t leave you without some serious lessons learned, so Claudia shares some of her best examples of how she worked through understanding and growing when she recognized a spiritual bypass. 
    In this episode, you will learn how to understand and acknowledge spiritual bypass in your life and, furthermore, how to grow and evolve past it.
    So don’t bypass this episode! 

    Listen in to get your crash course in embracing all the feels and reaping all the benefits.

    • 41 min
    The Seven Secrets of a Stress Free Life with Randal Johnson

    The Seven Secrets of a Stress Free Life with Randal Johnson

    Have you wondered how you can live a stress-free life?

    In this episode, Claudia and Kenda and guest Randal Johnson take a deep dive into what it really means to live a stress-free life beyond the “fortune cookie advice.”  

    Randal has an MBA in Finance and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion.  He specializes in Stress Elimination. For him, this is not a theory. 

    A high-pressure financial career created overwhelming stress and led Randal to a drug and gambling addiction. After hitting multiple bottoms, he desperately searched for answers. 

    Through his journey, Randal learned to “turn off the burner,” the core source of his stress, as opposed to working through simple, non-permanent stress management fixes to truly understand the root of his stress and focus on removing it from his life at the very core.
    Randal Johnson is the author of the “Seven Secrets to a Stress-Free Life” and treated us to some of his best analogies, pieces of wisdom and, of course, his seven secrets:
    1. Take total responsibility for everything in your life
    2. Create a “gap.”
    3. Identify needs that are really just wants
    4. Give up being right
    5. Realize we don’t know anything for certain 
    6. Create a new story with positive speculation  
    7. The secret of secrets! 

    During their incredibly open and honest discussion, they talk about growth, training your mind, and struggles. They help us to comprehend what true happiness is.

    You will learn how to get to the bottom of what causes us stress in our lives and how we can work towards not just the elimination of stress altogether but the pursuit of a whole, complete and satisfying life. 

    In this episode, you will discover a simple formula for stress elimination that you can apply to every part of your life to help you ditch stress for good.  

    Listen in to their conversation to hear Randal’s hilarious and inspiring stories that helped him craft his seven secrets. 
    So, if you’re in need of some serious stress strategies, this episode is for you!

    Learn more about the 7 secrets in Randal's book and visit his website

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Self-sabotaging, getting out of our comfort zones and following our hearts

    Self-sabotaging, getting out of our comfort zones and following our hearts

    Are you your worst enemy?
    In this conversation, Kenda and Claudia start discussing how we put rocks on our path that stop us from our heart callings and why we become our worst enemies.  
    As you listen to this episode, you will learn how to start listening more to your heart and discover how unconsciously we self-sabotage through fears, beliefs, and expectations and why it’s so hard to get out of our comfort zones. 
    You will get some tips on how you can stop self-sabotaging to follow your heart’s calling.

    • 39 min

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