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Love to laugh and hear people’s stories?  Do you live in, plan to visit, curious about life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and looking for things to do besides hiking? Then this is for you. Join host comedian Dawn Davis Womack whose claim to fame is having a son that made it to the NFL. BFFs and strangers alike find she’s light-hearted, genuine, family-oriented and never late for a happy hour! It’s engaging conversations with comedians and other fascinating peeps on faith, comedy, life, fitness, food, drinks and entertainment in the Valley.

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Love to laugh and hear people’s stories?  Do you live in, plan to visit, curious about life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and looking for things to do besides hiking? Then this is for you. Join host comedian Dawn Davis Womack whose claim to fame is having a son that made it to the NFL. BFFs and strangers alike find she’s light-hearted, genuine, family-oriented and never late for a happy hour! It’s engaging conversations with comedians and other fascinating peeps on faith, comedy, life, fitness, food, drinks and entertainment in the Valley.

    Innkeepers Chat at The Friendly City Inn with a Modern Take on a 1885 Mansion B&B {Ep 157}

    Innkeepers Chat at The Friendly City Inn with a Modern Take on a 1885 Mansion B&B {Ep 157}

    Laughers, prepare to get swept away by the allure of olde world charm and hospitality with innkeepers Joel and Becca Graham of the historic Friendly City Inn in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Take a journey with these new parents who are among the youngest innkeepers in America and our charismatic host, Dawn Davis Womack, as we delve into their heartfelt transformation of an 1885 mansion into a modern bed and breakfast oasis. Nestled near the bustling downtown and James Madison University campus, this idyllic inn invites guests with gourmet breakfasts crafted from local ingredients, where classic fare meets a creative twist. Hear anecdotes of their rise from humble apartment dwellers to proud proprietors living in the house behind the inn. Peek into Joel's unique hobby as a certified mushroom forager, and gather insights into their dedication to the local community and the environment. Revel in their story of love and Spike ball—a game that led to a world championship win and an inspiring partnership. The Grahams share their business philosophy, their encounters with a gracious former owner, and their vision for integrating events and live entertainment to deepen local connections. Finally, don't miss the chance to hear about their pride-filled feature in Southern Living magazine that has guests flocking to their doorstep. It's all about embracing the legacy while crafting contemporary experiences—tune in for laughs, lessons, and local escapades right here on Virginia Is For Laughers. Cheers to laughter, exploring the Valley  and living the inn life!

    Friendly City Inn
    Inquiries and Bookings: friendlycityinn.com
    Facebook: Friendly City Inn Bed & Breakfast
    Instagram: @friendlycityinn
    Location: 547 E Market St., Harrisonburg, Virginia
    Email: info@friendlycityinn.com
    Phone: (540) 433-8233

    Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! 
    Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 
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    Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com
    ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley

    To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit:
    www.x2comedy.com/
    Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy

    • 56 min
    How to Tend to Your Heart & Mind by Unpacking Your Hidden Challenges to Growth {Ep 156}

    How to Tend to Your Heart & Mind by Unpacking Your Hidden Challenges to Growth {Ep 156}

    Laughers, prepare to journey into your own heart and mind to discover unhidden challenges that can sabotage your personal growth with our guest Letitia Bates. She’s a renowned coach, award winning speaker and #1 Amazon bestseller author who sheds light on the transformative power of self awareness and healing from trauma. This episode is sure to tug at those heartstrings as much as it tickles your funny bone! We’ll dive deep into the art of emotional healing as Letitia walks us through practices like tapping to address the intricate challenges of stress and past trauma. Get real about the physiological nuances of "little t" triggers, why the familiar discomfort of past abuse attracts us in relationships, and the transformative power of recognizing our own patterns of victimhood and scarcity mindset. Letitia's expertise isn’t just theoretical; she shares her poignant personal story of overcoming abuse and abandonment, leading to her discovery of EMDR therapy and coaching others toward growth. With relatable discussions on emotional intelligence and the importance of acknowledging and validating unresolved emotions, this episode offers strategies for fostering resilience in a world rife with change. As always, we infuse our robust friendly dialogue with the lightness and humor you've come to expect from this podcast, culminating in delightful detours of enjoying gourmet popcorn flavors from our sponsor, PrePOPsterous. Discover self-compassion and the power to transform adversity into agility. If you're ready to reclaim your emotions and take control of your growth, tune in for a guide to nurturing your own heart and mind. Cheers to healing laughter and self-discovery with an extra special dedication to all the “Susies” out there;-) Enjoy!

    Letitia Bates: At the Wheel Coaching 
    Get in touch & get your Complimentary Clarity Session at chatwithletitia.com

    Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! 
    Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 
    Website: www.prepopsterous.com
    Discount promo code: LAUGH15 

    Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com
    ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley

    To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit:
    www.x2comedy.com/
    Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Escapes Spa: Delight in Massages, Healing & Wisdom on Self-Care in a Zen Oasis {Ep 155}

    Escapes Spa: Delight in Massages, Healing & Wisdom on Self-Care in a Zen Oasis {Ep 155}

    Laughers, get ready to explore a world of relaxation, rejuvenation and healing in this zen oasis! Our host, the fun-loving Dawn Davis Womack is joined by the charismatic Lou Botkin, Massage Therapist, Owner and the heart of Escapes Spa. Tune in to hear Lou’s story of Arizona roots, fascinating August County farm life and her wisdom on how to turn self-care into a holistic sanctuary for the soul. As Dawn’s massage therapist, Lou has been an integral part of Dawn’s healing journey from past traumas. Delight in their friendly banter throughout this episode and uncover the fun nickname Dawn has for Lou! Broaden your perspective of holistic wellness as we unravel the benefits of various massage modalities, explore energy healing with Reiki, learn about rain bath therapy and discuss why it's time to retire the notion that busyness equals productivity. From the importance of scheduled self-care rituals to the specialty of prenatal massages, learn about embracing the balance between doing and being. Plus, you’ll discover what parts of the body hold onto the past, the present and more! It’s time to get cozy, and let this episode be your retreat as we laugh, learn, and unwind together. Cheers to your well-being, your own self-care practices and until next time, keep smiling…bye!

    Escapes Spa ~ www.escapesspa.com
    Instagram: @escapesspa
    Facebook: Escapes Spa
    Location: 21 Southgate Ct #102, Harrisonburg, VA 

    Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! 
    Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 
    Website: www.prepopsterous.com
    Discount promo code: LAUGH15 

    Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com
    ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley

    To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit:
    www.x2comedy.com/
    Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy

    • 57 min
    How to Deepen Relationships: Hope & Healing with Couples Therapist Randy Hook {Ep 154}

    How to Deepen Relationships: Hope & Healing with Couples Therapist Randy Hook {Ep 154}

    Laughers, take a journey deep with us into the complexities of love and connection with renowned Couples Therapist Randy Hook, LCSW, PLLC. With over 25 years of therapy triumphs, Randy guides us through the profound journey of mending and nurturing relationships. Discover how radical acceptance and unconditional positive regard revolutionize the way couples communicate and resolve conflict, all while Randy shares insights from dialectical behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, experiences as a therapist and personal anecdotes. Host Dawn Davis Womack gets candid about her recovery journey from complex PTSD, inviting us to embrace vulnerability as a strength. And yes, we even get a glimpse into Randy's personal narrative, from his initial calling to his devotion outside the therapy room—balancing sports enthusiasm with family life. Want to transform your relationship dynamics? Wondering about Randy's 'wise mind' advice or how to vanquish 'the drift' in your partnership? Tune in for an episode brimming with healing, hope, and humor.  Randy's training, commitment and wealth of experience has made him an invaluable resource for couples seeking to strengthen their bonds and unravel the mysteries of affection and support between partners. Our hope is you walk away with a few insights, hope and inspiration to explore the possibilities to deepen your own bonds in the relationships that mean the most to you. Here's to love, laughter, and the ongoing work of personal growth. Cheers!

    Randy Hook, LCSW ~  www.randyhooklcsw.com
    Specializing in Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Certified Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) instructor.

    Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! 
    Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 
    Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/ 
    Discount promo code: LAUGH15 

    Virginia Is For Laughers: virginiaisforlaughers.com

    To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit:
    https://www.x2comedy.com/
    Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Transform Your Nutrition with Tips from Nutrition Coach Katie Welborn, NTP {Ep 153}

    Transform Your Nutrition with Tips from Nutrition Coach Katie Welborn, NTP {Ep 153}

    Laughers, take a dive into a topic we all chew on daily—nutrition! Katie Welborn, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, NTP, shares her expertise from her roles as Nutrition Coach at Rocktown CrossFit and Nutrition Consultant at Rocktown Medical Spa. We're unpacking everything from sports performance to family health and women’s health with practical take away tips to help you transform your nutrition. With a background as a health psychology professional, get the scoop on the power of real-life changes in the realm of fitness and wellness after the birth of Katie’s first baby. Transitioning from cardio to strength training, Katie shares the surprising impact of a smart diet, the power of protein, and why food tracking can kickstart behavior change. We touch on the benefits of a fasting window and highlight the journey to better health by giving that digestive system some downtime. Explore with us the idea that nutrition is not one-size-fits-all and learn why adding protein to your breakfast can kick-start your day the right way. The episode is peppered with humor as our guest debunks diet trends and offers practical strategies for sustainable nutritional habits. Whether you want to enhance your athletic performance, improve insulin resistance, or simply feel your best, this episode provides helpful tips, personal success stories, and the key to finding the ideal balance in your dietary choices. So Laughers, raise your water bottles, reset those daily protein goals, and maybe even learn to love the phrase "it depends" on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Cheers!

    Katie Welborn, NTP (Nutrition Therapy Practitioner)
    Nutrition Coaching: rocktowncrossfit.com
    Nutrition Consulting: rocktownmedicalspa.com
    Email: rocktownnutrition@gmail.com

    Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! 
    Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 
    Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/ 
    Discount promo code: LAUGH15 

    Virginia Is For Laughers: virginiaisforlaughers.com

    To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit:
    https://www.x2comedy.com/
    Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Fitness Expert & Master Trainer Robin Crespo Gets Real: Strength, Wisdom & Near Death Experiences {Ep 152}

    Fitness Expert & Master Trainer Robin Crespo Gets Real: Strength, Wisdom & Near Death Experiences {Ep 152}

    Laughers, gear up for a blend of reflections, motivations, and life lessons that makes this episode a true testament to strength, perseverance, and the love of laughter. In this uplifting episode, Robin Crespo, a fitness expert and seasoned master trainer brings three decades of industry experience to the table. Journey through Robin's resilience and triumphs in life and fitness that have shaped her perspectives, views and played a significant role in elevating the fitness levels of so many. Learn about how home life inspired her own journey into fitness; the pivot in her educational track made under the mentorship from a beloved figure at James Madison University; a pivotal job offer post-graduation; her encounter with Arnold Schwarzegger; her triumphant world-record setting venture back into powerlifting; and hear her take on in-person versus online certification without hands-on experience.  Discover what this impassioned educator believes is the key to truly mastering a subject and unpack with us the significant transformations shaking the fitness landscape with the rise of the digital era. From discussing gym etiquette to embracing the evolution of personal training, Robin Crespo touches on the responsibility professionals have towards their clients in light of emerging research and societal changes. Hear a harrowing tale of escape from a near-fatal motorcycle accident and other close calls with death and how they have shaped her views on living life. Beyond the gym, you’ll get a glimpse of the heart of this amazing human as she shares so authentically her insights and wisdom so transparently it’s refreshing. Don’t miss the takeaways on living life to the fullest as Robin discusses her deep dedication to family, her role as 'gigi', and the joy of being actively involved in her grandchildren's lives. Cheers!

    Robin Crespo ~ valleyfitnessharrisonburg.com 
    Email: info@goalorientedtraining.net
    Phone: 540.661.7730
    Facebook GOT (Goal Oriented Training Program): https://www.facebook.com/goalorientedtraining1
    Robin’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.crespo.33

    Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! 
    Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 
    Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/ 
    Discount promo code: LAUGH15 

    Virginia Is For Laughers: virginiaisforlaughers.com

    To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit:
    https://www.x2comedy.com/
    Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy

    • 1 hr 29 min

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