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Knowing that each of us have a little zen deep inside us. Host Jessica Gershman believes in the power of the "And". You can be both zen and crazy, authentic and insecure, and a work in progress and a beautiful masterpiece all at the same damn time. A certified yoga instructor, mindfulness practitioner and a busy mom of 4, Jessica invites you to explore your own inner journey and expand on the topics you need to know to become your own best self advocate - health, sex, parenting, marriage, friendship, and everything in between; plus weekly mindfulness tips to invite a little zen into your life. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Thursday so check back often for the latest. Follow us on Instagram@the_zen_mommy

Zen(ish) Mommy Jessica Gershman

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

Knowing that each of us have a little zen deep inside us. Host Jessica Gershman believes in the power of the "And". You can be both zen and crazy, authentic and insecure, and a work in progress and a beautiful masterpiece all at the same damn time. A certified yoga instructor, mindfulness practitioner and a busy mom of 4, Jessica invites you to explore your own inner journey and expand on the topics you need to know to become your own best self advocate - health, sex, parenting, marriage, friendship, and everything in between; plus weekly mindfulness tips to invite a little zen into your life. New episodes drop every Tuesday and Thursday so check back often for the latest. Follow us on Instagram@the_zen_mommy

    Need a reset? Try this simple breath technique.

    Need a reset? Try this simple breath technique.

    Today Jessica shares another actionable tool you can add to your own stress-relieving toolbox. The tool is a breath technique called Brahmari Breathing, or Bee breath. It’s a humming technique you can use to down-regulate your nervous system and is a great tool to even teach your kiddos to help them create their own stress-relieving toolbox as well! Join us as we continue on the ongoing journey of stress management. 


    Key Points From This Episode:


    Jessica introduces another actionable tool called Brahmari Breathing.How to practice B-breath.When you can incorporate this technique.Jessica takes us through a few rounds of B-breath.What to take notice of after using this technique.

    Tweetables:


    “You can use [Brahmari breathing] anytime you notice your body is getting stressed and you want to relieve the stress, down-regulate your nervous system, and become more present.” — Jessica Nicole [0:01:20]


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    • 4 min
    How to Plan the Best Family Vacations and Start a Side Hustle

    How to Plan the Best Family Vacations and Start a Side Hustle

    Welcome back to the Zen(ish) Mommy Podcast! Now that the world has opened back up, maybe you have been bitten by the travel bug once again. As moms, the task of travel planning often falls to us. There are so many benefits to outsourcing your travel plans to experts, or, perhaps even becoming the expert yourself! Today’s guest, Henley Vazquez, has created an entire company around the idea that moms are the travel planners in the household, and she wants you to turn that passion into a money-making hustle! Fora is a company enabling anyone to turn their interest in travel planning into revenue through flexible and fun work. Henley’s hope is to make family travel more accessible, and more enjoyable! Join us today to hear from Henley, and how you can also begin to make money from your travel-planning expertise.


    Key Points From This Episode:


    An introduction to today’s guest, Henley Vazquez, with Fora.The pent-up demand for travel following the restrictions during the pandemic.Henley’s background and childhood, which surprisingly involved very little travel.Her career history leading up to starting Fora, including starting a boutique travel agency.Where Booking.com falls short as a tool for us to use.How the pandemic has changed the landscape of travel.An example of how a travel agent will help you to get better value for your money while the hotel pays the agent.Why approaching an agent trumps renting a vacation property from the owner.The ‘vibe’ element that you can only get from a person who has been to a location.Horror stories from Henley’s travel stories with kids and the amazing support service providers have given her.Leading with compassion for other parents while you are traveling.Why it is so important to have diverse voices in the family travel space.How people can work part-time in the travel agency space.Why working as a travel agent comes down to working in sales.The benefit of working in travel in comparison to real estate.Her favorite part of the job: seeing people who have always wanted to have an experience finally getting to have it.Why the memories are so much more valuable than other experiences you could have.How Fora goes about connecting you to the person with the right expertise for your needs.Why so many of her team members are her own former clients.What she loves the most about her business: her team!Henley’s tip for women who want to slow down: create boundaries for yourself.

    Tweetables:


    “Booking.com is not going to help you when borders close, or when that hotel doesn’t want to give you a refund. There’s no religion in Booking.com and that’s what makes it a company that investors love, but it’s what makes us as humans not like it, because they’re not there to help you.” — Henley Vazquez [0:06:02]


    “You have to be opinionated because that is what’s going to turn you into a salesperson. It really is a sales role.” — Henley Vazquez [0:25:47]


    “It doesn’t always have to be a 17 person safari for it to be an epic trip. Just watching those moments of seeing people finally being able to do what they’ve been waiting to do, it’s really wonderful.” —Henley Vazquez [0:30:36]


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


    Fora Travel
    Fora Travel on Instagram
    Henley Vazquez on LinkedIn
    Henley Vazquez on Instagram 
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    • 39 min
    Learn How to Make Memories that Truly Matter this Holiday Season

    Learn How to Make Memories that Truly Matter this Holiday Season

    Getting Clear on your Values this Holiday Season with Shonda Moralis


    For the second time, we are joined by author and psychotherapist Shonda Moralis, who is here to help us survive the holidays! Today’s conversation is about getting clear on your values during the holiday season and staying true to them. Join us to hear how getting in touch with your inner compass can help you get clear on what you need to say yes and no to, and receive some practical tips to help you to do just that. Thanks for joining us!


    Key Points From This Episode:


    Today’s topic: getting clear on your values this holiday season.How ‘drowning in chocolate’ can cause us to miss out on the magic.Thinking ahead to schedule in open space in our calendars.Why it will be hard, but you will be grateful.How getting clear on your values can help you to get back on course.How finding time for stillness can help you tune into what’s important to you.Assessing why each priority is important to you.Identifying where you are living out your values and where you could put in more focus.How Jessica’s daughter with anxiety lights up when she has downtime to do nothing.The importance of knowing who your family members are and paying attention to what they need.Identifying your top three or four values for the holiday season.How mindfulness tips can help you to tune into playfulness and joy this holiday season.

    Tweetables:


    “Literally put it into your calendar a morning or afternoon where there is nothing, it’s white space, and you protect that. It will be really hard to leave that open, but you will be grateful when you get there and have that time.” — @shonda_moralis [0:02:15]


    “Getting clear on our values, our inner compass, can get us back on course, it can help us make decisions, and choose what we want to say yes to and what we want to say no to.” — @shonda_moralis [0:02:40]


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


    Shonda Moralis
    Shonda Moralis on Instagram 
    Shonda Moralis on Facebook
    Shonda Moralis on Twitter
    Shonda Moralis on LinkedIn
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    • 8 min
    Stressed, try this body scan technique with mindfulness expert Corie Wightlin

    Stressed, try this body scan technique with mindfulness expert Corie Wightlin

    Welcome back to the Zen(ish) Mommy Podcast! During today’s mini episode, we have a guest sharing an actionable mindfulness tip with us. Corie Wightlin is a life coach, educator, and mindfulness facilitator with over 20 years of experience working with youth, families, and community organizations. With a focus on folks with executive function, Corie believes that when someone is able to combine living in the present moment with a strong understanding of what motivates them, what is keeping them stuck, and what works specifically for them, they can experience magic in their lives! Today, she shares a body scan with us to help release tension and reduce stress in the hope that we will integrate this mindfulness practice into our lives and the day-to-day lives of our children. Tune in today to learn a simple practice you can keep coming back to. 


    Key Points From This Episode:


    Welcoming Corie Wightlin, life coach, educator and mindfulness facilitator.Background on Corie’s work focusing on how mindfulness helps neurodivergent folks to thrive.What she has noticed about how mindfulness can support neurodivergent people. How mindfulness empowers you to respond differently during moments of reactivity.Why it is so important to listen to our bodies. Finding a comfortable seat.Starting to notice the breath.Bringing our attention to our stomach area as if with a flashlight.Placing the hand over the heart and drawing your attention to your heart.Scanning the arms and neck, followed by the shoulders and the back.Breathing into tension.A minute to check in with the rest of the body and sensing into what needs attention.Understanding that if nothing is showing up, that’s a sense of awareness too.Opening the eyes and bringing your attention back to your surroundings.A reminder to return to this practice whenever you need it.

    Tweetables:


    “The research shows that when we can support neurodivergent folks in these mindfulness practices, it supports them in attending longer, focusing longer, emotional regulation, staying on task, and connection with other people.” — @coriewightlin  [0:03:17]


    “Mindfulness is supportive for all people, but especially people who have challenges with executive functioning, getting along in the world, and doing what they need to do.” — @coriewightlin [0:03:43]


    “If you practice mindfulness outside of that time of reactivity, then your brain automatically goes back to what is going to get you from an activated state to a neutral state.” — @coriewightlin [0:04:13]


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


    Wightlin Coaching Services
    Corie Wightlin on LinkedIn
    Corie Wightlin on Instagram
    Corie Wightlin on Twitter
    The Zen Mommy
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    Zen Mommy Facebook
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    • 15 min
    Feeling Stuck? Move and Heal your Energy through Qi Gong

    Feeling Stuck? Move and Heal your Energy through Qi Gong

    Hey, Mamas! In recent episodes, we have talked about a series of different healing modalities. We’ve come to understand that everything we know is energy and everything we experience is a manifestation of energy, including our thoughts! Just like a car, occasionally, we need a little tune up to make sure we are operating optimally. If you haven’t heard of the ancient Chinese art of Qi Gong, today’s episode is for you. The goal of Qi Gong is to improve health and wellbeing by optimizing energy in the body, mind, and spirit. Patients experience physical and psychological treatment that involves regulating the breath, the mind, and the body’s movement and posture. Today’s guest, Siu Ping Negrin, found true health by learning to live in balance through Qi Gong and works to empower others through her coaching program, Heal From Within. Tune in today to hear her story of healing and how you can find healing too by going within. Thanks for joining us!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    Siu’s experience with a two-year bout of insomnia.How she came to study with a Native American healer who began healing her from afar.What she felt was missing: her own mind and emotions.Meeting Robert Peng, who filled in the gap of how energy relates to her will as a healer.Belief in a higher, energy-supplying power that forms the basis of Reiki, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi.How Reiki practitioners work as a conduit of energy to bring balance to the chakras.Tai Chi as a practice that falls under the umbrella of Qi Gong.The role of understanding the existence of energy in order to benefit from the treatment.Chinese medicine’s three basic substances: blood, fluid, and Qi.The educational aspect of what Siu does; guiding people as they move their own energy.Ailments she has treated, including headaches, autoimmunity, stress, and anxiety.Siu's first treatment, which works to unstick blockages and restore flow.What she uses next, including cupping, gua sha, herbs, and acupuncture.How her program, Heal From Within, took her work to a new level.Events in Siu's life that sparked her need to find healing through Qi Gong.What clearing the energy enabled her to see as she began to look inward.How Robert Peng’s masterclass healed her insomnia.What it feels like when you don’t listen to yourself. The story of how Siu said yes to writing a book and everything fell into place.How Siu teaches you to listen to your own energy and move it to hear your intuition.The biggest benefit of Qi Gong: clearing the clouds to see the sun again.Why she never uses the mind alone to move energy during Qi Gong.The power of the breath to heal.Why she sees her role as helping you to return to your innate beauty and strength.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


    Siu Ping Healing
    Siu Ping Negrin on LinkedIn
    Siu Ping Healing on Facebook
    Robert Peng
    Qi Gong Master Key with Robert Peng
    Heal From Within
    The Zen Mommy
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    • 33 min
    Aging Backwards with Merry Thornton

    Aging Backwards with Merry Thornton

    Hello and welcome to another episode of the Zen(ish) Mommy Podcast! There are so many names, and so many functions for the range of anti-aging aesthetics on offer today. While we can’t stop Father Time from knocking on our door, many of us want to slow the aging process and age as gracefully as possible. Whatever your pain tolerance and need, there seems to be something for everyone. But sometimes that can make it even harder to find what works for you! Today’s guest, Merry Thornton, is a skincare expert here to help today’s listeners navigate the options on offer today. She is the founder of Element Medical Aesthetics, a premier medical spa in New Canaan, Connecticut, with a wealth of wisdom about which treatments work best, and an additive approach to preventative and restorative skincare. With the aim to help her patients to look like the best possible version of themselves, she generously shares her knowledge with us here today. 


    Key Points From This Episode:
    An introduction to today’s guest, Merry Thornton, with Element Medical Aesthetics.How she got involved in medical and aesthetic dermatology before starting her business.The role of filler and lasers in combination with surgery.Why women have become more honest about what they have had done.Where aesthetics fits into the continuum of makeup, hair dye, and more.The additive approach she takes with procedures. Why she recommends starting botox when you are young.Why the goal is to make you look like the best version of yourself instead of someone else.The size of a syringe of filler: only enough to fill a blueberry!Fast botox metabolizers and how long you can generally expect your treatment to last.The correlation between dosage and duration.Why product selection is so important on different parts of the face.Which products Merry is loving the most on the face.A recommendation never to try to insert your own filler.Why you shouldn’t take advice on drugs that are invested or inhaled via social media.Why it is better to be preventative than corrective.Sunscreen and why you should use it everyday of the year.The daytime protect and nighttime repair routines she encourages. What brings Merry inner peace including nature, taking a bath, and coloring with her kids.Why it is so important to get sufficient sleep, eat healthily, and take care of our health.Living free of judgment and embracing what boosts your confidence.Tweetables:
    “There’s always going to be a need for surgical procedures. There are certain limitations to what we do. But even if you get a facelift, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get filler or lasers because with a facelift you are repositioning tissue, but if you’re lacking volume you’re still going to need filler.” — Merry Thornton [0:06:20]
    “We want you to be the best version of yourself. We’re not trying to turn you into someone else.” — Merry Thornton [0:20:01]


    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


    Merry Thornton on LinkedIn
    Merry Thornton on Instagram
    Element Medical Aesthetics
    Element Medical Aesthetics on Instagram
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    Zen Mommy Instagram
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    • 45 min

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34 Ratings

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Jessica’s podcast is such a refreshing show! She comes ready for the conversation at hand and asks intuitive answers relatable questions, all the while letting her listeners get to know about her life! I recommend this podcast to learn about so many different topics!

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I can’t stop listening to the zen-ish mommy podcast!! Love how raw and real all the topics are. A must listen!!

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One of the things I love about Jessica is her honesty. She relates to all of us busy moms out there and brings varied content to address all aspects of motherhood. Thanks for all you do! - Siu

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