Devika Chand Dandona

WBL Podcast: The Intersection of Beauty & Wellness

WBL Podcast - Devika Chand Dandona

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Most women think they are supposed to look a certain way but who sets the beauty standards? Why chase that beauty standard? Be a conscious consumer and only invest in what works best for you. Make beauty about your wellness routine rather than chasing standards.

In this episode, Devika Dandona joins us to explore clean beauty and sustainable fashion.  How can we integrate beauty and wellness and make it work best for ourselves? Devika is an investor, thought leader, and founder of Devi Collective.

In this session, Devika shares her inspiration in the beauty space, making conscious choices in terms of our health, becoming a conscious consumer, and investing in the best brands. Besides, she expounds on researching to make an informed decision and the impact of influencer marketing on a brand. 

Live Well Tip of the Week:  Convenience is often the enemy of consciousness. Decide which you are willing to sacrifice.

A Quote from Our Guest:  Becoming a conscious consumer is one of the most powerful things you can do to yourself.


Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Devika pinpoints understanding what traditional beauty fails to tell us about how the products interact with our bodies as her main inspiration for getting into the beauty space.
  • Who decides how we are supposed to look and sets beauty standards? Don’t chase standards but make conscious beauty choices regarding your health.
  • Embracing how you feel naturally allows you to start making better choices for yourself. For instance, choose the right foundation shade for yourself.
  • What you choose in the beauty world has a worldwide effect on many social topics. From the different ways, it impacts people to inclusivity and exclusivity.
  • Making darker shades is associated with high costs explaining why most brands don’t invest in them.
  • Invest in a brand that has invested in its product development and has not taken the easy way out.
  • Having the time to research and make an informed decision is attached to having some sort of privilege.
  • Small brands will make changes in the beauty space since they understand the problem and intend to fix it.
  • We all have an expiration date. You don’t need an anti-aging cream. We are all going to age, and it is a gift. 
  • How influencer marketing affects your brand.


Connect with Devika Dandona

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/devika-chand-dandona-2a1953184/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.devi.collective/

Website: https://www.devicollective.com/

WBL Podcast with Sherri Hull

WBL Podcast: Embracing Beauty with Sherri Hull

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Collagen keeps our faces uplifted. But as you age, collagen decreases, making your skin droop. How do you make sure you’re doing everything right at every stage? What beauty practice should you adopt to take care of your skin and maintain its natural glow?

In this episode, Sherri Hull joins us to explore beauty at every stage and how we can take of ourselves from the inside out. Sherri is a certified women’s health nurse with over 20 years of experience in the medical field and the founder of Adorn Women’s Clinic and Medspa.

In this session,  Sherri shares why our skin droops after turning 30, what to look out for in anti-aging products, why you need to start your skincare routine at an early age, and the basic skincare products you need. Besides, she expounds on the do’s and don’ts for healthy skin, make-up tips, and why you need your SPF throughout.

Live Well Tip of the Week:  Don’t allow anyone to define beauty for you. The only opinion that matters is yours.

A Quote from Our Guest: SPF, to me, is number one because it presents a lot. So I would definitely say a good skincare arrangement and making sure you’re using your SPF is great.

Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Sherri expounds on the difference between a medspa and a normal spa. A medspa is more medical-based with medical treatments to enhance beauty.
  • After we cross the 30 thresholds and north of 40, your collagen decreases, making your skin droop off a little bit.
  • The beauty industry is currently flooded with anti-aging products. Anti-aging products are effective, but a dermatologist provides the most effective products since they are stronger and backed  FDA approved.
  • The basics of your beauty care include- A good cleanser, toner, moisturizers, and serums.
  • You need an SPF all year long regardless of your skin tone and how melanated you are.
  • Treatments and services available in a medspa
  • Do a consultation and evaluation to determine what fillers work best for your skin.
  • A healthy lifestyle keeps your body healthy and your skin as well. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise, release stress, quit smoking, and limit your alcohol and coffee intake.
  • Have a good skincare arrangement, get your aesthetics and start using SPF at an early age.
  • Wash off your makeup and use clean makeup brushes. Just because you’re going to a professional to get your makeup done doesn’t mean their brushes are clean.

Connect with Sherri Hull

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adornwomensmedspa/

Website: https://sherrihull.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adornaestheticswellness/posts/?ref=page_internal

WBL Podcast: Silencing Your Inner Critic with Natolie Warren

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We all have that little voice in our heads where every time you try to do something new or accomplish a goal, it says you’re not good enough.  How can you shut your inner critic and turn up the volume to your inner cheerleader?

In this episode, Natolie Warren joins us to explore the silencing of the inner critic. Natolie is a whole woman experience coach and a licensed psychotherapist. She focuses on helping women live a fulfilled life that aligns with their soul purpose using the power component in their mindset and inner transformational technique. As a therapist, she also brings her own experience with personal transformation to help guide you on your life-changing journey.

In this session, Natolie shares where our inner critic comes from, how to build a relationship with your inner critic and replace your negative thoughts with positive ones. Besides, she expounds on how you can help your children manage their inner critics and get extra support if you can’t manage that inner critic.

Live Well Tip of the Week:  Remember that there is power in your words, especially those you speak to yourself.

A Quote from Our Guest: We have about 65,000 thoughts, and out of the 65,000, 75% of them are negative. However, 90% of those thoughts are thoughts we thought of yesterday. So, every day we are recycling old negative thoughts and beliefs.


Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Natolie expounds on how our brain is made up of and where the critic comes from. The negative critical thoughts come from our life experiences.
  • Build a relationship with your inner critic, notice when your inner critic shows up, and implement practical steps to silence the inner critic.
  • Thank your inner critic because you needed the protection at one point, but you don’t need it now.
  • Acknowledge you, inner critic, call her out, choose what voice you follow, and choose to do something your inner critic tells you not to do.
  • Courage is a muscle that grows with use. Take those baby steps and get the courage to act and silence your inner critic.
  • Our brains are retrainable and replace negative thoughts. When you create new thoughts, you create a new neural pathway in your brain.
  • Help your kids manage their inner critics by acknowledging their thoughts and feelings. Do not challenge them but rather encourage them to speak out their feelings.
  • Sometimes you may get paralyzed by your inner critic, even at your best self. Get extra support from a therapist if you cannot manage your inner critic.
  • No matter where you are on your journey, you can learn to do these steps. If you have to practice, that’s okay. But you get to choose what ways to follow.


Connect with Natolie Warren

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natolie-warren-2371a989/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natoliewarren/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warrennatolie/

Website: https://www.awaken2power.com/

WBL Podcast: When Mother’s Day Is a Trigger

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Mother’s day can trigger most people for different reasons. It could be that they lost a child or are struggling to get children. Although most women try to maintain that smile and laughter, they’re suffering within. How can society approach and support childless women? How can we understand them and not question them unless they let us in their space?

In this episode, I share why mother’s day could be a trigger for some women. 

Before having my daughter, I had been on an infertility journey without success, which took an emotional toll on me. Mother’s day was never appealing to me as it’s something I desperately wanted to be a part of.

In this session, I share the best approaches when dealing with childless women or those who’ve lost their kids. Tune in and learn how best we can treat women on their fertility journey or those undergoing child loss.

Live Well Tip of the Week:  You don’t owe anyone any explanations.

A Quote from Our Guest:  There are some things we shouldn’t ask. We just have to wonder about some things until the information is offered to us. Underneath the laugh and the smile could be a woman that’s hurting because of the journey they are on.


Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • My fertility journey and undergoing several rounds of medication which took an emotional and mental toll on me. The idea of mothers day wasn’t appealing till I got my daughter.
  • Never ask someone when they will have kids. Although the question may seem harmless to you, you do not know what they are going through.
  • With mothers day around, we need to be cognizant about those who are unable to celebrate.
  • When you ask a woman who already has their first child when they will add another one, your inquiry might be a painful reminder of what they are struggling with or unable to do. It could even be a danger to their health.
  • Everyone’s journey and experience are different, and not everyone gets to enjoy motherhood. 
  • One in five women struggle to get pregnant within the first year of trying, and you’re not alone in this process.
  • Listen more than you speak. Be supportive and offer fewer suggestions. Be a reminder of their joy, not of the pain.
  • Offer grace and space for that woman to feel however she feels when it comes to mothers day. Don’t force her to put on a happy face, don’t try to force her to appreciate what she has. She’s pretty aware of that.  Let her be because those feelings are valid.


To connect with me

LinkedIn-https://www.linkedin.com/in/lakeishaaentsuah

Instagram-https://www.instagram.com/l.entsuah/


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WBL Podcast: The Lie of Perfection with Bianca Johnson

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Welcome to Well Beauty Lab Podcast! In today’s episode, we discuss ways of taking Care of yourself with Bianca Johnson. Bianca is a breakthrough and empowerment coach that helps you identify what you truly want in life, uproot what is holding you back, and empower you to take action toward the life of your dreams.  

While studying  psychology in college, she was introduced to the mind-body-spirit connection, which completely transformed her life. Bianca believes that in order to live a fulfilled and abundant life we must be well in body, mind, and soul; this is why her signature approach to coaching and healing is centered on mind-body-spirit teachings. Bianca fuses inner healing techniques with positive thinking and spiritual connection to create a holistic approach to becoming your best self and creating your best life. She believes that you can be, do and have everything that your heart desires. 

By using her wisdom and experiences to help awaken others to their true potential. Bianca is committed to helping you become the best version of yourself and create the best version of your life. Her work is currently delivered in online workshops, 1:1 coaching, and destination retreats. 

Live Well Tip of the Week: Embrace the Messy.


A Quote from Our Guest: “Be real and raw and let your true self be shown and be unapologetic and go after your dreams and desire because that is what life is about” by Bianca Johnson.


Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Bianca discusses some of the signs that show we are stuck in perfectionist and possible ways to move past your perfectionist ways.
  • People pleasing, overworking, self-sabotaging, and overachieving are some of the signs that you are a perfectionist. She says people who are always looking for extra validation are perfectionists.
  • Inner work! Deconstructing the belief that you are already perfect will help stop a person from being a perfectionist.
  •  Being yourself! You should not be trying to be someone else or comparing yourself with people like Influencer, authors, etc
  • Learning about Emotional Freedom Techniques.
  • Working on your fear will help create a sense of safety within yourself.
  • Perfectionism and motherhood. A perfectionist can pass the behavior to other people like mums to their kids.
  • The messy moments are the best, perfect and memorable.
  • Being honest! Knowing where your love lies, your joy, and passing, or identifying the things you love doing will really help in answering the hard questions and avoiding the textbook answers.
  • Ways that the battles against corruption come in.

Connect with Bianca Johnson;

Website: https://www.biancamjohnson.com/about     

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bianca.m.johnson/ 

WBL Podcast: Getting Unstuck with Tanya J Miller

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Welcome to Well Beauty Lab Podcast. In today’s episode, we have Tanya J Miller who is an author, speaker, coach, and strategist.  She is well known for helping individuals and organizations discover their purpose, vision, and destiny. She is a pro at helping people work through their mindset and get to their best selves.

Tanya has written several books including Mind Matters, Pro Journal: Vision on Purpose, Things my Mama Said, Provision: Purpose Validated Seven Times.

She is a certified life coach with over eighteen years of experience working with youth, young adults, and women throughout the community. She also holds a BBA in finance and business management from Northwood University and an MBA from Regent University. In addition, she has;

  • Earned an Advanced Diploma in Christian Life Coaching
  • Certified and credentialed as a Board Certified Master Christian Life Coach (BCMCLC)
  • Member of the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC), and a part of the AACC Christian Coaching Alliance (CCA).

Tune in to listen to Tanya sharing about how you can get yourself unstuck.

Live Well Tip of the Week: Do your homework

A Quote from Our Guest: The purpose is your DNA. It’s the reason why you are wherever you are. You may express purpose in different positions and things but when you look back at all those things it goes back to who you are.


 Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Tanya discusses the signs that show you are stuck. They include complaining about things, feeling like you are on pause for a long time and having no new accomplishments.
  • Support your relationships with other people and necessarily do not compare yourself with others. Be there for them, let them feel your impact. Don’t act as a barrier but as a stepping stone. 
  • You are the main cause of the roadblock to your mentality and emotions. Move past your comfort zone and this will help you avoid being stuck within yourself or in your relationships with others.
  • It’s good to protect yourself from being hurt but in other instances just be you. Show the real you in relationships and avoid being a people pleaser. This will help you not be stuck with people you don’t deserve to be with.
  • Know your purpose and vision.
  • Vision is what’s specific to your life. It may echo what other people have done in your life but it should not be the basis of where you are trying to go.
  • Teach your teenagers how to find purpose and help them to map out their vision.
  • Finally have family meetings with your kids and have the conversation that you wish your parents had.


Connect with Tanya J Miller;

Website:  https://www.tanyajmiller.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talkingwithtanya/

Facebook: https://free.facebook.com/TalkingwithTanya/?_rdc=1&_rdr

Anne Aniya episode 24

WBL Podcast: All About The Gut with Anne Aniya

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Welcome to Well Beauty Lab! Did you know that there is a connection between what we eat and how we feel throughout the day? In today’s episode, our guest Anne Anyia shares how to keep your gut healthy by introducing a genuine lifestyle of healthy eating and living! Anne is a registered Nutritionist & Certified Health Coach. She is passionate about helping women and men transform their weight, health and life by focusing on nutrition, coaching, fitness and gut health!

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: Don’t let your emotions ruin your health!
  • A Quote from Our Guest:  “All health and disease begins in your gut! Everything you eat affects your body and is digested by the gut. The gut is the center of everything!” ~ Anne Anyia

6 Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode: 

  • Your gut begins from your mouth and ends at the anus. The gut is the center of your health and it works to digest and absorb everything you eat. Our gut health really includes our entire digestive system! Everything starts in your gut!
  • Anne discusses how the state of your gut also affects your mental health! This includes stress, anxiety, and even depression! Stress can shut down your gut. 
  • Yo- Yo dieting is when you jump from one diet to the next in order to lose weight. This may cause you to hate food instead of seeing food for what it really is. Jumping from diet to diet and eating processed or sugary foods can also negatively impact your gut health. 
  • A genuine lifestyle change will help you on your weightloss journey. The number on the scale is not a true reflection of your weight loss journey! If the number on the scale hasn’t changed yet, this doesn’t mean that the healthy changes you are making are not positively affecting your gut health! Non-scale victories are better! If your clothes fit you better, if you have better energy, if you’re less bloated, then these are more important victories! 
  • Anne also discusses the benefits of prebiotics and having a healthy diet before depending on supplements!
  • The more natural and holistic your diet is, the better it is for your gut health! Some holistic and natural options to maintain in your diet include drinking plenty of water, vegetables, some fruits, lentils, chickpeas, nuts, fish & salmon, avocados, dark chocolate 90%, and things that are rich in fiber, which also assist in good bacteria. In addition to incorporating a more natural diet, make sure to find an exercise you enjoy and be consistent with it! 

Connect with Anne Anyia:

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Tina Fears episode 23

WBL Podcast: Embracing Fearlessness with Tina Fears

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Welcome to Well Beauty Lab Podcast! In today’s episode, we discuss the definition  of true fearlessness with Tina Fears. Tina is the founder of Stage Ready LLC, a full-service production company that offers award-winning production management, creative direction, and memorable performance experiences for entertainers, beauty, and lifestyle brands across the world via diverse platforms and levels of influence. Her work as an actor, singer, and dancer includes regional productions of Simply Simone, Dreamgirls, and In The Heights to name a few! Tina has also featured in national commercials for Walmart, Ford, The Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and Shoe Carnival. Her role as Clara Ward in the Emmy nominated National Geographic anthology series Genius: Aretha  2021  is now available on HULU. Tina received the 2021 African American Women in Cinema Trailblazer Award and the 2021 HAPA Breakthrough Performance Award  for her work on Genius.  Advocacy is at the core of Tina’s passion as a creative and she knows first hand what is means to conquer your fears!

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: Whose judgment are you really concerned about?
  • A Quote from Our Guest: “Being fearless to me is really just facing your fear head on. It’s about recognizing your fears and figuring out how to navigate in order to overcome them. Acknowledging them but not allowing them to hold you back from living a full life.” ~ Tina Fears

6 Takeaways That You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Tina discusses with us what it looks like to be in position for what God has in store for us! She also teaches us the value in allowing our life wins, plans, goals to be ordered by the Lord.
  • Learning how to face our fears in order to stand in the authenticity of who we truly are. It can be a lifelong process/journey!
  • Give yourself grace! Allow yourself room to grow and craft your own journey. Everyone’s journey looks different. Grace is the key to balancing business and motherhood!
  • Tina shares how to focus on the end goal and showing up in excellence!
  • Identifying  what you are truly passionate about so that you can feel fulfilled and live in your happiest self! 
  • Once you identify your vision, write it down so that it becomes tangible. Then begin to craft the steps that would help you to accomplish the vision! When you know its something you’ve been called to do, you will be able to move forward even when it may feel uncomfortable, in order to achieve it!

Connect with Tina Fears:
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WBL Podcast: Setting Yourself Up For Recovery Mode with LaKeisha Entsuah

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How often are you taking the time to acknowledge your self care needs? It can be so easy to neglect the deep areas of our self care, as we go about our daily lives and busy schedules. We must be intentional about acknowledging where we are within our individual self care journeys. When we choose to be intentional, then we can avoid pouring from an empty cup due to neglecting ourselves for so long! 

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: How often are you checking in with yourself? Are you pouring from your overflow or pouring from a deficit? Is your cup completely empty? This is why the recovery mode of self care is so important! 
  • A Quote from Our Host: “Know when to pull back and make the necessary adjustments to your daily routine during your recovery mode.” ~ LaKeisha Entsuah


7 Takeaways That You’ll Learn From this Episode:

  • Before beginning your self care recovery mode, start by acknowledging & writing down your areas of need. This will help you to develop a plan of action to achieve a successful recovery journey!
  • Learn to adjust your boundaries by examining the people, places, and things that you are currently exposed to!
  • Know when to pull back and make the necessary adjustments to your daily routine during your recovery mode. 
  • You must be checking in with yourself regularly to recognize the need to refill your cup! 
  • Know when to limit access to a person or thing that is draining you. It could be temporary or permanent. Adjust as necessary. 
  • Do an audit of your own schedule in order to determine where you can make adjustments. 
  • You can set yourself up for a successful self care recovery mode by also activating your support system! If you don’t have a support system, begin to build your support system around the areas of your life that need the most attention.

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WBL Podcast: Finding Hormonal Balance With Dr. Steffe

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Have you ever considered a more holistic approach to learning the needs of your body? In today’s episode we learn how a naturopathic doctor blends science with natural therapies, to look at patients through a holistic lens. Our guest, Dr. Steffe teaches us the importance of getting to the root of why you may be feeling unwell. She has a deep passion for teaching all women how to understand our bodies on a deeper level. We also discover the connection between our hormones and menstrual cycles as it relates to our overall health. Stay tuned for an episode you won’t want to miss! 

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: Take the time to learn your body! It’s important to ask yourself how well do you really know your body? Can you pinpoint why you may be experiencing a headache, upset stomach, or why you just aren’t feeling the best? These are all reasons why it is important to learn & know your body from a deeper level. 
  • A Quote from Our Guest:  “A naturopathic doctor is a doctor who looks at the root cause of why you aren’t feeling well, instead of offering medications that hide the symptoms.” ~ Dr. Steffe



8 Key Takeaways You’ll Learn From This Episode: 

  • A naturopathic doctor is a doctor who looks at the root cause of why you aren’t feeling well, instead of offering medications that hide symptoms. They typically use natural therapies and modern science with little to no pharmaceuticals. Herbal medicine is typically prescribed. It’s important to look at hormonal imbalance from a holistic viewpoint because it helps you to pinpoint the root cause of what is happening within your body, and helps you to make the  necessary changes to truly get better. 
  • A naturopath  provides testing to get to the root issue. Then, they will look at natural approaches in order to make the necessary adjustments. These approaches may include observing your dietary habits and even your stress levels. 
  • Having both a medical doctor and a naturopath doctor can be very essential because they both can play critical roles in helping you discover what your body needs.  
  • PCOS symptoms typically include  irregular periods or  showing signs of having high testosterone. Symptoms of  high testosterone include darker, coarser hair in areas where women typically don’t. Also cystic acne. 
  • PCOS can be commonly misdiagnosed by medical doctors. You also don’t  have to have cysts on your ovaries to experience PCOS. 
  • Some traditional medical treatments (from a medical doctor) may include placing a patient on birth control to help them have regular periods. This does not fix the problem. This is actually hiding what is truly going on. Another commonly prescribed treatment is Metformin. 
  • With PCOS, the root cause is typically insulin resistance. Meaning your insulin and blood sugar may be high. It’s important to ask your doctor for blood work and to get imaging done (ex: an ultrasound). 
  • When you find a naturopathic doctor, you want to make sure they are certified. You can also look into making a virtual appointment with a naturopathic doctor.  Be prepared to keep an open mind with your naturopathic doctor as they teach you new things that can benefit your body’s health. 


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