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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!

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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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WBL Podcast: Making Room For God In Mental Health with Jamice Holly

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In today’s episode, we have the pleasure of speaking with Jamice Holley. She is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed minister. Jamice teaches us how to approach healing and growth from a mental, emotional, & spiritual perspective in order to achieve impactful and lasting results! 

Through the  discussion of this impactful conversation, you will learn how your spiritual life works together with your mental health, and how to reconcile  mental health challenges through therapy and time spent with God.

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: You have to find something to believe in that is greater than yourself. Acknowledge a greater power than yourself. The power that you can hold onto whether things are difficult in life or not. Make sure you’re nurturing that belief! 
  • A Quote from Our Guest: “We are spirit beings first, so it’s important to feed your spirit. Without feeding your spirit, you become unaligned with yourself.” ~Jamice Holley

9 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode: 

  • We are spirit beings first, so it’s important to feed your spirit. Without feeding your spirit, you become unaligned with yourself. 
  • Just because you think a thought, doesn’t mean it has to be true. Allow yourself to reflect on what  God says about a particular subject matter.
  • God doesn’t allow things to happen to you, it happens for you! God uses what we’ve gone through to help others and to bring him glory. There is purpose in what we go through!
  • Prayer is a weapon but therapy is a strategy! 
  • Therapy allows you to build a reparative relationship with how you view the world and yourself. God can use both prayer and therapy to help shift your mindset.
  •  We also must do the work to better ourselves! Prayer without works is dead. 
  • Step one is to take care of yourself. Take care of the 5 pillars of yourself. Eating healthy, hydrating, reading a devotional, recharging your energy etc. Before seeking therapy, you should consider working on your physiological health  care first, in order to assist with any physical imbalances that you may be experiencing. 
  • The goal is to go to therapy to get what you need, and then use the tools and strategies that you have learned in your day to day life! You want a therapist that you can get along with, but also one who is  willing to help you become a better version of yourself, instead of just being your friend. 
  • If a particular therapist isn’t working for you, let them know what’s not working for you and what you feel may need to be adjusted in order to move forward. Make sure to voice your concern. Therapy is a safe place for you to be able to voice your opinions and your truths. 
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WBL Podcast: Intuitive Eating with Christyna Johnson

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Have you ever considered changing the way you look at food? Food is not always the enemy. We just have to find a diet that works for our individual body type. This does not always mean restricting yourself from foods that you enjoy!

In this episode, we discuss the meaning of intuitive eating as it relates to finding a balance of the foods and lifestyle that work best for you. We will also cover the importance of acknowledging your unique body type, despite the pressure of society to try and categorize one’s diet into  what everyone else is doing or saying that works for them!

  • Live Well Tip of the Week:  Food is not the enemy. Your mindset is!
  • A Quote from Our Guest: “Understand that everyone doesn’t have the same genetics. We shouldn’t be pursuing to have the same ideal body as everyone else  in order to fit the standard of popular belief.”~ Christyna Johnson 

4 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode: 

  • A nutritionist is an experienced professional, who is not required to have a degree or certification in order to become a nutritionist. They also do not have legal standing or legal protection behind their title. Whereas a registered dietitian is a credentialed individual with at least a bachelors degree in nutrition, and required to complete additional training and certifications. 
  • Intuitive eating is a form of self compassionate eating. This means eating in a way that is internally wise and compassionate towards your own dietary fulfillment and needs. This also means becoming rebellious towards the expectations and influences of outside sources where it concerns your personal dietary needs (outside of a medical professional). This includes rebelling against the ‘diet culture’ or diets that are trending for everyone else. Example: You do not have to become gluten free  just because it’s the popular thing to do. You should only  choose it if it works well for you. 
  • There are often financial challenges associated with intuitive eating, due to the expense of allowing yourself to consistently eat the foods that you desire to eat (that work best for your needs). In this situation, it is important to learn to become creative in how you approach your diet. 
  • Listen to yourself, be intune with yourself. Unhealthy food habits can be addressed by a proper dietitian. For those who are looking for financial assistance, there are often health grants and resource centers within your community that are available to provide financial assistance towards professional health services. 

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Making Room For Me Time

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When I talk to women about why they have not been able to stick to their wellness routine or reach their health goals, I usually get one of two answers. They either tell me that they are too tired or there aren’t enough hours in a day. We spend a lot of time talking about sleep around here so today we are going to talk about the time conundrum. 

Time, the finite resource that is equal to us all yet some of us seem to be able to get more done in a twenty four hour period than others. Beyonce, Michelle Obama, you and I are all working with the same amount of time. So why is it that they seem to accomplish so much and look so good doing it while we struggle? Sure we could attribute it to their fortunes and the staff of people that they have assisting them. Yet the reality is, life hasn’t always been that way for them, but they still found a way. The real secret is not just having help, it’s time management.

How do people who have time to workout, take a girls trip, meal prep and pursue a career they love make it all fit? This is a question that I used to ask myself often, until I learned the art of life audits and more specifically a schedule audit. It is the practice of taking a look at your schedule, meaning everything that you do in the course of a day, and evaluating that against what you want your days and weeks to look like. Now as you take a look at your planner or the calendar in your phone and think, my schedule is not packed but I still don’t have time for me then you haven’t looked deep enough. 

The reason schedule audits are so important is because it looks at the parts of your day that you tend not to write down. This includes time to eat, sleep, watch tv, clean the house, do laundry, commute to and from work and the like. The seemingly mundane tasks that still eat up your time. Most of us are visual people, so being able to see what you are filling your day with will help you to evaluate what stays and what goes and what can be added. Completing this audit is a critical step in the path to more self care because without it you are likely to set unrealistic goals for yourself. Consider this a part of the foundational work to creating your self care master plan. 

Step 1: Write Down Everything That You Do Over The Course Of A Week

This will be the most tedious task of this process but it is also the most important. If you are going to make room in your schedule then you have to know everything that’s on it. All the way down to picking up the dry cleaning after work. Mark out the time for sleeping and eating as well as commute times. The goal is to see how much “white space” is left on your calendar after you have filled in EVERYTHING! 

If the page is full or you had to write on the back then you may have some work to do. If you have a ton of white space I encourage you to take a second look to see if you omitted anything. Remember that no one is going to see this except for you so don’t feel judged if you realize that you have overbooked yourself. 

Step 2: Categorize and Color Coordinate

Break your activities down into categories, things like essentials, work, things related to your kids etc. For ease of managing your time, group similar tasks together. For instance, laundry, cleaning the house and yard work can all go under domestic chores. Time spent commuting to work, working and returning home can be grouped together, unless you have other tasks that you fit in during your commute time. 

Now to make it pretty. Choose a different color for each category and highlight accordingly. The color coordinating part of this step is optional though it becomes extremely helpful when it is time to reorganize activities. It will also help to give you a visual representation of how you are spending your time. If you are seeing your time dominated by one color then you know it’s time to take a closer look at that category and see what can change. 

Step 3: Decide What Is Critical, Important and Optional 

Now to the fun part, prioritizing your tasks. There are some things that are critical to survival like sleeping, eating and at some level working. There are other other things that are important but not necessarily critical to your survival like household chores, familial obligations and kids activities. Finally there are the nice to haves, the things that you may or may not enjoy but probably need to be done. 

Some tasks will be easy to categorize others will exist in a gray area. For those we use what is called a priority matrix, to determine the level of importance. A priority matrix has four quadrants. At the top are the labels important and not important and on the side it’s urgent and not urgent. If a task falls in the “not important, not urgent” quadrant of the matrix then it is likely optional and may eleven be able to be removed from your list altogether. 

Step 4: Alter, Add & Subtract

Now that we have categorized and prioritized it is time to decide what needs to change, what can be added and what needs to go. Decide what things in your schedule that you may be able to get rid of altogether, either because it is unnecessary or because you can hand it off to someone else. Once you have gotten rid of the unnecessary, see what you can change. What tasks or responsibilities can you tweak to make life easier for yourself? Can you utilize public transportation instead of driving to work? This may allow you time to read or listen to that book you have been putting off. Can you utilize a car pool for yourself or your kids? This may free up some time to hit the gym after work. If we take the time to think about it, there are plenty of ways to reclaim some time. 

Of all the steps however this is the hard part. This is the part where you ask for help where you can, outsource if you can and let go of things being exactly the way you would do them for the sake of your own sanity. This is the part where you move from idealism to reality and do what works best for you. You may struggle with letting some things go, you may feel like you are somehow relinquishing control or responsibility. Both of those things are true and both are ok. The sooner we realize that we don’t have to do everything the better off we will be. 

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

Now that you have had the opportunity to reassess the current state of your life you can go back and chart out your week based on your new priorities. As you glance through your newly revised schedule you should see more free time. Hopefully as you looked at ways to add and subtract you didn’t fill up all of your time. The goal is to end up with at least 60 minutes of time that you can dedicate to self care each day. Not multitasking time but dedicated time for yourself. That sixty minutes doesn’t have to be continuous but it should exist in at least 20 minute chunks of time. 

Inevitably this will have to be done again. Things shift and change, that is life. However now you are armed with a method to realign yourself when things get out of hand. The best way to handle it is to perform regular check-ins with yourself. Be proactive instead of reactive.

Need visual help walking through the steps? Download the worksheets for steps 1-4 below. And if you missed the live video of this lesson tune in on Instagram here

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WBL Podcast: Vera Cheng

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The pandemic has caused many people to feel anxious about what will happen next. Sometimes, when we don’t feel like we are in control, we become anxious. Everyone experiences anxiety at times. 

Facing a  new challenge, environment, or social setting, are just a few of the many reasonable concerns for feeling a bit anxious. These concerns typically subside quickly. When someone experiences increased levels of anxiety, they will typically have difficulty  calming down or releasing worry. Can you recall a particular trigger or experience that has caused you anxiety? Today we will dive into best practices for managing anxiety when levels are high or beginning to feel unmanageable. 

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: You don’t have to go backwards if you don’t want to. Sometimes going forward with a new routine, instead of revisiting an old routine, is the better route for you!
  • A Quote from Our Guest: “It’s okay to say no. It’s also okay to remove yourself from an environment or situation that is causing you a lot of anxiety.” ~Vera Cheng

6 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode: 

  • Some physical signs of anxiety include muscle tension, difficulty focusing, difficulty controlling worries, insomnia, fatigue, & being on edge or easily irritated. Physical symptoms of anxiety can last longer than actual concerns exist. Deep breathing techniques are effective when feeling anxious. Practice deep breathing 3-4 times a day for about 5 minutes at a time. 
  • You may pinpoint anxiety in children by asking them how they are feeling in order to create open dialogue and safety for them to open up. Every kid is different. Not having interaction with friends can cause some anxiety. Physical symptoms of increased levels of anxiety include, wetting the bed, sleep issues, or any unordinary repetitive behavior. 
  • Don’t rush into a large gathering if it feels too far outside of your comfort zone. Start small, by acknowledging your comfort level, and asking someone to meet you halfway by considering trying a one on one meeting or virtual zoom call. Don’t be afraid to express your comfort level. Your boundaries are important! 
  • Saying yes all the time can lead to a higher chance of burnout and feeling resentful.  You don’t have to feel guilty about saying no! It’s also okay to remove yourself from the situation. It may be hard at first, but the more you get used to saying no, the more people will respect your boundaries. If the person doesn’t respect your boundaries, you have to evaluate if you really want that person in your life! 
  • Evaluate how long you’ve been feeling increased levels of anxiety or experiencing symptoms. If symptoms persists longer than a week, consider reaching out to a family doctor or therapist for an evaluation, in order to assess what options may be available to help you. And remember, therapy can be good for anyone  to check in with yourself, even if you aren’t experiencing anxiety!

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WBL Podcast: Keke Seward

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In a society filled with the pressure of comparison, it can be easy to grow out of touch with the reality of your own truth! Other times, one may ignore what is needed in order to fully  heal, due to the fear of revisiting/reliving that place within your mind. 

Addressing trauma, or hidden emotions is vital in order to heal. How often are you taking the time to self reflect, acknowledge the space that you are in, and work towards what is needed to become the happiest and most fulfilled version of yourself? During your self love journey, you must develop a level of self awareness in order to understand what is happening within. Self reflection is key. Make a list of the things that don’t serve you well. Pinpoint the things that you are neglecting!

In this episode, our guest KeKe Seward teaches us where to begin on a self love journey. Shakera Seward AKA Keke Seward, is known for providing women all over the world with self-care & self-love strategies, as well as coaching services to assist women on their healing journey. Shakera holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and a certification in Substance Abuse Counseling. She also provides women empowerment workshops, courses, and retreats for women!

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: Self love requires acceptance, not perfection!
  • A Quote from Our Guest: “Self love is more than an emotion, it’s an action” ~ KeKe Seward

4 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • KeKe defines self love as being able to appreciate yourself, value yourself and purpose, embracing your flaws, and not sacrificing your well being for others!
  • Our experiences can shape our thoughts and behaviors regarding self love. Sometimes self love suffers due to being unhealed from certain experiences. Understand what thoughts you are feeding yourself, about yourself!
  • Appreciate yourself when it comes to your money. Love yourself enough not to participate in unnecessary spending that would put you in debt or in an uncomfortable situation. Set boundaries within your finances, so that others aren’t taking advantage of the money that you have. 
  • Don’t ignore what you need to heal from, due to being fearful of revisiting that place in your mind. Addressing it is vital in order to heal, and there are many resources available to help you. What you do outside of your coaching or support group, is what will make the ultimate difference!

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WBL Podcast: Coach Joc

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In today’s episode, we discuss self care and the value of dismantling the stigma surrounding the strong black woman, with guest Jacquelyn Perry. 

About Jacquelyn

Coach Joc is a mom, wife, and the self-proclaimed “Black Women’s Coach.” When she’s not enjoying a glass of Stella Rosa, or spending time with her family, she is coaching black women to see their worth. Coach Joc’s goal is to dismantle the stigma of the “strong black woman” by teaching black millennial women how to take themselves off the back burner and prioritize their healing and inner worth so they can experience more joy and deeper connections.

Episode Takeaways:

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: Oftentimes, we may try and juggle too many things at one time. You can do it, but just not all at once! We need to prioritize, and take things one step at a time. Live life on your own timeline. 
  • Discussing the myth of the strong black woman. The stigma is that, due to being raised by iconic strong black women, we are never allowed to bend, break, complain, or cry. It makes black women carry unnecessary burdens. 
  • Learning that it’s okay to ask for help or admit that you need a break. 
  • Sometimes we feel like if we let certain things go, then everything is going to fall out of place. 
  • Delegate the little things. Communicate with your partner, friends, & or family that you may need an extra hand. Take time out for yourself! 
  • Self care time is so underrated! Self care doesn’t have to be overly thought out. It’s in the simple things, such as a relaxing bubble bath and some quiet time. 
  • You must be able to recognize your worth!
  • You can start by asking some friends or loved ones, what is something that they love about you? Begin to become more self aware and recognize the good things about yourself! 
  • Address the internal things before the external things become difficult to bear.
  • When looking for a good life coach, you will need to decide exactly what your goals are, in order to see if a particular coach matches up with your needs. Look for transparency from them. 

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WBL Podcast: Dr. Erica Jones

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In today’s episode, we discuss ‘The Art of Transition’ with Dr. Erica Jones, as it relates to understanding the right time to make a career or life transition.  Dr. Jones provides us with guidance on how to make healthy & fulfilling  life transitions, that will leave you feeling restful and content!

About Dr. Jones

Dr. Erica Jones is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, public speaker, and author of several books including F*uck This Job and The Art of Transition Journal. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: Make sure you know what you need! This includes emotionally, mentally, and physically. Understanding what you truly need, can help you to live content.
  • Give yourself time to process and understand what you need from your career and personal life. Have the confidence to believe that you deserve the things that you need!
  • Discussing the common struggle of wanting to leave your job while also worrying about making ends meet, insurance & health care, and the opinions/questions from family & others. 
  • Value in mapping out your plan through assessing your skill set. Then choosing to believe that you are capable of accomplishing any goal!
  • Practice deep breathing exercises and become aligned with yourself, so that you can locate the fullness of your mental, physical, and emotional wellness. 
  • Having the mindset that you are capable of attaining what is best for you. 
  • Dr. Jones’ Art of Transition Journal is available now, to guide you towards habits that will help you become better aligned with yourself. 

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