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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

We have our first podcast guest, y’all! This week on the show, Tracey and I welcome our friend, fitness coach and nutrition expert Liz Winters, to talk about all things food, mindful eating, and how to negotiate with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Liz is a nutritional therapy practitioner and crossfit coach in here in Portland, and runs her own private nutrition practice and small group training practice, Sprout Wellness, where she educates and empowers people to improve their overall health through movement, nutrition, and realistic lifestyle shifts.

This conversation was so much fun to have, and Liz offers a ton of useful […]

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    This Isn’t A Test: The Comparison Trap and Why You Should Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

This Isn’t A Test: The Comparison Trap and Why You Should Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper

“Comparison is the death of joy.” ~Mark Twain

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to keep my eyes on my own paper.

Which was basically just a suggestion to stop looking outside myself for constant validation and to start doing the hard work of figuring out who I was and who I wanted to become instead of expecting someone else to give me all the answers.

Most of us feel this innate pull to compare ourselves to others at every turn.

We compare our careers and our incomes and our homes and our relationships and our bodies and our […]

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    Curious & Curiouser, Episode 13: Mental Health Therapy and Acupuncture as Tools for Transformation

Curious & Curiouser, Episode 13: Mental Health Therapy and Acupuncture as Tools for Transformation

Today on the podcast, we explore the intersection of Tracey’s work and my own, talk all about the benefits of combining mental health therapy with acupuncture and other forms of bodywork, and explain how doing so can facilitate transformation and often accelerate healing.

Both Tracey and I have seen our clients and patients progress more quickly when they are willing to make themselves vulnerable by asking for help on various levels from a variety of supportive people.

We have both also experienced the transformative power of this process ourselves — which is something we discuss openly in the episode.

For those of you who have been wondering, I […]

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    Sometimes Growth Feels Gross (or, Today’s Full Moon and the Discomfort of Changing Your Story)

Sometimes Growth Feels Gross (or, Today’s Full Moon and the Discomfort of Changing Your Story)

“May we remind ourselves that growth doesn’t need to feel good to be good for us in the long run.” ~Chani Nicholas

THIS.

Whether or not you’re into astrology and tracking the cycles of the moon, this message from the infinitely wise and talented Chani Nicholas on this day of the full moon is so on point I couldn’t not share it.

Growth is painful sometimes.

(Ahem, most of the time.)

It can feel fucking terrible and make staying the same seem like the better and more desirable option. The discomfort of becoming something different than you are right now without any guarantee about what exactly your efforts to change […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 12: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 12: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

I am super excited about this week’s episode of the podcast, y’all. We’re talking about something that is near and dear to my heart — namely, the stories we tell about ourselves and the world, many of which are just frankly untrue.

And most of which are not all that helpful to our growth and evolution as people.

Tracey and I explore in detail the transformative power of questioning your assumptions, the importance of challenging your beliefs, and the steps involved in changing your story.

We also include a sweet diagram (courtesy of Tracey) for those of you who appreciate visual learning tools. (You’re welcome.)

This episode is full of useful insights and […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 11: Self Care for Real Life

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 11: Self Care for Real Life

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Self care. A bit of a hot topic in recent years, huh?

In today’s episode of the podcast, Tracey and I are discussing this very thing, talking specifically about how true self care is often doing the things that are hard and not particularly comfortable — like paying your bills and having strong boundaries.

We also address the question of how to practice self care amidst the less-than-awesome political climate currently dominating the news cycle in the U.S., in order […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 10: Relationships & Attachment

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 10: Relationships & Attachment

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This week on the podcast, Tracey and I are talking about attachment — a topic about which Tracey is an expert and something she works on regularly in her work with clients.

Specifically, we’re asking the question:  How does being curious about your own attachment style enhance your relationships?

(Spoiler alert:  It helps SO MUCH. Seriously.)

Tracey starts off this episode by giving a brief history of attachment theory, breaking down the three main attachment styles that play out in adult relationships. Tracey and I […]

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    When a Fry is Just a Fry (or, Please Don’t Attach Meaning to Everything)

When a Fry is Just a Fry (or, Please Don’t Attach Meaning to Everything)

“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.” ~Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Last week, I was having lunch with my boyfriend when he jokingly began to “read” our fries as a way to tell my future.

It was hilarious, yes, but it also made me think about how eager we can be to attach meaning to EVERYthing that happens in our lives and how sometimes looking for the deeper meaning is not actually that helpful.

Sometimes, a fry is just a fry, you know?

(And, yes, I love fries. I admit it.)

I spent many years caught up in an intense game of […]

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 9: Manifesting

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In this week’s episode of the podcast, Tracey and I talk about manifesting — a word we see being tossed around a lot in the self-help and personal development arena — often to the detriment of those who fall prey to the hype. We discuss the ways that our attempts to manifest can go wrong and leave us feeling less content in the end. We also call bullshit on The Secret (which is something I did previously in […]

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 8: Sex Myths Debunked

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Another episode of the podcast is here! This week, Tracey and I are continuing our conversation from last week, debunking some myths floating around about sex, sexual pleasure, and our bodies.

We decided to continue this discussion after the House of Representatives passed the healthcare bill last week — a bill that left both of us feeling extremely disappointed and pretty fired up. We recorded this episode the day after the bill passed, and we get a little political at the beginning of the conversation, not […]