Category: Life

TheLivelyShowDecemberFavorites

Welcome, 2016!!!

Today I’m sharing my favorite things from December, 2015.

This episode includes a mishmash of all sorts of things that are bringing me pleasure including my favorite coloring books, non-fiction books, a dating class(!), eyelashes, and more.

This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to hear about several of my pleasurable + feminine December favorites.

 

TLS #111: What I’m Focusing on in 2016
December 31st, 2015     |    LifeThe Lively Show

 

TheLivelyShowFocusing2016

Happy New Year!

In today’s Lively Show, I’m sharing the areas I’m planning to focus on the most in my life in 2016. After so many many changes personally, logistically, and professionally in 2015, this is going to be a BIG year for me on many levels.

I’ll be sharing my biggest Values-based intentions, areas of personal growth, and my travel plans.

This episode is perfect for anyone curious to know what I’m focusing on in 2016.

TheLivelyShowTop2015Episodes

Merry Christmas Eve! : )

Today’s Lively Show is a walk down the Lively Show 2015 memory lane. I’m sharing the top 10 episodes that have transformed my habits, life, and outlook the most.

I’ve got a wide mix of episodes across an array of topics from productivity, habit creation, curiosity, “success,” food, and more.

This episode is perfect for long-time listeners searching for episodes to re-listen to, or for new listeners who want to learn more about some of the most impactful shows of 2015.

TheLivelyShowWithJenHansard

Today’s Lively Show is a fun and inspiring topic – with an equally fun and inspiring guest!

We’re chatting with Jen Hansard, the co-founder of the extremely popular site, Simple Green Smoothies, about her journey and the lessons she’s learned from facing her biggest fears in 2015.

I happen to have this same “face your fears challenge” laid out for myself in 2016, and I hope that Jen’s personal experiences inspire others who may want to move past their fears next year, too.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear the story of how the Simple Green Smoothies brand began, or anyone looking to get inspired to face their fears – both big and small – in 2016.

IntuitionMiniCourseWOG

For the 2015 Week of Giving (my annual tradition of sharing something each day of the week with you), I have created a brand new free 5 day mini course focused on the most powerful gift I can give:

Techniques you can use to connect to your intuition and find clarity in any area of your life.

For five days, I’ll be answering the following questions with easy techniques you can start using right now:

TheLivelyShowWithKatherineWoodwardThomas

This episode is very near and dear to my heart and I have been looking forward to sharing this with you, my dear friends, for a while now.

For many reasons which are explained in this episode, I have asked bestselling author, Katherine Woodward Thomas, on the show to share her new book, Conscious Uncoupling, which lays out her five step process to consciously uncoupling and living happily even after.

I have used Katherine’s process personally over the past few months, and it has transformed a potentially negative or destructive process into one of peace, joy, and love. Now, I’d like to share her approach with you.

This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about a five step process to help lovingly complete a relationship wholeheartedly, or for anyone who wants to learn about a meaningful new chapter in my own life.

MrLivelysThoughts

This is tough to write.

I want people to know that I’m happy, that I’m not depressed, that I still love Jess, I look forward to still being close friends, I’m excited about our future lives, I cherish the past five years, and everything is okay.

Really, everything is okay.

I’ve been asked if I’m okay multiple times, usually accompanied by a very serious stare into my eyes a few inches from my face.

It all reminds me of something Jess learned from her yoga instructor (bear with me here) that we’ve enjoyed ever since. The idea of santosha, which reminds us to think in terms of ‘this AND that’ as opposed to ‘this OR that’.

It comes in handy a lot, and I think it very simply puts how I feel.

I cherish my time with Jess AND I’m excited about a future where we are close friends AND I loved being married AND I’m happy not being married right now.

Isn’t it great?

I like to think this also how Jess and I have spent our time together.

We couldn’t settle for being just one way. We wanted to be relaxed at home living a peaceful life AND do everything all at once.

We would go through periods of cozy hibernation (sometimes literally because of Chicago’s winters), only to burst out and make big sweeping changes because it felt right at that moment.

Three states, two dogs, multiple businesses, multiple jobs, many websites, a wedding in Paris, and so much more all of which felt like they happened at a moments notice.

A lot of times there would be some stress, but it was always the right move in the end.

I live a very fortunate life in so many ways, and the friendship that Jess and I will continue to share is certainly something I’m grateful for. Also, that we’ve been able to go through this in such a loving and supportive way.

I don’t think it would be honest if I didn’t acknowledge that we are both losing some things by our decision. Or that we haven’t wept, worried or stressed, we have.

We are losing time together, futures we planned, and we are splitting our dogs up.

This process has a lot emotions all at the same time, and that’s okay. We can be sad and excited, worried and confident, and we can continue to be loving.

Much like any other big decisions we’ve made, it’s not without difficulty, but just like every other time, it feels right, it’s from our values, and I believe once again, it will be the right move in the end.

P.S. I’m glad Jess is keeping the name Lively, because she’s lived it every day of her life.

 


 

You can listen to the podcast where I (Jess) share this news + my experience here.

 

TheLivelyShowwithMelissaGruntkosky

How many times have you heard a story – here on the Lively Show or elsewhere online – which goes along the lines of, ‘I didn’t like my job… so I worked really hard and quit my job to start a full-time business’?

Though this narrative has been shared by many people online, there are also many times when quitting a full-time business and getting a full-time job is an even truer extension of our Values — and ultimately brings even more joy to our lives.

This is exactly what we’re talking about with letterpress designer, Melissa Gruntkosky. Melissa had a full-time business for four years, until she followed her intuition and took a fulfilling full-time job instead.

This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to hear an important (and less spoken about) perspective on the challenges of running a full-time business and an inspiring journey of someone who made a bold choice to live her Values.

TheLivelyShowwithDillanDiGiovanni2

Today’s Lively Show is one of the most fascinating and helpful conversations I’ve had on The Lively Show thus far.

In today’s episode, Dillan DiGiovanni, a health coach and TEDx speaker who transitioned his gender identity in his mid-30’s, shares how and why he thrived before and after his gender transition, the complexity of evolving language around sexuality and sexual identities, and what Dillan believes is not being accurately conveyed in the media about transgender individuals.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear a fascinating story about thriving authentically, or for anyone looking to better understand, connect, and communicate with people who identify as transgender.

 

TheLivelyShowwithAnnaGardner

Today’s Lively Show is a fun, lighthearted “girl chat” with the lovely and down-to-Earth beauty vlogger, Anna Gardner, of the very popular YouTube Channel and blog, Vivianna Does Makeup.

Though dozens of well-known bloggers have come on TLS and discussed blogging tips, we’ve never directly spoken about the topic of video blogging and YouTube.

So today, Anna is filling us in on how full-time vloggers make an income, tips and tricks for making great videos, which equipment we should invest in, and more.

Plus, she also shares her favorite spend + splurge makeup items.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear a fun chat about all things beauty and vlogging.

 

TheLivelyShowwithJessicaFlannigan

Today on The Lively Show, I’m talking with Jessica Flannigan of Live The Fancy Life.

Jessica is a wife, mother of two, writer, business owner, and blogger who went from trying to “do it all” and “be as big as possible” in her career to shifting gears around her true core Values.

Though we are all at different points in our journeys, with different Values and circumstances, Jessica’s story inspires us to think about what is truly most innately fulfilling for us personally in this season of our lives.

This episode is perfect for anyone who is stressed out, distracted, scared to move forward in some area of their lives, or wants to hear an amazing story of a woman who had the courage to step back from “the hustle” in order to live a life that is optimal, given her circumstances and Values.

 

TheLivelyShowwithElizabethGilbert

Episode 100.

Elizabeth Gilbert.

And my 31st birthday.

These are three things that are all happening today on The Lively Show, and I’m pinching myself to make sure this isn’t just a dream….

…. A lovely dream that I cannot wait to share with you!

Today we’re talking with worldwide bestselling author, Elizabeth Gilbert – of Big Magic, and Eat Pray Love fame – about a wide range of topics including creativity, the fetishization of passion, the magic of curiosity, and the importance of epic doses of self-compassion.

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to have a more compassionate + creative life, career, and relationship with themselves. 

 


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