TLS #139: Personal Struggles & Connecting to Your Intuition with Dana Shultz (Minimalist Baker)


Today’s Lively Show is with a beloved returning guest, Dana Shultz, of Minimalist Baker.

In today’s show, we’re discussing an unknown, ongoing health issue that has led to Dana losing about 50% of her hair over the past year and a half and triggered a host of life lessons along the way.

The doubts, vulnerability, and concerns Dana discusses are ones that many of us can relate to in various aspects of our lives – aging, illness, weight gain/loss, body changes with pregnancy, and more.

This episode is perfect for anyone struggling with an ongoing health or self-worth issue that wants to feel connection and a bit less alone in their journey.









  • Dana discusses some of the events in her life since being on The Lively Show during season one and how the past year and a half has been a personal struggle for her to overcome.

  • She tells us that she believes making drastic health and medical changes contributed to her current hair loss condition.

  • Dana says at first, she believed it was a temporary issue, but it continued and possibly got worse, but this issue began to take an emotional toll on her as well as being more self-conscious with herself.

  • She explains how she became more closed to others, depressed and her confidence diminished as her problem grew.

  • Dana tells us that it took a while to overcome the block to talk to her friends and family about her problem, but by doing so, her confidence is increased.

  • She talks about how she is becoming more accepting of her hair loss and how she is incorporating mindfulness in her daily life as to not spiral back into the denial and rejection phases.

  • Dana attributes her ability to accept and deal with her problem by having gratitude and being thankful for the things she has in life.

  • She tells us how meditation brings her the calmness, peace and stability she needs daily.

  • Dana shares her letter to her intuition that she wrote and how it has helped her talk through the things that were holding her back.

  • She mentions how skeptical she was about tapping into her intuition, but by doing so, she has created a better place for herself in her life.

  • Dana tells us that she has learned to listen to her body’s physical needs and to control her stress to avoid the spiral effect of a problem.




The Lively Show with Dana Shultz (Season One)

Write To Your Intuition – Mini Course

The Lively Show – Meditation Apps

Insight Timer

Woman Code – Alisa Vitti

Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore

Skin Deep App

Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking Cookbook







Photo credit: Carly Diaz

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. I am so glad that more and more people are talking about the importance of listening to ourselves and trusting our intuition. I personally think this is the first place to start when dealing with any health issue or really anything in life.
    I think I big obstacle is that a lot of people don’t know what listening to ourselves looks like.
    I have written a mini e-book to help people learn to connect with their inner world. It’s free, and available for pre-order on my website.

  2. Jeremy

    One of my favourite episodes. I got a lot of value from the process the two of you went through, deconstructing the emotions behind sharing insecurities.

  3. Amber Hardiman

    Fantastic episode! I’ve been struggling with uterine fibroids, which leaves me house bound many days due to heavy periods. My hormone imbalance has also caused horrible cystic acne which makes me want to avoid being around people. Its feels shallow but when you are not used to something, it definitely effects the quality of your life. This has inspired me to tune into my intuition to try and overcome these insecurties.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this, Amber. I hope your intuition helps you discover a new perspective or approach. : )

  4. Jess Lively

    Thank you so much for sharing what worked for you, LK! This is awesome and I hope it may help Dana, too. : )

  5. Claudia

    Thank you so much for this episode, and Dana, thank you for being so open and honest. I’m going through the same thing at the moment and I lost (and am still losing) so much hair, while living a healthy life. I’m still trying to find what works, how to find more peace with it, and share it with others. Listening to this episode made me realize I’m so ashamed of it and that’s it’s time to open up about it. Thank you, thank you.

  6. L

    I just wanted to share a book that gives an in-depth explanation of hormone-related problems like hair loss, excess hair growth, heavy periods, etc: “It’s Your Hormones” by Dr. Geoffrey Redmond. He talks about many different options for treatment, including a medication called spironolactone that can help women with either hair loss or excess facial hair. Dana may have already had a predisposition to hair loss that would have been apparent earlier on, except the estrogen in her birth control prevented hair loss while she was taking it.

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