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Jun 5, 2017

Coaching is a topic we love on “Embracing Intensity,” and it is not hard to see why. Beautiful, Intense, Excitable women often find themselves in a bit of a pinch. How can you learn to be exactly who you are in a world that you feel too much for? How can you chase your dreams without getting burned out? Is it even possible to find a career and a passion that works with your Intensity, rather than against it? For many, the solution is simple: find a coach you gets you!

This week’s guest, Rikky Maas, has a life-giving message for you this week, one with hope and passion and a touch of wanderlust. Rikky’s path to coaching was one of self-discovery. Through extensive travel all over the world, to discovering how spiritual signs and forces influence her life, Rikky learned that the best, most authentic career she could have was to be a coach. Now, she is on a mission to help people like you discover their true passion and live a life worthy of their inner fire.


In this Episode

  • See how high intelligence and high intensity are amazing gifts.
  • Learn how to live out your purpose.
  • Hear about Rikky’s passion for people and asking questions.
  • Discover spiritual alignment and bold purpose.
  • The impact of deep conversation and intellectual satisfaction.
  • Rikky shares about her travel experiences and the life-altering impact they have had
  • How passions motivate your business.
  • “I know I’m gifted, now what?” coaching.
  • Learn about The Prosperous Coach method.


Rikky Recommends:

Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead by Tosha Silver

Aurora Recommends

How to be an Adult by David Richo

Rikky’s Website

Rikky D.T. Maas on Facebook

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook

Aurora’s Website

Find Your Superpower course:

Power Zone Toolkit

May 29, 2017

Have you found that one person who just "gets you"? As an intense and spirited person, it can be a challenge to find connection and community with other like-minded people. This is exponentially true if you are an introvert or have any kind of social anxiety. 

Aurora shares how having a strong foundation of community and acceptance has helped her to create her own community wherever she goes.

In this episode, Aurora discusses:

  • How making a friend as an adult out of school can be like asking someone out on a date.
  • The steps she took to make new friends in a new town.
  • Pitfalls to avoid when reaching out to others.
  • How you can join her community of gifted women for our first live "unconference."

In this episode:

Embracing Intensity Unconference:

Paula Prober's Lonely? Find Your Pips:

League of Excitable Women Facebook Group:

Find Your Superpower Course:


May 22, 2017

We all have a Big Idea. A dream that is bigger than a dream, and it just might actually work out. So where do you get your Big Ideas? Do you have a plan in place to make that happen? When push comes to shove, sometimes it takes something, or someone, to help us get our dreams into motion. For an Intense woman, (especially an intense mom), it can be much more daunting to put those ideas to work on your own. We need someone who gets it to encourage us on our adventure.

Aria Leighty is a glitter-loving Mother and Business owner who loves to connect and support other Moms with their Big Ideas. Aria knows a thing or two about controlling the chaos that we Intense Women can sometimes stir up for ourselves. From years of practice honing her fire, Aria has turned her own Big Ideas into the MOB Northwest, a group supporting the efforts of Business Savvy Moms that has been a huge success. Learn from Aria’s experience and be encouraged by her empathy and passion as she and Aurora talk about what it means to make it big!


Also on this week’s episode

  • Aria describes how her Big Ideas can quickly turn into unorganized chaos.
  • How to harness Mania and Intense Fire in a productive way. Taking time to pause and look at the big ideas.
  • Difficulty in connecting as a child has led to a passion for interconnectedness as an adult.
  • How to find women who will dispel doubts about yourself.
  • Hear about the ways Aria’s Mobile Art Studio impacted her community.
  • Navigate the madness of trying to do too much.
  • Aria demonstrates how she takes her Big Ideas into Realistic Big Ideas.
  • How to encourage others who are fighting the constant battle with Intensity.
  • Opening yourself up to vulnerability can leave you more likely to be hurt. How to rest well!
  • Hear how Mom Business Owners and The MOB have found so much success.
  • Use #bizchampion to support the MOB on social media!


Aria Recommends:

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero


The MOB NW Website

@theMOBNW on Instagram.

Facebook group:

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook

Aurora’s Website

Power Zone Toolkit

May 15, 2017

Have you ever confused passion for drama? As an intense person, you may crave intensity in a partner, but when two intense people get together there can be challenges with meshing two strong personalities together. 

Aurora found this to be true in her first relationship and assumed it was just a biproduct of two intense people getting together. She has since learned that it is possible to have intensity and passion in a relationship with minimal drama!

In this episode, Aurora shares:

  • A personal account of her major relationship milestones. 
  • What it looked like for her when she found passion without the drama.
  • The key elements in maintaining good communication between two intense people.  

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook

Aurora’s Website

Find Your Superpower!

May 8, 2017

Growing up, we all looked up to some kind of role model: a teacher, a parent, a celebrity, or a mentor. What steps did they take to accomplish a goal? How did they get to where they are going? Sometimes, even in our adult lives, we need a role model—someone who has harnessed their intensity in a positive way and found success in their personal and professional life. This week’s guest on “Embracing Intensity” is Brittani Nelson, and she is without a doubt a role model for the Intense and Excitable woman.

What does it really look like to harness intensity in a constructive way? Brittani and Aurora chat this week about what a superpower intensity can be! Brittani is truly the Business Matchmaker with a focus on constructing a community, not just a network. In building her business, she used her intensity to start and grow her scope, tackle being a single mother, and engage in a new romantic relationship all at once! It seems like an impossible task, but tune in this week to see the simple, practical steps that Brittani uses to embrace her life and chase her dreams.


Also in this week’s episode:

  • Hear Brittani’s community mindset for her Business and Networking Strategy
  • Learn how mutually beneficial relationships between businesses and clients can truly build community.
  • See the ways that Brittani utilizes her own strengths as a small business owner.
  • Intensity really is a strength! Brittani explains why.
  • Aurora and Brittani chat about the impact of personal relationships on their own businesses.
  • Discover the power of the habit of Reflection. Learn from each adventure.
  • See the importance of self-care and balancing time with family.


Brittani Recommends

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan



Brittani’s Website


Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook


Aurora’s Website:


Power Zone Toolkit: Power Zone Toolkit

May 1, 2017

Do you feel like your brain goes on and on and on without stopping sometimes? Or perhaps you rehash the same thing over and over again? Does your mind think of everything at once or jump right to the most efficient route and get bogged down by the details?

This week, Aurora talks about overthinking. If you are intense, gifted and/or excitable, chances are you've done this a time or two. What are the things that help you focus when there's too much going on in your brain?

In this episode, Aurora describes:

  • Two types of overthinkers she's observed in her League of Excitable Women group. 
  • The common thread that ties overthinkers together. 
  • Some strategies to help find your focus when there's so much going on in your brain.

Focus Your Power Strategy Call:

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook

Aurora’s Website:

Find Your Superpower!

Apr 24, 2017

The great thing about us Intense, Sensitive, and Passionate women, is that we keep finding new ways to think about and redefine those very words. Each of us has something unique to bring to this world, and sometimes it is all too tempting to forget that uniqueness is also our power. What is your message? Your passion project? Your reason for getting up in the morning? Have you used that knowledge to power your life, or are you letting that potential slip by? 


Enter Stella Orange, a woman in pursuit of herself. Stella learned from an early age that the key to a happy life was fully embracing her true identity. Due to her cross-cultural background, trips across the country, and life-changing encounters with friends and family, Stella has found a path that really works for her, and she wants to help you too. Listen as she and Aurora talk about what it means to fully Embrace your inner self-fueled power, and how that can translate to business, relationships, and your own lifelong joy! However your Intensity manifests itself today, make sure to embrace it.

Also in this week’s episode of Embracing Intensity! 

  • Stella shares experiences from her childhood that created her unique perspective on life
  • Aurora and Stella discuss privilege: how gender, race, and even body-type can have a serious impacts\ on self-image. 
  • Find better ways to connect with clients, your family, and yourself. 
  • Learn about expression and working with others towards a common vision
  • Stella shares the details of her journaling and meditation practices. 
  • Learn which routines and rituals have a place in your journey. 
  • What does talking to yourself have to do with success in other areas of your life? Stella can explain that one! 

Stella Recommends 

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod 


Stella’s website

Read Stella’s Position Paper

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook 

Aurora’s Website

Find Your Superpower!

Power Zone Toolkit

Apr 17, 2017

Do you have a difficult time explaining yourself to others? You are not alone! This is one of the greatest challenges facing many intense, gifted and excitable women.

Aurora was once described as "an enigma wrapped in a riddle." This is part of why she started this podcast, but what if need to explain it to someone who doesn't instinctively "get it"?

In this episode:


  • Aurora discusses her own challenges with explaining intensity and excitability.
  • She shares how the definition of excitability can be used as a jumping off point.
  • She breaks down how she describes each of the 5 areas of excitability from her own experience.



Sign up for her Find Your Superpower Course:

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Apr 10, 2017

Today's guest is Jennie Friedman, the host of See In ADHD and also a professional Mindset Coach, who specializes in helping people to share their passions with the world. Listen in to find out more.

Jennie has more than twenty years of experience in the world of business, which she marries with her bachelor's degree in psychology, to help people to expand their opportunities for income and connectivity. Listen in today and find out what sets Jennie apart from the rest and discover how she uses her understanding and her classes, which are all dedicated to a single mission, to bring out the best from deep within you, within a matter of weeks.


Today, Jennie talks to Aurora about:


  • How she first got into ADHD coaching.
  • Her own, personal brand of intensity.
  • Her passion for the destigmatization of ADHD and for mental health.
  • How ADHD has affected her family.
  • How Jennie sees her own behaviour as being different to that of people with ADHD.
  • How she stopped watching TV for two years, after 911.
  • How mellow she's become, since menopause.
  • What's helped her to harness the power of her intensity.
  • How her podcasts explore thinking outside of the box.
  • How music can help people with dementia to communicate.
  • How there's hope for all of us to learn from one another.
  • Why she relaunched and renamed her podcast.
  • How she learned to love being herself.
  • A fascinating book that she would really recommend for someone struggling with anxiety or emotional overwhelm.
  • How she helps people to feel their own fire.



To find out more about Jennie: 


Podcast about ADHD- See In ADHD (on iTunes)


Jennie's recommended book: Focused Forward by James Ochoa.


Apr 3, 2017

Do you feel like there is just not enough time for all of your awesome? You have so much to offer the world, and so many passions and interests, there is just no way to keep up with it all! You suffer not from lack, but from paralyzing abundance.

Aurora breaks from the usual interview format to explore one of the biggest issues facing her audience and interviewees – how do you prioritize when there is so much you want to do?

In this episode:

  • Explore 3 questions to ask yourself when trying to choose what to focus your time on.
  • Aurora shares how these questions have played out in her own life to help her reexamine how she spends her valuable time.
  • Learn how you can get your own burning question answered on the show.


Sign up for her Find Your Superpower Course:

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook:


Mar 27, 2017

Do you have a vision for your life? Your business? Keeping that vision in mind, you might be asking: “Now what? What’s next?” It can be difficult to feel so passionate about something, and yet be so helpless to know where to go to make your vision a reality. Perhaps you have reached a certain point in your life and you just feel a little stuck. Maybe you need a guide—someone there to give you the steps and systems you need to make your dreams possible. 

Enter Marina Darlow. Marina has made it her mission to help heart-centered businesses and entrepreneurs take their vision for their business and turn it into a reality. Marina is a systems specialist, and her unique insights and wisdoms might be just what you need to jumpstart your business. Listen as she and Aurora discuss how vision and reality can collide to create something truly beautiful! 


In this episode: 

  • Marina describes how Vision Framework allows entrepreneurs to execute their vision. 
  • See how intense emotions and a strong sense of justice fuel Marina towards helping others accomplish their goals. 
  • Explore the tension between high excitement at the start of a new project, and the paralysis of anxiety over that same project. 
  • See how a supportive family can make all the difference. 
  • Learn about the cycle of pain as well as the cycle of creativity. 
  • Tidbits of Marina’s own systems. 
  • How a business coach can create accountability and emotional guidance. 



Marina Recommends 


Getting Things Done by David Allen 

Rising Strong by Brene Brown 



Marina’s Website


Follow Marina on Twitter


Vision Framework on Facebook 


Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook


Aurora’s Website


Mar 20, 2017

Do you feel like you just don’t quite fit the mold? Can you identify with many different groups, depending on the situation? How can you embrace your intensity if you are intense in many ways? What happens when the world doesn’t have a group, a school, or a system that works for you? Jade Rivera, this week’s guest on “Embracing Intensity,” has a solution: just make your own!

Jade is an educator, writer, and speaker with a mission to rewrite our ideas of schooling gifted and twice exceptional children. She knows what it means to live and embrace multiple intensities, multiple identities, and multiple exceptionalities. Jade now uses these experiences to fuel her love for educating Gifted and Twice Exceptional students through micro-schools. Listen as she and Aurora discuss what it means to live fully within the identity of an Intense Woman, and how you can too! 

 You don't want to miss this episode. It's packed with great advice and insights!

Also in this week’s episode:

  • Discover the world of Micro-schools
  • Hear how Aurora learned from Jade early on in the “Embracing Intensity” journey
  • Hear Jade’s own “Intense situation” and how her intense personality allowed her to thrive through it.
  • Multiple “seeming contradictions” (intense, woman, white-passing woman of color) allowed Jade to become comfortable with ambiguity.
  • Becoming more discerning in social interactions.
  • The power of therapy and dealing with trauma
  • Understanding what you need to be happy and healthy
  • Prioritizing alone time—to feel what you are feeling
  • Developing education strategies for each individual student.
  • Understanding Twice Exceptional children.




Jade’s Website:

Jade’s book on Micro-schools

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook

Aurora’s Website

Power Zone Toolkit


Jade Recommends


Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

Your Rainforest Mind by Paula Prober

Mar 13, 2017

For the intense woman, life’s unexpected heartbreaks, tragedies, and traumas can feel like the end of the world. When life takes a detour, it is difficult to bounce back, especially when it feels like everything around you has come crumbling down. How do we deal with these roadblocks? Is it possible to ever fully recover from trauma?

If you are a trauma survivor, (or just a human in general) then this week’s guest has a message that will get right the heart of the matter. Amy Oestreicher is a survivor: a survivor of sexual assault, a survivor of a disease that left her without a stomach, and a survivor in life. Using the power of creativity and gratitude, Amy has come back from the brink of death with a love of life that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. In this week’s episode of “Embracing Intensity,” Amy describes her road to recovery, and how she learned to embrace life’s detours and find what it means to be herself. Be inspired this week and take a dive into a story of human resilience!


Also in this week’s episode:

  • Amy shares how her love of musical theater, fine art, and writing have shaped her recovery process.
  • Hear the story of Amy’s biggest detour, losing her stomach.
  • Learn how the story of recovery is universal.
  • Healthy coping tools for trauma survivors
  • Using creativity to put in the hard work of recovery
  • Practicing gratitude and transforming your outlook on life.
  • Hear how Amy’s family and intense childhood gave her the tools she needed to overcome adversity.
  • The ways Amy “gets out of her head,” and embraces her own intensity.



Amy Recommends

Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine


My Beautiful Detour by Amy Oestreicher is available for Pre-order this spring!



Amy’s Website


Connect with Amy on Twitter



Amy’s Ted Talk:


Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook:


Aurora’s Website:


Power Zone Toolkit:

Mar 6, 2017

If you’ve been following the Embracing Intensity Podcast or any of the blogs on you might notice a trend emerging. Time and time again, we as the beautifully and wonderfully Intense women have a strong need for a supportive Community. It can be easy to feel like you’re doing this crazy life alone, especially if you are the parent of and Intense or Gifted kid. Where do you turn if you are isolated in your school system? How do you get help if your financial resources are limited? Enter Carolyn K and the Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page.

Carolyn K. is intensely passionate about advocating for the profoundly Gifted and parents of profoundly Gifted. She is the founder of Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page, a wealth of online resources for the Gifted that are free and accessible to all! Listen this week as Carolyn shares her journey in discovering and rediscovering her own Giftedness, and finding her voice for those who wouldn’t have one otherwise. Be inspired and encouraged by Carolyn’s wisdom in this week’s episode of “Embracing Intensity.”

More in this episode:

  • Carolyn’s path to Gifted advocacy found her through her own children.
  • Learn about the Hoagies' Gifted Blog Hop.
  • See how Intensity manifested itself in Carolyn’s intense passion for finding resources for the underserved in the Gifted community.
  • Finding your people through theater.
  • See how creating Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page harnessed Carolyn’s own intensity.
  • The importance of advocating for Gifted students so that no one falls through the cracks.
  • See how a good teacher and a good grouping can impact not only Gifted students but other achievers as well.
  • Learn to look for what is best for the student.
  • Direct intensity in a way that is helpful for us.


Carolyn Recommends

Guiding the Gifted Child by James Webb and Elizabeth A. Meckstroth and Stephanie S. Tolan


Carolyn’s Website

Connect on Facebook

And the Facebook Group!

Ignite Your Power Group Program:

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook

Aurora’s Website

Power Zone Toolkit

Feb 27, 2017

Has your personal message gotten muddled? Do you ever feel like you’ve lost what it means to be You? The world is sending you a lot of messages. For an Intense Woman, the messages can be difficult to sort through, and your own voice can seem to fade through all the noise.

In this week’s episode of “Embracing Intensity,” Aurora interview Dr. Carol Parker-Walsh of Evolve Image Consulting. Carol is a former lawyer with a story unlike any other. Her mission is to encourage women to find their true voice, re-create their brand or their business, and find success doing the things they love. Listen and be encouraged by Carol’s story of conviction, challenge, and triumph in this week’s podcast!


Also on the podcast:


  • Hear Carol’s message and become a woman of influence!
  • See how the support of her proto-Femenist Father enabled Carol to become the person she is today.
  • An accident changed the course of Carol’s life forever.
  • Carol shares her independent spirit and intense passion about freedom and belief.
  • Discover what made Carol walk away from a lucrative career.
  • Experience how the role of women in the household has taken on a new meaning in her life.
  • Experience Carol’s perspective as a woman of color on society, equality, and stereotyping.
  • Tuning yourself out can lead to an implosion; see how Carol reconciled her intensity in her family relationships.
  • Carol shares the best advice her Father and Mother gave her.
  • What are some ways to live out your values and passions while still staying accountable to your goals?
  • See how to un-muddle your message: support your own message with your wardrobe!


Carol Recommends:

Writing by Belle Hooks



Carol’s Website

Find her on Facebook:

Instagram: @evolveyourimage

Ignite Your Power Group Program:


Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook


Aurora’s Website


Find Your Superpower

Feb 20, 2017

Do you ever feel disconnected, or out of touch with the rest of the world? Have you ever felt like there wasn’t a judgment-free listening ear around, or a space to allow your excitability to be what it was always meant to be? For the Over Excitable woman, it is easy to feel alienated. Simone de Hoogh, this week’s guest on Embracing Intensity, experienced that herself, since no one in the UK really “talks about” emotions, excitability, and Giftedness.

Simone gets what it means to be Over Excitable, and has learned throughout the years that embracing her inner fire means helping others understand their own. She knows that as we learn more and more about Over Excitability, the need for a safe space to share our experiences grows. It followed that she might just need to create one, and so she founded Powerwood, a camp for families with Over Excitable and Gifted children to come together without fear of judgment or misunderstanding. This week on Embracing Intensity, listen to Simone’s wisdom and experience caring for those she loves, and giving back to a community that needs her.


More in this Week’s Episode:

  • Learn how Powerwood got its start
  • See how neurological diversity can create a positive change
  • Experience with Simone the emotions of the first ever Powerwood camp
  • How Powerwood became a Not-for-Profit company
  • Hear how Simone’s childhood transformed her adult ambitions.
  • Explore the differing cultural approaches and levels of acceptance to over-excitability and emotions
  • Get Simone’s tips for living well.
  • Hear Simone’s pleasures of “being on this side of fifty.”


Simone Recommends

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingles Wilder

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card



Simone’s Website


Facebook group


Over Excitability Questionnaire


Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook


Aurora’s Website


Ignite Your Power Group Program

Feb 13, 2017

What are you bringing into today? Is it stress, frustration, confusion, and a general sense of being overwhelmed? Do you struggle to strike a balance between your intense passions/desires and your everyday life? Friend, you are not alone! For the Intense woman, it can be difficult to sort out the demands of work, home, and personal wellness, but Giovanna Rossi has made it her mission to help you. 


In this week’s episode of “Embracing Intensity,” Aurora sits down with Giovanna to become equipped for the demands of life while celebrating what it means to be a woman. The founder of Collective Action Strategies, Family Friendly New Mexico, and the Well Woman Life Radio Show, Giovanna knows a thing or two about feeling overstretched. In addition to her excellent credentials, she has a unique perspective to share growing up with a dual nationality in the US and the UK, as well as being raised by a single mom. Have a listen to Giovanna’s journey to wellness, and prepare to begin one of your own. 


Stress still has you out of touch with your inner fire? Sign up for Aurora’s free 7-Day Ignite Your Power seminar beginning Monday, February 13th. Find the link below!


More in this episode: 

  • Hear how Giovanna’s dual nationality shaped who she is today. 
  • Giovanna describes the experience of skipping the 3rd grade in the US, only to be pushed back a grade in the UK. 
  • Giovanna’s intense passion for women’s issues, her fierce sense of justice, and they ways she is working to help women live their best lives. 
  • The importance of community and social support in order to live well. 
  • Discover the Pros and Cons of being a Type-A, Strategic, Linear thinker. 
  • Become aware of your own style of communication. 
  • See how Giovanna began her own Well Woman journey to create balance in her busy life. 
  • Learn Giovanna’s Four Tools for Wellness. 
  • See why Giovanna only shares business advice. 
  • Learn healthy habits that will introduce wellness into your life. 



Giovanna’s Website


Connect with Giovanna on Social Media!


Twitter: @Wellwomanlife 


Ignite Your Power Seminar

Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook


Aurora’s Website


Power Zone Toolkit



Giovanna Recommends 

Loving What Is by Byron Katie

How to Expand Love by the Dalai Lama 


Feb 6, 2017

Have you ever had the nagging sense that there was something else you should be doing? Is there that Thing you love to do, but aren’t confident in that Thing’s ability to support or fulfill you? If that’s the case, then this week’s episode of “Embracing Intensity” is for you. 

Daun Gardner-Jacobsen has a passion for working with passionate women to create their own online business. She fervently believes that if you can just clarify the calling on your life, then you can find a way to market it. For Daun, it’s all about having confidence in your value so that you can create an income or impact the world. See how Daun’s story has shaped her success, as she and Aurora talk about Intensity in both the workplace and in everyday life. 


Unhealthy habits have you down? Feeling stressed about your stress? Join Aurora for the Ignite Challenge at


In the podcast this week: 

  • Learn how to put the flip on your weaknesses and see it as your strength. 
  • Experience the pressure of “Self” and “Independence” our society has placed on us—especially Intense and Gifted individuals. 
  • Understand the need for community. 
  • What is grit? And why is it so hard for Intensely Gifted people? 
  • See how creating art and writing allowed Daun to have a positive release for over-excitability. 
  • See the power of being forward thinking. 
  • Experience Daun’s powerful testimony of overcoming trauma in her own life. 
  • Embrace the thing you are the most passionate about!
  • Aurora and Daun discuss the difficulty of finding and finishing a good book 
  • Daun’s encouragement for teaching non-Gifted friends and family about your processing. 


Daun Recommends 


Living with Intensity by Michael M. Piechowski 



Daun’s Websites


Daun’s Digital Marketing Company


Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook


Aurora’s Website


Power Zone Toolkit


Jan 30, 2017

Do you consider yourself a member of the Millennial generation? You know the ones—idealistic, go-getting, world changers with little to no money and no follow through? What if we told you that reputation was about to change? This week’s guest on “Embracing Intensity” seems to think so too. In fact, she has devoted an entire podcast just for you!


Meet Ivy LaClair, a Personal Transformation Coach and host of the Motivational Millennial podcast. Personal Development and transformation are the names of her game, and she is prepared to motivate, empower, and equip the Millennials to be the generation of world changers they were destined to be. Join in this week as Ivy describes her personal journey of transformation, healing, and empowerment, and see how you might fit into this movement towards personal change!


In this week’s episode of “Embracing Intensity,”

  • Hear how Ivy coaches the idealists and dreamers to pair their vision with action and persistence.
  • Learn how the Co-Active model of coaching can be empowering and life-changing.
  • Ivy shares how her intangible passion for transformation and change became a career.
  • Discover the power you have inside and your own personal story of empowerment.
  • Deal with and embrace your “giant bowl of emotion.”
  • Understand the importance of a community of support.
  • See what tools Ivy and Aurora have to create your own community of support in this season of growth for you!



Ivy Recommends:

Codependent No More Melody Beattie  



Listen to the Motivational Millennial Podcast


Coaching with Ivy – Free Sample Session!


Join the League of Excitable Women on Facebook


Aurora’s Website


Power Zone Toolkit

Jan 23, 2017

Have you ever had a chance encounter with someone who very quickly becomes a kindred spirit? You know those friends, the ones who speak your language, share many of the same experiences, and understand all your struggles? It’s the person who makes you think, “Yes! I’m not alone!” In the Intense and Gifted community, those friends are priceless. It also happens to be how Aurora found her guest for this week's episode of “Embracing Intensity.” 


Thanks to the wonderful community of  Gifted/Intense bloggers and podcasters, Lucinda Leo and Aurora popped up on each other’s radar. Lucinda is a Lawyer turned Cognitive hypnotherapist/blogger in the Gifted community. Aurora found a kindred spirit in raising gifted children and exploring new ways to talk about being an Intense woman. This week, be a part of their stories of raising intense kids and the struggles of being an intense mom. From books to personal development, this podcast has a little tint of familiarity for anyone who sees themselves as Intense or Gifted. 


Here’s just a slice of this week’s episode: 

  • Explore the differences in the use of the word “Gifted” in the US and UK. 
  • See how Lucinda decided to leave the Law and embrace a more creative career in cognitive hypnotherapy. 
  • Hear Lucinda’s desire to show parents how to enjoy parenting more. 
  • Experience along with Lucinda her journey in uncovering her son’s Giftedness, only to discover she was gifted herself! 
  • Learn how excitability manifests itself in an introverted sense. 
  • Discover how to appreciate who you are to propel you to who you can be! 
  • Lucinda has a podcast coming soon! Stay tuned for more information. 


Lucinda Recommends 

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle 

The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney 

Your Rainforest Mind by Paula Prober 

Beyond Consequences: Logic and Control by Heather T Forbes  



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Jan 16, 2017

Are you searching for that Thing? You know the Thing: that knowledge of where you are intensely passionate and uniquely gifted. Maybe it’s a project that sets you on fire or a place that gives you clarity and insight into who you are. Have you found that yet? Sometimes, it can seem like your own Intense nature is holding you back from finding your sense of self, but Aurora’s guest is going to change the way you think about that. 


Jessica Ryan is a life coach, blogger, yoga instructor, and champion of the Embracing Intensity ideal. She is intensely passionate about helping you find the real You through spiritual practices, body work, and holistic coaching designed with You in mind. Get inspired by Jessica this week and she and Aurora talk through the ups and downs in life, and the ways Jessica has found a way to truly embrace her own Intensity. 


More this week on “Embracing Intensity:” 

  • Hear how Jessica helps women find peace through major transitions in life. 
  • Can intensity be a way of truly connecting with people? 
  • Jessica reminds us of the importance of family on our embracing intensity journey 
  • Learn healthy ways to process chronic pain as Jessica shares her healing journey. 
  • See the importance of body awareness
  • Learn simple lifestyle ideas to ground your life and free your intense spirit
  • Discover the few simple practices that can change the way you view your emotions. 
  • Find out how to get Jessica’s free Chakra Guide to unlock your mental potential. 


Jessica Recommends 

Language of Emotion by Karla McLaren

Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin




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Jan 9, 2017

For the parent of an intensely gifted child (or for intensely gifted adults in general) finding a supportive community can seem like an impossible task. It’s a bit like an expedition into an uncertain wilderness. When a child is identified as gifted, many parents find themselves thrown into in unexplored territory without so much as a guide for the trip. Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley found herself in that spot when her child entered Kindergarten. It was then that she became an unlikely homeschooler, and found she could embrace her own intensity by founding an online community for Homeschool parents. 


 In this week’s episode of Embracing Intensity, Aurora and Cait discuss challenges to overcome and triumphs to be had as the parents of Gifted children. As an Excitable woman herself, Cait knew that she could not successfully tackle the task on her own. Cait shares her journey as a homeschooling mother, and how that led her to create the Raising Poppies online community for other parents just like her. Listen to hear how the world is just a bit smaller than you might think! 


In this week’s episode:  

  • How did a school psychologist become a homeschooling mom, blogger, and podcaster? 
  • Learn how Cait holds herself up during times of stress and uncertainty. 
  • The dynamics of a school district, and finding an education plan that suits a gifted child. 
  • Can focusing on just the next 6 months make an impact on your family? 
  • Become a part of the Raising Poppies online community. 
  • Hear how a focus on transparency about the pros and hurdles of homeschooling has led so many people to connect with Cait’s online community. 



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Cait Recommends 


Any books by John Holtz

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross


And some Childhood Favorites 

Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassidy

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 


Jan 2, 2017

Three words: You are enough. For an Intense Woman in today’s fast-paced and demanding world, it is easy to feel like you have to tone yourself down. Are you feeling burned up, beaten down, and bummed out? Then you need to listen to this week’s episode of “Embracing Intensity.” 

This week’s guest is Starr Sheppard-Decker, a business coach, and spiritual leader with a passion to see women fully embrace their intense selves. Through spiritual searching and a dive into her own inner psyche, Starr realized she desired attention and acceptance from others, when all she really needed was attention and acceptance from herself. Hear Starr’s wisdom and heart for women with intense passions and a fire worth spreading. 


In this episode: 


  • See how Starr’s passion for societal change has turned her into a teacher, spiritual leader, and life coach.
  • Starr shares the experiences and revelations that changed her perspective on her own brand of intensity. 
  • Feel great about how unique you are!
  • See how intensity looks in the fast paced, energetic, deep inner workings of psyche and spirituality. 
  • Learn how to live on the edge of cultural norms and present new ideas. 
  • Break the idea of categories; redefine good and bad in your life 
  • Find the right fit in your relationships. 
  • Hear how Starr found spiritual development by seeking help and healing. 
  • Learn grounding techniques and increase your emotional bandwidth 
  • Deal with false beliefs and cling to what is true. 
  • A free gift from Starr for all “Embracing Intensity” listeners! 


Starr Recommends 


A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson

The Mandala of Being by Richard Moss



Starr’s Website

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