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Feb 25, 2020

This week on Embracing Intensity, I'm sharing an excerpt from this months lesson in the Ignite Your Power series - From Mental Chaos to Clarity and Connection. You can find the whole lesson in the Embracing Intensity Community or find a copy of the workbook in our Embracing Intensity Book Store.

In this lesson I share:

  • Why thoughts can be useful tools for understanding our experiences, but need to be examined so we can see more clearly.
  • Seven types of thoughts that can disrupt our clear thinking.
  • An overview of the full lesson found in the Embracing Intensity Community or in my workbook found in my new bookstore

Links:

Embracing Intensity Community

Online Bookstore

Feb 17, 2020

How much emphasis do you put on self-care? I’m talking about yourself, not what you might recommend to others. We fall victim to many myths that trick us into putting self-care on the back burner of our lives as we frantically run here and there. Today’s guest shares what she has learned through her focus on self-care and empowerment. Join us to learn more!

Jenelle Woodlief empowers women to redefine and embrace radical self-care, sharing deeply personal experience and wisdom. As a licensed massage therapist, she practices empowering bodywork aimed at restoring balance in the body. Thai massage is an incredible modality that incorporates effective massage with movement and stretching performed on a comfy floor mat. She educates and coaches clients on simple but powerful self-care techniques, empowering them to care for their bodies at home. And she does it all! She publishes her writing, speaks her truth, teaches Thai massage to groups and couples, builds community, fights inequality, and is building a self-care revolution! Join Jenelle in learning to love and care for yourself, and in turn, others. Jenelle is powerful, dynamic, engaging, and wise. I’m happy to introduce her to you today.

Show Highlights:

  • Jenelle is intensely passionate about being an entrepreneur and a recently divorced mom; she loves to help women redefine what self-care means
  • Her personal brand of intensity is rooted in authenticity and having the courage to show up messy in the world
  • The devastation of a sudden divorce
  • Jenelle’s story of growing up in “rebel fashion,” watching emotional abuse, physical abuse, and many inconsistencies in her family
  • How she was taught that women are supposed to be passive, but she knew she didn’t fit into that mold very well
  • In middle school and high school, Jenelle had to tone herself down to fit in with other kids; she learned to be more passive to have more friends
  • As a teen, her intensity got out of control when she exploded with anger because of what went on in her family
  • How Jenelle uses her fire for good: she shows up with passionate authenticity and connection with others, she prioritizes herself in many areas of life and engages with a group of women for change to be part of the solution
  • How Jenelle recognized that she is an introvert and needs to slow down and embrace and care for herself
  • How Jenelle prioritizes sleep, makes time and space for personal quiet time, and sets buffer times between clients
  • The best advice Jenelle ever received: to focus on caring for ourselves internally, so we can care for what’s happening around us; also, to observe and detach, and not feel the need to participate when things feel nasty
  • An influential book: The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary
  • How Jenelle helps others by encouraging them to tune into what “lights them up”
  • Jenelle’s parting words: “We can’t share our fire and intensity unless we’re stoking our own fire. If we sit in chaos, then we give chaos---and that doesn’t help anyone.”

Resources:

Instagram: @jenelle.woodlief

Facebook: Step Into Your Power

 

 

Feb 10, 2020

Coming out of an educational conference it struck me how many sessions emphasized acceleration as the primary tool for supporting gifted students. As a gifted student who had both positive and negative experiences with my education, I have mixed feelings about this. While acceleration can be valuable for many gifted students, focusing on it exclusively can leave out a lot of twice exceptional and under achieving gifted folks, which can have lasting impacts on the experience of gifted adults.

In this episode:

  • Common traits of gifted students and how they may leave out twice exceptional and underachieving students.
  • How my experience both as a student and as a parent have shaped my view on how to support gifted and twice exceptional individuals.
  • Four things I believe are crucial in helping gifted and twice exceptional individuals meet their potential.

Links:

Embracing Intensity Community

Harnessing the Power of Your Intensity Workbook

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Feb 3, 2020

When I first heard today’s guest speak at a live event, I knew that I had to have her on the podcast. Her story of growing up in the Philippines in less-than-ideal circumstances is a powerful one that she is eager to share. Let’s learn more about how connecting with other people’s stories can transform lives.

Kareen Mills was born into a large family. The dream of coming to America was her escape from a not-so-healthy childhood. Her podcast, Being Motherhustler, is a tribute project to her mom and grandmother. Her podcast is ranked in the Top Ten at Entrepreneur.com’s list of 20 podcasts that will help you grown in 2020. Being Motherhustler was also named the #1 domestic violence podcast by Feedspot.com. Kareen was named one of the Class of 2018 Accomplished and Under 40 by the Vancouver Business Journal. She still maintains a day job, managing a $50 million bank branch. The reason Kareen is so passionate about financial wellness is because hers was nonexistent until she learned one of life’s tough lessons from financial ruin. This experience provides Kareen a platform to make a difference in people’s financial lives today. Kareen is a master networker who co-founded Game Changers Global Network, LLC, and The Woman’s Network. She is quickly growing her Motherhustler brand online and offline, and she holds space for the Motherhustlers and women through events, retreats, and group coaching programs. In addition to these endeavors, Kareen serves her husband and two sons as a wife and mother.

Show Highlights:

  • Why Kareen is intensely passionate about holding space for women in domestic violence
  • How Kareen grew up as a victim to Philippine culture, which teaches women to be enslaved to their husbands and never to leave--no matter what
  • How Kareen was able to heal through connection and her project to honor her mom and grandmother
  • How people carry their childhood struggles with them into adulthood and future success
  • How Kareen’s intensity translates into her love for collecting other people’s stories and intense thoughts and conversations
  • Kareen’s thoughts about nasty people and how she learns from them
  • How Kareen wants to know what happened to people to make them mean and nasty to learn their stories
  • Why it’s up to us to receive our intensity with either positivity or negativity
  • How becoming a mother helped Kareen understand better what her mother went through and why she did what she did
  • How Kareen gives grace to mean people because we never know what they go through behind closed doors
  • Why you have to ask people about their story, which is really their struggle
  • The cultural factors that affected Kareen growing up: her judgmental, Catholic background and the brand-conscious, materialistic culture
  • How Kareen had to suppress a lot of her intensity before she went through healing
  • How Kareen’s intensity has gotten out of control many times over little things
  • How Kareen uses her fire for good in holding space for women like her mother
  • How setting a routine, working out, reading, and writing things down help Kareen harness the power of her intensity
  • A favorite book to recommend: The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
  • How Kareen helps others use their fire by encouraging them to tell their stories because that’s where your fire comes from
  • Kareen’s vision: mothering the world and teaching networking skills

Resources:

Find Kareen on social media: @kareenmills

 

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