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Love Your Enthusiasm with Bex Shapiro

“Every human has the same vulnerabilities, the same desires. Everyone wants to feel happy. Everyone wants to feel secure. It really comes down to that base realization that humans are more alike than they are different.”

Bex Shapiro is the Senior Editorial Manager at Intrepid Travel…and one of the brightest women I know. At this point in the writing game, I am very picky about the people and brands I write for. Bex is one of the best editors I’ve ever worked with and Intrepid Travel is an incredible brand to be a part of.

Every time I wrote a travel article, whether I was discovering the joys of Costa Rica, writing a love letter to Havana, or revealing the surprises and delights of Mexico City, I felt good about my work. I owe a lot of those good feelings to Bex.

I’ve never met Bex in person, but I always felt a solid connection with her. Or, as she puts it…we are like-minded souls. It was inevitable that we would get together one day outside of travel writing projects—and here we are with the latest episode of Love Your Enthusiasm.

Bex’s perspective on the state of travel in 2020, how we can shift to a more mindful way of traveling AND living, and her message of hopefulness for the road ahead are just some of the takeaways from this episode.

Very excited to have Bex on the show today. I highly recommend taking an hour out of your week to listen to this one.

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Love Your Enthusiasm with Ashley Douglas

Through all of the ups and downs of 2020, many of us have been spending more time at home than ever before. As a result, we’re also spending more time in the kitchen. It seemed like the perfect time to introduce you all to vegetarian chef, Ashley Douglas, who is my guest on Love Your Enthusiasm this week.

I know Ashley from our corporate retail days, back when I used to support our corporate wellness program by teaching yoga in the corner of a gigantic, messy conference room. Whenever Ashley walked into that dark room, she quite literally lit up the room with her energy.

Corporate yoga classes ended when I moved to Portland—and soon after, Ashley also left Milwaukee to live in Dallas (my old stomping grounds where my entire family happens to live). Little did I know, she loves okra just as much as I do.

I kept in touch with Ashley on social media and followed her over the years. Along the way, I noticed she started a vegetarian food blog called Frobulous Veggies. And even though I am not a vegetarian myself, I have truly enjoyed catching her cooking videos—which are refreshingly fun to watch…even if I’m not cooking.

Back in the day, we had the yoga student/teacher relationship and we never really knew each other. Having Ashley on the show was such a heartwarming experience and I am so happy to share her love for cooking with all of you today. In Ashley’s words, “Half the battle with feeling better is eating better.”

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Strengthen and Adjust Your Attitude

In the photo you’re looking at on this blog, it’s not just a pretty dance pose in front of a lake sunset. In ballet, this is called attitude. Attitude is my favorite ballet move, whether I am balancing, turning, or jumping. It feels like flying and falling all at once.

Attitude is also an incredibly difficult dance move. Done incorrectly, especially derrière (to the back), you can easily tweak your back, your ass, or all of the above. Done incorrectly, your leg hovers off to the side and you look like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant.

You have to think of drawing your foot toward the opposite shoulder while your leg is raised awkwardly behind you. Essentially, attitude is a broken arabesque. To get it right, attitude takes strength and adjustments.

I think we all feel like we’re being tested this year. Who’s failing? Who’s passing? And, who in the hell came up with this test?

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Love Your Enthusiasm with Karen Munna

I imagine we all have a word that sums up 2020. I’m starting to think I have mine…serendipity.

It’s not a word I ever used before this year. Serendipity was the best way I could describe the happy accident of stumbling into my podcast, Love Your Enthusiasm, which I talked about in more detail here.

And, it’s the best way for me to describe my life moments with today’s podcast guest, Karen Munna…the owner of AHKí Retreat in Costa Rica.

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Love Your Enthusiasm with Meena Azzollini

“It’s so important that we are grateful for the small things in our life. Don’t forget about the fact that you have a comfortable bed to sleep in. And when you wake up in the morning, your heart is beating and you know you’re alive, ready to face that day.”

This beautiful quote is just one of many Meena Azzollini shares on the latest episode of Love Your Enthusiasm. Meena and I share a lot in common—we are both full-time content marketers and we both love wellness.

I’d say that Meena takes wellness even a few steps further than I do. I learned many things from Meena in this episode, including the real meaning of mandalas and how to practice affirmations.

With affirmations, I’ve tried these in the past and felt like a complete jackass. I’m starting with an easy one that may make you giggle, but it’s working for me after a long day: I tell my bed that I’m grateful for it. Simple, but so damn true.

Most of all, I learned about the power of positive thoughts from Meena and how keeping positive vibrations flowing can get us through anything.

Highly recommend listening to this new episode of Love Your Enthusiasm if you need a positivity boost (I imagine we all need this right now). Meena Azzollini is truly a ray of light and she is such a joy to listen to.

And…this episode is just the right amount of woo-woo, so don’t let that stop you from listening. 🙂

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