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Wellness As A Way of Life

Welcome to the Wellness As A Way of Life where we talk about how to master your health and wellness routines as a way of life. This podcast is for female leaders and founders who are looking to live with more sustainable energy, confidence, clarity and ease. I’m your host Megan Swan, creator of the Wellness As A Way of Life Community and the Sustainable Integrated Wellness Approach. I have more than a decade of experience in the wellness industry and on my own personal wellness journey - learning how to tune into and trust my intuition and drown out all the noise. As a certified IIN Health Coach, Detoxification Expert, Plant-based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Coach I will help you distill down the information overload and feel more confident and at ease in your own skin again. At 30 I sold everything to embark on my own “Eat, Pray, Love” journey of sorts and now at 44 I’m still on my first stop where I fell in love with one of my English students. We have two beautiful boys and three adorable dogs and love to travel and explore the lesser known beaches of Mexico. I am also 6 years sober. This podcast will teach you how less is more and that there is no one-size-fits-all in terms of wellness practices! It will also teach you how to identify which wellness trends are really for you, personalize them and make them a part of who you are instead of another checkmark on your to-do list. For more on episodes, blogs, and ways we can help you visit: www.meganswanwellness.com⁣ Reach out to Megan on social: IG: https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness/ LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/

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Fall in Love with Cacao Series: Superfood Health Benefits for Women
In today's episode, our guest, Ale Forero, a transdisciplinary artist and researcher, discusses the unique health benefits of cacao for women and the importance of incorporating it into a wellness routine. Here are the key takeaways from the conversation: Health Benefits of Cacao: Cacao is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, polyphenols, flavonoids, and vital nutrients such as magnesium and iron, making it a superfood for both men and women. Cacao and Women's Health: Cacao plays a vital role in supporting women's health, particularly during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, where it helps balance hormones, reduce stress, and support serotonin production. Importance of Ovulation: The podcast highlights the significance of ovulation for women's overall health, including its role in bone health, cognitive function, and immune system support, advocating for a holistic approach to women's wellness. Intentional Consumption: Emphasizing the significance of intentional and mindful consumption, the discussion encourages women to create a nurturing ritual around consuming cacao, embracing its sensory and embodied experience. Harmonious Recipes: Jangala incorporates additional harmonizing ingredients such as lavender, cardamom, reishi, and patashte into their cacao products, aiming to create a blend that supports gut health and overall well-being. TLDR: This episode delves into the transformative impact of cacao on women's health, emphasizing the need for intentional consumption and the incorporation of harmonizing ingredients to enhance overall wellness. Join us as we explore the profound benefits of cacao as an essential component of women's health and wellness.   Ale Forero is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher on cacao & women's health.  https://jangala.mx https://www.instagram.com/malejafura?igsh=dmltengzZGJ6Y2hn https://www.instagram.com/jangalamx?igsh=ZXIzZDl6bWcxcWR4   Keywords cacao, women's health, Jangala project, Mexican chocolate preservation, fermented cacao, health benefits, superfood, antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, polyphenols, flavonoids, magnesium, iron, hormonal balance, luteal phase, menstrual cycle, serotonin production, cortisol levels, fertility, ovulation, mesoamerican cosmovision, feminine polarity, holistic wellness, birth control, hormonal wisdom, intentional consumption, cardamom, lavender, reishi, patashte   Connect with Megan http://www.meganswanwellness.com/ https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/      
25:43 4/16/24
Fall in Love with Cacao Series: Regenerative Cacao: Bean to Bar Consciousness
Welcome back to Wellness As A Way of Life, where we delve into the world of holistic wellness, featuring knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration for female leaders and founders. In this episode, we explore the unique Fall in Love with Cacao series, offering insights into sustainable cacao production, the journey from cacao to fine chocolate, and the vision for creating a regenerative culture.   Cacao Regenerative Culture: We discuss the creation of agroforestry systems with cacao farmers, fermentation workshops, and the production of fine flavored cacao, chocolate bars, and drinking chocolate.   Ethical Sourcing: The importance of direct trading, balanced relationships, and the avoidance of exploitation in the cacao industry is emphasized, with a focus on environmental, social, and economic sustainability.   Cacao Fermentation Process: The craft of fermentation as a pivotal step in decoding the aroma and flavor complexity of cacao, leading to the creation of various cacao-based products.   Future Research and Education: The project's long-term vision involves conducting research, spreading knowledge, and creating a bridge between rural and urban contexts, with a focus on social and environmental justice.   Impactful Self-Care: The podcast identifies the ripple effect of purpose-driven sustainable wellness practices and the significance of self-care as a tool for sustainable energy, confidence, and holistic wellness.   TLDR: Through sustainable cacao production, ethical sourcing, and a vision for regenerative culture, this episode sheds light on the holistic benefits of cacao, emphasizing the importance of mindful consumption and ethical trade in the wellness journey.   Ale Forero is a Women’s Health Researcher, 4th generation of cacao farmers working in the field of education currently working on her Masters in Rural Development while focusing on education for the Jangala Cacao Project.  https://jangala.mx https://www.instagram.com/malejafura?igsh=dmltengzZGJ6Y2hn https://www.instagram.com/jangalamx?igsh=ZXIzZDl6bWcxcWR4   Keywords wellness, cacao, chocolate, Chiapas, Mexico, ecosystems, sustainable agriculture, women's health, rural development, origin cacao, fermentation workshops, agroforestry systems, direct trading, regenerative agricultural practices, agroforesty agricology, trustability, fermentation process, direct sourcing, organic farming, holistic wellness, cacao bean, cacao butter, ethical sourcing, minimal ingredients, small batch, social innovation, environmental justice, health benefits, women's health, natural gynecology, research   Connect with Megan http://www.meganswanwellness.com/ https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/    
22:11 4/9/24
Beyond Defensiveness: Growing Neural Pathways for Peace with James "Fish" Gill"
In this episode, our host Megan Swan sits down with the incomparable James "Fish" Gill, exploring the complex dance of emotions and perspectives that shape our relationships. Diving into the depths of conflict communication, they unravel the threads of connectivity and the heart's role in emotional wellness. Understanding Beyond Accusations: Discovering the veiled emotions beneath aggressive words and learning to acknowledge the feelings of being unappreciated or unsupported. Emotional Safety and Mutual Understanding: Stressing the critical importance of validating each other's experiences to foster a nurturing and safe emotional environment. Evoking Openness Versus Closedness: James discusses the human resistance to openness in relationships, paralleling it with larger scale resistance seen in international conflicts. The Power of Recognition and Validation: Sharing insights on how identifying and acknowledging someone's pain, even in minor interactions such as with a supermarket cashier, can transform their behavior. Communicating with Loving Awareness: The need to hold space for both parties' experiences and the benefit of growing new neural pathways to respond to potential conflict with understanding and compassion.   TLDR: In this heart-opening edition, Megan and Fish delve into the richness of interacting with love and intentionality, proving that seeking connection triumphs over being right. Embrace the challenges of empathizing and validating in all relationships and grow towards a life filled with harmony and understanding. Fish is a Heart Coach and yoga teacher. He is committed to sharing conscious communication practices that give all beings the experience of love in all their relationships, even in the moments where love seems to have gone missing.    www.leadbyheart.com Previous Conversation:  https://meganswanwellness.com/podcast/james_fish_gill   Connect with Megan Swan https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/ http://www.meganswanwellness.com     Keywords conflict resolution, emotional wellness, relationship repair, communication in relationships, emotional safety, mutual understanding, malintent in communication, openness in relationships, international conflicts, personal growth, group coaching program, validation in relationships, empathy, self-compassion, behavior change, neural pathways, defensiveness, seeking connection, face-to-face communication, loving awareness, wellness podcast, listener engagement, blaming behavior, worldview on connection, fear of exclusion, threat response, evolutionary psychology, perspectives in conflict, acknowledgment of pain, unmet needs in relationships  
62:41 4/2/24
Nadi Shodhan Pranayama: Achieving Balance and Calm Through Alternate Nostril Breathing
Welcome to the Wellness As A Way of Life podcast. In this episode titled "Alternate Nostril Breathing," our host Megan Swan takes you through the practice of alternate nostril breathing, also known as Nadi Shodhana. She shares the history and benefits of this ancient breathing technique and encourages you to make it a part of your daily wellness routine. Megan explains the symbolism behind breathing through the left and right nostrils, and how it can help balance energy and promote relaxation. Join us as Megan guides you through the steps of this calming practice and encourages you to integrate it into your daily life. Whether you're new to breathing techniques or looking to deepen your understanding, this episode provides valuable insights and a practical demonstration to help you find calm and balance - particularly helpful for women going through hormonal changes, perimenopause, and menopause.    Connect with Megan Swan https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/ http://www.meganswanwellness.com       Keywords breathing technique, alternate nostril breathing, wellness toolbox, meditative practice, yoga practice, pranayama, energy balance, feminine energy, masculine energy, lunar energy, solar energy, cognitive senses, consciousness, inward nurturing energy, outward moving force, breathing exercise, breath awareness, breath control, hormonal balance, central nervous system, relaxation, mindfulness, yoga, seated position, relaxation technique, breathing practice, energy flow, parasympathetic, breath rhythm, breathing cycle
14:23 3/26/24
Nourishing Your Body Through Perimenopause: Insights with Nutritionist Hope Pedraza
In this episode, host Megan Swan and certified holistic nutritionist Hope Pedraza unravel the complexities of nutrition and wellness for women experiencing perimenopause. Let's delve into the conversation that covers a range of insightful topics: 1. Protein Intake: The importance of adequate protein consumption is paramount in perimenopause, where maintaining muscle mass is crucial. Hope Pedraza recommends aiming for 25 to 35 grams of protein per meal, with a daily goal of at least 120 grams, whether from plant or animal sources. 2. Blood Sugar Regulation: Megan and Hope discuss the significant role of stable blood sugar in perimenopause. Dysregulated blood sugar impacts adrenals and estrogen production, magnifying perimenopausal symptoms. 3. Adrenal Care: The health of your adrenal glands takes center stage, with discussions on managing stress, the necessity of completing stress cycles, and the role of good minerals and hydration in supporting adrenal function. 4. Exercise for Aging: The dialogue touches on the importance of functional movement and the combination of strength training with flexibility activities like pilates and yoga to uphold an active, healthy lifestyle as we age. 5. Mindful Consumption: Strategies to replace ingrained habits with healthier choices emerge as both Megan and Hope stress the value of intentional choices. They recommend sustainable approaches to reducing caffeine and reevaluating one’s relationship with habits and consumption patterns. In short, this episode is a powerhouse of insights on longevity through balanced nutrition and holistic health practices. Ideal for women charting the seas of perimenopause, it's a call to mindful eating, stress management, and a proactive stance on wellness that reverberates into all facets of life. Join us as we embrace self-care and empower ourselves through every transition.   Hope Pedraza is a certified holistic nutritionist, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, certified Hair Tissue and Mineral analysis expert, Reiki Master Practitioner, Human Design guide, the founder of inBalance, a pilates based fitness franchise, and the host of the Hopeful and Wholesome podcast. She is an expert mineral balancing as it relates to overall health and how balancing yours can completely transform your health
 and state of wellbeing.    Previous Conversation: https://energeticallyyou.libsyn.com/why-you-might-need-to-eat-more-salt-and-how-stress-management-and-nutrition-is-more-powerful-than-an-supplement-and-other-mineral-balancing-wisdom-with-hope-pedraza   Connect with Hope www.hopefulandwholesome.com www.instagram.com/thehopepedraza www.facebook.com/groups/livewholesomeandhealthy www.facebook.com/hope.cowgill https://www.tiktok.com/@hopepedraza https://www.youtube.com/c/HopePedraza Connect with Megan Swan https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/ http://www.meganswanwellness.com   Community https://wellness-as-a-way-of-life.mn.co       Keywords protein sources, plant-based protein, amino acids, protein intake, blood sugar regulation, perimenopause, adrenal health, cortisol levels, chronic inflammation, muscle mass, strength training, pilates, yoga, functional movement, stress management, hydration, remineralizing the body, electrolytes, intermittent fasting, caffeine consumption, adrenal function, holistic nutrition, menopause wellness, protein allocation, sober curiosity, self-care habits, mindful consumption, corporate wellness, women's health, community wellness      
37:53 3/19/24
Menopause: Dispelling Misconceptions and Fostering a Positive Mindset for Healthy & Happy Aging
Welcome to another episode of Wellness As A Way of Life with your host, Megan Swan. In this episode, Megan delves into the topic of menopause, offering insights on the changing landscape of menopause understanding and the implications for women's health and wellness.    Here are 5 key takeaways from the podcast:   1. Menopause Has Evolved: Megan discusses the shifting perspectives around menopause, emphasizing the importance of embracing this stage of life as a natural transition and the need to reframe the narrative around the menopausal experience. 2. Options for Menopausal Symptoms: The episode explores a range of treatment options, including holistic approaches, hormone replacement therapy, and the considerations for using antidepressants, providing listeners with a comprehensive insight into the decision-making process for addressing menopausal symptoms. 3. Embracing Strength and Wellness: Megan underscores the significance of strength training and its impact on hormonal balance, emotional well-being, and self-confidence, highlighting the role of lifestyle changes in promoting overall wellness during menopause and beyond. 4. A Balanced Approach to Hormonal Therapy: The podcast encourages women to prioritize exploring holistic tools and lifestyle modifications as initial steps, followed by a thoughtful consideration of hormone replacement therapy and potential alternatives, positioning antidepressants as a secondary option for symptom management. 5. Personalized Self-Care Strategies: Emphasizing the individualized nature of self-care, Megan advocates for prioritizing sleep, mindful nourishment, physical activity, stress management rituals, and incorporating joy into daily routines as essential components of optimal wellness during menopause.   TLDR: The episode provides an in-depth exploration of the evolving understanding of menopause, offering valuable insights into embracing menopausal transitions, treatment options, holistic wellness, and personalized self-care practices, empowering listeners to navigate this stage of life with informed choices and a focus on overall well-being. https://open.substack.com/pub/meganswan/p/menopause-dispelling-misconceptions?r=mxe0u&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&showWelcomeOnShare=true   Connect with Megan Swan https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/ http://www.meganswanwellness.com   Community https://wellness-as-a-way-of-life.mn.co     menopause, symptoms, perimenopause, holistic treatment, hormone therapy, mental health, mindset, aging, strength training, hormone replacement therapy, breast cancer, antidepressants, lifestyle changes, hormonal balance, John Hopkins, menopausal symptoms, emotional symptoms, menopausal transition, moon cycles, women's health, medical advice, intersectional realities, genetics, preventative hormone therapy, bioidentical hormone therapy, holistic solutions, physical strength, emotional strength, aging gracefully, embracing menopause    
19:22 3/12/24
Shifting Your Perspective on Menopause and Embracing Holistic Wellness Practices to Prepare You For the Most Impactful Stage of Your Life with Lauren Chiren
Welcome back to Wellness As A Way of Life, this week we chatted with Lauren Chiren a global expert on Menopause.  We discussed:  1. Understanding Menopause: Lauren Chiren shares her personal journey, shedding light on the myths and misconceptions surrounding menopause, and provides valuable insights on navigating the changes and challenges of this phase in life. 2. Building Knowledge and Mindset: Lauren advocates for embracing menopause, fostering hydration, nutrition, and movement, and suggests creating a support network to navigate this phase with resilience and empowerment. 3. Workplace Support and Advocacy: The conversation delves into the importance of workplace culture and policies that accommodate women experiencing menopause, addressing the need for a supportive and inclusive environment. 4. Shifting the Narrative: Lauren encourages reframing menopause as a second spring, highlighting the opportunity for personal and professional growth, and empowering women to embrace this stage of life with confidence and purpose. 5. Self-Care and Wellness: The podcast emphasizes the significance of self-care practices tailored to individual needs, promoting holistic well-being and sustainable energy to thrive through menopause and beyond. TLDR Takeaway:  This episode offers valuable insights from Lauren Chiren on navigating menopause, building resilience, and embracing a growth mindset, empowering women to lead with confidence and optimize their well-being at every stage of life.   Connect with Lauren Chiren https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenchiren/ https://www.instagram.com/themenopausecoach/ https://www.facebook.com/WomenOfACertainStage https://womenofacertainstage.lpages.co/menopause-the-basics/ Connect with Megan Swan https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/ http://www.meganswanwellness.com   Community https://wellness-as-a-way-of-life.mn.co       menopause, perimenopause, women's health, wellness, leadership, entrepreneur, workplace support, hormone balance, menopausal symptoms, health education, cognition, bone health, nutrition, physical activity, aging, self-care, mindset shift, women's empowerment, workplace culture, menstrual health, fertility, preventative health, leadership roles, diversity and inclusion, family support, social support, health research, community, women's community, well-being    
27:03 3/5/24
The Journey to Self-Leadership and Beyond Codependency with Dr Sarah Michaud
This week we dive into the deep waters of emotional well-being with insights from the inspiring Dr. Sarah Michaud with her 30+ years of experience as a clinical psychologist. Join us as we unravel the complexities of codependency and self-leadership, and how understanding these concepts can lead to profound personal growth and healthier relationships. Here's a sneak peek of our rich conversation: Codependency and its Roots. Dr. Sarah Michaud demystifies codependency, explaining how it stems from a disconnection from one's true self and how early childhood dynamics play a pivotal role. The Female Struggle with Anger. Megan Swan candidly shares her journey through anger management to emotional intelligence, highlighting the transformative power of setting boundaries and fostering self-awareness. Shifting Childhood Coping Mechanisms. Dr. Michaud breaks down the importance of recognizing and reforming the adaptive behaviors we adopted as children that no longer serve us in adulthood. Women’s Complicated Relationship with External Validation. Both Megan and Dr. Michaud discuss the detrimental effects of societal conditioning that fosters validation-seeking behavior, and how to reclaim our inherent self-worth. Self-Compassion and Other Tools to Build Self-Confidence. They emphasize the valuable tools of self-compassion, empowerment, and practical strategies like reality checking to foster a balanced emotional state. TL;DR: This episode is a masterclass in understanding the often-overlooked issues of codependency and self-leadership. Dr. Sarah Michaud and Megan Swan delve into the psyche with empathy, providing impactful wisdom that encourages a journey towards authentic wellness and assertive self-governance. Remember, embracing our inner strength and wisdom is not just a practice—it's a way of life.   Connect with Megan Swan http://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness http://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness www.meganswanwellness.com   Community https://wellness-as-a-way-of-life.mn.co     Dr. Sarah Michaud, clinical psychologist, addiction recovery, codependency, sobriety, self-care, YouTube channel, podcast, self-leadership, holistic health, sober curiosity, ancient wisdom, sustainable superfoods, wellness practices, personal growth, interpersonal relationships, childhood interactions, female leaders and founders, suppressed anger, setting boundaries, coping skills, external validation, people-pleasing, insecurities, personal responsibility, self-compassion, reality checking, reactivity, thought identity, community wellness.  
33:33 2/27/24
Embracing Sober Curiosity: Kayley Hamilton's Journey to Enhanced Productivity and Confidence
This week we venture into the transformative journey of living an alcohol-free lifestyle and its profound effects on personal and professional well-being. In this episode, we deep dive into Kayley Hamilton's sober curiosity and how it skyrocketed her productivity and self-confidence. Sober Curiosity's Social Impact: Kayley Hamilton uncovers the complexities of social interactions without alcohol, and the way sobriety can unintentionally challenge or trigger those around you. Cultural Norms and Assumptions: Host Megan Swan discusses the Western/European culture of drinking with meals and how avoiding alcohol can conflict with ingrained social expectations. Decision Impact on Business and Mindset: Kayley delves into her journey from starting a business to the realization that many successful CEOs lead sober lifestyles, underlining the mental clarity and productivity gains that come from a life without alcohol. Sociability Without Alcohol: Hamilton talks about overcoming shyness and finding her social footing without relying on alcohol, leading to more genuine and empowering interactions. Professional Benefits of Sobriety: Both Kayley and Megan share how not drinking has led to improved confidence and independence within their careers, significantly impacting networking and social dynamics in corporate environments. TL;DR: In this episode of "Wellness As A Way of Life," Kayley Hamilton shares her transformational story of sober curiosity, highlighting its positive effects on her mental clarity, confidence, and professional drive, while Megan Swan adds an expert perspective on the cultural and social nuances of living alcohol-free. Together, they offer powerful insights for anyone curious about the benefits of embracing sobriety in their personal life and career.   Connect with Megan Swan Community https://wellness-as-a-way-of-life.mn.co Socials http://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness http://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness Website www.meganswanwellness.com   Connect with Kayley Hamilton Website www.uplvlagency.com  Socials https://www.instagram.com/kayleyhamilton_/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/kayleyhamilton/ https://www.uplvlagency.com/celeb-expert-training     sober curiosity, alcohol-free lifestyle, social triggers and insecurities, cultural drinking norms, CEO productivity, mental effects of alcohol, physical effects of alcohol, alcohol and anxiety, overcoming shyness, positive impacts of sobriety, corporate networking without alcohol, alcohol and independence, Emmy award-winning producer, brand PR storytelling, women in entrepreneurship, sober entrepreneurship, media portrayal of drinking, personal life shifts, COVID-19 and socializing, mental benefits of quitting alcohol, physical benefits of quitting alcohol, alcohol-free social life, social stigma of sobriety, wellness community, entrepreneurship and wellness, professional self-empowerment, sharing sobriety on social media, societal narratives about alcohol, purpose-driven entrepreneurs, media exposure for entrepreneurs.    
41:59 2/20/24
How Can Self-Hypnosis Help You Holistically Lose Weight Loss, Reduce Stress & Anxiety, Sleep Better and Feel More Confident?
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on my experience implementing Self-Hypnosis into my Wellness Tool Box.   I'll be sharing my newfound passion for self-hypnosis and its impact on holistic wellness. Over the past few months, I've been using the Oneleaf app and have experienced firsthand how self-hypnosis can help with stress reduction, anxiety relief, improved sleep, increased confidence, and even weight loss. I'll delve into the differences between self-hypnosis and guided meditation and why I believe self-hypnosis is more accessible to a broader audience. Join me as we explore the science behind hypnosis and the incredible effects it has on the brain. I'll also discuss the diverse wellness programs available through self-hypnosis and how it has become an integral part of my holistic wellness toolbox.  Wellness practices should be enjoyable, personalized and nourishing.    Keep it simple.  Less is more.  No one-size-fits-all wellness.   Start your 7-day free trial: https://oneleaf.onelink.me/7SCn/megan Thank you for listening! M   Connect  http://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness http://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness www.meganswanwellness.com     Keywords self hypnosis, wellness tools, reduce stress, anxiety, sleep better, lose weight, boost confidence, financial confidence, guided meditation, mindfulness, breath work, holistic wellness, hypnosis, hypnotic state, reduce anxiety, combat insomnia, brain imaging studies, relaxation, personalized wellness, self development, brain body connection, disassociation, evidence based, wellness issues, weight loss, quit smoking, stress reduction, personalized, nourishing, minimalist app design, diverse wellness tools, guided self hypnosis
15:56 2/13/24
The Sober Scene: Redefining Recovery through Community and Creativity with Alysse Bryson from the Sober Curator and Alex Nyman from Break Free NYFW
Introduction In this Season 5, Episode 5 of Wellness As A Way of Life, "The Sober Scene,” we are excited to welcome Alysse Bryson and Alex Nyman, two trailblazers in the sober community who are redefining what it means to live a fulfilling, alcohol-free lifestyle. Alysse, the founder of Sober Curator, offers an intimate look into her evolution from feeling out of place at social events to becoming a confident advocate for sobriety. Alex Nyman, from the Break Free foundation, discusses the growing trend of sober living and the increasing availability of alcohol-free environments. Together, we'll delve into their collaboration on a dry fashion event that made waves during New York Fashion Week and discuss the powerful "recovery out loud" movement. Additionally, you'll hear about the incredible work they're doing to support those in recovery through community-building initiatives and engaging, inclusive events. So, join us as we unpack the vibrant and supportive world of sobriety with Alysse and Alex, proving that wellness truly is a way of life. Let's get started!   We chatted about:  That Sober Fashion Scene      - We hit up a fab sobriety bash at New York Fashion Week.    - Swapping cocktails for mocktails—Cheers to that!    - It’s all about creating a spot where everyone feels like they belong. Sobriety’s Social Shuffle      - Alysse gets real about feeling like a square peg in a round-hole world.    - From faking it to owning it: How she slays social scenes sans alcohol.    - Finding your tribe in the sober squad. Sober Living is Getting Trendy      - Alex Nyman spills the tea on the rise of no-booze boozing.    - From Seattle to Nashville, sober havens are popping up like wildflowers.    - Bars without alcohol? Yep, it’s a thing, and it's pretty rad. Being Bold & Sober Out Loud      - The "recovery out loud" rally is catching on, and folks are here for it.    - Different strokes for recovery folks—every path’s got its own flavor.    - Alex and their better half are the cheerleaders for the mocktail movement. Behind the Scenes with Break Free and Sober Curator      - The skinny on what’s going down with the Break Free runway show—spotlight on mental health, y’all.    - The Sober Curator's got the skinny on living your best life, minus the hangovers.    - Scribbling in your planner? Save the dates for their future shindigs. Alysse Bryson’s Sober Power Moves      - Sober Curator's birth story—thanks, pandemic, for something cool.    - It's about the crew with 31 movers and shakers pushing the sober envelope.    - Alysse's all about showing off the sober life’s shiny side. What’s up with Alex’s Break Free Foundation      - Alex's baby, the Break Free Foundation, is making waves.    - Scholarships for peeps punching out substance use disorders.    - A not-for-profit fashion moment aiming to stitch together a community quilt. Joining Forces in Sober Solidarity      - Break Free x Sober Curator = One heck of a dynamic duo.    - A home for newbies in recovery to link up and light it up (in a sober way, of course).    - Putting a spotlight on sobriety that'll have you saying, "I wanna hang with these folks!"   Thank you for listening!   Connect The Sober Curator Blog https://thesobercurator.com/   Connect with Alex: Alexandra is a fierce advocate for mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. She serves as a volunteer for NAMI (the National Association for Mental Illnesses), and uses her platform to raise awareness on how society addresses mental health, co-occurring disorders, and substance use disorders. Alexandra also serves on the Parity Coalition through the Legal Action Network, is a co-chair for NAMI’s co-occurring illnesses subcommittee, and a member of the TYSA Coalition. She recently became a CARC (certified addiction recovery coach) and a CRPA-P (certified recovery peer advocate). Alexandra is the founder of Break Free NYFW and recently launched the  Break Free Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for those suffering from mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. Break Free offers scholarships for individuals suffering from substance use disorders to attend a treatment facility free of charge. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Out Magazine, No Kill Magazine, Business Insider, Yahoo, Brides, Green Wedding Shoes, The New York Times, VFiles, and at Six Flags. In addition to her work with the Break Free Foundation, she is a well-known cat lover, and a strong supporter of the arts. Follow along with Alexandra in all of the digital places & social spaces www.breakfreefoundation.org www.iamladycat.com @HelloLadyCat on IG @WeWillBreakFree on IG @HelloLadyCat on X, formerly known as Twitter @WeWillBreakFree on X, formerly known as Twitter Alexandra Nyman Facebook page We Will Break Free Facebook page   Connect with Alysse Founder, Sober Curator – Seattle, Washington, USA VP Community Development WORKP2P, Recovery & Mental Health Activist Alysse Bryson is a strong woman in recovery, an innovative media maven, marketing guru, and gal about town. This sober gal has a humorous outlook on life combined with a fierce determination to succeed.   Over her lengthy career in traditional media, Alysse was the Publisher of Seattle Met magazine, Seattle’s largest lifestyle publication. She lived the magazine life for nearly a decade, rubbing elbows with local celebrities and throwing some of the most talked about parties all over town. Alysse turned in her stilettos, swamped out magazines for live Television, and served as the Director of Business Development for KING 5 Media Group, the local NBC affiliate, for almost six years. Her second title around the office was “Director of Fun.” One pandemic and a Great Resignation later, Alysse now serves as the Vice President of Community Development for WORKP2P, formerly Point to Point Transportation. The legacy business inside of WORKP2P provides innovative, technology-based transportation to marketing professionals who demand perfection. They service any size shipment for any size marketing program anywhere on the planet. Stop her before she “start-ups” again! Alysse also has her fingerprints heavily involved in several start-up ventures under the WORKP2P parent company umbrella. This includes the BEATS WORKING Show, with Host and former TV Anchor Mark Wright, Sales Sidekick, and Intentional Sidekick. These three brands form a nontraditional media agency focused on transforming leaders who want to develop their communities by redeeming work…the word, the place, and the way.” Socials @alysseinthecity on IG LinkedIn alyssebryson.com Facebook Pinterest     Connect with Megan  Instagram LinkedIn www.meganswanwellness.com Keywords sober fashion week, recovery designers, recovery models, good vibes, dry event, mocktail bar activation, sober curator, sober friends, navigating social situations, Alysse Bryson, Alex Nyman, sober community, sober bars, recovery out loud, sober-friendly spaces, zero-proof lifestyle, Break Free foundation, mental health awareness, runway show for recovery, Sober Curator website, wellness podcast, recovery content, long-term recovery, contributing sobriety stories, Megan Swan, substance use disorder scholarships, CFDA calendar showcase, recovery community, social meetups for recovery, celebrating sobriety
30:04 2/6/24
ELEVATE + LEAD MINI SERIES: Practical Tools For Female Leaders When Navigating Micromanagement + Hard Conversations
Introduction Today, we bring you the third episode of our Elevate + Lead Mini Series, where we dive deep into the topic of navigating being micromanaged. In this episode, host Megan Swan and guest Barbara San-Roman provide practical tools and advice for handling conflict in the workplace. They discuss ways to prepare for uncomfortable conversations, manage physical and mental responses, and approach difficult situations with humility and understanding. Throughout the conversation, they emphasize the importance of setting a clear agenda, framing requests as questions, and approaching conflict as an opportunity to build deeper connections. By the end of the episode, you'll be equipped with valuable insights on managing conflict, whether in a professional or personal context. So grab your headphones and get ready to elevate your leadership skills with this insightful episode!   We chatted about: Preparing Mentally and Physically for Uncomfortable Conversations - Recognizing personal and physical responses - Managing physical responses - Understanding the effects of adrenaline and cortisol - Approaching the situation with humility and compassion   Strategies for Navigating Micromanagement - Framing the issue in a positive light - Crafting questions to initiate a conversation - Creating a clear and actionable agenda - Creating a working relationship with superiors   Leadership and Conflict Resolution - Recognizing the leadership role in managing teams and superiors - Creating an environment where conflict feels normal - Indicators of fully stepping into a leadership role - The positive impact of women in leadership roles - Building tools to feel safe in handling conflict Thank you for listening!   JOIN THE WAITLIST  Elevate + Lead https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com   Barbara San-Roman teaches women in leadership to manage change, develop their leadership capacity, and build highly effective teams so that they can show up authentically as leaders while running high impact organizations. She is a former educator, current university professor, and holds a doctorate in organizational leadership. From managing multi-million dollar budgets to leading teams of 2 to 200, she has always understood that highly effective teams led by bold leadership are the foundation to the future success of any organization. Megan Swan is an Integrated Wellness Coach & Strategic Advisor who works with modern women, leaders and companies to optimize their wellness so they can step into a growth mindset, have consistent energy and confidence to build the life and career of their dreams. She has 10 years of integrative wellness experience as a certified IIN Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Educator.   Keywords conflict resolution, workplace conflict, managing conflict, preparing for difficult conversations, emotional preparation, mental preparation, managing stress, physical responses, fight or flight response, managing emotions, constructive communication, leadership skills, negotiation tactics, setting agendas, clear outcomes, handling feedback, problem-solving, asking for autonomy, building deeper connections, relationship management, solution-oriented approach, humility in conflict, open-hearted communication, emotional intelligence, leadership development, corporate leadership, navigating conflict, women in leadership, managing up, self-awareness
17:33 1/30/24
ELEVATE + LEAD MINI SERIES: Self-Trust and Self-Awareness for Authentic Leadership
Introduction This month we are continuing our Elevate + Lead Mini-Series where we explore the intersection of wellness, leadership, and personal development. In this episode, Megan Swan and special guest Barbara San-Roman explore the importance of self-awareness and self-trust in leadership. They discuss the impact of self-awareness on personal growth, effective communication, and leading a team. Through personal anecdotes and practical insights, they emphasize the need for leaders to understand their triggers, communicate openly, and create a culture of trust within their teams. Join us as we delve into how self-awareness can transform not only individual leadership styles but also the work culture, ultimately leading to happier and more fulfilled teams. We chatted about: Importance of Self-Aware and Self-Trust Based Leadership - Role of self-awareness as the foundation of effective leadership - Impact of self-trust on team dynamics and productivity - Nurturing a self-aware and self-trust-based leadership culture - Influence of self-aware and self-trust-based leadership on organization and talent retention - Conclusion and call to action for authentic and healthy leadership   JOIN THE WAITLIST  Elevate + Lead https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com   Thank you for listening!     Barbara San-Roman teaches women in leadership to manage change, develop their leadership capacity, and build highly effective teams so that they can show up authentically as leaders while running high impact organizations. She is a former educator, current university professor, and holds a doctorate in organizational leadership. From managing multi-million dollar budgets to leading teams of 2 to 200, she has always understood that highly effective teams led by bold leadership are the foundation to the future success of any organization. Megan Swan is an Integrated Wellness Coach & Strategic Advisor who works with modern women, leaders and companies to optimize their wellness so they can step into a growth mindset, have consistent energy and confidence to build the life and career of their dreams. She has 10 years of integrative wellness experience as a certified IIN Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Educator.       Keywords Megan Swan, Barbara San-Roman, miniseries, inspired, motivated, wellness, leadership, common issues, tangible advice, self-awareness, stress, communication, authenticity, storytelling, audience, speaking engagements, competition, mindset, breath, rehearsal, practice, confidence, female leaders, actionable tips, community, female empowerment, effective communication, emotional intelligence, leadership skills, public speaking, presentation skills  
13:29 1/23/24
ELEVATE + LEAD MINI SERIES: Public Speaking for Female Leaders: Strategies for Authentic and Impactful Communication
Introduction This month we are continuing our Elevate + Lead Mini-Series where we explore the intersection of wellness, leadership, and personal development. In today's episode, Megan Swan and Barbara San-Roman dive into the art of public speaking and leadership. They discuss the importance of knowing your audience, crafting compelling stories, and using competition to your advantage. With actionable tips and insights, they aim to help you feel grounded, embodied, and confident in your communication skills. Join us as we empower female leaders and provide tangible advice for personal and professional growth.   We chatted about: Strategies for Authentic and Impactful Public Speaking - Importance of self-awareness and authentic communication - Shifting focus from memorization to natural storytelling - Understanding the audience and communication goals - Harnessing the power of storytelling and emotions - Managing competition and controlling the narrative - Grounding techniques and the value of practice     Barbara San-Roman teaches women in leadership to manage change, develop their leadership capacity, and build highly effective teams so that they can show up authentically as leaders while running high impact organizations. She is a former educator, current university professor, and holds a doctorate in organizational leadership. From managing multi-million dollar budgets to leading teams of 2 to 200, she has always understood that highly effective teams led by bold leadership are the foundation to the future success of any organization. Megan Swan is an Integrated Wellness Coach & Strategic Advisor who works with modern women, leaders and companies to optimize their wellness so they can step into a growth mindset, have consistent energy and confidence to build the life and career of their dreams. She has 10 years of integrative wellness experience as a certified IIN Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Educator.   JOIN THE WAITLIST  Elevate + Lead https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com   Thank you for listening! Keywords Megan Swan, Barbara San-Roman, miniseries, inspired, motivated, wellness, leadership, common issues, tangible advice, self-awareness, stress, communication, authenticity, storytelling, audience, speaking engagements, competition, mindset, breath, rehearsal, practice, confidence, female leaders, actionable tips, community, female empowerment, effective communication, emotional intelligence, leadership skills, public speaking, presentation skills      
19:18 1/16/24
Dive Deep: New Season, Focused Themes, and Tangible Wellness Tools for Women Over 40
Introduction Welcome to the Season 5 of Wellness As A Way of Life with your host, Megan Swan. In this episode, Megan shares her excitement for the new season and her focus on self-leadership, holistic wellness, aging, spirituality, and sexuality. She also previews an upcoming mini-series with Barbara san Roman and talks about her new community project. Additionally, Megan dives into the concept of detoxing, emphasizing the importance of nourishment and sharing valuable insights on wellness practices. Stay tuned and join Megan on this enriching journey towards holistic wellness in 2024.   Season Five of Wellness as a Way of Life - Introduction to the new season and focus on specific themes - Announcement of Elevate and Lead Mini-series - Explanation of the podcasting journey and merging of feeds - Introduction to the new community and interactive course format - Focus on nourishment and detox with personal insights - Call to action for community engagement and feedback   Connect with Megan Swan http://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness http://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness www.meganswanwellness.com   Wellness As A Way of Life Community https://wellness-as-a-way-of-life.mn.co   Elevate + Lead  https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com   Thank you for listening!   Keywords wellness, self leadership, holistic wellness, perimenopause, menopause, sexuality, spirituality, mindfulness, wellness practices, bedtime routines, morning routines, nourishment, plant based whole food, movement, music, healing, emotional living, leadership skills, women in corporate, wellness community, detox, sugar detox, processed foods, meat products, gluten, dairy, alcohol, tobacco, supplements, medication, energy boost
18:37 1/16/24
Merging My Podcast Feeds Into One to Simplify My Life in 2024
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life is a bridge to Season 5 of my podcasting journey.  I am merging my Energetically You and Wellness As A Way of Life Podcast feeds.  You can always find us via my website: www.meganswanwellness.com/podcast   Looking forward to inspiring you more in 2024 on how you too can make wellness a way of life. Remember this winter season to take a cue from nature and take time to deeply rest and hibernate.   Wellness practices should be enjoyable, personalized and nourishing.  Keep it simple.  Less is more.  No one-size-fits-all wellness. Thank you for listening!   Connect with Megan Swan http://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness http://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness www.meganswanwellness.com  
01:17 12/18/23
Tips on How to Have A Deeper, More Connected Sex with Your Partner with Dr. Molly Maloof
This week on Wellness As A Way of Life I am chatting with Dr. Molly Maloof about all things Sexual Wellness!  We dive into all the science around the healing powers of pleasure, Tips on How to Have A Deeper, More Connected Sex with Your Partner, and talk about the paradigm shift in your sexuality you need to know about.     We chatted about:   Why slow is better than fast. How to thrust your hips to optimize blood flow and engorgement The Suction vs. Friction Method The science around the healing power of pleasure and sex How sex can be a transcendental experience Why so many women are suffering in silence What is the path to longevity that you are not considering Sexual Sovereignty + Embodied Consent Pain Pleasure Continuum   Dr. Molly is a pioneering force in healthspan extension and longevity medicine. Her expertise spans personalized medicine, digital health technologies, biofeedback-assisted lifestyle interventions, and scientifically-based wellness products and services. Her groundbreaking book, "The Spark Factor," is the first biohacking book for women. As the founder and CEO of Adamo Bioscience, Molly is also at the forefront of bringing modern sex education to couples with a groundbreaking intimacy program developed through her study of the science of love. The Adamo Method is a program designed for couples looking to optimize and improve their sexual and relational function. Designed with top experts in the fields of medicine, psychology, and somatic sexuality, the program is a comprehensive and enjoyable sex education for modern adults.    Sign Up for The Adamo Method: https://qualtricsxmgz8fwmy8z.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06ZERc5TB2HJhGu?fbclid=PAAaZRG6fKU-Y_YFLct1kfhW3KoC7-tj0ARiQ7ULQzvviWF2Pv7DJcIJScm4o_aem_ATqc7y9peNM2rcqXVJSE7Ys4HdREFLA0NQ64YIIkEwuHoOf9PnYkOGF2bQWGjhPsJqA     Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/livingadamo/  If you enjoyed this episode you should listen to our previous conversation: https://meganswanwellness.com/podcast/molly_maloof Thank you for listening!   When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan http://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness http://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness www.meganswanwellness.com    
35:06 12/12/23
Why Alcohol is Not the Glue Your Need to Hold it All Together This Holiday Season
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am chatting with Heather Lowe from Ditched the Drink on Why Alcohol is Not the Glue You Need to Hold it All Together This Holiday Season! We chatted about:   Social norms that teach us that alcohol is liquid courage and helps us ‘connect’ with others How alcohol silences our inner voice, our intuition and our ability to connect with ourselves and others How alcohol makes the holidays more exhausting because we our system is constantly recovering How alcohol starts to interfere with your natural ability to create your own feel-good hormones How being Sober is so much more enjoyable over the holidays How to navigate corporate gifting and events in a sober-inclusive way Tips on how to not get overwhelmed with social engagements Living in the full emotional spectrum Other ways to enjoy the holidays that actually allow you feel to well rested, connected and present Not dumbing down the joy Alcohol consumption as self-abandonment Extra support during the holidays if you are ditching the drink: her online community: INSIDER of which I am a part! Heather Lowe is the Founder of Ditched the Drink, a wellness company dedicated to helping professionals move away from alcohol and towards their highest selves. Heather is a Certified Professional Life and Recovery Coach, Certified Addiction Awareness Facilitator, and the Director of Marketing Consumer Products for the International Center of Addiction Recovery Education (ICARE). Driven by her education as a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), a Professional of Human Resources (PHR), and Yale Certificated in the Science of Well Being, Heather provides content, knowledge, coaching, and education to individuals and organizations seeking to be more alcohol free. Heather is passionate about coaching, connecting people with alcohol free resources, and creating a positive sober community. Heather shares the bright side of sobriety as an influencer in the social media sober space @ditchedthedrink. Heather’s writing has been published in Thrive Global, Monument- Tempest, The Fix, Mashable, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Employee Benefit News, and more. She has been featured on many podcasts including Recovery Happy Hour, Redesigning Wellness, Alcohol Tipping Point, Energetically You, Sun and Moon Sober Living, Hello Someday, Sober Motivation, Decidedly Dry and more. Heather, in partnership with the Association of Professional Recovery Coaches also recruits, mentors, and trains new coaches.  Heather lives in Chicago’s western suburbs as a proud girl mom to two teenage daughters, Lily and Charlotte, her husband Darin of 20+ years, and their adorable black and white cocker spaniel, Rocky. Heather is a voracious reader, a new-ish hiker, and a seasoned yogi. For more visit https://www.ditchedthedrink.com/   Thank you for listening! When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan http://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness http://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness www.meganswanwellness.com   ELEVATE + LEAD 8 Sessions to Embodied & Sustainable Leadership for Women in Corporate A strategic leadership development experience for women to enhance their capacity– a comprehensive approach to optimizing, retaining, and developing resilient executive leadership in corporate spaces.  https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com
35:03 12/5/23
Rejection As Redirection, How to Get On Board with Caitlin Spears
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on how to reframe rejection into a blessing in disguise with Caitlin Spears.    We chatted about:   Simplifying your self-care. Less is more in terms of exercise.  How she changed her relationship with alcohol Caitlin Spears is a certified health and nutrition coach, fitness coach, and founder of Complete by Caitlin. At 18 she experienced a rejection from the show ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ which affected her relationship with her body and food. She went on to have a successful modeling career and became a certified health and nutrition coach. Caitlin's mission is to empower individuals to feel healthy and confident, focusing on physical well-being and self-realization. She holds certifications from the IIN Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Precision Nutrition, and ACE Fitness.   Links: https://www.caitlinspears.com/ https://www.facebook.com/people/Caitlin-Shey-Spears/100044576373040/ https://www.instagram.com/caitlinsheyspears/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/caitlin-spears-32b837285/ https://www.tiktok.com/@caitlinsheyspears?_t=8eLDwByo3Df&_r=1  Click here to listen to my interview with Barbara San-Roman Thank you for listening!   When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan http://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness http://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness www.meganswanwellness.com   ELEVATE + LEAD 8 Sessions to Embodied & Sustainable Leadership for Women in Corporate A strategic leadership development experience for women to enhance their capacity– a comprehensive approach to optimizing, retaining, and developing resilient executive leadership in corporate spaces.  https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com/  
26:14 11/28/23
ELEVATE + LEAD MINI SERIES: Debunking Leadership Myths for Female Leaders
Today we are launching a new mini-series on Leadership and Optimal Wellness with leadership Professor Barbara San-Roman called Before you quit, hear us out.  This episode focuses on Debunking Leadership Myths for Female Leaders.   We chatted about: Debunking the idea that leaving emotions at the door is helpful, build self-awareness Micro tools to harness your emotions in a productive way to feel more embodied The power of the pause to gather your thoughts and give yourself permission to circle back Embracing the discomfort of growth and change, and space it requires to integrate it Leading with compassion Barbara San-Roman teaches women in leadership to manage change, develop their leadership capacity, and build highly effective teams so that they can show up authentically as leaders while running high impact organizations. She is a former educator, current university professor, and holds a doctorate in organizational leadership. From managing multi-million dollar budgets to leading teams of 2 to 200, she has always understood that highly effective teams led by bold leadership are the foundation to the future success of any organization. Megan Swan is an Integrated Wellness Coach & Strategic Advisor who works with modern women, leaders and companies to optimize their wellness so they can step into a growth mindset, have consistent energy and confidence to build the life and career of their dreams. She has 10 years of integrative wellness experience as a certified IIN Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Educator.   JOIN THE WAITLIST  ELEVATE + LEAD : https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com/  
10:22 11/24/23
ELEVATE + LEAD MINI SERIES: Why Women Need to Stop Reading the Room
Today we are launching a new mini-series on Leadership and Optimal Wellness with leadership Professor Barbara San-Roman called Before you quit, hear us out. This episode focuses on Why Women Need to Stop Reading the Room.   We chatted about: How we spend too much time self-editing and reading the room The layers of people pleasing you are trying to keep up with Take back your power / setting boundaries Nervous System Level Awareness - Fight, Flight, Freeze or Fawn Response Knowing how to harness your emotions + recognizing your triggers How Check-in with your core values as a leader Sit in discomfort with “letting others down”  Checking-in with your inner compass first   Barbara San-Roman teaches women in leadership to manage change, develop their leadership capacity, and build highly effective teams so that they can show up authentically as leaders while running high impact organizations. She is a former educator, current university professor, and holds a doctorate in organizational leadership. From managing multi-million dollar budgets to leading teams of 2 to 200, she has always understood that highly effective teams led by bold leadership are the foundation to the future success of any organization. Megan Swan is an Integrated Wellness Coach & Strategic Advisor who works with modern women, leaders and companies to optimize their wellness so they can step into a growth mindset, have consistent energy and confidence to build the life and career of their dreams. She has 10 years of integrative wellness experience as a certified IIN Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Educator.   JOIN THE WAITLIST  ELEVATE + LEAD : https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com/  
11:47 11/24/23
ELEVATE + LEAD MINI SERIES: Before you quit, hear us out.
  Today we are launching a new mini-series on Leadership and Optimal Wellness with leadership Professor Barbara San-Roman called Before you quit, hear us out.    We chatted about: The impact of not feeling seen, heard, valued / lack of opportunity for growth   Bringing back your agency in a burnout culture environment We talked about that feeling of constantly need to prove yourself affecting your well-being How important your inner dialogue is to your sustainability as a leader   Barbara San-Roman teaches women in leadership to manage change, develop their leadership capacity, and build highly effective teams so that they can show up authentically as leaders while running high impact organizations. She is a former educator, current university professor, and holds a doctorate in organizational leadership. From managing multi-million dollar budgets to leading teams of 2 to 200, she has always understood that highly effective teams led by bold leadership are the foundation to the future success of any organization. Megan Swan is an Integrated Wellness Coach & Strategic Advisor who works with modern women, leaders and companies to optimize their wellness so they can step into a growth mindset, have consistent energy and confidence to build the life and career of their dreams. She has 10 years of integrative wellness experience as a certified IIN Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Educator.   JOIN THE WAITLIST  ELEVATE + LEAD : https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com/    
14:24 11/24/23
The History, Benefits and Uses of Castor Oil to Boost Your Physical Wellness
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on castor oil, its origins, benefits and uses that seem to be going viral now on TikTok.   Thank you for listening! When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan www.meganswanwellness.com   Elevate + Lead A strategic leadership development program for women to optimize their capacity – a comprehensive approach to elevating executive leadership in corporate spaces.  https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com/ Social:   www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness  
10:04 11/21/23
So Excited to Share With You My Experience Going to See Elizabeth Gilbert Speak in Mexico City!
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am so excited to dish up the whole story of my experience going to see one of my most important mentors in life: Elizabeth Gilbert.     In case you don’t already know, at 30 I sold everything and left Toronto to embark on my own “Eat, Pray, Love” journey of sorts and now at 44 I’m still on my first stop where I fell in love with one of my English students.  We have two beautiful boys and three adorable dogs and love to travel and explore the lesser known beaches of Mexico.   Topics:   Creative Living vs. Creativity  You are the art project The Women’s Revolution Liz is hoping for My quick encounter with Liz Why this was such a full circle moment Thank you for listening!  Big love + optimal wellness,    Megan Artists I mentioned you should follow: Sosa Cáustica CaritoMoroqui Connect with Megan Swan www.meganswanwellness.com   NEW! Elevate + Lead A strategic leadership development program for women to optimize their capacity – a comprehensive approach to elevating executive leadership in corporate spaces.  https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com/   Social: www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness  
21:19 11/14/23
What it Takes to Be an Authentic, Embodied and Sustainable Leader While Staying Aligned With Your Core Values with Barbara San-Roman
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on Leadership and Optimal Wellness with leadership Professor Barbara San-Roman.     We chatted about:   How important self-awareness is to developing as a leader Intersection of self-leadership, leadership + wellness Self-care for leaders Leadership requires vulnerability and an ability to sit in discomfort How to walk the line between being authentic and also have clear boundaries How to avoid burnout as a leader Different styles of leadership Leadership + mental health Closing the gap between your perception of your leadership + how people actually perceive you What actually inspires people to change False narrative around hustle culture and leadership Barbara San-Roman is founder and CEO of Be Bold Group. She teaches women in leadership to manage change, develop their leadership capacity, and build highly effective teams so that they can show up authentically as leaders while running high impact organizations.  She is a former educator, current university professor, and holds a doctorate in organizational leadership. From managing multi-million dollar budgets to leading teams of 2 to 200, she has always understood that highly effective teams led by bold leadership are the foundation to the future success of any organization. Leadership Business Coaching Services | Be Bold Group   ELEVATE + LEAD  https://beboldgroup.myflodesk.com/ Thank you for listening! When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan Instagram LinkedIn www.meganswanwellness.com  
41:58 11/7/23
How to Give Yourself Permission to Dial Down the Intensity on Your Wellness Routines
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on how to personalize your wellness routines, dial them down and give yourself permission to ebb and flow within your tried and true practices.  Keep it simple.  Less is more.  No one-size-fits-all wellness. Shed the wellness practices that no longer serve you this fall.  Thank you for listening! When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan Social: Instagram LinkedIn   www.meganswanwellness.com  
17:01 10/31/23
Easy Soups for Fall Are A Great Way to Eat More Nutrients, Fibre and Boost Your Immunity
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on a great way to get more veggies into your diet this fall: Quick, Easy, Healthy Soups!   33 Vegan Gluten-free Soups #eatmoreplantsthisfall_Megan Swan Wellness_compressed.pdf Plant-based Broth Base option here.    Thank you for listening! When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan Social: Instagram LinkedIn www.meganswanwellness.com  
09:09 10/24/23
What Are Stress Cycle Completion Techniques and Why Should You Have a Few In Your Wellness Toolbox
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on Stress Cycle Completion Techniques that help you process strong emotions and ongoing stress.     Understanding your fight, flight, freeze and fawn. Embodiment of strong emotions.  Why stress cycle completion is important.  Bedtime routine tips to ease you into rest.  Previous episode mentioned: Swamping   Thank you for listening! When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan   Social: Instagram LinkedIn   Work with Megan Swan www.meganswanwellness.com  
15:47 10/17/23
Modern Spiritual Teacher, Mystic and Creative Julie Piatt on her Spiritual Community Water Tiger & The Way to No Way
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on an Integrated Spiritual Wellness Spotlight: Julie Piatt aka SriMati’s Spiritual Community Water Tiger which is described by Julie as The Way to No Way.   We chatted about:   Agency in your spiritual practice.  Learning to trust ourselves through trial and error.  The importance of perspective or lens in all things spiritual.  “There is nothing more beautiful than a being that knows thyself.”   Quality over quantity.  Julie Piatt aka “SriMati” is a mystic mother, musician, artist, chef, author and healer who has lived her life immersed in devotion and expansive creativity. She is a wayshower of finding the divine in all life experiences. SriMati shares her wisdom from a multitude of life events that she has experienced as processes of alchemical transformation. In her experience, her life has shown her that It is the ability to hold the divine perspective in all life brings before you that allows for the deepest access to the meanings that life is waiting to reveal to us. Each life is created in the perfection of a unique blueprint that has inherent within its design all that is needed for its full expression. SriMati is a powerful living example of how to love ourselves more so that we can live our unique design in full and expansive self expression. When we live in this frequency, we bless all life around us.   Connect with Julie Instagram https://www.juliepiatt.com Thank you for listening! When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan Social: Instagram LinkedIn   Work with Megan Swan www.meganswanwellness.com  
31:33 10/10/23
Why You Need to Weave Mindfulness Into Your Busy Day to Feel More Connected to Yourself and Your Community
In this week’s episode of Wellness As A Way of Life I am focusing on How and Why You Want to Make Pausing, Breathing and Reflecting a Way of Life with my friend and mindfulness expert Michael O’Brien.   We chatted about:   The accident that almost took his life. How he secretly practiced one breathing technique in order to maximize his rehabilitation sessions. The blessings in disguise of the pandemic. How you can ripple something good today.  How we can help more men be inspired to start a mindful practice.  How essential mindful practices are to prepare us for any unknown.   Michael is a qualified meditation teacher, executive coach, endurance athlete, and creator of the Pause Breathe Reflect Meditation and Gratitude app. He loves helping people accomplish hard things through mindfulness. He’s a survivor of a horrific near-death cycling accident called his Last Bad Day and years in the corporate executive suite and in 2022 used the power of mindfulness to ride his bike across America.   Connect with Michael LinkedIn Instagram   Use this link for free access to his app:  www.mindfulnessweek.org   Thank you for listening! When you are listening please take a screenshot and share it on social media and tag me @meganswanwellness !  We would really appreciate it.   Connect with Megan Swan Social: Instagram LinkedIn   Work with Megan Swan www.meganswanwellness.com  
33:33 10/3/23