Do you feel empty when going through change? Has COVID or (insert any stressor) brought transitions to your life? Today’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast shares her philosophy on how to be whole. Karen Gould has been a marriage and family therapist for over 30 years and runs her own private psychotherapy practice, Therapy for a Balanced Life. Her goal is to help people cope with life’s stressors, discover tools to develop and embrace relationships and live a life they love with purpose. She showcases her formula: “Six Facets of a Balanced Life” including tons of simple physical and mental healthy living tips. Karen also shares her vision for adult pre-schools, the importance of tapping into creativity and her love of healthy rituals especially Friday Field Trips.
Food heals and today’s guest showcases how it can nourish our souls with love, as well. On this episode of Happiness through Hardship – The Podcast, Sarah Leathers, CEO and Founder of Healing Meals, tells her story about how after a health crisis, she discovered the healing power of connection, kindness and nourishment. Through this episode, her passion for life and helping others is evident. Sarah’s compassion and positivity can be heard as she shares her story as well as her suggestions to help those seeking a healthier life.
Do you know a few minutes of tapping into gratitude can help with your health? As our “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast listeners know, we do a segment on the podcast about gratitude called “The Grateful Game” and are now spinning it off for IGTV. Each Monday I will go live and connect with you (so follow us on @PrettyWellness on Instagram to join) – with thoughts on gratitude and show how easy it can be to start your own healthy routine.
Students have homework, this week’s guest on “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, provides heartwork. I’m honored to introduce you to Megan McDowell, founder of the non-profit, Heartworks. She’s a licensed therapist and enthusiastic leader that sparked a movement focused on conscious giving, kindness and self-awareness in honor of her brother-in-law, John Farrell, who passed away on September 11, 2001.
Easiest fast-food ever = vegetable soup. Soups (and smoothies) can be nature’s easiest way to consume tons of nutrient dense, plant based goodness. This simple soup recipe I eat for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. (In the morning, I think of it as a warm breakfast smoothie.) My mother adapted the recipe from a 1980’s Weight Watchers cookbook and has been making it ever since. I’ve recently modified it to make my life easier, throwing all the ingredients (and more) in an Instant Pot. My family loves this recipe, so it’s a staple for every season. Try it…you will, too.
If you’re looking for an expert in dealing with the hardships of your marriage, this week’s episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast is for you. Jessica Klingbaum is a former Emmy nominated network TV producer turned wellness entrepreneur and founder of exExperts – an encouraging and resourceful online divorce resource and community. Jessica shares her story and how she found her way through divorce. She shares how she wished she had a one-stop shop for all the resources she uncovered during the process. So, together with a friend, who got divorced at the same time, they made that happen by launching exExperts.