Dance is something the human race has long since used on celebration and unifying occasions. Nothing releases endorphins quite like shaking your booty, especially with friends! You’ll find no more friendly environment than a Zumba class. This cardio dance is popping up in gyms all over the country at a rising rate, and for good reason! It’s an interactive fitness class with a high calorie burning rate. Our interview today is with Cara, a Zumba instructor in Connecticut. Tune in to hear how teaching Zumba has impacted Cara, and some amazing changes she’s seen in her class attendees!
Find Cara’s classes here: https://www.facebook.com/ZumbabyCara
and here! https://www.cstaffieri.zumba.com
Kelsey sells Rodan & Fields, a skin care line that caters to the individual nuances that skin can have. After finding relief in the product herself, she began selling these products to share the relief and satisfaction she had after trying the line! You can find the website here:
Here are some of those before and after photos from her products- you can find more on the website. You’ll hear a reference to a party in March- Kelsey let us try the facial products!
Kelsey before and after the lash blast serum
What better way to increase your endorphins than combining yoga with baby animals? What if the proceeds benefited rescue farm animals? Hear about Nadeau Farms, a farm full of animals in need of love in Hamden, CT. The farm takes in farm animals in need from all over the state. Classes help to pay for the feed and care of these animals, and take place on weekends starting April 14. Leah Hilton tells us the story of the farm and how downward dog was brought to the farm. Sign up for classes on eventbrite:
Check out their website http://www.nadeaufarm.com/ for more information about the farm, goat yoga, and how to volunteer! I know I’ll eagerly volunteer my services for snuggling those new babies this month. The merchandise also helps benefit the animals- what a great way to show your support!
Last month was all about the traditional helper jobs. This month, we’ll be focusing on professions and services that help with external care, which in turn can impact how our mind feels. Nutrition, fitness, and care for our skin and bodies is directly correlated to how our brain functions. Our next segment is about just that! This week I’ll talk about why this matters to me, and my top 5 self-care practices in this area.
If you’ve tuned into the first few episodes, you’ve heard that I am a school psychologist, and maybe a few aspects of my job. But what is a school psychologist? Is it different than a counselor? How does it differ from a private psychologist? Tune into episode 7, where I sit in on a panel with two members from my graduate school cohort. Our three different positions mean three very different populations and services to help our students and parents find happiness! Hear us discuss school psychology, happiness, babies, and adulthood milestones.
Left to right: Jena, me, Steph, and our main man Duncan circa 2015
Stephanie mentions Brene Brown at the end of our interview, an author and researcher who studies courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find her website here:
Social workers have a diverse skill set, with the goal to help others find strategies and services to find more happiness out of life. Alisa provides that and more to veterans in Denver, Colorado. In this episode, learn what it’s like to work with those who have served our country after they return home. Alisa shares self care strategies to stay smiling after an intense day of work with some of this selfless population.
Alisa, licensed social worker.
One topic we refer to in this is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. For those unfamiliar with this psych term, Maslow came up with this schema for the order in which our needs to be addressed in order to read self-actualization. You can see that many of the needs Alisa talks about today fall into the first two. Where are you?
Graphic courtesy of https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html
Alisa, her sister Kathleen, and I on our recent trip to Alaska. Travel is part of our self care routine we try to incorporate together yearly.
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In this week’s interview, get a glimpse into the work of a clinician whose clients are in the midst of major life changes. My good friend Emma is a clinician at a program for children in crisis, removed from their homes by the Department of Children and Family’s. As you can imagine, emotions run high in this kind of setting. How does Emma take care of herself while taking care of the emotional needs of these children?
One of her newest ventures is into Qigong, a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control related to tai chi. Interested? Here’s a link to get you on your way:
The National Qigong association: