Radically Loved® with Rosie Acosta

Hi I’m Rosie Acosta. I am a Meditation Teacher; Speaker and Author of You Are Radically Loved: A healing journey to self-love. I grew up in East Los Angeles during the 92 La Riots and it set me on a troubled path for many years. I didn’t grow up with mentors in my life, so I turned to reading as many books as I possibly could to learn about life’s purpose. In my journey as a First Gen-Mexican American, I found having these conversations gave me insight, support, and inspiration. So, I decided to create a place where I could share these conversations with my community. The Radically Loved Podcast was born! How do we create a radically loved life? Come have a sit with me so we can discover all things mindfulness, spirituality, self-love, and overall healthy living. Please be sure to share the episodes that you love and also leave us a review!
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Aug 27, 2021

Overcome Your Fear of Taking Risks and Learn to Make Choices with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Are you afraid to make choices ? Many of us get wrapped up in the fear that a single decision can make or break our entire lives. Choosing to go to one school over another, or taking a job and turning down an offer—these may seem like the sole determinants of our future. However, success and failure are often an accumulation of decisions and not something that stems from only one choice.

In today's episode, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy joins us to talk about how to bravely own your decisions. Every time we make choices, we also take on some risks. However, you can grow to become more discerning and calculated. Sukhinder also shares how you can change your perspective around making decisions, embracing changes, and recovering from failure. We also talk about seeking truth at work so that you can be your most authentic self.

If you want to stop agonizing about making choices, this episode is for you!          

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover why you become unable to make choices and how you can begin to act.
  2. Learn the ways you can foster truth-telling at work so you can live as your truest self.
  3. Understand how success is a cycle and an accumulation of choices over time.


Episode Highlights

The Myth of the Single Choice

  • Sukhinder’s book aims to debunk myths surrounding risk-taking.
  • Society often celebrates big risk-takers, leading many to think that success is all about one big choice.
  • When we put such pressure on a single choice, we become paralyzed and unable to act.
  • The relationship between risk and reward is not linear. It’s not about the first choice; it's about continuing to make choices.
  • Tune in to the full episode to hear Sukhinder’s view on the cyclical journey of making choices.

Change Your Mindset Surrounding Choice

  • We accept that companies need to pivot to become successful. Take, for example, Uber and Amazon.
  • However, we tend to think our careers need to be linear.
  • Our careers can have multiple cycles of change, success, and even failure.
  • Remember that you can still make choices to recover after a failure.

Make Choices, Expect Risks, and Be Patient

  • Risk accompanies each decision, but having a system can help you stop agonizing whenever you make choices.
  • While we should act on our agency to make choices, remember that some results may not be in your control.
  • Take time to sort through your options before you make choices. Be a calculated risk-taker.
  • You can’t force success, as it is the result of your circumstances. However, you can control how you respond to these things.

Spirituality and Risk-Taking

  • Sukhinder’s parents were doctors, and they believed that their work was how they gave back to the world.
  • Her parents’ beliefs largely influenced her thinking. For Sukhinder, who you are at work is part of who you are.
  • Work can give you joy and purpose if you choose the right workplace for you.
  • Sukhinder also shares that her father’s entrepreneurship and creativity inspired how she sees her work.

Find Where You Can Fit In

  • Your full self can only be realized in the right environment and workplace.
  • Put yourself in places that align with your values and celebrate your strengths.
  • Fitting in also means being in the right culture that helps you feel included.
  • When we don’t show ourselves fully, that may be because we are afraid of taking risks.
  • However, we can make choices and take small risks to express ourselves more.

Being a Truth Teller

  • We’ve all been taught that speaking up will make people dislike us.
  • Have more agency at work by asking questions that will help reveal the truth.
  • Seeking the truth will help not only you but everyone around you.
  • Bosses should learn how to foster truth-telling in their workplaces, as it helps everyone learn faster.
  • Listen to the full episode to hear Sukhinder’s experiences of being a truth-teller at work!

Lessons from the Pandemic

  • Sukhinder likens the pandemic to a coconut event.
  • It is something that showed us how flexible and resilient we can be.
  • Embrace change. Exercise your risk-taking ability and develop it like a muscle.
  • Make choices about what you want to change today. If you’re intimidated by big decisions, start with smaller ones.
  • You just need to take the first step and keep going until you start seeing results.

Success is an Accumulation of Choices

  • Sukhinder shares how she chose to quit Google and become CEO of Polyvore. However, she was outed after only six months.
  • To an outsider, this situation might have seemed like a failure.
  • However, 10 years later, those choices led her to become a board member in various e-commerce and lifestyle companies.
  • There is a rhythm to how we make choices and unlock results. Sometimes, these are just not the ones we are conditioned to expect.
  • Don’t let your failures cripple you. The more you make choices, the more you’ll encounter failure, but the more you’ll accumulate successes too.

Have the Courage to Ask

  • Learn to negotiate to help balance your life, whether for work or personal matters.
  • Sukhinder shares how she was able to negotiate with Google to take her daughter on international trips.
  • Don’t treat your professional and personal life in an entitled way. Rather, try to balance everyone’s needs.
  • Acknowledge that in a negotiation, something will be sacrificed. So it’s important to be open and communicative.
  • If you don’t ask, you’ll never know what’s possible.

Being Imperfect

  • We can’t have everything perfect and balanced in every single moment in time, and that’s okay.
  • It’s more important to look at things over a longer period.

How Sukhinder Feels Radically Loved

  • Sukhinder feels radically loved by the support and appreciation she has gotten from her family and colleagues.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[07:53] “When you fail, you still have a choice to make about what to do next. And once you've lived those cycles enough, another dawn will rise if you fail again.”

[11:29] “You can't force everything; you can't force success.”

[23:23] “Whether you seek out change or change seeks you out, your opportunity is to embrace change and become calculated and think of it as a muscle you can exercise.”

[24:31] “You're not one choice away from success. Success is often many unfolding choices, and they’re imperfect. All you really need to do is make the first one.”

[29:48] “People who choose frequently may encounter more failure; they're likely to accumulate more success as well.”

About Sukhinder

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a top digital CEO and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in leading, advising, and scaling companies including StubHub, Google, Amazon, Yodlee, and Polyvore. She is the founder and chairman of theBoardlist, a talent marketplace for leaders who are seeking executive opportunities.

Sukhinder is also a multi-time board member and angel investor for several companies including TripAdvisor, Urban Outfitters, Reformation, and Ericsson! In her upcoming book, Choose Possibility, Sukhinder talks about taking risks and thriving even when you fail.  

Interested in connecting with Sukhinder? You can reach her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Aug 25, 2021

#WisdomWednesdays: Spreading Hope and Overcoming COVID-19 Through Love and Compassion

COVID-19 has impacted the lives of everyone across the globe, making the world seem like a terrifying place. After more than a year, there are still surges in cases despite all our progress. While it may be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, we should stay positive. There is a silver lining to the pandemic. We will all get through this if we keep spreading hope  and extending a helping hand.

In this episode, Rosie shares her experience of contracting COVID-19. She talks about how she and Torry pulled through, with the help of their friends and loving dogs. Getting the virus made her realize just how crucial it is to have a community that can support you in these trying times. Rosie and Tessa also emphasize the importance of prioritizing collective welfare over individual concerns. By pushing for the greater good, we can all move forward from this pandemic.

Tune in and be inspired to start spreading hope and acting from a place of love and compassion.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Hear about Rosie’s firsthand experience with COVID-19 and how she was able to overcome the virus.
  2. Know about the importance of emotional support, compassion, and responsibility.
  3. Find out how you can continue spreading hope in these difficult times.


Episode Highlights

Contracting the Virus

  • Rosie recently contracted the virus and is still recovering.
  • She was yet to be vaccinated. However, she is not anti-vax.
  • Her doctor advised her to wait for 90 days for her body to recover before getting inoculated against the virus.
  • She regrets postponing her vaccination because she was afraid of missing a day of work. When she got the virus, she ended up having to rest for two and a half weeks.

Interacting with Gentleness

  • After contracting the virus, Rosie had more compassion for people who had gone through the same experience.
  • Many emailed her, asking about her vaccination status. While she recognizes that they come from a good place, she reminds everyone that it’s also important to be gentle.
  • She hopes that we can tune into compassion and empathy instead of attacking and blaming each other.

On Vaccination

  • There’s a difference between not being vaccinated yet and being anti-vax.
  • Tessa expresses how the United States is fortunate for having so many vaccines to choose from and the ability to make a conscious decision.

How Rosie Survived the Virus

  • Rosie is thankful for our medical professionals who helped her when she got sick. Many of them contracted the virus during the start of the outbreak.
  • Since she lives in a big city, she was able to get their meals and groceries delivered.
  • She also got comfort from talking to her friends who also contracted and survived the virus.


  • Rosie fell into a slump after getting the virus. She thinks that lack of movement and human touch contributed to this depression.
  • Once she started feeling better, Rosie did minimal restorative yoga and cleaned their house.
  • However, she had to stop halfway through because she began to feel ill again. She then realized that she barely ate anything in the past days since she lost her sense of taste.

How Their Dogs Helped

  • Rosie and Torry have three pit bulls: Chowder, Rosie, and Brinks.
  • They slept in separate rooms and split up the dogs; Rosie got the two boys.
  • During that time, Chowder was very attentive to her. He seems to sense that something was wrong.
  • The dogs helped Rosie stay sane during the whole ordeal.

Spreading Hope and Compassion

  • We are all figuring things out together.
  • Remember how important it is to take care of each other.
  • Be compassionate, empathetic, and responsible. One of the ways you can do this is by wearing a mask.
  • Emphasize taking care of the whole, as opposed to focusing on the individual.
  • Keep reaching out to others and letting people know you’re here for the greater good.

Coming From a Place of Love

  • We are currently balancing between a scary, difficult time and a hopeful, transitional one.
  • So, it's important to remember that we are all humans going through human experiences.
  • Rather than coming from a place of judgment, try to be more curious. Doing so allows for learning and deeper connections.
  • Mindfulness, yoga, and meditation can help you practice acting from a place of love and compassion.

Rosie’s Advice

  • Trust that the situation will improve. Rosie and Torry are feeling better by the day.
  • Turn off your phone and be in the moment. Talk to people, and focus on the positive.
  • Find time to be grateful every day.

5 Powerful Quotes

[06:24] “I ended up losing way more than I would have had I just gone to get vaccinated.”

[23:13] “It’s such a terrible virus. But for the people that made it through, we’re here; we all need to be here for each other.”

[24:36] “We have to remember that we’re all human, and we’re all having this human experience.”

[26:30] “You need to focus. You need to tune in and let yourself be in the present moment.”

[27:27] “I know that things will get better. And we have to just focus on the good and the things that we’re grateful for every morning.”

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Aug 20, 2021

From Addiction and Felony to Transforming Life  Through Health and Fitness with Doug Bopst

Everyone has a burden to carry. Everyone has pain or trauma. But not everyone handles it the same way — sometimes, the weight is too great for someone, and they look for anything to numb their pain. Chasing numbness leads them down a rabbit hole of slow self-destruction and disregarding the important things in life. But there's a light that you can reach, no matter how deep the pit you're in. The path to transforming life may take some time, but it's never too late.

In today's episode, fitness trainer Doug Bopst joins us to share his journey in transforming his life from addiction and a felony conviction. He discusses the negative mentalities stacked up in his mind that made him turn to drugs at a young age. Doug also talks about how addiction affected his life and relationships and the catalyst that sparked his recovery journey. He imparts the lessons he has learned from his life story and how he uses it to help others.

If you want to learn what it takes for you to go through the process of transforming your life, this episode is for you!    

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover the importance of establishing an identity for yourself through how you see yourself and show up.
  1. Find out the role of having a mentor and people who guide, motivate, and hold you accountable throughout your recovery.
  1. Learn the most critical aspects of the addiction recovery journey and transforming life.


Episode Highlights

Doug’s Last Name

  • Doug had no confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth growing up.
  • People have been mispronouncing his last name throughout his life, but he couldn’t stand up for himself.
  • It wasn’t until he gained self-confidence that he dared to correct people.
  • Your name is your identity. You'll be sacrificing your identity in other ways if you can't stay true to that part.

Doug’s Background

  • Doug was born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • He has been a trainer for over ten years. Doug also hosts the Adversity Advantage Podcast, wrote multiple books, and spoke at various events.
  • Growing up, Doug used adversity at his complete disadvantage. He ended up incarcerated on felony drug charges.
  • Turning to drugs and ending up incarcerated was him mismanaging pain, stress, and his identity.

Stacking Negative Mentalities Inside Your Head

  • Doug's "What's wrong with me?" mentality is rooted in two things: his parents' divorce and loving sports yet being unathletic.
  • The first thing he used to numb the pain was food. Doug also blamed his genetics for his athletic ability.
  • This mentality stacks limiting beliefs and creates a massive balloon of anxiety, fear, and worry.
  • Doug turned to drugs at 14 and found that he could pop this balloon and numb his pain.
  • Addiction keeps you chasing that same numbing feeling. Because he couldn't afford to buy pot every day, Doug started selling it himself.

How Addiction Affected Doug’s Relationships

  • If you don't establish an identity for yourself, you will use other people to create it for you.
  • Doing what he needed to do to fit in with a certain crowd created tension at home.
  • Doug’s mother kicked him out of the house at 16 and sent him to live with his dad full time.
  • He transferred to another school and ended up meeting different people doing more drugs.
  • Doug barely graduated high school. Despite being a decent student and having dreams, he was only worried about fitting in.

The Catalyst Moment

  • He started to sell more drugs for money after graduating high school and met more people doing it.
  • Doug eventually started doing cocaine every day, which affected his anxiety. But ending up in the ER because of his panic attacks didn’t change anything for him.
  • He went from taking five milligrams to hundreds of milligrams of Percocet every day to maintain his lifestyle.
  • On May 5, 2008, Doug got arrested for felony drug charges. A cop pulled him over before a drug deal for a busted headlight and searched the car.

Doug’s Conviction

  • The judge convicted Doug of felony drug charges. He initially got a 5-year sentence in jail but was put under a 90-day suspension.
  • He then received a 5-year probation, 200 hours of community service, and fines.
  • The judge offered to take the felony conviction off his record if he completes the probation without any problem.
  • Doug cried when he walked into the gates of the detention center at 21. He also cried when he left because he didn’t want to leave.

Transforming Life and Beginning Recovery

  • Doug had to go through detox while in jail. A detox from drugs is like having the worst case of the flu for three weeks straight.
  • Doug’s transformation started when his cellmate asked him how he landed in jail.
  • When he told his cellmate his story, his cellmate told him to quit being a victim. It’s not what Doug wanted to hear, but it was what he needed to hear.
  • His cellmate told him to own his choices. These words empowered Doug.

Starting to Workout

  • After asking his cellmate why he couldn't do push-ups, he replied it's because he was fat. Not wanting to remain fat drove and motivated Doug.
  • During this time, Doug was fat physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. That is, he was carrying a lot of weight with him.
  • His cellmate trained, motivated, and held Doug accountable. As a result, he successfully reached his fitness goal after his sentence.
  • A light bulb went off in his head; he was finally going to change his life.
  • The only repayment his cellmate asked of him was not to mess up and pay it forward.

Changing and Paying it Forward

  • Doug stuck to his word. He got to a place where he wanted to help people use fitness to change their lives.
  • He became a personal trainer, wrote several books, and has shared his story on various platforms since then.
  • While changing, he had to earn back the trust of his family.

Doug’s Recovery Journey

  • He didn't have a clear-cut recovery program. Fitness became his catalyst for getting out of jail.
  • Through that, he decided to change his friends, eat better, go back to school, become a trainer, and pay it forward.
  • His grandparents took him in when he got out of jail. They gave him the sense of love and accountability he needed.
  • When you’re in the process of transforming life, you need to take responsibility for yourself.

Accepting His Relationship with His Family

  • Part of recovery and life is accepting that some family dynamics will not be perfect.
  • The key is to continue working on yourself.
  • Doug is unsure if there was anything his parents could have done differently to help him with his addiction.
  • But he wished his mother asked him “Why?” instead of “What?”

On Addiction and Battling It

  • When we look at the “what,” we come down on the person instead of the underlying trauma.
  • Addiction is an internal battle displayed externally. There’s no blueprint in handling this situation.

Transforming Life through Faith

  • Doug was at a point in his life wherein he achieved what he previously wanted. Still, there were moments when he felt unhappy.
  • One of Doug's clients, who is a pastor, invited him to church.
  • Though resistant at first, Doug finally tried it out. After praying, he felt the monkey on his back come off — the same monkey that would come off when he was doing drugs.

Doug’s Final Advice

  • You may be in a place of darkness now, but things will get better. You just need to keep moving forward.
  • If you make choices aligned with your highest self and take one small step every day, you'll get to the light.

How Doug Feels Radically Loved

  • Doug experiences radical love when he's making choices aligned to his truest self and who he wants to be in the future.
  • Self-love means that you hold yourself accountable even when life is tough.

5 Powerful Quotes

[11:43] “Because I didn't establish who I really was, I didn't stand up for myself. I was just looking to fit in. I always say to people, if you don't establish your identity for yourself, you will end up using other people to create that identity for you.”

[28:20] “[My cellmate said,] ‘You can be a man, and own your choices, and know that you got yourself here. And it's up to you to get yourself out.’”

[31:34] “What drives me is just being able to share my story, not to, for the notoriety of it, but to help other people get inspired, to help other people get motivated, to not go down the same path that I did, or if they're going down that same path to course correct, if you will.”

[35:43] “I believe in having a safety net. But I also believe in doing the work and taking responsibility for yourself. Because no one's coming to save you.”

[45:04] “Just know that if you just put one foot in front of the other and make choices that are aligned with your highest self, and in your future, and where you want to go one small step every single day, you'll get to the light. I promise you. There's no guarantee when or how it's gonna happen. But you'll get there; you just got to keep moving forward.”

About Doug

Doug Bopst is the founder of Doug Bopst Fitness. He is also an award-winning personal trainer, bestselling author, and public speaker who has worked with various companies, organizations, and schools. The books he has written reflect his personal story of transforming his life from addiction. His purpose is to inspire people to get into recovery and improve their overall health and wellness.

Doug is also the host of the Adversity Advantage Podcast, where he interviews people about their trial-to-triumph stories. He has been featured on various national media platforms and podcasts. In 2015, The Baltimore Sun voted him as one of the "12 Fitness Heroes" in Baltimore.

If you want to connect with Doug, you can his website and follow him on Instagram.


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Aug 18, 2021

Advocating Women’s Health: The Impact of an Endometriosis Diagnosis with Jessica Murnane

If there's one thing women dread, it's their periods. They're a big hassle, especially for activities and schedules. We hesitate to attend beach or pool parties. We even avoid sports activities. Periods also cause so much pain that sometimes we refuse to get out of bed. But do periods really have to hurt so much? How do you know if the pain you're experiencing is already beyond normal?

In this episode, Jessica Murnane talks about endometriosis and its effects those who suffer from it. As someone with this condition, Jessica discusses the facts and misconceptions of the disease. She also talks about the daily struggles of having endometriosis and how to handle these challenges. Despite how common it is, there is not enough conversation on women’s health and navigating life after an endometriosis diagnosis . It’s time to change this.

Empower yourself to know more about your body and advocate for the care you deserve! Tune in to learn more about endometriosis and the importance of conversations on women’s health.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Distinguish facts from misconceptions regarding endometriosis.
  2. Know why it’s important to have conversations about women’s health issues.
  3. Learn how to live a positive life even with an endometriosis diagnosis.


○     Know Your Endo: An Empowering Guide to Health and Hope With Endometriosis

Episode Highlights

On Podcasts and Guesting

  • Jessica only interviews people she cares about or whoever sparks her curiosity.
  • When it comes to podcast guesting, Jessica can automatically rule out inauthenticity.
  • If you’re thinking of pitching yourself as a guest, you should do research before reaching out to the host.
  • If you're still building your show, make sure your guests are proud and interested in what they do.
  • If you want to bring in people from other backgrounds, do it later.

Jessica’s Podcasting

  • Jessica recently ended her podcast that ran for 7 years.
  • She stopped because she’s already tackled many topics and decided she can use her energy for other projects.
  • Jessica found it difficult to leave the people she collaborated with, many of whom became good friends.

Jessica’s Books

  • Jessica got a hysterectomy due to her endometriosis diagnosis years ago.
  • To control her symptoms, Jessica took on diet and lifestyle changes.
  • These changes then led to her writing a cookbook with plant-based recipes.
  • Jessica’s cookbook had a whole page dedicated to endo and she received a lot of positive feedback from it.
  • From here, she set up a website to help women identify the symptoms of endometriosis. This eventually turned into a book.

Facing Women’s Health Issues

  • Some women are ashamed of their body’s dysfunctions.
  • People still have so many incorrect views, especially towards those with an endometriosis diagnosis.
  • Your doctor can also give you misinformation about your condition.
  • So you need to take matters into your hands and learn more about your body.
  • Then, take your time to implement changes in your lifestyle. Do it for your own sake and overall wellness.

Misinformation on Endometriosis

  • Endometriosis is when tissue lining grows outside of your uterus instead of on the inside.
  • This condition can cause fatigue, painful periods, and painful sex.
  • However, some people who have endo don’t necessarily experience painful periods.
  • Pregnancy is not a treatment for endo. What’s unfortunate and disturbing is how some doctors still suggest this treatment and some people buy into it.
  • During pregnancy, symptoms may seem manageable, but the root causes still exist.

Getting an Endometriosis Diagnosis

  • MRIs and blood tests aren’t good enough for an endometriosis diagnosis.
  • The only true diagnostic test for this condition is a laparoscopy.
  • Most women get an endometriosis diagnosis only during their late 20s or 30s.
  • The average period to get an endometriosis diagnosis is 8-10 years.
  • Around 90% of women with endometriosis also have GI issues.

Jessica’s Relationship with Her Condition

  • Jessica admits that writing her book on endo drained her.
  • It brought back her bad experience and trauma with her endometriosis diagnosis.
  • Now she takes care of herself by jumping on trampolines, watching TV, and spending time with her family.
  • She also makes sure that she has some alone time to practice self-care.

Advice for Women with Endo

  • An endometriosis diagnosis does not mean the end.
  • Don't be ashamed of your symptoms, no matter how embarrassing you may think they may be.
  • Know that you aren’t alone. Seek support from someone who also has a chronic illness.
  • Practice true empathy.

How Jessica Feels Radically Loved

  • Jessica feels radically loved when she takes an hour to be by herself.
  • She reminds those with endometriosis to make themselves a priority.
  • When you take care of yourself, you can show up for people better.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

[15:43]] “I started Know Your Endo as a really just an informational website where people could go, and just have, you know, these are the symptoms of endometriosis. This is what it is. And then that really turned into the book. ”

[18:17] “And I think what presents a problem for so many people with endo is you might share with your doctor and then you're told misinformation.”

[22:10] “It took some time to say, Alright, I'm ready to do this.’ Like it's okay if you're not ready to like, upend your entire life to make change.”

[26:52] “I think, you know, a huge thing is, is I think, going to my website, picking up the book and looking at the list of symptoms. Because the list of symptoms are so shocking to so many people because they're not necessarily related to what you would think is a ‘period’ issue.”

[33:52] “But truly, that you are not alone in this and that there is someone else that has peed their pants before. There is someone else that has bled through their pants. There is someone else that has not been able to get up off the bathroom floor like this.”

About Jessica

Jessica Murnane is an author, creative consultant, speaker, and a woman with endo. Her endometriosis diagnosis and resulting diet changes sparked the creation of Know Your Endo.

She has written two books, hosted a podcast, and has built a community for raising awareness for this life-long condition. Her endo awareness campaigns shed light on what endometriosis really is. Aside from raising awareness, Jessica also helps women seek a proper endometriosis diagnosis. Jessica’s website also contains some helpful lifestyle and diet tools to help women with endo.

You can check out tools and additional information about endometriosis through Know Your Endo’s website and Instagram account. If you want to learn more about Jessica, you can check out her personal website, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


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Aug 11, 2021

Empowering Women Through Fashion & Styling with Char Roxborough

Fashion is so much more than glamor and celebrities. It showcases your personality and attitude in life. It can bring you confidence and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone, which changes the way you live entirely. Fashion can transform and empower you to become the woman you're always meant to be—strong and beautiful inside and out.

In this episode, Char Roxborough discusses the influence of fashion and styling in changing people's lives. She also shares the biggest and inspiring lessons she received from the women she looks up to. As a mother and a successful fashion stylist, Char gives advice not only about fashion but also about career.

If you want to know more about the power of fashion in women’s lives, listen to the full episode.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover how fashion and style transform women's lives.
  2. Learn encouraging advice Char received from other women and the impactful lessons she acquired in her career as a fashion stylist.
  3. Char will share her definition of wisdom, the importance of surrounding yourself with good people, and why she doesn't like the word “no.”


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Episode Highlights

The Modern Styling World

  • Everyone has their own journey. Thus, aspiring stylists should find the niche they want to be a part of.
  • Char started her styling career in the music industry. There, she learned how to multitask, become more patient, and hustle without being stressed out.
  • For Char, it's all about doing what you love to do.
  • They have to work with different personalities in the fashion world. It's the job of the stylists not to change their clients’ identity but instead enhance it through fashion.

The Role of Styling in Transforming People

  • Styling says a lot about an individual’s personality and identity. It is much more than putting articles of clothing that compliment one another to look good.
  • Stylists take a little bit of everything and incorporate different elements to form one feeling or mood.
  • Char doesn't want to be a trendsetter. She focuses on highlighting her and her clients' vibe through fashion.

Char's Styling Ethos

  • Char has always loved fashion.
  • When she was young, her mother would buy vintage and secondhand clothes for her because they can't afford to buy branded items.
  • Char’s styling ethos revolves around timeless, effortless, modern pieces. She encourages everyone to buy clothes that make sense for them.
  • Char's two-second rule — If you put something on and can't figure out how to make it happen or combine it with your other clothes, it's not the piece for you.

On Buying Clothes Online

  • When buying clothes online, your familiarity with the brand, designer, texture, and fabric will help you ensure you're going to purchase quality items.

On Char's Collection, CRK X VIMMIA

  • Having collaborated with different designers before, Char now wants to create an activewear lifestyle brand.
  • Designing comes easily to Char. She knows her exact vision for the collection: to create unique and functional pieces of clothing.
  • The collection is also for all mothers who are always on the go and don't have much time to figure out what pieces of clothing go well with each other.

Char's Biggest Lesson in Life

  • According to Char, life is all about timing and patience. Focus on yourself and avoid comparing your life to the people around you.
  • Char knows what works for her and her workspace. She is organized and thrives on multitasking.
  • She likes to enjoy each day, especially with everything that's been going on with the world.

On Wisdom & Surrounding Yourself with Good People

  • For Char, wisdom involves awareness of your surroundings, the people you bring into your life, listening to your intuition, and making wise decisions.
  • The people you surround yourself with say a lot about you as a person. Friendships are all about quality, not quantity.
  • To know if you have the right people in your life, you have to trust your intuition, just like when you're choosing the right outfit.

The Best Piece of Advice Char Had Ever Received

  • When it's the right time for you, it will happen. Don't force things to come your way.
  • Her mom always reminds her that everything is all about timing and encourages her to pray for the things she wants to receive.
  • In her work, there's no such thing as, “How can I make this happen?” As a stylist, her job is to make things happen and get the job done.

Char's Rule of Not Saying “No”

  • For Char, saying no sounds so aggressive.
  • She avoids saying no to her daughter. Instead, she explains why she can't do something and redirects her to other things.

Inspiring Women in Char's Life

  • She has always been inspired by her mom, from whom she got her fashion sense.
  • Her best friend, Anastasia, also inspires Char. She has a make-up business and likes to help others.
  • Char loves being inspired by women who can teach her new things.

Biggest Lessons Char Will Teach Her Daughter

  • Char wants her daughter to love herself and never allow anyone to say she can't do something.
  • She wants her daughter to listen to her instincts and believe in herself.

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

“It (styling) says a lot about your personality, who you are, where you came from, your background, what you love. It's just like you're creating basically your own movie.”

“I'm not a trendsetter because I'm not into setting trends. I just believe that you set your own vibe and you set your own mood of how you like to look, how you like to feel, what you want to shape your ideas and thoughts.”

“I always believe that when you buy things, buy things that make sense.”

“If you surround your lifestyle with people that just want to be there for the wrong reasons, then how could you build a proper relationship or friendship in that type of environment?”

“I have a daughter, and I want her to be inspired by powerful strong women, and make her own space and path in life, and help others.”

About Char

Char Roxborough is a celebrity fashion stylist, designer, fashion expert, and a mother. If you want to learn more about Char and her collection, you may visit her website. You can connect with her through Instagram or Twitter.


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Aug 6, 2021

How to Find Your Daily Inspiration with Light Watkins

When you feel stuck, how do you move forward? Where do you find the inner strength to be open and present to moments of daily inspiration ? Most of the time, the answer already lies within yourself. Once you stop worrying about the future or going over the past, you become immersed in the present and discover that inspiration is everywhere.

In this episode, we have Light Watkins, the author of Knowing Where To Look: 108 Daily Doses of Inspiration. He teaches us how to find our daily inspiration in the most mundane of experiences. When we take that first step into the unknown, creativity becomes a little bit easier to unlock. Light encourages us to embrace discomfort and build habits until they become reflex. 

If you want to learn how to conquer your inner doubts and find that lightbulb moment, this episode is for you.

Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Learn how to stay present and pay attention to avoid missing your moment of daily inspiration.
  2. Discover and apply Light’s tricks to get unstuck.
  3. Develop a healthier relationship with social media.


Episode Highlights

Moments of Daily Inspiration

  • Light recalled meeting a friend who only had a blurry picture of his dog to remember it by. It was then that he realized that what's insignificant to him can be a meaningful memory to another.
  • Everyone has a story. When you peel back the layers and go beyond the surface, you can find a deeper and beautiful meaning.
  • To prepare for his book, Light practiced writing short stories every day. But when he runs out of topics, he meditates, and inspiration strikes.
  • It's impossible to run out of creativity because creativity generates further creativity. The simple act of showing up can give you that lightbulb moment.

Getting Unstuck Through Daily Inspiration

  • A powerful way to get inspired is to practice gratitude. Identify five to ten things that you're grateful for at the moment.
  • If you can't find anything you're thankful for, move your body and be aware of the physical sensations. Try to embed this habit.
  • When you stay grounded in the present instead of regretting your past or worrying about the future, you become more receptive to the richness of the human experience.
  • Staying grounded in the present allows you to discover the world is screaming to be noticed by you.

Building the Habit

  • It's essential to cultivate the habit of showing up for yourself.
  • The real challenge starts when other obligations get in the way, and it's no longer convenient to stick to your original plan.
  • Through pure repetition, Light learned how to build habits. Start now, and even finding daily inspiration will become second nature to you in no time.
  • In the face of setbacks, Light pressed on and ended up producing your own masterpiece.
  • Being nervous and afraid are prerequisites for inspiration. Don’t run away, but lean into that.

Seeing Through

  • Social media is a highlight reel of other people’s carefully curated lives. It’s not real.
  • In modeling, he discovered that stylists go to great lengths to make the clothes look tailored to the person in the catalog.
  • There's no point in comparing ourselves to someone else's highlight reel. It prevents us from living in the present moment and appreciating the good things we have.

The Right Balance

  • Social media platforms like Instagram embody society’s narcissistic tendencies.
  • The first step to cultivate a healthier relationship with social media is to be fully honest with yourself.
  • Identify what part of you is attracted to that platform and what you can do about it.
  • It may not be possible to quit social media completely, but you can learn to pick your poison and choose your battles.

Making Art

  • We have a choice to pit ourselves endlessly against other people on social media or focus our energies on making art.
  • Hip-hop culture is an example of people converting difficult life experiences into beautiful and artistic expressions.
  • If you have something in your life to complain about, try and ask yourself, "What's beautiful about this experience, and how can I express it?"
  • If we are willing to take a moment to reflect, it becomes easier to identify the feeling that we’re called to express within our lived experience.

Our Inner Child

  • We want to grow up into someone that is the full expression of ourselves. But we usually lose our way and suppress that part of ourselves when we grow up.
  • In Light’s podcast, he asks guests their favorite childhood activity and discovers that their calling as an adult is linked to that formative experience.
  • When we lose our early purpose, it is our job as adults to peel back the layers and find our true selves.
  • The confluence of areas in your life where you're not honest with yourself and where you are authentic is where you find your true purpose.

Freedom in Choice-lessness

  • The scariest part is just before you start. But once you take that first step, the fear gives way to strategy and logistics.
  • There's freedom in lack of choice. When we have too many options, we tend to get paralyzed. But when you're pushed into a corner and only have one choice, you focus your energy and resources on that.
  • Whatever your version of “the opposite” is, lean into that. Explore what makes you uncomfortable or fearful. Only then will you find yourself.
  • Taking a leap of faith is not a single act but a lifestyle.
  • Tune in to the full episode to discover how Light feels radically loved!

5 Powerful Quotes from this Episode

[12:28] “When you're not in the present, you're going to miss so much richness, so much of the sentience of just everything all around you all the time that is transmitting messages and communicating with you and really just screaming to be noticed by you.”

[16:21] “The real commitment doesn't even start until the original plan goes out the window. And that's when you really start to see what you're made of.”

[20:39] “I think nervousness and being afraid, in a good way, is one of the prerequisites for inspiration. So don't talk yourself out of it because you're nervous. Lean into that.”

[34:09] “Whatever is going to expose how you're lying to yourself, the areas of your life where you're not being honest with yourself, and where you can be more authentic. The confluence of those two areas is where you're going to find your purpose.”

[39:55] “Through exploring those areas that make you uncomfortable, you'll find comfort and discomfort and then you'll find that fear that tends to stop most of us most of the time, it won't be an issue for you anymore. And you'll find yourself.”

About Light

Light Watkins is an accomplished meditation teacher and bestselling author of Knowing Where to Look. A highly sought-after keynote speaker, he has delivered more than 500 wellness themed-talks since 2007.

Light founded and hosted the sober social event, The Shine. In The Shine spotlights individuals that have overcome the odds to start movements for social good. He is also the host of "At the End of the Tunnel,” a weekly inspirational podcast.

To learn more about Light, visit his website or connect with him on Instagram and Twitter. Make sure to check out the newly launched “The Happiness Insiders” community. 


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