“I had no idea who I was.”
“Why do I feel like my enough-ness are solely dependent on my accolades and achievements?”
“I’ve never had a voice; now I have a voice.”
“I never had a voice and I never spoke my truth.”
Key Takeaway: This week, we welcome guest Lo Bondi, who shares an authentic conversation about us regarding what it means to truly find yourself. Hear about the importance of awareness and learn how Lo was able to finally find her voice.
-“What I believe in wasn’t aligning with what I was practicing my competing.”
-She was tearing herself apart and contorting her body for a group of strangers, and she knew that wasn’t in line with what she believed and what she stood for. The overarching idea of self-love is what brought her away from the competing world.
-She knew in the midst of competing that it was a toxic environment, but she didn’t realize just how toxic it was until she finally stepped away
–[6:37 ]With awareness, you can make informed decisions and self-led decisions.
-Her tattoo: “And within her the chaos found balance.” – find out what this means to Lauren and how she was able to step away from disordered patterns
-You have to start by asking yourself the big questions.
-If you’re walking around and feel like even one thing if off or missing, it comes back to needing to create personal awareness to understand those feelings
-Look at yourself in the mirror, hold that gaze, and see yourself loving yourself
-People go through their lives without every listening to themselves, seeing themselves, knowing themselves
-Most people think you are defined by your relationships, your titles, etc. That’s not who you are.
-Lo gives humble insight to a previous relationship and how the unhealthy nature of the relationship was actually manifested in her physical body
-“Your body is profoundly wise and it’s always talking to us.”
-Find out why Lauren moved to Colorado and what she is doing now!
-I try to heal to the point of losing myself and losing my voice
-Hear about the philosophy of counseling according to Lauren and how her strongest talents and gifts are aligned with coaching and counseling
-If you can’t walk up to the mirror and look yourself in the eye, you can’t see yourself (truly SEE yourself)
-If you aren’t fully ready to show up for the work, nothing you try to do will stick.
CONNTECT WITH LO:
“Your body is a self-healing mechanism.”
“The person who lives closer to their boundaries will be the one to win.”
“If you’re green, you’re growing. If you’re ripe, you’re rotting.”
Key Takeaway: This week, we were stoked to chat with Aaron Alexander, creator of Align Therapy. We got his backstory starting from childhood through embarking on a successful career. Plus, you’ll definitely want to hear some of his philosophies on the importance of posture and alignment and how they affect overall health.
-Aaron talks about his childhood and family dynamics and how he faced adversity from early on
–[5:30 ]Sometimes to get to the point of the “kink”, you have to drop the self-ego attitude
-Everything has value until it gets past the point of healthy, and that’s when things can become bad
-When you live and move in one way for a while, it becomes less and less challenging. This is true in regards to social, physical, mental habits. You’re not allowing yourself to adapt.
-You don’t always need to know where you’re going; you just need to know your edges.
-Aaron discusses the difference between being “into” fitness and being really insecure
-Even if there are a lot of insecurities, the thought of being able to put in work to transform your body, is a huge confidence booster
-You are a product of your stories and your success and failures, but you are NOT defined by your stories and your successes and your failures
-Hear about Aaron’s meditation practice and his 10-day meditation experience
-Learn about some of the anatomical and physiological benefits of meditation
-Hear about Joe’s transformative experience in Tulum and how he was able to learn about releasing stored energy
-Your body is integrated into various positions. We keep ourselves in predominantly protective positions, from an evolutionary standpoint.
-Through your posture, you are always practicing how you feel. And you can practice how you feel through your posture. It can go both ways.
-Animals in the wild physically release stress after they’re faced with dangers. That release is necessary. Humans don’t often take the time to healthily release negative emotions and process those feelings when bad things happen.
-People need to find their release. That release needs to happen.
-Most of us can’t control how we feel because we can’t break through that superficial layer of our lives
-“Your body has the capacity to heal itself if you have the wits about you to get out of the way of yourself.” – we don’t trust ourselves
-Hear Aaron’s philosophy behind Align Therapy
-Small but consistent changes are much more of a “victory” than one huge illuminating moment
“I didn’t have a backup plan. I was all in.”
“I had to work hard, get my head down and just allow my actions and my performances to earn the right of a locker room.”
“Is this something I really want to do? Or is this something someone else expected me to do?”
“You never know who is watching.”
Key Takeaway: This week, hear from Mark Sloan about how he took a chance and left behind a successful professional soccer career to pursue his passion. Plus, you don’t want to miss an amazing story about a stranger in a coffee shop who gave Mark an amazing gift. Check it out on this week’s episode.
- Hear about how Mark started out in soccer and how he was able to start playing professionally at age 16
- Soccer was a risk – he traded in education and university for soccer. Hear about how this choice affected him and how failure along the way didn’t shut him down or stop him.
- His first big failure was when his contract was suspended at age 18, and even though it was a huge failure in that moment, it taught him so much and it made him learn more
- He was picked up by Belgium – this was the very first time he had ever left home.
- Hear about how there was constantly the need to juggle between locker room camaraderie and also fierce competition
- After experiencing living and playing in Belgium, he made a confident decision to go play and live in the United States
- “The first coach to reply to me is the first coach I’m going to go with.”
- You never know what will stem from one conversation or one thing you said to someone. If you’re not present in the moment, you can miss so many of these opportunities.
- “Am I doing it for myself or am I doing it for other people?”
- Mark confidently made the decision to walk away from soccer and instead focused on a brand new path
- Mark started Young Tribe
- One of the scariest things Mark has to face is being an Englishman in America – visa situations are tough and he never knows what the future looks like
- “Not knowing what the future looks like is making me live in the present more than ever.”
- Hear Mark’s story about a stranger in a coffee shop who gave him an amazing gift
- If you just believe something and put yourself in the moment, anything is possible
Connect with Mark:
Key Takeaways: This week Alex and Joe chatted about the importance of your mindset and how prioritizing positivity and finding likeminded friends is all part of creating a healthy mindset. Plus you’ll hear about the new leap and challenge that Alex is taking!
-When you’re surrounding yourself by people who are challenging you, the changes in your life that happen are incredible
-Alex shares that he’s moving from Portland to Denver and taking the leap in a new direction
-Look at it like a thermostat. If the people who are around you are at 90 and you’re at an 85, they’re going to raise you to their level
-“The purposeless route is more prone to addiction, and humans are no different.” – Jordan Peterson
-When you find people who are in align with their purpose, and their purpose is similar to your purpose, you connect on a different level than you would with other folks
-Everyone wants a definitive answer, but there’s no one size fits all. A more appropriate response should be “it depends.”
-Mindset is huge. The way you think about things determines how you will interpret life around you and take subsequent actions.
-One of the biggest things that causes anxiety is not being present. Anxiety arises when you think about either the past or about the future.
-Meditation is a great way to center yourself and to force yourself to be present in the here and now.
-Alex talks about what he experienced when he experienced his first anxiety attack
-When you’re not stepping out of your comfort zone, you won’t see change. Plain and simple. You’ll get caught up in what’s comfortable and you won’t be stretched.
-Your gut reaction is usually right. That’s you at your heart of hearts.
-“Are you happy?” People don’t ask that question nearly enough.
-Life is short. The amount of people who aren’t living their potential and are not happy with their life is the scariest thought to think about.
-Everyone has demons. Everyone has good and everyone has bad. Mistakes and bad thought patterns are part of us. Accept it, realize it, and then realize that you’re no different than anyone else. If you learn from mistakes and move on as a better person, then you learned from the bad things you did.
“Most people won’t stare their insecurities in the face.”
“Why not me?”
Key Takeaway: This week, we sat down with fitness and mindset enthusiast Cody McBroom and heard about his journey from the very beginning (a chubby kid in high school) to where he is now (running a successful and fulfilling online business). Hear his philosophy on mindfulness, plus his essential 4 pillars to achieving your optimum health.
- Finding self-alignment happens when you find something to do that gets you excited in the morning and makes you feel passionate
- Hear about Cody’s childhood – how he was the “black sheep” of the family and how he went through childhood
- Staring your insecurities in the face is something most people never do; that’s the problem with people and their struggles
- Lean into resistance.
- [21:45] The inner effect will always affect the outer effects.
- “If we don’t work on ourselves now, when will we ever be able to work on ourselves?”
- 4 Pillars: Body, Mindset, Relationships, Business
- [25:26] – talking about every situation that you come across in life – how should you interpret and analyze it?
- If you’re not communicating to someone what’s going on in the inside, no one will know and won’t be able to help accordingly. People aren’t mind readers.
- Hear about how Cody’s strategy regarding time blocks – how he approaches this in regards to social media, lack of certain types of work, etc.
- Hear about Boom Boom Performance, and how Cody’s business morphed from a fitness passion in college into a full-time successful online business
- Followers aren’t the end-all be-all; what’s more important in a business is having an audience that trusts you
- 2,000 loyal followers that trust you and value your wisdom is way more valuable than 20,000 followers that don’t do anything
- Individualization is the future of fitness.