From Bullied to Fighting For the Forgotten with Justin Wren

From Bullied to Fighting For the Forgotten with Justin Wren

Almost a decade ago the world got to know Justin Wren through his successful mixed martial arts career in the UFC- from starring in the Spike reality show The Ultimate Fighter, to becoming a dominating force in the heavyweight division, to his MMA record of 15-2. Today, the world knows this 6-foot-3-inch, 265-pound fighter for the size of his heart.

Following a six-year struggle with addiction and depression in his early career, Justin stepped away from MMA to seek out purpose and passion for his life. What he found was a forgotten tribe of Mbuti Pygmies deep in the jungle of the Congo, beaten down by the economic environment, disease, and hopelessness.

Through his Fight for the Forgotten initiative, 1,500 members of this formerly enslaved people group are now free and flourishing on 3,000 acres of their own land with access to clean water and their own farms.

Justin ‘The Big Pygmy’ Wren has expanded his Fight For the Forgotten to empower all those who dont have a voice. He regularly speaks to raise awareness for those affected by the water crisis, as well as those who are bullied, and those suffering from depression and addiction.

Today, the world knows this 6-foot-3-inch,  265-pound fighter for the size of his heart.

Today meet JUSTIN and learn how he LEVELED UP and continues to create EVERYTHING from NOTHING.

Make sure to give big for Fight for the Forgotten at www.fightfortheforgotten.com

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to empower others instead of beating them down
  • The art of learning from our pasts
  • It’s the size of your heart that matters most
  • How you can Fight for the Forgotten as well!

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Authenticity in a World of Fakes with Cassey Ho

Authenticity in a World of Fakes with Cassey Ho

Cassey Ho is an award winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur, and online personality. In the  world of digital marketing, social media, and drive for perfection, AUTHENTICITY is sometimes hard to come by. When we DO spot it, we want more of it.

Cassey has made a name for herself by being truly authentic and real with her audience. A few minutes with her and you quickly realize that there is so much more to her than being the face behind the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube!  Creator and founder of blogilates, pop Pilates and pop flex active

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How being a teacher and adding value has helped her over and over again
  • How being authentic and real will help you grow your audience
  • How to turn pain into purpose
  • The art of shifting quickly to continue to move forward

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From Failure to Becoming a Leader of Success with Kerwin Rae

From Failure to Becoming a Leader of Success with Kerwin Rae

Kerwin Rae is a businessman, entrepreneur, investor and international speaker. As one of the Australia’s leading business strategists helping business owners succeed for over a decade, he has consulted in 11 countries and over 154 different industries and taught over 100,000 people the world over through his seminars and workshops. To date making his clients well in excess of Hundreds of Millions Dollars.

As a student who nearly failed out of school, Kerwin had formed a belief as a child that he was in his words “stupid” And his poor grades validated that to him.

With SIX near death experiences which including a near fatal stroke and another serious accident that Dr’s said would leave him physically disabled Kerwin Rae was NOT set up for success.

He is a true example of fear transcending it into peace , and purpose.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to overcome adversity
  • How to not allow past circumstances dictate your life
  • Empowerment tools to create your best life

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Persistence In The Face of Failure with Lori Harder

Persistence In The Face of Failure with Lori Harder

Lori Harder was an overweight kid in an overweight family. “Bad genetics,” was what she believed she had. She was  teased in elementary school about her weight and her religion which led her into anxiety and panic attacks.

After picking up a fitness magazine one day, her whole world shifted. She wanted  like these women. They looked strong, confident and powerful.

Lori recalls begging her mom to buy her more fitness magazines and as she devoured these she shifted her focus to fitness. Not only did her body improve, but she started to feel strong and in  control and a new creative confident Lori started to emerge. A fire was lit that got her thinking about new possibilities for her life.

Now, as a successful author and entrepreneur running two seven figure business, Lori truly knows how to create her own happy and it is her mission to share this with you.

On this episode, you will learn:

  • How to use visualization to create a new reality
  • Using your past pain to be your driver
  • Tricks to overcome panic attacks
  • The key to persistence in the face of failure

Make sure to visit Lori’s websitefor more information.

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Hustle, Believe, Receive with Sarah Centrella

You can manifest the life of your dreams, and Sarah Centrella is the master of this. 

Sarah was married to her High School sweetheart and together for nearly 16 years. As a stay home mom With 3 kids she was content.

After watching a tv episode about husbands that cheat, A quick moment of woman’s intuition found her looking   at her husbands cell phone. That peek, altered the course of her life forever.

Her husband was having an affair. He moved out that night leaving her and her three children behind. Broken and Scared

Survival was Sarah’s first instinct.

On welfare and foodstamps she asked herself “now what?”

She sold everything she owned, begged and pleaded for someone to lease her and her kids a tiny 2 bedroom apartment and decided that she would NOT allow any negative thoughts in. She decided that it was HER CHOICE what the next chapter of her life would bring and she shut up any voice within that told her otherwise.

She shifted her focus to what is POSSIBLE and it was liberating.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to manifest the life of your dreams
  • What’s a vision board and how to utilize them starting now
  • Why your toughest days are your greatest blessings
  • How to Hustle, Believe, Receive

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A Broken Body is Not a Broken Person with Janine Shepherd

A Broken Body is Not a Broken Person with Janine Shepherd

“When you are at rock bottom it doesn’t show you who you ARE it shows you who you are NOT”

Janine Shepherd was an elite athlete known as “Janine the Machine.” It was on a bike ride with her teammates while Training for the olympics that tragedy struck….she was hit by a truck head on.

Janine woke up 10 days later in the ICU with her neck and back broken in multiple places, collapsed bones and ribs and paralyzed from the waist down. She spent 6 months in the spinal ward trying to wrap her mind around what had happened to her. Her body – that body that had defined her – was no longer Janine the Machine.

With all consuming pain, no movement from the waist down, a catheter bottle that would become part of her, Janine recalls feeling like she was in another world -like she was in a life that was meant for someone else – not her.


In this episode, you will learn:

  • The mindset needed to overcome ANYTHING
  • How your physical doesn’t define who you are
  • When your life becomes ‘derailed’ how do you create your next purpose

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Expanding Your Vision and Never Quitting

I have two amazing guests on the podcast today! My friends Danny Morel and Kelsey Humphries share their incredible story of creating everything from nothing with us!

Expanding Your Vision to Achieve Success with Danny Morel

Danny is a real estate sales coach and Founder of Intero Real Estate Services Rancho Cucamonga, Downey and La Quinta Southern California. With an impressive background in the real estate industry, Danny Morel brings over 15 years to the real estate business as a coach, mentor, investor and broker. Danny’s interest in the real estate industry began with the simple dream of buying his mother a house. From there, he learned about the industry, began selling homes and this led to obtaining coaches to further his career. As an agent, Danny successfully sold 150 homes in a year while only working 4.5 days a week, and by 27 earned 1.5 million in commissions during the course of one calendar year.  From that passion grew his coaching company where Danny had the pleasure of leading almost 500 agents to success in their careers through multi-day seminars that impacted thousands of lives. In 2013 Danny was named to the HispanicBusiness.com top 50 Most Influential list. Learn more about Danny at Dannymorel.com

As a young boy, Danny Morrell bounced from one small apartment to another as his single mom struggled to pay rent. It was a TV show,  Beverly Hills 90210 that exposed him to the idea of “what is possible”

Years later, Danny is a mega success. His energy and drive is nothing short of magnetic!

On this episode, you will learn:

  • A trick for stopping worry dead in its track
  • How to shift your messed up belief systems
  • How you can grow a following with your vision
  • Why anything great has nothing to do with the how or the process

Not Knowing When to Quit with Kelsey Humphries

Kelsey Humphreys is a  MASTER at enrolling others in her vision!

As a bestselling author and international keynote motivational comedian, actor, singer she has spent over 4,000 hours studying success habits and interviewing moguls & celebrities, landing guests like Rachael Ray, Barbara Corcoran, Tony Robbins, Larry King, Dave Ramsey and more

Her work has been published for publications like Entrepreneur Magazine, Success Magazine, the Huffington post and others, with a total distribution of more than 140 million.

Kelsey achieved all of the above without an agent, manager, publicist or sanity.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why you should fake it until you make it
  • Pushing through when the competition quits
  • Why Kelsey follows the mantra of Ready, Fire, Aim
  • How you can battle self doubt daily

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My experience with Basis

This post is sponsored by Basis.

Hi friends! Happy almost-Friday! I hope you’re having a lovely morning and I’m so happy you enjoyed yesterday’s podcast episode! I had a blast talking with Dawn and learned so much from her during our chat. If there’s anyone you’d like to hear in upcoming episodes, please let me know. (I have one coming up with an expert in HIIT training and science, an RD speaking about prenatal nutrition, and a psychologist on the way.)

Sooooooo. There’s a lot going on. The past few weeks have been extra crazy and something about last week’s full moon really set everyone off. The girls and I were all kind of grouchy, we slept terribly, and P and I were both very emotional. Last Wednesday while the girls were at school, I started crying and was weeping until it was time to pick them up. While I was at home, I had some tea and crawled into bed for a bit, and when I got up and checked my email, already feeling much better, there was an email from Basis asking me if I’d like to try their new mental health services. Talk about perfect timing, right?

Basis

Here’s a little bit about Basis, which is a totally new company:

– You pay $35 to speak with a trained specialist when you’re going through a tough moment or situation. The specialist uses science-backed approaches to help guide you to solving the problem and the 45-minute phone call or video chat will leave you with actionable steps and perspective.

– You can schedule the chats to fit with your schedule and do not have to buy a package or monthly subscription. You can literally “drop in” for $35 for each session, which to me is considered a steal for a talk sesh + help determining a plan.

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When you sign up, you can briefly describe what you’re going through and request a female or male provider. You can also pick a topic where you’d like to focus and I picked parenting.

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I scheduled a call with Meagan and was really looking forward to chatting with her about the stuff that’s been going on, mostly regarding our sleep issues.

You guys. I was SO DANG SMUG when both girls slept through the night from when they were babies until they were 2ish. I read The Baby Whisperer, followed her steps, and BOOM. Perfect sleepers for the most part. Then when they each turned two and figured out they could get out of their crib (or bed), that’s when things got rough. I’ve done so much research, we’ve tried so many different things, and I can’t get them to stay in their beds for a consistent amount of time. (Usually if they do it, it’s a fluke. Or we just stayed up way past their bedtime dancing at the Greek Festival.) This is a huge reason why I love traveling and hotels so much. They sleep through the night because we’re all in the same room!

They come in at different times, flinging the door open, maybe crying, and crawl into bed with me. When Liv comes in, she sprints down the hallway, barges through the door, and basically takes me from dead asleep to fearful for my life within 10 seconds. I have a really hard time winding back down after they come in, so in the mornings, I’m dragging. [Worth noting that it doesn’t bother me that they come in, but it bothers me that they wake me up. I put them to sleep in their beds so that they’ll hopefully learn the stay there, and they can come into my bed if they’re scared or whatever in the night, but don’t wake me up.]

Sleep mask

(Even my beloved sleep mask can’t save me from this.)

Everything I’ve seen online recommends traumatizing them somehow. Ok, I could lock the door. And I’d have two screaming, inconsolable children in the hallway and I’d never go back to sleep. I know that Liv also has anxiety, which is something that affects me, and I don’t think that it would be a smart idea to lock her out of our room.

I was really interested to talk to the Basis specialist to see what she had to say.

So, this session was very unlike therapy. She didn’t ask, “How does it make you feel?” or tell me exactly what to do. Instead, she guided me to resources online and helped me think of some ideas to change the situation. For example, we came up with the game to tiptoe like a mouse into my room. We practiced it last night (with a contest to see who could be the quietest mouse) and the girls were both so sneaky and quiet in the middle of the night. We also tried to think of some ideas to motivate them to stay in bed, the way they feel motivated to behave in church or get ready for school on time. They just know and do it.

The session was the most helpful because I could just freely talk to someone. Sometimes I use my mom or my friend Betsy as a sounding board for whatever’s going on, and I don’t always want to be a Debbie Downer, ya know? It’s nice to have a neutral outside party that will chat with you about challenging situations.

It’s also worth noting that I checked out some similar services online and many of them had a therapist checking in on me multiple times a day. It already takes me 5 business days to respond to texts so I’m sure that would just add to my stress haha. Many of them also required monthly subscriptions.

If you’re interested in trying out Basis for yourself, especially as things get stressful or busy, here’s my referral link to give it a whirl. It will give you $20 off!

Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya soon.

xo

Gina

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Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

I’ve written so many lentil soup recipes for this site (and for my books), that I remember telling myself to take a break for a while. So, although I haven’t published one in a while, I rarely go more than a week without making some sort of lentil soup goodness. Trying other lentil soups I come across is also a great way to expand my line-up, and brothy, creamy, chunky, pureed, spiced, and straight versions are all are fair game as far as I’m concerned. Here’s a list of some tried-and-true favorites, and some great takes I’ve come across from out and about.

1. Coconut Yellow Split Pea Soup(QUITOKEETO)
Not technically lentil soup, but close enough. A ginger and curry-spiked yellow split pea stunner. Leftovers freeze well, and this makes an A+ lunch. Get the recipe here

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

2. Coconut Red Lentil Soup(101 Cookbooks)
One of the top ten best soups of my life. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

3. Crockpot Detox Lentil Soup(Pinch of Yum)
For the crockpot enthusiasts out there. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

4. Persian New Year Noodle Soup(101 Cookbooks)

This is my favorite soup (yes, ever) and it has lentils in it, so I’m including it here. At its core we’re talking about a bean and noodle soup featuring thin egg noodles swimming in a fragrant broth spiced with turmeric, cumin, chiles, and black pepper. You use a medley of lentils, chickpeas, and borlotti beans, making the soup hearty and filling without being heavy. You add spinach, dill, and cilantro. You add lime juice for a bit of sour at the end. And then you’ve got a number of toppings to add when you serve the soup – chopped walnuts, caramelized onions, and sour cream. From deep in the 101 archives. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

5. Smoky Sweet Potato Lentil Tortilla Soup(The Bojon Gourmet)
Lentil soup meets tortilla soup in brothy sweet potato-studded bowls of chipotle warmed goodness. More details here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

6. Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter(101 Cookbooks)
Green lentils (or split peas), topped with a curried brown butter drizzle, and pan-fried paneer cubes. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

7. Indian Lentil Soup / Dal Shorva(The Woks of Life)
When you’re ready to really raid your spice cupboard, this is the recipe. This is a recipe to turn to if you find yourself coming down with a cold anytime soon. Get the full recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

8. Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup(101 Cookbooks)
This is what I make when I need a bit of a reset. Make a big pot, and then eat throughout the week. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

9. Yellow Coconut Curry Red Lentil Soup(Will Frolic for Food)
This Chitra Agrawal recipe caught my attention because it cleverly incorporates coconut, but not coconut milk. So, the broth stays hearty but not creamy – hits the spot when you want something filling but not overly decadent. Get the recipe here.

Nine Great Lentil Soups to Choose From

Bonus! Slow Cooker Winter Vegetable with Split Red Lentils(A Beautiful Plate)
Adding this at the last minute. Another slow cooker option. This one with a minestrone angle.
Get the recipe here.

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Leaving it all behind and stepping in front of the camera

Leaving It All Behind For More with Allison Maslan

Allison Maslan was a young mom, she was at the height of a self made advertising career. Making lots of money and living large she was fully living “the dream”. Working with huge brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Merrill Lynch, and more.

Although she appeared uber successful and was admired for thriving at such a young age, she was continually stressed, working around the clock and  not living in her purpose and was anything BUT happy.

That stress and that hustle brought on a terrible freak car accident while she was in route to pick up her daughter from daycare.

Taking a forced time to recover, heal and think, she decided to walk away from that which no longer served her.

Allison walked away from a successful business, a marriage and all funds and into a new identity: As a broke, single mom. All Allison left with was a desire for more.

Grab her free offer at: www.allisonmaslan.com/natalie

 In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why money does not equal happiness
  • How to manifest who you truly are
  • Why you should say ‘yes’ and figure out the rest later
  • And Allison’s secret to success that everyone can do

Stepping In Front of the Camera with Tiffany Lee Bymaster

Tiffany Lee Bymaster Originated as a camera shy makeup artists  BEHIND the camera, Tiffany Lee aka Coach Glitter was great at her job but wanted more. On set for countless hours, she would listen and keenly observe all of the information she was learning from her powerful clients.

As she watched and learned she started to ask herself one simple question that changed the course of her life…

“Why not me?”

That question and hunger for more sparked a fire inside that lead her to a mega successful brand where the once camera shy coach is now a leading Camera Confidence Coaching program.

On this episode, you will learn:

  • How to overcome anxiety by “going for things anyway”
  • Why you should always add more value than is asked of you
  • Why you should choose to lead with service and worry about the financials later
  • How to utilize mentors, coaches, and masterminds to build your dream

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