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Hello & welcome to the Fearless Self-Love Podcast! Loving ourselves is the most selfless thing we can do. When we prioritize our own needs, we show up more fully for others. We are more receptive and aware. We begin to live with ease. Each episode features conversations with creatives and wellness pros, whose real-life stories will inspire you to take the next step toward living a life you love. Our bottom line is to cultivate communities of fearless self-love and compassionate connection…and you'll feel like you're right here with us, sitting around the table with a pot of tea. We'll walk you through an easeful living practice, and leave you with a courageous self-care tip. I'm your host, Andrea Catherine, Yoga Health Coach, & your advocate to live a flourishing Life You Love. [New episodes released on the 1st and 15th of every month.]

Dec 21, 2017

Have you struggled to truly feel comfortable in your own skin, at home in your body? Have you battled with self-acceptance and tried so many ways to cultivate change, but come up short? None of us is perfect, but learning to approach our relationship with ourselves from a place of compassion instead of shame propels us forward. In this episode, Dawn Branham and Jessica Ortiz talk about their journeys with self-care habit change and how it has enhanced their own expressions of self-love. You hear from these guests first in late December of 2016 and again just this week (December 18-22, 2017).

  • How to develop a healthy and realistic relationship with your resistance to change

  • How to change your habits that come from being a natural obliger

  • Why to compare this holiday with the last holiday sason instead of with last month

Links Mentioned: 

@ home in your body course page

Fearless Self-Love Retreat 

Brené Brown

Yoga Health Coaching

Spiral Dynamics 

Book a Strategy Session

Glennon Doyle

Show Highlights:

01:19 Easeful Living Practice: Hands-free Nadi Shodhana (alternate nadi shodhana)

07:42 Interview with Jessica and Dawn begins (recorded December 2016)

20:02 How resistance shows up even when we want to be in touch with our bodies & intuition

34:48 What shifts when we have someone to hold us accountable in a group setting

39:00 What can you get out of a 15 minute one-on-one coaching call?

42:00 Applying habit science skills to life challenges

49:28 How this work has changed Dawn’s son’s perspective

51:44 Yes, And Concept as a tool for habit change

54:50 What’s changed with Jessica Ortiz inthe past year

1:06:17 How to change your habits as a natural obliger

1:18:00 Let’s focus on doing this holiday season differently than the last Holiday season, rather than comparing this holiday season to last month or the month before

1:21:02 Letting go of the expectation of perfection

1:37:00 Our relationship with our identity and habits can change

1:40:07 Courageous Self-Care Tip ~ Try a new habit on for size

Favorite Quotes:

“Being at home in my body means approaching wellness from a place of self-love rather than a place of shame” -- Jessica Ortiz

“There is an intentional unveiling and revealing that has to happen to know yourself, and then in order to love who you are.” -- Andrea Catherine

“I feel more patient with myself and I think in feeling more patient with myself I’m able to be more patient with others in my life.” -- Dawn Branham

“I may not have meditated every morning for the past 6 weeks... but every time I did, I took a step in the right direction.” --Jessica Ortiz

“You know mom, these little positive sayings that you’ve put around the house on these post-it notes.  I think it’s really starting to rub off on me.  I’m feeling really happy and I’m feeling a lot better in my life.” -- Dawn's 12 year old son

“I’m not going in a circle, I’m going in a spiral. I’m slowly growing.” -- Jessica Ortiz

“If I stay in a rhythm for  long enough I’m going to break free of it, because something within me won’t allow me to stay in it.” -- Andrea Catherine

“I’m also an introvert and I don’t think I realized that community could be so beneficial to me.” -- Jessica Ortiz

“We can change… parts of ourselves, and be healthier and more self-loving and still hold onto those parts of ourselves that we really value.” -- Dawn Branham

Meet Jessica & Dawn:

Jessica Ortiz is a macro social worker and civil rights advocate who's finally learning the real meaning of that "self-care thing” she heard all about in grad school. Her favorite wellness practices include honoring an early bedtime, carving out quiet space for journaling, and snuggling with her kitties. These days, she lives by the mantra coined by one of her favorite authors, Glennon Doyle: “We can do hard things!” Jessica is a lifelong Michigander who now resides in Brighton with her boyfriend and their two cats.

Dawn Simpson Branham is a doctoral candidate in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. She is currently completing her dissertation on the topic of global education in the community college sector, a topic that combines her passions for international education and equitable access to quality education for all. Dawn has worked in the field of education for 15+ years as a teacher, advisor, administrator, and researcher. Dawn has lived and worked in Japan, South Africa, and Germany and believes that we learn best when we seek to engage with and understand those who are different than ourselves.  You can contact Dawn via her LinkedIn page