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Balanced Black Girl is a podcast dedicated to helping you feel your best. Tune in for approachable health, self-care, personal development, and well-being advice from Black women wellness experts.
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Today, we’re discussing ways to heal from and cope with racial trauma with our guest, Jacquelyn Ogorchukwu Iyamah. Jacquelyn is a Nigerian American Storyteller and User Experience Designer in the wellness space. She has a degree in Social welfare, where her focus was on making wellness more accessible to overlooked communities. She also has a degree in UX design, where she spent a year researching what it would take to design a platform that reduced the barriers of therapy for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. In 2018, Jacquelyn published The Geometry of Being Black, a poetic body of work that provides a glimpse into prominent experiences of the Black community.   In this episode, we talk about…       The difference between coping and healing.       Defining racial trauma, and understanding its signs and symptoms.       Understanding The Four Bodies of healing.       Identifying and coping with racial battle fatigue.       Activism as an act of hope. RESOURCES: Check out Jacquelyn's course Making the Body a Home: Unpacking Internalized Racism      Follow Jacquelyn on Instagram: @ogorchukwuu Read The Four Bodies: A Toolkit for Healing Racial Trauma Follow Jacquelyn on Facebook: @ogorchukwuu Follow Jacquelyn on Twitter: @ogorchukwuu Order Jacquelyn’s book The Geometry of Being Black Register for the Unapologetic Retreat and use code LES10 for $10 off Take the Balanced Black Girl Listener Survey Balance Black Girl Partners:       BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com       Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment       Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements       Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for $5 off your order of adaptogen blends This episode is sponsored by Cantu Beauty.   If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
In this solo episode, Les will dive into the topic of worthiness. While each of us is born inherently worthy, we receive messages that lead us to believe our worthiness is transactional or something we have to earn back. Les will discuss her own struggles with worthiness, along with a guided meditation and journaling exercise that will help you reclaim your worthiness no matter what life throws your way. In this episode, we talk about… Les’s reflections on questioning her own worthiness. Examining your personal definition of what it means to be worthy. How to focus on being instead of doing. Take part with me in a guided journaling meditation to reclaim your worthiness. RESOURCES: For show notes and episode information go to com Follow Balanced Black Girl on Instagram @balancedblackgirlpodcast Meditation music is The Healing by Sergey Cheremisinov Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for $5 off your order of adaptogen blends   If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook.   PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today, we’re talking to Dr. Sara C. Flowers. She became the Vice President of Education at PPFA in 2018. An advocate for evidence-informed practice and emotional intelligence in sex education, Sara’s research focuses on fidelity and adaptation of sex education curricula, dismantling sexual and reproductive health disparities, serving the youth of color, and strengthening reproductive health access. In this role, Sara sets the vision, priorities, and strategy for sex education and training at Planned Parenthood. She is the spokesperson for sex education, providing contextualization and grounding for the nuanced ways sex education works to support and progress the federation’s vision and mission. Sara holds a Doctorate in Public Health from The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY, as well as a BA in Psychology and a Master of Public Health degree, both from The George Washington University. She currently serves on the board of directors for SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change. In this episode, we talk about… How COVID impacts our sexual health and relationships Evolution of sex education over the years How to initiate honest conversations with your partner or potential partners Communicating and connecting with others during this pandemic Consent conversations, not just in a sexual context Communicating with teenagers in this pandemic Reproductive health care and how black women can advocate for themselves RESOURCES: Connect with Dr. Sara through PPFA’s website Follow Dr. Sara on Linkedin: @drsaracflowers Article about consent by Dr. Sara C. Flowers. Practicing What I Preach: Consent, Young People, and Respecting a No Ask Roo, a sexual health chatbot from PPFA Balance Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for $5 off your order of adaptogen blends   If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today, we’re talking to Adunola Adeshola, a career strategist and Forbes contributor. She teaches flourishing and unfulfilled corporate professionals how to secure new positions they love at companies they love.  Her clients have landed interviews and job offers at Tiffany & Co., Macy's, CBS, BP and other amazing Fortune 500 companies in their industries. Her expertise has also been featured in Bloomberg, Fast Company, Business Insider and other publications. In this episode, we talk about… How to overcome imposter syndrome in the workplace. Transitioning to remote work. Advice for navigating a toxic company culture. How to navigate career changes during a time of uncertainty. Stress management and maintaining balance while job seeking.  RESOURCES: Check out Adunola’s Website Employee Redefined Follow Adunola on Instagram: @thenewemployees Download Adunola’s free guide, How to Go from Zero Interviews to Dream Job Offers Read Adunola’s Forbes column Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for $5 off your order of adaptogen blends This episode is sponsored by Cantu Beauty. Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Be Casting. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today’s guest is Dr. Kristamarie Collman, a double board certified family medicine doctor. Leveraging her professional background in medicine paired with a natural flair for beauty and style, Dr. Kristamarie takes a holistic approach in helping women to live healthier lives.  She empowers women of all ages with tools and tips to “glow up” and ultimately feel their best.  Dr. Kristamarie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Rutgers University – New Brunswick and continued her education at the New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, earning a Doctor of Medicine. She later joined the ranks of Halifax Health Medical Center as a resident physician in Daytona Beach, FL, where she was also nominated to serve as Chief Resident.  She currently resides in Charlottesville, VA, where she practices in acute care and outpatient Family Medicine. Beyond the doctor’s office, Dr. Kristamarie shares engaging social media content focused on inspirational messages, healthy lifestyle and wellness advice. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, their dog and trying out new food recipes in the kitchen. She is also the author of “Glow Up Your Life: The Rx for Looking and Feeling Good from the Inside Out.”  In this episode, we talk about… Ways we can advocate for ourselves and loved ones when receiving medical care. What to look for when searching for healthcare providers. Incorporating holistic medicine with western practices. Managing stress and anxiety around COVID-19. Her experience navigating a fibroid diagnosis. RESOURCES: Download Glow Up Your Life by Dr. Kristamarie Follow Dr. Kristamarie on Instagram: @drkristamarie Like Dr. Kristamarie’s page on Facebook Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for $5 off your order of adaptogen blends This episode is sponsored by Cantu Beauty, available at Wal-Mart and walmart.com. Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Be Casting. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
We are now in the middle of a global pandemic and cultural revolution at the same time. It’s a lot (to say the least). In this solo episode, Les is discussing the importance of setting boundaries and protecting your energy so you can channel it into the areas of life that make most sense for you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with responding to everyone wanting to check in with you because you’re their go-to “Black friend”, if you’re being put in the position to educate others and are trying to figure out how to navigate it, and if you’re looking for ways to set clear boundaries so you can take care of yourself during this critical time, this episode is for you.  In this episode, we talk about… Defining the role you want to take on in our current state. Listening to your body and redefining what self care means at this time. How to respond to emotionally taxing conversations.  Guided journal prompts for clarity. RESOURCES: Check out #ProtectYourEnergy, an extensive doc with canned responses to racial gaslighting and taxing conversations. Visit the Balanced Black Girl Community Healing Resource Guide for an extensive list of Black-focused virtual healing events, mental health resources, and Black-owned self care businesses.  Follow @balancedblackgirlpodcast on Instagram. Like Balanced Black Girl on Facebook. Follow @balancedblkgirl on Twitter.  This episode is sponsored by Cantu Beauty. Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for $5 off your order of adaptogen blends Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Be Casting. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today’s guest is Jasmine Offor-Verville. Jasmine is a writer, speaker and truth-teller empowering us to unearth our individual Divine Destiny through the lens of Human Design.  Her provoking conversations and practice pioneer a new way of being that will allow each of us to see our divine nature. Through her resources, workshops and writing, Jasmine is changing the way we see ourselves so that we no longer have to look out for validation but return back within. In this episode, we talk about… What the different Human Design types are, and how they differ from one another. How Human Design differs from, and works with astrology. Ways to customize your self-care practices for your Human Design type. How our Human Design impacts how we approach relationships, career, and purpose. RESOURCES: Visit Jasmine’s Website Follow Jasmine on Instagram @moondustourmother Book a Soul Session with Jasmine and use the code “BalancedBlack” for 10% off Listen to Jasmine’s Podcast, Divinely Human Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for 15% off your order of adaptogen blends Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos . If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today’s guest is Alina Brown, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner co-founder of WellnessCon, and creator of the Aligned Life Planner.  Alina creates video content for her Wellness YouTube channel called ‘Alina Alive,’ where she helps her 23,000+ subscribers take practical steps to deepen their wellness journeys. In 2019, Alina co-founded WellnessCon, an annual outdoor wellness conference dedicated to promoting diversity in the wellness space while fostering community for wellness lovers, wellness influencers, and conscious companies. ⁣ This year Alina launched the Aligned Life Planner, a 2020 planner focused on seasonal intention-setting and key astrological events. Alina truly believes that just as nature works synergistically to foster diverse rainforests and deep sea life, we as humans can best thrive and achieve optimal health synergistically through working together.⁣ In this episode, we talk about… Creating wellness habits you can stick to by using the three pillars of wellness. Healthy eating on a budget. Why seasonality is important for goal-setting and for our wellness practices. How to incorporate astrology into your wellness practice. RESOURCES: Follow Alina on Instagram @heyalinalive Check out the Wellness Con website for updates: https://www.wellnesscon.co/ Subscribe to Alina’s YouTube Channel Check out the Aligned Life Planner Smudge Kit: Heritage Apothecary Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for 15% off your order of adaptogen blends This episode is sponsored by Cantu Beauty. Pick up Cantu’s Shea Butter collection at Walmart and walmart.com. Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today’s bonus episode is a candid conversation with Les’s mom Trina in honor of Mother’s Day.  This episode is a special one, as they talk about navigating motherhood through the different stages of life, and how their mother/daughter relationship has evolved over time. In this episode, we talk about… Trina’s experiences as a teen mom. Breaking generational cycles through intentional parenting. Establishing parent/child relationships well into adulthood. Identities outside of motherhood. Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for 15% off your order of adaptogen blends   If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today’s guest is Kathleen Booker. She is an effervescent native New Yorker whose energy is infectious. Kathleen is passionate about Conscious Connected Breathwork therapy and knows first-hand the energy, healing, peace, and joy it creates in one’s life.  As a certified and insured Breathwork Coach, she has worked with many masters in the field of Conscious Connected Breathwork therapy. For over 10 years, Kathleen has used her Breath coaching and intuitive skills to support individuals in clearly identifying areas in need of growth, healing and focused goal creation.  Kathleen’s instinctive sense of what will motivate and empower her clients is the impetus for their transformation.  In this episode, we talk about… Why connecting with your breath is so important. What conscious connected breathwork is, and how to experience its benefits. The importance of asking for help. Ways to create more calm in your life.  Practices to feel grounded and fulfilled. RESOURCES: Special offer for Balanced Black Girl Listeners: Book a free breathwork session with Kathleen Visit Kathleen’s Website Follow Kathleen on Instagram: @iamkathleenbooker Connect with Kathleen on LinkedIn  This episode is sponsored by Cantu Beauty. Check out their Natural Hair Collection at Walmart and walmart.com. Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for 15% off your order of adaptogen blends Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today, we’re talking to Adriana Jean Louis, doula and founder of Doula Philosophy. In her final year of college, Adriana submitted a thesis on the Black Maternal Mortality Crisis in the Developed United States through the lens of public policy. In her professional life she runs a private practice, Doula Philosophy and also works jointly with non profit organizations that specifically cater to vulnerable women and families.  When working with these organizations, Adriana works directly with adolescent mothers, mothers of Haitian descent, women of color and women with a history of trauma. In private practice Doula Philosophy offers birth, postpartum and home doula services to families in Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.  Her passion in Black maternal health and mortality, hospital intervention and the power of informed and autonomous decision making is the hallmark of her practice. Adriana has had the pleasure of being invited to speak at TeamBirth a hospital quality improvement conference, Harvard University, Boston College Law and UMass Dartmouth to name a few on the fundamental difference of doula care in birth outcomes and welcomes the opportunity to educate further whenever possible.  In this episode, we talk about… What doulas do, and why expecting parents should consider working with a doula. The state of the Black Maternal Health Crisis in America. Ways Black folks who intend to have biological children can advocate for themselves. Why Black mothers are less likely to breastfeed, and how we can better support Black mothers who want to breastfeed. Resources for aspiring doulas. RESOURCES: Visit the Doula Philosophy Website Follow Adriana on Instagram @adrianathedoula Follow Pump Mama Pump on Instagram @pump_mama_pump Visit the Evidence Based Birth Website Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Peak and Valley | Use the code balancedblackgirl for 15% off your order at peakandvalley.co  Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE. 
Today’s guest Patty Dean, also known as Patty Pilates, has been teaching classical Pilates for 20 years. Through her teaching, she has worked with celebrity clients, athletes, children of all abilities and everyone in between.  Patty Pilates Style actually started when she was a fashion stylist assistant for a celebrity stylist and fell in love with the method. After being a stay at home Mom she decided to go back to teaching Pilates by making it a little more affordable to Black folks and my Inglewood community.  Her motto is,  “if you have a spine, a stomach and breath you can do Pilates...I can work with you”. She has witnessed endless life-changing testimonies when a client is committed to the Pilates method. She has worked with a vast spectrum of bodies and is grateful to continue working with more -- especially with Black folks. In this episode, we talk about… Building community through genuine connections. The origins, mental, and physical benefits of Pilates. Making Pilates accessible. Modeling self-care for our children and communities. RESOURCES: Follow Patty on Instagram to stay updated on her virtual class offerings: @pattypilatesstyle LA-Area Folks: Contact Patty at pattypilatesstyle@gmail.com for special pricing on private Pilates sessions.  Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today we’re talking to Bridget Todd, political strategist, media personality, and co-host of AFROPUNK’s Solution Sessions Podcast where she focuses on amplifying Black stories globally. Bridget has had an extensive career in media, education and politics. The former Howard University educator is a trained human rights activist and coordinated digital strategy for organizations such as MSNBC, Planned Parenthood, and the Women's March. She also facilitated a training program for political operatives that the Washington Post called “the Hogwarts of the Democratic Party.” Bridget joined the podcast world as a producer for MoveOn.org’s flagship podcast in 2012. She also cohosted iHeartMedia’s “Stuff Mom Never Told You” podcast, where she discussed feminist issues and activism to over 2 million subscriber’s month. Paper Magazine named Bridget as one of their top women in Politics to follow, and she received a Webby Award nomination for her role on AFROPUNK’s Solution Sessions Podcast. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, Policy Mic, The Daily Show, The Atlantic, the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and more. In this episode, we talk about… The importance of telling Black stories in a loving, authentic way. How to get comfortable using our voices. Owning and protecting our creative ideas and contributions to popular culture.  Navigating burnout, and why rest is essential. RESOURCES: Check out AFROPUNK Solution Sessions.  Follow Bridget on Instagram: @bridgetmarieindc Follow Bridget on Twitter: @bridgetmarie Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE. 
Today’s guest is Nadine Joseph, founder and CEO of Peak and Valley, a conscious company that combines ancient wisdom and modern science to make everyday wellness essentials.  Nadine has a unique background entrenched in both the worlds of wellness and that of the scientific community. She combines the experiences gleaned from her time studying and conducting neuroscience research at both Johns Hopkins and UCSF with her holistic wellness upbringing. In this episode, we talk about… How stress impacts the body. Practical tips for managing stress. What adaptogens are, and how they can help us manage stress. Ways to make exercise nourishing, not stressful.  RESOURCES: Visit the Peak and Valley Website Peak and Valley Adaptogen Blend -- use the discount code “balancedblackgirl” Follow Peak and Valley on Instagram: @peakandvalleyco Follow Nadine on Instagram: @itsanadine Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL for 20% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today’s guest is Toya Coleman, creator of Toya from Harlem. Toya From Harlem is an online platform for millennials of color who want to learn more about Locs, history, art and culture without boring pretentious language. Born and raised in Harlem, with a BA in African-American studies, Toya was inspired to create her platform as a way to capture the historical places in Harlem that were being erased in the name of gentrification. Currently, she lives in LA and has expanded her message from Harlem to cover black history nationwide.  One of her proudest accomplishments was her feature on BET.com titled,“See This Artist's Recreations of Iconic Imagery For Black History Month” where she recreated iconic photos of Black men in history.  In this episode, we talk about… Underrated moments in Black history. The best social media accounts to follow to learn about Black history. Black women’s stories that aren’t often told. Gentrification’s impact on Black history.  RESOURCES: Visit Toya’s Website Follow Toya on Instagram: @toyafromharlem Subscribe to Toya’s YouTube Channel Sign up for Toya’s Newsletter Follow Blvck Vrchives on Instagram: @blvckvrchives Follow Blk Mkt Vintage on Instagram: @blkmktvintage Learn about The Heroines of American Black Press Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com MBlack Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. This episode was recorded with Inclusive Media Podcasting Network.  If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE. 
In today’s episode, Les is holding it down solo discussing listener-submitted topics. Starting off with some reflection on 2019 and a renewed mindset for 2020, this episode gets deep down and personal about family, relocating, dating, manifestation, and more.  Whether you’re considering a relocation and are afraid to take the leap, you’re feeling stuck in a situation that you aren’t sure how to navigate, or you’re interested in creating a meditation routine, this episode has something for you! The tea is hot today.  In this episode, we talk about… Goal setting for 2020.  Relocating to a new city: preparing financially, taking the leap, building community. How to get unstuck.  The single life and dating in a new city.  Creating a meditation routine. Overcoming the winter blues. Manifestation and how to get out of your own way.  RESOURCES: Get the show notes for all episodes at balancedblackgirl.com Follow Les on Instagram: @balancedles Follow Balanced Black Girl Podcast on Instagram: @balancedblackgirlpodcast Liberate Meditation App  Calm App Episode 54: Wholehearted Living with Shirin Eskandani Les’ Top Reads from 2019: The Game of Desire by Shan Boodram The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper More than Enough by Elaine Welteroth The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today’s guest is Sinikiwe Dhliwayo, a creative and public speaker who for the last decade has made a home at the intersection of wellness and publishing. Sinikiwe has worked in all facets of the photo and magazine publishing industry and oversees photo and video shoots from inception and conception to execution and delivery. Her skills include casting, producing and art direction as well as creative problem solving and most importantly, creating meaningful and impactful connections with target audiences. Sinikiwe is also the founder of NAAYA, which roots people of color in their wellness. Whether making yoga accessible to those who need the practice most or telling the stories of marginalized folx through elevated photo and video, Sinikiwe is dedicated to changing the conversation around what it looks and feels like to be well. Her work and efforts to make the wellness space more equitable.  Later this year, Sinikiwe is kicking off NAAYA’s first 200-hour yoga teacher training, created specifically for people who identify as BIPOC. Head to the NAAYA website to learn more. In this episode, we talk about… The importance of mindfulness practices for people of color. Cultural appropriation in yoga. The intersection of wellness and media. Advice for beginning your yoga journey. RESOURCES: Visit the NAAYA Website to subscribe to the newsletter Follow NAAYA on Instagram: @naaya.wellness Follow Sinikiwe on Instagram: @sinikiwe.stephanie Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today, we’re talking to Jennifer Sterling, Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist and Holistic Nutritionist. She is also the Creator of Bodyful Healing, a wellness platform that offers body-based, holistic support to Black women living with depression. In 2019, Jennifer’s book Dear Strong Black Woman: Letters of Nourishment and Reflection from One Strong Black Woman to Another was published. Dear Strong Black Woman is a collection of 31 letters of nourishment and connection from one strong Black woman to another. In this episode, we talk about… The importance of safe spaces for Black women living with depression. Breaking down the myth of the strong Black woman. Learning about dance/movement psychotherapy. How nutrition and mental health are interconnected. RESOURCES: Check out Jennifer’s book, Dear Strong Black Woman Jennifer’s Website: bodyfulhealing.com Follow Bodyful Healing on Instagram: @bodyfulhealing Like Bodyful Healing on Facebook Follow Bodyful Healing on Twitter: @bodyfulhealing Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
Today we’re talking to Shena Tubbs, a Relational Trauma and Attachment Specialist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Love Addiction Coach based out of Houston, TX.    She is the founder of Black Girls Heal, an online community dedicated to helping women of color break the cycles of unavailable relationships and feeling not enough by healing what's within.    In addition to Black Girls Heal, Shena has a private practice where she specializes in helping women heal from unresolved childhood relational trauma, love addiction, and changing relationship patterns. She also hosts the Black Girls Heal podcast which talks about all things intimacy, attachment and healing internal wounds.  In this episode, we talk about… How we repeatedly get into unhealthy relationships and how we can break the cycle. Understanding and overcoming love addiction. Learning your attachment style, and the origins of your attachment style.  Unpacking relationships with unavailable people. RESOURCES: Visit Shena’s Website, BlackGirlsHeal.org Check out the Learn to Thrive course Check out the Healed and Loved Woman Mentorship program Follow Black Girls Heal on Instagram: @blackgirlsheal_ Like Black Girls Heal on Facebook Episode Sponsor: Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook.
Today, we’re talking to Sojourner White. Sojourner is a traveling scholar whose experiences as a Fulbright Fellow in Spain and service year as a Pubic Ally with AmeriCorps led her to become an International Social Worker.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, her travel journey started in the U.S. with her family, however studying Spanish opened her eyes to the world of international travel. Since studying abroad in 2015, she has traveled from Mexico to Morocco and many European countries in between.  Sojourner is living up to her name all while pursuing her Master’s degree and writing her way through the world on her blog “Sojournies.” She offers tips and resources to other students, professionals, or anyone interested in making travel part of their lives too. Her adventures have shaped her views of Blackness, womanhood, and wellness, no matter where she may be in the world. In this episode, we talk about… How Sojourner’s study abroad experience sparked her love for travel. Ways Black women can benefit from traveling internationally. Travel tips for Black women. Practicing self-care and prioritizing wellness as a grad student.  The importance of crafting your own life journey.    RESOURCES: Download Sojourner’s travel guide: 5 Things You Should Never Forget Before Your First Trip Abroad Visit Sojourner’s website, Sojournies Follow Sojourner on Instagram @thesojournies Like Sojournies on Facebook Follow Sojourner on Instagram Twitter @sojournies Self Explored, Self Restored Journal Becoming Journal Episode Sponsor: Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.
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Marissa Candace

I can't listen through the podcast. 😭😭😭 you go so hard on your Ss bb 😂😂

Jul 2nd
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DMFY

love it

Jun 21st
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Bahar Khayami

It was so pleasant to listen to you dear goddess 🙏🏾🍃

Jun 11th
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DMFY

I love listening to this podcast and have found so many products and information that I probably would not have found if not for this podcast. I also enjoyes this podcast and the information that was given but its the first time I felt the host was either preoccupied, tired or just had other things on her mind. It was a little weird at times during paused moments. This guest had lots of energy and positive information. Maybe it was just an off day, we all have those.

Mar 10th
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Kandis Draw

well said.

Jul 16th
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bookaddict 4real

Hey I agree mindset is everything! I love the transparency in the conversation😍

May 17th
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Trina Alfred

Amazing content. voice as smooth as silk. Hands down my favorite Podcast

May 7th
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Krystal M.

Amazing episode!

May 1st
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lester alfred

This Podcast is as Awesome as the other Balanced Black Girl Podcast! Truly a Great Blessing!

Oct 29th
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lester alfred

Awesome, I mean totally Awesome!

Oct 20th
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