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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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Dr. Sarah L. Webb is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of English and Modern Languages at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Webb first wrote publicly about colorism in the summer of 2011 in a post titled: “Colorism: 5 Reasons I Haven’t Said Much… Yet.” After seeing the interest, positive responses, and negative reactions to her early writing on colorism, Dr. Webb recognized the need for a dynamic platform dedicated entirely to this issue. She also saw the need to focus on solutions, and so she launched the blog Colorism Healing in July 2013. The goals of Colorism Healing are to raise critical awareness about colorism as a global issue by providing a hub of information and resources, foster individual and collective healing as well as systemic solutions by producing, facilitating, and curating creative and critical work. In this episode, we talk about… The history of colorism, and its roots in anti-blackness. Understanding systemic inequalities that stem from colorism. How to navigate gaslighting in relation to colorism. Ways we can build trust and strengthen sisterhood among Black women of all skin tones. The intersection of colorism and patriarchy. Healing from the effects of colorism. RESOURCES: Visit the Colorism Healing website Follow Dr. Sarah L. Webb on Twitter: @drslwebb Follow Colorism Healing on Instagram: @colorismhealing The Colorism Healing Writing Contest 2020  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 follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, download 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.
This bonus episode features a brief guided meditation with inspiring mantras to help you de-stress and return to your center. RESOURCES: For full podcast episodes and show notes, visit balancedblackgirl.com Register for our Self-Care for Stress Management Workshop on September 26, 12:00 pm PDT on Zoom. Follow Balanced Black Girl on Instagram: @balancedblackgirlpodcast Like Balanced Black Girl on Facebook Follow Balanced Black Girl on Twitter Peak and Valley | Use the discount code balancedblackgirl for $5 off your order of adaptogen blends Meditation music by Chris Collins, indiemusicbox.com 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, download 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.
Half healer, half businesswoman Maryam Ajayi is both an Energy Healer who practices the Akashic Records, Breathwork and Reiki, and an Entrepreneur, who is the founder of Dive in Well, which creates space, community, conversations, and change for a more diverse and equitable wellness industry through both on and offline experiences. Based in LA, she is passionate about de-stigmatizing the wellness industry, advocating for inclusive spaces for marginalized communities, and using her voice to empower and uplift others around the world. In this episode, we talk about … Maryam’s backstory and how she came to space she is in Spirituality, Spiritual Practices, and Self-Awareness Understanding the perspective of others Mental, spiritual, physical, and social wellness RESOURCES: Visit the Dive in Well website Follow Maryam Ajayi on Instagram: @maryamajayi Follow Dive in Well on Instagram: @diveinwell Join the Balanced Black Girl Webinar 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   Tweetable Quotes from Maryam Ajayi: “The bigger you shine your light, the bigger your shadow is.” “Why do we as Black women have to be more self-aware than others?” “Being held accountable is an opportunity to evolve as a human.” “Start learning who your well ancestors are and tap into them.” “How could you not be changed when people come and speak their truth, you think about the ideas around it, and you know you have the power in the room to affect change?” “We are going to reach a peak where we can’t ignore the diversity problem in wellness anymore.” “Slowing down allows spirit to move through me.” “Support me by supporting yourself.”   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.
Today we’re talking about nutrition for better health and dismantling food inequality with Akua Woolbright, PhD. Dr. Woolbright is an expert in plant-based nutrition who specializes in teaching people how to harness the healing power of foods to prevent and reverse disease, feel great, look younger, and live longer. In 2009, Dr. Woolbright joined Whole Foods Market to help create and implement the company’s signature healthy eating program, blending science and evidence-based recommendations with a back-to-basics approach. In this episode we talk about… The difference between rural and urban poverty and farming Nourishing our bodies and making healthy eating equitable Getting rid of biases and stereotyping in health education spaces The importance of nutrition education How to break through the barriers of food accessibility Resources: A Life At Work by Thomas Moore Learn more about the Whole Cities Foundation Sign up for our Self-Care for Stress Management virtual class on September 26 at 12:00 pm PDT Dr. Akua Woolbright’s email: akua.woolbright@wholefoods.com 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. 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 sharing the second part of our conversation with the BROWN GIRL jane team, sitting down with co-founder and Chief Brand Officer Tai Beauchamp. BROWN GIRL jane is a Black woman-owned and founded company that offers broad-spectrum CBD products created especially for women of color. Named one of the 50 most influential people in the multicultural market by WWD, Tai is an award-winning producer, TV host, and brand consultant, known most for her expertise in marketing to women. Formerly an editor for Harper’s Bazaar, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Seventeen magazines, Beauchamp departed publishing in the earliest days of social media to leverage her vast audience platform to empower, educate and entertain women of all ages. Tai has become a go-to thought leader for platforms like ABC, NBC, E!, BET, TVOne, The Wendy Williams Show, The View, The Chew, and the Tamron Hall Show. She’s hosted her own shows on TLC, Cleo TV and GSN as well as worked with fortune 500 companies and impact organizations like AdColor, CoverGirl, Essence, Ford, GM, Hilton, InStyle, Lexus, McDonald’s, Proctor and Gamble, Sundial Brands, Prudential, Target, Walmart, and The Wing. Currently living in Los Angeles, Tai is a New Jersey native and proud Spelman College alum. In this episode, we talk about… The importance of understanding your “why”. Staying aligned with your purpose. The collective power of sisterhood and genuine friendships and Collaboration. Stress management and taking care of yourself during busy seasons of life. RESOURCES: Visit the BROWN GIRL jane website to shop their CBD tinctures and beauty products. Follow BROWN GIRL jane on Instagram @itsbrowngirljane Follow Tai on Instagram @taibeau Like BROWN GIRL jane on Facebook @browngirljane Follow BROWN GIRL jane on Twitter @BROWNGIRLjane 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 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 part one of this two-part conversation, we’re sitting down with Nia Jones Alugbin and Malaika Jones Kebede, sisters and co-founders of BROWN GIRL jane. BROWN GIRL jane is a Black woman-owned and founded company that offers broad spectrum CBD products created especially for women of color. Malaika Jones Kebede is co-founder and CEO and started BROWN GIRL jane after falling in love with the healing power of plants and CBD. After suffering spinal nerve damage during the birth of her third child, she began experimenting with holistic alternatives to traditional pharmaceutical medicine and fell in love with the natural healing wonders Cannabidiol. Nia Jones Alugbin is co-founder of BROWN GIRL jane and lives in Brooklyn with her two young sons and husband. She spent most of her career as a leader in Philanthropic Management and Diversity shaping the direction and enacting change through institutional policies and capital support. She graduated from Spelman College and received a Master’s degree from New York University. In this episode, we talk about… What CBD is and what its benefits are. Managing stress and anxiety in our daily lives. Why supporting diverse-owned cannabis companies is so important. Creating a community focused on healing as a collective. Allowing flexibility in our approach to self-care. RESOURCES: Visit the BROWN GIRL jane website to shop their CBD tinctures and beauty products. Follow BROWN GIRL jane on Instagram @itsbrowngirljane Like BROWN GIRL jane on Facebook @browngirljane Follow BROWN GIRL jane on Twitter @BROWNGIRLjane 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 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 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.
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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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