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The Wit & Delight Podcast is hosted by founder Kate Arends. Each week we discuss where life and style intersect and how the choices we make (both big and small) can help us find empowerment, self-discovery, and beauty in unexpected places.
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We've been recording The Wit & Delight Podcast for one year and this project has been one of the highlights of the past twelve months for me. Now that we know the podcast space a bit more and can see the content you resonate with most, we are going to press pause and reframe our format.We're coming up with an exciting new way to think about the episodes we bring to you and new ways to showcase our guests. Stay tuned for a completely fresh concept we'll be releasing this spring!In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me at hello@witanddelight.com with any questions, and follow along with everything we're up to at witandelight.com and on Instagram at @witanddelight_.We'll see you back here before you know it!
Today we're talking with Jennifer Anderson, MSPH, RDN of Kids Eat in Color, which provides advice and tools to get your kids eating (and enjoying!) a wider variety of foods, specifically vegetables.In our conversation, we talk about food rules and picky eaters. We dive into all of the ways we impose different kinds of behaviors onto our children, ourselves, and other people in our lives about how we eat, what we eat, and how much we eat. I've been practicing intuitive eating for the past year and it's completely changed the way I listen to my body. I've been looking for ways to help my kids eat from a more intuitive place—to better advocate for when they're full and what they like—and to help them enjoy mealtime a little bit more. My conversation with Jennifer provided so much insight into how to do just that. I hope you find it as helpful as I have!Find Jennifer on Instagram @kids.eat.in.colorFind Kids Eat in Color on AmazonRead more about Jennifer's background, advice she'd give to others, and what a day in her life looks like on Wit & Delight.FREE Resources from Kids Eat in ColorVeggie Exposure Shopping List and Menu TemplateA Guide on How to Help Your Child Try a New FoodAdditional Resources from Kids Eat in ColorReal Easy Weekdays Menu SystemBetterBites: A Therapeutic 4-Week Program for Families with Picky Eaters
Today I'm talking with Christy Laurence, the CEO and founder of Plann, an app that Wit & Delight uses to manage our Instagram accounts every single day. I spend a ton of time on Instagram, and this app has made my life so much easier. It's allowed me time to do more of what matters to me most on Instagram, which is connecting with people.Plann was founded in 2016 and it's a business that grew out of a traumatic personal experience. Christy bootstrapped the business to seven figures in only twelve months. Used by over 1.5M+ brands in over 160+ countries, Plann has ranked in the top 800 grossing apps in the world, has a website visited by millions, and has a loyal customer base.Christy's story is one of perseverance and focus. Today she's sharing how she built her business from the ground up, how she incorporated self-care into her life after an intense health scare, and tips for how to optimize your content on Instagram.You can find Christy on Twitter at @ChristyLaurenc3 and on Instagram at @christyladylaurence. PLANN can be found at www.plannthat.com.
I recently asked our Wit & Delight audience on Instagram what relationship questions they had for my husband Joe and me, and the responses flooded in. In this episode, Joe and I dive into topics surrounding money, therapy, communication and dealing with conflict, and how our relationship changed after having kids.We answer a number of your questions, including:- How can I have faith to try marriage again after a very bad one?- How do you manage money together? - How do you deal with situations that arise from communication mishaps?- Did you ever stop believing in true love at any point (before you met, obviously)?- How do you handle "funks" or feeling disconnected after a second baby? - Have you ever done couples therapy? We get really honest about both the difficulties and highlights of our relationship and offer advice for people in similar situations.As promised in the episode, here are some photos that showcase Joe's doppelgänger, Harrison Ford: one and two.Follow Kate @witanddelight_Follow Joe @hellojoepetersFIND MORE ON THE BLOG- The Most Important Questions You Need to Ask Before Moving in Together- Joe's Advice on Dating, Compromise, Effective Communication, and More- Love, Marriage, and Second Chances
It’s 2020, and high time we stop minimizing mental health issues. So why do so many people joke about having seasonal affective disorder? Sometimes universal emotions like sadness are likened to the symptoms of mental illness, which really doesn’t help us understand, connect, or seek treatment when we’re suffering.It’s important to clarify and understand this first: Sadness is a normal human emotion.We experience sadness our entire lives and will continue to for our remaining time on earth. We tend to be sad about something—triggered by an event, a circumstance, a thought. This also means that the state of being sad changes; it comes and goes with time once we’ve processed the triggering event. But sadness on its own is different than a more serious mental health disorder. Yes, it is a huge bummer when the holiday season ends, but a prolonged state of depression that begins to occur as we march toward the shortest day of the year? That’s more serious than sadness alone.Depression—and in the case of this essay, seasonal affective disorder—is not a normal emotional state. It’s a mental illness that changes all sorts of important functions like how we think, how we process emotions, how we perceive what is going on around us. The difference between depression and SAD is that the latter usually begins and ends around the same time of year. Find all our resources and more information on www.witanddelight.com
Today I sit down with Tara Foley, founder of the first clean beauty retailer, Follain. Tara and I explore the nuances and misconceptions of "clean beauty" and why so many of us find ourselves confused and overwhelmed when it comes to making a better choice for our health.We also dive into what it means to be an entrepreneur and mother, why a business oftentimes feels like having another child, and how our own mothers influenced the paths we both took in our careers.I hope you enjoy this episode with Tara Foley! 
The secret to getting more done every day is to make the moments in between work for you.I had no idea how much time I was wasting until I started taking inventory of what I was actually doing with the minutes and hours in each day. Sometimes I’d hand thirty minutes over to investigating who Harry Styles’ new songs were about, and other days I’d organize my books by color to avoid opening the mail that had been sitting on my counter for a week (or more).We have plenty of noble reasons to avoid doing the things we know are most pressing, and these kinds of excuses are the most dangerous because they hide under the mask of productivity.This episode explores how to make the most of the moments in between. 
This year felt like a constant gut punch with resistance around every corner, but you know what? I’m so, so happy that it did. Everything that did change was worth fighting for. I fought for my business, my family, my marriage, my friends, my self-worth. It became clear what wasn’t necessary, who to let go, and who to let in. But there was one lesson that changed everything, and I didn’t realize what it was until I sat down to write my thoughts about the past year. Here’s what 2019 looked like in my world.
We're back and easing into the New Year with this meditation from Dr. Anna Roth. We'll be back full swing next week! Happy New Year! - Kate and Team W&D
Dr. Anna Roth and Kate discuss how to better connect with your future self and why it can be so hard to imagine a future outside your internal limitations.Resources: Tara Brach
Today on The Wit & Delight Podcast, I'm sitting down with Barbara Powell of Speakeasy. Barbara is a professional certified health coach with Speakeasy, which presents a brand new way of looking at how we deal with really bad days. You can essentially drop in at one of Speakeasy's three Minneapolis locations or schedule an appointment online with a licensed professional to talk about whatever is on your mind. The whole idea is that you look at how you're feeling right now in the moment and figure out how you can take actionable steps toward moving past whatever is on your mind.In this conversation, we discuss how Speakeasy helps clients, what it means to be a health coach, and how to know when you should go to therapy versus going to see a health coach. It's an enlightening look at how we can approach the bad days and tough situations that inevitably arise in life.If you have any follow-up questions for Barbara, you can reach out at barbara@speakeasycare.com.
Today on the Wit & Delight Podcast we're talking about creative habits and how to bring creativity into your everyday life. I'm speaking with one of our Wit & Delight contributors, Jill Elliott, who is the founder of The Color Kind. She is also a creative consultant, strategist, writer, and artist curating a life around design and intentional living. Jill has 20+ years of experience in the creative field and was formerly a chief creative officer for a global fashion brand. She is a dear friend of mine and is someone I've come to look up to and admire. I've loved hearing her point of view on how life can unfold and how we can find our way through the act of creative practice.In this conversation, we talk a lot about getting out of our head, getting busy with our hands, and using creativity as an outlet and a way to connect with our inner child and look at what's possible for ourselves, not only as people but also as creative thinkers.RESOURCES: The Color Kind website
This month on Wit & Delight, we're covering ideas surrounding the topic of gratitude. There can be a lot of guilt that comes from not feeling grateful for all that you have. Yet as we begin to move into the holiday season, it's important to remember that the holidays are filled with really complicated emotions and there isn't one right way to navigate tricky situations.In this episode, I am back with holistic psychologist Dr. Anna Roth to explore the best way to prep for the holidays regardless of your family dynamic. We talk about how to approach difficult situations with family members, how to handle manipulative topics in conversations, and how to plan for the outcome you want when going into social situations. --If you are interested in connecting with Dr. Anna Roth, please learn more about her Truth Tellers Program. Dr. Anna is offering an exclusive discount to W&D readers and podcast listeners for the Truth Tellers ProgramFirst month free for the online program using code: W&D$50 off the in person offering using code: W&D1References:Psychological Manipulation
Wit & Delight listeners get 15% off any Tonic Site Shop designs (yes, even their new Fall '19 designs) by using the code  WIT&DELIGHTI am so excited to be sharing my conversation with Jen Olmstead, Lead Designer and Creative Director at Tonic Site Shop. Jen is someone who I have come to know and love and who has become a mentor to me. Jen is one half of Tonic and she built the custom Wit & Delight website, which is a completely new experience that was launched in April.In this conversation, Jen and I talk all about how to build a brand online. I’ve long admired the way Jen puts tangible action behind a lot of the issues that entrepreneurs and business owners have. She really helps people understand the importance of trying out ideas rather than worrying about the precise strategy or having a *perfectly* crafted idea.I hope you enjoy our conversation and get a bit of an understanding of both how we work together and how you can work with Jen and Tonic to get your website up and running in a fraction of the time it would take to build something custom.RESOURCES: Tonic Site Shop's Brand Interview Worksheet15% off Tonic Site Shop's Website Designs by using code: WIT&DELIGHT
31- Dr. Anna on ADHD

31- Dr. Anna on ADHD

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October is ADHD Awareness Month, and this week on the Wit & Delight Podcast Dr. Anna Roth and I are discussing our experiences with ADHD.Both Anna and I are diagnosed with ADHD. In today's episode, we're going to talk about our personal experiences, what our diagnosis process was like, how we dealt with the diagnosis, and some of the ways we've reframed our approach to living with ADHD, viewing it instead as a superpower of sorts.You can also listen to our first episode with Dr. Anna Roth here, where we discuss the topic of therapy, and our second episode here, where we discuss the topic of natural beauty.If you'd like more insight about my own experience with ADHD, take a look at my most recent blog post, From Loathing to Loving My Crazy Awesome, Dangerously Fast Brain.-If you are interested in connecting with Dr. Anna Roth, please learn more about her Truth Tellers Program. Dr. Anna is offering an exclusive discount to W&D readers and podcast listeners for the Truth Tellers ProgramFirst month free for the online program using code: W&D$50 off the in person offering using code: W&D1
This week on the Wit & Delight Podcast, we are talking with Ingrid Fetell Lee, the author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness. I've read the book twice, and each time it's felt like validation around all of the work that I've done for the past decade plus. Ingrid's groundbreaking work reveals the hidden influence of our surroundings on our emotions and our well-being, which is really the crux of many of the ideas we're exploring on Wit & Delight.This is a really special conversation between the two of us and I hope that you sit back and enjoy hearing all of Ingrid's incredible insights, how she got started in her career, and ways that you can bring a little bit more joy into your own home, office, and life.If you're looking for more on the topic of joy, you can download the Joyspotter's guide here. It's a free resource that share's Ingrid's 12 favorite tips for finding joy in your surroundings.
This week on the Wit & Delight Podcast, we are talking with Chelsea Brink, an immensely talented designer, illustrator, and creative director. Chelsea and I have followed each other on Twitter for a really long time, and the topic that brought us together to talk for this week's episode was the link between creativity and mental illness.Chelsea and I have both gone through different paths of exploring how to accept one's unique brain and to figure out the best way to live with it and work with it. We know that creativity often requires us to go deeper inside ourselves to tap into things that are a bit more taxing—whether emotionally, intellectually, or physically—in order to make our work. Exploring those depths feels like part of the job, so the question we're asking today is this: As creatives, how do we protect our well-being, really understand who we are, and find better ways to work?Chelsea and I dove deep into the ways that we've changed since we were starting out as young designers, and we have some really great tips for all of you who are looking for better ways to work—whether it's adding medication into your life, going to therapy, or just getting a better sense of awareness around your own actions and behavior.
To be honest... I didn't believe self-love was really something that would be possible, or even worse, wouldn't make that much of a difference in my life.I've learned A LOT about the process this year and turns out, I had no idea what it felt like, and little understanding of how different self-love and self-esteem actually were.You can read the essay here: https://witanddelight.com/2019/10/the-undeniable-freedom-of-self-love/
This week, in line with our October theme, we are talking with Dr. Anna Roth about the topic of natural beauty—from embracing our unique talents all the way through to grappling with body image issues.I have had a long, tumultuous history with accepting my body, like most women out there. I have swung all the way from having an eating disorder in college to really feeling like the physical manifestation of being thin and fit was the best attribute about myself. After having children, and having 30 pounds hang on after the second child, I had to confront not only how I saw myself but also how others now viewed me. I had to deal with losing the identity I once felt I had, and with feeling truly invisible at some points, especially as a mother.The truth is, we're all going to get older and our physical manifestations are not always going to be a point of value—they cannot be our entire identity. It's not a matter of fighting against that fact; it's a matter of learning how to accept it. Anna and I are delving into a number of facets surrounding the topic of natural beauty in today's episode, and I'm so excited to share it with you.More about Dr. Anna Roth:Dr. Anna Roth is a Holistic PhD Psychologist and Registered Yoga Teacher passionate about integrative and embodied treatment approaches to mental health. She thrives at identifying root causes and providing strategic intervention that is as multidimensional as the humans she helps. Heartfelt and holistic, Dr. Roth’s method folds in the best of psychology, somatics, spirituality, mindfulness, functional medicine, and yoga to bring about deep and lasting healing. Often in therapy, mental health practitioners focus on the neck up—examining what people think, rather than what they feel. Anna advocates for a wider lens, digging into the cues people get from their mind, body, and spirit to reimagine healing from a fresh perspective. She is currently working in private practice in Minneapolis and accepting new clients both in-person and online. To learn more about her modern mental health program for women click here or check out her website for more info.
I'm so excited to have Dr. Anna Roth here with us! As an ongoing guest, she will be providing the perspective of a licensed psychologist on topics ranging from mental health to ADHD, relationships and body image, and so much more. Today we will be discussing what it means to be a holistic therapist, how to find the right therapist, and what to expect as you begin the healing process. More about Dr. Anna Roth:Dr. Anna Roth is a Holistic PhD Psychologist and Registered Yoga Teacher passionate about integrative and embodied treatment approaches to mental health. She thrives at identifying root causes and providing strategic intervention that is as multidimensional as the humans she helps. Heartfelt and holistic, Dr. Roth’s method folds in the best of psychology, somatics, spirituality, mindfulness, functional medicine, and yoga to bring about deep and lasting healing. Often in therapy, mental health practitioners focus on the neck up—examining what people think, rather than what they feel. Anna advocates for a wider lens, digging into the cues people get from their mind, body and spirit to reimagine healing from a fresh perspective. She is currently working in private practice in Minneapolis and accepting new clients both in person and on-line. To learn more about her modern mental health program for women click here or check out her website for more info. Resources:Website: https://www.drannaroth.com Insta: @drannaroth Work with Anna:  https://www.drannaroth.com/truth-tellersPromotion:First month free for the online program using code: W&D$50 off the in person offering using code: W&D1
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