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Feel connected to women of color who are navigating the world just like you on The Motif Podcast. Every week, host and Black creative, Shanetta McDonald will have relatable conversations with women of color, sharing their stories and journeys throughout life, with an emphasis on improving our overall wellness in our mental, physical and spiritual health. We women of color deserve to control our own narrative, and we're starting here.
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This episode marks the end of Season 1 of The Motif Podcast. Listen in as host Shanetta McDonald shares highlights from some of the season’s most impactful storytellers. You’ll hear career advice from conscious creator, Jas Imani, tips on practicing self-care from Claudia Morales, founder of Social Justice Healing, reminders on listening to our intuition from licensed esthetician and owner of Natural Feeling Spa, Adina Diaz, an awakening on unlearning colonialism from Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza, self-acceptance and the value of stillness from creator, Maura Chanz, taking action towards your goals and ideas with VP of Fox Entertainment, Tulani Elisa, and self-empowerment and determination inspiration from Creative Strategist, Stephanie Quintana.Thank you for your support and for joining this community. We can’t wait to share more with you. See you in two weeks for the launch of Season 2 of The Motif Podcast.Connect with us:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.co Feel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.
Model, artist and entrepreneur, Paris Alexandra reminds women of color to live their purpose as co-founder of BK Yoga Club, a Black woman-owned body-positive yoga studio located in Brooklyn. Tune into this week’s episode as Paris and host Shanetta McDonald dive into the challenges of creating art, releasing attachment to results and how the power of staying true to your path and remembering your ‘why’ can help. Learn more about Paris’ work:https://www.bkyogaclub.com/ Instagram: @paris_alexandraConnect with us:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coFeel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes. 
Integrative Nutritionist Selena Ayala, empowers women of color to tap into the connection between their mind, body and soul, as she centers her work around women, wholeness and their well-being. Growing up in a blended family, Selena walks the Motif community through the evolution of her beliefs around wellness and nutrition. And, in conversation with host Shanetta McDonald, Selena also shares insight on cannabis being an integral part of women’s care and how inviting stillness into our lives can help us deepen the relationship with ourselves and others.Learn more about Selena’s work:https://www.selenaayala.com/ Instagram: @seaayala Connect with us:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.co Feel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes. 
Self-proclaimed anti-diet dietician, Dalina Soto encourages women of color to end chronic dieting and love their bodies, their food, and their culture as a Registered Dietician and founder of Your Latina Nutritionist. As a first-generation, Dominican-American, Dalina shares her beliefs on how we can incorporate the foods we love into our daily lives with moderation and awareness, in this week's episode. Along with host Shanetta McDonald, Dalina also unpacks the intersectionality of culture, class, and race as it relates to health access.Learn more about Dalina’s work:https://yourlatinanutritionist.com/DietculturedisruptorInstagram: @your.latina.nutritionist Connect with us:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coFeel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes. 
Entrepreneur, Business Consultant and Coach, Dr. Tiffany Bowden inspires people to build heart to heart human connections, as an Anti-Racism Educator and Diversity and Communications Specialist. In conversation with host Shanetta McDonald, Tiffany gets vulnerable about her early childhood experiences with race, as well as how it shaped her journey and life’s work in cultural diversity. She also offers insight into how Black women can create agency and show up as their authentic selves in the workplace.Learn more about Tiffany’s work https://www.tiffanybowden.com/ Instagram: @rootedgoddessConnect with usInstagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coFeel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes. 
On this week’s episode, Annie McDonald encourages women of color to live their lives abundantly as the 91-year old matriarch of host Shanetta McDonald’s family. In conversation with her granddaughter Shanetta, Annie gives the community a glimpse into her coming-of-age journey as a Black woman raised in the deep south who goes on to live a fulfilling life with ‘no regrets’ as she notes. Indulge in this beautiful conversation filled with joy, resilience and self-reflection.Connect with usInstagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coFeel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.
Professional storyteller, Stephanie Quintana emboldens women of color to bring their own seat to the table, as a Creative Strategist in the fashion industry. Joined by host Shanetta McDonald, Stephanie shares her coming-of-age experiences of growing up multi-racial in Los Angeles, and how allowing play and art into her life led to discovering her purpose. Learn more about Stephanie’s work https://studioslquintana.com/ Instagram: @selle_quintanaConnect with usInstagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coFeel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes. 
Digital Maven, Tulani Elisa, empowers women of color to explore their creative interests, as Vice President of Social Media at Fox Entertainment. In conversation with host, Shanetta McDonald, the two share about the beauty of going with the flow in life and leaning into our abundance by following our curiosities and saying 'Yes' to life.Learn more about Tulani Elisa and her work:https://www.tulanielisa.com/  Tulani Elisa on IG: @tulanielisaConnect with Motif:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coFeel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes. 
Community builder Leah Gallegos holds space for women of color to uncover their true sense of belonging as co-founder of People’s Yoga in this week’s episode. A self-proclaimed ‘Chicana from Highland Park,’ Leah’s story is one of self-discovery, and 'coming home to one's self' through self-acceptance.Listen in as Leah and host Shanetta McDonald expand on the benefit of spiritual practices such as yoga, in helping us to be in our bodies, and receive life’s teachings in moments of stillness.Learn more about Leah Gallegos and People’s Yoga:https://www.peoplesyoga.org/Save People’s Yoga’s Scholarship Program GoFundMehttps://www.gofundme.com/f/save-people039s-yoga-in-east-la Leah Gallegos on IG: @lavidaleahroseConnect with Motif:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coFeel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.
How willing are you to be fully present and in this moment?In this week's episode, mindfulness artist, Dora Kamau invites women of color to be in their body and to practice stillness. A 200 hour meditation teacher and wellness artist, Dora Kamau, uses meditation as a tool to awaken individuals to the true experience of who they are. Joined by host Shanetta McDonald, Dora shares how a string of unhealthy relationships led to her discovering meditation and eventually the calling to help others along their healing path with the practice. The two also offer messages of hope on how other BIWOC can accept themselves more, have faith and trust in their individual journeys, and be intentional with taking care of their mind, body and spirit.Learn more about Dora Kamau and her work:https://www.dorakamau.ca/https://insighttimer.com/dorakamau  Dora Kamau on IG: dora_kamauConnect with Motif:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coFeel free to leave us a rating + review if you’ve enjoyed this episode. + remember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.
Designer and Creative, Linda Nguyen joins host Shanetta in a free-flowing conversation, opening up about her upbringing as a first-generation Vietnamese daughter, a 15-year fashion industry trajectory, and how she’s living through and protecting her peace with the recent violence against the Asian American community. Linda and Shanetta also swap stories of working in male-dominated industries, along with offering advice to women of color who want to start their own business.Learn more about Linda Nguyen and her work:www.love-made.comLOVE MADE on IG: @lovemadeLinda Nguyen on IG: @linda_lovemadeConnect with Motif:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coRemember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.   
Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Jordan Madison encourages the Black community to reassess traditional views on therapy as founder of Therapy is My J.A.M. In conversation with host Shanetta, Jordan opens up about how her matriculation at Spelman college ignited her desire to reduce the stigma around mental health in her community. Together, they dive into the intersectionality of being Black women, how it impacts overall wellness and how the two are working on overcoming fears as creators. Learn more about Jordan Madison and her work:https://www.therapyismyjam.com/ Jordan Madison on IG: @therapyismyjamConnect with Motif:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.co
Certified yoga and mediation facilitator, Alli Simon encourages us to uncover our stillness as Co-Founder and Executive Director of South LA Wellness. Hosted by Shanetta McDonald, the two connect on their against-the-grain self expression in their formative years + how grief can lead to gratitude. Learn more about Alli’s work:https://www.allisimon.com/Instagram: @omgirlalli Connect with us:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coRemember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.
Multi-talented Maura Chanz empowers women to follow their passions and curiosities as Director of Creative Media at 7th Sun Productions. Joined by host Shanetta, Maura opens up about how a nourishing upbringing led to her trusting her intuition and creative talents, while encouraging other women to do the same.  Get inspired to follow your passions and live your fullest self in this episode. Learn more about Maura’s work http://maurachanz.com/ Instagram: @maurachanzConnect with usInstagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coRemember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.  
Seer and Healer, Dr. Rosales Meza welcomes BIWOC to unlearn colonial programming by decolonizing their minds and liberating their spirits. Joined by host Shanetta, Dr. Rosales Meza opens up about being a medicine woman by way of DNA, along with how her ancestors and mothers have been her greatest teachers, preparing her for the work she does today. Hear the conversation as they share stories of retooling their thinking around colonial patterns, and prioritizing rest to create a new way of life.Learn more about Dr. Rosales Meza and her work:https://www.drrosalesmeza.com/ Dr. Rosales Meza on IG: @drrosalesmezaConnect with Motif:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.co
Social justice advocate Evelyn LaChapelle offers the Motif community a glimpse into the impact the War on Drugs has had on people of color.  As a board member of The Last Prisoner’s Project, Evelyn and the non-profit are devoted to criminal justice reform for the over 40,000 people incarcerated for cannabis crimes at all stages, including clemency, release, reentry, and record expunging. In her conversation with host Shanetta, Evelyn opens up about the life experiences and relationships, that led to her 87 month prison sentence for a minor role in a marijuana distribution operation, propelling her into her life’s work. Learn more about Evelyn and The Last Prisoner’s Project: https://www.lastprisonerproject.org/ Evelyn on IG: evelyn_lachapelleConnect with Motif:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coRemember to subscribe and receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.  
On this week’s episode, eco-friendly entrepreneur Adina Diaz, invites BIPOC women to dedicate rituals of self-care, patience and love to themselves, as founder of Guided Flame Co. Born to parents of Mexican and Native American descent and raised in Arizona, Adina also takes the Motif community on her journey of paying homage to her ancestral roots and drawing upon her connection to the natural world since an early age. Support Adina and Guided Flame Co: https://guidedflame.co/ Guided Flame Co on IG: @guidedflamecoAdina on IG: @natural_feeling_spa Connect with Motif:Instagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coRemember to subscribe to receive alerts on our upcoming episodes!
Black women with eating disorders. We don’t hear these stories enough, but they are out there. On this episode of The Motif Podcast, Lacou Flipse shares her experience with healing from binging, dieting and restricting, and using her learnings from self-work to create Enlightened Munch, an enlightened eating and lifestyle coaching practice. Host Shanetta also opens up about her recovery from disordered eating, and both shed light on how self-acceptance and loving tools helped them along their journeys. Learn more about Lacou and Enlightened Munchhttps://www.enlightenedmunch.com/pleasure-eating Lacou on IG: @lacouflipseConnect with MotifInstagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.coRemember to subscribe and receive alerts on our upcoming episodes!
Plant-Based Wellness Boss, Christine Yi is one of the youngest women of color cannabis entrepreneurs in the legal California market. In this episode, Christine takes us through her personal experience with the plant, and co-founding Potli, a premium cannabis brand with a focus on THC and CBD-infused culinary products. Christine and host Shanetta also chat about the shared experiences of growing up in Black and brown households and the lack of representation in essentially all industries for BIPOC folk. Learn more about Christine and Potli: https://www.potlishop.com/ Potli on IG: @getpotliChristine on IG: @christineyi Connect with usInstagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.co Don’t forget to subscribe and receive alerts on our upcoming episodes.  
Social Justice Healer, Claudia Morales chats with host Shanetta about her life story prior to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and her work as founder of Social Justice Healing, a private counseling and therapy practice based in Los Angeles. You'll also hear Claudia and Shanetta dive into how mental health professionals have their own journeys of healing, the importance of allyship in Latinx and Black communities and how we can all take care of ourselves right now.  Learn more about Claudia’s work https://socialjusticehealing.com/ Instagram: @socialjusticehealing  Connect with usInstagram: @ourmotifTwitter: @ourmotifFacebook: @ourmotifNewsletter sign-up: ourmotif.co Don't forget to subscribe to receive alerts on upcoming episodes.  
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