The Wow Factor with Kay
By Kayla Cote van Rensburg
Hey everyone it's Kay here, host of the Wow Factor Podcast. I'm here to share that although life can be complicated, wellness doesn't have to be. Tune in each week to get inspired through the conversations I have on the show and discover a holistic approach to wellness that you can incorporate into your lifestyle with ease.
This Week in Wellness: How to Use Distractions to Pick Yourself up After Life Knocks You Down
Do you ever feel like your life resembles a fight in the ring with Mike Tyson? As though you're getting one blow after another and can hardly stand up? This podcast is for you. Discover ways to use positive distractions to disconnect & reset your body and mind to take on any challenge life brings your way.
November 8, 2021
This Weekend in Wellness: Nov 5-7 How to Access Inner Joy and Bust Through Autumn Blues
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November 5, 2021
This Week in Wellness: Nov 1 - 4
Check out all the local events in our community along with finding ways to get more rest! Learn more at Bewellwithwow.com
November 1, 2021
This Week in Wellness: Oct 29 - 31
Tune in to hear wellness events in our community happening on Halloween weekend. Also learn about how to incorporate self care into every day. Learn more at bewellwithwow.com.
October 29, 2021
This Week in Wellness October 25 - 28
Tune in to hear all about events coming up this week as well as recap on what I attended this weekend. Learn more at bewellwithwow.com
October 25, 2021
This Week in Wellness Oct 22 - 24
Check out wellness events happening in our community October 22 - 24. For more info check out bewellwithwow.com/events
October 21, 2021
Season 2 Episode #13 The Secret of Using Community and Camaraderie to Fuel You Forward
Joining a gym can be the most rewarding and terrifying experience at the same time. I'm here to share that it doesn't have to be this way. Join me in my conversation with Fly Fitness Founder, Jenni Bruning Brown, as well as Fargo Fly Fitness Studio Director, Michelle Cody, Instructor, Kristen Hayes and member, Jenn Songstad as each share their journey of how the facility has transformed their lives beyond simply physical fitness. Get connected and learn more on my website bewellwithwow.com Connect with me on social @fargofitfriend
October 20, 2021
This Week in Wellness Oct 18-21: Recapping Events from This Weekend & Gearing up for a Fun-Filled Week!
This week is packed with fun-filled events to take in! For more information on each of these events you can check out bewellwithwow.com/events. Stay connected with me on Instagram and Facebook by following and liking @fargofitfriend.
October 18, 2021
Welcome to This Week in Wellness with Kay Cote Featuring Events for October 14 - 18, 2021
This week in wellness gives you the inside scoop into wellness related events going on in and around our local community. Tune in each week to hear about all our community has to offer. Check out more here: https://www.inforum.com/newsmd/wellness/7238898-Cote-Could-my-new-podcast-here-in-Fargo-mark-the-start-of-a-holistically-healthier-life-for-you-Lets-do-this-together
October 13, 2021
Season 2 Episode #12 How I Found My Wow Factor Through Adversity: Get to Know the Girl Behind the Mic: Kay Cote
Today's episode tells the story of who I am and how I got started in my podcast journey. For many of us, looking back to our childhood can help answer many questions about who we are and what we love. Recently I recalled memories of my 5 year old self when I would record my own "radio shows" as I called them with my 90s cassette tape recorder. Those old tapes housed hours of footage of life as a young child, how to deal with bullies and many other topics a kid would talk about. Fast forward to today, and I've rediscovered who I am through podcasting.
October 4, 2021
Season 2 Episode #11 Break Through Standards and Boldly Pursue the Career of Your Dreams with Artist Kate Baldock
When it comes to following your dreams, we often feel like we need to choose a path that is practical, logical and safe. That may work well for many people, there are definitely accepting for those meant to break the stereotype. Ask yourself, what is the true meaning of these so called guidelines? Words like, safe, practical and logical can mean one thing to one person and something completely different to the next. Instead of focusing on fitting in a box, we should instead be focusing on discovering our own unique gifts and abilities. Sometimes those gifts don't like like the quote, standard, and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing. Kate Baldock is here to share how she broke through the mould of standard. Two years ago Kate took a leap of faith to follow her calling when she left her job in corporate to pursue her budding career in art. Fast forward to today, Kate continues to create art, grow her business and serve in her community. Kate grew up in the small town of Oxbow, ND with her mom, dad, and sister. Her family is such a support to her and her business. She could not do it without their love. Her an her husband, Josh, live in Fargo with their two cats Stella & Ollie. Josh is her best friend and she also could not do what I do without his love and support! From a young age Kate had had a passion for art, friendship, and fashion. She combines all three of these into her everyday lifestyle. She is a growing artist who specializes in acrylic on canvas and describes her style of painting as fresh, modern, and unique. She incorporates a variety of bright as well as neutral colors and loves to mix in texture and line to her abstract work. Kates fine art is custom-created for homes and businesses. She also has an inventory of work on hand for customers to browse. Her entrepreneur spirit is driven by faith in God and experiences in life. Kate enjoys animals, friendships, and gourmet cuisine. Her faith is always growing and a major part in who she is today. Kate says If she can bring happiness and inspiration to those around her through art, that is what it is all about. I'm honored to call this woman my friend, and am happy to share her story with you today on the show. Shownotes Check out Kate's work on her website and connect with her on Instagram & Facebook. Check out Kate's NFT Art Here.
September 30, 2021
Season 2 Episode #10 How to Create a Podcast to Amp Up Your Business with Your Host, Kay Cote
Today's episode talks about what it takes to make a podcast and how to use it to help you grow in your small business.
September 22, 2021
Season 2 Episode #9 The Power of Consistency, Perseverance & Following Your Path with Artist Joe Davis
Joe Davis is a nationally-touring artist, educator, and speaker based in Minneapolis, MN. He employs poetry, music, theater, and dance to shape culture. His work has been featured on BET, CNN, and VH1. He is the Founder and Director of multimedia production company, The New Renaissance, the frontman of emerging soul funk band, The Poetic Diaspora, and co-creator of JUSTmove, racial justice education through art. Visit JoeDavisPoetry to book, connect, or learn more.
September 13, 2021
Season 2 Episode #8 How To Successfully Strategize Your Creative Brain with Angel Evenson
Angel evenson is a writer, creator and passionate communication strategest and marketing consultant with a love for leadership. Optimism fuels Angel in all she does. She aims to be to be the best guide with an optimistic, yet realistic growth in business & leadership. A storyteller by nature, Angel is a passionate published writer for local publications such as Area Woman Magazine and Fargo Mom as well as in her own company, Fox and Goose Studios. Angel is the founder of both AKA Communications and Fox & Goose Studios. She has an energetic, magnetic personality and inspires those around her with how she blends creativity with strategy. Learn more about AKA Communications here. Learn more about Fox & Goose Studios here.
September 9, 2021
Season 2 Episode #7 Prevent Injury, Improve Performance and Tap Into Your Body's Fountain of Youth with Mobility Coach, Ken O'Connor
Ken O'Connor is a Mobility Coach that helps people move great with innovative home based workouts focused on building long term joint health and resiliency. The More Mobile Yoga program combines time tested yoga postures with the modern science of mobility training. Ken is a certified Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist and Power Flow Yoga instructor with over 10 years experience in movement practice. Learn More about More Mobile Yoga Here.
September 1, 2021
Season 2 Episode #6 Unlock Your Confidence Through Creativity with Singer Songwriter Jessica Vines
Singer Songwriter, Jessica Vines' distinctive vocals bop their way above the whimsical wind instruments, bubbly bass and relentless riffs in her self-penned debut album Moving Too Fast. Sounding well beyond her years, Vines’ slows things down when it fits the mood and speeds things up at all the right times. Her latest album, Delicious, released in early 2021. Jessica was encouraged to tap into her creative self as a kid. She grew up listening to many styles of music such as rock, funk and jazz. After earning her degree in Jazz studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. When she started writing, she wanted the polished sound to be a combination of getting people to dance and taking them to a headspace where they can escape. Jessica sounds like an old soul, and that's because she has such a strong appreciation for early jazz, which she modernized to create her own unique sound. Tune into our conversation where Jessica shares how she conquered her fears and the naysayers and continued pursing her passion of making music. This Fargo sweetheart is now off to California to take the next step in her career. Learn more about Jessica on her website. Check out her latest album, Delicious, on Spotify
August 26, 2021
Season 2 Episode #5 How to Instantly Reduce Anxiety, Pain and More with the Practice of Tapping with Kayla Howard
Kayla wears a variety of professional hats of which include being a Registered Nurse, a Nurse Educator, an Entrepreneur, Business Owner, and Speaker. Most recently, an avid tapper and teacher of tapping. Tapping, also known as EFT ( Emotional Freedom Technique ), is a powerful holistic healing technique that has been proven to effectively resolve a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, phobias, emotional disorders, chronic pain, weight control, and limiting beliefs and much much more. Listen to Kayla's last interview on Tapping on American Holistic Nurses Association. Read Kayla's article in Area Woman Magazine issuu.com/areawoman/docs/junejuly_2020 Learn more about Thompson Howard Home here thompsonhowardhome.org/ If you are interested in a dementia consultation request, click here. thompsonhowardhome.org/schedule-a-consultation
August 19, 2021
Season 2 Episode #4 How to Prevent Burnout with Kelsey Joy of The Burnout Prevention Project
Kelsey is a risk-taking, socially poised, and motivating team builder. She is also an accomplished violinist and singer having performed in front of audiences as large as 20,000. She has given over 200 presentations on networking skills, communication strategies, and behavioral assessments. She has a strong passion for training and development. As a corporate recruiter, she has conducted over 2,000 candidate interviews. And through her experience, she uncovered the fact that many people are disengaged in their jobs. Kelsey’s goal is to help leaders discover ways to prevent burnout and reduce employee turnover. Learn more about Burnout Prevention Project. Get to know Kelsey.
August 11, 2021
Season 2 Episode #3 From Suicide Attempt Survivor to Pageant Title Holder: See How Ava Hill Harner Discovered Her Strength and Passion Through Facing Adversity
Hear my conversation with Ava Hill Harner, former Miss North Dakota International and Miss International as she shares her journey through her journey from attempted suicide survivor to advocate for mental health and pageant queen. This incredible young woman shares a transparent look at her journey from her past to her present. She also discusses the importance of mental health and every-day tactics to create healthy habits in every day. This episode of The Wow Factor touches on sensitive topics. Listener digression is advised. If you or a loved one is suffering with thoughts of suicide please seek help from licensed professionals. Legacy Queens Consulting Ava Hill Harner Instagram
June 17, 2021
Season 2 Episode #2 How to Break Through Self Doubt and Find Your Inner Champion with Amazon Best Seller, Chris Natzke
Have you ever struggled with the crippling effects of self doubt? Have you ever held back from going for your goals? This is the interview for you! Join me in my conversation with Amazon Best Seller, Chris Natzke as he shares how to unlock your potential and embrace a champion's mindset. Grab a copy of his book, Breaking Through: 3 Winning Strategies to Create Breakthrough Results in your Life, Business and Relationships here.
June 2, 2021
Season 2 Episode #1 How to Make Bold Moves and Pivot in Your Career: Haylee Houkom of Power Plate Meals
Haylee Houkom of Power Plate Meals started dreaming up her passion career while working as a NICU nurse. Tune in as we hear how she pivoted and pursued her passion for healthy, clean food. Fast forward to present day where her and husband run 9 retail locations serving up delicious, nutritious & balanced food. Check out Power Plate Meals
May 18, 2021
Episode #29: Part 3 of Midwest Mediterranean - How to Incpororate Local & Sustainable Foods into the Mediterranean Diet
Now more than ever we need to consider the importance of our food supply. Many of us aren't sure of how to do this. Join in my conversation with Midwest local producer, Noreen Thomas of Doubting Thomas Farms, Cardiologist Dr. David Clardy and Registered Dietitian, Megan Myrdal as we share ways in which we all can source local, sustainable foods which we can incorporate into a Mediterranean Diet.
November 9, 2020
Episode #28: Part 2 Midwest Mediterranean: Discover the Philosophy & History of the Mediterranean Diet
Thousands of years ago Ancient Greek were more self aware than we ever thought possible The cultures studied the benefits of the Mediterranean way of eating to benefit their own well-being. Join the conversation to learn how they studied the medicinal, therapeutic and physiologic properties of that way of eating long before its popularity of today. Hear from Archeologist and Greek Studies expert, Peter Shultz, Dietitian Megan Myrdal and Cardiologist Dr. David Clardy and myself as we discuss the Ancient Greek ways of living and how we tap into and incorporate key aspects into our every-day lives.
November 9, 2020
Episode #27: Part 1 of Midwest Mediterranean - What it Means to Eat a Mediterranean Diet
Today we dive into the Mediterranean Diet and how to interrogate it into a Midwestern Lifestyle, with Dr. Nammour, Dr. Clardy, Registered Dietitian Megan Myrdal & Archeologist Peter Schultz to learn about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet is, the history of the diet and how we can integrate it into our lifestyle. Learn more about the Midwest Med cookbook on foodofthenorth.com and peterschultzimporter.com. Also give them a follow on Facebook.
September 25, 2020
Episode #25: How to Consciously Create the Kind of Life You Want with Hypnotherapist Andrea Krejci Paradis
Join my conversation with Certified Hypnotherapist Andrea Krejci Paradis as she uncovers tools to help you consciously and mindfully create the kind of life you want with mindfulness, intension and with an optimistic outlook.
September 11, 2020
Episode #24: Simple Steps to Staying Happy, Healthy and Beautiful With Naturalpathic Doctor Tonya Loken
Naturalpathic Doctor, Tonya Loken with Catalyst Medical Center shares how to use simple adjustments to every-day life to help you live a happy, healthy, beautiful life. Learn more about Dr. Tonya Learn more about Catalyst Medical Center and Clinical Spa
August 28, 2020
Episode #23 Learn About the Superfood with Endurance-boosting + Healing Properties
Catherine Arnston discovered the powers of algae when helping her sister win her fight against cancer. This sparked her new found love for wellness and passion for plant-based nutrition. She then founded, ENERGYbits, pure, hydroponically grown spirulina and chlorella tables. In our conversation, she explains the benefits of both algaes and how you can incorporate them into your diet. Use code WoWWell at checkout to get 20% off your purchase! Learn more about ENERGYbits here Follow them on Instagram @energybits
August 21, 2020
Episode #22: Uncover the Vital Tool to Understand Your Health Blueprint
Join Dr. Myles and Jodi and I as we uncover a vital, yet often underutilized tool in understanding your overall health, Labs. Labs can uncover many health problems, and with the help of functional medicine, can often reverse or slow the affects of many ailments. Tune in to discover a high-level overview of Labs and stay tuned for our multi-part series diving in deeper on what each lab means.
August 14, 2020
Episode #21: How to Discover new Passions When Faced With Adversities with Wasifa Hasan
When Wasifa Hasan was unable to do her job as a dentist due to chronic pain caused by her illness, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, she turned to something she had never thought about before, beauty blogging. Through the discovery of her new passion, Wasifa was able to turn her life around and pull herself out of the depression her illness had caused her. She's now the founder of Sifa's Corner, a beauty blog which helps people find their confidence in themselves through adversities. Check out Sifa's Corner Join the Community on Facebook Follow Sifa's Corner on Instagram Learn more about Sifa's Ulta Beauty Collective
August 7, 2020
Episode #20: Embrace an Unapologetic Approach to Beauty with Katie Ehlis of The Vanity Bar
The science behind skincare is at an all-time rise, which is a reason to celebrate. In this episode, discover how the team at The Vanity Bar encourages an unapologetic approach to beauty and skincare. Their micro-niche menu is dedicated to pamper, treat and uncover your natural beauty of your head, neck and décolleté.
July 31, 2020
Episode #19: How to Improve Your Relationship with Food
Join Nutrition Coaches, authors and husband and wife team, Jordan and Joelle Loftis as they share about the importance of your relationship with food and how it can affect weight management and healthy eating habits. Learn more about their coaching here. Grab a copy of their book "Today We will Win" here.
July 24, 2020
Episode #18: How To Communicate Successfully In Your Relationship
Want to build a strong-as-steel relationship with your partner? Tune in to my conversation with Relationship Coaches, John and Debbie Trombly. In their 44 years of marriage, they've seen a lot of life. Their life experiences, as well as extensive training in relationships and communication, allows them to share valuable tools to help you grow in your relationship.
July 17, 2020
Episode #17: Three Simple Tools To Remedy Stress
Join Jodi Plecity and I as we uncover three basic tools each of us can use to bust through stress. They're simple, yet we often overlook them. Listen for more info Jodi Plecity is the director of People's Rising Academy Book mentions: Genius Foods by Max Lugavere | Fiber Fueled by Will Bulsiewicz, MD Mentions: Dr. Stephanie Estima Journal Mention: Evertide by Ashton Hauff
July 11, 2020
Episode #16: The Side Effects of Stress and How To Overcome it With Dr. Myles
Our conclusion episode of our Stress Series.
July 3, 2020
Episode #15: Destress With Your Breath
Join my conversation with Allison G. Fargo's Yogi as she talks about how we can utilize one simple tool, our breath, to help overcome anxiety and find calm. Allison is a yoga instructor at Fly | A Fitness Revolution in Fargo. Check her out on Facebook Join a class at Fly Follow her on Instagram
June 29, 2020
Episode #14: Overcoming Adversity with Mandy B. Anderson
Join in my conversation with Mandy B. Anderson, author of She Who Overcomes and coach at RAYMA Team. RAMYA Team exists to help busy professionals and growth-minded individuals live and lead well. We provide monthly Coaching and Leadership Training for people that want to elevate their personal leadership. Mandy is also a rockstar because she does all this and more while living with Cystic Fibrosis. She's here to share how she overcomes adversity in ever day. Learn more about Mandy here. Learn about RAYMA Team here. Grab a copy of Mandy's book, She Who Overcomes.
June 19, 2020
Episode #13: The Effects of Stress: Part 2
Tune in as guest Dr. Myles talks about how stress affects our body's systems. This is episode 2 in a 3 part series uncovering the truth so we can discover how to remedy our over-stressed bodies and minds.
June 13, 2020
Episode #12: The Effects of Stress: Part 1
Stress is something that many are struggling with. Yet we don't have all the answers to how to handle it, how to let it go and most importantly how it affects our bodies and minds. Join Jodi and I in a candid conversation, as we share common stressers most of us deal with and our remedies to how to deal with them. Find inspiration to be well and live well! Join us for part 2 on Episode 13 featuring myself, Jodi and Dr. Myles as he dives in deeper to how stress affects our bodies and minds. Stay tuned!
June 5, 2020
Episode #11 How to Find Locally-Sourced Foods with Megan Myrdal
Join my guest, foodie, dietitian and co-founder of Food of the North, Megan Myrdal, as we discuss what it looks like to eat well and support your local community and food resources as well as be conscious of how you can think global and act local when it comes to how you make decisions around food. Also, stick around for a sneak peek to the world of wine making! Learn more about Food of the North Learn more about Little Free Gardens Learn more about First Fridays at B
May 29, 2020
Episode #10: How to Organize and Set Up Your Day for Success with Ashton Hauff
When designer Ashton Hauff left her full-time job to launch her career as a freelance designer, she found herself in control of every aspect of her schedule which brought freedom, but also chaos if she didn't find rhythm to her day. Being the organizational type, she weighed through her options of planners but couldn't find just the right fit. One night she was sharing pro's and con's of each planner wit her husband on the couch when one simple sentence he said brought Ashton to a brilliant idea. "Why don't you just make your own planner?" It was probably the most obvious question she's been asked, instant aha moment. Thus, Evertide was born. Evertide is a quarterly daily planner which not only helps you stay on track, it helps you think differently about your life, your habits and goals. Evertide helps you start your day in three unique: Set your focus, take a moment for gratitude and address your daily stresser. Her goal is to bring harmony to all ladybosses and the multitude of "hats" they wear each day. Shownotes Get your Evertide journal here! Learn more about Ashton here! Follow Evertide on Facebook and Instagram.
May 16, 2020
Episode #9: Break Down Barriers and the Lies We Tell Ourselves with Jodi Plecity
Real Talk is a monthly segment where we break down daunting questions, worries and lies we all tell ourselves, and shedding light on the truth of just how incredible, awesome and resilient you are. Tune in for conversations with Jodi Plecity and myself as we combat the lies, stomp the negative inner voices and smash through unrealistic standards we hold ourselves to. Let's get real, let's get raw, and let's break through the barriers we put on ourselves. In this segment we promote positivity, self acceptance and growth to let us walk the path we were born to do. Follow the WoW Factor on Facebook and Instagram About Kay (Kayla Cote van Rensburg) About J (Jodi Plecity) Learn more about People's Rising Academy
May 9, 2020
Episode #8 Discover the Truth on the Effects of Sugar Your Body and Wellbeing with Dr. Myles Brooks & Jodi Plecity
How much is too much? How much should we at? Join Dr. Myles, Jodi and myself as we uncover what sugar is, how it affects our bodies and how much we really should be consuming. Learn more about Dr. Myles Learn more about Jodi Plecity Learn more about NeuroLife Center Learn more about People's Rising Academy
May 2, 2020
Episode #7: How to Create a Happy, Functional Home You Love with Susan Brandjord
Right now, home is where we all are, so why not create a home you love. Join my conversation with Interior Designer Susan Branjord of Ellie Ann's Interior Designs as she shares tips and tricks on how to create a dwelling space you love. She also shares how to create multifunctional spaces for everyone in your home to be comfortable and productive. Follow the WoW Factor on Facebook and Instagram Learn more about Ellie Ann's Interior Design Follow Ellie Ann's on Facebook
April 25, 2020
Episode #6: How Being Adaptable Can Benefit You with Jon Bennett
The new normal is a term we often hear these days. No matter who you are, it affects you in some way. Those ways may be personal and possibly professional. With a lot of noise in the media, we often hit a wall of anxiety when it comes to dealing with COVID-19. Hear how Realtor Jon Bennett keeps himself and his clients safe during these unprecedented times. Follow the WoW Factor on Facebook and Instagram Learn more about Jon Bennett of Remax
April 17, 2020
Episode #5: Grab Hold of Your Goals, Discover Your Drive, and Conquer with Emma Peterson
Are you stuck taking the leap pursuing your passions and turning them into a business? Tune in to my conversation with Emma Peterson of Energy by Emma and discover how she took the leap into creating, growing and sustaining her personal training and nutrition business. Get inspired and conquer those dreams, baby! Follow The WoW Factor on Facebook and Instagram Learn more about Energy by Emma
April 10, 2020
Episode #4: Three Factors not to Ignore when it comes to Your Health
Want to know about how your body is doing? Let's keep it simple. In my conversation with Dr. Myles and Jodi, we discover the three most important factors to consider when it comes to wellness. Keep in mind, they may surprise you! Tune in to learn how to listen to your body through these three processes. Follow the WoW Factor on Facebook & Instagram Learn more about Dr. Myles Brooks Learn more about Jodi Plecity Learn more about NeuroLife Center Learn more about People's Rising Academy Follow my healthy food recipes on Instagram at @health.foodie.kay
April 3, 2020
Episode #3: How to Successfully Pivot in Your Career with Michelle Cody
When Michelle Cody took the director position at Fly Fitness, she used her skills in her previous industry to propel her into her new roll. By keeping in mind her passion for helping others, she was able to transform and create a space where all are welcome to discover a fitness revolution. Learn more about Fly Fitness.
March 28, 2020
Episode #2: Rise Up and Discover Your Greatness with John Bright
John Bright overcame his circumstances when he fell in love with the sport of basketball. John used his passion, drive and determination to not only change his life, but to help inspire change in others through his youth program, Rise Up Basketball Academy. Check out his program here: Rise Up Basketball Academy
March 21, 2020
Episode #1: What is Wellness with Dr. Myles Brooks & Jodi Plecity
This debut episode of the WoW Factor gives a broad perspective on what wellness is and what it means to be well. Dr. Myles, Jodi and myself as we discuss the topic as well as give you the scoop on what this podcast is all about. Dr. Myles is a Chiropractic Kinesiologist with an extensive background in Functional Medicine. Jodi Plecity is the founder of People's Rising Academy and titles herself an athlete at life. Jodi's mission is to bring health and happiness to those who have suffered through physical medicine, nutrition, and rehabilitation. Join us to discover your wealth of wellness. Follow the WoW Factor on Facebook and Instagram Find out more about Dr. Myles Brooks. Find out more about Jodi Plecity. Find out more about NeuroLife Center. Find out more about People's Rising Academy.
March 13, 2020