The KAVANA Podcast

The KAVANA Podcast

By Melinda Strauss
Welcome to the KAVANA Podcast. KAVANA is the Hebrew word for conscious intentionality. This concept in Judaism teaches us to focus on completing our actions, tasks, and mitzvot (good deeds) with intention. Yes, we could all go through life by simply doing out of obligation, but what if we could do more? What if we could act consciously, love with passion, give with purpose, share because we can and not because we have to? What if we could learn to love ourselves more? It all begins with YOU.
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7. I'm Talking About Self-Love
Real Talk: Today's podcast is all about loving yourself! No interview, no script (oh, there's never a script), just a whole lot of my heart. Can you tell me something you're good at? One of your strengths? Something you're grateful for? I KNOW you can definitely tell me your weaknesses, the parts of your body you don't like, the mistakes you made today. Am I right?!? Why do we spend so much time punishing ourselves for our imperfections. Why do we feel guilt, shame, and embarrassment for the things we're not good at? What if we could be grateful and celebrate the things we're awesome at instead? Listen up because we ALL have something to learn about loving ourselves more.  After you listen to this episode, head on over to Instagram and find me @therealmelindastrauss to send me that screenshot! I can't wait to connect and celebrate YOU!  If you loved this episode, let me know! You can leave me a review and a 5 star rating because I'm just that awesome. Oh, and do me a solid and share this podcast with your girlfriends, your sisters, your mom. We all deserve to grow and we all deserve to love ourselves more! 
25:46
September 19, 2019
6. Creating Authentic Relationships with Nikki Schreiber - Humans of Judaism
Nikki Schreiber is the founder and owner of Humans of Judaism. What started as a project to honor her late father, who passed away suddenly in November 2013, now has 150,000 followers on Instagram and 150,000 on Facebook, and has been named one of the top 10 best Jewish Instagram accounts. Nikki shares with us how she successfully finds the time to wear so many business hats, how she creates authentic content on social media, and talks about the friendships she's made through Humans of Judaism.   Fun fact about Nikki: Her mother’s mother was born in the old city of Jerusalem, she was given her name ‘Miriam’ in the Hurva synagogue. Nikki's family lived in the old city for 7 generations and moved to New York in the early 1900’s. Follow Humans of Judaism on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/humansofjudaism/ Check out Humans of Judaism website: http://humansofjudaism.com/
38:16
September 12, 2019
5. Find What Energizes You with Alyssa Goldwater
Sometimes you make an unexpected friend through Instagram and it just CLICKS! Instant friendship! I am so excited to sit down (me hiding in my closet in NY) with Alyssa Goldwater (she's in her living room in Chicago with her new fancy wall art, pretty blue chairs, and napping children) to talk about her business journey and how she found her confidence.   Fun fact about Alyssa: She crowd surfed at a Snoop Dogg concert in college! Follow Alyssa Goldwater on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/aglassofgoldwater/ Reach out to Alyssa for digital media consulting - https://www.instagram.com/AGCreativeConsulting/ Listen to her podcast "The Werk Wives" - https://www.instagram.com/thewerkwivesofficial/
47:51
September 5, 2019
4. Embrace Your 'Balanced Bari' with Bari Mitzmann
Are you a Positive Patty? Maybe you're more of a Negative Nancy? What if you can find your Balanced Bari instead? I sat down with the very real and raw Bari Mitzmann to talk about embracing all that life throws her way. Bari is also the brains behind the Women of Valor Podcast, where she's created a community of woman that know life isn't perfect but we can live and love through it all!  Fun Fact about Bari:  She can sing the alphabet and Row Your Boat backwards! Follow Bari Mitzmann on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/barianna/ Listen to the Women of Valor Podcast: https://thewovlife.com/
36:47
August 28, 2019
3. Together We Grow (and Talk Babka) with Naomi Elberg
What is Naomi's favorite babka flavor? How did her business get started? Who inspires her to grow? What does the S in TGIS actually stand for? I sat down with Naomi Elberg, owner of TGIS, to talk about friendships, building a business, and, of course, babka! But Naomi is more than just a challah baker and babka maker. She also does food demonstrations and business consulting and she is one talented lady! For inquiries, email tgis.challah@gmail.com.   Fun Fact about Naomi:  she's run 4 half marathons and loves to parallel park!   Follow Naomi Elberg on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/naomi_tgis/
28:52
August 21, 2019
2. The Power of Instagram with Danielle Renov
Today I'm sitting down with Danielle Renov, founder of Peas Love & Carrots and the wildly popular Instagram account @peaslovencarrots. I have the privilege of calling Danielle a friend and when we get together, we don't just talk about food. In fact, we usually get into very deep philosophical and spiritual conversations and I'm excited for you to get a glimpse of that right here in this interview.   Fun fact about Danielle: she does NOT like to be called Daniella. Her name ends in an E, not an A. Is that a fun fact? I think it is!   Follow Danielle Renov on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/peaslovencarrots/  Listen to her podcast "Peas in a Pod(cast)" - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/peas-in-a-pod-cast/id1451647489
38:30
August 12, 2019
1. Welcome to The KAVANA Podcast
Welcome to the first episode of the KAVANA Podcast! I'm your host, Melinda Strauss, and I can't wait to share with you what KAVANA is all about. In this episode, you'll hear about the birth of the first ever KAVANA Conference on December 15, 2019 (SAVE THE DATE!!). You'll learn about my history and my mission for the conference. And you'll find out what's coming up next on The KAVANA Podcast! 
19:21
August 5, 2019
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