"Nothing happens overnight. Nothing at all. We really need to understand that." - Emmylou MacCarthy, Ep117 of The Monica Kade Podcast
In Episode 117 of The Monica Kade Podcast I sat down with Emmylou MacCarthy. Many of you follow her on Instagram, have seen her on TV, have watched her host live events and shared the behind the scenes journey of chasing her dream to becoming a TV presenter.
In a world filled with fakes, Emmylou is the real deal. She swears. She cries. She shares inside tips about how to achieve a flawless red lip (hint: it involves a toothbrush). And she’s built a fun, fearless tribe who follow her every move.
She’s an accredited fashion stylist and make-up artist, but today she’s added TV producer and presenter to her resume.
Emmylou has built a fiercely loyal tribe on Instagram. From cooking demos to makeup artistry, building your confidence and chasing your dreams, she knows how to tell a story that resonates with her community.
In 2018, Emmylou took her Confidence is Contagious tour on the road and looks set to return for more in 2019. She has put together an explosive live show, sharing insider tips to help her tribe break out of their comfort zone and shine on the world’s stage.
I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Emmylou, it was raw, real and packed with laughter. So many nuggets of wisdom included. A lovely human being!
What she dreamed of becoming as a kid
How she got into dance and how its influenced her as an adult
Did she always want to become a mother
How she feels about having opened up her family to social media
The philosophy she lives by
The hardest part, behind the scenes that you don’t get to see on social media
How she has navigated the dark days and how you can too
What inspired her clothing line
How she feels about having her own show on Australian national TV - 10Peach
The reason she’s releasing a cookbook in April 2020
What Emmylou believes is her greatest asset
The pieces of wisdom she lives her life by today
"There will never be any lasting fulfilment in trying to escape yourself, or become someone else." - Elise Catchlove, Ep.116 The Monica Kade Podcast
Welcome to Episode 116 of The Monica Kade podcast, I’m joined by Elise Catchlove, the founder and driving force behind meditation school By Catchlove.
After spending years running a successful business, and working in the fashion industry, Elise saw first-hand the toll that stress takes on people’s lives. Fast-forward a few years; countless hours of meditation, extensive teacher-training, and a newborn baby, Elise’s dedication to the practice and desire to help people has brought her to the launch of Queensland’s first Vedic Meditation School, By Catchlove.
Elise was a delight to chat to. I loved her grounded energy, her truthful attitude towards parenting, meditation and business.
She’s one of those people you meet and feel an immediate bond with—which makes the conversation all that much more enjoyable. I hope this chat inspires you to turn inward and slow down in your life so you can be more of who you truly are.
Her career as an actress and why she left
How she started her career working in fashion
Why she walked away from her fashion business
When she discovered meditation
What inspired her idea to start By Catchlove Meditation School
What is Vedic Meditation
The impact meditation has had on her life
How it supports her as a mother
Her wisdom for individuals who don’t think they can meditate or say it’s not for them
The most rewarding thing about starting the school
How often Elise meditates
What changes she’s personally experienced in her life through meditation
What career Elise would attempt if not in this one?
What scares Elise?
What’s a piece of wisdom she lives by?
Welcome to episode 115 of The Monica Kade podcast. Today’s guest is Australian actress, writer and director, Matilda Brown. Matilda is best known for her TV series Let's Talk About, Lessons from the Grave which she both wrote and directed, and acted in. Both starring opposite her father Bryan Brown. And most recently feature film Palm Beach — also starring her dad, and directed by her mother, Rachel Ward alongside an impressive Australian cast.
And on the topic of family, Matilda and her partner Scott Gooding, (who has also been on the show earlier this year) have just become parents to little Zan.
Today we’re going to go behind the scenes of her upbringing, find out her journey into acting, talk creativity and what it’s like being a first time mum.
My conversation with Matilda was really inspiring. I loved her honesty coupled with her willingness to follow what fuels her fire-and what doesn't! While you won't find her hanging about on The Gram, you can simply embody the message of truth that she shares and look inward to see if you're living the life you want to be. Or if you're following society's "shoulds" and "have to's".
What was it like to grow up in well-knowing acting family
Did her parents encourage her to get into acting
What she loves about acting
What made her start writing and directing
What’s changed her mind about the acting industry
What it’s like being a new mum
How she sees the world since becoming a mother
Why she left social media
What she’s gained from not being on social media
If she wasn’t in her current career what she’d like to attempt?
What she believes is her best asset?
A piece of wisdom she lives by today?
“Any successful walk is linked to a love walk. There’s got to be a love, a pure and unadulterated love and passion for that thing.”
— Rachel Kerr, Ep114. The Monica Kade Podcast
Welcome to episode 114 of The Monica Kade podcast. Today my guest is Rachel Kerr, a British singer/songwriter, celebrity vocal coach and entrepreneur from Walsall, England with Caribbean heritage. She’s also the CEO and founder of Singercise, a member of the Grammy Award Association and a BET Music Matters endorsed artist.
Rachel is multi-award winning artists and has toured the US, Africa and Europe opening for the likes of Lauryn Hill and Brandy, and she’s also received personal invitations to sing for the Former US President, and UK Prime Minister.
Her last single, 'Alive' received a Grammy Award consideration in 2018 and just last month, Rachel released her new single, ‘Lover, Lover.’
I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Rachel. She’s such a down-to-earth, warm and humble woman. You can tell that she loves what she does, that’s she knows herself and the path she’s walking.
I love how candidly she talked about the behind the scenes of her journey. Real. Pure and completely empowering.
When she discovered her love for singing?
A glimpse into family life and how they supported her singing?
When she realised she wanted to pursue a career in music?
What the journey has been like behind the scenes?
What inspired the creation of Singercise, her singer coaching business?
How Rachel navigates the off days?
What inspired her latest single, ‘Lover, Lover’?
The most rewarding part of all that she does?
What wisdom she has for chasing your dream?
What would you say to the ones who haven’t figured out what they want to do yet?
The impact she strives to have through her work?
What career she’d like to attempt if not a singer
What she believes is her greatest asset
A piece of wisdom she’s lives by
On Episode of 114 of The Monica Kade podcast, I’m sitting down with a truly incredible human being: Chase Jarvis.
Aside from being a well-renowned photographer, Founder and CEO of CreativeLive—an online education platform that broadcasts live classes to an international audience on art, photography, design, marketing business and more—he also hosts The Chase Jarvis Live Show and has authored a handful of books. His most recent being Creative Calling. Oh, and he’s also survived a near death experience with an avalanche.
As soon as I heard Chase speak on creativity I knew I had to get him on the show. The way he spoke about creativity, and creative expression resonated very much with how I see it. I feel like his take on creativity challenges the status quo and goes against what many people will tell you about your Creative Calling.
His philosophy around being creative is: giving of ourselves freely, adding value and expecting nothing in return. Super powerful.
What I love most about Chase is his genuine love to connect with people; his friendly and warm nature make you feel like you've known each other for years. Talking with Chase is like having a conversation with a dear friend over coffee.
Take a listen to our chat—you’ll walk away empowered, and inspired to re-discover, or start following your creative call. I have no doubt around that.
How he go into photography and exited a career in medicine
What it means to be Creative
Where society had led us astray on creativity
The never-linear path of pursuing our creative calling
Why you must become okay with letting those around you down to truly follow your Creative Calling
Intuition and your Creative Calling
How to harness your creativity and work it like a muscle
Why there’s no map for where you—or ANYONE— is going
The crucial step most people miss when executing on their dreams
The I.D.E.A acronym: what it means and how to use it
The role mindset play in your creative expression
The one piece of wisdom Chase lives by
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“I fought so hard to live and then I was having these thoughts about not wanting to live, and it didn’t make sense.” - Claire Rackley, Ep112 The Monica Kade Podcast.
In episode 112 of The Monica Kade Podcast, I chat to Claire Rackley, an Australian Artist and Abstract Acrylic Painter. Her art intentionally provokes emotions of joy and peace through the use of bright colours and bold strokes.
But she wasn’t always an artist as such. This particular career trajectory came to life after undergoing brain and spine surgery in 2015.
Claire used her creativity as therapy to heal and recover from the trauma, but as time progressed people began to ask to purchase her artworks. She has an interest in mental health and how colour can impact a person and their emotions.
What caught my attention with Claire was her love to impact those in the waiting and recovery rooms of hospitals and medical practices with beautiful tiles on the ceiling, in the hope it would impact their state of being.
This woman is changing the world and making such a profound impact that I can’t wait to see how it ripples out into across the world.
"Creativity brings life. No matter what industry you’re in, continue to create." - Claire Rackley
What Chiari 1 Malformation is and what it meant for her
What it was like being a mother to young children and being diagnosed with this serious illness
What the most challenging part of the experience was for her
What Claire learned about herself from undergoing brain surgery and recovery
How she’s had to adapt the way she lives her life
The effect her diagnosis had on her children and her personally
Where the inspiration for her artwork ceiling tiles came from
How this creative idea has been received
The career she’d like to attempt if not in this one
Her greatest asset
A piece of wisdom she lives by today
"We like to think we’re in control, but we’re totally not. You just have to appreciate the life you’ve got today and what you’re doing now."
- Matt Golinski, Ep111. The Monica Kade Podcast
In episode 111 of The Monica Kade Podcast, we sit down with highly regarded chef, Matt Golinski.
He’s a warm and down-to-earth guy who’s got a deep love for food and cooking. His enthusiasm for his craft is truly inspiring. His passion for local produce and quality ingredients infuses our conversation. In fact, when Matt gets talking about food and in-season produce, your tastebuds will dance.
Matt has founded his own catering company, been on the popular TV series, ‘Ready Steady Cook’, and has worked as an Executive Chef at many leading Australian restaurants.
Today, he lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and is a Consulting Chef to restaurants in the area. Matt loves writing his popular food columns and blog; and is a regular guest chef at festivals and events.
In March 2018, Matt joined the Peppers Noosa Resort team as their Consultant Executive Chef, developing menus that consolidate his knowledge and love of the food producers in his region.
The other part to Matt’s story is that in 2011, he lost his first wife, Rachel and three young daughters to a house fire. It’s a heartbreaking story, which can you can Google because rather than focusing on the details in this conversation, I wanted to discuss how Matt overcame such adversity.
Take a listen to our conversation if you love food, produce, cooking or you want to be uplifted. It’s a conversation that’ll remind you to follow what you love and treat every moment as a special occasion.
The farm he grew up on and when he realised he wanted to become a chef
How food was regarded in his family growing up
How he’s creating community and connection in his household
What his chef leadership style is really like
His food philosophy he aims to impart with his audience
The behind the scenes of catering to food intolerances and allergies in today’s modern world
His favourite cuisine to create
Whether he loves to cook at home just as much as at work
How Matt navigated the first few weeks after the house fire, waking up badly burnt in hospital
The emotional and physical journey post the event
What kept him going when he didn’t want to be alive
How he continues to foster a strong mindset up until today
How the heart-breaking experience has changed his life perspective
The one recipe Matt would leave the world with
What he believes is his greatest asset
A piece of wisdom he lives by today
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"Empower yourself by knowing you can do whatever it is you want to do, but you don't have to do everything...Know where your 'no line' is."
- Jodie Evins, Ep110 The Monica Kade Podcast
Joining me for episode 110 is Jodie Evins, the CEO and Founder of Coco Luxe, a range of premium fortified coconut waters made from 100% single origin coconuts and uplifted with nature’s best health-boosting properties. Unlike other coconut water companies on the market, Jodie is the only woman to lead the way in the budding coconut water industry in Australia .
After over 15 years in marketing executive and managerial roles working with the likes of Audi, Coca-Cola, Nike, Paramount and Fairfax Media, Jodie went on to bring her revolutionary range to market, bridging the gap between the beverage and supplement markets.
She’s a woman carving her own path and a real go-getter. I really loved her wisdom for fellow mothers, who are juggling kids, family and career. Her words were very empowering. Listen to the podcast, or watch the conversation below.
At what age her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in
Her humorous story about starting a surf tour business with her then boyfriend
What the journey of bringing Coco Luxe to market has involved
What inspired her to infuse her coconut waters with vitamins
How she carved out bespoke branding that stood out from her competitors
Why sustainable business is important to Jodie
How and what she teaches her children about business
Her message for others starting a business they love
Know where your "No line" is
What career she’d attempt if not in this one
What she believes is her greatest asset
A piece of wisdom she lives by
Welcome to Episode 109 of The Monica Kade Podcast. Today’s episode is a special one. It sits close to my heart, and behind the scenes this conversation has been a personally transformational one.
Meet Vashti Whitfield. She has over twenty years experience in facilitating the transformation and development of human potential as an executive and performance coach, teacher and international speaker. However, she’s most widely known for choosing to turn her own personal loss into a catalyst for inspiring millions of people.
Her late husband, actor Andy Whitfield was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2010 just after he’d landed the role of Spartacus in the TV Series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. This was a huge role for Andy and shot his acting career into lights, which he had been so tirelessly working towards for many years prior. He’d finally “made it”—and so very quickly this dream career and life, he and Vashti had invested so much energy into was pulled from beneath their feet.
Both Andy and Vashti decided to make a documentary, BE HERE NOW, which chronicles Andy and the family’s journey with cancer and the battle to overcome fear, loss and letting go.
The story is a heart-wrenching emotional rollercoaster. We see Andy beat Cancer the first time around, but not for good. It returns. Eventually, on September 11, 2011 Andy’s battle came to an end. Leaving behind his incredible wife Vashti, their extraordinary life and his gorgeous two young children, Jesse and Indigo.
In 2017, along with the films Director, Oscar Nominee Lilibet Foster, Vashti toured worldwide premiering and speaking about their award-winning feature film documentary Be Here Now.
If you don't already know of Vashti, you'll fall in love with her candid nature, her big heart and incredibly strong mindset. Her energy and fervour for life is infectious. Her words deeply empowering. A conversation that will open your heart and remind you of what’s truly important: THIS MOMENT NOW.
Vashti’s incredible upbringing living all over the world as a young little girl
What has fostered Vashti’s strong mindset
The idea of ‘fitting in’ and how her mum raised her differently
Her perspective around ‘inclusivity’ of men and women, not just women
Who Andy was to her, what he was like and what she loved about him
How Andy and Vashti built a beautifully strong relationship
What made them decide to film the Be Here Now documentary
How the film got its title and the experience of filming something so personal
What it’s like for Vashti having to fill the shoes of both parents
How she supports Jesse and Indi as a parent
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"Illness is a call of action. It’s a call from that deep part of ourselves; the authentic part of us. That authentic part of us is calling us to come back home, and calling you to be who you were designed to be." - Dr Carolyn Coker Ross, Ep108. The Monica Kade Podcast
Welcome to Episode 108 of the Monica Kade Podcast. Today our guest is Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross, who is an integrative doctor specialising in eating disorders and addictions. She’s one of Denver’s Top Eating Disorder Specialists.
She’s authored two books, and recently, she launched The Anchor program, a proven, medically-supervised program that treats compulsive overeating, emotional eating and binge eating disorders.
What I love about Carolyn is her great love for what she does, and how this filters through the care and determination she has for making a difference in the lives of those who suffer from addictions of various kinds. Her holistic and grounded approach is what sets her apart from many traditional doctors and facilities; and this is what you’ll hear about in this chat.
When she knew she wanted to become a doctor
The special relationship she had with her grandmother
What led her down the path of integrative medicine
What she finds most rewarding about supporting people through eating disorders and food addictions
Why Carolyn started The Anchor Program
What she love most about it
How her approach changed over the years
The most rewarding aspect of her work
What career she’d attempt if not in this one
What she believes is her greatest asset
A piece of wisdom she lives by
I don’t let anyone project what they think my life should be like. So many people have opinions around how you should live and what you should do, and how things are supposed to look. I can’t let anyone do that for me. As this is my life, just as it’s your life."
- Katee Sackhoff, Ep107. The Monica Kade Podcast
Welcome to Episode 107. You Don't Have Another Life: Health Acting & What Matters with Actress Katee Sackhoff.
Katee is an American actress, who grew up in Portland, Oregon. She’s best known for playing Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" in Battlestar Galactica. A show which nominated her for four Saturn Awards and where she won the award for Best Supporting Actress on Television.
You may also recognise her from The Fearing Mind; TV series Bionic Woman, Nip/Tuck, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars ; and the Netflix series Longmire and The Flash—along with her newest Netflix series: Another Life. But that’s not it, Katee has also had a handful of lead roles in feature films to add to her belt of acting achievements.
However, it’s not her accomplishments that moved and inspired me, rather, it’s her humility, down-to-earth nature and lovely, lovely energy (you'll know what I mean when you hear our chat). I love how REAL Katee is. How open and transparent she is when it comes to sharing her personal story, the ins and outs of her career and her life challenges.
No doubt you’ll enjoy this conversations—it’s a real favourite of mine.
Why her career plans of being a professional swimmer fell through
How she picked herself up from the (at that time in her life) very shattering news
The story around how she got into acting
How she got her first break
Her mindset and approach to auditioning when she first started out
How she navigated body image in Hollywood
How acting makes her feel and what she loves about it
Her preparation process for her characters and how she knows when she’s embodied the character
Her Netflix series, Another Life and what it was like preparing her character, Astronaut Niko Breckinridge
What she does when she’s not working to keep a strong mindset
Why she’s excited to get older
Why she values health and why she believes in being transparent around body, exercise and food with her audience
If she wasn’t in this career, what Katee would attempt
What she believes is her greatest asset
Greatest piece of wisdom she lives by
On Episode 106. The Woman Who Reinvented Vegemite for Those with Food Intolerances, we sit down with Everymite Founder Cinnamon Morrisey.
Cinnamon is one of those individuals you cross paths with and they leave a mark in your heart—as I’m sure you’ll gather from our conversation.
Aside from her down-to-earth nature and warm presence, she’s behind the brand Everymite. Everymite is the answer for those who LOVE the good ol’ Aussie vegemite (me) but cannot eat it because of food intolerances (also me).
However, now you can! Everymite is a certified organic spread that’s nutrient dense and preservative free that tastes just like vegemite. With three varieties available, you can now lather your Everymite on toast, seed crackers, keto bread (and all the other bread alternatives). Have it with cheese, avocado, or just plain ol' butter.
The Everymite story begins with her youngest son, William, who loved vegemite couldn't eat it due to having Down Syndrome. His food intolerances inspired Cinnamon to experiment with all kinds of ways to replicate a gut-friendly spread for William.
Thanks to her success, we can all benefit from her hard efforts.
A truly uplifting conversation with an inspiring woman. Take a listen below.
What life was like prior to Everymite
How long it took to perfect the Everymite formula
Was the intention to always create a business out of Everymite
The realities of launching this product to market and what the business journey has been like behind the scenes
The greatest challenge Cinnamon has faced with bringing the product to life
If she ever wanted to throw in the towel
What’s been the greatest reward?
Why there’s 3 types of Everymite
Wisdom she has to share for people starting their own businesses
If she wasn’t in this career, what she’d attempt?
What she believes is her greatest asset
A piece of wisdom she lives by today
“An idea can take you anywhere.” — Linda Monique, CEO Almo Milk. Ep105 The Monica Kade Podcast
Welcome to Episode 105 of The Monica Kade podcast. This week’s woman to watch is Linda Monique the CEO and Founder of Almo Milk, Australia’s most premium, 100% grown and made, long-life almond milk.
Before establishing Almo, Linda lived many lives. She studied Commerce and Arts at the University of Melbourne, she’s lived in Milan and London, lectured in food design, and dabbled in being a private chef for a number of A-List celebrities and high net worth individuals. She’s also been on Masterchef, a TED speaker and won the 2018 Telstra Young Business Awards.
In 2015, her autoimmune condition worsened and she was forced to focus on making drastic, yet positive lifestyle changes. To strengthen her immune system, Linda began consuming plant-based milks, and realised that every product was full of additives, and this is where we begin our Almo conversation.
Why she chose to study commerce and arts
Her travels to Milan and London, and how these came about
How she fell into becoming a private chef
How being hospitalised with an autoimmune condition was possibly a blessing
Why she started Almo, and how the idea came to her
Her greatest challenge in launching Almo to market
The most rewarding aspect of creating and running Almo
The number one thing she wants you (consumers) to know about Almo Milk
If she wasn’t in her current career, what she’d attempt
What she believes is her greatest asset
A piece of wisdom she’s self acquired or been given that she lives by today
Welcome to Episode 104 of The Monica Kade Podcast, today’s guest is Sienna Roocroft. She’s a 6 year old entrepreneur who recently launched her first business, No Little Glitter.
When her mum Sarah Nally, asked her what problem she wanted to solve in the world, Sienna said: Stop war and help the refugees. Sienna saw glitter as a way to make lives brighter, the planet cleaner and contribute to lifting the vibration of consciousness. Well, that’s my take, she doesn’t quite know that yet.
My youngest ever guest on the podcast, and definitely a young woman to keep to watch!
Why Sienna wants to stop war and help the refugees
How it makes her feel hearing about war and the refugees
What she loves about glitter
How she came up with her business name
How she designed and developed the No Litter Glitter logo
What it’s like for Sienna to have her first business
What she wants the world to know about No Litter Glitter
The most exciting thing about having a business at 6-years old
Sienna got all dressed up for our podcast episode, but we didn't record video, but here's a snapshot of her and her friend Tilly all glammed up!
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“Even though it’ll be really hard now and it feels impossible and you want to give up. Giving up will be easier. And yeah, you might feel better. And that feeling will only be there for so long and in 15 years you’re going to look back, or meet someone that’s doing what you wanted to do—and you’re going to regret not pursuing what you really wanted to.”
— Amanda LaCount, Ep103. The Monica Kade Podcast
On Episode 103 of The Monica Kade Podcast, we’re joined by Amanda LaCount. A well known hip hop dancer, choreographer, model, and influencer. Some of her most notable performances include The Ellen Show, Meghan Trainor, Katy Perry, DWTS, The Voice, and her National Dance Tour "Amanda LaCount Live". She’s also performed in a bunch of professional musical production.
Originally from Colorado, she grew up with 6 other siblings and was raised by her mum. During that time, she was also a competitive figure skater and qualified for Nationals.
One of her latest and truly inspiring projects is #breakingthestereotype™: a movement/hashtag she started which promotes body positivity and the belief that any "body" can be a dancer. She’s breaking the stereotype that all dancers must be tall, thin and blonde. Her philosophy is "If you love it, do it. It's as simple as that."
What it was like to grow up in a big family
How she got into figure skating
How old she was when she discovered her love for dance
How she navigated her teenage years with the natural mental, physical and emotional chalenges
One of the biggest personal challenges she’s had to overcome to grow her self-confidence
How she got hired to dance for Katy Perry
Who Amanda wants to dance for; the person on top of her dance bucket list
What #breakingstereotypes movement is and what inspired itat you’d like too?
Amanda’s advice for those questioning their dreams or having a moment of “I quit”
The career she’d attempt if not in this one
The greatest piece of wisdom she lives by today
What she believes is her greatest asset
In Episode 102 of The Monica Kade Podcast, I sat down with Pip Summerville; the Founder and Creative Director of Tonik, an all-natural health capsule company, with a no-fluff approach to feeling good. Tonik was founded in 2016 by pip from the desire to make natural health supplements easier and more convenient for the health conscious consumer—but first and foremost it was the solution to a personal problem. With the help of her pharmacist father, Glenn, they went on to create the much loved Tonik brand.
What it was like being a professional athlete growing up
How and why Pip developed an unhealthy relationship with food
The impact that disordered eating had on her sports career and personal life
Hear about the special relationship she has with her dad and its role in her upbringing
How apple cider vinegar played a big role in her life
How the Tonik business idea came to life
Behind the scenes of Tonik’s creation phase, to where it is today
How Tonik received Goop’s (Gwenyth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand) seal of approval
The Base Agency, her second business and how it supported the development of Tonik
How she juggles two businesses and family
What career Pip would attempt if not in this one
What she believes is her greatest asset
A piece of wisdom she’s been given or acquired through life experience that she lives by
“You live a very, very different life when early on you begin to see that self-care is not extra credit. It’s not that spa treatment you treat yourself to once a year. Self-care is constantly evaluating if something is good for you or not—if something feels good to you or not.”
— Sheri Salata, Ep101. The Monica Kade podcast
Joining me today is Sheri Salata, writer-producer, Co-host of the podcast The Sheri + Nancy Show and Co-founder of thepillarlife.com. She’s had an impressive career working as the executive producer on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and also served as co-president of Harpo Studios and OWN.
My path crossed with Sheri's virtually at first. A little while back, I was listening to Marie Forleo’s podcast, and it was the episode with Sheri. I hadn’t read the intro to learn about who she was at the time, I merely pressed play on the episode.
After a good 15 or so minutes into the conversation, Sheri started talking about her career path, that her career didn’t really take off until her 30s. My ears pricked up and I thought to myself, ‘Who is this woman?’
That’s when I knew I had to get Sheri on The Monica Kade podcast. I resonated so deeply with that message, having struggled through my 20s with knowing what I wanted to do—and the constant chop and change.
"What the world needs from you, is for you to be so filled with joy that it’s literally coming out of your pores.”
— Sheri Salata, Ep101. The Monica Kade podcast
I was genuinely thrilled when Sheri agreed to come on the show. Her story of The Beautiful No serves as a reminder that there’s always a bigger picture unfolding. Often we don’t see it. And, when we feel like we’re getting the (beautiful) 'No'—let’s not give up hope. We must not give up on our dreams. In fact, it’s a moment to dive deeper and stay true to the vision that burns in our heart.
This woman is a bundle of joy. Her warmth and candid nature make you feel like you're hanging out with a dear friend. I feel honored to have had the chance to sit down with Sheri, share some laughs and some wisdoms, that you too get to hear. I hope you enjoy the conversation. She’s an absolute delight of a woman. May you walk away knowing that you CAN live the life of your dreams!
Who Sheri saw herself as in the world and what her approach to life was like as a child
What Sheri’s life looked like working at The Oprah Winfrey Show
What aspects of herself she neglected during her career at OWN
Why your mindset, surrounding environment and social circle impact the life of your dreams—and how to ensure they’re a support not a hindrance
The greatest thing Sheri learned about herself writing the book
Why you must foster self-care before you can live the life of your dreams
We explore the beautiful question and why it's important to ask yourself, ‘Where do I want to go?’
What steps to take if you feel like you have the career of your dreams, but not the life of your dreams.
Why it’s okay if you haven’t got the dream career in your 30s, 40s, or 50s—and what to do about it.
What scares Sheri?
What's her greatest asset?
What’s the best piece of wisdom Sheri's acquired through life experience or (through someone else) that she lives by?
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"Everyone is obsessed with calories. Calories are just a measurement of energy. If we focused on nutrients and not calories we wouldn’t have this obsession with weight, and probably have a healthier population of people. Let’s just eat the foods that don’t cause ill health and not eat everything else." - Dr Robert Zembroski, Ep100. The Monica Kade Podcast
Welcome to episode 100 of The Monica Kade Podcast: If Your Gut Instinct Talks to You, You Better Listen. Joining me today is Dr. Robert Zembroski is a physician, specialist in functional medicine, board-certified chiropractic neurologist, clinical nutritionist, author of Rebuild, and a transformational speaker.
His story of adversity started with a giant five-inch tumor in his chest—non-hodgkin's lymphoma—a life threatening blood cancer, and our podcast takes you through this very challenging and traumatic period of his life. We talk about what it was like from the moment he heard the word 'tumor', right through to how he navigated his way through the illness and how he rebuilt his health to where it is today: fighting fit!
It was such a pleasure to have an opportunity to talk to Dr Z. His down-to-earth nature coupled with his intelligence and very candid approach to his story was very refreshing. His story is a testament to the power of the mind. His journey through cancer and coming out the side is confirmation to us all, that we have the power to choose; that "diagnosis is not destiny. That through presence and a growth mindset, we make better choices. That by caring about what we put into our bodies and how we choose to move, we foster a foundation for living a healthy life. His work is brilliant because he reminds you that YOU have the power. It's totally up to you!
Whether you're battling cancer or another life threatening illness, this conversation is for you. It's also for you if you want to live a happier, healthier and empowered life. There's something in our chat for everyone!
1. The inner dialogue in the moment he found out he had a tumor in his chest
2. Why stress is a perception
3. Why you must (and how to) pull the weeds from your mind (and life)
4. Why he created a fun acronym for the word 'Diet' and what 'D.I.E.T' now stands for
5. The power of mindset and how you can foster a strong mind
6. Nutrients vs calories
7. Why you shouldn't be focusing on 'losing weight' and what you focus on instead
8. Why he recommends avoiding dairy (warning, the scientific information around this is disgusting)
9. His recommendation for HIIT (high intensity interval training) as exercise, and why you should adopt it
10. The greatest thing he learned about himself during his health crisis
1. Sunset or sunrise, and why?
2. What Dr Z is afraid of?
3. The piece of wisdom he's been given or acquired that Robert lives by?
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"Sometimes you're given the challenge to show others it can be moved." - Boitumelo Theepe, Ep99. The Monica Kade Podcast
Here we are. The final episode in the OWLAG series, Ep99. Don't Listen to Fear, Express Your Joy with Boitumelo Theepe.
Boitumelo Theepe has a warmth and gentle nature that was so evident the moment we connected. And yet, what resides beneath those qualities is a fierceness to go after what her heart desires. Boitumelo was the first alumni of OWLAG to graduate with a medical degree, which is a true testament to her innate ferocity.
She grew up in Soweto, and as part of the academy's inaugural class, she excelled in science and was an active member of multiple student societies, including public speaking and debate.
Before we knew her as Dr Theepe, Boitumelo completed her medical training at Stellenbosch University, graduating in 2018. At Stellenbosch, she sat as a member of the undergraduate research committee and pioneered the development of the campus gospel choir. She was one of the recipients of the prestigious Envisionit Bursary Fund, and a keynote speaker at their fundraising Gala dinner in 2018, an event aimed at empowering young people to pursue a university education.
Currently, she is practicing medicine at a renowned hospital in Cape Town, known for having carried out the world's first heart transplant.
What life was like being raised by her grandmother
The principles of Ubuntu and how she lives by these today
How and why she applied to OWLAG
What it felt like to be accepted and what it meant for her
How she feels about being the first OWLAG alumni to become a medical doctor
When was the seed of becoming a doctor planted in her heart
How she hopes to change the world through her profession
Her greatest life lesson or ‘Aha!’ moment from studying at OWLAG
Her advice to those listening who have a dream but are afraid to pursue it
The greatest thing Boitumelo learned about herself through her education experience
What she would most like to ask Ms Winfrey if they sat down together for tea
1. Sunset or sunrise, and why?
2. What Boitumelo is afraid of?
3. What piece of wisdom she’s been passed down that she lives by?
“You need to push yourself because when those doors open, they fling open and if it’s not a door that’s open, there’s a window you can squeeze into usually.”- Gugu Malope, Ep98. The Monica Kade Podcast
In Episode 98 of The Monica Kade Podcast we talk to Gugu Malope, our fourth conversation in the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls series.
My conversation 'Choose The Person You Want to Be' with Gugu was truly eye-opening. It forced me to take a deep look at my life, at the world around me and to remember that no matter where we come from, we have the power to choose.
We can look at where we are and know there is something more for us and we can step toward it, or we can stay put. Our power lies in the way we choose to respond to what is.
Meet Gugu Vivica Malope. She was born in the small town of Middelburg, Mpumalanga but raised by her grandmother in Johannesburg. She is part of the 2014 graduating class, The O'Paragons of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
"Leadership isn’t making people follow you and your ideologies—although that could be a component—I don’t think that’s what it is. For me, at its core, leadership is leading yourself and then inspiring people around you to almost take what they can from the way you live, to implement it on themselves." - Gugu Malope, Ep98. The Monica Kade Podcast
Gugu started her journey at OWLAG in 2008 where she was active in the leadership, sports and cultural facets of the school. She played netball, was part of the senior debating team, choir and Marimba ensemble. She continued her studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Media Studies. She is currently studying towards her Honours in Media Studies at University of South Africa (UNISA).
Her career in IT services began in 2018 through the Dimension Data Graduate Accelerate Programme and is now an Enterprise Client Manager at the Dimension Data subsidiary Internet Solutions. This conversation will change the way you look at your life. You cannot walk away not appreciating what you have. If you do, you haven’t truly listened to her story.
What is was like to be raised by her grandmother?
The upbringing and approach to life her grandmother imparted with her.
Her funny story about applying to OWLAG?
What it felt like and what it meant for her and her family to be accepted into OWLAG.
What leadership means to Gugu.
How Gugu fosters leadership in her daily life?
The number one life lesson OWLAG taught her.
What Gugu has learned about herself having achieved so much academically?
Why she loves the possibilities in IT.
Her big vision for her life?
Who is one of her greatest mentors in life so far? What they supported her to realise?
How Gugu yearns to change the world?
Gugu’s one piece of self-acquired wisdom for you about chasing your dream.
1. Sunset or sunrise, and why?
2. What she’s afraid of?
3. The piece of wisdom she’s been given that she lives by?
"There's always going to be some people who waste opportunities and some that grasp them."
- Ep97. Masego Mothei, The Monica Kade Podcast
In Episode 97 of The Monica Kade Podcast we talk to Masego Mothei, our third conversation in the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls series.
Masego grew up in a small town called De Deur in South Africa. Both her my parents had very little schooling, but somehow, managed to get her and her four siblings through school. She was accepted into the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in 2009.
After graduating from OWLAG she pursued a degree in BA Languages and Culture at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Masego also graduated Cum Laude with distinction majoring in Chinese Studies and Applied English Language Studies, not to mention she also won the National Chinese Bridge Competition in 2017, which tests the Chinese proficiency of university students in the entire country.
Masego has gone on to complete her Honours degree through the same university focusing on the Chinese language (Mandarin).
What I loved most about Masego was her enthusiasm, optimistic outlook and the belief she holds in herself. Her message is simple, it doesn’t matter where you come from, go and chase your dreams.
What it was like growing up in De Deur
How it felt to grow up with her parents working almost an entire year, barely seeing them
Her experience of the process to apply for OWLAG
What it felt like to be accepted and what did this meant to Masego
What new perspective towards life OWLAG instilled
The greatest personal lesson she gained from studying at OWLAG
Her experience of studying in a foreign country (China) for a semester
What type of impact Masego would like to have on the world
What does it mean to be the best version of yourself and what does that look like Masego
How she rises above life's challenges
What wisdom Masego would part with others chasing their dreams.
Sunset or sunrise, and why?
What she's afraid of?
The piece of wisdom she's been passed down that she lives by?
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"Failure is not a bad thing...In the process of dreaming and living out your dream, you are going to come across roadblocks. But understanding at that moment that 'hey, this is a lesson' take a step back and figure out what that lesson is so you don't have to encounter it later in the future." - Andronica Klaas, Ep96. The Monica Kade Podcast
Welcome to Ep96. You Have to Have An Intention For Your Dream with Andronica Klaas, the second alumni graduate from my Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Series (OWLAG).
There are some people you meet in life with that you instantly bond with. Andronica was one of these. Our conversation dived deep, fast. It was her open nature and willingness to share such intimate details of her upbringing that really moved me. I feel so grateful that I was able to be a witness of her story, and to now share this conversation with you.
While I won't share all the details with you hear, some background on Andronica begins with her growing up in South Africa, and since graduating from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, she has attained a BSc in Computer Science Information Systems from Johnson C. Smith University in May of 2017.
Today she works at the Bank of America, N.A and is also a mentor for women in technology. As a member of the employee engagement committee and a volunteer for the Ignite with Tech program, she reviews resumes for potential student employees while providing them with mock interviews.
Andronica has also been invited by the bank to share her journey at the “Inspire – Women who Tech” enrichment event for female freshman and sophomore students interested in pursuing roles in Technology.
Engaging with the youth and inspiring proactiveness in solving civic engagement issues in their surrounding communities is close to her heart, and she does this through her workshops. She has worked with organisations such as EmpowerHERment, Camp LeadUp and InTech.
Her childhood and life before OWLAG
What made her realise she wanted to apply to OWLAG
How it felt to be accepted out of over 100 girls
What doors OWLAG has opened for Andronica
What she enjoyed most from her time at OWLAG
How her role as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) White House Initiative Ambassador came about and what this experience involved
Her involvement in STEMites leadership and tech summer camp
What was the most significant thing she learned about herself from her time at OWLAG
Her life philosophy, ‘To whom much is given much is expected’, what this means and how she’s living this
What she’d like listeners to know about chasing their dreams
How she’d like to impact the world
Sunset or sunrise, and why?
What are you afraid of?
What’s the greatest piece of wisdom you’ve been given that you live by?
Welcome to Episode 95 of The Monica Kade Podcast. This week we kick off a 5-week podcast series with The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG).
My first OWLAG alumni guest is Avukile Zoya, who was born and raised in South Africa. She is the youngest of 4 siblings and was raised by her mom and sister—who was only four years older than her.
Her acceptance into The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, was a powerful stepping stone enabling her to have the education she dreamed of. Then in 2017, she graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Molecular Biology and a minor in Spanish in the United States.
Our conversation is a deep dive into her life before OWLAG and the experiences to date, which have shaped her into the women she is today.
Avukile’s story is a powerful illustration of how having access to quality education and a tight-knit and empowering social circle further ignites the flame of our hearts desires. She reminds us that no matter where we come from, life is up to us. We choose how to respond to life and which direction we want to steer our ship—we must only tune into the whispers of our soul.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
What life looked like prior to OWLAG?
What her relationship with her family is like
The dreams and aspirations she held as a child growing up
Why she wanted to attend OWLAG
The rigorous submission process she went through to be considered a future student
What it was like when she found out she was accepted into OWLAG
We discuss self-doubt and how she navigates that feeling of 'Am I enough? Do I deserve this?'
The life philosophy she leads her life with
What was it like learning to listen to the ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘challenging’ life stories of her fellow OWLAG sisters
What did attending OWLAG teach her about herself
What she loves about the work she’s been called to do with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in South Africa
What it means to Avukile to be the best version of herself
The person that inspires/supports her to rise into her best self daily
How she finds inspiration and courage to keep going when life feels challenging
Sunset or sunrise and why?
What is Avukile afraid of?
The piece of wisdom she’s been given that she lives by today.
If you enjoyed this episode, I've absolutely love you to please rate and review this conversation on iTunes. It helps others like you find the podcast and listen to stories that elevate and empower individuals to be their best.
"I realised, I'm comfortable. I'm too comfortable. I'm comfortable in my lifestyle, in my self...For me, life is experienced outside of your comfort zone...This Love Experiment has put me outside my comfort zone." - Amir Zoghi, Ep94. The Monica Kade Podcast
In Episode 94 of The Monica Kade Podcast I sit down with International Speaker, Coach and Aerobatic Pilot, Amir Zoghi.
On the 1st May, 2019 he released his $6,600.00 signature coaching program: OMG (Oneness Mentoring Group) to the world, for free! A program that brings in 80% of his income. Why?
Because over the past 19 years he's been subjected to people's comments saying, "If it's about Love, then shouldn't it be free? Why are you charging people for your program?" Then on the flip side he's had individuals saying, "I love your content and your work, but I'm not going to do your program because you're not charging for it. You don't value yourself. It shouldn't be free".
Feeling like he couldn't win, he decided to do an experiment purely for himself, which is now running as THE LOVE EXPERIMENT. And he's going through his own process around the question, IS LOVE FREE?
Listen in to our conversation where we talk on who he is, why he's doing this and what's the experience been like so far.
You'll Learn About
Who is Amir Zoghi and what does he do?
What is The Love Experiment?
Why Amir is running The Love Experiment
Why he didn’t release the OMG program 6 months ago when he first felt the feeling
What his inner process was around following this feeling
Why it’s imperative to follow what we feel regardless of circumstances or how it will impact others
The response from his audience and the wider community so far
Amir's personal insights from the experience to date\
You can also listen to the episode on iTunes, Spotify and all other podcasting platforms.
For further details about his OMG Program (Oneness Mentoring Group) click here.
To follow Amir on social media, click here.
“…The energy of your star sign impacts you on so many different levels that if you read it and go, ‘I don’t get it?’, you’re so far away from yourself. —Ep93. Ghazaleh Lowe, The Monica Kade Podcast
Welcome to Episode 93. Bringing What's Unconscious to The Forefront on The Monica Kade Podcast.
My guest is Ghazaleh Lowe who is a facilitator and the writer behind the much loved Intuitive Horoscopes for Bondi Guru. Ghazaleh has 20 years facilitation experience behind her and has been writing the Intuitive Horoscopes for 11 years.
The name may sound familiar, and if it does, it’s because she’s been a guest on the podcast previously—so if you haven’t checked out Episode 76, take listen.
However, today we’re going to dive into how she does what she does when it comes to writing the Intuitive Horoscopes. We’ll chat on how the intuitive horoscopes are written, how they can support you and why you ought to subscribe to both the Daily Intuitive Horoscopes and the Monthly Star Sign Coaching Audios.
I also feel to mention, these horoscopes are NOT based on astrology. So whether you’re a die-hard fan of traditional horoscopes or they’ve never been your thing—the Intuitive Horoscopes are something you will have never seen before.
Listen to our conversation and take advantage of Ghaz’s special offer for the month of May!
What You’ll Learn
- What Ghazaleh does and how she does it
- How the daily horoscopes are written for each star sign
- The way the daily or monthly message moves through Ghazaleh
- What are the daily intuitive horoscopes based on
- How can they support you navigate your life
- The way Ghazaleh encourages you to read your intuitive horoscope
- What separates the intuitive horoscopes from traditional horoscopes
- The number one standout piece of feedback Ghazaleh receives from the Bondi Guru community about the intuitive horoscopes
- The impact she’s focused on creating through the intuitive horoscopes
To subscribe to the FREE Daily Intuitive Horoscopes head to BondiGuru.com OR follow @BondiGuru on Instagram.
To purchase your Monthly Star Sign Coaching Audio, click here.
"My overall mission isn’t to have people lose weight or fit into a certain amount of macros, but I want them to feel the love for the kitchen that I do.” - Liv Kaplan, Ep92 The Monica Kade Podcast
Episode 92 of The Monica Kade Podcast was a riot to record. My guest was Liv Kaplan, nutritionist and passionate foodie with a keen eye for all things health and wellness.
I’ve been following Liv for quite a while now—on Instagram that is. Not to yoga or the farmer’s market or anything—that’d be weird. So let me say this…not only do her clean, sugar, gluten, grain and dairy free recipes make your eyes pop, they pretty much inspire you to drop what you’re doing, grab your debit card and run to the grocery store—stat! You think I’m joking.
In Ep92. Use Your Inner Wisdom to Eat, we share a healthy dose of laughter, blend it with some golden nuggets of wisdom and drizzle in some simple ideas that you can adopt as part of your own conscious approach to health. Plus, we get all the goss on her latest eBook, CREATE.
Aside from my love for her dessert recipes, it’s her easy-going, comical but real approach to health and food that makes her so likeable. Her message is simple.
Liv’s recipes focus on mood-boosting and blood sugar balancing goodness, and she believes eating well should be effortless, not stressful! If you live in Sydney, Australia, you can find this bronzed up foodie on the shore of Bondi Beach. She’s a living example of how proper nutrition is an integral part of our overall health—but you’re not going to die if you take a detour.
If she’s not getting creative in the kitchen, you can find her getting salty in the ocean, getting zen on the yoga mat or picking up fresh produce from the local farmer’s market.
GRAB your green juice, turmeric latte, bulletproof coffee—or beverage of choice; plug in those earphones and consume this episode in one sitting—or with a friend, if you think you can’t do it alone. We believe you can.
What You’ll Learn
When Liv’s fascination with food began
Why she doesn’t attach herself to food labels
How her diet has evolved over recent years
Why she doesn’t try to know what’s right for you
We debunk the “Keto” vs “Vegan” conversation
Why health isn’t just about what food you eat
Why she advocates looking at ‘how’ you eat and your mindset on food
We talk food philosophy: Eating well and looking after your health should make you less stressed not more
Get the goss on her newly released (April 23rd 2019) eBook, CREATE
What inspired Liv to bring CREATE to life
Sunset or sunrise and why?
What's Liv afraid of?
If she could be remembered for one of her recipes which would she pick?
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We're back this week with another episode of Pep Talks for Your Soul.
I missed sharing an episode with you last week due to illness, however; it inspired this episode.
Today, I share with you a lesson in appreciation that life dished up to me last week. It's funny how sometimes you don't realise how far away from your centre you really are. And, if you're lucky life will remind you. I say 'lucky' because for me, in each moment of each day I strive to be the fullest and truest expression of myself. And when I'm not, that's quickly rectified.
We only have so much energy in a day...why spend it playing pointless and monotonous poker machines in your mind (your recycled thoughts being the coins)? #notworthit
I thought I'd share the lesson with you as maybe you're experiencing something similar, or possibly a lack of appreciation for your life is what's holding you back. Don't let it be.
Enjoy the Pep Talk, and as always, if you enjoy the episode, please share it with a friend who could use a Pep Talk.
Thanks for listening.
"It's important for people to understand that wherever you hold resentment...that's a place where you don't prioritize yourself."
- Mark Groves, Ep90. The Monica Kade Podcast
In Episode 90 of The Monica Kade Podcast: How to Build A Real & Lasting Relationship, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mark Groves. He has a specialised interest in the area of Human Connection. He’s an author, speaker and sales consultant.
Aside from his professional titles, he’s just a really cool guy doing some incredible work in the world. I don’t say that lightly. I found his work on Instagram—as you’ll hear in the episode—and was really moved by the way he writes about relationships. But sitting down to chat with him was another level. If he lived in Australia, I’d totally have him over as a dinner guest. He’s intelligent, easy-going and just one of those people you enjoy having a conversation with. No BS, just pure heart. And I like those kind of people.
He’s in love with science, psychology, and uncovering the mysteries of what makes great relationships work. Speaking of that, he’s certain there are no “secrets” when it comes to great relationships. Rather, he believes that all relationships are by design and we are all the architects of what we want.
Mark has a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology and has written for Plenty of Fish, Thought Catalog, Goodmen Project and is the Relationship Columnist for 24 Hours Newspaper. When he’s not working with clients you’ll find him traveling the globe, playing in the mountains and ocean, or pretty much anything that gets his heart beating in the paradise that is Vancouver, BC.
- How he became a human connection specialist?
- What he had to do to master his understanding and approach to relationships
- Why your relationship with yourself if first paramount
- How you measure up your worth in a relationship
- How to create healthy boundaries in a partnership
- What marriage used to be and why it’s no longer that
- How you can equip yourself to be a better partner
- How he helps people ‘understand their emotional matrix by mastering themselves through their word”
- What he really thinks about your “List” for your ultimate partner
- Is it possible to feel free in a relationship
- Sunset or sunrise and why—plus he shares a really cool anecdote about his answer!
- If he wasn’t in his current career, what he’d like to attempt
- A piece of wisdom he’s been passed down and lives by
In Episode 89 of Pep Talks for Your Soul, I talk about some things you ought to consider before you chase after 'that' body you want.
I think every woman on the planet is susceptible to feeling shame or discontent in her skin. After all we live in a world that's telling us how we 'should' be and how we 'should' look.
Let's get real for a minute...the 'perfect body' is not what you actually want and even if you do attain it, unless you've stopped to reflect on what's driving you to aspire to such a body, it ain't going to change how you feel. You're still going to feel the same. Take it from someone who's subjected her body to eating disorders, gruelling workouts and insane ways of eating, living and being.
Until I realised, I needed to address what lay beneath. In this short episode I share a few highlights that'll support you to stop running on the mental treadmill and move towards a more peaceful way of being.
You can have the body you love, but that's not necessarily the body you think you want.
The body you love is the body you feel good and alive in. It's the body that allows you to be your best in all areas of your life.
Enjoy this Pep Talk and leave me a comment on Instagram @MonicaKade if you found it valuable.
"I love to work out, I love to run. And you know, there was no end goal for me. There was no body I had in mind. I just did what I was made to do what I love." - Amber Dodzweit Riposta, Ep88. The Monica Kade Podcast
Yes, she’s beautiful, got a killer smile and is a weapon in the gym. And yes, she has a physique that so many women would kill for. But that’s not what I love most about this woman. What inspired me to have her on the podcast was her honesty, humility and ability to not take herself too seriously in an industry that does.
In Episode 88 of The Monica Kade Podcast: Why Real Empowerment Ain't Built On Abs & A Booty, I sit down with Amber Dodzweit Riposta; a women's circuit training expert, 13x fitness cover model, All-American Track and Field athlete and X-national champion professional tackle football player. She created BUILT FOR HER (an online women's athletic training club) in 2014 to teach women how to find freedom and a deeper sense of purpose through athletic training and empowerment. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is married to Holistic Nutritionist Andrew Riposta. She also creates athletic training content for women from all over the world with the basis that a woman's appearance must always be secondary to her capabilities.
She’s had her own trials and tribulations like the rest of us, but it’s her determined nature that’s enabled her to rise into who she is today. Oh, and if you’re still hung up on her physique, you HAVE to listen to this conversation. Because as she shares, her love for working out was never to attain a particular body shape.
Our chat is a beautiful reminder around being true to oneself, following what you love and when we do so we give space for those around us to do the same.
I’ve watched her social media presence evolve over the years, and while I feel she’s always shared uplifting and empowering messages, it’s now more than ever that I resonate and feel her message is much needed in our world.
Oh, be sure to join her team for The Oxygen Challenge #5. Do that here.
- Her family, where she grew up and in what part they played in athletic interests
- How she got into fitness modelling
- How quickly her career took off and what she truly felt behind the success
- Who she became once she started fitness modelling
- What influence and impact the people around her had on her career and life
- Why she chose to walk away from a high flying fitness modelling career
- The most eye opening experience the modelling industry have given her
- What inspired her to be more real with her social media audience
- Does she think there’ll be a time in the future where body image won’t play such a huge part in our lives?
- How Built For Her (her online training club) came to fruition
- Sunset or Sunrise and why?
- What career would Amber attempt if not in her current one?
- A piece of wisdom she lives by?
In Episode 87 of Pep Talks for Your Soul, I talk about getting it off your chest.
I don't know about you, but for me expressing how I feel in the past was struggle street. I was much better at bottling it all up, keeping the peace and carrying all my feelings and emotions inside of me.
I became a master bottler. I was a professional at making it appear that my life was together or that I wasn't affected by things...until I wasn't. Or until I had a mental breakdown.
And, if you relate, then you'll love this episode. And even if you don't have a problem expressing what you feel, maybe your partner does. Maybe your bestie does, and perhaps this will be the episode you can lovingly share and say, 'Hey, I thought you may like this'.
To be the best version of ourselves (in each moment) we have to look at what's keeping us from being anything but that. That takes courage. It takes a willingness to say (to ourselves), I'm not being mature about how I'm feeling. And this approach of keeping things inside this treasure chest ain't serving me no more...I'm ready to step into a greater version of myself.
More empowering right? Right. Hi-Five.
Enjoy the episode. Oh, feel free to tag me on social with any of your takeaways. @MonicaKade
In Episode 86 of the Weekly Pep Talks for Your Soul series, on The Monica Kade Podcast I talk about 4 Non-Negotiables to Being Your Best Self EVERY Day.
These are four things I do not compromise on ever. Nope. Nah-uh, no way!
Why? Because I strive to be my best every day. In each moment. Obviously, my best varies from day-to-day, and it’s never about comparing myself or my efforts to the previous day—it’s just about being the best version of myself that I can be, in the moment I am in now.
So, today I share with you 4 things that have TRANSFORMED my life for the better. By being consistent and practising these 4 things each day, I push myself to grow and live a healthy and happy life.
These things support me to be the truest and most authentic version of myself, and I have no doubt they’ll help YOU do this for yourself as well!
Take a listen to 4 Non-Negotiables to Being Your Best Self Every Day now.
Oh, and let me know about your experience if you do adopt any of these. I’d love to see how your life has changed for the better!
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“It’s that rawness of being in the moment. There’s just so much going on around you. Your focus is so pinpointed…I find it so relaxing.”
- Ep85. Ren McGann, The Monica Kade Podcast
Ren McGann's and my path collided via Instagram. I very quickly fell in love with his big wave photographs and it wasn't long before gut instinct urged me to get him on the podcast show. I follow A LOT of wave photographers but over the years, nothing has moved me in the way his photography has. We got to chatting, and the more I found about him through his website and the other media articles that have featured him, the more I wanted to know.