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Grit & Grace

By Genevieve Pardoe // Grit + Grace
We all face obstacles. What matters is how we move through them.

From bestselling authors to scientists to mediums, weekly guests will offer a variety of perspectives on how to thrive through adversity and stay aligned amidst the chaos. Learn how to achieve with ease, clarity, and calm so that you can lead a purposeful, contented life that is undisturbed by external forces.

Part inspiration for artful living with intention, part tactical guide for how to succeed at life: The Grit + Grace Podcast is for those who are smart, swift, curious, and of course, unshakably content.
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#15 How To Get Through It (Takeover Episode by Blair Kaplan)

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#15 How To Get Through It (Takeover Episode by Blair Kaplan)

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#28 How To Digital Detox
A short and sweet chat with Megan Swan from @meganswanwellness about the best ways to detox from all things digital. I've been mostly digitally detoxing this summer as I downshift from my previous workload and look towards the next chapter of life for myself and my family. It's been wonderful but repatterining really does take practice. As with anything, Megan reminds us that the magic happens with small shifts. Wishing you a wonderful summer and we'll see you in September for season 2 of The Grit + Grace Podcast @fallonpublishing 
June 24, 2021
#27 How To Turn Grief Into Gratitude
Victoria is a homeschooling mom of 2, Author, and Emotional Energy Empowerment Coach. In 2019 she became a widow losing her husband of almost 11 years to suicide. By harnessing her extensive background in yoga, mindfulness, NLP, Hypnotherapy, and an array of other mind/body modalities, she has turned her pain into a purpose by educating others on the importance of living happier and healthier. For the last decade Victoria has been empowering and inspiring others to live happier and healthier through her business Yogi Mami where she shared healthy living tips and recipes and created a strong community of people passionate about healthy and wellness. Since embarking on her grief journey she has been using her knowledge and skills for networking and connecting like-minded people to create a safe and healthy environment for other grief warriors to heal. Victoria uses the following mind-body techniques to help with grief and trauma support: Meditation Hypnotherapy Chakra Balancing Reiki Sound Therapy Mindful Nutrition Emotional Freedom Technique Aroma Freedom Technique Somatic Healing Yoga Interested in learning more about how to access grief and trauma support. Visit here for more:
May 31, 2021
#26 How To Have Grit
Hi and thanks for joining. Today I'll talk about the three elements of grit that contribute to resiliency: self-soothing, self-regulating, and self-delaying. Resiliency helps us arrive at the next chapter of life feeling nourished and excited, not depleted and drained. And grit helps us get there.  We often think of grit as this big mud-covered masculine energy that is forcing its way up a hill aggressively. But grit can play a vital role in helping us ride the waves with ease.  Find out more at: @fallonpublishing
May 01, 2021
#25 How To Change Your Worth
I am constantly amazed at the narratives I hear from women about themselves that are not their own. I’m this. I’m that. I’m too old. I’m not good enough. I’m not qualified enough. I don’t have enough education / credentials for that… Ahem. Said who? Yes. It starts with self-inquiry. That’s step one. You have to cut the fantasy out of your own story first. That, to me, is the highest form of self-care and self-love... it is super uncomfortable and awkward. It’s hard but it’s worthy work. What is it? ⚡️ Shadow Work ⚡️ Journaling ⚡️ Inquiry-Driven Coaching ⚡️ Trigger Point Work Trigger Point Work - taking active steps to question what you ‘know to be true’ in your own story. It starts with being honest with yourself about where / how you get triggered. That’s usually where you’re holding ideas / feelings that you’d be better served by dropping, hard. Once you’ve done all that awesome and awkward work… let it go, Elsa. Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business. They are nothing more than transparent projections of what that person desires anyway. Other than cases of clear abuse or prejudice, people typically don’t villainize others unless they envy them. So take it as a compliment, own those skinny jeans mama, and rock on. (References: Shadow Work, Jungian Somatics.) Likewise, watch out for getting lost in flattery. As Georgia O’keefe said, “compliments and criticisms go down the same drain.” You are neither good nor bad, you are wholly human and that, gorgeous, is enough. In fact it’s plenty. Takeaway - it doesn’t matter who you are in someone else’s story, it matters that you are the leading lady in yours. Have the best day lovely ladies. 💛 Get in touch for more // //   #somatichealing #somaticwritingcoach#letitgo #somaticcoach #shadowwork#journalingtoheal #writingcoach#indiepublisher #womenspublishing#womenspublisher #booksforwomen#coachingforwomen#movementismedicine#healingfromtrauma #traumatichealing#torontosomaticpilates#traumainformedhealing#writingthroughtrauma #burnoutcure#anxietyrelief #healingfromburnout
April 22, 2021
#24 How To Do Boundaries
This week on the show that has no name with @meganswanwellness… B is for boundaries and boundaries are there to protect us all, especially ourselves from… ourselves. Boundaries also help us identify where previous overstepping has been taking place in the form of resistance (to these boundaries) by others. That’s step one. Two… triggers. notice how you react when parts of your story (or new boundaries) are challenged. What are you taking offence to? Can you create space between the thing that offends you and your reaction to it? Ask yourself, is it trigger, or is it truth? Can you change your perspective to think of triggers as emotional feedback for the parts of your story that need to be challenged, changed, or dropped. Let’s go further… Then, appreciation. Appreciate your triggers. They are there to show you where you need more love, compassion, patience, trust, and meditation. They are love notes in disguise. And finally, “cut the cord”, sage, buy some crystals, do your thing to let that shit go. As my five year old says, don’t hate, mediate. Other takeaways and snippets: Notice where stress responses pop up for you in your body You don’t have to play with your kids all the time, seriously Take cold showers or plunge into water when you’re stressed, it works You are not the project manager of everyone else’s life, focus on your beautiful self Resources: MIchaleen Doucleff, Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us about Raising Children (March 2021) 
March 31, 2021
#23 "How To Hold Your Own"
Today I speak with Senior Graphic, Marketing + Product Designer Mae-Lynn Slater about #femtech, imposter syndrome, and how to hold your own in toxic work environments. I enjoyed this chat especially because Mae is able to take some pretty serious, sticky topics and still see the upside. Like, how to speak up, how to be heard, and how to bring continuous creative learning into your career... and seriously, how to have fun. This episode is for any creative who works in a tough environment. Follow along as we continue to amplify the voices of exceptional women @gritandgracepodcast 
March 22, 2021
#22 How To Do Anxiety, Imposter Syndrome, and Auto-Immune Disorders
What a pleasure to be joined by Therapeutic Yoga Instructor and all-round badass healer Melanie Lynch-Major. The title of this episode really says it all and during this chat we go even deeper than expected ('tis the season for shadow work!) so I hope you enjoy what, so far, has been the most watched episode on IGTV.  If you have any questions about yoga therapy, auto-immunity as it relates to anxiety, or imposter syndrome, Mel is your gal. Learn more at and get in touch at Find me on IG at @gritandgracepodcast or at my biz 
March 05, 2021
#21 How To Do Cancer - A Love Story
When Rachel was 28 years old, her husband was diagnosed with leukemia. What they thought was the flu after working too many hours, turned out to be the life altering illness that would forever change everything they knew. Rachel became a cancer wife, manager, team cheerleader and expert juggler at life, while supporting her husband throughout his illness, until he died two days after she turned 31. She had to reboot her life and learn how to start over as a widow, without a map or guidebook to lead her.  Rachel's humor, moxie and faith helped get her through the cancer world, and survive the calamity of errors that kept-on coming after he died. She fought tooth and nail to survive and is thankful for everything that brought her to present day, despite how hard it was to get there. She wishes she had had this advice and a story to reference when she was in the jungles of her cancer life and widowhood. Her hope is to provide you with some laughter, comfort, solace and guidance on your own journey. Helpful links below and Rachel invites listeners to get in touch if they have questions about the cancer journey or would like to interview her about her book.  Website: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:   wifewidownowwh1
February 22, 2021
#1 How To Do Discipline
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The Grit: missing social engagements and important events with friends and family. The Grace: cultivating your craft, pursuing your heart's desires, and carving out a life for yourself as an artist. Episode #1 on The Grit + Grace Podcast, "How To Do Discipline", with Whistler-based Artist & Natural Ink Maker, Kassandra Turmel is all about what it takes to create a life you love. Kassandra discusses the real work that goes into building a career as a creative and explains why self-reflection is so important. She's a successful case study on what happens when you do the work, show up for yourself, and interestingly, take time away from your craft with intention to be inspired by other endeavors. I especially love her answer to a young artist about how to get started. Don't miss this episode. Find Kassandra @kassandraturmelart and and follow me on IG @gritandgracepodcast
February 09, 2021
#20 How To Be Brave
The Grit: living a story that isn't serving you. The Grace: being brave enough to change it. It starts with owning your story and it entails learning how to lead with your vulnerability rather than being ashamed of it. On Episode #20 of The Grit + Grace Podcast, "How To Be Brave", I get to speak to a real gem of a human. Alwynn Taylor, Pilates Instructor + Owner of Taylor'd Motion (Digital Studio) walks us through her non-linear life, meeting bodies where they are at, movement as therapy and a metaphor for life, the need for tension in all areas of our lives, and of course, imposter syndrome. What you'll learn during this podcast: - How to be brave enough to begin again, - the importance of community, - what the heck tensegrity means, and - that Alwynn makes me cry. PLEASE NOTE - I will also add that we touch on a topic that made us realize we need to have another important chat: systemic racism in Pilates as an industry and within studios and their hiring practices. We put a pin in this topic because we were / are both out of our depth without the input of voices from men and women of color. Alwynn and I are not letting this go but it is not our story to tell. We are going to come back to you with another episode when we have connected with the right people who will share their experiences on how this has impacted them as movement instructors. Importantly, they will share what we can do as a whole to be better, do better, act better, speak better. Important Links: - @commandofitnesscollective - @personalvictory - @alwynntaylor - @soulgayoga
February 05, 2021
#19 How To Work For Yourself
Torontto-based Content creator, editor, and copywriter Tiffany Regaudie gives you the gems you need to hear - especially if you are early on in your career - about how to hack introversion, how to stay creative within capitalism, and what you must have in place before you go out on your own as a freelancer or business owner. Find Tiffany at and follow us @gritandgracepodcast 
January 31, 2021
#18 How To Be An Artist
Check out the video that goes with this podcast on IGTV @gritandgracepodcast // Follow along with artist Kassandra Turmel as she turns avocado pits into natural ink and I basically just enjoy my coffee and watch the magic happen.  This multi-talented Whistler-based artist not only turns avocado into natural ink (amazing) but we chat about imposter syndrome (one of my favorite topics!) and the discipline required to cultivate one's craft as an artist. Catch up with Kassandra @kassandraturmelart and get on her newsletter for art classes and to see her stunning work at
January 27, 2021
#17 How To Do Compassionate Self-Talk
Today I speak with Phd Candidate Mishka Blacker who studies sports and performance psychology. We discuss compassionate self-talk and she shares some practical advice on how to shift into a productive and positive mode when it comes to the way we speak to ourselves. These are exercises I've never heard of before and they are amazing! Check out this episode and follow along @gritandgracepodcast on IG.  Resources  See Dr Kristin Neff's resources and guides on self-compassion here - About Mishka Mishka is a PhD Candidate at Brock University studying sport psychology. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Ryerson University and an MA in Applied Health Science from Brock University. Mishka has worked with many USport teams (e.g., Hockey, Rugby, Cross Country, Rowing, Volleyball and Curling) and continues to do so alongside her colleagues at Brock. She has also worked with local sport academies, organizations and institutions in the Niagara region. Growing up in Toronto, Mishka competed in a variety of individual and team sports. Both personal and familial competitive sport experiences have inspired Mishka’s applied and academic pursuits in performance psychology. You can get in touch with Mishka at 
January 25, 2021
#16 How To Believe It's All Rigged In Your Favour (Day 12 of the 21 Day "Clear The Way" Project)
"It's all rigged." - The Fates The following is an excerpt from "Clear The Way", the 21 day project by Fallon Publishing and The Grit + Grace Podcast to get unstuck. To learn more and to join the next group, visit @gritandgracepocast, or email Amor fati is a Latin phrase that loosely translates to "love of fate" or "love of one's fate". We owe its popularity to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one's life, including suffering and loss, as good or, at the very least, necessary. Can you imagine such a thing? Now, I am very care not to dip my toes in the rivers of toxic positivity (which is a term I am grateful to have learned about recently from my brilliant sister) but I do invite you to this notion just for a moment. This may seem mega-esoteric and woowoo but I invite you to suspend your disbelief — just for a moment — and consider that everything might actually be rigged in your favour. If that sounds too wild, then ask yourself if you have ever looked back on a tough situation and thought, wow I’m actually quite glad that happened because [insert the amazing thing that happened]. The Stoics believed in The Fates – or Moirai – who were a group of three sister-goddesses who assigned individual destinies to mortals at birth. Their names are Clotho (the Spinner), Lachesis (the Alloter) and Atropos (the Inflexible). Can we just marinate on this please? The stoics — who were huge believers in accepting one’s fate without fuss believed that their destinies were woven by a trio of goddesses. Not only did they accept this, they celebrated it. Exercise: lean into the idea of amor fati and pick two tough or inconvenient experiences that you are now thankful for. Write them down. Repeat them to yourself. And then tell them to your partner or a friend. Next, pick a new, current situation or attitude that is nagging at you or causing frustration. How would things change for if you believed that it was all rigged in your favour?
January 22, 2021
#15 How To Get Through It (Takeover Episode by Blair Kaplan)
What do you do when sh*t hits the fan? Social Media expert Blair Kaplan Venables breaks down the mental health tools you need to flex your resiliency muscles. This indefatigable entrepreneur with a magnetic spirt has really learned the lessons and she's passing them on to you. Don't miss this episode.  Find Blair Kaplan Venables @blairfromblairland on IG,, and buy her bestselling book wherever you shop for print and online books, Pulsing Through My Veins: Raw and Real Stories from an Entrepreneur. You can also find her new podcast, Dissecting Success, which she hosts along with High Performance Lifestyle + Success Coach, Theresa Lambert, on any platform you listen to podcasts.  
January 20, 2021
#14 How To Stop Your Story - Takeover Episode by Theresa Lambert (21 Day Project - Day 9)
"You are not your story." Theresa Lambert High performance lifestyle and success coach Theresa Lambert joins me today for a short game-changing chat on how to get out of the endless narrative loop we often tell ourselves. For some of us it's 'I'm so busy!' and for others it's always saying yes to everything no matter what. Not to worry, this bestselling author has a cure for that. Don't miss this episode! Find Theresa here: @theresalambertcoaching on IG  Buy her bestselling book, Achieve With Grace, here. And find me of course @thestoicmuse or   
January 19, 2021
#13 How To Detox - Takeover Episode by Megan Swan (21 Day Project - Day 5)
Takeover Alert - Megan Swan of Megan Swan Wellness takes over day five of the 21 Day Project, Clear The Way. Click on episode #10 to find out what it's all about and email to get on the list for the next group in February! From Megan:  Feeling stuck and stagnant in your life? I always ask my clients what are they consuming on a DAILY basis?  Can we make it more high energy?  The ingredients, the food choices, the percentage of plants, the information, the connections.  Shifting our diet towards food options that are full of LIFE can really shift our mood, motivation and mindset.  It can help us think more creatively, show up more fully each day to work, and also respect our own boundaries to ensure all of our systems (especially the mind) down shift each evening into a true rest and restore mode. I am a Wellness and Mindset Coach specializing in detoxification from refined sugars, gluten, alcohol, dairy, and processed foods.  Guiding women to reevaluate their relationship with these everyday toxins in order to rediscover their true sense of self and natural energy.  Specialties:  Plant-based Living, Detoxification, Mindful Practices, Stress Management, Yoga, + Meditation. My Sustainable Integrative Wellness Approach dives deep to provide an energetic overall of your diet, mindset, work/life balance and lifestyle so we can find a sustainable and integrative solution that works perfectly for you. ________________________________ Megan is currently looking to fill two spots in her Women’s Wellness Circle that starts Friday the 15th. Here are 3 reasons you should join: 1. We will be detoxing the things we don’t want in our lives and learning to eat intuitively. 2. We will be focusing on building healthy habits, mindset and positive energy.  This will include spiritual and movement practices to incorporate in your routine to feel more grounded and in turn more energetic. 3. We will be designing our personal lifestyle that makes us feel balanced, supported, and free to make choices that work for us, not against us. Her two tips for cultivating mindfulness for 2021 are: 1. Establish a morning routine that truly supports you to feel aligned with your energy, pace in life and goals.  First step is to wake up at the same time every day allowing you to honour your biorhythms and ample time for intention setting and self care. 2. Establish buffers around digital influence/screen time to foster time for deep work, and allow the nervous system to downgrade property when you go ‘offline’.  For example, no phone in the bedroom, no work while you are eating, etc.  A few rules that help you protect you ability to concentrate deeply and truly relax before bed and while nourishing yourself. Bonus: High Energy Morning Drinks instead of Coffee: Matcha latte with ginger powder + coconut or oat milk. Strong Chai Tea with cinnamon sticks. Earl Grey Tea with 2 drops of Bergamot oil. Creamy Cacao Shake:  1 banana, ½ avocado, 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, tbsp quality cacao powder, tbsp cacao nibs.
January 14, 2021
#12 How Long Are You Going To Wait? - Special Episode (21 Day Project - Day 3)
“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them." Epictetus If we let go of the verbiage that we feel we have to constantly apologize for, what would remain? What would happen if we let go of the manufactured constructs we judge our worth against? Whether it’s your age or your career or personal relationships, who would you be if you didn’t let those things influence your concept of self? And as Epictetus reminds us, what the heck are you waiting for? Creative Coaching Question: how old would you be if you didn’t know your age? How would things change for me if I didn’t know what car I drove? Or what job I had? Or what city I lived in? How would I feel if I didn’t know what I looked like? How would I act if I didn’t know what looked like? The idea for this came from a post on @and.bloom (IG) the account of photographer Denise Boomkens ( she is a master of the art of aging unapologetically. Go and check out her site; it's a "digital happy place for women over 40." 
January 13, 2021
#11 How To Write The Headline - Special Episode (21 Day Project, Day 2)
“Think of yourself as dead. You have lived your life. Now, take what's left and live it properly. What doesn't transmit light creates its own darkness.” Marcus Aurelius Today is Day 2 of the 21 Day Project “Clear The Way” (#dothething) and we’ve already covered a lot of ground. We talked about writing the headline of your life as a way to think about your dreams as goals that have already been achieved. This way, you can move past that performance anxiety, nervousness and fear associated with starting something new. Creative Coaching Question: what’s your headline? This idea is inspired from Matthew McConaughey’s new memoir, Greenlights and if you are in the January group of Clear The Way, you also got a saucy picture of a young McConaughey in your inbox today. So, you’re welcome. Keep following our journey on this podcast, find out more about this project @thestoicmuse on IG or and email me at to get on the list for February! #mementomori
January 13, 2021
#10 How To Clear The Way - Special Episode (21 Day Project, Day One)
"The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way." Marcus Aurelius Hi! Thanks for joining me on this special episode as we kick off a special project called "Clear The Way". For the next 21 days I will be joined by 25 incredible and creative women who are committed to kicking 2021 off with a creative bang. For the next three weeks, they're using 45 minutes a day to write their book, journal, meditate, create art, design something amazing, or map out their business goals. They are starting their day by doing something creative and fulfilling. And, you're invited to join! I'll be doing mini recaps of each day's theme and "creative coaching question" to help you take stock, clear the way, and kick off the year with something you're proud of, whether it's a manuscript or a more positive and productive mindset. Along with the help of inspiring and accomplished female contributorsI have curated 21 days of: creative coaching questions to get you going in the direction, tactical mindset tools from both myself and a group of , Spotify playlists to keep you feeling groovy as you tackle the big questions, downloadable PDF's and worksheets to fill out and refer back to later, audio guides and meditations to keep you grounded, focused, and flowing, breathing exercises, two twenty-minute movement classes for and really fun recipes (like lemon salt body scrub) to "clear the way" and get unstuck. Today's Topic: Boundaries! Boundaries bring goals, dreams, and wishes to life because they frame our actions. Boundaries help us identify the obstacles that are standing in the way because they will be the first thing to push back via resistance from others. Creative Coaching Question: where does resistance pop up for me when I set boundaries around goals, tasks, or creative pursuits? What do participants get at the end of this? One of my core beliefs for my business is that “the world needs more art, love, and you.” Sharing the stories of incredible women and amplifying their voices is the reason I started my business and my podcast (@thestoicmuse on IG) and so anyone interested gets: Free editorial feedback on writing projects, an invitation to feature your work on my site,, an invitation to be interviewed on my podcast to share your story, project, or accomplishment, an invitation to submit your written story to Fallon’s Big Book of "Women’s Work", coming out later this year. I'm on a mission to change the narrative on what women's work means and I can't wait to share it! Thanks for listening along, let me know what you come up with, and remember, the world needs more love, art, and you xo
January 11, 2021
#9 How To Be Real
"When you're falling off precipice, it doesn't do you any good to hang onto a rock that's falling with you." Alan Watts It’s time to let it go, hold space, lead with love, be real, and sit in the seat of gratitude. Talk about all the feels! Today my guest is Mara Halayko @maralise who is a #Yoga Movement Instructor and all around magical soul. End the year right with this uplifting beaut. Spoiler alert: you'll walk away with real tools you can start using today for your mindfulness tool box. Let's do this! For Yoga + Movement (free classes) join Mara + Jenna (@quite_frankly_my_darling_) @togather.collective // Mara is also the owner of the Squamish-based sales agency committed to ethical brands And find me @thestoicmuse + + @eliseandhercubs
January 01, 2021
#8 How To Raise Boys
"Waste no time arguing what a good man is, be one." Marcus Aurelius TRIGGER WARNING  In addition to both of us dropping f-bombs about hockey equipment, this episode covers topics at the confluence of many controversial issues we face today: parenting, life as a #boymom, the crisis of masculinity, female empowerment, the great pendulum of gender equality, and a lot more. I am thrilled to welcome blogger and super mama Gretchen Martin to the show (who is a triple boy mom) and dig in to these hot button topics. No matter where you land on the issue of the construct of masculinity, it's hard not to see that it's in question, if not crisis, and has been for some time. To be honest, I feel this interview just scratched the surface and I really look forward to more tough but worthy chats about what it takes to raise good men. Find us at @gretchen.martin and @thestoicmuse
December 29, 2020
#7 How To Have It All
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” - Marcus Aurelius Can you be an artist and have a 'normal' life? What does it mean to have it all? Today I am joined by multi-talented actress and musician, Cassidy Freeman (Smallville, Longmire, Righteous Gemstones) and we'll talk about 2020 as 'the great pause", gender specificity in relationships, the definition of mom, the Disney Disease, why you need discipline if you're gonna hustle, and how to cook large meat (don't ask us). We'll also over-quote and lady crush on my favourite Canadian, Arlene Dickinson. If you are creative and you want to have it all... listen to this episode. Find Cassidy on IG @hatface and find me, The Stoic Muse, @thestoicmuse or 
December 23, 2020
#6 How To Achieve With Grace (+ boundaries)
"People seek retreats for themselves in the country, by the sea, or in the mountains... but you can, at any moment, find such a retreat in yourself." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations  Theresa Lambert is the Bestselling Author of Achieve With Grace: a guide to elegance and effectiveness in intense workplaces. Theresa is also a professional coach, mindset strategist and speaker. Drawing from her nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality Industry and most recently her six year tenure as the General Manager of Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, Canada, she brings both a real world view and proven applicable tools to support her clients. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Theresa now lives in Whistler, BC where you can most often find her on the golf course in the summer months or relaxing by a fireplace in winter.  Find Theresa online here: website: book: Social media: Instagram: Linkedin: Facebook:
December 20, 2020
#5 How To Lead With Love
Hecato, says: “I can show you a potion, compounded without drugs, herbs, or any witch’s incantation: ‘If you would be loved, love.’” Wise words by Hecato, quoted by Seneca. My guest today on the Stoic Muse is Laurinda Lee-Retter, the incredible heart and mind behind, the art therapy-based ethical jewelry line based in Toronto, Canada. Laurinda shares her journey and passion for mental health awareness, at-risk youth opportunities, and of course, beautiful jewelry. Don't miss her story.  For more interviews with creative high performers, follow us on IG @thestoicmuse 
December 19, 2020
#4 How To Be Resilient
"Don't trust in your reputation, money, or position, but in the strength that is yours -- namely, your judgements about the things you control and don't control..." - Epictetus, Discourses Today's guest embodies the key qualities needed to succeed in both business and life. Lucky for us she's put them all down, along with some hard learned lessons, in her bestselling book, Pulsing Through My Veins: Raw & Real Stories From An Entrepreneur. Blair Kaplan is a Social Media, PR, and Marketing Communications maven with real world experience we can all learn from. In our interview today we talk about everything from integrity to depression to book writing and what sharing stories can do for your resiliency.  Among many other endeavors, Blair is currently working on a special project called which I urge you to check out.  It's a literary project to unite one another by sharing stories of resilience. You can follow Blair's adventures at work and in nature on IG @blairfromblairland (ps: she's really funny!) and be sure to visit her site as well, And of course for more musings, follow us @thestoicmuse on IG. 
December 07, 2020
#3 How To Be Fulfilled (+ the bedtime story every little girl needs to hear)
“If you seek tranquility, do less. Or (more accurately) do what’s essential... most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquility. Ask yourself at every moment, ‘Is this necessary?’” - Marcus Aurelius In this episode of The Stoic Muse, renowned yogini, author, and inspiring storyteller Crystal Rainbow Borrelli shares with us what she's created this year, what mantras mean to her, and the bedtime story every girl needs to hear. It's about drawing our focus inward, coming home to ourselves, and losing ourselves in 'the dance' rather than losing ourselves to comparison. Follow us on IG @thestoic Find Crystal at the links below and join her Zoom Yoga Classes with proceeds going to feed the people of India.
December 03, 2020
#2 How To Be An Ingenue
“A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.” - Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, and mathematician Nassim Taleb.  Nobody embodies this more than my guest today. She's a Creative Director, Fashion Designer, Multi-Business Owner, Expatriate, Expert Creative Problem Solver, and the Ultimate Ingenue, she's Julia Hildebrand. Having worn so many hats, this woman really knows how to make a pivot work for her. And what better word to describe 2020 than 'pivot'? I'm sure we can all think of a couple other words, too.... But the fact is, life is change. And if we don't exclaim, "plot twist!" once in awhile, and learn how to adapt, we get left behind. This interview covers work, relationships (or 'love endeavors' as we like to call it), expat life, and how to be happy. It all starts with a horse drawn carriage...  Don't miss this episode of @thestoicmuse
December 01, 2020