2.3 - A Shot of CoCo

 Colene Elridge

Colene Elridge

I saw Colene Elridge speak at a conference, and was immediately impressed with her wisdom and guidance. Recently I began following her on social media and I witnessed the power she has at being an encouragement for women to love and take care of themselves. Nicknamed Coach Colene, she has made it her mission to help ordinary people live extraordinary lives through focused coaching, workshops, and unique programming. Plus, she’s had lunch with Oprah - and she’s giving us the scoop on that - I can’t wait for you to hear her story!

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FIVE FAVORITES

1. Favorite book? To Kill A Mockingbird and Find Your North Star

2. Favorite podcast? The Lively Show and Happier with Gretchen Rubin

3. Favorite TV show? Scandal

4. Favorite Amazon find? For Amazon Prime, The Marvelous Mrs. Mazel but actual product, America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. It literally teaches you the best way to cook staples.

5. Favorite Instagram account? Busy Philipps cracks me up. Myleik Teele inspires me. 

2.2 - Finding the Words

 Jessica Hutchings

Jessica Hutchings

Jessica Lee Hutchings is someone I started following on Instagram because of her quick cooking tips and healthy recipes. I quickly felt connected to her through her humor, southern accent and family roots in Alabama. We later discovered our families actually grew up in the same small town. My great grandmother taught her parents in Kindergarten - don’t ever tell me this is not a small world! Follow her on Instagram at work in progress Jess because her stories will leave you laughing to the point of tears. Jessica recently took a chance at her dream and I can’t wait for you to hear how that is paying off for her.

You can order Jessica's book Beauregard in a Box here.

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FIVE FAVORITES

1. Favorite book? I have a lot but most recently I'd have to say Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. The perfect book for Selfishness! ;) 

2. Favorite podcast? RuPaul: What's the Tee with Michelle Visage. I just think he is such a beacon of light, inspiring, and really funny.

3. Favorite TV show? Right now, This Is Us. Forever and always, Frasier. 

4. Favorite Amazon find? My GoWISE USA Air Fryer. I absolutely love it and use it all the time. So glad I finally jumped on the band wagon and got one. 

5. Favorite Instagram account? HANDS DOWN Lili Hayes - She is HYSTERICAL and her posts and story are the best. They make my day! 

2.1 - My Pre-Spring Awakening

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My journey to self-care continues this time in a different season of life.

Earlier this year I was laid off from a job I adored. Through this experience I was given the chance to take a step back and pause. Through that pause, I was able to learn that when you are still and silent, God opens our ears to truths we’ve been avoiding.

A loss of belonging is painful. So much of our identity is wrapped up in what role we play in society. I was immediately asked by others and also thought to myself: What do I do now? An immediate panic sets in, you struggle with the pain, but ultimately you figure it out. What I want to share with those of you out there currently hurting: there is ALWAYS more to your story. I am grateful you get the hear that from our guest on episode 10 - Jamie Ivey. 

The biggest lesson I have learned through this process is that God doesn't give us a 5 year plan - He just shows us the next right step we need to take. And personally as someone that plans out nearly every hour of my day - this is a tough concept to accept. He knows our 5 year/10 year/100 year plan, but all we need to know is that next step in that plan. We have to trust. 

We also have to trust that just because something bad happened didn't mean we did something wrong. We ask ourselves: “What could I have done differently? How can I fix this?” Nothing and you can't. Just remember this: There is no glory and no victory unless there is pain.  

An author I adore Glennon Doyle said recently on Jen Hatmaker's podcast: life is not about avoiding the fires, its about realizing that we are fireproof and we can walk through the fires and not burn up. And once you realize that, everything changes. You no longer wait for the other shoe to drop. 

So many people said to me, "You may find something better." And all I would think when they would say that, is "But there isn't anything better." But there was, I am now blessed with a fulfilling career, surrounded by an uplifting and encouraging team. But how would I have ever know that was out there unless I had gone through this experience? But don't just take it from me, I hope you will gather that same sentiment as you listen to Season Two.

You will hear from folks that thought they had their dream career, a chef, a doctor, and now they both are living their best lives as authors. Looking at you Jessica and Julian! 

Two women that blow my mind with how they are able to get IT done! Lauren as she plans out-of-this-world events and Alex, as she stands her ground and makes no apologies. 

Two ladies that have found their identity in helping others, Colene, who inspires women to take that leap of faith and Anna, who wants ladies to flex their female. 

Sarah teaches the art of learning to breath through those stressful situations, and Laura will help us regain lost time we thought we could never get back.

You don't have to lose your job to re-evaluate your life, take this time. Pause. Listen. And just maybe you might find something better. 

1.10 - Kat Meets Kale

 Kat Buening

Kat Buening

I read an article about Katrina Buening and her inspirational weight loss and how she is now helping women do the same thing. Her story is inspiring and I love her passion for life. She has become a successful entrepreneur because she focused on herself and teaches others to do the same. We also became long distance BFFs just in the short time that we spoke. Connect with Kat over on KatMeetsKale.com.

BONUS: Kat shared with us one of her favorite recipes below. 

HealthyCheesecake

CHEESECAKE RECIPE

**You can make this recipe without the crust or topping for a quick and easy treat in less than 5 minutes if you don’t wait for it to set up!**

Crust

2 Cups of Almond Flour

1/3 Cup of Butter, melted

3 Tbs of Swerve Confectioners All-Natural Sweetener

1/2 tsp of vanilla

Mix all ingredients together, it will be crumbly. Press down into a 9x9 pan and bake on 350 for 10 minutes and then let cool.

Filling

8oz Cream Cheese, softened

1/2 Cup Butter, softened

1/2 Cup Swerve Confectioners All-Natural Sweetener

1/2 tsp vanilla

Put cream cheese and butter in a large glass mixing bowl and put in microwave until softened. Then add Swerve and Vanillaand mix together with an electric mixer until fluffy. Pour and smooth on top of the crust and let set in fridge for 2 hours before serving.

Topping

Raspberries (or fruit of choice)

Swerve to desired sweetness

Mash up berries and add swerve to desired sweetness. You can also use frozen berries and let them thaw, then mash. I find they are sweet enough without any added sweetener because they are picked and frozen at peak ripeness. 


FIVE FAVORITES

1. Favorite book? Only one??  That is REALLY hard because I have so many! I guess I would say Seize the Day by Joyce Meyer. I actually just finished it!  

2. Favorite podcast? Joyce Meyer Ministries

3. Favorite TV show? Currently binge watching Impractical Jokers, but favorite is Smallville, we just officially finished the WHOLE season! 

4. Favorite Amazon find? Wunder Brow - game changer!

5. Favorite Instagram account? @jolynne_whittaker

1.9 - Wicked Wisdom

 Alli Truttmann

Alli Truttmann

I saw Alli speak at a young professionals’ conference last year and I was so empowered after hearing her story. She had an idea, she acted on it, and it worked! She is now the Founder and CEO of Wicked Sheets. It’s the dream scenario! I’m so excited to get to talk to her today and dig deeper into her journey. If you want to get your hands on some Wicked Sheets, go to WickedSheets.com.

BONUS: If you use the coupon code WICKEDSELFISH you will receive 15% off your order.


FIVE FAVORITES

1. Favorite book? Peter Pan

2. Favorite podcast? Invisibilia

3. Favorite TV show? Chopped

4. Favorite Amazon find? Wicked Sheets, of course :) No, really, an original copy of Steinbeck's Travels with Charley

5. Favorite Instagram account? @elvafields, @reesewitherspoon

1.8 - Peace, Love & Salt

 Nicole Bartlett

Nicole Bartlett

Nicole and I have been friends for close to 10 years now. For as long as I’ve known her, she has always practiced self-care. Recently she took the plunge and started Louisville Salt Cave. Not only is she following her dreams, her business encourages us all to take a break and breathe. Visit LouisvilleSaltCave.com to learn more.

 


FIVE FAVORITES

1. Favorite book? A Continuous Harmony by Wendell Berry - I mailed this book to leaders I worked with when I was in the agriculture industry. It's just my mix of society, politics, agriculture and spirituality. 

2. Favorite podcast? I confess, I spend most of the time I get alone in silence - sometimes I'll stream Rufus Wainwright Pandora, and I love WFPK in the car, but that's about as far as I go with audible engagement.

3. Favorite TV show? FrazierI'm about 20 years behind on this one, but am just now patient enough to enjoy Frazier and Nile's witty banter. I'm growing to love each character. 

4. Favorite Amazon find? Dare I say diapers? It's the cheapest we've found them.

5. Favorite Instagram account? Anna Davey May - She's a young, local photographer who captures family and our city beautifully. Every photo she takes, and her captions around each one, move me. Check her out! 

1.7 - High Performance Coach

 Craig Williard

Craig Williard

This episode I interview a previous classmate of mine, Craig Willard. He is now doing some big things. He is owner of Craig Willard Coaching where he works with athletes, novice to pro, leaders and people that want to actualize dreams/goals and become mentally strong. Not to mention he is also a single dad to a precious nine-year-old daughter. I should mention Craig’s book is now out and available. Visit CraigWilliard.com to learn more.

BONUS: Mention Selfish when you book a session with Craig and receive a signed copy of his book.


CRAIG'S FIVE FAVORITES

1. Favorite book? Drive by Daniel Pink

2. Favorite podcast? The GaryVee Audio Experience

3. Favorite TV show? I gave up TV to increase efforts on my business and my book.

4. Favorite Amazon find? Amazon Prime - not a "thing," but who doesn't love Amazon Prime?

5. Favorite Instagram account? My friend @Mackatte, he has the best pictures from the neatest places.