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Balanced Black Girl

Balanced Black Girl is a podcast dedicated to helping you feel your best. Tune in for approachable health, self-care, personal development, and well-being advice from Black women wellness experts.

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56 | Breaking Unhealthy Relationship Cycles and Healing Within with Shena Tubbs of Black Girls Heal

Today we’re talking to Shena Tubbs, a Relational Trauma and Attachment Specialist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Love Addiction Coach based out of Houston, TX.  She is the founder of Black Girls Heal, an online community dedicated to helping women of color break the cycles of unavailable relationships and feeling not enough by healing what's within.  In addition to Black Girls Heal, Shena has a private practice where she specializes in helping women heal from unresolved childhood relational trauma, love addiction, and changing relationship patterns. She also hosts the Black Girls Heal podcast which talks about all things intimacy, attachment and healing internal wounds.  In this episode, we talk about… How we repeatedly get into unhealthy relationships and how we can break the cycle. Understanding and overcoming love addiction. Learning your attachment style, and the origins of your attachment style.  Unpacking relationships with unavailable people. RESOURCES: Visit Shena’s Website, BlackGirlsHeal.org Check out the Learn to Thrive course Check out the Healed and Loved Woman Mentorship program Follow Black Girls Heal on Instagram: @blackgirlsheal_ Like Black Girls Heal on Facebook Episode Sponsor: Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

50mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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36 | Let Your Fears Make You Fierce with Koya Webb

Today’s guest is Koya Webb. Koya is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, personal trainer, holistic health and wellness coach, author, motivational speaker, and professional fitness model revolutionizing the holistic living landscape. She is the creator of Get Loved Up, a platform that encourages people to “love yourself, love others, and love the planet” by practicing environmental sustainability, plant-based nutrition, and mindful movement. Koya is gearing up for the release of her latest book, Let Your Fears Make You Fierce: How to Turn Obstacles Into Seeds for Growth, an insightful guide sharing the ways she has lived in fear and the tools she's used to get herself to a more confident and fierce place, moving through life in alignment with everything she believes in. We had an inspiring conversation about overcoming obstacles and finding triumph over limiting beliefs. Get ready for some serious inspiration. In this episode, we talk about… Turning obstacles into inspiration. Listening to your body as an important form of self-care. The importance of diverse yoga training programs. Why love should play a major role in your wellness routine. RESOURCES: Get Koya’s new book, Let Your Fears Make You Fierce: How to Turn Obstacles Into Seeds for Growth Sign Up for Koya’s Get Loved Up Yoga Teacher Training Follow Koya on Instagram: @koyawebb Follow Get Loved Up on Instagram: @getlovedup Join us for our first live show in Seattle on June 21st all about creating community. RSVP here. This episode is sponsored by Black Girl Sunscreen. Finally, a sunscreen designed to protect your melanin without the white residue. Use the code “BBG20” for 20% off your order at blackgirlsunscreen.com, or grab Black Girl Sunscreen at your local Target! Like the show? Want to see it thrive? Support Balanced Black Girl Podcast on Patreon for exclusive benefits and perks! If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 5mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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22 | Mind, Body, and Soul Care with Shanna Tyler

Our guest today is Shanna Tyler. Shanna Tyler is a life + biz coach for entrepreneurial women and podcast host of The Self Soul Sport Podcast.  Based in New York City, she loves connecting with fellow girlbosses and owning the concrete jungle. Shanna believes that you can do it and have it all -- from pursuing a life of passion, cultivating a supportive network, and making money doing what you love! In 2016, she launched Shanna Tyler blog with categories like yoga, mental health, and lifestyle. It’s led to many amazing collaborations with big names like Blink Fitness and SELF Magazine.  Recently, Shanna launched her first e-book, the Get It Done E-Book - a guide with productivity hacks, tips, girlboss insights, and more. In this episode, we talk about… Shanna’s journey with major depressive disorder. Mindset tips to help you boost your productivity. How to overcome imposter syndrome. Shanna’s experience as a black woman yoga teacher in New York City, and an open discussion about diversity in fitness clientele. Creating self-love pockets throughout your day. Resources: Shanna’s Website Shanna’s E-Book, the Get It Done E-Book Shanna’s Group Coaching Program - The Get it Done Program Follow Shanna on Instagram: @shannatyler_ and @selfsoulsportpodcast Listen to Shanna’s Podcast, Self Soul Sport Shanna Interviewing Lestraundra on Self Soul Sport If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your new year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

47mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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43 | Taking Control of Your Dating Experience with Shan Boodram

Today, we’re having an open, honest conversation with Shan Boodram about sex, dating, and relationships.  Shan Boodram is a sexologist, popular YouTube personality, intimacy expert and author of The Game of Desire. Published by HarperCollins, The Game of Desire will teach you the self and social awareness to make dating your new favorite hobby. Shan analyzed the competitive dating landscape and the common pitfalls women face in the pursuit of passion, then developed a five-phase workshop to help down-on-love daters achieve romantic success. She has appeared on The View, MTV, E!, The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and CNN Radio, and has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, and Time magazine.  We talked about how women can have more ownership over their dating lives instead of leaving it up to chance or in the hands of others. In this episode, we talk about… How women can be in the driver’s seat of their dating lives and romantic relationships.  The importance of understanding your attachment style. How we can all become relationship experts. Creating your ideal relationship related to your commitment style.  RESOURCES: Get Shan’s new book, The Game of Desire Check out Shan’s websites: shanboodram.com and thegameofdesire.com Follow Shan Instagram @shanboody Watch “The Disappointments of Dating as a Black Woman” on YouTube Find Your Attachment Style Find Your Commitment Style If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. Want to unlock weekly bonus episodes? Support Balanced Black Girl as a patron on Patreon.  PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

54mins

30 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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27 | Starting Over: How to Thrive When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan with Irie Love

Today, we’re talking to Irie Love. Irie is a talented singer, fitness Instructor, activist, child mentor and empowerment coach. Irie is new to Seattle, and determined to use different platforms to empower women and youth worldwide through her love of music, health and wellness. Irie started her music career in 1999, and spent nearly two decades working in the entertainment industry. After a series of life-changing events in 2017, she fell in love with cycling and transitioned to a career in wellness. This episode will leave you feeling inspired and ready to take on any transitions you may be going through in your life. In this episode we talk about... Navigating major career transitions. The power and importance of strong friendships and community. Making manifestation accessible. How to thrive when life doesn’t go according to plan. RESOURCES: Irie’s Website: https://www.thisisirielove.com/ Follow Instagram: @thisisirielove Take Irie’s class at BurnCycle (Seattle) Join the Balanced Black Girl Book Club https://www.balancedblackgirl.com/book-club/ If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 3mins

2 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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31 | Getting In Tune With Your Mental Health with Alicia Tetteh

Conversations around mental health are always a top request, and this episode delivers. Today, we’re talking to Alicia Tetteh. Alicia is a mental health therapist practicing in Charlotte who sincerely believes in the power of change. She completed her education at Virginia Commonwealth and Howard University. She is a new mom of twins and loves learning how to best nurture them. Alicia owns Building Endurance, where her focus is decreasing the stigma around mental health and recently created a mental health mobile application, ATTUNE. Additionally, Alicia teaches social work at the collegiate level and co-hosts a podcast with a friend and colleague, 2 Elephants in the Room. She loves laughing, silence, books and anything outdoors. In this episode, we talk about… How to decide if therapy is right for you. What strengths-based therapy entails. How to overcome common barriers to entry when it comes to seeking mental health services. How to find the right therapist. RESOURCES: Check out Alicia’s app, Attune: https://getattune.com/en/ Follow Alicia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_aliciaoctavia Follow Building Endurance on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildingendurancepllc Listen to Alicia’s Podcast, 2 Elephants in the Room If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

40mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Feel Good Friday #11 - How to engage in positive self-talk

In today’s Feel Good Friday episode, we are diving into the importance of self-talk. It can be so tempting to fall down the rabbit hole of negative self-talk. But often times, the language we use to speak to ourselves is far more harsh, and less compassionate than what we would ever say to anyone else. We’re going to dive into why positive self-talk is so important, how to decode and understand the negative self-talk we frequently engage in and how to engage in positive self-talk (without feeling cheesy). RESOURCES: 10 Affirmations to Guide Your Glow Up If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

13mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Feel Good Friday #19: Making Friends As An Adult

Today’s Feel Good Friday episode is about a topic nearly everyone has struggled with at some point: making friends as an adult. When you’re a kid, making friends is all about proximity, but as you get older it gets a little more complicated. After you finish school and are no longer surrounded by people your same age, or from your same area, how’s a Balanced Black Girl supposed to make friends? Let’s discuss some tips to help you meet an amazing squad. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

12mins

17 May 2019

Rank #8

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Feel Good Friday #3 - How to Create a Morning Self-Care Routine

In today’s Feel Good Friday episode, we’re addressing one of my favorite topics: how to create a morning self-care routine. I’m breaking down what my morning self-care routine looks like, why it can be short and sweet (I promise you don’t need to wake up at the crack of dawn for a solid morning self-care routine), and how you can customize it to make it work for you. Generally speaking, I break my morning routine into three categories: things that take care of my mind, body, and spirit. Depending on my season in life and what my priorities are, the amount of time I spend on each area, and what I do to support each area will vary. But I recommend you find a routine that works well for you! Because we all could use a little more practical self-care. In this episode, we talk about… Why you shouldn’t use your phone first thing in the morning. Resources to help you take care of your mind, body, and spirit. Ideas for customizing your morning self-care routine to make it work for you. RESOURCES: Download our free glow-up guide for morning journal sheets, inspiring quotes, and affirmations to guide your morning self-care routine. Join us at our Balanced Black Girl Seattle book club meet-up for Becoming on January 27. Register HERE.  If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

15mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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Feel Good Friday #6 - What’s self-love got to do with it?

It’s Feel Good Friday, and this week we’re talking about self-love. Not in a cheesy way - in a realistic way. In a compassionate way. Tune in for three simple steps to start showing yourself a little more love - because if you don’t love you, who will? Get your self-love journal sheets: https://www.balancedblackgirl.com/self-love If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

14mins

15 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Feel Good Friday #12 - You Are Enough

You have probably seen memes, quotes, graphics, and merch all over the internet the past few years with the phrase “I am enough.” While we have all liked, shared, and retweeted it, when will we start believing we are in fact, “enough?” Furthermore, what does being “enough” mean? In this Feel Good Friday episode of Balanced Black Girl Podcast, we are tackling the idea of being enough, and are discussing how to actually start believing it. Because you are enough already. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

7mins

29 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Feel Good Friday #17: 5 Limiting Beliefs to Let Go Of

In this week’s Feel Good Friday episode, we’re talking about letting go of things that no longer serve you. For many of us, the main thing holding us back is our mindset, and the limiting beliefs we repeat to ourselves over and over. Limiting beliefs are thoughts or stories we repeat to ourselves that constrain or hold us back in some way. Today we’re breaking down what five limiting beliefs you can let go of to live your best life. RESOURCES: Listen to Feel Good Friday #12: You Are Enough Visit our website, balancedblackgirl.com. Join the Balanced Black Girl Book Club. Like Balanced Black Girl on Facebook. Follow Balanced Black Girl on Twitter. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

17mins

3 May 2019

Rank #12

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41 | Unpacking The Oreo Complex with Kristin Iris

Today’s guest is Kristin Iris. Kristin is a Film Producer, Speaker, and Coach who helps Black creatives cultivate liberation, joy, and power through deep personal work and Black creative expression. Her work centers on helping Black folx dismantle their internalized oppressions and stand in their power she works in particular on healing “The Oreo Complex” or the idea that an individual isn’t Black enough.  As a creative she shares powerful messages through her writing (currently working on a novel and a screenplay), videos, and her podcast Melanated Rising which is meant to inspire, uplift, and ignite Black creatives all while changing the narratives around Blackness. She is also a Producer at MegaMind Media, a Black-owned feature film and television production company. Her mission, whether in her art, coaching, or speaking, is to challenge and break down oppressive power dynamics and systems by inspiring and igniting Black folx into their greatness and their capacity to make great change in the world.  We had a great conversation about the unique challenges Black entrepreneurs and creatives face, and how we can unlock our creative power to achieve success.  In this episode, we talk about… How everyone can unlock their creativity. Being a Black woman in the online coaching space.  Unique obstacles Black entrepreneurs and creatives face.  Understanding and dismantling The Oreo Complex. RESOURCES: Visit Kristin’s Website: www.kristiniris.com Listen to Kristin’s Podcast Melanated Rising. Check out Kristin’s course, From Oreo to Empowered. Follow Kristin on Instagram: @kristiniris Want to support Balanced Black Girl? Join our community on Patreon to unlock Feel Good Friday episodes and bonus content.  If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 9mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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53 | Building Financial Wellness Tonya Rapley of My Fab Finance, Presented by BECU

Today, in partnership with BECU, I’m sitting down with millennial money expert Tonya Rapley of My Fab Finance to discuss the importance of financial wellness.    Tonya’s mission is to help millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so they can become financially free and do more of what they love. Selected by TV One as a modern-day history maker, Tonya is a full-time entrepreneur and tours the country providing workshops for private and nonprofit clients. Her fierce financial advice has appeared in countless media outlets. Tonya currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son, and I am so excited to share her approachable advice for achieving financial wellness with you.    BECU is Washington’s largest not-for-profit credit union and is owned by its 1.2 million members. They have been a partner of Balanced Black Girl since the beginning of the year, and have helped facilitate important conversations about financial wellness on balancedblackgirl.com. In this episode, we talk about…   How to create your own definition of financial wellness. Initial steps you can take to build financial wellness. Strategies for eliminating debt. How to stick to a budget without feeling deprived. Wealth-building for Black women. Finding affordable ways to practice self-care.    RESOURCES: Visit Tonya’s Website Follow Tonya on Instagram: @myfabfinance and @tonya.rapley Like My Fab Finance on Facebook Follow Tonya on Twitter: @myfabfinance Check out the My Fab Finance Blue Ribbon Club   EPISODE SPONSOR -- BECU Check out BECU.org Learn more about BECU’s free Financial Health Check Learn more about BECU’s online budgeting app, Money Manager   OTHER FINANCIAL WELLNESS ARTICLES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BECU:  5 Ways I Cut My Budget to Build Emergency Savings Money Management Tips for Side Hustlers Planning for a Summer Vacation: How to Achieve Travel Goals Adding Financial Wellness to Your Wellness Routine in the New Year: How to Set Realistic Financial Goals and Add Financial Wellness As A Key Pillar to Your Wellness Routine Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

45mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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30 | Nutrition Made Simple with Wendy and Jess of Food Heaven Made Easy

Today, we’re talking to Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones, Registered Dietitians, Certified Diabetes Educators, and the creators of Food Heaven Made Easy. Both women transitioned into careers in nutrition after working in other fields, and launched Food Heaven Made Easy in 2011 to share their passion for nutrition and healthy eating with others. With their podcast, nutrition programs, and recipes, Wendy and Jess want to show others that healthy eating can be delicious, easy, and cost-effective without feeling restrictive. Wendy and Jess are also fellow podcasters. They host the Food Heaven Made Easy Podcast, a show dedicated to sharing applicable lifestyle changes to help improve your health. Tune in for new episodes every Wednesday. In this episode, we talk about… What inspired them to transition to nutrition after pursuing careers in other fields. Simple tips to help you improve your eating habits if you don’t know where to start. Meal prep hacks that won’t take over your whole Sunday. The importance of representation in nutrition. RESOURCES: Food Heaven Made Easy Website Follow Food Heaven Made Easy on Instagram: @foodheavenshow Like Food Heaven Made Easy on Facebook Follow Food Heaven Made Easy on Twitter: @foodheavenshow If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

52mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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25 | Creating a Foundation of Mindfulness with Nkenji Clarke, M.Ed, N.C.C.

Today, we’re talking to Nkenji Clarke, a Bronx, New York native pursuing her calling in the helping field of Counseling. An HBCU graduate, from Spelman College, it was there that she fully embraced her purpose and connected it to her passion of working with youth and women in Black communities. She is committed to service and understands the importance of eradicating mental health stigma in the Black community. She pursued her graduate degree in Counselor Education (M.Ed) and is now a Nationally Certified Counselor (N.C.C) with a Professional School Counseling certification. In the present moment, her purpose has her working with middle school scholars in New York City, where she works with them to learn mindfulness tools and increase their Self-awareness identity. She promotes the importance of Self-care through the 8 dimensions of wellness in both her personal and professional life. She is working toward creating more safe spaces for Brown and Black youth and women through education. In this episode, we talk about… Working with youth to change the stigma of mental health in Black and brown communities. Mindfulness tools and techniques for Black and brown women and youth. Creating safe spaces for Black and brown women and youth. How mental health conditions are displayed differently for Black youth and young adults. The importance of self-care through the 8 dimensions of wellness. Mentioned in this episode: Follow Nkenji on Twitter: @kenjikahmali Follow Nkenji on Instagram: @__kenjikahmali Test Used to Diagnose Depression May Not Work on Black People Get your Balanced Black Girl Mug: www.balancedblackgirl.com/shop Subscribe to the Balanced Black Girl Newsletter: www.balancedblackgirl.com/subscribe If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your new year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

49mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #16

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Feel Good Friday #1 - Creating Space for Healthy Habits

Introducing Feel Good Friday! On Fridays, we’ll be sharing mini episodes with actionable wellness tips empowering you to live well. This week, we’re talking about creating space for healthy habits. It’s the time of year when a lot of people are trying to create better habits. While we’re all for creating healthy habits, it’s important to create space in your life so these healthy habits can stick. Tune in for advice on how to create space so you can implement better habits in 2019. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your new year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

10mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #17

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40 | Sexual Health from the Womb to the Tomb with Michelle Hope

Today, we’re talking about sexual health, effective sexual education for Black and brown students, and how to create our own individual definitions of what it means to be sex-positive with Michelle Hope. Michelle is a dedicated Sexologist, educator and activist with a Master’s degree in Human Development and extensive post graduate training in sexuality. As a veteran speaker, Michelle has over 15 years of experience delivering impactful informative lectures and trainings across the nation. She believes as though her work, in marginalized urban communities, has provided her with deep insight and comprehension of the holistic implications of sexuality on one’s life. Michelle has dedicated her career to understanding and communicating to the masses the complex intersections of various social identities: race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, through a Reproductive Justice lens. She has taken deliberate actions in exploring and developing a unique language to speak to communities of color. Michelle feels as though her experience in working with marginalized urban communities, and understanding holistic sexuality, has shaped her perspectives on the direct connections between sexuality and generational poverty in those communities.  Her passion and commitment to the work has provided her with a unique style that has the ability to captivate and educate across various populations; with a proven track record of developing, implementing and evaluating dynamic and creative programming for individuals. In this episode, we talk about… The implications of how our community views, talks about, and teaches about sex. How being overly sexualized and fetishized impacts Black women. Understanding where feelings of shame around sex and sexuality come from. How consent and pleasure are deeply intertwined. Helping individuals define what being sex positive means for them.  RESOURCES: Michelle’s Website: http://www.mhsexpert.com/ Follow Michelle on Instagram: @mhsexpert Follow Michelle on Twitter: @mhsexpert PARTNERS: Get 20% off your order on BLK+GRN using the code 'BBG20' Get 20% off Black Girl Sunscreen using the code 'BBG20' Get 30% off Methodology Meals delivered to your doorstep using the code 'BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30' Support Balanced Black Girl on Patreon for weekly bonus episodes.  If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 1min

9 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Feel Good Friday 16: The Importance of Alone Time

In today’s Feel Good Friday episode, we are talking about the importance of alone time. Spending time alone can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, having time to yourself can be one of the best things you can do for your health. Whether you have a packed calendar and never have a moment to yourself, you intentionally fill your time to avoid spending time alone, or if you’re in a season of having a lot of alone time and you’re ready for a change, this episode has useful insight to help you make the most of your time to yourself. RESOURCES: Balanced Black Girl Website Follow Balanced Black Girl Podcast on Instagram @balancedblackgirlpodcast Follow Les on Instagram @balancedles Like Balanced Black Girl on Facebook Follow Balanced Black Girl on Twitter @balancedblkgirl If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on iTunes. Join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

8mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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59 | Listener’s Choice: Manifestation, Making Moves, Handling Life Transitions, and What’s Next for Balanced Black Girl

In today’s episode, Les is holding it down solo discussing listener-submitted topics. Starting off with some reflection on 2019 and a renewed mindset for 2020, this episode gets deep down and personal about family, relocating, dating, manifestation, and more.  Whether you’re considering a relocation and are afraid to take the leap, you’re feeling stuck in a situation that you aren’t sure how to navigate, or you’re interested in creating a meditation routine, this episode has something for you! The tea is hot today.  In this episode, we talk about… Goal setting for 2020.  Relocating to a new city: preparing financially, taking the leap, building community. How to get unstuck.  The single life and dating in a new city.  Creating a meditation routine. Overcoming the winter blues. Manifestation and how to get out of your own way.  RESOURCES: Get the show notes for all episodes at balancedblackgirl.com Follow Les on Instagram: @balancedles Follow Balanced Black Girl Podcast on Instagram: @balancedblackgirlpodcast Liberate Meditation App Calm App Episode 54: Wholehearted Living with Shirin Eskandani Les’ Top Reads from 2019: The Game of Desire by Shan Boodram The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper More than Enough by Elaine Welteroth The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown Balanced Black Girl Partners: BLK+GRN | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blkgrn.com Black Girl Sunscreen | Use code BBG20 for 20% off at blackgirlsunscreen.com Methodology | Use code BALANCEDBLACKGIRL30 for 30% off your first Methodology shipment Organifi | Use the code BBG for 15% off Organifi supplements Skinny Dipped | Use the code BBG for 15% off your order at skinnydipped.com Balanced Black Girl is edited by Bex Carlos. If you like this episode, please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Keep in touch with Les on Instagram @balancedles, follow the show @balancedblackgirlpodcast, and join the Balanced Black Girl Podcast Community on Facebook. PS: If you really want to take your year to the next level, snag our free glow-up guide. This free guide has everything you need to implement a self-care practice that works. You’ll get daily journal worksheets, inspiring quotes, affirmations, and a bonus workout. Get the guide HERE.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/balanced-black-girl/donationsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

43mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #20