Self Care With Gracy
The Self-Care of Facing Trauma with Psychotherapist and Coach Lori Beth Goldman

The Self-Care of Facing Trauma with Psychotherapist and Coach Lori Beth Goldman

November 16, 2019
How is your unaddressed trauma affecting your self-care? Do you sense that facing the difficult places in your past will help you move forward in your life?
 
My conversation with psychotherapist and somatic intimacy coach Lori Beth Goldman will help you find self-care as you explore the harder parts of your life journey. A trauma specialist, Lori helps women move past chronic suffering into true confidence and power. 
 
In our conversation, we discuss the importance of feeling and trusting our bodies, why women need to take particular care when addressing their trauma, and how facing our trauma can actually unlock loads of joy. I hope you enjoy and find the self-care you need!
 

To learn more about Lori, you can check out her website and blog at www.loribethgoldman.com or by phone at (510) 414-5701. You can also follow her on facebook at loribeth or on instagram at feminine.somatic.alchemy  

 
She also shares her personal transformational journey in the essay "Your Freedom Lies in the Struggle" as part of the Amazon compilation book, "The Empowered Woman Series."  
Exploring the Shadow with Organizational Psychologist Nina Jensen

Exploring the Shadow with Organizational Psychologist Nina Jensen

November 11, 2019
If you've read even a little bit about psychology, you've probably encountered the concept of having a "shadow." So, what does this really mean and how does the shadow relate to our personal self-care?
 
In this conversation with Danish Organizational Psychologist Nina Jensen, we take time to explore the shadow, particularly why we tend to avoid it and how facing our shadows directly can help us grow in incredible ways. Nina shares from her personal experience of learning to see and embrace her shadow as a source of strength and the ways she's learned to apply these self-care tools to her work with helping organizations work through conflict and grow.

To learn more about Nina's work (and if you read Danish!), visit: https://cosma.dk

Politics for People Who Don’t Like Politics with Congressional Candidate Mckayla Wilkes

Politics for People Who Don’t Like Politics with Congressional Candidate Mckayla Wilkes

October 29, 2019

Do you feel turned off or disillusioned by the political discourse these days? Or, do you just want to understand more about the connection between your personal self-care and progressive politics?

If so, my conversation Mckayla Wilkes, who is running against incumbent Steny Hoyer in Maryland's 5th District of Congress, will inspire your own political and personal power. Mckayla decided to run for office after a series of difficult experiences in the criminal justice system that stemmed from trauma in her youth. Instead of hiding her story out of shame, she's decided to share her full experience to help others who are struggling and heal a system that lacks empathy for challenging life experiences. Now she's taking on one of the most powerful members of Congress and gaining amazing momentum!

During our time together, we discuss: the power of empathy and how progressive politics is fueled by it, how to recognize and honor your personal power (even when it's doubted by others), the self-care you need to run for office, and much more.

Also, as I mentioned in the opening, my husband Micah and I are hosting a fundraiser for Mckayla on November 10th in Washington, DC. If you can make it, we'd love to have you there! Use this link https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mckayla-fundraiser-1110 to buy tickets or just make a donation.

To learn more and support Mckayla's campaign:Website: www.mckayla2020.com
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Handle: @MeetMckayla

Finding Intimacy that Works with Sex and Relationship Coach Dalia Perez

Finding Intimacy that Works with Sex and Relationship Coach Dalia Perez

October 9, 2019
image-asset.png
Do you wish you had more intimacy in your life? Or maybe you want less? Or perhaps you just want to figure out what healthy intimacy really means?
 
If you struggle to find the right balance of intimacy, you're most definitely not alone! Sex and relationship coach Dalia Perez struggled with those same issues herself and in working through them, found a path for helping others in their relationships.  
 
During our conversation, we discuss: why boundaries are so important in our relationships (and still can be so hard to set!), how motherhood can affect our desire for intimacy, intimacy self-care for those not in romantic relationships, and much more!
 
To learn more about Dalia's work visit her website: https://dalia-perez.com
Democratizing Ayurveda with Wellness Practitioner France Brunel

Democratizing Ayurveda with Wellness Practitioner France Brunel

August 20, 2019

Are you interested in learning more about Ayurveda, but feel like it's hard to integrate the ancient knowledge into your modern lifestyle? Ayurvedic teacher France Brunel started her wellness platform Yoom to help make Ayurveda's practices and philosophies more accessible to today's world. Her goal is to help democratize this healing tradition so that more people may benefit from its self-care wisdom. 

In our conversation, we discuss: how the Ayurvedic framework can radically change your sense of self, simple ways to practice Ayurveda that don't take extra time and money, and why democratizing Ayurveda is so important for our collective well-being. 

 

You can follow France's work here: 
https://www.liveyoom.com
@liveyoom (Instagram)

Self-Care in Dysfunctional Relationships with Our Loved Ones and Donald Trump (Time sensitive podcast!)

Self-Care in Dysfunctional Relationships with Our Loved Ones and Donald Trump (Time sensitive podcast!)

June 19, 2019

Do you lose yourself easily in relationships? Do you have a hard time being okay when others aren't? Do you watch the news and often get lost in your rage about our current state of political affairs?

Join the club! So many of us are struggling with these incredibly challenging codependent/enmeshed dynamics in our personal relationships and beyond. These toxic forces can subtly and overtly disrupt our self-care and leave us feeling like we aren't worthy of caring for ourselves.

There is relief though! In this episode, I share the three self-care practices and perspectives that have helped me come into healthy relationship with the people in my life. I also offer the ways I create more internal serenity with the bigger political/societal forces at play, while not losing my focus on creating a more just, beautiful world for all. 

Understanding the connection between the personal and political is more important than ever. If you struggle with practicing self-care, it's important to understand how these damaging societal forces are inhibiting your well-being. If you are trying to make bigger change in the world, a practice of authentic self-care will ensure that you're not unconsciously furthering toxic dynamics in your activism. 

One of the most powerful ways to practice self-care is by joining a self-care community. For this, almost a year ago I created the Beautiful Life Collective, a community of amazing women practicing authentic self-care together. This is the self-care that changes lives and creates a true culture of self-care (the kind that spreads quickly to the other people in our lives and beyond!).

We are open for new members until Friday, June 21st until midnight EST! To learn more go here: https://gracy-s-school.thinkific.com/courses/thebeautifullifecollective

Please write me at gracy@selfcarewithgracy.com if you have any questions about joining! Looking forward to supporting your self-care! 

Reflections on Getting Hitched with my Husband Micah

Reflections on Getting Hitched with my Husband Micah

May 30, 2019

Woohoo, Micah and I got married! To celebrate (and process our immense wedding weekend), I invited my now-husband back on the podcast. During our conversation, we spoke about: why our wedding ceremony felt so intense, how we are practicing self-care while parenting a toddler, ways to embrace the mundane aspects of life as spiritually transcendent, and much more! Have a listen and see what self-care it sparks for you!

 
Learning to Live Authentically After the Age of 50 with Author Maria Leonard Olsen

Learning to Live Authentically After the Age of 50 with Author Maria Leonard Olsen

May 6, 2019
Right after turning 50, author and speaker Maria Leonard Olsen's whole life changed. She got divorced, she got sober, and she started taking self-care seriously. These important self-care shifts launched a more authentic life for Maria, one that she bravely shares with others to support their healing. 
 
In our conversation, we speak about the connections between self-care and social justice, how to set stronger boundaries so we can live with more purpose, and why it's important to be vulnerable and share our whole selves in order to heal. 
 
To learn more about Maria's work:
What Powerful Women Do and Don’t Do with Podcaster and Blogger Myrrhanda Novak

What Powerful Women Do and Don’t Do with Podcaster and Blogger Myrrhanda Novak

April 5, 2019
Despite trying not to care what others think, do you still find yourself struggling with you "should" and "shouldn't" do as a woman? Underneath it all, do you limit your life out of fears of what might happen if you were to really be authentic? 
 
During my conversation with WOMENdon'tDOthat podcast and blog founder Myrrhanda Novak, we cover a lot of territory! We discuss what it means to be a modern, integrated woman and how live as a feminist against the backdrop of seemingly-conventional institutions, like Christianity. Also, Myrrhanda shares the experience of losing her 16 month-old son and the self-care that helped her through this immensely difficult period. 
 
To stay in touch with Myrrhanda and and connect to the WOMENdon'tDOthat movement, you can visit her website <https://www.womendontdothat.com and follow her on Instagram <https://www.instagram.com/myrrhanda/?hl=en>
An Imperfectly Imperfect Spiritual Practice with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon

An Imperfectly Imperfect Spiritual Practice with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon

March 18, 2019
Do you wish you could "do" mindfulness better? Do you find yourself getting perfectionist about your spiritual practices? If so, please listen to this conversation to find much-needed relief!
 
In my conversation with Buddhist Teacher Annie Mahon, we share our own messy, real-life stories of spiritual development, and together, debunk the myth that spirituality should look any certain way. We discuss Annie's concept of "raw mindfulness", our experiences of authentic leadership, and the self-care practices that keep us truly grounded in ourselves.
 
Learn more about Annie's work: