Allison Crow - Doing It Your Way

November 21, 2017

Allison Crow is the founder of Soul-Full Living, LLC, a soul-focused coaching company that blends spirituality, energy, and creative coaching with business coaching. She is a Certified Visual Coach, a Certified Expressive Arts Facilitator, and a founding member of 4PC, an international organization of the top 4% of coaches and leaders around the world.


Allison joins me today to discuss how to bring your creativity, authenticity, and soulfulness into everything you do as a female entrepreneur. She shares the turning point in her career that enabled her to rise up to her own creativity and authenticity and explains how to create “soulful success” - which is success that feels good to you, at the soul level.


“Skills + Your Authentic Self = Unstoppable.” - Allison Crow

This week on She Rises:


  • Overcoming the need to “fit in”
  • Being authentic and claiming your “too muchness”
  • How to make peace with your authentic self
  • The connection between vulnerability, creativity, and your business
  • How to apply creative self-expression into entrepreneurship
  • How to incorporate authenticity into your marketing and branding strategies
  • The importance of sharing your creativity and authenticity in your business
  • Overcoming perfectionism through authenticity
  • Her philosophy of frequency over intensity when showing your authentic self


She Rises Actionable & Practical Tips:


  1. Journal every single day. Write a list of your “I am’s.”
  2. Fly your “freak flag.” Get creative.

Stop Settling, Start RISING!


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Myriam Llano - Love Your Body Well

November 14, 2017

Myriam Llano is an expert on the relationship between women and nourishment. She teaches women globally about nourishing the sacred feminine first, as a way to honor themselves; bridging the gap between emotional eating, nutrition, and spirituality. She is the creator of the Divine Renewal™ program ... a revolutionary program which supports women in creating an intimate connection with food and their body; feeding what they’re truly hungry for in life with spiritual nutrition. After many decades of being on a personal quest to heal her relationship with food, Myriam realized that that the journey starts with honoring both our divine essence and our humanness.

When a woman begins to honor herself and let go of shame and old wounds, she can help create a movement ... a movement of women who are at peace with themselves, their bodies, food, and finally begin feeling whole. Every new moon, Myriam offers an episode of the Divine Renewal™ Radio program ~ a collection of spirited conversations with wise women helping you overcome body image and emotional nourishment issues by strengthening your connection with the sacred feminine. Myriam is a registered nutritionist, an emotional nourishment coach, and devoted to the oath of the Divine Feminine. For more information please visit

In today’s episode of the She Rises podcast, Giovanna interviews health consultant, nutritionist, and motivational speaker from Toronto, Canada Myriam Llano. Her focus is to: “To help women rediscover their true essence and receive nourishment from the sacred feminine as they experience the Divine Renewal they hunger for". Giovanna talks to Myriam Llano about her Divine Renewal concept of healing the emotional and spiritual cravings that women have when overcoming body shaming, anxiety issues, and depression. Divine Renewal isn’t another dietary program to give up on, it is a woman’s opportunity to reunite herself with her own body; to learn how to appreciate herself as she is.

  • Giovanna welcomes Myriam to the podcast
  • Myriam and Giovanna reminisce on meeting in Toronto several years ago
  • Myriam’s She Rises Story – Relationship with food beginning at age 11

o Arriving to Canada from Columbia, suffering from her county’s drug war
o Eating to calm down her anxiety, eating all the time

  • True hunger: hiding to eat so owner of her new house in Canada wouldn’t know she was eating their groceries, eating leftovers from the garbage
  • Discovered the benefits of working out at age 13, binging and purging by age 14
  • Myriam was a victim of sexual harassment, abuse, and sexual violation
  • Became addicted to working out and dramatically lost weight at 17
  • Between 17-19 Myriam feeling sad internally and wondered if she died who would notice, started hurting herself (scratching herself)
  • Giovanna asks Myriam how she got out of self-destructive cycle

o By 19 Myriam hospitalized because her electrolytes were low, couldn’t walk up the stairs at her house
o Put into rehab at Toronto General Hospital, put into eating disorder program, had anorexia nervosa

  • Giovanna asks Myriam what she means by emotional eating in male-dominated medical field
  • Women worldwide struggling with body image issues, longing to feel loved, worthy, satisfied, heard, celebrated, and acknowledged
  • Giovanna addresses the misconception that only overweight women have an issue with food
  • Information and emotion that food holds for us, how/when/why we eat it plays a role in our relationship to it
  • Using food for a drug to heal spiritual and emotional injury
  • Coping with the past
  • Giovanna discussing her first dietary lifestyle change and mistaking anxiety for hunger
  • Macrobiotics taught Myriam about the energies of food, to feel “grounded” eat food from the ground, what are you “fueling?”
  • More words to describe something negative than positive, reuniting pleasure with your sacred self
  • Remembering the “mysteries of the feminine” and needing to redefine feminism – women’s bodies are cyclical and wear different archetypes that have been abused
  • Myriam discusses the menstruation cycle causing women to “disown” their body and be disconnected
  • Myriam’s advice of how to start reconnecting to your body by detoxing/keeping a journal
  • Giovanna speaks about putting on weight because she denied herself pleasure
  • Importance of awareness to stay tuned into emotions to deal with cravings: where and what you are eating to feel better
  • Deconstructing a society of shaming women
  • Myriam ends with: emotional eating can be healed

3 Key Points:

1.Being aware of your relationship to food to avoid using it as a depression cure.
2.Male-dominated medical field tends to ignore eating disorders being based on female body image problems.
3.Understanding that the cycles of the female body and deconstructing societal abuses towards women.

Tweetable Quotes:

-“Every woman trying to feed the unfeedable.” – Myriam Llano
-“At some point, you need to reclaim the parts of your life, especially your body, that you have disowned.” – Myriam Llano
-“We can’t get through life without food. And food holds a lot of information…a lot of emotion.” – Myriam Llano
-“Start honoring yourself through spiritual and emotional nutrition.” – Myriam Llano
-  “We start realizing that your body is not the problem, and that food is not the problem. That we really truly are whole exactly as we are.” – Myriam Llano
-  “In order to step into the past, it takes a hell of a lot of courage.“ – Myriam Llano

Resources Mentioned:


Monica Day - Let’s Talk About Pleasure

November 7, 2017

Monica Day is obsessed with the areas of life that invite us to admit our deepest desires, stir our greatest passions, and face our most potent fears. As both a writer/performer and a coach/facilitator, she addresses the areas of race, gender, class, power, and sexuality in myriad ways. Ultimately, she sees these critical issues as holding the key to both our individual and collective freedom.

Her performance credits include two solo shows, Song of the Sacred Whore and Falling Into Love, and a collaborative effort, The Secret Order of the Libertines: An Intimate Revolution. She was the creator and host of Essensuality: An Evening of Erotic Expression in New York City and Philadelphia, and the producer and lead coach for the innovative Power of One program, which uses the solo show format as a vehicle for personal and cultural transformation. As a coach, she works with individuals and couples, offers workshops, and regularly offers innovative group programs.

In this new episode of the She Rises podcast, Giovanna Capozzainterviews author and life coach Monica Day. Monica has been actively offering transitional coaching, sessions for individuals and groups, as well as apprenticeships for her clients. The focus of Giovanna Capozza’s discussion with Monica Day revolves around Day’s new book called “Play Wide, Stay Safe: The Guide to Giving and Receiving.” This timely guide addresses the importance of rising above sexual shame and gender stereotypes about sexual pleasure and indulging in safe and consensual intimate exploration. Monica Day offers tangible methods to take the embarrassment out of the communication of personal desires and the importance of using polar opposites in your relationship to spark hot sexual energy.

  • Giovanna welcomes Monica to the podcast
  • Monica defines sex as foundational to all of our lives, not relegated to the bedroom
    • Doesn’t consider herself a sex coach or “sexpert”
  • Monica’s “Sex Rises Story”: Monica’s feelings of once feeling unfulfilled: her own business, family breadwinner, raising two kids, putting ex-husband through school
  • Writing erotic poetry after marital separation and depression
  • Monica will have future book about personal coming-of-age sexual desires
  • Monica lost her virginity against her will
  • Sexual and body shame getting in the way of sexual exploration
  • People not being taught the difference between sexual acts and sexual energy
  • Predatory sex
  • Shared ways to express sexual desires as individuals and in relationships
  • Breaking free of societal taboos about sex that create shame
  • Intersection between race and sex
  • Sexual habits and desires leading to self-judgement and fear
  • Performance-based language about sex
    • Distinction between sensation-based language and judgement-based language
  • Popularity of “50 Shades of Grey” and the romance novel industry
  • “Erotic Self” and a “Domestic Self”
  • Communicating sexual curiosities
  • Monica’s advice to remedy a couple’s lack of sexual communication: Slowing down, being playful and curious, taking goal-orientated sex results out of the picture
  • Repression even in a highly sexualized society
  • Monica advising a company how to change their sexualized approach to using desire in advertising
  • The problem with pornography getting in the way of intimacy
  • Where our sexual organs are in our body is where our creativity and life force energy resides, a lot of our shames lives there as well
  • Women shutting down their sexual interests to avoid shame
  • Mastering the powerful fuel of sexual energy
  • “Solo Practice” to explore your own body to learn personal desires
    • Communication to feel full desire
  • Masculine and feminine energy in sexual tension
  • Important polarities to create desire: Leading and Following, Dominance and Submission, Fantasy and Reality
  • Giovanna talks about “The Little Death” an Australian movie about a wife sharing her rape fantasy with her husband
  • “The Primal and the Sacred” as a range for sexual desire
  • Start something new in your relationship before it dies

3 Key Points:

  1. Sexual repression and taboos.
  2. The differences between your “erotic self” and your “domestic” self.
  3.  Use polar opposites like Leading and Following, Dominance and Submission, Fantasy and Reality, and Primal and Sacred to explore sexual desires.

Tweetable Quotes:

-“There is sex the act, and there is sex the energy.” – Monica Day requoting Giovanna Capozza.

-“Am I normal?” – Monica Day

-“When curiosity is politically inconvenient.” – Monica Day.

-“We are saturated with sex, and yet we are starving.” – Monica Day.

-  “Your sex walks in the door 20 minutes before you, and it doesn’t leave until an hour after you’ve left the room.” – Monica Day

-  “The best leader is one who takes you to the place of your deepest desire. And the best follower is the one who is willing to go there.“ – Monica Day

Resources Mentioned:



Something to Think About Healing Yourself

October 31, 2017

Healing is not only cured by medicine. Healing also takes place in the mind. We often underestimate the role the mind plays in our healing. Our higher state of consciousness has the ability to influence our health—and this is one topic that can be easily dismissed by mainstream medicine and health systems. Today, Giovanna opens up about her journey as a healer. She explains the role of fear as it relates to sickness and how we can liberate ourselves from this fear. She also discusses the healing effects of being PRESENT in the moment.

  • Today’s episode is partnered with live training on Youtube!
  • This week, we’ll continue with the topic of healing—a very personal topic for Giovanna
  • She believes that we are all healers; part of her purpose is to awaken the healer in you
  • Giovanna is an alternative medicine doctor by trade
  • People seek to solve problems and find a solution, but it isn’t useful when it comes to a higher consciousness
  • Giovanna’s body issues from when she was younger got her on the health track early on
    • Unfortunately, she still felt something was missing
    • She felt a lot of guilt for leaving her career in health
  • There is a missing piece that isn’t talked about in our efforts for true health and healing—that missing piece is our higher self
  • Giovanna became a healer to fix herself and to fix other people, but she burnt out
  • The higher consciousness of every person is pure presence
  • You are NOT a body — you are a presence/consciousness that does not get sick
  • Your ego tends to blame or shame yourself
  • Our bodies get sick because of our thoughts and beliefs; however, only to a degree
  • The mind is powerful; your thoughts and your beliefs create your reality
  • There is only one thought that makes you sick—FEAR
    • Dwelling in the past OR having anxiety about the future will trigger that fear
  • The vital life force is the animating spirit that lives within all of us that is there to heal itself
  • There is a way to speak to your subconscious mind
  • Accessing the power of your healing is accessing the place where the future and past do not matter
  • Giovanna shares about her gallbladder problem that was caused by her stressing and attacking herself
  • Remember that there’s nothing that you need to do except BE PRESENT
  • The new way of healing for us needs to incorporate healing of the mind
  • Accepting the present moment liberates your body
  • True healing comes from remembering who you are
  • Please share this She Rises podcast to your friends!

3 Key Points:

  1. You are a neutral presence or consciousness that doesn’t get sick or have fear.
  2. Healing comes from within yourself.
  3. Liberate yourself by being present in the moment and free yourself from the anxieties of the past and/or future.

Jodi Flynn - Women Who Take The Lead

October 24, 2017

Jodi Flynn is the Founder of Women Taking the Lead, a podcast and community of ambitious entrepreneurial women who want to go BIG. She works with Type-A women who are already successful but have not yet achieved the level of success they want to achieve. Jodi helps her clients to see how extraordinary they are and then set priorities, get organized, in action so they can achieve their biggest goals with ease. She became an Amazon bestselling author with the release of her book, Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to doing.

Every woman has two sides: the side that she is proud to show to the world and the side that she tends to hide. The part of us that we hide is made up of our insecurities, our struggles, our fears. They are the feelings that arise when we feel what we are offering to the world is just not good enough. Today’s She Rises guest, Jodi Flynn, tackles the insecurities in women that drive them to push harder in their careers and personal life. She helps women develop their confidence and see that they are already amazing—regardless of how much they strive in life. Tune-in as Jodi and Giovanna take us into their own inner struggles of self-confidence, what they describe to be their superpowers and kryptonite, and how all women can be the best version of themselves.

  • For free resources, go to
  • Today’s guest, Jodi Flynn, helps women develop their confidence and help them realize that they’re already amazing
  • Jodi, as a child, was full of insecurities outside of the house
    • She even trained herself to breath silently so she wouldn’t attract attention
  • Growing up, Jodi used her friends as a security blankets
    • These friends left her and it devastated her at the start, but it also encouraged her to reach out to others and form new friendships
  • The women who hire Jodi for coaching are already successful people
    • They may not feel successful though
    • They also can doubt their personal relationships
    • Some tend to struggle with perfectionism
    • Jodi helps them to understand they can delegate their work so they can focus on more important things
  • Jodi shares about one of her clients
    • Her client had to either sell her business or work with a partner
    • She had a lot of options and Jodi told her that they will work their through the options
    • The client had an “aha” moment where she realized her team worked better when she took a break
    • The client didn’t have to sell the business or take on a partner after all
  • The leader, or the owner, can become a “barrier” to the business experiencing success
  • The common factor between all of Jodi’s clients is perfectionism which causes them to hide their problems
    • They don’t want to ask for help; they try their best to do things their own way
    • Hiding keeps people trapped
  • Jodi was trapped at one time herself
  • In business, things will go wrong
    • It should be taken as an experiment where failures are a learning experience
  • The people who are successful are the ones who didn’t hold themselves back
  • “Strive for some excellence, not for perfection”
    • Perfectionism only reinforces “not good enough” ideas and beliefs
  • Jodi believes that every quality has two sides of a coin, the “good enough” and “not good enough” side
    • Jodi wrote her book for the women who believe things are “not good enough”
  • In all things, be aligned with your mission and work at your own personal development
  • There’s work involved when it comes to aligning with your mission and purpose; it requires you to engage in a heart-to-heart with yourself
    • The mission for women is to be the best version of yourself
  • “Be the change you would like to see in the world”
    • If you follow your interests, you’re already in your mission and purpose
  • Women can make a difference and have tremendous power
  • You don’t have to be the next Oprah, you can start with your own community or circle
    • As Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can with what you have, where you are”
    • Doing one small action can create the greatest ripple
  • What to do with the crabs in the bucket?
    • If you change, the people around you have to change
    • Lovingly set boundaries
    • Help them understand how you’re doing and if they can’t support you yet, that’s okay
    • Giovanna shares how people questioned her decision to move to Mexico
    • Know what is true for you
  • Jodi’s book is Accomplished: How to Go from Dreaming to Doing
    • It is broken down into three parts, the first part is the foundation and setting yourself up for success
    • Second part is about mindset, stress, obstacles and the people you surround yourself with
    • Last part is the tactical side of things
    • There’s nothing wrong with being a visionary
    • Recognize your superpowers and your kryptonite
  • Giovanna and her partner are having a spiritual and business retreat for women in Bali next year
  • Jodi’s book is like a DIY coaching service for women who are overworked, overwhelmed and have big dreams, but can’t make them happen
  • If you have a question, reach out to Giovanna at the She Rises website or to Jodi at
  • Email Giovanna at

3 Key Points:

  1. Women are NOT inferior to men—they achieve their potential in their own ways.
  2. When we change, people around us will change as well.
  3. You can be a visionary but achieving the right balance between action and dreaming is KEY.

Resources Mentioned:


Barry Paul Price - How to Date Men, Not Boys

October 17, 2017

Barry Price is a Dating Mentor and Coachville-Trained Life Coach who used to help his single, successful Mom analyze her dates. He now supports heart-centered, six-figure female entrepreneurs to attract, date and maintain a relationship with the man of their dreams.

Though empowering for women, the feminist movement has taken a toll on men. Women stepping up and no longer hiding their power has unfortunately left men questioning where they stand—specifically in the realm of romantic relationships. So how does a woman find a man that they deem a proper fit? How does a woman maintain her femininity WITHOUT giving up her power to a man? These are the questions that will be addressed in today’s She Rises episode with guest, Barry Paul Price. Tune-in to gain a better understanding of the masculine and feminine energies that lie within all of us and how to achieve balance in ourselves before we can even dare to find our match.

  • For free resources, go to
  • Each person has BOTH masculine and feminine energies
  • Today’s guest, Barry Price, helps powerful women date men, NOT boys
    • His message—you can have the love that you deserve
    • He helps powerful women reconnect with their feminine energy
  • Both masculine and feminine energies are powerful – you just have to use the right energy that serves you at the right time
  • Since the age of feminism, women have been able to freely express the power they already have
    • In the 70’s and 80’s, men didn’t know how to respond to powerful women
    • In the 20th century, boys are being brought up by female elders; this is very different from ancient times where they spent their days with male elders
    • The definition of a male role model changed with the industrial revolution
    • In the last 10 years, many have been questioning “Where are the men?”
  • Barry refers to the book, The End of Men, which was written because of the rise of women
    • Some men are having a difficult time coping with women stepping up
  • Barry believes women should feel free to change in ways that allow them to fully connect with their feminine energy WITHOUT sacrificing their power
  • Giovanna states that all people have a deep sense of power within themselves
  • Typical characteristics of boys (not men) can include emotional immaturity, financial instability, being emotionally unavailable, etc.
  • Focus on what you’re looking for as a woman (the kind of man you desire); don’t fixate on the kind of man you’d like to avoid
  • Five “M’s” to differentiate a boy from a man:
    • #1 Maturity
    • #2 Mission
    • #3 Masculine
    • #4 Myself
    • #5 Making you feel safe
  • Barry iterates the importance of starting with YOURSELF
    • If you’re still single, it’s because you haven’t met your ideal match
    • Be authentic and be the BEST version of yourself
    • Having the “I can do it on my own” attitude is effective for feeling safe and secure, but it can also drain your energy
    • Powerful women tend to want control in a relationship; know the times when you need to release that control
  • “There’s nothing less attractive than people with unmet needs, wanting their needs met by you”
    • Don’t be attached to the possible outcomes of a relationship
    • Cultivate your relationship with yourself FIRST
    • “Nobody is here to fill all your needs”
    • What matters is being aligned in every part of you before a man comes into the picture; don’t look for a person to fill in your gaps
  • Being feminine is part of an evolving, organic sense of yourself
    • “The feminine side of understanding a soulmate is really, feeling your way into what that will feel like being around that person”
    • Dancing without any inhibitions or self-judgment can help you tap into your feminine side
    • Beware of The Miss Independent Syndrome, or the “Screw you, I don’t need you” attitude
  • Your identity can make you feel safe, but it can also blind you of your problems
    • Vulnerability is a gift that you give to yourself and to your significant other
    • Barry has immense respect for people who can search within themselves and admit there was something wrong
  • Begin your journey with a deeper level of self-trust
  • If you have a question, reach out to Giovanna at the She Rises website or to Barry at
  • Email Giovanna at

3 Key Points:

  1. All people have both the masculine and feminine energy within them; each have their strengths according to the situation at hand.
  2. The struggle to find a partner can be overcome by finding your balance.
  3. Before looking for a potential partner, remember to place your focus on what you can contribute to the relationship first.

Resources Mentioned:


Allana Pratt - The Risk of Vulnerability

October 10, 2017

Intimacy Expert Allana Pratt inspires open hearted courageous living, with delicious sass. Featured on CBS, TLC, FOX and weekly on the Good Men Project, this cum laude graduate of Columbia University is the author of 3 books, with one in the oven. She’s a coach to celebrities and the Host of the sexy empowering show

Allana’s passionate devotion to helping men and women reclaim their joy, freedom and personal power dating and in relationships is rooted in her own experience. Allana endured a brutal custody battle that threatened to compromise her joy, softness and feminine power. Yet Allana sat in the fire, embracing the experience as a spiritual teacher, emerging more courageously vulnerable and radiantly loving than ever before.

Now she inspires women to embrace their sacred erotic nature and find strength in their softness to attract all the love and attention they desire. She heals men’s emasculated hearts, cures their ‘nice guy’, and awakens their ‘noble badass’ to create hot, healthy intimate relationships. She pole dances for pleasure, has ridiculous amounts of joy as a mother and inspires reverence for our exquisite sexual nature.

With two failed marriages and a lifetime riddled with insecurities, no one person would think today’s guest, Allana Pratt, would rise to where she is now – an intimacy expert who helps both men and women become “radiant sexy women” or “noble badasses. Listen as Allana, with authentic vulnerability, lets us into her life and story. She shares candidly about all of her life’s twists and turns and discusses what it takes to live openly and honestly. Tune-in the learn the value of vulnerability, humility and why others cannot love us right UNTIL we learn how to love ourselves.

  • Today’s episode guest is Allana Pratt
  • Allana is from Canada
    • She hopped into her uncle’s 18-wheeler truck to go to Hollywood
    • She was good enough to dance, but she didn’t have the visa so she took a dancing job in Japan instead
    • That job helped her understand the sacredness and sensual divinity within her body
    • After 4 years of dancing, she met a guy who became her first husband
    • They moved to New York City and Allana went to Columbia University where she graduated Cum Laude
    • Everyone she spoke to in America was skeptical about the dancing career she had in Japan; Allana was so ashamed about it that she had to lie at times
    • They moved to Los Angeles where she didn’t feel out-of-place
  • Her marriage didn’t work out, even after counselling
    • She married her second husband when her mom was passing away
    • To fill the void of her mother, she rushed the process of getting married again
    • Unfortunately, she and her second husband divorced within the year; there was a 12-year custody battle for their son
  • The custody battle opened up a feminine power Allana never thought she had
    • She found her centered place of truth
  • Her ex-husband won 70% custody, but his son didn’t want to live with him
    • Her son spent 3 months with her and said he wanted to stay with her primarily
    • Allana wanted her son to make up with his father; since then, there have been issues with the father that have caused her son to block communication with Allana
  • Allan met a guy a month ago that she is now seeing; she deems him a ‘noble badass’
  • Allana’s clients hire her because she’s real and she does not judge
  • Vulnerability is one of Giovanna’s issues that she deals with
    • Giovanna is in a place now where she is considering getting into a relationship again
    • If you derive your worth from the outside-in, you’re screwed
    • Derive 100% of your worth from the inside-out
    • People tend to be cruel to themselves
    • Allowance is the first step to vulnerability
    • You can resist to a point where you break
  • When people get into relationships with little parts of themselves, they accept themselves as a whole and they accept themselves unconditionally
    • Because we judge ourselves, we lock parts of our real self down
    • Nobody is going to love the real you if you don’t love yourself
    • You attract people like yourself – if you’re emotionally unavailable, you attract the same kind of person
  • The safest is being open ALL the way
  • Courage and humility are two things you need to find your way back home
  • Allana understands how it’s like to disconnect from ourselves
    • Either you learn to let go or it’s going to be done for you
    • Pole dancing taught Allana to not grip too loose or too tight in almost everything
    • Vulnerability is the way to the limitlessness embodiment of who we are
    • Vulnerability is what makes you sexy and irresistible
    • It’s what helps you trust yourself more
  • One gift of vulnerability is self-trust and trust in the universe—the path to that is through courage and humility
    • It takes great humility to admit that you need to heal something
    • Everything goes back to loving yourself completely with all those imperfections
    • After some heartbreak, Giovanna realized that she was OKAY and others need to realize they will be OKAY, too
    • When you go through the stages of vulnerability and get to a place of readiness, you’re going to be okay
  • Don’t forget to discern who you’re going to open up to
  • “A person has to earn the right to your vulnerability”
  • People have been taught that it’s safer to be in their head and that their body is a place of shame
  • “If you have been inappropriately touched in any way, the body remembers that”
  • “Be vulnerable to yourself”
  • Love yourself and allow the person who comes into your life, to love you in the SAME way
  • Check out the She Rises website for show notes

3 Key Points:

  1. Don’t be afraid to be the REAL you and try not to judge others.
  2. Understand that all people wrestle with vulnerability.
  3. Don’t let any external source define who you are – love yourself from the inside-out.

Resources Mentioned:


Maria Felipe - Live Your Happy

October 3, 2017

Maria Felipe is the author of Live Your Happy. A Cuban-American born in Miami, she is 5’9” with a towering personality to match.  After experiencing success as a model and actress, including hosting World Wrestling Federation TV shows, she felt called inward and studied to become a reverend at Pathways of Light, an accredited religious school inspired by A Course in Miracles. She leads monthly services in both Spanish and English at Unity Church in Burbank, CA. 

All of us seek true happiness in our lives; but, it is the rare few that manage to find it. Maria Felipe, our guest on today’s show, guides us into how one can do just that. Maria believes that cultivating self-love and a feeling of abundance are KEY to finding true happiness. She delves into her life struggle of people pleasing and her general lack of self-love—factors that have contributed to her becoming intrinsically unhappy. Today, she discusses just how she managed to let go of her grievances, cultivate that self-love, and ultimately find that true sense of happiness. Tune-in to learn how your willingness to connect to the Holy Spirit and to your spirit within can help you live your happy.

  • Today’s guest is Maria Felipe
  • Her book Live Your Happy: Get Out of Your Own Way and Find the Love Within is based on A Course in Miracles
    • The books urges readers to live at MAX capacity; be responsible by not being a victim of the world that you see
    • Being FORGIVING, even when and if you do not want to, WILL make you feel better
  • Maria was suffering because she was dissatisfied with the state of her relationships and her career
    • In this world of duality, we are constantly looking for outside validation to be “complete”
    • Was even attending the Course of Miracles in a bid to find happiness
    • Her personal life went through major upheaval in 2009 when she went through a divorce; resorted to drinking and partying to cope up
    • Started to recognize that if she did not mend her ways, she was doomed to die
  • Decided to go to The Pathways of Light, a ministerial program to further her study on the Course of Miracles
    • Opted to go there not to become a teacher, speaker or instructor but to HEAL her mind
    • The Course of Miracles says, “All you need is a little bit of willingness for miracles to happen”; inherently willing, she finally warmed up to the program
  • Tried reading books and listening to CD’s in her self-help and desperation phase, but to no avail
    • Need to EMBODY the teachings and live them in your relationships with yourself and others
    • Realized the futility of looking for love outside of oneself
  • Tranced with the world and caught up in our egos, we have gotten comfortable with being unhappy
    • Being EASY and being HAPPY is the true normal; happiness, our function and inheritance is the true reality
    • BIG DEALS rob us off our inheritance, our happiness—in other words, when we make a big fuss over small issues or catastrophize certain events in our life that end up stealing our peace
    • Cultivate a mindset where you are happy regardless of the outcome; your happiness is not dependent on things outside of you
    • Remember, outside stuff does not define you; GOD does
  • Avoid falling in the ego trap where you think, “You could have, you should have or would have done it better”
  • Avoid being obsessed with your looks and being skinny just to people please or get something else from the outside world
    • Maria’s body is just a reflection of her thoughts
  • Your bank account and your job do not define you; you will not find abundance in your life via monetary gains
    • Your life is inherently abundant since you are God’s creation; you have everything and lack nothing
    • Our ego pushes us to achieve more and more in this consumption driven society
    • Maria beat 500 girls to land a job at World Wrestling Federation; while this job had all the trappings of success, Maria was the saddest she had been all her life
    • The only thing that you want to truly MANIFEST is what the holy spirit guides you to do; look to manifest more internal things rather than external things
  • “You want the holy spirit’s guidance because you want what is best for the soul growth. You want to wake up more and more to the love that you are”
  • Sometimes you need to GIVE up all desires to DISCOVER what is truly best for you
  • Stop and gain control over your wandering mind to truly CONNECT with your spirit
    • The Holy Spirit communicates with you through signs and symbols; it will meet you where you are at
    • Given the current state of society at large, Maria believes that you need BIG WILLINGNESS in order to truly connect with the Holy Spirit
  • Had been longing for a man’s love all her life; realized the futility of this when she realized that she was, in fact, longing for God’s love and that she had it all along
    • Upon realizing that all the conflict was within herself, and that she was holding herself back from the holy, the good and the beautiful, she finally became FREE
    • Is in a great relationship right now due to the self-love that she was able to cultivate
  • “Feeling your feelings” is extremely important for dealing with your emotional issues; don’t brush your feelings under a rug, respond to the nudge that the Holy Spirit is giving you
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3 Key Points:

  1. Give up all your DESIRES to truly discover what is best for you.
  2. Important to “feel your feelings” and deal with your emotional issues; do not brush your feelings under a rug.
  3. STOP looking for happiness outside of you; the TRUTH is that you have everything and you lack nothing – cultivate a feeling of ABUNDANCE to be truly and intrinsically happy.

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Giovanna Capozza-Decisions, Decisions… Ugh!

September 26, 2017

Decisions are simply a part of life. There are small daily ones with small consequences. And, there are the life-altering, enormous ones that can cause us a great amount of stress, anxiety and indecision. Since making decisions are inevitable, we need to know how to approach this process—especially if we find ourselves becoming STUCK in our own indecision. In this episode, Giovanna walks us through the process of decision making. She discusses how we can make a decision from a place of clarity and peace instead of one that is influenced by our own ego and rational thinking. She discusses the NEED to tap into our Source, Guide, or Higher Self to seek true direction and encourages listeners in how they can make time in their busy lives to do so.

  • Today’s episode is about decisions
  • Giovanna has been a notorious, neurotic decision-maker
  • A lot of people suffer from the agony of making decisions
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  • At the center of all your stresses is YOU
  • Call in your higher self or source
    • Ask yourself a question—a decision that is pending, or something that poses a challenge for you
    • Ask the spirit or higher guidance to come and help us in this process of tapping in
  • How did the process of tapping go for you? How did it affect you?
  • The very place we need to go is usually the place which is the most difficult for us to connect
  • Making quick decisions is something that eludes Giovanna
  • Tapping into yourself is an exercise to know yourself within
    • Cultivate and develop your ability to go into your quiet space
    • People are so entrenched in the external world that they forget to listen to their internal world
    • Your relationship to yourself and your relationship with your source is MOST important
    • Trust in yourself is important for making decisions
  • Giovanna shares a quote from Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life
  • Look at the Universe or Source from a different perspective other than suffering the consequences of making a wrong decision
  • Indecision gets you stuck
    • Where is your indecision keeping you stuck?
    • How is does your indecision manifest in your life?
    • A Course in Miracles’ has a lesson that says, “If I make no decisions by myself, this is the day that will be given to me”
    • In your willingness to find the answer, you need to acknowledge that your ego and logical thinking is actually the one making the decision
    • The decision that is made from logic and intellect is NOT from a place of peace and clarity
    • Learning principles and then, applying principles are TWO different things
  • Take a moment and connect with yourself
    • Write down whatever question comes to you
    • Make 2 columns – write your fears on the left side, and on the right, write the possibilities or outcomes
    • What is influencing your decision-making?
    • Willingness to ask and seek the answer to your questions is very powerful
    • Acknowledge that you do NOT know the answer
  • The sense of “knowing” is in the foreground and the small voice within you is usually placed in the background
  • Indecision is a byproduct of not trusting yourself
  • Intuitive Action and Massive Action should come together in every decision
  • Exercise your decision-making muscle by spending at least 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night tapping into your Higher Self
    • Your mind’s job is to constantly be working
    • Notice your thoughts happening, but don’t shut them down
    • Invite your guide
    • Let go of your decision BEFORE proceeding to try and answer it again
    • Surrendering your decision and asking your guide for the answer is KEY in this exercise
    • When you get distracted, catch that you’ve gone astray and bring yourself back
    • Trust that you can connect with your intuition and Higher Self
  • Simona, today’s caller, is having trouble keeping herself accountable in tapping in and for not being committed in meditation
    • At first, Giovanna had to schedule her tapping so she wouldn't forget
    • She uses an iTunes album called, I Am Wishes Fulfilled Meditation Recording to help her set in
    • Make tapping part of your personal routine
    • Say and vocalize your invitation to your guide
    • Simona realizes her mistake is not inviting the spirit to come and help her
    • Waiting for the answer means you’re not in total surrender
  • The outcomes are not always the things we expect to happen
  • Remember that decision-making is a topic MOST people struggle with
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3 Key Points:

  1. Everyone struggles making decisions—so don’t be discouraged in thinking it is only you.
  2. Decision making requires you to tap into your inner self and call upon your Guide, so that you can make a decision that comes from a place of peace and clarity.
  3. Be willing to surrender your own thoughts and your own ability to rationalize an answer to your question.

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Shannon Confair - Mastering Visibility

September 19, 2017

Shannon Confair's journey is one of true inspiration and courage. Shannon was working in the daycare her son was attending when she encountered her first entrepreneurial opportunity—being the photographer at her boss’s friend’s wedding. From that point forward, Shannon learned what it meant to own her craft and BE the professional photographer that she wanted to be as she journeyed onward towards her dreams. Tune-in to learn how Shannon navigated her business while raising her children. She emphasizes the importance of knowing yourself, knowing your target audience, reaching out to your community, and increasing your visibility—all the things that have contributed to Shannon’s success.

  • Today’s episode guest is Shannon Confair
  • Just recently, Shannon had Giovanna on her Facebook live show where they talked about Giovanna’s work surrounding women
  • Shannon has a unique perspective seeing through a photographer’s lens
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  • Shannon was a teen mom and has been a photographer for 12 years
  • She took a different path – she worked in the daycare her son went to
  • Her boss knew she loved photography
    • She covered for her boss’ friend’s wedding because they could not afford a professional photographer
    • Her boss told her, “If you want to be a photographer, you have to call yourself a photographer”
    • The wedding was a hit and Shannon started booking business from there
  • Own and claim what you want to be
  • Shannon had two more children and continued building her business while homeschooling the kids
    • Homeschooling gave her the freedom to run her business as a mompreneur
    • Shannon realized there isn’t really any perfect balance
    • She plans her schedule in a way that everyone gets what they need
    • When it feels off, adjust and move on
    • Make priorities, have a vision and figure out the steps to make things happen
  • 7 years ago, Shannon and her family had to make a move to a new area
    • She thought her business would boom, but it fell flat
    • An online ad teaching one how to book brides was key for Shannon to take the next leap
    • The program was $250—which was a large amount for Shannon at the time
    • It was the best investment Shannon ever made for her business
    • Shannon doubled her business that year
  • After a few years, she burnt out on weddings so she dove into the online coaching world
    • Shannon booked her dream brides because she was clear enough about where she wanted to niche down
    • Knowing who you are and who you want to serve can dramatically increase your business
    • She started a brand called Wildly Successful Moms, which she never monetized and came to realize she was missing photography
    • She combined both the things that she loved; this birthed her current business model
  • Shannon, like Giovanna, also had difficulty in putting herself out there
    • Overcoming her visibility problem has allowed Shannon to help so many people
    • One of Shannon’s biggest challenges was people thinking she was a fraud
    • It wasn’t until she immersed herself with women that she realized they were all the same; they were all on a journey
    • Joining certain communities helped Giovanna to step out
    • Create better thoughts
  • Before taking a single photo, Shannon discusses the vision of her clients want and how they want to be perceived by the world
    • Shannon’s brand strategy always starts with a vision
    • She spends a day with her clients to really get to know them
    • “It’s like they finally see themselves for who they really are”
    • Giovanna prescribes a photoshoot to her clients to capture their best moments so they can remember that they ARE that person, even if they don’t feel like they are at certain times
    • Giovanna is an amateur photographer herself
    • See yourself as the beautiful person you are, regardless of whether you’ve put on weight or not
    • It’s important to have a photographer who has experience with women
    • Your weight is NOT who you are. You are not your body.
  • Shannon strongly believes that her purpose is to make a difference in this world
  • Watching people come alive by using their own gifts and talents to make a difference in the world is one thing that Shannon is very passionate about
  • The lesson that took Shannon the longest to learn is accepting the fact that she is still learning
  • Struggles might look a little different from person to person but everyone has them
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3 Key Points:

  1. Believe that you ARE the person you want to be—and it will happen!
  2. Striking the balance between who you are and who you want to serve will help you grow your business dramatically.
  3. The type of struggles may vary from person to person; but the fact is, we all have them.


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