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The Start Within Podcast seeks to disrupt the narrative about what it means to be strong in mind, body and spirit – particularly for people of color. You'll hear candid insights from Coach Colette about her personal growth journey, along with interviews of BIPOC coaches, healers and founders sharing how they stay healthy while pursuing their goals. You'll want to listen as certified stress management coach, Colette Ellis, shatters the myth of the "Strong Black Woman" who is supposed to be st ...
 
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The 2021 theme for World Mental Health Day is “Mental Health in an Unequal World.” This theme highlights the fact that between 75% to 95% of people with mental health issues in low and middle-income countries are unable to access the care that they need. In the US, it's not much better for people of color given that only 14% to 15% of U.S. psycholo…
 
Have you ever seen a group of kids running around a playground and reminisced on the joys of childhood, when play was encouraged? Kevin Carroll — author, speaker, facilitator, and creative Katalyst — believes that play is serious business and that we all should be playing more. In this Coach Chat episode, Kevin dives into the way that play transfor…
 
Content Warning for sexual trauma and gender-based violence. Have you ever felt a spiritual connection with an ancestor or other higher being? Have you ever had difficulty recognizing when your intuition is guiding you? These are just two of the eye-opening concepts explored in this Coach Chat conversation with Anita Kopacz. Anita is a spiritual ps…
 
In recognition of BIPOC Mental Health month, it’s important to recognize that traditional mental health care solutions do not take into account all of the self-affirming, healing practices that exist within Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other communities of color. These tools, systems, and practices are valid, valuable choices that people of color …
 
When you hear the name, Ida B. Wells, what comes to mind? Journalist? Suffragist? Civil rights pioneer? How about a dangerous Negro agitator? This was just one of the terms used to describe Ida B. Wells back in her day because she was intent on speaking truth to power and holding a mirror to the Black experience of that time. In this Coach Chat epi…
 
Do you ever hear about a woman or person of color who is the "first" to accomplish a major milestone in an industry, and think: "Really, in 2021?" Well, our Coach Chat guest is no stranger to being first. Leang Chung was the first in her family to receive a Bachelor's degree, the first to have a job with an annual salary versus an hourly wage, and …
 
As today is the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's murder, Coach Colette speaks in this episode on the topic of trauma. Research shows that after the killing of George Floyd, rates of anxiety and depression for Black and Asian Americans increased between 34 and 41 percentage points. How do you process and heal from trauma? Clearly, one doesn't …
 
Did you know that today is Mental Health Action Day? It's a day that aims to move you from awareness to action and encourages you to take the first step in building resilience — whether that's seeing a therapist, joining a peer support group, starting a meditation practice, or reaching out to a friend. Make sure to check out their site here for mor…
 
Did you know that on average, people spend only 15 minutes a day on health-related self-care? For this episode of Mental Health Month, during Women's Health Week, Coach Colette discusses self-care and self-compassion. What makes you feel grounded? She encourages you first to consider how you want to feel to help you decide what nourishing activitie…
 
Coach Colette is switching it up for May— it's Mental Health Awareness Month and that means the start of a new series! Each week, there will be a new mental health topic, and you'll hear tips to build your resilience and improve your mental health and wellbeing. Today, which happens to be National Silence the Shame Day— a day that aims to end the s…
 
Have you ever heard of "languishing"? As we reach the end of Stress Awareness Month, in this week's episode, Coach Colette discusses a recent NY Times article by organizational psychologist, Adam Grant. In the article, Grant introduces the term, "languishing", as a possible description of how you might be feeling lately. The idea of languishing— a …
 
Did you know that communities of color are drastically more impacted by environmental issues than their white counterparts? As yesterday was Earth Day, Coach Colette uses this week's episode to speak about environmental racism. She discusses the initial definition by Benjamin Chavis in 1982, as well as findings from a 2007 study that show just how …
 
Did you know that this week is Black Maternal Health Week? Black Maternal Health Week was established in 2018 by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and was created to promote education and advocacy around the experiences of Black Mamas. This year's theme is "Black Mamas Matter: Claiming Our Power, Resilience, & Liberation". In this week's episode, Coa…
 
What in your life causes you stress? April is Stress Awareness Month— a little ironic considering the year-long pandemic that's been plaguing us. In this week's episode, Coach Colette advises you to take stock of your stress triggers, and consider how stress manifests in your mind and body. How do you think about a stressful situation? Do you creat…
 
Did you know that April is National African-American Women's Fitness Month? As today happens to be National Walk to Work Day, Coach Colette uses this episode to illustrate how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our levels of physical activity, and how Black women are particularly vulnerable. She also provides some tips for getting your body moving …
 
How comfortable are you with being alone? How has the pandemic impacted that comfort level? Today is National Solitude Day. In this week’s Financial Fridays episode, Coach Colette discusses how she’s been experiencing a lot more alone time than usual, due to the pandemic. She reminds you of how beneficial alone time can be for your mental health. S…
 
if you're living in the Northern Hemisphere, tomorrow marks the Spring Equinox. Given the challenging times we've had this week, let alone this past year, it can be a good time for self-reflection and consideration. What is it that you hope to accomplish or bring into reality during the rest of the year? It’s also a great time to think about spring…
 
Tomorrow marks one year since Breonna Taylor was killed in her home. She was an award-winning EMT and first responder in Louisville, Kentucky. On the night of March 13th, the Louisville Metro Police executed a no-knock warrant and sprayed her home with 20 rounds of bullets, shooting Breonna eight times and killing her in her bed. In this episode of…
 
Monday, March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It’s also a day that signifies a call to action to accelerate gender parity in all spheres, whether that be in politics, in the workplace, in the media, anywhere. This year's theme is #ChoosetoChallenge -- a signal…
 
Nine years ago today, on February 26th, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old young Black man, was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. This is a day to remember that we are still in the fight for social justice and equality. Since the death of their son, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have committed their lives to transform tragedy into ch…
 
Did you know that just 2% of the population is what can be considered a true multi-tasker or so-called super-tasker? With the pandemic, it's likely that you've been doing nearly everything from home -- working, exercising, socializing, cleaning. How often do you focus on just one thing at a time? You might think that multitasking makes you more eff…
 
Did you know that 860,000 people die from heart disease annually in the US? Or, that the prevalence of high blood pressure in Black women is nearly 40% higher than for white women? 46% of U.S. adults have hypertension, which is the leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke. In this week's episode of Financial Fridays, we share six practical t…
 
Contributions to the field of mental health by Black practitioners have been long overlooked. In this week's Financial Fridays episode, you'll learn more about Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, one of the first known Black psychiatrists. Solomon Fuller’s major contribution was to the growing clinical knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease. In 1903, he was one o…
 
Studies have shown that merely 1% of venture-backed startup founders are Black, despite the fact that Black people make up over 13% of the US population. And it’s even worse for Black female founders, who receive less than 1% of venture funding. In the third quarter of 2020, over 1,300 startups raised between $500,000 and $20,000,000. Just 31 of th…
 
Yesterday was the first full moon of 2021, also nicknamed the full Wolf Moon. The full moon is an excellent time for releasing, letting go, and clearing out the things that are no longer serving you. What are the habits, beliefs, tasks, or even people that are no longer serving you? In this week's episode of Financial Fridays, gain some suggestions…
 
Nutrition is one of the most powerful ways that you can prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. In recognition of Healthy Eating Week, hear tips and ideas for embracing a plant-based lifestyle. Studies have shown that individuals that incorporate more plant-based foods tend to have lower cholesterol levels, lower blo…
 
Even though we may be celebrating the holiday on Monday, today is the actual birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. In this week's Financial Fridays episode, Coach Colette reads excerpts of the momentous “I Have a Dream” speech delivered on August 28th, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In light of recent events, it’s impe…
 
What might happen if you allowed yourself to challenge the myth to completely reinvent yourself for the New Year? What if instead of the usual trope, you instead chose to invoke a new mantra: New Year, Same You, New Habits? Or New Year, Same You, New Intentions? This could unburden you and reinforce the fact that you can develop new habits while st…
 
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021 and the first Financial Fridays episode of the New Year. Congratulations, you made it! We made it! 2020 is history. Wishing you joy, health, happiness, and abundance for 2021. We look forward to sharing more content with you in this New Year and seeing all that we will manifest together. In addition to being the firs…
 
We wish a Merry Christmas to all listeners who are celebrating today. In this week’s episode of Financial Fridays, we also share a message about Kwanzaa, which begins tomorrow December 26th and ends next Friday, January 1st. This African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrates family, community, and culture. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulan…
 
In the Northern Hemisphere, we’ve been experiencing early sunsets, shorter days, and longer nights. Monday, December 21st marks the transition into longer days and shorter nights with the Winter Solstice. This week's Financial Fridays episode offers a preview of the celestial events on Monday. It’s been a dark year in many ways for many of us. Why …
 
Yesterday was Human Rights Day. The theme this year is Recover Better. We know that the COVID-19 crisis has exposed gaps in poverty, equality, discrimination, environmental degradation, and human rights protection. While the virus itself does not discriminate, it has highlighted the fact that people who are poor, marginalized, excluded, and discrim…
 
Did you know that December is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month? With the colder weather and the days getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, it's important to be aware of how well you are coping. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD for short, is more than just Winter Blues or a seasonal funk. SAD is a real form of depression that is more com…
 
Did you know that some consider the national holiday of Thanksgiving a reminder of the genocide and continued suffering of the Native American peoples? Participants in the Indigenous Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. In this week's Financial Fridays episode, we share two resources [Native-L…
 
Did you know that November is National Diabetes Month? More than 88 million American adults have pre-diabetes, or blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes. The percentages of US adults living with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes is 22% in the Latinx community, 20% in the Black comm…
 
Did you know that today is World Kindness Day? It’s a day to remember that kindness, compassion, care, and concern are important energies that sustain us as humans. Remember, kindness starts from within. The more self-compassion, self-kindness, and self-love that you can give to yourself, the easier it will be to express those same emotions to othe…
 
How have been you navigating and managing your stress this week? Ironically, Wednesday was International Stress Awareness Day. Chronic or prolonged stress can impact your sleep, your digestion, your mood, your irritability, your blood pressure, your risk for heart disease, and your immune system. It really is important that you be mindful of how yo…
 
Have you heard the phrase: once in a blue moon? There will be a blue moon on October 31, Halloween night. Tomorrow's Full Moon is also considered both the Harvest Moon because it appears nearest to the Fall Equinox, as well as the Hunter's Moon. The full moon is a great time for releasing things that no longer serve you. What do you wish to release…
 
Did you know that loneliness makes you more likely to fall ill? It seems to prompt the chronic release of hormones that suppress healthy immune function. Biochemical changes from loneliness can accelerate the spread of cancer, hasten heart disease, and accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s. The ironic part is that loneliness is subjective. No two peo…
 
Human beings are wired for relationships. We thrive most when we’re connected and we feel lonelier when we're disconnected. In 2020, there have been lots of reasons why you may not be as in close proximity with friends, family, and loved ones. Sunday is National I Care About You Day. It's a great time to show the special people in your life that yo…
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today is National Mammography Day. Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women? More than 250,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the US, and more than 40,000 women die from it. The good news is that there are over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors in the United Stat…
 
Did you know that this past week was Mental Illness Awareness Week, or that tomorrow is World Mental Health Day? We’re still in the middle of a global pandemic, which is a type of collective trauma in addition to climate change-related disasters, financial stress, and civil unrest. Now is a great time to focus on your mental health, find ways to ow…
 
October is a month in which there is much to recognize and commemorate. We'll start the month with a focus on Emotional Wellness and Emotional Intelligence Awareness. Emotional Intelligence has been shown to improve mental health, physical health, and other professional pursuits. A lower EI can hinder your relationships with others and can affect t…
 
Did you know that Latinx is the second largest population in the United States? In 2001, Latinx founders made up 6.5% of all founders; while in 2019 they grew to 15% making theirs the fastest growing demographic launching companies. In the midst of Hispanic / Latinx Heritage Month, we're excited to connect with a Latina founder who is building a gl…
 
Tuesday was the first day of Fall in the Northern hemisphere. Depending on where you live, temperatures may be starting to cool down, and leaves may be beginning to fall off the trees. The Fall equinox offers us the opportunity to examine what you have harvested thus far and to reflect upon your abundance. How you can appreciate the Fall season. An…
 
Did you know that 1980 was the first year that the US Census offered Hispanic as an option to describe one's ethnic identity? In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, this episode of Financial Friday focuses on the diverse cultural identities within the Hispanic and Latinx communities. We cannot ignore the fact that t…
 
Did you know that 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year? Or, that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34? Black and Latinx youth may experience even higher rates of some psychiatric distress due to a number of environmental challenges that place them at risk, including a lack of access …
 
Today is a National Day of Service and Remembrance to ensure that we strive to make our world a better place, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11th. As we are wrestling with the current racial and social injustices, sometimes these issues can seem so much larger than our personal impact. In this episode of Financial Friday…
 
Did you know that September is Self-Care Awareness Month? How do you feel about taking time for yourself? Often, we may feel guilty about putting ourselves first before taking care of others. At Start Within Coaching, we host a 7 Day Self-Care Challenge to create an opportunity for you to explore what your body, your mind, and your spirit need to r…
 
To close out the Black Business month, we take a journey back in time. Did you know that long before Airbnb there was The Negro Motorist Green Book? First published in 1936, the Green Book was the innovation of a Harlem-based postal carrier named Victor Hugo Green. Because of the discrimination Black people faced whenever they ventured outside thei…
 
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