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This podcast is a space for people to share their real, unfiltered experiences of success and failure and everything in-between. Join me as I interview people from all walks of life - and dive into their inspiring stories of making changes, overcoming challenges, and achieving goals all while embracing the messiness of life because life is…well, not perfect.
 
Make Time for Success is a podcast designed for busy people who are ready to improve not just their productivity, but also their self-esteem and self-confidence. If you’re looking for the secrets to making productivity feel light and easy rather than something you want to run from, this is the podcast for you. In each episode, psychologist and Procrastination Coach Dr. Christine Li shares effective tips and strategies to help you start building your most joyful, creative, and abundant life. ...
 
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Are you quaking in your boots thinking that time is passing you by and you're getting older by the minute? Take a deep breath and take a listen because I know that this episode is going to light you up! My special guest this week is Rachel Lankester, author of Magnificent Midlife, Transform Your Middle Years, Menopause and Beyond. Rachel also hosts…
 
Hello there and welcome back to Well, Not Perfect! I’m so excited to introduce this week’s guest, David Gray. He is a fellow therapist and good friend of mine. He is a licensed psychotherapist and owner of Gray Matter Therapy, a private practice in the Chicagoland area. He is a trained therapist who assists clients who use psychedelic medicine for …
 
So many of us suffer from people-pleasing. Why do we do this? Why do we allow the needs of others come before our own? My thoughts on the subject are covered in this podcast episode. From conditioning as children to do things we really don't like or want to do to receive praise, attention and appreciation to not respecting ourselves and our own tim…
 
Today on Well, Not Perfect, I sit down with Kati Wax. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and the owner of Lincoln Park Psychology. Her passion is to affect others to make meaningful change. She is an extraordinary therapist and leader in the field of psychology in the Chicagoland area. Listen in as she explains the power of boundary setting du…
 
As women, we are oftentimes concerned with issues of health and being at our best. That’s why I brought in an expert who really knows how to guide women to be their best selves physically. My special guest this week is Daisy Bravo. Daisy Bravo is the founder of Strong Moms Fitness. For over 20 years she has dedicated her life to helping women reach…
 
Welcome to another episode of Well, Not Perfect. Today, I want you to prepare yourself because this is a conversation most of us dread, and that is discussing our financial health. Now before you turn off this show, I want you to just take a moment and think about why this is one of the most important elements of your well being. On today’s show, y…
 
Relationships can be so complicated, right? The relationship between a new parent and their own parents can be one of the most beautiful, successful, and useful bonds when it comes to the strengthening of a family -- but it can also be a fraught and confusing relationship to get right. My special guest, Donne Davis, has spent the past 18 years expl…
 
TW / Trigger Warning Welcome back! This is your host and therapist, Audrey Grunst. Boy do I have a good episode to share with you today! It’s a story that most of us could never imagine—yet somehow throughout this story, there's an interconnection between what my guest went through and what we experience everyday. Today I sat with Elena Breese. She…
 
Have you ever wanted to have a system that captures all the to-do list items and ideas you have in one place? My special guest, productivity and organizing expert Lisa Woodruff, helps her clients take charge of their projects, schedules, and homes so that they can make more room for clarity, extra free time, and focus in their lives. You’re going t…
 
Today on Well, Not Perfect I have a guest who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk. I would like to introduce you to Mason Spector, the Co-Founder of Madhappy, a global lifestyle and apparel brand on a mission to create a more optimistic and inclusive world. Mason has been named Forbes 30U30 and is changing the world through his platform a…
 
What new habits are you itching to start? What do you know will be a good activity or project for you to invest your time and energy into? What might you gain from investing your best efforts into developing a new habit? This episode is for all of us -- warriors inside a pandemic -- coping with daily stresses while also attempting to live and to wo…
 
Hello hello and welcome back to another episode of Well, Not Perfect. Today I sit down with Whitney Reynolds, and let me tell you that my conversation with her left me feeling empowered to say the least. Whitney is the Emmy nominated host of The Whitney Reynolds Show, a talk TV show that is dedicated to being a safe space for delicate life stories.…
 
This is a special double feature of my guest Linda Samuels, professional organizer. After appearing in Episode 44 to share her thoughts about how to handle clutter and how to create spaces that feel right, Linda and I worked together during three virtual organizing sessions to address the clutter and organizational needs within my home. This second…
 
Welcome back to Well, Not Perfect. Today I sat down with an extremely wise, humorous, and lovely guest who I absolutely admire in the field of counseling and entrepreneurship. I can't wait for you to meet her. Sarah Buino is the CEO, Founder of Heart Heart Therapy in Chicago, and podcast host of Conversations With A Wounded Healer. If you are someo…
 
Having organizing systems in place can be so helpful as we go through life and as we handle life’s transitions. When clutter of different varieties interrupts our ability to concentrate and to grow and change to our full potential, it often is a great idea to call in professional help. My guest in this episode, Linda Samuels, has been in the organi…
 
Today October 10th, 2021, is World Mental Health Day. On behalf of Simply Bee and our relationship with MTV Entertainment and Mental Health Is Health, we are using this opportunity for you to get inspired and take action towards mental health in your life and your community. This is on the heels of May 20th, the first inaugural Mental Health Action…
 
Experiencing betrayal is one of the most complex interpersonal, personal, psychological, and emotional experiences we can undergo. My special guest, Dr. Debi Silber, describes how her personal experience with the trauma of betrayal became the starting point for her personal growth and professional expertise in the area of betrayal. In this jam-pack…
 
Welcome back, everyone! I have an AMAZING show for you today. I sit down and vibe with Lola Wright. When I mean vibe, I mean I sit down and find myself immediately absorbed into the conversation with her. She is incredibly smart, insightful, and in tune with the world today. Every guest I have on the show is special in their own way and Lola is spe…
 
Keeping up with responsibilities, chores, and all the tasks of everyday life sometimes can feel like one gigantic and heavy weight. If you are looking for strategies for making things feel a lot lighter, this episode is for you. Learn how to eradicate roadblocks, reduce your fears, work with greater ease, create more room to move and to create, and…
 
TW // Trigger warning: This episode contains sensitive topics. Welcome back to Part II of the episode with Morgan’s Message. I now sit down with Dona and Aberlee Rodgers, Morgan’s mom and twin sister. Dona and Aberlee share their own experience and what they’ve learned through their tragic loss. In Part II of this episode you will learn: How to tal…
 
TW // Trigger warning: This episode contains sensitive topics. Welcome to a very special 2-part episode on Well, Not Perfect. This episode is close to my heart because it hits home for me. You guys may or may not know that I was a D1 volleyball player who experienced a sudden career-ending injury that caused me to spiral into anxiety and depression…
 
Have you ever wondered how you could make things in life and business go much more smoothly and easily? Alison Nissen and Marcy Stoudt discovered that by joining forces in building their coaching business, Revel Coach, and in supporting each other in their individual efforts as well, they were making faster progress and having way more fun. In this…
 
Today on Well, Not Perfect, I am so proud to have Dionne Miller. She is an incredibly talented female Sports Anchor and Reporter at ABC7 Chicago. Prepare to get a glimpse inside of her incredibly resilient mind and see the personal side of her life that often doesn’t get seen on TV. As I was talking with Dionne, I couldn’t get over the fact that he…
 
Do you have a great picture of yourself both inside and out? In this episode, you’re going to learn how to show up and to feel strong for when you’re having your photos taken and in other areas in your life where you want to make a positive presence. My special guest and dear friend Michelle Adams will show you how to come out from hiding whenever …
 
My guest this week is Allison Crow, a teacher turned real estate agent, turned productivity coach, turned life coach! Her vibrant journey and abundant life experiences make Allison no stranger to fear, and this is the story of how she was able to tackle everything that life threw her way without giving in to the voice of doubt inside her head. Desp…
 
Why do we become resistant to starting a task or new project? Well, my friends, there are a lot of reasons why you might be experiencing resistance but there are also a lot of ways to combat it. Whether you’re feeling resistant because you’re fearing an outcome, lacking trust in the process, or you’re struggling with being open to change, this epis…
 
Finding pure bliss in life without negative consequences on the body was something my guest, Rebecca Snowball, was on a quest to have. Her journey of self-love and kicking her negative habits is an inspiring one and I hope it inspires you to seek the joy and the thrills of finding yourself so you can be exactly who you were meant to be. In this epi…
 
Moving beyond the stories we tell ourselves can help us not only understand and experience our emotions, but allows us to truly transform our mindset and outlook on life. Annie Peguero is my guest this week and she’s certainly no stranger to self-doubt. In this episode, you’ll hear about Annie’s emotional and touching story of how she was able to o…
 
Ambition has always been part of Susan Choi’s vocabulary. Although she’s a stress management coach now, she didn’t always know how to manage stress herself. Susan was overworked daily working in the corporate world, but a health scare made her realize that her definition of ambition needed to be rewritten. This episode describes her journey and how…
 
Okay, I have an inkling as to why you might be here. You’re here because you’re feeling overwhelmed, right? Or maybe you’re here because you get overwhelmed often and want to take the steps necessary to help prevent it? Maybe you also want to start being more productive without all the chaos? Well, my friend, you're in the right place. In this epis…
 
If you have an idea that’s worth going after, commit to it. If not, move on. This is the basic goal philosophy of my guest this week, ALoN David. He’s a goal setting expert, entrepreneur, and 90X® Founder & CEO; ALoN has created multiple 6- and 7- figure businesses from nothing. In 2017, after multiple hugely successful businesses, he decided to fi…
 
Giving yourself a break is much easier said than done. When balancing a family, a full-time job, and your personal time, it can feel like everything needs your attention at every moment. Finding peace among the chaos can sometimes feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. My guest this week, Renae Fieck, a mom of 3, occupational therapist, a…
 
Why does showing up online cause many of us to feel afraid? Why does “showing up” seem so scary? It's vulnerability. It’s the fear of letting people see the real you. It’s that fear that keeps you from growing and transforming more fully. It’s also the fear that makes you feel like you’re getting nothing done. In this episode, I’m going to introduc…
 
When you get frustrated, what tends to happen? Do you tend to run from your feelings? Do you run from your tasks and responsibilities? Do you abandon what you were doing? These are normal responses to frustration. However, when we continue to stay frustrated over long periods of time, we can become caught in a cycle where we become even more frustr…
 
“Just be yourself!” is what everyone says, but that’s way easier said than done, right? Getting in touch with who you are (a.k.a. your real self) can be quite the journey! For some it may be simple, but for many it can be very challenging and take many years to “figure it out.” We know deep down we want to live as our true selves, but we also worry…
 
Have you ever felt stressed looking at your closet not knowing what to wear? Or maybe you don’t even know what looks “good” anymore? Do you get frustrated when you decide to go shopping for new pieces and just don’t know where to start? This is the episode you’re not going to want to miss, my friends. My friend, Jeannie Stith (also known as The Col…
 
Building healthy habits can feel difficult; we know this all too well, and I think we can all relate! Sometimes the habits we’re trying to build seem so challenging we think that the process has to be an “all-or-nothing” action. We start, only to get discouraged and to fall back into our old habits again. It makes us think, why do we fail? What’s t…
 
Realizing there’s more to life than just the standard daily grind and knowing you have a greater life purpose can open up a world of possibilities. Our special guest this week, Lauren L’Amour realized this when she was finding success in her real estate career but found that she was more unhappy the further she progressed. With long hours and no ti…
 
When we feel good on the inside and out, your inner power shifts. This week’s episode is all about empowerment and taking back control over your health. My special guest, Kristin Fraser, discusses her health journey and how she was able to find her inner glow through nutrition, meditation, and healing. We’ll also get to hear how she’s taking action…
 
Impostor syndrome is an experience many of us feel whether it’s at work, home, or elsewhere. Not feeling “good enough” creeps in when we feel like we need to do better or be better, especially when we begin to compare our experiences to those of others. In this episode, you’ll hear tips and reminders that we need to tell ourselves to take control o…
 
Post-pandemic life: What’s it going to look like? It may be unsettling for some, it may be exciting for others. As we begin to navigate what life looks like outside of pandemic times, it’s important to remember how we’re feeling when we’re operating in situations that aren’t aligned with who we are or what we need. When we are frequently working ou…
 
Our words have power; the way we speak and act are tools for getting the things we want and creating impact. But why do so many of us hold our thoughts and ideas back? How do we get past those roadblocks to get the things we truly want? In this week’s episode, I’m joined by Ellie Parvin, a Communication Expert & Educator, (University Professor, Spe…
 
Our spaces and environments can tell us a lot about a person. Our guest this week is Tamra Fleming and she’s gifted and skill at bringing her clients’ visions front and center so that they can reach their highest energy and best selves while transforming the space they live in. At its core, this type of work is about creating a relationship with th…
 
This week, we’re switching things up a bit! I’ll be the one answering some of the most asked questions I receive as the Procrastination Coach as asked by my friend and colleague Tamra Fleming. Tamra is the creator of a transformational personal growth process that comes from aligning peoples’ physical living spaces to the vision they have for their…
 
When you begin to accept who you truly are, you begin to expand and grow. I’m not referring to the things others think you are, but you, the real you -- the you that you believe is your truest self. It’s when we begin to listen to ourselves, not others, where we begin to see the change and start understanding that we hold so much power when we stop…
 
Life has its way of challenging us in ways that can lead to incredible transformation. This week, I’m welcoming my good friend Jacqueline Steudler to the show. Jacqueline is an Art Therapist and Grief Coach. Since her mother's death in 2013, she has focused on helping women navigate the sometimes overwhelming feelings of grief by using her knowledg…
 
Life can seem like it’s filled with challenges and not-so-colorful moments. Our past can be full of light and triumph, but also sadness or even grief. When we hold onto the moments of our lives where darkness lies, we can struggle to forgive others or ourselves which can prevent us from being who we were intended to be. When you decide that your li…
 
Sometimes being a people-pleaser is just NOT fun. Sure, we may get excited at the chance to help someone or work really hard to get the satisfaction of a job well done, but at what cost? We’ve all had that dreaded feeling, having to decide between saying “yes” or saying “no” to something or someone. You might be asking yourself, is saying “yes” rea…
 
Figuring out who you really are and being able to be and act as the truest version of yourself can be so powerful in any and all areas of your life. When Carrie Hamm figured out living and breathing the corporate scene for over 20 years wasn’t for her anymore, she considered what she wanted to do next. As she had worked in a heavily male-dominated …
 
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