Grief, Guts And Green Smoothies

Grief, Guts And Green Smoothies

Synopsis

These three things changed my life they might change yours too. Each episode we abandon our comfort zones to get a little gutsy and hold space to grow into stronger versions of ourselves. In 2014, the birth of my daughter Leyden changed my entire world. Four months later, grief shattered it. I was broken, scared, lost, angry and hopeless. I didnt want to live and wasnt really sure how to. I sought every mean to fight grief: researching, joining parent groups, and I even traveled outside of the country twice, to hear world-renowned grief speaker Dr. Raymond Moody. Disappointed, I discovered like all adversities in life, there is no way to beat grief. But, thankfully, there were effective strategies I could employ when navigating such choppy waters. Whether it was understanding the gut-brain connection, or getting gutsy in my ability to face discomfort, the tools I learned, saved my life. There are not nearly enough resources to support each other through uncomfortable challenges be it loss of a job, a relationship, a sense of self or life. Talking about uncomfortable things, well that takes guts. And we are going to get really gutsy here.

Episodes

  • 54: The Power of Puke and Possibility - Mooch, Mel and 90DAYCEO
    54: The Power of Puke and Possibility - Mooch, Mel and 90DAYCEO
    Duration: 22min | 30/01/2020

    Melissa shares the story of building her businesses on puke and the power of possibility. Most importantly she teaches how leaning into the resistance and discomfort we can intuitively feel in grief, trauma and challenge, can lead us to exactly where we need to be.

  • 53: Why Change Is Hard, Do It Anyways ISNT Enough
    53: Why "Change Is Hard, Do It Anyways" ISN'T Enough
    Duration: 16min | 23/01/2020

    Melissa gives you two reasons why this saying isn't enough - and takes you through a step-by-step process to create change in your life, especially in those places you are feeling stuck.

  • 52: How Loss and Trauma Aligned The Unaligned
    52: How Loss and Trauma Aligned The Unaligned
    Duration: 48min | 16/01/2020

    Angela Gentile, the founder of Sweat Remix, joins Melissa to chat about how the loss of her father completely changed the trajectory of her life and how she applies what she learned to rebuild her life and build her business.

  • 51: 5 Super Quick Steps To A Superb Year
    51: 5 Super Quick Steps To A Superb Year
    Duration: 21min | 09/01/2020

    Melissa shares 5 steps you can do from anywhere; car, office, home or during travels, that are not only free, but will offer huge changes for you. Little investment, massive return on investment.

  • 50: Say NO in 2020
    50: Say NO in 2020
    Duration: 32min | 02/01/2020

    Melissa teaches you why saying no is not only important but how it is actually selfless when done correctly. She breaks down why to say no, how to say no, and the gifts that saying no give to you and to others.

  • 49: My Top 10 Lessons of the Decade
    49: My Top 10 Lessons of the Decade
    Duration: 31min | 19/12/2019

    Melissa shares the top 10 lessons and 4 "wish I knew's" of the decade- things she has learned in her journey that can certainly help you in yours. Tune in to prepare to enter the new decade your strongest and most clear self.

  • 48: Manifest Magic into 2020
    48: Manifest Magic into 2020
    Duration: 25min | 12/12/2019

    Manifestation; the what, the how and the why you need to integrate this into your life to make massive changes into the new year and new decade. Don't wait to manifest - start today and see how the things you truly desire will magically enter your life.

  • 47: Let Go Of Guilt - An Interview with Lisa Price
    47: Let Go Of Guilt - An Interview with Lisa Price
    Duration: 34min | 05/12/2019

    Lisa Price joins the show, as a bereaved mom and founder of Better, Not Bitter Lisa knows the overwhelming path of not only grief, but in finding growth through it. She shares the range of emotions that can bring, the process she coaches others to implement and the resources she has created to help bereaved mothers and anyone else navigating grief, shift energy from bitter, to better.

  • 46: Holiday Help for Grief, Loss  Overwhelm
    46: Holiday Help for Grief, Loss & Overwhelm
    Duration: 20min | 28/11/2019

    Melissa teaches why the holidays can feel so much heavier for those grieving, experiencing loss or feeling overwhelmed. She shares strategies of things you can do to feel your best during this time while handling the pressures as well as reminding you of something never to do during such times.

  • 45: Leveling Up! An interview with Mooch on all things leveling up
    45: Leveling Up! An interview with Mooch on all things leveling up
    Duration: 37min | 21/11/2019

    Mooch is back on to share some inspiration on the possibility of leveling up for yourself in your personal and professional life. She gives the rundown on the top tip for doing so and two ways you can join her in taking your goals to the next level NOW instead of the infamous "wait until January."

  • 44: The Truth of Traditions
    44: The Truth of Traditions
    Duration: 17min | 14/11/2019

    In this episode, you will learn why traditions (from the holiday season and beyond) can come with so much pressure and stress - how to release that, build connections with those you love through doing so and navigate the holiday season with less overwhelm and tension and more love and enjoyment.

  • 43: Melissas Grief SuperHero Returns! Supporting Yourself and Others in The Grief Journey
    43: Melissa's Grief SuperHero Returns! Supporting Yourself and Others in The Grief Journey
    Duration: 36min | 07/11/2019

    Melissa’s Grief SuperHero returns to the show! Melissa credits her grief coach for helping her find hope and understanding of grief in the most vulnerable and shattered journey. And now Kendra returns to the show to share 4 ways you can help a loved one or friend through their grief journey and 3 coping strategies if you are currently dealing with personal grief journey. This is a must listen for anyone experiencing grief, whether the loss of life, a relationship, a move etc. and for anyone supporting someone in grief.

  • 42: Take Off the Masks of Adulting
    42: Take Off the Masks of Adulting
    Duration: 20min | 31/10/2019

    Melissa shares 4 lessons from children that we can implement to feel better in our day to day lives. She guides you to tap into your intuitive state of being, to take off the masks we put on as we grow and to implement a process that will help you feel more free, clear and empowered.

  • 41: My Grief SuperHero - Here To Talk To You!
    41: My Grief SuperHero - Here To Talk To You!
    Duration: 49min | 24/10/2019

    Melissa credits her grief coach for helping her find hope and understanding of grief in the most vulnerable and shattered journey. And now Kendra, Melissa's Grief Superhero, is on the show to talk with all of you about ways that grief manifests, myths about it and offers helpful tips in navigating it. This is a must listen for anyone experiencing grief, whether the loss of life, a relationship, a move etc. and for anyone supporting someone in grief.

  • 40: Declutter To Grow
    40: Declutter To Grow
    Duration: 16min | 17/10/2019

    In this episode you'll learn about decluttering your energy and the ways that you can get better results and find more success by applying the law of attraction. No extra time, work or finances required - just intention!

  • 39: Anticipatory Grief - In life, relationships and jobs
    39: Anticipatory Grief - In life, relationships and jobs
    Duration: 24min | 10/10/2019

    Melissa teaches how anticipatory grief can surface in many ways whether it is anticipating the loss of a loved one in critical care or aging or anticipating the loss of the family dynamic in a divorce or with a child moving or going to college. You will learn what it is, how it surfaces, how to manage it and ways to move through it productively and meaningfully with your loved one.

  • 38: Stuck in Lies
    38: Stuck in Lies
    Duration: 20min | 03/10/2019

    Being honest isn't the same as not telling lies. And dishonesty keeps us from growing and keeps our relationships and careers from growing, too. It's time to take personal responsibility and stop lying. Melissa covers 7 ways that dishonesty surfaces, teaches a process for addressing change and how to navigate it when it occurs for you or someone in your life.

  • 37: Making Difficult Conversations Not So Difficult
    37: Making Difficult Conversations Not So Difficult
    Duration: 21min | 26/09/2019

    After coaching hundreds of people on how to frame and engage in difficult conversations so that they are positive and progressive, Melissa shares her method here. It's one that has helped people of all ages in the workplace, in their relationships, friendships and even when making returns or ordering off the menu. You'll be ready to stop avoiding that convo you've been putting off after taking notes on this process!

  • Its So Possible - A Conversation with Angie Lee
    It's So Possible - A Conversation with Angie Lee
    Duration: 43min | 19/09/2019

    Angie Lee dropped out of college, was 100k in debt, and ignored all the people who doubted her dreams. At age 29, she has already built multiple 6-figure businesses and shows other people how they can do the same, whether it's pursuing a personal or professional dream, she reminds you that it might be scary and a little overwhelming, but it is so possible.

  • Retrain Your Brain - Your 3-Step Challenge
    Retrain Your Brain - Your 3-Step Challenge
    Duration: 24min | 12/09/2019

    Melissa challenges YOU to retrain your brain using 3 steps. She teaches how just like physical fitness, we can change our emotional fitness, but it takes action and consistency. When we do focus on our energy and emotional health, we have the strength and power to change our entire lives. The 3-step challenge is broken down and explained so you can integrate it into your life.

  • Making Triggers Your Teacher - An Interview With Coach Meghan Sandve
    Making Triggers Your Teacher - An Interview With Coach Meghan Sandve
    Duration: 33min | 05/09/2019

    In both her professional and personal life, Meghan Sandve let triggers be her teacher and that made all the difference in her transformation. Hear her story of change and the recommendations she makes for you to level up in living your best life.

  • 33: Is It Quitting or Letting Go?
    33: Is It Quitting or Letting Go?
    Duration: 22min | 29/08/2019

    Sometimes it can feel impossible to tell if we are quitting and giving up or letting go and opening space for something new. Whether a job, personal relationship, running a race or taking on new classes - we all face moments of having to decide if we want to continue to pursue the endeavor or if we want to walk away. Melissa shares examples of facing this in her own life and gives you 5 thinking tips on how to assess which one it is, for you.

  • 32: Growing Pains: How To Navigate Relationships  Friendships When You Grow In Different Directions
    32: Growing Pains: How To Navigate Relationships & Friendships When You Grow In Different Directions
    Duration: 23min | 15/08/2019

    Melissa breaks down how when we pursue growth, distance between ourselves and others can grow, too. She shares how this may surface in dialogue, criticism, or resistance and shares 8 tips to keep all your relationships at their healthiest point, regardless of the phase you, or they, are in.

  • 31: From Law School Dropout To Successful Entrepreneur: The Road, The Roadblocks and The Rising
    31: From Law School Dropout To Successful Entrepreneur: The Road, The Roadblocks and The Rising
    Duration: 53min | 08/08/2019

    Ravi Abuvala shares the journey from walking away from a career in law to running an online business. We discuss how to navigate the fear, loneliness, shame, discomfort and adversity that accompanies making "the leap" and how and why it is SO worth doing. And Ravi dives deep into what can happen when you are your authentic self - professionally and personally. This interview will fire you up.

  • 30: How to set life-changing boundaries
    30: How to set life-changing boundaries
    Duration: 27min | 01/08/2019

    Ever fear saying "no"? Have you found yourself wondering why you are always staying late at the office, chronically deferring your needs to help someone or getting annoyed when others don't seem to get it? In this episode, Melissa will define the misconceptions of boundaries, explain what makes them so hard, and then cover 4 types of boundaries that can change your energy and change your life. She ends reminding you of what NOT to do when setting boundaries.

  • 29: Bosses, Besties  Bank - building a 6-figure business with Christina Muccio
    29: Bosses, Besties & Bank - building a 6-figure business with Christina Muccio
    Duration: 54min | 25/07/2019

    Back by popular demand, Christina Muccio, aka Mooch, joins Melissa to talk all things business. In their second interview, the two shares how they organically grew a 6-figure online business in 5 months, without any paid ads. They touch on common mistakes, their biggest advice, and what changes have transpired through entrepreneurship.

  • 28: The guts of gossip (or the need for love)
    28: The guts of gossip (or the need for love)
    Duration: 30min | 18/07/2019

    Melissa covers the energies behind gossip, being "two-faced," negativity, drama and judgment. In breaking down the needs behind these different behaviors, she equips you with the tools to handle it when they enter your life. And teaches how the "rule of 5" is so important, not only in your life, but for the role you play in the lives of others.

  • 27: From Single-Working Mom To 2x World Marathon Champion with Becca Pizzi
    27: From Single-Working Mom To 2x World Marathon Champion with Becca Pizzi
    Duration: 37min | 11/07/2019

    Becca Pizzi developed a love for running at a young age, and through running, has chosen to see what's possible in life. As a single mom, overseeing 2 businesses, she shares how she ditched excuses and found solutions to meet her goals. And not only did she complete the World Marathon Challenge (twice) - she won both times as well! She will leave you inspired, motivated and ready to run (or sprint) towards your goals.

  • 26: 4 Ways Gut Health Changed My Grief Journey
    26: 4 Ways Gut Health Changed My Grief Journey
    Duration: 18min | 04/07/2019

    Melissa lost her daughter Leyden in 2014 to a sick gut. After resenting gut health for some time, she began to study it and incorporate it into her life. She shares how gut health changed the trajectory of her grief journey and life, and explains how it can change your life, too.

  • 25: Learning to live with NEC Society founder Jennifer Canvasser
    25: Learning to live with NEC Society founder Jennifer Canvasser
    Duration: 36min | 27/06/2019

    Bereaved mother, Jennifer Canvasser, lost her son just before his first birthday. She shares how she navigated the intensity of grief, transformed much of the energy into founding an international organization, The NEC Society, and is bringing awareness to people world-wide about this disease no one talks about, but that is killing babies every single day of the year. And she offers powerful advice for anyone experiencing grief, at any stage.

  • 24: Delayed and incomplete grief - what, why, how, and what now?
    24: Delayed and incomplete grief - what, why, how, and what now?
    Duration: 16min | 21/06/2019

    This is the final day of Melissa's week of sprint episodes exploring the full landscape of grief. Melissa goes into the most commonly asked question about grief - how to identify and manage delayed grief. In this episode you will learn what it is, signs of delayed grief existing and how to take action steps to manage it productively going forward.

  • 23: Linking objects and grief gifts
    23: Linking objects and grief gifts
    Duration: 18min | 20/06/2019

    Welcome to day 4 of Melissa's week of sprint episodes exploring the full landscape of grief. Linking objects and grief gifts plays a huge role in grief journeys. Melissa explains what both are and offers a list of gifts you can give to someone grieving as well as sharing what NOT to do when offering gifts and support.

  • 22: The fake stages of grief
    22: The fake stages of grief
    Duration: 16min | 19/06/2019

    This is day 3 of Melissa’s week of sprint episodes exploring the full landscape of grief. Today, Melissa dismantles the belief that there are linear stages of grief and offers an analogy to better understand the chaos, swirl and unpredictable nature of grief. In this episode you will learn how to assess each day, and in each moment, what energy or aspect of grief is presenting so that you can feel your best and hold your center.

  • 21: How to manage the milestone days
    21: How to manage the milestone days
    Duration: 17min | 18/06/2019

    Anniversaries of death, birthdays, holidays...they can make the weight of grief a whole lot heavier. Melissa shares how to recognize the signs of grief surfacing around these days and how to take action to navigate through, feeling your best.

  • 20: Is this grief?
    20: Is this grief?
    Duration: 15min | 17/06/2019

    To open up a week of sprint episodes on grief, Melissa first identifies what grief is- and shares how it is much larger than the loss of life. Learn how everyone, even if they haven't lost someone close to them, is impacted by grief. And how recognizing this allows us to live more productively.

  • 19: From Bikini Waitressing to Biz Owning with Tory Dube
    19: From Bikini Waitressing to Biz Owning with Tory Dube
    Duration: 44min | 13/06/2019

    Melissa sits with Transformation Coach and Energy Expert, Tory Dube. They chat about the difference between intuition and anxiety (and how we know the difference) and how our paths are not linear. And they dive into what took Tory from waitressing in a bikini to running her own business to a new exciting career endeavor! You will take away several actionable items to use today, including Tory walking you through how she has set boundaries in her own life.

  • 18: Three reasons why I refuse to work with a coach who doesn’t have a coach
    18: Three reasons why I refuse to work with a coach who doesn’t have a coach
    Duration: 11min | 06/06/2019

    As a life coach, Melissa believes in the importance and transformative power of coaching. In searching for her own new coach, she realized there were three reasons why working with a coach who doesn't have a coach is not going to work for her.

  • 17: Why the law of attraction ISN’T working for you
    17: Why the law of attraction ISN’T working for you
    Duration: 18min | 30/05/2019

    Melissa coaches and teaches the law of attraction - it's the ONLY thing she asks each client to incorporate each day. In doing so, she has discovered 4 common mistakes that prevent people from accessing the power of the law of attraction. Come hear what the LOA is and why it might not be working for you.

  • 16: Facing the fear of failure  sudden loss with Nourish Your Soul owner Susan Cabana
    16: Facing the fear of failure & sudden loss with Nourish Your Soul owner Susan Cabana
    Duration: 44min | 23/05/2019

    Susan Cabana, working full time, married with 3 girls and counting calories as a form of staying healthy, lost her husband suddenly. Left with 3 young girls to raise, a heavy weight of grief and grinding in a corporate job that wasn't aligned with her vision, she took a scary leap to shift her juicing from distributing them to neighbors from her kitchen to opening a store and making health more widely accessible. Free from counting calories (or any fad diet) she shares how holistic health played a major role in her grief journey and advice to anyone apprehensive of green juices or career changes!

  • 15: Capacity - Ours, Theirs  Triggers
    15: Capacity - Ours, Theirs & Triggers
    Duration: 23min | 16/05/2019

    Melissa chats all things capacity. Understanding what it is, how it impacts our lives and how we can build it. You'll learn how to understand not only your capacity, but the capacity of others, the roles they can play in your life and how triggers within are powerful feedback. A lesson learned from Leyden that can support you in your constantly evolving journey!

  • 14: The Power of Potential, Connected Souls and Life-Changing Signs with Mooch (Part 1)
    14: The Power of Potential, Connected Souls and Life-Changing Signs with Mooch (Part 1)
    Duration: 39min | 09/05/2019

    This week Melissa interviews her other half, Mooch (Christina Muccio) who is her best friend and business partner. Mooch opens up about her own grief journey and how that has impacted her values and aspirations. The two share the story of how they met, their belief in "power of potential" and the many ways in which they both felt right away that they were connected at a deeper level. Mooch and Mel strongly believe in the power of signs and share one very significant one to them - which they happen to accidentally unravel another layer to while talking on the show.

  • 13: Vulnerability Hangover and Sharing Leydens Story
    13: Vulnerability Hangover and Sharing Leyden's Story
    Duration: 28min | 02/05/2019

    After speaking at Yoga Reaches Out, Melissa shares two of many takeaways in this episode. The "Vulnerability Hangover" that sets in after opening up and exposing yourself and realizing that so many people who are spreading Leyden's light, do not know Leyden's story. Here, she gets even more vulnerable and opens up about the details of Leyden's life, loss and light.

  • 12: Spirit Animals, Yoga Reaches Out and Finding Your Lifes Purpose
    12: Spirit Animals, Yoga Reaches Out and Finding Your Life's Purpose
    Duration: 50min | 25/04/2019

    Jacqui Bonwell shares advice incredibly poignant for anyone feeling stuck in their current life situation or career. With insight on her transformation from an over-caffeinated, Marlboro Red loving social worker in Ireland to a renowned yoga instructor, workshop presenter and teacher trainer (and green smoothie drinker), there was one constant - leading with a desire to help others. And there was also major change, transitioning away from muscling through life, trusting the universe and manifesting her life situation. Jacqui and Melissa will both be speaking at Yoga Reaches Out New England, the details and importance of this event raising money for Boston Children's Hospital are covered - join us!

  • 11: The Grief Marathon
    11: The Grief Marathon
    Duration: 20min | 23/04/2019

    In this episode Melissa shares about her recent Boston Marathon run, how it started as a promise to Leyden and the ways in which our journeys of marathon training and grieving are similar. She concludes with one major distinction between the two that is so important for anyone grieving or supporting someone in grief, to remember.

  • 10: Championship Courage: Speaking Your Truth with 3x Patriots Super Bowl Champ Teddy Johnson
    10: Championship Courage: Speaking Your Truth with 3x Patriots Super Bowl Champ Teddy Johnson
    Duration: 40min | 11/04/2019

    Former New England Patriot, Teddy Johnson, 3x Super Bowl Champion, joins us to chat all about how Guts (and maybe a green smoothie or two) has and continues to shape his journey. We talk about applying the on-field lessons off the field and he dishes some solid advice in how to take a stand and own your truth, no matter what your story may be.

  • 9: Three strategies to feel stronger and build your emotional fitness
    9: Three strategies to feel stronger and build your emotional fitness
    Duration: 17min | 28/03/2019

    In this episode, I highlight three strategies that helped me as I transitioned to being able to confront and discuss my grief journey. This episode is for anyone that is or has had difficulty discussing their grief with others.

  • 8: We need to talk about shame
    8: We need to talk about shame
    Duration: 16min | 21/03/2019

    Each year around Leyden’s anniversary, I speak to my congregation at Arlington Street Church. In this talk, I reflect on how shame is contributing to deaths all around us. I talk about how shame can close us in a bubble, and when we begin to exist outside that bubble, how our world can crumble if we don’t learn to deal with shame. And I close with steps you can take to rise above others shame directed at you.

  • 7: Grief 101 - What it is and how to help others
    7: Grief 101 - What it is and how to help others
    Duration: 20min | 14/03/2019

    In this episode, Melissa goes back to the basics. WHAT is grief? How long does it last? How can we understand it to better manage it. And what are do’s and don’ts when supporting someone through their grief journey?

  • 6: Surviving up (Kintsugi and hugs)
    6: Surviving up (Kintsugi and hugs)
    Duration: 16min | 07/03/2019

    Each year around Leyden’s anniversary, I speak to my congregation at Arlington Street Church. In this message, I reflect on the unspoken opportunities that destruction, adversity, and loss provide for us to reconstruct our world with mindfulness, beauty, and choice.

  • 5: Leyden’s birthday, blank checks, and emotional fitness
    5: Leyden’s birthday, blank checks, and emotional fitness
    Duration: 12min | 28/02/2019

    What Leyden’s birthday, being busy, and blank checks have in common. Plus 4 things to help during times of heightened challenge.

  • 4: Four strategies for overcoming grief and challenges
    4: Four strategies for overcoming grief and challenges
    Duration: 19min | 21/02/2019

    Each year around Leyden’s anniversary, I speak to my congregation at Arlington Street Church. This message, from the four-year anniversary, explores four strategies for overcoming grief, the importance of knowing your values, and why we should practice courage every day.

  • 3: Building your team
    3: Building your team
    Duration: 15min | 14/02/2019

    I love a good analogy to sports; much like any successful team needs a roster of individuals who contribute DIFFERENTLY, we need to understand that not every person in our life can contribute to every need we have. When we become clear on this and place others in a position to succeed through our own clear expectations and celebration of their specific skills and personality - things in grief and life - get a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.

  • 2: Leydens tree
    2: Leyden's tree
    Duration: 11min | 07/02/2019

    Struggling with the overwhelm and pain of losing my daughter, I had a less than rational response to learning a meaningful tree had been cut down from the Boston Public Garden. In my quest to know how this could happen (to me) I was humbled and stunned by the compassion and connection shared from a stranger.

  • 1: Holiday healing
    1: Holiday healing
    Duration: 12min | 31/01/2019

    Your grief is real; the grief someone else in your life may be carrying is real. The holiday season can amplify the intensity of the emotions and experiences attached to grief. While it’s impossible to try to avoid or dismiss the reality of this, it’s important to employ strategies to navigate through and position ourselves to feel the best we can through such challenge. Here I share 3 strategies to employ during the holidays (and in truth year-round) to support you in your journey.

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