The Joyful Hour

The Joyful Hour

We bring you wellness and personal development insight and information along with empowering and inspiring stories of people who are living their truth. The information is compelling and cutting edge, and the stories are meaningful and authentic. The threads that run through our episodes are healing, purpose and authentic self-expression. According to neuroscience, joy is our natural emotional state. Meaning that being in a state of joy — having a deep sense of well-being and peace — virtually all the time, is not only possible — it is actually how we are designed!!! Yet we struggle day to day, feeling stressed, anxious, fearful, overwhelmed or depressed instead. There are many inspirational resources out there, but it can be difficult to translate those messages into reality in our own day-to-day lives. And so we created The Joyful Hour Podcast to help you learn easy ways to allow your natural state of peace and joy to bubble up more often, to help you build your “joy” muscle.💫 Host Bianca Erickson is Miami's Personal Development + Wellness Expert whose big heart 💗 and background in Psychology, Public Health Research (Epidemiology), charitable work, Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence inform the enlightening conversations. Welcome!!! We are excited to have you join us on this journey back to joy! 🤩... Show More

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September 9, 2019 62 min

Traci Blank is a hypnotherapist. First of all, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis — you can only go under hypnosis if you believe you can, you want to and you feel safe. Secondly, hypnotherapists believe that you are the expert in your own life. Their work is to help you access your own inner wisdom and to reprogram beliefs that are holding you back. Our subconscious beliefs create the world that we see — whether we realize it or not an...

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@StephGeeBeauty and her partners (mom Miriam and sisters Natalie and Celene) are the Founders of @GeeBeauty. A self proclaimed extrovert and youngest of the team, Steph leads content creation and social engagement for the company. She loves creating insightful and inspiring beauty and wellness content to help others, and she loves interacting with her audience. Today we talk body image, friendships, dating, beauty from the ...

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Leila Centner believes our children will be the generation to save the world. After experiencing a difficult childhood, Leila moved out at the age of 15. Since then, she has been on a journey to create financial independence, and to heal herself. While Leila and her husband David have achieved tremendous success, she still felt something was missing. Until a year ago when she experienced healing at a very deep level. Leila is now o...

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@BeforeYouShoot is a movement to humanize the lives of Black men in America in this era of shooting unarmed men of color. We have all been socialized to view a man of color as a threat through repeated messages and images in the media. This film paints a fuller, more accurate picture of Black men as humans with lives and families, fears and hopes. Listening to Film Producer @mdsimmonsproductions made me think of @BreneB...

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Marianne Curtis is an amazing woman — attorney and athlete — incredibly inspiring and really self-aware. She is super motivated, goal oriented and offers so many practical tips for choosing a positive mindset and creating your life. I also think she's the happiest lawyer I’ve ever met. We discuss her being married to a (Jewish) woman and her Catholic faith, the importance of her central family unit, her pursuit of playing colle...

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Today’s show is an amazing conversation with Alix Lebec. Alix leads investor relations and marketing for WaterEquity, an outgrowth of water.org, the organization co-founded by Gary White and Matt Damon that has empowered 21 million people globally with access to safe water and sanitation. Water Equity puts capital to work to deliver universal access to safe water and sanitation. Alix recently closed WaterEquity’s flagship $50 milli...
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Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a Professor of Psychology and Director of The Stress, Anxiety, and Resilience Research Center at Hunter College. We have an extensive conversation that dives into the human experience with anxiety, stress, technology, relationships, social support and emotional wellbeing. We also discuss how the general consumer has NO IDEA what data technology companies collect and how they use our information, and what ...
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Today’s show is with Erica Groussman, Co-Founder of TRUWOMEN, a company creating female friendly, nutritious and delicious protein powder and bars that are vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher. They’re also launching two new cookies this month which I can’t wait to try! I love that Erica and her co-Founder Stephanie Pyatt prioritize women as customers, women owned and lead business partners and take a stand ...
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 @Juan9F whose @9fcreative agency likes to work with clients who are changing the 🌎 (Anitta, Carolina Herrera, Discovery Channel). A native of Colombia, Juan moved to Miami by way of Argentina on the heels of a crushing 💔. It turns out that is exactly what he needed, as he found the man of his dreams and built an amazing business here. We discuss social media trends, coming out, overcoming fear, perseverance, compassion and of co...
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Uly “The Monster” Diaz is my guest today. With a troubled past that includes street gangs, fighting and prison, Uly knew he needed to straighten out his life. He came out of prison and went straight into being security for his childhood friend @PitBull. At 35, @Uly_Monster finally followed his heart and launched his boxing career and now has a 10-1 (9KO’s) record. Uly is living proof that if you really want something, nothing and n...
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Patrick Frost is creator of Frost Fit Training and a Master Trainer for Nike, one of only 25 in North America. Through @FrostFitTraining Patrick offers self-guided monthly fitness programs, one on on online training and retreats and group fitness programs. This is a beautiful episode, with Patrick sharing his coming out story, how he got his amazing abs, his struggles with depression and drugs as a teenager, his move to NYC, and hi...
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Dr. Melissa Lazarus is a top Miami dermatologist with extensive experience and expertise in general, cosmetic, pediatric, and surgical dermatology. Melissa gives her tips for keeping your skin healthy and tells us about the hottest new treatments for skin care. We also dive into Melissa’s personal journey with a pregnancy complication and how to handle not being heard by your doctor. I loved connecting with Melissa, and hope you ge...
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Aldo Jansel and I discuss overcoming trauma through Improv, releasing repressed feelings through meditation and Aldo’s passion project — compost toilets 🚽.  Aldo left his job as an Engineer in Miami to pursue Sustainable Sanitation. Recognizing that #cleanwater is a pressing issue globally, and that sewage water contaminates water all over the world, Aldo is creating toilets that are non-polluting, require no electricity and close...
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March 18, 2019 56 min
Monica Reyes made a major life and career transitioned when she chose to exit the successful law firm she co-founded.  After having a child and struggling with a nagging feeling of just not being happy with what she was doing, Monica took the leap and created a career as a Spiritual Coach, Life Strategist and Inspirational and Motivational Speaker.  In this episode, Monica opens up about how she got to where she is, and what taking...
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Marc Lesser, Zen Teacher + CEO, and I discuss his new book Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader.  Marc was one of my teachers in the Engage workshop I took on Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Neuroscience and we begin with him answering my burning 🔥 questions on what a silent retreat is like 🙏🧘🏻‍♀️.  We discuss the practices of ‘doing the work’, being open-hearted, surrender, failure, resilience and ultimately how when we...
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Holistic Nutritionist Galit Zarco @eatlivenutrition joins me in today’s episode to share her expertise including the link between food and mood, the state of our collective intake of processed foods and their impact on our bodies.  We talk about sleep, leaky gut 🤢, and the gut-brain connection. @eatlivenutrition believes we can heal many things through how we nourish our bodies with our food choices.
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February 25, 2019 47 min
@jennyperezart, a culturally influenced, female empowering visual pop artist describes how she made an abrupt transition from her “safe” job in a medical office to pursuing art at the age of 19.  She worked under Romero Britto and then learned from 3D graffiti pioneer Erni Vales.  She has now created over 10 collections, countless murals, street art and more.  Her latest collection #neitherherenorthere explores time, how we occupy ...
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February 18, 2019 53 min
Today I discuss self love with my friend Aldo Gonzalez.  We talk about how I (@bianca_erickson) spent most of my life looking for love in all the wrong places, how I created a practice of self love and what that looks like on a day to day basis.  I share how practicing self love and authentic self expression support me in my ongoing personal growth and transformation.  I hope this episode touches you and inspires you.  Sending you ...
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Olivia Ormos is founder of OO&CO, a marketing, events, talent management and public relations company that has organized some of the biggest events across the US including the @ModelVolleyball event, drawing 15,000 attendees every year!  Olivia and I discuss how she got started, the values and culture she creates in her company and what she recommends to people who want to follow in her footsteps.
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I spoke with Kim Stone, EVP of Business Development for the @MiamiHeat; she’s part of the most diverse executive leadership team in the NBA. Kim is a gay woman who came out relatively late in her life; we discuss how being her *full* authentic self allows her to be a better leader and mother.  Kim is a master at reframing “negative” situations to see the value in them and her positive, growth mindset is a key part of her phenomenal...
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