HIListically Speaking with Hilary Russo

HIListically Speaking with Hilary Russo

Named #1 of the "15 Interview Podcasts You Should Tune Into" by SquadCast, HIListically Speaking is conversations of stories from trauma to triumph through health, healing and humor. Discover what it takes to be a happy and healthy grownup and "be kind to your mind". Host Hilary Russo creates the space for stories to be shared, lessons to be learned and lives to be changed. From her own healing journey and work as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner, she's discovered that the sweetest tools for transformation and active, emotional well-being are within each and every one of us. It's what she calls "Brain Candy". Finding balance is possible once we choose to connect to the deepest part of self. Her engaging guests share their own life battles through inspiring, thought-provoking stories that act as a guide to a happier, healthier and harmonious life. Laughter truly is the best medicine. It's time to up your dose, tune in and thrive! Created/Hosted by Hilary Russo Music by Lipbone Redding


November 22, 2023 19 mins

𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗜 𝗮𝗺 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿…”. 

How would you finish that sentence? 

During this very special Thanksgiving holiday episode, as we continue to honor National Gratitude Month, Hilary hands the mic over to li...

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In this awe-inspiring episode, Hilary welcomes the extraordinary Shannon Huffman Polson, a beacon of strength, resilience, and unyielding determination. ⁣

Shannon's life story reads like an epic novel, filled with triumphs over adversity. During this episode of HIListically Speaking,  she shares the invaluable wisdom behind her grit and leadershi...

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Did you know that a 5 minute daily gratitude journal practice can increase long-term well-being by 10%? ⁣

In fact, several studies show that writing down details of positive experiences you have throughout the day, week or even the month can help condition your brain to be more appreciative of the things you have in your life. 


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In an industry where representation of disabled individuals is distressingly rare, there are rock stars out there who are amplifying their voices in order to change that. Award-winning professional voice-over actor Maria Pendolino is one of them.

At 22, she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, a painful chronic condition that can affect mobility. But that didn’t stop her from moving mountains for others just like ...

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If you think you own your brand and content, think again.

You’d be surprised how many podcasters and creators find themselves in a funk or at a loss of control over their own intellectual property. 

Vinnie P to the rescue!

An advocate for independent creators, Vinnie Potestivo is an Emmy Award-Winning Media Advisor and podcaster who grows personal brands & founder-led comp...

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When it comes to navigating some big storms, former professional women’s hockey player Janine Charron says, “Game On!” ⁣

⁣Janine has always embraced the T.I.G.E.R. within. It’s something she not only learned at an early age when she hit the ice, but the sage advice from her dad and grandfather. And that wisdom and discipline have helped her through some difficult times. ⁣

⁣From bankruptcy t...

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Have you been told you’re too “woo woo” for the corporate world or even in your personal life?

You may be an empath. But here’s the deal, staying true to WHO you ARE is more important than WHAT you DO. After all, you’re a human being over a human doing, aren’t you?

On this episode of HIListically Speaking,  award-winning psychologist Dr. Robyn McKay taps into your spiritual inte...

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When it comes to building community, connection, and trust are priority number one. And being the leader of the pack comes with a lot of responsibility.

JD Roberto knows that all too well and does not take that lightly. For 8 years, he has been the host of the live-streaming fitness show Daily Burn. To the members, he’s considered more than the guy on the screen. He's a mentor, a motivator, and a friend.

Now, he’s t...

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September 11, 2023 14 mins

You didn’t have to be at Ground Zero to feel the impact of Sept 11th. Events like 9/11 can have an impact on you just by witnessing it through the media or hearing other other people’s first hand traumas.  And this day and experience is just one of many that
can create emotional upset in your life.

On this episode of HIListically Speaking, Hilary not only shares her persona...

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This mid summer check-in with Hilary will have you asking yourself, “Am I a human being or a human doing?”

But even doing nothing IS something. And that "something" could be just what you need to support your emotional well-being.

With August bringing the first of two full moons, Hilary will explore with you:

  • Why this is the perfect time to get clear...mentally, emotionally, spiritua...
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That negative self talk isn’t doing you any favors. But somehow, you keep doing it, don’t you?⁣

⁣When it comes to body positivity, the roller coaster ride that follows the endless dieting and workout routine can really take a toll on your well-being; not only emotional and physically, but spiritually and energetically as well. And before you know it, self-sabotage becomes the name of the game. ⁣

⁣Amber R...

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Narcissists spend their life blaming you for the things they did. 

Let that sink in for a moment.

If you've been in a relationship with a narcissist, you get it. It can be personal, professional, family or friend.  And it’s not until you’ve cut the cord that you see the manipulative tactics used to keep you small and wondering what’s wrong with you.  From gaslighting to lov...

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You're not broken. Your internal operating system is just running too many programs and that’s slowing you down.

In a tech savvy world, imagine what would happen if you treated our brain and body like a computer. We spend a lot of time fixing the glitch with tech. Why can’t we do it with our trauma and our minds? 

Dr. Don Wood says that most trauma work is about managing, c...

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When I decided to share my story about not having children on Episode 121, I never imagined the amount of feedback I would receive from listeners wanting to share their voices. It was my hope that being vulnerable and creating a safe space would lead to a few shares. Instead, there were many.  And this episode belongs to listeners sharing the “why” of being childless or child...

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Addiction can take you down one of two roads.  For former teacher Daniel Patterson, he was one of the lucky ones to find the road to recovery.  After taking his last drink on January 1, 2015 he made a promise to be better, for himself and others.

Now over eight years sober, Daniel is on a mission to create a SoberTunity, an empoweri...

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One day you’re a teacher doing humanitarian work in a foreign country. The next, you are in the middle of the Somali desert taken hostage and wondering if that day will be your last. ⁣

That’s what happened to Jessica Buchanan. She spent 93 days surviving in deplorable conditions. With her health deteriorating and questioning the moment she went against her gut, somehow the only woman take...

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April 20, 2023 15 mins

I'm not a mom.  And at 50, the chances are slim to none that I ever will be. At least, with science on my side. While I thought I found my peace with this some years ago, recently, something stirred the pot and it's why you're listening to this today.

On this episode of the HIListically Speaking Podcast, I get personal with you about my why and choice to be childless. The hope for this episod...

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And as the voices of women (and those who identify as) continue to grow at the microphone, something bigger is taking place. ⁣

Jessica Kupferman knows this all too well. She is not only one of those voices at the mic, she’s also co-founder of She Podcasts, a group that provides a space for women in the podcasting industry to find sisterhood in storytelling and inspiration through the airw...

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Hilary hits a milestone. To honor this big birthday, she’s handing over the microphone to her listeners over 50. ⁣

Tune in as they offer sage advice, wonderful wisdom and thoughtful response about the beauty of life past 50. ⁣

You’ll hear from listeners, fellow podcasters and friends. Plus a special appearance by two people who have been in her life since day...

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Being an athlete puts a lot of stress on the body and the mind. 
So how do you turn the impossible into the possible when the finish line seems so far out of reach?

Whether you’re an athlete or not, adversities in life happen every day. But for two-time World Champion triathlete and Hall of Famer Siri Lindley, some steps forward were harder to take than others.

During the c...

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