The Enlighten Me Podcast

The Enlighten Me Podcast

Learn with me as I get educated on topics that matter. From talking about social justice issues to environmental concerns, my hope is to learn about conscious living in a sustainable way through interviews with cool people who I consider experts on these topics. With new episodes releasing every Thursday, The Enlighten Me podcast is a fun way to learn about relevant issues that affect each and every one of us, and to do so in a way that is entertaining and practical. If you're wondering how you can make an impact on our world in every day ways, this show is for you.

Episodes

May 12, 2021 35 min
Talking about environmentalism extends far beyond the color of our skin. That was one of my big takeaways from this episode with Kim and Aliya in Part 2 of our conversation on environmental racism. While what’s taking place on our planet does disproportionately affect communities of color, its has impacts on us all - especially on the generations that will come after us - and that’s why it deserves all of our attention. Last week i...
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Sustainability and race - did you have any idea that these two things intersected? Well, they do, and in a pretty big way. Environmental racism is something that many people are unaware of and that gets overlooked quite often, and yet its implications on health and wellness are astronomical! That’s what Kim and Aliya are here today to share about. These two sorority sisters-turned-business partners are women on a mission to bring e...
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If you’re like me, you have lots of visitors tracking in and out of your house during the summer months. Outside of asking them to take off their shoes like I talked about in the EMM episode for February, something else I’ve educated my house guests on is making sure they shut that lid! Have you ever thought about why toilets have lids in the first place? No, it’s not just for keeping the dog from drinking the toilet water…though a...
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April 29, 2021 45 min
Happy Birthday to ME! Earth Day 2021 officially marks the third year of The Enlighten Me Podcast. Woohoo! Man, these 3 years have flown by. More than anything, I’m so proud of all the episodes that I’ve put out (even the earlier, cringe-worthy ones!) and all the guests who have lent their time and their expertise to educate us all. In honor of all that time, effort, and energy spent over the past 3 years, I am bringing you a fun an...
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Listener beware - if you’re not ready for your core fears and desires in life to be exposed, this episode may not be for you! Just kidding. Well, sort of… Today on the podcast Jess Gartner is back to finish up our conversation on the Enneagram. This personality tool has become one of the most popular out there because, not only is it pretty spot-on, but it will help you to know what to do with your personality type and how to make ...
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Have you heard the hype? The Enneagram is the personality test to beat all personality tests. But, it’s much more than just giving you a bunch of numbers or letters to tell you about your traits and strengths. This model is actually designed to be a tool to tell us what to watch out for in our habits and tendencies and also to increase our empathy and understanding in relationships. That’s what Jess, the Enneagram coach, is here to...
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I always love when I schedule an interview because I think other people need to hear the content, and instead I end up getting a personal counseling session that I didn’t know I needed. Christina and Pai are back this week with more good advice for navigating the uniqueness and beautiful differences of relationships! While we’re primarily talking about intercultural and interracial relationships like theirs, what they share is appl...
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Have you ever thought about it? We’re the only species on earth who drinks another species milk, and the only species who drinks milk for life. Strange, right? It’s no wonder that up to 50% of people struggle with lactose intolerance - maybe it’s because we were never meant to consume cow's milk in the first place! Don’t get me wrong - I love me some cheese and ice cream. But, do we really need to be consuming dairy milk as muc...
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When two cultures collide, beautiful things can happen. Christina and Pai’s marriage is a picture of just that! A Black Zimbabwean and a white Tennessean don’t make up your ordinary couple - when Pai and Christina first got together, they felt that firsthand. Between their journeys of dating in a town where no one looked like them, direct experiences with racism, and joining families of two very different cultures together, this co...
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Just as no one chooses their skin color, no one chooses what country they are born in or what language they grow up speaking. That’s something I was reminded of in my discussion with Sarah on immigration, and yet it’s something that gives many of us great privilege that we have done nothing to deserve. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’ve benefited from some of that privilege yourself. Sarah is back this week to share about h...
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Treat others how you’d like to be treated - it’s the golden rule we can probably all agree on, right? We can also probably all agree that it’s much easier said than done, especially when it comes to divisive political topics. I’ve said it before with issues discussed on this show - when we make things out to be “political,” we lose sight of the heart of the matter. Specifically, humanity. So, let’s set aside our political alignment...
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When it comes to diapers, most parents are looking for the easiest option out there. That’s part of why disposables are so popular! But, if you tuned in last week, you know that when you choose disposables you might be sacrificing a lot of things that you’re not okay with. So, how can we make cloth diapering a little easier? That’s what Bailey and I are here to do today! In Part 2, Bailey is tackling the “how-to’s” of cloth diapers...
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Cloth diapering - it’s not just for the crunchy crazies or the eco-friendly angels! And actually, it’s not just for parents of toddlers to know about, either. The disposable diaper industry has been able to change a whole way of thinking to make us think that anything besides what they have to offer is unsafe, unsanitary, and just plain weird. Today, Bailey is on the show to tell us why that’s far from the truth. To view the full s...
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March 1, 2021 14 min
Enjoying pregnancy - is that a paradox? I thought about titling this episode “Surviving Pregnancy” because “enjoying” feels like a bit of a stretch. Even though pregnancy has been extremely demanding physically, it’s a time that I truly appreciate and am amazed at my body for handling. So today, I want to share a few tips that have helped me to get through pregnancy with very few battle scars - mentally or physically. Now, I’m hard...
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Vote with your dollar! Most of us have heard this phrase before, but how exactly do we do that? Today in Part 2 of our conversation, Bethany and I are discussing how we can be more mindful consumers and ways that we should think twice about where we invest our money. Last week, we talked about some of the ethical issues that MLM businesses present. Well, there’s a little more of that happening this week - but really, this is a much...
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There’s not many episodes I’m nervous about doing, but this was definitely one of them! Multi-level marketing companies often get a bad rap. But why? What’s really going on here? Today on the show, my friend Bethany is sharing all about the research she’s done on these businesses and why there may be some ethicality issues that many of us as consumers (and even as entrepreneurs) are blind to. To view the full show notes, continue r...
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Being a responsible traveler isn’t about checking items off of a list. It’s about dedicating yourself to being a lifelong learner - something I’m a huge advocate for - to consistently be aware of ways you can live more mindfully. What a great mindset, and not just for travel right?! Today, Erin is back on the show to continue to teach us about being responsible travelers. To view the full show notes, continue reading here or visit ...
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“Leave a place better than you found it.” That was always the golden rule when I went to Girl Scout camp as a little kid, but I haven’t thought about the concept much since then. But, have you ever considered the responsibility we have as travelers to other cities, states, and countries? The idea of traveling responsibly is much bigger than picking up your trash wherever you go (though, you should do that, too). Today on the show, ...
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February 1, 2021 8 min
“The hidden danger is in the combined effect of repeated small exposures and accumulation over time of all the toxic substances we encounter little by little, day by day.” - Pop of Health on Instagram You might be thinking, how could a few parabens in my shampoo or a little synthetic fragrance in my perfume be so harmful? Well, it’s probably not that bad on it’s own. But, when we consider that we encounter these toxins in small amo...
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It’s time to get LUPii! No, I don’t mean crazy or silly. I’m referring to the newest plant-based protein bar on the market! Isabelle Steichen recently launched her business that’s bringing delicious vegan protein without all the added sugar to our shelves. Why the name LUPii? Well, that name is in honor of the main ingredient in these bars - the small but mighty Lupini bean! That, along with a few other things, is what Isabelle is ...
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