Happiness through Hardship

Caryn Sullivan

Filled with heartfelt stories designed to light you up, Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast provides you with inspirational stories of hope intended to bring happiness to your day while guiding you through life’s hardships. Thought-leaders, authors, health and wellness experts will share their personal stories of finding happiness in their own personal hardship with each Wednesday release. Hosted by Caryn Sullivan, founder of Pretty Wellness, two-time breast cancer survivor thriving with stage IV disease and author of the book "Happiness through Hardship." Subscribe Now to Discover Why You Don’t Need To Let Hardship Define You and Your Happiness.

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88. Christina Flach: Choosing Light - How to Feel Beautiful
May 4 2022
88. Christina Flach: Choosing Light - How to Feel Beautiful
No stranger to darkness, CEO and founder of Pretty Girl Makeup, sepsis awareness advocate and celebrity makeup artist, Christina Flach, knows how to see beauty and light around her even during hard times. On this week’s episode of “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast, Christina dives into the loss of her husband from sepsis as well as the grief she experienced through losing her son and mother. While she's familiar with hardship, she refuses to allow it to define her. Christina shares life lessons on grief, stress, service, wellness and gratitude that will inspire us all to seek beauty (inside and out) and help us be the best version of ourselves. Empowering people has helped Christina find purpose. She accomplishes this through serving clients and companies from big brands and big names to events and individuals. In addition, Christina has teamed up with Sepsis Alliance to create awareness campaigns that tell her husband’s story and educate people on how they can save lives. Through these passions, she has figured out how to be happy in her own way and encourages us all to do the same. Listen to this week’s episode to hear advice on grief, healthy living and how to feel beautiful from the inside out. SHOW NOTES 4:56 - Christina shares her story. 9:15 - Questions she asks to help her feel her best/better self during stress. 12:13 - Helping others during periods of grief. 15:29 - Information on sepsis. 18:22 - Christina’s husband, Ken Flach’s, personal sepsis story. 25:04 - Thoughts on beauty and wellness. 30:29 - Uncommon makeup and skincare advice. 34:24 - Inspiration from her mom. 39:17 - Everyone needs encouragement. 41:01 - Figuring out how to self soothe. 45:34 - Christina and Caryn play The Grateful Game. Pretty Girl Makeup: - clean ingredients, vegan - (PRETTYGIRL discount code) Work with Christina: Alliance: Calm App: Plan, God Laughs" by Sherre Hirsch: with Christina Instagram: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
 PrettyWellness.com/book
88. Christina Flach: Choosing Light - How to Feel Beautiful
May 4 2022
88. Christina Flach: Choosing Light - How to Feel Beautiful
No stranger to darkness, CEO and founder of Pretty Girl Makeup, sepsis awareness advocate and celebrity makeup artist, Christina Flach, knows how to see beauty and light around her even during hard times. On this week’s episode of “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast, Christina dives into the loss of her husband from sepsis as well as the grief she experienced through losing her son and mother. While she's familiar with hardship, she refuses to allow it to define her. Christina shares life lessons on grief, stress, service, wellness and gratitude that will inspire us all to seek beauty (inside and out) and help us be the best version of ourselves. Empowering people has helped Christina find purpose. She accomplishes this through serving clients and companies from big brands and big names to events and individuals. In addition, Christina has teamed up with Sepsis Alliance to create awareness campaigns that tell her husband’s story and educate people on how they can save lives. Through these passions, she has figured out how to be happy in her own way and encourages us all to do the same. Listen to this week’s episode to hear advice on grief, healthy living and how to feel beautiful from the inside out. SHOW NOTES 4:56 - Christina shares her story. 9:15 - Questions she asks to help her feel her best/better self during stress. 12:13 - Helping others during periods of grief. 15:29 - Information on sepsis. 18:22 - Christina’s husband, Ken Flach’s, personal sepsis story. 25:04 - Thoughts on beauty and wellness. 30:29 - Uncommon makeup and skincare advice. 34:24 - Inspiration from her mom. 39:17 - Everyone needs encouragement. 41:01 - Figuring out how to self soothe. 45:34 - Christina and Caryn play The Grateful Game. Pretty Girl Makeup: - clean ingredients, vegan - (PRETTYGIRL discount code) Work with Christina: Alliance: Calm App: Plan, God Laughs" by Sherre Hirsch: with Christina Instagram: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
 www.Instagram.com/prettywellness www.Facebook.com/PrettyWellness www.Twitter.com/PrettyWellness To Buy the Book:
 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
 PrettyWellness.com/book
87. Jennifer Niessen and Becky Tyler - Navigating Change and Culture with an International Move
Apr 27 2022
87. Jennifer Niessen and Becky Tyler - Navigating Change and Culture with an International Move
Have you ever fantasized about moving abroad and starting over in a new city? My former colleagues, Jennifer Niessen and Becky Tyler, turned this dream into a reality. I’m thrilled that they share their stories, stressors and silly adventures on moving and living overseas this week on “Happiness Through Hardship” - The Podcast. I worked with Jenn and Becky during my time at the Walt Disney Company. Their talent and dedication has allowed them to take their careers to the next level managing big projects, teams and high profile executives. Jenn and Becky both moved across the world and on this episode share key lessons learned about the importance of questions, communication and embracing discomfort. While their experiences speak to moving internationally, their messages apply to all of us going through moves, job changes or other transitions in life. Please check it out and let us know what you think…and wait until the end where exciting news is revealed. SHOW NOTES 6:08 - Jenn shares why she decided to move overseas 8:28 - Becky dives into the story of her career 11:34 - Communicating with family/friends that you’re moving for work 14:34 - The importance of always looking to learn 16:31 - Guidance for those wanting to move abroad 20:15 - How to connect with people when living in a new city 23:48 - Cultural differences ending up as a funny memory 28:36 - Lessons about embracing the discomfort 30:48 - Becky explains the wonderful work/life balance in Australia 36:28 - Feeling disconnected from family and friends can be difficult 44:41 - Caryn, Becky and Jenn play the Grateful Game (with a surprise!!!) CONNECT with Jenn & Becky Jenn’s LinkedIn: LinkedIn: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
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86. Debi Lewis: Healing her Child and Learning to Thrive
Apr 20 2022
86. Debi Lewis: Healing her Child and Learning to Thrive
Isn't it surprising when you focus on healing your child and the journey ends up helping you along the way? This is part of Debi Lewis' story, which she shares on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast. Debi’s a business owner, world recognized writer and author of the memoir, "Kitchen Medicine." In the book and on this episode she discusses the struggle of learning how to properly feed and heal her daughter with a medical mystery. Debi shares tons of intel on how we can work together with our team of doctors. She also talks about strategies for families with eating challenges. Debi is wise and wonderful...and full of insight for us all. SHOW NOTES 3:49 - Debi shares her story 12:52 - Debi's advice to parents as patient advocates for their children 13:32 - A few respectful questions to ask doctors 15:02 - Finding support and resources 18:15 - Healing in the kitchen 22:28 - Suggestions on how to get your family on board with new foods 24:50 - Ideas for when you don't like to cook 27:10 - "Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter Out of Failure to Thrive" 32:36 - The Power of Community 36:00 - Caryn and Debi play The Grateful Game CONNECT with Debi Debi's website: Medicine" - with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
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85. Tracy Foster: How to Raise Digitally Healthy Kids
Apr 13 2022
85. Tracy Foster: How to Raise Digitally Healthy Kids
Did you know that “national surveys show that screens and technology are the number one battleground in homes across the country….and that only 14% of kids express that they have ever had a helpful conversation with any trusted adult about their digital world?*” On this episode of “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast, non-profit, Stand Together and Rethink Technology (START) co-founder and Executive Director, Tracy Foster, dives into how to look out for your child's wellbeing and safety online, while also not overstepping their boundaries. Navigating these platforms and guiding our kids is hard for so many. This episode hopes to make it easier for us to to raise digitally healthy kids. Being a guide for digital natives can be troublesome when adults have limited experience with social media platforms themselves. START offers a variety of tools (books, guides, podcasts, group studies and more) available to parents to help them better understand the various social media and digital platforms today. If you're interested to learn more about what kids are dealing with, recommendations on setting healthy screen boundaries and how you can help guide your child through this ever changing digital landscape...this episode is for you. Tracy provides a ton of insight and immediate action items. Download today and let us know what you think. We love hearing your thoughts - connect with us at @PrettyWellness ( )on Instagram to chat more. SHOW NOTES 4:52 -  New generation’s relationship with digital platforms 9:06 - How parents can start getting involved 14:05 - Advice on straying away from screens 23:04 - Feeling pressure to allow a child access to social media 25:50 - Consider the quality of screen time 27:10 - Being more selective about the media consumed 30:31 - Acknowledging internet bullies 36:58 - More resources and information on START 41:39 - Tracy and Caryn play the Grateful Game START Resources: Screen Sanity Group Study Guide: **download for free or buy on Amazon: Media Playbook: **download for free or buy on Amazon: Game Decision Tree: Guide: support ongoing resources by donating: with START Facebook: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
 PrettyWellness.com/book *quotes from Tracy in this episode of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast
84. Caryn Sullivan: Hope with the Roller Coaster of Cancer
Apr 6 2022
84. Caryn Sullivan: Hope with the Roller Coaster of Cancer
Cancer, chronic illness and many hardships can be devastating but you don't have to be devastated. Focusing your attitude on hope can be challenging during hard times, though studies do prove there are many healing benefits. This podcast, "Happiness through Hardship" and this mini-episode speak to how I use hope to help me heal and find a little happiness on the roller coaster ride of cancer, parenting and beyond. SHOW NOTES 3:06 - Health status - what's going on now - 8 years with stage IV cancer 6:07 - How I find hope through my medical and holistic team 7:27 - How I find hope through wellness and why it's important 12:32 - How I find hope and help through my support system 14:10 - How I find hope through stories and role models 17:58 - Asking for help 23:32 - How little things bring big joy 24:41 - How I find hope through research More cancer conversations: through Hardship - The Book and Journal for Cancer Survivors, Their Caregivers and Friends:" amzn.to/39PAjuT Crazy Sexy Kris and my favorite plant-based foods - Living:" Grandpa" movie: TO DONATE - Discussed The Cancer Couch Foundation - A 501(c)3 charity funding metastatic breast cancer research where 100% of donations and event proceeds are matched: Friends Fund - A non-profit program where funds are raised for metastatic breast cancer research: Strength - A non-profit organization offering strength and support for metastatic breast cancer single moms and their kids: - A non-profit organization providing FREE digital parenting resources: for more advice - check out these mini-episodes aka cancer conversations on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast: or for other inspirational stories: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
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83. Shantel Garcia: How Faith, Focus and Family Time Improved After Surprising Situation
Mar 30 2022
83. Shantel Garcia: How Faith, Focus and Family Time Improved After Surprising Situation
We cry and smile at inspirational stories, though don't often make changes until the life altering experience happens to us. On this week’s episode of “Happiness Through Hardship” - The Podcast Shantel Garcia shares her story about adjusting to a surprising and uncontrollable situation. Shantel is an entrepreneur and former CFO as well as a mother of three kids. Her family endured an unthinkable hardship when her three-year-old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Today, Shantel shares how this influenced her life, her career and how she refined time spent with her family. This episode tugged at my heart strings, and it may on yours, as well. Shantel’s ability to stand strong for both herself and her family is inspiring. The tweaks she made in her life seem manageable for all of us going through hurdles in life, too. We hope this story inspires you to make those changes you have been considering. If you liked this episode, please check out more than 80 others that can lead you toward better health and happiness. SHOW NOTES 3:59 - How Shantel found out her son had a brain tumor 4:47 - Signs of brain tumor 8:08 - The day of her son’s diagnosis 11:22 - The integration of being a mother and working 13:08 - How Shantel connected with her son and herself after the diagnosis 17:20 - Advice for parents in a similar situation 22:18 - How she prioritizes time - what she does, what she says 33:10 - Shantel and Caryn play the Grateful Game CONNECT with Shantel Garcia Website - - - - with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
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82. Mental Health Mamas: Talking Parenting Tool Kits and Normalizing Mental Health
Mar 23 2022
82. Mental Health Mamas: Talking Parenting Tool Kits and Normalizing Mental Health
The Mental Health Mamas are raising kids and gathering connections to normalize conversations around mental health in this messy world. Tina Hallock and Serena Ward - otherwise known as the Mental Health Mamas - are today's guests on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast. They are mothers, educators and podcast hosts where they dive into topics ranging from long distance parenting to compassion resilience. On this episode, we chat about raising children with behavioral health challenges and it's filled with resources, real-life stories and tools for our parenting tool kits. Whether you're a parent or not, this episode provides inspiration on finding champions and positive relationships. Please listen and let us know what you think. Reach out to PrettyWellness on Instagram as well as rate, review and subscribe. Your review helps us with our podcast ranking, the higher we are ranked, the more people can be inspired by these wonderful guests. SHOW NOTES 6:42 - Where to begin when facing behavioral issues with your child. 10:15 - How to advocate for your child. 13:17 - Finding champions and encouragement. 16:31 - Tips on supporting older children in a less obvious way. 19:56 - Additional resources. 21:54 - Favorite tools for mental wellness. 29:33 - Don’t focus on what other people say about your parenting. 33:50 - Red flags. 39:23 - Caryn, Tina and Serena play The Grateful Game. CONNECT with Mental Health Mamas Website: Need to Explain" - podcast: lipstick: HEALTH RESOURCES Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. Visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org for a chat option or call 1-800-273-8255. Crisis Text Line: Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Website: www.crisistextline.org - USA text 741741 - Canada text 686868 - UK text 85258 - Ireland 50808 NAMI HelpLine: resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members, caregivers and community: 800-950-NAMI (6264) SAMHSA’s National Helpline for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Mama’s Comfort Camp: the National Parent Helpline® 1-855-427-2736 (4APARENT) CONNECT with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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81. Dr. John Lawrence: Hope, Humor and Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Mar 16 2022
81. Dr. John Lawrence: Hope, Humor and Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
Imagine your life headed down an expected path. Then one day a bike accident literally and figuratively turns it upside down. Today’s guest, Dr. John Lawrence, on “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast shares how humor helped him navigate medical school while dealing with a traumatic head injury. John talks to us about how he became resilient, learned to embrace the simple joys of life... and how you can, too. John laughs at himself and stressful situations in his series titled "Playing Doctor." His latest book showcases stories of imposter syndrome within residency. While this interview and John’s words often bring tons of giggles, his nearly impossible recovery displays the power of courage, strength and hope. Subscribe now to “Happiness through Hardship” - The Podcast to hear his wise and witty words as well as many others who have tapped into happiness to provide hope during hard times. SHOW NOTES 5:26 - John shares his background and the injury before starting med school. 8:55  - John talks about his physical limitations healing from a brain injury. 14:02 - John and Caryn explain how they use humor and positivity to heal. 17:34 - The power of funny movies, sitcoms and more when dealing with day-to-day hardships. 19:15 - How and why John became an author. 27:02 - John discusses the importance of honoring your emotions. 28:10 - John describes his battle with imposter syndrome. 32:03 - Sharing ways to combat imposter syndrome. 36:14 - The positive benefits of better self-talk aka finding things we like about ourselves 37:33 - Explaining "morning pages" and the benefits 39:33 - Experiencing the benefits of positive mindset with sports 40:56 - Caryn and John play The Grateful Game. CONNECT with John About John - John’s books titled "Playing Doctor" - and - Artist’s Way" by Julia Cameron - Socks – socks with benefits – with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
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80. Amy Daughters: How Facebook Sparked an Old School Letter Writing Adventure
Mar 9 2022
80. Amy Daughters: How Facebook Sparked an Old School Letter Writing Adventure
When Amy Daughters reconnected with an old friend on Facebook, she couldn’t have imagined how it would change her life. A college football freelancer and humorist, Amy was used to writing. So when she learned her old pal, Dana, was going through hardship, Amy sent her notes weekly. Through the art of being a pen pal, both Amy and Dana’s lives were enriched tremendously. On this week’s episode of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, Amy shares how one pen pal relationship, led her to reconnect with all her Facebook friends. Amy tells her story about why she wrote them all a handwritten letter…and how this changed her life. With social media there’s a new definition of being someone’s “friend.” On this episode and in Amy’s new book, “Dear Dana," she explores the beauty and challenges with our social connections. We can all learn from her experience as she shares her thoughts on friendship in the digital age balancing both old school and modern ways. SHOW NOTES 4:41 - Amy shares why she wrote all of her Facebook friends handwritten letters and the reason behind her new book, "Dear Dana" 8:27 - Amy’s writing routine 10:00 - Logistics in writing to all of her Facebook friends  11:54 - Connecting with people she was unfamiliar with 16:03 - Limitations behind some of the messages 17:51 - Friendship advice for the digital age  26:23 - Amy’s college football writing career 27:16 - Amy’s first book - "You Cannot Mess this Up" 30:00 - Amy and Caryn play The Grateful Game CONNECT with Amy About Amy - - "You Cannot Mess This Up" - - "Dear Dana" - - release date 5/17/22 Instagram - - with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
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79. Ari Adams: Little Lifestyle Changes with ShiftCon CEO
Mar 2 2022
79. Ari Adams: Little Lifestyle Changes with ShiftCon CEO
Do you want a healthier lifestyle, but can’t decide on your next step? We can help. On this episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast, Ari Adams, CEO of ShiftCon, shares what wellness practices helped her through hardship. Ari’s story consists of twists and turns and her family history led her to make healthy lifestyle changes. Many of these are easy yet effective and she maintains them today for an optimal mind, body and soul. Ari is an author, mother and CEO of ShiftCon Eco Wellness Conference. She’s been working in the digital wellness space for over ten years writing about financial health, parenting resources and living a clean lifestyle. This episode is filled with intel stressing the importance of mindful practices as well as finding products with lesser chemicals. SHOW NOTES 4:15 - Ari share family background 7:30 - Ari talks about her finding purpose after her hard times 11:30 - Ari shares practices to keep you present 15:46 - Creating your own zen location 27:03 - How to make healthy product choices 30:19 - Ari’s favorite resources 34:12 - Caryn and Ari play the Grateful Game CONNECT with Ari Shiftcon Media - - ***Conference is now October 2022*** (October 13-15 in Los Angeles, CA) Environmental Working Group - - Enough" book - - - with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
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78. Sandrine Etienne: How to Navigate Healthcare with Ease
Feb 16 2022
78. Sandrine Etienne: How to Navigate Healthcare with Ease
A new diagnosis can bring many unanswered questions. Navigating symptoms, treatments and costs are only the beginning. Trying to research on your own can leave you feeling even worse. Good news - you don’t have to wrestle with this alone. On this week's episode of “Happiness Through Hardship” - The Podcast, social worker, writer and podcast host, Sandrine Etienne, LMSW, shares tons of ideas on how to manage healthcare and various hardships with better ease. Sandrine has a passion for helping others and has committed her career to guiding those facing illness. In addition to her company, "Misguided Notions", she's also the co-creator of the “Caretalkers” podcast. There's so much misinformation in the world, dive into today’s episode so that you can be better informed and navigate hardships in healthcare with more ease. SHOW NOTES 4:02 - Sandrine's story on how she became a healthcare social worker 9:57 - Advice on navigating the healthcare system after a diagnosis 11:23 - The importance of finding someone and/or asking for help 14:19 - Write! Write questions beforehand and write notes during appointments 19:35 - Tips on how to get a better understanding of your insurance 21:47 - Talking medications and insight from pharmacists 23:53 - Sandrine describes her role in helping others 26:53 - Finding someone to relate to can bring joy during an illness 28:53 - Caryn discloses how she rekindled a friendship after diagnosis 30:05 - Sandrine and Caryn play the Grateful Game. Sandrine's work: Relevant Podcast Episodes Ep. 70 - How to Ask for Help: 10 - A Health & Patient Advocate: Finding Her Voice through Endometriosis: with Sandrine Instagram: Instagram: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
 PrettyWellness.com/book or PrettyWellness.com/donate-a-book
77. Tami Nealy: The Importance of Mentors and Connecting Authentically
Feb 9 2022
77. Tami Nealy: The Importance of Mentors and Connecting Authentically
Navigating the workplace can be challenging and at times intimidating. New jobs, new projects, new people and even new outside events influence the ups and downs in life. However, a mentor can be useful in these situations as a tool to guide you through the hardships and successes. This week's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, Tami Nealy, has spent two decades working in corporate communications. Tami's hardwork and talents drove her successes, yet she has realized that finding and being a mentor could enhance her profession and personal world. On this episode, Tami has shared her key learnings about finding mentors and connecting authentically with people that can help you love your life. SHOW NOTES 4:41 - Tami explains why mentoring is important to her 7:21 - Tami addresses women role models in the corporate world 11:07 - The best way for students to connect with people in the industry 16:32 - The importance of never burning bridges 23:58 - Advice on scoring a job shadow at your target company 30:45 - Tami reveals some aspects of her life that bring real joy 31:25 - Tami describes how "75 Hard" and has helped her grow 37:55 - Caryn and Tami play the Grateful Game Find Your Influence: Hard: with Tami About Tami: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
 PrettyWellness.com/book or PrettyWellness.com/donate-a-book
76. Dr. Eleonora Teplinsky: Debunking Cancer Myths and Donating Cancer Books
Feb 2 2022
76. Dr. Eleonora Teplinsky: Debunking Cancer Myths and Donating Cancer Books
A medical diagnosis can bring lots of unanswered questions and on this episode, we've tackled many of them. Today's guest on "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast is one of Instagram's favorite doctor's, Dr. Eleonora Teplinsky. A board-certified medical oncologist, Dr. Teplinsky specializes in treating women with breast and gynecologic cancers while also focusing on cancer risk-reduction and healthy living. Dr. Teplinsky has a committed following on social media and also hosts the INTERLUDE podcast. On this episode, she helps us debunk some cancer myths and provides overall best practices. We would be grateful for your help supporting cancer patients, too, by donating "Happiness through Hardship", a cancer book and journal, to her cancer center and worldwide podcast listeners. (See info below.) Many of us are touched by cancer and could use credible information, which is why I love this episode. Whether you have cancer or not, Dr. T will teach you something useful including the benefits of remaining positive and taking care of yourself during treatments. She also answers questions that you, the listeners, sent in prior to our interview. Dr. T not only serves her patients but those with cancer questions worldwide. Please consider donating a cancer book, so she can give away to those in need - you can donate via the link below or by sending a VenMo to @caryn-sullivan-3. SHOW NOTES 5:17 - Dr. T explains her background and journey to becoming a doctor 8:33 - Dr. T reveals her motivation for starting a medical podcast 10:28 - False medical claims are addressed 15:36 - Tips for going out in public during the Covid-19 endemic 18:22 - Caryn and Dr. T emphasize the importance of finding positivity during cancer treatment 24:29 - The evolution of cancer treatments over the last few years 29:30 - Dr. T gives her opinion on Intermittent Fasting 32:40 - Genomic profiling is explained 36:15 - What to do after receiving lab test results 42:48 - Caryn and Dr. T play The Grateful Game DONATE Donate a book via credit card: a book via VenMo: @Caryn-Sullivan-3 - RELEVANT PODCAST EPISODES ON CANCER Mini-episode: First Few Weeks of Cancer / Early Diagnosis on HTH - The Podcast: What to Do, Say or Give to a Friend with Cancer - Caregiver Tips: Scanxiety: Easing the Scanxiety with Scans: 19: A Cancer Caregiver's Perspective on Healing, Hope & Happiness - Kevin (and Caryn) Sullivan: 73: Transform Your Life & Health - Touched by Cancer or Not: with Dr. Eleonora Teplinsky Instagram: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information Our Social Media:
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
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75. Kimberly Snyder: Finding Your True Self
Jan 26 2022
75. Kimberly Snyder: Finding Your True Self
What if you could create an epic and inspiring life making changes from within? It's not as hard as you think! This week's guest, a well-known, wellness wonder woman talks about how to begin. New York Times bestselling author and spiritual celebrity, Kimberly Snyder, is the founder of healthy lifestyle company, Solluna, as well as a meditation teacher, podcast host, celebrity nutritionist, holistic wellness expert, and three-time New York Times best selling author. Her latest book, hot off the press, "You Are More Than You Think You Think You Are," includes  practical lessons in enlightenment for everyday life. On this episode Kimberly shares her wisdom on a variety of wellness topics including how to ignite your "True Self" and create a peaceful life. After graduating from Georgetown, Kimberly traveled the world. She learned from some of the most profound spiritual educators, which inspired her to write "You Are More Than You Think You Are." In this book and now on this episode, she eloquently speaks about tapping into your "True Self" in an easy and meaningful way. She shares how there are many simple practices (and big ones, too) that result in feeling beauty, peace and joy all around and within yourself. Her book is easy-to-read and she's easy to love...so enjoy our conversation filled with jewels of advice and positive spirit. Whether you hear her words on this episode, read them in this book, or meet her in-person as I did a few years back during her "Radical Beauty" tour, she's the real-deal. Kimberly Snyder is authentic to the core and radiates positivity. If you have any interest in living a happier life, this episode is a must-listen. SHOW NOTES 5:53 - Kimberly shares her experiences and lessons learned from traveling - breaking down perceptions of self 7:32 - Kimberly talks about the importance of yoga in her life including "dynamic will" and unique power 9:35 - When Kimberly's first celebrity found her 10:02 - Kimberly's journey of writing a book and getting a deal 13:13 - Kimberly defines the "True Self" 14:05 - Kimberly shares the danger of "ego" in our lives 15:41 - Kimberly's belief on the importance of shifting your perspective 16:29 - Solluna's Four Cornerstones of True Wellness 20:30 - Kimberly talks about taking moments to feel 22:42 - Kimberly's philosophies on mirror gazing and dealing with judgment 28:40- Caryn and Kimberly play "The Grateful Game” Kimberly Snyder's new book: "You Are More Than You Think You Are:" Beauty" with Deepak Chopra: Beauty Detox Solution:" Beauty Detox Foods:" Beauty Detox Power:" with Kimberly Instagram: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
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74. Gin Stephens: Intermittent Fasting and Living Clean(ish)
Jan 19 2022
74. Gin Stephens: Intermittent Fasting and Living Clean(ish)
Have you ever struggled with yo-yo dieting? Do you feel lack of energy, itchy skin or mid-day blues? If you can relate, this episode about living clean(ish) is for you. This week's guest is author, retired teacher and IF expert, Gin Stephens, who shares her story struggling with weight and how Intermittent Fasting (IF) finally helped. While adapting to a healthy aka clean(ish) lifestyle, she learned she could feel good, be well and not deny herself. In her new book, "Clean(ish)" and on this episode, she charismatically talks about real foods, a healthier home and life with less toxins. Gin believes in eating real vs. not real foods as well as using products on your skin and in your homes with less harmful chemicals. Yet on the same note - doesn’t focus on perfection. If you're looking to lose weight or feel physically better, this episode provides a ton of resources and inspiration. Gin shares stories, suggestions and a behind-the-scenes intel on how she made a healthier life and how you can, too. SHOW NOTES 6:13 - Gin shares her weight loss journey 8:37 - When Gin started Intermittent Fasting 10:53 - What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)? 13:55 - How to teach your body to be metabolically flexible 17:00 - What is the "Clean(ish)" concept? 20:13 - What is autophagy? 23:08 - Talking about chemical studies 27:00 - Tips on how to start living clean(ish) 30:41 - How to get family on board 34:18 - Products Gin loves 43:20 - Unlearning shame with food choices 47:00 - Caryn and Gin play The Grateful Game Environmental Working Group - Healthy Living App: favorite house cleaning products -Branch Basics: Delivery Kits - Green Chef: Potato: Harvest: (use PRETTYWELLNESS code at checkout for $25 off your first order) CONNECT with Gin Gin's website: books "Clean(ish:)" Don't Deny:" Fast. Repeat.:" without Fear:" Podcasts The Intermittent Fasting Podcast: Fasting Stories: Lessons: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
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73. Dr. Lorenzo Cohen & Alison Jeffries: Transform Your Life & Health - Touched by Cancer or Not
Jan 12 2022
73. Dr. Lorenzo Cohen & Alison Jeffries: Transform Your Life & Health - Touched by Cancer or Not
Do you want to feel vibrant, look your best and perhaps save your life? On this week's episode of “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast we dive into a past episode that can help you do just that, whether you're touched by cancer or not! I’m honored to re-release this episode with husband/wife duo, Dr. Lorenzo Cohen and Alison Jeffries and co-authors of “Anticancer Living – Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six.” Together they have helped many people, including me, thrive with cancer, cope with chronic illnesses and feel their very best! I've listened to this episode over six times and continue to connect with more gems of useful intel: enlightening facts and incredibly inspiring information. Lorenzo and Alison continue to help and inspire people touched by cancer as well as those dealing with other hardships. They share how a “synergy of changing your lifestyle in a number of areas makes each change more effective than it would be on its own.” (Mix of Six) Check out today’s episode, whether it's new to you or you're listening again, I'm sure you will find many new take-aways including details you didn't digest before, added time codes to important parts of the interview, additional resources and inspirational stories of those touched by cancer. SHOW NOTES 6:05 - Lorenzo and Alison share their backgrounds and how they started this journey 10:39 - Realizing cancer can be prevented 12:13 - Lorenzo and Alison discuss the Mix of Six 14:43 - The benefits of having love and support 21:14  - Lorenzo and Alison discuss the importance of connecting with those around us 24:20 - Eudaimonic Well Being vs. Hedonic Well Being 27:46 - Small meditation moments we can fit into our day 36:18 - The Three Bite Rule 37:20 - Lorenzo and Alison discuss their ideal day 43:08 - The importance of having a healthy diet 49:40  -Caryn, Lorenzo, and Alison play The Grateful Game Buy the Book: work: for Integrative Oncology: WITH DR. COHEN AND ALISON JEFFRIES Facebook: Www.Facebook.com/anticancerlivingbook Instagram: RELEVANT PODCAST EPISODES ON CANCER +Mini-episode: First Few Weeks of Cancer / Early Diagnosis on HTH - The Podcast: What to Do, Say or Give to a Friend with Cancer - Caregiver Tips: Scanxiety: Easing the Scanxiety with Scans: 19: A Cancer Caregiver's Perspective on Healing, Hope & Happiness - Kevin (and Caryn) Sullivan: 64: Helping Women through the Hardship of Cancer Costs with Infinite Strength's Roberta Lombardi: 70: How to Ask for Help with Breast Friends Fund founder Sandy Cassanelli: STORIES +Inspirational Story Samantha Harris: Cancer Conversations and Your Healthiest Healthy: Story Brandi L. Benson: How one woman fought for her country and life with Ewing's Sarcoma: Story Nediva Monroe: Weight Loss and Health Heals: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
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72. Caryn Sullivan: How to Start Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Jan 5 2022
72. Caryn Sullivan: How to Start Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Ever since my stage IV diagnosis, when I made a ton of healthy lifestyle changes, I'm often asked, "how did I start?" On this episode of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast, I sit down with myself (and you) talking about what I did and how I did it. From easy diet changes and moments of mindfulness to more physical activity, this episode is filled with tips and information on my journey as well as my SMALL steps formula for making healthy changes. Whether you're here to support your New Year's resolution or finding us months later, this is my message of motivation to you -  just start! SHOW NOTES 2:57 - The trifecta of changes I made 4:55 - Changes to my diet 9:33 - Eliminating processed foods 13:15 - The importance of hydration 14:50 - My fitness journey 19:27 - My connection to peace, quiet and calm 22:11 - The why - for me and you 26:32 - My SMALL steps formula 30:40 - Play The Grateful Game with someone in your life Other Resources Mentioned: Daily Harvest: - Use Code “Pretty Wellness” for $25 off your first order Podcast Episode 6: Samantha Harris - Episode 31: Anticancer Living - Episode 34: Tik Tok star Sam Ramsdell - Episode 51: Author of the Gorgeous books Esther Blum - Eating tools: Reduction tools: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
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71. Laura McCarthy: The Impact of Wardrobe on Joy and Confidence
Dec 1 2021
71. Laura McCarthy: The Impact of Wardrobe on Joy and Confidence
Are your clothes tight and it brings you down? Are you headed back into the office or attending more family events and don't know what to wear? If any of these thoughts run through your mind, this episode of "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast is for you - showcasing simple solutions to boost joy and self confidence through wardrobe. After decades of working as a high powered executive, Laura McCarthy of My Styled Life, switched careers tapping into her passion and lifelong expertise. Laura has helped inspire hundreds of women to feel happy and confident in their style choices, and through this episode she can help you do the same. Laura teaches us that having style doesn’t have to mean filling your closet with the latest trends, or the most expensive designer items. What matters most is finding pieces that make you feel good on the inside and out. We discuss finding staple pieces, working at different price points, knowing what flatters our body types, and much much more. Listen now, to find out easy and simple ways you can transform not just your closet, but your life. SHOW NOTES 4:47 - Laura explains why style is so important 7:30 - Laura explains about investing in quality pieces 9:10 - What to do when we’re not happy with our current body 12:13 - Laura gives some tips for people who don’t know where to begin 14:29 - Laura tells us about the importance of knowing your body type 15:31 - Building a capsule wardrobe 18:22 - Laura shows us to change our environment so we feel inspired to create an outfit 21:58 - Laura explains how to find out go-to pieces 23:59 - Laura talks about her Dress Happy Challenge 26:06 - Laura discusses the staple pieces to put into our capsule wardrobe 27:45 - Laura teaches us how to work with different budgets 32:36 - Fashion predictions for 2022 36:04 - Laura and Caryn play The Grateful Game CONNECT with Laura Customized Picks for this episode - "Happiness through Hardship" - The Podcast listeners: Essentials, Staples and Smart Casual: up for the Dress Happy Challenge: www.mystyledlife.net/happy Laura’s Website: for the holidays? Check out our 2021 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: prettywellness.com/healthy-holiday-gifts-2021/ CONNECT with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
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70. Sandy Cassanelli - How to Ask for Help
Nov 24 2021
70. Sandy Cassanelli - How to Ask for Help
Do you struggle to ask for help? Does it often seem easier to do it on your own? On today’s episode of “Happiness Through Hardship” - The Podcast, host Caryn Sullivan and Breast Friends Fund founder, Sandy Cassanelli, have a conversation about the importance of asking for help during hard times or even in our day-to-day routines. Whether it's cancer, chronic illness or the stress of parenting, work or life...we all can benefit with a little extra help. Caryn and Sandy share their thoughts and ideas on how to take that step as well as research to support its importance. This episode is more of a dialogue between friends filled with useful information from "Psychology Today" writer, business consultant and author of "Tracking Wonder," Jeffrey Davis, M.A. Caryn and Sandy discuss wonderful ways to help (and be helped.) They also dive into changing the mindset that asking for assistance can be a sign of weakness and vulnerability. As cancer survivors, working mothers and humans, they share how letting others help can benefit both the giver and receiver. Check out this episode for more information on how you or a loved one can take that step. SHOW NOTES 5:43 - Sandy explains why it might be so hard to ask for help 6:46 - Caryn shares insight from Jeffrey Davis, "Psychology Today," on why we don’t like to ask for help 11:21 - Sandy and Caryn shares thoughtful and easy ways you can lend a hand 13:53 - Caryn shares her worries when asking for help, and a tip on how to ease that stress 16:52 - Sandy tells us the moment when she realized it’s ok to ask for help 21:10 - Sandy shares her insight on not apologizing for your asks 32:58 - Sandy tells us how she shows her appreciation for her family and friends 34:12 - Sandy and Caryn share ways you can help out this holiday season 40:48 - Sandy shares where you can connect with Breast Friends Fund 41:12 - Sandy and Caryn play The Grateful Game CONNECT with Sandy Sandy’s Website - - BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS - donate to metastatic breast cancer research: discussed on episode from Jeffrey Davis, M.A.: HELP FOR THE HOLIDAYS? Check out our 2021 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information
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69. Barb Nangle: From Chaos to Serenity -  Addiction Recovery
Nov 10 2021
69. Barb Nangle: From Chaos to Serenity - Addiction Recovery
“I was always striving but didn’t know what I was striving for!" On today’s episode of “Happiness Through Hardship - The Podcast, boundaries coach, Barb Nangle takes us through her addiction recovery journey and how she found a new meaning of life. For years she had been going to therapy but never seemed to be able to get to the root of her addiction. Barb shares her new perspectives including the importance of healthy boundaries and fulfilling relationships. She also talks about three tools that helped her and many others find joy and purpose in life. This episode is filled with heart and tons of resources for those touched with addition or other obstacles in life. SHOW NOTES 6:15 - Barb talks about her therapy background and discovering the word ‘codependent’ 7:31 - Barb realizes she needs to be reparented 9:14 - Barb explains what Al Anon is 10:55 - Barb shares her history with substance abuse 13:32 - Barb shares the importance of healthy boundaries 14:56 - Barb walks through her Three Tools of Recovery 21:45 - Barb explains how her life has gone from chaos to serenity 23:40 - Barb shares several helpful resources for anyone dealing with something similar 26:08 - Barb emphasizes that addiction is a mental illness and not a moral failing 27:33 - Barb tells us what brings her joy in life 33:18 - Barb and Caryn play The Grateful Game RESOURCES on episode Alcoholics Anonymous: Anonymous: Anonymous: Anon: Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families: Anonymous: Anonymous: Anonymous: & Love Addicts Anonymous: The Village: & Voices of Recovery: with Barb Barb’s Website/Podcast - Fragmented to Whole: Life Lessons from 12 Step Recovery: and with us www.PrettyWellness.com/podcast - for more information on the podcast episodes 
www.PrettyWellness.com/cancer-resources - easily accessible cancer information
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 Happiness through Hardship - The Book: amzn.to/39PAjuT To Donate a Book to a Cancer Center:
 PrettyWellness.com/book To get a free copy of our smoothies and snacks ebook: PrettyWellness.com/Freebies