Virginia Is For Laughers

Virginia Is For Laughers with X2 Comedy

Love to laugh and hear people’s stories?  Do you live in, plan to visit, curious about life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and looking for things to do besides hiking? Then this is for you. Join host comedian Dawn Davis Womack whose claim to fame is having a son that made it to the NFL. BFFs and strangers alike find she’s light-hearted, genuine, family-oriented and never late for a happy hour! It’s engaging conversations with comedians and other fascinating peeps on faith, comedy, life, fitness, food, drinks and entertainment in the Valley. read less
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163: Natalie inRenaissance: Pianist’s Studio Reshapes the Music Learning Experience {Ep 163}
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163: Natalie inRenaissance: Pianist’s Studio Reshapes the Music Learning Experience {Ep 163}
Laughers, prepare to embark on a transformative journey into the world of arts and education with Pianist, Musician, Teacher and Visionary Entrepreneur, Natalie Doughty. Whether you’re a seasoned virtuoso or a budding prodigy, Natalie’s inspiring tales and insights will resonate with anyone looking to harmonize their life with the arts. We’ll uncover her unique approach that empowers students of all ages by emphasizing personalized learning tailored to their strengths. Discover how she infuses her teaching with a vision that transcends traditional education, fostering confidence and leadership in her students. With her creative prowess and entrepreneurial spirit, Natalie has also crafted "Keys to Side Hustle Success," guiding piano enthusiasts in turning their passion into a profitable venture. Balancing roles as a community leader through "Music in Every Home," and former director of the JMU Music Academy, she'll inspire you to rethink learning and the arts. Natalie dives into her holistic and human-centered methodology, the significance of a growth mindset, and the importance of integrating life experiences into one's musical voyage. Tune in, and let's strike a chord together with Natalie’s wealth of knowledge and her enthusiasm for creating an enlightening and supportive learning experience from kids to adults. Cheers to the harmonies of life and laughter! Natalie Doughty Website: https://natalieinrenaissance.com/ Instagram: @in.renaissance and @natalieinrenaisssance Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 22812 Website: www.prepopsterous.com Use Discount Promo Code: LAUGH15 and receive 15% Off Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
162: Grow Self Trust, Heal Trauma Bonds & Experience Post Traumatic Growth with Counselor, Speaker & Author of Loving You is Hurting Me {Ep 162}
Apr 3 2024
162: Grow Self Trust, Heal Trauma Bonds & Experience Post Traumatic Growth with Counselor, Speaker & Author of Loving You is Hurting Me {Ep 162}
Laughers, get ready to embrace your inner strength with expert insights from Dr. Laura Anne Copley! In this heartening chat, Dr. Copley, a seasoned trauma-informed counselor and author of "Loving You is Hurting Me," unpacks the complexities of trauma bonds and the radiant light of post-traumatic growth. Dr. Copley’s own journey to self-trust unfolds as she recalls her enlightening moment to the tune of David Bowie's "Heroes," signaling a pivotal career shift from an academic path to launching her own thriving practice, Aurora Counseling. With her candid narrative, she guides us through the rigors and rewards of finding a suitable trauma-informed therapist. Stressing credentials and the dangers of one-size-fits-all approaches, Dr. Copley charts the course of navigating complex PTSD and its nuanced differences from single-incident traumas. Packed with humor and earnest conversation between Dr. Copley and our beloved host Dawn Davis Womack, this episode melds comedic flair with genuine advice on "dating" therapists to find the perfect match, promoting resilience, and fostering growth beyond trauma. Plus, enjoy a light-hearted banter about mouth-watering PrePOPsterous popcorn and the serendipitous birth of Aurora Counseling. Spanning a tapestry of challenges including finding balance with motherhood and professional ambition, this episode is a beacon for anyone yearning to heal, grow, and laugh along the meandering path of self-discovery. Tune in to transform your struggles into hopeful stepping stones, and keep smiling with every listen! Cheers! Dr. Laura Anne Copley - Aurora Counseling & Well-Being, PLLC Location: 57 S. Main St, Suite 409, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Instagram: @doccopley Website: lauracopley.com Book: Loving You Is Hurting Me on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Target! Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 22812 Website: www.prepopsterous.com Use Discount Promo Code: LAUGH15 and receive 15% Off Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
161: Cultivating Community and Cuisine: Rocktown Kitchen's Journey with Chef Kristo Papa's Insights {Ep 161}
Mar 27 2024
161: Cultivating Community and Cuisine: Rocktown Kitchen's Journey with Chef Kristo Papa's Insights {Ep 161}
Laughers, prepare to be whisked away on a culinary journey and get to know seasoned chef Kristo Papa, the mastermind behind the delectable fare at Rocktown Kitchen! Immerse yourself in tales of his Greek roots and the savory southern dishes that spill from his kitchen. Find out how his farm-to-table restaurant not only survived but flourished during COVID, by cleverly pivoting to takeout menus and family dinners.  Savor the behind-the-scenes flavor of restaurant life as Kristo recounts the thriving community of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Discover the heartfelt warmth in every meal served, the importance of tightly-knit team dynamics, and the secret spice – hard work and character. Raise a glass to the bartenders serving themed cocktails with homemade mixers, making customers feel like VIPs, and enjoy a chuckle over food presentation challenges and new flavor experiments. The show wraps up with insider tips for restaurant enthusiasts and a nod to our next craving-inducing episodes:-), dropping every Wednesday. Come for the laughter, stay for the entrees of Shenandoah Valley living, and don't forget to snag that discount on gourmet popcorn from our sponsor at prepopsterous.com! Cheers! Rocktown Kitchen Location: 217 S. Liberty St #101, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801 Website: rocktownkitchen.com Facebook:  Rocktown Kitchen Instagram: @rocktownkitchen Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 22812 Website: www.prepopsterous.com Use Discount Promo Code: LAUGH15 and receive 15% Off Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
160: Inside The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum: A Curator’s Insight on the Complexity of the 28th US President (1913-1921) {Ep 160}
Mar 20 2024
160: Inside The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum: A Curator’s Insight on the Complexity of the 28th US President (1913-1921) {Ep 160}
Laughers, today we step back in time to unravel the complexities of one of America's presidents straight from the heart of Staunton, Virginia. We’ll take a deep dive into history with the esteemed curator and director of The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Andrew Phillips. Prepare to be transported back to the days of World War I and the gilded age of antitrust overhaul, as Phillips walks us through the legacy of Woodrow Wilson—the good, the bad, and the controversial. Learn about Wilson's push for global togetherness with the League of Nations, his conflicting stance on women's suffrage, and how his administration was an axis of change and regression in American race relations. Unwrap the rich tapestry of the museum's exhibits, from the luxurious Pierce-Arrow limousine—a symbol of pre-Depression American grandeur—to a hauntingly realistic trench exhibit that lets you step into the soldiers' boots of WWI. Don't miss the museum's commitment to presenting the raw truths of Wilson's presidency, giving visitors a chance to ponder his complicated legacy, and decide for themselves about his contributions to our nation's narrative. Andrew also sheds light on the museum's innovative approach to community storytelling, sharing their latest exhibit that connects the Spanish Flu with today's COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, hear how to keep up with mascot "Woolly Wilson" across social media for the latest museum happenings. Tune in, laugh, learn and remember to support our history keepers at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, because understanding our past is key to our future. Lastly, don’t forget to snag the exclusive promo code for Laughers to get 15% off gourmet popcorn from prepopsterous.com. Cheers! The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum Location: 20 N Coulter, Staunton, Virginia 24401 Website: www.woodrowwilson.org Follow Their Mascot: Woolly Wilson X (formerly Twitter): @woolly_wilson  Instagram: @woollywwplm Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 22812 Website: www.prepopsterous.com Use Discount Promo Code: LAUGH15 and receive 15% Off Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
159: A Spin on Life & Training with Coach Averi: Pro Cyclist & Former Air Force Staff Sergeant {Ep 159}
Mar 13 2024
159: A Spin on Life & Training with Coach Averi: Pro Cyclist & Former Air Force Staff Sergeant {Ep 159}
Laughers, gear up for a ride that takes some twists and turns with Coach Averi Ferari, an ex pro cyclist and former Air Force Staff Sergeant on security detail for the President. Prepare to dive into her unique journey where the worlds of military discipline, competitive cycling and two kinesiology degrees at James Madison University collide creating an already rewarding career path. From discussing the rigors of preparing for the Olympics while serving in the Air Force, Averi reveals an intimate glimpse into her life-altering experiences both on and off the bike. As she speaks candidly about her transition, she reminds us of the empathy and understanding needed to bridge communication within our communities, a lesson we can all benefit from. Discover how Averi likens her coaching approach to a passport check—meticulously customized to navigate the diverse terrain of each athlete's ambitions and history. Find out how her academic background in kinesiology underpins a commitment to evidence-based workout designs that resonate with the body’s own language. Listen to Averi’s coaching philosophy of crafting individualized training regimens that harmonize recovery with the demands of daily life. Listen to tales of resilience and memorable moments—like the clang of chains at a UCI World Cup in the Czech Republic. Catch the joy she finds pedaling through Harrisonburg; the life lessons gained from being "dropped" and what she looks forward to next with Otterhaus Coaching. Tune in today to join Dawn Davis Womack, your hostess with the most real talks and guest Coach Averi for another laughter-fueled episode. Cheers! Coach Averi Firari ~ www.otterhaus.com Instagram: @coachaveri Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 22812 Website: www.prepopsterous.com Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
158: Rocktown History a Museum that More than Meets the Eye: From Circus Parades to Civil War Tales Let’s Dig In…{Ep 158}
Mar 6 2024
158: Rocktown History a Museum that More than Meets the Eye: From Circus Parades to Civil War Tales Let’s Dig In…{Ep 158}
Laughers, ready for a historical adventure with a bit of humor as we take a “Cent” tour? Tune in for a fun one with Penny Imeson, Executive Director of Rocktown History in Dayton. You’ll get to hear the story of her historical “office”; her unconventional start and be inspired by her passion for piecing together the past to transform the museum into a hub of heritage. From organizing “Coffee Mills” events brewing up stories of the past to technology-driven research, she’s uncovering the layered stories of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Delve into the Civil War’s impact and marvel at exhibits like the centennial celebration of the local baseball league. Volunteers, the lifeblood of the museum, contribute to everything from landscaping to exhibitions, while a process ensures each artifact holds a special place in local history. Discover the role of agriculture, immigration, and religious culture in the tapestry of the region. Want to trace your lineage? The genealogy library's extensive resources can connect you to ancestral milestones. Find out about plans for a more kid-friendly museum, engaging community talks, and the potential for exhibits in downtown Harrisonburg where the importance of preserving and sharing our collective narrative comes to light. So, whether you’re a history buff or a comical connoisseur, don’t miss these tales of Rocktown’s legacy and learn how you can play a part in its preservation. Plus, find out how you can support local history and stay tuned for more rib-tickling revelations this fall! Cheers! Rocktown History ~ www.rocktownhistory.org Location: 382 High Street, Dayton, Virginia 22821 Email: info@rockhistory.org Phone: (540) 879-2681 Instagram: @rocktownhistory Facebook: Rocktown History HRHS YouTube: Rocktown History @rocktownhistory5506 Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA 22812 Website: www.prepopsterous.com Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
157: Innkeepers Chat at The Friendly City Inn with a Modern Take on a 1885 Mansion B&B {Ep 157}
Feb 28 2024
157: Innkeepers Chat at The Friendly City Inn with a Modern Take on a 1885 Mansion B&B {Ep 157}
Laughers, prepare to get swept away by the allure of olde world charm and hospitality with innkeepers Joel and Becca Graham of the historic Friendly City Inn in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Take a journey with these new parents who are among the youngest innkeepers in America and our charismatic host, Dawn Davis Womack, as we delve into their heartfelt transformation of an 1885 mansion into a modern bed and breakfast oasis. Nestled near the bustling downtown and James Madison University campus, this idyllic inn invites guests with gourmet breakfasts crafted from local ingredients, where classic fare meets a creative twist. Hear anecdotes of their rise from humble apartment dwellers to proud proprietors living in the house behind the inn. Peek into Joel's unique hobby as a certified mushroom forager, and gather insights into their dedication to the local community and the environment. Revel in their story of love and Spike ball—a game that led to a world championship win and an inspiring partnership. The Grahams share their business philosophy, their encounters with a gracious former owner, and their vision for integrating events and live entertainment to deepen local connections. Finally, don't miss the chance to hear about their pride-filled feature in Southern Living magazine that has guests flocking to their doorstep. It's all about embracing the legacy while crafting contemporary experiences—tune in for laughs, lessons, and local escapades right here on Virginia Is For Laughers. Cheers to laughter, exploring the Valley  and living the inn life! Friendly City Inn Inquiries and Bookings: friendlycityinn.com Facebook: Friendly City Inn Bed & Breakfast Instagram: @friendlycityinn Location: 547 E Market St., Harrisonburg, Virginia Email: info@friendlycityinn.com Phone: (540) 433-8233 Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: www.prepopsterous.com Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
156: How to Tend to Your Heart & Mind by Unpacking Your Hidden Challenges to Growth {Ep 156}
Feb 21 2024
156: How to Tend to Your Heart & Mind by Unpacking Your Hidden Challenges to Growth {Ep 156}
Laughers, prepare to journey into your own heart and mind to discover unhidden challenges that can sabotage your personal growth with our guest Letitia Bates. She’s a renowned coach, award winning speaker and #1 Amazon bestseller author who sheds light on the transformative power of self awareness and healing from trauma. This episode is sure to tug at those heartstrings as much as it tickles your funny bone! We’ll dive deep into the art of emotional healing as Letitia walks us through practices like tapping to address the intricate challenges of stress and past trauma. Get real about the physiological nuances of "little t" triggers, why the familiar discomfort of past abuse attracts us in relationships, and the transformative power of recognizing our own patterns of victimhood and scarcity mindset. Letitia's expertise isn’t just theoretical; she shares her poignant personal story of overcoming abuse and abandonment, leading to her discovery of EMDR therapy and coaching others toward growth. With relatable discussions on emotional intelligence and the importance of acknowledging and validating unresolved emotions, this episode offers strategies for fostering resilience in a world rife with change. As always, we infuse our robust friendly dialogue with the lightness and humor you've come to expect from this podcast, culminating in delightful detours of enjoying gourmet popcorn flavors from our sponsor, PrePOPsterous. Discover self-compassion and the power to transform adversity into agility. If you're ready to reclaim your emotions and take control of your growth, tune in for a guide to nurturing your own heart and mind. Cheers to healing laughter and self-discovery with an extra special dedication to all the “Susies” out there;-) Enjoy! Letitia Bates: At the Wheel Coaching  Get in touch & get your Complimentary Clarity Session at chatwithletitia.com Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: www.prepopsterous.com Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
155: Escapes Spa: Delight in Massages, Healing & Wisdom on Self-Care in a Zen Oasis {Ep 155}
Feb 14 2024
155: Escapes Spa: Delight in Massages, Healing & Wisdom on Self-Care in a Zen Oasis {Ep 155}
Laughers, get ready to explore a world of relaxation, rejuvenation and healing in this zen oasis! Our host, the fun-loving Dawn Davis Womack is joined by the charismatic Lou Botkin, Massage Therapist, Owner and the heart of Escapes Spa. Tune in to hear Lou’s story of Arizona roots, fascinating August County farm life and her wisdom on how to turn self-care into a holistic sanctuary for the soul. As Dawn’s massage therapist, Lou has been an integral part of Dawn’s healing journey from past traumas. Delight in their friendly banter throughout this episode and uncover the fun nickname Dawn has for Lou! Broaden your perspective of holistic wellness as we unravel the benefits of various massage modalities, explore energy healing with Reiki, learn about rain bath therapy and discuss why it's time to retire the notion that busyness equals productivity. From the importance of scheduled self-care rituals to the specialty of prenatal massages, learn about embracing the balance between doing and being. Plus, you’ll discover what parts of the body hold onto the past, the present and more! It’s time to get cozy, and let this episode be your retreat as we laugh, learn, and unwind together. Cheers to your well-being, your own self-care practices and until next time, keep smiling…bye! Escapes Spa ~ www.escapesspa.com Instagram: @escapesspa Facebook: Escapes Spa Location: 21 Southgate Ct #102, Harrisonburg, VA  Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: www.prepopsterous.com Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers Podcast: virginiaisforlaughers.com ~ a podcast about all non-hiking in the Shenandoah Valley To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
154:  How to Deepen Relationships: Hope & Healing with Couples Therapist Randy Hook {Ep 154}
Feb 7 2024
154: How to Deepen Relationships: Hope & Healing with Couples Therapist Randy Hook {Ep 154}
Laughers, take a journey deep with us into the complexities of love and connection with renowned Couples Therapist Randy Hook, LCSW, PLLC. With over 25 years of therapy triumphs, Randy guides us through the profound journey of mending and nurturing relationships. Discover how radical acceptance and unconditional positive regard revolutionize the way couples communicate and resolve conflict, all while Randy shares insights from dialectical behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, experiences as a therapist and personal anecdotes. Host Dawn Davis Womack gets candid about her recovery journey from complex PTSD, inviting us to embrace vulnerability as a strength. And yes, we even get a glimpse into Randy's personal narrative, from his initial calling to his devotion outside the therapy room—balancing sports enthusiasm with family life. Want to transform your relationship dynamics? Wondering about Randy's 'wise mind' advice or how to vanquish 'the drift' in your partnership? Tune in for an episode brimming with healing, hope, and humor.  Randy's training, commitment and wealth of experience has made him an invaluable resource for couples seeking to strengthen their bonds and unravel the mysteries of affection and support between partners. Our hope is you walk away with a few insights, hope and inspiration to explore the possibilities to deepen your own bonds in the relationships that mean the most to you. Here's to love, laughter, and the ongoing work of personal growth. Cheers! Randy Hook, LCSW ~  www.randyhooklcsw.com Specializing in Couples Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Certified Prevention Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) instructor. Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
153: Transform Your Nutrition with Tips from Nutrition Coach Katie Welborn, NTP {Ep 153}
Jan 31 2024
153: Transform Your Nutrition with Tips from Nutrition Coach Katie Welborn, NTP {Ep 153}
Laughers, take a dive into a topic we all chew on daily—nutrition! Katie Welborn, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, NTP, shares her expertise from her roles as Nutrition Coach at Rocktown CrossFit and Nutrition Consultant at Rocktown Medical Spa. We're unpacking everything from sports performance to family health and women’s health with practical take away tips to help you transform your nutrition. With a background as a health psychology professional, get the scoop on the power of real-life changes in the realm of fitness and wellness after the birth of Katie’s first baby. Transitioning from cardio to strength training, Katie shares the surprising impact of a smart diet, the power of protein, and why food tracking can kickstart behavior change. We touch on the benefits of a fasting window and highlight the journey to better health by giving that digestive system some downtime. Explore with us the idea that nutrition is not one-size-fits-all and learn why adding protein to your breakfast can kick-start your day the right way. The episode is peppered with humor as our guest debunks diet trends and offers practical strategies for sustainable nutritional habits. Whether you want to enhance your athletic performance, improve insulin resistance, or simply feel your best, this episode provides helpful tips, personal success stories, and the key to finding the ideal balance in your dietary choices. So Laughers, raise your water bottles, reset those daily protein goals, and maybe even learn to love the phrase "it depends" on your way to a healthier lifestyle. Cheers! Katie Welborn, NTP (Nutrition Therapy Practitioner) Nutrition Coaching: rocktowncrossfit.com Nutrition Consulting: rocktownmedicalspa.com Email: rocktownnutrition@gmail.com Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
152: Fitness Expert & Master Trainer Robin Crespo Gets Real: Strength, Wisdom & Near Death Experiences {Ep 152}
Jan 24 2024
152: Fitness Expert & Master Trainer Robin Crespo Gets Real: Strength, Wisdom & Near Death Experiences {Ep 152}
Laughers, gear up for a blend of reflections, motivations, and life lessons that makes this episode a true testament to strength, perseverance, and the love of laughter. In this uplifting episode, Robin Crespo, a fitness expert and seasoned master trainer brings three decades of industry experience to the table. Journey through Robin's resilience and triumphs in life and fitness that have shaped her perspectives, views and played a significant role in elevating the fitness levels of so many. Learn about how home life inspired her own journey into fitness; the pivot in her educational track made under the mentorship from a beloved figure at James Madison University; a pivotal job offer post-graduation; her encounter with Arnold Schwarzegger; her triumphant world-record setting venture back into powerlifting; and hear her take on in-person versus online certification without hands-on experience.  Discover what this impassioned educator believes is the key to truly mastering a subject and unpack with us the significant transformations shaking the fitness landscape with the rise of the digital era. From discussing gym etiquette to embracing the evolution of personal training, Robin Crespo touches on the responsibility professionals have towards their clients in light of emerging research and societal changes. Hear a harrowing tale of escape from a near-fatal motorcycle accident and other close calls with death and how they have shaped her views on living life. Beyond the gym, you’ll get a glimpse of the heart of this amazing human as she shares so authentically her insights and wisdom so transparently it’s refreshing. Don’t miss the takeaways on living life to the fullest as Robin discusses her deep dedication to family, her role as 'gigi', and the joy of being actively involved in her grandchildren's lives. Cheers! Robin Crespo ~ valleyfitnessharrisonburg.com  Email: info@goalorientedtraining.net Phone: 540.661.7730 Facebook GOT (Goal Oriented Training Program): https://www.facebook.com/goalorientedtraining1 Robin’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.crespo.33 Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn!  Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
151: How to Integrate Movement, Nourishment & Positive Mindset from Author of The NonRecipe Book, Mindset Coach, Professional Triathlete & Food Systems Consultant Amanda Presgraves {Ep 151}
Jan 17 2024
151: How to Integrate Movement, Nourishment & Positive Mindset from Author of The NonRecipe Book, Mindset Coach, Professional Triathlete & Food Systems Consultant Amanda Presgraves {Ep 151}
Laughers, this episode is packed with thoughtful insights on how to live holistically unique to you. Tune in to learn, laugh, and maybe even get inspired to carve out a non-linear path that's uniquely your own! Amanda Presgraves, a “multipotentialite”, is the author of The NonRecipe Book, an exercise science guru turned professional USA off-road triathlete and a mind-set coach who approaches life with a sense of fun that's just as robust as her sports training. Listen to the story of this former Division 1 Competitive Swimmer at James Madison University. Find out how she entered into the world of triathlons then fueled those athletic fires with local food initiatives including running a food truck on campus! Discover more about her "The Non-Recipe Book”, a guide not to just cooking in the kitchen, but an invitation to nourish and connect with your whole self. Take a dive into her eclectic journey, from enduring athletic injuries to harnessing her ADHD as a strength. We’ll unearth the charm of her co-working space; her passion for local nut-free delights like PrePOPsterous popcorn; and learn about her food system consultancy that bolsters local economies while delivering fresher produce. Plus, listen to a discussion on the therapeutic power of comedy and celebrate the beauty of embracing the complexity of self to improve your mental health. Cheers to living presently, being open to change, staying curious, learning more, and laughing along the way! Amanda Presgraves ~ www.amandapresgraves.com Instagram: @amandapresgraves Facebook: Amanda Presgraves LinkedIn: Amanda Presgraves Email: amanda.presgraves@gmail.com Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  Virginia Is For Laughers: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
150: Goal Setting to Success in Fitness & Business with Lauren Black of Rocktown Crossfit {Ep 150}
Jan 10 2024
150: Goal Setting to Success in Fitness & Business with Lauren Black of Rocktown Crossfit {Ep 150}
Laughers, we hit a milestone —it's our 150th episode and we have more laughs-pir-ations for you with guest Lauren Black, a master of clinical exercise physiology and the powerhouse behind Rocktown CrossFit. Tune into this episode for a burst of motivation and practical advice whether you're a fitness enthusiast, gym owner, or anyone looking to up their game in personal and professional growth. Lauren doesn't just lead her gym, she also mentors gym owners globally, pushing them to achieve peak business fitness with Two Brain Fitness. She’s been managing the hustle of business at Rocktown for eleven years, and has a ton of wisdom to share on goal setting, both inside and outside the gym. Take a deep dive with us on the importance of self-awareness and kindness as we chase those life goals. With Lauren's mantra of time blocking, you’re about to get a masterclass in how to crush it at the gym, steer a business, and keep the home fires burning too with her rock-solid, 90-day sprint strategy. Uncover the winning formula that creates a unique workout community and how Lauren's "turn off to tune in" mantra keeps her work-life balance in check. For those bending into the business realm or simply seeking group-class camaraderie, Lauren's story is a power-packed inspiration making this episode one you won’t want to miss! And of course for you comedy fans, there's a belly laugh or two in store with your host Dawn Davis Womack along the way;-) Enjoy and cheers to a happier, healthier you! Rocktown Crossfit Website:  rocktowncrossfit.com Physical Location: 1645 Reservoir St, Suite 149, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Two Brain Fitness Website: https://twobrainbusiness.com/about/lauren-black/ Lauren Black Instagram: @laurenblack____ Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  This podcast’s website: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
149: Get Inspiration and Realistic Tips from Local Fitness Legend Val Holmes {Ep 149}
Jan 3 2024
149: Get Inspiration and Realistic Tips from Local Fitness Legend Val Holmes {Ep 149}
Laughers, prepare to laugh and be energized by the irresistible dynamism of local fitness legend Val Holmes, co-owner of Valley Fitness. Get an exclusive peek into Val's philosophy of 'treat as a treat' and realistic goal setting for 2024. Listen to Val’s story of coming to the Valley for cross country at James Madison University into developing a career in gym ownership under three names over the last 40+ years. Tune in as Val divulges her journey from working out under Nautilus' corporate banner to asserting her independence through Valley Fitness, a hub offering Les Mills classes, HIIT workouts, and a range of activities for all ages. Discover how her daily 45-minute workout is a must and her personal 'church,' furnishing serenity through focused breath and exercise. Learn why Val promotes gradual weight loss and why instant gratification is the foil to fitness triumphs. This episode isn't just about lifting weights—it's about uplifting spirits through training and self-care. Whether it's the allure of the 83-degree pool or the adaptable membership options, Valley Fitness champions diversity in fitness for bodybuilders, new moms, and seniors alike. Ready for a life-changing workout or a soulful reset? Check out Valley Fitness, where locals transform! Then stay tuned for more laughs-pir-ations this month to help you kick off your new year with our special series interviewing more leaders in health and fitness. Cheers! Valley Fitness Website: valleyfitnessharrisonburg.com Phone: (540) 433-3434   Or just stop in to look around, take a tour or get your free pass!  Physical Location: 381 Lucy Dr, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  This podcast’s website: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
148: The Friendly Fermenter: A Nano-Brewery Gem in the Heart of the Valley {Ep 148}
Dec 27 2023
148: The Friendly Fermenter: A Nano-Brewery Gem in the Heart of the Valley {Ep 148}
Laughers, get ready to crack open the tap on good vibes in this episode with the master of malts, the sultan of suds, the one and only Shawn Gatesman, owner and brewmaster of The Friendly Fermenter! Known for its great beer and lousy parking, tune it to hear Shawn's journey from utilizing two-liter soda bottles to running a beloved nano brewery in Harrisonburg. From his family roots in hard work, we veer through a lively discussion on facing life's challenges with a pint half full. We'll be tasting a flight of topics, from Shawn's commitment to environmental conservation to his not-so-secret sauce for creating a community hub where beer meets cheer. Relish in the tales of his unique beers, including the Bees Knees and the Breakfast Blonde Coffee Stout, and the intriguing plan to infuse the tap with seltzers and themed cocktails. Discover how Shawn managed to create a space that's both a brewery and a nexus for social interaction despite the hurdles of marketing and the shifts in post-pandemic behavior. Plus, stick around as we ponder the world with or without Bob Ross – spoiler alert, it's better with him. So, charge your glasses, find the best (or any) parking spot you can, and tune in for a hearty dose of laughter and libations. And don't forget to grab your nut-free snack discount from our local gourmet popcorn sponsor, and stay tuned to Virginia Is For Laughers for your regular fix of laughs and charm! Cheers! The Friendly Fermenter - Great Beer & Lousy Parking Physical Location: 20 S Mason St Suite B10, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Website: www.friendlyfermenter.com Instagram: @thefriendlyfermenter Facebook: The Friendly Fermenter Facebook Group: Following the Friendly Fermenter Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  This podcast’s website: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
147: The Story of Abby Chick's Blossoming Career: Florals, Education, and Community Impact {Ep 147}
Dec 20 2023
147: The Story of Abby Chick's Blossoming Career: Florals, Education, and Community Impact {Ep 147}
Laughers, get ready to laugh out loud with the delightful Abby Chick of Blakemore's Flowers, voted the best in the Shenandoah Valley for her innovative and sustainable floral designs. With 17 years in the bloom business, Abby brings a bouquet of knowledge to our podcast, blending artistry with eco-conscious practices. Discover her journey from a part-time florist to a full-time floral educator sharing her insider secrets on educational initiatives like the Mayesh Design Star series. Find out about her festive and floral workshops designed for different skill levels each month. Peek into her second act in life, where Abby sprouts joy through floral education, all accessible through her Instagram and website. But it's not all petals and stems; her shop overflows with fruit baskets, gift baskets, greeting cards, snacks, and candies, driven by heartfelt customer service and a well-nurtured team. Engage with Abby's tale of falling in love with her hometown, forging a thriving business, and discovering a passion that bloomed beyond her wildest dreams. With a personal touch, she discusses the importance of mental health in leadership and the workplace. This episode blossoms further discussing market trends vs. affordability, creating unique 'Abby Chick Designs,' and leading a community-centered shop where every budget finds its match. Finally, Abby Chick leaves us with a seed of wisdom: sometimes the best recipe for a beautiful life and a beautiful arrangement is simplicity and care—fresh water for flowers, self-care for leaders. Tune into this uplifting journey from Shenandoah Valley roots to blooming success. And don't forget to grab your nut-free snack discount from our local gourmet popcorn sponsor, and stay tuned to Virginia Is For Laughers for your regular fix of giggles and charm! Cheers! Blakemore's Flowers Physical Location: Liberty Mercantile, 76 Gay St.  Harrisonburg, VA 22802 Website: www.blakemoresflowers.com Instagram: @blakemoresflowers Facebook: Blakemore’s Flowers Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  This podcast’s website: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
146: Experience Light Up the Park! The Valley’s Newest Holiday Light Spectacle {Ep 146}
Dec 13 2023
146: Experience Light Up the Park! The Valley’s Newest Holiday Light Spectacle {Ep 146}
Laughers, light up your week with a dazzling venture to the winter wonderland of Light Up the Park at Massanutten Resort. Tune in for a behind-the-scenes look at turning a visionary idea into a festive reality that both guests and the community cherish.  We've got a trio of glittering guests from Massanutten Resort, here to share the behind-the-scenes magic of this new annual event. We have Dana Staniunas, Kelly Long, and the man who can never have too many holiday lights, Jason Owney! Hear how this team of laughter-loving elves selected a vendor that meticulously crafted 17+ photo ops, including a walk-through snowflake tunnel, an animated tree, and even a waddle of penguins! Find out how they overcame marketing challenges of capturing the magic of this event in its inaugural year. And as we converse amidst the chuckles, you’ll also learn about early glowing reviews from event goers of all ages, the park's hours, the ticket purchasing process, and the treats in store – yes, there’s hot cocoa! Discover the future plans to sprinkle more sparkle with choirs, Santa visits, and new displays. For those seeking a tradition in the making, the enchantment of Light Up the Park awaits. So bundle up, bring the family, and enjoy a festive frolic through an LED forest. You don’t want to miss this twinkling tale of creativity, collaboration, and creating holiday traditions that light up not just the park, but also the hearts of all who visit. Cheers!  Light Up the Park at Massanutten Resort - Plan in advance! Location at the Waterpark: 1200 Adventure Dr, Massanutten, VA 22840 Resort Website: www.massresort.com Direct link to the Light Up the Park event:  www.massresort.com/play/light-up-the-park/light-up-the-park/ Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  This podcast’s website: virginiaisforlaughers.com To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
145: A North Pole Tell-All: Santa and Mrs. Claus Reveal Holiday Secrets {Ep 145}
Dec 6 2023
145: A North Pole Tell-All: Santa and Mrs. Claus Reveal Holiday Secrets {Ep 145}
Laughers, deck your halls and tune your jingle bells to the sound of uproarious joy because this episode is about to sprinkle some festive glitter on your funny bone with the world’s most famous festive couple around—the wonderful Santa and the charming Mrs. Claus! Get ready to be enchanted by heartwarming experiences and cheeky North Pole insider stories that you've never heard before. Their loving banter sparks joy as they reveal their secret to keeping the holiday spirit alive all year round, including their love for gourmet popcorn and takeout from Elfa Barrel (like a Cracker Barrel;-) their North Pole fav! From interacting with children before Christmas to Santa's hilarious wardrobe malfunction in Taylor Swift's house we're unpacking the stockings with tales that will sparkle in your ears like twinkling lights. Listen closely as they delight in tales of adjusting Santa's suit, post-cookie binges, keeping the elves in check with limited hot cocoa, and spreading cheer with the help of a snow globe fact-checker. Don’t miss out as we dive into their yearly traditions, the not-so-hidden challenges of gift delivery, and the ever-so-mysterious magic that slows down time. Plus, we'll hear about how they unwind after the holiday frenzy and hear Santa and Mrs. Claus’ wishes for you this holiday season! So, grab some of that "Polar Express" hot cocoa, get comfy, and maybe even put on some long red underwear—hey, we won't judge—because we're set to reveal the North Pole's unseen magic and lots of laughter. Remember, kindness is the key, and here in the Shenandoah Valley, we're spreading holiday cheer all year round! Cheers and jingle all the way! Track Santa! https://www.noradsanta.org/en-US It’s our third annual check in with Santa & Mrs Claus - each episode is different.  So, be sure to check out our first two episodes for more holiday content & get to know the world's most famous Christmas couple more intimately this holiday season! Ep #34 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town! Ep #90 Ho Ho Ho They’re Back! It’s Santa & Mrs. Claus on a Zoom Call from the North Pole virginiaisforlaughers.com Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy
144: Grief Support & Remembrance of Loved Ones This Holiday Season + Year Round! {Ep 144}
Nov 29 2023
144: Grief Support & Remembrance of Loved Ones This Holiday Season + Year Round! {Ep 144}
Laughers, discover the compassionate world of grieving support available to you and your loved ones that flourishes hope in the hardest of times this holiday season and year round. Our guest, Vonda Driver from the Sadie Rose Foundation, joins us today to share the story of its founders, Regina & Lee Harlow. From their heartbreaking loss they stitched together a quilt of comfort, extending from the delicate threads of infant loss to now 16 years later expanding the fabric of grief support available to all who have lost a loved one. Hear your host, Dawn Davis Womack, share her own family’s heartbreaking loss and gratitude for the foundation’s dedicated work ahead, something she wishes her family had. Learn about their annual December Candlelight Ceremony event creating a touching tribute to loved ones passed and warm heartfelt connections with others who truly understand. Discover how the foundation will soon welcome the community to a church meeting space brimming with healing and connectivity. Plus, find out how you can help, support or get involved! From heartwarming moments to chuckles about the quirkiness of life's many challenges, this heartwarming chat promises valuable guidance on how to walk alongside someone in their grief—not by offering hollow words, but by sharing in the silent solidarity of their journey. Sometimes, just being there is enough. If you have experienced grief, you are not alone. Hope is a beautiful thing. Healing is possible and support is available.  Life is a journey of ups and downs for all of us. And laughter lifts the spirit so join us for next week's episode for more laughter, learning, life and a Zoom call to the North Pole;-) Cheers! Sadie Rose Foundation Website:  sadierosefoundation.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheSadieRoseFoundation Laughers, enjoy the award-winning delicious PrePOPsterous Gourmet Popcorn! Physical Location: 400 N Main St, Bridgewater, VA  Website: https://www.prepopsterous.com/  Discount promo code: LAUGH15  To learn more about X2 Comedy & Buy Tickets visit: https://www.x2comedy.com/ Facebook & Instagram: @x2comedy