Imagine Yourself Podcast

Imagine Yourself Podcast

Imagine your next chapter of life with grace, gratitude, courage & faith! Looking for something positive and uplifting? With real talk, Lanee Blaise and Sandy Kovach try to help you through life's many challenges. In each episode, we will Imagine Ourselves rising above life’s bumps and bruises, taking on a specific challenge, and strategizing our way to peace and contentment. Along with expert guests from the mental health, faith, wellness arenas and more, we give you ideas and actionable steps to help you live your best life! More info at ImagineYourselfpodcast.com read less
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Feeling Stuck in Life?
Oct 28 2023
Feeling Stuck in Life?
Feeling stuck in life can be a paralyzing experience. It can leave us questioning our ability to reach our personal and professional goals. It can also hinder our day-to-day activities and put a damper on enjoying our lives. It becomes hard to achieve the contentment we crave. Feeling stuck is a familiar experience for most of us from time to time. Whether it's struggling to take the next step toward a big dream or goal, feeling overwhelmed and unable to move forward, or battling with procrastination. Being in a state of inertia can hinder our personal, professional, health and even spiritual growth. But fear not! We're here to share five unique and effective ways to get UNstuck. From digging deep into the reasons behind our inertia to daring to do things differently, we're looking to provide valuable insights and even counterintuitive strategies to help break free from our limitations. So join us as we embark on this transformative journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Click play and spend the next 15 minutes  with us. It may finally get you unstuck and moving again! RELATED Stop Talking Yourself out of Following Your Dreams (w/Coach Jackie Prewitt)How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Stuff Done!For more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
Stop Talking Yourself out of Following Your Dreams (w/Coach Jackie Prewitt)
Oct 14 2023
Stop Talking Yourself out of Following Your Dreams (w/Coach Jackie Prewitt)
No, it’s probably not laziness or making excuses. Usually, we believe we are making the best decision possible when we talk ourselves out of our dreams. To be fair, there absolutely are times when common sense needs to prevail; but often our reasoning needs to be reexamined. Sometimes it’s fear, doubt, overthinking or other self-limiting belief that squashes our big goal before we can even get started. Or, maybe we’re waiting to have it all “figured out” before we begin!   In this episode,  Business and Mindset Coach, Jackie Prewitt talks about taking what she calls “messy action” and embracing imperfection along the way. Jackie shares her journey from being on the shy side and afraid to move forward to someone who is proactive and confident. The road wasn’t a smooth straight path for her and typically isn’t for anyone. She says so many of us give up along the way because we don’t pick ourselves back up from failure and remember that we have done and can do hard things. We can also grab onto God to help pull us through.  Whether you’re just in the “discovering your passion” stage, needing to find the motivation to begin or get some encouragement to keep going -- we think Jackie’s nonjudgmental, fun approach will have you dreaming big dreams again. It sure was a kick in the pants for us! (in a good way, of course!) Click play for some tips that will not only make you think, but want to act, too! Reach Out to Jackie Prewitt on InstagramFor more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
5 Steps to Stop Overthinking
Sep 16 2023
5 Steps to Stop Overthinking
Overthink: verb: to spend more time thinking about something than is necessary or productive. This little word can activate everything from little annoyances to major mental roadblocks.  It comes in many forms:  constantly worrying about the future, “analysis paralysis” that stifles decision-making, over-analyzing past mistakes, and second guessing ourselves in social situations and relationships. Those are just a few of the ways we tend to overthink.  In this episode, we’ll detail the major ways many psychologists categorize overthinking. There’s a good chance you’ll recognize yourself in one or more. Then, we’ll follow up with five steps to slow down or stop the overthinking cycle. Along with tips from pros, we’ll recount some successes and failures we’ve had along the way. Some of these situations include Sandy’s recovery from “catastrophizing” (otherwise known as drama) and  Lanée  learning to cope with embarrassing situations (and we DO mean embarrassing). Join us as we imagine a life free from the burdens of overthinking and discover how to find inner peace and embrace the unexpected. We’ll talk about tapping into our faith and how trusting God and His timing can have a huge effect on our clarity and comfort level. Plus, we focus on silencing that ever-present inner critic. So grab some coffee or tea, click play, and let's navigate the path to a more balanced and positive mindset together.For more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
No More "Should’ve Could’ve Would’ve"
Aug 19 2023
No More "Should’ve Could’ve Would’ve"
We've all been there – those moments when we find ourselves trapped in a cycle of negative self-talk, dwelling on missed opportunities, and regretting past decisions. The "should've, could've, would've" mentality can be a heavy burden to carry. It can steal our joy and blind us to our blessings.  We wanted to explore ways to break free from this pattern, whether it occasionally gets in the way of our happiness or full-out sabotages our life. Inspired by one of our former guests, psychotherapist Blaine Lawson, this episode has us looking at how to shake loose the grip of regret, silence our inner critic and help us appreciate our “perfect imperfectness”.  Remember, fretting over the past doesn’t help. Let’s leave those “alternate realities” to movie and TV show plots and accept where we are in this present moment. Changing our mindset also helps us build a better future because every setback is an opportunity for growth. Instead of allowing failures to define us, let's use them as stepping stones towards a better version of ourselves while we trust God’s timing in our lives. Are you ready for some change? Click play for actionable ideas on how to get rid of “should coulda woulda” once and for all. Listen to:  How to Stop Negative Thoughts from Holding You Back (w/Psychotherapist Blaine Lawson)For more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
How to Deal with Life’s Detours
Jul 22 2023
How to Deal with Life’s Detours
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, sometimes taking us down paths we never imagined. Whether it's a career setback, a change in relationship, a health challenge or anything else, detours can be daunting and disorienting. Bouncing off our last episode called “Reinventing Yourself at Any Age” with Tami Garcia,” we reflect on the importance of taking a self-audit, finding gratitude, trusting God’s timing and making small changes that can lead to personal growth. Through lessons learned with our personal struggles as well as practical tips and advice from experts,  we reframe setbacks as opportunities for growth and self-discovery, gaining a new perspective on life's unexpected events.  Whether you're facing a detour right now or preparing for the uncertainty of the future, we hope this episode will equip you with the tools to thrive amidst life's unforeseen journeys. Remember, it's not about avoiding detours but embracing them and turning them into steppingstones towards a brighter and more fulfilling future! Click play for this  quick 20 minute detour that may be just the encouragement you need for your journey. For more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
Reinventing Yourself at Any Age (w/Entrepreneur, Tami Garcia)
Jul 8 2023
Reinventing Yourself at Any Age (w/Entrepreneur, Tami Garcia)
Let's talk about the struggle between sticking with what we know and taking risks. Have you ever felt torn between playing it safe and stepping out of your comfort zone? Our guest: mom and entrepreneur, Tami Garcia says growth is on the other side of change. To be fair, she’s probably taken more risks in a few years than most of take in a lifetime. However, reinventing yourself doesn’t have to be that drastic. If you have the desire to step out and do something different (big or small) at virtually any age or stage in life, this episode is for you. Tami is the founder and CEO of Mully Lingua.  Her company helps people connect with their cultural heritage. Tami shares her incredible story of leaving a secure corporate job, starting the new company, adopting a daughter from Ethiopia and moving to another country -- all within a few years’ time! She radiates with the transformative power of the courageous choices she had to make to fulfill her vision. However, she says she could not have done it without her faith, believing that if God has gives her a vision, He will  help her achieve it. We'll hear how our guest has also used past adversity for fuel in her ambitions to change things for herself, her daughter and her community. From childhood struggles to health issues (including a near-death experience!), she’s not only been able to overcome many tough circumstances, but also use them as a growth experience for herself and to share her wisdom with others. There are just so many uplifting aspects to her story, the kind that can help you feel ready for your next challenge!So, what do you want to be when you “grow up”? Re-inventing yourself is something you can do at any point in your life. Whether you have a whole new vision for yourself or just want to make a few adjustments, click play for the inspiration to take the next step! Tami Garcia on InstagramMully Lingua on InstagramFor more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
Comparison Detox: Author Angela Scott Helps Us Find our God-given Gifts
Jun 10 2023
Comparison Detox: Author Angela Scott Helps Us Find our God-given Gifts
How often do you compare yourself with others? Most of us do it way too often, thanks in part to social media. Comparison can be harmful to your mental and emotional health, leading to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. It can also cause jealousy, envy, and a lack of appreciation for yourself and others. You may have heard the quote “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It can also be the thief of dreams. Our guest, author Angela Scott said it almost stole hers. Through faith, friends and fierce honesty with herself, Angela was able to face down comparison. In this episode we learned so much about what we’re calling “Comparison Detox.” Angela Scott is the author of Yearning: Daily Encouragement for Remaining Hopeful as you Wait . It’s a truly inspiring devotional for the seasons of waiting that we all go through, but it almost didn’t happen. Angela had to push aside her fear of not being up to the task, especially when she saw the progress of those who were more experienced and already successful. Once she realized that she needed to “run her own race” and trust God’s timing, she found both peace and the courage to move forward.  Then by opening up to others, she also got help from those she called "purpose sisters." Angela told us, “There is enough room for us all. I felt like God just kept saying, run YOUR race. Stop looking at what this person is doing. Let them run their race."  We all have unique gifts and talents and there is room for everyone to be successful. It doesn’t matter what your dream is or what stage you are in life. It doesn’t matter if you’re going after your dream for the first time or the hundredth time. Every time you begin again, you begin with new knowledge.  We think Angela’s story will both bless you and give you some practical tips for escaping the comparison trap. It may also open your eyes to how to reach your goals AND enjoy the journey that you are on. Remember, nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Say a prayer and ask God what He wants to show you. We hope you’ll click play for some inspiration. Angela Scott on InstagramAngela Scott on YouTubeBuy on Amazon: Yearning: Daily Encouragement for Remaining Hopeful as you Wait For more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
Trusting God When Life Gets Tough
May 27 2023
Trusting God When Life Gets Tough
Sometimes life takes a turn in a bad direction, leaving us feeling helpless and uncertain about the future. Sure, we realize that God is in control and can find comfort in that; however, if we’re being honest, it’s usually not enough to bring us peace. In this episode, both of us (Lanee and Sandy) share some big curveballs life has thrown our way recently. As we’re in the midst of these trials, we reflect back on what the guest on our last episode, Lisa Howze shared about how faith was the basis for her resilience and hope. As much as we try to focus on the positives that can eventually come from our struggles, we’re not here to just throw around clichés about making lemonade out of lemons. We want to be as open and authentic as possible. However, we definitely want to give you encouragement and fill you in on what’s working for us now and has been useful in the past.  Everyone’s situation is unique, but we hope what we share gives you not only comfort, but helpful information. Trusting God means accepting that there are reasons beyond our comprehension. It's an invitation to lean on our faith and believe that even in the midst of turmoil, God has a plan for us. By embracing this trust, we can find solace in the knowledge that we are not alone.If you need some encouragement today or know someone who does, click play. We hope you’ll be blessed and strengthened by what you hear. For more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
How to Use the Power of Resilience to Get What You Want in Life (w/ Lisa Howze, Author & Speaker)
May 13 2023
How to Use the Power of Resilience to Get What You Want in Life (w/ Lisa Howze, Author & Speaker)
Do you have a vision for what you would like your life to be?  Your dreams and goals are unique and so is the journey you’re traveling to get there. However, one thing that seems to be true for everyone is that the road isn't often easy – but that’s not a bad thing!  According to our guest Lisa Howze, it’s actually those times when we fail or fall short that can be our best teachers and motivators.  “Losses are no more than lessons that lead to your next blessing”, she says.   Lisa Howze is the author of “Candy Girl Mentality: Keys to Turning Bitter Moments into Sweet Success”.  Her resume indeed has a string of amazing successes, but they did not come without failures, disappointments and setbacks. This CPA, author, speaker, professional strategist and public servant (including being a Michigan state representative) has experienced more than her share. Through it she has continued to move forward guided by faith, perseverance, resilience and the desire to help others.Lisa’s enthusiasm and courage are infectious, and we promise you’ll learn and be entertained by listening to her story and her advice. If you’re ready to rise higher, click play to up your resilience factor!Buy or Donate Candy Girl Mentality! Visit Lisa's WebsiteFor more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!
Are You on the Right Path?
Apr 15 2023
Are You on the Right Path?
If you’re not satisfied with where you are in life right now, instead of wondering how you got there, remember that it is largely the choices you make moving forward that will affect your future. These can be major decisions that send you on a certain trajectory or small daily choices that sometimes have a big impact on your life or well-being. Are you following God’s plan for the best outcomes? Is that something you can even know for sure? In this episode we dig into those questions. We were inspired by the guests on our last episode: “How to Find Faith in the Small Things (w/Tecia Janes & Andra Pape of Choosing Him Ministries)”. They reminded us that  we all have unique gifts and talents that God gives us. But, it's not only those gifts that we can use to bless others, it's our personal stories that can have an enormous impact. Click play and let’s examine how to understand and use what God has given you, how to follow His lead to be sure you’re on the right path… and ultimately how to be aware of your unique purpose and God’s will for your life. Listen to:  How to Find Faith in the Small Things (w/Tecia Janes & Andra Pape of Choosing Him Ministries)For more info on IMAGINE YOURSELF with Lanée Blaise and Sandy Kovach or to contact us, visit imagineyourselfpodcast.comJoin the conversation on our FACEBOOK, TWITTER or INSTAGRAM pages. Email at imagineyourselfpodcast@gmail.com Thanks for being part of the Imagine Yourself Family! Follow or subscribe so you don't miss an episode!