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The Vibrant Happy Women Podcast is for women who want to expand their capacity for joy. If you crave a more authentic, heart-centered, and balanced life, you’ll love learning with Happiness Expert Dr. Jen Riday as she interviews vibrant women and shares proven tools that will help you “get your SPARKLE back” in all areas of your life. You’ll be inspired by discussions of authenticity, healthy boundaries, emotional healing, time management, confidence, adventure, spirituality, conscious parenting, marriage, friendship, identity, self love, and more! And if you enjoy this podcast, you’d love Vibrant Soul, the place to heal, transform and expand your soul with likeminded friends. Join us at


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The Vibrant Happy Women Podcast is for women who want to expand their capacity for joy. If you crave a more authentic, heart-centered, and balanced life, you’ll love learning with Happiness Expert Dr. Jen Riday as she interviews vibrant women and shares proven tools that will help you “get your SPARKLE back” in all areas of your life. You’ll be inspired by discussions of authenticity, healthy boundaries, emotional healing, time management, confidence, adventure, spirituality, conscious parenting, marriage, friendship, identity, self love, and more! And if you enjoy this podcast, you’d love Vibrant Soul, the place to heal, transform and expand your soul with likeminded friends. Join us at





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362: Social Media's Toxic Impact on Women: An Honest Conversation (with Kara Alaimo)

Are you ready to uncover the surprising truth about the impact of social media on women's lives? Get ready to be enlightened as we unravel the unexpected insights shared by Kara Alaimo, author of "Over the Influence: Why Social Media Is Toxic for Women and Girls." Brace yourself for a revealing journey that challenges common perceptions and offers empowering strategies. But that's not all—there's a twist in the tale that will leave you eager to explore the unanticipated revelations about the true effects of social media. Stay tuned as we dive into a world of eye-opening wisdom and meaningful connections. You won't want to miss this! Kara Alaimo, the author of Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls, offers a comprehensive analysis of the impact of social media on women's lives. Her extensive research and practical strategies provide valuable insights into the specific ways social media influences women, addressing key areas such as dating, parenting, and professional pursuits. With a focus on empowering women to navigate the challenges presented by social media, Alaimo's work delivers a compelling argument for proactive change in the digital landscape. Her expertise in this domain establishes her as a credible and authoritative voice in discussions concerning the effects of social media on women's well-being. In This Episode, You'll Discover How To... "I think it's important for us to see these apps for what they are and decide to use them in ways that empower ourselves. Just to reject all the toxic content and all the toxic messages and all the trolls and all of the other really ugly things we find on these apps. Delete and block and move on." - Kara Alaimo, Ph.D. Key Moments: RESOURCES AND NEXT STEPS: karaalaimo.comInstagramFacebookInfluence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and GirlsVibrant DON'T MISS AN EPISODE! FacebookInstagramYouTubeSpotifyApple PodcastsAmazon Music,


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361: Flowdreaming: The Secret to Letting Go of Stubborn Life Patterns (with Summer McStravick)

If you're feeling frustrated and stuck because your visualizations and affirmations aren't leading to the manifestation you desire, then you are not alone! You may already be taking action by repeating positive statements or creating vision boards, only to find that nothing is changing in your life. Instead of experiencing the success and abundance you're seeking, you may be feeling disheartened and doubtful about your ability to manifest your desires. Flowdreaming, a dynamic technique developed by Summer McStravick, provides a distinct approach to manifesting dreams and desires. Unlike typical manifestation strategies that might involve rituals or repeated intentions, Flow Dreaming stresses the importance of emotions. By harnessing the power of our feelings and the experiences we wish to cultivate, we can communicate more effectively with the universe and manifest our ideal outcomes. In This Episode, You'll Discover How To... "Practice feeling the way you want to feel so that you can graduate from those life majors you're ready to let go of." - Dr. Jen Riday Key Moments: "We want to be focused on having the capacity, the energy, and the emotions to graduate from the patterns we're ready to let go of and move on to what we do want." - Summer McStravick Resources and Next Steps: flowdreaming.comVibrant Csikszentmihalyi


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360: Expanding Your Capacity for Joy

How much joy are you willing (and able) to feel? Can your emotional and nervous system baseline handle more happiness? Can you really expand your capacity? On this episode Jen shares how she reached her personal "max capacity" of joy at the recent Vibrant Happy Women Retreat and what she decided to do as a result. Learn more about the Vibrant Happy Women Retreat at


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359: How to Be a Freaking Dime Even When Life Gets Messy (with Jill Payne)

From the bustling streets of New York City to the serene beauty of Victoria, BC, Jill Payne's journey took unexpected turns. Her candid account of navigating single motherhood and managing her emotions and energy during the pandemic and beyond sheds light on the transformative impact of self-regulation on mood and energy. You'll love Jill's update on how to "Be a Freaking Dime" even when life is messy! In This Episode, You'll Discover How To... "Contrast inspires a new desire. When you have something you don't like, be grateful because it's showing you what you don't want so you can better formulate what you do want." - Jill Payne Key Moments: "What I see for you is holding up the possibility for what you think could be possible for your kids, your spouse. What I see for you is happiness and joy." - Jill Payne Resources and Next Steps: Be a DimewebsiteInstagramVibrant


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358: Why Women Need Time Away (with Dr. Laura Froyen)

Dr. Laura Froyen joins me again to chat about the power of taking time for yourself. As moms and caregivers, it's easy to get caught up in taking care of everyone else's needs. But what about our own? Laura shares her perspective on why retreats like my annual Vibrant Happy Women Retreat are so rejuvenating. Getting away allows us to get out of the deep end and stop treading water - to rest, reconnect with ourselves, broaden our views, and realign our inner compass. In our conversation, Laura reflects on how attending retreats has helped her rediscover her own identity beyond motherhood. We also talk about why time away is healthy for partnerships, allowing spouses and kids to step up at home. I hope Laura's wisdom inspires you to prioritize self-care, whether through travel or simple moments of solitude. As she reminds us - we need time to just be, free from others' demands. It's essential for living vibrantly and authentically. And if you want to join us at this year's retreat in Mexico Feb 7-11th, visit In This Episode, You'll Discover... Why traveling without a spouse can be liberating and allow for powerful personal growth and self-discovery.An unexpected twist at the retreat that brought Laura newfound happiness and energy.The social, emotional, and spiritual value of solitude and the importance of nurturing your own identity outside of motherhood. The unique way a retreat illuminates the path ahead for you. The power of being embraced by a community of welcoming and kind-hearted women. The importance of remembering what it's like to be an individual human being without anyone needing anything from you.And much more! "It's okay to remember what it's like to be a whole and independent human being where no one else needs anything from you." - Jen Riday Key Moments: [00:02:11] Losing ourselves in motherhood.[00:06:03] Getting out of the deep end.[00:11:30] Identity outside of parenthood.[00:14:10] Finding comfort in solitude.[00:20:42] Family dynamics and boundaries.[00:24:07] Taking time for oneself.[00:27:35] Sacred retreat for women.[00:32:07] Traveling solo and self-discovery.[00:36:47] Increasing enjoyment of parenting. "We're more than just caregivers and wives and mothers and all the things we are. We're humans, really." - Laura Froyen Resources: Join theVibrant Happy Women RetreatwebsiteBalanced Parent


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357: Supporting Men's Emotional Wellbeing

Breaking the stereotype of "clueless men," Anne Fraser takes a stand for men's emotional intelligence and healing, aiming to support them through a journey of understanding and love. Raised in a dysfunctional family, Anne Fraser witnessed the toxic dynamics of her alcoholic grandfather and needy grandmother, which shaped her belief that women had to earn love through attractiveness and caretaking. Unsurprisingly, this narrative carried over into her own marriage, where she found herself married to an avoidant and controlling partner. However, a life-changing car accident in 2009 shifted Anne's perspective. Faced with the fragility of life, she embarked on a journey of self-empowerment and healing. Through therapy, coaching, and personal growth workshops, Anne discovered the importance of self-love, boundaries, and personal responsibility for her own happiness. As she focused on her own growth and encouraged her children to do the same, her husband also began his own transformative journey. Today, Anne's relationship with her husband is a testament to the power of inner healing and the possibility of creating a healthy and loving partnership. Anne's story serves as an inspiration for anyone seeking to break free from unhealthy relationship patterns and find true emotional fulfillment. In This Episode, You'll Be Able To: "I discovered that I am 100% responsible for my own happiness, that it is not his job, but it's also not my job to be responsible for his happiness." - Anne Fraser Key Moments: 00:00:01 - Introduction 00:00:48 - Anne's Background and Work 00:02:45 - Anne's Childhood and Marriage 00:05:33 - Life-Changing Car Accident 00:08:52 - Impact on Anne's Marriage 00:16:21 - Healing Inner Child Wounds 00:17:13 - Husband's Healing Journey 00:18:15 - Encouraging Change 00:19:26 - From Settling to Empowerment 00:21:31 - The Power of Self-Care 00:31:23 - The Role of Men in Our Lives 00:32:28 - Healing for Men 00:33:39 - Impact on Sons 00:35:49 - Focus on Yourself "My circumstances don't control who I am or how I show up in the world, that I don't have to look outside of myself for what I need." - Anne Fraser Resources and Next Steps: YourForwardFocus.comVibrant Happy Women Retreat Don't Miss An Episode! Follow Jen on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube!SpotifyApple PodcastsAmazon Music,


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356: The Value of Coaching for Transformation

Guest Linda Folken, a vibrant and happy woman participant, discovered the transformative power of coaching through the Vibrant Happy Women podcast. Struggling to align with her values and searching for personal growth, Linda immersed herself in Dr. Jen's resources and tools. One of her favorites was the "BE HER" practice, which she incorporated into her daily routine, setting the tone for her day and guiding her intentions. The "Feel It To Heal It" exercise helped her navigate a challenging time with her daughter, allowing her to process her emotions and find strength within herself. The "Feeling Wheel" introduced her to a vast array of emotions, empowering her with the words to express her innermost feelings. In This Episode, You'll Be Able To: Key Moments: 00:00:01 - Introduction 00:00:32 - How the Podcast and Coaching Helped Linda Transform Her Life 00:02:11 - Using Tools for Daily Wellness Practices 00:05:12 - Being Present and Overcoming Impostor Syndrome 00:09:21 - Transitioning to Coaching and Finding Your Purpose Resources and Next Steps: Business on PurposeVibrant Happy Women RetreatVibrant Soul MembershipVibrant Life Coach Certification Program


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355: Finding the Courage to Play Bigger

Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and play bigger in life? In this episode, you'll discover why finding the courage to play bigger will help you make a positive impact in the world. Dr. Jen shares her own journey of stepping into the unknown and hosting the Vibrant Happy Women Retreat, highlighting the transformative power of playing bigger. Jen explores the fears that hold us back, such as the fear of outshining others or not being good enough, and provides practical strategies to overcome those fears. By communicating with your higher self, owning your truth, and identifying the fears that hold you back, you can expand your capacity for joy and make a difference in the lives of others. So if you're ready to overcome your fears and play bigger in life, tune in to this empowering episode of Vibrant Happy Women. In This Episode You'll Discover: Key Moments: 01:09 - Examples of Finding the Courage to Play Bigger 03:28 - What Happens When You Help Others to Heal and Grow 09:27 - Steps to Overcoming Your Fears 15:41 - The Impact of Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone Resources and Next Steps: Vibrant Happy Women Retreat websiteVibrant Soul MembershipThe Big Leap


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354: Overcoming the Fear of Being Visible (with Hailey Rowe)

Have you ever felt like you're stuck in a rut, doing the same things day after day, and wondering if this is all there is? Then this episode is for you! Join guest Hailey Rowe and I as we discuss overcoming the fear of being more visible. The fact is, being the brightest, shiniest, most visible version of ourselves takes more than just willpower. In this episode you'll discover some powerful tools that have helped Hailey to live a more fearless life and that will help you, too, to step out of that comfort zone and into a more purposeful and fulfilled version of yourself. In This Episode You'll Discover:


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353: Choosing a New Story for Your Life (with Nicole Alexander)

Do you like the "story" of your life? Join me and guest Nicole Alexander as we discuss how to release the overwhelm, fear, confusion, and "shoulds" so the next chapter in your life story is one that feels amazing for you. Nicole Alexander spent more than 15 years leading communications and public affairs teams spanning government, corporate and small business before launching her coaching and consulting business last year. Her experience in these diverse professional environments, alongside being a mom and wife of a business owner, provides her unique perspective and passion for helping high-achieving women get back to loving their work and their life amid the chaos. What You'll Discover:


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352: A Soulful Approach to Health (with Karuna May)

Most of us have participated in "diet culture" at one time or another, which can leave us feeling like a failure. My guest Karuna May and I discuss a more soulful approach to health that allows us to treat ourselves with compassion and to see the wholeness and sacredness of who we really are. In this episode you'll learn: * How to let go of the "quick fix" and begin to practice a lifelong devotion to your body * The importance of looking at our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and experiences before we focus on our actions * Why viewing our bodies as the home of our spirits can have a dramatic impact on our ability to eat healthfully in a consistent way * How creating a good relationship with our bodies can change every aspect of our lives. * And much more!


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351: Learning About Yourself Through Dreams (with Tzivia Gover)

Dreams happen for all of us, whether we remember them or not. What would happen if you could use your dreams to help you to know yourself better? You can! Join me and guest Tzivia Gover for a fun conversation about dreams that will leave you feeling curious about the true meaning behind your dreams! Tzivia Gover, Certified Dreamwork Professional, is the author of seven books, most recently Dreaming on the Page: Tap into Your Midnight Mind to Supercharge Your Writing. She also offers 1:1 dreamwork, and workshops on dreams, writing, and everyday joy to empower people to wake up to their best selves. She lives and dreams in western Massachusetts. What You’ll Learn: What happens when we start to open ourselves up and befriend our dreams A surprising fact about sleep patterns during the pandemic Why many people are avoiding getting all the sleep they need (it's not what you think!) How confusion about our dreams can create an internal disharmony The easy, doable skill that will help you remember more of your dreams And much more! Find all the links mentioned in the episode here.


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350: Healing Grief Using EFT Tapping (with Heather Ambler)

Grief and sadness can occur in any number of circumstances and often leave us feeling helpless, unproductive, and out of control of our lives. This week Heather Ambler explains how Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT Tapping, can help us understand the root of our grief so we can truly heal from our emotional pain. What You’ll Learn:


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349: How to Handle Grief (with Kitt Rothstein)

Life comes with its share of curve balls, which can leave us feeling overwhelmed with emotion. In this episode, my best friend, Kitt Rothstein, and I talk about her 18-month journey of grief that culminated with the death of her amazing husband, Blake, on July 3, 2023. What You’ll Learn:


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348: A Functional Approach to Health (with Dr. Meg Mill)

Do you struggle with energy and clarity? Or with headaches or other aches? This is the episode for you. Dr. Meg Mill talks about using a functional approach to healing your body so you can feel more confident and in charge of your health. What You’ll Learn:


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347: Love Your Body (with Arielle Estoria)

Body shame is pervasive in our culture, and this episode is geared toward releasing that shame. Join Jen and guest Arielle Estoria as they discuss:


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346: Somatic Practices to Regulate Your Nervous System (with Nicole Smith Levay)

For decades mental health and child development experts have taught us to focus on thoughts and behaviors in order to be happier and more successful. Unfortunately, this approach wasn't fully effective for many people because it didn't address energy and nervous system regulation. Join me and my guest Nicole Smith Levay as we talk about somatic practices that help us to more fully inhabit our bodies so we can experience more peace and calm. What You’ll Learn:


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345: Being Authentic (with Rachel Macy Stafford)

What does it really mean to be authentic? And how do we release control and allow our kids to be their authentic selves? Guest Rachel Macy Stafford answers these questions and shares her story of ditching perfectionism and shame so she could truly shine. In this episode you'll discover:


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344: When Things Feel Heavy and Overwhelming

Positive thinking has its merits, but sometimes when life feels heavy and overwhelming, it is even more powerful to know how to regulate your nervous system. In this episode Jen describes:


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343: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids (with Alyssa Blask Campbell)

Ever felt like your kids are always out of sorts, having a meltdown, or just not listening? This week we're talking about how to raise emotionally intelligent children, and especially how to teach them about nervous system regulation. My guest, Alyssa Blask Campbell, shares why it's essential that we as parents become aware of how our nervous systems work so we can help our kids manage stress and anxiety, depression and low energy, and everything in between. This skill set has a powerful impact on how the energy in our homes feels, how kids handle stressors at school or in social situations, and how kids will likely perform as adults. Learn how to improve your emotional intelligence so you're better equipped to help your kids do the same so you can experience greater connection and peace in your relationships with your kids. If you're ready to slow down, find balance, and love more, join me in the Vibrant Happy Women Club. It’s only $47 per month and if you purchase the annual membership you get two months free! What You’ll Learn: