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A Healthy Curiosity

Exploring self-care strategies, personal evolution, Chinese Medicine, and what it takes to be well in a busy world. You know that health and happiness aren’t things you can outsource. You’ve also got a full plate, and making the time to take care of yourself can be challenging. A Healthy Curiosity is here to support you. Host Brodie Welch, L.Ac., is an expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, as well as a teacher and practitioner of qi gong, meditation, yoga, lifestyle and diet counseling who tries to walk her talk about health and mindfulness as a recovering Type-A, parent, and business owner. You'll find interviews with fellow experts in Chinese Medicine and natural health care about the conditions we treat and strategies we use clinically; simple self-care tips to help you feel calm, centered, and energized; and personal chats where we explore what gets in the way of our best intentions: perfectionism, big goals, habits and routines, chronic pain, overwork and overwhelm, boundaries, limiting beliefs — and what it takes to overcome such obstacles mindfully.
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Nov 8, 2017

Jen Vertanen is a coach, mentor, speaker, and writer. She also plays the role of Mama Bear when it comes to protecting her family, a trait she developed when she was just eight years old while living in an emotionally abusive household. Because of her own experience, she knows exactly what it’s like to not have someone to confide to, and encourages people to share the hard stories so they can heal the places that hurt. She has since built a career that lets people open up about their emotional needs and help them fill the void in their hearts.

In today’s episode, Jen shares her heartbreaking story and how she eventually found her way out of the dark place was she was in. She talks about what it’s like to feel trapped and helpless, and to put a mask on when she’s out with people. She also gives inspiring tips and sound advice on how to overcome some of life’s most painful moments.

 

“I refuse to be this vital person on the outside and dead on the inside. It's not fair to anyone, let alone myself.” – Jen Vertanen

 

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Her story and how she became a nurturing person.
  • What's the Mama Bear archetype?
  • How you can use different archetypes in real life.
  • What's it like to finally address unmet emotional needs?
  • How she managed to improve her social life.
  • What is “hermiting” and how did she "hide" herself during her marriage?
  • How does she check for motivation?
  • What happens when you share the hard stories?
  • Her tip for those who want to bring in the self-mothering energy.

 

Key Takeaway:

  • Saying yes to positive moments and getting out of your comfort zone will significantly improve your life.
  • It's better to feel anything at all, than feel dead.
  • You can find evidence that you're a good person and evidence that you're a bad person. It all boils down to which you use to define yourself.

 

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