Spotlight Series Interview – Sarah Seidelmann



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It was a pleasure sitting down with Sarah Seidelmann, a Physician turned Shaman, Healer, Author & Life Coach, to discuss her latest book SWIMMING WITH ELEPHANTS.  Sarah’s honest and often-funny memoir gives a first-hand account of what it was like to bravely buck tradition to “Follow Her Own Feel Good” in pursuit of a more fulfilling career. In Sarah’s case, this meant transitioning from the life of a Pathologist/working mother of four, to a wonder-filled career in the healing arts.  Sarah takes us through conventional life in Duluth, Minnesota, where she was logging in long hours in a lab, but becoming less passionate about the work, craving a more time with her kids, a more flexible schedule, and wanting something that felt more meaningful. She takes us on a journey through her exotic travels, to her metamorphosis to her current life as a Mom/Shaman/ life coach.

In our interview, We discuss her book and how she models for women not just how to go out and follow their dreams, but also how to bravely embrace their own muchness, multitudes, and multifacetedness — something so many women tend to leave on the table when taking up the “mom role,” (Yep. Been there too. … But not so much these days. 🙂

Also mentioned in the interview is Sarah’s 2nd book, BORN TO FREAK: A Salty Primer for Irrepressible Humans, still in print and a wonderful book for anyone feeling like they may be different. (Spoiler alert: the book celebrates “different!” and all that uniqueness has to offer, using the amazing and diverse beastie world as a beautiful example. )

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Females Making Difference: Victoria Nodiff Netanel & Her 7 Mini Therapy Horses


Meet Victoria and mini therapy horse, Pacific Blue Moon, who stopped by our home to play a little duet with our fur-baby, Henry.  Victoria has SEVEN mini therapy horses that travel all across the US to help people in need by comforting them and soothing their souls. Learn more about how Victoria and her Mini Therapy Horses make a BIG difference at and on Instagram @minitherapyhorses.

Spotlight Series Interview- Shalini Vadhera


Global Beauty Expert, Entrepreneur and Role Model

Shalini’s successful entrepreneurial career has taken her from being a celebrity make-up artist, to a best selling author of Passport To Beauty, a favorite guest of Dr. Oz and the Today show, the founder of a $21-million dollar global cosmetics company, Founder & CEO of Passport To Beauty, Co-Founder of the Boss Box & Founder of Power Beauty Living! And if that’s not enough… for her passion and work empowering women around the globe, Shalini was just awarded the 2017 Mahatma Gandhi Award in London at the House of Lords.

In addition to being an amazing entrepreneur and role model for girls around the world, she is a dear friend and a wonderful soul who believes in celebrating women’s beauty inside out, and outside in. She does so by celebrating women from all around the globe, embracing all shapes, sizes, shades and backgrounds with the same fervor. It was such a lovely moment to get to sit down with her for this interview.

Spotlight Series – Interview with Serena Poon

Le Cordon Bleu trained gourmet chef, nutritionist and wellness coach Serena Poon

Here I interview Le Cordon Bleu trained gourmet chef, nutritionist and wellness coach Serena Poon, who’s known throughout Hollywood for curating holistic healing and wellness programs & delicious food for her celebrity clientele. In this Spotlight Series for Focus Tv Chef Serena Serena Poon share her passion and gives us the skinny on how she helps keep her celebrity clientele well-fed, healthy, happy, energetic & svelte! She shares how she got started as “Hef’s chef” and why healthy eating became so important to her.

Serena also introduces one of my “Can’t Live Without”  life hacks! It is her new (not yet available to the public) supplement called Just Add Water. Watch the video to find out why I am so obsessed with this little packet of uber-nutrition that simplifies wellness. (Yes, I do geek out over anything that creates more ease and nourishment in women’s lives…and this is a very good one, my friends.) Tune into the love fest. ❤

And PS- if you want to get on the waiting list to order her product when it’s available to the public, comment below or follow her on Instagram @Chefserenapoon

When women support other women, “abundance” multiplies. Pass it on…




Spotlight Series – Jen Bricker


Interview with Jen Bricker, the internationally bestselling author & aerialist

Jen Bricker was born without legs and with her heart on the opposite side of her chest. Shocked and uncertain they could care for a child with two birth defects, her biological parents gave her up for adoption. In her loving adoptive home, there was just one simple rule: “Never say ‘can’t.” And pretty soon, there was nothing that this small but mighty powerhouse set her sights on that she couldn’t conquer: rollerskating, volleyball, power tumbling, spinning from silk ribbons 30 feet in the air, and becoming a best-selling author of a book that’s been translated into nine languages. (Yes, she is now motivating the world!)   Watch this interview to hear more about her journey (which includes finding out that she has a celebrity/athlete as a biological sister!) and to learn what’s next for this dynamic powerhouse.





Embracing “Imperfect”

Life Hack Alert: Do you know about the SF based company, Imperfect Produce?
They offer funny looking (i.e.- not perfect or “marketable”) but very healthy, delicious fruits and veggies for 30-50% less than grocery stores, delivered to your door. I get the @imperfectproduce fruit & veggie organic box.

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There are just so many things I love about this concept…where do I start. (And nope, not a paid endorsement. Not even one free rutabaga. I just truly appreciate what they are doing.) I “eat ugly” (their tag line”) because….
First of all, it diminishes waste so it is great for our environment.

“Fact: 1 in 5 fruits and veggies that are grown in the U.S. don’t meet cosmetic standards – the crooked carrot, the curvy cucumber, the undersized apple – usually causing them to go to waste.” – Imperfect Produce

Secondly, diminishing waste is not just good for our planet, but great for our farmers who will now get paid for their full harvest. (Yay! We love our hardworking farmers!) Thirdly- it celebrates the VALUE of something vs. just the attractiveness of it. (Wow. So good. the world needs so much more of THIS.) With all of this striving for perfection in the world, what a great message. My mantra since I was a teen (and I have often needed to remind myself of this!!) is that “Life does not need to be perfect to be perfect.” And it is true.
Fourth, since I’ve been getting the box, I’ve been eating more veggies and I’ve become more creative in the kitchen. I received some squash that I had only seen before, but never cooked. Now I have a new veggie in my repertoire! (Box comes with recipes and fun facts.)

Fifth, they are hiring! They are creating jobs, people.
Sixth, snap a photo of your wonkiest fruit or veggie from the box and they will donate FIVE pounds of food to a local food bank! This is a win/ win win…win. So… let’s embrace imperfection today. In our selves and also in our fruits and veggies. 🙂 #imperfectproduce#imperfectproduce#wonkyproduce

1 Minute Mindshift: Embracing ALL of Our Emotions


aging.gracefully1 min. MINDSHIFT: Have you ever felt inadequate about “achieving happiness?” In this world that stridently pursues (and posts) about “happiness!😀” (guilty) we can feel “less than” when we face our own anger, sadness or jealousy — even though those are all very normal emotions and part of being human. By embracing our own duality & the full range of our normal, human emotions we liberate ourselves from the need to vilify (what we consider to be) the “negative” emotions. And when we take that unnecessary shame out of the equation– our energy is so much clearer. When we stop resisting emotions & the associated discomfort– it frees us to adequately process them ….and often that’s plenty! That’s all we need. Other times we can choose to use that pent-up energy to do something good with our discomfort. (I.e. Yes “comparison is the thief of joy” but once processed a bit it can also become a kick in the butt that causes us to make positive changes in our lives! Maybe it inspires us to go after something we want, but have been denying ourselves. Jealousy can be an uncomfortable but powerful signpost. Or – for example, my anger about elder-abuse can become the reason I vote a certain way, volunteer and go to sit with an elderly woman, listen to her stories, brush her hair and hold her hand. Not out of pity — but out of respect because I’m ANGRY when I see people taking advantage of the defenseless. I am moved to positive action by it.) It’s what we DO with our emotional energy that matters– not whether or not we “have” it. (We all have it) Nor is it whether that emotion is good or bad. (They can all cause good, bad, neutrality or anything in between- depending on how they manifest.) I use the example of water in the video– it’s much the same. Water can cause horrific destruction and death or it can save lives and be restorative bliss (and also everything in between!) Same with our emotions Where it goes … what it leads to, how it’s processed and who it affects– that’s all energy with the ability to shapeshift. And so are we.  #mindshift #process

Franne Golde Collection & The MUSIC MENDS MINDS Org Featured on Fearless Females


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Janet Gunn & Michelle Gillette model the Franne Golde Collection to benefit MUSIC MENDS MINDS, a charitable org addressing degenerative brain disease

The mission of MUSIC MENDS MINDS is to support the mind and spirit of people affected by neurological disease, cognitive decline, and PTSD through musical groups.

MusicMendsMinds is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded to serve seniors and patients afflicted with PTSD, cognitive decline, and neurodegenerative disease including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and stroke, for which there is currently no cure. Their vision is to build musical support groups in an effort to use music as “medicine for the mind” while creating social support networks crucial to their members’ well-being, and providing a joyful outcome for the patients, their families, and caregivers. Their Organization has recently launched a total of 7 bands, including their “Band of Heroes” on the campus of the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs in the “Home for Heroes”, an inpatient mental health facility.  Their mission includes an intergenerational component, which brings local student volunteers and musical students to play and rehearse with our senior band members. This fosters a valuable relationship where the seniors can mentor the students, for mutual empowerment and engagement. Recent research demonstrates that in spite of the disease processes, music storage remains intact for these neurodegeneration patients and can act as an alternate avenue of communication as well as being a possible preventative strategy for the delay of cognitive changes and decline. Statistically, we are facing an increasing pandemic of neurological disease and dementia as the population of the US ages, causing cost-containment as well as secondary health issues due to care-taking responsibilities. MusicMendsMinds is at the forefront of providing a unique and novel service, while pursuing a scientific component that will help advance their mission and spread the healing powers of music to all those who need it.

Music industry veteran and clothing designer Franne Golde shares her collection and her heartfelt story with Janet Gunn The Grateful Gardenia on FocusTV’s Fearless Females. Note: Franne Golde donates a portion of the proceeds to benefit MUSIC MENDS MINDS.


Hapy New year


Katharine top (hand washable/  drip dry)/  Pencil Skirt (hand washable/ drip dry)

On the set of FocusTV



At home

I basically LIVE in these “Magic Pants” by Franne Golde

Best travel pants ever (which doubles as everyday pants…and triples as dress pants)

This amazing performance fabric is like Shapewear but more comfortable than that! They allow you to move, bend, stretch, breathe. They are high-waisted enough that you are not revealing anything to others as you reach or bend down….and they come in 3 cuts, 2 colors and sizes 2-20. Adam Glassman of Oprah Magazine is who recommended them and titled them “The Magic Pants” which have been noted in Oprah’s magazine several times now. (My dog Henry likes to try to turn them into fur-pants with his snuggles….but that is what lint bushes are for. ) 😉


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Spotlight Series Interview with Laurie Cousins


Mindfulness-based Teacher & Mind-body Practioner

Laurie has a B.A. in Psychology, is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and a trained Mindfulness-based Interventionist for Mindfulness-based Relapse Prevention and Mindful Self-Compassion through UCSD Center for Mindfulness. She has completed the Trauma Resiliency Model training through the Trauma Resource Institute and is in the process of completing her hours for certification.

Since Mindful Parenting is a true passion and specialty for Laurie, she is honored to be the Mindful Parenting Facilitator for various schools where she leads weekly and monthly groups for their parents and caregivers throughout the school year.

As a Family Mindfulness Practitioner, Laurie provides effective strategies and support for families dealing with attentional, behavioral, and emotional challenges, while cultivating a more connected and peaceful home. She creates a customized support plan that includes mindfulness-based practices and parent-focused educational tools for each family to best serve their unique needs and interests. Laurie especially enjoys facilitating the Mindfulness for Family Program, at the Center for Mindful Living,



Spotlight Series – Jacqueline Schaffer, M.D.

Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer discusses her clean, anti-aging Schique Skincare line & A Sandwich-a-Day, a charitable org she founded to help feed the homeless

Jacqueline Schaffer, M.D. is a Board-certified Medical Doctor, Founder of Schique Beauty, Author, and Women’s Empowerment Advocate. Originally from Northern California, Dr. Jacqueline Schaffer grew up in a family of healthcare professionals. This inspired her to pursue and earning her MD from the international Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest, Hungary. Throughout her time at medical school, Dr. Schaffer felt the pressures of busy work life and put her personal needs on hold. On an “ordinary life-changing moment,” Dr. Schaffer realized that beauty came from within and what she put in her body and on her skin were vital to irresistible health.

She knew that many modern women had the same concerns and wanted to become a source of inspiration for others who wanted to blossom into their best self. Dr. Schaffer knew that magazines were a strong influence of beauty but they only had one definition of the word. This lead her to become a symbol of her practice, a healthy model. In the industry, she noticed the power of skin care products on her internal and external health. After researching the ingredients found in the beauty products she used, she discovered that many chemicals were not beneficial and were quite damaging. This led Dr. Schaffer to find solutions to beautiful skin.

Backed by her medical background and personal experience of watching her mother fight skin cancer twice, Dr. Schaffer knew that she could create a plan with principles that would help women look and feel their best! Dr. Schaffer founded Schique Beauty and wrote Irresistible You by linking the wisdom in nature to scientific research to bring all women the gift of amazing skin.

Outside of the beauty world, you can find Dr. Schaffer working with her charity A Sandwich a Day, hiking in LA’s hot spots, and writing blogs based off of her beauty bible Irresistible You.

Her mission is to enhance the lives of a million women by helping them look & feel more beautiful inside and out.

About the Spotlight Series on FocusTV

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“My Spotlight Series on FocusTV is all about transformation: positive change whether that be via more vibrant health, better relationships, living a more purposeful life, giving back, following our passions or even by discovering useful life-hacks that create more ease in our lives so we can make time for that which is most meaningful to us. I’ve selected people in the community who provide the experience, wisdom, inspiration (or even the products) to help us live the life we are craving! Tune in and be sure to ask questions or make comments below — we would love to hear what’s working in your life!”

 — Michelle Gillette


Interview with Functional Medicine Nutritionist Marlyn Diaz on FocusTV – Spotlight Series

We discuss clean-eating, health, wellness and life hacks for living a vibrant life


Interview with Animal Activist Marc Ching

Founder of Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation and owner of The Petstaurant -providing holistic wellness for pets on FocusTV- Spotlight Series

In this segment Marc Ching and I discuss how transformative and healing clean-eating can be for pets. We also discuss his mission as an animal activist and how his foundation rescues, heals, rehabilitates and cherishes abused animals, giving them a second chance at life, love and healing.


Interview with dating guru Kristine Givas of Kelleher-International, the nation’s leading high-end matchmaking firm

For those in the transition of “getting back out there” after 40, here is a discussion about one life-hack: using a high-end matchmaker. Ever wonder how they work? Tune in…

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Invigorate Your Life: Women’s Encore Career Workshop


Anger is not the enemy… it’s what you choose do with it





If you’re human (and I assume you are if you’re reading this– but any Martians, please identify yourselves in the comments below) then you will have felt these emotions at some point as they are part of the human condition. We have ALL felt them. Even the Dalai Lama has…he just has much better coping skills than most of us.

And that’s the trick: not rejecting those emotions, but embracing them, learning from them and figuring out how to process them in the healthiest way possible for the given circumstance. Use them as “signposts” to guide you to issues you may wish to further process vs. signs that you are flawed.

Albeit, while the decidedly “negative” emotions are far less comfortable to feel, they are just as important to us as the poster-worthy emotions like joy, gratitude, and contentment.  You may not want to Pin the less celebrated ones on your Pinterest board or put them on your Tinder profile but they exist, and they do serve a purpose.  They are all here to tell us something.  They’re like our own gut-wrenching internal billboards and we must look at them more deeply to discern the message.  Sometimes the message is that we need better boundaries.  Or, we have old pain that hasn’t been fully processed.  Sometimes they’re indicators of something we really want deep down, but we’ve failed to acknowledge or allow ourselves. Sometimes they signify that we’re afraid and acting defensively.

Not until we take the time to honor these emotions can we benefit from the beauty and purposefulness of our inevitable duality.  We will remain unable to love ourselves in our entirety until we embrace both sides of our humanness. Our ying and our yang.  Our love and our hate.  Our light and our dark.
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Overcoming Mom Malaise

….and other feats of the modern day mom wanting to reconnect with her self 

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“I’m so busy making sure that everyone in my family is thriving, that I forgot to do it for myself!”

“I wish I could get my mojo back!”

I love my life! I love my kids! And they are my priority! But I feel like something is missing and that something is ME.”


Sound familiar? It’s not often discussed outside the covenant of mothers but there seems to be a degree of “Mom-Malaise” going around amongst us. As a mom who has “been there” and a life coach who specializes in the mom-space, I’m seeing this most often with intelligent, capable, loving mothers, privileged enough to devote themselves wholeheartedly to their kids but conflicted inside because they feel as if they’ve lost layers of themselves in the process. Now to be clear, it does not affect every mother; it’s not depression, nor is it even “unhappiness.” It’s more like a reoccurring discomfort or restlessness that can leave her feeling unlike her self.

That is, the version of her self that she misses most.


Mom Malaise:

It’s more like a frequent discomfort

or reoccurring restlessness

that leaves her feeling unlike her self.

That is, the version of her self

that she misses most.


In my coaching practice this is happening most commonly with mothers of tweens, teens and kids preparing to go off to college, with a predictable correlation to their kids’ natural, healthy, expected (but no less painful for mom) separation. The further away we perceive our kids to go, the more we’re faced with questions like:

“Who am I ?”

“What’s my relevancy”

“What’s my purpose?”

“What now?”

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“Begin doing what you want to do now.

We are not living in eternity.

We have only this moment,

sparkling like a star in our hand

and melting like a snowflake.”

~Sir Francis Bacon, Sr.

Vagus, Baby! (… the vagus nerve, that is.)

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by thrive + fly coaching

“Going to Vagus” to calm your nerves sounds like a oxymoron, doesn’t it?  But I’m not referring to the Vegas of bright lights, tassel bras, money loss, and wafting cigarette smoke that makes your hair smell like a tavern.  I’m talking about your vagus nerve,  the magical, multi-functional nerve that activates your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS.)

The Vagus Nerve is one of 12 cranial nerves; the one that many believe to be the most important in our nervous system.  The word “vagus” in Latin means vagabond or wanderer… and it is thought of as the “wandering nerve” due to its far-reaching capabilities.

It is the longest nerve in the body and it supplies the throat, thorax, abdominal muscles and other organs with nerves, as well as provides many other functions.  Because it stretches all the way from your gut into your brainstem (medulla), it quite literally provides that mind-body connection that we hear so much about.  It is the wiring between your head and your belly, and it acts as a highly intelligent communication device that tells your body how to react.

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Why should you care about it?  Because an activated vagus nerve is like the unsung super-hero of our body, capable of amazing feats.  Science has proven that vagus nerve can help do the following:

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I’m Breaking-up With Nachos


I’m breaking up with nachos.

Yep.  You heard me.  It’s time for a split.  And not a split of the banana sort either.  I’m talking real break-up.  Adios.  Sayonara.  Don’t come back unless you’re invited ….or you’re bringing me lottery winnings.

Who is this future-ex, you’re wondering?

Nacho Figueras, Ralph Lauren model known for his swarthy good looks and pony riding prowess?

No.  (I just mumbled “dammit!” but pretend you didn’t hear me.)

I met the Nachos I’m referring to at Carlos O’Brien’s in Puerta Vallarta in 1982 and I’ve been madly in love ever since.  Addicted even.

I remember the night I first laid eyes on Nachos.  There I was in my gold Olivia Newton John “Let’s Get Physical” headband, my shoulder-padded mini-dress and my Candie’s shoes…clickety-clacking across the tiled floor directly toward the gorgeous but clearly VERY cheesy “hot dish.”  I was the tender age of 14 and couldn’t even explain what was happening to my nubile body, all I knew is that the sight made my stomach grumble and feel lusty.  I won’t divulge how many times I partook in fully experiencing the delicious bliss of Nachos on that trip,  all I can tell you that it was at least twice a day.  I was addicted and needed my fix. Read More

Life in the Carpool Lane Too Slow? Reinvent yourself!

il_570xN_385203245_iibuSo many women I talk to these days want to shift gears and do something else with their lives.  (And their hair.  But mostly their lives.)  I hear from moms who have been home raising their kids. They’re not ready to go back to work full-time, nor do they want to go back to their former careers.  They want something very flexible that they can be passionate about…something that wakes them from their current state.  They crave something that gets them re-engaged with the world; they daydream about the whip-smart conversations they would have; the confidence with which they would carry themselves; and that long-lost state of feeling so “together.”  (…and then the phone rings and their kid needs a wire-hanger and some Queen sized panty-hose for a school art-project that’s due TOMORROW, and mom is jettisoned right back into her acceptable, but not quite “thriving” reality.)  That’s the point at which a lot of women will just shove aside any hopes, dreams or goals—telling herself a litany of limiting beliefs: Read More

Paradise Patrol

Paradise Patrol

I was sitting on a white sand beach when I saw it.

“Paradise Patrol” the boat said in faint blue letters.

But like life’s moments, it was zooming by so fast…

A blink or brief preoccupation and I would have missed it…

this perfect, message-bearing sea-farer. Read More

Born to Fly

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You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them, and fly.

 — Rumi