The True North Collective Podcast
A BEAUTIFULLY OPEN DIALOGUE WITH DEATH S2|E9

A BEAUTIFULLY OPEN DIALOGUE WITH DEATH S2|E9

October 1, 2019

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, this is a gathering of un-sugar-coated conversations celebrating the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north. 

In our search to discover and live from our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold – until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today, we talk with Danielle Thornton (also known as Audah), owner of Starana, an end of life doula, wellness care doula, reiki practitioner,  somatic bodyworker, and yoga and meditation teacher. In this episode, we dig into all things death – the misconceptions, the universalities, the unknowns, the fears, and the beauty of it. We unpack growing old, honoring the wisdom of elders, and how we can use the life transitions in front of us to prepare for the ultimate transition in this life. Plus some fart jokes for brevity!

*note: this episode includes explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Create the boxes you want to live in so that you are living in the realities of your choice versus the boxes created by society or the world.
  2. Closing your heart to pain means you also close your heart to joy and love and connection. When we resist pain, we are practicing closing our hearts to ALL aspects of life – the painful aspects AND the beautiful aspects. Practicing death is a form of learning how to soften, to not resist, to allow what is to be as it is. “He who wants the rose must learn to respect the thorn.” – yogi tea bag quote
  3. Honoring and integrating the wisdom of elders is a gap in our society. In our youth and vanity-obsessed culture, we have become afraid of elders because they represent our mortality, and when we disregard them, we miss out on BIG INSIGHTS and understandings around who we are as humans and what’s important and where we’ve been and where we could be going as a culture and as individuals.

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:00] being a Highly Sensitive Person
  • [2:44] breaking out of boxes + creating the box you want to live in
  • [5:45] Friday the 13th
  • [9:22] Introducing Danielle!
  • [16:22] brushes with death 
  • [20:00] learning from those who are dying + practicing death ahead of time through yoga, meditation + breathwork 
  • [28:00] coping with “loss” as a death doula
  • [35:00] talking to those you love about their death 
  • [41:00] losing a job + relationship in the same year…major transitions can be powerful gateways to practice death – the final transition in this life
  • [47:22] what happens when you die?
  • [58:00] integrating the wisdom from elders in a youth + vanity obsessed culture 
  • [1:07:00] loneliness + loss of a sense of purpose as we age + aren’t producing at the level that is seen as a valuable contribution to society
  • [1:20:00] death + fart jokes
  • [1:21:30] living your TRUE NORTH + what it means to be me
  • [1:24:45] Contact Danielle via starana.com or via email danielle@starana.com 
HONORING THE EXTREME CONTRAST THAT IS YOU S2|E8

HONORING THE EXTREME CONTRAST THAT IS YOU S2|E8

September 22, 2019

#8: HONORING THE EXTREME CONTRAST THAT IS YOU 

 

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, this is a gathering of un-sugar-coated conversations celebrating the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north. 

In our own search to discover and live from our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their own unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold - until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today, we talk with Brooke Conley - Meditation Instructor; Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative Yoga Teacher; Writer; and Mama. From swimmin’ in the bayous of Louisiana catchin’ baby gaters to guiding the most beautiful healing spaces, we talk about bringing your authentic voice to all that you do, whether you are loud and boisterous, sweet and subtle, or anything in between. 

*note: this episode includes explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. To choose a path of growth and learning to hold space for yourself is not all butterflies and unicorns. It is brutal, it is hard, it is laying on your mat sobbing, gut-wrenching, not for the faint of heart. It forces you to look inside - the only place where the answers truly lie. And when you look inside, it forces you to see ALL the dirty, dirty shit too. But when you shine a light there, you can see what is holding you back so that you can start to move through it instead of against it.
  2. Identity and labels and what we expect of people is an interesting game. We put people in boxes to make us “feel better”. And sometimes we put people in boxes that we don’t even realize we are putting them into and it is limiting for everyone. When we expect people to NOT be who they are, or we expect people to be lesser versions of who they can be, we aren’t allowing the full expression of life to exist in the world. And we limit our own possibilities in that reality as well.
  3. Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. It can look quiet or it can look loud. It can show up solidly or as a sliver of light. It can be present in contrasting experiences and in the flowing experiences. There are infinite expressions of strength, and it’s a muscle you can strengthen by paying attention to it and choosing it. Allow yourself to trust in your unique way of strength.

 

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:00] Tongue twisters + hidden talents
  • [7:00] Hiking half dome at Yosemite
  • [11:00] Introducing Brooke Conley!
  • [15:00] When everything changes + you are in the depths of despair
  • [20:00] Growth is hard + brutal, learning to hold space for yourself
  • [35:00] People wanting you to be OK so they can feel OK vs just being who you are
  • [41:00] Discovering your purpose later in life + learning to just LET GO
  • [48:00] Finding a partner/job/community/life who allows you to be YOU
  • [56:00] Protecting my energy and who I am - from people, places, social media...while also learning how to respect who other people are as well
  • [1:10:00] What I am perceiving is not always truth
  • [1:16:00] Being sober + not being in “recovery”
  • [1:22:30] The CLAIR’S - subtle intuitive senses we are ALL born with + how to strengthen yours
  • [1:33:00] Listening to yourself, ignoring yourself, + free will
  • [1:36:30] How you live your TRUE NORTH
  • [1:36:00] Contact Brooke via brookeconley..com + IG via @brooke__conley or @brookeconleyflow
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE RESILIENCE OF YOUR BODY + POTENTIAL OF YOUR DREAM LIFE S2|E7

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE RESILIENCE OF YOUR BODY + POTENTIAL OF YOUR DREAM LIFE S2|E7

September 10, 2019

#7: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE RESILIENCE OF YOUR BODY + POTENTIAL OF YOUR DREAM LIFE.

 

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, this is a gathering of un-sugar-coated conversations celebrating the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north. 

In our own search to discover and live from  our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their own unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold - until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today, we talk with Anastasia Munoz, Founder and Artistic + Executive Director of Arts Mission - an artist co-working and education center. We get into the necessity of art for the experience of it versus the end result, the reality of how resilient our bodies are even after we put them through hell to look certain ways, and what you do when you find yourself living your dream life and yet you still wake up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes! 

*note: this episode includes explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Power of speaking what you want into existence. When you are clear and ready, it will happen and it will happen fast, so be ready for what you wish for! And once you allow this to happen, you will start to live your life BIGGER - thinking bigger, dreaming bigger, being bigger than you ever thought was imaginable.
  2. Being in process is actually where the magic is. Not when you get to the finish line because the finish line is always moving - as it should be. Being in process is allowing yourself to be connected to yourself, to breath, to inspiration, to your body, to something bigger than yourself. This is where the real stuff happens and unlocks bigger and bigger milestones along the unfolding of this process.
  3. Our bodies are amazing, truly. And they are super weird! They change based on what we do to them and what they are meant to do. They become so different over the course of a life - almost unrecognizable at times and yet necessary in response to what we expect them to do. It can be so easy to villainize our bodies even though they simply responding to the experiences we are choosing to engage with (food, people, jobs, etc). And it really is UNREAL what the body is capable of - even when we hate on our bodies and do things that could destroy it (for whatever our reasons), it can still bounce back and do things that will blow your mind. 

TIME STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [4:00] Being closeted weirdos 
  • [8:00] Hiking the 7 or 9 sisters in San Luis Obispo 
  • [12:00] Loneliness, the silent killer!
  • [19:00] Introducing Tasia! 
  • [22:00] Being vulnerable requires you to really show up for yourself even if you fall on your face as you do your weirdo artistic stuff 
  • [30:00] I said I wanted it, I put it out there, and it came true! And that reality forced me to start living way BIGGER than I thought was possible
  • [34:00] Power of the process + starting retail as a 30-yr-old + leading a cleaner lifestyle
  • [36:00] Manifestation vs control 
  • [40:00] Making sure to pay attention to where you dream life is already actually showing up right in front of your eyes
  • [42:20] Warrior Training: the act of showing up + just doing it + not expecting to be good at it right away AND when you’re experienced
  • [47:00] Theater as a way to practice life 
  • [54:00] What to do when you are living your dream life…and being your own boss...and being my best self...and yet it’s still sometimes hard
  • [1:06:00] Watching your body morph to create life + recognizing your relationship to your body over time
  • [1:16:00] I’m pregnant, my abs have split, WTF am I doing?!...look, women have been doing this since the beginning of time, so TRUST!
  • [1:24:00] Do we really need to villainize the body when it is naturally responding to the external stimulus that we are interacting with every day? Let your body do what it does! And maybe don’t judge it…
  • [1:32:00] Would you say the things you say to yourself or feed the things you feed that are abusive to your little 3 year old self?
  • [1:34:45] How do you live your true north?
  • [1:35:20] Contact Tasia via artsmissionoc.com + email through the site OR following on IG via @artsmission or @anastasiatheadventurer
A NEW FORMULA FOR MAKING FRIENDS + EXPERIENCING MORE DEPTH IN LIFE…AS AN ADULT S2|E6

A NEW FORMULA FOR MAKING FRIENDS + EXPERIENCING MORE DEPTH IN LIFE…AS AN ADULT S2|E6

August 17, 2019

#6: A NEW FORMULA FOR MAKING FRIENDS + EXPERIENCING MORE DEPTH IN LIFE...AS AN ADULT

 

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, this is a gathering of un-sugar-coated conversations celebrating the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north. 

In our own search to discover and live from  our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their own unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold - until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today, we talk with two of the ladies from our Ragnar Trail team. Jesse Gitter, our lovely minimalist from season 1 and Clare Geiger, a former co-worker, friend, and Paralegal, Director of Plan Development. We chat highs and lows from our recent Ragnar experience in Snowmass, CO, the wonderful world of hair removal, realities of socializing + drinking as an adult, being varying levels of introverts, making mistakes, figuring out how to live meaningful lives in our own unique ways.

*note: this episode includes explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

**note: apologies in advance for Rachel’s LOUD-ass laughter ;)

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. If you haven’t yet, give team athletic events a try. They aren’t just a space for practicing being YOUR strongest/fastest/best, but actually they can be a beautiful space to get out of your comfort zone and find meaning, connection and deep adult relationships with really cool people who also want to challenge themselves and explore..
  2. A whole life can open up for you if you invite yourself to replace even a few alcoholic drinks (or vices) and nights out at the bars. Redefining what fun, connection, and socializing can be for you can reduce FOMO so you aren’t lured back into a life that truly lacks new experiences and a level of depth that actually DOES exist in the world if you are open to it.
  3. Allow yourself to meet the people that show up in your life and learn to love the community around you as it is, for what it is - this can give you a new appreciation for the similarities that actually exist between humans, the impact of almost anyone who crosses your path, and the depth of friendships that can grow and last a lifetime in the most unlikely places if we are open to who is there vs only seeking out what is familiar and comfortable. Friendships are the result of an openness to being curious to connect and that can happen with literally anyone at any time if you have the intention to do so.

TIME STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:08] Waxing your own vagina
  • [9:30] Introducing Jesse + Clare!
  • [10:00] What is Ragnar Trail?
  • [13:50] Connecting as the real reason for athletic experiences
  • [17:00] We’re heading to West Virginia to run the Appalachians - lots of roots + rocks!
  • [20:00] The black loop at Ragnar Trail
  • [21:15] The Barkley Marathon + attempting high ropes courses
  • [24:30] Growing your grip strength + Free Solo Documentary
  • [32:00] Needing moments alone + being an introvert when being on a team of 8, living in super close quarters
  • [38:40] Encouraging couples to have their own beds/rooms + the chaos that ensues from disrupting someone’s sleep
  • [43:30] The downfall of relying solely on a partner for my social life + all the things you need
  • [48:00] NOT relying on the drinking culture for social interactions
  • [1:03:00] You can technically only maintain 7 deep friendships at a time...and you only have so much time...so who makes the cut?
  • [1:12:30] Loving the people + community around you for who they are
  • [1:15:30] Stop spending time on social media to truly let go
  • [1:20:00] How do you live your true north?
  • [1:22:00] Sometimes finding your true north can come through experiences that aren’t positive too
SEEING THE LIGHT IN YOURSELF AND SEEING THE LIGHT IN OTHERS THROUGH KABBALISTIC ASTROLOGY

SEEING THE LIGHT IN YOURSELF AND SEEING THE LIGHT IN OTHERS THROUGH KABBALISTIC ASTROLOGY

July 1, 2019

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, this is a gathering of un-sugar-coated conversations celebrating the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north. 

In our own search to discover and live from  our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their own unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold - until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today, we chat with Joshua Robbins, a Kabbalistic Astrologer helping clients lead happier and more fulfilling lives. We dive into what it means to be a Kabbalistic Astrologer, how to discern when visiting a reader or healer, when to know if you are operating from your ego or your light/soul, and we play with the idea that we can change the world by changing our conscious reality - ultimately learning how to shine our light more often on all things and beings to illuminate more light in the world.

*note: this episode includes explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Consciousness creates your reality. Shifting how you think and how you speak will change what you see, what you experience, and transform the seed or the DNA of your reality.
  2. In Kabbalah we are invited to consider that the soul comes here into a human body to manifest ALL the light that we have right here, right now. We are called to take all the light that’s within us, rooted in authenticity and regardless of what anyone else thinks, and shine all that light out into the world, in service of the world. And by shining that light on all beings and aspects of the world no matter what they are, we illuminate more and more light in others and in the world.  
  3. We all have many thoughts and inner urges or voices guiding us, yet how do we know which to choose to listen to? The voice that tells you to share and shine your light - the voice that asserts boundaries that respect our own light and the light in others - this  is the voice of your soul. The voice that tells you to fight back or run away - to hurt others or hurt self to make another feel better - this is the voice of the ego and creates more chaos. The spiritual journey allows you to practice turning down the ego and turning up the voice of love,  your light, or your soul. And remembering that there is also light in the fall into ego. Sometimes in order to learn when we are in ego, we have to experience it, so when it happens, allow it to happen and learn and grow and keep practicing so you can be wiser for next time.

TIME STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:00] Introducing Joshua Robbins!
  • [2:00] The yin to my yang
  • [7:00] Growing up in Alabama and S. Florida  
  • [8:50] Language and astrology - the language of the stars
  • [12:55] Creating reality through words, thoughts, and language
  • [14:00] What is Kabbalah?
  • [20:20] Not fitting in, being bullied, and turning to drugs 
  • [24:00] Importance of friends and mentors from all walks of life 
  • [32:50] Quanta + soul clusters: the smallest act/shift can have a huge illuminating + elevating ripple effect on the world and back to you 
  • [37:40] Challenging ourselves to see the light in all beings, even the most difficult and frustrating
  • [42:45] Noticing the dotted lines across all ideologies that exist
  • [50:00] Conscious living
  • [55:00] It’s not always nice to be nice
  • [59:00] Your destiny is NOT preordained, we are born with free will and the choice to say no to our desires 
  • [1:06:00] How do you use astrology in the day to day actions you take?
  • [1:23:00] Creating realities and cancelling dreams
  • [1:29:00] Operating from ego vs. light 
  • [1:40:30] We have to fall into ego in order to learn
  • [1:44:30] Certainty
  • [1:06:00] Get in touch with Joshua - IG and FB @astralabove or @astralabove.es or via website astralabove.com to sign-up for a consultation
OVERCOMING + EMBRACING OBSTACLES THAT LEAD TO NEW, POWERFUL DIRECTIONS IN LIFE

OVERCOMING + EMBRACING OBSTACLES THAT LEAD TO NEW, POWERFUL DIRECTIONS IN LIFE

June 21, 2019

#4: OVERCOMING + EMBRACING OBSTACLES THAT LEAD TO NEW, POWERFUL DIRECTIONS IN LIFE

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, this is a gathering of un-sugar-coated conversations celebrating the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north.

In our own search to discover and live from  our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their own unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold - until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today, we talk with Jeffrey Beatty, creator and owner of ENTITY LABS. We chat growing a business around CBD - the somewhat new and controversial wellness product, living your passion, overcoming obstacles to, staying sane, and not giving up. And recognizing that the major shifts (sometimes as scary as a motorcycle accident) in life can get you to new territories that would never have otherwise been possible.

*note: this episode includes explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Believing in what you sell, living what it stands for, and truly knowing the positive impact it makes on people’s lives can keep you motivated to keep going, to keep creating, to keep growing your business, even in the face of huge hurdles, backlash, ignorance, and uncertainty.  You can find a way to make it work, no matter what you are faced with. Even when it doesn’t feel worth it, which it sometimes doesn’t feel worth it!
  2. Creating new products is hard. Period. It’s not for the faint of heart. Especially products with some controversy, misinformation, and confusion around them. Having a good support system and an outlet (like going to the gym) is paramount to staying sane.
  3. Embracing, being open, and allowing things that you weren’t expecting  and cannot control can push you into new directions that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. It’s not always easy, but eventually if you let it take you where it takes you, you can end up in some really cool and interesting and fruitful places.

 

TIME STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:00] The joys of NOT wearing pants
  • [2:15] Ragnar + catching up on sleep + mold
  • [15:00] Shredding the nar on trash mountain
  • [15:46] Introducing Jeff Beatty, creator and owner of Entity Labs!
  • [19:00] A brand centered around CBD - making mistakes + trying again
  • [21:30] Creating products based on what I want in the world
  • [24:00] What keeps you up at night as a biz owner
  • [26:00] Support, partners, advice-givers, mentors + eventually asking for help as a stubborn, self-sufficient person
  • [37:00] How CBD works?
  • [45:00] Staying motivated in the face of big hurdles and controversy around selling CBD products that slows business
  • [51:00] Lots of learning and trial and error
  • [52:30] What advice would you give yourself before starting your biz?
  • [55:00] Forgetting how far we’ve come + staying sane...
  • [1:00:00] How to tell if the CBD you buy is quality? And if it’s “working”?
  • [1:07:00] Empowering your body to better function and do more of what they can naturally do on its own!
  • [1:09:30] Doing flips even after 2-3 back surgeries
  • [1:15:30] Advice for anyone looking to create a product...
  • [1:17:00] Being the technician/expert vs running the business
  • [1:23:15] Major uncomfortable life shifts that bring on good change
  • [1:27:00] Getting depressed about big life obstacles and feeling bad about being in that space is really normal and actually ok
  • [1:06:00] Get in touch with Jeff - IG @jeffbeedee or via website entitymusclebalm.com (will eventually change entitylabs.com)
SEEKING ANSWERS THROUGH MEDITATION AND WHY SPIRITUAL WELLNESS MIGHT BE THE KEY TO YOUR NEXT “UNLOCK” S2|E3

SEEKING ANSWERS THROUGH MEDITATION AND WHY SPIRITUAL WELLNESS MIGHT BE THE KEY TO YOUR NEXT “UNLOCK” S2|E3

May 12, 2019

#3: SEEKING ANSWERS THROUGH MEDITATION AND WHY SPIRITUAL WELLNESS MIGHT BE THE KEY TO YOUR NEXT "UNLOCK"

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, this is a gathering of un-sugar-coated conversations celebrating the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north.

In our own search to discover and live from  our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their own unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold - until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today, we chat with Chelsey Charbeneau, meditation teacher and yoga therapist. She is by no means your typical yoga/meditation teacher. She was a successful career women in finance, who used to hate “those types of people”. After years of grinding in the corporate world, she found that hated herself, and choose to do the exact opposite of what she was doing. She thought, “Either I was going to go crazy, or I had to do something crazy."  

We are diving into the world of spiritual wellness and learning how to listen for our hearts, while sharing our appreciation for select four letter words. We take time to meditate together and learn how meditation can be used as a tool to learn more about ourselves. We invite you to meditate with us and learn why meditation may be what your wellness routine is missing.

*note: this episode includes explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

Music from: https://www.jukedeck.com/

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. We all have that inner all-knowing feeling. If we listen to our body and heart we know our own truth and that can change our lives.  Most of what our minds say isn’t truth. Your mind might not know, but your heart will. The head is very strong, but the heart never lies.
  2. Moments that can change your perspective don’t have to be some BIG experiences like getting sick or getting in an accident. You can find your “unlock” anywhere, at anytime, if you are open to being there and hearing it.
  3. How to use meditation as a tool to get to know yourself better. It is about giving yourself the space to get comfortable with the space. Hear your own experiences moment to moment. Meditation isn’t a magic eight ball, a physic, you won’t be levitating after a five-minute session. It is about using everything you learn as an experience for growth, learning, or a higher purpose. Everything and anything can be meditation.

TIME STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:00] Welcome to Episode 3
  • [2:02] Our celebrity crushes
  • [5:20] Welcoming Chelsey to the podcast
  • [7:33] Chelsey’s introduction to meditation
  • [9:15] That itch that turned your life upside down
  • [16:30] Our head vs. our heart
  • [18:35] Chelsey guides us through a short meditation
  • [26:14] A newbie, comparing meditation experiences
  • [28:08] The myths behind meditation, feeling like it should give you all the answers
  • [29:57] How do I know if I am meditating?
  • [33:31] How does Chelsey define meditation?
  • [36:05] Permission to move while meditating, it is a part of the experience
  • [39:00] How do you know if someone is a good meditation teacher?
  • [42:54] How often should you meditate?
  • [45:21] The importance of rituals, keeping up with them, and letting them evolve
  • [49:10] Being a human AND being well versed in the world of meditation
  • [54:18] What does spiritual wellness mean to us?
  • [1:00:00] What has been most impactful for Rachel during her meditation teacher training
  • [1:02:24] Difference between mindfulness and meditation
  • [1:04:00] Where to start your meditation practice
  • [1:06:00] Letting go of judgement and change how we speak to ourselves
  • [1:09:40] How does Chelsey live her true north?
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE WORLD OF FILM-MAKING: S2|E2

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE WORLD OF FILM-MAKING: S2|E2

April 25, 2019

#2: THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS WITHIN THE COMPETITIVE WORLD OF FILM-MAKING

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, this is a gathering of un-sugar-coated conversations celebrating the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north.

In our own search to discover and live from  our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their own unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold - until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today, we talk with Christie Conochalla, award-winning Director, writer, producer, aspiring country singer, on a mission to live a happy life, tell relatable stories through magical realism in film. We chat overcoming competition, living your passion NOW, supporting each other as a way of life, and eventually have a beautifully awkward sing-along that cannot be missed.

*note: this episode includes explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

*Correction: Mandahla Rose's 1st featured film was "All About E", not "Forever Not Maybe". 

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. There’s always enough cake for everyone. When we can operate from a place of abundance versus battling each other unlocks more meaningful collaborations and a happy life.
  2. Start now. Go for it. Do it. Have the audacity. Have the grit. Commit to it. Don’t waste time playing it safe. Don’t hide in a harbor of perceived safety. Go be who you want to be. Take the steps you need to take. Define what you want and start!
  3. Importance of self-awareness in the pursuit of happiness is about noticing where you are living life in your way versus living by the rules that were handed to you so that you can break through the idea of what other people thought you should be - so you can be YOU. And finding gratitude when I notice that I am doing it!

 

TIME STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:00] Welcome to Episode 2
  • [7:50] Introducing Christie Conochalla!
  • [11:05] Once Upon A Zipper - Christie’s first short lesbian genre film that started it all
  • [11:40] Supporting women Directors coming together to make the world a better place
  • [13:45] There’s enough cake - walking away from the competitive bad habits
  • [14:15] Fear of rejection, fear of being left behind
  • [14:30] Manifesting real-life fairy Godmothers
  • [19:05] What does success mean without support? Rewiring your brain in a competitive industry to cheer for those around you even when they do “better” than you
  • [21:02] Modeling new ways of being
  • [21:55] The illusive pursuit of happiness
  • [35:30] Christie’s work + her passion for the history of lesbian cinema
  • [43:10] Having the support + space to do truly do things my way
  • [45:40] Going to the movies as a Director
  • [48:00] Power of the legacy of film
  • [48:45] The gift of having people in the world living their passion
  • [49:30] How winning big awards does + doesn’t change you
  • [53:08] Creating content that you want consume - the secret sauce
  • [56:00] Slowing down to rewire your default perceptions of the world around you
  • [1:03:30] Gratitude
  • [1:06:00] Get in touch with Christie - IG @cconochalla + via website christieconochalla.com

 

MAKING FRIENDS AS AN ADULT + INTENTION SETTING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOAL SETTING: S2|E1

MAKING FRIENDS AS AN ADULT + INTENTION SETTING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOAL SETTING: S2|E1

April 8, 2019

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 2! With co-hosts Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, we explore and celebrate the untold stories of everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north.

In our own search to discover and live from  our TRUE NORTH, we have met so many interesting, courageous people from all walks of life, doing all sorts of amazing things to live life in their own unique way. Stories from all over the world. Stories with heart. Stories with grit. Stories with plot twists. Stories going untold - until now. This season, we continue to connect with and celebrate these untold stories of everyday people who are fearlessly living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Teaser of guests from Season 2: Award-winning female Director, Astrologer, CBD Entrepreneur from Dallas, ex-entrepreneur who found herself by leaving, and so much more!

*note: this episode includes some explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. How can we be more present in the moment by using the concept of intention setting in partnership with goal setting. Thinking about how we want to feel vs. what we want to accomplish.
  2. Why is making friends as an adult so weird and what can we do about it? We can show up as ourselves, being a beacon for people that will resonate with our weirdness. Don’t force it, but be fearless in your search. There is no shame in wanting friends. Our ancestors lived in tribes, we can’t only tap on one person to be our everything.
  3. Just like in life, relationships have a life cycle. Some people will come into your life for a season, as reason, or a lifetime. Don’t get too caught up in internal expectations. Let time dictate which bucket they fall into.

TIME STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [4:15] Welcome to Season 2
  • [5:20] Upcoming Guests for Season 2
  • [8:55] Why everyone should host a podcast
  • [13:00] Questions on how to sustain your true north
  • [16:28] Intention setting vs. goal setting
  • [20:00] Giving yourself permission
  • [24:00] How to kickoff intention setting and how does it work with your goals?
  • [30:36] Western healing + Eastern Healing
  • [37:00] Making friends as an adult. Why do we make it weird?
  • [43:00] Giving people permission to be where they are at and allowing people to show up with you
  • [45:20] How an unusual haircut changed the people and conversations Rachel attracted
  • [47:40] How we’ve gone from having tribes and communities as our support system to looking for everything from an individual person
  • [51:30] The lifecycle of connections
  • [58:01] Reality TV teaching life lessons
  • [59:45] Wrapping season 2 episode 1 with air horns vocal percussion.

BEING OPEN: WE HAVE A CHOICE IN THE LIFE WE ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE S1|E12 The True North Collective Podcast

BEING OPEN: WE HAVE A CHOICE IN THE LIFE WE ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE S1|E12 The True North Collective Podcast

December 14, 2018

#12: BEING OPEN: WE HAVE A CHOICE IN THE LIFE WE ARE CHOOSING TO LIVE

We are Rachel Bellotti and Jenell Riesner, co-hosts of the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST, exploring everyday people fearlessly finding and living their true north.

We have met so many interesting people from all walks of life living fascinating and inspiring lives whose stories aren’t being told. This season we are excited to connect with and celebrate the untold stories of everyday people from Sheboygan, WI, to Santa Monica, CA, who are living their true north and inspiring each of us to do the same.

Today we’re welcoming Andrea Foster, a dear friend, fitness pal, successful hospitality executive, and general badass. We talk using fitness to discover and connect with who we are, soliciting feedback to understand our unique specialness, retiring should’s and the busy life, and leaving the world better than how we found it by taking care of self first so we can take care of others.

*note: this episode includes some explicit language appropriate for those ages 16+

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

  • UN|STUCK - introducing life + soul coaching with Rachel Bellotti
  • Whoop wearable that tracks heart rate + variable strengths day to day

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Slowing down enough to really consider what something means to you and what you think and feel in this moment, with this experience allows you to start to take responsibility for your life and stop outsourcing your ideas and actions to the outside world.
  2. Making better choices starts by making small changes to the stuff you are already doing each day. We don’t eat an elephant all in one bite, we eat an elephant one bite at a time. Similarly, making better choices is done one day at a time, one moment at at time. Choose to make the better choice for YOU as often as you can. And note, the better choice for you is up for you to decide.
  3. We have to let go of the person we believe we are to become the person we were meant to be.

 

TIME STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [7:00] Andrea’s introduction
  • [8:55] Living a “full life”
  • [11:00] Defining myself as an athlete
  • [13:00] Importance of having a routine
  • [17:27] Making big change + putting self first can be lonely
  • [19:15] Making fitness social
  • [24:20] Retiring the words “should” and “shouldn’t”
  • [25:50] Everybody can win + does when we embrace our unique gifts
  • [27:27] How do you see your special sauce + what makes you magical?
  • [31:13] The flaw in comparison vs. seeing what’s right in the people and the world around you
  • [45:40] Better choices made easy
  • [55:55] Pause + celebrate where you are today
  • [1:00:43] Finding ways to be accountable to yourself
  • [1:03:20] Making choices that inspire you so that you can inspire the world around you
  • [1:05:55] Being open to opportunities to learn something new from new places because you don’t know what you don’t know
  • [1:10:16] Connect with Andrea Foster via IG: @andreakmfoster
  • [1:10:45] Thank you for listening + reach out on our website if inspired