The True North Collective Podcast
EGYPT: FUELING SELF-DISCOVERY THRU ANCIENT CIVILIZATION S3|E7

EGYPT: FUELING SELF-DISCOVERY THRU ANCIENT CIVILIZATION S3|E7

February 21, 2020

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 3! 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 continue to meet 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 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 about Rachel’s epic two-week trip to Egypt and unpack what made it “life-changing”. We consider ancient civilizations with advanced technologies from over 100K years old, being open to new cultures and ideas, how travel can change your life and fuel a sense of self-discovery, and how perspective truly creates your reality. Let’s take a trip!

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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Any idea can have merit and all voices matter. Even if they seem far-fetched, there is SO much that we don’t know. So, even a small seed or essence of a seemingly hair-brained idea could have merit to consider. It might not solve the whole puzzle, but it could get you from “s” to “t” and that might make a world of difference to the bigger answer. Plus, by shutting down certain ideas, we shut down creativity and imagination in general, which is what we need to continue to evolve and grow as humans.
  2. Your perspective projects your reality onto whatever you are looking at and experiencing. And if you aren’t willing to open up your perspective to new ideas and thoughts, then you kind of become stagnant as you are simply forcing any new info into your already existing construct. What if you could allow some curiosity and openness to have a dialogue that stretches your imagination and opens up new possibilities that you never thought could exist? And when you realize that something different could exist...now what is possible for your life and for society?
  3. Half the fun of life is going on your own journey of discovery. Don’t just take the stories from others as your own, go do the things that excite you and create your own viewpoint and questions and answers! And then continue to have conversations with other people who are doing the same to exponentially expand the world’s ideas and concepts.

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:20] A two-week tour of Egypt
  • [2:20] Ancient technologies that created the Pyramids that are more advanced than what we can recreate today
  • [5:00] How old are the pyramids?
  • [7:00] Are we really the only advanced civilization that existed in the last 65 Billion years?
  • [12:00] All ideas have merit
  • [20:00] Power of your perspective as a projection of your reality
  • [26:00] When does the majority become the majority?
  • [29:00] Human ego + hierarchical evolution
  • [34:00] What made Egypt life-changing?
  • [36:30] Egyptian culture 
  • [39:00] What is “freedom” really?
  • [51:30] Dying before you get the answers you want
  • [52:30] How to support alternative research?
  • [55:00] Rachel’s an Aunt + alternative ways of raising your kids
  • [1:00:00] Contact Rachel with any questions about Egypt via IG @rachel.bellotti
BE A FREAK: DO WHAT NO ONE ELSE IS DOING S3|E6

BE A FREAK: DO WHAT NO ONE ELSE IS DOING S3|E6

February 13, 2020

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 3! 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 continue to meet 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 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 to Margaret Bienert - photographer, videographer, harp player, co-founder of Marginal Creative in LA and A Pretty Cool Hotel Tour youtube series, and super creative human - about coming from a pretty conservative, religious upbringing, and eventually challenging her “rules”, moving to LA, and finding a passion for creating and doing things different from the world around her. Plus, because it’s Valentine’s Day, we chat candidly about losing your identity in a relationship, discovering your partner has Autism, learning to not care what outsiders think about your love life, and allowing yourself and your partner to be the freaks that you are! 

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

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Sometimes we meet people who we look up to and have placed on a pedestal and we realize that they too are just people. And we ALL have the ability to try things, to find that thing that feels like it might be our thing - a passion, a strength, a pull, a curiosity, a dream, a hope, an idea - and give it our best shot and see what happens. Each one of our “idols” and “heros” were just like us wondering if they should give it a shot before they became “something bigger”, so why not give it a try?
  2. Learn how to not be afraid of doing something that you think might sound crazy or stupid so that you can innovate and create things that no one has seen before. Many people aren’t going to understand right away and that is actually ok. Eventually, people may catch up and catch on - or maybe they won’t - but don’t wait to try things and do it your way just because you are afraid of what others will think. Life is WAY too short.
  3. It can be really helpful to have people in your life who challenge you to see who you want to be and what you want out of life in a loving way, whether that’s a partner or therapist or friend or family or co-worker. Allowing people the chance to get uncomfortable in finding their own answers and not giving them their answers is a huge gift that allows layers to fall off and unlocks an ability to truly live. It can be really uncomfortable to trust this process (as the challenger and the challenged), but if you can get past the uncertainty and fear and really dig deep, there is unmatched magic that exists for each of us.

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [3:00] Being an emo kid
  • [9:00] Bachelor recap
  • [13:00] Introducing Margaret!
  • [19:00] I only saw myself as a wife + mom
  • [24:00] The Lana Del Rey effect...what if I try things
  • [28:00] NOT doing what everyone else is doing
  • [35:00] Realizing the world is different than we were told it would look
  • [55:00] Having a partner who challenges me to be me
  • [1:06:00] Fear of identity being associated with your partner 
  • [1:08:00] Having a husband with Autism
  • [1:10:00] Realizing you aren’t responsible for who your partner is or what they do
  • [1:19:00] What to do when other people aren’t into you?
  • [1:21:00] What people should know about Autism
  • [1:23:00] An inability to be fake
  • [1:31:00] Ghosts and haunted hotels
  • [1:37:00] What the hell is A Pretty Cool Hotel Tour youtube series?
  • [1:46:20] How do you live your TRUE NORTH?
  • [1:29:30] Contact Margaret via IG @aprettycoolgirl or @marginalcreative and check out her youtube series @aprettycoolhoteltour
THE TRUST MUSCLE: STEPPING INTO YOUR FULLNESS S3|E5

THE TRUST MUSCLE: STEPPING INTO YOUR FULLNESS S3|E5

February 7, 2020

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 3! 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 continue to meet 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 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 continue with PART 2 of our conversation with Judy Dejno, Partner at THRIVE - a human development company, Mindset Coach (she’s actually Rachel’s life coach), and all-around superb human. In this conversation, we unpack TRUST and everything that comes with it - from lack of trust to micro-doses of trust, to recommitting to trust, and what happens when you stay too long in the space of no trust, and everything in between. This episode contains the seeds of true transformation by inviting us to step into the fullness of who we are - through TRUST. Trust in ourselves, trust in our failures, trust in life. AND chats about how the heck you actually do it in your own way. Enjoy!

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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. When what society or external influences or what you think you “should” be doing doesn’t feel right, take those feelings seriously and give yourself the space to ask yourself what WOULD feel right for you? From a place of love + personal responsibility we always have an invitation to make a choice that feels in alignment with who we want to be and do it in a way that comes from love + kindness, truly owning our path vs creating a victim mentality against society/shoulds/expectations or defiantly + defensively choosing or making the thing we don’t want “bad”. Instead, it comes from a place of empowerment + honoring your inner guidance without dishonoring other choices that exist around you. Sometimes easier said than done. :)
  2. There are so many more options other than just muscling through something that doesn’t feel right OR leaving. We could also choose to live intentionally within the parameters that exist, taking what currently exists and tweaking an aspect of it so it feels more right for us, finding possibilities + opportunities that would make staying a yes and empowering ourselves to create those experiences for ourselves or ask for support in making them a reality.
  3. Life is a collection of data points that slowly guide you towards where you are supposed to be. Each experience, each attempt, each avoidance, each leap, each decision or non-decision is not good or bad, it’s just new data to take in and decide what you want to do with it in your life now. And each moment gives you more data (internal + external) to consider and make another choice that gives you more data, etc. So, just keep collecting data and paying attention to what it is telling you and adjust accordingly - to what feels right for you.

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [6:30] Acknowledging self-doubt
  • [8:00] NOT finishing college + being a successful adult 
  • [11:30] What we see isn’t always what’s real
  • [13:00] Learning to truly enjoy learning
  • [21:00] Making decisions that are NOT in alignment with yourself
  • [24:00] Life as a collection of data points
  • [26:00] TRUST muscle
  • [36:00] Learning to pay attention to yourself vs living externally 
  • [48:00] Patience
  • [50:00] Experiencing a lack of trust
  • [57:00] Trust is an intentional practice + commitment
  • [1:00:00] How do you live your TRUE NORTH?
  • [1:29:30] Contact Judy via email at judy@thrivehdc.com or check out upcoming THRIVE programs at THRIVEhdc.com
INTENTION SETTING: CONNECTING WITH THE ESSENCE OF WHAT YOU WANT (LIVE WORKSHOP)

INTENTION SETTING: CONNECTING WITH THE ESSENCE OF WHAT YOU WANT (LIVE WORKSHOP)

January 31, 2020

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 3! 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 continue to meet 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 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 are trying something new - we have recorded an episode of an actual INTENTION SETTING workshop, in real-time so that you guys can follow along with us and experience the magic of intention setting from the comfort of your own home. We have found intention setting to be a total game-changer in creating powerful change for us and so we wanted to offer it to YOU as we start this new year (and new decade)! We bring on Judy Dejno, Partner at THRIVE - a human development company, Mindset Coach (she’s actually Rachel’s life coach), and all-around superb human to co-facilitate this impactful workshop with our very own, Rachel. So, find a comfortable + quiet space, print out the intention setting worksheet, grab your favorite drink, put on some gentle background music, maybe grab a few friends if you want to experience this alongside others, and get ready to connect inward so that you can rock the year + decade ahead!

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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Intention setting can be a beautiful compliment to goal-setting + new year’s resolutions. Intention setting creates agility and is a centering point (or rudder) that reconnects you to the essence of what you want to experience now and moving forward. This can be helpful to get clear on who you want to be, and also when specific goals or desires go awry, or when life happens and throws wrenches, or unexpected opportunities show up, we have something to come back to and check in with on how we want to proceed in a way that aligns with who we set out to be.  It can also be a stand-alone practice that is used daily or ad hoc, as inspired.
  2. Experiencing things in a group can be a really powerful way of being witnessed, seen, and heard while you share what is happening on the inside. Hearing your own self-talk through your experience in front of witnesses can unlock new insights as you are forced to put words to all that is swirling inside you - sometimes you hear yourself for the first time and then have more tangible evidence of what is going on inside so that you can choose what you want to do with it. And on the flip, being a witness to others is just as powerful - to see and hear another point of view is a way to expand your own views and learn new approaches to life and living and processing being human.
  3. When we attach happiness, or any other desired state, ONLY to the end-result or accomplishment of a goal (that may or may not actually give us what we think it will), we lose the ability to experience that desired state right now. We hold the desired state hostage. We delay our ability to experience what we want in the present moment because it is tied to, and contingent upon, a specific set of circumstances that is largely out of our control. So, what if we invite yourselves to decouple the thing we want to do/have from how we want to experience/feel/be? What if we invite ourselves to see the two as complementary elements and allow ourselves to experience the thing we want NOW, alongside (and regardless of) the goals we are going after? We actually don’t have to wait for the specific set of external circumstances to show up for us to experience the feelings we want to feel today. 

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [3:00] Growing up as a “harbor rat” on a boat on Lake Michigan
  • [8:00] Developing a healthy respect for water
  • [14:00] Trust muscle
  • [16:00] Importance of crying
  • [18:00] Introducing Judy!
  • [26:00] BEGIN the intention setting workshop here

[1:29:30] Contact Judy via email at judy@thrivehdc.com or check out upcoming THRIVE programs at THRIVEhdc.com

SCOUT LACROIX: PERMISSION TO SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE (PART 2) S3|E3

SCOUT LACROIX: PERMISSION TO SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE (PART 2) S3|E3

January 23, 2020

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 3! 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 continue to meet 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 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 continue talking to our dear friend, former co-worker, and Ragnar team member, Courtney Nikolay, aka Scout Lacroix. Courtney has had 29 jobs since graduating from college, currently working in biotech and recently launched a blog called Tiny Steps - a journey of how to improve your choices to make better behaviors that lead to better habits. She is FULL ON firecracker, hilarious story-teller, genuine human on a mission to figure out who she is on this journey called life. We continue our conversation on getting debt-free, gratitude, taking back control of what we can actually control, psychic energy, the “perfect” job, and learning to embrace the process . The conversation was so good, we had to break it into two episodes - this is PART 2.

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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. There is always an opportunity to allow your perspective to shift. We tend to only look at things through our own lens, yet there are millions of perspectives on any given situation. If a perspective isn’t serving you anymore or is causing pain and discomfort, you can actually switch your perspective. And you are allowed to do that whenever you want. Even after years of thinking something was one way, you can shift and change your mind and that doesn’t mean you are a flake or fake or hypocrite! It means that you are a human that just got new information and data and so now you have a new perspective.
  2. The power of a plan, seeing the bigger picture, and creating doable baby steps can give direction and authentic tiny actions that can build momentum and habit over time, leading to real change. And the funny thing is that you actually get more out of the process of creating the plan, building the rituals, continuing to show up again and again then actually accomplishing the “end result”...because even though it doesn’t seem like it,  all of it is the “end result”, not just when you cross the finish line.
  3. There are always many, many options available to you, which is why it is paramount to know what’s important to you and what is a priority for you to feel good so that you can choose the option that best fits your needs. There is no right or wrong, just different options with different paths and different outcomes and different types of success.

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:20] Why go to college?
  • [8:00] External pressure
  • [12:12] Paying for intangible value
  • [16:00] The 5 Second Rule
  • [18:00] Why are you buying it? No really, why are you buying it?
  • [20:00] What’s the 1 min version or 1% action you could take?
  • [34:00] Insatiable quest to find oneself 
  • [38:00] Confusing your professional self as a reflection of WHO YOU ARE
  • [41:00] the “perfect” job
  • [46:00] Happiness at the expense of the full human experience
  • [52:00] Routines + living a “level 10 life”
  • [1:00:00] Discernment + the process
  • [1:09:00] How are you living your TRUE NORTH?
  • [1:11:00] “How you spend your days is how you spend your life” + Tantra
  • [1:14:30] Contact Courtney via IG @scoutlacroix or follower her blog Tiny Steps and learn new ways to build better habits, behaviors, and choices + find ways to laugh at yourself when you don’t!
SCOUT LACROIX: CHOOSING THE EXPERIENCES YOU WANT TO HAVE (PART 1) S3|E2

SCOUT LACROIX: CHOOSING THE EXPERIENCES YOU WANT TO HAVE (PART 1) S3|E2

January 17, 2020

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 3! 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 continue to meet 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 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’re talking to our dear friend, former co-worker, and Ragnar team member, Courtney Nikolay, aka Scout Lacroix. Courtney has had 29 jobs since graduating from college, currently working in biotech and recently launched a blog called Tiny Steps - a journey of how to improve your choices to make better behaviors that lead to better habits. She is FULL ON firecracker, hilarious story-teller, genuine human on a mission to figure out who she is on this journey called life. We talk periods, music, leadership styles, getting debt-free, choice, regrets, and a whole bunch of other down-to-earth, real stuff. The conversation was so good, we had to break it into two episodes - this is PART 1.

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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Sometimes we stop being ourselves in our jobs (and in life) because we think we are supposed to act a certain way or show a certain set of qualities that fit the situation. But, when we cannot be ourselves, it stops people from being able to truly trust us and connect with us because people can feel the wall, even if we think they cannot. And worse, over time we stop being able to trust and connect with ourselves, slowly losing the magic that lives in our genuineness. It’s a slippery slope becoming disconnected and not being able to trust your authentic way of being and it absolutely has an impact on the businesses and communities and relationships we are a part of.
  2. Anger is actually the emotion that gets us the most motivated to make a change, for ourselves and in the world. It can be an uncomfortable emotion to experience at times, however, it can also be seen for what it is and then harnessed for good if we allow ourselves the space to process it and then follow the energy into creating something that can evolve a broken system (either within us, individually, or even globally).
  3. Your life is a series of experiences that you choose to participate in. Whether you deem them good, bad, ugly, beautiful, they are actually all equally viable options of experiences to have in this life. And we cannot experience them all - if you want to know what it’s like to have kids, then you will never know what it’s like to NOT have kids, and visa Versa. So, invite yourself to slow down from time to time and check in to make sure that you are having the experiences that YOU want to have. And if you aren’t, then make a different choice and know that even the process of noticing that you are choosing experiences you actually don’t want is also a very valuable experience to have. Every experience is valid and valuable; just make sure they are yours.

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:15] Debating Elf the movie
  • [1:50] NOT being able to burp
  • [4:00] First concerts + Top Songs of 2019 on Spotify
  • [10:00] VERY REAL period talk
  • [20:00] Introducing Courtney, aka Scout Lacroix!
  • [28:00] When your job makes you NOT who you actually are
  • [31:30] Acknowledging different types of leadership
  • [35:30] Becoming debt-free
  • [44:30] Student Loan Forgiveness Program realities
  • [50:00] Being qualified for loans that you actually cannot afford
  • [53:30] Do you regret your education?
  • To be continued...check out PART 2 of our interview with Courtney soon!
  • Contact Courtney via IG @scoutlacroix or follower her blog Tiny Steps and learn new ways to build better habits, behaviors, and choices + find ways to laugh at yourself when you don’t!
SEASON 3 KICK-OFF: REDEFINING SOCIAL NARRATIVES S3|E1

SEASON 3 KICK-OFF: REDEFINING SOCIAL NARRATIVES S3|E1

January 10, 2020

SEASON 3 KICK-OFF: REDEFINING SOCIAL NARRATIVES.

Welcome to the TRUE NORTH COLLECTIVE PODCAST: SEASON 3! 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 continue to meet 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 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’re kicking off Season 3 by diving right into some “real shit”. From being alive and searching for fulfillment, normalizing normal bodies + adult acne, aging gracefully, being a product of societal narratives, and never being afraid to keep asking questions. We are grateful to bring you another year of great conversations with people who are fearlessly finding and living their TRUE NORTH. Welcome to a New Year and New Decade!

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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. What if beauty standards shifted so that we didn’t have to demonize anyone for how they wanted to express themselves? Some might choose to wear a lot of make-up, some may choose to wear none, and some may choose all the in-betweens and extremes of it. Each is simply a different path. Not better or worse. All options can coexist and none are evil or bad, just different approaches, different priorities, different goals to take into consideration around which path you choose today around beauty. 
  2. We spend so much time worrying about how we look and sound and what people think of us and what we are going to do that we forget to LIVE our lives. And all worrying really does is beget more worrying. So by worrying, you are reinforcing the unproductive discomfort and getting really good at practicing worrying VS practicing trust and presence to truly experience the life we are fortunate enough to be living!
  3. Never stop asking questions. There is always more to discover, to question, to unpack, to get curious about - that’s on the other side of a bold and courageous question. Not to mention, when you ask the question, it forces you to listen to different perspectives, which opens you up to new possibilities and paths to choose from. 

 

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:30] Normalizing normal bodies + adult acne
  • [5:00] Societal quick fixes
  • [9:00] Being comfortable with my body
  • [13:50] Tuning out the opinions of others
  • [22:00] Beauty de-ranking + coexistence
  • [26:30] Anti-acne mindfulness practice
  • [28:30] What if you could embrace aging?
  • [31:30] Being a product of your environment + cultural narratives
  • [36:00] How can we use marketing for better things?
  • [40:00] Changing employment + professional norms
  • [46:00] Is happiness really the end goal?
  • [49:00] Welcome to season 3 + Happy New Year!
Season 3 Promo: Let’s go 2020!

Season 3 Promo: Let’s go 2020!

December 17, 2019

2020 is almost here! We're excited to tease out some new ideas this coming year. Get ready for Season 3 to have everything that you loved about season 2...

+ group huddles (join our mailing list to get involved)

+ our inner monologues on topics you send our way

+ MORE!

 

Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list and follow us on social @thetruenorthcollective_

SEASON 2 WRAP-UP: GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH WHO I AM

SEASON 2 WRAP-UP: GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH WHO I AM

December 17, 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 wrap-up season 2 with our final episode of 2019. What did we learn? What are we proud of? Who are we now? How are we living our TRUE NORTH after a year full of inspiring conversations with unique, everyday humans doing what they do and being who they be? What a year! Plus some genuine thoughts and rants around social media, authentic content creation, pooping, keeping up with the Joneses, losing your sense of self, thinking macro, reclaiming your sovereignty, building community, and surrendering to what is.  We wish you the best end to your year and we’ll see you in 2020 as we kick-off Season 3!!

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

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

 

3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. If you are going to ask others to be vulnerable or you want more vulnerability in the world, then you better be willing to join people there. And sometimes the best way to start is by truly listening to others. Listen as they share. Listen as they process. Listen as they navigate. Listen. Period. Listen as they practice being authentically vulnerable (even when it’s uncomfortable) -  it can be the powerful permission and invitation we needed to be ok finally sharing and being authentic ourselves in the world too. We are all in this together.
  2. Practice allowing yourself to “unfollow” the things that aren’t speaking to you each day so that you can reconnect with yourself and what you want to experience in your life and who you want to be. Whether that is on social media or in the real world, give yourself permission to see what it feels like to create space from a thing without it being “bad” and see what happens, knowing you can always come back to that circle or conversation when you feel ready to.
  3. There is real power in giving your own experience merit. “Experts” aren’t the only ones that we can gain wisdom + insights from, especially if their values, desires, and experiences are different from our own. Many times the true wisdom will and does come from within - our own inner dialogues, new awarenesses, inner truths and acknowledgments, the vulnerability of sharing what’s going on within us even if it isn’t sorted out yet, and the connection that we make with our own selves along our journey of trusting our own experiences, values, and desires. 

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [0:30] Celebrating 2 yrs of podcasting since launching on Xmas 2017
  • [1:10] Creating authentic content 
  • [7:30] Keeping up with the joneses
  • [10:00] Unfollowing 
  • [17:30] What have we learned in season 2?
  • [20:30] Navigating what it’s like to lose your voice/sense of self 
  • [24:00] Conversations on death with Danielle (S2:E9)
  • [25:00] Does spirituality matter? (S2:E3)
  • [26:30] Giving people + places a chance even if they don’t feel like home
  • [28:00] Honoring the contrast within each of us (S2:E8)
  • [31:00] Giving everyday people the mic
  • [33:40] Making friends as adults NOW
  • [38:00] Share the questions your wrestling with!
  • [42:00] Living your TRUE NORTH after season 2 + 2019?
  • [48:00] A few new things comin’ atcha in Season 3
BEING REAL: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS S2|E13

BEING REAL: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS S2|E13

December 10, 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 talk with Tiffeny Parker, a US Heptathlete, a USA Bobsled athlete, a Nutrition + Health Consultant, Corporate + Executive Leadership + Development Coach, a Speed Coach for some of the top Crossfit athletes, and a lululemon ambassador looking to build communities that bridge gaps for all people. We talk inner drive and where it comes from, giving yourself your best chance, being a powerful + strong female in a male dominant field, and creating a “home” through your community and the people around you. 

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

 

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3 KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Timing is everything. And life can change in a second. One hesitation and your life can look totally different. Not better or worse, just different. The best thing you can do is keep showing up and trust your gut and stick to your guns, even if it seems crazy.
  2. It’s important to have people in your court, on your team, around you who truly know you that way when you have a bad day, they can see it and know how to lift you up and help you navigate. And visa versa. And this can be inherited OR created.
  3. Being vulnerable and real is actually the secret sauce to success. If we cannot open up and get comfortable sharing our stories and who we are, then others cannot truly support us, we cannot truly build supportive communities, and most importantly, we cannot truly support ourselves - in moving past our own hurdles and fears because we aren’t addressing the real shit, we are just avoiding it and wasting precious time and energy. 

 

TIME-STAMPED SHOW NOTES:

  • [1:18] Spelling your name wrong for most of you life
  • [2:00] Collecting Starbucks cups
  • [8:00] Typhoid vaccines + traveling to Egypt
  • [12:14] Introducing Tiff!
  • [14:00] Being a gold star chaser isn’t normal?
  • [19:00] Racing street lights to get home before dark
  • [23:00] Make sure you graduate from college
  • [26:00] I had no idea I was a heptathlete
  • [30:00] Importance of having a partner/team/trainer who knows you
  • [39:00] I didn’t have time to be a kid because failure wasn’t an option
  • [46:00] Doing everything possible to give YOU your best chance
  • [53:00] Being a strong, powerful female today in a male dominant sport
  • [1:06:00] How to create your dream?
  • [1:12:00] Defining “home” when you live on the road
  • [1:25:30] Learning to accept my body as a Bobsled athlete
  • [1:33:00] Life after being a pro athlete
  • [1:35:00] Living your TRUE NORTH 
  • [1:38:30] Contact Tiff via DM on IG @tiffiep