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255 Just Giovanna: Stop Proving Your Worth Through Chronic Overwork

By Cianna Reider | Jun 18, 2021 |

This week on The Well Woman Show we’re discussing overwork. Overwork is often accompanied by stress and exhaustion and while there are many explanations for why people overwork, the one that keeps coming up in this community of high achieving professional women is that of proving our value, proving our worth. We wrap our identity up so tightly with our professional achievements that we lost sight of the other parts of our lives that we want to thrive in. The other parts of our lives include our health, relationships and connection to a larger purpose.

So what do women get from chronic overwork? And from the game of constant achievement? Well for a while we get lots of accolades and success. But as we keep the cycle of overwork going, we become depleted. Our bodies, minds and spirits need more to thrive. And that depletion can lead to all kinds of crises. Like health, financial or relationship crises.

In order to stop the cycle of chronic overwork, we must look at the personal – what it is we really need, what overworking provides that we aren’t getting elsewhere. And we must look at the systems in place that keep us in chronic overwork – like demanding bosses and corporate cultural norms.

Using the Well Woman Life® Framework, we can being to understand this cycle, shift how we respond, and shift how we would like to navigate the broader systems we live in.

You can take the quiz to find out where you are in the Well Woman Life® Framework at wellwomanlife.com/quiz

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/255show.

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

254: Self-Compassion as a Tool for Social Change with Kristin Neff, PhD

By Giovanna Rossi | Jun 9, 2021 |

This week on the Well Woman Show, I talk to Kristin Neff, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion almost twenty years ago. She is the author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself and Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.

We discuss:

What is self-compassion?

Why is it so hard to turn our compassion inward?

and

How do we find balance in our gender roles through self-compassion?

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/254show.

Grab her books:

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff

Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive by Kristin Neff

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

253: The Women We Come From with Host Giovanna Rossi and Her Mother

By Giovanna Rossi | Jun 4, 2021 |

On the Well Woman Show today, I interview my own mom for the final part of our Women We Come From series celebrating moms during the month of May.

My mom, Carol Macfie Lange was born in Scotland and now lives between Andalusia, Spain, Oxford, England and New Mexico. She holds a degree in Theatre Arts from Greer Garson Theatre and a post graduate degree in English from Westminster College, Oxford. She is the author of several books, including a historical fiction trilogy about an Alpujarran village in Franco’s Spain. She has two daughters, two step daughters, six grandchildren in Oxfordshire, two in New Mexico, four in Ohio, and one adopted grandson in Spain.

We discuss:

1. How her upbringing impacted her parenting methods.

2. The importance embracing travel and other cultures.

3. The importance of trusting what you’re good at without needing external validation.

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/253show

The books she’s reading are:

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela

You can find Carol’s books on Amazon.

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

252 The Women We Come From with Guest Host Alicia Ortega

By Giovanna Rossi | May 26, 2021 |

On the Well Woman Show today, guest host Alicia Ortega interviews her mom, Rebecca Ortega, as part of our Women We Come From series celebrating moms during the month of May.

Alicia Ortega is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Native Women Lead, an organization dedicated to growing, supporting, and advocating for Native Women in positions of leadership through business and entrepreneurship with a goal to revolutionize systems and inspire innovation by investing in Native Women in business. Alicia holds a BBA in Organizational Management and two MBA degrees in Marketing and Management of Technology from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management. She also brings over a decade of experience working with minority and tribally owned and operated businesses and entities from start-ups to established businesses. As the former Executive Director of the All Pueblo Council of Governors, she has extensive knowledge in working with the 20 Pueblos of New Mexico’s tribal leadership on critical issues affecting tribal communities including health, education, state, and federal legislation, natural resources, elder issues, and youth initiatives. She is a recipient of the 2019 New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award from the New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Alicia currently serves as a Commissioner on the City of Albuquerque Commission on American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Tribal Nations Advisory Council. She is also an artist and active community member and enjoys volunteering and supporting organizations close to her heart including the American Indian Business Association and the Native Guitars Tour Organization.

She’ll be interviewing her mom, Rebecca Ortega who is from the Pueblos of Santa Clara and Pojoaque. She is a wife to her husband of 44 years, Adan Ortega, and mother to her three children, Adam, Mario, Alicia, and Son-in-law Dennis, and grandchildren Neva and Ezra. Rebecca is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University Class of 1976 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. Working for the All Indian Pueblo Council, she provided career education counseling and workshops to Native American high school students in the 1970s. She also worked as an Academic Advisor at the University of Albuquerque in the 1980s. As a bilingual Tewa woman, she is also very passionate about preserving the Tewa language spoken by the Northern Pueblos of New Mexico and has participated in various efforts through the years that provide Tewa language classes and certifications of Tewa language teachers. She also enjoys working alongside other language preservation organizers including the Tribal Language Consortium through the University of New Mexico.

They discuss:

1 Gaining strength from our ancestors

2 The excitement of having Native Women in positions of power

3 Holding on to our culture and language

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/252show

Check out Alicia’s previous interview: https://wellwomanlife.com/231show/

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

251 The Women We Come From with Guest Host Babsy Sinandile

By Cianna Reider | May 19, 2021 |

On the Well Woman Show today, guest host Babsy Sinandile interviews her mom, Nkazi Sinandile, as part of our Women We Come From series celebrating moms during the month of May.

Our guest host today is Babsy Sinandile, a Transformation Coach, Speaker, Wellness Event curator, and the founder of Blak Gold Wellness Lounge, a safe online space curated with Black and Brown millennial folx in mind. As a Certified Master Life Coach, Sinandile focuses on identifying and reversing mindset blocks that stem from years of generational trauma, through her signature Undoing Method (TM). As a self-proclaimed self-care strategist with a background in community health, she helps her people take excellent care of mind, body, and soul through group and 1:1 coaching, educational and healing workshops, as well as inspirational social media content. She is a mother of two amazing girls, loves Salsa dancing and karaoke, and indulges in an expensive hobby as a recording singer/songwriter.

She’s be interviewing her mom, Nkazi Sinandile, who is a Registered Nurse as well as Founder of New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways/Co-Founder of Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque

They discuss:

1 The concept of ubuntu

2 The importance of seeking community as an immigrant, and not being isolated.

3 and Not giving up as a wife and mother in the face of adversity

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/251show

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

250 The Women We Come From – a Celebration of Moms with Special Guest Hosts

By Giovanna Rossi | May 12, 2021 |

Welcome to The Women We Come From: a special series for and about our moms and leadership during the month of May on the Well Woman Show. I’m your host Giovanna Rossi, and I’ll be joined all month long by guest hosts interviewing their mothers about life, love, leadership and the wisdom they passed on to their daughters. The stories they share will make you laugh and cry, but most of all they help us honor the hard work of being a woman, a mom and a leader. All the best and most effective leadership skills – really everything we need to grow into compassionate, driven, smart leaders- are passed down to us through these generations of strong women.

Today’s program will feature clips from all four hosts and full interviews can be heard on the Well Woman Show podcast at NPR.org during the month of May

You can find all the details at wellwomanlife.com/250show

You can hear Celestina’s full episode at wellwomanlife.com/249show

Then next week we’ll be featuring Babsy Sinandile’s full interview, and on May 26th, we’ll have Alicia Ortega’s interview. We end the series with my interview with my mom on June 2nd.

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

249 The Women We Come From with Guest Host Celestina Garcia

By Giovanna Rossi | May 5, 2021 |

This week on the Well Woman Show, we are starting our special series called The Women We Come From. During the month of May, we will feature a series of women who have been on the show before as guest hosts interviewing their own mothers.

Our guest host today is Celestina Garcia, a mother, facilitator, educator, Ontological coach and entrepreneur. She is a native New Mexican with a passion for envisioning and collaborating with others to build the legacy of achievement in communities. A graduate of the University of New Mexico and Claremont Graduate University, Celestina brings years of leadership learning, global travel experiences and classroom teaching experience to partnerships of success building. As a serial entrepreneur, Celestina created her private coaching company, Coaching Solutions, where she has spent over 500 hrs coaching executives, small business owners and community members to align their work to their purpose.

She’s be interviewing her mom, Gloria Garcia, a strong, determined visionary. Gloria is the eighth child of twelve to Fidel and Celestina Sisneros from Dahlia, New Mexico. Gloria’s life experiences helped navigate and guide her to a career in home health care. She earned her Paralegal Associates Degree from Central New Mexico Community College and retired from the State of New Mexico. Currently she supports families to protect their financial future as a Life Insurance Agent and spends as much time as possible with her husband of forty-seven years, children, and two grandsons.

They discuss:

1 Continuing their heritage and culture

2 Power, financial security and motherhood

3 The role of grit and strength in achieving your goals

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/249show

Celestina’s previous interview: https://wellwomanlife.com/197show/

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

248 Just Giovanna: Goal Setting the Well Woman Way

By Cianna Reider | Apr 28, 2021 |

On the Well Woman Show this week, we are talking about Part 2 of how to use your story to help you claim your power, and goal set the Well Woman Way.

You can grab the free workbook HERE.

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/248show.

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

247 Just Giovanna: Find Your Power in Your Story

By Giovanna Rossi | Apr 21, 2021 |

On the Well Woman Show this week, we are talking about how to use your story to help you claim your power.

If you’d like to know more, you can SIGN UP for the free workshop happening today: https://wellwomanlife.com/YourStoryWorkshop

You can grab the free workbook HERE.

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/232show.

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.

246 JG: How Our Lived Experiences Are the Key to Reaching Our Full Potential

By Giovanna Rossi | Apr 15, 2021 |

How do our life stories help us reach our full potential?

How has the patriarchal system taught us to devalue and ignore our experiences?

And what really is a Well Woman anyway?

All this and more this week on a Just Giovanna episode of the Well Woman Show.

ou can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/246show.

The other episodes mentioned:

https://wellwomanlife.com/captivate-podcast/245show/

https://wellwomanlife.com/captivate-podcast/018show/

If you’re ready to learn how your experiences (even the one you have tried to hide from or change) can help you reach your dreams, join me on Wednesday, April 21 at 12pm MST for a free workshop.

You can also continue the conversation in the Well Woman Life community group at wellwomanlife.com/community

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy.