155 International Women’s Day with Zoreh Afsarzadeh


This week on the Well Woman Show, we celebrate International Women’s Day with a focus on how mindfulness can strengthen our sense of self and help us claim our space in the world. I interview Zoreh Afsarzadeh, whose upbringing in Iran started her on the path of Sufism, meditation, and spirituality. She opened her own yoga studio 20 years ago, where she continues to teach Yoga Teacher Training Programs and lead yoga retreats around the world.

On the show today, we talk about:

  • how to stop giving from a place of lack
  • how to start feeling beauty from within
  • how to bring harmony to mind, body and spirit

You can find all the info and links mentioned today:

Play of Consciousness by Swami Muktananda
High Desert Yoga

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The Well Woman Show is thankful for support from Natural Awakenings Magazine in New Mexico and High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque.

154 Just Giovanna: Give Yourself the Love You Seek

Waiting for the person you love to buy you flowers? Nope. Bought my own.
Waiting for the person whose affection you seek to finally come around? Nope. I was nice to myself.
Waiting for your kids to appreciate you? Nope. I appreciate myself.
Waiting for your boss or colleagues to thank you? Nope. I thanked myself by noticing what an awesome job I did.
Sure, it’s nice when these things happen, and they do, but wait for them in order to be happy? Hells no!
What are you waiting for?

On the show today, I share my thoughts on finding love. Guess what? We can stop seeking love and love ourselves! Even if you’re in a committed relationship, you may still be seeking that person’s love in ways that disempower you.  What if you no longer relied on the actions of people you love to validate you and give you the love you seek? What if you could fill the emptiness or loneliness you feel with your own love? Listen up for some inspiration and tips on how to make this happen in your life.

153 Disrupting the Diet Industry with Susan Hyatt


On the show today, I interview Susan Hyatt, a Master Certified Life and Business Coach who specializes in helping women get more of whatever they want—whether it’s more money, more media recognition, more pleasure, more passion, or more time to pursue meaningful goals.

Susan is the author of two books, Create Your Own Luck and BARE. Her work has been featured in places like O: The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s World, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. She’s the creator of The BARE Process, a trademarked system for upgrading your mental and physical health, building more energy and confidence, and creating the life that you want.

What we discuss in this episode:

How to treat your body with care, love, and respect—not hateful criticism.
How to shed everything that’s weighing you down, physically and mentally.
How to de-stress at the end of the day without relying on excessive food, alcohol, Netflix binging, and other habits that clog up your mind and drain your energy.
How to stop obsessing about your body and focus on the priorities that really matter in life—like rocking your career, writing your novel, learning a foreign language, contributing to your community, or otherwise leaving your legacy.


“we’re taught our power is in manipulation”
“you don’t need more will power, you need more pleasure”
“stop caring about the thigh gap and worry about the wage gap”

152 Just Giovanna: Marti Murphy interviews Giovanna


Today on the show I’m playing an interview that Marti Murphy ran on her show where she interviewed me!! She asks really good questions and it will let you in on some of the back story of Well Woman Life and also the four stages of the Well Woman Life Cycle.

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151: Gender Equity Legislation with Rep. Christine Trujillo


On the show today, I interview Rep. Christine Trujillo and we talk about:

-Gender equity legislation
-What the tampon tax is
-What funding she’s asking for

Representative Christine Trujillo worked as an educator for 21 years, has served in the New Mexico state legislature since 2013 and currently serves as a member of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee and the House Education Committee. Representative Trujillo was born and raised in Taos and has 5 children and 6 grandchildren. She received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Mexico.


You can find all the info and links mentioned today at www.wellwomanlife.com/radio

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150 Stop and Listen and then Listen Deeper with Julie Shapiro


Today’s episode parallels nicely with the Well Woman Life Framework, in which we create awareness and then space to listen deeper to our inner wisdom or intuition. My guest today says, “we give out so much, sometimes the healthiest this to do is to pause and let things come to you.”

Julie Shapiro is the executive producer of Radiotopia from PRX – a curated network of extraordinary, cutting-edge podcasts. She is also the executive producer of Ear Hustle, a podcast that tells the stories of daily life in San Quentin State Prison, shared and produced by those living it. From 2014-15, Julie was the executive producer of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation / Radio National’s (RN) Creative Audio Unit. In 2000 she co-founded the Third Coast International Audio Festival, where as artistic director she shaped the Festival’s creative trajectory and prioritized innovative audio and a cross-pollinating international listening culture. Julie has taught radio to university students, presented at conferences all over the globe, and produced stories for the airwaves in the US and beyond. She lives in Arlington, MA with her husband and son.

149 Just Giovanna: Family Vision Board 2019


How do you get your family members on the same page to work together toward goals for 2019? Get them involved! Here’s how:
1. make it fun
2. let them know if they give their input they will get their goal list for 2019
3. have a clear process
4. start and end within 1-2 hours, depending on the ages of the people involved! My kids ages 7 and 9 stuck it out on NYE for a good 2 hours because we had yummy snacks, everyone’s voice was heard, they got to find pictures and cut them out.

Family Vision Board




Past shows/publications focusing on visioning and goal setting:
059 Visioning Your Life (free worksheet)
079 Goal Setting (free worksheet)
147 Have It All By Doing More of What You Love, Not Less

Having it all in 2019: Do more of what you love, not less: Commentary in the Santa Fe New Mexican

148 Changing Workplace Culture with Tina Tchen


On the show today, I interview Tina Tchen is former Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and we talk about:

-How to approach diversity and inclusion in the workplace
-What men can do to change workplace culture
-The one things that makes certain leaders stand out

Tina Tchen is former Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. In addition, she worked on Title IX initiatives and was instrumental in the formation of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Ms. Tchen is a leading voice in the national conversation on fighting sexual harassment, gender inequity, and discrimination. Ms. Tchen is a leader of Buckley Sandler’s Workplace Cultural Compliance Practice, counseling companies on issues related to gender inequity, sexual harassment, and lack of diversity in the workplace.

Links mentioned on the show:
Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund at National Women’s Law Center
Amy Tan, author

At the end of the show I’ve included an excerpt from my 2016 interview with Congresswoman Debra Haaland when she was the democratic state party chair of NM. Congresswoman Debra Haaland from NM’s first CD and Congresswoman Sharice Davids from Kansas’ third CD are the first Native American women ever elected to the Unites States Congress. You can listen to the whole interview here.

And as a special new year’s bonus, right at the very end of today’s show I’ll share my commentary published in in the Santa Fe New Mexican. Listen to the end because you won’t want to miss this!  www.wellwomanlife.com/147show

Join me at the Goddess Rising Retreat! A Day Of Awakening and Indulging the Sacred Feminine: February 3, 2019.

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

The Well woman show is thankful for support from Natural Awakenings Magazine in New Mexico and High Desert Yoga in Albuquerque.

147 Just Giovanna: Have it All by Doing More of What You Love, Not Less


New Year’s resolutions keep people playing small and operating from a place of lack instead of abundance. Join me for a “Just Giovanna” episode of the Well Woman Show where we explore how you can have it all without making New Year’s resolutions!

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • my secret to quitting coffee four years ago
  • why I don’t like New Year’s resolutions
  • how women, in particular, are socialized not to seek pleasure, fulfillment and self-actualization

When I quit coffee four and a half years ago, it wasn’t because I wanted to quit coffee. I was committed to making room for a new level of health in my body and decided a 21 day cleanse was my roadmap. I knew I could drop coffee for three weeks and had no intention of giving it up altogether. After all, I identified as a coffee drinker. I loved everything about it – the ritual, the smell, the coffee shop and the sipping in meetings. So it came as a surprise to me when, after ten days of no coffee, my mind was clear and my focus sharp. There was no need to go back to coffee because I now had something even more satisfying.

Every year at this time, millions of people are setting intentions to change undesired behaviors, accomplish personal goals or otherwise improve our lives. Yet every year, usually sometime in January or February, we default to our usual patterns and give up on those illusive goals. What if you could have it all? What if you could reach your personal, professional and public service goals and avoid that horrible feeling of failure because you didn’t manage to keep your New Year’s resolutions? When I realized that doing well on my personal goals supported me to reach my professional and public service goals, and vice versa, I stopped the empty promises at year’s end and started dreaming big all throughout the year. I asked, what can I create for my life? (Instead of how can I stop doing certain things?)

For many people, rejecting or shedding the expectations of others is a real challenge. It takes a lot to undo the years of build up that society, our families or our colleagues have been piling on us. All the “shoulds” stacked up on top of each other can build a wall so tall you can no longer see over it. And chipping away at that wall is hard work. I should play piano, I should go to law school, I should know how to cook, I should have kids someday, I should, I should, I should. New Year’s Resolutions can keep people playing small and operating from a place of deficit instead of plenty. Women, in particular, are socialized not to seek pleasure, fulfillment and self-actualization. So our internal dialogue is one of lack, shame and isolation. Many of us inherently know this but are not sure what to do about it. And this is reflected externally, in the programs, policies and services currently available that do not address women’s specific needs. It is time for us to reclaim our pleasure, our joy and our purpose.

When you have a clear vision of what want your life to look like and feel like, there is no room for the undesirable behaviors the usual New Year’s resolutions inadequately address. When you identify with the life you dream of, there is no room for activities that don’t align with it. Here are four things you can do right away to bring awareness to the life you dream of, find the inner wisdom that connects you to that identity, articulate your dreams and integrate them into your life:

  1. Create Awareness
    Resolve to make no more empty promises that keep you stuck in scarcity instead of abundance. Reflect on and jot down (writing it or saying it aloud is important) what has brought you joy in the last year and what has not? What made you feel fulfilled? When did you reach your full potential in some area of your life, or close to it? What would you like to create for yourself in the coming year?
  2. Listen
    Reflect on what came up in step one and begin to release self-criticism in order to invite self-compassion. Then, create an openness to hear what is next for you by saying, “I am open to receive what is next – show me.” Hear the answers while you do your favorite meditative activity, e.g. walk, cook, exercise or meditate. In order to make the time to do this activity you may need to set some boundaries, by gratefully saying no to others’ requests.
  3. Take Action
    Articulate your dreams in three areas: personal, professional and public service. Position your goals as positives, not negatives, e.g. instead of resolving to stop binging on television shows at night, say you will read a book every week. What 1-3 things could you do on a regular basis that would make a big impact on each goal?
  4. Integrate
    Integrate your plans into your daily life by being realistic about what is doable and what will be manageable. Practicing self-care and gratitude, as well as having compassion for others and yourself will go a long way to helping you maintain your action plan. Part of integration is accountability – tell someone what your plans are and have them do the same. Then, check in daily or weekly to keep each other on track. And instead of pressuring yourself to do all of this on the first of the year, give yourself permission to explore these ideas during the whole month of January, starting your action and integration plan in February.

So, what worked for me about quitting coffee?

It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution.

It wasn’t a quit for the sake of it.

It was tied to something bigger; my health and well-being.

I was able to change my identity as a coffee drinker.

Instead of resolving to quit something “bad” in the New Year, try resolving to gift yourself pleasure, comfort and fun.

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146 Being a Seeker with Laurie Gerber


On the show today, I interview Laurie Gerber, who has been coaching individuals and groups for over 15 years. As Head Coach at Handel Group® Life Coaching, Laurie teaches people to tell the truth and pursue their dreams through live events, one-on-one coaching, online coaching courses, as a writer, on radio, and in frequent TV appearances on MTV, A&E, Dr. Phil Show, and the TODAY show. Learn more at handelgroup.com and visit HGLifeCoaching on Facebook.

What You’ll learn on This Episode:

How to start your dream and be the author of your life
How to prioritize career AND love
How to overcome “weather reporting” (hint: stop believing what you think!)

From Laurie:
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