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Dive into the Latest Episodes of 'In the Details'

Can we just give a shoutout to three-day weekends right now, my friend? Is there anything better?

Maybe you’re taking things slower today, sipping lemonade on the deck or laying out by the pool. Maybe you’re spending the day traveling. Maybe you’ve got plans to spend the day baking blueberry pie for a BBQ tomorrow (if so, feel free to send some my way!).

If you’re looking for a little company and a big dose of inspiration, this is a great time to check out some of the most recent episodes of In the Details. I’m telling you, there are so many A-MAZ-ING stories and insights from some pretty inspirational guests!

And I promise, there’s an episode for everyone, no matter where you are in this journey or where you’re hoping to go! Not sure which one to choose?

Need a boost of willpower? Amy Morin's got your back with her raw and relatable journey of personal growth. Want to be a productivity ninja? Curt Steinhorst spills the beans on how to stay focused and prioritize like a pro. Craving authenticity and self-acceptance? Ritu Bhasin's story will tug at your heartstrings and make you feel seen. And if you're into mind-blowing neuroscience, Dr. Rebecca Heiss's episode is an absolute must-listen.

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If you’re thinking about how to develop your mental strength and grow through painful times, check out my conversation with Amy Morin.

Amy and I are both members of a community no one wants or expects to join—the Young Widows Club—and our stories about how we got started on journeys of personal growth and healing are so similar. Amy’s a psychotherapist, so she was trained to help others process grief. But when her mother and husband died within a year of each other, she had to step back and develop her own personal toolbox for building resilience and rising to life’s challenges.

She spent three years as the editor-in-chief of Verywell Mind and is the host of The Verywell Mind Podcast, where she had the chance to interview major athletes and celebrities like Brooke Shields, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Hart, and Taye Diggs. She’s a TedX speaker (her episode is one of the top 15 of all time!) and the author of international bestsellers, including 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do and 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do.

We talked about why we can all build mental strength, no matter what our mental health challenges, and why we all need to be training our brains on a regular basis to maintain those brain gains.

And BONUS: Amy’s also the host of her own podcast, Mentally Stronger with Therapist Amy Morin, where she interviews other experts on strategies for developing mental strength; she also shares a weekly “Friday Fix,” a mental-strength-building exercise that you can incorporate into your daily life. In fact, my episode on her podcast was just released last week, and we had a chance to continue our conversation about healing through grief and rediscovering who we are meant to be.

If you’re looking to maximize your attention span and stay in the flow zone, you’re going to love the insights Curt Steinhorst has to share.

Curt’s ADHD went unidentified until he was an adult, so he had to build skills and tools that allowed him to maintain his focus and prioritize what got his attention throughout the day, things that he still uses and now teaches to others.

Today, Curt’s the author of Can I Have Your Attention?, a TEDx speaker, and the founder of Focuswise, which helps teams, leaders, and individuals learn how to develop their focus muscle.

We talked about how he leverages those lessons he learned in his childhood to help other people maximize their focus when they need to be productive and set boundaries to protect their time away from their work.

If you’ve been longing to connect with your most authentic self and develop true self-love, then I know my conversation with Ritu Bhasin is going to speak to your heart.

Ritu grew up the child of East Indian immigrants in Canada, and the pressure she felt to curate her public identity had long-reaching consequences in her life. As an adult, she embarked on a quest to find a deeper sense of belonging, and what she discovered was that it started with developing a deeper connection with herself and embracing her authentic self.

Today, Ritu is the CEO of Bhasin Consulting, Inc and an award-winning DEI expert. She’s also the author of The Authenticity Principle and We’ve Got This: Unlocking the Beauty of Belonging, which was just released last month!

If you’re working on intentionally rewiring your brain, I cannot even tell you how mind-blowing you’re going to find Dr. Rebecca Heiss’s episode.

Seriously, this conversation spoke right to my #sciencenerd soul, and I’m still thinking about the insights she shared about neuroplasticity!

Rebecca trained as an evolutionary biologist, but when she went through an intensely painful year in her own life, she started to develop a deeper interest in stress management and the physiology of stress. Using those insights, she developed her unique program, Year of Happy, founded the community The Leap, and published her book Instinct: Rewire Your Brain with Science-Backed Solutions to Increase Productivity and Achieve Success.

Rebecca and I talked about how important it is not just to rewire our brains as individuals but also how much work we humans need to do to rewire our ancestral brain. Rebecca explains why the realities of our modern world, which our caveman ancestors wouldn’t even recognize, clash with the way our human brains, which are still pretty darn similar to the ones those caveman ancestors had.

Rebecca talks about why we have to learn how to notice when that ancestral brain is taking over and develop our metacognitive skills to help move past our primal instincts.

Seriously, you won't believe the incredible stories and fresh perspectives you'll find here on In The Details. It's like a treasure trove of inspiration for anyone, no matter where you're at in life.

Remember, inspiration can come from unexpected places, and this podcast is a goldmine of wisdom and motivation. These stories will remind you that you're never alone in your struggles. So grab your earbuds, find your cozy nook, and let the captivating voices of Amy Morin, Curt Steinhorst, Ritu Bhasin, and Dr. Rebecca Heiss guide you toward a more empowered and fulfilling life.

This long weekend is your chance to recharge and reconnect with what truly matters. Let these stories nourish your soul and infuse you with fresh purpose and inspiration. Enjoy the podcast, my friend, and may this break be a game-changer on your quest for a more fulfilling and joyful life. You deserve it!


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Hi, I'm Karen! 

Hi, I'm Karen.

I've made it my life's work to teach as many people as possible about synergistic trifecta of human potential and transformation: mindfulness, positive psychology, and neuroplasticity.


This fusion creates a holistic approach to personal growth, well-being, and resilience, empowering you to thrive, navigate life's complexities with grace, and tap into your fullest potential.

​​I've worked with companies such as Nissan, Golf Channel, Google, Universal Orlando Parks & Resorts, LG and many more. 

Whether I'm teaching from stage, in a conference room, or via Zoom, my #1 mission is to help as many people as possible tap into the power of their mindset and start living more fully. Because when you become better, you make the people around you better, and that's how you make the world a little better, too. 🌱 #BetterTogether

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