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Ep. 105: WOWW – Keep It Real With Yourself

Keep It Real With Yourself

Keep It Real With YourselfBefore I launched the WOWW Campaign podcast, I took about 18 months off from entrepreneurship. I knew I was grieving the death of my grandmother, but I had no idea why our relationship was so significant in my life. “Love” was not enough of an explanation and so I waited to understand so I could move on with my life and get back to the work I love doing, which is inspiring women through storytelling.

One of the things that shifted my life drastically was when I began to be honest with myself by answering some of the hardest questions I’ve ever asked. In order to uncover the root of my pain, I had to face aspects of myself and my past that I had previously kept hidden from the world. As I’ve said in other podcast episodes, it all starts with self-awareness.

Today’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday podcast episode is about the importance of being honest with ourselves and how doing this is the gateway to many other things. Positive change results from having the courage and humility to admit to ourselves what we’ve been avoiding. I was able to launch the podcast and feel more motivated than ever when I understood where my fear came from because it separated me from the fear itself. The more I understood cause and effect, the less I revolved my identity around this emotion. “Keeping it real with yourself” paves the way for a path of self-discovery and introspection that often leads to a more fulfilling life because we become less afraid of experiencing the range of emotions that accompany all of our experiences. There’s nothing scarier than facing ourselves and once this can be done, everything else is confronted with less fear.


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Ep. 104: Janna Ronert, Founder & CEO of Image Skincare

Janna Ronert Image Skincare

Janna Ronert Image SkincareJanna Ronert is the Founder and CEO of IMAGE Skincare. In this interview, she shares what she’s learned as an entrepreneur for the past fifteen years. At each stage of her business, Janna has evolved into a different leader and also acquired insight into what it takes to run a successful company.

Janna’s story is one of perseverance and the power of determination. She’s a woman with tenacity that is not afraid to push through the obstacles. Janna shares her initial financial struggles as an entrepreneur and how she didn’t allow that to discourage her. In every aspect of her life, Janna believes in planning and setting boundaries in order to give the moment at-hand her undivided attention.

Whether it’s managing her family dynamics or learning how to better manage people, Janna shares what characteristics she believes make a difference when it comes to assimilating into each role. She’s an inspirational woman that has set and accomplished goals through hard work and dedication. Enjoy the interview with Janna Ronert.


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Joy and Cici Unfiltered – Oprah’s Speech at the Golden Globes, Definition of Supportive People, Life Lessons and What We’ve Learned From Previous Relationships

Joy and Cici Unfiltered

Joy and Cici UnfilteredWelcome to the first episode of the year of Joy and Cici Unfiltered. Twice per month, Joy Pecoraro and Cici B. (AKA The Crimson Kiss) do a collaboration where no topic is off-limits. From relationships, ex boyfriends, sex and newsworthy topics, Joy and Cici aren’t afraid to have open discussions that will hopefully lead to productive and insightful conversations. The purpose is not only to provide entertainment, but to also give the audience a multi-dimensional perspective that will encourage other purposeful conversations beyond the scope of this podcast collaboration.

In today’s episode, some of the discussion you’ll hear will be related to the following topics and subjects:

  • Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes
  • Empowering women of color
  • How the world benefits when we inspire one another
  • Their opinion on Gayle King and Stedman Graham in Oprah’s life
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with supportive individuals
  • Cici B.’s surprise announcement
  • A sneak peek into the subject of Cici B.’s upcoming book
  • What unconditional love from a person looks like
  • The importance of faith in each of their lives
  • Lessons from ex-boyfriends
  • Joy’s recent unexpected experience that led to more lessons about relationships

Enjoy today’s episode of #JoyandCiciUnfiltered on the WOWW Campaign podcast!


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Ep. 102: WOWW – Don’t Bring Your Past Into Your Present

Don't Bring Your Past Into Your Present

Don't Bring Your Past Into Your PresentToday’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday episode is about choosing to start again and not allowing your past to dictate your present actions. Because we’ve all been hurt, rejected, betrayed and disappointed, it’s important to remain aware of how these emotions leave scars that later manifest in different ways.

Many times, we react based on what we’ve previously been through, but these reactions aren’t always positive and often, close us off from the possibility of experiencing new people, relationships and opportunities. The purpose of today’s podcast episode is to remind women everywhere that while it’s important to learn from the past, it’s even more important to make a conscious effort not to allow the scars that remain in our hearts to pave the way of our future.

In both our personal and professional life, there will be hardships and challenging times. But choosing to start again requires us to continue putting our best foot forward. We should strive to give our present everything we have in order to avoid regret. “Don’t bring your past into your present” is about cherishing the lessons that painful experiences left behind but appreciating the “new” for what it is: the opportunity to begin again and create new memories that just might surprise us.


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Ep. 100: WOWW – One Step At A Time

2017 was the first year I kept and completed my New Year’s Resolutions and when I analyzed the reasons why this actually happened, it was due to small actions that I took every single day. Naturally, I want to be able to do this in 2018 as well, so what better message to kick off the New Year than a lesson about what I learned from my New Years Resolutions these past twelve months.

What I realized was that everything began with one step. Instead of focusing on the big picture, I chose to focus my attention on small things I could do on a daily basis because thinking of where I’d rather be was too overwhelming.

The New Year is a time to reflect and begin again, which is why many people set new intentions and goals for the coming year. New Year’s Resolutions are frequently made but seldom kept and until last year, I was one of those people, too. Today’s episode discusses what finally ignited the launch of the WOWW Campaign podcast and how I was able to complete 99 episodes in one year.

Taking action and changing things in your life doesn’t happen overnight and often times, requires consistent patience. All of the great leaders of the world we know of today also started somewhere and began from zero. The intention behind today’s message is to encourage you to look at your New Year’s Resolutions with a different perspective so the chances that they’re accomplished become greater and manageable. Wishing everyone a year full of prosperity joy!


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Joy and Cici Unfiltered – Lessons and Highlights From 2017, New Years Resolutions and Goals For 2018

Joy and Cici Unfiltered

Joy and Cici UnfilteredIn the last episode of the year, Joy and Cici Unfiltered discuss the lessons and highlights of 2017 including experiences with friends that have transformed the dynamics of relationships in their lives.

Cici B. and Joy Pecoraro talk about the takeaways from friendships that have ended this past year and current situations that require various straightforward communication strategies. As entrepreneurs, they also discuss their current schedule that allows for flexibility, but also requires them to work around schedules that many individuals struggle understanding and which then leads to boundaries being implemented. As usual, their conversation is full of present-day situations that may cause you to reflect on your own life and circumstances that also provide listeners with entertainment. They share what they’ve been through and where they’re headed in this coming year in a genuine and authentic manner that hopefully resonates with many listeners. You’ll hear their personal stance on New Years Resolutions and what their future professional intentions entail as well as what they’ve learned from setting previous goals.

Wishing all Joy and Cici Unfiltered listeners a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year!


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Ep. 096: WOWW-3 Lessons Learned From The First 99 Episodes

3 Things I've Learned From Recording The First 99 Episodes

3 Things I've Learned From Recording The First 99 EpisodesCrazy to think that one year ago, I was visualizing what it would be like to have the WOWW Campaign podcast launched. One year later, I’m writing about the lessons learned that this journey has taught me these past 12 months as a result of recording the first 99 episodes.

My goal was to publish one episode per week, so to have 99 episodes recorded feels somewhat surreal, but immensely gratifying. Although this path hasn’t been easy, it’s been enlightening and well worth the challenge. I’ve learned a plethora of lessons that I hope will help to inspire other entrepreneurs and encourage people to keep going.

As you’ll hear in this podcast episode, some of my darkest times have been my greatest teachers and sources of inspiration for new projects. Aside from absorbing the lessons learned, I’ve remained hungry for discovery because knowledge and evolution is infinite. I’m certain that the next 99 episodes will bring new lessons, new experiences, and new sources of inspiration. But for now, I leave you with an episode about scarcity, planning, winning, loss, consistency, and the importance of taking initiative. Enjoy!


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Ep. 094: Elsie Escobar & Jessica Kupferman, Hosts and Founders of She Podcasts

Jessica Kupferman & Elsie Escobar, Hosts and Founders of She Podcasts

Jessica Kupferman & Elsie Escobar, Hosts and Founders of She PodcastsElsie Escobar and Jessica Kupferman are the Hosts and Founders of She Podcasts. In this interview, they talk about how and why they started She Podcasts, where their community is today, life lessons they’ve learned, entrepreneurship and overcoming personal challenges.

Elsie and Jessica first started the She Podcasts Facebook community because they saw a need in the marketplace for female podcasters. Today, She Podcasts is a Facebook group of 7,000 members that serves as a network of support for women interested in gaining more knowledge about podcasting. Their own podcast came as a direct result of their group asking that a podcast like theirs exist.

With digital marketing experience, they launched their successful podcast that today helps many women start their own platform or grow what they currently have. This journey has taught them both many lessons and left them with experiences that they share during today’s episode. You’ll gain insight about leadership and how they’ve each stepped into their ever-evolving roles.

Elsie Escobar and Jessica Kupferman also talk about the impact their personal life has had and what experiences and circumstances shifted their recent perspective. Enjoy today’s interview!


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Ep. 093: WOWW-You Can’t Do It Alone

You Can't Do It Alone

You Can't Do It AloneI’ve interviewed many female leaders and there’s a common denominator that was the inspiration behind today’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday episode. Whether it’s a spouse, friend, neighbor, or your faith, we all rely on something/someone to remind us we’re not in this alone. I discuss how some of my darkest moments that came after my grandmother’s passing was due to extreme feelings associated with loneliness, which in turn led to isolation and despair.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, the purpose of today’s message is to encourage unity because regardless of our path, we need other people to navigate some of life’s challenges. In this podcast episode, you’ll hear how my faith ultimately played a positive role in my depression and was a catalyst to my recovery. Believing in something greater and ultimately, the thought that someone was by my side guiding my steps gave me strength because alone, the thought of doing life was too much to do on my own.

“You can’t do it alone” is a message I hope leaves women feeling inspired to not only help others, but also seek help for themselves. Independence is great, but it’s not the ultimate source of power and I do believe that because we need one another, we’re all better together.


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Ep. 092: Katherine Ryder, Founder & CEO of Maven Clinic

Katherine Ryder

Katherine RyderKatherine Ryder is the Founder & CEO of Maven Clinic. Maven is a women’s health company where women have the opportunity to be connected to family health providers through a digital clinic. In this podcast episode, you’ll hear Katherine share her experiences as an entrepreneur, wife, mother and journalist.

Katherine Ryder was a journalist when she decided to do something about the fact that women are underserved in the healthcare system. Maven Clinic was created from a need in the marketplace that today helps women with a wide range of healthcare needs.

During this interview with Katherine Ryder, you’ll hear her thoughts regarding “balance” and what she’s learned about managing all of her roles simultaneously. Katherine also discusses how her perspectives about women’s health began to shift when she became a mother and experienced first-hand what the healthcare system had to offer. From mental health to OBGYN needs, Maven caters to all of women’s needs that we see today.

Enjoy this insightful interview with Katherine Ryder, a woman in technology who’s changing healthcare access and paving the way for other female entrepreneurs who aspire to turn their passion into their profession, while managing to have a healthy relationship with their career and personal life.


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Ep. 090: Heidi Lovig, Founder of Heidi Ho Organics

Heidi Lovig, Founder of Heidi Ho Organics

Heidi Lovig, Founder of Heidi Ho OrganicsHeidi Lovig is the Founder of Heidi Ho Organics. You may recognize Heidi Loving due to an appearance on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank when she pitched her business to the sharks and landed an investment with Lori Greiner. Heidi is a chef and now an entrepreneur who is focused on promoting female entrepreneurship while encouraging others to do what they love. In this interview, you’ll hear Heidi share various life lessons associated with both her personal and professional life.

Bullying in her childhood led to Heidi being home schooled, but was later the catalyst for the immense feelings of empathy and compassion she now displays towards others. She shares what those experiences were like and the long-lasting impact they left on her spirit. Although many of the lessons she’s absorbed in her life have been painful and expensive, Heidi mentions that they’ve allowed for the present moment to exist, making her grateful it all happened.

This inspiring conversation is a peek into Heidi Lovig’s positive and uplifting spirit. Enjoy the episode on the WOWW Campaign podcast!


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Ep. 089: WOWW – Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Self-Care Is Not Selfish

Self-Care Is Not SelfishLately, I hear a lot of references made about the importance of “self-care” but to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what it meant or entailed. I would immediately picture myself getting a manicure whenever I’d hear this topic come up. But lately, I’ve become more curious about the idea of taking care of yourself and what that actually feels like.

The past six months have been some of the happiest times of my entire life so I’ve taken time to carefully examine the things that have contributed to these joyful {pun intended} feelings. I want to begin by clarifying that my sudden increase in happiness hasn’t come from the abolition of sad or unhappy moments. Neither has it been a result of a sudden inheritance or pile of wealth that has allowed me to travel the world. None of that has remotely happened, so like everyone else, I still have “bad” days and continue to be a motivated entrepreneur trying to grow my platform.

The cause of my happiness has been because of “self-care” and the fact that I finally know what that means for me. Taking care of yourself is not selfish and in fact, it should be required. You can’t give to others what you don’t give to yourself, so it’s important to define those parameters sooner than later. I learned that saying “no” isn’t difficult for me to do and when I agree to circumstances or people that go against who I truly am, it doesn’t feel good in my body and sooner or later, ends up manifesting in negative ways. Therefore, I started to say ‘no’ a lot more often while creating boundaries in my friendships and relationships so I could remain true to myself. This resulted in spending less time with people that had gone way past their expiration date in my life. I learned that everyone isn’t meant to stay forever and taking care of myself, actually putting self-care into practice, meant being honest.

For the first time in months, I recently took a day off to act like a tourist. I realized that I refrained from doing non-working activities because my childhood taught me that in order to be valued, doing something/anything was necessary. I felt worthless when I wasn’t working, so I always worked. But one of the greatest epiphanies I’ve had has been related to my work and this podcast. I’ve come to the conclusion that self-care is everything that makes your heart sing and for some, that includes the professional work you do or how you make a living. I’m lucky to be in a field that speaks to my soul on a daily basis and even though it’s hard for many to believe that I rather be working than doing almost anything else, it’s true. In this episode of Words of Wisdom Wednesday, I talk about the importance of self-care, what that looks like for me and why I feel the need to encourage other women to seek similar feelings within themselves.


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Joy and Cici Unfiltered – Healthy Choices, Importance of “Recharging,” Tough Conversations Between Friends & A Surprise Announcement

Joy and Cici Unfiltered

Joy and Cici UnfilteredJoy and Cici Unfiltered is a bi-monthly collaboration between Cici B. {@TheCrimsonKiss} and Joy Pecoraro {@WOWWcampaign}. #JoyandCiciUnfiltered is a podcast collaboration aimed at discussing various topics centered around relationships, friendships, entrepreneurship, personal development and other experiences that have resulted in life lessons. These conversations between Joy Pecoraro and Cici B. are meant to be entertaining, inspiring and encouraging.

In today’s podcast episode of Joy and Cici Unfiltered, you’ll hear about how they’ve each been impacted by their recent health choices and the importance of consistency whenever a change is desired. They also discuss how they each “recharge” and the tools/habits they implement to regain energy or push through a difficult circumstance that may result in a decrease of emotional, mental and physical energy. Joy Pecoraro talks about how consuming local-grown foods has improved her overall well-being as well as incorporating daily habits that provide a sense of inspiration in order to keep a positive mindset. Cici B. discusses the impact that sleep has on her life and how essential it is that she physically rest whenever she starts to notice that her energy levels are low. In this episode, you’ll also hear Cici B. talk about the changes she’s noticed since deciding to focus on recent healthier food choices.

During their conversation, they also address a question from a listener about how to deal with a friendship that no longer adds value to your life. Tough conversations between friends is inevitable, but often necessary. However, it’s sometimes impossible to have successful tough conversations with friends due to different personality traits. Do you “ghost” them or tell them that the friendship needs to end? Cici B. and Joy each share a personal experience that resembles each outcome and why they chose to go that route. In conclusion, they emphasize that every relationship is different and because dynamics and circumstances vary, it’s important to assess everything accordingly since there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

Joy and Cici discuss many different topics during their conversation, but during today’s podcast episode, you’ll also hear a surprise announcement for all listeners about something exciting they have planned in 2018. All links referenced in today’s episode are below and please feel free to share #JoyandCiciUnfiltered with others. **A friendly reminder: Mature audience only since this episode contains profanity and adult content.**


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Ep. 088: Liat Mordechay Hertanu, Co-Founder & CMO of 24me App

Liat Hertanu

Liat HertanuLiat Mordechay Hertanu is the Co-Founder & CMO of 24me and a woman in tech. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, she shares her experiences and life lessons with WOWW Campaign in a candid and inspirational podcast interview. With more than 2 million apps in the marketplace, in 2014, 24me was awarded “One of the Best Apps” by Apple. 24me is available in more than 13 different languages, including Spanish. Liat and her husband are life partners and business partners as well. They started their technology company together and today, manage both their household and business side-by-side.

In this episode, Liat shares how she always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur and why she studied Computer Science. She also goes into detail about the many benefits that came alongside this major and why she encourages women everywhere to go into this field of study. As a computer science major, Liat Hertanu discusses the many opportunities she’s been exposed to as a result of her technical background and experience.

During the episode, you’ll hear how Liat feels about simultaneously being an entrepreneur and mother and how she successfully manages both without being tied to the idea of perfectionism. While 24me and her children both demand her time and attention, Liat Hertanu understands that it’s impossible to be in all places at the same time while equally dividing herself. Her vulnerability and ability to be honest about the many different aspects of her life make this an interview you don’t want to miss.


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Ep. 086: Alexandra Molina, Associate Board Member of Covenant House

Alex Molina Covenant House

Alex Molina Covenant HouseI first knew of Alex Molina’s story on the Oprah Winfrey Show years ago during an episode that I’m sure no one remembers {kidding}: the one where everyone got a car. During this episode, Alex received a makeover as well as other gifts that would later pave the way for the new trajectory her life was getting ready to embark on.

Super Soul Sunday recently did a short segment at the end of one of their episodes featuring Alex Molina’s life and how things had come full circle for her. The non-profit organization that once became her home, Covenant House, was now her place of work and she was giving back in ways that she hadn’t previously imagined. During this segment, Alex was seen speaking about her life, her experiences, and some of the lessons she had gathered along the way. I knew I had to interview her when I couldn’t stop thinking about her story and how she managed to now have such a positive perspective after everything she had gone through.

Tears filled my eyes for what seemed like hours and the next morning, I knew interviewing Alex Molina would be one of the last conversations I’d have in 2017. Her energy and contagious optimistic way of looking at life is felt throughout the interview. Above all, her sense of gratitude for “what is” versus “what could’ve been” is something I hope everyone takes away from her story. From growing up in foster homes to being granted emancipation, Alex found a home in people, Covenant House and through unexpected circumstances that today, make her the strong woman I had the privilege of interviewing.

Alex Molina’s story is one of resilience, faith, perseverance and unconditional love. My hope is that everyone that listens to this interview is equally as inspired as I was and that when we’re going through a challenging time in our life, we recall her story and remember that regardless of how things may seem right now, there’s always a way through as long as we choose to keep going.


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Ep. 085: WOWW – Distance From People Can Be Good For The Soul

Distance From People Can Be Good For The Soul

Distance From People Can Be Good For The SoulToday’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday podcast episode is about the importance of choosing your surroundings wisely, including people you allow into your life. We often hear the words “the more the merrier,” but this isn’t necessarily true. Sometimes, our souls need to be protected and ‘distance’ happens to be the cure.

Distance creates space, both physically and mentally. It’s true that we often appreciate what we have once it’s no longer available. That’s not to say that only through alienation will we feel gratitude because we can be grateful when we’re close to others, too. However, space, silence, distance and solitude can be used for the positive. We often notice a shift in some way and this helps us clarify whether this is a relationship worth keeping or not. Distance between two individuals should be seen as something positive and a tool that can only benefit us in the long-run.

When two people separate, they either come back together or stay apart and when the separation is permanent, most people realize they’re better off without the other, which is a win for all parties involved. Fear often keeps us from exploring this space and therefore, we fight to keep things unified when maybe there’s nothing left to salvage. Today’s message was recorded to inspire you and encourage you to look at these scenarios with an optimistic mindset. We learn and grow through our experiences and practicing these messages, which is why it’s important that they’re discussed. Distance from people isn’t always a negative outcome and today’s Words of Wisdom explores the many different ways that this has been true in my life.


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Ep. 084: Julie Campistron and Jamie Price, Founders of Stop, Breathe & Think App

Founders of Stop, Breathe & Think App

Founders of Stop, Breathe & Think AppJulie Campistron and Jamie Price are the Founders of Stop, Breathe & Think. I first discovered them on Apple’s show, Planet of the Apps. In this podcast interview, they share their background, how they met, the lessons they’ve learned along the way, and how they manage to be mothers while being part of a startup.

Julie and Jami came from a corporate and non-profit environment before joining forces and making it their mission to encourage meditation and stillness through their app. They talk about how meditation has helped them in their personal life during difficult times, such as grief and loss. Slowing down increased their focus and level of acceptance, whether it was learning to manage their demanding careers or the passing of difficult emotions as they surfaced. Because meditation and stillness is something I’ve incorporated into my daily routine, I was curious to know how their path led them to become entrepreneurs.

During our conversation, you’ll hear them discuss details about personal circumstances that paved the way to their present and future. Through various professional changes and experiences, Julie and Jamie talk about the how they believe that each one of those moments served as a building block for their personal and professional growth. They’ve learned to prioritize under the pressure that comes with the technology startup space, and along the way, have picked up tools and resources that they continue to apply in their business, Stop, Breathe & Think. In this interview, you’ll hear inspiring lessons from two women that are paving the way for others, including mothers and aspiring entrepreneurs.


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Joy and Cici Unfiltered – Dating Apps, Supportive Friends & The Importance of Communicating When You’re Dating

Joy and Cici Unfiltered

Joy and Cici UnfilteredIn this episode of Joy and Cici Unfiltered, Cici B. {AKA @TheCrimsonKiss} and I discuss the frien

dships, dating apps, dating dynamics, relationship experiences and more. We discuss the importance of being selective with your friends and the difference between how we choose who we surround ourself with now vs. before. Not everyone is happy for you when success knocks at your door, regardless of the circumstances the other person is under, which is one of the things we discuss in today’s podcast episode. Cheering for others’ accomplishments is an important characteristic in a friend, especially when you desire to grow and continue to evolve in different areas of your life.

I also explain to Cici B. the dynamics and fundamental premise of dating apps such as Bumble and Tinder. Our different approaches to dating make this conversation interesting because of our mentality and person experiences in the world of dating. Cici B. enjoys a more traditional approach and has never dated a complete stranger, while I thoroughly enjoy “small talk” and love getting to know people that our outside of any of my circles. I discuss my preferences regarding “dating profiles” and my current and previous positive experiences with  the online dating world.

Also in the dating realm, we answer listener questions related to “how to know if a guy is into you when you first start dating?” We emphasize the importance of verbal conversations and encouraging a dialogue to get the answer you seek versus assuming that a scenario is something it’s not. Cici B. and I also talk about the fact that since different people show their affection in different ways, it’s essential that we pay attention to our present situation versus comparing or contrasting against a standard that may or may not actually exist or be relevant in our life.

Overall, this episode is filled with personal testimonials about the topics we discuss, which always incorporates our multi-dimensional perspectives. As always, all things discussed in today’s episode can be found using the links below. Enjoy another episode of Joy and Cici Unfiltered!


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Ep. 083: WOWW-3 Things I Do When I’m Feeling Blue

3 Things I Do When I'm Feeling Blue

3 Things I Do When I'm Feeling BlueToday’s Words of Wisdom Wednesday episode is about mental health and the importance behind implementing tools that make you feel better or put you in a healthier state-of-mind. As I’ve mentioned before in previous podcast episodes, depression has been something I’ve struggled with consistently and only recently have I started to recognize which small changes in my daily routine help influence my mindset.

In this episode, I talk about the three things I do when I’m feeling blue in hopes of inspiring others to seek understanding behind their own personal struggles and circumstances. The three things I do are:

  1. Organize my personal space.
  2. Read with Frankie {WOWW Campaign’s Chief Motivation Officer AKA my dog}.
  3. Do tasks related to work productivity.
1. Organize my personal space.

Organizing my external surroundings instantly makes my internal world more peaceful. By nature, I’m the type of person that appreciates things being in their place and a sense of cleanliness. In the darkest moments of my depression, I noticed a pattern that was not reflective of who I truly am. I realized that anytime I didn’t feel at peace with myself, my home was usually disorganized as well, which has never been a habit of mine. When I started to do things around my house that were parallel with how I actually wanted to feel internally, it was instantaneously satisfying, so I did more of this. And during difficult times, I make a conscious effort to keep things around me in their place, not because it gives me a sense of control, but rather because it brings me happiness and a sense of stability that reminds me of my potential and where I aim to be.

2. Reading with Frankie.

I used to think that I’d read one book and then it’d lead to a permanent state of enlightenment. Not sure what I was thinking, but I know now that’s not the case. In fact, I’d crave inspiration when I wasn’t reading a book early in the morning or before going to sleep at night, so I began to pay closer attention to the feelings reading would bring me. What I noticed was that I felt “lighter” and more at peace when I was learning and acquiring knowledge in some way. It made me feel like I was moving in a positive direction or simply that I was moving forward, in general. Over time, I learned to be more consistent about my reading habits so I could benefit from the effects this habit had on my mental health. Luckily, I discovered Kindle Unlimited, which I immediately subscribed to in order to read many different books per month and as a result, improve my overall well-being.

3. Doing tasks related to work productivity.

No matter how small the task, I don’t allow my depression to knock me out like it once did. It used to show up and I’d be “paralyzed” for days, sometimes weeks. One day, I decided to do something as simple as check my email even though I didn’t even have the energy to eat. I felt useful, even for those few moments, but it was a positive feeling that left it’s imprint. So the next time I was feeling depressed, I again forced myself to make a phone call or contact a client. Little by little, these small tasks became addicting during these dark periods because it felt better than not doing anything at all. In time, I wanted to do more productive actionable tasks that would lead to an accumulation of an entire workday. Noticing these things required a tremendous amount of self-awareness and vulnerability because it wasn’t easy to admit that there was a problem to begin with. These observations became tools and in-time, valuable assets that never expire and have a positive ROI on my business, but on my physical and mental health as well.


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Ep. 081: WOWW – How Thinking “We’re All In This Together” Helped Me Have Compassion Towards My Exes

We're All In This Together

We're All In This TogetherI love talking about relationships and the lessons that various circumstances left behind in my life. Because of this, I decided to write a book titled: 10 Lessons My Exes Left Behind. If you’d like to know when it’ll be available on Amazon, sign up to our newsletter using this link.

Today’s message is about empathy and how realizing that we’re more similar than we are different helped me feel compassion and empathy towards ex boyfriends that I once felt didn’t deserve any of these emotions from me. In this podcast episode, I talk about how my faith and believing that we all come from the same “Source” influenced my perspective by eliminating hierarchy between personalities and individuals. Realizing that we all feel pain and heartache but maybe show it in different ways allowed me to feel closer to people that I had previously rejected.

In no way does this mean that we should allow everyone into our life because of these similarities. Rather, this perspective should serve to help us heal and let go of situations and people by not allowing feelings of anger or remorse to feed our ego. “We are all in this together” is a reminder that we all have our highs and lows and we all make mistakes in different areas of our life. The magnitude of our mistakes don’t make one person better than the other. On the contrary, I’ve learned that many of the experiences and feelings we encounter are inevitable because life is full of suffering. Therefore, these similarities among human beings should support why we should forgive more often, exhibit compassion and remember that we are all in this together.


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