How Self-Improvement Starts with Self-LOVE || with Andi Veenker

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


“The second you start doing something, you change your state.”

Andi Veenker is a fitness wizard and self-help fanatic.  But here's the best thing about her--she preaches that nothing will fix you (no book, no weight on the scale, no achievement, no nothing) UNTIL you love yourself first.  And in order to find that self-love, you need to do something.  (Does that sound familiar?)

Andi is on the show to share how she learned to face depression head on by doing something about it as early on as possible (in contrast to her first round with postpartum depression).  She teaches us how filling your life with daily small-to-great courageous acts will empower you to face those mental demons and create something spectacular with your life.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!





Show Notes
Andi's Instagram and Website
Last week's episode on JOY
Worth Of Souls Project--where you can get the album, find out more about it and the project, and explore resources.  PLEASE SHARE IT!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas




JOY--how you can have it, and now

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

"Joy [is] a spiritual way of engaging with the world that's connected to practicing gratitude."
~Brene Brown

If you've been working on happiness, get ready to up-level it to JOY.  

Joy is different than happiness. It's deeper and more eternal in nature and effect.  It's earned through opposition. It's chosen and cultivated.  And when the going REALLY gets tough, the good news is that "joy" will be there for us.

In this episode, we go deep in discussing why joy is different and longer lasting than happiness, and how we can choose it by focusing on:

1) Keeping Perspective
2) Being Present
3) Maintaining a Practice of Gratitude


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (affiliate amazon link)
Last week's episode with Paul Cardall, Kenz Hall, and Charley Jenkins: 
Worth Of Souls Project--where you can get the album, find out more about it and the project, and explore resources.  PLEASE SHARE IT!
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
More Podcasts from About Progress

Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Discovering Your Worth Through Music || with Paul Cardall, Kenz Hall, and Charley Jenkins

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


"We need to create something for someone else that they might not be able to create themselves."     
~Charley Jenkins                        

Surely, we can all agree that music has defined our lives from time to time--but what about save our lives?

That's exactly what the Worth of Souls project and album is trying to do.  Paul Cardall and a troop of incredible artists collaborated to create a movement designed to save people who are at the brink of complete despair, to pull them back from depression, doubt, anxiety, negativity, and worthlessness.  

Paul and two of his artists--Kenz Hall and Charley Jenkins--joined the podcast today to talk about the project and why they're passionate about it, the mission behind their songs, and how music has the unique ability to change--and even rescue--lives by reminding us all of our eternal value.


You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!


Show Notes
Worth Of Souls Project--where you can get the album, find out more about it and the project, and explore resources.  PLEASE SHARE IT!
Paul's website, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook
Kenz's website, Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook
Charley's website, YouTube, and Facebook
PAST INTERVIEW WITH PAUL
Last week's episode: Managing Our Thoughts to Find More Joy in Parenthood, with Lisa Andersen
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Managing our Thoughts to Find more Joy in Parenthood

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"We can flip our thinking about our kids.  They don't make us feel any certain way.  It's us.  We have that control."

You want to know a magical trick for parenting?  You're in charge.

I know, revolutionary right?  But really--you are in charge.  However, not in the way you might think.  Here's how:

You're in charge of YOURSELF.  Your thoughts, your emotions, and your actions.  Regardless of what your kids do and who they are (after all you can do to teach them, of course!), only you can manage how you show up around your kids.  

It's not your kids' fault when you're up to your neck with stress, anger, bitterness, fear, and anxiety about parenting them.  That's on you!  The good news is that because of this, you can actually shift how you feel about your kids and parenting--and you are truly capable of doing so.

If you want more joy and less resentment/guilt in your parenthood journey, listen in to this episode with Lisa Andersen from @thrivingmotherhood.  She is brilliant at instructing us how to better manage our thinking so that we find more fulfillment in our parenthood and by extension increase our capacity to better guide our children to manage their own thinking, emotions, and actions.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Overcoming The Complexities of Our Childhoods || with Rachel Nielson

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

“Think of your own child being that scared and how you would comfort them.  Treat yourself with similar grace.”   

Rachel Nielson didn't realize how much her mother's long battle with cancer affected her childhood until it was affecting her adulthood, and badly.  She found herself stuck in a terrible cycle of self-hatred and perfectionism, coupled with a Savior's-complex within her relationships.  Years of therapy and growth taught Rachel how to move beyond the trauma of her youth and better embrace her present and, most importantly, herself.

Rachel is on the podcast to teach us what we can do to move past the insecurities, bad relationships, poor influences, sadnesses, and traumas of our childhoods and better create the life we want to live.  She also shares how she learned to embrace grace in how she views her parents and extend that grace to her own life as well.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!




Show Notes
Rachel's Website, Podcast, and Instagram
Last week's episode: Are you Happy?
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica for coaching or consultations
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

Are You Happy?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Today, I sat on the couch reading my boys a book.  I was running on just a few hours of sleep, I hadn't showered for two days or even brushed my hair (#newbornlife), my outfit involved the few items I can actually squeeze into, my house was a mess, and I couldn't finish one thing I started without 20 million interruptions.  BUT, I felt happy.

Let me ask you this: are you happy?

Why is it that most of us would have a really hard time answering that question?  Well, I have a lot of theories.

People too often have the wrong idea of what happiness actually looks like (it's not rainbows and butterflies, people!), and they hinge it on their circumstances or others.

I've been guilty of this.  Oh, have I been guilty!  (Sorry, husband, for all the times I made your responsible for my happiness!) So today's podcast is devoted to my thoughts on happiness--what it REALLY looks like, and three ways we can work on our happiness right now, right here.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!



Show Notes
Last week's episode: How to Find Real Strength in Vulnerability || with Preston Pugmire
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas

How to Find Real Strength in Vulnerability || with Preston Pugmire

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

“Weakness is pretending that you’re not feeling emotions, [and thereby] denying yourself of that humanity.”

If you haven't heard of Preston Pugmire, get yourself acquainted quick.  This "renaissance man" has a lot to say and it's going to change your life.

Preston--a speaker, life coach, musician, and podcaster (Next Level Life)--teaches us how to free ourselves from shame, guilt, and perfectionism by tearing down the facades we've created and getting to the heart of who we truly are.  In other words, VULNERABILITY.  Preston himself knows what this looks like first-hand, as he unexpectedly had his own facade torn down and his true self become exposed.  Living life more authentically has transformed everything for the better and Preston believes it can transform our lives as well.

Preston speaks about how men in particular are imprisoned emotionally--and by extension, in every other way--by not allowing themselves to explore their real, authentic identity.  For us all, Preston teaches how we can discover that our greatest strength comes from our vulnerability.

You can listen to this podcast below, or on iTunesSoundcloudStitcherPocketcastsGoogleplay, or search for "About Progress" wherever you get your podcasts.  If you like the show, please subscribe!!


Show Notes
Last week's episode: Arming Kids Against Pornography
Monica's Facebook and Instagram
Monat Natural, Anti-Aging Hair Care: Contact Monica to learn more, OR research via her Monat Instagram and website
Related: Monica's views on Sponsorship and WHY she's partnering with Monat
Fabletics! Get 2 leggings for $24 when you become a VIP member (they're the besssssst!) (Affiliate link)
Free Audiobook through Audible(Affiliate link)
Contact Monica
More Podcasts from About Progress
Song Credit: "Sweet Promise" and "Tonight" by Nicolai Heidlas
 
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