Katie WONDERS No. 010 | July Gratitudes ft. Summer Essentials, Jen Sincero, Local Friends, Hair Care + More!


Welcome to episode 10 of my podcast mini series Katie WONDERS. In these episodes I share all the things I’ve been exploring and loving over the past month. You can read more about the concept in this post where I explained it.

I’m really so grateful for YOU (all my listeners).  Do you like these episodes? Any categories I’m not covering? Have favorite parts? I’d love to hear your feedback. There are lots of ways to share your thoughts and ideas about the pod::

1. Leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play or any other pod player you use.

2. Send me an email telling me your thoughts, what you are loving, what you want to see more of…

3. Join the Facebook Group for the podcast here and post your thoughts there.

4. Give me a shout on social media (@katiedalebout) with ideas, feedback, and more.

The links and notes for everything I mentioned in this episode are below. If you have any questions, things you want to share with me or just want to say hi the best way to do that is to join the extended conversation in the Facebook Group.  Enjoy!


-MY BOOK  ? Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling
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Flower Phone Case
-Favorite Dress from Urban Outfitters (this color & this one)
Libby’s Goldeluxe Jewelry
-Rae’s Paper & Wax Wall Hangings & Candles
Northbooks Journals

Libby & Rae (see above for their cool products I’m loving)
Haley — amazing for Instagram of plants (@phoebebotanicals)
Holly — event with her, Back To You Detroit, come!
-My bff & ‘little sister’ Amanda, follow her & her new cool website.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

Love Alexi
The Actor’s Diet Podcast
One Part Plant
Magic Lessons 
Ladies Who Lunch
Dear Sugar

Captain Fantastic – highly recommend this one.
Cafe Society — new Woody Allen movie, not my favorite favorite but still worth checking out if you appreciate Woody Allen

The Village Parlor – my friend’s new salon I ‘modeled’ for here.
Dry Shampoo  + Shimmering Lights Purple Shampoo + Avocado Conditioner for my hair (this is the esty shop Amanda got it from, unfortunately we can’t find the link to the exact product yet but when we do I’ll update it here.)

Drake’s album Views
Avett Brother’s new album
New ‘Throw Back’ Radio Station in Detroit — 105.1 fm
-My Summer Spotify Playlist. 

SoDelicious Ice Cream with barely any sugar.

Theme song::
I Wonder by Kanye West

Listen on iTunes here & if you like the show please leave a review.

July Meanderings.




New month means Monthly Meanderings in Wonderland which are things that have genuinely inspired me around the web. They are live below and ready to be explored. Comment below what is inspiring you around the internet lately. I’ll have a new monthly Favorites // Gratitudes video for you later this week. Until then, enjoy the rest of the internet. Until I see you again here keep in touch with me on Facebook & Instagram (above are some Insta-glimpses into my past month). I’m still loving Snapchat now so join me there. Oh and I’m hosting a masterclass about how to find mentors with my friend Anita, RSVP here if you want to come.

This podcast episode with two of my favs Rob Bell and Elizabeth Gilbert changed legit everything for me when I heard it. 

-Do we need better birth control? Ricki Lake+Abby Epstein are asking the big questions. Support their new doc it is so awesome and important. 

Want to see my trip to Tampa? No problem my friend Alex Beadon is a master vlogger and documented it in vivid detail. 

Mara Hoffman yoga mat.

-I’m obsessed with Frances Ha and you should watch it ASAP if you haven’t already. I love Greta Gerwig & Tavi so much. This interview was rad. 

This film touched me so. You should take a half-hour to become aware of this disease. It will instantly increase gratitude.

She woke up like this. A beautiful photo essay, reminds me of my signature question on WWRadio of what peoples morning routines are. I would love to create these with my interviews, someday.

Love this interview with Kyle Gray and Jordan Bach about Angels. 

Loved this TED talk. 

So happy this movie is being made. 

Future office inspiration. 

Amazing article and interview about body image, fitness, and GIRLS with Jemima Kirke…like seriously so good. 

Tavi is everything. 

Kale granola. 

A beautiful blog post from someone I went to college with about breakups that made me laugh, cry, and feel. 

Kathryn Budig’s talk on body image and being a “real woman” is so amazing. You must drop everything & watch immediately. It’s that good. 

How fun does Soul Camp look? Sleep-away camp for adults. FUN!  Use the discount code “WONDERLAND” for 20% off!

-Two of my favorite WWRadio guests jammed on the Food Psych Podcast this month and it was one of my favorite episodes of a podcast ever. Listen here. 

This is amazing. 

Fascinating article from Elizabeth Gilbert in the NY Times.

-Speaking of my girl Liz, How’s the reading going for book club guys? Ready for our discussion on Tuesday? Any feedback on what you’d like to discuss? I want it to be a really chill conversation so I’m not going to be preparing much I rather just see what comes up.


Ode to Elizabeth Gilbert + Eat Pray Love Book Club

Elizabeth-GilbertCat is out of the bag that I’m majorly obsessed with all things Elizabeth Gilbert. I gush about her like a ninth grade girl does about her new crush. I’m re-reading, well actually listening, on Audible to the Elizabeth Gilbert library in preparation for her new book Big Magic coming out on September 22 (yes that’s my lucky number, thanks Liz) which I’m beyond psyched about.

Anyways, as I listen to the Eat, Pray, Love on my walks and drives I find myself savoring it like a really good piece of food. I love every bit of it: the words she chooses, the accents she does for the myriad of characters she introduces in her book, and the lessons I’m acquiring while simultaneously being massively entertained and engrossed in the story. I don’t want it to be over (luckily she has many amazing books) so I decided to enlist my friends (all of you guys) to have a book club with me about it. If you want in just start listening // reading.

large I picked this book because it has many themes that are particularly relevant for myself, my clients and my friends.

Namely, the intensity of emotion from ending relationships, the cultivation of pleasure (especially through food), and the excitement & discomfort of creating a spiritual practice of your own understanding.

All things I’ve been though or rather constantly go through & coach peeps through, so it was nice to sit back and have a book read to me about all the issues I’m going through and helping people through. As she says in the Italy section of the book countless times, “I’ve been there.” and clearly Liz has too. If you feel like joining our little mini book club, I’d love to have you and hey it’s not school so if you just watch the movie  and still want to come there’s no grade so you’re welcome to! (but you should totally listen to it on audible because it’s rad.) Info on that will be sent out in email so make sure you’re on my VIP list or on my FB.

Either way below I’m going to share all my favorite things about Eat Pray Love & it’s author I admire so much. Liz Gilbert couldn’t be further from a one-trick-pony (did you the movie Coyote Ugly was based off an article she wrote for GQ in the 90s?) so below you’ll see all the massive inspiration and creativity she gives to the world through yes her books but also her talks, interview, and just random things I love about her.

Without Further ado 10 cool ways Liz Gilbert has inspired me :::

1. PLEASURE  I once said this mantra to my friends. “Pleasure is your roadmap, follow the fun.” It just poured out of me but I think Elizabeth Gilbert was the one who taught me this. The first section of Eat, Pray, Love when she’s living in Italy is all about PLEASURE and she really does use it as her guidebook for where to go. She finds pleasure in learning the Italian language, meeting new people, but above all from food. This concept of finding pleasure from food (especially authentic Italian food) is not some distant far-out concept, food is something the majority of people find pleasure in, but it’s something I didn’t find pleasure in for a while. Rather food taunted me. It was my greatest source of pain–a far cry from the way Liz relates to it in this section of her book. Reading her Italy chapter had a profound impact in my eating disorder healing. I remember thinking at one point, “Enough is enough, I want to enjoy food like Liz does.” In that moment, I was so over exclusively eating super-foods for fear of changing my body, in fact Liz does quite the opposite in her book, she embraces her changing body and trusts it will bounce back after her months of continuous eating and zero yoga (chapter 6). And guess what? (spoiler alert) it does. In fact, she’s healthier than ever and a few pants sizes bigger. Confirmed the fact that weight is not an indicator of health.

Luckily they did this scene justice in the film version.

There’s this scene in the book where she goes to the farmers market buys fresh asparagus, goat cheese, and a plum takes it back to her apartment plates it beautifully and goes and sits in a patch of bright sun with her Italian newspaper to read her one Italian article of the day. The way she describes this in the book is so beautiful and that scene became my ideal…my ideal for how I think every meal should be eaten ideally. Full on pleasure, awareness, freshness, and a side of sunshine.

I bring this full on pleasure into all areas of my life now. Yes pleasure from food but also from how I wash my face at night to how I dress, to how I work, all inspired by the Italy section of this book.

2. WORDS– She’s so great with words. I know duh she’s a writer and that’s her job and yes, that’s true, but what I really love about her work is that she writes like she speaks. A tendency I pride myself with doing as well but I have no choice because it’s all I can do. I actually don’t know how to write only how to speak so I just do that but typed and I love that it feels like she’s doing that too. Even in her massive amazing novel about 19th Century botany, The Signature Of All Things, Liz’s voice that I love so much remained. Even her usage of language and dialog is on-point. In Eat, Pray, Love  she so loves the Italian word ‘attraversiamo‘ which means ‘let’s cross over.’ I find myself saying it it my mind for fun now every time I cross the street. There is so much sincerity in every aspect of the book even the way she writes the broken English dialog as we meet the fascinating cast of characters that become her homies throughout her travels. That sincerity is magnified immensely when you listen to it on audiobook (yes she reads her own memoir, thank God) because Liz is a master at accents. Her impression of these people (perhaps because she was actually there) gave me a better depiction of them than even the movie did.

3. PRAYER– Her quest for finding God through finding herself in this book is something I connect with deeply. I’ve been on something of a quest to find both things in the past few years only I’ve done so staying on one continent. There are so many valuable lessons about prayer and developing a spiritual connection of your own understanding through this book that I can’t even count. But mainly the theme of collaging together pieces of philosophies, religions, and cultures is what I resonate with most. That’s what I’ve been I’ve been doing for the past few years on my spiritual path. I realize now without guilt that I can take the parts of all the religions and spiritual practices that I like and leave the rest. I believe there is both truth and dogma in all religions and spiritual practices. The truth is we all have to take our time to find what works for us. Taking what resonates and leaving what doesn’t seems simple yet there’s another step you have to do to make that work. To know what resonates for you, you first have to know you. Getting to know yourself has to be the first step to figuring out what works for you in cultivating a spiritual connection of your own understanding. I help my clients with this all the time. First I coach them to “date themselves” aka figure out who they authentically are and what they even enjoy // brings them pleasure, then we can dive into life purpose and developing a spiritual connection of their own understanding.

Laura in Greece, being all artistic and cool.
Laura and her cool boyfriend Anthony just you know, relaxing all cool by the beach. omg. How cool are they? I can’t even handle.

4. TRAVEL– Nothing on earth makes me feel more free than being alone on an airplane. Whether I’m going to New York, which I do fairly often or travel to another continent which I don’t do nearly often enough, few scenarios make me feel more free. I always get this feeling when the plane is about to take of where I think, ‘Woah I could have somehow gotten on the wrong plane and end up anywhere in the world.’ While that probably terrifies most, weirdly I’m comforted by it because this makes me feel invincible and like I’m magic and with the snap of a finger I could literally end up anywhere. Which is basically true, except the snap of the figure is money, time, and a passport.  There’s this part in the book where Liz Gilbert talks about her love for travel and that it is just a part of her, I resonated with that. I think there are some of us who value travel more than others. For instance, I heard this podcast with her and her friend and fellow author Anne Patchet where they discuss Anne’s nature as a homebody who has no real interest to see the world in the way Liz does // did // still is. I’ve decided for myself I have that travel bone. Even since I studied abroad in college and got to travel to Spain, Portugal, and Italy I’ve been itching to do it again and rereading this book only made that itch stronger than ever. Bottom line:: to me there is nothing more freeing than travel and you have permission to do it if it is a value of yours. It’s not that hard. If it’s a value you’ll make it happen, you’ll save the money you’ll get the flexibility at work, whatever basically the stars will align but YOU have to make the choice to set things in motion. My best friend Laura (yes she’s the creative genius behind why anything I do in WWLand looks cool) is a perfect example of this. She wanted to travel but she had a really awesome full-time job, however she still made it happen. All she had to do was ask and next thing she knew she was on a plane to Greece, Turkey, and Bali. Since then she lives in Australia with her rad boyfriend she met on that trip. Now I know what you’re thinking, she should write a book about this it sounds like a modern day Eat, Pray, Love situation (I’m on her, hopefully she will) but for now be inspired by her story and let it show you that if you value travel you CAN travel. I can. We all can. I’ve gotta take my own medicine on this one…brb. Planning my next trip, I will be accountable on Instagram.

5. LOVE – Now this one I’m admittedly still figuring out but what I realize now, is that all of the above must be in tiptop shape before this one can even remotely come together, as proved by Liz in Eat, Pray, Love. There’s a reason why she doesn’t meet her Javier Bardem until the very end of the book, she had to get her inner shit together first. Once we do the following things and do them well; find ourselves, find a spiritual connection of our own understanding, fill ourselves with pleasure, and feel free through whatever that means to you (perhaps travel but not limited to that), then it’s inevitable that you’ll need a new assignment–a new stomping ground to learn and grow and that’s when the Universe will bring you a relationship aka your next teacher for personal growth. Relationships are assignments to bring up all our stuff, they become our mirrors and our guides, they teach us what we need to know. We can’t however, look to a relationship or a romantic partner to heal everything in our lives, we have to do that for ourselves first like Liz and Laura and I are // have done in our own unique ways. It’s a process, sometimes slow but your relationship will be the gravy on your already buttery fluffy mashed potatoes not the entire warm dinner plate…fill yourself in other ways so you’re not asking too much from the relationship, because let me tell you “Be everything to me, I need you.” is not a good pick up line. When you find someone from that place of wholeness, you’re attracting a really cool person. For example, just watch this video real quick about the type of dude Elizabeth Gilbert attracted.

Well that’s my wisdom on all of this. If you want to join my spur of the moment book club get on my VIP list & I’ll send you an invite. Until them eat, pray, and love. A lot. Oh and if you need the book, get it on audible, I’m telling you it’s so much better when the real author reads it to you omg.


May 2015 Monthly Gratitudes // Favorites

So psyched to share what I loved in May with you guys. It’s way fun to get to be a curator of awesome things that I’m grateful for and share them with you. Below are the links to everything I shared in the video. If you have any questions let me know & let me know in the comments what you loved this month. oh and if you missed last month’s April video here’s that.

1. Sea Clear on Thrive Market –Thrive Market itself is actually one of my favs. With every purchase they help low income families get access to healthy food. Rad.
2. Avocado Soap 
3. Peal Essence Imbibe Product  
4. Epic Blend Lip Balm
5.. Urban Outfitters Heels 
6. Audible specifically listening to Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert  
7. App of the month: Snapchat @KatieDalebout join the party there.

June Meanderings!

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What’s up guys? Happy June. How are we half way through the year? Crazy right? Anyways May was a great month I visited friends in Florida and two days ago say Taylor Swift live which was rad. I’ll have a new monthly May Favorites // Gratitudes video for you later this week. Until then, enjoy the rest of the internet. New month means Monthly Meanderings in Wonderland which are things that have genuinely inspired me around the web. Comment below what is inspiring you around the internet lately. Until I see you again here keep in touch with me on Facebook & Instagram (above are some Insta-glimpses into my past month). oh and most importantly I LOVE Snapchat now so please join me there. It’s so real and raw and fun and um yeah I love it. Let’s be friends, I’m just @katiedalebout there.

7 ways blogging made me happier! My most recent post on Mind Body Green.

My newest article on Over the Moon all about saving room for dinner? Just read it you’ll see.

Style Like U is my favorite website other than this one & I had them on my podcast woot. 

-Have you seen their What’s Underneath project yet?

-Speaking of style and the theme of last week’s pod…I’ve become obsessed with this blue two piece outfit Taylor Swift wore out on her on her romantic date with Calvin Harris (love them together, they seem really happy) The good news is that it’s affordable, the bad news is that it’s unavailable. For now. Tell me immediately if that changes/ buy it for me. Size small or maybe medium I don’t know….

-Speaking of style my friend Carly has these amazing Jeffery Campbell boots that can pull literally any outfit together but they’re sold out online, found these though that are similar thoughts? What do you guys think?

-Still on fashion but yeah this documentary looks kinda interesting…or borderline boring. Can’t tell. No I’m thinking boring, since halfway through the trailer I was like, ‘this is fascinating but I’ve had enough.’

-Listen to this remix while you meander. 

This new podcast is amazing and this episode with Tavi is on the top of my list as I adore her, but he also my my girl crush Elizabeth Gilbert on too so um yeah this is going to be my new go to pod. 

-Speaking of Elizabeth Gilbert. Her new book Big Magic comes out soon and I’ve never been more excited for a book um ever. I preordered months ago. My friend Heather sent me her first ever interview on it on Rob Bell’s podcast listen to it here, so good that I’m rationing it.

-You can have it all but here’s how :: not all at the same time. Just watch this and you’ll understand. 

One of my fav podcasts ever with my friends Audrey and Alicia. 

My most recent interview! I loved this one. 

-Joan Didion quote that make me want to write. 

Another fun interview I did recently on my friend Megan’s blog. 

13 things to remember when you love a person who has depression.

-From depression to cool off here’s some laughter for ya …. Never take yourself too seriously. 

-Just to be safe here’s a bit more giggles for ya…What if guys vacationed like girls? 

-A lovely podcast listener sent this blog post to me and I found it fascinating and revealing.

My newest video, How to Start A Podcast and other things! 

-Would you have a decluttering party? I think it’s a great idea!

30 movies to watch with your relatives, lots of good ones on this list. 

One of my client’s rad recent posts on body image. so proud.

Amazing and funny video. 

Gabby Bernstein on how to be a great date. 

Your level of sensitivity and what that says about you. 

This quote from Elizabeth Gilbert’s husband is everything. So romantic and perfect. (& yes I’ve posted before but I’m posting again because I just watched again)

-2 spots left as of now for my mentoring program if you want to pick my brain about anything. Let me know and let’s talk. Here’s info.