APRIL 2016 MEANDERINGS

Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 1.00.43 PM{almost} a new month and a great week for new Monthly Meanderings. A long tradition in WW-Land meanderings are links to the things that have inspired me around the web this past month. Until next time keep in touch on Facebook & Instagram . Tons of new pod episodes coming this month until then explore the archive. My book is OUT. Have you checked it out yet? Let me know what you think!

Here’s the link to my book + all the cool bonuses you can get when you order! & most importantly all the dates for my BOOK TOUR. I’m probably (I hope) coming to a city near you.

also the new photo above is from my friend Abbey’s new photos she took of me last weekend. You probably remember Abbey from her episode of my podcast we recorded last fall but if not listen here. She was in town to do her Fearless Sessions which are amazing and you can read about them here.

Places I’ll be… 

-May 14th DETROIT book launch party 11am-2pm at Red Hook Detroit (West Village). RSVP up here! & Here’s the link to buy tickets!

-May 21st LA Launch party and book signing at Ashland Hill in Santa Monica. RSVP in the FB event (coming soon!)

-LA LIVE Podcast that week will probably be happening as well, details for that to come.

-May 28- I’m going to be in Columbus Ohio at the Barnes & Noble there with Simi Botic hosting a Q & A with me.

-June 18th in Chicago-details to come

-Full list of tour dates here. 

Cool links for you to explore that I liked // did // thought were interesting this month… 

-Lisa Frank has always been fabulous and she’s still killing it. 

-Fav Style Like U video of the month. 

Movie I really want to see. 

-One word:: Beyoncé

-also really enjoyed this round table discussion of Lemonade. 

Your future self.

I wrote this about self-care on hello giggles. 

-Speaking of movies are you guys going to see this one? I had to turn off the trailer halfway through because it was so scary.

-My good friends Jesse and Rachel who are the founders of KooShoo are coming out with the coolest baby pants ever. 

-The prettiest ceramics on the internet. 

-Amazing Podcast about FRIENDS! 

-How often do you call your mom? This video made me laugh.

-My bestie Carly is launching this cool Sexy Self Care Masterclass, check it out here! 

-Are you awkward? Take this funny quiz

-Loved this convo with Ann and Liz two of my fav writers.

-I’m speaking at this COOL Detroit yoga festival this summer! Come!

-Love both of the people in this interview so much. Almost too much to handle. So much wisdom in here.

-Loved this episode of my friend Jess Murnane’s podcast.

-A fun podcast I was on last month. 

Becoming the person you’re meant to be. 

-I thought this was fascinating. and relate so much.

Interesting article I was quoted in. 

-I was on the news this month talking about the book! Watch the clip here! 

-I was on my new friend Gracy’s podcast all about self-care which you can listen to here.  +

-Speaking of Self-Care I wrote this article for Hello Giggles about 19 things you might not think of as self-care but actually are.

-I was also on my friend Alex Jamieson’s podcast the Crave Cast, listen to that here.

-Can’t stop looking at this dress on Nasty Gal. Want it. And Facebook keeps reminding me with their dumb ads.

NOVEMBER MONTHLY MEANDERINGS.

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November is very here and so here are my Monthly Meanderings. A long tradition in WW-Land meanderings are links to things that have genuinely inspired me around the web this month.  Until next month 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 too. Oh and tons of new pod episodes coming this month.

First of all- BIG NEWS:: I’m hosting a group coaching 3 week course all about putting the HAPPY back into the holidays where I’ll cover topics ranging from food, family, and finances & even will have 3 guest speakers! Find out who the guests are + sign up if it sounds fun here

TO LISTEN TO:: 

Last week’s episode of the podcast was Katie WONDERS No. 002 with my monthly favorites // gratitudes for October. Check it out if you haven’t already.  + –Join the podcast listener group on FB! 

I was on Summer Innanen’s podcast last week, check it out here!

I was also a guest on the Finding My Hunger Podcast if you want to listen to that too!

Um Lena Dunham has a podcast. omg.  

Also, all the BuzzFeed podcasts are really good, I especially love this one about TV, Rerun 

TO READ::

I wrote an essay on Refinery 29 you should totes check it out! 

How to know if you’re eating the right amount.

I didn’t write this but I easily could have since I am still madly in love with Seth Cohen & will be for life.

Check out how awesome my friend Lisa is!  on Martha too! 

I loved this one on Style Like U and related to it so much. 

An article on downtown Detroit I read.  

I’m sure you’re all already reading Lenny but just in case… 

TO EXPLORE:: 

This. is a new social media where you can only post one link per day. It’s really cool because you’re only able to post something really good. Check it out. You should all join!

Check out my friend abbey’s sweet shop Amiga!  I want everything and bought most everything. (she is also my photographer & took the photo of me above + my book cover photo & every other one I’ve taken)

You guys all know I’m really into journaling right? Anyways I was on this awesome podcast this week and the interviewer told me about this cool site to type your morning pages called 750words.com it’s way cool. 

My friend Maddy’s new body image course. 

oh yeah and duh my holiday group coaching course. it’s going to be way fun!

TO EAT:: 

Warm frothy hemp milk by health coach Quinn!  who we love. so much.

+ one more thing TO LISTEN to:: my playlist of the moment that I’ll continue adding to throughout the month if you want to jam with me.

KATIE WONDERS No. 001

unnamed-2Welcome to episode 1 of my new podcast mini series Katie WONDERS. I’m so psyched about this. I hope you guys love it as much as I do. You can read more about the concept in this post where I explained it.

This month’s episode is my monthly favorites where you’ll hear what I’m loving this month across many categories. I will do more episodes like this and also have some guests on for light hearted conversations that will probably turn into deep convos too.  I used to share my monthly favorites in videos on YouTube (which you can still watch here) but now I’ll be sharing them on the podcast. The links and notes for everything I mentioned are below. Let me know if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below.

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NOTES:

Miscellaneous:: 
Good Medicine Beauty Lab use the code “wonderland” for 15% off
Hear them interviewed on my podcast here.

Books::
-Listen to books on audio like me! Use Audible via this link! & get a FREE audiobook.
A Return To Love (particularly the body chapter) Marianne Williamson
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Podcasts::
Call Your Girlfriend Podcast 
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes 

Person:: 
Pete Holmes, comedian Awesome dude.
The video I mention of Pete’s bit body image.

TV Show::
-Post I wrote a couple years ago about how TV can be good. Part 1 & Part 2. 
How To Make It In America 

Music::
High Highs 
Follow me on Spotify here.

Food::
Persimmons

Join my Facebook group! 

Theme song::
I Wonder by Kanye West

Introducing Katie WONDERS

unnamed-1So, I love podcasts. I’ve hosted mine since 2013 when way less people even knew what podcasts were. I hardly did.But I knew I liked them and that they randomly found their way onto my original iPhone just in time to guide me through many crucial moments in my like, making me feel less alone.

I was recently asked which podcast was the first one I listened to that pulled me in. I honestly can’t remember, all I know that in the last 4 years podcasts have massively improved my tendency toward loneliness. The hosts become my copilots on my long drives, partners on my walks, and they are in my ears during mindless work tasks.

Comedian and podcast host Pete Holmes has spent thousands of hours speaking to my empty apartment while I’m washing dishes, folding my laundry, or getting ready in the morning. With podcasts, I can have Elizabeth Gilbert give me writing advice, self-help’s finest guide me through breakups, the best entrepreneurs whisper their best kept business secrets right into my ears, and the world’s best comedians telling me jokes.

It might sounds a tad dramatic, but only a tad, I don’t know where I’d be without this cast of audio characters keeping me company and helping me to feel less alone.

I’m so happy to be even a small part of that with my podcast, the Wellness Wonderland Radio and now I want to expand that into something new.

When I started my podcast, I was still heavily in my disordered relationship with food and my body. While I still don’t claim to be entirely healed all the time BUT I’m in a much better place than I was then and I credit that largely to diversifying my interests, hobbies, and yes, podcasts.

Back then I was exclusively listening to health and wellness based pods, soon this expanded to include self-help and spirituality, then entrepreneurship and business…anything to better myself but nothing just for fun. Now my podcast subscriptions are as diverse as my repertoire of tools to heal my melancholy tendency. In the past I’d turn to food or restricting // controlling food to numb myself. Now I turn to a plethora of other things including movies, music, learning the ukulele, and most regularly: comedy podcasts.

unnamedI now know where to head when I’m feeling down, I just turn something on my phone. I know it’s a bold claim to credit podcasts with impacting me so deeply and they for sure aren’t the only thing that has contributed to my improved mental wellness (I journal like mad woman, have many coaches and therapists too) but I will say using podcasts as one of my coping mechanisms has been extremely helpful.

So that’s why I’m starting another one or rather expanding my current podcast to give me the platform to express myself in an even more personal way. This will pull me out of the host role and into the spotlight a bit more. While WWRadio is largely about the guest with brief moments of my story sprinkled in organically, I try my best to keep the focus on the guest. 

I’m a genuinely curious person full of genuine wonder so it’s fitting I’m adding a bit more me and calling these episodes, “Katie WONDERSThese will often be Mini-episodes yet sometimes super long where I discuss the full spectrum of wellness I Wonder about. In these episodes, I will discuss everything from music to film to art tounnamed-3 current events to heath to friends (both the TV show and the ones I can speak to) to youtube videos to style. The only common thread:: me, it must inspire me.

Sometimes I’ll bring on co-hosts which will likely be real life non-internet-exclusive friends I’ll get to introduce you to.  I will share everything from life updates to my monthly favorites. I’ll use this as an opportunity to discuss content I’m reading, watching or current events and culture that fascinates me. It will likely be light and in the same tone as my other show but perhaps a bit more personal, perhaps at times more deep and at other times more shallow giving me a space to gush about my love of Taylor Swift and small adorable dogs.

Is the “wellness” to my Wonder [land] going away? No. Never. It can’t. It’s a part of me now and always will be. I may have originally gotten into wellness for the wrong reasons (manipulating my body size // weight through restricting my diet) but now my interest in healthy eating and holistic living remains, just my motivation has changed. I still love drinking green smoothies, splurging on natural skin care, and personal growth courses, so it will always be an important part of the mix.  

In these “Katie WONDERS”  episodes, wellness as we traditionally think of it might not be the entire focus. I’ve realized that life is more than how clean your eats are or how toned your body is, how much sleep you get or how clear your skin is. Life is about living and that means finding pleasure in your food, staying up late for deep conversations or drinking wine and dancing. A life devoid of that stuff isn’t a Wellness Wonderland at all… rather it’s a Wellness Prison. Limiting you from fully LIVING in the name of living long? Um seems stilly, I’m not saying ‘live fast and die young,’ but I’m saving find balance and tend to your mental and physical wellness equally.

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#KatieWONDERS about … to be continued…

OCTOBER MEANDERINGS // Links I’m Loving.

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Happy Fall! Enjoy the rest of the expansive internet below. There’s so much to see & hear on there, but here are the videos, interviews, podcasts, photos, and articles that caught my eye over the last month. I hope you like them too. Comment below with what you’ve been loving this month.

My favorite Pete Holmes bit ever of all time. I love this so much it’s crazy.

-This video of him with David Avocado Wolfe is pretty funny too though.

-Two Books I read this month & loved::
1. Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest book Big Magic is a must read. JUST TRUST ME. She talks creativity & life & ah there are just so many good stories I finished it in a day on audible, not joking.
2. Mindy Kaling’s newest book Why Not Me? also was delightful. I laughed a lot & felt super motivated with girl power. I highly suggest it too.

Okay I’m new to the Caftan but so unbelievably all about it. 

I adore Jenny Slate and obviously Obvious Child. 

Yum perfect fall popcorn trail-mix. 

-I love matthew gray gubler!​ just so much. 

Hello perfect fall pumpkin snack. 

Lol Hipster Barbie. 

I thought this article was super helpful maybe you will too or know someone it could help.

Two of my favorite powerful women talking is amazing and they’re talking about my fav topic creativity too! 

Look at this cool magazine, there might be someone you know featured in there? Take a look.So, go grab your copy! I can’t wait for you to dive in, the contributors are truly amazing.

Also, honored to be included in this post of light workers. 

– Guys so my friend and friend of the podcast Lucy (episode #72 ) is hosting this rad retreat next year in Bali:: Space and Possibility – happening in June next year, who wants to go with me?

This book is so amazing and so filled with wisdom that helps me in all areas of life. I recently re-listened to it here and the body chapter really got me. It starts at about 1:50min or so.

I love this and Stanle Tucci so much 

Super great post from my girl Isabel please read.
Here are my favorite lines though::

“I worry that women are being made to feel like failures when their attempts at improving their mental or spiritual health do NOT produce permanent weight loss.”

-Everything you ever need to know about superfoods. My amazing friend Nikky made an ebook about them that is beautiful. 

My favorite podcast right now, I just can’t get enough of these two. & one of them is going to be a guest on WWRadio super soon. yay.

What I REALLY think of Gabby Bernstein’s masterclass, an honest review.

-New podcast coming at you on Wednesday! so if you’re not caught up here are the most recent two::
Last week’s podcast Gabby Bernstein returns.
-The week before Isabel Foxen Duke was back.

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