episode 31. Christine Bader
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If you’ve ever had the urge to save the world, but had no clue where to start: this is it.

Christine Bader, who was most recently the Director of Social Responsibility at Amazon, is on Challenging the Collective today - talking about her path towards bending the rules for good - and how we can all do the same.

Christine started her career before CSR was the wildly popular field that it is today, back when British Petroleum was at the forefront of using business for good. She takes us through her winding career path, though always circling back to staying within the system and wielding her power for the betterment of our world.

Christine reminds us that most of life is grey - and it’s up to us to create our path forward with grace and persistence. Here’s to making the world a little bit brighter.


 

For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

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Katina Mountanos
episode 30. Kate Winch

Have you ever known that you should be doing something, but a little voice in your head tells you to do the opposite?

It could be about drinking that third cup of coffee, or quitting your job (we’ve all been there). Oftentimes, hearing your true inner guidance is really, really hard.

But, that’s exactly what Kate Winch helps you find.

Kate Winch is an experienced healer, and expert in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), or Tapping. Essentially, tapping is like acupuncture without the needles. It’s a tool to erase fear, worry and anxiety with the touch of our fingertips.

Tune in and experience an EFT Tapping workshop with Kate - stopping your stress in it’s tracks. You won’t want to miss this!



For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail onadulting@gmail.com.

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Resources: To learn more about Kate's work, visit her website here: http://katewinch.com/

To learn more about tapping and other free resources watch these videos: http://katewinch.com/resources/

Katina Mountanos
episode 29. Joie Meffert
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Did you know that you could use cannabis...on your skin? And, that it provides pain relief almost immediately?

Joie Meffert is one of the co-founders of Apothecanna, the first all-natural body care line supercharged by plants - such as cannabis compounds like CBD. In today’s podcast, we’ll be hearing from Joie about the importance of listening to your body...and how you can use the power of plants to heal it.

Joie has been body aware for nearly her whole life - growing up as a competitive dancer and then moving into the art world. She and her husband soon became interested in the power of plants, especially cannabis, for heaiing and jumped into the industry nearly 10 years ago (in the very early days!). After much experimenting, Apothecanna was born.

In this podcast episode, Joie takes us through the experience of starting a wellness company in a somewhat controversial space, and making that conversation available to everyone. She also walks us through the variety of ways we could leverage plant medicine to heal.

Tune in for a calming, soothing chat that may even heal you a little bit!




For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail onadulting@gmail.com.

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Resources: To learn more about Apothecanna, visit their website at: https://apothecanna.com/

Katina Mountanos
episode 28. Ozzie Ozkay-Villa

There are many different ways that you can build a tribe.

And, Ozzie is kind of an expert on all of them. She’s been building communities, especially those that bring women up, since she’s been a little girl. And, after spending time as a doula advocating for women’s rights during one of the most precious times in their lives - she’s now turned her sights to a new area of focus: Cannabis.

Ozzie has spend the past year reducing stigma on using various forms of cannabis for health and wellness - especially after her own experience in postpartum haze/depression. Ozzie walks us through the different ways you can incorporate cannabis into your wellness routine (shout out CBD). But most importantly, we reflect on how we can continue to respect other humans choices in all that they do.
 


For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail onadulting@gmail.com.

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Resources: Learn more about Ozzie's latest venture, Oov Life by visiting their website here: http://oov.life/

Katina Mountanos
episode 27. Ilene Ruhoy
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Have you ever wondered what impact our environment can have on our health?

Ilene Ruhoy is the perfect person to ask. As a neurologist, holistic health practitioner and with a phd in environmental toxicology - she has an extreme understanding of how our environments affect our health over the long haul.

This conversation with Ilene digs into the various ways we can heal chronic conditions - and how we may even prevent them by making more conscious choices about our environments. Ilene also chats about her own health experience and how it’s impacted her perception of the health system.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, direction on your path in life, and especially if you’re interested in learning more about how to take control of your environment - tune in. You won’t want to miss this!



For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail onadulting@gmail.com.


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Katina Mountanos
episode 26. Caroline + Jake Danehy
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Did you know that you can make swimsuits out of recycled plastic?

Well - Fair Harbor, a sustainable swimsuit and lifestyle brand uses 11 plastic bottles in each of their swimsuits. Yes, you heard that right - all of their products are created from recycled plastic or other upcycled materials such as coconuts!

And, they’re the most humbling, sweet siblings you could imagine.

We talk about their process and inspiration behind starting this company (Jake was a geography major who studied the scientific properties of plastic and its effect on our oceans), the different ways we can make change in our world, and the importance of community.

This conversation is equal parts inspiring, equal parts humbling, equal parts educational. And reminds us that we are all human beings at the end of the day, responsible for our earth...and each other.

And, becoming awake to the impact we can have.




For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail onadulting@gmail.com.

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Resources: Visit Fair Harbor's site to learn more at: www.fairharborclothing.com

Katina Mountanos
episode 25. ft Polina Smith
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We all have different definitions of healing. For some of us, it looks like going for a walk in the park. For others, it’s adjusting our diets.

But, we all know deep down what it is - we just need to listen.

Polina Smith is a holistic healer and health coach who went through her own health issues in her early 20s, and after countless doctors told her different things (none of which solved the issue at hand) she took matters into her own hands.

After Polina healed herself from the inside out, she knew she needed to pass that knowledge and experience on to others. Polina is the founder and creator behind the Holistic Health Saloons, a staple in the Bay Area community that brings hundreds of healers together to share their wisdom with the general public. Because, we can’t stop when we’ve fixed ourselves.


For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail onadulting@gmail.com.

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Katina Mountanos
episode 24. ft Erin Houston
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Are you confused about how you could make an impact in the world? Do you feel like you have to make a choice between working at a big bank or sacrifice everything to work at a nonprofit in Kenya?

Erin proves that you could fit somewhere in the middle.

Erin Houston is the founder of an innovative fashion company called WearWell, which enables consumers to purchase clothes that speak to both their styles and values. During our conversation, she reflects on how her unwavering passion to change the world (since middle school!) hasn’t stopped, but the methods in which she accomplished her goals has.

After working in the global development space for over 7 years, Erin decided to mold her own interest in sustainable fashion with her career - and thus, WearWell was born.

Tune in for an invigorating conversation not just about the ever-changing conscious fashion world, but about how we could continue to make the world a bit better overall.



For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail katina@onadulting.com.

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Resources: For more on wearwell, visit their website: https://www.shopwearwell.com/ . If you’re interested in learning more about the conscious fashion industry, check out the documentary, The True Cost.

Katina Mountanos
episode 23. ft Jess Edelstein

Have you ever wondered about what goes on in the mind of a true entrepreneur - especially one in the wellness world?

Jess Edelstein is a prime example of someone who took her side hustle to a multi-million dollar business in a few years - and has still stayed humble and vulnerable along the way. Jess had a “typical millennial” experience after college. Which looked like working at a pet store and trying to make it on Broadway. After being fired for being too independent and too assertive (multiple times) she knew that she would be her own boss one day. Cue making natural deodorant products in her kitchen.

Jess started a natural deodorant company, PiperWai, from scratch. Since then, she’s been named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, appeared on Shark Tank, and a host of other respected media outlets for her work in creating a natural deodorant that doesn’t stink.

Tune in for a dose of inspiration, and a fresh perspective on entrepreneurship, the wellness world, and going for your dreams. Because according to Jess - you just need to get out there and do it.


For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail katina@onadulting.com

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Resources: For more on PiperWai, visit their website at https://www.piperwai.com/

Katina Mountanos
episode 22. ft Amanda Gibby Peters
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Have you ever noticed that things weren’t going right in your life - and your space (whether it’s your home or your desk) is mirroring it back to you?

In this episode of Challenging the Collective, we dive deep into the ancient practice of Feng Shui, and how by making small changes in your space - your life could change drastically.

Amanda Gibby Peters is Feng Shui expert, and has built the latter half of her career around this ancient practice - though it wasn’t always that way. As a researcher by trade, Amanda came into the world of Feng Shui with a healthy dose of skepticism. But, after implementing small changes in her own life, the effects were drastic - and she knew she had to share it with others.

Tune in for an episode about a form of healing we don’t often talk about - the remaking of the spaces that we inhabit daily. It got me so interested, I went into a hole of research on the topic after our conversation!


For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail katina@onadulting.com

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Resources: For more on Amanda’s work, visit her website at: www.simpleshui.com

Katina Mountanos
episode 21. ft Sahaj Kohli

What’s the worst that could happen?

That’s a question that Sahaj asks herself each time she decides to do something kind of scary...alone.

Sahaj Kohli, a solo travel extraordinaire and senior editor at the Huffington Post, talks us through her adventures traveling abroad alone...before it was cool. And, she encourages us to just go, just do it, to Just Say Yes, especially when things feel scary.

During our vulnerable and raw discussion about Sahaj’s journey through her 20’s - through the breakups that pushed her out of her comfort zone, to living on a couch in New York City as she searched for jobs - to now, coming almost full circle as she begins sharing with others how they could do something a little bit scary each and every day.

So, if you’ve ever had the itch to travel abroad by yourself, but maybe are a little too scared, this podcast episode is for you.



For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail katina@onadulting.com.

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Resources: To read more of Sahaj’s work check it out  at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/sahaj-kohli

Katina Mountanos
episode 20. SOLO EPISODE with Katina

What's the scariest part about getting older? 

In this solo podcast episode (on her birthday, no less!), Katina digs into everything she knows about Growing Up. She turns around some of the questions she asks her own guests on herself (yes, the ever-famous: "How do you Challenge the Collective in your everyday?" is in there). Katina also has collected some questions from you  all - her listeners, followers and regular humans alike.

This episode is a funny, honest, refreshing take on what it means to get older - and why it's okay to actually like adding a notch to your belt each year. 


For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail katina@onadulting.com

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Katina Mountanos
episode 19. ft William Scott Blair
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Did you know that your scalp is actually part of the largest organ in your body - and by putting toxic hair dyes on it we could be doing major damage to it?

William Scott Blair, a NYC-based Natural Hair Color Extraordinaire walks us through the science behind natural hair color - and why it’s extremely important for anyone who might be thinking about getting a touch up from CVS.

During this week’s episode of Challenging the Collective, William not only shares tons of exciting facts about the movement of natural hair coloring, but he also delves into his own wellness journey on his path of Challenging the Collective. And, it all begins with figuring out what brings him (and all of us!) the most joy.


For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com/podcast

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail onadulting@gmail.com.

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Resources: For more on O&M (and maybe snagging an appointment with William!) check out their website at https://www.originalmineral.com/nyc/

Katina Mountanos
episode 18. ft Michaela Haas

89% of us will go through a trauma at some point in our lives.

That’s trauma with a Big T or a little one. It’s surviving a car crash or a ending a toxic relationship. It’s losing a loved one or a limb. It’s getting sick or getting laid off.

It’s something that happens to nearly all of us.

This podcast episode will feature researcher, author, and 20-year student of Buddhism, Michaela Haas, and will focus on the art and science of resiliency in times of trauma. Michaela’s most recent book. Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Break Throughs, features over 60 science-backed strategies to channel resiliency after a life-changing event--and on this podcast she will share a few of them with us.

So, even if you haven’t (yet) experienced a traumatic life event--being an Adult counts. Tune in for Michaela’s refreshing view on how we can all take charge of our lives, even when we don’t believe it’s possible.


For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail katina@onadulting.com.

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Katina Mountanos
epsiode 17. ft Anna Lisa Graves

What if you only had 5 pieces of clothing in your closet?

Do you think you would survive?

Sustainability influencer and fashion blogger, Anna Lisa Graves does--and it’s her job to blog about clothing. On this podcast episode, Anna Lisa shares her journey from passionate writer to sought-after blogger--and her own reckoning with the fashion industry in between.

Because, Anna Lisa and her other half (and husband) Porter Graves of Recess City, realized early on in their blogging career that representing brands whose values didn’t align with their own wasn’t going to work. So, they made a commitment to only wear and partner with brands whose clothing passed an ethical and sustainability test.

Hear from Anna Lisa on how to revamp your closet with an eye towards minimalism, sustainability, and ethical fashion choices--and put the power in your hands to be conscious consumers.


For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail onadulting@gmail.com.

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Resources: Check out Anna Lisa + Porter’s blog, Recess City here.

Documentary mentioned during the conversation: The True Cost

Minimalist media site mentioned during the conversation: The Good Trade

Katina Mountanos
episode 16. ft Jennifer Cookson

Have you ever thought that bacteria can be good for you?

During this podcast episode, we’ll head from Jennifer Cookson, a veteran in the green chemistry world and Head of Product at Mother Dirt. Jennifer is on a mission to help us redefine what we think of as “clean”--which is actually healthier for our bodies, and more sustainable for our world.

Jennifer and I chat about her journey to working on improving the world of personal care and cosmetics as a green chemist--from her budding interest in the environment as a teen to working at an innovative skincare company. She also provides a science lesson about the skin’s microbiome, and why certain bacterias are actually good for us.

Among many other things, you’ll walk away from this podcast episode with a renewed idea of how our skin thrives, and if society’s version of clean is really best for our overall health.


 

For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail: katina@onadulting.com.

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Resources: Check out more information about Mother Dirt, here: https://motherdirt.com/

Katina Mountanos
episode 15. ft (the other) Katina Mountanos
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When you look back at your career, how would you connect the dots?

For (the other) Katina Mountanos, my cousin + entrepreneur extraordinaire, she is always keeping her eyes peeled for the next exciting challenge--and worries about connecting the dots later. Maybe that’s why she’s already sold a multi-million dollar business, had a string of impressive jobs, and is already onto her next project.

During this podcast episode, Katina tells us about her childhood growing up in a traditional Greek-American home, reminisces about the simplicity of the Mediterranean lifestyle she enjoyed each summer as a kid, and shares how she’s combining those values into her biggest challenge yet: Kosterina, an organic olive oil company that launched last year.

For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail katina@onadulting.com.

To join the On Adulting Tribe + email newsletter, please visit: http://eepurl.com/dhaq_T

Resources: To learn more about Kosterina, check out the website here. 

Katina Mountanos
episode 14. ft A special (secret) guest
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We have often been taught to see the world in black and white. We have been taught since we were young: Don’t do Drugs. Drugs are Bad.

But, what if I told you that “drugs” like Ecstacy, Mushrooms, and MDMA are actually proven to heal even those with the most severe mental illnesses?

On this podcast episode, we will hear from an expert on the potential to use sacred plants to heal our mind + soul. James (whose name is changed for legal purposes) will take us on his own journey to find spirituality - from spending his early 20s hitchhiking to Alaska, to switching careers, cities and life paths--many, many times.

So, tune in and buckle up for a deep, mind-expanding trip into the groovy world of sacred plants. Don’t try these at home kids!

For more info, visit: www.onadulting.com

To connect with Katina about questions, comments, speaker ideas, or sponsorship inquiries please e-mail katina@onadulting.com.

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Resources: If you’re interested in learning more about medicinal mushrooms and using sacred plants to heal, you may be interested in reading some of these resources:

  1. Trip Treatment by Michael Pollan, New Yorker
  2. Is Ecstasy the Key to Treating Women with PTSD?
  3. maps.org

 

Katina Mountanos
episode 13. ft Walela
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What would you do if you got diagnosed with cancer at the age of 22?

Would you crumble...or would you become a Warrior?

Well, we all hope our answer would be the latter. On this podcast episode we have the opportunity to hear from a real live Wellness Warrior who has fought (and survived) a fatal cancer diagnosis--all in the last year.

Walela takes us on her journey from diagnosis to now--sharing the lifestyle changes she has made since her diagnosis, like becoming vegan, and their effect on her life post-cancer. She gets real about what it’s like to be part of our medical system in the United States today, especially as a black woman with little financial means in the heart of L.A.

Walela also talks about her art and activism, and the importance of finding community no matter what stage you’re at in life. She opens up about getting in touch with her spirit during this fight for her life, and embracing--not fighting against--the gifts you’re born with.

So, get those tissues (and/or inspiration journal) ready, because Walela’s journey is one for the books.

Katina Mountanos
episode 12. ft Molly Goodson
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Have you realized women’s clubs are making a comeback?

In San Francisco, there’s a brand new space for women to connect with each other, to celebrate both work + play, and to find comfort in a city that has been basically founded by dudes on computers. It’s called The Assembly - and we’re lucky enough to hear from it’s founder, Molly Goodson.

During today’s podcast episode, Molly shares her experiences before founding The Assembly, which opened this January (2018). She shares the importance of taking leaps of faith, and believing in yourself in the early stages of a project. Molly has always been on the forefront of something new - she started a blog back in the days when there were only about 5 sites on the Internet, and ran content at PopSUGAR soon after.

And now, she’s creating a space offline for women to connect.

So, cozy up and get ready to hear from one heck of a woman who is intent on building other women up--and trying to find the balance of life in all things. 


Resources: Check out more about The Assembly (and hear about when it’s coming to your city!), read more here: https://www.theassembly.com/

Katina Mountanos