Cynthia Pasquella

Have you ever experienced so much pain in your life that you felt like you only had two options? One, you either drastically change the way in which you live or, two, you end it… Well, this week’s guest had this experience and thankfully she is with us today to share her inspiring story.

Cynthia Pasquella grew up in extreme poverty with no running water or indoor plumbing. The place she called home was filled with drug abuse, domestic abuse and suicide. After years and years of pain and suffering she had enough and in her darkest hour something dawned on her. She thought “Everything I had experienced hadn’t happened to me. It had happened for me.” In that moment she describes the shift that happened.

Listen in to hear about her journey through struggle and find out how she now lives her life!

Meet Cynthia Pasquella

Cynthia is a celebrity nutritionist, spiritual leader, media personality and best-selling author.  She is the founder and director of the Institute of Transformational Nutrition. Cynthia is also the author of The Hungry Hottie Cookbook and PINK Method. She is the creator and host of What You’re Really Hungry For, which is a web series that goes beyond food and examines why you know what to do but still won’t do it.

Cynthia is a nutrition expert for The Doctors, The Dr. Phil Show, and The Today Show and has been featured in popular media outlets such as Access Hollywood, E!, Marie Claire, Fitness Magazine, and Shape Magazine.

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Mallika Chopra

Who am I? What do I want? How can I serve? What am I grateful for? Those are the questions that Mallika’s dad, Deepak Chopra, instilled in her as a young child.

Mallika is here to share that even when you’re dad is Deepak Chopra life can still be messy. We all have our own paths to walk and have our own unique lessons  to learn.

Mallika shares some of the greatest lessons her father taught her as well as how you can incorporate mediation into your daily life. Even after Mallika left meditation for years, she was pulled back and it once again has proven to be a significant factor in living a life with purpose, peace and joy.

Join us as we step into the world of Mallika Chopra.

Meet Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker and author of the book, ‘Living with Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy.’

Mallika is also the founder of, a website and app focused on personal, social and global wellness. Her intent is to harness the power of social media to connect with people from around the world to improve their own lives, their communities and the planet.

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  • Meet Mallika Chopra. [1:24]
  • What is I-N-T-E-N-T? [2:05]
  • The app. [4:30]
  • What’s so messy about growing up with Deepak Chopra? [6:25]
  • Mallika Chopra’s journey as an entrepreneurial mom. [9:40]
  • How to figure out what your intention is. [12:48]
  • What Mallika Chopra does when overwhelm starts to take over. [15:05]
  • How to work meditation into your life. [17:21]
  • What does Mallika Chopra’s meditation practice look like? [20:53]
  • Mallika’s advice for getting out of your “messiness”. [24:04]
  • Mallika Chopra’s World Lesson. [26:13]
  • How to get in touch with Mallika. [26:55]



Fulfilled LifeWhat does it take to be fulfilled? Is it different for you than it is for us? Do we need to go out and achieve things? Do we need to acquire stuff? Is it based on our circumstances? Do we need to have specific opportunities?
We believe that we all have the ability to be fulfilled. It doesn’t matter what you have, what you have done where you are or what has happened to you in the past. All that matters is what you do what what you know right NOW.
It’s not about the circumstances you find yourself in. It’s about the mindset you bring to those circumstances. Ultimately, our mindset is the only thing we truly have control over. As much as we may like to think that we can control other people and circumstances, the truth is, we can’t. We can only control ourselves.
This episode will share the 3 things that matter most when creating a fulfilled life. These 3 things can be applied by anyone, anywhere, anytime. They are things that you have 100% control over. You get to decide whether or not you want to use them in every single moment of your life. The more you practice using them, the better you will get. If you’re dedicated enough, they will become 2nd nature to you and, before you know it, you will be living a fulfilled life.

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  • Key #1 [2:18]
  • Key #2 [7:44]
  • Key #3 [11:08]


ITs Ok Project - Valerie Whissell
“The fear will show up everyday, like an appointment.” – Valerie Whissell of The ITs Ok Project
This is a special episode that we think you’re really going to like. We don’t promote ourselves as coaches, however, we had a friend reach out to us who really wanted to have a conversation. We obviously wanted to do what we could to help her out so we set something up.
The cool part is that we recorded the conversation and, because she has such a big heart and wants to serve people in any way she can, she was more than happy to allow us to share this very intimate conversation with you.
Valerie Whissell is the founder of The ITs Ok Project. The ITs Ok Project is about sharing and spreading the ITs Ok vibe in this world because… well… ITs Ok! But sometimes ITs not Ok… That’s what she wants to talk about.
Enjoy this conversation that covers everything from overcoming fear (and whether or not it’s possible) to finding balance in your life (or whether or not there is such thing) to trusting your intuition. This conversation covers a lot to say the least…

Why The ITs Ok Project?

The ITs Ok journey all started a few years ago as Valerie was struggling with depression. During that period when she was having a rough time getting through the day, she would write ITs Ok on her arm to keep herself focused on a positive state of mind. Along her way to recovery, these two words never left her. Today, she is more than grateful of where life has brought her and she feels the need to spread the ITs Ok vibe around, hoping it might help others as much as it helped her!

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  • Speak your truth and break your fear of public speaking. [2:25]
  • Whatever we say or do is exactly what needed to be said or done… [5:29]
  • How to prepare for speaking and dancing with the fear. [9:07]
  • How Valerie overcame her fear and took the plunge to spread the IT’s Ok vibe in Europe. [13:19]
  • How is Valerie getting in touch with her intuition? [16:47]
  • Why are we always trying to balance? [18:11]
  • It’s so hard to eat healthy and travel… [21:35]
  • The people around you may not like that you’re changing… [24:46]
  • Timing is everything and life is amazing. [26:49]
  • Who am I to be doing what I do? [28:20]
  • Everybody is teaching everybody. [32:35]
  • How will you know it’s a high if you don’t know what a low is? [34:37]
  • New experiences = new emotions. [40:21]
  • As cheesy as this sounds, just be yourself. [44:04]
  • Speaking before Deepak Chopra. [45:43]

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“We can’t see our minds, but we can see the results they produce.” – UJ Ramdas

Would you skip a day of brushing your teeth? What about a week? A Year?

As UJ likes to put it, The Five Minute Journal is like brushing your teeth for your mind. Sure you can skip a day here and there with minor consequences but start to go much longer and you’ll start to notice some significant issues.

This episode could be the beginning of what will be a life changing habit. Journalling may just be that simple habit that will get you from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow. Tips on how to journal, tricks on how to stay on track and wisdom from UJ’s experiences may be exactly what you’re looking for.

Meet UJ Ramdas

UJ Ramdas is the co-creator of The Five Minute Journal, Productivity Planner and co-founder at Intelligent Change. He cares deeply about behaviour, business and learning and is also a fan of meditation, coffee and nature.

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  • Meet UJ Ramdas. [1:02]
  • What is The Five Minute Journal? [1:30]
  • Why did UJ Ramdas start journalling? [3:35]
  • 4 to 5 journals at once!? What are they? [6:48]
  • Why The Five Minute Journal is the best place to start. [10:26]
  • Do this if you’re having trouble starting. [14:05]
  • How did UJ get connected with Alex Ikonn? [16:54]
  • The vision and future. [19:30]
  • Why The Five Minute Journal actually works. [20:29]
  • UJ’s other habits… Other than journalling. [22:19]
  • Could this help schools? [26:43]
  • Where to get The Five Minute Journal? [28:29]
  • UJ’s Lesson For The World. [29:09]
  • How to get in touch with UJ. [29:29]


Sarah Gibbons“Judgement and compassion cannot coexist.” – Sarah Gibbons

This one is for all you Working Mamas out there. If you’re a mom who is feeling, overwhelmed, stressed and lost, this episode is for you. It’s time to take back control and design the life you want to live. It all starts with getting clear on your “non-negotiables” and Sarah Gibbons is here to help.

Sarah, The Conscious Working Mama, will walk you through how she did a “course correct” and is now energized to wake up everyday. Even as a mother of 3 boys, she still has time to grow her business and she loves every minute of it. She knows what she’s after everyday and has developed the tools to keep herself focused.

Meet Sarah Gibbons

Sarah has fifteen years of digital media experience at industry giants including Amazon, MySpace, and RadiumOne. She also straddled motherhood and career responsibilities, all while earning a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Sarah has created the Conscious Working Mama, a global coaching practice to help other working moms reconnect to themselves, discover their purpose, and experience feeling whole. Her graduate degree combined with her life lessons, assist other working Mamas to find a new path and understand that: Perfection Is Not The Goal – Authenticity And Feeling Whole Is.

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  • Meet Sarah Gibbons. [1:17]
  • What is The Conscious Working Mama? [2:55]
  • How Sarah Gibbons Found Her Passion AND Her Husband. [3:59]
  • How Did Sarah Know Something Was “Off”? [7:46]
  • When Did The Word “Conscious” Start Sinking In? [9:23]
  • The Tipping Point For The Conscious Working Mama. [10:47]
  • Action Steps To Recognize Those Whispers AND Do Something About Them. [12:53]
  • What Success For The Conscious Working Mama Is And How It Promotes Freedom. [16:05]
  • The Most Common Struggles For The Conscious Working Mama. [19:52]
  • Simple Daily Affirmations. [26:38]
  • Why Do Women Value Themselves Less Than Men? [29:08]
  • How To Put A Higher Value To Yourself. [30:16]
  • Sarah’s Lesson For The World. [31:56]
  • How To Get A Hold of Sarah Gibbons, The Conscious Working Mama. [33:12]

Marni Headshot“Passion is an evolution.” – Marni Wasserman

You’ll never find your passion unless you’re willing to put yourself out there. You need to put yourself in situations that empower you, surround yourself with people that inspire you and create habits that propel you!

This is exactly what Marni Wasserman has done and continues to do. Marni has followed the path to her passion and has turned it into her career. She’s done what she’s needed to do to make it happen and is loving every minute of it. In this episode, Marni shares all sorts of tips and tools that will help you get started or keep you going along your journey. She’ll also make sure you’re set up properly in your kitchen so that you can have all the energy you need for your life trek.

Meet Marni Wasserman

Marni Wasserman EyesSimply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist, Co-Host of The Ultimate Health Podcast and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop located in midtown Toronto. Here, she teaches her signature cooking classes, and offers collaborative workshops and urban retreats. She is also the Author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies.

She has has made several media appearances on Breakfast Television, Global News, CBC, CHCH and Newstalk 1010 and has articles in the National Post, Toronto Star, Huffington Post and Chatelaine Magazine. Marni uses passion and experience to educate individuals on how to adopt a realistic plant-based diet that is both simple and delicious.

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Show Notes

  • Meet Marni Wasserman. [1:03]
  • Marni Wasserman’s journey to her Passion. [2:06]
  • How Marni Wasserman saw and filled a need in the marketplace. [5:27]
  • How to find your passion and what fulfills you. [7:47]
  • Get out of your head! [10:42]
  • Marni Wasserman’s business struggles. [11:58]
  • How to get through the tough times in business. [15:47]
  • Marni Wasserman’s daily menu. [17:36]
  • Elixirs? [19:34]
  • Marni Wasserman’s “staples” for her kitchen [20:07]
  • Kitchen Tools and how to cook properly. [21:11]
  • How to get protein on a plant based diet. [23:29]
  • Marni Wasserman’s habits that keep her going. [25:29]
  • The 5 Minute Journal. [26:38]
  • How to get a hold of Marni Wasserman. [30:53]