Episode 25

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18th May 2020

Creating new beliefs and shifting mindsets with Camille Kennard

Being an observer of your experience

Camille Kennard is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She began her career as a social worker for a decade, counseling people with chronic medical conditions and providing grief counseling to patients and families. The inspiration for her business Flourish Wellness came from her desire to help people avoid chronic disease and illness through learning to nurture themselves as part of their lifestyle; body, mind, and soul. This passion came from her own journey with managing weight, improving her confidence, and learning to love and care for herself. 

She talks about her struggles with anxiety throughout her life, and that a tremendous freedom comes when you can de-personalize it, when you can say “hello” to anxiety and know it’s there without the continued stories. What are the “continued stories” people with a lot of anxiety have? And how do you stay calm and just observe anxiety when it begins to take hold? Tune, and discover with us some of the answers to strengthening your sense of self and holding on to what matters.

TIME STAMPS

2:41 Camille shares how she got into the work she does at Flourish Wellness through her own struggles.

5:33 We ask Camille how she sees the cultural conditioning that women face with their body images show up in her work.

10:01 Camille talks about the inner work she walks with her clients through before getting to the outer work like food and exercise.

14:34 Camille describes the spike in stress levels she's seen with her clients in this Covid-19 reality.

18:27 We discuss the stories that play in our minds. Camille talks about depersonalizing these narratives that run through our psyche.

22:30 Camille talks about "standing at the door of your mind" and tells us some practical ways to put it into practice.

27:07 The conversation shifts to the outer-work piece of the puzzle. We ask Camille how she helps her clients begin that process.

32:00 We talk all about sleep. What can we do to create better sleep habits for ourselves and our families?

40:56 Camille tells us that things she wants to be normal again after this pandemic experience, and what she wants to hold on to

43:50 Camille tells us what book she's reading, what her morning routine looks like, and what 'Big Self' means to her.

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The Big Self Podcast
Inner Growth. Outer impact.
Shelley and Chad kick off each week with a provocative thought leader who has something to say about the power of inner growth to drive outer impact. From building resilience to life design to life transitions to leadership to growing ourselves up, we touch on all things Big Self. At the back end of the week Chad and Shelley dish on their experiences and expertise.

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Chad Prevost

Dr. Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.