Nurturing Wellness and Faith – Staying Active and Connected During the Holidays

Nurturing Wellness and Faith – Staying Active and Connected During the Holidays

Season 2, Episode 18

In this week’s heartwarming and inspiring episode of the Holistic Mama Speaks Podcast, listeners are treated to a delightful conversation as Carrie Marie welcomes two remarkable first-time guests, Shelly Najjar and Kristina Bagnoli. Together, they embark on a journey into a topic that beautifully weaves together wellness and faith during the festive holiday season: “Nurturing Wellness and Faith – Staying Active and Connected During the Holidays.”

Shelly Najjar and Kristina Bagnoli, with their fresh perspectives and unique experiences, infuse the episode with a sense of warmth and authenticity. As they share their personal journeys and insights, listeners are invited to explore how the holidays can become a time of spiritual connection, physical activity, and holistic well-being.

Tune in to this heartwarming episode of the Holistic Mama Speaks Podcast and join Carrie Marie, Shelly Najjar, and Kristina Bagnoli as they guide you through a transformative exploration of “Nurturing Wellness and Faith – Staying Active and Connected During the Holidays.” Embrace the wisdom shared in this episode, and discover how you can make the holiday season a time of spiritual and physical renewal, connection with loved ones, and holistic well-being.

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About today’s guests

Shelly Najjar, Nutrition Mindset Coach

Shelly Najjar is a Nutrition Mindset Coach, helping women with a lot going on to care for themselves, while reaching their goals. Her specialty is addressing the why and how we eat, blending mindset and practical tips to make nutrition and self-care easier. She draws on thousands of hours of training and experience as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, with a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition. Shelly’s passionate about helping women realize it’s possible for them to have a healthy, joyful relationship with food, and peace with themselves and their bodies at any size.

Shelly is biracial and multicultural – born in the US with extended family from Japan and Lebanon. She loves travel, reading, and trying new joyful movements like aerial hammock. Before being a dietitian, she was a bucket list blogger, which she plans to resume again someday!

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Kristina Bagnoli, Owner/ Founder of Rising Phoenix Family Therapy

Kristina is the CEO and founder of Rising Phoenix familytherapy. She began her journey when she realized that there was a lack of mental health resources in Indiana. She began working to establish a clinic where she can provide a number of services under one roof so her clients can attain holistic and natural health through therapy, nutrition and physical health support.

Mom,wife, business owner!

She loves hiking, going to the gym, spending time with family and going on adventures.
She got her bachelors degree from Purdue University in psychology and has a masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Northcentral University.

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About your host

Carrie Marie Vaughn, Podcaster, Speaker, Author, Coach, & Holistic Wellness Professional

Carrie Marie is a faith-filled wife, mother of 3, and a cat mom who is very passionate about empowering moms to live a happier, healthier, more abundant life. With a wealth of experience in holistic wellness and personal development, including speaking engagements on the same stage as John C. Maxwell, she’s dedicated to sharing insights and practices that can transform your life.

In addition to hosting this Holistic Mama Speaks podcast, she is also the author of the book, Mom Mantras; The Daily Affirmation Guide for Mothers of All Kinds, and owns Building Upward, LLC, which offers holistic wellness products, coaching services, courses, and events, as well as business coaching & consulting.

In her free time, Carrie Marie enjoys being outdoors, walking, hiking, horseback riding, playing games, dancing, & spending time with family & friends, as well as crafting & DIY projects!

She’s so excited to be sharing this podcast with you, to introduce you to different holistic wellness practices, products, techniques, and more, so that you can start living a happier, healthier, more abundant life!

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