5 Podcasts That Will Inspire You

Hey there beautiful souls, I’ve been listening podcasts for a little over a year now I must say, this audio play when you want conversation of inspiration and knowledge has brought new life to my day. Most often I’m listening to my favorite Podcast while doing activities around the house, when I’m on the drive to work or when I’m out for a run. 

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The conversations during these episodes are mindfully engaging and inspiring. I say this because though you can’t respond real time to the host, your mind will start to tap into the topic. You begin to invest into the episode by relating it to something you’ve experienced or begin using some of the knowledge that has been shared, during your daily life. Here are 5 Podcast that I listen to and I hope will inspire you.  

Shades of the Soul Meditation Series-Hosted by Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter is a global yoga and meditation teacher. Through her podcast, Faith will guide you through a short meditation practice that will soothe you, calm you and allowing you to acknowledge what you’re felling. These sessions will help you to release and shed what your body & mind doesn’t need and nature what the body and mind does need. At the end of each practice Faith invites you to spend a little time journaling your thoughts. If you’re new to mediation or simply looking for a refreshing way to build your practice, I invite you to give this a try.

The Goal Digger Podcast-Hosted by Jenna Kutcher

I’ve been listening to this podcast for a few months now and I gotta say, the title really drew me in. Jenna Kutcher has created this podcast with one thing in mind. Helping people build their dream job. She covers so many important topics in her podcast. Topics like how to write an elevator pitch and how to celebrate success. Jenna has just dropped episode 193 10 Tips to Create Hype Around a Launch! Most of the episodes are under an hour and she often brings in special guest for a more diverse conversation. Oh, and if you’ve been thinking about how to up your Pinterest game, Jenna has an episode on that too! I invite you to give this podcast a listen to.

The Mindful Kind-Hosted by Rachael Kable

Do you ever feel like your not living in the moment? Rachael Kable has helped so many of her listeners become more present and connected within their day to day lives. As an added bonus Rachael also provides tips on how to relieve stress. If you’re stressed, it’s difficult to be present in the moment. With a little….or maybe a lot of help from the Mindful Kind podcast you can begin to practice the exercises provided by Rachael and build your foundation of a well balanced life, relieve stress and become happier. From meditation to finding the power of gratitude this podcast just might be your weekly go to. Each episode is under 15 minutes. Which is perfect to listen to before starting your day. I invite you to mindfully find a quiet space to sit and enjoy this wonderful podcast.  

The Lavendaire Lifestyle-Hosted by Aileen Xu

Aileen Xu is the master mind behind The Lavendaire Lifestyle podcast. Through her podcast Aileen brings to her listeners topics on personal growth and lifestyle design. Each episode is released every Sunday and generally last about 30 mins. The amount of information that’s discussed in this podcast will definitely get you on the path of creating your dream life. I’ve learned so much from this podcast and I’m sure you will as too. Aileen’s tag phase is, Life is an art. Make it your masterpiece. I know that just got you curious and ready to listen to this podcast. I invite you to listen in and get inspired.

Black Girl In Om-Hosted by-Lauren Ash and Deun Ivory

I found this podcast rather recently and really enjoy the laid-back, super chill conversation that Lauren and Deun have with each other and with their guests. As I’m listening to this podcast I feel like I’m right there in the same room with them and I’m nodding my head in agreement or vocally commenting as if they can hear me. No lie, this is true. Listen and experience this yourself. This podcast is all about wellness, self-love, self-care, holistic lifestyles and an abundance of positive healthy topics for women of color. Black Girl In Om is in it’s 2nd season and I hope will continue to bring to their listeners inspiring conversation with their guest speakers. I invite you to Om your way to this podcast.

So, what Podcasts are you listening to? 

Will you accept my invitation and listen to any of the podcasts I just spoke about? Comment below and lets me know what you think. Also share with me your favorite podcasts. I’d love to check em out. See you next time.

Cheryl Kricket Richardsone

The Dreamer



Often times I find myself daydreaming of beautiful places to enjoy my yoga practice. My daydreams are pretty detailed. Once a vision came to my mind and I found myself mediating at the base of a mountain surrounded by a towering waterfall. I was sitting on a stone that I convinced myself was over 100 years old. There were trees around me and a blue sky above me. Even though the sky was blue there was a bit of an overcast letting me know that rain was soon coming.

My eyes were closed as I sat on the smooth rock in Sukhasana, lets just say criss cross applesauce, the sound of the water helped me to fully enjoy the moment. Surrounded by nature and the beautiful sounds I sat in stillness. When I snapped out of this surreal daydream I thought "Wow, I need to find this place"! I really didn't want to spend the cash to go off and find this tranquil piece of land with a big waterfall, trees, old rock and blue sky with an overcast. So instead, I made my own beautiful outdoor meditation space at my home. 

First I set up a nice comfortable spot on my outdoor patio. I laid out one blanket and folded it a couple of times. When I sat on it, the ground felt smooth just like the 100 year old rock. Then I turned on a water fountain that a friend gave me which reminded me of the waterfall (oh how I appreciate this gift) . Next, I kicked on Spotify and listened to the Nature Sounds playlist.

Just like that, without emptying my pockets or driving around town, I found the place that was in my daydream.  That my friends is how you make your dreams come true!

Daydreaming is just an introduction of what’s to come
— Cheryl Kricket

"I Am Me"


I Am Me

"The freckles on my face is the affirmation of my true beauty".

Acceptance of ones self is a pretty important quality to have in order to move forward in life, confident that you deserve and are entitled to all of the happiness the universe sends your way. I recent wrote an article that describes who I am, the things that bring me joy and the beautiful traits that I have that make me unique. Weather I'm accepted in certain social circles or not, my way of being is for me an no one else. The physical features that I have such as my freckles, may be looked at as flaws to some folks. For me, my freckles are what makes me stand out, makes me uniquely beautiful and confident. Don't get me wrong, there were times when I didn't like my freckles because of the comments and looks I would get. As I've grown, I've learned that the most important thing is that I appreciate and love myself. 

My "I Am Me" article hit the Bad Yogi Magazine recently and you can check it out here. Please leave me a comment at the end of the article and tell me a little bit about yourself. What makes you unique? What makes you happy? What do you find most beautiful about yourself? We need to stop worrying about what others think of us and simply tap into our own confidence and know that we are stunning and should desire to be no one else other than ourselves. Shine bright my friends! #IAmME

The freckles on my face is an affirmation of my true beauty
— Cheryl Kricket

hello luminary

Michelle ruiz

Michelle ruiz

Our community is full of some amazing folks who's passion is to help others design a happier, healthier life.  "hello luminary" is a series of interviews with each of these amazing individuals.  Get ready to to learn about and connect with our local luminaries. 

Let me introduce you to Michelle Ruiz. She's the beautiful Yogi that started the Goddess Brunch. This purpose of the brunch is to give every women a chance to connect and brainstorm with other like-minded positive women in the community. The event includes fun activities, meditation, delicious food and a gentle yoga class led by Michelle, who might I add is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. I've known Michelle for a while now and I attended the very first Goddess Bruch that she and her fellow Yogi Stephanie Matos Hosted which was held at the beautiful Renaissance Hotel in Tampa Florida. If you want to get to know this beautiful goddess keep on reading.

1. Tell us about your career.

I am a full time yoga instructor & event planner residing in Tampa, Florida

2. How have you designed your life?

I am still designing my life every day but I do it by following my personal interests & listening to what those in my community are interested in and need most. 

3. What was the last book you read or looking forward to reading?

I wish I carved out more time in my schedule for reading. The last book I read was " Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It " by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is a collective memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read her prior book "Eat, Pray, Love" at a very transitional stage in my life . Reading her journey sparked the flame inside me that has  a love of travel and more importantly, a love for chasing my dreams. I love reading true stories of women who took a leap of courage, stepped out of their comfort zones and decided to focus on themselves - doing this always leads to amazing adventures and life changing experiences! 

4. What’s a normal day like for you?

My typical day starts off one of two ways: I either wake up at 7:30 / 8am to lead a private yoga session or I head to a local yoga session to deepen my personal practice. I then come home, make lunch, walk my dog and head to my computer to contact clients, plan workshops, book events or make phone calls for upcoming events. The day flies by! By 4:30pm, I cook dinner for my family and then prepare for my evening studio classes. I usually get home by 8:30-9:00pm. I answer any emails that I may have come in during the evening, pour a glass of wine and write in my journal about what a blessing the day has been. ( I admit - the wine and journaling happens about twice a week . I often come home, shower and hit the sheets! ) 

5. Share with us how you fought to build the life you currently lead?

I am still "fighting" to live the lifestyle I'm in. I used to work for tips / cash in the night industry and learning a new way of saving money was a big lesson for me. I go to the grocery store now with printed out coupons, I save up to get my hair done on special occassions, my house isn't as "posh" as it used to be,  I barter my yoga sessions for massages/ pedicures etc  - it takes a lot more work but it sure beats the 9-5 lifestyle! reach the current schedule / lifestyle that I lead was no easy feat. I owe a lot to my husband who works a 60 hour works week to provide stability, insurace and all the necessary basics to run a household. When we first married and I began my yoga business, I still had to bartend in the evenings to compensate for the bills. The double lifestyle and long hours were no joke! In this past year I was able to develop enough projects to quit my night job but we still have a long way to go. My goal is to double  the holistic work that I am doing now and to keep growing! I want to remind everyone that you do NOT need a partner to grow your dream job. I firmly believe that when things are meant to be, they happen. It takes sacrifice, determination and heart. If it is meant to be - it WILL unfold. Don't give up. 

6. Why did you create the Goddess Brunch? 

I created the Goddess Brunch one night while I was sipping wine on my patio. I was scrolling through FaceBook and became overwhelmed with appreciation for all of the beautiful women that I see in our community fighting to develop their own business, change the world and share their gifts. I felt there was a lot of "competion" and separation in the social media world. I envisioned how beautiful & powerful it would be if we all put our ideas together and supported each other. A friend & fellow yogi Stephanie Matos had a similar vision for the Goddess Network . We put our ideas together on paper  booked our first venue and watched our ideas come to life. We threw it out there as ONE brunch to bring together whoever was interested.  It all happened pretty quick. It's neat to see how things evolve when you have two people with different strengths but same vision come together. Connections have been made, new busineeses started, friendships found. It's just awesome.  It has now grown into a beautiful community.  

7. How do you measure growth?

How do I measure growth? The Goddess Brunch was definitely started as a labor of love. With nothing more than intent at the beginning ( though a business plan is coming onto effect now) I consider growth to be : witnessing the friendships & partnerships that have developed through our online community. If we connected just ONE set of women to meet eachother and reach their dreams, then I consider our work done, but it continues to grow every day and that's what is os exciting about this journey that we are on.

8. What are some of the things you do at the beginning of your day?

At the beginning of my day  - Before even opening my eyes, I lay in bed and list 3 things in my mind that I am grateful for. This has been a simple yet POWERFUL practice in my daily life. It sets a positive tone for the rest of the day. I will then either A ) drink some lemon water and hit the gym or yoga studio  / online for a class or B) Make a hearty breakfast and hit my emails. For the past year - I was teaching classes in the mornings & evenings and I found that i was losing my personal practice. My resolution for 2017 was to keep mornings reserved for my personal well being and while it may have been a financial sacrifice, it has been the best decision I have made this year so far. You can't bring love into the world without loving yourself first. 

9. What are some of the things you do to wrap up your day?

I drink wine & do laundry to wrap up my day :) I wish I took more time for epsom salt baths! On a rare occassion, those are healing & heavenly!

10. Who or what inspires you?

I really admire those who have developed  a source of income through a laptop lifestyle. Bringing in income completely from my laptop is an ultimate goal! Though I know I will always have that human connection through my teaching, retreats  & events , I really admire those who have found a way to follow their passions while being all over the globe. I travel now but I want to travel more and more ! Life is short , the world is small & I want to continue to take full advantage of this magnificant technology that we didn't have ten years ago. I want to learn as much as possible.

11. What does gratitude mean to you?

I love that you asked this. Gratitude is a mind set and it has completely changed my life. When you start to train your mind to be grateful - all the things that are "going wrong" disappear - the world is a happier, brighter place. There are not enough words for the practice of gratitude! My yoga practice has helped me get there. It's pretty simple though, whenever your mind tries to take you somewhere negative - just start listing all the things that you can be grateful for. It may just be the breeze outside or the sun shining in the window. We are here on this amazing planet and that alone is a precious miracle!

12. When traveling, is there a "must have" item that's always in your bag?

Ooooh must have item when traveling? I bring a generic yoga mat from Ross or TJ Maxx. Something you don't mind losing or getting dirty.It works wonders for stretching & napping in between flights. It is also a great excuse for some airport yoga pics :) If flying international, the N.A.P. Blanket from Brookstone is a must . So cozy and shapes around your body for a cacoon like sleep on the plane.

13. What makes you smile?

What makes me smile :So many things! my husband making jokes, my step daughter being a typical teenager, my puppy cuddling, being in the sunshine, being on a plane, waking up in a new city,  experiencing a new fruit or new meal in a country far away, mimosas on the porch with house music and dancing with my friends xx Ooooooh  Seeing women accomplish their goals and of course, online shopping.

14. Here’s your moment to do a “self shout-out”. Share with us anything you want us to know.

Thank you for the shout out! Join me for an ultra - lux, life changing trip to San Juan, PR for the Summer Solstice this year! All details can be found on http://www.MichelleRuizYoga.com/RETREATS  To join my exclusive group of women in the Goddess Network - follow https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheGoddessNetwork/

My personal website is www.MichelleRuizYoga.com


Thank you Michelle Ruiz for sharing a little bit of your life with us and we look forward to hearing more about your Goddess Network and other projects. You are an amazing luminary!