Episode 151: Choosing Joy – Ilene and Alli's Life on Their Terms
Katy Rey’s latest podcast episode is a dive into the extraordinary lives of Ilene Mitnick and Alli Baldwin, the vibrant duo behind The Good Life and The Zest Zone. As partners in both life and business for over 30 years, they’ve mastered the art of infusing joy into every aspect of their lives, and now they’re here to share their secrets with us.
This episode is a celebration of love, creativity, and unbridled passion. Ilene and Alli’s journey begins in the creative fields where their deep emotional and intellectual connection blossomed into love. Their story is a vivid tapestry of spirited energy, high passion, and a life filled with joyous adventures, including raising two children and nurturing their pet family, which includes their dog Bodie and cats Epstein and Jersey.
As seasoned coaches in breakthrough transformation and leadership development, Ilene and Alli have dedicated their lives to empowering others, especially female entrepreneurs, to embrace joy and live life to its fullest. Their approach is unique, allowing their clients to let go of the old and experiment with new, exciting perspectives.
At the heart of their philosophy is a commitment to choosing joy. This principle has driven them to trailblaze new careers, launch several businesses, and live passionately, believing that to give the best of oneself, one must first be in love with their own life.
Residing in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, their home is an epicenter of positivity, where they continuously cultivate a reputation for living life with an insanely positive outlook.
This holiday season, Ilene and Alli are breaking the mold, choosing to slow down, cancel their usual festive hustle, and savor the simplicity of just being together. It’s their way of celebrating the true essence of the season – happiness, peace, and togetherness.
They share insights into the challenges their clients face – stress, frustration, sleeplessness – and how they guide them to slow down and refuel for the year ahead. Their upcoming panel for Girl Boss on December 12th promises to delve deep into these issues, providing much-needed clarity and strategies for managing life’s complexities.
Ilene and Alli also tackle the often-misunderstood concept of self-care, advocating for a lifestyle shift that transcends occasional treats and becomes a daily practice essential for a fulfilling life.
Every year, they conduct a personal “report card” assessment, a practice they also encourage in their clients. This self-reflection helps them stay aligned with their life’s pillars, ensuring they’re living as authentically and joyfully as possible.
Their shared memory of creating Bride Pride, a significant event in Provincetown, is a heartwarming tale of love, inclusivity, and community. The event, aimed at renewing vows and celebrating love, morphed into the world’s largest all-girl wedding and renewal ceremony, contributing significantly to LGBT foundations.
Their commitment to change is also evident in their personal practices. From using essential oils to Alli’s role as a mocktail mixologist, every aspect of their life is imbued with intention and care. Their morning ritual, asking each other, “How do you want the day to feel?” sets the tone for a day filled with purpose and joy.
In this episode, Katy Rey unfolds the inspiring tapestry of Ilene and Alli’s life, offering listeners a glimpse into a world where love, joy, and the mantra of doing what they love reign supreme.
Tune in for a journey of inspiration, transformation, and the unbreakable power of love with Ilene and Alli.
Episode 150: Charity Golden – Redefining Strength, Sisterhood, and Female Solidarity
We are so excited to share this journey of empowerment, diversity, and unbridled passion with Charity Golden, the dynamo behind The Lipstick Network. In this episode, Katy Rey delves into the life of a woman whose story is as colorful and rich as the strawberry fields of Plant City where she grew up.
Charity, a southern belle with a zest for life and a love for the little joys, takes us from her humble beginnings in a homogenous town to the eye-opening streets of Manhattan, and beyond. Her college days at Barnard College weren’t just about academics; they were a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, and perspectives that fueled her insatiable curiosity and led her on a path of self-discovery.
But Charity’s story doesn’t stop there. After a stint in the high-powered world of corporate law, where the glitz of success couldn’t fill an inner void, she found her true calling in the most unexpected place – the Peace Corps in Bulgaria. Here, amidst the post-communist simplicity, Charity discovered the profound beauty of giving, even when you have little to offer.
Her experiences in Bulgaria weren’t just about cultural immersion; they were about breaking barriers. From teaching hip-hop to tween girls to bridging racial divides, Charity’s journey is a testament to the power of empathy and understanding.
Post-Peace Corps, Charity’s journey took her to business school, where she honed her strategic mind and deep listening skills – the very tools she now uses to elevate and empower women through The Lipstick Network. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill women’s network; it’s a sanctuary of collaboration, personal growth, and professional development. It’s about aligning the head, heart, and hands in a triad of support that uplifts every member.
And let’s talk about the upcoming Q4 Summit of The Lipstick Network – it’s not just an event; it’s a celebration of vitality in all its forms. This year’s “Ladies Night” with a twist promises to be an electrifying blend of dinner, wine, and content that will ignite discussions on vitality in the workplace, homes, and personal wellbeing.
Join Katy and Charity in a conversation that’s not just inspiring but a call to action for every woman to find her voice, own her space, and be an unapologetic force of nature. Charity Golden is more than just a leader; she’s a catalyst for change, showing us that when women support each other, incredible things happen.
Dive into this episode for a dose of inspiration, empowerment, and a glimpse into the vibrant world of The Lipstick Network.
Episode 149: Tara Battiato – Leading with Heart in the World of Sports
Step into the remarkable world of Tara Battiato, a driving force behind community initiatives at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This isn’t just a journey from the sidelines to the forefront of change; it’s about a woman who’s redefining leadership in sports.
From her early days lighting up the field as a Denver Broncos Cheerleader to orchestrating significant community impacts with the Buccaneers, Tara’s path is a blend of determination, passion, and vision. Her shift from professional ballerina to a key player in sports is not just about adapting; it’s about thriving in a world where challenges are just opportunities in disguise.
What truly sets Tara apart is her ability to transform the spirit of sports into powerful community outreach. She’s taking the game beyond the field, with initiatives that champion youth football, advocate for gender equality, and promote social justice.
Among her most heartwarming ventures is her work with children through the Glazer Vision Foundation. Watching kids select their first pair of glasses from the mobile clinic isn’t just a part of her job; it’s a moment that encapsulates the essence of her impact. #OneShareOnePair
Family forms the cornerstone of Tara’s world. Tara’s parents have been a rock-solid foundation of support, instilling in her the values and strength that fuel her success. Their unwavering belief in her abilities and dreams has been a guiding light, empowering her to leap into each new challenge with confidence and grace.
Tara’s sister Rachel and niece Clara are not just her support system; they are the lens through which she views her success and the motivation behind her relentless drive. And stay tuned for Clara’s hamster adventure – from the dearly departed Brownie to the newcomer Snickers, these furry escapades add a dash of humor to Tara’s life.
Join us in this latest episode as Tara Battiato takes us through her inspiring journey in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s more than just a conversation; it’s a window into how passion, when paired with purpose, can create waves of positive change.
Tune in to experience Tara Battiato’s unique blend of passion and purpose, a story that resonates with anyone who believes in the power of making a difference.
Episode 148: Gab, Grit and Grace – Megan De La Concha's Journey from Silence to Empowerment
Get ready to dive into an episode that’s as empowering as it is real with Megan De La Concha, the life and empowerment coach who’s redefining resilience. Megan’s story isn’t just about overcoming; it’s about transforming pain into power and fear into freedom.
Megan’s narrative isn’t just about overcoming; it’s a testament to the fierce spirit of a woman who reshaped her destiny against all odds.
Her story unfolds from a serene, ‘basic’ childhood to an adulthood mired in a toxic, abusive relationship that tested her to the core. Imagine this: Megan, fresh from the labor of giving birth to her first child, lying in a hospital bed, alone and in pain, her voice and identity stripped away by an abusive partner who showed up only to steal her pain medication. It’s a scene that starkly contrasts with the joy of new motherhood, leaving her isolated and broken.
But Megan’s true turning point came just after her son turned two. It wasn’t marked by dramatic confrontations; it was the quiet realization in a typical morning that led to her “footprints in the sand” moment. This was when Megan chose to step out of the shadows of abuse and into the light of self-reclamation.
Today, Megan is a powerhouse – a loving wife and mother of three, fiercely supported by a husband who champions her every move. Her story is a shining example of what it means to rise from the depths of despair to heights of empowerment and love.
In her relaunched podcast, “PeP. Talks with Megan De La Concha,” she brings an authentic mix of energy and empathy. It’s more than a platform for sharing; it’s a space for connecting with those who face similar battles. Megan’s conversational style – whether she’s sharing her triumphs, struggles, or casual chats with God – makes her message relatable and real.
Join us in this episode for a journey of raw truth and inspiring transformation. Megan De La Concha stands as a beacon of hope, proving that even in the darkest moments, there’s a path to a life filled with love, freedom, and true empowerment. Megan is here to show you that no matter how tough it gets, you’ve got the strength to make it through.
Episode 147: Unleashing Strength with Lindsey White – A Tale of Triumph Over Adversity
In this powerhouse episode, Katy Rey sits down with the unstoppable Lindsey White, Tampa’s own #1 Amazon Best-Selling author and a beacon of resilience.
Lindsey isn’t just surviving; she’s thriving and redefining what it means to combat life’s toughest battles. With a history marred by physical abuse, emotional trauma, and daunting health challenges, she’s emerged not only as a survivor but as a warrior, using her experiences as a catalyst for generational change and empowerment.
Lindsey’s journey isn’t just a story – it’s an odyssey of courage, grit, and relentless spirit.
But this episode isn’t about recounting woes. Lindsey is here to pour out her powerhouse of energy, inspiring you to harness your own strength to control your chaos. She’s a living testament that when life throws curveballs, you grab them and write your own playbook.
As a business builder and a life shaper, Lindsey is driven by a profound purpose: not just to share her story, but to guide others in navigating their own struggles. She understands the weight of bottled-up experiences, the silent ‘now what?’ that echoes after each life challenge. With her, it’s about transforming personal battles into universal lessons of resilience and hope, helping others find their footing in the midst of chaos.
Lindsey knows the art of balancing the personal with the professional. She understands intimately how stress can be a silent enemy and emphasizes the life-saving importance of self-grace and advocacy. With health challenges that include multiple sclerosis, Behcet’s blood disease, a necessary hysterectomy, and a new battle with an eye disease, her story is a masterclass in resilience and self-care.
But amidst the trials, there’s an undying love – for her mother. A guiding light, a source of endless inspiration, her mother’s wisdom and love have been Lindsey’s anchor through life’s storms. And when the noise gets too much, Lindsey follows her mother’s simple yet profound advice: “Look up.” In nature’s embrace, amidst the calming sounds of the outdoors, she finds her peace, her moment of grace.
As her upcoming book, “Control Your Chaos” gears up for release in February 2024, Lindsey’s message is clear: Embrace your journey, be your fiercest advocate, and never feel you’re walking your path alone. Get ready to be inspired, and empowered, and feel deeply connected with Lindsey’s story on this episode of Katy Rey’s podcast.
Lindsey’s mantra? Slow down, look up. A simple phrase that encapsulates a universe of wisdom.
Tune in to experience the magnetic force of Lindsey White – where every challenge is met with a fire that refuses to dim.