#117 “Surviving COVID with Girlfriends” with Jen Donovan, Ilissa Viviani, Michelle Renar, Kristen Uhl and Nellie Hill

Today I catch up with 5 women whose work and lives have been affected by the global pause. They share where they are at both personally and professionally, what’s been a challenge, what’s changed for the better or the worse, how they envision going back to work, what they’re grateful for, what they miss, and how they’ve leaned on each other to get through it all. Thanks for joining ladies! I hope y’all get to hug each other soon too!

Jennifer Donovan is back for a COVID catch up. Founder of Le Shag a full service hair and beauty salon based out of Kingston, NY. Jen has continuously evolved and innovated her business model to expand into Glo Spa, the Le Shag Capsule soon to be opening into Stone Ridge, Le Shag Weddings, Le Shag Academy and the Hudson Valley Beauty Collective. Today, she’s gathered some of her gal pals to talk with me about life during quarantine and after juggling the business pivots, childcare and loan paperwork, Jen is looking forward to a real vacation once this is over.

Ilissa Viviani, Le Shag Salon Coordinator, is currently working from home and fielding the numerous calls by clients eagerly awaiting their hair appointments. Le Shag has been offering color kits and Zoom consults in order to temporarily support their clients patiently awaiting their re-opening. She is also excitingly going to be partnering on the new Le Shag Capsule in Stone Ridge. Seven months pregnant, Ilissa has enjoyed the slowing down and connecting with local Kelder Farms for her fresh local veggies each week.

Michelle Renar, Owner of Hudson Valley Body Works, opened her small private practice in the historic stockade district of uptown Kingston in 2004. Prior to that Michelle interned at the Caprini Pain Treatment Center and the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan and helped facilitate the first massage therapy program for the Kingston Hospital, working for 4 years in the hospital setting providing massage therapy for OB patients. She is certified in cancer and terminal illness massage, she is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage and a Registered Diagnostic Ultrasonographer. Michelle has been connecting with others in the massage community to build best practices and share thoughts and plans for moving forward once things re-open, but is also hoping to maintain the balance that she’s achieved with this forced slow down of her life.

Nellie Hill, is the Owner of Nellie Hill Events, a boutique wedding design and production company for creative couples planning a destination wedding in the Hudson Valley, Catskills and beyond. Nellie has been producing and designing events for the past 10 years in the Hudson Valley. She has had a passion for parties and events from the time she could walk and talk. Nellie graduated from Marist College with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and has a background in the service industry. Nellie just had her second child during COVID and shares how she’s most looking forward to celebrating her new baby and connecting with family when we’re out of quarantine.

Kristen Uhl, is the Director of the Very Little Red Schoolhouse, a NY licensed day care center that is located in Hurley, NY. They are an infant and toddler program that offers care for children six weeks to three years of age who strives to provide a fun and safe learning environment for the children to grow every single day. Kristen struggled with whether to stay opened or closed and eventually made the difficult decision to protect herself and her staff and close for the remainder of the NY PAUSE. Kristen is grateful to her girlfriends for their support during the challenges of the past few months, and looks forward to the return of big, messy family dinners with her many siblings.

Thank YOU Ladies!

Today’s show was engineered by Manuel Blas of Radio Kingston, www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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#108 Jessica Meyer from “the idea garden” + Freedomwalker “The Source of Self-Regard”

Today!!! I am joined by Jessica Meyer, a leadership consultant and executive coach who co-created The Idea Garden with her husband, Matt Taylor, a space for socially engaged art and community events. She is active in the community, a member of Women’s History Month Kingston the steering committee and the mom of Maggie, a certified therapy dog who is battling cancer. Today we learn more about Jess, her work, the current exhibit at the idea garden and some of the happendings of Women’s History Month! She shares how they came up with the name for the idea garden inspired by John Boswell’s, Mr. Roger’s remix, one of her favorite exhibits, The Grace Project, featuring the works of Charise Isis, and what she’s learned along the way of starting a new business: accepting support along the way, looking for resources in the community, being open to new information and learning, having patience, and looking for opportunities for collaboration opportunities. I found it fascinating hearing about her work in leadership consulting and executive coaching including her own process around getting clear on her own values and priorities via the assistance of Strategy Professor Paul Ingram.

She shares about her involvement with Women’s History Month Kingston (WHMK), established in March 2019 as a community collaboration, where different organizers hosted a series of events to highlight women’s history through a diversity of perspectives. Now with a steering committee comprised of volunteers from Kingston businesses and arts and cultural organizations, the current schedule is up and growing. You can follow their Facebook page for the most up to date info on the events.

Here are some of the upcoming events at the idea garden; April: HV Seed Company, the Art of Seed, May: Breaking Free from Trauma featuring works by Rita Bolla, Benny Benard, and Kat Howard, and June: Kids Collaboration, Senior Thesis show from Kingston HS and Middle School.

Halfway through the show we are joined by returning guest, FreedomWalker, a certified creative art therapist, accredited practitioner of the healing arts, fine artist, writer and co-host of The Black Meta on Radio Kingston ⚡️ She co-hosts the current exhibit at “The Source of Self Regard,” a multi-disciplinary arts exhibition. Named after a collection of essays, speeches, and meditations by the late Toni Morrison, the show’s intention is to hold space for and highlight the voices of women, femme, and nonbinary people of color. The show will feature both visual and performing artists and will run for 2 months at the idea garden in Kingston NY to coincide with both Black History Month Kingston and Women’s History Month Kingston.

Artists exhibiting include: AJ AremuSadee BrathwaiteDorothy Brodhead, Cassandra D. Clarke, K.C. Clarke, Nile ‘River’ ClarkeAndie Clarkson, Freedom Walker, Courtney HaeickIONEDahlia JarrettNaira Luke-AlemanMumbaYvonne Rojas-CowanToni Thomas, and Cynthia Timms . The exhibit will be open the following dates in March, 3.7 4-7pm, 3.14 4-7pm and Closing Celebration 3.21 4-7pm stay tuned for the Closing details.

Freedomwalker shares a passage from Toni Morrison’s “A Source of Self-Regard” about the struggling artist and not enfranchising the struggling artist imagery. She talks about the importance of her art, how she works through the challenges of financially supporting her art and her work by diversifying all she does, how she doesn’t hold on to past things, connecting with her heart, and healing the ancestral line through her artwork.

Her last exhibit at the idea garden was titled, “Last Night for Dinner.”

And yes, we get in some sharing about Self Care!

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#104 Joanne Leffeld, the Moolah Doula on “Healing Our Relationship with Money”

Welcome to Season 3!!!

Today, my guest is Joanne Leffeld, more famously known as the “Moolah Doula.” She’s worn many roles in her life including certified financial planner, mom, yoga teacher, artist, hospice volunteer, business partner in a lighting design company and more recently an end of life doula. She’s had her share of ups and downs but believes there’s always an opportunity to birth a new life, and she helps people do that through the lens of understanding their relationship to money. She can relate to the full range of emotions the discussion of money provokes and helps people overcome their fear of birthing their new financial life. And that’s why she’s the @moolahdoula

Today, we got into A LOT! The importance of your first memory of money, learning what you value, learning how to value yourself, navigating the money talk with a partner, the importance of communication, honesty, how to work with your inner child, the fear of not having enough money, yoga and listening to your inner wisdom. Joanne’s work feels like a gift to me, both on a personal level, but also in how it is the seed of potential in healing the problems that money causes in our world. Thank you for your work Joanne!

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We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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