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Not Alone

English, Cultural, 1 season, 42 episodes, 1 day, 14 hours, 27 minutes
Mother and former model turned thought-leader, Valeria Lipovetsky brings her fun and informative content to her newest endeavor, the podcast Not Alone! Join Valeria to find inspiration, connectedness, and belonging through a community of listeners seeking answers together.  On each episode you’ll hear engaging and relatable conversations from experts and celebrities on topics ranging from relationships to creativity, paired with Valeria’s intimate snapshots of her own self discovery journey. The goal? To let you know that you are not alone! So whether you’re here for wellness tips or to follow Valeria’s day-to-day life as a working mom, this podcast is for you. Not Alone is produced in partnership with FRQNCY Media. Follow Valeria on Instagram, Youtube, and TikTok.
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A Guide to Postpartum Sex, Care, and Beyond

This week’s episode is brought to you by the following:  Pique: For a limited time, get 15% off Nandaka + a free rechargeable frother and cup with my link at  Bird & Be: Try it out today and save an extra 15% off your first purchase with code NOTALONE15 on  LMNT: Exciting news, LMNT has a fantastic offer just for Not Alone listeners. Just go to to get a free sample pack with any drink mix purchase! This week, Valeria is joined by Dr. Sara Reardon, a pelvic health physical therapist, for an enlightening conversation on the often overlooked but vital topic of pelvic health. In this episode, Dr. Sara, known affectionately as the "Vagina Whisperer," dives into the importance of pelvic floor health, debunking common myths, discussing postpartum challenges, and providing empowering knowledge for women at all life stages. From discussing the implications of pelvic health on mental wellbeing, to dispelling postpartum sex misinformation, to actionable advice on advocating for better medical care, this podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in reclaiming and understanding their body, learning how to advocate for yourself, and learning the critical aspects of pelvic wellness. Dr. Sara Reardon PT, DPT, WCS is a doctor of physical therapy and board-certified pelvic floor physical therapist with over 17 years of experience helping women with bowel and bladder issues, painful intercourse, pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and staying dry and pain-free in the later years of life. She is known on social media as The Vagina Whisperer with collectively over 600,000 followers on Instagram and TikTok.  Sara is the Founder and Chief Vagina Officer of The Vagina Whisperer, an online platform with pelvic floor education and exercises for pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, painful sex and pelvic floor strengthening. She is currently writing her first book, FLOORED: A Complete Guide to Women’s Pelvic Floor Health at Every Age and Stage.  Sara is on:  Get 7 days of free pelvic floor and core workouts: Not sure if your pelvic floor needs therapy? Take Sara’s one-minute quiz that will let you know where to start: Books mentioned:  Shop my look from this episode:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 02:30 Pelvic health physical therapist 03:54 Specializing in pelvic floor health 07:22 The pelvic floor physiology 09:15 Normalize talk about pelvic floor 14:39 How to become the driver of your own healthcare  17:36 Women are still struggling with pelvic care 23:51 Common postpartum care issues 26:28 Marital troubles and painful intercourse 28:32 Connection between painful sex and pelvic floor 32:37 Urinary leakage after childbirth 34:36 Workout for the pelvic floor 35:53 How do you educate young girls about pelvic floor health 39:39 Physical changes after giving birth 44:31 Less traumatic postpartum recovery   46:08 How to prepare for afterbirth care 50:15 Better options for better healthcare for women 52:29 Resources to learn more about birthing and postpartum Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/14/202457 minutes, 11 seconds
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Breaking the Silence: The Reality of My Marriage and Motherhood Journey

This episode is brought to you by the following:  Cozy Earth: Head over to and use promo code "VALERIA" for an exclusive 35% off. Branch Basics: Save 15% on your Starter Kit or Hand Soap when you use code NOTALONE at  Lume: Control Body Odor ANYWHERE with @lumedeodorant and get 15% off with promo code VALERIA at! #lumepod Hi guys, today, we have a SOLO episode! I love my job and I love being able to connect with you all through social media but I’m also hyper-aware of how it impacts our minds and perceptions of those we follow. We know by now that social media isn’t REAL, it’s all the best parts and it often flattens us into two-dimensional characters. And it is so important that we remember that we are all more complex, that we’re all trying our best to figure things out as we go. There’s no such things as a perfect parent or a perfect relationship or a perfect business. We all face challenges whether it’s internal or in our environment and I hope this episode makes you feel less alone in that.  Instagram post mentioned:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:10 Social media is fake 03:55 Being the perfect and superwoman mother on social media 09:36 Finding balance as a new mom 12:08 Overcoming imposter syndrome 16:56 Embracing feminine energy 27:26 Learning to celebrate accomplishments 31:04 Guilt in motherhood Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
5/7/202445 minutes, 31 seconds
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Toni Garrn: Find Your Purpose

This episode of Not Alone is brought to you by the following:  Knix: Get 10% off your order on by using code VALERIA10 at checkout!  This week, Valeria is joined by her good friend and supermodel, Toni Garrn. Together, they explore the depths of Toni's journey, from her early days in the modeling world to her current impactful role as a philanthropist. Valeria and Toni chat all things saturn return, turning 30, divorce, finding a balance between work and motherhood, and about how to find a greater purpose in life through acts of service for others.  Toni Garrn is an internationally successful supermodel, actress, philanthropist – and entrepreneur. Since the age of 15, Garrn has regularly appeared in front of the camera for well-known luxury brands. In her mid-20s, she founded the Toni Garrn Foundation, which supports educational initiatives for girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa. Together with local partners in Ghana, Uganda and Burundi, the organization provides educational opportunities to more than 650 girls annually. This year, Garrn also became a social entrepreneur: She founded SUPER FLEA MARKET, a platform for pre-loved celebrity fashion where every sale supports a network of social and environmental justice initiatives. will go live in May 2024. You can find Toni on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:31 How did Toni get discovered as a model? 04:27 What made Toni stay in the industry 05:56 “Modeling never became my identity…” 07:14 Prioritizing meaningful connections 10:02 Juggling motherhood, career, and guilt 13:30 A Victoria’s Secret model’s routine 17:41 Getting into philanthropy 22:03 The authenticity of model activism 24:25 Philanthropy projects in Africa 28:16 Transparency and trust 31:47 Sponsoring other children 35:44 The joy of giving 38:19 Super Flea Market 42:24 The people behind the Toni Garrn Foundation 43:27 Toni outside of modeling and activism 44:59 Lessons from Saturn return 49:12 Finding fulfillment in acts of service 50:46 Making a difference where it's needed most 52:15 The importance of having fun 53:46 Toni’s reflection on the future Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/30/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 35 seconds
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Unleashing Wealth: How to Invest and Get Rich with Codie Sanchez

Today’s episode is brought to you by the following:  LMNT: LMNT came up with a fantastic offer for us. Just go to to get a free sample pack with any purchase!  Home Chef: For a limited time, HomeChef is offering my listeners 18 Free Meals PLUS Free Dessert for Life and Free Shipping on your first box! Go to **Must be an active subscriber to receive free dessert Bird & Be: Try out the Ovarian Reserve Screening Test and save 15% off your first purchase with code NOTALONE15 on  Better Help: Give online therapy a try at and get on your way to being your best self.  Today, Valeria welcomes the dynamic Codie Sanchez. Valeria and Codie explore the nonlinear paths of our lives and the importance of maintaining curiosity as a tool for continuous learning. The two tap on conventional wisdom with discussions on the myths of working smarter versus harder and debunk the idea that you can get paid for being lazy. The conversations also cover various topics such as the impact of what we consume online, the dynamics of the workplace, and the often misunderstood concept of toxic positivity. Codie Sanchez is the founder and CEO of Contrarian Thinking, a digital media company, and Contrarian Thinking Capital, a small business holding company that is focused on bringing Main Street businesses back to the limelight. Codie Sanchez is the Founder and CEO of Contrarian Thinking, one of the fastest growing financial media businesses with 6 million followers and 100 million monthly views. She is also the Founder of Contrarian Thinking Capital, a venture capital firm, and Main Street Holding Company with 25+ small or, what we call, “boring businesses.” Think car washes, laundromats, property management companies etc. She is a former partner at one of the largest cannabis investment firms, where she invested in 65+ companies. Her specialty is in the roll-up, turnaround and add-on space. She built First Trust’s $1 billion+ AUM Latin America business and held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, State Street, and Vanguard. Check out Contrarian Thinking:   Codie is on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 02:48 Our path isn’t linear 05:26 Curiosity is a skill 06:16 Myth: Work smarter not harder 10:39 What do we consume most online? 12:17 Getting paid to be lazy 14:57 The Sexy-Boring matrix 16:27 Unhappy working employee 21:34 How do you grow your network 23:40 People aren’t happier  26:53 Toxic positivity 27:26 How do you define success? 30:35 Your problems shrink as time passes 34:47 Money is a cruel mistress 36:43 This isn’t how you get rich 38:19 Contrarian Thinking 39:13 Running a business is hard 40:28 How the rich get rich 43:32 You gotta work hard for it 46:04 Women equally competing with men 47:42 Women empowerment 50:43 Sharing your success   53:07 Having conversations with yourself 47:17 Think about what you post 53:53 What’s wrong with judgment? 56:43 MBAs are useless? 59:39 The future of education 01:04:45 Navigating your feminine/masculine energy 01:07:46 If you’re going to work with your partner 01:10:52 Do you have a big ego? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/23/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 59 seconds
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Rediscovering Me: Heidi D’Amelio on Navigating Family Drama

Today’s episode is brought to you by the following:  Pique: For a limited time, get 15% off + a free Starter Kit (beaker + frother) and a Propolis throat spray when you shop my link:  LMNT: Try my favorite way to hydrate with LMNT. Theycame up with a fantastic offer for us. Just go to for a free sample pack with any purchase! Cozy Earth: Head over to and use promo code "VALERIA" for an exclusive 35% off.  Bird & Be: Try out the Ovarian Reserve Screening Test plus save 15% off your first purchase with code NOTALONE15 on  In today’s episode, Valeria is joined by none other than, Heidi D’Amelio! Together, Valeria and Hedid chat all about motherhood, their family’s rise to fame, dealing with online hate, and overcoming marriage struggles. The pair also dive into what it means to find yourself again after motherhood and letting your children be free and live their own lives. Join Valeria and Heidi for a raw, emotional conversation all about personal identity, growing through life’s seasons, and being selfish in a positive way.  Heidi D’Amelio, is best known as mom to Dixie and Charli, two of the most popular names in social media today. In 2019, Heidi’s youngest daughter Charli started posting dances on the popular app Tik Tok and literally overnight became the most followed name on the platform. Heidi’s dedication to being a present but not overbearing mom has grown her own following of over 10 million and growing.The family currently has a combined following of over 300 million.  Heidi recently competed on season 31 of Dancing with the Stars alongside pro, Artem Chigvintsev on top of being a full-time mom and overseeing her family’s demanding schedules. Heidi continues to pursue her passions which include health and wellness, fitness, and philanthropy. Balancing personal and work life and ensuring the internet is a safe place, not only for her daughters but for other teens, is always her main priority.  Watch The D’Amelio Show on Hulu:  Shop Be Happy Snacks:   Heidi is on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:21 Moving to LA 02:57 Importance of maternal wisdom 09:31 Being a mom of two famous teenagers 13:35 Finding yourself at 52 19:12 Dealing with negative comments 23:41 How 'Dancing With the Stars' tested Heidi’s family  31:21 Creating a kinder connection in marriage 34:40 Family therapy and public scrutiny 38:55 The importance of family unity in Hollywood 41:03 Becoming public figures as a family 47:22 Cancel culture 51:19 Longevity and staying relevant 56:23 How family keeps us grounded 58:23 D’Amelio family behind the cameras 1:00:37 Parenting in the social media era 1:09:31 Who is Heidi? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/16/20241 hour, 24 minutes, 40 seconds
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Mandy Moore: Unfiltered Reflections on Fame, Love and Resilience

Today’s episode is brought to you by the following:  Magic Spoon: Go to to grab a variety pack and try it today! And be sure to use our promo code NOTALONE at checkout to save five dollars off your order! Today, Valeria is joined by none other than the iconic Mandy Moore. From 2000s pop Idol and teen movie star to the blockbuster successes of Tangled and This is Us: Mandy Moore has already led an illustrious 20-year career and left her mark on the world. But she’s not done yet! There is so much more that Mandy has to explore and offer, and she and Valeria chat all about it. Together they explore what it was like to rise to fame without the influence of social media, reflect on motherhood, how to balance family life with a demanding career, and the importance of community. Plus, they take a behind-the-scenes look into the iconic It’s Totally Raining Teens Vanity Fair cover, and how Mandy is, now more than ever, leaning into her friendship with Hilary Duff.  Mandy Moore’s Audible Original Series “The Boar’s Nest” is now available to stream, exclusively on Audible:  Mandy is on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:59 One of the most unproblematic celebrity 04:29 What’s it like without social media in the 90s 06:33 Online presence plays a role in getting casted 08:25 This is Us in seven years 11:18 We are stronger than we give credit for 12:47 What kind of mother are you going to be? 16:41 Losing patience  18:34 Seeing an older version of you 21:13 Have you lost yourself in a character you played? 23:13 Are you struggling with aging? 25:01 What are you looking forward to turning 40? 26:48 Growing together through the years 30:08 Having an unhealthy relationship with yourself 35:16 How did I find myself? 38:49 Regretting something you consciously let go of 40:39 I feel the best version of myself right now 42:00 Having support is everything 44:51 Raising a newborn and being a working mom 46:34 Cultivating a support system 48:20 Vanity Fair cover with Hilary Duff 49:49 A lot of drama during the Vanity Fair shoot 50:49 The Boar’s Nest 53:42 Career longevity 54:33 Future career endeavors 55:52 Books that inspired you Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/9/20241 hour, 1 minute, 40 seconds
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You Are Enough: Ronda Rousey's Relationship with Perfection and People Pleasing

This episode is brought to you by the following:  HomeChef: For a limited time, HomeChef is offering my listeners 18 Free Meals PLUS Free Dessert for Life and of course, Free Shipping on your first box! Go to  Biom: Use code NOTALONE at for 10% off your first one-month jar of NOBS Toothpaste Tablets Today, Valeria is joined by the one and only Ronda Rousey. Uncensored and finally speaking her truth, Ronda Rousey is in a new era of her life, moving on from and exposing the UFC and WWE. Ronda also opens up about the dark time in her life after losing her fight with Holly Holms, the abusive dynamics between coach and athlete, and how motherhood has changed her for the better. Join Valeria and Ronda as they dive deep into self-ownership and authenticity, particularly in the face of public demonization and personal tragedy.  Ronda completely transformed the world of martial arts, most notably, through her record-setting career as the UFC’s first and most dominant female fighter. She was the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, in 2018, the same year she exploded onto the WWE scene. During her time in WWE, she held the Raw, Smackdown, and multiple tag team titles. Ronda is also a New York Times bestselling author and an actress. Check out Ronda’s new book, Our Fight: A Memoir -   Ronda is on:  What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:42 Owning your narrative 04:13 Demonized by the world 05:47 It became our fight 07:25 My own personal tragedy 10:39 Be everything to everyone 14:09 “People thought I was making excuses.” 15:22 Your health against your career 16:45 “I knew I did it, that's what matters.” 18:40 Getting caught up with fame 22:17 The champions burden 25:47 Disadvantages of being a woman in MMA 29:53 Finding opportunity in anything 34:15 When did you figure out your purpose? 36:08 Everyone gets a medal 38:51 Functioning as a fraction of yourself 41:35 Getting into depression and grief 46:41 How WWE helped me 48:43 You had to figure it out 50:06 The coach-athlete relationship 54:08 Boundary between pushing for excellence and abuse 56:31 Have you done therapy? 58:17 Self awareness 01:00:36 Enjoying the process 01:04:01 Regenerative farming 01:07:42 Motherhood is humbling 01:11:33 Baby name meaning 01:12:37 The biggest lesson learned Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
4/2/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 37 seconds
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Dancing Through Loss: Allison Holker is Learning To Forgive and Move Forward

This episode is brought to you by the following:  Miracle Made: Go to and use the code VALERIA to claim your free 3-piece towel set and save over 40% off. Better Help: Not Alone is sponsored by Better Help. Give online therapy a try at and get on your way to being your best self. Magic Spoon: Go to and use our promo code NOTALONE at checkout to save five dollars off your order!  Today, Valeria welcomes Allison Holker to Not Alone. Since the passing of her husband Stephen (better known to the world as tWitch), Allison has been on the road to healing, self-discovery, and self-love. Together, Allison and Valeria talk about the power of faith and the comfort it provides, parenting your children through grief, how to have a successful and loving relationship with your teens, and the problem with toxic positivity. Allison Holker is a dancer and choreographer who got her start on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance. From there she joined SYTYCD as an All-Star in later seasons, danced as a pro on Dancing With The Stars, hosted Disney’s Fairytale Weddings, and is now a judge on So You Think You Can Dance for Season 18. She is the mother of 3 beautiful children and is an author now as well.  Check out Allison’s new children’s book “Keep Dancing Through: A Boss Family Groove”  Allison is on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:39 We found bringing people in so enjoyable 03:00 Letting go of trying to control everything 04:24 There are a lot of hard days 08:46 God doesn’t give you things you can’t handle 09:56 What were you fearful of? 11:15 Forgiveness  12:58 How do you talk to your kids? 15:23 Growing up together with your child 17:00 Let your kids speak and thrive  21:43 Loving myself for the first time 24:22 Can you still love yourself on a sh*tty day? 28:31 Faith and religion 33:07 How much to give and keep for yourself 37:09 Toxic positivity 41:00 Share your emotions in a safe place 44:00 Learning how to use your voice 45:53 I no longer care what people think 47:15 Choosing not to show my vulnerability 53:55 How to teach children about the world outside social media 55:58 Expressing opinions and virality 57:53 So You Think You Can Dance 59:34 Being a judge at SYTYCD 01:01:21 Are you ready to move forward? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/26/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to Save Your Marriage: Working with My Husband & Hiring a CEO

This episode is brought to you by the following:  One Skin: Start prioritizing skin longevity today with 15% off using code VALERIA at Lume: Control Body Odor ANYWHERE with @lumedeodorant and get $5 off off your Starter Pack (that’s over 40% off) with promo code VALERIA at! #lumepod Better Help: Give online therapy a try at and get on your way to being your best self. Join us on this week’s episode of the Not Alone Podcast as we delve into our journey of building a global influencer empire. Rachel Ostro, CEO of Valeria Inc, joins hosts Gary Lipovetsky and Valeria Lipovetsky, and together they unravel the remarkable tale of how they forged Valeria Inc into a powerhouse in the influencer marketing realm. Boasting an audience of over 6.5 million across four social platforms, working with thousands of partners, and generating a staggering revenue of over 13 million dollars, their story is one of determination, collaboration, and innovation. Tune in as Rachel, Gary, and Valeria share their insights into what makes the creator economy tick, revealing the pulse of a rapidly evolving industry. Discover how the creator economy is set to skyrocket, with projections indicating exponential growth in the coming years. Join us for an inspiring conversation that unveils the secrets behind their success and offers a glimpse into the exciting future of influencer marketing. If you want to learn more about how you can create, monetize and grow on your own creator journey join our new community, Creator Method, launching in spring 2024. Visit to learn more and join the waitlist. Limited spots available. You can find both Gary and Rachel on Instagram!  Gary Lipovetsky:  Rachel Ostro:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast Disclaimer: The links in this description are sponsor or affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links I may earn a credit or commission at no additional cost to you. What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:56 Welcome, Rachel Wexler! 02:08 Why Valeria Inc. needed a CEO 05:42 Who is Rachel and why is she leading Valeria Inc.? 13:26 A team of visionaries 15:32 Some positives that came out from the pandemic 20:04 Different strengths and skill sets 23:51 Going through major life changes as a team 29:01 The stigma of career women after having kids 32:12 Growth can mean so many different things 36:04 What do you do for a living? 38:58 Why don’t you sign on more talent?  40:39 What is the team’s biggest win? 45:47 Future plans, online education, creator economy 50:10 The economic impact of successful influencers 56:28 Scaling your long-term goals 59:10 What is Valeria like? 01:01:44 What are the biggest hurdles for creators? 01:08:10 Challenges come everyday 01:13:01 Why is the podcast called Not Alone? 01:16:15 Gary’s punctuation problem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/19/20241 hour, 26 minutes, 25 seconds
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Teen Moms & Daddy Issues: Getting to Know the REAL Jasmine Tookes

This episode of Not Alone is brought to you by Home Chef. For a limited time, Home Chef is offering my listeners 18 Free Meals, plus Free Shipping on your first box, and Free Dessert for Life, at *Must be an active subscriber to receive free dessert. Today, Valeria sits down with Jasmine Tookes. Best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel, Jasmine is now a co-founder of the activewear brand Joja, an ambassador for numerous luxury brands, and a new mother. We all know Jasmine Tookes - but we don’t REALLY know her. In this episode, Valeria and Jasmine open up about being the products of resilient young single moms, the harsh realities of their early modeling careers, and why building a clothing brand is not for the faint of heart. Jasmine, also vulnerable, opens up about how she maintains balance between her career and motherhood, her views on the creator economy, and her aspirations for her brand and personal life.  You can find Jasmine on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:40 Who is Jasmine Tookes 01:19 The ultimate goal was to become a model 03:09 Raised to be tough by a single mom 06:04 You gotta do all on your own 07:06 What kept you going? 09:08 You can succeed in whatever you want to do 10:04 JoJa - combining fitness and fashion 12:30 “I’ve worn so many hats building the business.” 14:54 Business aspirations for the brand  16:08 Lessons learned as a new mother 18:07 “I try to not be hard on myself.” 20:11 How do you see yourself as a parent? 21:36 Growing up with two mother figures 22:42 Do you have daddy issues? 26:05 When your stylist is your own mother 27:48 How do you present yourself on social media? 30:06 “I will always be a model.” 31:48 People love to learn what you wear 33:49 How much are you willing to share online? 35:44 How do you recuperate from traveling too much? 37:10 What keeps you busy these days? 39:37 “Work hard, play harder.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/12/202443 minutes, 31 seconds
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My Divorce Story: Chriselle Lim’s Lonely Marriage and Self-Discovery Journey

This week, Valeria is joined by the iconic Chriselle Lim, an OG fashion and lifestyle influencer, entrepreneur, and content creator. The shock of Chriselle’s divorce came after years of her sharing her picturesque seeming family & relationship online - her journey is a true testament to the fact that women continue to suffer in silence in toxic relationships. What you see on the outside is so different from what’s happening inside a marriage. Chriselle is blazing the trail for changing that narrative, breaking down the stigma around divorce and failed relationships, and giving hope to those who are struggling on their own. Valeria and her sit down and chat all about Chriselle’s self-discovery journey throughout and after her divorce, the internal shame that comes with learning to love again, and how they are planning to raise resilient children through positive feminine and masculine role models.  You can find Chriselle on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:42 Self-discovery after divorce 03:47 Feeling alone in a marriage 06:45 The reality of young marriage 10:28 Prenups and partnership 13:25 Embracing change in relationships 16:42 Redefining masculinity and femininity 20:25 Rediscovering joy and feminine energy after divorce 25:58 Present parenting 29:34 Building a solid co-parenting relationship 37:18 Why Chriselle shared her divorce journey 40:48 Letting go of past self 44:40 Finding strength in vulnerability 48:35 Celebrating life after divorce 50:41 Setting boundaries in the world of social media 1:00:57 Overcoming relationship trauma and trusting again 1:03:34 “You don’t need marriage…” 1:12:07 Who is Chriselle now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
3/5/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Unfiltered Journey to a $320 Million Sale with World-Class Entrepreneur Joanna Griffiths

This week, Valeria is joined by one of fashion’s most successful entrepreneurs: Joanna Griffiths. Joanna Griffiths is the Founder and President of Knix and Kt by Knix, the direct-to-consumer intimate apparel brands reinventing intimates for real life. Since launching the company in 2013, Joanna has built Knix into one of the fastest-growing intimate apparel brands globally and is lauded as the pioneer of the leakproof/period underwear marketplace. Joanna broke the Canadian record for the largest publicly disclosed sale of a private company by a female founder in 2022 through the sale of Knix for$320 Million Dollars. In this episode, Joanna and Valeria share their insights on evolving work perspectives after motherhood, the challenges of integrating work and personal aspirations, and the transformative power found within uncomfortable opportunities.  You can find Joanna on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:20 Self-identity 02:41 Identity after motherhood 05:19 How time can affect perspectives, self-care, and priorities 08:03 A mother’s role in work and life 13:17 Multiple identities of an entrepreneurial women 15:12 Expectations on female entrepreneurs 17:07 Self-discovery through uncomfortable opportunities 22:21 Embracing self-accomplishments 23:53 Starting over and rising above the challenges 27:11 Work-life integration 28:46 Finding Balance Between 0 and a 100 32:09 Finding calm within the chaos 35:03 Evolving from ego-driven motivations 42:38 Life After Birth 46:14 Navigating the fourth trimester 48:58 The power of storytelling 52:02 Self-worth and self-esteem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2/27/202455 minutes, 3 seconds
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Style Icon Morgan Stewart McGraw Reveals All: A Deep Dive into Fashion, Struggle & Resilience

This week, join Valeria and Morgan Stewart McGraw for a conversation that is a rollercoaster of emotions. Morgan gained prominence for her role as one of the main cast members on the reality TV show "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills," then went on to have a successful stint as a host of Daily Pop, Nightly Pop, and Necessary Realness for the E! network. In this episode, Morgan and Valeria speak on pregnancy and birth's lasting impact on your body, the realities of fashion entrepreneurship, how to find friends in your 30s, coping with the recent loss of Morgan's father, and more. Inspired by Morgan’s tagline: "For the girl creating her own future," embark on a journey of empowerment and self-discovery with her and Valeria. It's a rallying cry for young women everywhere to seize control of their destinies and forge ahead with grace and humor. Whether it's in the world of fashion, motherhood, or personal growth, the key lies in harnessing one's innate gifts. You can find Morgan on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:26 Morgan's start on the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills 03:51 “I want to be successful at what I’m naturally good at.” 05:32 Getting her first 10k followers 08:27 Setting up fashion trends 09:02 “For the girl creating her own future” 10:37 Learning to love your current and younger self 11:12 Marriage and parenting 14:44 The impact pregnancy, birth, and motherhood has on your body 17:19 Founding Renggli 20:22 Give some space to other people 24:26 Friendship shifts and people relationships 28:07 Necessary Realness | E! News 30:19 It’s time for TV shows again 31:45 Going through loss and grief 37:36 Life lessons learn from losing a loved one 43:21 Having a Swiss mom 45:38 Raising kids in the social media age 48:47 Seeing your parents growing older 49:28 Saying a hard NO when you’re not up to it 51:09 Focused more on showing the other side of you 52:18 The 2024 In’s and Out’s 53:41 Fashion tips from Morgan 56:33 Keep creating a future that you want for yourself
2/20/202453 minutes, 11 seconds
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Start Healing Your Children: Conscious Parenting with Dr. Shefali

This week, Valeria is joined by clinical psychologist and New York Times Bestselling Author, Dr. Shefali. Together they dive into the definition of conscious parenting, the myths and truths of the concept, the struggles of modern parenting, and the journey of radical awakening for authenticity in adulthood. Valeria also takes a vulnerable leap and shares a retrospective on the conversation with Dr. Shefali, further explaining her thoughts on conscious parenting after sitting with the idea for a few weeks. She boldly admits her mistakes as a parent, outlines the practices she uses with her own children, and details why they work (and sometimes don’t!).  Explore Dr. Shefali's latest book, "The Parenting Map," for a step-by-step guide to elevate your parent-child relationship. You can find Dr. Shefali on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:37 Conscious parenting 02:44 Is conscious parenting being an idealist? 04:31 The struggle of modern ways of parenting 06:08 Steps to conscious parenting 07:30 Difference between gentle and conscious parenting 08:50 Conscious parenting is a lifelong process 10:53 Having one conscious parent in a family 12:44 How do we bring fear to children? 14:52 “Your child is not who you are” 16:12 Nurturing authenticity in your child 17:37 Relationship between parent’s reactions and child behavior 18:52 Radical Awakening 20:23 Reparenting your inner child 22:25 Inner revolution in adulthood 25:49 Individual growth in marriage 27:19 What is authenticity? 28:45 Find your truth
2/13/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 23 seconds
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She Lost Her Child & Husband: From Grief to Growth w/ Netflix,Uber&Apple Executive Bozoma Saint John

This week, Valeria is joined by former CMO at Netflix and Endeavor, and former chief brand officer at Uber, the one and only Bozoma Saint John! From the loss of her boyfriend, daughter and husband, Bozoma has lived through unimaginable loss and grief but has still been able to forge a path for herself and become her own light within the darkness.  In this episode, Valeria and Bozoma dive deep into her book, ‘The Urgent Life’, discuss how intuition plays a role in healing, using emotions like grief, anger, and regret as motivation, and what happiness really means.  Make sure to get your copy of Bozoma’s book, “The Urgent Life,” to embark on a journey of healing, courage, and embracing life's urgency. Grab your copy here: You can find Bozoma on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:38 Trusting your intuition 05:47 Break away from rules that don’t apply to you 10:01 The role of intuition in healing and transformation 15:30 When should you seek advice? 18:19 “There’s no mistakes in life, just delayed opportunities…” 20:34 Different types of grief 25:03 Embracing grief as a part of healing 27:50 Celebrating what could have been 30:25 How grief, anger, and regret can propel you forward 37:52 What is happiness? 39:04 Creating the light for yourself 44:17 The complicated gift of knowing the end 47:41 The Urgent Life 52:18 Navigating loss and grief with your child 59:38 Prioritizing yourself 1:04:32 Focusing on what you’re good at 1:10:29 Going beyond dreams
2/6/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 18 seconds
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Embracing Personal Evolution with Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

This week, Valeria is joined by Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Melissa Wood-Tepperberg! Melissa is founder of MWH and host of the Move With Heart Podcast. She is a motivational speaker, meditation teacher, certified yoga and pilates instructor, certified health coach, and beloved by the diverse community she’s cultivated through her unique approach to fitness and mindfulness over the years. An innate digital entrepreneur, Melissa began filming and sharing her workouts from her living room using only an iPhone and simple tripod in 2015.  In this episode, Valeria and Melissa tackle topics surrounding self-discovery and change. They touch on Melissa’s journey to finding herself, tips on how to discover yourself while you’re in a relationship, and finding courage to accept and embrace your inner and outer transformations.  You can find Melissa on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:10 How Valeria and Melissa met 01:05 Melissa’s journey to finding herself 06:52 Self-discovery in a relationship 09:52 Fear and codependency 11:15 Love lessons from Mom 14:02 Type vs. Values 15:57 Meditation and self-discovery 18:48 Finding common ground in relationships 24:40 The courage to accept change 31:24 Living in neutrality 36:27 Letting go of control 40:21 Difference between discomfort and boundary
1/30/202445 minutes, 46 seconds
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Live Your Longest Life: Staying Young with Dan Buettner

Today, we welcome Dan Buettner. Dan is a National Geographic Fellow, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of five books on longevity and happiness, and a three-time Guinness World Record distance cycling holder. During Dan’s travels and research, he and his team discovered the five places in the world — dubbed Blue Zones — where people live the longest, healthiest lives and have been sharing this information with the world for over 20 years.  Valeria sits down with Dan to discuss the Blue Zones and the reasons why the inhabitants of these places live longer than average. Dan shares his findings and exposes the American food system for what it truly is: a toxic environment of processed food that is slowly shortening our lifespans. Dan details how to adapt to a new diet and ways of living that can lead to a healthier and simpler lifestyle, how walking regularly is essential to longevity, and what knowledge and practices from the Blue Zones we can use to live longer, happier, and more fulfilling lives together.  Watch Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones on Netflix:  You can find Dan on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:25 Visiting places and bringing their stories to the world 04:46 The Blue Zone project 07:08 Finding areas where people live the longest 10:05 The common traits of people in blue zones 14:03 Our food environment is often toxic 18:40 How America evolved into consumerized food production 21:18 Obesity has now become a problem  23:00 Eating healthy is much cheaper 24:46 The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 26:59 Don’t change your behavior, change your environment 31:23 Community is a huge pillar to our longevity 35:16 Some supplements are harming our body 37:16 Biohacking may not work for you 40:23 How do you stay away from toxins? 41:46 This is how the Blue Zone Project operates 45:58 How to adapt the blue zone lifestyle at home 49:27 Road to living a simpler life
1/23/202451 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Fourth Trimester: Identity Crisis and Postpartum Depression with Kelsey Kreppel

Today, Valeria welcomes Kelsey Kreppel, a preschool-teacher-turned-content-creator and entertainer, to chat all about her current pregnancy and the anticipation and fear that comes with being an expectant first-time mom. Kelsey shares her pregnancy experience, the challenges that come with it, and the joys, fears, and anticipation of her son’s upcoming arrival. Being a first-time-mom can be scary and lonely, but Valeria gives Kelsey her best tips on how to navigate this new season of life without losing your sense of self along the way.  Valeria shares with Kelsey her honest and realistic advice on the “fourth trimester”, what to expect postpartum, how to handle being humbled as a mother, and not falling into doom traps of birth experiences and advice on the internet. Kelsey also shares the approach she and her husband, YouTuber Cody Ko, take when sharing their lives as influencers and the precautions and boundaries they’ll have to think about as new parents in the public eye.  You can find Kelsey on: Circle Time podcast Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:54 How do you define a cool mom? 03:31 Becoming a mother feels so natural 07:06 Conversations about starting a family 11:54 How to parent your own children 17:17 Preparing for postpartum and other afterbirth care 21:36 The fourth trimester 23:27 Embracing the changes that happen during pregnancy 29:00 It’s not easy but it’s also not permanent 34:48 Attachment style  38:03 The advantage of allowing your child to explore their emotions 42:45 Limiting what to share online when you have kids 48:07 Preparing to give birth 49:53 Doctor visits and counting baby kicks
1/16/202455 minutes, 21 seconds
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Unlock Your Financial Freedom: Getting Rich with Vivian Tu

On today’s episode, Valeria welcomes Vivian Tu, better known as Your Rich BFF online. Vivian is an ex-Wall Street Trader, Strategy Sales Partner at a Tech company, and the face of YourRichBFF. She started YourRichBFF as a passion project to share digestible lessons on financial literacy and lifestyle. Since then, she has built a community of over 2,500,000 besties helping one another get rich and stay rich. Together, Valeria and Vivian dive into how being smart about money is not just a practical skill; it's a cornerstone of a secure and fulfilling life. They also explore the belief that financial literacy empowers individuals to make informed decisions about budgeting, saving, and investing, and fosters a sense of control over one's economic stability.  Vivian’s book is available now! Order here: Rich AF: The Winning Money Mindset That Will Change Your Life  You can find Vivian on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:21 From stock market trader to full-time content creator 03:55 Having the sense of belonging to the society of rich people 06:03 The mindset of rich people and how they handle money 11:17 Not all debt is bad 16:39 “How I lost $4000 to break off a lease.” - Do the STRIP method 23:23 The truth about having emergency funds 28:27 Everything, when comes to finances comes down to time 31:48 What is an FU number? 34:57 The influencer lifestyle and being smart with money 39:45 What in your workplace can and cannot be changed? 42:17 How does the Brag Book works 45:05 Asking for a raise isn’t being greedy if you deserve it 47:36 Two things to remember when negotiating 54:22 Handling finances while in a relationship 58:25 Money is just a medium for what people value 01:00:00 Who pays for the first date? 01:03:06 “You aren’t bad with money, you weren’t thought about it” 01:05:33 Money can buy you the ability to be happy
1/9/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 43 seconds
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Balancing Mind and Body: Nutritional Psychiatry with Dr. Uma Naidoo

This week, join Valeria and Dr. Uma Naidoo for a discussion on the fascinating relationship between food and mental health. Dr. Uma is a prominent psychiatrist, chef, and bestselling author. Drawing from her books like "This Is Your Brain on Food" and new release "Calm Your Mind with Food," she uncovers the scientific connections between diet and emotional health, shedding light on how specific foods can influence conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress, and how you can use your diet to help relieve symptoms. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the mind-food relationship and learn valuable ways to cultivate mental resilience through what you eat. Calm Your Mind with Food by Dr. Uma Naidoo is available now!   You can find Dr. Uma on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:57 What is nutritional psychiatry? 03:21 Integrating nutrition into medicine 06:39 Journey to holistic nutrition 10:24 The rise of anxiety 12:31 How anxiety manifests in our body 15:50 The impact of gut health to our mental health 19:05 How to start paying attention to your gut and mental health 21:04 The Six Pillars for calming your mind 23:18 Breaking the fast-food cycle 29:32 Emotional eating 31:56 “Everyday is day one” 34:40 Personalized nutrition for women 38:39 Food as medicine for the mind 42:01 Is there good anxiety? 43:53 Medication and supplements 45:13 Instilling healthy eating habits in kids 50:54 Calming teas 52:33 Intro to spices
1/2/202457 minutes
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The Self Help Guide: How to Heal Your Childhood Trauma with Gabby Bernstein

This week, Valeria welcomes Gabby Bernstein to Not Alone. Gabby Bernstein is an American motivational speaker, life coach, and author known for her work in the field of self-help and spirituality. She has written several best-selling books, including "The Universe Has Your Back," "Miracles Now," and "Super Attractor." Gabby combines spiritual principles, mindfulness, and practical guidance in her teachings to help individuals overcome challenges, find inner peace, and create positive change in their lives.  Join Valeria and Gabby as they explore how our willingness and desire to learn can take us far in life, how trauma cannot be undone overnight, and actionable steps to overcoming anxiety. Unlearning fear may come as a huge challenge but with love and guidance from the right people, anyone can break free from their difficult past.  Download the Gabby app here:  You can find Gabby on:  Books Dear Gabby Podcast Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:28 How do you define the universe? 03:07 Come out and speak your truth 04:29 Be willing and have the desire to learn 06:33 The wounded little children within us 08:20 Trauma recovery and undoing fears 09:35 Healing from trauma is a lot of work  10:43 Losing control versus letting go of control 13:53 The secret to a powerful prayer 17:04 3 steps to overcome anxiety 20:27 Unlearning fear and remembering love 21:56 Conscious parenting starts with reparenting yourself 23:30 Personal development doesn’t have to happen overnight 27:28 How to reach for the best feeling thought 29:16 The adult, resourced, undamaged part of who were that never left us 31:17 What you believe you will manifest 33:29 The Self Help book
12/26/202337 minutes, 22 seconds
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Prioritizing Love: How to Save Your Relationship From Ruin, with Maria Sosa

This week, Valeria sits down with relational wellness expert and therapist, Maria Sosa. Join Valeria and Maria as they dive deeper into the heart of relational wellness therapy, truly being heard in your relationship, how to reignite intimacy, and finding the beauty in missed connections. In this episode, we navigate the complexities of love, growth, and communication, and are reminded that even in the uncomfortable moments, the potential for meaningful connection is endless.  You can find Maria on:  Mind Meets Body Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:05 What is relational wellness therapy? 03:45 What is effective communication in a relationship? 06:15 When communication is not being understood 09:30 Modern relationships now have negotiating roles 11:26 Couple tips for managing finances 13:58 How do you reignite intimacy? 18:37 Focus on the missed connections 21:15 Tools to help reconnect with your partner 23:54 Personal growth may bring couples apart 26:06 Struggles arise when there is disparity in growth 29:11 What is your definition of commitment? 31:38 Why negotiations are crucial in any marriage 34:14 The reality of long-term relationships 37:46 Feeling uncomfortable is not the end 41:13 Couples bring their individuality into the marriage 42:53 Love as a feeling vs love as a verb 46:37 The origins of marriages 50:49 Should there be a power struggle? 52:35 Work-life balance doesn’t include relationship growth 58:43 Relationships take time  59:42 The standards of a perfect marriage  01:06:01 Questions to ask before getting married
12/19/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 25 seconds
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Meet My Assistant: What it's REALLY Like Working for an Influencer

Discover the magic of workplace friendships in this heartwarming episode as Valeria shares a candid conversation with her personal assistant turned dear friend, Celine Rodriguez. In a world where genuine connections are a rare gem, Valeria and Celine invite you into the folds of their friendship, born and nurtured within the bustling corridors of Valeria Inc. Tune in to hear Celine's journey through the intricate tapestry of the fashion industry, from its humble beginnings to her role in Valeria's world. The duo unravels tales of shared adventures, including hilarious mishaps during chaotic New York, Paris, and Milan Fashion Weeks. Beyond the professional realm, Valeria and Celine divulge the evolution of their relationship – from employer and employee to the cherished bond of true friendship. You can find Celine on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:44 Who is Celine Rodriguez? 06:09 Getting into the fashion industry 12:21 Joining the Zimmerman crew 13:20 Got an offer as an assistant store manager 15:40 Finding Valeria Inc job post 18:36 Having high energy 19:18 Interests throughout the years 20:28 Fearless and doing things solo 23:00 Love for Harry Potter, obsessed with Star Wars 26:04 Multiple Disney visits 28:34 First impression on the first meeting 31:09 What is your intention? 32:24 The age gap and mentorship 35:50 Giving back and showing up 37:48 Paris trip together 42:26 Sexual harassment and other experiences in Paris 46:23 Next trip, Japan? 47:47 26 things to do before turning 26 49:31 Is Valeria a gaslighter? 52:23 The forgotten red shoes 57:28 Outfit mishaps and running around NY Time Square 01:00:12 Back to the 26 things to-do 01:02:39 Why did you stop drinking? 01:04:58 Getting used to doing things yourself 01:08:56 Dating preferences and predictions 01:10:30 What is love and partnership for you? 01:14:36 Dating challenges for Gen Z 01:17:34 Describe Valeria in 4 words 01:20:07 What gets you the most? 01:21:54 How do you balance work and friendship? 01:23:53 What’s the most challenging part of the job? 01:24:37 The story everyone needs to know 01:27:20 Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
12/12/20231 hour, 20 minutes, 50 seconds
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Timeless Wisdom: The Art of Aging Gracefully with Lynn Shabinsky

This week, Valeria sits down with Lynn Shabinsky, better known as @whitehairwisdom on social media. The two unravel the layers of Lynn's childhood, exploring the roots that shaped the vibrant person she is today. From venturing into the world of social media to discovering the joy in sharing life's snippets, Lynn's tale is a testament to finding happiness in authenticity.  Together, Valeria and Lynn touch on understanding the power of choices for all women, the wisdom that comes with the passage of time, and the art of aging gracefully. Lynn shares her insights on what it truly means to be a good mother, the beauty of adapting through communication shifts in marriage, and the joy of watching your children step into the world of parenting. Get ready for heart-to-heart conversations on love, loss, and the little moments that make life extraordinary. You can find Lynn on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:28 What was Lynn’s childhood like? 03:00 Venturing into social media 05:51 Finding joy in sharing your life 11:38 Sharing a tidbit of your reality 13:51 All women have a choice 16:11 When did you realize you’ve grown old? 19:26 How do you process loss? 20:34 Our parents are aging too 23:39 When did you switch to a healthier lifestyle? 25:34 Practicing yoga for 20 years 28:38 Age can teach us so much  31:34 Wear what feels right for you 33:16 Big passion for fashion 36:50 What makes one a good mother? 39:19 Overpreparing, sometimes, messes thing sup 40:44 What it’s like to marry young  41:45 What makes a successful marriage? 44:01 Adapting to the communication changes throughout the marriage 46:03 Watching your children learn how to parent 48:24 How to build strong communication with your children 50:33 Are you a strict parent? 51:55 How to keep a positive energy everyday
12/5/202359 minutes, 7 seconds
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The Truth About Social Media: How to Be More Responsible Online

Social media is an extension of yourself and we must start treating it accordingly. Now, more than ever, what we post, how we act, and how we interact online has much deeper permanence and power to either push us forward or hold us back. In a world where online interactions can now shape lives, navigating these issues has become a daily concern for both children and adults.  Everyone wants to go viral and be “famous” online, but at what cost? How can we protect our kids on social media? These are not questions I have answers to, but would love to start a conversation about.  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:20 A Day In The Life of a Content Creator 05:06 Social Media Responsibility 08:21 The Impact of Every User in the Social Media Era 12:42 Going Viral at What Cost? 14:14 The Power and Responsibility of Online Creators 20:07 Parenting in the Social Media Age 25:43 Knowing Yourself Before You Post 30:49 Simple Strategies for Screen Time 34:29 Evolving from Ego to Legacy 38:29 Turning Comparison into Growth
11/28/202347 minutes, 34 seconds
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Attachment Theory: Secrets to a Successful Relationship with Julie Menanno

The core idea of attachment theory is that humans, as social beings, have an innate need to form close emotional bonds and attachments with others. It has profound implications for understanding human relationships, including romantic partnerships, friendships, and parent-child relationships.  Valeria welcomes licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Julie Menanno for an eye-opening conversation about our individual attachment needs. We kick things off by exploring the foundations of attachment theory and what it means to parent with an attachment-focused mindset. The different attachment styles take center stage, shedding light on how they shape our emotional bonds and behaviors. They touch on the typical environment for avoidant attachment and why being dismissive with your partner can be a red flag and the pitfalls of relationship advice found online and why it's often based on conflict. Plus, we'll reveal the intriguing fact that only half of our attachment needs are met in our relationships. Pre-order Secure Love:  You can find Julie on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:30 The attachment theory 04:45 Parenting with an attachment mind 07:14 The different attachment styles 11:24 Disorganized attachment 14:02 Attachment style starts in childhood 15:44 Couples with different attachment style 19:09 Bridging the gap between the different attachment styles 23:23 Practice self check-in before reacting 25:51 The typical environment for avoidant attachment 29:43 Being dismissive with your partner 34:59 Triggers can be the small things 37:32 Do the work during bond building 38:27 The guide to create an attachment friendly environment 40:38 Attachment style with your children 42:57 Are you an anxious parent? 45:39 Men are avoidant, women are anxious type 47:43 Can’t masculine and feminine energy co-exist within us? 49:21 Does our attachment style affect our feminine/masculine energy 51:02 Relationship advice online are enemy-based  53:54 Only half of our attachment needs are met 56:43 Ways understand you and your partner’s attachment needs
11/21/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 12 seconds
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Unlocking Limitless Potential: A Guide to Brain Breakthroughs with Jim Kwik

Ever wondered how to give your brain a breather? It's not just about rest; it's like a strategic downtime that brings back the pep in your step. Today's guest is the visionary Jim Kwik. Jim was once known as the “boy with the broken brain,” where a childhood head injury at age five left him struggling in school. Jim discovered that, no matter the circumstances, we can rebuild our brains. And after working on himself, he realized his brain was not broken…it just needed a better owner’s manual.  We chat about strong people who've faced tough times and Jim details areas to tackle, letting you in on the secrets to unlocking your full potential. Along the way, we dive into courage, asking the right questions, and handling triggers with some self-aware questioning. Together, Valeria and Jim explore the nitty-gritty of self-regulation, staying positive with language, and the magic of the 80/20 rule. And oh, and we throw in some colorful thinking hats for good measure! Join us on a journey of uncovering the playful side of understanding your unique thinking style and unlocking your potential by leading a limitless life.  Limitless Expanded Edition: Available now! Connect with Jim on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast
11/14/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 39 seconds
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Bridging the Gap: Age Differences and Marital Challenges with Gary Lipovetsky

A harmonious marriage is like a perfectly tuned melody, where two people find joy and comfort in each other's company. It's the beauty of shared laughter, mutual understanding, and a sense of belonging.  In this special episode, Gary joins Valeria for an honest and open conversation about marriage and how their relationship started. From a comical allergy to hair dyes, to their age difference challenges and parenting approach, they share an insightful conversation about life, love, and business.   You can find Gary on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 02:07 The allergy to hair dyes 07:13 First meeting 10:31 Dating preferences 13:53 Age difference 17:08 What Mom had to say 25:49 The sweet ignorance of youth 29:51 Answering age gap questions 35:15 Building a business together 42:16 Prioritize the benefit to the family 47:03 Creating a brand with value 51:35 Building everything in-house 55:41 Separation of tasks and expertise 01:02:13 A common goal prevents disagreements 01:05:00 They’re actually straight A students 01:07:17 The mindset to get things done 01:08:58 Do you celebrate achievements? 01:13:18 Personal breakthroughs 01:15:14 Keeping up with the trends 01:18:57 What’s the future like?
11/7/20231 hour, 7 minutes, 7 seconds
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Finding the Courage to be Disliked with Sai De Silva

Overcoming life's obstacles often requires a powerful blend of determination and the belief in the potential to manifest and create your own better reality. People with that kind of grit, look fear in the face and move forward. In this episode, Valeria invites a special guest and friend, the extraordinary Sai De Silva, for a heartfelt conversation about their upbringings, personal hardships, and the remarkable journey of resilience, hard work, and manifestation that has defined Sai's life. Sai De Silva is Founder and Creative Director of Scout the City and cast member on Bravo’s Hit TV Series, Real Housewives of NYC.  Connect with Sai on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:24 Growing up with less resources 03:16 Practiced manifestation in the form of visualization at a young age 06:33 Leaving home at a young age 08:32 “I don’t blame my past or my parents.” 14:42 Getting older is not easy 17:20 Being a parent now 19:24 Locking away your painful past 22:57 How did you get started on social media? 26:04 Know who you are and be comfortable with it 30:14 Being honest can come off brash sometimes 33:30 Eye opening experiences in reality TV 36:08 “I had no idea I was the villain.” 40:08 Doing something that you’re passionate and gives you freedom 45:56 Learning never stops when you’re not in school 46:35 How the kids are coping with the public life 49:07 Future plans and goals 51:10 Keeping the storyline going 52:25 Manifesting a new home  54:01 “Despite what people think, I am kind.” 55:07 Have you been traumatized by a friend?
10/31/20231 hour, 6 seconds
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Emerging Stronger: How to Overcome Trauma with Paige Adams-Geller

Content Warning: The following episode discusses serious and sensitive matters surrounding sexual assault. What unexpected insights or personal growth did you discover while coping with the impact of trauma? How did you find the strength to navigate through the aftermath of a traumatic experience and emerge stronger than ever? Valeria opens up about how she and her guest got through uncomfortable situations.  In this episode, Valeria is joined by the inspiring Paige Adams-Geller, the phenomenal founder of Paige, the fashion-forward denim brand we all know and love. Paige takes us on a captivating ride through her life, how she ventured into the thrilling world of modeling and fashion and the hardships she would face, the untold, ugly side of the fashion industry that's rarely spoken about, and her intuitive business strategies and how she trusted her instincts to thrive in the cutthroat world of entrepreneurship.  You can find Paige on:  Your Perfect Fit  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:52 Let’s meet the Paige founder, Paige Adams-Geller 01:54 How it was growing up in Alaska 04:01 Learning how to keep yourself occupied and use your imagination 06:34 Becoming a model and joining the fashion industry 11:18 How s*xual assault can impact your life 17:19 The ugly, untold side of fashion 22:51 Why I decided not to have children 24:08 Why do we keep making the wrong choices? 26:44 Are there any unexpected gifts from trauma? 30:29 Putting thought into action, and Paige was born 34:36 Always trust your intuition when you’re running a business 41:33 How do you know when to reinvent yourself? 44:01 Starting the brand off as a denim brand 50:07 What keeps you inspired these days? 52:17 Do you think your younger self is proud of your current self?
10/24/202357 minutes, 9 seconds
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Influencer Turned Entrepreneur: Marianna Hewitt's Secrets to Building a Business

How do you handle the pressure of juggling the demands of content creation, engaging with your audience, and running your brand successfully? How do you strike a balance between showcasing your personality as an influencer and maintaining a professional image for your brand? Valeria knows all too well what it is like to be both! Today, Valeria welcomes one of the OG beauty and lifestyle influencer, blogger, YouTuber, and the co-founder of Summer Fridays, Marianna Hewitt. Marianna opens up about passion as the driving force in her life, the secrets of planning for the future and the transition from influencer to thriving entrepreneur, how she finds balance in what she shares online while setting healthy boundaries.  You can find Marianna on:  Life with Marianna Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:39 Growing up between Ohio and Germany 02:32 Being happy independently than unhappy together 05:50 The ups and downs of being an only child 09:30 Sometimes we aren’t ready to learn our life lessons 13:17 Living a life of routines and daily habits 16:00 The passion for journalism 21:36 Using data and analytics to build a brand 26:01 How do you plan for the longevity of your brand? 28:47 How do you switch from being an influencer to an entrepreneur? 31:47 It’s about hiring the people that you trust 33:48 How did you find your leadership style? 36:17 Finding a balance in what you share online and setting up boundaries 40:21 Do you ask yourself questions before you post something online? 42:22 What does success mean? 43:29 Gratitude for the people you work with  48:21 What is your WHY?
10/17/202352 minutes, 2 seconds
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Camila Coelho: A Journey Of Resilience And Living With Epilepsy

Living with a lifelong medical condition is like taking on life's twists and turns with an extra load. It's not always easy, but people dealing with this challenge are like everyday heroes. They show us that no matter what life throws at you, there's a way to keep moving forward.  Valeria sits down with Brazilian-American fashion mogul, beauty influencer, and entrepreneur, Camila Coelho.  In this conversation filled with unexpected twists and remarkable resilience, Camila shares her battle with the heavy stigma that often surrounds epilepsy, the restrictions it imposed and her very first seizure at school made her feel incredibly different from her peers. But what truly shines in her story is her unwavering determination. She takes us through the challenging path of managing epilepsy while pursuing her dream of starting a family.  Camila tirelessly advocates for epilepsy awareness and fights against its stigma. This episode is more than just a personal journey; it's a compelling call for change and compassion. It reminds us all to confront prejudices, embrace vulnerability, and find strength in a supportive community.  Connect with Camila on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:34 “I grew up in a small town, before moving to the US.” 04:51 Diagnosed with epilepsy at 9 years old 10:29 The stigma about epilepsy and the restrictions than come with it 14:23 Feeling different from others, first seizure attack in school 19:59 The medicine can potentially affect the baby during pregnancy 24:17 The process of trying to get pregnant and changing medication 31:26 Other factors that trigger an episode of epilepsy 33:53 Prioritizing health over work  39:36 Did you have periods of burn out 40:57 Epilepsy awareness and ending the stigma 44:46 Is lack of information prominent in the country? 46:13 Talk to someone about about your fears to someone you trust 47:59 Becoming more comfortable with being vulnerable and sharing your insecurities 49:50 Other people who you can share your troubles with
10/3/202355 minutes, 23 seconds
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Existential Therapy and Finding Yourself with Sara Kuburic

Why is it difficult to find one’s self? Many of us often struggle with this, feeling unsure about who we truly are or feeling a bit lost in the process. Our lives keep changing – so how do we really find our true selves?  Valeria sits down with existential psychotherapist, Sara Kuburic. They talk about Sara's upcoming book, "It's On Me," and delve into what existential therapy is all about. They also discuss how we can let go of our old selves, how we end up losing our identity, and how we can find ourselves even when life gets messy and complicated. Join us for this insightful conversation that'll not only get you thinking but also provide valuable insights into navigating the complexities of life and self-discovery. It’s On Me by Sara Kuburic:  You can find Sara on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:05 What is existential therapy? 01:53 The concept of the self 05:30 What causes self-loss? 08:06 How self-loss manifests itself? 11:32 Signs that you probably don’t know who you are 13:09 Letting go of the older version of you 17:08 Don’t let habits become cages 19:33 What is authenticity? 21:51 “Our ultimate essence is always ahead of us…” 25:19 What are the things that won’t change? 27:20 Finding meaning in life 30:44 How to recognize meaning 32:08 What other things cause self-loss? 35:42 Transition from self-awareness to self-attunement 37:18 Finding beauty in sadness 42:53 The prerequisites to having a sense of self 46:33 “We cannot expect attention without attendance…” 49:16 Setting boundaries 54:01 Connection between the body and knowing ourselves 58:34 Building a relationship with your body 1:00:36 Life is messy and complicated 1:02:30 The armchair exercise
9/26/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 6 seconds
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Unveiling the Real You: A Journey of Self Discovery

In life's evolving journey, there often comes a moment when the relentless pursuit of happiness and external validation begins to feel unfulfilling. It’s a point we hit where all that chasing after happiness and the need for others' approval just doesn't satisfy us like it used to. That's when the quest for meaning steps into the spotlight. It's like looking inward and asking, 'What really matters to me?' This shift is about digging deep, finding what you're passionate about and what aligns with your values. It might not be as flashy as chasing happiness, but it's like discovering a hidden treasure – a sense of fulfillment that stays with you for the long haul. Of course, the occasional like and comment on social media feels good, but now they're just one part of a bigger, more meaningful picture Follow Valeria on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:20 Getting comfortable with the unknown 04:40 Motherhood phases and marriage anniversary 07:50 Do you question yourself often? 10:46 Breaking free from your limiting beliefs 14:11 Logical versus intuitive decision making 15:36 Starting your emotional journey at a young age 19:14 How do you rewire your brain? 23:17 Don’t allow yourself to settle 26:39 The survivor mentality 32:21 What’s your approach to happiness? 35:32 Looking at your life in a different lens
9/19/202340 minutes, 9 seconds