The Notable Woman Podcast

listen to inspiring women tell their stories in this interview style podcast

The Notable Woman Podcast

listen to inspiring women tell their stories in this interview style podcast

Episode 009: Comfort for Your Inner Control Freak with Shelly Robinson

Episode 009: Comfort for Your Inner Control Freak with Shelly Robinson

About this episode

In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I interview heath and performance coach Shelly Robinson. Shelly and I are long lost sisters with a few pesky states in between. I LOVE her, and I am sure you will too. I find health coaches a little daunting, but Shelly makes you feel comfortable and confident. She and I chat it up about our control freak tendencies, and how infertility and becoming a mother flipped those habits on their heads for us both. We also talk about another love of mine, coffee, as well as our ever elusive friend Sleep. If you are madly in love with this woman, check out the blog interview Shelly and I did for The Notable Woman blog launch here.

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Episode 008: Location Independence! with Laura Macauley

Episode 008: Location Independence! with Laura Macauley

About this episode
In this episode, I talk to the wonderful Laura Macauley. Talk about amazing energy! I could talk to Laura all day long. Laura is a virtual assistant, and when we first talked about doing an interview, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to talk about. I was pushing her to find out what might be interesting about her story, and she said, “Oh, well, I put everything I owned in storage, and my husband, dog, and I are traveling around the US. Might that be interesting?” Laura, Laura, Laura – YES! So that’s what we dive into this episode – location independence! Enjoy!

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Episode 007: Building Self Confidence, Moving Through Fear with Rosemarie Wilson

Episode 007: Building Self Confidence, Moving Through Fear with Rosemarie Wilson

About this episode
In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I chat with my new found love Rosemarie Wilson. Rosemarie is a coach and owner of Pragmatica Coaching, and our interview focus is building self-confidence and moving beyond fear. She is full of great tips, and I think you’re going to want to have a pen in hand to jot down her ideas.

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Episode 006: Pole Dancing to Body Positive

Episode 006: Pole Dancing to Body Positive

In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I interview actor and frequent traveler Victoria Ng about her new physical fitness activity – pole dancing! We talk about the body positive effect it’s had on her, as well as an improvement in her mindset. We also chat about her frequent travel and about her upcoming family trip to China and Hong Kong to honor the passing of her grandparents.

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Episode 005: Telling Important Stories with Michal Birnbaum

Episode 005: Telling Important Stories with Michal Birnbaum

About this episode

In this episode of The Notable Woman, I interview actor, writer, producer Michal Birnbaum about her new short film Division Ave, which is running a crowdfunding campaign right now. Michal and I talk about her background as a young woman serving her country in the Israeli army, coming to the United States to study, and why the story of Division Ave needs to be told. And Brooklyn. We talk about Brooklyn.

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Episode 004: Meditation with Boom Shikha

Episode 004: Meditation with Boom Shikha

About This Episode
In this episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, I interview Boom Shikha of The Millionaire Hippie about one of her favorite topics – meditation. Boom explains the benefits of meditation, both physical and mental, why she started meditating, and also gives us tips about how we can get started. I reveal 2 (not 1, but 2!!) embarrassing moments that show why I personally need to start a meditation practice. Luckily for me, Boom advocates “micro meditations” as a way for newbies to get started. 2 to 5 minutes a day is something even I can commit to.

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Episode 003: Faith in Times of Hardship with Rev. Lorraine Peterson

Episode 003: Faith in Times of Hardship with Rev. Lorraine Peterson

In this episode, the third in our introductory series, I interview Reverend Lorraine Peterson. Lorraine and I met at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA while we were both pursuing our undergraduate degrees. I was impressed with her then for her spiritual commitment, and that feeling has only continued as the years have passed. The road to becoming pastor is a long one, as Lorraine will describe in this episode, and Lorraine has rolled with all the punches and drama and never lost her focus. In recent years, Lorraine’s time spent as a pediatric chaplain has brought her to near super hero status. She helps families and children undergoing some of life’s most devastating tragedies, the sort of horror that as a new mama I can’t begin to imagine. Lorraine helps families carry life’s heaviest burdens in a time of serious need. I think you’ll enjoy her inspiring story.

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Episode 002: Living with a Chronic Illness with Julie Morgenlender

Episode 002: Living with a Chronic Illness with Julie Morgenlender

In today’s episode of The Notable Woman Podcast, our second episode in my first series to introduce you to what we’re tackling here, I interview Julie Morgenlender. Julie is absolutely a notable woman and she could be on this podcast for many reasons, but I really wanted her on an episode breaking down the stigma around chronic illness. I know people with chronic illness and you do too. It’s time that we all find a greater understanding of these hidden illnesses and disabilities. We speak at length about Julie’s own diagnoses, what those illnesses mean for her and her daily life, and what sort of assumptions people make about her as someone with a chronic illness. This conversation really opened my eyes to what Julie’s life is like, and although I will never truly know what it’s like to have a chronic illness, I have greater respect and empathy because of her. I hope you enjoy our conversation, and hit me up with your thoughts below in the comment section.

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Episode 001: Living a Creative Life with Tia Shearer Bassett

Episode 001: Living a Creative Life with Tia Shearer Bassett

This is the first episode in the introductory series of The Notable Woman podcast, and I couldn’t be happier to introduce creativity powerhouse Tia Shearer Bassett. Tia acts, writes, directs, and creates all while being Mom to a 3-year-old and supporting the creative work of her theatre freelancing husband, just as he supports her. This creative family leads their artistic life in Washington D.C., and I couldn’t be happier to start off the podcast with this interview. We talk about poetry, theatre, creation, great books, as well as keeping creativity alive, even after kids. Tia’s insights into stress have already been helping me, and I’m also “allowing” for myself a lot more in my own life. Enjoy this great conversation!

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Episode 000: Welcome to The Notable Woman Podcast!

Episode 000: Welcome to The Notable Woman Podcast!

In this episode, I explain why The Notable Woman is my passion project, and how the whole idea came into being. I also talk about what you can expect from this podcast. See below for the transcript.

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Hello! This is the Notable Woman podcast, and I’m your host Cristin Downs.

This my double 0 – my first / not first podcast episode that tells you why I started this show to begin with.

Everyone’s got skillz, and some are even marketable. My #1 skill sets, no doubt about it, don’t quite make it on a resume. I get people fired up! I get people excited about, well, you name it. Causes, projects, volunteering, raising money. I am also a connection queen. Mention a people need in passing, and more times than not, I’ll say, oh so and so would be a perfect person for you to talk to, let me put you in touch.

I knew I wanted to start a passion project, but I didn’t know what it was going to be. So I thought and I thought. And I thought some more. And I kept coming back to these really amazing moments in my life – working with a team of awesome women to mobilize hundreds of volunteers and securing truckloads of donations after Hurricane Sandy. Raising money for families in need. Helping people, with something as simple as proofreading a resume or suggesting a videographer.

How could I get to do THAT, those awesome projects again? How could I use my weird skill set for good?

As many times as I said it was hopeless, this tiny idea would just not go away. It would pop into my head at the strangest times, relentlessly in pursuit of my active brain space, which there was (and still is) remarkably little left as a new mama.

And so I gave in. The idea was bigger than my objections.

The Notable Woman was born.

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