by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
I had the pleasure of interviewing Certified Holistic Living and Wellness Expert and Certified Life Coach, Lynnis Woods-Mullins for YourCreativeChord Podcast. Listen to the 3-part podcast featuring our encouraging chat posting here:
A POWERHOUSE OF POSITIVE CONTENT
Woods-Mullins is a powerhouse of positive content for women past 40. She’s the creator of the Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond brand and the VI.B.E. Living brand. She teaches and coaches women on losing weight during mid-life, reducing hot flashes, cortisol, and other menopausal symptoms, ways for increased focus, clarity and energy, and aging gracefully.
Woods-Mullins is sponsoring a trip to Costa Rica this fall*!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM EPISODE 1:
In the first episode, we discussed three powerful women role models, and how Woods-Mullins helps women over 40 nurture creativity and live an inspired life.
“Mid-life doesn’t mean no life. Mid-life is an opportunity to thrive and V.I.B.E. (be vibrant, intuitive, beautiful and emerged)!”
“I encourage women to be empowered to move forward with optimism as we age.”
“It is never too late to make a lifestyle change, go after your dreams and increase the joy in your life.”
Woods-Mullins shares how she met and was encouraged multiple times by role model/mentor, Susan Taylor, editor in chief ESSENCE magazine.
Woods-Mullins tells a dramatic story from her college student government days at Spelman College, how Dr. Johnetta B Cole, came to be the first African American woman to head Spelman College and the astounding accomplishment and impact of the first African American woman. “She was a great communicator. It was hard to say no to her strength, confidence, and veracity.”
Woods-Mullins shares how she tragically lost her mother, and how that event, coupled with her dance background, spurred her to launch her now 10-year old business in women’s wellness. Woods-Mullins shares the achievements of her late mother, from her array of talents to her career climb from educator to school district administrator. We acknowledged the debt of gratitude we owe our mothers and ancestors.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM EPISODE 2:
During the second part of our dialogue, Woods-Mullins offers her tips on keeping balance, knowing when to embrace or push away from the creative process, the importance of and her strategy for celebrating each victory. She recommends and uses a ‘hindsight’ vision board as a way of acknowledging victories.
She’s an early riser—earlier than most people—finding her creative flow best before 5 am. (Espresso, please!) She starts her day on a prayer phone line with a group of women that’s been a strong force for her daily start for 10 years!
Tips On Keeping Yourself In Balance:
“REMEMBER to let go of perfectionism, and that you’re doing your best. I want to do my best. Sometimes you have to learn what that is.”
“Be gracious of yourself. Forgive yourself. Allow yourself to do that.”
"What's interesting about balance is--when you're in the creative zone--you wanna really protect yourself against distractions. Allow it to flow."
"One of the things that helped me get balanced is to recognize when I'm in the creative zone. Allow it."
"I've also learned to recognize when I'm not in the zone. It's time to push away--go do something else."
"I try to be gracious of myself. And remember the many times before that things got done anyway. If it's happened before, it will happen again."
"Adult coloring engages a totally different part of my brain. It just takes me away. If I'm feeling anxious, it helps me focus on something else. It really helps a lot. I realize there's some other kind of downloading that needs to be done...*
That gives me a little comfort--by pushing away, and allowing, and doing something else--it's creating an atmosphere for the download, direction, decisions and determination, and ultimately destiny that will come into play."
"Sometimes you have to let go."
NARCISSISM VERSUS SELF-CARE?
How African Americans push themselves:
"It's ingrained in us as children that you have to be 5, 6 or 7 times as good. You start to apply the need to prove yourself, the need to show that you are worthy, that you have value, that you're trying to do the right thing. It bleeds into everything you do."
Why younger women have a perspective advantage on keeping balance better than most women in mid-life.
"A little narcissism is healthy. Putting yourself first is not selfish. Put self first so you can be there for others."
"It's an integral part of your overall health and wellness to understand that taking care of yourself and loving yourself isn't about being selfish or even narcissist[ic] at all."
"It's about loving everyone around you enough to know that you have to take the time for yourself so you can be there and continue to be the role model for so many people who depend on you."
The one thing women can do to increase their wellness: "Give yourself permission to breathe. It's okay to take a deep breath."
*The 5 Ds to guiding your destiny:
HIGHLIGHTS FROM EPISODE 3:
In the third episode, Woods-Mullins explains how she teaches and coaches women on losing weight during mid-life, reducing hot flashes, cortisol, and other menopausal symptoms, ways for increased focus, clarity and energy, and aging gracefully.
The benefit in breathing:
Find ways to handle stress:
Tips For Better Balance In Your Life:
Self-Care or Self-Love in Mid-Life:
”Mid-life doesn't mean no life. It's never too late to change, never too late to learn, never too late to pursue your true passions and dreams. The epitome of wellness is being true to who you are or who you have always wanted to be.”
Costa Rica Retreat 2020:
*At the time of this recording the trip was scheduled for April. The podcast episodes mention the April dates. But the trip was postponed to protect everyone from exposure to the coronavirus. Please see links below for details on this trip and all Lynnis Woods-Mullins' events and activities.
Find Lynnis Woods-Mullins:
Wellness Woman 40 & Beyond
https://anchor.fm/vibelivingpodcast (NEW PODCAST LAUNCHING February 25th)
The Wellness Journey Podcast Series
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