Once Upon a Time I had a dream… and then I had an existential crisis.

Isn’t that the way these things go? You leave your big corporate job with the even larger paycheck to build your dream wellness company. You design a gorgeous app, are approved as an Apple Developer, and then a maddening global pandemic throws your life and your dreams into a tailspin.

You fight with the death of your identity, anxiety attacks, sleeplessness, the homeschooling of two very different children, investor decks, branding issues, turnover, the death of two pets, Covid itself, Covid hair loss, Covid heart palpitations, end up in surgery for your heart issues that were compounded by Covid, to wake up twenty pounds heavier in weight and in *stuff*… and then remember you were creating a wellness community.

And you were passionate about it.

And you knew it could change lives.

Because it already had.

 

I kept thinking back to the emails I received from people in the recovery community who had experienced the beta version of the app, “Your app changed my life.”

“You gave me a language I didn’t have before.”

“I feel hopeful.”

I knew I had to put all the stuff that hadn’t worked, that was the kindling of a fledgling startup, into a trash can like I was breaking up with a toxic ex-boyfriend and light that shit on fire. From that ash came the most beautiful phoenix.

Right as I was giving up, giving in, wishing I could move to Iceland, I was invited to build my beautiful wellness company under the gentle (and valuable) guidance of the UNLV Incubator powered by Howard Hughes (and sponsored by Blackstone’s Launchpad – la ti da).

God didn’t put this on my heart for so long and with such passion and resolve for it to turn to dust.

Welcome to Dear Liv.

She’s like your best friend who knows things and wants you to come along for the ride, but is super nurturing and always has the best advice. She’s already gone through the self help journey, and she’s that kind of evolved that is super humble, really down to earth and funny.

More than anything she stewards a community of individuals who really want to live better, healthier lives.

How does she work?

As you interact through the Dear Liv app, answer assessments and we learn more about you, Dear Liv finds the contact, connection, or best friend who can provide the best advice based on your core needs and supported by the pillars of wellness (emotional, financial, social, physical, environmental, occupational, intellectual and spiritual).

Yes, we have off-the-shelf content, but what you will notice is that over time – as we see how you interact with us and answer questions – you’ll receive content in your feed that is curated for what you are going through, value most in your life… or need the most help with as you begin a intimately curated wellness journey. You’ll be invited to the lunch table (Zoom calls) based on focus areas, as well as web and live events.

We aren’t creating content in a vacuum. We are creating a community based on what you need and who can best help you.

Our content is INCREDIBLE. Our wellness advisors and contributors have decades of hands-on experience in their fields and desire nothing more than to leave the world a little better than they found it. With that said, app development is expensive and we are trying to iterate and build newer and better as quickly as we can. Your positive reviews, word of mouth and feedback will get us there faster. If there’s something you don’t understand, feedback about functionality and how we can make the app better, email me directly at [email protected]

We are on Apple right now and as soon as we can make the move to Android we will. Promise.

We also have a super fun podcast so that I can nerd out with experts sitting at the intersection of science and spirituality.

I hope you love this community as much as we’ve loved building it. We have announcements coming soon about audio content to help you relax and sleep better, multiple live and web events in the works, and honestly… I just can’t wait to meet you. Thanks for your faith in this very spunky (hard headed) female-founded (and led) startup.

Xo,

J

Jeanette Schneider
Founder & CEO
Dear Liv

Originally published at thebump

“My role was to guide and build tools so our child would be a critical thinker, able to trust herself as opposed to buying into whatever was said by parents, society or culture.”

My parenting style was chosen for me. It was chosen on the days when my mother didn’t wake up from her drug- and alcohol-induced naps. It was chosen for me on the days when she was sober and mean. My decision to raise my child consciously was born of necessity. I did not want to continue a cycle of abuse and dependency.

My husband and I spent three years trying for a baby and in that time had the opportunity to discuss what kind of life we wanted to create for our child. As an atheist he asked me to construct any and all conversations around faith and belief systems because he didn’t want our child to be “cynical like Dad.” We were on the same page about mindset, confidence and friendships, and when our marriage ended several years later, we were always able to circle back to those conversations—our foundation—as we stepped into our roles as incredibly prepared co-parents. We have always been in lockstep when it comes to our daughter.

From the moment we talked about having a family, I thought of myself as my child’s life concierge. My role was to guide and build tools so our child would be a critical thinker, able to trust herself as opposed to buying into whatever was said by parents, society or culture. When we found out we were having a girl, I also announced she would be a feminist and there would be no dolls, toy vacuum cleaners or Tyco kitchens as gifts. That effort was rather short-lived. What they don’t tell you is that children come with their own opinions and preferences, and Disney Princesses were included in Olivia’s rider.

Olivia asked me once how it is that I’m such a great mom, and I explained “the pause.” Before I answer her questions or cries, I do two things. First, I imagine her in a future event and how the messaging or answer I provide her will serve her future self. My goal is to build her into a strong woman, friend, mother or partner, not manipulate, quiet, appease nor coddle. Second, I then imagine what I would’ve wanted from my parents in the same moment. This pause has created some exceptional conversations and learning moments for both of us.

Olivia knows my pause. She respects my pause, because she knows I’m being thoughtful, and now she is too. She takes her time making decisions and weighing options and possible outcomes. I’ve modeled critical thinking for her and offered her a chance to work through her own decisions with me.

Olivia is also talented at sharing her boundaries, something I was never able to do as a child. She very respectfully once told me, “Mama, it really embarrasses me when you call me by my nickname in front of the kids at school. Will you only do that in private?” I thanked her for sharing her boundary with me and then I honored it, which establishes me as a trustworthy adult in her life. I want to be the first person she calls when something hard happens in her life. While most adults think a child expressing boundaries is willful or defiant, it’s really adults’ discomfort that creates children who don’t know how to stand up for themselves at work, in relationships and life. They’re being told they’re not a whole person with thoughts and opinions about their own expectations, emotions and bodies.

When she was 5, Olivia came home from the Catholic school she was attending and asked, troubled, “Mama, is it true abortion is a sin?” I startled, not expecting to hit on such a deep issue at such a tender age. I took my pause, then asked, “How does it feel in your heart?” She thought about it for a few minutes, taking her own pause, before she answered, “What they told me doesn’t seem right to me. It hurts me.” I explained that the feeling in her heart was her belief. So began a very long-standing discussion around religion versus spirituality and the difference between what people tell you and what you know in your heart to be true.

This path I’ve been on with my daughter has caused me to dig deeper into the messaging we receive as children and its hold on our lives on a go-forward basis. This entire premise was the foundation of my first book, LORE: Harnessing Your Past to Create My Future. I interviewed women about their beliefs and found there was a direct correlation between the way a mother viewed her own body and roles within the home and the daughter’s self talk. Dad’s views on women and the female body also seriously contributed to his daughter’s future relationships with men. So many shared their own issues with self-esteem, feelings of worth and whether they could receive love or if they even deserved it.

Not one person in their lives came out and told them they weren’t worthy or unlovable, but children soak up the actions, emotions and interactions of their environment. They take in the social, cultural, generation and religious programming they’re exposed to and carry it, line after line, to be relived over and over again until a brave parent sits up late at night with their partner and asks, “What kind of child do we want to raise? What kind of parent do I want to be?”

Start there. It’s a beautiful place to create a foundation. It offers a new paradigm and the opportunity to end cycles that no longer serve your storyline or family.

After 23 years in finance, Jeanette Schneider hung up her executive title and retired from a highly successful career to advocate for women and girls in life, love, the boardroom and the marketplace. She is now the President and CEO of LIV Media, as well as an author and speaker. Jeanette’s first book, LORE: Harnessing Your Past to Create Your Futurewas released September 2018, and in January 2019, Jeanette launched her podcast, Gold with Jeanette Schneider, which shares weekly episodes with wisdom, insights, and gold from industry experts living their best lives. Jeanette is also the founder of Lore Advocacy, a network of professional women whose goal is to inspire women to change the world through a gender lens of equality, self-actualization and the fearless shattering of glass ceilings. She lives in Las Vegas with the love of her life, her daughter Olivia, 7. Visit her website jeanetteschneider.com and connect with her on Instagram @ms.jeanetteschneider and on Twitter @msjwrites.

2020 has been a year of transition and surrender for Michelle St.Angelo. While learning to pivot with grace in the midst of a global pandemic, Michelle was faced with the ultimate lesson in surrender after losing all of her possessions in a house fire.

Michelle St.Angelo is a former marketing executive, leadership coach, philanthropist, yoga instructor and the founder of VENT Dance + Creative Sessions.

In this episode, we discuss:

The natural human tendency to commiserate in the misery in order to connect

The integrity of our words, and the importance of appreciation, gratitude, faith and surrender

The freedom that can come after shifting perspective and reconnecting to self, and accepting what is true for you

Our programmed definition of success and our own great disempowering beliefs

And how we need this time of pause to hibernate, observe and reflect as opposed to accelerating and pushing things forward.

Michelle St.Angelo is a native New Yorker and natural-born seeker, she now lives in sunny Las Vegas where she journeyed more than 15 years ago in search of new career and life opportunities. She is a trained Leadership and Life Coach through the esteemed Accomplishment Coaching program, Chairwoman of United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women United donor group, and a certified Yoga (RYT-200) instructor through YogaWorks. Her favorite title, however, is as Creator. After a lifetime of dance and movement as her personal outlet, St.Angelo developed VENT Dance and VENT Creative Sessions in 2019, and is now on a mission to bring its expressive benefits to the world.

I love Michelle’s resilience and optimism in the face of what could have been perceived a tragedy. I want to thank her for reminding us that there are so many things to be grateful for, knowing that everything we truly need is inside ourselves. Despite what society tries to convince us of, we are already enough where we are and just as we are.

You can find Michelle online at ventdance.com and on Instagram @vent.dance

Today The Love Is Viral Show is brought to you by LIV Media and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Through mindfulness and accountability offerings – including meditation, breath work, intentional living routines, challenges, and lifestyle coaching – the new LIV app will provide you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.

LIV meets you where you are and grows with you.

For a limited time LIV is available for free for Apple iOS users. Download LIV today!

Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.

Xo,

J

Dr. Bita Yadidi, believes there are 3 foundational “Secrets” to health and wellness. Using these secrets, she helps busy, overwhelmed, and stressed women find their unique path to holistic lifestyle transformation – so they finally feel physically energized, mentally clear, emotionally grounded, spiritually attuned, and relationally connected. Not only does she treat clients at Wellness to Be (her wellness center in Beverly Hills) as a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist, but she also empowers women nationwide through her “Take Charge of Your Life” 12-week health and wellness program.

In this episode, we discuss:

How to take charge of your life

The importance of being flexible while still getting things done

The need for being v doing

How the small steps over time will create the big shifts in your life

And why we don’t need as much coffee as we think we do, and what we can do for energy instead.

Dr. Bita S. Yadidi, MATCM, DAOM., LAc.  is a California Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist, a Doctor of Eastern Medicine specializing in Preventative Medicine, a certified Chi Gong, Tai Chi, and meditation instructor. She is the founder of Wellness To Be, an East-West Integrative Wellness Center in Beverly Hills, California, where Bita and her team specialize in preventative and restorative health using acupuncture, cupping, moxabustion, infrared sauna, lab tests, herbal therapy, nutritional guidance, lifestyle coaching/counseling, and mind body exercises. She is an inspirational speaker sharing her knowledge and wisdom about conscious living and is a faculty member at Yo San University in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Yadidi received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine specializing in Healthy Aging and Longevity in 2016 and a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University in 2013. Previously, she received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in Sociology and Education. She lives with her husband and two daughters in southern California.

I love Dr. Yadidi’s reminder to give yourself permission to listen to your body, and give it what it needs in the moment.

You can find Dr. Yadidi online at drbitayadidi.com and wellnesstobe.com  And on Instagram and Facebook @drbitayadidi

Dr. Yadidi’s free mediation for our listeners…. www.drbitayadidi.com/freemeditation

Today The Love Is Viral Show is brought to you by LIV Media and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Through mindfulness and accountability offerings – including meditation, breath work, intentional living routines, challenges, and lifestyle coaching – the new LIV app will provide you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.

LIV meets you where you are and grows with you.

For a limited time LIV is available for free for Apple iOS users. Download LIV today!

Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.

Xo,

J

Shelley Paxton’s world looked so sexy from the outside, she had a dream job riding motorcycles all around the world while serving as VP, Global Marketing + Brand (CMO) of Harley-Davidson, but yet she felt like she was dying inside. While trying to understand what was happening, Shelley felt guilty, confused, and alone until her soul gave her a literal wake up call. In 2016 she walked away from the corporate world to become Chief Soul Officer of her life and, ultimately, her own company. 

In this episode, we discuss:

How solitude and meditation can help you reconnect with your soul

The importance of living in alignment with your truth 

How to navigate the space between letting go of your corporate identity and finding your true self

The toxicity of “should”, and how to break free 

And how to get comfortable with being bold & courageous in the creation of your life. 

Shelley Paxton is a Chicago-based author, international speaker, and transformational coach – aka Liberator of Souls. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as NBC, CBS, Thrive Global, Forbes, and PBS. And her first book, Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel’s Guide to Finding Your Best Life, was published by Simon & Schuster in January 2020. On the back of her book’s success, she’s launching the Rebel Souls podcast with an invitation to flip the middle finger to the status quo in life, business, and the world at large.

Shelley spent 26 years as a highly regarded marketing and advertising executive, stewarding some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Harley-Davidson, Visa, McDonald’s, and AOL. Shelley launched Soulbbatical with the mission to liberate the souls of leaders and organizations by inspiring them to embrace their greatest truth, purpose, and possibility. As a certified professional coach, Shelley works with executives at Fortune 100 companies and fellow rebel-soul individuals and entrepreneurs. She has also trained with some of the top teachers in the world, including researcher and five-time New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown. She’s on a mission to liberate a billion souls.

I love Shelley’s reminder that when we have faith and take the next right step, we allow for life to unfold for us in a bigger and more beautiful way than we ever could’ve imagined.  

You can find Shelley online at soulbbatical.com.  And on Instagram and Twitter @soulbbatical

Today The Love Is Viral Show is brought to you by LIV Media and I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

Through mindfulness and accountability offerings – including meditation, breath work, intentional living routines, challenges, and lifestyle coaching – the new LIV app will provide you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.

LIV meets you where you are and grows with you.

For a limited time LIV is available for free for Apple iOS users. Download LIV today!

Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.

Xo,

J

Sean & Katie Miles believe that your habits are the vehicle that will get you to your goals. They stress the importance of building habits customized to your journey, along with maintenance habits, which include planning time for play and for rest. Sean and Katie are the brother and sister who co-founded Habitbetter with the goal of bringing one million people habitual happiness! Habitbetter uses guided journaling to train the brain and help people achieve goals, build healthy relationships and manage stress.

In this episode, we discuss:

The psychology of growth, and how our habits rewire our brain

What it means to be goals focused v values focused 

Why self-reflection through journaling can help us design our own journey and create our own blueprint. 

And How to consciously use habits to create habitual happiness and healthy relationships. 

Sean Miles is a MBA, certified Scrum master and Triathlete who lives, breathes and eats Healthy Habits. He is an active journaler and meditates daily. Sean has read just about every book on self-improvement, habit formation, and goal setting, but he wanted more. So- he created it. He came to his sister Katie with an idea she couldn’t turn down: An Institute that doesn’t just tell, but teaches and guides people in creating better habits and achieving their goals.

Katie Miles is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples and families in her private practice to manage and overcome their struggles, heal and strengthen relationships, move through pain and suffering, and find growth and fulfillment. She co-founded Habitbetter in order to expand her mission to a broader audience and make these tools for growth accessible to all who want it! She knows growth starts with small habits, and journaling is one of her favorite habits for exploration, innovation, healing, development and change.

I love Sean & Katie’s reminder that you are the tool, and by refining your tool on a constant basis through personal development, you can make sure you’re in the right place to show up and serve the people and the world around you. 

You can check out Habitbetter and all their resources and tools for creating better habits at habitbetter.com 

Today The Love Is Viral Show is brought to you by LIV Media and I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

Through mindfulness and accountability offerings – including meditation, breath work, intentional living routines, challenges, and lifestyle coaching – the new LIV app will provide you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.

LIV meets you where you are and grows with you.

For a limited time LIV is available for free for Apple iOS users. Download LIV today!

Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.

Xo,

J

Lacey Johnson has come to the conclusion that it’s not the Digital Age or social media that has become a problem in today’s society, but rather it’s the user error stemming from our relationship with it and the intention behind how we use it to connect. Lacey is an award-winning essayist, editor and journalist. With a deep intrigue for human beings, and a fiery passion for smacking her readers in the face with life-unlocking truths, she writes and reports boldly and introspectively about topics that challenge the status quo—in the realms of fulfilling relationships, mental health, popular culture, women’s issues and the nuances of self-optimization.

In this episode, we discuss:

How social media has contributed to higher suicide rates

The importance of seeing past the staged posts, and staying authentic on social media

Why we need to be aware of how the content we consume affects our mood and mental health

And the challenge parents are facing raising kids and how to support them while they discover who they are… not who anyone else wants them to be. 

Lacey Johnson has worked with a diverse range of authors, celebrities and spiritual thought leaders — including Deepak Chopra, Daymond John and Gabrielle Bernstein. She founded The Wonder Report in 2018, and her words can be read in a variety of top print and digital media sources including CosmopolitanMarie ClairePOPSUGAR, O The Oprah Magazine and othersmany of which have been syndicated by Apple NewsMSN and Yahoo! millions of times. Lacey is also deep in the process of authoring her first book, which vividly explores and reveals her unexpected evolution through pregnancy and new motherhood. 

I love Lacey’s reminder that we are responsible for ourselves, and the content that we consume and allow into our garden. If we don’t like the way we feel or the thoughts we’re having, then it’s time to change the content. 

You can find Lacey online at laceyjohnson.com and thewonderreport.com, or on Instagram and Facebook @thelaceyjohnson 

Today The Love Is Viral Show is brought to you by LIV Media and I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

Through mindfulness and accountability offerings – including meditation, breath work, intentional living routines, challenges, and lifestyle coaching – the new LIV app will provide you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.

LIV meets you where you are and grows with you.

For a limited time LIV is available for free for Apple iOS users. Download LIV today!

Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.

Xo,

J

Alexandra Eidens believes that every child’s potential is unlimited. She is the co-founder of Big Life Journal. The Big Life team helps children develop a growth mindset and resilience so they are prepared to face life’s challenges with confidence. With their engaging and fun journals and printables kits, children develop high self-esteem and learn they can achieve anything they want out of life! 

In this episode, we discuss:

How to raise resilient, confident and happy children

How a growth mindset has to start with parents

Why modeling behavior is key to raising the person you want your child to become

And why apologizing to your children is so valuable

I love what Alexandra and her team are doing to support parents and teachers to raise resilient children with a growth mindset, and the reminder the there is unlimited potential for all of us. 

You can check out Big Life Journal and all their free resources at biglifejournal.com 

Instagram @biglifejournal

The Big Life Kids Podcast

Join the Facebook Group Raising Kids with a Growth Mindset

Watch #2020 Pep Talk video 

DOWNLOAD FREE Back-to-School Care Package

Today The Love Is Viral Show is brought to you by LIV Media and I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

Through mindfulness and accountability offerings – including meditation, breath work, intentional living routines, challenges, and lifestyle coaching – the new LIV app will provide you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.

LIV meets you where you are and grows with you.

For a limited time LIV is available for free for Apple iOS users. Download LIV today!

Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.

Xo,

J

Dr. Rebecca Ray wants to help you define your life as brave. Using information collected from thousands of hours of working one on one with clients in her private practice, talking about their innermost vulnerabilities, she realized the overwhelming need to help others in overcoming their fear. Dr Rebecca Ray is an Author, Speaker, and Clinical Psychologist. She uses a science-backed, heart and hard truth approach to helping big-picture-thinking female entrepreneurs live a life that’s fulfilling, unapologetic, and free. 

In this episode, we discuss: 

How to overcome fear

What it means to self-sabotage

The need to validate our real human experience, and the suffering and discomfort that can come along with it 

The importance of self-awareness, and knowing when we are not living a life that is consistent with who we truly want to be

And the steps needed to create a brave and courageous life that is aligned with that vision of our future self.

Rebecca has been a Clinical Psychologist for the best part of two decades and is the creator of digital courses including Overcoming Self-Sabotage: From Paralysis to Progress and Radical Courage: Transforming Fear into Freedom. She is the author of The Art of Self-Kindness, The Universe Listens to Brave and Be Happy: 35 Powerful Methods for Personal Growth and Well-Being. Rebecca can be found online daily, interacting with her community about using courage and brain potential to create an impactful business that makes a meaningful difference in the world, while going gently on ourselves.

I love Rebecca’s reminder that the more you do with fear present, the more your comfort zone grows. 

You can find Rebecca online at https://rebeccaray.com.au and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest @drrebeccaray and her Podcast: Hello Rebecca Ray

Free Resources:

Stop Self-Sabotage and Start Living Your Bravest Life

Imposter Syndrome: Releasing the Feeling of ‘Not Good Enough’

The Procrastination Habit: Taking Your Power Back for Productivity

Done is Better Than Perfect: 5-Day Challenge

Today The Love Is Viral Show is brought to you by LIV Media and I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

Through mindfulness and accountability offerings – including meditation, breath work, intentional living routines, challenges, and lifestyle coaching – the new LIV app will provide you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.

LIV meets you where you are and grows with you.

For a limited time LIV is available for free for Apple iOS users. Download LIV today!

Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.

Xo,

J

Adriana Lee is all about self discovery and empowerment through yoga. She teaches her students how to breathe, how to feel, and how to get reacquainted with their bodies. She found yoga at a young age, but it didn’t make an imprint until later when she utilized it to navigate a challenging relationship followed by a challenging divorce. 

In this episode we discuss:

The value of movement in processing our emotions and feeling more deeply into our bodies

Why spiritual bypassing and toxic positivity are so last year

The importance of feeling your way through your triggers

and why we must listen to our bodies.

Adriana’s intention is to share what she has learned about the magic of movement & the bliss of being. She is a yoga teacher trainer leads 200 hour certification classes.

I love Adriana’s reminder that we shouldn’t waste a good trigger. You can find her online at yogawithadriana.com, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok at @yogawithadriana and on YouTube @yogawithadrianalee.

Today The Love Is Viral Show is brought to you by LIV Media and I couldn’t be more thrilled. 

Through mindfulness and accountability offerings – including meditation, breath work, intentional living routines, challenges, and lifestyle coaching – the new LIV app will provide you with the tools, community and support you need to live your very best life, leveling up in every aspect.

LIV meets you where you are and grows with you.

For a limited time LIV is available for free for Apple iOS users. Download LIV today!

Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.

Xo,

J