This week on Voices of Courage, Ken D. Foster is joined by Lucy Danziger, the former long-time Editor-in-Chief of SELF magazine and a self-taught expert in healthy living, and Allana Pratt, an intimacy expert, relationship coach, author of 6 books, and the host of the edgy podcast, “Intimate Conversations,” to discuss changing our limitations into success habits.
Ken starts by talking about how our current times can be very stressful, which is why now more than ever, it’s essential to be in control of your life. He stresses the importance of tapping into what’s known as the superconscious mind. When in control of this part of your mind, controlling habits becomes much easier. He talks about developing the superconscious mind to help your intuition and make it easier to think critically. Ken credits yoga and meditation as being very beneficial in helping get to this state of mind. Ken brings on his first guest Rodri Rodriguez, a visionary cultural arts advocate. Ken asks Rodri how she ended up working with so many great musicians during her career. Rodri credits her success from working hard ever since she was young and immigrated to the United States. She talks about how important it is to be courageous and how it has helped her in her personal life and career.
Ken asks Rodri about the type of habits she had to break once she came from Havana, Cuba, to the U.S at age seven. She talks about the struggles of living in an abusive foster home and how she had to grow to heal from these wounds. She talks about how bad habits can be addicting, and we can subconsciously fall into. Rodri discovered how to break through these habits by examining who she is as a person and searching for what creates her happy moments. Ken talks about how our bad habits aren’t who we truly are, and by recognizing who we are, we can move past them. Rodri mentions how removing these habits can leave space inside us to fill with something more positive.
Ken asks Rodri how she reacted to her organization’s musical event being canceled due to the Corona Virus. Rodri was dismayed but managed to do the event remotely via YouTube. Ken asks what Rodri’s music does for her, which she replies by talking about how music truly makes her happy. Ken asks Rodri about the difficulties of pivoting her business to be online. Rodri has faced many challenges in recording music online, but she welcomed the opportunity to step outside her comfort zone and do what she loves.
Ken introduces his next guest, Alanna Pratt, an author and intimacy coach. Ken asks Alanna how she can be honest with herself. She says she doesn’t claim to know everyone’s truth and instead stresses the importance of knowing oneself and living unapologetically. Alanna explains that living unapologetically means getting rid of our lives’ neediness and becoming free by being honest and truthful. Alanna mentions how the ability to control others is an illusion and instead says that our well-being can be achieved by letting go of our need to control everything. She says the key is not to project our inner insecurities, instead become at peace with what’s inside. Ken brings on his next guest Lucy Danziger, the former editor of in-chief of SELF magazine. Ken asks Lucy how she got involved with health and wellness, which came from lessons learned at SELF magazine. She talks about the healthful benefits of an all-plant diet and how red and processed meats cause inflammation. Lucy mentions how most Americans get too much protein and how plants are rich in protein. She mentions how eating more plants can improve energy and productiveness naturally. Ken asks Lucy how someone can make habits that lead them to work out every day. She mentions how even if someone cheats on their diet, they should just move on and get back to normal instead of giving up.