Posts in season 2
Ep. 40 Striking Out Cancer With Jason Motte

Our Good Vibes Sunday Guest this week is Jason Motte. He’s a recently retired baseball player and founder of The Jason Motte Foundation. He started his career as a catcher then switched over to pitching. He’s played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis CardinalsChicago CubsColorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves. He says that baseball was what he did and although he loved the game, it wasn’t who he was. His true purpose is to be of service through his and his wife Caitlin’s foundation. They’ve teamed up with 108 Stitches, a sports apparel company, to come up with a line that stands for striking out cancer. There is one ambassador for each team in major league baseball who helps bring awareness to cancer.

The seed for the Jason Motte Foundation was planted in the fall of 2010 when Jason and Caitlin Motte asked, “what can we do to help?” At the time, Caitlin’s grandfather, Lynn Doyle, was a cancer patient at The West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. Jason and Caitlin saw a sign that mentioned a need for blankets and wondered what more they could do to help. That question led to the formation of the Strike Out Cancer with Jason Motte Foundation and several projects including the annual Strike Out Cancer with Jason Motte.

The Motte family uses the money raised towards research all while providing comfort and care where there is a need for those affected, either directly or indirectly, by cancers of all kinds.

So many people avoid talking about heavy subjects like cancer, but what if for once we stop trying to pretend like it doesn’t exist? What if we open that dialog and learn from cancer? I heard this quote once, “ When you learn how to die, you’ll learn how to live.” Which translates to the question “ If you were told you had one month to live would you spend it complaining or doing something meaningful?”

 Today we talk to Jason about his foundation but as always it’s good vibes Sunday so we dive a little deeper into the idea that we can learn how to live purposeful lives through the lens of cancer. Jason explains that although money, status, and fame are all blessings and signposts along the way,they aren’t the answer behind fulfilling our lives purpose on earth. That when cancer strikes, none of those things matter. I don’t think we could have had a better guest on to help us bring in the holidays and fill our hearts and minds with perceptive.

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Ep. 38 All Good Vibes With Brandi Milloy

Our #goodvibesguest this week is Brandi Milloy. Brandi is a TV Host, Producer, Food Reporter, and a Lifestyle/Parenting Expert. Fans have come to rely on her popular blog ( brandimilloy.com ) for easy pantry staple meals and crowd-pleasing recipes. You may recognize her from starring in the new Food Network series: “Let’s Eat” where, along with her co-hosts Chef Stuart O’Keeffe and Jamika Pessoa, she shares her favorite delicious and easy to make at home recipes. She’s also is best known for the YouTube series POPSUGAR Food: Eat the Trend and Get the Dish with Brandi Milloy. On a regular, Brandi brings her expertise to the Today Show as a contributor. She has also appeared on Cooking Channel's Eat. This. Now. and Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games, Food Network Star and Chopped Junior. When this new mom isn’t food reporting, cooking/baking or hosting backyard bbq's with family and friends, Brandi is enjoying life in Los Angeles with her daughter Milly (@LittleAmazing) and her husband Chris (@MrAMeals).

Today we probe at Brandi’s mind about food and it’s connection to the soul. We also talk all about parenting and marriage; but as always it’s Good Vibes Sunday so we dig a little deeper and get her thoughts on a recurring situation where strangers come up to her sweet girl Milly and comment on her weight but not without squeezing or touching her. To quote Brandi after her most recent incident where a stranger came up and commented on Milly in front of a little girl who understood, “ I hate the idea that the thought of weight is even going through our girl’s minds and receiving comments about their bodies. This creates a culture of other people commenting on others body’s when it’s none of their business. It’s not a healthy way to speak to each other. I don’t believe every person who comments means ill will but they do need to be responsible for what comes out of their mouth.” - Brandi Milloy

She says that we are responsible for who we show up as in our lives, and that our words are contagious to those around us. Today Brandi shares an insight into her life and the practices that empower her to show up as the best version of herself for her daughter and her husband.

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Ep. 37 It Is Not The Critic Who Counts : Meet Joel Contreras

Our Good Vibes Sunday guest this week is Joel Contreras. Joel is a real estate agent turned developer and interior designer based out of Phoenix AZ. Adam and I first discovered him on instagram through a friend’s profile. Being modern architecture fanatics, we instantly were mesmerized by Joel’s modern designs. However we became even more impressed when we realized that he was doing in Phoenix, exactly what Adam and I have planned to do in our hometown here in Cali. That is transforming neglected homes by preserving the architectural integrity and melding it into modern additions and finishes; all while keeping a sustainable budget. In a nutshell, this guy has created a design movement in his city and continues to shift the paradigm. Design can sometimes feel unrealistic to middle class america, but Joel proves that with proper education and an eye for design, everyone can own a one of a kind home. It’s no wonder that he’s caught the attention of publishers such as Dwell Magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden and more. Today we probe at Joel’s mind and discuss what inspires him, how he got his start, his wife’s life changing experience with cancer, his advice for aspiring designers and developers and so much more.

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Ep. 36 Candid Sunday : It Doesn't Feel Good To Expand

Last time I did a Candid Sunday, I talked about how I felt as though I was drifting through life and I discussed the reasons I thought I was feeling that way. I explained that I was doing more than I was being, that is being in the moment, giving myself time and love. During this time a question I kept going back to was “ Why am I not aware of listening to what the universe is telling me?” ; if I was feeling so out of alignment what was I supposed to stop and pay attention to? What complaints was I having? I know for sure that one of them was that I wanted to feel as though more was happening for us faster. But why is it that everytime we try to listen to god and the universe, when we blatantly see the signs and we know what they mean, why is that we place judgment on them because they don’t necessarily fit our plan? Or feel good?

We’re so good at saying If it doesn’t go as I planned well it must be bad, if it’s uncomfortable it must not be teaching me anything. What I’ve come to realize is that maybe if it’s uncomfortable that’s because it’s pushing us, maybe if it doesn’t go as planned that’s because we are not surrendering to the power that is higher than us, and maybe just maybe, if it doesn’t feel good because it’s expanding us.

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Ep. 35 Nothing Matters More Than The Ones You Love (Recap)

Three years ago tomorrow, marks the day I lost my mother figure to cancer. I’ve proclaimed this day, many times on Good Vibes Sunday, as the the reset button. Better yet, it was the best and worst day of my life. It was the day my entire life would take an unexpected change forever. How can death be the best day and worst day of anyone’s life you ask? It was the worst day because the pain that comes from losing a mother so early on is unlike anything anyone should have to endure. However, although it wasn’t clear to me at the time, I now know it was also the best day of my life because my foundation was revealed and I didn’t like what I saw. I learned that times of crisis reveal the foundations our lives sit on, and after her passing I began to discover how to rebuild mine. I wanted a solid foundation, I wanted one that could last through any crisis and I wanted one built on love. As god would have it, it wasn’t a one and done, the journey began the day of her death and carries me through each day. Today I stand on higher ground because of her, her life and her death taught me more about myself than I ever dreamt could be possible. On today’s Good Vibes Sunday I recap the episode I recorded this time last year in attempt to surface my journey.

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Ep. 34 Dryden Mitchell : Lead Singer Of Rock Band Alien Ant Farm

Today we sat down with Dryden Mitchell at his studio in Huntington Beach CA. Dryden is the lead singer of the rock band Alien Ant Farm. They were formed in 1996 in Riverside CA, and are most famous for their Michael Jackson cover of Smooth Criminal which topped the billboard alternative songs in 2001. This single was a huge hit and appeared on the first season of WWE Tough Enough, and the movie American Pie 2. They also had songs featured in video games such as Tony Hawk, Madden NFL, NHL and more. One of my favorites from Dryden was when he went solo and released a song called Friday I’m In Love which appeared on the soundtrack of the movie 50 First Dates starring: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. I can go on and on, but you get the idea. Dryden and his band have since been touring the world performing for fans, and today we talk all about his career, but as always we dig a little deeper, and open fun conversations about life, family and so much more.

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Ep. 33 This Isn't A Political Issue, It's A Human Issue

I posted a photo of my husband wearing a white t-shirt with the word feminism with the definition written on it. I did this to see what kind of response I would get from people and what I found was that people felt the shirt was a political stand. I also felt as though some people felt that liking the photo meant taking a side, I got a lot of new likes and I lost some; none of which matters to me since I did it for this episode of Good Vibes Sunday. To me and to my husband the word feminism means one thing, equal rights to all humans. Everything else that’s been added to the word, the hate, all the piling on of definitions and political stands, to us are just extra. We don’t stand behind the extra, we stand behind equality, period. Today I explain that my husband and I are not huge into politics, that our support for equality comes from my own personal experiences with gender discrimination in the corporate world, and I also highlight the beauty that comes from having the kind of husband who puts all his energy behind my dreams of success.

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Ep. 32 Stop Blaming And Put In The Work : Kevin Kouzmanoff

Kevin Kouzmanoff became the 1st player in the history of baseball to hit a grand slam on his very first major league pitch. His glove from the 2009 season with the Oakland A’s, is in the Hall of Fame because he held the highest fielding percentage of all third basemen, of all time. he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and went on to play for teams such as; the San Diego Padres, Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. My husband, Adam Reifer, first met Kouz when they played ball together with the Miami Marlins Triple-A team. Their lockers were side by side, so they really got to know each other. Adam says that Kouz is one of the nicest, funniest, most fun guy to be around that he’s ever played with. Today we talk to him about his years in and life after baseball, his family; and we probe into life principles like working hard, ridding yourself of excuses, finding gratitude, knowing when to say no, and so much more.

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Ep. 31 Candid Sunday

Every so often, between having guest on and between following a topic for the week, I will be having a "candid Sunday" where I will openly just talk about where I am in the moment. With no true structure, I am hoping just to have an honest conversation about what I am feeling, what is going on in my life, home and marriage.

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Ep. 30 Be So Confident You're Humble

Hi my name is Astrid Gagliardi Reifer and I Fu*ken love myself…also it took a lot of huevos for me to post such a vulnerable photo of me, out there for people to decide for themselves what it means. But it serves my topic today about self love, this isn’t something that came easy to me, I had to work really hard to grow into a place where I discovered my purpose, what I was placed here to do and who I really am. After discovering that revelation about myself, I began to fall more and more in love with the person I was becoming, I began to feel less pressured to have to constantly defend or explain myself to people that didn’t matter, and really began to honor myself for who I am, just as I am. Self love doesn’t mean you are self absorbed, full of yourself or selfish, no, it means that you are tuning into your inner, most truest self.  It means that you give yourself the love that only you can give yourself so that you can be the best version of yourself and have more of that to share with those you love. It means not latching to others to make you happy, but going within to find that the key to your genuine happiness has always been inside you . Loving yourself means you stop saying yes when that voice inside of you says no, it means that you stop listening to the chatter that goes on outside of yourself and you begin to dial in to your inner callings. You stop paying attention to “them”…. and you reach higher and higher levels of self love through the lessons you learn along your journey on this earth. Today I talk all about mine in hopes to help you discover all the love that lives inside of you.

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Ep. 29 Either You Choose Change or Change Chooses You

This week’s Good Vibes Sunday guest is Nate Hughes. Nate is a pastor for young adults at The Grove a Christian worship house in Arizona. He says his ethos behind his teachings is to simply “do life with us”, that he’s on this path of life with us and is learning his own way. Nate brings a very human element to the manner in which he preaches, he relates principles of life and his personal experiences to every sermon. Adam and I both went to high school with Nate and his identical twin Nick, we’ve followed these two closely on social. After gaining daily inspiration from Nate’s, I finally mustered the courage to ask him to come on the air with us. Join us as we probed Nate’s mind about his relationship with change, and as he explains the difference between us choosing change or letting change choose us.

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Ep. 28 We Must Learn To Crawl Before We Can Walk

On today’s Good Vibes Sunday, we had the pleasure of chatting it up with an incredible friend and inspiration to us, Landon Mondragon. Landon is a self proclaimed man of many hats ( no pun intended since he’s always wearing stylish hats) he’s a contractor turned investor, designer, builder and has recently began diving into developing. He’s even trying his hand at photography which must I say his work is amazing. He even stared in his own television show, Cutting Edge Reno which aired on HGTV. This talented guy is not only well versed, but he shares with us the wisdom he’s gain from lessons only learned through trial and failure. He says that one must learn to crawl before they can walk and today we learn exactly what that means.

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Ep. 27 My Thoughts On Aging

Last week I turned 29 years old, and so naturally the topic of aging has been on my mind these days. On this week's Good Vibes Sunday I have a candid conversation about what age has brought me over the years, all the lessons I have learned, and whether or not I'm afraid of growing older. I also dive into a controversial topic based on the idea of beauty. Going against the many beautiful women who are too modest to admit they are beautiful, I openly admit that beauty has it's advantages and those advantages have created a beauty obsessed, prevailing, culture that is terrified of losing their value with age. 

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Ep. 25 Anxiety & Depression Part I

Millions of people suffer from anxiety, depression or both and no one wants to talk much about it. Peoples favorite celeb commits suicide and everyone reacts for a moment then never talks about it again. The truth is more people suffer from this disorder than they want to admit to the world. With social media pressures of living a perfect life, it's hard for folks to open up about the issues they face especially when the pressures only make it worse. It's no longer okay to say only those people suffer from this disorder, and it's time that I spoke up about my story. As a two part series, part one is a speech by Tony Robins where he covers how to deal with anxiety and depression.

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Ep. 24 Children Affirmations

Many of our believes as adults stem from childhood. Kids are like moist clay, they can be molded and shaped by their surroundings with relative ease. If we can successfully influence their subconscious minds with ideas of confidence, success and self love, there is no limit to what they can achieve in their life. This week I'm going to give you a list of powerful affirmations that should be played for your little ones as they sleep or play. Repetition is a sure way to impact the subconscious mind, play this on repeat at a low comfortable volume . Do this for 21 days or more for best results.

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Ep. 23 F**K Being Perfect

Perfection, what defines it? Who’s to say what is and what isn’t perfect and why is it though that so many of us give up our sovereignty to it? On this week’s Good Vibes Sunday I discuss what my thoughts on the matter are, and what my life experiences have taught me about it.

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Ep. 22 Everything Is Our Fault

Alex Banayan dropped out of college to seek out and ask legends like Lady Gaga, rapper Pitbull, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou and more how they accomplished their dreams so he could share it with his generation. All of their stories as told in the best-selling book, The Third Door, reframe what most consider “secrets” to success into human journeys of failure and persistence. I merge the lessons Alex learned during his journey with my personal experiences in today’s episode

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