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A great relationship with my grandfather When I was young, my Bapa, my grandfather used to call me mongi bai. It was his mother’s name. You see, his parents both died and he was orphaned at 2 years old. When I was growing up, he would say that I was his mother’s soul, come back […]

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Podcast

Moving Towards Your Goals Faster

Do you know what you want in life? Do you want more out of life? Regardless of what you want in your life, whether it’s more fun, more peace of mind, more achievement, it’s important to match your goals with your actions. And that’s the difference between letting life happen, and being intentional. Life is […]

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Finding Joy

Redefining Success (Part 3): Interview with Coco Ma

Today I’m including a bonus episode. It’s a departure from my usual podcast programming. If you’ve noticed, the past few episodes are really focussed on my kids.  It started with me re-defining success (if you haven’t listened to that one, it’s a good one). Then part 2 was an interview with my 13 year old […]

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Finding Joy

Redefining Success (Part 2): Interview with 13 year old author of The Shifters

This is what I’m calling an [Inspo] episode. I’ll be doing more of these types of episodes but this one is special. Not just because it’s the first one, but also because I get to interview … my daughter. If you haven’t listened to the story of how she started writing her novel, and how […]

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Relationships

Redefining Success To Focus on What’s Really Important

What does success really mean to you? Have you ever tried to reach a goal, and then achieved it, and realized that you don’t want it anymore? Or maybe you’ve questioned your goals and dreams themselves. Why do you want to accomplish that goal? Is it aligned with your values in life and your vision of yourself? […]

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Mindset

How To Change Your Parenting Relationship

Parenting is hard. We love our child so deeply and we want what’s best for them. Trying to show up consistently as your best self, managing your stress and emotions and being able to help your child through their stress and emotions, takes a lot of effort all the time. And it changes from stage […]

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Family

Fun Board Games to Play with your family

Fun family board games to play with your kids (tween and teens)

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Finding Joy

Improv Lessons For Life

A few months ago, I took my first improv class. I organized the event as part of our XO Community and I thought I’d summarize some key lessons from that class that apply to life. It’s one of my goals to add more fun, play and spontaneity back into my life. I find it’s so […]

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Podcast

Want to Be More Optimistic?

If you’re someone who is naturally optimistic, amazing. It will help you stay resilient and adapt.  If you’re not, you’re the reason I’m doing this episode. For you, for me, and for anyone who needs help seeing hope.  Normally on my podcast, I ask a question and work through it. Today I’m going to start […]

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Wellness

Do Affirmations Really Work?

Science about how positive affirmations impact your brain and also how to make them really work for you.

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Hi, I'm Rishma.
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I ran a thriving healthcare practice as a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist for over 20 years. I also earned my PhD and spent time in academic research and teaching positions. Now, I read scientific studies because I'm passionate about personal growth. I use the insights to help me, and our community, live our own XO life.

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