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Living with Intention and Staying True to Yourself Do you ever feel like you’re going through the motions of life, making choices that don’t really resonate with you? Maybe you’re saying ‘yes’ to things when you really feel too overwhelmed to take on one more thing. Maybe you’re feeling pressure from family or society to […]

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Signs You’re Not Trusting Yourself Enough (And What to Do About It)

“What do you do when you look back at your life, say the past year, and you think you made the wrong choices. At the time you thought they were intentional but now you know they’re not? And now you’re trying to course correct but you’re not sure if you know how. Maybe it’s a […]

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Relationships

Bold Choices, Hidden Sacrifices

The Hidden Cost of Chasing Dreams Today, I want to peel back the layers on a topic that’s incredibly close to my heart and, I believe, resonates with many of us: the intertwining paths of love, loss, and the monumental decisions that shape our lives. Acknowledging and embracing the entirety of our journey—including the sacrifices […]

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Growth

Are You Pushing Too Hard?

The Race Without A Finish Line Imagine you’re running a race, and every time you see the end, the finish line moves, just a bit further.  So you keep going. You run further, the next milestone, and the next.  You’re tired, you’re hurting, you start missing other things in your life, but you keep getting […]

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The Night Book Club Changed My Perspective

What she said just hit me, so hard, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks. There’s something magical about the combination of books, good food, and a circle of women gathered to share their insights. But have you ever had a single conversation around a book radically shift your perspective on life? Ever […]

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Mindset

Boundaries: Saying No In a World That Expects Yes

We all know we’re supposed to set boundaries. We’re supposed to speak up when someone says something hurtful, we’re supposed to say no when we don’t want to do something, we’re supposed to stand up for ourselves, even if it seems impolite. Setting boundaries helps us stay balanced, not get overworked or overwhelmed, and they […]

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Relationships

How to get people to give you better advice

Have you ever had that awkward moment  when you have something on your mind, you’re pouring out your heart to someone, and they say ALL the wrong things?  Today we’re going to talk about guiding conversations to ensure that people don’t just hear us, but truly understand us too.  Welcome back to the XO Conversations […]

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Mindset

An ‘Above Average’ Approach To Life

Challenging Expectations: A Lesson in Intentional Decision-Making Today, I’m going to share a little story with you about expectations, norms, and about what it means to challenge them. It’s about a day, a line, and a lesson that’s stayed with me longer than I ever thought it would. I’m Rishma Walji, and you’re listening to […]

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Family

The Accidental Heirloom

A Story of Love, Loss and Legacy “Beauty lies not just in objects, but in the stories they carry and the connections they deepen.” Welcome to the XO Conversations podcast, where we delve deep into the essence of living intentionally. I’m Dr. Rishma Walji, and today, I bring you a story that belongs to generations […]

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Mindset

Break the Self-Sabotage Cycle

Do you ever make things harder for yourself? You do something that feels good in the moment, but you know it will make you feel worse later? And somehow you just can’t help yourself? People call this self-sabotage, but let’s explore it differently. We don’t self-sabotage on purpose. It’s not like we want to make […]

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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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