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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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Blog

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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Blog

How to Talk To Your Kids About Gender and Sexuality

Here are some themes that came up in this podcast episode. Listen or watch to get all the details. How to Start Conversations About Sex and Gender with Kids? How to Stay Open and Avoid Imposing Biases on Kids? Balancing Safety and Independence: How to Teach Kids Consent and Boundaries? Why Include the Pleasure Aspect […]

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Mindset

Pushing Limits: Taking Goal Setting to the Extreme

Brace yourself for a story filled with determination, family love, and personal growth. In this episode, we follow Jason’s extraordinary goal to conquer the mighty waters of Lake Ontario. Meet Jason, a loving husband and doting father to a delightful five-year-old daughter. Amidst his bustling life, he reveals his new challenge — one that will […]

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Stress

Are you living with ambient stress?

Understanding and Overcoming Stress Stress is the bane of my existence.  On a personal level I’m always trying to manage it, because I like to do lots of things. One thing finishes and I’m already onto the next. I have big dreams, big ideas and like to learn and grow, which means that life definitely […]

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Mental Health

Beyond the Label of Mental Health with Dr. Christina Bjorndal

In this episode, Dr. Chris Bjorndal shares her journey with mental health and how she is now helping others regain their mental health. She talks about her book “Beyond the Label,” where she discusses how labels for mental health diagnoses can be stigmatizing and contribute to suffering. Dr. Bjorndal has struggled with anxiety, depression, bipolar […]

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Relationships

Behind Closed Doors: A Journey Through Intimacy Struggles

Intimacy: The Missing Piece in a Picture-Perfect Marriage Misha and her husband had a marriage that seemed perfect from the outside. They were close friends and partners who had been together for years. However, there was one issue that they had been struggling with for a long time – intimacy. Every time they tried to […]

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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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