88: Florence Williams on Leveraging Nature to Make Us Healthier, Smarter, and Happier

Florence Williams on Leveraging Nature to Make Us Healthier, Smarter, and Happier

Welcome to episode 88 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

We have journalist, author, and podcaster Florence Williams dropping by for a fascinating discussion on nature and its intimate connection to our mood and overall health. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones, and numerous other publications. If that isn’t enough, she’s the host of two Gracie-Award-winning Audible Original series plus the author of BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History and The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative.


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In today’s episode, you’ll hear:

  • Florence’s origin story
  • Why Central Park is so magical
  • Surprising revelations from writing the Nature Fix
  • How nature makes you a better person
  • What’s the urban health penalty
  • The 3 sounds the human brain positively responds to
  • How nature is defined (and why it matters)
  • Nature and its connection to our health
  • A discussion on the 3-day effect
  • What’s forest bathing
  • The benefits of exercising in the park (backed by research)
  • An optimal dose of weekly nature exposure
  • A discussion on walking and its many benefits and meanings
  • Florence’s nature routine
  • A brief discussion on classical music and some of our favorite artists {Meditation from Jules Massenet’s Thaïs is one of my favs—Here’s my favorite rendition by Nicola Benedetti to check out: Spotify & Youtube}
  • And much more

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87: MMM | Need Motivation? Create An Anti-Vision

MMM | Need Motivation? Create An Anti-Vision

Welcome to episode 87 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

Vision boards, gratitude journals, writing down your “why,” and a slew of other activities are frequently recommended in the self-improvement space. But what about when those activities aren’t enough? That’s when you need to channel aspects of your dark side—specifically your anti-vision. We often know we want to change and don’t like our situation, but we can’t create a clear picture of what we want. But in this same situation, we’re most likely able to rattle off everything we don’t want or don’t stand for. You can take advantage of this and leverage it.


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  • Why you should create an anti-vision

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86: Shanna Dickerson on Building A Ultra Luxury Travel Company and Why We Should Start Living Our Dream Life Now

Shanna Dickerson on Building A Ultra Luxury Travel Company and Why We Should Start Living Our Dream Life Now

Welcome to episode 86 of Optimal Health For Busy Entrepreneurs.

We have Shanna Dickerson, Founder, and CEO of Blue Sky Luxury Travels, stopping by for a fascinating discussion on building an unmistakable ultra-luxury travel company, why we can’t put off living our dream life, and much more. Before she helped luxury travelers and businesses worldwide, including A-list clients such as Sir Richard Branson, she had a successful music industry career.

However, at the tender age of 30, she was already experiencing a midlife crisis, and she kept asking herself, “Is it more important to live where you want and find work, or stay where you are climbing a corporate ladder with the hopes of retiring to an amazing place when you’re 60?”


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  • The current state of travel
  • Shanna’s gymnastics and tennis background and how it benefits her now
  • Shanna’s origin story and “midlife” crisis
  • The continual evolution of Shanna’s business (and why pivoting is good)
  • How Blue Sky has continued to grow over the years
  • Working with the affluent and how Shanna got her initial clients
  • The various obstacles that Shanna has faced as an entrepreneur (hurricanes are one of them)
  • Rebuilding her company after Hurricane Irma & Maria swept it all away
  • Staying mentally focused and composed as things get stressful
  • Initial habits and tips to building a concierge business
  • How FB Live’s dramatically boosted Shanna’s company (and it’s due to an overlooked reason)
  • Shanna’s tv pilot
  • Shanna’s wellness routine and habits
  • And much more

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