Self Care Embodied
The Secret to Morning Routines

The Secret to Morning Routines

August 24, 2020

As we start to transition from Summer to Fall, our days may start to look different, our schedules may start to shift, and it’s very important to stay intentional about how you show up for yourself. Lately a lot of self-care talk has been focused on morning routines. I agree that they are a really necessary part of your self-care routine, but they aren’t the most important piece of the puzzle! 


Join me for today’s episode where we are having a conversation about:


  • Adjusting our self-care routines when our days shift
  • The most important time to be intentional about your morning routine, and it might not be when you think
  • A sweet spot of your day that influences your energy
  • Giving ourselves permission to experiment with different morning routine ideas and actions
  • Not taking our routines so seriously
  • How each part of your day is intertwined


Let me know if you enjoyed today’s free flow conversational chat style. Life is all about adventure and experimentation so I showed up to this episode a little differently. 


Make sure to share this podcast episode with anyone who needs a little encouragement with their self-care, and remember the best morning routine is the one that supports you and sets you up for an amazing day!

Birthdays & Human Design

Birthdays & Human Design

August 17, 2020

Just as it’s so important to celebrate with self-care, it’s important to also celebrate Y-O-U and what makes you, you.

In today’s episode, we’re celebrating my birthday and we’re talking about Human Design, what it is, how it pertains to your birth, and how it’s such a unique tool to use in your self-care. 



Resources mentioned in this episode:

What do you WANT to do?

What do you WANT to do?

August 10, 2020

This is a quick episode based off of a quote that someone sent me and asked if I could do a podcast about it. Of course I said Yes! Listen in to hear the quote shared with me and how it reminded me of another quote. Both of them call us out (lovingly) about how we put our self-care on our to-do lists.


I’m also inviting you to sign up for my newest free Human Design readings! 

I’m so intrigued by the Human Design system and I want to share it with you. These mini readings are free until my birthday (8/17) so head to the link in my IG bio @iamkathleenleslie to schedule or go to

How we do this thing called Self-Care

How we do this thing called Self-Care

August 3, 2020

I’m really into this episode because it’s the first self-care episode, but I’m going to tell you straight up...I don’t give you the answers, but I give you permission to create you own self-care practice! Let’s go!


I realized that there is so much that i want to share with you, so listen in:


I’m sharing the history and definition of self-care while also giving you permission to define self-care on your terms.


Self-care has a fascinating history. From being primarily focused on mentally ill and elderly patients needing support from health care professionals in the early 20th century, it then evolved into a radical, political act in the 60’s and 70’s. In the late 90’s it started becoming the focus of overworked, high stress corporate workers to prevent burnout, and now it’s one of the biggest buzzwords that gets thrown around without much intentional thought. 


I also share the reasons why self-care seems so mysterious and elusive and pretentious all at the same time. This is related to my biggest pet peeve when it comes to self-care and how it’s talked about today. As you listen, I invite you to think about how self-care is influenced by your perceptions, your community, and how you go about your daily routines.


I dive into how fluid the different types of self-care are..A lot of people talk about “pillars” and in this episode I highlight how everyone will have a different number of self-care pillars in their practice, and that’s okay!


I’m ending the episode by addressing the in-accessibility of self-care today. I have experienced this along several parts of my own journey, and I know that others have experienced this as well. It is my hope that this podcast episode will start to bring awareness and a subtle shift to the accessibility of self-care for you, your community, and for others.


Join me for a moment of radical self-care towards the end of the episode!

To learn more about the International Self-Care Foundations 7 pillars of self-care

From Dark to Light, My Story

From Dark to Light, My Story

August 3, 2020

I’m just jumping right in and putting it out there. This is a raw, real, and incredibly personal episode about mental health, specifically the darkest moment of my adult life that was the start of the path that I’m on now.


We recognize ourselves in others' stories, and I’m realizing that If I don’t share my story someone out there may not realize that they are not alone in their journey. It can feel lonely and isolating when you are feeling sad, depressed, and anxious because mental health still has a stigma attached to it. There has been progress the past several years towards normalizing and ending the shame surrounding mental health, and there is still plenty of work to be done.


Here some things that I share in today’s episode:

  • When I decided to become a massage therapist I was told “This journey will change your life”, and they weren’t kidding!


  • How our schedules impact our stress levels
  • Our stories around touch


  • My mental health journey, my experiences and the two major hurdles I faced when it came to advocating for my treatment:my job, and how expensive mental health resources are. 


  • These are two roadblocks that many people face when they are trying to advocate for themselves, and this inevitably causes the path to treatment to last longer than necessary for some.


  • I also share the thought that kept me going throughout the hard part of my journey.

If you or anyone you know is feeling like they need support on their mental health journeys, can go here:


Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Veterns Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 press 1

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

OK 2 Talk Teen Helpline 1-800-273-TALK


The Loveland Therapy Fund

Bring Change 2 mind

The Trevor Project

The Child Mind Institute

Trans Lifeline

What’s Life without a little celebration?

What’s Life without a little celebration?

August 3, 2020

I’m asking the important questions on my first episode: What is the last thing you’ve celebrated? When was the last time you celebrated something you did for yourself?


Let’s dive in and because I have so much to say on the topic of celebration:

Our brains are hardwired to look for the negative...celebrating even the small things allows you to shift your outlook ever so slightly towards the positive.


You don’t NEED a reason to celebrate. We’ve become accustomed to only celebrating “big” showers, weddings, first homes...but why not the smaller things? The steps that you took to accomplish something deserve just as much celebration. When you celebrate along the way, you make the journey a little bit sweeter.


Anything we celebrate is something that changes us. Every single thing we do moves us forward in this thing called life and I am always curious as to why we don’t celebrate ourselves more often.


Here are some more tidbits I share with you:

This may seem radical, but I truly believe that EVERY moment is a celebration!


Mindfulness can also be an act of celebration. In this moment, we can choose to feel good, we can choose to celebrate.


Celebration Makes you Happy and lessens our stress. 


And a reflection for you to take into your day:

How can you invite celebration into your self-care practice? How can you invite celebration into your life every day?


If you want to hear an episode on why consciously celebrating even the small moments is a radical act in defiance of the patriarchy and capitalism, reach out to me in Instagram at @iamkahtleenleslie

In this moment, in this breath we can feel good. In this moment, we can choose to celebrate.

Welcome to Self Care Embodied

Welcome to Self Care Embodied

July 17, 2020

This is a sneak peak into Self Care Embodied, a weekly offering of truth, inspiration, and guidance.

Listen in to find out what to expect every Monday and how owning your journey can lead to fulfillment and joy. Look out for sprinkles of magic along the way!

Make sure to subscribe to be one of the first ones to listen to when new episodes are released, and come hang out with me on Instagram @iamkathleenleslie

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