Past Episodes

“SPIRITUAL, BUT NOT RELIGIOUS” with Rev. Karla — Ex-Evangelical — Affirming Faith — Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Faith — Interfaith Community — Self-Improvement — Personal Development —

On a journey of religious deconstruction? Maybe you are in the process reconstruction after leaving the evangelical church or another restrictive religion…Reverend Karla is the spiritual (but not religious) mama bear that will help us find our way.

If you are looking for spiritual connection and ways to find God in your every day life, then you will enjoy being a part of Reverend Karla’s ministry and community! She teaches that the Holy experience is available to us all no matter who you are, where you were born, who you love, or what your spiritual beliefs are. There is space at the table for all because she believes God is big enough to share. Rev. Karla’s mission is to connect seekers like ourselves as we explore spirituality outside of organized religion, heal from religious trauma, discover Christianity through a new set of eyes, learn from leaders of different traditions, and create beautiful, compassionate communities. 

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • What it means to be spiritual but not religious, and why it is a sacred and valid path?
  • What does identifying as “interfaith” mean?
  • Do you still maintain Christian roots?
  • What other paths have you explored? (GOD IS BIG ENOUGH TO SHARE )
  • Do you believe all religions point to the same path?
  • How do we interpret the Bible now? (literal, historical, or figurative text written by inspired humans or by God?)
  • Why it’s important to accept others’ life journeys as just as meaningful and sacred as your own
  • How “welcoming” churches, but not “affirming” churches harm the LGBTQIA+ community
  • How evangelical purity culture has harmed its members and how to heal
  • What is religious trauma and how to begin a spiritual journey to heal from it
  • Reimagining the faith community (such as the online platform communities we are creating) and how they can affirm us and connect us to like minds

Stay in touch with Reverend Karla

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“Hypnosis, Mindfulness, & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” with Dr. Carolyn Daitch — Relationships & Anxiety — Managing Panic Attacks & Emotional Flooding — Your Therapy Toolbox — Self-Improvement — Personal Development —

How can Hypnosis, Mindfulness, & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help you in your everyday life? Allow Dr. Carolyn Daitch to teach us strategies to optimize our minds for peace and flow. Managing emotions is possible, we just have to know HOW.

Carolyn Daitch Ph.D. is the director of the Center for the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in Farmington Hills, Michigan. As a clinical psychologist, she is a certified and approved consultant and elected Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis as well a Fellow of the Michigan Psychological Association. Dr. Daitch is internationally recognized for her practical and easy to implement interventions. 

Dr. Daitch has written four books on anxiety and affect regulation, including the award-winning Affect Regulation Toolbox: Practical and Effective Hypnotic Interventions for the Over-reactive Client, which has received international acclaim and was awarded best hypnosis book by the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis in 2008. Other books include Anxiety Disorders: The Go-to Guide, Anxious in Love, and The Road to Calm Workbook. Her article on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Hypnosis as Treatment Methods for Generalized Anxiety Disorder was awarded best article in 2019 by the Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • How hypnotherapy can be used in everyday life?
  • What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
  • How to develop your therapy toolbox?
  • How can we be more mindful everyday and what are the benefits?
  • What are ways we can manage emotional flooding?
  • Learning about her unique treatment model: Integrating hypnosis, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy to help people navigate the inevitable challenges of life
  • Managing anxiety during the Covid crisis
  • How does anxiety affects relationships?
  • Responding to an anxious partner with gentle, validating emotion rather than reacting with logic
  • Tips for managing anxiety before a first date, important meeting, or job interview

Stay in touch with Dr. Carolyn Daitch

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OUR LOVE STORY REVEALED with Robert Croak (my age gap boyfriend) — Relationship Advice — How We Met — Conscious Partnership — Age Gap Relationship — Manifesting Your Soul Mate — Self-Improvement —

Let’s take an honest look at our LOVE STORY with my boyfriend, Robert Croak, creator of  Sillybandz! On this episode, we share our tips for a happy, healthy, conscious partnership…even with 28 years between us!

I am so excited to have my man, who is my personal business coach, world-renowned entrepreneur, and product development consultant on Enlightened! In fact, without him encouraging me, this show would most likely not exist.

 

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • Our love story timeline
  • How we met online
  • What it was like to meet someone in real life after a month
  • Was Robert worried I was a gold digger?
  • Long distance relationship tips
  • Is 28 years apart too much?
  • Does my bisexuality affect our relationship?
  • How do you know when someone is the one?
  • Does an age gap make the relationship more challenging?
  • Our relationship tips for a happy, healthy, conscious partnership
  • Does working with your partner add challenges to your relationship?

 

Stay in touch with Robert:

 

Robert J. Croak is a highly recognized entrepreneur due to the wildly successful Sillybandz brand that he created. Robert’s journey started out with his lower-class upbringing in the Eastside of Toledo, Ohio in a broken home. His childhood was turbulent, as the divorce of his parents created a life of instability through his teenage years; but regardless of heart-wrenching setbacks, he never lost focus of his dreams. Much of Robert’s post-college career was spent in the automotive business where he was a salesman and quickly moved up to finance manager. But after a few years pursuing a nine to five career, Robert realized very early on that the entrepreneurial path was his destiny.

At the young age of 22-years-old Robert made his first full-time jump into owning his own business, the first of many. With a love for music and the unfortunate passing of his grandmother, Robert had the opportunity to purchase the family bar and restaurant “Frankie’s” made famous by his Grandfather, Frankie Andriaccio, and keep the legacy alive. Throughout the years, he continued to open more bars and restaurants, and his passion for the business only grew.

Although Robert had a nice run through the 1990s and into 2000s, he had a longing to expand into his true passion of inventing and branding. Equipped with a great staff, the transition to product development went well. In 2003, the company progressed very swiftly, and with this growth came a world of opportunities. For his personal fitness and wellbeing, Robert enjoyed running races and triathlons, and on one particular day Robert was given a yellow Livestrong bracelet. While already developing other similar products, Robert felt that the Livestrong bracelet concept could be expanded on, and the launch of “Custom Silicone Bracelets .com” brought the immediate realization that he was right. The business evolved very quickly; and over time, Robert expanded the custom product offerings beyond silicone bracelets.

Sillybandz fans always want to know how Robert came up with his multi-million-dollar idea. It all began when he visited a product show in China where he was given a very-poorly-shaped animal rubber band by a Japanese designer. Robert looked at the oddly shaped silicone in his hand and tried to see how the vague outline was actually intended to look like a dog. The Japanese seller told Robert that his rubber bands were to be sold as an office supply product. Although Robert felt that it would never sell as a novelty rubber band for adults, this very moment was the match that lit the fire of an incredible idea.

With wild entrepreneur instinct, Robert took the product back to his office in Toledo, Ohio and pitched the idea of making them into children’s bracelets, adding artistic detail, and calling them Sillybandz. The staff didn’t believe in it and didn’t think customers would invest in “silly silicone bracelets,” but Robert forged ahead with the design and manufacturing.

Many people assume Sillybandz was an instant hit, but that is far from the truth. Robert recalls, “It was a very slow build. With some key stores like Learning Express onboard, it slowly grew to a tipping point. But to this day, my mantra is ‘Always go with your gut,’ and I am so glad I did!” Not long after fortunate celebrity interactions, like Sarah Jessica Parker and Shakira wearing the bracelets, the Sillybandz brand grew momentum. Little did Robert know, his little idea was about to be the biggest bracelet trend the world had ever seen.

What happened over the next two and a half years was simply unheard of. Robert’s little Toledo, Ohio company was catapulted into the limelight and went from twelve employees to over 300 in a matter of months. During this time of trying to efficiently scale the craze and capture the lighting in a bottle, Robert was working 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Sillybandz partnered with the Kardashians, Justin Beiber, Hello Kitty, Barbie, Spongebob Squarepants, and Angry Birds for exclusively licensed bracelets. Licensing and consistently creating new packs to ship around the world was not easy, but with much determination, little sleep, and a great team, Robert kept up this pace producing a trend that outlasted most huge fads — over three years.

Thanks to the whirlwind Sillybandz fame, Robert has since been featured on “How I Made My Millions,” Bloomberg, CNN, MTV’s Made, Bravo’s Housewives of Beverly Hills, GSN-High Stakes Poker, as well as countless other TV shows and news features. After 2012, the blaze of the Sillybandz trend cooled off and Robert has continued inventing, investing, and launching many new products and brands. With his accomplished reputation as a master brand-builder and infrastructure for product development, Robert has developed many new products, and has also diversified into real estate, technology, and fast casual pizza enterprises.

For eight years, Robert had fun creating without thinking much about the bracelets that made his name. However, in 2019 with the rise of TikTok and Instagram influencers who are now the young adults who wore Sillybandz in their childhoods, Sillybandz is making a comeback. With over 1.6 Million Facebook fans, thousands of Google searches, millions of social media users hashtagging the nostalgic accessories, and media channels like Buzzfeed showcasing the bracelets, the Sillybandz craze is becoming a worldwide trend once again, bringing back so many precious memories for the 2000s generation that the bracelets are now worn by both children and adults. Through the years, Robert’s passions have remained the same: to continue creating meaningful products that provide him the financial ability to help make the world a better place.

Now more than ever, Robert recognized that humans need a product that will make the world a safer place. As a germaphobe himself experiencing the rising concerns of the COVID-19 virus, Robert felt it was vital to create a convenient way for everyone to have sanitizer available at all times. After brainstorming, many sketches, and homemade prototypes, he came up with the Sanitizer Bracelet™ the world knows, loves, and doesn’t leave the house with today! The Sanitizer Bracelet™ provides a sense of safety for those wearing it by giving you the comfort of knowing you will always have sanitizer literally “on hand,” with you wherever you go. Thankfully, Robert’s first-of-its-kind bracelet design is modern, minimal, and stylish. Now available on SanitizerBracelets.com for retail, licensing, and custom orders, the Sanitizer Bracelet™ is the must-have product in 2020 and beyond as we embrace the new normal of protecting ourselves and others from spreading germs.

After creating highly acclaimed products, many would think that Robert is ready to slow down and perhaps retire, but that’s not the case. When asked about what the future holds, Robert says, “Creative entrepreneur-types like me rarely retire. The fun in creating products is seeing everyday problems that society deals with and finding solutions that are helpful. I’ll never stop. I can’t.” Although he never plans on retiring, and instead continually creating and consulting other budding entrepreneurs and brands, he is excited to settle down with his long-time girlfriend (ME), head of his branding and social media department, and start a family. When asked about what he believes defines success in life, Robert smiles, “Loving what you do and doing it with people you truly care about is my greatest joy. That’s what makes my life meaningful.”

It’s time to set yourself FREE, Lovely One! 

The love of God inside of me honors the love in you. Namaste, My Friends.

If you would like to try or re-order Organifi, my go-to plant-based protein, brain food, collagen support, and green/red juices, tap here to visit Organifi. Don’t forget to use my discount code, “sophia” for 15% off your entire order every time you order.

I hope you benefit from ENLIGHTENED, the podcast by me, Sophia Spallino, an audible experience that leaves you feeling at peace, encouraged, and in touch with your soul.

If you feel comfortable to share how the show is touching your heart, please leave a rating and review on iTunes or the Apple Podcast App. It will only take a minute, but genuine reviews are vital to the success of my show, so please review by tapping here.

Thank you for supporting my labor of love by sharing screenshots of the podcast, subscribing, and by pledging to contribute. Because creating inspiring content demands my time, creativity, resources, and talent, I depend on generous listeners like you to support the production of my show. Kindly support Enlightened for as little as $0.99/mo by tapping here. *you may cancel at anytime.

With infinite love and gratitude, I pray that peace be with you. xo Sophia (@SophiaSpallino on Instagram)

CRYSTAL HEALING & SEXY ENERGY with The Metaphysical Maven, Magdalena McClellan — Improve Your Sex Life with Crystals — Attract Love with Crystals — How Do Crystals Work? — Healing, Manifesting, and Clearing with Crystals — Trusting Your Intuition — Self-Improvement —

Can crystals actually enhance your life…Even your sex life? Allow Magdalena McClellan, the METAPHYSICAL MAVEN, to help us to understand the magical and practical uses of crystals!

Magdalena McClellan has always had an affinity for stones and crystals. For years, she  studied them extensively and took notes of her own experiences through trial and error. There came a point in her life where she could not deny the power of these gorgeous stones and what they were doing. Crystals helped her work through the inevitable ups and downs of life, from little every day stressors to more major, unexpected crises. Naturally, Magdalena is drawn to helping others, so she was compelled to make gemstone jewelry for friends and family because the magic was just too good to keep to all to herself. Eventually, she started gridding people’s homes with larger stones — both of which resulted in rave reviews and some pretty incredible healing results. This all paved the way for the birth of “My Metaphysical Maven,” her online space for intuitive readings, crystal prescriptions, courses, gorgeous jewelry, and retreats that have all been carefully designed to provide clients with clarity and understanding on the deepest soul level.

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • woo woo vs. reality…Do crystals really have power?
  • how to trust your intuition?
  • how do crystals actually metaphysically work?
  • how to work with crystals for beginners? 
  • how can crystals help clear chakras?
  • what crystal aligns with each chakra?
  • how can crystals inspire a better sex life? 
  • what crystals aid in creating a clean slate and clearing energy?
  • what crystal is best for healing heartbreak?
  • what crystal helps manifest love?

Stay in touch with: Magdalena McClellan

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“I was a man in a PAST LIFE” — My Past Lives Experience with The Past Life Regressionist, Daniel — Reincarnation — Forgiving & Healing Through Time Travel — Channeling Aliens — Self-Improvement —

Feeling triggered by specific situations or people? Maybe you had a bad experience in a past life that needs healing so you can be your best self today! As someone born and raised Christian, I was skeptical until Daniel guided me through time. And although I am on a “spiritual, but not religious” path, the concept of past lives was a challenging one for me to comprehend until I witnessed the magic for myself. During this show, I get vulnerable and share four lifetimes that I vividly saw during my past life regression session and Daniel shares about his mission in this lifetime.

Daniel is a past life regressionist who wants to help you discover who, when, and where you’ve been across time. He feels this is how he can do his part to make the world a better place — by helping free individuals from the karmic baggage they’ve been carrying around for multiple lives. He believes that once you’re free, you approach every decision from a different vantage point, which creates a butterfly effect that ripples around the world, and beyond space and time as we know it.

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • My internal struggle to feel safe being curious about past lives because of religious trauma
  • Why unexplained triggers and feelings could be associated with past life trauma, unforgiveness, or simply something that was never resolved
  • What is past life regression and is it associated with religion?
  • What is the process like? Should you be nervous?
  • How long does a past life regression session last?
  • What questions could a past life regression answer?
  • My personal journey through time and four past lifetimes
  • What it was like to see myself as a man in a past life
  • Have Robert and I been together in a past life?
  • Daniel’s experience watching clients channel aliens during sessions

Stay in touch with The Past Life Regressionist:

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“Food the the Rescue” with Dr. Jennifer Shell — “Witch Doctor” Homeopathic Treatment — Intuitive Eating — Diet & Nutrition — Muscle Testing — Eating Healthy Fat — Foods to Avoid — Self-Improvement —

Struggling to feel healthy again? Feeling like you don’t know where to turn? Allow Dr Jennifer Shell, author of  Food to the Rescue: 5 Easy Steps to a Healthy Family to help us to eat better to feel better — to reclaim our birthright of health!

Dr. Jennifer Shell is a chiropractor and utilizes clinical nutrition to help her patients achieve optimal health. She is a wife and mother to two amazing boys. Dr. Shell is also the founder of Food To The Rescue LLC which encompasses helpful resources for busy women to help their families eat and feel better — including a book and easy to execute online classes to help any woman short on time realize her health potential.

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • What tools Dr. Shell uses to holistically assist her patients
  • What is muscle testing and how does it work?
  • Is muscle testing similar to intuitive eating?
  • Do you recommend intuitive eating?
  • Can food really heal you? If so, what foods?
  • What are foods we should actually avoid?
  • Why is eating fat all of a sudden “ok”? What fats are best for you and why?
  • During this unprecedented time, what are some supplements to help with stress and mood?
  • As a Dr., how does she feel about essential oils and their benefits?

Stay in touch with Dr. Jennifer Shell:

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Go VIRAL on TikTok and Instagram with Sarah Angelillo — Social Media Expert Advice — Network Your Way to the Top — How to Go Viral on TikTok — Instagram Reels Tips — Self-Improvement —

Feeling unworthy of going viral, building a brand online, or becoming an influencer? Allow Sarah Angelillo, my social media manager, to reveal all of her social media secrets so you can grow your accounts too!

Sarah Angelillo is a passionate Christian woman and golfer…turned social media expert! She is my assistant social media manager to Circa Products, me and my partner’s parent company, as well as the persona #SillySarah, when she acts in TikTok videos! Together, we strategize ways to grow the Sillybandz and Sanitizer Bracelets brands on Instagram and TikTok. Today, we want to share that knowledge with you!

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • The power of belief and building a brand by having fun
  • Going from a job that doesn’t inspire you to networking to the top
  • The power of providing value and excellence before you are promoted
  • How to grow your social media accounts
  • What to do when a post flops?
  • How anyone can go viral with creativity and consistency
  • TikTok tips from the Sillybandz social media manager
  • Instagram story, reels, and feed posts tips
  • Should you have a posting schedule? What time of day and how many times a week should you post on social media platforms?
  • Leading edge hashtag tips for both TikTok and IG

Stay in touch with Sarah Angelillo:

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Breaking the “GOOD GIRL MYTHS” with Majo Molfino — How Patriarchy Manifests — How to Break the Patriarchy — Letting Go of Rules, Harmony, Logic, Perfection, and Sacrifice — Self-Improvement —

Feeling stuck inside your own “good girl” cage? Allow Majo Molfino, author of  Break the Good Girl Myth to help us break the chains of rules, harmony, logic, perfection, and sacrifice to reclaim our feminine power!

Majo Molfino is a Latinx author, designer, and women’s leadership expert. She is not only an incredible author, but the host of the HEROINE podcast featuring top female leaders, creatives, and visionaries. Her leadership program, IGNITE, guides women to design and share a creative dream with the world. She has a master’s in learning, design, and technology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in cultural studies from McGill University. 

As a daughter of Argentine immigrants who strived to please her parents and teachers with straight A’s and trophies, she spent a decade unraveling good girl tendencies. Bouts of depression and spiritual angst throughout her 20s lead to embarking on a deep, soul-searching quests (think walking along Holy rivers and fasting in the desert) so that she could reconnect with her creative, feminine, power.

During these quests, Majo realized the “invisible cage” she had been living in for so long, trying to achieve and fit into the patriarchy’s mold of a good girl, instead of embodying her real creative purpose and dreams, which is to write, design, sing, (in one word, CREATE) and support other women in doing the same. Because let’s face it, Friends, there are too many badass women sitting on gold (their skills, experience, brains, hearts, guts), but feeling like they don’t have anything interesting to offer, or that they can’t possibly pursue that quiet creative dream that’s been nagging them for years. The world sure misses out! Given the state of our planet, we need women’s gifts now more than ever. Can’t you feel it? Let Majo reveal how we can free ourselves so we can help others live freely too!

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • ● How being a female, Latin immigrant & daughter of immigrants led her to develop a good girl mentality
  • ● Tracing back where your “good girl” cage was first created
  • ● How the patriarchy manifests inside of us women
  • ● The five good girl myths and how they affect every aspect of our lives from our careers, relationships, and wellbeing
  • ● Why understanding our primary good girl myth is so vital to reclaiming our power
  • ● How to break free of our invisible cages
  • ● Identifying our own “cages”

Stay in touch with Majo Molfino:

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Create a Life You Love to Live Everyday with Jacqlyn Burnett — The Lessons in Bad Relationships — Finding Yourself Again After Leaving a Toxic Relationship — Understanding the Law of Attraction — Manifesting a Better Life — Self-Improvement —

You can go from bad relationships and jobs you don’t love to manifesting a life you love to live everyday! Here is how Jacqlyn Burnett and I did it: by changing our beliefs, taking action, and consistently creating!

This show’s guest is my friend, Jacqlyn Burnett. She’s an artist, podcast host, author, and business consultant who is absolutely loving all that she does. I’m a content creator, brand manager, podcast host, and life coach — and I love the life I am blessed to live everyday. We walked so you can run. Learn from our life experiences!

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • Jacqlyn’s bad relationship and low self-esteem story
  • Sophia’s bad marriage and low self-esteem story
  • Revealing the lessons in “bad relationships”
  • How we both “found ourselves” again
  • The importance of your daily “First Action”
  • How to focus on what you do want and not what you don’t
  • What our dream “work” looks like now, and how you can do what you love too
  • What “The Law of Attraction” and “Manifesting” is to us
  • How we define “happiness”

Stay in touch with Jacqlyn Burnett:

It’s time to set yourself FREE, Lovely One! 

The love of God inside of me honors the love in you. Namaste, My Friends.

If you would like to try or re-order Organifi, my go-to plant-based protein, brain food, collagen support, and green/red juices, tap here to visit Organifi. Don’t forget to use my discount code, “sophia” for 15% off your entire order every time you order.

I hope you benefit from ENLIGHTENED, the podcast by me, Sophia Spallino, an audible experience that leaves you feeling at peace, encouraged, and in touch with your soul.

If you feel comfortable to share how the show is touching your heart, please leave a rating and review on iTunes or the Apple Podcast App. It will only take a minute, but genuine reviews are vital to the success of my show, so please review by tapping here.

Thank you for supporting my labor of love by sharing screenshots of the podcast, subscribing, and by pledging to contribute. Because creating inspiring content demands my time, creativity, resources, and talent, I depend on generous listeners like you to support the production of my show. Kindly support Enlightened for as little as $0.99/mo by tapping here. *you may cancel at anytime.

With infinite love and gratitude, I pray that peace be with you. xo Sophia (@SophiaSpallino on Instagram)

Collective Card Reading & Chakra Center Symptoms: A Solo Episode with Sophia Spallino — Heal Your Mind — Tarot Card Reading — Oracle Card Reading — Healing Mental Health Disorders Combining Medicine, Affirmations, Vitamins, and Intuition — Louise Hay Book — Self-Improvement —

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to bring you a solo episode and a new podcast format for solo shows! Today, I felt called to do a collective tarot and oracle card reading for you, in this moment, wherever you are, whatever day this episode finds you. Next, I read an inspiring poem from my friend, Alexis Dent’s poetry book, Put It In Rice. Later, I share a book that is helping me navigate stabilizing mental health issues before I plan to have a baby. Beyond learning from this book, I see a homeopathic/M.D. — Dr. Stephanie Cave in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — and I do not recommend making changes to your medicinal or homeopathic regimen without a doctor’s supervision. This is simply my journey, and I hope it inspires you to heal your mind too. Health is the truest wealth.

Today’s show covers topics like:

  • A collective oracle and tarot card reading
  • A poem that encourages us to feel to heal and move through the grief of 2020
  • An introduction to the book Heal Your Mind by Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D. and Louise Hay
  • How medicine and homeopathic vitamins combined with affirmation and intuition about the body and energy centers can bring healing and wholeness
  • The chakra system and how it mirrors our emotional centers
  • My mental health journey

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