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Meet Trailblazer Erica Stein and Aly French

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Stein and Aly French.

After experiencing a cancer diagnosis in her twenties (Aly) and a sustained 50lb. weight loss and self-love journey (Erica), we created a platform to interview real people about their personal journeys in health and wellness. From physical wellness, to emotional and spiritual, we hear courageous stories and focus on why it’s important to share them.

We are a health and wellness podcast committed to de-stigmatizing conversations in the wellness space and celebrate the experiences and lessons of our courageous guests. Aly and Erica met in 2014 and became friends through practicing Buddhism. Aly then moved to Japan for a year and a half for work, and while she was there, they reconnected over Instagram as they learned they were reading the same book on blood sugar and nutrition.

When Aly returned to the states in mid-2018, they started sharing their own personal health and wellness stories with each other. Aly and Erica were shocked that they had been friends for years but didn’t know so much of each other’s personal wellness journeys.

As they continued to discuss their own experiences, they realized so many people have their own stories to share and from that felt empowered to create a platform for individuals from all walks of life to share their journeys too.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The majority of the roadblocks we have hit along the way have been internal battles.

Balancing our responsibilities as we grow Courageous Wellness can at times feel overwhelming and learning to practice what we preach and prioritize our own wellness and self-care.

We have found that our own personal wellness can be the first thing to go on the back burner when building a business. It has been a lot of late nights, early mornings, working while on vacation, and not having days off.

Erica has always battled with anxiety, and Aly struggles with finding balance — as a team we have created a supportive partnership so that we can take turns carrying the weight at any given moment.

We both feel so passionate about what we are doing. The mission to share stories in wellness is bigger than just a passion, and it is a joy to get up every day and do this work.

Our ultimate advice for other young women just starting out on their journeys is to always keep going, no matter what roadblocks present themselves. Also, start before you feel ready- no need to wait until something is perfect- you’ll be waiting forever!

We’d love to hear more about Courageous Wellness.
Courageous Wellness is a podcast that interviews real people about their journeys in health and wellness. From physical wellness, to emotional and spiritual, we hear courageous stories and why it is important to share them.

We are most proud of the outpouring of response we have received from many of our episodes. These stories have helped so many people in their own health and wellness experiences.

We have had listeners tell us they have connected with stories of overcoming cancer, doctors who share our podcast with patients who are in treatment, young women finding self-care practices for the first time, and even people finding solutions to years-long gut issues and becoming proactive by taking their health into their own hands.

What sets us apart is the wide range of stories we share through the diverse individuals who come on our podcast. We are also not afraid to bring up topics that can seem taboo or uncomfortable in the wellness space. We talk a lot about accessibility, affordability, and privilege and how we believe health and wellness should be a right for all people.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Career journeys are not linear. Sometimes you experience many things that don’t seem to be connected, but you never know how a series of experiences and lessons will inform your future career choices. Being open to opportunities and trusting your gut will also never fail you. The biggest lesson for us in our work has been to never make a decision based on fear!

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Annie Vovan (white/floral looks) Jessica Sattelberger (navy/purple looks)

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