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Author: Valeria Lipovetsky

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Embark on a journey of curiosity with Valeria Lipovetsky, your visionary host of the podcast, 'Not Alone.' As a thought leader, seasoned content creator, and mother of three, Valeria fearlessly navigates life’s messy and uncharted territories alongside esteemed guests. Join this transformative expedition where wonder reigns, stigmas shatter, and dreams evolve into living realities. Your invitation to a profound exploration awaits – dare to redefine what comes next in life.

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Today’s episode is brought to you by the following:  LMNT: LMNT came up with a fantastic offer for us. Just go to to get a free sample pack with any purchase!  Home Chef: For a limited time, HomeChef is offering my listeners 18 Free Meals PLUS Free Dessert for Life and Free Shipping on your first box! Go to **Must be an active subscriber to receive free dessert Bird & Be: Try out the Ovarian Reserve Screening Test and save 15% off your first purchase with code NOTALONE15 on  Better Help: Give online therapy a try at and get on your way to being your best self.  Today, Valeria welcomes the dynamic Codie Sanchez. Valeria and Codie explore the nonlinear paths of our lives and the importance of maintaining curiosity as a tool for continuous learning. The two tap on conventional wisdom with discussions on the myths of working smarter versus harder and debunk the idea that you can get paid for being lazy. The conversations also cover various topics such as the impact of what we consume online, the dynamics of the workplace, and the often misunderstood concept of toxic positivity. Codie Sanchez is the founder and CEO of Contrarian Thinking, a digital media company, and Contrarian Thinking Capital, a small business holding company that is focused on bringing Main Street businesses back to the limelight. Codie Sanchez is the Founder and CEO of Contrarian Thinking, one of the fastest growing financial media businesses with 6 million followers and 100 million monthly views. She is also the Founder of Contrarian Thinking Capital, a venture capital firm, and Main Street Holding Company with 25+ small or, what we call, “boring businesses.” Think car washes, laundromats, property management companies etc. She is a former partner at one of the largest cannabis investment firms, where she invested in 65+ companies. Her specialty is in the roll-up, turnaround and add-on space. She built First Trust’s $1 billion+ AUM Latin America business and held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, State Street, and Vanguard. Check out Contrarian Thinking:   Codie is on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 02:48 Our path isn’t linear 05:26 Curiosity is a skill 06:16 Myth: Work smarter not harder 10:39 What do we consume most online? 12:17 Getting paid to be lazy 14:57 The Sexy-Boring matrix 16:27 Unhappy working employee 21:34 How do you grow your network 23:40 People aren’t happier  26:53 Toxic positivity 27:26 How do you define success? 30:35 Your problems shrink as time passes 34:47 Money is a cruel mistress 36:43 This isn’t how you get rich 38:19 Contrarian Thinking 39:13 Running a business is hard 40:28 How the rich get rich 43:32 You gotta work hard for it 46:04 Women equally competing with men 47:42 Women empowerment 50:43 Sharing your success   53:07 Having conversations with yourself 47:17 Think about what you post 53:53 What’s wrong with judgment? 56:43 MBAs are useless? 59:39 The future of education 01:04:45 Navigating your feminine/masculine energy 01:07:46 If you’re going to work with your partner 01:10:52 Do you have a big ego? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s episode is brought to you by the following:  Pique: For a limited time, get 15% off + a free Starter Kit (beaker + frother) and a Propolis throat spray when you shop my link:  LMNT: Try my favorite way to hydrate with LMNT. Theycame up with a fantastic offer for us. Just go to for a free sample pack with any purchase! Cozy Earth: Head over to and use promo code "VALERIA" for an exclusive 35% off.  Bird & Be: Try out the Ovarian Reserve Screening Test plus save 15% off your first purchase with code NOTALONE15 on In today’s episode, Valeria is joined by none other than, Heidi D’Amelio! Together, Valeria and Hedid chat all about motherhood, their family’s rise to fame, dealing with online hate, and overcoming marriage struggles. The pair also dive into what it means to find yourself again after motherhood and letting your children be free and live their own lives. Join Valeria and Heidi for a raw, emotional conversation all about personal identity, growing through life’s seasons, and being selfish in a positive way.  Heidi D’Amelio, is best known as mom to Dixie and Charli, two of the most popular names in social media today. In 2019, Heidi’s youngest daughter Charli started posting dances on the popular app Tik Tok and literally overnight became the most followed name on the platform. Heidi’s dedication to being a present but not overbearing mom has grown her own following of over 10 million and growing.The family currently has a combined following of over 300 million.  Heidi recently competed on season 31 of Dancing with the Stars alongside pro, Artem Chigvintsev on top of being a full-time mom and overseeing her family’s demanding schedules. Heidi continues to pursue her passions which include health and wellness, fitness, and philanthropy. Balancing personal and work life and ensuring the internet is a safe place, not only for her daughters but for other teens, is always her main priority.  Watch The D’Amelio Show on Hulu:  Shop Be Happy Snacks:   Heidi is on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:21 Moving to LA 02:57 Importance of maternal wisdom 09:31 Being a mom of two famous teenagers 13:35 Finding yourself at 52 19:12 Dealing with negative comments 23:41 How 'Dancing With the Stars' tested Heidi’s family  31:21 Creating a kinder connection in marriage 34:40 Family therapy and public scrutiny 38:55 The importance of family unity in Hollywood 41:03 Becoming public figures as a family 47:22 Cancel culture 51:19 Longevity and staying relevant 56:23 How family keeps us grounded 58:23 D’Amelio family behind the cameras 1:00:37 Parenting in the social media era 1:09:31 Who is Heidi? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s episode is brought to you by the following:  Magic Spoon: Go to to grab a variety pack and try it today! And be sure to use our promo code NOTALONE at checkout to save five dollars off your order! Today, Valeria is joined by none other than the iconic Mandy Moore. From 2000s pop Idol and teen movie star to the blockbuster successes of Tangled and This is Us: Mandy Moore has already led an illustrious 20-year career and left her mark on the world. But she’s not done yet! There is so much more that Mandy has to explore and offer, and she and Valeria chat all about it. Together they explore what it was like to rise to fame without the influence of social media, reflect on motherhood, how to balance family life with a demanding career, and the importance of community. Plus, they take a behind-the-scenes look into the iconic It’s Totally Raining Teens Vanity Fair cover, and how Mandy is, now more than ever, leaning into her friendship with Hilary Duff.  Mandy Moore’s Audible Original Series “The Boar’s Nest” is now available to stream, exclusively on Audible:  Mandy is on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:59 One of the most unproblematic celebrity 04:29 What’s it like without social media in the 90s 06:33 Online presence plays a role in getting casted 08:25 This is Us in seven years 11:18 We are stronger than we give credit for 12:47 What kind of mother are you going to be? 16:41 Losing patience  18:34 Seeing an older version of you 21:13 Have you lost yourself in a character you played? 23:13 Are you struggling with aging? 25:01 What are you looking forward to turning 40? 26:48 Growing together through the years 30:08 Having an unhealthy relationship with yourself 35:16 How did I find myself? 38:49 Regretting something you consciously let go of 40:39 I feel the best version of myself right now 42:00 Having support is everything 44:51 Raising a newborn and being a working mom 46:34 Cultivating a support system 48:20 Vanity Fair cover with Hilary Duff 49:49 A lot of drama during the Vanity Fair shoot 50:49 The Boar’s Nest 53:42 Career longevity 54:33 Future career endeavors 55:52 Books that inspired you Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This episode is brought to you by the following:  HomeChef: For a limited time, HomeChef is offering my listeners 18 Free Meals PLUS Free Dessert for Life and of course, Free Shipping on your first box! Go to  Biom: Use code NOTALONE at for 10% off your first one-month jar of NOBS Toothpaste Tablets Today, Valeria is joined by the one and only Ronda Rousey. Uncensored and finally speaking her truth, Ronda Rousey is in a new era of her life, moving on from and exposing the UFC and WWE. Ronda also opens up about the dark time in her life after losing her fight with Holly Holms, the abusive dynamics between coach and athlete, and how motherhood has changed her for the better. Join Valeria and Ronda as they dive deep into self-ownership and authenticity, particularly in the face of public demonization and personal tragedy.  Ronda completely transformed the world of martial arts, most notably, through her record-setting career as the UFC’s first and most dominant female fighter. She was the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, in 2018, the same year she exploded onto the WWE scene. During her time in WWE, she held the Raw, Smackdown, and multiple tag team titles. Ronda is also a New York Times bestselling author and an actress. Check out Ronda’s new book, Our Fight: A Memoir -   Ronda is on:  What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:42 Owning your narrative 04:13 Demonized by the world 05:47 It became our fight 07:25 My own personal tragedy 10:39 Be everything to everyone 14:09 “People thought I was making excuses.” 15:22 Your health against your career 16:45 “I knew I did it, that's what matters.” 18:40 Getting caught up with fame 22:17 The champions burden 25:47 Disadvantages of being a woman in MMA 29:53 Finding opportunity in anything 34:15 When did you figure out your purpose? 36:08 Everyone gets a medal 38:51 Functioning as a fraction of yourself 41:35 Getting into depression and grief 46:41 How WWE helped me 48:43 You had to figure it out 50:06 The coach-athlete relationship 54:08 Boundary between pushing for excellence and abuse 56:31 Have you done therapy? 58:17 Self awareness 01:00:36 Enjoying the process 01:04:01 Regenerative farming 01:07:42 Motherhood is humbling 01:11:33 Baby name meaning 01:12:37 The biggest lesson learned Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This episode is brought to you by the following:  Miracle Made: Go to and use the code VALERIA to claim your free 3-piece towel set and save over 40% off. Better Help: Not Alone is sponsored by Better Help. Give online therapy a try at and get on your way to being your best self. Magic Spoon: Go to and use our promo code NOTALONE at checkout to save five dollars off your order!  Today, Valeria welcomes Allison Holker to Not Alone. Since the passing of her husband Stephen (better known to the world as tWitch), Allison has been on the road to healing, self-discovery, and self-love. Together, Allison and Valeria talk about the power of faith and the comfort it provides, parenting your children through grief, how to have a successful and loving relationship with your teens, and the problem with toxic positivity. Allison Holker is a dancer and choreographer who got her start on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance. From there she joined SYTYCD as an All-Star in later seasons, danced as a pro on Dancing With The Stars, hosted Disney’s Fairytale Weddings, and is now a judge on So You Think You Can Dance for Season 18. She is the mother of 3 beautiful children and is an author now as well.  Check out Allison’s new children’s book “Keep Dancing Through: A Boss Family Groove”  Allison is on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:39 We found bringing people in so enjoyable 03:00 Letting go of trying to control everything 04:24 There are a lot of hard days 08:46 God doesn’t give you things you can’t handle 09:56 What were you fearful of? 11:15 Forgiveness  12:58 How do you talk to your kids? 15:23 Growing up together with your child 17:00 Let your kids speak and thrive  21:43 Loving myself for the first time 24:22 Can you still love yourself on a sh*tty day? 28:31 Faith and religion 33:07 How much to give and keep for yourself 37:09 Toxic positivity 41:00 Share your emotions in a safe place 44:00 Learning how to use your voice 45:53 I no longer care what people think 47:15 Choosing not to show my vulnerability 53:55 How to teach children about the world outside social media 55:58 Expressing opinions and virality 57:53 So You Think You Can Dance 59:34 Being a judge at SYTYCD 01:01:21 Are you ready to move forward? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This episode is brought to you by the following:  One Skin: Start prioritizing skin longevity today with 15% off using code VALERIA at Lume: Control Body Odor ANYWHERE with @lumedeodorant and get $5 off off your Starter Pack (that’s over 40% off) with promo code VALERIA at! #lumepod Better Help: Give online therapy a try at and get on your way to being your best self. Join us on this week’s episode of the Not Alone Podcast as we delve into our journey of building a global influencer empire. Rachel Ostro, CEO of Valeria Inc, joins hosts Gary Lipovetsky and Valeria Lipovetsky, and together they unravel the remarkable tale of how they forged Valeria Inc into a powerhouse in the influencer marketing realm. Boasting an audience of over 6.5 million across four social platforms, working with thousands of partners, and generating a staggering revenue of over 13 million dollars, their story is one of determination, collaboration, and innovation. Tune in as Rachel, Gary, and Valeria share their insights into what makes the creator economy tick, revealing the pulse of a rapidly evolving industry. Discover how the creator economy is set to skyrocket, with projections indicating exponential growth in the coming years. Join us for an inspiring conversation that unveils the secrets behind their success and offers a glimpse into the exciting future of influencer marketing. If you want to learn more about how you can create, monetize and grow on your own creator journey join our new community, Creator Method, launching in spring 2024. Follow @creator.method for more information. You can find both Gary and Rachel on Instagram!  Gary Lipovetsky:  Rachel Ostro:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast Disclaimer: The links in this description are sponsor or affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links I may earn a credit or commission at no additional cost to you. What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:56 Welcome, Rachel Wexler! 02:08 Why Valeria Inc. needed a CEO 05:42 Who is Rachel and why is she leading Valeria Inc.? 13:26 A team of visionaries 15:32 Some positives that came out from the pandemic 20:04 Different strengths and skill sets 23:51 Going through major life changes as a team 29:01 The stigma of career women after having kids 32:12 Growth can mean so many different things 36:04 What do you do for a living? 38:58 Why don’t you sign on more talent?  40:39 What is the team’s biggest win? 45:47 Future plans, online education, creator economy 50:10 The economic impact of successful influencers 56:28 Scaling your long-term goals 59:10 What is Valeria like? 01:01:44 What are the biggest hurdles for creators? 01:08:10 Challenges come everyday 01:13:01 Why is the podcast called Not Alone? 01:16:15 Gary’s punctuation problem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This episode of Not Alone is brought to you by Home Chef. For a limited time, Home Chef is offering my listeners 18 Free Meals, plus Free Shipping on your first box, and Free Dessert for Life, at *Must be an active subscriber to receive free dessert. Today, Valeria sits down with Jasmine Tookes. Best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel, Jasmine is now a co-founder of the activewear brand Joja, an ambassador for numerous luxury brands, and a new mother. We all know Jasmine Tookes - but we don’t REALLY know her. In this episode, Valeria and Jasmine open up about being the products of resilient young single moms, the harsh realities of their early modeling careers, and why building a clothing brand is not for the faint of heart. Jasmine, also vulnerable, opens up about how she maintains balance between her career and motherhood, her views on the creator economy, and her aspirations for her brand and personal life.  You can find Jasmine on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:40 Who is Jasmine Tookes 01:19 The ultimate goal was to become a model 03:09 Raised to be tough by a single mom 06:04 You gotta do all on your own 07:06 What kept you going? 09:08 You can succeed in whatever you want to do 10:04 JoJa - combining fitness and fashion 12:30 “I’ve worn so many hats building the business.” 14:54 Business aspirations for the brand  16:08 Lessons learned as a new mother 18:07 “I try to not be hard on myself.” 20:11 How do you see yourself as a parent? 21:36 Growing up with two mother figures 22:42 Do you have daddy issues? 26:05 When your stylist is your own mother 27:48 How do you present yourself on social media? 30:06 “I will always be a model.” 31:48 People love to learn what you wear 33:49 How much are you willing to share online? 35:44 How do you recuperate from traveling too much? 37:10 What keeps you busy these days? 39:37 “Work hard, play harder.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Valeria is joined by the iconic Chriselle Lim, an OG fashion and lifestyle influencer, entrepreneur, and content creator. The shock of Chriselle’s divorce came after years of her sharing her picturesque seeming family & relationship online - her journey is a true testament to the fact that women continue to suffer in silence in toxic relationships. What you see on the outside is so different from what’s happening inside a marriage. Chriselle is blazing the trail for changing that narrative, breaking down the stigma around divorce and failed relationships, and giving hope to those who are struggling on their own. Valeria and her sit down and chat all about Chriselle’s self-discovery journey throughout and after her divorce, the internal shame that comes with learning to love again, and how they are planning to raise resilient children through positive feminine and masculine role models.  You can find Chriselle on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:42 Self-discovery after divorce 03:47 Feeling alone in a marriage 06:45 The reality of young marriage 10:28 Prenups and partnership 13:25 Embracing change in relationships 16:42 Redefining masculinity and femininity 20:25 Rediscovering joy and feminine energy after divorce 25:58 Present parenting 29:34 Building a solid co-parenting relationship 37:18 Why Chriselle shared her divorce journey 40:48 Letting go of past self 44:40 Finding strength in vulnerability 48:35 Celebrating life after divorce 50:41 Setting boundaries in the world of social media 1:00:57 Overcoming relationship trauma and trusting again 1:03:34 “You don’t need marriage…” 1:12:07 Who is Chriselle now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Valeria is joined by one of fashion’s most successful entrepreneurs: Joanna Griffiths. Joanna Griffiths is the Founder and President of Knix and Kt by Knix, the direct-to-consumer intimate apparel brands reinventing intimates for real life. Since launching the company in 2013, Joanna has built Knix into one of the fastest-growing intimate apparel brands globally and is lauded as the pioneer of the leakproof/period underwear marketplace. Joanna broke the Canadian record for the largest publicly disclosed sale of a private company by a female founder in 2022 through the sale of Knix for$320 Million Dollars. In this episode, Joanna and Valeria share their insights on evolving work perspectives after motherhood, the challenges of integrating work and personal aspirations, and the transformative power found within uncomfortable opportunities.  You can find Joanna on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:20 Self-identity 02:41 Identity after motherhood 05:19 How time can affect perspectives, self-care, and priorities 08:03 A mother’s role in work and life 13:17 Multiple identities of an entrepreneurial women 15:12 Expectations on female entrepreneurs 17:07 Self-discovery through uncomfortable opportunities 22:21 Embracing self-accomplishments 23:53 Starting over and rising above the challenges 27:11 Work-life integration 28:46 Finding Balance Between 0 and a 100 32:09 Finding calm within the chaos 35:03 Evolving from ego-driven motivations 42:38 Life After Birth 46:14 Navigating the fourth trimester 48:58 The power of storytelling 52:02 Self-worth and self-esteem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, join Valeria and Morgan Stewart McGraw for a conversation that is a rollercoaster of emotions. Morgan gained prominence for her role as one of the main cast members on the reality TV show "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills," then went on to have a successful stint as a host of Daily Pop, Nightly Pop, and Necessary Realness for the E! network. In this episode, Morgan and Valeria speak on pregnancy and birth's lasting impact on your body, the realities of fashion entrepreneurship, how to find friends in your 30s, coping with the recent loss of Morgan's father, and more. Inspired by Morgan’s tagline: "For the girl creating her own future," embark on a journey of empowerment and self-discovery with her and Valeria. It's a rallying cry for young women everywhere to seize control of their destinies and forge ahead with grace and humor. Whether it's in the world of fashion, motherhood, or personal growth, the key lies in harnessing one's innate gifts. You can find Morgan on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:26 Morgan's start on the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills 03:51 “I want to be successful at what I’m naturally good at.” 05:32 Getting her first 10k followers 08:27 Setting up fashion trends 09:02 “For the girl creating her own future” 10:37 Learning to love your current and younger self 11:12 Marriage and parenting 14:44 The impact pregnancy, birth, and motherhood has on your body 17:19 Founding Renggli 20:22 Give some space to other people 24:26 Friendship shifts and people relationships 28:07 Necessary Realness | E! News 30:19 It’s time for TV shows again 31:45 Going through loss and grief 37:36 Life lessons learn from losing a loved one 43:21 Having a Swiss mom 45:38 Raising kids in the social media age 48:47 Seeing your parents growing older 49:28 Saying a hard NO when you’re not up to it 51:09 Focused more on showing the other side of you 52:18 The 2024 In’s and Out’s 53:41 Fashion tips from Morgan 56:33 Keep creating a future that you want for yourself Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Valeria is joined by clinical psychologist and New York Times Bestselling Author, Dr. Shefali. Together they dive into the definition of conscious parenting, the myths and truths of the concept, the struggles of modern parenting, and the journey of radical awakening for authenticity in adulthood. Valeria also takes a vulnerable leap and shares a retrospective on the conversation with Dr. Shefali, further explaining her thoughts on conscious parenting after sitting with the idea for a few weeks. She boldly admits her mistakes as a parent, outlines the practices she uses with her own children, and details why they work (and sometimes don’t!).  Explore Dr. Shefali's latest book, "The Parenting Map," for a step-by-step guide to elevate your parent-child relationship. You can find Dr. Shefali on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:37 Conscious parenting 02:44 Is conscious parenting being an idealist? 04:31 The struggle of modern ways of parenting 06:08 Steps to conscious parenting 07:30 Difference between gentle and conscious parenting 08:50 Conscious parenting is a lifelong process 10:53 Having one conscious parent in a family 12:44 How do we bring fear to children? 14:52 “Your child is not who you are” 16:12 Nurturing authenticity in your child 17:37 Relationship between parent’s reactions and child behavior 18:52 Radical Awakening 20:23 Reparenting your inner child 22:25 Inner revolution in adulthood 25:49 Individual growth in marriage 27:19 What is authenticity? 28:45 Find your truth Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Valeria is joined by former CMO at Netflix and Endeavor, and former chief brand officer at Uber, the one and only Bozoma Saint John! From the loss of her boyfriend, daughter and husband, Bozoma has lived through unimaginable loss and grief but has still been able to forge a path for herself and become her own light within the darkness.  In this episode, Valeria and Bozoma dive deep into her book, ‘The Urgent Life’, discuss how intuition plays a role in healing, using emotions like grief, anger, and regret as motivation, and what happiness really means.  Make sure to get your copy of Bozoma’s book, “The Urgent Life,” to embark on a journey of healing, courage, and embracing life's urgency. Grab your copy here: You can find Bozoma on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:38 Trusting your intuition 05:47 Break away from rules that don’t apply to you 10:01 The role of intuition in healing and transformation 15:30 When should you seek advice? 18:19 “There’s no mistakes in life, just delayed opportunities…” 20:34 Different types of grief 25:03 Embracing grief as a part of healing 27:50 Celebrating what could have been 30:25 How grief, anger, and regret can propel you forward 37:52 What is happiness? 39:04 Creating the light for yourself 44:17 The complicated gift of knowing the end 47:41 The Urgent Life 52:18 Navigating loss and grief with your child 59:38 Prioritizing yourself 1:04:32 Focusing on what you’re good at 1:10:29 Going beyond dreams Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Valeria is joined by Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Melissa Wood-Tepperberg! Melissa is founder of MWH and host of the Move With Heart Podcast. She is a motivational speaker, meditation teacher, certified yoga and pilates instructor, certified health coach, and beloved by the diverse community she’s cultivated through her unique approach to fitness and mindfulness over the years. An innate digital entrepreneur, Melissa began filming and sharing her workouts from her living room using only an iPhone and simple tripod in 2015.  In this episode, Valeria and Melissa tackle topics surrounding self-discovery and change. They touch on Melissa’s journey to finding herself, tips on how to discover yourself while you’re in a relationship, and finding courage to accept and embrace your inner and outer transformations.  You can find Melissa on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:10 How Valeria and Melissa met 01:05 Melissa’s journey to finding herself 06:52 Self-discovery in a relationship 09:52 Fear and codependency 11:15 Love lessons from Mom 14:02 Type vs. Values 15:57 Meditation and self-discovery 18:48 Finding common ground in relationships 24:40 The courage to accept change 31:24 Living in neutrality 36:27 Letting go of control 40:21 Difference between discomfort and boundary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today, we welcome Dan Buettner. Dan is a National Geographic Fellow, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of five books on longevity and happiness, and a three-time Guinness World Record distance cycling holder. During Dan’s travels and research, he and his team discovered the five places in the world — dubbed Blue Zones — where people live the longest, healthiest lives and have been sharing this information with the world for over 20 years.  Valeria sits down with Dan to discuss the Blue Zones and the reasons why the inhabitants of these places live longer than average. Dan shares his findings and exposes the American food system for what it truly is: a toxic environment of processed food that is slowly shortening our lifespans. Dan details how to adapt to a new diet and ways of living that can lead to a healthier and simpler lifestyle, how walking regularly is essential to longevity, and what knowledge and practices from the Blue Zones we can use to live longer, happier, and more fulfilling lives together.  Watch Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones on Netflix:  You can find Dan on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:25 Visiting places and bringing their stories to the world 04:46 The Blue Zone project 07:08 Finding areas where people live the longest 10:05 The common traits of people in blue zones 14:03 Our food environment is often toxic 18:40 How America evolved into consumerized food production 21:18 Obesity has now become a problem  23:00 Eating healthy is much cheaper 24:46 The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100 26:59 Don’t change your behavior, change your environment 31:23 Community is a huge pillar to our longevity 35:16 Some supplements are harming our body 37:16 Biohacking may not work for you 40:23 How do you stay away from toxins? 41:46 This is how the Blue Zone Project operates 45:58 How to adapt the blue zone lifestyle at home 49:27 Road to living a simpler life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today, Valeria welcomes Kelsey Kreppel, a preschool-teacher-turned-content-creator and entertainer, to chat all about her current pregnancy and the anticipation and fear that comes with being an expectant first-time mom. Kelsey shares her pregnancy experience, the challenges that come with it, and the joys, fears, and anticipation of her son’s upcoming arrival. Being a first-time-mom can be scary and lonely, but Valeria gives Kelsey her best tips on how to navigate this new season of life without losing your sense of self along the way.  Valeria shares with Kelsey her honest and realistic advice on the “fourth trimester”, what to expect postpartum, how to handle being humbled as a mother, and not falling into doom traps of birth experiences and advice on the internet. Kelsey also shares the approach she and her husband, YouTuber Cody Ko, take when sharing their lives as influencers and the precautions and boundaries they’ll have to think about as new parents in the public eye.  You can find Kelsey on: Circle Time podcast Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:54 How do you define a cool mom? 03:31 Becoming a mother feels so natural 07:06 Conversations about starting a family 11:54 How to parent your own children 17:17 Preparing for postpartum and other afterbirth care 21:36 The fourth trimester 23:27 Embracing the changes that happen during pregnancy 29:00 It’s not easy but it’s also not permanent 34:48 Attachment style  38:03 The advantage of allowing your child to explore their emotions 42:45 Limiting what to share online when you have kids 48:07 Preparing to give birth 49:53 Doctor visits and counting baby kicks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
On today’s episode, Valeria welcomes Vivian Tu, better known as Your Rich BFF online. Vivian is an ex-Wall Street Trader, Strategy Sales Partner at a Tech company, and the face of YourRichBFF. She started YourRichBFF as a passion project to share digestible lessons on financial literacy and lifestyle. Since then, she has built a community of over 2,500,000 besties helping one another get rich and stay rich. Together, Valeria and Vivian dive into how being smart about money is not just a practical skill; it's a cornerstone of a secure and fulfilling life. They also explore the belief that financial literacy empowers individuals to make informed decisions about budgeting, saving, and investing, and fosters a sense of control over one's economic stability.  Vivian’s book is available now! Order here: Rich AF: The Winning Money Mindset That Will Change Your Life  You can find Vivian on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:21 From stock market trader to full-time content creator 03:55 Having the sense of belonging to the society of rich people 06:03 The mindset of rich people and how they handle money 11:17 Not all debt is bad 16:39 “How I lost $4000 to break off a lease.” - Do the STRIP method 23:23 The truth about having emergency funds 28:27 Everything, when comes to finances comes down to time 31:48 What is an FU number? 34:57 The influencer lifestyle and being smart with money 39:45 What in your workplace can and cannot be changed? 42:17 How does the Brag Book works 45:05 Asking for a raise isn’t being greedy if you deserve it 47:36 Two things to remember when negotiating 54:22 Handling finances while in a relationship 58:25 Money is just a medium for what people value 01:00:00 Who pays for the first date? 01:03:06 “You aren’t bad with money, you weren’t thought about it” 01:05:33 Money can buy you the ability to be happy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, join Valeria and Dr. Uma Naidoo for a discussion on the fascinating relationship between food and mental health. Dr. Uma is a prominent psychiatrist, chef, and bestselling author. Drawing from her books like "This Is Your Brain on Food" and new release "Calm Your Mind with Food," she uncovers the scientific connections between diet and emotional health, shedding light on how specific foods can influence conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress, and how you can use your diet to help relieve symptoms. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the mind-food relationship and learn valuable ways to cultivate mental resilience through what you eat. Calm Your Mind with Food by Dr. Uma Naidoo is available now!   You can find Dr. Uma on: Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:57 What is nutritional psychiatry? 03:21 Integrating nutrition into medicine 06:39 Journey to holistic nutrition 10:24 The rise of anxiety 12:31 How anxiety manifests in our body 15:50 The impact of gut health to our mental health 19:05 How to start paying attention to your gut and mental health 21:04 The Six Pillars for calming your mind 23:18 Breaking the fast-food cycle 29:32 Emotional eating 31:56 “Everyday is day one” 34:40 Personalized nutrition for women 38:39 Food as medicine for the mind 42:01 Is there good anxiety? 43:53 Medication and supplements 45:13 Instilling healthy eating habits in kids 50:54 Calming teas 52:33 Intro to spices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Valeria welcomes Gabby Bernstein to Not Alone. Gabby Bernstein is an American motivational speaker, life coach, and author known for her work in the field of self-help and spirituality. She has written several best-selling books, including "The Universe Has Your Back," "Miracles Now," and "Super Attractor." Gabby combines spiritual principles, mindfulness, and practical guidance in her teachings to help individuals overcome challenges, find inner peace, and create positive change in their lives.  Join Valeria and Gabby as they explore how our willingness and desire to learn can take us far in life, how trauma cannot be undone overnight, and actionable steps to overcoming anxiety. Unlearning fear may come as a huge challenge but with love and guidance from the right people, anyone can break free from their difficult past.  Download the Gabby app here:  You can find Gabby on:  Books Dear Gabby Podcast Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:28 How do you define the universe? 03:07 Come out and speak your truth 04:29 Be willing and have the desire to learn 06:33 The wounded little children within us 08:20 Trauma recovery and undoing fears 09:35 Healing from trauma is a lot of work  10:43 Losing control versus letting go of control 13:53 The secret to a powerful prayer 17:04 3 steps to overcome anxiety 20:27 Unlearning fear and remembering love 21:56 Conscious parenting starts with reparenting yourself 23:30 Personal development doesn’t have to happen overnight 27:28 How to reach for the best feeling thought 29:16 The adult, resourced, undamaged part of who were that never left us 31:17 What you believe you will manifest 33:29 The Self Help book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, Valeria sits down with relational wellness expert and therapist, Maria Sosa. Join Valeria and Maria as they dive deeper into the heart of relational wellness therapy, truly being heard in your relationship, how to reignite intimacy, and finding the beauty in missed connections. In this episode, we navigate the complexities of love, growth, and communication, and are reminded that even in the uncomfortable moments, the potential for meaningful connection is endless.  You can find Maria on:  Mind Meets Body Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 00:05 What is relational wellness therapy? 03:45 What is effective communication in a relationship? 06:15 When communication is not being understood 09:30 Modern relationships now have negotiating roles 11:26 Couple tips for managing finances 13:58 How do you reignite intimacy? 18:37 Focus on the missed connections 21:15 Tools to help reconnect with your partner 23:54 Personal growth may bring couples apart 26:06 Struggles arise when there is disparity in growth 29:11 What is your definition of commitment? 31:38 Why negotiations are crucial in any marriage 34:14 The reality of long-term relationships 37:46 Feeling uncomfortable is not the end 41:13 Couples bring their individuality into the marriage 42:53 Love as a feeling vs love as a verb 46:37 The origins of marriages 50:49 Should there be a power struggle? 52:35 Work-life balance doesn’t include relationship growth 58:43 Relationships take time  59:42 The standards of a perfect marriage  01:06:01 Questions to ask before getting married Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Discover the magic of workplace friendships in this heartwarming episode as Valeria shares a candid conversation with her personal assistant turned dear friend, Celine Rodriguez. In a world where genuine connections are a rare gem, Valeria and Celine invite you into the folds of their friendship, born and nurtured within the bustling corridors of Valeria Inc. Tune in to hear Celine's journey through the intricate tapestry of the fashion industry, from its humble beginnings to her role in Valeria's world. The duo unravels tales of shared adventures, including hilarious mishaps during chaotic New York, Paris, and Milan Fashion Weeks. Beyond the professional realm, Valeria and Celine divulge the evolution of their relationship – from employer and employee to the cherished bond of true friendship. You can find Celine on:  Valeria is on:  Not Alone Podcast What We Talked About: 00:00 Intro 01:44 Who is Celine Rodriguez? 06:09 Getting into the fashion industry 12:21 Joining the Zimmerman crew 13:20 Got an offer as an assistant store manager 15:40 Finding Valeria Inc job post 18:36 Having high energy 19:18 Interests throughout the years 20:28 Fearless and doing things solo 23:00 Love for Harry Potter, obsessed with Star Wars 26:04 Multiple Disney visits 28:34 First impression on the first meeting 31:09 What is your intention? 32:24 The age gap and mentorship 35:50 Giving back and showing up 37:48 Paris trip together 42:26 Sexual harassment and other experiences in Paris 46:23 Next trip, Japan? 47:47 26 things to do before turning 26 49:31 Is Valeria a gaslighter? 52:23 The forgotten red shoes 57:28 Outfit mishaps and running around NY Time Square 01:00:12 Back to the 26 things to-do 01:02:39 Why did you stop drinking? 01:04:58 Getting used to doing things yourself 01:08:56 Dating preferences and predictions 01:10:30 What is love and partnership for you? 01:14:36 Dating challenges for Gen Z 01:17:34 Describe Valeria in 4 words 01:20:07 What gets you the most? 01:21:54 How do you balance work and friendship? 01:23:53 What’s the most challenging part of the job? 01:24:37 The story everyone needs to know 01:27:20 Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Marta Wiliams


Feb 5th
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