The Flourishing Experiment

Certified Life and Transition Coach, Caroline Large, stops by to chat about relationships (how to find your mate, spice things up, and love yourself). Runner of the Week Christine Schwindt talks about the TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run 4M & 1M Walk/Run, and Serena Marie, RD, offers some healthier Valentine’s Day recipe options and love-related activities that you and your sweetie can do together.

Caroline Large

Caroline Large of A La Carte Coaching shares how to find ourselves more and how to build our relationships.

  • Explains what a life coach is and does
  • Helps us learn how to discover our core values and balance our lives
  • Suggests meditation and affirmations for empowerment
  • Recommends acknowledging ourselves more
  • Offers advice on how to rekindle or grow our relationships
  • Discusses the five love languages—gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion), and physical touch (intimacy) based on the book The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary D. Chapman
  • Gives guidance for people who are looking to date or find their life partners

Can’t You Feel the [Jabra] Love Tonight?

Jabra, a sponsor of TRLS, is giving away a FREE set of Jabra Pulse earbuds (valued at $199) in February! To win, run over to and sign up for the TRLS e-mail list at February’s winner will also receive an exclusive thirty-minute call with Kari. Kari loves using her Jabra Pulse earbuds because of their amazing sound and built-in heart rate monitor.

Runner of the Week: Christine Schwindt

Christine and Kari chat about the TMC Sunrise at Old Tucson Trail Run 4M & 1M Walk/Run together via Periscope audio.



Book Club

The February Book of the Month is Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin. Make sure to check out for more information and to take the Four Tendencies quiz.

Serena Marie, RD

Go-to real-food dietitian, Serena Marie, RD, offers some alternate ways to make ourselves feel good (besides diving into that big box of chocolates). She also gives some sweet treat tips if you do want to indulge in a healthier way.

  • Recommends planning a massage, race, or indoor activity (like rock climbing) together
  • Suggests making banana pancakes with frozen berries as a pureed topping or popping popcorn (buy kernels yourself and cook in a paper bag in the microwave and add undutched, unprocessed cocoa powder and a small amount of coconut sugar or Stevia powder)
  • Also recommends 80 percent or greater dark chocolate like the Alter Eco brand that Kari and Serena both love or pitted dates filled with cacao nibs or almond butter
  • Suggests taking organic, grass-fed milk (or almond or hemp milk) and adding some grass-fed heavy cream with some undutched, unprocessed cocoa powder and coconut sugar to make a healthier version of hot cocoa
  • Kari chats about essential oils and her diffuser—using lemon with peppermint (morning) and lavender (night)

The most important thing you can do is to love yourself before you can love anyone else! Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love” epitomizes this, and here are the lyrics:

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

Next week, Kari is going to release a special episode with return guest Meb Keflezighi from “Meb Keflezighi—Achieving Your Dreams Through Hard Work (1/2)” (Episode 85) and “Meb Keflezighi—Achieving Your Dreams Through Hard Work (2/2)” (Episode 86). They chat about the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Los Angeles, CA, and the LA Marathon.

Also, please remember to go over to iTunes to review this podcast!

Namaste TRLS brothers and sisters!


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Christine Schwindt:
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Serena Marie, RD:
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Twitter: @SerenaMarieRD
Instagram: SerenaMarieRD


Kari Gormley:
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