Celebrating Milestones – Dirt in Your Skirt Podcast

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Dirt in Your Skirt Podcast 100K downloads

Daily in my gratitude journal, I give thanks for the little things in life, a good cup of coffee, laughing my ass off with friends, cuddling with my dogs, and a loving partner to share my life with. It’s the little things that are normally invisible. It is rare we get to celebrate the big events.

Today is one of those days. The Dirt in Your Skirt Podcast recorded it’s 100,000 downloads via Libsyn stats. While numbers don’t tell the whole story and when you factor in SoundCloud (my original host numbers), YouTube listens, Facebook and Twitter listens the podcast reached that number months ago. But there was something satisfying looking at that cumulative download number click past 100K.

To put 100,000 into perspective. If every download were a person it would fill many of the world’s largest stadiums. Now that is crazy to think about.

When I started the podcast getting 100K downloads seemed so far away. It was. Eighty-six episodes later and countless hours of research, booking, recording, editing, and social media work the day is here. While large podcasts see that number per episode for me as a one-woman show – I don’t outsource any of the work.

Everything you see on Dirt in Your Skirt I have literally or electronically touched. If my keyboard could talk.

What feeling do I have right now?

Gratitude and Thanks

While I am the one who creates the content, podcasts, the merchandise, ships every order from my house, it is you who are reading this, have listened to a podcast, and have supported all the Dirt in Your Skirt endeavors throughout the years.

I could not have imagined in spring 2016 when I decided to do a podcast how much joy and personal growth the project would bring me personally and the community that it would form around it. So a huge thank you to you! And we aren’t stopping anytime soon with over 10 episodes currently recorded and waiting to be released. As well as at least another 15-20 guests I have on the current and ever-growing list to record with. Time for new milestones and new goals around the podcast.

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Ep. 86 – Adriane Wilson – Olympic Hopeful to Highland Games Athlete

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Adriane Wilson was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1980 to Rick and Rae Blewitt. She has one sister, Samantha, who is two years older than her. Adriane followed her sister around and participated in all the sports she tried; golf, softball, and track and field.

 

She lost her Dad right before my senior year of High School so life was a little uncertain as she matured into adulthood. However, she found her passion for track and field when she went to college at Ashland University and majored in Physical Education and Health. Her college coach was 4X Olympian, Jud Logan and he guided me to a life of dedication and perseverance. His daily lessons of excellence helped me achieve athletic success and victory over the biggest challenge of my life.

 

She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 23 in the peak of her athletic career. Her dream of making the US Olympic Team in 2004 was shattered. With the support of my family, coach, teammates, and the community she was able to compete and finish 5th in the shot put at the 2004 US Olympic Trials a couple months after chemotherapy.

 

She continued training for the ’08 and ’12 US Olympic Trials but never quite got back to the top. In the meantime, she began competing in the Scottish Highland Games for fun. This ‘fun’ turned into an amazing experience of traveling the world wearing a kilt, throwing stones and flipping trees, and earning World Champion titles along the way.

Now retired from competing in the shot put, she trains for the Highland Games and works as a personal trainer in two gyms in Columbia, South Carolina. Her passion has shifted towards coaching. For the last two year, she has been contracted to coach US soldiers who are wounded, ill, or injured in the shot put and discus for the Warrior Games and Invictus Games.

 

Episode 86 – Adriane Wilson

Find Adriane:

Website: http://intothedistance.weebly.com

Instagram: adrisue

 

 


 

Show Sponsored By:

“Dirt In Your Skirt” is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health-conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters, and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance.  Go to healthiq.com/dirt to support the show and see if you qualify.

 

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Gratitude for the Little Things in Life

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Gratitude Journals, that thing that you hear every self-help guru, high performer, and many athletes talk about. Between gratitude journals and meditation, you would think that the world did not function without them.

 

For a long time, I was pretty hesitant to have a gratitude journal. It all sounded so woo and honestly kinda stupid. But in the last couple of years, I have been embracing the woo and looking at what it really is when I think something is stupid. What I have come to realize is what I was labeling stupid was actually just me being afraid of it.

 

What if I can’t think of something to be grateful for every day? 

What happens if my gratitude journal isn’t good enough?

Do I really have to do this thing twice a day? 

 

The list of questions and most of them personal fears underneath. But I vowed to make some changes in 2018, incorporate more self-care practices and as of February 1, 2018, started a gratitude journal. After looking around the internet for the “right one” I found The 5-Minute Journal.

While many get turned on by celebrity endorsements, for me it actually makes me look for alternatives. Maybe I just always want to be indie and go to my own beat. But either way after an afternoon looking at various journals I came to The 5-Minute Journal to fit my lifestyle, simple, easy, and straight to the point.

 

What have I learned since starting?

 

The little things. When I flip through the pages of my journal the things that I am most grateful for daily are the little things, my pets, a healthy meal, a good night’s sleep, and finally friendship in all it’s forms.  I wrote yesterday about what it means to be healthy in ReThinking What it Means to be Healthy. When I look at the gratitude journal I find myself grateful for many of the areas which I identified in the parts of my healthy pie.

 

At the end of the day, being grateful for the small things in life I find the most rewarding. Like recently on a friends weekend, at the end of the day, I was most grateful for laughing my ass off with a friend. Like nearly on the ground laughing. Gratitude comes from the little things in life, not just the big blockbuster events.

 

I write this quick post not just as a reminder to myself that the things I think are stupid sometimes are what I need most. If it resonates with you let me know. What self-care practices do you have? 

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ReThinking What it Means to Be Healthy

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What does it mean to be healthy?

Pick up any magazine, tune into any morning show, or just scroll social media – everyone is trying to tell you how to be healthy. Hell, this website and podcast attempt to do just that every week through our guests.

For my entire life, I always thought of health through scientific measures. Blood pressure, weight, strength, etc. All the quantifiable measures. When I was growing up, I was told when making goals you need to make them measurable. I even wrote about it in my book.

In the last couple of years, the definition of healthy has become more nuanced. I use to see all the aspects of being healthy as individual pillars all in a row. You had healthy eating and exercise, and honestly, that was about it. Mindfulness, self-care, community, relationships, and sexual health were all over somewhere on the side. They didn’t have a place.

Through a series of encounters and a heart awakening or maybe just getting older, the two-part system of health just is not the case anymore. Today, I see it much differently. I know healthy not as a series of pillars in which to divide time but in a more holistic approach and a pie chart like below. Although the percentages often shift and change.

With nearly 100 podcast episodes recorded and countless hours of reading and working with mentors, I see the whole system differently. I know Dirt in Your Skirt differently. I know myself differently.

Dirt in Your Skirt started as just my vehicle to document and track my training and racing. Then it became my public diary and physical outlet to express myself. At some point, it morphed into an industry resource or just resource for many. It went through a tough time when I didn’t know what it was anymore and didn’t know where it fit into my life. Hell, at certain times it felt like it was dying a slow death and I didn’t know what to do with it. Then I decided to start the podcast.

During the turbulent time before the podcast, I started to see “healthy” differently. It took feeling on top of the world, then feeling dragged through the mud to revaluate what healthy means beyond lifting weights and medals. The podcast brought Dirt in Your Skirt back to life.

It allowed me a platform to start to really explore all the topics I was mulling around in my head for years. The podcast has allowed me to help shape Dirt in Your Skirt into what I had always been hinting at just beyond the surface.

Obstacle Racing back in 2010 and 2011 was the catalyst to get out and get moving again not only the blood flowing but also the brain. It was a key to start to unlock a treasure trove of ideas and a whole new world of thinking. I had always had passions skirting the health and wellness world, but it was not until Dirt in Your Skirt that I felt I had a place to bring it all together.

Back in 2012, I asked the community that had formed around Dirt in Your Skirt to help create a tagline for the website and a t-shirt. I had a ton of entries, but the one that stood out was:

EXPLORE. CONQUER. INSPIRE.

 

It was like an alarm went off in my head when it was submitted. Yes, all the yes! From that, I built out the mission of Dirt in Your Skirt of exploring new topics, conquering old fears, and inspiring those around with actions. While it has taken years to start to build on this ethos and is still a work in progress. Dirt in Your Skirt is after seven years embodying that mission.

What does this have to do with reimagining the meaning of healthy?

For a while Dirt in Your Skirt wasn’t fully healthy. It focused on the surface with moments of more profound thought. Today, the website has morphed into something a little more holistic. It continues to dive deeper daily as my journey goes deeper.

The topics investigated on the podcast, posts, and other ramblings are looking at the idea of what makes us healthy – mind, body, and soul. It is about pushing new limits and bringing guests to the podcast and website who are on the cutting edge or on the fringe.

Shining the light on various things and ways we can be healthier in our life. This is through movement, nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, self-care, sexual health, physical health, community, relationships, and spirituality that we are fully human.

My promise to you, reader, podcast listener, or however you got here. Dirt in Your Skirt will continue to explore what it means to be healthy. We will together conquer old fears, preconceived notions, and hopefully will inspire you to look at your own life holistically and figure out how to be the healthiest version of yourself, looking at the whole pie, not just your favorite slice or two.

 

What does Your Pie Look Like?

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Ep. 85 – Kim Anami – Holistic Sex and Relationship Coach and Founder of Vaginal Kung Fu

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Kim AnamiKim Anami is one of the foremost experts and coaches when it comes to sex and relationships. She is a holistic sex + relationship coach, national media commentator and retreat curator with a book in the works.

Kim works to break down the physical and emotional barriers which plague so many in experiencing the sex life they were born to have. Her coaching is a spiritual synthesis of Tantra, Taoism, Osho, Transpersonal psychology, philosophy and a host of quantum growth-accelerating practices

Anami was always highly attuned to her own sexual energy and spiritual curiosity. From a young age, she had experienced the power of sex to awaken, transform + accelerate my journey of self-actualization.  Her work has been featured globally and Kim is on a mission for every woman in the world to be a Well F*cked Woman!

She divides her time between Bali and Los Angeles and a host of beaches in between, where I not only live and surf but lift objects with my vagina. That’s right she is a vaginal weightlifter (see her #thingsiliftwithmyvagina series on Instagram), and it’s not a gimmick but part of a healthy routine for a healthy and active sex life.

Here’s an excerpt from one of Kim’s Instagram posts:

When you do the work, the deep, internal work of breaking down your own self-imposed barriers, you’ll find a whole other universe on the other side.

The world, just like an open and trusting vagina, opens up to you and nourishes you.

And that’s where the gold is: the deepest love, the best orgasms and the feeling that all is right in the universe and yourself.

When you dare to open and stay open.

I first heard Kim on ReWild Yourself Podcast (above is something Daniel the host read of Kim’s and it resonated deeply) several years ago and she was the first person I heard speak so openly about women’s health in terms of sex. Her unique voice and message I knew I wanted to have on the podcast and years later here is our interview.

Episode 85 – Kim Anami – Sex and Relationship Coach and Expert

 

Find More and Follow Kim Anami

Website: www.kimanami.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KimAnami/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/kimanami

Twitter: http://twitter.com/kimanami

 


 

Topics Talked About in Podcast Episode

Well F*cked Woman Salon

Vaginal Kung Fu

Anami Alchemia

 


 

Show Sponsored By:

“Dirt In Your Skirt” is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health-conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters, and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance.  Go to healthiq.com/dirt to support the show and see if you qualify.

 

Other Partners: 

Outdoorist Food Company

The Outdoorist – For all Your Outdoor Nutritional Needs

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Four Sigmatic – http://www.foursigmatic.com
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