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Episode 120: “Living Centered in Your Chosen Family”

Featuring Chinae Alexander

Friendship is a dynamic force that holds the capacity to mend some of the broken pieces of our stories. Today on the podcast, Hannah and Nicole sit down with writer, speaker, and mental health advocate, Chinae Alexander, to dig into the beauty and power of ‘chosen family’. As a content creator, Chinae shares a lot of her life with her online community, and together we discuss the nuances of this digital space in tandem with the nature of the community she has built with the deep personal friendships she has cultivated over the course of many years. We talk about the practice of presence, the concept of curiosity as a pathway to meaningful relationships, and how every moment shared together—from birth and death to our watershed moments and the simple, everyday mundane ones—carries the potential to move us from friendship to family

Meet this episode’s expert

Former Texan-turned-New Yorker, Chinae Alexander is an entrepreneur, lifestyle personality, writer, speaker, and mental health advocate based in Brooklyn, New York. Her message is to empower people to be better through positive thinking, active change, and self-love with a lot of laughing and sarcasm along the way. Since gaining a following online for her candid, insightful approach to the many nuances of life, people have been turning to her for advice. To that end, Chinae brings her trademark honesty to questions big and small on her podcast, “Press Send”. Each week, she fields audience questions across any and all topics and dishes out her very best advice with plenty of humor and heart. She also shares life with her community online at @chinaealexander on Instagram. 

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Living Centered Program

Life—it can be so overwhelming.  

So often we move through it so swiftly and efficiently that we subconsciously begin to muscle through each day without even blinking. We don’t have time to get that workout in let alone tend to our internal landscapes, so we bypass our trauma, sidestep our emotions, and keep it moving. Our daily actions have become completely disconnected from our purpose, our dreams, and our desires. It was all working…until it wasn’t. The cracks begin to appear. 

The Living Centered Program is our response to this phenomenon—we want to help you quiet the noise and bring you back to center. Living Centered is an invitation home to your true self. 

What is the Living Centered Program? 

The Living Centered Program is a six-day workshop led by expert therapists who will guide you in exploring, deconstructing, and rewriting your narratives. Our beautiful campus and retreat-like setting allows you a break from your daily distractions and provides the clarity needed to re-establish congruence between your feelings, values, and actions so that you might live a more intentional, meaningful, and fulfilling life.  

This world-renowned group experience is specifically designed to meet you right where you are. Our team will help you connect your past and present experiences and work through issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, codependency, loneliness, childhood wounds, family dysfunction, negative relationship patterns, or simply the stresses of daily life. 

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