Too Smart For This

Alexis Barber

A podcast hosted by creator Alexis Barber dedicated to exploring confidence and self-empowerment for ambitious women critical of society’s pressures

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Welcome back to Too Smart For This! In today’s episode, I am joined by Dellara aka “Legal Baddie” on TikTok. She’s a lawyer, content creator, and a straight up bad bitch, killing it in all areas of life. Dellara and I talk about how she started creating content, her journey to becoming a lawyer, meeting haters with compassion, the importance of holding yourself accountable, setting boundaries, and so much more. This conversation with Dellara is a great reminder of how important it is to invest in yourself and your personal growth.  Follow Too Smart For This on Instagram Dellara’s TikTok Dellara’s Instagram My Instagram My TikTok My YouTube Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review! Produced by GreenFresh Media

Dec 2

51 min 3 sec

Welcome back to Too Smart For This! In today’s episode, I am answering questions that I was asked on my Instagram - ranging from how I moved to NYC, living with MS, working for Google, my tips for interning, and more! You’ll also learn why I put a pause on the podcast last week, the importance of setting boundaries with family members, and how to navigate the difficult emotions that the holidays can bring up. Follow Too Smart For This on Instagram My Instagram My TikTok My YouTube Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review! Produced by GreenFresh Media

Nov 18

20 min 47 sec

Welcome back to Too Smart For This! In today’s episode, I’m joined by Madisen Dewey, founder of the Herd Social App. As a content creator and consumer of social media, Madisen began to notice that the power of building community online was overpowered by the toxic traits of social media. Taking a leap of faith, Madisen quit her job at YouTube and began building Herd Social, an app that isn’t driven by metrics and helps users to discover communities that fit their interests. Throughout this episode, Madisen gets real about her experience as a woman in the tech startup space, what led her to taking Herd Social seriously, how Herd Social is starting the social media revolution, and so much more. Follow Too Smart For This on Instagram Mady’s Instagram  Herd Social’s Instagram Download the Herd Social App My Instagram My TikTok My YouTube Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review! Produced by GreenFresh Media

Nov 5

34 min 55 sec

Welcome back to Too Smart For This! In today’s episode, I am joined by the incredible author, Jayne Allen. Jayne’s book, Black Girls Must Die Exhausted is the first of a three-book series following the story of a modern black woman as she navigates countless themes; mental health, relationships, fertility, finances, race, and so much more. Tune in to this amazing conversation with Jayne to learn about her writing career, the inspiration behind the themes in her book, and what her advice is for young women. Follow Too Smart For This on Instagram Jayne’s Book: Black Girls Must Die Exhausted Jayne’s Website Jayne’s Instagram My Instagram My TikTok My YouTube Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review! Produced by GreenFresh Media

Oct 28

52 min 12 sec

Welcome back to Too Smart For This! In today’s episode, I am talking about my experience living with multiple sclerosis (MS). I break down what MS is, my diagnosis and treatment, and how living with an autoimmune disease has impacted my relationship with my body. If you or a loved one are living with MS, I hope this episode can serve as a resource and a reminder that you are not alone! Book: The Body Keeps Score 

Oct 21

18 min 43 sec

Welcome back to Too Smart For This! In today’s episode, I am joined by influencer, writer, and self proclaimed fat, black, and queer person, Kendra Austin. Having first created her online presence as a teenager on Tumblr, Kendra has been on a mission to adapt her social media platforms as her identity has evolved. Throughout this episode, Kendra talks about her healing journey from trauma, the nuances of being an influencer who is figuring out who she is, how she has curated her community, and the ways she is sharing her voice through writing. Follow Too Smart For This on Instagram Kendra’s Instagram Kendra’s Twitter Kendra’s TikTok Kendra’s Substack My Instagram My TikTok My YouTube Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review! Produced by GreenFresh Media

Oct 14

1 hr 7 min

Welcome back to Too Smart For This! In today’s episode, I am joined by one of my all-time favorite influencers, Kelsey Kotzur. Kelsey’s platform is a captivating combination of fashion, film, and body positivity. However, there’s always more to someone than what we see online. Throughout this episode Kelsey talks about the lessons she learned from growing up without much money, learning to love her body through weight fluctuation, and the scandal that led to her TikTok rise. Kelsey’s story is a reminder that hard work pays off, our bodies deserve love, and that you’re too smart for anyone who doesn’t support you! Follow Too Smart For This on Instagram Kelsey’s Instagram Kelsey’s TikTok My Instagram My TikTok My YouTube Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review! Produced by GreenFresh Media

Oct 7

42 min 11 sec

Hello everyone! In todays episode we have my fellow Northwestern Grad and Googler Ceci Marshall, the face behind Finances Reimagined.  Ceci is all about a smart approach to managing your money, and she delivers it in such a digestible way. We talk through her background, what to do when you start making money for the first time and start form ), and how to build wealth long term. Check her out at @financesreimagined and let me know what you think!Ceci’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/financesreimagined/?hl=en I Will Teach You To Be Rich: https://amzn.to/3u3E2zU Atomic Habits: https://amzn.to/39yLSIq My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en Follow Too Smart For This on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urtoosmartforthis/?hl=en My TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en My YouTube:Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

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Sep 23

49 min 33 sec

In this episode, we talk about my first year at Google and what I’ve learned about how to survive the Corporate world. If you come from an environment that is very traditional or are worried about your impact as a new or seasoned corporate worker, this episode is for you!Download my brag brag book: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOmi-tRtyQfJGYQv9zDiHflHyEar3_MOQOPxfTliQcobZyhw/viewform If you like this episode, please rate & subscribe, and follow us on Instagram @urtoosmartforthis.FOLLOW ME:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en BUSINESS CONTACT - alexis@alexisbarberFAQ:Hi! I’m Alexis, a 22 year old working in big tech and a lifestyle content creator focused on realistic fashion, finances, and career in NYC. I love sharing  advice, my life, and the realities of my world. Please feel free to DM me on IG or comment if you have any questions :) love you! 

Sep 9

12 min 49 sec

Around a year ago, I got a small following on Instagram and I’ve been navigating this world ever sense. What’s most important though, is that my life is mine, and I live for me, and I can’t control other people’s opinions of me. Whether you’re an influencer or just a woman in this world, these are some words to live by when it comes to managing your emotions in an interconnected world.If you like this episode, please rate & subscribe, and follow us on Instagram @urtoosmartforthis.FOLLOW ME:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en BUSINESS CONTACT - alexis@alexisbarberFAQ:Hi! I’m Alexis, a 22 year old working in big tech and a lifestyle content creator focused on realistic fashion, finances, and career in NYC. I love sharing  advice, my life, and the realities of my world. Please feel free to DM me on IG or comment if you have any questions :) love you! 

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Sep 2

19 min 35 sec

“You’re Too Smart to compare yourself to other people” says Les, founder of the Balanced Black Girl podcast and a longtime fitness and wellness lover. We chat how she came to be so “zen”, her mission with her popular podcast Balanced Black Girl, and the realities of being Black content creators in the wellness space. If you like this episode, please rate, review, and follow, it means the world! Follow Les on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/balancedles/?hl=en Follow Balanced Black Girl Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/balancedblackgirlpodcast/?hl=en Read: “We Should All Be Millionaires” https://amzn.to/2XOZXyI Listen to the Expanded Podcast: https://tobemagnetic.com/expanded-podcast FOLLOW ME:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en Podcast: https://www.instagram.com/urtoosmartforthis/?hl=en 

Aug 26

45 min 23 sec

“You’re too smart for Stupid Boys” says Alexa Jay McCoy, a mixed influencer from LA that shares with us how she grew to almost 50k on TikTok, quit her job to became a model working with brands like Monday Swimwear, and grew her confidence and self love after a traumatizing relationship. Alexa’s TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@flexylexxxy?lang=en Alexa’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexaaamccoy/?hl=en Follow me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en Follow the Podcast’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urtoosmartforthis/?hl=en Inquiries: alexis@alexisbarber.com

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Aug 19

47 min 57 sec

Besties! Today I’m answering ALL of your questions from IG this week. We dive into relationships, boarding school, work, and fashion. Let me know what you think and don’t forget to like & subscriber <3 LINKSBudgeting vid: https://youtu.be/1_-usmunWUg Dr. Alexandra Solomon & relationships: https://dralexandrasolomon.com/ Me & Jeff’s Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0HC7lC5aHu1Q8SV5xR0yYs?si=iWNHFZJ3TdGZqHBYbTBIfw&dl_branch=1 Where I Shop: https://www.alexisbarber.com/blog/tag/realistic-hauls My Dress: https://us.princesspolly.com/products/daniela-mini-dress-black?variant=32609018249300 Managing Corporate Anxiety: https://youtu.be/zA7Oe4q6Qv4 My projet tracker & brag bok: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOmi-tRtyQfJGYQv9zDiHflHyEar3_MOQOPxfTliQcobZyhw/viewform?usp=sf_link  How I manage anxiety: https://youtu.be/6NXC4nbvvd0 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en Twitter: https://twitter.com/_alexisbarber?lang=en check out my podcast - Too Smart For ThisBUSINESS CONTACT - alexis@alexisbarberFAQ:Hi! I’m Alexis, a 22-year-old working in big tech and a lifestyle content creator focused on realistic fashion, finances, and career in NYC. I love sharing advice, my life, and the realities of my world. Please feel free to DM me on IG or comment if you have any questions :) love you!

Aug 15

18 min 3 sec

Girlies! One of my favorite Instagram friends Sam, founder and face of @nocarbsforsam, is on today to chat love, life, and carbs! I love her so much and I am sure you will too. To support us, follow us both on socials and let us know what you think of this episode by subscribing and rating!Follow Sam here: https://www.instagram.com/nocarbsforsam/?hl=en Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en. Follow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en Contact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contactSubscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-YnRrflV9g6nLMWUkwDtA 

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Aug 12

37 min 44 sec

Baddies! You are too smart to not protect yourself and own your narrative at your corporate job, Here’s my top 4 tips for surviving your first, or fifth job post grad! To download my free project tracker, visit this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOmi-tRtyQfJGYQv9zDiHflHyEar3_MOQOPxfTliQcobZyhw/viewform?usp=sf_link For more post grad tips, check out this video: https://youtu.be/kMvK6KgT6fs Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en Follow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en Contact me: alexis@alexisbarber.comSubscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-YnRrflV9g6nLMWUkwDtA

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Aug 8

13 min 12 sec

She grew 70k YouTube Subscribers in 4 months! Lynette Adkins (@lynetteadki) is one of my favorite content creators and we have a LOT in common, so I was so excited to see ewe blow up on YouTube and build her brand. In this episode, we talk the struggles of being a content creator, the realities of working in big tech, her journey with spirituality, and her most recent growth on social media. Her current favorite podcast: HindsigntBook she’s reading: Blood In Their EyeLynette’s YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9i90wu-MA0cKraf6X0v6Q Lynette’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynetteadki/?hl=en Lynette’s TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@lynetteadkins?lang=en Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Too Smart For This on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/urtoosmartforthis/?hl=en Follow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en Contact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contactSubscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-YnRrflV9g6nLMWUkwDtA 

Aug 5

43 min 11 sec

BESTIES! I am soooo thrilled to be back creating content for the podcast! I have missed you dearly and cannot wait for you to hear the amazing guests we have lined up for the rest of the year.In today’s episode, we discuss my life updates [TIME] and how I came to realize my biggest blocker. Then, I share with you my 3 step method for managing my anxiety, which I’ve had a ton of over the last months!PLEASE subscribe, like, and review and find TSFT on YouTube and Instagram for more! DM me on Insta if you want to chat about all of this <3 LOVE UFollow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Too Smart For This on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/urtoosmartforthis/?hl=en Follow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=en Contact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contactSubscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-YnRrflV9g6nLMWUkwDtA  

Aug 1

13 min 49 sec

This episode is brought to you by Binto: Shop now at www.mybinto.com and use code ALEXIS20 for 20% off!I speak with my boyfriend Jeff about how we met, and how we’ve navigated the last four years through college, long-distance, and living apart in NYC now.We talk communication, making space for each other, and how we’ve lasted through anxiety, hardship, and money differences.Follow Too Smart For This on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/urtoosmartforthis/?hl=en Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=en Follow Dr Alexandra Solomon on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.alexandra.solomon/?hl=en The pod will be back this fall! Love you all <3

May 11

42 min 28 sec

Today’s episode is with Michelle Pellizzon, the HWIC and founder of Holisticism, an wellness company that takes an intellectual and inclusive approach to wellness. Through memberships like The Cusp (a heaven for wellness lovers and skeptics) and Courses like The North Node, Michelle and her incredible team critique wellness trends and teach you how to build your own intuitive business. I personally love their podcast, The Twelfth House, which has boundless knowledge and incredible guests.Listen to The Twelfth House here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-twelfth-house/id1537579483Follow Michelle: https://www.instagram.com/michellepellizzon/ Follow Holisticism: https://www.instagram.com/holisticism/ Check out Holisticism’s offerings: https://www.holisticism.com/ Follow me: Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contact20% off Binto: www.mybinto.com promo code: ALEXIS20

May 4

57 min 6 sec

In this episode, I talk about how learning more about myself has led to a frustration with Influencer culture, capitalism, and being myself at work. It’s super difficult to navigate, but I hope this reassures you you’re not alone.Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contactSubscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-YnRrflV9g6nLMWUkwDtA 

Apr 30

14 min 4 sec

In this episode, I talk to my fellow Northwestern friend and sports media journalist Astasia Williams about how she built a career from her own Twitter profile and went on to work for major sports brands. Check her out on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/AstasiaWillFollow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contact

Apr 27

32 min 40 sec

Hi all! This is an episode giving you the steps I recommend for getting the job you want, especially if you’re in college or a new post-grad. This is the audio from my YouTube channel, where you can watch the video in full: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-YnRrflV9g6nLMWUkwDtA/videosDownload the guide here: https://www.alexisbarber.com/blog/download-the-guide-to-get-your-first-job-post-grad Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contact

Apr 23

9 min 48 sec

Helen Phelan is a body neutral intuitive pilates instructor and founder of digital pilates and mindful fitness platform, Helen Phelan Studio. As an ex professional dancer and eating disorder survivor, Helen's approach to exercise is based on her lived experience that diet culture and the no excuses mindset keeps people stuck in a bad body image loop that makes them dread movement- despite its mood and energy boosting benefits.She refined her methodology so that it could not only fit into her life in a non-harmful way post recovery, but to support others heal their relationships with movement and their own bodies + feel strong, empowered with intuitive exercise. She works with clients 1:1, in groups, workshops, and through her on demand platform to help people stop thinking of exercise as a way to burn off food and instead as a self-care tool to feel your best, both mentally and physically.She's been featured in InStyle, HuffingtonPost, Well+Good, Coveteur, MindBodyGreen and when not on her mat, Helen is often found rewatching musicals, snuggling with her rescue pup, or hiking in the Catskills.Online Studio/Booking Live Sessions and Classes: HelenPhelanStudio.com50% off first month of HPS with code TOOSMART: https://tv.helenphelanstudio.com/orders/customer_info?o=51621 (valid on Essentials Plus Monthly only)Blog: HelenPhelanStudio.com/journalCatskills Summer Retreat: https://HelenPhelanStudio.com/hps-retreatFree 5 Step Guide To Stop Using Exercise As Punishment And Learn To Love Your Practice: https://helenphelanstudio.com/learn-to-love-your-practiceHolisticism Profitable Content Creator Lab: (affiliate!) https://michelle-509f.mykajabi.com/a/2147485023/riozxc2NFree HPS Community Anti Diet Culture Support + Accountability Group: https://helen-phelan-studio.mn.co/share/SOQ5b_GJ-u1J94nJ?utm_source=manualFree HPS Community Events: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/helen-phelan-studio-32457719665

Apr 20

32 min 50 sec

In this episode, I talk to my friend Krystle @balancebykrystle about her journey to becoming a nurse and what it was like to cope during the deadly Covid-19 Pandemic. She gives us tips on self-care and how she creates the stunning feed @balancebykrystle, and she shares even more about how she’s grown through her natural hair journey. Follow her on Instagram below!Krystle’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/balancebykrystle/?hl=enFollow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contact

Apr 13

35 min 53 sec

In this episode, I dive into something that’s been bothering me about content creation for a while. Feel free to leave me your thoughts on my IG! Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contact

Apr 9

15 min

In this episode, I sit down with my friend Jazmyn Smith aka @justjazzyidk to discuss her growth on TikTok, our love of Grey’s anatomy, her notable career in real estate, and navigating identity and confidence as a mixed woman with a white mom. Check me out on her podcast, Bringing Baggage, and follow us at social links below!Jazzy’s TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@justjazzzyidk?lang=enJazzy’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/justjazzzyidk/?hl=enMy Episode on Bringing Baggage: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/toosmartforthis-host-alexis-barber-chats-me-about-relationships/id1553686410?i=1000513056303Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contact

Apr 6

55 min 26 sec

Kiara Blanchette is a young Black beauty creator based in Montreal. By the time she was 18, she self published a bestselling poetry book and ever since, has interviewed people like Jen Atkin and Hoda Kattan for her editorial company, Pure Opulence. After suffering from burnout at a young age, she’s been revived during the pandemic and started Opulent Wines. You can listen to her podcast, Twenty Nothing, and follow her @kiarablanchette on Instagram!

Mar 30

39 min 13 sec

Hi loves! I really wanted this to be a recording of the Clubhouse room I did with Sami and Cameron this week, but the audio just wouldn’t work :( Instead, I’m sharing my experience with post-pandemic body anxiety and general anxiety in hopes it gives you something to look forward to and some tools to move into this new world with. Sending love!Follow Cameron on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freckledfoodie/?hl=enFollow Sami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sami/?hl=enFollow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contactBook a consult with me:  www.alexisbarber.com/consultations

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Mar 27

12 min 23 sec

Hi All! In todays episode, I sit down with Akua, Abena, and Naana, co-founders of Karite Shea Butter, a luxurious body care brand with naturally sourced Shea butter from Ghana. These three sisters started their business together in 2017 while working full time as a businesswoman, lawyer, and dermatologist, respectively, and have maintained their business while juggling motherhood over the last four years. Tune in to hear their self care tips, how to go about starting your own business with family, and how they manage to do it all. You can shop Karite at www.mykarite.com and follow them on Instagram @mykarite.

Mar 23

51 min 31 sec

In this episode, I talk to my friend Allana Blumberg about how she went from an obsessive fitness junkie to an intuitive eater and mover who’s balanced school, work and taking over TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. Check her out below and shop her merch, too!Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/lanibfit/?hl=enTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@allanarae?language=en&sec_uid=MS4wLjABAAAAhMwHwE360_PJ84r7f2jgRtcQZOOz3UWURSNVzqPAzhvqUrjFW4_NiwMyPLHy0XiY&u_code=da2775f3f52214&utm_campaign=client_share&app=musically&utm_medium=ios&user_id=6773827605826618373&tt_from=copy&utm_source=copy&source=h5_mYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyAZS6mN2V5oRCtfv96kYpAPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/morning-rae/id1539989825

Mar 16

44 min 54 sec

In this episode, I recap how a year ago I was in a very dark place and the tools that being isolated in the pandemic gave me. We touch on the recent Meghan Markle interview and dive into boundaries and self love, especially when you're mixed but one half of your family is racist (boundaries needed!)

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Mar 12

18 min 45 sec

Hi loves! Todays’s episode is with astrologer Maxine Luzia, host of Astrology & You Podcast. She’s a professional astrologer who I became obsessed with after listening to her amazing podcast that she co-hosts with Alice Bell. Their podcast is such a gem of a resource for anyone who is getting into astrology, and after connecting with Maxine, I booked a reading with her where I got an in-depth understanding of my birth chart. We unpacked my Sagittarius stellium and my career purpose and I was able to see the biggest challenges I’ve had to overcome (internally & externally!) in a new light. If you want to learn more about astrology or to book a reading with Maxine, you can find the links below:Listen to Astrology & You: https://www.maxineluzia.com/podcastBook a Reading with Maxine Luzia: https://www.maxineluzia.com/Follow Maxine Luzia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maxineluzia/Follow Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexisbarber/?hl=enFollow Me on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@alexisbarber_?lang=enContact me: alexis@alexisbarber.com www.alexisbarber.com/contactBook a consult with me: www.alexisbarber.com/consultations

Mar 9

58 min

I talk to my friend and Registered Dietitian Lisa Hayim about the neuroscience associated with our food choices, how to overcome and move away from controlling food choices, and the societal norms she loves and hates. Follow her @lisahayim!

Mar 2

46 min 40 sec

In this episode, I get into my move to NYC, how I budget, and how I got my job at Google. You can find all links here: alexisbarber.com/linksThis is the book I recommend for budgeting: I Will Teach You To Be Rich https://amzn.to/3qQVF3q

Feb 23

26 min 7 sec

This week, I interview my friend and coworker Lola Adewuya, the founder of thebranddoula. She and I interned at Google together and both work there full time, and we dive into everything from when the “Dream Job” is boring, building your own business, and tips for anyone looking to start their own design journey. Check her out at https://thebranddoula.co/!

Feb 16

51 min 31 sec

In this episode, I talk about society’s love to appropriate Black women’s culture and aesthetics, but their failure to show up for Black female humanity - as represented through the lack of support for them in every industry, the high rate of deaths for Black Trans Women, and the abuse, neglect, and failure to support Black women in the medical field as well. Stereotypes like the “strong” and “angry” Black woman are what are keeping us from accepting Black women, and I tell stories of how that has changed my life and kept me from being my full self too.

Feb 12

19 min 16 sec

In this episode, I speak with my friend Nya Jones, the creator of the Inside Then Out Journal, a 365 page journal with prompts for daily self reflection. We discuss her story with journaling, how she started and grew her business during a pandemic while working full time as a product specialist for Facebook, and the struggles we face as Black women working in Big Tech. You can find the journals, restocked today, at insidethenout.com!

Feb 9

56 min 13 sec

In this episode, I talk about the origins of diet culture, and discuss how closely it is associated with racism. Sources for this episode can be found here:https://simibotic.com/a-brief-history-of-diet-culture/https://www.intheknow.com/2020/07/13/unpacking-the-racist-roots-of-fat-phobia-and-diet-culture/ https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/71/6/1392/4729362 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1038/oby.2010.319 https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(19)30352-0/abstract Fearing the Black Body https://www.amazon.com/Fearing-Black-Body-Racial-Origins/dp/1479886750 Anti Diet https://christyharrison.com/book-anti-diet-intuitive-eating-christy-harrison https://www.mindful-nutrition.com/white-supremacy-and-diet-culture/ 

Feb 5

17 min 12 sec

In this episode, I talk with my friend Camaryn of @camaynalejandra about her Instagram activism, the pressures of growing on social media, and her journey of growing into herself after stifling her personality in primarily white environments. https://www.instagram.com/camarynalejandra/Follow her on Instagram and check us out for more!

Feb 2

51 min 26 sec

In this episode, I talk about my history with dieting, and discuss how I’ve started coping with body image issues ever since giving up dieting in 2020.

Jan 29

14 min 30 sec

In this episode, I speak with my IG friend and big inspiration, Sami Sage. We get into today’s politics and the future of the democratic party, diet culture, and the evolution of her company, Betches.

Jan 26

57 min 47 sec

Kira West is a content creator and community cultivator who’s passion is making wellness inclusive. Kira is a proud Black woman with Caribbean roots born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.Her journey into wellness began with an adventurous spirit and an insatiable desire to travel. Kira was determined to find all of the opportunities she could to experience the world. Her fearless spirit allowed her to travel the world, exploring 6 continents and over 40 countries, often solo. Kira’s love of travel influenced her desire to investigate ways to seek balance in her life and live most optimally. Her journey to seek and define balance was intertwined with Kira’s desire to define for herself the meaning of wellness. Her experience led her to focus on not only travel but fitness and running. These then became the elements that defined Kira’s idea of wellness.Kira asked herself the question, what does a “well” life really look like. As she searched for these answers she found that it is truly different for everyone but it can include fitness, travel, varying forms of self-care, relationships, friendships and new experiences. Kira found that her personal definition of wellness included travel and fitness. Kira, upon defining these elements, also found that often Black and other underserved communities were not included in conversations surrounding wellness, travel or fitness. As Kira began to delve into the lack of diversity and inclusion within the wellness space, she became even more passionate about making wellness inclusive for all. She wants to empower people to seek their own definitions of wellness while also making the space more inclusive. She firmly believes wellness is a right for all and not an exclusive privilege for some.

Jan 19

51 min 5 sec

Nora is a 24-year-old activist using her Instagram account to help white & non-Black POC be better allies.⁣ She works full-time as the Director of Growth + Admissions at Rivet School, a California-based nonprofit that helps Black and brown, low-income, first-generation working adults earn an accelerated and affordable college degree to unlock economic mobility.

Jan 12

58 min 16 sec

In this episode, I talk about my frustration with large white influencers who refuse to "get political."

Jan 8

16 min 12 sec

In this episode I talk to Kween Ali about recovering from eating disorder/disordered eating thoughts, comparing ourselves to others, and how she invented a delicious food product that's now sold in Whole Foods. Check out Kween & Co Granola Butter and follow Ali on instagram!

Jan 5

50 min 18 sec

In this episode, we touch on what I learned in 2020 and how it's helping me set more intentional goals for 2021.

Dec 2020

17 min 31 sec

I talk to my friend Olivia from @SkinnyHangover about what it’s like to transition into balanced eating after diet culture’s restrictive mindset, launching her first Product (Happy & Healthy Planner linked in her Amazon store!) and how she grew on Instagram.

Dec 2020

38 min 27 sec

I brought in my very own dietitian @lisamnutrution to talk all things about healing your relationship with food while recovering from disordered eating. She gives tangible ways to do so without a dietitian, including working on overcoming body bias. Follow her on instagram @lisamnutrition, and if you want, you can work with her at NY Nutrition Group. She accepts a few major insurances!

Dec 2020

37 min 28 sec

In this episode, I talk to my friend Cameron Rogers of @freckledfoodie about her recent pregnancy announcement, her long term relationship with her husband, and what it means to get political on instagram. Check her out on Instagram @freckledfoodie!

Dec 2020

56 min 8 sec