Hosted by clinical psychologist Dr. Erika Velez, The Mindful Corner is a series of candid conversations with everyday individuals from all walks of life, who share real life stories of the human experience. Guests share their accounts of struggles and triumphs through life's challenges while keeping mindfulness and mental health at the core of each conversation.
Alamar Cosmetics Founder, Gaby Trujillo comes on the show to discuss the importance of focusing on pursuing our passions to attain ultimate fulfillment despite internal conflicting feelings that suggest otherwise. Gaby shares her story of choosing to veer off the conventional path of adulthood which began with her decision to leave college, at the age of 18, and focus on developing her makeup career.
Jenesis, a listener of the podcast, comes on today's episode to share her personal story after unexpectedly losing her father the summer before her senior year of high school, and shares how that event shaped her future self. She gets candid about her struggles through the fourth trimester after giving birth to her son, and how she was forced to shed some deep-rooted beliefs and dive into vulnerability.
Dr. Velez interviews Candace Alnaji, attorney, freelance writer, and proud mother of three, who runs The Mom at Law.
Candace spent more than a decade pursing a career of passion only to have to balance a change of heart once she became a mom. She shares how she navigated those feelings, the steps she took to make it work, and why she created a platform for other moms going through the same experience.
Men must be strong and "man up", or at least that’s what the overwhelming echo of society wants us all to believe. But to men facing significant misfortunes, traumas and heartache, a culture promoting strength in the realm of emotions is disappointing and far from helpful, Victor, husband and soon-to-be father of three, shares what it means to be a failure and the value that failing can have in our lives.
Annie Vasquez is a fashion, travel, and beauty blogger, who had to overcome societal pressures to fit into impossible standards, and now uses her platform to help others feel empowered to stop the war against themselves. Annie discusses how her journey through body positivity unfolded and why she she believes in radical acceptance.
Do you have some Type-A personality traits and over-plan each move? In this episode, Evely, self-proclaimed “goal-getter” shares her accounts of working towards a lifelong goal and suddenly being faced with the choice to remain safe or take a chance into the unknown. She shares her accounts of how this decision was deeper than just selecting between two great choices, but more a valuable lesson about the need to be flexible and life’s beautiful way of surprising us when we take chances.
During her sophomore year of high school, Sophie witnessed a life changing event that marked her and tested her strength. She takes us through the journey of healing and the challenges that she has had to overcome to shift her mindset and find value in life's painful moments.
What does it really look like to follow your dreams? What type of internal work do you have to push through to achieve them? Most importantly, once achieved, how do you maintain them? Dr. Erika Velez sits with one of her best friends (and pal), Monica, who shares a compelling story of what it took for her to follow through with a lifelong goal.
Host Dr. Erika Velez is joined by her lifelong BFF and show producer, Yvonne Cuellar, to discuss how the idea for this show came about, what we wish to accomplish, how mindfulness helped change her life, and why she wants it to be a central part of the show.