The Next Layer Podcast™: an interview with Latham Thomas on owning your glow + the importance of reclaiming your self-care right now

“…accelerated living is affecting our bodies, our mental health, our emotional health…I’m asking women – in this book – to answer the invitation to slow down, to reclaim their self-care + use that as a pathway to empowerment…” {L.Thomas}


Latham Thomas, aka Glow Maven is a celebrity wellness/lifestyle maven and birth doula – transforming not only how women give birth to their babies, but how they give rise to the best version of themselves. Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100 – an enlightened group of leaders elevating humanity with their work- Latham is helping women embrace optimal wellness and spiritual growth as a pathway to owning their power. She is the founder of Mama Glow a lifestyle brand and highly regarded website offering inspiration, education, and holistic services for expectant and new mamas. A graduate of Columbia University and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham serves on the TUFTS University Nutrition Council. Latham is best-selling author of “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to Your Fabulous Abundant Pregnancy,” a go-to wellness guide for expecting mothers endorsed by Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr Mark Hyman, Christy Turlington Burns + more.


Latham Thomas changed my life. She is the reason I do the work that I do.  It’s with great pleasure + humility that I open the second season of The Next Layer Podcast™ with her wisdom + insight. Latham is releasing her second book this month – Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living + Crowning the Queen Within – in it she explores + teaches the art of purposeful self-love + self-care + how practicing the two every day makes us more powerful. I loved talking to Latham about the book, the freedom of standing in our truth as women, why it’s crucial to talk to young girls about their bodies + her personal journey from new mom to our very own Mama Glow.

This was my first remote interview{!} + needless to say, I started off a little nervous…well a lot nervous, but then I remembered some of the key lessons in her book + my heart whispered to my brain…”own your glow” …oh + you can hear exactly when I did.

Thank you Latham.

love,
alicia.

In this episode we explore:

  • looking at our internal resources
  • curating your social media to prioritize self-care
  • why we need to express a full range of emotions
  • why it’s okay if people don’t like you
  • insight into how to REALLY get things done
  • understanding the power in our bodies
  • and so much more…

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To connect with Latham Thomas:

  • you can purchase her new book here
  • you can explore the book further here
  • you can learn about Latham’s company here
  • you follow her instagram profile here
  • you can like her facebook page here
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the best books for fall

“Owning your glow is the art of being a fully-expressed woman. 
Owning your glow is a catalyst, accelerating positive change from the inside out. Owning your glow is about embodying love and standing in your purpose.”

Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living
by Latham Thomas

I am so thrilled that my friend and mentor Latham Thomas has written another book for us; she is so deeply knowledgeable, authentic, connected to source energy + committed to women realizing their full potential through purposeful self-care.

I had the pleasure of interviewing her about Own Your Glow for The Next Layer Podcast™, we talked about why the “slay”culture might be inhibiting our progress, the best time to tap into our creative power, how we fall short of our greatness and so much more. Look out for that unforgettable episode tomorrow.

  • you can pre-order Latham’s book by clicking here
  • you can subscribe to The Next Layer Podcast™ on iTunes here

“We have to know ourselves to know where we end and another person begins, and we have to develop the skills to navigate the space between us. Or else we will seek wholeness through false means that honor neither us nor those we love.” 

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
by Sharon Salzberg

In this book we get to explore love – with truth, thoughtfulness + compassion – through the lens of mindfulness; it’s such an important perspective for understanding the essential role of self-love in cultivating relationship with our self + others. Each page offers answers to questions you didn’t know you had in your heart.

  • you can purchase Sharon’s book here
  • you can listen to a great interview between Sharon + Rich Roll here

“When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within.”

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
by John O’Donohue

This is not a new book but the words still feel like a warm blanket of peace + beauty right now…a salve for the weary heart in these challenging times. John’s words bring us back to the warmth, loving nature + strength of our humanity; he invites us to look closely at our inner landscape + carefully tend to the garden of the soul.

  • you can purchase the book here
  • you can listen to one of John’s last interviews with Krista Tippet here
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less tech. more life.

Excerpted from The Flight From Conversation by Sherry Turkle
New York Times, April 21, 2012

…In the silence of connection, people are comforted by being in touch with a lot of people — carefully kept at bay. We can’t get enough of one another if we can use technology to keep one another at distances we can control: not too close, not too far, just right. I think of it as a Goldilocks effect.

Texting and e-mail and posting let us present the self we want to be. This means we can edit. And if we wish to, we can delete. Or retouch: the voice, the flesh, the face, the body. Not too much, not too little — just right.

Human relationships are rich; they’re messy and demanding. We have learned the habit of cleaning them up with technology. And the move from conversation to connection is part of this. But it’s a process in which we shortchange ourselves…

FACE-TO-FACE conversation unfolds slowly. It teaches patience. When we communicate on our digital devices, we learn different habits. As we ramp up the volume and velocity of online connections, we start to expect faster answers. To get these, we ask one another simpler questions; we dumb down our communications, even on the most important matters…

…we have confused conversation with connection and collectively seem to have embraced a new kind of delusion that accepts the simulation of compassion as sufficient unto the day…

…We expect more from technology and less from one another and seem increasingly drawn to technologies that provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of relationship. Always-on/always-on-you devices provide three powerful fantasies: that we will always be heard; that we can put our attention wherever we want it to be; and that we never have to be alone. Indeed our new devices have turned being alone into a problem that can be solved.

When people are alone, even for a few moments, they fidget and reach for a device. Here connection works like a symptom, not a cure, and our constant, reflexive impulse to connect shapes a new way of being.

Think of it as “I share, therefore I am.” We use technology to define ourselves by sharing our thoughts and feelings as we’re having them. We used to think, “I have a feeling; I want to make a call.” Now our impulse is, “I want to have a feeling; I need to send a text…”

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I am deeply moved by the words above. It’s an important reminder with cautionary insight for all of us. I recently took almost a year off of Facebook; during that time I completed the first draft of my book, started a lifestyle brand, improved my focus + increased my self-care. I was more present for my relationship(s), lost some weight, upped my joy + experienced more restful sleep.  Then about a month ago I got back on it + within 1 week my anxiety was up, I was more distracted + irritable + I also felt more  self-conscious. Not healthy. Not okay. Not cool. I promptly deactivated my personal account, added a second daily meditation to my schedule {for now} + have returned to communicating with myself {and others} or not communicating at all with others in a more purposeful way.

Try an hour, or a day, or a week without social media
+ see how you + your life transform.
Let me know how it goes.
I’m rooting for you.

Warmly,
Alicia.

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