Living an Intentional Life Podcast

Ashley Strong Smith

Welcome to Living an Intentional Life Podcast (formerly The Living Courageously Podcast).


This is a space where in community, we find belonging.

A place where you are deeply seen and heard.

Ultimately connecting through the lens of intention.


Creating intentional, incremental daily actions that enable us to root into who we are, expand deeper into our purpose, align with our truths and live out our wildest dreams.


I’m your host, Ashley Strong Smith. In this lifetime, I’ve been honored to continuously live a life that is far beyond my dreams. Taking  incremental intentional action every single day, that has compounded to major change and transformation.


Each week, I share tangible tools, tips and resources to invite into your own life. Alongside meeting + getting a peek inside some of the most inspiring women intentionally living their truths!


I truly believe that we are capable of bringing any dream into reality, of blooming the most vibrant lotus flower from trudging through thick mud, of honoring our deepest truth and being in full expression in this human experience as after all, we are limitless!

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It's all Figure-Outable with Dharma Shakti of Yogalution Movement | Episode 90
14-05-2024
It's all Figure-Outable with Dharma Shakti of Yogalution Movement | Episode 90
Tune into this week's episode of Living an Intentional Life Podcast as I had the insanely beautiful honor of sitting in conversation with one of my biggest inspirations and teachers, Dharma Shakti the Founder + Owner of Yogalution Movement. Back when I was in college, I took one of her yoga classes that quite literally transformed my life as for the first time in my life, I truly understood what it meant to experience "no mind" where the mind is silent and began to really connect to and ultimately love myself and my body. Join us for an in depth conversation that really details her journey and what brought her to today, the impact she is making on her community intimately and at large, the root of courage and its immense impact on our lives, taking small action and truly embodying "It's all Figure-Outable!" Tune in on all places you find your podcast! About Dharma : Dharma Shakti, LMT, Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, ERYT500, RYS and Certified High Performance Coach, Founder and Owner of Yogalution Movement, a donation based Yoga studio and community. Dharma has been in the healing arts industry since 1999 starting out as a massage therapist, graduating from BodyMind College and practiced as a LMT for 10+ yearsDharma Shakti has been teaching yoga since 2005. She was trained in a traditional ashram and received initiation and a spiritual name under the tutelage of Swami Sitaramananda. She has studied yoga with many influential teachers from all over the United States and in India. Dharma holds credentials through yoga alliance as an E-RYT 500, an experienced yoga teacher, with over 5000+ hours of teaching experience and 500 hours of training and certification courses, doing her trainings in traditional ashrams in an immersive setting. She is also a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist since 2007, graduating from California College of Ayurveda.She currently runs a Donation Based Yoga Studio  where her mission is to make yoga accessible to everyone regardless of class, age, gender, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation or gender identification etc. Dharma also founded Yoga On The Bluff, which is a FREE outdoor yoga class that happens 7 days a week, all year round, for the last 17 years and has become an iconic landmark of Long Beach, Ca. In 2016, Dharma became a Certified High Performance Coach under the tutelage of Brendon Burchard, after being an avid student of his work for 2 years. She is really passionate about personal development work and blending it with the spiritual journey of awakening and truly knowing ones TRUE self. She is often referred to as “The Tony Robbins Of Yoga”Connect with Dharma : Instagram Yogalution Movement The Empowered Way More from the Podcast : June 2024 : Free Intentional Living CHALLENGE Intentional Living Connection Call  Work 1:1 with Ashley FREE MASTERCLASS - 5 Steps : How to Discover Your Dreams INSTAGRAMMusic by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotify
Living Intentionally through the Lens of Astrology with Rena Valentino | Episode 88
30-04-2024
Living Intentionally through the Lens of Astrology with Rena Valentino | Episode 88
Tune into this week's episode of Living an Intentional Life Podcast for "Living Intentionally through the Lens of Astrology with Rena Valentino." I had the most wonderful opportunity to sit down with multi-passionate woman and entrepreneur, Rena who shared her journey in personal development and self work finding herself supporting women primarily through the power and medium of astrology. We learn about her journey, what astrology is and how it supports others AND drum roll please... end with her reading my chart in sharing the "BIG THREE!" My, was it so fun to dive into my chart in real time and to create the space and opportunity to be witness to such a supportive tool like astrology!  About Rena : As a multi-passionate Manifesting Generator (Human Design), Rena connects her numerous modalities to the common thread of empowering other female trailblazers - those desiring to live life by their own design - to fully embody their unique soul's blueprint so they can create their dream life in an authentic & sustainable way through the lens of Astrology. Whether it's building and creating your business with ease & flow as the vehicle to financial and time freedom, desiring to live out a purpose-driven life with the clarity & confidence, stepping into your unique gifts & talents to make a greater impact for yourself and others, or all of the above, Rena facilitates your soul's Remembering to come back into alignment with your Truth. Her current offerings are one-off astrological readings for individuals, relationships, and children, as well as her signature 1:1 coaching programs. You can find her on Instagram at @rena_valentino_coaching or reach out via email at hello@renavalentino.comConnect with Rena : Instagram - @rena_valentino_coachingEmail - hello@renavalentino.comSoul Alignment Astrology Reading Child's Natal Chart Overview Relationship Alignment Astrology Reading More from the Podcast : June 2024 : Free Intentional Living CHALLENGE Intentional Living Connection Call  Work 1:1 with Ashley FREE MASTERCLASS - 5 Steps : How to Discover Your Dreams INSTAGRAMMusic by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotify
Living an Intentional Life Podcast INTRO | Episode 85
10-04-2024
Living an Intentional Life Podcast INTRO | Episode 85
Living an Intentional Life Podcast INTRO | Episode 85 Welcome to Living an Intentional Life Podcast (formerly The Living Courageously Podcast)!This is a space where in community, we find belonging.  A place where you are deeply seen and heard.  Ultimately connecting through the lens of intention. Creating intentional, incremental daily actions that enable us to root into who we are, expand deeper into our purpose, align with our truths and live out our wildest dreams.I’m your host, Ashley Strong Smith. In this lifetime, I’ve been honored to continuously live a life that is far beyond my dreams. Taking  incremental intentional action every single day, that has compounded to major change and transformation.Each week, I share tangible tools, tips and resources to invite into your own life. Alongside meeting + getting a peek inside some of the most inspiring women intentionally living their truths!I truly believe that we are capable of bringing any dream into reality, of blooming the most vibrant lotus flower from trudging through thick mud, of honoring our deepest truth and being in full expression in this human experience as after all, we are limitless! _________After two years of holding space + co-creating as a Courage Coach, being the host of The Living Courageously Podcast + writing my first book, although deeply enamored by courage + living courageously, it has started to feel out of alignment with the foundational truth in truly understanding who we are, what we want and how we want to live out our time here in the human experience is rooted in intentionally. Courage + living courageously has started to feel like the sensation at the top of our flowers + trees where we’re able to look around with a 360 degree view of all that we’ve done to get to the point, all the ways we’ve grown and relish in all that is around us. The truth is, many of us (myself included) are in the foundational stages of nourishing and planting our flowers + trees let alone being able to climb them. We are in the day-to-day, the germinating, the planting, rooting in awareness and choosing incremental intentional action every single day that compounds to major change and transformation. One of my gifts and purposes in this lifetime, is to be a mirror for, an inspiration to -  that every single one of us women, have everything we already need within us. That we are truly capable of bringing any dream into reality, of blooming the most vibrant lotus flower from trudging through thick mud, of honoring our deepest truth + living in full expression as we are limitless! More from the Podcast : Schedule an Intentional Living Connection Call  FREE MASTERCLASS - B.R.A.V.E. : The 5 steps to dream! Follow along on INSTAGRAM.Music by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotif
14 Tools to Invite into Your Life to Support Yourself through Transitions + Changing of Seasons | Episode 83
02-04-2024
14 Tools to Invite into Your Life to Support Yourself through Transitions + Changing of Seasons | Episode 83
Tune into this week's episode of The Living Courageously Podcast - "14 tools to invite into your life to support yourself through transitions + changing of seasons!" As we move through this conversation, I share a few recent reflections of just coming out of messy middle season, transiting from Winter into Spring and honoring the closing of the first quarter of the year and moving into the second. Inspired by spending the entire day doing an "Expansion Day," which is a day where I fully commit to working on myself as opposed to just moving through the to-do's of life, I recounted how crucial it is for me to reflect on where I've been and where I'm going. To reconnect back to my goals, intentions and word for the year. One thing that was very loud was that I use this tool, that of an Expansion Days to support myself through transitions and changing of seasons, specially from one quarter to the next. Tune in for a deep dive into 14 different tools that have supported me over the years as I personally move through transitions and changing of the seasons. As with all that I share, I invite you to try on what resonates and aligns and release what doesn't. More from the Podcast : WORKSHOP : 1st Quarter Heart Centered Check-InAPPLY FOR - The Living Courageously Blueprint Spring 2024 MASTERMIND FREE MASTERCLASS - B.R.A.V.E. : The 5 steps to dream! Follow along on INSTAGRAM.Wanting to be held in a sacred, safe, transformative container - Book your complimentary connection call! Want to know more about Courage Coaching? Music by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotify
Vulnerability and it's Key to Unlocking Courage Within with Ashley Bennett of Live Life Reiki Studio | Episode 81
19-03-2024
Vulnerability and it's Key to Unlocking Courage Within with Ashley Bennett of Live Life Reiki Studio | Episode 81
Tune into this week's episode of The Living Courageously Podcast - Vulnerability and it's Key to Unlocking Courage Within with Ashley Bennett of Live Life Reiki Studio. Join us for a conversation as Ashley shares her definition of courage as meaning deep vulnerability - being able to reveal our truth to ourselves and to others. She rawly shares how this translates into her world through a very honest reflection of reaching the deepest state of depression that she had experienced in her life to date last year, in 2023, due to a sequence of events. All scenarios had aligned for her family to be present and she had a choice in that moment to continue to hide her truth, or to share it. She decided to allow her truth to be seen, opening her up to vulnerability. As she prepared to share my truth, in that moment she felt as though her whole world was going to end but it was this exact meeting point of fully giving up and fully leaning in. Ashley truly believes that it was from the light of courage within her that the decision was to lean in. She shares how she moved through this, rituals that kept her grounded (even in the darkest + hardest) of moments and how you can support yourself in moving through similar seasons. About Ashley : Ashley is a Usui/Holy Fire III® Karuna Reiki® Master, Sound Healer, Cacao Guide, Sacred Ceremonialist and Retreat Facilitator. Since 2018, she has been in deep communion with Reiki, Sound, Cacao, Community and Ceremony to shed the layer of illusion - remembering and embodying the light and love within. All teaching her that the key to ALL that we seek lies through the portal of quite literally, our own heart. Not outside of us, but deep within. In her practice and service of Reiki training, sessions, special events, workshops and retreats, Ashley walks alongside you, hand in hand as you spiral open the Ever Unfolding Rose of your heart to live life as fully and abundantly as possible in your purpose. She sees you for the magnificent light that you are and is deeply honored to walk this path with you.Connect with Ashley : Website Instagram More from the Podcast : APPLY FOR - The Living Courageously Blueprint Spring 2024 MASTERMIND B.R.A.V.E. MASTERCLASS (FREE)! Wanting to be held in a sacred, safe, transformative container - Book your complimentary connection call! Apply for "The Living Courageously Blueprint" Want to know more about Courage Coaching? Follow along on INSTAGRAM.Music by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotify
Living 100% Fully Alive with Courage with Kate Swoboda of Your Courageous Life | Episode 78
27-02-2024
Living 100% Fully Alive with Courage with Kate Swoboda of Your Courageous Life | Episode 78
Tune into this weeks episodes of The Living Courageously Podcast where I have the incredible honor of sitting down with one of my biggest inspirations + courage mentors Kate Swoboda. Throughout this episode, "Living 100% Fully Alive with Courage with Kate Swoboda of Your Courageous Life" she deep dives into : How her book, "The Courage Habit" was birthed Her connection to courage + what it means to her in this moment Reflections around the life altering question of, "If your most courageous self were making the decisions, what would be different in your life today?" How she is currently living 100% fully alive About Kate : Kate Swoboda writes about psychology, creating better habits, cultivating courage, and practicing discipline. She’s the creator of YourCourageousLife.com, and author of The Courage Habit which was endorsed by several New York Times best-selling authors and named a "Top Book on Habits" by BookRiot. Named a “Top 10 Coach to Watch” by LA Weekly, Kate helps individuals and organizations get unstuck and start practicing courage by getting into “the courage habit,” a four-part process for behavioral and organizational change.Kate’s work has appeared in the BBC, MindBodyGreen, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Forbes, Lifetime Moms, The Intelligent Optimist, Business Insider and as a guest on several high-profile podcasts, and her website Your Courageous Life was named a Top-50 blog for happiness by Greatist.Connect with Kate : Website Instagram More from the Podcast : APPLY FOR - The Living Courageously Blueprint Spring 2024 MASTERMIND B.R.A.V.E. MASTERCLASS (FREE)! Wanting to be held in a sacred, safe, transformative container - Book your complimentary connection call! Apply for "The Living Courageously Blueprint" Want to know more about Courage Coaching? Follow along on INSTAGRAM.Music by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotify
Courageously Listen, Connect + Follow the Signs from the Universe… | Episode 77
20-02-2024
Courageously Listen, Connect + Follow the Signs from the Universe… | Episode 77
Tune into this weeks episode of The Living Courageously Podcast for, "Courageously Listen, Connect + Follow the Signs from the Universe…" This episodes begins with some recent celebrations + happening in my life that really have transpired as a direct result of listening to the universe! I share more behind what I do + why I do what I do as a Courage Coach, the recent opening of the doors to The Living Courageously Blueprint Spring 2024 MASTERMIND and then really move through all things listening to, connecting to and following the signs of the universe. This episode is for you if... ✨You're curious about signs from the universe ✨You want to strengthen your connection to following signs from the universe ✨You are curious how other women do this in their own lives Throughout this episode we move through : ✨How to even identify the signs ✨How to know when to listen to the signs ✨Areas in my life where this works ✨Tools for you in doing this in your view own life ✨What to do now? More from the Podcast : APPLY FOR - The Living Courageously Blueprint Spring 2024 MASTERMIND B.R.A.V.E. MASTERCLASS (FREE)! Wanting to be held in a sacred, safe, transformative container - Book your complimentary connection call! Apply for "The Living Courageously Blueprint" Want to know more about Courage Coaching? Follow along on INSTAGRAM.Music by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotify
Loving Courageously : Meeting my South African Husband while Teaching English in Mafia Island, Tanzania | Episode 76
13-02-2024
Loving Courageously : Meeting my South African Husband while Teaching English in Mafia Island, Tanzania | Episode 76
Tune into this week's episode of The Living Courageously Podcast for, "Loving Courageously : Meeting my South African Husband while Teaching English in Mafia Island, Tanzania" This conversation is how honoring courage + living courageously lead both my husband and I to loving courageously as I move through our meeting, the journey it took to be in the same country through where we find ourselves in this present moment! This episode is for you if... 💛You are curious about my love story 💛Really wanting to tap deeper into honoring your courage 💛Looking for inspiration Through this conversation we deep dive into : ✨Where + how Dan and I met that took place back in 2012 on a small island off the coast of Tanzania called Mafia Island! ✨The commitment and connectivity we experienced with a cross continent relationship. ✨The truth in listening to those nudges + intuition and allowing trust to be your guide ✨Maneuvering through the K-1 Finance Visa process to enable him to come to the United States ✨Our live as we live is today! More from the Podcast : B.R.A.V.E. MASTERCLASS (FREE)! Wanting to be held in a sacred, safe, transformative container - Book your complimentary connection call! Apply for "The Living Courageously Blueprint" Want to know more about Courage Coaching? Follow along on INSTAGRAM.Music by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotify
[BONUS] Opening up to Possibility : REPLAY from Being All of You Podcast | Episode 74
01-02-2024
[BONUS] Opening up to Possibility : REPLAY from Being All of You Podcast | Episode 74
"Sometimes we want to rush out of the harder moments, but those are the moments where the most growth and transformation happens because we're uncomfortable. Sit with those moments, and feel into them and allow them to be your teacher." SURPRISE! Welcome to this BONUS episode of The Living Courageously Podcast - a REPLAY from being a guest on,  "Being All of You Podcast" with Haylee LaRose. Our conversation was one of those moments where I felt so deeply connected to this community, to this work, to the deep intention that is embedded in all that I do to create a sense of community, belonging, purposes and being seen and heard. This conversation really moved trough all of that, but from such a different vantage point than what you're used to hearing on this podcast as it's from someone else asking me questions that then brought out different and new information within my soul. We connect on : My journey that’s taken me across the world and led to me creating my multi-passionate business and living out my dream life every dayA powerful question you can ask yourself to break out of your habitual thought patterns and routine and open yourself up to living into different realitiesA bit of advice for putting your new awareness and choices into daily actionHow to cultivate a deeper relationship with your heart and live from a more authentic place that aligns with your higher visionWhat we’re risking by not asking ourselves the opposing questions and how to tap into your courage alongside your fear to continue growingBeing all of You Podcast : Being All of You Podcast Follow Haylee LaRose on Instagram More from the Podcast : Wanting to be held in a sacred, safe, transformative container - Book your complimentary connection call! B.R.A.V.E. MASTERCLASS (FREE)! Apply for "The Living Courageously Blueprint" Want to know more about Courage Coaching? Follow along on INSTAGRAM.Music by : Tristen Whaley / @t_whales / tristenwhaley@me.com / Spotify