166: Getting Emotionally Uncomfortable & Finding Joy in Life’s Challenges with Heather Chauvin

by neeta bhushan


Quote: “I think a lot of people’s physical bodies are dying, but we tell ourselves that we’re healthy, or we don’t have time, or that we just can’t figure it out, or this is the way it is.”
– Heather Chauvin

Heather Chauvin, author, speaker, and advocate for emotional well-being, redefines the concept of courage. Heather has been through it all. Teenage pregnancy. Cancer diagnosis. Career change. But, even through the emotional discomfort of it all, she has embraced life’s contrasts. As someone who knows all about grit, Heather definitely has it! This episode is going to challenge you to discover the courage to act on what feels true for you–even when faced with the unknown. 

In this episode we talk about…

  • Facing fear and emotional challenges after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
  • Balancing motherhood with prioritizing needs during sudden life changes.
  • Acting on what feels true even with little or no support and inconvenient timing.


Heather Chauvin is a leadership coach who helps ‘successful’ women courageously and authentically live, work, and parent on their own terms. 

Heather started her career as a social worker helping adults understand children’s behavior. But it wasn’t until 2013 when a stage 4 cancer diagnosis pushed her to take a deeper stand for change, uncovering how cultural expectations sabotage our dreams. She has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Real Simple Magazine, Mind Body Green, Google, and more.

When Heather isn’t working, you will find her living out what she teaches which may include kayaking Alaska, snowboarding, hiking, or anything else that challenges what she believes is possible for herself (and inviting her children along the journey). Life is full of opportunities. It’s time to feel alive.

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Discussion Question:

What areas of your life could benefit from embracing emotional discomfort and practicing self-trust?

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