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Kick Ass Life

60 EpisodesProduced by Elle Russ & Tara GarrisonWebsite

Peak performance coaches and health experts Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat every week about mindset topics relating to creating a more abundant, happy, fun, and kick-ass life. (Video episodes on To learn more about the show hosts visit Conne… read more

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Ep 60: How We Eat at Home and Away

May 5th, 2021


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison talk about how they eat at home, at restaurants, and while traveling - offering tips,  tricks, and hacks to stay on the healthy track and getting rid of any restrictive mindsets.

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Ep 59: Reparenting Yourself

April 28th, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about crappy parenting elements that contribute to the skewed way we look at the world, our life, and our relationships. Discussion includes how to identify these factors and how to …

Ep 58: Improving Your Relationship With Social Media

April 21st, 2021


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about improving the relationship you have with social media and how to use social media platforms in a positive, enriching way vs. a toxic approach.

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Ep 57: Are You Fear Or Faith Motivated?

April 14th, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about the various ways in which we are motivated by fear or by faith in all of our endeavors, and how to move away from fear-based motivations.

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Ep 56: How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

April 7th, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about tips and tricks for eating healthy on a budget.

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Ep 55: Tara's Bikini Competition

March 31st, 2021


Elle Russ interviews Tara Garrison about her recent experiment of jumping into the world of bikini bodybuilding - the good, the negative, and everything in between!

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Ep 54: Power Dynamics: Offense vs. Defense

March 24th, 2021


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison discuss healthy and unhealthy power dynamics in all kinds of relationships - and how to be more assertive vs. passive in your communications with others.

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Ep 53: Boundaries

March 17th, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss establishing healthy boundaries  for yourself in all areas of life, and how to recognize when and where you might be falling short.

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Ep 52: The 5 Love Languages

March 10th, 2021


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about and break down Gary Chapman’s book, The 5 Love Languages. Discussion includes recognizing what your love language is and how to navigate your partner’s language in concert with …

Ep 51: Manipulation

March 3rd, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about manipulation in its various forms - from recognizing if and when you are being manipulated to when you might …

Ep 50: Time Management

February 24th, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about tips and tricks for mastering time management while highlighting the pitfalls of distraction.

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Ep 49: Getting to Know Elle

February 17th, 2021


Tara  Garrison gets to know her co-host, Elle Russ, in this episode! Tara asks  Elle a variety of questions about her life and opinions on random topics.

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Ep 48: Getting to Know Tara

February 10th, 2021


Elle Russ gets to know her co-host Tara Garrison in this episode! Elle asks Tara a variety of questions about her life and opinions on a variety of random topics!

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Ep 47: Hypothyroidism and Thyroid Issues

February 3rd, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about the topic of Elle's bestselling book The Paleo Thyroid Solution. From symptom identification to what blood …

Ep 46: Keto In & Out - Do Keto. Not Forever.

January 27th, 2021


Elle Russ chats with Tara Garrison about the ketogenic diet and Tara's Keto In & Out program. They discuss what keto is and is not, who may and …

Ep 45: How To Get Hired & Hiring Tips

January 20th, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about aspects of looking for work and also finding people to work for you. They discuss tips and tricks for the resume process, interviewing, and mindset work that can propel you …

Ep 44: How To Be A Good Friend

January 13th, 2021


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about all things friendship - what it means to be a great friend and attract great friends. They discuss the positive qualities of great friends and shed light on the red flags of subpar …

Ep 43: Letting Go of Limiting Beliefs

January 6th, 2021


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about how and why we believe in the things we do, and which beliefs are holding us back, hindering our goals and …

Ep 42: Pushing Your Limits

December 30th, 2020


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about pushing your limits in a variety of ways: Mentally, physically, and emotionally. How to push past your limits by taking on newer challenges so that you can work beyond the confines …

Ep 41: Self-Compassion

December 23rd, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about why self-compassion is the name of the game when it comes to reaching your full potential. How to recognize a …

Ep 40: End Self-Sabotage

December 16th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the reasons and behaviors behind self-sabotage: Actively or passively taking steps to prevent ourselves from reaching our goals.  Tara and Elle deconstruct this frustrating cycle of …

Ep 39: The Importance of Vulnerability

December 9th, 2020


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about the importance of vulnerability in all areas of life and how to overcome the fear of what others think of you …

Ep 38: Navigating Change

December 2nd, 2020


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison share personal experiences and tips for navigating change and the stresses and missed moments that can follow.

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Ep 37: Giving & Receiving

November 25th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the variety of intentions behind giving and receiving and tips to identify unhealthy patterns within these realms …

Ep 36: Self Love

November 18th, 2020


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison discuss the personal journey of how self love has shaped and shifted their lives, and how to become more loving, accepting, and forgiving of yourself.

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Ep 35: Tolerance and Acceptance

November 11th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about their experiences surrounding the harsh reality of the divisiveness and bigotry that has loomed over our …

Ep 34: Your Inner Child

November 4th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss inner child work - what it is,  why it's valuable, and how to identify parts of your adult life that might be …

Ep 33: Spiritual Narcissism

October 28th, 2020


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about the concept of spiritual narcissism and spiritual superiority. How to identify it in others and in ourselves.

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Ep 32: Plant Medicine

October 21st, 2020


Elle Russ and Tara Garrison chat about the new world of plant medicine including current research, warnings, and their personal experiences with it.

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Ep 31: Gut Instincts and Intuition

October 14th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about why following your gut instincts and intuition will always guide you in the right direction and how to tap …

Ep 30: Dealing With Difficult People

October 7th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about dealing with difficult people and difficult personalities - from diffusing contentious situations to owning …

Ep 29: Emotional Eating

September 30th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the ins and outs of emotional eating: Why we do it, how we are wired to eat, and what steps we can take to get …

Ep 28: Health Hacks

September 23rd, 2020


Tara  Garrison and Elle Russ roll through some of their favorite health hacks and supplements that they have implemented over their years of health …

Ep 27: How To Get Out of an Emotional Rut

September 16th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about emotional ruts - dissecting the causes while also providing solutions and tips for reigniting your spirit to …

Ep 26: Building a Better Relationship With Your Body

September 9th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ chat about building a better relationship with your body through self-talk, action, passionate reverence, compassion, and gratitude.

Mentioned in this episode: Eli Rohde’s guest appearance on

Ep 25: The Art of Goal Setting

September 2nd, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ discuss the art of goal setting. They discuss the elements of spiritual and ethical alignment, getting out of learn-mode, being flexible, visualization, and dreaming big.

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Ep 24: Adult Bullying

August 26th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about the nature of bullying and adult bullying: The root causes of bullying, when and how to confront bullies, and …

Ep 23: Reprogramming Your Subconscious Mind

August 19th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ talk about the power of your subconscious mind versus your conscious mind and how to identify the beliefs and thoughts about yourself and the world that needs to be re-programmed for the …

Ep 22: Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

August 12th, 2020


Tara and  Elle discuss the nature of comfort zones and how to get out of these predictable, routine behaviors and ways of being and thinking that …

Ep 21: Letting Go of Attachments

August 5th, 2020


Tara and Elle talk about the necessity of recognizing unhealthy attachments in our lives (to people, ways of thinking, things, careers,  etc) and why letting go of them can inspire creativity, open up space for unknown …

Ep 20: The Problem With Perfectionism

July 29th, 2020


Tara and Elle talk about health perfectionism and the never-ending struggle to be or appear perfect with one’s health and other areas in our lives. They discuss root causes, identifying factors, and give real-life …

Ep 19: Stop Being Offended.

July 22nd, 2020


Tara and Elle discuss the ever-growing toxic position of being offended, why some people are more easily offended than others, and how to turn a moment of being offended into a self-growth moment and learning exercise …

Ep 18: Stop Justifying Yourself

July 15th, 2020


Tara and Elle discuss the roots of why people continue the unhealthy trend of justifying, explaining, and apologizing - and how to be more assertive …

Ep 17: How To Identify Your Blind Spots

July 8th, 2020


Tara and Elle discuss being available for feedback from others in order to identify your blind spots. They highlight personal examples and more -  and offer tips and tricks for self-identifying where you might need to …

Ep 16: Create A Morning Routine

July 1st, 2020


Tara and Elle discuss their morning routines and chat about the self-empowerment benefits of establishing one.

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Ep 15: Fostering Happiness

June 24th, 2020


Tara and Elle discuss happiness through the lens of happiness research, mindset and gratitude practices, physical health, and more…offering thoughts …

Ep 14: The Truth About Triggers

June 17th, 2020


Elle and Tara deconstruct and identify the components of being emotionally triggered: How to be aware of emotional triggers and how to work through them so you can get into alignment and move forward.

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Ep 13: Create Your Reality Part 2: The Art of Intention

June 10th, 2020


Description:  Tara and Elle talk about tips and tricks for using the power of intention to create your own reality and manifest goals and desires.  Resources discussed in this episode:

Manifest 10,000 by Cassie Parks

Ep 12: Create Your Reality Part 1: Manifesting

June 3rd, 2020


Tara and Elle discuss the concept of the law of attraction, the power of the subconscious mind, and the art of deliberate creation: What it is, how it works, and the common objections. Resources discussed in this …

Ep 11: The Trouble With Blaming

May 27th, 2020


Elle and Tara discuss the blame game and identify the areas where personal responsibility falls by the wayside and blame creeps in…and how to get off the victim track.

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Ep 10: The World of Dating, Part 2

May 20th, 2020


Tara Garrison and Elle Russ continue their discussion on the world of dating by offering thoughts and tips for online dating websites and apps, creating a dating profile, dating communication, dating logistics, and …

Ep 9: The World of Dating - Part 1

May 13th, 2020


Tara and Elle discuss thoughts and tips for the self-growth and clarity needed before entering the dating pool. Books and videos discussed in this …

Ep 8: What To Do When You’re at Ground Zero

May 6th, 2020


Elle and Tara share personal stories of when they have been at ground zero in life and offer thoughts and tips for navigating the scary, fearful …

Ep 7: Getting Comfortable With Saying NO

April 29th, 2020


In this episode, Tara and Elle discuss the various psychologies and nuances around saying NO, and the art of drawing boundaries and moving away from …

Ep 6: Your Body Image - How Do You See Yourself?

April 22nd, 2020


In this episode, Tara and Elle discuss the inner and outer dialogues surrounding body image and body image issues - and how to change that perception.

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Ep 5: Dealing with downers - how to avoid them and avoid being one.

April 15th, 2020


Tara and Elle discuss "The downer effect" and how we can protect ourselves from the negative opinions and outlooks of downers in our lives, how to avoid being a downer ourselves, and how to turn it all around.

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Ep 4: Paleo, Primal, KETO living: How to become a fat-burning beast!

April 8th, 2020


Elle and Tara define and discuss the lifestyle and eating paradigms of Paleo, Primal, Ancestral Health, and KETO diets.

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Ep 3: Why You Need to Trash Envy & Jealousy

April 1st, 2020


How and why envy and jealously can kill your success, your relationships, and more.

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Ep 2: Excuses and Cop-Outs

March 29th, 2020


Recognizing when and where and why you are making excuses copping out on your dreams - and how to stop doing that.

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Ep 1: Why Us? Introducing Ourselves

March 29th, 2020


Elle and Tara introduce themselves, what Kick-Ass Life Podcast is about, and why you should subscribe. 

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