Kickin' It with Daree

On the Kickin' It with Daree podcast, we talk about the things that matter to me, and the things that matter to you in the world of lifestyle, culture, coaching, personal development, personal growth, sprinkled with a little faith and lot of fun. Get practical resources and real advice that will inspire you to improve relationships, develop yourself, and handle everyday situations and stressors. Each episode provides food for thought, tips and strategies you can implement to foster your personal growth and development, and live your life with more fulfillment.
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Oct 25, 2016

Mothers and daughters have an especially complex relationship. We want to be great parents for our children, instill the right values, and give them the tools they need to be confident, capable adults. But what if WE don't have those tools? In this episode, Shelli Chosak explains how you can adapt your parenting style to shape your child's future.


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Oct 18, 2016

Humans are naturally resilient beings, but what causes some to rise to repeated challenges, and others to shrink? In this episode, John K. Coyle, one of the world's leading design thinking experts, takes his innovation expertise and applies it to some of life's larger questions. He introduces a new model of resiliency, one where proactive challenges are designed to build capacity for ever-greater performance under pressure and adversity, and where focusing on strengths and mindfulness creates increased capacity to perform at even higher levels under stress. 


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Oct 11, 2016
Are introverts a minority? If you just don't feel like being around people, does that mean you're anti-social?
Introverts and extroverts often misunderstand and judge each other even though it's part of our personality. These misunderstandings can lead to strain in all kinds of relationships.
In this episode, Scott Spackey unpacks the misconceptions behind what I call "Situational Introverts" and how we can all just get along!
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Oct 4, 2016
Why are some people so much more successful in life than others? Why do some people get motivated but not follow through with action? People are easily inspired but the hard part is doing the work and to keep going even when things get difficult or when you're not seeing results.

In this episode, Mel Jones, the Motivational Philosopher shares the importance of knowing your WHY, and how to train your mind to believe and achieve more than most.

Sep 27, 2016

Do you have trouble expressing yourself freely? Do you feel insecure or doubtful when making decisions? Do you spend time around people who are selfish or inconsiderate of your feelings?


In this episode, Joel Boggess talks about what it takes to say No, how to strengthen your confidence, and find your voice.


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Sep 13, 2016
Sometimes it takes you stopping to see what YOU can do differently to make yourself happier in your relationship. Relationship expert Midori Verity shares a unique way of getting passion back with your partner, and how to change your mindset to elevate all of your relationships, including your relationship with yourself.
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Sep 1, 2016
Have you ever had an idea about doing something new, or a goal you wanted to try, but then heard a little voice telling you that you can't do it?
That's the Imposter Syndrome.
Do you often hide behind your phone instead of enjoying your surroundings and company?
Do you drive for minutes and not remember that part of the route?
Do you need more peace in your life?
In this episode, Andrea Klunder explains how she became a "Creative Imposter," what we can learn from our epicfails, and how we can make a practice mindfulness so it becomes a regular part of our lives.
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Aug 16, 2016
Do you have a hard time staying positive or looking at the bright side of things? In this episode, whether we're dealing with our own crazy world or the pessimistic views of the world around us, life and business coach Nicole Greer shows us how we can be more optimistic and learn how to S.H.I.N.E. on in spite of it all.
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May 31, 2016
Society tells us we need a bigger house, a nicer car or a new relationship in order to be happy. But having more things doesn’t equate with happiness.  Learning how to get back to YOU and what makes you happy means removing things and people in your life who are unnecessary and serve no good purpose.
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May 10, 2016
Kerry Washington is famous for not discussing the personal details of her life--including the marriage to her current husband, and her following pregnancies.
Imagine my surprise when I received strange texts after announcing my private wedding ceremony and changing my relationship status on Facebook.
In a world of TMI, it's ok to keep your private life private and not invite input on your major life decisions. You are not obligated to solicit them or share your personal business with the world. 
May 3, 2016

Sometimes a friendship or romantic relationship shifts gears or ends abruptly when one person stops communicating. So what are the "rules" to go ghost? What do you do when you don't want to talk to someone anymore and they want to spend time with you? How do you handle it when you grow apart from a former friend? Changing schedules or priorities or levels of interest shift and things can feel awkward whether you are the one being ghosted or the one doing the ghosting.

Apr 29, 2016
Sometimes we have to face things and make decisions that are hard-- and even put them off because of the negative emotions that ensue. But if we ignore the situations involved, nothing will improve.
Mar 29, 2016

We're on Spring Break this week and next! See you back in mid-April for all-new episodes. Catch up on past episodes at

Mar 22, 2016

Do you feel guilty saying no, so you say yes to everyone who asks, even though you feel stretched past your capacity? Do you always try to help everyone but can't find folks to help you when you are in need? If so, you should just stop helping everyone.


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Mar 15, 2016

Everyone has a voice and wants to be heard-- so why is it so hard for us to just LISTEN? In this episode, Daree talks about why it's hard to focus on listening, how to get better at listening to others, and how to get people to listen when YOU want to be heard.


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Mar 8, 2016

Too many people are busy making a living and neglect to make a life.  In this episode, Daree reads a snippet from an article by Valorie Burton and discusses why we our lives are so busy, what the word busy really means, and how we can get "un-busy" to restore joy in our lives.


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Mar 1, 2016

Have you ever wished that you could go back and change the past? Do you live with regrets that weigh you down with guilt and shame? My guests Mark and Laura Tong from PositivelyHappy.Me wrote an article about 21 ways to cast away the pain of regret that keeps you stuck in the “what ifs” of your past decisions and mistakes.


In This Episode…

  • How regret can teach you lessons
  • Why you shouldn’t judge a decision/mistake based on its outcome
  • Ways to move forward from regrets


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Feb 23, 2016
Have you ever tried online dating with a global focus? In this show, dating specialist Anita Covic of and talks about her international dating sites, why you shouldn't be ashamed to look for love online, and tips for creating a successful dating profile.
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Feb 16, 2016
Have you ever tried to talk to the opposite sex and felt like you were each speaking a different language? Why is it so hard to get through to them?
If you're frustrated in your romantic relationships, it may be because you don't understand how the opposite sex processes things in their brain. My guest in this podcast episode, psychologist and author Dr. Kathryn Foster, explains the differences in the brain structure of men and women, and the hormonal differences between the sexes that come out in our relationships.  Listen and download this episode to learn:
  • How evolution affects the differences between men and women
  • How childhood experiences shape our expectations of romance as adults
  • How to achieve more satisfying relationships


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Feb 9, 2016

Are you TRULY ready for a new relationship? Does your single status make you feel discontent or hopeless? Do you run from experiences that make you feel uncomfortable, just because it's different (not worse) than what you are used to? Have you ever tried to take shortcuts to connection and intimacy and failed?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then listen to Darren Pierre, Ph.D and I in this podcast episode where we discuss:

  • Ways you may be deceived about the role you play in relationships
  • Why finding “a good man” or a “good woman” is not your problem—nor your focus
  • How to examine the genesis of your relationships issues to get a revelation about what needs to change
  • Why new situations where you are treated well may make you feel so uncomfortable
  • How to move from awareness to analysis to action so that you can change your negative perspective on being single


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Feb 2, 2016

How do you blaze your own trail and choose your own path when it's not popular?

Taiia (Tee-Eye-Yah) Smart Young, Founder & Director of Content for Smart Girl Media went from shy girl to "Shine Girl," and in this episode she discusses her book, "Famous: Be the Star of Your Show" for teen girls. She explains to young and seasoned women how to find your own way in a world of attention-seekers and those afraid to let their light shine on their greatness.

Twitter and Instagram: TaiiaSmartYoung


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Jan 26, 2016

Did you miss me? The hiatus was short but refreshing, and now I'm back with all new episodes! This first one of 2016 features NO GUESTS; instead the content still comes from others with my take on it--I call it "Read to Me, Ree!"

In this new Read to Me, Ree! series, I curate articles of interest and share enlightening passages that will make you think. In this episode, I'm reading excerpts from three articles by Sylvia High, Erykah Badu and Seth Godin. What a mix! They are challenging us to consider our false pretenses,the lack of life fulfillment, and whether the pursuit of your calling is a worthy task.

Dec 22, 2015

Thank you for supporting my first season of the Kickin' it with Daree podcast! I wish I could reach out to each and every one of you personally, but just know that I deeply appreciate your support. This "episode" is a quick personal message from me to you. In the meantime, enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, and catch up on the shows you've missed. See you in 2016!


Comments, topic suggestions and guests welcome at and all my social media sites (@DareeAllen).


Dec 15, 2015
No. It was probably one of the first words you learned to say, and had no problem doing so... but what about now? Have you lost your conviction in saying No to things and people who don't uplift you?
Did you know that "No" is a complete sentence?
People don’t always test your boundaries for selfish reasons. At some point, a pattern of behavior stops working for us and it makes us anxious or uncomfortable, and a new need arises to say “No” to things we have been saying “Yes” to for a long time.
In this episode of the Kickin' it with Daree podcast, therapist and life coach Latasha Matthews of IllumiNATION Counseling talks about her book The Dumping Ground and explains the need for setting boundaries when certain patterns of behavior stop working in our relationships, getting out of "the dump," and how YOU have the power to make choices and help set the rules of engagement for various types of relationships in your life.
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Dec 8, 2015

Are you the "back-pocket" girl? Do you have trouble telling others how you expect to be treated?

In this episode Samantha Gregory explains how she got to the point of saying "No More Crumbs!," wrote her book of the same name, and then shares her 10 Crucial Steps for Getting the Cake You Deserve, instead of settling for crumbs and crummy, toxic relationships.

Daree and Samantha discuss:

  • How to recognize and assess “crummy” relationships
  • How to establish standards in all of your relationships
  • 10 steps to getting treated better in your relationships


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