Latest Episodes

31: Navigating Change And Transition with Resilience And Self-Compassion with Dr. Maya Shankar

Navigating Change And Transition with Resilience And Self-Compassion with Dr. Maya Shankar
The Whimsy and Wellness Podcast
The Whimsy and Wellness Podcast
31: Navigating Change And Transition with Resilience And Self-Compassion with Dr. Maya Shankar

Change happens to us all. Luckily, the human mind is built for navigating change, both the good and the bad – and we are more capable than we might realize at handling the unexpected changes that come our way. When we approach change with humility and openness, we can avoid letting the fear of the unknown prevent us from embracing necessary change and creating a more desirable – and even happier outcome.

In today’s episode, I am talking to Dr. Maya Shankar, cognitive behavioral scientist who served as a senior advisor in the Obama White House where she founded and served as the chair of the White House behavioral science team. Maya has a postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at Stanford, a Ph.D. from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and a BA from Yale. She is also the host, creator, and executive producer of the podcast: A Slight Change Of Plans.

During our incredible conversation, Dr. Maya talks all about change and how every single person experiences it, no matter how big or small. Dr. Maya shares her story about how a career-ending injury turned into an opportunity, why humans fear and avoid change, how to honor the inner knowing of making a necessary change, and what you can do to unlock the trepidation surrounding change. Plus, she also shares words of encouragement for us as we walk through our own unique journey of change.

Follow along with Dr. Maya @aslightchange

A Slight Change of Plans Podcast by Dr. Maya Shankar



Follow Whimsy + Wellness on Instagram

Head to for a 1-year free supply of Vitamin D + 5 travel packs when you purchase a monthly subscription!

Get 10% off at Whimsy + Wellness by using the code: PODCAST on your next order!

Resources Mentioned:

Happiness Lab by Laurie Santos

It’s OK To Not Be OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine

Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the Whimsy & Wellness Podcast hosted by Meg Ryan and brought to you by Whimsy & Wellness; your go-to shop for essential oil accessories, crystals, and more!

If you enjoyed this episode, it would mean so much if you subscribed, left a review, and posted a screenshot on social! Every review and share matters and helps us reach and inspire more friends like you!

Music by Taylor Ryan


Join Haylee Crowley, Creator of Whimsy + Wellness, and Meg Ryan, content creator at Whimsy + Wellness, to talk all things wellness, entrepreneurship, motherhood, and womanhood.


We’ve got you! Find your perfect crystal match with our fun and easy quiz.

My Favorite Things...

Beauty Counter

You can say I'm au natural. Shop my non-toxic skincarel


Where the skies rain roller bottles and crystals grow on trees! Because you love saving $ and we love making wellness accessible and FUN!

Beyond Lavender

This whimsical book answers ALL your essential oil crystal questions and includes 94 unique recipes! (and looks beautiful on your coffee table!)


Payroll and paperwork made simple and FUN! (Did I just say that?!)

Get More Whimsy.

Sign up for newsletter.

Shop all the whimsy.

Leave a Review

Leaving us some nice words on your podcast player helps our community grow and let’s us know what you want to hear more of. Please take a minute to give us your thoughts!

If you follow the link below, click “listen on Apple Podcasts” to leave a review.