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ILYSM Ep. 42: Paige Davis on mindfulness and ‘Here We Grow’

In this week’s episode of “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast,” co-host Addie Broyles interviewed startup entrepreneur, cancer survivor and now meditation teacher Paige Davis.

When the BlueAvocado founder was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, on Valentine’s Day, no less, her reaction was pretty shocking: Instead of waging a battle against cancer, she embraced the diagnosis. She recently wrote a bok about the experience called “Here We Grow: Mindfulness Through Cancer & Beyond,” which she’ll be signing at BookPeople on May 22. In conversation with Addie, Paige explained how having a crisis on MoPac led her to having a great sense of compassion for anyone she interacts with, even in traffic, and how using mindfulness techniques helped her heal from the inside out.

Hosts Omar L. Gallaga and Tolly Moseley chatted with Care2Rock founder, Karyn Scott, a former juvenile courts prosecutor whose online music lesson company now helps foster care children find hope through music. Omar took a half hour class and demonstrated what he learned on the guitar.

Care2Rock founder Karyn Scott speaks at the launch party for Care2Rock, a startup that pairs music instructors with students online for videoconference lessons and also helps foster children get musical instruction from its teachers online, at The Townsend on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018. (Erika Rich / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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