Find Serenity2020-01-22T03:05:10+00:00

Pain Doesn’t Always Originate from Where It Hurts

by Danielle Ratliff

Published in Cornelius Lakeside Living Magazine November 2019.

The human body is pretty incredible. When everything is working well, we go about our daily lives not even realizing the gift of pain-free movement. However, when we push ourselves to our limits or hold our bodies in less than ideal postures, we can experience pain. I bet you might even be holding yourself in an unfavorable posture while reading this article … head tilted down, upper back slumped over, and […]

January 22nd, 2020|

Letting Go of Stress Through Acceptance

An unexpected work assignment with a short deadline. 5 o’clock traffic with tailgaters. Your preschooler throwing a tantrum because you cut their sandwich in thirds instead of quarters. This is everyday life. Circumstances mostly out of our control. Inconveniences that can send us into a downward spiral when our stress tolerance is low.

The death of a family member. A cancer diagnosis. Job loss due to downsizing. Unexpected traumas. Understandably more difficult to navigate than the day to day inconveniences, but […]

January 21st, 2020|

Ep 38: Addicted to Busy

Are you addicted to busyness?

In Episode 38 of “Serenity Now with Danielle” (my first recording in 11 weeks), I challenge you to think about whether or not you are “addicted to busy” like me. I know I was and I wore it like a badge of honor. It was part of my identity.

I’ve made a lot of changes over the last year in regards to work-life balance. I stopped networking and saying yes to every social invite at the end […]

September 12th, 2019|

Ep 37: Expression vs Suppression – Releasing Toxicity & Allowing Healing

Sandra Stewart is a national board certified naturopath with 20 years of experience. She explained homotoxicology and the concept of allowing our bodies express and release toxicities instead of simply covering up symptoms. Sandra also shared some practical tips for anxiety including how to do a “vagus nerve reset.”

Her naturopathic practice, Life-Thyme Solutions, is a safe space in Cornelius, NC designed to help and support a wide variety of life traumas both physical and mental, through natural and holistic methods. […]

June 27th, 2019|

Ep 36: Recognizing & Overcoming Burnout

If you are feeling exhausted and wondering if you’re experiencing burnout, I encourage you to listen to this week’s show. I discuss some of the signs of burnout, share practical tips for overcoming it and reveal how I have implemented the same tips to find better work-life balance.

The ironic thing is that as I was preparing for this show, I realized that I am still working through a bit of burnout myself and needed to continue scaling back my commitments […]

June 14th, 2019|

Ep 35: Hope & Healing with Safe Alliance

I learned about Safe Alliance five or six years ago and was immediately drawn to their mission because of my own history as a sexual assault survivor. They are doing wonderful things in the Lake Norman and Charlotte community for individuals impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault, and I knew that I wanted to feature them as my last charity spotlight before transitioning 100% to practical tips and topics related to stress and overwhelm.

Tenille Banner, Director of Volunteer Relations […]

June 7th, 2019|

Ep 34: How to Say No When You’re an Over-Committed People Pleaser

I used to say yes to almost everything because I thought I should. I had wrapped my identity in people pleasing and being an over-achieving workaholic. It turns out that’s not so great for one’s mental and physical health – it’s a recipe for stress and overwhelm.

I’ve since learned how to say no to the things that don’t bring me joy or propel me towards my goals, so this week’s show focuses on what brought me to this point in […]

May 30th, 2019|

Ep 33: Disconnecting from Technology to Connect with Yourself & Others

Today’s technology is amazing, but I believe the constant distraction of texts, emails, and social media can sometimes prevent us from connecting with ourselves and others. This week’s radio show is a deep dive into my how my phone and laptop were affecting my mental and physical health in not so pleasant ways.

I also share some practical tips that have allowed me to create disconnection time for myself and that may help if you are feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated by […]

May 23rd, 2019|

Ep 32: Are Your Gut, Adrenals & Thyroid Affecting Your Mental Health?

Dr. Lexi Lain is a Naturopathic Doctor, Owner of Summit Vitality in Davidson, North Carolina and my personal naturopath. She explained what naturopathic medicine entails and we discussed the relationship between our gut, adrenals and thyroid as they relate to mental health. Dr. Lain also provided some practical holistic tips for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression and insomnia.

To learn more about Dr. Lain, visit and be sure to schedule […]

May 17th, 2019|

Ep 31: Creating Your Game Plan for Better Sleep

Are you tossing and turning most nights? Are you waking up exhausted every day? Sleep is a foundation of health, so maybe it’s time to up level your sleep hygiene game.

Greg Law, owner of Sweet Dreams Mattress & Furniture in Cornelius, North Carolina explains his game plan for better sleep. He shares some great tips including using the right bed gear, creating the right sleep environment, and the importance of limiting screen time, especially in the evening.

Learn more about up […]

May 2nd, 2019|

Ep 30: Transitioning to a More Holistic Lifestyle Without Becoming Overwhelmed

Are you curious about leading a more holistic lifestyle?

Have you felt overwhelmed when trying to make changes to improve your health and given up in the past?

As someone with a six-year career as a Registered Dietitian prior to becoming a massage therapist and owner of Serenity Now Massage Therapy, I have always cared about health. Over the years, I have been able to transition away from processed foods and choose mostly organic foods most of the time. Of course, I […]

April 25th, 2019|

Ep 29: Taking Down Masks & Walls to Let Love In

It’s been laid on my heart from some recent experiences that it was time to do a solo show and share my thoughts on the masks and walls we put up as protective mechanisms. Sometimes these “protectors” can ultimately block the love and good in our lives. I discuss the importance of letting our guards down with the right people and some tips on how to let others in.

I also took some time to share my vision for the show […]

April 18th, 2019|