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Growing Pains

Growing Pains

By Alexia Palmeri
Growing pains is a podcast hosted by Alexia Palmeri which focuses on the lessons we learn growing up. Growth can be painful, it's also a wonderful thing because it shapes us into who we really are. In her podcast, Growing Pains, Alexia shares some pretty vulnerable and authentic stories of some lessons she's learned, especially being in her 20's! She hopes to normalize growth - the good, bad, and the ugly and wants to leave her listeners feeling inspired, empowered, and consoled.
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You Might Not Always Feel Inspired
The title says it all, I simply wasn't feeling inspired today. I had a plan to record my podcast on a completely different subject. I made a few attempts to put it together, but it just didn't feel natural. Today I was not feeling my usual creative self. I decided, why not share about how I'm feeling right now, straight from the heart. I think many of us can relate to the feeling of wanting to do something but feeling a lack of inspiration or motivation at the same time. I'm here to tell you that is completely normal and you are not alone!!! I truly believe our body gives us signs. It tells us when relaxing is important and our creativity might not be at an all time high. This just means we need to slow down. I didn't think I was even going to record an episode today because that's how uninspired I felt, but sometimes being straight up is the most important thing. I hope that wherever you are, you know that you're loved. Thanks for listening xo
10:28
April 11, 2021
#NoRegrets
Do you struggle to make decisions without doubting yourself? Well, you're definitely not alone! For the longest time I've felt the need to ask a dozen different people for their advice or feedback when it comes to making big decisions. Although I thought getting multiple opinions before making a decision was a good thing, I've come to realize that it's not. This entire time I was lacking trust and belief in myself to make decisions that were best for me, no one else. Most of the time, we know deep down inside what decisions are best for our happiness. In this episode of Growing Pains, I open up about making a big decision a few weeks ago. For the first time, I didn't doubt myself! I did the dang thing! I hope this episode inspires you to believe in yourself and do what's best for your life. There will be some people who agree with your decisions and some that don't. The most important thing is that you make a decision that is best for YOU, with no regrets! As always, thank you so much for listening. 
14:40
April 1, 2021
Do you always feel guilty? Same!
I'm back after a week without an episode! It's so good to be sharing with you guys again. If you haven't already guessed from the title, this week's episode is about feeling guilty. I share about my experience of guilt, which is a feeling that has totally run my life. I specifically narrow in on the guilt we feel as a society for resting, taking breaks, saying no, and taking care of ourselves first. It's hard to say exactly where along the way we learned this behaviour for feeling guilty for filling our own cup first, but I so share about a few places I learned about it in my own life. This podcast is your friendly reminder to try and remove that feeling of guilt when you're having a bad day, resting, feeling sad, or simply taking time for yourself! I am a true believer that before we show up for anyone else, we need to show up for ourselves first. I hope you enjoy this episode and wherever you are, I hope that you know you are loved! 
06:24
March 20, 2021
The Right Person Will Help You Become More of Yourself
I truly believe that the right person can help us become the best version of ourselves.. In this episode of Growing Pains, I share my experience of being in a relationship with my boyfriend Oliver. He's truly an incredible human being, and he's also been there for me through the biggest healing journey I've ever been on these past two and a half years. A lot has happened since we've met, and we have certainly been through a lot together. Our challenges and obstacles have made us stronger as a couple, and we've also transformed individually through it all. I used to be scared to really be myself and open up to people.. Oliver has helped me truly accept who I am and love me for me. I feel so lucky because I truly feel safe within this relationship, which is something I'm not used to. By feeling safe I've been able to truly heal and flourish. This relationship has taught me that the right kind of people in our lives can bring out the best in us. 
09:10
March 5, 2021
Becoming Aware of Negative Self-Talk
How you speak to yourself matters. In this episode, I dive deep into my personal experience with negative self-talk. I cover a few examples of how I can be my own worst critic and what I have been doing to transform this way of thinking. I find it so sad that we're the first to put ourselves down, especially when it comes to our physical appearance. I have made it my mission to be kinder to myself this past year, and that starts with the things I tell myself. I believe that it's extremely important that we speak to ourselves in a loving way. As they say, treat yourself the way you'd treat a loved one. This episode is a little different from the others so far because I really wanted to speak from the heart and didn't follow any sort of notes or plan at all. I hope you enjoy my insights into becoming aware of negative self-talk, I hope you take away something that could help you in your own journey! 
12:24
February 25, 2021
Breaking Away From Being Codependent
Welcome to Growing Pains! This is the podcast where we grow through what we go through. This is episode #2 titled "Breaking Away From Being Codependent." In this episode I talk all about my personal experience with codependency. Codependency ultimately means taking on the role of fixer, enabler, supporter, and confidante in a relationship. Although some of these qualities sound like a good thing in a relationship, which they are in healthy doses, a codependent takes on this role at the expense of their own happiness, needs, well-being, and mental health. In this episode I get very vulnerable about one of the hardest experiences and relationships from my past. Looking back, I recognize this was my first sign of being codependent. Last year I read a book that pretty much changed my life called, "Codependent No More" by Melody Beattie. Man oh man, this book truly opened my eyes to who I've been being in all of my relationships. Since reading this book and learning more about codependency I've began to notice a huge positive shift in my life. I've been setting boundaries, making my needs a priority, and being easier on myself. Thank you so much in advance for listening, sending so much love your way.
11:07
February 18, 2021
Tell Them How You Feel! (Even When It Sucks)
Telling people how I feel has always been a struggle for me, especially in romantic relationships. In this episode of Growing Pains, I tell a super vulnerable story about when I was left heartbroken two days after telling my ex that I loved him. Since that relationship, I've learned a lot about the importance of speaking my mind and being honest in ANY relationship. I used to hold back so much in fear of being rejected, embarrassed, or not liked. By holding back this much I've sacrificed not being myself. It wasn't until that breakup that I realized enough is enough. Since then, I committed to being more confident in myself within relationships. For two years now, I am the happiest I have ever been in a romantic relationship with my current partner. I really think it's because I've learned to communicate, speak my mind, and really be myself. In this episode, I share the importance of telling people how you feel, even when it's difficult. 
10:10
February 6, 2021
Introducing Growing Pains
Introducing Growing Pains...This is the podcast that is going to talk about all the things growth-related, especially in your 20s. I’m going to talk about the not-so-glamorous side of growth like the breakdowns, uncomfortable conversations, self-doubt, and well, you get my point. Growth can be hard and painful, I get it! Hence the name growing pains. I want you to know that as much as I’m here to spill and share all the not so pretty parts of growth, I’m also going to be equally sharing and talking about the really wonderful things that come out of painful experiences, heartbreak, and setbacks. The most beautiful part about growth is that there almost always comes a time in our lives where we can look back at that thing that may have caused us pain, or sadness, and we end up realizing that we have made it through, we have GROWN. 
03:37
January 26, 2021