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Honestly, I’m irritated.

Honestly, I’m irritated.

By Ashley Milan Brooks
Take a listen as I—a millennial, an urban planning and design major, and an African-American woman—ramble on about all of the things in this life that pique my interest and possibly cause me some slight irritation, with a fresh twist of individuality and wit of course. Tune in as weekly and monthly topics entice you and encourage you to think about how you experience your life and the world around you. Come join the convo! Because honestly, I’m irritated that you haven’t been listening already!
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S4 Episode 2: Winning Season
Different seasons of life require different levels of commitment, behavior, and action. This time around, I’m reaping BIG time, but only because of the losing and learning seasons that came before. Let’s talk about it ✨
25:60
June 04, 2021
S4 Episode 1: Back Up On My BS.
What? Oh lol, I thought last season said something. Hey!✨ First name Honestly, middle/last-name combo I’m irritated reporting LIVE to you with a quite quirky cuarta temporada. (Get the “q”vibe?!) Let’s vocally strut through this NEW month and season reflecting, appreciating, and preparing for the future! Let’s get it ✨
34:57
April 15, 2021
S3 Episode 16: Still Coming Out Strong
Y’all! We have made it to a new year with its own unique set of opportunities, lessons, joyous moments, and so much more. This season-ender is an ode to where we’ve come, where we’ll go, and how to get there reclaiming our power and being more in control of our reactions. ✨ Let’s get to it!
34:49
February 16, 2021
S3 Episode 15: Run It Back
So my planner was SUPPOSED to be my partner in optimism this year...even though she just sold me lies. Hindsight is always 20/20 though, right? Listen as I recap this decade’s culmination by month & dissect my planner and I’s toxic relationship this past year. (I deserved SO much better smh). Let’s get to it! ✨
35:18
December 06, 2020
S3 Episode 14: Certified Freak, 7 Days a Week
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
So I’ve always been a little ”different” than some of those around me, but still cool enough to blend in and be chill, ya know? Well at least I always thought so. Isn’t it funny though when your idea of yourself and others perception of you don’t align? Wowwww. Tea. Confusion. Embarrassment. Let’s get into it! ✨
29:02
November 14, 2020
S3 Episode 13: Pt. 2 Vessels and Signs
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Pt. 2! As we juggle life and what it throws at us, let’s not forget about the ways we can be of service and blessings to those whom we live + interact with daily. Join me as I reminisce on some personal experiences. Let’s get to it! ✨
24:41
October 15, 2020
S3 Episode 12: Pt.1 Vessels and Signs
As we juggle life and what it throws at us, let’s not forget about the ways we can be of service and blessings to those whom we live + interact with daily. Join me as I reminisce on some personal experiences. Let’s get to it! ✨
19:58
September 24, 2020
S3 Episode 11: Life of the Post-er
My college experience has been one of unique + unexpected nature, but regardless has been very meaningful. Listen as I reveal how my life mission has evolved over time and ponder on how I anticipate life changing + enhancing me in the future...of course with a little rant as well. Enjoy! ✨
34:18
August 30, 2020
S3 Episode 10: Red Pill Me, Please.
From governmental corruption to the mixed perceptions of the Jahari Window, let’s check out of the regularly scheduled program to talk about what really matters. ✨ The exit of the Matrix is this way, follow me.
42:25
August 13, 2020
S3 Episode 9: Honestly, It’s Your Birthday Bihhh! 🎉
So here we are! On July 2, 2019 I posted the very FIRST episode of this lovely here podcast, and my fellow humans, IT HAS BEEN A YEAR! 🎉 My little baby is growing up! *proud mom tears*. No, but “Honestly”...for me this podcast is the personification of how giving into your creative desires can change you for the better. It’s my life articulated, and I’m grateful to have shared that with you. ✨ To many more years of doing whatever tf I put my mind to! Let’s celebrate life, achieving goals, and working through life’s irritations with style and grace ✨
28:34
July 02, 2020
S3 Episode 8: Activist by DNA
Many people have the option to move through life being complacent, neutral, and unaware of the many troubles that are the reality for so many. But as a black, bisexual, and quirky American-based woman, I cannot. Today’s episode is about navigating and finding meaning in a life where just being YOURSELF is deemed an issue, and how that personifies itself. Being born into adversity, I believe it is my job to not only be a voice of reason for people, but to inspire others to be actively a part of positive change as well. Let’s talk about it! ✨
36:57
June 17, 2020
S3 Episode 7: Unlock the Swag
I hope y’all are hungry, because today we feast! Today’s menu consists of juicy conversation about manifestation, women’s awakening in America & what that means, and different types of intellectual capabilities among various personality types ✨ I love a good variety 😩 soul food always hits the spot. Let’s get to it!
34:49
June 04, 2020
S3 Episode 6: Intentional Seconds
Whether it was a messy romance or an overdue friendship, most of us know what it’s like to experience the tail end of a relationship. As with life and new experiences, there will always be someone else that can fill some of those voids and begin creating a different story...but how can that really make you feel though? What’s left after it’s all said and done? Here are some helpful tips to ensure that the process of learning from the past and creating a more intentional version of yourself is more rewarding and enlightening. Enjoy!
42:27
May 22, 2020
S3 Episode 5: Blank Space
Happy Quarantine World! I can assure you my schedule is all messed up too 🥴 — Today’s episode is about examining ourselves and our daily lives for the blank spaces, as well as figuring out what can be done to make sense of these seemingly “empty” moments. So sit back, relax, and let the self reflection commence!—(That’ll be the only thing commencing this season unfortunately lol. )
25:57
April 19, 2020
S3 Episode 4: What A Time...Pt. 2
Sooooo what in the actual F—k?! Life is a lotta bit crazy right now and I feel like we are living in a real-life Black Mirror Episode. Between quarantines, shifting to 90% online interactions, and people acting ridiculously ALL DURING a presidential election year (can we say a focusing event af?!), everything is crazier than normal. Let’s talk about it! ✨
34:11
March 26, 2020
S3 Episode 3: Honestly, I’m irritated..but really I’m sad.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, and sisterly love 💕 here is a podcast with my one and only sister unveiling some of the real emotions that can become masked by some of the more common and vague explanations. Let’s get to it! Enlightened thinking awaits ✨
51:31
March 11, 2020
S3 Episode 2: Going the Distance
Today we’ll talk about traveling, experiencing new places, and my business & pleasure trip to Seattle✨ Come join the convo!
24:46
February 27, 2020
S3 Episode 1: All Black Everything
Hey Listeners! Season 3 is here and ready for YOU ✨ Let’s hop into the month of African American pride and love with some wholesome, rhythmic, and beautiful content that so accurately depicts the beautiful diversity within black people & their communities. Let’s celebrate! ✨
35:32
February 12, 2020
S2 Episode 18: What A Time...
Welcome to the end of Season 2! ✨ Recently there has been such an abundance of surprising, random, and stunning events that it’s almost impossible to process that it’s actually happening all at once. In real life, no movie or fictional story. Fires are raging in Australia as our planet continues to grow its heat carrying capacity (no bueno), an epidemic is running rampant throughout other countries and now in America, and a beloved sports legend and his daughter tragically were in a fatal accident that left multiple families broken and asking ‘why’? Listen as I sort through my thoughts and feelings about it all. Because I mean honestly...it’s a lot.
35:23
January 30, 2020
S2 Episode 17: The Evolution of Mac Miller
With the recent celebration of life, as well as the untimely death, of the talented and swaggy Pittsburgh rapper and musician, I thought it would be great to look at his musical projects to analyze his growth and how his music at the time did or did not impact me. Enjoy! ✨
28:42
January 23, 2020
S2 Episode 16: Size Doesn’t Always Matter
For a lot of things, size can determine how effective something will be. Take shoes and clothing for instance, these are just some of the things that have to be “correct” or “fit” a person in order to properly function. But what about when referring to a person, idea, or mission? Listen as I talk through how my perspective on who and what can make a difference changes as I mature and experience new things. Tune in!
19:15
January 16, 2020
S2 Episode 15: What’s On Your Mind?
Listen as I talk about some things that have been on my mind and some anticipations I have for my future...but what’s new? ✨
25:08
January 09, 2020
S2 Episode 14: New Year, A More Intentional Me
Happy New Year! ✨ As 2019 fades away and 2020 welcomes us with open arms, I feel mixed emotions thinking about no only what I’ve been through but also what I’ve learned this past year. Regardless, I am here and things still need to be done! ———Join me talking and thinking about how to be a little bit more intentional this upcoming year and always ✨
14:41
January 03, 2020
S2 Episode 13: Hopes and Dreams
Listen as I talk about some recent inspirations I have for my present and future, alongside some aspirations I have for my life’s impact. Enjoy!
27:29
December 18, 2019
S2 Episode 12: Big Breaks, Big Plans
Concluding another semester of undergrad, I am so thankful for and awaiting a much needed break! Listen as I recap my semester, talk about some feelings, and just do what I do best—a whole lot of everything. Enjoy!
24:40
December 11, 2019
S2 Episode 11: Lessons The Hard Way
This year has been a very eventful, constantly changing, and emotional one for me personally. None the less I have adapted, evolved, and grown more than I thought I could in such a short period of time. Let’s celebrate! ✨
27:20
December 05, 2019
S2 Episode 10: Super Thankful, Hella Blessed
As Thanksgiving approaches, I just want to take a moment to share some things I’m thankful for. Let’s get to it! ✨ Caution: Extensive and thorough focus on blessings, optimism, and hope ahead ✨
23:44
November 27, 2019
S2 Episode 9: The Interior Design
So if you know me, you know I have a love and admiration for design and how that in turn impacts people and the environment. Just as important as it is to make sure the schemes and flow of habitable spaces are thought about, one must also know oneself and just how to precisely maximize our recognizable and hidden potential. Many things may work in one specific setting that can be absolutely detrimental in another, which can apply to people as well. Deep right? Let’s talk!
25:21
November 14, 2019
S2 Episode 8: What’s Really Scaring You?
Fear is an emotion that has personified as the foundation of all hatred, prejudice, racism, and ignorance that has existed throughout history. On a smaller scale, fear can be crippling and drive us as humans to settle, contract ourselves, and not live in our true purpose. Take a listen of my perspective on fear and about some of the things that I struggle with, as well as some helpful tips to get past your own fears to reach your fullest potential!
42:45
November 07, 2019
S2 Episode 7: Tea and Topics
On this episode, we’re just gonna talk about some current events, exciting entertainment news, and juicy topics about life that make me think and give me something to look forward to. Let’s get to it!
31:31
October 30, 2019
S2 Episode 6: Divine Purpose
In this life, sometimes questions seem to outweigh the answers and everything gets a little too cloudy to clearly be deciphered. If you’re familiar with the Bible and its teachings, you know what God says about you and all of his creation, but sometimes our personal feelings and worldly views don’t always align. Listen as I vent about just some of the things that life has revealed to me, as well as what God has assured me of.
39:04
October 24, 2019
S2 Episode 5: It’s Just the Beginning
Listen as I talk about life experiences & new beginnings betwixt a slew of bangers, followed by some clever words of wisdom. Enjoy the madness!
33:20
October 16, 2019
S2 Episode 4: Barriers and Boundaries of the Physical and Mental
Throughout history, the discovery of land has brought about many things—with geographic location, area constraints, wealth, and sustenance being some—and with these discoveries there have always been certain barriers or natural forces that come into play. These barriers and forces can begin to drastically change the culture of a species and heavily dictate what can happen in those areas . Similar to everyday life, many things can act as physical and mental barriers to and for our individual success, how we interact with others, and what we have access to. This theory personified even breaks down into literal changes of DNA. Sounds crazy right? Let me explain it to you.
35:52
October 02, 2019
S2 Episode 3: The Highs and Lows of the Love Woes
Love has many meanings for me, all stemming from feeling a great responsibility to provide for, protect, and accommodate someone else. This sense of selflessness is something I associate with God and how He loves us and wants us to interact with one another. Unfortunately, this is rarely a reality and many issues arise from it. Another day, another life lesson. Listen as I talk about my journey to finding true love in all areas of my life, with my own self-love relationship taking precedence.
48:04
September 25, 2019
S2 Episode 2: Girl, That’s Random Af.
So you know how Wale had an album about nothing? Well...this is like my version of that, but without the features. Seriously though, listen as I talk about it all on this Wild Card Wednesday and prepare to hear about just SOME of the many random things that cross my mind daily. Try to keep up, ya girl is a trip! I’m an all-expense paid one though 😜✨
22:40
September 19, 2019
S2 Episode 1: The Tragedy of the Commons
Welcome back listeners! To kick off Season Two of ‘Honestly, I’m irritated.’, we are going to look at a common phrase that’s meant to describe the depletion of unregulated natural resources, and from there reach out into our daily lives beginning to realize how sabotaging focusing only on one’s self-interests can be for society and the world around us. Is the “I have to do what’s best for me” mentality causing more harm than good? Are we obligated to consider other people and our environment in our decisions? Let’s talk about it! ✨
34:03
September 11, 2019
Episode 18: Simple and Sweet
As I close out my FIRST, 18 episode season of my podcast—which is awesome!—I just wanted to briefly reminisce, talk about some upcoming discussion topics, and give some deets about episode dates! Thank you to all of my listeners, 200+ plays is a great starting point and I can’t wait to keep evolving and expanding in all aspects of my life. Until next time ✨ (next Wednesday to be exact!) 😉
05:37
September 06, 2019
Episode 17: Bey Day Celebra...tion 🎉
Listen as I give homage and respect to Beyoncé and her creativity throughout her career and many different, yet iconic eras. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that Beyoncé is amazing and I STAN! No but honestly, she’s a diva, an independent woman, and she’s been on for years now! With that being said, what better day to celebrate her other than on Bey Day eve?!...well I guess on Bey Day. Regardless, let’s eat cake! Get in formation and click on the Anchor link to tune in! ✨ Reminder: Music can only be heard through the Anchor app or shared link!
32:07
September 04, 2019
Episode 16: Sunglasses and Trees
With illuminating events taking place in the world recently, ranging from the free Gem City Shine event hosted by Dave Chappelle in Dayton, Ohio in light of the recent mass shootings, to the intentional burning and deforestation in the Amazon, it’s safe to say that things have been heating up! Join me in conversation about what these things mean for us as a society and what people like you and I can do to make our own special impact in the world, alongside some of my favorite songs of course ✨ Come Listen!
37:19
August 29, 2019
Episode 15: Caution, Glow Up in Isle 23
Back like I never left, I’m here to discuss the topics of life, growth, and preparing for those next stages of self evolution. Whatever that means for you, it’s important to be as mentally and spiritually prepared for the self-improvements as you are to reap the benefits! Let’s get down to business about the nitty, gritty, and necessary steps needed to excel and bring about a better you and a better US ✨ Come get in on the convo!
29:41
August 27, 2019
Episode 14: Throwin’ it Bike Pt. 6: Anointed Memories
Throwin’ it Bike Thursday’s are made specifically for reminiscing, reflecting, and really thanking God that I made it through all of the craziness over the years! Because listen, there has been some pure foolishness in this life of mine. Don’t believe me? Tune in and see for yourself! Also, music will always accompany my Thursday broadcasts that can only be heard through the Anchor shared link or app, so get ready to take an actual time lapse into my life and childhood via memories and some of my favorite songs that help me remember. Let’s have some fun!
30:22
August 15, 2019
Episode 13: Symbolism & Reassurance. What Does It All Mean?
The journey of life isn’t always—or better yet rarely is—direct or clear. Thankfully, one thing we can begin to make sense of is how we view our experiences and how we let these things enhance our perspectives, which ultimately create the individuals that we become. Crazy right? Take a listen about how I see things, you may just discover some similarities and encouragement ✨
31:38
August 13, 2019
Episode 12: Rediscovering the Magic: Black Women in the Past, Present, and Future
Relax with me as I celebrate the beauty, brilliance, and resilience of the black woman. I will give a glimpse of just SOME of the many talents that have been contributed to this world by some lovely ladies, including fierce trail blazer Toni Morrison and author Linda Hollies. Prepare yourselves for music, nostalgia, and enlightenment ✨ The songs played in this episode can only be heard through the Anchor app or shared link! So click on that link and listen up!
22:47
August 08, 2019
Episode 11: The Land of the Free and The Home of the Cowardly.
This podcast is a direct response to the most recent mass shootings across the country, specifically referring to one occurring in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, that are now too regular to be comfortable with. I will discuss some of the unfortunate realities that we face daily to hopefully begin igniting a fire in you all for positive change, reform, and flat out saying it like it is. Use your voice or have someone else’s speak for you. People have been talking , but here’s what I have to say.
38:05
August 06, 2019
Episode 10: Throwin’ it Bike Pt. 5: College Freshmore
Throwin’ it Bike Thursday’s are made specifically for reminiscing, reflecting, and really thanking God that I made it through all of the craziness over the years! Because listen, there has been some pure foolishness in this life of mine. Don’t believe me? Tune in and see for yourself! Also, music will always accompany my Thursday broadcasts that can only be heard through the Anchor shared link or app, so get ready to take an actual time lapse into my life and childhood via memories and some of my favorite songs that help me remember. Let’s have some fun!
24:01
August 01, 2019
Episode 9: It’s Not Them...It’s You.
Life doesn’t always make sense, and if you’re like me you tend to get lost in all the questions and thoughts. As us humans, or potential podcast-loving aliens, mature and grow, there are some pretty tough lessons you will have to learn along the way. What’s even more difficult is realizing that most of your issues and worries lead right back to you. Sucks right? Let’s talk about it.
36:16
July 31, 2019
Episode 8: Throwin’ It Bike Pt. 4: College Newbie
Throwin’ it Bike Thursday’s are made specifically for reminiscing, reflecting, and really thanking God that I made it through all of the craziness over the years! Because listen, there has been some pure foolishness in this life of mine. Don’t believe me? Tune in and see for yourself! Also, music will always accompany my Thursday broadcasts that can only be heard through the Anchor shared link or app, so get ready to take an actual time lapse into my life and childhood via memories and some of my favorite songs that help me remember. Let’s have some fun!
37:32
July 25, 2019
Episode 7: A Look Into My Crazy, Dynamic, Sensual, Dramatic Mind
Sit back, relax, and listen to my poetic foolishness! I have always been very in tune with my emotions and reaching into the great beyond of what if’s and what could be, but I may just be a little TOO dramatic for my own good. Take a listen and see what I mean!
29:10
July 23, 2019
Episode 6: Throwin’ it Bike Pt. 3: High School
Throwin’ it Bike Thursday’s are made specifically for reminiscing, reflecting, and really thanking God that I made it through all of the craziness over the years! Because listen, there has been some pure foolishness in this life of mine. Don’t believe me? Tune in and see for yourself! Also, music will always accompany my Thursday broadcasts, so get ready to take an actual time lapse into my life and childhood via memories and some of my favorite songs that help me remember. Let’s have some fun!
34:52
July 18, 2019
Episode 5: Putting On My Big Girl Pants
Growing up is hard, but getting adjusted to the work force in it’s many varieties can be even more difficult. Come listen as I go through my journey as a twenty-something trying to figure out how to align my passions with my pay check, while also letting off some steam about some of the things happening in my life. Tune in and see!
43:55
July 16, 2019
Episode 4: Throwin’ it Bike Pt. 2: Middle School
Throwin’ it Bike Thursday’s are made specifically for reminiscing, reflecting, and really thanking God that I made it through all of the craziness over the years! Because listen, there has been some pure foolishness in this life of mine. Don’t believe me? Tune in and see for yourself! Also, music will always accompany my Thursday broadcasts, so get ready to take an actual time lapse into my life and childhood via memories and some of my favorite songs that help me remember. Let’s have some fun!
25:50
July 11, 2019
Episode 3: A Perspective of Feminine Experience
In this episode, I will be expressing my feelings and opinions, which I deem to be valid, about the experience of a woman in today’s society, compared and contrasted to previous eras in history. Also, by questioning what feminism actually is and what it means to me, I hope to challenge all of you listeners to begin having your own inner and/or outer dialogues about the topic. Come take a listen!
33:24
July 09, 2019
Episode 2: Throwin’ it Bike Pt. 1: Elementary School
Throwin’ it Bike Thursday’s are made specifically for reminiscing, reflecting, and really thanking God that I made it through all of the craziness over the years! Because listen, there has been some pure foolishness in this life of mine. Don’t believe me? Tune in and see for yourself! Also, music will always accompany my Thursday broadcasts, so get ready to take an actual time lapse into my life and childhood via memories and some of my favorite songs that help me remember. Let’s have some fun!
29:16
July 04, 2019
Episode 1: Girl...What is You Doing?! Get It Together.
Tune in as I discuss my day, some random happenings, my post-high school education journey, and offer some inspiration for your own path to self-love and acceptance. Enjoy!
52:08
July 02, 2019
The Birth of Shenanigans
In this introductory podcast, I will be talking about my intent behind my podcast and future plans to get you all interacting, excited, and listening! So tune in and see for yourself, I promise you won’t regret it!
06:47
June 27, 2019