Being The Balance
By Callie and Shari
Welcome to Being the Balance Podcast, where we share life lessons and new adventures through open-minded, honest conversations. We honor the journey to self-discovery. And we welcome multidimensional growth.
What is the first step to "Choosing Resilience"?
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re taking some time to honor things that make us happy and be realistic about some of the heaviness happening around us. That’s what being the balance means to us at this moment. A tv show aptly named “Atlanta” gets all of the love for the characters and the storyline. And can we take a moment to say, Shari is CAUGHT up on the episodes, people! Issues centered around race, blackness, traditions, tragedy, self-reflection, and introspection are gift-wrapped in the script and delivery. Don't mind us... We’re just a couple of fans gushing over the way the episodes are presented. Watch it for the first time or catch up on a few episodes from this season. Time well spent. You’re welcome. We’d be remised if we didn’t check in with each other after the violent events over the weekend. Once again, a mass shooting is causing us to consider our lives and how they intersect with others. Grief and anguish sit with all of us as we process what’s unfolding. And we’re grateful that we spoke to our dope friend, Ti, to ground us. Sadness is real and you have every right to feel it. But his story is a testament to transforming the trauma and finding authentic purpose after a life-changing loss. What an incredible testimony of honoring your person, their wishes, and their memory. These dope friends have shown up and shown out this season! Thank you to each one for being vulnerable and sharing your truths. Those truths continue to help our dope friends know they’re not alone. For more details about mental health awareness, self-care, professional help in getting over the hurdles, or facts that can help you or someone you know, go to the National Institute of Mental Health’s site. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/ We hope the takeaways from this episode and the season are: There’s room for transformation on the other side of what feels like an unbearable reality. You are supported.
May 18, 2022
Making space for yourself & others
Y'all... It feels like this week has been hectic with the news 🗞 (per usual). And this episode's dope friend was right on time. Tune in to hear our initial thoughts on the leaked draft of the potential changes to Roe v. Wade. And then we'll talk to Dr. Julie about grief and her grief community. What does it look like to make space for yourself and for others during the grieving process? What is prolonged grieving? How can you integrate grief into your life? I mean... we loved discussing these questions with her. We'll all experience loss at some point, but having a community to work through it with and be vulnerable about your thoughts and feelings with can be life-changing. You are supported. ❤ 🫂
May 05, 2022
Back like we never left! What'd we miss??
Hey Dope Friends! We're back from spring break, and we've got some things to catch up on. Travel, sand, sun, politics and lodging, and THE thing that everyone's seen and talked about all month... You know you were waiting to hear our commentary. LOL we've got you covered. Have you made a life change and received differing advice from your village? Have you been the person to question your friend about exercise, diet, dating, etc.? We share our perspectives on change and why it seems to put people in a space. What's your experience? We want to know. Side note: Folks can judge and offer opinions all they want. Shari's still vegan, and Callie's fam still doesn't eat pork. End of story. Ooohhh did it feel like that pushed a button or two? [insert a nod and a shrug] Change is good, guys. Now that that's out of the way, drop us a line and tell us what you've got planned for the summer. We're going back on break in a few weeks, but we will leave you a listening list to keep you entertained. We promise!
April 20, 2022
📢 Ladies, this one's for you!
As Women's Her-story Month wraps, we wanted to talk about women making monumental moves. Salute to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for being the first Black woman to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. She's shining in those confirmation hearings. Come on #blackgirlmagic!! We'll let you decide how you want to categorize the 2nd group. Sooooo you'll just have to listen and decide for yourself. No spoilers on that one. And our dope friend, athlete and bodybuilder extraordinaire came by to share her journey and the moments of clarity she's had along the way. We're rooting for you, girl!! Drop us a line and share something you learned this month about an inspiring woman. P.S. We're taking spring break off! Check out some our oldie but goodie episodes while we're out. ✌🏽
March 23, 2022
In the thick of a challenge
Listen we know you're carrying a lot. And without sounding like a huge cliché, it's important to take a breath, speak your truth, lean on your people aka your tribe and take things one thing at a time and one day at a time. As adults we know that, but how do you help kids understand the often-slow journey of processing difficult topics. Callie's Mommy Corner paints a picture of how her family is processing a personal loss, and how they explained it to their little ones. Even in difficult times, there are profound moments that will last for years to come. The memories that will live on and the memories you're creating are a beautiful testament to what feels "lost" but will always have a special place. Go on that trip! Bradley is right. Mexico is a great idea to create more amazing memories that will honor their loved one. How do you process and explain tough subjects to your little ones? Do you remember how any of those conversations from your childhood? That's that. And then on a scale of 1 to 5, how are you feeling about being outside in these streets these days? 1 is "nah, I'm good" and 5 is "meet us at the spot, we got the first round!" You know what to do... drop us a line and tell a friend to... you got it!! Friendly reminder: "You are supported."
March 09, 2022
Authenticity is worth every penny
As we close out #BHM, we're talking real-world issues from #Putin and politics to resilience and retail. #Sanctions, gas prices, and intense tension overseas. We're #adulting and working through what it means to us and the world around us. For example, what's the first word you think of when you hear the word resilient? Is it strong? Is it unbreakable? Or is it synonymous with struggle? Let's debunk the connection between resilience, strength, and struggle. We're definitely unearthing some truths about our perceptions in this episode. [Enter Dope Friend, Elisha.] This episode was a great fit for Elisha to discuss her journey to being an #entrepreneur and what it means to her to be a balanced, boutique boss. Here's a hint: The keyword is #authenticity. And it resonates seamlessly with not working to be resilient/tough all of the time. Be vulnerable and be you. The people will #love you for it. Take it from a boss in this episode.
February 24, 2022
Welcome to the Body Episode!
OK. Real quick, tune in because we're here for #BHM, the #tatas, love, and #sex. Ladies, schedule your #mammograms. Callie is giving you all of the descriptors you need to prep for your first one. Salute to #blacklove and the awesome black sex therapist (and dope friend) that joined us to talk about helping people understand their perspectives on relationships. Those perspectives, in turn, shape our broader views and behaviors. Now y'all know we aren't therapists, but we will bring one into chat and share some common (and perhaps not-so-common) themes around a (saucy) topic. Would you expect anything less than an interview with a sex therapist in #February?! Unless you're a NEW dope friend, you know the drill. You're welcome. *bows head* Lord, we thank you for mental health professionals. They are very, special blessings. And we know people need unbiased counsel and connections to ground them, help them heal, navigate the ups and downs, and thrive. We joke, but we take the healing and self-improvement journey seriously. Dope friends, if you don't hear it anywhere else: #Therapy is a part of #self-care. There's no stigma or shame in seeking help in its many forms. "You are supported." ❤
February 09, 2022
"Omarion" and the iceberg 🧊
Dope friends, tune in. Our melanated peeps already know what half of the title means. #Omicron aka #Omarion is outchea, and we're letting you know how feel about it the only way we know how. And while we're talking about Omarion's cold antics, we're going to dive into The #Iceberg Method/Theory. #storytime What are the characteristics you reveal to others? And what's below the surface? Do you consider the differences and how people interact with you depending on which layer of the iceberg they see? Whew chile. Introspection can be beautiful and transformative. Drop us a line about your thoughts about the theory AND share your one good thing. We want to hear your positive moments because... #balance.
January 27, 2022
New year, new vision + dating "preferences" 🤔
🍾 Happy #2022, dope friends. How are your new year #resolutions looking?? Be honest! Tune in to hear about our visions and goals. We're chatting about the #VID and the #colorist #podcast hosts that shall not be named. They said they don't date "night riders" and we're not fans of such foolishness. Moving on to more entertaining content... get into a reality-ish guilty pleasure that Shari shared. Wait... did she say...? Yes. Go check out what we're watching and listening to and send us your recommendations. I mean... we've STILL got plenty of time to tune in. Damn you, "2020 too". Just kidding, girl. We are on your side, 2022 boo.
January 12, 2022
2021 wrap ups + tales from a Black chef
So long, 2021! As we wrap up this year, we're wishing our dope friends and family happy holidays and a safe and prosperous #2022.🥂 And it's only right to chop it up with a chef right before #Christmas. Chef Justin Dixon dropped by to share his journey and give us the business about play kitchen sets and angry #vegans 🥗 and vegetarians, in no particular order. The takeaways are: Let the kids play 👨🏾🍳 and let the chefs cook! We can all hope that kids find a passion that encourages them to build and nourish the community like Chef Justin. He is feeding AND inspiring the people. Google Humble Mumble for the dets and for that old-school reference on that #OutKast album. You can thank us later. #ATL all day. Last thing for the YEAR, hats off to everyone that kept pushing this year - despite the roadblocks. This one is dedicated to you. Cheers to your #persistence. We see you!
December 15, 2021
Exit interview truths, Insecure recaps & a dope friend/veterinarian
Tune in to BTBP this week as we remember Virgil Abloh's contributions to the fashion industry. Per usual, Callie is spilling the beans about the latest #Insecure episode. Dear Molly, It's OK to take a break and to ask for help. Delegating is a skill and it can be your friend. *note to self* Now #Issa, why are you throwing newborns like 3-point shots?! 🏀🤣 Baby JA didn't do anything to you. And for the "balance" element of the episode... we got you. Our dope friend, Dr. Callie, shared her journey into veterinary medicine. We love her story, her lifelong passion to care for animals, and her #energy. You'll ❤️ 2 Callies in this episode, and how Dr. Callie's advice is impacting Bradley's #holiday plans.
December 01, 2021
COVID "normalcy" + a serial entrepreneur's candid journey
Listen... We ain't gone hold you because you've got podcasts to listen to and share! We're still talking about #COVID because it's STILL here. [insert extra-long, obnoxious eye roll] We're unraveling current topics, and it's basically a rundown of the rappers in the news this week. And then get into our interview with dope friend and #entrepreneur, Andrea Polk. She's candid about her journey, her #transformation, and her passion to share gems with her customers. If you don't learn another thing today, you can thank her later for that caterpillar quote. That's a BTBP classic. Let the people know, Andrea!!
November 17, 2021
Home team hypeness, HC SZN + Halloween updates
Hot off the press: Cheers to the home team!! ⚾️ #Atlanta will be going UP for the rest of the week to celebrate their new #WorldSeries Champs. #BattleATL *fireworks and possibly rounds explode in the background (true story) It's time for your fav dope friends lively chat. Let's go! It's #homecoming szn and neither of us went. 😆 Callie breaks down the realness of the latest #Insecure D9 drama. Corporate dope friends, do you code switch? So what would #deathtocodeswitching look like for you? And of course, we needed a Mommy Corner segment to hear how #Halloween went for the kiddies. Both of our one good things were good deeds. We didn't mentioned the city's beloved Jovita Moore, but we're all missing her this week. Love on your circle and drop us a line about your good deeds this week and... what's on the menu for Thanksgiving. You know we want to hear about friends, family and food. ❤ 🍽
November 03, 2021
Growth, introspections + reaping the harvest 🌾
Hi dope friends! It's S2:E4 and we're dropping gems for our favs. We're discussing #meditation, #goals with intention, and the spectrums of fixed, growth, and benefit mindsets. Y'all know we're on this journey to be in the space to embrace growth. Our recent convo with Sistas of the Soil intertwined the beauty in physically growing and harvesting something and the mental and emotional correlations. And of course, gardening is about more than growing food. Our dope friends shared their beautiful mission, cleared up some misconceptions about urban #farming, and helped us (i.e. Shari) understand the errs of her gardening (or lack thereof) ways. #plantlove 🌱 #okraobsessions #growthonanotherlevel #feedingthecommunity #feedingyoursoul
October 20, 2021
"Heeyyy Auntie!!" 👋🏾
In the spirit of @_lyneezy and all of her dopeness, "...I'ma keep it brief." You know we're here for the people, so consider the first segment a PSA. Stay safe out there, dope friends. And then... we know why you're here. LOL pull out your 🍿 and get into part deux of our girls trip convo. Rich aunties, where you at?! We're here for all of the goods the girls are giving!! 🍵
October 06, 2021
What about yo frieennnddzz??!!
Would you believe this season we're sharing EVEN more of our lives and journeys with our dope friends?! Seriously. Peeling back more layers. 🧅 We took a girls' trip to #Savannah in June, and we brought a unique souvenir back for you: a 2-part convo with our girlfriends. Hello #BarabaraWalters specials and anyone old enough to remember those. It felt like we were catching up and digging deep into our crew's perspectives and growth and you can hear the love and #R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the room. [Insert mushy emoji] Tune in for the news you can use about the latest #COVID chronicles and then sit back and enjoy part 1 of our discussion with our girls! Pour yourself a drink and answer along with us! *Clank 🥂
September 22, 2021
Back like we never left
Dope friends, we're coming in hot! 🔥 The #summer break is over and - let's be honest - we missed you!! 🤗 *Cue 1 thug tear but NO hugs* LOL Let's get to it! Episode 1 is an ode to all of the incredible #educators. And we're giving you our take on current events, summarizing our mild - yep, mild not hot - summer activities and getting hype about what's coming up this season. Good people, tell a friend to tell a friend. Your girls are baaaaacccccckkkkk!!
September 08, 2021
Happy 25th (episode)!! 🎉
This is end of season 1 and spoiler alert... j/k there are no cliffhangers. We covered soooo much: Mother's Day celebrations, that viral post about the lame bf who didn't want to get his gf a Mother's Day gift 🙄, the latest #RHOA drama, and #summertime plans. "A new normal" surrounding #mammograms was also on the docket. Ladies, make a mental note about #3D vs 2D when it's time to get the girls checked. Last but not least, we shared what being the #balance means to us and what our dope friends and listeners meant this past year. To sum it up, you are loved. Be well and tune in in late August for more laughs, new insights from more dope friends and our POV on the news you can - or can't - use. We're here for it and we know you are too. ❤
May 15, 2021
Taking stock AND investing in it
Tune in to hear about #vacationing in "Trump Country", a fitting review of #Amazon Prime Video's "Them", and how we are feeling about the Chauvin trial verdict. Whew. And... for the balance part of Being the Balance, we chatted it up with Rick Pace, a dope friend (of course) about #investing. Hint: Listen out for the gems he's dropping about life! Rick is breaking down the business of investing, #bitcoin, and he shares his biggest wins and losses. Only a dope friend would share alla that. We learned some things; we hope you do as well. Maybe this investing thing isn't so convoluted after all. Now, if you become millionaires, don't forget us over here at BTBP!!
April 21, 2021
Cheers to protecting our peace + responsibility in content
April is #Stress Awareness Month. We’re checking on our stress levels during the national trial coverage. You know whose. We don’t need to say that guy’s name. But we will never forget #GeorgeFloyd. Please check your stress levels and remember to protect your peace by logging off of social media sometimes. But… during your breaks, download new and old episodes of BTBP.😊 We’ve also got time to discuss Lil Nas X, his new music video, and his not-so Nike kicks. “We ain’t gone hold you long” on that one. Drop us a line and let us know which side of the spectrum you’re on. And just in case you missed our BIG announcement: We’ve joined the Great Convo Media fam!! So we’re introducing our listeners to our dope friend, Renaissance Man, and the co-founder of this innovative collective for creatives, Lo Matthews. Get into the convo we had with him about #legacy, serial #entrepreneurship, and his insights on maximizing your time “in the dash.” Come on this journey with us and our new fam as we continue to “tell our stories on our terms!” That's A WHOLE WORD!
April 08, 2021
Sorry, not sorry
Listen... There are legit times to apologize. By now, you've definitely seen the memes of a current, awkward #apology that includes #infidelity admissions and a black #beanie. So let's get into why women are trusting certain sources for the keys to relationships. Do these influencers on Al Gore's internet really know the secrets to #relationships or have they created personas that 1) appeal to the masses but 2) are not reflected in their own lives? Hmmm... And then there are moments that the professionals agree we shouldn't apologize. We can all take this advice, rephrase that apology, and adjust accordingly to the audience. Basically, you're "sorry, not sorry". You can thank us later.
March 24, 2021
Saluting women + honoring their truths (and ours)
It's Women's History Month, and we're here for it. We honor women of the past who forged a path for us to stand in and own our space. Among an infinite list of women creating new paths forward, Cardi B, Amanda Gorman, Megan Markle and Oprah are all doing impactful work to ensure women of tomorrow can stand tall, tell their unabashed truth and own it. And... who else would combine Bodak Yellow, #royalreality, and #selflove in one episode?! Admit it, you're here for it too. Our interview with Confidence & Self Love Coach, Natasha Marie, was right on time. She's empowering her clients, and she's offering our listeners a free 30-minute consultation to help you find your balance. "You deserve to thrive, sis. We all do." - @mspackyetti
March 10, 2021
Show ❤ & give them their 💐
We're closing out February with more love for black-owned businesses, black movies and a black woman in Atlanta who can pivot with the best of them. We're always here for #blacklove (in its many facets) and black history, so we took a moment to get our Siskel and Ebert on. To our Gen Z crowd, Google it. And per usual, a dope friend is sharing insights on the beauty nestled in change. Follow her, support a black business long after BHM ends and spread some kindness in your sphere of the world. Cheers (in Callie's "British" voice)!
February 24, 2021
BHM: Black biz, #blacklove and learning about adoption
It's February and you already know... Black History Month, #blacklove and black businesses get love over here (every month). To commemorate all things heartfelt and mushy, we're highlighting love and relationships of all kinds, all month long. For starters, do you prioritize your spouse above your kids? We don't want smoke, fam. Just asking. lol Back to business, we also had a heartwarming convo with our dope friend about his family's experience with adoption. Their story and his #girldad perspective is powerful. Friendly reminder: Did you buy your boo a gift for Valentine's? We got you! Tune in for a few gift ideas. You're welcome.
February 10, 2021
Growth, calling out bigotry, learning to hold our space and welcoming in wellness
We're well into the first month of 2021, and we're digging in. What's growth look like in your life? Hard stop. What about bigotry? Put it and it's staunch believers in their place, it feels good. Just ask Callie. We're also tackling our feelings about the woman who was violently attacked while on a wine run. Wtf, man. Whew. That first half was heavy. Luckily, we talked to a dope friend about holistic wellness so we can recenter, focus on the positive, and look for different types of therapy and #selfcare. And after the episode - and not a second before - drop us a line about a topic you'd like to hear on the podcast.
January 27, 2021
Dear 2021, We don't want no smoke. - BTBP
Happy new year, good people. We're back from the holiday break, and we're recapping our quaint celebrations. We're also shouting out all of the amazing people near and far who helped GA flip the U.S. Senate. And... then "if entitlement was an extremist group of 45 supporters breaking laws and getting away with it after taking selfies and videos as evidence" tried to steal our joy. Luckily, we're staying on track with #goals for the year. After goals, why not discuss an article on COVID cufffing season?! Of course, we will get into that just for you.
January 13, 2021
👋🏽 Goodbye, 2020!! Lessons learned & looking ahead to 2021
We're happily bidding 2020 adieu as we share Christmas plans, memories of Santa, lessons learned and an inspiring interview with a dope friend. Donnie Curtis, Founder of Soul Programs, and his team are mentoring the youth and providing safe spaces for them on two coasts. Btw, happy holidays and cheers to 2021! We'll be back in January with more BTBP fun, laughter, our perspectives, and fresh interviews with dope friends.
December 16, 2020
Post-holiday check-in, a lesson in patience + transparency on social media
We're back from the holiday break, well rested and reminiscing on pies, plates and palettes. Aside from the food coma memories, Callie gives us an update from the Mommy Corner. And we delve into some of the - brace yourselves - positives on social media. We revisit several uber transparent posts from Humans of NY, Chrissy Teigan and Laverne Cox and how their multi-tiered vulnerabilities are schooling the people on compassion, inclusion and equality in an era of change.
December 02, 2020
Win, whine or draw & socially distant holidays
You know why we're here... to give you the scoop on our experiences and perspectives. In this episode, we look back at an anxiety-inducing election week, the results, and the memorable reactions. Callie explains her experience helping to cure GA ballots, and she shares important tips to know and share for the upcoming runoff elections. And after a crazy year and rollercoaster election season, we're looking forward to some much-needed R&R next week. Thanksgiving is around the corner and we're mapping out our socially distant holiday plans.
November 18, 2020
Election night realness, flu szn and all of the emotions
Tune in as we share all the feels on election night (with strong cocktails in hand). We're sharing ways to break away from all of the turmoil. And our dope friend, Dr. Marcia is dropping gems on trusting the science during flu + COVID szn. We're all in this together - drop us a line and let us know how you're feeling about all of the things in this episode.
November 04, 2020
Vacations, voting plans and election season
In this episode, we caught up with our dope friend and political campaign guru, Rob West. Tune in to hear our conversation about the presidential candidates, what undecided voters want to hear, voting down the ballot, and how to stay engaged and involved when election season ends.
October 21, 2020
Emotional Wellness, Breast Cancer (conspiracies), voting plan, Lie to me!
This week, we talk about emotional Wellness, Callie and her conspiracy theories, do we ever change, and damn it vote!
October 07, 2020
We are celebrating our 10th episode with lessons learned, over 500 downloads, and Lovecraft Country.
Shari and Callie give us their top 10 lessons learned. The passing of RBG, Auntie Verzuz, and just an appreciation to all our dope friends and listeners.
September 23, 2020
Verzuz recap, the loss of Chadwick Boseman & back-to-school insights
If you listened to episode 8, you know how EXCITED we were for the Brandy vs. Monica battle. So we're giving you our recap of the epic battle that brought millions of people together. We also talk about the loss of an iconic hero, checking on your strong friends and the power of your village. And for the main entrée, we discussed this unconventional back-to-school season. Two dope friends dropped by to discuss education, change, reflecting on narratives and how we can better prepare the youth for online or hybrid learning. Tune in and drop us a line on how the changing landscape of education is impacting you and your family.
September 09, 2020
Glamping, Verzuz dreams come true + new biz perspective
We're closing out National Black Business Month with our dope friend, Dr. Ralph Herold. He shares his career journey, an inspiring story of what led him to optometry, and business advice for fellow entrepreneurs. We're also sharing our uncontained excitement for a few events coming up. Tune in to hear what we're looking forward to... Remember, you heard the prediction here first!
August 26, 2020
Politics, National Black Business Month & #Blackgirlmagic
August is National Black Business Month and we're celebrating some of our dope friends who are also inspiring entrepreneurs. In the first episode of this 2-part series, Marty McDonald is dropping gems about her leap from corporate life, breaking norms, and her 2-day Black Girl Magic Digital Summit.
August 12, 2020
Counseling, Crystals and Christianity. Energy.
Eric Capehart joins us as we discuss black men being vulnerable. Can crystals and Christianity co-exist? Going to concerts during Covid and black cats opening doors.
July 29, 2020
Unpacking "entanglement" and #relationshipgoals
In this episode, we're diving into the now somewhat famous entanglement situationship, the authenticity of relationships and modeling healthy relationships for children to see and understand.
July 15, 2020
Our first guest, recap Juneteenth, and #blackout
Our very first recorded guest (dope friend) Tai Baker, Public Health Professional, discussion about Juneteenth, July 7th, and why the hell Shari hasn't seen School Daze until a couple of weeks ago.
July 01, 2020
BLM & SCOTUS, Insecure recap + healthy lifestyle narratives
Tune in to episode 3 to hear updates on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, SCOTUS wins, Callie's recap of the Insecure season finale and the first installment of the New Narrative segment.
June 17, 2020
Racism, activism and tough convos
In this episode of Being The Balance Podcast, we candidly discuss the grief we're feeling after George Floyd's murder and how the inhumane treatment of black people has impacted aspects of our lives. We spoke to an African American police officer about how he nagivates in what could be considered 2 clashing worlds. Tune in for ideas on how to become a change agent and how to protect your peace. #vote #signpetitions #donate #supportBLM #joinboards #engage #havetoughconvos #getactive #enough
June 03, 2020
It's official - Welcome to Being The Balance Podcast
Welcome to episode one of Being The Balance Podcast. We invite you on our journey to growth, honesty and self discovery. In this episode, we discuss the latest Verzuz battles and Mental Health Awareness Month. Subscribe, follow, like, listen, drop us a line... all of the things to stay connected with us and be among the first to learn about new episodes.
May 27, 2020
Welcome to Being The Balance Podcast Episode 0
We've started our podcast venture and want your input about how we can improve the future episodes. Please listen and complete the short survey that will follow in a few days. Thanks so much for your honesty and support.
May 14, 2020