This is a space to shine a light on the shadows we hide in. This is a conversation to relieve the heaviness of silenced topics. Here’s to getting honest and getting real, feeling inspired and less alone. Thank you for joining me on this road to rediscovering the truth of who we are.
This episode we have a very honorable guest and TedX speaker, Sara Delaney. Sara is the Founder and Executive Director of Asheville-based nonprofit organization Africa Healing Exchange (AHE) and the owner of 3 Mountains, a social enterprise with product lines Silverback Carbonated Tea & Tîma Tea. Sara is a passionate global activist and social entrepreneur and has been working with the people of Rwanda for over a decade. She has degrees from Simmons College, Grande Ecole Du Commerce, and SIT Graduate Institute, in the fields of Business Management and Nonprofit Development. She recently completed an International Executive Fellowship with Mama Hope Foundation and was named as Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching” and is the next TedX Asheville speaker. Sara is originally from Vermont and lives in Asheville with her husband and their two sons.
In this episode we cover giving back, how trauma knows no time, what Rwanda can teach us, and the spirit of resilience.
If you'd like to learn more about Sara and Africa Healing Exchange, please visit:
Learn more: www.AfricaHealingExchange.org
Visit Rwanda with Sara: https://tinyurl.com/y35cof2s
Drink Rwandan Tea: www.3Mountains.org
We are so excited to introduce our guest for this week’s episode, Ian Morris.
Ian Morris is the founder of Listening to Smile, a unique sound wellness and healing modality. Ian has over 20 years of experience as a musician and has studied and worked in the performing arts field all of his life. After dealing with chronic illness and the anxiety and depression that followed, Ian decided to explore sound and frequency. His healing was a direct result of the music he created and the frequencies that were chosen to facilitate healing.
This work grew into the live sound healing events called “Sonic Meditations” and multiple albums for listeners to incorporate on their own. Listening to Smile has now expanded into an international community.
In this episode we cover topics like chronic illness and how it relates to victimhood, how desperation is powerful, the history of sound healing, and music’s effect on our minds and bodies.
If you’d like to learn more about and Ian and Listening to Smile, please visit their website at: www.listeningtosmile.com. If you’d like to listen to Ian’s music, check out Listening to Smile on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, youtube, and all other major listening platforms.
This week, we are so grateful to be talking with our guest, Ben Harris.
Ben is the Director Of Communications and Constituent Engagement for Georgia State Representative for District 48, Mary Robichaux. In previous years, Ben taught in the world-class Career Advancement Center of the Robinson College of Business. Ben even mentored entrepreneurs in Rwanda through the African Entrepreneur Collective. But today we’re going to be focusing on a specific part of Ben’s story.
After losing his brother Michael during his service in the United States Marine Corps, Ben has eagerly offered his voice and Michael's story to TAPS (The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) for the purpose of helping service members and their families get the support they deserve.
Ben’s story has led him from Georgia all the way to a Washington, DC, joint conference of the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. He has also used his voice through writings and interviews featured in the Associated Press, the Department of Defensive Armed Forces Press Service, the Washington Post, and the Voice of America, among others.
Currently, Ben serves as the facilitator for TAPS' Atlanta Care Group, which meets monthly and provides support to new and returning survivors of military loss.
In this episode we discuss vulnerability, sharing your story to help others, isolation, and what it means to support someone through grief.
If you would like to know more about TAPS and the work Ben is doing in the community please make sure to visit www.taps.org. In addition, if you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, there are people on the other end of this phone number 24/7. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you'd like to learn more about Ben's story head over to: https://archive.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116856
Welcome back to Curiously Enough! This week we are chatting with a special guest, Kim May. Kim has spent the past 35 years assisting people interested in improving their minds, bodies and spiritual well-being. She is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer, author, speaker, empowerment workshop facilitator, a leader of Native American women’s lodge practices, and licensed Science of Mind Practitioner. In addition, Kim’s journey of sobriety allows her to bring her experience and wisdom into the work she does with others.
Kim’s passion is assisting people in regaining their innate power and awareness that THEY are their own best advocate, as well as helping them tune into the subtle messages that are constantly being offered by the body as well as their intuition.
In this episode we discuss how to tap into and find your spirituality, what beliefs are at their core, and how the willingness to explore your inner world is first step to finding inner peace.
If you would like to learn more about Kim May and the work she is doing, please visit her website: thehappinessroadmap.com
We’re so excited to have our first couple on the podcast! Meghan Neeley & Erika Cederdahl are the founders of Two Lesbians In Love. They lead transformational retreats and offer relationship coaching for lesbian, bisexual and Queer women. They also hold conscious date nights where couples learn what they really want to experience in their relationship while also learning the root of recurring issues. To top if off, Meghan and Erika even host their own podcast- Two Lesbians in Love where they reveal what it’s actually like for two women to be in a loving relationship together in addition to offering guidance and community. They each came out when they were 20 years old. In addition to a BA in psychology and LGBT studies their combined education includes over 3000 hours of training in relationship coaching, yoga teacher training, and bodywork. Two Lesbians In Love is devoted to creating a transformational space for women in relationship with women where there is safety, no fear of who’s watching, and creating a relationship you desire without running on default.
In this episode we get curious about: LGBTQ and the media, gender roles, internalized homophobia, and privilege. We get super vulnerable- you don't want to miss this one.
If you would like to learn more about Meghan & Erika head over to twolesbiansinlove.com and you can listen to their podcast on any major listening platforms.
We’re so excited to welcome our guest for today, Papillon DeBoer. Poppy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Structural Therapist in Asheville, NC. His focus is on trauma, outsiders, loners & the marginalized, adolescents, and existential or spiritual counseling.
Poppy has been working with people to create change since 1997, when he worked as a community organizer in a rough Chicago neighborhood. Then, he went on to study and practice deep tissue massage as a way of making change more personal. He worked with clients for many years, to move and feel differently, and to release trauma.
Poppy has also flipped pizzas, painted houses, lived out of a backpack, and managed a treehouse hostel. Over the last five years, he has worked as a case manager at a local crisis shelter for runaway and homeless youth in addition to facilitating workshops, healing rituals, and even completing his book “Secret Teachings of the Butterfly”.
In this episode we talk about: the phases of changing, what trauma is and does, the acceptance + commitment approach, and the staggering statistic of male survivors of sexual assault.
If you would you like to know more about Poppy and the work he is doing please do yourself a favor and visit his website www.agencyofchange.net or ourvoicenc.org.
Welcome to Curiously Enough, Episode 19. This week we talk with Tina Madison White, a brave + inspiring human being. Tina is the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Pride Center, in Asheville, North Carolina, and a member of the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign. After 35 years in business management, she has shifted her focus to activism, writing and speaking.
Tina entered the workforce in the 1980s as a white, Ivy League-educated male. She spent most of the next 30 years consulting to and working for large corporations. Her specialty was business transformation: redesigning systems, processes, and organizations to improve performance.
In 2013, Tina embarked on her most ambitious transformation project yet: herself. With the support of her wife, Mary, and her family and colleagues, Tina finally acknowledged the gender identity she had spent fifty years working so hard to hide.
Today, Tina’s transformation continues. She is learning how to be a community activist and a public servant. She speaks and writes on issues of diversity & inclusion, organization transformation, social justice, and personal identity. In 2015, she published her book, “Between Shadow & Sun: A Husband‘s Journey Through Gender - A Wife’s Labor of Love”.
Tina holds an MBA in Strategy & Finance from the Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics from Princeton University. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with Mary, her wife of nineteen years. From there, they watch their five children and five grandchildren take on the world.
In this episode we dig deep into: speaking up about your truth + the rewards that follow, what labels are and aren't good for, the journey of being transgender, and how to support LGBTQ.
If you would like to learn more about Tina and the work she’s doing please head over to www.personinside.com.
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We are so excited to welcome our guest for today, Nate Martinez. Nate has spent the past 20 years performing, recording and producing music. Over the past seven years his pursuit has broadened and he began seeking out how music and, more importantly, how sound can dramatically shift our perspective, raise our consciousness, and even heal us.
In 2011, Nate began studying shamanism and intuitive healing which eventually led him to become certified in sound therapy. Then, in 2014 he created NTM Sound as a way to share his knowledge and experience with others and a way to share sound therapy treatments to individuals and sound baths for the community.
At NTM Sound, Nate uses Biosonic tuning forks, Himalayan singing bowls, overtone singing, breathwork, shamanic drumming, and crystal quartz bowls. He uses these tools to provide a safe and relaxing environment where you can focus on what is out of balance in your body and life to bring you towards a place of harmony. Currently, Nate leads regular sound bath meditations across New York City in addition to facilitating workshops and sound baths for organizations and companies as part of wellness initiatives. He is a public speaker specializing in conversations on sound therapy as a path to mindfulness and the art of listening.
Nate’s work in sound meditation and sound therapy has been integral in growing an awareness of the field, and he has been featured in Vogue, Prevention, New York magazine, the Huffington Post, Well + Good, Yahoo Health, and MindBodyGreen, among others.
In this episode we dive deep into: intuition, why listening isn't just auditory, letting go, reclaiming your voice, and so much more!
If you would like to know more about Nate and the work he is doing please do yourself a favor and visit him at ntmsound.com or visit him on instagram at ntmsoundhealing.
Welcome to Curiously Enough! This week we have Mayor of West Chester, PA, Dianne Herrin. Dianne took her oath in office in Pennsylvania as West Chester’s Mayor on January 2, 2018. For 15 years, Dianne has served the Borough as Chair or member of several committees - including the Comprehensive Plan Task Force, the Sustainability Advisory Committee, and the Shade Tree Commission. During this time she has also effectively advocated for quality of life issues impacting residents.
In 2007 she led a successful effort to keep building heights in the downtown reasonable and help preserve the historic brand that makes West Chester so special. Dianne is committed to ensuring effective communications with residents and business owners, and she works to help unite our diverse community behind our shared aspirations and through creative problem-solving.
She is Vice President of Practical Energy Solutions, a Borough-based commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy consulting firm serving school districts, municipalities, and commercial businesses throughout the Philadelphia region.
If you would like to know more about the mayor’s work and involvement within the community please make sure to visit her website at www.mayordianneherrin.com
Mayor's Opioid Task Force: https://www.opioidactionwc.org
In this episode we talk about: The Mayor's Opioid Task Force + Why it Started, Alcohol in a Community and The Role of Law Enforcement, Some Thoughts on Legalizing Marijuana, and The Power of a Community Coming Together.
This week on Curiously Enough we have Nico Doorn with us! Nico M.Ed., LCDCI is the Executive Director at Alpha 180, America’s first sober fraternity, located in Austin, TX. Alpha 180 provides newly sober clients a platform to enter higher education in a supportive environment including residential, clinical, and social programming. Before relocating to Austin, Nico served as an Outreach Coordinator for Cumberland Heights Treatment Center in Nashville, TN. Simultaneously, he was completing a graduate degree in Human Development Studies at Vanderbilt University where he served as the graduate assistant for Vanderbilt Recovery Support. During his involvement, this Collegiate Recovery Program grew in its reach and offerings receiving local and national attention.
Nico’s addiction treatment experience spans from young adult specific program formulation to ground-up recovery residence development and leadership. He spent the last 3 years serving on the board of the Tennessee Alliance of Recovery Residences. Nico also participated in a TED Talk, Hiding in Plain Sight, where he shares his story of being in recovery and the stigma that follows the disease of addiction.
Nico shares his personal experience with addiction and going to college in recovery. He also shares his thoughts and ideas about going to college in recovery, the skills that need to be learned and the barriers that one might face. We talk about being young and in recovery, the challenges we face, and the changes that need to be made in our society around addiction & recovery.
Make sure to head over to alpha180.com to find additional information and ways to contact Alpha 180.
Welcome back to Episode 15 of Curiously Enough! Instead of learning from an expert about our stories, I wanted to bring a guest who could share their moving and inspirational story. Sometimes we learn most about ourselves when we see ourselves in others and connect with the pain and restoration. This is a podcast and a platform to shine a light on the shadows we hide in so by giving this platform to others we let their light shine through. Shame dissipates when there is connection, fear is questioned when we stand in strength. So here's to connection and strength and discovering our bravery through the bravery of others.
Today, our guest, Christie Valdiserri is sharing her story as she began her journey as a dancer, losing her hair, and becoming bold in facing life and the challenges that present themselves.
We talk about self-love, hope, and what she's learned as she's transformed from blonde to bald to bold.
Check her out on instagram: @christie.valdiserri
Welcome back to Curiously Enough! Today we are thrilled to have Kim Porter on as our guest. Since 2014, Kim Porter has served as the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Be a Part of the Conversation addresses substance use, misuse and addiction and its impact on individuals and their families by building a culture of awareness and support.
They hold events at community centers, schools, or public venues where speakers, professionals, and people in recovery share on prevention & early intervention, understanding substance use and addiction, and supporting recovery. Kim and her fellow board members want individuals to be supported and assisted by a community that is educated and able to take timely and positive action toward healing and lifelong recovery.
Kim is a Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS). With this certification, she shares her lived experience with addiction with other families to provide recovery support services. On this episode, she shares her experience with us and so much more! We talk about addiction being a family disease, what it means to experience a "new normal" and even enabling. In this episode, we dive a little deeper into what addiction is and how that relates to the brain as well as how conversations reduce stigma and invite questions and curiosity.
If you would like to know more about Kim and the work she is doing with Be a Part of The Conversation please make sure to visit conversation.zone or send Kim an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today it is my pleasure to introduce our guest for today, Sarah Jane Chapman! Sarah Jane lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a yoga and meditation teacher as well as a massage therapist. Yoga has continued to help Sarah Jane in her own recovery from an eating disorder. She has made it a part of her mission to share tools and insights with her clients that she serves.
She has completed Kids Yoga teacher training with Karma Kids Yoga and completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training in India. In addition, she went to massage school at Mind Body Institute to expand her knowledge of body and energy work.
Sarah Jane teaches yoga to private clients in addition to teaching at Wild Heart Meditation Center. She also works with folks who are in recovery from drugs, alcohol and eating disorders at Cumberland Heights and other treatment centers around Nashville. Currently, Sarah Jane is working on completing her yoga therapy certification.
In this conversation, we talk about eating disorders, intuitive eating, yoga, meditation, diet culture, and the idea of body neutrality.
If you would like to know more about the work Sarah Jane is doing please do yourself a favor and check out her website www.sarahjanechapman.com or her instagram @sarahjanechap.
Today we're honored to share our conversation with the one and only, Tommy Rosen. Tommy is a yoga teacher and recovery expert with advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. He has 26 years of continuous recovery from acute drug and alcohol addiction. Tommy is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds. He leads Recovery 2.0 retreats and workshops internationally and presents regularly at yoga conferences and festivals.
Tommy is not only an author but hosts The Recovery 2.0 Power Hour Podcast where he interviews leaders in the field of addiction and recovery, spiritual teachers, medical doctors, nutritionists, yoga and meditation teachers, and wisdom keepers who are all shedding light on living beyond addiction. Tommy has been able to talk and work with people such as Gabby Bernstein, Joe Polish, and Dr. Bruce Lipton. His podcast helps listeners tap into new perspectives on addiction and cutting-edge philosophies and practices to heal and thrive on the amazing path of recovery.
In this conversation, we talk about the meaning of addiction, the tools in recovery, a unique idea called "prehab", and how everyone has different needs. We also have an interesting talk about how food plays a role in the healing process. Tommy believes in yoga, mediation, and community when trying to eliminate shame, guilt, and fear around addiction.
If you would like to know more about Tommy and the work he is doing please do yourself the favor and check hIm out on Instagram, Facebook, or visit his website at: https://www.r20.com.
Welcome back to Curiously Enough, Episode 11!
It is an honor and privilege to welcome our guest for today, Don Lipstein. Don Lipstein is honored to work with TAPS as a Survivor Care Team Advocate connecting survivors to compassionate care and various grief resources. He does this in tribute to his oldest child, Master of Arms Second Class Joshua L. Lipstein, who died by suicide in March 2011 while proudly serving in the US Navy for 5 years.
After 30 plus years in hospitality management, Don joined TAPS in 2012 as a Peer Mentor Coordinator and transitioned to the Survivor Care Team in 2017. Most recently, Don was recognized as a Certified Family Recovery Specialist in May, 2018 based on his personal and professional experiences with family addiction. His genuine passion, and love for people have led him to be a guiding light for many TAPS survivors as they find their way through their grief.
We discuss grief, forgiveness, the stigma of suicide, vulnerability, and more. You don't want to miss out on this moving and inspiring conversation with Don.
If you would like to more about TAPS and the work Don is doing in the community please make sure to visit www.taps.org. In addition, if you know of someone who may be struggling please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
This week on Curiously Enough we have a special guest, Dallin Nead. Dallin turned to creativity and storytelling to help him deal with loneliness, lack of connection, and low confidence as a teenager. Dallin switched his private journaling to sharing his story publicly. Now, he has made it part of his mission to fight the stigma and limitation of sharing our story that our society has set in place. Dallin tries to break false beliefs, shame, judgment, and fear to work best with clients to tap into their own vulnerability.
Over the past 10 years Dallin has worked in corporate, travel, film, and broadcast video production serving major brands like Princess Cruises, U.S. Marine Corp., and Teachable. Through all of this he fell in love with the power of story and how it has the power to change the world and grow businesses. StorySelling was inspired out of a need that Dallin saw to combine effective methods of marketing and storytelling with proven quality, systems, skills, and people.
If you want to learn more about Dallin, visit these links!
Podcast: The Story Therapy Show
Thanks for listening!
This week on Curiously Enough we have Dr. Melissa Brown Wenrich, someone I deeply value in my own life. Dr. Melissa is the founder of Nashville Brain and Body located in Nashville, TN. She is a board certified functional neurologist, acupuncturist, and chiropractor among other certifications.
Dr. Melissa and I discuss her story with finding her voice so she could help others find theirs. We discuss the importance of knowing your story, especially when it comes to understanding your health and treatment for your illnesses. She believes we need to treat patients like their humans. She believes our bodies are never trying to harm us but tell us something, she believes in the power of focusing on your breath, and searching for the root cause instead of focusing on symptoms.
Enjoy this week’s episode, it’s packed with useful information from a holistic/alternative viewpoint. Dr. Melissa Brown is a powerhouse of wisdom and hope.
If you would like to know more about Dr. Melissa and the work she is doing please check out www.nashvillebrainandbody.com.
Today we’re talking about compassion. Just me & you this week! No expert, no interview. Just a casual conversation about what it means to show and receive compassion.
Some questions I cover during this episode: What is compassion? Why is compassion so important? What are the risks of being overly-compassionate? What are the rewards? What is the relationship between judgment and compassion? What is self-compassion? What do boundaries have to do with compassion?
Expressing and receiving compassion has been a monumental piece of my story. You don't want to miss this episode!
Thank you for listening!
Happy friday! This week on Curiously Enough, I brought on a special friend and someone who inspires me, Nicolette Ray. Nicolette's story has fueled her passion for helping others and has allowed her to step into the light that she is! She has used her story to guide and motivate others in finding and knowing their truth. She found that she felt the most free when she stopped trying to prove herself and rather stepped into being herself. As a mentor and teacher, her mission is to help others do the same with Soul Aligned Branding.
She helps entrepreneurs get fully aligned with WHY they’re here on this planet. She takes the big vision inside of her clients and teaches them how to align their brand mission, message, marketing, and visual presence with that dream.
We cover a bunch of topics ranging from understanding your WHY all the way to struggling with chronic illness. She provides her insight on the chakra system, taking responsibility for your life, and authenticity. I can’t wait for you to hear the golden nuggets she shares. Thank you for listening, enjoy!
Please do yourself a favor and make sure to check out Nicolette’s website https://nicoletteray.co/ or visit her on instagram @nicoletteray_
Episode 6: What's RIGHT With You with Dean Porterfield
Welcome to this week’s episode! Episode 6 covers the importance of being authentic, how healing requires looking at our family’s role in our story, and the benefits of turning to spirituality and community. On today’s episode, we are talking to Dean Porterfield LPC, MHSP, NCC, a licensed professional counselor and the Director of Adolescent and Young Men Services at Cumberland Heights, a residential Substance Abuse program outside of Nashville, TN. Dean works closely with his clients and focuses heavily on the strengths perspective. Dean has made it his mission to provide comprehensive therapeutic services to teens and young adults struggling with addiction, behavioral, and emotional issues.
Get ready for Dean’s wisdom, his intelligence, and passion for helping others find peace in recovery!
If you like to know more about Dean and the work he is doing make sure to visit his website:
dolifetherapy.com OR www.cumberlandheights.org.
Grateful you’re here! Episode 5 is all about the relationship we have with ourselves, the battle of perfection, the both/and mindset, and feeling your feelings. On today’s episode we’re talking to Megan Moir, a licensed professional counselor, speaker, and coach in the greater Nashville area. Megan works with her clients to delve into the details of their stories and uncover and gain healing from the obstacles that may be inhibiting them from experiencing life fully.
Megan’s perspective on healing is one that is unique to her story. Her journey of understanding herself has led her to guide others to get to know their truth and understand the vulnerability and bravery in asking for help. She is a warrior and a mentor to me and many others. Megan speaks honestly and openly about being a therapist and a person in recovery from addictive behaviors and what that means to her. Listen and find out what her story could mean to YOU.
If you would like to know more about Megan and the work she is doing make sure to check out her website: www.megan-moir.com or follow her on Instagram, @meganmoir.
Tune in every Friday for enlightening conversations on hidden topics. Be well!
So excited you have found Curiously Enough! In todays episode we are talking with Nancy Levin. Nancy Levin is the bestselling author of several books, a Master Integrative Coach and the creator of many in-depth coaching programs designed to support clients in making themselves a priority and living on their own terms. She was the Event Director at Hay House from 2002-2014, and now hosts her own weekly call-in radio show Jump Start Your Life on Hay House Radio.
This week’s discussion is around breaking negative core beliefs, forgiveness, trust, and the power of stories . Nancy vulnerably shares her story of perfectionism to freedom. She shares her experience working for Louise Hay and how that has had an impact on her life today.
You can find more info about Nancy Levin and what she’s doing here:
Tune in every Friday for enlightening conversations on hidden topics. Be well!
In todays episode we are talking with Andrew Chapman LMSW, a meditation teacher and director at Wild Heart Meditation in Nashville, TN. Within the last few years, Andrew has received his master's degree in Social Work as an addictions and mental health counselor. Andrew also graduated from a 2.5-year Community Dharma Leadership training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he received authorization to teach. Andrew’s personal and professional work have been supported through intensive training and educational curriculums related to mindfulness-based stress reduction, dialectical behavioral therapy, and Buddhist practice.
This week’s discussion is around the connection between therapy and Buddhism. Andrew has a fascinating way of approaching these two categories of healing. Andrew brings his beliefs about what mental health really means, how suffering is normal, and suicidal ideation isn’t that uncommon. We also dig into meditation and how he approaches it as a Buddhist practitioner and teacher. This week is all about the MIND, so get ready!
You can find more info about Andrew Chapman and what he’s doing here:
PODCAST: "Wild Heart Meditation Center"
Grateful you’re here! Episode 2 is all about mental health, addiction, and getting honest. On today’s episode we’re talking to Lex Remillard MSW, LCSW who is a trained behavioral health and substance abuse psychotherapist. In addition to running his private practice, Lex is the co-founder of Therapeutic Alliance, which is a group of independent clinicians collaborating together to provide comprehensive therapeutic services to teens and adults struggling with emotional issues.
Lex’s insight was so inspiring! We talk about overprescribing medication to mental health patients, family roles in addiction, and self-care. Lex speaks honestly and openly about being a therapist and a person in recovery.
You can find more info about Lex Remillard and what he’s doing here:
Tune in every Friday for enlightening conversations on hidden topics.