Today I'm talking about our brains and dating. I explain how your brain operates and how you can get authority over it. Yes, it's 100% Possible.
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Today I interview my daughter, Faith. She is 15 going on 16, and has been learning to live with depression and anxiety. She shares with us what it's like to have the tendency to cut, how she and her friends don't feel like they have anyone they can talk to about it and also the stress she places on herself to succeed.
On the flip side, I share with you what it's been like for me as a parent- one who was in denial and one who *still doesn't always have the answers.
Jess Hawkins and I dig into her life and address topics around sexual assault, and even though she thought she dealt with the trauma, it has reared its head in her marriage. We discuss sex, parenting, bondage as a form of therapy and the work she continues to do for personal growth.
Today I talk about my Usual Suspects- The things our brains go after to avoiding feeling, say, sad bored or lonely- because that may be like death and the safer, better options would be; have a drink, check social media for likes, go buy something- eat deliciousness.. any outside experience that will reward us with dopamine and remove us from our river of suck.
Jessie Barnes is a body image advocate and co-founder of #sportsbrasquadATX. She firmly believes everyone has the right to feel more comfortable in their own skin and is on a mission to help others find their way there.
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Today I talk with Kara Marie Trombetta of Kara Marie Studios. We touch on how she has grown her work over the years by way of several channels while being a mom and wife- and just HOW she pulls it off. SPOILER ALERT- She ends up working herself into the hospital. We find out from Kara about her autoimmune disease and the changes she's had to make for her and her family.
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A photographer for the modern woman, Kara Marie has commanded the camera
professionally for over a decade. She has made it her life’s work to advocate
female individualism and self-love through her career as a photographer and
educator. With impactful black and white photographs as her medium of choice,
Kara’s work has celebrated thousands of extraordinary women over the years.
A practical “minimalist”, Kara Marie uses natural light and intentional shadow to
honor the female form while simultaneously giving women permission to rejoice in
themselves exactly as they are in any given moment. More importantly, Kara
believes that a photo shoot should be an uplifting first-class customer service
experience that builds confidence before her clients even lay eyes on their images.
Her understated, monochromatic style is world-renowned for both its beauty and
its honesty in capturing the soul of the woman in front of the camera.
Kara Marie Trombetta is headquartered in Austin, TX where she operates two
successful photography studios and is currently in the process of publishing her
first book. Beyond the studio, she is the mother of two boys, a wife to her high
school sweetheart, an avid traveler, and a food enthusiast.
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Since I started studying and practicing awareness around my thoughts and mental fitness in general, I’ve learned quite a bit about my thinking and the direction my thoughts tend to go. I thought a skill that I could start to use and apply was one in which I would allow me to practice reframing how I see my past (memories, after all are just thoughts we hold about events in our past) and how I’ve viewed some of the people I was involved with
This practice, in particular, is not about reframing the events to tell me a better story, but instead, looking back at the people involved and only seeing the good that happened with them. I spoke of this on my podcast last week with Laurel and when I brought it up, I truly believed that the benefit of this work was simple: it would take my mind off the negative- that I would no longer think poorly of the people in my past or carry the burden of what I thought were negative experiences. Truth be told, I’m finding that I’m carrying these stories about my past with me like a large tote- loaded with bricks - I thought if I could start remembering all the good positive times, the reasons I was originally drawn to these people that I could fill my large tote full of fluff, love and sparkles - you know, of all our good times.
Practicing this work opened a hidden door and behind it, a side of the story that I never knew existed … Their side. By entering, I was able to go deeper into who I was.- Spoiler Alert: turns out I have no-one to blame but myself for my failed relationships.
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Episode Number 1 with Laurel Kinney
In this episode we discuss:
Laurels real life trauma
How she healed and moved on
Dressing Room Confessions Instagram
Laurel Kinney Personal Stylist
You’re wondering what Dressing Room confessions is all about? here’s a bit of the skinny- for the last 10 years I’ve owned and operated a women’s bra fitting / lingerie store called, Teddies for Bettys, in Austin Tx. It will come as no surprise to you that i’ve spent most of the 10 years - you guessed it, in the dressing rooms. with women. listening to them reveal their most intimate secrets about their lives; from parenting, relationships, losses, sexual experiences, health concerns, drug and alcohol use, body image perceptions - you name it and how they’ve navigated their way through all of it.
I learned quickly that what was being revealed to me, wasn’t even being revealed to the people closest to them; be it out of embarrassment, shame, or fear of being judged and rejected…
Imagine the sense of relief when you realize you are not alone in your experiences. The relief of knowing that we all go through life and it’s struggles. That life, well, it’s pretty textbook and no experience is unique. Which if you ask me- is the part worth celebrating. okay, but If you asked my therapist, he’d tell you I was insulted when he told me my problems were textbook. I couldn’t imagine that anyone had ever been through what I had… or that they could feel the way I do… I honestly had to question his credentials and our client patient relationship until he broke it down.
And so I’ve learned We aren’t alone.
and By sharing our experiences/ stories, we can connect, heal and move on.
Now that my friends, is a fucking relief.
which is WHY we are here! Each week I will be sharing confessions from my life and yours. there will be interviews, stories read, there will be voices heard. I want to hear your confessions- both tragic and hilarious- the ones you swear no one will understand - the ones you are convinced shaped you for better or worse- I’ll be like a high priestess listening. sacred style. and our listeners will vow to hold space, not judge but imagine what that might be like. What do you think? You ready to confess? Let's do it…