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Empowered Authenticity: The Podcast

Empowered Authenticity: The Podcast

By Kelly Shoppa
Welcome to Empowered Authenticity, where we celebrate the beauty of authenticity, optimism, and kindness!
I'm your host, Kelly Shoppa, Confidence Coach and founder of Empowered Authenticity. This podcast is for everyone wanting to add some feel-good vibes to your day.
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Katy Weber & Jules Edwards
This week, we are joined by Katy Weber and Jules Edwards of Women & ADHD, an online community for women to share their experiences of living with ADHD. As we learn in the episode, girls are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed when it comes to ADHD due to a difference in outward behaviors between girls and boys. As a result, we are seeing more women diagnosed later in life. Katy and Jules share with us their experiences of being diagnosed in adulthood, discuss how ADHD presents in males and females, and provide insight on techniques they use to better manage their ADHD and stop thinking they're broken. Follow Women & ADHD Women & ADHD Podcast Tik Tok @womenandadhdpodcast Instagram @katyweber.adhd @womenandadhdpodcast Twitter @womenandadhd Facebook @womenandadhd @katyweberadhd LinkedIn @womenandadhd Shop This Week's Advertisements Feminist Trash Store (20% OFF COUPON CODE: KELLY) Wet For Her
April 30, 2022
Abbey Griffith
*** TRIGGER WARNING*** Mention of disordered eating The fitness industry - full of meat heads, bro tanks, and protein shakes. While it's fun to make jokes, we can't deny the more insidious side of the fitness industry, such as anti-fat bias, overexercising, and orthorexia. Knowing these dark sides all too well, Abbey Griffith opened Clarity Fitness, the first body positive fitness center in Georgia. She and her team aim to assist clients in releasing shame around their bodies, building confidence, and finding joy in movement. Follow Abbey and Clarity Fitness Instagram @ClarityDecatur Twitter @ClarityDecatur Facebook @ClarityDecatur Shop This Episodes Advertisements DogTV Cupshe
April 23, 2022
Maggie Compernolle
How do you react when you hear the word 'death'? For many of us, our natural inclination is to recoil and push from our minds the fact that we, everyone we love, and everything around us will one day die. Like most things, ignoring death doesn't make it magically go away. As such, many of us are scared of death and unprepared for the inevitable end of life. Let's start having conversations and figure out how we can die and live better. Maggie Compernolle is a hospice nurse, death educator, yoga instructor, and the owner of Life At Sunset. Maggie is passionate about normalizing conversations surrounding death, dying, and grief. She also seeks to support those who are currently going through the dying process and their loved ones.  During this week's episode, we discuss the role of death workers, the many emotions surrounding death, and how we can support each other in times of grief. Maggie has many incredible offerings - 1:1 coaching, weekly online discussions, and workshops for those interested in completing an Advanced Directive and would like assistance. Learn More About Maggie & Life at Sunset Instagram @lifeatsunset_maggie
April 16, 2022
Tina Mathams
For many years, it was believed that ADHD primarily presented in males - the little boy who can't sit still and is always disrupting class. Through research and experience however, it's been determined that ADHD is just as prevalent in women and we're still learning how ADHD can present differently in different people. As a result, women often remain undiagnosed until later in life.  This week's guest, Tina Mathams, received her ADHD diagnosis in her 30s after her son was diagnosed. Since her diagnosis, she has gained followers on social media by providing resources and tips to help folks with ADHD better handle their finances.  If you have ADHD or suspect you have ADHD, I suspect this interview will make you feel extremely validated! Follow Tina Instagram @TheADHDAccountant Youtube @ADHDMoney
April 02, 2022
Amy Rapone
***TRIGGER WARNING: Frequent Mentions of Eating Disorders*** You all know I love geeking out about body liberation and Health At Every Size, which is why I couldn't be more excited for this week's guest, Amy Rapone! Amy is an anti-diet dietitian, a body image coach, the owner of Rad Love Nutrition, and the host of Rad Love Radio. She shares with me her journey to body liberation and her path to helping others overcome diet culture.  CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE PUBLIC COMMENT AND EAL SURVEY Follow Amy: Join Amy's Book Club Instagram @RadLove.Nutrition Rad Love Radio Podcast Join the Rad Love Patreon Learn More About Health At Every Size, Anti-Fat Bias, and Diet Culture: Belly of the Beast by Da'Shaun L. Harrison Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon Sick Enough by Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani Health At Every Size by Dr. Lindo Bacon Christy Harrison's Food Psych Podcast Shop This Week's Advertisers: DogTV Share-A-Sale Poo Pouri Cupshe
February 26, 2022
Shannon Kaneshige
This week we are joined by the founder of Fringe(ish), Shannon Kaneshige. Shannon is a fat and non-binary yoga instructor who seeks to empower others to take up space both on and off the mat. Having lived most of their life in a bigger body, they have struggled with body acceptance and finding their self-worth and have since reclaimed their power. It's no secret that our society is extremely weight-centric and places significant value on thinness. As such, Shannon is one of the many folks in larger bodies who has been the recipient of comments ranging from misinformed to downright cruel. Shannon's strength and resilience amidst adversity are remarkable. They are a beacon of hope for those in larger bodies and/or are marginalized in other capacities.  This is an amazing episode that you do not want to miss! Follow Shannon: Instagram @fringeish TikTok @fringeish Facebook @fringeish YouTube @fringeish Follow More Fat & Fat-Positive Yoga/Fitness Instructors: Dianne Bondy @diannebondyyogaofficial Amber Karnes @amberkarnesofficial Jessamyn Stanley @theunderbellyyoga Dana Falsetti @practicewithdana Jill Gillespie @roomtobeyoga Shanèl Dear @dearyoga Lauren Leavell @Laurenleavellfitness Buy Kelly Noel Zeva's debut novel, Approach: Barnes & Noble Amazon Shop This Week's Advertisements: Feminist Trash Store Grammarly Buy Merch
February 12, 2022
Cait Returns!
Cait Roberts blesses the podcast with her wonderful presence once again.Cait is a therapist, a mother, a widow, an amazing friend, and a bright source of good in this world! If you haven't listened to her first episode, I highly recommend it! This time around, we talk all things ethical non-monogamy and her experiences with polyamory. Follow Cait: Instagram @roberts.c.m Paulette Center Psychological Services Learn More about Ethical Non-Monogamy: TikTok @DecolonizingLove Instagram @PolyAmFam More Than Two: A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory - Franklin Veaux & Eve Rickert Shop this episodes ads: Wicked Temptations
February 05, 2022
Brenda Blanco
***TRIGGER WARNING: MENTIONS OF SUICIDE*** Yoga may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of trauma recovery, but it can be a powerful tool for many survivors. The meditative and movement aspects of yoga can help to calm the Central Nervous System and help to build a sense of trust and intuition from within.  This weeks guest, Brenda Blanco, is a mental health advocate and yoga instructor who is certified in Yoga for Trauma Recovery. Brenda shares with us her path to becoming a Trauma Recovery Yoga instructor and how yoga has contributed to her healing journey. She also describes what it means to be trauma-informed in the yoga community and what one might expect from a Yoga for Trauma Recovery class. We share about grief, resilience, and authenticity in this raw, emotional episode. We laugh. We cry. We celebrate life. We mourn those we've lost. And we keep going. Follow Brenda Instagram @la_spanglish_yogi_ Mental Health & Suicide Support National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Call 1-800-950-6264 or Text "NAMI" to 741741 Learn More About Trauma & Yoga for Trauma Recovery The Body Keeps the Score - Bessel van der Kolk, MD Dray Gardner's Silent Savasana Yoga Shop This Week's Advertisers: Grammarly Wicked Temptations
January 29, 2022
Sam Cartina, Intuitive Eating RD
Diet Culture: it's everywhere. From TV ads promising your dream body in a matter of weeks to your aunt telling you about her newest diet endeavor. The truth, however, is that diets don't work - they make you no healthier and are often unsustainable. Enter Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size. Sam Cartina is an Intuitive Eating Dietitian helping coach others to respect and trust their bodies and escape the drudgery of diet culture. Sam shares with us how she discovered the toxicity of diet culture, moved towards food freedom, and is now helping others on the path. Follow Sam: Instagram @Food.Freedom.Newbies Facebook Group: Intuitive Eating Newbies Learn More: Intuitive Eating Health At Every Size - Dr. Lindo Bacon Advertisements: Share-A-Sale DogTV
January 22, 2022
ashe phoenix
Everyone knows the stereotypical stoner depiction: the red-eyed slacker goofball. Though cannabis use is becoming more widely accepted in the United States, it may still be surprising to some that it's possible to enjoy weed, reap benefits from it, and still be a functioning part of society. Sharing with us the history behind cannabis prohibition (if you guessed racism, you would be correct) and the many cultural and medicinal uses of the herb is weed advocate, ashe phoenix. ashe is a cofounder of We Go High, a cannabis justice organization which seeks to increase cannabis access in prohibition states and highlight the natural connection between cannabis consumption and prison abolition. We Go High believes all cannabis use is medicinal and that no one should be in jail for weed. Through education and visibility campaigns, We Go High aims to destigmatize cannabis consumption in an effort to further decriminalization and decarceration efforts surrounding cannabis. Follow and support We Go High Instagram @WeGoHighNC Shops This Week's Advertisers: Share-A-Sale DogTV
January 15, 2022
2021 Update/2022 Reflections
Join me as I wrap up 2021 with gratitude for new experiences, relationships, and accomplishments. What's coming in 2022? Listen to find out! Buy Empowered Authenticity merch at Learn more about affiliate marketing with Share-A-Sale
January 08, 2022
Dr. Sand Chang
Happy New Year! I can't believe it's 2022 already. If the holidays have you feeling burned out, you're tired of all the 'New Year, New Me' talk, and you feel as though one more advertisement from Noom might make you scream, then I welcome you to this sweet retreat. This week we are joined by Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Sand Chang. Dr. Sand has more than 15 years of experience providing training and mental health services and is passionate about decolonizing the field of psychology. In addition to their work as a mental health clinician, they also offer DE&I trainings to assist businesses and organizations in their efforts to create more inclusive environments. I can't think of a better way to kick off the New Year than with this hopeful episode focusing on mental wellbeing and inclusion! Follow Dr. Sand Instagram @HeyDrSand Resources from Dr. Sand FREE PDF Download - Divesting from Diet Culture: 10 Tips from Thriving Through the Holidays Healing from Diet Culture Decolonizing Trans Health Internal Family Systems & Trans Communities Shop This Week's Advertiser: Womanizer
January 01, 2022
Whitney Catalano
What better time than Christmas Day to talk about burnout, balance, and boundaries? This week, we are joined by Success and Energetic Alignment Coach Whitney Catalano. Whitney works with creatives and folks with ADHD to focus on their passions, heal burnout, and build success outside the box. Follow Whitney: Instagram @WhitneyCatalano Twitter @WhitneyCatalano TikTok @WhitneyCatalano Find the Wet For Her product that's right for you!
December 25, 2021
Let's dive into Dance Culture with Aranivah! Aranivah was raised in El Salvador and is now living in New York City. She performs burlesque, plays the accordion in a punk rock band, and specializes in teaching alternative dance styles. Her mission is to share dance and LatinX culture with others. Follow Aranivah: TikTok @Aranivah5 Facebook - Dance Culture by Aranivah Instagram @Aranivah Youtube - Aranivah Find the perfect We-Vibe for yourself or someone else!
December 18, 2021
The Good Doctors: Kristen Donnelly & Erin Hinson
You've likely heard the terms diversity, inclusion, oppression, and privilege. They've become buzzwords and the basis of many conversations surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. But what do they actually mean and how can they be put into practice? The Good Doctors of Abbey Research, Kristen Donnelly and Erin Hinson join me this week to break down these topics and explore how empathy, learning, and making mistakes can change the world for the better. Abbey Research exists to empower inclusive communities to cultivate and activate their empathy. Empathy is an intellectual posture, not an emotional response, and they believe it is powered by curiosity and is mandatory to change the world. They have an active YouTube channel, a thrice weekly podcast, and travel the world giving workshops and keynotes to help organizations in their expanded empathy. Kristen Donnelly (MSW, M.Div, PhD) is a TEDx speaker, international empathy educator, and researcher with two decades of experience in helping people understand the beauty in difference, and the power in inclusivity. She is one of The Good Doctors of Abbey Research, COO of their parent company, and an unapologetic nerd for stories of change. Kristen lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, where they are surrounded by piles of books and several video game consoles. Erin Hinson (MA, PhD) is a researcher, educator, and tea enthusiast with over a decade of experience in cultivating curiosity in herself and others. As one of The Good Doctors of Abbey Research, Erin advocates for inclusion, equity, and understanding through conversation. She lives in Pittsburgh with her mother, cat, and international gin collection. Abbey Research is part of Abbey Companies, a family owned network of businesses that Dr. Kristen owns with her brother, Brian Nielsen. Their mission is to impact lives and create wealth, which they’ve been doing in a variety of industries for over 30 years. You can learn more here on the website of Abbey Color, their flagship company. Follow The Good Doctors: Website: YouTube: Abbey Research Instagram @AbbeyResearch Facebook: Abbey Research Twitter @AbbeyResearch LinkedIn  The Culture Cast Podcast TEDxSouthLakeTahoe: “How Embracing Tolerance Has Failed Us” TEDxFarmingdale: “The Cultural Aftermath of the Northern Irish Troubles” (please note, this title was chosen by TED and is misleading. The talk is about the lie of ‘back to normal’) Find the Pjur lubricant that's right for you!
December 11, 2021
Megan Orvold
Let's talk about death, baby! Oh, is that not how the song goes? Grief is weird and this week Death Doula, Megan Orvold joins us to discuss all things death and grief. Megan shares what it means to be a death doula and how she helps patients and their loved ones through the transition process. Death is a hard topic to talk about in Western societies. With the help of Megan and other death workers, it's time to bring the conversation to the forefront. Spoiler alert: we're all going to die. Perhaps by being more comfortable and informed, we can better enjoy the time we spend living. Follow Megan: Instagram @MetalMegs Facebook Resources: Accompanying the Dying National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) Quality of Life Care Find the LELO product that's right for you!
December 04, 2021
Alyson K. Loney of Virtus Hypnotheraphy
You are getting very sleepy...and other hypnotherapy tropes are discussed with the founder of Virtus Hypnotherapy, Alyson K. Loney. Alyson is a Board Certified Master Hypnotist and Clinical Hypnotherapist. Alyson answers all my questions about hypnosis and debunks myths and misconceptions. But don't worry. there's no way you'll be falling asleep during this riveting and interesting conversation. Follow Alyson: Instagram @VirtusHypnotherapy Facebook VirtusHypnotherapy Youtube: Virtus Hypnotherapy Find a Hypnotherapist: International Medical Dental Hypnotherapy Association: Visit & use code KELLYSHOPPA to receive 20% off your order.
November 27, 2021
Jean Wildest
Want to hear me fan girl super hard? This week we are joined by burlesque performer and trans/gender non-conforming advocate, Jean Wildest! Jean began his burlesque career with Gorilla Tango Burlesque and is currently a Haus member of Bad Taste Chicago and an art associate for PS...Burlesque. They also created the National Top Surgery Fund, which seeks to provide financial assistance for those planning to undergo top surgery (any masculinizing gender affirming surgery on a person’s chest) in 2022.  Follow Jean Wildest: Instagram @Wilde.Bananas National Top Surgery Fund Donate Apply Find the Womanizer Product that's right for you!
November 20, 2021
Crista Reid
Burlesque and kink and sexuality, oh my! Crista Reid joins us this week to talk sexual empowerment, consent, and more! Crista is a sex and kink educator who seeks to promote consent and safe spaces in all her endeavors. They are the founder and owner of Permission Productions - an event and productions company specializing in kinky tasting parties for experienced kinksters and newbies alike. Crista began performing with Boulder Burlesque in 2015 and has since moved into directing and production for the troupe. Follow Crista: Instagram @PermissionProductions Facebook - Permission Productions Follow Boulder Burlesque: Instagram @BoulderBurlesque Facebook - Boulder Burlesque Resources: Bonobo Network FetLife A Woman's Touch Awakening Boutique Interested in attending a Permission Productions kink party? The DV8 Kink Series - Knotty or Nice (21+) Saturday, December 18 2021, 8pm - 2am Whether you've been good or bad this year, there will be so much to enjoy at Knotty or Nice, a holiday kink tasting experience and DJ dance party.  We've got all the kinky cheer waiting for you.  So, unwind your rope, polish your leather, and don't forget to leave some cookies out for your Domme;  Knotty or Nice is coming to town. DV8 Distillery: 2480 49th St E, Boulder, CO 80301 $20 GA | $25 Door Find the perfect Womanizer to add to your collection today!
November 13, 2021
Kelly Noel Zeva of Erotic Empowerment
***TRIGGER WARNING*** Brief description of sexual violence and assault For this week's episode, we welcome holistic sex coach and founder and owner of Erotic Empowerment, Kelly Noel Zeva. In addition to being a sex  and relationship coach, they are also an author, an energy healer, and an all around fantastic human being! During our conversation, we cover kink, trauma healing, what sex coaching entails, their debut novel Approach, and more! I couldn't get enough of Kelly Noel's wisdom and highly encourage everyone to listen to this insightful and thoughtful interview! Follow Kelly Noel: Instagram: @Kelly.Noel.Zeva Facebook Group: Sexy Spiritual Badasses Erotically Empowered Limits List Find the Wet For Her product that's right for you!
November 06, 2021
Coach Baddie: Celine Manning
Coach Baddie herself, Miss Celine Manning graces us with her presence this week. Celine shares with us what it means to be a baddie, the beauty of authenticity, and the importance of living in the moment. You're certain to feel enlightened and inspired after this fantastic interview filled with laughter, optimism, and newly formed friendship. Follow Celine: Instagram @SexWithBaddies Youtube CelineLove247 Twitter @sexwithbaddies Patreon TikTok @SexWithBaddies The Baddie Blueprint Podcast Find the perfect We-Vibe for yourself or someone else!
October 30, 2021
Miss Victory Red
***TRIGGER WARNING*** brief mentions of sexual assault, eating disorders, and body dysmorphia Please join me in welcoming to the podcast the Bounteous Babe from a Bygone Era, Miss Victory Red! Victory is a single parent, a burlesque performer, a pin-up model, a costume designer, an author, and has a masters in psychology. Want to know how she has the energy to do it all? Me too! In this week's episode, we discuss body acceptance, burlesque, optimism, and more! Follow Miss Victory Red: Instagram: @MissVictoryRed Facebook: Dance Victory Red Purchase Victory Red & the Rising Phoenix: Books2Read Learn more about the organizations mentioned in this week's episode: GLCC The Trevor Project The Densho Project Topaz Museum Find the Pjur lubricant that's right for you!
October 23, 2021
Alicia Schmitt of Buxom Boudoir
This week we welcome Alicia Schmitt, photographer and founder of Buxom Boudoir! Alicia shares with us how she got started as a boudoir photography, how boudoir can be a tool for increased self-love, and some insider tips on taking a sexy selfie. Follow Buxom Boudoir: Instagram: @BuxomBoudoir Facebook: Buxom Boudoir Tik Tok: @BuxomBoudoir Learn More about Health At Every Size: Dr. Lindo Bacon's Health at Every Size Find the LELO product that's right for you!
October 16, 2021
Cait Roberts
This week's interview is with my good friend, Cait. She's a therapist, a mother, a widow, and an all around badass! We talk grief, polyamory, mental health, and more. Cait's strength and resilience is amazing. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel all the things in this honest and open conversation. My biggest thanks to Cait for being so willing to discuss these hard-hitting topics. Visit & use code KELLYSHOPPA to receive 20% off your order.
October 09, 2021
Dr. Maggie Landes
***TRIGGER WARNING*** Brief mentions of eating disorders Sick of diet culture? Me too! Dr. Maggie Landes joins us this week to talk Health At Every Size, how anti-fat bias shows up in the medical system, and what we can do to create a more inclusive culture of care. Maggie is an MD with a Masters in Public Health Nutrition who wants to change the way we see food, our bodies, and ourselves. If you dread seeing the number on the scale at the doctor's office, this episode is for you! Follow Maggie: Instagram @maggielandesmd Facebook @maggielandsmd The Eatfluencer Podcast Ragen Chastain's Cards to Help Fat Patients at the Doctor's Office Find the perfect Womanizer to add to your collection!
October 02, 2021
Rachal Duggan of RAD Illustrates
Illustrator and founder of RAD Illustrates, Rachal Duggan talks imposter syndrome, finding joy in the imperfections, and the beauty of realness. Follow Rachal: Instagram @radillustrates Patreon Website Etsy Find the Wet For Her product that's right for you!
September 25, 2021
Greg Orosz
Strong man Get Orosz shares with us what it's like being in the strong man world, how he got started, how he trains, and how he helps others. Greg and I have very different styles of coaching and hearing another perspective helps to expand our horizons and thought processes. Follow Greg: Follow Work Harder Fitness: Find the perfect We-Vibe for yourself or someone else!
September 18, 2021
Scott Meyer
Who knew interviewing your boyfriend could be so awkward? Scott shares with us the story of how he went from Texas to LA to Texas to Wisconsin. His outlook on career, passion, and life is inspiring. And it doesn't hurt that he's easy on the eyes. Find the Pjur lubricant that's right for you!
September 11, 2021
Manny Avila
Enjoy a conversation about optimism, energy, curiosity, and life with my former coworker and one of my all time favorite people, Manny Avila! Find the LELO product that's right for you!
September 04, 2021
Rachel Freer
TW: Episode includes mentions of sexual assault. This episode, we welcome my very first guest, my best friend and the founder of the Instagram account @pubhexplained, Rachel Freer. Rachel shares the origin of our friendship, what led to her career change from healthcare technology to public health, and how we can create more equitable communities for everyone. Visit & use code KELLYSHOPPA to receive 20% off your order.
August 28, 2021
Welcome to Empowered Authenticity: The Podcast. Join me on this journey and enjoy stories of resilience, trauma, grief, learning, strength, bravery, and the gamut of the human experience!
August 25, 2021