By Helen Sustarich
Where we talk about life, honestly. The biggest left turn Society has taken was when we stopped having genuine conversation and I've volunteered as tribute to change that. There is no limit to the conversation only endless opportunities for learning, evolving, and embracing. I'm super excited for this dope journey and even more excited for the memories we'll make through every conversation. So be open minded during these talks and understand, I am just a Blagical Woman out here making the most out of the life I was given.
In loving memory,
In loving memory,
Talking Life Honestly : Success & Positivity
You can literally FEEL the positive vibes just from LISTENING to this episode! It's always a blast to have conversations with like-minded people, and my girl Tyerra over at the Impressions Show is definitely one of those people who brings the good energy! This episode we talk success: what it looks like to us, how we maintain it, and even balancing success! As always, I hope you gain something from this conversation, and if nothing else, stayed for the vibes!
September 28, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Overcoming
On this episode I get to have a chill conversation with the Host of the 1130 Podcast, Dre! We talk about some things we have overcome, how you can overcome, and even people who like to play that victim role so well. As always, this was an honest and open conversation with some good laughs in between. I hope you are able to take something from this episode, and if nothing else, enjoy some good vibes.
September 14, 2021
Y’all! It’s SEPTEMBER! Where the heck did the time go? Whew, I don’t know! I DO know that I have been enjoying life: I just returned from Hawaii from a well earned week of new memories; I love where I work and what I do; my family is well; my relationships are strong; the podcast is still getting played (amen!);I’m blessed!! Hoping that this month is YOUR time to keep doing you, return to doing you, or even relearning what that means. I’m with you in spirit always!
September 2, 2021
Talking Life Honestly : Perspective
In this episode, I talk about the concept "the grass being greener" & let me just say, this conversation has a lot of LOL moments (well it did for me :P)! In addition, I got to be honest with my Co-hosts on the Talking Wellness Podcast that Ty actually hosts every Thursday, live on Facebook and Youtube (go check us out!) It was really dope to get to have the guys on the show and have them be, well, honest. :D As always, I hope you get to keep some gems of advice from this episode, and if nothing else, the good vibes!
August 31, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Accountability
Listen, accountability has to be my one of my all time favorite attributes about myself and one that I look for in my friendships. So it is only right that in this episode I talk with this dope brotha, also a friend of mine, Franz and we talk accountability. We touch on the lack of, the struggles of it, and I even get held accountable DURING the episode--if that's not some Honestlyhelen I don't know what is. This is episode SIX, which means we are half-way through Season 2! Thank you for rocking with me this far and hope this is another one that brings insight and if nothing else, good vibes.
August 17, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Mental Health within the Black Community
THIS episode, has been one of the most educational episodes I've had the pleasure of having on this Podcast thus far🎉. I get to speak with Dr. Kimya who is the owner of the organization 365 Diversity. She is also an Activist Sociologist Criminologist Educator Evaluator I am hoping that like myself, you were able to learn something from this conversation. It's a conversation that I have never had from a Black Woman’s perspective and one that really got me to thinking about my community and how 'strong' we are. It made me more aware of the way we we hide our traumas and how we relate to each other. Sending love to anyone dealing with mental health, especially if you are a person of color. 💛
August 3, 2021
It’s August! Which means we are 8 months into 2021 and I’m sending you nothing but good vibes!
August 2, 2021
Karma is real! You got a moment?! Lemme share this tale with you ☺️
July 24, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Motherhood
**Explicit language & heavy use of the word b*tch which is my my favorite endearment for a close girlfriend.**. First off let me just say, it's nothing like having an honest conversation with someone you love, respect, & have been through some thangs with, ya know what I'm saying?! This episode I talk to a long time and good friend of mine, Brianna, and we talk motherhood as well as co-parenting with a partner who isn't consistent. I throughly enjoyed this episode not only because the topic was a good one, it was because it was a cool & honest conversation I got to have with a long time friend. I hope you were able to take something from this episode, and if nothing else, the good vibes! Super big shoutout to my girl Bri for kicking ass while being a Mamabear
July 20, 2021
I love seeing confidence in spaces where historically, I would not
July 11, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Friends
First off, the vibes of this conversation? Everything! So many good laughs with Berrin (and you get a better glimpse into my interesting comparisons, ha). The energy, the chemistry, the honest conversation, yaaasss! The beauty of it all is the topic for this episode is about friends! I am a HUGE fan of getting different perspectives on the same topic because duh right? Season One, I talked Friendships with a girlfriend of mine so Season Two I wanted to talk Friendships with Berrin, a fellow Floridian brotha! We talk the meaning of friends of the opposite sex, forgiveness, being a part of the cool kids club, and more. IF nothing else, I hope the good laughs, the genuine banter, & the love, is felt & appreciated. SN: Am I the only one that thinks Berrin has the best voice for radio?
July 6, 2021
Don’t be shy to tell someone your accomplishments. Take pride in them. Shout it from the rooftops. Give yourself that recognition everyone else does and LOVE EVERY MOMENT ❤️
July 1, 2021
Talking Life Honestly:Healing
Sexual Trauma is a multifaceted topic and I wanted to make sure we did it right! Carlos graciously agreed to join us again on the Honestlyhelen Podcast to talk about his healing journey! It was such an insightful conversation, with some gems being dropped along the way. I hope this episode provides you some comfort, and if nothing else, some good old conversation.
June 22, 2021
Not I said “Mona Lisa wasn’t painted overnight.” 🤣🤣 Point being: give you’re all with what you do without sacrificing your all.
June 15, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Sexual Trauma
EXPLICIT LANGUAGE and Trigger Warning subject. ~ The topic is a heavy one & we have it the only way how--honestly. This was such a fun--in light of the subject matter--and illuminating conversation because Carlos is so open and such a dope person there was never a moment of awkwardness! I will forever be humbled by Carlos' trust in me with his story. I hope you are moved while listening, and if you can relate, I hope you feel heard in this episode, and know you are LOVED so much by me, if not anyone else. "Trauma is not your fault, but healing is your responsibility." -Carlos P.S Around the 20 minute mark is where the story gets personal. Resources: wingsfound.org
June 8, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Season Two
It’s here!!!!!!! Thank you thank you for rocking with me this entire time!!! I am too excited for this day to be here and to spread some more Honestlyhelen love!!
June 7, 2021
We are SIX MONTHS into 2021. You making it do what it do, friend?!
June 1, 2021
Late night ramble: a rare talk with a muddled brain, be kind to me cause you know we keep it honest this way🤣
May 22, 2021
There is always someone doing the work behind the scenes that we don’t appreciate it. As I was watching this show called Stuck With You, I was reminded of that so ya know I had to share it with y’all!
May 14, 2021
Whew, customer service is all about the customer. How come people don’t get that y’all?! TELL ME 😭
May 6, 2021
Remembering it is important to appreciate your hard work. Appreciate the fruits of your labor, friend!
May 5, 2021
May is bringing me new opportunities and I want to encourage you to explore yours! Take this new month and claim it! 🥰
May 2, 2021
When trying to have a discussion, understand we all have opinions. Don’t let someone insult YOU versus the opinion.
April 26, 2021
Y’all know my phrase by now- it ain’t never that deep. This Shenanigans comes with a short story time & a message about not letting the little things stress you!
April 17, 2021
Manifestation is real. Goal setting is powerful. Go after it. Don’t stop.
April 8, 2021
Never give up. You got this!
April 1, 2021
Trusting the process and a small preaching moment 🤣
March 26, 2021
Derrick Jaxson 🤣 Oh how the Mighty fall
March 23, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Grief (v.2)
Alright, so THIS particular episode will always be near and dear to me for 2 big reasons: it was my FIRST episode of Season One and we talk about Grief from losing a parent we were close to. This episode originally is ONLY on Spotify because of a glitch. This worked out perfectly because it allowed me to re-edit this episode so I can upload it on all streaming platforms as the FINAL episode of Season One. For my new listeners, this episode is emotional and we don't hold back so be ready. For my returning listeners, this will still feel like a new episode for you with the sense of déjà vu. DISCLAIMER: Apologies for the random notification dings, a part of me being new at this initially, I didn't know the sound would come through haaha. Also, the ending is abruptly cut because I didn't know it had stopped recording LOL.
March 22, 2021
This world is hurting. You do your part: be kind to someone. Love someone harder. Spread the good feelings not the hate.
March 19, 2021
I just HAD to give my two cents on this toxic parenting debacle we got going on with the Kirk Franklin situation. Take a listen & gimme ya opinion 🤣
March 16, 2021
Honestlyhelen Shenanigans: Updates & what not!
Hey y’all! I have some updates about the Podcast I wanted to share and also introduce myself formally, to my new listeners and continued listeners 🥰
March 13, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Taking a Break
Detoxing, going on a hiatus, however you want to code it, but adding space between things we love doing, is sometimes needed in life; especially with almost anything we do excessively. In this episode I talk with a good college friend of mine, Adrian about his journey with distancing himself from lust and all things lust involved. I thoroughly enjoyed the episode and hope you do too! So take a listen and feel free to hit me up on IG (honestlyhelen_) or my email @ (firstname.lastname@example.org) for feedback, opinions, and/or comments! DISCLAIMER: Rated R content for sure and plenty explicit language so be mindful if you are a person more sensitive to this language :)
March 8, 2021
You are in control of your emotions. So be in control of your day. Don’t let others dictate how that day will go. Breathe. Asses. Move on.
March 6, 2021
I want to hear from you, my BLAGICAL family! So hit me up via email (email@example.com) and or on my Instagram (honestlyhelen_)! Give me your thoughts, opinions, feedback, I want to hear it. ☺️
March 1, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Identity
The timing is impeccable with this episode!! It's Black History Month and on this episode I talk identity with an amazing girlfriend of mine, Asmara; due to the fact we both come from a household where we didn't exactly look like our parents is an interesting part of our background that I thought made perfect for this conversation. I found this conversation to be very enlightening and honest; and although race is a topic that is met with disdain, this time around it was full of laughter and some good old fashion wine drinking ;). I hope you feel the good vibes as much as we did and enjoy the conversation even more, so take a listen! DISCLAIMER: Adult beverages were RESPONSIBLY consumed during the recording of this episode ;)
February 22, 2021
Recharge! We stay in Go mode and forget how important it is to recharge ourselves in order to keep sharp. Recharge, my BLAGICAL tribe!
February 12, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Self Love
Self love!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE talking about self love and it was so fun and light having this conversation with a good friend of mine, Alberto--who also has his own Podcast called The Three Friends Go Criterion! It was super special not only because its Black History & Love month , but I got to talk about this with a man and I feel like we just don't hear these conversations enough! So take a listen and create a list of the things you love about yourself the things you do to show yourself love & then love yourself more!
February 8, 2021
Stop wanting to compete with the Jones’ cause what’s meant for THEM is not for YOU.
February 3, 2021
Black History Month in the year 2021. It’s time to do more. I challenge you to do more if not, just for the month of February
February 2, 2021
Your purpose is BIG which means it takes time. Give yourself that time 🥰
January 28, 2021
Make a bad day, a better bad day. & HUGE thank you to all of you that listen, stream, download, share, the Honestlyhelen Podcast. I love you indefinitely ❤️
January 27, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Sisterhood
It's my 26th and MY GIFT to you, is an episode with my best friend, my day 1, my backbone, my heart, my sister. This is a special episode so it's a different vibe with this one. Hope you enjoy it if for nothing else, the experience of my sisterhood with my sister 🥰 #TeamAquarius
January 25, 2021
Talking Life Honestly: Co-parenting
I love where my conversations take me with my guests, and today's episode is no different! I got to talk about co-parenting and enjoy the journey that conversation took us naturally. I couldn't think of a better way to do that other than having a honest conversation with a Black Father who has managed to collect some gems about co-parenting through his own journey by understanding how expectations played a huge role in his failure with it. Intrigued? Take a listen! DISCLAIMER: I was tested the most with editing this episode LOL, and I don't know why--but I so appreciate you bearing with me as I learn with every new episode
January 12, 2021
The events that happened at the Capitol—there’s a lesson there outside of the obvious lesson.
January 8, 2021
Happy New Year my BLAGICAL family. 2021 is only going to be as good as you make it, so make it PHENOMENAL!
December 31, 2020
Talking Life Honestly: Labels
On today's episode I got to talk about labels with a super amazing friend of mine, Jeremy! Both of us are from the 904 and somehow moved to the 415, months within each other and became inseparable which made this episode such a pleasure! Labels are almost everything and through this conversation that we let the conversation take us where it wanted, we learned that labels should be a reference point, no the meaning. Jeremy even made me get a little more personable on this episode so you get to know more about me than you did before.
December 28, 2020
Your reputation is a representation of YOU. Make sure it’s accurate.
December 19, 2020
Talking Life Honestly: Technology
'Social Media' or 'Technology'? Do they conjure up different emotions when you think of them or are they synonymous to you? In this very episode I got to talk to an OG about social media's impact from his perspective and I was pleasantly surprised with where the conversation went. Technology has been changing our lives since they figured out how to take pictures way back when, but today's technology? Continues to grow and shape how WE interact not only with each other but the World.
December 14, 2020
Expectations can really fuck you up if you let them.
December 10, 2020
Talking Life Honestly: Black in America
Y'all know what it is: an HONEST conversation. So with that being said, this episode was such a raw conversation with my cousin who I love and appreciate so much for being so open and conversating (yeah, I typed that) with me about what it means, in our perspective, to be Black in America. And it was a conversation that I thoroughly enjoyed editing and was able to reflect back on my own thoughts and my own sterotypes of my Black people. I hope if anything, this conversation you just enjoy the honesty of it but more importantly you wanna have a conversation with someone about what it means to them to be Black in America.
December 3, 2020
It’s Dec 1, 2020. We made it to the last month of 2020. Amen. RIH Our Angel, Demetria🙏🏾🕊❤️
December 1, 2020
Wolves in Sheep’s clothing-be mindful of these people. Guard your energy, your peace.
November 28, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving my BLAGICAL family! Just wanted to drop a quick message for you, apologies for the aggressive breaths u may hear every once in a while 😂 but it’s early and I don’t believe in redoing something a 100 times so it’s perfect. Love y’all and be safe
November 24, 2020
Talking Life Honestly: Friendship
I've always felt like finding a true friendship with another woman was always more work than the pay-off. As I have grown into a woman; I have lost friends, friendship dynamics have changed, but I've actually found myself with at-least a few strong, trust-worthy, loyal, loving--women friends. To talk about this, I reached out to my girl Lien because of her experience with her best friend, and was blessed with an honest conversation that was refreshing. Join us in this conversation that goes through a brief journey of friendships (with a dabble of romantic relationships)--specifically between women, and the power of self love and knowing your love language.
November 22, 2020
The power of music
November 20, 2020
Smell the flowers now!
November 13, 2020
Talking Life Honestly: Double Standards
Have you ever listened to two Aquarius' have a conversation about Double Standards? Well in today's episode you get to, and let me tell you: this conversation took a life of it's own! Have a quick listen as we talk about double standards, relationhips, and even sexuality! WARNING: explicit language, strong words, and a number of what some may consider sensitive double standards come up. DISCLAIMER: Still working on the editing and learning that aspect, so be kind, 'kay?
November 9, 2020
Just me and my two cents on voting
November 3, 2020
Introduction to the Honestlyhelen Podcast!
I just wanted to introduce the official Honestlyhelen Podcast! I hope you get something from each episode even if it’s just a laugh!
November 2, 2020
Talking Life Honestly: Grief
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
DISCLAIMER: Editing of this episode was a learning moment, so bare with ya girl as I navigate this Podcast journey and all that it encompasses. On this episode I have a honest conversation with my girl Jade. We allowed ourselves to be vulnerable and have a conversation that a lot of the times is overlooked although it affects everyone: grief. We also covered what respect looks like and being authentically you when the world isn't ready for that. Join us on this very rewarding and emotional ride.
October 29, 2020