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The Authenticity Experiment

The Authenticity Experiment

By Megan ZonaLife
A podcast where we talk with people from all walks of life about how they learned about living authentically and how they discovered who they truly are behind the expectations and masks of society.
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Episode 14: Layla, Advocate for Tiny Humans
 This week I have my conversation with Layla who is both fierce and funny.  I enjoyed getting to know her and her journey immensely.  She is a school counselor who works with children primarily diagnosed with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder and helps them navigate a neurotypical world a little more smoothly. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much I did. If you would like to connect with Layla: Instagram: @theneurodivergentcounselor The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life https://linktr.ee/MeganZonaLife If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out.
44:09
August 25, 2022
Episode 13: Mary, Wounded Healer
CW: Themes of mental health, Sexual Abuse, and Christianity  If you are not in a space to listen to those themes, feel free to skip this week's episode.   My friend Mary is a beautiful soul full of unconditional love and what feels like infinite patience.  She is a light to those who struggle with mental health and addiction.  She is also an advocate for those in the foster care system.  Her journey to finding herself hasn't always been easy but she has found peace in her woundedness.   The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life https://linktr.ee/MeganZonaLife If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out.
32:16
August 18, 2022
Episode 12: Mike, Honest and Real
This week's episode features a former coworker of mine, Mike.  He discusses his journey to authenticity through getting sober and a path of dishonesty that he struggled to escape.  CW: Mike discusses his path with mental health and suicidality.  He also discusses spiritual beliefs that may be triggering for some. The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life https://linktr.ee/MeganZonaLife If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out.
35:15
August 11, 2022
Episode 11: Anna P, Behind the Bathrobe
The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. CW: We talk about mental health struggles in this podcast which may be triggering for some.   This week's conversation is with Anna P who has made her name on social media through her Bathrobe Chronicles series and her authentic experiencing of mental health in her life.  Anna discusses her journey to finding her voice and creative outlet as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  She is heart-warmingly genuine and open about herself throughout our conversation and shows that it's okay to have rough days. If you would like to connect with Anna: She is on Instgram and TikTok as @akprzy.   Her website:  https://akprzy.com/ If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life https://linktr.ee/MeganZonaLife If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out.
43:22
August 04, 2022
Birthday Bonus
A little bonus for my birthday. Some authentic thoughts in the moment about the world and what I've experienced since entering the "middle ages."  The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life https://linktr.ee/MeganZonaLife If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out.
15:44
August 03, 2022
Episode 10: Danielle: Healing Hunbot
This week's conversation is with Danielle, a licensed therapist and podcast hostess who continues to seek her own healing on a daily basis.  Danielle talks about figuring out who she is in juxtaposition to different relationships in her life.  She also explores how she used to mask her true self in order to seek acceptance and approval from others.  I always enjoy when I get to have conversation with Danielle.  She is an amazing human who seeks to bring light to the darkness for others.  If you would like to connect with Danielle: Podcast From Huns to Humans  https://anchor.fm/danielle6575 Instagram: @from_huns_to_humans TikTok: @fromhunstohumans The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life https://linktr.ee/MeganZonaLife If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out. Want to show support for the show? Buy me a coffee (otherwise known as Megan Juice) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ysryXTh64n This podcast is sponsored by Anchor FM, the platform I am able to use seamlessly to provide you with content every week.  
51:44
July 28, 2022
Episode 9: Anna R: Transformational Phoenix
The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. This week's episode is a conversation with my friend Anna.  Anna and I discuss her journey to finding her authentic self through accountability and a series of hard choices.  Anna shares how her worldview has led her to want to help others find a different path to life and continues to find ways to be a light in the darkness for others.   If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out.
01:06:48
July 21, 2022
Episode 8 Victoria: Spiritual Connector
The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. This conversation features Victoria who is an animal communicator and spiritual healer that I was connected with via a mutual friend.  We explore how Victoria has come to embrace her authenticity and find a spiritual path that allows her to embrace her gifts in a society that may not always accept them.  Victoria discusses her connection with animals and giving them a voice and acknowledges times in her life when she did not feel as though she had a voice herself.  Want to connect with Victoria or start services with her?  Her website is: https://victoriaglod.weebly.com/ If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out.
51:01
July 14, 2022
Episode 7: Lionel, The Music Man
This week's episode features Lionel who shares his experiences with getting off drugs, finding his passion, and returning to his first love- music.  We talk about similar paths we have taken and discuss what it means to have your authenticity evolve in ways you never expected.   The Authenticity Experiment is a series of conversations with a variety of people who are exploring their path to authenticity. It asks the question, “how do we discover our authentic selves?” and hopefully provides some answers. It is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health condition nor is it meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional. The experiences and opinions shared by guests are their own. If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life If you would like to be a guest or have your experience shared on the show anonymously, please reach out.
44:13
July 07, 2022
Episode 6: Lisa, The Warrior Woman
The Authenticity Experiment is not meant to diagnose or treat any mental health disorders.  It is an ongoing conversation about how to discover and embrace our authentic selves and honor who that person is.  Guests share their stories in their own words with their own opinions and viewpoints.  This week's episode features Lisa, a military veteran who shares her experiences with discovering how she shed ideas of who she thought she should be and embraced herself.  She explores coming to a place of acceptance for who she is and acceptance of some not so fun experiences she has had along the way. Want to connect with the show: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life I would love to hear from you!  Feel free to share things with me that you would like shared on the podcast, even if you aren't ready to tell the story yourself. 
59:15
June 30, 2022
Episode 5: Laurie The Humor Whisperer
CONTENT WARNING: Themes of mental health and addiction discussed. The Authenticity Experiment is not meant to diagnose or treat any mental health conditions.  It is also not meant to substitute for traditional therapy with a trained professional.  It is a conversation that is every evolving in order to help others discover the path to their authentic selves.  The conversations held sometimes discuss topics that may be difficult or triggering for others, so listen at your own pace and comfort level. If you would like to connect with the show: Instagram @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life Or with Laurie, our guest for the week: www.thehumorwhisperer.com IG: @elle_jaying
47:13
June 23, 2022
Episode 4: Patrick, The Sparkle King
The Authenticity Experiment is a conversation that encourages guests and listeners to examine what they believe authenticity to be, how they experience it, and pivotal moments that have helped them identify their sense of self.  It is not meant to diagnose or treat any mental health condition and is not meant to replace traditional therapy with a trained professional.  The people featured are real people with valid thoughts, feelings, and experiences that they have been willing to share with me voluntarily.   Content warning: themes of mental health, mention of suicidal ideation, grief. If you want to connect with Patrick from this episode: Instagram: I am the_sparkle_king  Twitter: @unpackedsparkle Website: patrickrolandauthor.weebly.com If you want to connect with podcast: Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life
38:28
June 16, 2022
Episode 3: Mizz Pinapplez: Pure Fire
The Authenticity Experiment is not meant to diagnose or treat a mental health issues.  Nor is it meant to replace traditional mental health treatment options with a trained professional.  It is meant to be a dialogue about how we experience our authentic selves in daily living and hopefully assist others on their path to becoming more authentic. Mizz Pineapplez is a woman I was blessed to meet during one of her more transformative experiences and we have been able to maintain a friendship since that time.  She has evolved in the last seven years that I have known her in a way that is truly authentic and inspiring to watch.  She radiates pure fire and passion for life and is always seeking to find and spread joy.   CW: Adult themes and language. Want to connect with Pineapple?  https://mizzpineapplez.com/ Rave Circus: https://www.ravecircus.com/ Want to connect with the podcast?  Instagram @authenticityexperiment  Email: megan@thatzona.life
28:36
June 08, 2022
Episode 2: Amber- The Badass Basement Bish
The Authenticity Experiment is not meant to diagnose or treat mental health issues nor is it meant to be a substitute for mental health services with a professional.  It is merely meant to be a dialogue about how we experience authenticity as humans and the role authenticity can play in our lives.  Guests tell their stories and their truth as they experience it.   CW: brief mention of mental health issues, suicidal ideation, and language.  Amber and I talk about how she has shed expectations of others in order to become her true self.  Amber talks about her journey to being a small business owner and her ability to find her audience.  One of her claims to fame is putting Elliott Stabler's fine behind on a tumbler and putting stickers into her orders that she finds fun.  Want to connect with Amber?   Website: https://www.rebmashop.com/collections/all TikTok: @rebmashop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebmashops/shop/?ref_code=search_hcm_cta&ref_surface=global_search Want to connect with the podcast? Instagram: @authenticityexperiment Email: megan@thatzona.life
34:42
June 02, 2022
Episode 1: Authentically Me
Welcome to the first episode of The Authenticity Experiment!  This is the episode where I tell you some about my journey to finding my authentic self and what authenticity means to me.  I was planning on recording and releasing this episode sooner, but a cold with laryngitis got in my way.  You can still hear some of the sickness in my voice but hey, that's authentic, right?   This podcast is not meant to diagnose or treat any mental illness, nor is it meant to be a substitute for therapy with a trained professional.  If you would like to be a guest on the podcast, you can contact me through the podcast IG page @authenticityexperiment or email me at megan@thatzona.life. Don't forget to like, share, and subscribe! Links to other things including a place to support me by helping keep me caffeinated can be found here:  https://linktr.ee/MeganZonaLife
29:30
May 26, 2022
The Authenticity Experiment Trailer
My name is Megan Williams and I am a Master's level therapist in the state of Arizona.  I have spent almost 20 years in behavioral health helping others find their authentic selves and learn how to live more authentically in their identity.  The Authenticity Experiment will explore how people find their own authenticity and the pivotal moments in their lives that have taught them who they are.  Join us as we explore who we are, who we want to be, and how we can live our most authentic lives.   This podcast is not intended to be used for diagnosing or treating any mental health disorder.  It is meant to educate and entertain and should not be used in the place of working with a mental health professional.  
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May 10, 2022