Community + connection. Real women, real stories, told in authentic and organic ways. Different backgrounds, diverse in countless ways with three crucial things in common: BRAVE INSPIRING BEAUTIFUL #women #community #sisterhood #authenticity
Misty had the chance to catch up with Samantha Ruckles, of Paper Crane of Hope. The interview was recorded just before the entire globe began to feel the impact of Covid-19, and Sam's message of hope and kindness felt so relevant. Now, with so much having changed, in such a short span of time, this message of hope and kindness feels even more dire.
Additionally, Samantha is absolutely delightful and our season 3 premiere may be the very thing we need right now!
Paper Crane of Hope
Paper Crane of Hope instagram
Paper Crane of Hope Facebook
#intuition #hope #kindness #Australia #PaperCrane #inspiringwomen #empowerment
This is episode one of our limited Mini- Series Collective Postscript. We will be bringing you anonymous letters, submitted to the show, each week. Episodes will vary in length, and transcripts from each episode can be found at Rainydayinmay.com
Surprise, it's a bonus episode! Misty & Maggie are chatting about the Oscars, womanhood, the dresses, the injustices and stuff that just might be a little too deep for an east coast Sunday late night. We brought Brie Jacobson (guest in episode 46) and author Mary Carver along for the party!
Brie Jacobson's Twitter
Brie Jacobson's Everytown article
Mary Carver's Website (featuring her blog, podcast, etc.)
Maggie & Misty had the absolute privilege of sitting down to talk with Brooklyn base boudoir photographer/artist Avital. She is funny, she is clever and she is using her love of photography to empower women in unexpected ways. We had an absolutely lovely conversation about sexy pictures, Gwen Stefani, long haul truckers and how we can use our gifts to help one another...
Links & info:
The Keepers, on Netflix
Out guest today is Michelle Rose. Michelle shares her extraordinary story of success, sudden debilitation and clawing her way back, and towards a life maybe even better than the one before everything changed. Her story is motivating, so relevant and inspiring.
Links and info:
A New Earth: Awakening to your Life's purpose
Misty and Nikki find themselves very fortunate to sit down with today's guest- Ashley McMillan. Ashley candidly shares about her life, with one arm, her marriage, parenthood and sharing this journey with her husband who has terminal brain cancer. Ashley shares with such honesty, grace and humor. She is honest about how her Faith has made all of the difference, and what self care looks like when her life is so filled with caring for everyone around her. Her's is a beautiful and rewarding story!
In this episode, Misty is lucky enough to sit down for a one on conversation with our guest Dana. Dana vulnerably recounts her story of domestic violence, delving deeply into important/key issues that a lot of "outsiders" may not understand. She addresses isolation, why victims often "stay", or "go back", and really gets personal.
Some of the topics in this episode may be uncomfortable.
Whether you're someone who has been in that position or not, Dana offers amazing wisdom about how to help and be supportive, even when we don't understand.
Her website's associated Instagram
State By State Domestic Violence Statistics
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Hello 2020! There are so many wise, witty and empowering things we could say about this new year (and new decade). Quite some time ago Misty and Nikki sat down for a talk with Jessica Silverman, and it became clear this conversation would be the perfect and positivity-chalked way to kick off this new chapter. Among the many kernels of beautiful wisdom Jessica gives to us, are:
- Overcoming burnout & exhaustion
- How Overthinking results in our undoing and simply manifests the very things we didn't want to happen.
- WHY it is time to prioritize connecting to our body
- Why we should learn to glorify rest.
- SO MUCH MORE...
Important Links and info:
Positivity Bias the book
Finding One's Passion + True Connection to Self
Jessica's Private Facebook Group
As we approach the end of 2019 and move towards, not only a new year, but also a new decade, we often find ourselves contemplating goals and feeling overwhelmed by finances. We decided to bring in an expert, both because this is what she does but ALSO because she got passionate about finances after being in that overwhelming place many of us have- and climbing out! Misty, Marion and Nikki sat down to chat with Niyani Armstrong. FULL of encouragement and PRACTICAL solutions, Niyani gives us a great conversation to help motivate us for this next calendar chapter!
Important Links and info:
Sometimes we have to talk about the hard things, and this is why we will occasionally bring in experts to share important information with us. This week Misty sits down to talk with Writer, Therapist, and coach Sharon Sheppard. Sharon specializes in working with women who are healing from childhood sexual trauma.
Though unintentionally, this episode can feel a little like a therapy session, too, which isn't a bad thing.
Important info & Relevant links:
Sexual Assault statistics
Collective Listeners- this is EPISODE 60! What?!?!? it has been an amazing journey together and today's episode is perfect for marking the occasion! We asked author Lyndsey Medford to come back and talk the enneagram. There is NOTHING educational about this episode, instead it is just four of us talking about what we know, what we don't, why it matters and why (we believe) everyone should learn about their numbers stat!
We here, at the Collective, are big fans of podcasts! (obvi!) If you're new to the enneagram, or find yourself overwhelmed with where to start, we've included some podcasts that aren't intimidating and can help. If you have other resources you'd like to share- we'd love that too!
important links & info:
The Road Back to You: The enneagram journey of self discovery (Optional Study Guide)
The Sacred Enneagram
The Road Back to You Podcast
Misty and Maggie sit down to chat with Tori Hill, women's advocate extraordinaire! It's true that Misty reached out to Tori, to come on the show, because she's kind of a mega fan. It is also fair to say that Tori is empowering and worth the love! In today's episode Tori shares about being sexually assaulted, and how personal the process of healing is. She reminds us we won't all heal the same, among other beautiful nuggets of wisdom she shares. Tori will continue to be a voice for women and BIG things are in store!
Links & other important info:
In today's episode, Misty & Maggie sit down for a chat with Michigan based Author, Sewist and Chronic Illness advocate- Eme' Savage. Not only does Eme' tell us her amazing love story, but her creativity and ability to move forward through her own illness is commendable. She is multi-talented and so inspiring!
Important Links and info:
Echoes of the Gidat by Eme' Savage
Eme' Savage Instagram
Eme' Savage Patreon
Chronic Illnesses & Trauma Disorders
Misty and Nikki had the absolute pleasure of sitting down to chat with Jessica Boehm. She shares her heartbreaking journey through chronic illness, Leukemia and complete hopelessness. During her lowest point she took the knowledge that she had professionally and turned it into intentional exercises in restoring hope. As she began to correct her cognitive responses, her doctors noticed things improving with her health as well. Jessica shares a story that really reminds us that, no matter how hard/dark/overwhelming situations are- we still have choices.
Important links and info:
Jessica on Instagram
It doesn't matter our backgrounds, where we came from, what our religious/personal beliefs are, or our economic status- Infertility does not discriminate. Some women rely on their faith to get through, while others seek different forms of growth. In this episode we come together with five women, to hear a fragment of their journey through infertility. Perhaps what brought strength to one, didn't another. Through the different experiences, different outcomes and individual journeys we learn a very powerful lesson: Infertility is isolating and connecting with other survivors is a powerfully cathartic thing...
Important links and info:
Maggie's PCOS Instagram
The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants (Breanna's book)
In this episode, Misty, along with co-host Heidi, spend some time picking the well-organized mind of Sabrina Serrano. As a professional business organizer, Sabrina has a way of making even the grandest dreams/goals seem doable. Being a lover of physical organization, (Misty's love language) Sabrina is also incredible at perspective relating to goals and our lives. Offer many practical tips, this episode is a must listen for anyone feeling even slightly overwhelmed, with anything!
Important links & info:
Visioneering: Your Guide for Discovering and Maintaining Personal Vision By Andy Stanley
In this episode of the Collective Podcast, Misty sits down with Lauren Erlandson, who shares the amazing story of how she flipped her life, career and geographical location all completely upside down. From small town Wisconsin to the executive life in Manhattan, all the way to living in the Guatamala and co-starting an organization that is creating opportunities for women. It's an incredible story that you have to hear!
Important links and info:
Doing Good... Says Who (book)
In today's episode, Misty sits down with our team creative Heidi Houtz about the unfathomable season she lived, as a new mom with a sick baby. Within this hard season she learned so much about true self care, isolation and resilience.
Other important links/info, from the episode:
Wildwood at Heart Etsy Shop
Information about SCID
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
In this weeks episode Misty, and her cohost Emily get the amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with Allison Schwab. Allie bravely shares her personal story of an abusive marriage, and how that journey has gone on to impact her career with social work, as well as an amazing vision she is working towards, helping other women.
Important links & info...
facebook: Allie Schwab
In today's episode, Misty and Nikki sit down to chat with Author Lyndsey Medford. Lyndsey shares about the personal health/life things which led her to the creation of her beautiful guided journal "Making Friends with my Body & God."
Simply talking with Lyndsey was so motivating and encouraging! She has a lot of wisdom, and says amazing/brilliant things like "I had to start treating myself as an end, rather than a means to an end." Don't we all!
Other important Links/info:
Kicking off the first half of our second season, Misty sits down for a one-on-one chat with Lauren of Apachemagic. With a lot of inspiration, wisdom and experience Lauren shares her journey through adoption, ambition and connecting with who she was meant to be.
Americans Indian Movement
For the Collective Podcast's 50th episode, Misty sat down to chat with Amanda Whitworth about writing, art, creativity, her journey with cancer and so much more. Amanda is an inspiration and we are so grateful to get to share her story with you now...
We will be back in a little about a month for the second half of season two. In the meantime, here are a few links from things talked about in today's Episode.
You can find our guest, Amanda, around the internet here.
The artists/authors that inspire Amanda:
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott
- Donald Miller
Welcome back to our third and final summer book episode. This week we've dubbed our very own Jane Austen expert, and brought her in to talk about all things Jane, classic lit, and a bit about mental health! We also learn what Verdure means, and not very elegantly.
Important tidbits, from the show:
"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." - Jane Austen
Facebook: Bex Knightley (page)
Facebook: OCD Puppet (page)
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Emma, by Jane Austen
The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving
Classical Kingdoms #4-6, by Brittany Fichter
Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik
I use the Bible app by YouVersion, and the plan we spoke of is called Don’t Be Afraid, Just Have Faith; by Femi Monehin
In this episode, Misty sits down to chat with Casey Moore. Casey, a student at Savannah College of Art & Design, shares about her journey with an eating disorder, and her process to heal and learn to intuitively listen to her body.
Jennie Weekley, of the Weekley Connection came on the show to chat all things fiction! While Misty was melting, neck deep in Pennsylvania humidity, Jennie was joining in from the beach! What a fun episode!
Among the many things talked about, here are a few links:
- Charles Martin
- Katherine Reay
- The Welcoming Committee of Butternut Creek
- The Perfume Collector
- Green Gables Fables
On October 1, 2017 Brie went with her mother, aunt and friend to the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas Nevada. A fun girl's trip experience, for these ladies, no one was prepared for the horror that would take over as a shooter unleashed hell upon the crowds at this country music festival. Brie bravely shares her story as she recounts normal leading up to those moments, when everything changed, and her journey with PTSD since...
A story not to be missed...
Other things to note:
Moms Demand Action
Our guest, in todays episode is the heart and creator behind The Lemonade Movement, a platform for community, education, workshops, and individual and group-based coaching that helps women transform life’s lemons (emotional trauma, anxiety, and fear) into confidence and power to cultivate an empowered recipe to make their best lemonade beyond trauma!
Other links and resources, from the episode:
Ted Talk: Dr. Mykee Fowlin - "Invite others in to share your lemonade."
Maggie & Misty sit down with Emily Heiden. Emily is a PHD student, as well as a well published essayist. During this current climate in our culture, Emily's story is one (among so many) that we need to hear. Emily bravely shares her story of abortion, and while we respect that this is a sensitive topic (on both sides), these stories are ones we NEED to intentionally listen to. Emily bravely shares her journey and touched both of our hosts very deeply.
Whether we find ourselves on the pro-life or pro-choice side of this debate, it is VITAL that we acknowledge these are living/breathing human beings who are dealing with really hard things, and they deserve compassion, empathy and for our a chance to be heard. This topic causes so much reaction, while while those caught in the middle often end up being overlooked. We can be better, we can love better...
Emily on Twitter
Her referenced Seattle Times article.
Here is an excerpt from her memoir, featured at the Santa Fe Writer's Project.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
May Cause Love by Kassi Underwood
Poor Your Soul by Mira Ptacin
Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola
#Youknowme and why this trending topic exists
Post Abortion Support Resources
CDC Unbiased Abortion Statistics
Here we are, in episode 42, and it is JUST IN TIME for summer!
Marion and Misty sit down to chat with @Melanomawarriorwoman about her cancer journey... We chat all sorts of things, from therapy animals, real self care, truth about sunscreens, Braf mutation, Showtime's The Big C, the Alkaline Diet, and so much more! She is transparent about her journey, and made such a great guest (even if she felt she was struggling with chemo brain. It did not show!)
When I first became aware of my social media connection with my guest, Ritu Bhathal, we had a little exchange about being over forty and still being more than capable of chasing, and conquering, our goals. Out of that conversation stemmed the idea for a Podcast episode about this. Let's face it, ladies, we live in a world where the ideas fed to us about the age of 40 are not gentle or kind...
What I didn't expect was the details between Ritu beginning to chase her dream to write, and the tragedy, heartbreak, struggle and life that would happen within the years leading to where she is today. Her perspective on age also comes from a place different than my standard, Americanized one, because not only is she from another country, but she lives within an ethnic culture that adds its own complications and pressures.
I am so grateful I get to share my new friend Ritu with you! She is an author, poet, teacher, wife, mother and absolutely amazing!
Beyond this podcast, you can find Ritu around the world wide web by visiting her blog, website, Instagram, and of course, twitter.
Her book, Poetic RITUals
Other things referenced in this episode include:
Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine
James Charles YouTube channel
This episode is one of three summer bonus episodes, where we chat books! In this, our first episode of the summer series, Misty sits down with author K.J. Backer. The two started a conversation about Rachel Hollis' Girl Stop Apologizing one day, and decided to turn it into an episode. In addition the the talks of Rachel Hollis' various works, they chat about dreams, hard work and making things happen...
K.J. Backer's Website.
Nav'Aria: The Marked Heir by K.J. Backer
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Girl, Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis
Party Girl (book 1, of the Girls series) by Rachel Hollis
Sometimes we will just gather a few bright ladies together and chat about something timely and relevant. In this particular episode, just in time for summer, we are discussing true body positivity, what it is, why it matters and what we can do to help...
Other points of reference, mentioned in this episode are:
The F*ck It Diet
Some people miss the point of optimism and are just too giddy. We've all met them. In today's show, our guest is one of the most sincerely positive people I have ever encountered! Alongside my co-host Maggie, we got to chat with Megan Moulton. Not only is her positivity infectious, it is truly inspiring as she is HIV positive. Come get to know Megan, hear her story and learn some interesting facts along the way. (Of which I'll admit, HIV is a topic I knew very little actual facts about.)
Our guest, Jessica, has big dreams... Being a first generation child of an immigrant, she's watched her father work hard and achieve great success. She, like the rest of us, has walked through this life with her fair share of hardships and disappointments but with her son (and trusty sidekick), she is relentlessly pursuing her dream. Jessica was an ABSOLUTE joy to have as a guest, and we know you will love her too!
Pastelito Princess instagram
Nikki Johnson is my guest in the final episode of our May Motherhood series, and she is the absolute perfect "wrap up" for such a heartfelt series! Throughout her entire story Nikki shows us how possible the impossible really can be. I have listened to this conversation multiple times and still find myself challenged and motivated!
You can find Nikki:
Her Support Groups
Other helpful information:
Alexandrea, of Blue Lane Blog sat down to share her beautiful journey to Motherhood with me. So much about Andrea's story is so beautifully personal to me and i am SO GRATEFUL to share her story with you. From infertility to motherhood, her story is inspiring and beautiful.
Maggie and Misty had the privilege of sitting down with Shilene Aaron, the Mama Mogul. Shilene has experienced several vastly different chapters of motherhood with grace, poise and true joy. She was a single mom, is now the mom of a blended family and she recently had a baby, while her oldest is in high school. We KNEW she would have so much to offer, and she DOES! This lady here has WISDOM!
Beyond listening to, and sharing this episode, you can catch more with Shilene through her own podcast The Mama Mogul.
In this episode we are kicking off our Motherhood series, four episodes with unique perspectives, odd defying stories of hope, heartache, loss, love and motherhood journeys. Today Misty, Maggie, Joy and Tori engage in honest conversation about how their own (very different) experiences with their own mothers have affected their motherhood journeys...
In Episode 32, as we kick off the Month of May, I had the opportunity to sit down with two amazing women and talk Postpartum Depression, the journey of making intentional memories and mental/emotional health. My cohost was my life long friend Sarah, who is a midwife and our guest was fellow podcast host Jennifer Tierney. Jennifer's podcast How To Make a Memory serves as a medium for connecting with others and as a love letter to her children... Jennifer shares about her journey with postpartum depression and shares some really helpful information. Sarah was the best cohost for this episode, hands down!
(*Editing is mentioned in this episode but did not get done completely due to a death in the family.)
How to Make a Memory Podcast
(How To Make it Through Depression Episode)
Info and resources re: Postpartum depression:
National Institute of Mental Health
Misty and Jennie had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with actress, comedian and the all around lovely Renee Percy. Renee shared her journey within the comedy and entertainment industry, as a woman. The good news? Things are slowly getting better. The entire episode is a super fun glimpse into her journey, that you do NOT want to miss!
AND we're back!
Season two of The Collective podcast is here and we are SO HAPPY that it's time to share more women, see more brave and connect! Misty reconnects with season one favorites Jennie, Maggie, Angel and Ashley. We hear how the show has impacted them and what the Collective Season Two has in store. Hot topics and mentions include PCOS, the films Elizabethtown & The Florida Project, Foster Care/Adoption and more!
Our guest today is Miranda Dauphinee, and her story is one love, addiction, healing, hurt, loss and a million other things. We are awed by her courage to share and we feel grateful to invite you in to Miranda's journey...
Though we don't have a Mary J. Blige budget, on our show, her song is a perfect fit for the kickoff episode on our LOVE Series. For the next four weeks we will be sharing stories and conversations about love, of all kinds... Healing love, hurting love, romantic love, learning to love ourselves... All things love.
In this episode our very special guest is author, wife and all around inspiration- Stephanie Snowe! So, turn on the most danceable MJB song out there, and let's talk Real Love...
Girl-talk about real life. When a group of women come together to talk about our journeys, labels, self-definition, our perceptions, growth, changes and ask the questions/say the things that we might not always feel comfortable saying out loud…
Join the conversation.
This week we have the pleasure of introducing you to Tara. Tara walks us through her story of addiction, recovery, the loss of her brother and how the darkness of her journey has taken her on an amazing path- one she'd never expected...
I am joined by Sasha, this week, as we chat with our new friend Megan. While we set out to chat about one thing, the episode QUICKLY becomes one about how to "deal" when things go wrong. (To further illustrate the natural progression of the talk, things go wrong. Lots of them.)
My incredible artist friend Jo (Milk Moon House) shares about her journey from the darkest moment to the one where she is (currently) the most free... It's a beautiful journey, I'm so glad you're here to come along!
Marion is my cohost and our beautiful guest, Adrian, has one of the most amazing stories I have ever heard! I don't want to give anything away, you'll want to hear it! I hadn't, until this interview, and I was literally speechless...
All important works need a community, this is no different for the story today's guest Ashley tells about the unexpected detours her life has taken. Not only is the saying true, that it takes a village but what is also true is that we are all a part of that village. Whether it is in support of Ashley's life endeavors, or someone else's.
In this episode Marion and I get the privilege of chatting with the beautiful, extraordinary Michelle. After her experiences, Michelle is the advocate we all need in our corner! (wearing her pink gloves, of course!)
I had the distinct privilege of sitting down to chat with two beautiful women who are inspiring and successful in their own ways, while also happening to be married to law enforcement officers. Anjanette is in Seattle and Kara is near Detroit, here in the mitten state...
In a time when the climate of America is a little, well, wonky and there seems to be mixed feelings directed towards our LEOs, I take value in the perspectives of these women and the challenging ways they helped affect my thoughts...
I am joined by Maggie, My friend Mindy and the very awesome Megan Ericson (co-host of the Minimalist Moms podcast) to kick off summer as nostalgically, casually and (let's be honest) awkwardly as possible when some of you are strangers and your actual locations span miles...
Even so, it was a delightful evening!
The Collective's Maggie and I sat down for a deep conversation with Poet, Author and the Authentically amazing Tabatha Wharton. If you're familiar with Tabatha than most of the things in this episode won't come as a surprise, as she is one of the most genuine people I've ever been in contact with. We talk about all sides of infidelity, what a journey through that looks like and how it changes you. Tabatha also talks about her book (link in show notes, on our website) where she gets even more personal with her story...
Our Guest today is The Middle Life Podcast's very own Maegy Bouck! (My very special co-host is Megan, who is simply lovely and we hope she will come back whenever she wants!) We cover a wide range of topics including the beauty industry, 1980's stuffed animals and adoption/attachment disorders. (Full disclosure: This is the first episode I cried while recording and still tear up when I listen to it!)
Katie is here this week, (!!!) and our (very) special guest this week is Jenna Weasonforth, a mom, soon-to-be-bride and Army veteran. Despite the many technical difficulties we were really lucky to get to chat with Jenna. I also attached a brief segment with Jenna's mom Debbie. I have listened to our interview with Jenna about a dozen times now and I love so many things about it! I am so excited for you to get to know her too!
What happens when two lifetime, well storied friends take action on a dream to bring brave women together to share their stories, illuminate shared journeys, chase away isolation and create connections?
I guess we'll see...