Bravery isn't always running headlong into battle or slaying a dragon. Sometimes bravery is staying loyal to your joy, despite all the voices--internal and external--telling you not to. Aleksandra Pinteric, aka Alex Pin, helps children and adults alike to take charge of their emotional wellness and bravely choose joy, even when their "badger" is acting up, and on today's episode, she's here to help you do the same!
0:55 - Story power
1:20 - How to teach kids about energy and emotional wellness
2:00 - "Mommy, there's a voice inside me telling me I'm not a good boy."
3:30 - "You're like a devil."
6:00 - Self-programming
8:50 - Everyone has a badger
16:20 - The girl who just wanted to play like other kids
19:15 - It's okay to wish
22:30 - Help your flower bloom
22:50 - Honesty
26:20 - Alex's ideal life
27:10 - It's gonna be a great breakfast!
31:40 - Faith & trust
32:00 - Bravery
3:20 - Surrender
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/1v7jQxcE7Wo
Imposter syndrome is one thing, but what if your entire personality felt inauthentic? Like your whole life was a masquerade, and you could never be completely honest with anyone around you, even the people you know would understand? That's what this week's guest, Amy Rahe, felt like up until recently. Listen as she shares the dark secrets of her past, the ongoing struggles of her present, and the glorious, light-filled space that is her future.
5:30 - The cover story
7:10 - Incarceration (not recommended)
10:30 - Personality imposter syndrome
11:15 - "You don't belong anywhere good."
12:45 - Heroin addiction (REALLY not recommended)
14:00 - The universe will conspire to help you change once you realize that's what needs to happen
17:50 - EMDR Therapy and the mind/body connection
21:20 - The release
25:28 - Be stubborn and self-full about your healing process
26:40 - A new journey: Amy's next chapter
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/Y0ecmyDUnCI
"Why do you do what you do? What was the inspiration behind it?"
I get asked these questions a lot, so I decided to go ahead and answer them, Story Whisperer style. This bonus episode is a throwback to my season one storytelling format, a narrative form "about me" for the podcast, and a fun foray into my mischievous past as a compulsive exaggerator. Oh, and to celebrate the spookiest season of all, there's a little witchcraft, a lot of magic, and even an inter-dimensional portal involved. Enjoy!
You are one commitment away from the life you truly want--a life that is successful by YOUR definition, and nobody else's; a life that brings you joy, happiness, and all of your core desired feelings. But the first step is, of course, the hardest. Today's guest, Syed S. Karhani, is here to share with you what that first step is, and why so many of us struggle with it.
0:40 - Success is not success without happiness
3:00 - The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
4:50 - Fear of weakness, fear of authority, fear of self
8:50 - Believing is seeing
9:15 - The Indian Training Company
12:00 - The secret to success
14:00 - Cultural bias in context
21:15 - We are the hero of our own story--and the villain, and everything else
23:50 - Is there a "real you"?
24:55 - The first step to changing your life
25:45 - Imposter syndrome & the mentality of The Fool
31:10 - The key to relationship success
33:40 - Interrogating cultural norms & standards
40:40 - Thrive where you're at
43:45 - 1 commitment away
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/kGGNmrcTlTg
Have you ever had one of those moments where you feel the final puzzle piece fall into place, and suddenly, BAM! There's the full picture, in all its technicolor glory? That's what happened when I decided to to take things one step further in season three and help people tell the next chapter of their story, the story that's going to take them exactly where they want to be. I hoped it would kick things up a notch, but I could never have imagined where it would take me, and my guests -- even in just the first few episodes! Listen to find out why I'm convinced that I've discovered the missing ingredient that's going to take me, That's Aloud, and all of you, dear listeners, to the next level.
How do you break the cycle of generational abuse? Dawn Long, host of the Unstoppable Leadership podcast, is here to help you let the skeletons out of your family closet, find forgiveness, be a beacon of light for others, and know that you are loved.
I hope you enjoy this, the final episode of season 2. Please come back October 1st to find out how I'm taking story coaching one step further in season 3!
1:20 - Christmastown USA
2:10 - Shame thrives in darkness
4:30 - Science of the mind
5:30 - They were only 8 years old
6:00 - Perpetuating the generational pattern of abuse
10:00 - Telling your story turns the tide
13:00 - The problem with locking up sick people
18:30 - How to reduce crime
22:50 - The road to here
24:55 - Judge not
28:00 - Finding forgiveness
31:00 - You are loved, and deserve love
36:00 - Follow the trail of breadcrumbs back to YOU
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/c2mvWZBjlaw
We all have different gifts. Some have the gift of empathy, and other have the gift of objectivity. Today's guest, Joel Nest, host of the Ruck Up and Debunking Conspiracy Theories podcasts, has the latter. If he didn't, there's no way he could do what he does as a security contractor working in some of the world's most dangerous places.
1:30 - Survival as recreation
4:00 - Finding himself
8:00 - Becoming a paramilitary security contractor
11:00 - Feeling more at home abroad
11:30 - The African boy
14:50 - The problem with well-meaning white people
15:30 - Why security?
19:10 - Joe's moral code
20:40 - Making the impossible choices
29:00 - Mental control
32:00 - Learning to put your oxygen mask on first
37:00 - Emotional responsibility
42:40 - The gift of detachment
Watch it on video: https://youtu.be/RAejjkeluDE
Trauma is powerful stuff. It does strange and surprising things to our memories, and can help us discover abilities we didn't know we had until we needed them. Trauma, however, is not a radioactive spider. It doesn't actually *give* us these superpowers, it merely sets the stage for us to discover them. Listen as Arien Smith, founder of Uncover Your Joy, shares a story so incredible even he has trouble wrapping his brain around it (a very common feeling among survivors), and offers insight after actionable insight for survivors who are ready to become thrivers.
2:00 - The parts of the story Arien rarely tells, and why
2:50 - Sex trafficking is happening right under your nose
5:00 - Confronting the weird shit
6:00 - The magical realism of trauma processing
12:00 - Trauma bonding, codependence, & addiction
16:00 - If it weren't for your maturity, none of this would have happened
19:00 - Existing for someone else's pleasure
19:15 - Near Death Experiences and grieving for yourself
24:00 - Maybe I'll become a mermaid
25:25 - Superpowers & trauma
35:00 - You don't have to recapture every memory to heal
36:00 - Validate your experience
48:00 - You will find your path through this
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/WHyvowxpPdY
Have you ever gotten back in touch with an old friend from high school, only to discover that the two of you had lived eerily parallel lives? That's what happened to Janine and I when she read my book, Melting Ivory, and decided it was time to share the story not even her family has heard.
0:50 - If the trolls hate it, you know you've made it
6:00 - Daddy issues
8:30 - Giving back by working as a trauma counselor
9:10 - Janine's dream: to be a doctor
12:15 - The green-eyed monster
13:03 - Pregnant at 17
17:30 - Verbal abuse
17:10 - The second child arrives
19:50 - Stockholm syndrome
22:50 - I just don't care anymore
24:50 - That's gonna be me
25:45 - You have no power over me
28:20 - Don't hurt mommy!
30:30 - Rediscovering yourself
33:00 - Sunlight: the best disinfectant
35:45 - Letting go of the anger
40:00 - You can't fix anyone, and no one can fix you
42:00 - Avoiding the double-down
46:30 - Nobody else gets a vote
49:20 - No one is ever stuck
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/SxxhaHYyG60
Picture this: you grew up in foster care after your father gave you away, telling you your mother never wanted you and she had no living family. But just LAST WEEK, you learned that it was all a lie. You were wanted all along. That's what happened to today's guest, Unique'Ka, queen of self-reinvention and author of The Glow Up. Listen to hear her incredible journey from outcast to leader.
1:05 - Unique'Ka's terrible and wonderful discovery
2:00 - Family re-found
3:20 - The Documentary: The Glow-Up
4:00 - The mother of all searches
5:00 - An outcast
5:30 - A sense of belonging
6:00 - She didn't know her own story
6:40 - Discovering she was wanted all along
7:40 - Self-transformation
8:30 - Practicing forgiveness
9:30 - The thing Unique'Ka has a hard time forgiving
11:30 - How do you get to forgiveness?
12:00 - Wanting answers
12:45 - You can't go skipping steps
13:40 - Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die
14:40 - Don't lose hope
16:00 - The power of sharing your story
17:15 - Tools for self-reinvention
17:30 - Mindset and paradigm shifts
20:00 - If it's not working for you, change it!
21:45 - The fast cash trap
27:00 - You can succeed from right where you're at. Start now!
It's hard enough growing up black in this country. But layer on top of that being born into a body that doesn't reflect your gender identity or sexual orientation, and you've got yourself a recipe for a heaping helping of shame and blame. So it's no wonder Yannick Taylor, a.k.a. The Priestess (@CWTPriestess), found it challenging to speak out or find help when she found herself in an abusive relationship. To save you the same heartache she suffered, she's sharing her most actionable tips, tricks, and tools for working through the emotional hurricane of leaving an abusive relationship and the recovery process that follows.
0:40 - Conversations with the priestess
3:30 - Multidimensional code switching
5:00 - When "the one" has a dark side
6:00 - The one-two punch of shame and blame
8:30 - The emotional cut is the deepest
10:45 - In the eye of the storm
12:15 - The mind/body connection
13:30 - Coping tools for PTSD
15:30 - Tryna scare 'em off
18:00 - When to disclose medical info
20:00 - Taking off the (metaphorical) mask
21:30 - The main message: don't let your feelings hold you back from doing the right thing
22:20 - The best breakup conversation is NO breakup conversation
23:45 - Don't complain, don't explain
26:00 - The difference between a boundary and an ultimatum
27:45 - The cycle of justification
29:45 - You gotta get a new game
31:00 - Find your closure alone
32:00 - Good grief
36:00 - Get curious, get compassionate
37:00 - Creating a self-care routine that works for YOU
It takes two to stay, but only one to walk away. Dr. Denise Ritter-Berardini, voice and performance coach and podcast hostess, learned this lesson the hard way when she packed up her kids and drove away from her first husband, a closeted alcoholic who drank away their family home. Listen to her incredible story of faith, family, and resilience, and get inspired to take your own leap of faith. As long as you're doing it for the right reasons, the universe WILL catch you.
1:15 - Why podcasts are wonderful
1:50 - Life with a closeted alcoholic
2:30 - The preacher's daughter, all grown up
3:00 - The truth will set you free
3:30 - Why we tell ourselves a "safer story" than the truth
4:00 - How have you hid this for so long?
4:30 - Children are often our wake-up call
6:15 - You're not staying "for the kids"
9:30 - Losing it all to gain freedom
10:40 - The big nudge from the universe
12:20 - "Camping" in the van
12:50 - The big reveal
14:12 - The universe knows what it's doing
24:25 - The moment we let go of what we think we want is the moment we get what we need
30:30 - Making the choice to walk away
34:00 - The danger of enabling (aka managing) someone else's addiction
37:00 - The escalation of abuse
38:40 - How to prevent the double-down when supporting someone in an abusive situation
40:20 - Take the leap; the universe will catch you!
In today's world, we are constantly bombarded by media. We spend our downtime consuming other people's creative and intellectual output, from entertainment to social media to subtle advertising we're of which we're only peripherally aware. The messages we receive from outside ourselves can often convince us that our inner voice is wrong, or irrelevant, or simply not worth listening to, and what we really need is to do more, achieve more, and consume more. Today's guest, Justin Rambo of Versatile Success, took a wild leap of faith and decided to Turn Down the Noise of the outside world to hear his own inner voice. The result was nothing short of transformative.
2:30 - Going deeper on Justin's core story
3:55 - 1st grade, where the judgment begins
7:30 - The turning point for Justin
9:10 - The "aha" moment
10:30 - The ongoing fallout of feeling inferior
11:00 - Turning down the noise
14:25 - Getting to flow
16:40 - Embracing neurodiversity: different ways of thinking, learning, and being
23:10 - How the fear of inferiority keeps us from being ourselves
23:50 - Why withholding your gifts is the most selfish thing you can do
27:00 - Do what scares you
29:00 - Start from where you are, and stop comparing your journey
34:40 - The art of the re-frame
42:00 - Justin's mantra
46:45 - The main message: get to know yourself!
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/aOYyGtdgwD0
The murder of military specialist and sexual assault victim Vanessa Guillen has finally cast a spotlight on what has long been the secret shame of the U.S. Military: rampant sexual assault, and ubiquitous cover-ups. Inspired by Vanessa's story, more and more victims are coming forward to speak their truth and reclaim their power. Today's guest, April Joy Brand, speaks out not only on her own behalf, but on behalf of all the military service members who are still being actively silenced, suppressed, ignored, and overlooked.
1:00 - The ubiquity of sexual assault in the military
4:00 - How the military machine discourages victims from speaking out and seeking justice
9:20 - #IAmVanessaGuillen
11:00 - When bullets are treated better than female service members
13:30 - How to be an advocate for yourself and others
17:00 - Some scary stats
18:00 - Educate before you punish
22:00 - Moving toward compassionate victim interviews
30:00 - When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail: the problem of police being in charge of victim advocacy
37:30 - How to show victims you have their back
38:00 - Reward people for doing the right thing
38:50 - Self-reflection as a prerequisite for growth
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/LJ1YXb5zET4
Sometimes the stories that need to be told belong to those who cannot speak for themselves. This week's guest, Jada "JC" Brazil, shares the horrific history behind modern Gynecology, sharing the untold stories of the women whose bodies were used, without their consent, and without anesthesia, as test subjects in the sadistic "medical" experiments of real-life mad doctors J. Marion Sims and Carl Clauberg.
Grab a drink, friends. You'll need it.
This week the incredible Tbird Luv (https://tbirdluv.com/) is here to help you let go of the expectations that hold you back from finding your why, connecting with your joy, and doing the work that needs to be done to create a better world. Prepare to get fired up and launch yourself headlong into a passion project you didn't know you had until this moment.
1:44 - The narrative TBird is NOT engaging in
3:30 - What would love do?
5:00 - What you can do RIGHT NOW to make the world a better place
7:15 - How TBird discovered her purpose
15:00 - An exercise in self-compassion
18:25 - You are not for everyone (and that's great)
21:00 - There's nothing more whole than a broken heart
25:20 - Keep every boundary you need to keep, and break every boundary that needs to be broken
35:30 - The relationship between joy and love
42:00 - Find your WHY
Watch it on video! https://youtu.be/-hnzrE2ZP0g
Sara Weiss, a.k.a. Sass Boss, is the best-selling author of (Not) Born This Way, and refuses to be defined by the box the world keeps trying to put her in. This episode is just non-stop truth bombs and hard-earned wisdom, y'all. Enjoy!
0:50 - The label
4:50 - You hold the magic pen to write your life with
5:30 - Your pain is your superpower
7:30 - Pain avoidance is growth avoidance
8:00 - The worst thing that ever happened to you is the worst thing. Period.
13:00 - Teaching your kids a growth mindset
18:10 - We all operate perfectly. We just need the right recipe.
29:00 - The power of "try this instead"
30:00 - Relationships are everything
37:00 - Opportunity is everywhere
46:00 - Change your perspective, change your life
52:00 - Make friends with your demons
Open dialogue is one of the most powerful tools we have to forge connections across barriers of all kinds and enhance human understanding, empathy, and cooperation. Punam Saxena, host of the edu-me podcast, shares her experience as an Indian woman growing up in the deep South in the 1970's, and offers practical tips on how to engage people who are different from you in a productive exchange. Spoiler alert: do your research ahead of time! Don't expect people of color to educate you on issues that affect their communities.
3:45 - There is no secret. You just do the work.
4:50 - The story Punam has only recently felt comfortable enough to tell
7:00 - The human need to belong
14:00 - Miss Impression, People Appeaser
17:00 - Be the best version of yourself
31:30 - It's not "immigrants." It's brown people.
33:00 - Diversity isn't just about race
34:00 - Don't judge a book by it's cover
38:20 - Love one another, and love God. The end.
41:00 - Practical tips for productive open dialogue with people who are different from you
Watch the video! https://youtu.be/FwLX8Ntf4gc
"If we [BIPOC] could have won this battle alone, we would have by now." - Life Coach Colin C. Thompson: https://www.oligye.com/
Your support is needed. But the time for talking is past. Now is the time to take action.
And please, if you don't already, start listening to podcasts by Black people, and especially Black women. It's time for us white folx to sit down, shut up, listen, and learn:
2:30 - What everyone needs to know right now
7:00 - The dreaded talk every parent of a black child has to give: how not to get killed by cops
8:00 - Is our system broken? Or is it functioning as intended?
9:30 - Why the George Floyd footage hit America so hard
15:00 - The power of white guilt
16:30 - The story every BIPOC has a version of
27:00 - COPS, Live PD, and subliminal programming
29:00 - What the Black Lives Matter protests have accomplished and what's next
33:30 - Shifting the balance of power by filming white entitlement, manipulation, and brutality
40:20 - Where to start
48:30 - Colin's coaching journey
Everything you experience in life, no matter how painful or difficult, has a gift for you. It may take a while before you can recognize that gift, but there are no exceptions. That's the message Kate Emerald, founder of Life of Emerald and Global Healing Movement 2020 is so committed to spreading that, in this episode, she shares a story she has never before told publicly: the story of the most painful experience of her life, and the incredible gift it ultimately brought her.
1:30 - Where it all started: 2009
4:00 - Kate discovers that ghosts are real
6:40 - Kate gets called the c-word (crazy) by someone she thought she could trust
9:40 - An angel appears
11:30 - Kate is institutionalized against her will
15:00 - The phoenix rises
17:30 - Kate takes her power back
20:00 - Death is just a deadline so we can get our work done here on Earth
22:40 - Spirituality is REAL
24:28 - Kate's message to younger Kate
25:00 - You are not your experience
27:30 - Not everyone can handle the truth
29:45 - You are the only authority on you
38:00 - Kate discovers her true gift
You know her as the model from Manet's Olympia, and so many other works of art. But did you know that Victorine Meurent was also a celebrated painter? When author Drema Drudge learned that Victorine was more than just a model, she set out to give voice to this creative visionary so that her legacy would no longer be defined entirely by her image as seen through the eyes of men. And while Drema inspires us to give voice to the voiceless, Victorine reminds us of the importance of living in our own frame, lest we end up living in someone else's.
1:30 - Victorine Meurent, more than a model
9:00 - Drema's connection to Victorine
10:00 - Get your woo out!
12:00 - All art is collaborative
14:20 - The importance of editing
16:40 - Drema's advice for those who want to write creative non-fiction / historical fiction
20:00 - What artists want
21:30 - How to stop living in someone else's frame
23:00 - Why it's 100% okay to be excited to share your work with the world
24:00 - Where to find Victorine & Drema
Every moment of every day, we have direct access to pure grace, boundless love, and ecstatic joy. We can choose to feel, flowing through us, the energy of creation itself. And yet, so often we do not. Why?
On this week's podcast, my new best friend Daniel Bruce Levin, author of The Mosaic, and host of The Mosaic podcast, not only answers this question, he offers practical guidance on what to do about it. With the help of some friends he's met along the way (the shaman, the Rabbi, the street artist, the trash man, the gardener, the businessman, the homeless man, and more), he drops some of the most gripping stories and profoundly beautiful insights I've ever had the pleasure of recording.
1:20 - Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone
2:00 - A tumultuous and beautiful life
3:30 - The one thing EVERYONE wants
11:00 - The magic of masculine and feminine energies in balance
11:50 - The beauty of the blind spot
14:00 - Why we don't just live in a state of grace 24/7
16:00 - How to make room for new energy within yourself
17:50 - A free meditation: The Trash Man
22:40 - What do you do when your work is in service to others, but there are no others?
30:30 - The story of The Gardener
41:00 - Wherever you go, there you are
41:40 - The beauty of the ordinary
43:00 - Meeting The Keeper of The Mosaic
55:00 - A story that will change your life if you let it!
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/4ccNVgeRe98
What would you do if, after dedicating your life to the teachings of Jesus Christ to help cope with childhood physical and sexual abuse, you were excommunicated from your church? Would you, perhaps, develop an addiction or two? Literally claw your own face off? Struggle against a daily urge to end your own life? Understandable. But would you then befriend a psychotic 15 year old girl who tried to murder her mother and, through that unlikely relationship, discover your own self worth? Would you develop your own system to heal from all those layers of trauma and create healthy boundaries for yourself? And would you start teaching that system to suicidal teens, chronic cheaters, addicts, and anyone else who could use a solid sense of self-worth? You would if you were this week's guest, Rene Schultz. To learn more, find Rene on IG: @thatwickedsmahtchick.
9:00 Rene hits rock bottom and learns to stop handing people her worth on a silver platter
10:30 Rene discovers that mentoring others can help her heal
12:00 Some tools for healing from trauma and addiction
20:00 Tips on shaping a memoir
21:00 Rene's memoir "Imagine If I Looked Like Me": healing from dysmorphia and low self-image
25:50 Boundaries are FOR you, not against you
26:45 The Respect Test: are they relationship material?
31:00 How the cycle of abuse perpetuates itself, and how to put a stop to it
What would you do if your spouse was seriously ill, and mainstream medicine was failing them at every turn? If you're anything like this week's guest, Scott Manduck, you'd turn every stone until you got at the root cause and found a viable alternative treatment. Scott's commitment to helping his wife heal and the incredible discoveries they made along the way will BLOW YOUR FREAKING MINDS, yogis. Learn more about Scott and the technology he discovered at essentialvibes.ca, and use the promo code "aloud20" to give it a go at a 20% discount.
4:00 The root cause - how our teeth affect our bodies
7:00 The limitations of Western medicine
10:30 Synchronicity: TFW the doctor from the documentary you just watched randomly walks into the office where you happen to be
13:00 The story of Essential Vibes
14:00 The Schumann Resonances
15:00 EMFs, 5G, and how they're affecting our bodies
20:20 How to stop a runny nose using essential oils
24:00 My best friend's chronic illness story
29:00 The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers, MD
30:00 Weaning off of high oxalate foods
50:00 What it feels like to find that thing that you know is going to make a massive impact
51:00 How to start healing and take your life back
Every so often I realize there's a story *I'm* still not telling. This one was a bit of a doozy.
It's taken me two decades and a whole lot of help from my support network to get enough distance on this epic survival story to be able to share it with the world. Melting Ivory chronicles my adventures as a naive Fulbright scholar studying theatre in a country on the brink of civil war, and the far more dangerous romance that resulted.
In this bonus episode, I offer a sneak preview of this true tale of personal and political upheaval, love, loss, and liberation.
Now available on Kindle, or in paperback.
If you've ever been made to feel like you're taking up too much space, this is the episode for you. Nutritional wellness and conscious eating coach Suzanne Carpenter shares the hero's journey that showed her that change is possible: all you have to do is start. Find out more about Suzanne's "Suz On your Shoulder" (SOS) program to clear up food confusion for good, and sign up for a free 7-day trial on her website: https://carpenterone80.com/
3:00 A quiet eating disorder
8:40 Why extreme diets don't work
10:20 Comparison kills (and mansplaining sucks)
14:00 A handy trick for sloughing off unsolicited commentary
19:00 The secret to success: get comfortable with discomfort, and do the scary thing
24:40 How to build a healthy plate
39:00 Just start!
41ish: BONUS! All about eating your feelings
Have you ever changed the right thing, but for the wrong reasons? Transformed your outsides, only to realize it was your insides that actually needed to change? Sheltered from the storm when you should have been dancing in the rain? Listen to find out what happened when this week's guest, Jag Sandhu, host of the International Connection Podcast, made the decision to stop trying to live up to the expectations of random weeds that popped up around him, and start cultivating a garden of like-minded, positive people instead.
Learn more and listen to Jag's inspiring and delightful podcast at https://theinternationalconnection.com/
2:30 Why you should aim to be the dumbest person in the room
4:10 What happens when you change your outsides without changing your insides
11:00 Why relationships are everything
12:50 Can you overcome introversion?
15:20 Measure your life in fun
16:40 People only throw stones at trees that bear fruit (so if the haters are after you, you're doing something right!)
18:00 Jag's life-changing decision
23:00 How to get and keep a mentor
29:50 The GEMS method for navigating difficult conversations
37:30 Jag's #1 tool for mental wellness
How do you win at Pac-Man? You stop playing the game.
Kimberley Milousis is at the top of her game. But for a self-proclaimed growth-addict like her, there's no such thing as "done." Kimberley knows the next level is to start showing her vulnerable side to her team. Together we navigate how to do just that without drowning in insecurity, making anyone else responsible for her feelings, or taking personal drama as an excuse not to show up for those who need her.
3:40 Who cheers for the cheerleaders? The fraud complex is forreal, y'all.
8:50 Why ask why? Accepting what is.
9:40 Interrupting the shame cycle
12:00 How to win at the game of life
18:00 How vulnerability begets empathy
21:30 Learning to be "on" with honesty
23:00 Pursue healing - even a great heart surgeon can't perform heart surgery on themself
27:00 What a strength really is (spoiler: it's not just something you're good at)
30:00 The far-reaching impacts of self-talk
33:00 Abundance: it's not about the money
39:20 "Life More Abundantly," Kimberley's holistic abundance course: kimm.me/lma
They say dead men tell no tales. But is that really true? This week's guest, Kristy Sumner of Soul Sisters Paranormal, challenges that notion by inviting the spirits of the departed to communicate their untold tales to the world. Her riveting stories of close encounters with the not-quite-crossed-over kind will warm your heart, chill your spine, and make you want to watch some of her amazing videos at https://www.soulsistersparanormal.com/ !
Everyone thinks a little differently, but for some folks that difference is... rather pronounced. This week's guest always knew she was not quite in sync with the world around her, but only got an explanation after her daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome a.k.a. Autism Spectrum Disorder. In this episode, you'll learn:
- Common "isms" of folks on the spectrum
- How to be a great ally
- What to do if you think you might be on the spectrum too!
Also, be sure to check out Emily's podcast, Bad Clients: https://open.spotify.com/show/3CiilEJPHC8ydBZlUaHf4T
If a god from a religion you know next to nothing about came to you in person to tell you to change your life, would you do it? That's exactly what happened to this week's guest, Chris Owl, host of the belief-expanding podcast "Behind the Grid" and co-founder of Essential Vibes (www.essentialvibes.ca). And this conversation, y'all? Oh. My. Ganesh. Prepare to have your mind blown, and to learn:
- A meditation to increase cooperation between the two hemispheres of the brain, offered to Chris by the guardian angel he conjured out of sheer boredom while deep in meditation @ 15:25
- The value of authenticity and making peace with being a work in progress @ 36:00
- An exercise to help you stay in alignment with your values (taught to me by real-life angel Amarynn Marya Rose) @ 37:57
- The proper (ritual) use of alcohol @ 1:00:14
And so much more. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it!
This is Erika Roddick. She's a beautiful, vibrant, single woman who also happens to have alopecia, an autoimmune condition that makes her hairless from head to toe. Despite her confident demeanor, she is deeply affected (as we all are) by the nasty comments, horrified stares, and insensitive behavior of those she comes into contact with. Bullying, as it turns out, isn't just for school kids any more. But happily Erika is here to help us all out with some highly actionable tips on how to treat those who are different from us.
Learn more at: https://alopeciaalliance.wordpress.com/
If your book hit the best seller list, as did Ali Zakarya's book "The Forgotten Art of Happiness - 52 Ideas That Will Change Your Life," you'd be pretty happy, right? But what if, on the same day your book was published, your beloved father had a stroke? That's exactly what happened to this week's guest, and he quickly discovered that emotions like sadness, grief, and fear often end up on the cutting room floor of public life so that nobody knew he was suffering. As Ali puts it: "It's not as happy as it looks."
Buy the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Art-Happiness-Ideas-Change/dp/172456062X
On this bonus episode of That's Aloud, fan favorite Willow Bradner (The Accidental Psychic) and I offer tips on:
- Staying aligned, pushing boundaries, and living out loud, despite all the pressure (within and without) to stay in hiding (2:50)
- Staying sane and handling triggers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic (13:00)
- How to get the most out of your social media socializing (17:05) Love one another fiercely (from a safe distance)!
Watch the video! https://youtu.be/7KVjyAnJvAY
Just about all of us know someone who’s been affected by the opioid crisis. Maybe someone you care about. Maybe you. Either way, the infamous “Ulta Thief,” Jodi Borrelli, is here to spread hope by sharing her remarkable story of recovery and rebirth.
In this episode, you will learn how to:
- Help a loved one through recovery (without enabling addictive behavior)
- Create a new story for yourself that’s NOT about addiction or trauma
- Start where you’re at, have gratitude for what IS, and focus on what’s in front of you
- Find a new groove, and a new game to enjoy!
We’re all a bit off-center, but for this week’s guest, that crookedness was quite literal, right up until she realized she didn’t have to hold onto that story any more. Brandee’s incredible story of triumph over childhood abuse reminds us to be kind not only to each other, but to ourselves, and to the wounded inner children we all carry around with us.
Truth always comes from within. But it can be awfully hard to hear that truth when it's being drowned out by the pangs of addiction. There are plenty of great tools and programs out there to help you overcome addictive patterns, but there is no magic bullet, no one-size-fits-all solution that works for everyone, every time. Some folks find sobriety in a twelve step group, others on a yoga mat or in a wood shop. This week's guest, James Hamilton Healy, is a storyteller who believes in the mind-body connection, and whose recovery story doesn't quite fit the standard narrative.
In honor of Valentine's Day, my dear friend Stephanie and I tackle the age-old question: Why doesn't love stay? Have you ever been with someone and thought you had a great thing going, only to have them suddenly and inexplicably pull the plug? Have you ever been madly in love with someone and then a couple of years later realize the pilot light of your passion has flickered out? Then this episode is for you!
Buying a sports car might get you through a midlife crisis, but it won't get you a midlife renaissance. For a new lease on life in middle age, you're going to need to let go of all the external expectations you've been trying to live up to, and finally start being the person you were always meant to be. For this week's guest, that meant destroying everything she had built up to then. But guess what? It was still worth it.
By popular demand, Miss Aria Vita is back with another confession, and this time it's the VERY WORST THING she has ever done in all her eight years of life.
In this episode, you and your kiddos will learn:
- Why there's no such thing as "getting away with it"
- Why it's better to confess *before* you have to
- Why making mischief is often more fun in theory than in practice
- How to move on from a friendship that is hurting your integrity... and so much more!
Sometimes it takes a person you've never met to show you who you are. In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan 27th), I re-recorded one of my favorite pieces from season one: Anne and I. It's important to me to do justice to Anne and her legacy, and it was a great opportunity to take stock of how far I've come since that first recording.
What would you do if, in the midst of the deepest, darkest depression of your life, plagued by several overlapping illnesses, you started planning out your suicide only to be interrupted by a dead relative telling you "Sorry, you can't die yet because your mission on Earth is not yet complete"? Would you embrace the absurdity of it all and start doing standup comedy? You would if you were the incredible Court Rundell. Learn more at https://courtrundell.com/
5:54 - Not to be polarizing, but like, ghosts are forreal, m'kay?
14:35 - You can't call in sick from being a mom
18:25 - Love is always the answer
18:48 - That time Court's ghost brother-in-law saved her life
28:37 - "You've lived six lives in this lifetime. You have to get through this because you have a mission. You're here for a purpose. And if you kill yourself, you're just going to have to do it all over again."
33:25 - Postpartum can last way longer than you realize
36:35 - "Sleep deprivation is proven to make you insane."
44:18 - Laugher isn't just the best medicine, it's a great diagnostic tool, too
57:24 - The epiphany: "What if I took nothing seriously anymore?"
What do you do when you're in the grips of a downward emotional spiral? How do you confront the collateral damage post-freakout? What does self-care for mental wellness look like when you've been diagnosed with something as scary-sounding as Borderline Personality Disorder? Get the answers on today's episode, or ask Miss Shara herself at email@example.com. You are not alone!
11:08 - What it means to be in "wise mind," and how to get and stay there
14:38 - Why you shouldn't believe everything you think
15:45 - What you resist, persists: radical acceptance as a tool for wellness
18:39 - Finding your reason to change
20:00 - Why it's 100% OK to let relationships end
21:51 - Self care is not cute
24:00 - The Inventory: a powerful tool for self-empowerment and self-responsibility
25:36 - The meaning of life and why middle age is awesome
26:18 - Therapy as medicine
28:57 - A new, more intuitive way to set goals
33:02 - The key to having "the wisdom to know the difference"
35:29 - A simple trick to transform negative self-talk into radical self-acceptance
Author, podcaster, and cheerful nihilist Blair Hopkins navigates grief recovery against the booze-fueled backdrop of Manhattan's East Village. Listen as she wrestles with such universal themes as artistic insecurity (aka The Fraud Complex), dissociation in times of crisis, and the importance of empathy and humor.
2:50 - Bar Widows of the East Village
8:52 - Comparison and imposter syndrome: the doom of all artists
11:30 - Stop collecting underpants (aka procrastinating)
12:57 - What it's like to be a widow magnet
14:46 - How 12 step culture taught Blair how NOT to tell a story
16:04 - What it was like to lose Shane (her partner who died)
24:40 - What denial really looks like
27:29 - The virtues of nihilism as a coping mechanism
28:20 - How tragedy amps up empathy
29:31 - Everyone is doing their best with the resources they have
37:14 - None of us are okay. And that's okay.
37:37 - The meaning of life
42:15 - An exercise to help you break through writer's block
Advocating for yourself can be hard. This week Lori Rosoloswky of Open Sky Artists and I discuss the challenges of getting fair compensation, especially as women in the arts, and why it's so much easier to advocate for others than for ourselves.
2:32 - Lori shares her untold story of getting shot down the first time she asked for a raise, and how that affected her sense of self-worth.
12:33 - Adrienne shares *her* untold story of being asked by a boss "What do you REALLY want to do?" and having to confront the true answer.
16:59 - Why it's so much easier to advocate for, and negotiate on behalf of, someone other than ourselves.
23:05 - How to deal with push-back on compensation in client negotiations and stay grounded in your worthiness.
31:36 - Handling the haters is a lifelong battle, but you've got this.
"Tell the truth first, before it gets worse." This is one of the many remarkable insights my wise-beyond-her-years 8-year-old daughter Aria comes up with in the course of this fun, kid-friendly episode of That's Aloud. Aria's adventures in make-believe and her sincere efforts to come clean to her friends are as relatable as they are touching. Listen to this one with your whole family!
2:39 - Aria's confession
3:17 - Things get out of hand
7:10 - Aria comes clean
8:11 - Aria's epiphany: tell them first, before it gets worse
10:17 - The difference between objective truth and emotional truth
11:59 - Taking your own advice is hard
13:52 - How to come clean to someone you care about
16:52 - Intimacy, vulnerability, courage, bravery, and how to find a true friend
Have you ever felt pressured to look a certain way, work out a certain way, or adopt fitness goals that weren't really yours? Have you ever been made to feel like your body needs to be modified in order to be acceptable? This week's guest, Stacey Sorgen, is the antidote to all that bullshit. Learn more about Stacey and her ground-breaking gym at http://modbodyfitness.com/
1:42 - Stacey's message to the mainstream wellness and fitness community: healthy isn't about the way you look
5:25 - Stacey opens up about a humiliating visit to a big-box gym that inspired her to create a new kind of gym
8:15 - Stacey calls bullshit on the idea that you have to look a certain way to be a personal trainer
13:39 - Stacey helps a woman with rheumatoid arthritis reach her fitness goals
18:32 - Stacey's recipe for consistency in fitness training
22:18 - The importance of intuition as a trainer, teacher, or coach
This week's guest has the rare gift of being completely hilarious and mind-blowingly insightful at the same time. Listen as I help Willow, aka the accidental psychic, navigate her origin story and her message for entrepreneurs: you are your own savior! Find out more at https://www.willowbradner.com/
1:32 - Willow discovers her psychic abilities by accident (on her wedding night)!
5:10 - Willow decides to use her powers to help entrepreneurs (aka True Spiritual Badasses), not just "dial up for the dead."
6:54 - The importance of authenticity in life and business
10:09 - Everybody else's way is not your way
14:44 - Intuitive living requires A LOT of patience, but it's so worth it
21:01 - Going from solopreneuring to SOULopreneuring: don't forget to collaborate!
31:02 - How to avoid gurus and stay in your power
Welcome to the future resistance! A mysterious woman named Won (played by Courtney A. Walsh) has just killed the president. Professor of Abnormal Psychology, Alana McLain (played by me, Adrienne MacIain), has gained exclusive access to Won for a psychological profile of this cold-blooded killer. But as the interviews progress, the distinctions between interviewer and interviewee, sanity and madness, and safety and danger, become irretrievably blurred. What is treason? What is justice? And who watches the watchers? The first episode of this riveting audio drama drops Tuesday December 3rd, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
Kicking off season 2 is a true spiritual warrior princess: Courtney A. Walsh. Listen as I help the author of Dear Human clarify her next project: our upcoming podcast collaboration, Won to Watch. Learn more about Courtney at facebook.com/loonybus
How do you begin to tell your truth?
What is your story and who is it for?
Adrienne, aka The Story Whisperer, is here to help you find answers to all your story-related questions. Listen in as she helps badass entrepreneurs, artists, and individuals of all ages find their authentic voice and give shape to their most important stories.
Meet the crazy creation who kept me sane while wading through low milk supply and postpartum depression: Mrs. Fishbaum. You can find more photos and vignettes on my website, www.thatsaloud.com. And don't forget to subscribe! Season 2 drops on Thanksgiving 2019.
We all have talents, and shortcomings. I, for example, am really good at telling funny stories about my atrocious baking skills. Warning: do not drink milk while listening to this one. Even if you're eating cake.
The second of my autobiographicovers finds me on the kitchen floor, my life threatened by a knife-wielding maniac (aka my first husband).
But I hadn't seen Barbados, so I... [what's the past tense of must?] get out of this.
If you've ever felt like your unique gifts and talents are not valued in this world, this is the episode for you. Spoiler alert: you are valuable. Exactly as you are. You just need to stop doing stuff you suck at! #UnsolicitedAdvice #MessedUpMemoirs
How is Swiss cheese like a religious experience? They're both holy and can change your life if you let them.
This is the story of how a trip to Switzerland helped me recover from an eating disorder and changed my relationship with food, for good. #MessedUpMemoirs #UnsolicitedAdvice
Not attractive enough to be a cocktail waitress, but too attractive to be a belly dancer, apparently. Is there a chart somewhere I can consult to determine the appropriate career path for my level of attractiveness?
Hi, I'm Adrienne. I tell the stories they told me not to talk about. I hope they make you laugh. And cry. And laugh so hard you cry. And above all I hope they inspire you to live out loud. Because dammit, that's aloud.