Jonathan DeWaal is the executive director of Liminal Space, a nonprofit organization based out of Seattle, WA which is dedicated to helping others find the courage and means to navigate major life transition. Over the last 10 years his work and research has shown that major transitions are places where people can find their desired path and become stronger, or where they can get stuck – sometimes for years.
Anybody who has ever done something new for the first time will tell you it's a bit stressful. Ask any entrepreneur how their stress-life is and they'll most likely tell you they're hanging by a thread. I say that from experience, because I've been all versions of stress management as an entrepreneur. But where does this stress come from? Well, Benjamin Dell, founder and CEO at Missinglettr.com is here with us today to chat briefly about just that.
Jessica Flint is the founder of the Recovery Warriors community which dedicated to educating, inspiring, and empowering people to make big changes in their life. Forbes recognized her work as a technology innovating mental health that has served millions worldwide.
Today we chat about what it means to say yes or no to something. I'm stoked that we've got BOTH Samatha Parker and Kathy Rasmussen with us. I really just love what they're putting out into the world and knew they would have a LOT to say on this month's topic of Risk and Rejection! We talk about how risk and rejection have played a part in the start of their new magazine, partnership, and business.
Today I have to thank Jessica Ribera for being so willing and open to jump into our conversation so blindly. She and I talk about the moments we share while dealing with our respective pains and losses. Jessica lost her ballet career. I lost my career as a cellist. Today we both find ourselves using the word writer as a self-descriptor. Jessica and I both retain our emotional sobriety today, however we do talk about the moments we denied our lack of emotional sobriety and instead tried to numb or deny the pain we were so vividly fighting to feel. We talk about writing. We talk about being honest. We talk about career-ending injuries. We talk about gaining, losing, and regaining our vision for the possibility. Please enjoy my brand new friend Jessica Ribera!
Liis Windischmann is with us today! Liis is a curvy model and a TV personality who is a massive advocate for wellness, body love, and consciously creating epic lives. Today Liis and I are talking about Power of Choice. I knew she'd be a great person for this subject because there's no way someone would choose to advocate for anything if they didn't know how to utilize their personal power of choice. But Liis and I also discuss the smaller, more common versions of utilizing your power of choice. So if you're feeling a little bit boxed into a corner today or like you're being victimized in some form or fashion (even by your own self!) then today's episode is for you.
Today we have a sequel episode with Karin Stevens! (If you haven't listened to her previous episode, I dropped a link to it in the show notes for this episode.) Karin is a choreographer based in the Seattle area. It turns out that she's been doing more writing lately and she sent me an email the other day with a question. I immediately knew this question should become a podcast episode.
Fabienne Raphaël is a super rad consultant to folks looking to leave their corporate day-job into the online business world. Fabienne and I met online because we were both building similar kinds of excitement with our businesses. Even if you're not a business owner, I know you'll glean so much from this conversation, as we discuss solutions that can apply to ANY person or situation.
If numbers and data kinda make your eye roll and blood boil, then today's episode is for you. I asked Ashley Armstrong (a leading Amazon Seller Strategist who helps companies create amazing results on Amazon) to come talk about how she uses numbers to guide her people to the right choices. She has learned the science of reading numbers like a really good novel and uses that science to advise her clients precisely what products future customers are looking for. Her wisdom and drive is something I know we could all use a dose of from time to time. I'm so happy she's with us today!
At the time of recording this episode, about 18 months have passed since we spoke to our first ever podcast guest. I wanted to touch back to the beginnings of this show and catch up with Naomi Wachira. We're talking about the courage of choosing silence, which applies to anyone, anywhere. Today's conversation is a perfect example of the nakedness required for big bold actions. Sometimes being still, pausing your movement, and listening on a deeper level takes more bravery than keeping the hustle going.
Filmmaker and yoga teacher Ann Hedly Rousseau is with us today! She is a mother, wife, dancer, yoga student and instructor, gardener, and lover of life who happens to have alopecia. Ann recently finished her film Mop Cap: An Alopecia Story which lays out her latest hair loss journey. It was so fascinating to hear Ann work through some of these questions about identity, ego, compensation, and image. I knew I had to have her on the Bare Naked Bravery podcast and I'm so glad it worked out.
This week we're joined by Gabby Keegan who is the voice behind the Moxie Podcast! She and I chatted for a bit a while back on her show and I wanted to bring her on and jam together about some of the bravery it takes to consider your day job a work of patronage, what does it mean to be an introvert in an extroverted job, how to find sanity in a crazy career world.
Bailie Slevin is with us today to talk about money and making it! We talk about how to break into a new level of income as an artist. and we also talk about how to even out the income bumps that almost any freelancer experiences.
Today we have Karen Brody with us! Karen had a long personal history of severe panic attacks until she found yoga nidra meditation over a decade ago. She signed up for a yoga nidra meditation class simply looking to lie down for a nap. What she got was “the best nap of her life.” It is such an honor to introduce you to the power of rest and to the wonderful Karen Brody.
We see so much pain and suffering in the world and it's easy to get caught up in the sameness and finite path that our culture is going down. This is exactly why I invited psychotherapist and author Mel Schwartz onto the show today. Mel and I chat about the power that lies behind doors that we're nervous about opening. We talk about the mysteriousness of synchronicity, and how to lean into your intuition. We talk about how much we need to infuse more wonder into our lives, and how that curiosity can flip on huge light bulbs or even just soften dark, scary seasons of life.
Yuri Cataldo is with us this week to share his story of bravery through business and career. He's a classically trained set/costume designer with credits on Broadway, Feature Films, Indie Films, Dance, Theatre, and Opera. In 2011 he founded IndigoH2O, the only multiple award-winning bottled alkaline water in the world and the 2015 best tasting water in the world. He was the architect of the Business of Creative Enterprises major at Emerson College where he combined his years of experience in the arts, design, entrepreneurship, marketing, and publicity into creating a unique educational experience that will aid the next generation of artist in creating their own path to success. Yuri has a really fascinating story and I don't want to give you any spoilers, so let's jump on in!
Vicki Ambinder is with us today and even though I'm a little nervous about opening up this discussion to y'all with someone who knows so much about my inner artist workings, I'm excited. I'm excited because Vicki has some seriously amazing tools to share with us about how to connect with an audience, how to stay in the "zone of genius" during a performance, and how to practice things that are difficult. ALL of those things relate directly to being brave and therefore this podcast. Which is precisely why I asked her if she'd join us on today's episode.
Today's episode is a gem of an experience. We've got Albert Flynn Desilver with us and we're got really deep on some subject matter that is relevant to ALL of us, regardless of art form or communication mediums. If you're not familiar with Albert's work, he is an internationally published poet, memoirist, and novelist. You'll hear snippets of his impressive feats of career bravery and experience throughout this conversation, so listen and enjoy.
MJ Fitzpatrick is a dynamite Australian and I'm super stoked to have him on the show today. He's got a story that even though the details might be different from yours and mine, the experience, the pain, the tribulation, the total hell he went through might still be very similar to yours.
Today we're chatting with Deepak Ramola who is the Founder & Artistic Director of Project FUEL. FUEL stands for: Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson. He's got a goal of collecting 1 million life lessons and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you've got some to add. Deepak collects little bits of wisdom from all over the world and that's what he's here to share with us!
Karin Stevens of Karin Stevens Dance, or KSD for short, is someone who I deeply admire. That has been true for a very long while. I know you'll really appreciate how caring and thoughtful and eloquently Karin speaks about some of the subjects we cover today. We have a conversation that I know you'll drink fully and deeply. Karin's story contains things we all go through, so please enjoy.
Today's conversation has the potential to be life-changing, especially if you're an artist. Today David Lesinski and I chat about how to break out of autopilot, why artists shouldn't just stack our metaphorical (or literal) paintings in the garage for no one to see, and how important it is to nurture a high-vibe environment as an artist. I'm fairly certain you're gonna love David's kind and direct wisdom as much as I do.
Today's recording occurred on the last day of a songwriter's retreat. Jan Krist and I talk about mentorship, what it's like to be censored as an artist, how to use our art to communicate truth, and why artists have a responsibility to make our art. Jan even flipped the conversation back on me and asked some big important questions. (I blushed, you can hear it in my voice!) I know you're really enjoy this intimate conversation between a mentee and her mentor, Jan Krist. Let's take a listen!
Today we're gonna talk about some subjects that don't always come across as socially acceptable. But this isn't necessarily unusual for this show nor is it unusual for our guest today. Alexandra Harbushka joins us to talk about her new podcast and community: Life with Herpes. I think we're all in *some* closet at some point in our lives. So the process of making the big reveal to people whose opinions you care about - that's a really scary and brave thing to do! Without further ado, I give Alexandra Harbuska who will tell out all about it!
Today we have the extreme pleasure of talking with Andy Zook of the band "Bears & Other Carnivores." Andy also has a podcast. It's called "Bad at Parties" and I know you'll love it too. I also know you'll love today's chat because we're covering topics like how to put yourself out there as an artist, how to reconcile the fact that you're probably doing things wrong, how to be wrong and still stay listening to your audience. and we also dive into a topic that is near and dear to me: advocacy and art.
I'm so excited to feature Stephanie Crowder today! Stephanie recently started a gem of a podcast called "Courage & Clarity." In fact, she interviewed me for it and recently published those episodes too! Today, she and I talk about duh, courage & clarity and how they play on each other and balance each other out. We also chat about how we can find that courage and clarity to do meaningful work in the world. I love this gal and I know you will too. Let's jump on in and talk with Steph Crowder.
Today Marisa Molina joins us to talk about intuition and how our relationship with food can assist or drag the rest of our life and creativity down. Intuition is such a huge factor in being brave. Marisa Molina helps people to transform their relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves so they can eat, love and live freely. She teaches people how to use mindfulness and awareness to move past mental blocks that keep them from reaching their goals and to face challenges with ease.
Emilie Wapnick is a writer, career coach, blogger, and community leader. She is the founder and creative director at Puttylike.com, where she helps multipotentialites (people with many passions and creative pursuits) integrate all of their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. In today's episode, Emilie and I also talk about some of the imposter syndrome she's encountered during the book publishing process and everything that follows, she's got some really solid advice to offer us today and also in her new book. Get excited! Here's Emilie Wapnick!
After overcoming drug addiction, a diagnosis of PTSD after the war in Iraq, and a battle with alcohol, Akshay Nanavati has since explored the most hostile environments on the planet. I wanted Akshay to join us because we haven't featured a perspective of PTSD yet and I appreciated Akshay's particular experience and journey. Also, the Dalai Lama wrote the foreword to his book and I really wanted to know how that came about!
Today we have the privilege of hearing about Holli Margell's experience as a photographer and specifically as a daughter of someone who died from breast cancer. She has such a kind a generous spirit which I know comes through in her parenting, and life as a mompreneur and owner of Native Light Photography which is based out of the Seattle area. So let's jump into it. Take a deep breath 'cause this one's worth listening up for. Without further ado, I give you Holli Margell.