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!
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.
This week we're chatting about how to prepare for your next season of bravery and how to use some forecasting skills to make that happen. Using all the information we have available can be powerful, especially as we make plans for the future - which is what I'm doing this month while finishing up this national book tour. Come out and say hi!
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.
n reaction to how close the publishing date for my book was the other day someone asked me, "Are you just so proud of yourself?!" The question caught me off guard because if I'm being honest I wasn't proud of myself. I wasn't proud because I hadn't taken time to feel that yet. So that's what today's episode on the Bare Naked Bravery podcast is all about: How to Make Space for Powerful Moments.
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.