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034: Numbing To the Point of Almost Dying, Finding Yourself Surprisingly Alone, and Getting Over Your Fears to Heal with Plant Medicine with Shanda Catrice

MEET SHANDA Shanda Catrice is a fiercely compassionate healer and spiritual mentor who combines practical wisdom with sacred healing arts to guide women through inner transformation. Her work is centered around the integration of the whole self, through radical love and raw authenticity. Shanda encourages women to embrace the love and light, as well as the shadowy parts of their soul. She has over 10 years of experience learning from various cultures and spiritual traditions from around...


033: Just Say No to People Pleasing, You Have a Choice - Victim or Victor, and Learning to Put Yourself First Because Survival with Heather Thorkelson

MEET HEATHER Heather Thorkelson is a coach who works with entrepreneurs to grow their impact and visibility while growing their bottom line. She has been location independent for 7 years and runs her businesses from all over the world, including, on occasion, Antarctica. Heather is also the owner of Twin Tracks Expeditions, a polar expedition company. BUT THIS CONVERSATION, YOU GUYS. THIS CONVERSATION! TWO VICTORS HAVING COME THROUGH ABUSIVE CHILDHOODS THE BETTER FOR IT. Resilience,...


032: Tantric Bodyworker, Biblical Erotica Author, and All-around Fascinating Human, Matt Stillman

MEET MATT STILLMAN Matt is probably the most fascinating person I know and I don’t say that lightly because…as you’re well aware…ALL of my guests are pretty damn fascinating. But Matt? He’s extra super-duper rare. In a very tidy nutshell which is hard to do with Matt, he… creative approaches service and consultancybiblical erotica(I mean…if that right there doesn’t intrigue the hell out of you, why are you even here?!?!).“The End of Poverty?”four timesPrimal DermaGet thee some Primal...


031: God Does Not Give a Shit About Your Thigh Gap, Getting Out of the Boxes We've Allowed Others to Put Us In, and Living with Depression with Kristen Kalp

Meet Kristen Kristen Kalp helps creative humans connect to their truest selves through writing, breathwork, books, and business coaching. Join the free F*ck Yah club for free books, chapters, classes, and goodies here. Listen in as we talk about: People + Resources Mentioned Erin TelfordSteer Your ShipKelly Rae Robertsprintmybreathwork Connect with Kristen Website | Instagram


Jen Unfiltered 002: Living in the Paradox Between Amazing and Shitty

Life has been SO GOOD in so many and SO SHITTY in a few others. But that's how I love my life...living in the paradoxes and in-betweens. Listen in as I share what's been going on (super sick mom, super suicidal dad, family members I haven't heard from in 20+years, and super fun adventures with family + friends) and why I'm really proud of myself for not going down the rabbit hole and instead, seeking therapy for a specific issue from my childhood that I CLEARLY have not...


030: The Journey of Self-Healing Since the Womb, Learning to Create a Safe Space, a Home, Within Yourself, and the Godawful Messiness of Healing (HINT: It’s Not Unicorns and Chariots and Sparkly Shit) with Tanya Markul of Thug Unicorn

Meet Tanya “I am a child of extremes, raised with poison, steeped in possibility between an orchard and giant maple trees, drawn to flowers, and re-birthed by a frigid, roaring sea.” —Thug Unicorn Tanya Markul’s path is one of the poetess, intuitive and wounded healer. An unwanted child, she was raised on barren soil of shame, guilt and overwhelming self-hatred. From the womb, her inner navigation was tainted by an ancestry of addiction, instability, abuse and fear. Her journey to...


029: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Bathroom Floor Moments, and the Facade(s) of Perfection with Veronica Grant

Veronica Grant is a Love-Life Coach for smart, successful women who feel like they have it all except love, find it. She believes finding real love isn’t about a great profile, a snazzy text, or pleasing men. It’s about stepping into the fullest, most authentic, empowered version of yourself, even in a world where it feels like the cards are stacked against you. Through her binge-worthy podcast, free challenges, and coaching, she’s here to shake up how you find love, even in our swipe...


028: How Tight Pants Became a Personal Growth Message, Doing All the Right Things in Life and Still Getting Sick, and the Shadow Side of Responsibility in Relationships with Kate Courageous

Meet Kate Kate Swoboda is creator of YourCourageousLife.com, Director of the Courageous Living Coach Certification at TribeCLCC.com and author of The Courage Habit: How to Accept Your Fears, Release the Past, and Live Your Courageous Life. She helps individuals, teams, and companies see where old, fear-based habits have kept people stuck or started to limit what’s possible for an organization, and then start creating more courageous lives by getting into “the courage habit,” a four-part...


027: The Good and Not-So-Good of Being an Altruistic Overachiever, Taming the Downright Vicious Inner Critic and Healing Through Chinese Elements with Brodie Welch

Meet Brodie Brodie Welch is a Licensed Acupuncturist, board-certified herbalist, Chinese Medicine expert, group coach, and self-care strategist. She’s the founder of Life in Balance Acupuncture in Corvallis, Oregon, where she has been treating patients since 2003. In addition to her clinical practice, Brodie helps caring, high-achieving, women put themselves on their own to-do lists so they can trade stress and burnout for energy, joy, and vibrant health. She has helped thousands of...


#026 When Not Good Enough is the Theme of Your Life, Beating Yourself Up to Be Perfect Masks as Success, and the Shame of Questioning if You Love Your Child (and of course you do) with Kelly Covert

My fave moments from this conversation: Meet Kelly Kelly Covert is an inner voice coach with a passion for helping visionary women believe and achieve their big vision by connecting deeply with the wisdom that is inside of them all while owning their worthiness each and every day. Through her intuitive, heart-centered approach she helps women awaken to their true power as creators and world-changers. She is the creator and host of the In Her Voice, a podcast that empowers women to...


#025 Why It's Not About the Weight, Feeling Emotionally Safe in the World, and the Freedom of Realizing Your Childhood Trauma Was NOT Your Fault with Joanna Kessling

Meet Joanna Hi. I'm Joanna. I'm so glad you're here. Those closest to me call me Jo. I'm a supportive coach and change doula, living and working in Charlottesville, Virginia. I love this special town and feel fortunate to call it home. The Jersey girl in me misses pizza and Wawa sometimes though ;) I'm an empath, INFP, HSP, and Enneagram 4. I thrive on real conversations and the places reached beyond small talk. How are you... really? The tender spaces of genuine connection. The powerful...


024: Sexual Abuse Advocacy, Forgiving The Abuser (Who Was Also Abused), and Her Point of No Return with Keira Poulsen

Meet Keira I am Keira Poulsen. First and foremost I am a mother to 5 beautiful kids; 4 boys and 1 girl. I am a life coach for women. I help women bring to life their passions and accomplish their goals and dreams. I support them as they hit their walls, walk through resistance and step into the greatness that has been hiding inside of them. I’m a writer on MEDIUM.COM. I write articles to help wake up the parts inside of us that are asleep are dormant. The parts that want to run away...


023: Growing Up Divorced, Surviving By Putting Relationships into Boxes (Like the Difficult One With Your Mom), and Owning Your Expectations with Melanie Scroggins

in Melanie's own words... The best conversations often happen over coffee. Melanie Scroggins is the host and producer of the Over Coffee podcast where she digs deep to uncover helpful insights for living life more intentionally. Each episode, Melanie invites inspiring people with genuine stories, in-depth knowledge, and first-hand experience on a variety of topics in a way that is easy to follow and understand - like chatting with a friend at your favorite cafe. Never found without...


022: Miscarriage, Messy Roads to Motherhood, Being a Fertile Myrtle, and Diminishing Our Own Pain with Sarah Aschkenas

In Sarah's Own Words... Sarah is a wife, mama, and podcaster who loves stories. The kind of stories that you share over a cup of coffee, on a comfy couch, or with a box of tissues. She is the host of the Messy Roads to Motherhood podcast which is a safe place where women come to share their difficult journeys to becoming moms. Her hope for the podcast is that every woman would believe their story is worthy of being told. When she’s not busy spending time with family or working, you can...


021: Fat Activism, Dancing the Tango Until Someone Said a Shitty Comment, and the Importance of Sharing Our Stories Like the Horrors of Breastfeeding

in Tiana’s own words… Tiana Dodson is a fat activist and health coach who runs One Beautiful Yes, where she helps people in big bodies find their healthy. (Body shaming, intentional weight loss, and self-hatred not included.) If she could only ever tell the world one thing, it would be that health isn’t about the size of your body: it’s about how you function in that body, how you fuel that body, and how you feel about that body. And that process always starts with one precious, beautiful...


020: Healing from Sexual Abuse, Finding Love, and Intimacy with Tasha Tilley

IN TASHA'S OWN WORDS I am a compassionate woman with a passion for wisdom, creativity and unconditional love. My past has been dark, I lived through eight years of debilitating child sexual abuse, violence and carried around a deeply wounded heart. My faith has been strong. It was a deep belief in unconditional LOVE that I held on to, that kept me living with my heart on my sleeve. Open always with hope and full of love to give. My determination and deep knowing that there is goodness to...


018: White Ladies Finding Themselves, Evolving our Language, and Death Doula’ing with Rachael Rice

Sometimes you just need a winding conversation…one with really no start and end (other than we only had an hour scheduled). Throw in Rachael Rice and you have one magical, radical, whimsical, intriguing, inspiring, and challenging conversation WE COVER THE GAMUT…LITERALLY…LIKE CRADLE TO GRAVE. We start off talking about art and snowflakes and how BAD I am at art and we throw in some exotic marshmallow making and then Rachael agrees to be my surrogate crafty mom…WHA?!?!?!?!?! (Little...


017: They/Them Pronouns, Self-Harming, and Working With People To Be Less Accidental Assholes with Mason Aid

Mason didn’t think they’d live to their late 20s and is now 32 with a wife, baby, and super important work helping organizations be more LGBTQ friendly. We want…scratch that…NEED Mason here on this planet at this critical time as we all learn how to better navigate how society is changing. Listen in as Mason and I talk about self-harming (they were hospitalized 7 times), having to adopt your own daughter because of the fucked up conventions in our society, the support of amazing parents,...


016: It's Season 2 Time and Dyana Valentine Turns The Tables on Me...GAH!

GAH. Life’s a journey…yeah? Firstly…YEAH, IT’S SEASON 2, BABY!!!!! GOING THERE is an absolute labor of love and I pinch myself daily over the interesting people I meet and the deep conversations we have. A GINORMOUS Thank You for joining along on this ride. Now…onto the episode… WHAT’S IN THIS EPISODE Today, the tables have turned and the interviewer has become the interviewee. My friend and former guest, Dyana, asks me the hard questions that demand hard answers. What I had assumed...


In The Buff 001: My Case of The Dumps

I've been in the dumps since the holidays - sickness, a little family drama that I created on Christmas Eve and oh yeah...my dad verbally abusing my brother, his wife, and my husband. I have him blocked so yeah...fun times folks, fun times. What I've learned through my (many) years is that the darkness will eventually fade/pass. Sometimes it takes a day or two and sometimes twenty but at least it doesn't take years like it used to. I'm being serious here. Anyoo..this is me - unscripted,...