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043: Take a Horseback Ride with Dominique Rondeau for Mental Health, Spiritual Healing, and Some Equine Therapy

How does that saying go? Something about falling off a horse and getting right back on again? CUE SYMBOLISM!! Today, join me on horseback as I ride off into the “self-care sunset” with equine therapy heroine Dominique Rondeau! Life can be a bit bumpy, but when you experience emotional hardship, mental health issues, or traumatic life experiences, learn how to heal these emotional wounds with a horse by your side. Listen in as Dominique shares a few (anonymous yet 10000% heartfelt) stories...


042: Put Your Knives Down and Make Peace with Your Plate; Ali Shapiro on Calling a Truce with Food

We all know that diets don't work long-term, or do we? Today, I have the honor and privilege of speaking with holistic nutritionist and integrated health coach, Ali Shapiro (MSOD, HCCH), who survived childhood cancer, health, and weight issues and now spends her life helping others forget diets, labels, and self-criticism in order to call a truce with food. Listen in to learn more about how this inspiring woman uses her own experiences with health trauma and weight issues, along with...


041: Spiritual and Emotional Healing in a BITCH-SLAP: Gwynne Montgomery Talks Toxic Patterns, CPTSD, and Putting in the Work to Transform Your Life

Do you feel like you're in a place in your life where you need a good, honest bitch slap for your soul? How many times do you ask yourself, “Why? Why am I here?” Listen in and hear the marvelous sound of a bitch-slap to your ego with Gwynne Montgomery, author of Bitchslap Journaling: 100 Prompts to Kick Your Spiritual Ass. This woman fearlessly tackles the hard stuff: toxic behavioral patterns, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), hyper-vigilance, and how you can use honesty...


040: Bridget Pilloud, Pet Psychic, Practicing Human, and How Her Intuition Can Help Heal Your Relationship With Your Pet

Do you ever wonder what your pet is thinking or want to tell a fly to eff off? ME TOO!! Today I had an absolutely mind-boggling and eye-opening conversation with Bridget Pilloud, Pet Psychic and practicing human. This is possibly one of the most interesting conversations I’ve had about expressing emotion, feeling deep connection, and practicing empathy – with your pets! Join me as I learn the value of communicating with your beloved animals, tips on how to do it, and why it is important...


039: Maureen Clancy (LCSW & EMDR) on Storming Through the Gates of Your Life and Finding the Right Therapist to Help Along the Way

If your therapist isn't working for you, ditch 'em and find a better one! Today I had the pleasure of discussing the importance of finding the right therapist to deal with life’s crazy moments with licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), sensitive soul, and healer, Maureen Clancy. Join us as we delve into how Maureen’s job as a newspaper reporter led her to discover her true passion: healing women who have experienced trauma and hearing their stories. Through personal experience, Maureen...


038: Darla Antoine on Healing Your Spirit and Finding Yourself Through Food, Cultural Discovery, and Diving Deep Into Your Own Ancestry

What if discovering your past could help you and your family heal together? Spiritual worker, ancestral activist, and coach of the Sacred Domestic Arts complete with an MA in Intercultural Communication, Darla Antoine answers this deep spiritual question and more in this wonderfully open and spiritually enlightening conversation! Darla grew up as an "other' and through her own lived experiences as a mixed race woman faced with generational oppression by dominant culture and society, Darla...


037: Beautifully Broken with Jo Casey - Being a Business Coach While Learning to Confront, Live With, and Even Grow With Anxiety, Depression, and Mental Health Issues

Do you suffer from “tightly-wound woman syndrome?” If so - hell yeah! - and you are in great company! Listen in on my conversation with the amazing Jo Casey. Jo is a fierce, feminist business coach determined to live her best life despite - or perhaps, inspired by - her own personal struggle with anxiety and depression. We delve into the deep stuff: being somebody with anxiety and depression while trying to help others, how society creates a fucked up, false image of how people live their...


036: Navigating Sexuality When You're on the Asexual Spectrum, Everyone Can Benefit from Therapy, and Being Diagnosed with Autism as an Adult with Olivia James

On this week's #goingtherewithjen, I have a fly-on-the-wall conversation with fellow podcaster and super cool human being, Olivia James. Listen in as I very awkwardly and Olivia very graciously talk about languaging around autism and asexuality, her path to an autistic diagnosis as an adult and how things finally clicked into place, the support she gets from her husband to say - hey - I think that's the autism speaking and why she can still irritate him (er...I mean...don't we ALL irritate...


035: Law of Attraction Fuckery, Drinking the Natural Birth Kool-Aid Until It Goes to Shit (literally), and Learning to Do No Harm as a Spiritual White Woman with Anna Holden

You know what I love? Unicorns (listen to the episode to hear why this is relevant). Know what else I love? Anna Holden. Anna is magical, highly sensitive, clairvoyant, and her filters are about as good as mine which means non-existent. You'll love her too, lol. Anna and I talk about the realities of motherhood (er...ego shattering I believe is the word Anna uses), the dangers of drinking the law of attraction kool-aid fuckery, how fun it is to stew in the messy middle, finding your...


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?”Primal DermaGet thee some Primal Derma STAT!...


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 healed. Anyoo..this...


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

"Like - this is my life and I got shit to do...like good shit to do. Good, awesome, amazing things that I'm excited to do and I'm doing them and that's that." ~ 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...


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 listen...


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...