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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,...


Alex Franzen on one-star Yelp reviews, being the most calmest anxious person ever, and writing super hot erotica

Alex and I haven't talked in FORever so it was lovely to catch up on all things life including depression, anxiety, one-star Yelp reviews, isolating, and erotica...all wrapped up in our goofy sense of humor and willingness to go there. What I love so much about Alex is what she shares through her writing is both uplifting AND intensely real. She practices vulnerability which such a sense of humor and delight and makes the world a better, kinder place one word/article/book at a time. Alex...


Susan Stewart on writing a book to validate her existence, finding her way back to comedy by way of the government, and what you should and should not google

I usually cover a lot of heavy stuff in this show, but as always my main goal is to bring out the light in any dark situation. Today, let’s just stand in the light for a little bit; let’s laugh for therapy's sake and roll with whatever crazy, zany hijinks the universe wants to throw at us. This episode is all about why finding the light in the dark is essential to our personal well-being. It’s time to talk comedy. Humor is healing. This is the anthem of my guest Susan Stewart. Susan is a...


Laura Egland on having her car repo'd, finally feeling safe enough to break down, and not knowing if it's ok to be funny right now

“Life is fascinating; people are even more so.” My friend Laura Egland couldn’t have started this podcast with anything more fitting. As I record this interview, Laura and I are sitting in her cozy home in Fargo, North Dakota. Life is happening right here, right now including some rambunctious mews and hijinks from Laura’s new kitty. Since I am allll about life being real, sometimes it’s really messy and filled with a bit of kitten noise! Laura and I are two peas in a pod. We’ve only...


Ashley Beaudin on disrupting shame around our imperfections, sexting, and having her bottom teeth pulled at a men’s shelter

Opening up to others is one of the hardest things to do. When we do practice vulnerability, what happens is an authentic connection with another human being that is wonderfully sweet. But...knowing the rewards of honesty is still not enough sometimes for us to break the ice. It’s helpful when there is someone else to pave the way and that’s one of the many reasons why I love Ashley Beaudin. I reached out to Ashley early on in the formation of this podcast, and I’ve been excited to have...


Dyana Valentine on Dreaming for a Living, Unrelenting Grief, and Defining Relationships on Your Own Terms

Dyana Valentine is a positively f a s c i n a t i n g human being. I mean...this lady DREAMS for a living AND she's just a really really kind + generous person (she sent me a thank you card before I had a chance to send her a thank you for being a Going There guest). We spend some time talking about how she dreams for people but then we dive deep into Dyana's immense grief over the death of her father. As we were talking I found myself feeling jealous of Dyana's relationship with her dad....