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As our journeys unfold, so do our identities. What makes you, you? Share your story.

As our journeys unfold, so do our identities. What makes you, you? Share your story.
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As our journeys unfold, so do our identities. What makes you, you? Share your story.




Jenn Taylor and Influential People Part 1

Episode 7, Part 1: How does trauma change us and how can people through the simplest of actions be our shining light? Today's guest is blogger, podcaster and virtual assistant, Jenn Taylor who is a mom of 18 kids as well as a published author. In this special 2 part episode, part 1 focuses on three influential people in Jenn's life: her third grade teacher, her mother and someone she lovingly refers to as her adopted dad. These three play a profound role in how Jenn chooses to parent her 18...


Becky Hellwig, Moving and Integration

Episode 6: What makes us who we are and how does who we are change when we move from one environment to a completely different one? How much of our identity is influenced by the places we live, the routines we have, the things we do? And if those routines and things are no longer an option...who do we become then? How do we hold on and let go at the same time?⠀ In this episode, I talk to Becky Hellwig, self-professed city girl from Silicon Valley who 3 years ago for various reasons moved...


Auroosa Kazmi-Ishaq and The Myth of the Linear Path

Episode 5: It's time for another solo episode! For those who listened to Diary of 2 Middle Children (episodes 4, part 1 and part 2), you may remember that Sania and I talked about the myth of the linear path briefly. What is the linear path? "The Linear Path is a worldview in which mastering perfectionism, progress and ever-exceeding improvement lead to success, security and happiness." - Daniëlle van de Kemenade⠀ Many of us have been brought up with this idea. For me, I believed that if...


Sania Khan and Auroosa Kazmi Ishaq, Diary of 2 Middle Children, Part 2

Episode 4, Part 2: Have you ever gotten caught up in what concepts like "good", "honour" and "respect" mean? We have and what's been most puzzling is that it seems like everyone knows but us! Today's episode is Part 2 of Diary of 2 Middle Children where Sania and I pick up our conversation from last week and talk about being judged, pivotal moments in our life that changed how we view ourselves, giving ourselves permission to make our own choices, people-pleasing and our tendency to think...


Sania Khan and Auroosa Kazmi Ishaq, Diary of 2 Middle Children, Part 1

Episode 4, Part 1: Does birth order influence our personalities? Both my guest, Sania Khan, and I are middle children and feel that being a middle child plays a fundamental role in how we experience and view the world. In this episode, we discuss middle child syndrome and how being a middle child has led to certain tendencies such as people pleasing, wanting to be peacemakers, feeling neglected and trying to figure out our role in our families. In particular, I think I equated being a...


Thamicha Isaac, H.I.V. and Abuse

Episode 3: How does abuse become normalized? Hear Thamicha's gripping story where she discusses the various levels of abuse she has experienced including domestic and sexual abuse as well as being diagnosed as H.I.V. positive at the age of 19. She describes the impact of her H.I.V. diagnosis, how she received the news, how it made her feel and the feelings of anger, guilt and shame that she experienced. She also explains how she made it out from rock bottom, her process of healing and how...


Terri Taiyab and Religion

Episode 2: Has religion played a role in shaping your identity? It has for our guest Terri Taiyab. Terri grew up in Pakistan with her dad's side of the family who was very conservative and would often use religion as a tool to control her and her actions. On the flip side, her mom's side of the family was also very religious but practiced religion in a much more accepting and open manner, consistent with how Terri feels Islam should be practiced. Terri discusses several examples of how her...


Auroosa Kazmi-Ishaq and Loneliness

Episode 1: In our intro episode, I explain how this podcast came to be, what it hopes to accomplish and provide an introductory look at a concept that has impacted my identity: loneliness. What factors contribute to our identity? How do we become the people we are? What life experiences, concepts or themes shape us and affect how we view ourselves? I believe that reflecting on what makes us who we are and sharing our story with others helps people feel less alone and creates a space where...