At the time of recording this episode, about 18 months have passed since we spoke to our first ever podcast guest. I wanted to touch back to the beginnings of this show and catch up with Naomi Wachira. We're talking about the courage of choosing silence, which applies to anyone, anywhere. Today's conversation is a perfect example of the nakedness required for big bold actions. Sometimes being still, pausing your movement, and listening on a deeper level takes more bravery than keeping the hustle going.
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.
This week we're joined by Gabby Keegan who is the voice behind the Moxie Podcast! She and I chatted for a bit a while back on her show and I wanted to bring her on and jam together about some of the bravery it takes to consider your day job a work of patronage, what does it mean to be an introvert in an extroverted job, how to find sanity in a crazy career world.
In 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.
MJ Fitzpatrick is a dynamite Australian and I'm super stoked to have him on the show today. He's got a story that even though the details might be different from yours and mine, the experience, the pain, the tribulation, the total hell he went through might still be very similar to yours.
Today we're chatting with Deepak Ramola who is the Founder & Artistic Director of Project FUEL. FUEL stands for: Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson. He's got a goal of collecting 1 million life lessons and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you've got some to add. Deepak collects little bits of wisdom from all over the world and that's what he's here to share with us!
Today we're gonna talk about some subjects that don't always come across as socially acceptable. But this isn't necessarily unusual for this show nor is it unusual for our guest today. Alexandra Harbushka joins us to talk about her new podcast and community: Life with Herpes. I think we're all in *some* closet at some point in our lives. So the process of making the big reveal to people whose opinions you care about - that's a really scary and brave thing to do! Without further ado, I give Alexandra Harbuska who will tell out all about it!
Today we have the extreme pleasure of talking with Andy Zook of the band "Bears & Other Carnivores." Andy also has a podcast. It's called "Bad at Parties" and I know you'll love it too. I also know you'll love today's chat because we're covering topics like how to put yourself out there as an artist, how to reconcile the fact that you're probably doing things wrong, how to be wrong and still stay listening to your audience. and we also dive into a topic that is near and dear to me: advocacy and art.
Today Marisa Molina joins us to talk about intuition and how our relationship with food can assist or drag the rest of our life and creativity down. Intuition is such a huge factor in being brave. Marisa Molina helps people to transform their relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves so they can eat, love and live freely. She teaches people how to use mindfulness and awareness to move past mental blocks that keep them from reaching their goals and to face challenges with ease.
Emilie Wapnick is a writer, career coach, blogger, and community leader. She is the founder and creative director at Puttylike.com, where she helps multipotentialites (people with many passions and creative pursuits) integrate all of their interests to create dynamic, fulfilling, and fruitful careers and lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. In today's episode, Emilie and I also talk about some of the imposter syndrome she's encountered during the book publishing process and everything that follows, she's got some really solid advice to offer us today and also in her new book. Get excited! Here's Emilie Wapnick!
Fellow Bare Naked Bravery community member submitting this stellar question for this week, "How do you balance self-care with self-discipline?" Suuuuch a good question! So that's what I dive into today. Where is the line between kindness, compassion, and getting uncomfortable? Do they belong together? Let's find out!
After overcoming drug addiction, a diagnosis of PTSD after the war in Iraq, and a battle with alcohol, Akshay Nanavati has since explored the most hostile environments on the planet. I wanted Akshay to join us because we haven't featured a perspective of PTSD yet and I appreciated Akshay's particular experience and journey. Also, the Dalai Lama wrote the foreword to his book and I really wanted to know how that came about!
Over the last couple weeks I've seen this happen a lot: my creative friend will go on vacation, work maybe 1 hour everyday while away only to return to a super hugely financially profitable week! Why does this happen?! And how have I been able to be soooo productive? It's allll about the 80/20 Pareto Principle. 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort. That's what we're talking about today on this week's peep show mini episode!
Today we have the privilege of hearing about Holli Margell's experience as a photographer and specifically as a daughter of someone who died from breast cancer. She has such a kind a generous spirit which I know comes through in her parenting, and life as a mompreneur and owner of Native Light Photography which is based out of the Seattle area. Remember Nathan Vass? the artist and bus driver we interviewed a couple weeks back in episode 42? Well *he* nominated Holli to appear on Bare Naked Bravery. and if you'll remember *he* was nominated by a fellow BNB listener! This is 4th degree Bravery right here! So freaking cool. So let's jump into it. Take a deep breath 'cause this one's worth listening up for. Without further ado, I give you Holli Margell.
Today we have the joy of speaking with Sarah Jane, an artist who knows a lot about holding space for people to be tender and brave. I know this to be true because of my own experience with her. Sarah Jane is currently on staff at the arts organization where I had a 6-week artist residency just after I had been diagnosed with my essential tremor. Those 6 weeks were really hard for me - in so many ways - and Sarah Jane (and the rest of the staff at the Grunewald Guild) did so much for not only my career, and artistic expression, but also my personhood. They gave me permission to not have things figured out all the way. Those 6-weeks held some of the beginning threads of this very podcast. Today Sarah Jane and I talk about all that. How do you know when to act after you've been in a season of waiting? How do you know when you're too tender to be brave and still safe? How do you bounce back from rejection? I'm so proud of her and her work and I'm really honored to introduce you to her today.
I faced a looooong to-do list this week, which is why today we're looking at why it's so important to celebrate and connect, even with the small stuff. Our seasons of bravery sometimes BEG us for this and I know that sometimes those really dark seasons of bravery make it really hard to reach out and connect with folks. But it's sooo soooooo soooooo important that we do this. Take a listen and learn how I did that this week.
This week I was asked to write an article for Teach Well all about setting difficult boundaries. I know that many of us creatives and entrepreneurial types have to deal with this topic a LOT in business. But even as just a human you have to set boundaries. So that's what we're talking about today. I've identified 7 steps you'll need to take to set, hold, and enforce a difficult boundary (with a bonus 8th step.)
I got LAID OUT with a cold earlier this week and was confronted with some honesty that changed a few things for me. So that's what this week's peep show is all about: regaining control of the brake pedal, taking your foot off the gas pedal, and making decisions that require projects to either come to a full stop or get postponed.
When you're putting yourself out there, things can get scary and overwhelming. But one of the best "mantras" I've adopted in the last several months is this: I have helpers. I've seen over and over again that helpers really are all around us. We just have to look for them. So that's what we talk about on today's peep show mini episode of Bare Naked Bravery: All my favorite go-to sources to find my helpers!
Today we have a global advocate for adoption with us. If you've ever felt somehow that you don't quite belong or don't quite have a voice in a situation, then this is the episode for you. As an international adoptee herself, Michelle's story of adopting 2 of her 3 kiddos is soft and powerful all at the same time. She has been inducted into the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and was honored with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women by Governor Bill Richardson AND she is the recipient of the 2004 Congressional Angels in Adoption Award. I took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about our political environment today regarding borders and the media. Michelle has a super insightful perspective which I know you will enjoy immensely.