Feeling discouragement, apathy, dissatisfaction and general ickiness is the least fun thing I can think of. When we're feeling really stagnant in life, there are some pretty reliable methods I personally turn to when I'm in a funk. That's what this episode is all about!
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.
It's true. Just because you're resting, does not mean you're procrastinating. Rest is not avoidance. Sometimes rest is the single most powerful method of 1) recognizing that what you thought was "flow" was just busy work and 2) discovering the next best step.
Today we get to talk with John Ruhlin of The Ruhlin Group. His company is trusted by all these top leaders of fast-growing companies (Chicago Cubs, San Antonio Spurs, Morgan Stanley, DR Horton, and more) to develop relationships and gifting strategies. Whether it's a hand-written note, or a small thoughtful token of gratitude or even a super fancy expensive gift, being generous with your gratitude always works. Always.
Indecision (and too many decisions) can freeze us, lock up our progress, and create big time avoidance and resistance towards accomplishing a big brave task. Creatives fall victim to this for so many valid reasons. In this peep show mini episode I show you how I walked through this kind of speedbump with one of my Bravery students this week
The story and the importance of advocating for the victims and survivors of trauma is near and dear to my heart. Anyone who has gone through what she has gracefully overcome is someone I want to talk with and in turn, someone whose bravery I want to share with you all.
Today you'll hear Nomi and I unpack some of her bravery and the specific elements that contributed to her own strength of healing from childhood sexual abuse. As a body therapist, latin dancer, and fashionista, you can tell that Nomi relies heavily on the creativity of movement to learn, integrate or express anything.
There comes a season when waiting is no longer an option. And then you're left with a) the knowledge that action is the next step and b) the task of acting. They're two separate things. I, myself, have gotten caught up in the knowledge speed-bump - especially this last week.
Today we get to chat with Calvin Correli. He's the instigator of a software company called Simplero, which is a super rad tool for people who want to do what they do online in a streamlined way. Although it's a really great tool, today Calvin and I begin our conversation on the subject of "What is Spiritual Entrepreneurship?"
Saying yes (or no) to something can make you crazy, especially if you're like me. I love to say yes. I love to do ALL THE THINGS. But lately, I've seen a personal turning point arise. It's time to start saying no to things.
But HOW??? That's what today's Peep Show episode is all about. Take a listen.
I am really excited about our guest today, because he's a good friend and fellow musical troubadour. Bradford Loomis is a powerhouse of vocal chords and an impressively well-spoken songwriter based out of the Pacific Northwest, which is how I first got to know him.
Rather than just doing the usual "Tell me about your new album" kind of interview, I took the opportunity to ask Bradford some really hard questions about his career. (He in turn, asked me a whammy of a question too and my answer really took me by surprise.) Bradford and I discuss how to turn the mundane into meaningful, how we can carve our career to fit our lifestyle, and because I really am stoked about his new album, we do get into the backstory of his album which involves strong ties to his father who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's.
I hope you get as much out of knowing him as I have.
I've had some experience in the realms of addiction. I've also more recently had some experience with the serious let-downs of being addicted to the false sense of high that comes from setting big dreams and big goals for yourself.
This Peep Show episode is all about that. And like all the other Peep Show Episodes on Bare Naked Bravery, this episode exists to give you peep behind the curtain in my life around the ways I am personally experiencing bravery on a day-to-day basis...
This is going to be a fun day on the show. We've got the Australian fireball that is Amber Hawken with us today. You're gonna love this. She is the perfect person to talk about "How to be Unfuckwithable" because she's just released a book of a similar title: "the Unfuckwithable Life"
And yes, as you guessed from the title of this episode, there most definitely will be a significant amount of cussing in this particular conversation, so do what you need to do to prepare yourself to have a lot of fun.
Becky Mollenkamp is with us today with a really powerful story and set of tools for us. Becky runs a business doing content creation for other small businesses and today she shares with us what it was like to lose a younger sibling to bi-polar disorder and a subsequent heroin overdose. Understandably, this life event ravaged her life and her business. But as you'll learn later on in her story, that experience prepared her for the other inevitable moments of bravery, like going through a miscarriage.
This week is my birthday. I will be 31 years old. I cannot imagine what my life would look like if I dropped out of school to get married at the age of 8.
To honor the education and experience I've been granted in my 31 years, I'm donating $31 every month this year to speakupforthepoor.org -- They serve over 1100 girls in 26 villages, helping them stay in school and out of child marriage, and they fund more than 20 girls removed from brothels in Bangladesh.
There is no greater human rights issue than the way we treat girls in poverty. They deserve to be heard, to be educated, to have options, to have dreams.
If you are inspired by the work I do and want to celebrate 31 years of living bravely with me, then I challenge YOU to sponsor a girl's education for $31/month.
Let's make it happen. Let's transform these girls into what we know they can be, perhaps things they don't yet have permission to dream about...
It sucks to feel like we're in that rut or locked down into a way of living that doesn't fit anymore. It sucks even worse to get stuck with a situation like an illness or a total life overhaul that we didn't necessarily choose into. So what do we do about it? Michelle Lewis of Visibility Vixen joins us today to talk all about visibility, fear, and what to do when our world feels painfully small.
She's got a pretty great story which overlaps similarities in my own story in some really wonderful ways. Michelle is such a joy to spend time with, I know you'll love this conversation.
Jonas Koffler is a kindhearted, badass, author whose life is the perfect definition of what it means to be a creative entrepreneur, in a non douchey kind of way. You are really really going to enjoy today's conversation.
Jonas, Neil Patel, and Patrick Vlaskovits all co-authored their New York Times bestselling book "Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum"
Today we talk about this new definition of "Hustle" the four different kinds of luck, and 4 various directional movements within this new definition of Hustle.
I'm not going to give you any more spoilers, except to say that Jonas generously provided us with a really Brave Take-away which you can get in the shownotes for this episode here: http://barenakedbravery.com
Every portrait I've seen done by Danielle is full of so much message. I don't know how she does it, but somehow she uses her camera lens to drop the veil. It's no surprise that her workshops have a similar affect on the women who partake in them. Danielle is a co-found of Amulet Magazine.
That's how my conversation with Danielle Cohen started. And if I know one thing about being brave, it's that you *have* to start where you're at. So that's where we start today's episode with the brilliant photographer, matriarch, mom of 4, and creative powerhouse that is Danielle Cohen.
Bridgette Mayer is here on the podcast today. If you're not in the visual art scene then she might not be on your radar. That is until today.
In today's episode she and I talk about the role fear has played in her success. We talk about the importance of our decisions and attitude. She tells us a little about why her industry frustrated her and how she has strived to create a new version of it for herself and the artists she represents.
Marie Schaeller is an author from eastern Pennsylvania hoping to raise awareness of child sexual abuse in our communities and what we can do about it. Her first book is titled "Breaking the Chains of Silence" and is just one facet of these efforts to advocate for victims of this tragedy which unfortunately occurs in every community. In her own community, Marie has assisted in attempts to get the Pennsylvania House Bill 1947 passed. This bill would stop allowing predators to get a "time out" of justice, which as Marie explains later, would greatly benefit child victims later in life.
If you're a long-time listener of the show, you'll know that sometimes I publish bonus episodes alongside our weekly interview episodes. I like to call these bonus episodes "Peep Shows" because they're a peep behind the curtain of the kind of bravery I'm personally encountering on a day-to-day basis. Today is no exception to that. Here is Part 2 of our 3-part series on the Voices of the 2017 Women's March...
Today we get to talk with Thomas O'Grady. We start out today's conversation with a short story of the moment our guest broke Russian/Chinese Code. Thomas is a scholar and a supremely excellent mathematician. Now, before you roll your eyes and tell me how much you hate to do math and don't understand it, let me just tell you that Dr. O'Grady, explains it all so beautifully and in a way that anchors the math in so much meaning.
I like to call these bonus episodes "Peep Shows" because they're a peep behind the curtain of the kind of bravery I'm personally encountering on a day-to-day basis. Today is no exception to that. But today's Peep Show episode and next week's Peep Show is just a little bit different than ones I've done previously...
Today my super rad friend Erin Pearson is here to talk about why we don't do what we want to do. Erin Pearson is a fellow singer-songwriter, a fellow music teacher, and also a fellow writer. Not only that but she's a visual artist and jewelry artist. She is the definition of creative entrepreneur. and I am so proud to introduce you to her, her work, and this conversation.
I'm so excited that we get to feature Giovanna Lever in today's episode. Giovanna is another Australian business gal pal of mine and she *really* knows how to connect people.
Giovanna also believes in the power of realness. She has extensive experience in the integrated business space and has transformed launched a number of brands and programs into the Australian market. She is passionate to help people how to connect with purpose.
We start out today's conversation talking about parenthood, especially being a parent for a child who is facing a new normal. Even though we talk a bit about parenting, I was struck by how much of her motherhood story was supported by her business expertise and how her parenting wisdom enforces her business acumen.
She really knows how to create a new normal and how to bring that new attitude to your family, your work and the success around it.
Hal Grossman and I know each through Marrowstone Summer Music Festival. Which is a 2-week music camp that the Seattle Youth Orchestra puts on in Bellingham, WA.
Hal is a supremely excellent violin teacher. I have heard so many wonderful things from his students who are also violin teachers, which makes Hal a teacher of teachers.
We talk about his new teaching method, having performance anxiety, how our lack of focus and breathing are related to each other. We talk about body movement and how worry is our misguided anticipation. We also talk about what it's like to feel out of your depth and also the give and take between artist and audience.
Maria Doyle is another one of our Australian listeners and now guest on the show! She's a blast and has such an innate sense of adventure! I really loved getting to know her better through this conversation.
This week want to do something a little different in honor of the turning of a new year. Instead of our usual interview style episode, I wanted to share with you how I conduct an end-of-year ritual and plan for the new year!
Today we get to talk with Theresa Reed. She's such a badass. She and I talk about what it means when everyone around you is second guessing, doubting your success, blatantly scoffing, and not believing the things you're putting out there.
We talk about how we can softly educate those around us who have a lack of understanding and a high level of fear. We don't want to cut off the friends and family who don't support us. We need people! We need that connection. But at the same time, sometimes the worst thing would happen if we didn't move forward and go do that thing that everyone else is scared of.
She and I also talk a little about the bravery of being a parent and how we can learn to listen to our gut and be present.
David Shriner-Cahn joins us today on Bare Naked Bravery! David is the go-to authority in how to smash a business plateau felt by mid-career entrepreneurs and professionals. He is a speaker, consultant and host of the podcast, Smashing the Plateau, produced by TEND Strategic Partners. Featured in Inc., David is dedicated to helping business leaders remove the roadblocks that are keeping them from fully achieving their goals.
Karly Nimmo joins us today all the way from Australia! Karly and I know each other through the beauty of social media. She is a born communicator. She's an ex-radio jock, producer & copywriter, current in-demand Voice Over Artist and has run her successful Voice Over Agency (Killer Kopy) for over a decade. There's a pretty slim chance you haven't heard her voice. She's worked with everyone from Telstra, BHP, eBay, Panasonic, Qantas to Coles-Myer and ANZ. Karly's also an avid and successful podcaster, with her number one iTunes hit, Karlosophies - Stories Behind Success. Her current mission is to rid the world of shit sounding podcasts.
Because we both have podcasts, Karly and I thought it'd be fun to trade interviews with each other! So we've magically coordinated to have my interview of her publish the same day her interview of me goes live on her own podcast! Fun, huh?
All that is fantastic, but today Karly and I talk about depression, bankruptcy, and how to hold our big emotions and be vulnerable with the world. Karly is delightful and so is this conversation. Let's jump on in.