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.
Today's guest on the show is Jake Hemming. This guy is one of the best song-storytellers I've ever heard. You'll hear a sample of his story telling skills as the episode unfolds and get a peek into what it looks like to delve into the tough parts of life by being strong through the sensitive moments.
Jake and I talk about the friends we have in common, the ones we love dearly and who are also epically brave and strong. We talk about the honesty required to go through grief and bereavement. We talk about the necessity of community after someone has passed on. We talk about how hilarious his daughter is. and he introduces us to Max & Vivian, a duo from the corners of society featured in his new songwriting.
Bari Tessler is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach and Mama-preneur. Bari’s gentle, body-centered approach weaves together personal, couple, and creative entrepreneurial money teachings into one complete tapestry. She is an author of the book The Art of Money and the founder of a global, year-long money school by the same name. Both the book and her program integrates Money Healing, Money Practices and Money Maps.
When you've got a huge announcement, how do you go about making it? Who do you tell first? What role does privacy and intimacy play in this decision? Is it like throwing spaghetti and seeing what sticks? or more like passing notes in class?
I've got a big announcement to make (you'll hear it below.) There will be more details revealed as time unfolds, but for now these issues of intimacy, privacy, and over-exposure are top of my mind...
Bethany Wray joins us today all the way from a magical place which is also how I came to know her. Bethany currently resides at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, WA. You'll hear some more about the Grunewald Guild and what it does for artists like Bethany and myself.
Nick Conedera is a film-maker and fellow brave artist. You're going to love some of the stuff we cover in today's episode. He is the guy behind the movie SHARP, which is available on iTunes and Amazon right now. (Go and watch it later, you will love it.)
He's also doing this fascinating project right now working with Hal Elrod who wrote the best-selling book titled "Miracle Morning." If you've been in the self-help scene in the last several years, then you know who Hal Elrod is. Now, Nick and I do some talking about the book, but what you'll learn from our conversation is some of the ways Nick is witnessing his own bravery through this project.
I just want to thank Nick publicly for getting raw and honest about what it means to struggle, how to ask for help, how to admit to reality, and for revealing what it means to wrestle with being disciplined in the life of making brave art. It takes a lot of guts to answer some of the questions I ask in this episode, but somehow... I had this inkling that Nick was up for the challenge.
And I think you'll agree with me he is a gracious communicator with a powerful perspective...
Adina Coomber joins us today from Perth, Australia. Now, she'll do a really great introduction of who and what she is here in a second, but I just have to say that one of my favorite parts of today's conversation about Bravery is just how clearly Adina portrays her experience. The rollercoaster she's been on is thrilling and even that word seems understated. I think she'd agree with me on that fact.
Maximiliano Campos was born in Brazil and moved to US when he was 12. That alone is enough for a whole conversation on being outside of your comfort zone and learning a new way to communicate. But Max moved with his family to the states because they knew of a doctor in Boston who might be able to help his situation. Max has retinitis pigmentosa, or RP for short. This means a few months after he moved to the States he experienced a relatively sudden decline in his vision.
Welcome to Part 2 of our conversation with Kye Alfred Hillig! Now, if you're just tuning in and haven't listening to part 1 yet, I highly encourage that you press pause on this and go listen to that first. You won't regret it.