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.
Kye Alfred Hillig is today's featured guest on the show. Kye, like me, is a Washington-based singer-songwriter. He's way ahead of me when we're defining the word "Prolific." He has written over 1,400 songs and recorded over 21 albums - all of them genre-hopping and continuously evolving across time. Kye has released 5 solo albums since 2012. He does not believe in the devil. But he does believe in some transcendental light and darkness.
In today's episode, we talk with international best-selling author, Wendy Van de Poll who is a pioneering leader in the field of pet loss grief support. She's the founder of the Center for Pet Loss Grief where she bravely provides wisdom, joy, and compassion for grief relief in her practice. Wendy is a licensed massage therapist for humans, horses, and hounds. She's a certified end-of-life and grief coach and a pet funeral celebrant. She's got a master’s of science in wolf ecology, so Wendy has run with wolves in Minnesota, coyotes in Massachusetts, and foxes in her backyard.
In today's episode we get to talk with a fellow author friend of mine, Alison Sigmon. She and I have had the chance to work together on a couple fun book-related projects and I am so excited that she's here with us today. I know you'll love her as much as I do.
Brittany Barbera is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter and the #1 best-selling author of the book titled "Let Me Be Weak: What People in Pain Wish They Could Tell You." She loves deep lyrics, power ballads, and weird people. In 2013, She released her debut album titled, The Sparrow, featuring her songs "When the Well Runs Dry" and "A Love I Can't Define."
In today's episode of Bare Naked Bravery we get to talk with Maggie McGeehee was born and raised in Denton, TX and has lived for the past decade in Seattle, WA. By day she is an urban planner, designing transportation programs that offer more options for people to choose their best way to travel. She also teaches piano lessons and preschool music, with the philosophy that the purpose of making music is to create joy.
Carrie Akre has over 25 years experience in the music world. She is the lead singer of the bands Hammerbox, Goodness, the VIPs, The Rockfords (with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam), and she's also a solo artist. She has been signed to independent and major labels such as CZ, A&M, Atlantic, Epic and Immortal Records. After experiencing the highs and lows of the music industry Carrie co-founded her own independent record label with fellow band member of Goodness. She release her first solo debut, HOME on this label. Later, Carrie then went on to release solo works under her own label, My Way Records. She has taught classes at Seattle's Experience Music Project (super cool), Rain City Rock Girls (SO cool), and across other independent venues.
In today's episode we talk with Zach Varnell who has been recording since he was 13 years old. I have had the joy and pleasure of working with Zach in some previous music projects. He's worked with everything from a 2-track reel-to-reel in his parents basement in Denver to places like London Bridge and Bear Creek Studios in Seattle, WA.
Dr. Chris Friesen, (Ph.D.) is a psychologist who, like me (and probably you too) has always been fascinated by what makes people successful. He is a licensed clinical, forensic, and neuro psychologist but now primarily helps professional, national, Olympic, and up-and-coming elite athletes, as well as other high achieving professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, academics, and creatives. He helps them *all* achieve their personal and professional potential. Currently he's the director of Friesen Sport & Performance Psychology, a contributor for Success.com, and also author of *ACHIEVE: Find Out Who You Are, What You Really Want, And How To Make It Happen.*
In today's episode we talk with Emily Rose who is a bestselling author and breakup coach. I know her through a couple author groups I'm a part of and invited her today because I'm no fool. Breaking up is hard to do. And a lot of bravery is required for it.
Emily Rose's mission is to help people to not wake up on their death and ask, “What did I just do with my life?” Asking the question, "What am I doing with my life?" in the present tense is what breakups are all about. and it doesn't matter what or who you're breaking up with.
I'm looking forward to asking her opinion about all this and so much more. and hopefully getting some helpful advice for how to have bravery in the midst of breakups.
In today's episode we get to talk with Siolo Thompson. If you haven't heard of her yet, then I am so stoked to introduce you to her. She and I know each other through the music/art scene in here Seattle, WA.
Siolo is a self taught visual artist and also the creator of the gorgeous Linestrider Tarot Deck and Scrying Ink Tarot Deck. She also illustrated the book, "The Better Bombshell" where writers and artists redefine the female role model.
I've so enjoyed talking with Siolo about creative entrepreneurship in the past, that I couldn't resist inviting her to join us today. She's a total powerhouse when it comes to knowing how to value her contributions and art in an analytical and straightforward way, which as you'll soon learn... it's something I adore seeing in my peers because I know it to be one of the greatest factors in being brave.
A lot of folks who know Siolo Thompson as a visual artist don't know how she got her start in the work of visual art, or at least I didn't when I first met her. This is where we jump into today's brave conversation...
In today's episode of Bare Naked Bravery we talk with Naomi Wachira, an artist of formidable talent and heart. I have always been struck by her life's story as one of the most dynamic displays of courage I could possibly summon up from my imagination. Naomi grew up in Kenya, left for the US at the ripe age of 19, and managed to become a successful singer/songwriter AND a single mom to a beautiful girl.
Seattle Music Insider raves her performances as "marked by her strong stage presence, storytelling and enduring smile." I wholeheartedly agree. Naomi's musical voice is a melding of rich sources from her childhood in Kenya, her Northwest home, and American inspirations like Tracy Chapman and South African activist Miriam Makeba. Her music & songwriting brings together harmonies that speak across continents and cultures. Today we get to talk with her while she's in the midst of recording her sophomore album "Song of Lament."
We also talk about maintaining your innocence, calling back to yourself, citizenship, grief, songwriting, motherhood, and creative solutions for getting up when all you want to do is give up.