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My people are the ones who've had the emotional shit kicked out of them and pride themselves for being stronger for it.
Together, we explore our stories and talk about things most people aren't comfortable talking about - emotional trauma, mental illness, loneliness, healing from our childhoods, addiction, suicide, abortion, etc.
We also talk about the silver linings and finding the strength and flexing our resiliency muscles. And we laugh...a lot. Because humor and pain are oftentimes different sides of the same coin.
As I like to say, if it makes your Evangelical neighbor or grandparents uncomfortable...we talk about it.
Because when we talk about the places that hurt, we oftentimes start to heal.
MAMA BEAR. EMOTIONAL SIDEKICK. LOVES RED WINE + AQUAMAN. SOMETIMES LONELY. TOO COMPLEX TO SETTLE FOR HAPPY. A THOUSAND FEELINGS BEHIND THE SMILE.
That’s me in a nutshell. I’m also silly, paradoxical, and often find myself in awkward conversations…that I’ve started…because it’s a
I started GOING THERE, THE PODCAST out of the sheer desire to help people feel less alone (including myself).
Because I know what it’s like to isolate and numb the pain and feel alone.
It wasn’t until I started sharing my own story of an emotionally abusive childhood (and subsequent lifelong effects) that I met people who said ‘Me too!’ and thanked me profusely for my openness, candor, and willingness to go there…really go there…even (especially?) when it’s awkward.
IMAGINE A WORLD where we share our story so freely that the shackles of shame fade away and we’re instead left with connection, choruses of ‘Me too!‘, and raucous laughter because there is always room for laughter.
And what’s better than removing shame as we own and give voice to the story buried deep down inside of us?