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The Loveable Podcast

Summary: The two deepest desires of every human heart are to love simply and to live fully. So why do our relationships remain so complicated, and why do our lives sometimes ring so hollow? Because neither love nor life can be truly embraced until you, and only you, have embraced your truest, worthiest self. In his book, LOVEABLE, clinical psychologist and popular blogger, Kelly Flanagan explored how trusting our worthiness forms the foundation upon which we find true belonging and discover our purpose in life. LOVEABLE has been described as “a handbook for how to be human.” Now, in this podcast, Kelly delivers the tools for living fully into who you are and why you are here. Each weekly episode includes an inspirational reading, a presentation of practices for the week, and a conversation with Kelly’s readers about both. Inspirational. Practical. Conversational. It’s like a year’s worth of free therapy. Except it’s much more. It’s how to become whole. You can visit Kelly's blog at And for more information about LOVEABLE, go to


 Week 23: The Most Important Thing to Look for in a Best Friend [Loveable 024] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:37

“Belonging is built on bravery.”   Most of us, when we are looking for someone to belong to—whether in marriage or friendship or anywhere else—look for someone who seems either perfect, or a perfect fit. Neither exist. In Episode 24 of The Loveable Podcast we explore what else we might look for in our relationships. Hint: it […]

 Week 22: Putting Stories Before Opinions [Loveable 023] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:59

“Every opinion is a story in disguise…Every belief is a story fashioned into a worldview.”   Episode 23 of The Loveable Podcast is all about opinions, opinionated people, and how to go deeper than our opinions in order to form true belonging. We wear our opinions like armor, and this week we’re going to talk about how […]

 Week 21: Finding the Fear Underneath All the Fury [Loveable 022] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:28

“Anger isn’t an inherently bad thing. Anger becomes a destructive thing when we allow it to become a reactive thing instead of harnessing it as a guiding thing.”   In Episode 21 of The Loveable Podcast, we focus on what to do with the anger around us and the anger within us. How do we know when […]

 Week 20: What to Do with Your Walls [Loveable 021] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:33

“Walls are everywhere in our world…We build them so big they are the only things we create that can be seen from space. It’s like we’re advertising to the universe, ‘Walls matter on this big, spinning rock!’ But perhaps the biggest walls, the most important walls, are the ones that cannot be seen at all…the […]

 Week 19: From Limping Lonely to Loving Together [Loveable 020] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:32

There are two kinds of loneliness. The first kind is a natural and inevitable part of being human—it exists because you exist. The second kind of loneliness, however, is a loneliness of our own creation. And that’s good news, because if we can create it, we can also uncreate it.  In Episode 20 of The […]

 Week 18: A Kid Named Lonely [Loveable 019] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:08

“Places of belonging are not meant to be places where our loneliness is taken away. They are meant to be places where we reveal our loneliness to one another…Once you have made your loneliness available to one of your people, you will no longer need to eradicate it. You will be able to touch it without fear and […]

 Week 17: The One Illusion We Cannot Afford to Believe In [Loveable 018] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:51

“Experiencing our worthiness does not lead us to believe we are self-sufficient; it helps us to be at peace with the knowledge that we are insufficient. We are interconnected. Interdependent. As big as a limitless soul, but as small and as fragile as a human body.” In Episode 18 of The Loveable Podcast, we focus […]

 Week 16: The Fear (and Joy) of Removing the Masks We Wear [Loveable 017] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:28

“Grace is what happens when someone or Someone sees through our many masks, recognizing and celebrating the innocent little one that still resides beneath all of our disguises…Grace is the assurance that everyone is of equal value and equally worthy, so all you have to do to be loved is show up.” In Episode 17 […]

 Week 15: The Mess Will Set You Free! [Loveable 016] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:28

“Ann Lamott once wrote, ‘The grace of age is radical self-acceptance.’ Life is messy and we human creatures are messy. Life isn’t about eliminating the mess; it’s about embracing the mess.” In Episode 16 of The Loveable Podcast, we focus on accepting our messy selves by first accepting the chaos of everyday living. It’s fun […]

 Week 14: The Life-Changing Difference Between Shame and Guilt [Loveable 015] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:30

“Guilt is shame redeemed by grace. Shame tells us we are lousy; guilt tells us we did something lousy. Shame whispers, “Your mistakes define you,” but guilt proclaims, “We are defined by redemption, not by transgression.” In Episode 15 of The Loveable Podcast, we are focusing on clarifying the difference between shame and guilt, because it is the difference between […]

 Week 13: Embracing Your Valuable Flaws [Loveable 014] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:50

“Perfection is overrated. Competition makes us common. The game is over. You are here to be unique. You are here to be you. Enjoy the freedom of that.” In Episode 14 of The Loveable Podcast, we focus on not just accepting, but embracing, our quirks and flaw and idiosyncracies and wounds and weirdness. When shame […]

 Week 12: The Voice of Grace [Loveable 013] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:05

“Grace isn’t just acceptance of the status quo. Grace contains the status quo—all of our struggle and pain and mess—and embraces us and values us anyway. Grace demands that nothing be changed for love and connection to happen, and that kind of love has power.”  In Episode 13 of The Loveable Podcast, we talk about […]

 Week 11: Choosing Which Voices to Listen to Around You [Loveable 012] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:05

“Maybe growing up and growing healthy is as simple as discerning which voices to allow in, and learning how to keep the rest of the voices out.” In last week’s episode, we began to focus on the voice of shame all of us hear on the inside of us. Now, in this twelfth episode of […]

 Week 10: Why Shame Is the Beginning of Your Story (Not the End of It) [Loveable 011] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:44

“There is a place inside of you where a better voice is telling a better story about you. Let the next chapter of your story be about listening for that voice.” In Episode 11 of The Loveable Podcast, we define shame, describe how it can be recognized in our experience, and explore how the concept of story […]

 Week 9: What to Do When Your Heart Feels Like a Jungle [Loveable 010] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:16

“Embracing your worthiness is up to you and you alone—we cannot truly receive love until we have embraced that we are worthy of love. However, we all need someone to walk with us as we do so. We don’t depend upon this person for our sense of worth, but we can lean upon them when […]


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