The Naked Podcaster
Summary: Welcome to The Naked Podcaster! Get ready to hear stories of those strong enough to Bare It All. The Naked Podcaster is a representation of freeing yourself, your story, not being confined by social norms. Just allowing yourself to be you in all your quirkiness, baggage, struggles to success, tragedy to triumph. You have two options: You can contact me to be a guest – everyone has a story that should have a voice and wings – set it FREE. There’s no rule that you need to be naked during the interview. Or you can just hang out and listen (with or without pants) to people being their amazing, awesome selves!
Lyn was such a blast, discussing how she completed college even though she had a horrible reading comprehension issue (spelling was tough too!). We discuss ending her relationship with a strict religion, ending her marriage, obsessing over her weight, going corporate over teaching because it paid well, how exercise marketing is bullshit, building self-esteem, and having second chances. Lyn calls 3 years in her 30's her "dirty 30's" because she experiences 7 deaths and the unraveling of her relationship.
Today Alana and I discuss parenting teens. As a parent, I was not permissive but not restrictive. I trusted my kids even when I knew they were lying. They knew they could always come to me, although I wasn't always the first choice. They really relied on each other - which I love. Not all of them choose to communicate with each other or me, which is really hard to watch and feel. We talked about sex, drugs, sneaking out, alcohol at 16, and birth control among other things.
I knew going into this podcast that we'd be laughing a lot and we won't disappoint. In the laughter, we discuss some tough topics. How a car accident altered Dom's life, how being a caretaker for his Dad who suffered from Alzheimer's was incredibly tough - especially his "stained glass eyes". We talk reading, work ethics, being in John Maxwell's leadership program, leading a toastmasters group at 23, falling apart, gaining weight and becoming better than before. https://dombrightmon.vip/
Sydney and I get real, deep and personal about bullying, body image, growing up living in the movie Mean Girls, having an eating disorder, being suicidal and afraid to go to school. What helped? Journaling, gratitude, motivational videos and podcasts all learned at the treatment facility she checked herself into. What started as wanting to help others who were bullied, everything Sydney does helps others to be seen as their true selves, in a positive way. Find her HERE: www.sydneynanberg.com
Joanne and I chat about the Sanity Project Podcast A LOT about persistence, life experience, showing up and learning from every job you're exposed to. You will learn how the song Is that all there is By Peggy Lee impacted Joanne. We discuss abuse, escaping, moving cross country, starting over (many times!) and finding a passion that has spanned about 30 years. Find Joanne here: https://askjoannevictoria.com/
My 21-year-old daughter, Alana and I co-host once a month, while we strip it down and bare it all discussing topics from traditions to sex, divorce to depression, abuse to drug use and everything in between. With the perspective of the parent AND the child, both perspectives can be brought to the table simultaneously. Jump on board and join us for mother/daughter conversations that are raw, genuine and unbarred.
Angela's laid back nature and mellow attitude about her struggles are phenomenal. We talked about choice, her journey with being in multiple countries, traveling, getting her Masters of Social Work, getting married and navigating the world, getting pregnant, IVF, depression, and anxiety and losing 4 people in a span of 13 months. Despite all that, she takes responsibility for herself, turns things around to see the positive and helps other women do the same. She is profound and exceptional.
Natalie and I discuss the challenges we all face being a "worker bee" and not fit into the corporate world. We talk about working with good bosses versus shitty, emotional abuse at work and wanting to get out but not knowing how or what to do. She shares her story and why she took that struggle to other women who also feel like they don't fit in.
Jamie and I go deep on the points in life that change you, how being raised Mormon impacted her, getting pregnant at 15 by a 35 year old man (that is a story in itself) being married young to a man who she wasn't attracted to, raising kids, being molested as a child, dealing with her child's suicide attempts and understanding because she herself was also contemplating it. Therapy was the turning point to get her healthy and really deal with her past and also gave her the courage to leave her husband.
I found it refreshing to chat with Martha. From chatting about her job at 3M as a Free Trade Agreement Analyst, to how her podcast was inadvertently launched, to her innate love of entrepreneurship. We discussed anxiety, moving out on your own, therapy and mental health, gaining confidence, studying abroad and being a TedX speaker. Her website: Shit You Need To Know is a comprehensive look at everything you need for life on your own. Martha was a blast to interview.
Patricia was gracious enough to admit how she felt when we were interviewing. HSP - Highly Sensitive People is who she realized she was. We chatted about her eating disorder and admitting herself into a 9 1/2 month clinic at 30 years old. Learning feelings were new but having a strong desire to connect was not. Raised by a single mom who was anxious and whose rules had rules, with no self-soothing tools, Patricia turned to food to feel better. I loved talking about the story we make up in our heads
My first interview during a tornado warning (sirens and all), Mary was upfront about health, business, being the 2nd oldest to 6 kids born in 10 years and how heavy she felt the responsibility to take care of her parents and siblings. We discussed family relationships, being a "good kid", becoming a lawyer and hating it. Then realizing it was the conduit to fund and support her passion-turned-business.
Maria and I discuss girls making a difference, creating disruption to make change, what IS the empowered girl experience and how are Moms involved. Maria tells us her story of school to paramedic, to the injury that made her not able to return to that field and how that launched her into finding her true purpose. She describes what it's like having two girls of her own, how they push her to be better and face her fears and what the empowered girl movement is doing plus what's in store.
Jess and I have a fantastic conversation about building Instagram and how it's the new business card, Brene Brown, haters, building your personal why your soul why and the impact on the world. Her struggle from great grades and feeling accomplished and grateful but still unhappy to where she's at now - a yogi who teaches marketing. jesspenesso.com
Taking a tough upbringing peppered with abuse, launching herself into relationships that aren't healthy but knowing she wanted to help others - literally from the age of 5 - Lisa is honest about the continuation of getting and being healthy, what gets her through tough moments that arise now and how she finds her happiness. You will relate to her story because it's honest, raw and up front.