Summary: It’s time to ditch the shame and secrecy and discover how the challenging moments of our lives bring us to our deepest purpose and potential. On this podcast, you will follow Anna Mullens, Chopra Global Instructor, Speaker Coach and Life Story Editor, on her mission to bring powerful personal stories out from behind closed doors and onto the world stage…unapologetically.
On this edit of Unapologetic Stories, Anna talks to Makenzie Chilton, Career Coach and former prison therapist, about how people can find a career they love by drawing on and cultivating their values, motivations and mindset.
On this edit, Anna chats with Lori Bamber, Writing Coach and Senior Editor with The Self Publishing Agency Inc. about what it takes to truly heal our stories and reframe our perspective to reveal the universality of our unique experiences. Other topics discussed in this episode: trauma healing, misogyny in the workplace, becoming a writer, employing an editor or ghostwriter, non-binary pronouns, autism, ADHD, and the connective power of true storytelling.
Welcome to Season 3 of Unapologetic Stories! On this week’s edit, host Anna shares where she has been this past month and what hurdles she has overcome to arrive at the next phase of this movement. Anna also shares some research on the origin of language and storytelling and her plans for the future of The Unapologetically Her Show.
Closing out a record-breaking Season 2 of the Unapologetic Stories Podcast, Anna shares her learnings from this season’s guests as well as her thoughts about the power of true storytelling and how we come to find out purpose through our deepest moments of discovery. She also helps storytellers better understand their motivation and find the compassion needed to stay in service on stage.
For the last guest-attended edit of Season 2, Anna welcomes profound storyteller and cancer survivor, Trevor Howes, to the show. The pair discuss how cancer can become a through line to your life, the difficulties of facing a personal diagnosis, the challenge of asking for help (and not trying to do it alone), and the legacy of hope that can live on, pushing to us find our very own magical moments of healing. This edit is packed with wisdom, inspiration and - most of all - motivation to continue on, no matter what life throws at you.
On this edit, Anna talks to Kelly Strongitharm, founder of Ruben’s Shoes Society, about her all new book, I am Emmanuel, her life as a farmer, her new role as “Mom” to son Fanelson, and the impact that her organization is making on children across the world.
We contemplated “How to NOT be Martha Stewart” as an alternate title for this episode, which should tell you a lot about the nature of our discussion and the raw, real, unfiltered truth you’ll be getting with this week’s guest, Jeenu Kailey, as she bravely shares her personal story and professional aspirations. From witnessing domestic violence as a child, to breaking South-Asian cultural traditions, launching a human rights complaint against her employer, opting for take-out and paper plates over adopting the “assumed” responsibilities of a wife and mother, and eventually landing in the role of mentor to other women through her brand new platform, JeenuKailey.com, Jeenu shows us how sometimes you have to be the “bad apple” in order to fight the good fight.
This very powerful edit dives into the widely unexplored and undiscussed topic of adult ADHD, and how to navigate and embrace the discovery of a neuro-divergency later in life. Anna talks to newly diagnosed and recently certified ADHD Coach, Kristy Powers, whose inspirational story helps bring adult women with ADHD together in community and connection. We also see first-hand during our recording time the difficulties ADHD adults have to overcome when they are faced with daily distractions…This edit is a MUST LISTEN for anyone who has ever felt different, alone or overwhelmed.
On this mind-shifting edit of Unapologetic Stories, Anna talks to Chau Lui - co-owner of Paris Jewellers - who shares her powerful (and sometimes painful) lessons from her childhood, growing up Vietnamese-Canadian with a name most teachers couldn’t pronounce, to her role as CEO of a profoundly successful company with over 200 employees across 23 stores in 4 Canadian provinces. While Chau and her sister Trang faced significant anti-Asian racism in their lifetime and encountered considerable self-doubt as a result, they are now speaking up, sharing their story and work, and giving back to vulnerable communities who can benefit from their important messages of hope, unity and celebration. This is a ‘must-hear’ edit packed with leadership advice, entrepreneurial vision, soul-centred truths about failure and success, and powerful personal wisdom that will find you shifting your mind, your business and your heart.
On this edit, Anna welcomes Seryna Myers, Sacred Transformation Mentor and author of the new book, Sacred Anger, to talk all about this outcast emotion. The ladies discuss Seryna’s book, her personal history witnessing abuse and addiction in the family, navigating a powerful shift in her marriage to wife Rhea, and how anger came to be such an important part of her life’s work. This edit is like receiving a handbook for emotions, packed with tips, tricks and courageous truths to allow all of us to own exactly who we are.
On today’s edit, Anna talks to Rebecca Wilson, author of Rebecca Grows Up (At 40), about her new book, her work in attachment parenting, and her fight to know and re-parent herself after suffering a lifetime of abuse from her narcissistic mother. This conversation uncovers some profound truths about the human experience, our deeper survival needs, the ways in which we relate to one another and how to find compassion for those who have experienced tremendous trauma. Anna and Rebecca also talk about power of storytelling, of speaking out and of creating strong boundaries that allow us to grow ourselves up in the face of adversity.
Anna goes outside the box on this edit, bringing in friend and Managing Partner of Bespoke Lending Solutions, Shaun Francis, to help explain the “insanity” of the current mortgage and housing market. The two talk all about lending criteria, interest rates, the classic variable vs. Fixed debate, historical patterns and how Covid-19 has skyrocketed our ‘move now’ mindset. In this edit, you will learn everything you need to know about working with a broker and whether this market is an opportunity or a risk.
Back with a solo edit to cap off Mental Health Awareness month (and her birthday week), Anna shares her inspiration from the new Apple TV+ Docuseries, The Me You Cannot See, created by Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry. She digs deep on why we have a collective responsibility to validate trauma, to listen and hear stories and to seek wisdom from those who have experienced the depths of the human experience, no matter how much we hope to avoid it. This edit proves once again that pain and trauma can be a springboard to wisdom and purpose, and not a barrier to it. Best of all, we learn the true meaning of STRENGTH.
On this edit, Anna chats with music-industry marketer and music-education maverick, Gezim Gashi, who talks about his life growing up in war-torn Kosovo, his family’s escape to Sweden, the moment (as a newborn baby) that literally saved his life, and how he took the journey from obscurity to stardom—working with industry giants like Quincy Jones and Dua Lipa. Anna and Gezim talk about the power of aligning with your purpose, doing what you love, putting yourself first, following your intuition and really just doing the darn thing. Most importantly, they talk all about Gezim’s new book, Unlocked: The Power of You, published by The Self Publishing Agency.
The Bachelor + Bachelor in Paradise alum, Annaliese Puccini, joins Anna for this week’s edit to discuss her latest project: an art and poetry journal dedicated to love, heartbreak and healing. Annaliese shares intimate details from her experience on reality TV and how being painted into a certain character lead to a difficult identity crisis after leaving the show. As well, the two women talk about fitting in, moving through a break-up, starting over, joining The Chopra Global organization, growing up with neuro-diversity and ultimately un-writing and rewriting your personal narrative.