Summary: In The City Confessions, host and Native New Yorker Mariann Yip leads an ongoing, causal and raw discussion with real people living in the city to share and laugh about their highs and most importantly their lows. She invites guests to open up about what they’re really going through on a daily basis, what the city has taught them, and ultimately gives them a platform to talk about what’s on their mind and what keeps them up at night. Support this podcast:

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 Ep 56: Marisa Barnard- Content Creator, Blogger and Youtuber - Life Coach - Why She Loves NYC - Her Journey to Self Love and Self Confidence - Importance of Self Acceptance | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2314

This week's episode features Marisa Barnard, a content creator, blogger, youtuber and life coach based in NYC.  Her lifestyle blog, titled "Mindfully Glam," focuses on glam (fashion & beauty), holistic health & wellness, positivity, and mindset.  Marisa values self care and mental health and talks about her personal goal of becoming a published author for a self help book that she is currently working on. She also opens up about her journey to self love and self confidence and why she believes self acceptance is critical in thriving. She also recently decided to take a break from NYC but that experience has made her realize why she loves NYC so much and why she believes that "you can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the girl." Marisa is passionate about helping others break through blocks, realize their true potential, and start living the life of their dreams. Feel free to connect with Marisa on Instagram, youtube and blog. You can also direct any questions, comments or feedback to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 55: Romybel Erickson- Fitness, Mind & Body Wellness Coach - How She Found Her Love for Fitness and Serving Others - Starting Her Business With No Clients - Dealing with Anxiety and Depression  | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2368

This episode features fitness, mind and body wellness coach Romybel Erickson. Romybel walks us through her fitness journey and how she realized this was the path she was meant to be on after leaving her corporate job a few years ago. After overcoming her personal struggles with her body, mental agility, depression and anxiety, she is now stronger than ever and is determined to help her clients become the best version of themselves. Romybel truly loves serving others and explains how her passion and drive motivated her to start her own business even with no clients. Romy's main mission it to help women enhance body/self relationship through self-understanding so women can become more self-loving and confident. Right now during quarantine, Romy is taking 1:1 clients virtually to help them stay active and healthy. Feel free to connect with Romybel on Instagram @romybel.erickson and ask her about her virtual training sessions! You can also direct any comments, feedback or questions about this episode to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 54: Denya Hamilton- Social Media Strategist - Moving to NYC - Meeting Her Husband Through Instagram - Seeking Validation from Social Media -Dealing with Current Global Pandemic | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2481

This week's episode features social media strategist, Denya Hamilton. Denya moved to New York about a year ago and is currently running her own social media company. She talks about the initial struggles of what it was like when she first came to this city and how she managed to get through the obstacles. She has turned from never thinking she could live in New York to now never thinking she can ever leave New York. She also has a special and unique story of how she met her husband and it's all thanks to social media and her bold but strategic move to sliding into his DM. We also address the global pandemic that is happening right now and what her advice and hope is once this is all over. Denya closes out this episode with a confession that relates to validation and social media likes, which we can all most likely resonate with. Feel free to connect with Deya on Instagram @denya.hamilton and be sure to also check out her social management company and her podcast @2ourlife_ which can be heard on all platforms Feel free to also email any questions or feedback to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 53: Anna Radke - NYC Tech and Fashion Attorney - Power of Relationships and Networking - Dealing with Current Global Pandemic - Finding Her Self- Confidence and Loving Herself | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1897

Today's first remote podcast recording is with Anna Radke, a NYC attorney who provides legal services for the creative industries. Anna Radke is originally from Poland but has been studying and living in the city for 10 years now. She talks about her journey to obtaining her law degree as well as the power of relationships and networking. Anna is a huge believer and advocate for putting yourself out there and her professional experience with cold calling has brought her to where she is today. We also address the current global pandemic that is going on in the world and how she is dealing with it.  Anna Radke also explains her struggle with letting go and delegating as she admits she is a bit of a control freak. She also shares some advice for those who are scared to get out of their comfort zones or feeling insecure about themselves because she too once was in the same boat. However, she is learning day by day to love herself more. If you want to know more about Anna Radke, feel free to check out her website and follow her on Instagram @aniaradke and if you have any questions regarding this episode, email --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 52: Ana Kcira - Digital Fashion and Streetstyle Creator - Balancing Full Time Job and Creating Content - Why She Decided to Rebrand Herself- Maneuvering Through Her 30s in NYC | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2330

Today's guest is digital fashion and street style content creator, Ana Kcira. We sit down and talk about everything relating to social media. Ana explains how she got into the digital space and how she balances a full time job with her passion, which is creating content.  As someone who prides herself on staying true to her niche of mixing high low fashion, she has also rebranded her original public name of fashionstylefoodie to her name, Ana Kcira and explain why that choice made sense for her. She is also the host of So This is Thirty Podcast where she invites guests to talk about their real struggles and debunks the idea that you'll have your life together by the time you're in your 30s. Feel free to connect with Ana Kcira on Instagram @jettsetwithana and check out her blog If you have any questions or feedback regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 51: Amanda Munz- Founder of The Fashion Foundation/ Editor in Chief of Restyled Magazine - Process of Starting a Non Profit Organization - Taking Risks and Business Struggles- Valuing Sleep | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1917

This week's episode features Amanda Munz, the founder of The Fashion Foundation, a non profit organization that combines fashion and charitable giving. Amanda explains her fashion background and journey to becoming an entrepreneur. Amanda interned and worked for fashion companies at a young age and explains how that experience inspired her to start her own non profit organization. Due to her work ethic and drive, Amanda figured out the necessary steps in starting a foundation and now hopes to spread awareness by encouraging designers to donate their samples and for people to support the mission by shopping those items. Amanda further explains the struggles of running her business, why she values sleep life balance and a confession relating to her future career goals. If you would like to connect with Amanda, feel free to follow her on Instagram @amanda_munz as well as her foundation @thefashionfoundation. We encourage you to also support her foundation by spreading awareness or shopping items at Also be on the lookout for the next issue of her magazine @restyledmagazine. Feel free to email any questions, comments or feedback to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 50: Shelly Xu- Full Time Photographer in NYC - Love for Dance and Photography - Growing Her Business - Family Dynamics and Improving Relationships | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2503

This week's episode features Shelly Xu, a full time photographer and freelancer in NYC. Shelly explains how she got started with photography and shares her background and love for dance. Shelly celebrates over a year of working for herself and walks us through what a typical day is like for her, how she get her clients, and the pros and cons of being her own boss. Shelly also opens up about a confession relating to family dynamics and childhood struggles. However, Shelly is living her best life and is working diligently to grow her business so if you are interested in her photography services or would like to connect with her, feel free to follow her on Instagram @someshellyphotography and check out her website If you have any questions regarding this episode, please email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 49: Sara Falaro- Experience as a Non Union Performer and Entrepreneur from LA Living in NYC- Shifting Mindset about Equity vs Non Equity in Acting- Dealing with Loss and Grieve in a New City | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2929

This week's episode features Sara Falaro, an LA native performer and entrepreneur who has just passed her first year mark living in New York City. With high energy and a positive outlook on life, Sara explains what her experience and daily routine looks like an an aspiring actor/ performer. She also reveals her shifting mindset from wanting to join the union to not wanting to be part of the union after researching the differences. In the later half of the podcast, Sara reveals a personal confession and incident revolving around a loss that forever changed her life and how she is dealing with it currently. Sara Falaro shares her personal and professional goals and as a new business owner, Sara hopes to help aspiring actors find their truths with her coaching and programs and also wants to be a role model for the queer community. You can connect with Sara Faralo on Instagram @sarafalaro and find more about her services Feel free to email any questions or comments regarding this episode to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 48: Lindsey Smolan- Founder of Lindsey Smolan Public Relations- All Things Public Relations Related: Starting Her Own Company, Digital Marketing Trends - Adjusting with Social Media Changes | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2432

Today's guest features Lindsey Smolan, founder of Lindsey Smolan Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in outreach for fashion, lifestyle and beauty brands in NYC. Lindsey explains how she got into Public Relations and why she started her own company about nine years ago. As the industry is changing, we talk about what this means for her business and ways that she had to adapt to the shift to digital marketing and social media. Lindsey also admits to having impostor syndrome even though she is an entrepreneur and has a successful track with landing media placements for her clients. Lindsey's main goal for her business moving forward is to expand her team and outreach so if you are interested in connecting with Lindsey, feel free to follow her on Instagram @lindseysmolanpr or check out her website Any questions or comments regarding this episode can be sent to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 47: Brianna Jenae "Breezy"- Model, Creative Director and Entrepreneur in NYC - How She Started Her Skincare Business by Accident - Love and Passion for Spirituality - What Loss Taught her | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2671

In this episode of The City Confessions, we have Brianna Jenae, also known as "Breezy", a model, creative director and entrepreneur from NYC. She talks about her upbringing and background as a Queens native from NYC. Breezy also explains how she started her skincare line, Light Being Cosmetics, in her kitchen by experimenting with different natural household items to help her skin. She had no idea it would now be a business and is working on expanding her line. We also talk about topics including wellness, spirituality, and NYC hustle. Breezy also opens up about a personal confession about loss and explains how that experience affected her and impacted her outlook on life. You can find Breezy on Instagram at @nobodyjuice and her skincare line at If you have any feedback, questions or comments regarding this episode, feel free to email --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 46: Alyssa Gagarin- Founder of Meal Prep Chef- How her Passion for Food Started Her Company- Challenges That Come with Starting a Start up Business- Meal Prep Tips | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2991

This episode features Alyssa Gagarin, founder of Meal Prep Chef, an in home, healthy personal chef service in New York City. Alyssa explains how her passion for food and serving others helped her to realize her calling in life. As an auditioning actress and fitness instructor and personal trainer, Alyssa began her business as a side job by cooking meals for families. Her network began to grow and that's when she started to see her purpose in life. Alyssa now has a team of chefs and employees and Meal Prep Chef is growing rapidly! She also shares some meal prep tips for those who don't know where to begin and also opens up about a personal confession relating to her personality type and what she learned from that confrontational experience. If you are interested in getting to know more about Meal Prep Chef's services, feel free to check them out at or on Instagram @mealprepchef. You can also find Alyssa Gagarin on Instagram @alyssagagarin and be sure to check her out on the Food Network App for healthy recipes! Feel free to also email if you have any questions or feedback regarding this episode. --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 45: Alyssa Fernandez de Cordova- How she started THB Marketing House - How her Social Media Detox Changed her Life Vision and Mission - Meeting the Pope - Money Confession | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3040

.Today’s episode features entrepreneur Alyssa Fernandez de Cordova, Founder of THB marketing house. She explains how she started her marketing influencer agency in NYC and why she has decided to now sell her company. Alyssa opens up about her social media detox and how that experience changed her mindset about the influencer industry and digital space. We also talk about her unique experience with meeting the Pope in Italy and a financial confession relating to a controversial video revealing how she how much she makes and how she spends her money. If you want to connect with Alyssa, you can find her on Instagram @thehautebrunette and if you have any questions/ feedback regarding this episode feel free to email --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 44: Gina Doost- Writer and Storyteller in NYC - Pregnant with First Child - Living Her Dream Life with her Dream Job- Balancing Personal and Professional Life while working with Husband | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2989

We are starting out season 3 with our first guest, Gina Doost, a writer, storyteller and soon to be mama from NYC! In this episode, Gina walks us through her experience with journalism and how she came to NYC with a one way ticket and is now living her dream life and dream job with her husband.  Gina talks to us about how she met her significant other and how she is balancing her personal life and professional life now that her husband works with her full time on her personal brand and with her other clients. As a first time soon to be mother, Gina also opens up about her pregnancy experience so far and stay tuned until the end of the episode as her confession relates to her future child/ children. We also touch upon topics including the power of affirmations, the advocacy for "fake it till you make it" and the power of helping others and good karma. If you haven't checked out my last episode of Season 2, be sure to have a listen as we also dedicate a small portion of this episode to discussing my health confession. You can find Gina Doost on Instagram @whatthedoost and make sure to follow her blog www. and you can find her podcast Selfcare Tuesdays on iTunes! Feel free to email any questions or feedback to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 43: Back for Season 3 of The City Confessions - Quick Life Update - Money Confession- Easy Finance Tips | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1526

Your host, Mariann Yip is back for Season 3 of The City Confessions! In this short and sweet episode, I give a quick life update on what has happened since I closed out season 2 last year. I also share a confession about money, a topic that a lot of people shy from. I share how I developed a healthy relationship with money and tips on how you guys can do the same. Get ready for a full season with tons of wonderful guests, stories and of course confessions! If you would like to be featured on The City Confessions or have any feedback or suggestions on topics and guests, feel free to email As always, be sure to follow me on @mariann_yip and @thecityconfessions for updates! --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 42: Mariann Yip- Solo Episode closing out Season 2- Revealing My Biggest Health Confession - Recap of my Journey and Struggle - Why I am Finally Sharing my Story | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2906

In this last episode of The City Confessions, I am sharing my biggest health confession, which I have been holding in for the last three years. I share my story in the hopes that I am able to inspire you all to be comfortable with pain, vulnerability and life's struggles. This was a difficult episode for me to record because I am absolutely open, raw and honest with not only my feelings, but what I went through and how it affected me then and how it affects me now. I believe in timing and I know in my soul, that this is the time to finally share my truth and my journey so I can use it to do good in the world. I wanted to have this final episode for 2019 out, so I can ring in the new year with new projects and welcome a new chapter in my life and a bright future for The City Confessions. Please share this episode to one person if it moved you in any way and feel free to connect with me on my Instagram or email me personally or  --- Support this podcast:


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