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 41: Heather Manwaring- Transformational Photographer- How she Found her Purpose in Life - Power of Healing, Meditation and Self Reflection - Owning and Honoring your Pain and Emotions | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3624

Be prepared to listen to a powerful and inspiring episode featuring Heather Manwaring, a photographer who provides a transformational experience of healing and personal expression for women in business and in life. Through her work, Heather provides an artistic and personal development opportunity as she creates space for her clients to shed light on the emotions that are too often repressed. In photographs for their personal collections or for branding purposes, she helps her clients transform those energies into sources of embodied power and radiant magnetism. Heather envisions a world where everyone feels safe to fall in love with themselves as they are, and relate to each other in healthy ways across the board, personally and in business. Heather believes in photography as a means to help us reach our potential, to fully heal from a history of abuse, and create a wildly better future together. If you want to connect with Heather, feel free to email her directly and should you be interested in booking a session with her, you can do so and be sure to check out the free gift mentioned in this episode through Her other social links include and Feel free to also email if you have any questions or feedback about this episode. --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 40: Jonathan Calixto - New Yorker representing the Bronx- Love for Fashion and PR - Family and Community Values - Advocating for LGBTQ | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2424

This episode features Jonathan Calixto, a fashion and lifestyle correspondant at BELLA Magazine and proud Native New Yorker representing the Bronx.  Jonathan walks us through his background in the PR industry and how his experience with multiple internships and consistent hustle landed his current position. As a gay latino man, Jonathan opens up about his struggle in figuring out his purpose in life while also staying true to his passion of being a role model for others who look like him. His confession is one that many of us can relate to so tune in to hear what he has to say about adulthood and what it's like to live in this beautiful but chaotic city. You can connect with Jonathan on Instagram @thisisjcali and feel free to email any questions regarding this episode to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 39: LeAura Luciano - Native New Yorker - Influencer Marketing Expert - Tik Tok Future - Advocate for Wellness - Meditation Challenge for December | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2686

This episode features another Native New Yorker, LeAura Luciano, who is a both an influencer marketing expert and content creator. She gives us background about what it's like growing up in Chelsea and attending NYU as a college undergrad. LeAura also talks about the future of social media and her insights on the future of Tik Tok. The second half of the podcast focuses on her advocacy for wellness and meditation as LeAura opens up about her constant struggles with anxiety. She is also starting a meditation challenge for the month of December so feel free to join her and share on stories! You can find LeAura Luciano on Instagram @leaura and feel free to email if you have any questions regarding this episode. --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 38: Emily Polner- Native New Yorker- Growing up in NYC and Adopting a Go Getter Mindset- Blogging and Tumblr Background - Experience with SEO and PR - Love and Attachment for Technology | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2708

This episode features another fellow native New Yorker, Emily Polner, a digital marketing and SEO Professional and blogger behind No Repeats or Hesitations. Emily Polner dishes about what it's like to grow up in Hell's Kitchen and her background using Tumblr as a platform to satisfy her teenage boredom. She also explains how she transitioned her Tumblr obsession to creating her blog, No Repeats or Hesitations, and how it has landed her past jobs in public relations and now in SEO. Emily also acknowledges how the city has shaped her go getter mindset and how it has contributed to her work ethic. Have a listen as Emily also gives an interesting confession at the end, which relates to her love for technology. You can find Emily Polner on Instagram @norepeatsorhesitations and her blog Feel free to email any questions regarding this episode to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 37: Angela Gargano- Celebrity Fitness Trainer- American Ninja Warrior Contestant - Overcoming ACL Injury - Importance of Mindset - Morning Routine | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2329

If you are familiar with American Ninja Warrior, then you might recognize Angela Gargano. She is the guest of today's episode and she gives a run down of her athletic background and how she made it to being on American Ninja Warrior. Angela Gargano overcame an ACL injury and explains how that motivated her to not only make an impressive comeback but also recognizing her desire to empower women to overcome difficulties in life whether that's related to fitness or not. Angela also gives details to her morning routine, touching on the importance of having a positive mindset, which has she has learned to adopt into her current NYC chaotic life and schedule. You can connect with Angela Gargano on Instagram @angela_gargano and find out more by visiting her website Feel free to also email any questions regarding this episode to  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 36: Lisa Nicole Rosado - Founder of We Are Women Owned- Passion for Service and Women Empowerment - Struggles with being a Women Entrepreneur | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3245

This latest episode of The City Confessions features Lisa Nicole Rosado, the founder of We Are Women Owned, a community and service based platform dedicated to supporting emerging women owned businesses. Hear why Lisa started her business and what motivated her to get into the service field. Lisa opens up about her struggles with dealing with depression, social anxiety and the difficulties that comes with starting her own business. From her humble beginnings of being a blogger to opening up an online boutique, Lisa is passionate about serving others and empowering women to succeed in their businesses. You can learn more about We Are Women Owned by visiting and support the community by following them on Instagram @wearewomenowned. You can also connect with Lisa Nicole Rosado on Instagram @lisanicolerosado. If you have any questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 35: Justin Dorsen- Working in PR in NYC - Navigating through different Jobs and Positions- Finding Passion in a Side Hustle and Turning it into a Business | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2358

Today's episode features Justin Dorsen, the Communications Manager of Tend, a start up dental company based in NYC. Hear him talk about his background in PR as he discusses the different jobs and positions he's had since graduating Syracuse University. Interestingly enough, through his travels he discovered airbnb experiences, which motivated him to start his own experience in NYC. Justin Dorsen hosts the Fabulous Drag Show Crawl and is now considered one of the top rated airbnb experienced host. Definitely do check it out if you're in town and you can book it through here: You can also follow Justin Dorsen on Instagram @jdorsen and if you have any questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 34: Grace Lee- Podcaster and Social Media Strategist- Blogging Journey and History - Struggle with being a Perfectionist - Figuring out her Purpose and Passion | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2325

Today’s episode features another podcaster Grace Lee who is the host of On the Grow ( . She is also a social media strategist living in NYC and explains her blogging background and journey. Grace dishes about her current day struggles with being a perfectionist and gives the reality of what it’s like to navigate through her 20s in this crazy but beautiful city. You can find Grace Lee on Instagram @bygracelee and feel free to email any questions regarding this episode to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 33: Christina Brennan- VP of Premiere Management Group and Celeb Experts - How she Became a Top Talent Agent for Celebrities/ Athletes in the Digital Space - How She Developed a Strong Work Ethic | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2775

This episode features Christina Brennan, VP of premiere management group and celeb experts. As a talent agent who manages top celebrities, athletes and influencers, Christina has developed an impressive and relentless work ethic that has landed her clients amazing endorsement deals. Christina is always on the move in NYC but her story does not follow a traditional route. Hear how she landed her current job and her background as a former synchronized swimmer and her experience working as a maid during and post college. Christina also explains her typical day and what goes on behind the scenes of a talent agency. She also reveals facts that you might not know about her and a confession relating to her high pressure job. You can find Christina on Instagram @christinaa_bre and if you have any questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 32: Jennifer Ross and Cristina Ros Blankfein - Founders of SWOON - How they started the company - Why and How Swoon Differs from other sweeteners in the market - Relationship with NYC | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2423

Today's episode features Jennifer Ross and Cristina Ros Blankfein, the founders of SWOON, the NEW first-of-its-kind liquid sugar substitute that gets its natural silky sweetness from monk fruit! Hear why they started the company and what motivated them to embark on a mission to take down sugar. They also explain how SWOON differs from other sweeteners in the market and they even made me try SWOON for the first time on air so get ready for a little ASMR segment! Both founders have a unique and different relationship with the city and share their personal confessions, so you don't want to miss out on what those are.  Swoon is available for shipping nationwide on (3 bottles/$24 MSRP) and Amazon (1 bottle/$11.99), so you can use it at home or you can find it in notable spots in NYC (Eleven Madison Park, Café Clover, Matchaful, Thomas Keller’s TAK Room, The Alchemist's Kitchen, Clean Market), LA (Erewhon, Alfred Tea Room), and BOTH coasts (Bluestone Lane and Catch) to name a few. Make sure you also follow @SWOON on Instagram and feel free to email any questions, concerns or feedback to --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 31: Austen Tosone- Journalism Background - How to Pitch to Brands - Life of a Freelancer and Blogger - Owning Emotions | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2835

This episode features New York based writer, editor, blogger and digital content creator Austen Tosone. She gives an overview of her journalistic background working for magazines and her journey to becoming a full time freelance writer and blogger. Austen Tosone values her community and gives tips on how to pitch to brands and how to become a successful freelancer. Her confession also ties in with being emotional so have a listen to why she owns her feelings and doesn't try to suppress them! If you want to know more about pitching to brands, feel free to check out her Ebook on her website You can also follow Austen Tosone on Instagram @austentosone and if you have any questions regarding this episode, you can email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 30: Jen Feldshon - Entertainment Publicist in NYC - Why she Advocates for Therapy - Finding her Spiritual Awakening | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2351

This special episode features Jen Feldshon, an entertainment publicist who is maneuvering through her 20s as a New York resident. Hear how she found her spiritual awakening through travel and how she's applying her self awareness in her daily life. She advocates for therapy and explains how she adopted a positive mindset and connection with the universe. As many New Yorkers can agree, she lives a stressful life but is trying to enjoy it while also figuring out how to balance all aspects of her life including social, personal and professional. You can connect with Jen Feldshon on Instagram @jenalexaaa and feel free to email if you have any questions regarding this episode.  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 29: Kay Kim (Co Founder of Rooted) + Olivia Claparols (Marketing Director of Rooted) - How Rooted all Began - Plant Tips and Care - Rooted Mission with Environmental Sustainability | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2616

Today's episode features two guests, Kay Kim (co founder and creative director of Rooted) and Olivia Claparols (marketing director of Rooted). Rooted is a plant company whose mission is to "reconnect people with nature, one houseplant at a time." Hear how Kay founded Rooted with his partner, Ryan Lee and how they are growing the company and what their main mission is. Olivia Claparols also explains how she got involved with Rooted and how her background ties perfectly with Rooted's vision and values. They both talk more about their experience in NYC as well as their positive friend and work relationship. There's also a funny and unexpected confession from the both of them that you don't want to miss! If you are interested in plants or want to know more about Rooted, check out their website You can also visit their shop at 191 Centre Street New York, NY 10013. Feel free to also use discount code 'CITY10' for 10% discount and if you have any questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 28: Laurie Espino- Humble Beginnings at a Magazine Internship - Growing and Gaining Confidence in NYC - Her Sex Confession | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2597

Get excited for this week's guest featuring Laurie Espino, marketing specialist and food blogger from South Carolina, who is currently living her best life in NYC. She is candid, uncensored and real! She opens up about her humble beginnings, working as an intern for a magazine and getting her first adult job afterwards. Laurie Espino reflects on her journey in NYC and talks about how she spent her most important and beginning years in NYC to find her voice, her strength and most importantly, her home. You will be entertained by her personality as she confesses a past sexual experience that you won't want to miss listening to! If you want to get to know her more, feel free to follow her on Instagram @laurieespino and her blog  You can also email if you have questions about this episode or just want to chat! --- Support this podcast:

 Ep 27: Alexandra Pankratova - Why She decided to move to NYC from Russia - Discovery and love for Photography - Visa Struggle in America | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2198

This episode features Alexandra Pankratova, a talented Russian blogger who is currently living out her dream in NYC. Hear how she got started on Instagram and built her impressive following through her love for photography. She also tells an interesting and entertaining story about an unforgettable and unique experience she encountered in NYC so you don't want to miss out on that! Alexandra Pankratova also opens up about the struggle with obtaining a visa as a Russian immigrant in America and has a personal confession that relates to a misconception she had about Russians and NYC. You can find her on Instagram @pankratova916 and if you have any questions regarding this episode, feel free to email  --- Support this podcast:


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