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Episode 1: TV and Film Production Designer PART 1 With Bridget Keefe

EPISODE 1: If you have ever wondered what goes into making the sets of your favorite movies this episode is for you! In our first episode big screen set decorator Bridget Keefe talks about her work creating movie sets. Our inaugural set of 3 episodes drop mid June. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss them! Click here to download this episode, or here to subscribe to the show on iTunes.

Episode 2: TV and Film Production Designer PART 2 With Bridget Keefe

EPISODE 2: If you liked the first part of Bridget’s interview you are going to LOVE the second! Click here to download this episode or subscribe on iTunes by clicking here or listen to this episode right here:

Episode 3: Pediatric Burn and ICU Nurse with Carolyn Flynn

EPISDOE 3: Carolyn Flynn, RN. Carolyn’s ability to find the joy and beauty in challenging situations gives us a new perspective on humanity. Listening to what a nurse’s work is like can be difficult. Getting their perspective on what it means to care for others is a gift. Join us for a powerful episode as Carolyn Flynn, RN shares her experiences, insights, and huge heart with us- complete with tears of sadness and hilarity. This is a nurses’s life… as we learn in this episode of Real Women’s Work. Click here to download this episode or here to subscribe to the show.

Episode 4: Lead Bartender and Trainer 99 Restaurants with Bonnie Murphy

EPISODE 4: Choosing Happiness with Bonnie Murphy, Lead Bartender and Trainer at 99 Restaurants. It takes courage to walk away from a career using your natural talent to create the life you want. You will not want to miss the happiness and inspiration Bonnie serves up in this episode of Real Women’s Work! Click here to download this episode or here to subscribe to the show!

Episode 5: Senior Analyst for Solar Marketing with Katie MacIntyre

You won’t want to miss Katie MacIntyre’s insight in this episode of Real Women’s Work! Katie talks about the importance of mentors and how to find one, what it was like to run the Boston Marathon with Kathrine Switzer’s 261 Fearless, and has some excellent advice for the younger girls who are listening. Katie offers much to humanity and listening to her is a gift! Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes or subscribe wherever you listen to Podcasts!

Episode 6: Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Podcast Host with Megan Gipson

Harnessing her background as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Megan Gipson founded and hosts The Family Brain Podcast. Early on in her career Megan realized that blaming an individual for mental health issues was neither helpful nor accurate. Megan’s views became more holistic- how do family, society, and other groups and structures impact the individual and vice versa?

In this episode of Real Women’s Work, Megan shares with us what life as a mom and podcast host looks like. Talking with Megan is always fun and this episode was no exception. Join us to get to know Megan and her wonderful and important work! Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to Podcasts!

Episode 7:Jail Nurse with Melissa Keefe

Do you feel safe working in a jail? How do you treat patients? Are your tools limited because you work in a jail? Nursing is ultimately about caring for patients and as Melissa Keefe answers these questions we realize that jail nursing is no different- though the environment and protocol certainly are.

In this episode of Real Women’s Work we are able to get an accurate and clear picture of what work as a jail nurse is like. I was surprised by so much of what I learned in this conversation and I suspect you will be too! Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to Podcasts!

Episode 8: Court Reporter with Kellie Kirkpatrick

Have you ever wondered what the Court Reporter is thinking about while they record every word being said? How do they do it? Are they paying attention or thinking about what they want for dinner? This conversation with Kellie Kirkpatrick, Court Reporter, answers these questions and so many more- it is fascinating! Join us to learn how court reporting is done and what it’s like to be a fly on the wall in the courtrooms of government. Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes or listen wherever you subscribe to podcasts!

Episode 9: Dream Big, Moms (and Everyone Else!)

Is something missing? Does life need to improve in some way? No matter how old or young you are this episode will inspire you to think about moving toward the life you want. Listen in as actress and singer Liimu McGill, Founder of MomStar, shares her life experience and words of wisdom that are creating her wonderful life! Click here to download this episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 10: The Stories Which Sustain Us with Nichelle McKinney, CNA

There may be nothing better than hearing about why someone does the work they do. It’s easy to take those in the helping professions for granted. Through her stories in this episode of Real Women’s Work, Nichelle McKinney, CNA, reminds us of the kind of heart it takes to do hard work and why we should be grateful! Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 11: Global Director, Sales Force Effectiveness with Kathryn Desmarais

From the time Kathryn was 16 she knew what she wanted to do. Though the path isn’t always neat and linear, Kathryn is doing exactly the work she envisioned. In this episode, Kathryn shares that though it can look smooth from the outside, learning to find balance with a 40-50% travel schedule isn’t always easy. What keeps her going? She is learning to prioritize what she values. You will not want to miss the wise and useful words from Kathryn in today’s episode! Click here to download this episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 12: Victim Rights Advocate with Mandy Noonan

Did you know that in some cities crime victims have an advocate to support them through the process of their perpetrator moving through the criminal justice system? You might be surprised to learn how this paid position came to be and what life in this role looks like.

Join us on this episode of Real Women’s Work as Mandy Noonan shares the work she does with the Denver District Attorney’s Office. The work is endless, draining, and exhausting, and Mandy shares how and why she does what she does. Click here to download this episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 13: The Surprise I Found on Mt. Kilimanjaro with Jules Brown

Imagine standing atop Mt. Kilimanjaro and being struck by a feeling so big you know it is your life’s purpose. It seems like something out of a movie or a made up script but this is the real life story of Jules Brown. Jules is a marathoner, world traveler, and supporter of women who has learned to embrace a profound zest for life. She has embarked on a new venture bringing women The Complete Experience of travel, health, and community. Don’t miss this inspiring episode chock full of valuable insight! Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 14: Paramedic with Alyssa Cynewski

Have you ever wondered how paramedics do their work? How do they respond to a call that would send most of us into a puddle of tears? How do they think so quickly on their feet and what is it like to be in the ambulance riding to a call? Are they talking about the latest movie they saw or what they will do when they arrive on scene? How do they know what to do? These questions are answered along with many others as we gain a deeper appreciation for being able to pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1. Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 15: Game Developer and Freelance Writer with Crystal Mazur

Whether you are a huge fan of Role Playing Games or barely know what Dungeons and Dragons is, you’ll be able to relate to Award Winning Game Developer and Freelance Writer Crystal Mazur as she talks about Impostor Syndrome, her unique writing practice, and her surprise at winning an Ennie! Crystal’s observations, honesty, and helpful reminders encourage us all to pick up that creative project we think we are not capable of doing! Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 16: Founder of Large Women’s Organization with Krystal Covington

It’s easy to think people are born with the skills they are good at, but something that looks easy or natural may have taken a lot of work to develop. This is true for Krystal Covington, founder of Women of Denver. As an introvert who has lived with shyness, Krystal now leads events and an organization for hundreds of women. Listen in as Krystal shares her wisdom, experience, and tools for developing those things we wish we were good at! Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 17: Myofunctional Therapist with Laura Eckhardt

Do you or someone you love snore? Have TMJ? ADHD? Thumb Suck? Have back or neck pain? You will be fascinated listening to this episode with Laura Eckhardt, Myofunctional Therapist. This is a special episode. It was the situation I talk about in this episode that led to my long walks listening to podcasts, which led to Real Women’s Work. Laura is a compassionate therapist who is excellent at what she does. Treatment with Laura felt like magic to me! Join us for this special episode of Real Women’s Work! Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 18: Circus Acrobat, Contortionist, and Co-Founder of Acrobatrix with Leah Orleans

What if you or your kids only focus on one thing? It can feel stressful- as though we should force our kids or ourselves to try other things. Leah Orleans is a Circus Acrobat, Contortionist, and Co-Founder of Actrobatrix. With the support of her parents, Leah has singularly focused on this her whole life. Now, it’s her passion, love, joy, and full time income. Join us as Leah shares what her days are like and how she trains, writes her shows, and manages her thriving business. Click here to download the episode, here to subscribe on iTunes, or subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 19: Communal Success and Monetizing your Strengths with Jazmine Casado

Communal success was not a term I was familiar with before talking with Jazmine Casado, founder of Casado Creative. Jazmine has created a unique and exciting model that allows businesses to achieve success alongside and with each other.
Strengthening community, bettering the skills she already possesses, and designing the life that makes sense for her and her family is Jazmine’s focus. Listen is as Jazmine shares her insights from learning to forge her own path! Listen wherever you subscribe to podcasts click here to download the episode, here on iTunes.

Episode 20: Winemaker with Amanda O’Brien

An island off the coast of Maine. Ferrying to work. A rhubarb toting Jeep. Pillar of the community. Sounds idyllic, right? While Amanda O’Brien is creating a life she loves it has not all been easy- building a business, and a life never is. Amanda’s focus on community, local Farmers and learning is inspiring. Listen in as Amanda talks about starting Eighteen Twenty Wines, the many lessons she has learned, and creating something that is hers. Listen wherever you subscribe to podcasts, click here to download the episode, click here to listen on iTunes.

Episode 21: Travel Writer with Jodi Grundig

After spending time in Finance, Jodi Grundig became a mom and wanted something more flexible. She started a successful mom blog. Travel has always been Jodi’s passion though, and she followed it. Listen in as award winning Travel Writer and founder of Family Travel Magazine Jodi Grundig shares how she went from Mom Blogger to Travel Writer, how she decides where to travel and what to write about, and what it’s like to live the life of a Travel Writer. Listen wherever you subscribe to podcasts or click here to download the episode, or here to listen on iTunes.

Episode 22: Therapist, Author, Artist with Roya Dedeaux

With one of her degrees in Recreation and Leisure, Roya Dedeaux practices what she teaches. Roya’s passion for play guides her writing, teaching, therapy practice and parenting and she is sharing her valuable knowledge and observations with all of us in her soon to be published book “Protecting their Passions.” Listen in as Roya talks about her unique childhood as an Unschooler, what her days are like, and how everything is coming together to create a blissfully productive passion filled life! Listen wherever you subscribe to podcasts or click here to download or here to listen on iTunes.

Episode 23: Children’s Book Author, Illustrator and Public Speaker with Michelle Nelson-Schmidt,

Life took some unexpected turns for Michelle Nelson-Schmidt. She moved away from an education that didn’t fit and followed her fiery passion through hard times until it landed her where she knows she is supposed to be. With characters that introduce themselves to her, an incredible message of love and hope for children, and a passion for making kids feel okay exactly as they are, Michelle and her work are a world changing gift for us all! Listen in on iTunes by clicking here or download directly by clicking here. Get your copy of Michelle’s books by clicking here.

Episode 24: Keeping Families Together with Kerry Banzet, Co-Founder of Hope for Maamas Uganda

Supporting women a world away is not a role Kerry Banzet expected to be in. After a trip to Uganda, Kerry realized that her contribution may not be orphan care. Instead, Kerry was called to serve single mothers and their children. With no experience, Kerry partnered up with her Ugandan friend Monica Mukanza. Together, they started “Hope for Maamas Uganda”, a 501(c)(3) organization that pays for schooling for children who cannot afford it and provides small business grants for single mothers. Click here to download directly or here to subscribe and listen on iTunes!

After planning to use her dairy farm as a model for responsible farming practices, Andrea Davis had a change of heart. She courageously opted out of using animals for anything and instead turned her farm into a sanctuary. Now, animals who live at Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary are safe, happy, well cared for and loved for the remainder of their days. Tune in to hear how this city girl became a farmer, what her days are like, and about her incredible bond with animals. Click here to listen on iTunes or here to download directly.

Episode 26: Delivering Humanitarian Aid to Syria with Nadia Alawa, Founder and President of NuDay Syria

How does Humanitarian Aid end up where it is needed? How do we know we are delivering needed, useful, and respectful items? How does one even begin doing something like this? Join us as Nadia Alawa, Founder and President of NuDay Syria, shares how they collect, distribute and ship Humanitarian Aid to Syria- one person at a time, one humanity closer. Click here to listen and subscribe on iTunes, or here to download directly.

Episode 27: The Book Lady: Direct Selling, Caring for Customers, and Gaining Professional Skills with Sarah Goins, Consultant Usborne Books and More

We have all been invited to the Facebook parties or attended a book fair, but do you know what goes in to creating both of these events? Listen in as Sarah Goins, Consultant with Usborne Books and More, talks about starting a direct selling business, learning what is needed to make it successful, and how she is able to give back to causes near to her heart. Click here to listen in iTunes and here to download directly.

Episdoe 28: Creating Whimsical Art and Putting it on Paper with Sarah Collins

Who else gets giddy with all things paper?! Add gorgeous, whimsical art to it and I can barely contain myself! Join us as Sarah Collins, Owner and Founder of Whimsicals Paperie shares how she went from art education to whimsical paper product creator. Learn how she comes up with her designs, when she creates them and how she gets them onto all of her amazing paper goods! And as always, there is incredible wisdom, perspective and experience peppered throughout. Listen in! Click here to listen on iTunes. Click here to download directly.

Episode 29: SPECIAL EPISODE! Medical Office Coordinator with my Mom, Pat Keefe. Co-Hosted by My Daughter, Sydney!

Sometimes when we do something regularly we don’t think about what’s going on behind the scenes. Join us as Pat Keefe, Medical Office Coordinator, takes us behind the counter at a large medical office. From how files are kept to what happens when there is no room in the schedule for a sick patient, listening to this episode will give you a different understanding the next time you visit your doctor! Click here to download on iTunes and here to download directly.

Episode 30: Moms Demand Action Leader Stop Gun Violence in America with Jessica Price

Sometimes everything changes in a single moment when a glance is exchanged between sisters and their entire focus unexpectedly shifts. Listen in as Jessica Price shares how she got started with Moms Demand Action and this work, how she’s learned the things she needs to know, and what her activity looks like as she leads others in preventing gun violence in America. Click here to listen on iTunes and here to download directly.

This episode is part of the Women Podcasters in Solidarity initiative. Please visit WomenPodcastersinSolidarity.com to learn more.

Episode 31: International Hair Stylist and Studio Owner Traci Estrada

How do you choose a color line? What’s it like to work New York Fashion Week? Did you really get to go on that yacht with the models?! Traci Estrada answers these questions and offers us so much more. From getting over belittling comments from a jackass on her first day doing this work to traveling all over the world, Traci has had a lot of life in between. She generously shares her wisdom, big thinking, and incredible commitment to raising up other women. Listen in! Click here to listen on iTunes and here to download directly.

Episode 32: Lexi Wilson, Vintage Small Business Owner

Lexi Wilson followed her path toward becoming an art teacher all the way through college. Then, something shifted. Working through mental health issues and with intention Lexi decided she would follow a path that brought her even more passion, creativity and joy while making the world a better place.

Find out how Lexi got her vintage business started, how she finds, prices, and sells items, who buys the items (you might be surprised) and what her work is like as she creates a custom designed life!

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Episode 33: Martha Delmore Stay at Home Mom and Home/Unschooling Mom

This episode feels like one of the most important to be included so far. Not because being a Stay at Home Mom is more important than being any other kind of mom but because I suspect including it here is unexpected.

Martha Delmore’s intention, wisdom, thoughtfulness, & intelligence are a gift for us all. From teacher who vocally opposed homeschooling to creating a life chock full of joy & happiness with her family, Martha’s words offer parents and non-parents alike tools & inspiration to be happy.

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Episode 34: De’Nicea Hilton; Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Speaker, and Women’s Health Advocate

Learning about our reproductive health as women is not only empowering, it may directly change outcomes for future generations. I had not understood this before talking with De’Nicea Hilton; Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Speaker, and Women’s Health Advocate.

While talking with De’Nicea I began to understand things differently. I understood that looking at a holistic picture of the life of the person in front of a practitioner is important. I began to think differently about how I will speak to my own daughter about women’s health, fertility, and reproductive cycles. I started thinking that the misery that has come with my own cycles and accepted as normal, may be anything but.

Listen in as De’Nicea talks about how she moved from pre-med in western medicine to becoming a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, the reasons women come to see her, why she must live her days in a way that makes sense for her, and a different perspective on women’s health.

As with all of our interviews here on Real Women’s Work you will feel empowered and think differently about yourself and other women after this episode! Tune in! Click here to listen download/listen directly and here to listen on iTunes
You can find De’Nicea Hilton here on Social Media:




Episode 35: Impostor Syndrome Workshop with Crystal Mazur, Award Winning Game Writer

Have you heard the term but are not sure what it means? Maybe you think you know what Impostor Syndrome means but that it doesn’t apply to you because you are not in a “creative” field? 

As award winning game writer Crystal Mazur shares in this workshop, Impostor Syndrome can kick in whether you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or attending a potting class for the first time. Like all things that increase our self awareness, knowing what Impostor Syndrome is can help lessen its effects on our lives. 

In this recorded workshop Crystal shares tips, tools and observations to recognize Impostor Syndrome, set ourselves up to avoid it, and deal with it when it hits. 

CONTENT NOTE: This is the first time we have ever done a Video Workshop. It was awesome! Like many first times though, there were a lot of things I was not aware of. For example, when it sounds like I am calling Crystal the wrong name, I’m not 🙂 I am referring to a comment from an attendee. Next time I will reference that as I am addressing it so that it’s not confusing. 

I also need to ask for your patience with my audio (not Crystal’s- hers was great). I was renovating my home studio and this being the first video workshop, I was totally focused on that. So THANK YOU for your patience with my audio in this episode.

We have 8 more workshops coming up so be sure to sign up for our newsletter (click here) so you know when they are happening! These are totally informal and we would LOVE to have you join us. 

Enjoy today’s chat on Impostor Syndrome! Click here to listen/download directly and here to listen on iTunes

You can find more inspiration and awesomeness from Crystal here:
The Geeky Panda Blog

On Facebook

On Instagram

On Pinterest

Episode 36: Ashley Hart, CEO of She Plays, First US Based Fantasy Sports League Focusing on Women Athletes

Wow! You know those things that you never knew you never had? That you never knew you always wanted? 

Until I was introduced to the work that Ashley Hart is doing with her two best friends at She Plays I never would have thought to think that women athletes are not represented with Fantasy Sports! As an athlete growing up my idols were Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. I was older when the WNBA came out and it was still so new that it wasn’t part of the conversation. Women athletes were not part of the conversation. Our coaches were men. Our referees were men. 

It’s okay. It was what it was. But things- they are changing. All you have to do is listen to Ashley to understand that. This work is so important and getting to hear from someone who is in there doing it is insightful, inspiring, hopeful, and fills us with gratitude and excitement. Click here to listen/download directly and here to listen on iTunes. 

Once you’ve listened to Ashley you are surely going to want to know more, so here is where you can find She Plays:


She Plays on Insta

She Plays on Facebook

She Plays on Twitter

Episode 37: Self-Care Beyond Bubble Bath: A Solocast with your Host, Jen Keefe

While bubble baths and mani/pedis are awesome, I think real self-care goes deeper. From the way we speak to ourselves and the clothes we wear to the food we eat and the way we sleep, messaging may be talking us into schedules and diets that do not take care of us at all! Listen in as Jen shares her own journey of moving through a mental breakdown to reach thriving- all through the (often difficult and tiring) practice of developing real and continuous self-care.

CONTENT NOTE: I have never done a “solocast” before. Eep! Let me tell you how weird it felt sitting in my closet talking! (and this from a Voice Over Talent who is used to it!). I am becoming passionate about this topic though and feel like we need to broaden the conversation now. Click here to download/listen directly and here to listen on iTunes.

Episode 38: Gloria Mitchell, Crisis and Performance Coach for Entrepreneurs and Public Figures

I want to introduce you to this week’s guest. Gloria Mitchell is a Crisis and Performance Coach for Entrepreneurs and Public Figures. Her story will blow you away, inspire you, encourage you, empower you, and you will be so grateful that Gloria is in this world.

The time I spent talking with Gloria was a gift that I haven’t even fully inhaled yet. I am so grateful that Gloria shared her time on Real Women’s Work. Not only do we get to learn about how Gloria does her work, she offers us insights, suggestions, observations on fear, dark times, scary times, resiliency and the value in owning our story.

Ultimately, Gloria offers us a real and tangible example of what it means to choose to live a life with authenticity, meaning, courage and resiliency. 

After listening to Gloria on this episode of Real Women’s Work you are surely going to want to hear more from her. Here is where you can find her:


Gloria Mitchell on Instagram

Gloria Mitchell on LinkedIn

And here is a link to the affirmation app Gloria references in this episode: Think Up App

Click here to listen,  or listen wherever you subscribe to podcasts. 

Episode 39: Maria Fuller, Founder of Raising a Powerful Girl

All of us parents of girls want our daughters to have high self-worth and self confidence, a strong sense of their core beliefs, and the ability to say “no” to things that make them uncomfortable, and “yes” to things that bring them joy. With so much conflated information surrounding us, though, how can we ensure a positive body image and strong communication skills?The answer is both simpler and more difficult than we think.

Maria Fuller gave up a successful photography business to follow a different path- a path that guides parents in raising a powerful girl and empowers girls. Through the programs, apps, and podcast created by Maria, parents are feeling hopeful about empowering their daughters. Through the Empowered Girl Movement and accompanying app, girls are learning how to navigate social media to help them feel powerful and positive, and are raising their self-worth and level of personal empowerment.

Listen in as Maria shares how she got this movement started, what her days look like, and the family culture she has intentionally created to empower her own daughters. 

You can learn more here:

Raising a Powerful Girl

Empowered Girl Movement

Click here to listen or listen wherever you subscribe to podcasts!

Episode 41: Katie Eckhardt, Hawker for the Colorado Rockies

“Peanuts! Get your peanuts!” Except now it’s Berry Kabobs and they are being sold by a woman, not a man. Listen in as High School Senior (our youngest guest yet!) Katie Eckhardt talks about the work done behind the scenes to make the Colorado Rockies games spectacular for fans. From how Katie deals with the heat to which players she’s met you’ll gain a better understanding of the inner workings of a professional baseball stadium.

You’ll also get a beautiful dose of hopefulness for what the next generation is ushering in as Katie offers her words of wisdom on self-worth, self-confidence, and her own plans for the future. Join us!

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Episode 42: Sandra Hanshaw Burink, Civil Rights Attorney

Social justice takes many forms. While we tend to think of marches, boycotts, and petitions, there are women who have devoted their lives and careers to taking practical action for social justice. Civil rights attorney Sandra Hanshaw Burink is one of those women.

Sandra tells us about how she determines whether a case exists, how she prepares, how she communicates with her clients and how she prepares for a case. In addition to all of this, Sandra shares wisdom, courage, and sheer bravery as she not only learned how to take depositions and try cases, but as she learned how to navigate life transitions, like divorce, while exemplifying integrity and grace. You won’t want to miss today’s incredible episode.

HOST NOTE: As mentioned in the break I am working on an offering for women. “Wholehearted Self-Love for Women” is a set of carefully curated tools to help women love themselves more. It is not a teaching, program, or course. It is an offering- an opportunity for us to love ourselves more. It is low-key, low-pressure, and all women are welcome. Here is the link to learn more: Click here for Wholehearted Self-Love for Women

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Episode 43: Parenting through COVID-10 with Roya Dedeaux, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Whoa. Don’t you feel like you are going to wake up tomorrow and all of this will have been a dream- or rather a nightmare?

We went from living one way to living another way in the span of about 24 hours. There is so much legitimate fear right now. We have no answers. We cannot wrap our heads around this because we don’t even have a strong sense of what “it” is. 

We want our kids to feel safe. How do we help them when we ourselves don’t even feel safe? Should we be strict and regimented? Let them do whatever they want to keep them distracted? 

There are also the practical challenges like working and schooling from home by necessity. Living together literally 24/7 is new for a lot of people.

Roya Dedeaux is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with a focus on parenting and play. In this episode Roya offers us a shift in the way we think that could turn this time from chaos and disconnection to a time that might offer beauty, connection, and new understandings of each other.

Here are the links referenced in today’s show:

Find Roya and schedule a 1/2 price texting session by clicking here. 

Find Jane McGonigal’s Super Better by clicking here.

Find Darcel White of The Mahogany Way by clicking here. 

Click here to listen or listen wherever you listen to podcasts!

Episode 44: Julia Schuster, Core Team Member of Showing Up for Racial Justice

Many white people wonder how to be effective in dismantling systemic racism. We can get stuck while trying to say, learn, or express the “perfect” thing. We are not sure how to learn the stories of, and support, People of Color without burdening them. We know we need to call other white people in, but we want to make sure we are not taking the lead or centering ourselves.

Listen in as Julia Schuster, Core team member of Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Denver, shares her own insights, paradigms, and tools for engaging in the essential work of dismantling system racism.

EPISODE NOTE: Julia and her team receive feedback from Accountablity Parnters of Color as part of their work. The work that SURJ-Denver engages in is requested by their Parnters of Color. Though this podcast was not a direct request, the larger request was that SURJ-Denver take on more of the work of calling in and educating other white people during this time. 

NOTE: Julia would like to note the following corrections: 

1. There are 15 Characteristics of White Supremacy.

2. Julia dicusses looking for actions organized by Organizers of Color. She meant to say look for actions organized by organizations or People of Color. 

Works Rerferenced and Recommended in this episode:

Books and Workbooks:

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

“Two years after Obama’s election, Alexander put the entire criminal justice system on trial, exposing racial discrimination from lawmaking to policing to the denial of voting rights to ex-prisoners. This bestseller struck the spark that would eventually light the fire of Black Lives Matter.”
Ibram X. Kendi, The New York Time

Dismantling Racism by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun

“Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks) is
​pleased to offer our workbook and other resources.
We hope you find the material here useful
to you, your organization, and your community. “

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad 

“Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestorleads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.”

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

“In this New York Timesbestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans–has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.”

Social Media:

Rachel Cargle, Public Academic, Writer, and Lecturer

Ericka Hart, Sex Educator, Racial/Social/ Gender Justice Disruptor, Podcaster, Breast Cancer Survivor, Model

Sonya Renee Taylor, Award Winning Poet, Activist, Author, and Leader

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Episode 45 Dottie Janson, Amateur Competitive Figure Skater

What’s something you have always wanted to do but felt too afraid? My list is too long to share! Not Dottie’s though. In this episode Dottie talks with me about what it was like to start figure skating competatively in her 30’s. From competeing against teens to finding a club with other adults, Dottie stayed the course and her efforts have have rewarded her over and over again.

One of the things I most love about this episode is the ripple effect it will have on each of us. The next time we really want to try something but are tempted to say “no” for a reason that doesn’t need to stop us, I believe we will think of Dottie. We will remember her words and the experiences she shared and we just might say “yes”!

Enjoy this episode with Dottie Janson, Amateur Competetive Figure Skater and if it resonates you please share Dottie’s episode with someone else who would like to hear it!

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