What's the F***ing Point episode 21: Just Doing It + Holding on to Hope for the Planet

Today’s solo episode wraps up season 1 of the podcast! And first of all, THANK YOU. Thank you for using some of your precious minutes to listen to this podcast when you have eighteen billion other phenomenal options.

This little dream of mine feels like it's still in, um, its toddlerhood, but already it has been such a [insert self-mocking tone] labor of love.

Really though. I'm honored that you are along for this journey with me, and I will be working hard to bring you an even bigger, better, badder, bitchin'-er season 2.

To wrap up season 1, in this short solo pod, you get a few minutes of straight-up motivation to get off your ass and do the thing you have been putting off. So hold onto your hat and get ready to take some action after this one.

The bulk of the episode gives you a very quick-and-dirty intro into one of my new passions, The Work that Reconnects, which is a model designed to help people identify their unique contributions for healing the planet and all of us living on it.

To listen, stream or download from the player below or search + subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune in to podcasts!

See you (hear you? visualize you listening? 🤓) in early 2019 for the kick-off to season 2, and meanwhile, on the gram here and here. 🤘💜

PS- please consider taking less than a minute to leave a rating and review for the show here — I would be so grateful!

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 20: Liz Talago on Embracing Sexuality & Navigating Professional Identity

Liz Talago is a SPITFIRE, y'all. When she's not riding her Harley through the streets of Nashville or the mountains of Montana, she's pushing the "acceptable" boundaries of sexual expression as a model of boutique lingerie; she's advocating for women in the workplace; she's changing the way women think about money and their earning potential. And I AM HERE FOR IT.

AIn this conversation, Liz and I talk about:

  • how her family and others are dealing with the political divide

  • how the patriarchy positions a woman's body/sexuality as a liability

  • the double bind women face with our sexuality, and the modesty trap we can fall into

  • her own journey from Catholic school and shaming of sexuality to fully stepping into her sexual power (and what her new black widow tattoo has to do with this)

  • her collaborative photo exhibit, "Sweating Like a Whore in Church"

  • how we start moving the needle to actually create change in the #metoo era

  • navigating personal vs professional identity, and how those of us with privilege need to be the ones pushing the boundaries

**TO LISTEN: (updated 8:15am Friday 10/26/18) My podcast host site is temporarily down and should be back up soon— so my embedded player isn’t loading right, but you can listen here on iTunes or here on Spotify.**

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About Liz Talago

Liz is a writer, brand strategist, and freelance model living in Nashville, TN. She writes about money, sex, women, and work at liztalago.com where she shares actionable, unfiltered career advice for the #metoo era. As a co-founder of Lean-In and Ladies Get Paid in Nashville, Liz loves finding ways to empower and uplift her tribe in person and online. Follow her on Instagram @immaculate.confessions

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 19: Megan Bruneau on Worthiness and the Ethics of Mental Health Care

Megan Bruneau is one of those women with a résumé that should make you instantly dislike her because she’s so g*ddamn successful (and gorgeous).

And you want to be like JUST. STOP IT. But then you can’t, because she’s actually really fucking great. Yes, she writes for Forbes and is BFF with Deepak Chopra (or, ok, at least she interviewed him on her podcast and is a faculty member with The Chopra Center — so basically BFF 💁‍♀️). More importantly, though, she is wise, talented, humble, and the REAL DEAL.

Plenty of people with Megan’s level of success and demands on their time would have seen my crazy-ass DM and been like, “girlfriend does not have enough followers to even merit my reply.” I guess she sensed the genuineness and excitement of my message, and she was like “hell yeah, let’s do this!” — then cue a shared enthusiasm about early 2000’s Eminem, and voila, a friendship was born.

In this episode, Megan and I get into SO 👏MUCH 👏GOODNESS 👏around topics like:

  • how we conceptualize mental health vs. “mental illness”

  • the need for validation and non-judgment with medication, while ALSO holding medical providers accountable for more responsible prescribing and aiming to address root issues rather than just mask symptoms

  • the ethics of the wellness industry, therapy, coaching, and psychiatry

  • the insanity of dating in 2018, and how Megan sees it as an opportunity for spiritual practice

  • the risk of spiritual bypassing in today’s affirmation and manifestation obsessed wellness world — and how this is completely tone deaf re: privilege and systemic oppression across marginalized identities

  • the 3 things women tend to fall back on for worthiness/sense of self when they lack a greater sense of meaning, purpose, and identity

  • why millennials need to elevate conversation around finding meaning (especially for women) for non-mothers (whether by circumstance or by choice)

  • And holy shit, a lot more.

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About Megan Bruneau, M.A., RCC

Quoted by multiple NYT bestselling author Melissa Hartwig as “The most authentic voice in the self-love world,” Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC is known as the “Millennials’ therapist.” Her no-bullshit, relatable voice has garnered of 30m views, and landed her appearances on The T.D. Jakes Show and New York 1 Morning News. Transparent about her own mental health struggles, frequent heartaches, and uncertain entrepreneurial life in New York City, Megan’s vulnerable and humorous writing-style has inspired dozens of viral articles – making her a HuffPost– homepage regular, MindBodyGreen Expert, and Forbes favorite.

Megan hosts the the formerly iTunes New and Noteworthy podcast, The Failure Factor: Stories of Career Perseverance, interviewing notable guests such as Deepak Chopra, Joe Cross, Whitney Wolfe, Danielle LaPorte, Mark Sisson, Melissa Hartwig, Jessie Andrews, and more. A Chopra Center faculty member and speaker at press-worthy events such as STRONG New York and Entrepreneur Organization’s Nerve, Megan is a sought after summit speaker and podcast guest. She’s been featured on ForbesMindBodyGreenHuffington PostGaiaThought CatalogElephant JournalEntrepreneurQuartzThrillistVerily MagLola, The Aloha Way, and more; she has also been quoted as an expert on DailyMailThe New York PostBravo TVPsych CentralPsychology TodayBustleSparkPeople, The ListLifeHackerBrit + Co, and more. Megan is also part of the MindBodyGreen Collective of experts; a video course instructor for MindBodyGreenJiyo.com, and The AO Project; and a regularly interviewed expert on BALANCE Eating Disorder Treatment Center’s recovery YouTube channel.

Megan has a master of arts in counseling psychology (Simon Fraser University), and a bachelor of arts in family studies (University of British Columbia). With 12+ years experience providing crisis support, mental health counseling and coaching, she’s a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC #6420) in the province of British Columbia, and sees clients globally as a coach. Using her unique combination of personal and professional experience and powerful written and spoken voice, Megan seeks to change the way people relate to their inner and outer worlds.

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 17: Liz Ward on Pivoting Toward Your Passion

Most of the people I know who love what they do didn't get there in a linear way.

And of course, many of us are still figuring it out and iterating, reformulating our professional lives as our skills and interests evolve. Liz Ward is a shining example of this, and she now dedicates her work to helping others do the same, with her coaching business, Slick Pivot.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Liz for this episode and learning all about her fascinating history doing marketing for Bacardi and working on the campaign for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. By all external measures, she had it made. But a total lack of work/life balance or harmony left her searching for work that felt more meaningful and allowed her to actually have a life.

Now, living with her partner in the London countryside with her almost 2-year-old daughter and a baby on the way, Liz has found a sense of inner peace that only comes through hitting a bottom and fighting your way to the other side.

So many elements of Liz's story resonated with me, and I'm sure they will for many of you, too. (And we also got into some of the practices and tips she shares with her coaching clients, which are gold!) Enjoy the episode!

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About Liz Ward

Liz is a London based AOC (Association of Coaching) accredited Personal & Business coach and NLP Practitioner with over 12 years experience developing, coaching and mentoring high performing individuals, from entrepreneurs in the start up world to teams in her corporate management roles.

With a background in brand, digital and business development, her career history includes the rebrand of the Millennium Dome to The O2, London 2012 Torch Relay and Opening Ceremony campaigns and global digital strategy for spirits giant, Bacardi-Martini.

Liz pivoted her career in 2013 and left the 9-5 corporate world for startup land. She led marketing and product strategy for disruptive tech startups, before launching her pivot coaching company Slick Pivot in 2016

Liz has with a mission to help people to pivot their careers and businesses for more happiness and growth. Because life is too short to spend time doing work that is not enjoyable. She works with people that are stuck in their current jobs and can’t see a way out, people suffering from burnout and balance and who are stuck with a business that is not working for them. Liz works with them on rebranding themselves, developing the right mindset for success, how to be more productive and get good at change. She supports their pivot journeys through one to one coaching, team workshops, and events.

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.

What's the F***ing Point episode 15: Tina Pocha on the Magic of Self-Reinvention

Tina Pocha is one of those women you lose track of time talking to. The wisdom she shared about the process of self reinvention, but learning about her life story and perspective was just as interesting.

I know you’ll dig this interview, and since I’m a little brain-dead at the moment, there’s not much I want to say about it other than GO LISTEN! Links to references in the episode are below.

Also, Tina is generously offering a free discovery coaching session for any WTFP listeners during the months of September, so take advantage of that shit, y’all!

To listen to this episode, you can stream or download from the embedded player below, or find and subscribe in your fave podcast listening app. 

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About Tina Pocha, PhD

Tina is a writer, teacher, and Women’s Re-invention Coach. She works with smart, talented, accomplished women to help them get clarity on why they feel stuck in their careers, in their lives. She supports her clients in reconnecting with what they really want to do and who they really want to be — to ultimately find and follow their heart’s desire. You can find her online at thenextstepcoaching.net, and her blog at tinapocha.com.

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Valerie Martin

Valerie Martin, LMSW, is a Primary Therapist at The Ranch residential treatment center, where she works with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues. Valerie focuses on a holistic treatment approach of mind + body integration, using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), somatic and bioenergetic therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodrama, 12-step, and shame resilience. She is also a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, and emphasizes spiritual exploration in her work with clients.