You know those deep conversations you have late at night when your guard is down and everyone is just letting the truth spill out? Let's get down and dirty and talk about real life, what it means to awaken, the ugly truth of the challenges we face, and how we navigate them. Let's unravel the conditioning, limiting beliefs, and b******t that keeps us from creating our most meaningful and wakeful life. Let's delve in deep with others as they walk us through their path, their trials, and tribulations and follow the breadcrumbs that led them to create a meaningful, soulful life. This experience we call life is a winding, bumpy, and sometimes challenging road, especially if you are on the path of becoming more conscious, wakeful, contemplative, and purposeful. I want to talk about it.We will share stories and insights that inspire us all to keep rising up into powerful, purposeful, soulful lives while we navigate the mess, the noise, and the darkness. I hope this podcast can be a voice in the chaos, a reminder that you a powerful being, and that you are NOT alone.There is so much power in truth-telling, and raw conversation and this is the space for just that. It is time to wake up to your divine nature, your dharma, your purpose, and your wholeness of being. Let's get lit together and illuminate the world!
Amanda Crowell Itliong | Not Dead Yet
Amanda is a badass human being. Her tagline tells it like it is. #notdeadyet
At 29 years old, living in San Francisco, with her dream job, a husband, and travel, she was taken, quite literally, to her knees by the big-bad C-word, ovarian cancer. Now, at 41 years old, she has been in and out of remission countless times, and lives with the diagnosis of terminal cancer and weekly treatments to prolong the inevitable.
What makes Amanda so incredible is far-reaching beyond her cancer chronicles, it is how she has chosen to show up. While we would all like to imagine the person we'd become when shit hits the fan on repeat, Amanda is who I would aspire to be. She is hilarious, joyful, fierce, and has found powerful ways to create a meaningful life. She is an advocate, an activist, a public speaker, a patient advocate and the kind of person who sends you a hand-made card in the mail to say thanks.
I am honored to have spent time with Amanda in conversation, laughter, reflection and mutual respect. I hope you enjoy her energy and learn from her story.
And remember Amanda's sentiment, while cancer in many ways defines and rules her life, her autonomy, her body, it is in no way the totality of who she is. No one thing is the totality of you.
Where you can connect with her:
Helpful links about ovarian cancer....
Helpful links for young adults with any cancer...
Some of my inspiration...
Marianne Steele | The reckoning of healing beyond the mind***
*** Trigger Warning, this episode contains references to childhood sexual abuse and PTSD.
Marianne Steele's story is one that could fill the pages of a novel. She so graciously allows us to peek inside a story that begins with a traumatic childhood and launches from the era of free love, communal living in none other than San Franciso, and catapulted into an adventure born of her impulse to survive.
Marianne speaks frankly about so often she had met her own trauma from the healing born of the mind and it wasn't until she had a major breakdown of the body in the last few years that she began to truly reckon with what healing looks like, how to self-care and facing the diagnosis of complex PTSD.
Marianne now words as a Shiatsu bodyworker, an energy worker, an intuitive teacher, and a medium.
You can connect with her here: https://www.pacificspirit.de
Referenced in this episode:
The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis
Peter Levine Ph.D. and Somatic Experiencing
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (also Peter Levine)
NIACMB YouTube Channel
Healing Trauma and Spiritual Growth: Peter Levine & Thomas Huebl
Spirituality Archetypes and Trauma:
Marianne's blog that documents her early channeling experiences
David Bedrick | Insatiable hunger and the wisdom held within it
David Bedrick is a psychologist, speaker, teacher, and attorney, and author, but that does not sum up the heart of David and his work. He is a deeply gentle, thoughtful, and compassionate human being who shares an insatiable curiosity to both understanding human beings and advocating for those who are oppressed.
Together we share stories, deep questions, and a loving look a the world of body shame, and the expansive world of diet and body obsession masquerading as wellness. He has written a beautiful book of women's stories through the lens of a compassionate witness. Not only are the stories he shares relatable, but they also hold the wisdom of looking into our own hunger to find the answer to what it is we really crave.
I have worked diligently to lean away from conversations on body, diet, and weight-loss because I do not want to give more energy to what has consumed so many of us. However, this conversation is different, it is deeper, more radical, and an invitation to look beneath the story for your own body's innate wisdom.
Pre-order his book "You Can't Judge A Body By Its Cover" at your favorite bookseller.
Ros Isabel | Finding your groove with human design
Did you love taking quizzes in teen magazines when you were a kid? I always wanted to know more about myself, what made me tick, what was in store for me. Ros is an expert in human design, a system that offers in her words" the most incredible and accurate interpretation of personality and life calling."
Admittedly, I was impressed with my own human design map and its accuracy. This system and the way it was created is pretty fascinating, a bit trippy and totally worth a listen. Perhaps it will speak to you!
Find Ros Isabel:
Lindsay Madison | Leaning in, showing up, forgiveness and learning to take your life back
**Trigger Warning: This conversation briefly touches on trauma and abuse.
Lindsay's heart is in sharing her life story in order to help others see that they are not alone. She is the byproduct of young lovers who never belonged together. Her father, a born-again Christian who traded heroin for Jesus. Her parents traded her back and forth her entire life and she often felt like a pawn. She was gaslit, abused, and suffered a myriad of challenges because of it. She has learned to lean in, to forgive, and also to create a chosen family of friends.
We talk about the current world and how triggering 2020 has been for so many who have a shared history of abuse, trauma, bullying, and gaslighting.
Marble Jar Friends reference: https://www.catherinebruns.com/who-do-you-trust-marble-jars-and-empathy/
Kacee Must x Ann Fancy | 2020, it's been real....
Kacee Must is the owner and founder of Citizen Yoga and a dear friend. Six months into a global pandemic and the chaos of 2020 we decided to sit down for a chat. I am not sure who was interviewing who, but we had a great conversation on life, business, scarcity, authenticity, and the weight of the world right now.
I hope you listen in and enjoy. I sure did.
Thank you for sharing this conversation with us. Linda T’s gratitude for being SEEN was heartbreaking. Let’s go. Thank you for the inspiration. Thank your for sharing so generously, Linda T.
Great podcast! I randomly decided to listen to this episode and what do you know…it was exactly what I needed to hear. Ann’s way of sharing always seems to resonate with me and often helps give me the nudge I need to move forward. THANK YOU
Please check out the episode with Juliet Tang it's a beautiful and inspirational listen and I found such empowerment and comfort in this discussion!