14 episodes

How quickly do we judge others? We have found it is difficult to judge when we seek to understand where people are coming from. A Brave Space is a podcast dedicated to everyday people and their unique experiences. We do not claim to be experts. We are learning alongside you through these conversations. In a world where opinions are often stated as facts, we invite you to have an open mind to the various perspectives of our guests. We are based out of Utah. Therefore, many of the discussions include the pros and cons of LDS culture.

A Brave Space Amy and Joni

    • Self-Improvement
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

How quickly do we judge others? We have found it is difficult to judge when we seek to understand where people are coming from. A Brave Space is a podcast dedicated to everyday people and their unique experiences. We do not claim to be experts. We are learning alongside you through these conversations. In a world where opinions are often stated as facts, we invite you to have an open mind to the various perspectives of our guests. We are based out of Utah. Therefore, many of the discussions include the pros and cons of LDS culture.

    14. My Codependency and Recovery

    14. My Codependency and Recovery

    Joni gets pretty open about her struggle with codependency within the context of her previous marriage. Jessica Miller, LCSW from Thoughts on Thoughts joins us to give us a helpful clinical perspective. We discuss what codependence looks like in romantic relationships, parent-child relationships, and a relationship with God. We talk about what a boundary looks like and what might happen as we put them in place. Finally, we talk about being a whole, happy person regardless of the time and season of life we are in.


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    • 1 hr 43 min
    13. Dealing With Grief and Helping Kids Process Emotions

    13. Dealing With Grief and Helping Kids Process Emotions

    Cari Runia was 32 years old and a mom of four young kids when her husband, Ryan, died suddenly of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac arrest. Cari unfolds her story of the day she found out Ryan died and the weight of telling her kids what happened to their dad. Throughout the episode you will hear how naturally introspective Cari is and her willingness to learn and dig in. She is naturally confident and has been a mentor and beacon to us just by being our friend and her willingness to be open with her experiences and emotions. 

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    • 2 hr 4 min
    12. A Mixed Faith Marriage

    12. A Mixed Faith Marriage

    Alyssa and Joseph both grew up members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joseph had questions regarding the church as a young man, but he continued to be an active member of the church while searching for answers. He did all the "right" things. He read the scriptures and prayed to God. He served an LDS mission. He was married in the temple to Alyssa yet the questions remained. A couple of years into their marriage, he shared his feelings with Alyssa and began distancing himself from the LDS religion. They tell us of their resulting journey which includes entering into a new marriage, shifting expectations, and learning to navigate two different faiths within their home.


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    11. Victimhood in Motherhood, Marriage, and Religion

    11. Victimhood in Motherhood, Marriage, and Religion

    Paige Clark is a life coach whose mantra is “choose love over fear.” She talks about how she has played the victim in her life, and how she has shifted out of that role by identifying her “blind spots.” She shares with us a little of her journey including a divorce, and how she has been able to take control of and fall back in love with her life.

    She discusses her constant struggle with positive self-talk and her trick to fix the "biggest fat lie." Furthermore, she talks about how she has been able to gain faith in men again following her divorce. 

    Some books Paige recommends:


    The Magic
    Radical Forgiveness
    The Learning to Love Yourself Workbook
    The Abundance Project
    The Grief Recovery Handbook

    If you would like to connect with Paige, you can reach out to us for her information or search CoachingWithPaige on Facebook.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    10. Our Experience with a New Kind of Therapy, Shame, and Processing Trauma

    10. Our Experience with a New Kind of Therapy, Shame, and Processing Trauma

    No guest this week y'all! Just your two favorite hosts, Amy and Joni. We discuss our personal experiences with sand tray therapy (previously taught to us by our guest JaNae). We bring up the benefits of sand tray and what to expect if you decide to go. It's definitely not your normal therapy, but we both found it was the therapy we needed at this time. We also talk about shame and processing life at our own speed and not against anyone else's pace.

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    • 49 min
    9. Dealing with Trauma and Learning about Attachment Styles

    9. Dealing with Trauma and Learning about Attachment Styles

    Jessica Miller is a LCSW who teaches us about attachment styles (anxious, secure, and avoidant). Attachment is often the first thing that she teaches her clients when they come to see her. It is essential. She also discusses trauma, it’s impact, and when to address it. She specializes in EMDR, and describes how it works. Jessica has her own podcast, Thoughts on Thoughts, with two of her therapy friends that we highly recommend.

    Book Recommendations:
    Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller
    Codependency by Melody Beattie
    The Body Keeps the Score by Besser van der Kolk

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    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Sjackso2 ,

SO GOOD! Please bring back Cari :)

Love the real talk on this podcast so much, so relatable! I especially loved Cari’s episode - she’s amazing and she needs to come back again! You ladies are fantastic!!

C MIA ,

Laughter & reality!

Joni & Amy...a FUN, Brave Space! Laughter amidst difficult topics. Love you! Continue on!

Sarahbt77 ,

Love the real raw vulnerable talk!

I have truly enjoyed listening Joni & Amy & guests! Love the realness, vulnerability of talking openly about subjects that might be viewed as taboo. The more we discuss & learn things that are difficult to express, the easier & more open we can be as a culture. I’ve listened to many podcasts. One thing I really love is how real Joni & Amy are. It’s like your just sitting on the couch with them having a great conversation, plus there aren’t overdoing it. I have another podcast I enjoy with 2 females but it’s almost like they are trying to out smart each other & one up each other on who’s better. Joni & Amy aren’t like this at all, they encourage & uplift everyone. The name says it all, it truly is a brave place. Thanks for putting it all out there.

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