A discussion for overthinkers, people pleasers, and perfectionists led by Meredith Arthur, author of "Get Out of My Head" and creator of Beautiful Voyager, bevoya.com. Enjoy these conversations with interesting people from around the world. Follow @bevoya on Instagram or visit bevoya.com to learn more.
33 - Dr Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Yale University Research Scientist
Dr. Zorana Ivcevic Pringle, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Creativity and Emotions lab at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Born in Croatia, Zorana shares cultural perceptions of creativity. Her research centers on the role of emotions in creative work. Zorana and I were lucky enough to get to work together on the How We Feel app, out now and free to all. I've learned so much about the role of creativity in my own life from Zorana and think you will too! Follow Zorana on Twitter for her latest work.
32 - Jeffrey Sparr, Self-Taught Artist
Jeffrey Sparr is a father, husband, mental health advocate, teacher, and nonprofit founder who used his early experiences with OCD to fuel his life as a self-taught artist. In this conversation, Jeffrey and I talk about what he's learned from helping people use creativity as a means of self-expression and what an unlikely candidate he was for this kind of work.
Through PeaceLove Foundation and in partnership with Hasbro and Amazon, Jeffrey's working on a new game to help people with their mental health. Jeffrey says, "You can't reverse engineer authenticity." You definitely couldn't reverse engineer his story.
The artist: http://www.jeffreysparr.com/
The organization: https://peacelove.org/
Online classes: https://peacelove.org/scribl/#
31 - Claudia Dawson, Recomendo
Claudia Dawson is a psychonaut -- and if you don't know what that is, you should listen to this podcast. She co-produces one of my favorite weekly newsletters, Recomendo, which features 6 tools for thought each week. She's the Founding Editor of a publication called Phantom Kangaroo, "an eerie place for poems."
In this conversation, we cover everything from the Carlsbad Caverns as a metaphor for the self, how mental health can be helped by psychedelics, Claudia's fantastic advice for all beautiful voyagers ("accept that you are a prism"), and many other inspiring ideas. Claudia is very inspiring herself, in fact. You should get to know her work. Start here!
Phantom Kangeroo: https://www.phantomkangaroo.com/
Recomendo newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/Recom...
Claudia's collection of short stories: https://www.amazon.com/New-Temple-oth...
Claudia's newsletter: https://claudiadawson.blog/newsletters
30 - Larz May, #HalfTheStory
Larz May is the founder of an incredible mental health nonprofit called #HalfTheStory. The nonprofit's mission is to empower the next generation’s relationship with social media through advocacy, education, and providing access to resources. What I love about Larz is her ability to cut through social media's rapidly evolving landscape and point to deeper truths, in a very timely manner.
I look to Larz as a leader in digital wellbeing and think you should too. She founded the Global Day of Unplugging, an internationally recognized day every August that encourages divesting from technology to plug back into life. In this conversation, we talk about what it means to approach daily life with honesty, forge that path for others, and so much more.
29 - Rosie Acosta, Radically Love
Rosie Acosta has studied and taught yoga and mindfulness around the world. She is the award-winning podcast host of Radically Love and the author of You Are Radically Loved: A Healing Journey to Self-Love.
A first generation Mexican-American, Rosie grew up in East LA in the 1990's. We talk about how she taught herself to reframe her perspective as a kid, and how those lessons have played out in her life.
Rosie's warm, presence, and depth are irresistible. You will want to spend time with her as I did!
Rosie's website: https://www.radicallyloved.com/
Rosie's book - You Are Radically Loved: https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Radically-Loved-Self-Love/dp/0593330153
Rosie's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosieacosta/?hl=en
28 - The Anxiety Sisters, Maggie and Abbe
Could there be a more natural and intuitive connection than mine with the Anxiety Sisters? I don't think so. Abbe Greenberg and Maggie Sarachek have built an online community of 200K people and host a popular podcast called The Spin Cycle. In their work, they blend their personal experience with their professional training as counselors, mental health advocates, researchers, and educators. They are about to release their book, The Anxiety Sisters’ Survival Guide: How You Can Become More Hopeful, Connected, and Happy from Penguin Random House. I read an early copy and it's terrific. The down-to-earth, actionable advice that Abbe and Maggie share is dead on. Great work, sisters!
Host Meredith Arthur is going there. An endearing mix of grave and amused with a gentle (and rarely wrong) b.s.-detector, she’s unraveling outdated tropes and getting us out of our heads and pointing us toward new ways through and maybe even up. For overthinkers everywhere. You know who you are.
Meredith is a bright, curious and engaged host, and I love being on this voyage with her. This podcast explores such an unusual niche - tech/mental health -and Meredith approaches it with such gusto, insight, and joy.