Dear Family, is a love letter to our complicated families and achieving mental wellness meant to stop us from writing ourselves and our loved ones off.
Join Rachel Steinman- a writer, educator, and mental health advocate, along with her inspirational guests to find community, healing, understanding, and compassion. Feel like you're eavesdropping on an intimate and raw conversation between close family members or best friends, who we all know is your chosen family anyway. Besides practical advice, plan on being entertained, moved, and feeling uplifted. Maybe you'll even look forward to your next family gathering.
Dr. Raghu Appasani- Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist Bridging the Gap Between Western and Eastern Health Practices Including Microdosing and Nutrition
Dr. Appasani is Chief Resident at USC, CEO of a global mental health nonprofit, has his own private practice & is Chief Medical Officer for the first neurotransmitter company focused on nutritional psychiatry through mood chews to decrease anxiety and stress. He heals mood disorders, addiction, anxiety disorders, OCD, eating disorders, trauma, & personality spectrum conditions with psychotherapy, medication management including psychedelics, nutrition, physical fitness, & with the support of community.
The Best Gift is Self-Love- 24 Ways to Get It
Falling in love with yourself is the secret of happiness. Self-love supports physical, psychological & spiritual growth & motivates healthy choices. When you hold yourself in high esteem, you’ll choose things that nurture your well-being, especially with healthy relationships. Self-love & self-care are never selfish. Put yourself first & you’ll never let anyone walk all over you, attract like-minded loving people into your life & perpetuate a self-love cycle. Listen to Hear 24 Free Gifts to Get Self-Lov
Jennie Ostendorf- Millennial Orphaned by her Mother’s and Father’s Suicides Months Apart Finds her Life’s Purpose
Jennie’s childhood was idyllic by the beach with an entrepreneur mom role model & lots of love. After graduating from Barnard, she worked for a health biotech start-up. Her life’s purpose changed after her parents' suicides & is now pursuing an M.A. in Social Work to bring therapy to areas where mental health is often neglected. She's not afraid to ask for help, to cry in public, & to turn to her community for support- an incredible example of vulnerability & strength, self-awareness, & giving back.
Katie Hanus- Homesteader & Homeschooler Attains Comfort & Nourishment Through Hearth Medicine, Herbalism, Ritual, & Ceremony
Katie shares about the abundance & joy her herbal traditions, small-batch goods from her homestead, & incorporating nature in homeschooling her daughters offers. Trained as an herbalist w/ an emphasis on empowering healthy lifestyles in women & children, she supports her family’s complex health, learning, & developmental needs. She holds certificates in permaculture design & nature-based coaching. She practices sit spot, a sense meditation sitting outside every day in the same spot & noticing nature.
Newborn Adult- From Cradle to College to Care Packages
It’s been said the 2 hardest days for parents are the 1st day home with their newborn & the 1st day home without their newborn adult. My oldest child just moved 2,000 miles from home, an independent newborn adult no longer under our roof. After moving her in & hugging her goodbye on her new college campus, I’m here to report I cried like a blubbering baby in the rental car on the way to the airport without her. I also wouldn’t want and can’t imagine her being anywhere else. Care package parties help
10 Free Mood-Boosters for Mental Health and Happiness
Good mental health does not have to be expensive but ignoring it can be. There's no denying mental health conditions can require therapy and/or medication but a majority of achievement is within our own hands. This short solo-podcast reminds us how laughter, dancing, hydration, friendship, exercise, the outdoors, rest, love, and more make us feel better and feel happier.
Rachel is a master at making a podcast feel like an intimate conversation between friends
As someone who has both listened to Rachel’s podcast and then been interviewed by Rachel, I can tell you that she is a master at making a podcast feel like an intimate conversation between friends.
She has such a loving, kind and peaceful presence that she brings out the most in her guests because they feel so at ease. I highly recommend Write Now Rachel - you’ll feel like your eavesdropping when you’re actually learning!
Listening to Rachel Steinman and her guests on Dear Family is like having a glass of wine with a good friend at a favorite restaurant. It’s honest conversation that is funny, insightful, helpful, encouraging, even at times difficult, but in the end you are are so glad you went. Everyone can relate to the topics discussed and everyone will learn a little, grow a little, maybe even heal a little. Great podcast!
Rachel’s recent episode about a time when her advocacy backfired was so raw and genuine. I appreciated her willingness to really own her mistakes by airing this and her commitment to “grow forward from it”. What a refreshing listen during this time of such utter chaos and a great reminder of how important it is to just keep on keeping on!!
Write Now Rachel provides a fresh and interesting perspective on mental health and some of today’s most pressing issues. Rachel comes from a place of love and support. Her guests are engaging, she is grounded and connected, and her warm nature makes listeners feel right at home.