123 episodes

Discovering Our Scars Podcast is all about one thing: honest conversations. Steph and Beth talk about things that make most people uncomfortable (religion, mental illness, sexual abuse, and more). Steph and Beth became friends when they poured their hearts out in a 12-Step recovery small group. Neither was dealing with addiction—but both had hurts, habits, and hang-ups they needed to address. Steph’s journey is detailed in her book, Discovering My Scars, and that’s the inspiration for the podcast. While the podcast is inspired by Steph’s book, the hosts expand on subjects that make each person unique. The mission of the podcast is to help people embrace the “embarrassing” parts of their lives and learn to love and value all of themselves. On the podcast, the hosts share their own experiences and invite guests to broaden the conversation by contributing their own wisdom. As in Steph’s book, the podcast does not “tell you what to do,” rather, it has the ability to inspire people through the hosts’ honest and heartfelt approach.Podcast website: dospod.us

Discovering Our Scars Stephanie Kostopoulos & Beth Demme

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Discovering Our Scars Podcast is all about one thing: honest conversations. Steph and Beth talk about things that make most people uncomfortable (religion, mental illness, sexual abuse, and more). Steph and Beth became friends when they poured their hearts out in a 12-Step recovery small group. Neither was dealing with addiction—but both had hurts, habits, and hang-ups they needed to address. Steph’s journey is detailed in her book, Discovering My Scars, and that’s the inspiration for the podcast. While the podcast is inspired by Steph’s book, the hosts expand on subjects that make each person unique. The mission of the podcast is to help people embrace the “embarrassing” parts of their lives and learn to love and value all of themselves. On the podcast, the hosts share their own experiences and invite guests to broaden the conversation by contributing their own wisdom. As in Steph’s book, the podcast does not “tell you what to do,” rather, it has the ability to inspire people through the hosts’ honest and heartfelt approach.Podcast website: dospod.us

    Racism in America: We Have a Lot to Learn

    Racism in America: We Have a Lot to Learn

    The events of the last few years have helped Steph and Beth see that there’s a lot they don’t know about racism in America. This episode is about what they’ve been learning recently, specifically about the racism at the heart of the case of the Groveland Four and the Rosewood massacre. Both happened in Florida, the state where Steph and Beth were born, raised, and educated, but they only recently learned about these racist atrocities.

    Full transcript and show notes here: https://bit.ly/dospod121
    Voicemail & text: (850) 270-3308
    Stephanie Kostopoulos : https://www.stephaniekostopoulos.com/
    Beth Demme: http://bethdemme.com/
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    • 38 min
    Does Joy Come in the Morning? (with Latricia)

    Does Joy Come in the Morning? (with Latricia)

    Rev. Dr. Latricia Edwards Scriven is a joy-filled person. She actually exudes joy. She joins Steph and Beth for a conversation about why joy matters, how it’s different from happiness, and how it is a skill that can be practiced. Latricia explains that there is nothing naïve or innocent about joy, it is a choice. Sometimes joy is even an act of defiance.

    Full transcript and show notes here: https://bit.ly/dospod120
    Voicemail & text: (850) 270-3308

    Latricia Edwards Scriven: https://laughingblackjesus.com
    Stephanie Kostopoulos : https://www.stephaniekostopoulos.com
    Beth Demme: http://bethdemme.com
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    • 51 min
    Our Darkest Moments (Mental Health Awareness Month)

    Our Darkest Moments (Mental Health Awareness Month)

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s also the anniversary of when Steph and Beth launched this podcast! In this episode, they talk about some of their darkest mental health moments. If you’ve experienced darkness, know there’s no stigma attached to you.

    Full transcript and show notes here: https://bit.ly/dospod119
    Voicemail & text: (850) 270-3308
    Stephanie Kostopoulos : https://www.stephaniekostopoulos.com/
    Beth Demme: http://bethdemme.com/

    Behind-the-scenes video of this episode: https://youtu.be/wut87B8XtdA
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    • 41 min
    Being Selfish is Good.

    Being Selfish is Good.

    We are programmed to think it’s wrong to be selfish. But what if … it’s good? Steph and Beth explore the benefits of selfishness.

    Full transcript and show notes here: https://bit.ly/dospod118
    Voicemail & text: (850) 270-3308
    Stephanie Kostopoulos : https://www.stephaniekostopoulos.com/
    Beth Demme: http://bethdemme.com/
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    • 38 min
    Should Beth Leave the Methodist Church?

    Should Beth Leave the Methodist Church?

    Beth is a pastor in The United Methodist Church, but in this episode she and Steph discuss whether she should leave it behind. The UMC is undergoing a schism of sorts. Current denominational rules exclude LGBTQ+ Christians from serving as pastors and prohibit all pastors from performing weddings for LGBTQ+ individuals. There is a broad movement to change those rules and some who want to keep those rules are leaving the UMC to form a new denomination called the Global Methodist Church. “Should” Beth leave, too?

    Full transcript and show notes here: https://bit.ly/dospod117
    Voicemail & text: (850) 270-3308
    Stephanie Kostopoulos : https://www.stephaniekostopoulos.com/
    Beth Demme: http://bethdemme.com/
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dospod)

    • 47 min
    His Side of My Story (with Pastor Matt)

    His Side of My Story (with Pastor Matt)

    When Steph was in the mental hospital, Pastor Matt visited her. He brought her clothes and the journal that ended up being the beginning of her book, Discovering My Scars. You heard Steph’s side of the story in Episode 2 and here you can hear Matt’s side of Steph’s story. How did they end up in the same city? How did he know she was in the mental hospital? What did he think when he heard that where she was and why? How did it feel for him to see her at her worst? Pastor Matt answers these questions and more. As always, the episode ends with Questions for Reflection, inviting you to apply the conversation in your own life.

    Full transcript and show notes here: https://bit.ly/dospod116
    Voicemail & text: (850) 270-3308
    Stephanie Kostopoulos : https://www.stephaniekostopoulos.com/
    Beth Demme: http://bethdemme.com/
    Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dospod)

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Aaronshands ,

Fun and Real

I have known Beth for over 20 years and it is fun to hear her process life and tough questions with Steph who I don’t know. I love that they don’t always agree and that it isn’t about agreement at all but just taking things through together.

Sherikiml ,

Real and Honest. Finally!

Started listening with the first episode this morning and unexpectedly binged the rest. Wishing there were more! It's that good! I find it very relatable and honest, which is refreshing in this world where deep conversations are few and far between. Thanks to these two ladies for being vulnerable, honest and absolutely courageous in sharing their scars and how they're learning to process life, live with those scars, and lift others with their experiences. ♥️

1698ButlerB ,

Discovering Our Scars

Just found this podcast and have listened to all three first episodes. As a fan of Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations, I appreciate the honesty and authenticity Beth and Steph bring to their conversations. They are very relatable and will become a regular part of my quest for a more present and purposeful life!

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