20 episodes

This is the place where we talk about authenticity, anxiety, and what happens when we decide to stop acting.
With Lisa Jakub - author, mental health advocate, mindfulness educator, and former child actor from some movies you might still have on VHS in your basement.

Embrace Your Weird Lisa Jakub

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

This is the place where we talk about authenticity, anxiety, and what happens when we decide to stop acting.
With Lisa Jakub - author, mental health advocate, mindfulness educator, and former child actor from some movies you might still have on VHS in your basement.

    Surviving or thriving?

    Surviving or thriving?

    Recently, I’ve been changing almost everything in my life: my schedule, my skincare routine, my workouts, my filing system, my journaling system. I thought I was having a super healthy midlife crisis.

    But what I realized is that for the past 412 days I have been surviving. But survival has become insufficient.

    I talk about the difference between thriving and surviving, how you know which one you need, and what to do if your external circumstances feel like survival, but you want more.

    • 16 min
    The Story of a Rescue Dog (or, How Things Can Change)

    The Story of a Rescue Dog (or, How Things Can Change)

    Three years ago, my husband and I adopted a rescue dog. And she was a nightmare.

    This a story of love and sadness. Of heartbreak and joy. This is a story about how things can change. Things can seem so dark and hopeless - but they actually can get better. This is a story about how everyone is capable of healing. Because I went from thinking this traumatized, fear-aggressive, terrified mutt had ruined my life — to being madly in love with my sweet Olive. And now it’s all love.

    • 26 min
    Interview with a Vietnam Vet: backpack full of rocks

    Interview with a Vietnam Vet: backpack full of rocks

    Meet Buzzy. He is an Air Force Veteran who flew 212 combat missions in Vietnam as a navigator on B-52 bombers. He is also my yoga student and one of my favorite humans. Buzzy speaks honestly about the Vietnam war, the challenges that Veterans face, and what happens when you decide to do something radical in the face of depression and post-traumatic stress.

    • 53 min
    My Back Breaking Back Story: On body hatred and recovering from injury

    My Back Breaking Back Story: On body hatred and recovering from injury

    30 years ago last week, I broke my back on a film set. I had lingering pain and nerve damage for decades. 

    This episode is all about questioning why it is so common to hate our bodies, why many of us are constantly living from a place of trying to change and improve them. What happens if we decide to opt-out from that narrative and live from a place of gratitude? Can we shift the energy we spend on the scale and actually do something productive with that, instead?

    • 16 min
    One Year Alcohol Free AF

    One Year Alcohol Free AF

    What happens when you are not an alcoholic, but you decide to stop drinking for one year for the simple fact that alcohol makes your anxiety rage and makes you feel like garbage? 

    But what about my birthday? What about when I need to unwind? What about when the world is facing a global pandemic? No drinking even then? 

    No drinking even then. 

    I explore what it’s like to be sober during the apocalypse, the social pressures to drink, and the big question - I’ve been sober for a year -  now wh

    • 21 min
    A sleepwalker gives sleeping advice

    A sleepwalker gives sleeping advice

    When I worked as an actor, I would often have to grab a quick nap to get through long days, comfortably sleeping upright in a folding chair without messing up my hair and makeup. 

    But in my own bed? At an appropriate sleeping time? That is a recipe for sleepwalking, night terrors, and writing creepy and insistent notes that no one understands. 

    Let's talk about how to sleep, and my game-changer of a routine that is simple, and free.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

tina.hobbs ,

Lovely. Real. Relatable in every way.

Great voice and wonderful to listen to. Thank you!!!

John0758 ,

Thank You Lisa

Listened to my first of you podcast and I’m hooked. As an introvert I can do relate to many of the things you spoke about in the last episode. Thank you for making this podcast and sharing guide thoughts and for making yourself vulnerable to help all t out r listeners. I look forward to the next podcast and listening to all the ones I’ve missed for the last couple years. Good luck. I hope you are in my area soon speaking. Would love to catch you in person.

Mangokipper ,

Love it!

I absolutely love the embrace your weird podcast. I met Lisa on one of her yoga/writing retreats and it made a huge impact on my life. I have felt very lost lately and each time I go bank to these episodes it makes me feel less alone and reminds me how much I learned that weekend on her course. Lisa is the kind of person I feel I could speak all night to and sort the world out! Her podcast has been a lifesaver.

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