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Join Emotional Baggage Expert and Life Coach Jen Vertanen and her guests each week as they explore tough topics through unfiltered, raw, and oftentimes hilarious conversations about the things that make us human. No topic off-limits; no story too much.

Going There with Jen Vertanen Jen Vertanen - Emotional Baggage Expert

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.7, 32 Ratings

Join Emotional Baggage Expert and Life Coach Jen Vertanen and her guests each week as they explore tough topics through unfiltered, raw, and oftentimes hilarious conversations about the things that make us human. No topic off-limits; no story too much.

    063: Paula Jenkins on How To Find Joy Even When Life Is Hella Hard

    063: Paula Jenkins on How To Find Joy Even When Life Is Hella Hard

    I could recognize that I actually am in choice in absolutely every moment. And there's a lot of power in that.

    We all go through hard times but it's finding your way through it and to the other side - knowing you will battle your way out of it and that you're going to be ok. Oftentimes it's just a battle to feel like you can access joy but that doesn't mean you give up trying to find it...to feel it.

    My guest, Paula Jenkins, and I discuss this and so much more on this week's episode. Paula shares with us her own journey back to joy (again and again) beginning with the traumatic birth of her son that left her with PTSD. We also explore how we can choose joy in difficult times and improbable situations...much like we find ourselves in today.

    But it's not just about joy. It's also about grief and feeling every feeling in-between. Choosing the path that leads to love evenwhen the options range from s****y to shittier...there's always still a choice and you can always choose love.

    ARE YOU READY TO GO THERE?

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    PAULAJENKINS is a certified life coach, and host of the popular podcast, Jump Start Your Joy ™.  Her mission is to bring more joy into the world through coaching, podcasting, and helping others create podcasts to share their voice.

    Jump Start Your Joy™ launched in 2015, and has been on iTunes New & Noteworthy, What’s Hot and bounces around the Top 200 under Personal Journals. 

    After receiving her Master’s degree in Religion from Yale University, Paula was a project manager for 20 years in the digital marketing space for big clients like Clorox, Visa, Genentech, Xbox, Robert Half, and Chevron Federal Credit Union. 

    She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Sean the Chef, their 9 year old son, and their friendly rescue chihuahua-mix named Chewbacca Baloney Jenkins (who goes by Chewie).

    Website | Instagram

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    For show notes head over to jenvertanen.com/goingthere63 and if there’s one thing I want you to remember ever it’s this…

    Healing is possible and it starts with #radicalhonesty.

    I believe in you so effing much and I’m here if you ever need an emotional sidekick to help you through tough times.

    Until next time…love you already.

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    Love the sorts of fly-on-the-wall intimate conversations I’m hosting on Going There? It would mean the WORLD if you leave a rating/review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts/ Google Play and share with folks most needing these messages of hope, resilience, healing, and yes…laughter at some of the darker sides to life.

    Website: www.jenvertanen.com

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/goingtherewithjen

    My Fave Really Hard Questions: jenvertanen.com/really-hard-questions/ (because you guys know how much I love digging deeper!)

    • 31 min
    062: Eunice Brownlee on Living With Trauma But More Importantly, Living With Hope And The Power Of Sharing Our Stories

    062: Eunice Brownlee on Living With Trauma But More Importantly, Living With Hope And The Power Of Sharing Our Stories

    cw: trauma, abuse including that of a minor

    We can all agree...trauma sucks. And while we all wished it was different...trauma happens far more often than many of us even know. 

    If you've experienced trauma, you get the funny ways it shows up in your life from what triggers you to how you feel in your body. And it never goes away...you just find ways to work with it.

    Eunice Brownlee and I dive into this and so much more in this raw + vulnerable story of trauma, resilience, and hope.

    What I want people to take away from this conversation is the hope. That we are resilient, we are strong and there are ways to create safety in our worlds. There are people like Eunice, myself, and so many others out there that just want to help because we've been through it and we understand it. You are not alone.

    ARE YOU READY TO GO THERE?

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    EUNICEBROWNLEE has spent her career finding the balance between her left and right brains.  She is a passionate writer and writes regularly about mental health, trauma, and abuse. As a survivor of all three, she uses her experience to help others open up and tell their stories. She's also a single mother, striving to raise a daughter who is strong and outspoken. When she’s not doing any of the above, she can be found seeking her next passport stamp and drinking wine.

    Instagram | Facebook | Medium

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    For show notes head over to jenvertanen.com/goingthere62 and if there’s one thing I want you to remember ever it’s this…

    Healing is possible and it starts with #radicalhonesty.

    I believe in you so effing much and I’m here if you ever need an emotional sidekick to help you through tough times.

    Until next time…love you already.

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    Love the sorts of fly-on-the-wall intimate conversations I’m hosting on Going There? It would mean the WORLD if you leave a rating/review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts/ Google Play and share with folks most needing these messages of hope, resilience, healing, and yes…laughter at some of the darker sides to life.

    Website: www.jenvertanen.com

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/goingtherewithjen

    My Fave Really Hard Questions: jenvertanen.com/really-hard-questions/ (because you guys know how much I love digging deeper!)

    • 38 min
    061: Lisa Orkin on Running Away From Success and Finding Motivation When It's Hard To Get Out Of Bed

    061: Lisa Orkin on Running Away From Success and Finding Motivation When It's Hard To Get Out Of Bed

    You need to honor every part of yourself…even the part that doesn't want to get out of bed.

    How do you find motivation when it's hard to get out of the bed and not just because the bed is super cozy with luxuriously soft sheets and a down comforter that's just the right weight – you know – not too heavy but light enough to keep you warm? But because life feels heavy and you're constantly in the grind going nowhere fast?

    That's exactly the question Lisa Orkin and I explore in this week's #goingtherewithjen. It's one thing to be young and have your entire life ahead of you to figure your shit out…but entirely different when you're 57 and living the same old.

    I'm also guessing Lisa and I aren't alone when we find ourselves running away from success. Why is that? Listen in to hear our thoughts…

    ARE YOU READY TO GO THERE?

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    LISAORKIN been in recording studios as long as she can remember, learning from her dad and mentor Dick Orkin and eventually working alongside him as the Creative Director for his company the award-winning Radio Ranch. Lisa has over 25 years of experience in copywriting, scripting, audio production, voice acting, teaching and speaking in both traditional and digital media. She has also worked in the world of indie filmmaking as a writer, actor and producer - making award-winning films with the likes of Adam Mckay, Shira Piven, and Dweezil Zappa. 

    Lisa's current podcast is a wild mix of all her creative lives, Project Woo Woo, where she has very real conversations with imaginary people. And all this in a tutu and checkered Vans.

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    For show notes head over to jenvertanen.com/goingthere61 and if there’s one thing I want you to remember ever it’s this…

    Healing is possible and it starts with #radicalhonesty.

    I believe in you so effing much and I’m here if you ever need an emotional sidekick to help you through tough times.

    Until next time…love you already.

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    Love the sorts of fly-on-the-wall intimate conversations I’m hosting on Going There? It would mean the WORLD if you leave a rating/review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts/ Google Play and share with folks most needing these messages of hope, resilience, healing, and yes…laughter at some of the darker sides to life.

    Website: www.jenvertanen.com

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/goingtherewithjen

    My Fave Really Hard Questions: jenvertanen.com/really-hard-questions/ (because you guys know how much I love digging deeper!)

    • 31 min
    060: Dawn Duncan on Changing Your Life One Tiny Step At A Time and Telling Our Stories Without Shame

    060: Dawn Duncan on Changing Your Life One Tiny Step At A Time and Telling Our Stories Without Shame

    There's all these things that I tried to make the outlet to get rid of that edge, that wildness, really, which really was mania...

    cw: drug use, suicide

    You can't just change your life overnight, you have to have a game plan and you don't have to do it all at once. Find one thing, get into that, and all the other things are going to follow.

    Such great words of advice from today's guest, Dawn Duncan. In this episode, Dawn shares courageously and beautifully from the heart about her mental health experiences and how she numbed with drugs and alcohol and all other sorts of ways to get rid of the edge. 

    With her marriage in shambles and finding herself in jail one night next to prostitutes and hardcore criminals, Dawn decided to turn her life around and she started with small changes that over time, led to drastic (in a good way!) results.

    Listen in as Dawn shares exactly how she went from a suicide attempt and jail to the vibrant, lively, sober woman she is today. Along the way you'll hear kick you in the gut truthbombs and wisdom for how not to go it alone.

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    DAWNDUNCAN is a 24 year veteran of entrepreneurship and an author who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is a Northern Minnesota native and graduate of the University of North Dakota, where she received her BA in English.

    Since moving to Colorado in 1994, Dawn has been an active community member, business owner, and leader who has worked in executive recruiting and training, the music industry, and now as an agency owner of a boutique copywriting and editing firm.

    She is married to husband Michael, a native of Ireland, and they are proud parents of a German Shepherd rescue named Czar.

    Her own experiences in the world of mental health and addiction have fueled a new passion for sharing her story with others, with hopes to inspire and guide them to the type of transformation that she has experienced in her life. 

    ARE YOU READY TO GO THERE?

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    For show notes head over to jenvertanen.com/goingthere60 and if there’s one thing I want you to remember ever it’s this…

    Healing is possible and it starts with #radicalhonesty.

    I believe in you so effing much and I’m here if you ever need an emotional sidekick to help you through tough times.

    Until next time…love you already.

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    Love the sorts of fly-on-the-wall intimate conversations I’m hosting on Going There? It would mean the WORLD if you leave a rating/review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts/ Google Play and share with folks most needing these messages of hope, resilience, healing, and yes…laughter at some of the darker sides to life.

    Website: www.jenvertanen.com

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/goingtherewithjen

    My Fave Really Hard Questions: jenvertanen.com/really-hard-questions/ (because you guys know how much I love digging deeper!)

    • 32 min
    059: Megan Dowd on Sharing Our Vulnerability With Healthy Boundaries, The Dangers of Toxic Positivity, and The Importance of Rage Walks to Help Manage Her Depression

    059: Megan Dowd on Sharing Our Vulnerability With Healthy Boundaries, The Dangers of Toxic Positivity, and The Importance of Rage Walks to Help Manage Her Depression

    "Medication doesn't "fix" anything. It makes it so I can deal with the actual problems, rather than making the problems feel and seem insurmountable." ~ MEGAN DOWD

    You guys....this episode hits me in all the feels and I don't say that lightly...at all. Each guest and episode is so special to me but this one is extra near and dear to my heart as we talk about depression and showing up as your rawest, most vulnerable, most mundane self.

    Megan Dowd calls herself a compassionate hardass and I can soooo relate. She's also master of funny faces, business therapist for neurodiverse run businesses, and all around delightful human being.

    Megan and I talk about the importance of sharing our stories with healthy boundaries, toxic positivity (listen in on one of Megan's spicy soapboxes on Insta), and ways we can tune into our bodies and give it exactly what it needs whether that's a rage walk or a calming, relaxing bath.

    This episode is incredibly relatable, down-to-earth, FUNNY, and full of amazing tips on learning to listen to your body and giving it what it needs during a depression cycle. I so hope you listen in and share with friends + family that could use some real, practical advice with a heaping of laughter and realness.

    ARE YOU READY TO GO THERE?

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    MEGANDOWD is a business coach and brand therapist. She launched her business in 2017 to help purpose driven business owners rediscover their Core Values and reclaim their WHY.

    Prior to opening her business, Megan worked in theatre, even earning her PGDip from LAMDA in London.

    She believes in multi-sensory storytelling, trusting yourself, and being human first and always.

    When not helping you run your business seamlessly and coherently, you may find her hanging out with her mad-scientist husburrito, dismantling diet culture, or droppin’ it like it’s hot (living room dance party, anyone?).

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    For show notes head over to jenvertanen.com/goingthere59 and if there’s one thing I want you to remember ever it’s this…

    Healing is possible and it starts with #radicalhonesty.

    I believe in you so effing much and I’m here if you ever need an emotional sidekick to help you through tough times.

    Until next time…love you already.

    _____

    Love the sorts of fly-on-the-wall intimate conversations I’m hosting on Going There? It would mean the WORLD if you leave a rating/review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts/ Google Play and share with folks most needing these messages of hope, resilience, healing, and yes…laughter at some of the darker sides to life.

    Website: www.jenvertanen.com

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/goingtherewithjen

    My Fave Really Hard Questions: jenvertanen.com/really-hard-questions/ (because you guys know how much I love digging deeper!)

    • 32 min
    058: Jen Louden on How to Listen to Your Own Why Bother and Letting Desire Lead the Way

    058: Jen Louden on How to Listen to Your Own Why Bother and Letting Desire Lead the Way

    So really…why bother? Why should I bother? Why should I risk it? Why should I be vulnerable?

    We tell ourselves…

    I'M TOO OLD. It's already been done before. No one's going to want to know that. WHAT'S THE POINT?

    Sound a bit familiar to what's rattling around in your head? Me too.

    My guest today is none other than self-development pioneer and author, Jen Louden, and in today's conversation we tackle the question – Why bother? – which is also the name of her new book.

    I'm honestly so excited about this book that I'm giving away a copy to a #goingtherewithjen listener. Why? Because, as Jen says, all too often we cut ourselves off from what we most want – connection, happiness, lightness – and I choose to believe in a world that's quite the opposite and the sooner we all get there, the better. This book helps with that.

    Listen in as Jen and I talk about her personal stories with why bother, how a failed book led to her latest book, identifying your minimum self-care list (especially important during this pandemic), how this question can show up in sneaky ways, and why leading with desire is the answer.

    ARE YOU READY TO GO THERE?

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    JENNIFER LOUDEN is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the concept of self-care with her first bestseller, The Woman’s Comfort Book. Since then, she’s written seven additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Woman’ s Retreat Book and The Life Organizer, with close to a million copies of her books in print in nine languages. Jennifer has spoken around the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has written a national magazine column for a Martha Stewart magazine. She’s been profiled or quoted in dozens of major magazines; two of Brené Brown’s books, Daring Greatly and Dare to Lead; and appeared on hundreds of TV, radio shows and podcasts—even on Oprah.

    Her newest and most personal book Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next will be published on May 5, 2020.

    Jennifer has been teaching workshops and retreats since 1992 and creating vibrant online learning experiences since 1999. She writes weekly to her email list of 20,000 and hosts an online community of over 600 members. She lives in Boulder County, Colorado.

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    For show notes head over to jenvertanen.com/goingthere58 and if there’s one thing I want you to remember ever it’s this…

    Healing is possible and it starts with #radicalhonesty.

    I believe in you so effing much and I’m here if you ever need an emotional sidekick to help you through tough times.

    Until next time…love you already.

    _____

    Love the sorts of fly-on-the-wall intimate conversations I’m hosting on Going There? It would mean the WORLD if you leave a rating/review on iTunes/Apple Podcasts/ Google Play and share with folks most needing these messages of hope, resilience, healing, and yes…laughter at some of the darker sides to life.

    Website: www.jenvertanen.com

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/goingtherewithjen

    My Fave Really Hard Questions: jenvertanen.com/really-hard-questions/ (because you guys know how much I love digging deeper!)

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Eunice Brownlee ,

Just what you need, when you need it

Regardless of the topic at hand, every episode has these hidden gems of truth tucked throughout. There are stories I relate to wholeheartedly but the surprise has been that I have found a way to connect with the stories I didn’t have first hand experience with, and take something valuable away with me.

MomOfEighteen ,

Love this!

It’s heavy and light at the same time. Jen is amazing at interviewing and getting to the deep stuff. Adore her!

LenaLuvsLife ,

Beautiful Life Work

Jen and her myriad of guests always keep me coming back for more. I enjoy the honesty of each topic and how she seems to get right to the point but in the greatest of ways. She keeps it fun and also real down to earth in such a relatable style of communication. Thank you, Jen, for all the wonderful hours of listening that have enriched my life in so many soulful ways. I appreciate you and your amazing guests! I recommend everyone have some time with Going There with Jen! 🙌♥️🙏🥰

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