41 episodes

Jessica Minhas, host and founder of I'll Go First®, dives into the topics and conversations that we want to have but are a little afraid to talk about or aren't sure where to start. Celebrate the stories of courageous overcomers, inspiring mental health champions, and those boldly stepping into taboo spaces and inviting us into a full life. Listen, learn, and heal with people just like us who look adversity in the eye and say, “I will not stand down. I'll go first.”

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 39 Ratings

Jessica Minhas, host and founder of I'll Go First®, dives into the topics and conversations that we want to have but are a little afraid to talk about or aren't sure where to start. Celebrate the stories of courageous overcomers, inspiring mental health champions, and those boldly stepping into taboo spaces and inviting us into a full life. Listen, learn, and heal with people just like us who look adversity in the eye and say, “I will not stand down. I'll go first.”

    I Survived a School Shooting, Here’s How I’m Healing with Taylor Fraser

    I Survived a School Shooting, Here’s How I’m Healing with Taylor Fraser

    On the morning of September 27, 2006, at Platte Canyon High School in the small town of Bailey, Colorado, everything was going as usual. Taylor Fraser, then 15-years-old and a sophomore, went to school, passed her mother at the front desk, and walked to class just like every other morning before that day.

    No one could ever have guessed that later that afternoon, 53-year-old Duane Roger Morrison would take seven female students hostage, kill one of them and then himself, and forever change the small town of Bailey, Colorado.

    As we reflect on the tragic experiences in our lives, we often find that there is the version of us before something extraordinary happens and then the version of us after.

    Taylor Fraser joins us on this episode to talk about how she’s healing, her thoughts on gun laws, why it’s essential we share our stories, and what inspired her to write and direct ‘Foreward,’ - an audio drama podcast that chronicles one family’s journey after surviving the tragedy of a school shooting.


    Goodies from this Episode:


    Listen to Taylor's podcast, "Foreward”, an audio drama podcast that chronicles one family’s story after the tragedy of a school shooting at https://www.forewardpodcast.com

    Support “Foreward” at https://www.forewardpodcast.com/support

    Connect with Taylor at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-leigh-fraser-44a83251

    Looking for mental health resources and support? Check out our Help page at https://www.illgofirst.com/find-help

    Listen to more episodes at https://www.illgofirst.com/stories

    In crisis? Text "GO FIRST" to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 for free.

    Have a suggestion? Don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you! Say "Hi" at hello@illgofirst.com

    • 55 min
    Abuse of Power in Faith Communities: How to Heal & How to Get Justice

    Abuse of Power in Faith Communities: How to Heal & How to Get Justice

    Abuse within faith communities is something we hear from our community about a lot. In particular, how abuse and sexual assault in faith communities complicate recovery because our spiritual life becomes tied to the most intimate and terrifying experience of our lives. Where can we find sanctuary following compounded abuse?

    This episode is a panel discussion on Abuse of Power: How the Church Can Respond. Joining us is Annette Cutino, Director, LEAD.NYC, Boz Tchividjian, Attorney & Founder of GRACE, Dr. Diane Langberg, Psychologist and Author, Drew Hyun, Founder, Hope Church NYC, Jay Stringer, Psychotherapist and Author and Faith Huckel Motter, Co-Founder, Restore NYC.

    In this conversation, the panelists discuss covert abuse: spiritual, emotional, and overt: physical, sexual, and financial abuses – how abuse hides in plain sight, how to equip faith leaders to address their power and sexual story, and practical steps faith communities can take to protect those they serve, what healing looks like, and what you can do as a victim to fight back and receive justice.

    We hope you are encouraged by this conversation, and remember, you are not alone.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    How to Make Your Life Your Own with Nikki Innocent

    How to Make Your Life Your Own with Nikki Innocent

    In this episode, we are joined by one of our good friends and fellow entrepreneur, Nikki Innocent. Nikki is a 2-time TEDx speaker, certified women's leadership coach, diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) strategist, and the host of "Checkbox Other". Nikki shares with us how she's learned to trust herself enough to take the leap from her corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur. We also talk about the challenges of growing up as a second-generation biracial kid in a home with alcoholism, embracing our other-ness, and learning how to forgive our loved ones, especially when we have to complicated relationships with them. She is so full of joy it is absolutely contagious, and we think you're really going to fall in love with her and her story.

    Goodies from this Episode:

    Unlock your full potential and build a life you love through Nikki’s program “Unlock Your Passion” and online community. Learn more at www.nikkiinnocent.com

    Listen to Nikki's podcast, "Checkbox Other" at https://www.nikkiinnocent.com/podcast/

    Follow Nikki's journey at https://www.instagram.com/nikkiinnocent/

    Connect with Nikki at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicoleinnocent/

    Looking for mental health resources and support? Check out our Help page at https://www.illgofirst.com/find-help

    Listen to more episodes at https://www.illgofirst.com/stories

    In crisis? Text "GO FIRST" to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 for free.

    Have a suggestion? Don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you! Say "Hi" at hello@illgofirst.com

    • 38 min
    On Resiliency and Getting Justice with Child Sexual Abuse Survivor Jessica Dailey

    On Resiliency and Getting Justice with Child Sexual Abuse Survivor Jessica Dailey

    The first obstacle we have to overcome as a survivor is understanding what we're surviving. Jessica Dailey's earliest memories are with her father, but it wasn't until she was in middle school that she realized those memories were sexual abuse. In this episode, Jessica shares how she's healing from her abuse, how to break cycles of intergenerational trauma, and why sharing her story so that other survivors can heal is her life's purpose. What's remarkable about Jessica's story is how much she fought for justice to be served against her perpetrators, going to trial as a minor, not once but twice. This interview is powerful, candid and Jessica's bravery is contagious.

    Trigger warning: Please note we do cover the topic of sexual abuse. Be mindful of yourself and any little ears around you. For healing support and resources, check out our website.

    Goodies from this Episode:

    Listen to Jessica's Podcast, "Diamond Mind Radio" at https://www.diamondmindradio.com/

    Follow Jessica's journey at https://www.instagram.com/diamondmindradio/

    Support Jessica's work at https://tradesofhope.com/order/P2764/?u=jessicadaily&event=P2764

    Find support and healing resources at https://www.illgofirst.com/find-help

    Listen to more episodes at https://www.illgofirst.com/stories

    In crisis? Text "GO FIRST" to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 for free.

    Have a suggestion? Don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you! Say "Hi" at hello@illgofirst.com

    • 41 min
    Clarifying Our Authentic Purpose with Life Planner Chanel Dokun

    Clarifying Our Authentic Purpose with Life Planner Chanel Dokun

    In this episode, Chanel Dokun, a certified Life Planner and Relationship Expert trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, joins us. This work is an expression of her journey and the invitation her mother impressed on her – you must find out what you love and do that thing to its fullest. Now she is devoted to supporting other women to clarify their life purpose through her speaking and coaching.

    We talk about the difficulty of balancing family responsibilities, giving ourselves permission to pursue our purpose, how she realized what her authentic calling is and how we can too.

    Goodies from this Episode:

    Unlock your full potential and build a life you love through Chanel's Women of Consequence coaching program and online community. Learn more at www.chaneldokun.com

    Listen to Chanel's podcast, "Clarifying Your Calling" at https://chaneldokun.com/podcast

    Download Chanel's Free Resource, "How to Reclaim Your Morning" here: https://chaneldokun.com/reclaimthemorning

    Follow Chanel's journey at https://www.instagram.com/chanel.dokun/

    Looking for mental health resources and support? Check out our Help page at https://www.illgofirst.com/find-help

    Listen to more episodes at https://www.illgofirst.com/stories

    In crisis? Text "GO FIRST" to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 for free.

    Have a suggestion? Don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you! Say "Hi" at hello@illgofirst.com

    • 44 min
    I'll Go First, My Story with Founder Jessica Minhas

    I'll Go First, My Story with Founder Jessica Minhas

    Welcome to I’ll Go First Season 2! We are so happy you’re here! To kick us off this season I’m finally sharing my personal story and how I’ll Go First was born. My BFF AnnaLynne McCord is a big part of why this community is called “I’ll Go First” so she interviewed me on this episode!
    (Real talk, I love celebrating other people’s stories, but it was a stretch for me to be interviewed by someone else but I'll go first!)

    We talk about how I'll Go First was born, my journey of overcoming childhood abuse, growing up with addiction, and what ‘going first’ looks like for me. We also celebrate some I’ll Go First milestones and reveal some new resources we developed for you!

    Goodies from this Episode:

    Learn more about me at https://www.jessicaminhas.com

    Follow my journey at https://instagram.com/jessicaminhas

    Looking for mental health resources and support? Check out our Help page at https://www.illgofirst.com/find-help

    Listen to more episodes at https://www.illgofirst.com/stories

    In crisis? Text "GO FIRST" to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 for free.

    Have a suggestion? Don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you! Say "Hi" at hello@illgofirst.com

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Jesse Gavin ,

Great Podcast

So many interesting and powerful interviews! Jessica Minhas is a great host and approaches the conversations with knowledge and empathy.

AndiBrave ,

Wonderful podcast

This podcast is inspiring, empowering, informative and leaves me feeling very hopeful. It is raw, honest and real. Jess is a fabulous host and has great guests.

MelvinUdallJr ,

Beautiful Podcast!

I love listening to I’ll Go First. The concept is so fantastic, and it should be required listening. There are so many profound moments in these Jess’s interviews, and I can’t wait to hear more!

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