51 episodes

In our public life, our day-to-day interactions and social media posts, we rarely share our true challenges, feelings and mistakes. Under the surface, each person has a unique story to tell and a set of experiences that we can all learn from. While we can’t fix the past, we can learn to be better by surrounding ourselves with people inspire us to be our best selves. Letters to my younger self provides a platform to release these experiences outside of our innermost circles, so that we can learn from each other.

Letters To My Younger Self Liz Gardner

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

In our public life, our day-to-day interactions and social media posts, we rarely share our true challenges, feelings and mistakes. Under the surface, each person has a unique story to tell and a set of experiences that we can all learn from. While we can’t fix the past, we can learn to be better by surrounding ourselves with people inspire us to be our best selves. Letters to my younger self provides a platform to release these experiences outside of our innermost circles, so that we can learn from each other.

    1. Finding Joy in the Mourning with Katherine Scoggin

    1. Finding Joy in the Mourning with Katherine Scoggin

    Katherine and her husband spent years trying to get pregnant, and after multiple rounds of fertility treatments, they finally found out she was pregnant! She couldn't wait to meet her new baby boy. When she found out her unborn child was diagnosed with Down syndrome she was absolutely devastated. Katherine shares how she has come to realize how incredible her life is with her sweet son Carter. Join me as we discuss infertitlity, Down syndrome and coping with life’s many challanges. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    50. Growing up Illegal with German Robles

    50. Growing up Illegal with German Robles

    German Robles learned from a young age to never reveal his true identity, never talk about where he came from and never tell anyone where he was born. When he crossed the border at age 5, he would say goodbye to everything and everyone he knew. Starting school in a new country, he didn't understand a word anyone said, and would go home crying. There was always a fear growing up that he would be deported back to Mexico. Without a social security number he was unable to fly, drive, work at most jobs or even get a fishing license. German explains the role that illegal immigrants play in helping our economy. Robles says, "We are not all impacted by the laws surrounding immigration but we all benefit from illegal labor."

    • 1 hr 1 min
    49. Proud to Love with Sarah and Becky

    49. Proud to Love with Sarah and Becky

    Join me as we celebrate Pride month with Sarah and Becky. They are an amazing, dynamic couple and went through very different experiences before finding each other.  Sarah and Becky share their love story and how they came out  to friends, family and colleagues. We learn about the struggles they've had to endure including the five years of being in a relationship without telling their families in fear of what they would think. These amazing women embody kindness, goodness and joy. "To be yourself is truly a revolutionary act, and I think more and more people should try it, because it’s gotten me a pretty cool life." – Lena Waithe

    • 58 min
    48. Giving Sunshine with Jason Clawson

    48. Giving Sunshine with Jason Clawson

    Life was good for Jason Clawson: his family was happy and they were building their dream home when they received the heartbreaking news his wife had stage 4 cancer. Nine months after the diagnosis, his wife Valerie passed away. Jason was left picking up the pieces and not knowing how to survive being a single parent and coping with everyones grief. Jason shares about how he survived and had a support team of family and friends to help him in his grief. Jason quit his job as a mental health therapist and spent a summer making fun memories with his 2 boys. In order to give his sons some purpose, they started looking for yellow things to give to others. They started a lemonade stand that they donated items to families that had lost someone they loved. This lemonade stand morphed into what is now called Giving sunshine. Giving Sunshine is a Gift Box to help those suffering from cancer, the loss of a loved one or the struggles of life. It is therapy in a box that promotes healing. Jason has used his therapy background and this experience of losing his wife to help people navigate such a horrific time in their lives.

    Instagram: @givingsunshinedaily

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GivingSunshineDaily/

    Website: https://givingsunshine.org/

    • 57 min
    47. Facing Death with Clint Martin

    47. Facing Death with Clint Martin

    Clint Martin had the unthinkable happen to him: on his way to Vegas for a work trip he was hit head-on by a drunk driver, killing his brother and his friend/colleague Kayla. The fact that Clint survived is a miracle. The highway patrol and paramedics couldn’t believe he survived the 80 mph collision. After a year of recovery and face and body reconstruction, he encountered emotional turmoil. Clint was now expected to be “back to normal” but found himself struggling with survivors guilt and no longer had the will to be alive. Listen to Clint’s story as he battled mental trauma and depression and how losing his brother taught him not to take family or life for granted.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    46. UnityintheCommUnity with Annette Miller

    46. UnityintheCommUnity with Annette Miller

    Annette Miller is the founder of the organization UnityintheCommUnity. It is an organization that helps refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world. She has dedicated her life helping others, she retired early to run this organization full time. In addition to helping families with their physical needs, they also help teach english classes to help families better integrate into our community.  Annette shares how you don't need to have a lot of money in order to make an impact. In a world where there is so much headache and cruelty she has shown love and compassion. UnityintheCommUnity needs volunteers and donations to help all the incoming refugees.
     If you are interested in making a donation you can Venmo the organization @unityinthecommunity

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

runsunshine21 ,

Amazing and heart tugging ❤️

I love hearing other peoples stories! It shows we all struggle and can be strong, especially when we have a supportive community. Liz does a good job helping others share their story as we hear vulnerable, heartfelt struggles we can all learn from. I love listening and relating to some experiences shared. We all need to learn from each other and this is an excellent way to shine light in the world!

User for 3 minutes ,

Great podcast idea!

I have loved listening to many of the episodes of this podcast. I feel better informed about different lifestyles and backgrounds and unique circumstances different individuals deal with. Humans are amazing and we can learn so much from each others’ stories! Liz sets a beautiful stage for vulnerability and honesty and I have learned a lot and feel more sympathetic after hearing about the lives of many of the guests who have shared.

VAWA2016 ,

Beautiful stories and incredible humans!

Liz is so good at connecting and listening. Incredible people with awesome stories - I always feel uplifted and inspired by the end!

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