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WARNING: This podcast challenges beliefs you thought were true about you and your world. Join Professional Certified Coach, Linda Heeler, as she uncovers the “normal lies” that have become “normalized” in our lives for years. As a coach, Linda works with people to uncover and shift the disempowering stories (lies) that the voice in their head says are true about them. After realizing the lies that we were born into and the systemic racism that has taken place in our country for hundreds of years, Linda’s eyes were opened to the harm that’s occurring simply because we have been living so many lies. And, it’s not just the lies about race but also regarding sexism, ableism, ageism, etc. Each week, Linda and her guests talk about how "normal lies" came to be as they explore topics that range from relationships, parenting, your health, racism, sexism, career, trauma and more. Listen as Linda and her guests have hard, and sometimes messy conversations as we discover these lies and their impact on all of us. They discuss actions to begin breaking through the lies so we can ultimately live a happier, more fulfilling life. Over the last 10 years, Linda Heeler has helped dozens of people transform their lives through her work as a coach. She now brings her expertise and curiosity to this podcast to spread the word that the path to getting rid of our fear and anxiety is by questioning that voice in your head and understanding that there is nothing wrong with you.

Normal Lies Linda Heeler

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

WARNING: This podcast challenges beliefs you thought were true about you and your world. Join Professional Certified Coach, Linda Heeler, as she uncovers the “normal lies” that have become “normalized” in our lives for years. As a coach, Linda works with people to uncover and shift the disempowering stories (lies) that the voice in their head says are true about them. After realizing the lies that we were born into and the systemic racism that has taken place in our country for hundreds of years, Linda’s eyes were opened to the harm that’s occurring simply because we have been living so many lies. And, it’s not just the lies about race but also regarding sexism, ableism, ageism, etc. Each week, Linda and her guests talk about how "normal lies" came to be as they explore topics that range from relationships, parenting, your health, racism, sexism, career, trauma and more. Listen as Linda and her guests have hard, and sometimes messy conversations as we discover these lies and their impact on all of us. They discuss actions to begin breaking through the lies so we can ultimately live a happier, more fulfilling life. Over the last 10 years, Linda Heeler has helped dozens of people transform their lives through her work as a coach. She now brings her expertise and curiosity to this podcast to spread the word that the path to getting rid of our fear and anxiety is by questioning that voice in your head and understanding that there is nothing wrong with you.

    How Your Strengths Give You an Edge, with Nermine Zakhary

    How Your Strengths Give You an Edge, with Nermine Zakhary

    Episode 88.   “… imagine  something comes so easily for me and I expect the person sitting next to me to be able to do what I do, their strengths are different than mine. They have other gifts that they bring to the table. So when we have those expectations, there can be some clashes and misunderstandings and  it's important for us to become familiar with the language of strengths and what to look for and how to appreciate people.”


    Nermine Zakhary is a practitioner of strengths, helping others strategically apply them to accelerate their performance, energy, relationships, and results!
     
    As a Certified People Acuity Coach™, Nermine coaches individuals and small groups. She also facilitates workshops to teach strengths strategies to clients so they can define their optimal zones -- and thrive there.
     
    This positive approach allows people to own who they are and empowers them to purposefully make their unique and impactful contributions to our world.


    Nermine shares:
     “I realized in that moment that I had spent the bulk of my adult life trying to live up to someone else's expectations and never feeling like I was meeting them.  Or I was always comparing myself to other people and, well, “why can't I be like so and so?" or “why can't I do what she does?” and never feeling good enough. And for the first time, it was okay to just be me.”

    “Sometimes if we're waiting for someone to notice what our gifts are or the environment to give us an opportunity to contribute, when we're in this waiting place, we don't use them at all because no one has invited us to this space with them.”

    “We're quick to notice our deficits, we're quick to notice the areas we need to work on to be better, and not appreciate and enjoy what we do have and what we bring and know the value that we bring to situations and relationships.”

    “We tend to be in a deficit thinking society. When we’ve accomplished something, we celebrate it for all of 30 seconds. And then we're quick to see, “what did I do wrong?” “Where can I do better?”  Well, no, wait a second. this is a big accomplishment. We need to slow down and celebrate and take in what is it that worked well? What did we do to make this a successful project? How can we do more of that?”

    Contact Nermine for more information and to set up a discovery call at Nermine@Strengths-Edge.com.


    Linda also makes an announcement about the future of this podcast. 


    What came up for you as a result of this conversation?  Let Linda know by going to Normal-Lies.com and leave a review.  

    Linda reads every one and every month, she chooses one review to read on air.  Who knows, she may choose yours!

    If you have a question or a topic you'd like addressed on an upcoming episode, go to Normal-Lies.com and click the contact page to send Linda a message. Or, click on the microphone icon at the bottom right of the page to leave a voicemail. 

    • 36 min
    A Food Lover’s Conscious (& often Messy) Journey, with Jamie Truppi

    A Food Lover’s Conscious (& often Messy) Journey, with Jamie Truppi

    Episode 87.  “… I’ve been broke pretty much my entire adult life. but I've always had an abundance of food and that makes me feel rich.”
    Jamie Truppi has a passion for connecting the mind-body-spirit with healing foods and plants from the earth.
    Jamie’s life centers around food, people, nature, wellbeing, traveling, and cultivating meaningful experiences in this short, crazy life.
    As a functional nutritionist with a master’s degree in science and nutrition and board certified as a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Jamie guides her clients to go from gut-brain-stress dis-ease to healing. 
    More from Jamie:
    “… food is just one extension of the bigger picture of my values, but it is one that comes up constantly because, for example, when we choose a home to live in… we don't have to make it again for a while… When we choose to buy a car, we do that once and we don't have to think about it again for quite a few years, hopefully. However with food, we're making these choices five, six, seven, eight times a day… We are constantly making food choices and it can be really distressing for people who don't know what to choose.”

     “I remember fearing when I was a vegan, I was like, “what if I decide I want meat someday, and here I am calling myself a vegan, and then everyone's gonna call me a hypocrite.  I'm gonna go down that road of judgment and criticism. So there's a lot of psychological distress around eating regardless of what the diet is.”

    “We just have to remember that it doesn't actually matter what other people think. What matters is what's right for us.”

    “… all of a sudden you start to expand your palate because you're like, “I wonder what that tastes like?” and this is food curiosity… and then we go back to psychological like, “oh gosh, I can't remove meat! I could never remove dairy. I don't know how I would function!” People have done harder things,  and if we get playful and think of it as an experiment through the lens of childlike eyes, it's “I wonder how would I feel without dairy for a week?”

    For more information about Jamie and to purchase her book, Clean Food, Messy Life: A food lover’s conscious journey back to self, visit: JamieTruppiNutrition.com.
    What came up for you as a result of this conversation?  Let Linda know by going to Normal-Lies.com and leave a review.  
    Linda reads every one and every month, she chooses one review to read on air.  Who knows, she may choose yours!
    If you have a question or a topic you'd like addressed on an upcoming episode, go to Normal-Lies.com and click the contact page to send Linda a message. Or, click on the microphone icon at the bottom right of the page to leave a voicemail. 

    • 44 min
    Wisdom in the Finale, Part 8

    Wisdom in the Finale, Part 8

    Episode 86. This episode is a compilation of Linda’s most recent guest's answers to her finale questions:
    What’s the best piece of advice you received when you were younger?A lie you wish you discovered sooner?What’s the thing that makes you, you?What is one change you’d like to see in the world & one action, even a baby step, that we can take right now so we can move toward that change? Hear from:
    Luz Flores Lee, from episode 75,  How to Navigate Change and Thrive
    Jill Nagle, from episode 76, Exposing Myths of White Supremacy
    Prithvi Madhukar, from episode 77, How our Passion can Lead to Burnout
    Melissa Davis, from episode 79, From Competition to Collaboration
    Keltie Maguire, from episode 80, Question Your Choices and Discover Possibilities
    Erin Halligan-Avery, from episode 81, Caring & Empathy: A New Path to Leadership & Success in Business
    Avadhi Dhruv, from episode 82, Uncover Your Inner Guru
    Click the links above to listen to their full episodes,  find out how to contact them and follow them on social media .
    What about you? How would you respond?
    What came up for you as a result of this conversation?  Let Linda know by going to Normal-Lies.com and leave a review.  
    Linda reads every one and every month, she chooses one review to read on air as she did in this episode.  Who knows, she may choose yours!
    If you have a question or a topic you'd like addressed on an upcoming episode, go to Normal-Lies.com and click the contact page to send Linda a message. Or, click on the microphone icon at the bottom right of the page to leave a voicemail. 
    Be sure to follow Linda on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In.

    • 34 min
    Essential Secrets for Career Success, with Mark Herschberg

    Essential Secrets for Career Success, with Mark Herschberg

    Episode 85. “Collecting business cards isn’t networking. I tell people, getting someone's card or adding someone on LinkedIn and saying they're in your network, that's like swiping right on a dating app and saying, this person is now your significant other.”

    From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark Herschberg has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia, with over a dozen patents to his name. 


    Mark helped start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,”  is the author of The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You as well as the creator of the Brain Bump app. 

    This conversation runs the gamut, from networking to ethics to leadership:


    “… every time I meet someone, I think “Nice to meet you. What can I do to help?” Now, I'm not gonna show up and move your couch, but maybe there's other ways I can help you. And that is relationship building. You don't keep score with your friends, you don't keep score with your network.” “Leadership is about stepping up and getting people to follow you, but the good news is you can practice and develop these skills long before you have that title…”“I always get the sense ‘ethics,’ it’s the redheaded stepchild. Ethics is, “Well, after we have everything else, our profitability, our leadership and everything else. . . if we have time… we'll get to ethics…”
    For more information about Mark and to purchase his book, The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You, visit: https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/


    To learn more about his Brain Bump app, go to: https://brainbumpapp.com/


    What came up for you as a result of this conversation?  Let Linda know by going to Normal-Lies.com and leave a review.  

    Linda reads every one and every month, she chooses one review to read on air.  Who knows, she may choose yours!

    If you have a question or a topic you'd like addressed on an upcoming episode, go to Normal-Lies.com and click the contact page to send Linda a message. Or, click on the microphone icon at the bottom right of the page to leave a voicemail.

    • 37 min
    “But alcohol relaxes me!” & Other Lies about Drinking, with Jennifer Salzman

    “But alcohol relaxes me!” & Other Lies about Drinking, with Jennifer Salzman

    Episode 84. “I don't drink anymore. I haven't had a drink in almost three years, so why do I have to tell the world I'm an alcoholic? I'm a non-drinker, I'm not an alcoholic. I did have an issue with alcohol. I was drinking problematically. They call it Alcohol Use Disorder, but I addressed the problem and I fixed it.  I don't drink anymore so how can I continue to call myself powerless over alcohol and addicted to alcohol and I have alcoholism as a disease if I don't drink?”


    Jennifer Salzman once considered herself a 'normal' drinker. But as her marriage ended in 2012, she increasingly used alcohol to cope. She tried many times to cut down but consistently ended up drinking more than she wanted to. After struggling with her own unhealthy relationship with alcohol for eight years, Jennifer knew she must make a change, but didn’t like the idea of AA and having to label herself an alcoholic.

    Jennifer shares the story of her search for an alternative to AA, and how she found freedom from alcohol through the same science based, compassion led model she now uses in her one-on-one coaching and group coaching programs.

    In this episode, Jennifer  talks about her work as a certified Alcohol Freedom Life Coach, helping her clients make alcohol small and irrelevant in their lives so they can create a life they don’t want to escape from.

    You can reach Jennifer at AMightyRebel.com.

    Jennifer mentions the University of Washington and the University of Florida  joint scientific study of the alcohol-free lifestyle and, unfortunately, registration is closed. However, Jennifer would love to speak with you so be sure to reach out to her.

    What came up for you as a result of this conversation?  Let Linda know by going to Normal-Lies.com and leave a review.  
    Linda reads every one and every month, she chooses one review to read on air.  Who knows, she may choose yours!
    If you have a question or a topic you'd like addressed on an upcoming episode, go to Normal-Lies.com and click the contact page to send Linda a message. Or, click on the microphone icon at the bottom right of the page to leave a voicemail. 

    • 39 min
    Overcoming the Lies of Childhood, with Judy Schwingel

    Overcoming the Lies of Childhood, with Judy Schwingel

    Episode 83. “… those lies early on really informed a whole lifetime of shielding myself that really was unnecessary because we have unlimited capabilities that are never tapped if we just give every individual the opportunity to attempt them and strive, and see what they are capable of and take the limitations away from them.”


    Judy Schwingel’s story includes seizures due to epilepsy as a child and later in grade school, a diagnosis of dyslexia and a visual perception disorder. 


    Judy experienced many societal biases, stigmas, and negative medical opinions that believed she was incapable of learning or overcoming her disabilities. 


    These experiences, challenges, and the heroes in her life instilled in her a strong will to overcome and do anything she chooses. “If I can Imagine it, it can be done”, became Judy’s mantra in life.


    After many years working as a nurse, Judy felt drawn and Spiritually called to return to what she knows as her true God-given talents as a spiritual, nurturing, healing soul.

    As a Faith-based Master Transformational Life Coach,  Judy focuses on working with people in life-changing transitions struggling with what direction to take. She helps them light their divine Spirit's Power, and cultivate confidence, toward finding life's purpose, so they can set a new course in life.


    For more information about Judy and to contact her, visit: https://www.heartnsoulhlc.com 


    What came up for you as a result of this conversation?  Let Linda know by going to Normal-Lies.com and leave a review.  

    Linda reads every one and every month, she chooses one review to read on air.  Who knows, she may choose yours!


    If you have a question or a topic you'd like addressed on an upcoming episode, go to Normal-Lies.com and click the contact page to send Linda a message. Or, click on the microphone icon at the bottom right of the page to leave a voicemail. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Jsalzy ,

Fantastic Concept!

Challenging our thoughts and beliefs about what is “normal” allows us to free ourselves from all kind of limitations. Linda is a fabulous host and has such important, informative conversations with her guests. I thoroughly enjoy this podcast as a listener and was honored to be a guest!

GaryMiles1 ,

Great podcast!

This is a great podcast if you want to grow personally and find more peace and clarity in your daily life. Linda Heeler does an amazing job of finding great guests and asking the perfect questions. Check this out- you don’t be disappointed!

Cfow110 ,

great learning and conversation

This podcast has a conversational feel and covers useful topics. It’s nice to have a resource that encourages listeners to think about and challenge ideas and beliefs that are not helping them.

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