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Welcome to Season 1 of Project Markie, the podcast that's shining a light on the darkness of abuse endured by survivors. These are the first-hand accounts of survivors of domestic abuse, human trafficking, and sexual assault. | The raw interviews on Project Markie you'll hear will make you cry, laugh, gasp, nod, and hum with the power of human resilience. | It is often at times of desperation that we are driven to make a last-ditch effort to change our situation. This comeback, in turn, can transform us into a whole new person — mentally, physically, and emotionally stronger than we ever could have imagined. | Champion Bikini Athlete, Advocate, and Entrepreneur Markie Williams has lived this struggle. After years of experiencing domestic violence and human trafficking, Markie found the strength and courage to escape her situation. She turned her pain into power, becoming a nationally recognized athlete, creating her personal fitness brand, and advocating for other victims of abuse, encouraging them to believe in life after abuse (#lifeafterabuse). | Markie Williams created “Project Markie” to share, for the first time in public, her story and personal experience with domestic violence and human trafficking. Through this podcast, she’s bringing to light the stories of those who have been confronted by incredible obstacles, traumas or challenges that may have led them to a very dark and hopeless place — and who were able to overcome the difficulties they faced and redefine their futures. | These are their incredible stories of transformation, healing and hope.

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Welcome to Season 1 of Project Markie, the podcast that's shining a light on the darkness of abuse endured by survivors. These are the first-hand accounts of survivors of domestic abuse, human trafficking, and sexual assault. | The raw interviews on Project Markie you'll hear will make you cry, laugh, gasp, nod, and hum with the power of human resilience. | It is often at times of desperation that we are driven to make a last-ditch effort to change our situation. This comeback, in turn, can transform us into a whole new person — mentally, physically, and emotionally stronger than we ever could have imagined. | Champion Bikini Athlete, Advocate, and Entrepreneur Markie Williams has lived this struggle. After years of experiencing domestic violence and human trafficking, Markie found the strength and courage to escape her situation. She turned her pain into power, becoming a nationally recognized athlete, creating her personal fitness brand, and advocating for other victims of abuse, encouraging them to believe in life after abuse (#lifeafterabuse). | Markie Williams created “Project Markie” to share, for the first time in public, her story and personal experience with domestic violence and human trafficking. Through this podcast, she’s bringing to light the stories of those who have been confronted by incredible obstacles, traumas or challenges that may have led them to a very dark and hopeless place — and who were able to overcome the difficulties they faced and redefine their futures. | These are their incredible stories of transformation, healing and hope.

    This is what I’m doing here. | Markie Williams’ Story … Part 2 | Season One Finale (Ep11)

    This is what I’m doing here. | Markie Williams’ Story … Part 2 | Season One Finale (Ep11)

    —Please note; listener discretion is advised. This show contains explicit content related to domestic abuse, violence, sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking. It may be triggering for some listeners - and healing for others.—
    In Part 2 of Markie Williams’ story, she opens up about what happened after she escaped her abuser, and the struggles she faced with her newfound “freedom”. Markie describes the struggle of dealing with her trauma while trying to rebuild her life at the same time. With no support system, Markie had to rely solely on her own will to survive and desire to create a future for herself that was not defined by violence. 
     
    In her quest to redefine her future, Markie tells how she stumbled into a new arena that changed the entire course of her life. 

    Stay tuned ‘til the end, when Markie has a special message for Project Markie listeners.
     
    —To connect with Markie and other survivors—
    Join the Project Markie Facebook group
    Instagram @MarkieWilliams
    Facebook @MarkieWilliamsFitness
    LinkedIn
     
    —Subscribe & Review—
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    Production Credits:
    This show was lovingly produced by CMG.
    www.wearecmg.com
    Producer | Laura Kaye Chamberlain @laurakayecreations
    Executive Producer, Show Art | Mandy “The Bos” @mandythebos
    Music | "Dreamy Piano" by cleanmindsounds (Envato Elements)
     
    Subscribe now to get a new episode of Project Markie as soon as Season 2 launches, to continue opening up to your own courage, strength, and beautiful vulnerability.

    • 36 min
    This will not define my life. | Mandy Arthur’s Story | Ep10

    This will not define my life. | Mandy Arthur’s Story | Ep10

    —Please note; listener discretion is advised. This show contains explicit content related to domestic abuse, violence, sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking. It may be triggering for some listeners - and healing for others.—
    Mandy Arthur, affectionately known as Mandy “The Bos” is the co-founder of Creative Media Group, an industry leader in social media, digital marketing, and amplifying brand voices. She has been both host and guest on numerous podcasts, and has interviewed notable leaders in business, including Grant Cardone, Dave Asprey and Naveen Jain (to name just a few!). Mandy’s company also produces Project Markie, and Mandy was asked to be a guest on the podcast to share her story—one that makes her accomplishments all the more impressive.
     
    Mandy describes the abusive and broken home in which she was raised, and the struggles she had to overcome physically, mentally, and emotionally in order to redefine her life and shine her light on others.
     
    —To connect with Mandy—
    Instagram @mandythebos
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    Website: www.wearecmg.com
    —To connect with Markie and other survivors—
    Join the Project Markie Facebook group
    Instagram @MarkieWilliams
    Facebook @MarkieWilliamsFitness
    LinkedIn
     
    —Subscribe & Review—
    Apple Podcasts
    Stitcher
    Castbox
    Spotify
     
    Production Credits:
    This show was lovingly produced by CMG.
    www.wearecmg.com
    Producer | Laura Kaye Chamberlain @laurakayecreations
    Executive Producer, Show Art | Mandy “The Bos” @mandythebos
    Music | "Dreamy Piano" by cleanmindsounds (Envato Elements)
     
    Subscribe now to get a new episode of Project Markie on "Markie Mondays." You'll be starting your week by connecting with your innate courage, strength, and beautiful vulnerability.

    • 39 min
    Emotional abuse is real abuse. | Sarah Bigler’s Story | Ep09

    Emotional abuse is real abuse. | Sarah Bigler’s Story | Ep09

    —Please note; listener discretion is advised. This show contains explicit content related to domestic abuse, violence, sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking. It may be triggering for some listeners - and healing for others.—
    Sarah Bigler is the West Coast Engagement Manager for the One Love Foundation at their newest location in Seattle, WA. With a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in International Public Policy, Sarah has a background in domestic and international gender and minority rights. 
     
    In this episode, Sarah talks about how she became involved with One Love, an organization that is aimed at educating people about the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, to avoid abuse and learn to love better. Through connecting with One Love, Sarah realized some things about herself and her personal past that were not easy to acknowledge or overcome. And now, she’s helping others do the same.
     
    —To connect with Sarah—
    Facebook
    Twitter @imsarahb
    LinkedIn
     
    Episode References: 
    Yeardley Love
    10 signs of a healthy relationship
    One Love
    One Love Young Professionals Network
     
    —To connect with Markie and other survivors—
    Join the Project Markie Facebook group
    Instagram @MarkieWilliams
    Facebook @MarkieWilliamsFitness
    LinkedIn
     
    —Subscribe & Review—
    Apple Podcasts
    Stitcher
    Castbox
    Spotify
     
    Production Credits:
    This show was lovingly produced by CMG.
    www.wearecmg.com
    Producer | Laura Kaye Chamberlain @laurakayecreations
    Executive Producer, Show Art | Mandy “The Bos” @mandythebos
    Music | "Dreamy Piano" by cleanmindsounds (Envato Elements)
     
    Subscribe now to get a new episode of Project Markie on "Markie Mondays." You'll be starting your week by connecting with your innate courage, strength, and beautiful vulnerability.

    • 37 min
    Someone finally stood up for me. | Lee Ryan Coston’s Story | Ep08

    Someone finally stood up for me. | Lee Ryan Coston’s Story | Ep08

    —Please note; listener discretion is advised. This show contains explicit content related to domestic abuse, violence, sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking. It may be triggering for some listeners - and healing for others.—
    Lee Ryan Coston has is a talented personality who’s worked as an actress, voice artist, screenwriter, director, journalist and talk show host. Her most recent work is the short film Crowbar, which has won numerous awards at film festivals both nationally and internationally during the 2019 tour. 
     
    On this episode of Project Markie, Lee talks about the traumas and miracles that have shaped her life and career—and ultimately led her to write and direct Crowbar based on her own true story. This is a hopeful and vindicating story for anyone who has suffered abuse and neglect, and who feels inspired to defend others from harm.
     
    —To connect with Lee—
    Facebook @LeeRyanCoston
    LinkedIn
    Crowbar: www.crowbarthefilm.com
    Crowbar on Facebook @BlueHeronProductions
     
    Episode Reference: The Genesis Project
     
    —To connect with Markie and other survivors—
    Join the Project Markie Facebook group
    Instagram @MarkieWilliams
    Facebook @MarkieWilliamsFitness
    LinkedIn
     
    —Subscribe & Review—
    Apple Podcasts
    Stitcher
    Castbox
    Spotify
     
    Production Credits:
    This show was lovingly produced by CMG.
    www.wearecmg.com
    Producer | Laura Kaye Chamberlain @laurakayecreations
    Executive Producer, Show Art | Mandy “The Bos” @mandythebos
    Music | "Dreamy Piano" by cleanmindsounds (Envato Elements)
     
    Subscribe now to get a new episode of Project Markie on "Markie Mondays." You'll be starting your week by connecting with your innate courage, strength, and beautiful vulnerability.

    • 37 min
    Take healing at your own pace. | Laura Kaye Chamberlain’s Story | Ep07

    Take healing at your own pace. | Laura Kaye Chamberlain’s Story | Ep07

    —Please note; listener discretion is advised. This show contains explicit content related to domestic abuse, violence, sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking. It may be triggering for some listeners - and healing for others.—
    Laura Kaye Chamberlain is a digital media producer based in Seattle, Washington where she works full-time as the Director of Production at Creative Media Group. She has an extensive creative background that includes a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Long Island University. Laura is also one of the producers and editors of Project Markie, and she was invited to be a guest on the podcast because she loves projects involving sustainability, social justice, and diverse perspectives. 
     
    In this episode Laura shares a personal story from her past, an incident involving sexual assault and rape. Laura opens up about how she processed that event from a place of compassion and forgiveness, which has allowed her to heal and move forward.
     
    —To connect with Laura Kaye—
    Instagram @laurakayecreations 
    Facebook: facebook.com/laurakayechamberlain
    Website: www.laurakayecreations.com
     
    —To connect with Markie and other survivors—
    Join the Project Markie Facebook group
    Instagram @MarkieWilliams
    Facebook @MarkieWilliamsFitness
    LinkedIn
     
    —Subscribe & Review—
    Apple Podcasts
    Stitcher
    Castbox
    Spotify
     
    Production Credits:
    This show was lovingly produced by CMG.
    www.wearecmg.com
    Producer | Laura Kaye Chamberlain @laurakayecreations
    Executive Producer, Show Art | Mandy “The Bos” @mandythebos
    Music | "Dreamy Piano" by cleanmindsounds (Envato Elements)
     
    Subscribe now to get a new episode of Project Markie on "Markie Mondays." You'll be starting your week by connecting with your innate courage, strength, and beautiful vulnerability.

    • 39 min
    I was trafficked. | Christina Sabourin’s Story | Ep06

    I was trafficked. | Christina Sabourin’s Story | Ep06

    —Please note; listener discretion is advised. This show contains explicit content related to domestic abuse, violence, sexual assault, rape, and human trafficking. It may be triggering for some listeners - and healing for others.—
    Christina Sabourin is a U.S. Army Veteran, a mother, and a business-owning aesthetician. Her life and work experiences have taken her to opposite ends of the spectrum, from working on engines as a chemical repair specialist in the army overseas in Iraq, to performing facials and makeup services as an aesthetician in a quiet part of Washington State. 
     
    Christina is proud of her family and the life she has now, but she didn’t always know where to turn for security. At one point, Chrstina was lured into a world that promised incredible financial rewards… but she ended up feeling like she lost more than she ever gained.
     
    —To connect with Christina—
    Instagram @christinas_cosmetix
    Facebook
    Cat Walk Skin & Brow Studio
    The Genesis Project: Overcoming Human Trafficking in Seattle
     
    —To connect with Markie and other survivors—
    Join the Project Markie Facebook group
    Instagram @MarkieWilliams
    Facebook @MarkieWilliamsFitness
    LinkedIn
     
    —Subscribe & Review—
    Apple Podcasts
    Stitcher
    Castbox
    Spotify
     
    Production Credits:
    This show was lovingly produced by CMG.
    www.wearecmg.com
    Producer | Laura Kaye Chamberlain @laurakayecreations
    Executive Producer, Show Art | Mandy “The Bos” @mandythebos
    Music | "Dreamy Piano" by cleanmindsounds (Envato Elements)
     
    Subscribe now to get a new episode of Project Markie on "Markie Mondays." You'll be starting your week by connecting with your innate courage, strength, and beautiful vulnerability.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

sgajsoxihwbK ,

Raw and Beautiful

I can relate to many of these stories. I was nervous at first, to listen as I thought it might trigger some past experiences. Instead I found small pieces of healing with each episode. Markie, the way you asked. questions and responded to your guests as they recounted their history, was very compassionate, soft, intuitive and beautiful. Im inspired by you. I hope to one day meet you and thank you for bringing an unspoken topic to a platform where these much needed stories can be heard. 💜

messagevannow ,

Honest and Healing

Markie Williams podcast Project Markie is eye opening and therapeutic to the people who come on the podcast to share their stories and also to listeners who have endured similar pain. Difficult topics that aren’t normally shared on a podcast make this one much more raw and honest. Because every story is so different you get to hear about the different ways the guests dealt with the different types of abuse and gives hope to those are currently trying to get out of similar bad situations. These are life changing events and so it is important that there is a safe space for survivors to open up, it is encouraging especially with Markie sharing her own inspirational story, guests are able to be vulnerable with her. I’ve always read about abuse, but I’ve never actually listened to the people say it out loud on a public forum or platform in such detail. Because each interview is so different, you get to hear about the abuse on all sides. When you realize you are not alone and hear about the amazing transformations and where the guests are today it gives people the inspiration and hope they need to move forward with their life. Depending on where you are with your healing, I recommend reading the overview prior to jumping in to an episode, before listening to specific ones.

Marzano78 ,

Powerful.

Thanks for creating this podcast. Very needed and relevant.

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