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Purple Diary is a community where we help each other to combat the pressure to put up an image of perfection while working to become our best selves.

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    • Self-Improvement
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Purple Diary is a community where we help each other to combat the pressure to put up an image of perfection while working to become our best selves.

    #34 Black Mental Health Matters with Preston Taylor

    #34 Black Mental Health Matters with Preston Taylor

    TRIGGER WARNING: We do talk about suicide and drug use during this episode. Here are the time stamps if you would prefer to skip these parts:

    3:51-3:56 (suicide)

    42:34-44:10 (drug use)

    45:40-46:55 (drug use)

    51:33-54:12 (suicide)

    56:00-57:25 (drug use)

    1:01:33-1:02:20 (suicide)

    Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!* Hi everyone! This week my friend Preston and I talked about our personal struggles with mental health, mental health in the black community, and the benefits of therapy. I really enjoyed this open conversation and I hope you do too. Thank you so much Preston for being my guest this week. 

    IG: @purplediarypod

    Email: purplediarypod@gmail.com (contact me if you want to be on an episode or if you have any feedback/episode ideas!)

    Blog: purplediarypod.com - there are new reviews AND some original stories on the blog! Go check them out and let me know what you think 😊

    Recommended Book: I Am Legend by Richard Matheson and Buggin': A Brother's Tale by Donald Taylor

    Special thanks to Dara Michelle and Mayah Dyson for allowing me to use their work for the podcast! They're so talented! Everyone go support their art! *ESPECIALLY right now, guys. Local artists need our support more than ever since they're unable to perform live.

    Dara's art: daramichelle.bigcartel.com -- she does commissions and sells prints of her work! I'll let you know as soon as her new website drops!

    Mayah's music: @mayahdyson & mayahdyson.com -- check out her Elevation EP!

    Thank you so much for listening. Talk to y'all next week 💜

    • 1 hr 21 min
    #33 Staying Home with Sydney Gaines

    #33 Staying Home with Sydney Gaines

    Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!* Hi friends! This week I had on my friend Sydney to talk about staying home during quarantine, Will & Jada, and Sydney's new hobbies. It was so much fun catching up with her and talking about what we've been up to. I hope y'all enjoy this conversation. Sydney, thank you for being my guest this week!

    IG: @purplediarypod

    Email: purplediarypod@gmail.com (contact me if you want to be on an episode or if you have any feedback/episode ideas!)

    Blog: purplediarypod.com - there are new reviews AND some original stories on the blog! Go check them out and let me know what you think 😊

    Sydney's IG: @sydneygaines3

    Sydney's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN-JswYMeDdLNmZz9dEACjw 

    Recommended Book: The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

    Special thanks to Dara Michelle and Mayah Dyson for allowing me to use their work for the podcast! They're so talented! Everyone go support their art! *ESPECIALLY right now, guys. Local artists need our support more than ever since they're unable to perform live.

    Dara's art: daramichelle.bigcartel.com -- she does commissions and sells prints of her work! I'll let you know as soon as her new website drops!

    Mayah's music: @mayahdyson & mayahdyson.com -- check out her Elevation EP!

    Thank you so much for listening. Please go support Sydney's YouTube channel! Talk to y'all next week 💜

    • 52 min
    #32 Transforming Fashion with Kaila Brown

    #32 Transforming Fashion with Kaila Brown

    Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!* Hi friends! This week I had Kaila Brown on to talk about starting Kai Tahëra, how she wants to change the fashion industry, and the problem with a lot of big fashion brands. I loved this conversation so much! Kaila is such a ray of light, and I hope y'all enjoy this episode. Kaila, thank you so much for being my guest this week!

    IG: @purplediarypod

    Email: purplediarypod@gmail.com (contact me if you want to be on an episode or if you have any feedback/episode ideas!)

    Blog: purplediarypod.com - there are new reviews AND some original stories on the blog! Go check them out and let me know what you think 😊

    Kaila's IG & Twitter: @kaitahera @shopkaitahera @readkaitahera

    Kaila's website: https://kaitahera.com 

    All Books Mentioned: Boutique Business by Jance Chartae, Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah, and any book by Gillian Flynn

    Special thanks to Dara Michelle and Mayah Dyson for allowing me to use their work for the podcast! They're so talented! Everyone go support their art! *ESPECIALLY right now, guys. Local artists need our support more than ever since they're unable to perform live.

    Dara's art: daramichelle.bigcartel.com -- she does commissions and sells prints of her work! I'll let you know as soon as her new website drops!

    Mayah's music: @mayahdyson & mayahdyson.com -- check out her Elevation EP!

    Thank you so much for listening. Please go support Kaila and shop at Kai Tahëra! Talk to y'all next week 💜

    • 42 min
    #31 How to Be a Writer with Megan Giddings

    #31 How to Be a Writer with Megan Giddings

    Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!* Hello everyone! This week I have the incredibly talented author Megan Giddings on to talk about how she researched for and wrote Lakewood, the extreme lack of diversity in publishing, and what kinds of black stories she wants to read. This conversation was so insightful and so fun, and I am so grateful to Megan for taking the time to talk with me. Everyone please go support Lakewood and all of Megan's future work! She is so talented, and I can't wait to read what she releases in the future. 

    IG: @purplediarypod

    Email: purplediarypod@gmail.com (contact me if you want to be on an episode or if you have any feedback/episode ideas!)

    Blog: purplediarypod.com - there are new reviews AND some original stories on the blog! Go check them out and let me know what you think 😊

    Megan's IG: @newwavehauntedhouse

    Megan's website: http://www.megangiddings.com - you can find the link to purchase Lakewood here!

    All Books Mentioned: Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera, Jazz by Toni Morrison, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah, Luster by Raven Leilani, Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford, How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang, and Lakewood by Megan Giddings!

    Special thanks to Dara Michelle and Mayah Dyson for allowing me to use their work for the podcast! They're so talented! Everyone go support their art! *ESPECIALLY right now, guys. Local artists need our support more than ever since they're unable to perform live.

    Dara's art: daramichelle.bigcartel.com -- she does commissions and sells prints of her work! I'll let you know as soon as her new website drops!

    Mayah's music: @mayahdyson & mayahdyson.com -- check out her Elevation EP!

    Thank you so much for listening! I hope you enjoyed this episode, and I hope you go buy Megan's book. Talk to y'all next week 💜

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #30 Weight Loss with Stephanie Lemus Ortiz

    #30 Weight Loss with Stephanie Lemus Ortiz

    Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!* Hi guys! This week I had Stephanie Lemus Ortiz on to talk about how she lost weight, our struggles with body image and mental health, and how her transformation has been impacted by her relationship with God. Weight is a very sensitive topic for me to talk about, but I enjoyed this conversation and I'm glad we were both able to be so vulnerable. Stephanie, thank you so much for being my guest this week!

    IG: @purplediarypod

    Email: purplediarypod@gmail.com (contact me if you want to be on an episode or if you have any feedback/episode ideas!)

    Blog: purplediarypod.com - there are new reviews AND some original stories on the blog! Go check them out and let me know what you think 😊

    Stephanie's IG: @_stephannnnie

    Recommended Book: This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison, Dan Gediman, and Studs Terkel

    Special thanks to Dara and Mayah Dyson for allowing me to use their work for the podcast! They're so talented! Everyone go support their art! *ESPECIALLY right now, guys. Local artists need our support more than ever since they're unable to perform live.

    Dara's art: daramichelle.bigcartel.com -- she does commissions and sells prints of her work! I'll let you know as soon as her new website drops!

    Mayah's music: @mayahdyson & mayahdyson.com -- check out her Elevation EP!

    Thank you so much for listening! Next week I'll be talking with MEGAN GIDDINGS! Woo! Go check out her book Lakewood because we'll be talking all about it. Talk to y'all next week 💜

    • 53 min
    #29 A Fully Realized Person with Dara Michelle

    #29 A Fully Realized Person with Dara Michelle

    Don't forget to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!* Hi everyone! This week I brought my friend Dara back on to talk about how we've been handling quarantine life, how Dara budgeted and saved enough to pay off her loans (!), and how we're both rediscovering and committing to our passions. I loved this conversation; it just kept getting better the more we talked. Dara, thank you so much for being my guest this week!

    IG: @purplediarypod

    Email: purplediarypod@gmail.com (contact me if you want to be on an episode or if you have any feedback/episode ideas!)

    Blog: purplediarypod.com - there are new reviews AND some original stories on the blog! Go check them out and let me know what you think 😊

    Dara's IGs: @drawnbydara & @its_dara_michelle 

    Recommended Book: all about love by bell hooks

    Special thanks to Dara and Mayah Dyson for allowing me to use their work for the podcast! They're so talented! Everyone go support their art! *ESPECIALLY right now, guys. Local artists need our support more than ever since they're unable to perform live.

    Dara's art: daramichelle.bigcartel.com -- she does commissions and sells prints of her work! I'll let you know as soon as her new website drops!

    Mayah's music: @mayahdyson & mayahdyson.com -- check out her Elevation EP!

    I hope y'all enjoyed this week's episode! I've really been loving these quarantine conversations. I'll be back next week with another one. Thank you so much for listening 💜

    • 50 min

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