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Join us on a QUEST as we journey towards radical self love and acceptance. On this podcast, you will hear stories from queer folks who’ve taken their happiness and well-being into their own hands. Listen in as our host V (all pronouns accepted) guides you on a QUEST of Queer, Understanding, Education, Storytelling, and Transformation.

QUEST: A Journey To Wellness V Vasquez

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.1 • 40 Ratings

Join us on a QUEST as we journey towards radical self love and acceptance. On this podcast, you will hear stories from queer folks who’ve taken their happiness and well-being into their own hands. Listen in as our host V (all pronouns accepted) guides you on a QUEST of Queer, Understanding, Education, Storytelling, and Transformation.

    Juneteenth Feed Drop w/ Black, Fat, Femme Podcast

    Juneteenth Feed Drop w/ Black, Fat, Femme Podcast

    Hey QUEST fam! We’re on summer break, but we didn’t want to leave you hanging on Juneteenth! So this week we’re featuring the amazing podcast duo Dr. Jon Paul (they/them) and Jordan ‘Joho’ Daniels (he/him) from the Black, Fat, Femme (BFF) Podcast. 

    The BFF Podcast gives voice to two of the leading queer, fat and Black changemakers while calling in the world to examine and understand what it means to love oneself unapologetically - in a world where loving oneself often feels impossible.

    On this episode, the hosts chat with the incomparable Angelica Ross (she/her). They expound on the obsession that cis-gender people have with queer people, while also exploring activism, allyship and advocacy. 

    We hope you enjoy lovelies and have a wonderful Juneteenth.



    FEATURED GUEST:

    Dr. Jonathan Paul Higgins (They/them) is a Leo and an educator, professor, national speaker, freelance journalist, thought leader, and media critic who is passionate about television and film. A Culture Strike 2021 Disruptor and Twitter Spaces Spark Creator, Dr. Higgins is a trailblazer who is creating, sharing, and crafting the stories their ancestors didn’t get to tell. Dr. Higgins has held positions at both Chernin Entertainment & Edith Productions and currently consults at United Artists, Amazon, and other media leaders. Some fun facts about them are that they were on “Nailed It” and that they are an avid user of Peloton.

    Jordan 'JoHo' Daniels (He/Him) is a Libra and a Fat Queer Afro-Jew writer, photographer, activist, and fashionista. As co-host of the BFF: Black Fat Femme podcast, JoHo focuses on diving deep into the guests' experiences, their power as BFFs, and their joy. As a creative, Jordan has been featured locally and nationally in publications such as Tablet Magazine, Essence, and San Diego Voyager. During his free time, Jordan plays kickball in his queer kickball league, volunteers in the community, and spends his weekends at museums and art galleries."



    WELLNESS RESOURCES:

    Check out all the wellness resources mentioned on the podcast here



    THE TEAM:

    ♊ Host: V Vasquez (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@lovenessmonsta⁠

    ♑ Executive Producer: Stevie Cua (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@steviesees⁠

    ♋ Producer: Leah Jackson (She/Her) ⁠@djmsjackson⁠

    ♈ Associate Producer: Raphaella Landestoy (She/Her) ⁠@la.vida.bruja14⁠



    CONNECT:

    Follow us on Instagram ⁠@questwellnesspod⁠

    Be a guest on the pod ⁠questwellnesspod@gmail.com⁠

    Podcast produced by ⁠pukapuka. Cover photo by Niko Storment. Music produced and composed by ⁠BASK⁠ aka Eric Guizar Vasquez (He/Him).  Episode transcripts available by email request⁠.


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Pride Edition: Balancing Wellness & Rageness | Episode 31

    Pride Edition: Balancing Wellness & Rageness | Episode 31

    It’s the end of our season Queer Kittens, thank you so much for joining us on this amazing ride, we couldn’t have done it without you! 💕



    To end the season, and kick off Pride month, we’re having a team “tea-time” chat. We discuss the “ups and downs” of celebrating pride, and our personal wellness tips to stay centered and mindful during this fun and energetic month. 



    We also share our coming out stories with you! As a way to honor our journey and remind us all that we are truly not that different. We love you Queer Kitties! Have a wonderful Pride month and we'll see you later this summer 💕



    ♊ Host: V aka Vanessa (All pronouns accepted) A two-spirit human, joy influencer, energy worker and dad joke connoisseur. Mexican/Indigenious Yaqui & Hopi Nation / Filipinx. @lovenessmonsta



    ♑ Executive Producer: Stevie Cua (all pronouns accepted) The Founder of Third Place Wellness, a functional mushroom chocolate bar brand that is making the consumption of healthy mushrooms easy and delicious. Born and raised in San Francisco, Stevie aims to anchor their entrepreneurial endeavors in the power of intention, the optimization of self and community. @steviesees



    ♋ Producer: Leah Jackson (she/her) Queer, Founder of ⁠pukapuka, a podcast studio creating podcasts for LGBTQ+ and womxn, DJ, bulldog lover, proud vegan and Californian. @djmsjackson⁠



    ♈ Associate Producer: Raphaella Landestoy (she/her) An Afro-Latina, Colombian y Dominicana from the Bay Area. An energy healer, bad bitch witch from the House of Hufflepuff who loves hiking, traveling, and getting weird with those she loves. She also has a big heart and even bigger hair! @la.vida.bruja14



    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    00:00 Welcome and Introduction

    00:49 Season Finale Announcement

    01:28 Meet the Team

    04:57 Pride Season and Coming Out Stories

    06:13 Personal Coming Out Experiences

    20:03 QUEST Teams' Coming Out Stories

    21:54 First Pride Experience

    25:34 Navigating Sobriety and Pride

    30:02 Balancing Wellness and Partying

    33:41 Imposter Syndrome in the Queer Community

    44:22 Respect and Allyship at Pride

    45:21 Conclusion and Season Finale



    WELLNESS RESOURCES:

    Check out all the wellness resources mentioned on the podcast here



    CONNECT:

    Follow us on Instagram ⁠@questwellnesspod⁠

    Be a guest on the pod ⁠questwellnesspod@gmail.com⁠

    Podcast produced by ⁠pukapuka. Cover photo by Niko Storment. Music produced and composed by ⁠BASK⁠ aka Eric Guizar Vasquez (He/Him).  Episode transcripts available by email request⁠.


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    • 47 min
    Ancestral Voices: The Power of Africana Spirituality w/ Juju Bae | Episode 30

    Ancestral Voices: The Power of Africana Spirituality w/ Juju Bae | Episode 30

    Queer kittens this episode is one for the books! This week we share sacred space with the host of  “A Little Juju Podcast w/ Juju Bae”.  Juju (She/her) is an Oshún Priestess, author, star on the Emmy/GLAAD nominated Hulu series “Living For The Dead”, and an all-around “bad bitch witch”. 



    In this episode, Juju discusses the impact of colonialism as a child growing up in Baltimore, and how de-colonizing her spiritual practices led her to find her voice.  She talks about her connection to her Ancestors, and how this has greatly impacted her wellness, her work as a healer and her role as an educator on spiritual traditions of the Black Diaspora.



    We also discuss her upcoming book, 'The Book of Juju: Africana Spirituality for Healing, Liberation, and Self-Discovery” aimed at empowering readers to engage with their ancestral spiritual practices in order to find healing, liberation and self-discovery. 



    Instagram | Podcast | Linktree | Website



    📖 Pre-order “The Book of Juju” HERE



    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    00:00 Embracing Radical Acceptance and Belonging

    00:59 Introducing the Voices Behind the Podcast

    01:46 Juju Bae: A Journey into African Diasporan Religions

    02:20 The Power of Listening and Personal Stories

    03:33 Exploring Spirituality and Relationships

    06:10 Juju's Personal Journey: From Quiet Child to Spiritual Educator

    09:18 Navigating Identity and Culture in School

    15:46 Finding Healing Through Ancestral Connections

    22:30 Understanding Ancestral Relationships and Queerness

    25:46 The Impact of Authenticity on Depression and Ancestral Healing

    27:09 Healing Generational Trauma and Spiritual Exhaustion

    28:00 Finding Balance and Listening to Ancestors

    28:34 Protecting Your Energy: A Bartender's Mantra

    29:27 Discovering and Embracing Spiritual Gifts

    30:03 Journey into Adulthood: Embracing Spiritual Gifts

    32:15 Living for the Dead: A Unique Paranormal Show

    33:27 Maintaining Calm in the Face of the Paranormal

    36:46 The Power of Community Support

    38:55 Writing 'The Book of Juju': A Serendipitous Journey

    43:59 Navigating Spirituality as LGBTQ+

    46:36 Radical Acceptance and Self-Care

    48:04 Connecting with Juju Bae



    WELLNESS RESOURCES:

    Check out all the wellness resources mentioned on the podcast here



    THE TEAM:

    ♊ Host: V (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@lovenessmonsta⁠

    ♑ Executive Producer: Stevie Cua (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@steviesees⁠

    ♋ Producer: Leah Jackson (She/Her) ⁠@djmsjackson⁠

    ♈ Associate Producer: Raphaella Landestoy (She/Her) ⁠@la.vida.bruja14⁠



    CONNECT:

    Follow us on Instagram ⁠@questwellnesspod⁠

    Be a guest on the pod ⁠questwellnesspod@gmail.com⁠

    Podcast produced by ⁠pukapuka. Cover photo by Niko Storment. Music produced and composed by ⁠BASK⁠ aka Eric Guizar Vasquez (He/Him).  Episode transcripts available by email request⁠.


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    • 55 min
    BE-YOU-tiful w/ toushai | Episode 29

    BE-YOU-tiful w/ toushai | Episode 29

    We’re excited to be back with the incredibly talented Toushai (@toushai). Toushai is a Puerto-Rican Lesbian, multi-faceted artist known for her contributions to the QTBIPOC community through music, tattoos, and the creation of the widely popular #TEEFTuesdays. 

    Tune into the beautiful sounds of nature in the background as we discuss with Toushai the power of self-reflection, silence and internal healing. Toushai discusses how her music is a healing space where she processes emotions, and how she hopes to empower others by sharing her story through her songs. V and Toushai also discuss the transformative power of nature, and how a simple hike can positively affect your emotional and spiritual growth. 

    FEATURED GUEST:

    Toushai (she/her) @toushai

    Lesbo, artist (music/tattoo/bodyart) Sagittarius Sun/Scorpio Moon. I am Boricua from Perth Amboy / Carteret, NJ. I cook 90% of my meals all vegan/gluten free ; never tasted vegan food that taste like my grandma’s food till I made mine. Raspberries make my throat small. I have 3 brothers names Luis along with my dad, uncle and grandpa, all with the same initials. Super athlete. Creator of #TEEFtuesday.

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    00:00 Embracing Radical Acceptance and Self-Care

    00:36 Introducing the Podcast: A Queer Compass

    01:19 Spotlight on Touche: A Multifaceted Artist's Journey

    03:07 Touche's Personal and Artistic Evolution

    07:27 From Childhood to Queer Identity: Touche's Story

    10:39 Athletic Achievements and Coaching Success

    15:02 Navigating Anger and Healing Through Self-Reflection

    27:13 Exploring Silence, Nature, and Self-Discovery

    30:02 Emotional Release Through Music

    30:36 Discovering New Music and Emotional Connections

    31:44 The Power of Silence and Self-Reflection

    32:57 Exploring Meditation and Mindfulness

    34:10 Spirituality Beyond Religion

    35:35 Family's Spiritual Influence and Experiences

    38:41 The Journey of Self-Discovery and Acceptance

    40:19 The Impact of Reading and Personal Growth

    41:40 Starting a Spiritual Journey and Embracing Nature

    44:02 Transitioning to Veganism for Health

    45:55 The Art of Vegan Cooking and Future Projects

    47:35 Radical Acceptance and Self-Care

    49:21 Closing Thoughts and Social Media Connect

    WELLNESS RESOURCES:

    Check out all the wellness resources mentioned on the podcast here

    THE TEAM:

    ♊ Host: V (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@lovenessmonsta⁠

    ♑ Executive Producer: Stevie Cua (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@steviesees⁠

    ♋ Producer: Leah Jackson (She/Her) ⁠@djmsjackson⁠

    ♈ Associate Producer: Raphaella Landestoy (She/Her) ⁠@la.vida.bruja14⁠

    CONNECT:

    Follow us on Instagram ⁠@questwellnesspod⁠

    Be a guest on the pod ⁠questwellnesspod@gmail.com⁠

    Podcast produced by ⁠pukapuka. Cover photo by Niko Storment. Music produced and composed by ⁠BASK⁠ aka Eric Guizar Vasquez (He/Him).  Episode transcripts available by email request⁠.


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    • 53 min
    Freedom To Be Queerly You w/ Luis Cornejo | Episode 28

    Freedom To Be Queerly You w/ Luis Cornejo | Episode 28

    On this latest episode we get vulnerable with the one and only Luis Cornejo (He, Him, They, Them) a Queer, Indigenous, Latinx(e), Licensed Marriage & Family/Sex Therapist, a model and host of the podcast, Queer Magic.

    Luis shares his journey towards embracing his queer expression, and how being authentic impacted his private practice serving the QTBIPOC community. He also discusses the importance of healthy relationships in personal growth, and how being honest about your personal experience can help you heal through trauma. 

    We hope this episode brings you closer to YOU queer kittens! 

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    00:00 Embracing Radical Acceptance and Self-Care

    00:53 Introducing the Hosts: Stories of Queer Identity and Empowerment

    02:49 Journey to Self-Discovery: Moving Away and Finding Oneself

    04:10 The Transformative Power of College and Embracing Queerness

    12:37 Unpacking Religious Trauma and Embracing Queer Identity

    15:33 The Journey of Self-Acceptance and Launching a Private Practice

    33:43 Overcoming People Pleasing and Embracing Authenticity

    36:19 Unlearning People Pleasing: A Journey to Self-Love

    36:57 The Roots of People Pleasing: Trauma and Survival

    38:32 Personal Growth: From Self-Neglect to Self-Care

    40:20 The Power of Supportive Relationships

    41:07 Love and Learning in a Long-Term Partnership

    42:55 Embracing Differences: The Dynamics of a Complementary Relationship

    44:16 Navigating Love, Self-Discovery, and Therapy Together

    46:11 The Importance of Communication and Empathy in Relationships

    49:37 Green Flags and Red Flags in Connections

    59:49 Radical Acceptance and Self-Care: Closing Thoughts

    WELLNESS RESOURCES:

    Check out all the wellness resources mentioned on the podcast here

    THE TEAM:

    ♊ Host: V (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@lovenessmonsta⁠

    ♑ Executive Producer: Stevie Cua (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@steviesees⁠

    ♋ Producer: Leah Jackson (She/Her) ⁠@djmsjackson⁠

    ♈ Associate Producer: Raphaella Landestoy (She/Her) ⁠@la.vida.bruja14⁠

    CONNECT:

    Follow us on Instagram ⁠@questwellnesspod⁠

    Be a guest on the pod ⁠questwellnesspod@gmail.com⁠

    Podcast produced by ⁠pukapuka. Cover photo by Niko Storment. Music produced and composed by ⁠BASK⁠ aka Eric Guizar Vasquez (He/Him). Episode transcripts available by request⁠.


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Unearthing Tenderness & Sisterhood w/ Alexis Benefield | Episode 27

    Unearthing Tenderness & Sisterhood w/ Alexis Benefield | Episode 27

    This week we chat with the wonderfully unique and multi-talented, Alexis Benefield (she/her). Alexis is a Black/Filipina Bay Area native, queer femme, and multidisciplinary artist, designer and community organizer, who believes we are all perfectly and uniquely made beings finding our way back home to ourselves ✨

    We discuss her community driven projects SIS (Solidarity in Sisterhood) and Tender, aimed at fostering BIPOC liberation by creating safe spaces for artistic expression and healing in nature. 

    We hear about Alexis’ need for a community that she felt aligned with. Which led to her creating events that specifically focus on healing spaces for BIPOC to be seen, heard, and supported in their wellness journeys. 

    We hope you enjoy! 💕

    FEATURED GUEST:

    Alexis Benefield (She/Her) 

    Instagram Handles : @alexisben @solidarityinsisterhood @tender_bipocshowcase

    Bio: Alexis Benefield (she/her) is a Black/Filipina Bay Area native, queer femme, and multidisciplinary artist, designer and community organizer. With an Aquarius sun and a tender, loving pisces Venus Alexis believes we are all perfectly and uniquely made beings finding our way back home to ourselves ✨

    EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS:

    00:00 Exploring Radical Acceptance and Self-Care

    00:38 Introducing the Hosts and Their Mission

    01:19 Guest Introduction: Alexis Benefield's Journey

    02:37 Empowering QTBIPOC Communities Through Art and Solidarity

    05:31 The Evolution of Tender: A BIPOC Artist Showcase

    11:31 Creating Spaces for Healing and Community

    14:48 The Transformative Power of Vulnerability and Community

    18:49 Rhythm 33: A Birthday That Unveiled Deep Connections

    26:01 The Impact of Intergenerational Trauma and Healing

    30:12 Finding Wellness Through Community and Curiosity

    33:00 Closing Thoughts and How to Connect

    WELLNESS RESOURCES:

    Check out all the wellness resources mentioned on the podcast here

    THE TEAM:

    ♊️ Host: V (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@lovenessmonsta⁠

    ♑️ Executive Producer: Stevie Cua (All Pronouns Accepted) ⁠@steviesees⁠

    ♋️ Producer: Leah Jackson (She/Her) ⁠@djmsjackson⁠

    ♈️ Associate Producer: Raphaella Landestoy (She/Her) ⁠@la.vida.bruja14⁠

    Music: Produced and Composed by ⁠BASK⁠ aka Eric Guizar Vasquez (He/Him)

    CONNECT:

    Follow us on Instagram ⁠@questwellnesspod⁠

    Be a guest on the pod ⁠questwellnesspod@gmail.com⁠

    Podcast produced by ⁠pukapuka. Cover photo shot by Niko Storment. Episode transcripts available by request⁠.


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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

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Just listened to your most recent pod and all I can say is: I needed that. A reminder to search for gratitude in rough times + positive attitude and funny quips from y’all definitely brightened my day:) ty

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"Quest: A Journey to Wellness" is the podcast you never knew you needed, but your spirit guides have been whispering about in your dreams. If you're ready to embrace your inner wellness warrior, have your aura cleansed, and discover the transformative power of innerness, then this podcast is your golden ticket. It's like a magical, mystical, and utterly hilarious voyage into the realm w/ your higher beings!

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