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Solace and the City Zoe Scurletis

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 55 Ratings

A guide to finding comfort in the chaos and feeling less alone. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/zoescurletis/support

    NATALIE MCMILLAN - The Baddest Bitches Do The Most Good

    NATALIE MCMILLAN - The Baddest Bitches Do The Most Good

    This week I had the incredible opportunity of interviewing eclectic jewelry designer and lifetime creative, Natalie McMillan!  Natalie is the founder and sole creative behind her namesake lifestyle brand Natalie McMillan. Using her affinity for artistry, Natalie works across a number of mediums focusing on unique and slightly off-beat pieces. In this episode, Natalie walks me through her creative career which began in 2016 by handcrafting jewelry pieces in her hot, crowded garage in the Bay Area. She quickly built a deep connection with her customer base which encouraged her to expand her brand to include art, apparel, and fragrances.  
    Natalie creates as she lives- with an outpouring of fun, love, and kindness. Her passion for inclusivity emanates throughout her brand by manufacturing her products exclusively with women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people of color. Natalie loves challenging the status quo in all aspects of life. 
    Towards the latter part of this episode, Natalie talks about her mental health journey and explains how battling Type 1 Diabetes has impacted her childhood and young adult life.  
    Natalie and her lifestyle brand have been featured in top publications such as Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Vanity Fair Hollywood, and Vogue where one beauty editor dubbed Natalie’s Blood Sugar Baby scent as their favorite perfume (and it’s been selling out ever since)! Puma Swim used Natalie’s jewelry line exclusively in their 2021 campaign.

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    • 57 min
    KEAUNO (KEKE) PEREZ - Twentysomethings and the City

    KEAUNO (KEKE) PEREZ - Twentysomethings and the City

    This week I had the absolute pleasure of inviting my friend Keauno (also known as Keke) Perez to be on Solace and the City!  You may know Keke from his appearance on the Netflix reality show called Twentysomethings in Austin that premiered in December of last year.  I've gotten to know Keke personally by virtue of living in this fantastic city, so I was so excited when he agreed to share his story on the podcast!  In this episode, I ask Keauno to talk about what led him to apply to be on a reality television show and how the experience lived up (or surpassed) his expectations.  Keke goes on to talk about how transformative this past year was for him and what it was like to publicly come out on national television.  In just six months, Keke has continued to blossom into a stronger and more confident version of himself, while continuing to be one of the kindest and most lovable humans I have ever met in my life.  Be sure to follow Keke on Instagram at @keaunoperez !

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    • 55 min
    DR. JULIA STEINBERG - Mental Health in a Post-Roe America

    DR. JULIA STEINBERG - Mental Health in a Post-Roe America

    This week I had the honor of speaking with Dr. Julia Steinberg, an Associate Professor of Family Science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, to unpack the effect of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade on women's mental health.  Julia Steinberg received a PhD in social psychology in 2008 from Arizona State University and completed the Charlotte-Ellertson postdoctoral fellow in reproductive health from 2008 to 2011 in the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Steinberg then was a faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF from 2011 to 2014. In January 2015, she joined the Department of Family Science. Steinberg's research is largely at the interplay of mental health and reproductive events or experiences. 

    One line of research, which we talk about in depth, examines whether abortion causes or increases the risk of mental health problems. Another line of research we discuss looks at the role of mental health in unintended pregnancy.   Also, make sure to check out Aid Access, an organization that supports women, girls, trans men, nonbinary and all people with an unwanted pregnancy to access an abortion or miscarriage treatment -- https://aidaccess.org/en/


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    • 46 min
    NATALIA OCHOA - Spoiler: We're All Psychic

    NATALIA OCHOA - Spoiler: We're All Psychic

    This week I have a very special episode for you all!  I sat down with Natalia Ochoa, a Psychic Medium and spiritual mentor, who talked about her profession and even gave me a reading at the end! Through her infinite curiosity in metaphysics, Natalia trained to develop her Psychic and Healing abilities to be able to  bring a spiritual and heart-centered spin to media and business.  Now she works with clients and companies to strengthen their intuitive power through metaphysical practices like psychic channeling, astrology, hypnotherapy, feminine embodiment and somatic therapy. Natalia's main mission is to to demystify spirituality and guide you towards your empowerment, intuition and self mastery.  Natalia began her professional career as an actress and evolved into a seasoned activist and intuitive healer. Through her work, she has lead people to create conscious and transformative change.  

    This was by far one of the most interesting and unique conversations I have had on Solace and the City, and I am so excited to be sharing it with you all today!  To learn more about Natalia, you can check her out on Instagram at @natalia.ochoa_ or visit her website https://www.nataliaochoa.com/ 


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    PARKER FOSTER - Progress Starts with Conversation

    PARKER FOSTER - Progress Starts with Conversation

    This week I had the incredibly opportunity of speaking with Parker Foster, NY-based filmmaker and founder of the mental health organization Be Here Now.  Growing up learning how to film in the skate world, Parker quickly found the value of bringing an authentic and raw feeling to his work. In this episode, Parker and I talk about how he came to love and find solace in filmmaking and what led him to create a non-profit that highlights stories of those struggling with their mental health.  Much like me, the inspiration behind Parker's project stems from his own life.  He is someone who conceptualizes his projects from sensitive parts of his life. I had such an incredible time speaking with Parker, and I encourage everyone to check out @beherenoworg or learn more about Parker at his website www.parkerfoster.com.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    GIGI ROBINSON - Sports (Chronically) Ill-ustrated

    GIGI ROBINSON - Sports (Chronically) Ill-ustrated

    This week I had the honor of speaking with Gigi Robinson, a digital artist, health & wellness advocate, current M.S. Candidate at the University of Southern California, and the first Sports Illustrated Model who openly battles a chronic illness.  In this episode, I speak with Gigi about the work ethic, ambition, and tenacity that helped her transition her photography skills into those that create an impact through storytelling.  Part of Gigi's story includes a chronic illness that she was diagnosed with at age 11.  Gigi suffers with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos, which causes her to have extreme pain and extreme fatigue. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of hereditary disorders that affect the body's connective tissues, like skin, joints, and blood-vessel walls. EDS can cause chronic pain, injury susceptibility, and slow healing, among other symptoms. 
    Despite all of the physical and psychological challenges that threatened the path to becoming who she is today, Gigi has challenged adversity and dedicated a majority of her life to become a master content creator, always keeping her values of creating positive and impactful messages to my diverse audience as a priority.  You can follow Gigi on Instagram and TikTok @itsgigirobinson and check out her new podcast on Spotify called "Everything You Need is Within"!

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Brian Peoples ,

Exactly What We Need

This show takes such an important and thoughtful approach to the topics we’re all after. For anyone looking to grow, Zoe has something for you!

Cringe Harrison ,

Ok, room for improvement

+ Interesting topics are covered. Host is empathetic.
- The host interrupts guests to share her experience, which is distracting when trying to listen to the guest’s experience. I wish the ads and interviews were the same volume since sometimes the ads suddenly blast your headphones.

B Fl0 ,

Keeping it Honest, Safe and Comfortable!

Great Podcast! Zoe keep up the great work!

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