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This is a podcast for day dreamers, rule breakers, and paradigm shifters who are “too weird to live, too rare to die”. Here, together, we are changing the narrative. We no longer accept the systems that tell us we can’t be ourselves and that we can’t have everything we’ve ever dreamed of. In fact, we can, and we already do! Not in spite of who we truly are, but because of who we are. Truly believing this and living into this truth starts with one important question…

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This is a podcast for day dreamers, rule breakers, and paradigm shifters who are “too weird to live, too rare to die”. Here, together, we are changing the narrative. We no longer accept the systems that tell us we can’t be ourselves and that we can’t have everything we’ve ever dreamed of. In fact, we can, and we already do! Not in spite of who we truly are, but because of who we are. Truly believing this and living into this truth starts with one important question…

How do you embody your highest self? Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/danelliaarechiga/support

    Ep 221 // Honoring Our Dogs as Spiritual Guides with Eddie Peña of Critical Thinking Dog Services

    Ep 221 // Honoring Our Dogs as Spiritual Guides with Eddie Peña of Critical Thinking Dog Services

    In this episode, I welcome Eddie Peña from Critial Thinking Dog Services. Eddie was born in East LA, grew up in the city of Lincoln Heights, and I currently lives in Chino Hills, CA.

    He’s been working with dogs all his life and has been professionally training dogs since 2015.

    As a dog trainer, Eddie helps build communication, confidence, obedience, and clear boundaries to cultivate healthy relationships for dogs and their owners so they can live confidently together in any environment.

    Eddie’s philosophy is creating balance and trust through relationship-based dog training. One of his famous catch phrases is “less correction and more direction”.

    Eddie’s work is medicine for the community! He believes that we build long term guidance, leadership, communication skills, and confidence when we help children understand how to clearly communicate and build a relationship with dogs. For adults, Eddie provides clarity around their dog’s behaviors and traits that they may be misinterpreting or overthinking. Eddie helps his clients understand that dogs need us more than we need them before we start to form expectations from them. He is passionate about providing clarity for the whole community in how to guide our companions and believes that if we guide them now, they will guide us into our spiritual home later! Ometeotl!

    Main Topics Discussed:

    *How we fail our dogs by not providing proper guidance and direction

    *How we can work with our dogs to create a loving and trusting relationship

    *How children can teach us about caring for our dogs

    *How to welcome your dog into your home with boundaries and consistency

    Learn more about Eddie:

    Listen to Eddie's favorite song: https://youtu.be/72XMkeeY53k

    Follow Eddie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/critical.thinking.dog.services/


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    • 46 min
    Ep 220 // Combatting Imposter Syndrome with Amy Lee

    Ep 220 // Combatting Imposter Syndrome with Amy Lee

    Trigger Warning: This episode contains mentions of violence, suicide, and self harm. Listen with care!

    In this episode, I welcome Amy Lee, birth worker and founder of Musa Mama Apothecary. She is a Birth Anarchist mama to five Freebirthed babies. She is a defender of birthing bodies and physiological birth and is grateful + honored to guide families during the sacred journey of labor & birth as well as sanhüjori, the traditional indigenous Korean postpartum practice of honoring and caring for the new umma. A creatrix through and through, her nearly 17 years of being an industry professional in Natural/Organic Foods & Products has benefited many clients and customers as she uses her ever expanding knowledge base to create effective products and give trusted counsel for individuals and families. 

    Main Topics Discussed: 

    *How to conquer imposter syndrome 

    *Inhabiting your truest self without shame while being mindful at the same time 

    *Why should not hide your authentic self even if your highest self is “not for everyone” 

    Why do you call yourself a “birth anarchist”? 

    Amy: I do not work with everyone. I am not for everyone. I work with people who really need that reminder to tap in and know that they are not the sum of their abuse, their trauma, and everything else that they have had to do to survive. We’re freaking badasses: We birth human beings. We keep lineages going. I’m just here to remind moms that I’m not the only warrior. All of our ancestors are warriors because they’ve all gone through attempts at colonization, and they’ve endured all that pain to become badasses. 

    What other choice do I have but to take that on? What is impostor syndrome? 

    Amy: Impostor syndrome is figuring out who you are in the world. A lot of us feel impostor syndrome, especially us immigrants, indigenous folks, and people of color—the global majority: We’re in a space where we don’t belong. We’re trying to figure out if we meet the requirements to belong here. We’re scared of being found out. A lot of the time, it has to do with our upbringing. We’re either supported growing up, or we’re forced into studying or working in something that we didn’t want to for the sake of bettering our family. Our generation finally has the luxury to prioritize our mental health, self-care, and filling our own cups. We have serious impostor syndrome because our ancestors never had these opportunities. 

    How do you fight impostor syndrome? What do you put your energy into instead? 

    Amy: I put my energy into fine-tuning on just being myself. I have five kids. I homeschool. I don’t have the energy. I just want to be myself. That may be the reason I had impostor syndrome as a birth worker: I’m a very rebellious person. I literally believe that birth is physiological. I’m not just saying I trust the body and the process. I really know that this is how shit works if you just let the body do its thing. 

    How do you embody your highest self? 

    Amy: What I should be doing to embody my highest self is self-discipline. I’m lacking that a lot. Self-discipline is an action towards betterment of self. I embody my highest self when I am doing the work to become a better version of myself. It’s never-ending because I’m always striving to be a better version of myself, even if that means taking a million steps backwards just to take the right step forward for my growth. 

    Learn more about Amy: 

    Follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musa_mama/


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    • 51 min
    Ep 219 // Healing Your Core Wounds by Being Present with Dr. Michael Martinez

    Ep 219 // Healing Your Core Wounds by Being Present with Dr. Michael Martinez

    In this episode, I welcome clinical psychologist Michael Martinez. Dr. Michael Martinez is a gay Latinx father of three and psychologist. He earned his Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree with a focus on Community Psychology at the University of La Verne. His graduate program helped him view his clients as a product of their environment and how their environment contributes to their mental health. Michael has dedicated his academic and professional career to work with many types of minority groups (LGBTQ*, Latinx, Asian Americans, African Americans, economically disadvantaged people, and unhoused people). Ultimately, Michael views his clients as their own experts and is dedicated to helping his clients find balance, control and a voice in their everyday lives.

    Main Topics Discussed:

    How living in a single-parent household influenced Michael as a parent and partner
    How to heal your core wounds by simply being present
    What is your “highest self” and how can you fully live out your potential

    What is alive for you right now?

    Right now the major focus for me has been my own healing journey of repairing generational trauma, and also trying to be the best parent partner that I can be and trying to be as present as I can be as well.

    What does presence look like for you?

    Presence means that there is not only just joy, but also the willingness to do things like this: have these difficult conversations, as well as the joy that comes with living life and enjoying life that I feel really makes up adulthood.

    Tell us about your relationship and your family now and how your upbringing has influenced how you are as a parent and a partner.

    I grew up outside the traditional makeup of a family. My grandma was a primary caregiver. She was there after school cooking, cleaning, doing laundry. I also tend to kind of take up more of the cooking, more of the laundry, more of the cleaning up around the house. Of course not to say that my husband doesn't help out, but I think I tend to kind of take those on a little bit more.

    Do you have a chosen family who helped you become who you are today?

    Throughout my college years I had that steadfast group of friends. My best friend who I've known since high school, we always joke that she didn't go to college with me to do classes. She partied with us. She's been an integral part of my life and, for her in particular, I think she's really been there to help me in my coming out process and helping me make sense of my sexuality. I have to give my family credit because I think they really come from the stance of understanding that when you become an adult, you decide who you want to spend your time with.

    How have you healed your core wounds?

    Presence. Taking the time to reconnect with my family is a big one. Another was becoming more present in my body and moving and stretching and just doing something, because I think it's so true that trauma is stored in your body.

    How has your upbringing influenced your work as a clinical psychologist?

    I always tend to kind of go back to figure out those childhood roots and understand those and to kind of do that inner child work cause that's what's needed. And I think the one thing I got right was understanding that caregivers are the foundation to the rest of relationships for the rest of your life.

    Learn more about Michael:

    Check out his favorite resource, Latinx Parenting: https://latinxparenting.org/

    Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikial013/


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    • 40 min
    Ep 218 // Overcoming Biphobia and Other Bisexuality Myths and Misconceptions with Cindy Luquin

    Ep 218 // Overcoming Biphobia and Other Bisexuality Myths and Misconceptions with Cindy Luquin

    In this episode, I welcome Cindy Luquin (she/they), who is a Certified Bilingual Sexual Health Expert and Founder of Howl at the Womb, here to school people with the language and tools to have healthy conversations about sex(uality), pleasure and gender. 
    Main Topics Discussed: 
    *The most common misconceptions around bisexuality 
    *How bisexuality relates to gender 
    *The difference between “bisexuality” and “pansexuality” 
    *How to best support the bisexual people in your life 
    Tell me about what led to your coming out. 
    Cindy: I came out publicly at the end of last year. I came out to my husband early 2021. I came out to myself a year prior, which made it much easier to come out to everyone else afterwards. It was emotional for me because I grew up in a religious home and was told that homosexuality is sinful. I was conditioned to suppress my feelings when I felt attracted to girls. I’ve finally come to a place where I feel comfortable in embracing that this is my identity. This is bigger than myself now, because I want to show more young queer people that it’s okay to be who you are without shame. As for some of my relatives who aren’t able to accept it, I can have empathy for them, but I just have to confine myself to what they believe gender identity and sexuality is. 
    There are a lot of misconceptions about bisexuality. Which have you personally had to deal with? 
    Cindy: Some think that I’m confused. Women would say, “You’ve never been with a woman, so how do you really know?” There’s also this assumption that bisexual people are sexually promiscuous, that they have no ability to be faithful (aka stay in a monogamous relationship). There’s also the belief that our bisexuality is only a transition stage to being gay or lesbian.  
    What has changed in your life since you came out? 
    Cindy: I feel so much happier, like a weight was lifted off of me. And I’m someone who was diagnosed with depression and PTSD as a result of growing up in a DV (domestic violence) household. Research shows that bisexual people tend to deal with more mental health issues. I had to unlearn a lot of the shame I grew up with. How did coming out impact your marriage? Cindy: There’s this idea that it doesn’t matter if I came out or not because I’m already married. But I’m an individual. Marriage requires honesty and vulnerability. Why wouldn’t I share the real version of myself to someone who is supportive of me? I’m blessed that he was accepting and supportive, which is so rare. 
    What’s your opinion on the word “queer”? 
    Cindy: It depends. Just because we’ve accepted that word to describe ourselves doesn’t mean every bisexual person does. Assumptions are a lack of consent. Just as many young Mexicans who grew up in the United States love to call themselves chicano but older generations don’t because the word was used as a derogatory slur in their time, the same is true with the word “queer”.  
    How have your friendships fared, both before and after you came out? 
    Cindy: I’ve always been a part of the queer community, and before, I had that fear that if I was too close with a lesbian friend, that they would think I liked them. And because of my internalized biphobia, anyone who expressed that toward me felt uncomfortable when they got too friendly. Now that I’ve come out and I’m a fully grown 36-year-old adult, I realized that it’s all totally normal. 
    Learn more about Cindy: 
    Visit her website: https://www.howlatthewomb.com/ 
    Follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/howlatthewomb/


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    • 50 min
    Ep 217 // Becoming a Better Parent by Honoring Our Inner Child with Cynthia Perez

    Ep 217 // Becoming a Better Parent by Honoring Our Inner Child with Cynthia Perez

    In this episode, I welcome Cynthia Perez, a first generation Chicana therapist based in Los Angeles, CA. Cynthia is a mother of 3, an author, and a clinical supervisor for LCSWs in a clinic setting. In 2021, After realizing she had workplace burnout, Cynthia left healthcare to start her private practice, Rooted in Reflection, LLC. Cynthia created 4 virtual groups in the Covid-19 Pandemic to address the real time need for collective healing. From Storytelling Workshops, Shame Resiliency Trainings, to a 10-hour workshop on Reparenting, Cynthia has been honored to create spaces that she has only dreamed of holding and people showing up every week!

    Main Topics Discussed:

    Changing the name of shame
    How tending to the needs of your inner child leads to non-violent parenting
    Developing maturity by honoring your inner teen
    How gender constructs get in the way of your parenting potential

    What are you up to nowadays?

    Cynthia: I left my full-time healthcare job, which broke such a mold for me. I started my own business, where I work part-time. Now, I can’t stop dreaming. I can’t go back to it anymore. It’s all systems. It’s more of the same. So, I have a happy problem. I want to incorporate CRT into my work now to offer historical information on communities of color but applying it to mental health, so we can see ourselves in the historical context and how that looks now in our generational problems. So, I’m now in that gap.

    What do you love about what you do?

    Cynthia: If you asked me that last year, I wouldn’t know what to say. I really thought I was going to give up mental health. It sounds so cliché, but I had to reach an epiphany to find what I really love to do. I had to discover my calling and deliver it to the people that want to receive it that are on this journey, too, and do it in a way that honors them. I love that I can now be my authentic self, and I love having honest, meaningful conversations. I get to do that in the spaces that I create. 

    When I met you, we were both participants of the Latinx Parenting series. At that point, where were you on your journey?

    Cynthia: I always caught myself yelling at my kids and was having a tough time overcoming that impulse. I loved being with the community because it was such a beautiful place to bring up my feelings. I was actually triggered when I saw you with my mom, not because I had anything against you, but because I thought I could never bring my own mom to that class. I thought she would make me feel worse if I asked. I grew up in a violent home; so, this was an opportunity to look at my inner child. 

    What was it like for you to implement that work into your family life?

    Cynthia: It’s been really hard. When I was there, it was so powerful and palpable; and now that I’m back home, I have to give myself a grace period because it’s so tempting to go back to the way it was before. I also had to honor my inner teen to teach myself to slow down and scale back those big adult expectations.

    As we know, gender is not a binary, and we can embody all of these energies—the masculine and the feminine—as we grow as parents.

    Cynthia: Gender constructs has been another big one for me. Gender constructs oppress everybody. We don’t even realize the depths of it. This was a subconscious breakthrough I had to have. I had to stop caring about what people think, focus on my inner child, and embrace that I’m probably gender-fluid. I needed to give myself the freedom to choose.

    Learn more about Cynthia:

    Follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wellmama_lb/


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    • 44 min
    EP 116 // Coming Clean About My Mental Health

    EP 116 // Coming Clean About My Mental Health

    Happy New Year!! It's 2022 and I'm taking a look back at the last year and sharing in this episode how COVID-19 amongst other foundational changes in my life have impacted my mental health and my capacity for holding space for others. I share what has led to my departure from my role as Co-Founder of the community space La Fuente: Birth, Postpartum, y Más and all the lingering emotions that has come with that decision. I also dive deeper into how these experiences have challenged me to practice what I preach in regards to self-love and self-compassion, especially in one of my darkest moments.  How do you embody your highest self when you are struggling with your own mindbodyspirit wellness? If you or someone you know is in need of affordable mental health services, please check out Open Path Collective and Better Help.


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    • 32 min

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Upsidedownana ,

Sooo timely for all the craziness we’re living through!!

Thank you Danellia for creating such a real and honest space! The conversations are super relatable and provide with such needed food for thought. I also love how you share deep conversations and then bring it back to lighter topics. Looking forward to what’s to come🤘🏾✨

thecinsilver ,

What an amazing reminder to keep doing the work!

Incredibly insightful, poignant and, honestly, challenging (in the best way). The tenderness with which Danellia (and her guests) approach tough topics encourages me to be open about the hard stuff and to reflect about myself and my journey with grace. We all need reminders about how our personal growth is worth it, despite how heavy it might feel to us and that we are not alone. A reminder to be gentle with ourselves, and open to others’ experiences. So grateful for this space where I can listen like a fly on the wall while also relating on such a deep level.

@crystal_domi ,

I feel so seen!

I love this podcast so much! After listening to these two beautiful amazing women being vulnerable and sharing their stories on healing and reparenting, I feel so seen and understood. Thank you Dane!! This is so good and so needed. I’m grateful for this space you’re creating for all of us who are doing the work and healing ourselves and our families. I appreciate you!

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