6 episodes

We are two dear friends, Deneen & Deli, who believe in the power of saying our stories out loud -- from the painful to the joyful -- so that we can write new stories of life from open and strong hearts. Until we know and accept exactly where we are, we cannot know where we are headed. This podcast is unscripted and unwritten with an unknown destination.This is a podcast about possibilities. How do we take all that has happened to us and write the next chapter, sentence or letter today from a place of joy? Two friends tell stories, invite conversations and share "joygasms." Tune in for inspiration and laughter.

Unwritten You: Rediscovering Our Unstoried Selves Deneen Bowen & Deli Moussavi

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We are two dear friends, Deneen & Deli, who believe in the power of saying our stories out loud -- from the painful to the joyful -- so that we can write new stories of life from open and strong hearts. Until we know and accept exactly where we are, we cannot know where we are headed. This podcast is unscripted and unwritten with an unknown destination.This is a podcast about possibilities. How do we take all that has happened to us and write the next chapter, sentence or letter today from a place of joy? Two friends tell stories, invite conversations and share "joygasms." Tune in for inspiration and laughter.

    Ep 6: Sound Healing with Claudette Evans

    Ep 6: Sound Healing with Claudette Evans

    In this episode, we talk with an amazing woman, yoga & sanskrit instructor & mentor,  singer & chanter, Claudette Evans, about the healing power of chanting & vibration, when she felt brave and what romance novel she is currently reading

    You'll hear: 
    How Claudette uses mantra and chanting as grounding and healing tools for her yoga studentsThe work of others around using sound vibration for physical healingThis episode's prompt and what stories it conjures for Claudette, Deli and DeneenOur recent "joygasms" - small and large moments of joyful presence in our lives 
    Tag us at @unwrittenyoupodcast on IG to leave a comment! Leave us a review at:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unwritten-recovering-our-unstoried-selves/id1607908452

    Jena's prompt is from her manuscript, Fierce Encouragement for Writing + Life: 201 Writing Prompts to Help You Dig Deep, Quiet the Critic, and Discover the Power of Your Voice in the Wider World – 10 Minutes at a Time
    Guest: Claudette Evans
    IG: @claudette_yoga
    Seattle Yoga Arts
    8 Limbs Yoga
    Cornish School of the Arts
    American Sanskrit Institute
    Insight Timer (LeeAnn Rimes)

    Prompt by Jena Schwartz (writer & writing coach) 
    From her manuscript: Fierce Encouragement: Book of Prompts
    Courage
    "This is what we do for a living - we dance with the Resistance, we do not make it go away. You cannot make it go away - you cannot make the voice go away, you cannot make the fear go away, because it is built in. What you can do is when it shows up, you say 'Welcome! I'm glad you're here. Let's dance about this.'"
    Seth Godin 
    Your Writing Prompt: Tell me what was brave. Start your freewrite with these words: "It was brave of me to..."  Or write about a time when you felt the fear and did it anyway. 
    Books
    P.I.T.A.
    by Brooke Blaine
    What Do You Do With an Idea?
    by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom

    Sound Healing Research
    Strang Cancer Prevention Institute (Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor)
    Sacred Sound Institute (no website available)

    Music
    Penny Fischer
    IG: @pennies
    Kyle Smith
    IG: @riggszthewanderer

    • 59 min
    Ep 5: Who the Hell Are We?

    Ep 5: Who the Hell Are We?

    Who is Deli?
    Her Iranian heritage, coming to America, growing up in Cali, her first real job in a 90’s pioneering streaming media tech company, launching a leadership development company, writing as an avocation and life as a healer. 
    Who is Deneen? 
    Her family’s many moves, figure skating, working in educational technology (though she wanted to be a drama teacher), elevating student voice through the one woman show she created and toured, and an undiagnosed illness. 
    How did we meet?
    The role of education in both their lives as facilitators and keynoters and parents, including bonding over IBM Selectric typewriters.
    How did being courageous allow us meet?
    Deneen created a show she wrote and performed as a keynote on student voice that led her to a workshop Deli was leading. How we need to be in community, not isolation (thank you, Barbara Sher!), to realize the dreams of our hearts.
    What if you knew that everything was going to be OK?
    "What If You Knew" - poem by Jena Schwartz
    The stories we tell ourselves...paths as of yet untaken.
    What are our Joygasms?
    In-person concerts with my 13-year-old daughter (Deneen)
    Our friendship story and EAGLE MANIA (Deli)
    Joy as a revolutionary act.

    Original Music by Penny Fischer & Kyle Smith

    • 45 min
    Ep 4: Transitions with Jena Schwartz

    Ep 4: Transitions with Jena Schwartz

    In this episode, we talk with wonderful human being, writing coach and group leader and poet, Jena Schwartz, on International Women's Day, about the power of transitions, big and small.

    You'll hear: 
    How Deli met Jena  when she joined Jena's online writing programsHow Jena's masterful prompts have come to be part of the structure of Unwritten You PodcastHear this episode's prompts and Jena, Deli and Deneen in conversation over the promptCatch each of their recent "joygasms" We bring you this special 1-hour episode as Jena's prompts going forward will be part of the structure of our episodes and will help launch our conversation. Our conversations are not pre-planned -- we consider topics, and we answer the prompts on the spot as we record. One of the biggest reasons we launched this podcast was to heal and grow through conversation, by speaking things out loud, in the moment, as they come in. 

    Tag us at @unwrittenyoupodcast on IG to leave a comment! Leave us a review at:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unwritten-recovering-our-unstoried-selves/id1607908452 

    Deep gratitude for Jena's generosity in allowing us to use her prompts for our podcasts. Our hope is that you take each prompt and use it for yourself, in your journal writing and to open and kickoff conversations with friends, family, and even strangers who cross your path. 

    Jena's prompt in this episode from her manuscript, Fierce Encouragement for Writing + Life: 201 Writing Prompts to Help You Dig Deep, Quiet the Critic, and Discover the Power of Your Voice in the Wider World – 10 Minutes at a Time

    Prompt:  The Transition

    "In the space between chaos and shape, there was another chance." 
    - Janette Winterson 

    Then she woke up, woke up from where she was, 
    where she had dwelled upon and not from, 
    stepping over the exposed roots and piles 
    of leaves and laundry and bills, a sopping sponge
     unable to hold another drop, as if driving
     in a downpour and cursing the futility
     of windshield wipers against the force
     of the deluge, finally surrendering to the storm
     she pulled over, stepping out of the car
     and standing on the shoulder, drenched 
    instantly to the bone, until it was her own
     water breaking again, that warm flood
     a kind of terrible ecstasy delivering her
     to a trailhead where she walked up and up
     into the fecund woods, leaving the trail
     to find a small gravel clearing, laying
     her coat on the ground, raising her arms
     to the white sky of welcome home, 
    crouching, bearing down, reaching for
     steady breathing and primal sound, 
    alone but for the scurry and scamper
     of woodland creatures foraging for food,
     a safe haven from the relentless tide
     and crashing contractions, goddess pose,
     hint of a smile, a ringing in her ears
     as if always being called forth, a whisper,
     You can do this. Ice chips, soft hand, 
    clammy forehead. You are not crazy. 
    Pilot light in the belly ignited, shaky
     legs now steady, drishti on a dried red leaf, 
    single point, breath rounding the corner
     from wilting to worthy, depleted to daring
     yes she dwells upon and not from, too tired 
    to dream, then rises again, chooses again,
     her one wild and precious life, saving herself
     first—let the bleeding begin, loosen
     the tourniquets of fear—finally baring
     her teeth to the cold November wind. 
    (2011)

    Your Writing Prompt: Tell me about the transition. When you sit down to write today, begin with the words, "The transition was _________ than I expected."

    Link to Jena's poem, Imagine:  https://www.jenaschwartz.com/blog

    • 59 min
    Ep 3: We are hella-raw.

    Ep 3: We are hella-raw.

    Our theme song, Birds, was written and produced by Penny Fischer and Kyle Smith. In this episode, we talk to them about this song, their creative process and how they walk into the unknown. Join us for insights, laughter and, of course, joygasms!

    Shout outs to all the music venues and musicians mentioned in this episode:

    Penny Fischer
    @pennies (IG)
    linktr.ee/aonecentcoin
    "The Rain" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHbyAmf3Qmk
    Produced by: Amit Amram

    Kyle Smith
    @riggszthewanderer (IG)
    riggsz.hearnow.com

    Nectar Lounge in Fremont, Seattle
    @nectarlounge (IG)

    Lana Del Rey
    @lanadelreybr (IG)

    Sammy Rae & the Friends
    @sammyraemusic (IG)

    KEXP - The Roadhouse Show
    https://www.kexp.org/shows/Roadhouse/

    • 46 min
    Ep 2: Receiving the Unexpected

    Ep 2: Receiving the Unexpected

    What have you received that you didn't even know you wanted or needed?

    This is our question for this episode. We share our own personal stories and talk about the power of giving voice to those stories. We invite our listeners to use this question in their own lives to prompt reflection with themselves and connection with others. And, as always, we share our recent JOYGASMS!

    In this episode, we refer to the following fabulous women. Please explore their stories and incredible offerings to the world!
    Cheryl Strayed: https://www.cherylstrayed.com/
    Tara Brach: https://www.tarabrach.com/
    Tierney Sutton: http://tierneysutton.com/

    • 30 min
    Ep 1: Hell, no! I am not doing a podcast.

    Ep 1: Hell, no! I am not doing a podcast.

    Yes, we are! Welcome to our podcast!

    We are two dear friends, Deneen & Deli, who believe in the power of saying our stories out loud -- from the painful to the joyful -- so that we can write  new stories of life from open and strong hearts. Until we know and accept exactly where we are, we cannot know where we are headed.  This podcast is unscripted and unwritten with an unknown destination.

    Join us for our first conversation in which we get clear about our intentions, the structure of future episodes and our hopes for building a community where we share stories, create possibilities and have "joygasms." Let's keep writing into our lives, together.

    Inspiration for the title of our podcast came from the song
    "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield

    Original music for our podcast is the song
    "Birds" by Penny Fischer and Kyle Smith

    Hosts: Deneen Frazier Bowen & Deli Moussavi

    • 30 min

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Connection

Deli & Deneen’s joy and connection are palpable. So good to be in their company.

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Real Joy. Real talk. Real truth.

The joy is real. So is the friendship. I loved the first episode and can’t wait for the next. Listening to these two was and will be a lively, lovely adventure.

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