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Inevitable Sh!t: Stories of Creation & Connection
45 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
10. COVID-19 & Connection Featuring Anita Astley, LMFT
This episode of Inevitable Sh!t: Stories of Creation & Connection was recorded back in early May, but special guest Anita Astley's insights on coronavirus and connection remain timely. As a child, Anita's father painfully labeled her the family's "shit-disturber." Today, Anita has made a profession out of that title (and is a very fitting guest here on Inevitable Sh!t), bringing dysfunction to light as a clinician for individuals, couples, and families. Anita tells Rae du Soleil how she has worked all across North America strengthening relationships and destigmatizing therapy. She also gives her take on how relationships are evolving in the era of COVID-19 and how we can best stay connected to ourselves and those we love. Listen in to hear how Anita grew up as the middle child in an immigrant family, pushed the boundaries of gender and cultural norms, and became a therapist, inspiring people to heal from the inside out.
35 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
9. Gen Z Dreams Featuring Kaitlin McMullen
As a dream coach, mental health advocate, and filmmaker, Kaitlin Rayne McMullen is also the CEO of Letters To My Generation, a growing organization working to destigmatize the conversation around mental health. Today, Kaitlin is 21 years old (yes, literally today, 7/13; happy birthday, Kaitlin!) and she is following her passion as a cheerleader for Gen Z. Tune into this episode of Inevitable Shit: Stories of Creation and Connection to hear how Kaitlin has transformed some of her deepest fears into her greatest gifts, and how she is guiding other young people to do the same. letterstomygeneration.com
55 minutes | Jul 11, 2020
8. Stand Up, Speak Up Featuring Sienna Terry
Miles Hall was a beloved son, brother, and friend. On June 2, 2019, in Walnut Creek, California, Miles was shot and killed by WCPD for being Black during a mental health crisis. Miles was 23. Miles' life mattered. Miles graduated from Las Lomas High School in 2014. This episode's special guest, Sienna Terry, was one of Miles' friends. Sienna also attended Las Lomas High School along with host Rae du Soleil. On this episode, Sienna talks about how her experiences of systemic racism and sexism at Las Lomas High School inspired her activism and her current role as one of many organizers behind Las Lomas Reform Now @laslomasreform, a rapidly rising student/alumni-led movement demanding justice for students who have faced discrimination at the hands of Las Lomas teachers and administration. Today, Sienna is a 19-year-old Black woman studying Politics at New York University. Listen in to learn more about the movement, Sienna's journey to confidence, her gift for community organizing, and her visions for the next empowered generation. In the footsteps of #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, and #JusticeforMilesHall, Las Lomas Reform Now is a movement, not a moment. This is a call to action. Support BIPOC students. Speak up and stand up. Sign the petition.justiceformileshall.orglaslomasreform.wixsite.com/justice
52 minutes | May 25, 2020
7. Creating Optimism Featuring Anna Krjatian
"I wrote myself out of depression." -Anna Krjatian When Anna published her first book, "Unmasking Depression," in 2015, she knew that it was only the beginning of her journey as a trauma healer. On this episode of Inevitable Sh!t: Stories of Creation and Connection, Anna talks about her empowerment work with folks who have faced adversity, tells her own story of mental health recovery, and articulates the striking difference between positivity and optimism. Listen in to learn more about how optimism and creativity can change your life (and to hear both Anna and Rae get teary when their inspiration collides. There is some serious synergy on this episode of Inevitable Sh!t). Thanks for tuning in!
33 minutes | May 12, 2020
6. The Power of Perception Featuring Raya Patel
In the words of special guest Raya Patel, "Your struggle is not your reality." When Raya founded Girls In Real Life (G.I.R.L.) at 17 years old, she made this saying her nonprofit's slogan. So what is G.I.R.L., and what does "your struggle is not your reality" really mean? On this episode of Inevitable Sh!t: Stories of Creation & Connection, Raya tells Rae the story of her rock bottom, how it challenged her to change her perception of struggle, and how her new perspective changed her life. Now, Raya is changing lives around the world; she founded G.I.R.L., an innovative mentorship platform, so that young women can work on vulnerability, self-love, and connect with each other around what it means to be human. Listen in to hear more about the power of perception and the impactful work being done by Gen Z for Gen Z, and for generations to come.
39 minutes | May 4, 2020
5. Leading with Heart Featuring Renee Dineen
As a team coach and organizational psychologist, Renee Dineen inspires people around the world with the question, "If not you, then who? And if not now, then when?" On this episode of Inevitable Sh!t: Stories of Creation & Connection, Renee opens up about the moment that she realized that she had exhausted herself by doing too much. Today, Renee is an advocate for "authentic inaction." She still spreads motivational messages, has founded Modern Goddesses mother-daughter retreats, and continues her work as a team coach - but she leads with her heart and a brave knowing, that, "Who I am, what I have and what I've done is already enough." Listen in to learn more about how our sense of worthiness affects how we work, dream, parent, lead, and simply exist in this world.
24 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
4. Youth Guiding Youth to Safety Featuring Ashna Gupta
On this episode of Inevitable Sh!t: Stories of Creation & Connection, Ashna Gupta tells the story of how she founded the Banana Split Project, an award-winning nonprofit, at 16 years old. Adults told her she was "too young" to create an organization addressing emotional abuse in children, but Ashna persisted. Now, Ashna is breaking the stigma of silence surrounding childhood emotional abuse and is leading an innovative movement of youth guiding youth to safety. Listen in to hear how Ashna's past inspired her to become the courageous community leader that she is today.
15 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
3. We Believe Survivors with Rae du Soleil
(Content Warning: Sexual Assault. While I don't tell any sort of traumatic story during this episode, this episode is in honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. If this is subject is triggering for you, please do what you need to take care of yourself. Sending love to my fellow survivors.)Sexual violence is an epidemic impacting 1 in 5 womxn worldwide and disproportionately impacting womxn of color and trans womxn. On this episode of the Inevitable Sh!t Podcast, Rae du Soleil talks candidly about the realities of sexual assault, the #MeToo Movement, intersectional feminism, the power of empathy, and healing on our own terms in solidarity with one another. Rae reads a piece she wrote called, "In This House, We Believe Survivors," and discusses how we can prevent sexual assault by teaching consent to our children and influencing generations to come. She closes this episode with a relevant and original song called, "Forgiveness."You can read, "In This House, We Believe Survivors," here and listen to "Forgiveness," on Apple Music and Spotify.
45 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
2. Intuition: Write-On Featuring Elizabeth Perlman
On Rae du Soleil's first interview episode, she talks with special guest (and dear friend!) Elizabeth Perlman. Elizabeth is the founder of The Intuitive Writing Project, a Bay-Area based nonprofit with a mission to empower young womxn through creative writing. Described as "better than therapy" by her students, Elizabeth's program is nothing short of profound. Listen in to learn more about the power of the transformative arts, the interconnectedness of intuition, empathy and empowerment, and how we can trust our creativity to tell our truest stories. This episode features readings by some of The Intuitive Writing Project's brilliant students, Julia Lima and Ryann Drue.
22 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
1. What is the Inevitable Sh!t Podcast? Intro with Rae du Soleil
Inevitable Sh!t: Stories of Creation & Connection makes a quirky debut as host Rae du Soleil flips through pages of her favorite books, reads random passages, and uses them to articulate the mission of this podcast. Listen in to learn more about how our lives themselves are like cracking open a random book page; we may not have control over the words before us, but we do have choice in the meaning we make out of them.
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