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46 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
The White and The Black of It, June edition, with Michelle Wescott
Episode 16. Michelle Wescott, once again, joins Linda to discuss topics from Linda's perspective as a white woman and Michelle's perspective as a black woman. Listen as Michelle and Linda discuss how they relate to the term "melting pot" as a description of our country. Linda brings up terms like Hispanic, Latino, Latinx, and how frustrating it is to know what is the right term to use. Listen as Michelle breaks it down amidst their conversation to reveal a simple practice make life easier for everyone that we can all begin, right now! In honor of the upcoming Juneteenth holiday, Linda offers important information EVERY US citizen should know about the holiday. For more information about Juneteenth, go to BlackPast.org. Don't forget to leave a donation!If you have a topic you'd like Linda and Michelle to address on an upcoming podcast, go to Normal-Lies.com and go to the contact page to send Linda a message. Or, click on the blue microphone icon at the bottom right of the page to leave a voicemail right there on the website. Remember to leave a review by going to Normal-Lies.com . On the homepage, you will find a brief video tutorial showing how to leave a review. Every month, I choose one review to read on air. Who knows, I may choose yours.You can also submit questions, suggestions for show topics or set up a coaching consultation at Normal-Lies.com. Be sure to follow Linda on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linked In.
36 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Celebrating 3 months of Normal Lies!
Episode 15. In celebration of this milestone, this is the replay of the Normal Lies Podcast Party that took place on Facebook live on March 10, 2021. Linda's friend and colleague, Ileana Ferreras, joins her to discuss how and why she decided to do a podcast, how the name "Normal Lies" came to be and the story behind the podcast cover art. To watch the full video of the launch party, click here: Normal Lies Podcast Launch Party videoRemember to leave a review by going to Normal-Lies.com and to submit questions, suggestions for show topics or to set up a coaching consultation. Be sure to follow Linda on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linked In.
53 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Uncovering Business Lies & a "Secret Sauce" for Success, with Ben Albert
Episode 14. My conversation with Ben Albert brought about AHA moments for both of us when it comes to a topic that most of us would rather not talk about, vulnerability. Ben also talks about a lie he's come to realize as a result of starting his business and shares how gratitude sets the course for his business and his life.Ben Albert started podcasting in 2016 when he launched Rochester Groovecast Podcast where highlights the local music scene (and also gets him into places for free). Over 100 episodes later, he has built the show into a top-ranked podcast. In 2020, Ben launched Rochester Business Connections, a podcast that highlights the Rochester business community. Over 50 episodes later, the podcast has been Ben’s best networking source while building his business, Balbert Marketing.Contact Ben and let know that you heard him on this podcast. Ben Albert- Linked InRemember to leave a review on Apple Podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Keep in touch by going to Normal-Lies.com to submit questions, suggestions for show topics or to set up a coaching consultation. Be sure to follow Linda on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linked In.
39 minutes | May 26, 2021
Recovering from Lies, with Jennifer Cave
Episode 13. Jennifer Cave is a wife, mom to an adorable little boy and an entrepreneur. She is also a recovering addict. What are the lies Jennifer is recovering from and why does she feel compelled to share her story of addiction now? Listen to what Jennifer learned from her addiction and the lessons of her recovery that help her live a happier life now. There is help for those who are ready to take that leap toward recovery. It's not easy but there is support from organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. To find a meeting near you, go to AA.org or NA.org. If you have a food addiction, you can go to foodaddictictsanonymous.org. or a gambling addiction- gamblersanonymous.org. You can also contact the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Alliance’s National Helpline. It is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. 1-800-622-HELP (4357)If you have a family member who is addicted to alcohol or drugs, there is support for you too. Go to al-anon.org or to nar-anon.org for more information. Please remember to leave a review on Apple Podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Keep in touch by going to Normal-Lies.com to submit questions, suggestions for show topics or comments. Be sure to follow Linda on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linked In.
49 minutes | May 19, 2021
The White & Black of It continues, with Michelle Wescott
Episode 12. This is part 2 of my conversation with my friend, Michelle Wescott, an instructional design director at Cornell University. We talk about how society’s values have influenced the conversation around black lives matter and saying all lives matter. Michelle discusses why needing and wanting validation from her perspective as a black woman is different than mine. You will also learn an incredible piece of Michelle’s family history. I discuss how it's possible to live in a white supremacist culture without being a white supremacist. I share my discovery of a characteristic of white supremacy culture that has a deleterious effect on all people, no matter your race. The article referenced on the characteristics of white supremacy culture can be seen here: Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture, by Tema Okun.Learn more about SURJ, Showing Up For Racial Justice, the national organization.Learn more about the Rochester, NY chapter SURJROC.Please remember to leave a review on Apple Podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Keep in touch by going to Normal-Lies.com to submit questions, suggestions for show topics or comments. Be sure to follow Linda on Facebook, Instagram,Twitter and Linked In.
43 minutes | May 12, 2021
The White & Black of It, with Michelle Wescott
Michelle Wescott and I have an open and frank conversation from my perspective as a white woman and Michelle’s perspective as a black woman. You may remember Michelle from Episode 7 where she talked about her coaching experience.In this episode, we discuss how we intentionally transitioned from coach & client to friends. We discuss how our friendship does not make sense in our current state of the world because of our many differences. But somehow it works.We also talk about the difference between the conversations about race in my household growing up compared to Michelle's experience as a child and, how that has impacted how she raises her daughter. Listen in as I, a white woman and Michelle, a black woman, navigate topics such as talking to children about race, racism Michelle experienced as child that she feels to this day and our take on being “colorblind” when it comes to race. Please remember to leave a review on Apple Podcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Keep in touch by going to Normal-Lies.com to submit questions, suggestions for show topics or comments. Be sure to follow Linda on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Linked In.
10 minutes | May 5, 2021
Happy(?) Mother's Day!
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” ~Jill ChurchillHow do you feel about Mother's Day? Is it filled with joy and gratitude? Or do the happy mother-laden commercials whip up your resentment and anger? Mother's Day is not a happy day for everyone. Linda talks about celebrating those women in our lives who have loved and nurtured us and also how to survive Mother's Day when we aren't really looking forward to it. Please remember to leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. Keep in touch by emailing questions, suggestions for show topics or comments to Linda@Normal-Lies.com or through Facebook, Instagram or Linked In.
24 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
How to Change Your Life For Good, with the Wisdom of Tree Stumps
What do tree stumps (and butterflies) have to do with changing your life?Linda explains how a couple of stumps offered insight in how to not only make changes but make change last. She also tells us why good intentions aren't good enough anymore, and that the voice in your head probably doesn’t know the difference between being selfish and selfless. Linda also discusses her uncomfortable moments during a previous episode and shares some listener feedback.Please remember to leave a review on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. Keep in touch by emailing questions, suggestions for show topics or comments to Linda@Normal-Lies.com or through Facebook, Instagram or Linked In.
45 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Understanding & Healing Trauma with Ileana Ferreras
My guest is my friend and colleague, Ileana Ferreras. Ileana is a trauma-sensitive coach who is also NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) certified and an ICF credentialed Professional Certified Coach. Ileana talks about how her experience of suffering 5 losses in 50 months led her on a personal journey of healing. Instead of letting her grief and trauma define her, Ileana did (and continues to do) the personal work necessary to heal. She guides us through this important conversation of trauma with ease and provides practical advice on healing trauma in our own lives. While trauma is not a topic we think of as fun and light, it is one we need to address. We are currently exposed to the likelihood of trauma associated with Covid & the pandemic as well as racism/racial violence and mass shootings occurring here in the US. That's in addition to any personal trauma we may be experiencing. There is hope for healing from trauma but first we need to talk about it.
26 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Behind the Scenes with Michelle Wescott
Michelle Wescott thought that “driving and striving” to get more degrees was what kept her from living under a bridge, until she started coaching. Michelle talks about why she chose to coach with Linda and the impact coaching had on her. Michelle provides an honest assessment of what it took to transform her life with the support of Linda as her coach. Linda also talks about the difference between, coaching, therapy and consulting, offers tips on choosing the right coach and how to know whether coaching is right for you, right now.
30 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Episode 6- White Lies of Racism-Part 2, with Kathy Castania
This conversation picks up where we left off in episode 5. Kathy explains why we shouldn't use the term, "tribe" unless we're a native American, that meritocracy is a lie and what has the power to end racism. Get ready to open your heart and your mind to what's being said and be willing to doubt your current beliefs about racism.
40 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Episode 5- White Lies of Racism with guest, Kathy Castania-Part 1
Get ready to have your current beliefs about race and racism challenged. In part one of this two part conversation, Linda's guest is Kathy Castania. In this episode, Kathy shares how some policies meant to help people of color, like affirmative action, actually caused more harm than good. She also explains why white people have a hard time understanding the extent of racism and why it is a white problem. Linda also recounts the moment when her eyes were opened to the depth of racism in our country. This is not a feel good conversation and I hope you have the courage to listen. I invite you to open your heart and your mind to what's being said and be willing to doubt your current beliefs about racism. Kathy Castania is a diversity consultant who retired from Cornell University after 23 years as a Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Migrant Program. Kathy has facilitated racism and diversity workshops at both the National and State levels and served as the Multicultural Education Coordinator for the NYS Migrant Education Program for 12 years. Kathy is one of the founding members of SURJ ROC (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and is co-chair of the Education Committee.
38 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Episode 4- Cracking the Myths of Job Search and Careers with the Career Sherpa, Hannah Morgan
In this episode, Hannah Morgan, job search strategist and founder of CareerSherpa.net, shares how the old truths about job search and careers are no longer valid in the current work climate. Hannah not only relates helpful tips and creative strategies when it comes to the current job search arena, she also provides valuable insight into the future of jobs and careers in our country. Hannah Morgan provides ambitious professionals with help and hope as they look for new opportunities and maneuver through today’s unfamiliar job search process. She founded CareerSherpa.net to combine her career expertise with her love of writing, speaking and social media. She is a nationally recognized author and speaker on job search strategies, was previously a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Kiplinger, Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.Be sure to subscribe, rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. I promise you that I read every single review and even select one review to read on the podcast every month.Find the episode show notes and all the links mentioned at Normal-Lies.com.
50 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Episode 3- "Momming," Shaming & Vulnerability Hangovers with Amanda Harrington
Linda's special guest is Amanda Harrington, a wife, a mom to a two and a half year old son, who somehow finds time to lead a product strategy team as a senior product manager at an international tech company. Linda & Amanda discuss the joys and struggles of motherhood, mom-shaming and being a working mother in this day and age. There are a few twists and turns in this episode as an unexpected guest shows up and Linda is confronted with the good and the not so good of her own motherhood experience. Shame and vulnerability researcher, Dr. Brené Brown coined the term, vulnerability hangover. It refers to the time after we take an emotional risk and we are uncertain of the outcome. That is exactly how Linda felt after this interview.
30 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Episode 1- What are "Normal Lies?" & 10 Principles to Break up Yours
In this episode, you will come away understanding exactly what "normal lies" are and the harm they cause us. We also delve into 10 principles that have consistently come up in my work over the years. From, #1- It’s all about you to #10- Find your people, these principles provide a framework that help you uncover and begin to break up your “normal lies.” They also offer action steps so you begin making positive changes in your life, immediately. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, so you never miss an episode and share with your family and friends to get a discussion going. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. I promise you that I read every single review and even select one review to read on the podcast every month.Find the episode show notes and all the links mentioned on the podcast Normal-Lies.com.
36 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Episode 2- What's wrong with me?
Have you ever felt like you just don't fit in, like there's something wrong with you? That's exactly how Linda Heeler felt not only as a child but the majority of her life. Even though she had it all, a loving husband, two healthy kids, a house, and a good job, something was missing. In this episode, Linda relates the story of her struggle with paralyzing anxiety, fear, guilt, perfectionism, people-pleasing, how it developed, and her journey to “fix” herself. Also, listen how Linda’s search to heal herself, not only led to her happiness, but also her purpose. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, so you never miss an episode and share with your family and friends to get a discussion going. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts. I promise you that I read every single review and even select one review to read on the podcast every month.Find the episode show notes and all the links mentioned on the podcast at Normal-Lies.com.
5 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Normal Lies- Trailer
This is a brief overview of the Normal Lies podcast with host, Professional Certified Coach, Linda Heeler.
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