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The Embrace Change Podcast
12 minutes | Jun 7, 2019
Episode 11: Dreams & Storytelling
Dreams. Not the goal setting, life changing, intention setting dreams.. I’m talking about the dreams our minds concoct in the middle of the night. The far away land that seems so unrealistic when we awake it often leaves us feeling like we were in another world.. in another time. I’ve had some very, very interesting dreams throughout my life.. and I will share in a bit.. but first, let’s talk dreams in a more informative light. What Are Dreams? Our dreams are made up of a combination of thoughts, images, and emotions. The majority of our dreams are thought out during our REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage. The period of REM usually takes up close to a quarter of our sleep, or roughly around 120 minutes a night. Most people over the age of 10 start having up to 4 to 6 dreams per night and that we lose up to 90% of our dream in the first minute of waking up. The FIRST MINUTE of waking up.. that’s crazy!! I am not sure what I believe.. why dreams exist and what do they mean? I write down some of my dreams, analyze the hell out of them, and then some mornings I wake up and say, “Why was I dreaming of that?!” Understood or not.. dreams are fascinating. Are these stories living deep in my subconscious and they’re so comfortably tucked away that they only surface when I am in a deep sleep? I don’t know. Are my dreams hidden feelings that lie dormant until something in my waking life triggers them and then they magically appear in dreamland? I’m not sure. Are they predications or hidden jewels that secretly help guide me? Are they pushing my conscious mind to take note of a certain area in my life, a certain relationship, that needs attention or that needs a shift? Maybe. I have no idea. But, they fascinate me. How strange is it to think that we visualize this moment in time and space, physically seeing ourselves in that moment, feeling things, smelling things, touching things… and NONE OF IT IS REAL? I mean, c’mon, is that not amazing?? Why do dreams exist? What do they mean? Will we ever know?
10 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
Episode 9: Girl Bosses
When I was in my teens and early twenties, I often met a variety of women. Women through my job, women through other women, women who shared similar hobbies. I remember certain women, that stood out to me, those who were strong, firm, attentive, and fierce. You know those women? The ones that almost have a cold look on their face because its almost as if their strength is beaming through their eyes. The ones that speak firmly and honestly and openly.. to the point it may make you feel uncomfortable because you've grown accustomed to fake, dishonest, and those who say things only to please us. The ones that are eerily quiet in groups sometime because they know if they open their mouth and speak.. the truth may just come out and offend someone. Well, I used to go out of my way to NOT befriend those strong women. I was heavily intimidated by them, scared of what they made me feel inside, and I would immediately make a mental list of all of the ways I was NOT like them.. which made me feel even worse about myself. But, do you want to know why I became attracted to strong women? Why I sought out fierce, bold, take-no-shit friends? Because there is a REASON they are strong and fierce and secure. There is a reason, something happened to them, to create this fierce woman you see before you. Let's dive in and shift your perspective, shall we?
12 minutes | Feb 11, 2019
Episode 7: Authenticity
How often do you wear a mask? How often do you speak honestly and stay connected to your true self? How often do you hold back to protect some layer of your truth you want to hide? How often do you mask your truth because it is easier than expressing your feelings? Take the mask off. We weren’t born with masks. We put them on, so we can take them off. Don’t pull your mask partially off then let the world scare you into putting it back on. As the poet E. E. Cummings wrote, “The greatest battle we face as human beings is the battle to protect our true selves from the self the world wants us to become.”
10 minutes | Jan 30, 2019
Episode 6: A Guided Meditation
Let's talk mindfulness and the power of your beautiful mind. I will guide you through a meditation called, The Skyscraper of Your Mind. If you are listening to this podcast and are not able to sit, pause, and reflect.. please come back at a time that will serve you better. I care about you and I don’t want you diving deep into your mind when you are driving or distracted. Be here now.. but only if NOW is safe and still. So, let’s begin, shall we?
17 minutes | Jan 8, 2019
Episode 5: Loss and Grief
Heavy, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be, my friends. Even though it may be painful, you are capable of embracing all transitions with an open mind and open heart. You are capable of getting excited about new chapters in life, and welcoming change with open arms. You are capable of gratitude.. being grateful for any opportunity to grow, learn, and expand. You never lose; you only win or learn. Now, I told you I was going to share personal stories with you.. ones that include love and loss and forgiveness.. and the most common thread among all my life stories.. lessons learned. Well, one of the hardest lessons I have ever learned came to me when I was a freshman in college. I was eighteen years old and my father took his own life. I was just a young woman; a freshman in college and not at all prepared to emotionally process what just happened.
11 minutes | Dec 16, 2018
Episode 4: Happiness
What makes you happy? Happiness is simple. It’s intertwined in beauty, laughter, joy, love. The question - what makes you happy - is not a deep question - we choose to overthink it and make it more complicated than it truly is. We are born happy. We are born with basic needs.. and if those needs are met.. we’re happy. Plain and simple. Somewhere along the journey of life, we lose that simplicity. We lose that ability to see how easy it is to be happy.
11 minutes | Dec 16, 2018
Episode 3: Sisterhood
Let’s talk about the divine creatures that can do all the things, especially the hard things, let’s talk about us. Let’s talk about sisterhood and supporting one another and how powerful women are.
10 minutes | Dec 16, 2018
Episode 2: Purpose
Let's talk about purpose, my friends. I imagine before we signed up to come to the life, we looked at all the ups and downs, saw what we’d learn at each turn, and agreed to experience all of it. It’s a mixed bag of emotions at times, but I truly believe in the end, we’ll understand that everything had a purpose.
9 minutes | Dec 16, 2018
Episode 1: Introduction to Embrace Change
Hosted by bestselling author Jessica E. Smith, this podcast is for women seeking an emotional inspiration; Embrace Change is a self-care resource that uses storytelling to teach life lessons and motivate self-improvement. How can you learn to embrace change in life? Tune in for Jessica’s poetic and honest straight-talk on life. Join Jessica each week for meaningful conversations, uplifting messages, and a helpful dose of inspiration.
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