Showing Up Anyway

Showing Up Anyway

Hi friend! As humans, we sure love perfection. I mean, we’re basically experts at smiling when we’re dying inside, right? Bleh. We aren’t perfect. So let’s talk about it. Hosted by human enthusiast Sarah Benesi (that’s me), this is a podcast about the messiness of real life. Every Tuesday, a guest and I chat about mental health, fear, failure, imposter syndrome… and showing up anyway.... Show More

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Jason Wright, a 38-year-old peer specialist, opens up about:

  • Thriving because of his mental health challenges
  • Reframing his diagnoses as just "stuff," no different from anyone else's baggage
  • Striving to beat the stereotypes and be on par with his peers

  • He also shares amazing tips for feeling productive during down times.

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    Ahmad Abojaradeh, the founder of the nonprofit Life in My Days, gets vulnerable about:

  • Growing up as an international refugee
  • Lacking stability as a child and fearing deportation as an adult
  • Fighting through body dysmorphic disorder, PTSD, and suicidality to be here today

  • As a bonus, they share the positive side effects of living with mental health challenges.

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    Danielle Helena, a 31-year-old singer-songwriter, opens up about:

  • Struggling to both tackle her to do list and sleep
  • Channeling her anxiety and fear into purpose 
  • Supporting herself via creative work in New York (and all the grit, tenacity, and courage that entails) 

  • She also shares her killer tips for collecting yourself in stressful moments.

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    Tera, a 33-year-old software engineer, opens up about:

  • Her journey of self-discovery as a trans woman
  • How her experiences negatively impacted her mental health and, as a positive, enabled her to label her feelings 
  • How she navigates both acceptance and disapproval from loved ones

  • Thank you for being here, in the world. You matter. I love you and I believe in you. <3 

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    Tera, a 33-year-old software engineer, opens up about:Her journey of self-discovery as a trans womanHow her experiences negatively impacted her mental health and, as a positive, enabled her to label her feelings How she navigates both acceptance and disapproval from loved onesThank you for being here, in the world. You matter. I love you and I believe in you. <3 

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    Joel, a 36-year-old father and storyteller, opens up about:

  • Struggling with finances, stereotypes, and violence as a kid in the Bronx
  • Discerning between an explanation and an excuse, and how that applies to mental health and racism
  • Finding refuge in his imagination, and why that's often looked down upon

  • He also shares his amazing cures for imposter syndrome and fearing your 30th birthday.<... Read more

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    Michelle, a 38-year-old teacher and improviser, opens up about:

  • Jumping through hoops to bring others joy, and how that impacts her mental health
  • Struggling with depression and ADD, and how overwhelming "simple things" like showering and time management can be
  • Surviving fake friendships, and how sharing her story leads to brighter opportunities 

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    Ricky, a 39-year-old public librarian, opens up about:

  • Struggling to form relationships, knowing it could end in hurt
  • Wrestling with what could've been and wondering if he chose correctly 
  • Finding joy in competitive Scrabble

  • Ricky also shares his journey with depression and offers relatable tips for coping with your demons.

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    Kelly Jensen, a 34-year-old editor and author of mental health books for young readers, opens up about:

  • Her grief over the time she lost feeling miserable and scared
  • How feminism triggers her imposter syndrome 
  • The surprising toll of writing and editing a book

  • Kelly also shares her killer tips for caring less about others' opinions, deciding what advice is worth your attention, and adoptin... Read more

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    Brandon J. Carr, a 39-year-old creative and government consultant, opens up about:

  • How he pivoted after failing out of college
  • Grappling with perfectionism and expectations, and grasping that done is better than perfect
  • Feeling like he wasted years because of his mental health, and why he sees that as a positive

  • Brandon also shares his relatable tips for hauling yourself out of a depression sl... Read more

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    Alex Katz, a 26-year-old American Ninja Warrior coach and director of Neighborhood Ninjas, gets vulnerable about:

  • Growing up with abusive parents and not feeling understood, liked, or loved
  • Struggling with hunger and homelessness in college
  • Why she rarely wears makeup and often feels like an imposter 
  • Finding herself through the American Ninja Warrior community

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    Matt Silver, a 30-year-old doer of everything, opens up about:

  • Feeling like an outsider and worrying that if he isn't busy, he isn't needed
  • Jam-packing his schedule as a way to combat his depression
  • Struggling between pursuing his creative passions, that award him joy, and continuing with his more "serious" career, that awards him stability

  • We also explore how we would behave i... Read more

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    Jillian Richardson, the 20-something founder of The Joy List, opens up about:

  • Struggling with anorexia as a teen
  • Wrestling with unhappiness despite looking and acting how society says she should
  • Feeling scared and deeply uncomfortable when she's seen as sexy instead of smart
  • The challenge of female friendships
  • Learning that she doesn't need permission to pursue her passions 
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    Alex Stoltze, a 27-year-old industrial designer, opens up about:

  • Feeling like he'll always be second place
  • Anxiety and his first panic attack
  • Struggling to answer, "what makes me happy" when he seeks external validation
  • How his hardships have positively influenced his life

  • I also get EXTRA VULNERABLE about my depression -- what it looks like, how it acts, and how I fi... Read more

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    Sarah Leary, a 27-year-old account manager at a software company, opens up about:

  • Her journey away from religion and how that equipped her to connect more with herself and the world
  • Being called "Miss Perfect" and feeling like a failure when she didn't go above and beyond
  • Struggling with an autoimmune disease and wondering how to answer, "how are you" without burdening her loved ones Read more

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  • Sarah Leary, a 27-year-old account manager at a software company, opens up about:Her journey away from religion and how that equipped her to connect more with herself and the worldBeing called "Miss Perfect" and feeling like a failure when she didn't go above and beyondStruggling with an autoimmune disease and wondering how to answer, "how are you" without burdening her loved onesWhatever you're going through, you're okay. You got ... Read more

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    Max Kreisky, a 29-year-old teacher, comedian, writer, and podcaster, opens up about:

  • Being on the autism spectrum and struggling to connect  
  • Finding his place in society after wrestling with bullies, anxiety, and depression
  • His teacher banning him from speaking in class for three weeks (and other troubles with school) 
  • The immense shame in telling people, especially authority figures, "I’m not... Read more

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  • Max Kreisky, a 29-year-old teacher, comedian, writer, and podcaster, opens up about:Being on the autism spectrum and struggling to connect  Finding his place in society after wrestling with bullies, anxiety, and depressionHis teacher banning him from speaking in class for three weeks (and other troubles with school) The immense shame in telling people, especially authority figures, "I’m not okay"As a bonus, Max shares his... Read more

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    Meg, a 24-year-old editor, opens up about:

  • The romanticism of being busy and neglecting sleep
  • Floundering to find a home for creativity in a rigid school or work environment
  • The horror of thinking, "Am I still an artist if I'm not actively creating?"
  • Struggling with the great post-college void known as, "oh no, who am I and what am I doing with my life?!"

  • I h... Read more

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    Evan, a 33-year-old filmmaker, opens up about:

  • Being called a "lost cause" by his teacher
  • Feeling heartbroken on Christmas
  • Struggling with perfectionism and creative projects
  • How it feels to hear, "I’m so ADD" from someone who doesn't have ADD

  • As a bonus, Evan shares his tips for creating a routine that will help you focus and get shit done.

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