Discovering Our Scars

Discovering Our Scars

Discovering Our Scars Podcast is all about one thing: honest conversations. Steph and Beth talk about things that make most people uncomfortable (religion, mental illness, sexual abuse, and more). Steph and Beth became friends when they poured their hearts out in a 12-Step recovery small group. Neither was dealing with addiction—but both had hurts, habits, and hang-ups they needed to address. Steph’s journey is detailed in her book, Discovering My Scars, and that’s the inspiration for the podcast. While the podcast is inspired by Steph’s book, the hosts expand on subjects that make each person unique. The mission of the podcast is to help people embrace the “embarrassing” parts of their lives and learn to love and value all of themselves. On the podcast, the hosts share their own experiences and invite guests to broaden the conversation by contributing their own wisdom. As in Steph’s book, the podcast does not “tell you what to do,” rather, it has the ability to inspire people through the hosts’ honest and heartfelt approach.Podcast website: dospod.us

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September 17, 2021 45 min

Steph and Beth are both self-proclaimed rule followers, but sometimes the rules are meant to be broken (or, at least, bent)! Steph was always curious about the network of underground tunnels at Disney World. She looked forward to exploring them when she was hired to work there, but it turned out she didn’t technically have permission to access them. When a friend who was a former employee encouraged her to explore them, she did it!...

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It’s important to celebrate, but how often do we take the time to actually do it? Steph and Beth decided 100 episodes was definitely worth celebrating! They headed to Disney World to celebrate and record this episode. Celebration includes time to reflect on what has been accomplished as well as projecting what is to come. This episode includes all of that and more.

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August 27, 2021 51 min

Grief is uniquely experienced by each person, but Steph and Beth share their experiences with the grieving process and feelings of grief. This episode releases on the anniversary of two deaths in Beth’s personal life—her brother who died in 1999 and her neighbor who died in 2020. Steph shares what it was like to lose her grandparents during the pandemic. They also reflect on how the pandemic has been a shared traumatic experience t...

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August 20, 2021 43 min

What makes something a sport and what makes someone an athlete? Steph and Beth have a conversation about whether competitive food eaters are athletes. Steph says yes, Beth says no. Have a listen and see where you land.

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August 13, 2021 41 min

What is meant when someone says, “dress for the job you want”? It communicates that they think you should want more and, therefore, you are not currently enough. Steph and Beth never like to hear a “should,” including this one. This is a conversation about when pushing for more is a good thing and when it’s detrimental.

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August 6, 2021 37 min

As an undergrad, Laurel got an amazing opportunity. She participated in a summer research project in Armenia. She got more than she bargained for when a wild bear charged her in the forest, knocked her down, and began attacking her abdomen and pelvic area. With no time to decide whether to fight, flee, or freeze, Laurel went into survival mode. She tells Steph and Beth what happened, how she survived, and why she chose to go back t...

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July 30, 2021 46 min

Beth served as an intern in the Spiritual Care Department at a local hospital for several months in early 2021. In this episode, she tells Steph about some of the characters she met. She talks about the most surprising conversations, the saddest times, and she shares what it was like to be around death on a regular basis. This conversation will get you thinking about surprising people you’ve met and the stories you’ve heard that ha...

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July 23, 2021 36 min

Steph and Beth ask each other the ten questions from the show, The Actors’ Studio. They each have a different reaction to the idea of small talk and the questions themselves. This is a conversation about … conversation. Would you rather ask questions or answer questions? What makes asking and answering questions so challenging?

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July 16, 2021 35 min

In Episode 92, special guest Skaie Knox talked about her husband as a “kind person.” That got Steph and Beth thinking about kindness. What does it mean to be kind? When you hear the word “kindness,” do you think of acts of kindness or people who are kind? What’s the difference? Steph and Beth talk about their experiences with kindness and their experiences with attempted kindness (like the time Beth’s Dad rearranged her pantry for ...

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Skaie Knox is a musician and storyteller who Steph met through their shared work as DIY professionals. In this episode, Skaie shares what it was like for her to grow up with an abusive and explosive father. She shares how that trauma has informed and influenced her journey, without defining who she is as a person. She used to face life fists up, always ready to defend herself and defend her right to exist. Now, after a lot of heali...

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July 2, 2021 40 min

Steph and Beth both have a lifetime of experience being part of the Christian church. Although they normally avoid asking what others “should” do, this episode is an honest conversation about what the church (and all religions) should be doing to make the world a better place. Are their expectations misplaced or is should the church be doing more?

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June 25, 2021 44 min

Steph and Beth both consider themselves allies to the LGBTQIA community. In this episode, Beth shares how her views have changed and how her ally-ship has matured over the years. She used to believe that a Christian with a same gender attraction would need to live a celibate lifestyle, but when she thought critically and carefully about that question, she reached a different conclusion. Every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, qu...

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Juneteenth is the celebration the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862, but it didn’t make its way to Texas until 1865. In this episode, Steph and Beth are joined by Dr. Darryl Scriven who shares his personal experience as an African American learning about and celebrating Juneteenth. We talk about the importance of understanding our history when it comes to the enslavement of ...

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June 11, 2021 38 min

Beth was recently summoned for jury duty. She had mixed feelings. She knew what it was like to present a case to a jury, but she had never been a juror before. Though she was curious, she doubted she would be chosen to serve and she worried the whole thing would be a waste of time. To her surprise, she was selected to be a juror and got to serve! Overall, Beth had a great experience. She and Steph talk about what it was like for Be...

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June 4, 2021 43 min

Steph and Beth celebrate the second anniversary of the podcast! They introduce a new tagline to make it clear they are all about sharing personal experiences and learning from each other. Of course, honest conversations are the best way to make that happen and that’s still foundational to Discovering Our Scars. If you have a long-term goal or project, this episode will resonate with you and invite you to consider what’s working and...

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Steph and Beth are joined in this episode by Steph’s high school friend, Megan. As high school ended, Steph could see that Megan was struggling with depression. Unknown to Megan, Steph was struggling, too. Steph tried to “fix” Megan, rather than working on herself but Megan wasn’t ready. They drifted apart for a few years. When they reconnected, they realized how similar their struggles were, and they became closer than ever. It tu...

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May 21, 2021 33 min

Steph and Beth talk about times they’ve been diagnosed and how helpful it is to know what you are facing. For Steph, a diagnosis of PTSD felt like a relief because she understood what she was dealing with and she knew that her psychologist understood, too. For Beth, knowing what type of cancer she had was instrumental in getting the right treatment. In general, no one likes to be labeled, but it turns out that labels can be helpful...

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May 14, 2021 36 min

Steph and Beth both grew up hearing about “Stranger Danger.” The idea of a stranger is amorphous and unclear, and it only alerts children to potential external danger. But most child abuse happens at the hands of someone the child knows—that was the case for Steph. She was abused by someone her family trusted. This is an honest conversation about why potential danger from within a family, a church, or a social circle can be hard fo...

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May 7, 2021 42 min

In this episode, Beth tries to call Steph out for failing to say “Bless You” when someone sneezes. Steph asks why we say “excuse me” or “bless you” in response to normal bodily functions. Why do we have a problem with our bodies doing what they need to do, when they need to do it? This is an honest conversation about politeness and social conventions that we take on without even thinking about them. Steph and Beth also discuss the ...

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April 30, 2021 41 min

Experts say that hate against AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, Steph and Beth are joined by Beth’s friend, Dr. Su Wang. Beth and Su grew up together in Pensacola, Florida. Su says that during those days, she tried to assimilate into the White community and sometimes felt embarrassed by her family’s Taiwanese roots. Su now proudly serves as the Medical Direct...

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