The Enlighten Me Podcast

The Enlighten Me Podcast

Learn with me as I get educated on topics that matter. From talking about social justice issues to environmental concerns, my hope is to learn about conscious living in a sustainable way through interviews with cool people who I consider experts on these topics. With new episodes releasing every Thursday, The Enlighten Me podcast is a fun way to learn about relevant issues that affect each and every one of us, and to do so in a way that is entertaining and practical. If you're wondering how you can make an impact on our world in every day ways, this show is for you.

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July 22, 2021 55 min
“Truly, this child saved my life.” Those are powerful words, especially when they’re coming from an unplanned teen pregnancy… Raquel often gets told that her story sounds like a Lifetime Original. After listening today, you’re going to understand why! Today, Raquel is getting super vulnerable and sharing about her childhood trauma, stories of abuse, and placing her first child up for adoption. We’re also hearing a few of the highli...
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In light of the Olympic Games starting next month and the Paralympics in August, I’ve decided to postpone my regular podcast schedule and instead take the time to share a previously aired episode. This interview was from Episode 2 of the podcast airing in May of 2018 - an oldie but a goodie! So much of this interview is still relevant today and, while we still have a long ways to go, it’s fun to look back and see how far we’ve come...
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Pause and consider. Those are two words that really stuck with me after speaking with Dr. Marissa. Pause and consider the impact that your words may have. Pause and consider how the experiences of others may be different than your own. Pause and consider that someone’s pain may be greater than yours. What would the world look like if we paused and considered these things more? Dr. Marissa is back this week with more advice and tool...
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Have you ever thought about the social impact of the jewelry you buy or the clothes you purchase? What about where you buy your groceries and home goods? Or, how about where you bank?! Naomi started Redeemed With Purpose 4 years ago with the mission of raising money to support organizations rescuing lives from human trafficking. But, over time she has come to recognize how much farther she can take her business to create sustainab...
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Growing up in a predominantly white community, Dr. Marissa felt ashamed of her background and her heritage. Over the years, however, she has learned to embrace who she is and to be proud of where she came from. Now, the woman dubbed “the Asian Oprah” is on a mission to help others find this same freedom and joy in who they are. Part of that mission is embracing cultural diversity and group differences! Discrimination against Asians...
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Thousands of people across the United States don’t currently have an address or a roof over their heads. This problem can often feel much too big to solve - but could it be possible that such a massive crisis has some simple solutions? Today, Melany Jackson is back to teach us what we can do to help folks without homes, and I’m telling you - it’s easier than you think! Last week, Melany shared with us about the nonprofit ministry s...
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Half a million. That’s the approximate number of people living without addresses in the United States. And that number is closer to billions when we look from a global scale! To say that homelessness is a crisis is an understatement. Sometimes, this problem feels way too big to even solve, but the ministry that Melany Jackson started says otherwise. C-U at Home exists to serve folks without an address in the Central Illinois commun...
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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - none of us is too small to make a difference in this world. Haley is back again this week to remind us of just that! In her own life, Haley has embraced living in what she calls “the messy middle.” We might not be able to do sustainability or ethical shopping perfectly all the time, but it’s about making the little changes that we can and embracing the collective impact we have. This is t...
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It’s (almost) officially summer in the Northern Hemisphere! Summer is my FAVORITE time of year, in part because I love to travel and have people visit! Living in a tourist destination like Charleston, SC has brought no shortage of visitors, and I often get asked for tips on what to do and what to see, and of course where to eat. I’ve lived here for a few years now and have tons of recommendations, but I’ve also seen the need for mo...
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Living sustainably in a world where fast fashion and fast food exist is not easy. In fact, it’s something that can cause burnout really quickly! But the good news is, it’s not solely up to us. The world isn’t going to be changed by one person doing things perfectly. It’s when we all take small steps together that our collective efforts make an impact. This was a message I needed to be reminded of, so my interview with Haley couldn’...
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Is it just me, or is it getting harder and harder to find a trustworthy and unbiased information source these days? I know it’s not just me - thanks to political agendas and social media, misinformation is a common problem, especially when it comes to all things Covid-19! That’s why I wanted to have someone truly knowledgable about these topics (like an actual scientist) on the show to educate us. Welcome back Kennen, the virologis...
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VACCINE. Does that word scare you to read? It’s understandable if it does - vaccines are the only medicine we give to people who are totally healthy. BUT, do the benefits of what they provide outweigh the risks of what they prevent? That’s what we as adults and as parents have to decide, and this conversation is here to give you the information you need to help with that decision process. Misinformation around vaccines is nothing n...
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Talking about environmentalism extends far beyond the color of our skin. That was one of my big takeaways from this episode with Kim and Aliya in Part 2 of our conversation on environmental racism. While what’s taking place on our planet does disproportionately affect communities of color, its has impacts on us all - especially on the generations that will come after us - and that’s why it deserves all of our attention. Last week i...
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Sustainability and race - did you have any idea that these two things intersected? Well, they do, and in a pretty big way. Environmental racism is something that many people are unaware of and that gets overlooked quite often, and yet its implications on health and wellness are astronomical! That’s what Kim and Aliya are here today to share about. These two sorority sisters-turned-business partners are women on a mission to bring e...
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If you’re like me, you have lots of visitors tracking in and out of your house during the summer months. Outside of asking them to take off their shoes like I talked about in the EMM episode for February, something else I’ve educated my house guests on is making sure they shut that lid! Have you ever thought about why toilets have lids in the first place? No, it’s not just for keeping the dog from drinking the toilet water…though a...
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April 29, 2021 45 min
Happy Birthday to ME! Earth Day 2021 officially marks the third year of The Enlighten Me Podcast. Woohoo! Man, these 3 years have flown by. More than anything, I’m so proud of all the episodes that I’ve put out (even the earlier, cringe-worthy ones!) and all the guests who have lent their time and their expertise to educate us all. In honor of all that time, effort, and energy spent over the past 3 years, I am bringing you a fun an...
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Listener beware - if you’re not ready for your core fears and desires in life to be exposed, this episode may not be for you! Just kidding. Well, sort of… Today on the podcast Jess Gartner is back to finish up our conversation on the Enneagram. This personality tool has become one of the most popular out there because, not only is it pretty spot-on, but it will help you to know what to do with your personality type and how to make ...
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Have you heard the hype? The Enneagram is the personality test to beat all personality tests. But, it’s much more than just giving you a bunch of numbers or letters to tell you about your traits and strengths. This model is actually designed to be a tool to tell us what to watch out for in our habits and tendencies and also to increase our empathy and understanding in relationships. That’s what Jess, the Enneagram coach, is here to...
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I always love when I schedule an interview because I think other people need to hear the content, and instead I end up getting a personal counseling session that I didn’t know I needed. Christina and Pai are back this week with more good advice for navigating the uniqueness and beautiful differences of relationships! While we’re primarily talking about intercultural and interracial relationships like theirs, what they share is appl...
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Have you ever thought about it? We’re the only species on earth who drinks another species milk, and the only species who drinks milk for life. Strange, right? It’s no wonder that up to 50% of people struggle with lactose intolerance - maybe it’s because we were never meant to consume cow's milk in the first place! Don’t get me wrong - I love me some cheese and ice cream. But, do we really need to be consuming dairy milk as muc...
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