Understanding Us: The Podcast

Understanding Us: The Podcast

You are not alone in your experience. Every week, either myself or a friend comes on to share a story from their journey through life. Through our shared stories, we can connect with the human experience in a more embodied, holistic way.I bring in my expert knowledge with extra resources and education, so you can better understand the science and the soul of what it is to be human.


February 8, 2023 48 min

TRIGGER WARNING: this episode discusses topics such as child violence and trauma that might not be suitable for all listeners. Please take care of yourself if you choose to listen.

I had a tough time naming this episode, simply because we discuss SO much. Sarah Jane is sooo generous with her story and time to discuss things like:

  • healing from childhood trauma 
  • how the "fawn" (people pleasing) and "freeze" (shutting dow...
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    This conversation with Leslie Kim hits home in so many ways for me. Leslie comes on the pod today to talk about her experience in a high-intensity work environment, which led her down a path of getting really into climbing. Leslie got injured, and had to completely redefine her relationship to climbing. 

    This episode is chalk-full of discussion around what defines us, how to build a sturdy identity, and what it means to be enough.


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    November 23, 2022 37 min

    We take it back to my Integrative Health roots today with Latham Turner, a man who is on a mission to support neurodivergent children and their families to live a more intentional life through healthy, nutrient dense foods.

    Latham was working in Silicon Valley when his son got kicked out of his third daycare in a year. He decided to leave his job and move his family to Bozeman Montana to live a more intentional life. His son was di...

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    Happy Wednesday, friends! I'm so excited to share this conversation with you. 

    Sarah and I met recently through an online writing course (shoutout WOP). I posted a call to be interviewed for Understanding Us to a group of over 500 people, and as fate would have it, Sarah took the bait!  I'm so grateful she did because her journey is pretty incredible.

    In this podcast we discuss autoimmune disease, navigating a broken system...

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    Join me this week as I sit down with my business coach Robyn to discuss how she balances running a business and motherhood. I've been wanting to have Robyn onto the pod for a while now, and I'm so excited she was able to share so much of her wisdom with us!

    Robyn is a global business strategist, a certified life coach and feminine embodiment coach (certification underway). She works with feminine visionaries who are daring t...

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    October 12, 2022 33 min

    Today we have Cindy Ryan on the show, who beautifully shares her experience with chronic pain from getting shingles in her mouth and face. We discuss the loneliness that often comes with a "silent" injury, and Cindy graciously shares her own journey to acceptance and redefining normal. 

    In the episode, she mentions that she has tried over 150 different modalities (!?!?!). Here are a few that she found the most helpful:

  • Cranio...
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    September 28, 2022 47 min

    Hello my friends! I learned so much on this episode and can't wait to share Jess's story. Jess shares her experience with pregnancy, childbirth, and the identity shifts she experienced after her child was born. She touches on the cliche yet crucial adage, "it takes a village," and how waiting until she was older to have a child helped her to lead from the heart rather than from her ego.

    There is so much information,...

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    September 14, 2022 33 min

    This week I sit down with my dear friend Julie Viellieu. Julie shares her experience of how LSD found her and supported her with profound healing and presence. I also share, for the first time with the B.well community, my own journey with psilocybin.  We discuss the powers of these medicines, and the importance of integration. Julie shares her wisdom on the healing journey. I'm so excited to hear your feedback on this one!  Yo...

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    Hello my friends!! It's a true honor to sit down with my friend Julianna today to talk about her experience as a neurodivergent person and the challenges she's had to overcome in the workplace. She shares words of advice for neurodivergent's on how to overcome people not believing in your abilities. She also sheds light on things that neurotypical people can do to better understand their neurodivergent friends, co-worke...

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    In this week's episode, I sit down with UK-based Rehila Hamid, who shares her story of  living in the UK as a Pakistani woman and her experience with racialized trauma. We dive deep into what it feels like to be disconnected from Self, and Rehila shares what she does to support connection, peace, and rest.  It was such an honor to have Rehila share her story, and I can't wait for you to learn from her!

    To learn more about ra...

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    We have a VERY special guest today...none other than one of my best friends in the whole wide world, Jackie Chapin.

    Jackie was crushing the corporate world when she suffered from a serious ski accident that took her months to recover from. Jackie discusses that first week of trying to reconcile what had just happened, to what months-long recovery looked like, to how the accident has forever changed her relationship to Self. She sha...

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    Hello friends!! Join me and my dear friend Christine Shepherd today on the pod to talk about Christine's journey through acceptance. 

    Even when our bodies are screaming at us that we need a change, our minds will try and justify and keep us in our same old patterns for as long as it can. Christine talks about how hard it was to uproot her entire life of what she thought she "should" do, to ultimately pursue what her hear...

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    July 6, 2022 19 min

    Hi friends! Eliza here. It's just me today talking about the future of this podcast. I'm so excited to announce a bit of a reframe of the podcast, and how things will look moving forward. Of course it will be same ol' me, sharing and educating if and when possible, but I hope to create a library of people's stories that can help in a couple different ways:

    1. Ensure that you don't feel alone in your human experi...

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    I sit down with my friend Lisa Matthews to discuss Highly Sensitive People. Lisa tells us about her journey from nurse practitioner to craniosacral and flower essence extraordinaire (don't worry, she'll explain what all that means), I share a few stories about my own recent epiphanies around sensitivity, and Lisa shares how we can begin to honor our sensitivity on a day to day, moment to moment basis.

    I've been so excit...

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    In this conversation, Melissa and I dive into the nervous system, and how embracing loneliness is the only way to truly self-regulate. We talk about the prevalence of burnout in the post-pandemic world and how we can support ourselves in these tumultuous times. Melissa shares stories from her own personal journey and inspires us to trust our intuition and body. 

    Melissa Nkomo is a certified mindfulness and somatic practitioner. Her...

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    April 26, 2022 25 min

    Hi Team! Join me this week to talk about the stickiness of unstucking yourself.

    I talk about the universality of feeling "stuck," how it's experienced in the nervous system, and the importance of finding safety in discomfort in the process of unstucking yourself.

    I also go into my own story of feeling stuck, which I'm sure so many of you will be able to relate to. I also show off my knowledge of high school physics....

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    Have you been hearing a lot about your "divine feminine" and healing your womb space? This conversation is for you! Kim and I sit down to discuss what many practitioners are missing when they talk about stepping into your divine feminine, and the importance of defining your own healing path.

    Kim is a breathwork facilitator, womb wisdom medicine woman, cacao journeyer and coach who helps women move out of their heads and rec...

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    March 30, 2022 21 min

    Hi all! I'm back this week with a new episode all about self-compassion.

    Self-compassion is one of those buzz words in the wellness space that can feel elusive and unattainable. In this episode, we get into what self-compassion IS and ISN'T, the research around self-compassion, and guidance on how you can begin your daily practice.

    To see more of the research on self-compassion, visit https://self-compassion.org/ for guided...

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    TRIGGER WARNING: This episode briefly talks about childhood sexual abuse. Please be mindful of when and where you listen to this episode.

    Erin Caitlin Sweeney (they/she) is a politicized healer, lover of movement & dance, educator, storyteller, and group facilitator. They were raised in the woods on Susquehannock land, spent most of their adult life in New York City and Oakland, CA, and recently returned to the land that raised...

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    February 16, 2022 39 min

    We have another very special guest on the podcast today!

    Sep Alavi is a lawyer turned intuitive coach. She’s certified from the Mind, Body, Spirit Centre in British Columbia, Canada, and facilitates group meditation guidance and corporate wellness events for various industries, with audiences of 100+ participants, for over 4 years now. Her personal meditation practice goes back to childhood and the various modalities she has ac...

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