The Always Becoming Podcast

The Always Becoming Podcast

What do you think? Are you Always Becoming? How would you finish this statement: “I AM . . . “ Are you a product of ‘nurture’ or ‘nature’? Or, do you believe you are a “spiritual being having a human experience”? Do you believe in a innate, natural drive to always be growing, toward self-actualization? Do you have both a “real Self” and a “false Self”, or even multiple Selves? Or, one Self, mostly, if not solely, a product of genes, heredity, and DNA? Since a young child, I have had an interest in Psychology – which translates to Study of the Soul, but tends to refer to “personality”. My quest for knowledge in understanding the “I” in “I AM” is as strong as ever. And, I’m not the only one! For centuries philosophers, theologians, mythologist, spiritual teachers, along with psychologists, have been on a quest for knowledge of Self, in search of the answers to: “Who Am I?” and “Are we Always Becoming?” Join me and my guests as we explore these two questions. And be inspired by the personal Becoming stories told by guests who share the risks and the challenges, the successes and the letdowns, the joys and the heartaches they experienced while on their own Becoming journey.

Episodes

January 26, 2022 10 min
Ending a intimate relationship does not have to be a extremely, maybe even traumatic, experience! Contary to what our society and culture wants us to believe, it is possible to move through the relationship ending process from a place of love, rather than from a place of fear. Our society has been sending us the message, through media, movies, stories, and music, that it is ‘normal’ to hurt your ex-partner. We have been feed th...
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Comedian, musician, and creator of “Heavy Head Podcast”, Tanner Hinds takes us through his experiences with mental illness. Tanner had been experiencing depression while in his early teens, but was only officially diagnosed with clinical depression when he was 17 years old. He adds that it took 6-7 more years to get a good treatment program that worked for him. Tanner is genuine and frank about his experiences because he wants to...
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Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified School Counselor, and certified Addictions Professional, Leslie Loanzon, shares some of her own Becoming Story as an immigrant from Philippines, raised in both the Asian and Military Cultures. She tells of how she is “westernized”, and has a clear understanding of what intergenerational conflicts look like. Leslie specializes in working with clients who experience emotional dysregulatio...
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November 24, 2021 39 min
Psychotherapist Elena Simonsen is passionate about what she does—working with people who are struggling with addictive behaviors and trauma. She helps her clients navigate through change. Most of us do not like going through the experience of change—even if it is a good one. That is because along with change comes uncertainty. Elena shares how she helps her clients develop holistic tools that empowers them to face stressful sit...
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Leslie Vaughn shares her incredible story of determination and resiliency, starting at the chapter when she suffered a severe head trauma and spinal cord injury, leaving her paralyzed from the waistline down. Leslie was only 20 years old when the accident took place. Her friend was driving while intoxicated and drove through a red light. Then, in an instance, the life she thought she would have was forever changed. Throughout her s...
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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Jasmine Bienvenue-Arnesen, takes us through her most recent chapter in her Becoming Story. The chapter starts when she is 19 and decided to train in the Mixed Martial Art Jiu Jitsu. She shares how she struggled with anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive-excessive exercising. Now, at 30 years old, Jasmine is wrapping this chapter of her Becoming Story up. She enters a new chapter with many lessons learned...
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Dr. Karan Lamb specializes in Anxiety Disorders to include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors. TBRB is when a person engages in excessive grooming behaviors that cause injury such as obsessively pulling their hair out, picking at their skin, or biting nails. She address the question “Why is a person avoiding doing something in their life that is meaningful?”. Dr Karan tells us that OCD tries to p...
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This is an incredibly special episode because it is with an incredibly special person in my life—my daughter Nicole. I have wanted to interview her for a while now. As I watch her travel her Becoming Path I have witnessed wonderful examples of “Manifestation” and “Creative Visualization”. Also examples of what it means to feel fear yet move forward anyway, following what resonates. Nicole had already created a life she wanted by...
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Melissa is a mythopoetic writer and storyteller. What does that have to do with AlwaysBecoming? Melissa shares how myth gives us the language to find meaning in our lives and help us keep grow into who we are. Melissa has a wealth of knowledge about Carl Jung and shares what she thinks Jung would say if asked the question “Are we Always Becoming”. There is a chapter in Melissa’s Becoming Story where she started to question deepl...
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Get ready for an enlightening history lesson about the origins of ancient sacred dance. I first met Simona earlier in the year when I was on a search for something different. Some practice that incorporated mindfulness but was not your standard meditation practice or yoga practice. My husband was diagnosed with end stage liver disease and there were many times when it seemed we were going to lose him. I was filled with the inte...
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September 13, 2021 38 min
Kelsey is founder of the Burnout Prevention Project. She is an accomplished violinist and singer having performed for audiences as large as 20,000. As a corporate recruiter, Kelsey interviewed over 2000 candidates and discovered that people are exhausted and disengaged from their jobs, and in search for something more. Kelsey shares her beliefs about how, as we get older, we start doubting ourselves and can become shut down. We ...
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Is juggling family, career, and other areas of your life exhausting you, leaving you stressed and worn out? You will love Season Two’s first guest, Grace Lange. Grace is with the Burnout Prevention Project and owner/consultant of Grace K. She shares some of her Becoming Story chapter titled “Giving Myself Grace”. She believes we are always ‘Becoming’ but need to have a “Growth Mindset”. Grace is full of positive energy and insightf...
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Andrea shares that part of her most recent chapter in her Becoming Story includes being diagnosed with a rare, autoimmune disorder, Ankylosing Spondylitis. She shares some of the struggles she has had in adapting to the changes and to the limitations the disorder has created in her life. Andrea also shares her poem titled “Dear Vaccine”. She says that it is the first time she has read it to share publicly. In the poem, she expre...
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This episode was recorded the day after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. We did not know that would happen at the time this interview was scheduled. As a writer, performer, director and Cultural Organizer, Andrea has spent a decade working on increasing awareness, visibility and support of Arab, Middle Easter/North African and Muslim Communities, and the ”Wars on/of Terror” in Afghanistan and Iraq. I asked Andrea for her tho...
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Cameron Steele, Contact Talk Radio Network owner and producer of this show, helps me launch this second season of the Always Becoming Podcast. Just like us, the podcast is ‘Always Becoming”, having learned many lesson throughout the first season. Cameron and I talk about the changes that have been made as the podcast evolves. I share a bit of my own Becoming Story, and my current chapter I titled “True Self – False Self”. We a...
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Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Yoga Instructor, and Gallup Certified Strength Finder Coach, Jamie Molnar, shares how she uses Yoga Psychology to help her clients achieve emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Jamie introduces me to Joseph Campbell’s Hero Journey and shows how Campbell’s model aligns with the concepts of “Becoming”. Jamie is inspiring as she speaks about listening to your calling and living your life authen...
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In this Quest episode, I talked with Licensed Mental Health Counselor and author Dr Sh’nai Simmons.

Dr. Sh’nai shares parts of her own Becoming Story,--chapters that include her early childhood educational experiences, her sudden move to Florida, taking a leap of Faith, despite much sacrifice and fear, surviving Breast Cancer, and the inspirations that led her to create her private practice Community Victory Family Services, Inc. ...
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In this quest episode, I talked with Retired Army veteran John Morgan, who made the incredible journey from being a Soldier for 23 years, then a college student finishing his graduate degree in Social Work to, currently, preparing for his Social Worker licensure. He shares with us many chapters of his Becoming Story. John has a passion for helping his fellow brothers and sisters-in-arms find hope as they struggle with the transit...
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Anthropologist of dance and theater, and Classical Sacred dance instructor, Simona Dharma Devi, shares about her life experiences as a dance performer, actress, and Kundalini yoga instructor. She tells us that through these approaches she eventually created Kundalini Rhythms Dance—a mystical, sacred form of dance that is meant to be healing and transformative. Dharma believes dance is the ultimate healing form, and that dance giv...
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Welcome to 2021. This is the first episode of the New Year. I had to cancel the interviews I had lined up for January because, literally, my becoming story was changing as the first sun of the New Year was rising. My husband became seriously ill, and is still in a life threatening condition. One of the most common themes of this podcast, and what all the guests share, is that adversity, hardship, or trauma marked the end of on...
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