The School of Bravery Podcast & Blog

The research for the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous started with a podcast which continues today as a free resource & supplemental content for students of The School of Bravery.

 

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Money, Owning Your Worth, When to Walk Away & Building a Generous Business with financial therapist BARI TESSLER

017: Money, Owning Your Worth, When to Walk Away & Building a Generous Business with financial therapist BARI TESSLER

Welcome to episode 17 featuring my conversation with Bari Tessler!

Bari is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach and Mama-preneur. Bari’s gentle, body-centered approach weaves together personal, couple, and creative entrepreneurial money teachings into one complete tapestry. She is an author of the book The Art of Money and the founder of a global, year-long money school by the same name. Both the book and her program integrates Money Healing, Money Practices and Money Maps.

Her work has been fe…

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Big Announcements & How to Make Them

ps004: Big Announcements & How to Make Them

When you've got a huge announcement, how do you go about making it?

Who do you tell first? What role does privacy and intimacy play in this decision? Is it like throwing spaghetti and seeing what sticks? or more like passing notes in class?

I've got a big announcement to make (you'll hear it below.) There will be more details revealed as time unfolds, but for now these issues of intimacy, privacy, and over-exposure are top of my mind...

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Selfies, Self-Image, and Finding Belonging with visual artist BETHANY WRAY

016: Selfies, Self-Image, and Finding Belonging with visual artist BETHANY WRAY

Bethany Wray joins us today all the way from a magical place which is also how I came to know her. Bethany currently resides at the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth, WA. You'll hear some more about the Grunewald Guild and what it does for artists like Bethany and myself.

 

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Since Bethany is a super-gifted visual artist, she and I talk about the visual side of finding your sense of self. We talk about the…

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Miracle Mornings, Bootstrap Confessions, & Other Ways to Slice Through Resistance with Filmmaker NICK CONEDERA

015: Miracle Mornings, Bootstrap Confessions, & Other Ways to Slice Through Resistance with Filmmaker NICK CONEDERA

Nick Conedera is a film-maker and fellow brave artist. You're going to love some of the stuff we cover in today's episode. He is the guy behind the movie SHARP, which is available on iTunes and Amazon right now. (Go and watch it later, you will love it.)
 
He's also doing this fascinating project right now working with Hal Elrod who wrote the best-selling book titled "Miracle Morning." If you've been in the self-help scene in the last several years, then you know who Hal Elrod is. Now, Nick and I …

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Foolish Desires, Tall Poppies, & Falling in Love with ADINA COOMBER

014: Foolish Desires, Tall Poppies, & Falling in Love with ADINA COOMBER

Adina Coomber joins us today from Perth, Australia. Now, she'll do a really great introduction of who and what she is here in a second, but I just have to say that one of my favorite parts of today's conversation about Bravery is just how clearly Adina portrays her experience. The rollercoaster she's been on is thrilling and even that word seems understated. I think she'd agree with me on that fact.

Today you'll hear us talk about redefining what it means to be a hero, especially as it pertains…

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Losing Sight, Starting Over, & Building Intuition with MAXMILIANO CAMPOS

013: Losing Sight, Starting Over, & Building Intuition with MAXMILIANO CAMPOS

Maximiliano Campos was born in Brazil and moved to US when he was 12. That alone is enough for a whole conversation on being outside of your comfort zone and learning a new way to communicate. But Max moved with his family to the states because they knew of a doctor in Boston who might be able to help his situation. Max has retinitis pigmentosa, or RP for short. This means a few months after he moved to the States he experienced a relatively sudden decline in his vision. 

Without spoiling his s…

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Building Creative Bunkers, Ripping Out The Pacifier, and Shaking Snowglobes with Kye Alfred Hillig

012: Building Creative Bunkers, Ripping Out The Pacifier, and Shaking Snowglobes with Kye Alfred Hillig

Welcome to Part 2 of our conversation with Kye Alfred Hillig!

Now, if you're just tuning in and haven't listened to part 1 yet, I highly encourage that you press pause on this and go listen to that first. You won't regret it. 

So just as a clarification, I very much spontaneously put Kye on the spot to flip the script and become the interviewer for a bit. He and I know each other pretty well, so I knew he'd have an interesting view-point. 

Again, if you don't consider yourself an artist or so…

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Truth, Trauma, and Open-Handed Slaps to the Face with KYE ALFRED HILLIG

011: Truth, Trauma, and Open-Handed Slaps to the Face with KYE ALFRED HILLIG

Kye Alfred Hillig is today's featured guest on the show. Kye, like me, is a Washington-based singer-songwriter. He's way ahead of me when we're defining the word "Prolific." He has written over 1,400 songs and recorded over 21 albums - all of them genre-hopping and continuously evolving across time. Kye has released 5 solo albums since 2012. He does not believe in the devil. But he does believe in some transcendental light and darkness. 

Kye and I are friends in real life. I know you'll love wh…

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Facing Your Abusers, the Dance Floor & End of Life with author WENDY VAN DE POLL

010: Facing Your Abusers, the Dance Floor & End of Life with author WENDY VAN DE POLL

In today's episode, we talk with international best-selling author, Wendy Van de Poll who is a pioneering leader in the field of pet loss grief support.  She's the founder of the Center for Pet Loss Grief where she bravely provides wisdom, joy, and compassion for grief relief in her practice. Wendy is a licensed massage therapist for humans, horses, and hounds. She's a certified end-of-life and grief coach and a pet funeral celebrant. She's got a master’s of science in wolf ecology, so Wendy has…

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Delivering Bad News In Good Ways with author ALISON SIGMON

009: Delivering Bad News In Good Ways with author ALISON SIGMON

In today's episode we get to talk with a fellow author friend of mine, Alison Sigmon. She and I have had the chance to work together on a couple fun book-related projects and I am so excited that she's here with us today. I know you'll love her as much as I do.

Alison is no stranger to effort and all that sheer grit required to build a business. She knows what it's like to work with limited financial resources, limited time, and in constantly shifting markets where everyone on the team must be …

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Practical Ways to Respond with Empathy from author BRITTANY BARBERA

008: Practical Ways to Respond with Empathy from author BRITTANY BARBERA

Brittany Barbera is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter and the #1 best-selling author of the book titled "Let Me Be Weak: What People in Pain Wish They Could Tell You." She loves deep lyrics, power ballads, and weird people.  In 2013, She released her debut album titled, The Sparrow, featuring her songs "When the Well Runs Dry" and "A Love I Can't Define." 

In April 2016, Brittany released her new single, "Let Me Be Weak," a song which eventually became the framework for her book. When she is …

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Diagnosing Worthiness with MAGGIE MCGEEHEE and Hepsie, The Wonder Liver

007: Diagnosing Worthiness with MAGGIE MCGEEHEE and Hepsie, The Wonder Liver

In today's episode of Bare Naked Bravery we get to talk with Maggie McGeehee was born and raised in Denton, TX and has lived for the past decade in Seattle, WA. By day she is an urban planner, designing transportation programs that offer more options for people to choose their best way to travel. She also teaches piano lessons and preschool music, with the philosophy that the purpose of making music is to create joy. 

In May 2015, she was diagnosed with hepatitis c. Before hep c, music was her …

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It's Not Easy Being Queen & Other Confessions with CARRIE AKRE

006: It's Not Easy Being Queen & Other Confessions with CARRIE AKRE

Carrie Akre has over 25 years experience in the music world. She is the lead singer of the bands Hammerbox, Goodness, the VIPs, The Rockfords (with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam), and she's also a solo artist. She has been signed to independent and major labels such as CZ, A&M, Atlantic, Epic and Immortal Records. After experiencing the highs and lows of the music industry Carrie co-founded her own independent record label with fellow band member of Goodness. She release her first solo debut, HOME …

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Turning Big Ideas Into Small Steps with ZACH VARNELL

005: Turning Big Ideas Into Small Steps with ZACH VARNELL

In today's episode we talk with Zach Varnell who has been recording since he was 13 years old. I have had the joy and pleasure of working with Zach in some previous music projects. He's worked with everything from a 2-track reel-to-reel in his parents basement in Denver to places like London Bridge and Bear Creek Studios in Seattle, WA. 

My personal favorite studio: a 19th century English mansion in Renton, WA owned by Howard Leese the guitarist of the band Heart and Bad Company. Zach and 2 oth…

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Building Resilience Through Your Values with Dr. CHRIS FRIESEN

004: Building Resilience Through Your Values with Dr. CHRIS FRIESEN

Dr. Chris Friesen, (Ph.D.) is a psychologist who, like me (and probably you too) has always been fascinated by what makes people successful. He is a licensed clinical, forensic, and neuro psychologist but now primarily helps professional, national, Olympic, and up-and-coming elite athletes, as well as other high achieving professionals, entrepreneurs, executives, academics, and creatives. He helps them *all* achieve their personal and professional potential. Currently he's the director of Friese…

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Breakups & Make Ups with EMILY ROSE

003: Breakups & Make Ups with EMILY ROSE

In today's episode we talk with Emily Rose who is a bestselling author and breakup coach. I know her through a couple author groups I'm a part of and invited her today because I'm no fool. Breaking up is hard to do. And a lot of bravery is required for it.

Emily Rose's mission is to help people to not wake up on their death and ask, “What did I just do with my life?” Asking the question, "What am I doing with my life?" in the present tense is what breakups are all about. and it doesn't matter w…

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You'll Never Be Younger Than You Are Now - SIOLO THOMPSON

002: You'll Never Be Younger Than You Are Now - SIOLO THOMPSON

In today's episode we get to talk with Siolo Thompson. If you haven't heard of her yet, then I am so stoked to introduce you to her. She and I know each other through the music/art scene in here Seattle, WA. 

Siolo is a self taught visual artist and also the creator of the gorgeous Linestrider Tarot Deck and Scrying Ink Tarot Deck. She also illustrated the book, "The Better Bombshell" where writers and artists redefine the female role model.

I've so enjoyed talking with Siolo about creative en…

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Giving Up & Getting Up with NAOMI WACHIRA

001: Giving Up & Getting Up with NAOMI WACHIRA

In today's episode of Bare Naked Bravery we talk with Naomi Wachira, an artist of formidable talent and heart. I have always been struck by her life's story as one of the most dynamic displays of courage I could possibly summon up from my imagination. Naomi grew up in Kenya, left for the US at the ripe age of 19, and managed to become a successful singer/songwriter AND a single mom to a beautiful girl. 

Seattle Music Insider raves her performances as "marked by her strong stage presence, storyt…

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