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Today we are discussing a hard topic. It’s a subject that many people try to ignore, but the truth is that we can all do something to help in the fight against sex trafficking. Get in a safe space and join us if you’re ready to listen to a woman who turned the problem into her mission. Kristen Harness has turned her early mess into her message. From a childhood of abuse and homelessness, Kristen has made rescuing the victims, girls and young women who get caught up and forced into prostitution and sex and human trafficking, her mission through her organization, Extended Hands of Hope. You can read the full show notes at www.alexandrajamieson.com/242 
Today’s show focuses on a topic that doesn’t get enough attention, which is the relationship between early childhood abuse and our ability to be happy, healthy, and successful adults. Let’s take a deeper look with my guest. Dr. Rosenna Bakari is an author, advocate, and scholar. She’s been busy writing about breaking the silence of sexual violence and helping adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Rosenna is not just a survivor but a thriver. She’s also a psychologist who knows how to help people process their early trauma and find the strength to thrive. I’ve found that the healthiest response to childhood emotional wounds is also the rarest response, which is to feel in order to let things go. Acknowledging the feelings is the way to try out a new set of patterns and ways of being. Rosenna is a role model and voice for those who need support through the different flavors of trauma. Her book is Too Much Love is Not Enough: A Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse.  You can read the full show notes at www.alexandrajamieson.com/241
Fertility is a topic that comes up frequently for anyone who works with women. Infertility is a problem that many people face, and it affects men as well as women. Many people you see every day are going through struggles to build their family, although they wear a mask that makes everything seem OK. Today’s guest calls infertility “the silent epidemic,” and the numbers of people affected are simply astounding.   Andrea Syrtash is a relationship expert, journalist, and the founder of Pregnantish, the first media site devoted exclusively to helping singles, couples, and LGBTQ humans navigate fertility treatments and infertility. She’s been featured on Oprah’s OWN Network, FOX, and other TV outlets, and she’s written books titled He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s a Good Thing), It’s OK to Sleep with Him on the First Date, and Cheat on Your Husband . . . with Your Husband. Because of Andrea’s long, tough journey, she is committed to breaking the taboo of infertility and elevating the conversation about what it takes to start a family for millions of people today. Her work is both interesting and controversial. She’s here to share her story of 18 fertility treatments for eight years, and how she finally met her baby through a surrogate. There are a lot of misconceptions and stigma around types of fertility treatments and infertility. Because this affects so many women, I wanted us to have a deep and meaningful conversation about infertility, the options, and how we can better support friends and family members. We’ll discuss how Andrea kept up her creative, on-air personality while undergoing an intense physical and emotional process behind the scenes. We’ll also discuss the judgments and unwelcome advice that people encounter as they go through infertility, along with the legal ramifications that make things even more difficult.  You can read the full show notes at www.alexandrajamieson.com/240
Mid Life Success Stories Life doesn’t end at 30, no matter what your younger self believed. It’s so harmful to believe the story that we have to be a big success by the time we’re 40 or we’re failures.  We live in this cult of youth that discounts the wisdom, beauty, and experience that age brings.  WORSE: it makes us middle-aged mamas (and papas) lose faith in ourselves, stop following our dreams, and quiet our own fierce voices. As an antidote to the false story that once you cross a certain arbitrary age you’re “past your prime,” here are some amazing stories inspired by this viral tweet that went out a couple of weeks ago:  Here’s just a couple of stories I loved from the thousands of comments people shared on Twitter: AND, here are stories shared from a few womxn in my Her Rules Radio Crew Facebook group from ya’ll! AND, here are a couple of success stories from my own beloved Creatrix Clients that are sure to inspire you! Heather Hudak just published her first book, Nourish, Heal, Thrive at aged 50! Michele, who came to NYC for a retreat with me, fell in love with the Embody Dance class we had and reconnected with her love of ballet. She found a private teacher, and performed a solo recital for her 60th birthday - dancing en pointe! (which is a huge accomplishment at any age!) Ready to get inspired and shake off the “too old,” or “it’s too late” vibes? I’m getting ready to organize 3 new retreats, and you’re invited! These retreats will be inspiring, clarifying, healing, and motivating. They’ll be filled with other womxn who believe that no matter your age (25? Great! 65? Awesome!), your time is now.   Interested in an upcoming retreat with Alex? I’m planning virtual and in-person retreats for small groups of womxn this spring! Just share a few details with me here so I can get you the details as we make plans: http://bit.ly/springevents2020 
I made an Instagram post over last weekend applauding the landmark decision of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to pull back from royal life and do what’s right for them. I’ve taken the liberty to make Meghan’s name a past tense verb that means to value yourself enough to leave a situation in which your authentic self is not welcomed or wanted. Don’t we all need to be more like Meghan in making the power move to set rules and boundaries that work for us? Geneva Peschka is a director, creative producer, and incredible documentary filmmaker. Geneva knows the value and the healing power in telling our own stories. She co-directed Unspoken and is the director/producer of a short documentary series titled Women. We’ll talk about the importance of creating space and allowing people to tell their stories. It’s what life is all about.  Show Highlights: Geneva’s work as Community Manager of The Wing and her ten years in NYC How Geneva realized she wanted community to pursue her creative endeavors How working at The Wing helped fuel Geneva’s creative work within a framework of collaboration Examples of how Geneva nourished and replenished herself when she found herself out of balance Why you need to have an honest conversation with yourself about what brings you joy How Geneva dove deeper into healing by becoming a Reiki practitioner, learning to set boundaries, and being dedicated to replenishing herself How Geneva has learned to handle the pressure by recognizing what serves her well and what doesn’t How Geneva is learning to be more gentle and more patient with herself How the documentary series, Womxn, highlights a diverse group of women who share thoughts and experiences Geneva’s inspiration for Womxn and her purpose of awakening people and sharing authentic experiences in celebration The process, form, and structure of the interviews in the Womxn series, along with the collaborative community that made it possible Womxn---the unique spelling that symbolizes inclusion Unspoken, the short documentary featuring Emma, a teen with autism How Geneva observed how Emma and others with disabilities were treated in public How the passion for storytelling was awakened in Geneva by seeing her mother be strong in speaking up and speaking out The therapeutic effect on Geneva in using her voice and talents to help others be seen and heard The rewarding impact in sharing and celebrating other people’s stories Geneva’s words of wisdom about sharing your story: “Just start. Have a vision. Ask people for their ideas and their help. Be gentle with yourself. Take your time, don’t burn yourself out, and dream big.” Upcoming projects for Geneva: expanding the Womxn series, a feature documentary, and an animated series Resources: https://www.genevapeschka.com/ Geneva’s Womxn series on Vimeo: Unspoken short documentary:   
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Location
New York City, NY, USA
Episode Count
267
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
6 days, 23 hours