Self Image

Use Storytelling to Explore and Claim Your Identity

Listen to this episode to explore how storytelling can help reframe your story and support healing. We get to tell our stories the way we want it. Daralyse invites us to consider how we will tell our story, what framing will we use, what structure will we use, and who will we tell it to. Being authentic and true to yourself means telling your story, but you also get to choose who to tell your story to. We share our stories to the people whom we trust.

Timeline of the Chat

01:59 – Being an Author
12:12 – Processing Identity through Storytelling
18:24 – Defining self-acceptance
23:16 – Transformation through Self-Acceptance
27:18 – Love as an Antidote to Fear
28:51 – Maintaining Self-Acceptance
34:02 – Invitation/Challenge: Telling our stories
42:27 – Fast Final Five

Contact and follow Daralyse by going to daralyselyons.com or by going to demystifyingdiversitypodcast.com.

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Get in Touch with Yourself and Define Your Self-Image

I love how Monica Sherese shows up in this interview. Her energy and her passion comes through, and there are so many questions that I had on my list that we didn’t even get to. Be sure to accept Monica’s invitation; it’s something that each of us can do every day. Listen to this episode to get in touch with yourself and define your self-image.

A common theme in many episodes of the podcast, and especially the recent episodes, is for you to take time, get to know yourself, savor your experiences, find out what it is that you really want. Find ways to remove the external and outside influences that are putting up blockers or walls between you and the life that you can choose, the life that you can decide.

If you’re new to listening to Changes Big and Small, go back and listen to the previous episodes because there is an action that you can take, an invitation, in each episode that can help you build habits. These habits can be steps along your path to living the life that you want.

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How to Get to Know and Accept Yourself

Listen to this episode with Fatima Oliver to find out how to have a soul journey to self-acceptance. Fatima and I discuss some of the main situations and experiences that damage our self acceptance, and she shares the steps that she followed in order to heal some of the trauma and hurt in her life to get to a place of self acceptance.

Fatima is a wife, mother, and author. She has a passion for helping others using what she calls a baby step approach. Fatima has been able to embrace the work necessary to heal from childhood trauma, heartbreak and abuse. Much of her life’s journey is shared in her new book The Prescription is in the Dirt, now available on Amazon.com.

Timeline of the Chat

01:50 – The Prescription is in the Dirt
04:44 – Recognizing the need for change
06:67 – Getting Therapeutic Help
10:47 – Uncovering hidden triggers and habits
17:09 – Finding the Why for your Triggers
21:24 – On Self-Acceptance
25:33 – Learning from failure
27:49 – The greatest threat to self acceptance
31:37 – Milestones on the self-acceptance journey
35:49 – Celebrating Successes on your Journey
37:55 – Change starts with you
38:46 – Struggles with self acceptance
40:57 – Challenge/Invitation
42:54 – Fast Five

This podcast interview was recorded on April 12, 2021.

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How to Use Soul Searching for Personal Transformation

Aruna Krishnan shares the five R’s of personal transformation and invites us to complete the first step today. She also reveals three ways that we can fight imposter syndrome, and questions that we can use to help us figure out our leadership capacity, recognizing that leadership doesn’t only happen when we’re in charge of a team, but it can happen in many different areas where we’re able to contribute towards making an impact.

Aruna is a management consultant, best selling author and podcast host. Her Busy Mind book series and podcast Lead That Thing cover leadership topics and competencies. Her company Optum LLC works with business owners to define business and product strategies that increase their revenues and growth. Learn more at https://www.optim-strategies.com/

Timeline of the Chat

02:25 – Aruna’s Busy Mind Series
05:10 – How to manage and train your mind
13:41 – The 4 Ps Framework for problem solving
17:32 – Writing to simplify processes and help others
21:21 – Leadership
23:19 – On self-acceptance and imposter syndrome
26:18 – Steps in Aruna’s self-acceptance journey
28:43 – Parenting the next generation
30:59 – Books and reading
32:40 – On failure and change
33:55 – Invitation/Challenge – The 5 R’s to Personal Transformation
36:42 – Fast Five

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How to Overcome Fear and Find Beauty in the Darkness

Michelle is a certified confidence coach who coaches people to confidently tell their stories, that get them seen, heard, hired, and change lives along the way. She’s the author of a memoir, Perfectly Normal: An Immigrant’s Story of Making it in America, an inspirational journey of overcoming adversity after an automobile accident that changed her life’s trajectory.

Michelle has such fantastic energy and her story is so inspiring. In this episode, she shares how she made a switch at some point in her mindset and the impact this had on her life. She took a series of brave actions that helped her discover how she could show up and choose the life that she wants.

Michelle shares suggestions on how we can make changes in our lives and the four elements necessary for success. Michelle shows us a route to developing self acceptance, and to dance with and befriend our fears.

This podcast interview was recorded on April 2, 2021.

Timeline of the Chat

03:32 – Becoming disabled at age 11
07:21 – Struggling with mental health 
10:53 – Changing mindset and travelling the Inca Trail
20:43 – Change your mindset to change your life
21:56 – How to trust your path and overcome fear
25:35 – Using the The Inner Critic Project to Manage Your Fears
29:16 – Defining acceptance
31:19 – Facing negative self talk – Judgment journal
34:18: Feng Shui and The Five Archetypes
36:30- Awareness as the first step to change
38:53 – The Four Elements to Live the Life that You Want
42:28 – Invitation/Challenge
43:48 – Perfectly Normal
44:23 – Fast Five

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Using Video to Connect with Your Audience

When was the last time that you showed up on video? Are you comfortable with being on video or is it a medium that you tend to avoid? Why might all of us want to create a video? These are some of the questions that I explore with Rachel Tapscott in this episode.

Rachel helps business owners share their story through video. She began her career in media as original news camera operator, then moved into corporate video production, which led her to start her own video production company That Camera Girl. She noticed the same patterns and limiting beliefs present with dozens of different clients around the idea of putting themselves out on video, and she experienced the same fear and internal battle at the idea of appearing on video herself. Rachel’s purpose and the focus of her business has shifted from simply creating videos to helping people with their confidence on camera and their belief in themselves.

This podcast interview was recorded on March 28, 2021.

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How to Accept Your Body’s Imperfections

Have you ever found yourself hiding something about yourself? Perhaps you take photos showing only one side of your body, or you only share headshots to social media. If so, you will related to today’s guest and her invitation will help you accept and reveal yourself.

Beverley Mapagany currently works as an Account Payable Administrator but she strongly believe that she has come to this world to be a beacon of light to those who are struggling with accepting their bodies and who are not free because they are afraid they are not how the world tells them they should be. She has recently embarked on a journey of being a Body Image Activist.

We’ll continue exploring this topic over the next few weeks. Today, in addition to Beverly’s invitation to look in the mirror and speak to yourself with kindness, with love. I would also invite you to do some journaling, to do some reflecting, to do some thinking about what is the part of you that you’re hiding away, hiding away from yourself and hiding away from others. Reflect on this and as the weeks go on, I will be sharing some additional invitations, some additional challenges and resources with you so that you can make progress on this journey of self acceptance as well.

This podcast interview was recorded on March 18, 2021.

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How to Find Belonging and Practice Self-Acceptance

Today, I’m speaking with Claudia Ira Gan. Claudia’s birthday is actually in two days so happy birthday, Claudia . Please send her birthday greetings on Instagram. You’ll find the link in the show notes at https://changesbigandsmall.com.

Listen to this episode to find out a perspective on self acceptance, why self acceptance is so important, and what steps you might be able to take to incorporate more of it into your life?

This podcast interview was recorded on Feb. 14, 2021.

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