#160 Jordan Scruggs, Arlene Coffey and Rachel Collins “Hustle Hard Girl!”

Today, I welcome back Jordan Scruggs, Director of the New Start for Women Program at SUNY Ulster. She was a guest way back in the day on Nov. 7, 2018 for Episode No. 42 and then again on Sept. 12, 2019 for Episode No. 86. I obviously love her! Jordan is joined today by two phenomenal women.

Arlene Coffey is 32 years old, a proud mama and a lover of life. She began New Start for Women through SUNY Ulster in July of 2020, where she is currently working on a certificate in General Management. Being in New Start has helped her to remember her passion for the business world and learning in general and she is enjoying the process of finding herself again. She loves being creative and has been doing a press-on nail venture on the side for fun during Covid season. She has high hopes for owning her own business one day and helping other women to find their voices and follow their dreams.

Rachel Collins is 41 years old and currently a full-time student at SUNY Ulster, where her major is Business and Entrepreneurial Studies. She has a license in esthetics and hopes to start her own skincare business from home once she completes her associates degree this spring. Her journey toward this goal started with New Start for Women as a member of the first cohort. Rachel graduated from the program with a certificate in General Management in May of 2020. In her downtime she enjoys reading, watching murder mysteries, playing Call of Duty with her 18-year-old son and snuggling with her cat, Arya.

Both of them share their life journeys which have included hardship, doubt, fear, resilience, perseverance, self-love, self-care, and hustle. Congrats ladies on being role models to all of us!

Applications to join the program are open until March 31st. You can contact Jordan directly at 845-303-3400 or scruggsa@sunyulster.edu.

Starting next week! Caliban and the Witch book discussion, a part of WHMK.org, is happening throughout the month of March. Join in the conversation by emailing me, or commenting on Instagram or Facebook as you tune in for some fun and fiery conversation with Rakel Stammer and special guests.

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#159 Malebo Sephodi “Miss Behave”

Malebo Sephodi is a South African writer and researcher. With over 6 years corporate and just over 20 years community development experience, Malebo has worked and spoken in various parts of Africa, Europe and the Americas. She has worked with many Schools, NGO’s and the private sector tackling numerous socio-economic projects.

She has been listed by Okay Africa as top 100 women in Africa in 2018 and a Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young People in 2018. She was the recipient of the Fabulous Woman Brave Award in 2018 and a runner up in the Gauteng Legislature Vita Basadi Award. Malebo was also the recipient of the South African Literary Award first-time Published Author in 2018 and is a Wits City Institute Mellon Fellow and recipient of the Wits University Walter and Albertina Sisulu Prize. Her research interests include: Gender, Human Development Economy, Artificial Intelligence Policy, and the Hegemony of Science.

Her debut non-fiction titled Miss Behave published by BlackBird Books (imprint of Jacana Media) was released in May 2017. Dubbed by many readers as “compulsory reading,” Miss Behave tracks Malebo’s journey as a Black Woman in South Africa fighting for autonomy over her life. She addresses issues such as Patriarchy, Sexism, Intersectionality, Body positivity and Economic Quotas. Miss Behave has been long listed for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Non Fiction Prize.

Malebo shares how growing up in a family of activists was the start of her being seen as a pillar in her community and how the pressure to remain that pillar took a toll on her body which eventually led to an awakening of sorts (my language) with respect to self care. She shares how she learned to rest, find pleasure, joy and prioritize self care. Malebo also talks about the role spirituality plays in her personal care as well as her life in general, and how honoring her spirituality is decolonial work. “Science is knowledge, but who defines what that knowledge is.” Malebo has also done a lot of work to end gender based violence, and she shares some of her lessons learned along the way. There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this talk today, grab a cup of tea and enjoy! Here’s her TEDxTalk that I mentioned.

Also as mentioned at the end of the show, here’s where you can find out about IONE’s Dream Festival, happening now! http://www.ministryofmaat.org/dreamfestival.html

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#158 Artist Rosalie Frankel “Mirth and Melancholy”

Rosalie Frankel is originally from the Bronx, but has made a home in many fantastic places like Vieques, Puerto Rico and Manhattan, and now calls Kingston her home. She has been making Collage since Kindergarten, setting figures free and featuring them in new stories. The work is an attempted examination of undeniable confusion inherent in the dichotomy between mirth and melancholy. She is exploring the lively stew of relationships as well as emotions. Her art is the vehicle to expose both the glory and struggle of Eros.

Rosalie shares about when she first starting making art, how she’s finally learning to have faith in her work and process now that she’s a bit older, letting go enough so that it doesn’t stop her, not following the rules and how breathing helps her.

I also played a portion of an interview I participated in with Keiko Sono and Brett Barry, Podcasters Talk Podcasts. Check out Keiko’s Intrinsic Podcast all about what makes life worth living. It’s about the innate value of each individual and the fundamental motivation that drives us. What if we could align this value and motivation with our jobs? What if we could support ourselves and our families doing what we are good at and enjoy doing? How would that affect our society? What would such a society look like? These are the questions we’ll be asking in Intrinsic.

New Moon tomorrow! Venus and Jupiter bringing in the LOVE vibration. I’ll be working on a self love affirmation to carry us through my next 11 day practice which you can join in live (7am weekdays/8am weekends) or catch the IGTV on Instagram or follow along and join via YouTube. Starting Friday, Feb. 12th.

Love Yourself and Uplift One Another!

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#157 Edie Pijpers “We Are the Ones”

Edie Pijpers is a self-taught artist who picked up her first guitar at 20 in L.A. to learn a couple of chords so she could start expressing and writing. She learned to record and produce her own music and the year 2020 gave rise to a brand new album We Are The Ones. Edie is also a painter who started painting in her late twenties in Nashville which led her to creating and publishing several children’s books. She also plays around with animation, see her short film “Day” and music videos. Her process of painting as with music is about flow. Of not believing that mistakes exist. Any move is part of the whole and the creation. It requires a great amount of trust. And diligent work/practice! 

Today we talk about her start in music and how it has progressed over the years to her most recent album, “We Are the Ones.” We listen to several songs, talk about the meanings of them which takes us into conversations about the shadow, our selves, presence and intention. Of course we also talk about her whimsical art, being in the flow, meditating and self care.

From We Are the Ones, we listen to:

“In the Shadows,” “We Are the Ones,” “Nature Knows,” “Poets of the New World”

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#156 Maryline Damour” Kingston Design Connection

Today’s guest is Maryline Damour of Kingston Design Connection and Damour Drake. After many years working in marketing, business development and public relations for firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PwC and Accenture, Maryline returned to school to study interior design at Parsons The New School for Design. Originally from Haiti, Maryline has been actively involved in interior design projects in Haiti since the earthquake of 2010. She is currently developing a vocational school in Léogâne, Haiti focused on teaching safer building techniques and practices for the construction industry.

The Kingston Design Connection mission is to aid the creative community in the Hudson Valley to connect, collaborate and support each other’s businesses. It hosted its first design showhouse in October 2018 to showcase and celebrate Hudson Valley design which included 10 interior designers and over 100 local makers, artists and retailers. It has grown exponentially each year and has been featured in Architectural Digest; House Beautiful; Hudson Valley Magazine; Aspire Design and Home; Chronogram; Upstate House; Almanac Weekly; WSJ; and MSN.

Today we talked about how Maryline went from being a literature major to a marketing professional to an interior designer and most recently forming the Kingston Design Connection. Hint, it’s all really just communication. She’s full of deep wisdom and a desire to build community, and I loved our conversation!

You can find Maryline and KDC on Instagram.

I also introduced Malebo Sephodi, author, development worker and social commentator on development, identity and gender issues. We get to hear her Lyttleton Women TEDx Talk about self care as a tool of liberation! She’s going to be an upcoming guest so wanted to introduce you to her.

Last but not least, I announce our book club! It’s official, at the suggestion of past guest, Rakel Stammer, we’re going to read and discuss, Sylvia Federici’s, Caliban and The Witch. Our plans are to spend the month of March discussing, but for now you can get a head start on reading if you want to follow along! More to come on how to join in the conversation…

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#155 Tracy Givens Hunter “Undoing Racism, Ending the New Jim Crow”

Tracy Givens Hunter is Director of the Navigator Program at Public Policy and Education Fund of New York. She is an active practitioner of Restorative Justice Practices and Circle Keeping with Dutchess County Mediation Center and Westchester Restorative Justice Center. Tracy has over 20 years experience as an Activist and organizer regarding Racial Justice, Women Rights, Criminal justice, People’s Institute Survival and Beyond and Human Rights with organizations such as the NAACP, ACLU, BLM, and ENJAN. Tracy has given Presentations, Mediated and provided Trainings to private organizations and school districts and on January 30th, she is moderating “Council of the Elders” an event sponsored by Hold the Line taking place on Saturday, January 30th from 2-4pm. This free event will be a Roundtable discussion with movement elders from the Hudson Valley on activism, solidarity and the political divide. You can get your free ticket here. See you there!

Today we speak about how an undoing racism workshop changed the course of her life and career. Tracy also shares extensively the important work that ENJAN is doing in the criminal justice system. You can learn more about ENJAN here, and join their monthly meetings in Kingston every 2nd and 4th Mon. of the month at 8:00 pm. Contact them at ENJANHV@gmail.com for Zoom meeting details. (A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library, 43 Gill St., Kingston, NY.)

We also listened to “The New Jim Crow” with Michelle Alexander, George E. Kent Lecture, 2013

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#154 Astrology 2021 with Cory Nakasue

Cory Nakasue is an astrology counselor, writer, and teacher. She is a family-initiated and self-taught astrologer in the Evolutionary and Psychological traditions, and is currently studying the ancient traditions. She has received additional tutelage from Joseph Addeo (NCGR), and participates in ongoing studies in tarot and ancient wisdom.

She has over 25 years of experience in movement arts as a teacher and therapist, and has been mentored by some of the finest practitioners working in psychology, neurology, and pain science. Please visit http://www.corynakasue.com for more information about her movement education and therapy. Her advice has appeared in The New York Times and The Week. You can read her monthly horoscopes in The Lunation, a collaboration with Sassafras Mercantile.

She draws on all of her experience in body-mind therapeutics, writing, and performing arts to help you create strong narratives that are deeply felt. She offers private lessons to individuals and small groups. Her specialties are depth psychology, creative process, personal coaching, and astrological applications for counseling, therapy, and creative practice.

Today we speak ALL about the Moon, what happened astrologically in 2020, what’s happening in 2021, and why it’s important to look at our narratives and perhaps re-examine them in order to build anew in a radically different way!

We also listened to and were inspired by Raymonda Reese speaking about how “Self Care is Radical” at TedX Seattle.

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#153 Deep Thoughts for the New Year with Theresa

Slipping into the New Year with some deep thoughts about the things I think about. Like… revisiting my last year’s resolution to practice non-judgment and how I failed at it because of things like Kundalini Yoga and QAnon (the irony is not lost on me that as I was doing my show they were storming the capitol), my adjustment and recommitment to non-judgment inspired by Charles Eisenstein, vibration, serendipity, signs from the Universe, devotion, self-care and starting a book club! Who’s in? Seriously, let’s pick a book that inspires that we can talk about on the show. Plus, I marry everyone to themselves and share the words of David Foster Wallace that resonate deeply with me. Here’s my Youtube Channel if you want to join in the daily 15-17 minute practice. Hope everyone’s year is a good one!

Today we heard TedxTalks by Joanna McEwen and Ulla Suokko.

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#152 Belinda Farrell “Find Your Friggin’ Joy”

Belinda Farrell is a Certified Master Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner, Huna Practitioner, and Reconnective Healing Practitioner. She’s had an exceptionally adventurous life, teaching third grade for five years in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, playing the character Snow White at Disneyland, as a TV News Reporter for KABC Channel 7 in Hollywood, working on the staff of Senator Charles H. Percy (Illinois) in Washington, D.C., firewalked 18 times with Tony Robbins, swam with dolphins, was a film and stage actress and a professional Precision Stunt Car Driver for TV Commercials and films. She healed herself from a significant incapacitating spinal injury and is the author of several books including Find Your Friggin Joy.

I recorded this interview early in the year, pre-COVID. As the world seemed to change because of the pandemic, I put it on the shelf for a more appropriate time. As the year was coming to a close, I listened back to my conversation with Belinda which felt like a much needed healing session and the perfect way to end the year. Belinda shares her adventurous life story and the wisdom she learned along the way including the power of forgiveness, believing in your ability to heal, overcoming fear, releasing the programming in the unconscious mind, cutting cords, Huna and working through the grief of losing her son to a drug overdose. The challenges of the pandemic won’t end magically come January 1st, but I hope that we’ve learned ways to move through the challenges with the support of and by supporting others, to bring greater ease to all. Happy New Year to everyone! Wishing you a joyful 2021!!!

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#151 Rachel Bernstein LMFT “IndoctriNation Podcast”

I’m doing cartwheels about today’s guest! Rachel Bernstein, LMFT, has been working with victims of cults and emotional abusers for 27 years. She believes that given the right set of circumstances, it’s all too easy for anyone to fall prey to sociopaths and manipulators. She is the host of IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and how to protect yourself from systems of control. She wanted to give survivors a chance to tell their stories and for experts to teach us what they know about high control groups. Her goal for IndoctriNation is to empower listeners to protect themselves and those they love from predators, toxic personalities, and destructive organizations.

Little known fact…I’ve been mildly obsessed or perhaps just highly curious about all things cults this year. I’ll tell you more about that in the show, or you can read about it here. Rachel’s podcast has been extremely informative and healing to me, helping me understand some of my own experience navigating a high control group.  Some of the subjects that we get into on the show today are how to identify systems of control, the situations that make indoctrination possible, fervor and awe, betrayal blindness, how to remove yourself from a group, and how to support a loved one who is caught up in one.

Rachel’s approach to this subject is not only effective, but it’s also very informative and very compassionate. I hope you enjoy, and if possible support her work!

Here are the direct links to the shows I referenced: Consolidation of Church and State, Mark Vicente and NXIVM, QAnon, Fervor and Awe with Yuval Laor. And interesting that her most recent is about Kundalini Yoga!

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