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EP86: What Will You 86?

After a while, you realize something is simply not working in life. The beautiful part about that is the opportunity to remove, throw out, release, or refuse service to whatever is no longer serving you. This episode talks about choosing what to 86 in your life.

The phrase “86 it” has so many origin stories. No matter which origin story you hear, the common theme relates to something no longer being served or no longer being considered. Using the term “86” is like acknowledging what’s not right for us and our intention to let it go. What do we want to 86 in our lives?

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP86’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. I share what I’m currently 86’ing out of my life. I’m releasing things such as feelings of failure, thoughts of being hard on myself, and unrealistic expectations. We all deserve to release unrealistic expectations, and give ourselves grace, space, and time to shift.

On our Wise Walk, I discuss how to be fully present in your main priorities when you 86 what no longer belongs in your life. You can 86 a thing, a habit, a thought, a relationship, a job, an activity, or an event. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

    • What jumps out at you, in terms of looking at your life and what you need to 86?
    • What do you need to throw out, or get rid of, or “show the door”? Is it a thought, person, or activity?

We can nurture ourselves to thrive. After you choose what to 86 in your life, you have more room to call something into your life to replace those things. You can call in love, acceptance, hope, or joy.

Take small steps to regain traction toward your True Stride. Play with this idea of 86’ing what no longer belongs in your life so you can have more of what you really want. Choose what you want with this Wise Walk question:

    • Once you 86 that thing out of your life, what are you going to replace it with?

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[02:46] – Do you remember your priorities?

[05:01] – Release unrealistic expectations.

[05:30] – Thoughts are things.

[07:32] – What will you 86 in your life?

[09:07] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “I have to release, or 86, these expectations that I have that are unrealistic; that I can ‘do it all’ or that I can ‘be everything to everyone’, including myself.” – Mary Tess

 

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EP85: What Shocks Your System into Alignment

You are magnetic. When you follow your True Stride, you naturally create room for what is emotionally and energetically aligned to you. You attract what’s aligned, but falling out of alignment can happen. At those times, you could accidentally fall in contact with experiences that cause a short circuit in your journey. This episode talks about the moments that shock your life into alignment.

Remember my 9-day trip of hauling horses across the country? I have a story I didn’t mention about how my trip went. I told the story to my friend, and the reaction it got made the story seem important to share. Overall the trip was successful, but there was one event that gave me a surprise.

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP85’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. I had a jarring experience during the trip as my aunt and I were in Oklahoma. One night while grooming a horse, I got a loving nudge that turned into a huge shock. The experience jolted me a bit since it was extremely unexpected. Even with that, I can’t help but think how comical the universe is when it gives us messages to get into alignment.

On our Wise Walk, I discuss with you how to use what shocks your life into alignment to regain momentum. If you have a shock that recently happened, I encourage you to not let it take up all your focus. I didn’t let the incident I experienced taint my trip and gathered a mindset of bravery and exploration to bring a new perspective to the event. You can change your perspective on the shock in your life. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

    • Has something happened in your life recently that literally or metaphorically sent a shock through your system? How did you react?
    • What did you take away from that shock, and what do you want to do with that information?
    • With that information present in your mind, what becomes possible for you when you recognize that experience?

After the incident, I was able to accept where I was in that moment. I also recognized my power to change it moving forward. We all have the power to consider the options we have to move back into alignment.

Create room to nurture realignment. You could find yourself surpassing your potential, and doing more than you thought you could. Create a barrier to prioritize yourself with these Wise Walk questions:

    • What happened, recently, that’s jarring for you and made you aware of your misalignment toward something in your life?
    • How can you embrace that jolt in a positive way to see what’s possible and pave a new path for you to follow step by step?
    • Where can you get curious about that shock, and not go to a place of fear, but a place of bravery and exploration? 

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[01:38] – Mary Tess talks about a surprising incident that happened while grooming a horse on her recent trip.

[04:18] – What did Mary Tess notice after this incident?

[06:22] – Mary Tess is magnetic.

[07:57] – Take time to consider what options you have to move back into alignment.

[09:53] – How does Mary Tess plan for her realignment?

[12:14] – A shock may be the message you need to take care of yourself.

[14:25] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “What choices and actions do I have available to me to intentionally stride towards my best life?” – Mary Tess

 

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EP84: How Death Springs New Life

Loss and transition is not always easy. There’s constantly these checkpoint moments like figurative “deaths” that occur in life. It can be when you end a career, end a friendship, have kids moving out, have a job switch, or more. Yet, from that is an opportunity of birthing something new. This episode talks about how death springs new life.

My 9-day trip of hauling horses across the country was a very successful trip. Now that the horses are moved to start a new life, they can be in an environment that’s good for them and supports their overall well-being. I’m glad I went on this trip. I’m so inspired that I decided I’m now committing to new grounding principles that will help me move forward into my new life.

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP84’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. Certain things didn’t seem as important to me over the last few months, like cleaning my mail or spending time with my pups. I am ready to get back into a groove since I’m feeling more aware about my transition. It’s time to clarify my priorities, and create momentum that feels aligned to the new life I want ahead of me.

On our Wise Walk, I discuss with you the ways that death, in all forms, can spring new life. For me, I choose to prioritize my pups, my body, and my home as I make my way through this transition. You can hear how I am blending this commitment into my life, and use it to reflect on where you are in your life. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

    • If you’re experiencing some kind of transition in your life, how will you shift your awareness to the opportunity of a new life as you move forward?
    • What became clear to you in this transition you are in?

It’s time to fully honor the evolution of your transition. Hold on to the priorities that help you build a new life, and don’t hesitate to share your choice with people in your support system. They can be the extra boost you need to stay aligned to your priorities.

Center yourself in the “now” to be present and set priorities for yourself, so you can be in alignment with who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Spring into new life with these Wise Walk questions:

    • How are you holding yourself accountable to be committed to prioritize the needs you have now?
    • Where can you view loss as a catalyst for the new life coming?
    • What do you appreciate more now that your eyes are open to death creating new life? 

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[03:18] – Mary Tess says she is glad she took her trip, and she is now committing to grounding principles to help her move forward.

[05:58] – What are ways to fully honor the evolution of your transition?

[08:46] – Mary Tess recalls a spontaneous encounter with an old friend. What did it remind her of?

[10:55] – Death springs new life.

[12:29] – What happens when you become aware of something you can’t unsee?

[14:16] – Provide a healing space for yourself as new life comes.

[17:02] – What do you want to do in this new life?

[19:29] – Do you have accountability partners to help you remain aligned to the priorities of your new life?

[21:24] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “There’s a death from the life that you once knew, and there’s this transition into what you will become.” – Mary Tess

 

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EP83: Where Do You Go From Here?

When we have our lows in life, we can actually use them to elevate to the next level. Since we don’t want to stay in the low for too long, how can we gain awareness to channel what feels aligned? This episode talks about accepting our low and moving in a new direction starting from this moment.

I’m hauling horses across the country currently! Getting away is my chance to decompress, process and gain awareness. I’ll be going with my Aunt Teeny, and I’ll be releasing all the distractions of life to focus on me while I take this trip.

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP83’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. While still dealing with the death of a loved one, I’m figuring out where I want to go from this point. I feel we can all relate to times in our life that throw us an unexpected detour or redirection. For me, I decided to lean in towards the adventure of a new path.

On our Wise Walk, I share with you my thoughts on navigating out of a low with heart, reflection, space, and alignment. You can look at your current life and decide what’s truly important. I realized that heading in a new direction includes nourishing the resources and relationships that help you get where you want to go. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

    • Where do you go from here?
    • Where have you experienced an unexpected detour or redirection?
    • Are you willing to explore a new direction?

Doing what feels aligned is part of self-care. Allow yourself to be free of the personal obligations that weigh you down, so you can freely drop into your heart.

Be willing to let go and trust your inner compass. You never know which new parts of yourself you will discover, or what serendipitous events could happen. Navigate your new direction with these Wise Walk questions:

    • What are the ways that you can remove distractions from your life and find a nurturing environment to drop into your heart?
    • If you’re not finding ways to do so, what’s stopping you? 

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[02:49] – Mary Tess shares her excitement of following her heart, and heading out to haul horses across the country with her Aunt Teeny.

[05:07] – Where do you go from here?

[07:26] – Mary Tess talks about removing distractions from her life to focus on freely dropping into her heart.

[10:19] – What is stopping you from giving yourself a nurturing space?

[11:14] – Say “yes” to opportunities that align with your heart.

[12:27] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “I want to be happy, healthy, whole, and I want to contribute.” – Mary Tess

 

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EP82: How Lows Invite Expansion

Why do we experience pain in our life?

There can be physical pain or emotional pain, but either way we feel the pain on a deeper level in the middle of difficult times. This episode talks about how lows invite expansion.

Getting truthful about feelings is a vulnerable experience. I invite you to come along as we decompress and digest embracing the lows of our life as an opportunity to expand. It’s truly a chance to open our hearts. I’ll be sharing how I am managing the recent death of my aunt and honoring the bond between my aunt and I.

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP82’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. My aunt is very inspiring to me. Her lively approach to life and being aligned to her values still gives me strength as I remember her. During my aunt’s journey with cancer, I became a supportive role for her. Watching how she dealt with her transition changed me forever.

On our Wise Walk, I discuss why lows in our life are an opportunity to expand. I reflect on how I processed the journey along the way. It was unpredictable and required me to stay attentive. I also share my perspective of handling the low moments, including when a transition can no longer be avoided. In those lows, I find that it means we are holding too tight to something that needs to expand and change. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

    • When you don’t feel energized and happy with each and every step that you take, are you able to identify what you are feeling?
    • What is the feedback of that feeling?
    • Is there a transition of letting go you need to do to move forward?
    • What’s possible if you move forward?

Being honest about the pain we feel helps us learn to hold space in a different way. We need to allow ourselves to feel our lows.

Let’s have a new lens and perspective on life moving forward. Together, we can slow down, do some self-care, and open our hearts to let go of the grief. Expand from your low with these Wise Walk questions:

    • Where in your life can you embrace the energetic highs and the energetic lows?
    • Do you need to shift any of your goals?
    • Are you giving yourself the space and grace to pivot?
    • Where in your life can you open your heart and release some of the pain that you’ve been holding onto, so that you can transform and transition into something more beautiful and spectacular, and become more of who you were meant to be? 

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[02:25] – The Tale of a Vivacious Life.

[04:06] – Why do we experience pain in our life?

[06:34] – Mary Tess talks about her time of being a supportive role for her dear aunt’s cancer journey.

[08:15] – Learning to hold space in a different way.

[11:05] – Mary Tess reflects on how the year changed from what she imagined, and how she handles prioritizing what’s important as plans change.

[13:35] – Mary Tess talks about releasing emotions in the midst of a low.

[16:16] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “When our hearts are open, we will feel things in a much deeper way.” – Mary Tess
  • “Pain helps us transition; and we may not like where we’re transitioning to, but if we have faith and if we embrace the pain as part of our expansion, maybe we can make peace with it a little bit more.” – Mary Tess

 

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EP81: Lead with Energy not Expectations

Depending on the situation, expectations can weigh us down, surface feelings of insecurity or disappointment can drain our ability to be fully present from our heart-center experiences. This episode talks about how to lead with energy not expectations.

Not long ago, two good friends came to talk with me about exploring relationships and love. They are thinking about what’s the best way to go about it. I personally have plenty of experience with dating, so this gave me a chance to reflect on what I learned about developing heart-centered relationships that feel aligned and mutually supportive.

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP81’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. I realized that regardless of how you’re putting yourself out there, whether you’re trying to meet friends or a partner, when we have these opportunities of being vulnerable it can make us question ourselves. Not only that, these opportunities get us to create expectations that might be unrealistic and lead to disappointment. That’s why I prefer (and encourage others) to lead with energy.

On our Wise Walk, I discuss why expectations can block us from living fully, and how we can lead with heart-centered energy instead of expectations. Life is more enjoyable when you step closer to the energy of people, places, and experiences that are supporting you and calling you. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

      • Where can you lead with energy and not expectations?
      • What about this energy or person is calling you to engage with them more on a deeper level?
      • With the experiences or people you come across, do they radiate good energy?
      • How do your interests align together in such a way that they’re going to support your own personal growth and development?

People who lead with expectation are usually too busy with judging the moment to fully appreciate the interaction happening. Rather than judging, be aware of how you feel in that moment. 

This week is your chance to put yourself out there and attract the energy that you seek. Start having authentic, memorable interactions with these Wise Walk questions:

      • Where in your life can you release expectations of how relationships are supposed to flow?
      • How can you remind yourself to not judge interactions, but be fully present instead? 

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[01:53] – Expectations, based on logic or overthinking, have the ability to disappoint us.

[04:35] – Don’t crowd your mind with “What if” when you could be living your life. 

[07:34] – Mary Tess shares the mindset that helped make her dating experiences much more enjoyable.

[09:53] – In the connections you make, are there areas that support your development and growth.

[12:46] – Be open to seeing where interactions go and how things evolve. 

[15:23] – Seek the energy that fuels you. 

[17:31] – Lead with energy, so you can move through life in a much more fluid way.

[19:58] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Why waste anymore time on something that isn’t connected to your heart-center?” – Mary Tess
  • “The ‘worrying’ takes away from the experience.” – Mary Tess

 

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EP 80: How to Laugh, Refocus, and Simplify

Are there moments in your life where you waste time on something that could be easy if you were a bit more organized and aligned with your vision? This episode talks about how to laugh, refocus, and simplify your alignment.

Honestly, I’m laughing at myself a little. I’m here encouraging Striders to create alignment with everything they want to manifest, but I can tell you I still have days where I find myself out of alignment. That’s why following your True Stride is a journey. Every conversation we have together is helping us build the resilience to get back into alignment from any unexpected detour.

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP80’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. I need time to purge and reorganize the actions and systems I have in place for aligning with my True Stride. First, I start with a laugh. I view life’s detours as moments of learning, which are a “Gift” (my Word of the Year). Then, I take time to refocus and simplify how I am managing my energy and attention.

On our Wise Walk, I discuss ways to realign from the shifts and pivots that might take you too far off course. Come with me as we reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

      • Where can you simplify your processes, expectations, and environment to move through life more fluidly?
      • Which parts of your life contribute to the frustration or disappointment at yourself that may come up, and how can you shift that energy?

We should give ourselves grace and kindness as we find our way back into alignment. Pivots and detours are not uncommon. Celebrate that you noticed you need to slow down and check your reality.

Remember to laugh, refocus, and simplify. Use this time to reflect on your alignment and flow with these Wise Walk questions:

      • Where are you getting stuck?
      • Where are you getting distracted by other things, instead of what’s important to you? 
      • What actions can you intentionally include in your day to get more flow? 

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[02:56] – Mary Tess reflects on getting more organized to get back into alignment.

[04:18] – How can you choose differently to come back into alignment?

[06:16] – Give yourself grace in dealing with your pivots.

[07:37] – Mary Tess values these weekly conversations with Striders and makes time for it.

[09:45] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Maybe you can relate to some of those sentiments? Priorities come up, and you need to shift and pivot to things that are definitely more important when you’re looking at the big picture.” – Mary Tess

 

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EP79: Evolve to Your Highest Good

We don’t always have a plan that is going to be executed in a seamless way. Any misstep or unexpected change is an opportunity to align or realign with what matters most. This episode talks about the path to evolve to your highest good.

This is the second year that I am participating in the 100 Day Project. During my journey, I chose to create affirmations and reflection questions so that I can be more intentional and hold space in my heart. As I picked a card for the day, I got a simple, but powerful question: Where am I evolving towards my highest good? 

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP79’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. I’m constantly evolving, and I don’t have it all figured out, but I can say I evolved further in my empathy. Remaining honest in how I emotionally and energetically connect internally and externally keeps me in my True Stride towards my highest good. It allows me to focus on what really matters in the moment. Do you know that feeling?

On our Wise Walk, I bring up questions that help us channel into our highest good. A moment to identify where we evolved into our highest good shows us how we are moving in the world. We need to give ourselves the space and grace to address our reflections before we are able to properly give that to others. Come with me as we ponder our experiences to reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

      • Where have you evolved into your highest good?
      • When you look at where you have evolved in life, what are you most proud of?
      • By doing these things how are you more present?

The path to your goals can evolve with you. While on this Wise Walk, you can identify your reflection as feedback on where to go next. Cherish new information you learn about yourself. It helps guide you on where to put your energy towards.

Find the time to get curious about reflecting on the ways you can allow yourself the space to evolve. Evolve into your highest good on a continual basis with these Wise Walk questions:

      • Where in your life are you giving yourself space and grace to evolve into your highest good, instead of judging it?
      • Where are you making choices based on your heart-center and coming from a place of love? 

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[03:09] – Where have I evolved into my highest good?

[05:23] – Mary Tess shares her thoughts on how she gives space and grace to the people around her. 

[06:59] – Focus on what really matters in the moment.

[09:47] – The path to your goals can evolve with you.

[11:26] – Ask yourself: “What will I regret more?”

[14:22] – Evolve into your highest good on a continual basis.

[16:50] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “I think that’s a gift I continue to give myself is to honor my emotional and energetic connection to myself and to others.” – Mary Tess
  • “I love that the Universe seems to be supporting me and giving me direction when I call upon it.” – Mary Tess

 

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EP78: Listening to the Beat of Your Heart

No matter how quickly or forcefully the world moves, we have the ability to slow down and check our reality. When we stand tall, shoulders back, and drop into our heart, we can set the pace of our True Stride. This episode talks about listening to the beat of your heart.

Striders, I focus on giving quality content in how the podcast is presented. I curate the messaging of our weekly Wise Walks, but I also work with a support system for the technical side of podcasting. Today’s episode is inspired by an email I got from the vendor I work with, Pro Podcast Solutions. One question opened our conversation so that we were able to truthfully share our thoughts on our teamwork. Do you want to hear what the question was? 

I’m here to spend quality solo time with you for EP78’s Wise Walk as we discover our True Stride. It’s time for you to slow down, ask questions, and listen to your heart. If you don’t, you might not learn and grow as an individual, or with your support system. When we ask the hard questions, we can grow together.

On our Wise Walk, I talk about how we are asking hard questions to ourselves and the people we’re in relationships with (whether business or personal). We should grow together and support each other in ways that are meaningful. Honestly, this is also a conversation I want to have with Striders, since I am sincerely invested in cultivating the relationship and community we share. Let’s check in with each other to reflect on these Wise Walk questions:

      • Where in your life are you slowing down and expanding your heart to notice the energetic and emotional connection/pull towards what lights you up?
      • Who are the individuals that you feel an energetic and emotional connection to? Have you told them lately?
      • Have you asked your mutual support if they are satisfied with the way you support each other to do your best work on this Earth? If not, what’s an area you think you can strengthen together?

When I slow down and check my reality on these Wise Walk questions, I feel an energetic or emotional pull in a certain direction. Give yourself grace and permission to do the same. Don’t feel pushed into a direction by something external, like society’s expectations, but allow yourself to be led by your heart. 

Energetic and emotional connections bring powerful exchanges that move you toward a bigger picture. Take actions that are heart-centered and aligned to where you want to go with these Wise Walk questions:

      • What relationships in your life do you share an energetic and emotional connection to? If you do have that, can you ask questions to grow together?
      • Where can you stand in your truth, bring your shoulders back and broaden your heart to feel your heartbeat and create connection to yourself and others?

Join this inspiring community to uncover a new sense of freedom, and be sure to follow and review the True Stride podcast as we continue to exchange our light and Heart Value with each other.

 

In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[02:09] – Mary Tess talks about holding grace while cultivating collaborative support with others.

[04:45] – Fellow Strider, Mary Tess is grateful for connecting with you every week.

[07:00] – Why are heartbeats the signature element for the True Stride podcast?

[08:39] – Follow where your heart is leading you.

[10:21] – Do you notice the people you have emotional and energetic connections to?

[12:33] – Mary Tess reflects on having truthful conversations.

[14:02] – Give yourself grace and permission.

[15:47] – Have you always noticed the heartbeats in this podcast?

[17:32] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “When we ask the hard questions, we can grow together.” – Mary Tess
  • “Where is my heart going to lead me today? Where do I feel that energetic and emotional pull, so that I am walking in my True Stride?” – Mary Tess
  • “We’re all evolving. We’re all expanding.” – Mary Tess

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EP77: Allow Your Weird with Shelley Brown

How can we balance our heart and mind rather than suppress our authentic selves? In this world, it is important to reconnect to your true essence. You may find this happens when you engage with something you liked as a kid, or when you have an Expansion Experience. By tapping into your authentic self, you fully express who you are and were meant to be. This episode talks about how honoring your weird will empower you to belong and feel appreciated.

Not long ago, I was self-reflecting about what’s my weird. After a conversation with my sister Heather, I realized my weird relates to my love of learning and teaching. For me, life is about nourishing growth and translating that to help others. I’m more inclined to seek those things out than others. That’s unique to me so it’s my “weird.” Today’s guest, Shelley Brown, challenges us to get comfortable and embrace our weird.

Shelley Brown is keynote speaker, artist, author, rock star mindfulness edutainer and creator of the W.E.I.R.D. process. A ball of positive energy, Shelley incorporates her own original pop artwork and speaks about allowing and amplifying your W.E.I.R.D. so audiences embrace individuality and land at a place of inclusion. She believes that the key to engagement is belonging, because when we get to be ourselves, we can bring our best to work, to school, and to the world.

On EP 77’s Wise Walk, Shelley and I exchange ideas on how to allow our weird so we can use it to serve ourselves and others. Shelley Brown is a self-proclaimed “weird girl.” In her eyes, we’re all weird, just different weirds. She speaks about cultivating our authentic selves to experience a sense of belonging internally and externally. Join this conversation to reflect on these Wise Walk questions and more:

      • What is your weird?
      • How did you decide it was weird?
      • How does it serve you?
      • How does it serve others?

Like most things, unraveling the tension around your weird can take time. There’s no need to immediately embrace all the things you think are weird about yourself. Shelley says there are steps between resistance and embrace. Getting comfortable with your weird requires grace and experiment.

If you are brave and bold about sharing your weird, you actually attract people that appreciate that. You can Activate Appreciation in a much deeper, more meaningful, connected way, so you can bring about a community that’s going to support you as you pursue your True Stride. Reconnect to your weird, authentic self with these Wise Walk questions:

      • Where are you suppressing your true essence?
      • How can you let your true essence shine?
      • What are you doing to cultivate authentic presence in your life?

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In this episode:

[00:23] – Welcome to the show!

[02:35] – Shelley Brown says a sense of belonging is her #1 value.

[05:00] – People just want to connect.

[06:32] – Getting comfortable with your weird doesn’t mean you immediately embrace your weird

[08:37] – Shelley talks about separating from a part of who she thought she was to really explore her identity.

[10:44] – Reconnect to your truest essence with experiences that expand your perception of yourself.

[13:07] – Mary Tess gives an example of how Expansion Experiences continue to allow her to reconnect with the Heart Value she shares.

[15:36] – Shelley wants to make mindfulness accessible to those who think the topics are too “Woo-Woo”.

[17:31] – Mindfulness with music.

[20:10] – Shelley says that the nervous system can be reset to some extent.

[22:21] – Mary Tess talks about how, “Thoughts are things.”

[23:58] – How does Shelley use art to express herself and bring people into the world she is expressing?

[25:49] – Being your true, authentic self attracts the fitting people towards you.

[28:09] – Do you know which parts of you that you view as “weird”?

[30:15] – Shelley remembers being made fun of for her artist side, and now it’s such a huge part of her life.

[33:05] – Shelley encourages people to take incremental steps towards getting comfortable with their weird.

[35:12] – Thank you for listening!

 

Memorable Quotes:

  • “Everyone wants to self-express and feel like they fit in with other people.” – Mary Tess
  • “I feel like my art is the embodiment of what I value, which is ‘welcoming’. When I do something with art, I’m welcoming others into this world that I expressed through that medium.” – Shelley 

 

Links and Resources:

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Heart Value

 

Shelley Brown

Weird Girl Adventures

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