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Sometimes, it's good to hear about the struggles and trials of others, especially if they've come through on the other side. This is such a podcast.

Host Ele Nichols (Artist/Writer/Gender Confusionist) will recount some of their own misadventures and how they made it (or are making it) through.
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In this entry, we’re talking about keeping your mother &%$#ing word. It might be seen as old school, but let’s scrap this idea that everything we did in the past was wrong. If you make a commit, be committed to keeping it. It’s a pretty simple philosophy, but one that seems is going into extinction. How many times have you or someone you know been “ghosted” on a date or an appointment. More and more it seems like people couldn’t give a flying &%$# if they waste your time. To put this into context, it’s like someone reaching into your pocket, taking money out of your wallet, then walking away as if nothing happened. Money however is something you can earn back. Once time is gone, it’s gone for good. We’re allowing too many of these scenarios to become common place in our society and it’s time we pretend like it’s no big deal. Let’s call it what it is: Grand Theft Time-O…we’ll work on that name.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission.  If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, I’m conducting a yard sale of my life. Some how I’ve managed to unclench my fingers around my most precious possessions and am moving on. A new chapter in life awaits and I’m cutting all the anchors that has held me back. However, I’m not just getting rid of things, but preconceived notions, commonly taken routes, and anything that might work for most, but just not for me. Just because the calendar changes doesn’t mean we do, unless we want to. I don’t know about you, but I’m determined to make this decade something truly spectacular.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission.  If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, it’s the end of the year, the end of a decade, and the end of an era. In the year 2020, are you still waiting for permission to live your life? I know I have, still a product of years and years of indoctrinated upbringing. You would think someone like myself who has veered off the safe path so many times in my life wouldn’t be waiting for marching orders from some authority, but here we are. Waking up everyday, choosing to make decisions for your future, it’s harder than you’d think. I’ve never been one to run away from a challenge and I don’t think you do either. Let’s go into 2020 and live a little but more curiously. Are you in?   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission.  If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, I’m talking about checking out of Hotel California. I’ve lived here since I was 10 years of age, been in L.A. since 2013. While this city has given me plenty of room to grow and be myself, it’s starting to feel more and more claustrophobic. It’s a place that I see as progressive ideologically, but not as much in practice. I think it’s the nature of this place where people come to chase dreams, but forget what it means to be a good, healthy person. So perhaps it’s time to see what else is out there in the world.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, it’s time to be thankful for time, thankful for the ability to change things, and thankful for what we have and accomplished in our lives. Yes, life might not be exactly the way that you or I want it to be right now. It’s very easy to see the negative and ignore the positive. However, it’s those positive things in your life that are going to help you get where you want to go. So lets take hold of life, take stock of what we have, and prepare to go roaring into the 20s.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, I don't give a hoot about what you think and neither should you. Being “Normal” isn’t something that should go away, but we should change what that means. What if instead of it having to do with alienating people for being unique and different, it actually has to do with how we treat other in an ever evolving society. Kindness, acceptance, and compassion as a common thing everyone shared in our culture, could you imagine that? Perhaps you should be. Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, I’m not redacting what I’ve said or decided in previous recent entries, rather amending a few things. We’re humans and we can’t change the fact that we have an emotional reaction to things. You also can’t live life in a completely intellectual, neutral state. Even if you could, would you really want to? I deal with a lot of emotional imbalances due to my mental health issues and it’s exhausting. Sometimes my judgment is off, making it easy for me to commit rash decisions. So this is an entry about admitting mistakes, growing from new experiences, and hopefully moving on and committing to positive changes.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, it’s time to share the spookiest stories from my life experience…Fundamentalist Christianity! I opened it up to questions, got one response, and proceeded to talk over an hour and a half about young indoctrination, speaking in tongues, and how they work their manipulations to hook you in and convince you that everything they’re doing is not crazy. It’s madness unraveled and explained. Dim the lights, grab some candy, and be prepared for some chilling revelations.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, it’s about family. Unfortunately it’s not the feel good, Full House type, but the hyper-religious kind that sweep anything under the carpet that’s too shameful to deal with. I had 35 years of excuses for their behavior, while hiding myself from their periphery just to keep them from being “exposed” to the way I live my life. Now at 36, I just don’t have another day in me to tolerate intolerance. Shared blood and genetics is never a good reason to stay in relationship with people who actively poison you. Time to shed a tear, then shed the past.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.  
In this entry, we’re pulling out the ol’ Rand McNally maps, plotting a course, and heading out into the wild. It’s time to get back to business, know where I’m going once again. Possibly, just possibly, help you too if you’re feeling lost. Additionally, this is my birthday week and I’ll be posting a report card of myself for this past year of living, each day this week. Buckle up, grab a big gulp, tune into some terrestrial radios, and let’s get at ‘er. Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.  
In this entry, we’re talking about sex, baby! Well…sex adjacent. I asked for your questions on Facebook, and you delivered. You never know what you’re going to get when you ask for questions about sex related subjects, so this was a truly interesting recording session. We’re covering asexuality, monogamy, polyamory, open relationships, and down and dirty cheaters. Thanks to my questioneers for your contributions. Hopefully, my perspective is helpful.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, it’s multiple choice! Well, at least that’s how Christians practice their faith. They would never admit it of course, but many fundamentalists claim that they follow ALL the scriptures in the Bible. But do they actually? After recently falling asleep watching YouTube, then waking up to a YouTube auto-play of videos from Girl Defined (A Christian based series of obnoxious messages about purity and a woman’s place in the Patriarchal structure), I’ve got some bones to pick. First, WTF YouTube? Second, I’ve come here to drink a PSL and kick some scriptural ass…and I’ve just finished my latte.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.  
In this entry, everything sucks and everyone is an asshole…Or maybe not.  Does anger and rage always spawn more anger and rage, or can it be redirected to provoke our better natures instead? That is my topic, though I don't claim it will be easy.    Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, we’re sliding up those scandalous over the knee patent boots, wearing everything that’s too sheer, too short, and too risqué. What is life without leaving some lasting impressions? Yes, some will say you’re just an exhibitionist, but there’s going to be a few who see you and feel your vibe. Who knows, you might just be helping someone else find their confidence. Fasten those garters, stroke those nylons, and strike a pose.    Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.  
In this entry, we’re talking about changes, even when things are going well. Why? Because it could be better. Self improvement sometimes means messing a few things up to find something more ideal. I also talk about passion and why I don’t allow myself to sell it out in certain areas anymore.   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.  
EleAMental Podcast No. 82: Personal Jesus   In this entry, we’re starting a religion! Following in the path of such great men such as Joseph Smith, L Ron Hubbard, and Alex Jones (He’s kinda like a new conspiracy based religion), we’re conjuring up a brand new belief system to call our own. You might think I’m kidding at this point. To a large degree, yes. However, the concept of faith and belief is interesting. And regardless how stupid and ridiculous the claims are, it’s still a powerful force that people are using to mold and shape our world. It’s that specific result I’m seeking. How do you live your life with reason, compassion, and love, while also believing in some force that drives you and gives you purpose. This will be sure to upset some, but I’m opening up about my new take on the spiritual. So no proselytization here, no trying to convince you of my beliefs. Instead, if you must believe, why not multiple choice?   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.    
In this entry, we’re talking about self-worth again. This one is a little bit different. I’m not going to tell you to “Treat yo self” or “You a queen.” Instead, I want to persuade you to be honest with yourself. What do you feel you value is really worth. Do you let other determine it for you? To do think of yourself to highly? Are you good, but could be better. So don’t discard yourself in the clearance bin, but at the same time, are you really the best you can be? Only you can be the judge of that…   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, we’re talking about where I went these past few weeks! A mental health break is never a bad idea. I’m going to talk to you about my anxiety disorder and how it got way out of control. Then the bad things I tried to fix it, followed by the right things I did which actually is working. Nonetheless, I’m doing very well and am ready to push onward. Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, let’s talk about keeping your therapy in session. When did people start wearing their mental illnesses like medals of honor? It’s become the ultimate excuse for people not to deal with their problems, it’s just “the way they are.” In reality, it’s annoying, it’s rampant, and it needs to stop. So let’s deal with our issues, remember what social curtesy is, and understand proper place and time to share certain information. Who’s ready to get their shit together?   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
In this entry, we’re talking about being so much yummier. I’ve had a fascination with Catwoman for a long time (Michelle Pfeiffer specifically), I just wasn’t paying attention to the lesson she was trying to teach me. I’ve always seen myself as A Keaton Batman type. Awkward, introverted, brooding, focused, selfless. Now, I’m starting to see that while that is definitely part of me, there’s another. To quote Bruce Wayne to Selina Kyle, “We’re the same…split right down the center.” Like Yin and Yang, I too have a dual nature. One part bat, one part cat, I am contradictory, yet balanced sides. As of late, I’ve felt that nature begin to claw out of me. Forcing me to reevaluate myself and my beliefs. There’s a time to be the silent, watchful guardian, then there’s a time to squeeze into latex and rip out someones intestine with your bare hands. You can try to deny your dark side, but in the end, it finds a way to manifest one way or another. So let’s ask the question “What Would Catwoman Do?” Would she just forgive the people who tried to kill her, let Max Shreck slide for pushing her out a window? Would you? Or do you finally come to understand that forgiveness is not always the answer. It doesn’t always make you better, heal your wounds. And perhaps, just perhaps, all these beliefs and ideologies we accept as being good for us, might just be poison instead. So lets take an honest look at ourselves and ask, “Is forgiveness truly good for the soul, or just good for those who’ve sinned against us?” When you can accept those difficult painful truths, then you might just find real healing. Pour up a glass of ice cold milk and lets scratch through this surface, shall we?   Help Support This Podcast: https://patreon.com/elenichols   Website: http://houseofele.com Store/Art: http://eluded.ltd Instagram/Facebook/Twitter: @elenichols Email: info@elenichols.com   Music was provided by Damn The With Siren, featuring the song, “Big Mouth”, and was used with their permission. If you want to hear more of their incredible music, go to www.DamnTheWitchSiren.com.
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