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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 self quarantining, keeping out of the city and hunkering down in the Fortress of Ele-itude (It’s a rental). I recorded this after a week in voluntary isolation, so I’m loopy, but I’m here. I’m glad I’m in Los Angeles and not Florida right now, because I would probably go down to the beach and start bean bagging (not sure what those non-lethal weapons that shoot bean bags are called) those self involved idiots, but I digress. Let’s just try to stay healthy and not spread this virus to anyone else we love.   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 calling you out, true believer. I often have my time as a Christian dismissed as a limited experience, often discounting or discarding my reasons for walking away. Let me be clear, it wasn’t limited. If my words cause you to question your beliefs, that’s a you problem. As for me, I’m not going to stop talking, nor am I going to tap dance around and say, “But this isn’t ALL Christians.” I’ll just say this: Silence is taken as Complicity. Outside those “extreme voices”, there’s a lot of crickets. Let me fill in quiet and blow some shit up. :)   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, the past came back to me in the form of 2 red tail lights on a desolate street in the pitch darkness of night. I watched 2 people I love drive away, but the pain wasn’t from watching them go, it was from the previous time I watched the most important person in my life leave me behind.  It’s clear to me now how much work I have to do to get better mentally and physically. We’re not running away anymore, we’re pressing in and confronting our demons. Let’s turn on the headlights, hit the open road, and have a talk.   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 finally sat down and watched Contrapoints’ videos, and I feel inspired and motivated to make the dive into my own videos and productions. Plus, she is hot, mentally and physically. Anyway, I’m still in the process of moving, still figuring out what I want my future to look like. It’s a bit of a ramble, but when is it not? Let’s get inspired to take on the future, 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.
In this entry, we’re planning a heist. The target: Valentine’s Day. The goal: To steal it and turn it into a holiday that includes everyone. Let’s face it, Valentine’s is on the decline. Has it really been the holiday of love and romance or rather heartache and disappointment? With conversations about sex and relationships being derailed by religious, uptight, fear-mongers, it’s more important now than ever that we claim February 14th for those who want to live in a world where these issues are not demonized, instead praised and celebrated. We need open discourse (perhaps intercourse?), we need a holiday that celebrates our human nature. We don’t need to ditch the heart shaped boxes of chocolates and roses, but rather add components that work to serve everyone in these concepts of love, intimacy, and sex, and not exclude people because they’re lack of a romantic relationship. Put down the red and pink cupcakes you bought at the grocery store BRENDA! You don’t need to binge through your depression, it’s time to pull off a caper, lover. Slip off those Spanx and let’s talk dirty. I promise I'll be gentile.  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 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.  
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