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Every Tuesday, Judging Meghan explores stories that prove our strength and resilience as human beings. Featured guests include Dr. Nadine Macaluso (as portrayed by Margot Robbie in "The Wolf of Wall Street"), Ariana Kukors-Smith (Olympic Gold Medalist), Elisa Donovan (Author & Actress), Nikki DeLoach (Actress & Philanthropist), Candy Finnigan (Addiction Specialist, Star of A&E’s, Intervention) Diane Foley (Activist & Mother of Slain Journalist James Foley), Will Jimeno (Author, 9/11 Survivor & Port Authority Officer), Celebrity Chef, Wayne Elias and many more.

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Trigger Warning: This podcast episode contains emotionally charged discussions about stillbirth and miscarriage grief. Listener discretion is advised, as this content may be distressing or triggering for those who have experienced similar losses or are sensitive to such topics. We aim to provide a safe space for discussion and healing, but please prioritize your mental and emotional well-being while listening.Join my guest Hailey Ricks and I for an emotionally charged and compassionate exploration of stillbirth and miscarriage grief in this powerful episode. Hailey Ricks, founder of the Still Born Still Loved Foundation, shares her deeply personal journey through the heart-wrenching experience of losing a child. Through her story, she vividly portrays the post-stillbirth ordeal, from the haunting sound of newborns crying in the maternity ward while her baby rests silently to the stark contrast of leaving the hospital with just a single piece of paper amidst the celebration of other new mothers.This conversation dives deep into the unspoken world of pregnancy and infant loss, challenging societal taboos. It highlights the need for empathy and support, regardless of the stage of pregnancy, and emphasizes the power of storytelling to connect, heal, and remember the lives of lost children. Together, we break the silence around these painful topics, providing insights, support, and a safe space for anyone touched by stillbirth and miscarriage grief.I am an independent podcaster and your monthly donations and partnerships help more than you can imagine. This is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by looking forward together!#mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #selfhelp #newborn #stigma #mom #support #grief #stilllovedfoundation #stllbirth #miscarriageOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode is a re-visited episode of one of my favorite Guests:Addiction has always been an issue in the US. With the rise in fentanyl related deaths and increasing number of ads and commercials glamorizing alcohol and other substances addiction and substance abuse has become even more prevalent in today's society. This is why I am so happy to have today's guest addiction Specialist and interventionist Candy Finnigan. In this episode we’ll be discussing what has led Candy to where she is today.Candy is an addiction specialist and interventionist that you may have seen on A&E’s Intervention. Having been 36 years sober herself Candy knows personally how hard the journey to recovery can be. That is the reason she has dedicated her life to helping others work through their addiction and recover.I am an independent podcaster and your monthly donations and partnerships help more than you can imagine. This is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by looking forward together!#mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #intervention #death #tragedy #drugabuse#mentalhealth #trauma #alcoholabuse #addiction  #sober #recovery #candyfinniganOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode features award-winning author Robin Finn, celebrated for her Hillarious essay "When Our Daughter Walked In on Us." Together, Robin and I explore her journey from stifled aspirations to the tumultuous path of parenthood, unveiling the transformative power of art and connection amidst life's trials. Robin shares candid stories of evolution and self-discovery, shedding light on the profound impact of parenthood while reflecting on her own path to overcoming societal expectations and self-doubt to pursue her passion for writing.In addition to delving into the stigma surrounding neurodiversity and the challenges within the educational system, we engage in thought-provoking discussions on the nuanced experiences of parenting neurodivergent children. Our guests share personal stories of resilience, empowering others to find acceptance and solidarity. Join us on an inspiring journey with Robin Finn author of "Heart, Soul Pen," as she shares insights on embracing authenticity and reclaiming your narrative. From practical tips to empowering strategies, this episode encourages listeners to unlock their creative potential and share their truth with the world. Tune in and embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and empowerment.Pre-order Robin's new book "Heart. Soul. Pen. find your voice on the page and in your life" now through her website https://www.robinfinn.com/heart-soul-pen/ or directly at Amazon, Target, or Bookshop.org.  This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #findingyourvoice #connecting #authenticity #planecrash #art #neurodivergent #parenting #writing #creativity #robinfinnOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode I'm joined by Stephanie Quayle, the renowned singer and author, who unveils her upcoming book, "Why Do We Stay?: How My Toxic Relationship Can Help You Find Freedom" in a candid discussion slated for release on April 30th via HarperCollins.com or Amazon Together, Stephanie and I explore the journey of resilience, diving deep into how past experiences shape our present paths. As we unravel the complexities of self-acceptance and artistic integrity, Stephanie shares the struggles of navigating an industry that demands conformity. From working odd jobs to sustain her music career to facing the pressure to change her identity, her journey epitomizes the resilience of the human spirit.With vulnerability and authenticity, Stephanie opens up about the profound loss that reshaped her life. Through heart-wrenching revelations and moments of profound reflection, they delve into the transformative power of grief and the journey to finding solace in the midst of tragedy.Navigating the complexities of love, loss, and betrayal, Stephanie offers a beacon of inspiration to those grappling with similar challenges. With unwavering courage and vulnerability, She shares intimate stories of survival, growth, and the unwavering pursuit of authenticity. Tune in for an episode brimming with authenticity, resilience, and find meaning in every twist and turn of life's journey.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #gambling #support #authenticity #planecrash #bullying #countrymusic #cheating #betrayal #loss #stephaniequayleOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode I'm joined by guest Rachel Hart who recounts her heart-stopping encounter with a hit-and-run accident in Venice, California. Walking with her eight-month-old son, Rachel faced a life-threatening situation when a reckless 16-year-old driver in a stolen car careened towards them. Through Rachel's courageous retelling, listeners will explore themes of trauma, resilience, and the indomitable bond between mother and child as she navigates through the harrowing aftermath of the incident.Rachel unveils the realities of law enforcement's response and the systemic failures that plagued her quest for justice. From grappling with unanswered questions to confronting the crisis within the justice system, Rachel delves into the unsettling complexities of urban life in Los Angeles. With honesty, she exposes the urgency for reform and community action amidst escalating crime rates and societal turmoil.Join Meghan and her guest as they dissect the repercussions of leniency, confront uncomfortable truths, and chart a course towards healing, justice, and collective empowerment. Through their candid dialogue, listeners are invited to confront the chaos of tragedy and explore pathways towards a brighter, safer future for all.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #gambling #support #triumph #crime #venice #criticism #communityaction #johnmckiney #motherhood #justicesystem #justice #crimeinLAOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode, I am thrilled to welcome award-winning hypnotist Kevin Lepine, acclaimed as the rock star of hypnosis, for a truly enlightening conversation. Kevin shares his encounters with criticism, both online and during live performances, shedding light on the corrosive nature of cyberbullying and its profound effects on mental well-being. Our conversation takes a deeply personal turn as Kevin opens up about his challenging childhood, marked by severe bullying and struggles with mental health. Through his journey of resilience and self-discovery, he emphasizes the transformative power of community support and self-reflection, which resonates deeply with me, drawing from my own experiences with bullying.As we conclude our episode, Kevin and I underscore the importance of shedding light on mental health challenges, affirming that healing and growth are achievable through connection and self-acceptance. Kevin's inspiring journey—from battling addiction to uncovering his birth parents—serves as a beacon of hope for listeners on their own paths of self-discovery and transformation. Through resilience, self-awareness, and the courage to seek help, Kevin's story imparts invaluable insights on overcoming adversity and embracing vulnerability as catalysts for personal growth and fulfillment.You can order Kevin’s book “Deep Into My Eyes: From Victim To Vegas Headliner” on Amazon.Get tickets to his show through https://vegashypnosisshow.com/.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #gambling #support #triumph #hypnotist #vegas #criticism #adoption #bullying #hypnosis #kevinlepineOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode, I'm joined by James Francis, a Speaker, Entrepreneur, and author of the book “There's Coffee in the Fridge: One Man's Journey Through Anxiety and Depression.” Together, we delve into the journey of overcoming trauma, depression, and finding hope. From childhood struggles to navigating the complexities of masculinity and societal expectations, James candidly shares his own battles with depression and the transformative power of vulnerability. He champions the importance of authenticity and self-honesty, paving the way for healing and resilience in the face of adversity.James inspires with his unwavering commitment to breaking the silence surrounding mental health issues. Tune in to "Judging Meghan" for an episode filled with poignant reflections, empowering stories, and invaluable lessons on navigating life's challenges with courage and compassion. You can order James’s book through Amazon or on his website: https://www.therescoffeeinthefridge.com/. Reach out to James through his Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therescoffeeinthefridge/.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #breakingfree #support #resilience #vulnerability #therescoffeeinthefridge #healing #alcoholic #jamesfrancis #depression #anxiety Our Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Today’s episode is a heavier one as I go solo to reflect on losing my dad during my childhood. It's a topic that's been on my mind a lot, and until now, I haven't really shared much about it. Throughout this episode, I'll be opening up about the profound impact of his absence, which continues to resonate with me to this day. I'll share how I've carried the weight of this loss, and the reality that I've never truly processed that loss. And how it has shaped not only my present but also chunks of my past, which are now blocked.I'm putting this out there in the hopes that it might resonate with others who are going through the same thing – losing a parent is tough, and I want you to know you're not alone in your feelings.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #breakingfree #support #resilience #vulnerability #healing #unprocessedgrief #childhoodloss #lossofaparent #griefOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode, I'm joined by Nick Klingensmith, a four-time cancer survivor, recovering alcoholic, and author who defied all odds to become an obstacle course racer. Nick sheds light on the subtle yet profound impacts of parental neglect and the complexities of addiction and self-deception. From functional alcoholism to moments of reckoning, he recounts pivotal moments that propelled him towards seeking help and reclaiming his life.As we discuss our journeys through recovery, listeners gain insight into the complexities of battling addiction, the importance of seeking support, and the power of self-awareness in breaking free from destructive patterns. From attending recovery programs to confronting past traumas, our guests share the pivotal steps they took to embrace healing and transformation.Nick bravely shares his own experience with cancer diagnosis and subsequent battles. From the initial shock of discovery to the grueling treatments and recovery process, he offers a raw and unfiltered account of his journey. Despite facing numerous setbacks, he maintains a steadfast determination to rise above the noise and spread positivity.Transcending the challenges of cancer, Nick reflects on how he found purpose and meaning through embracing life's obstacles, both on and off the racing track. His authenticity and vulnerability shine through as he shares insights on mental toughness, overcoming adversity, and the transformative power of self-belief.Get Nick's book “Through The Fire: The story of the 4-time cancer survivor, type-1 diabetic, and recovering alcoholic who became an obstacle course racer and defied it all.” on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Through-Fire-survivor-recovering-alcoholic/dp/B0948JY598This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #breakingfree #support #resilience #vulnerability #obstaclecourseracing #healing #alcoholic #growth #cancer #addictionOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this captivating episode on the power of human connection and its impact on our brains. Dr. Mark Williams, an award-winning author and cognitive neuroscience professor, sheds light on the concerning effects of technology on mental health, well-being, and relationships. Dr. Williams discusses the addictive nature of devices, how they rob us of our brain's full potential, and even increase the risk of early-onset Alzheimer's and dementia. He emphasizes the importance of monitoring children's device usage and shares a unique family approach to managing screen time. The episode also explores the significance of face-to-face interaction, which activates more parts of the brain and fosters trust and openness through the release of oxytocin, the "love hormone."I am an independent podcaster and your monthly donations and partnerships help more than you can imagine. This is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by looking forward together!#mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #selfhelp #storytelling #alzheimers  #selfdiscorvery #tragedy #trauma #brain #interaction #Dr.MarkWilliams #neuroscience #humanconnection #technologyNOTE: This Revisited Series is the re-release of my favorite most important episodes.Our Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode, I'm joined by former California State Assembly member Mary Chung Hayashi, author of "Women in Politics: Breaking Down the Barriers to Achieve True Representation." Together, we delve into Mary's immigrant experience, navigating identity shifts, and linguistic challenges. We explore the complexities of grief, cultural expectations, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.During this episode, we sit down and explore a wide range of pressing issues facing society today. From the complexities of homelessness and mental health crises to the challenges of gender dynamics and political polarization, we delve deep into the heart of these critical topics with nuance and empathy. Tune in to hear Mary share her personal journey and reflections on navigating the world of politics. Listeners are treated to a wealth of wisdom and inspiration, delivered with honesty and authenticity.You can learn more about Mary and get her book "Women in Politics: Breaking Down the Barriers to Achieve True Representation" through her website: https://www.maryhayashi.com/This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #breakingbarriers #marychunghayashi #representation #womenempowerment #poc #idenitynavigating #politics #growth #womeninpolitics #socialjusticsOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Julie Payne joins the discussion on the complexities of modern childhood, addressing issues exacerbated by social media and academic pressures. The conversation explores the unrealistic expectations placed on children and the impact of societal norms on mental health, with Julie emphasizing the need for parents to prioritize their children's well-being over conventional notions of success. Julie advocates for creating a healthier environment for today's youth, encouraging pursuits of passion and simpler childhood pleasures.The episode also delves into the challenging realm of parenting amidst abuse and legal complexities. Julie underscores the ineffectiveness of fear-based parenting and corporal punishment, advocating instead for positive reinforcement and support. She shares insights into navigating abusive situations within the family court system, expressing hope for change through increased awareness and trauma-informed practices.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #children #socialmedia #healing #parenting #trauma #juliepayne #ace #growth #compassion #familyOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode, I'm joined by Reverend James Parker, the author of the newly released book "The Wealth Spark." Reverend Parker delves into the concept that societal expectations and the suppression of emotions are ingrained in the DNA of men, leading them to wear masks and grapple with authenticity. He emphasizes that breaking free from this pattern is crucial for genuine connection and finding a meaningful life.The episode highlights the transformative power of spirituality, the importance of making conscious choices in the face of loss, and the necessity of breaking free from ingrained generational patterns. Reverend Parker candidly shares personal experiences, discussing men's mental health challenges, the repercussions of suppressed emotions, and the vital role of authenticity. The segment concludes with a powerful message on the significance of embracing one's true self, finding purpose, and making positive contributions within the limited time we have.You can get Reverend Parker's book "The Wealth Spark” through his website https://www.thewealthsparkbook.com/  or directly on amazon! This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #reverend #jameparker #healing #menshealth #overcoming #authenticity #possitivity #growth #compassion #spiritualityOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This week I'm joined by fellow podcaster Angela Pugh, whose podcast ‘Addiction  Unlimited’ touches addiction and recovery. In this episode Angela opens up about her past, navigating doubts about the future, and bravely shares her journey through addiction. Together, we reflect on the power of gratitude amidst life's challenges and discuss societal judgments, exploring the complexities of addiction with honesty and vulnerability.As Angela unfolds her personal narrative—from the hustle of Hollywood to the laid-back vibes of Kansas City—we dive into pivotal moments. At 33.5 years old, Angela's decision to embrace sobriety marks a turning point after battling alcoholism for over a decade. We explore the impact of her bartending career, the culture shock of returning to Kansas City, and the transformative journey that led to growth, resilience, and helping others on the path to recovery. This episode promises authentic insights into Angela's experiences, the enduring influence of gratitude, and her dedication to supporting others through coaching sessions, making it a heartfelt exploration of life's challenges and the rewarding journey to recovery.You can reach angela and listen to her podcast through her website https://addictionunlimited.com/This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy #alcoholism  #recovery #healing #angelapugh #overcoming #AA #possitivity #growth #compassion #sobrietyOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Triumph Over Darkness with Best Selling Author Nina Sossamon-Pogue (Revisited)This episode, initially released in 2021, stands out as one of my absolute favorites. Nina's book has become my ultimate go-to, personally revisited numerous times. I consistently recommend it to others as an excellent resource when navigating life's inevitable challenges and triumphs.In this episode, I speak with a former member of the USA Gymnastics team, Emmy-winning television news anchor, former executive at a high-growth tech company during its IPO, and best-selling author Nina Sossamon-Pogue.When your dreams are taken away from you, it's hard to figure out what comes next. Nina talks about helping people come out of their darkness to live the life they want to live. How can you move on from "this"? This question spurned into a powerful episode of Judging Meghan that will steer anyone through the mess of uncertainty.Where to Find Nina Sossamon-PogueYou can learn more about Nina Sossamon-Pogue at https://ninasossamonpogue.com/This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy #healing #movingon #strength #charleston #possitivity #author #resilience #ninasossamonpogueNOTE: This Revisited Series is the re-release of my favorite most important episodes.Our Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode features flower essences expert Dina Saalisi, who shares her transformative journey from trauma survivor to flower therapy advocate. The conversation explores nature's healing power and the significance of self-awareness, Dina opens up about her traumatic past, revealing her evolution from timidity and fear as a survivor of sexual abuse to a confident advocate. She attributes her transformative journey to the support of flower remedies and other healing modalities.The discussion delves into the therapeutic role of flowers in mental health, touching on Dina's experiences overcoming shyness and navigating trauma. Her healing journey unfolds through group therapy, emphasizing the empowering yet challenging experience of sharing stories in a supportive circle. The episode highlights the profound impact of storytelling within a therapeutic group, showcasing the healing potential of shared experiences. Dina's insights into flower therapy, forgiveness, and her upcoming ventures, including her latest book "The Art of Flower Therapy" and a podcast “Your Healing Garden: Cultivate Wellbeing with the Energies of Nature” on MindBodySpirit.FM, which launches on January 11th provide a holistic perspective on emotional well-being.For more on Dina check out her website https://dinasaalisi.com/ or reach out through her instagram @dina_saalisi_healing_artsThis podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #kendruck #healing #Dina Saalisi #assault #grouptherapy #possitivity #floweressence #compassion #flowertherapyOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode I’m joined by Dr. Ken Druck, a Ph.D. and grief expert,in a conversation about navigating "what now" moments, both on a personal level and in the context of broader global challenges. He emphasizes the significance of turning challenging moments into opportunities for growth and positive change. Dr. Ken also shares insights on finding common ground, fostering compassion, and building unlikely friendships even in the face of differing perspectives. The conversation also explores the universality of grief especially during the holiday season and the unique challenges parents encounter in unprecedented times. Key themes of self-compassion, patience, and humility emerge as vital elements in navigating life's uncertainties. The narrative captures the essence of the human experience—the wrestling with grief, the enduring nature of love, and the potential for discovering joy amidst profound loss. Learn more on Dr. Ken Druck and his philosophy on his website https://www.kendruck.com/ where you can also purchase is previous books and pre-order his upcoming book ‘HOW WE GO ON’.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #kendruck #healing #cassidynovak #grief #commonground #possitivity #loss #compassion #payitforwardOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode features a conversation with Cassidy Novak, a public speaker, author, and mother of triplets. Cassidy reflects on her life journey, starting from her seemingly idyllic childhood in Florida to the challenges she encountered, including severe anxiety, eating disorders, and suppressed memories of childhood sexual abuse. The turning point comes with a life-threatening boating accident that leads to Cassidy's remarkable recovery, defying medical expectations and fueled by the unwavering support of her family. This miraculous survival story is further accentuated by the unexpected blessing of naturally conceiving identical triplets, challenging statistical odds and reinforcing Cassidy's belief in the divine.Cassidy shares profound insights into the impact of forgiveness in the healing process. She encourages everyone to confront their hurts, list the pains they've endured, and symbolically release them. Highlighting the universal power of forgiveness, independent of religious or spiritual beliefs, Cassidy advocates for choosing positivity and empathy in the face of adversity.Listeners interested in learning more about Cassidy can explore her book, 'I Can I Have I Will: Blooming Through Life's Greatest Tragedies,' available on Amazon or connect with her on Instagram @cassgnovak.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #mentalhealthawareness #empathy  #sexualabuse #healing #cassidynovak #vulnerability #divine #abuse #forgivenessOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
This episode, I'm joined by author, publicist, and mental health advocate Diana Danielle. Diana details her journey of resilience against mental health challenges, sharing her battle with debilitating migraines and exploring unconventional paths to healing, such as leech therapy. From facing bullying and the loss of lifelong friendships to embracing unconventional treatments like leech therapy which is a process using leeches whose saliva is an anti-inflammatory and creates migraine relief. And Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which applies  a series of short magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in areas of the brain known to be associated with major depression. Diana's story emphasizes breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. This episode celebrates the transformative power of TMS, advocating for mental health awareness and innovative solutions. You can pre-order Diana’s memoir and read her already published excerpts and essays through her website: https://www.dianadanielepr.com/ DISCLAIMER: We are not medical professionals. If you are struggling with migraines, or mental health issues, please consult your doctor for the best course of action.This podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #tmentalhealthawareness #empathy  #migraines #healing #Advocacy #vulnerability #tms #leechtherapy #dianadanieleOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
In this episode, I’m joined by Andrea Vawda, a clinical counselor, teacher, author, and podcaster who shares a deeply personal journey of resilience and self-discovery. Following a breakup from a narcissist, Andrea began experiencing mini-strokes misdiagnosed as complex migraines. The strokes were eventually traced back to a rare tumor in the left atrium of the heart, a profound symbol linking to the emotional turmoil of a toxic relationship. While Andrea faced deep depression and contemplated self-harm, she instead embarked on a transformative chapter where she shares the struggle of returning to work, grappling with cognitive challenges and visual impairments resulting from the stroke. This episode intertwines physical and emotional pain, emphasizing the importance of embracing and feeling one's emotions. It raises thought-provoking questions about the intricate relationship between mental well-being and physical health, challenging conventional narratives about illness and inviting listeners to consider the impact of self-perception and emotional well-being on physical ailments. Andrea's vulnerability and resilience create a powerful narrative, offering a unique perspective on the journey from trauma to recovery.You can hear more from Andrea on her podcast Rock the Bottom Podcast as well as reach out through their instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockthebottompodcast/?hl=enThis podcast is a place for trauma survivors as well as their friends and family. This is a safe environment to be vulnerable but it's also a place for celebration and moving forward. Let's all start to embrace who we are becoming by #mentalhealth #selfcare #self #judgingothers #judgingmeghan #suicideawareness #suicideprevention #survivor #abuserecovery #traumahealing #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #podcasts #selfhelp #addiction #addictionrecovery #lgbtqsupport #therockbottompodcast #empathy  #narcissist #healing #mindfulwellness #vulnerability #rockbottom #physicalwellbeing #emotionalwellbeingOur Sponsors:* Check out : * Check out : * Check out Homethreads and use my code judgingmeghan for a great deal: www.homethreads.com* Check out Quince: quince.com/judgingmeghanSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/judging-meghan/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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