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Author: Shilpa

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Bringing light to controversial topics through raw and authentic storytelling from diverse lines of thought and experiences. This is a safe space where we can discuss taboo topics and nothing is off limits here. Ultimately, inspiring people to find joy by living their own truth. I'm, Shilpa, a first generation Indian American who nearly lost her life to suicide due to depression caused by trauma. I have found purpose through my adversity and I see my story as my power. Along with sharing my own story, you will hear from others with powerful stories and life experiences. Feel free to send me episode inspiration or if you would like to be a guest: Instagram: @ShilpaCacho and you've enjoyed the podcast and wish to support click the link
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 Libby Christenson, my life coach, is  with us today! I literally started this podcast because of my work with her.  Libby introduced me to the world of human design and how it plays a role in who we are. My initial session with her has drastically changed how I view myself, how I communicate my needs in my relationships, and how I tap into my intuition, and manifest my dreams into reality. We wanted to share the magical world of human design with you all in hopes that it can help someone else have a deeper understanding of oneself as well.  Libby's  work  awakens and anchors the intentions of her clients by directing them back to their own Primal Navigation System. Each one of us has an internal compass that is constantly providing wisdom, direction and clarity. However, many of us have forgotten or silenced that voice through years of conditioning and self doubt. She guides people back to their Primal Nav through co-active coaching and the framework of Human Design.Website: @libby.ChristensonEmail: libby.christenson@gmail.comContact me: @ShilpaCacho
The power of manifestation and the law of attraction have transformed my life and I knew I had to share the secrets with you all. That is why I just had to have Becky, a manifestation and mindset coach, on with us! Becky is a living example of how powerful manifesting and the law of attraction can be.After years of battling with mental health issues, crippling debt and lack of purpose Becky hit rock bottom when she found herself in an abusive relationship. After multiple assaults, she decided enough was enough. Stumbling upon the infamous book, The Secret, she started to research and practice a new way of living and thinking.Since then she has been able to manifest everything she put on her original vision board in just a few years, and is living a life she never thought possible. Through the years, she developed her own method for manifesting and reprogramming your mindset and is now on a mission to help others transform their lives just like she did.Follow Becky on Instagram: @ThatManifesationGirlTikTok: BeckyRose__
I have Isaac back again to discuss how we've survived jealousy, fights, family disapproval, and a whole lot more to create a relationship that we never imagined we could have. Having gone through a divorce myself and Isaac and I cheating in past relationships, we had no idea what a healthy and happy relationship even looked like. As a couple, we have uncovered  tidbits of knowledge along the way and we are hoping they can help you. Share your stories and thoughts on this topic with me!Instagram: @ShilpaCacho
My interview with Dr.Maha is packed with info about how to overcome relationship hurdles, dealing with the in-laws, tackling mismatched sex drives, and how to survive the first year of marriage and create a healthy relationship that can last. Dr. Maha is passionate about helping people live, love, and sexually connect more authentically, courageously, and freely, through meaningful and challenging conversations and experiences. She believes that healing is the journey towards holism, and finds great joy and fulfillment in helping clients through that journey.Connect with Dr. Maha on Instagram: @sexualhealingdocWebsite: www.sexualhealingdoc.comConnect with me on Instagram: @ShilpaCachoShe completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at University College London, UK, and has a Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy accredited by the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT), UK. She offers an integrated approach that combines the fundamentals of Humanistic therapy, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, the Gestalt approach, Psychodynamic model, and IMAGO theory. She is currently a Certified Sexologist from the American College of Sexologists. In addition, she has completed a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and Coach training, a Sports Psychology Coaching certification, and a Nature-Based Therapy course. She is also in the process of completing an Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy Certification.She has been practicing as a Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist for the last decade, in addition to offering workshops, retreats, and couples intensives. Having lived in London, Lebanon, Dubai, New York City, and now California, she has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She is currently working with Walk Intuit as a Psychological Assistant and is able to offer in-person therapy sessions and online coaching/consulting sessions in English or Arabic. You can find more information on her professional background on her website:
My interview with sexpert, Goody Howard, is one you have to hear if you're wanting to learn more about how to spice things up in the bedroom. I know many women struggle with experiencing the "Big O". I used to be one of them. This is why I knew I had to make this a podcast topic. We're also talking about how to talk to your kids about sex, sex toys, and oral sex tips and tricks. If you would like to purchase any of the toys mentioned in the podcast.Please check out also teaches online classes : August 22ndGrab your tickets for RIDEology and Lick! below
 With Chantal Heide's massive following on TikTok  and years of experience with helping people find true love, I figured there must be some truth to this no kissing for 3 months rule of hers. Tune in to learn how to stop kissing frogs and find your prince or princess, or as I like to say your king or queen.  Chantal Heide is a Dating & Relationship Coach and Author from Ontario. Chantal’s unique and unconventional approach to dating & relationships is proved to be extremely effective as she has gained over 230,000 followers on the popular platform TikTok. She has studied an array of different topics including Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, and Biology. Combining Science & Spirituality, Chantal helps singles find lasting love and teaches couples how to maintain healthy relationships with ZERO fights. You can find all of her books on her website ( and follow her on TikTok @canadasdatingcoach for an abundance of free advice!Message me on Instagram for future episode ideas: @ShilpaCachoIf you're enjoying the podcast, leave some love in the reviews. Thank you!
This week's episode was inspired by the horrific murder of Fort Hood soldier, Vanessa Guillen and all of the brave military members who have shared their stories of sexual assault and mistreatment by the military, after being outraged by Vanessa's death. One of the ways to eliminate this crime is by speaking about it openly. Let it no longer be taboo. Let us learn how to speak up. Let us learn how to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Let us work together to protect each other. For  part 1, I interviewed Anna Sanchez, a psych nurse practitioner and Sexual assault response coordinator in the Air Force, who sheds light on the neurobiology of sexual trauma, the continuum of harm, and what we can do to stop sexual assault in the military and in our communities. Instagram: @Annasanchez_psych_npPart 2, is with Hannah, who served our country during her time in the Navy, which she recalls as bittersweet because of her poor treatment and the military's failure to protect her. She was assaulted twice within her time in the Navy. Instagram: @HannnahgeeeShare your thoughts with me on Instagram: @ShilpaCachoIf you like what you're hearing, please feel free to show some love in the reviews
 "You just don't know what you don't know". In today's episode, we dive into abusive relationships and domestic violence. I know many will think this information does not pertain to them but having this knowledge can save lives of loved ones. We discuss red flags that might indicate a potential batterer, how to support loved ones in abusive relationships, and how to create a plan to leave. I urge everyone to listen to my interview with Dr. Laura Streyffeler.Dr. Laura is a Licensed in Mental Health Counselor with a PhD in Human Services.She is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress.  In addition to her counseling practice, Dr. Laura  provides expert witness/consultation for victims of trauma  (with focus on domestic and sexual violence) and authored the book Wife Beater Shirt Optional: There is no dress code for domestic violence. Available on Amazon.com Instagram: @CounselingDoctorFor anyone  affected by abuse and needing support, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233I want to connect with you! Follow me on Instagram: @ShilpaCacho
Are you confused on how to communicate your sexual desires to your partner? Then, this is the episode for you!Janel Vitale is a sexual empowerment & shame-free relationship coach on a mission to help you transform fear, jealousy and insecurity into deeper connection and more fulfilling sex. Her passion is empowering people to unlearn false beliefs about sex and relationships that are holding them back, and teaching the tools of authentic intimacy: vulnerable communication, self-awareness, embodiment and emotional intelligence. She just launched her new online course Intimate Instincts in which you (and your partner) will transform your defense mechanisms into deeper connection and sexual healing based on your unique personality type for coping with stress. Check it out! You can also find Janel on Tiktok, YouTube and IG @lovewithjanel and at Connect with Shilpa on Instagram: @ShilpaCachoIf you're enjoying the podcast, leave a review :)
According to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, about 45% of men and 35% of women have admitted to having an emotional affair. That's a pretty big percentage! After polling my Instagram followers on whether or not infidelity meant divorce, the results showed that about 50% were willing to work through it. This podcast is not only for people dealing with infidelity in their relationship, but also for anyone who is currently in a relationship or plans on having one in the future. Stacey, an infidelity specialist and relationship coach, shares her personal experience with infidelity and how she now helps heal broken marriages. Learn how to find freedom  and healing from your affair: A four-week course with a bonus module designed to meet the specific needs and challenges of a woman's infidelity. You will find tools and support that will help you overcome affair withdrawals, grief, and discover what the roadblocks are that will try to prevent you from breaking free. You will also learn how to prevent relapse and to finally be able to get the closure you have been long for. Come join us freedom is waiting for you. Stacey on Instagram: me on Instagram and send me future podcast episode ideas: @ShilpaCacho
Does being in a relationship mean you have to stop having sex with other people? According to my guests, Steven and Pri, a couple that lives by the motto "life without limits", the door to their relationship remains open to possible sexual encounters and connections with other women. Follow them on Instagram, where they share their love for travel and their poly journey: Follow me on Instagram: @MakeupbyShilpa
Not all relationships are created equal: Meet Sabrina, a doctor from Germany, who talks about how adding a third person into her once monogamous relationship salvaged their connection, deepened their bond, and introduced an amount of joy they could never have imagined.  Follow their journey on Instagram: @Greene_TriadDM me on Instagram for future episode inspiration: @MakeupbyShilpa
Being Brown in America

Being Brown in America


After a week of reflecting, reading, listening, researching, we finally feel ready to share our thoughts on our experiences with racism, what we've learned over the last week, and what we hope for moving forward. Follow Isaac on Instagram @TheCachoExperienceFollow Shilpa on Instagram @MakeupbyShilpa
Meet Jon, a mixed Black American, who grew up in a predominately white neighborhood and experienced racism first hand but never believed he was oppressed. He went on to build his own business and take his fate into his own hands. Follow him on Tik Tok and Instagram for powerful messages and fun DIY videos@Jon_Dawson
Meet Kemo, a youth pastor from Georgia. He shares his experience of being a black man in America and his thoughts on the protests, racism, white privilege, and what we can do as a community to do better.  Follow Kemo on Instagram for inspirational daily bible verses and messages: @thekemojones
I am so grateful that I was able to find a Black police officer to openly share his experience with us. I literally asked a bunch and he was courageous enough to do it. We talk racism, prejudice, police brutality, #8cantwait #defundthepolice and how we can combat the problems that exist in the police force today. Thank you D!
On this episode, I have Isaac back on along with one of our good friends, who has struggled with not quite living up to the standards for masculinity set by his Mexican American parents and society. Having to hide his love for art and feeling as if he was lacking as a man, he turned to sex with men as a way to cope which quickly turned into an addiction. Hear how he pulled himself out and is now redefining what masculinity is to him. Follow me on Instagram: @MakeupbyShilpaEmail: Shilpa@Chiclotus.comPlease leave a rating and review belowFeel free to email or DM if you have comments, feedback, or ideas for upcoming episodes 
In episode three, I interview my super talented friend, Ayman, and we discuss his journey with identifying as non-binary and gay. I met Ayman when I lived in LA and we fell in love right away. Despite coming from a traditional Pakistani, Muslim family, he courageously lives his truth proudly and it has inspired many others to do the same. Follow his journey and check out his insane makeup skills on Instagram: @thekillermonstaReach out to Shilpa: Instagram:
Can two cheaters come together and change their ways? I have my husband on as a guest to discuss how we got together and how we went from cheating on exes and living a double life to creating an honest and loving relationship.  Feel free to send me episode inspiration or if you would like to be a guest:Instagram: @MakeupbyShilpa
I wanted to start by sharing my own story to explain how this podcast came about. A journey of an Indian American woman battling her confusion between who she is and who she is expected to be, eventually flipping her life upside down in order to find freedom and herself. Feel free to send me questions, feedback, and future topic ideas to: Instagram: @MakeupbyShilpa Email:
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