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What does it mean to live a good life? What's the role of happiness, meaning, work, love, purpose, kindness, friendship, and more? How do status, circumstance, gender, privilege, race, identity, and more play into the quest to live your best life? These are the questions and topics we explore every week in conversation with leading voices in art, science, industry, and culture, from Brené Brown, Matthew McConaughey, & Bishop Michael Curry, to Austin Channing Brown, Glennon Doyle, Julián Cast ...
 
Tell me your secret, I'll tell you mine — true confessions of love, sex, money, food, addiction, and hidden taboo topics that are often hilarious, uplifting, and hopeful. Every Monday, best-selling author and actress, Brianne Davis, pulls back the curtain on the deepest, darkest, heartbreaking, and even silly secrets from an eclectic group of guests. While sharing her own secrets in each episode, Brianne's disarming approach creates an intimate and safe space for her guests to bare their sou ...
 
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Imagine walking through life, knowing who you are, but not feeling like you can live as that person? That was how my guest today, Imara Jones, experienced the first half of her life, before making a series of choices that would allow her to feel safe and supported stepping back into her own life, on her terms. Imara is the Emmy and Peabody Award-wi…
 
Trigger Warning: This episode touches on the subjects of molestation, sexual assault, and trauma. Rick was 8 or 9 when he was betrayed by his best friend. He didn't feel he could tell his parents, and the friend he did share it with threatened to tell everyone. How much of that affected his relationships moving forward? Did you know one in six male…
 
Millions of us are re-examining the role of work in our lives, getting more honest about what it needs to give us, beyond a paycheck. And we're realizing the way we're working isn't working. So, how do you know what opportunities will truly fill you with purpose, possibility, joy and connection, and what will leave you disengaged, empty and disconn…
 
When you think about the word “prayer,” does it repel you, trigger you, or draw you in? My guest today, Agapi Stassinopoulos, offers a way into this sometimes loaded word that is both inclusive and powerful, no matter your beliefs, your background, or relationship with any kind of organized religion. The type of prayer she invites us to invoke oper…
 
In this episode, our past guest Jen Levin (Ep #27 Living With Binge Eating Disorder), pulls back the curtain on the nine online dating apps she frequents. Hint... Bumble is her favorite. You're in for a treat; these stories are almost unbelievable! If you've used a dating app, you know the odds of having an ideal date are pretty slim. In fact, ther…
 
These last few years have left so many of us feeling drained, stifled, without energy, excitement or well, happiness or joy. At least not consistently. And that’s understandable, it’s been a tough moment. But, what if access to feeling these things was more in your control, regardless of your immediate circumstance, than you thought? That feeling o…
 
My guest today, Yrsa Daley-Ward, is an author, actor, model, and screenwriter of mixed Jamaican and Nigerian heritage. Growing up in the northwest of England, she found herself quickly exited from her home, being raised by her grandparents at the age of 6, and struggling in many ways to understand what had just happened. Reading and writing became …
 
Studies have shown that the majority of New Year's resolutions focus on weight loss and getting into shape, which can be triggering for those individuals who are struggling with an eating disorder or who are at risk of developing an eating disorder. Brianne and Katie look at social media's power on women, their bodies, and the drive to be sexually …
 
Is there something big that you would love to accomplish in this new year? Something maybe you've been thinking about for a while, something maybe you have tried to figure out, try to succeed at tried to accomplish in the past, maybe something that was a new year's resolution in the past, though, it doesn't necessarily have to be. We live in differ…
 
As we bring this year to a close, and what a year it’s been, I’ve been reflecting on how profound so much of the past 12-months have been. So much change, uncertainty, and disconnection, inexplicably bundled with moments of profound hopefulness, connection, creation, and possibility. Along the way, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to sit down wi…
 
It's that time again, where we look at the past year and make New Year's Resolutions for the year ahead. Many of which we often can't or don't keep. Something that surfaced as a result of Covid-19 was the opportunity to take stock of our lives, our habits and make some changes if possible and desirable. Some people have changed their lives dramatic…
 
Even as a kid, my guest, Elizabeth lesser was the rebel, the activist, the feminist in the family. Growing up with three sisters, and one very traditional father, she could never understand why the women didn't make more decisions and have more power. Hers was not a voice that could be silenced, even from the earliest age. She eventually traveled d…
 
My guest today, Mansi Shah, spent years building a stunning career as a lawyer in the fast-moving world of Hollywood entertainment, working with some of the most iconic storytellers in the industry. But, behind her success as an entertainment lawyer, a lifelong yearning was brewing. She felt deeply called to not just help others tell their stories,…
 
Follow Up to Episode #77 - [Trigger Warning: This episode touches on the subjects of sexual assault and trauma.] Suppose you’re a long-time listener of the show. In that case, you know that often the initial secret the guest shares is just the tip of the iceberg. Many times, as Brianne asks the next question, more secrets (some buried for decades o…
 
How do you live a good life? That’s the question we’ve been asking here for nearly a decade. My guest today, Cathy Heller, has been along a similar journey, exploring the role of intentionality, purpose, and presence in a life well-lived. Raised in a household where mental illness and conflict were the norm, she took on the role of peacemaker at th…
 
You may know my guest today, Jeffrey Marsh, from their spiritual and inclusive messages that have received over 1 billion views on social media. Jeffrey is a viral TikTok and Instagram sensation, the first openly nonbinary public figure to be interviewed on national television, and the first nonbinary author to be offered a book deal with any "Big …
 
Famed actor/director Stanislavski's "Magic If" describes an ability to imagine oneself in a set of fictional circumstances and to envision the consequences of finding oneself facing that situation in terms of action. In a way, that's what Anna David did when she wrote an article for Playboy magazine about sex and dating—because she didn't have much…
 
We tend to take on one of 3 modes as we head into the end of the year: Rush To The Finish | Goal Striving Mode Check Out | Vacation Mode Reflect, Integrate & Assess | Review & Plan Mode That last one is my approach. I love to use these final weeks to understand what happened over the last 12 months, in all parts of life, consider what went well and…
 
This has been a year that has tested our boundaries on nearly every level. Work, friendship, family, community, geography, politics, religion, social issues, love, wellbeing. It’s like we’re being asked to draw lines, all day, every day. Question is, how? How do you create and uphold boundaries that are clear, healthy, and constructive, while also …
 
How willing are we to change? And even when we become willing, is it possible to uncover those deep wounds that we've suppressed for sometimes an entire lifetime? Jason bravely shares some of the discoveries he's had regarding his first drink, sex and love addiction, and the challenges of becoming your authentic self. ______ If you or anyone you kn…
 
From the age of 3, Micah Johnson knew what he wanted to be when he grew up - a professional baseball player. From that moment on, he lived baseball, and in 2012, his dreams came true when the Chicago White Sox drafted him. But, what Micah didn’t know was that his true calling in life was just getting started. Traded to the LA Dodgers a few years la…
 
Imagine going to college and getting a minor in ‘you!’ Well, that’s just one of the semi-wild ideas that bubbled up during my conversation with week’s guest, Mark Groves. Mark describes himself as a Human Connection Specialist on a mission to help individuals step into their most authentic, effective, loving selves by way of a little bit of tough l…
 
It started with a credit card from Victoria's Secret, and before she knew it, Lindsay found herself with several credit cards, thousands of dollars in debt, and desperate to hide it all from her husband. The purchases weren’t extravagant or luxurious, just a coffee here, a lunch out here, a couple of tops at Target, and then, BAMM! Living a life of…
 
With the rigor of a world-class researcher and the intention of someone who cares deeply about the human condition and understanding how we all got to this moment in history, Dr. Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian of the 20th century United States with specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s …
 
We’re entering a time of year where gratitude is on our minds. And, honestly, it’s also been a year, even a season, where being thankful, noticing what’s wondrous or good, or even just not bad, well it's not always the easiest thing. And, yet, gratitude, attentiveness, and appreciation are such deeply-wired contributors to the human condition, ones…
 
It’s never easy to cut someone out of your life. And when it comes to family, it’s especially hard to accept that a family member is creating so much stress, anxiety, and pain that you cant continue to have a relationship with them. Liz Svatek has had a toxic relationship with her sister for over 40 years and she finally realized she was hurting he…
 
One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a Professor of Physics and Core Faculty Member in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She’s also one of fewer than a hundred Black American women to earn a Ph.D. from a department of physics. Born in East Los Angeles, a devout Dodgers fan, sh…
 
What if you could work, play, and live in a state of wonder? Even now! That’s the question I explore with today’s guest, Jeffrey Davis. A poet, writer, deep-thinker, founder and CEO of the Tracking Wonder Consultancy, Jeffrey’s got an invitation for all of us. To get off the toxic productivity treadmill, which so many have been hammered by in recen…
 
Sometimes called The G-String Scholarship: College Students Strip to Pay Tuition Costs. College students say they make more than enough money to graduate debt-free. Young women in pursuit of a higher education use their stripper earnings to pay for tuition. Stripping to pay for school may sound like a cliché to some, but it was the fastest and easi…
 
If you LOVED this episode: You’ll also love the conversations we had with Kamal Ravikant about reimagining life and learning to love himself. You can find Tim Ferriss at: Website | Instagram | The Tim Ferris Show podcast Tim Ferriss has been a man on a mission, driven to deconstruct mastery and excellence, then share what he's learned. It began wit…
 
The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is an author, Activist, and Public Theologian, the first woman and first Black Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, which is a multiracial, incredibly welcoming, and inclusive congregation in the Lower East Side of New York City, which dates to 1628. Growing up in church in the South Side of Chicago, the assassinat…
 
We all know a friend or family member who is single—but for the life of you, you can't understand why. They say they want to be in a relationship; they're attractive, fun to be around, passionate, loving, giving, and yet you can't figure out why they're still single. Guess what? They might not know either. So is there something deeper going on? Wha…
 
Imagine going through life with the name, Andy J. Pizza. That’s what my guest today goes by, but it wasn’t his given name, but rather his claimed name. More on that when we talk. Andy was the kid who perpetually zagged when everyone else zigged. And, at a young age, he saw this same pattern in his mother, he was so much like her. Which, in part, li…
 
If you LOVED this episode: You’ll also love the conversations we had with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor about how we can understand and tap our whole brains to live fuller lives. Anthony Trucks entered the foster system, along with his two siblings, when he was three years old, then spent years enduring a series of brutal experiences. Until he found a home…
 
Secret Life was born out of the desire to help people realize that you are not alone. Jill dealt with a learning disability from an early age, that combined with the death of her friend’s mother and a teacher who told her she was stupid, she found comfort in cutting and burning herself. Decades later, she still battles the crippling voices and self…
 
Born in Guayaquil Ecuador, Deigo Perez - who is known by the pseudonym Yung Pueblo - moved with his family to Boston, where he saw his parents work relentless hours and struggle with poverty. He turned to activism and advocacy at a young age, then attended Wesleyan where his life devolved into partying and drugs that threatened to become his way of…
 
Brought up in a deeply observant Jewish Orthodox household with a reverence for her family’s history, Shelly Tygielski embraced the traditions, teachings, and practices of her faith, even spending summers in Jerusalem with family. Heading to college, then grad school, she pursued her masters in international affairs, then began building a powerhous…
 
You’d never know that actor and TikTok star Adam Rose would be scared of dying. But ever since he can remember, he’s always had a hard time falling asleep at night without thinking of the endless ways he could die. This episode is another can’t-miss episode as Adam share’s some genuinely hilarious stories. If you or anyone you know is struggling wi…
 
Surviving what he describes as a tormented childhood riddled with abuse, Alan Cumming turned to acting, before he knew it was acting, as a way to step out of the world he inhabited and into one of his own creation. One that was safe, where he made the rules. That impulse eventually led him to leave home, study drama in Glasgow, and, in his words” t…
 
Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian activist, author, speaker, and educator who developed a passion for language at a young age, immersing herself in Arabic poetry and novels. As someone who found herself repeated displaced, leaving Lebanon for Canada when she was 16, not realizing it wasn’t just a trip, but rather a permanent change, would she’d f…
 
Trigger Warning - This episode briefly touches on sexual abuse. Teresa’s step-dad showered her with gifts from a young age, all of it to keep her quiet about the sexual abuse that went on for years. As she grew up and married, she found herself in a pattern of unhealthy relationships, resentments. Eventually, she would use money to punish the men f…
 
Adam J. Kurtz (whose artist’s identity is Adam JK, is a designer, artist, and speaker whose work is rooted in emotional honesty, humor and even a little bit of darkness, but always with the intention of connection, honoring the reality of any given moment, and being honest. He’s been making and sharing on the internet since age creating his first f…
 
Imagine being so drawn to a pursuit as a kid, it consumes most of your waking hours, rapidly becomes your identity, and is the thing you believe you’ll devote your life to, and then, in the blink of an eye, it’s taken away. That’s what happened to Maya Shankar, who fell in love with the violin as a small child, studied it with love and devotion, wa…
 
Growing up with parents who were household names in celebrity news, Meg followed in their footsteps and worked for some of the biggest celebrity news and gossip outlets in Hollywood for over a decade and secretly hated it. ______ If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction, depression, trauma, sexual abuse or feeling overwhelmed, we've c…
 
Joanne Molinaro was deep into her career as a full-time attorney when she started blogging as The Korean Vegan, a nod to both her heritage and her curiosity about reimagining the cuisine she grew up on. She soon after launched a TikTok account that exploded and, along with her other platforms, boasts over 3.5 million fans. She’s appeared on The Foo…
 
In 1992, after years of teaching workshops on creative unblocking, Julia Cameron self-published The Artist's Way, which became a global phenomenon that sold millions of copies, was translated into 40 languages, and anchors companion workshops that have brought creativity into the mainstream conversation. Along the way, Julia has authored more than …
 
When you restrict on one type of addiction, you must watch for another addiction to take its place. It's a widespread occurrence that most addicts can identify with. Taking away the drink, drug or relationship isn't the solution; it only stops the destructive behavior. It's what's underneath the addiction and addressing the "why" that we start to h…
 
At the age of 24, living in Ibiza, Matt Haig stepped to the ledge of a cliff with the intention of launching himself to his end. But something pulled him back. That experience led him and his girlfriend, who’d eventually become his wife, back to his childhood home where Matt would begin the process of picking up the pieces of his life. A writer, he…
 
I first met Kristoffer Carer nearly a decade ago when he raised his hand to participate in the inaugural Good Life Project immersion. It was a yearlong deep dive into work and life that we ran for about 5 years. Kristoffer or KC as most people call him, was running fast. I wasn’t sure if he was running toward something as much as he was running fro…
 
Love bombing is a common abuse tactic used by narcissists and sociopaths to manipulate situations to their advantage. It is the key gaslighting tactic in the Idealization phase of abuse, preceding the far more obvious Devaluation and Discarding stages. Amanda Montell innocently texted her friend’s older brother in Hollywood while she was in high sc…
 
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