100 Podcasts Later- 40 Wellness Universal Truths
Three years ago, I was nervous to put myself out so publicly with a brand new mental health podcast about family and secrets. I didn’t know where it would take me or if anyone would listen. Would anyone even care? All I knew was I wanted to cut generational trauma I inherited from family mental illness, I had a story to tell, and I wanted to hear others’ stories. I never could have predicted how a disruptive worldwide pandemic would shine a blaring spotlight on just how important our families’ wellness really is.
100 episodes later, I learned more than I ever could imagine in what I’m calling the Dear Family Wellness Graduate School. The teacher and the mental health advocate in me is so excited to share the knowledge I’ve learned with you. As the Beatles say, “I got by with a little help from my friends,” some old, some new, all amazing guests. Every Generation- from Gen Alpha to Gen Z to Millenials to Gen X to Boomers- shared with generosity. Our enlightened dialogue was sometimes one-on-one like with a dear friend, at other times with dear family between a parent and child, between siblings, or even with three generations of one family.
Every time I stopped recording, I was more confident than ever that my guests’ undeniable truths and their awesome vulnerability were healing not to just themselves but to countless others. There was no denying every family had a story involving mental illness and that it was shame and stigma standing in the way of achieving wellness. Dialogue was key.
What an absolute privilege it was to speak to so many inspirational guests- (in alphabetical order) actors, art archivists, best-selling authors and memoirists, brain scientists, comedians, cookbook authors and Food Network stars, COVID patient zeros, creatives, dancers, disability advocates, documentary filmmakers, egg donors, fine artists, first-generation college students, fitness experts, former Stanford deans, hair stylists, homeless shelter organizers, homesteaders, hospice nurses, lawyers, men’s circle…