Have you ever felt like this? That showing vulnerability is weakness, that asking for help is a sign of incompetence, or that everyone else has the very thing you’re struggling with all figured out? These misconceptions can lead us to isolate ourselves and feel shame about our own struggles. Ginny and Brandi are here to share the power of normalizing our human experiences and how it can dissolve shame and create meaningful connections between us. This is the first episode of a special 5-episode series we’re releasing called “Something To Normalize”.
- Embracing the universality of human experiences that lead to deeper connections
- Defining what it means to “normalize” something and how powerful it can be
- Recognizing and learning to tackle the risks associated with normalizing detrimental behavior and attitudes
- Harnessing the strength in vulnerability and cultivating spaces for open honesty
- Talking about difficult experiences as an antidote to shame
- Opening up about personal journeys while safeguarding your growth with healthy boundaries
Ginny Gay is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher and has worked with Eric to create content here at The One You Feed for the past 8 years. Prior to that, she spent 13 years in the corporate world where she thought climbing the corporate ladder equated to success in life. Instead, that approach ultimately led her to a place of severe burnout, addiction, anxiety, and depression. Now, she knows that for her, success in all aspects of life comes from living from a place of authenticity and integration where meaningful work and relationships are the fruit and contribution to the world. Ginny loves creating courses, programs, workshops, and written content to help people live life more skillfully and help them navigate the difficulties that come from the inherent challenges of being human so that they can experience more peace, purpose, and joy in their daily lives.
Brandi Lust is the founder of Learning Lab Consulting and the author of Myths of Being Human: Four Paths to Connect with What Matters. Through both her work and her writing, she helps organizations and individuals frame well-being as a community practice of creating safe spaces for speaking truth; when this happens, real change becomes possible. Brandi believes that our common humanity enhances our communities and workplaces. When it is safe to bring our whole selves to everything we do, both the easy and the hard stuff, individuals are more fulfilled, and organizations are more effective. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University and earned her M.A.Ed. from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She has over fifteen years of experience as an educator and facilitator working with organizations across the country.
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