The Brave Files

Heather Vickery

THE BRAVE FILES | Real Stories of People Living Courageously | Hosted by Life, Business and Success Coach Heather Vickery Everything we want in life is just on the other side of uncomfortable, says award-winning entrepreneur and success coach Heather Vickery. Each week Heather introduces you to a new guest who is moving beyond fear and doubt to achieve amazing things in life, business, education, the arts, politics and more. These inspiring stories flow from the authentic truth all guests bring to the conversation. In their own voices, you’ll hear people from diverse backgrounds relate all the ways they’re breaking down barriers, celebrating victories and giving back in a way that adds meaning and purpose to their lives and their communities. Progress never happens in a straight line … but these powerful stories will remind you of the limitless possibilities open to us when we CHOOSE BRAVELY. More free resources and perspectives at vickeryandco.com. read less
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Creating a Sustainable Life: A Full-Bodied Experience
Aug 10 2023
Creating a Sustainable Life: A Full-Bodied Experience
Community • Lesson •  Creativity  There are some people in the world that have a magical ability to see a gap in the world and fill it with just the right thing. That’s what today’s guest, Joanna Waterfall, did when she founded Yellow Co - an organization birthed from an idea that struck her one day while she was in the shower. Joanna believes that creativity, business, community and social impact should all go hand in hand. So she decided to create a platform and community that brought all of those things together.  She’s here to share her personal story of separating her worth and value as a human being from her professional achievements, which she did the hard way!Joanna and her work have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Huffington Post, Darling Magazine, The Good Trade, LA Lady Magazine, Bossladies Magazine, and more. She’s motivated by the belief that women can change the world through stepping out of fear and into who they were created to be - and, well, that’s exactly what we talk about here so Joanna, at the brave files.Connect with Joanna on Instagram and find Yellow.com on Instagram and their website.Episode Takeaways:We have who we truly are and then a personality that’s created by the work we do. There’s room to surprise ourselves.Self-discovery is a constant journey.In order to grow her company, YellowCo, Joanna launched a Kickstarter and didn’t meet her goalAfter her Kickstarter failed, her body completely shut down.Joanna and her collaborators hosted a fail party when after the Kickstarter failed. What a beautiful way to celebrate life's lessons.The company continued to host the Yellowco Conference and that eventually lead to a beautiful community. Joanna eventually launched Guidance Groups to continue to support people in between conferences.Becoming a parent shifted Joanna’s entire way of existing and running a business.The work of bringing people together is brave. All we can do is our best.Celebration: Joanna journals a lot and uses that space to acknowledge wins and express gratitude.Charity: Together RisingThe Manifestation Power Hour - is an unmissable (free) event that offers a transformative experience for individuals seeking to take control of their destiny and manifest their deepest desires. Led by ME, Heather Vickery, A Transformational Success Coach. This free monthly gathering provides a unique opportunity to tap into the immense power of manifestation. Through grounding experiences, guided journaling, and a supportive community, attendees will discover the tools and techniques to unlock their true potential and create a life of abundance and fulfillment. Whether you're seeking personal growth, inspiration, or connection with like-minded individuals, the Manifestation Power Hour is the perfect platform to ignite the fire within and embark on a journey of self-discovery.  The first Friday of Every month! Register to attend now: www.vickeryandco.com/ManifestTogetherLet's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
What if the smart way isn’t the best way?
Jul 27 2023
What if the smart way isn’t the best way?
Awareness • Ownership • DetachmentDo you feel like having all the answers and knowing exactly what’s coming next is the only way to feel safe? Yeah - So did this week’s guest but eventually, after much burnout, Jessica Eley realized that the “smart” way wasn’t always the best way for her! In this conversation, we dive deep into "normal"  .. .What the hell is normal anyway? It’s totally subjective and depends on the context. Jessica discovered that curiosity was her savior.Get curious, figure out where you need and want to be at any given moment, and then live into it. Let go of right and wrong through patterns and so much more. join us as we explore Jessica's journey, her triumphs, and how she found her own path. It's all about embracing who you are and finding your own version of success. Let's get into it!Episode Takeaways:Often gifted kids have just learned to perform really well.Jessica felt like she always needed to know what comes next in order to feel safe.“Normal” is fully subjective and contextual.Burnout was a result of, finally, facing things I had previously ignored or thought were “normal” but later realized they weren’t.Stop doing it the “smart way” if that doesn’t freaking work for you.Curiosity saved JessicaAlthough you may not be getting some paramagatic from the “smart” or “right” way - but you’re getting something from it.Take account of where you are right now, in this moment, and what you want and need to be your best self.So much of Jessica's success is knowing the difference between the thoughts she receives and the things she’s “supposed” to think.Celebration: Jessica loves lowkey celebration in the form of integration. Charity: Charity Water, Trees for the FutureContact Jessica on her website and Instagram. Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Finding the gifts inside the dark
Jul 15 2023
Finding the gifts inside the dark
WISDOM • BALANCE • PEACEJana Wilson is an emotional healing educator, meditation teacher, retreat leader, hypnotherapist, HeartMath Facilitator, and founder of the Emotional Healing System. She’s trained with best-selling author and physician, Deepak Chopra MD and NY Times best-selling author, Debbie Ford.Jana lives off-grid in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo mountain range in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  A victim of childhood abuse and trauma, Jana could have wound up another statistic. Yet, at age twelve, she had a mystical experience that catapulted her on a life-long journey of learning to listen and love herself. In her breakout prescriptive memoir, Wise Little One, we follow Jana as she develops a connection to her inner child. Through this connection, Jana cultivates an unshakable faith in Self and Spirit, taking full responsibility for her soul’s journey.EPISODE TAKEAWAYS:Memory without emotional charge is wisdom.Jana calls life “Earth School.”Life is always happening for us, never to us.At 12 years old Jana was pulled out of her body and told that she would overcome all of the obstacles presented on Earth on this timeline. Jana believes we all operate at a different “soul age”Her developmental trauma began in the womb.Learning impermanence was a true gift. The gift of the dark is that it pushes us to the light.Deciding to have a child out of wedlock at 22 and be a single mom was her bravest moment.Spirit is connecting with nature, connecting with self. It is almost like a seduction.Breaking the generational patterns of her childhood was challenging as she raised her own child.Shadow work was a massive game-changer. She credits Debbie Ford's work for this.The practice of meditation can often feel turbulent and not peaceful. It’s the aftereffects where you really see the benefits.HeartMath is intelligent energy management techniques.Our breath is the one thing we can control in our body.Connect with Jana and learn more about her work: www.emotionalhealingretreats.com Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Kindness Is
Jun 29 2023
Kindness Is
Gratitude • Grace • GumptionEnjoy this special cross-over episode between The Brave Files and the Kindness Is podcast! Our host, Heather Vickery, was a featured guest on the Kindness Is Podcast with Kaitlin Johnstone. It's the perfect way to cap out Pride Month as Heather shares her personal story of claiming herself and showing up authentically. In this inspiring episode of the 'Kindness Is' podcast, host Kaitlin welcomes special guest Heather Vickery, a global leader and transformational success coach. Join them as they engage in a heartfelt conversation about the power of self-care, personal growth, and the beauty of embracing authenticity.Heather shares her journey of self-discovery, including her experience of coming out later in life. Kaitlin and Heather delve into the importance of living authentically and the impact it can have on our overall well-being. They discuss the challenges Heather faced in recognizing her true self while juggling various roles spouse, mom, and businesswoman. Heather emphasizes the significance of making time for self-care, self-expression, and pursuing one's passions.Throughout the episode, Heather highlights her coaching method called the "Brave Method," which empowers individuals to overcome fears, design a life they love, and cultivate resilience. They explore the power of reassessment and reframing, allowing listeners to gain valuable insights into their growth journey.Both Kaitlin and Heather stress the importance of celebrating progress, no matter how small, and acknowledging the positive impact it has on our lives. They touch upon the transformative nature of self-acceptance, both for ourselves and the ripple effect it can have on those around us.If you're seeking inspiration, practical advice, and a reminder to embrace your authentic self, this episode is a must-listen. Tune in to discover how you can break free from societal expectations, find your voice, and lead a life filled with purpose and fulfillment. If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Martha Anne Toll: What if quiet things are the bravest?
Jun 15 2023
Martha Anne Toll: What if quiet things are the bravest?
Discipline • Grace • GratitudeMartha Anne Toll grew up a passionate ballet dancer, musician, and advocate for social and racial justice.Through her creative endeavors Martha learned three important life lessons which she will share in our conversation so be sure to stay tuned)  and at the tender age of *almost* 65 she released her debut novel Three Muses, which has already been receiving great praise and awards!  Martha is a true inspiration who has dedicated her life to helping elevate the lives of others and continues to follow her own passions. Talk about brave.Episode Takeaways:Martha grew up surrounded by passionate educators and readers.She doesn’t have any formal writing education but her parents served as passionate editors from a young age.Her social justice career lasted 25 years long. It took her well into adulthood to realize that the risks she was taking were actually brave!Writing in general is an act of bravery.THREE LIFE LESSONS: (1) The music is in the rests; (2) if you break things into component parts, you’ll figure out how to put together a coherent whole; and (3) practice, practice, practice. Martha performed as a semi-professional orchestra and chamber music player in college and beyond.Bravery and courage come from unexpected places!The path toward publication was full of disappointment and despair.Getting a byline and being published as a book reviewer helped Martha build a platform.Rejection is normal in the arts - embrace it if you want to be successful. Martha chose to give back every time she was rejected and this helped keep things.Writing discipline: Martha likes to write in the morning and she firmly believes that writing begets writing. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing - JUST WRITE.Visit your local public library!!All reading counts - including audiobooks.Martha loves speaking to book groups and engaging with folks who are experiencing her books.Celebration: Martha had to get off the hamster wheel and criticize herself before she could really celebrate. Her favorite way to celebrate is by paying it forward.Charity: Equal Justice Initiative REGISTER FOR THE FREE, FIRST FRIDAY MANIFESTATION POWER HOUR HERE.JOIN US FOR TAMING THE CHAOS - A 4-PART MASTERCLASS SERIES HERE.If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Annie White-Brown: From Roots to Remedies
Jun 1 2023
Annie White-Brown: From Roots to Remedies
Unexpected • Unpredictable • ExcitingWhen Annie White Brown's daughter was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, she turned to her Jamaican roots and natural remedies to help alleviate her daughter's skin issues after surgeries. Her passion for herbal healing grew, leading her to develop a unique brand of essential oils, herbs, and natural butters that provided her daughter with much-needed relief.Discover how Annie's determination and knowledge transformed her backyard make-and-take parties into a thriving business. From her exploration of aromatherapy to the explosive growth of NaturalAnnie Essentials on social media platforms like TikTok, Annie's commitment to self-care and her customers shines through. Immerse yourself in her journey as she opens an in-person candle bar, where people can blend their own candles, and find out how Annie's unwavering dedication has not only transformed her family's life but also inspired others to embrace the healing power of natural remedies.Join us for an inspiring episode filled with resilience, love, and the transformative impact of NaturalAnnie Essentials in the world of natural remedies. Episode Takeaways:Annie’s daughter overcame all odds and obstacles to live a thriving life.Spina Bifida is where the spinal cord doesn’t meet.Hydrocephalus is a neurological disorder caused by an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles (cavities) deep within the brainTiffany had four surgeries within the first month of life and had many skin issues after the procedures.Annie started using essential oils, and natural shea butter - making her own concoctions. Aromatherapy certified - This is where she learned to create her own formulas.This led to make-and-take parties in the backyard.During a popup show customers were asking for candles and this became the new path for NaturalAnnie Essentials!Scents put you in different moods.NaturalAnnie Essentials is the sole income for Annie’s family.Annie built her business via Facebook, Instagram, and pop-up shops. In 2020 she started TikTok and then things really exploded.Mid-2020 Annie needed studio space because it could no longer be housed at her home. This eventually led to the in-person candle bar where folks can have candle-making experiences and blend their own candles.Annie reserves one day a week just for herself. This helps her stay centered and not get too overwhelmed. She also sets mornings aside for herself - sitting, relaxing, and being still.Celebration is all about quiet time for herself!Charity: The Ronald McDonald HouseConnect with Annie: naturalannieessientials.com and on  TikTok If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Aaron Leatherbarrow: The Punk Rock Teacher
May 18 2023
Aaron Leatherbarrow: The Punk Rock Teacher
Rebellion • Empathy • AnarchyFrom his punk rock and Christian roots to becoming an award-winning educator and TikTok sensation, Aaron Leatherbarrow's story is a testament to the power of empathy and authenticity.Discover the challenges faced by teachers on the front lines in the United States. Hear how Aaron's punk rock background shaped his approach to education and led him to empower students through their voices.Explore Aaron's groundbreaking initiatives, like the Punk Rock Pantry, providing essential supplies to families in need. Learn about the Punk Rock Unity Project, supporting teachers making a massive impact on their students' lives.In this episode, we celebrate the resilience and determination of the punk rock teacher, leaving you inspired to challenge norms and embrace the transformative power of empathy in education.This is a fun one yall!Episode Takeaways: Aaron always functions at a high energy level - it’s exhausting but in a good way.BUY BANNED BOOKS! Support Aaron’s “anarchy bookshelf”Be a human. Like … a real humanAaron grew up in a small, conservative Christian, structured world with the threat of Hell looming over his head at all times. Punk Rock changed his world.If everything is fake, wrong, and horrible Aaron is always going to find a different way.After high school, Aaron got married and became a children’s minister. But even then he focused on being kind and building safe communities.All indecision is dead after you make a decision. Own it!When Aaron decided to blow up his life he blew it all the way up.When you are accepting belief is such a small world.While teaching at a Christian school Aaron couldn’t teach blatant lies to students and that’s what the school wanted him to do.After a random writing prompt, Aaron discovered the power of giving kids a voice. This was the beginning of his TikTok fame.Punk Rock PantryAfter two days away Aaron returned to find the Punk Rock Pantry completely emptied. It was then he realized that if these kids were hungry, cold, and without hygiene supplies - so where their familiesThe Punk Rock Unity Project supports teachers who are making a massive impact on their students' lives.The Punk Rock Teacher memoir - coming soonCelebration is a challenge. Aaron goes and goes and goesCharity: The Punk Unity Project and Sisters of Grace in ThailandCassette Crisis - SpotifySpring Writing Workshop - May 21st JOIN NOW!Connect with Aaron on TikTok or Instagram and get all his details there.**JOIN US FOR TAMING THE CHAOS A 4-PART MASTERCLASS SERIES. USE CODE BRAVEFILES TO SAVE $100!**If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Shiny Unsal: The Gateway to Galactic Success
May 4 2023
Shiny Unsal: The Gateway to Galactic Success
Love • Light • Positive-EnergyWe have a choice who and how we’ll be in the world. Perhaps you think you don’t but I promise you … You do. Today's guest, Shiny Unsal learned this lesson firsthand after losing her father unexpectedly … Or was it?After a lot of self-discovery, she took on a new name and officially declared her new identity, purpose, and her forever mission on this planet, to go all in to BE, to LIVE, and to BELIEVE exactly the opposite of that life-sucking darkness that took her father. She’s here to talk about the undeniable power of our minds and the cosmic wisdom of our hearts, when they're happily coherent together and IN LOVE with each other, as ONE...Shiny is the Global Award-Winning Creator of Neuro-Shine Technology™, a 40 Under 40 Most Influential Award Recipient, a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and so much more.Episode Takeaways:A lot of growth comes from experiencing pain and taking the time to understand what the pain is and what it’s showing us.The body reacts to what's happening in our minds.Shiny felt like life was happening to her, rather than for her … She felt she was being punished whenever anything went wrong.NLP completely changed and transformed her life.Our brains have so much power. It can hold us hostage or free us.Claim yourself, and your identity, and always remember you are powerful. This is how you become the light.Neuro-Shine Technology is about being aligned with your own truth.Along the journey of becoming Shiny, she combined ten powerful disciplines together to create something extraordinary.Consciousness is NOT local! The observer makes the light become a particle instead of a wave. Something needs to be observed to exist.We have unlimited layers of becoming. Letting go of perfectionism is Shiny’s current struggle.Grounding rituals: Walking in nature, hugging trees. Shiny has to work hard to ground herself. A lot of meditation.Shiny celebrates from the moment she wakes up by saying “I love my life!” She tells herself, in the mirror, “I love you.”Charity: Supporting, empowering, and educating women and girls.Connect with Shiny: www.shinyunsal.com, Instagram, or LinkedIn.If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Bunmi Aboaba: Unlocking Your Potential Here and Now
Apr 20 2023
Bunmi Aboaba: Unlocking Your Potential Here and Now
Blessed • Vulnerable • FreeIn 2008, after twenty years of self-sabotage and playing Russian Roulette with her health, Bunmi Abo-aba finally reached burnout. Since the mask fell, she has worked tirelessly, plotting a path to her recovery and making her fair share of mistakes. But Bunmi is truly a phoenix who has risen from those ashes more than once. Today she’s beaten both food and alcohol addiction and overcome traumas, divorce, and triggers and now leads a beautiful, healthy, and full life. Connect with Bunmi on her website, Instagram or TikTok.Episode Takeaways:Dr. Bunmi is a dentist who was raised to be a full-on perfectionist. “I love you” didn’t accompany anything less than perfect.She discovered alcohol at age 12.Alcohol made her feel confident and raised her self-esteem. She said it was her new best friend.Food is a comfort for so many people especially those who lack love. Russian Roulette was essentially throwing caution to the wind and continuing on a dangerous path of unhealthy life choices.By 2008 Bunmi was sick and tired of the consequences of her “Russian Roulette.”Culturally “strong Black women” don’t trust the outside world and don’t ask for help.Eventually, Bunmi had to embrace vulnerability to fully break down in order to rebuild.Accepting help and being honest reminds us that we are not alone.Bunmi says she’s in recovery rather than recovered because it’s always a work in progress.After she began recovery it was time to, finally, get to know herself.Next up was her spiritual journey. After the first session with a Shaman Bunmi finally felt supported.Feeling supported brought massive curiosity and an eventual complete life shift.Forgiving herself has been a serious part of her healing journey.As a parent, Bunmi tries to be the guide and love them without extreme discipline. Recovery gave her freedom and bravery - she was able to see choices and try new things.She is now a recovery coach that helps others move through their own, painful, journey.Future Life Progression: Finding your best future self while in recovery.Gratitude is Bunmi’s favorite way to celebrate but also connecting with friends and family. She also loves to buy herself a new crystal when she’s celebrating - that anchors her to a specific event.Charity: Water Aid - water is life!If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
L'Oreal Thompson Payton: Stop waiting for perfect!
Apr 6 2023
L'Oreal Thompson Payton: Stop waiting for perfect!
Ambitious • Creative • DeterminedL’Oreal Thompson Payton was a girl with big dreams. Now she’s a woman who’s achieving those dreams and rewriting what it means to be successful. The “Stop Waiting for Perfect” author joins The Brave Files to share some painful, honest, and ultimately beautiful truths about what it’s like to be a recovering perfectionist facing real-world challenges and choosing progress over perfection and self-love.Top TakeawaysWriting a book is an arduous process.L’Oreal was committed to traditional publishing due to her own perfectionism and stubbornness. It offered a vetted path that she deeply desired. We get it!“Stop waiting for perfect” is about overcoming imposter syndrome and perfectionism. Writing it has been a personal masterclass and crash course in letting go of perfectionism.Procrastination is my brand of perfectionism.Deadlines are the best - external accountability.Writing the book was, in many ways, harder than caring for a newborn baby.Being a writer means everything to L’Oreal. It is per purpose and passion.It’s ok to be whatever type of mom you are - you don’t have to parent the way everyone else does.L’Oreal grew up living teen magazines but never saw herself represented. She knew she wanted to be part of changing that!There is a lot of PTSD surrounding infertility.We are going to celebrate everything with our baby in every way!She felt a lot of shame for the parenting moments that were hard AF because of the fertility struggles.What do you now know is true? I AM ENOUGH!Celebration is hard and L’Oreal would like to get better at it. She’s always hitting the goal and on to the next one. This does her a disservice.Infusing Black Girl Magic into the health and wellness world is a deep passion and so important.Charity: Free Root Operation fighting gun violence in Black and Brown communities.Connect with L’Oreal and read her newsletter, LT in the City.Pre-order Stop Waiting For Perfect. Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Sharon Tubbs: Healing through History
Mar 23 2023
Sharon Tubbs: Healing through History
Creative • Healing • NecessaryTrauma is passed down, via DNA, from generation to generation. And we’ve learned that it affects us in so many, previously unknown, ways. It’s something we know, conceptually, happens but we haven’t been able to really say how or why. Today’s guest, Sharon Tubbs, dives deep into this by writing about her family history, specifically her grandfather Israel Page in her new book “They Got Daddy.”This candid and heart-centered conversation is one that helps bring healing and humanity to all of us, across whatever divides us. It’s honest, compassionate, and important.Sharon Tubbs began her professional career as a newspaper reporter and editor. In a career that spanned seventeen years, she worked briefly for the Philadelphia Inquirer and then for the Tampa Bay Times. As a journalist, she covered various beats, including small-town government, local crime, and national religious issues. Today, Sharon is a writer, inspirational speaker, and the owner of Move Forward Communications. She’s also the director of a nonprofit organization that empowers underserved residents in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to live healthier lives.TOP TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:Sharon felt called to write the story about her Grandfather’s experience in Alabama in the 1950s.They Got Daddy is about Sharon’s grandfather being kidnapped by the KKK when he dared to sue a white man in Alabama over a tragic accident that left him unable to work.Unless we tackle our history we are not truly able to heal.History allows us to speak truth, process, and heal.Not everyone wants to heal or dig through the trauma to get to the other side.The biggest surprise during this process was self-forgiveness.Being “colorblind” is basically a free pass to stick your head in the sand and pretend terrible things didn’t happen and are not, currently, happening.When people have to rearrange their life based on what might happen, it leads to internalized fear and trauma.Most of the pushback Sharon experiences is in the nonprofit community. When we know better we are obligated to do better.Celebration for Sharon is relaxing and reading. Finding time to do what she wants!CHARITY: Health Visions Midwest Connect with Sharon: www.sharontubbs.com, IG @sharontubbs Get Sharon’s book, They Got Daddy.If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Kyla Derkach: Know who you are, trust who you are!
Feb 23 2023
Kyla Derkach: Know who you are, trust who you are!
COURAGE • TENACITY • BRAVERYTune in as Heather chats with her Human Design Mentor, Kyla Derkach.In 2017, I moved to Kyla Derkach to Spain from Canada entirely alone. She didn’t speak the language and had never even traveled there before. Kyla says she was lost at the time, but this adventure helped her find herself and, eventually, her husband. This also led to her starting her own business, Hatha Astro serving ambitious leaders worldwide, helping them align with their unique signature to create more income and impact through Human Design and Astrology.Kyla's story is about learning who we really are, at a DNA level and then learning to TRUST who we really are. Episode Takeaways:Studied initially business management but was always adventurous, loved to travel, and wasn’t afraid to travel alone.CBT Vietnam Documentary. Watch it here.Wine grapes tell a story about the culture.Kyla moved to Spain because she needed to learn a new language for her job.Learning Spanish was total immersion while teaching English to local children.Although Kyla had an interest in Spiritual work (Human Design and Astrology) it wasn’t front and center until she got to Spain.Eventually, hiding from her internal reality and pain caught up with her and she had to explore it.She “came out” of the spiritual closet in Spain.She had no idea where or how to start but felt a deep “yes” and went for it.Trusting the unknown and the path - it works.Through learning what doesn’t work we begin to understand what does work.Kyla grounds herself with a weighted blanket, a lavender eye pillow, and crystals and being still.It’s about devouring each moment with intention.Word of the year: Simplicity - Intentionality, minimalism, creating spaciousness physically and mentally, shorter to-do lists. Taking in simple nourishment.Celebration: Self-care, connection with others, spicey margarita.Just because the moon isn’t at its fullest expression doesn't mean it’s not there.CHARITY OF THE WEEK: PETALet's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Erin Diehl: What Do I Need To Put Down?
Feb 9 2023
Erin Diehl: What Do I Need To Put Down?
Broken • Process • HealingErin Dihel often found herself angry and frustrated as a kid because she lacked a tremendous amount of control over her life … Enter the idea that making peace with others (and then, consequently with herself) WAS within her control! Erin has a creative approach to making peace, finding creative ways to make things work, and how to enhance the human experience.Erin moved a lot due to her father’s jobFelt big feelings, got really angry and took it out on her momPeople pleasing is a form of manipulation Humor was a way to connect but also a way to disassociateHumor was a way to be seenThe process of healing takes a long timeWhen Erin gets tense she asks herself “What do I need to put down? This is too heavy.”Every odd job and experience taught me something that lead to what I am doing right now. There’s always a lesson.Erin piloted an improv leadership program for United Airlines and that launched her business.The “great pause” was the first time Erin ever rested. It was a mess but also a gift.Even when business is slow - stay top of mind so you can be top of mind when people are ready.When a group of people take off their invisible masks and allow themselves to play, connect and be vulnerable it changes the world.It’s all about enhancing the human experience.Celebration: No Risk, No Champagne CHARITY: Girl Forward and Girls Rock!Listen to The Improve It Podcast!Find her on Instagram or her website.BOOK RECOMMENDATION: “When the body says no” If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Jule Arney: The Opulence of My Truth
Dec 17 2022
Jule Arney: The Opulence of My Truth
Respect • Autonomy • GraceJustice is not always compassionate but there is still compassion at the root of our human existence. We may not be able to see the growth and change in the moment  - but it’s there.The world has often made today’s Jule Arney feel less-than, wrong, and broken. As a Black, queer, neurodivergent person Jule has had to combat these external narratives that have, unwittingly, taken seed and rooted subconsciously.The struggles that result from this type of lived experience cannot be understated and yet, Jule now lives an OUTLOUD LIFE that helps others see themself for the magic they are - AS IS and Jule helps these folks CHOOSE TO LIVE! Jule moved around a lot and had lots of different experiences.Episode TakeawaysThankful for consistent parents who prioritized their children’s safetyIt’s a journey to be associated with beauty and believe itChurch was a very important of Black culture but that meant being surrounded by homophobiaIt took Jule three times to come out to their parentsBeing rejected by their family, lead Jule to want to end their life.Jule is a lifelong “overachiever” who believed that if they were perfect in every other way, it would be enough.In 2006 Jule decided to take their boyfriend to prom and met great resistance but they did get to attend prom together. Denying myself consistently drove Jule closer to ending Always be a person who ask questionsRely on your social network and let people inFocus on the “small little things” that make you the wonderful person you areCelebration for Jule is spending quality time with friendsCHARITY: The healing wellness foundation (in Pittsburgh)“The more I have allowed myself to step into the opulence of my truth, the more others around me have begun to see that same light within themselves.”“Be the person that you needed”"There is too much you have left to do, too much impact you will have for yourself, your community, the world."“I chose to know my truth. To know myself enough to demand respect from everyone else.”
Quinn The Eskimo: Open Minds Open Hearts
Dec 1 2022
Quinn The Eskimo: Open Minds Open Hearts
CHANGE • QUESTIONS• BOUNDARIESWhen TikTok brings us together. This week I'm chatting with Quinn The Eskimo (ok, that's not his *real* name but it's his NEW name and over here we respect folks name preferences!). Quinn joined me to talk about totally transforming his super religious, conservative life by changing one, somewhat, simple thing: Learning to ask questions. So many questions!By embracing questions and being open to actually hearing the answers Quinn completely changed his life. He’s a teacher, leader, creator, and guide … he’s afraid but ready for whatever comes next. Connect with him directly via his website andon TikTok.EPISODE TAKEAWAYSLife is a series of seasons.Season One: His name was John and he was conservative.Stayed in a toxic relationship for a long time. Raised 8 kids.Parenting is such hard work - it becomes your entire identity!Started asking questions, as a conservative Christian, and things stopped adding up.Don’t just believe what you’re told. EXPLORE and learn for yourself!Travel and connecting with new people will open up your heart and mind.Change starts with admitting YOU were wrong (and will likely continue to make mistakes).Boundaries allow you to control who is invited into your life.Lack of control caused serious depression. It was time to surrender and start again, different, healither. Quinn doesn’t want to push people away, he wants to attract them.Surround yourself with positive people who want to help you rise!Learn more, explore more, see more, have more conversations.It’s time to start to think about things in a different way.Question your privilege.It’s not that the things we have are bad, it’s that we evolve and change.The 5am club - it’s time for Quinn to “work” on himself.We have to envision what will happen in order to believe in the possibility and live into the vision.CELEBRATION:  food, nature, musicCharity of the week: Goodwill - Their mission is to help people gain skills and get into the workforce.If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Sarah Hagstrom: Mind-Body Evolution
Nov 17 2022
Sarah Hagstrom: Mind-Body Evolution
Courageous • Centered • Responsibility We often think of fear as something that keeps us small and stuck - it can, in fact, do all of those things. But there’s also the flip side of fear - the empowering side - the brave side. This side of fear informs. It allows you to dig deep into yourself and find ways to heal, grow and prosper. Today I welcome Sarah Hagstrom Join us to talk about her journey through fear and learning to heal her own body through a mind-body approach. She’s  determined to make the world a healthier and happier place through her growing health coaching businesses with healthy bottom lines, helping folks establish strong foundations from the start.Episode Highlights:Do the things that bring you joy, simply for the sake of joy.Don’t miss your joy opportunities! Sarah grew up with a deep seeded fear of “who is going to take care of me? I have to take care of myself.”This fear caused lots of physical ailments.Documentary: Food matters - Changed Sarah’s life.Humans tend to become unconscious around food choices.Community can be created in a lot of ways. Seek those who can help you have the life you most desire.Any behavior (including eating) we do, constantly, as a coping mechanism is unhealthy. Every human is different. What works for one person may not work for someone else.Just like everything else in life, reassessment is important.Don’t just “trust the experts.” You know yourself, trust yourself, and advocate for yourself.Stress and emotions that are left unattended show up as physical issues. Give words to your truth.Check out Journal Speak!All humans have mixed emotions. It’s ok - welcome them all.Our bodies heal when we give them the tools to heal - that is mind, body, and soul.Be compassionate to your fellow humans - you never know what they are experiencing You don’t need to be working non-stop. It’s not about “doing the most” it’s about how you feel!My natural instinct is to use positive words. There’s real work in allowing all thoughts and feelings without judgment.Connect with Sarah on her website or Instagram. And check out Journal Speak here. LEARN ABOUT THE INCUBATOR!If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained, or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Let's connect ...Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com or via Instagram DM's.
Tanya-Marie Dubé: Always being the teacher and the taught!
Oct 21 2022
Tanya-Marie Dubé: Always being the teacher and the taught!
POSSIBILITY • COURAGEOUS • RESILIENTCan you take that which was harmful and unacceptable and apply lessons toward a happy, healthy life? Tanya_Marie Dubé says she did just that. After surviving a childhood in and out of the foster care system and then living on the street as a teenager, Tanya shared that life was extremely challenging but now sees her experiences as the foundation for who she is and she’s grateful for these experiences and lessons. None of us would be where we are without the experiences of the past. We are all here to be the greatest version of ourselves!Use everything you’re learning to support others.Learning and teaching are a life cycle. Top  Takeaways From The Episode:Our lived experiences shape our future selves.Tanya would have to follow her mom and stepdad or risk being forced into another dangerous situation.At the end of the day, everything works out the way it’s supposed to.If my belief is that I can do it, then my reality is that I can do it.Stay focused on “right now” that’s what you have - right now.Always follow your intuition - it’s got your back.Don’t take the same route twice - try something new, and see what you can discover.I co-created a lot of negative energy, I participated in it.Be careful what you ask for - you may just get it.Wealth is not about money - it’s about abundance. EMBRACE IT!Don’t save celebration for the big things - celebrate often.We never know what others are experiencing. Don’t make assumptions or judgments.CHARITY: Support your local food bank. They save lives.If you’ve been inspired, touched, entertained or motivated by this or any of Heather Vickery’s content you can “say thanks” by buying her a virtual coffee!Follow us on Instagram and connect with our host, Heather Vickery here.ORDER YOUR COPY OF F*CK FEARLESS - MAKING THE BRAVE LEAP TODAY, Click Here!Order your Create Brave Manifestation Card Decks here.Check out The Brave Files Book Collection here! Share your feedback by emailing heather@vickeryandco.com