HeARTtalk with Tracey Michae’l

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The Ups and Downs of Being Married to an Artist/Creator

In S2E9 of HeARTtalk, TMLG talks with her partner/husband William Giggetts about the challenges and upsides of living with an artist/creative. The couple talks about the day-to-day frustrations, the ever-elusive notion of balance, and parenting pressures during the pandemic.

 

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

 

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A WAY TO HEAR: Using the Gift of Theater to Heal

In S2E8 of HeARTtalk, TMLG talks with actor/playwright, Teresa Miller, about the power of the arts to help us "hear" ourselves so that, in turn, we can love well and heal. The response to grief, for some, is to run as far away from it as possible. And that’s understandable. It hurts. It overwhelms. But Teresa shares with us the hope found in sitting in our grief. Examining it.

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

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Pivoting on Purpose: Leaving Safe Behind

In S2E7, TMLG speaks with writer, cinematographer, and producer, Stephanie Malson, about her pivot from corporate security to full-time creative work. The conversation is an intimate and candid look at the ebbs and flows that come with making such a huge transition and the significance of knowing your “why.” 

 

Check out Stephanie’s cinematography reel: https://vimeo.com/223023758

Visit her on instagram: @slminspired

 

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

 

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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“Moving” Toward Wholeness: How Dance Can Help Us Heal

So much of what we call illness and disease can be linked to how much personal and trans-generational trauma we hold in our bodies. That’s why it is critical in this movement for Black lives that we #fightANDheal. Learning how to return to our bodies can be transformative and one of the ways we can do that is through movement. In S2E6 of HeARTtalk, TMLG speaks with Randall Rosenberg, a NOLA-based dancer and choreographer, about how movement and dance can be a healing force if we can embrace the freedom found in it.

Visit Randall on IG at: Instagram.com/Iwantmycrownback

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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RAGE & GRIEF: Gardening as a tool for Healing

While we—Black people—are fighting, we must also try to heal. We must. In S2E5, Tracey Michae’l talks about choosing to embrace her rage as righteous and the importance of finding subversive ways to heal from the trauma of racism and racial micro-aggressions. One of those tools for healing is gardening and in this episode she chats with Natasha Nicholes of We Sow We Grow and HousefulofNicholes.com about urban homesteading and how gardening/farming has served her own grief journey.

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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The Power in Sharing Your Personal Story

In S2E4 of HeARTtalk, Tracey Michae'l speaks with author, journalist, and public intellectual, Lori Tharps, about the power of telling our personal stories for personal and collective healing. It’s inevitable that when sharing our personal stories--whether via memoir, essays, or oral storytelling--there will be a myriad of questions that come up. What part of the story should I tell? How much of it should I tell? Who am I "speaking" to and why? Do I need to give the other people in my story a "heads up"? HeARTtalk takes a deep dive into what it means to be “ready” to tell your story.

Visit Lori at https://www.loriltharps.com/

Visit My American MeltingPot at http://myamericanmeltingpot.com/

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HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

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Processing Grief

The timeline for grief is not standardized. We all journey through it in our own ways. In this episode, TMLG talks with Neysa Taylor, an author and leader in the communications field who recently lost her husband of 17 years, Chris, after his long battle with cancer. The two talked about the ways grief has shown up for Taylor and how she has chosen to help herself and her children navigate it. They also explore how grief shapes us as we try to prepare for a world that’s different from the one we knew before our loss.

Visit Neysa online at: www.neysataylor.com

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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Participating in Your Own Healing: What does wellness really mean to the entrepreneur/creative?

In this episode of HeARTtalk, Tracey Michae’l talks with entrepreneur/influencer/speaker and all around dope woman, Dawn Fitch, Founder and President of Pooka Pure and Simple, a handmade bath and body products company based out of New Jersey. The conversation deep dives into the power of persistence and what it means to advocate for your own wellness. Dawn talks about her journey from graphic designer to entrepreneur/wellness guide to thousands of women, and how she transformed a devastating MS diagnosis into her life’s passion and work.

Visit Dawn online at: IG: @pookalita, Facebook: @thebestlifetribewithdawnfitch, www.pookapureandsimple.com

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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LEAVING CORPORATE: Finding Peace in the Pivot

In our SEASON TWO opener, Tracey Michae’l talks with Michelle Richard about what it means to find peace after leaving her lucrative corporate career. As an attorney and former C-suite corporate executive for a billion dollar company, the list of Michelle’s accolades is long. But what happens when the concessions and compromises one has to make to reach that level of power and success become too much? Well…you pivot. And you do so with fierceness and grace. That’s what Michelle did and HeARTtalk is grateful that she shares a bit of her sojourn with us.

HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story

Visit TMLG and the show online at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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BONUS - “Catching” Your Breath in the COVID Crisis: A Meditation

There’s so much going on right now. So much uncertainty. Sorrow and frustration is seeping into our souls. As we sit with these emotions, we must remember to breathe. Breathing is how we live through it. COVID-19 is trying to steal our breath…physically for some, emotionally and spiritually for others. Let’s reclaim it. Our stories are not finished.

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Through interviews and riveting commentary, Tracey Michae'l and HeARTtalk podcast explores the intersection of art and story. HeARTtalk is: Healing through Art and Story. Visit HeARTtalk at www.hearttalkpodcast.com

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