The Beautifull Project
Season 5/Episode 2: Marylee: sweet potatoes and confidence

Season 5/Episode 2: Marylee: sweet potatoes and confidence

November 15, 2021

Teri and Marylee talk about diet culture and body image from a white and a Black perspective. 

The Beautifull Project: Ch ch ch changes

The Beautifull Project: Ch ch ch changes

October 13, 2021

Hosts Sarah Stevens and Teri Voyna discuss a new look at The Beautifull Project 

The Beautifull Project: Ch ch ch changes

The Beautifull Project: Ch ch ch changes

October 13, 2021

Hosts Sarah Stevens and Teri Voyna discuss changes to the podcast

Burn the Motherf*cker Down: Teri’s Story

Burn the Motherf*cker Down: Teri’s Story

March 21, 2021

"If I'd been in a car accident and had a bone sticking out of my leg, would I get to the ER and have them refuse to fix my broken leg because I'm fat? Would they wait until I lost weight to pursue treatment? No. Of course not. This isn't different, but I still can't get what I need."

 

Teri was one of our favorite storytellers in Season One, and she's back to talk about all things medicine and marginalized bodies by sharing her own story of seeking care while living in a fat body. This is an important conversation about the complexities of being fat in a fatphobic world, and leaves the audience with an opportunity to observe their own bias about bodies. 

To Let it Go: Adriane’s Story

To Let it Go: Adriane’s Story

March 7, 2021

Adriane is a survivor of human trafficking and shares her story in this episode. She tells her truth from beginning to end, and is hoping this act of courage will allow her to let go of the past and step into the power of her present life. 

Seeing Me: Delia’s Story

Seeing Me: Delia’s Story

January 24, 2021

"I thought I lived a life where people saw me, and they don't.

Because I didn't even see myself.

And by "saw me," I mean people saw me as a black woman. I didn't see myself as a black woman. I thought I did. But I didn't."

 

Delia is a woman, a wife, a mother, and a force of a human being. In this episode, she shares her own reckoning with race, and its impact in her life. As she assesses a "world on fire," she offers the audience a way forward with her invitation to "rise from the ashes." 

She is an ordinary woman sharing extraordinary truth. And she's waiting for you to be her witness.

 

I Just Want to Go Back: A Spilling Story

I Just Want to Go Back: A Spilling Story

April 10, 2020

"I just want to go back. To a time when we don't have fear. When we're not so sheltered from each other, from the external relationships with each other. I just want to go back.

Welcome to the first interview of The Spilling Stories, a special series dedicated to abandoning the idea that we need to hold it all together and showcasing the grit it takes to allow ourselves to spill over.

These are stories of resilience, of ordinary women who are willing to let their grief take up space, so that it can serve their greatness.

In today's episode, we sat down with Katie Thompson, owner and curator of THE Market - A Journey to Joy. Katie's shop is home to 40 small business owners, all of whom she feels a personal sense of responsibility for. Add to that Katie's roles as wife, daughter, and mother, and she finds herself in a position of trying to be a lot of things to a lot of people. We talk about holding it all together, and spilling over a little when we need. 

 

Pushing Off the Bottom: A Spilling Story

Pushing Off the Bottom: A Spilling Story

March 26, 2020

"It doesn't do me any good to try to struggle to the surface until I've touched the bottom. If you don't let yourself go to the bottom where you can actually find your feet, it's hard to know which way is up.

So, part of it for me is allowing myself the full sink, allowing myself to fall apart."

Welcome to the first interview of The Spilling Stories, a special series dedicated to abandoning the idea that we need to hold it all together and showcasing the grit it takes to allow ourselves to spill over.

These are stories of resilience, of ordinary women who are willing to let their grief take up space, so that it can serve their greatness.

In this episode, Sarah invited her wife Becky to the mic to talk about all of the spilling over that has happened in their home, in their marriage, and with their kids during the early days of the pandemic in the United States. Becky works with this metaphor about slipping into her sadness, but having to go all the way to the bottom so that she push off from there and know which way to swim to find the surface.

It is beautiful. And it’s just the beginning of the stories we will share here in this place.

Stay with us.

 

Spilling Over: A Mini Among the Madness

Spilling Over: A Mini Among the Madness

March 20, 2020

"Maybe I don't need to hold it all together. Maybe I really need to just let myself spill over."

The Beautifull Project podcast is interrupting its regularly scheduled programming for a series of special episodes aimed directly at what it means to take up space in a world flipped upside down.

In this first special episode, Sarah unpacks her own reaction, explains some of the silence on The Project's platform, and shares a small shift that is working for her as she moves through her own fear and anxiety. She also throws in a little dig at diet culture and the "No Excuses" movement taking IG threads by storm during this time of physical distancing. She wraps up with an invitation to find some solace in this space, together, in the uncertain days and weeks ahead.

 

 

The Gray Matters: An Interview with Haley DeGreve

The Gray Matters: An Interview with Haley DeGreve

March 7, 2020

"A lot of our conversations are filled with smile emojis, but at the end of the day it's leaving us empty. Just because we're more doesn't mean we're more connected... we need community."

In episode 4, we sat down with Haley DeGreve, college senior, marketing and communications major, and co-founder of The Gray Matters.

The Gray Matters is a mental health campaign that seeks to initiate conversation around the gray area between mental health awareness and stigma. The goal is to spread a message of hope, solidarity, and compassion. This movement is making waves on Haley's college campus because it empowers everyone to be a part of suicide prevention. Haley is a creative force behind this movement, a creative force for good in general, and it is an honor to hold space for her story.

Resources:

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1800-273-8255

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