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Mrs. D is Going Without and Going Sober

When does it mean to be “authentic?” Your truest self. Someone who can tap into the ability to make sound decisions, to live in your emotions whether they be happy or uncomfortable, and sometimes even choosing to wave your freak flag and wave it high for all to see?

Lotta Dann, my guest on episode 3 of The i’Mpossible podcast talks about authenticity. For a long time she struggled with alcohol abuse and the repercussions that followed. But after she decided to go sober, she started learning what it really meant to be an authentic human being and how that affected her relationships with her husband, children, friends, and ultimately herself.

I share this episode (embedded, also downloadable, also available on iTunes) because tapping into our authentic best selves is something we should be doing on the daily (like all of us, it’s all about progress and not perfection), and also because Lotta is super well spoken, has an amazing New Zealand accent, and she’s part of the impossible eco-system (an author from book #2 in our series). I hope you enjoy!

Live Through This—Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, with Dese'Rae Stage

How can a person sink to their lowest, be subject to so much despair and hopelessness that they think of ending their life—and then find a way to survive, thrive and use that experience to help others? 

How do they get from Point A: Despair, to Point X: Thriving and Helping? It's a great question because trauma and tragedy strike every day, and no one is given an instruction manual on how to handle those difficult obstacles, and quite often that trauma or tragedy is enough to make someone contemplate giving up completely. 

The more we hear from people who have made it through tragedy, suicide, or attempted self destruction, the less we'll feel alone when going through our own traumatic experiences or big obstacles. When a person shares a painful experience for the benefit of others—it's one of the most beautiful gifts a person can give.

Dese'Rae Stage does exactly that by sharing some of her life story and how she once attempted suicide and then used that experience to find a way to live and thrive and ultimately help others with her photography project, Live Through This, which tells the story of other suicide attempt survivors.

Listen on as I interview Des on The i'Mpossible Project show. Des's words are powerful, touching, and a tribute to the power of the human spirit:

If you do want to listen to other interviews (average length is 30 mins), you can find them at

Coming Out of the Closet, Becoming Your Truest Self

What does it mean to be your truest self? How can someone, seemingly so self aware, deny who they really are? It can take years, decades, even a lifetime before the bravest of the brave own who they are and live life accordingly—on their own terms. People within the LGBTQI community are told that they need to “come out of the closet,” but they aren’t the only ones—so many others live and hide in “the closet,” of low self-esteem, unrequited love, profound nerdiness, unbridled imperfection—it would take billions of lifetimes to accurately name all of the closets that exist. 

But when we find our way out of the shadows, is when our voice is unwavering, our purpose on this planet is clear, and you and those around you benefit greatly. 

I’m starting a new venture—a podcast, where I interview people who seem plain and ordinary but who are actually powerhouses who have come into their own, found their voice, and learned to share it so others don’t make the same mistakes or go through similar pain. 

The interview (embedded, also downloadable, also available on iTunes), episode #1, is with actor, dancer, choreographer Matthew Shaffer who tells us about the proverbial closet he lived in and how he found his way out. 

I share this interview with Matthew because not everyone feels as if they can come out of their own closet and discover and own their truest self. But it’s possible—and Matthew shows us how. 

If you’re interested, I’m launching this podcast with 50 interviews in 50 days and then going to 2 per week. I’ll only be sharing an interview with you once a week and writing an accompanying blog post (like our usual schedule). If you do want to listen to other interviews (average length is 30 mins), you can find them at