July 18, 2019
+ Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders, Miscarriage +
"I believe in the power of community, in surrounding yourself with people who can believe things for you that you can’t believe for yourself when you’re in pain. And I’m a big believer in hope. Hold on to hope. Hold on to hope that you will come out of this stronger.”
In this episode, we sat down with Liv, a survivor of an eating disorder, multiple miscarriages and the grief of holding on to a dream she didn't know would ever be possible. Liv is raw and vulnerable in the telling of her story, starting with college and her brush up against the world of modeling. She shares in depth about the suffering of experiencing multiple miscarriages and the pain that resulted when she wasn't sure if she would be able to be a mom. She also talks about hope and healing and how she found her way back to herself.
Liv is brave and beautiful and it is privilege to hold space for her story.
+Resources for Survivors +
National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA)
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
June 27, 2019
++ Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence ++
In this episode, we sat down with Joni, a survivor of domestic violence who is committed to understanding the patterns from her past in order to find healing in her present. She is a gifted storyteller who expertly weaves the details of her lived experience into a story line that is recognizable to anyone who has suffered and survived a toxic relationship.
Joni has done the work to move through her past and offers the audience the hope that comes from healing. She is brave and articulate and full of passion and purpose.
Resources for Survivors:
National Network to End Domestic Violence
June 13, 2019
In this episode, we sat down with Amanda. Amanda is a survivor of birth trauma, a very real experience for many women who have given birth. Challenging the idea that the only "successful" birth story is the one that goes perfectly according to plan, Amanda shares what it was like to walk through an experience that didn't follow the arc she expected. She opens up about how the impact of the trauma didn't surface immediately, but when it did, it began to distort her understanding of the birth process as a whole - an important point for women to hear as they recover from giving birth and find that healing is a multi-faceted, many months-long process. Amanda is tender and vulnerable and completely accessible as she shares from some of her deepest pain and her deepest joy.
+ Resources for Survivors =
Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth
QC Women's Therapy
May 30, 2019
In this episode, Sarah sat down with Nicole and Kate, the team who helps her make the Project possible. Together they unpacked the profound impact this virtual community has had on them individually, and gave a little behind-the-scenes peek into what is coming next at The Beautifull Project. Stick around for the end.. there is an invitation included for each and every one of YOU!
For more information, visit www.thebeautifullproject.com/events
May 1, 2019
+Trigger Warning: Sexual violence, domestic abuse, PTSD, depression, chronic pain, miscarriage+
In this episode, we sit down with Jackie - a woman who has survived serial trauma, beginning with a violent sexual assault during high school. The content of Jackie's story makes it one of the most intense of the entire season, but as the storyteller, Jackie does the most incredible job giving access to painful parts of her past without transferring her pain on to the listener. She is resolute in her determination to heal, and her resilience is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. She shares from the darkest parts of her history, and at the same time, manages to shine a light forward, passing on hope to anyone who will listen.
Resources for Survivors:
April 17, 2019
We've spent a year and a half bringing you the voices of women who demonstrate strength and resilience. We have invited you to open yourself in the same way. But until this podcast, we never offered you any tools to help you put yourself back together after we invite you to let yourself fall apart.
Today's pod is the first of many full of tips and tricks from our very own beauty, Nicole. Nicole is one of the people who helps us create at The Beautifull Project. She is also a trained therapist, an artist, and a brilliant woman. She shares tactics you can apply to every area of your life.. from a major traumatic event to the stressful meeting with your boss (which can feel like a major, traumatic event to be sure)... that will allow you to engage that bad ass brain and move yourself down the path of healing.
April 3, 2019
+Trigger Warning: Sexual abuse +
"I had finally dug up some self worth and I was ready to throw it around a little."
In this episode, we welcome Kira to the mic to tell her story. Kira shares her story about the sexual abuse she endured at the hands of a trusted teacher during her adolescence, a story that is difficult to hear, but so very important to take in.
But at the core of Kira's story, the listener will discover that Kira's story is also about her desire to belong, to feel seen, to be known and loved. And the great lengths the human spirit will extend toward in order to experience a sense of belonging.
Resources for Survivors of Sexual Assault:
March 20, 2019
+Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence+
In this episode, we welcome Dr. Kit Ford, Founder of Argrow's House of Healing and sexual violence survivor. Dr. Kit is a force for good in her community, and exudes a sense of purpose about her life in the most beautiful way. Dr. Kit's traumatic experiences do not define her, but have instead shaped her in a way that makes her able to lend hope and healing to other women. She shares her healing journey on the pod and provides inspiration and direction for other women who are surviving in their own right.
You can check out Argrow's House at www.argrowshouse.org. Argrow's House is a house of healing that provides direct services to survivors and also creates survivor-made bath and body products.
Local resources for survivors of sexual violence:
National resources for survivors of sexual violence:
March 6, 2019
There is nothing more inspiring than a woman who challenges the expectations set in front of her and this woman… she has all the inspiration we need to remember what we are made of when our life requires resilience. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby, Sarah has lived and moved in a disabled body for her entire life. In this interview, she shares what it was like to navigate her adolescence, the ways she allowed the pain to take her to some dark places, and the hope she found when she began to find a way to hold out for the kindness.
Sarah is brave and beautifull and her episode is live on the pod today!
February 21, 2019
+Trigger Warning+ Eating Disorder, Depression
In this episode, we welcomed Stephanie to the mic. Stephanie is a survivor of an eating disorder and an advocate for other survivors. She has spent most of her life looking for healing… not just for the eating disorder, but to find a deeper understanding of herself, of all of the things that seemed to ail her. In this interview, she talks about belonging, about the ways she searched for healing outside of her, and about how much power she’s found having arrived at a place that gives her permission to love herself.
And as we continue to exist in a culture that saturates us with deeply disordered ideas about our relationship with food and with our bodies, the insight she shares takes on more urgent meaning. She tells her story in a way where the details can become recognizable in our collective experience with food and body, making the healing a collective possibility as well.
Stephanie is whole and wholehearted, and we can be too.
Resources for Survivors:
Local Resources -
Unity Point: https://www.unitypoint.org/quadcities/services-get-help.aspx | https://www.unitypoint.org/quadcities/services-additional-resources.aspx
Amy's Gift: www.amysgift.com
Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa: www.edciowa.com
National Resources -
National Eating Disorder Association: www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
ANA (National Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders): www.anad.org
The Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness: www.allianceforeatingdisorders.com