Beauti: The Interviews
Just Keep Going: The Sarah Interview

Just Keep Going: The Sarah Interview

September 28, 2019

+Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault+

"When the truth gets stuck in us, it crowds out the space that could be used for love and connection. Telling the story is a way to get the truth outside of me." 

In this final episode of the Season of Survivors, Sarah sits down with her wife, Becky... not to interview her, but to BE interviewed by her, and to share a part of her own survival story she has not shared before. Sarah tells the story of her own sexual assault, a story she had buried from conscious thought for nearly two decades. She shares her experience processing the sense of betrayal specific to being assaulted by someone she trusted. She opens up about how she still struggles to name her assault as rape. And she acknowledges that she still has more work to do to find healing in this place.

Her story is brave and it is beautiful and it was brought into the light because of the brave beauty of every woman who sat down across the microphone from her this season. 

Resources for Survivors:

RAINN

Family Resources (local)

 

Meant to Be Told: The Katie Interview

Meant to Be Told: The Katie Interview

September 28, 2019

+ Trigger Warning: Miscarriage +

In this episode, we sat down with Katie, a survivor of miscarriage. Katie unpacks her story delicately, the way you unpack some little treasure you've stored away for safekeeping. And in many ways, that's what Katie had done with this memory up until this point. She had kept the memory of "Baby T" alive inside of her, and wanted to share that memory with all of you. She hones in on the importance of slowing down with grief and not rushing the process. She also speaks to the idea that she felt she needed to "just move on" from this miscarriage... a sentiment shared by many women. Finally, she talks about the tension and anxiety she felt during her next pregnancy, making it difficult to connect to the joy of the experience.

Katie is brave and she is beautiful. And her story follow suit.

 

 

Whole Again: The Rachel Interview

Whole Again: The Rachel Interview

September 28, 2019

+Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault, Spiritualized Trauma +

"And then one day, I sat up in bed, and said, 'I'm whole again.'"

In this episode, we sat down with Rachel, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and later, a survivor of an abusive marriage. Rachel grew up in a deeply religious context, and when her abuse was disclosed, she was silenced and told to believe that what happened to her was her fault. This belief took root in her, informing her decisions through much of her adult life, and ultimately landing her in an abusive marriage. Rachel's story offers powerful proof of the impact of early childhood messaging.

But she also offers powerful proof that healing is possible. And her healing is brave and it is beautiful. Join Sarah and Rachel as they hold space for the story of this survivor.

 

+Links to Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence +

RAINN

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Argrow's House (local)

Family Resources (local)

Hold Out for Hope: The Liv Interview

Hold Out for Hope: The Liv Interview

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

My Pain Does Not Define Me: The Joni Interview

My Pain Does Not Define Me: The Joni Interview

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:

Local Resources:

Family Resoures

National Resources:

National Network to End Domestic Violence

Finding Her Deepest Joy: The Amanda Interview

Finding Her Deepest Joy: The Amanda Interview

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

Coming Full Circle: Your Invitation

Coming Full Circle: Your Invitation

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

The Power to Heal: The Jackie Interview

The Power to Heal: The Jackie Interview

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:

RAINN

Family Resources

NAMI

Your Brain is Bad Ass: A Little Healing with Nicole

Your Brain is Bad Ass: A Little Healing with Nicole

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.

Know Your Worth: The Kira Interview

Know Your Worth: The Kira Interview

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:

RAINN

Family Resources