Bliss-less Ambivalence

know, lifestyle, podcast May 28, 2020

am·biv·a·lence (n) /amˈbivələnt/

the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
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Before all of this, ambivalent wouldn’t have been the first word I’d use to describe my worldview; it suggests far more moodiness and indecisiveness than I’d willingly associate myself with. But, one season of podcasting and pandemic-ing later, and I’ve realized that I feel nothing but ambivalence towards our human experience. My wide scope of conversations clarified for me that life, in all its dynamism, is fully incapable of being wholly one thing, or wholly another. It is forever shifting. The difference is, now, my ambivalence has lost its bliss–and, in my mind, it’s no coincidence that it has gone right at the close of season 1.

Over 16 weeks, I’ve had the privilege to learn and share insights from visionaries, educators, creators, and entrepreneurs who have sparked in me a gutsiness that I’m just beginning to get comfortable with. They knowingly joined me in conversations they imagined would ruffle feathers, induce introspection, and hopefully, inspire fervent criticism of American society. 

In me doing more of that, my ambivalence might find its bliss again…but if it never does, the least I can do is thank you for listening, even when you hated what you heard.

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Our Climate Crisis

activism, environment, gen z, global, lifestyle, Millennials, podcast, politics, society May 20, 2020

The Climate Emergency is not far in the future, it’s here now.

So, what can we do about it?

Jamie Margolin, Founder of Zero Hour Movement, joins me to lay out how we save ourselves and preserve our planet. She started organizing Zero Hour in the summer of 2017 and since then, Nadia Nazar, Madelaine Tew, and Zanagee Artis have joined her in leading it.

Jamie’s book, Youth To Power, comes out June 2, 2020, as a guide to young organizers.

Here’s my conversation with Jamie, and how you can connect with her:

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Ending Period Poverty

activism, america, health, politics, society, women May 13, 2020

In this episode, I’m chatting with Nina Sarhan, Coalition Director at PERIOD, an organization fighting to end period poverty and period stigma through service, education, and advocacy.

PERIOD was founded by Nadya Okamoto and Vincent Forand in 2014.

Here’s my conversation with Nina, and links to connect with PERIOD:

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The Inequality of Wellness

activism, entrepreneur, health, los angeles, mental health, Millennials, society May 11, 2020

In this episode, we’re diving into the process of creating equity in the wellness industry with Maryam Ajayi, CEO + Founder of Dive in Well, movement cultivating space, community, conversations and change for a more equitable and accessible wellness industry.

Maryam is also the Founder of Indagba, a holistic business strategy agency helping socially conscious people and companies grow into their full potential.

Here’s my conversation with Maryam, and how you can connect with her:

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Storytelling in the Age of COVID-19

art, business, CEO, identity, know, thinkpiece April 29, 2020

Countless commercials are talking about our ‘unprecedented times,’ so what does this moment mean for storytelling in business?

To find out, I turned to Tamon George, Co-Founder & CEO of Creative Theory Agency, and my latest guest on ‘Oh…We’re Going There’ podcast.

Tamon is a creative theorist based in Washington DC whose award-winning, culture-focused marketing agency is amplifying voices, and telling necessary stories that overturn common narratives.

Here’s my conversation with Tamon, and links to connect with him:

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