1.7 // Healing + Metamorphosis

YOU GUYS. I don’t know how to put into words how much today’s episode means to me. Vanessa Oakley is a licensed professional counselor, mental health service provider and one of my dearest friends in town. We sat down to talk about beauty’s role in healing from trauma and suffering, self-acceptance, and the metamorphosis of becoming who you already are. While the subject matter can be heavy, in her true nature, Vanessa had me laughing the whole time! I can’t wait for you to hear this.


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In this episode:

  • Adventure Therapy and our bodies holding stories
  • Trauma is unique to each person
  • How we deal with our personal suffering
  • Beauty as an anchor of hope
  • A regular awareness practice of beauty
  • Metamorphosis: becoming something you already are
  • Our true self can be buried by our experiences
  • Comfort in one’s own skin
  • Everyone is recovering from something
  • What beauty feels like
  • Asking: Does this make me feel more or less like myself?
  • Overthinking things drains your energy
  • The gift of silence
  • We have to be comfortable with ourself before we can invite other people in
  • How to help people who are in the healing process
  • Allowing people to have their own stories

"True beauty feels like the first day of sun after the coldest winter." - Vanessa Oakley


Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

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