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Butterflies and Bravery is a podcast created and hosted by two cult Survivors and best friends who were born into the notorious Children of God cult. Listen as Whisper and Jemima tell their stories of turning surviving into thriving, interview other Survivors, and straight talk all things cult, trauma, and religion recovery. Our episodes are guest-led, so anything can happen! Our conversations are real, raw and often NSFW. They may be triggering. But they will thrill and inspire you and give ...
 
I see you and know you, because I am you. A person who lives a good life, but knows that it could be great. But fear holds you back. You might not recognize it as fear, but the procrastination, people pleasing and living by societal norms are all symptoms of your fear. Its time to live the life you were meant for. Prepare to be inspired and motivated to change your life by listening to interviews with guests who have faced their fears to achieve the life of their dreams (they’re our Beacons) ...
 
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The Bravery Board

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The Bravery Board

The Bravery Board: A Podcast on Growth & Thriving

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The Bravery Board promotes mental wellness and thriving to high performing women, creatives, & those who desire growth. We are an attorney and humanitarian (Lindsay Donaldson), counselor and artist (Michelle Houghton), pastor and speaker (Kate Alsup), and author and fundraising coach (Jenn Fortner). We are a group of women who believe in the power of being brave through vulnerability and sharing our growth (however scary or messy it may be!) with others. The Bravery Board hosts quarterly gat ...
 
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The Bravery Project

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The Bravery Project

Greg Faxon interviews Seth Godin, Pamela Slim, and other successful entrepreneurs

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In a world where it’s easier than ever to start a business, what stops most entrepreneurs from performing at their full potential? Join business coach Greg Faxon as he interviews Seth Godin, Pamela Slim, and other brave entrepreneurs on what it really takes to make a great living while serving others. Make sure to visit www.gregfaxon.com for free articles, tools, and resources that will help you grow your business without shrinking your life.
 
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We had the privilege of being guests on another podcast, Critical and Thinking with Ty Barnett and Ian Harris. Join us as we chat more in depth about some of the topics covered, and a few other tangents. Butterflies and Bravery wishes you all a happy Thanksgiving week. This time of year can be difficult for many of us, so we hope you find a way to …
 
Sometimes a whisper can be louder than a roar. Join us this week as we chat about what's been going on in our worlds. Jemima talks about a fall at work and what that might mean for her in the near future. Then Whisper tells us how she learned that humility can look very differently than we may think. We close this episode with Jemima's "The Ant Hil…
 
Attention Deficit Hacks, Building Back Better and Connections If it’s living with CPTSD or living with ADHD, we need our little life hacks. Whisper found an ADHD helpline…tweet. It’s a Twitter thread. In a shorter, light-hearted episode, we catch up with each other and talk about what’s coming up for the podcast and remind ourselves about the thing…
 
Note to cult leaders: Maybe read the whole Bible verse before starting a new belief system? Jemima and Whisper talk a little about everything (again) in this episode, including the correlation--that Whisper doesn't pronounce correctly (again)--between Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and cult life. Parenting, The Scarlet Pimpernel, telling our …
 
Welcome to episode 39 of the Beacons of Bravery podcast! Tune in if you feel stuck in life and don't see a way through your current circumstances. There's always a silver lining to whatever you're going through. We'll talk about Neil Pasricha's work with the "Invisible Staircase" of our life and that we often are terrible predictors of our future. …
 
Is government slow for a good reason? Is the current two-party system a problem? Should there be a border wall between Kentucky and WV? Are Italian mob bosses a threat to my house? Do you need to know advanced algebra to listen to this episode? Enter Avery's Idea Corner and Question Time, to learn about alternative democracies. Will any of it work?…
 
Lisa Kendall, founder of Counter Cult Coalition, joins us again to talk about the latest news with the federal statute of limitations being lifted on civil lawsuits relating to allegations of child sexual abuse and federal crimes harming children. Raising awareness about cults and the needs of those born into a cult is a mission we have in common. …
 
In this solo episode we dive into an insidious fear, one that most of us don't think we have, yet it rears it's head when we least expect it. The Fear of Success. While we can all relate to the fear of failure, public embarrassment, etc. We don't realize that our dreams and goals may be extinguished by the fear of success. We delve into the phenome…
 
SUBJECT WARNING: UNALIVING YOURSELF When we sat down together to talk about upcoming plans and new projects, our conversation quickly shifted, because it was the struggles that so many of our ex-cult community have been facing that sat heavy on our minds. We had to talk about what could be done to help our community not feel so alone. We see the ne…
 
After last weeks very somber episode, we thought it would be nice to do something a little lighter this week. Whisper and Jemima share stories about THC and other gummies, some funny sex stories and a whole lot more. We hope you laugh your ass off like we did! Support the show
 
SUBJECT WARNING-UNALIVING YOURSELF Having been born prisoners of our parents war, an all too familiar tragedy we face in our communities is ongoing and constant suicides. Whisper and Jemima both share some of their personal experiences of having been to the darkest of places, the place where you want to cease to exist. We talk about some of the str…
 
Brandon's bird drones? Avery's flying selfie stick? Slappers on robots? None of these make sense! But they DO make it into this podcast about future drones for commercial use. Welcome to part 1 of our 3-part drone series (Commercial, Industrial, Residential).Brandon and Avery
 
Join the Bravery podcast for a trip to the future, where everything is made up, and the points don't matter. Today's topic: Religion! .... "Uh oh!" you might be thinking. And you'd be right! We can't promise you will or will not like this podcast, so please enjoy the starting disclaimer, and let that be your one, and only, warning.…
 
Janice Selbie was born into fundamentalist Pentecostal Christianity. She was steeped in the church from birth. Eventually her need for authenticity, outweighed her need for acceptance. Today, a trained therapist, she aids others in their escape from the clutches of fundamentalist religion. She also recently hosted a conference on religious trauma a…
 
Beth Matenaer went from adopted to "a troubled teen" sent off into the mountains of California. Attempting escape, Beth hiked 50 miles to civilization in the middle of the night. Hear the rest of her story as we interview Beth, now a trained trauma therapist working with cult survivors and drug and alcohol addiction. Along with Dr. Janja Lalich, a …
 
Growing up in a cult or a high control or coercive atmosphere can sometimes leave your inner child needing reparenting. What is reparenting anyhow? Tonight we talk about what that means for both of us, and remind ourselves that it can look different at all the stages of our journey, and how a little change in perspective can make huge differences a…
 
In this episode, a t-shirt that read, "Life leads you down many paths, but my favorite one leads to the mountains" started off the conversation, and it did lead us down many paths. We start in Jamaica, plus hear updates from "Aunt Jemima's" life and some exciting possibilities coming her way. Other paths included understanding others, living with t…
 
We’ve all faced times in our lives when we get shaken, but sometimes we find ourselves facing times where it feels like nothing’s letting up. And just like a soda bottle, that constant shaking is building pressure with each jolt. If we don’t let some of that out in a controlled escape, things start to go boom. Whisper gets vulnerable again this wee…
 
GPT-3 is an AI algorithm that has been fed billions of articles throughout the internet and uses that to form answers from prompts. Working with our first-time guest, Roy, who is the local expert on this new technology, we dive into how this all works and what we think the advantages and dangers of it all will lead to.…
 
Using the following link: (put link here) We talk a little about what the future of work life will be. Concepts like how much will automation be involved and how much free time will we have are discussed in this important look into our daily lives of the future.Brandon and Avery
 
How do you fit a life like ours into a single chapter? Whisper makes a run at doing just that with her chapter in "Dare to Express", a collaboration book coming out in September. A handful of amazing women were invited to write a chapter about their lives, and Whisper was one of them. Jemima and Whisper read this beautifully woven story of a little…
 
Amanda Moon Ellevis is a survivor of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Her heart for the exploited stems from her unique vulnerabilities as a young musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as her experience being homeless. Now she’s helping others through her newly released book, “Rebuild and Thrive” a guide to assist survivors of exploit…
 
This week we have a short episode as Whisper and Jemima touch base to talk about their week and what’s been happening in their corner of the world. Whisper’s little fur baby is having some health issues, and Jemima and Whisper talk more about taking care of the pets they’ve loved and lost. Support the show…
 
In our first ever two-guest episode we talk with two of the founders of the COG-TFI Survivors movement. Their mission is to spread awareness and bring justice to the survivors of the extremist cult, the Children of God. To expose their crimes, and appeal to authorities to take action against COG-TFI leaders and abusers. We have a chance to ask some…
 
Sometimes we all need a little reminder that we’ve got this. In this episode, Whisper and Jemima share some affirmations that can give us that reminder. And in their signature fashion, throw in a little bit of everything as they wander around things off topic, catch up on their week and spend time laughing at themselves. So if you need a little bre…
 
"Grief does not change you. It reveals you.” -- John Green Grief and loss are things that we all face at some point in our life. But when losses come one after another, we can end up in grief overload. Melissa found herself facing this, having lost her mother and two brothers in a short period of time. But where many might have crumbled, Melissa fo…
 
This episode, come join us as we welcome Pride month, and chat about random things, including the definition of PTSD, CPTSD and Moral Injury. Plus, we have some laughs as we discuss sexuality, jack hammers and carousels, caves, headlamps and rage rooms. We hope you’ll enjoy spending the evening with us! - Whisper & Jemima https://linktr.ee/bnbravep…
 
Born into a fundamentalist Christian home, Tammie Willis knew coercion and control from a very young age. Kept busy with religious activities, school and church all day, she had little time for anything else. Leaving religion and deconstructing the trauma that she had experienced may have been easier if her life wasn't struck with tragedy in her te…
 
Andrew Pledger was born in a fundamentalist Christian home. He was home schooled and fully immersed in religion from a very young age. When he began to question things in his teen years, he came to some conclusions that didn't quite line up with what he had been taught. He broke free from his religion and came out to the world as part of the LGBTQ+…
 
Ashlee was only 16 when she met him. What appeared at first to be a fairytale romance, became a web of control growing over her life. The short-lived joy of a fancy car and new clothes came crashing down. Once things turned bloody, she knew she had to escape. Before it was too late. Ashlee's dramatic story became one of transformation and healing f…
 
We are officially one year old! And what a year it's been! We have been honored with the presence of so many survivors, heard stories that made us laugh and cry, and we've shared them with the world. Whisper and Jemima talk about some of the things that have surprised them the most about being podcasters, as well as some of the reasons we do this. …
 
In the second half of our two-part interview with Deb Donner, we learn even more details about daily life for kids in The Wesleyan Community compound, and where it all is today. Plus we pick some daisies about growing up in cults, finding purpose, family relationships, and figuring out life outside the cult. Support the show (https://paypal.me/butt…
 
Avery and Brandon imagine what space tourism and travel will be like nearly 30 years in the future. Topics include space cruises, amusement parks on the moon, traveling to mars, and even concepts like elevators. We'll try and stay on topic before the whiskey kicks in...Brandon and Avery
 
Deb Donner grew up in The Wesleyan Community, a cult-church led by Lou Hillendahl and spent much of that time living in tents without electricity or running water. That’s only part of her incredible story of survival. In this first half of a two-part interview, Deb speaks candidly & unapologetically with Jemima and Whisper of her life both in and a…
 
Lisa Kendall was just 9 years old when her mother decided to join the “Move of God,” finally leaving at age 19. Today Lisa devotes her time to advocacy work for other child victims of cults and coercive organizations. Lisa has been active in the cult awareness community since 2012, providing support for custody cases, child protective service inves…
 
This week we were honored to have the opportunity to sit down with world-renowned cult expert Dr. Janja Lalich to discuss cult recovery, healing trauma, and needed resources for cult survivors. Dr. Lalich talks about her ground-breaking cult recovery programs, explains “bonded choice," plus her thoughts on the second generation survivors of the inf…
 
Welcome back to the Beacon's of Bravery podcast, where we rejoin the "What keeps us stuck? series." Today I have a special guest, Colleen Frazier. One of my very best childhood friends. We lost touch after our high school senior trip, but reconnected 5 years ago. We decided this past Christmas that we needed to go on a trip to celebrate turning 50 …
 
This week Butterflies and Bravery is taking a short break off-air, and will be back next week with full episodes and extra special guests! (Hint: Have you heard of renowned cult expert Dr. Janja Lalich?) Of course, we wouldn't be us without a quick check-in, a little of our signature rambling, and an original Jemima-ism mental healthy snack. That's…
 
In another non-episode episode, your hosts Jemima and Whisper are celebratinganother podcast milestone of 7000downloads! Reflecting on the journeyso far, they talk about their mostmemorable episodes, "side effects"experienced and lessons along the way. Plus, listen in for sneak peak news onnew guest interviews in the coming weeks. Support the show…
 
What do you do when the founder of the cult you were born into is your paternal grandfather? Whatever you can to survive. In this unprecedented interview, for the first time David Berg speaks out about growing up in the cult that his namesake founded. David bravely tells us his touching story for the first time, and we got to ask the question: What…
 
Join us for this special episode as we celebrate Jemima's EIGHT year anniversary since getting clean from methamphetamines. Addiction can take many forms, but does it all come from the same place? We discuss addiction expert Dr. Gabor Mate's view of addiction as a symptom of pain and trauma, compassionate solutions for ourselves and our loved ones …
 
In this week's episode, we were honored with the opportunity to interview Heather Plett, author of "The Art of Holding Space." Heather tells us her amazing story, and we have a powerful conversation about healing from trauma and how to hold space for ourselves and each other. If you were going to listen to only one episode of Butterflies and Braver…
 
Growing up Cree, Mike Scott’s earliest memories of his family and indigenous community are mired in poverty, residential schools, foster care, substance abuse, incarceration, grief & heart-breaking loss. Attempting to drown it all, Mike found himself already struggling with addiction in his teens. This is Mike’s inspirational story of redemption an…
 
Susan Cagle was catapulted into fame after being discovered singing in the subway. In the next few years she would go on to release two albums, sing at the Video Music Awards, take part in an interview on the Oprah Winfrey show and even appear in an independent film. But what was happening inside her head and heart? Join us as we hear her story, he…
 
What does labour sound like? Sometimes like a late 90's sex symbol in a loincloth. In this episode, Whisper and Jemima tell some of the funny (and not so funny) stories of the births of their children. From crazy conditions in Thailand to tiny houses in Seattle, Whisper recounts the astonishing circumstances around her first pregnancy and the--lite…
 
Our guest this week shares her enthralling story of overcoming incredible odds. When her parents felt called to "serve the Lord" in another country, Joyce and her younger brother were abandoned in Brazil. While Joyce was able to navigate and survive the cult, her brother had a difficult time surrendering himself completely to the cult teachings. He…
 
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