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The VulnerABILITY Podcast is a series dedicated to real, honest, and open conversations with people from all walks of life. Covering topics of love/relationships, overcoming addiction/abuse, careers and purpose, self-love, parenting, and everything in-between, this podcast unapologetically shares the moments and musings of being human.
 
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In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly dives into conversation with Allison Davis, award-winning wedding photographer and creator of Revealed at the Edge, a fine art photography coffee table book of the American West Coast she created in the heart of the global pandemic. Highlights From the Episode: [5:20] “At the beginn…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, Marisa chats with Laura K. Roe, yoga/meditation teacher, author, and mother of two, about embracing imperfection, balancing different areas of ‘work’ alongside motherhood, and learning how to give yourself permission to pursue your dreams. Highlights From The Episode: [6:10] “I think yoga helped me get …
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, Marisa connects with Janine Lopiano, cofounder of Sputnik Futures and Alice in Futureland (with Joanne De Luca) to talk about their new book, “Tuning Into Frequency: The Invisible Force that Heals Us and the Planet.” In this episode, Marisa and Janine talk about what it means to ‘tune in’ to your own fr…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, Marisa connects with Tim Ringgold MT-BC—a speaker, author, and music therapist—to discuss the healing power of music. In Episode 54, they discuss pain and healing, high and low moments of life, and how music (or whatever else we listen to) can become a powerful catalyst for energy, healing, and self-lov…
 
In this episode of VulnerABILITY, Marisa connects with Natassia Ponomarenko, the twenty-something CEO of NastyFit & Founder of Connectful to talk about building dreams and keeping momentum as a young, female entrepreneur. All before age twenty-five, Natassia has created two successful businesses, created space for business owners to connect both vi…
 
What does it mean to ’embrace the shift’? In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes Deena Von Yokes, founder of Studio Savvy Salon in San Diego, California to talk about overcoming obstacles and leaning into change (especially in the wake of COVID-19). Deena, like many business owners during the pandemic, has faced…
 
What does it mean to be truly vulnerable? To show and be who you really are? These are the guiding questions for Episode 51 of VulnerABILITY, where host Marisa Donnelly welcomes Dan Munro, coach and author of The Naked Truth to talk about honesty and aligning with your true self. In a world so hell-bent on keeping secrets and running from pain, Dan…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, Marisa Donnelly connects with Judith Martinez, Founder & CEO of In Her Shoes, and passionate thought leader committed to helping women recognize where they can grow by asking the question, “What would you do if you were just one percent more courageous?” In this powerful back-and-forth, Marisa asks deep…
 
In Episode 49 of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes Lara Schmoisman, the relentless and unapologetic and Founder & CEO of The Darl, to talk about authenticity and purposeful leadership. Lara is originally from Argentina and shares the ups and downs of starting her own business and why she resonates with the term ‘leader’ over …
 
In this episode of VulnerABILITY, Marisa dives into a deep conversation with Jacqueline Ortiz, the self-proclaimed ‘Self-Love Diva’ who shares actionable tips and advice for loving your inner child and finding peace in your identity. Among guiding women towards clarity with their inner feelings and desires, Jacqueline also talks about how the vibe …
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, Marisa Donnelly welcomes Ellie Fabra, holistic nutrition and health coach, to share about her journey into purposeful, whole-body healing. Both Marisa and Ellie share about their personal health struggles, their ups and downs, and why modern society fails to truly recognize the connection between the ch…
 
In this episode of VulnerABILITY, Marisa welcomes Janine Halloran, founder of Coping Skills for Kids, to talk about moving through challenging times, navigating quarantine, and supporting children through finding (and celebrating) the good. Janine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of experience helping children and adolescent…
 
In this episode of VulnerABILITY, host Marisa Donnelly jumps into a conversation about facing fear, stepping away from the need for approval, and pursuing your dreams with Jacinta Gandy, founder of Social Circle. As these two business owners discuss their ups and downs along the road, they speak candidly on the need for authenticity and taking each…
 
In this episode of the Vulnerability Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly jumps into a discussion with Bonnie Shaver-Troup EdD, founder of Lexend, about education, learning, and changing the way we read. Lexend is a collection of font families intended to improve reading proficiency. In this episode, Marisa and Bonnie share their personal stories and Bonn…
 
Quarantine has changed so much for every single person. In this episode of VulnerABILITY, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes guest and fellow creative, Marta Gepe to share about her book, Quarantine Diaries, and finding inspiration in lockdown. Highlights From the Episode: [2:30] “I journal and I wanted to push myself to see something different in each …
 
In Episode 42 of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly interviews previous co-host Abe Lopez on loneliness, isolation in quarantine, and coming to terms with change in a post-COVID world. Highlights From The Episode: [2:00] “My mental health really relied solely on spending time with people. It’s something that gave me life and still does…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, Bruce Matson, a Stage 4 Follicular ​Lymphoma survivor, shares his story of faith, positivity, and taking the fear out of facing difficult things by trusting in God. As a long-time Christian, Bruce shares about his faith experience, the ups and downs of being a believer, and how, in the wake of hearing n…
 
Imagine going through a global pandemic (oh wait, this is life now). Now, imagine going through a global pandemic… pregnant. In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly chats with Elena Lecrichia, a Labor & Delivery nurse from Stony Brook University Hospital about her (and her coworkers’) pandemic pregnancy experiences. From …
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes Rabbi Simon Jacobson, founder of The Meaningful Life Center and author of Toward a Meaningful Life to talk about the challenge of embracing your vulnerability and learning to let go of all that you can’t control, a message that’s all the more relevant in pandemic times. Hig…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes publicity expert and founder of Your Brandista, Ashley Graham, to share about being in alignment, making purposeful connections, and owning your mess Ashley has undergone two re-brands in the past two years and shares not only her experiences in embracing change (and the co…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly speaks with Bethany Baker, Executive Director of A-GAP, a nonprofit founded on the principles of reducing distractions and teaching people how to be intentional with tech use in order to thrive both professionally and personally. Highlights From The Episode: [2:10] “How can we use t…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes Jennifer Wildasin, a mother and small business owner who’s passionate about changing the educational landscape and building a village for those with dyslexia. Both women have sons who struggle with dyslexia—not only in finding the resources, but understanding what’s actuall…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes guest Dan Hill, the founder of Sensory Logic and author of Famous Faces Decoded, a book that focuses on facial coding, to speak on the value and balance of logic and emotions in all aspects of our lives. When it comes to both our personal and professional lives, understandi…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes Franco Zavala, self-proclaimed ‘Profesional Stepdad’ and father of five to, discuss stepparenting and learning to lead with love. They discuss changing the narrative around stepparenting, the challenges they both face as ‘bonus’ figures, and how they’re navigating uncharted…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes guest Alyssa Mopia, Founder of Future’s Past (a photography and film production company), and Coffee and Convos (a platform and podcast empowering vulnerability), to get raw and honest about how to reframe your mindset in the wake of COVID-19. Highlights From the Episode: […
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes guest Nicole Walker, Success Strategist and Founder of the She Leads Podcast, to share about her journey through bullying, colorism, leadership, and learning — above all — that we are better together. Highlights from the Episode: [1:50] “When I found out the essence of true…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes guest Aimee Cabo. Aimee is a mother, wife, Christian, abuse survivor and author of the book, God Is The Answer, Love Is The Cure. Abuse profoundly shapes people’s lives. Those who have been hurt often struggle with anger, guilt and relationships – both with others and thems…
 
What is happiness? How can we achieve it? Is it something we can ever fully ‘have’? In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly welcomes guest T.M. Hoy, author of The Secret To Lasting Happiness, to talk about how people can look inside themselves and grow from within. Our minds work in mysterious and powerful ways, and the f…
 
What does it mean to have faith? And how can people—regardless of their religious beliefs—connect with one another? These are the questions host Marisa Donnelly and guest Scott Shay, Wall Street businessman and author of In Good Faith, discuss in this podcast episode. “People become drunk with their own power,” Scott says, explaining that this cont…
 
A large part of our lives is spent unlearning negative habits, removing self-sabotaging thoughts, and honing in on our purpose. In this VulnerABILITY Podcast episode, host Marisa Donnelly and guest Dr. Ellie Katz, a leading holistic psychotherapy practitioner, discuss these limiting behaviors and how to combat them in order to grow. In this episode…
 
If you try and fail, is it really failure? This is the question host Marisa Donnelly and guest Rebecca Binnedyk, singer/songwriter based in Ontario, Canada, dive into in this week’s VulnerABILITY Podcast. Both in creative industries, Marisa and Rebecca share the journey of finding their voices, learning what they’re passionate about, and following …
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly and guest Eli Nash, co-Founder of MicDrop, dive into deeply personal topics. From covering Eli’s past sexual trauma and porn addiction and how it shaped his life, to probing into Marisa’s personal story and the ‘why’ behind her business, this episode will challenge you, make you unc…
 
What does the term ‘male feminist’ mean? What’s it like to be one? And what can both men and women do to create allyship? These are the questions of this week’s VulnerABILITY Podcast with host Marisa Donnelly and Mark Henshaw, a Canadian-born English Literature and Technology Educator living in China. Inspired by my piece, “A Strong Man Is Not Inti…
 
In Episode 24 of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly dives into what it really means to be a creator, entrepreneur, or business owner in a world that largely glorifies these occupations (and isn’t always truthful about them). When I sat down to record this podcast, I had one goal in mind: be transparent about the *hard stuff.* My aim wa…
 
How do you combat failure? How do you REALLY pursue those goals and chase those dreams? And what is self-discipline? Those are two big questions we’re always asking ourselves, and in this podcast, host Marisa Donnelly teams up with Kim Walls (entrepreneur, CEO & Co-Founder of Furtuna Skincare and mom of two) to talk about exactly that (and much mor…
 
After a brief break from recording, host Marisa Donnelly jumps back in with a podcast on finding your true self. She talks about comparison and how that can keep you from doing the things you love and truly making a difference. She shares her personal insecurities about her podcast and how that held her back from recording. And she pushes back agai…
 
After a short leave of absence, host Marisa Donnelly is back with Episode 21 of the VulnerABILITY Podcast. This episode speaks truth on the topic of ‘finding balance.’ Marisa talks about what this truly means and looks like, and how everyone—regardless of their age, background, story, or status is in search of this sense of peace. Balance, in my op…
 
In Episode 20 of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly discusses the search for purpose and speaks to anyone who’s struggling to find their meaning, or redefine who they are. ‘Purpose’ is one of those scary words. It’s one of those words we’re conditioned to chase, to try to understand, and to live out in our lives. Yet the idea of being …
 
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. This is the message of the latest VulnerABILITY Podcast, Episode 19, where host Marisa Donnelly talks about her business journey and struggles along the way. Each and every one of us faces and learns to overcome fear in some capacity. And if it’s not fear that gets in the way, there’s some…
 
Episode 18 of the VulnerABILITY Podcast is for anyone who feels like giving up, for anyone facing deep grief, or for anyone at the end of their rope and struggling to hold on. Host Marisa Donnelly and guest Abe Lopez share their personal experiences, anecdotes, and thoughts on moving forward, even if it’s only one baby step at a time. The truth of …
 
There is a difference between toxic and abusive relationships, and oftentimes that line is clearly drawn. However, when it comes to healthy vs. toxic, noticing and navigating these types of connections is often difficult, as they are more challenging to recognize. In this week’s VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly and guest Abe Lopez dive i…
 
This week Marisa published an article on her blog, Word&Sole, on encouraging men to support and empower women, especially in regards to feminism. In this week’s VulnerABILITY Podcast, she welcomes back guest Abe Lopez to tackle difficult topics of toxic masculinity, sexism, and how men can truly be there for the women around them. Personally, I bel…
 
What are you forever in pursuit of? Is it a relationship, promotion, success, fame? Is it your true self? Having or being the ‘best’? In this week’s podcast, Marisa gets real about her perfectionism and endless desire to be a flawless version of herself. She talks about the unrealistic expectations we put upon ourselves and the way our search for m…
 
Pain: This week’s podcast centers on pain and navigating grief. In the wake of discovering her friend’s husband has lost his battle to cancer, coupled with the news of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, Marisa releases Episode 14 of the VulnerABILITY Podcast with a heavy, burdened heart. What do we do when grief is so prevalent? In thi…
 
What is vulnerability? What is self-love? This week’s podcast dives deep as Marisa, with special guest, Brendan Burns (Entrepreneur, Influencer, and Life & Business Coach), talk about how to shed your skin and live authentically—even, and especially—if that means changing your entire direction. In this episode, Brendan and I discuss toxic relations…
 
Have you ever been plagued by the fear of not being ‘enough’? By not having enough time, enough things ‘right,’ enough things done? Are you beating yourself up over a past relationship because of the ways you couldn’t be enough for that person? Are you not enough — even for yourself? This week’s VulnerABILITY Podcast episode comes from a very painf…
 
[A note from Marisa Donnelly, podcast host] — It’s been a while. I feel like I’ve said that so often in the last few months, as I’ve attempted (and failed) to juggle a lot more than I originally planned. In launching my business and freelancing full-time, I’m struggling to keep all of my passions in focus. Not to mention trying (desperately) to kee…
 
In this week’s VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly and guest Abe Lopez jump into controversial topics headfirst. The focus is on learning to think for yourself and what that means (especially in a society that often pushes you to follow the crowd) or hide your ideas/beliefs etc. from the public eye. What does it mean to truly ‘think for you…
 
“The pursuit is the purpose.” That’s the biggest takeaway from this week’s VulnerABILITY Podcast, Episode 9, which pushes back against the idea that you have to “find yourself” or know who you are by a certain moment, age, or time period. Struck by the frustration of today’s society and the constant search for identity, me and Abe tackle identity h…
 
In this episode of the VulnerABILITY Podcast, host Marisa Donnelly and guest Abe Lopez dive into negative self-talk and complacency — what causes these things, how to avoid them, and how to push back against the moments you feel tempted in order to truly grow. Abe and I start with mental states. We talk about stagnancy, inner demons, negative self-…
 
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