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Hello & welcome to the Fearless Self-Love Podcast! Loving ourselves is the most selfless thing we can do. When we prioritize our own needs, we show up more fully for others. We are more receptive and aware. We begin to live with ease. Each episode features conversations with creatives and wellness pros, whose real-life stories will inspire you to take the next step toward living a life you love. Our bottom line is to cultivate communities of fearless self-love and compassionate connection…and you'll feel like you're right here with us, sitting around the table with a pot of tea. We'll walk you through an easeful living practice, and leave you with a courageous self-care tip. I'm your host, Andrea Catherine, Yoga Health Coach, & your advocate to live a flourishing Life You Love. [New episodes released on the 1st and 15th of every month.]

Jun 1, 2018

In this debut episode of Season 2, I speak with She Podcasts co-host, Elsie Escobar. Elsie shares her journey of finding her authentic voice, including her struggle to communicate as a young person and the ways in which uncovering her blind spots has informed and improved her communication with others interpersonally and as a podcast host. Tune in for insight into making podcasting not only an inclusive platform for diverse voices, but also in considering how we can make podcasts more accessible to listeners.

  • How our blind spots impact how we give voice
  • How to unlock your authentic voice
  • Why to listen before speaking to build inclusive community

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Show Highlights:

01:00-Fearless Self-Love Retreat Details

04:27- Easeful Living Practice

11:08 - Interview with Elsie Escobar begins!

14:30 - The Elsie before podcasting & her key question: “What’s Your throughline?”

16:55 - Elsie talks of finding refuge in giving voice to other characters

19:24 - Podcasting as platform for letting her voice come through

23:05 -Teachers in our life that call us to own up to our bad habits and blind spots

30:45 - Voice, Acting and Yoga influence on podcasting

38:55 - Offering “Elsie’s Yoga Class” as one of Elsie’s biggest learning experiences as a teacher

41;35 -Process to unlocking your authentic voice; singing and acting as a pathway to keep going through the feelings

52:16 - Inclusion in podcasting, who speaks & who listens; mistakes Andrea made that led to separation instead of coming together

Your Favorite Quotes

“Being other people, I was really good at that, but giving voice to myself….I was not able to do that, because I didn’t know how to be myself and speak up.” -Elsie Escobar

“My biggest foundation is always thinking that I am not here for myself, I am here to represent a lot more. With that responsibility I feel powerful. There is no way I am going to let all of these people down, because I am representing.” - Elsie Escobar

“We have so many blind spots that we don’t see. Sometimes parents, sometimes culture, sometimes sheltering us. We don’t see the totality of who we are sometimes.” - Elsie Escobar

“When I feel and sound the most at ease there is a lower quality, there’s a less rushed quality [to my voice].” - Andrea Catherine

“How do I cultivate a platform where all voices are welcome and included without disregarding my own privileg?” - Andrea Catherine

“You’ve got to be intentional about the clarity of your message in reaching it out. You’ve got to look at your own stuff and ask, ‘Are all of these conversations the same?... Would I benefit from opening up to other types of people, to other places, to other experiences?’”- Elsie Escobar

“First, always listen.” - Elsie Escobar


Meet Elsie:

I am a ten year plus veteran in the industry and inductee to the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. I know the heart and soul of podcasters and podcasting beyond Apple Podcasts and public media. It is with this primary point of view of the average podcast listener (via thousands of hours of podcast listening) and independent podcast producer that I bring a unique perspective to the podcasting industry.

My passion within the industry is podcasting’s rapidly-changing environment, impact, access, community building, and advocacy.

I welcome the opportunity to elevate existing conversations around podcast consumption and initiate ways to reach new listeners above focusing on metrics, advertising and monetization into social change and using podcasting as a tool for personal growth and transformation.