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Now displaying: February, 2024
Feb 19, 2024

In this episode of the Embracing Intensity Podcast, we bring you an inspiring conversation with Cosette "Coco" Leary. Coco’s gripping story takes us on a journey from her days as a welfare recipient to eventually becoming a celebrated motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Her story is laced with determination, resilience, and overcoming adversity to redefine herself on her own terms. Join us as we delve into Coco's remarkable life journey.

Coco candidly shares her life from being a welfare recipient to ascending to the realms of high-profile activism and motivational speaking. We learn about her early struggles with poverty, systemic barriers, and personal hurdles that conditioned her resilience and determination to achieve her dreams. Coco speaks passionately about her staunch belief in the power of perseverance, community, education, and self-belief. She beautifully illustrates how she transformed a life limited by societal expectations into a path teeming with promise and endless potential.

Coco’s inspiring story delivers a powerful message about fighting for one’s dreams despite being in the face of adversity. This episode is a testament to the power of resilience, the quest for education, and the determination to change the narrative regardless of one's background. Tune in for a dose of intense inspiration!

In this episode:

  • Coco shares the pivotal role desperation played in building her resilience.

  • Her brave initiative to pen a letter to a CEO that opened new avenues in her life.

  • The importance of having a support system and the role sisterhood played in Coco's life.

  • How her children’s unmet needs in public schools led her to homeschooling, and the benefits thereof.

  • The impactful experience of her stint in Capitol Hill in D.C which led her to establish her empire.

  • Coco’s vision for transforming societal norms through increased social connection and community support.

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CoCo's Website

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Feb 6, 2024

In this episode of the Embracing Intensity Podcast, host Aurora interviews Kaitlin Smith, a scholar, facilitator, and founder of Our Wild Minds. Kaitlin shares her journey as a gifted BIPOC individual, her work in supporting gifted adults, and her research on the history of mind sciences. Join Aurora and Kaitlin as they explore the intersections between intensity, cultural dynamics, and personal growth.

In this interview, Aurora and Kaitlin delve into Kaitlin's experiences as a gifted BIPOC individual, the challenges she faced growing up, and the cultural factors that affected her self-expression. They discuss how Kaitlin uses her intensity to make a positive impact and navigate the complex dynamics of the workplace. Kaitlin also shares her insights on harnessing the power of intensity and helping others do the same through her community platform, Our Wild Minds.

Join Aurora and Kaitlin as they delve into the complexities of intensity and its transformative potential in this thought-provoking episode of the Embracing Intensity Podcast.

In This Episode:

  • Kaitlin's journey as a scholar, facilitator, and founder of Our Wild Minds.

  • The intersections between the history of mind sciences and African American studies in Kaitlin's research.

  • The challenges Kaitlin faced growing up in a predominantly white suburb and the conflicting expectations placed upon her as a gifted Black individual.

  • The impact of cultural dynamics on expression and the pressure to conform to societal expectations.

  • How Kaitlin uses her fire for good through various roles, including her work as a PhD student, teaching fellow, and community builder.

  • The importance of clarity, deprogramming, and prioritizing values in harnessing the power of intensity.

  • Kaitlin's insights on creating space for connection, introspection, learning, manifestation, and giving back through Our Wild Minds.

  • The empowering message that it's never too late to embrace authenticity and live a life aligned with your true self.

Resources:

Kaitlin's Website

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