Welcome to the Move Into Truth podcast with Julia Sparkman!
Julia wholeheartedly believes that in order to live your best life, you must first move into YOUR truth. And, that is what this podcast is all about. Move Into Truth is a series of lighthearted, deep conversations, where brave women and men share their truth. We explore each guests’ gifts and shadows - their light and their darkness.
Often times, we silo the light and the dark. This podcast encourages our guests and our listeners to reflect on their gifts and their shadows, at the same time, to see how their darkness strengthens their light.
Julia hopes that by listening to this podcast, you’ll recognize yourself in these stories and move into truth.
Mary Beth LaRue joins Julia for Episode 20 of Move Into Truth! Julia has been inspired by Mary Beth since she first met her in 2014. During their conversation, Mary Beth shares a bit about herself and she explores the experiences that have developed “grit” in her life over the past couple of years. EP 20 is packed with raw, authentic truth - from creative endeavors, to what it’s like to not drink, to foster parenting - enjoy the depth and spirit of their conversation!
A Summary of Season Four - Episode 20 with Mary Beth LaRue:
Mary Beth described herself as a yoga teacher, mentor, writer, and the co-founder of Rock Your Bliss. Originally from a small town in Iowa, she currently lives in Silverlake, CA with her husband, their son, and their English bulldog, Rosy.
Julia shares the story of when she initially met Mary Beth in 2014 and when MB coached her for a period of time in 2016.
Mary Beth tells the Rock Your Bliss story and the evolution of their brand and company over the last five years.
Mary Beth reflects on how she balances her own offerings with her Rock Your Bliss work… She said, “And there’s more than enough to go around. It doesn’t have to be split through the middle or perfectly organized. It’s like just keep creating and coming from that really full, nourished space and you’ll draw in exactly what you’re meant to…”
Mary Beth talks about shifting away from having a regular, public yoga class to hosting pop-up experiences.
Julia and Mary Beth discuss the serendipity behind MB’s move from Venice to Silverlake. Julia said: “...often times things start lining up well before they actually happen…”
Julia asks Mary Beth about her experience as non-drinker and how it has shaped and shifted her life. Julia also shares about her experience with sobriety.
Mary Beth shares her personal experience with foster care and becoming a foster mom.
Mary Beth said: “I feel like this last year has given me grit, like now there is stuff that I speak to that my storyline might be different from yours but you’ve suffered… you know what it feels like to be scared, you know what it feels like to lose someone or something, you know what it feels like to unconditionally love and I get to relate in such a different way having felt all of these emotions so powerfully, non-stop for a year.”
MB answers Julia’s wrap-up questions. She said, “your life is unfolding as it should...the more time we spend arguing with reality, it’s silly and it puts us in such a bad headspace. And, I look at all the things that are occurring now and over these past several years and they really came on time, even the painful things, they were totally meant to land at the time they did because I was ready to receive them.”
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Learn More About Mary Beth and Rock Your Bliss:
Mary Beth’s Website: MaryBethLaRue.com
Mary Beth’s Instagram: @MaryBethLaRue
Rock Your Bliss Website: RockYourBlissMovement.com
Rock Your Bliss Instagram: @RockYourBliss
MOVE INTO TRUTH - EPISODE 19: FEATURING JENNIE RATHKE
Jennie Rathke of Studio Flo Pilates joins Julia for Episode 19 of Move Into Truth. After meeting in an elevator 4.5 years ago, Julia and Jennie became fast friends. During their conversation, Jennie shares the story of how she started and created a successful business. And, she talks about her life outside of the studio and what it is like to be a military wife. Julia refers to Jennie as one of the most loved people she knows - listen to EP 19 to understand why!
A Summary of Season Four - Episode 19 with Jennie Rathke:
Julia shares the story of how she initially met Jennie in an elevator at a goal setting workshop.
Jennie is the owner of Studio Flo Pilates.
Julia explains that Jennie is highly revered by everyone who knows her and she asks Jennie why she thinks everyone loves her so much…
Jennie attributes the love she receives from her clients and friends to the fact that she deeply cares about other people and she easily and quickly develops intimacy with others.
Jennie shares the story of how she grew from a dancer to the owner of a very successful classical pilates studio.
Jennie said: “I’ve always loved dance, especially ballet, because it’s so technical and it’s almost this process of your striving for perfection but you’re never going to get there. And, once you feel like you’ve achieved the next thing, there’s always going to be 10 more things you need to achieve after that... “
Jennie discovered pilates while studying dance in college.
Jennie initially received her first pilates certification while in undergrad. Now, Jennie is a Second Generation Master Teacher through Lolita San Miguel.
Jennie opened the doors to Studio Flo Pilates 6 months after she made the decision to start her own studio.
Jennie attributes the success of her studio to the fact that she cares about everyone who walks through the door and remembers details about her clients.
Jennie explains how she has learned to navigate the challenges of running her own business: she has expanded her staff and she has her “board of directors” that she consults
Jennie’s advice to someone looking to open a fitness studio: work in the industry for a couple of years first - build your personal clientele; find and know your niche
Jennie’s husband has encouraged her to find, know, and connect to/with her “why”.
Jennie talks about her life outside of the studio.
Jennie shares the story of how she met her husband, Scott.
Jennie’s shadows: she cares too much about what other people think; anxiousness: having a hard time enjoying what’s in front of her because she’s worried about what’s coming next; worrying too much about making other people happy
Jennie explains how she copes with her shadows...
Jennie is training to become a doula and a CASA volunteer.
Jennie shares her experience as a military wife.
Jennie said: “Life is just bigger than how we make money.”
Jennie’s “5 year plan” is so much more open now than it ever has been… she hopes to grow her family and to expand pilates to communities who do not have access to it.
Jennie said: “True happiness comes from what you give to others. If you can find what your special gift is, of what you do give to others. Then, if you practice that on a daily basis, you will have anything that you want or that happiness that you’re searching for…”
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MOVE INTO TRUTH - EPISODE 18: FEATURING JULIA SPARKMAN
Welcome to Season Four of The Move Into Truth Podcast! Episode 18 is a solo episode - Julia shares that she is pregnant! During EP 18, Julia reveals her conception story, what the First Trimester was like for her, and the lessons she has learned from her pregnancy. As always, her story includes both the light and the darkness!
A Quick Summary of Season Four - Episode 18 with Julia:
Julia acknowledges everyone’s pregnancy journey is wildly different. However, hearing other women’s stories have really helped her and she felt compelled to get real and share everything about hers.
Julia shares a little bit about her conception story and how she discovered that she was expecting.
She explains what the First Trimester was like for her - personally.
And, she shares what these last couple of months have taught her about herself and about life in general.
Julia also reveals that she will launch an 8 Week Coaching Series - Move Into Your Truth - in April. If you are interested in learning more about the program before she opens enrollment, please email her: MoveIntoTruth@JuliaSparkman.com
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 17: FEATURING SAMANTHA LAWRENCE
Samantha Lawrence of The Bright Life joins Julia for Episode 17 of Move Into Truth! Samantha is vibrant, outgoing, and she self-describes as “Buddy the Elf all year long” - Julia has admired Samantha since she first met her seven years ago. Throughout their conversation, Samantha threads her wisdom into the unfolding of her own journey. Also, during the episode, you’ll receive a gift from Samantha!
A Summary of Season Three - Episode 17 with Samantha Lawrence:
Samantha is one of Julia’s all-time favorite bosses
Samantha answers Season Three opening questions
Samantha describes herself as “a closet nerd”
Samantha is a yoga teacher and a professional life coach - she specializes in reinvention and mindfulness coaching
Samantha shares how being a mom has shaped the way she approaches her work
Snowshoeing has become Samantha’s “new yoga”
Samantha shares her gifts: inspiring reinvention; helping people get unstuck; supporting people in finding their authentic voice
Samantha's coaching business is The Bright Life
Samantha said: “we are always going through these different phases in life and rather than feel like every phase is this brand new, crazy challenge, we have an opportunity to really embrace it and make it new and make it exciting for us...change is my only constant.”
Samantha describes her recent reinventions
Samantha said: ...“rather than putting expectations on myself, that I could actually make an agreement to just live and to pursue passions and really trust that even if it’s risky, even it’s scary, even if I don’t necessarily succeed on paper, that I get to define my version of success.”
Samantha’s Core Values: Family; Balance; Creativity; Growth
Samantha is a Kirtan Artist
Samantha shares her shadows: severe anxiety; acting small and having a lack of confidence due to her youthful appearance; falling out of alignment with her core values
Samantha said: “...healing is something that doesn’t just happens once, it’s something we are consistently doing throughout our lives.”
Samantha explains how her shadows have popped up since becoming a new mom
Samantha is offering a 45 Minute Reinvention Evaluation Session to The Move Into Truth listeners
Samantha said: “I’m not huge into resolutions, you think I would be as a goal coach, but this work is not a luxury. It’s something that really creates changes for people who want to make that shift, that want to make that change in their life. And, so for me, rather than creating a resolution, it’s this idea of creating a theme for your whole year that gives permission for goals to fluctuate, that gives permission for your intentions to change, but still drives you towards that conscious place of determined action...”
Samantha answers Season Three closing questions
Samantha’s 2019 theme is evolution
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MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 16: FEATURING BREA SMITH
Brea Smith joins Julia for Episode 16 of Move Into Truth! Brea and Julia have an interconnected past and they share a bit about how their lives have serendipitously intersected since they met in 2014. In addition to sharing her gifts and shadows, Brea describes her relationship to spirituality and God and she shares some of the lessons she has learned in recovery.
Julia and Brea are kindred spirits and it comes across in their conversation - enjoy their lightheartedness!
A Summary of Season Three - Episode 16 with Brea Smith:
Julia interviews Brea in Brea’s living room, they are joined by Brea’s rescue dog, Mizzey
Julia chronicles her dynamic history with Brea
Julia describes Brea as “her go-to-gal”
Brea answers Season Three opening questions
Brea is the Studio Manager of CorePower Yoga Poway
Brea said: “People don’t go to yoga because they are calm and loving life and feeling really at peace inside… they come to yoga because they’re seekers because they are feeling probably not great inside, a little chaotic, and then they become teachers.”
Brea shares her gifts: the ability to manage and guide people in a compassionate, grounded way; seeing the big picture; bravery
Brea said: “I do things even though I am really scared to do them and I have an open mind and I’m not afraid to change my perspective and to change because of what I’m learning.”
Brea shares her shadow: immense and ever vibrating fear that lives deep within which connects to distrust of self and intuition; anxiety and depression
Brea said: “I’m good at sitting in my darkness; which can be really not fun.”
Brea said: “I’m just a sensitive being, I’m learning how to use that for good and to pause and sit in the deep feelings of joy when I feel them and excitement and happiness and to send love to myself when I feel the dark things…”
Julia asks Brea “what does the word God mean to you and how do you bring your God into your day to day?”
Brea said: “when I think about God, I think of really just love too be honest, I don’t have a specific answer to what God is, but for me, God is everything, God is the breath that I breathe, God is that feeling when you feel some release, some peace. God is when you run into your best friend in Chile by accident without evening knowing it after not seeing that person for months, which happened to me…”
Brea explains how she brings God into her day to day life
Brea shares how she has used her experience with anxiety and depression to connect with others in a similar circumstance
Brea answers Season Three closing questions
Brea said: “When you feel stuck, depressed, anxious, unmotivated, uninspired, it’s because you have some kind of entanglement, you can look at it as a knot or a ball of some dark energy inside of you and the energy just simply needs to be moved, because everything is just energy moving… that’s why when people say you’re having a good time it’s temporary, bad time is temporary because it’s the energy thing. So, when you feel stuck, all you need to do is do something to shift the energy… when I feel yucky, I need to do something that calls to my light...”
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MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 15: FEATURING LESLIE MURPHY
Leslie Murphy, owner of Cleo Skincare, joins Julia for Episode 15 of Move Into Truth! This conversation packs some serious truth. Leslie shares her gifts and her shadows; as well as the story behind her ultra-successful sugaring and holistic skincare business. Julia and Leslie also explore spirituality and the power of “doing the work”.
A Summary of Season Three - Episode 15 with Leslie Murphy:
Julia talks about Leslie’s business, Cleo Sugaring, and how she knows Leslie
Leslie describes herself as a nature lover, friend, wife, and dog mother
Leslie makes her own skincare line
Leslie answers Season Three opening questions
Leslie shares her gifts: creating space for people in an intimate environment; creating sustainable skincare products
Leslie hopes to someday have a farm and to create a deeper relationship with plants
Leslie said: “...it’s incredible what space can do for you and healing your head and connection.”
Leslie shares her shadow: depression and anxiety; negative behaviors learned in childhood; her marriage to an addict and his passing; codependency
Leslie said: “... when he passed, it was such dark, hard time for me and I knew right then and there, that I had to find God. And, I went on the quest that I think a lot of us are on in my life, the women that I know, the men that I know, so I went on my quest to find the answers and to understand what the hell death was and where was he and was it my fault, is it my fault? I had to go through all of that and figure out all of those answers. I worked so hard for probably 3 years to figure out all the answers to really my life and to really find God... and yeah, I can happily say I was able to not go towards any drugs or negative patterns to heal and I was able to really dig deep and work through that whole chaos. Through that, I was able to really create the life I have now and it’s really wild to me that that was that catalyst that really sent me in this direction…”
Leslie describes her version of spirituality
Leslie said: “My version of spirituality is trusting the plan and believing that everything is happening for a reason. I believe that fear is not real...”
Julia and Leslie talk about fertility
Leslie said: “I think sometimes just shifting your perception can be such a game changer and it sounds so easy and it kind of is and it changes everything, it changes your whole being… it’s crazy how easy some of these shifts can be.”
Julia and Leslie discuss the power of “doing the work”
Julia said: “you have to move through it to get through it.”
When speaking about how she manages and works with her anxiety and depression, Leslie said: “...at this point, when you’ve been through so much, you know that it’s all going to get better…in the grand scheme of life, it’s okay.”
Leslie shares about the success of her business, Cleo Skincare: hard work; patience; humility; starting small
Leslie said: “...starting the business, it was a clear moment of I was going to put everything on the line and go for it, but I was okay if it failed. And, that’s huge, to know you’re going to put yourself out there and you’ll literally be okay if it fails in front of everyone. I think it starts with that…”
Leslie answers Season Three closing questions
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MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 14: FEATURING ROB NGUYEN
Rob Nguyen, Yoga Teacher and Energy Healer, joins Julia for Episode 14 of Move Into Truth! Julia wanted to have Rob on the podcast because, “[he has] a very special ethereal quality” and his magnetic personality radiates through the speakers. Throughout their conversation, Julia and Rob talk about a variety of healing practices, relationships, family, and how to embrace and honor darkness, with light.
A Summary of Season Three - Episode 14 with Rob Nguyen:
Julia joins Rob Nguyen at his home in Normal Heights, San Diego
Rob and Julia both teach yoga at Trilogy Sanctuary and Rob is co-leading Yoga Teacher Training with Julia in February
Julia shares why she wanted to invite Rob on the podcast, “[he has] a very special ethereal quality”
Rob answers Season Three opening questions
Rob explains how he keeps his auric field clean through water meditation, smudging, and flower essences
Rob shares his gifts: being compassionate with himself and others; weaving the physical body into spiritual body
Rob said: “I don’t have to have a unique gift or a genius, but that everything that I do is my gift.. It’s my presents to the world, it’s the gift... and, that’s what I discovered, it doesn’t have to be something so specific with it, but just humbly and simply being compassionate with myself, then with others, is the genius...”
Rob talks about his experience with Past-Life Regression Therapy; he learned: “love is eternal”; “simplicity is the magic of life”
Rob shares his shadows: Being a first generation Vietnamese-American: Rob followed his parents’ dream for him and the “American” dream and the stress and anxiety caused him to faint on the street in New York City; mistrust issues from partner disloyalty
Rob said: “...emotions heal and traumas heal.”
Rob said: “....it’s a struggle between acknowledging my unique self, but also paying homage to my family and my ancestral self….my parents came from the mindset of wanting the American dream, where I’m kind of dispelling the American dream and making my dream, just a dream.”
Rob describes how he has experienced pain and the tools he used to heal
Rob and Julia discuss how they navigate dynamic relationships with their family
Rob shares about how he uses flower arrangement as expression (photo above)
Rob answers Season Three closing questions
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MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 13: WELCOME TO SEASON THREE
Happy 2019! Julia keeps it short and sweet to kick off the first episode of Season Three! After quickly introducing Season Three guest, Julia shares three lessons she learned in 2018 and how those lessons shaped her 2019 intentions and practices! She also shares her goals for how she would like to evolve The Move Into Truth Podcast and the topics she plans to introduce in Season Four and Beyond!
Julia hopes this episode inspires you to think about what you learned in 2018 and how those lessons can help you shape the way you move into 2019. AND, she truly hope it inspires you to SHARE your hopes and dreams out loud. In her words, “...sharing is medicine.”
A Summary of Season Three - Episode 13 with Julia Sparkman:
Julia changes things up a bit to kick off Season Three - she does not follow the familiar format of the podcast
Season 3 will be the final season that uses the familiar Move Into Truth prompts
During Episode 13, Julia introduces Season Three guests; she shares three lessons she learned in 2018 and how those lessons shaped her 2019 intentions and practices; Julia also overviews her intention for how she would like to evolve the Move Into Truth podcast and what she plans to talk about in Season Four and beyond
Season 3 Guest List: Rob Nguyen, Leslie Murphy, Brea Smith, Christa Smith, and Samantha Lawrence
Julia explains the 3 lessons she learned in 2018 and how they shaped three intentions she plans to practice in 2019
Julia said: “I think sharing is medicine.”
Julia shares the topics she plans to cover on The Move Into Truth Podcast in Season Four and Beyond: What it means to be a woman in 2019?; What it means to be a man in 2019?; Navigating Adult Life - from finances to the stories we have brought with us from our childhood and how they impact our adult life; Addiction & Recovery; Politics; Spirituality
Julia said: “I wholeheartedly feel this podcast is just as much yours as it is mine.”
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MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 12: FEATURING ASHLEY HALL
Julia is so grateful for the timing of Episode 12’s release - Ashley Hall shared powerful practices and personal life experiences that you can use to end 2018 and to kick-off 2019, both in gratitude and divinely inspired! Ashley is a phenomenal artist that uses her art and online platforms to express her truth and inspire others.
Please enjoy the final episode of Season 2 and of 2018. We’ll be back in the New Year! Thank you for rounding us out, Ashley!
A Summary of Season Two - Episode 12 with Ashley Hall:
Julia and Ashley know each other through yoga, they met at CorePower in Encinitas
Ashley answers Season Two opening questions
Ashley describes herself as an artist
Ashley speaks to the power of affirmations
Ashley shares her gifts: being an artist; her gratitude practice
Ashley said: “My art is a vehicle for something bigger...I dive into my spirituality through art. But, my art is really giving me a voice of being a teacher and sharing something a lot more profound that I have in me.”
Ashley describes Gratituding: “I sit down and I gratitude, I’m not necessarily making bullet points of I’m grateful for this, I’m grateful for that, that’s something I do more on an inner dialogue everyday. So, I’m speaking that everyday. When I sit down to gratitude, it’s like speaking my life into existence, what I want to experience that day. So that as my morning routine is like the #1 non-negotiable.”
Ashley starts her gratitude practice with the sentence: “I am so happy and grateful now that…”
Ashley shares her shadows: abusive relationships - both in her own experience and her family; people telling her that she was stupid/ditzy; the fear of being left/rejected in relationship
Julia said: “...to come from darkness, you have to do something to bring the light in.”
Ashley said: “...something that has really helped me in this process of letting go and moving into my voice has been understanding and just acknowledging that people are in their own spaces, like we are very much one - we all come from the same energy - but every single person is in their own experience and they are going to project into the world and they are going to project onto you what it is they are feeling on an internal level…”
Ashley said: “...sometimes it is challenging to be in our truth because of the projections that other people have, but at what point do you just like have to step away from those projections and just move into the growth and the human being your meant to become. Because you creating this podcast, like me creating a YouTube channel, somebody doing something and showing up with light in the World, they are moving into their truth and that’s, at the end of the day the most important thing because we only grow when we are moving.”
Ashley and Julia talk about the spiritual and emotional growth that occurs within relationships
Ashley said: “...when you enter into a relationship, it brings forward all of these past experiences that ask you to look at them and then let them go in order to make progress in your relationship and move forward with your companionship.”
Julia shares about her own experience with feelings of insecurity and abandonment
Julia said: “...I’m able to trust Alex now because I trust myself.”
Ashley said: “What I’ve learned and what I’ve experienced in my darkness, the things that are pulling me through it and pulling me out of it, the things that I am discovering about myself on a deeper level, the questions I am asking, my spiritual growth in that process, that’s where I have something to share…”
Ashley creates large wood-burned mandalas
Ashley said: “I encourage anybody listening to find a form of expression, be it yoga, or be it something creative, or be it writing, that allows them opportunity to connect to their highest power, their greatest vision of who they are on a deeper level, and to begin practicing it, and dedicating yourself to it every single day.”
Ashley describes the intention that she infuses into her art. She said: “my art is so much more than what you see, it’s like a total evolution of my growth through that piece itself.”
Ashley answers Season Two closing questions
Ashley said: “You are an extension of source. And that every single human being that you encounter every single day is that same extension of source. And how much you want to allow to flow through you is your choice and how much you don’t want to allow to flow through you is also your choice. We all have this divine life in this physical body and to use it to love and to give and to bring kindness and to bring more awareness towards what our life is truly about in this body which is connection and creation within one another… A lot of people identify with this Universe and this Source or Divine as this separate entity or this separate being and I really feel it is so empowering to take that energy and know it is you, and you are that perfection...you are perfect.”
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Learn More About Ashley Hall:
YouTube: Ashley Ducey
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 11: FEATURING DAVIS HAINES
Everytime Julia records and mixes an episode, that new show becomes a “favorite” for its own unique reason. However, Episode 11 featuring Davis Haines is very, very special to Julia and she is so proud of their conversation. Davis shares some incredibly raw truths and offers insightful, deep perspectives on two “taboo” topics - death and addiction. While this episode is real to the max, Julia and Davis laugh a lot and reference some awesome books, people, and experiences. A heartfelt thanks to Davis!
A Summary of Season Two - Episode 11 with Davis Haines:
Julia shares about her history with Davis and how they initially met in Chicago in 2011 and their mutual love for Davis’s wife and Julia’s good friend, Leeann
Davis and Julia “have not always been the best of friends” but they’ve always had a mutual appreciation and respect for each other
Davis answers Season Two opening questions
Davis teaches music to babies and toddlers and their caregivers and parents and he is an artist
Davis said: “It’s really sweet to be seen.”
Davis’s current artistic medium is music and he is interested in creating adult lullabies
Advice Davis would give to his 23 year old self: “Try to find a way to worry less. It’s going to be okay. It’s okay that you don’t know. It’s okay that you don’t know - try to enjoy it.”
Davis shares his gifts: authenticity; communication; and seeking love in others
Davis said: “People have reflected back to me that they see me as someone that’s genuine and authentic and that I communicate well...”
Davis learned how to love from working with people with down syndrome
Davis said: “Love is the absolute most important thing we can share with each other.”
Julia and Davis describe Davis’s accident: in 2011, Davis was ran over by a mack truck while riding his bike in Chicago
A man by the name of Art helped Davis on the street - when Davis woke up at the hospital, he said he saw an angel
Prior to his accident, Davis was exploring atheism
Davis said: “I now recognize, God is love, love is God...so I guess you can always say, I’ve been a believer.”
Davis shares about “The Death Perspective” as it relates to his accident and why he identifies it as a gift
Davis said: “Death is such an important thing to talk about… something that we do not culturally, societally talk about enough. Because, because it’s funny, it’s the one thing we can guarantee is going to happen. Even the immoralists have to recognize that what they are fighting against is the inevitability of death. And, a lot of people live in a state of denial of that reality. And, we treat each other like that, we treat the planet like that… we just sort of get wrapped up in the little things, in all things manmade, like the economy, or the hustle or the just little dynamics, politics, the things we created so to speak, the minute details, that end up feeding into the anxieties of our world. But, when we recognize we are going to die, just like you can’t know light without darkness, you cannot know life without death…”
Davis was given a 1% chance to live and while he was in his coma, he had an experience of pure love
Davis said: “We’re here, this is the gift.”
Davis shares his shadows: addiction; depression; isolation
Davis discusses his struggles with pornography and how he used it cope with life
Davis said: “it’s kind of this wild, new terrain… that I mentioned before, I don’t think a lot of men are talking about and it’s something I’m trying to deal with and I’m trying to dig up. It’s something I would have never mentioned on a podcast or put this around anything I would of put out into the Universe, but there is so much depth to this for me and it’s important for me to shine a light on this shadow.”
Julia said: “Addiction manifests in many different ways, if you take away one problem and you don’t take care of that problem, you know, if you take away the vice but you don’t give yourself a solution, then you are going to find another way to keep that “ism” of addiction going…”
Davis said: “...it was an issue of not knowing it was an issue.”
Davis answers Season Two closing questions
Davis said: “There is nothing to be afraid of… specifically in death. The thing I am the most afraid of in this life is the pain we inflict on each other… do less harm, to help people, to know that everyone is hurting and their hurt can be loved through, and that we can be each other’s healing vessels. There are many ways to do that, I think service is incredible, I think listening is incredible. To me when I think about art, creating art, art is pray, to me, it’s my way of saying thank you to God. Thank you for all the magical mysteries….Life is a gift. Let us be kind, and in service to each other and in service of love so that we can enjoy this ride the best we can...”
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Learn More About Davis Haines:
Davis’s Twitter: @DavisMacLeod
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 10: FEATURING KATIE BURKE
Katie B Happyy, international leader and optimal performance trainer, joins Julia for episode TEN of the Move Into Truth podcast! A true powerhouse, Katie is a captivating woman with an amazing story.
Throughout the episode, Katie shares her truth with humor, inspiration, and tact. And, in her own words, Katie describes the main reason why Julia wanted her to be a guest: “I have this vigor for life, I have this truth in knowing who I am, because life is too short to not know who I am, to be unapologetically me.”
A Summary of Season Two - Episode 10 with Katie Burke:
Julia shares the story of when she first met Katie at CorePower Yoga Pacific Beach and why she wanted to have Katie on the podcast
Katie answers Season Two opening questions
Katie describes herself as an optimal performance trainer; she takes people on self-ventures
Katie said: “I really believe people go through life, we all go through life a little numb, but we really don’t believe that anything is possible for us. And, I’ve been given a gift somehow throughout the course of experiences to realize that really anything is possible.”
Katie talks about the difference between her gut and her heart
Katie shares her gifts: the gift of presence when all eyes are on her; orchestrating a dynamic class experience for every student in the class; being unapologetically herself
Katie said: “..true wisdom is embodying all of the good qualities of people that you love and the things you want to attract in your life.”
Katie said: “...I want to give you the tools to make you grow forward...I don’t want to babysit you, I want to give you the tools.”
Katie shares about how her mother’s passing has impacted her life
Katie explained that the Latin root of the word “inhale” is inspira
Katie shares her shadows: her wall around receiving and attachment
Julia tells Katie that she should get a dog
Katie shares about her experience with Bell’s Palsy #HalfSmileIsBetterThanNoSmile
Katie describes the International Yoga Teacher Training she is leading that is focused on personal development
Katie answers Season Two closing questions
Katie wants everyone to know: “I hope that people know they can do anything in this life.”
Katie’s 3 Mantras: show up 100%; give up the things that are un-serving; align with a higher purpose
Links to Things Mentioned:
Learn More About Katie Burke:
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 09: FEATURING JUSTIN TERNES
Julia welcomes her first male guest to the Move Into Truth podcast, Justin Ternes! In addition to sharing his gifts and his shadows, Justin and Julia discuss the mindful practices that Justin practices and shares.
Julia particularly loved one thing Justin said during the episode: “Maybe if I tell my story to 100 people 2 people will benefit from it and that is better than not sharing it at all.”
A Summary of Season Two - Episode 09 with Justin Ternes:
Justin and Julia know each other from participating at a training at Gather in Encinitas, CA
Justin answers Season Two opening questions
Justin shares the “why” behind his move to San Diego - he came out here for his physical therapy internship and stayed to work in the field full-time
Advice Justin would have given to himself 5 years ago: “...breathe, open your eyes, take everything in, no need to search, just keep doing what you need to do, which is take care of yourself and other things will fall into place...let destiny flow instead of searching”
Justin shares his gifts: openness; positivity; trying challenging things and sharing the experience with others - Justin used the Wim Hof method as an example; he developed teaching skills
Justin said: “One of my gifts is to explore where others may not feel comfortable exploring, go down paths that maybe are a little more darker and scarier and unknown.”
Justin and Julia discuss the space between the stimulus and the response and the importance of pausing
Julia describes Justin as “stoked”
Justin shares his shadows: Justin reflects on his shadows from the lenses of Self Authoring developed by Jordan Peterson; disconnected/reclusive; depression; being on the wrong side of pushing the limits
Justin and Julia talk about how Justin can make mindful practices and self-inquiry approachable to “guy’s guys”
Justin answers Season Two closing questions
Links to Things Mentioned:
Jordan Peterson Podcast (Justin said: “...the podcast that I love (very masculine) is Jocko Podcast Episode 98 with Jordan Peterson. The first 9 mins is a very graphic story about war and rape. It’s real, it’s powerful, emotional, but it exists in the world. I suggest starting at the 9 minute mark then if you are curious, go back and listen.”)
Learn More About Justin Ternes:
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 08: FEATURING CHARLOTTE WALDMEIR
Julia welcomes her first international guest to the Move Into Truth Podcast, Charlotte Waldmeir!!! During their conversation, Charlotte said: “This world is big but it’s also small.”
During the episode, Charlotte shares her gifts, her shadows, and what she has learned from her experiences living as an expat in South America and Mexico City. Charlotte’s stories will remind you that time takes time and the power of bravery.
A Summary of Season Two - Episode 08 with Charlotte Waldmeir:
Julia shares how she and Charlotte initially met in Chicago at CorePower Yoga
Charlotte answers Season Two opening questions
Charlotte is a Yoga Professional
Charlotte said: “It’s all going to be okay, it all works out.”
Charlotte shares her gift: asking big questions; communicating; crippling compassion; creativity
Charlotte said: “I crave asking big questions, I’m not afraid to ask big questions. Sometimes the outcomes are scary, but I’ve never been afraid to have hard conversation with people.”
Charlotte said: “Communication is the bedrock of community.”
Charlotte shares her shadows: the inner critic voice; a lack of qualifications/voice
Charlotte said: “When you chase change for so long, you get comfortable with change - that the opposite of change becomes abnormal.”
Charlotte said: “I check in with my shadows a lot.”
Julia said: “...the truth is always going to change.”
Charlotte said: “My lack of qualification is actually my greatest authenticity.”
Charlotte shares a vulnerable story about growing her community yoga classes in South America
Charlotte said: “The answers always no until you ask.”
Charlotte answers Season Two closing questions
Books + Resources:
Learn More About Charlotte Waldmeir:
League Yoga Facebook: League Yoga Facebook Page
League Yoga Instagram: @League_Yoga
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 07: FEATURING JULIA SPARKMAN
Julia Sparkman kicks off Season Two by sharing her light and shadows specifically as they relate to the Move Into Truth podcast! She introduces and answers Season Two opening and closing questions… She also describes what she is and isn’t up to in her life right now!
A Summary of Season Two - Episode 07 with Julia Sparkman:
Julia welcomes everyone to Season Two of the Move Into Truth podcast
Julia thanks Season One guests and she also encourages listeners to listen to their episodes
Julia answers Season Two opening questions
Julia currently describes herself as the lead facilitator of the Yoga Teacher Program at Trilogy Sanctuary, the host of the Move Into Truth podcast, and she is currently applying to graduate school
Julia talks about why she decided to pause on writing her memoir
Julia said: “I felt like I needed to keep going until everything landed in this perfect place.”
Advice Julia would give to herself 5 years ago, at age 26: PAUSE; lay down, drink a glass of water, turn the lights off
Julia’s light as it relates to the Move Into Truth podcast: resiliency; Julia is good at coming up with and executing on ideas and moving on if they don’t work out; Julia is good at using her ‘failures’ as stepping stones
Julia’s shadows as they relate to the Move Into Truth podcast: self-judgement for constantly trying on new things; insecurities about how she perceives other people’s judgement of her; not going all in when it comes to investing in her personal brand and Move Into Truth because of her fear of failure
Julia said: “It doesn’t matter how stoked I am… I always zone in on the one or two people that look like they’re not enjoying themselves and that’s what I fixate on…”
Julia said: “it’s pretty sad, I’ll put myself out there and lead these big group classes or these special events and I dread it almost… like, I’m excited and I always feel humbled and honored when I’m asked to lead it... and then I sit in fear…‘no one’s going to come, my audience isn’t going to be as big as x person’s audience when they led it, no one is going to like it, I’m not as good as x person, blah blah blah blah blah’... I often go into these situations scared and feeling really insecure, and then I leave and I’m hypercritical of myself…and it’s really exhausting and it’s really sad.”
Julia said: “that’s really something I’m working on right now, showing up and just owning it.”
Julia said: “...in 2019 that’s something I’m really looking to shift for myself, I’m going to show up and put it all out there, because life’s too short not to and because I owe it to myself to truly invest and go full force into everything that I do.”
Julia said: “...even though I am insecure I am going to continue to show up and create authentically and trust that the right people will find me at the right time.”
Julia answers Season Two closing questions
Julia shouts out everyone who has written a review for the Move Into Truth podcast on iTunes
Julia thanks Season Two guest list: Charlotte, Justin, Katie, Davis, and Ashley
Julia said: “Your thoughts are so powerful. Whether your thoughts are positive or negative, your thoughts will shape your life. So, think wisely.”
Links to Things Mentioned:
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 06: FEATURING KYLIE LEWIS
Julia is so excited to share EP 06 featuring Kylie Lewis - the final episode of Season One!
This episode is extra special to Julia because her guest, Kylie, lives in her hometown of Rockford, IL. During the intro, Julia shares why Rockford used to be a big part of her personal shadow.
In addition to being a self-help giant in a community that has limited access health and personal development, Kylie is a phenomenal artist, teacher, and advocate for true consciousness. Her story is super powerful, inspiring, and relatable.
During the conversation, Kylie said: “Being empathic comes from the experience of feeling your own pain.” and “The only reason I am able to help anyone is because I know what it is like to feel pain.”
Julia hopes that Kylie’s story encourages you to fully dive into your own truth and to use whatever pain you may find and heal to someday help others that are going through what you’ve been through.
A Summary of Season One - Episode 06 with Kylie Lewis:
Julia talks about her hometown, Rockford, IL
Julia shares why she wanted Kylie to be a guest and how they first met back in 2008
Kylie answers Season One opening questions
Kylie shares her gifts: painting and creating visual art; creating digital content (videos and podcasts); being empathetic and holding space for others to share their truths
Kylie shares her shadows: Kylie talks about her experience as participant on ABC’s The Bachelor and what led her to audition for the show; she also shares what it was like to heal herself from an unhealthy lifestyle and her transition to a life of mindfulness
Kylie and Julia talk about what it is like to navigate close relationships as you heal yourself
Kylie said: “My shadow gave me the secret - there is no secret, but the secret is, you’re it. You have everything it takes, you are it, you just have to be patient and you have to be consistent and you have to train your brain to feel the way that you want it to feel and it’s really that simple. It’s not easy, it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do in your life, but it’s very simple.”
Kylie answers Season Two closing questions
Books + Resources:
Learn More About Kylie Lewis:
Podcast Instagram: @ComingCleanWithKylie
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 05: FEATURING CAT CANADA
Julia is honored to welcome Cat Canada to EP 05 of the Move Into Truth podcast! Cat Canada is the founder of Ladies Aloud, a digital and IRL platform for “talking the female experience, sustainability, and community”.
As always, Cat shares her gifts and her shadows on this episode. We also spend quite a bit of time talking about how stepping up and into the political conversation has enabled Cat to move into HER truth. Cat said, “Being a woman is a political… If I expect the world to treat me differently as a woman, or see me, truly as a woman, I need to get more involved in the world…”
Julia hopes this conversation inspires you just as much as it inspired her!
A Summary of Season One - Episode 05 with Cat Canada:
Julia tells a bit about how she and Cat first connected and she describes herself as Cat’s #1 Fan
Cat answers Season One opening questions
Cat shares her gifts: writing; acting as a community builder/organizer/someone who brings people together; writing and speaking mindful, thought-provoking words; being a moderator
Julia and Cat briefly discuss being Human Design Projector Types
Cat shares her shadows: working on not being nice; Cat shares how growing up with an alcoholic father shaped her desire to be nice; speaking her truth/not leading with Ladies Aloud
Cat defines kind and nice separately in her brain
Cat talks about using her voice and words politically
Cat said: “Being a woman is a political… If I expect the world to treat me differently as a woman, or see me, truly as a woman, I need to get more involved in the world...The more I’ve been in it and the more I’ve been on my own path, I’m discovering how many women are left behind and I have a lot of privilege that has gotten me where I’m at and I have a role in using my privilege in a way that’s going to help others. And I think it’s just… one foot in front of the next… and that is kind of the way my voice has slowly...gotten a little louder, a little bit louder…”
“Silence is just as oppressive as people who voted the other way.”
Cat is working on a book about her shadow, forgiveness, and redemption
Cat answers Season Two closing questions
Books + Resources:
Learn More About Cat Canada:
Ladies Aloud Instagram: @LadiesAloud
Cat Canada Instagram: @Cat.Canada
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 04: FEATURING BLAKE SPENCER
EP 04 is dear to Julia’s heart - Blake Spencer, Breath of Blake, has intuitively guided Julia on her healing journey. Blake is a breathwork facilitator and a divine, interconnected being. She has a profound ability to hold healing spaces for people 1-on-1 and in groups. Julia and Blake explore Blake’s light, shadows, and her work.
In the episode, Blake explains herself best. She described herself as: “a multidimensional being...I spend my days processing emotion and energy and following the flow of the invitations that are coming my way and I am doing my best on this Earth realm, best as possible, to really ground in the human experience.”
A Summary of Season One - Episode 04 with Blake Spencer:
Julia refers to Blake as her “earth-angel” and tells the story of how she first discovered Blake and why she initially reached out to her to initiate breathwork
Blake answers Season One opening questions
Blake shares her gifts: holding great space and making space for communication; communicating well
Blake references the South Node/North Node - South Node: what you came into this life with; North Node: what you’re striving towards
Blake is learning how to align her genius with what is best for the Earth and everyone else
Blake shares her shadows: Blake was introduced to breathwork through the rave scene; she discusses how she grapples with self-worth, feeling love, feeling worthy of love, insecurity, and jealousy
Blake shares about her program Resource and what inspired her to create it
Questions Blake shared: Where do I resource my energy if I’m not drinking caffeine, if I’m not eating sugar, if I’m not stuffing my emotions with bread? Where can I resource? Where do we resource our energy? Can we pull from within instead of pulling from external things outside of us?
Blake answers Season One closing questions
Books + Resources:
Learn More About Blake:
Facebook: Breath of Blake
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 03: FEATURING AUDREY JEANETTE
Julia welcomes her first in real life interview guest to the Move Into Truth podcast, Audrey Jeanette! Julia met Audrey through their mutual friend, Leeann, and she immediately admired Audrey for her grace, creativity, style, and sense of humor.
Audrey’s story is very expansive for Julia and that is why Julia wanted her to be one of the first guests... Last year, Audrey navigated a painful heartbreak and the experience has strengthened Audrey’s faith in God and it showed her the power of supportive friendships.
Audrey’s story has depth and this episode is full of laughs and heart - enjoy!
A Summary of Season One - Episode 03 with Audrey Jeanette:
Julia opens by sharing something Audrey said during the episode: “I almost kind of hope that people go through something that shatters their world, I just hope that your world falls apart. So that you get to put it back together in a more beautiful, more graceful, more amazing way than you ever thought possible. And I hope you get to watch your true friends rise to your heartbreak. Because it just does incredible, vulnerable things in your life that wouldn’t happen otherwise.”
Julia introduces Audrey and she tells the story of how Audrey helped Julia’s husband secretly buy and gift her the wedding dress Audrey helped Julia pick out…
Audrey answers Season One opening questions
Audrey identifies herself as and explains the meaning of terpsichorean
Audrey shares that her genius is changing, since she stopped dancing, she often asks herself “what’s my purpose?”.
Audrey shares her gifts: writing; style - both through her own personal style and helping other people create and find their own style
Audrey identifies Julia’s style as bohemian
Audrey said, “I visualized my shadow and when I turned to look at it, in the same way you would turn to look to see your shadow, I saw myself.”
Audrey shares her shadows: negative thoughts that tell her she is not good enough, not creative enough; her struggle with perfectionism and letting go of perfection; navigating and letting go of the things that “you are supposed to do”
Audrey shares about the meaning “Hapax” a tattoo she has on her forearm. It means, “Once and Only Once”
Julia asks Audrey to share about her experience breaking up with her fiancé as she simultaneously worked at a bridal shop and how it shaped her life for the better
Audrey opens up about the book she is in the process of writing, “All the Men I’ve Ever Dated and Other Ghost Stories”
Audrey answers Season One closing questions
Books + Resources:
Learn More About Audrey:
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 02: FEATURING NINA PETRUZZO
Julia welcomes her first guest and very dear friend, Nina Petruzzo, to the Move Into Truth podcast. Nina is an incredible Yoga Educator, Occupational Therapist, Health and Wellness Coach, Lover of Nature, and Dog Mom. In addition to teaching public and private yoga classes in Cape Cod, Nina leads yoga retreats and yoga teacher immersions with her business partner, Jenna Zabrosky.
Throughout their conversation, Nina and Julia discuss Nina’s light and darkness...Nina said it best - “you have to feel it all.”
A Summary of Season One - Episode 02 with Nina Petruzzo:
Julia opens the episode by sharing about a podcast Julia and Nina started together and how supportive Nina was of Julia starting Move into Truth and Julia shares her love for Nina
The early days of Julia and Nina’s friendship
Nina answers Season One opening questions
Nina shares her gift: teaching yoga - helping her students slow down and focus on alignment to better support them on physical, emotional, and spiritual level
Nina shares her shadows: perfectionism and control specifically related to food, exercise, and feeling not enough; suppressing negative emotions that have manifested physically; moving home in her late 20s; navigating a challenging relationship and painful break-up
Nina answers Season One closing questions
Books + Resources Mentioned:
Learn More About Nina:
MOVE INTO TRUTH WITH JULIA SPARKMAN - EPISODE 01: WELCOME TO MOVE INTO TRUTH
Welcome to the first episode of the Move Into Truth Podcast with your host, Julia Sparkman!
In this first episode, Julia details her “why” for starting the Move Into Truth podcast and what listeners can expect to hear in future episode. Move Into Truth is a series of lighthearted, deep conversations, where brave women and men share their truth - their light and their darkness. Julia shares her own story in the format that she will conduct interviews with future guests. This episode is highly-spirited and gives a peek into Julia’s core truth; she said: “I do believe [that] the darkest parts of ourselves are what enable us to change the world.”
A Summary of Season One - Episode 01 with Julia Sparkman:
The Move Into Truth podcast journey
First attempt at podcasting with Nina Petruzzo
Julia’s call to help other people and herself to intimately share their light and their darkness, their truth
Julia’s ‘why’ for creating the Move Into Truth podcast and where the idea and name for Move Into Truth came from
Why Julia wanted to create a platform for sharing truth
The format of the Move Into Truth podcast, what you can expect to hear in future episodes
Julia hopes that the podcast will help both her guests and people listening become less ashamed of their darkness and to embrace their shadows and to use their shadows to help spread their gifts and their genius
Julia interviews herself, each season has different “get to know you” type opening questions
Julia answers Season One opening questions
Julia shares her gifts: leadership; expressing her feelings and thoughts, both verbally and through written word; keeping it real/not bullshitting
Julia shares her shadows: her substance abuse issues/sobriety; the way she has held herself back with her student loan debt; her feelings of unworthiness/not being seen as they are tied to her husband’s previous marriage and her family struggles
Julia answers Season One closing questions