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 ‘why’ behind her business, this episode will challenge you, make you uncomfortable, and leave you analyzing your own story and what made you who you are.

Highlights from the Episode:

[1:35] “MicDrop was born of many years of feeling like I didn’t have a voice… and me learning to finally reclaim that voice.”

[8:15] “There’s something about standing up in a room full of people and speaking and allowing yourself to truly be seen in that way. I don’t think that there’s a more powerful way of being seen than to do that.”
 
let yourself be seen[11: 05] “I said something, that’s another way of being seen.”
 
[11: 25] “I think what has more value, sometimes, than the message you say—is that you allow yourself to be messy, and be raw, and be real.

That’s honestly the reason I started this podcast. There are so many topics that we so often shy away from, whether it’s fear or whether it’s past trauma, or you don’t want to be seen a certain way by somebody…So we shy away from different things or we allow ourselves to hold these things in.

But once we get rid of the fear of what other people are going to think, or, “Oh, this has to be perfect or has to be said a different way,” and we just allow ourselves to say it—even if it’s messy—that produces the feeling of everybody coming together in that raw moment and saying, “I understand. I see you.”

[12:20] “Things that bring us shame are often the most human things about us… and they’re the things we have most in common with others.”

[13:35] “That connection’s the core of what it means to be human… even if it’s not the same type of experience, but when you can connect to somebody you understand a little more about yourself, as well as them. There’s power in that.”

[14:00] “Shame is “I am not worthy of connection…” and the opposite is true.”

[16:00] “You’re going to have to feel the fear and do it anyway.”

[18:25] “There are a few universal needs, a few universal desires, a few universal points of pain, universal points of pleasure, and when we can touch on those things, then anyone can connect… Because we’ve all processed or done something with our experience that’s unique, and when someone else can hear that, they can say, “That’s interesting. I’ve just learned something valuable.”

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