Showing Up Anyway

Showing Up Anyway
Hi friend! As humans, we sure love perfection. I mean, we’re basically experts at smiling when we’re dying inside, right? Bleh. We aren’t perfect. So let’s talk about it. Hosted by human enthusiast Sarah Benesi (that’s me), this is a podcast abo

Persevere and Pave Your Own Path (Jason’s Story)
Apr 4 • 41 min
Jason Wright, a 38-year-old peer specialist, opens up about thriving because of his mental health challenges, striving to beat the stereotypes, and reframing his diagnoses as just “stuff.”
Thrive After Trauma (Ahmad’s Story)
Mar 19 • 55 min
Ahmad Abojaradeh, the founder of the nonprofit Life in My Days, gets vulnerable about growing up as an international refugee, lacking stability as a child and fearing deportation as an adult, and fighting through body dysmorphic disorder, PTSD, and…
Be the Hero of Your Own Fairy Tale (Danielle’s Story)
Mar 12 • 34 min
Danielle Helena, a 31-year-old singer-songwriter, opens up about struggling to both tackle her to do list and sleep, channeling her anxiety and fear into purpose, and supporting herself via creative work in New York.
Tackle the World as a Trans Woman (Tera’s Story)
Mar 4 • 40 min
Tera, a 33-year-old software engineer, opens up about her journey of self-discovery as a trans woman, how her experiences impact her mental health, and how she navigates both acceptance and disapproval from loved ones.
Nurture Your Hurt into Creativity and Love (Joel’s Story)
Feb 25 • 42 min
Joel, a 36-year-old father and storyteller, opens up about struggling as a kid in the Bronx, discerning between an explanation and an excuse, and finding refuge in his imagination.
March Forward in Spite of Fear (Michelle’s Story)
Feb 11 • 41 min
Michelle, a 38-year-old teacher and improviser, opens up about surviving fake friendships, jumping through hoops to bring others joy, and struggling with “simple things” because of depression and ADD.
Find Confidence and Joy in Your Choices (Ricky’s Story)
Feb 4 • 40 min
Ricky, a 39-year-old public librarian, opens up about struggling to form relationships, wrestling with what could’ve been, and finding joy in competitive Scrabble.
Write Your Way into Mental Health Clarity (Kelly’s Story)
Jan 29 • 44 min
Kelly Jensen, a 34-year-old editor and author, opens up about her grief over lost time, how feminism triggers her imposter syndrome, and the surprising toll of writing and editing a book.
Fail in the Right Direction (Brandon’s Story)
Jan 21 • 46 min
Brandon J. Carr, a 39-year-old creative and government consultant, opens up about how he pivoted after failing out of college, grappling with perfectionism and expectations, and feeling like he wasted years because of his mental health (and why he sees…
Pursue Your Goals Through Your Darkest Moments (Alex’s Story)
Jan 14 • 46 min
Alex Katz, a 26-year-old American Ninja Warrior coach and director of Neighborhood Ninjas, gets vulnerable about growing up with abusive parents, struggling with hunger and homelessness in college, and finding herself through the American Ninja Warrior…
Tame Your Escapist Mentality and Stay (Matt’s Story)
Jan 7 • 43 min
Matt Silver, a 30-year-old doer of everything, opens up about feeling like an outsider, worrying that he isn’t needed if he isn’t busy, jam-packing his schedule as a way to combat his depression, and struggling between pursuing his creative passions and…
Connect With Yourself and Your Community (Jillian’s Story)
Dec 17, 2018 • 38 min
Jillian Richardson, the 20-something founder of The Joy List, opens up about struggling with anorexia as a teen, wrestling with unhappiness despite looking and acting how society says she should, and learning that she doesn’t need permission to pursue her…
Love the Gremlins on Your Shoulder (Alex’s Story)
Dec 10, 2018 • 39 min
Alex Stoltze, a 27-year-old industrial designer, opens up about feeling like he’ll always be second place, his first panic attack, struggling to answer, “what makes me happy,” and how his struggles have positively influenced his life.
Step Into Yourself, Even When It Means Stepping Away From What You’ve Known (Sarah’s Story)
Dec 3, 2018 • 42 min
Sarah Leary, a 27-year-old account manager, opens up about her journey away from religion, being called “Miss Perfect,” struggling with an autoimmune disease, and wondering how to answer, “how are you” without burdening her loved ones.
Find Yourself and Your People (Max’s Story)
Nov 26, 2018 • 42 min
Max Kreisky, a 29-year-old teacher and comedian, opens up about being on the autism spectrum, finding his place in society after wrestling with bullies, anxiety, and depression, and the immense shame in saying, “I’m not okay.”
Persevere Through the Unknown and Find Your Passion (Meg’s Story)
Nov 19, 2018 • 31 min
Meg, a 24-year-old editor, chats about the romanticism of being busy, struggling with the great post-college void, and the horror of thinking, “Am I still an artist if I’m not actively creating?”
Navigate the Real World With a Creative Mind (Evan’s Story)
Nov 12, 2018 • 39 min
Evan, a 33-year-old filmmaker, opens up about being called a “lost cause” by his teacher, struggling with perfectionism and creative projects, and how it feels to hear, “I’m so ADD” from someone who doesn’t have ADD.
Fight Depression and Celebrate the Little Things (Abby’s Story)
Nov 5, 2018 • 42 min
Abby Evans, a 32-year-old who works in marketing, opens up about her lifelong journey with depression, feeling like an imposter when she’s happy, and learning to care for herself before others.
Trust Your Vulnerability and Communicate (Jed’s Story)
Oct 29, 2018 • 34 min
Jed, a 27-year-old software engineer, opens up about both of his coming outs, feeling behind socially, and struggling between loved ones saying, “you’re doing well” and his inner voice saying, “it’s all wrong.”
Get Out of Your Own Way and Focus (Sarah’s Story)
Oct 22, 2018 • 41 min
Sarah Lento, a 25-year-old comedian, opens up about struggling to fit in, imposter syndrome, overthinking everything, and accepting that she deserves success too.
Stand Up for Yourself and Forgive (Dana’s Story)
Oct 15, 2018 • 46 min
Dana, a 40-year-old comedian, gets vulnerable about growing up in an abusive home, wrestling with anxiety, quitting his job without a backup plan, and choosing to persevere everyday.
Be Vulnerable and Love Your Imperfections (Ashley’s Story)
Oct 8, 2018 • 44 min
Ashley, the 20-something founder of Skip the Small Talk, opens up about dealing with superficiality, ditching the pressure to be perfect, and learning to show up the best she can.
Choose Happiness Over Fear of Failure (Tim’s Story)
Oct 2, 2018 • 44 min
Tim, a 30-year-old tech director and improviser, opens up about fighting regret, not living up to society’s expectations, and refusing to sacrifice happiness for what he “should” do.
Accept and Love Yourself (Emmy’s Story)
Oct 1, 2018 • 46 min
Emmy, a 36-year-old comedian and manager at a tech company, opens up about body image, bullying, depression, and the pain of friendship breakups.