In a recent episode of the Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself Podcast, I had the pleasure of hosting Pascale Cook-Fernandes. We dove head-first into a topic that’s so incredibly close to my heart: embracing our unique identities in a world that often urges us to conform. This is more than just self-help fluff; it’s tactical wisdom. If you’re a fan of vibrant, engaging narratives, on video then you’ll also find this gem on YouTube. 🎥
🎯 Key Topics Covered:
- Spirituality & Religion: How does spirituality shape our life journey?
- Self-Discovery: Finding oneself in a sea of societal expectations.
- Inclusivity: Embracing differences and the concept of the ‘Global Majority.’
The Spiritual Quest
Pascale and I began by exploring spirituality. Pascale, an energy worker, reminded me of my own journey, deeply rooted in a Catholic background but evolving into something more expansive and personal. Remember when Pascale so candidly said, “Drop the judgment. We’re all so weird that we’re normal!” I couldn’t help but think about the way we compartmentalize ourselves because of societal stigmas, missing out on layers of our being that could be spiritually enriching. 🌟
Authenticity Over Norms
“The truth is, everybody is weird and everybody’s hiding it.” That line from Pascale made me think of my own swing on the fashion pendulum, especially during my LuLaRoe days. Those bold-as-hell clothes made me reevaluate how I present myself to the world. While I have navigated my identity over the years, I’ve realized that being ‘normal’ is overrated. Let’s face it, the majority of us are in some way ‘weird,’ according to society’s standard be it being neurodivergent, a person of color, or a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. 🌍
Committing to Our True Selves
Ultimately, our chat wasn’t just an intellectual exercise; it was about operationalizing these ideas into everyday practice. If you’ve heard me talk about my ‘Commitment to Clockout’ system, you’ll know that I’m all about finding that work-life balance and helping others do the same. This conversation extended that concept to include finding balance within ourselves too.
So, let’s stop pretending to be ‘normal’ and start living authentically. Because the moment you do, you’ll find that you’ve already unlocked the door to a richer, fuller life.
Be you, all the way through. 🌈✨
Catch ya later! 🎧
Connect with Pascale
Pascale Cook-Fernandes supports women to find their true happiness from within, so they can cultivate a truly happy life they love! She is owner and Happiness Coach at Women Finding Clarity, and host of The Happiness Workshop podcast.
She knows that happiness cannot be found in the external, that’s why Pascale used her experiences as a teacher, Reiki Master and happiness coach to create her signature program, Abundant Happiness.
When she’s not supporting other women to find clarity, Pascale can be found collecting beach treasures on the beaches of Cape Cod, and spending time with her husband and three children.