In this episode, I’m joined by Sherri Dindal, a prominent voice for Generation X and the powerhouse behind “The Real Slim Sherri,” who has captivated millions on TikTok and Instagram. We met years ago on a cruise, and her wife and my sister could not separate us, and when you listen to this podcast, you’ll see why. When we talk we hold nothing back, and we’re not afraid to really dive deep into our personal journeys of self-reconstruction. This episode was so good, we actually had to do another to finish it up! In this installment though, Sherri opens up about the intense realization that she wasn’t living true to herself and discusses the process of “unbecoming” to shed years of societal expectations that insist we’re not enough or need to conform in certain ways. With her hair dyed in bold fantasy colors (as a 50+ woman, GASP!), she proudly claims her Gen X roots. Listen in as we found humor in our shared latchkey kid tales, and revisit our past behaviors through a lens of newfound compassion and desire for change not just for us but for others.

Why This Conversation Matters

The concept of unbecoming is universal—many of us are unwittingly on this journey, stripping away layers of imposed identities to uncover who we really are. This conversation resonated deeply with me, highlighting a shared experience many of us silently navigate. I often talk about when I was laying on the floor of my house in Franklin, crying because I simply couldn’t get the Switch to work, and I wondered how I had become so exhausted, afraid, and not even knowing myself. Sherri’s journey and the candid way she shares her story is both inspiring and relatable, which is why I felt it was crucial to have her on the podcast. She called that moment the beginning of the unbecoming – as we become the next version of who we are going to be. This time by our own design. Her insights not only shine a light on her personal path but also reflect the broader challenges and transformations many of us face.

The Key Takeaways

1. There is Power in Vulnerability:
Sherri discusses the immense power found in vulnerability, especially as it pertains to social media. If you haven’t seen her on TikTok or Instagram, you’re missing out – she is the voice of the GenX generation. She explains how sharing her true self, with all its flaws and strengths, has not only helped her connect with a wider audience but has also been a pivotal part of her healing process. This vulnerability, according to Sherri, is where genuine growth begins and is a critical step in unbecoming what society expects of us to rediscover who we truly are.

2. Overcoming Societal Conditioning is a BITCH:
A significant portion of our discussion is dedicated to understanding and overcoming the deep-seated conditioning imposed by society. Sherri and I dive into how generational experiences shape our views and actions, often subconsciously. I would argue that most of our conversation was basically talking about all the shit we believed as kids, were taught was the way to be, and relitigating it with healthier more compassionate eyes. We discuss strategies for recognizing these patterns and actively working against them to lead a more authentic life.

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By Minessa

With over 20 years of experience, Minessa Konecky has worked with small startups and hospital systems and academic centers in managing a variety of Federal, private and industry awards. They are comfortable with the entire life cycle of awards and have worked with investigators to secure and extend their research funding. They see themselves as the facilitators of the research business enterprise, and approach all solutions from that lens. Their passion is helping people find joy and fulfillment in their work using a human-centric approach to efficiency and optimization. They host of the Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself Podcast, and hold the position of Research Administration Process Improvement and Training Director at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Minessa takes great pride in their desi heritage and being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. They live in their seaside cottage on unceded and occupied lands of the Wampanoag and Pokanoket people in Plymouth, MA with 3 dogs and their partner, Alex.