Gutted Stories, Podcast Interview Allie Stark
Two months ago I sat down for coffee with a total stranger, but within seconds of meeting I knew we were going to be sitting there for a while. Brought together by our mutual friend Hilary (shout out to Hilary for also introducing me to my boyfriend) Allie and I share one common goal, the pursuit of living a more honest, self-loving life and helping others do the same.
We’re the same age, we enjoy our coffee the same way, we are both hyper self-aware, but we bring a lifetime of vulnerability to the table which is why we connected so deeply. Allie is a life coach - but I would rather title her, “unicorn healer friend.” She has a way of instantly making you feel like, “this chick gets me, and I don’t know what’s coming over me but I’m going to spill my guts out to her.” Which is probably how she came up with the title of her podcast, “Gutted Stories.”
After coffee, I immediately decided Allie had to join the SheLift team. My vision for SheLift has been to create an environment that challenges girls’ physical abilities through adventure, but also empowers them in an emotional and communal sense, too. I want girls to leave SheLift feeling two ways:
1.) I conquered that challenge and I am proud of my body’s ability.
2.) I am a more self-accepting, confident woman because of my experience with SheLift.
Allie is the ticket to the latter and has been working closely with me to develop a program that combines adventure with self-healing. Together we’re building an inclusive environment that empowers participants to take risks, share openly, connect deeply, and step more fully into their highest selves.
But before we can kick off the week in Moab for our Fall Retreat, it was only fitting that Allie asked me to spill my guts on her podcast. I excitedly obliged. In our conversation, I share how my physical difference has been a catalyst for overcoming obstacles, letting-go of self-limiting beliefs and ultimately starting SheLift. Allie and I discuss the importance of learning how to ask for help, becoming mindful of self-comparison, and believing in your enoughness in order to embrace SheLift’s tagline that ‘maybe you literally can even’.
I haven’t listened to the podcast since the interview, so this will be a first time for all of us listening… but I can assure you, after the hour long conversation and vulnerability vomit, I surely felt gutted... and amazing. Give it a listen, and look for more to come from Allie and SheLift.
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