PART 1: HOW TO MANIFEST YOUR DREAMS (EVEN LUXURY) I WAS HOMELESS — SOPHIA SPALLINO’S STORY — MY HONEST STORY — WHY I GOT A DIVORCE — LIVING WITH A NARCISSIST — I LIVED IN AN RV — HOW I WENT FROM STRUGGLING TO THRIVING — LIVING OUT THE LAW OF ATTRACTION — MANIFESTING TRUE LOVE — MANIFESTING MY DREAM HOME

So I’ve recently manifested the love of my life and my dream home, but let’s start at the beginning…

Throughout my twenties, I’ve been through divorce, being homeless, and seeing my business fail.

Finally, the stars aligned. I’m crying as I type this, y’all. I now have my own home in Lafayette, Louisiana…in the community I’ve dreamed of living in since I was a little girl. Robert and I will now split time between his home in Ohio and my home in Louisiana, and we will share them both. I went from being homeless to having two homes across the country. 

Don’t judge someone’s breakthrough until you know their “BEEN THROUGH.” I’ve been through some shit. It might look like my life is perfect, but it wasn’t always this good. I went through the valley. But now I know what true belief is. It’s breakthrough season. I have a home in River Ranch. I have a safe space and true love. 

So now I want to help you manifest your dreams and your idea of luxury…but it starts with YOUR thoughts. In part two of my manifestation episode, I share a guided meditation with my own original harp music. Remember, the Law of Attraction will attract what you meditate on, so don’t meditate on lack — Thank for what you desire to attract it into your now reality. 

STEPS TO MANIFESTING YOUR DREAMS:

Get in the right headspace and vibration. You can do this by getting into your body, whether that’s breath work, meditation, dance, going on a walk, or whatever you choose. Remember how blessed you are and just be. 

Believe you are worthy of all the desires of your heart. If you’re near a mirror, look into your eyes when you take your next steps. 

Law of Attraction Steps:

-Ask God for what you desire.

-Believe you are worthy of your desires; believe they are ALREADY YOURS.

-Thank God in advance for all that you desire as if it already is. Say “Thank you,” out loud.

-Feel the feelings of joy, peace, and abundance that receiving your desires would make you feel. If you can, lay down with your left hand on your heart, and your right hand on your tummy. Feel light and joy bubble from your toes to your crown.

-Live like you are worthy. Believe you are so worthy of receiving. Vibrate like you have received already. Don’t “Ask” anymore, just “Thank” God for what is. All is well. Speak like you have it. Walk in confidence that “It is done.” Live in the high vibration of gratitude. 

-Receive. 

Thank you for giving me space to share my story, sharing my lows and highs. I’m honored to share my truth with you and hope learning about manifestation and the law of attraction will be a blessing in your life.

HOW TO DEAL, HEAL, & TRANSFORM ANXIETY HOLISTICALLY with Stevie Wright — Practical & Do-able Tools & Steps — Breathwork Healing — Innerchild Work — How to Set Boundaries

Today we are going to talk about anxiety. You are going to love my friend, Stevie Wright. She’s a certified self-love coach who specializes in helping women heal their anxiety holistically. Stevie has spent the last several years healing herself to go from disconnected, anxious, and playing small, to completely owning her power and now helps other women do the same. Stevie offers high level coaching to individuals and groups, and her love for what she does is evident in her Instagram stories…I enjoy watching her share breath work and even hearing her client’s breakthrough stories. What a special gift it is to turn what once tormented you into your practice and a healing system you can share with the world. So my loves, today, we are going to learn how to deal, heal, and transform anxiety holistically with very practical and doable tools and steps. Stevie will guide us into calming our nervous systems with practical tools like breath work and learning how to set boundaries.

Questions we answer on the show: 

What is the root cause of anxiety?
What is anxiety? 
Why do we continue to have it? 
How to deal with anxiety in the moment?
How to be proactive in coping with anxiety? 
What is a tool for developing boundaries?
What does giving anxiety to God look like for you?
What is inner child work? 
How can inner child work help?
What is the breathwork tool like?
How can we not identify with and “claim” anxiety?

The love of God inside of me honors the love in you. Namaste, My Friends.

Connect with Stevie Wright!

Stay in touch with Stevie on on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stevielwright_/
Curious about coaching with Stevie? https://www.steviewright.co
If you would like to try or re-order Organifi, my go-to plant-based protein, brain food, collagen support, and green/red juices, tap here to visit Organifi. Don’t forget to use my discount code, “sophia” for 15% off your entire order every time you order.

I hope you benefit from ENLIGHTENED, the podcast by me, Sophia Spallino, an audible experience that leaves you feeling at peace, encouraged, and in touch with your soul.

If you feel comfortable to share how the show is touching your heart, please leave a rating and review on iTunes or the Apple Podcast App. It will only take a minute, but genuine reviews are vital to the success of my show, so please review by tapping here.

Thank you for supporting my labor of love by sharing screenshots of the podcast, subscribing, and by pledging to contribute. Because creating inspiring content demands my time, creativity, resources, and talent, I depend on generous listeners like you to support the production of my show. Kindly support Enlightened for as little as $0.99/mo by tapping here. *you may cancel at anytime.

With infinite love and gratitude, I pray that peace be with you. xo Sophia (@SophiaSpallino on Instagram)

Learn more about me and what I do: https://www.SophiaSpallino.com
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Exploring the Chakra System with William Spanier — How to align my chakras? — What do you feel when you are out of alignment? — What organ is associated with each chakra? — “Chakra Friends,” Teaching Children about Chakras and Feelings

Today’s conversation is going to dive deep into spirituality, travel, and our chakra system because my guest, William Spanier is an expert at understanding how energy flows. How did William he get into this line of work of energy healing that is now a passion? He was in a terrible car accident when he was only 18. Shortly after, he experienced unexplainable out of body experiences. During this time, William witnessed so much more than just this physical life and began to understand how energy works and flows. After these metaphysical experiences, he conducted energy healing for open-minded people, but realized that many Americans can be lazy and not prioritize self-care or may not be open to energy work at at all…so now he is traveling the world seeking like-minded people who are ready to expand and grow together.

I am a late bloomer learning about our chakras because in the past in my sheltered religious life in the south, I was taught that chakras are “evil.” Now that I am older, wiser, and accepting — after doing a little research, I see that this is not something you choose to believe in or not. Our chakra system is factual science; they are simply energy centers that coincide with the glands in our endocrine system.

What questions will we answer today?

What are the 7 chakras?
-Muladhara (the Root Chakra) 
-Svadhisthana (the Sacral Chakra)
-Manipura (the Solar Plexus Chakra)
-Anahata (the Heart Chakra)
-Vishuddha (the Throat Chakra)
-Ajna (the Third-Eye Chakra)
-Sahasrara (the Crown Chakra)
What organs are associated with each chakra?
What foods are associated with each chakra?
What do you feel when your chakras are aligned?
What you feel when your chakras are out of alignment?
How do I align each chakra?

Because William believes it’s so important to teach the youth about chakras and feelings, he wrote a children’s book series. “Chakra Friends” features the adventures of seven enlightened creatures who hold the wisdom of the Universe. They are thrilled to teach and be of service to mankind in order to expand the world’s consciousness to greater heights. Each chakra friend goes on a mission to a different continent. Based on the energetic blockage, our chakra friend is able to aid a community, a family, or a tribe in need. This series teaches children mind-body-spirit connection, how get in alignment, learning what alignment feels like, anxiety coping tools, how to be a positive force for good in the world, and developing victim to co-creator mentality that encourages self-soothing and creativity!

I am grateful that my audience and I had the opportunity to get an understanding of this powerful system. I want to thank William for the work he is doing and being a light for our planet, for our children, for our future.

The love of God inside of me honors the love in you. Namaste, My Friends.

Connect with William:

Stay in touch with William on on Instagram: @Energy_Work
Curious about energy cleansing with William? https://www.energywork.com
Explore William’s Chakra Friends book series
Buy Chakra Friends on Amazon

If you would like to try or re-order Organifi, my go-to plant-based protein, brain food, collagen support, and green/red juices, tap here to visit Organifi. Don’t forget to use my discount code, “sophia” for 15% off your entire order every time you order.

I hope you benefit from ENLIGHTENED, the podcast by me, Sophia Spallino, an audible experience that leaves you feeling at peace, encouraged, and in touch with your soul.

If you feel comfortable to share how the show is touching your heart, please leave a rating and review on iTunes or the Apple Podcast App. It will only take a minute, but genuine reviews are vital to the success of my show, so please review by tapping here.

Thank you for supporting my labor of love by sharing screenshots of the podcast, subscribing, and by pledging to contribute. Because creating inspiring content demands my time, creativity, resources, and talent, I depend on generous listeners like you to support the production of my show. Kindly support Enlightened for as little as $0.99/mo by tapping here. *you may cancel at anytime.

With infinite love and gratitude, I pray that peace be with you. xo Sophia (@SophiaSpallino on Instagram)

Learn more about me and what I do: https://www.SophiaSpallino.com
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At Age 18 or 38, being a Mom is Challenging with Cassie Marie — Being a Young Mother — Handling Mom Guilt — Fitness as a Mom

“Her life is over. She might as well slit her wrists if she decides to have the baby…” These are the words 18-year-old Cassie heard when she told her family she was pregnant. Regardless of the lack of support — in her heart, Cassie had already chosen life for Penelope, so nothing could stop her!

I am so excited to dig into this show today because when I first saw Cassie Marie speak up and share her deepest pain at Pays to Be Brave, I knew her story of being a teenage mother and overcoming perfectionism as a mom would help others heal.

Cassie is a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer who works with women, mostly mothers, to help them get over their crap and work through the mom-guilt so they can finally take their health and wellness to the next level without feeling selfish…Because whether you are age 18 or 38, being a mom is challenging!

She is a mom of three who had to balance her unwavering ambition with all the expectations placed on her in her “MOM ROLE” …all while battling rapid cycling bipolar disorder. It wasn’t until about 18 months ago that she had her most severe bipolar episode. Through that, she learned that putting herself on the back burner because she was a “MOM” was the most devastating thing that she could have done for herself…and by extension, her family.

Because of all the hurdles Cassie has overcome from being young mother to struggling with being the “perfect mom,” her message is to empower women not to sacrifice their sense of self and to continue setting and achieving goals so they can show up as a light for themselves and for those around them.

Show Highlights:

Cassie’s teenage pregnancy
Advice for young, teenage mothers
How to love and forgive even when family doesn’t support you
How to cope with “Mom Guilt”
How to BLEND being a mom with being yourself
Taking time for fitness is necessary time for you
Connect with Cassie!

Stay in touch with Cassie on on Instagram: @Cassie.Marie.B

Curious about getting fit with Cassie? Join her Facebook Group, “Macros & Flexible Dieting Losing Weight with Cassie Marie B.” This isn’t multi-level-marketing — this is genuine support from a certified personal trainer! Tap here to join!

Follow the incredible moms I mention in the show:
My young, brave, and thriving boy-mom cousin, @Astral.Mama
My glam girl-mom of two friend, @ElagamyMommy

If  you would like to try or re-order Organifi, my go-to plant-based protein, brain food, collagen support, and green/red juices, tap here to visit Organifi. Don’t forget to use my discount code, “sophia,” for 15% off your entire order every time you order.

EAT PRAY LOVE in REAL LIFE with Eidit Choochage – A Healing Journey to Bali – Signs & Symbols from Loved Ones – Grief Processing – Anxiety & Depression Coping Skills

What happens when all hell seems to break loose and multiple loved ones pass away?

You either die or you grow.

Eidit chose to grow.

She thought about wanting to die when so many people that she loved unexpectedly passed away. But she didn’t really want to die. Eidit just wanted the pain to end. So she chose to heal so she could live fully again. An “EAT PRAY LOVE” journey of healing is often glamorized, but Eidit healed by coming face to face with her messy pain when she dedicated herself to a 12-week grieving journey.

Hello my enlightened friends! Today’s interview is a bit of an “EAT PRAY LOVE” real life story…and I know you will be inspired. If you didn’t already know, I want Enlightened the podcast to be a safe place for progressive, open minded Christian conversations that lead to hope (even if you aren’t religious at all). So if at any time during the show we talk about something that doesn’t resonate with you, take what you can and leave the rest. Love is here. And you are welcome here regardless of your background. Okay, let’s get get on with the show!

Eidit Choochage is a licensed therapist in San Francisco, CA. After thirteen years in the mental health field serving people working through their trauma, Eidit quickly learned what it meant to be on the other side of the couch. In 2014, she witnessed her sister take her last breath at 36 years old due to breast cancer. Shortly after that, she lost her aunt. Eidit battled depression and anxiety afterwards, and sought her own therapy. She ultimately became her own client. In 2018, she committed to a 12 week healing journey. But just 5 weeks in, she received an unexpected call that her father passed away too. Dedicated to her healing journey, Eidit did not turn back. Instead, she booked a flight to Bali determined to accept and process her greatest loss. Now, Eidit is on a mission to serve and inspire other women to start their healing transformation journey through hosting retreats in Bali. Led by her faith in God and guardian angels, Eidit reminds us that when everything feels like the end in your life, it simply just isn’t…In fact, healing creates beautiful new beginnings.

Show Highlights:

What happens when the therapist needs therapy?
Faith and death…Can you be mad at God?
Finding synchronicities and symbols from loved ones that have passed
Signs you are battling anxiety/depression and would benefit from professional counsel:
change in appetite (over or under eating)
change in sleep (trouble sleeping or sleeping all the time)
apathy and isolation 
crying spells or numbness
suicidal thoughts
Tools to temporarily cope with anxiety
breath work
essential oils
“shaking it off like a zebra”
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, here is access to an emotional support counselor:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number: 1-800-273-8255
Tap here to access the Lifeline chat
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Connect with Eidit!

Stay in touch with Eidit on on Instagram: @EiditChoochage
Curious about going on your own healing transformation journey and traveling to Bali with Eidit? There are only 3 spots left to go to Bali in her May 2020 retreat! Explore more here: https://live2align.com/healing-retreats

Purity Culture Gave Me PTSD with “God is Grey,” Brenda Marie Davies

“Sophia, why am I a full grown adult and still feeling uncomfortable about sex, even if I feel I have gotten over purity culture?” 

Let’s ask Brenda Marie Davies, host of the Youtube chanel and podcast, God is Grey.

If you’re a Christian, but open minded and love challenging indoctrinated ideas that you never chose to be yours (but are somehow in your head dictating your perspective on life) …and you’re ready to expand past this confined mindset…You are going to love this episode. If you weren’t raised in a strict religious household like my homeschooled self, you might want to stick around to get some perspective on it all. If you aren’t identifying as a progressive, open-minded human being, you might want to hit pause now and come back later…

On this week’s episode of ENLIGHTENED, I am honored to have an open dialogue with, progressive, freethinking, sex positive Christian influencer, Brenda Marie Davies. This girl is on fire for Jesus, but also a lover of people that the traditional church may have ostracized — and she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in. I love watching her viral Youtube videos, and I know you will appreciate her perspective on the show.

Every time I consume Brenda’s content, I know more about God, myself, and understand my brain a little better…because she reveals how, as traditional Christians, the church may have indoctrinated us with concepts that have actually caused symptoms much like PTSD in our adult lives. Brenda is not only extremely well-researched and well-read before she creates a video, she is prayerful and intentional in covering topics from not only Biblical perspectives, but scientific and sociological perspectives as well. So let’s muse on these tough issues like why progressive Christians and traditionalists don’t seem to get along…and process why us 90s Christian kids (especially women) have developed anxiety and shame about sex! 

Brenda always opens her show with this line, “Although I as a Christian believe that God resides in absolute truth, in black and white, we as people, are stuck here on planet earth contending with the grey. In church, grey areas often cause dissension, anger and even hate…but on this platform, I welcome open dialogue from a variety of opinion and differing belief systems.” And that’s just what we are going to do here.

Stay in touch with God is Grey:

Brenda’s Instagram: www.Instagram.com/GodIsGrey
Tap Here for the “God is Grey” Youtube channel

I hope you benefit from ENLIGHTENED, the podcast by me, Sophia Spallino, an audible experience that leaves you feeling at peace, encouraged, and in touch with your soul.

If you feel comfortable to share how the show is touching your heart, please leave a rating and review on iTunes or the Apple Podcast App. It will only take a minute, but genuine reviews are vital to the success of my show, so please review by tapping here.

Thank you for supporting my labor of love by sharing screenshots of the podcast, subscribing, and by pledging to contribute. Because creating inspiring content demands my time, creativity, resources, and talent, I depend on generous listeners like you to keep the show advertisement free. I don’t want to interrupt the show with ads to sell you anything; so after you sample my podcast, kindly support Enlightened for as little as $0.99/mo by tapping here. *you may cancel at anytime*

With infinite love and gratitude, I pray that peace be with you. xo Sophia (@SophiaSpallino on Instagram)

Learn more about me and what I do: https://www.SophiaSpallino.com
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YOU DESERVE REST, a Guided Meditation with Harp Music by the Seashore

Today’s show is a guided meditation to help you drift off into sleep when you feel like you have just too much on your mind to rest. Because even when it’s hard to hit the pause button, or you feel unworthy of taking a break, YOU ACTUALLY DESERVE REST.

This guided meditation was actually inspired by my own anxious thoughts…and the things I try to remember when I am coaxing my body and brain to stop frantically thinking and moving…and just rest. Because it’s so helpful for me, I thought it could be helpful to share with you.

Did you know your entire vibration resets in your sleep? Did you know that anytime you feel out of alignment or anxious, taking a nap can help you feel better and you will wake up in a higher, more positive state of being IF you make it your intention to fall asleep in peace.

So if you find your thoughts running away, breathe and tell yourself, “It’s good for me to rest and reset.” Breathe. Take deep breaths. 

I’m so glad you’re taking this time for self-care. You deserve to feel better. You deserve peace and rest. You deserve to give your mind a break, your body a break, to be here right now — in the present moment with your body and your mind at ease. It’s good for your soul.

Between my intended pauses, take the time to soak into the silence. To feel your breath. To hear your breath. To be here now. To rest here now. To relax here now. To flow with the ocean.

Be present now. Only think of my voice and your breathe, and let the ocean and whimsical harp music pull you away into the horizon…fall deeply into this moment of rest now. 

Let’s journey to the ocean shall we. I’ll take my harp. You can rest in the sand. There’s nothing to do here, but drift away…

I hope you’ve enjoyed the show today. I am thinking that I will throw in a guided meditation or affirmation every other month, between interviews. I love writing these meditations and creating soothing sounds with my harp. Also, I want to say a special thank you to Tim Kahn for recording the “Atlantic Ocean Waves” audio that I borrowed from this source: https://freesound.org/people/tim.kahn/sounds/197714/

I create these for you, and I create these for me…because we all can use a little rest. Especially when life gets so sticky and rushed, we have to be intentional to carve out self-care time and prioritize our self-love rituals…After all, if we don’t love ourselves well, we can’t love others well.

Q&A Advice with Kian Tilton — Advice on Breaking Soul Ties, Choosing a Partner, and How to be a “Perfect Christian”

“Sophia, how long should I date someone before I know they are the one?” 

“How can I find a godly man in a world of online dating and hookup culture?”

On this week’s episode of ENLIGHTENED, I am featuring YOUR questions sent to me and my guest, Christian influencer, Kian Tilton. So sit back, relax, and let’s muse on those tough life, love, and faith questions!

Stay in touch with Kian Tilton:

Kian’s Instagram: www.Instagram.com/KianTilton
Find Kian’s Youtube Channel: Kian Tilton

I hope you benefit from ENLIGHTENED, the podcast by me, Sophia Spallino, an audible experience that leaves you feeling at peace, encouraged, and in touch with your soul.

If you feel comfortable to share how the show is touching your heart, please leave a rating and review on iTunes or the Apple Podcast App. It will only take a minute, but genuine reviews are vital to the success of my show, so please review by tapping here.

Thank you for supporting my labor of love with a 99¢ HONOR SYSTEM SUBSCRIPTION. Because creating inspiring content demands my time, creativity, resources, and talent, I depend on honest and generous listeners like you to keep the show advertisement free. I don’t want to interrupt spirit-filled moments and guided meditations with ads to sell you anything; so after you sample my podcast, kindly support Enlightened for as little as $0.99/mo by tapping here. *you may cancel at anytime*

With infinite love and gratitude, I pray that peace be with you. xo Sophia (@SophiaSpallino on Instagram)

Learn more about me and what I do: https://www.SophiaSpallino.com
Follow me on Instagram for inspiring real-life stories everyday: https://www.instagram.com/sophiaspallino/
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“Dear Sophia” Showing Skin = Feeling Sexy & Feeling Shame…an Advice Episode

Dear Sophia, I get more “likes” when I show “more skin,” but get shaming messages. What do I do? 

Well, first let me say, I am not God, nor your intuition; but I can share my perspective on embracing your sensuality, creating art, sexualizing the female body, celebrating the female body, and shaming the female body…

So welcome to my first ADVICE Q&A EPISODE!

#LetMeEnlightenYou

As women, we are unfairly subjected to judgement for choosing to modify our bodies or abide naturally. As women, we are judged for being both too prude or for being too sexual.

Are you empowered by covering up or showing more skin?

Are you empowered by going natural or glamming up?

I don’t know about you, but I am here for it all. It just depends on my mood and my intuition.

Recently, a follower who was scared of losing her job for being “too sexy” emailed me and asked for advice…so I made a whole podcast episode sharing my perspectives on:

-Embracing all facets of your diamond, even your sexuality
-Feminine Embodiment
-The Judgement of Feminine Sensuality 
-Intentional Modesty and Social Media
-Balancing being an “Good” Influence and being a “Real” Woman
-Handling male gaze and male-inflicted shame
-Choosing what to post or not post on social media
-Allowing God to guide us individually in “what’s appropriate”
-Balancing a professional and real image

My life journey and personal beliefs have led me to develop a unique opinion on these topics, and I hope it lends some perspective to you, whether you agree with my words or not. In the end, only God is our judge and only we know in our hearts if we are honoring God through honoring ourselves. Be blessed and feel loved regardless of whether your story or perspective aligns with mine!

Have a Q & want an A from me?

If you want me to share your question in my next advice episode, send me a concise, well crafted email (or submit an audio recording less than one minute long) at ContactSophiaSpallino@gmail.com — and your question just might be featured next!

I hope you benefit from ENLIGHTENED, the podcast by me, Sophia Spallino, an audible experience that leaves you feeling at peace, encouraged, and in touch with your soul.

If you feel comfortable to share how the show is touching your heart, please leave a rating and review on iTunes or the Apple Podcast App. It will only take a minute, but genuine reviews are vital to the success of my show, so please review by tapping here.

Thank you for supporting my labor of love with a 99¢ HONOR SYSTEM SUBSCRIPTION. Because creating inspiring content demands my time, creativity, resources, and talent, I depend on honest and generous listeners like you to keep the show advertisement free. I don’t want to interrupt spirit-filled moments and guided meditations with ads to sell you anything; so after you sample my podcast, kindly support Enlightened for as little as $0.99/mo by tapping here. *you may cancel at anytime*

With infinite love and gratitude, I pray that peace be with you. xo Sophia (@SophiaSpallino on Instagram)

Learn more about me and what I do: https://www.SophiaSpallino.com
Follow me on Instagram for inspiring real-life stories everyday: @SophiaSpallino
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What an Age Gap Relationship is REALLY Like with Natalie Workman — He’s 25 Years Older Than Me — Age Matters

Meet Natalie Workman, the the host of the Age Gap Realness podcast — a show that digs beneath the surface of what people assume age gap relationships are…Which is such important work to me because, just like Natalie, my boyfriend is over 25 years older than me.

What is an “age gap relationship”? A relationship that involves a large gap between the partners’ ages, in our cases over 25 years apart.

If you follow me on instagram (#ShamelessPlug @SophiaSpallino), you probably know am dating a very special fella, my sweetheart Robert Croak! What you might not have realized is that Robert is over 25 years older than me!  After falling in love last November, I felt super alone in this world of being a young, driven woman with an older man…it’s just not common and it’s sadly even looked down upon.

I feel like when people think of age gap relationships, they think of creepy, old guys with young, hot girls on a beach. That’s a far cry from age gap relationship real life. Most the time, it’s just like any other relationship real life, but this tainted perspective is all that’s popularized in traditional media, so I can’t blame anyone for their indoctrinated ideas. For the longest time, even though I knew the love between Robert and I is so special, pure, and real…I was afraid of what other people would assume.

Then I stumbled upon Natalie’s instagram and her Age-Gap focused podcast! Just like I share online, Natalie and her older fiancé Brandon, share so much of their lives through transparent instagram stories and podcasts. I saw there was a whole underworld of incredible people making power couple moves…all who happen to have age gaps!

While there are pros to being in an age gap relationship, there are trials that come with this lifestyle and partner choice. Natalie is an incredible, smart, and passionate girl that’s paving the way for other women to walk confidently if they so happen to be in our shoes. Walking side by side with a successful, older man are big shoes to fill, even though the world sees it as a walk down “easy street.” Believe me, Natalie would know because her fiancé, Brandon Dawson, is extremely prosperous and well-known in the business world…and that privilege comes with unique challenges. Through her blog and podcast show, Natalie is proving to the world that while LOVE IS AGELESS, AGE MATTERS, so we should live life to the fullest!

Although Natalie’s union with Brandon and my partnership with Robert isn’t “mainstream” yet, there are over 15 million other women out there dating older men too. So we aren’t alone as it may seem; we are just willing to live our lives out loud publicly. If I wouldn’t have stumbled upon Natalie’s show six months ago, I am not quite sure I would be as confident in sharing my relationship with my online audience as I am today. She’s not only shifting the perspective for women like me in age gap relationships, but how society views us as a group. In fact, I think in 20 years when more women stop playing around, trying to train boys and start dating real, grown men, Natalie will be credited for popularizing the age gap movement in a wholesome way that’s never been shown before. And I can’t thank her enough for displaying an honorable example of true, ageless love for the world to see.

Here are some of the hot topics Natalie and I discuss on Enlightened the Podcast:

-What are the some of unique challenges of being in an age gap relationship?
-What shifted your perspective to feel respected on your own?
-What advice would you give to a young woman who feels like college might not be for her, but feels pressure to go anyway?
-What’s your favorite thing about building an empire with Brandon Dawson? And what advice would you give to those who are thinking about working with their partners?
-Now rather than saying, “Age doesn’t matter,” one of your most popular quotes is “Age matters.” What do you mean?