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Dennis Gillan is the Executive Director at Half A Sorrow Foundation, as well as an advocate for mental health and a speaker. we had a very eye-opening conversation, and all I can say is that we are blessed to have someone like Dennis to help guide all of us on how to support our mental health, as well as the people around us.


Stefanie Stahl, a psychotherapist, author and coach. She is a best-selling author and Germany’s number 1 psychotherapist. She is the author of The Child in You, which has almost sold 2 million copies worldwide.


With May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to make sure and cover how mental health has affected me and how important it is to be not only aware of your mental state, but to get help when you are needing mental health support.


Vanessa and I will really dig deep into what we have had to do to push past the pain and suffering we endured as children. We will talk about our children and our wonderful husbands and how success and a wonderful family does not always mean that you are completely cured from the pains you endured as children.


I know trauma is never easy to talk about, but I also know how important it is to talk about trauma or get help to healing from the things of our past and childhood. In this episode, I get as real and as vulnerable as I can get sharing some of my experiences from my childhood and how those things affected me, even today. But I am happy to share that I have worked a lot on healing and giving myself grace, as well as grace to those in my past. Of course there are moments where some of those memories or emotions are triggered, but overall, I am very blessed to be where I am and have the family that I have today. I hope through sharing my experiences that it gives you hope in healing and also to help you take those steps necessary to work through those hard things in your life. Let’s go into 2021 with a new perspective and a willingness to look into ourselves and to heal.



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Meet Alisha


After an initial focus on literary arts, Alisha became enraptured by an author’s ability to spin words to life on paper, inspiring her to obtain a BA in English/ Art and MA in Secondary Education. With her own narrative still in development, Alisha focused on the art of storytelling - using both pen and paper and a camera and darkroom. Over the last decade, Alisha has used these mediums to capture stories most notably as an award winning photographer. 

Curator of beautiful stories, vintage clothing and french antiques. She and her husband Patrick have been married for seventeen years. They share three little ones, two cats and one dog in Mountain Brook, AL. 

“Here’s the thing: The book that will most change your life is the one you write.”

Alisha is currently writing her first book - a memoir reconciling the brokenness and beauty of a childhood dictated by intergenerational trauma.

- seth godin


In an industry where everything appears PERFECTLY polished, Alisha shares the raw struggles of owning a business and challenging complexities we often believe we shoulder alone. You won’t find simple marketing advice or how to grow an email list here, friend. You WILL find belonging, community, scrappy tips from those who’ve walked in your shoes and guests will proudly share their lessons. 

Imperfectly Polished is a safe place for the female entrepreneur to slide off the mask … sit a while and relish in the beauty of authenticity. Join us as we explore a world of topics, a few tears and a ton of laughs! 

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