Jessi Hempel | The Power of Living Authentically, Even When it’s Hard

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Jessi Hempel | The Power of Living Authentically, Even When it’s Hard

So, what’s your biggest secret? And, what’s the cost you’ve been bearing for living, or trying to live, under its weight?


For many of us, it’s wrapped around our identity. There’s something about us we don’t want others to know. The idea of being your 100% authentic self, meaning no secrets, no masks, and no pretending, in front of your family, of all people, is something that sounds terrifying, if not impossible. But, what if the opposite were true? What if living behind the facade was actually the more brutalizing experience, one that sustains, possibly for years, decades, even life? In contrast to the momentary or even season of disruption incited by coming out as your true self, yet followed by a lifetime of liberation?


That’s where we’re headed in today’s conversation with Jessi Hempel, whose own revelation about her sexual identity, became the first in a chain of "coming out" events that touched every member of her family. Jessi is the host of the award-winning podcast Hello Monday, and she's a senior editor-at-large at LinkedIn. Jessi's striking upcoming memoir, The Family Outing , is a fascinating look into Jessi's seemingly picture-perfect American family, whose lives slowly start to unravel after a series of coming outs. In our chat, we uncover universal revelations, like seeing and realizing the humanity in your parents for the first time and the liberation that comes with claiming your whole truths—even in the face of uncertainty. Jessi opens up about the complexities of growing up with two parents struggling with emotional turmoil and learning to embrace her imperfect family as each of them shed their secrets and found, or rediscovered, their place in the world. 


You can find Jessi at: LinkedIn | Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel podcast


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  • Mario

    The part where he mentions that he wants to be adopted by a more functional family even at 45 yrs really hits home. Really delineates how no matter how old and independent you are, you still need love and support.

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    martin

    10:30 --> 20:00 amazing bit

    4 months ago·8 likes·
    Lisaa

    Andrew, you're the man! Nobody else provides this content to the extent you do. Thank you!

    4 months ago·2 likes·
    ludi2

    Gold. Jesus Christ. How do you do it?

    4 months ago·2 likes·
  • Daisyee

    @Mario This podcast is super fun to listen to and motivating, keep those new episodes going

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    ludi2

    Packed with purpose! These short bites of knowledge and wonder will give you inspiration to stay on your mission, build consistency, and serve others with all your heart!

    4 months ago·1 like·
  • Lisaa

    The part where he mentions that he wants to be adopted by a more functional family even at 45 yrs really hits home. Really delineates how no matter how old and independent you are, you still need love and support.

    ·7 likes·
    Josh

    Good stuff keep it up

    4 months ago·2 likes·

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