Sunshine and Rainbows

It‘s ALL Sunshine + Rainbows... until it‘s not. This mental health podcast starts important conversations in hopes to peel back even more layers of what it’s like to live in a society full of highlight reels. Join your host, Amanda Young from ThatMandaGirl, each Monday morning as she creates a welcoming space where listeners are challenged to look at a situation with a different angle, hear from special guests who share incredible stories AND laugh along the way!

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Episodes

6 days ago

It's my 29th birthday today and instead of interviewing a guest I chose to read a deeply personal and reflective journal entry, turned blog post, turned podcast episode... What could go wrong? I'm so thankful for this space that each listener and subscriber has given me to share, grow and learn. The past year of my life has been one of true transformation and I'm finally at a point where I'm living as an active participant.  I'm sharing this journal entry, not for attention or clout, but in hopes that someone listening doesn't feel alone in their situation. Much love, Amanda.    |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!

Monday Jan 10, 2022

What if you let the whole world have access to your personal journal - your deepest thoughts, honest feelings and darkest moments - would that help or hurt you? This week, Amanda sits down with published poet and essayist Celena Letcher. From using writing as an outlet and eventually deciding to publish her deepest thoughts, Celena talks about how writing changed her life - plus how it has the ability to change someone else's.   |FIND CELENA| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Thought Catalog ⋒ Refraction: A Collection of Poems   |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!

Monday Jan 03, 2022

Have you ever wondered JUST what it takes to become a professional ballerina? Did you know that the world of professional dancers is on that needs to change when it comes to mental health and burnout?   This week, Amanda and her childhood friend + Professional Ballerina Sage Feldges start a conversation that really dives into WHY it's important to pioneer this change into the performing arts. They talk inclusivity, deep rooted tradition and why filtering out opinions vs criticism has saved Sage's mental health over the years.   |FIND SAGE| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Confluence Ballet Co   |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Amanda's Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Instagram ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!

Monday Dec 27, 2021

Wait, that's something we can actively DO?! This week, Amanda sat down for an in depth conversation with survivor, podcast host, mentor and meditation coach Raven Scott, to chat about why building self esteem is SO important. They chat about Raven's story of surviving her abusive relationship with a narcissist, background on human design, listening to your intuition and more. |RESOURCES| ⋒ Abuse Hotline ⋒ Human Design ⋒ Narcissism Definition  |FIND RAVEN| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Book ⋒ FREE Inner Child Meditation |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!    

Monday Dec 20, 2021

You read that right - We're chatting with Bestselling Author, Sarah Berry about her incredible accomplishments in spite of an auto immune disease that she refuses to let determine the course of her life. From accomplishing one childhood dream to creating another, Sarah is proving that a label truly is just that - it doesn't define you. PS! Her latest book, Waterlogged, is launching December 25th and is one you won't want to miss!   |FIND SARAH| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Author Page ⋒ Waterlogged ⋒ Lupus Foundation of America |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!

Monday Dec 13, 2021

Let me get that straight... being grateful and either voicing it or recording can literally change your brain?! Sign us UP. This week, Amanda chats with Dr. Farhana Sadek, Co-Founder and CEO of MyVim - the company behind the revolutionary app: Gratitube. They talk the science behind this practice, why it's so important and how it ties into every aspect of health. |FIND DR. FARHANA| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Gratitube App ⋒ Gratitube Instagram |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!

Monday Dec 06, 2021

Are you an overachieving, burnt out millennial people pleaser? SAME. Grab a notebook and your favorite pen, because our guest today is about to drop some insane knowledge. Amanda and guest, Jenny Maenpaa, dive right on in to one of the most relatable conversations to date. They talk about the people who are "doing everything right" but feel like their world is completely wrong. |FIND JENNY| ⋒ Forward In Heels ⋒ Website ⋒ Book   |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!

Monday Nov 22, 2021

Does the phrase "self care centered entrepreneurship" boggle your brain the way it did mine? Well good, because that means this episode was MEANT FOR YOU! Amanda and guest Sarah M Chappell jump right into an open and honest conversation about how the fast paced corporate world isn't for everyone AND doesn't encourage the healthiest of habits or lifestyles. They talk the dangers of substance abuse, functioning in constant chaos and why it's so important to find a practice - whether spiritual or holistic - that centers you and your mental health. | FIND SARAH| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Holistic Business Academy FREE COURSE MENTIONED HERE   |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!  

Monday Nov 15, 2021

Have you fallen into a situation where you KNEW you needed help, but were too scared or even embarrassed to ask? Amanda and Dr. Michele Finneran tackle a huge conversation surrounding physical, mental and emotion abuse survivors, why compassion fatigue is a silent slayer and how asking how help might be the bravest thing you'll ever do. She gives practical advice on how to be an intentional friend in addition to helping listeners learn some signs to look out for in their loved ones who might be experiencing these situations.  | FIND DR. MICHELE | ⋒ Website ⋒ Facebook ⋒ Instagram ⋒ LinkedIn ⋒ “Surviving Domestic Abuse: Formal and Informal Supports and Services” |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!

Monday Nov 08, 2021

Did it hurt? When you realized where you are is the consequence of your own actions? Amanda jumps head first into a spirited conversation with guest Tony "Toning" Stubbs surrounding mental AND physical health, and why they're directly related. Get your notepad and pen out, because this episode is full of laughs and insightful moments you won't want to miss. |FIND TONY| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Youtube ⋒ Website   |GET SOCIAL| ⋒ Instagram ⋒ Website ⋒ Sunshine + Rainbows Insta ⋒ "Jumo the Unicorn" Children's Book Series ----------------------------------------- If you’d like to share your own story with our audience about how you’ve overcome something in your life or maybe want to start an important conversation that needs to be heard, please send us an email at hello@thatmandagirl.com - until next week besties!  

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ABOUT

Amanda started her brand while working in the Animal Training field and focused on sharing about her career and love of animals. She wanted to humanize people that work with animals and typically get a bad reputation in the media due to some extremely biased opinions and documentaries. In 2019, she was laid off from her dream job working with killer whales, due to a company wide restructuring – that’s when she started really struggling with her (already spiraling) mental health. Instead of hiding it, she chose to share her journey online and began building a like minded community. She chose to take this moment of hurt and loss with her chin up and chest out – turning this into an opportunity to pivot.

During the Spring of 2021, Amanda started this mental health podcast, Sunshine and Rainbows, to begin peeling back the veil of social media and its highlight reel to lift up REAL people who have overcome some incredible things – showing that everyone deserves a little more kindness and grace. Later in the year, Amanda began co authoring a children’s book about a little rhino going through an identity crisis and a pink haired zookeeper who spreads messages of love, friendship and kindness in order to help teach kids some pretty valuable lessons… all while sharing stories inspired by the animals she loved working with.

Each day, Amanda shows up for her community she’s built in hopes to inspire meaningful conversations surrounding mental health, breaking societal norms and being an advocate for inclusivity… all while figuring out her own bold and colorful lifestyle along the way. It has been FAR from the “picture perfect” life she thought she had planned… but Amanda has come to own that maybe all her set backs were actually just setUPs to step into her true potential.

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