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Any Stephens, The Brave Files Podcast. Unapologetically Me: A Journey of Gender

Unapologetically Me: A Journey of Gender

With Featured Guest

Amy Stephens

Vulnerable • Courageous • Empath

Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Living as yourself is one of the most important things you can do for your happiness.
  • It is never too late to be yourself and change for the better.
  • The people who truly love you will accept you for all of you.
  • Community can help you create a better life for yourself.

Unapologetically Amy

Amy Stephens is funny, thoughtful, and engaging. She also happens to be a trans woman.

Although this was a process and a journey for Amy, she fully came out in 2017 and began hormone therapy. 

Unfortunately, as is the case with so many people, her life was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While this has been (and continues to be) a challenging time for everyone, Amy was in the middle of a full life transformation at the time and this “forced shutdown” was extra difficult. Having just started to make friends, as her true self, and exploring her identity, she was suddenly in lockdown and feeling alone once again.

Not a Sad Story

Reconnecting with her comedy and improv friends since lockdown has let up, and rekindled her love for that community has been a life-changer for Amy. The improv community has lovingly supported her throughout her gender journey, something Amy holds near and dear to her heart.

The Journey of Gender

Transitioning in her middle life, according to Amy, is a gift, and not a regret. She sees it as allowing her to live as herself with the added bonus of all her prior experience and wisdom. Of course, she was always a woman, she just hadn’t quite realized it, and even if she did, wasn’t quite safe at the time.

But finally, she has become fully herself, in her 40s. From a hardcore republican and Mormon to transgender comedian. You’ll have to tune in to hear that whole story.

Living Authentically, Changing Dramatically

There are things that Amy mourns. That’s the nature of growth, transformation, and change. We must always give something up to receive new things. But Amy knows that living as herself is necessary for her happiness. The joy and sadness coexist. There’s space for all of Amy’s feelings. Luckily, her ex-wife is supportive and a wonderful ally, even though the divorce. In fact, they still live together with their children. 

Connect with Amy 

Amy Stephens runs her own podcast, called Transformation Thursday about a wide variety of transformations and the people who go through them. They are also on Facebook. Find all of Amy’s contact details here. 

Giving is Good

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is a highly important LGBT+ focused not-for-profit with so many facets. A particularly notable current project issuing an anti-LGBT state legislative attack. The HRC works to fight for equality on all fronts.

"The universe gave me a wonderful opportunity to live as myself with all this prior experience."

- Amy Stephens

Meet your Host, <em style="color:teal">Heather Vickery<em>

Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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