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Striving for Understanding and Authenticity with Rachel LMSW
Episode 624th January 2024 • Being the Work • Ben Wire and Blakely Adams
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Today we talk about striving for understanding and authenticity with Rachel. She's currently a medical social worker that has worked with children's mental health and a plethora of medical social worker roles. She's the highest paid Bingo-Caller we know!

We talk personal history, motivations, humor, care, commitment, and recovery and prevention of burnout.

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Rachel:

We're totes recording this right now.

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Blakely: This is kinda how

we get in the flow, it's

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Rachel: We're

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Blakely: We usually start

out get in the vibe, get

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comfy.

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Whoa.

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Really loud in my ears.

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Ben: Okay.

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How's that?

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Blakely: Better.

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Ben: When I do, when I turn it

up, do you hear me more too?

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Okay, cool.

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Okay, how are

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Rachel: I'm good.

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You're perfect.

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Ben: I mean, be serious

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Rachel: I can hear both of you very

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well.

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Okay, I'm just like...

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It's like this ear

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Blakely: Oh, Ben is so praise fatigued.

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Ben: No!

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Shut the

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Rachel: This is the best.

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I like you two together

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because, 'cause it's like...

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sweet, humble, like, I'm used to this.

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It's like I'm in the

middle of the spectrum.

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I'm right here.

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So it's like,

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where am

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I gonna jump?

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Am I gonna jump to here

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or am I really gonna jump over here?

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And then I don't know

where I'm flying in between

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Blakely: yeah.

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yeah.

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No, my or

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Ben: my the reason

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I wanted is that sometimes you're too

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Rachel: sweet.

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I am very nice and it's annoying.

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Yes.

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Annoyingly perky is

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how I introduce myself and

yes, I cannot turn it off.

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And yes, I know it's annoying.

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Blakely: Right?

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As long as you know.

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Ben: I didn't say you were

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Rachel: annoying.

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Oh, I did.

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Blakely: It's the not knowing.

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I think that it's really the clincher

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Rachel: I

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Ben: so, Rachel, thanks for coming.

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This is a lot of fun.

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Blakely, I know Rachel, so I'm going to

let you start us out with the questions.

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Because I always jump to assuming that you

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Blakely: Oh, sure.

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so

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we usually kind of get started

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with Who are you?

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What are you doing?

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But we don't like to break people

into categories What you do,

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it doesn't make who you are.

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We do a lot of our kind of work because

of bits and pieces of who we tend to be.

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but I think that there's a lot of

uniqueness in our motivations and in

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our personalities and in our experiences

that we don't talk about enough.

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and so usually to start things out, I

like to ask some questions Like Ben said,

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it's a lot of Ben's friends that we are

interviewing because Ben has friends

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Ben: Ben has

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friends.

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I'll at least give

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Blakely: I'll at least give myself

the credit that I have friends,

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just most of them think that I'm

insane for being a social worker.

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so, starting out, we kind of like

to do a breakdown of, shorthand,

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of what makes up your personality.

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are you familiar with Enneagram,

or Myers Briggs, or we talked

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briefly about some Zodiac, I

think, before we started recording.

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All of that, to give us a little bit of an

idea of, um, what makes you tick, before

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we even get into the, the story of it all.

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Rachel: of,

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Ben: Briggs,

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Rachel: I was waiting for it to,

I am a medical social worker.

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So I work in and out of hospitals,

clinics, thrive on the craziness,

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the crisis interventions, the fix the

problem now and do it yesterday and

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then as a discharge planner, wearing

lots of hats, just weaseling my way into

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many different situations to kind of.

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Bring about change if we

want to make it pretty.

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Ben: Did anyone

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else hear you say

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Rachel: Yeah,

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Ben: Weasley.

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Blakely: straight.

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Rachel: Um, I'm a Gemini.

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Enneagram.

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I think I'm a number two.

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Is it like the helper or something?

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Which is so

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generic

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because you're helping professional.

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Blakely: Empathy Harmony

helpers are of our work.

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Ben: Yeah, and, and Justice Seekers.

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Blakely's getting out her Enneagram book.

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Blakely: I'll read you the quick

paragraph on we've got a lot

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Rachel: Oh, read It sounds so

generic, so I almost don't like

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Blakely: And it's funny, it's

funny, because what you said was,

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you feel like you are somewhere

in between some extremes that Ben

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and I tend to represent sometimes.

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So A two.

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I'm sensitive to other people's feelings.

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I can see what they need,

even when I don't know them.

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Sometimes it's frustrating to be so

aware of people's needs, especially their

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pain or unhappiness because I'm not able

to do as much for them as I'd like to.

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It's easy for me to give

up myself sometimes.

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I wish there were better.

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I were, I were better at saying

no because I end up putting my.

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Uh, more energy into caring for others

than into taking care of myself.

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It hurts my feelings if people

think I'm trying to manipulate or

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control them when all I'm trying

to do is understand and help them.

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I like to see, I like to be seen

as a warm hearted and good person,

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but when not taken into account

or appreciated, I can become very

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emotional or very, or even demanding.

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Good relationships mean a great deal to

me and I'm willing to work hard to Make

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Rachel: hard

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to make

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Ben: Yes.

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Blakely: stop reading

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Rachel: No, no.

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no.

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Okay, so

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like,

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Blakely: look at me.

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Ben: I'm okay so I'm listening to

Blakely read this and I'm watching your

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body language and all of these things

resonate and I see annoyance on your

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face

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but I also am incredibly proud Because

I find myself, like, I have a hard time

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going back and forth between what is

my core motivation with the Enneagram.

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I just had this thought this last weekend,

was there is nothing about compassion.

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it is painful, and it is, it is

courageous, and to me, that's what I

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heard when I heard what she just read.

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And you're like, hey, this is so typical,

and I'm going, this is why I love you are

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super bubbly, super nice, wonderful to

be around, easy to talk to, so funny, we

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can laugh all the time, it was very and,

what I respected, was you were, It's like

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grit, power, tenacious for your clients.

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And these kids that we were working

with needed someone in their corner.

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You would fight so hard for them in

this, the sweetest tone of voice.

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that I was like, that's skill.

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So anyways, I want to just push back

on this like annoyance that you've got.

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Rachel: that you've got.

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I, I, know

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Ben: I know.

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I, yeah, I've, I know this, I

know this feeling very well.

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so, yeah, I just,

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Rachel: I think it all comes down to,

to perfectly summarize, I think it

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was the lovely new girl, the show.

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And it was like, you walk around

thinking about how other people feel.

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How do you get anything done?

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And it's like, it's really hard.

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I have family members that

are just blunt, cutthroat.

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They're like, we're gonna do us.

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And so, you know, it is really

hard hearing compliments,

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hearing good things about myself.

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I'm like, yeah, I'm just annoying.

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That's just, it comes down to me

having some sass and With good intent,

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generally with whatever I try to

do, I try to do it with good intent.

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Even if I am being mean or deliberate

or something to get my point across.

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Even when I'm mad, I'm like, if I

want to throw something, I'd probably

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go fold it five minutes later.

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And it's a crutch.

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It's not fun.

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I don't recommend

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it.

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Jealous of people that can do

other things that I cannot.

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but.

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I do like to, I call it weaseling.

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Weasel my way into people's hearts.

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Build that rapport.

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Build that connection.

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So I can tell you what you really need

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help with.

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Blakely: It even says here

that your blind spot as a two.

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Maybe your own needs and your,

not weaseling, but intrusiveness

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into the lives of others.

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if,

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Rachel: Not measly, but

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Ben: Interesting.

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I wonder if, uh, I mean, I do intrude.

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I

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think I, I, I I was on Instagram,

uh, yesterday or today?

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Blakely, did I send

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Blakely: Of what?

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Ben: so it's this, uh, It's this dog.

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It's this dog, and the mom is

going, where's, where is the cat?

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Where is the cat?

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And this is, I was like, me to Blakely.

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Blakely: Oh,

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I

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lost my

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Ben: It is like, forcing

a hug on this cat.

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Rachel: That's okay.

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Ben: That's me.

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I've never actually hugged

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Rachel: Challenge accepted.

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Ben: no.

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No.

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Rachel: it,

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Blakely: I know, most

people make me eventually.

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Rachel: do it.

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There you go.

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go.

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Ben: is better than a I've, I've wrapped

her up into a big thing that, uh,

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Rachel: you, like

swaddle her or something?

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Ben: yeah.

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Blakely: It's like a web.

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Yes, a swaddle, like a web blanket.

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Ben: so

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so like we're talking

about the Enneagram, right?

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And being a two and I'm assuming, I think

the Enneagram is like core motivations

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going back a long time, right?

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So this is something that you've

been doing for yourself and for other

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people with other a very long time.

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Yeah.

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Rachel: Yeah.

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Ben: And when did you...

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Blakely: Because theoretically, based

on, like, the way that at least this book

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that I use describes the Enneagram types,

they break down sort of the essential

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truth that you lost sight of that kind

of sends you on this trajectory of

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the, the kind of warrior that we are to

get, to get through human life, right?

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And so what this one's saying

about too is that you lost sight

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of the fact that everyone's needs

are equally and freely met in the

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natural flow of giving and receiving.

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and instead began to believe that to get,

you must give and to be loved, you must

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be needed, and learn to get your personal

needs fulfilled by being needed and giving

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others what you felt they needed and

wanted so therefore your mission in life

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is to ensure that you infuse more of that

protective power into other people that

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they aren't getting in that unfair way.

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Which, in the way that we do kind

of this flow of our conversation,

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we do like to start in origins.

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Like, what were the tipping points of

you in your youth that sent you off

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on this path that what you needed to

make money at the end of the day was to

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put on your badge and go into the

hospital, which is what most of

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us are avoiding going to literally

every day that we're alive.

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Just really dial in and spend your

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time there.

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Ben: up.

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Rachel: alone oh

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yeah

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bring

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it on

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Blakely: Level up.

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Rachel: Come on.

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Um, I mean, I do.

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I, I love the hospital.

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It's gross.

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It's scary.

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It's blood.

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It's guts.

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It's heavy vulnerabilities.

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It's diagnoses that

sometimes you've heard of.

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Sometimes people just wipe

under the rug, but I don't know

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what it is about the hospital.

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It's something that is, everyone is

terrified to go to, whether you're

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a patient, whether you're a visitor.

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And I think that my wholeheartedness

just wanted to be that calming presence

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in pretty much everything I do.

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vulnerabilities, you see the real person

and I like building that opportunity

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to just see your true authentic self

and have you trust someone so easily.

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And I like that.

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Or working hard

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to have anybody to do that.

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When I found the vulnerabilities with

children's mental health, and then, I've

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worked in and out of Mother Baby, which...

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PRN because I was bored or wanting to

show leadership qualities because I

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was 21 with a master's degree and a

doughy eyed face that just wanted to

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help people because I'm blonde haired,

have dimples and look like I'm 12.

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and so when I have the enthusiasm that

I do or the sweethearted nature that

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I am, people often think that I'm 12

or asking if my mom knows where I am.

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and

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I'm

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like, Yeah,

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Blakely: And so that gets

misunderstood, and therefore, of

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course, like, um, underestimated.

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And so you're describing working in what

is, what in our city, so you've gone on a

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pathway of working with children who have

severe, um, severe emotional disturbance.

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And then, because that wasn't

challenging enough, you're talking about

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adding on a part time role, because

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Rachel: Because I'm crazy.

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Blakely: you know, shout out to all the

homies that can't do just one job to pay

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the bills in the field that we chose.

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We gotta do it at least 12 hours

a day to really fuck ourselves up

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and pay our bills.

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you were working in a safety

net hospital in our city,

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in, in, like, mother baby ward.

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So,

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Rachel: newborns...

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high issues, adoptions, drug

use, human trafficking, , high

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STDs, all sorts of things that Was

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me because it was something I

hadn't challenged myself with, which

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also helped me transition to a new

opportunity a local hospital in my

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Ben: the, what was the role?

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Rachel: social worker.

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Ben: social worker.

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Rachel: Mother Baby Department.

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Blakely: Okay, so you went

from like inner city safety net

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hospital to a more suburban...

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Rachel: But also like rural

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communities,

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Blakely: right.

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Because

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Rachel: a lot of

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Blakely: hospitals it's going to pull

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from Like, People suffer everywhere.

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Rachel: it's just either a prettier door

on the outside versus maybe not so much.

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That's working in...

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Ben: I did a lot of case management

throughout all the counties, all

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the surrounding counties and the.

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ones that I didn't like working

the most affluent places

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because there was more digging

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Rachel: needed.

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Blakely: more hidden.

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Ben: Yeah, there was more,

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Blakely: yeah.

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Well, and for us, there's so much bullshit

that we have to dig off of the top to

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get to what we really need to do and I

don't think a lot of us have a lot of

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patience with that because we already

go in knowing that that stuff is just

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bravado or just fluff or just fakeness.

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maybe

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I just don't have patience with fakeness.

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and

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Ben: Rachel, I'm curious if this is

sort of what you were getting at, but

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you were saying, when there's a lot

of vulnerability and meeting people in

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that high needs place, you get to see

who that person is and to, to get to

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a place of trust in that moment is To

me, what I heard you saying, or maybe

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what was just resonating inside of me,

was that it is, it is like life juice.

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Rachel: yeah.

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Ben: I mean, it's, it's like

a feeling of, of aliveness.

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Rachel: Oh yeah, in the hospital

you see everyone at their extremes.

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I mean, I tackled mother baby,

I had neuro, I had renal,

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and I had women's health.

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So...

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Blakely: cradle to grave, right?

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Like,

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the hospital is...

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And I think we talk about that

sometimes, like, we are infused into

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all of the spaces of life, especially in,

like, in the social work side of things.

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I'm biased I think social work is better

because we have a more varied skill set

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in those social system spaces, which

I think is actually societally where

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we need a devastating amount of help.

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and no one knows we're there and no one

knows how hard we work and no one knows.

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I mean, it's all very

kind of under the tide,

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Rachel: And it always captures like

a negative connotation when you

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identify yourself as a social worker

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because, oh yeah, that is one thing that

would eat at my soul as someone that

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advocates for the smallest of us is how

many babies have you taken away today?

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And I'm like, none.

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How many babies have you taken away ever?

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None.

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So that would eat at my

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core and that

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Ben: cause the stereotype is

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Rachel: for

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everyone.

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Ben: worker just takes

kids from their parents.

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Rachel: But it didn't talk about all the

work I did with postpartum depression.

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Blakely: Right.

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Rachel: Linking

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Blakely: all the

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Rachel: supports, you know.

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Right.

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Or, hey, I just had a baby, but I want

to give this baby up for adoption,

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but I'm discharging in 24 hours.

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Figure it out.

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By the way, it's 7.

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30 p.

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m.

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and I was supposed to leave at 4.

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30 p.

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m.

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to pick up my kids,

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Ben: and I want to push back Blakely is

poking fun at the social work therapy

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Rachel: Ha ha!

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Ben: Differences.

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but 'I'm gonna pushed back on that

because we're friends and despite

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the differences between the two

of us, I'm not a social worker.

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I don't really want to be a social worker.

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I never tried to be a social worker

and ended up doing lots of right?

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And, and the idea of this whole,

separateness between all of us

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bothers me because We don't look

at the things that are the same.

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We look at the things that are different,

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when it becomes a competition, I can no

longer lean on you to go, Hey, I need your

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Right?

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Like say, I need resources

for the community.

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I know exactly who I need Because you

love getting all that stuff together.

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you're a resource So, anyways,

with all of that, it's just

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like, we all, I feel like, have

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desire to help, and the more we connect

on are able know, spread the, the stress

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throughout, but we need some I just want

to push back on that, because I feel like,

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you helped

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me through COVID so It was like three or

four hours a week we were hanging out.

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Blakely: Yeah, it was on

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Zoom.

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On

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Ben: Zoom.

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Blakely: are we gonna

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do?

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Just How do

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we get through this?

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to a lot more, um, with

the baby taking reputation.

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the thing that I'm saying that I won't

let be stepped on there is a greater

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divide between what's understood and

appreciated societally about us, which is.

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We're baby takers in the middle of the

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night.

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We come and steal your babies.

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Rachel: Anything with

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Blakely: And what we actually do and

can do in the potential of our field

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to change the entire fucking world.

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If cops would get out of the fucking way.

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Let's put our guns down and

actually solve some fuckin problems.

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But this is what I'm not trying

to get salty about today.

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My darker thoughts need to be put away

like our, our combined horoscope said.

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That is what I have to say

before I can pack it up.

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And you're totally right.

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Because I was not taught how to

therapy, and most of us end up in

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:

Ben: Right.

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:

Right.

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:

Blakely: the wrong chair.

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:

Ben: Ha ha ha, right, right.

429

:

yeah, for sure.

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:

I agree with all of

431

:

I

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:

agree

433

:

with all of

434

:

The um,

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:

Blakely: take us back in time...

436

:

Ben: yeah, take us back in time.

437

:

Blakely: What brought you to the shit?

438

:

Why did you decide social work?

439

:

Rachel: Um...

440

:

again,

441

:

I'm always the Island of Misfit

Toys, I'm the Saving Grace,

442

:

I'm the mom of all my friends,

443

:

Ben: you remember when you chose?

444

:

Rachel: I think I fell

into social work, honestly.

445

:

I was, , gonna be a marriage

and family therapist.

446

:

I kinda just knew the mediation

aspect, the, you know, being

447

:

a positive support for people.

448

:

I did it all day, every day,

might as well get paid for it.

449

:

Might as well do a deeper dive to

something I was naturally good at, cause

450

:

you have a problem, come to Rachel.

451

:

within my friends, within my

family, just calm presence, make you

452

:

smile, feel comfortable and maybe

find a solution, maybe just vent.

453

:

And , my friends already knew that

once you stick with me, it stays there.

454

:

Like I'm not going to have fun with

your drama and use it against you.

455

:

Totally could,

456

:

but you know, I can be

457

:

a little ornery.

458

:

but

459

:

you know, the passive aggressive

adorableness could come out, But,

460

:

so I was naturally just

good at it I liked it.

461

:

Ben: naturally just you find out?

462

:

Blakely: Yeah, how did you find out

463

:

Rachel: Um, I think I just had a lot

of drama within my friends group.

464

:

Um, growing up and was lucky

enough to not really feed into

465

:

a lot of it and just be there.

466

:

Blakely: but that doesn't sound like luck.

467

:

Rachel: I, I don't know.

468

:

Blakely: I don't

469

:

Rachel: I don't know if that's lucky.

470

:

Blakely: because I think

you're talking about something

471

:

that happens as an adolescent girl, right?

472

:

Like when all the shit starts to happen

and everybody starts going different

473

:

directions and making different choices

474

:

Rachel: Oh, I was the goody, nerdy,

475

:

adorable, sweet hearted,

476

:

Blakely: kind

477

:

at some point.

478

:

Rachel: probably to a fault, and...

479

:

Blakely: yeah.

480

:

And you find, you end up finding

yourself in the midst of all of this.

481

:

Oh, I'm the anchor.

482

:

I'm the one who has, yeah, I'm

the one who's standing on the

483

:

Rachel: grounded.

484

:

Blakely: are floating around acting

485

:

wild.

486

:

Rachel: as long as you own your decisions,

there's no judgments, but if you...

487

:

If you feed into the drama, but

you don't be your true authentic

488

:

self, then I don't like that.

489

:

And so I had a lot of

friends that would...

490

:

Do some things.

491

:

Blakely: is an oasis in

492

:

Rachel: Oh yeah.

493

:

I was lame

494

:

and I liked it that

495

:

way.

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:

I think my mother did too because when

I did children's mental health, I'd

497

:

be, I'd walk in passive aggressively

to my parents home that I didn't

498

:

live in and I'd say I was wonderful.

499

:

And then I just

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:

slammed the door.

501

:

and leave it.

502

:

Or the first time I called my mom

from like jail for juvenile detention

503

:

that I was there visiting or.

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:

doing things with patients.

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:

I'd be like, I went to jail today.

506

:

Bye mom.

507

:

And just seeing how her sass would

be like, the first time you did it

508

:

was funny slash not, but now she's

just like, okay, have fun at jail.

509

:

So, oh yeah, I had a

pretty enthusiastic family.

510

:

I always say that I am the

wet blanket of all of them.

511

:

Yet I'm so loud, annoying and sweethearted

because their enthusiasm, their quick

512

:

witty bit banter is just infectiously

contagious and it's frustrating.

513

:

Trying to get a word in edgewise,

so I'm always the boring one.

514

:

and then when you spend time

with me, you're like, you're

515

:

Blakely: you're the dull one.

516

:

Rachel: but it's like, but

then you meet the rest of my

517

:

family and they're like, yeah, you

518

:

are boring.

519

:

Blakely: Is this like,

520

:

a big family?

521

:

Rachel: just big

522

:

Blakely: Well, Yah, because you're

describing like a big energy, like how

523

:

many people are

524

:

creating this vortex.

525

:

Rachel: I have one sister,

and then my mother is very...

526

:

ornery.

527

:

Blakely: Yeah, I have a

larger than life mother too.

528

:

Rachel: Oh yeah, she's

everyone's favorite.

529

:

She's everyone's

530

:

go to, just because she wants

you to feel comfortable, too.

531

:

and so she'll strive to do that

532

:

Or

533

:

everybody wants her.

534

:

We call her by her first name,

like, when we talk about her,

535

:

I call her mom to her face.

536

:

But,

537

:

name's Donna.

538

:

Like, have you ever met a very

plain, sweethearted Donna?

539

:

Yeah,

540

:

they're usually kind of fun,

541

:

quirky,

542

:

Blakely: Oh yeah.

543

:

Rachel: in the best way

544

:

possible, loud.

545

:

proud of it, but

546

:

still

547

:

not know

548

:

what

549

:

that means.

550

:

Yeah, she's just at high

expectations of anything.

551

:

I mean, again, with some sass

552

:

and some personality.

553

:

Ben: So, am I understanding

right that you...

554

:

when I do

555

:

Rachel: I know what you're going to do?

556

:

Blakely: Just go

557

:

with it.

558

:

Rachel: go with it.

559

:

Blakely: expression that

560

:

usually means we're going somewhere.

561

:

Rachel: He's going to take it.

562

:

He's going to deep dive

563

:

now.

564

:

Blakely: and he's gonna put it over

565

:

Rachel: and

566

:

then reframe it

567

:

Then make you like, show off

your true vulnerable self.

568

:

And then be like, I don't want to

phrase it that way, but it came out just

569

:

word vomit.

570

:

And now you're going to

make it philosophical.

571

:

Blakely: cute, but...

572

:

Rachel: But like there's, then

he's going to say something like,

573

:

Oh, high expectations, or are you

just wanting to be the achiever

574

:

in life and make your mom happy?

575

:

I'm waiting.

576

:

You usually say it prettier than

this, but I'm just being sassy.

577

:

Blakely: that makes you feel good about

578

:

Rachel: I know.

579

:

Blakely: Have you forgotten

yet what you were going to say?

580

:

Rachel: Please do.

581

:

Ben: Is that what you're

trying to do for me??

582

:

Me

583

:

Blakely: No, I'm just...

584

:

Ben: trying to distract me?

585

:

Blakely: I get to be not poked

out when we do interviews.

586

:

Like, I'm not, I don't have

to be the ugly V- word.

587

:

Someone else does, so.

588

:

Vulnerable, but it makes

me feel like a victim.

589

:

Rachel: Like, I do like

590

:

words.

591

:

Ben: Well, okay.

592

:

I want to cuss at both of

593

:

Rachel: the social

594

:

worker.

595

:

Blakely: Right.

596

:

Ben: feel like I've owned this before of

597

:

like, I

598

:

Rachel: Naturally.

599

:

Go Ben, go.

600

:

But I know it's gonna happen too.

601

:

Blakely: I know.

602

:

Ben: okay, I'm just curious if

I'm understanding this right,

603

:

that you're the quiet one of your

604

:

family,

605

:

Rachel: Correct.

606

:

Correct.

607

:

Ben: There's two meanings

608

:

to

609

:

this,

610

:

Blakely: think?

611

:

Ben: you're the quiet one.

612

:

Rachel: one?

613

:

You're the quiet one?

614

:

Damn.

615

:

Yeah, she

616

:

Ben: Damn.

617

:

Rachel: my family, which is...

618

:

I

619

:

Ben: Yeah, I'm the quiet one of my family.

620

:

Which is like...

621

:

I don't know, I don't know that I

622

:

was...

623

:

Blakely: to talk,

624

:

Rachel: You like to

625

:

Blakely: just anything.

626

:

Ben: No, no, no, no.

627

:

It's got to have a point.

628

:

Yeah.

629

:

Yeah.

630

:

small talk.

631

:

Small talk is really hard for

632

:

Rachel: Oh, I could

633

:

just make time go

634

:

by.

635

:

Ben: so I can relate to being the

quiet one, and having a hard time

636

:

getting a word in edgewise, but also

not wanting to take the spotlight,

637

:

because I feel, I have

always felt somewhat selfish.

638

:

if I

639

:

take the spotlight, I don't know if

that's something that you can relate to.

640

:

Rachel: I don't like, I hate that

being the center of attention.

641

:

I like watching other people shine and I

want to help them get there, but I also am

642

:

naturally someone that would put someone

on a pedestal, whether they should be

643

:

there or not, to help lift them up in

the mistake of maybe putting myself down.

644

:

Ben: I hate that

645

:

being

646

:

the center of maybe

647

:

Rachel: Oh, for sure.

648

:

Ben: Very, very quiet really hard to

like take up any space in any room.

649

:

I don't know, I feel like that was,

that was a training ground in some ways

650

:

to like bring me to this kind of work.

651

:

but also

652

:

it's this mixture of, of.

653

:

being willing to give other people

space, but also I've had incredible

654

:

amount of time to see other people's

pain and see through bullshit because I

655

:

just observed, I would have times of,

really intense focus where I I would

656

:

think over and over and over what's

happening in my family, what's happening

657

:

and I was in my head all the time.

658

:

anyways.

659

:

learning to give other people space or

just not even having to learn is just sort

660

:

of natural, but also learning to take up

space to be the helper and to do that in

661

:

a strategic way was, incredibly meaningful

to learn what I'm good at, and do it

662

:

on purpose, in a compassionate way.

663

:

We're talking like, life transformation

stuff for me own who I am, own

664

:

what I like, own that I have a

relational emotional intelligence

665

:

that I can use to help people get

to a place that their life's better.

666

:

And that's sort of what.

667

:

I, like, okay, I'm me, I'm

gonna take us down to, like,

668

:

a really emotional, meaningful

669

:

place, and...

670

:

Rachel: it's

671

:

gonna

672

:

happen.

673

:

Blakely: has one of those

buttons that takes the

674

:

bottom out from under you.

675

:

They just fall into the pit of

676

:

who knows what.

677

:

Ben: It's gonna happen.

678

:

Elevator.

679

:

I like to be!

680

:

Rachel: I've

681

:

Blakely: I've

682

:

been catching up way late.

683

:

I've been catching up on

season four of Stranger Things,

684

:

and this just has me, like

685

:

Ben, likes to shove us into

the upside down, doesn't he?

686

:

He's like,

687

:

what's over there?

688

:

Rachel: Let's go.

689

:

Let's go.

690

:

Blakely: But I think that we're, we're

dancing around something that I don't

691

:

know that I've put to words before.

692

:

And that's, and I wonder if you've had

some of the experiences about this,

693

:

because when we start to really look at

694

:

Rachel: him on mute for a second.

695

:

Come on!

696

:

Blakely: Follow me.

697

:

Cause I'm going somewhere good.

698

:

I swear.

699

:

no, no.

700

:

What I'm thinking about

while we're talking is.

701

:

In this origin story thing that we do to

go back to what were the pivot points,

702

:

what were the, the characteristics,

what were the things where I realized,

703

:

like, there's something about me, right?

704

:

And I think we started early on a

lot of the time to realize that we

705

:

make other people uncomfortable with

our tendencies and our instincts.

706

:

And even while comforting

people, there's a lot of...

707

:

Discomfort.

708

:

Like, the fact that you have this, like,

rapid eject button to go to, like, deep,

709

:

dark, vulnerable place

710

:

Ben: You

711

:

Rachel: too.

712

:

Your words are great that

713

:

Blakely: many of us are

terrified of, you're just not.

714

:

Like, I hate

715

:

vulnerability for myself.

716

:

There's a reason I sit where I sit.

717

:

Like, I think I know all the shit.

718

:

And I'm not good at taking it home.

719

:

and

720

:

so

721

:

Rachel: and

722

:

Blakely: and so I just,

723

:

Ben: I

724

:

do all

725

:

Blakely: I

726

:

just wonder about Those

times that we realize like

727

:

I'm not supposed to be like this

I'm not I'm the wet blanket.

728

:

I'm the obnoxious one.

729

:

I'm the the big baby like

730

:

whatever our thing is

731

:

Ben: I'm the

732

:

sensitive Ben.

733

:

Blakely: turned

734

:

Ben: Ben.

735

:

Blakely: and we've decided to say

fuck that I'm gonna do something with

736

:

Rachel: for this

737

:

Blakely: because you people don't

have this and I do So what is

738

:

Rachel: See, you were talking

about going to the uncomfortable.

739

:

It's uncomfortable to be in

the chair to be the helper.

740

:

I think it's a prerequisite to

be comfortable with all of that.

741

:

Blakely: 'cause Ben and I have talked

about this, this metaphor of us going

742

:

toward the flames when everyone else

is running outta the burning building.

743

:

I think that's what you're talking about.

744

:

Like why?

745

:

Why are we so wary of messy Uhhuh

746

:

Rachel: Everything's messy.

747

:

let's just go.

748

:

Come

749

:

Blakely: we think we are so like it's

this, it's the human like myth, right?

750

:

That we are so highly evolved that we

are clean creatures, that we don't, we

751

:

don't have survival instincts in the same

ways that animals do, but we're still.

752

:

fucking animals and we are filthy bags

of meat just traipsing around creating

753

:

some kind of meaning from our existence

because we're the only creatures

754

:

who are aware that we are, we could

755

:

Ben: who aware This is...

756

:

Blakely: go ahead, did you want to,

757

:

Ben: Okay, for

758

:

like weeks,

759

:

Blakely: so I wasn't over the trap door

760

:

Ben: for weeks I've been

asking people for real

761

:

feedback.

762

:

I just got

763

:

it.

764

:

And, I felt defensive and liked it.

765

:

Blakely: Hm.

766

:

Ben: it made me laugh,

767

:

Blakely: This is also very me because

I'm not really sure what I said that was

768

:

so, like, intense.

769

:

you've asked me for this on

demand, and I'm like, I don't But

770

:

apparently I've done it today, so,

771

:

Ben: But apparently I've done

772

:

it emotional stuff is something that

I live with and you putting words to

773

:

it of People don't like it, and it's

threatening to people, and we shouldn't

774

:

be the way that we are kind of thing.

775

:

Like, like I have felt that

instinctually for a long time.

776

:

You said something like...

777

:

I don't know.

778

:

The big baby.

779

:

Blakely: Yeah.

780

:

Ben: you said that.

781

:

Like,

782

:

that's something

783

:

Rachel: before about myself too, so

784

:

Ben: I don't remember any one person

calling me a big baby, but it's been

785

:

in the background of my existence for

a very long And it's not, I think part

786

:

of this, the whole journey of becoming

a therapist has been me learning

787

:

that what I do is actually quite

788

:

Blakely: It's unusual.

789

:

It's not

790

:

wrong.

791

:

Rachel: that you are doing something

unusual and that you're allowing

792

:

yourself to be there for that person

793

:

Ben: Well, and, yeah, like running,

running toward the thing that's

794

:

uncomfortable and wanting right?

795

:

like knowing that I'm not trying, like,

I think the stereotype is to think that a

796

:

therapist wants to emotionally manipulate,

797

:

Where I know that

Vulnerability is connecting us

798

:

deeper,

799

:

It's creating connections in a

way that I mean, it's incredible.

800

:

I don't know, like, knowing the value

of that and knowing how to use that to

801

:

not, that can make people's lives better.

802

:

to, I don't know, get to that place is

803

:

Blakely: Well,

804

:

and for me in pointing this out,

it's so striking because I feel,

805

:

I feel different within different.

806

:

I feel very different from most

of the other helpers in the

807

:

kind of personality I have.

808

:

that's just a different brand of the same

shit that we're all drawn in by being

809

:

the weird kids in the ways that we are.

810

:

We're emotionally weirdos.

811

:

So, and that's, like I said, it's unusual.

812

:

It's not wrong.

813

:

Society gives all unusual

messaging that it's wrong.

814

:

Rachel: Because you're

815

:

talking about being the big baby and

816

:

I'm

817

:

like,

818

:

Do it.

819

:

Right.

820

:

Like, be your baby self.

821

:

Go for it.

822

:

Because you're trying really

hard to be there for someone

823

:

else and why not be the big baby?

824

:

Blakely: and it's gotten you to be

who you are supposed to be anyway.

825

:

Ben: Yeah, I I have no regrets

826

:

I actually like myself more

now than I really ever have.

827

:

proud of me.

828

:

Blakely: of it.

829

:

You're the biggest baby you've ever been.

830

:

Right.

831

:

Ben: mean, I'm like the

832

:

smartest baby.

833

:

I'm the smartest baby I've ever been.

834

:

Blakely: yeah.

835

:

Ben: Like, yeah, but like,

836

:

Blakely: But my point is, like,

just leaning into these things

837

:

that are allegedly wrongness, we

end up being a better version.

838

:

Ben: better

839

:

Blakely: Because it's the actual authentic

840

:

Ben: truth.

841

:

I'm

842

:

Blakely: I'm really fucking annoying.

843

:

Ben: your

844

:

Blakely: what?

845

:

Rachel: Right?

846

:

And it's been a strength.

847

:

And it's been a

848

:

strict, I, yeah, girl, be your

849

:

annoying self.

850

:

Blakely: it's worked out for

851

:

Rachel: thing someone can say

is that you're authentically

852

:

annoying cause you tried too hard.

853

:

Okay.

854

:

Spread that rumor.

855

:

Blakely: All that's gonna do is keep

away people I don't want to be around

856

:

anyway.

857

:

Rachel: it's like you smile too much.

858

:

Okay.

859

:

Ben: Yeah.

860

:

Blakely: I laugh too loud.

861

:

My big girl laugh gets in the way.

862

:

Ben: No, like I can see.

863

:

I think what I what what resonates

for me when you say you're different

864

:

within different is there's the

typical kind of helper We were

865

:

talking about with the number twos,

866

:

like the Enneagram

867

:

Blakely: Lots of twos, lots of empathy

868

:

on their StrengthsFinder.

869

:

Lots of, yeah.

870

:

Ben: yours is more strategic thinking

871

:

and

872

:

Blakely: 10.

873

:

Ben: oriented.

874

:

Blakely: Yes.

875

:

Yours

876

:

Ben: more anger

877

:

oriented.

878

:

Yeah, exactly.

879

:

And what I have absorbed from you.

880

:

Is, embracing anger more often and

using it for good, so that difference

881

:

within difference to me is like,

other side of the coin because you

882

:

care about people as much as I do.

883

:

But my anger turns toward

a deep sense of sadness.

884

:

Blakely: Yeah.

885

:

Ben: like you were saying, a while ago.

886

:

I can't remember which episode,

but it was, fire is also

887

:

cleansing just like water.

888

:

Blakely: And I think we're surrounded

with a lot of water energy.

889

:

Mm hmm.

890

:

and

891

:

I do tend to have a little bit more fire

892

:

Ben: on the pipe.

893

:

Yeah.

894

:

So they get

895

:

to

896

:

Blakely: they get to the same place.

897

:

And that's what, these last couple of

years that I pulled out of the very

898

:

toxic work environment that we all

shared, what I've realized is I've paid

899

:

attention to myself more than I ever have.

900

:

I spent a long time being

a really good student.

901

:

I spent a long time being a

really good social worker.

902

:

I spent a long time being a really good,

assessor and therapist and crisis manager.

903

:

But now I'm

904

:

paying more attention to myself,

and those things are just

905

:

coming together in a better way.

906

:

Ben: and those And when we, when we're

sitting here talking about self care or

907

:

community care or whatever the hell, it is

uh, so, Danielle from last She used this

908

:

term, othering, and I liked it because

I use othering, I use, I say, I say this

909

:

as objectifying, when she says othering,

that's what you're saying with like the,

910

:

the uniqueness, the unique qualities,

the unusual qualities, it's push away.

911

:

You are not included if you do

not conform and that's what I was

912

:

saying earlier I feel othered in the

discussions around ethics and where

913

:

I am not doing enough and I don't

want to put lipstick on a pig and

914

:

call it something new, I don't want

to come out with a self cared manual.

915

:

And sell that.

916

:

I don't think it's going to work,

but my community of reaching out to

917

:

my friends and asking my friends to

come have a conversation where we

918

:

can actually be real and actually

discuss like, what does this look like?

919

:

Because I think it's relationships.

920

:

during COVID, the thing that kept

me afloat was the people that I

921

:

loved and who cared for that was it.

922

:

Even if I had to do it over Zoom.

923

:

And I I absolutely love my family,

but they don't know what I do.

924

:

They

925

:

don't know where I put my heart every day.

926

:

They don't know what my heart goes

through it's lonely and fucked all that

927

:

self-care shit.

928

:

How am I supposed to take care

of myself when I'm in pain and

929

:

I'm the one that's exhausted but

I'm supposed to do another thing?

930

:

No, I need help.

931

:

don't want to go pay a ton of

money for another therapy session.

932

:

I've already had that this week.

933

:

Blakely: it's like we're

being sent to the mechanic.

934

:

We're

935

:

malfunctioning.

936

:

We're misfiring.

937

:

And we need to get that patched up so

we can get back to the work to keep,

938

:

Rachel: Other people

939

:

Blakely: to keep the

940

:

right, to keep the hurting people out

of the sight line of the not hurting

941

:

people apparently.

942

:

Right.

943

:

as we're going through this

and talking about the really

944

:

uncomfortable pieces especially,

945

:

You

946

:

say you fell into social work and

it suited you really well and it

947

:

sounds like you spent those first

several years doing some really

948

:

intense on the ground learning.

949

:

Can you remember when you ran into

that first day that you didn't

950

:

know if you could do it anymore?

951

:

That you didn't know if you had

chosen quote unquote correctly?

952

:

That you didn't know if the trajectory

of how this was going to go in a

953

:

lifespan of career, if that was

going to be sustainable for you?

954

:

And what, happened

955

:

keep you there?

956

:

Because you're still

957

:

Rachel: Yeah.

958

:

Oh, I'm still doing it.

959

:

Um,

960

:

Blakely: But we assume

those dark days have

961

:

happened.

962

:

Rachel: sure.

963

:

But I also am the queen of a free framing.

964

:

So even if it's manipulating

myself at times Yeah.

965

:

Of like, this is just a day,

this is just the worst day,

966

:

but like, tomorrow's better.

967

:

I always say I had to relearn to.

968

:

kids

969

:

to have kids.

970

:

so that came from the result

of having to get out of it.

971

:

And I don't know if that was a burnout

risk cause it's easier to call it burnout.

972

:

It's easy to call it compassion fatigue

when you look back on it, but when

973

:

you're experiencing it wholeheartedly.

974

:

In the moments, in the trenches,

in the big deep, you just

975

:

think it's a really crummy day.

976

:

That, you know, I'm going to take off

the next day, or I'm going to cancel

977

:

an appointment, or I'm going to go

do something else for 20 minutes and

978

:

allow, just allow myself to just be.

979

:

Blakely: Having a snack

when you're spiritually

980

:

starving.

981

:

Rachel: or, you know, I'm going to be

982

:

Ben: Ranked

983

:

Rachel: minutes

984

:

late.

985

:

Ugh,

986

:

I'm not even going to

987

:

process

988

:

that on purpose, because I don't

want to feed into that either.

989

:

Because I

990

:

like to eat my feelings.

991

:

Ben: Yep, I

992

:

know.

993

:

She just hit the button.

994

:

Blakely: Succinct.

995

:

Ben: Oh, shut the fuck up.

996

:

Rachel: But

997

:

yeah,

998

:

I

999

:

Blakely: also what people

don't like about me.

:

00:38:35,594 --> 00:38:36,734

Rachel: That's why I just keep going.

:

00:38:36,890 --> 00:38:38,680

Ben: That was like a, just

a little shove down the

:

00:38:38,694 --> 00:38:38,834

Rachel: mm

:

00:38:39,328 --> 00:38:39,488

Blakely: Keep

:

00:38:39,550 --> 00:38:41,200

Ben: where I'm like, I'll

go down there with you.

:

00:38:41,504 --> 00:38:42,404

Rachel: You're like, pick me!

:

00:38:42,434 --> 00:38:42,924

I'm right here.

:

00:38:42,988 --> 00:38:43,397

Blakely: I wanna go!

:

00:38:43,397 --> 00:38:43,806

I wanna go!

:

00:38:43,806 --> 00:38:44,488

You don't push the elevator

:

00:38:44,549 --> 00:38:44,934

Rachel: Pick me.

:

00:38:45,174 --> 00:38:46,154

I'll push the elevator button.

:

00:38:46,174 --> 00:38:46,454

Like.

:

00:38:46,960 --> 00:38:50,700

Ben: So you're, I'm the guy that's

:

00:38:50,700 --> 00:38:51,960

riding the elevator up and

:

00:38:51,960 --> 00:38:52,210

down.

:

00:38:52,484 --> 00:38:52,664

Rachel: floor.

:

00:38:52,664 --> 00:38:53,204

I'm here.

:

00:38:53,244 --> 00:38:53,744

I'm here.

:

00:38:53,744 --> 00:38:54,274

I'm ready.

:

00:38:54,760 --> 00:38:56,120

Ben: pick pick my elevator.

:

00:38:56,426 --> 00:38:57,742

Blakely: He always pushes the basement

:

00:38:57,742 --> 00:38:57,952

though.

:

00:38:58,439 --> 00:38:59,039

Rachel: it's always

:

00:38:59,059 --> 00:38:59,079

the

:

00:38:59,079 --> 00:38:59,429

basement.

:

00:38:59,459 --> 00:39:00,249

It's never like

:

00:39:00,249 --> 00:39:00,489

top

:

00:39:00,499 --> 00:39:00,659

four.

:

00:39:00,850 --> 00:39:04,310

Ben: you down the shaft

just, whoo, see ya.

:

00:39:04,420 --> 00:39:04,750

So you

:

00:39:04,750 --> 00:39:04,840

were

:

00:39:04,850 --> 00:39:06,900

having a snack, you're having

:

00:39:06,900 --> 00:39:08,810

a snack, when you're spiritually starving,

:

00:39:09,424 --> 00:39:09,454

Rachel: off.

:

00:39:09,767 --> 00:39:11,237

Blakely: And having a

bad day, taking a day

:

00:39:11,544 --> 00:39:12,494

Rachel: Food for the soul.

:

00:39:12,704 --> 00:39:13,204

Whatever.

:

00:39:14,234 --> 00:39:14,524

Re

:

00:39:14,524 --> 00:39:14,764

framing.

:

00:39:14,784 --> 00:39:15,974

So, it's

:

00:39:15,974 --> 00:39:16,174

just

:

00:39:16,174 --> 00:39:16,224

a

:

00:39:16,224 --> 00:39:17,044

crap day.

:

00:39:17,104 --> 00:39:17,704

I mean,

:

00:39:17,880 --> 00:39:18,770

Ben: can do it, you can keep

:

00:39:18,824 --> 00:39:22,914

Rachel: Right, and that might

just be shopping on Indeed that

:

00:39:22,914 --> 00:39:25,474

day of just, what's out there?

:

00:39:25,544 --> 00:39:28,944

Or hey, what could I be better at

because I secretly hate everything

:

00:39:29,034 --> 00:39:31,284

ever and then some and I don't

want to be around people anymore.

:

00:39:32,094 --> 00:39:33,764

Because that's usually my

passive aggressive is like,

:

00:39:33,764 --> 00:39:34,804

I'll just go shopping on Indeed.

:

00:39:34,804 --> 00:39:35,284

What's out there?

:

00:39:35,294 --> 00:39:35,884

Nothing great.

:

00:39:35,894 --> 00:39:37,234

Okay, I'm just going to stick with the

:

00:39:37,234 --> 00:39:38,794

crap and mess I've created.

:

00:39:38,898 --> 00:39:39,421

of perspective taking.

:

00:39:39,421 --> 00:39:41,018

Where am I?

:

00:39:41,018 --> 00:39:44,013

think you're also almost

like you have a natural

:

00:39:44,013 --> 00:39:44,413

sense of

:

00:39:45,135 --> 00:39:45,306

Blakely: check.

:

00:39:45,336 --> 00:39:46,546

I think you're also talking

about something that's

:

00:39:46,546 --> 00:39:47,786

really valuable in that...

:

00:39:48,005 --> 00:39:49,585

It's almost like you have

a natural sense of...

:

00:39:49,709 --> 00:39:51,969

Mindfulness, like, a bad

day isn't a bad life.

:

00:39:51,979 --> 00:39:52,139

Like,

:

00:39:52,316 --> 00:39:52,626

Rachel: Like, kind of

:

00:39:52,626 --> 00:39:52,656

that

:

00:39:52,899 --> 00:39:53,949

Blakely: thing keeping you going.

:

00:39:54,059 --> 00:39:57,079

Like, if today is so bad, then what

are the odds tomorrow will be this bad?

:

00:39:57,169 --> 00:39:57,649

Whoa!

:

00:39:57,849 --> 00:39:58,349

Okay.

:

00:39:58,957 --> 00:39:59,172

Ben: so bad, tomorrow will be

:

00:40:03,011 --> 00:40:03,611

Rachel: I'm done.

:

00:40:03,771 --> 00:40:05,831

Like, I will not allow myself to do that.

:

00:40:06,286 --> 00:40:08,976

Do I not listen to

myself and do it anyways?

:

00:40:09,016 --> 00:40:09,936

Oh, for sure.

:

00:40:10,226 --> 00:40:14,496

Or do I go home with all these terrible

thoughts and feelings and see my sweet

:

00:40:14,496 --> 00:40:17,794

husband and children and I'm like, I still

feel crummy, I hate everything, but like,

:

00:40:17,816 --> 00:40:20,096

I have to perform for you until I can...

:

00:40:20,891 --> 00:40:24,801

Just be, um, or I'm not, I'm

choosing not to share things with

:

00:40:24,811 --> 00:40:28,941

my adorable husband because I want

to keep him thinking everything is

:

00:40:29,001 --> 00:40:30,461

wonderful, sunshine and rainbows,

:

00:40:30,461 --> 00:40:31,671

and that people are great.

:

00:40:32,111 --> 00:40:33,761

Because, right,

:

00:40:34,261 --> 00:40:34,441

Of

:

00:40:34,441 --> 00:40:36,281

course, because I want

to keep him that way.

:

00:40:36,445 --> 00:40:36,985

Blakely: dark stuff is

:

00:40:37,865 --> 00:40:37,895

Oh yeah.

:

00:40:37,895 --> 00:40:38,105

It's like

:

00:40:38,561 --> 00:40:38,821

Rachel: because it's

:

00:40:38,917 --> 00:40:38,967

Ben: dark

:

00:40:38,971 --> 00:40:40,441

Rachel: if I'm a dark cloud,

then I'm going to rain all

:

00:40:40,441 --> 00:40:41,401

over your parade and then,

:

00:40:41,577 --> 00:40:41,787

Ben: and then, um,

:

00:40:41,811 --> 00:40:44,741

Rachel: and then your

cute, adorable self is just

:

00:40:44,805 --> 00:40:45,050

Blakely: That is just going

:

00:40:45,081 --> 00:40:45,681

Rachel: to...

:

00:40:46,452 --> 00:40:46,722

Ben: Yeah.

:

00:40:46,812 --> 00:40:47,142

Be

:

00:40:47,142 --> 00:40:48,307

the burnt, crispy.

:

00:40:48,565 --> 00:40:50,695

Blakely: And the last thing we

want to do is spread more poison

:

00:40:50,741 --> 00:40:51,121

Rachel: Right.

:

00:40:51,255 --> 00:40:51,905

Blakely: that we love.

:

00:40:51,905 --> 00:40:52,045

Like,

:

00:40:52,201 --> 00:40:52,681

Rachel: Oh yeah.

:

00:40:53,395 --> 00:40:53,795

Blakely: love.

:

00:40:54,481 --> 00:40:55,631

Rachel: I did that on purpose.

:

00:40:55,651 --> 00:40:58,471

I did, like I picked him

on purpose for myself.

:

00:40:58,511 --> 00:40:59,661

And I was like, you're sweet.

:

00:40:59,961 --> 00:41:00,811

You're adorable.

:

00:41:01,121 --> 00:41:04,151

You have blind faith in the world.

:

00:41:04,361 --> 00:41:05,621

And that it's going to be pretty.

:

00:41:05,631 --> 00:41:06,931

And that it's going to be wonderful.

:

00:41:06,931 --> 00:41:08,661

And people are going to choose great.

:

00:41:09,431 --> 00:41:13,961

And I'd rather hold on to that

complete fuller opposite at times.

:

00:41:14,501 --> 00:41:15,431

So that he can have that life.

:

00:41:16,171 --> 00:41:16,641

Go for him.

:

00:41:16,721 --> 00:41:19,441

I want to instill that in my kids,

but I want them to be smart about it.

:

00:41:20,201 --> 00:41:23,191

And be aware of it, but

then choose their own world.

:

00:41:23,571 --> 00:41:25,401

Create their own world

in a world that sucks.

:

00:41:25,785 --> 00:41:28,305

Blakely: Oh, 'cause creating a

balance for a whole new generation of

:

00:41:28,428 --> 00:41:29,205

human when you've

:

00:41:29,221 --> 00:41:29,921

Rachel: is the hardest

:

00:41:29,973 --> 00:41:30,531

job I've ever

:

00:41:30,705 --> 00:41:32,210

Blakely: the deep, dark,

spooky places makes

:

00:41:32,281 --> 00:41:32,751

Rachel: Oh yeah.

:

00:41:32,991 --> 00:41:35,661

But then I'm also,

bring it on little girl.

:

00:41:35,671 --> 00:41:35,931

Like,

:

00:41:37,091 --> 00:41:37,291

I, bring

:

00:41:37,291 --> 00:41:37,401

it

:

00:41:37,401 --> 00:41:37,781

on,

:

00:41:37,851 --> 00:41:38,361

like

:

00:41:38,591 --> 00:41:39,091

scare

:

00:41:39,091 --> 00:41:39,571

me.

:

00:41:39,701 --> 00:41:40,621

Try.

:

00:41:41,381 --> 00:41:41,991

Or I'm like...

:

00:41:42,494 --> 00:41:47,318

So, yeah, but I mean, there's also

other things because I just want to

:

00:41:47,318 --> 00:41:51,098

keep my world great and if I can close

that off to the things that are not so

:

00:41:51,098 --> 00:41:55,178

great that I allow myself to be a part

of too, because it's, it's choices.

:

00:41:55,298 --> 00:41:59,358

Everything boils down to a choice

and you can reframe it beautifully.

:

00:42:00,333 --> 00:42:03,393

I can also reframe it in the opposite

direction and challenge myself and

:

00:42:03,443 --> 00:42:09,043

make mindfulness games or something

to create fun, to create a puzzle, to

:

00:42:09,053 --> 00:42:13,699

make it a game as a way of protecting

myself at times, to make it a game and

:

00:42:13,699 --> 00:42:15,429

make it maybe not real in that moment.

:

00:42:15,706 --> 00:42:18,325

Ben: much of that, uh, just

having this thought of like how

:

00:42:18,325 --> 00:42:20,295

much, uh, how often I do that

:

00:42:21,185 --> 00:42:22,935

be able, I do

:

00:42:22,935 --> 00:42:27,735

that often to not feel the

feeling, to not get overwhelmed

:

00:42:27,785 --> 00:42:28,065

by

:

00:42:28,065 --> 00:42:30,215

it, to then be it again

:

00:42:31,545 --> 00:42:35,725

And like, it's, I think I make a

lot of assumptions in all of that.

:

00:42:36,085 --> 00:42:36,755

Of course.

:

00:42:37,025 --> 00:42:40,085

It's like, well, I can't

feel the feeling now,

:

00:42:40,995 --> 00:42:42,725

uh, so I'm going to feel it later.

:

00:42:42,755 --> 00:42:45,035

So, well, I won't even feel it later.

:

00:42:45,055 --> 00:42:46,145

Like, I'm just going to push it

:

00:42:46,145 --> 00:42:46,605

away,

:

00:42:47,075 --> 00:42:47,435

right?

:

00:42:47,995 --> 00:42:50,915

Um, But I know that, I

know that I need to do this

:

00:42:50,935 --> 00:42:51,945

tomorrow, so I'm

:

00:42:51,945 --> 00:42:53,585

going to, I'm going to, like, push it

:

00:42:53,889 --> 00:42:54,274

Rachel: You'll get there.

:

00:42:54,345 --> 00:43:01,265

Ben: But, yeah, I don't

know if that just had that

:

00:43:04,029 --> 00:43:04,269

Rachel: challenging stuff.

:

00:43:06,168 --> 00:43:10,538

Blakely: It seems like you've curated

a personal existence that gives you a

:

00:43:10,538 --> 00:43:12,828

lot of buffer against the dark stuff.

:

00:43:13,664 --> 00:43:15,075

Rachel: against stuff.

:

00:43:15,075 --> 00:43:15,190

Rainbows.

:

00:43:15,190 --> 00:43:15,305

Yeah.

:

00:43:15,305 --> 00:43:15,421

Absolutely.

:

00:43:15,421 --> 00:43:16,854

Well, and I heard, but anyway,

it was a reminder that the things

:

00:43:18,724 --> 00:43:19,184

that we

:

00:43:19,618 --> 00:43:20,238

Blakely: Absolutely.

:

00:43:20,262 --> 00:43:20,874

Rachel: kids, we still

:

00:43:21,258 --> 00:43:25,756

Blakely: Well, and I heard, may have

been on podcast do hard But anyway,

:

00:43:25,766 --> 00:43:29,159

it was a reminder that the things

that we loved as kids, we still love.

:

00:43:29,185 --> 00:43:29,325

Rachel: Oh,

:

00:43:29,805 --> 00:43:30,005

right.

:

00:43:32,750 --> 00:43:33,050

Love

:

00:43:33,279 --> 00:43:36,372

Blakely: And those tend to be, and I feel

like COVID brought this out a lot for

:

00:43:36,372 --> 00:43:40,252

me that, Oh, that nostalgia comfort is.

:

00:43:40,707 --> 00:43:42,197

It's just always there, right?

:

00:43:42,207 --> 00:43:43,717

It's always underneath us.

:

00:43:44,617 --> 00:43:47,991

But for some, for some, reason, a lot

of the time we pack all that away.

:

00:43:48,031 --> 00:43:50,792

And for you talking about

like valuing cuteness

:

00:43:50,901 --> 00:43:51,081

and

:

00:43:51,081 --> 00:43:51,741

whimsy.

:

00:43:51,954 --> 00:43:52,324

Ben: Yeah.

:

00:43:52,608 --> 00:43:52,898

Rachel: Yeah.

:

00:43:53,257 --> 00:43:53,387

Blakely: That's,

:

00:43:53,527 --> 00:43:53,957

I feel like That's,

:

00:43:54,023 --> 00:43:54,283

Rachel: That's,

:

00:43:54,317 --> 00:43:55,817

Blakely: for a lot of people

because we do the beige.

:

00:43:55,997 --> 00:43:59,017

We do the, this is the checklist,

this is the expectation, this is

:

00:43:59,027 --> 00:44:02,797

the, the picket fence, and my house

is either gray, beige, or white, and

:

00:44:03,863 --> 00:44:07,183

Ben: Yeah, I sorry I'm feeling exhausted

:

00:44:07,795 --> 00:44:08,095

I'm feeling

:

00:44:08,149 --> 00:44:08,779

Rachel: you I was a lot.

:

00:44:09,247 --> 00:44:14,856

Ben: I'm feeling No, I've, I've, I knew

coming in, like I was feeling stuff,

:

00:44:15,756 --> 00:44:19,820

now I've just felt it friends, yeah.

:

00:44:20,160 --> 00:44:21,480

I pushed the button on myself

:

00:44:21,983 --> 00:44:22,233

Blakely: Oh.

:

00:44:23,178 --> 00:44:30,508

Ben: the one of the most important

parts of these questions the middle

:

00:44:30,508 --> 00:44:34,578

question, is Why have you stayed?

:

00:44:34,678 --> 00:44:41,523

Like, what's kept you And we've talked

we've, been talking about this, of how

:

00:44:42,223 --> 00:44:48,983

both difficult and very meaningful this

work is, both personally and for others.

:

00:44:48,983 --> 00:44:53,803

Like, we've seen transformation in

other people's lives and in hooking

:

00:44:53,803 --> 00:44:55,623

people up with resources that they need.

:

00:44:56,103 --> 00:45:03,183

Like, it's, it's a very amazing

but also kind of short lived.

:

00:45:03,588 --> 00:45:06,758

because we have a million

problems to solve.

:

00:45:07,548 --> 00:45:13,278

and we don't really have the to

be able to solve all the problems.

:

00:45:14,118 --> 00:45:22,848

But personally, like it is an identity

piece I mean, you're a number two, right?

:

00:45:22,898 --> 00:45:23,738

I'm a nine.

:

00:45:23,818 --> 00:45:26,998

harmony is a part of my core.

:

00:45:28,503 --> 00:45:33,933

I mean, Blakely, your core motivation,

justice is a huge part of that.

:

00:45:33,953 --> 00:45:40,082

And so it's, all of these pieces of us

are social, and wanting to solve problems.

:

00:45:40,465 --> 00:45:43,065

I was just getting at identity piece, but,

:

00:45:43,473 --> 00:45:44,313

Rachel: But it's the people.

:

00:45:44,343 --> 00:45:48,293

It comes down to the people that allow me

to be there, whether they like it or not.

:

00:45:48,493 --> 00:45:48,803

But

:

00:45:48,903 --> 00:45:49,093

they

:

00:45:49,093 --> 00:45:51,073

allow me to take up space in their world.

:

00:45:51,669 --> 00:45:55,579

And I want to, I'm waiting,

there's a, there's a light

:

00:45:55,579 --> 00:45:56,459

that came off in Ben, I

:

00:45:56,459 --> 00:45:56,699

know.

:

00:45:57,049 --> 00:45:58,809

Ben: No, I'm just like, I'm doing that to

:

00:45:58,809 --> 00:45:59,289

you.

:

00:46:00,139 --> 00:46:01,039

I made you come on the

:

00:46:01,049 --> 00:46:01,529

podcast.

:

00:46:01,988 --> 00:46:02,718

Rachel: but it's the people

:

00:46:02,718 --> 00:46:03,098

that

:

00:46:03,249 --> 00:46:04,259

Ben: that to Blakely.

:

00:46:04,993 --> 00:46:06,283

Rachel: You're like stepping into my web

:

00:46:07,303 --> 00:46:07,733

um,

:

00:46:08,184 --> 00:46:09,454

Ben: we're here for other people,

:

00:46:09,914 --> 00:46:10,264

right?

:

00:46:10,393 --> 00:46:11,243

Rachel: is the people that

:

00:46:11,253 --> 00:46:11,583

just,

:

00:46:11,854 --> 00:46:13,274

Ben: I'm forcing, I'm forcing

:

00:46:13,343 --> 00:46:14,633

Rachel: I took the whole

day off for you, Ben.

:

00:46:15,084 --> 00:46:17,974

Ben: I know, when you said that

yesterday, I was like, shit,

:

00:46:17,994 --> 00:46:19,034

did she take the whole day

:

00:46:19,034 --> 00:46:19,394

off for

:

00:46:19,403 --> 00:46:20,393

Rachel: don't want to let you down.

:

00:46:21,383 --> 00:46:21,643

but it

:

00:46:21,643 --> 00:46:22,813

comes down to people,

:

00:46:22,933 --> 00:46:23,603

patients.

:

00:46:23,604 --> 00:46:24,174

Ben: want to let you know

:

00:46:25,712 --> 00:46:26,502

Blakely: yeah, this is great.

:

00:46:26,928 --> 00:46:28,423

Ben: Stop, stop complimenting

:

00:46:28,512 --> 00:46:31,852

Rachel: don't do well with compliments,

um, but yeah, I mean, it comes

:

00:46:31,852 --> 00:46:34,492

down to the people that allow us

to take up space in their world.

:

00:46:34,572 --> 00:46:35,042

I mean.

:

00:46:35,301 --> 00:46:39,541

I have extreme vulnerabilities of

just not only having the emotions,

:

00:46:39,571 --> 00:46:43,150

the struggles, but I also have chronic

illnesses that are attached to all that.

:

00:46:43,160 --> 00:46:46,750

So not only do you have one insecurity,

vulnerability, you have another.

:

00:46:46,810 --> 00:46:49,320

And then the thoughts and

feelings that you're stuck with.

:

00:46:49,350 --> 00:46:50,870

You're stuck with this diagnosis.

:

00:46:50,880 --> 00:46:54,390

You're stuck with the interventions

medically that you have to do

:

00:46:54,390 --> 00:46:55,980

for this, to accommodate this.

:

00:46:56,590 --> 00:47:00,565

Because The opposite of doing

that is probably death and

:

00:47:00,565 --> 00:47:02,401

that's even scarier, and

:

00:47:02,401 --> 00:47:03,011

so

:

00:47:03,791 --> 00:47:04,271

right.

:

00:47:04,452 --> 00:47:04,932

Ben: trying to

:

00:47:05,681 --> 00:47:06,131

Rachel: Oh yeah.

:

00:47:06,411 --> 00:47:08,741

Or even just bringing a smile.

:

00:47:08,751 --> 00:47:14,241

Like I'm the bingo caller once

a month and I do it on purpose

:

00:47:14,261 --> 00:47:16,131

with intent for a reason.

:

00:47:16,411 --> 00:47:21,570

I get in other people's way because I'm

doing a specific act that is mundane.

:

00:47:21,709 --> 00:47:23,508

It is heckling the bingo caller.

:

00:47:23,528 --> 00:47:27,988

It is running around my horseshoe

shaped clinic for people that can't

:

00:47:27,988 --> 00:47:31,525

see, that have a language barrier,

that have flaccid on one side

:

00:47:31,525 --> 00:47:34,529

because of a stroke, and making

sure that they can check things off.

:

00:47:34,679 --> 00:47:36,569

I do things on purpose for a reason.

:

00:47:37,202 --> 00:47:41,422

If I'm the bingo caller and you let me

cross off three of your numbers, maybe

:

00:47:41,422 --> 00:47:43,832

you'll share something with me that

you haven't shared with someone else.

:

00:47:43,915 --> 00:47:49,181

Or we're going to do a trivia challenge

based on can you name X, Y, and Z.

:

00:47:49,222 --> 00:47:49,492

Cool.

:

00:47:49,492 --> 00:47:51,862

You get a point and you get to

earn your candy bar that I'm

:

00:47:51,872 --> 00:47:52,772

going to screw up your labs for.

:

00:47:52,772 --> 00:47:53,352

But okay,

:

00:47:53,607 --> 00:47:56,757

that's again, someone else's

problem that I started because

:

00:47:56,757 --> 00:47:58,517

I'd rather have that problem than

:

00:47:58,517 --> 00:48:02,615

you not showing up or you not getting an

intervention that you need and then doing.

:

00:48:02,615 --> 00:48:02,675

Cool.

:

00:48:02,860 --> 00:48:06,360

Chair side assessments, or having patients

ball in my arms as they're secretly

:

00:48:06,360 --> 00:48:13,104

attached machine with blood lines across

their bodies, tape, and exposures.

:

00:48:13,314 --> 00:48:15,004

Ben: That's so fucking beautiful.

:

00:48:15,248 --> 00:48:16,258

Rachel: Jones is me.

:

00:48:16,268 --> 00:48:22,758

Like, you know, can you name Taylor Swift

songs versus like, how can you find B 17?

:

00:48:22,768 --> 00:48:25,348

Like, actually, I think it's B 15 because

:

00:48:25,818 --> 00:48:26,328

there's math.

:

00:48:27,469 --> 00:48:27,939

There's math.

:

00:48:28,959 --> 00:48:29,569

There's math.

:

00:48:29,855 --> 00:48:30,915

Ben: I love that you've played it so

:

00:48:31,109 --> 00:48:34,819

Rachel: Oh, and then I have to

do it like for my own purpose

:

00:48:35,904 --> 00:48:35,964

Blakely: Yeah.

:

00:48:35,964 --> 00:48:35,994

Uh,

:

00:48:36,235 --> 00:48:38,215

Rachel: once a month, which is a

date night for me and my husband.

:

00:48:38,635 --> 00:48:39,895

Ben: And my you get drunk while you

:

00:48:40,214 --> 00:48:40,649

Rachel: I don't drink.

:

00:48:40,788 --> 00:48:41,758

I'm high on life.

:

00:48:41,808 --> 00:48:42,758

It's perfect.

:

00:48:43,032 --> 00:48:43,382

Dr.

:

00:48:43,382 --> 00:48:43,942

Pepper is

:

00:48:44,026 --> 00:48:44,236

Blakely: so

:

00:48:44,386 --> 00:48:44,866

wonderful

:

00:48:44,871 --> 00:48:45,076

by

:

00:48:45,442 --> 00:48:46,422

Rachel: Why would you ruin it with

:

00:48:46,576 --> 00:48:47,176

Blakely: I Would you ruin it

:

00:48:47,570 --> 00:48:48,590

Rachel: it's just wonderful.

:

00:48:48,785 --> 00:48:53,379

Blakely: It seems like You hold on to

that value of people aren't a diagnosis,

:

00:48:53,730 --> 00:48:54,690

as a big part of

:

00:48:55,200 --> 00:48:55,280

Rachel: I

:

00:48:55,280 --> 00:48:55,490

have

:

00:48:55,523 --> 00:48:56,203

Blakely: what you're doing.

:

00:48:56,350 --> 00:48:58,974

Rachel: of, I want to get to

know you, the person, because

:

00:48:59,024 --> 00:49:01,484

when you leave my office,

you're back to being a person,

:

00:49:01,634 --> 00:49:02,894

but you'll always be a person

:

00:49:03,136 --> 00:49:03,526

for me.

:

00:49:03,742 --> 00:49:06,561

Blakely: Well, and that's, again,

I think I've said that Oasis thing

:

00:49:06,666 --> 00:49:08,966

I think that's some of what people

are terrified of in a hospital.

:

00:49:08,976 --> 00:49:10,711

Like, you become just a body.

:

00:49:10,711 --> 00:49:11,761

You're not a person anymore.

:

00:49:11,761 --> 00:49:14,071

There are all the things that

we pack around ourselves to...

:

00:49:14,124 --> 00:49:15,404

Forget our mortality.

:

00:49:15,449 --> 00:49:15,929

Have to be

:

00:49:15,929 --> 00:49:17,511

left at the door.

:

00:49:17,511 --> 00:49:18,171

And so,

:

00:49:18,171 --> 00:49:22,078

that my, my encyclopedic knowledge

of Taylor Swift, I don't have that.

:

00:49:22,279 --> 00:49:23,949

It matters even here.

:

00:49:24,814 --> 00:49:25,424

Rachel: It does.

:

00:49:25,484 --> 00:49:26,494

But I mean, it's,

:

00:49:26,594 --> 00:49:27,004

you,

:

00:49:27,032 --> 00:49:27,732

Blakely: make room for that.

:

00:49:27,742 --> 00:49:29,462

You make room for that because

no one else there will.

:

00:49:29,472 --> 00:49:29,486

Yeah.

:

00:49:29,765 --> 00:49:32,576

Rachel: it's purposeful, if you

rock a hospital gown, you're going

:

00:49:32,576 --> 00:49:33,956

to be treated like any old patient.

:

00:49:34,055 --> 00:49:37,831

you're a chart, you are a head in a

bed, you get three hots and a cot.

:

00:49:37,831 --> 00:49:38,351

yeah.

:

00:49:38,351 --> 00:49:40,841

And that's what I always try to reframe.

:

00:49:40,871 --> 00:49:41,409

And it's like,

:

00:49:42,181 --> 00:49:42,681

well,

:

00:49:42,871 --> 00:49:44,281

whether they wanted to be

here or not, they're here.

:

00:49:44,629 --> 00:49:47,509

Blakely: I can see why that's necessary

for some of the people that work there.

:

00:49:47,759 --> 00:49:50,349

And that's what rang in my head

when you said, well, his labs

:

00:49:50,349 --> 00:49:51,499

are going to be fucked up, but

:

00:49:51,598 --> 00:49:54,298

someone else's problem tomorrow

and I got the thing today.

:

00:49:54,548 --> 00:49:56,118

Which is actually going to set the

:

00:49:56,479 --> 00:49:56,619

Rachel: set the trajectory

:

00:49:56,759 --> 00:49:56,789

heal

:

00:49:56,918 --> 00:49:59,038

Blakely: to heal because

he'll trust me in the

:

00:49:59,451 --> 00:49:59,619

Rachel: is my job.

:

00:49:59,797 --> 00:50:00,617

Blakely: which is my job,

:

00:50:05,071 --> 00:50:06,051

Ben: people will be

:

00:50:06,051 --> 00:50:08,491

motivated to take care

of themselves if they

:

00:50:08,491 --> 00:50:08,856

are,

:

00:50:08,856 --> 00:50:11,371

seen as human, rather than othered.

:

00:50:11,593 --> 00:50:15,263

Seen as an object, seen as a

commodity, seen as a head in a

:

00:50:15,273 --> 00:50:16,043

bed.

:

00:50:16,686 --> 00:50:18,106

Rachel: Head into bed,

three hots and a cot.

:

00:50:19,064 --> 00:50:19,854

Three meals,

:

00:50:20,149 --> 00:50:20,759

a bed.

:

00:50:21,953 --> 00:50:23,953

Blakely: I hear that

about jail all Mm hmm.

:

00:50:23,963 --> 00:50:26,263

But I may have just worked in

a different space than you.

:

00:50:27,726 --> 00:50:29,936

, Ben: so we come here

for a specific reason.

:

00:50:29,946 --> 00:50:31,084

We like to help people.

:

00:50:31,094 --> 00:50:33,432

We're, we're motivated to help.

:

00:50:33,545 --> 00:50:39,585

We stay, despite all the pain, we

have, there's a lot of personal meaning

:

00:50:39,595 --> 00:50:43,650

and professional meaning and What do

you feel like you need going forward?

:

00:50:43,929 --> 00:50:45,746

What needs to happen for yourself?

:

00:50:45,746 --> 00:50:49,576

What needs to change in the system

for you to feel like you can

:

00:50:49,576 --> 00:50:51,726

sustain a career of being a social

:

00:50:53,599 --> 00:50:58,379

Rachel: do you, you haven't

:

00:50:58,669 --> 00:50:58,719

asked her.

:

00:50:58,889 --> 00:50:59,429

I know

:

00:50:59,612 --> 00:50:59,682

Blakely: sure

:

00:50:59,910 --> 00:51:00,140

Ben: have

:

00:51:00,140 --> 00:51:01,120

job security.

:

00:51:01,812 --> 00:51:03,062

Blakely: you are such an optimistic

:

00:51:03,239 --> 00:51:04,267

Rachel: I feel like

:

00:51:04,332 --> 00:51:05,162

Blakely: I feel like

:

00:51:05,162 --> 00:51:08,362

I lead these meetings saying,

I have less hope than last week

:

00:51:08,372 --> 00:51:09,672

about our future as humanity.

:

00:51:12,232 --> 00:51:12,602

I'm

:

00:51:12,814 --> 00:51:14,432

constantly leading with, Our demise is

:

00:51:14,452 --> 00:51:14,858

imminent.

:

00:51:15,079 --> 00:51:16,309

Rachel: told you I was annoying.

:

00:51:16,309 --> 00:51:20,089

Blakely: No, it's amazing, it's

like, it's, For some reason, this

:

00:51:20,089 --> 00:51:21,759

conversation is making a ring in my head.

:

00:51:21,929 --> 00:51:25,089

We can do the exact opposite shit, and

we're gonna end up in the same damn place.

:

00:51:25,438 --> 00:51:27,068

We come from totally different directions.

:

00:51:27,603 --> 00:51:28,178

Same thing, it's

:

00:51:28,215 --> 00:51:29,805

Ben: I fell in the middle of the two of

:

00:51:29,809 --> 00:51:30,969

Rachel: Now you're in our spectrum.

:

00:51:31,035 --> 00:51:31,870

Ben: Yeah.

:

00:51:31,953 --> 00:51:32,943

Blakely: a beautiful triangle

:

00:51:33,055 --> 00:51:33,065

Ben: Aw.

:

00:51:34,732 --> 00:51:34,882

I

:

00:51:34,882 --> 00:51:35,074

know.

:

00:51:35,352 --> 00:51:36,995

Yeah, so what do you need going forward?

:

00:51:37,303 --> 00:51:39,499

Rachel: I mean, I need to pay my bills.

:

00:51:39,499 --> 00:51:44,947

I need to make sure my children have

everything and I if I start losing

:

00:51:44,967 --> 00:51:47,337

my sense of me, that will take me away.

:

00:51:49,356 --> 00:51:50,226

Blakely: how do you hold onto you?

:

00:51:50,581 --> 00:51:50,891

Rachel: Dr.

:

00:51:50,891 --> 00:51:51,201

Pepper.

:

00:51:51,261 --> 00:51:51,751

Um,

:

00:51:52,652 --> 00:51:56,091

knowing that everything has

an opportunity to be good.

:

00:51:56,322 --> 00:51:58,099

Like trying to find the goodness.

:

00:51:58,099 --> 00:52:01,494

If I stopped seeing the goodness in

the world, I know I need to fix me.

:

00:52:03,195 --> 00:52:03,605

Ben: If I know

:

00:52:03,624 --> 00:52:07,434

Rachel: get that in my sweet,

adorable faces of my children.

:

00:52:07,654 --> 00:52:10,710

I get that from the foundation

I built with my husband.

:

00:52:11,017 --> 00:52:12,027

making time for me.

:

00:52:12,514 --> 00:52:16,401

I think just overall with if I stop

being Like if everything that I can do.

:

00:52:16,401 --> 00:52:17,881

comes from a good place.

:

00:52:17,961 --> 00:52:21,291

Even if I yelled at someone and

said, listen here, you're going to

:

00:52:21,361 --> 00:52:23,151

do X, Y, and Z, or this will happen.

:

00:52:23,408 --> 00:52:29,128

If I have to get direct, but if I

can, if I stop seeing I deserve that.

:

00:52:29,318 --> 00:52:33,008

Cause in the midst of all the

bad, and all the hate, and all

:

00:52:33,008 --> 00:52:36,068

the everything, there needs to be

something good that I can hold on

:

00:52:36,893 --> 00:52:38,653

Blakely: Have you had to do some

of that work to get yourself back

:

00:52:40,003 --> 00:52:44,105

Rachel: Yeah, a lot of the times

it's forcing myself to do things.

:

00:52:44,155 --> 00:52:46,365

Um, a lot of it is I have to check out.

:

00:52:46,585 --> 00:52:49,565

I have to either abandon a job that

I thought I was really good at.

:

00:52:50,244 --> 00:52:53,464

just because I'm good at things

doesn't mean that it's for me.

:

00:52:53,595 --> 00:52:54,045

Ben: Ooh.

:

00:52:55,305 --> 00:52:55,465

and

:

00:52:55,644 --> 00:52:56,364

Rachel: hard too.

:

00:52:57,161 --> 00:53:01,541

Walking away and allowing someone maybe

to see an opportunity that they missed.

:

00:53:01,731 --> 00:53:02,481

Sometimes that's fun.

:

00:53:02,814 --> 00:53:03,054

Blakely: Hm.

:

00:53:03,804 --> 00:53:05,894

Rachel: I've walked away

from jobs that I've loved.

:

00:53:06,514 --> 00:53:09,414

Loved, because I couldn't I

walked away from jobs because I

:

00:53:09,414 --> 00:53:10,834

saw some things I didn't like.

:

00:53:11,367 --> 00:53:15,709

Whether it was like infection risk, people

not following through with rules, or if

:

00:53:15,709 --> 00:53:20,419

a policy is dumb or stupid and it needs to

be changed, I'll rewrite the policy and Or

:

00:53:20,419 --> 00:53:23,879

I didn't like the job description of the

social worker, so I fixed it, and this is

:

00:53:23,879 --> 00:53:25,054

what you need to put out, and they did.

:

00:53:25,270 --> 00:53:29,624

or hey, sit down with me because

this or if you mess up my credentials

:

00:53:29,624 --> 00:53:32,624

one more time when you're talking

to me, I'm going to throw a fit,

:

00:53:33,479 --> 00:53:34,769

because I'm pretty proud of those.

:

00:53:35,034 --> 00:53:36,914

Blakely: Do you feel like you

have comfort in those speaking up

:

00:53:36,914 --> 00:53:38,104

moments or does that come later?

:

00:53:38,384 --> 00:53:40,504

Rachel: I often don't regret the things I

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Even if it hurts, even

if I'm blubbering later,

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I usually don't regret anything.

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and stick up for myself against

the bullies, against the hot

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mess expresses that you find

yourself dealing with on a daily

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Blakely: usually what I do to

wrap, to wrap up the interview

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is I bring it back to you.

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So.

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Pop culture, my favorite.

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My favorite escapism is books, movies,

TV, and I also am kind of sort of

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obsessed with how we as helpers, are

represented in pop culture spaces.

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And so what I like to know is...

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It doesn't have to be good,

because I don't know if good

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exists.

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But what is your favorite

representation of a helper in media?

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Rachel: favorite representation

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Blakely: Sure.

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Rachel: medical social work,

you naturally think of what's

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the popular medical TV drama,

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Grey's

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Blakely: yeah.

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Rachel: And so rarely if ever a

social worker is talked about,

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but when it is,

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it's,

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I know, right.

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And I've

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Blakely: seen maybe, I'm a

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Rachel: a handful.

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Blakely: behind.

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But I've seen a handful of social workers.

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And what are they usually doing?

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Rachel: the Taking babies.

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or, hey, there's a relationship

or a family that's upset.

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Call the social worker,

that's the social worker's

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Blakely: and

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Rachel: and then at the same time, I have

my sweet husband be like, that's you!

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Uh, and I'm like, it is me, but that's not

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what I do.

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Or I'm like, When the doctor's like,

Hey, we set up like this discharge plan.

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We did this.

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Oh, thanks.

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Dr.

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So and so.

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I'm like, do you know how much blood,

sweat, and tears, paperwork, drama,

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documentation that they did not

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do so that could happen?

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Blakely: I was, gonna say, I could shift

this question to which of the typical

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cheesy quotes is yours to live by?

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Because I think we all have one.

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Are you an Angelou or a Gandhi?

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Rachel: I have no idea.

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I make my own quotes.

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I don't rely on anyone else.

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Ben: I'm listening to

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Rachel: let's just go from there.

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Like, you make your own mark on this world

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Blakely: Go forth and be quotable.

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Rachel: Just, yeah,

like put me on a poster.

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Put my, give me a

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hashtag.

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Give me

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something.

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Blakely: I don't quote other people,

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I quote my damn

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self.

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Rachel: Got some

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isms.

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Blakely: Oh, I was just

going with the be The change.

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Rachel: Oh, I

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am.

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beat, all you need

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Ben: I

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love it.

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Joy shared is double joy.

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Sorrow shared.

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is half

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Blakely: sorrow.

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I like that

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Rachel: that was

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Ben: Oh, see?

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Blakely: the

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first

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Rachel: part.

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Blakely: It's a good one.

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Rachel: I like that

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Ben: we, need community.

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Joy shared is double Sorrow

shared is half sorrow.

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Rachel: Who said it?

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Ben: Oh, I

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think it's

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some some sort of like, uh,

proverb, I don't know, Not mine.

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I am feeling the thing that I always

love to feel with these conversations.

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this is what I'm going each time, is

just feeling connected with the people

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I care about, so thanks for coming.

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It's, it's awesome.

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Rachel: I don't want to let you down.

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Either of you.

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Ben: Such a

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Help me!

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Help me, Rachel!

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Rachel: me help you.

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I'm

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Oh, cute.

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Oh,

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see,

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we deal with bodily fluids.

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I've dodged.

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We've like.

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confetti blood all over the place like

you know I've seen a lot of things as a

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social worker a lot of scrotum a lot of

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Ben: Oh!

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yeah

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Rachel: as someone that

never went to school to do it

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Ben: Yeah.

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Rachel: everything hospitals

are grody but okay I did mother

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baby too,

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outers

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Ben: Wow.

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Yeah.

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How

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do you do what you do?

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I could never do that.

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Rachel: do that.

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I hate that question too.

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You

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just do.

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You find something you're good at and you

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go

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through.

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People are gross.

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Everybody knows that.

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Okay.

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That's just a checkbox.

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Cool.

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You're gross.

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Awesome.

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Cool.

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That smells.

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Okay.

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Cool.

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Everybody does.

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Or we all got the same parts.

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Awesome.

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