The Podcast

Interviewing Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives


Not a great whisperer is focused on owning your truth, being vulnerable and empowering people to do the same.

Join Katy every week for raw, unfiltered conversations that pierce the heart. With incredible guests from diverse backgrounds, the “Not a Great Whisperer” podcast is a haven for those eager to embrace their authentic selves. Here, there are no pretenses, just genuine connections.

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The Podcast

Interviewing Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives







Not a great whisperer is focused on owning your truth, being vulnerable and empowering people to do the same.

Join Katy every week for raw, unfiltered conversations that pierce the heart. With incredible guests from diverse backgrounds, the “Not a Great Whisperer” podcast is a haven for those eager to embrace their authentic selves. Here, there are no pretenses, just genuine connections.

Katy Rey’s Podcast Available On All Of Your Favorite Podcast Apps

Not a Great Whisperer Episodes

Episode 144: From Thrift Stores to Bestseller Lists – The Tale of Shirley Jump, the Eco-conscious Author

Step into the captivating universe of Shirley Jump in this latest episode with Katy Rey. Here, we unveil the journey of an author whose pen has scripted bestsellers and whose heart beats for the environment. A New York Times bestselling author, Shirley’s tale is as intriguing as her novels. Discover how her passion for thrifting emerged from financial hardships post-divorce, evolving into a staunch commitment to sustainability and a love for scoring designer gems at a steal.

Episode 143: Chasing Purpose, Not Busy – Amy Mangueira’s Evolution

In this thought-provoking episode of Katy Rey’s podcast, we’re honored to sit down with the dynamic and undeniably inspirational Amy Mangueira. Recognized by the NYC Journal as a “Top Life Coach to Watch Out for in 2022,” Amy is a force of nature in the coaching world. Her story is one of transformation, endurance, and rebirth.

Episode 140: Squats and Margaritas with, Erin Washington

Erin Washington joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about everything from struggles to finding balance. Erin is the host of Squats and Margaritas podcast. Erin Washington is a lifestyle blogger and former college D1 athlete who struggled with weight, body image, and eating disorders for 20 years.

Episode 139: Rich in Real Life with, Jessica Hurley

Jessica Hurley joins Not A Great Whisperer podcast to talk about her next season she calls Rich in Real Life. She is the Host of “Rich in Real Life” where she has real conversations about life, the ups, the downs & everything in-between.

Episode 137: Animal Based Bae, Lindsay DeAguila

Lindsay aka Animal Based Bae joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Her work is driven by the question: “How can one build, hone, expand and thrive in physical and emotional resilience?” Lindsay’s goal is to inspire people to revolutionize their lives through an ancestral way of eating and upgrade their physical strength.

Episode 136: Elli Wellness with Ashley Mulholland

Ashley Mulholland joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about being a business owner, mother and influencer. Ashley is an influencer and small business owner of Elli Wellness. She started her brand to educate others about non-toxic living.

Episode 135: Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez joins Not A Great Whisperer to talk about breaking the stigma of false masculinity and the work he has put in to heal and help other men grow. Michael is a trauma informed yoga teacher, human breath and exposure coach, resilience coach and personal trainer.

Episode 133: Forever Rooted, with Tia

Tia joins Not A Great Whisperer podcast to tell us her story as a 44 year old “happily divorced” entrepreneur living in Tampa Bay. Originally from NW Pennsylvania she grew up with entrepreneurs on both sides of her family.

Episode 131: Self Defense and MYET Protection, with Mimi

Mimi joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about her company, MYET Protection and how it all began. Myrlande aka Mimi, is a 27 year old entrepreneur living in Florida and dedicated to giving you the very best and affordable self defense tools to keep you safe.

Episode 130: Trauma into Triumph, with Alyssa Young

Alyssa Young joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about her journey and the career she has built for herself. Her story started with trauma, and has blossomed into triumph. Alyssa is a 24-year old Florida native.

Episode 129: Addicted to Skin, with Rochelle

Rochelle joins Not A Great Whisperer podcast to talk about her journey opening her own medical and beauty spa. She was born in Detroit and raised throughout the Tampa Bay Area.

Episode 128: Teachers Change the World, with Christy King

Christy King joins Not A Great Whisperer podcast to talk about being an educator and working with kids in this current climate. She is a music educator, military wife, and outdoor enthusiast. Christy talks about teaching, married life, navigating loss and doing it all with a loving attitude.

Episode 127: Girlfriend Get Fit, with Felecia

Felecia joins Not A Great Whisperer podcast to talk about all the things she loves. Felecia is a serial marketer and founder of the Girlfriend Get Fit blog. She has combined her two favorite muses, marketing and fitness to talk to her audience about.

Episode 125: Getting Real, with Shenille Ford

Shenille joins Not A Great Whisperer to talk about putting in the work and continuing to thrive. Shenille Ford is currently a licensed Florida Realtor with Southern Life Realty.

Episode 124: Zen Lotus Essentials, with Lia

Lia joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about starting her own business and her journey along the way. Lia Johnson Kremer is the owner and creator of Zen Lotus Essentials.

Episode 122: Saving My Sister, with Nicole Woodruff

Nicole joins Not A Great Whisperer podcast to talk about her journey and family. Nicole Woodruff is a mother, wife, Tampa-based occupational therapist and yoga teacher who specializes in treating chronic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Episode 121: Everything happens as it should, with Yamel Belen

Yamel joins Not A Great Whisperer to talk about her life and why she started One Love Doula Services. Yamel is married to her High School sweetheart and together they have five kids. She is an experienced Registered Nurse, Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor and Childbirth Educator.

Episode 120: Breaking the Stereotype, with Amanda LaCount

goal to inspire others to follow their dreams. Amanda is a dancer, choreographer, model and influencer at a very young age and continues to motivate others from every age and background that you can be whatever you want to be.

Episode 119: Just Wright Events with Kristin Wright

Kristin joins Not A Great Whisperer to talk about taking the big lead into owning her own business. Krisitn Wright is the owner and CEO of Just Wright Events, LLC which was established in February 2019.

Episode 118: Hope Grove with Heather Miniello

eather joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about how her non-profit organization in Dunedin, Florida started. Hopr Grove started out of a personal need from Heather to build a village/support network for herself.

Episode 117: A Beautiful Mess, with Maria Parrilla

Maria Parrilla joins Not A Great Whisperer to tackle some serious topics. Maria was born and raised in the heart of West Tampa and grew up with her sister and raised by her great grandparents and grandmother who instilled the value of “integrity” and “working for what you want”.

Episode 115: The Pretty House Team, with Amanda Lebiszczak

anda (no one says her last name) Lebiszczak, joins Not A Great Whisperer to talk about all things real estate. She is a top selling Residential Real Estate Agent with The Pretty House Team of Charles Rutenberg Realty.

Episode 114: EmpowHERment with Ambee Stephens

Ambee joins Not A Great Whisperer to chat with Katy. Ambee Stephens is the Founder and CEO of EmpowHERment, a women’s community center committed to helping women rise through support services, support groups, and empowerment workshops.

Episode 113: Belle La Mode with Ruth Scott

Ruth joins Not A Great Whisperer to chat with Katy. Ruth Scott is the owner and founder of Belle La Mode, a Woman’s Shapewear Company. She is a mother and entrepreneur by heart.

Episode 112: Getting Creative with Laura Martinez

Laura joins Not A Great Whisperer to talk with Katy about her long past with immigration and the hard work that got her to where she is today. Laura is a creative professional with 15 years experience specializing in photography, design and social marketing.

Episode 111: Committing to the journey, with Janelle Ford

Janelle joins Not A Great Whisperer to talk about her journey with Katy. Janelle is an author, transformational mind coach, mental wellness advocate, mother of 3 and a nonprofit founder. She is a woman who beat her mild depression and her defeated mindset by committing to her journey to learn where she was responsible for her own peace and genuine fulfillment.

Episode 110: Female Gang with Elizabeth “Lou” Horton

Lou joins Not A Great Whisperer with Katy to talk about balancing a busy life. Elizabeth Bisaccia Horton, called Lou by her friends, is one of the founders of FemaleGang, a women empowerment clothing line & movement.

Episode 109: Taking the Leap with Caroline Rivera

Caroline Rivera joins Not A Great Whisperer with Katy. Caroline talks about taking the leap and moving to Florida from Puerto Rico right after college. She had nothing but a suit case and hoping to find a job in what was her career at that time.

Episode 108: Women and Finance with Katlyn Orton

Katlyn Orton joins Katy on Not A Great Whisperer to talk about how she got herself into the finance industry and her continued success. Katlyn is a local financial planner that predominantly works with women and families. We talk about the people that helped her along the way and being a woman in a male dominated industry.

Episode 107: Get R.A.W with Denise Marsh

and Align from Within, LLC (also known as R.A.W.) She helps clients through every transformation and helps them discover new ways to put themselves first without feeling guilty about it, through private Transformational Mindset guidance, as well as in person Transformational Retreats.

Episode 106: Boobs and Bras with Denise Peske, from Pretty Lovely You

Katy Rey is back after a much needed break and ready for a new season of Not A Great Whisperer. She is relaunching with new guests and urging you to revisit her previous episodes of inspiring and amazing Denise joins Katy on Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. She is a thriver after Breast Implant Illness, a wearer of AA & A cup bras and Lover of Life.

Episode 105: Making an impact, with Joseph Resendez

Joseph Resendez joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to discuss his journey and how much he enjoys being the jack of all trades. Joseph specializes in photography, Jiu-Jitsu, social media, and the traditional Cannabis industry (

Episode 104: You can do anything, with Rachel

Rachel Saylor Brown, joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about her journey and career she has built for herself. Rachel was born and raised in South Carolina and moved to Florida six years ago. After working as an admin in Real Estate she decided to transition into the mortgage world.

Episode 103: KC on the Mix

Kyle(KC), joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about his journey in the music and recording industry and starting at the age of 16. KC began recording, mixing, & mastering his own records at a young age.

Episode 102: Alexandra By The Bay

Brand marketing professional, content creator, and yoga instructor, Alexandra Ferraro joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Alex shares her personal wellness journey in hopes of inspiring others along the way.

Episode 101: Resilience is Life, with Lindsay DeAguila

Lindsay DeAguila joins Not A Great Whisperer to talk about how she has dedicated her life to adventure, travel and personal development. We also discuss her company Lindsays Apothecary and how it was created after being diagnosed with Celiac disease and really having to change her whole lifestyle with food and the lack of good, wholesome food in the market. She is passionate about creating opportunities that empower others to push their mental and physical limits. Lindsay worked in the corporate world for 6 years after graduating college. She decided to leave all of that and explore her passions.Lindsay grew up in a martial arts family and was always an athlete and remained active throughout her life. She continues to incorporate martial arts, yoga and self-defense elements to all her programs. One of her programs is “Empower Hour,” an experience everyone should try. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Lindsay and Katy.

Episode 100: Making it to the 100th episode, with Katy and Chris

Katy and Chris join Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to discuss making it to the 100th episode and the journey it took to get here. They highlight this milestone by discussing favorite episodes and memories along the way. They talk about staying consistent and sometimes questioning the journey. Katy remains true to her passion of talking to individuals about their extraordinary lives and their stories. Connecting with real and authentic people is what drives her. All the guests have been a part of such an amazing experience and she is honored to have had the chance to interview them. Chris talks about being behind the scenes and supportive along the way. Enjoy the real, unedited 100th episode with Katy and Chris.

Episode 99: Infidelity, with Chris

Chris joins Katy on Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to discuss infidelity, betrayal and addiction.They are not the sexiest topics but as a couple Katy and Chris are very motivated to help others and tell their story to put an end to the shame associated with infidelity and addiction. Katy and Chris talk about how society has normalized very toxic behaviors especially in the sports industry and entertainment industry. The normalization of infidelity, lying and addictive behaviors is common in mainstream messaging and the lack of resources to get help is disheartening. We discuss this topic from both perspectives of being betrayed and the betrayer. Chris talks about the work he does everyday to continue to be the best man he can for himself and his family. Enjoy listening to the difficult, real, and unedited conversation with Katy and Chris.

Episode 98: Millennial Dating, with Katarina

Kat joins Katy on Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to discuss the complicated reality of millennial dating. From dating during a global pandemic to the fluctuating dynamic between men and women in our time. Kat shares real life experiences and keeps us laughing. She brings so much comical banter to the conversation with different topics from dating apps, good and bad dates, how dating is vastly different between generations, and how technology helped during the pandemic to stay connected but also affected the way people communicate and their relationships. Katy and Kat have a lot of fun during this episode and also talk about swiping left and right. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Kat and Katy.

Episode 97: FemaleGang, with Haylee Hehl

Haylee Hehl joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about her journey as an entrepreneur and previously an educator. Haylee is the founder of The Rock Glove and co-founder of Female Gang with Elizabeth Horton. Haylee has always had a goal of becoming a #femaleboss and growing up with her sisters and mother she has always felt empowered to do what she loves. As a Vice Principal fresh out of college she finally took the leap to go into her own business and company with some guidance from mentors from Shark Tank. She is inspiring and loves motivating the people around her. The new product launch for FemaleGang happened on July 1st and nearly sold out. Haylee hopes to create a movement of empowerment through this line and inspire as many females from all walks of life to follow their dreams. Even through a move to Vegas and back to Florida and a few setbacks she continues to push forward with a clear mindset and positive focus. Listen to her story and experiences and don’t forget to visit Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Haylee and Katy.

Episode 96: Making changes, with Holly Young

Holly Young joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about her life and how she got on this health and lifestyle journey with her partner, Sean and their son, Sonni. We talk about her love story and becoming a mother and how to overcome all of the obstacles we are faced with. She is NASM certified and coaches a plethora of clients from all different backgrounds. We discuss her family and their vegan lifestyle and how it has absolutely changed their lives for the better. She is vibrant, relatable and honest. Holly discusses her dream of always living by the beach and how she made that happen. It is exciting to hear the adventurous life she leads and how she is focused on creating her career so others can join her on this experience to travel and be outdoors. She shares everything about being healthy while having a fun and balanced life. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Holly and Katy

Episode 95: Cannabis, with DJ Howard

DJ Howard joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about all things cannabis. DJ is an entrepreneur, advocate, educator, and master connector. He is the FL Chapter President for Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana (M4MM) and continues to support the community anyway he can. We discuss how he got on this journey and the experiences that led him to where he is today. DJ is also working to de-stigmatize cannabis in our communities including people whose lives are improved because of it and especially for those who have been negatively impacted most by the demonization of hemp. He is an inspiring person that will open your mind and give you hope about taking control of your physical and mental health. Our discussion is empowering and DJ is full of knowledge and information that will blow your mind. We also discuss his other company, with his girlfriend, Amber, Saved by the Treats. Look for DJ Howard through his companies Midas & Co. Marketing Services and Saved by the Treats or his podcast The Midas Touch or MM4M FL Chapter. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and DJ.

Episode 94: Van Life with Lisa and Chris

Lisa and Chris join Not A Great Whisperer Podcast from their #vanlife home. Both of them were born and raised just 15 miles apart in the beautiful beach towns of St. Petersburg and Clearwater in Florida, Chris and Lisa met in their 20s in Orlando where they attended University of Central Florida. After making a big move and living in California they made another big decision and decided to move again but this time very minimally and on the road. They had the ability to work remote, so they decided, after extensive research that #vanlife was for them. They talk about their beautiful home customized for their family and their passion project that turned into something bigger, Rove and Swig. Their amazing everyday adventure of meeting new people and traveling the world is inspiring and wonderful. Lisa and Chris talk about the friends and family that have been there along the way and the lifestyle they have created for themselves and their two dogs. They thoroughly enjoy traveling, craft beer and coffee. Visit them at for their outdoor living and dining products. Listen in to the experiences they have encountered on their journey.  Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy, Lisa, and Chris.

Episode 93: Pro Wrestling and WWE, with Kelsey Heather

Kelsey Heather joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast for the second time to give us an update on all the amazing new things she has been up to and how she started working towards becoming a WWE Wrestler. Kelsey has a professional cheerleading, dance and gymnastics background and continues to pursue all of her dreams with a very supportive spouse. She is still managing her busy schedule with coaching, and working. We talk about her first match and how much training and work she has put in to reach her goals as a Pro Wrestler. She is inspiring and passionate about what she does. Taking on a new goal is hard during any stage of life but Kelsey talks about how exciting and challenging it has been. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Kelsey and Katy.

Episode 92: Styled by Salt Loft, with Abeba

Abeba Salter Liggins joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about being a personal stylist and image consultant and also being an educator for over 20 years. Everything about Abeba is inspiring and intriguing. Her experience in the school system and with children shows you a perspective that is needed in today’s world. The story of how her and her wife met is beautiful and hilarious. She is confident and charismatic in all she does, especially her wardrobe. Abeba allows the world around her to inspire how she styles clients. Her experiences and love for fashion makes you eager to hear more. She is a published stylist whose work has been featured in Royaltee Magazine, by LeMeridien Tampa and a collaboration with Lane Bryant. Her love for travel, music, and color all play a role in executing the client’s styling desires with a focus on comfort. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Abeba and Katy.

Episode 91: Social mobility and community transformation, with Jon Dengler

Jon Dengler joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about how WellBuilt Bikes got started and how the community can get involved. WellBuilt Bikes is a non-profit bike shop that was the first social enterprise started under The Well, a local non-profit. WellBuilt sells refurbished bikes at affordable prices and then invests the sales revenue into an “earn a bike” program so that those that lack money can access the transportation they need to get around town by putting in community service. Jon talks about the amazing work he does everyday to support others and what working with the “materially poor” really entails. He talks about taking bikes that aren’t valued and people that aren’t valued and realize that there’s a lot of value in both of those things. Jon discusses his religious experience one night in college, after he ate a bunch of LSD. He has never been the same since and got into philosophy and religious studies. He is intriguing and inspiring. Jon hosts his own podcast The Work Ethic that you need to check out. Find out how you can get involved at and on IG @johnnyproduce. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Jon.

Episode 90: Fit life, Mom life, Career Life, with Brittany Eguia

Brittany joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about taking the big leap from her Government job to real estate. Brittany is a perfect example of hard work paying off and pushing everyday to do what makes you happy. Brittany has been an athlete her entire life and stays focused on her health and fitness. Her and her spouse have been together for over 15 years and continue to be each other’s rock through life’s many challenges and changes. Brittany is a mom and talks about her health and staying active, family life and work life. She is so thankful for her new career and making more time for her son. She talks about the hard days and good days and how making the right decisions for yourself is so important for your overall well being. She is encouraging and strong. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Brittany.

Episode 89: Chuckuterie, with Chuck Safy in NY

Chuck Safy joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about 2020, the year of self reflection and quitting his job in a pandemic and starting his own business, Chuckuterie. Chuck comes from a big Italian and Lebanese family and food is such an important part of every occasion. He has tons of college and work experience in catering and events. He brought everything he grew up knowing, and everything he learned to begin his new business, Chuckuterie. He thinks back to conversations and social get togethers and there was always a spread in front of him. His big personality and ability to turn food into a magical experience makes him stand out from all the other charcuterie businesses. Chuck chats about what keeps him inspired and motivated on this journey to success and what worked for him when he took the leap. Enjoy the unedited conversation with first cousins, Katy and Chuck.

Episode 88: Road 2 Realty, with Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about her Road to Realty. Ashley is a Florida native born in Clearwater, and now resides in Apollo Beach with her son and fiance. Ashley is a mom and a true real estate professional and super passionate about her job. Her knowledge of the market, and her ambition to help others find a home is inspiring. She is driven by integrity and a true desire to make her clients dreams come true while removing the stress of the buying and selling process. Growing up she has experienced homelessness, living in hotels and renting. She takes her job seriously and is set out to not only be an amazing realtor but help educate people and families along the way. She is set out to change the way people think about homeownership and she is so motivating. She gives us a bunch of tips and advice that really can support decisions you make for your future, and change the assumptions people have about home ownership. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Ashley and Katy.

Episode 87: Love, loss, and finding yourself with Carlos

Carlos joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about love, loss and finding yourself at such a young age. He is an inspiring and intelligent human that Katy has been blessed to know for 10+ years. He surrounds himself with a strong group of people from all different backgrounds and stages in life. He talks about career and milestones that he always thought he needed to define who he was. He discusses the loss of his boyfriend and how he hit all the levels of grieving. He is at a season in his life that is focused on his personal growth and not letting society norms dictate where or who he needs to be. He is a kind and loving man that has experienced so much. Enjoy the unedited conversation with Katy and Carlos.

Episode 86: Addiction affects the whole family, Sandra

Sandra joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to share her story with the world. Sandra is focused on starting a new organization, FasfaUnited. The mission is to arrange and facilitate the necessary support and resources to help families(partners,spouses,children,dependents) cope with and heal from the devastating results of loving a person who suffers from addiction. Her goal is to empower relatives to understand their role and define healthy boundaries. This has come to fruition because of the tragic loss of her husband from a drug overdose and her journey. She talks about the night she found out and the struggles they were trying to get through together. Addiction happens to all different types of people, from all different types of backgrounds. Her story is powerful and everything she is learning and doing to help others is inspiring. As a single mother with 4 kids and coping with her husband’s death, she is really pushing for families to have the support she was missing through recovery and the loss of her husband. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation of Sandra and Katy.

Episode 85: Women’s Day is everyday, Vanessa Charles

Not a Great Whisperer Podcast is celebrating International Women’s Day with Vanessa Charles; a powerful, supportive, empowering woman. With lots of laughs and funny stories they talk about Vanessa and the season of life she is in and being 6 months into marriage. Vanessa’s passion is found in inspiring women to reach their greatest potential and believes in the power of community, especially in female dominated spaces. Vanessa is a real estate agent in the Tampa Bay Area, co-host of Hey, Babe! Podcast with her spouse Randy, certified breathwork facilitator, and founder of AMPLIFY, Florida’s Premier Women’s Leadership Event. She is a coach, speaker, founder and influential woman. She is leading women from everywhere to tap into their full potential and make the world a better place and change society norms. Get as empowered with Vanessa, as Katy did on the show! Enjoy a real, unedited conversation with Vanessa and Katy.

Episode 84: Rise Up For Peace, Ms. Patricia Brown

Ms. Patrica Brown joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about losing her son to gun violence in March 2020. Ms. Patrica shares her heartbreaking and powerful story about losing her youngest son and how it is an everyday battle for her. She decided to create the group, Rise Up for Peace, to help support other parents who have lost a child/children and to encourage the community to stop the violence. The first walk was a beautiful turnout with 200+ people from the community. The second peace walk is on March 20th, 2021 and will again be in partnership with The Tampa Police Department and Community Peace Advocate, Edie Darling at Robles Park. Ms. Patricia’s mission is to provide emotional support to families who have lost loved ones to senseless violence. Uniting as “One Voice, One Sound” against violence by joining forces with public officials, law enforcement and like minded organizations who have the heart for the hurting, helpless and hopeless individuals who are seeking closure and committed to the soul purpose of ushering peace, love and unity back into our communities. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Ms.Patricia and Katy.

Episode 83: Empowering Differences, Ashley T Brundage

Ashley T. Brundage joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about her new book, Empowering Differences. Ashley puts the book into action with her own journey of self exploration and was forced to find out how she fits into this world. In the book it discusses the 10 key empowering actions that Ashley incorporated to advance her career from a bank teller to a vice president of the national diversity and inclusion team in a major financial services corporation in less than 5 years. We also discuss her experience as a Trans Woman in a Corporate World. She is powerful and unique, and you need to go get her book and her workbook to put these steps into action. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Ashley and Katy.

Episode 82: In honor of Hazel Rose, with Brittany and Paul

*Trigger Warning* Brittany and Paul join Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about their first born, Hazel Rose. Hazel was born on October 10, 2017 making Brittany and Paul first time parents. They met their daughter at 34 weeks with no heartbeat. Brittany and Paul take you through the day she was born and their experience as a couple and as parents. They talk about how they both grieve differently, and how the nurses really did a beautiful job caring for them during this time. It is a powerful conversation and they explain this journey with such love and strength. You will be inspired by them and find out about the project that was created by them after losing Hazel Rose. The Hazel Project is a blanket donation to the Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. The blankets are for the babies stillborn and go to the parents to take home with them, they still have Hazel’s to this day. Listen to the advice they give and how to be there for those who have lost loved ones. Let us all continue to be kind, because you never know the silent battle someone is fighting. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Brittany, Katy and Paul.

Episode 81: Foster Parent, Kimberly

Kimberly joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about her life as a foster parent and how she started this journey when she was a teenager. Katy has known Kimberly for a long time and learned so much during this episode.Kimberly goes through the journey of becoming a foster parent to her siblings and opening up as a foster home for young children. She is honest and real. Her experience and her life is inspiring.She educates us on fostering children and opens our hearts and minds on the subject people know very little about. Her strength and love are something to strive for. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Kimberly and Katy.

Episode 80: My Diva, Jean Miclis MimiStylz

Jean joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about thriving and surviving. Jean is a part of the trans community and continues to educate people and work hard to open people’s minds. She works multiple jobs and is thriving in her new home in Clearwater. Although she misses the melting pot of Miami she is happy to be in a new environment with new people and her family close by. Katy and Jean have known each other for over 10 years and have continued to cheer each other on in every endeavor. She is empowering, loving, and inspiring. She gives us a glimpse of her everyday hustle and how to stay focused on your personal growth. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Jean and Katy.

Episode 79: Fostering Change and making an impact, George

George Agovino joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast with his Heart of Gold to launch our Season 3 . His kindness and loving personality shines in this episode. George is a father, husband, foster parent, retired police officer and founder of the non profit, Fostering Change Foster Closet http://www.fosteringchangecloset . His family, including his amazing wife, who is a teacher, is doing so much for the kids and families in the community. Their mission is to partner with the community to provide material items and support to the families who care for the children in foster care, and other families that need the support , so they can flourish in their environment and begin the healing process. Fostering change is the first 24/7 foster closet because they understand the trauma children go through and they want to make sure there is minimal time the children have to wait to be placed in a home. Listen to his heartfelt stories and get inspired to help make a difference in children’s lives. From officer friendly to founder of a non profit and soon to be Early Learning Center for kids ,George is changing the world one life at a time. Please follow George on facebook and click the websites to donate to the early learning center and give back! Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and George.

Episode 78: Mom, PT and Entrepreneur, Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to talk about balancing her 2 jobs and mom life. As a PT, Arbonne Consultant and Mom, Ashley stays engaged. She is empowering, funny, and caring. She gives us a glimpse of her everyday and being on the go. She talks about the misconception of multi level marketing and how Arbonne has really changed her life and helped her make the time she wants to spend with her family. She works as a PT while managing her own business in direct sales. She has determination and a lot of grit to make things work. Listen to her experience and why she made the change for her life. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Ashley and Katy.

Episode 77: Success is Complicated, RaQuel Hopkins

RaQuel Hopkins joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast from Houston, Texas as a certified Forbes Coaches Council Member. She discusses her journey as an Executive Coach, Leadership Coach, Life Coach, and Human Resources expert. She also opens up to have an honest and upfront conversation with our listeners. She felt compelled and motivated to discuss parts of her success and experience that she has hidden. She has years and years of experience in HR and works with clients from all different walks of life. She continues to further her education as she grows in her field. She is strong, intriguing, and authentic. Her Success is Complicated brand embodies staying true to yourself and being rooted in your own personal values. Listen to RaQuel embrace her whole story and give courage to others. Check her out at http://www.iamraquelhopkins and . Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with RaQuel and Katy.

Episode 76: TO BE US Productions, Tosca and Cedrick

To Be US Productions joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to discuss their debut film, “TO BE US: To work”, that centers on what it’s like to work while Black. The documentary won “Best of Film” at the International Black Film Festival. The film includes interviews that have recurring themes of racism, misogynoir, retaliation, wrongful terminations and discriminatory practices. TO BE US Productions has reshaped storytelling to elevate Black creatives above mainstream consumption. Tosca and Cedrick believe storytelling and liberation are intrinsically linked. They believe the true measure of humanity is one’s willingness to rage against the inequities from which they benefit. They discuss how they started, the process for the film, and their own powerful stories of discrimination. We discuss the psychological and chronic health consequences of racism and what happens to the body when it is in a constant state of stress. This conversation is important for everyone and needs to be talked about more often. Get to know Tosca and Cedrick and do your part and educate yourself. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Tosca, Cedrick and Katy.

Episode 75: Dropping some much needed knowledge, Charlotte Kibert

Local Trans business owner and leader, Charlotte Kibert (CK) joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. She is the co-founder of Seminole Heights yoga studio All Y’all Yoga, and an executive for a cyber security company. Charlotte and her wife, Elizabeth opened the studio with the belief that yoga is for anyone and welcoming everyone with open arms at the Baptiste Power Yoga Community. She talks about the trans community to educate me and our listeners about proper terminology, acceptance, and her journey and experiences. She is honest and open about her life and we appreciate all the information she spoke about. She loves yoga and really wants others to know how much it helped during her transition and still teaches at Hot Yoga Gaze in Tampa because it meant so much to her. Check out CK and EB at Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Charlotte and Katy.

Episode 74: Ambassador of Peace, Edie Darling

Passionate and profound, Edie Darling joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Edie is an Author, Spiritual Leader, Motivational Speaker, true Humanitarian and an Ambassador of Peace. She has dedicated two decades of her life as a law enforcement officer, serving as a Senior Chaplain in the Department of Detention and Corrections, as the Supervisor of Religious Service. She discusses how she knew she wanted to be a police officer and how she serves the community everyday. Her ambition is contagious. As a mother and a grandmother she leads her family with love. Her words are inspiring and will give the community hope. The stories of her life and experiences are true testaments of her faith and her mission for peace. Sign the petition on or on her website for her to be appointed as U.S. International Ambassador at Large for Peace. Now more than ever , Our Nation and Our World needs peace. Check out her book , The Time Is Now; Awaken Your Dormant Gifts. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Edie and Katy.

Episode 73: Sister from another mister, Maggie

One of my closest friends, Maggie Montenegro joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Maggie and I grew up together and have stories that we laugh about to this day. Maggie has traveled the world and just recently moved back to Florida to have her first born. She talks about living in Seattle and all her out of country adventures. We discuss how she met her husband and long distance relationships. Our friendship has been through every season and we have always been there for each other even if we are across the country. Now we are moms together and on to the next season. Friendship is so important and having women around you that continually support you and cheer you on is a vital part of happiness. Maggie and Katy are that go- to person for each other. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation about friendship.

Episode 72: One Amazing Find, Casey Smith

Radiant and authentic, Casey Smith joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Casey is a small business owner, mother, wife, friend, boss, and strong woman in the community. Casey comes from a corporate professional background and left that to follow her dream of spreading joy and love wherever she is and living with intention. She started by opening her own t-shirt design company, Wild Liberty Design, and closed that after 3 years to focus on her new store in Tarpon Springs, One Amazing Find. She has an amazing husband and 3 kids that keep her on her toes. She is so inspiring and I fall in love with her everytime she shares her experiences. We talk about owning a small business, having her rainbow baby Lennon, marriage the second time around, parenting, and politics. We will always be cheerleaders for our different adventures and when we start chatting we can’t stop. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Casey and Katy.

Episode 71: Sober Truth Project, George Wood

Strong and honest, George Wood joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. George Wood, founder and director of the The Timothy Initiative and Sober Truth Project, has been to hell and back, and he has learned what it takes to serve those struggling with addiction, mental health, and suicidal thoughts. Through his experience with addiction and losing loved ones to addiction he has touched hundreds of lives and helped addicts seeking recovery. His story is powerful and his mission is enlightening. We discuss addiction, recovery, community, connection, the word of God and following Jesus. Religion and church are bad words in his vocabulary. We talk about being a child of God with no limitations. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Pastor George and Katy.

Episode 70: First podcast with the kids

Jayden and Juleighana join their mom, Katy Rey on Not a Great Whisperer for a podcast day to talk about life. They are a bit shy for their first podcast but eager for another episode. They each have a chance to talk at different times on the mic with their mom and are very random with their thoughts, as all kids are. They are sweet and truthful and talk about their new baby sister, Jasmine. Enjoy the real, unedited conversations with a 6 and 4 year old.

Episode 69: A Nurse’s Life in a pandemic, Linzi Lyson

Frontline worker, Linzi Lyson joins Katy Rey on Not a Great Whisperer podcast to discuss everything she has experienced as a Labor and Delivery Nurse throughout this pandemic. With a lot of laughter and stories we talk about the changes she has endured through the last 6 months. She is an inspiration with her positive attitude and love for the patients and babies she takes care of. She discusses her life as a mother and losing her father. Her journey to becoming an RN is eye opening and Katy Rey can personally attest to Linzi finding her purpose because Linzi was one of the nurses that delivered her third baby, Jasmine. We are thankful that there are people like Linzi on the frontlines helping others when they need it most. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Linzi and Katy.

Episode 68: Will we ever change? Current events with Katy and Kevin

Kevin Tydlaska-Dziedzic joins Katy Rey on Not a Great Whisperer podcast to discuss everything that is going on around us with a lot of humor and honesty. They discuss presidential candidates, women’s rights, human rights, black lives matter, child sex trafficking and how people are really showing their true colors in 2020. Sometimes we veer off topic but it is all in good fun. If you want some entertainment and conversation join us on today’s episode and please let us know if you have any topics you would like us to bring up for next time. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Kevin.

Episode 67: Be Martha Fit , with Martha VanCamp

Certified Wellness and Weight Loss Coach, Martha VanCamp joins Not a Great Whisperer to discuss the experiences along her journey that led her to where she is today. We talked about raising 7 kids, being on a different diet her whole life, the moment she realized she needed to make a change for her health, and when she became her own first client. She discusses the importance of making time for ourselves, so we can help those around us in a healthy way. She talks about her clients and the real life struggles with nutrition. Being an entrepreneur and leading her team takes a lot of work and she has learned a lot about not being able to control everything, especially through this pandemic. She is inspiring and focused on helping people realize the power they have to make a change. The community at Be Martha Fit is there to support you along the way. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Martha.

Episode 66: Giving birth during a pandemic, with Marissa Moran

One of our favorite guests, Marissa Moran joins Not a Great Whisperer to discuss being forced to shut down her business and giving birth to her first born during a pandemic. She originally planned on working at her salon until her due date but things changed and quarantine happened. She talks about the struggle in the service industry during the pandemic and the extra stress and anxiety while being pregnant. Weddings were cancelled and her salon was closed and she was planning on taking off longer with the baby when she finally arrived. Plans change, life happens and sometimes we just have to adjust for our sanity. From the salon, to the delivery room and back to the salon. Marissa tells about her best chapter in her life with the arrival of her new best friend, Malia. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Marissa and Katy

Episode 65: Holliday Bakes, Chriss Holliday

Witty and captivating, Chriss joins Not a Great Whisperer. Chriss owns “Holliday Bakes”, a multicultural bakery in Seminole Heights. After being fired from her last job for her pro-Black Lives Matter social media posts, she launched her business in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to being a black female entrepreneur, Chriss is also a mother of two. Chriss talks about the journey that led her to own her own baking business and the family influence that motivated her to start baking. She is finding balance as a single mother and entrepreneur and is inspiring to talk to. She values hard work, honesty and equality and is an amazing example to her 2 children. She loves her community and the act of charity and strives to help others have quality experiences. Check her out on and go get some “zerts”. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Chriss and Katy.

Episode 64: Baseball is Back, Sam Burch

Minor League Baseball Umpire, Sam joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast with Katy Rey. Sam talks about being an umpire and the crazy times we are living in. Sam started umpiring during college as a way to make some beer money and turned it into his career. As an athlete his whole life he re-discovered a huge respect for the game from a different point of view. He is passionate about baseball and enjoys the community he is a part of. Travelling 6 months out of the year is one of the greatest benefits of the job and this year he is having to adjust with the Minors being shut down due to Covid. He goes through some of his funniest stories and learning moments in the game. As an umpire he has a different perspective than the players in the game. He discusses UMPS CARE , a non-profit that supports seriously ill children and their families. He is honest and charismatic. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Sam.

Episode 63: Human Sex Trafficking Awareness, with Natasha from Redefining Refuge

Natasha, President of Redefining Refuge joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Redefining Refuge is a non-profit dedicated to fighting for children who have been victims of the depraved injustice of sexual abuse, and an emphasis on domestic sex trafficking of minors. Natasha discusses moving to the United States from South Africa during her senior year of high school. She went to USF and decided to go to a community alliance meeting in 2008 when she heard a discussion on “child prostitutes” and could not believe what she was hearing when the age of consent is 18 years old. This sparked something inside her and she began researching and fighting for young children living with this trauma and opened Redefining Refuge in 2010 to provide services to survivors. Pedophilia and trafficking is happening right in front of us everyday and has been happening for a long time. She discusses how real this is and how people from any background can be affected. The stories are heart wrenching and the triumphs are inspiring. Listen to Natasha educate on many topics about keeping our kids safe and looking for signs. Please send donations to Listen to the real, unedited conversation with Natasha and Katy.

Episode 62: Strength in Every Season, Whitney Brundage

Funny and honest, Whitney joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast with Katy Rey. Whitney talks about the season of life she is in and everything she is doing for herself and her family. She is an introvert and a planner and loves being a working mom. She has had a lifelong respiratory disease and autoimmune disease. She talks about the challenges she has faced and how she has overcome them. She discusses her family and their experience with COVID19 and quarantine and what it is like to live in today’s world. She shares real stories and real triumphs and talks about how the best is yet to come. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Whitney and Katy.

Episode 61: Mask On or Mask Off, Katy Rey

Join Katy Rey on Not a Great Whisperer Podcast to discuss masks in Florida and the US and why you should jump on the bandwagon of wearing them. Katy is a firm believer in trusting doctors and people on the front line. She follows guidelines so that people can get back to human contact again and do things without fear but a lot of the residents from her state do not agree. Katy is fed up with the opinions all over social media with zero research and random conspiracy theories around wearing a mask. She decided to discuss it because she has a platform to do so and hopes she can get through to one person and change their way of thinking. The people in the US need to start doing things for the collective and not just themselves. It is about working together, supporting local businesses and following guidelines. We would love to hear from you and your opinion on the topic. Enjoy the real, unedited episode with your host, Katy Rey.

Episode 6: Beautiful inside and out, Yara Lampathakis

Model and influencer, Yara Lampathakis joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Yara and Katy met through Instagram in a creative group and immediately connected because of their similarities and joy in helping others. Yara is Lebanese and grew up in Lebanon during the Civil War. She talks about all the things she has learned and how grateful she is everyday for her life. She met her husband in Greece when they both were on vacation. She is focused on growing her modeling, health and fitness career because her passion is helping others and giving back to the community to support mental health awareness. Mental health does not get enough support and as a woman who has gone through war, infertility, and depression she understands how important it is to give back. Yara is a strong, beautiful woman inside and out. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Yara and Katy.

Episode 59: Black Lives Matter with Christin Underwood

Not A Great Whisperer Podcast is honored to have Christin Underwood on this week’s episode to discuss a very tough yet incredibly important topic in our country. Christin is a black female entrepreneur and a USF Alumni. She is the founder and owner of Hype Fitness and tells us about her journey to get to where she is. This episode focuses on Black Lives Matters and the meaning behind white privilege, white fragility and sticking up for what is right. We discuss Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Elijah McClain and many other black women and men that have died unjustly. We talk about how to work hard to undo the racism we have been taught and to follow your heart and speak up about injustice. Christin tells us stories about her life, experiencing racism at such a young age and dives into her career as an adult. We discuss losing people we have known for years because of their choice to remain silent or act ignorant to what is happening. Please join us for our real, unedited conversation with Christin and Katy.

Episode 58: The Big Red Head Book, Erin La Rosa

Intelligent and stunning, Erin La Rosa joins Not a Great Whisperer podcast from her home in LA, California. As a new mother, author and Blue Ivy’s confidante she gives us a perspective of being a writer and mom during quarantine. Erin is the author of The Big Red Head Book and Womanskills, both found on Amazon. California is in the process of slowly getting back to opening but she had her sweet baby girl right when everything was shutting down. Trying to get back to finishing her romance novel, Like Butter, and navigating being a new mom is a challenge in itself. She discusses what nobody prepares you for when becoming a new parent and the obstacles women face during and after delivery. Erin and Katy have known each other since Kindergarten and laugh about some of the memories they had growing up. Fun fact, she got married on Beyonce’s birthday. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation of Erin and Katy.

Episode 57: Parenting with No Expectations, Part 2 with Chris Rey

Katy and Chris discuss the new addition to the family that arrived in February, on Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. The grand finale has arrived to make them a party of 5. Chris talks about being a dad to 3 kids and how the dynamic has changed between the children. He discusses being an essential business worker during the pandemic and coming home everyday to 3 kids and a super protective mom. Having a baby right before the quarantine has been a bit challenging but they discuss the experience with a lot of laughs.The advice remains to throw all your expectations out the window and there is no handbook that can fully prepare you for parenthood. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Chris.

Episode 56: Reopening the World, with Kevin Tydlaska-Dziedzic

Katy and Kevin join together to have an open conversation on Not a Great Whisperer Podcast about the nation re-opening. Kevin is coming from a small business perspective and Katy from a working mom at home with 3 small children. What does this look like? Fears, guidelines, conspiracies, set-backs and challenges. Kevin talks about his personal experience. Kevin and his partner in business and life, Brandon had to manage a household and a business throughout this crisis. He gives a lot of real advice and real emotion when discussing the obstacles and low moments throughout this pandemic. We talk about the fears and how to get back to living life again. It is a truthful dialogue about something that impacts us all. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Kevin.

Episode 55: Not to Be Blunt, Kai Edwards

Inspiring and empowering , Kai Edwards joins Not a Great Whisperer podcast. Kai is a 22 year old entrepreneur that decided to start a Cannabis company almost 2 years ago when selling Cannabis was only legal for a select few. She noticed the lack of diversity and education when it came to Cannabis Culture, so she decided to take it upon herself to make some changes. She started her own podcast, “Not To Be Blunt” and her own CBD Brand “Krown Naturals” focused on young entrepreneurs like herself. As a strong, young, black female business owner, Kai brings real challenges and experiences to the table. She is charming, intelligent and full of inspiration. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Kai and Katy.

Episode 54: Quarantined as a Mom during a Pandemic

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Katy Rey talks about being quarantined as a mom, on Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Katy is a mom of three and this is not by accident, this was all through in vitro fertilization. Her kids are 6 years old, 4 years old, and 2 months old. She talks about things she has learned and how hard it is not being able to go out because of the anxiety of a child getting sick. Her spouse works full time as an essential worker and that leaves her home with the kids and teaching her son kindergarten lessons for school. Kids get stir crazy , just like parents and it is okay to get frustrated. She gives real life experiences and what is going on in her household the last 2 months with laughter and love. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy Rey.

Episode 53: Book Review with Katy Rey, Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Quarantined yet inspired, Katy Rey runs the show solo for Not A Great Whisperer Podcast to discuss the empowering and courageous book Untamed, by Glennon Doyle. Glennon Doyle is the author of one of my favorite books, Love Warrior but Untamed was a book that will stay number one for a very long time. This book hits so many important topics and focuses on trusting ourselves and to stop trying to meet the expectations the world puts on us at such an early age. I go into specific parts of the book that hype me up and help me explain feelings I have never been able to put into words. I also joke and remind people that if you leave your partner to find yourself and free yourself, that does not always mean your soulmate is a 2 time Olympic gold medalist soccer player like Glennon Doyle’s. Her love for Abby and their relationship is unique, beautiful and takes a lot of work. This whole book keeps you wanting more, and after you read it, all you can do is yearn to be free just like her. This is the first time in a very long time, while I was reading I was taking notes because I wanted to go back to the messages and “golden nuggets” in every chapter. This book is for everyone, and I hope everyone reads it. Enjoy the real, unedited book review by Katy Rey.

Episode 52: BMC, Paige, Kate, Shayna, and Katy

Funny and honest, Bad Mom’s Club(BMC) joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Paige, Shayna, Kate and Katy are all mom’s that met each other on the t-ball team and pre -school. They discuss how they met and the pressures that moms go through daily and how they do not do well with the competitive mom groups. We discuss how different we are but how much we love the experiences we have shared together. The judgement does not exist for us and we are protective of each other and all the kiddos. We laugh and share stories about our kids and our lives. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy, Paieg, Shayna and Kate.

Episode 51: Cannabis talk with Mr. Pink , Nick Rosado

Kind and open minded, Nick Rosado joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Nick is an advocate for cannabis and talks about his journey with it. He is starting a new adventure that involves cooking with cannabis, called Stirring the Pot. These are classes where he teaches people how to make different recipes with cannabis in different forms. He has a very strong belief about the cannabis plant and how it helps people’s quality of life. He works in a medical marijuana dispensary but has worked with the cannabis plant for a long time. We talk about his journey and his journey to help others. He is honest, kind and inspiring. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Nick.

Episode 50: Father son duo, Heath and Scotty

Funny and intelligent, Heath and Scotty join Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Scotty brings years of experience working with pro, college, and high school athletes in his career. Heath is his son and working on his career in finance. We discuss the blending of our households and families and the differences in generations and mindsets. Both of these men have amazing work ethic and advice on how life is always changing professionally and personally. It is amazing to hear their dynamic and fun stories. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy, Heath and Scotty.

Episode 49: Mental Health Awareness, Annie

Courageous and honest, Annie joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Annie shares her story as a daughter, wife, friend and mother. She takes us through the tough road of mental illness and the journey she has been on through recovery. Her wife and her 2 kids are her biggest supporters and help give her the strength to keep going. She is opening up to help end the stigma of mental illness and help people that are suffering. Her journey is her own but it impacts and relates to so many people and their lives. Through laughter and tears we hear her experiences during childhood and motherhood and the struggles she has overcome. She is strong, courageous and honest. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Annie.

Episode 48: CBD Housewife, Jasmine

Ambitious and kindhearted, Jasmine joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Jasmine is a mother,wife,and CBD connoisseur. She is launching her CBD line this year called MYLF. She started this journey after having her baby. Jasmine used to be in corporate HR but decided to take on her CBD passion to another level. She started baking all the time and adding CBD to her baked items as well. CBD helped her with anxiety, sleep, and joint pain after having her baby and she has now focused her journey on helping others. She recently was in desert wars in February with CBD cookies and is excited about her new launch of her CBD line. Find her at Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Jasmine.

Episode 47: All Y’all Yoga, Elizabeth (EB)

Unique and intelligent, Elizabeth Brackman Kibert (EB) joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. She is the founder and owner of Seminole Heights new yoga studio All Y’all Yoga. Elizabeth and her wife, Charlotte opened the studio with the belief that yoga is for anyone and welcoming everyone with open arms at the Baptiste Power Yoga Commmunity. EB talks about her journey with her wife and Charlotte, a trasngender woman. We talk about educating yourself and being kind to one another about their personal journey. We discuss what she has learned and the importance of accepting one another for who they are. She is powerful and inspiring. Find more information on the studio at Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Elizabeth.

Episode 46: Tara and Bryan

Talented and entertaining, Tara and Bryan join Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Tara and Bryan live in Santa Monica, California but met in Boston at Berklee College of Music. They are a creative, and artistic power couple. Tara is a freelance foley artist and florist and I have had the pleasure of calling her one of my closest friends since freshman year in high school. She has been nominated 21 times for best sound editing at the Golden Reels and snagged 5 of them. She has also been nominated 3 times for an Emmy and won one for the FX show Atlanta. Bryan is an electronic music artist and producer. He started his career as a recording engineer at Interscope Records, recording major label artists. He is currently working on his solo project and touring drummer and producer of various releases with Def Jam artist, John Lindahl. Bryan is the man behind the beat at the end of our podcast! They are both amazing, loving humans that are living a life full of their dreams and so much support from one another and their family and friends. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy, Tara, and Bryan.

Episode 45: Mindful Lifts, Grethel

Stunning and uplifting, Grethel joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Grethel is an RN, CPT and sets up sustainable fitness programs for women so they can show up at the gym with confidence. She is real and focuses on education and truth when talking about fitness. When training with her she focuses on mindset and movement because she is teaching from experience. She shares her personal journey with nutrition and fitness and her energy is contagious. We discuss how she met her husband and growing up in a Cuban household. She is full of life and authenticity. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Grethel

Episode 44: Pregnancy Series, Episode 4 with Katy, Marissa and Jennifer

Katy, Marissa and Jennnifer join Not a great Whisperer Podcast to discuss pregnancy and what they are experiencing right now. They have a candid conversation on pregnancy and what their body is going through. All three ladies are on different pregnancies and talk about their different experiences. They discuss the different cultures they were in growing up and how family is with their pregnancies. They discuss their partners and how they are also coping with the pregnancies. There will be lots of laughs and real conversations about pregnancy and motherhood. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy, Marissa and Jennifer.

Episode 43: Twin Episode, Lauren & Jenae

So similar yet so different, twin sisters, Lauren and Jenae join Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. The sisters talk about growing up together in South Africa and Florida and how funny it is to look back on all the memories they have. There are so many things that twin sisters have in common but also notice differences with Jenae being more extroverted and Lauren the more introverted. Their laughter is contagious and their stories make you want a twin. They talk about finding their own careers, living together, and what works and doesn’t work for them. They have a bond that is considered one of the strongest, and the most (genetically) closest persons than anyone else in the world. Tune in to hear their amazing stories. Enjoy our real, unedited conversation with Katy, Lauren and Jenae.

Episode 42: Owning your own business, Kevin and Brandon

Fearless and motivating, Kevin and Brandon join Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. They discuss taking the lead into their own business and the experience they had along the way. All of the previous experience they had helped them visualize what they wanted out of their business and how they wanted to structure their company. Balancing obstacles and growth in the first year was hard but they knew to just keep pushing forward. They give advice about working with your partner in business and life and tips on how to overcome the hard times in business. It is not always easy but in the end it is worth it. They are a great example of hard work paying off and having fun while doing it. Enjoy our real, unedited conversation with Katy, Kevin and Brandon.

Episode 41: Love, lifting and laughter with Rachel Dinkeldein

Delightful and sincere, Rachel joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Rachel is a newlywed and homeowner. She is the health and wellness coordinator at Verizon and works with people everyday to create healthy habits in a very large corporate atmosphere. She is also a crossfit coach and continues to push herself everyday to reach her personal goals. We discuss her big move across the country from Ohio and starting over in Florida and how her experiences have helped mold her to the person she is today. We have lots of laughs and fun memories to share. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Rachel and Katy.

Episode 40: Biggest Loser, Kristi McCart

Beautiful and charismatic Kristi, contestant on The Biggest Loser on USA that premiered January 28th, joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Kristi McCart is a wife, mother, and family law and estate planning attorney with her own practice in Riverview, FL. Kristi shares her journey about her unhealthy relationship with food starting in childhood where inconsistencies between her divorced parents’ households led to rarely knowing when her next meal would be. As an adult, Kristi has only ever lost weight by taking unhealthy measures and believes her current issues with weight may be the reason she has not been able to have a second child. At 264 pounds, she was ready to do things the right way on The Biggest Loser and is motivated to get healthy for herself, and for her family. She discusses her experience on the show and making new lifetime friends/family that she will cherish forever. She is authentic, kind hearted and empowering. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Kristi.

Episode 39: CBD is good for business, Nick Akins

Entrepreneur and Florida native, Nick Akins joins Not a Great Whisperer podcast for our special Gasparilla episode. Nick talks about graduating from USF and working for Hyatt Hotels Corporation for over 7 years and becoming one of the top corporate salesman. He walked away from all of that to follow his entrepreneurial dreams in CBD and in the medical cannabis space. He started a hemp farm in Central Point, Oregon with his best friend and partner. He is CEO of Mission Lago Farm and continues to grow his partnership and customer base by providing high quality hemp flower and products. This product directly helps thousands of patients daily. Nick talks about real obstacles and all the hard work put into this business. Mission Lago Farms is officially licensed to grow hemp in Florida and with his recent partnership with USF College of Pharmacy they will be able to bring direct answers to questions we all have about cannabis and what it does to better our health. Enjoy our real, unedited conversation with Katy and Nick.

Episode 38: Soul Sister, Jessica Winkelhausen Smith

Expert and influencer, Jessica Winkelhausen Smith joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. She is an expert in fitness, health, wellness and creating a community for women who want an honest connection and eliminate competition between each other. Jess discusses her recovery and healing from betrayal of friendship that affected her business and ministry family. She reminds us to focus on who we are in the moments of hard truths, lonely places, and lack of support. Jessica reminds us that our messes may look different but the emotions, negative thoughts and the way we heal are so relatable. She offers a variety of life tools to transform the body, mind, and spirit. She is a leader in her community and one of the realest people you will ever meet. She is doing great things for her community and our youth in 2020. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Jessica.

Episode 37: Pregnancy Series, Episode 3 with Katy and Marissa

Katy and Marissa join Not a great Whisperer Podcast to discuss pregnancy and what they are experiencing right now. They have a candid conversation on pregnancy and what their body is going through. Marissa and Katy talk about growing up in an era where technology was not as influential as it is now. They discuss what kids are doing and how it is a constant worry. There are so many things they will have to learn as parents, but are ready for the challenge. There will be lots of laughs and real conversations about pregnancy and motherhood. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Marissa.

Episode 36: Shalon’s Hope, Shalon Barnett

Inspirational and courageous, Shalon Barnett joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. She is an entrepreneur, speaker, mentor and owner at Shalon’s Hope. Her mission is to provide resources and assistance to women in crisis or need and give them hope and effective tools to transform their lives for the better. She is an influential speaker and shares her story to give people hope. She sincerely believes anyone can change their unfortunate circumstance with the right opportunities and genuine support. She is empowering and her story is powerful. Enjoy our real, unedited conversation with Shalon and Katy.

Episode 35: Sara Silva

Determined and compassionate Sara Silva joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Sara is the founder and owner of High Frequency Yoga and Fitness in Tampa. She started planning this goal when she was away in Afghanistan as a security contractor in support of diplomatic security. As a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor she was ready to build this community and focus on mind, body, and spirit. One of the driving factors of forming this space where people could come without judgement was watching many of her friends she served with go through a tough time and some that committed suicide. She is focused on empowering others to gain strength physically and mentally and encompass total well being. Her vulnerability and strength is inspiring. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Sara.

Episode 34: “Beat Bobby Flay,” Chef Rosana and Chef Ricardo

Powerful couple from Tampa Bay, Chef Rosana and Chef Ricardo compete on “Beat Bobby Flay.” The talented chefs join Not A Great Whisperer podcast to discuss their journey and how they met. We talk about Chef Rosana winning on “Beat Bobby Flay,” and being the first Latina woman to ever win on the show. Her first round was toe-to-toe with her husband and business partner, Chef Ricardo. Chef Rosana and Chef Ricardo talk about the amazing experience on the show and all the support they have across the world, including their hometowns in Puerto Rico. They both are respected chefs and entrepreneurs in the community. Owners of Xilo Mexian and Kofe at The Hall on Franklin, and owners of R2 Provisions, a national catering company they continue to spread their love for food across the world. Enjoy, the real, unedited conversation with Katy, Chef Rosana and Chef Ricardo.

Episode 33: Back To Being Me, Katy Rey

To celebrate the holiday season, our host Katy Rey joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast as a guest and our guest host of the day is Katarina. We discuss her gratitude and where she is today and the life experiences that have helped mold her. She discusses how her labels do not define her and loving others and treating people with respect is at her core. A daughter of divorce, daughter to an openly gay man, ex felon, college graduate, professional woman, infertile female, mother, survivor of infidelity and wife of a recovering addict are just some of the labels she has been given over the years. Her story is her own and her journey is inspiring. Giving others hope and reminding them to keep themselves as a top priority is important to her. At any stage in life you have the ability to change your narrative and turn your life around. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Katarina.

Episode 32: Happiless Chokelist, Laura Juntunen

Motivated and empowering, Laura joins Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Laura is the author of Happiless Chokelist, a book about breaking through barriers, gaining clarity, moving forward and finding true happiness. We discuss what inspired her to start coaching people in wellness and what kept her focused on finishing her book. She continues to fight through obstacles and hard days with all of the steps that she talks about in the book. She is empowering and loves helping others find their true happiness. She continues to set goals for herself and spread her message about the steps to get your life back on track. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Laura.

Episode 31: The Doer Co., Jamie Doerschuck

Brilliant and determined Jamie joins Not a Great Whisperer podcast. Jamie is the founder of The Doer Co., and continues to bring her marketing skills to companies everywhere. As a musician studying abroad, she continued to work to make ends meet she soon realized that even through the hardest times of her life that her perseverance would keep her going. She is inspiring, smart and funny. We talk about how she got to where she is today as a marketing strategist and all the experiences that has aided her growth as an individual. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy and Jamie.

Episode 30: Pregnancy Series, Episode 2 with Katy, Amanda, and Marissa

Katy, Amanda and Marissa join Not a great Whisperer Podcast to discuss pregnancy and what they are experiencing right now. Amanda and Katy are due end of February and Marissa due in May. All three of them have known each other for 15 years, from their single days to now their pregnancy days. There will be lots of laughs and real conversations about how often they will hear unsolicited advice on what to do during pregnancy and for their baby. We talk about breast fed and bottle fed options and other real life situations. This is the second episode of the pregnancy series and there will be more guests and more topics on a monthly basis. Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Katy, Amanda, and Marissa.

Episode 29: Parenting With No Expectations, Chris Rey

Impressive and playful, Chris Rey joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. He joins to add his personal experience as a father. He shares funny stories with his lighthearted attitude about the challenges and situations he runs into daily. He finds humor in his everyday encounters with his kids. Katy and Chris discuss how their expectations of what parenting should look like was thrown out the window when their first child was born. They laugh about the lessons they have learned and how being a parent really does not come with a handbook. Enjoy their silly, real, and unedited conversation.

Episode 28: Different strokes for different folks , Women’s discussion

A group of vibrant and helpful women join Not a Great Whisperer Podcast. Ashley, Amanda, Katarina and Katy all discuss different stages of life they are currently in and how they have grown to where they are today. We talk about the beauty and difficulties of just being a woman in today’s society and the different seasons we are living. It is a very candid discussion and we bring up topics that we have experienced or are experiencing now. We will be having more panel discussions similar to this to bring up more topics and have more experience to bring to the table. This episode brings a lot of truth to situations that women have encountered. Enjoy our real, unedited conversation with Ashley, Amanda, Katarina and Katy.

Episode 27: Empowering Kindness, Nathan Caldwell

Compassionate and knowledgeable Nathan Caldwell, author of Empowering Kindness joins Not A Great Whisperer Podcast. Nathan is an author, speaker, dad, husband, son, brother and focused on changing the world with acts of kindness. He talks about stories of kindness and experiences he has had that led him to write this book. He is enthusiastic about this journey and all the support he received from loved ones. He loves speaking on the topic of kindness and how it fuels others to be kind. He also speaks to our youth and adults about leading with your heart and spreading kindness through everything we do. His book will be available on November 22nd and you can find him on . Enjoy the real, unedited conversation with Nathan and Katy.