On this here episode, Charise and Juan discuss what it means to lack feelings of safety, security, and grounding and how that stunts self-growth and spiritual connection. Whether it’s with money, self-acceptance, physical safety, or emotional vulnerability, we all experience insecurity in one way or another, and we need to understand where that insecurity comes […]

In my personal and professional networks, it’s not uncommon to hear people talk about the need for “self-care.” In personal contexts, this is usually in reference to bubble baths, wine, and trips to the beach. In professional contexts, it means taking a day off work after a long week of meetings or going to happy hour at […]

Y’all are gonna like this one. This phase of my life has included more self-work than ever before. I love the look on my face when I read something and learn that I am CAUGHT — that I thought I “got it,” but henny, I didn’t. Usually we think drama comes from Teresa Guidice-like table flipping or […]

Wow. wow. wowowowowow.  Today’s reflection is a classic connection between then and now — how messages given to us in hindsight made little or no sense in the moment, but later in time have revealed themselves to be profound, important, and affirming. In late December, Charise and I held our annual New Year’s Angel Card reading that was only […]

Hear ye, hear ye, millennials! Today we’re having some real talk about our jobs, careers, and generational needs for finding purpose in whatever work we do. Juan-Juan guides us through some researched generational differences between Baby Boomers and Millennials, and Sister Charise talks about internal and external job commitment based on an online assessment tool. […]

Hi, Tribe! If you are interested in the things that we talk about here on Real Talk Universe, I highly recommend that you check out the podcast, The RobCast, hosted by Rob Bell. I am a loyal listener of The RobCast. I find such value in Rob Bell’s interpretations, messages, and goofy demeanor. I just […]

It’s time to introduce yinz to a good friend to Charise and me. Her name is Cherry. Let me be clear that this is a different Cherry than the Chinese middle ESOL student Charise and I tutored in 2010, who pretended she didn’t know a lick of English and instead developed her mastermind plan to […]