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The Loveable Podcast

Summary: The two deepest desires of every human heart are to love simply and to live fully. So why do our relationships remain so complicated, and why do our lives sometimes ring so hollow? Because neither love nor life can be truly embraced until you, and only you, have embraced your truest, worthiest self. In his book, LOVEABLE, clinical psychologist and popular blogger, Kelly Flanagan explored how trusting our worthiness forms the foundation upon which we find true belonging and discover our purpose in life. LOVEABLE has been described as “a handbook for how to be human.” Now, in this podcast, Kelly delivers the tools for living fully into who you are and why you are here. Each weekly episode includes an inspirational reading, a presentation of practices for the week, and a conversation with Kelly’s readers about both. Inspirational. Practical. Conversational. It’s like a year’s worth of free therapy. Except it’s much more. It’s how to become whole. You can visit Kelly's blog at And for more information about LOVEABLE, go to


 The Conclusion to the Loveable Podcast [Loveable 054] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:17

“We’ve been taught to believe life is only meaningful if we’re getting from here to there—doing a lot, becoming more important, accruing more stuff, feeling safer, and increasing our comfort. Even the good work of redeeming the world can become its own straight line, as we single-handedly try to move the world from Point A […]

 Week 52: Reflecting Upon the Unfolding of Your Truest Self [Loveable 053] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:21

“Your true self folded in upon itself never ceases to be your truest you. Your soul is bigger and more beautiful and more mysterious than you can possible imagine. It has been folded in upon itself by people and by experience and by life. But it need not remain that way.” One of the most […]

 Week 51: How All This Passion, Pain, and Courage Add Up to Joy [Loveable 052] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:25

“Fear about the future becomes bravery in the present becomes joy in hindsight. Joy is knowing you can be scared and still ride through life. Joy is being terrified and trusting you’ll survive it. Joy is believing in yourself enough to believe you are brave.” Joy and happiness are not the same thing. In fact, they may […]

 Week 50: The Courage to Fail [Loveable 051] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:16

“Courage is ignoring the jeers and feeling the fears. Courage is returning to the edge of our comfort zone and choosing the place where our fear dwells, because we are worthy of another chance at life. Regardless of what the critics say.” People who experience success aren’t better at being successful; they are better at […]

 Week 49: What to Do When Our Feelings Are Lying to Us [Loveable 050] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:55

“Life is a gift in terrifying disguise, and we are here to open it, until we find the still-quiet place in the center of it, where fear no longer decides.” In Episode 50 of The Loveable Podcast, we talk about fear. It is an important emotion. It causes us to buckle our seatbelts, run out of burning buildings, […]

 Week 48: The Good Life vs. the Redemptive Life [Loveable 049] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:49

The so-called good life is a hollow promise. It’s empty of the things we desire most, like passion, purpose, and peace. It bores us. Makes us restless. We crave something else. We ultimately crave a redemptive life. In Episode 49 of The Loveable Podcast, we shift our focus slightly to something that will clarify not what our passion […]

 Week 47: What a Life of Vulnerability Really Looks Like [Loveable 048] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:56

“We are healed when we reveal our mess to another and put our real self on the line. When we connect in our brokenness—not in spite of it—we discover what makes us messy is also what makes us beautiful. And we give everyone around us permission to be broken and beautiful, too…A world torn apart by invincibility can only be […]

 Week 46: You Aren’t Here to Be More Happy (You Are Here to Be More You) [Loveable 047] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:08

“Life doesn’t have an easy setting. Remembering who you are isn’t an all-or-nothing endeavor. It’s not a pass-fail assignment. The truth is much closer to this: life is like a sieve and everything we do runs through it. If we watch closely, we’ll notice passing through the sieve all those things that aren’t really us. […]

 Week 45: Why the Most Mundane Life Is Sometimes the Most Passionate Life [Loveable 046] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:36

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” –Gustave Flaubert In Episode 46 of The Loveable Podcast, we are focused on taking the space in your life created by last week’s exercise and doing something a little counterintuitive with it—we are going to build some monotony into it. […]

 Week 44: The Beauty of Becoming a Quitter [Loveable 045] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:24

“Sometimes, life gets too cramped to move in any new direction. Sometimes, the direction we need to go is backward. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is to undo the best things we’ve done.” In Episode 45 of The Loveable Podcast, we focus on quitting some of the things we added to our lives before we gained clarity about […]

 Week 43: Don’t Do Something More Meaningful (Do Something More You) [Loveable 044] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:47

“If you were given permission to simply be more you, what would you do? Start speaking up? Standing up? Standing out? Walking out? Reaching out? Pouring out? Sitting in? Giving in? Giving up? Opening up? To what? Dance lessons? Photography school? Medical school? Dropping out of school? Starting a band? Starting a business? Starting a movement? […]

 Week 42: Don’t Try to Be More Extraordinary (Try to Be More Human) [Loveable 043] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:07

“Yes, the extraordinary is a gift some of us receive at rare, fleeting moments. But our humanity is the ordinary gift we are, all of us, always receiving all the time.” In Episode 43 of The Loveable Podcast, we are once again tackling the voice of shame, which undermines the practicing of our passions by convincing us that those passions […]

 Week 41: How Five Senseless Days Could Make Sense of the Rest of Your Days [Loveable042] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:03

In the words of Frederick Buechner, “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key […]

 Week 40: How Hopelessness Can Become Our Best Hope [Loveable041] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:11

“Hope can be a beautiful thing, because it gives us direction and imbues our lives with a sense of purpose and meaning. But hope can also be the worst of things, because sometimes we settle for having a direction, rather than walking in that direction. Sometimes, our numbered days are spent hoping and waiting, instead of acting and living.” In Episode […]

 Week 39: The Blessing of Being Unfinished [Loveable 040] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:57

“We have a list of things we think must be accomplished inside of us before we can start taking risks outside of us. We think, Once I’m more confident, I’ll start dating. Once I’m more patient, I’ll have children. Once I’m wise enough, I’ll start a blog. Once my insides look as orderly as everyone else looks […]


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