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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

May 26, 2020


Can We Laugh At Our Embarrassing Moments?


Joanne Jarret


Joanne shares a few of her embarrassing stories, and we talk about why it’s important to be able to laugh at ourselves, and how this increases connection and can break shame and isolation.  We talk about what internal overstimulation is, and the difference between ruminating and working something out.  We explore the difference between processing an interaction and gossiping. We also talk about physical touch and boundaries with Highly Sensitive People.


  • Joanne has designed women’s loungewear
  • She has the podcast Fancy Free
  • She shares at least 2 embarrassing stories
  • Joanne would compare her messy insides with others’
  • She’s trying to figure out if she’s a Highly Sensitive Introvert or Extrovert
  • Shame says, I am fundamentally flawed
  • Guilt says, I did something wrong
  • Why it’s important to bust shame
  • She asks about what she calls procrastination/laziness
  • I talk about being a perfectionist with nothing to show for it
  • We talk about cultural expectations that value success and doing
  • We talk about the “soft skills” and gifts that HSPs have that aren’t always as easy to see, but are incredibly valuable
  • Joanne talks about hitting a wall
  • Can an HSP have a high pain threshold and still be an HSP?
  • Joanne shares her superpower, and I’ve never heard it verbalized like this before, but it resonates
  • We talk about HSPs and if they all need physical space
  • We talk about boundaries
  • Joanne asks what internal overstimulation looks likes
  • We explore rumination vs. working something out
  • We talk about the need to process information, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s gossip


Joanne is a family physician turned stay-at-home mom with two teenage daughters. She blogs at Cozy Clothes Blog and podcasts at Fancy Free Podcast. She loves to tell embarrassing, funny stories on herself to make others feel less alone in their imperfection. She has her own women's lounge wear line, Shelfie Shoppe, that sells super cozy street-legal pajamas with comfy shelf bras for some support and coverage. She is married to a whip smart, mischievous husband, Scott, who always keeps her laughing (and doing the occasional chair-side dental assisting). She and her whole extended family recently moved from Reno, NV to rural Montana.


Patricia Young works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online groups for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).


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Music-- Gravel Dance by Andy Robinson