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Looking Up with Dr. Deepika Chopra

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21 episodes

Nov 2, 2020

Escaping NXIVM: The Cult that Bound Her for Life with Sarah Edmondson 

Today’s episode of Looking Up features Sarah Edmondson, a once struggling actor in Vancouver, who in her late twenties enrolled in a series of self-improvement seminars called ESP (Executive Success Program), aka NXIVM. Sarah worked her way up, becoming a high-level teacher and one of the most high-ranking recruiters for the program. The unraveling of NXIVM and its masked evilness is all documented on HBO’s The Vow and also Starz' Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult, which follows the lives of Sarah and some of the other optimistic young recruits on their journey to becoming seasoned members and into a dark traumatic world of branding women, forced labor, sex trafficking and slavery. But Sarah’s story is much more than that. It’s a story of a woman, mother, wife and a marriage that survives a cult. She tells listeners in this episode a story of resilience, learning and relearning, and moving forward. In most recent news, Keith Raniere, the cult leader of NXIVM, has been sentenced to 120 years in prison, after the gut wrenching experiences and courageous work of whistleblowers like Sarah.

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Guest Details: @sarahedmondson 

Book That Has Changed The Way Sarah Lives Her Life: Untamed by Glennon Doyle and The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

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Oct 19, 2020

Making Your War Beautiful with Ladies of London Star + Restaurateur Marissa Hermer 

So much loss has taken place over this past year and that loss looks different for all of us. So many Looking Up guests have recognized some of the gifts they've received by way of their struggle during this time… but one thing that’s important to highlight is human flexibility, the ability to be emotionally and mentally flexible, or what it means to adapt, to recreate, to reinvent and to pivot to find new paths moving forward, especially when faced with setbacks. This week’s guest is a reality tv alumni, author, entrepreneur, restaurateur and mom. She was on the Bravo show Ladies of London for 3 seasons, is the owner of two LA hotspots, The Draycott and Olivetta, and is the creator of the new kids' snack brand Mavericks. In the face of the pandemic when restaurants closed for so many months she reinvented her business model and did so all with the focus on how she could help our healthcare heroes. We talk about finding light in less than ideal situations, her entrepreneurial spirit, the battles we are all facing and how to make our wars beautiful… In this episode, she reminds us of how much love there is in the world despite all the chaos. 

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Guest Details: @marissahermer

Book That Has Changed The Way Marissa Lives Her Life: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

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