Julie Scipioni, author of "Taking the Stairs: My Journal of Healing and Self-Discovery" and co-author of the best-selling three-volume series, "Iris & Lily" brings you the “How the Light Gets In” podcast. Julie engages and delights listeners with humor, insight, curiosity and inspiration.

Episode 8: Accomplishments matter

You've heard it said that it doesn't matter if you win or lose, but it's how you play the game. In this episode, Julie challenges that idea and suggests that before we accept such ideas as truth, we might want to consider who is promoting them.

Episode 7: Lighten up, ernest

Are your self-labels running the show? 

Anytime you compromise your integrity, anytime you deny truth, anytime you unwillingly give up something of yourself purely to meet the expectation or the labels given to you by yourself or by others – no matter how critical or seemingly inconsequential it may be – you are trading a piece of yourself away.

Episode 6: Polar Vortex

What happens when you suddenly realize you just passed through a polar vortex? Someone gives you a rock that changes the way you see everything.

In this unscripted episode Julie discusses the polar vortex that recently passed through her city and what it taught her about her life. Whether you’re in a deep freeze in your life, or if you’re sitting on a beach in Aruba, you’ll take something from this story – and maybe even leave a nugget of it behind for someone else who will come along behind you.

Episode 5: The sweet Grandma and the old hag

If someone asked you if you like to have problems you would probably say “no.” But admit it, sometimes you do. Sometimes you like to pit yourself against another person and sometimes you like to have a story to tell that creates the “us vs. them” mentality that we all buy into, if we are place in the right – or rather, the wrong – circumstances.

In this episode, Julie talks about how quickly our love of suffering – and our refusal to suffer – can transform the challenges we face in life.

Episode 4: The Power of Letting Go

Letting go can be the most powerful -and the scariest - thing we can learn to do. But when we can discern the difference between helpful support and debilitating "helpfulness" we not only begin to free up our own emotional resources, but we empower the ones we love as well. 

Episode 3: Truthtellers

I am in love with Midge Maisel. There, I said it. 

Midge Maisel (aka Miriam) is the main character in the Amazon Original series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Midge is teaching me to speak truth and to give others the liberty to laugh with it, bristle at it, cry about it, deny it, love me or hate me for it. But to speak it. Without reservation or apology, though perhaps with greater discernment and fewer cuss words than Midge. 

Find your voice. Climb up on your platform. Be a truthteller.

Episode 2: I’ll Show you mine (even if you don’t show me yours)

Scars tell stories. Physical scars tell the story of our accidents and surgeries. But the scars that no one can see - those of our spiritual and emotional battles - tell the stories of courage, faith, and hope. Telling our stories to each other demolishes the isolation, shame, and fear that keeps us stuck in our troubles.

Episode 1: What’s it All About?

How the Light Gets In calls for the end of perfection and invites you to dance in the light that comes in through the cracks of your life.

There’s a song lyric by the late songwriter Leonard Cohen that says, “Ring the bells that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in

Here on How the Light Gets In, we will explore cracks in all their mysterious and troubling forms and use them to find our way to a more meaningful, compassionate - and even humorous - life experience.