Episode 22

22. Radically Pursing Who I Want To Be with Carlton Mackey (Pt.1)

The conversation in this episode had such a presence of authenticity, thought provoking nuggets and beauty that I had to make it into two parts. This is part one of my conversation with Carlton Mackey, the founder of Black Men SmileĀ®. He elaborates on the transformation he is going through as a result of therapy and  becoming more honest with himself, even when it was scary. He dives into the process of learning to love himself.

Episode Highlights

  • Authenticity being courageous in today's world

  • How the fear of rejection blocks authenticity

  • The importance of taking time to listen to yourself  

  • Utilizing therapy as a mirror  and help you grow 

  • The importance of communicating your needs

  • Feeling empowered by embracing your sensitive nature 

  • How being free helps other people to be free

  • Pushing past fear 

Special Guest: Carlton Mackey


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Bianca Hughes

Bianca Kesha Hughes is setting boundaries and breaking barriers. She knows how to navigate life and discover true identity while trusting in God. Known for authenticity and heart-work services, Bianca is the ultimate trailblazer in the mental health and wellness field as a therapist, coach, speaker, and podcast host, inspiring her audience to let go of the illusion of perfectionism.

She is deeply connected to her cultural values, and Caribbean heritage, and her foundation of faith is a source of light for everyone around her. Bianca experiences her fair share of trials and pain but she heals through vulnerability and connecting to her authentic self. For this reason, she is passionate about breaking down the walls of perfectionism, encouraging her audience to connect to their authentic self while creating a safer place for them to be seen and heard.

Her podcast, "It Didn't Break Me," creates a space for honest and vulnerable conversations. Her guests share their transformational life stories around the messy stuff they didn't think they'd come back from yet they are still here. "It Didn't Break Me" podcast is a platform for people who are struggling with mindset shifts around perfectionism and being their authentic self, inspiring them to discover the beauty in the mess.