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What’s Real Video Series

What’s Real with Julia Fehrenbacher from Lori Portka on Vimeo.

Julia says on her website: I have very few secrets, I don’t usually have a problem spilling it all.  I love that.  Me too.  Perfect for What’s Real because we want all of the juicy goodness!

Julia shares the inspirations behind her poems and artwork, how she gets to the other side of fear, “behind the scenes” of self-publishing a book, and my favorite bit of wisdom- how she lives with Unapologetic Brightness, like the moon.

Get Julia’s beautiful, soul inspiring book, On the Other Side of Fear.

Connect with JuliaWebsite


PS:  Below is the quote Julia referred to later in the interview by Marianne Williamson.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Williamson

Julia and I in Portland in May, 2011



I am so excited to launch this interview series today!

Graphic from The Painted Path

On the internet, it’s so easy to compare myself to others.  It seems like everyone else is super productive, making new products, traveling the world, earning tons of cash and being generally fabulous.  And in turn, I feel less-than.  It is all a made up story in my mind.  A story with a sad spin to it.  As part of my self-care, I take breaks from social media when I am feeling especially vulnerable to comparison.  (Ahem, about once a month.)

But I know everyone has challenges and joys and fears and heartaches and successes.  Everyone.  I also know that most of us who are so open on-line, are showing the best parts of ourselves.  And we should be.  This is all good.  I wanted to create a series that focuses on truth, on how we are alike and how we can learn from our shared experiences.

Plus, I love hearing people’s stories.  I genuinely care.

Welcome to the first interview with Hannah Marcotti.  


What’s Real Interview with Hannah Marcotti from Lori Portka on Vimeo.

This girl shines!  Hannah tells us about her journey with food and finding peace around it.  I could really relate.  She also shares ideas about how entrepreneurs can get past the fear of everyone else is already doing that. (A personally favorite fear of mine.)

In Hannah’s words- I guide women to fall in love with themselves and through that love see the possibility of what they can create. This is where the magic happens.  Hannah is a certified Holistic Health Coach, highly sensitive person and writer- I’ve seen personally how she makes magic happen through her programs, The Joy Up and Making Space Cleanse.  Sign up to get everything you can from Hannah in your inbox.  Beautiful little gifts.

This video was recorded months ago but then I got so busy with my Hundred Thank Yous project, I felt like I had to wait to launch this interview series.  Since we recorded this, Hannah and I have met in person at my opening.  We are no longer “on-line” friends.  We’re friends-friends.

I love how Hannah doesn’t even flinch at the beginning when I say her name wrong.  Turns out there is a little bit of a learning curve to just about everything.

Connect with Hannah:  Website   ::   Facebook


{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Julia July 1, 2012

    This added so much beauty to my day, Lori and Hannah. Thank you so much for sharing your sparkling selves.

    With love,


    • LoriP July 5, 2012

      Julia, a little present is coming your way 🙂

  • A July 3, 2012

    What you wrote Lori and the Steven Furtick quote – that’s so true! I had been feeling sorry for myself and had been missing this obvious truth. I knew it in the back of my mind but it’s good to see it articulated in such a precise manner.

    • LoriP July 5, 2012

      I needed to hear the steven furtick quote again today too!

  • Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy July 8, 2012

    Oh how exciting Lori, I am going to come back tommorow and listen to the interview:D

  • Deborah G. July 11, 2012

    I just awoke after being in bed sick and vomiting since early this morning. I feel wrung out and hung over, but well. Surprisingly my first conscious thought was, “Lori Portka.”


    “Lori Portka.”

    Obedient to my Inner Voice, here I am receiving exactly what I need. Thank you. xo

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