You’ve Got Lael Episode 33: The Transformative Power of Pleasure with Autumn Youngblood and Jendeah Foreman

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My word for 2022 is JOY. 

After living through the pandemic, epically burning out last year, and navigating perimenopause for the last five years, I was needing some joy in my life. I knew I would have to be conscious about cultivating it, because JOY wasn’t showing up on it’s own. 

Over solstice last winter, I shared my word JOY with my witchy friends Autumn and Jendeah and they were like, "Joy, yes, but have you considered Pleasure?"


Ummm. no. 

I'm immediately thinking, "Is pleasure necessary? Isn’t it dangerous? I mean, JOY would benefit others. I’d be happier and easier to be around. I’d spread light and love to everyone who came near me, right? I mean, we could all use more joy right now."

But pleasure? 

Pleasure = sexy. 

Sexy = not me. 

But I decided to lean in. (I love/hate this quality about myself.)

My resistance obviously meant I should get curious. 

So I did.

In this episode, I'm talking with my friends, Jendeah and Autumn - both who are faithful to the practice and experience of pleasure in their lives. I'll be honest, they feel different to be around. They experience the world, themselves and their relationships through another lens - an embodied, rich, present, and pleasurable lens. 

About my guests:

Autumn Youngblood is a pleasure ambassador — she has committed nearly the last decade of her life to exploring, testing, and sharing the transformational power of choosing pleasure. She is the daughter of artists, the mother of daughters, and is currently in a deep transformational process of claiming her sovereignty. She manages a retreat center called Liminalia in the coastal mountain range of Oregon where she loves to welcome friends for healing, renewal, and empowerment.

Jendeah Foreman identifies as a Pleasure Activist, Witch, tarot reader, social worker, creative writer, cat mama, and a big voiced, big idea having, outspoken, hilarious, story telling, sex positive, hula hooping badass, tender hearted feminist goddess. Jenn is part of a Pleasure Coven where she meets monthly with a group of women who are dedicated to the ongoing conversation and real life application of pleasure as a guiding light for a happier, more fulfilling and lush life. She has spent the last several years prioritizing pleasure in all aspects of her life. She believes that women fully anchored in the power of their pleasure can and will save the world.

Please enjoy our conversation and if the kids are around, you might want to save this episode for another time. Just saying.. 


Connect with Autumn at Liminalia, a retreat center or on Instagram @_liminalia_

Connect with Jendeah on Instagram @jentacular1972 and @jendeah_tarot_magic

A More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown 

Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashauer

The Book of Delights: Essays by Ross Gay

Uses of the Erotic by Audre Lord

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This episode is brought to you by Lael Petersen Coaching. Lael Petersen Coaching provides dynamic coaching for women who want to know themselves on a deeper level, shift outdated habits, and live their lives with purpose. If you are tired of talking about your problems and are ready to grow and change, let’s talk.


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