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Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee Season Two: A Look Back at the Journey

From conversations with Rotimi, to self-reflective lessons on finding more within yourself this season of Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee was truly a journey like no other set in a time like no other.

Vanessa joined us for season two with a new mindset, and outlook. She focused on being vulnerable, and letting us into the deeper side of her life. This began with a premiere episode that featured a look into her new relationship with actor/sing-songwriter Rotimi.

The walls came down on how they met, fell in love, and the future they see with each other. They discussed what has made their relationship successful thus far-- communication and honesty.

It may seem simple, and totally obvious, but it’s the simple things that can cut the deepest.

Once the walls came down, Vanessa truly let us into who she really is past all the fame, the music, and the entertaining. In the most emotional episode to date, true emotions were pouring through the airwaves, as she returned with a clear mind and open heart.

Where has she been? What sort of self-reflective journey has she been on? What did she learn? And what can she teach us?

Well, if you let her, a lot actually.

It was a Vanessa that we had never seen before. Her emotions are her truth, and finally through her tears she was released from the shell that was her former self.

In her words, this was possibly the hardest episode for her to put out. It can quite possibly be the hardest for you to listen to, as well, because true emotions are hard to face. Whether they are someone else's, or your very own.

Now, we are on the journey forward. At this point, Vanessa has stripped it way down to the bones, and admitted to the traumas in her life that may still affect her. But admitting is only part of the battle, it is the asking for and accepting of help that can really incite an internal war.

In a conversation with Faith Kangero, founder of the Australian nonprofit Spirit of Esther, Vanessa learns about the tools that can keep her from falling into old patterns. It is about continuing on the journey of self-discovery, and the exercises that Faith shares are all about confronting the traumas in your life.

So far, the season has paid a lot of attention to personal growth, breaking through the barriers we knowingly and unknowingly set for ourselves, and facing traumas head-on. However, there’s always time for a true reflective moment, not only about where you are in the moment but where you have been.

This doesn’t just have to do with all the bad things, but rather all the moments you found yourself on one path and decided to veer to another.

It’s the natural life of pivoting, and Vanessa talks to us about the moments where she thought her life was going one direction but it in fact needed to go another.

From law school, to pop-sensations, and now podcaster her life has taken an unexpected turn or two. Rotimi also drops in to give us his experiences with life-pivoting in the world of entertainment.

It’s one of the most relatable episodes thus far, and it reminds you that it is absolutely okay that you may not have all your stuff together at this moment.

In the latter part of the season, Vanessa tackled a very perplexing question. What exactly is the difference between being nice and being kind?

Weird, right? Sometimes we don’t realize that there really is a difference between the two.

By sharing her personal experiences from her time in the music industry, Vanessa explains how she learned that her niceness actually did more harm than good.

As we near the end of season two we are left with two more important lessons that helped Vanessa on her journey of self growth. The importance of making mistakes and overcoming inferiority complexes.

We all know that mistakes are a part of life, and that without them we wouldn't have learned the important lessons that have made us into the people we are today.

An interesting theory that Vanessa points out is that we need to see our mistakes not as failures, but rather as “not yets.”

Pretty much making mistakes is a way for the universe to tell you that it is not yet your time, but rather your time is coming soon.

Of course, we couldn’t end season two without some wise Rotimi advice.

He and Vanessa come full circle ending the season the way they began. Together.

One of the most important things in a journey of personal growth is learning that you are not lower than anybody.

They each share their experiences with this topic, and how they overcame them. Surprisingly enough, Rotimi shares the advice that 50 Cent gave him that helped him through.

Season two was indeed a journey. It was honest, raw and full of emotion. Vanessa let us into her innermost self, and held a mirror up to you in hopes of reflecting who you really are deep down.

She led with love, and continues to go forth in love. We can only hope to grow with her continuously during the next season of Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee.

Listen to all the episodes, relive the journey, and feel the emotions that encompassed season two of Deep Dive with Vanessa Mdee right now anywhere you listen to podcasts. Follow Vanessa and Jam Street Media on all social media platforms for updates on the release of season three.

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