Jun 9, 2022

You Don’t Need Prince Charming to Save You with Shannon Heth & Beau Nelson

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Breakups, Love, Marriage, Relationships, the Cinderella Complex


Today I’m joined by the wonderful duo that is Beau Nelson and Shannon Heth, authors of Cinderella, You Bitch: Rescue Your Relationships from the Fairy-Tale Fantasy. In this episode, we speak about our society’s obsession with having a fairytale love story and happy endings. As kids, we’ve all heard the story of how Cinderella or other fairytale princesses found their prince charming, got married, and lived happily ever after, giving us unrealistic expectations of how relationships should be when we become adults. Listening to this episode will help you see the reality of a being in a relationship and how you can create the ending you desire.

Shannon Heth is a marketing and communications specialist who crafts creative strategy and stories for global brands. The president and founder of public relations agency Milk Creative Communications, her client work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Bon Appetit, and the Los Angeles Times. An accomplished storyteller, Shannon has also penned a number of articles for newspapers and magazines. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her two young sons.

Beau Nelson is a creator. As an internationally recognized celebrity makeup artist he has worked with women like Kristen Stewart, Zoe Kravitz, Christina Hendricks, and Iman. As a photographer/director, he has collaborated with legendary brands like Chanel, Tom Ford, Dior, Violet Grey, and Chantecaille Cosmetics. And as a multi-passionate creative, he’s been involved in countless other artistic endeavors from fragrance development, to songwriting, to visual art. Beau has spent years studying and practicing principles of personal transformation and lives in Los Angeles, California.

00:00 Intro
01:30 Cinderella, You Bitch
05:56 The fairytale trap
10:01 Being responsible versus taking responsibility
12:19 Separating reality from fantasy
15:36 Stop finding happiness in other people
19:00 Sometimes breakups are a good thing
22:58 The problem with idolizing weddings & marriage
29:01 Problematic language used to describe love
32:57 Getting out of the fairytale trap
39:53 The magic of starting conversations with strangers
46:34 Acknowledging your feelings & celebrating yourself


  • The reason why so many of us live with a “Cinderella complex” and how we can get out of this fairytale trap
  • Why Shannon and Beau think breakups are a good thing
  • The importance of celebrating your achievements and recognizing your feelings