Non Wels

Non wels

Feely Human



I’m Non Wels. That’s my name. Seriously.

Here are a few things you should know about me:

I am an empath.

I am strong advocate for therapy and mental health awareness. I believe we need to talk openly and honestly about our struggles and feely hearts, even if it means we experience discomfort. It’s in that discomfort where we find grow, connect, and discover our bright spots.


I am a seeker.

I once buried a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the backyard. The following day, I dug it up and ate it. There was also the pee on pancakes saga. I was an Alaskan commercial salmon fisherman for a summer. I also almost died once from a cocktail of anorexia, depression, and a real sad heart.

I am a storyteller.

I love all stories. I love telling stories. I love listening to stories. Tell me a story and I will love you forever. Stories are my jam, in every form. Even in jam form. Like if you share a story about jam, written in marmalade jam-based ink, I will worship at your sticky altar.

I am the creator and host of the podcast, You, Me, Empathy, a safe space for us humans to share stories and to embrace empathy and vulnerability and kindness as we attempt to navigate this wayward, often overwhelming, and awe inspiring pale blue dot. It's a podcast for us, together, to engaged empathetically with each other, to share our mental health struggles so we can find healing and growth and familiarity in our stories.

Previously, I also co-created Joy Sandwich, a podcast about seeking out the joy in life, even in our dark moments when we just want to scream and cry into fuzzy Totoro pillows. After four years and nearly 100 episodes, we decided to end its run in February 2018. But the archive of Joy Sandwich is alive and well and a reminder for you to always embrace joy.


I am a word monger.

Words bring people together. Words empower. Words are tools for empathy, for understanding, for exchanging ideas. When I’m not immersed in You, Me, Empathy, I work with words for a living as a writer and editor. It’s pretty splendiferous.

I am a humanist.

I’m a feminist, and a humanist—which is to say that I stand up for equality for all, for humans embracing the feely human goodness in each of us, for science and for this wondrous rolling pebble we call home.