Our Story

Have you ever hung out with someone for the first time and within minutes you knew that person was someone special?


Well that’s exactly what it was like when we met.

On one fateful day during the spring of 2016, Haylee slid into Jayda’s DM’s to ask her to meet for brunch.


We shared a mutual friend in the creative community and instantly connected over our love for poetry, storytelling and building safe spaces among Asian Womxn.


After sharing our stories and passions over delicious Yemen food, we continued to support one another in various ways such as  empowering each other to share their poems at community open-mic  events, connecting each other with other Bay Area creatives,  and hyping each other up on social media, as all great friends do. Our desire to see the other flourish as a creative was very clear. 


In the fall of 2018, Jayda asked Haylee if she wanted to take their relationship to the next level, and be her partner, her creative partner. And thus we birthed this beautiful podcast 5 months later!


We are so excited for you all to join us in welcoming this podcast to spotify, apple itunes, and beyond.

Help us raise this podcast by sharing it with your friends and family.

This is truly a labor of love for ourselves and our community.


Haylee believes in the transformative healing power of storytelling. Her personal and professional work over the last decade as a facilitator, organizer and marketing events manager has been to amplify stories from poc, nbpoc and immigrant communities. A storyteller by passion, Haylee is finally ready to share her own and is excited to do so as a co-host on the Don’t Say Sorry Podcast.

www.hayleethikeo.com     @hayleethikeo     

Haylee Thikeo

Jayda is an advocate for first generation students and former crisis counselor for survivors of sexual assault.  In both her roles as a college advisor or crisis counselor, Jayda creates supportive spaces for folks to share personal experiences and move forward in their respective journey. As a writer, she uses poetry to showcase the type of vulnerability she feels the world needs and is excited for Don’t Say Sorry to be a platform to continue sharing stories of sexuality, relationships and healing.



Jayda Shuavarnnasri