This week’s guest is Mary Shores, author of the recently published “Conscious Communications” which focuses on the power that our words have in creating the course of our lives. Mary’s expertise in this topic was the result of bouncing back from an unfathomable tragedy, to founding a debt collection agency where she discovered the way she chose to communicate with people had a tremendous impact on the success of her business. From there, she managed to become an author despite claiming to never have been a writer, and she’s here to recount the entire story!
This week’s guest is Blake, a college senior at Indiana University. Blake has a been football player since his youth, and as a big guy, always a fairly dominant one. But as a college football player, going from the proverbial big fish in the small pond to the opposite proved to be an incredibly challenging transition in many areas. The rigorous time and energy requirements of the game was beginning to interfere with his ability to have a complete college experience, and a sense of loneliness was becoming prevalent. As the title suggests, Blake made one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever made in deciding to leave football behind, and was ultimately able to improve his grades and social life immensely, as well as discover a passion for broadcasting. Blake shows us how to create a rich, authentic life experience by staying involved, staying positive, and staying connected."
Oftentimes on the podcast, we talk about the importance of “connection” and how we eradicate a lot of our undue anxiety by simply connecting to something, whether it be a passion or otherwise. This week’s guest is Colette, who is here to take us on a journey that exemplifies this idea with her incredibly inspirational story of being a professional singer in New York City who suddenly lost her voice one day, and how she ultimately re-connected with it years later through volunteering to sing to Alzheimer’s patients. Colette’s story is a powerful testament to the healing powers that intent can illicit, how we better treat and serve our elders, and how the fulfillment we receive from any endeavor we choose to pursue in life is ultimately dependent on the energy we choose to bring to it. PS — Colette is also hilarious.
Highlights of this episode include:
— How Colette lost her singing voice while trying to make it as a singer in NYC
— How she was able to launch a career in comedy afterwards
— How she re-discovered singing many years later through volunteering
— Her grandmothers that inspired her to want to work with the elderly
— The importance of having a purpose, and much more!
On Greatness: My Story Of Leaving Accounting For Psychology
There are a lot of avenues we can take to define anxiety. So with this episode, I’d like to share my own personal story of how anxiety can bubble to the surface if all the best parts about yourself are being bottled. For me, this meant leaving behind an accounting career I’d worked very hard to build because my body was continuously letting me every day that I was in the wrong place. In this sense, anxiety can actually serve as a tremendous gift to us, a kind tap on the shoulder from our nervous system letting us know there’s a much better life for us that’s waiting to be tapped into.
This week’s guest is Akshay Nanavati, author of the forthcoming book “Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How To Turn Fear Into Health, Wealth, & Happiness.” Akshay struggled with drug addiction as a youth, but his life was changed after the movie “Black Hawk Down” inspired him to join the US Marines. After serving in Iraq, and struggling with PTSD as a result, Akshay began to educate himself deeply on the neuroscience behind fear, and developed some very interesting ideas on how fear can be used as a catalyst for many areas of personal growth. Akshay’s high-octane demeanor is contagious, and his enthusiasm for life and his work are highly enviable. I suspect you’ll enjoy this one and learn a lot like I did!
Highlights of this episode include:
—How the movie “Black Hawk Down” inspired Akshay to quit using drugs forever
—His experiences in the US Marines and the PTSD he experienced afterwards
—The differences between post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder
—The concept of “Fearvana” and how we can use it to our advantage
—What we can learn through enduring challenging events, and more!
We live in strange, anxiety-inducing times. Whether it’s the 24-hour cycle of negative news, political drama, natural disasters, or personal troubles, it’s becoming increasingly easier to feel like we’re losing control of both our circumstances and our lives. So this week Julie and I would like to take some time to talk about the idea of designing your ideal day, which can be done as a simple exercise when you wake up in the morning. One of the keys to creating a more meaningful life lie in our daily actions, so we’d like to help you make sure your actions are in tune with the vibe you want to put out into the world. We think you’ll find this both simple and effective. Try it out and let us know how it goes!
This week’s podcast is partially inspired by this article, written by one of my favorite writers Frank Bruni: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/opinion/sunday/college-freshman-mental-health.html?mcubz=0
Bruni makes some fantastic points in the article, so I decided to discuss a few of them while offering some advice to college freshmen who might be struggling with the transition as well as my thoughts on getting right into the mix to hopefully avoid potential growing pains altogether. Enjoy!
Julie & I just dropped off our son, George, back at college for his senior year, and it got inspired us to talk a little bit this week about periods of transition and change that we encounter throughout our lives, especially as parents as we watch our kids grow up and move to on to do all the great things they’re destined for. While these times can be scary and uncertain, change is nothing to fear, so tune in to get our extended thoughts on the topic!
Back To School time can sometimes be a harrowing period that where old anxieties re-surface and new ones form seemingly out of thin air. It doesn’t have to be that way. So in the spirit of undoing our undue anxiety, I’ve collected a list of thoughts on how you can have your happiest, healthiest school year yet. This is the stuff I work with most commonly in the therapy room, so take a listen and then take action! Have a great school year!