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Ep. #30 Reclaiming Your Life: A Story of Human Resilience with Para-athlete and Inspiration Rich Vander Wal

Rich Vander Wal is a para athlete, recreation therapist, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and an inspiration to all. In this episode, Rich tells us his story of transformation after having experienced a traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in 1992, which resulted in complete T4 Paraplegia. These days Rich is a Recreation Therapist and Founder of Neurocore Physiotherapy, a rehab centre for individuals with neurological conditions, a father and family man, an elite athlete, and keynote speaker helping people find fulfillment in their lives. Rich’s story epitomizes human resilience and being able to reclaim your life after suffering a life-changing accident. 

After suffering a complete T4 paraplegia in a motorcycle accident, Rich’s whole world was shaken. His whole life suddenly had to change as he embarked on a journey on learning how to live a fulfilled life after the accident. After spending months in rehab learning to work his body in new ways, and learning to use his new equipment, Rich found himself again in sports and athletics – albeit now he had to also redefine training as a para athlete. Rich got involved in just about as many sports as he could – rowing, tennis, cycling, swimming, skiing, and mountain biking. Sport and athletics is still an essential part of Rich’s life. Rich has represented Canada in rowing, tennis, and alpine skiing and is currently training for a triathlon event. 

Rich became a recreation therapist and advocate for people who have suffered serious injury or medical conditions after being inspired by his own rehab team. Now he is the inspiration to many others and strives to show people how it is possible to reclaim your life after a massive change.

Rich Vander Wal, B.R.L.S., T.R.

The Person

Rich brings a unique approach to Neurocore as he designed and built much of the space to reflect a calming, non-traditional atmosphere where someone with a neurological condition will have the opportunity to exercise in an accessible, warm and friendly environment.

Having experienced a traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in 1992, which resulted in complete T4 Paraplegia, Rich brings a wealth of personal life experiences to individuals living with a neurological condition and the challenges that may accompany this life change.

Re-evaluating his personal values led him to Brock University where he was a recipient of the prestigious Price Waterhouse Coopers Gold Medal for Entrepreneurial Excellence in 1998. He graduated with a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies in 1999 and went on to attain an Honour’s post-graduate certificate in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College in 2000.  In 2013, Rich was awarded the Georgian College Board of Governors Distinguished Alumni Award.

As a qualified Recreation Therapist at Neurocore, Rich can help you to enhance your mobility skills further or work with you to develop new skills in an activity or sport of your choice.

The Professional

Working as a Recreation Therapist for 5 years at Toronto Rehab. Institute, Lyndhurst Centre, he worked to re-establish the “Outdoor Cottage Program”, lead the “Community Integration” Program and created a new “Get Outside” program to allow clients the opportunity to develop skills and increased confidence when using their new mobility aids. Rich still continues to assist clients and therapists with development of practical skills to enhance function and Quality of Life.

Rich’s dual interest for providing education and acting as a resource for customized seating and competitive sports equipment encouraged him to seek a position at Motion Specialties in 2006. He currently continues part time in this role as an educator and sales consultant with a focus on adaptive sports.

Rich’s unique teaching ability and life experience is an inspiration to anyone who attends his talks. He has been pivotal in providing education series and acting as a resource for individuals with neurological conditions, therapists of various disciplines and students of various age groups. Topics he covers include: Customized seating, wheelchair set-up & mobility, recreational and competitive sports equipment, promotion of physical activity, and sexuality & relationships.

The Ambassador

Everyone has to find purpose in life. Rich’s mission is about creating awareness and education to assist in others’ transition back to a life with an adequate level of quality and involvement.

Rich has travelled internationally to assist with integration and awareness in communities not familiar with the needs for patrons with a disability.

In Canada Rich has had a role volunteering with the following groups.

  • Rick Hansen Foundation, Wheels-in-Motion Keynote
  • Speaker/AmbassadorRick Hansen Foundation, Toronto Solutions Committee
  • Canadian Paralympic Committee – CMCL PresenterCanadian Paraplegic Association- Peer Support Program
  • Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association – Board of Director
  • Ontario Wheelchair Sports- Bridging the Gap Presenter
  • Parasport Ontario, Athlete Ambassador
  • Sunnybrook Hospital PARTY Program
  • Toronto Accessible Sports Council
  • SCI Action Canada – Advisory Panel
  • TRI Spinal Cord Rehab Lyndhurst Centre- Patient Educator

The Athlete

Rich’s involvement in various sports heavily defines his values and goals. He has represented Canada for 3 different sports; rowing, tennis and alpine skiing. In addition his other sports interests include road racing, off road hand cycling, triathlons, kayaking and scuba diving. He has received the “Order of Lake Ontario”, captained the “Golden Horseshoe Marathon” and been selected as Tennis Canada and Dairy Farmers of Canada’s “Everyday Champion”.

There are only 2 things he doesn’t do well, basketball and sitting still.

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Ep. #20: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life w/ Dr. Brian Russell

Brian Russell (Ph.D.) is an award winning professor of biblical studies and a transformational coach for pastors and spiritually-minded professionals. His personal mission is to seek out, study, and embody the deepest truths about God so that he can share them compellingly, lovingly, and transformationally with others. In this episode, Dr. Brain Russell (Author, Professor of Biblical Studies, Spiritual Growth Coach) and I discuss some of the amazing insights and teachings from his upcoming book, Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life (available Sept. 2021). The heart of The Centering Prayer is to sit quietly, focus attention on a particular word, and ultimately connect with life/reality beyond thought. Through a meditation practice, one is able to connect deeply with God – the transcendent source and essence of life itself. To sit in God’s presence is to sit in connection with Being – to experience the majesty of the present moment. All too often we get lost in our thoughts and judgements about ourselves, other people, and the world around us. However, thought is not the be-all and end-all of life – far from it, in fact. Everyone can learn to disidentify their thoughts from their true self and, in doing so, discover the true meaning of Love and God. Although this process of discovery can be challenging and uncomfortable at times, if you embrace it and practice it regularly, you will find that all areas of your life will transform and become empowered. 

Dr Brian Russell

Brian Russell (Ph.D.) is an award winning professor of biblical studies and a transformational coach for pastors and spiritually-minded professionals. His personal mission is to seek out, study, and embody the deepest truths about God so that he can share them compellingly, lovingly, and transformationally with others. He is the author of Invitation: A Bible Study to Begin With (Seedbed 2014), (re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade 2015); and the forthcoming Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life. He is also host of the Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations podcast.

Pre-order Brian’s book, Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly In God’s Presence Can Change Your Life (available Sept. 2021)

A new, but ancient, way to pray can turn your life around. Discover how to experience God’s love at your core, freeing you to love others, and even yourself. 

When biblical scholar and coach Brian Russell discovered centering prayer at a difficult crossroad in his life, he had no idea how his life would change. “Sensing God’s love for me has been so transformational that it almost feels as though I’ve experienced conversion all over again,” he writes. He became calmer, less anxious, less reactive, freed of past wounds, and a better listener in the presence of others. 

Centering prayer, also known as the prayer of silence, helps you quiet your mind from the constant thoughts and impulses, and frees your true self to experience more of God’s love in the very core of your being.  

This inviting guide gives you practical tools to make centering prayer a consistent habit in your life, gives the history and theological foundation for the practice, and helps identify and overcome common obstacles. Beginners, as well as seasoned practitioners, will gain inspiration, rich insight, and practical knowledge of a contemplative prayer practice that can open you up to deep experiences of inner peace.” – Amazon

Dr Brian’s Podcast: The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

Episode 78: Beth Fisher–Remorseless: A Journey to Finding Your True Self The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

In this week’s episode, Beth Fisher takes us on a deep dive into issues of identity. Our conversation finds its roots in her outstanding book Remorseless: Learning to Lose Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions Without Losing Yourself. Beth Fisher is a motivational speaker and life coach and holds two master's degrees in theology. An avid marathoner, she and her family live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Buy Beth’s Books: Remorseless: Learning to Lose Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions Without Losing Yourself https://amzn.to/3n41p9p Remorseless Workshop: A Journey to Losing Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions–And Finding Yourself https://amzn.to/3jbmDkr Books Recommended by Beth: Geisler/Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist https://amzn.to/2YXlPIR Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others https://amzn.to/3DL5GVV Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Chaos, Reorder  https://amzn.to/2YTu217 Connect with Beth Fisher: http://www.bethfisher.com Twitter @bethfish_author  Instagram @bethfisher_author   Connect with Brian Russell: Information about Brian’s latest book Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life http://www.centeringprayerbook.com or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E . For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com Twitter: @briandrussell Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife Coaching for Pastors: http://www.deepdivespirituality.com Business and Life Coaching: http://www.brianrussellphd.com Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture: (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258 Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases. Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Pod/Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes.
  1. Episode 78: Beth Fisher–Remorseless: A Journey to Finding Your True Self
  2. Episode 77 Dr. Ken Collins on Jesus the Stranger: The Man from Galilee and the Light of the World
  3. Episode 76 Dr. Joshua McNall on Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space between Doubt and Dogmatism
  4. Episode 75 Dr. Brian Russell on How God Uses Silent Meditative Prayer (Centering Prayer) to Transform Us
  5. Episode 74 Marnie Swedberg on Dynamic Speaking, Growth, and Goal Achieving for Christians
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Ep. #18 The Neuroscience of Meditation and Cannabis w/ Dr Hilary Marusak

Dr. Hilary Marusak is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine and directs the THINK lab (www.wsuthinklab.com) . She is also an Adjunct Assistant. In this episode, Dr. Hilary Marusak and I discuss some of the latest neuroscientific research on how meditation affects various brain systems. Meditation has been used by humans for thousands of years as a tool for self-regulation, healing, strengthening, and resilience development. And recently, the modern scientific community has begun to investigate how meditation works, which brain systems are involved, and how it can be used therapeutically. The practice of meditation comes in many different forms, and can be applied to many different areas of a person’s life. Hilary’s research focuses primarily on how meditation affects kids, and how it can be used as a therapeutic tool for kids who are dealing with pain, illness, and emotional dysregulation. 

We also discuss some of the latest science of cannabis and how the scientific community are working towards gaining a better understanding of the relationship and interaction between cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. Just as meditation has been used by humans for thousands of years, so too has cannabis played a role in many healing traditions in human history. The exact nature of how cannabis affects the body and brain is still largely unstudied and is an exciting field of research. While using cannabis for medicinal purposes has started to rise in society (with the recent legalization), there are also some risks. As the body of scientific literature develops over time, our ability to make educated and informed decisions regarding cannabis use will also increase. Hilary and I also explore some of her research into how cannabis affects the developing brain (i.e. in fetuses, children, and teenagers). While these areas of study are still relatively new, it’s an exciting time to be in this field and studying the potential benefits and risks of cannabis. 

Dr Hilary Marusak

Dr. Hilary Marusak is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine and directs the THINK lab (www.wsuthinklab.com) . She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development, a Scientific Member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the CURES Center, and a Science Advisor for the nonprofit organization Kids Kicking Cancer. She hosts her own podcast about the brain and brain disorders, called BrainSTEM (www.brainstempodcast.com).

Dr Hilary’s Podcast: BrainSTEM

A podcast for anyone interested in the brain or brain disorders, hosted by neuroscientist Dr. Hilary Marusak and produced by Amanpreet and Manmeet Bhogal. Each episode interviews someone affected by a brain disorder and an expert. We cover a range of neurological & psychiatric disorders, like depression, PTSD, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. We also discuss questions like what does COVID-19 do the brain, why do we sleep, and how does the brain develop? Follow us and email us!

E08 – PTSD brainSTEM

Dr. Marusak first interviews Dan Zia Joseph, an Army Officer in California serving as a Combat Engineering Platoon Leader while he completes a Masters in Psychology. Then, she talks with Dr. Tanja Jovanovic, a neuroscientist who specializes in the study of PTSD Neurobiology at Wayne State University. To learn more about Dan and “combat psychology”, visit: http://www.combatpsych.com. Jiu Jitsu for veterans with military connected disabilities: https://www.wedefyfoundation.org/. Follow Dan on instagram @CombatPsychology. To learn more about Dr. Jovanovic's research and a list of resources, visit https://www.detroittraumaproject.com/ or follow on twitter @DTP_Wayne. BrainSTEM is hosted by neuroscientist Dr. Hilary Marusak. Audio by Amanpreet & Manmeet Bhogal. Subscribe, share, and follow us! Email us with topic or guest suggestions. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
  1. E08 – PTSD
  2. E07 – Schizophrenia
  3. E06 – Human-Animal Interactions and Mental Health
  4. E05 – Prosopagnosia
  5. E04 – COVID-19 and the brain

Ep. #45 Igniting Your Soul w/ Zarina Chopra

Zarina Chopra is a Tao Soul Healer and Transformational Coach for rising female leaders who are ready to clear their karma, connect to the power of their Soul, and manifest like a Queen.

In this episode, Zarina and I discuss the power of the ancient spiritual practice of Taoism and how it has helped transform her life and the lives of those she teaches. We discuss how learning and understanding the ways of life’s working can create beautiful balance. All too often we get stuck in cycles of stress, overwhelm, and unhappiness. In order to break the negative mindset and unlock your inner confidence, your true being and ultimate nature, you must learn to recognize the illusions of limitation and choose to connect with the true source of life. We are all light-beings, and the journey to experience and embody your life is that of spiritual awakening. 

Zarina shows you how to claim the life your soul years for; how NOW is the time “To uncover your deepest passions and purpose… To manifest the wildest life of your dreams… To unleash the power of your voice… To activate the healer inside of you… To become the Quantum Queen of your life.” 

Zarina Chopra

Zarina Chopra is a Tao Soul Healer and Transformational Coach for rising female leaders who are ready to clear their karma, connect to the power of their Soul, and manifest like a Queen.

As a certified Tao practitioner with the Tao Academy, and certified Theta Healer, Reiki Practitioner & Kambo Practitioner. Zarina combines her intuitive spiritual mentoring with her years of energy work and esoteric studies to provide a full spectrum of healing, transformation and manifesting mastery to her clients.

Zarina is the founder and curator of the 6-month immersion program “Quantum Queen Rising”. She spends her time mostly enjoying nature, playing games with her family and beloved partner, and is the lover of all things sparkly!

Ep. #44 Neuromodulation, Neuroplasticity, & Peak Performance Training w/ Toby Pasman

Toby Pasman is the founder of Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro and host of the Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro Podcast. He is a neurophysiology researcher with a Master’s of Psychology from Lynn University and is board-certified in QEEG Brain Mapping and EEG Neurofeedback. Toby enjoys paddle boarding along the intercoastal, biking through the surrounding islands of Miami, and engaging in deep, intellectual conversations.

In this episode, Toby and I discuss some of the latest neuromodulation technologies and how they can be used for healing and for cognitive optimization – training to reach peak cognitive performance. The field of neuroscience is an amazing blossoming field of study, and out of it have come various technologies, techniques, and strategies that people can use to understand their neurophysiology (and how it affects and interacts with the rest of their physiology) and utilize these technologies to treat disorders and optimize performance. Some of the neuromodulation technologies include QEEG Brain Mapping, EEG Neurofeedback, Transcranial Stimulation, Audio-Visual Entrainment, and Brain Photobiomodulation. 

“The discovery of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to rewire itself throughout our entire lifetime, and recent breakthroughs in neurotechnology have enabled us to now measure and modulate the electrical and chemical activity of neurons (brain cells) to improve focus, sharpen attention, improve mood, deepen sleep, and decrease neural inflammation.”  – Toby Pasman 

Toby’s company, Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro, is an applied neuroscience company bringing premium brain health coaching and targeted neuromodulation individualized to each client’s unique neurophysiology. You regularly workout your body at the gym to maintain optimal health, why not start taking your brain to the gym as well? We offer QEEG Brain Mapping, EEG Neurofeedback, Transcranial Stimulation, Audio-Visual Entrainment, and Brain Photobiomodulation services tailored to help you reach peak cognitive performance.

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For listeners of the Underground Antics Podcast, Receive 15% off your first Neuro Health Coaching session by using the discount code: “ANTICS21”

Go to https://roscoeswetsuitneuro.com/undergroundantics  to access this offer! 

Toby Pasman

Toby Pasman is a neurophysiology researcher who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed his Master’s of Psychology through Lynn University in 2021. He worked on the Emotions and Neuroplasticity Project at the Brain Development Lab at his university, learning how emotions relate to changes in key brain networks.

Toby got curious about whether he could hack his own brain and began experimenting with neurotechnology including neurofeedback and neurostimulation to work on his own social anxiety. He noticed great improvements in his verbal fluency and ability to stay relaxed in social situations.

Toby began working at a peak performance facility outside of Seattle, Washington, training high profile CEOs, professional athletes, and Hollywood actors, who were looking to maximize their brain performance, recording QEEG brain maps and utilizing neurofeedback and neurostimulation technology.

Toby has since worked in the substance abuse and mental health fields, utilizing QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, neurostimulation, and PEMF therapy to treat patients clinically. He trained under Dr. Nicholas Dogris, CEO of Neurofield Neurotherapy, learning extensively about applying various forms of neurostimulation to enhance brain performance.

Toby is currently training to become an accredited human potential coach through the Human Potential Institute.

Check out Toby’s Podcast: Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro

The Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro Podcast is an applied neuroscience show which features unfiltered, raw conversations with neurotherapists, biohackers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. Roscoe’s Wetsuit gives remarkable individuals a platform to communicate their thoughts and ideas freely, and engage in deep, meaningful discussions with the host.

RWN #151: The Rise of Holistic & Integrative Healthcare w/ Dr. Justin Newman Roscoe's Wetsuit Neuro Podcast

Dr. Justin Newman, noted author and holistic innovator, is a pre-med graduate of the University of Miami, and has been a licensed primary care physician specializing in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and holistic healthcare for over 25 years. He is the medical director and founder of the Banyan Holistic in Miami, Florida. Dr. Newman founded The Banyan Holistic to further enrich the community by developing a spa-integrated healthcare center that empowers its clientele. Its unique design promotes health and harmony on every level – physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual. It is a modernized, reimagined innovation based on time tested and proven systems. Dr. Newman has cultivated professional relationships with healthcare professionals in many fields, so that the vision of The Banyan can be truly integrated within the mainstream.http://thebanyanholistic.comListen and subscribe to the Roscoe's Wetsuit Neuro Podcast:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/roscoes-wetsuit-neuro-podcast/id1478352736Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0E8Ui8JNpkjA9LDqbfXnb5Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/roscoes-wetsuitYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDsVTNVrQztFeRMzIU72_wwww.roscoeswetsuitneuro.com"Disclaimer: This podcast is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment, or medical advice. Content provided on this podcast is for informational purposes only. Please, consult with a healthcare professional regarding any individualized medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options."
  1. RWN #151: The Rise of Holistic & Integrative Healthcare w/ Dr. Justin Newman
  2. RWN #150: QEEG Brain Mapping & EEG Neurofeedback w/ Dr. Joel Lubar
  3. RWN #149: NAD+ Therapy for Addictions, Wellness & Anti-Aging w/ Dr. Ken Starr
  4. RWN #148: Be FIERCE w/ Carolyn Colleen
  5. RWN #147: The Intersection of Mindfulness, Writing & Neuroscience w/ April Dávila

Ep. #43 The Science of Pain w/ Dr Janet McMordie

Dr. Janet McMordie is a physician (Sport medicine/OR Assist), Adjunct Clinical Professor (University of Toronto), Adjunct Medical Director (Odyssey Medical), and an actor/stunt performer (ACTRA). In this episode, Dr. Janet and I discuss the science of pain and chronic pain – how it affects people, how people seek to manage their pain, and why the science and study of pain is so interesting – especially since there has been a marked increase in people’s pain levels since the start of the pandemic. We discuss some of the functional theories of pain, how dysfunctional pain can lead to tremendous suffering, and what we can start to do about it.  

Dr. Janet McMordie

Dr. Janet McMordie is a physician (Sport medicine/OR Assist), Adjunct Clinical Professor (University of Toronto), Adjunct Medical Director (Odyssey Medical), and an actor/stunt performer (ACTRA).

Dr. Janet McMordie completed medical school, family medicine residency, and sport medicine fellowship at McMaster University.  She holds a diploma in Sports Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). 

Dr. McMordie is an Associate Medical Director with Odyssey Medical Inc. which is currently providing Production Safety and Pandemic Compliance services to the film industry.  

Some career highlights include:

  • Chief Medical Officer with Team Canada at the upcoming World University Winter Games 2021 in Lucerne
  • Chief Medical Officer with Team Canada at the World Beach Games 2019 in Qatar
  • Team Physician – McMaster Women’s and Men’s rugby
  • Sport Physician with Team Canada at the World University Summer Games 2017 in Taiwan
  • Invictus Games in Toronto 2017 – cycling venue physician

Ep. #42 Sober Powered: The Science of Addiction and Recovery w/ Gill Tietz

Gill Tietz a sober scientist who specializes in addiction science and psychology, and is the host of the Sober Powered Podcast. In this episode, Gill and I discuss her journey of sobriety, the science of alcoholism and addiction, and how Gill now spends time studying addiction in order to help other people who are going through the same thing. For Gill, “Being Sober Powered is all about being your own champion. We hold on to our drinking with all of our strength, but eventually something happens to propel us into sobriety.  It could be something small even, but we all have our limit.  When I got sober, I was the only sober person I knew.  Each time I got through something sober, I felt stronger, and I called that strength Sober Power. I believe we can all develop our own Sober Power, and use it to change our lives.” Gill Provides people with education, inspiration, and hope in their recovery journey.

Gill Tietz

I’m Gill, and I’m the host and creator of the Sober Powered Podcast. I got sober in 2019 because alcohol caused the complete destruction of my mental health. Now, I teach what I’ve learned about why it’s so hard to stop drinking, why alcohol makes us so miserable, and how to embrace sobriety.

I spent 5 years dedicated to learning how to moderate my drinking. I researched moderation tirelessly and tried every strategy I could think of. No matter how bad things got for me, I always believed I could learn to moderate if I just had enough practice. Things continued to escalate until my drinking scared me enough to stop. I want to help you accept sobriety sooner than I did, so you don’t have to spend any more time being stuck in the drink, hate yourself, drink cycle.

Being Sober Powered is all about being your own champion

We hold on to our drinking with all of our strength, but eventually something happens to propel us into sobriety. It could be something small even, but we all have our limit. When I got sober, I was the only sober person I knew. Each time I got through something sober, I felt stronger, and I called that strength Sober Power.

I believe we can all develop our own Sober Power, and use it to change our lives.

https://www.soberpowered.com/

E70: How the Brain Balances Reward and Consequences Sober Powered

Gill discusses the balance between how we believe alcohol is benefitting us and the consequences it's bringing to our lives. This balance is what helps moderate drinkers know when to stop, but sometimes this balance can be disrupted and the negative consequences just don’t seem to be that bad. In this episode you’ll learn about how the brain balances reward and consequences, and some ways this balance can be disrupted to increase the risk of developing a problem with alcohol.What to listen to next:E54: Neuroplasticity and Using Alcohol to Escape or Numb OutE68: How Alcohol Abuse Changes the Way We Make DecisionsE55: How to Power Through When You Want to Give UpE30: Gray Area Drinkers (and positive alcohol expectancies)As a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit http://www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me.Check out my new YouTube channel, new videos every other Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Key takeaways and sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes.  This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
  1. E70: How the Brain Balances Reward and Consequences
  2. E69: Alcohol Shrinks the Brain… But What Does That Mean?
  3. E68: How Alcohol Abuse Changes the Way We Make Decisions
  4. E67: How Alcohol Impacts Cortisol and Causes Cravings
  5. E66: What Increases Our Risk of Relapse
  6. E65: What Happens to the Body When You Binge Drink
  7. E64: Anxiety and Alcohol (Part 2)
  8. E63: Why Alcohol Causes Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
  9. E62: Dopamine and Addiction
  10. E61: How Alcohol Memories are Triggered in Sobriety

Ep. #41 Speculations On Genetic Engineering w/ Dr Mark P. Ryall

Dr Mark Ryall is a retired economics teacher, a competitive Canadian triathlete, and author of speculative fiction novel “Age-Decoded”. Mark wrote his “Age Decoded” because of “the many advancements in CRISPR genetic engineering. The book’s central question is: What could possibly go wrong with the advent of genetic engineering? The story itself focuses on genomicist Dr. Frieda Sengmeuller, who uses CRISPR to finally stop human aging. But the government secretly uses her methods in other psychological ways, jeopardizing freedom and democracy.” Mark says that: “[he] feels this topic so important, given the impending tsunami of genetic engineering technology. A novel like mine enables readers to really imagine and feel the effects on humanity.” 

In this episode, Mark and I discuss some of the potential implications of genetic engineering; both the positive/beneficial side to this emerging technology as well as the potential negatives/dangers that may also arise. 

Dr Mark P Ryall

Dr Mark Ryall is a retired economics teacher, a competitive Canadian triathlete, and author of speculative fiction novel “Age-Decoded”.

Ep. #40 Reflections on Excellence w/ Terry Tucker (Former Police Officer, SWAT Hostage Negotiator, and Cancer Warrior)

Terry Tucker, among many things, is an author, motivational speaker, former police officer, former SWAT hostage negotiator, and a cancer warrior. Over the course of his life, Terry has worked and succeeded in many areas of life and across multiple vocations. Terry played Division I NCAA college basketball, worked in the corporate world (in marketing, administration, and customer service), became a Cincinnati police officer at the age of 37, worked as a security consultant, basketball coach, and recently as a motivational speaker after having been diagnosed and treated for cancer for the past 9 years.

In this episode, Terry and I discuss how and why he wrote the book, what it was like for him to become a police officer and SWAT hostage negotiator at the age of 37, how he dealt with his brutal cancer treatment, and what it all means for him now.

Throughout his professional life, Terry has found himself having to relearn and remaster new skills and attitudes for dealing with the unique demands and challenges of each career. Throughout all of this, though, Terry has found that excellence in any field of endeavour is possible if one has the right mindset, support system, and willingness to learn. From this, he has recently written a book called Sustainable Excellence, Ten Principles to Leading Your Uncommon and Extraordinary Life where he outlines his findings to help people achieve greatness in their lives.

Terry Tucker

In many ways, I believe I am just like any of the billions of people existing on this planet.

​I have reinvented myself frequently over my professional career. After I graduated from college at The Citadel (where I played NCAA Division I basketball), I was employed in the Marketing Department at the corporate headquarters of Wendy’s International in Dublin, Ohio. From there, I worked in hospital administration for Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. After getting married and moving to California for my wife’s job, I became the Customer Service Manager for an academic publishing company in Santa Barbara. After our daughter was born and we moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, I became a police officer with the Cincinnati Police Department, where I was a SWAT Hostage Negotiator. Following a family relocation to Texas, I started a school security consulting business and coached high school girls basketball in Houston. Each time I took on a new job, I had to develop new skills and faced different challenges. There was always a significant learning curve with every new position.

But my greatest challenge began in early 2012 when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Acral Lentiginous Melanoma, which presented on the bottom of my foot. By the time the melanoma was detected, it had metastasized to a lymph node in my groin. Because my cancer is so rare (only about 6,500 people are diagnosed with this form of malignancy in the U.S. each year), I was treated at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center. I had two surgeries to remove the tumors, and after I healed, I was put on a weekly injection of the drug, Interferon, to help keep the disease from coming back.

I took those weekly injections for four years and seven months before the Interferon became so toxic to my body that I ended up in the Intensive Care Unit with a fever of 108 degrees. Fortunately, expert medical care saved my life.

The Interferon gave me severe flu-like symptoms for two to three days after each injection. I lost fifty pounds during my therapy, was constantly nauseous, fatigued, and chilled, my ability to taste food significantly diminished, and my body constantly ached. This misery went on for over 1,660 days!

One thing I learned during all my pain and suffering is that you have two choices. You can succumb to the debilitating discomfort and misery, or you can learn to embrace it and use it to make you a stronger and better human being. I chose the latter.

There were times I felt so poorly and was in so much agony that I prayed to die. Each day was a struggle to use my mind to override my body’s apathy and distress.

I realize pain and discomfort can beat you to your knees and keep you there if you let it. But I also came to appreciate that I could use my hurting and anguish to make me stronger and more resolute.

I was no better at dealing with pain and discomfort than the next person. But every day, I found a way to survive, with the knowledge that I would need to do it again the following morning.

I recently wrote a book, entitled Sustainable Excellence, Ten Principles to Leading Your Uncommon and Extraordinary Life, to help people find and live their uncommon and extraordinary life. The ten principles outlined in the book will provide the bedrock necessary to form the foundation of unshakable beliefs and dedicated behaviors to reinforce your attitude, no matter how much pain you must endure or how many obstacles you must overcome. My hope is that people who read the book will lead a life of significance, as well as a life of success.

I understand what it is like to fight for your life and one thing I’ve learned is that as long as you don’t quit, you can never be defeated.

http://motivationalcheck.com/

Ep. #39 The Power of The Mind and Body w/ Stuart Wade

Stuart Wade is a clinical hypnotherapist, personal trainer, and sports performance mind coach. I am a 4x world champion in taekwondo and kickboxing and was inducted into the UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2014. Stuart helps high level amateur and professional athletes to perform better in their sport, win more medals, and progress their careers. He also helps them overcome any issues with anxiety and lose weight if they need to, using hypnosis (and related methodologies) and fitness training.

In this episode, Stuart and I discuss the science behind hypnotherapy, how to overcome stress, mental strength, and the power of visualization and affirmations. We go into how Stuart came to use, understand, and utilize hypnotherapy, visualization, and psychology to support his clients on their personal and professional journeys. 

The mind is a tremendously powerful tool that needs to be incorporated into any training program in order to get optimal results. Stuart has learned to engage with his clients on both a physical (body) and mental (mind) level in order to maximize their results. 

Stuart Wade

My name is Stuart Wade and I am a qualified Personal Trainer, Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Coach, Licensed NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist.

I have a Degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science and have been practicing martial arts for over 26 years and have won 20 British/British Open/UK titles, three European Championships and four World Championships in Taekwondo and Kickboxing. I am currently 5th Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo, 2nd Dan Blackbelt in Kickboxing and in 2014 I was inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

My passion for martial arts and the discipline that comes with training for high level competition has led me into the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and Clinical Hypnotherapist. I combine the two disciplines with many of my personal training clients to help them achieve their goals. I firmly believe fitness is as much about your state of mind as it is about the body and now is the time to achieve the body and health you’ve always imagined.

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Ep. #38 Navigating Our Expectations w/ Ben Winter

Ben Winter is an actor, improv master, coach, and a best-selling author of several non-fiction books on living a better life. His latest book, “What to Expect When Having Expectations”, is about understanding where your expectations come from, what drives them, why you aren’t always aware of them, how to come to peace after being upset by an expectation going unmet, and increasing communication with yourself and others. Ben and I discuss several of these topics in this episode as we explore the world of expectations and why they can make us so unhappy. Ben shares with us how we can use the anger and upset of having unmet expectations to find peace and live a happier life. 

Ben Winter

Ben certainly hasn’t been idle in life. A couple of years out of college and he started doing things and going places he never would have expected. From traveling to personal growth to marriage and child to divorce and parenthood to entrepreneurialism and inspiring others. Ben has flown an airplane on his own and has been scuba diving in the Galapagos. He has seen the animals of Tanzania and has traveled all over Europe with a 6-month-old child in tow. He has performed improv for over a decade, acted in several plays, and even a movie.  He has owned several businesses.

His biggest passion is exploring the mind. In all of his personal growth work, the one constant was that it all stems from the mind. Between personal growth and improv, he found this weird realm called expectations. And while most people would shy away from such a thing, he decided to tackle it head-on.  Along his journey, he decided that “the only reason anyone gets upset is because an expectation hasn’t been met.” And begin teaching that in his Success Improv business.

From there, he noticed that there has to be a way to use that upset feeling to fix the situation. And he created the amazing “How to stop being upset” flow chart.

From there it was a simple step of taking everything that he has explored on the subject and put it in a book called, “What to Expect when Having Expectations.”

Ep. #37 Living Well With Neurodiversity w/ Marina Livis

Marina and I discuss her journey of recently being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD) and how it has manifested in her life. We discuss how she has spent much of her career trying to help other people who have similar diagnoses understand and treat their conditions using holistic healing approaches – including hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, play therapy, nutrition, exercise, yoga, and energy work. Unlike traditional treatment approaches, Marina advocates for a more individualized, holistic approach that incorporates understanding and working with the person as a whole rather than only focusing on treating symptoms. We also address some of the issues concerning the stigma and challenges faced by neurodiverse individuals. 

Marina Livis

Marina Livis (LCSW, Cht, INHC) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Instructor and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with a specialty in facilitating empowerment and personal transformation for children, adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADD/ADHD, anxiety & depression.

http://marinawellness.com/

Ep. #36 Sex, Love, and Intimacy w/ Lynn-dee Van Rensburg

Lynn-dee Van Rensburg is a sex and sexuality coach. Based on a neo-tantra approach, Lynn-dee uses tools like breathwork, trauma healing, meditation, energy work, and movement to guide people to connect with their inner beauty and natural sexuality. Lynn-dee’s holistic approach involves a special concoction of science, psychology and the Eastern methodology of Tantra Sex. In our modern culture, sex is is largely not spoken about and this leaves people feeling confused, frustrated, and helpless. Through connecting with our true selves, Lynn-dee shows us how we can start to embrace ourselves as sacred sexual beings and experience deep connection and joy, both with ourselves and with partners. Many people face blockages of all kinds in their sex life, and struggle to know how or what to do about it. But, there are answers and Lynn-dee is here to help! 

Lynn-dee Van Rensburg

“I am full of joy. Joy that I want to learn to spread to the whole world. My happiness and joy is the key to my coaching and my style of coaching. I have 4 beautiful kids and happily married 10years my sexuality with my husband was really routine based and this is where my healing journey started my dry sex life and had to explore more than sex than the western world say there is to sex and led me to me more journey of extreme self healing. I thrive on bringing people into their power, I love asking 1000 of questions hence i am a coach now. I get paid to answer questions that are uncomfortable and worth asking. I love nature, self help junkies, love everything that touches the heart, mind based stuff are good from communication but bores the shit out of me. I live in southern Africa and experience the healing journey everyday and am a living example of what I preach.”

Lynn-dee Van Rensburg

Visit Wild at Heart Coaching for more info: https://lynn-dee.com/

Ep. #35 Making Science Fun For Kids w/ Dr. Stephanie Ryan

Dr. Stephanie Ryan, Ph.D. is a chemist, a boy mom, and a social media influencer who enjoys using her background to create superior educational products and content. Although an academic at heart, Dr. Stephanie is passionate about learning through play. Stephanie and I discuss why teaching kids about science is so important, and how parents and teachers can make it fun and exciting. Science and mathematics are two of the most important subjects for kids to learn as it equips them with a curiosity for understanding and exploring the world, and teaches a methodology for critical thinking – an essential life skill. Unlike the traditional textbook-based rote-learning studies, Stephanie suggests using a more interactive and practical way of teaching. Doing science experiments with your children, and allowing them to ask questions and explore how and why things work the way they do can encourage a passion for discovery and a willingness to learn. So much of our everyday activities involve some aspect of science and can be used to demonstrate the fun-side of science. Whether it’s cooking, building, gaming, or cleaning, there is always a place to include and teach children. 

Dr. Stephanie Ryan

Dr. Stephanie Ryan, Ph.D. is a chemist, a boy mom, and a social media influencer who enjoys using her background to create superior educational products and content. Although an academic at heart, Dr. Stephanie is passionate about learning through play. She can be found helping young kids explore the fascinating world around them. Over the years, Dr. Stephanie has taught science to all age groups, both in and out of the classroom, helping toddlers learn about their world and college students define theirs. She is an active member of the chemistry education community and is currently a committee member of the International Activities Committee for the Division of Chemical Education. 

To learn more about Stephanie’s educational products, visit  www.ryaneducationconsulting.com/

Ryan Education Consulting delivers research-based educational products for both the K-16 and corporate settings. Ryan Education Consulting utilizes learning theory and content expertise to develop content that will stick with people (students or employees) and/or truly assess what they understand.

Ep. #34 The Power to Speak Naked w/ Tyler Foley

In this episode, Tyler and I discuss how people approach public speaking, the difficulties we contend with, and how to become confident in yourself and your speaking. We talk about how Tyler coaches people into learning to speak with confidence, communicate effectively with other people, and how to win over an audience. We also discuss how our perceptions and expectations of ourselves and others contribute to how we feel about ourselves. Whether it’s going in expecting the worst or going in and expecting the best, your perception can begin to shape your reality.  Being present and working in the moment also has a huge role to play in connecting with an audience – being able to take in and work with your audience’s energy is also a hugely important process. Finally, we get into how stories are made and told in different ways for different purposes – and how one should go about learning to tell their stories for maximum effect.

Sean “Tyler” Foley

Sean Tyler Foley is an accomplished film and stage performer and has been acting in film and television since he was 6 years old after his father passed away suddenly in a motor vehicle accident. With his distinct and direct style, Tyler is emerging as one of North America’s sought-after leaders in the field of public speaking for personal and professional development. 

Tyler has appeared in productions including Freddy Vs Jason, Door to Door, Carrie, and the musical Ragtime. Tyler is passionate about helping others confidently take the stage and impact an audience with their stories. He is currently the Managing Director of Total Buy In and author of the #1 best-selling book The Power to Speak Naked.

Tyler is a father, husband, son, and performer, in that order. Some days he feels like he has dabbled in every industry on the planet, from oil and gas, to aviation, to film and television, but that diverse experience is what has made him so versatile!

Regardless of the industry or the titles he has held, what they all had in common was promoting and encouraging people to be heard and understood. The skills and resources he has garnered along the way have enabled him to become an entertaining professional speaker and a knowledgeable trainer, who inspires others to reach for their dreams.

Free download of Tyler’s The Method:

https://themethod.seantylerfoley.com/ 

The Method contains 5 insider secrets  every speaker needs to know including:

  • How New Speakers Can Quickly Inspire Their Audience
  • How to Fill All Your Seats Every Time You Speak
  • Why Visualizing Your Audience Naked Never Helps to Let Go of Stage Fright
  • How to Speak With Confidence, Communicate Effectively & Win Your Audience

Ep. #33 Sustainable High Level Productivity w/ Brent Huras

Brent Huras is a productivity coach. He coaches his clients to reclaim their power, their wellness, their responsibility, their sense of purpose, and to reach their full potential. When we talk about and think about productivity, we normally think about getting as much stuff done as possible. When we don’t do as much as we think we should be doing, we accuse ourselves of being lazy, unproductive, and a failure. However, Brent teaches his clients that trying to force yourself to do more and be more isn’t going to work in the long run. What we need to do is to learn more about ourselves and why we do the things we do, what limiting beliefs we have, and ultimately learning to accept who we are before we can start making changes. In order to improve our lives, we also need to learn to cultivate self-discipline, focus, and clarity of perception. 

In Brent’s words, “What I do is coach people into sustainable, high-level productivity. This basically means being in a place where:

a) You know what your major aspirations are,

b) You have a strategy to make them happen,

c) You’re taking daily action on the strategy, and

d) You’re enjoying yourself as you go about all of it.

When I work with people I’m helping them cultivate all 4 of these major aspects as much as possible so that they can start operating from this state of productivity that I’m talking about. It makes life juicy, and it creates this really nice feeling of being *on track*.” 

Get a copy of Brent’s Free PDF Download to Overcome Procrastination

Brent Huras

Hi, I’m Brent. The foremost focus of my life is humanity’s evolution. I think it’s safe to say now that our entire population is in a bit of a crunch-period right now. We’re beset by political, economic, and environmental concerns that need to be brought under control as quickly as possible. As it appears to me: every time a single human being starts to reclaim their power, their wellness, their responsibility, their sense of purpose, the scales are tipped in the right direction.

I Help People Reach Their Potential. I myself have emerged out of a deep depression wherein I felt utterly hopeless, powerless. That was in 2015, and since then I’ve been focusing on reaching out to as many people as I can to coach them into greater and greater wellness.

I Learn About Who You Are, And Get You Out Of Your Own Way. In my work with clients, I operate mostly from intuition. I’m gifted at listening and quickly locating the source of a person’s limiting beliefs or learned powerlessness. I have mapped out the process of cultivating the self-discipline, focus, and clarity that are required to get our lives in order and functioning better than ever before. As a result my clients get fitter, lose weight, curb their addictions, earn more money, and start projects that they’ve been unable to begin up until now.

Brent Huras

Check out Brent’s Podcast The Skyward Spiral

[S2E1] Focus The Skyward Spiral

David and Brent are back with the first episode of the second season of the podcast. David and Brent discuss "focus", what it is and how to attain it. David talks about his recent diagnosis of ADD, and how this changed affected his productivity. He brings up the idea of "Deep Work" as presented in the book by Cal Newport, but also mentions the surprising value of "shallow" work. Two definitions of focus are presented: Focus as "freedom from distraction" Focus as "one-pointedness" Brent talks about his idea of "bamboozlery", sneaky distractions that interfere with productivity. David and Brent discuss ways to attain focus, including the idea of a "temple" of focus, a designed space that is most conducive to productivity. Today's 3 Takeaways If you've always considered yourself unforgivably lazy, it might not just be "laziness". Consult experts and friends and family, and see if there might be more to what's holding you back. Be aware of, and account for "bamboozlery". Set dedicated time aside for distraction-free, focused work. Understand and appreciate your "temples" of focus. Learn what they are and how to build them and work in them. Our links https://twitter.com/skyward_spiral http://davidwhitechapel.com/ https://brenthuras.com/ Find out more at https://skyward-spiral.pinecast.co Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-2c8cb3 for 40% off for 4 months, and support The Skyward Spiral.
  1. [S2E1] Focus
  2. Talking SCRUM with Polina Bee
  3. [S1E10] Hindsight 2020
  4. [S1E9] Real Productivity
  5. [S1E8] Impostor Syndrome

Ep. #32 Living Impenetrable Joy w/ Erin Mac

Erin Mac is a mindset facilitator helping entrepreneurs find clarity, purpose and joy NOW, on the way to abundance. Affectionately known as the “Joy Slinger”, Erin teaches people how to create impenetrable joy in their lives. So often so many of us struggle with finding peace and joy in our lives. We tend to be at the mercy of thoughts and emotions – both our own and those of people around us. Our interactions in, and perceptions of, life are limited and painful when we react to the world rather than respond. To react is to fight against what is because reality does not conform to our expectations of how we think things should be. In contrast, to respond to life is to live in the present moment, to accept the thoughts and actions of ourselves and others without judgement, and to respond to the situation calmly and effectively. 

To live a life of impenetrable joy is to have peace of mind, meaningful relationships, a good work/life balance and to find fulfillment and purpose in everything we do.  It is possible for anyone to discover what is most meaningful in life, to effectively deal with depression, stress, and anxiety, to be inspired, and to live a life of peace and joy. 

Erin Mac

Erin Mac is a mindset facilitator helping entrepreneurs find clarity, purpose and joy NOW, on the way to abundance.

“I was then invited to become a Certified Infinite Possibilities Trainer, studying under Mike Dooley, to teach what he teaches, and that is just what I did.  While getting certified, it became clear to me that it is my life’s purpose to help business people find joy, purpose, and meaning in their lives.  I have received both Certifications that are offered under the Infinite Possibilities training and have conducted these workshops for two years.”

Erin Mac

Ep. #31 Unleash Your Inner Hero w/ Christian De La Huerta

Christian De La Huerta is an Author, TedX Speaker, and Personal Transformation Coach. In this episode, Christian and I delve into his work on helping people become their own hero.  All too often we feel afraid, dejected, powerless, depressed, and anxious in life; however, inside each of us is a power to transform how we live in the world – the power to be our own hero. The power of a hero is not an egoic sense of power (i.e. power over others or power over the world); rather, true heroic power is soul power – the power to be in control of your mind and emotions such that you determine whether you let other people or situations determine how you feel about yourself and the world.

To be a hero in this sense takes tremendous courage. It can be very difficult for us to face our inner demons and accept them in the process of transformation. However, this strength comes from a place of peace and love, not from a place of fear and dominance. It is not that we need to seek to destroy parts of ourselves, or to reject who we are; rather, it is a process of accepting the conditioning of our lives up until this point (and see it clearly for what it is) so that we can become aware enough to start making changes. The hero lives a life of personal freedom; a life of empowerment, meaning, peace, and purpose. 

Welcome to

Christian De La Huerta

Christian De La Huerta is an Author, TedX Speaker, and Personal Transformation Coach. With 30 years of experience, Christian de la Huerta is a sought-after spiritual teacher, personal transformation coach and leading voice in the breathwork community. He has traveled the world offering inspiring and transformational retreats combining psychological and spiritual teachings with lasting and life-changing effects. An award-winning, critically acclaimed author, he has spoken at numerous universities and conferences and on the TedX stage. His new book, Awakening the Soul of Power, was described by multiple Grammy Award–winner Gloria Estefan as “a balm for the soul of anyone searching for truth and answers to life’s difficult questions.”  

Awakening the Soul of Power, the first book in the Calling All Heroes series, rethinks what heroism means in the 21st century and reveals practical tools to help you embark on a journey to personal freedom. If you long for healthier relationships and a life filled with meaning and purpose, this book holds the keys to unlocking the secrets of personal empowerment and unleashing your inner hero.

Christian De La Huerta

Ep. #29 Embracing Change and Creating Balance w/ Mike Solitro

Mike Solitro is a consultative leader who has played multiple key roles in countless real estate transactions. He is a Real Estate Attorney, an Associate Broker, and the Founder of AccomplishedRE. In this episode, Mike and I discuss how companies and teams look to manage change properly. We also discuss how large companies with multiple divisions often have less-than-ideal communication between various teams and departments which can lead to excessive time and energy spent working to fulfil their own mandates while ignoring the needs of other teams. Creating balance for individuals and companies is a delicate and nuanced practice, and Mike is an expert at helping people create balance for themselves and their companies.

Mike’s company, Accomplished RE, has 5 core values Collaboration, Accountability, Drive, Excellence, and Trust. These values are the core of the company’s coaching mandate – to help individuals and companies advance their professional lives. 

For more info, go to https://www.accomplishedre.com/

Mike Solitro

Mike Solitro is a consultative leader who has played multiple key roles in countless real estate transactions. He is a Real Estate Attorney, an Associate Broker, and the Founder of AccomplishedRE.

Ep. #28 Creating a life of Happiness, Prosperity, and Love w/ Dawna Campbell

Dawna Campbell is a professional speaker, international healer, and best seller author, sharing her techniques. In this episode, Dawna and I discuss how our thoughts and emotions influence and create the life we experience. Dawna shares her personal story of discovering how powerful thoughts are, and how we can utilize thoughts to create better lives for ourselves – a life of happiness, prosperity, and love. Our relationship with our thoughts plays a major role in determining how we perceive various situations in our lives. For example, the way we have learned to think about money and finances sets us up to create that version of reality. If we want to change how our reality is, we must become aware of our conditioned thoughts and emotions about the situation. Then we can begin to heal ourselves and create new realities. 

Dawna Campbell

Known as the Mind Whisperer, Dawna combines her past knowledge, wisdom, and experience to assist you in creating and restoring a life of happiness, prosperity, and love.  Dawna has over 25 years combined years of professional experience.  As a former Financial Advisor, her book, Financially Fit, is a #1 Amazon International Best Seller bringing together the world of money and the energy body, and the souls essence.  She is a professional speaker sharing her techniques during interactive workshops and maintains an international private practice.  Dawna has shared the stage with Lisa Nichols, Dr. Joe Vitale, Sharon Lechter, and Kevin Harrington.  Her personal Heart Centered Healing philosophy is to create a world that is a better place for all to live.  

“We are vibrational beings, producing an energy field of waves.  These wave patterns are encoded with our life experiences and emotions through our brain wave patterns.  These wave patterns send out signals to the universe, and return to us, the very thoughts, feelings, and emotions that we are having.  As a Mind Whisperer®, I start with your conscious thought, and guide you to find the thought behind the thought, behind the thought…. back to the original thought through your emotions, and change the  feeling associated with the thought to create a different experience.

Thought Form Energy Healing® is a life changing method that brings about instantaneous change by releasing the emotional heavy thought forms that were recorded in the subconscious and blocked in the body, and replace the thought form with a new emotional experience to a life of happiness, prosperity, and love for you.

Here are some examples of how Thought Form Energy Healing® might assist you:

– Health: Increasing your overall wellness, dis-creating sickness and illness

– Wealth: Creating an abundant mindset, manifesting, and increasing prosperity

– Relationships: Attracting more love in your life, soulmates, family, community

– Spiritual: Aligning with your life purpose, path, and direction in life

– Emotional: Releasing trauma and abuse, self-worth, knowing that you matter”

Dawna Campbell (https://www.dawnacampbell.com/)

Ep. #27 The Divine Possibility of Change w/ Eleanor Tweddell

Eleanor Tweddell is a coach, mentor, consultant, creator and entrepreneur focused on reinvention. As the age-old wisdom declares: when one door closes, a world of possibility awaits. Eleanor teaches people how to embrace and navigate major changes in life – whether it’s losing your job, significant financial changes, or difficult relationships. She focuses on providing a warm, non-judgmental space for people to work through their challenges, and re-align themselves with what they truly want, and what life has to offer.  After going through several major challenges in her life, Eleanor discovered that although big changes are often very difficult, unpleasant, and stressful, they also present an amazing opportunity for creation of something new. Whether its reviving an old passion project, working on a dream, or simply getting out of negative situations, change allows for the possibility of renewed hope.

Sometimes we just need a safe space to unravel, ramble, be free, without judgment. So that we can recharge, reset and move forward with gusto!

Eleanor Tweddell

Change is a scary thing. It can come with thoughts and feelings of uncertainty, pain, and a sense of loss. However, just like the caterpillar goes through a major transformation to metamorphose into a butterfly, so too do we experience major transformations of our existence as we know it. The crucial point, however, is that change can be amazing. Change has the potential to create a new amazing life – a life of freedom, fulfillment, and joy. We need only allow ourselves to go through the changes (with all the ups and downs) to truly see how amazing the change is. To navigate change successfully, we must treat ourselves nonjudgmentally, with kindness and love. 

Eleanor Tweddell

Eleanor Tweddell is a coach, mentor, consultant, creator and entrepreneur focused on reinvention.

Why Losing Your Job Could Be The Best Thing That Ever Happened To You

“Four years ago I got made redundant. It wasn’t the best time of my life. But I wondered if it was time to step away from corporate life and explore the ‘outside’ world. I started writing a blog. I started an online retail store. I joined up to lots of courses and programmes. I had no idea what I was doing! But I got curious, stayed open to new ideas and took opportunities that came along. The blog became a community, which became a business, which became a book, the book is here. This book will take you through the shock of redundancy, the feeling of being stuck, slowing down to get clarity, becoming unstuck and thriving in your next chapter, your next door. It shares my story, other people’s stories, all the tricks and guidance that helped me. It’s honest, it’s optimistic, it might even make you laugh!”

#85 Reinvention after they leave – Amanda Paradine Another Door Podcast

What to do when your children leave the nest? Amanda Paradine is the head coach for Another Door, her daughters are leaving home to go to University. Life changes encompass more than just work.  In this episode some practical advice and some shared wisdom and just how to plan for the day that your children have left and how you can reinvent your life as a parent. Another Door: Find out about Enrolment onto the Five Steps to Thrive an online course: an email prompt once a day for 5 weeks, and 32 modules encouraging you from shock to thriving: https://www.anotherdoor.co.uk More about Amanda Paradine: https://www.amandaparadine.com  
  1. #85 Reinvention after they leave – Amanda Paradine
  2. #84 why your relationship with money could be holding you back – Emma Maslin
  3. #83 How to reinvent yourself when your industry changes – Jon Birchall
  4. #82 From Clubhouse to Spaceport – the move from in-house to starting your own agency – Gareth Southall
  5. #81 Overcoming limitations and achieving your goals – Mark Maciver from Slider Cuts

Ep. #26 Knocking on Death’s Door: A COVID spiritual awakening w/ David Paris

David Paris is a seven time acrobatic dance champion and an America’s Got Talent finalist. He is the author of A COVID Story which documents his 30 days in medical coma and 88 days in the hospital. In this episode, David shares his remarkable story of spiritual transformation that took place as he came face-to-face with death after contracting COVID in 2020. We discuss some of his deeply impactful dreams and experiences that he had while in a medically-induced coma, his remarkably difficult recovery journey, and how facing death has changed his life for the better. David has made a tremendous recovery since then, and although he still is facing some physical difficulties, he is wonderfully optimistic and is sharing his story to inspire others. David’s story offers a unique insight into the human psyche and how our minds interpret and are affected by life-threatening circumstances. David recounts numerous dreams wherein he was faced with using all of his strength to fight for his life – to do whatever it took to survive. 

“I could not control having a deadly reaction to COVID-19. However, I could control what it meant to me. It was terrifying, but it was also an opportunity for rebirth and reassessment. I learned to appreciate the extraordinary work of my medical community. I learned to love my family and friends. And I learned to love myself for who I am and not who I think I need to be.”

– David Paris 

David Paris

David Paris is a seven time acrobatic dance champion and an America’s Got Talent finalist. He is the author of A COVID Story which documents his 30 days in medical coma and 88 days in the hospital.  He is also the author of Laughable Legends Vol. I & II and The Middle School Election series.  He is the director of Social Emotional Learning at M.S. 88 in Brooklyn, NY and is a trainer in NVC/Non-Violent Communication.  Paris has taught and performed in twenty-six countries and created thirteen instructional videos. 

Get a copy of David’s book: A COVID Story

A COVID STORY is an introspective memoir of an induced medical coma, a unique recovery process, and an amazing community that supported a patient’s second chance at life. 

This book offers support for survivors, insights for their caregivers, hope for those currently infected and their families; as well as persuasive evidence for those untouched by COVID’s deadly embrace.