Rank #1: How I Got Better (After Hitting My Lowest Low)
Two years ago, I was at one of the lowest points in my life. I was getting a divorce, self medicating with food and alcohol instead of proper medication, digging ~deep~ into my anxiety, and fueling toxic relationships and toxic work behaviors. I generally felt like...a mess. Thanks to a ton of work (over months and years), focus, patience and a true desire to heal, I am in a much better, healthier place today. Having come out on the other side of that experience, I wanted to share what I did and how I did it. If you’re in a low place and need some guidance on how to find your way back to yourself, definitely give this episode a listen!
Oct 02 2018
Rank #2: How to Feel Better RIGHT NOW
PSA: You can suffer from mental illness and still maintain good mental health. (I mean, look at me!) That’s not to say that every day is going to be amazing; after all, we need bad days to recognize the good ones. But it does mean that your illness and even the circumstances that might be getting you down don’t have to limit on how good you can feel. You are in control here. And there are a ton of things you can do right now—like right now, starting today—to help you begin to feel better. Let's do this.
Jul 17 2018
Rank #3: Are We Addicted To Social Media?
Alright, here it is, the "Everybody quit social media right now!" episode. Not really, but at the least, I want us all to become aware of how and when we use social media and identify what our intentions are when we use it. Let's take a step back and evaluate whether or not we think we are addicted. Oh, and even more importantly, let's recognize that it can contribute to our anxiety and depression and obviously our FOMO. I'll share some ways that we can combat the downsides of social media and embrace the positive aspects.
Let’s start a movement by setting a positive example. Set boundaries with your social media, be intentional, avoid the obvious pitfalls, pass it on. Tell your friends. We can do it. Bye.
Aug 21 2018
Rank #4: A Bout of Self Doubt
Hi! Hi! As it turns out, creating and subsequently launching a podcast is hard, especially when you have tendencies towards self doubt. I spend this episode exploring the origins of my own self doubt (hi mom, hi dad), discussing my self doubt triggers, and offering up some potential solutions for those who suffer from it as well (maybe 95% of all of us?). Here's hoping that by hearing me talk about it you will see that you are not alone—and that self doubt does not mean that you can't face fears and ultimately find success.
Jun 19 2018
Rank #5: How To Rate Your Emotions & Track Your Mood
Welcome to my Emotional Rating System. It’s an adaptable, numerical rating system my mom and i created to help me identify and easily communicate my mood. It also helped me and my doctors accurately diagnose my bipolar. This system is an easy way to get in touch with and convey how you are feeling at any given moment—and it's easily adaptable to other mental health issues as well. Plus, Dr. Jamie and The Amazing Saerina are back this week rating their own moods and talking about why this tool was important for them—but absolutely zero sex talk, I promise.
Jun 12 2018
Rank #6: Buttermilk Waitress: Proof You Can Have A Million Terrible Jobs & Still Find Success
My first job was as a waitress at an old-age home serving primarily, you guessed it, buttermilk. In this episode I’m taking you on the journey through my twisting, turning career path so you can see how you don’t have to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life at 18, 28—or really, ever. Career paths don’t have to be linear, and horrible jobs sometimes lead to really amazing ones. Oh, and I wrote a song about the whole thing, which promises to be the song of the summer. Dance remix forthcoming.
Jun 26 2018
Rank #7: Let's Deal With This Anxiety
In this episode, I am going to talk about my good buddy, anxiety. This is a mental health issue that I have struggled with for a large portion of my life and one that has been on my mind a lot lately. Over the last eight months or so, I have been actively trying to understand and reduce it—and I actually think a lot of my efforts are paying off. So, here’s what i’m going to do: I'll tell you a bit about what anxiety feels like for me (and probably for a lot of people), and then I’m going to talk you through identifying your own anxiety. Plus, I'll share some tips on how to manage it. If you’re suffering from anxiety (and 40 million of us are), this one's for you!
Aug 28 2018
Rank #8: Inside Depression
This week, I wanted to share something a bit more intimate (if that's even possible) and take you inside my depression. Think of it like a phone call from me to you, while i'm going through a depressive episode. I figure since we are best friends now, you'd want me to call you when I'm feeling low. And then, next week I'll follow up with a full, incredibly useful episode explaining everything I know about dealing with depression.
Sep 18 2018
Rank #9: Lost in Pasta: Adventures in EMOTIONAL Eating
As kids, we are given food to soothe us, to reward us and to celebrate happy occasions. So it makes sense that as we get older and control our own food intake, we might start to use food as a crutch, or even as a drug. It’s emotional eating - The perfect mix of self soothing and self sabotage and food, unlike many other drugs, is legal and easy to get your hands on. If you are struggling with some bad eating habits and consider McDonald's french fries to be a stronger, more satisfying drug than cocaine, i encourage you to give it a listen.
Jul 24 2018
Rank #10: Building Ban.Do: The REAL Story
In this episode I’m going to tell you how my team and I built ban.do from the ground up—with no prior business knowledge. Maybe that’s not something to brag about, but I actually think it is. Because I want you to understand that it can be done—and is done, more often than you think. What we used, and still use every day, to build this thing: passion, creativity, optimism and a touch of anxiety. That’s right. You, too, can start a business even if you feel challenged by a lack of experience or struggles with mental health. Listen up and then go become a millionaire. Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee that; I just said so you would listen. Bye.
Jul 31 2018
Rank #11: The MYTH of Perfection
So this is an episode about perfection . . . and imperfection.
The pressure and anxiety we all feel to be perfect and the idea in our head that perfection is actually a real thing, that can be achieved. It’s not.
I’ll be honest, I’m gonna cry a little during the episode. But that’s me. That’s all of us. And if you struggle with feelings of imperfection and not being enough this episode will have value for you.
Jul 03 2018
Rank #12: How To Find Joy
This is an episode about finding joy. I’ll talk about the difference between happiness and joy, explain why I choose joy and why I think it's important and possible for all of us to find that in ourselves. If you feel happy, this will hopefully bring you further on your path to joy. And if you are, well, not happy, this will shine a light on your potential for future happiness and joy.
Oct 23 2018
Rank #13: All About Therapy
This episode is dedicated one of the topics I get the ~most~ requests for: THERAPY. I am so excited to answer many of the questions you've emailed me, messaged me, or stopped me in the street to ask. Today, I’m talking about my own experience with therapy to give you insight on what to expect, how to find a therapist, the benefits and responsibility of therapy, tips on financing therapy, and a whole lot more. Therapy is another great way to invest in your mental health and personal development, so I wholeheartedly support it. It is an investment that you make in yourself—and you're absolutely worth it!
Aug 14 2018
Rank #14: Conquering The Creative Block
Have you ever had a creative block? Yeah, me too—and they are the worst, especially when your job is tied to your creative performance. And even if it isn't, we all want to be able to access our own creativity. That's why I want to use this episode to get to the root of creative blocks, outline some reasons why we get them, and of course, offer some solutions to get past them. Oh, also, there’s singing. OK, let's knock the socks off these blocks.
Sep 11 2018
Rank #15: Medication: Friend or Foe?
I get asked a fair bit about my experience with my meds, a.k.a. psychiatric medication, so i wanted to share more about it with you. Hopefully, my story can help some of you figure out if this is something you want to pursue—or even help you if you've already started to pursue it, but are wondering if you're “doing it right.” Going on medication for a mental health issue is a big step and a huge responsibility. I want to use this episode to give you insight and know-how to help get to the right medication faster (with your doc). Plus, for anyone who wants to understand what being on meds—and figuring that out—is really like, this should help. So, whether you're curious for you or just trying to understand a loved one better, there's something important here. Oh, and the after-show is a compilation of some of my favorite voicemails my dad has left me over the past year. Too good to miss!
Aug 07 2018