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Hellcat's Hope: Finding Humor, Healing, and Hope

Hellcat's Hope is for people looking for hope and seeing what's possible in their lives, relationships, business, and community. In each episode, Hellcat (her legal name!) will share personal stories and practical takeaways to motivate and inspire you to find your own inner Hellcat in your day-to-day life.

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Hellcat's Hope is for people looking for hope and seeing what's possible in their lives, relationships, business, and community. In each episode, Hellcat (her legal name!) will share personal stories and practical takeaways to motivate and inspire you to find your own inner Hellcat in your day-to-day life.

Suicide: End The Stigma

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TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide, Depression

This is a heavy one: Suicide. But it's important to talk about, especially during the Holidays and especially during the Holidays during a Pandemic. 

Hellcat interviews Heather Loab, founder, creator, and author of UnrulyNeurons.com. Hellcat first interviewed Heather in Episode 14: Finding Hope and Healing in Living with Depression and Mental Illness. They talked about the importance of talking about and ending the stigma of mental illness and depression. 

Today is more specific: How can we destigmatize the conversation around suicide? We dive into some data and facts surrounding suicide, risk factors and warning signs for teen and youth, and Heather shares her powerful story of her life with suicide. 

The CDC reported an increase of 57% in suicides among 10-24 year olds and that’s only from 2007-2018. That doesn’t even consider data from during the Pandemic, where isolation and depression are likely pervasive. 

Listen in and learn how to have that direct conversation and not tip-toe around it.

We will also dispel the myths surrounding suicide:

"You shouldn’t bring it up."

"Someone who doesn’t have depression won’t commit suicide." WRONG. 54% of those who die from suicide, there is no known cause and the family and close friends had no idea.

"It's just selfish."

"They're just attention-seeking or being dramatic."

We will dispel these myths today. 

You will hear Heather’s real life story and experiences with suicide and what it looks like.

So, get educated and armed with tools to take action today.

END THE STIGMA.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741

www.UnrulyNeurons.com

Dec 15 2020

40mins

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BONUS: Interview with Podcasters Jaden and Megan for Our Minds Work Like THAT!

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Today, Hellcat interviews her nephew, Jaden, and his pal, Megan, as they discuss their new Podcast, "Our Minds Work Like THAT". Jaden and Megan are Freshman at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. They discuss what their Podcast is about as well as other funny tidbits on how their minds work, and boy, do they work! 

Listen in for tidbits on hair, My Pretty Pony, Texas Tech and Big 12 football (sort of), nosey Burt Women (that we are), why Jaden and Megan are so mean to Jaden’s sister Emma, College slang, gay slang, Snap Chat, and the political climate on campus this past Fall.

So, check out this interview if you want to know more – or – just hop on over to their podcase, OUR MINDS WORK LIKE THAT (you can find them anywhere you listen to your podcasts) and for more entertainment and inside peeks into their great minds, go over and follow them on Instagram at LIKETHATPOD. You can see their antics AND listen to them over there!

You'll feel younger just by listening. 

Dec 14 2020

41mins

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Finding Common Ground through Humor, Healing, and Hope: An Interview with Amanda Doolittle Crawford

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We find ourselves in a highly politicized climate right now, from the Presidential race to Covid-19, masks, and education.  

How can we maintain our friendships when we find ourselves on the opposing side of these issues? How can find common ground from a place of respect, insight, and understanding? 

Tune in today as Hellcat interviews one of her closest friends, Amanda Doolittle Crawford. Amanda and Hellcat are polar opposites in terms of political affiliations, pandemic protocols, and yes, even football. But they've managed to do so without sacrificing the true tenets of their relationship: love and respect. They've managed to have discussions and discourse without divorce. 

Their hope is that you can walk away today with a little bit of humor and maybe find a place of healing, hope, and a way to get through this season with your true self and your true relationships intact once we reach the other side. And we will reach the other side, together.

Amanda and Hellcat share recent experiences with social media keyboard warriors and how they have been able to move past it and work together for the common good by finding common ground.  

The opinions expressed herein by Hellcat are her own and do not represent those of the Deer Creek School District.  

Sep 26 2020

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Football, Coaching, and BBQ: An Interview with Coach Mike Burt

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What better way to bring our Country together than to hear some great stories from Coach Mike Burt on football, coaching, and BBQ. You will hear stories about what it was like being the oldest of 11 siblings and growing up on the gridiron as a player and coach. Coach Burt and Hellcat also attempt to settle their 47-year dispute over an alleged turtle assassination.  

If you need a good laugh today, come listen to some random rants about air conditioning, passwords, and Weight Watchers Points. 

Coach Burt shares stories from playing football at Lewisville High School in the late 70s and early 80s, as well as his recruiting experiences with the University of Texas (Fred Akers), Arkansas (Lou Holtz), and Rice University (Ray Auburn).  Old Southwest Conference fans will enjoy hearing about what it was like to play against Eric Dickerson and the Pony Express as well as coaching football in Texas throughout his 33-year coaching career - where football is king. 

Coach Burt has some great advice for those interested in being a coach and how parents, administrators, and the community can best support their student athletes and athletic programs. 

Finally, your mouth will water as Coach Burt shares some BBQ stories and secrets about his BBQ Food Trailer and The Sammich Guy, including what it's like working with Momma Burt sometimes. And all of you listeners, WORLDWIDE, receive an open invitation to have the Sammich Guy come make you the best BBQ you won't soon forget. 

Special Shout-Outs: 

Coach Que Brittain

Coach Tom Everest

The Sammich Guy BBQ sammichguy.com and follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sammichguy/

Sep 18 2020

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Gastric Bypass: Humor, Healing, and Hope

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Bariatric surgery. Gastric Bypass. Gastric Sleeve. 

These are now a part of Hellcat's discussion and journey to long-term health. 

Come along as Hellcat shares details about her decision, her initial tests, and how she's using all her tools to live her best life. 

Hellcat shares that finding and living your own inner Hellcat is to own your story, unapologetically, and without shame. 

Maybe you don't share your story just because you are a private person, and that is OK and clearly understandable. But if you are not sharing your voice and story from a place of shame, this episode is for you. 

Hellcat shares how you can process other people's opinions as well as how to bring your WHOLE self in the moments and not be afraid of who you really are. We have to heal ourselves before we can try to heal the world. Unless you are willing to be you, how can you encourage others to be themselves. 

Shout Outs: 

Dr. Bertice Berry 

Integris Weight Loss Center

Dr. Hamilton Le

Dr. Kim King

Amanda Crawford, Birthday Girl and Mighty Friend 

Beth Skipworth, #5, Birthday Girl and Sister 

The Greatest Showman, This is Me

Dopey Challenge, Walt Disney World

Jeff Galloway Training Plan 

#WLS #gastricbypass #RNY  

Aug 22 2020

35mins

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Managing Our Minds Through Life's Transitions

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Many of you may find yourselves in the middle of some life transitions right now, whether it's heading back to school, work, relationships, your business, or even your health. Hellcat finds herself in the same transitional boat! 

Today, Hellcat will walk you through what those transitions may look like and how you can manage your mind through any of them. She shares her specific health journey and how that, too, is in transition as she prepares for gastric bypass surgery. 

You will walk away with several ideas on how to manage your mind in whatever transition you may find yourself through the simple use of the Think Feel Act cycle tool. Pay special attention to details on how to handle and process other people's opinions about your decisions with a simple, easy-to-use system of evaluating people's opinions. 

In the end, Hellcat will walk you through an example of the Think Feel Act cycle that you can apply to your life TODAY.  Instead of telling yourself, "I don't know what I'm doing" and feeling confused and lost, you will learn a better thought that leads to curiosity and confidence, a much better feeling to drive your actions and get the results you want. 

Hellcat lovingly reminds us all that this isn't our first rodeo and we can saddle up and hit the trail to the results we want in our life. 

Trigger Warning: binge eating disorder 

Aug 16 2020

39mins

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Finding Hope and Healing in Recovery and Living with Depression and Mental Illness

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Trigger Warnings: depression, suicide, mental illness, postpartum depression, post-weening depression

Heather Loeb, founder, creator, and writer for UNRULY NEURONS (www.unrulyneurons.com) shares with us today the principle of Tikkun Olam – it means to heal the world with whatever platform you have, to use it to help others and improve whatever corner of the world you’re in.

Heather shares what she calls her moral obligation to share her story, to normalize depression and mental illness. The stigma surrounding mental illness can be deadly, literally. Heather helps us understand that by releasing the shame and judgment around depression and mental illness, you are free to find peace, healing, and hope. Once she threw off the shame shawl surrounding her limitations, then and only then was she able to get real help through the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas and other forms of therapy like Electroconvulsive Therapy.

Heather will leave you with some powerful thoughts on how you can help yourself or others not just survive and live, but live warrior strong and how her conversion to Judaism has helped her along that journey.

Heather’s Blog: www.unrulyneurons.com

The Menninger Clinic, Houston, Texas

https://www.menningerclinic.org/

Aug 08 2020

39mins

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BONUS: In Memory of Tanya Dodd-Hise - Happy 50th Birthday

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Today, August 6, 2020, Tanya Dodd-Hise would have been 50 years old. As a friend, sometimes we are called to do the hard things and for Hellcat, that was delivering the Eulogy at her dear friend's memorial service. Tanya fought like hell for years in her battle against breast cancer, with many wins and many disappointments, when eventually it just spread too far.

Tanya died November 10, 2017.

Hellcat wants to remind everyone who knew Tanya, and even those of you who didn't, of the lessons Tanya brought to our lives and how we can keep her spirit alive through our loving acts for others.

Use your voice to stand up for what's right.

Don't be afraid to voice your raw unapologetic truth.

Do for others even when you think you don't have time.

Make that sacrifice because you never know whose life you are enriching.

Even invite a complete stranger to your house for the weekend... it should be fine, right??

Love those around you like Tanya loved - with open acceptance and fierce loyalty.

Finally, take the damn picture... No one has ever said, "I wish I wouldn't have taken so many pictures." 

Aug 06 2020

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My Baby Has A Beard: Leaving, Leading, and Loving

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Are you about to send your kid off to college, the military, or the workforce? Then you will want to give this one a listen. Hellcat shares her day of taking her Baby (with the beard) to his new college town. Come along and listen to the fun stories from their day together and the lessons Hellcat learned by simply changing her thoughts around her circumstance. You'll laugh about beard trimming and maybe cry about how we learn to let our children run around all willy-nilly. You'll learn when to say something and when to keep quiet. You'll learn that our kids really do listen to us and you will leave with an appreciation of the journey. 

Special Shout-Outs:

Fort Hays State University, Office of Admissions, Derek Edwards

Snap-Chat

Wahl Beard Trimmers

Three Stooges Production, YouTube

Holiday Inn Express, Hays, Kansas 

Ihop, Hays, Kansas

Great Clips, Hays, Kansas 

Lomato's Pizza, Hays, Kansas 

Tiger Burger, Hays, Kansas 

Reg Bamford, The Winner of the Who Loves Whom More Contest 

Amber Neaves 

Amanda Crawford 

Wal-Mart, Hays, Kansas 

Baby Daddy, Tom Corbin 

Me, Mom

Aaron Corbin, Football Scholarship NCAA Div II Athlete and Student at FHSU, New Resident of Hays, Kansas  

Aug 05 2020

28mins

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Tales of a School Board Member: Managing our Minds Around Covid and Return to Learn

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A proud member of the School Board for the Deer Creek Board of Education, Hellcat shares the processes and analysis that have gone into the School District's decisions and Return to Learn Plan. She shares her current and personal burdens and struggles surrounding a Covid positive in her household. A passionate advocate for teachers, Hellcat issued an all-call to teachers everywhere to share their concerns and needs and she shares those with you today. In the process, Hellcat walks us all through the Think Feel Act Cycle on how each one of us can manage our minds right now and what to do with other peoples' opinions about us and our choices. Her message is for teachers, parents, business owners, and other school administrators. Hellcat shares many of her own personal stories and recent experiences as a new School Board Member and how she's managing her own mind around it all. You will walk away with some tools and thoughts on how to manage your mind during these times and how you want to show up on the other side. 

The opinions expressed herein are Hellcat's own and do not represent those of the Deer Creek School District, its Board, or its Administration. 

Aug 01 2020

56mins

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"Mark, you have cancer."

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"Boy, you could sell Bibles to the devil." 

Come along with Hellcat and her baby brother, Mark, as he easily sells a message of humor, healing, and hope. Mark shares his perspective growing up as the 10th sibling in their family as well as his story of being diagnosed in 2018, at the age of 35 years old, with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Follicular Lymphoma. Mark shares how he has battled, how others have supported, and how you can find hope in yourself and those around you. His message is universal for any circumstance.   

Shout Outs: 

Texas Oncology of Dallas and Flower Mound

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 

Jul 24 2020

1hr 6mins

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Planning: How to Plan Your Week and Day to Work FOR YOU, Not Against You

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Hellcat LOVES to Plan. She shared in Episode 7 how she's learning to adapt to changes to her plan with flexibility and openness. Today, she shares how she plans out her week and day. It's Sunday, so Hellcat walks you through her Sunday routine of planning her week ahead and gives you some great takeaways on how you can develop a good habit of planning. Whether it's your food plan, work plan, personal goals, or business goals - this planning approach will work for you. Hellcat teaches you how to THINK about your plan so you do it from a place of action and not overwhelm. She shows you how to use planning (and journaling) as a solution for paralyzing inaction when you feel overwhelmed or it just feels too much. Let planning work FOR you. 

Honorable Mentions: 

Podcast: Old Broads Run, by Angela & Terri

Podcast: Fab & Flawed, by Jen Roe 

Jul 19 2020

24mins

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Intuitive Eating: Healing from the Diet Culture and Hope for Recovery (ft. Sarah Nicole, LLC)

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Hellcat interviews Sarah Nicole with Sarah Nicole, LLC as they take a deep dive into the concept of intuitive eating as a way to overcome the negative implications of diet culture and mentality. Both Hellcat and Sarah share their own disordered eating histories and how each have found recovery. It's not so much about the myriad of food protocols, as much as it is about trusting your body through intuitive eating, "gentle nutrition," self-care, and self-love. Sarah shares how we can release the stigma of mental health challenges and recovery through compassion for ourselves and others. 

Trigger Warnings: Eating Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Bulimia, Abuse, Sexual Assault, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide 

Sarah Nicole, LLC

Facebook: @SarahNicole, LLC

Email: layeredbylife@yahoo.com  

Jul 19 2020

37mins

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Running: The Trifecta of Humor, Healing, & Hope

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"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run." - Forrest Gump

Hellcat shares her love of all things running. Not a runner? Don't worry. You'll be entertained as Hellcat shares some funny race stories and you'll be inspired as she shows you how she found healing and hope in running. No matter your big dream or goal, you just keep moving forward in hope. You'll hear about how Hellcat quit smoking... AFTER one of her races. She shares the story of her first and second marathon as well as a blooper reel of other races. You'll walk away with some new thoughts to tell yourself when you don't feel motivated. You'll learn to change that story you tell yourself and enjoy the fact that it's the journey, not the destination, that really matters. 

Honorable Mentions: 

Rik Akey, Running Coach, From Fat to Finish Line

John Hulsey, Runner 12/Actor, From Fat to Finish Line (and someone who doesn't know what "flat" means)

Joel Salazar, Running Coach, Boston Marathoner

Zach and Lisa Morton, Higher Ground Running

Reg Bamford, The Questioner of Reasonableness

Kelly Trollinger, My First 5K Warrior

Sarah Corbin, The Challenger

Disney's Balloon Ladies

Jul 18 2020

30mins

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My Baby Has A Beard, The Sequel: When Plans Change

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If you listened to the ever popular Episode 4 (My Baby Has A Beard: The Journey to Goodbye), you learned about Hellcat's oldest son heading off to college and all the thoughts and feelings that are coming up. This Sequel is about how to manage our mind around CHANGE as Hellcat encounters some change since recording that episode just 8 days ago. Especially during these uncertain times, it's important to look at the way you respond to change. Change is not going anywhere. Hellcat shares some tools she's learned on how to adapt to change, not just for yourself and your families, but in your businesses, schools, and communities. Hellcat shows how our Think Feel Act Cycle can benefit us by just an easy, minor shift in our thoughts, and the actions and results are powerful. Listen and learn how to show yourself and others a little bit of grace right now, let go of this manufactured concept of "balance" and find ways to empower yourself and others through change. 

Jul 15 2020

28mins

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Learning Hope: Maw Maw and Grandma Burt, The Original Hellcats

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With eleven kids, Hellcat's parents did the best they could with what they knew and had. That's where her Maw Maw and Grandma Burt stood in the gap. Today, Hellcat shares stories from her own memories and those of all her siblings on what it was like growing up with Maw Maw and Grandma Burt and how they were the living and breathing examples of hope as strong and formidable women. You'll hear about the ways they showed up and the legacy they've left behind. Hellcat hopes these stories jar your own memories of strong maternal and paternal leaders and mentors in your own life and how you can move forward filled with light, energy, and hope for the benefit of others. 

Jul 13 2020

32mins

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Finding Healing: Lowering the Temperature in Your Reactions, Relationships, and Reality

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Hellcat shared some humor and hope in the first few episodes, and today she's tackling Healing. She shares some tools to lower the temperature in your reactions, relationships, and reality. This is not about positive thinking or giving people passes; no, it's about choosing reality over shock and disbelief. It's about choosing acceptance over anger. It's about being in disappointment and grief so you can move forward in healing. Hellcat teaches a way to use the Think Feel Act cycle to lead you through an exercise in healing. "You can never get enough of something you don't need." - Rachel Hart (Taking A Break Podcast). And Hellcat reminds us, you don't need anger. A distracted existence fueled by anger and denial is no existence at all. Listen and learn a new way to think, feel, and act when it comes to your pain that leads to healing and intentional living. 

Jul 10 2020

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My Baby Has A Beard: The Journey to Goodbye

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Well, if that title doesn't sound like it belongs on the Lifetime Movie Network, we don't know what does. Hellcat is about to empty half of her nest. Join Hellcat as she shares her thoughts about her oldest son leaving for college in less than a month. You'll hear about his birth story, her neurotic issues as a first time mom, and how it's OK not to love every single minute of parenthood. Hellcat shares the college journey and how you can help your young adult no matter where their path may be taking them - college, the workforce, or the military. Hellcat shares her own processes but then asks for YOUR help - those who have been down this path before - what's you best advice. Listen and join in the discussion at Hellcat's Hope Facebook Page or email hellcat@whatthehellcat.com. Enjoy this Lifetime Movie Network premier! ha! 

Jul 07 2020

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What is Hope?

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Hellcat has been speaking on Hope for almost 25 years and has done her research. Hellcat will share what Hope is, and what it is not. She will discuss and teach the Think Feel Act cycle that she coaches her clients on and share stories of hope in action. You will walk away with ways you can begin to explore the story you tell yourself - is it one of hope or despair. This is not about positive thinking. No. It's about living with intention and the science behind it. 

Honorable Mentions: 

Christine Purvis, designer of www.whatthehellcat.com

Amy Downs, Author of Hope is a Verb: CEO, Ironman Triathlete, and survivor of the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City Murrah Building Bombing. 

Casey Gwinn, J.D. and Dr. Chan Hellman, Authors of Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life 

Jul 06 2020

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Find A Way: Resiliency in Action

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Resiliency: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Hellcat shares a couple of personal stories in resiliency as learned from her parents, her 11 siblings, and her own experiences from her first experience at the dorms in college to finding herself in Mexico without a passport. These stories will tug on your heart, make you laugh, and open your mind to your own memories and examples of resiliency. Hellcat talks about Diana Nyad's book, Find A Way, as a great example of resilience in action. Come listen and then share your own stories of resiliency in action. 

Jul 05 2020

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Hellcat’s Hope

By ToneGi - Jul 07 2020
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Hellcat is authentic, funny, relatable, and leaves you wanting more! I love her personal stories and her passion for hope! I look forward to more from Hellcat!

Love this!!!!

By ParkerCornett - Jul 07 2020
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Real, thoughtful, hilarious, and moving!!! Highly recommended. Go Hellcat!!!