CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE PODCAST
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The spark for the Choose Your Attitude Podcast comes from host Nicholas Strand’s late wife, Brianna. She fought a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis but her amazing power to inspire and shine with ease – no matter life’s challenges – is the inspiration that fuels the stories you will find when you listen to the podcast.
Using his personal experiences with Brianna, his mom’s battle with lung cancer, and his own professional life as a traveling roadie, Nick hopes to share those stories with you as well as stories from other guests from all walks of life. The Choose Your Attitude Podcast aims to bring inspiration, motivation, support, some entertainment, and down-to-earth conversations to help us all feel the comfort that is within the uncomfortable.
We all face struggles and triumphs. Nick’s mission is to use that little spark of hope to inspire others so we may choose our attitude, move forward, and create a beautiful life. Take a listen!
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011 : A toast for change with Erin Gruwell
Have you heard of the term six degrees of separation? The idea is that all people are 6 people or fewer away from each other. Back in 2006 I was on a flight from Spokane Wa to Seattle Washington. Sitting next to me was a friendly lady. Like most flights, sharing your journey with the person next to you, she shared she was headed to her movie premier in Seattle. To my surprise, later the blockbuster hit Freedom Writers with lead actress Hilary Swank hit theatres. The movie is about a dedicated teacher (Hilary Swank) in a racially divided Los Angeles school with a class of at-risk teenagers deemed incapable of learning. Instead of giving up, she inspires her students to take an interest in their education and planning their future. She assigns reading material that relates to their lives and encourages them all to keep journals. Those journals not only formed a movie, but formed the Freedom Writers Foundation. Erin Gruwell, that dedicated teacher, was that amazing inspiring lady that sat next to me on that flight in 2006. Freedom Writers became a movie I adored. As Choose Your Attitude Podcast formed, and we reached out for guests, Erin Gruwell was at the top of the list. We reached out to Erin a week prior to the George Floyd protests. It was like fate set us up to connect, and discuss the current situation. Here's our chat...
Message form Erin Gruwell:
"I was humbled by Nicholas and Brianna’s tragic story of love and loss, so it was my honor to take part in the Choose Your Attitude Podcast. Brianna’s story is heartbreaking, but can act as a guide for anyone looking to create their own destiny. Nicholas’ determination to turn his pain into purpose proves that even in the face of adversity, the human spirit cannot be broken."
Erin Gruwell : @FreedomWritersFoundation
010 : A talk about racism with friends
In this episode my guest is Bryce Smith, and Ben Vadez. Both friends. After the horrible events of George Floyd, then the protests, I reached out to Bryce to help try and create a deeper understanding of racism, and where as a white man I can do better. I was taken back when he confronted me for reaching out, but as I listened, and understood, it was clear. In our talks, we felt it was important to make it an episode in our podcast. Here's our chat as we discuss and try and break down the construct of racism and our current status…
SEASON 2 EPISODES COMING SOON
Episode 10 - Sept 20 : A talk about racism with friends
Episode 11 - Sept 27 : A toast for change with Erin Gruwell
Episode 12 - Oct 11 : Sober life with Ashley Rhyner
Episode 13 - Oct 25 : A journey without a map with John Sardella
Episode 14 - Nov 8 : HALT - JD Hasenbank talks Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, and Tiredness
Episode 15 - Nov 22 : A life with legacy - Another conversation with John Sardella
Episode 16 - Dec 6 : Downhill skier Ryan McElmon talks adrenaline of life
More to come...
009 : Innovating to conquer Cystic Fibrosis
In this podcast we sit down to chat with Martin Devlieger, an adventurer at heart. Martin has Cystic Fibrosis. Instead of letting CF hold him back, at a young age he innovated. Today he's the inventor of the Monarch Airway Clearance System, a life vest that provides a touch of independence for the patient, while helping vibrate the mucus build up in a CF patients lungs. His simple invention gave him the freedom he needed to adventure life without being anchored to Cystic Fibrosis. With a simple choice he created life of freedom and adventure, all by taking a upper hand over CF. Today, he lives his life, constantly taking adventures in his beautiful backyard in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada, all because of the CF Life Jacket he created.
Follow Martin through his journey at:
008 : Brianna's family wishes Brianna Happy Birthday
It's been three years since May 7 2017 when Brianna Passed. As a way to come together celebrate her birthday May 11, and support her and her families efforts to continue the Poulsbo CF Walk, the family talks about Brianna, how as a family they overcame the obstacles that cystic fibrosis introduced, while Brianna just did what she could to live. Through Brianna's life she was a role model, inspiration, and leader to so many including her family. As a advocate for Cystic Fibrosis through many efforts, the biggest, her families yearly walk-a-thon for Great Strides, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Poulsbo CF Walk.
-Jim Oas: Father
-Valarie Oas: Mother
-Kristen Johnson: Sister
-Justin Oas: Brother
007 : Dr Pottinger challenges the world to #COVIDreset
Dr Paul Pottinger, the 007 of Infectious Disease, Brianna's long time infectious disease doc, Director of Infectious Disease at University of Washington, and Foreword author of the book Loving Someone Who Is Dying, takes some time out of his busy schedule to catch up, talk about what's happening, and reflect on what's happened. In their talk, Paul asks for the community to come together, to help us create a better tomorrow, challenging the world to #COVIDreset.
006 : Deano Brown talks playing fiddle where the Green Grass Grows
Nick talks with his long-time road brother, Deano, about the power of music and playing fiddle for one of country music's biggest stars. Deano explains going from a young kid who refused to give up to now being one of Tim McGraw's lead musicians. Deano shares the band's journey towards working together on the road, encouraging each other to be the best versions of themselves, working out "gorilla style," and ultimately doing what they love while giving everyone else a chance to escape reality.
Also in the episode, Deano performs Brightest Stars, a song he wrote with a group of friends about struggles and hardships and how sometimes when we are at our worst, we often are able to find the best in us.
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Brightest Stars (Co-Writers):
005 : Belinda Lowes talks about naming her child after Brianna
In this episode, we welcome Belinda Lowes, Brianna's friend from veterinary school. Hear how Brianna impacted Belinda's life in such a way that to honor her late friend, she named her daughter, "Brianna," as a gentle reminder of her beautiful soul and a source of inspiration.
Belinda also talks about Brianna's powerful Washington State FFA Retiring Address (RA) video.
004 : Arvin Mitchell Talks "Compression" - Comedy/Depression
In this episode, Nick talks with his friend Arvin Mitchell, a comedian known for shows like Kevin Hart One Mic Stand. Arvin is now a writer and performer on Studio C on BYUtv via YouTube. Nick and Arvin discuss the comedy world and how they originally connected after one of Arvin's shows and each shares their own battle with of depression. Or as Arvin calls it..."compression."
Follow Arvin Mitchell Instagram @ArvinComedian
More about Arvin and Studio C
003 : Nicks shares about writing Loving Someone Who Is Dying
In this episode, Nick hands the show over to Choose Your Attitude team member, Tara, for a vulnerable and very real interview about his past, present, and future with CYA . Nick talks candidly about his ‘why’ behind writing the book, Loving Someone Who is Dying, his vision for Quotes on a Fridge, and his motivation for the Choose Your Attitude apparel line. Plus what happens next!
002 : Feeling comfortable in the uncomfortable
Do you feel misplaced in these uncomfortable times? Uncomfortable, not motivated, fearful, annoyed. That's normal! How to control our reality...
Ben Valdez, Substance Use Disorder Professional, or Addiction Treatment Counselor spent some time with us to talk about our feelings, feeling comfortable in our uncomfortable times, and some helpful ways to address these times.
001 : Trying to overcome a vertical climb, one step at a time...
Andrea went on a hiking trip with her boy friend at the time and her brother. During the trip they went mountain climbing. Everything was great until a boulder broke free and came crashing down, landing on Andrea leg, pinning her.
Andrea talks about the accident and conquering life on one foot as a hero. From the accident itself, ways family and friends helped her through her accident and recovery, proper etiquette for visiting people in the hospital, and how being an amputee is normal.