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The Choose Your Attitude™ podcast is a source of inspiration and motivation for many, fueled by real stories from real people who have struggled with real challenges. Each podcast — and show guest — reminds you that no matter the challenge, you hold the power of perspective, allowing it to shift your attitude from being held down by the impossible to being propelled with the possible. No struggle is too big to impact the small choice you make of your attitude on how you approach it, all in turn creating a life you choose to live!
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016 : Downhill skier Ryan McElmon talks the adrenaline of life
Today our guest is Ryan McElmon. Adrenaline junky, Mountain Biking as a hobby, but downhill skiing as competitor. Only 22 years old Ryan has had quite the experience in life. But a life full of lessons, and accomplishments. A true lesson in overcoming our fear, as we try and tackle the challenges of life. Ryan and his journey as a downhill skier really brings the idea of Choose Your Attitude to life as he explains his life in constant hunger for uncomfortable, in an attempt to conquer that next big trick. Here's our chat…
Ryan McElmon : @Ryan_McElmon
015 : A life with legacy - Another conversation with John Sardella
We are back with John Sardella in this episode. John Sardella, author of A Journey without a Map sat down with us in episode 13. After recording, we talked for another hour, and felt it was important to do another episode, but this time focus on legacy. In episode 13, we touched this topic, and it actually hit deep with John as he discussed what he wanted on his gravestone. Talking about death, and how we want to be remembered after life is tough, but it's so powerful and helpful in our journey in life. helpful to deal with life when it gets difficult, but more importantly, it helps you find a deeper meaning to your time on earth, your memories you want to create, and the legacy you truly want to leave behind. Here's our chat.
014 : HALT - JD Hasenbank talks Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, & Tiredness
HALT! In this episode I sit down with Dr JD Hasenbank, Muscle Magician, move better, hurt less. In our current situation in 2020, there has been alot to overcome mentally. In our stress, overwhelming desire to understand, John provides us with some mental exercises to help us process all that's going on, using the HALT process. Hunger, Anger, Loneliness, Tiredness. As we try and conquer the current times, here's our chat in hopes to help you process…
JD Hasenbank : @Drhasenbank
013 : A journey without a Map with John Sardella
Today, my guest is John Sardella, author of A Journey without a Map. I got the chance to read his book, and was set back by how parallel his journey was to mine. He shared his journey of walking with his wife through a 7 year battle of cancer, and the difficulties around loving someone who is dying. When we sat down to talk, we couldnt feel more comfortable in our similarities. He, as a lacrosse coach instructor, and a former principal, provides an amazing aspect to life, loving someone with a disease, and how fragile our lives are. Here's our chat.
012 : Sober Life with Ashley Rhyner
Life is a difficult journey. We all strive to live our best life. However life isn't always perfect. When we grow up, we sometimes fall into difficult choices. In high school, I had the privilege to go to school with a beautiful human being that has been through alot. Ashley Rhyner experienced her parents splitting, her father coming out as a gay man, her step dad passing of cancer. For a young girl, the process was extremely difficult, and in trying to find strength in such a difficult set of circumstances she fell into 10 years of hard drugs and alcohol. But Ashely is the exact example of why we must not look at these things and judge the people on them, but look deeper to help them from their pain, and judge them on the deeper heart. Ashley today is 3 years sober for such a difficult, complicated world, and she now is a mentor to many others going through the same struggles. It's all perspective. As we try and live, we have different vices to help us try and cope. But Ashley’s heart, attitude is beyond one of my biggest inspirations in life, and is a prime example of our pasts should not weigh us down, they should not be hidden, but held up and embraced as a way to build and grow to that journey we all call life. Here's our chat and her beautiful story.
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.
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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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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.