Soundboard: Music & Mental Fitness Across Generations with Auti

Although she was just 14 years old when she became a viral singing sensation, this singer-songwriter has always been an old soul. Auti has gone on to win awards and use her platform to advocate for suicide and bullying prevention.

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These two Pivotal Records Artists and Pivotal Moments Media Ambassadors open up about losing someone to suicide, the uphill battles they’ve had to overcome on their healing journeys and show us how mental health crises can arise in anyone- in any stage of life. The pair may seem very different on the outside, but their passions for mental fitness and music bring them together, and much more.

Be sure to listen to Auti’s new song, “4 years”, written in memory of her friend.

 

Show Notes:

0:00 Intro

1:00 Ty asks Auti who she is

1:46 Auti talks about her love for music, how she started writing music, and why she advocates for mental health awareness

4:00 Ty and Auti touch on both losing someone to suicide and Auti explains how writing has helped her

6:30 The two artists talk about family, friends, and support

8:45 Auti shares her perspective and how she stays positive

12:00 Ty asks Auti about the pivotal moments of her life

14:00 The two talk about creating “music that matters”

16:20 Ty asks Auti what brings her joy

18:00 Episode close


Championship Traits For Life - Breaking Through Adversities with Football Legend Ricky Watters

Football Legend Ricky Watters is a Super Bowl Champion, National Champion, motivational speaker, and inspiration to many in football and beyond.

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Now while you may know Ricky’s name from his time on the football field, his work beyond the game deserves just as much recognition. Ricky and his wife Catherina are active philanthropists via their work with the Ricky Watters Family Foundation which advocates for mentoring foster and at-risk youth, in addition to being stewards for the game of football through the Watters Warriors and Ricky Watters Pro Experience camps.

In addition to the above, Ricky is a lover of music and poetry and is a proud father to his two sons, Ricky jr. and Shane.

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Soundboard: Country Artist Michael Ray

Country music singer-songwriter Michael Ray recently had his single “Whiskey And Rain” soar to the No. 1 spot on country radio. While his hard work and determination through the infamous covid quarantine gained him success, Ty Herndon sits down with him to get a look at the mental fitness practices that went on behind the scenes.

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Get ready for an honest episode about breaking patterns, holding onto hope, and cold showers. Learn how Michael Ray strengthens his mental fitness and rides the wave of pivotal moments. 

Michael Ray’s Higher Education EP is available now to listen & download!

 

Show Notes

00:00 Intro 

1:11 Michael expresses how he practices mental fitness while having his song “Whiskey and Rain” reach #1 on the charts.

4:24 Ty asks Michael what he does to help promote positivity and gratitude to his team.

7:07 Michael details his experience making his album and music video during Covid 

10:45 Ty mentions how artists sometimes doubt themselves and asks Michael what the pivotal moment was that kept him moving forward. 

15:16 Michael explains lessons learned in his mental health journey 

18:02 The artists discuss breaking generational patterns about mental health education, how we’re raised by “broken people”, and that we’re all healing.

20:17 Ty asks Michael what he would tell his younger self, Michael reflects on growing up in a broken home.

22:18 Michael talks about what he does to stay positive and how a quote from Tyler Perry’s latest “Madea” movie keeps him going. 

24:30 Close


Championship Traits For Life - Dr. Cassidy Preston

What are your metrics for success? Dr. Cassidy Preston of Consistent Elite Performance joins WIN to talk about how overcoming adversities during his time in sports had led him to a profession centered around helping others do the same. Dr. Preston and his team have used their combined education, athletic careers, and coaching experiences to create a mental performance system to guide elite athletes to clearly understand what mental skills they need to work on and how to do it.

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Soundboard: Grammy Award Winner LeAnn Rimes

Growing up in the music industry is sure to come with many twists and turns. And spoiler alert- there’s no guide on how to navigate your mental health that comes with the fame. So how do these stars do it and what do they wish they could tell their younger selves?

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In the premiere of Soundboard, we’re getting to know international multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter  LeAnn Rimes like never before. She joins Soundboard host and fellow Grammy-nominated artist Ty Herndon for a conversation as these two longtime friends recall their first times performing together, complications in LeAnn’s career as a young star, details about their personal mental fitness journeys reflected in their new music, and more.

 

 

Show Notes

00:00 Intro

3:45 Ty asks “Who is LeAnn Rimes?”

6:00 Ty talks about when he first met LeAnn and the first times they performed together

10:00 LeAnn and Ty discuss what it means to be an artist 

12:20 Ty asks LeAnn what she would tell the younger version of herself

14:25 Ty asks LeAnn what the pivotal moments of her life were

14:55 LeAnn talks about the situation and challenges she experienced as a young artist

19:00 Ty talks about the opportunity of being able to help people

21:00 LeAnn discusses her perspective and how she takes care of herself

22:20 Ty asks LeAnn what brings her joy

24:30 LeAnn discusses her new album, God’s Work

27:00 Close


Advocating for Mental Health in the Veterinary Industry with Dr. Katie Krothapalli

“As vet techs/veterinarians, we do have a personal responsibility for setting boundaries, finding resources, and doing what we need to take care of ourselves.” Jenn chats with a very special guest for this episode, Dr. Katie Krothapalli. A former veterinary practitioner and Veterinary Medical Officer for the U.S. Army, Dr. Krothapalli now serves as Director of Healthcare Education at Edcetera, a leading provider of professional development and continued education resources and parent company of Vetcetera.

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She discusses how a critical turning point led her to this current role and how she is using her experience to help others in the veterinary field. She also touches on the challenges veterinary professionals face, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, how creating space for a mental health dialogue in veterinary medicine will help push the industry forward and so much more.  

 

Show Notes

00:00 Dr. Katie Krothrapalli introduces herself, detailing her trajectory to becoming a veterinarian and creating Vet Cetera, a community for veterinarian professionals – all while dealing with animal allergies 

5:02 Dr. Krothrapalli discusses some of the unexpected challenges she faced in the veterinarian profession regarding medical responsibility, financial struggles with patient families, etc.

10:45 Dr. Krothrapalli discusses how she applies the tools she learned in veterinarian training to her current role with EdCetera, noting how the company was built to assist the veterinarian community

16:40 Dr. Krothrapalli discusses the current sentiments on mental health in the veterinarian/vet tech community

19:43 The discussion shifts to boundaries; Jenn and Dr. Katie discuss some of the everyday dilemmas doctors have, and how America’s rush to adopt pets during the pandemic severely impacted veterinarian health providers

26:04 Dr. Krothrapalli leaves parting advice to those looking to join the veterinarian industry: expect things to not be easy, and be flexible

28:35 Dr. Krothrapalli defines mental fitness and explains how she flexes her mental fitness muscle – by setting time for things that matter and maintaining healthy boundaries


Life After The Military: Sergeant Major (Ret.) Matt Quick

How much debt are you bringing into your transition from the military?

How much financial stress are you already experiencing?

Want to learn from one of the best and most respected voices in the veteran transition workspace?

Tune into this new episode of Life After the Military with Sergeant Major (Retired) Matt Quick.

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Matt shares his story about his transition from the Marine Corps and the Army. Listen as Matt describes the value of networking early and significantly lowering the financial stress of a transition by getting to a debt-free state before departing the military.

Matt gives invaluable insights into the offerings that the Project Management Institute, his current employer, provides for transitioning veterans, their spouses and family members.

Matt speaks passionately about his work with the Dylan Quick Foundation, in loving memory of his nephew lost too early to pediatric cancer.

 

Show Notes 

00:00 Lee introduces Matt Quick to the PMM audience, Matt Quick shares key facts about his transition from the military

8:01 Matt discusses his first job, overseeing the DoD skill bridge program 

10:14 Howie advises the audience to begin the transition process as early as possible, and to get educated

14:18 Matt describes his work at PMI – the Project Management Institute

17:26 Matt discusses what the PMI does for spouses and military families

21:13 Lee and Howie advise the audience – find your purpose

25:57 Mike explains his reenlistment into the Army and how he built a controversial website while training to become a career counselor

32:00 An important discussion on how identity shifts for everyone involved in a service member’s transition

41:09 The group discusses the incredible importance of spouses in military transitions

45:47 Matt discusses another passion project, the Dylan Quick Foundation

52:32 Lee gives Matt the title for his life’s book; Matt shares how he practices mental fitness daily

57:21 Howie and Lee end the show


Understanding The Mind/Body Connection with Beth Shaha & Jen Hampton

 Beth Shaha and Jen Hampton return to the Her Journey Told Podcast to talk about the mind-body connection.

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In this episode, Beth explains how the body has many more receptors to process information than the mind and the importance of being able to listen to your body.  Jen discusses the need for routine in order to be able to pick on the signals the body is sending and to start the healing process from experienced traumas. They share with us their own journey while weaving in key insights to help drive your own mental health journey.


Rise Above the Challenges with Jason Cormier

“Nothing is insurmountable.” Jenn is joined by a very special guest and new member of the Pivotal Moments Media team, Jason Cormier. As if being a renowned neurosurgeon wasn’t enough, Jason also works with high level sporting organizations, has a background in music and is the author of his upcoming book, “Driven.”

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Needless to say, he has a lot of insight to share – which he does! Join Jason and Jenn for a conversation about the importance of life’s turns, addressing the challenges, deciding how to handle failures and more. Plus, Jason gives a preview of his book with a heartfelt story featured in its introduction! 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-cormier-md-83995515 

 

SHOW NOTES/”KEY TAKEAWAYS”:

00:00 Jenn opens the floor Jason Cormier, a new host on the Pivotal Moments Media team

1:06 Jason introduces himself as a father and neurosurgeon, briefly discussing his diverse past in the racing and music industries

4:01 Jason explains to the audience how his work in the medical field led him to collaborations with high level sporting organizations, to write a book, and to create music as a producer

9:24 Jenn and Jason chat about music and how it relates to the mind in their everyday lives

11:11 Jason tees up his upcoming book, “Driven”, hoping to inspire people to push past adversity

14:29 Jason tells the audience how he defines mental fitness as power of passion, willpower and drive, noting that mental fitness is a state of wellbeing that includes the emotional, social, financial and the physical

18:43 Jenn and Jason discuss why people fail, noting contributing aspects including – bad parenting, social media, a negative environment and a lack of patience

22:43 Jason discloses a heartfelt story from the introduction of his new book 

28:20 Jason leaves parting words for the PMM audience

30:38 Jenn closes the show

 

QUOTES MENTIONED:

“You can do anything you want.” – Jason

“Music stimulates the mind in so many ways.” – Jason

“Rise above those challenges of people telling you you can’t do something. And I think when someone tells you you can’t do something, it just means ‘look, I can’t do it with you’, but some way I’m going to make it happen.” – Jason

“I have a lot of failures… You have to choose whether or not you’re going to succumb to your failures or you’re going to learn from them.” – Jason

“Mental fitness is most well defined as a state of wellbeing.. Having a positive sense of how we feel, how we think and act.” – Jason

“Celebrate the failures.” – Jenn

“Unfettered access to the internet can really destroy someone.” – Jason

“Surround yourself with positive people.” – Jason

“Things are possible as long as you trust.” – Jason

“Nothing is insurmountable.” – Jason

Success is really just a lease and rent is due every single day.” – Jason


A Conversation with Auti

Award winning singer/songwriter and PMM Artist/Brand Ambassador Auti Gillispie shares with us her journey as an emerging artist and how she uses her music platform to drive awareness around suicide prevention and to promote anti-bullying campaigns.

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Auti reveals the story that drove her to become a mental health advocate and the message she wants to share through her music. In this episode, our listeners will be truly inspired by the courage and mission of this incredible young woman.

 

Show Notes

00:00 Auti explains how she got involved in mental health advocacy

4:09 Auti and Sandy discuss Auti’s personal and artistic influences, and how they contribute to her personal wellness

10:27 Auti tells the story of how her fanbase began with a viral video

14:18 Auti discusses how spending time in nature allows her to separate herself from the music for a mental break

18:26 Auti details how her musicianship has developed throughout the years on piano

22:01 Auti tell us what she wants people to get from her music

23:18 The discussion switches to Auti’s partnership with Pivotal Moments Media, and her future endeavors

27:00 Sandy asks, “what’s one piece of advice that really drives you?”

28:43 Auti thanks the audience