The "We" to "Me" Mindset Flip with Jose Velazquez

In this episode of Life After the Military, Lee and Howie speak with Sergeant Major (Retired) Jose Velazquez. Jose provides invaluable insights into his military transition preparation and execution.

Jose wisely advises transitioning service members to apply the skills they learned in the military to own and execute their transition. 

Jose shares the importance and value of eliminating debt to lower the stress of the transition period.

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Jose also describes the invaluable role that his spouse played in their steps to execute their transition. With his wife taking part in all transition briefings and classes, she brought a perspective to the process that really helped Jose plan more effectively. 

Jose also shares the importance for him to seek a post military role that enabled him to find purpose and value in what he wanted to do in broadcasting and teaching. 

Jose and Howie describe the value they received by completing the Leader Transition Institute course “Changing Focus from We to Me” and highly encourage all transitioning service members to take this course.

Jose expands on the importance of finding and using mentors to leverage their lessons learned. When he decided to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit and start his own business, he leaned on several mentors to show him the way. 

Although struggling with some mental health challenges resulting from leading men and women in combat, Jose candidly shares the value of seeking and asking for help and being there for others when they need someone to talk to. 

 

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Show Notes:

2:00  Jose discusses his personal transition out of the military 

10:15 Howie discusses the value of reducing debt to create breathing room during transition 

12:51 Finding purpose and fulfillment after the military

15:18 Jose elaborates on becoming an entrepreneur

20:31 Discussion around “Owning the Process” of transition and asking for help.

36:49 Jose explains the Leadership Transition Institute and going from “WE” to “ME”

45:39 Howie expands on his experiences transitioning and the tools he finds value in today

55:01 Lee Discusses helping yourself before helping others

1:01:45 Jose describes his mental fitness journey 

1:15:20 Jose shares a personal story about reframing his experiences through a redefinition of              strength


Achieving Goals through a Vision with NFL player David Holloway

In this episode, Dr. Jason Cormier speaks with special guest David Holloway, a former football player as they go through his journey and the challenges he had to overcome.

It’s no secret that coming from a family of professional athletes means others will have high expectations of your capabilities on the field. David Holloway was well aware of this when he commenced his football career by playing for The University of Maryland.

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Hosted by world-renowned brain surgeon, Dr. Jason Cormier; David Holloway joins us for a motivational episode of Rise Above. His story starts off with moments of discouragement, but he committed to his vision: achieving greatness and success in his sport. 

Flash forward and Holloway has proven himself in the NFL and as a motivational speaker time, and time again. When met with a challenge, he chose to Rise Above. Follow along as he takes us through his journey and learn his trick to reaching your wildest goals.  Check out his story in the full episode! 

 

Show Notes:

0:00 Introduction to David Holloway.

4:24 Family legacy and college football journey

25:50 Pulling through adversity with Vision of Greatness 

38:26 Mental Toughness and establishing a successful mindset

47:00 Visiting University of Maryland

50:00 David’s source of motivation

56:51 How to shape your life for success

 

Book Release

The motivational autobiography of Dr. Jason Cormier, a nationally renowned brain surgeon, EDM artist, and Racecar Driver is out now.

Learn more about Dr. Cormier’s book here

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Redefining Meditation

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Not a fan of meditation? We get it. Our minds are constantly racing with thoughts about our to-do lists, our pending errands, and our worries – sometimes it feels impossible to turn it off. Until now… 

Meet Certified Life Coach and Founder of The Grounded Canary, Beth Shaha. Beth is a fan favorite on Her Journey Told, and she’s back with host Sandy Lutton to talk about what meditation is, and more importantly, what it isn’t. 

Learn how to redefine what “meditating” means to you in this brand new episode, powered by Pivotal Moments Media! 

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Show Notes:

0:00 Introductions and overview

0:50 Sandy’s wellness journey and initial thoughts on meditation

2:50 Beth’s take on meditation and redefining meditation

4:37 Journaling and letting go of rules

6:20 Meditation and using the five senses

9:00 Meditation is about what you need

11:35 Sandy’s struggle with being productive and how meditation can help

13:57 What’s important and going with the flow with self-care

 15:10 PivitolMomentsMedia and where to find Beth Shaha


The Core of Social Responsibility and Practicing Presence

If you were in a job that wasn’t fulfilling your passions, would you leave it to do something else? Jeff Linihan is the Co-Founder and President of Advocado, but before that he was a lawyer. In this episode, Jeff takes Jenn and our audience down a road of pivotal moments and valuable lessons he’s learned along the way as an entrepreneur.

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Watch the full episode to hear Jeff’s take on: 

  • Employee’s personal brand 
  • Empowering employees to pursue what they view as their personal social responsibility 
  • Broadening perspectives after using the culture index system
  • Flexing mental fitness muscles as an entrepreneur 
  • Practicing presence 

 

Show Notes

00:00 Jenn kicks off this episode with Jeff. He introduces himself as a lawyer who quickly realized his passion was in entrepreneurship. He dives into his media and marketing space, and how he set out to collect data in real time.

5:02 Jeff details how social responsibility plays into the vision of Advocado, and how he believes it’s important to help employees promote their own individual cause or what they view as social responsibility

8:55 Jeff and Jenn express their viewpoints on corporations assuming all employees want to work on their personal brand  

11:22 Jeff discusses broadening his perspective after using the culture index system. Jenn asks about finding balance between employee engagement and wellness while deploying culture index profiles.

15:10  Jeff reveals the first thing he looks at when someone applies for a job at Avocado, and how by doing this he’s able to build a high-functioning team.

17:30 Jenn brings up how large companies like Amazon are coming to large cities and are doing their part in the community, Jeff touches on the “PayPal Mafia” Effect and how great talent has the potential to pursue passions.

20:11 Jenn asks Jeff how he flexes his mental fitness muscles and how he navigates the grind of being an entrepreneur. 

24:15 Jeff briefly touches on the biggest challenge he faces when it comes to being present and connecting the mind and body. 

25:00 Jenn and Jeff close out the episode on a note about empowering others to pursue what they are passionate about. 


Soundboard: Love and Loss - Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry

Life’s journey can lead you down an unpredictable route filled with many triumphs and tribulations. 

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Former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry joins Ty for a discussion about the twists and turns her life’s path has taken, and how she chooses kindness over bitterness and resentment. Megan opens about her upcoming book, What You Do Next, which reflects on the loss of her 22-year-old son Max who tragically overdosed, as well as how she saved her marriage and found joy again. Practicing mental fitness isn’t always easy, but it comes with great rewards and Megan is proof of that. This tell-all episode shows a side of the previous Mayor of Music City that we guarantee you’ve never seen before. 

 

Show Notes:

0:00 Intro

1:40 Ty asks the question “Who is Megan Barry?”

6:00 Megan and Ty discuss shame and substance abuse

14:30 Megan discusses her motivation for her upcoming book, What You Do Next

20:30 Megan speaks on finding joy

24:00 Ty asks Megan about the pivotal moments of her life

28:30 Megan tells Ty she does yoga for her mental and physical fitness

33:10 Close


Soundboard: A Crystal Clear Reflection of Growth, with Ty Herndon & Crystal Lewis

We’re back with another episode of SOUNDBOARD featuring Grammy-Nominated & GMA Dove Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter, and Actress: Crystal Lewis.

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In one of our most powerful episodes yet, Crystal and Ty discuss the importance of reflecting on big changes and pivotal moments as they make us realize the growth we experience in our personal lives. Leaning in and Listening to others is often discussed on our show, but Crystal delivers a new perspective which is also reflected in her music. Tune in for this groundbreaking discussion and for a closer look into her latest album, Together We Can, and a breakdown of Ty & Crystal’s song “Everybody Hurts”

 

Check out Everybody Hurts by Crystal Lewis and Ty Herndon

 

Show Notes:

0:00 Intro

00:50 Crystal introduces herself

06:00 Crystal discusses what instilled fear in her

9:45 Ty asks Crystal if she has seen a change in herself 

11:00 Crystal discusses her pivotal moments

16:30 How walking helps Crystal clear her head 

17:40 Ty asks Crystal what she would tell herself at 16 years old

21:30 Crystal discusses her new album, Together We Can

27:30 Pain should make us grateful for each other

29:50 Ty and Crystal discuss their song together, Everybody Hurts

33:10 Close


Soundboard: CMT’s Cody Alan on Listening, Life and Love

On Soundboard we often talk about turning down the negative, and turning up the positive voices in our life- what we listen to always impacts our mental fitness. And what better way to amplify our voices with none other than CMT’s Cody Alan!

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On Soundboard, we often talk about turning down the negative and turning up the positive voices in our lives — what we listen to always impacts our mental fitness. And what better way to amplify our positive voices with none other than CMT’s Cody Alan? Cody is one of the most notable voices in hosting country music television and radio. He also recently published his first book, “Hear’s The Thing: Lessons on Listening, Life, and Love” in which he details stories of his self-discovery journey and becoming a more active listener. In this episode, Ty and Cody walk us through their mental fitness routines, how they both came out as gay and felt empowered to live their most authentic lives, and how they have both gone through struggles in dark times only to emerge in light and love.

 

Show Notes:

0:00 Intro

1:50 Ty and Cody talk about their friendship and some of the lessons they have learned

4:40 Cody tells the Pivotal Moments of his life

8:00 Ty asks Cody what he does to stay mentally fit

12:00 Cody discusses a failure

15:00 The two discuss their experiences being married to women and being gay

18:00 Cody talks about being a father

23:15 Cody touches on the stories in his book

30:10 Close


Championship Traits For Life - Christine Krall

Who would’ve thought athletic coaching could translate into mental fitness advice?

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Figure Skating Olympian & Coach, Christine Krall, has been on the ice arabesque-ing and coaching for a combined 49+ years, and today on our WIN podcast she taught us many pivotal lessons that we can easily apply to the way we approach life’s obstacles. In this episode you will learn about… – The “Silent Trainer” – Quantifiable feedback before the “do it again” method – Understanding young athletes’ need for mental health practices.


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


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