The Carleena Show

Carleena Angwin

The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world.

All Episodes

Melissa Stone is a Police Social Worker with Bloomington Indiana's Police Department. Melissa and I discuss: why her department created this new program, the types of calls she responds to, how she interacts with people in crisis, law enforcement mental health, hostage negotiations, her unique role growing up in a working-class home, her decision to become a social worker, and advice she gives other police departments considering a police social worker program. If you enjoy this episode, you may like previous episodes where I interviewed a first responder, funeral director, forest ranger, working dog trainer, and many other guests with hands-on or misunderstood professions that help shed light on the human experience. Special Guest: Melissa Stone.

E

Mar 2020

56 min 34 sec

How do you engage teens in civil political discourse? One librarian in Nashville created a program called ProjectCiv, which seeks to promote monthly discussions between high school Republicans and Democrats. Amanda Williams Smithfield joins me on the podcast to discuss her work. The Carleena Show is hosted by Carleena Angwin--a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Visit the website and connect https://carleena.fireside.fm/. Special Guest: Amanda Smithfield.

E

Feb 2020

49 min 13 sec

Dr. Tamiko Webb discusses mindfulness interventions in the criminal justice system, counseling inmates in a maximum-security prison, the de-institutionalized movement of the mid-century, and reentry programs. Dr. Webb received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Counseling, Teaching, and Supervision at Trevecca Nazarene University. Visit The Carleena Show website and connect https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Special Guest: Dr. Tamiko Webb.

E

Feb 2020

51 min 16 sec

My guest today is Kung Fu Visionary, Svitlana Zavialova. Born in Post Soviet Crimea, Svitlana moved to China in her early twenties to pursue Chinese traditional martial arts. She later transcended her performance style into a new form of movement storytelling. Svitlana is the founder of the Wu Woman Martial Movement style (the fusion of traditional Kung Fu and Futuristic Dance), an Actor and Entrepreneur. Discover Svitlana’s martial movement and Cognitive Kung Fu Experience from her website: http://www.svitlanazavialova.com/ The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Special Guest: Svitlana Zavialova.

E

Dec 2019

30 min 37 sec

When Corbin Cabrera was 13 years old, his father--Army Lt. Col. David E. Cabrera--was killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in Afghanistan in 2011. Two years later, Corbin discovered a program that connected other children who lost a parent in combat or the war at home. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Good Grief Camp meets in DC each Memorial Day weekend and helps kids of the fallen connect, process their grief, and have fun together. A couple years later, Corbin would became a legacy mentor with TAPS and start mentoring a little girl and her sister. Corbin is a senior at Texas A&M University. Visit The Carleena Show website for a full list of episodes. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Special Guest: Corbin Cabrera.

E

Sep 2019

45 min 42 sec

Remi Adeleke is the author of TRANSFORMED: A Navy SEAL's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds. Today on the show, Remi shares who he wrote the book for and why he decided to write the book himself and not use a ghost writer. We talk about his time as a Navy SEAL, working in human intelligence and how he learned to listen and find common ground with informants. I ask him what it’s like to be a lead consultant on the forthcoming Netflix film, 6 Underground and if he could offer youth insight on ways to find meaning and purpose in their lives. Visit The Carleena Show website for a full list of episodes. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Connect with Remi Adeleke and purchase his book TRANSFORMED: https://www.thomasnelson.com/p/transformed/ Special Guest: Remi Adeleke.

E

Aug 2019

52 min 54 sec

Bret Atiyeh left his corporate job with a 401K and benefits to pursue his dream as a professional poker player. Bret shares that journey with us and sheds light on many poker-related misconceptions. We discuss online poker regulation, tracking software, competing in the World Series of Poker, amateurs who give up too much information at the poker table, women’s only poker tournaments (and the men who insist on entering). Bret answers listener questions about human behavior and gives advice to those thinking about leaving their day job to pursue poker full time. This episode is a part of a series of hands-on professions that shed light on human behavior. Other guests on this podcast include a military dog trainer, an outdoor survivalist leader, a spiritual counselor, first responder, and a funeral director, among others. Visit The Carleena Show website for a full list of episodes. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Special Guest: Bret Atiyeh.

E

Jul 2019

1 hr 2 min

Jaya was six years old when she sat on her father's shoulders and watched Soviet tanks invade her city. After World War Two, Hungary became a satellite state of the Soviet Union and a Communist government was established. Soon after the 1956 uprising, Jaya's father put on a packsack and walked away from the family, destined for Canada. He hoped the family would follow. Ten years later, Jaya signed away her Hungarian citizenship and traveled alone to Canada, in search of the man she loved and missed so dearly. Moments after reuniting with her father, she regretted her decision. But she couldn't go back. Flash forward many years, Jaya would encounter guides and healers, Eckhart Tolle among them, who helped her find peace and healing. They all made the same prediction. "They will come, Jaya." And they did. People started arriving at her home, and asked for help changing their lives. Jaya planned to counsel people for a few months, but as more and more people arrived, her unique spiritual counseling business has flourished for over twenty years now. Connect with Jaya: http://jaiapracticalspirituality.com/home/. Special Guest: Jaya Friesen.

E

Jul 2019

1 hr 22 min

When Juanita Ramsey met her future husband in 1986, the Vietnam War was to her long over. She soon learned that to marry a soldier was to marry his war. Bill Jevne served as a Marine Corps platoon commander in Vietnam. The memories were burned in his mind. The poison of Agent Orange had colonized his cells. When his prostate cancer became terminal, he used the Death with Dignity option. "Our first date began with a story of these young men getting killed. And our last hours ended with him, still a platoon commander, calling his remaining members and telling them: 'I'm going to be dying in about an hour, and I want to say goodbye to you.'" Juanita Ramsey-Jevne now gives workshops on end-of-life options, embracing death to enhance life, grieving, and writing. Special Guest: Juanita Ramsey-Jevne.

E

Jun 2019

1 hr 14 min

Luke Smithwick has been a mountain guide for over twenty years, leading people on exploratory expeditions in Nepal, Alaska and the Rocky Mountains. In 2012, Luke founded Himalaya Alpine Guides (himalaya-alpine.com (http://www.himalaya-alpine.com/)), a brand focused on the unexplored, unclimbed and unskied terrain globally. In November 2018 Luke completed his 68th Himalayan expedition. Today on the show, I ask Luke how he has changed as a person over the course of his career. Special Guest: Luke Smithwick.

E

May 2019

52 min 48 sec

Laurel Holding is the Director of Program Development at Boulder Outdoor Survival School, where she has been guiding extended backcountry expeditions and teaching primitive and traditional living skills for 20 years. Connect with Laurel and BOSS: https://www.boss-inc.com/staff/laurel-holding/ The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Special Guest: Laurel Holding.

E

Apr 2019

1 hr 16 min

Anthony Kane is a licensed funeral director and death expert based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today on the show, Anthony discusses the changing funeral industry, the families and funerals he thinks about years later, PTSD in the funeral business, and his evolving perspectives on embalming. This is a fascinating discussion and we decided to record a Part Two soon. Stay tuned and send me any questions you have for Anthony. Visit the Contact page on my website https://carleena.net/ . Special Guest: Anthony J. Kane.

E

Apr 2019

1 hr

Robyn Udemans is a South African woman who has been living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for 17 years. Knowing very little about life outside her compound’s walls, Robyn decided it was time to change that. The result is a podcast called Aswat: Voices of Arabia, which serves as a platform for the women of Saudi Arabia to share the stories of their lives, aspirations, and achievements at a time when restrictions on women have been easing. Connect with Robyn https://voicesofarabia.xyz/ Special Guest: Robyn Udemans.

E

Apr 2019

40 min 33 sec

Tiffiany Portacio is leaving the United States soon and moving to Paraguay, where she will begin a two year commitment as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Tiffiany reached out to me a year ago when she was deciding if she should she apply to the Peace Corps or not. Today on the show, I ask Tiffiany to bring us back to that moment of uncertainty and walk us through her decision to apply. /// The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.fireside.fm/ /// Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey /// Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin /// Subscribe to the podcast on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2AzCFib /// Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ /// Special Guest: Tiffiany Portacio.

E

Mar 2019

50 min 48 sec

Dr. Kurt Michael is a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University, a practicing Licensed Psychologist, and a crisis intervention and suicide prevention consultant on the national level. Today, Kurt discusses the research connecting Netflix’s television series "13 Reasons Why" with a significant increase in the use of the crisis text line: 741741. We also discuss an initiative to bring mental health services to thousands of rural North Carolina public school students. The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.fireside.fm/ /// Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey /// Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin /// Subscribe to the podcast on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2AzCFib /// Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ /// Connect with Dr. Kurt Michael https://psych.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kurt-d-michael /// Handbook of Rural School Mental Health, available here: https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319647333 /// The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]) is a United States-based suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Special Guest: Kurt Michael.

E

Mar 2019

50 min 48 sec

Steve Kaplan is a comedy consultant for HBO, Disney, DreamWorks, Sony, and many other media companies. He teaches his signature Comedy Intensive Workshops around the world, and is the author of The Hidden Tools of Comedy and The Comic Hero's Journey. Today on the show, Kaplan explains how the Comic Hero's Journey differs from the classic Hero's Journey. “Characters in comedies don’t want to change. They want to stay the same,” Kaplan says. We also discuss drawing from personal experiences to create comedy. Connect with Steve Kaplan https://www.kaplancomedy.com/ The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Special Guest: Steve Kaplan.

E

Mar 2019

1 hr

“This job will change you. You won’t look at life the same. We see people at their worst. But we also see people at their best.” Andrea Layne is a battalion chief with Ada County Paramedics in Idaho. After 30 years as a first responder, Andrea is retiring in April. Special Guest: Andrea Layne.

E

Jan 2019

40 min 27 sec

Two years after Kevin Hines was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. During our conversation, we focus on the last few years of his journey, traveling to high school auditoriums, military bases, health care facilities, and national news outlets to share his story and start a conversation about suicide prevention and mental health. I ask Kevin why his story resonates with so many people. I ask him to share insights and experiences with the unique communities he interacts with and what the media, government officials, and health care professionals can do to help prevent suicides. Connect with Kevin Hines http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/ The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK [8255]) is a United States-based suicide prevention network of 161 crisis centers that provides a 24/7, toll-free hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Special Guest: Kevin Hines.

E

Jan 2019

35 min 18 sec

Christopher-Charles Chaney spent years caring for his mother, Mama Peaches, who passed in 2016 after suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. It was his love and struggles as a former caregiver that inspired him to journal his experiences on Facebook in 2015 and write his first award-winning caregiving book, Mama Peaches and Me: Wit and Wisdom for Worn-out Caregivers. Connect with Christopher-Charles Chaney https://www.chaneyspeaks.com/home Special Guest: Christopher-Charles Chaney.

E

Dec 2018

1 hr 24 min

Brin-Jonathan Butler discusses his journey from his hometown in Vancouver to Cuba in his early twenties to train with Olympic boxers, write their stories, and film a documentary called Split Decision. In today's episode we discuss: finding community, pilgrimage, identity, obsession, and more. We also talk about Brin's new article, Giving Up The Ghost, which will be published in Hazlitt Magazine in February. Brin-Jonathan Butler has written for Esquire, Bloomberg, ESPN Magazine, Al Jazeera, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Salon, and Vice. His first book "The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba" was shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for literary sports writing and a Boston Globe Best Book of 2015. His work has also been a notable selection in both Best American Sports and Best American Travel Writing multiple times. Connect with Brin-Jonathan Butler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/brinicio The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Special Guest: Brin-Jonathan Butler.

E

Dec 2018

2 hr 25 min

Dr. Zibin Guo is a medical anthropologist and internationally known Tai Chi Master. In today's episode, Dr. Guo describes his journey, which began as a young martial artist in China during an era of cultural revolution and uncertainty. With the encouragement of a couple students, Zibin left China in his twenties and travelled to the United States to begin a new life in academia. "I began teaching adaptive tai ji by accident," Dr. Guo says. "That was my moment of enlightenment." The chance encounter propelled him on a new course and within a few years, he developed wheelchair Tai Chi Chuan, which he debuted at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. Eight years later, Zibin received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and began traveling to VA facilities across the country to train staff in wheelchair tai chi. Zibin details what medical anthropology and wheelchair tai chi have in common and how he incorporates the hero's journey in his program. The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.net/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Watch episodes on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2AzCFib | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ | Connect with Zibin Guo http://appliedtaiji.com/ Special Guest: Zibin Guo.

E

Nov 2018

49 min 27 sec

For the past 15 years, Stephen Gerringer has collaborated with the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) —a global community of artists, scholars, writers, educators, and questers—to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell. Hour 1: Stephen takes us back to his formative years and highlights the turning points that led him to the work of Joseph Campbell. Hour 2: Stephen provides a brief biography of Joseph Campbell and details how the story sequence of events Campbell coined The Hero’s Journey applies to ordinary people. The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Connect with Stephen Gerringer and the Joseph Campbell Foundation https://www.jcf.org/ Correction: When discussing young Joe's readings on American Indians, Stephen mentioned "Fraser Boas." He meant to say Franz Boas, considered "the father of American anthropology". Special Guest: Stephen Gerringer.

E

Nov 2018

2 hr 6 min

Steve Exceen is a Marine Corps veteran, father, and founder of Ride for 22, a nonprofit organization that seeks to 1.) raise awareness about veteran suicide, 2.) serve as a living memorial for our fallen heroes, and 3.) increase public knowledge and awareness of Post Traumatic Stress. Steve discusses the journey that led him to start Ride for 22. His organization started with three people and grew to include thousands of riders in Idaho and Oregon, riders who display a picture of someone’s loved one during the 3 hour ride so families know they are not forgotten. We have a special guest on the show today. Steve’s nine year old daughter joins us at the end and says hello. The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.net/  | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ | Connect with Steve Exceen and Ride for 22 https://ridefor22.org/ Special Guest: Steve Exceen.

E

Nov 2018

1 hr 13 min

Lynne Forrest teaches that people perceive life in one of two ways--we’re either reacting out of the victim mind or we see life through the eyes of the observer mind, which witnesses without judgment. Lynne is devoted to helping people find and clear the painful beliefs and ideas that have caused them distress through a process of accessing the Observer Self. "As soon as we recognize we’re on the lower (victim consciousness) triangle, we take ownership of it. As soon as we take ownership of it, we’re automatically moved up to the observer. Now, we begin to ask ourselves the question. What can I learn from this. How can I grow from this?" -Lynne Forrest The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Connect with Lynne Forrest https://www.lynneforrest.com/ --| Link to Lynne's book: Guiding Principles for Life Beyond Victim Consciousness: http://amzn.to/beyondvictim . Special Guest: Lynne Forrest.

E

Oct 2018

1 hr 1 min

Sherry Campbell is a social worker and director of a nonprofit Hospice Home in Tennessee called Welcome Home. She’s also the host of a Demystifying Death series which seeks to bring community members together and provide a space to talk about death and dying. At the end of the episode, two special guests join the conversation. Rakerria Mines and Annie McGuyer Cox recount the circumstances that led them to volunteer at Welcome Home. "People think Hospice is very sad, depressing. But sometimes my best days are when I come here and spend time with them--the people that live here and the workers. It’s a really great pleasure for you to get to sit with them at the end of their life, for their last few hours." -Rakerria Mines The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.net/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ | Connect with Sherry Campbell https://www.welcomehomeofchattanooga.org/ | Episode 13 photography by Raffe Lazarian . Special Guest: Sherry Campbell.

E

Oct 2018

59 min 55 sec

In 1956, Max Baldwin made history as the first person with a disability to compete on an Australian Olympic Team. At 91-years old, Max sits across from me via Skype and recounts his incredible journey—from contracting polio as a baby and loosing use of one leg—to competing in the Olympics in his 20s and becoming the first Australian to 3-track ski. There is much wisdom, humility, and humor in this man’s incredible story. At the end of the episode, Max’s son, Matt, joins me and we discuss the importance of sharing each other's stories. The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Connect with Matt Baldwin through his podcast: https://readingbetweentheink.com/contact/ . Special Guest: Max Baldwin.

E

Oct 2018

56 min 9 sec

Veronica Slack is the author of a recovery journal series, mother, and an active member of a 12-step recovery program. During our conversation, Veronica talks about the events that led her down a dangerous path of addiction she didn’t think she could escape. But after several tries, she did escape and every cell of her being propelled her on a path to help others quit their addiction and find the support they need. "I had no idea what was on the other side of those doors. I had never made it through a treatment program. But I knew what was waiting for me on the streets of Phillie--those horrors of addiction. For the grace of God I walked through those doors. This is why I have such a respect for recovery and institutions. If you only remember one thing from my recovery story, remember that no matter how bad something may seem, if you are still breathing, you can still choose to recover." - Veronica Slack The Carleena Show Podcast https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ | Connect with Episode 11 Guest Veronica Slack https://www.recoveryjournals.org/ Special Guest: Veronica Slack.

E

Oct 2018

1 hr 48 min

In 2002, Rayna DuBose was a star athlete on Virginia Tech Women’s Basketball team when she was diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection and lost her four limbs. In today’s episode, Rayna recounts her journey and discusses the mentors who encouraged her to get back in the game and share her inspirational story with others. Rayna has been recognized with many prestigious awards in sports and has appeared in several national news outlets. Among them: HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, CBS Sports, the CBS Early Show, and local news stations. Currently, she is a basketball coach and motivational speaker. She has keynoted events with NCAA schools, youth leadership groups, doctors, troubled youth, fortune 500 companies, etc. The Carleena Show Podcast | https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ . Special Guest: Rayna DuBose.

E

Aug 2018

1 hr 2 min

Dameon Berry is a US Army veteran, husband, father, and owner of East Tennessee K9, located just north of Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 2003, Dameon has trained working dogs for military and police forces; service dogs for veterans, children with special needs, and older adults; and search and rescue dogs to detect missing persons. His working dogs have been placed all over the world and have helped save and protect lives. In today’s episode, Dameon recounts the journey that led him to start training dogs. We also have a couple special appearances: his children tell us why they love their father, and his friend Andrew Simmons talks about Dameon’s mentorship and their unique friendship. The Carleena Show Podcast | https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ Connect with Dameon and East Tennessee K9: https://www.facebook.com/EastTennesseeK9/ Thumbnail photograph by Jamie Berry Special Guest: Dameon Berry.

E

Aug 2018

1 hr 1 min

When Shannon Gilmore was 15 years old, a tangle of arteries burst inside her skull and she was put in a medically induced coma for 3.5 weeks. Ten years after her brain bleed, she completed an MFA in Nonfiction and a thesis manuscript that is the beginning of her memoir. In our conversation today, we talk about the journey of who Shannon was before her brain trauma, who she was in the initial recovery, and who she is now. "I think everybody has a story that matters, but you have to figure out how and why it matters. My professor in college made me feel that my story mattered and needed to be told in its truth." - Shannon Gilmore The Carleena Show Podcast | https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ Special Guest: Shannon Gilmore.

E

Aug 2018

1 hr 30 min

July 16, 2015 a gunman killed five servicemen at a Navy and Marine Corps reserve unit in Chattanooga Tennessee. I was a mile away at work and witnessed the city go on lockdown as 'active shooter situation' and 'no-fly zone' announcements appeared on the news. Although I didn't know those men, their lives and that incident impacted me in ways I couldn't have imagined. One year later, July 16, 2016 I met a Marine veteran of the Iraq war and our conversations and interactions over the next couple years would change the way I think. This episode is in honor of the men who lost their lives that virulent day, and it's also in honor of new friendships. The Carleena Show Podcast | https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/

E

Jul 2018

16 min 31 sec

My guest, Benjamin David (https://ourherowithin.com/) was sent to maximum security prison shortly after his 18th birthday. 14 years later, he sat across from me via Skype and told me he had needed it. He's not the same man today and only wishes his mom could have seen his transformation. Today, Benjamin is an author, youth mentor, and fitness entrepreneur. The Carleena Show Podcast | https://carleena.net/podcast/ | Ordinary People Share Their Hero’s Journey | Hosted and Produced by Carleena Angwin | Video Editing and Graphic Design by http://stevenllorca.com/ [16:27] Take us back to your childhood and when things started to change for you as a teen. [33:00] Describe the day you were sent away to Mexico. [44:00] Are these U.S. kids? Where are they from? [54:10] You were able to leave when you turned 18? Tell me about that day. [1:01:06] What were your initial impressions of prison? [1:24:00] When did you meet your mentor? [1:45:00] Do you feel comfortable talking about your mom? [1:57:00] Tell me about the birds that started to appear. [2:09:00] “I thought maybe the world would give me a fresh start. That wasn’t the case.” [2:15:00] “I face rejection and stress by stepping outside that door.” [2:18:44] When did you decide that you wanted to write a book? [2:35:00] I’m writing it for teens and young adults who are lost like I was. Maybe a parent or friend can show them my book before it is too late. [2:38:00] What are your goals for the next few years? Special Guest: Benjamin David.

E

Jul 2018

2 hr 53 min

Today's guest moved from her small town in Ohio to downtown Atlanta to pursue her dream of directing and writing. She talks about the journey of discovering her passion at a young age and working diligently towards that goal ever since. But pursuing an artistic dream comes with its challenges. Jen unpacks those challenges with insight and humor. [14:10] "Creating art that speaks to people is an incredibly unique opportunity. I’ve been pursing that very diligently, much to my own dismay. Because it’s exhausting sometimes." [20:50] "Walk me through the highs and lows of a project cycle." [31:15] "How do you take your experiences from life and incorporate them into your art?" [37:00] "I’ve talked to so many people who can point to one year in their 20s and say, ‘this year sucked.’ For me, it was definitely 25. I hit rock bottom in a lot of areas in my life all at once. The day I turned 26, I said goodbye to something really big." The Carleena Show podcast is hosted by Carleena Angwin | Ordinary People Tell Their Hero's Journey Connect with us: Podcast Website: https://carleena.net/ Subscribe on iTunes: https://apple.co/2JnNFRI Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carleenashow/ Special Guest: Jennifer Silver.

E

Jun 2018

45 min 10 sec

As a trauma survivor and wounded healer, our guest Stephanie Jones personally understands the mind-body-spirit journey of trauma recovery, and she firmly believes that healing from trauma is possible [1:20]: What is a Wounded Healer? [2:00]: Stephanie takes us back and tells us her hero's journey [17:55]: “The bridge between yoga and counseling for me is trauma. I identify as a trauma survivor." [21:00]: What brings people to a Trauma Sensitive Yoga workshop? [33:00]: How do you use the hero’s journey in a trauma workshop? [45:00]: "This is an opportunity for me to share my gifts and medicines with the world, to spread some light, to spread some hope, to reassure people who are suffering, whether silently or out loud, that healing is possible. I’m living proof that healing is possible." The Carleena Show podcast is hosted by Carleena Angwin | Ordinary People Tell Their Hero's Journey Connect with us: Podcast Website: https://carleena.net/ Subscribe on iTunes: https://apple.co/2JnNFRI Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carleenashow/ Special Guest: Stephanie Jones.

E

Jun 2018

49 min 14 sec

Tom Bodkin went from former addict in a high stress career to Ironman triathlon finisher in addiction recovery. He is a US Army veteran, former forensic anthropologist for a medical examiner office, and former adjunct professor of anthropology at four year university. Tom talks about his journey from recovery to completing the 70.3 Ironman. We talk about the ten years he has spent sponsoring people in Narcotics Anonymous, the sponsor/sponsee relationship, what families should do if a loved one is using, and his decision to make the story of this journey more public. "People in recovery are valiant warriors," Tom says. Join us for this inspiring conversation. Tom gives shout-outs throughout our talk today. Note: Tom's views and experiences are his own and he is not speaking on behalf of the Narcotics Anonymous organization. The Carleena Show features in-depth conversations with guests from around the world. Host Carleena Angwin is a writer, public health professional, and former Peace Corps Volunteer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. https://carleena.fireside.fm/ Connect with us: Subscribe on iTunes: https://apple.co/2JnNFRI Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carleenashow/ Special Guest: Tom Bodkin.

E

Jun 2018

45 min 46 sec