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I believe in living life by design, not by default. It is for that reason my mission is to empower people to live life more consciously, meaningfully, and authentically. To live a life of joy, growth, and fulfillment, in whatever way that is for you. Each episode features a guest and myself sharing lessons, insights, experiences, and perspectives - in the hopes that you can take something from it that moves you towards that while listening to great conversation.

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The regular listeners of my podcast know that over the past year I've featured 11 friends from the Yes Fam community created by the amazing YouTube channel Yes Theory, and something I've been thinking a lot about is the power of finding and engaging with a community of quality people. The values of human connection, authenticity, vulnerability, and an open-mindedness towards others have been a theme in the past episodes, and in my life. As one of two community managers for the Yes Fam, with over 159,000 members from around the world on Facebook alone, this episode's guest is the perfect person to continue that conversation. Allow me to introduce, Dora Bobanovic. Follow Dora on Instagram @dorabobanovic, and Join the Yes Theory Fam Facebook Group --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
A man who feared nothing, not even death, and a woman who feared everything, never getting out of her comfort zone. They got married. "He sucked me in his world of thrill and excitement. He took me to his midnight car races, he took me to jump trains, he took me on his motorbike rides throughout the city." Then, when she had come back home to the United States, one day, he was gone. Crushed between a pillar and a car. It's been two years now. That is the story of today's guest on the podcast. yes, it's a story of pain and hardship, but it's also a beautiful story of love and growth. I am proud to introduce someone who has been through much, who won't ever claim she is perfect, but has a truly kind and loving soul. Someone who is growing past her fears, focusing on what matters in life, and has a maturity beyond her age. This is Kulsum's story. Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
From being randomly put in a talent show at the age of 11, to releasing 7 of his own songs, authentic self expression and self acceptance has been the motivating force behind singer-songwriter Raymond Salgado. Whether it's being inspired by artists like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Sam Smith, or getting a comment from an artist who's song he covered, or releasing his own songs and seeing people relate to them, Raymond is someone who just wants people to be able to express, accept, and believe in themselves. We talk about Raymond's story growing up, his thought process in writing his music, how he loves his fans, coming out as a gay person, and more. Enjoy! Links to Check Out: Check out "Superheroes" by Raymond Salgado, one of my favorite songs that he's written. Follow him on Instagram @theraymondsalgado and on TikTok @theraymondsalgado. Check out his music on Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple Music at Raymond Salgado. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
What's the secret to life? Well, this discussion suggests that the answer might just be Harry Styles. In this episode, Natalie and I discuss finding the silver lining, the Fine Line, during the pandemic. We talk about how "Seeking Discomfort," the motto of the Yes Theory community, isn't just about adventures, traveling, and talking to strangers - it's also about getting to know, understand, love, and accept oneself. We are not our feelings or our thoughts. Rather than take fear and anxiety for what it is, we can break it down, understand it, and recognize what it's really trying to tell us.  Links to Check Out: Harry Styles - Zane Lowe 'Fine Line' Interview on YouTube. Follow Natalie on TikTok @tobesonatalie for more on how Harry Styles is the Secret to Life. Natalie just made a brand new Instagram @tobesonataliex so follow her there too! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
Kassidy Yager was born into a religious cult, the Jehovah's Witness Christian denomination. In this episode, she shares her story of being raised in a closed environment where she was taught beliefs like "we would die if we hung out with people from school." Kassidy's mother later left the religion that she was also born into, later followed by Kassidy herself, who left at the age of 15. Kassidy, who thinks her life started at the age of 15, shares how the religion limited her as she grew up, and moving forward, what she's had to learn and overcome in the years since. Kassidy's story is one of unlearning-and-relearning what life is all about. If you loved her story, go follow Kassidy on Instagram @kassidy.majenta and if you want to learn more about the Jehovah's Witnesses, check out the Netflix show "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" Season 3 Episode 12. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
How many of us sighted people have seriously given thought to what it's like to live as a blind person? How many blind people actually run into a sighted person who is willing, able, and knowledgeable about how to support them? This episode features two guests, Johnny, who has been blind for his whole life, and Brittany, who lost her sight at the age of 16 due to a terrible accident. They'll share about their daily lives, address common misconceptions and questions, and impart their perspectives on life. Whether you are blind or sighted, listening to them will expand your perspective and understanding of the blind community, it will remind you to be grateful for the gifts you have, and it will ask you to take away your excuses for why you can't. October 8th: World Sight Day. October 15th: White Cane Safety Day. Follow Johnny on Instagram @deejaybindope and feel free to send an email to Brittany. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
Mike is a dear friend and fellow podcast host of his own show, Tea with Mike. As a host himself, he allows so many other people to share their stories, so in this episode, I'm asking him about his story and his journey of starting and growing his show. Having talked to and interviewed many individuals with his show Mike has learned some simple, yet powerful lessons about people, human interaction, and connecting with others. Sometimes we run into people who aren't the most pleasant interactions. Or how often are we so caught up in our own lives that we forget to look at the people around us. We all seek connection, introverts and extroverts and everyone in between. Certainly everything with COVID-19 has helped many people realize that. I do believe if you can capture Mike's perspective, your perspective on the world will become more optimistic, and your ability to connect with others will increase. Check Mike out on his Instagram @teawithmike, connect with him on Twitter @tea_with_mike, follow his brand on Facebook @TeawithMikeJ and check out his show on his website teawithmike.com or your preferred podcast listening platform. If you want to watch or listen to the episode I did for Mike's show a few months ago, titled "Live, Love, Matter", check it out here. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
For an episode quite a while in the making, the guest for this one is my friend Mikayla Seijo. In this episode we are diving deep into self-image and self-love. Some of the questions we're sharing our thoughts on include: Why is it sometimes so difficult to have a great self image and accept ourselves? How does our self image influence the way we see and treat our relationships with others? Is the idea that "you can't love others if you can't love yourself" true? How can we raise our self image? In part 2 of the episode, we're hearing about Mikayla's relationship with her boyfriend of several years before diving into her perspective on romantic relationships. That includes loving someone but not being reciprocated and getting rejected, being in a broken relationship, seeing someone else in a broken relationship, and more. Arguably most important, we share our thoughts on feeling unlovable, feeling incapable of being loved or loving. If you enjoy this episode, I'd appreciate if you could subscribe to the show, like the episode, and rate my podcast on whatever platform you're listening on. Also tweet me or tag me in an Instagram story of you listening to the show, and your thoughts on the episode! You can also follow Mikayla on Instagram @_meeekss_ or on her IG Food Blog @meeklymunchies and find her on Twitter @meeekss1 Also, one more thing. There's another 45-minutes or so of conversation that I haven't released in this episode between Mikayla and I all about living life to the fullest, making the most of our time here on Earth, traveling, and we share some fun stories and experiences. I'm thinking to release that as a bonus episode at some point, so if you want to hear that, let me know! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
This episode features my 6th guest from the Yes Fam community based around the amazing YouTube channel, Yes Theory. My guest in this episode also happens to be someone recently featured in one of Yes Theory's most recent videos. We begin with Symphony sharing the story of getting to meet Yes Theory and the experience of hanging out with them, and later on her passion for art, but the real reason I invited her on the show is because of her story. Symphony shares that for a while that she, along with her sisters and mother, would have to sleep in a car, or on people's floors and couches, and how she would consistently have to brush her teeth and get ready in a school bathroom because of a broken relationship between her mother and her mother's ex-boyfriend. In a situation like that it's natural to feel like a victim of life, to question "why is this happening to me?" and Symphony definitely felt that. But what amazes me about Symphony is how she started to face it, how she radiates so much hope, love and joy, and I can't wait for you to see that for yourself as you listen to her. Her strength is an inspiration. Follow Symphony on Instagram @symphonyviolet and Watch the Yes Theory video with Symphony. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
For this episode, I bring in my 5th guest from the Yes Fam community based around the YouTube channel Yes Theory. Sam shares his journey of going from not knowing what to do in life to becoming who he is today which, among other things, includes being an aspiring filmmaker. Sam also shares how he overcomes doubts and fears in life, and his process for learning new things and creating. Sam and I also discuss the magic of creating friendships with people, and his new podcast (first episode coming soon), Perspective of the People which I will be an early guest on. Finally, Sam flips the script on me and picks my brain around workflow, setting deadlines, working on passion projects, and basically, getting things done. Especially in the context of passion projects or creative projects, where there are no set deadlines handed down by someone else, or perhaps a larger task with a deadline far away, figuring out your own workflow can be a challenge. Our discussion also includes finding the fine line between not trying hard enough and actually trying too hard on tasks. Sam ends this episode by sharing a few powerful lessons, which I'll save for him to share. You can find Sam on Instagram @sam_v_gd and on Twitter @SamGabrielDeve1. Also, this is the YouTube video Sam made about how we met. Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
The 4th episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community, features Kyle Deaver, a US Army Combat Veteran dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kyle is a walking testament to my belief that "vulnerability is strength" because he is one of the strongest people I've ever had the privilege of meeting. As you listen to Kyle's story - from a difficult childhood, to the horrors of war, to losing friends on the battlefield and to suicide, to terrible relationships, and the everyday challenge of PTSD - I'm sure you'll see that strength. Despite everything Kyle has been through, after sharing his story, you'll hear Kyle talk about what keeps him going, and his reasons for continuing to wake up in the morning. Kyle believes that everybody matters. Kyle says that there are billions of stars in the universe, but it is the Sun that we need to light up the Earth. There may be 7 billion people in the world, but it is you, reading and listening to this, that is bringing light to someone's life. In the words of Chester Bennington, "Who cares if one more light goes out? Well I do." The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States: 1-800-273-8255. Please call it if you ever need it. You can find Kyle on Instagram @wondernut666. Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
This is the 3rd episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community based around my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory. In it, my guest Caitlin shares her experience engaging with the community, what makes it such a great community, and her personal take on the Yes Theory motto of "Seek Discomfort." Caitlin also tells a ton of incredibly entertaining travel stories that include interacting with random strangers, hostels, Tinder, and even eating termites. She also has me share some of my stories which include getting stranded alone in Japan, hiking on a glacier in Iceland, eating a piece of a dried fish head that was hanging on a clothesline, and more. Sharing these stories lead us into a couple discussions on meeting strangers, being safe while traveling, and more. If you love traveling, or you love great stories, or you love people - this is a great episode to listen to. Also, Caitlin has just started a project where over the course of the next year she wants to meet someone from every country in the world. If you're interested in becoming a part of it, message her on Instagram! You can find Caitlin on Instagram @caitlin_nicole2248. She is also on Twitter @caitlinnicol3 Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
Welcome to the 2nd Episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community, a community based around my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory. In this episode, my guest and I talk about some of our experiences around two Yes Theory mottos - "Seek Discomfort" and "A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet" and our experience with the incredible Yes Fam community. We also dive into some powerful topics, that also happen to be some of Raiha's personal values. Empathy & Being Understanding - Why is it so important to empathize with people? How can we develop empathy for others? Authenticity - How can we be authentic when people don't accept us? Why should we? Community / Family - What happens when you engage with a community of people based around similar values? What does it mean to be part of a family? Love & Self-Love - How can we bring Love into our daily lives? What about the idea that self-love is narcissistic and selfish? Why is it that it's so hard to be kind to those closest to us, especially ourselves? If you want to connect with Raiha, follow her on Instagram @_raiha_z Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
In this episode, my guest Lemai shares how she overcomes the challenges of majoring in Chemistry, and her hobbies of knitting & crocheting. Lemai and I also talk about my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory, that Lemai also loves. We talk about the message of the channel to "Seek Discomfort" and that "Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet." That leads us into a conversation about engaging with the Yes Fam community, and later, the story of how Lemai created and organized a "Speed Friends" event on Zoom for the Yes Fam, which is actually how she and I met. Lemai's experiences show that while planning things out can be great for certain situations, sometimes, the best experiences are the ones that come across spontaneously, the ones that push you out of your comfort zone, and involve a little bit of risk. Figure out for yourself the balance of planning and spontaneity that works for you. Lemai's experiences also show us the value of engaging with people, even strangers, in pursuit of meaningful connections from around the world. Thanks for coming on the show Lemai! Announcement: The 3rd Speed Friends Event is happening Saturday, May 30th from 10 am - 1 pm, and 5-8 pm PST. If you'd like to join, DM me or join the Zoom Time or Official Yes Fam Facebook Groups to see the event. Follow Lemai on Social Media! Personal Instagram @Lemaicvo Knitting/Crocheting Instagram @Lemaiknits Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook! Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events! Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world! Join the Yes Fam USA Facebook Group to interact with Yes Fam in the United States or visiting the United States! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
This episode is all about examining the past to see how it has affected our present life, and how it will continue to affect us if we do not make the conscious effort to be a better person and rise above the past trauma we all have suffered from. Examining the past, as this episode's guest Julissa shares, is a difficult and scary process. But it is our mutual belief, Julissa and I, that it is well worth facing it in order to move forward into the future. Listening to this episode, you'll find some very personal stories & experiences, as well as discussion of them. It is my hope that listening to us share will give you insight into yourself, and encourage you to start digging into your own patterns of behavior to unpack them. Growth isn't easy, but it is rewarding. You can find Julissa on Twitter @julissag97 (https://twitter.com/julissag97) or on Instagram (@gulissa_g97) https://www.instagram.com/julissa_g97/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
A lot of people feel that right now is a time to be productive and spend time wisely. But in this episode, Roxanne and I share how that's not really the case. Roxanne had a very busy schedule prior to the stay-at-home order, so for her it was important to relax for a while. For me, it meant I could dive deeper into the things I enjoyed because I had more time. This is a game of self-awareness, knowing what is best for you. The conversation Roxanne and I have in this episode attempts to cover many of the challenges, thoughts, and beliefs that might be making our lives more difficult than they need to be - and it is my hope that listening to it can help you to unpack some of them.  We also talk about Roxanne as an aspiring content creator. We talk about content creation as an industry, a medium of expression, a platform, and Roxanne's belief of making "content with a purpose". We talk about challenges that many creators, both upcoming and established, face in the industry as well as some of the biggest positives of being in it.  You can find Roxanne with these links: Instagram - Roxramz_  - https://www.instagram.com/roxramz_/ Twitter - Roxramz_  - https://twitter.com/roxramz_ Tiktok - Roxramz_ Youtube Channel - RC Queen - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChioFgqKCOqbjNfAJk_htQ Wordpress - https://theauthorspostblog.wordpress.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
This episode's guest Danielle calls herself "an artist first and foremost, and a researcher." Dani conducts her research through teaching - teaching yoga, dance, meditation, and movement. We talk about dance as much more than an art form done with skill, but as a means of self-expression through movement. Dani's perspective on what Dance is, I think liberates us all from the limited definition a lot of us have. We discuss a book Dani recently read, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by Don Miguel Ruiz, and discuss some very powerful concepts from that book. We also talk about workflow, emotional regulation, and the sense of guilt that we feel when we're "supposed to work" but aren't. You can join Dani at Village Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd, for a weekend of wellness, teachings, art, music, and communication skills. The line-up and registration is at freedomyogauc.com/villagefest. If you are so inclined, you can also consider donating to their GoFundMe campaign to provide healthcare workers with masks at https://www.gofundme.com/f/freedomyogaforwehavemasks.  You can connect with Dani on Instagram @danigalvez.444 (https://www.instagram.com/danigalvez.444/). You can also find Freedom Yoga Union City at @freedomyoga_unioncity (https://www.instagram.com/freedomyoga_unioncity/). --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
This episode's guest Alexa Sass is in her second-year at UCLA, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Global Studies. So in part 1 of the episode, we're talking about understanding people, the impact and experience of international travel, and hearing about Alexa's amazing experiences professionally and personally involving those topics. That leads us into some of the main themes of this episode - how the people  you are with shape any experience, and how important it is to protect and surround yourself with the right kind of people, and the right kind of energy. Alexa extends that social media as well. As she says, our minds are like a sponge, soaking up information that leads us to believe certain things. We speak on the impact what we intake mentally can have on the way we live our lives. You can find Alexa on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/alexaraesass/ and also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/osnapitzalexayo. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
This episode's guest is the extremely expressive Jiayao Xu! In an episode full of excitement, analogies, and nuggets of wisdom you'll find topics ranging from Geography, to World Domination, to Communication, Quarantine Strategies, Accents, and more! Of course, the major theme of this podcast is not only discussed in the episode, but it is also demonstrated throughout the conversation - Be Authentically Expressive, or as Jiayao puts it "Be Grandiose!" Put yourself out there, even if it might seem boring, or eccentric - because someone will find it exciting and intriguing.  The following is a message from Jiayao: "Salutations, fellow entities! I was told that I can promote ANYthing I want here! Thus, I vocalise (actually, type) my endorsement of the notion of "genuinely caring for another human being." Its a grand feeling to know that someone cares about you no matter how insignificant you feel at that moment, knowing that somehow, in some way, you matter to someone if only for the moment. I'd give you a free octopus plushie(your choice of species and coloration and whether it makes sounds or not) for being such a splendid citizen once I become overlord of the world. It ain't bribery; it's conditioning! Anyhow, stay snazzy. Stay jazzy. Stay pizzazzy!" You can find Jiayao on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/deuteryium/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
We're back with your regular podcast episodes after a month-long hiatus with an amazing guest, Johan Casal. In this episode we're talking about... The Arts - Johan has experience dancing, singing, choreographing, writing, and directing! Being Under Quarantine, How It's Impacted Us, and How We're Staying Sane Curiosity & Exploring New Things Communication & Difficult Conversations Self-Esteem in the context of Love & Relationships, And Always Being a Work in Progress Striving to Be Better I'm excited to be recording podcast episodes again, and I think this one is a great first episode back. Shout-out to Johan for coming on the podcast. You can find him on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/johancasal/) and on Twitter (https://twitter.com/JohanCasal). Go give him a follow and let us (@_choweric) know what you think of the episode! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eric-chow8/message
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