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Verimour Speaks is hosted by Dawn Keegan cofounder of the dating app Verimour and the nonprofit app Hero Harbor. Though each app has a different audience, they both have the same mission. Loneliness and suicide are at a record high. We’ve more ways to communicate, yet in our darkest moments often feel we’ve no one to turn to. The conversations recorded here show you're not alone, and even the strongest, most talented among us have their bad days. But instead of avoiding the pain, we strive to understand the triggers, manage the challenges, and focus on quality support over quantity. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
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Despite his family's three decades in the gun manufacturing business, Michael bills himself and the most ungun gun guy. Listen in as we cover everything from guns to social media. Mission Statement Reduce incidents of suicide by firearms, gun negligence through  education and proactive programs that identify risks, raise awareness,  and provide solutions to those who choose to own firearms responsibly  and the public at large. Goals Our goal is to raise awareness and create a change in the  misunderstandings regarding mental illness and firearms by bringing  together industry leaders to reduce gun violence, negligence, suicide  and the trauma created by these events. Develop programs for suicide  prevention, firearms negligence, trauma mitigation, and child safety. Vision For The Future Eradicating the prejudice that both the firearms and mental  health industries face while reducing the number of tragedies and deaths  that have occurred over the years since the US has had a decline in  mental health funding and education (*).  Creating an organization that  is solely focused on making change and is made up of experts from  different fields and all walks of life that is not corrupted by  politics, the media, or personal prejudices.  We will seek out input  opportunities to further enhance communication, compassion, calls to  action, and education. President Walk the Talk America (501-C-3) Avidity Arms LLC  WalktheTalkAmerica.org IG:   @walkthetalkus FB:  @walkthetalkus Avidity Arms LLC IG:  @avidityarms FB: @avidityPD10 MichaelSodini.com IG:  @michael_sodini FB: @michaeldsodini --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Despite his family's three decades in the gun manufacturing business, Michael bills himself and the most ungun gun guy. Listen in as we cover everything from guns to social media. Mission Statement Reduce incidents of suicide by firearms, gun negligence through  education and proactive programs that identify risks, raise awareness,  and provide solutions to those who choose to own firearms responsibly  and the public at large. Goals Our goal is to raise awareness and create a change in the  misunderstandings regarding mental illness and firearms by bringing  together industry leaders to reduce gun violence, negligence, suicide  and the trauma created by these events. Develop programs for suicide  prevention, firearms negligence, trauma mitigation, and child safety. Vision For The Future Eradicating the prejudice that both the firearms and mental  health industries face while reducing the number of tragedies and deaths  that have occurred over the years since the US has had a decline in  mental health funding and education (*).  Creating an organization that  is solely focused on making change and is made up of experts from  different fields and all walks of life that is not corrupted by  politics, the media, or personal prejudices.  We will seek out input  opportunities to further enhance communication, compassion, calls to  action, and education. President Walk the Talk America (501-C-3) Avidity Arms LLC WalktheTalkAmerica.org IG:   @walkthetalkus FB:  @walkthetalkus Avidity Arms LLC IG:  @avidityarms FB: @avidityPD10 MichaelSodini.com IG:  @michael_sodini FB: @michaeldsodini --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Repurposed content from the relationship segment of the Honestly Dawn podcast. Ahmed and I talk about the trend I was seeing in angst ridden individuals who were posting questions on Reddit and Quora about how to get their exs back. We consider the question from both personal experience as well as practicality. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
https://medium.com/@verimour/how-to-see-yourself-as-sexy-21ec1c66957a For as long as I can remember I’ve had what a friend once referred to as “White Woman’s Syndrome”. It’s that inability to step outside our heads and see ourselves in the senuous and sexy way others do. Because of that we are not comfortable in our bodies, so we don’t swing our hips or flaunt our gorgeous selves in the way of the women we idolize as beautiful. Part of the reason is our culture and “learning” early on in life that sex is bad, therefore being sexy is bad. “Good girls don’t act like that and the more heinous and insidious, even if unspoken, “she was asking for it”. Part of it comes from not being taught how to handle the attention that arises from being confident, owning our bodies and our sexuality. Additionally, we build up insecurities over the years through repeating to ourselves perceived slights from others or unfair and biased self-criticisms. When I got divorced 2.5 years ago I was like a caged animal unleashed. I had felt captive for so long I didn’t know who I was (sexually speaking), what I liked, and what I was or wasn’t willing to do. I knew that many people, men and women alike had referred to me as beautiful or sexy, but since I didn’t really see myself that way, I had to figure out what sexy was. One of the first things I did was make a friend take me to a real live strip club. Now, without a doubt there are highend places that feature the amazing creatures television teaches us is the norm. However, this was not one of those. The women there each had their own form of beauty with or without perfect bodies. But what they all had in spades was the ability to make the most of their assets and be unapologetic about flaunting them. The freedom with which they moved their bodies to the music was otherworldly. While they were certainly cognizant of the men at the edge of the stage looking to hand them money, most of them seemed lost in the music and enjoyment of their movement. It was mesmerizing. The closest I’d ever come to that was mentally tapping into a great workout (which for me meant very heavy weight and total limb trembling exhaustion). But what I was seeing was foreign to me and I wanted to know more... --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
In the final episode of this inspiring story, Frank brings home the story of just how far we'll go to protect our children and what he envisions for his companies as well as what he does to pay it forward. http://www.kamikazewoodwerks.com/ https://crayonsreadytoeat.com https://www.facebook.com/kamikazewoodwerks/ https://www.facebook.com/crayonsreadytoeat/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Family, country, corps. Frank had a lot going on when the towers fell. Listen in as he continues his story of difficult decisions, bold moves and taking that leap of entrepreneurial faith.   http://www.kamikazewoodwerks.com/ https://crayonsreadytoeat.com https://www.facebook.com/kamikazewoodwerks/ https://www.facebook.com/crayonsreadytoeat/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
From unspeakable childhood drama, to being instrumental in the incarceration of family members to being active duty Marine when the towers fell, Marine Sgt. Frank Manteau has never shied away from the hard work and tough decisions. Hear his story told for the first time in a widely public forum. http://www.kamikazewoodwerks.com/ https://crayonsreadytoeat.com https://www.facebook.com/kamikazewoodwerks/ https://www.facebook.com/crayonsreadytoeat/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
A lot has changed in the 23 years since I wrote the paper highlighted in this episode. While I still have challenges, their nature and degree are very different.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Courtesy of Tosh's website " Brian “Tosh” Chontosh is a retired Marine having served as an enlisted  and commissioned infantryman. He has received multiple decorations for  valor and recognized for his dynamic leadership capacities.  His  pursuits in the ultra endurance arena challenge the limits of his  comfort zone to where he continually re-negotiates the question “Who Am  I?” Tosh’s skill and passion for the outdoors, coupled with his empathy  and curious knack for leadership, presents a special talent in creating  opportunities for others toward self-discovery and personal enrichment." https://youtu.be/nBeFrpWqIUM http://www.crookedbutterfly.com/ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crooked-butterfly-podcast/id1447499055 https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-chontosh-3128215b/ https://www.facebook.com/crookedbutterfly/   --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
 Fishing and other outdoor activities are often a great way to relieve  stress. Hear Matt Witkowski of @flying_fish_hooks and Paul Roy of  @fishing4therapy talk about their favorite fishing stories, how fishing  has helped them manage their post active service world and what they are  doing to share that with other Heroes. I apologize upfront for some of  the spotty recording quality.  flyingfishhooks.com https://youtu.be/mZXFo4KqDxw --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Fishing and other  outdoor activities are often a great way to relieve stress. Hear Matt  Witkowski of @flying_fish_hooks and Paul Roy of @fishing4therapy talk  about their favorite fishing stories, how fishing has helped them manage  their post active service world and what they are doing to share that  with other Heroes. I apologize upfront for some of the spotty recording  quality. http://flyingfishhooks.com/ https://youtu.be/kJOq_heJ9fY . --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Here is the text of the email about the Vietnam Wall. I have not verified these stats, but the sentiment is the same even if the numbers are somewhat different.  If you are interested, I tell more about my father's story in S01E06.   A little history most people will never know. Veterans statistics of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized.  It is hard to believe it is 63 years since the first casualty. The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass, listed by the Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956.  His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps LCpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965. There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall. Of all the names listed, 39,996 were 22 years-old or younger; 8,283 were 19 years-old. The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years-old;  12 soldiers were 17 years-old;  5 soldiers were 16 years-old.  One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock, was 15 years-old. 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam;  1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.   There are 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall;   31 sets of parents lost two of their sons. 54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. 8 Women who nursed the wounded are on the Wall.  244 soldiers were recipients of the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are listed on the Wall. Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons. West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation.  There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.   The Marines of Morenci, AZ - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop 5,058) had ever known and cheered.  They enjoyed roaring beer busts.  In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest .  And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the 9 graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.   The Buddies of Midvale, UT - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah, on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues.  They lived only a few yards apart.  They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field And they all went to Vietnam.  In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed.  LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22.  Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day.  Tom was killed assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, 1967.    The most deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 when 245 service members were killed. The most deaths for a single month was May 1968, where 2,415 service members died. To those  who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created  We are haunted with these numbers because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters  There are no noble wars, just noble warriors. https://youtu.be/RnE16bCU1yE --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
   For many years I was like the rest of the world rushing my life from weekend to weekend always trying to savor those precious final Sunday night or holiday hours and dreading the sound of the alarm that signaled a new work week. Even then I remember commenting on the irony of it and how unfortunate it all was given how delicate our existence can be. And when I found myself out of work it got even worse instead of better. I suddenly began to hate every day instead of just Mondays. I saw myself as without purpose and lacking value or worth. For a long time I did everything I could think of to mold myself into something the corporate world wanted. I got certified in PowerPoint, studied change and project management. I changed my resume with every submission in an attempt to highlight whatever skill that particular company was looking for. It didn’t work. I became so desperate to show I could do it all I would oversell myself. Each rejection just drove me further into despair. I began to envy every minimum wage job earner I came across simply because they were drawing a check. Then one day I began looking inward at my heart. I asked myself “What are your true gifts and what is it that you are passionate about?” Not only was the answer easy, it was one that others had been saying to me for years. I am a people pleaser. Yes, definitely in all the negative connotation ways that has of sometimes being easily taken advantage of, but also in the amazing ways of making total strangers smile with compliments and giving random hugs and getting the response “you don’t know how I needed that”. Yes dear, actually I do because I needed it too. But it was more than that. I love to hear people’s stories and I am inspired all the time by the resilience of human nature and encouraged by the strength I see in those who don’t even recognize it. My heart is also too often crushed by those I meet who have so much to offer, but have been beaten down by life and don’t know how to fight back. So I began with getting my personal trainer certification and then lent myself to the path as it appeared and soon thereafter got my life coach certification as well as many others. Soon Mind and Body Coaching was born. Now every Monday is a gift because it means the rest of the world is back at work and I can again go out there and interact with them and have the opportunity to change lives. Every Monday is sort of like a New Years day in that it feels like a new beginning and a fresh start. So holidays excepted I get 52 fresh starts a year. It’s natural that we all experience sort of a reverse bell curve effect with any goal. However, if you start the week miserable where can you go from there? Maybe it’s time to look at your life differently. Don’t wait for a catastrophic event like a job loss, divorce or death to open your eyes to the possibilities. Start figuring out your path, heart and true bliss right now before you have rushed weekend to weekend your entire life away. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
In the second part of his interview, Lorne talks about PTSD, discovering giving back as a way to manage his stress as well as embracing alternatives to pharmaceuticals.   https://youtu.be/5q7ge435RP8 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Repurposed content from the Honestly Speaking/Honestly Dawn podcasts. Dr. Wang tells of growing up in communist China where no one was allowed to move from one city to another without the governments permission and how his mind and world view shifted completely upon coming to the US. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Repurposed content from the Honestly Speaking/Honestly Dawn podcasts. Hear Boris tell of his second near death experience where he wakes from a coma to learn he wasn't even supposed to live, much less walk again. And hear what seem like a surprising revelation about his attitude regarding the entire experience. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Repurposed content from the Honestly Speaking/Honestly Dawn podcasts. Boris is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. Having survived not one, but two cataclysmic life events, he now uses what he learned to change lives himself.  In this first part, hear him tell of tripping over dead bodies at the age of 6 after being separated from his family while fleeing to safety. And of spending years in refugee camps where his young mind continued to be faced with the stark realities of that life.   --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Today's episode is me hoping to help you through my own raw honesty about the challenges of being an overachieving work in progress and the stupid shit we do that doesn't have to be the end of the world.  The apology is mostly in the confession, that he'll never hear, as I don't ever actually say I'm sorry.  But if it's the thought that counts then he should have been feeling a warm glow all day, because my heart is almost always in the right place. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
This interview was recorded Christmas Day 2015 in Austin, Texas. When I say the meaning of Christmas here, I'm referring to the most basic human traits of love, compassion and pain both physical and emotional.  I know that many people still experience a great deal of anger toward the Muslim community. My aim isn't to comment or pass judgment on either side of that equation. What you will hear in this discussion is the story of a young man, through no fault of his own, forced to leave the only home he'd ever known. For the safety of his family, he found it necessary to seek refuge in a country that is very often unwelcoming and even hostile.  What I hope is that you listen to this interview not through the lens of religion or politics but instead through a lens of humanity. Allow yourself to hear all the ways this young man is just like you and me. He loves, he hurts, he questions and he grows from learning. Hear how he has come to embrace and love his new home despite the sometimes hurtful and confusing way he experiences it. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
Repurposed content from the Honestly Speaking/Honestly Dawn podcasts. Kerry is a prolific writer and speaks very candidly about her addictions to sex and alcohol. She has written several other books including: Lush: A Memoir Dirty Little Secrets The Truth of Memoir Easy --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/verimourspeaks/support
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