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Welcome to the I’m Alive Because podcast brought to you by Stay Alive Inc. Host Sara Amundson chats with individuals who provide relatable mental health stories in an effort to inspire breakthrough for others. Join us for bi-weekly interviews and practical wellness strategies on our Mini-Mondays series. To share your story, visit our website at http://www.stayaliveinc.org or follow us on instagram and facebook @abrandforthebroken
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Meet Izzy

Meet Izzy

2020-10-2801:01:20

Hi friends! Today you meet Izzy. Izzy is an artist, writer, yoga teacher in training, and a mental health advocate. Her passions include cooking delicious vegan food, playing guitar and singing, and hiking with her dogs, among many other things. Her hope is to encourage others to know that they are not alone through vulnerability and sharing stories. You can find Izzy at her various social media channels: Izzy's art: https://www.instagram.com/artbyizzyrock/ Personal: https://www.instagram.com/isabelsofiarock/ Travel: https://www.instagram.com/roamingroloffs/ Izzy's patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/theroloffs As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/If you struggle with anxiety and are looking for management strategies, Sara wrote the Anxious to Abundance mini-course on exactly this. You can find this at:https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/start-here Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Paige

Meet Paige

2020-10-2101:16:47

Hi friends! Today you're meeting my friend Paige. Paige is a badass Mom, Personal Trainer,  friend, and wife. She is joining us on the podcast to chat about her life and her experiences. Please note this is a heavy episode. We talk about childhood abuse, veterans PTSD and moral injury, and her experience losing someone to suicide. We don't shy away in this episode because these things deserve to be heard. You can find Paige on social media at https://www.instagram.com/ptpaigexmua/As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/If you struggle with anxiety and are looking for management strategies, Sara wrote the Anxious to Abundance mini-course on exactly this. You can find this at:https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/start-here Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Francisco

Meet Francisco

2020-10-1454:11

Hi friends! Today you meet my friend, Francisco, who talks about his experience living with a physical disability. Francisco Oller Garcia is the Digital Operations and Marketing Specialist for BeniComp Health Solutions, a health tech company in the insurance space. He is also an active civic member, community builder, and advocate of lifelong learning. He is the Marketing Chair for the University of Tampa's Board of Counselors, on the Digital Marketing Advisory Board Member for The University of South Florida, and involved with Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay. Earlier this year Employee Benefit Adviser recognized him as a Rising Star and recently he has named a top 10 Marketing Operations leader by Chatfunnels and a Linkedin Sales Star. He holds a B.S. in Management from Providence College and an MBA with a Marketing concentration from the University of Tampa.You can find him at: Insta: https://www.instagram.com/vitamincisco/Twitter: https://twitter.com/vitamincisco?lang=enLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francisco-oller-garcia/As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/If you struggle with anxiety and are looking for management strategies, Sara wrote the Anxious to Abundance mini-course on exactly this. You can find this at:https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/start-here Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Laurie

Meet Laurie

2020-10-0701:07:44

Laurie Edmundson is a mental health advocate and public speaker who uses her lived experience with borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and other mental health challenges to advocate for change in the health care system, encourage better treatment of people who live with mental health challenges throughout society, and to support those who are struggling. You can find her on Instagram @laurieanned and her Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skill of the Day series on her IGTV (@laurieanned)As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/If you struggle with anxiety and are looking for management strategies, Sara wrote the Anxious to Abundance mini-course on exactly this. You can find this at:https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/start-here Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Janna

Meet Janna

2020-09-3050:48

Hi friends! Today you meet Janna Holterman, BNSc, Burnout coachJanna Holterman uses her personal experiences in burnout as a Registered Nurse to shape her growth from burnout to resiliency. Janna strives to help others overcome this ever growing issue after discovering how common burnout is both in and outside the workplace. Janna has created resiliency tools from her own journey to recovery, along with training from The Co-Active Training institute and The Life Coach school. Janna provides one-to-one Burnout Recovery Coaching in addition to offering Burnout Recovery Workshops for hospitals and organizations.You can find her at www.jannaholterman.comInstagram @jannaholtermancoachingJannaholtermanb@gmail.comAs always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/If you struggle with anxiety and are looking for management strategies, Sara wrote the Anxious to Abundance mini-course on exactly this. You can find this at:https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/start-here The black owned business I feature at the end of the episode can be found at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBakedClayStudio Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Brittany

Meet Brittany

2020-09-2301:06:11

Hi friends! Today you meet Brittany Hartmann. Brittany is a lacrosse coach, former teacher, and family friend of mine! She joins me on the podcast to discuss her longtime struggle with perfectionism, taking on too much, and the impact that had on her health. We talk sports, the responsibility coaches have when working with youth, and the impact that perfectionism has on our health. This one shouldn't be missed! As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/If you struggle with anxiety and are looking for management strategies, Sara wrote the Anxious to Abundance mini-course on exactly this. You can find this at:https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/start-here Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Hi friends!Today you meet Marquell Oliver. Marquell works for the Orlando Magic and recently started a non-profit, Pure Alchemy. He is passionate about social responsibility, youth, education, and creating more love in the world. In this episode we talk about humans as transactions, BLM, and I make him my podcasting husband. Marquell can be found:On IG @ https://www.instagram.com/ff_quellz/Pure Alchemy can be found:On IG @ https://www.instagram.com/purealchemygroup/ On Twitter @ https://twitter.com/PureAlchemyLLC On YouTube @ https://twitter.com/PureAlchemyLLC On FB @ https://www.facebook.com/purealchemygroup/?modal=admin_todo_tour Online @ https://www.thepurealchemygroup.com/ As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/If you struggle with anxiety and are looking for management strategies, Sara wrote the Anxious to Abundance mini-course on exactly this. You can find this at:https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/start-here On today's episode I introduced you to the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective. Please check them out at https://www.beam.community/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Erika

Meet Erika

2020-09-0257:31

Hi friends! Today you meet Erika Dannelle, podcast host of the I Luv Me 2 podcast. Erika is a mom, wife, employee, and woman living with anxiety. Her journey to recovery is beautiful and insightful and we are so excited to be able to share her story. Erika's podcast can be found:On IG @ https://www.instagram.com/iluvme2_podcast/Online @ https://iluvme2podcast.com/As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ If you struggle with anxiety and are looking for management strategies, Sara wrote the Anxious to Abundance mini-course on exactly this. You can find this at: https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/start-here Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Hi friends! On today's episode of the podcast you meet Jose of We Are All One Story. Jose Lugo is an ex-LA gang member who has re-found the value in his own story. He currently travels the U.S. listening to and sharing people's stories as the founder and lead creative of We Are All One Story.Here's some information on We Are All One Story: We listen to people's stories through the lens of hope, honesty and vulnerability, sharing them to the world through our social media accounts. We remind people that their story matters and that they are not alone in their feelings. Our common threads of emotion not only make us human but connect us all as one. We believe and stand dedicated in this simple truth: that each person is significant; that each person’s story is worth telling.We Are All One Story can be found: On IG @  https://www.instagram.com/weareallonestory/ Online @ https://weareallonestory.net/On YT @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPwMzy4yTL5vmCUdkPEglzw As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879The Black Owned Business referenced at the end of the video is Dope Black Social Worker LLC and can be found at https://www.dopeblacksocialworker.com/ 
Meet Shanna

Meet Shanna

2020-08-1901:04:40

DescriptionHi friends! On today's episode you meet Shanna, a self-love and transformation coach  Shanna joins us on the podcast to chat about her childhood, the impact it had on her, and her journey to self-love and eventually teaching others through her coaching. Shanna can be found on IG @ _shanna_rose_ As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Sam

Meet Sam

2020-08-0501:05:47

Hi friends! On today's episode you meet Sam Gwazdauskas MS, CSCS, CISSNSam is a health and fitness coach with a primary focus on mental and physical health. As a kid, she was overweight and the impact was far from just physical. The emotional scars left her body obsessed and through numerous diets and exercise regimes, nothing was enough. Even after she developed an eating disorder and horrible relationship with food. As a tribute to the suffering she experienced - she wanted to join out specific podcast to talk about that experience and hopefully open up a dialogue that is helpful for others.Sam can be found on IG @thesamplan and her website at https://thesamplan.co/ The organization that I mention at the end of the episode is Support Black Owned. They can be found at https://www.supportblackowned.com/As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Joy

Meet Joy

2020-07-2456:20

Hi friends!On today's episode you meet Isami Daehn. She is a full time career chaser with a passion for mental health. She recently obtained her coaching certification to coach those who are finding their voice after family estrangement. On today's episode she discusses her own experience with family estrangement and coping with trauma. She leaves you with this beautiful message: "Mental health is something that is extremely close to my heart, as it is something I struggle with on a daily basis. The struggle IS real, but so is progress! "Isami can be found online at https://www.joydaehn.com/ On IG: @mentalhealthisamiThe organization that I mention at the end of the episode is Black Women for Wellness. They can be found at https://www.bwwla.org/As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Chris

Meet Chris

2020-07-1551:12

Hi friends! Today you meet Chris Barkley. Chris lives in Spokane Washington, and describes his experience over the past year and a half since becoming paralyzed from the chest down in a skiing accident.Chris can be found on IG @chriswbarkleyThe foundation that Chris is an athlete and sponsored with is High Fives: www.highfivesfoundation.orgThe organization that I mention at the end of the episode is Coral Cliffs. Coral Cliffs is a black, queer, female owned indoor climbing gym in Florida. They can be found on IG @coralcliffs The GoFundMe for Coral Cliffs is https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-save-coral-cliffsAs always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Season 2 Opener

Season 2 Opener

2020-07-0804:42

Hello everyone! We are SO excited to return for our season two opener. We are returning with recovery stories as well as focusing on highlighting black owned business and/or advocacy organizations consistent with the Black Lives Matters movement. We can't wait to do this work with ya'll. As always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Shauna

Meet Shauna

2020-05-2757:50

Hi friends! Today you are meeting Shauna. Shauna is a certified holistic life coach, and is on a mission to make sure young women know their worth and their options. Her life's work has been dedicated to inspiring young women to find their unique voice, navigate their OWN path and learn to shine their authentic light brightly and without hesitation. Shauna is in the middle of a major life change and is moving into a van that she's renovating with her husband and her doggo to move across the country. She owns the apparel brand Embrace Imperfect. Shauna can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/shaunabauhs/reviews/?ref=page_internalOn IG at https://www.instagram.com/shaunabauhs/Her website is at http://shewhoshines.com/Her Etsy shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/EmbraceImperfect?fbclid=IwAR14UTYaIPj9y4kez9rPhgsdAj5WoeXwtH4StFuTySvPvqRV0qEdJK45bAgAs always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Connor

Meet Connor

2020-05-2001:06:14

Hi friends! Today you meet Connor. Connor lives in Scotland and is a boxing coach, Psychology student, and person living in recovery for an eating disorder. He shares his experience with disordered eating, the services and supports he accessed, and his commitment to advocacy and normalizing disordered eating in men. Connor can be found on IG @recoveryconnorRead some of Connor's writing: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/blog/stereotypes-and-stigma-stopped-me-talking-about-my-eating-disorder https://allearsmha.fitness.blog/2020/03/02/introducing-connor/https://theampersandproject.com/men-get-eating-disorders-too/For more information on disordered eating visit the following:https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtmlAs always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgYou can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Margie and John

Meet Margie and John

2020-05-1301:12:23

Hi friends! On today's episode you are going to meet Margie who talks with us so vulnerably about the death of her son, John. Margaret Thompson began her career in New York City at MTV. She married and left to raise her two boys, Tim and John, ultimately finding the calling of her life, teaching. Since the loss of her son, John, to suicide, she has dedicated herself to educating others about the importance of focusing on mental health as a medical, and potentially fatal, condition.In 2019 she published the book Finding Color In The Darkness: Losing My Son to Bipolar Disorder. Finding Color in the Darkness is a memoir dedicated to her son, John Fish. It is also the story of her search to find hope and purpose in the aftermath of John’s death by suicide.Her goal is twofold: to help those who suffer with severe depression and thoughts of suicide by validating their pain as a medical condition and, to offer guidance to both those who have lost a loved one to suicide, or to parents of those who may be a suicide risk.Margie can be found on IG @findingcolorinthedarknessAs always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgJOIN our digital online community: https://www.stayaliveinc.org/pages/join-our-digital-community You can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Devon

Meet Devon

2020-05-0655:36

Hi friends! On today's episode you meet my cousin, Devon. Devon joins us on the podcast to talk about finding peace outside, imposter syndrome, listening to your narrative, and helps me come to terms with the fact that sometimes there doesn't have to be an answer or a solution. We talk about just being with reality instead of trying to "fix" it. Devon can be found on Instagram @iversondevonAs always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgJOIN our digital online community: https://www.stayaliveinc.org/pages/join-our-digital-community You can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Anna

Meet Anna

2020-04-2201:02:31

Hi friends! Today you meet Anna and hear about her journey with anxiety and treating it and turning it into a way to help others! Anna Mahan Tara is a driven and compassionate coach helping people defeat anxiety. She works with people who want to be happy, are motivated to find the missing piece in their struggle with anxiety, and are ready to break free from the pain it causes. After working with Anna you will be in control of your life with a whole new world of possibilities in front of you. Options for connecting with Anna Mahan Tara:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annamahantara Instagram: @annamahantara-Join her online community where you can access free resources and support: http://bit.ly/DEFEATANXIETYNOW -Book a 10 minute connection call to talk more about how she can help you defeat anxiety: Find a time that works best for you here: https://calendly.com/defeatanxiety/connection-callAs always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgJOIN our digital online community: https://www.stayaliveinc.org/pages/join-our-digital-community You can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
Meet Danika

Meet Danika

2020-04-0852:59

Hi friends! Today you are going to meet a fellow Portlander named Danika! Danika is a dog mom, incredibly talented photographer, and someone with a story to share. Danika tells us about her experience losing her father a few years ago. She shares about grief and coping and also about how to navigate chronic pain and the mental health struggles that can be associated with that. Danika is currently enrolled in a DBT program and we get down on some of the skills we do and don't like! You can find Danika on IG @ danika.stadeli and @danikakleinphotographyAs always, please follow Stay Alive Inc. @abrandforthebroken on IG and at our website stayaliveinc.orgJOIN our digital online community: https://www.stayaliveinc.org/pages/join-our-digital-community You can also find Sara on Instagram @saraswellnessway and schedule with her through her Holistic Health and Wellness coaching at https://www.thewellnesswayllc.com/ Please utilize your national mental health resources if you are in need: National Prevention Suicide Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 The Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741National Drug/Substance Abuse Hotline - 1-844-289-0879
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