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Lifejacked: The Resilience Podcast

  • The Zen of Ultra Running w/ Katie Arnold

    10 JUN 2024 · Katie Arnold, an award-winning journalist, ultra runner, and author, shares her transformative journey of overcoming a near career-ending injury through the practices of Zen Buddhism and running. In her book "Brief Flashing in the Phenomenal World, Zen and the Art of Running Free," she explores the spiritual and philosophical aspects of endurance sports. After a harrowing river rafting accident that left her severely injured, Katie turned to Zen Buddhism as a path to healing. She found wisdom and presence in the simple teachings that helped her navigate life's challenges, both literally and metaphorically. The book recounts her recovery process, emphasizing the importance of surrendering to adversity, being present, and embracing a beginner's mindset. Katie shares insights on the power of mindset, affirmations, and surrounding oneself with support during difficult times. She highlights the principles of interconnectedness, accepting suffering, and approaching life with a fresh perspective, which guided her healing journey. The speakers also discuss the importance of embracing "zero" as a starting point for growth and renewal, letting go of limiting beliefs, and trusting one's intuition.
    41m 33s
  • Navigating Mental Health: A Journey of Resilience and Self-Acceptance w/ Amy Taylor

    3 JUN 2024 · Amy Taylor shares her inspiring journey navigating mental illness, including bipolar disorder, ADHD, and anxiety diagnosed at a young age. Despite challenges, she found ways to manage her conditions through consistent medication, self-care, and overcoming stigma. Her resilience and determination highlight the importance of support and understanding for those with mental health conditions. Amy discusses living with bipolar disorder, emphasizing the need for medication management, work-life balance, and understanding from employers. She stresses that with proper care and support, those with bipolar disorder can thrive and achieve their goals, challenging the misconception that they are "broken" or unable to have aspirations. The importance of support systems is emphasized, with Amy's mother and friends playing a vital role in managing their bipolar disorder. We also discuss her daughter's autism diagnosis, expressing relief at finally receiving proper resources and embracing her unique traits. Amy's advice encourages self-kindness, seeking help early for mental health struggles, and believing in one's ability to overcome adversity. Her journey serves as a reminder that even the darkest times can give way to inner calm and resilience with time and support. This episode mentions suicide. *Listener's discretion is advised.*
    25m 48s
  • Redefining Resilience: An Athlete's Journey with a Brain Tumor w/ Risa August

    13 MAY 2024 · In this episode, Risa August shares her inspiring story of overcoming a life-altering brain tumor diagnosis. Despite being an accomplished athlete with a healthy lifestyle, Risa experienced unexplained symptoms that doctors dismissed until an MRI finally revealed a large brain tumor on her pituitary gland. After brain surgery and radiation treatment, Risa had to redefine her identity and focus on what was possible. With determination, she embarked on a cycling journey from Canada to Mexico, chronicled in her book "The Road Unpaved, Border to Border with a Brain Tumor and a Bike. " Risa's resilience and mindset shift to embrace her new normal, rather than dwell on limitations, allowed her to accomplish remarkable feats. Her story encourages others to live life fully, be open to possibilities, and ask "What can I do now?" to reach their goals and dreams despite challenges.
    29m 4s
  • Overcoming Trauma's Grip on Eating Habits w/ Patty Cabot

    6 MAY 2024 · Patty Cabot, author of the memoir "Not That Girl Anymore," shares her decades-long struggle with an eating disorder rooted in childhood sexual abuse trauma. For years, Patty battled drastic weight fluctuations and binge eating cycles, unaware of the underlying cause. After seeking therapy focused on eating disorders and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, Patty discovered her disordered eating stemmed from unresolved childhood trauma. By addressing the root cause through therapy, she was able to break the cycle, find healing, and open herself up to self-acceptance and healthy relationships. We also discuss the alarming prevalence of childhood sexual abuse, its lasting impacts, and the courage required to share one's story and seek support on the healing journey, no matter how long it takes.
    33m 17s
  • Remembering a Beloved Son Lost From Gun Violence w/ Sandy Modell

    29 APR 2024 · Sandy Modell shares the heartbreaking story of his son Ryan's tragic murder in 2016 in Fort Myers, Florida - Ryan, a kind and active 32-year-old, was shot and killed after mistakenly knocking on the wrong door of his condo complex. The occupant inside the condo pursued and fatally shot Ryan, despite police orders to stay inside, claiming self-defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Although, authorities ruled this a murder as the condo occupant's actions of re-engagement, pursuit, and provocation violated the law, he has not been formally charged. Sandy has been committed to seeking justice for Ryan, writing a book and raising awareness about the case and issues with the law's vagueness. This tragic incident highlights the need for better de-escalation approaches and nuanced community safety measures beyond "Stand Your Ground" laws. Sandy's story underscores the unimaginable grief of losing a child to senseless violence and a parent's determination to honor his child's memory.
    46m 38s
  • Autism Journey: Hope, Resilience, and Self-Discovery w/ Randi-Lee Bowslaugh

    22 APR 2024 · Randi-Lee Bowslaugh, a Canadian author and former kickboxing champion, shares her inspiring journey navigating her son's autism diagnosis. Despite challenges, she remained resilient and dedicated to being the "ultimate mom. " She offers insights to parents, especially those with neurodivergent children, on overcoming obstacles and thriving. The concept of being "neurodivergent" is discussed, highlighting that it does not mean less intelligence. This episode shares examples of excelling academically with a neurodivergent brain and using "social stories" to teach skills. Randi offers valuable insights and advice to other parents, emphasizing the importance of self-expression, therapy, and resilience in overcoming adversity.
    29m 21s
  • From Near-Death to Resilience w/ Ethan Poetic

    15 APR 2024 · Ethan Poetic, a motivational speaker and author, shares his remarkable story of resilience after a near-fatal car accident that left him with a 99% chance of death. Despite the devastating impact on his life, Ethan emerged as a "walking miracle," inspiring others with his strength and determination to overcome the challenges he faced. Through his journey of recovery and self-discovery, Ethan has dedicated his mission to helping people overcome their own adversities and live their best lives. Ethan has written an autobiography titled "The Inspirational Story of Ethan APoetic: Chronicles of Adversity, Education, Sports, Relationships, and Resiliency," sharing his personal journey and challenges. He hopes to impact people's lives one at a time and address myths surrounding single-parent households, emphasizing the importance of understanding individual stories and providing support. Ethan also discusses his role as a life coach, providing guidance, accountability, and tools for personal growth, empowering individuals to become their best selves.
    34m 34s
  • Overcoming Obstacles and Imposter Syndrome w/ Jane Boulware

    8 APR 2024 · Former Microsoft C-Suite Executive, Jane Boulware's incredible journey from growing up in poverty to becoming a millionaire and launching billion-dollar businesses at Microsoft is a testament to resilience and determination. Despite facing numerous challenges, including self-doubt and feeling like an outsider, Jane refused to be limited by others' expectations. Her story highlights how embracing one's unique background, persevering through difficulties, and believing in oneself can lead to extraordinary success. This episode emphasizes the importance of women supporting each other, claiming their worth, and not downplaying their achievements. True success is not just about reaching the top alone but about lifting up and empowering others along the way. Jane's story serves as a powerful example of a woman who broke through barriers and made her voice heard in a male-dominated environment, inspiring others to embrace their authentic selves and create their own paths to success. Jane's memoir "Worthy" aims to inspire readers, particularly women, by sharing her vulnerabilities and emphasizing the value of confronting fears, pushing limits, and redefining one's potential. Get a copy of Worthy at; all proceeds help a child from the Boys and Girls' Club go to college.
    39m 25s
  • Adaptability is the Key to Resilience W/ Niki Norlock

    1 APR 2024 · Documentary Filmmaker Niki Norlock shares her unique ability to adapt to any environment she is in. She believes that being adaptable is the key to being resilient. But also, sometimes we may need to sit and do nothing in the wake of a challenge or obstacle to build resilience because we may have a tendency to act too quickly. She talks about her book series Truth and her award winning documentary about children in the Philipines.
    33m 17s
  • A Resilient Birth Journey Through Hypnosis w/ Trisha Fuller

    25 MAR 2024 · Trisha Fuller shares her transformative journey, including a successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) against medical advice, thanks to hypnosis. She discusses the unexpected turns of childbirth, the benefits of midwife support, and the power of positive thinking. Trisha demystifies hypnosis, advocating for positive affirmations over "What Ifs," and reveals how adaptability and alternative methods can redefine birthing experiences.
    46m 30s

Lifejacked is when an unplanned or sudden event occurs in your life and derails you from your intended goal, purpose, or path. This is an inspirational podcast that interviews guests...

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Lifejacked is when an unplanned or sudden event occurs in your life and derails you from your intended goal, purpose, or path. This is an inspirational podcast that interviews guests who have overcome adversity or exhibited extreme resilience after setbacks and/or obstacles. Listen to these stories of triumph and victory from people who did not give up. Visit http://www.lifejackedpodcast.c... for more resources and to sign up for resilience coaching with Dr. Jacobs.
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