May 22nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 23 mins
adulthood, anxiety, community, heart-camp, season-two, travel
Similar to the end of Season 1, our interview this week with Jennifer May is another case of saving the best for last. There’s much of the conversation this week that wraps up many different threads across both seasons of Anthologies of Hope - intricacies of diagnosis with mental health conditions, following along with and feeling like you’re failing at the “checklist of life”, where friends and community play a major part in recovery of both of those, as well as how these will all permeate into everyday life.
We talk about her growth with and through pretty severe anxiety and how she handles that on a regular basis. We dive into a pretty spectacular transformation from a self-ascribed “girl who was afraid of everything” to someone who has challenged herself to being on a plane at least once a month and exploring everything she can!
May 8th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 7 mins
depression, heart-camp, season-two, support-network, transition, workplace
Sarah Colbert joins us this week and discusses her trip to Heart Camp in detail, but more importantly, the journey up to that point that led her make the decision to attend.
Throughout our conversation, we cover a topic that hasn't been touched on much throughout any of our Anthologies of Hope episodes so far - the aspect of mental health and the professional workplace. We have a pretty frank conversation about what it’s like to work in an environment that is detrimental to your mental health, how big of a difference it makes to work in an environment that benefits your mental health, and using all the tools at your disposal to be able to make that change for the better.
My conversation with Sarah is one that hopefully brings light to the fact that returning to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
April 17th, 2019 | Season 2 | 57 mins 6 secs
anxiety, counselor, depression, enneagram, heart-camp, mental health, season-two, therapy
Catching up with Emily Allison this week, we dig into her change in living situation and career path since Heart Camp Los Angeles in early May 2017. You will also hear of the great work she is now a part of in her new service-oriented career path, how that contrasts with her Enneagram personality type, and some of the great self care work that she does to maintain her resiliency day in and day out. We also walk through the early part of Emily's story, detailing her experience with depression & anxiety, how she knew she was dealing with more than just "everyday life", and how she went about finding help to get to the bottom of it all.
April 10th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 24 mins
enneagram, heart-camp, mental health, season-two, self-care, suicide, tattoos, therapy
This week's guest is… me, Rick Osowski. It’s always weird to figure out what is your "elevator pitch". Similarly, it’s always difficult to get all of your story out there within a few minutes when someone asks “what brought you to the mental health movement?”.
Instead of overlaying my story on top of our guests' each week, I was saving it for when we’d eventually get to my turn. We cover my experience with the effects of suicide at an early age, as a young adult, and late 20s, along with walking through a number of the factors that made me into the Enneagram 2 that I am today.
I'd want to thank my wonderful wife Amanda for fulfilling the role of interviewer on this episode and bringing some great questions of her own to this role-reversed conversation.
March 27th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 6 mins
depression, heart-camp, intensive outpatient program, iop, mental health, season-two, suicide
Jumping back into our traditional interview format, Kim joins us this week and her story is arguably the most powerful story we have been empowered to share on Anthologies of Hope so far. Through Kim’s tumultuous mental health journey, we see a robust toolbox that Kim has developed over the course of that journey - from a “fake it until you make it” game face, to therapy & counseling, to the use of more integrative mental health practices like an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Her story is a powerful one and a constant reminder that it is completely ok not to be okay, as well as the fact that being in crisis does not mean you are broken. I will be forever grateful that Kim chose to share her story with us and you, our listeners.
March 13th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 4 mins
counselor, ennegram, faith, heart-camp, mental health, religion, season-two, tattoos, therapy
This week is all about breaking the mold! We talk with Eric Adams, a bearded and tattooed Professional Mental Health Counselor from Delaware with a heart of gold. We cover the ins and outs of what it means to be a Licensed Mental Health Counselor both professionally and personally, including how scheduling plays a major role in his self care. Eric's story of how he ended up getting to Heart Camp truly gave me goosebumps, so make sure to pay attention for that!
January 16th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 24 mins
anxiety, depression, heart-camp, season-one, self-care, suicide, therapy
Saving the best for last in Season 1, we have Candice Carpenter joining us this week to discuss some of her journey to find “what works for her” with regard to her mental health, her perspective on approaching life as a series of integrative practices and really striving to be your whole holistic self. Similar to many of our other guests this season, Candice is a very prolific and talented writer. She blogs on all things geek, comics, movies, and pop culture at wegeekgirls.com, as well as a personal lifestyle, travel, and awesome looseleaf tea blog at onwanderwoodlane.com. I hope you enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I did recording it!
January 9th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 1 min
addiction, enneagram, heart-camp, season-one, therapy, writing
Katie Mumper joins us this week for another exciting conversation around mental health, writing, and overcoming addiction. Katie is a Whovian, a Penn State superfan, a 4 on the Ennegram, and currently in charge of Social Media for TWLOHA. So we have some back to back continuity with folks doing grass roots, hands-on work with one of our favorite mental health organizations!
I had a blast talking with Katie as she’s another one of our guests that has a great grasp of her story, where it was most difficult, where she fought for the light, where she needed the help, and how she got through all of it… while also still acknowledging the power of everything she gained through all of her previous struggles, including an addiction that she talks (and has previously written) openly about.
January 2nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 8 mins
heart-camp, imposter-syndrome, photography, season-one, self-care, twloha-intern
Kenneth Westphal joins us this week on Anthologies of Hope! A former To Write Love On Her Arms intern and an amazing photographer, we dive into what makes photography so special for Kenneth, the difference between sunrises and sunsets, and why camp is such an important part of Kenneth's story. We also discuss the tools that Kenneth has picked up along the way to help with conversations of hope and how the timing of the first Heart Camp session in January 2018 could not have come at a more perfect time for him!
December 26th, 2018 | Season 1 | 52 mins 56 secs
divorce, enneagram, heart-camp, heros-journey, season-one, self-care, therapy
Erin Hird, co-host of the Blackbird Podcast (https://www.instagram.com/blackbirdpod), joins Anthologies of Hope this week for plenty of laughs, dishing on the “checklist of life”, the Hero's Journey, and making it through to the other side of a divorce, as well as a little of the Zen of Dawson's Creek. Be sure to check out Blackbird, a podcast for young widows & divorcees (& those that love them) to find themselves, and happiness again.