October 16th, 2019 | Season 3 | 1 hr 19 mins
anxiety, depression, family, hope-for-the-day, season-three, self-care, stigma, suicide, suicide-prevention, support-network, workplace
We are joined by Amanda Vitrano this week to discuss the loss of her sister Lauren; how it affected her personally, professionally, and socially; how a chance encounter with Hope for the Day through a workplace Peervention workshop altered her course of advocacy; and finally, what self-care really means and why she is making it her mission to redefine self-care for anyone who needs to hear it and feel it.
Through the loss of her sister, Amanda, felt called to do the work that wasn’t what she wanted to do, but what she needed to do. In this work, she created "The Learn for Lauren Foundation", as well as establishing a scholarship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in her sister’s memory. Amanda covers all the hard work necessary to bring all of that to fruition, as well as what it meant to her and her family to see the community come out and support the cause in her sister’s name.
You can read more about Amanda’s non-profit, The Learn for Lauren Foundation, and all the great work they are doing in the Chicago area at learnforlauren.com, as well as on FB and Instagram at "learnforlauren". Amanda’s guest page at anthologiesofhope.com/guests/amanda-vitrano also has all the contact info, additional links you may need and more of her background as well! Be sure to check that out after listening today!
April 24th, 2019 | Season 2 | 25 mins 55 secs
books, mental health, movies, podcasts, self-care, stand-up comedy, tv
This week's episode is all about the mental health boom and the language of mental health making its way into all sorts of the media that we consume regularly and for self-care. Rick dives deep into movies, television shows, stand-up comedy, podcasts, books, and Ennegram resources that have been discussed on Anthologies of Hope so far, detailing the background of what they mean to him or the individual guests from each episode. We hope that some of these resources are helpful for you to laugh, learn, escape, and thrive; as well as also look forward to hearing some of your favorites of each type. So don't be shy - hit us up on any of our social media or email and let us know what your favorite mental health-related movies, television shows, stand-up comedy sets, podcasts, and books are!
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.
April 3rd, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 15 mins
anxiety, crohns, depression, ibd, infertility, intensive outpatient program, iop, ivf, mental health, self-care, suicide
The conversations continue this week with Amanda Osowski, not only another member of the Heart Camp family, but a member of my actual family... my wonderful wife. We cover all of Amanda's mental health journey to date - including the impacts of death at an early age, the impacts of suicide when not much older, the benefits of an intensive outpatient program when therapy or counseling are not enough, as well as our more recent infertility struggles and IVF journey. It was very surprising to both of us when we discovered a similar stigma and silence around IVF, as we had experienced around mental health. Amanda explains why she took it as a personal mission to help to break that stigma, silence, and shame around an everyday medical condition and journey that will soon bring us our daughter in a few short weeks.
March 20th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 12 mins
addiction, anxiety, depression, eating-disorder, mental health, self-care, suicide
Carrie Marcella joins us from upstate New York during the most wonderful time of the year… early January. Carrie has a tremendous story, which she has a solid grasp of and the work she has done on her journey shows through her storytelling. She has experienced a lot along the way, from losing a best friend to suicide, depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, and addiction, but you can see by the way she tells her story that it does not wholly define her in a singular way and she is so much more than all those individual labels put together!
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 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.
December 19th, 2018 | Season 1 | 46 mins 52 secs
brca, breast-cancer, heart-camp, season-one, self-care, womens-health, writing
If there’s one word that I would use to describe our guest this week, Sarah Messali, it would be WARRIOR. Once you hear her story, you’ll understand why. I’m so grateful I got to sit down with Sarah in LA at Heart Camp and then again sightseeing & having the hard conversations at the same time over the summer when Sarah visited Chicago. From being a Breast Cancer & BRCA Previvor to a weightlifting badass to an unstoppable writer/blogger/author, Sarah’s story and voice is one you’ll definitely want to follow along with.
December 12th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 2 mins
enneagram, heart-camp, season-one, self-care, youth-ministry
Our guest this week is with Teri Valente, Summer Camp Director for Camp Arrowhead in Lewes, Delaware. While planning to record, Teri mentioned that she didn’t know how interesting her story would be or how much she would have to share. Despite that initial modesty and deference, we found way more than enough to talk about in this episode ranging from the mental health impact at youth summer camps, a “never expected to go on” trip to Africa, and hanging out with Bob Goff - as one does. So as you can tell, it’s quite the conversation.