August 31st, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 51 mins
art, conversation-cafe, conversations-cafe, resiliency, running, suicide-prevention, survivor, therapy, writing
This week's live Conversations Cafe event, simply titled "Resiliency", featured interviews focusing on options for mental health maintenance to develop resiliency for ourselves and for the people we care about the most in our lives: our children, our friends, our family, and all the communities we belong to as individuals.
Also, be sure to check out Hope for the Day's inaugural Conversations Summit, hosted in downtown Chicago on Saturday September 7th, 2019. The Conversations Summit will empower young voices through interactive sessions for learning, dialogue, and activism. Best of all, the event is free but you do need to register ahead of time, so head on over to conversationssummit.com for more details and to get your tickets today!
Our guests include a plethora of Hope for the Day family - Sarah Moss, leader of Hope for the Day's Team Thrive; Matthew Hoffman, creator of the You Are Beautiful movement; Rick Osowski (that's me!), creator and host of Anthologies of Hope; and Veronica Padilla, creator and author of Gentle Mentals.
The "Conversations Cafe" is a monthly live podcast recording at Sip of Hope Coffee Bar, featuring education and open forum dialogue on the intersections of Mental Health within our communities. This education programming is brought to you by Hope For The Day with support from our partners in prevention, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Illinois and Banyan Treatment Center.
Join the conversation. We are in this together.
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 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.
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 5th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 9 mins
anxiety, depression, heart-camp, season-one, suicide, therapy
Jennie Gillies, the proud Canadian from the first Heart Camp, joins us this week. There are a few stories that you will hear over the course of on Anthologies of Hope that were key to the genesis of the podcast actually coming together. Jennie’s story is one of those stories.
Jennie has an amazing grasp of her story and tells it with wisdom far beyond her years. She has one of the biggest & fiercest hearts I’ve ever known & there's no one else you'd want on your team fighting for you. We touch on Jennie’s struggles with depression, coming to terms with her physical disability, anxiety, suicidal ideations, and being an only child attempting to overcome imposter syndrome.
November 28th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 9 mins
heart-camp, ptsd, season-one, self-care, sobriety, suicide, therapy
This weeks episode isn’t so much of an interview or conversation. More like putting our guest, Jen John, in the spotlight and letting her run with it. We were constantly amazed by Jen’s resilience to keep coming back and fighting throughout all the curveballs thrown her way, along with her desire to truly own her story. We touch on topics including the impact of suicide attempts by loved ones, being part of an active shooter situation first-hand, post-traumatic stress disorder due to that encounter, as well as the need for and new found sobriety.
November 21st, 2018 | Season 1 | 47 mins 36 secs
heart-camp, season-one, therapy
Welcome to the first episode of Anthologies of Hope! Anna joins us this week to share her mental health journey, why community is so important to her, and how working on her mental health has made her a better friend, a better daughter, and a better nurse.