12 episodes

Welcome to the Interesting Ish Podcast - where I hope you'll listen long enough to say, "This was pretty interesting ... ish. I think my friend would like to listen to this.

My name is Rick Meyering; come on some journeys with me. I'll find the stories, and you keep listening. Thanks, folks.

Interesting Ish Rick

    • Society & Culture

Welcome to the Interesting Ish Podcast - where I hope you'll listen long enough to say, "This was pretty interesting ... ish. I think my friend would like to listen to this.

My name is Rick Meyering; come on some journeys with me. I'll find the stories, and you keep listening. Thanks, folks.

    episode 011 - Charlotte Gatlin - REAL: A Mom's Journey from Expectation to Reality

    episode 011 - Charlotte Gatlin - REAL: A Mom's Journey from Expectation to Reality

    Charlotte Gatlin seems to me ... to be a survivor. She has a great story, family, father and support system and people around her that don't see the world or speak of the world in a way that is as "stripped" or raw as she does. They haven't had her walk. This is all of us. We have that challenge of understanding one another. The following is a conversation about the challenges of mental health on a marriage. Mental Health affects us all, and, as it turns out, if you didn't know ... all of us struggle with it. All of us are in community and have to choose BOTH love and boundaries within this conversation. Only a handful of you will read this intro and description, but when you do ... consider what it looks like to send your mom some love, send your father some grace, choose some space from a toxic relationship, and wonder what the next step is towards a healthier and more peaceful life. Charlotte did and I hope you do too. I hope you enjoy.



    2:00 - Intro - REAL: A mom's journey from expectation to reality

    3:25 - Publishing Process

    4:50 - The Pivot - making the call

    6:40 - Memoirs to Pages

    7:00 - Early years of marriage

    9:25 - Minimizing Mom

    12:00 - Honoring mothering :)

    13:55 - Turning Points

    14:00 - Physical, emotional, verbal and financial abuse

    17:50 - Losing your father and your marriage

    21:00 - Supervised Visitation

    22:20 - "Enough" becoming resiliency and compassion

    24:32 - No matter the outcome - there is HOPE

    27:18 - 3 Questions

    27:30 - Being Grateful as a mindset

    • 35 min
    episode 010 - Andy Soper - Measurable Change

    episode 010 - Andy Soper - Measurable Change

    I've always liked Andy Soper from afar. We know all the same people, but didn't know each other. I liked him even better when we got to sit down together. The dude knows what he wants and goes for it. He's been at it his whole life, but for the better part of a decade, he has been collaborating on creating spaces and organizations to combat the problem of Human Trafficking. After diving into some wild n out run-ins he's had with some bats - one of which that left him in his birthday suit on the porch :), we dive into his propensity to build organizations, and what he is up to lately. Find out how we all can take a note from Target or K-Mart on collecting data, and find a way to use it for creating a better world. Enjoy!

    04:16 - eBook - 7 Legitimate Reasons why I am Afraid of Bats

    17:36 - Transitioning out of Residential Care

    18:16 - You can't take people where you haven't gone

    20:36 - Lisa Gungor - The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen

    21:06 - The system isn't broken, it was built this way

    22:16 - The Manasseh Project - www.manassehproject.org 

    23:56 - Helping starts with learning

    27:46 - Youth Homelessness

    30:16 - HQ Drop-In Center - www.hqgr.org 

    31:06 - Mission including a sense of Belonging and Safety

    34:16 - Rick stumbling over words and can't think of the word "dignity" :)

    36:16 - Both Continue to be dope !

    36:36 - Measurable Change - www.measurablechange.org

    40:16 - Professor Bridgette Carr - Human Trafficking Law Clinic

    42:05 - 3 Factors of Trafficking - Force, Fraud and Coercion

    42:16 - Training phases

    45:36 - Moving from Babel to Pentecost

    49:35 - It's not hidden in plain sight, it's just in plain sight

    49:46 - 3 Questions

    • 1 hr 4 min
    episode 009 - Julie Lankes - The business of telling a Good story starts with your own

    episode 009 - Julie Lankes - The business of telling a Good story starts with your own

    I met Julie Lankes this past year through a Grand Rapids Chamber based program called "Leadership Grand Rapids". Julie and I hit it off early on as we talked a bit about working at Camps growing up. We're both fascinated with personality assessments and knowing ourselves well. Julie has had a successful career as a business owner as the founder of BoxBoom Creative, and has since opened up the doors to new fields of work to continue to satisfy her undying curiosity. If you're an achiever, a business owner, a brander or a business based creative ... this is a conversation for you. If you're like the rest of us and just like to listen in, there's some great content as well. Enjoy this Interesting Ish folks!

    2:30 - Intro - Extreme Extrovert - ENFP - Meyers Briggs

    4:52 - Knowing yourself in the formative years

    5:57 - not every co-worker is like me

    7:03 - not every camper is like me

    8:20 - Chicago life meets MRSA

    9:30 - What am I doing?

    10:28 - BoxBoom Creative

    12:30 - Standing out in a saturated market

    13:30 - The minimization of the creative

    15:30 - Don't be afraid to blow up your life

    16:30 - getting to the top of the mountain, now what?

    19:30 - Business architecture

    21:00 - "Do you need a me?"

    23:41 - The courageous pivot

    25:57 - Keeping an undying curiosity

    27:30 - Bringing great truths to the surface

    27:56 - Enneagram 3 - The achiever

    29:15 - 3 Questions

    • 37 min
    episode 008 - Shandy Longcore - Embracing Imperfection

    episode 008 - Shandy Longcore - Embracing Imperfection

    Hey everyone. It was a long winter. It was a long, brutal winter here in Michigan and it's great to be back to producing Interesting Ish, even in the midst of a busy summer season. In this episode, I sit down with Shandy Longcore who is beginning an initiative and message around the topic of "Embracing Imperfection". Shandy's story is a brave and beautiful one that we just scratch the surface of. As a head's up, part of her her story does involve a suicide attempt and I want to be mindful if that is a triggering and sensitive topic for you. We also provide several touch points for reaching out if you are feeling suicidal. I am thankful for Shandy's time and her message and I hope it touches your heart as well.

      NOTES - 

    0:15 - Suicide prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255

    4:21 - What is interesting about you?

    7:08 - Fitness Industry

    7:38 - My own family history with depression and mental health

    9:40 - A really bad day amidst a joyous childhood

    13:07 - We're so thankful you're here

    13:23 - Hiding behind "the accident"

    15:21 - Opening up

    16:03 - Leaders Conference - John O'Leary

    17:51 - Go ahead and shut up that inner critic of yours

    19:21 - Embracing Imperfection

    21:19 - Use your voice - "Amen to reaching out"

    24:13 - The dropped stigma of "the therapist"

    25:55 - Reframing is important

    26:45 - Outlets to connect

    27:15 - In a CRISIS moment CALL 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TEXT "HOME" to 741741

    29:35 - Proactive approaches to help with anxiety or depression

    32:41 - 3 Questions:

    32:46 - What's good? Positivity breeds positivity

    36:24 - What needs to be mended?

    37:21 - What's next?


    CONTACT Shandy at shandy_longcore@yahoo.com

     

    • 38 min
    episode 007 - Brad Nelson - You only find your voice by using it

    episode 007 - Brad Nelson - You only find your voice by using it

    Brad Nelson wants to teach you something, but only by sharing his experience as the student. From once taking a gig in the Mail Room at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, MI, to figuring out how to "create" community with 10,000 church goers, to curating a brilliant speakers lineup, to putting in the hours to becoming one himself - Brad is a man that wants to take you there, remembering that it is not about the destination, but how we make the journey, together.

    Come join me as we listen in on his journey ... thus far :)


    5:00 - Brick City Church
    7:17 - A sense of "placeness" 
    8:22 - Finding Home
    10:49 - A Career pivot
    12:29 - I went to college to play soccer
    14:04 - The Divine Conspiracy - Dallas Willard
    14:39 - What would it look like to tell an amazing story?
    16:16 - Janitor life
    17:00 - Pastor life
    19:37 - Connected and alone
    20:34 - Organizing around mission vs. sameness
    21:57 - Church as a cruise ship
    26:53 - Skye Jethani - The Divine Commodity
    28:31 - Practicing your voice in The Lab
    33:44 - "You only find your voice by using it"
    38:30 - I'm not the teacher, I'm the primary learner
    39:49 - 3 Questions:
    40:29 - What's Good? ... Everything!
    42:00 - Living with a gratitude lens
    48:00 - Both / And
    51:40 - He goes where the pain is
    52:40 - "Don't follow your passion, follow your curiosity" - Elizabeth Gilbert
    55:02 - Community as social enterprize
    57:27 - Lennyisms :)

    • 1 hr
    episode 006 - Jonah Berger - Finding your Rhythm Within

    episode 006 - Jonah Berger - Finding your Rhythm Within

     Jonah Berger is the man, the myth, the legend. I had a skype call with Jonah in the winter of 2014 to discern whether this well-seasoned former Camp Director and I were going to work together for the summer. What I didn't know is that I would gain a lifetime friend. I'd bet my bottom dollar on it. 

    Jonah has spent the better part of the last 20 years advocating for individuals with disabilities in Denver, CO and across the nation. He is more than a program guide, camp director, or mentor figure ... Jonah is as close to the real deal as they come and mostly because he is willing to admit all the ways he is not the real deal. Take a peak into his life and way and let me know what you think about the man we call "Joneeezy". Thanks for listening!

    SHOW NOTES:

    2:45 - reach me at bluewoodfire@hotmail.com

    6:45 - Camp Life

    7:33 - The Empathy Mentor

    11:25 - Growing Up - Rockville, MA

    12:58 - 80's hip hop was about positivity

    15:48 - Connecting with The Song  17:08 - The Colorado Dream

    18:18 - The Rhythm Within

    20:32 - Legacy - Grandpa - Dad - Jonah - Being a man of the people

    23:56 - Dave Matthews and Frodo

    25:06 - WYCE - The best little radio station in the world

    26:56 - "So what's up with the legs?"

    28:58 - CMT - Charcot-Marie-Tooth

    30:20 - Camp Footprint

    32:54 - 3 Questions

    36:48 - What's Good Denver?

    44:05 - Braveheart - "I luvya ... I always have" - "Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it."

    Find Jonah on Facebook or at www.therhythmwithin.com

    • 48 min

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