Michelle McMahon is a professional sports television broadcaster by trade, but a self-confidence and mental health advocate by passion. Merging both callings, her mission is to inspire you to cultivate a healthier space from within, so the best version of YOU can shine forward externally. Each episode, Michelle brings you captivating interviews with thought leaders and experts around sports and beyond to help shift your inner dialogue, uplift your spirit, help you see yourself more clearly, and ultimately promote healing through the gift of self-awareness. Michelle believes that the power we all inherently possess, lies in the truth of who we are, and our ability to accept ourselves exactly as we are in this moment— not based on the measures of the external world, which we are often led to believe make us worthy. She challenges old paradigms of what it really means to "be successful" through diving into the internal worlds of world class athletes, public figures, and high-achieving individuals. Exploring new concepts on where fulfillment and purpose truly come from, outside of the societal masks placed upon us, Michelle is promoting cultural change in the way we see ourselves and the world around us. The self-acceptance journey is an ever-evolving rollercoaster, and she is thrilled to have you along for the ride as she continues to navigate this space with you! To learn more head to www.MichelleMcMahon.com
AMINA SMITH | TV PERSONALITY | Don't dim to fit in
Amina Smith is a media maven with a passion for sports and entertainment. Hailing from New York City, Amina always had big dreams of working in front of the camera and telling the stories of athletes and change-makers from all walks of life. She's appeared on Big Ten Network, WCIU in Chicago, and most recently BET Networks.
What I love most about Amina and this conversation, is how gracious she is with her approach to life. She is so honest and thorough with the way she describes how she's come into her own, and my absolute favorite quote from this conversation was when she said, "I'm not going to censor myself to make other people feel comfortable." Boom. That's a mic drop right there. She's so lovable, and her good energy is contagious. I'm so grateful to share this with you and hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!
DR. COHN | Advocating for your health and freedom
Prepare your ears for some truth bombs in this week’s ep with Dr. Cohn!
Dr. Cohn, the founder of the Cohn Health Institute, has inspired patients to achieve their ultimate health through natural, holistic and alternative health care. He believes the body was designed to heal itself as long as it is given the right building blocks in order to do so and is allowed to function free of interference. Dr. Cohn is an expert through unique channels of wellness, chiropractic, and holistic health.
In this conversation, we dive deep into the various hidden agendas and misinformation that is running rapid through this period of time. Dr. Cohn is pretty straight forward with his delivery on the information he has studied for over 30 years.
I encourage you to listen to this episode with an open mind, to widen your perspective and really take a step back to think about what’s happening.
In this episode we discuss:
- Getting closer to the truth of what’s happening
- An alternative perspective to health and well-being
- Liberties at risk, and how to advocate for your freedom
- The lack of safety is certain promised solutions
- The validity of chiropractic medicine
- Dr. Cohn’s wake up call causing him to delve into holistic healing
BUILDING UP IMMUNITY:
- What people can do to proactively protect their health
- Why a “one-size-fits all” approach is not the answer here
- How to stay healthy and reduce your toxic load
- Negative self talk and how it correlates to our health
DR. LOBUR | Let food be thy medicine
Dr. Lobur is a functional medicine doctor in the Pittsburgh area, who is also a licensed MD. After his father passed away from cancer, and one of his children had significant health issues, Dr. Lobur was guided to reevaluate how he viewed medicine. As he explains in this episode the body is a mechanism for healing itself when fueled properly from a physical nutritional standpoint, a mental standpoint, and an emotional standpoint.
When Dr. Lobur sees a patient, he looks at them as a person, not as a number. He enforces the benefits of root cause medicine… in effort to get to the root of what is causing inflammation (or disease) in the body instead of masking the symptom with a drug or “bandaid” solution.
In this episode, Dr. Lobur addresses the usual suspects within our body systems that often lead to disease and illness. He also discloses the healing power of the food we eat and the way that we treat ourselves internally.
We also spend a significant portion of this show discussing Corona virus and his views as to what the real solution is… and it’s not exactly the same narrative that you’ve been fed in the media, which I find very refreshing.
The reason I’m so passion about functional medicine is because I experienced how effective it is. During my health struggles, (a mystery thyroid auto-immune disorder, hormone imbalance, outrageous cortisol levels, and inflammation, etc etc) I found functional medicine as a pivotal piece in becoming a much healthier version of myself. I remember walking in to my first appointment with the functional medicine doctor I saw (Dr. Lekkos) and feeling a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, like I was finally being heard fully in a health setting for the first time in my journey. Western medicine didn’t help me outside of giving me meds that made things worse, so I had to find something and someone who cared enough to walk with me until we found some solutions that worked. He was the stepping stone to my health drastically improving and actually getting to the root cause of what the heck was going on in my seemingly “healthy looking” body.
While I haven’t personally worked with Dr. Lobur, I know people who do and say he’s amazing. The information he has to share is very palatable and informative with the current situation going on. I hope this opens your mind as to why it’s so important to get in touch with your body, and to be proactive with your immune system BEFORE things go wrong.
The biggest lesson here is how important it is to advocate for our own health and the benefit of finding the right people to guide you on your healing path. Nobody else will look out for you and your best interest, but YOU.
EVAN HEITER | The lens in which you see yourself
Evan Heiter is one of my dearest friends, who also happens to be one of the best and most self-aware people I've ever met. He is a huge proponent of self-worth, self-acceptance, and reaching authenticity through a lot of inner work and therapy. He truly emulates what it means to be a bright light in this world and I am so grateful to know him. He is so articulate and speaks so much truth to so many of us who are afraid to be the fullest expression of ourselves. As someone who used to draw a lot of his identity from sports, Evan walks us through his process of self-acceptance beyond sports and beyond the external masks the societal structures place upon us. Through this open conversation, I think we can all see ourselves in Evan in terms of his process to unfolding all the layers to reaching his core essence that makes him the amazing person that he is. His energy is amazing and I love being around it. I think you will too!
In this episode we talk about:
- Evan’s unconventional path to Michigan gymnastics
- Mentally managing the talent gap and being told on the daily you’re not good enough
- Becoming okay with failure
- Navigating the comparison game, fears, self-doubt, negative self-talk (body image, self worth issues being gay and an athlete)
- Why sports are a powerful escape
- Stepping out as a gay athlete
- The Larry Nassar scandal from a gymnasts perspective
Stepping out of the closet and into his true self:
- Finding the courage to come out of the closet in college
- Stepping out of the external judgment and into our inner truths
- Breaking through programming and rediscovering our own belief systems
- Breaking free from societal structures of control
- Some challenges people in the gay community still face as a collective
- Toxic masculinity
- The stigma of homosexuality in sports
- How Evan finally come to terms with accepting himself given the fact that he has been different most of your life
- If you could go back and give the baby Ev about to head to college some advice what would you tell him
- What the most profound shift Evan was able to make internally that enhanced this aspect of yourself
- Breaking through limited beliefs that were placed upon this
- How to evaluate where your self-worth is at when navigating relationships
- Learning about self through relationships
HOW TO HEAL:
- Why is EQ so important
- therapy and its gifts
SUSIE ROBERTS | LIFE COACH | Empowering yourself through disempowering circumstances
Susie Roberts is a voice of comfort and reason during this very chaotic time for many of us. She is an RN that transformed her career aligned with her humanitarian spirit from nursing to life coaching and lifecycle events so as to help others reach their most empowered lives. She utilizes her intuitive gifts with astrology to help others navigate through challenging situations and life’s journey. In my own life, Susie has helped me tremendously through difficult times and understanding why timing is so important while making big decisions. With her background in nursing, I wanted to first start off the conversation with the whole COVID-19 situation, to ease our fears. She has great perspective on this, and great advice on how to use this time to promote forward movement internally during a time of great stillness. I always feel uplifted and empowered after working with Susie and I think you might find the same for you during this episode!
Here’s the outline of our chat:
- COVID is not the full focus here, but I wanted her to address it to help people settle in with their fears…. as someone who was on the front lines with AIDS and HIV, how do we mitigate the fear aspect of this?
- Her advice on preventative measures to stay healthy
Mentally Managing Illness
- How Susie was able to get off all her medication for fibromyalgia, lupus, and a hole in her heart
- How her health scares caused a spiritual awakening and propelled her on the path to helping others
- Not being defined by your illness
Her path to self-empowerment:
- Switching career paths to follow your passion
- Why it’s never too late to switch paths and pivot
- How to take your power back in life
- How astrology serves as a blueprint of your potential
- How to start coming into your own
- Why self-awareness is your power
- Setting yourself from free from labels and not letting yourself get put into a box
- Using astrology to see yourself
- What advice she would you give to someone who’s looking to start their journey within?
- How to use this time to empower yourself instead of focusing on the struggle
- Starting anew, if you’ve lost your job and have to start from scratch
- Finding tools while you have the time to build new skillsets to move forward on a new path
- Financial isolation- controlling what you can control
- What’s the most powerful shift one can make within themselves during this time?
- Managing financial downturns
- How to control what we can control
JULIE STEWART-BINKS | SPORTS HOST | Stop the chase, embrace the journey
Julie is a kickass Canadian sport journalist who has worked for major networks like ESPN, FOX Sports, and Bartsool Sports… she recently took charge of her career in helping FUBO sports network where she’s the host of her own show, Call it a night and fan favorite… especially in quarantine… Drinks with Binks.
My favorite thing about Julie is how REAL and down to earth she is. She’s so open about how she’s navigated the ups and downs of her career, while keeping her mental health intact. She is a strong woman that has always stood in her self-worth and I admire that about her. I think you will find this episode funny, uplifting, and inspiring. I think we can all see ourselves in Julie at different points of our lives, and maybe that’s what makes her so incredibly authentic, funny, and relatable!
NAVIGATING THE SPORTS BROADCASTING INDUSTRY
- Julie’s path to sports broadcasting, from rejection to national network success
- Julie’s approach to overcoming challenges, changes, and transitions in her career
- The lesson that took her longest to learn in this field
SELF-ACCEPTANCE AND MENTAL HEALTH
- How self-acceptance played a key role in coming into her own
- Dealing with trolls and unkind people
- How she proactively protects her mental health
- Her experience as a Canadian in the American television market (we dive into some pretty funny Americanisms)
- How she’s coped with loss, having lost several friends in the span of just a few months
- What loss has taught her and how it’s changed the way she lives