Check in for a dose of stigma-break, humor-filling, empowerment building life hacks and motivation for all the “medically-adult-ish” young people. The InvisiYouth Chat Sessions: A Video Podcast Series, is part of InvisiYouth Charity. This international nonprofit helps teens and young adults with various chronic illnesses and disabilities gain the right lifestyle programs, empowerment and fun events to learn how to keep living life. Twice a month, our founder, Dominique Viel, will bring guest experts from all illness/disability fields, like mental health, rare disease, and bereavement, to YouTubers, activists and motivational speakers, adaptive athletes and actors, that are all game-changers for young adult healthcare. We’ll tackle the topics that are often too taboo, or uncomfortable or common sense, and provide some lifestyle management. Join this series, as it will be a one-of-a-kind chat show that clusters motivation and advocacy, entertainment and humor, and life hacks and tips. TandemPodcasting.com
E34—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with Invisible Disabilities and Service Dog Activist, Bri Harris and her Medical Alert and Service Dog, Arrow
We love a good dog video on our Instagram feed, but when we see a service dog video, our love and intrigue is immediately peaked. And that’s because service dogs and their handlers are a group mainstream media doesn’t often share… especially for our young adult community. Over the years, we’ve gotten countless messages asking about service and therapy dogs as part of improving the quality of one’s chronic illness or disability life, and it’s one of the most requested podcast topics. So we’re FINALLY doing an episode all about this dog community, it’s with special guest invisible disabilities and service dog activist Bri Harris and her medic alert service dog Arrow! With her own dynamic chronic illnesses, Bri having dog Arrow improved her quality of life with Arrow’s individualized tasks for assistance. And with her fast-growing Instagram showing the daily life of service dogs, educating on the most common misconceptions, and sharing a behind the scenes of service dog life with Arrow, Bri proves that service dogs strengthen life immensely… and that Arrow is a model service dog AND model-status photogenic. On this episode, Bri and Dominique (with the help of Arrow too!) get to know more fun facts about Bri and Arrow’s like all about Arrow’s wonderful reintroduction to the movie theater since the pandemic started and how she’s not gonna fall for a jump-scare horror movie, and get the facts straight with our “Top Search” segment when Bri answers the most frequent questions about service dogs like why there’s no national registration program, how people should respond to seeing a service dog (and yes, that includes no petting!), what it means when a service dog is working and performing a task, and what the main difference is between emotional support animals, therapy dogs and service dogs. And those three differences are CRUCIAL to understanding the relationship between dog and handler! STORY TIME gets real funny as Bri tells an embarrassing moment she’s gained confidence sharing that involves waiting in a car line to enter Disneyland, Arrow’s epic speed running skills and public bathrooms. Second half of InvisiYouth Chat Sessions amps up the funny with so many life stories of founder Dominique experiences, and Bri after living with Arrow for four years. She tells her top two pieces of advice for those with service dogs or looking to get/train one so they can thrive in the professional setting, soar with success in their schooling life—know your accommodations, people!—and how having supportive friends and family means giving them KNOWLEDGE on service dogs so they can back you up in public. And we end the podcast with Bri and Arrow’s Life Playlist on the must-have items when you have a dog or service dog. It includes the papers you should definitely carry which differs per state/country, best harnesses, the best items to add to your bag like Bri’s “Arrow Pouch” and these gadgets are affordable, cute AND functional for your furry companion and service dog. Bri is a guest not just packed with knowledge, but super fun AND Arrow makes her podcast debut with InvisiYouth and certainly ends the podcast with a much-watch moment! Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Bri and Arrow @followyourarrow_gsp, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!
E33: InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with entrepreneur, content creator, editor, writer, model and activist, Devri Velázquez
Being multifaceted in your professional and personal life AND having balance for both, especially in today’s world where you want to be your authentic self but virtually connect. And our special guest is an absolute boss when it comes to creating your lane in every aspect that fuels your fire, it’s the incredible chronic illness activist, content creator, editor, writer, model and all-around boss woman, Devri Velázquez! In 2011, Devri was diagnosed with a rare disease called Takayasu’s arteritis and she used her talents of writing and advocacy work to create a professional resume that rivals many for its diversity and skill. With her unique platform empowering others to create positive changes across communities of gender, race and identity, Devri has written for brands like Allure and 21Ninety.com and been a panelist of health summits. Now with over 96k followers, Devri is the queen of sharing how writing and visuals can empower women to focus on their individual wellness, activism in daily life, and inner powers. In this episode, Devri and Dominique fire off some quick takes about Devri’s favorite things like her favorite TikTok trend, how she starts and ends her day with two of the COOLEST things in her routine, and a guilty pleasure she has not shame sharing. Then the duo dives deep and gets real breaking the glass ceiling on misconceptions the diverse chronic illness/disability community deals with—like how to navigate social media while touching on topics of racial and gender inequality, and ways to be a person that advocates for MANY communities because that makes you a passionate badass. Allyship becomes a major chatting point as Devri mentions not only the starting points you can add to be an ally for underrepresented communities, but also how to amplify voices of those in communities like the BIPOC and AAPI communities, because as Dominique points out, being proactive and reactive are two different ways of advocating for change but two very needed styles of allyship! STORY TIME for our Intermission Segment gets a bit spooky and sentimental as Devri tells us about how her love of horror stories resulted in her creating a childhood side hustle that led her down the path as a professional writer today. Get your notepad ready for the second half of the episode because Devri and Dominique create the guidebook of how to be an entrepreneur and be a successful one as your creator and manager, every tip to make your social media a focal point like writing that best caption or taking that perfect photo, and lots of advice of how to create wellness and boundaries to protect your mind and health. Probably the best advice comes from our super uplifting conversation at the end of the episode when Devri mentions how to respond to those social hot button questions about things like racial ignorance, gender inequality and ableism and how to boost your confidence to NEVER be silence when you feel fearful of ‘saying the wrong thing.’ They even talk about how ignorance isn’t a bad word because that means you can STILL grow and learn from what you don’t know. And Devri’s BEST piece of advice is so empowering, so powerful, you will want to stick to the end of the episode. Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Devri @devrivelazquez, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!
E32 InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with wheelchair ballerina, model, philanthropist and creator of Kate Stanforth Academy of Dance, Kate Stanforth
Being just as elegant and passionate on the dance floor as she is in her philanthropy and activism, our video podcast guest is an unbelievable talent. Founder of the UK nonprofit Project Parent, wheelchair ballerina, model and disability activist, Kate Stanforth. Living with ME and other chronic illnesses, Kate had to adapt to make her life accessible, especially when she began needing a wheelchair. Her chronic illness journey helped her create Project Parent in 2014, delivering over 1,500 holiday gifts to parents with children in hospital. And this year, she launched Kate Stanforth Academy of Dance by fusing her past experience as a classical dancer and now teaching wheelchair dance with inclusive classes and its first set of classes SOLD OUT. In this episode, Dominique and Kate give their hot takes on hot button topics like TikTok and the social media like buttons in our “Life Tinder Challenge” segment, and you’ll be surprised at some of their answers. And the ladies dive deep into their conversation on philanthropy, getting into volunteering, and what makes running a nonprofit so different from a business. They have ideas of boosting your virtual volunteer opportunities and how your hobbies can be a key to fundraising for many nonprofits like Project Parent and InvisiYouth. We get to our intermission, halfway point of the podcast when Kate tells a life story that’s about two things: Kate’s loveable assistance dog Spencer and his fascination with walking up to a particular group of people when they got out. And in the second half of the episode, Kate talks about dance, wheelchair dance styles, how she was able to take a passion “pre-chronic illness life” of dancing and bring it full circle AND adapt it to fit into her new way of life. We get major details about why we all can use a bit of dance in our lives, and how using virtual connection can get up out of our comfort zones to try new things. Plus, our final segment of this episode is a masterclass on activism, fighting off haters, tackling disability hate and the ways you can get support for those negative situations and comments, and the top two things Kate and Dominique suggest you do to build more independence in your life when you need support. This is the BEST piece of advice for our older youth, so take note! Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Kate @katestanforth, her nonprofit @projectparent and her dance academy @katestanforthdance to get access to her amazing work, thank you to our charitable sponsor Tandem Podcasts for partnering for this episode, and please support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth!
Episode 31: InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with creator of the popular graphic design brand, This Thing They Call Recovery, Jenny McGibbon
As we start Season 3B, we’re kicking off our monthly video podcast series with one of the chronic illness/disability community’s favorite rising stars on social media, it’s the creator and graphic designer behind the popular brand @thisthingtheycallrecovery, Jenny McGibbon. Based in Scotland, Jenny used her diverse health experience being born with gastroschisis and short bowel syndrome along with M.E. to connect her love of art with her desire to make the medical space connect better with young people like her. Now, Jenny’s brand, This Thing They Call Recovery has graphics being translated into 50 language in 90 countries, talk about taking on the world one creative graphic design at a time! In this episode, Dominique and Jenny talk about how chronic illness makes you pick practical superhero powers and why Jenny’s latest binge-watch TV show was a completely unique answer, chat about the role that are and design played in her health journey and why @thisthingtheycallrecovery was a happy accident that created her self-employed graphic designer career. The ladies dive deep into how you can stay private and be part of the chronic illness community online, and why you gotta water that curiosity to divide your life and personal activism. And Jenny explains why art, graphics and captions let you communicate with others, gain support and advice all while not sharing every bit of her journey. We stan good tips on how to respond to those comments (in life and in DMs) when people don’t agree with your choices and chronic illness/disability POVs and these ladies give MAJOR tips! Intermission Story Time is epic because who knew that dogs were the most adaptive furry best friends—and we might want to adapt Jenny’s dog as an InvisiYouth mascot after her story! Dive right into the second half of the episode as Dominique and Jenny talk about all the behind the scenes goodies of some of Jenny’s viral graphic designs and how they were created. Plus, we end this podcast episode with the best toolkit to get all your work-from-home and graphic designer needs met! Jenny and Dominique talk about graphic designing software, how to make captions, what you can do to make your workstation anywhere in your home automatically improve your mood and productivity, and why they both love a power hour! Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Jenny @thisthingtheycallrecovery and her graphic design brand, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 30—InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with Ultra-Endurance Athlete, Cystic Fibrosis activist, motivational speaker and fitness coach Sophie Grace Holmes
Ending 2020 with motivation, self-love, and excitement for the year ahead? Yes, please! And there is no one better suited to empowering you to seek greatness and improve your fitness than our special guest, Ultra-Endurance athlete, cystic fibrosis activist and online fitness coach, Sophie Grace Holmes. Living with CF since she was four months old, Sophie has been told all about what might be limitations she’ll experience in life, but that only ignited Sophie to create a life for herself where she’s pushing beyond limits. Sophie’s competitive and athletic nature carved a lane for herself in the fitness community, now having climbed Kilimanjaro, competed in Iron Man competitions, created her own online fitness coaching business and fitness app. In this episode, Dominique and Sophie, get to know Sophie’s life highlights in our segment “Illest Superlatives” like her love of being part of the Under Armor team and her funniest quarantine fitness memory being when her marine neighbor surprised her during her IG Live fitness class. And you better get ready for Sophie’s motivational chat all about the ways she strengthens her fitness, both physically and mentally, every day. We chat all about “workout anxiety” and ways you can combat your nerves, how recognizing mental blocks is the first step in defeating them, and how your chronic illness/disability should never be viewed as a hinderance but rather part of the way you can achieve goals. Life Tip: if you seek adventure in even the little daily tasks like getting ready in the morning and answering an email, your lens for life is infinitely positive and more successful. Story time with Sophie is as epic as our guest because she talks about the life-changing experience raising money for cystic fibrosis by paddle boarding to the Bahamas—and there may be some friendly sharks and a missing passport along the way. Plus, you gotta stick around for the second half of the podcast because Sophie and Dominique drop some SERIOUS TIPS for your life and improved fitness. Sophie rapid fires must-have items to get you active and reaping all the benefits of fitness in our “What’s Your Life Playlist” segment like her must-have inexpensive fitness gear, starter workouts that are safe and adaptive, her healthier snack ideas for all of us now working from home, AND all the great things you can get from Sophie’s fitness app like downloadable workouts and grocery list ideas. We end this episode with expert Sophie answering our fitness questions that any person would want answers. She’s explaining how to element disappointment as a reaction from not reaching our goals both in workouts and daily life, how failure and achievement are two things she equally loves happening because you grow from both, the reason you can benefit from trialing different activities to see what you enjoy, how an added minute each day will boost your fitness AND mood, and Sophie’s top three things she recommends you do each day for a bit more motivation and joy leading into 2021…and they are so easy to add TODAY. Talk about seeking challenges in everyday life, and we know this podcast is packed with so much energy, you’ll enjoy every minute. Please like, comment, subscribe and share this episode, follow Sophie @sophiegraceholmes and her app, and support InvisiYouth Charity by donating, following and joining our programs and community @invisiyouth! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 29: InvisiYouth Chat Sessions with Chronic Illness Mindset Coach, Business Coach, Podcast Host and Founder of Wellness Brand, Plenty and Well, Nat Kelley
Hiatus no longer! After eight long months of no new video podcast episodes, we are FINALLY back with a new InvisiYouth Chat Sessions, and host Dominique is so hyped up to be back! We don’t need yet another reminder of the chaos from this COVID19 pandemic, so we are not gonna bring any more stress into your lives and chat about that on our podcast. Instead, we are going to do what we do best at InvisiYouth: bring you laughs, motivation and lifestyle tips so you can kickass at life, even during challenging times like these. Our first guest is a familiar face to our InvisiYouth Charity family because she was also part of our miniseries from our video podcasting hiatus over on our IG Live, InvisiYouth’s Quarantine Coffee Break, it’s the founder of wellness brand and podcast, Plenty and Well, Nat Kelley. With a powerful social media following, Nat has been able to connect with other young women in the chronic illness space from her experience living with ulcerative colitis. Now, she’s created coaching programs for areas of life like wellness and business, so we know Nat’s savviness and bubbly personality make for the best jump back in our podcast series! In this episode, Dominique and Nat get to know each other in our speed round of ‘Remember the Last Tim’” as Nat explains her last TV series she’s streamed, last meal she’d give a five-star rating, and who she’d fill her table at a last supper (and it’s a pretty big guest list). Plus, these two powerhouse boss ladies get chatting all about breaking downs those glass ceilings the chronic illness/disability community faces when try to reach their potential and manage health struggles. The ladies give advice to combat Imposter Syndrome, talk stories of when they’ve needed to give themselves their own pep talks, and some useful tips on how to fight those voices or opinions that make you doubt yourself. And our Intermission is one of the most relatable and entertaining ever as Nat tells Dominique a story about an experience from dating when she was newly diagnosed. Trust us, this is a story time you don’t want to miss because they get super real about hair loss, dating during university, and getting an awkward text after a date. In the second half of our video podcast episode, Nat and Dominique dish out some MAJOR tools in our segment ‘Health Hack Moments’ when talking about their hacks for balancing health, life and trying to bring some joy and success into our crazy lives. The explain how it’s important to express your worries and thoughts—even if not to a friend, family member or therapist and it’s to a journal or an empty room—and Nat explains some of her health hacks that the reminds to her clients that give her balance like journaling, meditation and even having a good ‘cry moment’ before you try to regroup positivity thinking. And make sure you stay to the end of this episode because Nat and Dominique are dishing out SO MUCH GOOD LIFE ADVICE that’ll make you a boss that’s happy and successful AND chronically ill/disabled. They chat about ways to steer away from feeling like you need to ‘fix your illness’ before achieving goals, and how accepting your diagnosis isn’t stagnancy. Dominique and Nat give out TEN things to add into your toolkit to boost your mood in an instant DAILY. Plus, Nat—a queen of IG content—shares her tips on how to be authentic on social media about your highs and lows (because everyone learns and grows through life, even the coaches and founders like Nat and Dominique) while also maintaining privacy you want. There’s no better way to get into the end of 2020 than listening or watching this video podcast episode because it starts AND ends with reminders of how YOU can live life with chronic illness/disability can be just as joyful, fulfilling and successful as anyone around you. Please like, comment,