Let’s Talk Addiction and Mindset- With Dr. Ellie Katz

Dr. Ellie Katz is a leading practitioner of holistic psychotherapy. For the last 49 years, her eclectic interventions for her patients have featured innovative approaches to using meditation, guided thinking and the Bach Flower Remedies. With decades of working in the field, Dr. Ellie Katz has concluded that we all have attachments we would be better without. In her writing, as author of 3 books, Dr. Katz sets out to tackle the everyday face of addiction, exploring root causes, personal struggles and the gift of recovery.

In this episode Dr. Ellie Katz discusses her 6 key behavioral principles that she uses to work with individuals overcoming addiction. The beauty of these principles is that I consider them just as valuable to helping anyone desiring change and peace of mind to restore serenity back into their lives.
These principles are the following:

  1. Good Mood and Hope.
  2. Meditation and Relaxation
  3. Love and Kindness
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Flexiblity
  6. Discipline

Dr. Katz dives into these principles on the episode and explains how they are crucial to living a life where we control our emotions and impulses, and how rejecting these principles can lead us down a path of self-destruction.

Dr. Katz is also the Author of 3 wonderful books that can be found and purchased online:
“Love and Kisses From my Padded Cell” : A compendium of the personal stories of ten recovering addicts. Dr. Katz gives voice to ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, offering a nonjudgmental glimpse into what individuals are willing to do in the service of their irresistible urges.
“When Sane People Do Insane Things”: A practical guide to the enrichment of mental health. The book elaborates on what is essential and what is hazardous, offering the reader an opportunity to help himself reach the most precious gift: a life well-lived.
“My Last Summer as a Fat Girl”: In her memoir, Dr. Katz opens up about the events that have given her life its miraculous shape. She invites the reader on a personal journey as she investigates the powerful role food has played in her biography.

From a Life of Abuse to a Life Of Purpose- With Kat McLead.

When you first meet Kat you will see a self-made woman who is living the dream life that many people desire to live. She runs a successful coaching business and is wakes up every day thankful for the life she is currently able to live alongside her husband and son. However, besides the success and accomplishments that Kat has had she has also dealt with an unfortunate past where her worth and dignity were belittled from a young age.

Kat has been holding in a secret about the past she experienced before the outward successes ever came into play, and she has made a powerful decision to share that secret with us today on the Relentless Minds podcast in hopes to inspire other women who may have experienced similar hardships. In this episode “From a Life of Abuse to a Life of Purpose”, Kat shares with us her painful memories being raised in an abusive household and how that affected her self-esteem growing up and led her to get involved in the sex industry at the age of 19. Kat openly and honestly shared her experiences being a stripper and dominatrix and how she was able to pick her life back up, learn that she was enough, and began to create the incredible life she is blessed to enjoy today.

*Attn: Unfortunately in this episode there were audio issues on behalf of the host and as a result some of her speech is muffled. However, Kat’s audio is crystal clear, therefore her entire story can be clearly and easily heard and appreciated. Thank you for your patience.

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When Hope is the Only Answer- With Jim Stavis

Jim was diagnosed with type I diabetes at 17 years old and spent 35 years coping with the disease. After facing near failure of his heart and kidney he underwent surgeries spanning over 2 years to replace his heart, kidney and pancreas. This lead him to be cured of his diabetes and lifelong ailments. Now Jim dedicates his life to sharing his story and spreading hope to others. In addition to his stepping into the limelight as a speaker, Jim also runs a successful steel company based out of California, and has been doing so for the last 30 years.

From Victim to Victor, the Choice is Yours- With Jimmy DeFalco.

Jimmy is a recovering addict who grew up in a Wolf of Wall Street Environment. He watched his father make millions all while partying with drugs and alcohol on a daily basis. In 2008, Jimmy graduated from FSU expecting to take over the family business. Shortly afterwards, one of the largest recessions in the United States hit and his family lost everything….

He became depressed, $40,000 in debt to the IRS, became estranged from his father, and his brother went to prison. All of which culminated with a deadly drug addiction to Xanax and Oxycontin.  In November of 2015 he was involuntarily baker acted into a mental health facility and since then Jimmy has completely transformed his life. Through his story he strives to show that anything is possible by mastering your mindset.

Today, Jimmy is a mindset coach, TedX speaker, podcast host for “Jimmy D Radio”, and the father to two amazing boys, Anthony and Angelo.

Get In Touch! – Jimmy DeFalco
IG: Jimmy_defalco
Jimmydefalco.com – Get His Free Ebook Today!
Jimmyd@jimmydefalco.com

Success Without Fulfillment is the Ultimate Failure- With Christopher Dedeyan

Christopher is an inspiring individual who has had an impressive level of self-awareness from a young age and has accomplished many things in life despite the early diagnosis he received of having dyslexia. Although a widely considered “handicap”, Christopher used the lessons he learned while dealing with and managing his dyslexia as a child to shape his relentless mindset and successfully accomplish careers as a firefighter, real estate broker and now speaker and coach. He shares his story of how he was able to step into a career that he felt at a time he could never do, speaking and coaching, and the key elements he teaches others to help them also get out of their own way.

Get In Touch! – Christopher Dedeyan
@christopherdedeyan
Christopherdedeyan.com
Find him also on FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube!

Finding Purpose in a Life of Gratitude- With Blake Fly

This episode is a special one and a different twist than my other episodes on my podcast. In this episode I sit down with Blake Fly, a motivational speaker and purpose-driven entrepreneur and we talk about living in a state of gratitude and mindfulness and how easily it can be applied to every day life. Blake has dedicated his life to introducing this value to students in college and business professionals to remind people of the importance of appreciating every moment and to make the most of them. The authenticity and gratitude that Blake displays in this episode and in his life are qualities that I cherish and are the foundation upon which I created this podcast and so this interview was an especially enjoyable one for me- enjoy!

Blake Fly- Get In Touch!
IG: @Blakefly
Blakefly.com
Blake@blakefly.com

You Do or You Don’t. There is No Try- With Christine Conti.

In this episode I share the story of Christine Conti, a relentless and incredibly mentally strong woman who has had her share of victories as well as struggles. With a background in investment banking and teaching, she ventured into her passion in fitness coaching, crushed it, and even co-hosts a podcast called Two Fit Crazies And a Microphone Podcast. With struggles including sexual abuse, infertility and a final diagnosis of a severe form of Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 30, Christine walks us through her journey and shares her perspective that kept her pursuing her goals. Christine has run a total of 30 marathons and also completed an Ironman in 2018 all the while under chemotherapy for her RA symptoms. But she is far from done. Tune in to listen to Christine’s incredible story and see how she was able to experience her breakthrough!

Christine Conti- Get In Touch!
Contifitness.net
Twofitcrazies.com
Christine@contifitness.com
IG: @contifitness

My Dirty Little Secret- I’m An Addict.

I HAVE AN ADDICTION

One that has enslaved me and has ruled my entire life.

My addiction influences everything I do, and it has given me amazing highs but also incredible Lows.

Some have called it ambition, others have called it drive- but what it really is is an addiction to high-level performance.

From when I was 16 years old and in high school, I felt I had to balance 2 part time jobs on top of school and work.

During college at 18 years old I was a full-time student and worked full time to cover my expenses while living on my own.

Now in my adult life at 23 I have pursued 5 ventures in the last 2 years and have always had one thing in mind:

WORK.

I didn’t believe in days or time off for ME, I didn’t believe in coming home at 5 pm and watching TV until bedtime. I had to always be working towards something, building something, “growing” in some way.

This sounds great in theory, but the lack of BALANCE led to my consistent demise.

Here’s the thing, my entire life I have used my performance as validation of my worth. You see I have always been a confident person; I’m forward, outspoken and secure of my views. But being confident in person does not mean I understood or acknowledged my value; the fact that my health, mental wellness and sanity mattered TOO.

I have only come to start to care about my value THIS YEAR, and it has transformed me in many ways.

I want you to understand that this has nothing to do with how I demand people to treat me, or what I expect to receive. This has EVERYTHING to do with how I treat myself. Having a low self-worth is not cured by demanding better from people and their interactions with you, it starts first within yourself and how you care about YOU and choose to put YOU first.

For me this meant acknowledging that my addiction for consistent high-level performance was not giving me self-worth, it was denying it from me, because I was denying myself the personal benefits of living a more balanced life.

Here’s how I came to realize my addiction; I burned out. I observed how my mind fought against me when I took time OFF to care for myself. I felt worthless every single day, for weeks. I stayed strong, more than because I simply couldn’t work because my burnout was so bad, but because I knew the right thing to do was to slow down and tend to myself.

I started to feel better, not only mentally, but that outward confidence started to be backed by a calmness and certainty of self that I had not experienced before. I went from feeling guilty from taking care of me to telling myself FORGET everything else, it’s ALL about me in this moment and that’s all that matters.

I say I told myself, because I literally did. I had that internal dialogue every hour of every day that I was “lazy”. I WENT ON STRIKE AGAINST MYSELF. I have always rebelled against outside influences, this time I rebelled against my own insecurities- and it was LIBERATING.

To all of you fellow high-level performance addicts that are hitting roadblock after roadblock, with all your luxuries, income, achievements and outward success, but lacking in fulfillment, joy and self-worth; try putting yourself first for a change and experience the clarity and peace of mind that comes with it.  

Much Love – Laurie

Conscious Relationships and the Cultivation of a Healthy Masculinity – With Stefanos Sifandos

Fella’s this is a special one for you! Stefanos Sifandos is a spiritual mindset and relationship coach. On this episode he shares about his struggles in love that had forced him to venturing into a period of deep self-discovery and exploration. Mainly when it came to relationships and how to develop a healthy masculine nature in contemporary times. He is passionate about teaching others about how to establish loving, mutually beneficial and thriving relationships through his teaching of conscious relationships. He shares some great information on how to be more self-aware as men and thrive in life and in love.

Stefanos Sifandos- Get In Touch!
@stefanossifandos
www.reclaimyourkingdom.com
stef@stefanossifandos.com

Overcoming a Life of Guilt, Shame, and an Approval Addiction- With Christian Farris.

This episode is by far one of my favorite episodes because of the completely authentic and open conversation I had with Christian. Christian is a Coach, father, and husband and he is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to how to conquer your body, mind, and spirit. In this raw episode, we dive into how to overcome guilt, remove shame and the value in becoming more self-aware. He also shares a personal challenge he had to painfully face, an addiction for approval, that he was forced to discover and resolve after 2 failed marriages and decades of guilt and pain. There is so much VALUE in this episode, let me know your thoughts!

Christian Farris- Get In Touch!
Docfarris.com
Docfarriscoaching@gmail.com
@followthedoc