Episode 59: When I Was Young and Divorced

As a thriving husband, father, and friend, you would never guess that Leandro was once a sad single man, whose wife had left him. As a young newly-married man, he had checked off all the boxes he thought he was supposed to. And yet, things didn’t work out the way he planned. Leandro takes us back to the day his wife left, the essay inspired by it, and what helped him heal. Compassion doesn’t usually come for free, and neither does a whole-hearted life.

This Episode’s Sponsor: LifeStar Network

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Episode 58: Compassion in the Courtroom w/ Judge Mortensen

I have often wondered if I would become jaded as a judge, if I would get harder instead of softer. Judge David Mortensen shares his perspective and how listening to a great volume of people with different problems has made him a more compassionate person who can relate to almost anybody. He shares stories of compassion between the jury and the people their decision hurts most, and how he personally strives to emulate kindness. Judge Mortensen also distinguishes the difference between stupid and evil. We all make stupid decisions and that makes us relatable to each other.

This Week’s Sponsor: Mountain West Animal Hospital

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Episode 57: My Mom Doesn't Remember I'm Gay

As a popular blogger, a practicing therapist, and a gay man living in Utah County, Ben Schilaty gets to have interesting conversations daily. Today we discuss how his mom’s Early Onset Alzheimers Disease has given Ben the opportunity to come out to his mom over and over again. Ben shares powerful lessons today of unconditional love and what a beautiful life looks like.

This Week’s Sponsor: Lark Dean Galley

Ben Schilaty Blog

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Episode 56: Being Comfortable with the Uncomfortable; LGBTQ Issues

As Christians, many have struggled to reconcile their beliefs with the reality of friends who identify as LGBTQ. When two worlds collide and they don’t fit into a tidy box, what does it look like? Returning from Episode 2 and Storybook Series 1, my dear friend Brittney Collado is back to discuss with me the complications and beautiful experiences that come as we seek to understand the LGBTQ community AND our fellow church-goers.

M. Russell Ballard Quotation

This Week’s Sponsor: Mountain West Animal Hospital

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Episode 55: Finding Quiet in a World of Phones

I have a weird relationship with my phone. Maybe you do too. I have tried and I have failed more times than I can count to treat my phone as a tool and not an appendage. Today I take you on my journey to find quiet spaces as a member of this high-tech society who just can’t keep up. Broadway lyrics and a stranger’s google search, they both made for some good fuel to my fire.

This Week’s Sponsor: LifeStar Network

Collin Kartchner Ted Talk

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Episode 54: A Conversation About PTSD

Has the term PTSD become too common place? Do we know what it means? How do you know if you have it? What does it mean when someone says they have PTSD?

I’m excited to have Megan HIllukka here today to discuss her own experiences with a PTSD diagnosis and how she has found hope in her beautiful life. Megan opens up about finding her dead child and the battles she has fought to be where she is now, a compassionate human being who’s trying to help others heal from trauma.

Megan Hillukka’s Website

Episode Sponsor: Mountain West Animal Hospital

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Episode 53: Putting Pornography On A Lower Shelf

Having promised herself that she would never marry someone with an active pornography addiction, Camille fell in love with Steve. Together, they navigate the complex feelings that come with addiction in a marriage relationship. Their greatest attribute, in my opinion? Their honesty and open communication. I learned so many wise lessons from this young couple. Don’t miss the beautiful vulnerability and wisdom they bring to this week’s podcast.

This Week’s Sponsor Website: Briana Hoffman, Realtor

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Episode 52: Speak For Yourself

As a poet and single mom, Marianne moved to a new area looking for a safe space to share her work and her heart. This journey led her to creating an open mic organization where creative writers come together every Thursday evening at 7:30 PM. Enlighten bakery has become a safe place where writers and dreamers feel seen and heard.

It is often those who feel marginalized that are hungry for a space to feel noticed, to have their lives witnessed by people who are willing to hear their experiences. Marianne encourages anyone who is struggling to write, write it down. Healing comes when we share our experiences, even if at first our sharing is just with a piece of paper.

Episode Sponsor: Lark Dean Galley Facebook Page

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Episode 51: Suicide Changed The Way I Do Business

Lark never imagined her son would take his own life. She was shocked and consumed with pain. As a business coach, she used to focus on the external parts of maintaining a successful business, but not anymore.

Having a new perspective following the suicide of her 19-year-old son, Christian, Lark has drastically changed the way she trains companies. Her focus is on the internal person, the worth of a single employee. Her story is powerful and needed in a world where people are touched by suicide everywhere.

Remember: suicide is everyone’s problem, we need to be aware and protect our families.

Lark’s Website

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Episode 50: Maybe I Don't Know Enough

Celebrating 50 Episodes with a Free Give-away! Leave a review on your podcast app and message me-you’ll be in the drawing for a free shirt! OR If you’ve already left a review, write something and share the podcast on facebook and message me.

Certain experiences have brought up a lot of questions and doubts in my life, especially surrounding my religion and faith. My answer to these questions? “Maybe I Don’t Know Enough”. This mantra also serves as a bridge that reaches to more compassion for the people around me. I discuss feelings surrounding Black Lives Matter, religion, and the peace that comes with not having it all figured out.

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Episode 49: The Reason I Take An Antidepressant

As a guest on THE VIRTUAL COUCH, I go in depth about what led me to consistently use medication as a beautiful resource on my journey of healing. Anxiety, depression, it's tough stuff and there are many wonderful tools to help. I take advantage of many of them.

Thanks to Tony Overbay for giving me the opportunity to be a guest on one of my favorite podcasts! A dream come true.

The Original Un-Cut YouTube Interview

Tony’s Website

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Episode 48: Skin Deep

My high school BFF is here to share her soul-searching journey of accepting herself from the inside out. When Molly's acne turned to aggravating, painful, pustules, she found herself flung into an anxiety-driven life. While her outside appearance caused her distress, she came to the realization that the inside was what REALLY needed healing. Join us in our very REAL conversation about acne, the soul, and the joy that comes from a life of healing.

Molly’s Blog

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Episode 46: It's Working!; My Life With Asperger's Syndrome

What it is like to be "socially dyslexic", as Paul describes? My friend, Paul Pulispher, gives us a peek into his perspective as an adult man with Asperger's Syndrome. While it's created great challenges including bullying, inability to flirt with his wife, and misunderstandings, Paul also believes his Asperger's is a superpower. His empathy and laser-focus have brought him to a place where he is learning to communicate more effectively and help other people everywhere.

I See You Episode featured on The Virtual Couch

Paul’s Podcast

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Episode 45: Follow Kindness

I was in 6th grade when he said it, and it has made me slightly self-conscious ever since. However, following kindness instead of a hurtful comment led me down a better path. A path that took me to meeting one of the most important and influential people in my life.

Kindness has poured light into the darkest of places. Because kindness looks like light and it looks good on you.

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Episode 44: Painting Hope with Operation Underground Railroad w/Liz Lemon Swindle

Celebrated artist, Liz Lemon Swindle, has recently joined forces with Operation Underground Railroad to spread hope and light. The fight against child sex trafficking is truly a battle between good and evil. Liz knew she could not sit by, she wanted to get involved in the movement. She describes her experiences painting for Mothers Without Borders and how that led her here, an artist preparing to paint rescued victims of human trafficking.

Operation Underground Railroad Website

Interview with Jim Caviezel and Tim Ballard

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Episode 42: A Child's Grief

Having received a PhD in Counseling wasn't enough to adequately prepare Laura for delivering her still born son. But Laura had to find a way to not only process her own grief, but help her 4 other children process their new reality as well.

Today's episode reminds me that life is tough, but it's also beautiful and deep and so meaningful. The stories Laura shares about her children verbalizing their feelings after losing their brother, will remind you of what is most important and the hope that comes after a storm.

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Episode 41: If Your Kid Is Hard w/Chantel Allen

If you are a parent, or a grandparent, or an uncle, or an aunt, or a sibling, or a human being, you have experienced the wrath of a difficult child.

Today we are happy to have life coach and host of the Find Your Beautiful You podcast, Chantel Allen, here to discuss how to deal with the tough emotions that come as a parent.

Chantel offers answers of peace and a 4-step-plan to feel better in 5 minutes! You will leave with applicable tools you can use right away.

Find Your Beautiful You Website

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Episode 40: Comparison; For Little Kids and Big Adults

Finding your God-given gifts is one of the best ways to kick comparison to the curb.

Join me today as I portray a mock-school assembly where I teach kids about self-acceptance. I think you will agree that us adults need this lesson, just as much if not more, than kids.

I will also share parts of my personal journey that inspired me to be brave, start this podcast, and embrace my unique gifts.

I See You Podcast Facebook Page-find a video mother’s day message here.

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