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Discussing issues of Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Recovery, and Drug Use & Policy with host Jay Shifman, Speaker, Storyteller, and Advocate. Each week Jay chats with interesting guests as they seek to destroy stigma and advocate for honest, educational conversations that motivate positive change. You can learn more at https://jay.campsite.bio/. Choose Your Struggle has been streamed in over thirty-five countries and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever else you get yo ...
 
Welcome to The MisFitNation Podcast! We started out in 2010 as a band of MisFit Soldiers on a desert plain. In the years since our bond has stayed and we have grown. With this platform, we will share stories of courage, mindset, resilience, and battling those enemies within. We will also highlight the work of Veteran entrepreneurs, Small Business owners, Authors, Musicians, and other Podcasters. While we highlight Veterans we are for everyone. We hope you will be engaged by our work and cont ...
 
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Jay Shifman is a vulnerable storyteller, stigma-destroying speaker, podcaster, and event host. The survivor of two suicide attempts and an overdose, Jay holds a BA in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University and has put in numerous hours of independent learning acquiring certifications in mental health, substance misuse and addiction, and drug …
 
Karina is super honesty and brave with her fibromyalgia journey in this episode! If you have family or friends that don't believe you about fibromyalgia! I recommend sharing this episode with them! In this episode we talk about : She had thyroid issues before fibromyalgia She spoke up and the doctor put her in her doctor's chair. Said are you the d…
 
Former litigator Shari Leid currently operates An Imperfectly Perfect Life, LLC, a professional mindset coaching business serving clients who are in those tricky middle-age years, helping them create the life of their dreams. She is the author of the Friendship Flow transformational book series, which includes The 50/50 Friendship Flow: Life Lesson…
 
Brent Cassity was an innovative CEO of Forever Enterprises a national company, which he grew from a regional company to operating in over 22 states. Brent was recognized by the national media; TIME, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, to name a few. HBO even did a documentary that spawned the TV series "Six Feet Under." Just when he thought he had it all…
 
Clay Smeltzer is the founder of the Purpose Infused Brotherhood which helps driven men to become the best version of themselves by Building, Battling, and Bonding together. - Getting men initiated into a family where they belong! Clay was 35 years old and living by what the world and everyone else told him he should be. He was the "responsible man"…
 
Ericka is a highly caffeinated coach, course creator, and entrepreneur with a certification collection that includes a registered yoga teacher, trauma release exercise provider, and nutrition specialist. She is the owner and founder of Elemental Kinetics online studio. As a refugee from the body brand nation and host of the podcast The Work IN, she…
 
Bruce Sackman served as the Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, Northeast Field Office until May 2005 when he retired after 32 years’ service. In this capacity, he was responsible for all major criminal investigations involving VA from West Virginia to Main…
 
Mindset is the last thing we want to think about but it is just important as other aspects of your health! Mindset is what you should work on each day! In this episode we cover: You can see stress as an opportunity We can wire our brains to be more positive Creating a morning routine Creating a happiness inventory Listening to our bodies Ask your f…
 
Tyler Jefcoat is the Founder & CEO of Seller Accountant where he exercises his passion for helping sellers maximize their businesses. Tyler provides financial coaching for sellers totaling more than $100 million per year in e-commerce sales. Tyler also leads the Sellers Roundtable, an exclusive mastermind group for seven- and eight-figure sellers. …
 
Chancellor K. Jackson (1995) is a Georgia native born to Native American parents. While growing up in Smyrna, Georgia, he played football for nine years on the high school and collegiate levels. After graduating with his bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies, Chancellor lived abroad in Beijing, China from 2018-2019. In China, he enco…
 
We live in a toxic world and that is something we need to think about! There are some simple ways to work on this! In this episode we cover: Food is Medicine You can't just focus on one area to get better You need to figure out your why for getting better Talked about TMJ What can you do for your toxic load? Celery Juice Weak digestive systems Dr. …
 
Mrs. Council has been an administrative professional for over 35 years. She has served in multiple facilities and considers herself an expert on customer service. She is a motivational speaker and corporate trainer who hold the national CEOE designation, Certified Educational Office Employee. She develops and implements professional learning opport…
 
Tom Kilgannon is the President of Freedom Alliance, an educational and charitable organization which honors and supports America’s military and advocates for a strong national defense. Freedom Alliance saves lives and military marriages by providing recreational rehabilitation to combat-wounded heroes and counseling retreats for military couples. T…
 
This is an amazing story of never giving up! You don't have to have MS to listen to this episode! In this episode we also cover: Diagnosed with MS at the age of 15 MS hits most people between 20- 40 years old. Stem Cell Treatment 11 rounds of chemo in 8 days. So many diets are out there for MS. Plant-Based!! We talked about food sensitivities Has H…
 
Season 2, Episode 85 Leading With Empathy In Addiction Treatment With Dr. Nzinga Harrison The season finale of the 2nd season of the Choose Your Struggle podcast is here! It's been an amazing season but all good things come to an end. The Season Finale features Jay chatting with Dr. Nzinga Harrison, the host of one of his favorite podcasts In Recov…
 
A powerhouse, passionately pushy, and always enthusiastic as called by friends and clients, Tessa is a thought leader and no-nonsense Christian Holistic Transformational coach. She combines Neuroscience, Gene Activation, and Biblical insights to help women live their most abundant life mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially. She helps C…
 
Lady Redneck" is a Country artist from Dallas, Texas. She is Texas's own blonde bombshell. She is high energy and fun and it comes through in her music. "Lady Redneck is making a mark in the Texas Country market, as well as among Americana listeners. Texas country has largely been dominated by men. Though she doesn’t necessarily look like a redneck…
 
Season 2, Episode 84 Monday Motivation: Season 2 Wrap Pt. 2, To Infinity and Beyond! Today's Monday Motivation is the completion of the season wrap up that we started with last week's Monday Motivation. Friday, November 5th is the final episode. We're looking forward to everything else that's coming down the line for Choose Your Struggle! CHOOSE YO…
 
How Journaling can heal you! In this episode we also cover: Celebrating 30 Anniversary of MS What are Morning Pages? You are putting yourself back into your life with journaling It helps you to discover yourself What is the first step that you should do? Has journaling helped you with the MS? You can change no matter the age you are- Almost 70. Eve…
 
Tracy Lamourie, a high profile international award-winning publicist, is the Founder and Managing Director of Lamourie Media Inc. a Universal Women's Network 2020 Woman of Inspiration Winner for the Women In Media award and the author of the upcoming book GET REPPED - Build Your Brand With Effective Public and Media Relations. Featured in Rolling S…
 
Season 2, Episode 83 A Life Reborn in Service to Others with Kevin Roth This week Jay chats with Kevin Roth. You may know Kevin from his musical career, performing on the Thomas the Tank Engine show and with acts like Peter Paul and Mary. But as his second act in life, Kevin is a life coach. His change came after he received a cancer diagnosis that…
 
Larry Freeland was born in Canton, Ohio. Since his father was an officer with the United States Air Force he grew up on many Air Force bases across this country. After graduating from High School at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in mathematics a…
 
Nate is a fitness and nutrition expert, coach, speaker, and writer who believes that being in incredible shape gives a massive advantage in business, focus, and relationships. He also happens to be a dad, husband, and the #1 bestselling author of The Million Dollar Body Method and Passport Fitness. Nate helps business owners and entrepreneurs impro…
 
As the owner of the largest podcast network in the world, the New York City Podcast Network, Influencer Bruce Chamoff sees hundreds of podcasts including what they do right, what they do incorrectly, and the difference. If you are a podcaster who wants more success, subscribe for success advice, special guests, tips, strategies, and more. https://p…
 
Angie is a true hustler when it comes to podcasting. Her show made the charts in the comedy genre around the world within a few months of launch. She is a selfless podcaster who wants to help others achieve their best while also not breaking the bank becoming a podcaster. If you want hints and tips just visit her site below https://www.angie-s.com/…
 
Season 2, Episode 82 Monday Motivation: Season 2 Wrap Pt. 1, A Look Back Today's Monday Motivation is the beginning of the season wrap up. Friday, November 5th is the final episode. So you have one more Monday Motivation (the second half of this episode) next week. We're doing an end of season giveaway! At Thanksgiving, Jay will put all the names o…
 
Diagnosed with AHD back in the 1990s. This is an amazing story! In this episode we also cover: Struggle with mental health Late teen's on 5 to 6 medications 3 Months in Long term Facility 5 Year's into Recovery - He got told to tell his story Chose You're Struggle Podcast Why is there a stigma around mental health? 3 Mindfulness tips The big messag…
 
Janice Burt, aka Spanish Janice, is a court-certified Spanish interpreter, voiceover artist, yoga instructor, author, and inspirational speaker. Having lived in Mexico City as a child, she acquired not only Spanish language skills, but a love and appreciation for a different people group and culture. When she returned back to California, she attend…
 
Season 2, Episode 81 From Heartbreak to Helping Others With Laurie Singer This week, Jay chats with California-based therapist Laurie Singer. After overcoming a traumatic childhood and losing a child to cancer, Laurie dedicated her life to helping others. She's written a fantastic book, You're Not Crazy: Living with Anxiety, Obsessions and Fetishes…
 
Stephen Murray is a Las Vegas author. Praised for his unique writing style and powerful character development skills, his books cross multiple genres and appeals to diverse audiences. Stephen was born in England, a far cry from the Nevada desert he now calls home. At age seven, his family relocated to the southern part of Africa, where he was raise…
 
Jennifer Steil is an award-winning author, journalist, and teacher who lives in many countries (currently Uzbekistan/France/UK). Her most recent novel, Exile Music, won the Grand Prize in the international Eyelands 2020 Book Awards and was a finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Lesbian Fiction Award, the Bisexual Book Award, and the Annie Award. I…
 
Tarick Walton grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica. A bright student with dreams of accomplishing big things, for himself and others. After being told he would never get into a prestigious American college, he was determined to prove that he could. Amidst life-altering setbacks, he persevered to successfully graduate from MIT with a degree in Civil and…
 
Season 2, Episode 80 Monday Motivation: So It's Come To This, A Choose Your Struggle Flashback Show Today's Monday Motivation is a flashback to the 5th episode of this podcast, the first with a guest, featuring Kristen Zavo. One, because I love Kristen, and two because I want y'all to hear how far we've come in the last almost two years. I recorded…
 
Have you done Physical Therapy but it hasn't worked? Maybe you need hand's on before doing that. In this episode : How long do you work with people? Hand's on Therapy Doesn't start with movement if it is painful Pain Solution before getting into movement We need to mix up the activities we do! Most people with fibromyalgia can PALM the floor! Pain …
 
Continuing on our episodes relating to domestic violence Our guest today went through the rollercoaster of abuse and then dependency on substances to hide it. She has come out on the other side and is stronger for it. She is a survivor and a certified advocate and mentor to many women she is an overcomer and a lady who is resilient, and she has a s…
 
Season 2, Episode 79 Phenomenal And Phenomenally Autistic With Ayanna Davis On this week's episode of the Choose Your Struggle Podcast, Jay chats with autistic advocate Ayanna Davis. Ayanna was diagnosed later in life and talks to Jay about how she was always labeled as different when she was a child and how she fights for those in the community no…
 
Ted Andre is an award-winning Producer and Production Executive, who has successfully developed and produced cutting-edge, critically acclaimed independent content for theatrical, television, and streaming platforms. He is also Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Black Market Entertainment, LLC (BME). His creative background has a solid foundation i…
 
Season 2, Episode 76 Monday Motivation: Spiderbite Jay Today's Monday Motivation is the audio-only replay of Jay telling a story on his social media platforms to test out a new streaming software and to entertain you all! This story is about how Jay followed the band Erin Zindle and The Ragbirds around the summer of 2009 and at a nudist festival in…
 
Mindset - Set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people. In this episode we also cover: She dealt with Chronic Pain What can we do with changing our mindset? Stress Can Look Different to Different People Power of Breath How long does it take to change your mindset? How do we know that we need to change our…
 
Season 2, Episode 77 Giving Voice To An Ignored Community with Christophe Zajac-Denek This week Jay chats with actor, musician, podcaster, surfer, stunt man etc. etc. etc Christophe Zajac Denek! Jay met Christophe at the Podcast Movement conference back in August when he talked about his show, I'm Kind of A Big Deal, which focuses on his life livin…
 
Sabrina Osso is the Founder and CEO of OSSO SAFE…Feel Safe Where You Live, Work, and Play. She is a speaker, a TEDx Speaker, and consultant on promoting safety and preventing violence in the workplace, schools, and places of residence. With her products and services, clients can save lives and bottom lines. Her personal and professional experience …
 
Virginia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor specializing in Military Issues and Combat-Related Trauma. She provides crisis intervention and evidence-based treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Moral Injury, Depression, Combat Operational Stress, and other diagnoses. Virginia is a certified clinician and C…
 
Season 2, Episode 76 Monday Motivation: Chopping It Up With Anna DeShawn This week's Monday Motivation is Jay chatting with the entrepreneur Anna DeShawn. Anna is the founder of E3 Radio and, more recently, the Qube podcast app. E3 radio describes itself as "Queer Radio Done Right". The Qube is a podcast app specifically for shows "created by BIPOC…
 
This is a different episode as I'm using the raw version of an event I was invited to be part of by Jay Shiffman back in June 2021. This event was back on August 25, 2021 . I was the first speaker with 3 other wonderful ladies telling our stories and not the canned story you tell. The story where you are vulnerable. There was also an amazing music …
 
Kevin Barnes is a veteran of the United States Army who served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). During this time he had the honor of traveling overseas with his Sisters and Brothers to fight in the Global War on Terrorism in Baji, Iraq. While he was growing up he was taught to be humble and this allowed him to keep pushing forward wi…
 
Season 2, Episode 75 Dispelling Myths and Destroying Stigma with David Poses This week, Jay chats with an incredible guest, the author and advocate David Poses. David is in recovery and advocates for better treatment of drug users and those struggling with substance misuse. David is a guy Jay really looks up to and admires for his advocacy and his …
 
When it comes to food, have you ever wondered "What is American cuisine?" Long Beach Island resident David Page covers that and more in his new book "Food Americana: The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes." Page, a two-time Emmy Award-winning television producer and the creator of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,…
 
Season 2, Episode 74 Special Episode! Jay on the I'm The Villain Podcast with Isabel Knight and Deondre' Jones This week's Monday Motivation is a special episode! We haven't put out one of these in a while. On today's episode, you'll hear Jay interviewed by Isabel Knight and Deondre' Jones for their show, I'm The Villain. Isabel and Doendre' are tw…
 
The definition of Autoimmune - this is relating to the disease caused by antibodies or lymphocytes produced against substances naturally present in the body. In this episode I also cover: What are autoimmune diseases? Symptoms of autoimmune disease What is the definition of a Neurological Disease? (FMS) is one of the most common chronic pain condit…
 
Armed Forces Brewing Company is a Military tribute craft brewing company comprised of three brands that pay homage to our great American Military: both active duty and Veterans. Built by an experienced team that combines an award-winning Brewmaster, successful Veterans of the restaurant and hospitality industry, and Military Veterans including one …
 
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