I’ve been mulling over an idea for a couple of weeks, trying to find ways to convince myself that I’m unqualified or otherwise not up to the venture or that, for any number of reasons, it is a bad idea and destined to fail. While this self-discouraging voice is aggressive and relentless, my inner drive is outpacing and defeating it and I can’t shake the desire to give it a try. It’s not uncommon for me to get somewhat big and “crazy” ambitious goals, and while I used to just jump, sometimes not even looking both ways before the leap or at least to the landing site in front of me, I’ve become either more responsible, smart, cautious, or “safe” (perhaps a combination) in my pursuits as I’ve matured and (suffered several major windfalls).
This current idea is safe from any major financial risk, so the only things gambled are my time, energy, and pride. I take the last one seriously because with the fragility of my self-esteem, there’s only so much damage I can withstand. Failing in pursuit of a deeply personal and meaningful goal, especially one that is well-researched, calculated, and reasonably attainable.
With that said, my idea is not overly lofty, but it is far outside the blinds of my normal operating comfort zone because it relies heavily on conversing with other people in real-time:
I’d like to start a podcast about using fitness, movement, or various health modalities to cope with anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. I envision interviewing runners, hikers, yogis, meditators, weight lifters, avid dog walkers, everyday athletes, etc. about how they use their activity of choice or lifestyle to mitigate the challenges they face. In consideration of my post from earlier this week about the seemingly inevitable emotional consequences of physical pain, I’d like to also talk with people with other chronic illnesses who manage physical and emotional symptoms with movement or daily practices like meditation, tea drinking, or sport. Although I have a fairly refined niche of what I’d like to focus on, I imagine that I’ll be introduced to as many different coping and healing ideas and modalities as there are individuals with unique challenges. Everyone has a story to tell, the personal demons they face and obstacles they’ve overcome or are tackling. I want to hone in and give a voice to those with mental health struggles who have fitness-type activities particularly instrumental in handling their situations.
To kick off the podcast launch (and help me line up some willing guest interviews!), I’m offering a contest. The winner will receive:
- A one (1) month supply of Siggi’s yogurt. This will be in the form of coupons, which cover the full price of Siggi’s 4.4 or 5.3 oz. cups (30 coupons total). Each coupon has a value of up to $2.29, making this entire giveaway worth $68.70.
Siggi’s is healthy, creamy, and delicious Icelandic yogurt. They were one of the sponsors at the fitness blogging conference I went to a couple weeks ago in Las Vegas. They have a bunch of great flavors for even the most discerning palates. You can check out their products and mission here: http://siggisdairy.com/
So how do you win a one-month supply?
As I mentioned, I’m looking for guests to interview for my podcast. A viable guest is anyone who is willing to have a 20-30-minute conversation with me via Skype or phone about how they use some form of physical activity, sport, or movement to cope with emotional and mental health challenges. These challenges can encompass any sort of difficulty (stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, grief, diagnosed mental or physical disorder or condition, pain, etc.).
There are two ways to enter the contest, so pick the one that works best for you:
- Email me your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win) plus the name and contact of someone you’d recommend or nominate to be on my podcast. You get one entry per name and email. However, you get TWO entries if you are personally volunteering or are recommending a committed guest (someone you’ve talked to who agrees to come on the show). For example, if you are personally volunteering and also recommend a family member who gave you the go-ahead to send their name, you get four entries.
- Go to my new website strongbodystrongermind.com and fill out the guest interview nomination form with the information for the guest you’re recommending (yourself or someone else). The same strange entry math from above applies!
Entries must be received by Friday, August 11, 2017 by 11:59EST.
The winner will be announced Saturday, August 12, 2017 and you will be contacted to receive your coupons for one free month of Siggi’s yogurts!
If you have any questions or to submit an entry, please email me at: ambersayer(at)gmail(dot)com
Thanks for participating and I hope you’ll check out the podcast after it launches!