I am grateful to have a guest contribution today from writer Nicole Allen. Nicole’s bio can be found at the bottom of the article. - Michael Patrick
Stress And Anxiety
The hustle and bustle of everyday life can be too much to handle for a lot of individuals. Traffic jams flooding the busy city streets, the sound of your screaming kids fighting over some toy, and bills piling up that are all waiting to be paid are just some sources of stress.
It is important to take care of your mental health to guarantee your overall well-being. Stress can just be the beginning of a long line of issues and ailments if not properly addressed. A proven way to combat stress is through the practice of yoga.
Yoga has been in existence for 15,000 years already. It is not just a fad which its popularity will fizzle in a few years or so. It is gaining momentum year after year after given the positive effects it has on those who live and practice it. The fact that it survived this long is a testament to how beneficial it is. Read More
In a shocking announcement late Saturday afternoon, Wondery parted ways with Mike Boudet and his Sword and Scale podcast prompting Sword & Scale to abruptly inform its Patreon supporters of the major news. The partnership with the podcasting giant allowed creator Mike Boudet to launch its popular hit flagship show Sword & Scale into the top of the true crime podcasting world. Read More
True Crime Florida Style
Dick Crandall is not your average 78-year-old Florida retiree unless the retirees you know roll around trailer parks with fat pockets of prescription pills for sale. Add onto that pretty picture a drug-addicted younger girlfriend and her drug-addicted son both shacking up with Dick and you have got yourself some good old fashion chaos brewing up in the small coastal town of Brevard County in Florida.
To further lend to the insanity of this story and to prove true life is far more bonkers than any Hollywood script, Dick’s ex-girlfriend happens to be his current girlfriend’s sister and the two sisters along with the addict son are all thick as thieves.
All of this Florida born madness can only mean one thing and that is the true crime podcast series Murder On The Space Coast is back for season number 4. This time around they got another doozy on their hands. Read More
Parcast has rapidly established themselves as a creative force and major player in the ever-expanding world of podcasting.
One of the many things I appreciate about Parcast is that each show they put out has a similar style and brand, giving the entirety of their network a familiar feel stemming from their approach towards storytelling.
We all know by now that the true crime genre has essentially taken over the podcast-sphere with what feels like an infinitesimal amount of true crime shows. What makes the shows on Parcast unique is the network’s perfected proprietary blend, akin to Reeses melding peanut butter and chocolate, of professional narration coupled with the psychological, almost clinical, approach to covering the granular details of investigative sagas.
It is a creative formula that works tremendously for both entertaining and informing their listeners. Read More
Dr. Michael McGee
I am honored to have a special guest contributor today who is Dr. Michael McGee. Dr. McGee is currently the Chief Medical Officer of The Haven, a psychiatric treatment facility specializing in the treatment of addictions, located on California’s Central Coast. Dr. McGee also has a private practice in San Luis Obispo.
Previously, we published the article The 5 Biggest Misconceptions of Addiction and Recovery and Dr. McGee has generously offered to author some thoughts and perspective on recovery to serve as a complementary piece. Read More
We live in a remarkable time right now where access to information and content is at the tip of our fingers ready to be streamed at a moments notice.
The leveling out of content distribution, via low-cost and low-barrier outlets, has allowed for a proliferation of content creators to rise up from seemingly out of nowhere to allow their voices and stories to be heard.
All of these videos being shared throughout the social media landscape have served to empower others to open up, be vulnerable, and bravely share their own stories.
Anyone looking to make a single step towards some positive change in life or a radical and wholesale change to their entire lifestyle can simply jump online these days and get lost in the countless on-demand videos of hope, information, and inspiration. The first destination those individuals should want to visit is Goalcast. Read More
Valentine’s Day Podcast Pick:
Dirty John - Presented by the LA Times and Wondery
“Who you marry may be the most important decision of your life, but it might be the most irrational.”
Debra Newell is a successful interior designer, whom after a couple of marriages and children leaving the nest, is looking to date again.
The doorbell rings. Standing in his surgical scrubs is John Meehan, a man in his late forties to early fifties. John is a successful anesthesiologist. His prior Hollywood style looks have weathered slightly, unbeknownst to Debra, who views nothing but a tall, dark, and handsome man in her doorway. Could he be the perfect man? Read More
True Crime Dream Team
“The heart of a man is delicious” are the only notes in the feed description of the new terrifying podcast Monstruo. Finally, we have the ultimate new macabre offering from a true crime and dark fiction podcasting dream team.
That team is comprised of Sword and Scale creator Mike Boudet, Jack Luna, the creator of Dark Topic, and Tyler Bell, author and producer of The Westside Fairy Tales. Fans of these respective shows will be in their glory with Monstruo.
The project, according to Mike Boudet, has been in the works for over a year. After a couple of teaser episodes and a documentary style preview, the long-anticipated true crime, psychological, and downright creepy podcast finally arrived on January 9th, 2019. Read More
Stuck In My Echo Chamber
I must acknowledge I typically stick to the same sources of news from the same outlet with the same rotating guests of talking heads and experts. I am aware of the lack of diversity in opinion I am seeking out on a daily basis and I am admittedly not so comfortable with dwelling in a left-leaning echo chamber.
I truly do value the opinions of others and want to stay open-minded in my quest to stay informed but I feel like seeking diversity in my news often leads me to political commentary so slanted and blindly entrenched in a camp, to the detriment of an open exchange of ideas, it becomes tough to even bear for a moment. Read More
Meditation Has Gone Mainstream
Meditation, or the general practice of mindfulness, seems to be tipping from an underground ritual for crystal toting, new age eccentrics over to a mainstream practice for business people and soccer moms alike.
Just about anywhere you turn these days you seem to run into an article, podcast discussion, or some sort of social site post about the benefits of meditation.
My meditation practice has evolved over time for me from initially just something I felt compelled to now a deeply held daily routine. Read More
A Thirst For Inspiration
There is a reason that self-help and personal development are an 11 billion dollar per year industry. Life has a way of throwing an unending parade of stressors and difficulties in our path. Couple those challenges with that feeling in our gut that there is something out there in the world that is better for us and you can see why many are seeking to grow and find more fulfillment out of life.
There are countless personas within the world of creating empowering content who have authored books, made audio recordings, and delivered soaring motivational speeches in halls across the world.
The access to this life-enriching content is mostly available right at our fingertips to stream on demand for free. Whether you are looking to shed an old destructive habit, start a new business, or undertake a new mindfulness practice, there is sure to be a message that can speak directly to you.
What do you do if you are just a kid, though, looking to escape the trappings and pitfalls of a neglectful and abusive home? What if people like Tony Robbins, a legendary figure to most, seem like oversized personalities from a world you do not recognize speaking in a language you do not speak. Read More
The Jocko Podcast
A Unique Approach To Empowerment
There is a wealth of content available in the world of business and life performance that is affirming, inspiring, and cheerful.
There is also another podcast out there now that approaches empowerment in a different manner than most. The Jocko Podcast is hosted by retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink along with his cohort in the studio Echo Charles.
Jocko is not here to motivate you. He believes motivation is a failed concept. He feels If you rely on motivation to get through the daily grind of life you will eventually get burned by it.
Discipline is the calling card for Jocko. Jocko touts discipline over motivation all day. Read More
The Adam Carolla Show
The Adam Carolla Show is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most downloaded podcast. Coming from the terrestrial radio world and syndicated shows like Loveline, Carolla brings a professional, well-produced show to his fans each and every day of the week.
In fact, with his construction background and blue-collar roots, or “no collar” as he would jokingly say, Carolla, personally built and designed his very own state of the art podcasting studio. It is that humbled “no collar” upbringing which lends a grounded perspective to his observations and humor. Read More