Episode 21 Season Finale!

Alright everyone, THIS IS IT! SEASON 1 FINALE is here!

Tune in below to listen as my good friends Michael Ianni, and Piotr Konrad swap roles with me and interview me, putting me in the hot seat exposing all kinds of juicy info for you on the podcast, my own journey, and what’s coming up next!

 

FIRST OF ALL:
It’s been quite the Journey 2 Worthy everyone. Before I get into the episode, I want to send you all a HUGE THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH! For all the support and love that you have provided during my time producing this show. It has been wonderful to have so many people reach out to me from all over the world sharing your Journey, and stories with me, confirming that this podcast has been reached by people just like me who feel the same way I do!

THE EPISODE:
Michael does a fantastic job of leading this interview where we cover all things Journey2Worthy and what I have discovered about myself and this journey so far. We talk about everything to do with:

  • Life Coaching – My experience creating space for people
  • Advice on how to build a Podcast & Formula for success
  • Season 2 : what is to come
  • GAY PRIDE & What it means to be gay
  • Current Challenges in the Queer Community
  • Volunteering and COmmunity Engagement – How YOU can make a difference

AND…….THE VISION FOR MY LIFE, and WHAT KEEPS ME MOTIVATED!

DON’T MISS:  MY PERSONAL ROUTINES THAT KEEP ME MOVING FORWARD:

  • LEARNING
  • PHYSICAL FITNESS
  • TIME TO SLOW DOWN

MY JOURNEY:

If you have not heard my story already, this episode unpacks a lot of my life experience that lead me to this very point. From:

  • Exposure to extreme and painful bullying as a kid in a small country town
  • A serious drug addiction that put me in jail facing some pretty serious charge
  • My journey to recovery and learning how to be responsible for my life
  • Attaining a pardon for my criminal convictions
  • Going back to school, getting a University Degree with Honours
  • My need to give back to help those who like me need a voice of love and support
  • My lesson in responsibility for my own happiness!

MY MESSAGE TO YOU ALL!:

This has been a Journey of a lifetime with so many bumps and Blunders on the way! I know that those of you who know me, know that I have a huge heart and that I try to help as much as I can but my inner critic (Jimmy, the saboteur) often gets the better of me, and it has been hard to see the way out of a depression or funk, BUT…..I ALWAYS DO!

It’s because of all of you that I know that podcast has been useful for myself and for the listeners. I AM SO GRATEFUL, for the lessons I have learned, for sharing this creative process with you, and for looking back and realizing: WOW, I JUST DID THAT!

My life is full of moments where I think to myself – WOW, I never thought I would be here!

SO my message to you, is if it has been hard, or if you are feeling alone in the darkness of your mind, PLEASE HOLD ON!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE, YOU CAN GET THROUGH THIS! AND LIFE CAN BE SO SO AMAZING!!!!!!

THANK YOU!:

Please keep an eye on my social media the rest of this summer to see what I am up to:

Shout me out on Instagram:
@Journey2Jeremy OR Journey 2 worthy Facebook page

& STAY TUNED FOR SEASON 2 COMING SOON!

AND I WILL LEAVE WITH A LITTLE SNIPPET OF WHAT I HAVE BEEN UP TO IN THESE PHOTOS BELOW!:

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Episode 20: Interior Design, In Home and Heart. How to Give Up What You Know, and Go for What You Want!

Hello my lovelies,

This week, my guest is Chad Schmuland, Interior Designer, Entrepreneur, and Inspiration to anyone who is wishing to reassess their direction and move forward to fulfill their dreams by going out on their own.

TUNE IN HERE:

 

INTRODUCING CHAD SCHMULAND:

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Have you ever thought to yourself?
I am not happy!
I want a new direction!
I have always wanted to be a: (Insert Dream Job or Business idea here!)

IF YES! Then you need to tune in to this episode with Chad as we discuss how failures and dead-ends can in fact be the catalyst that drives you further toward the life of your dreams!

Chad went back to school after a successful career in Retail, after finding himself unhappy with his position in life. Chad took the leap, started over, and has now found a career as a Designer that allows him to be creative in the workplace, but more importantly, to build connections and relationships with people who inspire him!

Chad and I discuss all the ins and outs of what it takes to become a designer and how his role as a professional allows him to implement an element of coaching with his clients, bringing out the best sides of them, and reflecting that in his designs!

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Chad explains some of the processes in working with clients, what design training entails, and his stunning personal design style which is inspired by Miami/Ultra Modern/Beach House escape!

You will definitely want to check out Chad’s instagram Page for inspiration! Or Reach out to Chad about design for your home through his website: https://www.chadschmulanddesign.com/

I was SO thrilled to hear about the Passion Chad has for his clients,
BUT also about how much he values networking and relationships with people in his community!

Chad explains the importance of asking for help and seeking guidance from those who have already learned valuable lessons on entrepreneurship. Chad hosts Networking events regularly to help new business owners build relationships and connections to benefit everyone in his community! WOW! So Impressive!

I will be attending one of these events this week to hear speakers from some leading businesses in social media marketing and social media influence! (more info to come soon!)

From a young gay kid bullied in school (just like myself), (just like a lot of gay men who were ever in high school) to a confident, and inspiring business man who trusts his intuition, Chad shares his life authentically with us at Journey2Worthy and I know you will be as inspired by his story as I was!

SO Tune in to the podcast and let the waves of Chad Schmuland Design wash away your fears about taking a risk in business!

Because:
If you have the passion and believe in yourself, you have to listen to that voice! 
DO Something, and Take that Risk to Make it Happen!‘ (Chad Schmuland)

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This episode is available on iTunes, Google, Stitcher, and Spotify!

Reach out to Chad about Design, Networking, or to just drop a question and connect with Chad through his website: https://www.chadschmulanddesign.com/ 
or Email: info@chadschmulanddesign.com

Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram for EVEN MORE inspiration!

 

Episode 19: ‘I am Not a Girl’ : Local Theatre Producer tests community with talk on Gender Dysphoria

This week I have something a little different, I interview Bill Hubbard, a producer and writer about his upcoming play opening this month in Vancouver. The play ‘I am Not a Girl’ portrays the life of a young person who struggles with identity, eventually leading her down a rabbit hole of confusion with sexuality, and eventually a life changing acceptance of ‘Gender Dysphoria’ which allows Erica to realize, that she in fact is ‘Eric.’

Tune in to this week’s episode here:

Bill Hubbard, writer and creator of ‘I am not a Girl’  provides a powerful explanation for his reasoning and passion behind the creation of the play while emphasizing the importance of theatre and entertainment having a role in education to the community on Trans representation and Trans rights.

For anyone that wishes to explore what this play has to offer, come join me in watching this play in Vancouver at the CULTCH (Buy Tickets Here), an innovative arts and cultural hub for VANCITY.

AND

Please check out Bill’s website for a description on the play, but also on future productions with his organization, ‘Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Production Society,’ Catchy Name right?

As I sit with Bill, I really see the passion he has for making a difference in society today by being edgy and brutally honest and raw with the play, showing the realities, dark and light with the process of transition. Bill shares his concerns with how stigma and judgement are totally Screwed up in today’s views on Gender, and how we only now are  seeing the spectrum of identity and gender that will eventually have to change for the world.

Join me this week as Bill takes us on a journey of understanding, education, acceptance and inclusion. And please be willing to have conversations and do your own research, to help us end the stigma surrounding gender fluidity and transgender people.

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Bill Hubbard Making waves with ‘I Am Not a Girl’ playing soon at the Vancouver CULTCH

Myself being a gay man with some pretty serious sis male caucasian privileges can see the struggles and only can begin to grasp the strength and courage it takes to believe in yourself, to choose who you want to be regardless of what society thinks and says. I love knowing that Bill is willing to educate the public, and I hope he does cause a stir, because maybe that’s what society needs!

ALSO…feel free to attend the special Matinee version of the play on June 24 1-3, with an interactive dialogue component starting right after the play ends to allow people to Ask the questions they want, to contribute to a discussion on gender identity, and gender dysphoria. Get educated people, its the only way to change!

Much love as you go on from here and spread the love!

Thanks for listening!

Episode 18: Jeremy’s 3 Things

HEY! GUESS WHAT? THIS WEEK, IS A MINI EPISODE (Scroll Down to PLAY the Episode)

WHY?

BECAUSE….Sometimes I don’t always have an actual interview OR an in depth episode prepared or edited in time,

WHY…because I’m human….AND I have allowed my schedule working long hours on the Passenger train traveling through the ROCKY MOUNTAINS overtake my creative endeavors, causing me to adjust! BUT It’s Gorgeous….SO I will share some photos

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SO….

Interesting thought, I did not want to go through this week without publishing the Journey2Worthy Podcast, because I LOVE YOU GUYS! And I am committed to this podcast!

Journey2Worthy is one of the first things I have ever started that I literally feel so great about doing. You know that thought when you see someone who knew their whole life that they wanted to accomplish something, like go to law school or start a business….YA WELL THAT WASN’T ME!

I never knew what I wanted to do, without it at least taking some serious overthinking, trying a bunch of the wrong things, or settling for something less than satisfying….AND then FINALLY! IT HIT ME!  Journey2Worthy. The first real creative idea I have ever felt compelled to act on, something that felt so right, that I can’t NOT follow through with it,  a CALLING, an INTUITION, something that arrived in my mind that I absolutely feel like I am supposed to do.

SO…This week, is simple, It’s 3 things on my mind, QUICK & DIRTY, and to the Point!

SO Tune in to the Three Things of the week:
1. Come to your Senses (a practice in mindfulness and presence)
2. Imbalance is Inevitable
3. Follow your intuition!

TUNE IN Below to Learn what I think is important about these topics!

AND let me know what you think, how you are impacted, or if this was a waste of your time…because ya know what, I think it won’t be a waste. I think you’re actually gonna like it! Because I know these things are important, and every time I honour what I am experiencing and share it with you, honestly and straight up (well as straight as I’ll ever be), that is when I get the best feedback that reminds me what I am doing matters. SO.. I hope it matters to you!

Sending you positive vibes from the Rails!

 

Episode 16: The Doctor is in! Being Gay & Accessing Healthcare with Dr. Kit Fairgrieve

Meet DR. KIT! My Super Queer Positive, AMAZING friend, who pays attention to the needs of the QUEER Community in his work in medicine.

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This episode features a dear friend, Dr. Kit Fairgrieve who has been working in the medical field for the last decade and has found his place in medical treatment focusing on Addictions here in Vancouver.

Kit, now works on the Addiction Medicine Consult Team and Rapid Access Addiction Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital, and is also the Associate Fellowship Director of the clinical addiction medicine fellowship.  His interests include clinical addiction medicine, medical education, and addiction research.

If any of topics below peak your interest, this episode will be great for you! TUNE IN HERE:

DRUGS?!!

Do you have a problem with substance abuse? Are you considering changing your life? Do you want to understand what’s available to you? Do you want to slow things down? Or just talk about making some changes? LISTEN UP! AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED SUPPORT!!!

WHAT ABOUT SMOKING?!! Do you want to stop smoking?

Kit gives us options on what to try and where to start. Whether it’s a medication that helps with cravings (Champix), or E-cigarettes that dramatically reduce health risks when compared to smoking regular cigarettes.

Check out the book I read to quit smoking, COLD TURKEY, HERE: Allan Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking.
Learn the tips here to quit today!

And did you know in BC, you can get a FREE 3 Month Supply of craving killing medication (Zyban or CHampix) if you call 211 and ask for support!

ALSO in VANCOUVER there is a smoking cessation clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, self-referred that will support you today!

WHAT ABOUT DRINKING?

Kit covers basics on alcohol consumption and Suggested Daily Drinking Guidelines provided by Tim Stockwell of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research, who pokes holes in the previous claim that daily alcohol (a glass of red wine at dinner) is actually good for your health.
Check out the article for more insight HERE

IS MARIJUANA BAD FOR ME????

Kit Talks weed consumption and provides some basics of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines(LRCUG) created in Toronto.

Check out what the New York Times says about the concerns for use of WEED, have we even heard about its effects? Check out what the NY Times says on impacts of THC HERE!

SEX SEX SEX!

Are you having sex? Are you getting tested regularly? Is drug or alcohol use impacting your choice in sexual behaviour? Do you take any precautions?

We talk about being aware of your options and want to empower people to make good choices.

HAVE you ever accessed a Gay Health Clinic? Are you in Vancouver? Check out the Health Initiative for Men, a fabulous place to talk about your sexual health. If you need help finding a doctor to talk to in your area, please contact me to help you find one.

Being Gay & Accessing HealthCare

Kit also engages us with some insight into what it is like accessing medical services and what it means to be part of the LGBTQ community and access healthcare? Kit provides specific resources to bring forward to your doctor if you want your doctor to learn how better to serve you as a member of the QUEER community. FIND OUT MORE HERE!

AND Check out Kit’s contribution to a canadian version of this document being witten now, hopefully out later this year!

THANKS AGAIN for everything listeners! You are the best!

 

Episode 15: Getting Real Part 2: Dealing with Bad Days & Depression.

This week….was a hard week. Like really hard! And I didn’t know how to get through it, because sometimes the dark part of the mind takes over, and makes you feel alone, and helpless.

Well, I luckily have learned that the only way I can get through it, is to trick myself into doing what I don’t want to, but that I know is right. SO, Please tune in this week, and listen to me get real with you about depression, substance use, and how I deal with life sometimes, even when it seems super tough to handle.

I know you can do it too!

Tune in here:

AND…

If you need help, you feel alone, and you are struggling, reach out! DON’T DO THIS ALONE!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

The biggest lesson I have learned is that by myself I end up scared, alone, and not knowing the way of my own dark moods and situations in life. BUT…when I get vulnerable, and stop trying to figure it out on my own, when I stop fearing looking weak to my friends and loved ones, and let go of the fear that my feelings will just be a burden on those around me……

WHEN I LET THAT GO!!!!! MY LIFE GETS EASIER, AND LESS SCARY! AND SO CAN YOURS!

If you have been feeling down, and don’t know how to shake the negativity, and if your mood is affecting your life, you’re sleeping too much, you can’t shake the feeling of doom and gloom…TAKE THIS LITTLE TEST: SELF CHECK

AND

If you please if you need help accessing or finding services in your area, please reach out to me here on my website, on instagram or send me a direct email: long.jdu@gmail.com

NO ONE should need to feel alone if they are dealing with dark feelings that are holding you down, and making you feel bad about yourself.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

I just really don’t want to hear about any more gay men, or and queer people feeling that suicide and self harm and abuse is a solution to pain, PLEASE, reach out!

I wish you all the most amazing week, and I am sending you all amazing vibes!

LOVE, Jeremy

Episode 14: How to be Brave and find the Light Within with Piotr (Singer, Songwriter)

Piotr, friend, and inspiration joins Journey 2 Worthy this week sharing his journey with us. Piotr has come a long way in his life, and shares openly about the struggles he has overcome on his way to becoming the successful artist he is today.

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Piotr may be the most optimistic person I know, his gentle and inviting attitude will surely have you keen to learn the daily practices and habits he has in place that help him see the world from a place of love and opportunity. Tune in to this special interview with Pitor here:

Some of the gems you will see in this episode:

  • Overcoming substance abuse
  • Negative Self-talk
  • Daily Habits and Mindset
  • Meditation (The Thinker & The Observer)
  • Failing forward – How failure shapes our success in life
  • Enjoy today & Stop waiting for success to make you happy
  • Gratitude & Self-Appreciation
  • How to break into the music industry and overcome FEAR!
  • Handling rejection and doing it anyway!

Piotr shares insight into what inspires him, mentioning how he is no longer afraid of rejection as it led him to push harder and keep trying, he reminds me even J.K.Rowling author of the Harry Potter series was rejected numerous times leaving her feeling lost, depressed and even suicidal. Rowling would eventually become the first person on Earth to ever make $1 Billion writing books. Learn more of her inspiring story (click here).

Piotr also provides his inspiration for self-appreciation in Ester Hicks’ book ‘Ask and it is Given’  as well as practicing Gratitude and shifting energy to a positive mindset, forcing yourself into a new frequency of living.

Check out this video in shifting mindset to a place of appreciation and positivity!
It can be as SIMPLE AS SAYING THINGS BETTER!

I Know you will find inspiration in Piotr! AND I CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR HOW HIS STORY HAS IMPACTED YOU!

CHECK OUT PIOTR’S MUSIC HERE:

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CONNECT WITH PIOTR ON:

Facebook: PIOTR
Instagram: @piotr.music

It’s not always easy, but you can shift your life, your mindset, your experiences! I believe in you!  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!

Please reach out, and let me know what Journey 2 Worthy can do to help!

Reach out on:
Twitter: @Journey2jeremy
Instagram: @Journey2Jeremy
Leave a reply in the comments below,
AND

PLEASE leave a rating and review on iTunes to let the world you wanna hear more!

Episode 13: Flat to Fit! Overcoming Depression with Kayla LaSaga

Welcome to my very first episode with FEMALE content! Yes ladies and gentleman, this show is not only about gay men, and the journey 2 worthy through my eyes! Meet Kayla LaSaga, founder of startup fitness business: LA SAGA Fitness! The Saga of fitness continues, and you can join Kayla on your Journey, through Online fitness programs tailored to all levels of sport and ability!

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Kayla has come a long way from her early days coming out as a lesbian in a small town on the eastern coast of Canada in Newfoundland charging forward with a big move across the country to the colorful land of Vancouver, BC.

Kayla courageously offers her experience forging through a severe depression which literally kept her down, both physically and mentally, but has come around the other side and shares her message of hope and how fitness and nutrition has been the shining light out of the darkness of depression. TUNE IN HERE:

Learn how Kayla chose to take back her life, pushing back against adversity in her mind and in the world.

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I learn how Kayla too suffered from societal and peer pressure to fit a certain image of femininity (or masculinity). Through time, and exploration Kayla has come to a place where she feels good about herself, and has found comfort in honoring her true self as a lesbian business owner!

We talk everything from small town life, mental health, to Fitness competition and business leadership. We also take it to the roof to get some stretch on!

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By the way, Kayla is a knockout! And ladies out there should take note of Kayla being on the scene! Enjoy this week’s episode with Kayla and I, and please check out Kayla;s website at:
http://www.lasagafitness.com

Reach out to Kayla on instagram
@lasagafitness
/twitter:
@lasagafitness

AND leave a comment in the box below to let us know how you enjoyed the episode.

ALSO:

Please go to iTunes and leave a rating and review to let the world know you want more Journey 2 Worthy!

Thanks for a great time so far Journeyers! Sending you positive vibes!

 

Episode 11: Making a Difference with Chad Walters PART 2

Meet the #SelfieAddict with a cause. Chad Walters joins me this week on the show sharing his own Journey 2 Worthy.

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PART 2 is now available here with CHAD:

When we discuss how #SELFIES & SOCIAL MEDIA can be used to better your self-esteem and help build Community & Connection!

Check out Chad’s view on Selfies in his blog titled #LOVEYOURSELFIE(CLICK here) where he discusses how inevitably, YES we would appreciate ‘likes’ on our posts, and YES, they do impact self-esteem and confidence! But do they need to reflect our entire self-worth: NO! Chad suggests that you: #Loveyourselfie & Take part in creating your own self-confidence with the use of Social Media!

ALSO check out Chad’s research paper on Social Media and Mental Health, READ IT HERE: SNSs and Mental Health.

Chad explores how self-esteem is impacted by social media and apps like Instagram. He brings forward an important point in this paper, how lifestyle envy and FOMO (fear of missing out) are more prevalent among those who follow too many strangers online.

Don’t miss on PART 2 of the interview we discuss how the general public forgets that the perfect photo of a yoga pose, or all the travel photos make the person appear superhuman, or super-rich, but when you actually know the person, you can see there’s more to them than perfection.

Chad and I encourage you to reach out to people you follow online, to ask them how they got to where they are, you’d be surprised how they may respond! Chad states: ‘I have made great friends through SNSs (social network sites), and I actually feel part of something special, which is in stark contrast to growing up feeling apart from.’ A comment I agree with completely! He also urges us to look at social media through a lens of curiosity and excitement, rather than of concern.

From NUDISM to SELFIES, his time on REALITY TV, to FALLING in LOVE. YOU WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO HEAR PART 2 OF INTERVIEW WITH CHAD WALTERS, The man behind the MODEL!

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THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT WEEK OF ENGAGEMENT! I love all you friends on the journey sharing your moments with me!

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I am heading to a special workshop in Seattle this weekend (April 20-22) to make more connections and friends on my Journey. Follow me on Instagram as I document my time at the Namasgay Spiritual Summit. Hosted by Frank Macri, a Gay Public Speaker, Business Coach and Leadership Development Trainer, the Namasgay Movement aims to create a community of positive and mindful LGBTQ leaders

Episode 11: Making a Difference with Chad Walters PART 1

Meet the #SelfieAddict with a cause. Chad Walters joins me this week on the show sharing his own Journey 2 Worthy.

30739734_10155872717088591_442721483660197888_n.jpgI have observed Chad completely transform his life, from an insecure young man (much like myself), battling drug addiction, making a decision to fight back against his insecurities and demons – into the stunningly gorgeous and formidable man he is today. From fighting his own inner bully to now fighting the good fight for worthy causes in the Queer Community!

TUNE IN to PART 1 HERE (Part 2 ALSO NOW AVAILABLE):

On PART 1 of the Interview with Chad, I learn about all of Chad’s volunteer work that have made a difference. From standing up for the right for Gay Men (or any men who have had sex with men) to donate blood with his work with Canadian Blood Services.

I find out what it takes to make a difference in a world that pushes back against change, especially when it comes to Gay rights!

30711801_10155872716778591_1417837496900780032_nChad discusses his frustration with the fight for Trans visibility in the workplace, and the slow progression to making change in public health organizations that tend to get hung up on previous definitions of gender and sexuality. Meanwhile, some of these struggles fail in comparison to the fight for refugees seeking asylum in Canada due to their sexuality and expression. Chad reminds me of the freedom we have in Canada to live a life of authenticity due to the legal protections we have.

We discuss what it’s like to Re-define who you are! Figure out what you want your life to look like, using tools like fitness, personal development and even Social Media to GET WHAT YOU WANT!

Want to meet more people? make a difference? Make friends in your community? Dress up? Chad explains that ‘Volunteering can be a party!’ Find a cause that speaks to you: It can be a blast because you get to dress up and make a statement, something I want to do more of! He looks Fierce in Heels by the way!14188418_877264712407243_4582128977310499238_o