Ep. 221: Shahara Jagrati Mattingly – Transformational Health Coach

Shahara Jagrati Mattingly is the Chief Excitement Officer (CEO) at Delicious Awakening Transformational Health Coaching. Shahara uses “a blend of ancient wisdom and modern science to empower clients with strategies and mindful practices that will transform their health and confidence.” In her own words:

After spending years trying to manage alcohol and drug abuse with green smoothies and downward dogs there came a day where pretending was no longer an option. As a pathway to heal herself and others, she studied holistic health and integrative therapies at Metro State University in Colorado, nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and studied Ayurveda and yoga in India.

I’ve known Shahara for a long time, so it was an immense pleasure to sit down with her and hear more about her story. She took many of the kids we grew up with who had trouble at home under her wing and served as their ad hoc “social case worker.” She was also an intimidating presence who battled her own demons. I’ve always loved and respected her intensely.

On this week’s show we discuss her path through addiction, doing deep soul work to better understand herself, how she manages self care in her work, and the challenges of parenting. It’s candid, it’s harrowing at times, and it’s a lot of fun! We dig deep in this episode, and I myself had an incredible epiphany listening to it back. You’ll get a lot out of this one, I promise.

It also bears mention that Shahara is my 3rd entry of 4 on my Bryan sibling BINGO card (I’m only missing Bay, the youngest!). I spoke to Kersti, who’s a dynamite actor in New York way back on Episode 37 in 2014, and then nabbed Reyna, creator of Recycling Is Sexy in early 2015 on Episode 49.

You can find Shahara and Delicious Awakening on their official Facebook page, and on Instagram.

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Ep. 118: Brad Lucero – Chief Operating Officer, Stout Street Foundation

Brad Lucero is the Chief Operating Officer of The Stout Street Foundation, which provides the necessary services and support in a totally structured therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitation, recovery, and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens.

On this week’s show, Brad shares with me the history of The Stout Street Foundation, which includes the organization’s founding by his father, and his own entry into the Foundation upon his dad’s unexpected passing in 2006. We talk about how Stout Street is unique in that it’s a two-year immersive program, and those enrolling are charged nothing to join. It’s a unique place in Denver, and one providing an incredibly valuable service to those struggling with addiction whose next step is either prison or death.

As I tend to view things through a pop culture lens, I also ask Brad about Dr. Drew Pinsky and the glimpses he’s provided via television shows such as “Celebrity Rehab” or “Sober House.” Brad’s thoughts on this are interesting, and not exactly what I expected, which is always fun when connecting with someone new.

On a personal note, this is a fun episode because Brad and I are about the same age, and we exchange war stories from being dropped into the deep end early in our careers. It’s unnerving being fresh out of college and suddenly having real organizational responsibilities dropped in your lap, and it’s amusing to revisit where we were then versus where we are now. It’s a small snapsot into the past.

Check out Stout Street’s website, where you can out more about their programs, or donate directly to them to support the important work they do.

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Ep. 72: Spencer Nee – Cross Country Bicycle Rider, Recovering Addict, Inspiration

Spencer Nee is a former Providence Network resident, and is the conceiver, creator, executor and pedal-powerer of the Bridge to Bridge Ride, a 4,000 mile coast to coast bicycle trip across the United States. Between May and August, Spencer rode from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Brooklyn Bridge with the goal of raising $100,000 for Providence Network.  He completed his journey on August 22.

And he’s the guest on Ep. 72 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast, following in the illustrious footsteps of his two brothers, William (who appeared on Ep. 21 of the podcast talking about his work in China and Hong Kong) and Ryan (who appeared in Eps. 47 and 48 discussing his world travels) completing a tic-tac-toe of Nee brethren, which, any way you slice it, is a victory.

This week’s show is super intense as Spencer Nee is good enough to share with us the depths to which his addictions took him as we trace the path from simple high school curiosity to estrangement from his family and ultimately homelessness and isolation. Ultimately, it becomes a story of inspiration as Spencer found Providence House, which set his life back on track where he now celebrates 7+ years of sobriety and a successful career as an ER nurse.

A good chunk of this episode is dedicated to Spencer’s tales from his incredible bike ride across America including the injuries he sustained, people he met along the way, buffets he obliterated, dogs that chased him, and families torn apart by addictions that became inspired by him. We only scratch the surface in this episode, so be sure to check out the blog and start from the beginning for stories of what being a recovering addict is actually like while getting a snapshot of traveling across the entire length of the country.

Then be sure to donate by clicking here, and help Spencer Nee reach his goal of $100,000 for Providence Network. You have until October 1.

This episode is available on the Jon of All Trades website, for download on iTunes, and for stream on Stitcher.