Molly Jane | Meditation, Mindfulness & Blooming into the best version of you
In this episode of Rise and Find, Blake speaks with Molly Jane, a speaker, mental health advocate and co-founder of the app, Bloom.
To begin, Molly shares her story and how a commitment to personal development led to acceptance and self-love. Mental fitness is not just a one-time thing. Like any other form of exercise, it is a daily decision to better yourself through hard work, fate and trust.
This transformational journey is part of what inspired Molly to create Bloom. By sharing the tools that she learned after her marriage ended, Molly hopes to inspire others to take the time to ground themselves before a crisis begins. That’s why Bloom offers a resource for everyone, from movement exercises to guided meditations and even games.
Working to improve yourself is one of the least selfish things you can do. By acting as your own guru, you have the opportunity to listen to your needs and show-up better in every situation. In this respect, Molly and Blake believe it’s important own your story. Awareness takes away the stigma and makes it easier for others to share. Molly explains this in terms of her time during COVID-19. Because of her journey, she felt prepared to help anyone who might need support.
Mel Yu | Isolation, Communication & being The Authentic You
In this episode of Rise and Find, Blake speaks with Mel Yu, a motivational speaker, mental health advocate and host of the podcast, ‘The Authentic Me.’ In 2017, she founded MCO Events, a corporate and private events organization based in Melbourne.
To begin, Mel talks about the impact of COVID-19 on her business and how it led to a shift towards personal development and coaching. As a society, we have stopped listening and we need to return to kindness as a fundamental tool of interaction. While suicide rates are not ‘technically’ up during the pandemic, the real impact remains to be seen. More than ever, it’s important to practice self-awareness and be open to dialogue, even if it feels a bit weird.
Mel emphasizes the importance of becoming a victor over your circumstances, not a victim. Even though the pandemic initially made her uncomfortable, she decided to double down on her gratitude and is confident that she will come out stronger in the end. One of her favorite ways to practice positivity is through meditation. By taking control and finding a routine, we can quiet the chaos in our mind and be truly present in our lives.
Each of us is unique. Mel encourages everyone to discover the ‘why’ in your life. Reject the lie of social media and be conscious of what you’re consuming. The most uncomfortable questions can change your life. When you figure out your purpose, it will translate to everything you do.
Drew Brauer | Navigating adversity and Kicking On
In this episode of Rise and Find, Blake speaks with Drew Brauer, a Cairns-based musician and founder of Kick On, a mental health charity that seeks to connect, empower and inspire.
Drew talks about growing up in a small town and the stigma that still exists when discussing mental health. After his fiancée pulled out of their wedding, Drew realized that he had no idea how to handle adversity. He did everything wrong, isolating himself and refusing to talk about it for weeks. It wasn’t until later that he realized he needed to make a change. He started to volunteer and discovered that his experience had given him a passion for mental health. Kick On began as a response to fill a gap in the market.
The most at-risk group for mental health challenges is men between the ages of 17-50. This is because most men refuse to talk about their problems. Instead, they need to notice their emotions and dwell on what’s positive. When you listen to others, you give them permission to share their story. Heartbreak connects us all and no one is immune to an unexpected challenge.
Train your mind to be grateful and look for a healthy outlet to cultivate your feelings. Love yourself and understand your emotions. Embrace who you are and take responsibility for your life. Only then will you truly have the power to change.
Cooper Chapman | Gratitude, Growth & Good Humans
In this episode of Rise and Find, Blake speaks with Cooper Chapman, a 26-year old professional surfer, motivational speaker and founder of The Good Human Factory, a mental health awareness organisation.
After finding success at a young age, Cooper began to struggle and eventually lost his longtime sponsor. This led him to take on other jobs, a time that instilled a passion for giving back.
Part of Cooper’s path to good mental health involved a focus on self-improvement and taking responsibility for his own life. He discovered that different ways of thinking helped him in ways he didn’t expect. This inspired him to share his results with others, and he began The Good Human Factory as a way to prevent suicide and create awareness.
Even though mental health was taught in schools, Cooper felt like something was missing. That’s why he decided to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Meditation, gratitude and kindness are all fundamental steps to improving your mind. Vulnerability is important. We should ask ‘why’ and support the people around us by listening. After all, anyone can struggle with mental health. It’s typically the person who seems the happiest who struggles the most.
Matt Runnalls | Being the Change
In this episode of Rise and Find, Mindfull Aus founder Matt Runnalls tells his story of depression and recovery and how you can support your loved ones through similar battles. Matt kicks off this discussion by talking about how men are not really predisposed — or even prepared — to be able to talk about their mental health or fits of anxiety and depression. Because of this, they either don’t talk about it, or they suffer under the weight.
Having seen suicide far too many times, Matt is familiar with the signs. He urges listeners to reach out to friends and family and let them know you really do care about them.
The key takeaway is that you can help people around you by paying attention to their needs and really showing up. Things aren’t always going to feel normal, but people need to know that their suffering is not in vain, and that they have people in their circles who can share that load and help them carry it. Life doesn’t have to be meaningless. There is joy in seeing the betterment of someone else, as Matt says.