The Eric Chow Empowers Podcast
By Eric Chow
More from Eric Chow at ericchowreal.com
The Eric Chow Empowers PodcastFeb 04, 2023
67. The Role of Luck in Getting What You Want
What is the role that luck plays in getting what we want, in succeeding in life in any aspect? What are some of the other factors that combine with luck in different situations to create success? What creates luck? In this episode, Eric Chow shares a few powerful lessons that will give you a greater appreciation for your life, get you thinking about the role of luck in your own life and what you did to earn it, and how we can actually create more luck this year. Listen to the episode to learn more and connect with Eric on all social media platforms @ericchowreal including Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, LinkedIn, and more.
66. How to Make Decisions (Return of the Podcast)
The Eric Chow Empowers Podcast is back for 2023 after a nearly 8-month hiatus! In this episode, Eric Chow shares strategies to improve your intention and goal-setting this year and tips on making quality decisions in your life while using this podcast's history as the guiding example from its start in 2019 to the recent decision to bring the podcast back. Most of us are never taught how to make good decisions in our life, and yet we're expected to make them. Eric doesn't claim to be an expert on great decision-making but this podcast has always been a shining example. The formula? Knowledge + Input & Counsel + "Definiteness" makes for quality decisions. Listen to the episode to learn more. Connect with Eric on all platforms @ericchowreal including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok, and YouTube.
65. Stop Making This Mistake, It's Time To Step Up
Over the past 2+ years, there have been countless struggles: figuring out why we are dissatisfied with our lives and what we should be doing instead, not being able to meet people and build meaningful relationships, being unable to find time for hobbies and interests and passions, and so much more. In this episode, Eric Chow talks about a mistake he noticed in the way we respond to these struggles and how we can respond appropriately. The answer is simple: Instead of stepping back from life, step in and experience all that life has to offer.
For more from Eric Chow, listen to more episodes of The Eric Chow Empowers Podcast or connect with Eric on social media everywhere @ericchowreal.
64. "The Front Row Mentality: Motivation, Inspiration, and Success" with Eric Chow
In this episode, Eric Chow talks about a key principle to motivate yourself, make the most of your opportunities, and live an inspired life. The principle is incredibly simple but underutilized. It can be stated in many ways, but for the sake of this episode, we can call it: "The Front Row Mentality: A Principle for Motivation, Inspiration, and Success." For more from Eric Chow, listen to more of The Eric Chow Empowers Podcast, connect with him on all social medias @ericchowreal or go to his website http://ericchowreal.com
63. Passion, Progress, and Psychology with Zach Hose
When we think about the athletic kids growing up, one would probably not expect that they would deal with insecurity about their weight or physique, but for Zach Hose, that simply wasn't the case. After injuries took him out of sports in his teenage years, Zach found himself overweight and with a desire to improve himself, and for the past decade, has learned a lot when it comes to taking care of his physical & mental health. That's the story he shares with us today, and his thoughts on finding the balance between appreciating where you are (self-love) and a desire to improve (ambition), learning to be attached to nothing, and knowing when to tell yourself to shut the f*ck up. Zach is also a personal friend and fellow podcaster, hosting The ZAP! Podcast focused on passion which I was fortunate enough to be on several months ago.
Follow Zach on Instagram @zachhose14 and on Twitter @zachhose14. For more of Zach in podcast form, check out The ZAP! Podcast available on nearly a dozen platforms. If you want to listen to Eric Chow's episode on The ZAP! Podcast, click here.
62. Dreamers Create Their Own Reality with Océane Chamoret
Many big dreamers, naturally emotional and caring people struggle growing up in an environment with people who like to be logical and rational. We're told "that's not realistic, what world do you live in? Come back to reality." That's the story of Océane Chamoret, born in France, but growing up in several different countries including California for a time. At 25 years old, Océ was promoted to HR manager for a group of three hotels. Then the pandemic hit, and she saw an opportunity to dive into the world of transformational coaching, positive psychology, and now shares her story with us in the hopes of helping fellow dreamers learn to create their own reality.
If you are looking for meditation platform suggestions, Océane and I both recommend Headspace and Calm are two of the best. You can have some access for free, or pay a small subscription to get the full experience. Océane also has heard good things about a free app alternative, Smiling Mind.
61. Make 2022 Your Year with Eric Chow
This 20-minute monologue is my happy new year message to you: wishing you an amazing year ahead, and sharing some ideas that I believe will help you make 2022 your year. If you listen carefully, pausing to think about the ideas, potentially even listening to it multiple times and reflecting on it with a notebook afterwards, you will have prepared yourself with the mindset, determination, and focus you'll need to make this year incredible.
I'll just say this: The comfort zone is characterized by doing the same things in the same ways with the same people at the same time and getting the same results. No wonder life doesn't get better. Those who don't grow are stuck because they are unwilling to leave what they've known and practiced to do something better. If you want to make changes this year, this episode will light a spark and give you guidelines on developing a game plan for an amazing year.
60. Active Addiction & Life Afterwards with Nicole Marso
After several years of serious alcoholism led her to regular panic attacks that sent her to the hospital, getting fired from her job, pancreatitis, and more, Nicole Marso decided to become sober. She left a relationship that lasted for almost a decade, and as a single mother of 2 kids, moved back in with her mom. Growing up she was an extremely athletic kid, too busy to get into alcohol, until a family tragedy led her to it. Now celebrating 16 months sober, this is her story of how she became an alcoholic, what it cost her, and what's happened since she's gotten out of it.
Follow Nicole Marso on Instagram @nicolemarso, find her on Facebook @nicole.marso.5, and check out her new small business, The Wild Sunflower Boutique at https://thewildsunflowerboutique.com. As always, you can find the host Eric Chow everywhere @ericchowreal.
59. Facing Your Inner Demons with Pranav Karakavalasa
Our 14th guest from the Yes Theory Family, the "Flag Boi" himself, Pranav Karakavalasa joins us for an episode sharing his personal experiences on how the phrase "Seek Discomfort" is, as he describes, "the way you need to live to overcome your inner demons" and face life's challenges. If that appeals to you, and you want to be more free as a person, this is the episode for you. This is an episode about lighting the spark, changing our perspective and mindset, and making principles a part of who we are because we have a desire to grow. Follow Pranav on Instagram @pranav.cr2 and follow me, the host, Eric Chow @ericchowreal everywhere.
58. "The New Year Starts Right Now" by Eric Chow
Hey amazing winners! This episode is a 20-minute monologue to give you the right mindset going into December 2021, and the New Year 2022. If there is anything at all that you aren't satisfied with in your life, if you plan on making changes this coming new year, if you are serious about improving your life in any way, this is where you start.
57. A Life By Design with Eric Chow
For this week's episode, Eric Chow does a raw, transparent, unscripted monologue that will likely challenge you. Eric shares a powerful, practical strategy to help you empower yourself. If you've ever wondered why some people can be so positive, optimistic, ambitious, energetic, focused, determined, etc. they are likely applying the strategy Eric discusses in this episode. This is the strategy that makes becoming the person you want to be a natural byproduct. It's not just about thinking differently. It's about designing your life so you naturally begin to embody who you want to be.
56. How I Started Empowering with Eric Chow
In this week’s episode of the podcast, Eric Chow is going solo to share his martial arts journey from a few years ago. Eric's journey of personal development--all the books he's read, podcasts and talks he's listened to, and conversations he's had--the journey started with martial arts. Eric believes that he wouldn't be who he is today, doing what he's doing today, talking to the people he talks to today, if it weren't for his time training. In this episode, he talks about his years in martial arts and shares a few of the standout moments, lessons, and takeaways that continue to play a role in his life and shaped who he is today.
55. Let Life Be That Crazy Adventure with Theo & Taylor Baudry
In the 12th episode of the podcast featuring guests from the Yes Fam, Theo & Taylor Baudry found each other a few years ago through the Yes Theory community, and as of a few weeks ago, are newly weds! In this conversation, they share their story growing up, connecting with Yes Theory, meeting each other, and growing as a couple, while sharing their perspective on what makes a great relationship, finding your life partner, overcoming people's doubts, and more. They are one of the cutest couples you'll ever see. You can find Theo & Taylor on Instagram @thetheobaudry and @taylor.baudry respectively. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel T Squared. One of their recent videos happens to be their wedding day :) Enjoy!
54. "Empower" by Eric Chow
Hey everybody! This episode features a short monologue about the one word that started the show: "Empowerment." After more than 2 years of doing this podcast, Eric Chow shares how he got started empowering himself and then into empowering others, in the hopes of giving you some ideas to help you empower yourself and those around you.
53. The Realities of a Sexual Assault Survivor with Anne Magbuo
*Trigger Warning* This episode contains conversation around sexual harassment, rape, and suicidal thoughts. The conversation may be disturbing to listen to, and emotionally draining. I've known this episode's guest for close to a year now, and as I've gotten to hear her story in our conversations, I remember telling her that when she was ready, I wanted to give her a platform to share it. That time has finally come. Saying that she's had a "tough year" doesn't begin to describe the story she's going to share, full of emotional turmoil, anxiety, trauma, and more. But Anne's story is also one of holding onto hope, a determination to recover, and trying to be a kind person despite every reason not to. You can find Anne on Instagram @an._ne
52. The Importance of and Ideas Around Raising Self-Image with Eric Chow
The first solo episode I've done in about 1.5 years! After celebrating 2 years of the podcast, I wanted to bring these short monologues back. This episode has a monologue about self-image. "Most of the problems we face in life are the result or the symptoms of the greater problem that is not believing in ourselves enough" (Eric Chow), and that we hold ourselves back as a result. You'll hear me talk about that in this episode, along with some ideas around how to raise your self-image and the lifelong journey you'll be undertaking.
I'm also starting a new segment in these solo episodes, which is a Q&A. I asked on Instagram for some questions you guys want me to answer, and I took one of those questions, "What inspired you to start a podcast?" and answered it. I'll continue answering questions in future episodes, so if you want me to answer one of yours, dm me your question @ericchowempowers on Instagram, or @ericchowreal anywhere else.
51. Unglamored, A Novel on Mental Health in Entertainment by Jessie Cheng
We live in a world today where celebrities and the people under the public eye are put under immense pressure. Unglamored by Jessie Cheng is a novel about a famous Asian-American singer who struggles secretly with an eating disorder in an industry that demands perfection and glorifies thinness. It's a story about mental health in the entertainment industry, with the goal of bringing awareness and creating empathy for the celebrities of today, and for us to understand yet another way how mental health affects people's lives. In this episode, we go deeper into the inspiration behind this story and why Jessie felt the urge to write this book. Unglamored comes out August 2021.
Summary of the book: "Nineteen-year-old Rose B.D. is the nation’s top star, a famous Chinese-American singer who appears to have it all: a large fan base, a glamorous career in Shanghai, the perfect body. But behind the camera is a girl the public does not recognize, a girl who fights daily with the monsters in her head. Join Rose B.D. as she navigates the pressures of celebrity life, experiencing love, friendship, betrayal, and everything in between."
Follow Jessie on social media!
50. Childhood & Travel Stories with Hailey Chow
Choosing Love Over Fear with Dora Bobanovic - Ep 49
The regular listeners of my podcast know that over the past year I've featured 11 friends from the Yes Fam community created by the amazing YouTube channel Yes Theory, and something I've been thinking a lot about is the power of finding and engaging with a community of quality people. The values of human connection, authenticity, vulnerability, and an open-mindedness towards others have been a theme in the past episodes, and in my life. As one of two community managers for the Yes Fam, with over 159,000 members from around the world on Facebook alone, this episode's guest is the perfect person to continue that conversation. Allow me to introduce, Dora Bobanovic.
A Marriage of Thrill and Fear with Kulsum - Ep 48
A man who feared nothing, not even death, and a woman who feared everything, never getting out of her comfort zone. They got married. "He sucked me in his world of thrill and excitement. He took me to his midnight car races, he took me to jump trains, he took me on his motorbike rides throughout the city." Then, when she had come back home to the United States, one day, he was gone. Crushed between a pillar and a car. It's been two years now. That is the story of today's guest on the podcast. yes, it's a story of pain and hardship, but it's also a beautiful story of love and growth. I am proud to introduce someone who has been through much, who won't ever claim she is perfect, but has a truly kind and loving soul. Someone who is growing past her fears, focusing on what matters in life, and has a maturity beyond her age. This is Kulsum's story.
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Be Your Superhero with Raymond Salgado - Ep 47
From being randomly put in a talent show at the age of 11, to releasing 7 of his own songs, authentic self expression and self acceptance has been the motivating force behind singer-songwriter Raymond Salgado. Whether it's being inspired by artists like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Sam Smith, or getting a comment from an artist who's song he covered, or releasing his own songs and seeing people relate to them, Raymond is someone who just wants people to be able to express, accept, and believe in themselves. We talk about Raymond's story growing up, his thought process in writing his music, how he loves his fans, coming out as a gay person, and more. Enjoy!
Links to Check Out:
Check out "Superheroes" by Raymond Salgado, one of my favorite songs that he's written. Follow him on Instagram @theraymondsalgado and on TikTok @theraymondsalgado. Check out his music on Spotify, Soundcloud, and Apple Music at Raymond Salgado.
Finding the Fine Line in a Global Pandemic with Natalie - Ep 46
Links to Check Out:
Harry Styles - Zane Lowe 'Fine Line' Interview on YouTube.
Follow Natalie on TikTok @tobesonatalie for more on how Harry Styles is the Secret to Life.
"I was born into a religious cult" with Kassidy Yager - Ep 45
If you loved her story, go follow Kassidy on Instagram @kassidy.majenta and if you want to learn more about the Jehovah's Witnesses, check out the Netflix show "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" Season 3 Episode 12.
A Life without Sight with Johnny Munoz & Brittany Embry - Ep 44
How many of us sighted people have seriously given thought to what it's like to live as a blind person? How many blind people actually run into a sighted person who is willing, able, and knowledgeable about how to support them? This episode features two guests, Johnny, who has been blind for his whole life, and Brittany, who lost her sight at the age of 16 due to a terrible accident. They'll share about their daily lives, address common misconceptions and questions, and impart their perspectives on life. Whether you are blind or sighted, listening to them will expand your perspective and understanding of the blind community, it will remind you to be grateful for the gifts you have, and it will ask you to take away your excuses for why you can't.
- October 8th: World Sight Day.
- October 15th: White Cane Safety Day.
The Magic of Human Connection with Michael Johnson (aka Tea with Mike) - Ep 43
Mike is a dear friend and fellow podcast host of his own show, Tea with Mike. As a host himself, he allows so many other people to share their stories, so in this episode, I'm asking him about his story and his journey of starting and growing his show. Having talked to and interviewed many individuals with his show Mike has learned some simple, yet powerful lessons about people, human interaction, and connecting with others. Sometimes we run into people who aren't the most pleasant interactions. Or how often are we so caught up in our own lives that we forget to look at the people around us. We all seek connection, introverts and extroverts and everyone in between. Certainly everything with COVID-19 has helped many people realize that. I do believe if you can capture Mike's perspective, your perspective on the world will become more optimistic, and your ability to connect with others will increase.
Check Mike out on his Instagram @teawithmike, connect with him on Twitter @tea_with_mike, follow his brand on Facebook @TeawithMikeJ and check out his show on his website teawithmike.com or your preferred podcast listening platform. If you want to watch or listen to the episode I did for Mike's show a few months ago, titled "Live, Love, Matter", check it out here.
"I Didn't See Myself As Beautiful" with Mikayla Seijo - Ep 42
In part 2 of the episode, we're hearing about Mikayla's relationship with her boyfriend of several years before diving into her perspective on romantic relationships. That includes loving someone but not being reciprocated and getting rejected, being in a broken relationship, seeing someone else in a broken relationship, and more. Arguably most important, we share our thoughts on feeling unlovable, feeling incapable of being loved or loving.
If you enjoy this episode, I'd appreciate if you could subscribe to the show, like the episode, and rate my podcast on whatever platform you're listening on. Also tweet me or tag me in an Instagram story of you listening to the show, and your thoughts on the episode! You can also follow Mikayla on Instagram @_meeekss_ or on her IG Food Blog @meeklymunchies and find her on Twitter @meeekss1
Also, one more thing. There's another 45-minutes or so of conversation that I haven't released in this episode between Mikayla and I all about living life to the fullest, making the most of our time here on Earth, traveling, and we share some fun stories and experiences. I'm thinking to release that as a bonus episode at some point, so if you want to hear that, let me know!
Healing A Victim of Life with Symphony Esqueda - Ep 41
Symphony shares that for a while that she, along with her sisters and mother, would have to sleep in a car, or on people's floors and couches, and how she would consistently have to brush her teeth and get ready in a school bathroom because of a broken relationship between her mother and her mother's ex-boyfriend. In a situation like that it's natural to feel like a victim of life, to question "why is this happening to me?" and Symphony definitely felt that. But what amazes me about Symphony is how she started to face it, how she radiates so much hope, love and joy, and I can't wait for you to see that for yourself as you listen to her. Her strength is an inspiration.
Follow Symphony on Instagram @symphonyviolet and
Watch the Yes Theory video with Symphony.
Perspective of the People & Facing Doubts with Sam Gabriel-Deveau - Ep 40
For this episode, I bring in my 5th guest from the Yes Fam community based around the YouTube channel Yes Theory. Sam shares his journey of going from not knowing what to do in life to becoming who he is today which, among other things, includes being an aspiring filmmaker. Sam also shares how he overcomes doubts and fears in life, and his process for learning new things and creating. Sam and I also discuss the magic of creating friendships with people, and his new podcast (first episode coming soon), Perspective of the People which I will be an early guest on.
Finally, Sam flips the script on me and picks my brain around workflow, setting deadlines, working on passion projects, and basically, getting things done. Especially in the context of passion projects or creative projects, where there are no set deadlines handed down by someone else, or perhaps a larger task with a deadline far away, figuring out your own workflow can be a challenge. Our discussion also includes finding the fine line between not trying hard enough and actually trying too hard on tasks.
Sam ends this episode by sharing a few powerful lessons, which I'll save for him to share.
Also, this is the YouTube video Sam made about how we met.
Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook!
"You Matter" A Testament by Kyle Deaver - Ep 39
The 4th episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community, features Kyle Deaver, a US Army Combat Veteran dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kyle is a walking testament to my belief that "vulnerability is strength" because he is one of the strongest people I've ever had the privilege of meeting. As you listen to Kyle's story - from a difficult childhood, to the horrors of war, to losing friends on the battlefield and to suicide, to terrible relationships, and the everyday challenge of PTSD - I'm sure you'll see that strength. Despite everything Kyle has been through, after sharing his story, you'll hear Kyle talk about what keeps him going, and his reasons for continuing to wake up in the morning.
Kyle believes that everybody matters. Kyle says that there are billions of stars in the universe, but it is the Sun that we need to light up the Earth. There may be 7 billion people in the world, but it is you, reading and listening to this, that is bringing light to someone's life. In the words of Chester Bennington, "Who cares if one more light goes out? Well I do."
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States: 1-800-273-8255. Please call it if you ever need it.
You can find Kyle on Instagram @wondernut666.
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"I'm Sorry Mom" Seek Discomfort Travel Stories with Caitlin Durnbaugh - Ep 38
This is the 3rd episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community based around my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory. In it, my guest Caitlin shares her experience engaging with the community, what makes it such a great community, and her personal take on the Yes Theory motto of "Seek Discomfort."
Caitlin also tells a ton of incredibly entertaining travel stories that include interacting with random strangers, hostels, Tinder, and even eating termites. She also has me share some of my stories which include getting stranded alone in Japan, hiking on a glacier in Iceland, eating a piece of a dried fish head that was hanging on a clothesline, and more. Sharing these stories lead us into a couple discussions on meeting strangers, being safe while traveling, and more.
If you love traveling, or you love great stories, or you love people - this is a great episode to listen to.
Also, Caitlin has just started a project where over the course of the next year she wants to meet someone from every country in the world. If you're interested in becoming a part of it, message her on Instagram!
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Love Loudly & Be You with Raiha Zainab - Ep 37
Welcome to the 2nd Episode in my series of guests from the Yes Fam community, a community based around my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory. In this episode, my guest and I talk about some of our experiences around two Yes Theory mottos - "Seek Discomfort" and "A stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet" and our experience with the incredible Yes Fam community.
We also dive into some powerful topics, that also happen to be some of Raiha's personal values.
- Empathy & Being Understanding - Why is it so important to empathize with people? How can we develop empathy for others?
- Authenticity - How can we be authentic when people don't accept us? Why should we?
- Community / Family - What happens when you engage with a community of people based around similar values? What does it mean to be part of a family?
- Love & Self-Love - How can we bring Love into our daily lives? What about the idea that self-love is narcissistic and selfish? Why is it that it's so hard to be kind to those closest to us, especially ourselves?
If you want to connect with Raiha, follow her on Instagram @_raiha_z
Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook!
Seeking Spontaneous Discomfort & Meeting Strangers with Lemai Vo - Ep 36
In this episode, my guest Lemai shares how she overcomes the challenges of majoring in Chemistry, and her hobbies of knitting & crocheting. Lemai and I also talk about my personal favorite YouTube channel, Yes Theory, that Lemai also loves. We talk about the message of the channel to "Seek Discomfort" and that "Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet." That leads us into a conversation about engaging with the Yes Fam community, and later, the story of how Lemai created and organized a "Speed Friends" event on Zoom for the Yes Fam, which is actually how she and I met.
Lemai's experiences show that while planning things out can be great for certain situations, sometimes, the best experiences are the ones that come across spontaneously, the ones that push you out of your comfort zone, and involve a little bit of risk. Figure out for yourself the balance of planning and spontaneity that works for you. Lemai's experiences also show us the value of engaging with people, even strangers, in pursuit of meaningful connections from around the world. Thanks for coming on the show Lemai!
Announcement: The 3rd Speed Friends Event is happening Saturday, May 30th from 10 am - 1 pm, and 5-8 pm PST. If you'd like to join, DM me or join the Zoom Time or Official Yes Fam Facebook Groups to see the event.
Follow Lemai on Social Media!
Join the Yes Fam Groups on Facebook!
- Join the "It's Zoom Time" Facebook Group, where Yes Fam members post Zoom calls for people to join, including Speed Friends events!
- Join the Official Yes Fam Facebook Group to interact with other Yes Fam members from around the world!
- Join the Yes Fam USA Facebook Group to interact with Yes Fam in the United States or visiting the United States!
Rising Above the Past with Julissa Gonzalez - Ep 35
This episode is all about examining the past to see how it has affected our present life, and how it will continue to affect us if we do not make the conscious effort to be a better person and rise above the past trauma we all have suffered from. Examining the past, as this episode's guest Julissa shares, is a difficult and scary process. But it is our mutual belief, Julissa and I, that it is well worth facing it in order to move forward into the future. Listening to this episode, you'll find some very personal stories & experiences, as well as discussion of them. It is my hope that listening to us share will give you insight into yourself, and encourage you to start digging into your own patterns of behavior to unpack them. Growth isn't easy, but it is rewarding.
How To Spend Your Quarantine with Roxanne Ramos - Ep 34
A lot of people feel that right now is a time to be productive and spend time wisely. But in this episode, Roxanne and I share how that's not really the case. Roxanne had a very busy schedule prior to the stay-at-home order, so for her it was important to relax for a while. For me, it meant I could dive deeper into the things I enjoyed because I had more time. This is a game of self-awareness, knowing what is best for you. The conversation Roxanne and I have in this episode attempts to cover many of the challenges, thoughts, and beliefs that might be making our lives more difficult than they need to be - and it is my hope that listening to it can help you to unpack some of them.
We also talk about Roxanne as an aspiring content creator. We talk about content creation as an industry, a medium of expression, a platform, and Roxanne's belief of making "content with a purpose". We talk about challenges that many creators, both upcoming and established, face in the industry as well as some of the biggest positives of being in it.
You can find Roxanne with these links:
- Instagram - Roxramz_ - https://www.instagram.com/roxramz_/
- Twitter - Roxramz_ - https://twitter.com/roxramz_
- Tiktok - Roxramz_
- Youtube Channel - RC Queen - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCChioFgqKCOqbjNfAJk_htQ
- Wordpress - https://theauthorspostblog.wordpress.com
Dance as an Expression & A Guide to Personal Freedom with Danielle Galvez - Ep 33
You can join Dani at Village Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd, for a weekend of wellness, teachings, art, music, and communication skills. The line-up and registration is at freedomyogauc.com/villagefest. If you are so inclined, you can also consider donating to their GoFundMe campaign to provide healthcare workers with masks at www.gofundme.com/f/freedomyogaforwehavemasks.
You can connect with Dani on Instagram @danigalvez.444 (https://www.instagram.com/danigalvez.444/). You can also find Freedom Yoga Union City at @freedomyoga_unioncity (https://www.instagram.com/freedomyoga_unioncity/).
Be Around the Right People with Alexa Sass - Ep 32
This episode's guest Alexa Sass is in her second-year at UCLA, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Global Studies. So in part 1 of the episode, we're talking about understanding people, the impact and experience of international travel, and hearing about Alexa's amazing experiences professionally and personally involving those topics. That leads us into some of the main themes of this episode - how the people you are with shape any experience, and how important it is to protect and surround yourself with the right kind of people, and the right kind of energy. Alexa extends that social media as well. As she says, our minds are like a sponge, soaking up information that leads us to believe certain things. We speak on the impact what we intake mentally can have on the way we live our lives.
World Domination and Being Grandiose with Jiayao Xu - Ep 31
The following is a message from Jiayao: "Salutations, fellow entities! I was told that I can promote ANYthing I want here! Thus, I vocalise (actually, type) my endorsement of the notion of "genuinely caring for another human being." Its a grand feeling to know that someone cares about you no matter how insignificant you feel at that moment, knowing that somehow, in some way, you matter to someone if only for the moment. I'd give you a free octopus plushie(your choice of species and coloration and whether it makes sounds or not) for being such a splendid citizen once I become overlord of the world. It ain't bribery; it's conditioning! Anyhow, stay snazzy. Stay jazzy. Stay pizzazzy!"
You can find Jiayao on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/deuteryium/
The Arts, Quarantine, and Self-Esteem with Johan Casal - Ep 30
The Value of Active Peer Learning with Susan HayesCulleton - Ep 29
A Talk on Reframing Time, And Answering People's Greatest Weakness - Ep 28
This episode is a little different than usual because it wasn't originally done for the podcast, it was a talk that I was giving for two classes of high school Juniors & Seniors. In the talk, I share a personal story and a solution to many of the issues I believe young people struggle with often. We all get anxious and afraid of something, or we get upset and disappointed at how something went. We suffer from anxiety and depression at alarmingly high rates. While much of this is beyond our control, I do believe that we either sometimes cause anxiety and depression in ourselves, or enhance it with the way we frame our lives. If someone spills a cup of coffee, what will come out? Similarly, if someone causes the cup of your mind to overfill, what kinds of thoughts come spewing out? This talk is about how we can begin to stop this destructive and painful process by beginning with a simple, yet vital concept: recognizing that we cause suffering in ourselves. From there, the question becomes why we do that, and how we can stop it.
In the second clip I also talk about college acceptances, rejections, and picking where to go - which I feel can easily be applied to being accepted or rejected for jobs, business ventures, internships, going out on a date, or other opportunities. I add an insight from a book I'm reading which is relevant to the talk I gave - the biggest weakness for a lot of people and how to overcome it. Enjoy.
"How Do I Bring Value to Others?" A Reflection with Eric Chow - Ep 27
This solo episode is the result of when I was reflecting on the year of 2019. In particular, it looks at the evolution of my social media & my content on it. As I was reflecting on that journey, I realized that it featured a powerful 3-step process that helped guide me to some of the things I do today. If you ever wondered how I got into podcasting, writing articles, thoughtful Instagram captions, my Friendship Appreciation posts - this is the episode for you. If you ever wondered how I came up with the ideas for content, how I made decisions when it came to content (and life) - this is the episode for you. Most of all, if you are wondering what your unique gift to the world is and how you can find out - this is the episode for you.
Friends, 2019 was full of lessons and growth for me, and this episode is a glimpse into that. It speaks to the power of experimentation, listening, open-mindedness, positivity, gratitude, creativity, thoughtfulness, and more. It shares the simple 3-step process that was behind every step of my content-creating journey, from how I knew what to post on Instagram, to how I started my Friendship Appreciation Post series, to how I built the podcast, my articles, and my IGTV videos. I hope that sharing this reflection brings value, ironically, by helping you figure out how you can bring value.
This episode is based on an article I first published on LinkedIn on December 24th, 2019 that is linked here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-do-i-bring-value-others-eric-chow/.
The Nature of Impermanence On Technology, Relationships, History, and Daily Life with Sam Lin - Ep 26
The first repeated guest on the podcast, Sam Lin from Episode 15, joins me again on this episode to talk about Change & Impermanence. Under that broad umbrella, we discuss the impact of smartphones, the internet, and technology on human psychology. For example, how we miss things going on the real world because we become so enamored with what's on our screens, losing touch with the people around us physically, and even developing social anxiety.
We talk about dealing with people changing, and as a result, changes in relationships & friendships that we have. Sam points out that we often mess things up by being in denial, or pushing some "should" onto the person, holding onto the past & how it "used to be" - when that is no longer the case, what is the alternative? How can we move forward in a productive manner?
Sam & I expand further into the nature of change & progress in the grand scheme of the world and its broader history, before taking that and applying it back into the lives of the individual. (Just me, or did that sound really smart?) We discuss the mistakes people make when it comes to dealing with any kind of change in their lives - from why the phrase "good is always around the corner" is misleading, to the importance of coming to terms with the past, present, and future.
We end this nearly one-hour long conversation with the topic of dealing with hardship and emotions from the perspective of our previous topics of change, acceptance, relationships, and more. That includes ideas like the difference between fixing someone's problems and being there for them, or the difference between controlling and helping someone.
You can find Sam on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/sam.l.photo/
Self-Care in College, Negative Self-Talk, and College Relationships with Daniella Evangelista - Ep 25
Daniella's first quarter at UC Davis was "one of the most mentally and emotionally challenging" times in her life. She struggled with a lot. Homesickness, serious test anxiety, being able to balance and prioritize her mental health with her collegiate studies, to name a few. Negative self-talk that told her "I don't deserve to be here. I'm not smart enough. I'm not good enough. All these people are better than me" were at the forefront of her mind. She felt that she was the only person struggling, the only person who didn't understand, for example, what was going on in a lecture. She had to deal with her high expectations of herself being disappointed.
But as Daniella started to shift her attitude and mindset towards college, started to talk to the people around her, started to prioritize self-care, started to be kind to herself - she became equipped with tools that are helping her move forward. In this episode, she shares her journey with us, as well as the lessons she's learned along the way.
We are also joined partway through the episode by her boyfriend of 2.5 years, Alan Duong, to talk about the long-distance relationships, although their experience and advice are solid for any relationship in general. If you're in college or going to be, Daniella gives practical and real advice to the lifestyle and mindset that will help you succeed, but even beyond that, you will find that many of the struggles Daniella went through and the tips she suggests apply in all stages and ages of our lives. I hope you enjoy the episode! ~
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Making Music, An Artist's Message, and the "Dark Times" EP with Diggy Derk - Ep 24
You can find Diggy's links below. Diggy Derk's Website linktr.ee/DiggyDerk Apple Music music.apple.com/us/artist/diggy-derk/1479769597 Spotify open.spotify.com/artist/3jXv56qTnShOtdjp3pBhVO?si=70tpasqkS0SnQkTQitGyww Instagram instagram.com Twitter twitter.com/diggy_derk
How Life is a Journey of Constant Challenge & Growth with Kailani Ponti - Ep 23
Turning Pain into Purpose & The Problem with Qualifications with Sunshine Joyce Batasin - Ep 22
Normalization of Issues, Nature of Arguments, and Auditing Attention with Mhylia Castro - Ep 21
In this episode I'm joined by my friend Mhylia Castro. We share some wild stories, including one where Mhylia got separated from her friends during a shooting that occurred at Great America on Halloween. We also discuss people's behavior around serious national and global issues, including the normalization and lack of empathy for others, and the culture of headlines and attention. We talk about the nature of arguments being based on ego, and my 3 Key Elements to a Strong Relationship. Even politics and controversy were topics in this episode that you don't want to miss.
Parent-Child Relationships, The Ideal Career, and Living A Life For You with Kimberly Giangtran - Ep 20
You can find Kimberly on Instagram here: www.instagram.com/kimberlygiang/