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Give A Damn

Give A Damn

By Alana Weinroth
A podcast that intentionally and mindfully explores life’s common challenges, in order to break down the barriers between us and become the best version of yourself.
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End of Season One: Taking Time to Heal
Today is a very special episode. With my heart on my sleeve and no script, I am putting a close to our first season of the podcast. With a little hiatus, I am intentionally taking time to heal, process, give back to our community, and come back with a fresh perspective and inspirational content. I will see you all soon!
September 18, 2020
Monique Iniguez: On What You Should Know About Human Trafficking
On today’s episode, I sit down with Covenant House’s Human Trafficking Case Manager, Monique Iniguez. Monique Iniguez was born and raised in California, In 2010 she began to learn about the issue of human trafficking and started attending task force meetings to become more educated on the issue. In 2012 Monique moved to Los Angeles to work with survivors of human trafficking and by the end of 2016 Monique became the program director of a human trafficking residential program. Over the course of the last 8 years Monique has not only worked in a residential setting with survivors but has also been a part of a street outreach team. She has participated in numerous special operations with the FBI, law enforcement, and Homeland Security. In September of 2018 Moniquetransitioned to the Covenant House and is now their Human Trafficking Case Manager. Tune in to conversation as we discuss all the important things we should know about Human Trafficking and we break down the myths around this very hard topic.
September 13, 2020
Why Gratitude is the Most Important Part of your Day
On today’s episode I am talking about the most important part of your day: gratitude. Tune in as I talk through why I think everyone should have a daily gratitude practice, the studies that prove it, and then break down how to do gratitude most effectively.
September 6, 2020
Rikki Mendias: On Spreading Love and Connection One Pair of Sneakers at a Time
On today’s episode of the podcast I interview the amazing and inspiring Rikki Mendias. Rikki is the Founder and CEO of HavASole, a nonprofit organization who’s mission is to provide the homeless and at risk youth population with quality footwear to encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent disease, while fostering a sense of community along the way. Tune in as Rikki talks about his upbringing and how it inspired him to start HavASole and the all the reasons he has made this his life’s mission.
August 30, 2020
Melissa Ellingson: On Optimizing your Health from the Inside Out
On today’s episode I am interviewing Melissa Ellingson. Born and raised in Seattle, Melissa has lived “the dream”, living in both NYC and LA and working high profile jobs in fashion and events. However, after encountering a health battle and finding holistic healing methods, Melissa became fascinated with the world of clean and holistic wellness. Tune in as Melissa talks about some of the big things we can change now, and how to clean up your life from the inside out!
August 23, 2020
Birthday Reflection: Thirty-three years of life lessons.
On today’s episode I reflect on the life lessons that I have learned over the span of my life, as I celebrated my birthday this week. I share the 8 most important lessons I have learned that I use as my guiding principles.
August 9, 2020
Shannon Morton: On Black Women Leading
On today’s episode I interview writer/producer/activist/ organizer Shannon Morton. Shannon has spent most of her career working in tv and film, and her love of storytelling drew her to writing courses at UCLA extension and ultimately producing her own web series. Through all that, Shannon has always been an activist for BLM. After the most recent racially charged deaths, her heart for social justice moved her to start her own non profit called Black Women Lead, which is focused on equal justice for black people and the preservation of black lives. Tune in as we talk through her journey, what Black Women Lead is doing in the community, and why she believes black women leaders could change our world.
August 2, 2020
The Year of Wonder: Questioning More and Answering Less
On today’s episode I explore the concept of wondering. Inspired by my friend and GAD podcast guest, morgxn, and his newest song called wonder, I propose a year of questioning more and searching for answers less to help us all navigate the second half of this uncertain year. I wonder what you’ll think of this...
July 26, 2020
Sam Heumann: On Holistic Wellness & Prioritizing Yourself
Tune in today’s episode where I interview friend and holistic wellness coach Sam Heumann, founder of HumanlyWell. Sam started HumanlyWell to help her clients make wellness-driven decisions that align with their health goals. As a holistic wellness coach, she provides support, education, and accountability in developing a framework for them to lead a healthier life with a focus on mindfulness, nutrition, and fitness. Tune in to our conversation as we break down the myths about diet and exercise and explore all the other factors like stress and sleep that play a critic role in our wellness.
July 19, 2020
Identity Crisis: Finding your true identity vs. external identity.
On today’s episode, we are talking about how we form our identities. We discuss the difference between external and internal identities and I give you tools to start taping deeper into your true self versus letting the external world define you.
July 12, 2020
Dr. Cynthia Ganote: On Racism and Systems of Oppression.
On today’s episode of the podcast I had the pleasure of interviewing my favorite college professor Dr. Cynthia Ganote. Dr. Ganote has been teaching about race, class, gender and sexual inequality for the past 20 years at Saint Marys College of California and most recently at the University of Louisville. Join us as she educates us through her sociology lens on BLM movement, white privilege, and intersectional systems of oppression.
July 5, 2020
Manifestation & the Power of Controlling your Thoughts
In today’s episode I share my take on manifestation. Siting the great Dr. Joe Dispenza, I talk through his principles on thought and feeling control and how that understanding ultimately sets you up for manifesting a big abundant life.
June 28, 2020
Georgi Kay: On Beating To Her Own Drum.
Join me as I interview Grammy nominated, multi-ARIA and APRA award winning singer-songwriter Georgi Kay. Tune in as we talk about growing up in Australia, coming out to her family, and how she’s never let herself fit into one bucket and continues to explore her creativity and talents.
June 14, 2020
Brit Moore Gilmore: On Racial Injustice and Homeless Workforce Initiative
On today’s episode I interview former Giving Keys President Brit Moore Gilmore. Recorded weeks before our nations uprise for equality, Brit talks about her passion for racial equity within our country, as well as within the workforce. Recently leaving Giving Keys she turned her focus to systems change work, and is currently scaling the model to get hundred of people transitioning out of homelessness back into the workforce.
June 7, 2020
Eric Rias: On Making Your Mess Your Message
On today’s episode I sit down with Eric Rias, a coach pretend, pretend writer, and the host of the Hearts Over Everything podcast. Tune in as Eric talks openly about his journey with addiction, sobriety, and how we found redemption in a life of service and love.
May 31, 2020
Less Fixing, More Filtering: Finding new ways to cope.
In today's episode I am talking with you about something I have learned a lot about lately, and that is how to cope. As things have spiraled in our lives to a new level of lack of control, all of us control freaks out there need to find new ways to process things. I talk about the theory that everything is figureoutable and how to switch your mindset from controlling to careful processing. This new switch will help you not only to relieve stress in your life, but also to create healthier habits that go far beyond quarantine. 
May 24, 2020
Aubree Nichols: On Finding True Self Love
Tune in as I talk to the amazing Aubree Nichols about her journey and experience with finding true, unconditional self-love. Aubree is a feminine feminist that believes self love heals all. Her writing has been featured in The Week, Observer, and Elite Daily making her a resonant voice in the self-love movement, which she believes is the ultimate love story. She has a M.A. in Organizational Change and cultivates community and creativity within organizations with her proprietary workshop, Stoked! Sit back, get out your journal, and enjoy this beautiful conversational.
May 17, 2020
Kevin Francis: On A Life vs. A Lifestyle
Today I sit down with my friend and generational influencer Kevin Francis. Kevin is a shepherd, a preacher, a speaker, a musician, and a mentor. Tune in as we talk about faith, finding your spiritual home, and learning the difference between living a life and living a lifestyle.
May 10, 2020
Finding Happiness: The lies we tell ourself and how to actually be happy.
In this episode I talk about happiness. The one thing that everyone wants to attain but we don’t always know how to get there. Today I go over all the ways we try to cheat our way there and what things in life ACTUALLY make us happy.
May 3, 2020
Slowing Down: How to avoid burnout and create healthy habits.
I had planned to do an episode about slowing down and avoiding burnout long before the pandemic hit, so it felt even more right to cover this topic now. In today’s episode I talk about how we can set ourselves up for success to notice burnout sooner after life goes back to normal.
April 26, 2020
morgxn: On the great slow down and how to embrace the process of finding your own way.
On today’s episode I have a conversation with my dear friend morgxn. morgxn is a musician with over 3m views on YouTube on his hit song “home”. morgxn is also an all around beautiful human, soul, advocate, and humanitarian. Check out our conversation on life, pandemic, and finding your own way.
April 19, 2020
Missy Modell: On following your heart & turning your passion into a business.
On today’s episode I am interviewing my dear friend and absolute soul sister Missy Modell. Missy is a pop parody artist and the founder of YES MAM - a creative consulting agency focused on socially conscious brands. We discuss spiritual practices, self care, and how to find the belief in yourself to start your own business.
April 12, 2020
You Are Not Your Thoughts: How to overcome limiting beliefs.
Today we unpack the concept “you are not your thoughts”. Limiting beliefs can hold us back our whole lives, so while we are home and have the space to process, I teach you an exercise on working through and overcoming limiting beliefs.
April 6, 2020
Being Ok With NOT Being Ok: How to move through the stages of grief we’re experiencing.
Everyone is moving through a space of unknown right now. Each week is different, each day is different, HECK, each hour is different. So today I talk about being ok with not being ok and how to honor our feelings in a healthy way and move through the stages of grief we are in.
March 29, 2020
Week One Down: What did we learn?
We may have thought we had a plan last week, but a lot has changed. Today I talk about finding the true message in this social distancing time, how you can take advantage of the space the Universe is giving us, and some recommendations on who to follow to stay healthy.
March 22, 2020
Who’s Got Lemons?: When shit doesn’t go according to plan.
There’s an elephant in the room and everyone is talking about it... Corona Virus! So let’s talk about it. Today I discuss how we can learn to see this time as an opportunity to slow down and reflect on the way we’ve always done things.
March 14, 2020
Nick Perdomo: On why joy feels different on & off the yoga mat.
On this episode, I do my first interview with my dear friend Nick Perdomo. Nick is a brilliant yogi and yoga teacher and one of the people in my life who inspires me the most. We discuss his upbringing in Venice, CA, his journey in becoming a true yogi, and discovering a life of purpose and mindfulness.
March 8, 2020
Do Unto Others: Stopping the ish talking.
Today we are going to discuss the importance of giving a damn about other people. We get to the root of why we talk ish about people and go over some easy tools to stop the cycle of negative energy output.
March 1, 2020
The importance of personal boundaries.
On today’s episode I am talking about personal boundaries. I discuss why we need them, why so few of us have them, and how to start implementing them into your life before burnout hits.
February 23, 2020
Sharing my journey
On today’s episode, I share with you all my journey in finding myself and following my heart. I share this today so that my listeners can better understand why this is so important to me and why I started this podcast.
February 16, 2020
Viewing obstacles as growth vs. detriments.
In this episode, I discuss the choice we all have to view obstacles that come up as opportunities for growth. Obstacles can get us stuck or hold us back from accomplishing our goals if we don’t prepare for them. I talk through each stage of facing obstacles and how to reframe your mindset to show up with grace and move through stronger.
February 9, 2020
Not feeling like you’re enough.
In my very first episode, I explore the one thing that has held me back from starting this podcast, and that is not feeling like enough. I discuss all the things that make us feel like we’re not good enough and what techniques we can use to get over that feeling and love ourselves for who we are.
January 28, 2020