If you are in your 20's and 30's you have a TREMENDOUS opportunity to establish healthy habits that will benefit you later in life. Rather than having the typical experience of a retiree who struggles with health challenges, you can continue to thrive into your 60's and beyond by making intentional changes now.
Here are the 5 Things to Do in Your 20's - 30's to Craft a Healthier Life:
Determine the type of life that you DO want to live, and the type of life that you DON'T want to live
Be realistic about your strengths and your vulnerabilities
Focus on sustainability
Prioritize your mental health
Build a team
If you have questions about how to apply any of these principles for yourself, please reach out!
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Lauren McKenzie is a fire plug of energy, passion, and thoughtful wisdom. The time we spent chatting during this interview was a blast, and I fully expect that everyone will derive value from her story.
Lauren shares her journey through finding her passion, navigating the workforce, and ultimately growing into an entrepreneur. Her work has spawned not one, but THREE companies that she is currently running:
REN Creativ Photo
Wild West Press Co.
We talked about:
Lauren's journey to the work she is doing now
The ups and downs of entrepreneurship
Mental health, therapy, and why being a WHOLE person is valuable for the community
...and much more.
To check out Lauren's work, visit:
REN Creativ Online
REN Creativ IG
REN Creativ FB
REN Creativ Lifestyle Photography
Wild West Press Co.
NAMI Colorado Springs - National Alliance of Mental Illness
TESSA - Empowering Victims of Domestic Abuse
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On this Episode of Thrive for the COS: Talk with a Doc I sit down with Dr. Justin Manning of Bettner Vision to discuss a hot topic these days - the healthcare system.
Dr. Manning is a practicing optometrist at Bettner Vision here in Colorado Springs, but also brings a unique perspective in that he holds a Masters of Public Health degree, has taught and practiced overseas, and is involved in consulting and teaching other Doctors of Optometry on healthcare related topics.
How does the healthcare system in the United States work?
Why is it so expensive (even if I don't use it)?
How do we stack up to other countries on spending and outcomes?
The personal responsibility that we all have for our own health and well-being
How to select a good healthcare provider
The future of healthcare spending
Bettner Vision online
Bettner Vision on Facebook
Bettner Vision on IG
The Kerataconus and Scleral Lens Institute at Bettner Vision
To consult with Dr. Stenberg of Zenith Chiropractic - submit a request for a consultation here and mention the code THRIVE50 for $50 toward a comprehensive NeuroStructural Examination!
Take it from someone who knows from experience - to reach your potential in sport, life, and business you MUST have hard conversations.
Kara has learned that honesty, transparency, and the courage to have tough conversations is KEY to optimal performance.
In our full interview, we talk about a LOT more interesting things about life as an olympic athlete, what it takes to stay at the top of your sport for a decade, and the business of being an athlete.
Check out the full interview here.
Latest episode of Thrive For The COS features MY favorite segment called "Talk with a Doc" where I get to share the behind-the-scenes conversations between healthcare providers.
This episode features Jeff Hunter, NP owner of Upstream Functional Medicine and is a primer to a more in depth conversation regarding gut health, inflammation, diet, and more.
We specifically talk about supplementation - how to determine if a given supplement is right for you, the questions that you should be asking in regards to supplementation, and where many people go wrong in trying to use supplements like pharmaceuticals.
Upstream Functional Medicine Online
This episode of Thrive For The COS features James Garofalo MA, CAC II and Kayla Engel LPC, NCC, MS of Viewpoints Psychotherapy LLC, a veteran owned business here in Colorado Springs providing psychotherapy services, provider staffing, counseling, and consulting services.
James and Kayla both entered the field after having their own personal experiences with psychotherapy services, James in the military and Kayla after learning that she had OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Why mental health matters and where counseling and therapy services fit into an integrative model of healthcare
Stigmas around mental health and how optimizing performance in life and business requires optimizing mental health as well
Areas impacting mental health including family history, genetics, trauma, and more
The truth about OCD, it's different manifestations, and how to evaluate your options for minimizing its negative effects
This was a fascinating conversation, and I'm grateful to James and Kayla for sharing in their expertise, perspectives, and time around this VERY important topic.
Viewpoints Psychotherapy Services online
Viewpoints on Facebook (including link to our Facebook live stream of this conversation)
Be sure to check out past episodes on Thrive for the COS podcast! If you liked this one, then be sure to check out my conversations with Caleb David of The Table Initiative and Frank Sinclair of Dream Again LLC.
Zenith Chiropractic - Colorado Springs first and only chiropractic clinic focused on NeuroStructural Chiropractic. Structural problems require structural solutions. Zenith Chiropractic provides comprehensive solutions without twisting, popping, and cracking the joints of the spine. For a complimentary consultation with NeuroStructural chiropractor and host of Thrive for the COS Podcast, click here or call 719.301.9650.
Enter code THRIVE50 for $50 off of a comprehensive NeuroStructural Evaluation.
INTRODUCING - Talk with a Doc: Episode 1
This new series will bring health care professionals from around the Colorado Springs community to the table for conversations around health and well-being from all aspects; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
You'll gain valuable insights into perspectives around healthcare, practical tools for thriving at any phase of life, and a behind the scenes look at healthcare from a providers standpoint.
We'll kick off this series with none other than the host of Thrive for the COS podcast - Dr. John Stenberg. This interview originally aired on the Expect Miracles Podcast with Dr. Kevin Pecca (highly recommend checking out his show) who was gracious in providing the audio to share with the Colorado Springs community.
The family health scare that got me into chiropractic
My experiences as a chiropractic patient and Doctor
Insights into the chiropractic profession and the sub-specialty known as upper cervical chiropractic
Expect Miracles Podcast with Dr. Kevin Pecca
Zenith Chiropractic in Colorado Springs
Zenith Chiropractic on Facebook
Dr. John's Instagram
Zenith Chiropractic on YouTube
Colorado Springs residents are welcome to reserve a Complimentary Consultation with Dr. John Stenberg to discuss their health challenges, to learn more about NeuroStructural Chiropractic, and to determine if it can help you to thrive physically.
Click Here To Schedule Consultation
Call Zenith Chiropractic: 719.301.9650
Kara Winger has competed 3x in the Olympic games for Team USA as a women's javelin thrower. Her longevity in the sport has spanned over a decade of elite performance and is unmatched in her event.
Throughout her career in a demanding sport, Kara has learned the skills to THRIVE mentally, physically, and emotionally as she has faced obstacles, adversity, and injury.
When and how Kara knew that her goal was to go to the Olympic games
How to have a healthy and vibrant relationship as a pro athlete
Finding balance in a lifestyle that demands total dedication
Her development as a mental athlete and how to cultivate the mindset of a champion
A day-in-the-life of an elite athlete
The business of being an elite athlete - sponsor relationships, social media, and how to stay true to yourself while using your platform for the greater good
The Olympic games experience from an athletes perspective - from walking in the opening ceremonies, to meeting other high profile athletes, to witnessing history as a fan and spectator
and much more...
I really enjoyed this conversation and could have easily continued chatting with Kara. She's down-to-earth but has the swagger of someone who knows what she's capable of. My key take-aways from our conversation:
Focusing on improvement over time vs. other people's goals leads to success and fulfillment
Compartmentalizing life and finding balance outside of your primary focus (work, athletics, etc) leads to more focused effort and greater efficiency
The importance of communication - with your partner, team, coaches, etc - for breaking through mental barriers and achieving the next level of success
Beijing opening ceremony 2008
Kara's Facebook page
Maddie Dog's Instagram
Olympians For Public Lands
Kara's favorite podcasts: TED Radio Hour, Skimm'd from The Couch, Believed
Heather Felde is physical therapist, athlete, and world traveler who owns and operates Ascend Physical Therapy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her unique focus in manual therapy centers on an individualized approach that gets to the root of the problem and has taken her across the world to teach, train, and practice.
Motivated by the opportunity to gain a new perspective, Heather stepped away from a new and growing practice for 6 months to experience life and practice in the Far East. This leap of faith took her to Delhi, India where she treated patients, taught manual therapy techniques, and explored the rich landscape and culture of Nepal and India.
From the summit of Mount Everest to the foot of Pikes Peak, Heather has worked tirelessly to provide the Colorado Springs community with opportunity to Ascend to new heights of health and human performance.
• Why Heather saw a need for a patient-centered approach to physical therapy in our community
• How her unique focus led to international opportunity
• How being overwhelmed in a foreign land led to a mindfulness practice
• The unique experience of being a minority in a new and unfamiliar culture
• Tips for optimal sleep and why it is important for tissue repair and overall well-being
Heather and I also provide a brief “behind the scenes” look into the values, perspectives, and business aspects of going into solo practice. This candid part of the conversation explores the real-world sacrifices and challenges that go into providing high quality care with integrity and a patient-centered approach.
Heather shares some very insightful perspectives from her time in India that I think you’ll find not only interesting, but thought provoking.
Resources: • https://www.ascend-physicaltherapy.com/
On this episode of Thrive for the COS, I talk with Caleb David, Colorado Springs commercial real estate broker and founder of The Table Initiative.
Caleb has traveled the world and experienced cultures from Africa to the Middle East. He's a father of two and has experienced first hand the trials and tribulations of international adoption. Through Caleb's extensive work in the non-profit sector, he has worked tirelessly to expose and dark side of international adoption and to seek community driven solutions that equip local adoption when possible. We discussed some very sensitive topics, so approach our conversation with an open mind and consider Caleb's perspective.
- Cultural paternalism in international mission work
- Why trying to "fix" other people's problems often makes things worse
- The experience of sharing a meal with Syrian refugees in the Middle East
- Evangelical Trafficking and the dark side of international adoption
- Tips for mental, emotional, and spiritual health in the midst of intense social justice work
- The importance of coming to the table for a meal, some wine, and human connection
Connect with Caleb and follow The Table Initiative:
Frank Sinclair of Dream Again LLC shares insights, wisdom, and practical advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners about how to stay the course.
The breadth of life experiences that inform his outlook include growing up in a segregated south, traveling the world in the United States Air Force, living in Acacia Park as a part of homeless community, and eventually becoming an integral part of the Colorado Springs small business community.
- Frank's amazing journey through life
- How impostor syndrome derailed his Air Force career and how to overcome it
- Why wanting to change the world can limit your real impact
- Tips for staying encouraged through the hard times
- Why comparing yourself to others is foolish
...and so much more. This was a very dense hour of conversation, and I would encourage you to listen intently to glean all of the wisdom that Frank shared.
Frank's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
(for Frank's reading list and information regarding the 7 Part Hope Quotient that Frank uses with clients)
https://www.facebook.com/dreamagainllc/ - Dream Again on Facebook
https://www.linkedin.com/in/frank-sinclair-038722137/ - LinkedIn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8E-EcvjDOM - Millenials were born to lead - here's why, TEDxMileHigh
On this episode of Thrive for the COS, I chat with Bruce McClintock. He is the Chief Exploration Officer at Hike for Life, a Colorado Springs based social impact business focused on providing carefully curated guided hikes in the mountains of central Colorado.
We talk about:
- the 5 Fundamentals of a safe hiking experience
- stories about life threatening experiences in the mountains of Colorado
- unique history of one of Colorado Springs "hidden gems"
- how to experience the health benefits of time spent outdoors
https://hikeforlife.co/ - website
https://hikeforlife.co/pre-hike-prep/ 5 Fundamentals
https://www.facebook.com/hikeforlife.co/ Facebook Page
https://www.merecyclers.com/ Mountain Equipment Recyclers
https://www.cmc.org/ - Colorado Mountain Club
https://www.alltrails.com/ - All Trails
https://www.hikingproject.com/ - REI Hiking Project
http://www.gopalmerpark.org/ - Guardians of Palmer Park
http://innovation.uccs.edu/ - UCCS Business Innovation Program
Born and raised in Israel, Kobi Chumash brings a unique perspective on life, culture, and the college experience. Kobi has a unique role as Hebrew professor, adviser to the Colorado College Jewish cultural organization Hillel, and self-proclaimed "Jewish mom" to the students of CC.
We talk about:
- Growing up in Israel
- Lessons from 7 years in the Israeli Air Force
- The pitfalls of pushing students to identify with a career path
- How Kobi helps to connect the Colorado Springs community to the language, history, and culture of Judaism in an open and welcoming way
- Kobi's advice for college students who graduate without a clear vision of their purpose
- What the Colorado Springs community should know about life at CC
Loyal Coffee's Tyler Hill shares powerful insights from his experiences as a cafe owner, boss, and hospitality consultant in Colorado Springs.
- The important difference between providing good customer service and providing a meaningful guest experience
- Tyler's history and family experiences that drive him to delight others
- The importance of showing hospitality to yourself first so that you are best equipped for service
This episode contains a TON of wisdom, so be sure to listen in it's entirety.
Connect with Tyler:
On this first episode of the Thrive for the COS podcast, your host Dr. John Stenberg shares the vision and mission behind this project, a little bit about his personal story, and invites the Colorado Springs community to engage in sharing stories that matter.