Crooked Illness

Crooked Illness

By Paris Prynkiewicz
Welcome to my corner of the universe where we dive into topics all health-related! My guests and I primarily discuss mental health and mindset to discover more about the relationship between them. Each episode features advice, tips, and shared experiences from guests with expertise and experience on the topic of discussion.
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Coaching in Crisis
In episode 23, I am joined by Ellia Marcum, the owner and operator of Mood|Well,  a crisis coaching business. Ellia started this company to help other women thrive from mental illness and a plethora of different life crises. She speaks about the work she has done with Mood|Well and the reason and inspiration that led her to start her business. She talks about her experience personally and professionally related to trauma, healing, and the power of vulnerability. Ellia offers great advice on how she has helped her clients overcome feeling stuck and what you can do if you find yourself in that place. 
29:09
August 7, 2020
The Art of Executing Goals
In Episode 22 I am joined by my guest, Jan Fara, to discuss "The Art of Executing Goals." This conversation covers the journey of my guest and what he did to take critical action on turning his goals into accomplishments. In addition to this, we are going to be offering some tips on how to help inspire you to take action on yours. Jan was born in the Czech Republic and currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a fellow Podcaster (Host of the Beer and Chill Podcast), Artist and the first Czech professional wrestling trainee from GPWA (Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum). GPWA is a big school located in Scotland where many famous pro wrestlers have come out of after perfecting their craft. Jan will be speaking about the journey he took to turn his dream of becoming a professional wrestler into a reality. 
34:22
August 4, 2020
Why Treatment Doesn't Work So Well
This episode is an incredible conversation between my guest, John Giordano, and I on the topic of treatment for addiction. Mr. Giordano is an author, certified hypnotherapist, entrepreneur and an expert in the treatment of addiction and the founder of The National Institute For Holistic Addiction Studies. In addition to this, John has provided counseling and trauma recovery services to law enforcement officers and Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. He is a state and federal expert witness and also the Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department. As a 10th-degree black belt and National Karate Champion, he also trains law enforcement officers and Green Berets in self-defense and negotiation techniques. Mr. Giordano has also contributed to over sixty-five research papers with his close friend and colleague Dr. Kenneth Blum, discoverer of the addiction gene. Their papers have been published in peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals such as: Neuropharmacology, The American Journal of Psychiatry and The Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. John virtually sits down with me to share his story with addiction and how it has effected and transformed his life for the better. John describes current treatments for addiction and why they are ineffective along with the lifestyle choices people make that contribute to the problem. In addition to this, John shares valuable advice on how he dealt with his own addiction and how he was able to overcome it to help empower others. For more on John Giordano visit his website: https://www.holisticaddictioninfo.com/
23:01
July 28, 2020
Utilizing Curiosity over Judgement to Empower a Creative Mindset
In this episode, I am joined by Ryan Stanley, professional life coach and author of "Be Patient, Be Present, Be Joyful: A First Aid Kit for the Emotional Bumps, Scrapes, and Bruises of Life", to discuss judgement vs. curiosity. Ryan has changed the lives of hundreds of clients from all walks of life through his profession of coaching. He was also the first ever Internal Coach for one of the world's top coach training organizations where he coached staff from entry level to C suite on everything from daily professional growth to how they want to show up energetically in other more personal areas of their life. He offers incredible insight into the differences between judgement and curiosity and how to utilize curiosity in our daily lives to achieve our goals. He describes the ways in which we can shift the view we have of ourselves and others in order to move away from judgement and more toward a nature of compassion and understanding. 
32:18
July 20, 2020
Fear Busters
In episode 19, Neishma Gerena, my returning guest, and I dive into what it means to be a "fear buster." She offers great advice on how people can understand, work through and overcome various fears (public speaking, fear of failure, etc.). We get into some personal experiences we've had dealing with our own fears and how those experiences ended up helping us grow. We break down where fear often originates and what is at the root of most fears we all struggle with on a daily basis. I hope you guys enjoy this episode! Check out Neishma's podcast, "What is," available on Anchor, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. If you are interested in becoming a guest on Crooked Illness send me an e-mail at crookedillness@gmail.com 
31:00
July 17, 2020
Healthcare Dysfunctions & Potential Solutions
My guest, Erika Feinberg, and I have a conversation about common dysfunctions within the healthcare industry and potential solutions to rectify them. Erika works as the CMO of The Perfect Companion, a home health care service in Phoenix, AZ. She is also a public speaker, best-selling author, corporate trainer and specializes in psychosocial counseling and the creation of growth strategies for existing businesses. Our conversation highlights Erika’s interest for getting involved in the healthcare field along with her experiences in the field. She also shares advice for those who wish to get involved with creating positive changes for healthcare services.
38:14
July 9, 2020
The "All-in" Mentality
I virtually sit down to have a conversation on the "All-in" mentality with my guest, Ruben MC Medina. He is an artist, producer, motivational speaker and DJ. He primarily works as an interactive edutainment (education and entertainment) motivational speaker. We dive into the meaning behind having an "All-in" mentality and our conversation highlights the benefits of this type of mentality along with a few drawbacks. Medina discusses how this type of mentality has influenced and contributed to the work he is doing to inspire, motivate and help others through all of his platforms. For more information on him visit his website: https://www.lovemedina.com/ 
23:09
July 6, 2020
The Power of Problems
In this episode, I talk about how I used to view problems and the way I view them today. I open up about certain problems I’ve dealt with in the past and the lessons I learned as a result of that. I reframe the view of problems as negative into a positive view that offers the opportunity for growth and learning. I talk about the power we sometimes give to our problems that enables them to grow and become unmanageable. I offer ways to shift that view to looking at problems as a way of understanding how to solve, maneuver and handle them.
16:57
June 29, 2020
Waiting is a Dream Killer
We all have moments in our lives where we wait. We may wait because we are unsure, scared, happy where we are or nervous to see what else we can open ourselves up to. But instead of spending so much time waiting, try to understand what is making you want to wait. Try to understand the cause of your decision to wait. Once you understand what is at the root of that decision it will be helpful moving forward. However, there are some things in life you should take some time to decide on. I am not advocating that everyone should just rush into every decision they make. But I am saying that people should carefully think things over and try to understand why they want more time to decide on something. Opportunities present themselves to us at various points in our lives but not all of these opportunities are the same and all of them may not be available forever.
25:40
June 19, 2020
The Bigger Picture
This episode I bring on my guest and beautiful friend, Sandra Nijiva, to talk about racism and discrimination. We have a conversation about this issue and Sandra shares her own personal experiences with racism growing up and how she has handled these situations. This is a powerful interview that I hope you find eye opening, informative and enlightening. Check out the interview Sandra did on this topic on her podcast “Organically You.”
1:01:23
June 11, 2020
The Power of Empathy
In this episode, I talk about the power that empathy has in different aspects of our lives. I break down what empathy is, what it does and what it means if there is a lack of empathy in different scenarios. The message that inspired this episode is to try to understand the emotions of others. It is not always easy to take a step back and dissect where another person is coming from. I talk about my experience with this and in how trying this has improved the quality of my relationships. I hope you guys enjoy this episode! 
20:39
June 8, 2020
Sexual Assault’s Effects on Mental Health
In this episode, I talk with Luke Cuccurullo, a fellow podcaster and former reality television personality with a civil engineering background. Luke shares his story and describes the effects sexual assault has had on those close to him as well as how it has impacted his life. We talk about how this can be a difficult topic to open up about and the reasoning for that. Hopefully, these experiences we shared are helpful to those who have gone through a similar experience or know someone who has. Check out Luke’s podcast called “Cuccurullo Conversations” available on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts.
32:00
May 18, 2020
“People Pleasers” with Julie Scott
In this episode I chat about people pleasing with life coach, author and speaker, Julie Scott! She shares how she went from being a total people pleaser to taking back control of her life and using her experiences to help others live a life of confidence, passion and authenticity. We talk about what it means to be a people pleaser, the effects it can have on your relationships and how to step out of that role and into one that aligns with your true passions in life. To check out Julie’s work visit: www.itsabouttimebaby.com
32:21
May 14, 2020
Your Own Worst Critic with Robby Reyes
On this episode I have my good friend and amazing hair stylist, Robby, here to talk about what it means when we are our own worst critics. We are going to be talking about this topic and how it relates to our own self-views and how being too critical of yourself can be damaging. Specifically related to the beauty industry where Robby works, we are going to be talking about how many people are unable to see their own beauty because they are comparing themselves to others on Tv or social media. I thought this would be a fun episode after talking with him about how so many people struggle with this on a daily basis. I even used to struggle with this myself and still have days where I am overly critical of myself! I hope you all enjoy this episode and take something away from it. ❤️
33:19
May 4, 2020
Avoid the Quarantine Blues with Sandra Njiva
In this episode, I have my friend Sandra Njiva share some tips on how to avoid the “quarantine blues.” She was born in Zimbabwe and currently lives and works as a medical assistant in New York. She shared great tips with me that I thought would be amazing to share with you guys! This is a difficult, challenging and unprecedented time but she shares what she has done to remain positive, productive and motivated during this time. I hope you all enjoy this episode and are staying healthy and safe!
36:24
April 25, 2020
Becoming Vulnerable with MaKayla Kellor
In this episode, MaKayla and I talk about what it means to become vulnerable in mental healthcare. I am so glad to welcome her to the show to share her own personal experiences along with the work she does in her non-profit called Becoming Vulnerable. We talk about overcoming the fear of being vulnerable along with the benefits of opening up. I hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thank you for all the love, support and feedback!
31:18
April 17, 2020
Mindset Shift with Stephanie Anderson
In this episode I bring on my very first guest, my friend Stephanie, to share her thoughts on the power of mindset. She shares a little bit of her story and how working on personal development for the past two years has transformed her quality and outlook on life. She shares some of the things she has done to shift her mindset in order to live a more fulfilled and happy life. I hope you guys enjoy this episode because it was so much fun working on this interview and being able to bring it to you guys here! Thank you so much for all the support, feedback and love I have received so far!
32:07
April 8, 2020
Failure is Feedback
In this episode, I talk about looking at failure in a more positive light. I talk about how failure is commonly viewed in a negative light and the consequences this can have in various areas of your life. If you change the way you view failure, it can open doors for growth and learning in a number of ways discussed here.
51:52
March 26, 2020
Walking away from Negativity
On Episode #5 I get into ways that negative relationships can effect your life and what to do about it. I share how my latest interview on the "Organically You" podcast with my friend Sandra inspired me to post this episode. I get into how toxic relationships of all kinds can impact you mentally and even lead to guilt and sadness about cutting it off. I talk about how to identify if the relationship is toxic and to understand how it makes you feel overall. I mention how who you surround yourself with and how they make you feel ultimately contribute to how you view your self, your abilities and your self-esteem. I hope this episode was helpful and I appreciate all the feedback and support I've received so far.
28:12
March 17, 2020
Where are you putting your energy?
This episode talks about the positive and negative places we can place our energy on a daily basis and how it can ultimately impact our relationships, productivity, passions and self-confidence. What you give most or all of your energy to can either influence or delay success in areas of your life. Do you spend the majority of your time trying to place your energy in more positive or negative places?
28:59
March 4, 2020
Misdiagnosed
Today’s topic is about my own personal experience with having been misdiagnosed with depression. I share my story and thoughts on therapy, medication and treatment to help those who are struggling with this issue or know someone who has dealt with this. This information is also to provide clarity to those wanting to learn more about what being misdiagnosed is like and I use details from my own experience to paint that picture.
30:12
February 21, 2020
Appreciating Progress
I get into an easy way to appreciate progress made on goals in the past and how this ties into where you are now and where you hope to be in the future. I share my exercise that helps with overthinking, procrastination and over analyzing. Take time to appreciate the accomplishments you have made and the obstacles you’ve overcame! I hope this is helpful and helps with goal setting and personal development ❤️
16:28
February 7, 2020
February 1, 2020
00:46
February 1, 2020
The Relationship between Mental + Physical Health
I wanted to share my thoughts on my passion for mental health and how properly caring for your physical health plays a key role in sustaining optimal mental health. I talk about being introduced to how your diet, exercise and nutritional choices can either help or hurt your mental health.
15:28
February 1, 2020