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Checkin’ Our Allies

Our Allies. They stand by us. They support us. They fight with us. They fight for us.

Allies are important for all of us, and especially for any marginalized community.

It is LGBT Pride Month and as a proud gay man, I celebrate a pride I did not always have. I also celebrate the people who stand with my community. Who support my community. Who fight with my community.

My guest today, Andrew Bossone, has been my ally for 20 years now. He stood with me before I came out of the closet, and he stands with me to this day. In this episode, we explore the friendship between a proud gay man and a supportive straight man. The bridge that was built with our friendship. The understanding that each of us has have found within ourselves, and within each other.

Checkin’ Building Brain Waves

Today’s guest is Nelson Lee, the creator of Building Brain Waves on Youtube.

“Building Brain Waves”  (stylistically and substantially) explores Nelson’s own journey with  Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, while focusing on sharing the tools that have helped him move forward. Literally taking us on his journey with him, and dropping some hardcore knowledge when it comes to the strengthening power of our now.  Sharing the incredible movement that meditation and mindfulness can provide in our lives, and for our mental health.

Make sure to give Nelson and “Building Brain Waves” a follow on Instagram and Subscribe on Youtube 

As usual, keep checking yourself and keep taking care of yourself, because its the best way to help others do the same.

Checkin’ #KeepTalkingMH

Community is such an important thing in this world, and social media does make it easier for us to form those communities. Forming friendships from around the world, understanding people and topics we may not have been open to before. Ultimately, feeling less alone with whatever we are going through or living with.

This episode, I am joined by Mental Health Advocate Power Couple  Rebecca Lombardo and Joe Lombardo. They are the podcast hosts of Voices For Change 2.0 Podcast and the creators of the community building hashtag, #KeepTalkingMH on Twitter.

Two incredible people who ushered me into my advocacy and podcasting.

Make sure to use #KeepTalkingMH on all social media platforms. Finding support and the community we need, and openly continuing the conversation on Mental Health.


Checkin’ Inner Transformation

“The idea of facing myself naked, without the trappings of the world seemed unbearable”  – Felipe Zimmer

However, that is what Felipe did. What followed was a journey of consciousness and inner transformation. Choosing to face all the judgements, thoughts and feelings that were within him by allowing himself to sit with them, away from the rest of the world.  He is sharing what he learned in his process, in his book:

Masters of Belief: A Guide to Spiritual Liberation (Buy Here)

I will continue to say how much I get to learn from my guests, and with Felipe Zimmer it is no different. There is something extremely calming when you speak with him, and he does something I absolutely love. He inspires to think, and he lends himself to help you in the process.

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“Checkin’ Anxiety” with Guest Ryan Light

Season 2 starts starts with a Shek Check all about anxiety. Not only what it is, but the different forms it can take, manifest  and where it can stem from. 

Joined by Anxiety Coach Ryan Light, sharing his personal experiences and what he is doing with them now.

Ryan Light is an athlete, blogger and coach. Having struggled with general anxiety,panic disorder and OCD Ryan knows first hand how it feels to live with this struggle on a daily basis. As he takes his journey he now inspires people to find their own way with theirs. 

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Episode 22: Circle of Judgement

In a world where we scream “Dont judge me”, yet we go on judging. Judging others and ourselves. When do we choose, individually, to start living by example? When do we choose to break that Circle of Judgement? 

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Episode 21: Special Guests Kyle Thomas & Kenyth Mogan

Originally Aired on Blog Talk Radio on February 14 2019 

Valentine’s Day can be hard when you are single, so why not talk about it. The Shek Check is joined by two incredible guests for this panel discussion about love, relationships, and self love.
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Kyle Thomas is an award-winning Writer, Creative Director, and Film Producer.  Astrology has always inspired him and he is a great believer in using the Universe to manifest the life you’ve always dreamt of and is the resident astrologer for lifestyle brand, Love by Luna. Check out his latest book “2019 LOVESCOPES,”:


Kenyth is a Musician working against the mold of the pop persona’s in the LGBTQ community. Kenyth has been featured in magazines, podcasts, and on websites all over the world. He’s been lauded for his captivating lyrics and the emotional delivery of his songs as well as the colorful creativity in his music videos. His newest single HOLY WATER, was written by Tim Feehan and Pop Icon Tiffany. A song that is about the struggle of a loved one, grappling with addiction. Check it out right here: 

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Episode 20: Special Guest Charles Minguez

Originally aired live on the Left of Str8 Network on Blog Talk Radio.

January 31, 2019

Charles is a contributing writer for The Good Men Project, his mental health story has been published on PsychCentral, and he’s also a Peer Support Facilitator with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Charles also shares his story of living with depression and offers suggestions on how to beat it over at his blog 

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Episode 19: Special Guest Dr. Risa Stein

Originally aired Live with Left of Str8 Network on Blog Talk Radio

January 24, 2019

Risa Stein, Ph.D., is a clinical pediatric health psychologist. She currently serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Evolution and Health, and frequently reviews grant applications for the National Institutes of Health.

She is also the co-creator of  Genuine U. An online community where people can share, read and view stories of others who have faced, suffered or live with a Mental Health condition. Taking the shame away, realizing you are not alone, and that we are all in this together.

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Episode 18: Special Guest Christopher Rivas

 Originally Aired Live on Left of Str8 Network on Blog Talk Radio.

January 17, 2019

Speaking with Christopher Rivas is a breath of fresh awareness. He is a 2018 Ariane De Rothschild Social Entrepreneurship fellow. He’s a two-time Moth winner,  published writer, actor (GLOWGrey’s AnatomyFor The PeopleSEAL TeamShamelessRizzoli & Isles2 Broke GirlsRosewood). 

As a speaker and facilitator he has worked with organizations all over the world using the power of storytelling to craft messages that inspire and set us free. Creating and sharing powerful stories that move us forward, blending boundaries an encouraging dialogue.  He’s developed and facilitated storytelling workshops for The WWE, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Safe Place for Youth, LAMP on Skid Row, The Museum of Broken Relationships, The Skirball Cultural Center, UCLA, CalArts, Upworthy, and content for SoulPancake to name a few.

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Instagram: @christopher_rivas  


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