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Choose Your Struggle

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Discussing issues of Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Recovery, and Drug Use & Policy with host Jay Shifman, Speaker, Storyteller, and Advocate. Each week Jay chats with interesting guests as they seek to destroy stigma and advocate for honest, educational conversations that motivate positive cha… read more

155 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Special Feed Swap: Jay on the 2 Lives Podcast with Laurel Morales

October 26th, 2022

32:59

For more info on this episode, and to check out 2 Lives, visit their website! https://www.2lives.org/listen/jayshifman

As always, you can find everything you need, including our social media links, at our Campsite page:

Hiatus: So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

July 15th, 2022

3:52

Season 3, Episode 10

Hiatus: So Long And Thanks For All The Fish

This is the last episode of this show for a while. Jay is burnt out from making Made It and three seasons of this show in three years and is going to take …

By Any Other Name With The Reverend Robert W. Lee

July 1st, 2022

52:28

Season 3, Episode 9

By Any Other Name With The Reverend Robert W. Lee

The Reverend Robert Wright Lee, IV (Rob) is an author, activist, commentator, and preacher. His work has appeared on and in MTV, the View, The New …

A Life of Advocacy with Larry D. Mass

June 24th, 2022

49:40

Season 3, Episode 8

A Life of Advocacy with Larry D. Mass

Larry D. Mass has been an advocate for the gay community for his entire adult life. From …

A Week Off Note From Your Host

June 17th, 2022

10:03

Season 3, Bonus Episode

A Week Off Note From Your Host

As always, you can find everything you need, including our social media links, at our Campsite page: https://jay.campsite.bio


Leave us a message for a chance to be …

You've Got That (Desi) Spark In You! with Nehal Tenany and Annika Sharma

June 10th, 2022

54:20

Season 3, Episode 7

You've Got That (Desi) Spark In You! with Nehal Tenany and Annika Sharma

Leave us a message for a chance to be played on the show and win a CYS schwag pack (and the first person this week will win a …

From Prison to Policy Changemaker with Morgan Godvin

June 3rd, 2022

50:26

Season 3, Episode 6:

From Prison to Policy Changemaker with Morgan Godvin

Morgan Godvin is a student at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in …

Advocacy In Action With Garth Mullins

May 27th, 2022

56:36

Season 3, Episode 5: Advocacy In Action With Garth Mullins

Today's episode is a conversation with Garth Mullins! Garth is the Host and executive …

Rethinking Manliness Through Vulnerability with JT Frank

May 20th, 2022

58:47

Season 3, Episode 4: Rethinking Manliness Through Vulnerability with JT Frank

JT Frank is a proud veteran and first responder. He started his career …

The Medical Side of Cannabis with Dr. Peter Grinspoon

May 13th, 2022

1:00:54

Season 3, Episode 3: The Medical Side of Cannabis with Dr. Peter Grinspoon

Dr. Peter Grinspoon saw from an early age that the way our country handled cannabis wasn't build on science or fact. Through watching his brother …

Special Feed Drop: Abortion, With Love and Stepping Into Truth: Conversations on Social Justice and How We Get Free: Talking Bringing Abortion Stories Out of the Shadows and More with Renee Bracey Sherman

May 6th, 2022

1:08:31

On this special feed drop episode of the Choose Your Struggle Podcast, Jay plays a story from the podcast Abortion, With Love Titled To My Strength …

Special Episode: S1E1 of Choose Your Struggle Presents: Made It, Season 1: Stay Savage: An Introduction: Welcome To Our World

April 29th, 2022

29:39

Check out the rest of Season 1 of Choose Your Struggle Presents: Made It at https://kite.link/CYS-Stay-Savage.

Made It is a member of the Shameless Podcast Network and a Choose Your Struggle production. Learn more at

Living By The Book with Kristen Meinzer

April 22nd, 2022

1:02:09

Season 3, Episode 2: Living By The Book with Kristen Meinzer

Kristen got into podcasting early, over a decade ago, as a film critic for WNYC, a passion she still lives through her show Movie Therapy with Rafer & …

The Evolution of Modern Drug Policy with Ethan Nadelmann

April 15th, 2022

1:14:26

Season 3 is here!

Season 3, Episode 1: The Evolution of Modern Drug Policy with Ethan Nadelmann.

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder of Drug Policy …

Season 3, Episode 0.5: A Kick Off "Special" and Admitting My Failures

April 8th, 2022

20:59

Season 3 is here! This is kind of a season kick off, more final trailer than full episode. So we'll call it Season 3, Episode .5.

We'll officially …

Special Episode: A Conversation With Adam al-Asad (Of Savage Sisters)

April 4th, 2022

19:31

In this last preview to Season 3 of the Choose Your Struggle podcast, Jay chats with Adam al-Asad of Savage Sisters.

Consider subscribing to Choose Your Struggle Presents: Made It, Season 1: Stay Savage

Rerelease: Dispelling Myths and Destroying Stigma with David Poses

February 17th, 2022

47:44

Originally released as Season 2, Episode 75

Dispelling Myths and Destroying Stigma with David Poses

This week, Jay chats with an incredible guest, the author and advocate David Poses. David is in recovery and advocates …

Season 3 Update

January 28th, 2022

9:52

Season 3 Update and Preview, an official audio introduction to Choose Your Struggle's producer Ryan Holzhauer, and the Made It Trailer.

Subscribe to …

Leading With Empathy In Addiction Treatment With Dr. Nzinga Harrison (The Season Finale!)

November 5th, 2021

1:03:00

Season 2, Episode 85

Leading With Empathy In Addiction Treatment With Dr. Nzinga Harrison

The season finale of the 2nd season of the Choose Your Struggle podcast is here! It's been an amazing season but all good things …

Monday Motivation: Season 2 Wrap Pt. 2, To Infinity and Beyond!

November 1st, 2021

17:35

Season 2, Episode 84

Monday Motivation: Season 2 Wrap Pt. 2, To Infinity and Beyond!

Today's Monday Motivation is the completion of the season wrap up that we started with last week's Monday Motivation. Friday, November …

A Life Reborn in Service to Others with Kevin Roth

October 29th, 2021

52:02

Season 2, Episode 83

A Life Reborn in Service to Others with Kevin Roth

This week Jay chats with Kevin Roth. You may know Kevin from his musical career, performing on the Thomas the Tank Engine show and with acts like …

Monday Motivation: Season 2 Wrap Pt. 1, A Look Back

October 25th, 2021

20:16

Season 2, Episode 82

Monday Motivation: Season 2 Wrap Pt. 1, A Look Back

Today's Monday Motivation is the beginning of the season wrap up. Friday, November 5th is the final episode. So you have one more Monday Motivation …

From Heartbreak to Helping Others With Laurie Singer

October 22nd, 2021

54:23

Season 2, Episode 81

From Heartbreak to Helping Others With Laurie Singer

This week, Jay chats with California-based therapist Laurie Singer. After overcoming a traumatic childhood and losing a child to cancer, Laurie …

Monday Motivation: So It's Come To This, A Choose Your Struggle Flashback Show

October 18th, 2021

38:51

Season 2, Episode 80

Monday Motivation: So It's Come To This, A Choose Your Struggle Flashback Show

Today's Monday Motivation is a flashback to the 5th episode of this podcast, the first with a guest, featuring Kristen …

Phenomenal And Phenomenally Autistic With Ayanna Davis

October 15th, 2021

44:43

Season 2, Episode 79

Phenomenal And Phenomenally Autistic With Ayanna Davis

On this week's episode of the Choose Your Struggle Podcast, Jay chats with autistic advocate Ayanna Davis. Ayanna was diagnosed later in life and …

Monday Motivation: Spiderbite Jay

October 11th, 2021

16:10

Season 2, Episode 76

Monday Motivation: Spiderbite Jay

Today's Monday Motivation is the audio-only replay of Jay telling a story on his social media platforms to test out a new streaming software and to entertain you all!

Giving Voice To An Ignored Community with Christophe Zajac-Denek

October 8th, 2021

1:00:49

Season 2, Episode 77

Giving Voice To An Ignored Community with Christophe Zajac-Denek

This week Jay chats with actor, musician, podcaster, surfer, stunt man etc. etc. etc Christophe Zajac Denek! Jay met Christophe at the …

Monday Motivation: Chopping It Up With Anna DeShawn

October 4th, 2021

26:00

Season 2, Episode 76

Monday Motivation: Chopping It Up With Anna DeShawn

This week's Monday Motivation is Jay chatting with the entrepreneur Anna DeShawn. Anna is the founder of E3 Radio and, more recently, the Qube …

Dispelling Myths and Destroying Stigma with David Poses

October 1st, 2021

1:06:03

Season 2, Episode 75

Dispelling Myths and Destroying Stigma with David Poses

This week, Jay chats with an incredible guest, the author and advocate David Poses. David is in recovery and advocates for better treatment of …

Special Episode! Jay on the I'm The Villain Podcast

September 27th, 2021

1:17:14

Season 2, Episode 74

Special Episode! Jay on the I'm The Villain Podcast with Isabel Knight and Deondre' Jones

This week's Monday Motivation is a special episode! We haven't put out one of these in a while. On today's …

A Long Way To Go For Self Acceptance with Brian Cuban

September 24th, 2021

56:54

Season 2, Episode 73

A Long Way To Go For Self Acceptance with Brian Cuban

125 episodes! Where has the time gone?

This week, Jay chats with Lawyer, Author, and Advocate Brian Cuban. The younger brother of Mark (Dallas …

Special Episode! Monday Motivation: Choose Your Struggle Presents Rock Bottom Storytellers III

September 13th, 2021

1:37:04

Season 2, Episode 72

Special Episode! Monday Motivation: Choose Your Struggle Presents Rock Bottom Storytellers III

This week's Monday Motivation is a special, audio only replay of Choose Your Struggle Presents Rock …

Creating a Safe and Inclusive Space in Psychedelics with Ifetayo Harvey

September 10th, 2021

1:03:04

Season 2, Episode 71

Creating a Safe and Inclusive Space in Psychedelics with Ifetayo Harvey

This week, Jay chats with Ifetayo Harvey, the founder of …

Monday Motivation: The Real Ayoka!

September 6th, 2021

30:03

Season 2, Episode 70

Monday Motivation: The Real Ayoka!

This week's Monday Motivation is Jay chatting with the soulful singing goddess Ayoka on her …

Finding Yourself Through Finding Recovery with Shay Houser

September 3rd, 2021

1:09:24

Season 2, Episode 69

Finding Yourself Through Finding Recovery

On today's episode, Jay chats with Shay Houser. Shay is one of the co-founders of youturn (you heard from another co-founder last season in Elizabeth …

Monday Motivation: Michael Pollan's New Book and The True Meaning of Media Hype

August 30th, 2021

20:56

Season 2, Episode 68

Monday Motivation: Michael Pollan's New Book and The True Meaning of Media Hype

This week's Monday Motivation is Jay chatting …

Silenced By Stigma Over Comprehensive Sex Education with Justine Ang Fonte

August 27th, 2021

1:09:42

Season 2, Episode 67

Silenced By Stigma Over Comprehensive Sex Education with Justine Ang Fonte

This week, Jay chats with Justine Ang Fonte. You may have heard of her. As she jokes early in the interview, she's been …

Monday Motivation: Choose Your Struggle Presents: A Day in the Life Featuring Swiyah Whittington of Stamp Love

August 23rd, 2021

57:32

Season 2, Episode 66

This week's Monday Motivation is the audio replay of a Choose Your Struggle Presents: A Day in the Life featuring Swiyah …

623-473-7433 with Joshua White

August 20th, 2021

57:32

Season 2, Episode 65

623-473-7433 with Joshua White

This week, Jay chats with Joshua White, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Fireside Project. The Fireside Project seeks to help people minimize the risks and …

Monday Motivation: Recorded Live at Podcast Movement with Jenn Trepeck, Imran Ahmed, and Cory Zechmann

August 16th, 2021

31:06

Season 2, Episode 64

This week's Monday Motivation was recorded in a booth at Podcast Movement! Joining me were my home base, the core 4, the rocks: past guests on this show Jenn Trepeck of Salad with a Side of Fries and …

Special Episode: Choose Your Struggle Presents: A Day in the Life featuring Jay Shifman

August 13th, 2021

46:04

Season 2, Episode 63

Special Episode: Jay's A Day in the Life Performence

This week, we're taking a week off from putting out interviews to release …

Monday Motivation: A Honest Look At The Nonprofit Industry with Serena Hope Sun of Breaking Taboo

August 9th, 2021

38:23

Season 2, Episode 62
Monday Motivation: A Honest Look At The Nonprofit Industry with Serena Hope Sun of Breaking Taboo
On this special Monday Motivation episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast, Serena Hope Sun of …

Race, The Media, and The War on People with Michael Rosino

August 6th, 2021

1:03:10

Season 2, Episode 61!
Race, The Media, and The War on People with Michael Roisino
This week, Jay chats with Michael Rosino. Michael is an educator at …

Monday Motivation: Hotter Than Health with Eliza Gellman

August 2nd, 2021

1:31:52

Season 2, Episode 60
Monday Motivation: Hotter Than Health with Eliza Gellman
On today's extra special Monday Motivation episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast, Jay chats with his sister in law, Eliza Gellman, the …

Closing The Care Gap With Tim Desmond

July 30th, 2021

57:18

Season 2, Episode 59!
Closing The Care Gap with Tim Desmond!
This week, Jay chats with Tim Desmond. A trained therapist and author of multiple books, …

Monday Motivation: Drug Use In The Open

July 26th, 2021

19:54

Season 2, Episode 58
Monday Motivation: Drug Use In The Open
Inspired by a question from a friend and listener of the show, Jay talks about why you may …

NORML and the Parent Movement, Weed's Long, Strange Trip to Just Say No with Emily Dufton

July 23rd, 2021

1:05:10

Season 2, Episode 57!
NORML and the Parent Movement, Weed's Long, Strange Trip to Just Say No
This week's guest is Emily Dufton! Emily is an incredible researcher who is probably best known for her book Grass Roots: The …

Monday Motivation: Finding Your Next Podcast, A Conversation On Podcasting With The Captain, Imran Ahmed, of Great Pods

July 19th, 2021

46:22

Season 2, Episode 56
Monday Motivation: Finding Your Next Podcast, A Conversation On Podcasting With The Captain, Imran Ahmed, of Great Pods
Jay goes …

Finding My Identity with Zach Rhoads

July 16th, 2021

1:02:35

Season 2, Episode 55!
This week's guest is Zach Rhoads. Jay first found Zach's work on Filter (yes, another Filter connection!) but he's also written a book with Stanton Peele called Outgrowing Addiction: With Common …

Special Episode! Choose Your Struggle Presents: A Day in the Life featuring Heather Wylde Smith

July 12th, 2021

40:27

Special Episode! Choose Your Struggle Presents: A Day in the Life featuring Heather Wylde Smith
Season 2, Episode 54
Special Episode! This week's Monday Motivation is a special, unedited, audio only replay of A Day in the …

You Can't "Just Eat", Anorexia and Hospitalization with Hayley Grainger

July 9th, 2021

1:05:28

Season 2, Episode 53!
It's Hayley Grainger Day!
***There was a glitch with the feed this morning and last week's episode went out again instead of this one. It's been updated but if you downloaded the show before 9am (and …

Monday Motivation: An Introduction To Psilocybin and Psychedelics Microdosing

July 5th, 2021

31:03

Season 2, Episode 52
An Introduction To Psilocybin and Psychedelic Microdosing
This week's episode is dedicated to Jay's dog Nell! This episode was recorded on her 3rd birthday.
Today's episode is an introductory guide to …

Sex Work On My Own Terms with Heather Wylde Smith

July 2nd, 2021

1:09:58

Season 2, Episode 51!
Sex Work On My Own Terms with Heather Wylde Smith!
This week's episode features A STAR from A Day in the Life (https://fb.watch/6sqJr3nX2v/) Heather Wylde Smith! Heather is a transformative coach …

Special Episode! Choose Your Struggle Presents: A Day in the Life featuring Steven Elonich

June 28th, 2021

30:54

Special Episode! Choose Your Struggle Presents: A Day in the Life featuring Steven Elonich
Season 2, Episode 50
Special Episode! This week's Monday Motivation is a special, unedited, audio only replay of
This show was …

Challenging Narratives and Promoting Progress with Tim Harrington

June 25th, 2021

1:09:44

Season 2, Episode 49!
Thank you all for the love around the 100th episode!
This week's episode features Tim Harrington. Tim has been advocating for better treatment methods and ending the stigma around substance misuse …

Monday Motivation: The Choose Your Struggle 100th Episode Spectacular!

June 21st, 2021

28:51

Season 2, Episode 48
Monday Motivation: The Choose Your Struggle 100th Episode Spectacular!
100 episodes! ONE HUNDRED EPISODES!
Thank you. Sincerely, …

From A Life Sentence To A Life Of Service With Quan Huynh

June 18th, 2021

1:03:58

Season 2, Episode 47!
From A Life Sentence To A Life Of Service With Quan Huynh
The 99th episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast!
Sentenced to life in prison for murder, Quan Huynh underwent a rebirth, what he calls …

Special Episode! Choose Your Struggle Presents: Rock Bottom Storytellers II!

June 14th, 2021

1:17:53

Special Episode! Choose Your Struggle Presents: Rock Bottom Storytellers II!
Season 2, Episode 46
Special Episode! This week's Monday Motivation is a special, unedited, audio only replay of Rock Bottom Storytellers II! …

Fuck Shame, Start A Movement with Dr. Adi Jaffe

June 11th, 2021

1:10:41

Season 2, Episode 45!
Fuck Shame, Start A Movement with Dr. Adi Jaffe
Big, BIG episode of the podcast. We got REAL. Today's guest is the one, the only, Dr. Adi Jaffe! We talk about our shared love of saying fuck you to …

Monday Motivation: Jay's TEDx Talk "To End Addiction, Treat Drug Users With Empathy"

June 7th, 2021

19:45

Season 2, Episode 44
Monday Motivation: Jay's TEDx Talk "To End Addiction, Treat Drug Users With Empathy"
Hey y'all! Last week I gave my second TED Talk and first TEDx. Unfortunately, the audio wasn't great (my mic wasn't …

Saving Lives Through The Sinclair Method With Claudia Christian

June 4th, 2021

54:04

Season 2, Episode 43!
Saving Lives Through The Sinclair Method With Claudia Christian
This week Jay chats with actress Claudia Christian. You'd probably recognize her as Commander Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5 or currently …

Special Episode: Choose Your Struggle Presents A Day in the Life II featuring Comedian Spark Tabor of the Cookies For Breakfast Podcast

May 31st, 2021

37:00

Season 2, Episode 42
Special Episode: Choose Your Struggle Presents A Day in the Life II featuring Comedian Spark Tabor of the Cookies For Breakfast Podcast
What you're hearing today is the audio version of the May 12th …

Empowering Through Empathy and Perseverance with Brandee Izquierdo

May 28th, 2021

1:04:06

Season 2, Episode 41!
Empowering Through Empathy and Perseverance with Brandee Izquierdo
(My bad on the echo-y quality of the intro and outro to those of you who care a lot about sound quality it's not amazing this week)

Monday Motivation: A Conversation Around Cannabis Policy and Thinking With Kyle Blanks Pt. 2

May 24th, 2021

27:36

Season 2, Episode 40
Monday Motivation: A Conversation Around Cannabis Policy and Thinking With Kyle Blanks Pt. 2
What you're hearing today is the …

Breaking The Taboo of Talking About Suicide with Serena Hope Sun

May 21st, 2021

54:38

Season 2, Episode 39!
Breaking The Taboo Of Talking About Suicide With Serena Hope Sun
On this week's episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast, Jay chats with Serena Hope Sun! Besides being an actress, Serena is the …

Monday Motivation: A Conversation Around Cannabis Policy and Thinking With Kyle Blanks Pt. 1

May 17th, 2021

35:37

Season 2, Episode 38
Monday Motivation: A Conversation Around Cannabis Policy and Thinking With Kyle Blanks Pt. 1
What you're hearing today is the …

Spreading Love After Unimaginable Tragedy with Chris Singleton

May 14th, 2021

41:01

Season 2, Episode 37!
Spreading Love After Unimaginable Tragedy with Chris Singleton
On this week's episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast, Jay chats with speaker and author Chris Singleton! After losing his mother …

Monday Motivation: A Major Ill in the Cannabis Industry

May 10th, 2021

15:18

Season 2, Episode 36
Monday Motivation: This week we're talking about racial disparities in the cannabis market. This one is tough because overall a strong cannabis market is a positive thing of course. But the direction …

Trauma, Suicide, and Stigma with Claire Russell

May 7th, 2021

46:09

Season 2, Episode 35!
Trauma, Suicide, and Stigma with Claire Russell
On this week's episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast, Jay chats with speaker and stigma-buster Claire Russell! The founder of Mental Health in …

Special Episode: A Day in the Life featuring Shawn Braley!

May 3rd, 2021

29:29

Season 2, Episode 34!
A Day in the Life featuring Shawn Braley!
Welcome to this special episode! What you're hearing today is the audio replay of the debut of a new storytelling event I'll be hosting virtually on my …

Our Lives Are Not Past Tense with Andrew Ecker

April 30th, 2021

1:02:26

Season 2, Episode 33!
Our Lives Are Not Past Tense
On this week's episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast, Jay chats with drummer and activist Andrew Ecker about his struggles growing up in a Indigenous family that …

Monday Motivation: Good People (And Countries) Know They Can Always Improve

April 26th, 2021

19:00

Season 2, Episode 32
Monday Motivation: Good People (And Countries) Know They Can Always Improve
On this week's Monday Motivation, I discuss how simple data about our country (averaging over one mass shooting a day and …

Taking Action For Men's Mental Health with Rahaf Kobeissi

April 23rd, 2021

51:57

Season 2, Episode 31!
Taking Action for Men's Mental Health
Today's guest is Rahaf 'Ray' Kobeissi! You know her as the host of the Don't Be A Man About It Podcast (which Jay was on and was released as a special episode …

Special Episode: A Conversation with Nikhil Paul

April 19th, 2021

1:04:49

Season 2, Episode 30
Special Episode: A Conversation with Nikhil Paul
On this week's Special Episode, I chat with the founder of We are Human, Nikhil …

A Vulnerable Conversation on Identity and Trauma with Cynthia Siadat

April 16th, 2021

59:57

Season 2, Episode 29!
A Vulnerable Conversation on Identity and Trauma
Today's guest is Cynthia Siadat! Cynthia is a therapist, a writer, an incredible …

Special Episode: A Conversation with Jae'-Mikkel Reid

April 12th, 2021

22:51

Season 2, Episode 28
Special Episode: A Conversation with Jae'-Mikkel Reid
On this week's Special Monday Episode, I chat with an incredible Mental Health trendsetter, rock star, and badass Jae'- Mikkel Reid. Jae' founded …

Taking Care of Your Mental Health is the Longest Yard with Prince Daniels Jr.

April 9th, 2021

51:01

Season 2, Episode 27!
Taking Care of Your Mental Health is the Longest Yard
Today's guest is Prince Daniels Jr. (aka PJ Daniels) former standout running back at Georgia Tech and 4th round pick by the Baltimore Ravens. …

Monday Motivation: Storytelling

April 5th, 2021

6:12

Season 2, Episode 26
Storytelling
On this week's Monday Motivation, I talk about my upcoming events A Day in the Life and Rock Bottom Storytellers II, and ask for your feedback! Who is telling good stories I need to hear? …

Money Talks, But Stigma Silences With Tiffany Grant

April 2nd, 2021

57:50

Season 2, Episode 25
Money Talks, But Stigma Silences
Today's guest is Tiffany Grant! Tiffany is a coach, consultant, and speaker, and the host of the …

Monday Motivation: Not All Use is Misuse

March 29th, 2021

13:44

Season 2, Episode 24
Not All Use is Misuse
On this week's Monday Motivation, I talk about how conflating all use with misuse leads to people thinking they have a problem when they don't. We see this around drugs a lot as …

Science, Progress, and People Over Politics with Alex Shifman

March 26th, 2021

1:04:09

Season 2, Episode 23!
Science, Progress, and People Over Politics
Today's guest is Alex Shifman. Alex is the 3rd of the 4 Shifman brothers (yours truly …

Monday Motivation: It's On Us

March 22nd, 2021

8:28

Season 2, Episode 22
It's On Us
On this week's Monday Motivation, I talk about hate, bigotry, and discrimination and the role white people, especially …

Being Uniquely You with Amy Minh Hanh Corey

March 19th, 2021

1:03:42

Season 2, Episode 21!
Being Uniquely You
Today's guest is Amy Minh Hanh Corey. She's an awesome singer (Spotify), a public speaker, a Mental Health …

Special Episode: Jay on the Don't Be a Man About It Podcast

March 15th, 2021

41:31

Season 2, Episode 20!
Special Episode!
This week's special episode is Jay's conversation with Ray Kobeissi on her show, Don't Be a Man About It! You can learn more about Ray and her show at

The Birth of Cannabis Legalization with Mason Tvert

March 12th, 2021

1:01:05

Season 2 Episode 19!

The Birth of Cannabis Legalization
On this week's episode, I chat with Mason Tvert! Mason was called the "Don Draper of Pot" by …

Monday Motivation: The Business of Podcasting

March 8th, 2021

7:00

Season 2, Episode 18!
The Business of Podcasting
On this week's Monday Motivation, I discuss my thoughts around the business side of podcasts. All Monday Motivations, but this one especially, I want your feedback. Do the …

The Guru Within with Sandy Vo

March 5th, 2021

58:58

Season 2 Episode 17!

The Guru With.
On this week's episode, I chat with Sandy Vo! Sandy empowers leaders to explore their highest potential, to learn how to optimize their energy through grounded techniques that fit their …

Monday Motivation: Listener Request Edition! What Does Working With a Mental Health Coach Look Like?

March 1st, 2021

13:15

Listener Request Edition! What Does Working With a Mental Health Coach Look Like?
Season 2 Episode 16!
On this week's Monday Motivation, I respond to a request from listener Jeremy M who asked what working with a Mental …

Healthy with a Side of Fries with Jenn Trepeck

February 26th, 2021

1:03:20

Season 2 Episode 15!
Healthy with a Side of Fries
On this week's episode, I chat with Jenn Trepeck! A former dancer, Jenn was tired of all the fad diets. Now, she helps people take steps to simply be more healthy. If you …

Monday Motivation: Friendship, Group Roles, and Identity with Spark Tabor and Pat McGrath

February 22nd, 2021

31:05

Friendship, Group Roles, and Identity with Spark Tabor and Pat McGrath
Season 2 Episode 14!
On this week's Monday Motivation, I air a conversation with …

Home Runs, Health, and Happiness with Kyle Blanks

February 19th, 2021

1:06:58

Season 2 Episode 13!
Home Runs, Health, and Happiness!
On this week's episode, I chat with Kyle Blanks! Kyle spent over a decade playing professional baseball and, in that time, learned more about how to keep your body …

Choose Your Struggle Presents: Rock Bottom Storytellers!

February 15th, 2021

1:22:33

Season 2 Episode 11!
This week's Monday Motivation is the podcast replay of the debut of Rock Bottom Storytellers! This debut featured Michelle Kuei, Alex Kaplan, and Freddy Shegog all who have been previous guests on …

A World-Wide Offensive to End Overdoses with Peter Krykant

February 12th, 2021

53:29

Season 2 Episode 11!
A World-Wide Offensive to End Overdoses.
On this week's episode, I chat with Peter Krykant. Peter is, in all honestly and without …

Isabel Wilkerson, Talib Kweli, and Caste

February 8th, 2021

17:25

Isabel Wilkerson, Talib Kweli, and Caste
Season 2 Episode 10!
This episode is dedicated to my listeners in Germany who LOVE the Monday Motivation episodes.
On this week's Monday Motivation I discuss the book Caste by …

Changing the Narrative on Psychedelics with Greg Lawrence

February 5th, 2021

59:46

Season 2 Episode 9!
Changing the Narrative on Psychedelics!
On this week's episode, I chat with psychedelic integrative coach Greg Lawrence on how the ideas surrounding psychdelics and their use has changed over time and …

Monday Motivation: Embrace The Unknown

February 1st, 2021

11:05

Season 2 Episode 8.
On this week's Monday Motivation I discuss why I think it's a good thing, even comforting in a way, to embrace the unknown. I tell two stories about times I was forced to do so. One includes a brush …

You Can't Force Someone To Play with Jeff Harry

January 29th, 2021

57:21

Season 2 Episode 7!
You Can't Force Someone To Play with play coach Jeff Harry
On this week's episode, I chat with play coach Jeff Harry about the benefits of returning play to your day and how we need to reinvent our …

Special Episode: Chatting with John Loxley of the Life in Recovery Podcast

January 25th, 2021

1:02:22

Season 2, Episode 6, the first Special Episode of the season! 
It's not a traditional podcast chat but we both enjoyed it so much we decided to put it out as episodes of both of our podcasts. John and I come to our …

A More Just Society with Will Godfrey

January 22nd, 2021

56:21

Season 2 Episode 5!
A More Just Society
This episode features a conversation with Will Godfrey, the Editor in Chief of Filter Mag. We discuss covering drug use and hearing from drug users in a empathetic and …

Monday Motivation: Can We Reach Those Who Have Embraced The Dark Side?

January 18th, 2021

8:47

Season 2 Episode 4.
Can we reach those who have embraced the Dark Side?
This season, I'll be more regularly putting out Monday episodes. When I have a …

Step Into Their Shoes with Alex Kaplan

January 15th, 2021

1:03:03

Season 2 Episode 3!
Step Into Their Shoes...
This episode features a conversation with Alex Kaplan of Of Substance (check them out at OfSubstance.org). Alex and his team are creating experiences for shared connection and …

Monday Motivation: Our Own Perspective

January 11th, 2021

6:20

Season 2 Episode 2
This season, I'll be more regularly putting out Monday episodes. When I have a special episode worthy of releasing, it will still …

It's All Psychology with Rebecca Leib

January 8th, 2021

56:03

Season 2 Episode 1!
We're back!
This episode features a conversation with Rebecca Leib of Ghost Town. Rebecca and I get into what it's like to host such a heavy show, why people struggle against the very idea of aliens …

Season 2 Preview!

January 4th, 2021

2:45

The Preview Episode! Season 2 is here y'all!
No Shout Out, Good Egg or Card this week.
Tank Tops are in! You can see what they look like on the website (thanks to my wife for modeling the women's cut). Reach out through …

Special Episode: Jay on the Consequence of Habit Podcast

January 1st, 2021

1:04:02

Episode 50! Happy New Year! We made it to two big milestones!
The special episodes keep rolling as I prepare for Season 2! To keep up to date with the …

Choose Your Struggle Presents: Of Substance!

December 25th, 2020

32:42

Episode 49! Merry Christmas to those who celebrate.
The special episodes keep rolling as I prepare for Season 2! To keep up to date with the changes …

Special Episode: Jay on the Imperfect Pod with Luke West

December 18th, 2020

1:11:28

Episode 48! The special episodes keep rolling as I prepare for Season 2! To keep up to date with the changes happening on the Choose Your Struggle …

Choose Your Struggle Presents: Science! The Show

December 11th, 2020

1:17:09

Episode 47!
I'm hard at work preparing for season two. To keep up to date with the changes happening on the Choose Your Struggle podcast, jump on the Patreon!
This week's episode is a special presentation of a podcast I …

Special Episode: Jay on the Afternoon Chill Podcast

December 4th, 2020

1:00:07

Episode 46! The first of the between seasons special episodes.
I'm hard at work preparing for season two. To keep up to date with the changes happening on the Choose Your Struggle podcast, jump on the Patreon!
This week's …

Season Finale: Sex Without Stigma with Janel Vitale

November 27th, 2020

1:04:12

Episode 45! The Season Finale!

To keep up to date with the changes happening on the Choose Your Struggle podcast, jump on the Patreon!

No Shout Out this week. The Interview with Janel is longer. And I wrap up the season …

Protect Your Peace with Paris Prynkiewicz and Kiah Dixon

November 20th, 2020

53:06

Episode 44!

A little bit different than the regular way this show flows.

No Shout Out, no longer interview. Two awesome women talking to me about …

Say Their Names, Tell Their Stories With Dennis Gillan and a Shout Out from Didi Mamaligas!

November 13th, 2020

58:17

Episode 43!

Buy Stakes Is High by Mychal Denzel Smith!

This week's episode begins with my thoughts on the election and where we go from here. 

Congrats …

Speak Honestly and Carry Big Facts with Ashley Loeb Blassingame and a Shout Out from Brendan Black

November 6th, 2020

1:05:39

Episode 42!

Buy Unraveled wherever you get your books! 

This episode features a chat with the AMAZING Ashley Loeb Blassingame of Lionrock Recovery. Ashley is the host of the Courage to Change podcast, which I was on …

Special Episode! Jay on the Kenetik Fitness Show with Ali West

November 2nd, 2020

59:51

Episode 41!

Thanks for tuning in to this Special Episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast. This episode was originally broadcast on the Kenetik Fitness Show with Ali West, which you find here, or wherever you get your …

Leadership Your Way With Michelle Kuei and a Shout Out from My Dad, Steve Shifman

October 30th, 2020

1:00:39

Episode 40!

This episode features Michelle Kuei. Her story is inspirational as hell! And what she's chosen to do with her life is easily just as inspirational. Her focus is on negative self-talk, which is something I …

Empathy Through Dance with Christiana Kimmich and a Shout Out from Kerstin Cable

October 23rd, 2020

1:01:57

Episode 39!

This episode features Christiana Kimmich, who is the Marketing and Communications Manager and Podcast Producer at Lionrock Recovery. She produces the incredible Courage to Change Podcast which I was a guest …

What We Don't Know About The War On Drugs with Natalie Papillion and a Shout Out from Annie Leib

October 16th, 2020

1:05:20

Episode 38!

This episode features a conversation with Natalie Papillion, of the Equity Organization, that peels back the curtain on the racism and …

How to Talk About Suicide With Kim Buser-Clancy and Sam Buser and a Shout Out from Mark Kumar

October 9th, 2020

50:51

Episode 37!

Today we hear from Kim Buser-Clancy and Dr. Sam Buser (editor's note: after publication, I realized I referred to Dr. Buser as Sam Clancy …

Marijuana, Cannabis, Its History and Future with John Hudak and a Shout Out from Es Lou

October 2nd, 2020

1:00:17

Episode 36!

Today we hear from John Hudak, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute, on the history and future of Marijuana in the US, and Es Lou, the Founder of Bad Body Bad Skin!

Stick around after the interview for …

You Are More Than Your Accomplishments with Ivy Watts and a Shout Out from Doug Sands!

September 25th, 2020

1:01:02

Episode 35!

Today we hear from Ivy Watts, an incredible motivator and Mental Health advocate, and Hypnotist Doug Sands!

Stick around after the …

Special Episode! Jay on the Crooked Illness Podcast with Paris Prynkiewicz

September 21st, 2020

47:02

Thanks for tuning in to this special episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast. This episode features me on the Crooked Illness Podcast with Paris Prynkiewicz. 

No Choose Your Card or Good Egg today.

For more from …

Creating the Relationship You Want with Jáchym and Natasha and a Shout Out from Ian Harding

September 18th, 2020

57:08

Episode 33!

Today we hear from Relationship Coaches Jáchym Jerie and Natasha Koo, a couple that travels the world teaching the art of a better relationship.

Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card …

Reason For Hope From Drug Policy Alliance and a Shout Out from Erin Hinson

September 11th, 2020

56:15

Episode 32!

Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.

For more on Drug Policy Alliance: https://www.drugpolicy.org/.

Tiny Leaps, More Than A Mantra with Gregg Clunis and Emily McGuire

September 4th, 2020

57:15

Episode 31!

Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.

For more on Gregg: https://greggclunis.com/.

For more on Emily: https://www.flourishgrit.com/

Support the Podcast:

Moving Beyond: A Vulnerable Conversation with Former Congressmember Katie Hill

August 28th, 2020

1:12:11

We made it to the big 3 0!

No Shout Out this week; didn't want to cut anything from my interview with Katie Hill. That interview is presented with no edits (besides cleaning up the sound a bit). 

Stick around after the …

Constantly Striving to Be Better with Priya and a Shout Out from Jessica Ghantous

August 21st, 2020

59:22

Welcome to Episode 29!

Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.

A recent post on my blog I think you'll enjoy:

The Funny Side of Darkness with Frank King and a Shout Out from David Munford

August 14th, 2020

58:58

Welcome to Episode 28!

Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.

Support the Podcast: https://www.patreon.com/ChooseYourStruggle.

Our Sponsor Audible: https://amzn.to/3h1Hofz

For more from …

That's the Message! with Frederick Shegog and Nick (NJ) Lechnir

August 7th, 2020

55:35

Welcome to Episode 27!

Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.

Support the Podcast: https://www.patreon.com/ChooseYourStruggle.

For more from Nick: https://leapfroggingsuccess.com/about/.

It Goes Deeper Than Willpower with Dr. Robb Kelly and a Shout Out from Spark Tabor!

July 31st, 2020

59:28

Welcome to Episode 26!  Sorry about the sound quality. More on that in the intro.  Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card and Good Egg. Support the Podcast:

Episode 25- Charging Past Uncomfortable with Liz Westendorf and a Shout Out from Miyah Byrd!

July 24th, 2020

55:13

Thanks for coming along on the Choose Your Struggle quest for happiness and love! Welcome to episode 25!

Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.

Support the Podcast:

Episode 24- Special Episode! Jay on the We're Talking Shift Podcast with Loree Bischoff and Amanda Webster

July 20th, 2020

1:33:35

Thanks for tuning in to this special episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast.

No Choose Your Card or Good Egg today.

New Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ChooseYourStruggle

For more of Loree Bischoff:

Episode 23- The Marathon of Recovery with Greg Nance and a Shout Out from a True Day 1, Pat McGrath

July 17th, 2020

55:48

Thanks for coming along on the CYS journey! Welcome to episode 23!

Stick around after the interview for today's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.

To learn more about Greg, find him at his website: https://www.gregnance.org/, …

Episode 22- Building on a Foundation of Empathy with Mental Health Rockstar Sarah Korenblit

July 10th, 2020

56:45

Thank you for listening to Episode 22!

No Shout Out today. I figured an interview with a LEGEND was enough for one podcast!

Stick around after the interview for this week's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.

If you don't …

Episode 21- Harm Reduction Heroes with Jamie Favaro and a Shout Out from Emily Dotter

July 3rd, 2020

53:12

Thank you for listening to Episode 21! I have a new logo! First person to contact me through my website correctly identifying the character who the artist, Tami Boyce, mashed me up with wins a Choose Your Struggle …

Episode 20- Telling Our Stories with Sophie Riegel and a Shout Out from Briana Naylor

June 26th, 2020

45:09

Thank you for listening to Episode 20! Stick around after the interview for this week's Choose Your Card and Good Egg.  To learn more about Sophie, …

Episode 19- Medically Assisted Treatment with Basia Andraka-Christou and a Shout Out from Seth Davis

June 19th, 2020

39:26

Thanks for listening to Episode 19 with Professor Barbara 'Basia' Andraka-Christou and Seth Davis! Stick around after the episode for the Choose Your Card and Good Egg. Link to Basia's Page: https://bandrakachristou.com/

Episode 18- Entrepreneurship with Sharifah Hardie and a Shout Out From Shawn Braley!

June 12th, 2020

39:33

Huge thank you to my guests today, Sharifah Hardie from the immensly popular Ask Sharifah Morning Show and Shawn Braley, from Cincy Stories.  You can …

Episode 17- We Did This Together with Joey Talmage AKA HoodyTime and a message of support for BLM

June 5th, 2020

1:08:05

The episode is dedicated to the message of Black Lives Matter. You'll hear a lot about that on the intro. No shout out today, it's a long episode already. I didn't want to cut anymore of Joey's interview than I already …

Episode 16- The Hidden Opponent with Benjamin Ruvo and a Shout Out from Briana Venskus!

May 29th, 2020

36:59

Thanks to Benjamin Ruvo of The Hidden Opponent! Check them out at their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/thehiddenopponent/. This week's shout …

Episode 15- Special Episode! Jay on the At Least There's This... Podcast with host, Alex Shifman

May 25th, 2020

53:43

Jay on the At Least There's This...  podcast hosted by Alex Shifman. Give it a listen!

https://anchor.fm/atleastpod

No Good Egg, no Choose Your Card. Just the interview. Enjoy!

You can find more at my website,

Episode 14- The Person Behind the Call From Death Row with Tessie Castillo and Lyle May and a Shout Out from Veronica Porras!

May 22nd, 2020

49:31

An interview with Author Tessie Castillo and Death Row writer Lyle May.  Stick around after the interview for the Good Egg and Choose Your Card.  Buy Tessie's Book!

Episode 13- Special Episode! Jay on the Courage to Change Podcast

May 18th, 2020

2:06:54

Thanks for checking out this Special Episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast. I had the absolute pleasure to be invited on to one of MY FAVORITE …

Episode 12- Addiction Real Talk with Youturn and FAVOR's Elizabeth Mckissick and a shout out from Kamiko Glenn!

May 15th, 2020

42:31

Huge thank you to Elizabeth and Kamiko! Stick around after the episode for this week's Choose Your Card and Good Egg. Elizabeth's Article: https://medium.com/@liz_1551/i-am-not-ok-and-thats-ok-a646e5187758 Reach out! …

Episode 11- Vulnerability in a Period of Renewed Anti-Asian Discrimination with Activist Tessa Xuan and a Shout Out from Gabe Kalubi!

May 8th, 2020

39:58

Episode 11 of the Choose Your Struggle podcast features Tessa Xuan of OPAWL (https://www.facebook.com/teamOPAWL/) and a shout out by Gabe Kalubi!  As always stick around for this week's Good Egg and Choose Your Card. …

Episode 10- Special Episode! Jay on the Success Life Master Series with Host Eric G. Reid!

May 4th, 2020

1:10:47

Thanks for tuning in for this special episode of the Choose Your Struggle Podcast. No Good Egg, no Choose Your Card. Just Jay being interviewed by …

Episode 9- Mental Health in Show Business with Alissa Musto and Ainsley Ross!

May 1st, 2020

55:28

A very special episode. No Shout Out, no Long Interview. Two amazing entertainers sharing their stories!  Ainsley Ross can be found at https://www.instagram.com/ainsley_ross/. Alissa Musto can be found at

Episode 8- How Linkin Park Saved a Life with Amanda Webster and a Shout Out from Diallo Riddle!

April 24th, 2020

50:07

 Amanda Webster is a health coach, yoga instructor, fitness expert, model and women in recovery. You can find out more at her website, https://amandawebsterhealth.com/. ***Special note: Amanda uses the word 'Clean' to …

Episode 7- Lessons from Over a Decade in Cannabis with Entrepreneur Mike Pachan and a Shout Out from Missy Day!

April 17th, 2020

1:00:13

Episode 7 of the Choose Your Struggle podcast features an interview with Mike Pachan, a Cannabis Entrepreneur, and founder of Mountain Made, a CBD company. You can learn more at their website,

Episode 6- Dispelling the Myths of the Single Woman with Acamea Deadwiler and a special shout out from Milana Vayntrub

April 10th, 2020

47:11

This episode is brought to you by Vurbl. Vurbl is launching new technology for audio creators like me, so our message is broadcast loud and clear. …

Episode 5- Find Your Job Joy with Special Guest Kristen Zavo

April 3rd, 2020

30:40

This episode is brought to you by Vurbl. Vurbl is launching new technology for audio creators like me, so our message is broadcast loud and clear. …

Episode 4- AA Ain't the Only Way and Other Thoughts on Addiction Treatment

March 27th, 2020

40:32

This episode is brought to you by Vurbl.

Vurbl is launching new technology for audio creators like me, so our message is broadcast loud and clear. …

Episode 3: Embrace What Brings You Pleasure

March 20th, 2020

28:27

This week I talk about embracing what gives you pleasure and ignoring society's expectations (as long as you're not hurting anyone!). I dispel the myth of the guilty pleasure and discuss a few of the things I love that …

Episode 2- Special Episode: Jay's Interview with the Addiction Podcast

March 17th, 2020

48:04

This interview was first released by The Addiction Podcast, Point of No Return on May 30th 2019.   A few points: contrary to what the host says in this show, I am not 'Sober'. But I am in recovery. I'll discuss the …

Episode 1: What is Choose Your Struggle?

March 13th, 2020

23:28

The first official episode of the Choose Your Struggle podcast. Thanks for coming along on this ride. This episode is the introduction! A bit shorter than future episodes will be, on this episode I introduce the idea of …

Preview Episode

March 7th, 2020

1:50

Wondering who I am and why you should listen? Check out this episode. I hope you subscribe when you're done! 

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