Creating A Roadmap For Responsibility In 2019 | Elevated U Podcast #58

December 31, 2018

Happy New Years! In this 58th installment of the Elevated U Podcast, host Michael bids farewell to 2018 and discusses how to conceptualize responsibility in new and challenging ways in order to create a roadmap for acting responsibly throughout 2019 and beyond! Topics of intrigue include the two extremes of responsibility (absolute responsibility vs. 0 responsibility); the subjective vs. objective nature of responsibility; different approaches to responsibility in social relationships, health, finances, and existentialism; how responsibility influences actions, thoughts, and emotions; real-world examples of responsibility in action using different conceptual frameworks; potential upcoming challenges in the 21st century and why responsibility will be a key contributor to solving or creating more world problems; independence vs. dependence; personality variances; and New Years well-wishes!

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How To Be More Social | Elevated U Podcast #57

December 6, 2018

Let's face it, you're listening to this completely alone, isolated from humanity, wishing you had what it takes to be more social, to make friends more easily, find and keep a partner that loves you for you, have positive encounters with people outside the house, move closer to your goals, and feel like a part of the broader human community.

Okay, maybe that's a gross over-assumption, but it pays dividends to cultivate effective social skills for attaining greater degrees of personal wellbeing, team effectiveness, career progression, meaningful interpersonal relationships, and community connection.

In this episode of the Elevated U podcast, we discuss how to be more social, elements of human psychology and biology, finding who you are, personality development, strategies for building comfortability communicating with strangers, social queues to look out for, how to remain personally grounded yet outwardly empathetic, and more!

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Can Kindness Restore Our Inner-Lives & Communities? w/ Bianca Goyette | Elevated U Podcast #56

November 17, 2018

Is kindness enough to restore the chaos in our inner-lives and disconnection in our communities? Can loving our deepest flaws bring out the best of our humanity? In this episode, singer-songwriter and creative designer Bianca Goyette crosses 1800 miles of virtual space to discuss empathy, vision, compassion, leadership, self-criticism, creativity, and what we can do to embrace our unique humanness and find inspiration to make the world a better place.

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Thank you for supporting Elevated U, apologies for any technical hiccups during this virtual conversation, and as always #stayelevated!


13 Self-Care Tips For A Happier Mind & Body | Elevated U Podcast #55

November 8, 2018

This week, we share our 13 favorite self-care tips for a happier mind and body, why each is important, and how to implement them in your life! 

1 - Stay Hydrated
2 - Sleep Enough
3 - Eat A Nutrient-Rich Diet
4 - Get Sunlight
5 - Move Your Body (Stretch, Move, Exercise)
6 - Manage Stress
7 - Keep Learning
8 - Make Time For Things You Enjoy
9 - Be Your Own Friend
10 - Do Things That Make You Feel Proud Of Yourself
11 - Cultivate Positive Social Relationships & Interactions
12 - Acquire & Implement Perspective
13 - Be Patient, Positive, & Proactive

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The Power Of Patience (It’s Less Boring Than You Think!) | Elevated U Podcast #54

November 2, 2018

Learn how to harness the power of patience in this week's episode in order to unlock success and inner peace in your life!

We discuss patience as an "active" rather than "passive" practice; how it cultivates higher-level thinking, strategic planning, and impulse control; ways to embrace and master the inevitability of change; healthy detachment; how patience enhances personal power and autonomy; process vs. outcome and the path to personal mastery; why patience isn't an excuse for inaction or delay; and incorporating patience as a life-long discipline. #stayelevated  


Logos, Pathos, Ethos | Elevated U Podcast #53

September 29, 2018

This episode we discuss the Aristotelian Modes of Persuasion – Logos, Pathos, Ethos – how each can be used as an argumentative strategy to influence others, ways in which these persuasive techniques are used to sway your decision making, the intrinsic nature of Intellect, Passion, and Soul to human nature, methods for balancing the three to make optimal choices, and the ways each impact elements of culture, politics, personality, consumerism, and society. One more episode until the October technology blackout, but we’ll be back in full force come November! #stayelevated


Philosophical Imprisonment: Why Your Life Is A Prison | Elevated U Podcast #52

September 28, 2018

I hate to break it to you, but your life is a prison. No, not like a jail cell or some nefarious living quarters guarded by a malefactor, but a philosophical conundrum, inescapable and all-encompassing. From birth, we are confined to the time period and circumstances we are born into. We possess bodies with inextricable needs, limited perceptive capacities, and a guiding human nature and temperament that set the ground rules for what potential we have available within us. Our societies and cultures govern the parameters with which we can live willfully and reality never conforms to the snap of our fingers or wishful thinking. Even our free decisions are subject to the cause-effect nature of action and sequential events.

Do not despair, however, friend. Once you know the limitations, you also learn the flexibility you have to implement autonomy and change. The human spirit is a transcendent force against limitations. This episode touches on the concept of metaphysical imprisonment, philosophy as a practical tool, and the layers of imprisonment we find ourselves subject to. Elevated U will not be publishing content in October as a means of reflection and extrapolating vision, so this may be the final episode until November, 2018. Have a lovely start to Fall! #stayelevated


Stress Management, Dealing With Uncertainty, Following Your Gut | Elevated U Podcast #51

September 25, 2018

Stress is like a volcano; pressure builds up under the surface over a period of time and erupts when the powers holding it in check explode from its overwhelming force. Unlike a volcano, however, we possess the ability to release some of that pressure in controlled ways to avoid catastrophic destruction. This episode focuses on strategies for stress management (which I have not always implemented as quickly or effectively as I should have), dealing with uncertainty, questions about continuing this podcast, and following your gut when it comes to life and decision making.


Becoming The Person You Want To Be | Elevated U Podcast #50

September 11, 2018

Who is the person you want to be? What do you need to do to become that person? Are you willing to do whatever it takes?

This episode challenges the typical static notions of what is required for personal development and success (buzzwords like hustle, motivation, empathy, etc.) and focuses on adaptive strategies for changing behavior and mindset to achieve real-world results. 

We also launched our Patreon page to offer some cool benefits in exchange for your support if you're interested in contributing a small monthly amount to help grow the Elevated U vision/mission and reach more people! There are no commitments and all funds earned directly support the brand.

Thank you and have an elevated week!


Maturity, Morality, & Growing Pains | Elevated U Podcast #49

September 7, 2018

This episode, Michael discusses the metaphysics of maturity (an idea that maturity is not a direct consequence of age, but character and perspective ascending towards truth), morality as a mechanism to promote maturity and favorable growth, and all the growing pains associated with this transitionary process. This episode represents somewhat of a "low" point for me, but so it goes with progress. We do our best to keep it real, no matter the ebb or flow.


How To Remove Poison Perceptions That Distort Reality | Elevated U Podcast #48

August 27, 2018

We start this episode with a little ASMR action, a quick update, and then dive headfirst into deep philosophical waters to attempt an understanding of consciousness, reality, and how certain poisonous perceptions muddle our ability to seek and attain truth

The argument (which is the first we've attempted on this podcast) goes through a few stages. Stage 1 is defining and understanding consciousness, particularly from a philosophical standpoint. Stage 2 looks at reality and objective truth. Stage 3 discusses the interplay between individual subjective perceptions of reality and fundamental objective reality. Stage 4 assess a few potential subjective interpretations of reality and pinpoints a specific one - self-defeating behavior - as a destructive nontruth. Stage 5 discusses value systems and several ways to eradicate the poisonous perceptive lens of self-defeating behavior from the way you view the world and why it is necessary to do so. There are many other ideas strewn throughout this conversation and I hope the thought tangent is cohesive enough to follow. Please let me know if I missed anything or if there are any gaps in the logic and argument.

We wrap this episode up with a few shoutouts, a call to action for our lovely female listeners, and some positive news. Thank you for all the love and support for our 1-year anniversary episode! #stayelevated

P.S. Not all of the ideas expressed throughout this conversation originated purely organically. I'd like to extend my thanks to the great thinkers who have helped me progress my thought. Jordan Peterson and Ralph Waldo Emerson come particularly to mind as it relates to this discussion.


Celebrating One Year Of Elevation With Bryan Sichler | Elevated U Podcast #47

August 23, 2018

Elevated U is officially one year old! To celebrate the podcast's first birthday, we are joined by original co-host Bryan Sichler to discuss growth over the last year, maturity, soul-searching, the nature of progress, and chasing your dreams. Thank you to everyone who has shown love and support throughout this podcast adventure; our listeners are the absolute backbone of everything we do. Cheers to cake, confetti, and many future podcast episodes to come! #stayelevated


Elevated U Podcast #46 - A Starlit Albuquerque Park Philosophy

August 17, 2018

Michael relays his memories of a special park in Albuquerque, New Mexico that had the power to make you feel small in the best of ways, along with other reflections about life and growing up.

View looking east from West Bluff Park, Albuquerque, NM (in the day, color-enhanced).


Elevated U Podcast #45 - Become A Lifelong Learner, Master The Skill Of Learning

August 13, 2018

August is officially in full swing! School is back in session for many children throughout the U.S., football is back in action, and that pre-fall feeling of invigoration and starting anew is in the air. This episode is all about learning, particularly for those getting back into school-mode and people picking up new skills/disciplines.

It is important to be a lifelong learner and master the skill of learning because knowledge is power: it enables us to better our lives and solve important and meaningful problems. The more efficient/effective we can become as learners, the higher our cap on potential rises, and the more we are able to accomplish and experience throughout our lives. Never stop learning, become adept at the skill and of course, #stayelevated!


Elevated U Podcast #44 - How To Course-Correct Your Wretched Life!

August 10, 2018

We've been faking the funk for long enough and it's time to get back to our roots and down to business...

This short episode features an introspective talk about course-correction when your life begins to spiral downward. I discuss personal struggles and frustrations with knowing who I am, where I'm going and living up to my potential. We outline a plan for course-correction which involves doing what is RIGHT and REMOVING distractions that keep you from doing what is right. We are reminded of the purpose of this podcast: to provide thoughts, talks, and tips to elevate you to win at life as our 1 year anniversary of podcasting quickly approaches. Most importantly, the fire and purpose are back and there's no more f***ing around. Keep on your grind fellow elevated fam, remember who you are, don't let ANYONE push you off your path. #stayelevated


Elevated U Podcast #43 - Making Poor Decisions & Setting Strong Boundaries

August 6, 2018

In this episode, we talk about decision-making, moving on from poor decisions and how to make poor decisions "right", how setting boundaries and learning to say "no" can enhance one's ability to achieve potential, personal authenticity and charting one's own course in life, limitations of perspective and people's unwillingness to overly question their situation, ways to wake up to different schools of thought, cultural influence on behavior and value systems, and more! Stay tuned for future episodes and thank you for all of your love and support! #stayelevated


Elevated U Podcast #42 - The Only Way Out Is Up

August 1, 2018

This episode shows off the brand new production studio setup for the Elevated U Podcast, we discuss the plan for the show moving forward (2 episodes per week, mostly solo for a little while, free-flow discussions), and touch on a variety of topics primarily philosophical in nature such as identity and the difficulty assessing who "you" truly are, the intrinsic evolutionary process of all life forms to strive for improvement, reality vs. self-constructed narratives, moving to a new city and adapting to new environments, challenges with keeping up with technological innovations, the idea that ANY improvement is a fantastic win, love for this new podcasting medium, and more! Stay tuned for new episodes, a more consistent schedule, and as always #stayelevated!


Pursue Your Purpose Like Your Life Depends On It, With Army Veteran TJ – EU 41

July 24, 2018

This week features army veteran and nursing student TJ to discuss purpose, insights gleaned from 15 years of military service, life and death, evil, culture, mental illness, healing, and much more.

Full episode summary will be published soon!


Familia Es Todo: Maintaining Happy & Healthy Family Ties with Sherri Blowers – EU 40

July 15, 2018

Familia es todo (translation): Family is everything.

This week we sit down with special ed school teacher, mother, aunt, wife, and advocate Sherri Blowers to discuss the topic of family and how to maintain happy and healthy family ties.

Sherri is the mother of host Michael. We discuss our relationship as mother and son and how it has progressed through various stages over the last 25 years. Topics of interest include a mother's perspective towards her children and family, ways to take care of yourself if your personality disposes you to taking care of others, setting boundaries, letting go, advocating for those who are not as able to stand up for themselves, allowing people (family members in particular) time and space to grow, tips on how to repair damaged family ties, hope, never giving up, and excitement towards the future.

I'd like to give a special thanks and shoutout to Sherri for her contribution to this episode and for her undying support for me, this podcast, and the majority of people she comes into contact with. Without her love, guidance, grace, and strength, I would not be half the person I am today and the world is a better place because of her.

This episode is dedicated in loving memory to Linda Williams Bass - my aunt and a wonderful woman and mother.


Reflection, Forgiveness, Moving Forward – EU 39

July 10, 2018

It feels as though a heavy weight of negativity, pessimism, and stagnation has been lifted, and the moment feels peaceful and the future seems bright.

This episode, which marks an end to the 30s and a bridge to the 40s (episode-wise), is all about deep reflection of past events, feelings, and self-worth; forgiveness towards oneself and others for all mistakes made and hard lessons learned; and moving forward with love, hope, and only the important teachings from the past with no unnecessary baggage in tow.

It is important to reflect on the past, in all its entirety, because there is gold in experience. The positive sides of a life lived – momentous joys, achievements, triumphs – all add context to who we are today and who we wish to become in the future. They give us confidence and hope that good times are just around the bend because they existed before. The negative sides – trauma, mistakes, pain, regret, unsavory consequences – are equally important because they too add context to who we are and provide us with knowledge, as only pain can, about our limitations as humans, what to avoid, and what to do better next time.

Reflection teaches. But without perspective, we may only understand one side of a lesson without the full scope of wisdom. No amount of mistakes, pain, success, or achievement makes one human inherently better or worse than another. You are not broken just as you are not perfect. We are also the only ones responsible for our lives moving forward despite past circumstances. A healthy level of awareness, introspection, humility, and grace can be useful for keeping us grounded and powerful. Reflection enables this.

Reflection is not enough. We must use those lessons to make better decisions at each subsequent moment we are alive. In order to do that, we must be free to move and to act. Forgiveness is crucial for healing the scars of time. Forgiveness is the practice of love towards ourselves for our wrongs and towards those who have wronged us. When we forgive, we cleanse ourselves of anger, resentment, bitterness, inadequacy, and pain because we make the CHOICE to love when we least wish to. We rise above, let go, open ourselves to love, learning, and higher virtue, and are no longer prisoners of our own making.

After that, the future is wide open and the moment is abundant. What we do now paves the road for what's next. Hopefully, you're as excited as I am :) .

Great new things coming soon to the podcast, stay tuned for updates.

Thank you so much for all of your love and support throughout this journey. I won't let you down.

Stay elevated!