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EP 080: The Stigma Around Having Your Life Together With Kyla Richey

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Grief is like an ocean, you’re in it and it’s calm and then all of a sudden you get hit with a tidal wave and that was really what was going on.
— Kyla Richey
 

About Kyla:

Kyla Richey is a mentor and role model for young Canadian athletes. Being able to share her journey has been something she doesn’t take lightly. But she also wants young women to realize that life is not always what it appears to be. Although it may seem as though she has a picture perfect reality, she has experienced deep loss and great pain with the loss of her brother and subsequent battle with anxiety and depression.

This conversation explores our need to share our lives vulnerably and the quest to end the stigma that we need to have our lives together to happy and successful. 

Kyla Richey is currently captain of team Canada women's volleyball. She has played for over ten years with the senior national team and has so far played seven years of professional volleyball around the world (Germany, turkey, Italy, Greece, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, and Peru). She played for the powerhouse UBC thunderbirds where she won five back to back national titles. Despite a very successful sporting career, Kyla has had her fair share of ups and downs.

The summer before her senior year of high school, her two best friends were killed in a car crash while she was away competing with the Junior National Team. More recently, her younger brother died six years ago and since then, has been struggling with the realities of balancing this life with her grief. An advocate for younger athletes, she wants to bring attention to the daily struggles that we all try to burry. Whether that is dealing with confidence, learning how to step into your true self, balancing athletics and grief, or battles with mental health, Kyla wants to bring it all to the surface. Talking through these issues and being as real as she can be on social media and on her website (re: her blog), Kyla hopes that she can foster community and relationship between individuals who might relate. With dreams set high on qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, she is working hard to inspire both teammates and individuals in her volleyball circle worldwide. 

 
 
 
 

Connect With Kyla:

Instagram + Website

 
 
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When you discover what you’re meant to do, do it with everything in you. Do you feel stuck and unable to move forward with your goals? If you’re ready to step confidently into your potential then schedule a FREE 30 min strategy session today.

 

EP 079: Moving Past Other People’s Opinions With Cheryl Nembhard

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Competition is a dangerous thing. When you are in the mode of competition, you are not thinking about self-development, you’re not thinking about working on you, or being your best self forward, you are in the catch-up and keep up.
— Cheryl Nembhard
 

About Cheryl:

How do I disconnect my own desire for people’s approval?

Competition is a dangerous thing. When you are in the mode of competition, you are not thinking about self development, you’re not thinning about working on you, or being your best self forward, you are in the catch up and keep up. Cheryl Nembhard

In this conversation, Cheryl and I talk about what it’s like to move past the opinion of others in order to pursue our destiny. And, what that looks like on a practical level. Get your note pad out because school is in session and Cheryl is laying it all out. 

Cheryl Nembhard is an award winning Filmmaker, Playwright & Social Advocate who uses her incredible talents in the Arts to tackle some of the toughest societal topics. Her dedication to Community Service includes working with at risk youth, former gang members, sexual assault victims & teenage mothers. Her Not for Profit Educational Theatre Company, EMG Education has performed special assemblies on topics such as Mental Health, Bullying & Racism in over 150 High Schools across Ontario, impacting over 70,000 students and counting. CBC Canada has recognized her as one of '150 Black Women who are making Canada a better place'.

Among her many awards, She is also the 2017 recipient of the Harry Jerome awards for Social Advocacy. Cheryl is Co Host of 'See, Hear, Love', a nationally televised Women's talk show on YES TV. She recently founded & developed 'The Lighthouse Project', a faith based Mentorship program, where she currently mentors over 40 people. Cheryl is an active Board Member with Brave Canada, a catalytic movement for at risk girls, and she also sits on the national steering committee for “Power of Her” a World Vision initiative for marginalized women and girls globally.

 
 
 
 

Connect With Cheryl:

Instagram + Website

 
 
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When you discover what you’re meant to do, do it with everything in you. Do you feel stuck and unable to move forward with your goals? If you’re ready to step confidently into your potential then schedule a FREE 30 min strategy session today.