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Kerri Walsh Jennings

By Faith, Fun, Mental Health, Personal Growth, Professional Athlete, Sports No Comments

This week, Gary chatted with the legendary Olympic beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings. We dive deep into her journey of rehabilitation post-injury, exploring themes like expectation management, maintaining an active lifestyle for personal well-being, and setting examples for children. Listen as she shares valuable insights on handling adversity in high-stakes situations, teamwork dynamics, and overcoming fear – all while juggling career aspirations and family responsibilities. Tune in to hear more about how she continues to inspire others through her story of resilience!

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In This Episode:

  • Reading Bible verses and using the Bible Recap app
  • Teenagers’ desire to spend more time with their parents
  • The importance of staying active and vibrant as one ages
  • Pouring into and creating a legacy for one’s family
  • Taking time for oneself in a relationship and focusing on personal growth
  • Overcoming fear and maintaining a positive focus
  • The bronze medal game and the challenges faced
  • The power of love and support from trusted individuals
  • The importance of self-awareness and managing one’s energy
  • The role of fear in clouding judgment and perception

Quotations:

“So for your kids, for my kids, to see us wanting to be vibrant, to make it a priority to keep moving, and to pray and to do all these things that fill us up so we can be vibrant in life for them, for ourselves; it’s just such a powerful gift.” ~Kerri Walsh Jennings

“As parents can, to a certain extent, we can control so much of our children’s lives based on the environment that we create in our homes and how we respond to their stresses and their growth, and all these things. And we set the tone largely, and that is such a huge responsibility.” ~Kerri Walsh Jennings

Guest’s Bio:

Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist. She is the beach volleyball leader in career victories as of 2016, having won 135 international and domestic tournaments.

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Decoding Childhood Depression with Dr. Yuriy Dobry

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Decoding our children’s mental health can feel overwhelming? Have you been told to just snap them out of it or stop coddling them? It’s time to break free from ineffective advice and gain the tools you need to truly understand childhood depression. Join us for this episode where you’ll uncover the subtle signs of depression, learn how parenting styles impact emotional well-being, and discover practical solutions for making mental health care accessible for all. Our children don’t have to suffer in silence. It’s time to take action and equip ourselves with the knowledge to make a difference.

Meet this week’s guest Dr. Yuriy Dobry, a dedicated child-adolescent adult psychiatrist who has made it his mission to support families dealing with mental health challenges. With a board certification under his belt, he specializes in treatment-resistant depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, and other mood disorders. Growing up with a father who was a psychiatrist, Yuriy was inspired to follow in his footsteps and make a difference in people’s lives. His approachable demeanor and expertise in childhood depression make him an invaluable ally for parents searching for answers.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Decode the nuances separating everyday mood changes and deeper feelings of depression in young individuals.
  • Comprehend how distinct parenting styles play a significant role in shaping a child’s mental health.
  • Acquire the art of providing uplifting and valuable critique to your child.
  • Embrace the necessity of making mental health care readily available for all members of society.
  • Understand the contributions of psychiatrists and embark on a results-oriented treatment process.

Dr. Yuriy Dobry’s story:

Dr. Yuriy Dobry found himself intrigued by psychiatry from an early age, as his father was a psychiatrist who shared with him fascinating insights about the field. Yuriy’s curiosity and passion stemmed from a genuine desire to understand the complexities of the human mind, especially when it came to the differences between depression and normal mood changes in children. He knew that understanding these differences could greatly impact the lives of not only the children but also their families.

Quotations:

“People are more accepting of [mental health issues], so there’s less shame around it.” ~Dr. Yuriy Dobry

“Just think of your psychiatrist as another doctor, as another provider.” ~Dr. Yuriy Dobry

“If your mood gets to a point where you’re unable to work, you’re unable to get up and go to work, or you’re unable to kind of excel at your job compared to how you were doing before the onset of these symptoms of this mood state, that’s one of those things.” ~Dr. Yuriy Dobry

“It’s more about the change in behavior. If they were more likely to be active out with friends, engaging in sports, whatever activities, and then all of a sudden, you’re seeing that they’re more and more spending more and more time online by themselves. Gaming that changes [your child’s] behavior is what I would say is the most concerning part.” ~Dr. Yuriy Dobry

Contact Dr. Yuriy Dobry:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yuriy-dobry-md

Kerri Walsh Jennings

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From heartbreaking defeat in Tokyo to family, the joy of winning, and the dream of the 2024 Olympics in Paris, Kerri Walsh Jennings is sharing the journey that she is on as a parent and pro athlete in this week’s episode of Here’s What We Know.

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In This Episode:

  • Pursuing the Olympics – Paris 2024
  • Sacrificing family time vs. empowered choices
  • Faith, family, and sports.
  • Setting the example for the next generation of athletes
  • Choosing a partner for Paris 2024

Quotations:

“I took a year and a half off. I realized I wasn’t done yet, and so here I am.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

“I see my choices as a decision I willingly made, and because of that, it must be very meaningful to me, and therefore I’m willing to take the good with the challenging, the heartbreaking with the triumphs–all of it.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

“I wanna speak the things into my life and claim the things in my life that make me feel empowered. And I don’t care if the ground is falling out from under me or the roof is falling down. If I choose to own that situation, then there’s always a way out.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

“I don’t care if you win or not. If you get to play, that’s all that matters.” – Gary Scott Thomas

“I had to learn how to lose and how not to have my identity wrapped up in it, not have it ruin my life.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

“For me, I do not want my children thinking about playing for a high school scholarship when they’re 13 years old. To me, that takes away the joy of everything, and then everything becomes so end-result focused and pressure-filled.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

“If you love something, I know that I’m willing to suffer for it, and I’m willing to take the good and the bad. But it has to be a sincere, authentic desire on your part. Otherwise, it’s not sustainable.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

“It takes a lot of courage and a lot of faith, and a lot of belief in yourself. And so those are the tenets that I would love to preach and to be an example of to the next generation because the journey is long, and you have to take it day by day, step by step.”  – Kerri Walsh Jennings

Guest’s Bio:

Kerri Lee Walsh Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and a one-time Olympic bronze medalist. She is the beach volleyball leader in career victories as of 2016 having won 135 international and domestic tournaments.

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Buzz Leer

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This episode is sponsored by Habana Cuba. Get 15% off when you use the code “Gary” online or tell it to your server in person.

You’ve probably seen him on TV or heard his voice. He’s an actor, voice-over artist, model, and so much more. We talked about his career change from being a teacher to acting. We talked about what it was like to go on a date with cameras following him and even the doctor’s office!

Some of the places you might recognize him from:

⚡️ Chicago PD
⚡️ Chicago Med
⚡️ neXt
⚡️ American Greed
⚡️ House Detective

Feature Films:
⚡️ “Christmas is Cancelled” with Dermot Mulroney
⚡️ “Reveler” Shudder TV
⚡️ “Being Ian” Thomas Pace Productions
⚡️ ”Silent as a Grave” BP Productions

Also in this episode:

  • Taking an Uber to the hospital when he was having a heart attack
  • Dating in your 70s
  • Modeling

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Quotations:

“It’s gonna take a while. Right? And, and it’s doing that, and it’s funny because you are starting a new career, and you’re learning, even at this age, it’s gonna take a while.” Gary Scott Thomas

“I never had anything to do with a stage at all, all the way through high school.” ~Buzz Leer

“I haven’t had as much, uh, opportunity in TV, and that’s what I’m waiting for. I’m just waiting for that moment when they’re gonna give me that opportunity.” ~Buzz Leer

Bio:

Currently in Los Angeles, represented for TV/Film by Carole Dibo Talent Management, Taylor Talent Services for Commercial, Host… Represented in Chicago by Gray Talent Group (TV/Film)10 Management Agency and Looks Pro Models Chicago, IL, The Block Agency, Nashville, Moore Creative, Minneapolis, Betty’s Talent, Miami ….I am currently a working actor, model, voice-over artist, live event host. Moving to Chicago 6 years ago, my recent Chicago live theatre credits include; Citizen / Townsperson, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at The Goodman Theatre, Doc Gibb OUR TOWN, Jamie I SAW MY NEIGHBOR ON THE TRAIN AND DIDN’T EVEN SMILE, and Swifty Lazar / Mike Wallace FROST/NIXON at The Redtwist Theatre. Alice Cooper in WAYNES WORLD and the Narrator in OFFICE SPACE at The Uptown Underground Theatre. TV credits include NEXT, Fox TV, Guest Star, Chicago PD, Guest Star, several national/local commercials, and infomercials, and was the Host of HGTV’S HOUSE DETECTIVE for five seasons (65 episodes). Multiple Short and Feature Films, including the most recent low-budget SAG Film, BEING IAN, Supporting Actor, and upcoming Supporting Role in SILENT AS THE GRAVE.

A Minneapolis, MN native and a graduate of The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND ( BFA Degree/ Acting / Communication).