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Road Noise - Life one mile at a time with business owner, author, and professional artist, Michael Blackston

A life journal podcast from the viewpoint of a Christian husband, father, author, professional artist, and business owner. Topics range from opinions about every day family value issues and spirituality to helpful tactics that help make life easier and beyond. Michael is a southern story teller and cherishes the opportunity to help others through their struggles by sharing his own experiences. You're invited to come on along and join him in learning to live life one mile at a time.
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Jan 29, 2016
How Do I Live With Someone Who Suffers From Anxiety Disorder And Clinical Depression? - RN 018

"My own life was filled with so much love and joy that when depression struck, it was like a prison door slamming shut and I was being placed in an isolation cell. No one else could possibly feeling what I was. I hated my depression and all of its symptoms." - Susan Polis Schutz

How do I deal with someone who has depression?

People who battle Anxiety Disorder and Clinical Depression often feel alone, misunderstood, and unable to cope. There is hope and help. But those of us who live alongside sufferers of CD need to understand that there are good ways and bad ways to relate to them.

 Signs to lookout for if you think you or someone you love may be battling Clinical Depression:

  • Wants to stay in bed for long periods of time
  • Has frequent and extreme mood swings
  • Is exceptionally impatient
  • Periods of sadness without knowing why
  • Has suicidal thoughts
  • Often feels worthless
  • Engages in emotional eating
  • Engages in self-harm (Cutting, etc.)

 If you think you or your loved one may qualify as having Clinical Depression:

  • Seek professional aid
  • Avoid self-medicating

 If you have a relationship with someone who battles Clinical Depression, keep the following things in mind:

  • Do not react negatively, if possible
  • Avoid accusatory or hurtful remarks (“Did you take your pill today?”)
  • Offer physical contact if it helps them (hugs, kisses, holding their hand)
  • Don’t try to fix their problems; instead, just be there for them
  • Understand where any negative attitudes are really coming from
  • Be patient and allow them to work through their symptoms their way
  • Be their strength and support when they feel helpless

 Here are some resources for important information on depression:

www.dbsalliance.org

www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

Jan 22, 2016
How To Finish What You've Started - RN 017

"Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me." - J.K. Rowling

How do you finish what you start?

You'll find a change of pace from the normal format as I attempt to mold the podcast into something that is authentic and personal, but also useful for you in your own "one mile at a time" journey. As an artist, I spent years struggling to maintain focus so that my projects might be completed. And for the longest time, they never were. Not, that is, until one night when my boasting about a play I was writing backfired on me and I was forced to admit to a friend and myself, that all I had was an idea. From that night on, a dedication to focus has changed my life and projects are being completed. Here's the story of that night and the mental devices I've developed to keep me moving forward.

Jan 15, 2016
Goodbye C1G, Maybe I'll Do A VLOG, & Dutchy - RN 016

"It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure." - Ernie Harwell

How do you say goodbye?

After a year, a podcast I host with Toni King, CUE ONE GO - The Theatre Show, has come to an end. It's bitter-sweet, but there are good things over the horizon. I have decided to get into the VLOG game as I give my twice weekly blog all around availability through the written word, audio, and now video. And "Dutchy" is not just the name our local theatre has given an awards ceremony. There is an interesting historical aspect to Dutchy; just who he is and why he was resurrected a century after his demise.

Jan 8, 2016
Everybody Is Sick, Friends Like You, & What Should I Do Now? - RN 015
A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay. Arthur Miller
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A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way you don't stay. Arthur Miller
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"A playwright lives in an occupied country. And if you can't live that way, you don't stay." - Arthur Miller

What's next for me?

This was a week that saw nearly everyone in my family falling ill.  I'll talk about what all happened. I completed my second script for the stage; a play called, Friends Like You. And since I've been laser-focused on my script, I need to focus on something new now that it's finished. What should I do now?

Jan 4, 2016
Sharper Focus, Don't Make resolutions - Make Real Change, & No Means No - RN 014

"Deciding what NOT to do is as important as deciding what to do." - Steve Jobs

How can I focus better?

Resolutions, to me, are hollow and cliche. I want to tackle 2016 with sharper focus and real change. That means saying "no" to some things and being the type of person that makers a difference. I have a vision for this podcast going forward and some advice for being a world changer this coming year.

Visit the website: www.roadnoisepodcast.com

 

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