Editor – in – Chief of Google Insider and Trix Carly Schwartz on Depression, Substance Abuse, and How She Found Her Wellness

“I was really depressed. I couldn’t get out of bed, except for parties and so I would go on these crazy benders and then I would get in bed for a week and then leave to party again and I just started to feel like my partying was out of control. I realized I hadn’t experienced happiness without the help of drugs and alcohol in a really long time, maybe ever, and I just hit my limit. I told my therapist about all the drugs that I was doing and she suggested that I needed help.”

Nick Kohler, DJ and Music Producer, On Working Through Depression in School and in Work, Exploring His Own Sound Identity & Success, and Using His History of Struggle To Inspire and Heal

“Somebody reached out to me privately who said my music had been a major part of him overcoming his depression; at the time his dad was in a hospital recovering from something and he told me that that they had actually bonded over one of my sets during that time. Hearing this person be brave enough to open up to someone he didn’t know talking about something that was really vulnerable for him at the time and saying that something [my music] had this positive impact on his life made me see that I’ve experienced situations like that too; it helped me see that if i can use whatever platform I have for anything, I want it to be for something uplifting, and I since felt empowered to do the same thing this incredibly brave person did. Because I have experienced the lows, that side of things; depressed, suicidal.. I can be open about it, and uplift another in the process, that is a good thing. I have no reason to hide it.”

Men, Mindfulness, & Meditation: Observing the Rising Trend in Men & Self-Care

Notes on meditation from a male:
“I define meditation as little as one minute or longer to reflect upon yourself. How I feel physically, mentally, and emotionally. If there’s something bothering me in any form, this is my moment to identify it and recognize it, rather than run from it. I may not have the answer for it right away, but meditation allows me to adapt accordingly.”

Zach Sharaga, CEO, Dear Mama Coffee On Living Life with Fearlessness, Serial Entrepreneurship, and the Importance of Self-Awareness and Balance

Fearlessness “I approach that mentality with everything I do – my drive and work ethic comes from my father who has never shied away from hard work, cutting corners or putting in the extra time. I also attribute it to pure naivety. At that age, I didn’t think fear actually existed. I still kind of don’t.”

Drew Hammell or @Nikestories, on Faith, Life Operating a Prolific Instagram Sports Account and a NYC Church, and His Wellness

Despite increasing pressures to create new and original content– products of a culture that drives the multi-billion dollar influencer market that is social media–Drew has built @nikestories differently, rising to influencer status by looking to and honoring the past, pulling from archives and mixing old with the new.
Years later, with a life expanding into multiple fields and an ongoing joint project with HighSnobiety to chronicle the complete history of every Air Jordan in history, I chatted with Drew about his life behind the shoes, his unconventional work journey, and finding balance.