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Former Division I volleyball player and TED Talk speaker, Victoria Garrick, is a mental health and body-image advocate who sits down with all sorts of inspirational and awesome guests to bring you the REALEST conversations around success, failure, life, and challenge. New episodes every Wednesday!

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The Science of Gratitude & Human Potential with Dr. Glenn Fox | The Truth About Being Happy!
48:17
Dr. Glenn Fox is a neuroscientist who studies human performance and brain behavior. He is the Head of Program Design, Strategy, and Outreach at the USC Performance Science Institute and conducts research on the brain’s role in gratitude, social cognition, affective neuroscience, and social influence. He has won awards from the Greater Good Science Center, the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation, and the Shoah Foundation Institute for his innovation. In his free time, he is a mechanic and he teaches “The Science of Peak Performance” at the USC Marshall School of Business. Victoria took his class at USC and the two reunite on the podcast today to discuss the science of gratitude, human potential, and how a person can truly feel like they "are at the right place at the right moment."
 
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Nov 25, 2020
Intuitive Eating On Thanksgiving & How To Navigate Food Around The Holidays with Nutrition Therapist Elyse Resch
50:47

Elyse Resch is a nutrition therapist who co-authored the books Intuitive Eating and The Intuitive Eating Workbook, and is one of the original co-founders of the Intuitive Eating practice! With over 36 years of experience, Elyse advocates for healthy eating habits by promoting intuitive eating, which allows a person to get in touch with their true needs, rather than developing harmful diet habits that often lead to eating disorders. Elyse is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, a Fellow of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In this episode, Elyse shares tangible tools for anyone looking to switch to the practice of Intuitive Eating, as well as addresses ways to navigate Thanksgiving meals and the many food/body situations that come along with holiday festivities. How should you approach Thanksgiving dinner? What should you say if someone makes a toxic comment about your weight or what you're eating? What do I do if I accidentally eat too much? Elyse answers all these questions and more!

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Nov 18, 2020
How To Find Meaning & Purpose After Sports: Real Talk With Two Division I Athletes
01:07:06
Many athletes struggle to find their identity after their sport ends. On this episode of Real Pod, former USC and Pitt Quarterback, Max Browne, joins host and former USC Volleyball Player, Victoria Garrick, to discuss meaning and purpose. How do I transfer my passion from the game to passion for a job? How do I manage the new changes in my body and appetite? Where do you find motivation if you don't have a coach or team to hold you accountable? How do I discover what my new path in life is going to be? Victoria and Max dive into all of these questions and so much more.

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Nov 11, 2020
Sports Illustrated Model Reveals Body-Image Issues & The Truth Behind Perfect Photos: Emily DiDonato
49:28
Emily DiDonato is a show-stopping Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model who’s been the face of Maybelline New York, covered Vogue Magazine, and modeled for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Giorgio Armani. Despite all of these career accomplishments and receiving validation from the most sought after designers in the world, Emily has struggled with her body-image, battled insecurities, and she’s experienced rejection too. Emily is so candid in this interview as she tells all about her experiences in the modeling industry, explaining how there is an untold story behind the perfect faces and bodies we see in magazines. If you've ever caught yourself obsessing over the perfection of a supermodel, this episode just might change everything for you. 
 
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Nov 04, 2020
People Pleasing, Accepting Trauma, & Toxic Relationships with Therapist Lindsay Fleming
45:29
Lindsay Fleming is a licensed therapist for teens and young adults who has amassed over 300,000 TikTok followers where she's known for her relatable, informative, and empowering mental health videos. As the first from her family to graduate from college and the founder of her own private practice, Lindsay's unique approach to counseling, anxiety, depression, and trauma is one that will make you feel more accepted and safe when talking about your challenges. In this episode, Victoria and Lindsey talk all about boundary setting, social anxiety, people pleasing, and owning and accepting what you're going through. This feel good mental health conversation will help you remember that you're not alone in what you're going through, and talking about mental health doesn't have to be dark and scary... it can actually be fun and cathartic!
 
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Oct 28, 2020
Binge Eating & Overeating - How To Stop The Cycle of Shame & Start Accepting Your Body with Jessi Jean
48:48

Jessi Jean is a certified Eating Psychology Coach who helps women stop binge eating and overeating. After struggling for over a decade with her own eating disorder, Jessi finally broke free from dieting and shame, taking us through her whole journey on this tell all episode. Jessi is passionate about uplifting others and has helped thousands of women overcome eating disorders and create healthy relationships with food, fitness, and body image. On this episode of Real Pod, Jessi shares how she went from counting every single macro to no longer thinking about food! She also shares tips and helpful advice for anyone who might be feeling the same.

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Oct 21, 2020
Kathryn Plummer: The Nation's #1 College Volleyball Player Talks Pressure, Mental Health, & Stanford's "Secret Sauce"
50:26

Kathryn Plummer is a former Stanford volleyball player, where she earned three NCAA championship titles and was named the NCAA player of the year two years in a row. On top of her collegiate accolades, Kathryn is the only player in history to win FIVB World Championship medals in both indoor and beach volleyball. Kathryn dishes on the "secret sauce" that was the key to her and the team's success at Stanford, as well as getting personal about the pressure she faced and how she managed to succeed despite the rigorous academic and athletic lifestyle as a Stanford athlete. Kathryn also talks about finding her identity off the court, how she learned to ask for help, and what it's like to be the best college volleyball player in the nation. You've never heard Kathryn as real or raw as she is during this interview!

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Oct 14, 2020
Dr. Daniel Amen: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life & The 7 Habits of Happiness
57:28

Dr. Daniel Amen has helped millions of people change their brains and lives through his health clinics and New York Times mega-bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. He has appeared on numerous television shows including Dr. Phil, Larry King, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The View. The Washington Post has called Dr. Amen “America’s most popular psychiatrist” because of his wildly popular clinics which have over 7,000 patient visits a month and has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling over 160,000 scans on patients from 155 countries. Dr. Amen explains why this pandemic has caused rises in anxiety, depression, and suicide. He teaches us how to become aware of and defeat our A.N.T.s (Automatic Negative Thoughts,) and he shares the 7 habits of happiness.

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Oct 07, 2020
Gracie Gold: Olympic Figure Skater On Overcoming An Eating Disorder, Depression, & Her Return To The Ice
01:05:06

Gracie Gold's story is one of the most powerful stories in figure skating. After winning the bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympic games and being regarded as America’s golden girl, Gracie hit rock bottom spiraling into a painful battle with an eating disorder, and depression. At this point in her life, Gracie did not think she would ever return to skating. Gracie takes us through her journey with mental health and how she ultimately recovered, which led her to speak out about her struggles and find her way back on the ice and hopefully to the next Olympic games. Gracie was most recently featured in Michael Phelps’ powerful documentary, “The Weight of Gold,” which features a variety of olympians who have struggled with mental health. Gracie most famously said, "America loves three stories: America loves a comeback story, America loves an underdog story, and America loves the fall of a hero. I am all three.”

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Sep 30, 2020
Suicide Survivor Jazz Thornton Details Mental Health Battle & 'The Girl On The Bridge' Film
52:46

Having overcome childhood abuse and multiple suicide attempts, Jazz Thornton has now dedicated her life to speaking hope and creating change in the mental health space. Jazz co-founded Voices of Hope and her unique experience and practical message has gained worldwide recognition, leading her to the TED Talk stage, and now as the main feature in a new documentary film titled, "The Girl On The Bridge." Jazz is also the award-winning director of Jessica's Tree and author of "Stop Surviving Start Fighting." Jazz details her experiences with mental health, suicide, psychiatric stay, and how she ultimately turned everything around to be a beacon of hope for those still struggling.

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Sep 23, 2020
Quarantine Mental Health - Sharing 3 of My Struggles and Giving 3 Pieces of Advice
29:35

Victoria sits down to share three things that she's been struggling with during quarantine and even goes as far as to share her favorite songs to cry to... yeah, we keep it very #REAL on Real Pod! She'll then give three pieces of advice which have helped her manage her emotions and stresses throughout the past few months.

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Sep 16, 2020
Real Pod Trailer
01:34

Former Division I volleyball player and TED Talk speaker, Victoria Garrick, is a mental health and body-image advocate who sits down with all sorts of inspirational and awesome guests to bring you the REALEST conversations around success, failure, life, and challenge. New episodes every Wednesday!

Produced by Dear Media

Sep 15, 2020
Dr. Michael Gervais - Understanding Our Minds: How To Unlock Your Full Potential
55:59

Dr. Michael Gervais is a high-performance psychologist who works in the most high stakes environments training the mindset skills and practices essential to pursuing and releasing one's highest potential. His clients include world record holders, olympians, internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, and fortune 100 CEOS. Victoria and Dr. Mike discuss a variety of compelling and eye opening topics: where anxiety really comes from, the potential we can unlock within ourselves when we become fully present, the difference between life's little moments versus it's big moments, and the four things you should do every morning before you get out of bed.

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Sep 09, 2020
Sophia Stallone: Leaving the Modeling Industry, Coping With Anxiety, & Navigating the Single Life
49:47
With over 1.3 million followers on social media and a last name that is recognized in almost every household, Sophia Stallone is one of Hollywood's "It girls." But what people don't know about Sophia is how down to earth, smart, and REAL she is! Sophia shares the reality of her experiences in the modeling industry, detailing the pressures she felt to fit into tiny sample sizes and ultimately shares why she decided to part ways with the industry. She then talks about her lifelong battle with anxiety, and how she's learned to accept and own that side of her while also seeking help from a therapist. Sophia also explains how she navigates the single life, how to weed out social climbers from genuine friends, and how she's managed to stay so normal despite life in front of the spotlight. If you find yourself fantasizing about having millions of followers and comments online, give this conversation with Sophia a listen so you can hear how even the people who seem to have it all are actually experiencing the same insecurities we are!

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Sep 02, 2020
Female Athlete Struggles - Body-Image, Comparison, & Anxiety with Soccer Grl Probs!
51:04

Alanna Locast, Shannon Fay, and Carly Beyar are all former Division I soccer players who founded the wildly successful and popular brand, "Soccer Grl Probs." These three female athletes, known to their devout fans as "Ladyballers," are known for their hilarious takes on the universal struggles college athletes experience, and their ability to candidly share relatable experiences via viral YouTube videos, Instagram memes, and spot-on tweets. Victoria and the Ladyballers hold nothing back on this episode as they discuss a variety of topics: female athlete body-image, comparison and competition, mental health stigma, and brand building as student-athletes.

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Aug 26, 2020
Patience and Emotional Growth with World Cup Champion Dustin Watten
56:41

Dustin Watten is a professional volleyball player and five year member of the USA Men's National Team. He is most well known for his underdog mindset and work ethic; Dustin spent six years wiping the floors of the USA Volleyball gym in hopes to make the roster one day. As he puts it, “For six years, I committed myself to the grind, preparing my mind and body everyday with the belief that one day I would get my opportunity.” Eventually, after all that hard work, Dustin got his shot and went on to win the 2015 World Cup Championship with the team. Along his journey he has also become a passionate seeker of knowledge, studying various philosophers, mindfulness teachers, and stoics, all of which helped him to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually. If you're looking for that inspiration to finally dig deep and commit yourself to reaching your fullest potential, this intimate conversation is for you!

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Aug 19, 2020
Body Positivity, Chronic Illness, & Health At Every Size with Life Coach Michelle Elman
01:04:46
Michelle Elman is a five-board accredited life coach, body positivity advocate, TED Talk speaker, and author of her debut book "Am I Ugly?" Michelle's has underwent 15 surgeries due to chronic illnesses, which include a brain tumor and hydrocephalus. These surgeries left her with multiple and visible scars that for a very long time, she despised. Michelle explains how nearly losing her life finally gave her the joy and strength to appreciate and love her body. (And also found her wildly popular social media brand #ScarredNotScared!) In three words this episode is ENERGY, ENTERTAINMENT, & INSPIRATION. 4:00-9:00 taking breaks / productivity. 9:35 - 17:54 Michelle’s battle with chronic illness. 17:54 - 23:24 how she switched from body negativity to body neutrality. 23:24 - 31:24 the turning point in her self-love journey after getting hospitalized at nineteen. 31:30 - 35:23 body image and dating 35:38 - 40:38 the beginning of her body positivity advocacy. 41:00 - 42:31 dealing with body shamers. 42:32 - 55:20 Fatphobia and toxic diet culture. 55:30 society’s obsession with being skinny.
Aug 12, 2020
Leaving the Olympics, Embracing Fear, & Choosing Life with Carli Lloyd
59:48
Carli Lloyd is an Olympic medalist who spent seven years playing with the United States Women's National Volleyball Team. However, after her first Olympic games and two years into training for her second Carli made the decision to walk away from the national team, from the olympics, from everything she had worked for. You might be thinking, Why? Well today, and for the first time ever, Carli is opening up intimately about this decision and the powerful realizations she’s had about herself, life, and purpose along the way. Many of you have probably heard the term "more than an athlete," well Carli is one of the most beautiful examples of that phrase. We talk about past trauma, dealing with suicide and suicidal thoughts, the challenges and downfalls of competitive sport, allowing ourselves to feel, and what it means to SHOW UP AS YOURSELF!
Aug 05, 2020
Kylie Ross - Body-Insecurity, ACL Injuries, & Perfectionism
57:26
Kylie Ross is a former Division I soccer player from Baylor University where she received both an undergrad as well as Master’s degree. During her last season at Baylor she created a YouTube channel which has since gained over 140,000 subscribers! Kylie and her videos are all about sharing her passion for sports, health, fitness, and more about her life as a female athlete. In this episode, Kylie talks about sitting on the sidelines her first two years at Baylor, recovering from a painful ACL injury, body image insecurities, the pressure of being "healthy," and finding her identity after sports. This convo is IT for all female athletes looking for an honest and all encompassing conversation about college sports! 2:49-5:46 Kylie’s start with soccer. 5:46-9:16 Expectation vs reality for freshman year. 9:16-16:49 Striving for perfection and an “athletic body.” 16:49-25:36 Dealing with injuries mentally and physically. 25:36-29:20 Mental growth as an athlete. 29:20-30:43 Working through fear after injury clearance. 30:43-34:17 Starting a YouTube channel. 34:17-36:15 Gaining a following on social media 36:15-43:42 Graduation and identity after sport. 43:42-48:48 Getting real on YouTube 48:48-50:34 Lessening up on perfectionism. 50:34-55:49 Working out and finding balance in fitness after graduation.
Jul 29, 2020
3 Keys To A Strong Relationship + How We Met! (feat. Max Browne)
01:00:09
Max is back! But this time he's here to talk intimately about his four year relationship with Victoria. Hear the candid story of how they met and fell in love, then receive their three key tips to developing a strong, healthy, and loving relationship. This is a good one to listen to with your boyfriends, girlfriends, best friends, and crushes!
Jul 22, 2020
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Jul 15, 2020
Anna Cockrell - NCAA Champion Explains Mental Health Struggles & Painful Pursuit to Perfection
01:09:03
Anna Cockrell is a highly decorated USC Track & Field star. She is an All-American hurdler and sprinter, a defending NCAA champion, and currently holds records for several events. Not only is she an incredible athlete, bust she also finished her undergraduate with a 3.98 cumulative GPA, the highest of any student-athlete at USC. However, with great success also comes immense pressure to perform both mentally and physically. In today’s episode, Anna gets real about performance anxiety, the pressures of perfectionism, and opens up about the accident that cost her team the 2019 NCAA championship.
Jul 08, 2020
Reid Priddy - 4x Olympian & Gold Medal Volleyball Player
47:32
Reid Priddy is a 4x Olympian and gold medalist, former member of the United States National Volleyball Team, and World Champion. Reid reveals what truly separates the best in the world from those who barely miss the mark, while diving into his own personal struggles with confidence and pressure to perform. Having been at the top of not only his game, but the world's game, for sixteen consecutive years, Reid's wisdom and experience offers invaluable knowledge to other athletes in pursuit of greatness. 2:30-7:43 What separates good from great? 7:43-10:22 The importance of adaptability. 10:22-17:07 Learning to be ‘clutch’, your best focus state. 17:07-22:58 Building and keeping confidence. 22:58-26:51 Focusing on something bigger than yourself. 26:51-28:38 Playing against the best in the world. 28:38-31:10 Finding your WHY in life. 31:10-37:41 Pursuing mastery and mitigating nerves. 37:41-38:55 Valuing the experience rather than results. 38:55-42:19 Lack of motivation and how to cope. 42:19-43:50 Recovery and rest for growth. 43:50-46:09 Achieving greatness through a learner’s mindset and finding your true why.
Jul 01, 2020
Dr. Nicole LePera - The Holistic Psychologist Talks Ego, Worthiness, & Self-Healing
58:04
Dr. Nicole LePera, known by her 2.5 million followers as The Holistic Psychologist, focuses her teachings on the connection between mind and body. She views mental and physical struggles from a whole person perspective and works to identify the underlying physical and emotional causes. In this episode, Dr. LePera explains in depth why we develop the voice inside of our heads and how we can differentiate between the narrative we've formed around who we are as opposed to our true essence of being. (This is a MUST listen!) 4:30-8:11 Her backstory, 8:11-18:09 Defining ego, and ego functions, 18:09-22:40 Ego vs appropriate boundaries, 22:40-24:29 Instant gratification and shame in relationships, 24:29-25:50 Shame in diet culture and worthiness, 25:50-29:15 What is the soul, 29:15-33:11 Confidence and its origin, 33:11-37:06 Expectations and grounding yourself in the present, 37:06-42:17 What causes mental health issues, 42:17-48:27 Achievement oriented humans,48:27-52:48 Evaluating relationships and their boundaries, 52:48-56:39 Understand the criticism and opposing opinions of others.
Jun 24, 2020
Brittani Lancaster - Body Positivity, Eating Disorder Recovery, and TikTok Fame!
01:00:13
In just one year, Brittani Lancaster has gained over 400,000 TikTok followers who tune in daily for her honest, uplifting, and encouraging videos about body positivity and eating disorder recovery. After battling and overcoming both Anorexia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder in high-school, Brittani found healing and strength on her recovery path which has fueled her advocacy work. She dives deep into her journey, sharing her experiences and offering inspiring insight to anyone struggling with their relationship with food or their body. 3:00-5:25 Her childhood and upbringing. 5:25-10:00 first signs of body image issues. 10:00-19:20 Start of ED and repercussions. 19:20-21:15 Why she was turning to food. 21:15- 26:40 Changing her mindset and beginning steps to recovery. 26:40-31:45 Intuitive eating. 31:45-34:48 having supportive friends and understanding triggers. 34:38-41:37 How Brittani has used tiktok to share her story and make a change in others’ lives. 41:37-44:50 Addressing friends’ unhealthy eating habits. 44:50-48:05 How to turn around a bad day. 48:05-51:12 How to avoid the toxic negativity on TikTok. 51:12-54:00 pressure that comes with an online following. 54:00-57:55 stigmas around getting professional help for disordered eating.
Jun 17, 2020
Nyakio Greico - Founder & Female Entrepreneur
41:21
Nyakio is a first-generation American of Kenyan descent who used her grandma's Kenyan beauty secrets to help launch her own skincare company, "Nykaio," which is now sold online at Target and Ulta! Nyakio also works with Girls, Inc. to mentor young women of color, helping build them into strong, independent, and powerful women. Not only does Nyakio talk about her experience and success as Black female entrepreneur, but she shares her perspective on the current Black Lives Matter movement happening around the globe, diving deep into her personal experiences.
Jun 10, 2020
Francesca Mariano: Chicks In The Office, Mental Health, & Unrealistic Beauty Standards
58:03
From Barstool's hit podcast, "Chicks In The Office," Francesca Mariano joins Victoria to dive deep into her journey to success and how she's stays grounded and authentic with millions of eyes watching. Fran also opens up for the first time about her challenging college experience and why she decided to seek help for her mental health when times got tough. This episode is fun, raw, and a side of Fran you've never seen before!
May 27, 2020
The Max Browne Interview - What Really Happened to the Nation's #1 Recruit
01:19:51
Max Browne was the #1 football recruit in the country and offered a full-ride scholarship to USC at the age of 14. Fans and news paper outlets even cited him as the "next Peyton Manning." But once he began his career at USC, no one expected what would happen next... especially not Max. His story is one of heartbreak, resilience, and strength. This emotional interview will be sure to move you and inspire any and all dreamers out there.
May 20, 2020
Feel Better About Your Body: 5 Ways To Do It
13:57
We all have those days where we wake up and feel bloated, gross, and just not cute! If that's how you feel today, or any day, you'll want to hear this... Victoria will guide you through 5 simple ways to feel better about yourself.
May 13, 2020
Ring Concierge - Nicole Wegman's Rise to the Top of the Industry
48:36
Nicole Wegman, more popularly known by her IG handle Ring Concierge, built her iconic jewelry empire from scratch. Now amassing over 300,000 followers on Instagram and hand crafting engagement rings for celebrities, Nicole and her team are becoming one of the most sought out jewelry companies in the country. Nicole tells us how she re-routed her life after college to start her own company, diving deep into the world of entrepreneurship and starting her own business!
May 06, 2020
Victoria's BFF's! Quaran-themed Convo With Aubrey & Natalie
55:10
Victoria's two best friends, Aubrey Gavello and Natalie Marshall, call in to have a totally candid, wildly unfiltered, and hilarious conversation about all things quarantine life! You just might pee your pants laughing at some of these juicy stories. They also divert into some random topics like ferris wheel kisses, the worst thing you could say to someone who's lost an item, and all the sob stories about their deceased childhood pets...weird right ... but the entertainment we all need! If you're craving some fun girl time, this one's for you!
Apr 29, 2020
BREAK FREE FROM DIETING & SHAME - Geneen Roth Part II
50:56
Geneen Roth is back to help YOU and your relationship with food during quarantine!! Why do we eat when we aren't hungry?? How do I stop obsessing over food?! What do I do if someone I live with makes me feel bad about my body? How can I fix all of this!? THIS EPISODE HAS THE ANSWERS, AND THE TRUTH! New York Times' Best Selling author and Oprah Winfrey Show guest, Geneen Roth, is back to promote intuitive eating and a deeper connection with oneself.
Apr 22, 2020
Kelsey Robinson - Conquering Your Inner Voice: The Pursuit of A World Class Athlete
50:11
Kelsey Robinson is currently one of the world's top volleyball players; she has dominated the sport in Turkey, Italy, and helped Team USA to a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympic games. Kelsey discusses what it truly takes to make it to the highest level in sports and talks us through all the road bumps she's hit along the way... like the day she thought she'd quit the sport forever! Kelsey gets real about her personal struggles with confidence, and a battle with food and body-image that she's never shared before. She is fearless, thoughtful, and will humble any competitive athlete as she explains how she's continuously learning and growing as a player.
Apr 15, 2020
Cindy Marina - Miss Universe Albania 2019!
45:12
After entering her first pageant ever in 2019, Cindy Marina was crowned Miss Universe Albania! She then competed in the international Miss Universe pageant where she finished in the top 20. When she's not strutting down the runway on live television, she's competing for National Championships as a Division I college volleyball player. Cindy tells all about the behind the scenes details that go into competing on the Miss Universe stage, and how she was able to balance two totally different live styles as both a pageant queen and a college athlete!
Apr 08, 2020
Love Is Blind - Kelly Chase!
50:45
From the #1 Netflix reality TV show, "Love Is Blind," Kelly Chase sits down to tell ALL about her experience getting engaged to someone she's never seen before. She shares inside scoop about how the show was filmed, her personal experience in the pods, and why she chose to say "I Don't" at the altar!
Apr 01, 2020
Sara Hughes - On Resilience & Overcoming Adversity as an Athlete
57:19
Sara Hughes is one of beach volleyball's most historic college players. Winning multiple NCAA Championships, multiple PAC-12 Championships, and setting countless records at USC, she has made her mark in the sand and has been continuing to do the same at the professional level. After peaking at No. 9 in the world beach volleyball rankings with her partner Summer Ross, a heartbreaking injury stopped their climb to the olympics. Sara had to pick up the pieces to figure out how she would qualify before time ran out. To hear her story of resilience and why she's never giving up, listen to this episode!
Mar 25, 2020
Dr. Varun Soni - The Mental Health Crisis Explained
52:54
Dr. Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, where he is the chief religious and spiritual leader for over 45,000 students. He has been featured on ABC News, Forbes, NPR, and The Los Angeles Times; he also has a close relationship with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. He sits down with Victoria to discuss the current mental health crisis facing students throughout the country, and why so many are battling with issues of meaning, purpose, and loneliness. This is an incredibly eye-opening interview for anyone currently in high-school, college, or who has friends and family in those age groups.
Mar 18, 2020
Paralympic Gold Medalist - Mallory Weggemann
53:04
Mallory Weggemann is a Paralympic gold medalist and record setter! Her story is one of great inspiration and resilience; at the age of 18, Mallory was experiencing back pain and went in for a series of epidural shots. The third shot left her completely paralyzed from the waist down. Despite this life changing moment, she continued to pursue her passion of swimming and made it all the way to the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic games where she became a two-time Paralympic medalist.
Mar 11, 2020
Kerri Walsh Jennings: The Best In The World (Volleyball's Most Decorated Player)
50:09
Kerri Walsh Jennings, the most decorated volleyball player in Olympic history, has competed in four Olympic games and dominated the sport for nearly three decades. Kerri gets honest about the challenges she's faced and the growth she's still experiencing as she explains how becoming the greatest of all time comes with a cost. She is shockingly raw, incredibly open, and sure to turn you into an even bigger fan once you've heard her heart.
Mar 04, 2020
Eating Disorder Q&A
26:31
On this episode, Victoria answers questions that were submitted to her by followers on her Instagram (@victoriagarrick @realpod) and in the YouTube comments section of her newest video, "My Eating Disorder Story."
Feb 26, 2020
5 Tips To Get Out Of A Mental Slump
12:00
Victoria shares 5 quick and easy tips to get out of a mental slump! We've all been there... you're feeling low, or sad, and there's no particular reason, but you just want to feel better again! If this sounds like something you've experienced or are going through now, give this a listen!
Feb 19, 2020
Jake Olson - Blind Football Player Talks Gratitude & Optimism
43:37
At eight months old, Jake Olson was diagnosed with retinoblastoma and had to have his left eye removed. At the age of 12, news came back from the doctors that the cancer returned in his right eye and he would have to lose his sight completely. Despite this, Jake continued to pursue a life that surpassed his wildest dreams, playing on the USC football team, graduating college with honors, and traveling the country to share his outlook on life with executives, athletes, and people of all ages. In this episode, you will hear how Jake makes the daily choice to choose optimism over fear, and his advice for anyone in life who need to rewire their thinking to constantly prioritize gratitude.
Feb 12, 2020
Rachael Adams: Olympic Medalist on Personal Growth & Finding Peace
46:42
Rachael Adams is a current member of the USA Women's National Volleyball Team and the founder of JourneyStrength. She is an olympic medalist, world champion, and she's deeply curious about personal growth and inner exploration. Her kind nature coupled with her genuine desire to become the best version of herself will inspire you to think more deeply about your own journey.
Feb 05, 2020
Kate Austin & Sarah Sulsenti - Fiancés Talk Coming Out & LGBTQ
53:36
Jan 29, 2020
Ron Boss Everline - Next Level Motivation (Kevin Hart's Trainer)
56:47

Audio Clip: Credit to Netflix, "Kevin Hart: Don't F*ck This Up."

Jan 22, 2020
Sophie Flay - Journalism, Post-Grad Feels, & Vulnerability
55:19
Sophie is an accomplished journalist who currently works as a reporter for ABC7 Los Angeles. She's also starred in popular Food Network Show "The Flay List" alongside her dad Bobby, as well as appeared on The Rachel Ray Show. Sophie talks about the difficult transition from college to the working world, and shares about therapy, relationships, and how she handles the inner critic we all have that strives for perfection.
Nov 19, 2019
April Ross: 2x Olympic Medalist Talks Training, Mental Health, & Body-Image
53:08
April Ross is a two time olympic beach volleyball medalist; she won a silver medal in London and a bronze medal in Rio. Now, she is preparing to play in Tokyo for her 3rd Olympic games. April has been a volleyball phenomenon her entire life: Gatorade Player of the Year out of high school, All-American, back to back national champion at USC, and now making history as one of the best female beach volleyball players ever. April discusses what her journey has been like, the philosophies she lives by, her mental health, the body-image pressures surrounding beach volleyball, and so much more.
Nov 12, 2019
Where CONFIDENCE comes from!
12:13
On this quickie, Victoria tells you exactly where confidence comes from and how you can become more confident in your everyday life!
Nov 05, 2019
Christie Valdiserri - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model: Bald and Bold!
52:11
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model and Professional Dancer, Christie Valdiserri, was always the bombshell blonde who "looked" the part. But one day, Christie noticed a small patch of hair missing from the back of her head. Over the following weeks, Christie soon became fully bald and was diagnosed with Alopecia at the age of 22. At first she was devastated, embarrassed, and covered up her disease underneath a wig. On this episode, Christie takes us through her entire journey of how she went from blonde, to bald, to BOLD, learning to embrace her new appearance and redefine what it means to be beautiful. Her story is incredibly inspiring, get the tissues ready!
Oct 29, 2019
8 Reasons To Stop Caring What People Think
20:17
It is so normal to worry and care about what others think of us. "Do they like me? Am I cool? Am I doing good enough??" Here are 8 reasons why you need to STOP letting the opinions and thoughts of others rule your world!
Oct 22, 2019
What is SB-206? The Bill That's Changing The Future For College Athletes (Feat. Activist Hayley Hodson)
47:28

SB-206 is historic bill that will give  college athletes their rights to their Name, Likeness, & Image.  Victoria brings on Hayley Hodson, Stanford Volleyball All-American and SB-206 Activist, to discuss what this means for college athletics and clarify the controversy.  Hayley testified in the State Capitol in front of the CA Senate’s Higher Education committee as well as before the CA Assembly’s Higher Education committee. She's also been featured on The Today Show’s,  NBC Nightly News’, and quoted in The NY Times' all in regards to SB-206. 

Oct 15, 2019
Taylor Formico - 2x Pac-12 Libero of the Year talks Leadership, Mindset, & How To Make Your Team Win
54:02
Taylor Formico, former UCLA starting volleyball player, 2 time Pac-12 Libero of the Year, and AVCA All american, shares her keys to success. We are going to talk all about her mental framework, how she approaches the pressure of an overlooked position, and the invaluable life lessons and morals the kept her focused through it all. This is a must listen for anyone functioning in a team/group environment as Taylor has truly mastered what it takes to help you team win.
Oct 08, 2019
Tiffany Smith Anoa'i - Getting Your Seat At The Table, Lessons From CBS Network's Executive Vice President of Diversity
50:49
Tiffany Smith Anoa-i is CBS Network’s Executive Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, a position that she petitioned the network create after she saw the lack of diversity both on camera and behind the scenes in media. She’s been written about in Time magazine and spoken at numerous female empowerment conferences. Tiffany shares all about her journey: how she lost her college scholarship, had to get a job and put herself through school, the lessons she learned along the way, and how she’s not only scored a seat at the table but how she’s learned to speak up and call the shots.
Oct 01, 2019
Why I Don't Edit My Instagram Pictures Anymore
27:08
So a lot of people edit their pictures, but not everyone stops. I haven't photo-shopped or edited a picture of myself in over two years! (Such a millennial accomplishment LOL.) I explain what I used to be like, obsessed with my appearance and my feed's aesthetic, and what happened that made me change. I also share a few things that I realized along the way! :)
Sep 24, 2019
Angie Lee - Entrepreneurship: The Pros & Cons Of Being An Absolute Girl Boss
52:32
Angie Lee was once $100,000 dollars in debt...now the 7 figure entrepreneur, top public speaker, and hit podcast host helps other women achieve their business goals and reach career success! Angie talks about what it was like to start her own business, how she balances her chaotic schedule, the anxiety attack that helped her re-evaluate her life, and why failure is her best friend.
Sep 17, 2019
Stephanie Yeboah - Fat Acceptance & Re-Writing Society's Perception of Beauty
59:03
Award winning blogger and fat acceptance advocate, Stephanie Yeboah, joins Victoria to talk about plus size representation in media, body positivity, and slim privilege ...(amongst other topics like Lizzo's world takeover, Beyonce's edited pictures, and her advice for plus size women everywhere!) Stephanie discusses what it's like to be a plus size woman in today's society and the ways that we can make the necessary change towards body inclusivity.
Sep 10, 2019
Erica Spiegelman - The Mind, Body, & Spirit Tri-Fecta: Wellness Habits You Need To Know
49:22
Erica Spiegelman is the best selling author of Rewired, a self-help book that focuses on how individuals can change their behavior for positive change in their life. Erica is an addiction and wellness specialist who has been featured on both Fox LA and Fox New York News Stations, she’s been featured on Keeping Up With Kardashians, and she's written about healthy living on the popular website POOSH. Erica sits down with Victoria to discuss all things wellness: time management, self-care, stress management, self-love, coping mechanisms, and more! Listen now to understand how you can fully engage your mind, body, and spirit.
Sep 03, 2019
4 Things I Learned This Summer & 4 Tips For A Fresh Fall!
20:10
Victoria shares the 4 biggest takeaways from her Summer and 4 pieces of advice that will help you start your Fall off right! :)
Aug 27, 2019
Brenda Tracy - Sexual Assault & Setting The Expectation
57:22
Brenda Tracy, founder of national campaign #SetTheExpectation, is a sexual assault survivor and advocate. She details the mental health repercussions and lifelong trauma she experienced from a gang rape in 1998 that left her feeling helpless. More than a decade after the assault, Brenda found out that her community had been working behind the scenes to keep her silent. Now, her voice is louder than ever as she travels to universities across the country sharing her story and inspiring change in the next generation of male college athletes
Aug 20, 2019
Aubrey Gavello - MY BFF (friendships that last a lifetime!)
56:22

Victoria and Aubrey have been best friends for 16 years! They sit down to spill all the secrets that make a friendship last a lifetime.

Aug 13, 2019
Geneen Roth - Your Relationship With Food & Diets Explained
57:38
New York Time’s Best Selling Author and Nationally Renowned Food/Body-Image Guru, Geneen Roth, sits down with Victoria to discuss WHY we diet and binge eat, and how to stop the toxic cycle of restriction and shame. Geneen has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. She has absolutely cracked the code on food and dieting and shares ALL of her philosophies in this episode of #RealPod. (Not to mention, Victoria struggled with binge eating and disordered eating for years. Geneen’s book was the reason she was able to make the change in her life! #DreamGuest!)
Aug 06, 2019
Hayley Hodson - Volleyball's #1 Recruit Speaks Out About Her Career-Ending Injury
01:19:45
In 2015, Hayley Hodson was the nation's top volleyball recruit. She went on to play at Stanford University, and was named an All-American and the PAC-12 Freshman of the Year after her first season. She hoped for a national championship and a future Olympic appearance, but what she never expected was a career ending concussion. Hayley is an example of true strength, someone who can handle adversity even in their darkest times. She discusses how she dealt with her fate and was able to create a completely different life for herself outside the gym.
Jul 30, 2019
Katie Defeo - Haters, Ride or Die Friends, and Why Everything Happens For A Reason
01:23:55
USC Lacrosse player and YouTuber, Katie Defeo, joins Victoria to talk about the real reasons she took a break from social media (mental health), the one hate comment she’s learned to love, how she got the tightest friend group ever, and why sacrifice is necessary for success!
Jul 23, 2019
Elise Lougee - Toxic Body-Image, Pro Dance Pressures, and Girl Mustaches
01:19:06
After being forced to step on the scale everyday and maintain an unrealistic appearance, Elise sought out to re-define what success meant to her. The girls talk anxiety, scales, and accepting past traumas.
Jul 16, 2019
10 Tips For Performance Confidence
34:00

Victoria shares 10 mental skills that will help you feel more confident and prepared to perform at your highest level.

Jul 09, 2019
Serena Kerrigan - Confidence, Therapy, & Not Caring What People Think
01:03:01
Refinery 29 host and shameless confidence advocate, Serena Kerrigan, joins Victoria to share how she developed her "DO ME" mentality, and why she believes everyone needs therapy.
Jul 02, 2019
Nicole Davis - An Olympian's Mindset & Advice For You, MUST LISTEN!!
Two-time Olympic medalist and volleyball legend, Nicole Davis, shares the truth about what it takes to become the best in the world. This is a MUST LISTEN as she explains how to unleash your full potential and make it last.
Jun 25, 2019
Perry Mattfeld - Hardwork to Stardom, Accepting Yourself, and Inner Fullfilment
50:35
Star of The CW's new hit show "In The Dark," Perry Mattfeld, joins Victoria to talk about her rejection filled journey to success. Hear about how Perry overcame the various obstacles in her career, the moment that she learned to accept herself, and the crazy similarities between athletes and actresses.
Jun 18, 2019
Katie Austin - Hustle, 'Fitsporation', and Becoming Confident
01:06:36
Certified fitness instructor, blogger, and self-made entrepreneur, Katie Austin, joins Victoria to discuss the pressures of being an Instagram 'Fitsporation,' the girls who tried to tear her down, and how she went from 0 confidence to 100.
Jun 11, 2019
Katelyn Ohashi - Gold Medal Standards, Self-Love, and Finding Her Why
38:40
Six-time All-American UCLA gymnast and viral sensation, Katelyn Ohashi, gets real with Victoria on the podcast's first episode. She ranks number one in the nation on the floor, was a four year USA national team member, and uses her voice to advocate for female athlete body image and eating disorders. This is a MUST listen!
Jun 04, 2019