Podcast weblog: A career in law enforcement is one of the most rewarding, challenging, and selfless professions out there. The Guns and Yoga podcast explores the intersection between the impact a first responder career can have on those on the job, their families, and the importance of adopting and maintaining a holistic lifestyle. Wendy Hummell is a seasoned law enforcement officer in the Midwest with close to 25 years experience. She is a LEO spouse, mother, and wellness enthusiast. She knows first-hand the difficulties this line of work can bring. For the past decade, Wendy has been exploring various ways to improve her emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well – being. She continues to learn and has a passion for sharing these tools to improve the quality of life not only for herself and her family, but for all first responders. Wendy is a certified yoga and meditation instructor. She teaches yoga, mindfulness, and resiliency to first responders at her current agency where she works as the Health and Wellness Coordinator. She also teaches throughout the state of Kansas and other national platforms. Wendy retired from the Wichita Police Department in 2019 at the rank of Detective where she spent a majority of her career working persons crimes. The intention of this podcast is to add value, provide support, and share resources by providing a platform for honest conversations with first responders, family members, retirees, and wellness experts. Whether you are a law enforcement officer, work in corrections, dispatch, Fire, EMS, The Prosecutors Office, the Coroners Officer, are a member of the military, family member or anyone who supports front line workers, please subscribe today and hear hear the stories of these brave men and women, the challenges and difficulties they have faced; the wonderful programs, people, and resources available to support first responders.
Thursday Nov 17, 2022
Thursday Nov 17, 2022
Welcome to Episode 36 of the Guns and Yoga Podcast. Today I share a conversation I had with Scott Medlin, a US Marine veteran and law enforcement veteran. Scott discusses his difficult decision to leave full time law enforcement in 2020 to save his family. His overidentification with the job led him to work part time jobs when he didn’t even need the cash. It was at that time, Scott began his journey to inspire and encourage police officers to focus on their personal wellbeing in order to better survive the career and better serve the public. Scott discusses his struggles with PTS, addiction, and depression and how an observation by his parents after returning from Iraq prompted him to get help. He discusses NLP therapy which he credits as a big part in his healing. Scott is also a podcast host, author, speaker, and trainer, so check out the link in the shownotes for more information.
I spoke with Scott a while back, and I am glad to finally be able to share it. Full disclosure, between full time work obligations and family, and my coaching and retreat business, the podcast has had to take a back seat these past few months, which has been tough. I recently read something that really hit home – You can do anything, but you cant’ do everything. Ok, Universe. I hear you. I have a passion which I realize is my purpose, or as the yogis call it – Dharma, and it’s been the overarching theme in everything I do - to serve others by sharing the tools of holistic wellness - the avenues in which that happens are varied – my FT work as a wellness coordinator, a health coach, yoga instructor, podcast host, content creator, and speaker. I am working to streamline my side-hustles, but this podcast isn’t going anywhere - because serving the first responders is where my heart lies. In fact, I am more convinced than ever that a framework of support, connection, resources, and education is imperative in this culture. This work can be tough at times, there are still many who don’t buy in, but I see evidence practically every day whether it’s people I know personally or through teaching, coaching, or podcasting that we are better together and that it’s never too late. We have some great ideas brewing so stay tuned for more.
I hope you enjoy this conversation with Scott. He has so much to offer. He writes and teaches about topics such as getting through the police Academy, a holistic approach to well-being, mental health, the warrior socialization of police officers, team work, and more.
Podcast – Scott Medlin (thescottmedlin.com)
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