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 Sep 07, 2023
Thursday Sep 07, 2023
Today’s episode is a special one for a few reasons. I speak with a dear friend of mine, Kim Colegrove. Kim and I met back in 2017 and I am a better person today for knowing her. Kim is also the first podcast guest to come back on the show a second time, so if you missed the first episode with Kim back in 2021, I encourage you to check it out.
In our conversation, we catch up on what she’s been up to since our first episode a few years ago. We discuss her online training platform, Pause First Academy, the re-release of her book Mindfulness for Warriors which will now be called "The Mindfulness for Warriors Handbook", and the new book she is working on set to release in February 2024.
Kim goes into detail about some of the courses offered on the Pause First Academy and discusses the reason she hand-picked her trainers; all either current or retired first responders with a particular skillset in personal growth, resilience, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, emotional intelligence, holistic health, leadership and more. Some of the often overlooked “softer skills”.
Kim has graciously provided a coupon code just for you our podcast listeners; one month free premiere membership so you can try as many courses as you’d like. The coupon code is listed below.
Kim also shares a story about a conversation she had at a training last year with someone who told her that her book saved his life. This conversation was the impetus for the reason for the re-release of her first book and the second book she is currently writing, Wellness - Warrior Style.
Kim and I discuss the topic of suicide, which can be difficult for some to hear; but the story of her husband’s suicide nearly 9 years ago is the reason she does what she does. Her why can be distilled down to one thing - she doesn’t want any other family to experience what she and her family are still experiencing today.
Of course, no conversation with Kim would be complete without some talk of meditation and mindfulness; the tool she is passionate about sharing with the first responder population.
Her book is a great start for those who want to learn more, plus she offers a free 21 meditation jump start program on the Pause First Academy website.
Kim addresses how meditation and mindfulness have become more prevalent in recent years, their roots in ancient warrior practice, and the amount of evidence that backs up it’s efficacy.
Kim’s ability to integrate her lifetime of accumulated practice, learning, and teaching in an easy to learn approach is what makes her unique. At a time where there is access to so much information, Kim not only explains that meditation is the daily habit or exercise that cultivates mindfulness, a way or state of being that helps you step out of survival mode and into the present moment, but how you can apply this personally and professionally.
Pause First Academy: Don't forget to use the discount code gunsandyoga for a free one-month premiere membership.
The Mindfulness for Warriors Handbook: Stress Reduction, Trauma Recovery, and Resilience Building for First Responders" is available for pre-sale now!! Here ---> Amazon