Meet podcasting legends, life partners, and transformation coaching team Mieke and JC Doornick (a.k.a Chicken and Dragon) as we discuss getting started podcasting with very basic tools, no professional skills, and a desire to have your voice heard. Mieke (Chicken) provides commentary on the power of podcasting to connect with niche audiences, and how perfectionism can hold you back. JC (Dragon) brings balance to the equation, discussing the importance of delegation, and how not being perfect can still result in growth. While in a perfect world, content and quality are both important, focusing on content, message, and consistency are more important over the long term.
Together we have a deep conversation about the mental health of podcasters and of the general public. Mieke shares her knowledge about acute stress, PTSD, the Pandemic, and how isolation is causing anxiety, creating a greater need to build and maintaining connection with one another. We learn how JC conquered his anxiety of public speaking with what Mieke points out is essentially “exposure therapy”.
We even get a peek behind the curtain of the healthy relationship that Mieke and JC built, from the cute stories of how they became known as Chicken and Dragon to their daily commitments to spend personal time together, conversing and connecting as they begin and end each day technology-free.
About Our Guests:
Dr. JC Doornick “Dragon” comes from a fascinating life and family history full of pioneers in the entertainment industry and professional athletes. Later in life becoming a servant to the people as a Doctor of Chiropractic and Cofounder of a worldwide Humanitarian relief organization serving the third world with health, education, housing and food. Receiving awards such as the Humanitarian of the Year. What most would consider a privileged life, it came with a dark side connected with substance abuse, divorce and abandonment. AKA “The Dark Ages”.
Struggling with the realities of being a workaholic, not showing up for his kids and a failing marriage, he found himself in dire straits in need of a shift. With the help and guidance of some key mentors “Angels” and a voracious hunger for self discovery and personal growth, he experienced a physical, mental and financial breakthrough losing 80 lbs, reclaiming his health. Tapping into a Lifestyle Transformation and Coaching company he transformed his mind and started living his life around the things that mattered most. He and his soul mate and wife Mieke went on to build an international Virtual Health Transformation and Lifestyle Coaching company that serves the USA and parts of Asia which helped them create a 7 figure income from home and leave their 9-5 jobs to live their lives around the things that matter most.
Dragon frequently takes the stage and speaks to live audiences upwards of 11,000. With their two sons and adopted daughter “Duckie” they travel the world creating memories and seeking adventure and experiences. This life transformation gave RISE TO THE DRAGON, a once considered mythical creature that the world spoke of yet can’t prove ever existed. The Dragon represents that version of yourself you don’t believe is possible and the RISE UP WITH DRAGON PODCAST is all about unlocking and freeing people from their programmed mental prisons and back on track dreaming big. We interview guests that have great stories of transformation and created products and services that serve humanity to greatness. You can look forward to bigger and better things including the world’s greatest story ever told in the release of his upcoming book. Name to be released soon.
Mieke Doornick, “Mee-kah”, aka (Chicken 🐔) is a master’s level student at Northwestern University and is currently working towards her qualification as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Mieke holds a BA degree in Drama from The South African School of Motion Picture Medium (AFDA) in South Africa and trained as a professional actor and voice-over artist at both The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) in New York and The British American Drama Academy (BADA) in London. After graduating, Mieke moved to South Korea where she became the head of the English department at Dongducheon Sincheon Elementary School. She taught both English and Performing Arts to students in grades one through six.
She strives to establish a sincere and dependable environment for the clients she serves by encouraging a trusting, personalized, and collaborative space. She applies a strengths-based, person-centered approach embedded in a psychodynamic framework, but also has a substantial interest in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – a form of therapy which concentrates on acceptance, emotional regulation, and strengthening skills to cope with challenging situations. She is a member of both the American Counseling Association (ACA) and The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC).
For the past three years, Mieke has practiced as a certified health and transformation coach, and together with her husband, is currently expanding their health coaching company to Singapore and Hong Kong.
Mieke lives in Stamford, Connecticut with Dragon 🐉 and two kittens, Samson and Delilah. In her free time, she combines her love of mental health with that of her training as a voice-over artist. She is the creator of a guided meditation podcast, “Karma Mind”, that focuses on the healing benefits of meditation and mindfulness practice. Her fondness of meditation stems from the work of Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an evidence-based offspring of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which incorporates Eastern meditative processes.
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