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Craig Roh – More Than A Football Player

When you hear the name Craig ‘Death’ Roh different visions come to mind. I had the privilege to catch up with this man who is more than a triple threat on the field – he is a player of integrity, faith and belief that all things are possible when you take the high road.

Have a listen and learn more about #93 and this man behind the football player – Craig Roh.

“Well, Roh is my last name, and I realized one day that ‘Death Roh’ would be a cool nickame, I realized this in senior year of high school. I had an interview right after that for a Michigan website and I told them that my nickname was ‘Death Roh’, and it stuck ever since. I’m definitely not a ‘death row’ type personality, but the nickname is cool. You gotta have a different persona on the field – you can’t always be who you are in civilian life. On the field, you gotta be violent, you gotta be aggressive. Off the field, you have to be loving, charismatic, and gentle.
My journey with the Lions is awesome. It’s truly a blessing,I came out here just wanting to keep playing football. Vancouver has been an awesome city,the BC Lions organization has been so fun to get to know, my teammates are awesome, the D-line is awesome, and I’m really happy up here.”

 

Stay up to date on all things Craig Roh

Twitter – @_DeathRoh

Instagram – craigroh93

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Happy Birthday Jack Johnson

We’ve got everything we need right here, and everything we need is enough. –  Jack Johnson 

The world is so much brighter with your sunny disposition and your music. Happy 41st Birthday Jack Johnson. Wishing you a day filled with all the things you love.

Yours in music,

Fresh Independence

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Dido Talks Music, White Flag & Independence

How did music come to you?

I spent a lot of my childhood in my own head, making up stories. I didn’t have a lot of outside influences, so I was able to make my own decisions about what I wanted to do. My dad’s Irish music was very much a part of me.
I feel very warm towards Mum and Dad for giving us the independence they did. My childhood, and the fact we didn’t have a TV, gave me a boundless imagination. Looking back, I think that’s why I did music. I’d get home from school and the house would be so quiet.

‘I’m in love and I always will be.’ Tell us about White Flag…

That was about my ex fiance a long while back – we broke up and it was a classic heart break song. I really meant it at the time.
With anyone that you love you always have a love for them, it doesn’t just simply die. But in this case it was probably more true back then than it is now for me.
It’s a great song and I still enjoy performing it. I like watching the audience respond and feeling you can put everything into it.

Breakups have a way of building you up or tearing you down – it’s nice to see you so happy now.

The older you get, the more you realize you’re drifting toward a direction, and sometimes your significant other drifts into an opposite direction. You can’t blame anybody for it. I like being a strong, independent woman, and to be honest, I was never afraid to be on my own. It’s great to go on your own and discover new things just for yourself, to meet new people and all that. If you’re all on your own, then there is nobody there to guide you and you have to make all the decisions for yourself. It’s quite liberating in a way.

Life For Rent Is – it’s an interesting thought…

I’m too much of a control freak and I learned with ‘Life For Rent’ that my life isn’t really my own. I only rented it for a while, but if I don’t manage to buy it, to own it, then nothing of what I think is mine is really mine.

It seems too often that people assume that when you begin to succeed that you are rich – but it is not true – right?

Well we know that time and hard work bring us to a better place if we stay with it and are loyal but there was a time in fact, I’d just wanted to own something. Everyone thought of me as glamorous, rich and famous but all I had was some recording equipment and a battered old BMW.

Any advice for us women supporting women?

30 – 40 – 50 there is no age for women anymore. Time gives us something that others have yet to find. Be proud of yourself exactly as you are. Don’t be afraid to be on your own. Sometimes I feel it’s great to just disappear, grab a suitcase, switch the answering machine on and just go somewhere else.

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Jewel Is Picking Up the Pieces

It was a pleasure speaking with Jewel whose beauty resonates from the inside out. Her recently penned memoir Never Broken is candid and so graciously offers up the idea that choosing, thinking and being happy is a reality for us all. Accompanying the book is her latest album Picking Up the Pieces that takes you on a journey that blends the thoughts and soul of a young girl with the Jewel of present day. – Fresh Independence

J E W E L

Tell us about your memoir Never Broken…

I’ve often been asked in my life how I went from an abusive background, to moving out at 15, to being homeless, to turning things around. So I set out to talk about those things and answer that question. I knew at 15 when I moved out that girls like me end up becoming a statistic. That statistically a girl like me ends up in an abusive relationship, or on drugs, or in a ditch or on a pole – one of those things. I wanted to beat those odds. I had read a lot of philosophy and I read a lot of nature vs. nurture and I wanted to see if I could re nurture myself if I did not like the nurturing that I had received in my home. So I started on a scientific discovery to see if I could learn happiness if it wasn’t taught in my household. I studied nature and read a lot and I learned a lot and I think the most surprising thing for me in the book to express and talk about, was how being diligent and  focused helped me a lot. But I didn’t avoid all the pain that I hoped to. I learned that you can’t avoid pain in life and the thing that kept me safe in life was not avoiding pain, but actually how I handled pain and how I transmuted pain and how it kept me resilient and undamaged from the amount of trauma that I went through in my life. There are very specific things that helped me and I talk about them in case they can  help someone else. I wanted to be honest and transparent in the writing so that people could understand and feel what it meant to heal from it, and that it is possible.

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You story is a soul filled with character – do you feel you were born with tools already or was it something you had to learn…

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