Zane Landin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PositiveVibes Magazine sought to provide a space for people having a hard time dealing with mental health problems, experiencing being lonely, and feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic. Zane is currently an undergraduate at Cal Poly Pomona in California. Spring of 2020, he was taking a copy-editing class. Their final assignment was to design their own publication. Zane decided that a magazine dedicated to positivity would be best suited during the pandemic. Zane was inspired by the message and decided to embrace the idea. The magazine began with a small Instagram account in late May to now an international, digital magazine reaching thousands of people looking for hope during these times. The digital magazine has interviewed artists, psychics, mediums, yoga experts, models, chefs, etc. They believe in empowering and sharing powerful storytelling. They want to share the hidden gems in society.
Connect with Zane over at https://positivevibesmag.com/
Brandon Handley 0:00
Hey, there’s Spiritual Dope I am here today with Zane Landin. He is the founder and chief executive officer of positive vibes magazine, where he sought to provide a space for people having a hard time dealing with mental health problems experiencing being lonely and feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic. Zayn is currently an undergraduate at Cal Poly Pomona in California spring of 2020. He was taking a copy editing class, and their final assignment was to develop their own publication, Zane decided that a publication dedicated to positivity would be best suited during a pandemic. He was inspired by the message and decided to embrace the idea the mag magazine became a small Instagram began with a small Instagram account late May to now international digital magazine reaching 1000s of people looking to for hope during these times, the digital magazine has interviewed artists, psychics, mediums, yoga experts, models, chefs, etc. And you believe in empowering and sharing powerful storytelling. You want to share the hidden gems and societies Zane, thanks for stopping by today. How you doing?
Zane Landin 1:09
Yeah, of course. Thank you so much. Um, yeah, it’s great to be here.
Brandon Handley 1:14
So we connected, I believe we connected just kind of doing a little bit of back and forth outreach through Instagram. And we had some good conversations and just decided to try and have you on the podcast. And I’m glad that, you know, we, jeez, I think it’s been probably about eight months, I think since we first connected Yeah. So lots lots going on pandemic hopefully coming out of its of its, whatever it’s doing. And here we go, we can get into it. So I usually like to start these off with the whole idea that we you myself are just kind of conduits for universal energy, right? We’re just here to like Express, kind of whatever we were sent here for, had one guy who was on really enjoyed what he said to he’s like, or he would say, it’s earth, not our Earth, our home. It’s our mission. Right? That was his expression. But you know, the idea is that whatever comes through you today is going to be for our listener on the other end, and today’s age, and what is it that you feel like sources sending through you today?
Zane Landin 2:25
I feel the sources sending to me today would be, um, be grateful for what you have. And I think that something that we preach a lot, but we don’t practice ourselves. And that we’re always wanting more, especially in society that’s always about things and rewards. Sometimes it’s always nice to see that the rewards are, yourself and what you’re grounded in your family, things around you. Even just listening to what’s outside. There’s a book about, you know, how we don’t really listen, and we don’t really listen to the earth, or what it’s saying to us. And when you go outside, you’re always bombarded with all this noise, or traffic or everything. When you when you kind of stop, you can really hear everything, and you feel like at one, and you feel like that stillness. And so I think that really kind of goes into what I’m trying to say about like gratitude, and just being grateful for everything you have. And I understand that people are in really, really hard situations. But I think like finding that one thing that keeps you going and one thing that’s positive, I think hopefully can really help you a lot. I hope all that makes sense.
Brandon Handley 3:33
Yeah, absolutely. I mean, it’s a, there’s this constant drive, I think that society has put on to us to just go out there, get and then get go get more, more and more. Right. Alright, so you’ve gotten this thing. Congratulations, you’re not done yet. Now you got to go collect the, you know, like, Pokemon, gotta get them all right. And if you don’t get them all, then then you know, something’s missing from your collection, your life’s not complete. Whereas a little bit of what you’re saying here is, is Hey, like, be grateful for the things that you’ve got take a moment, which is even just just yourself, you’re saying, right, like, just be grateful for you. I always talk about the whole idea of we have one in 400 trillion chances of being born. And wow, what are the odds, man, that’s, uh, you know, so be grateful that you have like this chance of even just showing up and participating in this world with us today.
Zane Landin 4:35
No, yeah. No, I definitely agree. And we even like shared something today on like our, the magazine’s Instagram about just celebrating the small victories that you have in your life. You know, like, especially when you see like success stories, you’re always like, Oh, they went from zero to 100. You just see the 100. We really don’t like to talk about this. Between the spectrum of zero to 100. Horse it’s in books and stuff, but like, I wish you could It really talks about how much they really struggled, especially when you see successful people, I don’t think love them just, well, I bet you there are some that have had things handed to them. But I think a lot of people have really had these powerful stories. And that kind of goes into the magazine, that’s what we want to share. You know, if someone is down in the dumps, or they’re really depressed, and they feel that they can’t amount to anything, I’m hearing someone who may even have a worse situation than them. Now they’re very successful. Seeing that I think, is really inspiring. And that’s kind of like what we want. That’s what we’re all about. That’s why we, that’s what we interview so many different people, because so many people come from different walks of life, of course, and like they have such such different, you know, inputs and different perspectives, I think that’s such a cool thing to see. And something we don’t see, you know, we kind of see the same type of people in the mainstream media. And so we always trying to like, find those diverse stories, you know, if it’s been a chef, or if it’s been something extraordinary, or if it’s just someone who is doing something in their local community, anything like that, it’s definitely tough to see. And it’s not really highlighted in the mainstream media. So that’s something i i try to challenge.
Brandon Handley 6:06
Hey, that’s pretty, pretty great that that you’re doing it. And I love that you’re doing it at a younger age, where you’re, you just kind of tell my wife a little bit about the story, just how you gravitated towards creating this magazine. And the thing it’s been, it’s been fairly successful for you. And the idea is that it’s kind of like you’ve never done it before. You just went ahead and did it, you opened yourself up to it, and you opened yourself up to do it in a positive way, just the way that you’re saying, right? Yeah. I would say that you’re doing it with care with kindness and consideration and compassion and all those things, right, like you said, with opening it to a diverse spectrum of people to be on and share their stories, mining for those gems, as you’re saying, and it’s just working for you, right? Like the universe is kind of opened up for you and accepted to Yeah, hey, you know, you want to do this. And since since you’ve never tried it before, right? You don’t know what you’re not supposed to do. And you’re just doing it in a way that’s, that is expressive of yourself, right? That that’s in alignment with who you are, instead of kind of going through this factory, of, here’s how it’s supposed to be, okay, you’ve met all the criteria, you’ve done all the right things, and congratulations, you’re a success. But that’s almost like a cookie cutter model. And you’re doing it without that cookie cutter model. And that’s what I think is really, for me exciting to see.
Zane Landin 7:48
Yeah, I mean, I, I was actually never really the biggest fan of magazines, either, because the ones I saw are always like the celebrity ones, which I was ever super interested in. So I was like, how would I even do something like this? And so I was like, You know what, I’ll just run it, like just an online thing. It’s a website, the contents there. And I love just putting out features. And that’s where it started. I didn’t like I said, I don’t know what I didn’t know. And I think that was better, I think cuz like, No, I just started like a new position. And they told me that, you know, look at the content on the website, and come at it from an objective standpoint. So it’s good that you’re here, because you’re like a member of the public. You know, I’m not biased. So I think actually helped. I didn’t know too much about the industry. So it wasn’t, I had to do things a certain way. So I think it’s actually better sometimes when you, like you say you don’t know anything. And you’re just coming in as like, just someone who’s ready to soak everything up. And that was like the whole point and kind of letting the universe guide you. And what’s really cool about this podcast, you know, was how I just happened to stumble upon you. You know, it’s so fascinating how like, I just was going through Instagrams going through rabbit holes. And then I, you know, I stumbled upon you, and then we just connected now that I think is great. And, again, what’s so interesting about when you start something or when you open yourself up, those experiences are never ever going to happen then. Because if I didn’t start it, I wasn’t ever going to meet you. Or half the people I have met through the magazine, half all of them basically, because I probably haven’t met any of them without it. And so I think what you’re saying is like, when you said before about just being present, I think like being open being open to like any opportunity. You know, I think it’s so exciting. Who you are now, and who you could be tomorrow was so different, but don’t be I wouldn’t be scared of it. I think it’s, it can be very exciting. As long as you keep living your life in a good positive way. And you’re a good person. I don’t know, it’s, I think it’ll be fine. I mean, I’m not gonna downplay when really hard things happen to people. I mean, I understand that but I mean, you know, if you have the feasibility and you have an idea, just go for it. I don’t know. I mean, I know that like the magazine didn’t didn’t take a lot of money. Like it wasn’t a lot of money to do this. I know that some people’s ideas are huge and have a lot of money. But I think just start off small you know, just you have the idea. Talk to someone who’s done it or you Even just start it and see where it goes. And so it’s weird how like, universe kind of, kind of like finagle its way in and like, you know, took me on a path I never thought I’d be on. So it’s really exciting. And I’m sure you can even speak on that too, with the podcast.
Brandon Handley 10:17
Well, yeah, no, for sure. It’s just like, it’s, I guess that that’s where, where my point of view really comes from is, is, you know, stepping into your one piece and doing it in a way that I thought it was supposed to be done with my first podcast. And then I was like, did a little bit of a shift, I did a second podcast, and it was a little bit more in alignment with who I was. And then finally, I kind of was like, I got to this one is basically kick the doors open, I was like, This is it, man, this is this isn’t aligned with who I am. And I’m not going to go search what everybody else is doing. And doing it in this kind of the same way. I’m not gonna leverage a bunch of like, scare tactics and like scarcity mindset stuff, you know, which is like, I know, it all works, you know, but it’s just not that doesn’t feel good, right? Doesn’t feel good to kind of put out there knowing that a lot of the marketing that’s being done as a psychological trick, really, right. And it’s like, well, that’s, you know, I feel like spider man in that sense, you know, with that kind of powerful force, you have to be used responsibly. And I’ve, you know, so let’s talk a little bit about to like, you know, how, how have you gone about? You know, let’s talk a little bit about positive vibes magazine, what, you know, what can somebody expect to find when they go there? And you mentioned a few of the different types of people like medium psychics to chefs on there, let’s talk about what’s criteria. And some of the people that have blown your mind that you’d that weren’t anything like you would expect them to be?
Zane Landin 11:55
Well, well, I feel like when you when you, you know, go into the website, and just, I would just say, you know, you know, definitely we are content with an open mind, because, again, they’re very different perspectives. I think it’s so close when you go on the website, I know that there’s like a theme, like we talked about mental health, and that is the theme. That was like the inspiration behind it. But it’s, it’s definitely gone into so many different places that it’s honestly the theme anymore. It’s just about spreading positivity. And we try to always ask questions about mental health, but sometimes it just doesn’t come up. You know, sometimes the natural conversation doesn’t just go that way. And so I think what you’re going to see is, you know, stories of positive transformations, inspiration, people who have really experienced some really hard stuff. I mean, I remember we interviewed a celebrity stylist, and, you know, she’s just doing her thing with fashion. And then, and then bringing the story cuz I didn’t write it when my writers wrote interviewed her, she was like, part of, you know, previously part of gangs. And so for her to come out of that, and transform yourself. And then one of the most meaningful conversations I have was with a medium, and interview, which is so powerful because of what she’s experienced. And we really talked about mental health, because she actually talked about suicide a lot. And, you know, the stuff that she had to go through with her family and her son, there’s a lot of different things. I just feel it from people, like when I do these interviews, I feel the energy from them. I feel, you know, I sometimes sometimes it’s more than others, but I definitely can experience like, I feel their pain. And that’s where I feel like I even I even learned the most, you know, like, I remember, I remember in school right now, we have to do a lot of reading, but I’m like, I wish I could just interview someone, like interview an expert for an hour, because that would be where I would learn the most. So I have learned so much from these people. Because, again, so many different walks of life, and they each hold such different like philosophies and things they say to themselves and mantras and how they navigate the world. Some of them have such self doubts before and still and then some people have the most amazing confidence. And it’s just so different. And I love how they all just make it work. You know, it’s their journey, their truth and I love just amplifying that
Brandon Handley 14:16
for sure, I think one of the one of the coolest things is being able to amplify it right you’ve got the power of the internet right there at your fingertips and anything that you send out there’s it has the has the true capability of being able to hit like I don’t know what billions of people for right like, if you you could hit everybody with your voice with their magazine, you have the potential to hit billions of people where else can you do that? I mean, how else could you amplify anything like that? So I think that’s pretty amazing.
Zane Landin 14:51
Ya know what I love about you know, I wasn’t there when it was my desk but what I do love about you know, nowadays is that media so democratised to the point where like, you can get content from anywhere, not like before, or like I feel like content and like, stuff that was available was stuff that was coming from LA Times, or these big newspapers or these big television shows. But now you see, like all these types of people having television shows, you have all these people doing streaming, I’ve always been doing podcasts. And so it’s like, it’s great that people can bring value to others. And people can like create and build their own communities. And in a good way, and they can foster those communities, and they just create something special. I just love that technology and social media and all these different things have changed that
Brandon Handley 15:40
he has no longer, you know, the three stations as a way back in the day, and anybody’s invited to participate, anybody’s invited to create their audience, anybody’s invited to share what’s on their mind. And through all the different mediums, you got the podcasts, you’ve got video, in writing blogs, I mean, any way that you feel like you need to express yourself, it can be done. And that’s I love that that’s what you’re doing to you’re not only expressing yourself, you’re bringing other people on to express themselves. And you built a true community platform. What, uh, you know, what some of the feedback during COVID that you’ve heard from creating this platform? Are you having the positive impact that you’d expected to have? Or you want to have? What’s some of the stuff that people are saying back to you?
Zane Landin 16:33
Here’s the thing. I I don’t know, I don’t I don’t see the impact myself. That’s the thing. Like I don’t, um, I’ll have people say they, they read something, and they loved it. But it wasn’t the amount I thought they were. But then I’ll have some people I interview. And then we’ll connect again, months later, they said, You have no idea how much this has impacted me. And the people who actually read my story. And they read more. So I don’t actually know, which I think is great. Because when I do hear it, I’m like, Okay, wow, we’re actually doing something right. And I remember I remember, I’m, I remember to hold on to those conversations. And because it is hard, it is kind of hard to just kind of go to, you know, a platform and just say this was so great. I think that’s hard for some people. It’s hard for me, like if I mean, you know, people I watch content I read. I don’t really say I love it. Like I don’t go on and comment that I know that sounds really weird. But I just kind of don’t I just appreciate it for it is so you know, I don’t get the comments. But no, when I do get some, it’s always so great. Because like my whole thing is about if I can just really if I if I could impact well, it’s not really me. But if the people in the magazine could inspire that one person and change their entire life, that’s where I think is the most worth it. And I think the people who are most impacted, you probably never hear about them. I think that’s great, because I don’t, I don’t need to hear about them. You know, as long as they’re doing as long as they’re taking away from the magazine, or the stuff he put on social media. That’s all that’s important to me. So I may never know.
Brandon Handley 18:02
And I think that that’s okay. It’s it’s really kind of like a double edged sword. I think we all like to get you definitely like to get validated, right? You’d like to hear that, you know, something’s working out like alright, that’s fantastic. And just like you said, I’m doing we’re doing something, right. So it’s good. It’s great to hear some of those stories. But it’s also really great to hear that you’re not attached to that specific outcome to have to continue to move forward. Right for You. Sounds like the momentum and the driver is really kind of internal. And not necessarily external.
Zane Landin 18:38
Yeah, no, yeah, I just I just, you know, they always say you’re supposed to remind yourself of your why. And so I kind of constantly do sometimes I feel like it’s, Oh, I’m so busy. I can’t do this right now. Or am I okay, no, I need to buckle down and do this. Because the why was, you know, to help people who are experiencing loss and just rough times during the pandemic. I know, we’re like in this weird phase of pandemic and not pandemic, even though we kind of still are, but it doesn’t matter at this point. Because even though that was inspiration, there’s always hard times going on and there’s always inspiration happening. So magazine one stop after the pandemic, that will just be why that will be like our, our, like, historic moment of why we started it, and always kind of remember it. But it is really interesting how it started from the pandemic. And we’re kind of going into this place where it’s, it’s not the pandemic as much as it was before. And it’s, it’s kind of interesting to actually go out and tell people what the magazine was like before it was like, just online, everything was online. The world was online. So now when I go around, I tell people, it’s pretty interesting, you know, but people have to stay. So it is really exciting. The like kind of like transition phase we’re in.
Brandon Handley 19:54
Yeah, we’re definitely in a in an awkward kind of space in the world. And it’s It’s pretty neat to hear that you’re going to basically you’re continuing it. And it’s really a continuation of you initiated something. And this conflict is where you stuck your flag on the moon, basically, right? This is made was, Hey, guys, this is where we stuck our flag on the moon. And as where it started, this is the origin point. And as you continue forward, and you continue to have these positive impacts, you continue to have these great conversations coming on these articles that you continue to produce. You know, where do you see? Where do you see it going for you?
Zane Landin 20:39
Um, um, I’m not, I’m not sure I always, I always say questions like this, and I wish I had a better answer. But I it’s kind of like, you know, when we first started, and we kind of just let it go tickets path, I feel like I’m still doing that and seeing like, who reaches out who’s going to come like, what’s going to be the next experience, it’s uncertain. But it’s exciting. My only my only goal is I just want to keep growing. I want to share more stories, you know, in whatever way we can. We’re always trying new things. We did a podcast follow up, they haven’t done an episode for a while, but we’re always cranking out the written content. And then I occasionally will do like Instagram lives, I’ll interview someone, I think we’ve done like eight or 10 so far. So we try and provide different content. So it’s not just written because I know that not everyone is a fan of reading. And so some people again, right, we’re a fan of podcasts or Instagram Live, whatever it is, as long as we’re always, you know, regurgitating the positivity in people’s lives. That’s all that matters. That’s all something I know, you know, my dream, my dream really is to actually have like a positive news channel. And that’s it. That’s all I would want is, you know, I don’t know, one hour, two hour segment on just sharing the positive news. I know, I know, local news stations do that. I just wish there was a place where it’s just indicates that and it’s even talking about positive international news, not even just like United States news. You know, we’re talking about kids, different countries are all these things where people are really making huge impact, and actually having an interview with them or something like that, that would be so cool. That would be my dream fighter.
Brandon Handley 22:15
Now that that’d be awesome. For sure. I think that’s a great vision. And I think that as long as you kind of keep going in the same direction, and just keep keep it up, right? It’s a matter, it’s really just a matter of time, so long as you keep it going. What, what would you say is some of the stuff that like you’ve really big takeaways from so many interviews that you’ve had?
Zane Landin 22:41
So hard. Um, I think that I think that, like, I think one things I’ve learned the most, I feel like, it’s something I realized before but hearing all the stories all the time, it really kind of reinforces it is that, you know, just trivial, right? Because every single person has such a powerful story to tell everyone, you know, I mean, it’s amazing what some people go through and experience, they just don’t want to share it. And that’s fine. You know, but it’s like, sometimes when you talk to someone, and if it’s just a random stranger, and then you hear this amazing story for an hour, it’s like, that is amazing. And so that’s what I hear is that, you know, we’re, we’re all equals, yeah, we may be treated way differently in society. But you know, back to kind of, I said, the beginning, you know, grounded in our community, like we are, we’re all supposed to be here for each other, we’re all part of the Earth, we’re all we’re all sharing the space, we just don’t act like we are, um, you know, and so I think that, that’s something I would take away is that, and you don’t know what people have gone through. And so always trying to be empathetic as much as you can. And I’m saying apathetic, like, like, it’s a skill me kind of is, you know, I think you can practice I think you can really tune into it, you know, to really feel what people were experiencing. And so that’s like, the one main takeaway I would take from all these interviews is that everyone really has something to share. And I think that we should be encouraging that a lot more.
Brandon Handley 24:11
It’s the idea, I think, that you talked about the beginning was, people don’t listen so much. Right? Not a lot of listening. And even trying to take that time to listen to the other story. Right, I mean, engaging in somebody else’s life to hear their story. I mean, who’s got time for that? Right? So and you’re making some time for that, though. And I think that when you give the other people an opportunity to truly be heard, to share the truth of their story, and not always in this market T way, right, like, you know, well, what’s your brand, saying, yo Tito, what your brand is and you know who’s your ideal persona and all this other stuff and a lot of times while that’s good to have clarity on all that like, but Who are you? Right? And why should we talk? Right? With, uh, you know, what, what, how much? Um, you know, I think you’ve gone through some rough times recently, right? Having access to this platform for yourself and having an outlet. I mean, how’s that helped us up and beneficial?
Zane Landin 25:21
Oh, yeah. I’m so happy to ask this. Um, so yeah, I’ll, so in January, my mom passed away. And so it was a huge shock. None of us were expecting it. Which I think was better. Because I would have wanted to know if that makes any sense. And I wouldn’t, and I don’t think my mom would have wanted to know, I think it would have been too traumatic to know that she would be leaving us. That’s her perspective. I don’t think she did. But she would think I’m leaving my family. And I think some people have some guilt from that. And so it helps so much. Because even, I think even like, a couple of days after I was working on the magazine, I know, like, people were like, well, what, why am I working? It’s helpful. And what really helped me throughout the time was just being super busy. But I really had the time to reflect on the stories. And then even just going back to like, who I’ve talked to, even when that medium I talked to, which happened like last year. And so when my mom died is probably like, six, seven months when I did the interview. And so like hearing them again, talk about mediumship. And I’m like, personally, I don’t know if this is real, you know, I don’t know, I haven’t experienced it. But it’s not my place to judge, or, you know, assume they’re wrong or right. You know, I’m just here with an open mind. And when I hear it, you know, I think about it. And so, you know, when I hear about a bunch of different mediums out there, and who shares these experiences and what they feel, it definitely brings me comfort. Because it’s pretty interesting was, I was kind of always interested in spirituality, um, my, like, a lot of people, my family around tarot, and meditation and all that stuff. I know, that’s like the cliche spirituality stuff. But it’s still really cool to be around. Even when I was young, I think I was like, 14, and I was around that, and I didn’t want to dabble into it. It wasn’t because I was like, fear the devil. I know that people say that. No, is really because I just didn’t think it was for me. And I wanted to do it when it spoke more to me. And so that kind of happened. And so with the magazine kind of drifted me in this path of spirituality and really thinking about things differently. And then even
my birthday was in January, as well on my sister gave me an Oracle deck. And I use it from time to time I’m not like, I’m not hugely into it, where I like study it, but I just flip the cards in reweighed size and eerily accurate. And even if I don’t feel that way, there’s something there. You know, I think that’s important. The most important thing is that, even when if we get a Tarot reading or Oracle reading, and we feel that that’s I don’t understand this message. Maybe it’s not the time for it, then. Or maybe you just need to look at something differently. And maybe you’ll see the message. That’s why finding that’s why I find really great about work cool is even if the message is unclear, it makes you think differently. And think like, Oh, I got this message, I don’t understand what it means. But maybe I should, maybe I should tap into this, like, whatever it is that wants me to. Um, so I think that’s the one thing that’s helped a lot was the magazine, I feel like yeah, without the magazine, I’d probably be really struggling a lot more than I have. Um, it’s given me a lot of hope, you know, and sometimes I think of like, it should be like me hope vies magazine, or even peaceful vibes. Because like, sometimes people quit. I think some people have questioned me and said, like, how is the magazine about positivity? When you have a story about someone who’s getting gang or something, you know, like, that’s like, people say that. And I’m always like, Well, I think as you’re looking at positivity is happiness. And they’re very, very different. Happiness is just like that emotional feeling you get, and I think it’s temporary. I think positivity is like a philosophy, like a way of life. And that no matter what happens, you know, that things will be okay. Or you know, that there’s a different place for you or something’s coming up and you don’t know I think that’s better than being happy because, again, happiness is just kind of a feeling. And so I think philosophy is what drives me in that no one no matter what I do, I’m gonna try my best to be positive and of course, it’s harder on different days, you know, but like, that’s the one thing like my mom didn’t necessarily teach me like being positive like not like that, but she was always so positive. And you know, she always said if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it. Don’t you know, don’t like someone you know. And also, she always had such compliments to say about anyone like, she always kind of like, lit up a room, no matter what room she was in. Even if it was the darkest room, she was definitely the brightest light. And yeah, my mom just had really great charisma. And I try my best. So she can listen to me if that makes sense. And so, yeah, thanks for bringing that up. It’s great to talk about because even though, you know, death is always around us. I think there’s still like the stigma to talk about death. Because I can’t imagine why it’s incredibly difficult. And there’s a lot of people that don’t believe there’s anything else out there. I definitely believe there is. But I’m always getting judgment and self doubt about it, you know, as normal, because we don’t know what we don’t know yet. So we never probably will know until we reach that conclusion, or new beginning, whatever it is, whatever death as some people, it is pretty interesting what it is to some people. But yeah, hopefully that answers your question.
Brandon Handley 31:02
For sure, so sounds like sounds like having this as an outlet in the space and where you can refer to where you can have those conversations where you’re surrounded by places positive people, not necessarily just positive people. But the these different ways forward, and I get what you’re saying, in the idea of, you know, so you had some, you know, gangsters on and off. But it’s like the idea of this is where they were, and this has been their path forward. And this is, you know, there’s there’s think of cheese, what is it? One of the one of the Toy Story minis combat Carl, or Jesse, Jesse always finds a way, if you resolve those, Jesse always finds a way. There’s always a way forward, right. And sometimes the those ways forward, aren’t, aren’t glamorous. When you think about maybe the gangster and delivering the gang life, made for that person, that’s it, who’s looking at from the outside says, ah, that’s terrible. Nobody should ever have to go through. But maybe that’s what that person needed in order to give them the inspiration to go become the person that they end up becoming. And for you, you’ve been able to have people like that around you who’ve gone through some of these tough times through some of these challenging times. And I’ve shown you that kind of no matter where you’re at, and where you’ve been there, there’s, there’s, there’s a way you can go forward. And I love the idea that you know about your mom being, you know, the brightest light and you try to carry that forward. I think that’s awesome, man. I really appreciate hearing that.
Zane Landin 32:42
Yeah. And then also part of the the why of the magazine was my mom was always, obviously the biggest fan of it. And so, you know, I’m doing it, I constantly remind myself to do it for her as well, she would be super proud to see it. Or she is I tried to, you know, think of her not to say they, they would have they they do you know, I like thinking of it that way. So, yeah, I’m really excited. And you know, also to go back to your question about magazine. I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the future with the magazine. But you know, I did I do reflect, like, long time ago, and I said, if the magazine just continues one day, you know, knock on what if that does happen? I think that’s fine. Because, you know, I created a brand, I created a space for people. It’s, it’s a memory, you know, and it’s still something I believe in, I’m always going to be impacted by those stories. But that’s, that’s, that’s the, that’s definitely, like, only the worst outcome. I wouldn’t ever want that to happen. But again, we never know what’s gonna happen. But what’s that quote? You know, don’t be sad. It happened. The happy it happened. Wait, no, it’ll be sad. It’s over, be happy to have it. I like that. Because for sure, no. And that’s hard. You know, for people, you know, it’s easy to kind of be sad. Um, and it’s, I think it’s easy to be sad than it is to be happy. You got to like effort into being happy to be honest. And, but I like the idea that, you know, be so happy that it happened and just keep living as if it’s still there, or keep living as if the person still there, you know, and always carry on their legacy or whatever it is, you can do that keep them alive. You know, metaphorically even though they are, in a way still live somewhere else. I know it sounds like contradicting myself saying that. But yeah, that’s definitely that’s what I would say.
Brandon Handley 34:43
What, um, has, has there been like anybody that has tried to, I don’t know, offer you payment? You know, have you guys gotten any sponsorship? What’s that look like for you? Are you seeking any,
Zane Landin 35:01
um, I’ve never thought about it. We’ve had like, some people reach out, but not about sponsorship like money, but they would send us some products and we would post about them. That’s always so fun. Um, I know that some people have reached out, someone reached out about being featured and they wanted to, like pay us to be featured, which sounds, it’s probably like the only time I would ever be paid for it. So far, and so I’m very, I’m trying to figure out ways to monetize it and make some money from it. And you know, be able to pay the people helping me. Because, you know, we have like students helping and, you know, they’re like interns, and they get the experience, but I would love to, you know, pay them one day, and just create more things. You know, I’d love to have like a guidebook. Oh, that’d be so cool. Like, I feel like that’s the thing now, like, so many people are create guidebooks, and like, a positivity guidebook would be so fun. And so that would be, that would definitely be something to consider in the future. But again, that’s the kind of question like, I don’t want the magazine to branch off into other things, where it’s not just online content, but what if it’s like a book that you can use, like a journal? I feel like I feel like I see some people doing though is like, Oh, I created my own course guide book. It’s, I see so many people doing that. So like, I think it’s so exciting. And it’s like, they can do it. Maybe we can too. So there’s so many things to consider and what’s what’s kind of trending and what people are liking and what’s really helping people. So there’s always so much to consider when it comes to stuff like this, which I’m sure you are aware of.
Brandon Handley 36:33
I know for sure, for sure. I think that it’s great that you’re looking, you know, the monetization is I think, you know, obviously, it’s great to get paid for I think it’s kind of funny, right? That somebody wants to pay be paid to be featured, which is always interesting to write, pay to play. Well, let me let me ask it just so I get to this little spot in the podcast where I like to call it like a spiritual speed dating zines, and it says you have you kind of found your spirituality, you’re finding your spirituality through what you’re doing right now. And I think that’s great. Again, I think this, I think this is cool that you’re doing it at such a young age where you’re really leaning into it, you’re asking yourself some questions where I know, for me, it took me a long time before I even started asking myself some questions. It was just kind of straight and forward and a lot of bouncing around and some other funky stuff happened. But you know, in the end, you know, I kind of landed pretty smack dab in the middle of spirituality and started asking some of these questions that you’re asking yourself at this at this younger age. But um, how about spiritual speed dating? Bachelor number one? Whoo, hoo. We talked a little bit about depression, why are so many people depressed?
Zane Landin 37:49
Um, why are so many people depressed? There’s so many, definitely so many different answers. I feel like the reason why people are more depressed now is not just a guess. I feel like but people, what gets people down is experiencing them. And so what I mean is, people have had to really had to sit with themselves. And really think about things. I feel like we didn’t do that. I feel like, you know, we were always moving. Like we talked about this the beginning, like we’re always moving and trying to get more, or things are just always changing. But I feel like with COVID people kind of just were stuck. I feel like that kind of got people depressed, because they had to really think about their life, and what they bring what they bring to the world, because, you know, imagine seeing so many people dying. So since I couldn’t submit, I couldn’t really relate to the dying thing. Just I mean that just because like I’m young, and I was like, I don’t think I’m going to catch COVID and die from it. But I can imagine someone who’s in who’s in like, their middle, middle age can be like, Oh, my gosh, I’m actually like, high risk for COVID. And so I had to really think about what have I done with my life? And what can I do differently? And that is why you see so many platforms and podcasts and things being made during the pandemic, because people have just shifted, because I think that’s one thing that’s made people really depressed. I think that there’s just so many pressures now I feel like, especially with technology in the media, I feel like that people are have such stretch to be an act of turn away. And everyone’s lives are blasted online. And as much as I love social media and technology. It does have this have some bad effects. And so in there’s, there’s so many different things and I feel like it’s such like, I’ve like it’s such a big question. I think recently now, I think some of those are some of the reasons why people were depressed. Um, yeah, I really think so.
Brandon Handley 39:49
That’s fair. That’s absolutely fair. So many people hadn’t really sat with themselves and being locked down, caused you to really just kind of do this introspection? What have I done with my life? What am I going to do with my life? Is what I’m doing with my life, you know, kind of is this my life’s purpose? Where should I be doing? You know, all kinds of those things? I think I think that you’re right, not since Great answer. Will z where you know, where can people we’ve been talking about this, you know, magazine, we’ve been talking about you and all the things that you’re doing, where can people go and find out more about you?
Zane Landin 40:28
Yes. So, um, one word, positive vibes, mag calm. That’s the website, as well as all of our social media channels. Except for LinkedIn, YouTube, or his positive vibes magazine. But the rest is positive eyes mag, you can find us on Instagram, the website, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, but we’re very active on Instagram as our main platform. And we just try to post things every other day we try and bring value to the postings, you know, we’ll do we’ll explore different topics. I think one of them was detachment, which I thought was very interesting, because like some people don’t, some people think detachment is toxic. You know, detach yourself from someone, oh, you’re being toxic, you’re running away. I don’t like when people say that, because like, you’re ran away from your problems. Well, maybe some people just need to detach from their problems. You know, even if it’s not they’re doing like, if they’re in this situation, where it’s like a new environment, could actually drastically shape them or shift. So they’re actually in a better mindset. So they can make better decisions, they can live a better life. And so, you know, we try to talk about that we did a post about experiencing loss, you know, that it’s gonna happen to everyone. As long as we can be there for one another and openly talk about loss, I think it will help people more, especially when it’s such a shock for some people, including me, but like, if I knew more people that happened to actually, like I said, like, oh, everyone’s gonna have to experience that. I just wish he would talk about it more. So I don’t want a little tangent anyways. So those are the places you can definitely find us.
Brandon Handley 42:01
Absolutely, St. Now, thanks for sharing, I think that I think that’s huge, right? People when they’re experiencing loss, they don’t necessarily know some of the best ways to express it, go through it, who can they turn to and without, without some type of reference material, like you’re talking about without being able to go to another place that has been sharing it and having having these conversations openly the way that you have? I think that it makes it a real challenge because especially as men in western civilization, we’re supposed to know kind of stuff over emotions down and loss is one of those things that we’re supposed to kind of stuff down, you know, people calling people go, and, you know, we beat on our chest and carry on. So, I don’t think that that’s always the way sometimes sometimes we’re truly impacted and we should be allowed to be impacted, we should be allowed to feel those feelings and sit with them for a minute. And, you know, you know, especially if we think about the loss of your mother, my mother’s still around when she goes it’s going to be like a true sign of her own mortality that that’s the moment that you reflect you’re like alright, well, wow, life can be here one day and really gone the next and yeah, am I really living it? To the best of my experience? There’s a Insight Timer. Sara Blondin has this amazing meditation called pain being the gateway to the divine. Right? Because I think so often, we shirk away from it, because it hurts because we think it’s going to hurt. But there’s so much energy inside of that pain that once it’s released, there’s a there’s, um, there’s a gateway that’s open, right that you can, you can go for you go through that and, and leverage it.
Zane Landin 43:59
That’s no, that’s really great. I never heard about that. But now I will say my favorite show growing up and still today is avatar. And like, one of the last episodes is one of the main characters has to deal with her mom’s death, the whole show, you know, they’re always talking about it. And so this one episode is about her like confronting the man who killed her mom. And like one of the characters tells her you know, don’t choose revenge, lay your anger out and then let it go is exactly what you’re talking about. Because it led to a blossoming understanding for her in a very different way. It wasn’t as obvious as I forgive this person actually moved into another person. So it was pretty interesting if this is why I love the show. But you know, I just actually love that there’s so there’s so interesting.
Brandon Handley 44:51
Zane, thanks for coming on today taking time and stopping over on spiritual dope podcast.
Zane Landin 44:57
Yeah, of course. Thank you so much.