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031 | Five years in, meditation insights and best practices

In this episode, I share all the lessons learned from five years into my meditation practice. I talk about what led me to meditation, how I got started, the benefits I’ve experienced, and the best practices and insights I’ve learned along the way. Full show notes:


030 | Digital decluttering and organization with Debbie Rosemont

Debbie Rosemont is a Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant and founder of Simply Placed—a professional organizing company whose clients include Microsoft, Comcast, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and Cosco. In this episode, we talk about how to take control of your digital life to become more productive and less distracted. I ask Debbie for advice on how to deal with digital clutter and best practices for naming and organizing digital files. Full show notes:...


029 | Being & Keeping Others Engaged at Work with Dr. Laura Hamill

Dr. Laura Hamill is an expert on employee engagement. She's been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, SELF, Seattle Magazine, and top HR publications. Laura is the Chief People Officer & Science Officer of the Limeade Institute. Her research team includes organizational psychologists, business insights experts, and data scientists. Laura and her team help 100+ large companies to better engage their employees. They do that by turning their research into actionable strategies and...


028 | From A Mid-Career Crisis to $1M in Funding with Nick Martin

Nick Martin, is a Marketing Vet turned Entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder of the Joe Coffee App--a mobile ordering app for independent coffee shops. Nick started Joe with his brother Brenden a couple of years ago. As with every startup, they had their fair share of ups and downs to get the company off the ground. Finally in late August of 2018, Joe Coffee raised $1 million in their first funding round. In this episode, Nick talks about how a mid-career crisis led him to pursue doing...


027 | Digital Minimalism: A Journey from Procrastination to Meditation

During my early childhood, I was diagnosed with ADHD. A condition I was able to overcome until my 20s. But after the proliferation of social media sites, mobile apps, and advanced content recommendation algorithms, my ADHD symptoms started to make a comeback. In this short solo round, I talk about my struggles with procrastination, and how digital minimalism and meditation have helped me take a stand against the distracted mind. Full show notes:


026 | Vision, Mission, Purpose, and Values with Laura Espriu

Laura Espriu, is an executive coach, consultant, and speaker who helps women find clarity and confidence by connecting with their strengths. In the past, Laura has led women’s initiatives at a coaching firm in New York called Beck Global Consulting, she’s served as a Mexican delegate on issues of Gender Equality and Education at a Youth Assembly of the United Nations. Earlier in her career, in Mexico, she’s held different HR roles running talent development initiatives for companies such...


025 | Rand Fishkin on Becoming an Influencer and Startup Founder

My guest Rand Fishkin has been called the Pope of SEO. He’s is the founder of a new startup called SparkToro, and co-founder and former CEO of Moz, a startup he grew into a $47m per year profitable marketing software company. In his new book Lost & Founder, Rand shares a painfully honest memoir of his experience as a startup founder. He talks about depression, layoffs, failure, growth hacks, how much $$ founders actually make, and more. In this episode, I ask Rand about his beginnings,...


024 | Becoming a Marketing Executive Under 30 with Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong is one of the recipients of Forbes 2018 30 under 30 in Marketing & Advertising Jennifer Wong. She recently became VP of Marketing at a fast growing trucking startup called Convoy, and she’s also a digital marketing adjunct professor at the University of Washington. Before Convoy, Jennifer was the VP of Marketing at TUNE, a 350-person tech startup that she helped scale up by overseeing global marketing, public relations, and planning and hosting premium events. Under her...


023 | Steven Clough on Launching His Own Boutique Marketing Firm

Steven Clough is a behavioral economist, author, speaker. He's the founder of AVO—a Seattle-based consulting firm—and his clients consider him the experts’ expert when it comes to Marketing. Steven is an emerging voice in behavioral economics and business, and he has published multiple research and thought leadership papers. His work focuses on business strategy, consumer insights, product development, branding, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. In this episode, Steven shares...


022 | Tips to Prevent Procrastination, Learn Better, & Achieve Goals

This episode is my first solo round. A series I’ll be experimenting with once in a while in between interviews with guests. Alongside this podcast, I run a blog. In this episode, I share a couple of ideas I've written about before on productivity and performance. You'll learn how to deal with information overload, become a better learner; and an approach to setting long-term goals and achieving them. Finally, in the end, I share my answers to a series of rapid-fire questions I usually ask...


021 | The Why Behind ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression with Dr. Merry

Dr. Merry Harris is a Chiropractic Clinical Neurologist with over two decades of experience. She has a private practice in Woodinville, WA; and she’s the only active woman doctor of her kind in the state. Dr. Merry’s mission is to help others live to their fullest by helping their bodies function properly. In this episode, we talk about ADHD, anxiety, and depression; and how to overcome these disorders with proper stimulation. Full show notes:


020 | From Employee to CEO with Manny Medina

My guest Manny Medina is the CEO of, a sales automation firm that has grown from six employees to over 230 in its first three years. Born in Ecuador, Manny moved to the US for college which led him to work at two of the most prominent tech giants Amazon and Microsoft before becoming a CEO. Manny has been featured on CNBC, HuffPost, and In this episode, I ask Manny about his journey from employee to entrepreneur, how he got started using automation to increase...


019 | Getting Ahead at Work with Margo Myers

My guest Margo Myers is a former award-winning TV news anchor. She has spent more than 20 years doing TV news at KOMO and KIRO TV in Seattle. Now she manages her own PR firm and is a communications expert, keynote speaker, and an executive coach. In this episode, we talk about her journey to becoming a news anchor and her transition to becoming an entrepreneur. I also ask Margo to share her best advice she gives her clients on personal branding and getting ahead at work. Full show notes:...


018 | Traveling & Doing What You Love with Beth Whitman

My guest Beth Whitman is women’s travel expert and host of the Be Bold Podcast. She’s travel around the World mostly solo and has almost 30 years of traveling under her belt. Her mission is to inspire other women to pursue their travel dreams while becoming a better version of themselves. Beth’s travel blog has nearly 10,000 subscribers and she’s been featured in USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, and multiple lifestyle magazines. In this episode, I talk with Beth about her love affair with travel,...


017 | Harnessing the Power of Yoga and Meditation with Carina Terra

My guest is one of Seattle’s favorite yoga teachers and one of my friends, Carina Terra. She has been practicing yoga since she was 13 and has studied with some of the world’s most respected yoga experts. She moved from Brazil to the U.S on her late 20’s, and owned and managed a yoga studio for ten years. Today she continues to spread her passion for yoga by holding teacher training programs and classes in the Seattle Area. In this episode, we’ll be talking about yoga and meditation,...


016 | Jorge Barón on Ditching Hollywood to Defend Immigrants' Rights

My guest Jorge Barón is a national figure in the immigration debate. He was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the U.S. when he was 13. As the son of a TV legend in Colombia, it seemed like Jorge's destiny was to be in the entertainment business. But instead, his career took a different path. Now he’s the leader of one of the largest immigrant rights nonprofits in the U.S. In 2008, Governor Gregoire appointed Jorge to serve on Washington’s New Americans Policy Council. In 2009, Puget...


015 | An Interview with Seattle TV Legend Enrique Cerna

A local media legend stops by. My guest has spent four decades as a broadcast journalist where he’s interviewed newsmakers and celebrities—from former presidents to music icons. He’s the recipient of nine Northwest Emmy Awards. In 2003 The Seattle Weekly featured him as Best TV Host and in 2006 Seattle Magazine named him one of the most influential people of the year. Enrique Cerna is the senior correspondent at KCTS 9. In this episode, he shares how to get people back on track when they...


014 | Niveen Heaton: From Childhood Dream to Fashion Business

Niveen Heaton was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. A mixed background that has given her a unique perspective that she brought to fruition by building a 7-figure swimwear company called Adicora, which she started in 2009. Niveen is also the fashion creative director of Metropolitan Fashion Week, one of the fastest growing fashion events in the United States. In this episode, we'll explore Niveen's Latin roots, her journey to becoming a fashion designer,...


013 | Life Before and After Building a $120M Business with Gary Rubens

Gary Rubens is an angel investor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In this episode, we talked about his life's highs and lows, his passion for education, the valuable lessons he learned during his journey to building a $120 million dollar business, and why he recently decided to go back to school to get a college degree. In this Episode: Show Notes:


012 | Discovering and Living Your Purpose with Justine Joslyn

Have you ever struggle with the question, “What’s my purpose?” For many of us, narrowing down on “the one thing” we’re supposed to be, is a never-ending challenge. That’s why I’m excited about my guest Justine Joslyn. She's a skilled therapist and life coach, and founder of the Self Empowerment Institute. For over 15 years—through her private practice and group workshops—Justine has dedicated her life to helping others develop the confidence and self-discipline required to transform their...