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031: Darnell McDonald - "The Sky is Not the Limit; the Mind Is" - Helping Others Tap Into Their Inner Warrior Through Self-Discovery

Chicago Cubs Mental Skills Coordinator, Darnell McDonald, is a yoga and mindfulness coach to the major league baseball team. Darnell is a former MLB player for the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and the Chicago Cubs. His motto is: "The sky is not the limit; the mind is." April 20, 2010 Darnell became the ninth player to hit a home run for the Red Sox in his first at bat. In the same game, he became the first ever member of the Red Sox to collect a...


**Why PoP Series - Ep. 4 - Purposefully Navigating the Real World**

In today's Why PoP episode I discuss how to purposefully navigate the real world through actionable steps for success. I discuss why People of Purpose is designed to help you believe in yourself and how mindfulness, meditation, and yoga help to get to a place where you trust what you know about yourself. I talk about how to create clarity, educate your dreams, take steps for gaining experience, backwards planning, and numerous reflective activities. I share how I have accomplished some of...


030: Russ Rausch — Mental Performance Trainer - Making the Present Primary, Connecting to internal Purpose, and Improving Life Experience through Vision Pursue

Russ is one of six children born and raised in rural Kansas. He was the first in his family to go to college. He graduated with honors in accounting and went to work for one of the big accounting firms. He married 3 years out of school. He was then self-employed for several years. Russ moved to Chicago and joined the trading software firm, Trading Technologies in 1998. He was part of the executive team that took them from a 20-person startup to a successful 650-person global company. He...


***Special Episode - Attending Sadhguru Inner Engineering Course ***

I recently attended Sadhguru's Two-day Inner Engineering Course here in San Francisco. The course provides tools and solutions to empower yourself to create your life the way you want it. The course gives you the opportunity to intellectually explore the basics of life using methods that are from the distilled essence of yogic sciences. The course imparts practical wisdom to manage your body, mind, emotions, and the fundamental life energy within. In preparation for the course a took a...


029: Marco Gonzalez - Bringing Consciousness of Genocides in Broad Daylight so the Next Generation Can Become Positive and Optimistic Actors for Change

Marco Gonzalez, is the director of Yahad-In Unum (“Together In One”), is a Paris-based non-profit organization dedicated to discovering genocidal practices wherever they are found around the world, providing documented proof of crimes against humanity, and a leading voice of protest on behalf of all past and present victims of mass murder. In accord with its original mission, Yahad – In Unum unveiled the lost history of World War II, the so-called “Holocaust by Bullets” in Eastern...


PoP's 1st Birthday! - A Reflective Interview w/ Your Host Tanur Badgley

In this special one-of-a-kind episode I, Tanur Badgley, am interviewed by two close friends who have been instrumental in the creation of People of Purpose. These two sisters round out my Life Design Team. In this episode they expertly navigate an interview that leads me to share insights and experiences from the completion of Year 1 of People of Purpose. We dissect the origins of the podcast, how its impacted lives, and where its going in Year 2 and beyond. Enjoy this reflective and...


**Why PoP Series - Ep. 3 - Building a World Class Network/Team/Family**

This week's episode is the third episode in our 5-part Why PoP series. This series delves into the myriad of reasons why and how I'm doubling down on my commitment to People of Purpose as I enter this year as a full-time graduate school student, middle-school teacher in San Francisco, and host of People of Purpose podcast. Today's episode is about: How the People of Purpose mindset helps me to grow a team that's committed to living with purpose and intentionality. It's about how...


028: Andres Gonzalez -- Reminding People Who They are and Spreading Love Throughout the Universe

Andy Gonzalez has been the Co-Founder and Marketing Director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD since 2001. For sixteen years, Andy has taught yoga to diverse populations throughout the world, including Baltimore City Public School students, drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, homeless shelters, wellness centers, colleges, private schools and other various venues throughout the nation and throughout the world. He has partnered with John Hopkins Bloomberg...


**Why PoP Series - Ep. 2 - Taking the Leap**

This week's episode is the second episode in our 5-part Why PoP series. This series delves into the myriad of reasons why and how I'm doubling down on my commitment to People of Purpose as I enter this year as a full-time graduate school student, middle-school teacher in San Francisco, and host of People of Purpose podcast. Today's episode is about how and why I have been encouraged to take big leaps of faith towards my purpose and why it is my deep hope that People of Purpose encourages...


027: Jeanette Wood - Living with Eternity in Mind for the Reasons Her Creator Created Her

Jeanette Wood is a mom to 11 and grandmother to 4. Her and her husband gave birth to six and adopted five. Jeanette, or Mrs. Wood as many call her speaks often on how we can positively change our communities and relationships. One of her most popular topics is the power of intentionality, and maximizing ordinary moments. She has spent the last twenty years being a personal mentor to thousands of people across the country as a speaker, coach, and consultant. Jeanette also co-owns a...


**Why PoP Series - Ep. 1 - My Purpose**

This week's episode is the first episode in our 5-part Why PoP series. This series delves into the myriad of reasons why and how I'm doubling down on my commitment to People of Purpose as I enter this year as a full-time graduate school student, middle-school teacher in San Francisco, and host of People of Purpose podcast. Today's episode is about my purpose and how PoP grows me into purpose. I feature my story and tenants of my purpose journey. I discuss the power of courage, what I've...


026: Jeff Baxter —Teacher of the Year — Doing Justice, Practicing Kindness, and Walking Humbly so that Students Strive Valiantly, Write Thoughtfully, and Dare Greatly

Jeff Baxter is a graduate of the University of Kansas with Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and English and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. He also has a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law. Mr. Baxter has taught every level and grade of middle and high school students in his thirty plus years of teaching -- from non-readers to National Merit Finalists. He is passionate about teaching, but it took an epiphany when he was practicing law to realize why. He...


**Special Series -- Introduction to Why PoP Series

This week's episode is an introduction to a 5-part series I'm launching called Why PoP. This series delves into the myriad of reasons why and how I'm doubling down on my commitment to People of Purpose as I enter this year as a full-time graduate school student and middle-school teacher in San Francisco. I preview the upcoming topic areas in this new five part Why PoP series and go over some of the great results in my life since we've launched People of Purpose 10 months ago. "Unlock...


025: Ten Teacher Residents of Purpose

This week is a one-of-a-kind episode in which I interview 10 people from my Master's of Education graduate school program. Each of us comes from different backgrounds into the same program. I thought it would be interesting to give you a glimpse of the immense sense of purpose each one is bringing into their teaching and education youth in urban, public charter schools in California. The cohort is as diverse as the students we serve and I am impressed with how passionate, caring, and...


024: Dr. Lori Desautels -- Attending to the Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Development of All Children Through Brain Science

Dr. Lori Desautels is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Butler University teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in applied educational neuroscience. Lori's passion is engaging her students through neuroscience in education and integrating Mind Brain Teaching and Learning Strategies into her courses at Butler University. She is also co-teaching in a middle school classroom two mornings a week teaching students about their brains, stress response systems and giving...


023: Barb Stegenga & Robin Sizemore — Mindful Superhero Trainers - Where There is Ruin, There is Hope For a Treasure

Barbara Stegenga and Robin Sizemore fulfill their purposes training children into mindful superheroes. If you walked into their classroom you’d find elementary school kids leading each other in a meditation and helping each other stay calm in times of need. These are not your ordinary heroes. These are SUPERHEROES. Barb and Robin, rather Batman and Robin, have been helping kids cultivate these skills through their Superhero Training and Supply program at their elementary school in Hammond,...


022: Simone and Malcolm Collins -- Pragmatists of Purpose - Guiding Others to Create Their Own Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions

Simone and Malcolm Collins are co-authors of the book The Pragmatist's Guide To Life: A Guide to Creating Your Own Answers to Life's Biggest Questions. Their book is a ruthlessly pragmatic guide to creating your own answers to life's biggest questions. Each of this book's four chapters covers one of the most important questions a person must ask themselves: Rather than give you answers to these questions, this guide provides a framework that helps you develop your own answers while...


***Special Episode -- My Seven Podcasts of Purpose ***

This week is a special episode about the seven podcasts of purpose that I listen to. I find so much purpose and inspiration from podcasts to help me make better decisions in my life, ask right”er” questions, find calm, learn resources to fuel my soul-inspired endeavors, and do something interesting, productive, and purposeful in my free time.The potential for podcasts to change your life is huge. PoP wouldn’t be in existence without these podcasts that paved the way for and inform my...


021: Darrin & Olivier Crusoe -- Returning to Nature with OrganiKH Farm

Darrin and Olivier live in rural Cambodia where they have started an organic farming project called OrganiKH in Darrin's home village of Sveychek. Darrin has a remarkable story of being driven out of her hometown due to the Khmer Rouge's repressive regime in the early 90's. Struggling to make a livelihood, her family sent her to Thailand on her own when she was 13. By the time she came back to Cambodia in her early 20's she met Olivier, a french backpacker in search of his purpose. Olivier...


020: Silvia Turonova -- Your Pain is Your Personal Power: Ditch Your Struggles and Start Living Up to Your Purpose

Silvia’s biggest passion is showing people how their emotional pain, their challenges and struggles contribute to their growth. As a young girl, she was growing up in a destructive environment which carried violence, drugs and alcohol abuse in different forms. After she completed her bachelor's degree, she knew that she needed some massive change, something crazy and life transforming. At the age of 22 she grabbed her suitcase and moved to the U.S. with $500 in her pocket and a dream in her...