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044: Chris Smith: What’s Your Calling?

Guest Bio Chris Smith helps entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and teams discover a powerful new relationship to who they are and what they do through his proprietary methodology called The Campfire Effect. Learn more at Description Researchers have found that having a sense of our purpose positively impacts our health and longevity. But what if you don’t know your purpose? What if you feel like you just can’t figure it out or maybe, secretly worry that...


043: Scott Byrd: A Cloudless Mind

Guest Bio Scott Byrd is an entrepreneur and founder of a coaching company who has recently co-written the book, "A Cloudless Mind," which marries the latest insights from neuroscience with practical ancient wisdom to offer simple truths about the human mind to fundamentally change everything about the way you see yourself and the decisions you make. Learn more at Description Most of us have heard the research that says the average mind thinks between...


042: Charles Vogl: The Art of Community

Charles Vogl is an award-winning author of The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging. He’s an executive consultant who works with leaders in tech, finance, media, government and social change organizations. He lectures and leads workshops across the country, and is a regular guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management and Yale Leadership Institute. As a speaker and writer, he draws on his experience in international human rights advocacy and social change, exploring the...


041: My Daily Centering Practice

We live a hurried, jam-packed life. The days and months fly by in a flurry of routines and commitments. We're constantly in motion with a never-ending onslaught of distractions to occupy our minds and hearts. Tuning into ourselves has become nearly impossible. But in my experience, the only way to live an awakened, authentic life is to find space for reflection and time to tune in. We need to come home to ourselves and take ourselves off autopilot. With love, compassion and zero judgement,...


040: Jessi Bloom: Creating Sanctuary

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. Based near Seattle, Washington, she lives with her two sons in a permaculture homestead surrounded by functional gardens and rescue animals. She has become an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Learn more at Description We all need places we can retreat to that allow us to come home to...


039: Barbara A. Lewis: Kids, Character and Social Activism

Guest Bio Barbara A. Lewis is an award-winning author and educator who teaches kids how to think and solve real problems. Her curriculum in character development and social activism for kids and teens has formed the basis of several books, including “The Kid's Guide to Social Action” and “The Kid's Guide to Service Projects." When she taught at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, her students initiated the cleanup of hazardous waste, improved sidewalks, planted thousands of...


038: Kathleen Blake: Food & Togetherness

Togetherness happens around food. Meals, when we let them, can be the richest and most important social connectors in life. Built into the making and consuming of our food are all sorts of rich opportunities to feel connected, but only if we take advantage of those opportunities and mine those moments. This week we speak to Chef Kathleen Blake about food and togetherness. Guest Bio Iowa native Kathleen Blake started cooking at an early age in her grandmother's kitchen where she helped...


037: Carrie Contey: Parenting in Slow Motion

Guest Bio Carrie Contey, PhD is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy, whole human being. Learn more at Description Parenting isn’t easy. Just when we think we’ve got one stage mastered, our child develops and grows to a new stage with a new set of challenges for us to rise to and adapt with. We often hear parents of grown children...


036: Raphael Cushnir: How to Now

We hear a lot about the importance of being more present, almost to the point of it becoming a cliché. But when we stop to actually think about what it means to be in the present moment, it’s kind of laughable that we don’t seem to be naturally oriented to be there, because the present moment is where life is. All the striving and creating and collecting and cleaning is all for the purpose of having this thing called “my life.” And yet, how often am I actually “in” my life? Guest...


035: Jaime Kurtz: The Happy Traveler

Our vacation time, especially when it’s limited to just a few weeks out of the year, feels so precious. Plus, considering that travel uses up so much time, energy and money, it makes sense that we’d want to get it right. In this week’s episode, we connect with author and researcher Jaime Kurtz to unpack the secrets of better and more meaningful travel. Guest Bio Jaime Kurtz is the author of The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations. She is an Associate Professor of...


034: John Strelecky: Your Best Year

With the new year upon us, I decided that it would be very timely to have a conversation about what it would be like to have the best year ever. I wanted to explore how we could all have a spectacular 2019, and not just because we crossed some huge things off our bucket list but because we tackled some little things in our day to day life that simply made living feel better and brighter. Guest Bio John P. Strelecky is an international best-selling author and creator of the Big Five for...


033: Sky Blue: Intentional Community Living

The intentional community movement is growing in leaps and bounds. More and more people are leaving their subdivisions or changing their city blocks to make massive shifts in their sense of connection, belonging and contribution. There’s a growing desire to create a more humane and equitable society that honors our common humanity above money, amassing more stuff or getting ahead at the cost of others. And the good news: you don’t need to move to a rural community to start cultivating the...


032: Kelly Browne: The Art of Saying Thank You

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward. Gratitude is the opposite of entitlement and it’s the antidote to resentment and scarcity. It’s where we find generosity, humility and joy. As I learned from this week’s guest, it’s one thing to feel gratitude and an entirely different thing to express it. Want to learn how to up your gratitude game? We dive into the art of saying ‘thank you’ in this week’s episode. Guest...


031: John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut: Compelling People

John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut, co-authors of Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities that Make Us Influential, have learned a lot about the impact of a smile, our posture, our gestures, and our tone of voice on the people around us. Their goal is to help others understand how to be more compelling, because being able to influence people, whether that’s getting your toddler to eat her carrots or getting your employees to meet your company’s objectives, is how we make things happen in the...


030: Jonathan Robinson: More Love, Less Conflict

Good relationships have good communication. In this interview, author Jonathan Robinson shares insights and exercises from his book, More Love, Less Conflict, so that anyone can become better communicators with their spouse, learn to diffuse conflict and create more relatedness. Guest Bio Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist and best-selling author of ten books, including More Love, Less Conflict. He has reached over 100 million people around the world with his practical methods, and...


029: Rob Schware: Give Back Yoga Foundation

If you’ve ever been to a yoga class or practiced at home, you’ve probably noticed that it not only makes you feel stronger and more flexible, but also more peaceful, attuned and grounded. Rob Schware wants prisoners, recovering addicts and veterans to feel that, too. As the head of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a non-profit organization that believes in making yoga available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience its many benefits, he steers projects like the...


028: Emily Fontano: Embracing the Nonsense of Improv

If you’ve ever experienced improvisational sketch comedy, you’ve likely seen people unfurl and connect with each other in ways that just aren’t common, or maybe even possible, in their day to day life. There’s something so raw and real about learning to create a moment, in front of an audience, just with what comes into your head and out of your mouth. The result is a connection between the actors and to the audience that’s truly extraordinary. Guest Bio Emily Fontano is the Artistic...


027: Shea Tuttle: Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Did you grow up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood? Do remember the trolley or King Friday? That red cardigan? The opening song? The show debuted on February 19, 1968 and aired through 2001, so it’s safe to say that generations of kids have grown up watching the more than 870 episodes created by Fred Rogers, who died in 2003. Fred Rogers was infinitely passionate about childhood education and using television as a tool to affirm children’s self-worth and offer them a place where they felt...


026: Laura Archer: Finding Life in a Lunch Break

Only 1 in 5 five people step away from their desk for lunch. Today’s guest is on a mission to change that. Laura Archer is the author of Gone for Lunch: 52 Things to do on Your Lunch Break, a book she wrote on her journey to reclaim her midday break and to find more time for herself, her interests and her self-care. Through her book, blog and workshops, Laura aims to help individuals and companies to appreciate the unbelievable benefits of taking a lunch break - even if it’s only for 20...


025: Kasley Killam: The Minister of Loneliness

As you can probably imagine, I read a lot about the topic of human connection and recently I came across an article written for Scientific American titled To Combat Loneliness, Promote Social Health. It not only honed in on the mounting evidence that shows relationships should be a public health priority, but it reported that the UK has recently appointed a Minister for Loneliness. This is pretty astounding and I wanted to know more about the idea of loneliness as a public health priority,...