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021: Traci Ruble: Sidewalk Talk (Season Finale)

Every month, Traci Ruble joins a group of volunteers near a busy San Francisco street with a sign that invites strangers to participate in free listening. It’s called Sidewalk Talk, a non-profit organization with a mission to nurture human connection by teaching and practicing heart-centered listening in public spaces. Since it began in 2014, Sidewalk Talk has grown to over 700 volunteers worldwide and now has chapters in 19 cities around the globe. Guest Bio Traci is the founder and...


020: Kate DeBartolo: The Conversation Project

Kate DeBartolo is used to uncomfortable conversations. In fact, her job is to be a proponent of them. And here’s why. As the Director for The Conversation Project, her mission is to get people talking about one of the most difficult topics many of us will ever encounter: our end of life decisions and the end of life wishes of the those we love. Let’s face it, we’re all going to die. That’s a hard pill to swallow but it’s obviously true. And how we want to die, how we want our last days to...


019: Bernadette Noll: Make Stuff Together

I have a theory that if we upgrade the quality of our connections, if we got more intentional about how deeply we connect with the people around us, our lives would feel more joyful and more meaningful. What follows is a conversation about how we can use our hands and our imaginations to make stuff. But more importantly, why making stuff together—even if you don’t consider yourself an artist or even a creative person—becomes a means to cultivating more connection with our family, friends...


018: Rebecca P. Cohen: 15 Minutes Outside

Spring is nearly upon us, which means for many of us, it’s time to go back outside. My guest today is Rebecca P. Cohen, someone who is incredibly passionate about inspiring families and individuals to spend more time outside. What’s ahead is a conversation about the enormous benefits to being intentional about spending time outdoors every day—with your kids and with yourself – and how to easily and almost effortlessly create a ‘15-minutes outside’ habit. Guest Bio Rebecca P. Cohen has...


017: Courtney Carver: Soulful Simplicity

The idea of living with less—less stuff, less obligations, less debt and making less of a footprint environmentally—is really gaining momentum. And here’s my hypothesis about why: For anyone on a journey to find some meaning in their life or simply trying to gain clarity on what truly makes them happy and fulfilled, we mostly all land in the same place with similar conclusions: it’s not the stuff or the money or the house or the important to do list that give our lives fulfillment: it’s...


EP016: Katie Seymour: Man’s Best Friend

I first met Katie in my Friday yoga class. She’s a little hard to miss since she’s the only yogi in the class who brings her dog with her. I soon came to find out that she works as a volunteer raising companion dogs as well as therapy dogs. I was immediately fascinated, not just by her work with dogs, but I had a million questions about the relationship between dogs and humans, why dogs are so good at reregulating us and why so many people regard them as man’s best friend. Having owned a...


015: Dana Marie Roquemore: Dinner with Strangers

As the creator of The Dinner Party Project, Dana Marie Roquemore is on a mission to facilitate more and deeper connections between friends and strangers. A food-focused social experiment that invites 8 strangers to share food, conversation and company, the concept provides the random opportunity for people to meet and share a meal. Each week, seven guests are chosen at random and given instructions for where and when to attend. Dana uses guest chefs and guest caterers to create amazing...


014: Eddie Selover: PechaKucha & Sharing Our Stories

What happens when a community comes together to share its stories, triumphs, struggles and aspirations? PechaKucha, an international speaker series based on a 20×20 format (20 slides, 20 seconds each), exists to explore this question. Now held in over 1,000 cities around the world, the series gives a platform to each city’s residents—from creatives to professionals to regular folks with a story to tell—and the result is people connecting with people they would probably have never crossed...


013: Rick Bommelje: The Listening Course

Rick Bommelje is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he’s been teaching The Listening Course for over 20 years. He’s the co-author and author of two books: Listening Leaders in 2004 and Listening Pays: Achieve Significance through the Power of Listening (2013). Learn more at Mentioned in this Episode A Listening Heart: The Spirituality of Sacred Sensuousness Listening Pays The Sacred Art of Listening:...


012: Katie Denis: Project Time Off

Americans forfeit over 600 million days of vacation time EVERY year, and there are huge economic, cultural and psychological consequences to this. We’re not as creative and productive but we’re also not as happy AND we miss out on countless of moments we could have used to connect with our loved ones and ourselves. I loved this conversation and I can’t with to share it with you, but a word of warning: I have a feeling you’ll be booking your next vacation by the time this conversation is...


011: Doug Bolger: The Wisdom of Teams

Wherever you are in your life, chances are you’re going to find yourself working with teams at some point. And whether you’re trying to solve a challenge at work or plan your next vacation as a family, there’s a method to extracting the gold. Doug Bolger is the Founder & CEO of Learn2, a participant-centered, experiential learning company with programs designed to have teams wildly alter how they work together, solve problems, and innovate. In this episode, we dive into how having a...


010: Karla McLaren: Emotions as Allies

Our culture often teaches us to be uncomfortable with emotions, to avoid them, and to set them aside when making important decisions. But neuroscience would have us see them in a different way. In this episode, empathy researcher Karla McLaren invites us to see emotions as data, as fundamental aspects of our intelligence, and inescapable parts of our cognition. Whether you like it or not, your emotions are always at play. But the good news is, Karla can help us understand the wisdom that...


009: Shannon Taylor: Belonging and Inclusion

Belonging and inclusion are both critical to our health and well-being. There’s real pain to be felt when we feel like we don’t fit in or we're deliberating excluded. It’s not theoretical, it’s actually physiological, and science has proven this. During this episode, we discuss many great studies but we also bring it down to day-to-day life terms. The research is fascinating but so are the practical applications. Guest Bio Dr. Shannon Taylor is an associate professor and Ph.D. program...


008: Angie Byrd: Connecting with Self

We connect with other people all day long, in person and online. But how often do we take the time to connect with ourselves, to really check in and see how we’re doing and feeling? It’s not a practice our busy, fast-paced society allows for. In fact, it feels like we’re more distracted from ourselves than ever. Any given moment we have a multitude of things puling at us, demanding our attention. But there is so much value in coming home to ourselves. In this discussion with performance...


007: Rachelle Lucas: Openhearted Travel

There’s so much more to travel than the places we can cross off our bucket list or the photos we can take. International travel writer Rachelle Lucas invites travelers to break from the pack and get lost in a city. The best travel experiences are the ones that we never expected to happen, and they can only be found when we put down the map or the guidebook and just explore. Travel gives us the opportunity to connect with ourselves, with our fellow travelers and with the culture we are...


006: Ryan Redman: Contemplative Practices

During this interview, we discuss how we can prime our emotional state, refine our inner awareness and create better attention skills that result in us having a greater capacity to monitor our mind and body in real time. Key Takeaways “We have emotional deficit disorder around our own potential.”Excellence is having the ability to create an exceptionally stable and clarified mind… we do this through contemplative practices.When we refine our emotional awareness, we come home to...


005: Brandon Craig: Intentional Relating

How does a relationship occur for you and how do you occur for people who you are currently in a relationship with? What are we really committed to in our relationships with our partners, our family, friends and coworkers? Try on, as a possibility, that this sits at the foundation of your relationships. If you have no idea what I am talking about, give this episode a listen. Guest Bio Brandon Craig is a master creator, listener and results visionary coach accustomed to working in...


004: John P. Strelecky: What’s Your Big Five for Life?

John P. Strelecky is on a mission to inspire people to think about and start pursuing their Big Five for Life: the five things they want to see, do or experience in their lifetime that would truly define their life as well-lived. And while he’s living his Big Five every day, he’ll be the first to admit that setting out on a new path, especially one that looks very different from the one you are already one, isn’t easy. In this conversation John defines the Big Five for Life concept and...


003: Two Questions

Recently, my husband, Marc, and I have started testing out a new ritual. We’re habit people and find that when we can put key aspects of our connection on auto-pilot—that is, we get them to happen without having to think too much about making them happen—we seem to find each other more in the slightly chaotic, sometimes harried, often muddled, basket weave that is the life we’ve assembled together. For over a decade we’ve carved the habit of a weekly date night into our family blueprint,...


002: Kostya Kimlat: The Power of Perception

Kostya Kimlat is a Ukrainian-American magician, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and business consultant who uses magic to help others understand the importance of perception in our daily lives. Learn more at Description Having the ability to see other people’s perceptions of us is a powerful skill. We may not think about it much, but we are always “on,” which is to say that we are always being perceived by our audience (our spouse, our kids, our coworkers, our...