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My Big Story with Christopher Swan

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Christopher Swan speaks with amazing people that are living a life of intention, creating a life they love, and helping us learn from their big stories. Through these interviews and stories, he uncovers their passions, purpose, advice and so much more. These are intimate, friendly, and thought-provoking conversations. The stories shared are as diverse as the guests, including Hollywood entertainers to social good advocates to small business owners to artists to corporate and nonprofits leaders, to anyone with a big, intentional story.

Christopher Swan speaks with amazing people that are living a life of intention, creating a life they love, and helping us learn from their big stories. Through these interviews and stories, he uncovers their passions, purpose, advice and so much more. These are intimate, friendly, and thought-provoking conversations. The stories shared are as diverse as the guests, including Hollywood entertainers to social good advocates to small business owners to artists to corporate and nonprofits leaders, to anyone with a big, intentional story.
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Christopher Swan speaks with amazing people that are living a life of intention, creating a life they love, and helping us learn from their big stories. Through these interviews and stories, he uncovers their passions, purpose, advice and so much more. These are intimate, friendly, and thought-provoking conversations. The stories shared are as diverse as the guests, including Hollywood entertainers to social good advocates to small business owners to artists to corporate and nonprofits leaders, to anyone with a big, intentional story.

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Episodes

My Big Story with Christopher Swan Trailer

7/20/2018
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Christopher Swan is on a big adventure! In My Big Story with Christopher Swan, he’s literally on a plane, train, or automobile, traveling the USA (aiming for the world!), interviewing uniquely inspiring people. He’s uncovering stories from voices that may not be heard, crossing boundaries of diversity, uniqueness, and beliefs — stories that inherently celebrate our differences. These thought-provoking conversations are with people that have taken chances and carved out uncommon paths....

Duration:00:03:44

Why Our Big Stories Matter with Christopher Swan & Katie Swan

7/3/2018
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We're all different — from our skin color, to the way we experience the world, to the way we think, to the country we're born in, to our sexual orientation, to our abilities or the lack of abilities, and the list goes on. Instead of turning away from these differences or trying to fit in, how about we celebrate and talk about them. I've decided it was time to talk about why My Big Story matters, especially in season 2 — why it matters to me (this is Christopher Swan talking!) and really,...

Duration:00:34:06

Making the World More Accessible with Kevan Chandler

6/14/2018
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Imagine if parts of the world you wanted to see and experience were off limits to you. Some people don’t have to imagine it. It’s their reality. But things are changing. Kevan Chandler founded the nonprofit, We Carry Kevan, where he’s become a prominent voice for rethinking accessibility in the world. Meaning, he’s creating new ideas and resources to make the world more physically accessible for people with disabilities. And all of it started after an unusual backpacking trip to...

Duration:00:32:46

It's Okay to Talk About Sex (and Pelvic Health) with Dr. Uchenna Ossai

5/29/2018
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How comfortable are you talking about sex with you partner? Do you have questions about sex that you’re not sure who to ask? Or maybe, you have questions about your pelvic health, and finding smart information hasn’t been easy. You’re not alone. Many adults feel the same way, and have questions. That’s why Dr. Uchenna “UC” Ossai, the sex-positive pelvic health physical therapist, sex educator and counselor, is sharing her knowledge far and wide. UC spends her days treating people...

Duration:00:34:26

Expanding Intentional Kindness with Wendi Gilbert

5/15/2018
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There's a growing kindness movement in the world. Many amazing organizations are encouraging people to get involved, spread kindness, and help others, to push back against bias, bullying, and the negative in the world. But the efforts are disparate, focusing only on each organization's message. While these messages are commendable, what if there was an additional unifying message? What if kindness was part of our culture, and it was incorporated into our lives? Wendi Gilbert started...

Duration:00:31:49

Living with Body Positivity and Style with Bruce Sturgell

5/1/2018
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There's a man in Portland, Oregon that's pushing aside fear and doing things he would of never done in the past. Bruce Sturgell is the founder of Chubstr, a fashion and lifestyle website for big and tall men. That sounds simple enough. But there's more to the story. The company is helping a community of people around the world, belong. It's become a celebrated resource for plus size men, something lacking in many retailers. It's also become a source of subversive activism, growing the...

Duration:00:37:05

Inspiring Young People to Make a Difference, One Lawn at a Time — Rodney Smith, Jr.

4/17/2018
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When Rodney Smith, Jr. spots someone in need, he jumps into action. There's no question, doubt, or debate. He just does the work to help them—and he's now rallying others to help communities across the United States. Rodney, a native of Bermuda, started Raising Men Lawn Care Service, an organization that provides free yard services to elders, people with disabilities, veterans, and single-parent mothers. The service matches up youth in local communities with people in need of service....

Duration:00:27:33

Thriving Through Life with Suzanne Whang

4/3/2018
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When life gives you lemons, you don't make lemonade. As Suzanne Whang says about her three-time battle with breast cancer, "I am kicking the shit out of it and taking names. I'm living it [life] to the fullest and loving every minute of it." I met Suzanne Whang in the parking lot of Hugos' Restaurant in Los Angeles. After a big hello and hug, we sat in her car, and shared stories and ideas. Yep, that's right. We did our interview in her car—in her bright yellow, pimped out Prius. For...

Duration:00:31:26

A Journey to Find Hygge, Denmark's Secret to Happiness — 12 Stars Media

3/20/2018
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Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a cornerstone of the Danes way of life—and they're often referred to as the happiest people in the world. But, what is hygge, and how does it help the Danes happy living? 12 Stars Media, a small video production company located right outside of Indianapolis, in Fishers, Indiana, decided to they wanted to discover the true meaning of hygge, and share it with the world. So they decided to create their first full length documentary film, Finding Hygge. They're...

Duration:00:41:49

Connecting Local Communities — Ramin Rahimian

3/6/2018
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Sometimes we set out to solve a problem, and later realize we're solving for something much bigger. That's exactly what's happened to Ramin Rahimian. Ramin, a successful photographer, created Bookal, an app that allows neighbors to buy and sell their books to each other. The emphasis here is on local, and that matters in Ramin's bigger story. That's because Ramin wants to reconnect our local communities—to increase the real person, face-to-face conversations and relationships—the things...

Duration:00:33:43

Defined by Food and Purpose — Dustin Harder

2/20/2018
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This story is one half career/life change, and the other half, simplifying a lifestyle and movement to make it accessible to anyone. Dustin Harder was fully immersed in his theatre career, traveling the country since 2003. But he needed a break and he set out to explore another interest, vegan cooking. After graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, he launched a new idea and career, to demystify vegan foods in an entertaining way. Then The Vegan Roadie was born — the...

Duration:00:36:41

An Unexpected NYC Adventure with the Crafty Lumberjacks and My Uber Driver

2/6/2018
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Sometimes things do not go as planned. Frustrating? Sure. It can also lead to an adventure and discovering something new, something unexpected. Returning guests, the Crafty Lumberjacks (Dennis Setteducati and Andrew Boza) join me to discuss progress and new insights of their craft and lifestyle brand. These fellas have been creating/hosting craft shows as part of the HGTV Handmade team, and have recently been guests (twice) on ABC's The Chew. On the way to meet Dennis and Andrew at...

Duration:00:33:16

A Day on the Farm in Los Angeles with Karen Snook

1/23/2018
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There's a little farm hiding out in the valley of Los Angeles, and not many know about its existence. I luckily discovered it and sought out the woman that's on a mission to educate us about sustainable care farming. Um, care farming? In one sentence, that's compassion, cooperation and connection with the earth, animals and each other. Karen Snook created this specific farm, part of Kindred Spirits Care Farm, to help the at-risk kids in the neighboring continuation high school. As the kids...

Duration:00:35:23

A Transition to a Courageous Life — Mandi Camille Hauwert

1/9/2018
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Mandi Camille Hauwert is one of the bravest people I've met. She's pushing boundaries in society, challenging policies and perceptions at work and in the world, just to be herself—something many of us take for granted. Mandi, a U.S. Navy veteran, is a correctional officer at California's San Quentin State Prison. She's also a transgender woman, who transitioned while in her role at the prison. I met Mandi in downtown Petaluma (that's in the north bay of the San Francisco Bay Area),...

Duration:00:36:50

An Exciting Show Update Coming to Season 2 in January 2018

7/18/2017
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DECEMBER UPDATE: The podcast is moving to seasons, and season 2 arrives in January 2018. It'll have an even better production quality and I'm expanding in how I share these stories. And it's going to be awesome! ------------------ I’m excited to share a quick update about My Big Story with Christopher Swan. I’ve been working on changes for the show for a while. If you been following along with me, you know I did a mini-refresh in April. That included a name change, shifting my focus a...

Duration:00:03:44

Daniel Trust — From Refugee to Nonprofit Youth Advocate

7/11/2017
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With a quick decision, Daniel Trust left Bridgeport, CT to meet me meet in-person in the San Francisco Bay Area. I found a place for us in downtown Oakland to meet and made the hour-long drive to meet him there. I was excited to meet Daniel, but truthfully, I wasn’t sure what to expect when meeting in-person. Daniel started a nonprofit to help youth with education — specifically youth that are either refugees to the United States, impacted by low income, or are part of the LGBTQ community....

Duration:00:29:16

Bobby Jo Valentine — Bridging Ideas and People Through Meaningful Music + LIVE PERFORMANCE

7/4/2017
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Singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine and I recently spent the afternoon at his home, in Napa, CA. Bobby is an independent artist, crossing genres with music based in hope-folk, soul-pop, and poetic rock. The focus of his music is to provide meaningful connections to his listeners. Interestingly, as he tours across the U.S. (and soon Europe), he intentionally performs for a variety of communities, specifically with LGBTQ and faith-based communities. This is where Bobby can create an...

Duration:00:44:47

Three Unique Women Share Stories of Living Intentionally

6/27/2017
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We’re doing things a little differently this week. Instead of a new guest on the show, you get me, and three past guests: Pat Wadors, Natalie Patterson, and Deborah Dalton. We’re revisiting a few conversations that I really enjoyed, and focusing in on a few moments of great advice and storytelling. This isn’t a greatest moment sort of thing. Instead it’s a few conversations that I love and stories that bring their advice to life. It’s also a great way to hear something from a past episode...

Duration:00:42:41

Mary Davis — Rooftop Parties that Radiate Love and Hope

6/20/2017
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Everyone should know they're special, especially when it's their birthday. Mary Davis started Worthy of Love, a nonprofit that celebrates the birthdays of the children impacted by homelessness and sheltered by Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, in downtown Los Angeles. Each month, Mary and her husband Ari, and their team of volunteers, create an amazing roof top party, where every child has a fun and memorable night. Mary's hope is to create positive memories for these kids, and to remind...

Duration:00:43:21

Sarah’s Eats and Sweets — Feeding a Community with Food and Relationships

6/13/2017
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Emery and Sarah Meeks are the founders of Sarah’s Eats and Sweets based in Petaluma, CA, in the Sonoma County Wine Country. I met the two of them back at the beginning of the year, stopping by to try their new shop. I was instantly won over by their welcoming friendship, and of course their food. Sarah’s Eats and Sweets is part cafe, part bake shop, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients, in-house preparations, original recipes, and most notably, a welcoming experience that treats...

Duration:00:43:49