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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

An Exciting Show Update Coming Soon

7/18/2017
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I’m excited to share a quick update about My Big Story. 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 little. And those were the prefect changes then. Because they helped me see how I was getting closer to the big idea, of what I had always envisioned for the show. Also, there’s been things I wanted to do, to include in the show, to help tell the stories...

Duration: 00:03:44


Daniel Trust — From Refugee to Nonprofit Advocate for Youth

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 him in person. Daniel is a young man that started a nonprofit to help youth with education — specifically youth that are either refugees to the United States, impacted by low income, or are...

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


Special Edition — 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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This week’s episode is all about love, birthdays, and helping children affected by homelessness. Mary Davis, the founder of Worthy of Love, is on the show today. Worthy of Love is a nonprofit that celebrates the birthdays of the children impacted by homelessness, and sheltered by Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row, located in downtown Los Angeles. Each month, Mary, her husband Ari, and their team of volunteers, create an amazing roof top party, where every child has a fun and memorable...

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 on the show, 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...

Duration: 00:43:49


Jim Babcock — Leaning into Opportunity to Create a Dream Career

6/6/2017
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This week Jim Babcock is on the show. His name may not be familiar to all. But if you’ve worked for The Walt Disney Company over the last 31 years, you probably know who he is, and have seen him in action. He’s truly loved by many. Jim is well known for hosting events internally to The Walt Disney Company, as well as hosting events externally for them and for other organizations. On average, he hosts and presents 100 events a year. The funny thing, hosting events hasn’t been his full time...

Duration: 00:30:54


Hip Chick Farms — New Ideas and Resilience Created Products People Love

5/30/2017
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On the show this week are the founders of Hip Chick Farms, real-life married couple, Serafina Palandech and Jen Johnson. Hip Chick Farms makes organic, transparently sourced, chef-inspired frozen chicken and poultry products that are loved by kids. Additionally, there are no preservatives, hormones, antibiotics, or fillers in their products. Also, they care about the animals. This is more than just a product. It’s a different way of doing business. This family company had humble...

Duration: 00:51:07


Michael Barnum — Creating a Music Career by Being True to What He Loves

5/23/2017
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This week Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, and actor, Michael Barnum is on the show. Michael is all in with his music career, releasing his debut EP, Trust, late last year. He’s currently working on new music, and gaining momentum in the LA music scene and with online streaming platforms like Periscope. Michael and Christopher recorded this interview in the space where Michael recorded his EP, high up in the Hollywood Hills. It seemed fitting to tell his story at the birthplace of...

Duration: 00:41:17


Tyler J. McCall — Pursuing His Dreams by Helping Others Entrepreneurs

5/16/2017
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On the show this week is Tyler J. McCall, an entrepreneur and marketer, who’s helping creatives use Instagram to grow their businesses. Tyler has a fresh perspective to business, admittedly, still figuring it all out. And that’s part of his wisdom and charm. He left a 9-5 job at the YMCA, and is following his entrepreneurial spirit. If you don’t have it all figured out, your passion or career, this is a good episode for you. Because you’ll hear from someone who is making his business...

Duration: 00:37:20


Jeremiah Pauley — Sharing his Unique Army Story to Help Others

5/9/2017
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On this episode is Jeremiah Pauley. Jeremiah is a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, and a retired US Army Staff Sergeant. In Jeremiah’s current role, he helps to spread stories and information that can help US veterans post the 9/11 era — helping to fulfill the objective of the Wounded Warrior Project. And his stories are routed in his own experiences, including a life-changing event in Iraq, and how he found new meaning, or rather, his new why, after leaving the...

Duration: 00:47:44


Natalie Patterson — Elevating Humanity Through Poetry

5/2/2017
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This week, I have such a smart and interesting conversation with poet and teaching artist, Natalie Patterson. Natalie is also the president of the nonprofit, Sister Support, an organization committed to the advancement of women through community, connection, and sisterhood. Natalie is well known for her poetry, sharing it publicly since 2002 with many adventures including slam poetry, working with Da Poetry Lounge, starring in a very popular SoulPancake series, and being hired by...

Duration: 01:03:45


Peter Hollens — A Cappella YouTube Artist Fuels His Dream and the Creator Revolution

4/25/2017
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On the show this week is pop singer and producer, digital creator and wildly popular a cappella YouTube artist, Peter Hollens. And let me tell you, everything Peter does is awesome. If you’re familiar with him, then you already know he creates amazing music and videos, collaborates with a ton of great artists, and is a powerhouse of creativity. That’s everything I knew about him before our interview. Here’s what most may not know about Peter. He’s also a pivotal digital influencer and...

Duration: 00:51:28


Deborah Dalton — From Volunteer to Leading a Youth-Based Nonprofit to New Success

4/18/2017
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Before I get into the show, just a quick reminder about our name change. If you’ve been a listener of Living Your Journey, and haven’t heard yet, we changed our name. This show is now called My Big Story with Christopher Swan. It’s all the same great content, with shiny new packaging and a clearer focus. This is the weekly show where I talk with amazing people, that are living a life of intention, creating a life they love, and where we can learn from their stories. Today's guest is...

Duration: 01:02:18


Sean Sarantos — Following a Dream to Make Happier Rescue Dogs

4/11/2017
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A man passionate about the care of dogs, launches a plan and new dog-themed retail and lifestyle business, with the purpose of creating a rescue ranch for dogs in need Special Announcement: Welcome to year two of the show. After a fun year of exploring and growing, I’ve learned so much from my guests and by producing the show. I’ve also continued to explore the areas where I show up, and the things I want to share with the world. All of this has helped me to focus my ideas more, which...

Duration: 01:06:05


Valerie Weisler — Uniting Teenagers Across the World to Solve Social Justice Issues

4/4/2017
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We did it! This episode marks one year for Living Your Journey with Christopher Swan. That’s 52 episodes. That is one year of guests, one year of unique stories, one year of a ton of advice, one year of celebrating people; our differences and the power of ideas. I’m thankful to all of you because without you, I’d be talking to myself. I’m excited for year two, and starting next week, I’ll be sharing a few changes to the show, that will better connect the show to everything else we’re doing...

Duration: 00:44:59


Toni Purry — Using Experience and Inspiration to Grow with Confidence

3/28/2017
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Toni Purry, longtime public relations (PR) strategist, is on a new journey after a lot of soul-searching. Toni has a story that many may resonate with — not loving your career anymore. Maybe you’re not sure why, or you’re feeling depressed or anxious. That was Toni, too. She wasn’t happy running her PR company anymore and she lost her self-confidence along the way. After a chance moment of inspiration, she started on a process to help herself reflect on her past experiences and to gain her...

Duration: 00:36:17


The Crafty Lumberjacks — Two Actors Combine Hobbies and Romance to Create a Fun-Loving Brand

3/21/2017
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Today’s guests are Andrew Boza and Dennis Setteducati, better known to their fans as the Crafty Lumberjacks. This couple has created a fun-loving brand of easy-to-follow craft and DIY projects via their blog, Instagram, and most recently, through a gig with HGTV Handmade. Not only are their ideas and crafts clever, their personalities shine through everything they do, including a big dose of positivity and happiness. In the chat today, we talk about Crafty Lumberjacks — the brand, business...

Duration: 00:48:16


Peter Papas — How A Dream Became a Remarkable Clothing Company

3/14/2017
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Today’s guest is Peter Papas, founder of Blade + Blue, an American clothing brand founded in San Francisco, specializing in heritage-inspired men’s clothing. Peter has been a long-time leader in fashion design and merchandising, working with global brands ranging from outlet and mass merchandise, to high-end luxury. He’s used his knowledge and experiences, along with his dream, to create something different — to launch Blade + Blue in 2013. Peter shares his inspiration and reason for...

Duration: 00:57:51


Julian Mather — A Life of Discovery Leads to Helping Others

3/7/2017
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Julian Mather, an Australian native, has a transformative story that underscores his ever-evolving entrepreneurial spirit. For over 25 years he’s told stories as a cameraman for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and prior to that, he was a professional sniper in the Australian Army. Julian has also been a magician; founding Julian’s Magician School and creating an immense online community. When bridged together, this diverse background of experiences has helped Julian master his...

Duration: 00:53:29

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