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Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

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    Chef Irene Shiang Li | How to Turn Passion & Play Into Impact & Success

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 53:35

    When Chef Irene Li opened a food truck, mei mei, with her siblings, hoping to have fun together, build something cool, and reimagine Chinese comfort cuisine with a playful, modern twist, what happened next took everyone by surprise. Mei Mei exploded, becoming the talk of the town within months. They soon found themselves looking for space and opening a full-service restaurant that was perpetually abuzz. The restaurant was a big success. But, beyond the chance to do something cool with her brother and sister, and push the culinary envelope, there was something else going on.Growing up, Irene's grandparents immigrated to the US and slowly built up their own restaurants. While her brother had been in fine dining for years, she'd developed a deep passion not just for food, but also for the environment, viewing agriculture, the food and restaurant industry as a potential vehicle to change people's lives, to completely upend the way restaurants run, and weave in a powerful thru line of social justice, advocacy and impact. And, of course, fun and love. As mei mei took off, Irene and the restaurant landed features everywhere from Food & Wine and The New York Times to People, Bon Appetit and more. Irene gained acclaim for her creativity and innovation, being named a Zagat 30 Under 30 and Forbes 30 Under 30 winner, six-time James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef nominee, and James Beard Foundation Leadership Award winner. Her cookbook is Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes from Our Chinese-American Kitchen.Like many restaurants, though, the pandemic was a brutal experience, the restaurant space eventually closed its doors, but mei mei - the creative, joyful food innovator brand - transformed itself into a next-generation direct-to-consumer and wholesale food manufacturer, focusing on their signature dumplings, with a heartbeat that remains deeply rooted in industry reform and social justice. Irene's commitment to food, agriculture, cooking and community is a testament to the dedication she has for her work and her genuine commitment to being in relationship with others to impact the greater good. You can find Irene at: Website | Instagram | Dumplings | PrepshiftIf you LOVED this episode: you'll also love the conversations we had with Ellen Bennett, the founder of Hedley & Bennett chef's apron brand, about how she built a business in the food industry when everyone around her told her it'd never work.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDVisit Our Sponsor Page For a Complete List of Vanity URLs & Discount Codes.Zapier: Workflow automation for everyone. Zapier automates your work across 4000+ app integrations, so you can focus on what matters. Try Zapier for free today at zapier.com/GLP. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Paul Conti, MD | Understanding Trauma & How to Heal From It

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 63:57

    If you google the word “Trauma” you'll find the top search results arrive in some form of the question “What is trauma?” This then begs the next question: what are we really talking about when we're talking about trauma? In today's episode, Dr. Paul Conti and I unpack what trauma is, what it means to have experienced trauma, and what makes trauma so hard to resolve. What I found so fascinating in this conversation was the idea that there are 4 types of trauma we can experience and how, if we can create safe spaces to talk about our trauma and support one another, we can more readily recognize who we were before the trauma occurred and who we want to be after. A graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, Paul completed his psychiatry training at Stanford and Harvard. Now living in Portland, OR and founding his own clinic, he serves patients and clients throughout the United States and internationally, including the executive leadership of large corporations. He is the author of TRAUMA: The Invisible Epidemic: How Trauma Works and How We Can Heal From It. Thing is, Paul talks about trauma - not just as an academic pursuit but from a personal perspective and experience - having lost his brother to suicide when Paul was just 25 years old. As a result of his training and experience, Paul urges us to remember that we are all in this together and shared humanity is more important now than ever for our healing to begin - and around the 53-minute mark, Paul gives us two prescriptions to take action on - 1 as societal prescription and the other for us individually. Quick note before diving in. As noted above, trauma & suicide are discussed in this conversation, with the lens of care and compassion, still we understand these topics are sensitive and may be triggering to some, so please take care when choosing to listen and honor your own personal sensitivities and needs.You can find Paul at: WebsiteIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Bessel van der Kolk about his embodied approach to integrating trauma.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDVisit Our Sponsor Page For a Complete List of Vanity URLs & Discount Codes.Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFEPeloton: Right now is the perfect time to try out Peloton. The Peloton Bike+ is now $500 less, its best price yet! Including FREE delivery and setup. And there are more game-changing prices available on the original Peloton Bike and Peloton Tread. Visit onepeloton.com to learn more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Connie Lim aka MILCK | How to Break the Expectation Trap [Best Of]

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 68:38

    Have you ever asked yourself: “Who am I? What do I stand for?” Many of us do ask these questions and when we do, it can be a catalyst that sets us on an alternative path - even though we know it might disappoint those around us. Yet, all too often, even when our inner knowing is forcing us to pay attention, life can pull us in the direction of expectations versus desire. We hesitate to follow our curiosity for fear we might let down our family and loved ones. As a result, we stay on course towards what “we're supposed to do”. But it doesn't always have to be this way. Sometimes choosing the new path is just what we need to honor our voice, culture and family. This is why I'm excited to share this conversation with Connie Lim, whose artist name is MILCK for this Best Of Conversation. MILCK rose to widespread attention after a video of an a capella performance of her song "Quiet" on the street at the 2017 Women's March exploded into the public's consciousness going viral and becoming embraced as an anthem for the movement. That moment and the impact and reach of the song led to a major record deal and collaborations as a songwriter that launched the career she's been working to build for years. But that career almost never happened. MILCK grew up in an enclave of LA, the child of immigrants from China, and was drawn to music from her earliest days. She wrote her first song at 7 years old and studied classical piano and opera. Yet the pressure of intense perfectionism and the expectation she'd eventually leave music behind to follow the family tradition into medicine led her into years of profound emotional struggle. Eventually, she hit a point in college where she decided it was time to choose herself over the expectations of others, as well as the burden of perfectionism that had caused so many years of suffering and harm. MILCK left college and went all-in on music, performing as an independent artist for years, slowly building her name, before that fateful day in 2017 that changed everything. She's now deep into writing, producing and performing her own work, while also writing with and for other artists and focusing on not just sharing her own creative voice, but also gathering community and shining the light on truth and inequity along the way.You can find MILCK at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Justin Tranter about their journey through challenging times as a kid growing up and then stepping into the world of music - first as a musician, and then as a powerhouse songwriter and collaborator.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDVisit Our Sponsor Page For a Complete List of Vanity URLs & Discount Codes.Little Stories Everywhere See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Julian Gilliam (LOGIK) | How to Embrace Your Inner Outlier & Change Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 74:39

    What if, instead of trying to fit in and be accepted, you embraced and harnessed the power of your inner outlier? How could you leverage different experiences and environments to turn the parts of you that no one else can replicate from a potential source of exclusion into a superpower and differentiator? In today's episode with my guest, Julian Gilliam, who goes by the artist name, LOGIK, we explore these ideas in the context of LOGIK's upbringing, living in 9 different places and having to constantly adapt, to his work as both a change-maker and creative innovator in the world of advertising and media, a Creative Director for Google, as an artist and painter who creates stunning lifesize works, and has recently been making giant waves in the world of art, community, Web3, and NFTs.And all the while, he's done it by immersing himself in different experiences and cultures, including Japanese art and language, studying the dynamics and often unspoken social context, then rather than trying to fit in, bringing his full self, often as an outside and outlier, to the quest to create incredible moments of innovation, emotion, and awakening.I'm fascinated by LOGIK's complexity as a skilled artist, the powerful direction he's taking NFTs and the decisions he's currently making as he steps fully into this brand new digital creative world. Toward the end of our conversation, at around the hour mark, he brings us to a point of how art and digital collide in a way that changes the relationship between art and collectors. This was a particularly potent part of the conversation in that, LOGIK reveals his philosophy around building a solid foundation as an artist and also building the relationships and structure needed to support longevity for the projects you're undertaking. He truly brings a new lens to the creative life and how to bring together many people, voices, and communities to both drive change and support expression.You can find LOGIK at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Lisa Congdon about building a career in the arts as an outlier.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDVisit Our Sponsor Page For a Complete List of Vanity URLs & Discount Codes.The Sound BathIndeed See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Anne Helen Petersen | How To Make Your Work Fit Your Life

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 71:51

    We're all in a process of reimagining when it comes to work, looking at the changes we've made over the last few years, and trying to figure out what we'll keep, what we'll let go of, and how else we might want to change the way we work in order to feel the way we want to feel. And, what so many are realizing is that we've got more power to reimagine every aspect of work now than we've ever had before. Question is, what do we do with that power? And what do we do with this moment of openness to new ways of working and living?These questions are what we dive into with today's guest, Anne Helen Peterson. Anne is a journalist whose wise, often irreverent, funny, and provocative writing appeared in Buzzfeed, the New York Times and more, before leaving the mainstream to become the voice behind the wildly-popular newsletter, Culture Study. She's also the author of four books, most recently Out of the Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working From Home (co-written with Charlie Warzel) and Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.During our conversation, we talk about everything from where we live and work to the traditional role of the 9-5 work week and how, as we look at what's important to us, companies, businesses and the promise of what remote work can bring, there's an opportunity to change the way we think about work which ultimately then opens the door to shifting old-schoolwork schedules and models across many industries. One of my favorite moments of this conversation is at minute 35:03 when Anne makes a really compelling case for the 4-day work week, showing how she's witnessed its success even in, as she calls them, “fuddy-duddy industries.” We also talk about Ann's power move from mainstream media journalist and big city living to going out on her own as a writer, starting her own subscription newsletter, moving to a remote island, and loving it all. If you're ready to think about working differently, this episode will be a beacon for you. You can find Anne at: Instagram | SubstackIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Charlie Gilkey about focusing on what matters in work and life.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDVisit Our Sponsor Page For a Complete List of Vanity URLs & Discount Codes.Not Lost podcastFramebridge See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Johann Hari | Why You Can't Pay Attention (and how to get it back)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 67:39

    I've come to believe that the quality and richness of our lives is, in no small part, determined by the depth and quality of our attention. If it's massively distracted, perpetually spinning out, and focused on negativity, that will also largely be the state of our lives, regardless of the actual objective circumstance of our lives. And, that is where we go in a powerful way with my guest today, Johann Hari. Johann is a writer and journalist, whose work appears in everywhere from the New York Times, Le Monde, to The Guardian and many other newspapers and media outlets. His TED talks and NowThis viral video have been viewed almost 100 million times, and his work has been praised by a broad range of people, from Oprah Winfrey to Noam Chomsky. He was the Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated film “The United States vs Billie Holiday” and of a forthcoming eight-part TV series starring Samuel L Jackson. And following an incident with his Godson a few years back, he decided to turn his attention to the topic of attention, what attention actually is, how it affects us our mental and physical health, relationships, careers, and lives, what our ability to either harness or lose control of it is doing to us, and how our world, technology and global enterprise have built models designed to hijack our attention not in the name of the betterment of our lives or of humanity, but rather for their own good. Johann goes deep into his research and ideas in the groundbreaking book, Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention - and How to Think Deeply Again, and we explore what he calls an attentional pathogenic culture, how it's making life both harder and sadder, and, importantly, what we can do about it to reclaim our attention and, in doing so, our lives.You can find Johann at: Instagram | WebsiteIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley about the way our brain works.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDVisit Our Sponsor Page For a Complete List of Vanity URLs & Discount Codes.AquaTruRitualThrive Market See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Introducing Not Lost, A Podcast About Finding Yourself

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 4:47

    Here's a special preview of Not Lost, a new podcast about finding yourself in places you've never been from our friends at Pushkin Industries. Host Brendan Francis Newnam takes us around the world, learning about new places by getting invited to a stranger's house for dinner. From Montréal to Mexico City, Brendan and his guests drink, dance, and eat, learning as much about themselves as the places they visit. Not Lost is both a delightful travel escape and an insightful look at people — locals and visitors alike — trying to make sense of a constantly changing world. You can hear more from Not Lost at https://podcasts.pushkin.fm/notlost?sid=glp. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Zoe Chance | How to Be More Influential (ethically)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 71:32

    What do you think of when you hear the word influence? Or the phrase, “be an influencer?” Maybe you think about the ability to affect another person, to have influence over them. Or, to persuade them to adopt an idea, point of view or opinion. Or, maybe take an action or commit to something, or buy something. Whether we're comfortable with the notion of influence or persuasion or not, we're all immersed in overlapping processes of subtle and not-so-subtle influence all day, every day. And to better understand how to both cultivate our own skills and tools, and also become more aware of the scripts that are running all around us, I'm so excited to be able to sit down with my friend, Dr. Zoe Chance. Zoe is a writer, teacher, researcher, and climate philanthropist obsessed with the topic of interpersonal influence. She earned her doctorate in behavioral science from Harvard and now teaches “Mastering Influence and Persuasion,” the most popular course at Yale School of Management. And, her framework for behavior change is the foundation for Google's global food policy that helps over 100,000 people make healthier choices every day. Before focusing on academic pursuits, she also managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand for Mattel.Zoe teaches smart, kind people to raise money for charity, get elected to political office, fund startups, start movements, save lives, find love, negotiate great deals and job offers, and even get along better with their kids. In other words, she helps people to use their superpower of influence as a force for good. And, by the way, if you love today's conversation, you'll also love her book, Influence is Your Superpower.You can find Zoe at: Website | Twitter If you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Charles Duhigg about building habits.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDSleep Number: Why choose proven quality sleep from Sleep Number? Because every great day starts the night before. And now, save up to $800 on select Sleep Number 360® smart beds for a limited time. Only at Sleep Number® stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE. IMPACT: IMPACT makes it easy to find and invest in companies that share your values, helping to better align your portfolio with the kind of world you want to create. Trade your way to the world you want with IMPACT by Interactive Brokers. Download the app today and use code GLP to get $30 of stock credit. Disclaimers and Disclosures: Note: The podcast ad for the IMPACT app is unscripted and being recorded live. It may contain some slight differences. Please visit https://impact.interactivebrokers.com/ for full details of products and services. Interactive Brokers, LLC member FINRA/SIPC. Please see additional disclosures [link to show site with disclosures] about IMPACT. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Wellness, Women & Wisdom | 4 Leading Voices

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 112:21

    Is energy medicine real? What about Ayurveda? What about Western/modern medicine, what's right and not so right about it? Does the gender of a patient make a difference in how they're treated, or in their health outcomes? What about the role of plants, herbs, and intuition? These are all questions that have come up in conversations over the years as I've had the incredible opportunity to sit down with women who are leading voices and often voices of change in various approaches to medicine and wellbeing. And, in today's episode, we've curated key elements from four of those conversations to share and potentially pull back the curtain on so many myths, misunderstandings and confusion and plant some seeds to explore a different lens and maybe even some different modalities when it comes to exploring your own physical, mental, and energetic wellbeing. If you LOVED this episode:You can find Jill at: Website | InstagramYou can find Avanti at: Website | InstagramYou can find Aviva at: Website | InstagramYou can find Latham at: Website | InstagramCheck out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDAquaTru: Countertop reverse osmosis water purifier that's certified to create bottled-quality water. Receive $100 off an AquaTru plus free shipping when you go to AquaTru.com & enter code GOODLIFE at checkout.Storyworth: Learn stories you never knew about your family. Storyworth collects family stories, preserving them for generations to come. Give all the “moms” in your life a meaningful gift you'll both cherish for years – StoryWorth! Right now, for a limited time, you'll save $10 on your first purchase when you go to StoryWorth.com/GLP See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Blair Imani | How to Open Hearts & Change Minds

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 65:42

    My guest today, Blair Imani, grew up in a house where sitting quiet in the face of any level of injustice was just not an option. Whether it was advocating for the needs of a sibling or standing up to right a wrong in her community, her parents set a powerful example and invited Blair to always rise to the challenge. And that's exactly what she's done. But, along the way, Blair also discovered, there are different ways to make a difference, and we each need to figure out how to take up the mantle of change, while also honoring our unique circumstances and needs, and that includes acknowledging our own, very personal psychological and physical wellbeing. Building on this, Blair transitioned from organizing and activism to focusing on education, but in a way only she could do - harnessing the power, reach, interactivity and visual impact of social media by creating short, punchy, informative and entertaining bursts of wisdom and inspiration she calls her Smarter in Seconds series, which, at this point, has become a global movement.Now a writer, mental health advocate, award-winning educator, and historian living at the intersections of Black, Queer, and Muslim identity, Blair is the bestselling author of Read This to Get Smarter, Making Our Way Home, and Modern HERstory. Her scholarship spans intersectionality, gender studies, race and racism, sociology, and United States history. She has presented at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, serves on the Board of Directors for the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and been featured in The New York Times and tons of other outlets.You can find Blair at: Instagram | WebsiteIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Austin Channing Brown, about how we create the world around us and how we bring ourselves to it from a place of equity, dignity, and justice.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDAura Frames: The world's smartest digital picture frame. Aura is an easy and beautiful solution to instantly frame photos from your phone. From now until Mother's Day, listeners can save on the perfect gift and visit auraframes.com. Use code GOODLIFE to get up to $40 off while supplies last. Terms and conditions apply.Air Doctor: Capture contaminants and chemicals with a medical-grade UltraHEPA air purifier that's 100X more effective than ordinary purifiers. Go to airdoctorpro.com and use the promo code GOODLIFE and you'll receive a 35% discount on their classic AirDoctor 3000 purifier. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How Breathing Can Change Your Life | James Nestor [Best Of]

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 64:41

    We all breathe. It just happens. But, what if the way you breathe made a massive difference in everything from your risk for debilitating illness to your depth and quality of sleep, energy, creativity, and performance? Turns out, it does. Breathing is maybe the single most effective and accessible switch we can throw to radically transform and take control of the way we feel and live. And, by the way, when we leave it chance - as most of us do - our breathing often defaults into a mode that sends us spiraling into poor physical and mental health, and underperformance in all parts of life. Which is why I was so excited to sit down with James Nestor for this Best Of conversation.James is a science writer who has written for Outside, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Dwell, The New York Times, and more. His award-winning book Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves was a revelation and, in no small part, kicked off this science writer's fascination with the breath. That led to a years-long, immersive quest to understand this often-ignored key to both human potential and all forms of peril. And it led to his blockbuster book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, which is a myth-busting and paradigm-shifting look at how we breathe, what it does to us and how to harness breathing to transform our health and lives.You can find James at: Instagram | WebsiteIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Wim Hoff about breathing and how it affects your physiology and psychology.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDKa'ChavaOutschool See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Sara C. Mednick, PhD | How to Activate Your “Ease” Button

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 63:11

    When was the last time you felt truly at peace? Relaxed, physically and emotionally at ease? How can you downregulate your mind and body and reclaim control over everything from your current state of mind to your sleep, risk of illness and even how fast or slow you age? What if you had so much more control over these than you imagined, no matter what seemingly breathless circumstance swirls around you? Turns out, we do, and it's all about understanding our nervous system and how to actively bring ourselves into what my guest today, Professor Sara Mednick, calls the downstate. Sara is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine and author of the powerful new book, The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body's Own Restorative Systems. She is passionate about understanding how the brain works through her research into sleep and the autonomic nervous system. In fact, her seven-bedroom sleep lab works literally around the clock to discover methods for boosting cognition by napping, stimulating the brain with electricity, sound and light, and pharmacology. Her research findings have been published in such leading scientific journals as Nature Neuroscience and The Proceedings from the National Academy of Science, and covered by major media outlets, in no small part because of their importance and practical application in helping us feel better, and live healthier, more vibrant lives.You can find Sara at: Website | TwitterIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor about understanding your brain to live a better life.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKEDPeloton: Peloton uses technology and design to connect the world through fitness, empowering people to be the best version of themselves anywhere, anytime. Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.Indeed: Connect with your talent audience so you can make more quality hires faster. Post your job, interview candidates, and make offers all on Indeed. Get started right now with a FREE $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/GOODLIFE. Offer valid through April 30th. Terms and conditions apply. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Shaka Senghor | How Not to Be Defined by Your Worst Moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 64:32

    I'm fascinated by the idea of snap decisions, how some can lead to amazing outcomes, and others can destroy lives. What you so often find is that nothing actually happens in a moment, there is no real snap, but rather a series of experiences leading up to it, often years in the making, were as much authors of the moment as the instance itself. And, sometimes, when those moments lead to something you'll regret for a lifetime, you get to the next question - what is recoverable - redeemable - how do you make that happen, and who gets to write the story of your reclamation? This is the powerful thru line of my conversation with Shaka Senghor, New York Times bestselling author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison. A leading voice on criminal justice reform, tech investor, head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion at TripActions, former MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow, and member of Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul 100, he took another young man's life at the age of 19, served the next two decades in prison, 7 in solitary, and through a series of awakenings, began to unwind the pieces of his life and begin the process of understanding, reassembling and eventually redemption. In the decade since his release from prison, he has started and worked with nonprofits seeking to lift people up, visited the White House, been interviewed by Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey, and given award-winning TED Talks, all with the goal of building a more inspired, just, fulfilling future. His latest book, Letters to the Sons of Society: A Father's Invitation to Love, Honesty, and Freedom invites men everywhere on a journey of honesty and healing through this book of moving letters to his sons.You can find Shaka at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Ani DiFranco about our current system of justice and how it relates to expression, personal narratives, and human dignity.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKEDNutrafol, code GLPKiwiCo, code GOODLIFEMonday.comIMPACT See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Joan Osborne | A Life of Music, Travel & Activism

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 57:04

    I still remember the first time I heard Joan Osborne's iconic song, One of Us. I was 29, a couple of years into my career as a federal enforcement attorney with the SEC, and not loving my time in the industry. Asking big questions, when I turn on the radio and hear Joan's soulful blues voice, asking “what if God was one of us?” It stopped me in my tracks. That was 1995, and that song still has the same effect on me. It also changed the trajectory of Osborne's career and life in ways that still affect her.Joan was a fixture in the downtown New York music scene in the 90s. But when her debut album, RELISH, came out and One of Us took off, it exploded her into music super-stardom, led to 7 Grammy nominations, and fueled what has become a decades-long career populated by world tours, many more albums, a deepening commitment to weaving together music, advocacy, and activism, and collaborations with everyone from the Funk Brothers to Stevie Wonder, The Grateful Dead, Pavoratti, Bob Dylan and so many more. And, what's even more amazing, Joan never expected to have a career in music. In fact, it all started as a dare from a friend at an open mic night in an East Village club while studying to be a filmmaker at NYU, a story she shared in our conversation.When the pandemic made it impossible to tour, she took these last few years to do a little organizing around the house and, in the process, discovered a treasure trove of old recordings and demos, many from her years of live performances at radio stations, and curated them into her latest release, Radio Waves. And, to her great joy, she's now back on the road, so be sure to check our her live performance dates and catch her on tour once again.You can find Joan at: Listen to Radio Waves Now | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Liz Phair about her life in music.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKEDFramebridge See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Dr. Jud Brewer | How to Unwind Anxiety

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 61:07

    Anxiety, even saying the word makes me a bit anxious. But, what if there was a way to unwind it and come back to calm that was counterintuitively simple. And, what if a lot of the popular thoughts around anxiety and how to deal with it today were wrong? That's what we're talking about today with my guest, Dr. Jud Brewer. He's a New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, addiction psychiatrist, and thought leader in the field of habit change. Jud is also the director of research and innovation at Brown University's Mindfulness Center, where he serves as an associate professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health. He is the executive medical director of behavioral health at Sharecare Inc. and a research affiliate at MIT. And, he's developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and, yes, anxiety. He is the author of Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind and The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love, Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits. You can find Dr. Jud at: Website | Instagram | Unwinding Anxiety App (sign up with code UNWIND40 for 40% off, before downloading the app)If you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Ellen Hendriksen, PhD about social anxiety and how to handle it.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKEDSleep Number See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Susan Cain | The Power of Bittersweetness

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 53:18

    Ever wonder why a certain sad song or even a few bars of just the right melancholy music will stop you in your tracks and maybe even move you to tears? Turns out, you're not alone. My guest today, Susan Cain, has spent years researching why certain experiences - ones that connect us to sadness, longing, or sorrow - move us so deeply, and actually add profoundly to our lives. Susan's first book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, has been translated into 40 languages, spent seven years on the New York Times bestseller list, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Susan one of the Most Creative People in Business. Susan and I have been friends since before she launched her quiet revolution, I've always appreciated her deep wisdom, generosity, kindness, and a level of introspection, curiosity, and contemplative thought that's so rare these days. And, lucky for all of us, she's been focusing those observational and intellectual superpowers on a topic that is so universal, and yet also so misunderstood - longing. Susan's new masterpiece, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, is a powerful look at why that feeling of yearning, of bittersweetness and longing, is, in fact, not just common to every sentient being, but also necessary and a critical element of a life well-lived, and source-fuel for some of the greatest works of art, science, and creation in history. And, that is exactly what we're diving into today.You can find Susan at: Website | Instagram | Susan's TED Talk | Bittersweet Spotify PlaylistIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Elizabeth Gilbert about longing and loss.Check out our offerings & partners: My New Book SparkedMy New Podcast SPARKEDHow God Works PodcastGoodRx See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Good Food, Good Life | Legendary Chefs Take the Mic

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 83:08

    Ever hear the phrase, “food is life?” Well, it rings true in so many ways. It's not just about nutrition, it's about love, it's about your relationship with each other, with family, friends, the environment and beyond. It's above service, joy, connection, sacrifice, salvation, and elevation. And, here at Good Life Project, over the years, we've had the stunning opportunity to sit down with some legendary foodies, farmers, culinary makers and thinkers and doers and chefs. People like the chef, author of New York Times bestselling book and Netflix show, Salt, Fat Acid, Heat - Samin Nosrat. People like Top Chef star, restaurateur and educator, Carla Hall who was launched into the world of not just food and restaurants, but media, and books, with her cookbook, Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration, and TV, with many appearances all over and a run co-hosting The Chew, and beyond. Or, Giada De Laurentiis, who walked away from a life with her iconic film family to study at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, then become an Emmy award-winning chef, author, and culinary celeb, whose latest book, Eat Better Feel Better, deftly navigates the sweet spot between delicious recipes and a more healthful approach to cooking and eating.We thought we'd share some of the most resonant moments from those conversations in this mouthwatering and soulful conversational montage. If you LOVED this episode:You can find Samin at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramYou can find Carla at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramYou can find Giada at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramCheck out our offerings & partners: My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDAquaTruAir DoctorCertified Sparketype ® Advisor Training See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Introducing SPARKED: Our New Podcast About Work & Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 31:36

    Every week on the SPARKED podcast, we invite a listener to share what's going on in their work & life, then pose a specific question to Jonathan Fields and a rotating lineup of wise and kind mentors - the SPARKED Braintrust. In today's episode we're in conversation with:SPARKED BRAINTRUST ADVISOR: Charlie Gilkey | WebsiteCharlie is a strategic advisor and executive coach, founder of the Productive Flourishing consultancy, and author of the multi-award-winning book, Start Finishing.LISTENER: Amy - Sparketype: Advisor/SageQUESTION: How can I focus to make choices in the space of paradox of choice? But, as we'll also learn, there's a whole lot more going on underneath that question, especially for Amy who is in the midst of a career reinvention, as are so many now.YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields. Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He's also the creator of an unusual tool that's helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you're kind of fumbling in the dark. How to submit your question for the SPARKED Braintrust: Wisdom-seeker submissionsMore on Sparketypes at: Discover You Sparketype | The Book | The Workshop | The WebsitePresented by LinkedIn. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Mr. Chazz Lewis | How to Be a Teacher, Parent or Leader Who Changes Lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 67:24

    Chazz Lewis's mission in life is to enjoy the process of becoming the best version of himself and help others do the same. He goes by “Mr.Chazz” to his massive online following, and to his many students and fellow teachers, leaders, and human beings. Having stepped into the classroom in the early days, largely because he needed a job, he discovered a passion for inspiring and understanding and igniting curiosity and possibility in kids. And, he realized, he'd have to buck a lot of systems and do a metric ton of his own learning and reimagining to make it happen.Along the way, he completed a master's degree in executive leadership at American University and spent years using his own classrooms as living laboratories, developing a more conscious, informed, joyful and dignity-driven and inspired approach to learning, leading, and elevating others. His philosophy began to find relevance far beyond the classroom and has found a home everywhere from parenting to education, personal development, and organizational leadership. And he shares his ideas in a fun, playful, and accessible way, training thousands of teachers, and with his giant following on Tiktok and Instagram. He is in the process of writing a book, and he goes deeper on his podcast, “Mr. Chazz's Leadership, Parenting and Teaching Podcast”.You can find Mr. Chazz at: TicTok | Instagram | PodcastIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Renee Jain about inspiring kids to be authentic and grow.My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDCheck out our offerings & partners: ScribdHow God Works PodcastCertified Sparketype ® Advisor Training: Immerse yourself in this powerful new training and professional credential, where you will discover how to tap the Sparketype tools and programming to help clients, individuals and groups come alive with purpose, excitement, energy, motivation, engagement, and meaning. Next session starts in April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Hrishikesh Hirway | Life Beyond Song Exploder

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 63:29

    Hrishikesh Hirway has been making music for as long as he can remember and, as an adult, spent years building a career in the industry, writing, performing, producing, and touring. But, it was a moment where he took a bit of a pause to re-evaluate that led him to record an interview with a friend about the story and creative decisions behind a song that would change everything. That conversation eventually became the opening episode of the podcast, Song Exploder, which itself then exploded into a global phenomenon that I've been obsessed with since hearing that first episode. Now, it's grown into not just an award-winning podcast, but also a Netflix original television series where musicians break down the creative process behind their songs, featuring many of the biggest names in music like Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dua Lipa, The Killers, so many others. And, building on the success of Song Exploder, Hrishikesh has now grown a network of shows, producing and co-hosting the award-winning podcasts Home Cooking, with chef and author Samin Nosrat, and The West Wing Weekly, with actor Joshua Malina. He's also the host and producer of the Partners podcast.All the while, he's continued to write and perform his own music, releasing four albums under the moniker The One AM Radio, and an EP with Moors, his project with Lakeith Stanfield. As a composer, he has written music for film, television, and podcasts, including the score for the Netflix series "Everything Sucks!" and the theme to ESPN's "30 for 30" podcast. Recently, he released two singles, “Between There and Here," which features Yo-Yo Ma, and “Home,” featuring Jay Som. These, in fact, are the first songs he's released in 10 years, and the first under his own name. His new EP, Rooms I Used to Call My Own is out March 30.You can find Hrishikesh at: Website | Instagram | PodcastsIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Kaki King. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Tom Bilyeu | How to Create Massive Impact

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 75:10

    How'd a kid who loved movies and thought he'd be a filmmaker leave film school, and end up building a $1-billion healthy nutrition business, then exit and focus his energy back on the quest to build the next Disney, but with a focus not just on entertainment, but on impact? That's the story behind today's guest, Tom Bilyeu, the co-founder, along with his wife, Lisa, of Quest Nutrition, and the now rapid growth Impact Theory production studio, which is dedicated to creating media and experiences that change people's lives. Tom was named one of Success Magazine's Top 25 Influential People, and in today's conversation, we dive into the early influences that shaped him and his lens on creativity and possibility. We talk about how he struggled to even get out of bed for an entire season of life, and then returned to a deeper drive, underneath the yearning to make movies, and how that has been a consistent thru-line and driving motivation to build a billion-dollar nutrition company, then sell it in order to return to his original desire to make media that made meaning, but on a whole different level. You can find tom at: Website | Instagram | Impact Theory on YouTubeIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Rich Roll.My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDCheck out our offerings & partners: PelotonCertified Sparketype ® Advisor Training: Immerse yourself in this powerful new training and professional credential, where you will discover how to tap the Sparketype tools and programming to help clients, individuals and groups come alive with purpose, excitement, energy, motivation, engagement, and meaning. Next session starts in April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Jenny Blake | How to Create More Free Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 82:41

    What would you give to have more free time, less stress & more ability to do the things you love, while knowing everything else is handled? That is the promise of a powerful new body of work from today's guest, Jenny Blake. Jenny is an author, host of two podcasts, Free Time for Heart-Based Business Owners, and Pivot with Jenny Blake, and keynote speaker who loves helping people move from friction to flow through smarter systems. Her new book, Free Time: Lose The Busywork, Love Your Business, is, quite literally, life-changing. I actually featured Jenny in my last book, SPARKED, because she's what I call an Essentialist, meaning she lives and breathes to create order from chaos, in the name of clarity and ease. Her mind works in ways that mine doesn't. Jenny is world-class at creating systems that give you back your life. And, the stunning volume of ideas, tools, processes, and resources she's developed and curated in Free Time, along with the dashboard she's launched alongside it, made me realize how much harder I've been making things in all parts of work and life, and how much more automation and ease I could access, and, as a result, how much more time I could create to do the things that truly light me up. So, I was excited to invite Jenny to dive deeper into her ideas, methodology and specific tools and resources to create more free time and joy in work, life and beyond. You can find Jenny at: Website | Free Time Podcast | Buy One, Get One, Give One Preorder Bonus.If you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Brené Brown.My New Book Sparked | My New Podcast SPARKEDCheck out our offerings & partners: Squarespace: Code: GLP to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.OUAI: Code GOODLIFE to get 15% off Certified Sparketype ® Advisor Training: Immerse yourself in this powerful new training and professional credential, where you will discover how to tap the Sparketype tools and programming to help clients, individuals and groups come alive with purpose, excitement, energy, motivation, engagement, and meaning. Next session starts in April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Arian Moayed | The Fear Never Leaves, You Just Keep Going [Best of]

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 79:33

    Maybe you've seen this week's guest, Arian Moayed, playing the role of Stewy on HBO's Succession. Or in the breakaway hit, Inventing Anna, as Anna Sorokin's lawyer, Todd Spodek. Or, Agent Cleary in last year's megahit, Spider-Man: No Way Home. And, you'd think, “wow, he's everywhere, how lucky is he!” And, you'd be half-right. Arian is everywhere these days. But, luck? Not a chance. There is something much bigger at play. With a stunning work ethic, fueled by genuine passion. Arian's family fled Iran under threat of violence when he was a child, taking a years-long journey that split the family between different countries, and eventually landed them just outside Chicago, where they set about building a new life in a radically different world. Acting became a fast passion, a way to express his feelings, his passion, and experiences and, in short order upon becoming an adult, his career. So, while honing his craft and acclaim as an actor, he also began devoting more and more energy to writing, producing, and teaching. Co-founding the theater/film production and arts education venture, Waterwell, his heart is most boldly on display in guiding the growth of teachers and 6-12th graders in New York City's free theater training program, and exploring not just performance, but citizenship, service, equality, advocacy, justice, and what it means to be human. We all need more of that these days. We're so excited to share this Best Of conversation with you today.You can find Arian at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with James Victore about meeting rejection and adversity and taking on a “just watch me” stance.Check out our offerings & partners: PelotonGoodRxMy book Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come AliveCertified Sparketype ® Advisor Training: Immerse yourself in this powerful new training and professional credential, where you will discover how to tap the Sparketype tools and programming to help clients, individuals and groups come alive with purpose, excitement, energy, motivation, engagement, and meaning. Next session starts in April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Jordan Harbinger | How to Come Back From Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 75:24

    What if you found yourself in the middle years of life, taking on responsibility, building a family, a reputation, a company, a living…and then, in the blink of an eye, had to start over? Not by choice, but by circumstance. That was the experience of this week's guest, Jordan Harbinger. One of the pioneering voices in podcasting, he'd been in the space for nearly 15 years, building a big audience and a business around it. But, a series of events he never saw coming landed him on the outside-looking-in, wondering, “what's next?” He could've left the world of media, podcasting, and conversation behind, and done any number of things. He's a former lawyer with a mind for systems and tech. But, he loved the community of podcasting. It's all he wanted to do. So, instead, Jordan committed to rebuilding his own show, his own career, his own company and team, entirely on his terms and under his control, from the ground up. Fast forward 5 years, Jordan has not only made a comeback, but he has also built one of the most popular and successful properties in the explosive growth world of podcasting - The Jordan Harbinger Show - many times larger than he'd dreamed of or, honestly, even imagined was possible. Jordan and I have known each other for years, we've shared ideas, visions, hopes, dreams, and experiences as we've both navigated the world of audio, inspiration, and life. But, I wanted to really understand what this recent season of life has been like for him, what he's learned, how he accomplished such a breathtaking comeback, what he's said no to along the way and why, how passion and relationships have played into this phoenix-like experience, and how he's changed as a person along the way. You can find Jordan at: Website | The Jordan Harbinger ShowIf you LOVED this episode you'll also love the conversations we had with Debbie Millman about designing your life as a perpetually evolving experience.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: KiwiCo: kiwico.comLumineux Oral Essentials: Find Lumineux on Amazon.com and get seven dollars off today.Certified Sparketype ® Advisor Training: Immerse yourself in this powerful new training and professional credential, where you will discover how to tap the Sparketype tools and programming to help clients, individuals and groups come alive with purpose, excitement, energy, motivation, engagement, and meaning. Next session starts in April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Amy Bloom | A “Good” Death (and why we need to talk about it)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 60:19

    What does it actually mean to have a “good” death? If you're like most people, the very question - simply by the nature of it - scares you. In fact, you may be about to tune out of this episode at this very moment. I urge you to stay with me. Because there are things we all need to think about, to feel, to know. Because, in no small way, the idea of a “good” death is an essential part of the conversation we've been having for the last decade about living a good life. But if we never talk about, feel into it, and have open, honest, sometimes hard, but deeply meaningful conversations around it, then we leave our final act largely to fate or the will of others. To the extent that, when the time comes, we have some level of agency, at a moment where - and this is a critical distinction - we're of sound mind, fully-supported and well-informed, it's important to know - what are the things to consider, what are the unknowns, and how much of any of it is really in our hands? These are the questions and the circumstances that my guest, acclaimed author, screenwriter, and teacher, Amy Bloom, were presented with when her beloved husband was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in his 60s, and quickly made a decision that, in his words, “the long goodbye” was not for him. The time that followed was marked by no small amount of suffering, not just because of the looming loss of a beloved, but because of the landscape that confronted them when seeking to “do it their way” compounded that suffering. The experience is laid bare, in an achingly beautiful and also stunningly eye-opening way, in Amy's new book, In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss. This is not an easy conversation, but it is an incredibly important one. And I'm grateful for Amy's openness, vulnerability, and wisdom in both sharing her story and guiding this conversation.You can find Amy at: WebsiteIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Robert Thurman about how we experience our time in the most present and engaged way.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Sleep Number: Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep, which starts with Sleep Number adjustability. And now, save up to $600 on select Sleep Number 360® smart beds. Plus, special financing for a limited time. Only at Sleep Number® stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE. A Slight Change of Plans: Named by Apple as the Best Show of the Year 2021, host Dr. Maya Shankar blends compassionate storytelling with the science of human behavior to help us understand who we are, and who we become, in the face of a big change. Listen to A Slight Change of Plans with Dr. Maya Shankar wherever you get your podcasts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Sue Monk Kidd | How to “Change Lanes” & Reclaim Your Narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 60:08

    How does a surgical and pediatric nurse become one of the most widely acclaimed writers of our time? This was the jumping-in point for my conversation with Sue Monk Kidd. From her earliest memories, Sue wanted to write, but growing up in a small town in Georgia, she was channeled into a much narrower set of career offerings that were offered up as the “only appropriate kinds of work for a woman.” That never sat well with Sue, but not quite having found her own voice yet, she ended up following the thread into nursing school, then into a season of life where she built a career in medicine while raising a family. But, when she turned 30, that stifled yearning to make writing her devotion was reawakened. She literally announced she was going to be a writer out loud to her husband and kids at the kitchen table, who didn't quite realize the seriousness of what had just happened. Profoundly influenced by contemplative writers, like Merton, Sue began to pen essays, meditations and stories and see them published, which led to books about her own take on life, feminism, and a more expansive and inclusive spirituality. Then, more than a decade into her writing life, she did what writers are so often cautioned away from. Sue changed lanes from nonfiction to fiction, writing short stories, and eventually, going all-in on a novel that would become the mammoth, international blockbuster, A Secret Life of Bees, the writing of which was its own 5-year odyssey. As we sat down, we explored this incredible journey, and how she navigated major shifts in both career and life. We also dive into her most recent novel, The Book of Longings, a fictional imagining of the early life of Jesus, told through the eyes of an equally strong and vibrant wife, whose presence would never “make” the pages of history. You can imagine, this book stirred a lot of conversation and served as a provocation to explore not only this story, but also the frame that is brought to the way stories of women have, and have not been told throughout history, and who holds the power of the pen.You can find Sue at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Elizabeth Lesser about the writing life and the role of women in historical narratives.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: AquaTru: Receive $100 off an AquaTru plus free shipping when you go to AquaTru.com & enter code GOODLIFE at checkout.Indeed: Get a FREE $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/GOODLIFE. Offer valid through 3/31.Air Doctor: Go to airdoctorpro.com and use the promo code GOODLIFE and you'll receive a 35% discount on their classic AirDoctor 3000 purifier. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Rosie Acosta | How to Feel Radically Loved (even by you)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 64:15

    How do you create a radical change in direction in your life? My guest today, Rosie Acosta, found herself asking that question in her mid-teens, after being arrested, and the answer came in a way she never saw coming. Born and raised in East LA at a time when gang violence was the norm, Rosie pushed up against authority from a young age. But, after being arrested, a simple sentence led her to commit to a radical reimagining of her own life. She didn't know what form or shape it would take, until one day, ditching school, she found herself in the Self Realization Fellowship in LA, listening to the words of a woman who would change her life, and lead her down a path of spirituality she never saw coming. Especially since she'd rejected religion, or anything smacking of faith, in the years before.Now, a sought-after advisor, coach, yoga and meditation teacher, she travels the world leading workshops, retreats, and trainings, boasts a private clientele that includes Olympic athletes, NFL champions, NBA All-Stars and veterans of war, and hosts the Radically Loved podcast. A first-gen Mexican-American, Rosie's mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love, and she shares her philosophy on radical love in her new book, You Are Radically Loved: A Healing Journey to Self-Love.You can find Rosie at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Justin Tranter about defying convention and expectation and carving your own path in the world.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Novo: Novo is a powerfully simple business banking platform with no hidden fees built for small business owners. Simplify your business finances with Novo. Sign up for your FREE business checking account right now at Novo.co/GOODLIFE. Plus, Good Life Project listeners get access to over $5,000 in perks and discounts.KiwiCo: KiwiCo delivers science and art projects for kids of all ages. Redefine learning with play— explore hands-on projects that build creative confidence and problem-solving skills with KiwiCo! Get 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code GOODLIFE at kiwico.com. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bessel van der Kolk | The Body Keeps the Score

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 60:58

    These last few years have dealt a lot of blows to our state of mind, body, and health. On some level, it's been hard to escape trauma. Even if you can't point to a big capital-T thing that happened, we live in a perpetual sea of micro-moments that unsettle, upset and shake us in a way that leaves a mark. Whether we know it's there or not, whether we realize or acknowledge it, it's affecting us. You, me, pretty much everyone on some level. Question is, what do we do about that? This is the very question I explore with my guest this week, Bessel van der Kolk, legendary trauma researcher, psychiatrist, and author of a book that has been locked into the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list for years now, The Body Keeps the Score. In 1984, Bessel established one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, while also training researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress. He was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes the brain. Bessel's efforts led to the establishment of the Trauma Research Foundation, developing new treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide, a research lab that studied the effects of neurofeedback and MDMA on behavior, mood, and executive functioning, and numerous trainings nationwide to a variety of mental health professional, educators, parent groups, policymakers, and law enforcement personnel.You can find Bessel at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Ellen Hendrickson about social anxiety.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Zocdoc: Find In-Network Doctors. Choose from the largest directory of in-person & video visit providers in the nation. Search for Doctors based on availability, location, insurance, reviews & more. Go to Zocdoc.com/GOODLIFE and download the Zocdoc app for FREE. Then start your search for a top-rated doctor today. Many are available within 24 hours. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Debbie Millman | How to Design a Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 54:03

    How do you design a life of wonder and love, contribution and meaning, joy and expression? At the end of the day, that's what we all really want. To know we've used our time on this big, blue marble in a way that was worthy, that was wise, that was alive. Which is why I was so excited to sit down with an old friend, Debbie Millman, who just happens to be a legendary thinker and doer in the world of design, branding, innovation and life. Named “one of the most creative people in business” by Fast Company, she's an author, educator, curator and host of the iconic Design Matters podcast, where she's interviewed hundreds of the most creative people in the world over the past 17 years. Debbie is also the author of seven books, and her new book, Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World's Most Creative People, is a stunning compilation of her own take on everything from design to branding, business, entrepreneurship and life, mixed in with moments from guests that have, in no small part, collectively designed the world we live in.Debbie co-founded the world's first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, was the President one of the world's leading branding consultancies, Sterling Brands, where she worked on the brand identity for everyone from Burger King, Hershey's, Haagen Dazs, Tropicana, Star Wars, Gillette, to the No More movement.Her writing and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Print Magazine, and Fast Company. Her artwork is found in private collections, universities and museums around the world. Debbie has a deeply insightful and experienced lens on how we live our lives, how we show up in work and life, and tell the stories that bring it all alive.You can find Debbie at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Milton Glaser about building a life of meaning and impact.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Peloton: Peloton uses technology and design to connect the world through fitness, empowering people to be the best version of themselves anywhere, anytime. Visit onepeloton.com to learn more.Sleep Number: Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep, which starts with Sleep Number adjustability. It's time for Sleep Number's Ultimate Sleep Number Event! Save 50% on the Sleep Number 360® Limited Edition smart bed. Plus special financing, for a limited time. Only at Sleep Number® stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Mia Birdsong | Reimagining Family & Friendship [Best Of]

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 60:09

    What do you think of when you hear the word “family?” For some, it's feelings of love, belonging, support. For others, its estrangement, friction, and angst. Especially over these last few years. Which is why the notion of chosen family has become an increasing part of the conversation about who we surround ourselves with, how they make us feel, and how, together, we can expand the idea of family to create a bigger impact ripple in society. This is one of the topics we dive into in today's powerful Best Of conversation with Mia Birdsong. As the founding Co-Director of Family Story, Mia lifted up a new national story about what makes a good family, and as Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative, she leveraged the power of data and stories to illuminate and accelerate the initiative low-income families take to improve their lives. Mia is a Senior Fellow of the Economic Security Project, was an inaugural Ascend Fellow and faculty member with The Aspen Institute, a New American California Fellow, and Advocate-in-Residence with the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. In her book How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, she examines community life, reimagines family and chosen family, and points us toward the promise of our collective vitality. You can find Mia Birdsong at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the earlier conversation we had with Kat Vellos about her sense of identity, creativity, and expression.My new book is available!Order Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive today!Check out our offerings & partners: GoodRx: Compare prescription drug prices and find coupons at more than 70000 US pharmacies. Save up to 80% instantly! For simple, smart savings on your prescriptions, check GoodRx at GoodRx.com/GOODLIFE. GoodRx is not insurance but can be used instead of insurance. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How to Love & Be Loved

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 56:20

    When the curator of the longest-running study on human flourishing, the Grant Study, was asked if there was any one factor that most contributed to a life well-lived, his answer was clear - love, full stop. In no small way, love makes a life. And, we're not just talking romantic love. So, today, we're bringing you a very special episode drawing upon the deep wisdom of five past guests, each experts in the space of love, relationships, and self-discovery, to share provocative, unique, and valuable insights about how to love and be loved, how to hold relationships with curiosity and allow room for growth, how to create a society-wide container of compassion, then invite everyone in, even those you struggle to like, or be in the same room with, let alone love. You'll hear from Julie and John Gottman, who've been married and also researching love and relationships, both clinically and in the lab for over 4 decades together, and writing mega-bestselling books on the topic. You'll hear from Diego Perez, who most know from his online moniker Young Pueblo, on creating the space for growth. Rev. angel Kyodo williams will share an expansive lens on love and its connection to compassion, holding the space for difference, and liberation. And, our friend, spoken-world artist, IN-Q, shared a beautiful spoken-word piece, framed by his own experience of falling in love, wrapping with an invitation for us all to find moments to create magic.If you LOVED this episode:You can find Julie & John Gottman at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramYou can find Digeo Perez (Yung Pueblo) at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramYou can find Rev. angel Kyodo williams at: Full Conversation | Instagram | WebsiteYou can find IN-Q at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramMy new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Outschool: Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFE See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Cole Arthur Riley | Reclaiming the Stories That Shape Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 66:46

    Cole Arthur Riley grew up in a house full of personalities that she describes as loud and funny, but as a kid, as loved as she felt, she kept her voice from others. In fact, Cole barely spoke until she was 7. Still, her dad kept finding ways to, as she described, bribe her to share her voice and nurture her creative impulse, often in writing, from poems to stories and beyond. As she grew into herself, she developed a dual passion for contemplative spirituality, and also the work of writers, like Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, James Baldwin, Thomas Merton, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou. Over time, her lens on spirituality yearned for a more expansive expression, one that embodied more of her lived experience as a Black, queer woman, who'd also find herself living with an autoimmune disease that manifested in illness, pain, and uncertainty.Cole was drawn to liturgy and began to write her own blended prayer-meets-poetry, informed by her, unique experience of life, faith, love, creativity, harm, inequity, and justice. She began sharing these modern liturgies on Instagram under the moniker, Black Liturgies, which she describes as a space for Black spiritual words of liberation, lament, rage, and rest. The project quickly grew into a global phenomenon, with deep resonance far beyond her original intended audience, and led to her debut book, This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories That Make Us, which explores some of the most urgent questions of life, identity, and faith: How can spirituality not silence the body, but instead allow it to come alive? How do we honor, lament, and heal from the stories we inherit? How can we find peace in a world overtaken with dislocation, noise, and unrest? In this stunning work, Cole invites us to descend into our own stories, examine our capacity to rest, wonder, joy, rage, and repair, and find that our humanity is not an enemy to faith but evidence of it.You can find Cole at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the earlier conversation we had with Ashley C. Ford about her sense of identity, creativity, and expression.My new book is available!Order Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive today!Check out our offerings & partners: KiwiCo: KiwiCo delivers science and art projects for kids of all ages. Redefine learning with play— explore hands-on projects that build creative confidence and problem-solving skills with KiwiCo! Get 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on ANY crate line with code GOODLIFE at kiwico.com.Squarespace: Squarespace is the all-in-one solution for anyone looking to create a beautiful website. Check Out Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you are ready to launch go to squarespace.com/GLP and use offer code: GLP to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    7 Ways to Find Calm (Even in a Storm)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 83:03

    Ever wonder what it would be like to have a near-magical ability to find yourself at peace, to dial in a state of calm, no matter what the circumstances around you?The last few years have been tough. Perpetual groundlessness. High-stakes. Uncertainty. We tend to experience this as spin, anxiety, fear, doubt, unease, an inability to relax. Like calm packed up and left the building. Thing is, our ability to come back to a place of peace is so central to our ability to live good lives. And to also access the state of presence that allows us to notice what is good and true and nourishing, even when much around us is hard.So, how do we access a state of calm, even when the world around us seems to keep ripping it away? In today's episode, we dive into 7 powerful ideas, tools, and practices that can help guide you back to a place of calm abiding. And, at the end, I'm going to share a guided practice designed to bring you back to center. So, be sure to listen all the way, and you may want to tap the icon to save this episode so you can return to it whenever you want to drop into that peaceful place on-demand.You can find the 1-page worksheet for today's episode HERE.Find All Of The Episodes In This Series:How to Bring Purpose & Possibility Into Your Work | The 2022 PlanHow to Feel More Alive | The 2022 PlanHow to Accomplish Big Things | The 2022 PlanHow to Do the Ultimate Year-End ReviewMy new book is available!Order Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive today!Check out our offerings & partners: Peloton: Peloton makes it easy to take care of yourself during the stresses of the holiday season and start 2022 off on the right foot, so check them out! Try Peloton classes free for the rest of the year. New members only. Visit onepeloton.com/app to learn more. Terms apply. Peloton. When your workout is a joy, it's a joy to work out.Sleep Number: Adjustable firmness, comfort and support on each side. Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep, which starts with Sleep Number adjustability. It's time for Sleep Number's Ultimate Sleep Number Event! Save 50% on the Sleep Number 360® Limited Edition smart bed. Plus special financing, for a limited time. Only at Sleep Number® stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Janine Kwoh | Saying Yes to the Call to Create

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 60:33

    Ever look at someone who has made an astonishing change in career, leaving behind what seemed like a dream career, from the outside looking in, to start something new that makes them so alive and think, “wow, I'd love to do that, too?” Well, you're not alone. And this week's guest, Janine Kwoh, shares how and why she left behind the world of private equity and venture philanthropy to follow her heart into the world of art, creativity, and tapping a very old, very physical printing technology to share images and words that give feeling and emotion to the experiences that are often so hard to share.Janine is now the owner, artist, and entrepreneur behind Kwohtations, a creative studio that offers cards, prints and an array of gifts that reflect and celebrate a diversity of identities and life experiences, as a way to reflect on and honor the lives we actually lead, versus the ones we think we should. Topics range from navigating love and loss, (re)defining family and success, and figuring out what it means to show up honestly and openly in life. In fact, it was the loss of her partner in life at the age of 28 that both dropped her into the experience of grief and also awakened her to a sense of imperative to do what made her truly come alive. What began as a side passion led to sharing her work and eventually grew into her full-time devotion. And, Janine's lens on grief, in particular, and the way she shares it through her art, led to a deeply meaningful body-of-work that's seeded her new book, Welcome to the Grief Club: Because You Don't Have to Go Through It Alone, which she offers not as a how-to manual, but more of an offering to let you know, you're not alone.You can find Janine at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the earlier conversation we had with Lisa Congdon about coming to art later in life.My new book is available!Order Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive today!Check out our offerings & partners: AquaTru: Countertop reverse osmosis water purifier that's certified to create bottled-quality water. Receive $100 off an AquaTru plus free shipping when you go to AquaTru.com & enter code GOODLIFE at checkout. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Dan Pink | The Surprising Upside of Regret

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 66:29

    We've all been told, try to live a life without regret. But, what if regret was actually a good thing? That's the highly provocative question today's guest, Dan Pink ask. And then answer with a whole bunch of scientifically researched and validated ways that regret can actually be an incredibly valuable experience, and power tool for a life well-lived. In fact, a life entirely without regret, he argues, might even do more harm than good. I've known Dan for well over a decade now, and he's been on the show a number of times over the years. A former White House speechwriter, he left politics and shifted focus to writing books that open our eyes to the human condition and plant seeds to do life better, including New York Times bestsellers A Whole New Mind, Drive, To Sell Is Human, and When. His books have sold millions of copies, been translated into forty-two languages, and have won multiple awards.In Dan's new book, The Power of Regret, he takes on a topic we've all grappled with, and gives it a surprising reframe. He draws on research in psychology, neuroscience, economics, and biology to challenge widely-held assumptions about emotions and behavior. Using the largest sampling of American attitudes about regret ever conducted as well as his own World Regret Survey—which has collected regrets from more than 16,000 people in 105 countries—he identifies the four core regrets that most people have. These four regrets, Dan argues, operate as a “photographic negative” of the good life. In it, and through our conversation today, we find out how regret, our most misunderstood emotion, can be the pathway to our best life.You can find Dan at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the earlier conversation we had with Dan about the powerful role of timing in life.My new book is available!Order Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive today!Check out our offerings & partners: Air Doctor: Capture contaminants and chemicals with a medical-grade UltraHEPA air purifier that's 100X more effective than ordinary purifiers. Go to airdoctorpro.com and use the promo code GOODLIFE to receive a 35% discount off their classic AirDoctor 3000 purifier. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Parker J. Palmer | How to Let Your Life Speak

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 61:44

    So, what might happen if you let go of what you thought your life would or should be, and created the space to let it show you what it truly yearns to be? Then, followed that thread. That's been the experience of today's guest, Parker Palmer. Graduating Berkley with a Ph.D. in ‘69, he thought he'd head into the world of academia, but instead found himself heading to DC to become an activist and community organizer for 5 years. But, something else began to call him, and he took what he thought would be a short sojourn to a Quaker learning community that turned into 11 years. Over time, a new sense of calling emerged as a writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. Parker is founder and Senior Partner Emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal, which offers long-term retreat programs for people in the serving professions, including teachers, physicians, non-profit leaders, and clergy. Along the way, he's written a series of bestselling books, including A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Company of Strangers, and On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old. In this deeply-moving conversation, Parker shares this journey and many of insights, as well as how three seasons of profound depression have shaped his experience of life, and lens on people, compassion, belonging and beyond.You can find Parker at: Website | FacebookIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Jerry Colonna, who also happens to be a close friend of Parker.My new book is available!Order Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive today!Check out our offerings & partners: Peloton: Peloton makes it easy to take care of yourself during the stresses of the holiday season and start 2022 off on the right foot, so check them out! Try Peloton classes free for the rest of the year. New members only. Visit onepeloton.com/app to learn more. Terms apply. Peloton. When your workout is a joy, it's a joy to work out.Sleep Number: Adjustable firmness, comfort and support on each side. Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep, which starts with Sleep Number adjustability. During Sleep Number's January Sale, save $1000 on the Sleep Number 360® Special Edition smart bed. Plus special financing, for a limited time. Only at Sleep Number® stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE. Disclaimer: Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How to Get Unstuck & Finish What Matters | Charlie Gilkey [Best Of]

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 78:58

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    Imara Jones | On the Power of Representation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 57:16

    Imagine walking through life, knowing who you are, but not feeling like you can live as that person? That was how my guest today, Imara Jones, experienced the first half of her life, before making a series of choices that would allow her to feel safe and supported stepping back into her own life, on her terms. Imara is the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning founder of TransLash Media, a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling and narrative project, which produces content to shift the current culture of hostility towards transgender people in the US. As part of her work at TransLash, she hosts the WEBBY-nominated, TransLash Podcast with Imara Jones as well as the investigative, limited series, The Anti-Trans Hate Machine. In 2019, she chaired the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on Gender Diversity and was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 2020 as part of its New American Revolution special edition. She's held economic policy posts in the White House and communications positions at Viacom. Imara's work as a host, on-air news analyst, contributor, and writer has been featured everywhere from The Guardian, The Nation, MSNBC, CNBC, and NPR to Mic, and Colorlines, and focuses on the full range of social justice and equity issues. We explore Imara's experiences growing up in a family and culture where revealing and living her truth felt not just uncomfortable, but unsafe, how that experience is universal to so many, and how she made choices that effectively empowered her to reclaim a sense of agency, identity, and purpose. And, we explore the power of representation in media, stories, and everyday life as a vehicle to open minds, conversation, and cultivate understanding, connection and the sense of shared humanity we all long for, especially now.You can find Imara at: Website | Instagram | TransLash PodcastIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Thomas Page McBee.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Squarespace: Squarespace is the all-in-one solution for anyone looking to create a beautiful website. Check Out Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you are ready to launch go to squarespace.com/GLP and use offer code: GLP to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFEScribd: The world's largest digital library. Enjoy millions of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, sheet music, and documents. Right now, Scribd is offering our listeners 2 months of Scribd for only $0.99. Go to try dot scribd.com/GOODLIFE to get your first two months for less than $1. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How to Bring Purpose & Possibility Into Your Work | The 2022 Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 61:20

    Millions of us are re-examining the role of work in our lives, getting more honest about what it needs to give us, beyond a paycheck. And we're realizing the way we're working isn't working. So, how do you know what opportunities will truly fill you with purpose, possibility, joy and connection, and what will leave you disengaged, empty and disconnected? How do you know whether to stay where you are and reinvent the way you do your job, or look for or start something entirely new? The decisions we make now may well change the course of our lives for the better - if we make the right call - but also for the worse, if we choose wrong. That thing everyone's calling The Great Resignation also has the potential to turn into The Regret. So, how do you set yourself up to understand what jobs, teams, projects, companies, roles or opportunities to run toward, and what to run from? That's what we're diving into in today's special 2022 jumpstart episode, with a focus on understanding and tapping your source-code level driver for work that makes you come alive - your Sparketype®. And, remember, every Monday for the entire month of January, we're bringing you these special deep-dive episodes featuring a single topic that is critical to your ability to live your best live, and set up 2022 for growth and possibility.You can find the 1-page worksheet HERE.Find All Of The Episodes In This Series:How to Do the Ultimate Year-End ReviewHow to Accomplish Big Things | The 2022 PlanHow to Feel More Alive | The 2022 PlanMy new book is available!Order Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive today!Check out our offerings & partners: Zocdoc: Find In-Network Doctors. Choose from the largest directory of in-person & video visit providers in the nation. Search for Doctors based on availability, location, insurance, reviews & more. Go to Zocdoc.com/GOODLIFE and download the Zocdoc app to sign-up for FREE and book a top-rated doctor. Many are available as soon as today.Preply: Preply helps you find your ideal tutor to boost your language confidence. Book a private tutor today at Preply.com/GOODLIFE and get 50% off your first lesson for a limited time.GoodRx: Compare prescription drug prices and find coupons at more than 70000 US pharmacies. Save up to 80% instantly! For simple, smart savings on your prescriptions, check GoodRx at GoodRx.com/GOODLIFE. GoodRx is not insurance but can be used instead of insurance. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Agapi Stassinopoulos | How to Speak to Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 60:28

    When you think about the word “prayer,” does it repel you, trigger you, or draw you in? My guest today, Agapi Stassinopoulos, offers a way into this sometimes loaded word that is both inclusive and powerful, no matter your beliefs, your background, or relationship with any kind of organized religion. The type of prayer she invites us to invoke operates on a very different level. One that anyone can get behind, and find connection and solace from. And this idea, along with many specific examples, is the focus of her newest book, Speaking with Spirit: 52 Prayers to Guide, Inspire, and Uplift You.Agapi is what I like to call a walking hug. She embodies love, which in fact is the translation of her name. A best-selling author and speaker who inspires audiences around the world, after being raised in Athens, Agapi was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but then shifted direction, focusing her wisdom, words and presence away from the theatrical stage, getting her master's in psychology and speaking more directly to the hearts and minds of people with intention of inspiring us all to live better lives. She's authored numerous books, spoken to organizations around the world, from L'Oreal, Accenture, and LinkedIn to Google, Nike, Starbucks, Museum of Modern Art, and hundreds of others. In today's conversation, we dive deep into what happens we muster the courage to speak aloud a hard truth, a deep need, open to vulnerability, and reconnect with something bigger than ourselves. If there was ever a time to embrace this idea, it's now.You can find Agapi at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Agapi in a prior episode that shares more of her personal story, and the experiences that have shaped her.My new book is available!Order Sparked: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work that Makes You Come Alive today!Check out our offerings & partners: KiwiCo: KiwiCo delivers science and art projects for kids of all ages. Redefine learning with play and get 50% off your first month plus FREE shipping on any crate line with code GOODLIFE at kiwico.comSleep Number: Adjustable firmness, comfort and support on each side. Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep, which starts with Sleep Number adjustability. It's time for Sleep Number's Lowest Prices of the Season. Save up to $1000 on Sleep Number 360® smart beds. Plus special financing, for a limited time. Only at Sleep Number® stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE.OUAI: Get healthy hair & soft skin with our nourishing formulas. Does your hair need a Detox? Leave last year's build-up behind and start the year feeling refreshed and ready with OUAI. Go to theouai.com and use code GOODLIFE to get 15% off your entire purchase. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How to Feel More Alive | The 2022 Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 61:48

    These last few years have left so many of us feeling drained, stifled, without energy, excitement or well, happiness or joy. At least not consistently. And that's understandable, it's been a tough moment. But, what if access to feeling these things was more in your control, regardless of your immediate circumstance, than you thought? That feeling of being alive, of flourishing, of feeling positive and hopeful and connected, it's so important to our ability to live a good life. And after all, that's what GLP has been all about, for a decade now.So, today, we're going to dive into a powerful, science-backed model that comes out of the world of positive psychology, that'll help you understand how to reclaim those feelings of flourishing or aliveness that, for so many, seem to have gone missing over these last few years, no matter what life has delivered to your doorstep. And, along with each element, we're including specific actions you can take to start feeling more like yourself, more alive and capable and connected than maybe you have in a long while. A quick reminder, I am not a mental health professional. While the ideas and the framework and specific exercises I'm about to share come from the world of research and clinical application, if appropriate for your unique needs and circumstances, please be sure to check in with friends, family, the many freely available mental health resources, and a qualified mental health professional. Okay, now, so excited to share today's exploration of how to feel more alive in this new year.You can find the 1-page worksheet HERE.Find All Of The Episodes In This Series:How to Do the Ultimate Year-End ReviewHow to Accomplish Big Things | The 2022 PlanMy new book Sparked!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Yrsa Daley-Ward | Meeting Yourself Where You Are

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 60:35

    My guest today, Yrsa Daley-Ward, is an author, actor, model, and screenwriter of mixed Jamaican and Nigerian heritage. Growing up in the northwest of England, she found herself quickly exited from her home, being raised by her grandparents at the age of 6, and struggling in many ways to understand what had just happened. Reading and writing became her salvation. A more introverted kid, raised in a strict religious family, in a tradition that no one outside the family shared, being vegetarian, and the only Black person in her school who also happened to stand nearly a foot above her peers by her early teens, she yearned to just fit in. To not stand out. She didn't want to be different. Yet, something in the order of magic happened when her teacher noticed Yrsa's gift for language and asked her to begin sharing her poems before the class as spoken words. She came alive. It was like she stepped outside herself and all was as it should be. And that very feeling, though stifled for a time, would come roaring back to life years later when, living in Cape Town, South Africa, she stumbled into a weekly poetry group. Following a weekly prompt, Yrsa wrote a poem entitled Mental Health, then performed it from the stage. The response took her breath away. In that moment, she knew this would be her life. And, it has become just that.Now, three books and many stages in, having cultivated a giant global community, co-written Beyoncé's musical film and visual album, Black Is King, her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, and so many other outlets. Her work draws from her own experiences and larger issues affecting our behavior, culture, and life, fusing poetry with theatre, music, and storytelling, while sharing universal, often hard, but honest and real experiences in verse, in a way that draws you in and makes you feel less alone. Yrsa's newest book ‘The How,' was written entirely during the pandemic, and we talk about her journey to this moment, explore some of the poems and ideas, and also dive into what it was like to create work that is so close to the bone at a moment like this.You can find Yrsa at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Cleo Wade, about crafting language, performing and moving people.My new book Sparked!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    How to Accomplish Big Things | The 2022 Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 69:50

    Is there something big that you would love to accomplish in this new year? Something maybe you've been thinking about for a while, something maybe you have tried to figure out, try to succeed at tried to accomplish in the past, maybe something that was a new year's resolution in the past, though, it doesn't necessarily have to be. We live in different times and, very often that affects what we want to accomplish. And this thing that to you is big, it doesn't have to be big to anyone else. It can be something internally. It can be so as important to you as learning how to get really comfortable in social situations, it can be something external, like running a 10k it can be something like finding a new job, or something that is just really deeply personal, like writing a book or pretty using a podcast, whatever it may be.Is there something big that as you step into this new world, you would love to make happen this year, but really can't wrap your head around how to make it happen? Well, if that's you, then this entire episode is going to help you a ton. I'm going to walk you through what I call my Success Scaffolding, introducing you to the eight elements. I call them the eight Ps and each one of these is critical to succeeding at anything that is not sort of, you know, accomplished in the blink of an eye. Anything substantial, anything that will take effort that is sustained over a longer window of time, anything where the stakes are higher and really deeply meaningful to you, anything where maybe you have tried in the past and just it hasn't worked for so many different reasons. What I'm about to share with you may also explain exactly why past attempts have not gotten you to where you wanna be, and also give you a really powerful step-by-step framework to accomplish anything big in nearly any context, any part of your life. That is what I'm going to walk you through today. Success Scaffolding, the eight Ps, and how to accomplish anything really big. So excited to share this framework with you.You can find the 1-page worksheet HERE.My new book Sparked.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    2021 Inspiration, Ideas & Insights That Moved Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 105:36

    As we bring this year to a close, and what a year it's been, I've been reflecting on how profound so much of the past 12-months have been. So much change, uncertainty, and disconnection, inexplicably bundled with moments of profound hopefulness, connection, creation, and possibility. Along the way, I've had the incredible opportunity to sit down with over 100 of the wisest, most inspiring, genuine, kind, creative, and “tapped into source” human beings through the vehicle of this podcast. It has, in no small way, been an anchor, and a source of deep nourishment. So, I've been spending time reflecting on the people, conversations, ideas, stories and moments that've really moved me over this last year on the podcast, on a quest to distill them down into a handful of powerful moments that might serve as both a reflection, an honoring, and, in a weird way, a body of evidence that, yes, we still have much work to do in the world, but at the same time, there are so many beautifully big-hearted, open-minded, impact-driven humans who continue to live and give and create and offer and gather in ways that give me hope, tethered to the acknowledge that, even in hard times, there is good to be savored, and even in the face of adversity, there is reason to believe in the possibility.While it's impossible to share every person, story, idea, and conversation, we've curated a handful of the conversations, ideas, and stories that've really stayed with me, generated amazing responses from our incredible community, and speak to the possibility of coming together to not just inhabit, but bring into existence the world in which we seek to live. So excited to share this 2021 year-in-review montage with you. If you LOVED this episode:You can find Valarie at: Full Conversation | Instagram | Understanding America: 20 Years LaterYou can find Peter Frampton at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramYou can find Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis at: Full Conversation | Website | Instagram | Love.Period. podcastYou can find Andy at: Full Conversation | Website | Instagram | Creative Pep Talk PodcastYou can find Anthony at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramYou can find Mel at: Full Conversation | Join The High 5 Challenge | InstagramYou can find Justin at: Full Conversation | Instagram | Man Enough PodcastYou can find Tara Brach at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramYou can find Ocean at: Full Conversation | Website | InstagramYou can find Rev. angel Kyodo williams at: Full Conversation | Instagram | WebsiteMy new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFE See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Elizabeth Lesser | Courage Over Comfort [Best Of]

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 59:01

    Even as a kid, my guest, Elizabeth lesser was the rebel, the activist, the feminist in the family. Growing up with three sisters, and one very traditional father, she could never understand why the women didn't make more decisions and have more power. Hers was not a voice that could be silenced, even from the earliest age. She eventually traveled down a path of activism, social justice, graduated from Barnard, became a student of a renowned Sufi mystic, and studied with a wide range of spiritual teachers. Her fierce devotion to discovering what is real and true, teamed with a passion for advocacy and intentional community, lead Elizabeth to co-found the iconic Omega Institute, a 140-acre communal gathering and learning retreat in Rhinebeck, New York, that has hosted everyone from Eckhart Tolle, Eve Ensler, and Maya Angelou, to Pema Chödrön, Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Gloria Steinem, Pete Seeger, and thousands of other luminaries from every tradition and walk of life.Elizabeth also found an outlet in writing, eventually penning a series of moving memoirs and social commentary. Her book, Marrow: A Love Story, shares her experience of profound reconnection and healing between her and the sister, who she'd donate bone marrow to in a quest to save her life. Her most recent book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes, reveals how humanity has outgrown its origin tales and hero myths, and empowers women to trust their instincts, find their voice, and tell new guiding stories. In today's deep-dive Best Of conversation, we explore the moments, stories and insights that awakened her call to action, community, and creativity, and how a personal crisis, in the form of her sister's cancer, led to unforeseen reconnection and reckoning that eventually led to reconciliation and healing. And, right now, we could all use a little more of this. You can find Elizabeth at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Glennon Doyle about honoring your deeper voice of truth and becoming untamed.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFESee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Mansi Shah | Reclaiming Your Narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 56:59

    My guest today, Mansi Shah, spent years building a stunning career as a lawyer in the fast-moving world of Hollywood entertainment, working with some of the most iconic storytellers in the industry. But, behind her success as an entertainment lawyer, a lifelong yearning was brewing. She felt deeply called to not just help others tell their stories, often built around narratives that didn't resonate with her background, but to actually be the storyteller, herself. And, to focus her lens on bringing the authentic immigrant experience, her own personal and family story, to a wide audience. So, she started writing her own stories, eventually penning the book that would become the groundbreaking and beautiful new novel, The Taste of Ginger. But that journey was anything but easy or linear. Over the 10-years since she started writing, the story and the book took countless turns. The early manuscript was, in fact, rejected by the very editor who, years later, would circle back to acquire and then champion it. Along the way, Mansi's lens on what the story could be and needed to be, and how she needed to honor her creative impulse, commitment to advocacy, and desire to speak to people who were so often left out of the popular storytelling narrative, evolved and became centered in a way that only time and reflection could have crafted. We explore all of this in today's conversation, including how her personal evolution. You can find Mansi at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Dr. Sayantani DasGupta about writing stories that expand the landscape of popular narratives.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFEParachute: Premium quality sheets, towels, robes and more. Like nothing you've ever felt. Make staying in more comfortable with our modern home collections. Responsibly manufactured. Visit ParachuteHome.com/GOODLIFE for free shipping and returns on Parachute's very comfortable home essentials.Bean Box: Give the coffee fanatic in your life an unforgettable coffee-tasting experience with Bean Box. Our coffee is expertly curated and always fresh, with fast delivery and free shipping. Order today at beanbox.com/GOODLIFE and get 15% off purchases of $40 or more.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Cathy Heller | How To Be Intentional

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 64:40

    How do you live a good life? That's the question we've been asking here for nearly a decade. My guest today, Cathy Heller, has been along a similar journey, exploring the role of intentionality, purpose, and presence in a life well-lived. Raised in a household where mental illness and conflict were the norm, she took on the role of peacemaker at the age of 5, became a deep observer of human behavior, first, out of necessity, then out of curiosity, and eventually from the lens of calling. Cathy is a seeker in many ways. After studying mysticism and religion in college, followed by 3 years deepening her study of mysticism and self-actualization in Jerusalem, she headed back west, landing in LA, and looking to make her mark in the world of music. She eventually did, but in a way Cathy never saw coming. She became so successful, in fact, Cathy felt called to share what she'd learned, which launched her into the world of teaching, writing, distance learning, and launching her wildly popular Don't Keep Your Day Job podcast, which has over 25 million downloads. Her book of the same name, Don't Keep Your Day Job, offers a step-by-step approach to not just building a purpose-centered living, but also a deeply intentional life. Cathy is a sort of modern mystic meets kindness crusader meets creative visionary meets business savant. More simply, she's a walking bundle of love and wisdom, and we talk about it all in today's conversation. You can find Cathy at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Morgan Harper Nichols about crafting a creative life and living around openness and honesty.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFEBean Box: Give the coffee fanatic in your life an unforgettable coffee-tasting experience with Bean Box. Our coffee is expertly curated and always fresh, with fast delivery and free shipping. Order today at beanbox.com/GOODLIFE and get 15% off purchases of $40 or more.Theragun: A deep muscle massage treatment, unlike anything you've ever felt. Feel better, move better, and recover faster with tension and soreness relief. Try Theragun for 30-days starting at only $199. Go to Therabody.com/GOODLIFE right now and get your Gen 4 Theragun today. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Jeffrey Marsh | How To Be You

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 63:37

    You may know my guest today, Jeffrey Marsh, from their spiritual and inclusive messages that have received over 1 billion views on social media. Jeffrey is a viral TikTok and Instagram sensation, the first openly nonbinary public figure to be interviewed on national television, and the first nonbinary author to be offered a book deal with any "Big 5" publisher, at Penguin Random House. Jeffrey's bestselling Buddhist self-esteem guide How To Be You, is an innovative, category-non-conforming work that combines memoir, workbook, and spiritual advice, inviting anyone and everyone into the conversation through a lens of kindness and inclusivity. How To Be You topped Oprah's Gratitude Meter and was named Excellent Book of the Year by TED-Ed. Jeffrey has also been a student and teacher of Zen for over twenty years, and this practice has been central to both their lens on life, and capacity to do the work they do in a grounded, deeply-present, open-heart and joyful way.You can find Jeffrey at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Trystan Angel Reese about living and advocating for your truth.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Tommy John: We fixed underwear. Smart design and fabrics mean no more pulling at your pant line. Get comfortable with yourself. No Adjustment Needed. Get $20 OFF sitewide right now at TommyJohn.com/GOODLIFE. Order by December 21st to get it in time for Christmas!Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFESee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    How to Do the Ultimate Year-End Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 71:37

    We tend to take on one of 3 modes as we head into the end of the year:Rush To The Finish | Goal Striving ModeCheck Out | Vacation ModeReflect, Integrate & Assess | Review & Plan ModeThat last one is my approach. I love to use these final weeks to understand what happened over the last 12 months, in all parts of life, consider what went well and why, where I stumbled and why, and how I can learn and integrate all of it into setting up the year to come to rise higher.And, I thought I'd walk you through my process - it's a very different take based on a model I developed a number of years ago around the key elements of living a good life I call the Good Life Buckets. Super excited to share this powerful process with you in today's episode.You can find the 1-page worksheet HERE.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Talkspace: Online Counseling Via Text, Audio, Or Video Messaging. At Any Time, From Anywhere. Get $100 off of your first month with Talkspace. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code GOODLIFE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show.Canva: Create beautiful designs with your team. Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations and more. Design like a pro with Canva Pro! Right now, you can get a FREE 45-day extended trial when you use my promo code! Just go to Canva.me/GOODLIFESee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Nedra Glover Tawwab | Better Boundaries, Better Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 65:10

    This has been a year that has tested our boundaries on nearly every level. Work, friendship, family, community, geography, politics, religion, social issues, love, wellbeing. It's like we're being asked to draw lines, all day, every day. Question is, how? How do you create and uphold boundaries that are clear, healthy, and constructive, while also acknowledging the nuance, kindness, and understanding this moment demands? Well, my guest today, Nedra Glover Tawwab, can help. A licensed therapist and sought-after relationship expert, she has practiced relationship therapy for 12 years and is the founder and owner of the group therapy practice, Kaleidoscope Counseling. Every day she helps people create healthy relationships by teaching them how to implement boundaries. Her philosophy is that a lack of boundaries and assertiveness underlie most relationship issues, and her gift is helping people create healthy relationships with themselves and others. Nedra is also the author of New York Times Bestselling book, Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself, along with her newly-released Set Boundaries Workbook.You can find Nedra at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Terri Cole, who brings a beautifully complementary lens to the critical exploration of boundaries.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Talkspace: Online Counseling Via Text, Audio, Or Video Messaging. At Any Time, From Anywhere. Get $100 off of your first month with Talkspace. To match with a licensed therapist today, go to Talkspace.com or download the app. Make sure to use the code GOODLIFE to get $100 off of your first month and show your support for the show.Canva: Create beautiful designs with your team. Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations and more. Design like a pro with Canva Pro! Right now, you can get a FREE 45-day extended trial when you use my promo code! Just go to Canva.me/GOODLIFESee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Micah Johnson | How a Pro Athlete Launched a Digital Art Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 64:30

    From the age of 3, Micah Johnson knew what he wanted to be when he grew up - a professional baseball player. From that moment on, he lived baseball, and in 2012, his dreams came true when the Chicago White Sox drafted him. But, what Micah didn't know was that his true calling in life was just getting started.Traded to the LA Dodgers a few years later, Micah, almost on a lark, discovered painting, something that had never been a part of his. And it called to him in a way he never saw coming. Now, while his full-time job was pro baseball, drawing, painting and creating art became a new, increasingly consuming passion. But, it was a single moment, when his young nephew came and asked him whether Black people could be astronauts, that changed everything. Micah painted this moving depiction of a young, confident, Black boy in an oversized astronaut helmet, ready for adventure, as a way to not just answer yes, but create a powerful visual depiction of courage and possibility. At the same time, Micah was feeling called to bring his baseball career to a close and go all-in on art. But, no longer a novelty as a pro-athlete painter, he found his art hard to sell. Until everything came together when the character he'd painted for his nephew met the emerging world of NFTs, crypto-art, Web3, and the power of digital aspiration movements. He turned that painting into a character named Aku, then began to build a world, a community, an enterprise and a movement around it. Micah's work has centered around empowering young African-American kids to see the possible & dream without limitations. Micah began releasing NFTs in January of 2020 & in February of 2021, and Aku's message became a viral sensation and the first NFT ever optioned to become a major feature film. As we air this conversation, Micah is just coming off of helming a 15,000 square-foot, immersive, multidisciplinary experience in Miami's Art Basel called Aku's world. We dive into all of this in today's conversation, along with a bit of a mini-primer on these mysterious things called NFTs, which has been creating quite a stir these days and become a growing fascination of mine. You can find Micah at: Website | InstagramIf you LOVED this episode:You'll also love the conversations we had with Lisa Congdon about coming to art later in life.My new book Sparked.Check out our offerings & partners: Sleep Number: Adjustable firmness, comfort and support on each side. Proven quality sleep is life-changing sleep. Special offers now available for a limited time. Only at Sleep Number stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFETheragun: A deep muscle massage treatment, unlike anything you've ever felt. Feel better, move better, and recover faster with tension and soreness relief. Try Theragun for 30-days starting at only $199. Go to Therabody.com/GOODLIFE right now and get your Gen 4 Theragun today. Outschool: Inspire kids to love learning with Outschool classes. It's 100% fun, live & teacher-led. Explore over 100,000 topics and learn in small groups via Zoom. Perfect for ages 3-18. Join for free. To learn more about all Outschool has to offer and to save $15 off your child's first class go to Outschool.com/GOODLIFESee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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