Podcast

60 Mindful Minutes launched in 2017 to create space for conversations about what it means to live a more connected, conscious and intentional life.

Three years and 70 interviews later, what has emerged is a series of interviews with people who care about how we live, how we feel, and how we connect with each other and ourselves. (Formerly named The Synced Life)

Some are passionate about travel and others about parenting. Some will advise you to dream big and some will offer up the suggestion to live simply. We’ve talked about mindfulness, empathy, friendship, community, gratitude and love.

One common thread has woven its way through these conversations: we each matter. How we live, think and behave makes a difference on the inside and all around us.

The goal of each episode is to inspire listeners to ask the questions: could I be living more consciously? Could I be creating more meaningful connections in my life? Could I be living more fully?

When things change inside us, things change around us. 

Key Topics

Human Connection

Human connection is the multivitamin we all need more of. On a cellular level, we are wired to connect and the extent to which we positively sync with others, even strangers, has a huge impact on our lives, inside and out. Imagine if our lives could be exponentially upgraded just by bringing more attention and intention to the way we connect with others.

Elevating Consciousness

We live most of our lives on auto-pilot without pause for regularly tuning into our thoughts and emotions. Most days, how we feel on the inside is often directly impacted by what’s happening on the outside. But with intention and attention, we can learn to direct our thoughts and feelings in ways that have us find more clarity, steadiness and peace. We can cultivate contentment regardless of our circumstances, which is the most powerful skill we can hone.

Happy Living

We’re designed to thrive, not just survive. Each of us deserves to suffer less and smile more. We do this through raising our consciousness and strengthening our connection with others, but also by making incremental upgrades to our lives that consistently elevate our experience of living. Whether it’s learning to dream bigger, to live more simply, or to nourish self more deeply, happy living is about prioritizing feeling good.

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Current Guests

EPISODE #71: How to Feel Better with Isabel Gillies

We have an innate ability to comfort ourselves, to come to our own rescue, to steady ourselves, and to come home to our moments. In this episode, I speak with author Isabel Gillies about how to feel good and how to get through the day.

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EPISODE #70: What’s Your Thrive Plan with host Kristen Manieri

If you’re struggling to feel positive, productive and peaceful, maybe you need a plan. If you’re feeling lost, perhaps structure and intention could help. Deciding to live intentionally and deliberately amidst the chaos is a game-changer.

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EPISODE #69: Taking Charge of Your Energy with Lisa Erickson

The body has an energy anatomy, split into seven different intersections or centers that nourish and support different physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of our human experience. This week’s guest, Lisa Erickson, teaches us how to use the chakra systems to guide ourselves to a more peaceful and grounded place.

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Past Guests

EPISODE #68: Staying Centered in Turbulent Times with Karen Maezen Miller

The world is a very unsettled and uncertain place at the moment. And while we all look to someone or someplace for answers, perhaps we have an opportunity to look no further than the very next moment for refuge. This week we welcome Karen Maezen Miller, a Zen Buddhist priest, for her guidance on feeling more grounded and calm in these turbulent times.

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EPISODE #67: The Power of Joy with Debrena Jackson Gandy

What if joy was the secret power source you needed to not only live your day-to-day life but to make all your dreams come true? What if it was the fuel that gave each of us the energy, confidence and clarity to do our best work in the world and make the contribution we were put here to make? This week’s guest believes joy is the center of our being and the more the we can build a capacity for it, the bigger and brighter our lives become.

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EPISODE #66: Rituals of Release with Rachel S. Heslin

Emotionally and energetically, we carry a lot around on the inside. And since we’re all busy picking through our closets and tossing out what doesn’t spark joy, maybe we ought to do the same inside our heads. Rituals of Release inspire us to let go with deliberateness and intention so we can make space for more fulfillment and joy.

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EPISODE #65: Do You Need a Life Coach with Dave Gorham

What if there is a way to have a quantum leap in the direction of your dreams? Matched with the right person, a coach can flatten your learning curve and help you fine tune your mindset. In this episode, we explore the power of working with a coach.

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EPISODE #64: What’s Holding You Back with Raphael Cushnir

When we start to think about what might be holding us back from something we say we want but never seem to move the needle on, we might assume that our lack progress can be blamed on things like self-discipline, money, time, or opportunity. But Raphael Cushnir believes it’s actually our resistance to difficult emotions that keeps us stuck.

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EPISODE #63: Something Deeper with Kristine Ovsepian

When we do the inner work to forge a relationship with a deeper knowing, we gain access to insight and intuition, and we meet our authentic selves. We begin to flow with life, we start to see the signs and nudges from something greater, and we begin to trade fear for faith.

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EPISODE #62: Learning Self-Love with Shainna Ali

The way we encourage ourselves, take our flaws and missteps in stride, and appreciate how we’ve grown become the well from which we draw our energy, our creativity and our resilience. We need self-love. In fact, we need it more than intelligence, experience, opportunity and ideal circumstances. Because when we have it, we can weather and leverage whatever life throws at us.

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EPISODE #61: Live Your Gift with Dana V. Adams

Live on purpose and design a joyful, meaningful life through Life Mapping, a personal development system and goal achievement method for those who strive for continual growth. Life mapping is more than writing down goals—it is also looking at your beliefs, principles, and values to determine if they align with what you truly desire in life.

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EPISODE #60: Imperfect Families with Nicole Schwartz

Rather than compare ourselves to each other and try to measure up to an uninvestigated ideal, how about we all agree that we’re imperfect? What’s ahead is a conversation about what it means to embrace the idea of imperfectionism, as a human being, as a parent, and as a family.

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EPISODE #59: A Fast Forward Mindset with David Schurman

David Schnurman shares his passion for living life to the fullest, even when things don’t go as planned, even when fear and doubt can feel crippling. In the conversation ahead, you’ll not only learn more about having a fast forward mindset, which includes getting outside of your comfort zone and having laser focus, but we also discuss potential, commitment and consistency.

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EPISODE #58: The Science of You (Ayurveda) with Caryn O’Hara

As we set out on a journey to evolve as human beings, much of that path is discovering who we really are. Ayurveda is an excellent excavation tool for those seeking to live not only more healthfully but more in balance on the inside and outside. What’s ahead is a discussion about what Ayurvedic philosophy is, how to use it to discover who we are, and how we can orient ourselves towards making wellbeing and feeling good a priority.

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EPISODE #57: Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit with Karen Horneffer-Ginter

Look around you and find someone who is really good at rest. Chances are, you can’t see anyone who fits this category. What you probably see is a lot of people who are overcommitted and totally stretched beyond capacity. So, what’s the deal? Why when we’re biologically designed to rest do so many of us find no time for it or resist opportunities to just stop for five minutes? Why do we all have more to do than is possible to do?

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EPISODE #56: Journaling, Parenting & Self-Management with Kim Ades

When it comes to parenting, we can totally wing it; many of us do. A lot of great kids have been raised in great homes without their parents reading a single book about parenting. But for those of us who feel a little out of our depth at times, I’m thankful that there are a ton of books, resources and thought leaders who can give us insight into what it means and what it looks like to parent with intention.

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EPISODE #55: The Family Dinner Project with Brianne DeRosa

If we’re not careful, or unaware, the meals we create and meet around each day can start to feel like a chore instead of pleasure. And while I can certainly attest to sometimes feeling the drudgery of preparing a dinner each night, my guest today will tell you that dinnertime is not really about the food at all; it’s about the connection.

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EPISODE #54: Compassionate Leadership with Uvinie Lubecki

Having the spirit of compassionate leadership influences how we listen, the way we relate to our own agenda and even our ability to sideline it. It impacts our ability to connect and see the common humanity in the people we work with.

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EPISODE #53: Guts, Confidence & Self-Acceptance with Amy Alkon

Many of us have areas of our life where we shrink a little, we let ourselves be a little smaller. You might even say, where we sell ourselves out. To me, part of living life my fully and really thriving is learning to navigate my perceived shortcomings, my fears and my stumbling blocks. Part of that is simply identifying what those are and the other part, as you will soon hear, is taking action in spite of them.

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EPISODE #52: Foundations of Wellness with Dr. Linda Matteoli

It’s so much easier to be grounded and happy when you feel good. If you’ve ever tried to a handle a frustrating, stressful or aggravating situation when you’re tired, undernourished or over-caffeinated, you probably had the experience of struggling to be at your best and to harness a peaceful way of being. But when we’re well rested, well-fed and generally feeling good, accessing the zen parts of ourselves is incredibly easier.

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EPISODE #51: Parenting Through Connection with Dr. Laura Markham

It’s really hard to be a conscious parent. It calls on us to be more patient and compassionate than ever before. It requires us to be organized, thoughtful and discerning. It can consume us with anxiety and regret, while also filling our lives with joy and gratitude. But being a parent can be a gateway to our most significant growth points and it gives us the opportunity to expand who we are capable of being.

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EPISODE #50: Marching to Your Own Drum with Emily Polar

Imagine living a “bouncy” life, one that had you being untethered from location or financial obligations, leaving you free to roam where you liked and pursue what you love. Over the past decade, that’s the life this week’s guest has designed. Her story inspires us to begin to ask some questions about what our best life looks like, what our true definition of success is, and what we would create if doubt never stood in our way.

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EPISODE #49: The Art of Living Well with Shannon Ables

“Living simply luxuriously is a choice, a decision to find what fascinates and delights you…” says author and blogger Shannon Ables. Join us for a discussion about what it means to cultivate the art of living well, design a life filled with everyday delight and how to orient yourself toward feeling good.

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EPISODE #48: Never Stop Traveling with Alyson Long

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a nomad? Imagine packing up your life, getting rid of everything, getting on a plane and never looking back. Whether that sounds like a daydream or a nightmare, it’s fascinating to know that there are people out there in the world, people with kids no less, who have chosen to orient their entire lifestyle around travel.

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EPISODE #47: Collective Consciousness with Melissa Wadsworth

We are all participating—in our life, our family, our culture—but the question is, how intentional are we being about our participation? Your life is meaningful. It has purpose. This week’s guest invites us to wake up to what we are creating and could be creating with intentional communing.

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EPISODE #46: Grandkids on Demand with Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker is the Founder & CEO of Papa, a technology platform that connects college students to older adults for companionship, assistance and transportation. Basically, as Andrew defines it, it’s a grandkid on demand, and it has the potential to not only address practical needs for older adults, but it also faces the loneliness crisis head on.

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EPISODE #45: Your Brain in Relationships with Alicia Braccia

It doesn’t matter if you’re a parent or a CEO, a surgeon or a hockey coach, the principles of brain function and neuropsychology are universal. When we can understand what’s happening inside the brain when people we love get upset or frustrated, as well as feel joyful and safe, we can create better connections and relationships with those around us. By the end of this episode you’ll have a new skill that can exponentially make your family and work life better. 

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EPISODE #44: What’s Your Calling with Chris Smith

Researchers have found that having a sense of our purpose positively impacts our health and longevity. But what if you don’t know your purpose? What if you feel like you just can’t figure it out or maybe, secretly worry that you’re the one lone human that didn’t get one? Today’s guest has spent much of the past decade building a life and a business that helps people discover and articulate their calling.

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EPISODE #43: A Cloudless Mind with Scott Byrd

Most of us have heard the research that says the average mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. But have you ever really contemplated what these thoughts are exactly, and even more out there, who’s thinking them? For those of us in pursuit of a more peaceful inner world and a more harmonious outer world, the idea of having a cloudless mind is worth considering.

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EPISODE #42: The Art of Community with Charles Vogl

Cultures of belonging aren’t just happy accidents. They’re often designed and cultivated with purpose and intention. Today’s guest has identified seven time-tested principles for growing enduring, effective and connected communities. These communities could be small, like your immediate family, or they can be larger, like a thriving yoga studio or a church with a congregation 10,000 strong. There’s a method to building vibrant, living cultures where people are nourished by a deep sense of belonging and mutual care.

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EPISODE #41: Daily Centering Practice with Kristen Manieri

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

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EPISODE #40: Creating Sanctuary with Jessi Bloom

We all need places we can retreat to that allow us to come home to ourselves, to feel centered and find a sense of calm in this dizzying world. It’s hugely restorative to claim a personal spot, even if it’s in the tiniest corner of our home, to create a sacred space. We weren’t meant to be so disconnected from ourselves and so distracted. We all need and deserve sanctuary.

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EPISODE #39: Kids & Social Activism with Barbara A. Lewis

Raising kids that become social activists might seem like a lofty goal, especially when many of us adults haven’t figured out how to fit volunteering and social activism into our own lives. In this episode, my co-host (Andy Hill of the Marriage, Kids and Money podcast) and I speak with national award-winning author and educator Barbara A. Lewis about how we can all start to see ourselves as part of a greater whole.

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EPISODE #38: Food & Togetherness with Kathleen Blake

Togetherness happens around food. Meals, when we let them, can be the richest and most important social connectors in life. Built into the making and consuming of our food are all sorts of rich opportunities to feel connected, but only if we take advantage of those opportunities and mine those moments. This week we speak to Chef Kathleen Blake about food and togetherness.

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EPISODE #37: Parenting in Slow Motion with Carrie Contey

Parenting isn’t easy. Just when we think we’ve got one stage mastered, our child develops and grows to a new stage with a new set of challenges for us to rise to and adapt with. We often hear parents of grown children say, “Enjoy it. It goes so fast.” They say this wistfully, almost mournfully, like they wish they could go back and do it all again in slow motion. We can’t slow time, but we can parent with intention. Carrie shows us how. 

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EPISODE #36: How to Now with Raphael Cushnir

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

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EPISODE #35: The Happy Traveler with Jaime Kurtz

Our vacation time, especially when it’s limited to just a few weeks out of the year, feels so precious. Plus, considering that travel uses up so much time, energy and money, it makes sense that we’d want to get it right. In this week’s episode, we connect with author and researcher Jaime Kurtz to unpack the secrets of better and more meaningful travel.

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EPISODE #34: Your Best Year with John P. Strelecky

With the new year upon us, I decided that it would be very timely to have a conversation about what it would be like to have the best year ever. I wanted to explore how we could all have a spectacular 2019, and not just because we crossed some huge things off our bucket list but because we tackled some little things in our day to day life that simply made living feel better and brighter.

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EPISODE #33: Intentional Communities with Sky Blue

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

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EPISODE #32: The Art of Thank You with Kelly Browne

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

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EPISODE #31: Compelling People with John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut

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

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EPISODE #30: More Love, Less Conflict with Jonathan Robinson

Good relationships have good communication. In this interview, author Jonathan Robinson shares insights and exercises from his book, More Love, Less Conflict, so that anyone can become better communicators with their spouse, learn to diffuse conflict and create more relatedness. 

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EPISODE #29: Gove Back Yoga with Rob Schware

If you’ve ever been to a yoga class or practiced at home, you’ve probably noticed that it not only makes you feel stronger and more flexible, but also more peaceful, attuned and grounded. Rob Schware wants prisoners, recovering addicts and veterans to feel that, too. As the head of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, a non-profit organization that believes in making yoga available to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience its many benefits, he steers projects like the Prison Yoga Project, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, and yoga4cancer, all with a goal to reducing suffering and elevating consciousness through yoga.

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EPISODE #28: Embracing Nonsense with Emily Fontano

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

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EPISODE #27: Won’t You Be My Neighbor with Shea Tuttle

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

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EPISODE #26: Finding Life in a Lunch Break with Laura Archer

Only 1 in 5 five people step away from their desk for lunch. Today’s guest is on a mission to change that. Laura Archer is the author of Gone for Lunch: 52 Things to do on Your Lunch Break, a book she wrote on her journey to reclaim her midday break and to find more time for herself, her interests and her self-care. 

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EPISODE #25: The Minister of Loneliness with Kasley Killam

I recently came across an article written for Scientific American titled, To Combat Loneliness, Promote Social Health. This is pretty astounding and I wanted to know more about the idea of loneliness as a public health priority, in the same way that nutrition and vaccinations area. So, I reached out to the author of the article, Kasley Killan, to see if she was open to an interview and she said YES!

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EPISODE #24: Frientimacy with Shasta Nelson

How many of us give much thought to the quality of our friendships or the ways we could be intentionally nourishing our friendships? Turns out there’s not only an art and a science to how we create really good friendships, but there’s a formula to the process as well. Shasta Nelson, author of “Friendships Don’t Just Happen” and “Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness,” has truly become one of the world’s leading voices for friendship. In this conversation, we take a deep dive into the world of frientimacy and how we could all learn to upgrade this area of our lives.

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EPISODE #23: The Power of Attuning with Heather Turgeon & Julie Wright

Imagine there was a way to more effectively and more quickly get our kids to do what we want them to do, when we want them to do it. Imagine if all the struggle and resistance and frustration dramatically decreased in our family life. Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT, authors of Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma, did more than just imagine these idyllic sceneries: they created a formula for consistently creating more peace, calm, cooperation and relatedness between parents and kids. In this interview, we dive deep into their ALP approach (Attune, Limit Set and Problem Solve) and learn how we can all relate better with each other by becoming skilled in the power of attuning.

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EPISODE #22: Cycling without Age with Pernille Bussone

Global Community Captain Cycling Without Age is a movement started in 2012 by Ole Kassow in Denmark. Ole wanted to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw and he started offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents. Cycling Without Age has now spread to all corners of Denmark, and since 2015, to another 38 countries around the world.

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EPISODE #21: Sidewalk Talk with Traci Ruble

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

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EPISODE #20: The Conversation Project with Kate DeBartolo

Kate DeBartolo is used to uncomfortable conversations. In fact, her job is to be a proponent of them. And here’s why. As the Director for The Conversation Project, her mission is to get people talking about one of the most difficult topics many of us will ever encounter: our end of life decisions and the end of life wishes of the those we love. 

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EPISODE #19: Make Stuff Together with Bernadette Noll

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

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EPISODE #18: 15 Minutes Outside with Rebecca P. Cohen

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

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EPISODE #17: Soulful Simplicity with Courtney Carver

The idea of living with less—less stuff, less obligations, less debt and making less of a footprint environmentally—is really gaining momentum. And here’s my hypothesis about why: For anyone on a journey to find some meaning in their life or simply trying to gain clarity on what truly makes them happy and fulfilled, we mostly all land in the same place with similar conclusions: it’s not the stuff or the money or the house or the important to do list that give our lives fulfillment: it’s our relationships. And when we have space—physical, emotional and spiritual—to nourish those relationships, our lives are simply better. What’s ahead is a conversation about how living with less makes for room more: more love, more space and more joy.

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EPISODE #16: Man’s Best Friend with Katie Seymour

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

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EPISODE #15: The Dinner with Strangers with Dana Marie Roquemore

As the creator of The Dinner Party Project, Dana Marie Roquemore is on a mission to facilitate more and deeper connections between friends and strangers. A food-focused social experiment that invites 8 strangers to share food, conversation and company, the concept provides the random opportunity for people to meet and share a meal. Each week, seven guests are chosen at random and given instructions for where and when to attend. Dana uses guest chefs and guest caterers to create amazing food, but the real richness is in the connections that happen during these dinners. She has such a fabulous story and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

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EPISODE #14: PechaKucha & Sharing Our Stories with Eddie Selover

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

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EPISODE #13: The Listening Course with Rick Bommelje

Rick Bommelje has spent decades becoming a master listener and helping others do the same. Before you shrug off listening as a topic you already know about, I invite you to think again. In fact, I invite you to question why you may never have received any formal training in what is actually one of our most critical skills. Mostly, I invite you to listen to this conversation like it could hold the key to something that might dramatically upgrade your life.

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EPISODE #12: Project Time off with Katie Denis

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

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EPISODE #10: Emotions as Allies with Karla McLaren

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

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EPISODE #9: Belonging & Inclusion with Shannon Taylor

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

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EPISODE #8: Connecting to Self with Angie Byrd

We connect with other people all day long, in person and online. But how often do we take the time to connect with ourselves, to really check in and see how we’re doing and feeling? It’s not a practice our busy, fast-paced society allows for. In fact, it feels like we’re more distracted from ourselves than ever. Any given moment we have a multitude of things puling at us, demanding our attention. But there is so much value in coming home to ourselves. In this discussion with performance coach Angie Byrd we dig into why we don’t connect with ourselves and what we’re missing. And we also discuss how we can create self-connection practices and their immense benefits.   

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EPISODE #7: Openhearted Travel with Rachelle Lucas

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

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EPISODE #6: Contemplative Practices with Ryan Redman

Ryan is the Executive Director of Flourish Foundation, a social profit dedicated to promoting contemplative based practices in communities for the purpose of achieving mental balance and universal compassion. During this interview, we discuss how we can prime our emotional state, refine our inner awareness and create better attention skills that result in us having a greater capacity to monitor our mind and body in real time.

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EPISODE #5: Intentional Relating with Brandon Craig

Here’s something we don’t think about very much: how does a relationship occur for you and how do you occur for people who you are currently in a relationship with? What are we really committed to in our relationships with our partners, our family, friends and coworkers. Try on, as a possibility, that this sits at the foundation of your relationships. If you have no idea what I am talking about, give this episode a listen.

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EPISODE #4: Your Big Five for Life with John P. Strelecky

John P. Strelecky is an international best-selling author and creator of the Big Five for Life concept. As of 2017, his books have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 29 languages. He is on a mission to inspire people to think about and start pursuing their Big Five for Life: the five things they want to see, do or experience in their lifetime that would truly define their life as well-lived.

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EPISODE #3: The Wisdom of Teams with Doug Bolger

Doug Bolger wants to change the way the world works. As Founder & CEO of Learn2, Doug believes that every team can achieve inspired results by unlearning, optimizing and creating best practices. At the heart of his award-winning approach to facilitation and design lies Doug’s commitment to participant-centered and experiential Live Sessions.

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EPISODE #2: The Power of Perception with Kostya Kimlat

Having the ability to see other people’s perceptions of us is a powerful skill. We may not think about it much, but we are always “on,” which is to say that we are always being perceived by our audience (our spouse, our kids, our coworkers, our friends, etc.). Tuning into our impact and bringing clarity to how we are perceived can help guide our actions in ways that help us to strategically create the result we are trying the create: the sale, the relationship, the feeling, or the moment.

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EPISODE #1: Creating Connection Rituals with Carrie Contey

Carrie Contey has been our parenting coach for many, many years and along the way her insights and wisdom have helped us navigate our parenthood, partnership and personhood with clarity and intention.  Today’s conversation focused on connection rituals—the habits we create to consistently sync with the people we share our lives with. Many of us have relationships with people we see every day, maybe all day, every day. And what Carrie and I discussed today was how to add more juice to those relationships and why there is so much value in having connection rituals.

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Human connection is the multivitamin we all need more of. On a cellular level, we are wired to connect and the extent to which we sync with others, even strangers, has a huge impact on our lives, inside and out. Imagine if our lives could be exponentially upgraded just by bringing more intention and presence to the way we connect with others. That’s living The Synced Life.

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