Podcast

Synced Life: to experience harmony within and with the world around you.

I created The Synced Life Podcast in 2017 to create conversations about human connection.

Three years, 65 interviews and 20,000 downloads 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.

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?

The Synced Life Podcast invites you to join a conversation about what it means to live a more connected, conscious and intentional life.

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.

Where to listen?

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Current Guests

EPISODE #63: Kristine Ovsepian

Kristine Ovsepian is the author of the book Living through Choice: Transform Fear to Love. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Intuitive Healer. She holds an M.A. in Psychology as well as certification in Past Life Regression, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Emotional Freedom Technique. She is a Certified Dream Builder Coach, Reiki Healer and Angel Practitioner.

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EPISODE #62: Shainna Ali

Dr. Shainna Ali is a mental health clinician, educator, and advocate who is dedicated to highlighting the important role of mental health in fostering happiness, fulfillment, and overall wellness. She is the author of The Self-Love Workbook and is excited about the upcoming release of The Self-Love Workbook for Teens ” She is the owner of Integrated Counseling Solutions, a counseling and consulting practice in Central Florida.

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EPISODE #61: Dana V. Adams

Dana V. Adams is the Founder of the Life Mapping Institute and is considered one of the country’s top thought leaders on the life mapping process. She is the author of Live Your Gift and its robust companion guide for creating your personal life map. She is a single mom of four boys, ages 16-23, and resides in the same lakeside community where she grew up, in Kirkland, Washington.

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Past Guests

EPISODE #60: Nicole Schwartz

Nicole Schwarz, LMFT is the owner of Imperfect Families, a website dedicated to helping parents use respectful parenting strategies (without expecting perfection). She provides online parent coaching to families worldwide and practices positive parenting with her 3 girls at home. Find articles, resources, and information about Parent Coaching on her website https://imperfectfamilies.com.

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EPISODE #59: David Schurman

David Schnurman is the author of The Fast Forward Mindset: How to be Fearless and Focused to Accelerate Your Success, which seeks to give readers a simple formula for consistently breaking through your walls in order to attain more success and happiness. David is also the CEO of Lawline, a leading provider of online Continuing Legal Education, and he’s been featured in Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur.com, and the New York Post.

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EPISODE #58: Caryn O’Hara

Caryn is an Ayurvedic Health Consultant, wellness event planner, yoga instructor and colon cancer thriver. The tools she has gained through Ayurveda and the holistic health sciences have given her the courage to continue come into her fullest power as an individual. By surrendering to her personal truth, Caryn has created an abundant and vibrant life her herself and those around her.

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EPISODE #57: Karen Horneffer-Ginter

Karen Horneffer-Ginter, PhD is a clinical psychologist living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has a passion for helping people reclaim what gets lost amidst the busyness of day-to-day life: qualities such as self-care, joy, humor, gratitude, and compassion. Karen currently serves as an Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean for Wellness at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Her book, Full Cup Thirsty Spirit, was published by Hay House in 2012.

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EPISODE #56: Kim Ades

Kim Ades is the President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching and JournalEngine Software, and has 15 years of experience coaching many of North America’s most respected leaders. She’s an author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mom of five, and in recent years she’s started to notice how often leaders struggle with parenting. She joins me to discuss her philosophies and findings on parenting, a topic she is hugely passionate about.

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EPISODE #55: Brianne DeRosa

Brianne DeRosa is the co-author of the new book Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook, and she’s is the Content Manager for The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit initiative that started in 2010 to champion family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun and conversation about things that matter. She founded Origins Functional Medicine, located in Longwood, FL, to create an all-encompassing holistic healing experience.

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EPISODE #54: Uvinie Lubecki

Uvinie is the Founder and CEO of Leading Through Connection, which trains leaders in compassionate leadership and supports organizations to build a culture of connection and compassion. She has worked with executives and teams at leading corporations and nonprofits including Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, GoPro, Collective Health, Pachamama Alliance and Google.

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EPISODE #53: Amy Alkon

Amy Alkon is the author, most recently, of the “science-help” book, “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence.” She’s also a mediator and volunteers weekly in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, providing free dispute resolution for LA residents. She has been on Good Morning America, The Today Show, NPR, CNN, MTV, podcasts including Adam Carolla’s and Joe Rogan’s, and has given a TED talk.

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EPISODE #52: Dr. Linda Matteoli

Linda Matteoli is a functional medical doctor who graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and continued her medical training in a family medicine residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School where she served as chief resident. She is board certified in family medicine and also holds a master’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston. She founded Origins Functional Medicine, located in Longwood, FL, to create an all-encompassing holistic healing experience.

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EPISODE #51: Dr. Laura Markham

Dr. Laura Markham’s relationship-based parenting model, which she calls Peaceful Parenting, has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and is the proud parent of two terrific young adults who were raised with Peaceful Parenting.

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EPISODE #50: Emily Polar

Originally from the flat lands of the Midwest Emily has journeyed far from home connecting with cultures and perspectives around the world. As National Geographic Travel contributor Emily views photography as an opportunity to explore how we experience our world and what connects us. Emily splits her time between Nepal and the western U.S. collaborating with like-minded companies while working on personal projects.

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EPISODE #49: Shannon Ables

Shannon Ables is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized lifestyle blog, The Simply Luxurious Life (est. 2009) which inspired her first book Choosing The Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman’s Guide, and her second, Living The Simply Luxurious Life: Making Your Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self (2018). Her complementary weekly podcast, The Simple Sophisticate was established in 2014, ranking #5 on iTunes New & Noteworthy on its debut, and her vodcast,

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EPISODE #48: Alyson Long

Alyson Long is the owner of World Travel Family travel blog, a website she created while travelling full time to some extraordinary destinations with her husband and two children. A nomadic lifestyle was a dream come true for this family and these days, after six years of travel, they have no plans to retire from the adventure travel sector. The family is a mixture of Welsh, English and Australian heritage and has lived in all of those places as well as in Vietnam and Romania.

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EPISODE #47: Melissa Wadsworth

Melissa Wadsworth is a new-community visionary, certified dream coach, change catalyst, creative intuitive, and author. The author of Collective Manifestation: Heart-Centered Blueprints for Creating Intentional Community, her vision and leadership integrate her own life-lessons, inspirational optimism, and her commitment to bringing healing change energy to the world.

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EPISODE #46: Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker is the Founder & CEO of Papa, a company that connects college students to older adults for companionship, assistance, and transportation. He started the company in 2017 to support his own grandfather, and Papa has grown to 15 full time employees and over 1,500 students on the platform. Andrew received his Bachelor’s in Finance from Florida State University and his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist certification from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Miami with his wife and dog, Chewie.

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EPISODE #45: Alicia Braccia

Alicia Braccia is a Florida Licensed School Psychologist who received her Masters Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology at Fairfield University, in Connecticut. She has a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from Texas Women’s University. Prior to moving to Florida and forming the Center for Health, Learning and Achievement’s multi-disciplinary team, she was a Teacher, Peer Supervisor and School Psychologist in the New York Public School System.

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EPISODE #44: Chris Smith

Chris Smith helps entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and teams discover a powerful new relationship to who they are and what they do through his proprietary methodology called The Campfire Effect™.

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EPISODE #43: Scott Byrd

Scott Byrd is an entrepreneur and founder of a coaching company who has recently co-written the book, “A Cloudless Mind,” which marries the latest insights from neuroscience with practical ancient wisdom to offer simple truths about the human mind to fundamentally change everything about the way you see yourself and the decisions you make.

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EPISODE #42: Charles Vogl

Author of “The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging,” Charles Vogl is an executive consultant and award-winning author. He works with leaders in tech, finance, media, government, and social change organizations to make them more effective in creating change.

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EPISODE #41: Kristen Manieri – Daily Centering

The idea of having a daily practice where we can each find our sanity and center again is a huge theme in my life at the moment. For starters, I began mentoring six women last month through what I call the Awakened Living Master Class, which takes place over two months and consists of weekly group calls, journal prompts and readings.

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EPISODE #40: Jessi Bloom

Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. Based near Seattle, Washington, she lives with her two sons in a permaculture homestead surrounded by functional gardens and rescue animals. She has become an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management.

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EPISODE #39: Barbara A. Lewis

Barbara A. Lewis is a national award-winning author and educator who teaches kids how to think and solve real problems. When she taught at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, her students initiated the cleanup of hazardous waste, improved sidewalks, planted thousands of trees, and fought crime. They instigated and pushed through several state laws and an amendment to a national law, garnering 10 national awards, including two President’s Environmental Youth Awards.

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EPISODE #38: Kathleen Blake

Iowa native Kathleen Blake started cooking at an early age in her grandmother’s kitchen where she helped prepare Sunday Suppers for her large extended family. After many years and many kitchens, she and her husband, William, opened The Rusty Spoon in downtown Orlando in 2014. A beloved chef among the locals, Blake is also a 2013 and 2015 James Beard Award Nominee.

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EPISODE #37: Carrie Contey

Carrie Contey, PhD is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy, whole human being.

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EPISODE #36: Raphael Cushnir

Raphael Cushnir is a leading voice in the world of emotional intelligence and present moment awareness. He is the author of six books, lectures worldwide, and is a faculty member of the Esalen Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. Learn more at www.cushnir.com.

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EPISODE #35: Jaime Kurtz

Jaime Kurtz is the author of The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets of Better Vacations. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she regularly teaches courses on Social Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Positive Psychology, and Psychological Research Methods. Learn more at jaimekurtz.com.

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EPISODE #34: John P. Strelecky

John P. Strelecky is an international best-selling author of several books, including The Why Café and Life Safari. His books have sold more than 3 million copies around the world and translated into 33 languages. John’s also the creator of the Big Five for Life concept, which was the foundation of our last interview in 2017.

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EPISODE #33: Sky Blue

Sky Blue is the Executive Director of the Fellowship for Intentional Community. Over the last 20 years he has lived in, worked with, and consulted for numerous communal and cooperative groups and organizations, and has visited dozens of communities and cooperatives, in the US and in Europe. Living in community and furthering the larger cooperative movement has been a primary focus of his entire adult life. Learn more at www.ic.org.

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EPISODE #32: Kelly Browne

Kelly Browne is the author of bestselling book 101 Ways to Say Thank You and 101 Ways to Say Thank You for Kids & Teens. She’s spoken around the country inspiring audiences to upgrade their thankfulness etiquette and in the process, helped thousands of people cultivate more gratitude in their lives. Learn more at www.kellybrowne.net.

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EPISODE #31: John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut

John Neffinger and Matthew Kohut are the authors of Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities that Make Us Influential. John is a co-founder of KNP Communications, a private firm that specializes in helping clients become outstanding live communicators. And he and Matthew, a managing partner of KNP, work with entrepreneurs, ambassadors, scientists, and best-selling authors to prepare them for the podium, whether that’s at a board meeting, live television appearance or maybe a TED talk.

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EPISODE #30: Jonathan Robinson

Jonathan Robinson is a psychotherapist, and best-selling author of ten books, including More Love, Less Conflict. He has reached over 100 million people around the world with his practical methods, and his work has been translated into 47 languages. He has made numerous appearances on the Oprah show, as well as many other national TV talk shows, and he’s been featured in USA Today, Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times. Learn more at morelovelessconflict.com.

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EPISODE #29: Rob Schware

Rob Schware is the Co-Founder & Executive Director 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. Learn more at givebackyoga.org/.

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EPISODE #28: Emily Fontano

Emily Fontano is the Artistic Director of SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando, FL. She performs in SAK shows, competes in festivals across the country, and teaches improv classes at SAK. Emily is also the co-host of the podcast Amanda and Emily. Learn more at sakcomedylab.com.

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EPISODE #27: Shea Tuttle

Shea Tuttle is co-editor of Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community-Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice. She holds a master of divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is a student in the master of fine arts in writing program at Spalding University, concentrating in creative nonfiction. She is working on a book about Mister Rogers.

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EPISODE #26: Laura Archer

Laura Archer is the author of Gone for Lunch: 52 Things to do on Your Lunch Brunch, a book she wrote on her mission to reclaim her midday break and to find more time for herself, her interests and her self care. Through her book, blog and workshops, Laura aims to help individuals and companies to appreciate the unbelievable benefits of taking a lunch break – even if only for 20 minutes once or twice a week. Learn more at goneforlunch.com.

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EPISODE #25: Kasley Killam

Kasley Killam is a program manager at Verily, where she sets the strategic direction and oversees the implementation of community engagement initiatives for Verily’s national clinical research platform. Based in San Francisco, Kasley spends her evenings and weekends mobilizing efforts to combat loneliness and promote social health as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, member of the board of directors for the Community Living Campaign, and contributor to Scientific American. Learn more at kasleykillam.com.

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EPISODE #24: Shasta Nelson

Author of Frientimacy and Friendships Don’t Just Happen. A leading voice for friendship, Shasta Nelson speaks for corporations, churches, and conferences all over the country; writes books, blogs, and articles; provides expertise to media, creates teaching videos and class; gathers people for retreats and events; and consults and coaches leaders and teams– all for the purpose of creating healthier friendships in this world.

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EPISODE #23: Heather and Julie

Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT, are the authors of The Happy Sleeper, and, most recently, Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma. Heather is a psychotherapist who specializes in sleep and parenting. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. Julie is the creator of the Wright Mommy and Me, one of Los Angeles’s best-known mommy and me programs.

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EPISODE #22: 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: Traci Ruble

Traci is the founder and CEO of PSYCHED, a San Fransisco-based counseling center, and the co-creator of Sidewalk Talk Community Listening Project.

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EPISODE #20: Kate DeBartolo

Kate DeBartolo is the Director of The Conversation Project, an initiative started in 2013 by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) that is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

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EPISODE #19: Bernadette Noll

Bernadette Noll is an Austin, Texas native and a self-proclaimed maker. She’s the author of the books Slow Family Living: 75 Simple Ways to Slow Down, Connect, and Create More Joy and Make Stuff Together: 24 Simple Projects to Create as a Family.

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EPISODE #18: Rebecca P. Cohen

Rebecca P. Cohen has taught 6,000 children in North America, Europe, Africa, and China and is the go-to spokesperson and inspirational speaker for getting outside any time of the year. Rebecca’s early reader children’s book series, PJ’s Backyard Adventures, is the latest project from the author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks) and creator of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in USA Today, Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, and Backyard Solutions.

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EPISODE #17: Courtney Carver

Courtney Carver launched her blog Be More with Less in 2010 and is one of the top bloggers in the world on the subject of minimalism. Recently she published the book Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, which tells her story of living with less and gives practical advice for shedding the excess in our lives to make room for more live. Courtney has been featured in countless articles, podcasts, and interviews on simplicity and is the creator of the minimalist fashion challenge Project 333, which was featured in O magazine and Real Simple.

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EPISODE #16: Katie Seymour

Katie Seymour is a volunteer puppy raiser with Canine Companions for Independence and a volunteer handler with Be an Angel Dog Ministry and with Therapy Dogs Inc.

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EPISODE #15: Dana Marie Roquemore

Dana Marie Roquemore is social entrepreneur who went from being a stylist for fashion shows, personal wardrobe consultant and event planner, to being the creator of an innovative community concept that took Orlando, FL by storm. In 2014, Dana created The Dinner Party Project, a food-focused social experiment that invites eight strangers to share incredible food, interesting conversation and fantastic company.

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EPISODE #14: Eddie Selover

As a writer and communicator, Eddie Selover helps people express their business and personal stories in ways that are more relevant, credible, and impactful. As a marketing communications professional, Eddie has written speeches for senior executives, organized and executed large-scale conferences and events. As a certified life coach, Eddie helps people clarify their goals and priorities, and then better align their choices and actions to help meet those goals.

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EPISODE #13: Rick Bommelje

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

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Katie Denis

Katie Denis is the Chief of Research and Strategy at Project: Time Off, which aims to shift culture so that taking time off is understood as essential to personal wellbeing, professional success, business performance, and economic expansion.​

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Karla McLaren

Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill and has taught at such places as Omega Institute and Kripalu Center.

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Shannon Taylor

Dr. Shannon Taylor is an associate professor and Ph.D. program coordinator in the management department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His research examines rude, abusive and unethical behaviors of employees and leaders. His work has appeared in journals in business and applied psychology and has been featured by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox News and NPR. Dr. Taylor gives presentations on leadership and management to audiences in business, education, health, and government. He also serves as research director at Knowtro Inc.

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Angie Byrd

Angie Byrd is a teacher, writer and partner to women in motion. She serves women through intense, experiential engagements that demand presence, honesty and the shared possibility of something more. With Angie’s help, women see, feel and experience themselves as powerful beings that matter, have deep connection with themselves and in their relationships, and can pursue lives of passion and purpose.

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Rachelle Lucas

Rachelle is an international travel writer whose worked with People magazine, Travel Channel. The New York Times and USA Today. She founded the website The Travel Bite, a food and travel blog for inspiring active culinary vacations.

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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.

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Brandon Craig

Brandon is a master creator, listener and results visionary coach accustomed to working in high stakes environments. Prior to building his highly successful individual coaching practice he founded and grew a multi-million dollar industrial services firm.

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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.

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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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Kostya Kimlat

Kostya Kimlat is a Ukrainian-American magician, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and business consultant who uses magic to help others understand the importance of perception in our daily lives.

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Carrie Contey

Carrie Contey, PhD is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy, whole human being.

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Show Trailer

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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