Episode 079: What Steals Joy…and How to Get It Back

In this third episode about starting your 2.x life with joy, we’re looking at 5 joy-stealers, as well as ways to prevent joy from eroding out from under you.  And if you find your joy bank account running low, this episode will help you make deposits to get the balance healthy again.

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Hello. Your Life is Calling.

Has your heart ever tried to tell you something and you didn’t listen?  What about your body?  Well, if you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you know that both my heart and  body were trying to communicate with me, and I didn’t hear it.  I was too busy working.  Too busy “getting it done”.

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Until I couldn’t any more.  My body simply quit working.  I had no choice but to listen.

Episode 078: How to Measure Your Life

We've been exploring how to live Life 2.x – how to iterate your way through life.  Today’s episode is related but different.  It’s unplugged.  Raw.  Why?  Leighton Phraner, my voice teacher for 35 years, recently died.  That got me thinking about how we measure our success – the true measure of a life well lived.  This episode is dedicated to him.

Leighton Phraner

Leighton Rand Phraner

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I Thought I Was Growing Pumpkins…..

One year Jerry and I decided to grow pumpkins.  I really don’t know what possessed us to try it.  We’d been relatively successful at growing vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, or radishes.  And now we thought we were ready for more.  So, pumpkins it was.

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We put in some starter plants.  They took right away.  The vines grew longer and longer, and then there was fruit.  Until there wasn’t.

Episode 077: How to Practice Joy

Today we’re continuing our Life 2.x series in how to iterate your way to a second life.  Where do we start?  With joy.  On today’s episode, we’ll discover how to practice joy, especially when it doesn’t come naturally.

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Life is worth celebrating.

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Whiffs of Smoke Taught Me Something About Vision

I woke up in a hotel room in Anaheim, CA.  Coughing, sneezing, eyes burning.  Sick.  At the Podcast Movement conference, I so wanted to be fully present.  Meet people.  Engage in lively conversation.  Learn everything there was to learn.  Instead, I was fighting to stay awake.  Feeling as though my head was floating – like it wasn’t part of my body.  Or it might explode.

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There was something else too this morning when I woke up.  I saw what looked like puffs of smoke floating around in my left eye.  Like the smoke that wafts from a campfire as it dances on the breeze. And I couldn’t see very well.

Joy is Optional

Did you know that you’re promised joy? Psalm 30 says, “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”  Yet sometimes we just don’t feel it.  It seems elusive.

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And sometimes we have to choose joy before it will find us.  It feels so far away.  Sometimes joy is optional.

Episode 076: Start With Joy

If you want to create a new life, or even a small reboot, where do you start?  With a vision?  A plan?  Not exactly.  You start by living the life you already have with joy.  True joy comes not from our circumstances, but from inside.  On this episode we’ll discuss three important reasons to start with joy.

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