Episode 082: What to Do When Tested

Testing.  It's annoying, even painful.  And necessary.  For emergencies, and in our life.  On today’s episode I’ll share how my commitment has been tested lately.  And give you 5 actions you can take when your commitment is put to the test.

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Episode 081: Don’t Follow Your Passion. Instead, Follow This…

The standard advice to follow our passion isn’t always good advice.  Actually, you bring your passion with you in everything you do, as it’s part of you.  So if you’re not supposed to follow your passion, what should you follow?  On this episode we explore 3 road-signs to follow instead of your passion.

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Episode 080: The Birth of Hope

When we think of what it takes to move to the next chapter of our lives, we often think we have to burn the boats, throw caution to the wind, and do something radical.  We also think of extreme goal-setting tactics.  Since Episode 075, we’ve been debunking those myths.  Sure, you can do it that way.  But you don’t have to.  You can start a new life or career by experimenting as you go.  And setting a strong foundation to build on.

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We started with joy.  Today we’re talking about hope.  Hope is one of the cornerstones for your 2.x life, and is also central to our Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations.  Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Happy New Year!

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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

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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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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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Episode 075: Not Found Your Purpose?

Have you wondered what your purpose is?  Maybe even tried to find it?  And nothing seems like “it”?  Me too.  On today’s episode we’re talking about how to be okay with not knowing, and what to do while we’re searching.

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Episode 074: Promises, Detours, and Roadblocks

Our plans don’t always go according to…well…plan.  Speed bumps, detours, and roadblocks can get in our way.  On this episode we’ll explore how to recognize them for what they are, and work with these disruptions to make our plans actually happen

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