Good Life Project

Jonathan Fields / Acast

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What does it mean to live a good life? What's the role of happiness, meaning, work, love, purpose, kindness, friendship, and more? How do status, circumstance, gender, privilege, race, identity, and more play into the quest to live your best life? These are the questions and topics we explore every week in conversation with leading voices in art, science, industry, and culture, from Brené Brown, Matthew McConaughey, & Bishop Michael Curry, to Austin Channing Brown, Glennon Doyle, Julián Castro, & hundreds of others.

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Lisa Miller, Ph.D. | The Surprising Science of Spirituality

Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person, or not, your brain - yes, you - is wired for spirituality in a way you never imagined. It is activated, turned on, and greatly benefits, from spiritual experience. And, it’s not just your brain, it’s your body, your health, your relationships, your work, your life. Which begs the question, “what even IS spiritual experience?” And, beyond feeling more deeply connected to some notion of Source, God, or oneness, how does it affect us? And, is there science that explains it? That’s where we’re headed with today's guest, acclaimed researcher, and pioneer in the science of spirituality, Dr. Lisa Miller.  Dr. Miller is a professor of twenty years in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the Founder and Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program and research institute in spirituality and psychology, and has held over a decade of joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical School. Her innovative research has been published in more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles in leading journals, including Cerebral Cortex, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spiritual Child and her newest book, https://amzn.to/3SCNCpd, explores her groundbreaking research on the science of spirituality and how to engage it in our lives. In my conversation with her today, she uncovers more about the innate spirituality that's within all of us, dives deeper into the research that connects spirituality to wellbeing, and awakens the question that's inside us all, which is how do I live a meaningful and purposeful life? And, be sure to listen and join in when she guides me through a powerful thought experience, in real-time, that reveals insights about my own spiritual sense that surprised even me! You can find Lisa at: Website https://www.lisamillerphd.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dr.lisamiller/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Adam Gazzaley https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000524446787 about neuroscience, psychedelic and spiritual experience. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for more information.

1h 8m
Aug 11
Sabaa Tahir | All My Rage

Imagine leaving everything you know behind to start a life in a brand new country, all in hopes of providing a better life for yourself and your family. After all is said and done, and you've made sacrifice after sacrifice to feed, clothe, and care for yourself and eventually, children, in this new and unfamiliar place that doesn't even feel all that welcoming all the time, your biggest hope for your kids is that become self-sufficient, and ideally, make you proud in the process. This, like many other immigrant families, was the hope of Sabaa Tahir's parents, and as a NY Times bestselling author, it's safe to say she's fulfilled her parents' hopes and dreams despite where she came from. That's why I'm excited to dive into this chat with Sabaa today, where she tells me more about how a girl who grew up in her family's eighteen-room motel went from devouring fantasy novels to writing hit ones of her own. Sabaa was born to Muslim-Pakistani immigrants in Great Britain, and she lived there for the first year of her life before moving to California, where she grew up in the Mojave Desert in the middle of a naval base at the small motel her parents owned. She's been a professional author since 2015 and a journalist at The Washington Post before that, and Sabaa's books, including her critically-acclaimed Ember in the Ashes series, have sold more than a million copies worldwide, are and international bestsellers, and have been honored by TIME Magazine on a list of the 100 best fantasy books of all time. Her work has appeared on numerous best books of the year lists, including Amazon, Buzzfeed,, TIME, and Her latest book, https://amzn.to/3oY0Xux, draws heavily from her experiences and feelings of isolation growing up as an outcast as one of the few South Asian families in her small military hometown, and in my conversation with Sabaa today, we explore those external, as well as the internal, influences that helped her tell a story that embodies a deeply personal, but universal, rage. Of course, none of us can choose where we come from or where we grew up, and certainly, none of us can control the injustices that happen every day in this world. But in this chat with Sabaa today, we pinpoint how she's used storytelling to face the ghosts that haunted her, access emotions like rage that have traditionally not been reserved for those like her and tell a story that's been brewing inside her all along.  You can find Sabaa at: Website https://sabaatahir.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/SabaaTahir/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Valarie Kaur https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000535123900 about her experience integrating two cultures. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58m
Aug 08
Steve Magness | The Truth About Toughness (a better way to do hard things)

Adults do this thing — and maybe you've already done it yourself since you've grown up — where they go out of their way to remind children that life will come with its difficult moments, so we should revel in the good, easy times while they last. Ease, we learn, is the state we should most aspire to. But, what about those hard things, moments, and experiences? Isn’t there value in them, even if they’re not fun in the moment? Aren’t they important in not only making us who are, in fostering confidence, competence, and resilience? In making life truly good, and equipping us with the resilience to get through the times when it’s not? And, what about that age-old notion of toughness? What’s really going on there? Can we be tough, but also gentle, vulnerable, open?  Today's guest, Steve Magness, a world-renowned expert on performance, well-being, and sustainable success, joins me to dive deeper into these questions and explore the fascinating intersections of success, toughness, doing hard things, and science.  Steve is co-author of the best-selling book Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox. His most recent work is https://amzn.to/3vpbd2S. In his coaching practice, Steve works with executives, entrepreneurs, and athletes on their performance and mental skills. He's worked with Olympians and professional athletes across the NBA and MLB, and his writing has appeared in various notable outlets such as Forbes, Sports Illustrated, and Men's Health.  Toughness is a word that comes with certain unfortunate, heavily machismo-fueled perceptions that might not be accurate or even helpful to us as we strive for success or try to work our way through hard things. In this conversation, you'll hear us dissect the words "grit" and "toughness" as Steve offers his take on the matter, defining grit as the ability to create space for navigating your doubts, insecurities, and feelings that can get in the way of the desired outcome. And in the end, we explore the importance of training our brains to escape the shock of difficulties and forge on until the end — even with the complicated feelings and all.  You can find Steve at: Website http://www.stevemagness.com/ | The Growth Equation podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-growth-equation-podcast/id1505257676 | On Coaching podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/magness-marcus-on-coaching/id961516002 IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Angela Duckworth https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000493182731 about grit, resilience, and adaptability. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 6m
Aug 04
JoAnna Garcia Swisher | How to Stay True to Yourself, While Going for a Dream

How do you balance both the weight and the sense of possibility of pursuing a massive dream? Especially when you feel you’re representing generations and building a life and living in a very public way, from your earliest years? We all know the story of the American Dream goes: move to America in pursuit of a better life. One with more resources, access, and opportunities, not just for yourself, but your kids, who so often hold in their hands the dreams and expectations and sacrifices of those who came before them and made it possible for them to be where they are today. It can be quite the burden. On the other hand, there’s the dream side of the equation. The example of making hard choices and taking action in the belief that amazing things are possible. My guest today, acclaimed actor, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, learned this from her dad. In our eye-opening conversation today about the complexities of navigating Hollywood as a young child and woman, how the values instilled by her father molded her and the boundaries that sustain her career, and more, JoAnna and I explore the shifting nature of how stories are told in media and their ability to help us relate to one another, feel joy or even grieve. So join us, as she and I dive deeper into her background and then bring it back to the big picture, which is the powerful nature of dreams, joy, and storytelling.  You can find JoAnna at: Website https://www.thehappyplacepresents.com/ | The Happy Place Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thehappyplace/ | JoAnna's Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jogarciaswisher/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Marin Hinkle https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000459160630 about navigating life in the public eye. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59m
Aug 01
Colin O'Brady | The Power of Quests (and how to mount yours)

So, what would make someone strap a sled loaded with 375 pounds of food and supplies onto their body, then drag it across a stormy, windswept, frozen landmass at the bottom of the earth for 54 days in brutal subzero temperatures, just to say they did it? What might the average person - meaning you and me - who has little to no interest in doing anything remotely so extreme, learn from this experience that would translate into our ability to live better lives, in far less brutal environments, every day? And, how might committing to a more accessible, single-day of challenge, radically change our perspective on all parts of life? These are the questions I had, and the topics we explore with today’s guest, ten-time world record-breaking explorer, speaker, entrepreneur, and expert on mindset, Colin O’Brady. His feats include the world’s first solo, unsupported, and fully human-powered crossing of Antarctica, speed records for the Explorers Grand Slam and the Seven Summits, and the first human-powered, 700-mile ocean row across Drake Passage, maybe the most dangerous and brutal body of frigid, wave-stream ocean that spans South America to Antarctica. Colin’s highly publicized expeditions have been followed by millions and his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Tonight Show, The Joe Rogan Experience, and The Today Show. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller The Impossible First and now https://amzn.to/3ODienj But, what got me so curious, was how preparing for and then mounting these extreme, physically-grueling challenges, was actually as much, if not more about the mind as it was about the body. And, I wanted to know, beyond why anyone would do these things, how they changed him, as a human being, what we all might learn from this and how we might create more accessible, yet transformative versions in our own lives, and experience the powerful benefits that come from them? And, as part of that, we talk about an interesting invitation he’s created to say yes to what he calls The 12-Hour Walk. You can find Colin at: Website https://www.colinobrady.com/ | The 12-Hour Walk https://12hourwalk.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/colinobrady/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Rich Roll https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000411354596 about the interplay between body and mind and how we can use each as a lever to evolve the other. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 14m
Jul 28
Tiffani R. Moore | Living & Flourishing With Chronic Illness

Imagine, after years of living on your own, building a 15-year career an award-winning career as a Creative Consultant and Wardrobe Stylist, and essentially checking all the success boxes, a chronic illness drops into your body, leading you back to your hometown to move in with your parents as you work to rehabilitate and heal, and try to not just reclaim, but reimagine your life. Today's guest, Tiffani Moore, knows exactly what it's like to be in this scenario—forced to listen to her body's need for recovery and support after she found out she had Lupus. Tiffani is the Founder and Owner of Moore WellBeings, in addition to being an Intuitive Healer & Coach, Reiki Master, yoga instructor, BreathWork, and MNDFL certified Meditation Facilitator. Before making her mark in the world of wellness, she spent 15+ years building a career as a successful, sought-after stylist and Creative Consultant.  But her lupus diagnosis, and the physical and psychological devastation that led up to it, changed everything. Seeking less conventional solutions, she followed her intuition and began to study the power of alternative therapies, including meditation, yoga, herbal medicine, and many of the healing practices she utilizes with clients now. Recovering her wellbeing has been a years-long, painstaking process, fueled by intensive learning, and eventually, a drive to train in and share the many modalities she’d discovered, while also creating a safe, nonjudgmental and well-informed space for marginalized communities to explore holistic wellness.  In this conversation with Tiffani today, you'll hear us explore the harsh realities of living with a chronic illness, like feeling like a burden to loved ones or the struggle to balance rest and recovery with the need to work to survive. We talk about intuition and its role in healing, wellness, and self-expression and how it could benefit us to rethink wellness not as a luxury but instead as a birthright or something we all deserve and can access. You can find Tiffani at: Website https://www.juliangilliam.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/juliangilliam/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with James Gordon https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000454408655 about the power of the mind to heal and work through illness and trauma. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 4m
Jul 25
Ibram X. Kendi | How to Raise an Antiracist

One of the things I’ve come to believe during the now 10-year journey of Good Life Project is that there truly is no individual good life, without there also being a more collective and inclusive path for a societal good life. We are all interconnected. And a key part of this more expansive aspiration is about planting seeds, starting with younger generations. So, how do you raise kids to create a more equitable and inclusive society? One where we’re not afraid to acknowledge and discuss beautiful experiences, while also addressing hard truths in a way that steeps us in reality, invites everyone into the conversation, and compels us to do the work needed to create more possibility, equality and opportunity for all, regardless of race, socio-economic status, religion, age, ability and beyond? That’s where we’re headed with today’s guest, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. He’s the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research, a contributing writer at The Atlantic, CBS News racial justice contributor, and the host of the Be Antiracist podcast. Dr. Kendi is also the author of many highly acclaimed books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest-ever winner of that award. He has also produced five straight #1 New York Times bestsellers, including , , and , co-authored by Jason Reynolds. In 2020, Time magazine named Dr. Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Genius Grant. And his new book, https://amzn.to/3cpZhqW, take us into the core ideas around bringing kids up - as caretakers, parents, educators and community members - in a way that opens their minds, hearts and eyes to both our history and to the work still to be done to decrease inequality and increase equality. You can find Ibram at: Website https://www.ibramxkendi.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ibramxk/ | Be Antiracist Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/be-antiracist-with-ibram-x-kendi/id1564144316 IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Austin Channing Brown https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000476609797 inviting all to play a part in creating a more equal and inclusive society. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53m
Jul 21
John Rzeznik | Goo Goo Dolls to Good Good Life [Best Of]

How does a founding member of one of the biggest bands of the last few decades create such incredible music, enjoyed by hundreds of millions of people, while living a life that is privately falling apart? And what would make him do the work to start to put all the pieces back together, to produce not just iconic music, but also a grounded, fulfilling life?  That’s where we’re going in today’s Best Of conversation with the founding member, frontman and guitarist for iconic band, the Goo Goo Dolls, John Rzeznik. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, John is a legend in the world of music, with 19 top-ten singles, including mega-hits like Iris (which spent 12 months on the Billboard charts), Name, Black Balloon and countless others. And, like so many who turned to music at a young age as both a way to cope with discord and a form of expression, he’s lived a life of extraordinary artistry and contribution, and along with that, a certain amount of darkness and struggle that for many years found him turning to alcohol as a way to get through each day. Until it all fell apart, and he had to make a decision. One he keeps making every day.  Now, sober, a devoted dad and husband, he's telling a new story with his life and music, and taking the giant, global community of Goo Goo Doll fans along for the journey. And, as you’ll hear, he’s headed into the studio to create something that is truly representative not just of this moment in time, but also of how his lens on life, music, and creativity have evolved. You can find John at: Website https://www.googoodolls.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/johnrzeznikggd/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Joan Osborne https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000556939194 about her incredible life in music and activism. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 11m
Jul 18
Dr. Jennifer Heisz | Move Your Body, Ease Your Mind

We all know how exercise and fitness can impact and improve our physical health. But, what about what it can do for your mind? Your brain? Your experience of anxiety, depression, stress and more? Your relationships? Your ability to experience peace and ease?  Movement can be an astonishingly powerful prescription for the all-too-often heaviness and complexity of life. So, why is it so difficult sometimes to get up and move, even when we know what good it'll do for us? Turns out, our bodies and brains do this fascinating dance that sometimes supports us, and other times shuts us down, even when we know, rationally, we’d feel better making different choices. It makes me wonder what if the solution to start moving more isn't based on a doctor's orders or creating a rigorous workout plan but, instead, listening to our bodies and responding accordingly with movement in a way that brings all systems online? That's what we're talking about today with my guest, Dr. Jennifer Heisz.  She's an expert in brain health and the author of https://amzn.to/3uIHkdh. Dr. Hesiz is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Brain Health and Aging at McMaster University, where she directs the NeuroFit lab. Her award-winning research examines the intersections of physical and emotional health and how exercise helps ward off or treat depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health conditions.  Her new book explores her own research and the latest findings on how fitness and exercise can combat mental health conditions such as anxiety, dementia, ADHD, and depression, while improving productivity, creativity, and sleep. Get ready to hear us dive deeper into the relationships between fitness and mental health, creativity, and sleep and explore different strategies and approaches that anyone — with all levels of ability or disability, motivated or unmotivated — can tap to incorporate movement into their lives in a way that feels good. So excited to share this conversation with you. You can find Jennifer at: Website https://www.jenniferheisz.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dr.jenniferheisz/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Bessel van der Kolk, MD https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000552075636 about the relationship between our minds and our bodies and how we need to harness both to unwind the mind, especially in the context of trauma. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 5m
Jul 14
Kerri Kelly | The Myth of Wellness & How We Truly Heal

We’ve all heard the call to self-care, some have even heeded it. But what if, beyond the core concept of taking care of your physical, emotional, and spiritual self, there was a deeper engine of discord and exclusion at play? Wellbeing is, no doubt, key to living a good life, but wellness - as a concept - over the years, has become an industry, and along with that has come both incredible benefits and also a host of co-opted, problematic ideals, offerings and structures.  A look under the hood often reveals an arguably toxic industry with deep cracks in its foundation that threaten to reveal the inequitable, exclusionary, shame-driven, perfection-aspiring, and, on occasion, even predatory side of wellness culture. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s what we’re exploring in today's episode with community organizer and wellness activist Kerri Kelly. Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement that is democratizing well-being for all. As a descendant of generations of firemen and first responders, Kerri has dedicated her life to kicking down doors and fighting for justice. She's been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is known for making waves in the wellness industry by challenging norms, disrupting systems, and mobilizing people to act. Kerri is the author of the forthcoming book https://amzn.to/3Ir4Xwt, and through her work and her advocacy, she's been instrumental in translating the practices of wellbeing into social and political action and working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders, and policymakers to transform our systems from the inside out.  Today, I get the pleasure of chatting more about her ideas, activism, and all the ins and outs of wellness culture through her lens. And in this conversation, you'll hear us talk about the aftermath of 9/11 and how loss and grief pushed Kerri into the world of wellness; we explore wellness as we've come to know it today and its transformation into a symbol of luxury, the divisiveness of the movement, the deep systematic problems that plague its culture, and what we can do about it. So excited to share this conversation with you. You can find Kerri at: Website https://americandetox.co/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kkellyyoga/ | CTZNWELL https://www.ctznwell.org/ | CTZN Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ctzn/id1372580528 IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Aviva Romm, MD https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000524906896 about women’s health. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 2m
Jul 11
Angus Fletcher | Sparking Creativity with the Power of Storytelling

The fact that you're listening to this podcast right now tells me ‌you likely already know the power of a compelling story. Good storytelling can persuade, inspire, and ultimately grab hold of the hearts and minds of whoever's listening or reading. And so, whether you'd call yourself a lover of classic literature, an avid reader, or neither, you can probably think of a book you've read or a story you've heard at some point that's completely changed your outlook on life or given you much-needed perspective. Telling stories, although the act may seem like second nature, is a powerful tool that we all can use to deepen the way we learn and interact with one another and ourselves and help us find more meaning and direction in our own lives. And to bring the power of storytelling to light further and break down the science and impact behind it is today's guest, Angus Fletcher, Professor of Story Science at Ohio State's Project Narrative, the world's leading academic think tank for the study of how stories work.  As a practitioner of story science or story scientist, Angus has a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in literature from Yale. His fascinating research employs a mix of laboratory experiment, literary history and rhetorical theory to explore the psychological effects—cognitive, behavioral, therapeutic—of different narrative technologies. His newest research on resilience and creativity with the U.S. Army's Special Operations community has just been published in Harvard Business Review and the New York Academy of Sciences. Today, he joins me as one of the world's leading experts on the psychological effects of narrative and literature to dive deeper into the science of stories and explore how we all could use the stories we are told and tell ourselves to better our lives and find more meaning, joy, and hope. In our chat, you'll hear us talk more about the nitty-gritty of narrative theory and his new book on the science of stories, https://amzn.to/3nKzcVI, and explore how storytelling is the free driver of change, self-efficacy, and connection that we all need in our adult lives and in childhood.  You can find Angus at: Website https://www.angusfletcher.co/ | LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/angus-fletcher-99713617/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Liz Gilbert https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000391275616 about creativity and storytelling and writing and lifting a fully open, honest, true and real life. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 8m
Jul 07
Gail Devers | How to Take Back Control of Your Life and Health

Today's guest, Gail Devers, was a rising star in the world of running, winning title after title. Until her body began to betray her, literally consuming itself and threatening to end her career just as it was just getting going, let alone her life. Maybe even more distressing, though, was a level of systematic gaslighting for years, doctors kept saying nothing was wrong, but she knew. And she kept pushing for answers until she found one, then painstakingly rebuilt her health, her life, and stepped back onto the track to do what no one else thought possible. Gail became a nine-time World Champion, three-time Olympic gold track and field medalist, and a five-time Olympian.  Now a fierce advocate for raising awareness for Grave's Disease, which she was finally diagnosed with, she’s made a name for herself as one of the fastest women alive for almost two decades. Although the odds were seemingly against Gail when she discovered her diagnosis, from her health suffering to her self-confidence taking a major hit as a result. It made Gail's recovery and comeback moment years later in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona even more special.  But her story is also so much bigger than running. She’s become a fierce advocate to raise awareness for Grave's disease and its accompanying TED symptoms. In my chat with her today, we take it back to where it all first started, remembering what motivated her to step onto the track in the first place, and we make our way up to the moment that finally changed everything for Gail: receiving her first diagnosis. We talk about how overwhelming yet crucial it was for Gail to serve as her own health advocate during her search for answers, how goal-setting played its role in her recovery and healing journey, and why it's so important for us all to take back control of our lives against anything that tries to take it away from us.  This talk with Gail comes at a special time since July is Grave's Disease Awareness Month. So buckle in, and come along this ride with us today and learn how one woman was determined to finish the race that she started, even if her life depended on it. So excited to share this conversation with you. You can find Gail at: More About Thyroid Eye Disease https://www.thyroideyes.com/thyroid-eye-disease-support/ted-graves-disease-stories?utm_source=FOCUSonTED.com&utm_medium=vanity&utm_campaign=redirect&utm_content=ted_info | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/imgaildevers/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Rich Roll https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000411354596 about navigating his journey through addiction, recommitting himself to health and wellness, and eventually becoming an ultra-endurance athlete. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 1m
Jul 05
Jake Wesley Rogers | Embracing What Makes You Different

Vogue Magazine named today’s guest, Jake Wesley Rogers, Gen Z's Elton John, but truth is, he is a wildly-talented, 25-year-old singer, songwriter and performer not only dazzles audiences but also stands powerfully in an identity that belongs to no one other than himself. How a queer kid from Springfield, Missouri, went from growing up in the deep South, then studying songwriting in Nashville, TN, to eventually gracing the stages of music festivals like Lollapalooza, headlining for artists like Panic At The Disco! and Ben Platt isn't all that of a mystery once you hear his music—and his story.  Jake has this unique way of creating bold, emotional music that tells the stories of his life, yet feels universal at the same time. He invites us all to feel and sing and move and, in no small way, reclaim the parts and stories in our own lives that we’ve left behind. Elton John, himself, sang Jake’s praises while he was a guest on the 300th episode of Elton's Apple Music radio show Rocket Hour, saying Rogers reminded him of himself when he started out. And, all the while, what you’ll experience in this conversation, is how deeply grounded, loving, and intentional he is with everything he does. In today's conversation, we dive into Jake's journey in music and life and explore some of the lyrics of his recently released six-song EP Pluto, which has been long-awaited since his signing to hit songwriter Justin Tranter's imprint of Warner Records, Facet Records, in 2020. We unpack the art of songwriting and storytelling and its ability to help us process difficult experiences and explore some interesting asides on identity, finding inspiration, his connection and love for his family, and how important it is for Rogers to keep himself centered and present as the rocket ship that has become his career as an artist takes off.  His EP “Pluto” is filled with passionate ballads and poetic lyrics that tell the stories of his most formative years and dealings with love of all forms—from romantic to familial to self-love. And though Jake is early in the years, he’s deeply wise, we can all learn something from his outlook not just on storytelling but on gratitude, joy, and taking life in stride.  You can find Jake at: Website https://www.jakewesleyrogers.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jakewesleyrogers/ | Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/5lEF4Tt1uK7Kuk80ILMlE9?autoplay=true IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Justin Tranter https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000516741059 about their life in music and creativity and really finding a place of power and beauty and creative expression. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48m
Jun 30
Abby Wambach | Doing Hard Things & Falling in Love [Best Of]

For generations, Abby Wambach’s http://abbywambach.com/ name has been synonymous with soccer. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and the highest all-time goal scorer ever, she is an icon. But, that's not the whole story. Not by a long shot. And, funny enough, especially here in the podcast world, she’s become known for a very different story. One centered around love, advocacy, and impact. Retiring in 2015 at the age of 35, Abby found herself, for the first time since she was a young child, without a defining identity or path forward. The year that followed brought her to her knees, but then delivered her into her next, even more powerful season of her life. She met and married the love of her life, Glennon Doyle, (who’s been a two-time guest on this show https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/glennon-doyle-best-of/) and became a co-parent to three amazing kids. Funny enough, and we talk about this in the conversation, the first time Abby ever heard Glennon publicly talk about her, and their then-budding relationship was on this podcast. And, as we all know now, they’d eventually team up with Glennon’s sister to launch the wildly-beloved and impactful podcast, We Can Do Hard Things https://pod.link/1564530722. Abby has also redirected the same fierce effort that led her to be a world-class athlete toward becoming an activist for equality and inclusion, a champion of women, queer, and human rights. Her book, https://amzn.to/2F6gxNx, and the movement and company she launched along with it, is a reclamation. It's a call to agency and community. It's a stake in the ground that defines this next, powerful leg in her journey, and her role in our collective journey together. We explore this powerful journey, along with many of the deeper motivations, struggles, moments of awakening, defining stories and so much more in today’s conversation. You can find Abby at: Website https://abbywambach.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/abbywambach/ | We Can Do Hard Things https://pod.link/1564530722 IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Glennon Doyle https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000527460195 about becoming untamed and falling in love. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 14m
Jun 27
Tara Westover | Educated: The Story Behind the Phenom

If you haven't heard of Tara Westover's memoir https://amzn.to/3Hos0Yx. yet, you're in for a real treat. Her massive blockbuster book recounts her time growing up in rural Idaho with a dad who viewed the outside world with deep fear and a conspiratorial bent and kept the family isolated and forbidden from pursuing public school education. Tara, who never saw the inside of a classroom until she was 17, retraces her steps from her survivalist childhood to her remarkable journey to earning her Ph.D. at Cambridge. She spent her time in Idaho working in her family's junkyard, learning about herbal medicine from her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife, and plotting her great escape. Ultimately, she graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, and in 2014, she earned a Ph.D. in history from Trinity College, Cambridge, became a Writer in Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School, and was selected as a Senior Research Fellow there.  When it came time to tell her own story, Tara wrote the book she needed to write for herself. Her truth. Her story. That's it. But just as she has her own story to tell through her own lens, so does each person in her family. This reality pushes us to wonder and question how quickly society has become to put people in categories or boil their existence down to a single instance or even statement. So how do you do justice to your own narrative when the stakes are the ability to ever reconnect with your family for the rest of your life? And is it even possible?  In today's conversation, we explore Tara's story, but we also go deeper into her creative journey, her desire to make meaning and to write. To build her own life. And we talk about what happened leading up to the book's publication, as well as how that moment affected her in ways she could've never seen coming and the conflict between being loyal to her family and being loyal to herself. We explore how the ensuing years have led her into a new phase of self-discovery and revelation, in part, because of the stunning global success of the book and also the near-overnight exposure of her and her story to millions of people around the world. So like I said in the beginning if you've never heard of this book before —and even if you have— you're in for a real treat today.  You can find Tara at: Website https://tarawestover.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/itsmetarajane/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Elizabeth Gilbert https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000496889261 about the power and also concerns that come from writing your truth, then sharing it. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58m
Jun 23
Jenna Kutcher | How “Are” You? No, Really.

When's the last time you've answered the question, "How are you?" honestly?  Whether small talk is a good thing, a bad thing or just a thing is a matter of passionate debate. But, the bigger issue is - when it is time to get real. Both with other people, and also with ourselves? And what are we losing, what parts of ourselves, our relationships, our lives, are we forsaking when we hide behind the facade of social propriety?  There comes a time when it's crucial to move beyond the surface level if we want to invite deeper and more fulfilled connections into our lives and find a community that will support and uplift us. So today, I'm joined by Jenna Kutcher to talk more about this idea of diving deeper below the surface in all parts of life to spark meaningful connections and, ultimately, a more authentic and rich life.  Jenna Kutcher is a born-and-raised Minnesota wife, mom, and wildly-successful educational entrepreneur who aims for two things daily that I can totally respect: helping others wake up to life and staying in comfy pants. After leaving a mainstream, yet largely life-sucking career that was a complete misfit for her, she found her way into art, photography, and eventually creative entrepreneurship. And, she began to realize, life is just so much bigger than she imagined, and success was not what she’s always been told.  And, as is her bent, the minute she learns something she loves to share, so she founded and hosts the now top-rated The Goal Digger podcast, where Jenna’s helped thousands redefine success and chase dreams through her decade-long work as a leading online educator. Her first book, https://amzn.to/3xSxRSx, is this deeply open guidebook to being alive that's chocked full of both provocative invitations to rethink life, as well as detailed guidance to lead you forward in a way that moves closer to your heartbeat, your people, and the good life that awaits you. There are too many fascinating nuggets that touch on so many elements of living a good life throughout this conversation, like the importance of asking for help, how to navigate change in life and business while remaining grounded, and the difference asking that age-old question with a simple tweak, "How are you, really?" could make in all our relationships. So if you're on a mission to own your life rather than the other way around and feel more alive, good things are in store for you in this chat with Jenna.  You can find Jenna at: Website https://jennakutcher.com/book | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jennakutcher/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Amanda Palmer https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000440117302 about being open, vulnerable, and real. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 8m
Jun 20
Florence Williams | What Heartbreak Does to Your Body (and what to do about it)

Heartbreak. We all experience it. It’s a horrible feeling, but can it actually, literally, break your heart, along with the other organs and systems in your body? Turns out, the answer is yes. It attacks not just your psychology - your state of mind - but also your physiology; everything from your brain to your cardiovascular, endocrine, immune system, and beyond. It can ravage both body and mind. And, it also turns out, there are things you can do to not only mend your broken heart emotionally but also rebuild your health after it’s taken a major hit. That’s where we’re going with my guest today, acclaimed science journalist, Florence Williams. Her book was an Audible bestseller. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and has written for the New York Times, National Geographic, and many other publications. But, that’s not what kicked off her interest in heartbreak and what it does to us.  For Florence, it was personal. After her decades-long marriage ended, she found herself, not surprisingly, devastated. Not just emotionally, though, but also physically. Ill. Her body and her health started falling apart. And as she began to pick up the pieces, her science journalist’s brain also started wondering how emotional heartbreak was connected to the rash of physical symptoms and illness that had seemed to take over her body. She wondered if there was science behind if and, also, what could be done about it. That curiosity set in motion a quest that led her deep into the rapidly-evolving science of heartbreak, and also to the tools and strategies that culminated in her book https://amzn.to/3Qnz8IJ You can find Florence at: Website http://www.florencewilliams.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/florence999/ | Heartbreak Audiobook https://www.pushkin.fm/audiobooks/heartbreak IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Frank Lipman https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000460785728 about how inseparable the mind and body are when it comes to health. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55m
Jun 16
Terry Real | How “Me First” Culture Destroys Us (and what to do about it)

So, what if being fiercely self-reliant and individualistic was actually a terrible thing? I know, I know, sounds silly. I mean isn’t that the very thing we’re told to strive for from the youngest age? And, especially, in our culture now?  Problem is, living in a me-first or me-over-you world is not only destroying our personal relationships, it’s destroying us, our states of mind, and even physical wellbeing. And, intimacy, deep connectedness, even reliance on and elevating others just might be the solution to much of what ails us. That idea may sound strange at first, it’s hard to argue that the rise of a wildly individualistic society has also gone hand-in-hand with the destruction of social bonds, friendship, mental health and nearly every marker of health in communities as well. As humans, we are all designed to be in relationship with others to experience the positive effects of connectedness, when that breaks down, so do we. And today's guest, Terry Real is an internationally recognized family therapist, speaker, and author. His new book https://amzn.to/3xlwRF4 is a guide not just for couples, but also just for all human beings, filled with tools and advice to help anyone tap into their most collaborative and relational self. In today's conversation with Terry, he shares his story of growing up in a dysfunctional home to reveal how the techniques we've all learned to survive dysfunction as children can take a toll on our present relationships. And we explore how re-engaging with the people around us we hold most dear just may save not only those relationships, but our lives as well, and society more broadly.  You can find Terry at: Website https://terryreal.com/ | Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TerryRealRLI IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Julie and John Gottman https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000439905174 about how to build deeper, loving relationships CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

57m
Jun 13
Danica Roem | The Power of Living Authentically (even when it’s hard)

My guest today, Danica Roem, went from fronting a Death Metal band by night while building a career as an accomplished journalist by day, to being the first person to be elected and serve in any U.S. state legislature while openly transgender. When you hear that story, you might think, “wow, that’s amazing, but I don’t really relate.” Not so fast. When you zoom the lens out, Danica’s story is really about the quest to live as the truest expression of yourself, to not stifle or deny who you are, and to find a sense of home for all parts of you within a community. Which is something nearly all of us often struggle with. I know I do. This is why I was so excited to be in conversation with Danica Roem.  My chat with Danica takes us back to her teenage years, where she first found her community in (what may sound surprising now, but won’t later) metal music. We talk about the struggles of masking the authentic parts of yourself in order to fit in, and how she’s been able to use her experiences to relate with people from all different backgrounds on a human level.  Danica’s new memoir-meets-manifesto, https://amzn.to/3H4fLQu, deconstructs the many, sometimes outrageous and deeply isolating and offensive stories her doubters and opponents have thrown at her and shows through brutal honesty how she’s turned her identity, values and experiences into her greatest strengths. She brings that same honesty and authenticity to our conversation today, so know that you’re in for a real treat.  You can find Danica at: Website https://www.delegatedanicaroem.com/ | Twitter https://twitter.com/pwcdanica IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Jeffrey Marsh https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/good-life-project/id647826736?i=1000545130048 about living into your own sense of identity, unapologetically.  CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54m
Jun 09
Nabil Ayers | Redraw the Lines that Define Family and Race With Storytelling

Imagine being a kid who loved music, who’d been brought up with jazz literally in his blood, graduating college, then, instead of heading into a “responsible” adult job like all your friends, opening a record store in the heart of Seattle at a time where the neighborhood musicians, the ones who’d hang out all day and talk about all-things-music, also just happened to be budding icons who’d go one to become scions in the industry, forming bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sound Garden, and so many others. This is just one season in the extraordinary life and career of today’s guest, Nabil Ayers. Now, years into a powerhouse career in music, he heads-up of one of the most iconic labels in the business, one, in fact, he fell in love with as a young kid. Growing up mixed-race, Jewish and Black, in NYC in the eighties, with a father who was a legendary jazz musician, but also entirely absent from his life, Nabil’s mom and uncle made sure to surround him with music, musicians and other quirky characters. And, that seeded a passion not just for music, but also for the culture, the stories, and eventually the business of helping artists grow and thrive.  Along the way, Nabil also found himself becoming a storyteller. Both, of his own narrative, and of the many artists he’d champion and help introduce to the world. And, well into his career in music, Nabil began writing about music, his own life and story, and race for publications including The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, GQ, and The Root. Ayers is the President of Beggars Group US, a music label where he has released albums by many GRAMMY Award-winning artists such as The National. His new memoir, https://amzn.to/3Nb4ss9 is about his journey to connect with his musician father, Roy Ayers, and ultimately re-draw the lines that define family and race.  You can find Nabil at: Website https://www.nabilayers.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nabilayers/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Jimmie Vaughan https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bonus-jimmie-vaughan-music-month/id647826736?i=1000437028117 about his life in music. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 6m
Jun 06
Rabbi Steve Leder | How to Live What Matters

With everything going on in the world recently, we've likely all thought to ourselves at some point, "Is humanity lost?" You are not alone if the news makes you feel like everything is hopeless, and it's fair to wonder if collective and individual hope in empathy, compassion, and humanity will ever be restored.  As we move forward past the darkest days of the COVID-19 outbreak, many people are still searching for hope, inspiration, and answers to some big questions like: How do you regain access to empathy? Or what truly matters in life in the end?  And I can't think of a better person to explore these questions with than my guest today, Rabbi Steve Leder.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and was ordained at Hebrew Union College, and he currently serves as the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. He's also a writer and the author of several critically acclaimed books, including his best-seller, and his latest book, https://amzn.to/3x2mupB His compassionate voice and words of wisdom have earned Rabbi Leder recognition as one of Newsweek Magazine's ten most influential rabbis in America — twice. In this revealing conversation, we explore his views on humanity, death, religion, and what makes a good life well-lived. Rabbi Leder shares his interesting thoughts on why people leave the church, what he believes to be the true single source of evil, and how we can all get back to living in alignment with our values and also how to create a powerful curation of beliefs and stories to share with others he calls your ethical will. There are so many good nuggets to take away from this conversation, so I hope you're in a position to jot down Rabbi Leder's words of wisdom today. You can find Rabbi Steve at: Website https://jennifergreybook.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ireneshiangli/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you'll also love the conversations we had with Bishop Michael Curry https://pod.link/goodlife/episode/83ea764825570531f64dd801f171bfbd about the role of love in faith and life. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47m
Jun 02
Jennifer Grey | Out of the Corner

When we consider the qualities and traits passed down throughout our family tree, we may think of the curly hair we share with a sibling or a natural talent like singing. But what about the not-so-pleasant traits, beliefs, or patterns that appear generation after generation that are hard to shake?  Do we keep making these same old mistakes just because "old patterns die hard," as they say? Or will you be the one who takes a new path, no matter how hard or long it takes? Jennifer Grey is no stranger to taking the road less traveled. From her most visible standout moments, like her iconic role as the star of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, to her personal journey to self-acceptance, Grey has found her way back to herself one step at a time. And you'll hear today that she's just as forthcoming about her journey as she is in her recently released memoir https://amzn.to/3yRmUSn. In this transparent conversation with her, we explore how Grey views and juggles her family's history and culture, her identity, and her role as the cycle breaker through the lens of her younger and present self. Her awareness of what her mother sacrificed to be a wife and mother shapes how Grey leads her life and chooses to tell her story now. And despite what patterns, gender roles, or responsibilities she was expected to bear or even did at one point, Grey is no longer worried about pleasing people but just being as real and true to herself as possible.  You can find Jennifer at: Website https://jennifergreybook.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jennifer_grey/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Marin Hinkle https://pod.link/goodlife/episode/4bbb7a03b7bfbb7182091de8a4b46fae about her life in theater, film, and TV. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59m
May 31
We All Struggle | You Are Not Alone

All too often, we feel like the hard things we’re going through, well, we’re the only ones experiencing them. Especially the moments of emotional and psychological struggle. So, today, as part of mental health awareness month, we’re reaching back into our archives to bring you a collection of incredibly powerful, awakening, and healing moments from conversations with guests who’ve gone through or, in some cases, are going through, navigating their own mental health journeys, with the hope of helping us all normalize and remove stigma from the experience of psychological struggle, let you know you’re not alone, and reconnect us all with the notion that hope, help, growth, recovery, reclamation and reinvention are available to all, even when we think they’re not. Quick note, before diving in, not surprisingly, you’ll hear people share experiences of struggle, sometimes reflecting on trauma, thoughts of suicide, eating and mental health disorders. While we do our best to offer these conversions from a place of safety, compassion, and care, if you feel this may, in any way, be more triggering than helpful, please take care when listening or deciding not to. IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE: You can find Samin at: Full Conversation https://pod.link/goodlife/episode/1c838e4a66ff7bed9d936e82db2d4ca7 | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ciaosamin/ You can find Jennifer at: Full Conversation https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/jennifer-marshall/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jennmarshallwrites/ You can find Geneen at: Full Conversation https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/geneen-roth-best-of/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/geneenroth/ You can find Michelle at: Full Conversation https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/michelle-williams-destinys-child-darkness-devotion/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/michellewilliams/ You can find Samantha at: Full Conversation https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/samantha-paige/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lastcutproject/ You can find Leon at: Full Conversation https://www.goodlifeproject.com/podcast/leon-logothetis-kindness/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thekindnessguy/ CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2h 1m
May 26
Chef Irene Shiang Li | How to Turn Passion & Play Into Impact & Success

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 https://amzn.to/3wCxHNn. 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 https://www.ireneshiangli.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ireneshiangli/ | Dumplings https://www.meimeiboston.com/ | Prepshift https://www.prepshift.app/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE: you’ll also love the conversations we had with Ellen Bennett https://pod.link/goodlife/episode/65969a87aa6dbd031db588bcf1ea66cb, 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:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53m
May 23
Paul Conti, MD | Understanding Trauma & How to Heal From It

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: 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 https://amzn.to/3sIqcDC  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: Website https://www.drpaulconti.com/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Bessel van der Kolk https://pod.link/goodlife/episode/92ea74023f6b9346f8b9811f0ff7ab6f about his embodied approach to integrating trauma. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 3m
May 19
Connie Lim aka MILCK | How to Break the Expectation Trap [Best Of]

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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiet_(MILCK_song)" on the street at the 2017 Women's March https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Women%27s_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 https://www.somebodysbeloved.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/milckmusic/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Justin Tranter https://pod.link/goodlife/episode/439c59edc2ab852920f34ee75516262a 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:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 8m
May 16
Julian Gilliam (LOGIK) | How to Embrace Your Inner Outlier & Change Culture

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 https://www.juliangilliam.com/ | Instagram https://www.instagram.com/juliangilliam/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you'll also love the conversations we had with Lisa Congdon https://pod.link/goodlife/episode/27bf653e46400d94bbf9345fd3eddf03 about building a career in the arts as an outlier. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 14m
May 12
Anne Helen Petersen | How To Make Your Work Fit Your Life

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 https://amzn.to/3kNp6C0 (co-written with Charlie Warzel) and 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 https://www.instagram.com/annehelenpetersen/ | Substack https://annehelen.substack.com/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE you’ll also love the conversations we had with Charlie Gilkey https://pod.link/goodlife/episode/379375d23dff88af7a614eba0856e622 about focusing on what matters in work and life. CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 11m
May 09
Johann Hari | Why You Can’t Pay Attention (and how to get it back)

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, https://amzn.to/3OY4YLl, 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 https://www.instagram.com/johann.hari | Website https://johannhari.com/ IF YOU LOVED THIS EPISODE: __ __ CHECK OUT OUR OFFERINGS & PARTNERS:  __ __ * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 7m
May 05
Introducing Not Lost, A Podcast About Finding Yourself

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 https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

4m
May 04