As a natural born athlete, Conner fell in love with the sport of hockey at the age of 3. It was this passion that carried him all the way through his childhood, teen years, and was what he was planning on using to pave the way through college. You can say that it completely defined his life and who he was.  Until age 18, when an unfortunate accident left him unable to lace up his skates for an indefinite amount of time. So what happens when you suddenly can’t be who you are anymore? How does one pick up the pieces and re-discover their sense of self-worth and find meaning in life again? Conner’s got some great insight on today’s episode...

Highlights of this episode include:
-Conner’s love for hockey since age 3
-His knee injury at age 18 that left him unable to play the game
-His recovery and what life was like with the absence of hockey
-His 2nd injury, and the depression and drug use that followed
-Where Conner is today with his recovery and mindset

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Today’s guest is Nick, who has a number of wild stories to share about his past battles with drug addiction. Like many in his situation, it took Nick a long time to come to terms with his problem and finally get the help he needed to bounce back. But that’s only half the story. Where it gets really interesting, is when all the drugs are finally in the rear-view mirror, and Nick is suddenly left to face all of the unresolved issues that likely caused him to turn to drugs in the first place…

Warning - some explicit language in this one!

Highlights of this episode include:
-The story of how Nick and I first met
-His initial experiences with smoking weed, and how he eventually began selling it
-What is Electric Forest, and why everyone should attend (for real!)
-The intervention his parents had for him, and why he refused to go to rehab
-The story of how it all came crashing down, and he decided to finally go to rehab
-Most importantly, the challenges he didn’t expect to be facing once he was finally sober

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Today’s guest is Samantha, who is here to share her story about about the ups and downs of a few different relationships she’s been in, including an abusive one that wreaked havoc on her life.  What’s really remarkable about Samantha is her unwillingness to play the role of the victim as so many of us do when life and relationships don’t exactly go our way.  Instead, honing her self awareness has allowed her to recognize some re-occuring patterns in her relationships that she’s since been able to overcome, and acquiring some killer wisdom on “trust” along the way.

In this episode we discuss:
-How she eventually realized the relationship she was in was an abusive one, and how it affected all her other relationships
-How she eventually became seriously ill over the stress she experienced during this relationship
-How she was finally able to cut ties and break free
-How similar patterns emerged in her next relationship, and how she reacted to learning about his drug problem
-Most importantly, why she’s ultimately decided to still trust other guys she dates in the future, despite her previous experiences

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"Usually if you do something you love, it tends to make you happier and feel better.”

Today’s guest is my niece, Claire, one of the most awesome, interesting teenagers I know. From losing her father at a very young age, to growing up with epilepsy, to being wrongfully accused of self harm at school, she’s already accumulated a significant amount of life experience for her age, all of which she’s used to grow from and create a genuinely happy life for herself. Turns out that the old stigma of the kid who’s wearing all black, dressed in Metallica shirts, and drawing on themselves might actually be the happiest of the bunch!

Highlights of this episode include:
-The impact that drawing has on her ability to be present
-How she was accused of self harm at school
-Why she sometimes draws on her skin, and how she talked a friend out of self harm
-The stigma of wearing all black, Metallica shirts, etc.
-How losing a parent at a young age affected her life
-Living with epilepsy
-Her advice to parents on how to raise a genuine good person

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November 9, 2016

On Trump

Some thoughts on last night's election results, how to explain to our children and move forward...

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Today’s guest is Kathleen, a mother and artist whose unique approach to parenting has allowed for simplicity and balance in her life while still cultivating meaningful bonds with each of her kids.  Through her various stories about raising children, we learn that parenting doesn’t need to be much more complicated than providing a supportive environment for your children to grow and they will wind up with everything they need to embark upon their own life’s journey...

Highlights of this episode include:
-What happened when she gave her son the option to simply STOP doing his homework
-Why a gap year was the best thing to ever happen to her son
-Why if she could change one thing about her past, she would’ve gotten a Farrah Fawcett haircut in high school
-How she got her 21-year-old son to go to Ikea to take photos (Hilarious!)
-Her brilliant 'pool table’ metaphor for life

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Our inner monologues can oftentimes do a number on us if we allow them to.  They can tell us we’re not good enough, or that we need to stay in that bad relationship, in addition to an endless amount of other diatribes that cause us to wage unnecessary war against ourselves.  My conversation with today’s guest, psychologist and certified life coach Lisa Kaplin, takes aim at these voices and deconstructs them with a number of very important questions:  Are these voices even real? Whose voice is it? Are they serving you or making you happy? What if you changed it to a different voice, something more positive and nurturing? How would this change your life? All of this, and much more!

Highlights of this episode include:
-Silencing the voice inside your head that says you should do what other people want you to
-How staying in a bad job or bad marriages can set up bad models for your kids
-Why she decided to work exclusively with women in her coaching practice
-How Instagram culture is affecting our kids
-Can body image issue begin as early as infancy?
-Why the Millennial generation is a great thing for our society, and more!

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Cara Pollard is a friend and colleague of mine whose practice was born out of a significant childhood event - one day, her mother left to “go buy a pack of cigarettes” and didn’t return for an entire year.  Instead of growing into an angry, resentful adult over this, Cara ultimately used the experience as an opportunity to become an expert in the art of forgiveness.  Cara’s here to share her story today, and detail how forgiving her mother was essentially a pathway to deep healing, avoiding destructive feedback loops, and creating the family and career of which she had always dreamed.

In this episode we discuss:
-Her mother’s abandonment as a child, and how their relationship is now stronger than ever because of it
-Why you should never badmouth a parent to a child, regardless of the situation
-Is forgiveness more of a process, or a point in time?
-How her experiences as a child helps her coach other parents today

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Where we last left off in Part 1, Emily was telling us about her experience dealing her younger brother’s battle with brain cancer, in addition to the news that her mother also had cancer. Things had seemed like they were finally settling down for a bit, until her brother’s cancer returned...

In this episode, we talk about:
Her brother Jack’s second cancer diagnosis, and where she was when it happened
The hilarious joke Jack played on me when I ran into one time
What Jack had to say about Emily shaving her head
Her last time she saw Jack
The period of time following his death, why she never took time off from school
Why death, dying, and illness doesn’t need to be a taboo topic to talk about.

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Emily vividly remembers the day she got the news. Unfortunately, she hadn’t made the volleyball team that year. While something like this might crush the average 13-year-old, Emily was able to shrug this off like it was nothing. Mostly because when she got home that day, she learned that her younger brother, Jack, had cancer…

Today is the first half of a very important conversation with Emily, whose family took a journey to hell and back that they never asked for, and handled it with some of the greatest strength and poise I have ever heard of. Perhaps most importantly, I’m blown away by the person Emily has become as a result of her circumstances. Her heart, her humor, and her humility is the stuff of sages...

Highlights of this episode include:
-What it was like to get the news about her brother Jack
-Her parents’ disposition that life was going to move on anyway throughout Jack’s illness
-How cancer allowed her to create a very special bond with her brother that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise
-How she gracefully, and humorously handles ‘pity’ from others

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