The Changed

By Aden Nepom

Featuring guests you care about sharing stories of the fork-in-the-road moments in their lives, so that we can examine what it means to change, be changed and face change in life.

  1. 1.
    Episode 29 – Maraya Brown, Beyond The Red Tent
    41:03
  2. 2.
    Episode 28 – Marsha Shandur, Storyteller
    50:19
  3. 3.
    Episode 27 Jay Jordan, Vice President – The Alliance for Safety and Justice
    47:43
  4. 4.
    Episode 26, Amy Gentry, Author ‘Good as Gone,’ ‘Last Woman Standing,’ & new novel, ‘Bad Habits’
    54:10
  5. 5.
    Season Two Trailer
    3:06
  6. 6.
    Episode 25: That’s the end of Season One of the Changed Podcast
    16:31
  7. 7.
    Episode 24: Chris O’Connell talks about surviving suicide
    40:22
  8. 8.
    Episode 23: Estevan J Zarate (Chuy) and the diagnosis that changed everything
    46:24
  1. 9.
    Episode 22: Kevin Miller Tells Us Ghost Stories
    58:31
  2. 10.
    Episode 21: The Rad Cafe with Mike Shethar
    41:48
  3. 11.
    Episode 20: Jen Ables and the Difference Between Success and Happiness
    43:47
  4. 12.
    Episode 19: Reshanda Yates Shares Her Journey with (no longer) Binge Eating
    41:30
  5. 13.
    Episode 18: Andrew Williams, Leadership Enthusiast, Coach, Author and EXPERIMENTER
    31:49
  6. 14.
    Episode 17: Mimi Bishop and Jackie Ghedine, from the Make Your Life Magnificent Podcast
    39:49
  7. 15.
    Episode 16: Madeleine Ryan, Author of “A Room Called Earth”
    42:03
  8. 16.
    Episode 15: Rediscover Your Play with Jeff Harry
    55:12
  9. 17.
    Episode 14: The Cheerful Mind, Apryl Zarate Schlueter
    48:32
  10. 18.
    Episode 13: Science! Dr. Gerald T. Nepom M.D., Ph.D. Director of the Immune Tolerance Network
    44:29
  11. 19.
    Episode 12: Melissa Thornley, Executive Coach and Consultant
    37:55
  12. 20.
    Episode 11: Improviser, Shannon Stott!
    45:55
  13. 21.
    Episode 10: Lou Radja, Motivational Speaker and Social Entrepreneur
    36:55
  14. 22.
    Episode 9: Founder of Breakthrough Play, Gary Ware
    40:34
  15. 23.
    Episode 8: Actor, Writer, Todd Stashwick
    50:27
  16. 24.
    Episode 7: Writer, Animator and Head of Story on Sony Pictures Animation’s Feature ‘Connected,’ Guillermo Martinez
    35:17
  17. 25.
    Episode 6: Dr. Rick Brinkman President of the AANP, Best-selling Author, and Motivational Speaker
    43:49
  18. 26.
    Episode 5: Confidence and Relationship Coach, Nadine Montaghami
    36:14
  19. 27.
    Episode 4: Retired Air Force Reserve Medic, Applied Improv Coach and Two-Time Testicular Cancer Survivor, BJ Lange
    40:32
  20. 28.
    BONUS! Host Becomes Guest with BJ Lange
    9:30
  21. 29.
    Episode 3: Best Selling Author and NMI President, Dr Rick Kirschner
    51:10
  22. 30.
    Episode 2: Guest Mo Daviau – Author of the novel, Every Anxious Wave
    33:26
  23. 31.
    Episode 1: Mary Jo Pehl, A.K.A. Pearl Forrester of MST3K
    30:38

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Members of the Changed Podcast Patreon Page enjoy all kinds of benefits, including enjoying ad-free content and getting early access to episodes just like this one.

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Perhaps you’ve even seen or heard Marsha tell a story yourself! If you do not already know Marsha and you’re wondering who the heck she is… perhaps this keynote from the 2019 World Domination Summit is a particularly charming, relatable and inspiring introduction to Marsha! We dove into the anatomy of storytelling for a bit during her interview. Even though The Changed Podcast is all about one idea change… obviously, storytelling is a key element of how we get there. And if you’re interested in the story of how the podcast was born (with storytelling in mind…) then I suggest you go take a quick peek at our origin story! All of this is to say, it seemed worth spending a chunk of time thinking about what makes stories so compelling, relatable and engaging. Takeaways from our conversation The ingredients of a compelling story are less about the plot, and more about the picture. In order to create a ‘freaky-friday brain-swap’ with your stories, focus less on the takeaways and spend time on some of the details that you take for granted, like the time of day, or the smell in the air, or the color of your shirt etc… There is an extent to which stories are “different horses for different courses,” so your compelling stories won’t necessarily be a match for every audience without making adjustments Regarding change, If you’d like to get really excellent at processing internal changes don’t underestimate the value of therapy! Stories don’t have to be about overcoming obstacles to be compelling. And perhaps Really great stories move people. If we want to move people to action and inspire change… stories will be part of how we get there. “It’s how we change everything. All the big issues: global change, social justice and all of this. We need to have the stories so that we can actually be, ‘Oh I’m moved by this in a way that if you showed me a data set, I would not be.’ Anybody can be a good storyteller! And being a good storyteller is how we’re going to beat evil.” – Marsha Shandur About Marsha Shandur Marsha Shandur (of Yes Yes Marsha) is a Storytelling, Communication and Speaker Coach who has taught hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs and professionals across the world. She is the host, organizer and Storytelling Coach for True Stories Toronto, the city’s largest storytelling show. Before launching Yes Yes Marsha and her career as a Storytelling Coach, Marsha spent 15 years working as a Radio DJ, where she gained a powerful understanding of how to tell stories in a way that fosters connection, trust, engagement and loyalty. Her work has been featured in Forbes, the BBC and Mashable. 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In fact, all guests of this season (whom I spoke to following her interview) have been given this page as a resource. Go check it out, and upgrade your stories! Here’s the super secret, not so secret link. Watch or Listen to episodes before anyone else… Join our Patreon Community! Members of the Changed Podcast Patreon Page enjoy all kinds of benefits, including enjoying ad-free content and getting early access to episodes just like this one. Become a Patron!","duration_ms":3019781,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/7p7qBKIgIGtxOKpaVgV2Jt"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/7p7qBKIgIGtxOKpaVgV2Jt","html_description":"\"Marsha\n

In this episode storytelling expert Marsha Shandur, shares a few of the key ingredients to an excellent story and shares a story of her own that demonstrate our how our willingness to leap into the abyss of love can change us

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Marsha Shandur has been listening to, and telling stories her whole life. Perhaps you’ve even seen or heard Marsha tell a story yourself!

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If you do not already know Marsha and you’re wondering who the heck she is… perhaps this keynote from the 2019 World Domination Summit is a particularly charming, relatable and inspiring introduction to Marsha!

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We dove into the anatomy of storytelling for a bit during her interview. Even though The Changed Podcast is all about one idea change… obviously, storytelling is a key element of how we get there. And if you’re interested in the story of how the podcast was born (with storytelling in mind…) then I suggest you go take a quick peek at our origin story!

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All of this is to say, it seemed worth spending a chunk of time thinking about what makes stories so compelling, relatable and engaging.

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Takeaways from our conversation

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The ingredients of a compelling story are less about the plot, and more about the picture. In order to create a ‘freaky-friday brain-swap’ with your stories, focus less on the takeaways and spend time on some of the details that you take for granted, like the time of day, or the smell in the air, or the color of your shirt etc…

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There is an extent to which stories are “different horses for different courses,” so your compelling stories won’t necessarily be a match for every audience without making adjustments

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Regarding change, If you’d like to get really excellent at processing internal changes don’t underestimate the value of therapy!

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Stories don’t have to be about overcoming obstacles to be compelling.

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And perhaps Really great stories move people. If we want to move people to action and inspire change… stories will be part of how we get there.

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“It’s how we change everything. All the big issues: global change, social justice and all of this. We need to have the stories so that we can actually be, ‘Oh I’m moved by this in a way that if you showed me a data set, I would not be.’ Anybody can be a good storyteller! And being a good storyteller is how we’re going to beat evil.”

– Marsha Shandur
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About Marsha Shandur

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Marsha Shandur (of Yes Yes Marsha) is a Storytelling, Communication and Speaker Coach who has taught hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs and professionals across the world. She is the host, organizer and Storytelling Coach for True Stories Toronto, the city’s largest storytelling show.

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Before launching Yes Yes Marsha and her career as a Storytelling Coach, Marsha spent 15 years working as a Radio DJ, where she gained a powerful understanding of how to tell stories in a way that fosters connection, trust, engagement and loyalty. Her work has been featured in Forbes, the BBC and Mashable.

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Links, Resources and things Referenced in the Course of Marsha’s Interview

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IF you love stories, then you likely already know this resource, but if you don’t and want to… you *must* dig into The Moth. One of the easiest ways to do that is their podcast, The Moth Radio Hour

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Martha’s favorite book: Cry The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

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Martha Shandur’s favorite movie: Desperately Seeking Susan (I never would have guessed this in a million years!)

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Check out True Stories Told Live! Here’s the link to the YouTube Channel for the Toronto chapter as mentioned by Marsha Shandur.

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Something fun to try: start your day with a drawing! For inspiration checkout Marsha’s secret Insta @yesmarshadraws

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View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Yes, Marsha Draws (@yesmarshadraws)

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BONUS RESOURCE

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Marsha has generously put together a page of resources just for The Changed Podcast listeners! In fact, all guests of this season (whom I spoke to following her interview) have been given this page as a resource. Go check it out, and upgrade your stories! Here’s the super secret, not so secret link.

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Watch or Listen to episodes before anyone else…

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Join our Patreon Community!

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Members of the Changed Podcast Patreon Page enjoy all kinds of benefits, including enjoying ad-free content and getting early access to episodes just like this one.

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When it comes to the question of the future of this country while the future is not certain, it is also far from bleak. There is no doubt that 30 years from now this world will look, feel and operate in ways that are completely different from today. The only question is… how do we want to get there? Because the choices we make today, will influence those outcomes. This reinforced for me the deeply important need to be able to have tough conversations with each other. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson  Links and Resources Want to read the same book that Jay was reading at the time of his interview? Check out Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinski Interested in developing the skills needed to have the important, tough and critical conversations necessary to steer humanity towards a better future? Check out these workshops from The Art of Change skills for Life, or if you’re looking for insight and advisement about a particular question, feel free to reach out to me directly. If you resonate with the value of shifting the focus of the justice conversation from ‘crime and punishment,’ to ‘creating safe communities,’ one way to get involved is to back the efforts of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, and you can do that here. About Jay Jordan Jay Jordan is the Vice President & National Director of TimeDone for the Alliance for Safety and Justice —- Jay Jordan has worked at the intersection of social justice and politics throughout his career. He serves as ASJ’s Vice President, overseeing all of ASJ’s state-based teams and reform advocacy efforts, as well as the #TimeDone National Director. Jay co-founded the organization’s #TimeDone campaign to organize people living with past conviction records to eliminate the barriers to opportunity that block them from success. 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He made history by becoming the first and only formerly incarcerated Field Director for Congressman Jerry McNerney’s successful reelection campaign. Watch or Listen to episodes before anyone else… Join our Patreon Community! Members of the Changed Podcast Patreon Page enjoy all kinds of benefits, including enjoying ad-free content and getting early access to episodes just like this one. Become a Patron!","duration_ms":2863252,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/2G0m5riRfQwYexQH8PHET6"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/2G0m5riRfQwYexQH8PHET6","html_description":"\"Vice\n

The Vice President of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, Jay Jordan, sat down on the Changed Podcast to talk about what motivates change, get a little personal and share thoughts about where we *might* be headed as a country

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If you’re not familiar with the important work of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, a National organization bringing together state leaders, advocates and crime survivors to reform justice policy to prioritize safety over punishment. this video provides an overview.

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In our conversation, Jay Jordan and I covered a lot of territory thinking about change in the past, present and future, luck vs perspective and pulling back from these broad concepts to get a little personal.

\n\n\n\n

Jay shared a lovely story of a moment in his childhood that really motivated him to change something on a personal level that was holding him back. His story really illustrated how a little patience, and a little heart can be hugely impactful on changes down the line. It also left me with a craving for strawberries and deeply nostalgic for my own schoolyard memories.

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Takeaways from our conversation

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“Just know that the pink pony is going to come back around again. You just have to be ready to hop on.”

– Jay Jordan
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One of the things that really stayed with me from this conversation was the perspective, similar to previous guest insights shared by Madeleine Ryan in episode 16, that certain opportunities will keep showing up for us throughout our lives until the point that we embrace them. Jay used the colorful metaphor of a pink pony on the carousel. Maybe you miss the first or even the second time that pink pony comes around… but eventually you’re going to get that pink pony.

\n\n\n\n

When it comes to luck vs perspective and seizing the opportunities within arms reach, maybe it’s helpful to remember that from up close things can seem bleak (like the guy arguing over being double parked in New York), but if you can zoom out and get a high-level view you realize that there are all kinds of opportunities (for example a parking space just around the corner). Take time to develop your ability to get that big picture view.

\n\n\n\n

When it comes to the question of the future of this country while the future is not certain, it is also far from bleak. There is no doubt that 30 years from now this world will look, feel and operate in ways that are completely different from today. The only question is… how do we want to get there? Because the choices we make today, will influence those outcomes. This reinforced for me the deeply important need to be able to have tough conversations with each other.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” 

– Marianne Williamson 
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Links and Resources

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Want to read the same book that Jay was reading at the time of his interview? Check out Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinski

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Interested in developing the skills needed to have the important, tough and critical conversations necessary to steer humanity towards a better future? Check out these workshops from The Art of Change skills for Life, or if you’re looking for insight and advisement about a particular question, feel free to reach out to me directly.

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If you resonate with the value of shifting the focus of the justice conversation from ‘crime and punishment,’ to ‘creating safe communities,’ one way to get involved is to back the efforts of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, and you can do that here.

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About Jay Jordan

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Jay Jordan is the Vice President & National Director of TimeDone for the Alliance for Safety and Justice —- Jay Jordan has worked at the intersection of social justice and politics throughout his career. He serves as ASJ’s Vice President, overseeing all of ASJ’s state-based teams and reform advocacy efforts, as well as the #TimeDone National Director. Jay co-founded the organization’s #TimeDone campaign to organize people living with past conviction records to eliminate the barriers to opportunity that block them from success. He previously served as executive director of ASJ’s flagship state-based program, Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ).

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Prior to his time at ASJ and CSJ, Jay was instrumental in recruiting and training church congregations in the South Los Angeles area for LA Voice PICO. He served as one of the lead organizers for the Campaign to Ban the Box for the city of Los Angeles and co-founded Faith in Action, a group of crime survivors in the Westmont area of Los Angeles working to transform their community by employing an asset-based community development strategy. As Special Projects Manager for the California Applications Research Group in Stockton, California, Jay spearheaded the launch of the widely successful anti-graffiti mobile app, Clean Up Stockton. He also established a first-class call center that was instrumental in securing victories on several political and social campaigns across the West Coast.

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Jay was compelled to create his own non-profit that focused on teen diversion and civic engagement because of his experience as a troubled youth who served time in prison. With the help of Stockton City Councilman Michael Tubbs, law enforcement, and several other allies, Jay launched the innovative youth organizing program, The First50 which in its first year saw both 100% high school graduation and college enrollment. He has been recognized over 20 times for his organizing talents including the American Red Cross’ 2014 Hero of the Year, the Literacy Foundations’ Innovative Library Concept Award, and a Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Youth Program.

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In addition, Jay Jordan served as co-chair of San Joaquin County’s Boys and Men of Color Alliance Juvenile Justice Committee and was a Board member for the African-American Chamber of Commerce of San Joaquin. He made history by becoming the first and only formerly incarcerated Field Director for Congressman Jerry McNerney’s successful reelection campaign.

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Watch or Listen to episodes before anyone else…

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Join our Patreon Community!

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Members of the Changed Podcast Patreon Page enjoy all kinds of benefits, including enjoying ad-free content and getting early access to episodes just like this one.

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Since talking, her newest novel Bad Habits has taken the world by storm! Author, Amy Gentry. Photo credit: Matt Valentine Author Amy Gentry is what I like to call a ‘practical dreamer.’ While she is attracted to the magical, spiritual, intuitive elements in life she recognizes that there is typically a pragmatic approach to get where you want to be. She is the author of the thrillers Good as Gone, a New York Times Notable Book, and Last Woman Standing. She also wrote a book on Tori Amos’s album BOYS FOR PELE for the 33 1/3 series. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Austin Chronicle. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Chicago and lives in Austin, Texas. In this episode of the Changed Podcast, Amy shares with us that becoming a novelist of female-driven thrillers, wasn’t initially what she set out to do. Amy lays out that getting to a place of success is a mix of elements… including luck and privilege and but not exclusively beholden to those qualities and points out that there can be a practical dollars and cents approach to pursuing your dreams, including breaking your life into quarters to get after smaller goals. In examining her own relationship with change, Amy Gentry shares a bittersweet story of recognizing when something isn’t the fit you think it is… even when that thing was a person whom she believed to be her soul mate. There is an interesting balance between fear, excitement and patient knowing that influences how people feel about change. Each persons balance between these elements is specific to their perspective and experiences. And somehow, knowing change is inevitable, isn’t always enough to tip the scales from fear to excitement. It’s all contextual! And often it is in retrospect that we can look back on the experiences, the choices we’ve made, and the opportunities that have crossed our paths to see what the change elements that have shaped our view of the world. Links to things we talked about in this episode Hey there humans identifying as women… Looking for fun ways to move your body in a low pressure way?! Learn more about Dance Dance Party Party! Here’s the link: https://dancedancepartyparty.com/home.html Amy’s book recommendation, The Artists Way, is an excellent way to seek your creative center. You can pick up a copy from Powell’s Books by visiting this link While you’re there, make sure to grab a copy of Amy’s latest novel! Order Bad Habits! We mentioned the amazing baking images of our friend Karen Jane… but taking a peak at Insta, it looks like she is now posting images of inspiringly healthy meals. Ah well… we all grow up don’t we! 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In this episode of the Changed Podcast, Amy shares with us that becoming a novelist of female-driven thrillers, wasn’t initially what she set out to do. Amy lays out that getting to a place of success is a mix of elements… including luck and privilege and but not exclusively beholden to those qualities and points out that there can be a practical dollars and cents approach to pursuing your dreams, including breaking your life into quarters to get after smaller goals.

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While you’re there, make sure to grab a copy of Amy’s latest novel! Order Bad Habits!

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Amy Gentry is also a really excellent cake decorator!

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Neat right?

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I am super excited about things I have cooking for the Art of Change in 2021. Visit the website, and sign up to get on the Workshop waiting list, book time with me, or simply get on the newsletter mailing list: CLICK ME! I’m already working on Season 2, but if you have potential guests you want to connect me with, ideas for segments of the show, or anything else you wanna share email me! You can always send an email to: info@artofchange.com Or fill out this form: Thank you so much for listening and supporting the show by helping to spread the word, and rating the show wherever it is you listen! Soon there will be even more ways to help support the show! We’re excited! I, Aden Nepom… host of this show, appreciate you greatly and wish you a good end to the year and an even better 2021. Listen to episodes again! 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There’s a whole lotta gratitude in the final episode of the Changed Podcast season one!

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It’s Thanksgiving today and despite 2020 being one massive experiment in just how much people can handle, I have a lot to be grateful for.

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I started my day today thanking people for being in my life and it felt amazing. So instead of waiting until next week to record and publish the closer for season one, I decided that closing the Changed Podcast should be part of this giant gratitude emanating from my heart out into the world.

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After all, Thanksgiving isn’t just about this amazing pumpkin bread… or is it?! (#nofilter #delicious!)

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So while Season one of the Changed Podcast is my love-letter to the world inviting everyone to have more curiosity about each others stories, to examine how we think about change and flexibility and to simply spend a little time thinking… this close to season one is my, Aden Nepom’s, love letter to you the audience as well as my amazing guests.

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I have spent one of the most difficult years I can remember connecting with strangers and it has been amazing!

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LINKS?? OH OKAY!

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This very short episode is also available on to the public through our Patreon. CLICK ME!

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I am super excited about things I have cooking for the Art of Change in 2021. Visit the website, and sign up to get on the Workshop waiting list, book time with me, or simply get on the newsletter mailing list: CLICK ME!

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I’m already working on Season 2, but if you have potential guests you want to connect me with, ideas for segments of the show, or anything else you wanna share email me! You can always send an email to: info@artofchange.com

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Thank you so much for listening and supporting the show by helping to spread the word, and rating the show wherever it is you listen! Soon there will be even more ways to help support the show! We’re excited!

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I, Aden Nepom… host of this show, appreciate you greatly and wish you a good end to the year and an even better 2021.

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In this very important conversation on the Changed Podcast we talk about removing the mask, and understanding the role of mental health in the workplace. This includes the topic of surviving suicide. This topic isn’t easy, and we do not dance around it, but it is crucial that we de-stigmatize these kinds of conversations so that more people can get the important help they need to find the resilience they want.

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I am grateful to Chris for being honest, for being open, and being willing to answer my questions. This conversation took some unexpected turns for me.

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Suicide is more common than most of us care to admit, ideating suicide even more so, and 2020 has seen a steep increase in the number of people opting out. I cannot think of a more pivotal experience, then thinking you are ready to die, and choosing to live instead.

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When it comes to surviving suicide, or thoughts of suicide, there are a couple of mental frames Chris and I discussed.

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  1. Don’t just think about the people in your life and whether or not you think they’d be better with or without you. Instead, imagine yourself in their shoes. Really try and see it from their point of view. Perhaps the desire to spare them from the intensity of pain they might go through with your loss, might be enough to stall you until you can seek help.
  2. Consider that the idea of relief through suicide, might be an unkind, temporary lie your brain is telling you. The truth is we have no clue what happens to our souls when we die. Perhaps there is heaven and hell. Perhaps it all just stops. Maybe we get reincarnated. The point is… we don’t know. There simply is no way to verify. And that means, there is no guarantee that things improve in anyway for you. There may be no relief. It could be worse.
  3. We think it is unethical when a single individual plays the role of judge/jury/executioner and takes the life of someone else. We do not like it one bit. Maybe this is like that.
  4. Talking about these things helps. It’s hard. It’s uncomfortable. And it’s necessary. Dark thoughts happen for most of us at one time or another, whether its anxiety, depression or the dark pit of despair… talking about it is a life line to surviving suicide, rather than succumbing.
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If you are interested in learning more about Chris O’Connell, you can find him on LinkedIn.

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If you find yourself or have a loved one who is the deep pit of despair, perhaps having the number to the US National Suicide Lifeline might help: 1 – 800-273-8255… or simply dial 988

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In pursuit of better mental health, you may want to take advantage of the therapist finder from Psychology Today

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Currently a resident of Austin, Chuy specializes in improv-singing and grounded/character-driven scene-work. He doesn’t just perform, he’s coached hundreds of kids, teens, students and adults for years to multiple successes. He’s also my friend. As of this post on Nov. 5th, 2020, Estevan J (Chuy) Zarate has been sober for 1352 days. Estevan J Zarate, or Chuy as I call him. Photo by Steve Rogers Photography This month, I’ve made the decision to have a no-drink-November. I do this occasionally, typically during stressful times, and our current political situation in the US has been stressing me out! So… here I am. For me, and for many of you alcohol is fun… but not necessary. Periodically you might over consume, but you’re able to balance the scales by having an Octsober, or no-drink-November like I am doing. For others… and it’s a surprisingly high number (alcohol related disease and death is more common in the US than heart disease), alcohol use isn’t a thing. It’s all or it’s nothing. It’s Alcohol abuse and it has consequences. In this episode of the Changed Podcast, Estevan J Zarate, or Chuy as I’ve always known him, shares the story of being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, and how that changed everything for him, for his family… and for his survival. Takeaways from this conversation There are some warning signs that go with abusing alcohol: hiding your drinking, sneaking sips between tasks, and using alcohol as your go-to strategy for everything; from coping with stress and handling heartbreak to celebrating the mundane as intensely as the triumphant. There are some warning signs that go with cirrhosis of the liver including yellowing of the skin, nose bleeds or bruising easily, and bloating or swelling. There are lots of reasons to choose life over death. Even in the most dire of times, it is worth the work to stay alive. And even more so if you’re a dad, like Chuy. Unfortunately, those reasons aren’t always obvious. Sometimes just sitting down and making a list of reasons to live is a task worth doing. If you’re having trouble getting started… start small, or make it up. Your brain will come along for the ride eventually. Links and Resources IF you prefer watching to listening. This episode is also available on video for members of our Patreon community If you suspect your relationship with alcohol is causing damage to your body, and your relationships and would like to stop before you are diagnosed of a deadly disease like cirrhosis of the liver, you can find your local Alcoholics Anonymous at https://aa.org, you can seek help through SAMHSA by visiting https://www.samhsa.gov/find-treatment or you can call the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP. On a lighter note, if you’re interested in any of the improv resources we discussed in the first section of the episode You can find Merlin-Works Institute for Improvisation (where Chuy and I used to teach together) HERE. The Hideout Theatre, where Chuy and I have performed together many times is HERE. The musical improv group we referenced from our shared festival experience at the Alaska State Improv Festival (in fact if you go to the festival website, the cover image has us and Chuy featured!), is BABE Improv, and our facebook page HERE (…and shameless plug: we perform live, digitally, on the first Friday of every month!). If you enjoyed this story of choosing life, you may enjoy this conversation with Nadine Montaghami or this one with Reshanda Yates, who learned how to battle another terrible addiction: binge eating. If you would like to listen to something fun that lifts your spirits, here’s the link to last week’s conversation with Kevin Miller and my husband as we swapped ghost stories in honor of Halloween! Have you listened to every episode?? Episode 29 – Maraya Brown, Beyond The Red Tent May 7, 2021 Yale-educated, Certified Nurse Midwife and founder of Beyond The Red Tent – Maraya Brown sits down on Episode 29 of The Changed Podcast to talk about fear and the changing way we approach taboo topics in the lives of women: abortion, perimenopause, miscarriage and more… Read More Episode 28 – Marsha Shandur, Storyteller April 30, 2021 In this episode storytelling expert Marsha Shandur, shares a few of the key ingredients to an excellent story and shares a story of her own that demonstrate our how our willingness to leap into the abyss of love can change us Read More Episode 27 Jay Jordan, Vice President – The Alliance for Safety and Justice April 30, 2021 The Vice President of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, Jay Jordan, sat down on the Changed Podcast to talk about what motivates change, get a little personal and share thoughts about where we *might* be headed as a country Read More Episode 26, Amy Gentry, Author ‘Good as Gone,’ ‘Last Woman Standing,’ & new novel, ‘Bad Habits’ April 30, 2021 Amy Gentry, best selling author of novels ‘Good as Gone’ & ‘Last Woman Standing’ sat down to talk with, The Changed Podcast host, Aden Nepom at the end of last year. Since talking, her newest novel ‘Bad Habits’ has taken the world by storm! Read More Season Two Trailer April 20, 2021 Every podcast needs a trailer… This sneak peek… is that trailer. Listen and learn a little about the show, and get excited for the conversations in season two. Read More Episode 25: That’s the end of Season One of the Changed Podcast November 26, 2020 There’s a whole lotta gratitude from host, Aden Nepom, in the final episode of the Changed Podcast- season one! Despite 2020 being one massive experiment in just how much people can handle, there is much to be grateful for with this podcast. Amazing stories, inspiring conversations and YOU the audience! Read More Episode 24: Chris O’Connell talks about surviving suicide November 12, 2020 In this very important and vulnerable conversation with Chris O’Connell, an NED and consultant on leadership, change management and recruitment, we’re talking about removing the mask, and understanding the role of mental health in the workplace. This includes the very personal topic of surviving suicide. Read More Episode 23: Estevan J Zarate (Chuy) and the diagnosis that changed everything November 5, 2020 In this episode of the Changed Podcast, Estevan J Zarate, or Chuy as I’ve always known him, shares the story of being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, and how that changed everything for him, for his family… and for his survival. You can take the guy out of the party… can you take the party out of the guy? 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Eric Nepom is also a fantastic performer, storyteller and interviewer in his own right, so for this episode where I invited Kevin to tell me scary stories from murder past…it was a no-brainer to invite him to co-host with me! AND it’s definitely not because ghost stories scare me. I swear! Does this episode have takeaways? YES! First, making a direct connection between ghosts stories and the meaning of change… may be pushing it. BUT there are still valuable lessons to be learned from sharing ghost stories It is okay to be skeptical. But as Kevin suggests, skepticism can interfere with letting these stories be fun, and interesting. “Join us in the fun place!” Ghost stories, don’t just serve as chilling scare-ticklers for our brains… they also teach us history and add to the richness of life and assign meaning to the places where they are set. Getting scared is kinda fun... when our lives aren’t actually in jeopardy. Perhaps our fascination with the unnatural and uncanny is that they give us micro-survivor experiences by causing our hearts to beat more rapidly, and merely walk away giggling. Links! You want ’em… and we got ’em! CLICK HERE to watch this episode on our Patreon for FREE!… if you like seeing faces to go with your voices that is. Support your local arts organizations, and please consider offering support to one of ours! Our favorite local to us arts organization is the Funhouse Lounge in SE Portland… and currently they cannot afford to operate. Typically Eric Nepom and I both can be found in the improvised Scooby-Doo meets the Saw thriller: Murder Mystery Machine. You can support the Funhouse Lounge by donating, or buying fun and hilarious merchandise CLICK HERE Austin Ghost Tours… where Kevin Miller got his ghost story start used to operate out of The Hideout Theatre... where he got his improv start. The Hideout is continuing to chug along with digital content and you can support them, by simply buying a ticket to one of their digital shows. CLICK HERE. Recently they learned that they may lose their historic downtown building… and could use all the help they can get. Do you have a ghost story?? I want to hear it!! Shoot me an email to info@artofchange.com with the subject line: Here’s My Story…. and I might even record it to share with the rest of the podcast listeners! Stuff we talked about in this episode Here’s an interesting article from the Atlantic on the Korean superstition of ‘fan death’ And here’s a fun Reddit discussion of the Red Mask urban legend, also from South Korea. The Austin Ghost stories shared by Kevin focused on these three locations (learn about all three!) The Driskill HotelThomas Wooten BuildingNorth Evans House If you enjoyed this episode perhaps you would enjoy the intuition driven story of Dr. Rick Brinkman, or the imagination filled conversation from last week with Mikey Shethar. Are you all caught up on the Changed Podcast? 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Since talking, her newest novel ‘Bad Habits’ has taken the world by storm! Read More Season Two Trailer April 20, 2021 Every podcast needs a trailer… This sneak peek… is that trailer. Listen and learn a little about the show, and get excited for the conversations in season two. Read More Episode 25: That’s the end of Season One of the Changed Podcast November 26, 2020 There’s a whole lotta gratitude from host, Aden Nepom, in the final episode of the Changed Podcast- season one! Despite 2020 being one massive experiment in just how much people can handle, there is much to be grateful for with this podcast. Amazing stories, inspiring conversations and YOU the audience! Read More Episode 24: Chris O’Connell talks about surviving suicide November 12, 2020 In this very important and vulnerable conversation with Chris O’Connell, an NED and consultant on leadership, change management and recruitment, we’re talking about removing the mask, and understanding the role of mental health in the workplace. This includes the very personal topic of surviving suicide. Read More Episode 23: Estevan J Zarate (Chuy) and the diagnosis that changed everything November 5, 2020 In this episode of the Changed Podcast, Estevan J Zarate, or Chuy as I’ve always known him, shares the story of being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, and how that changed everything for him, for his family… and for his survival. You can take the guy out of the party… can you take the party out of the guy? Read More Episode 22: Kevin Miller Tells Us Ghost Stories October 28, 2020 In this special Halloween Edition of the Changed Podcast, we’ve invited Kevin Miller to talk to us about ghosts, tell stories…. and see if maybe we can relate things back to making things better for the living before we all transition to the ultimate life change… death. Read More Episode 21: The Rad Cafe with Mike Shethar October 22, 2020 Mike Shethar (just call him Mikey, everyone does) is a Culinary Consultant, a Podcast Host, a Men’s Fertility Coach, and an all around delightful human being. In this episode we get to hear one of the early stories in Mikey’s journey through his own imagination. And it’s a story with a title: The Rad Cafe. 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He’s a super fun person to talk to, and he had me smiling and laughing through our entire conversation. Mikey Shethar’s primary job title is Culinary Consultant. That means he gets to use his imagination to help food brands both big and small think up delicious, new and interesting food, that they then put on the shelves for you and me to consume! But his creativity doesn’t stop there, and in this episode we get to hear one of the early stories in Mikey’s journey through his own imagination. And it’s a story with a title: The Rad Cafe. “We can dream all the dreams. We can think all the things!” Mike Shethar His latest project is becoming a dad with he lovely wife, with whom he co-hosts the podcast, Mikey and Rinne Stay In. It’s a fun, funny, silly look at their fertility journey which features interesting guests along their particularly goofy senses of humor. Changed Podcast Takeaways There is joy to be had in thinking all the thoughts and dreaming all the dreams. The story of the Rad Cafe shows us that implementing great ideas is satisfying in one way, but simply letting your imagination go big carries its own particular joy. And sometimes you may land on something you actually want to try and do… Bonus! Avocado Toast started as an idea! Truthfully, it had never occurred to me that the innovative foods that become the foods we take for granted somewhere. It may seem obvious but foods have trends, and much of what we think of in terms of “yum, yum!” started out as a ‘crazy’ idea before it ever hit our palates. But for me the epiphany that food begins as an exercise in imagination was a lovely one to have. The world needs more joy, silliness and fun now more than ever… and 5% more of that counts! This is a view I already hold, you’ve heard me talk about it many times, but this conversation certainly reinforced that for me. The conversation itself was so much fun, that my own day was more than 5% better for having had a little laughter. What’s the 5% better you can add to make the world better? Your household? The lives of those you care about? Links, Links… Here Are Some Links! As always, if you prefer watching two people have a conversation over just listening, this Changed Podcast conversation with Mike Shethar is available to watch on our Patreon Page Visit www.mikeshethar.com to learn more about the culinary consulting work that Mikey does, or about Mikey in general. Check out Mikey and Rinne Stay In on Spotify, on Apple Podcasts or look it up on your favorite podcast service Speaking of fertility journeys, if you are interested in learning more about how Mike Shethar might help you on your own journey to become a Dad, you can send your questions to hello@mensfertilitycoach.com If you enjoyed this conversation about dipping into imagination, and haven’t listened yet, I suggest this episode from Andrew Williams who embarked on a series of experiments to better himself, or this episode with the very creative Guillermo Martinez, who is Head of Story for Sony Motion Pictures’s latest animate feature: Connected Thank you for listening. Are you all caught up on the latest episode of The Changed Podcast?? Episode 29 – Maraya Brown, Beyond The Red Tent May 7, 2021 Yale-educated, Certified Nurse Midwife and founder of Beyond The Red Tent – Maraya Brown sits down on Episode 29 of The Changed Podcast to talk about fear and the changing way we approach taboo topics in the lives of women: abortion, perimenopause, miscarriage and more… Read More Episode 28 – Marsha Shandur, Storyteller April 30, 2021 In this episode storytelling expert Marsha Shandur, shares a few of the key ingredients to an excellent story and shares a story of her own that demonstrate our how our willingness to leap into the abyss of love can change us Read More Episode 27 Jay Jordan, Vice President – The Alliance for Safety and Justice April 30, 2021 The Vice President of the Alliance for Safety and Justice, Jay Jordan, sat down on the Changed Podcast to talk about what motivates change, get a little personal and share thoughts about where we *might* be headed as a country Read More Episode 26, Amy Gentry, Author ‘Good as Gone,’ ‘Last Woman Standing,’ & new novel, ‘Bad Habits’ April 30, 2021 Amy Gentry, best selling author of novels ‘Good as Gone’ & ‘Last Woman Standing’ sat down to talk with, The Changed Podcast host, Aden Nepom at the end of last year. Since talking, her newest novel ‘Bad Habits’ has taken the world by storm! Read More Season Two Trailer April 20, 2021 Every podcast needs a trailer… This sneak peek… is that trailer. Listen and learn a little about the show, and get excited for the conversations in season two. Read More Episode 25: That’s the end of Season One of the Changed Podcast November 26, 2020 There’s a whole lotta gratitude from host, Aden Nepom, in the final episode of the Changed Podcast- season one! Despite 2020 being one massive experiment in just how much people can handle, there is much to be grateful for with this podcast. Amazing stories, inspiring conversations and YOU the audience! Read More Episode 24: Chris O’Connell talks about surviving suicide November 12, 2020 In this very important and vulnerable conversation with Chris O’Connell, an NED and consultant on leadership, change management and recruitment, we’re talking about removing the mask, and understanding the role of mental health in the workplace. This includes the very personal topic of surviving suicide. Read More Episode 23: Estevan J Zarate (Chuy) and the diagnosis that changed everything November 5, 2020 In this episode of the Changed Podcast, Estevan J Zarate, or Chuy as I’ve always known him, shares the story of being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, and how that changed everything for him, for his family… and for his survival. You can take the guy out of the party… can you take the party out of the guy? 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He’s a super fun person to talk to, and he had me smiling and laughing through our entire conversation.

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Mikey Shethar’s primary job title is Culinary Consultant. That means he gets to use his imagination to help food brands both big and small think up delicious, new and interesting food, that they then put on the shelves for you and me to consume!

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But his creativity doesn’t stop there, and in this episode we get to hear one of the early stories in Mikey’s journey through his own imagination. And it’s a story with a title: The Rad Cafe.

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“We can dream all the dreams. We can think all the things!”

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His latest project is becoming a dad with he lovely wife, with whom he co-hosts the podcast, Mikey and Rinne Stay In. It’s a fun, funny, silly look at their fertility journey which features interesting guests along their particularly goofy senses of humor.

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There is joy to be had in thinking all the thoughts and dreaming all the dreams. The story of the Rad Cafe shows us that implementing great ideas is satisfying in one way, but simply letting your imagination go big carries its own particular joy. And sometimes you may land on something you actually want to try and do… Bonus!

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Avocado Toast started as an idea! Truthfully, it had never occurred to me that the innovative foods that become the foods we take for granted somewhere. It may seem obvious but foods have trends, and much of what we think of in terms of “yum, yum!” started out as a ‘crazy’ idea before it ever hit our palates. But for me the epiphany that food begins as an exercise in imagination was a lovely one to have.

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The world needs more joy, silliness and fun now more than ever… and 5% more of that counts! This is a view I already hold, you’ve heard me talk about it many times, but this conversation certainly reinforced that for me. The conversation itself was so much fun, that my own day was more than 5% better for having had a little laughter. What’s the 5% better you can add to make the world better? Your household? The lives of those you care about?

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Links, Links… Here Are Some Links!

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As always, if you prefer watching two people have a conversation over just listening, this Changed Podcast conversation with Mike Shethar is available to watch on our Patreon Page

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Visit www.mikeshethar.com to learn more about the culinary consulting work that Mikey does, or about Mikey in general.

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Check out Mikey and Rinne Stay In on Spotify, on Apple Podcasts or look it up on your favorite podcast service

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Speaking of fertility journeys, if you are interested in learning more about how Mike Shethar might help you on your own journey to become a Dad, you can send your questions to hello@mensfertilitycoach.com

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If you enjoyed this conversation about dipping into imagination, and haven’t listened yet, I suggest this episode from Andrew Williams who embarked on a series of experiments to better himself, or this episode with the very creative Guillermo Martinez, who is Head of Story for Sony Motion Pictures’s latest animate feature: Connected

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Jen Ables shares the importance of separating career and interests from self through two extremely personal examples that demonstrate how dramatically everything can change.

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Jen has worn many hats in her life, from insurance underwriter to professional dancer to the founder of a charity. This journey took her from a cubicle in Philadelphia to a guest of the White House, and includes a flag being flown in her honor in Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.

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Throughout her roller coaster one thing has made itself abundantly clear, a successful career does not equate to happiness, nor does it guarantee continued success. When it comes to identity, Jen is more than familiar with the need to find intrinsic internal value in oneself… because everything else is subject to change.

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If you are the kind of person who cannot separate what you love doing from how you achieve success then Jen’s storytelling offers a cautionary tale.

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Understand what value you have to offer beyond skills that you’ve learned or businesses that you have built. Knowing this (or being vulnerable to ask someone else) can be helpful when life asks you to pivot, or you decide to make a big leap.

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Understand what you value in life, in experience, in relationship and in work. If you love dancing… what is that you love about dancing? Why is that important to you? If you know what you truly care about it, then if the way you have been actualizing that value suddenly shifts, you’ll be better poised to find new ways to live in a way that fulfills what matters to you.

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Understand what your body needs... and then give your body what it needs. This takeaway has now shown up in more than one of our storytellers experiences, and is beginning to become a theme! It’s a hard lesson for me personally but it’s abundantly clear how critically important it is. We often pretend that Body us there to merely fulfill all of Brains wishes… but Body has needs too, and sometimes Brain has to take a break so that Body can be better ready to serve…

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Want some sweet links?? Well, ok!

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Jen has a 6 week course in the works, designed for those who have found themselves frustrated and overwhelmed by a society that defines us by what we do instead of who we are. When it launches, it will be available at jenables.com

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You can listen to this episode through any number of podcasting services, or you can become a member of our Patreon to watch it on video

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Another terrific story of career pivot is found in Episode 9 with Gary Ware

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And if you would like a reminder that life is also MAGIC, then listen to episode 16 with Madeleine Ryan

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Mike Shethar (just call him Mikey, everyone does) is a Culinary Consultant, a Podcast Host, a Men’s Fertility Coach, and an all around delightful human being. In this episode we get to hear one of the early stories in Mikey’s journey through his own imagination. And it’s a story with a title: The Rad Cafe.\n\n\n\n
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In this episode of the show, you’ll meet Reshanda Yates, whose goal, having overcome binge eating, is to empower women to be confident, love their bodies and love their relationships with food.

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She is also the host of “Better Late Than Never” a podcast on Anchor.fm, intended to be a place for people who are ready to move forward after addiction, procrastination, chronic negative thinking and other distractions that have kept them from living a life they can be proud of.

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As she says, “Late bloomers welcome!”

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After years of disordered eating including binge eating followed by punishing herself by NOT eating, Reshanda Yates lost 60lbs by doing the most counterintuitive thing you can imagine: she stopped trying to lose weight, quit dieting, let go of control and began seeking the support that she truly needed to love and accept herself.

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Takeaways from this episode

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In making positive changes in your life, it’s really never too late to forgive yourself, regroup and refocus on what you do want instead of don’t want.

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There is a weird relationship between getting what you want and letting control to get there. Like walking and chewing gum, we benefit from being able to hold the space for the outcome we want, and let go of the path to get there… allowing ourselves to be human along the way.

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If driving and texting is a wake up call (which it was in Reshanda’s story) what might be your wake up call waiting to happen? What are you unconsciously prioritizing in your life, while endangering the lives of those around you? And what might you shift to have a better outcome?

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You came for links? Well… here are your links!

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Curious about my first podcast that I co-hosted with my dear friend Margery, and which I briefly mention here? Well, “Positive Thinpact” is also on Anchor.fm, and you can listen to it if you CLICK HERE

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CLICK HERE to listen to Rehsanda’s podcast “Better Late Than Never.”

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Reshanda Yates special offer for listeners of the show is a FREE 3 Part mini training called Stop the Binge Before it starts CLICK HERE 

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This episode is also available to watch on video fo","id":"32D67acAhO8E8jaf5INkjq","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/edc79fd6c4b14bad562a05ee029f4dafb62480b9","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/9487c5a04991ef13b3f631db7eae4590b8bedb1d","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/cf4e0904434d6638ef7ae059f43d3293afb195ef","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 19: Reshanda Yates Shares Her Journey with (no longer) Binge Eating","release_date":"2020-10-09","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:32D67acAhO8E8jaf5INkjq"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/217e452046b9490eff7117b2bb27d76ea6bc45f6","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" Andrew Williams, the author of book: ‘Survive and Thrive: 120 Ideas to Cultivate Your Leadership Agility,’ is a leadership enthusiast, facilitator and coach who first and foremost considers himself an experimenter in life. In this episode Andrew shares some of the results of his more recent experiments and offers an important perspective on the change process for all of us. Takeaways from this conversation Andrew suggests that part of processing change is about grieving loss. Loss of what was supposed to happen, loss of the identity you thought was yours, loss of a job, loss of a habit. I often tend to put emphasis on energetic choices and moving forward with what you do want instead of dwelling on what you don’t want. However, I think taking time to grieve, even if it’s for a solitary breath does indeed offer an important perspective on allowing ourselves to be human… and I am always a fan of making room to be human. One foot in front of the other is Andrew’s motto–a motto useful in helping businesses enact change, in learning new skills and in running a marathon at Mt. Everest. It is a theme that comes up often. Rather than try to go from 0 – 100 in all things… sometimes small increments (0 to 10… now 10 to 20) are much more effective. Though not quite so dramatic as a bounding leap, a step is still moving in a direction, and movement beats stagnation. Our world is simultaneously a massive place and a small one. I am grateful to be able to have meaningful conversations such as this one with a colleague sat on the other side of the globe. Links! Andrew’s business is called Cultivate Agility. Click HERE to visit the website. Andrew’s book “Survive and Thrive: 120 Ideas to Cultivate Your Leadership Agility” can be found on Amazon. Click HERE. ","duration_ms":1909682,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/3WIWsE3IM5Irfl9LgXqk6j"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/3WIWsE3IM5Irfl9LgXqk6j","html_description":"\"\"\n

Andrew Williams, the author of book: ‘Survive and Thrive: 120 Ideas to Cultivate Your Leadership Agility,’ is a leadership enthusiast, facilitator and coach who first and foremost considers himself an experimenter in life.

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In this episode Andrew shares some of the results of his more recent experiments and offers an important perspective on the change process for all of us.

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Takeaways from this conversation

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Andrew suggests that part of processing change is about grieving loss. Loss of what was supposed to happen, loss of the identity you thought was yours, loss of a job, loss of a habit. I often tend to put emphasis on energetic choices and moving forward with what you do want instead of dwelling on what you don’t want. However, I think taking time to grieve, even if it’s for a solitary breath does indeed offer an important perspective on allowing ourselves to be human… and I am always a fan of making room to be human.

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One foot in front of the other is Andrew’s motto–a motto useful in helping businesses enact change, in learning new skills and in running a marathon at Mt. Everest. It is a theme that comes up often. Rather than try to go from 0 – 100 in all things… sometimes small increments (0 to 10… now 10 to 20) are much more effective. Though not quite so dramatic as a bounding leap, a step is still moving in a direction, and movement beats stagnation.

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Our world is simultaneously a massive place and a small one. I am grateful to be able to have meaningful conversations such as this one with a colleague sat on the other side of the globe.

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Links!

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Andrew’s business is called Cultivate Agility. Click HERE to visit the website.

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Andrew’s book “Survive and Thrive: 120 Ideas to Cultivate Your Leadership Agility” can be found on Amazon. Click HERE.

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Mimi Bishop and Jackie Ghedine are both certified life coaches who focus their work on Generation X women.

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Co-founders of The Resting Mind, they are co-hosts of the podcast Make Your Life Magnificent with Jackie + Mimi available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher and have been featured in Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, Tiny Buddha, TEDx and are VIP Experts at FairyGodBoss. 

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Many of their clients have the skills, experience, and accomplishments, but they find themselves getting tongue-tied when having to answer the age-old questions, “tell me about yourself.” Using The Resting Mind’s proprietary tools combining brain science and energy leadership they help Gen-X women create sustainable change. 

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In this dual-guest episode these women share their thoughts on the impact of our thoughts, what energy leadership is and how we can make choices about how we show up, as well as their own stories of moments from their lives where the understanding of the world and their relationships changed as a result of important loss, or fear of loss.

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Take aways from this episode

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While our","id":"6jUDGbXXh9a74oIliNAa08","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/e9882ea78569ec2366248e08c9f5e4df05b31f15","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/753656f30bd333a43d54e0fbc147f800319b2900","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/7ae4798c05c582140b026b4e46a1e505cd2d1ac7","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 17: Mimi Bishop and Jackie Ghedine, from the Make Your Life Magnificent Podcast","release_date":"2020-09-24","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:6jUDGbXXh9a74oIliNAa08"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/4bccabc161dd82e3922d0c1e163a7e348bf0246c","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" In this episode of the Changed Podcast, Madeleine Ryan, author of A Room Called Earth shares her view of the world, and the beauty that is life and being alive on this planet. Her story of pivot focuses on the moment when she committed to being a writer, and offers inspiration to those who don’t quite feel like they have fully embraced who they truly are in the world just yet. Madeleine Ryan is an Australian writer, director and author. She is the author of the newly released debut novel, A Room Called Earth. She lives in rural Victoria. But for our conversation with each other we were separated only by a screen. For me it was as if we were sitting across the table from each other. Madeleine self identifies as an autistic woman, but I would describe her as a bit wise, and somewhat magical. Read More I have always believed that understanding the views of people who think differently is worth the time, because diverging views can be a gift, particularly in team settings, ideation and so on. While the term neurodivergent came up, I will be honest that I am unclear as to the meaning. Who’s to say what’s normal? What are the acceptable parameters for thought in the modern world? In my mind we are ALL different, with our own beautiful gifts to offer, so it’s likely no surprise that this is the direction that much of our conversation took. Author, Madeleine Ryan. Photo by Hector H. MacKenzie Madeleine’s novel, A Room Called Earth, also struck me as a completely relatable, very feminine piece of writing. An absolute pleasure to read and a celebration of the human experience from the magical and ethereal down to the nuts and bolts. Set in the course of one day, this book takes us into the inner narrative and outward experiences of one woman as she prepares for, attends and interacts at a party… essentially in real time. ","duration_ms":2523429,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/5ihCRKdPzYBx0QUqmJIXXZ"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/5ihCRKdPzYBx0QUqmJIXXZ","html_description":"\"\"\n

In this episode of the Changed Podcast, Madeleine Ryan, author of A Room Called Earth shares her view of the world, and the beauty that is life and being alive on this planet. Her story of pivot focuses on the moment when she committed to being a writer, and offers inspiration to those who don’t quite feel like they have fully embraced who they truly are in the world just yet.

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Madeleine Ryan is an Australian writer, director and author. She is the author of the newly released debut novel, A Room Called Earth. She lives in rural Victoria. But for our conversation with each other we were separated only by a screen. For me it was as if we were sitting across the table from each other.

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Madeleine self identifies as an autistic woman, but I would describe her as a bit wise, and somewhat magical. Read More\n

I have always believed that understanding the views of people who think differently is worth the time, because diverging views can be a gift, particularly in team settings, ideation and so on.

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While the term neurodivergent came up, I will be honest that I am unclear as to the meaning. Who’s to say what’s normal? What are the acceptable parameters for thought in the modern world? In my mind we are ALL different, with our own beautiful gifts to offer, so it’s likely no surprise that this is the direction that much of our conversation took.

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Author, Madeleine Ryan. Photo by Hector H. MacKenzie
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Madeleine’s novel, A Room Called Earth, also struck me as a completely relatable, very feminine piece of writing. An absolute pleasure to read and a celebration of the human experience from the magical and ethereal down to the nuts and bolts.

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Set in the course of one day, this book takes us into the inner narrative and outward experiences of one woman as she prepares for, attends and interacts at a party… essentially in real time.

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What’s cooler than cool? Not being cool. That’s according to Jeff Harry in this episode of the Changed Podcast.

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Jeff Harry is an international speaker who has presented at conferences such as INBOUND, SXSW, and Australia’s Pausefest, showing audiences how major issues in the workplace can be solved using play.  Jeff was selected by BambooHR & Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR Influencers of 2020 for his organizational development work around dealing with toxic people in the workplace. His play work has been featured on AJ+, SoulPancake, the SF Chronicle, and CNN.  Read More\n

While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it’s when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives. 

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Jeff believes that we already have many of the answers we seek, and by simply unleashing our inner child, we can find our purpose and, in turn, help to create a better world.

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He’s a forever kid. Talking to Jeff was like talking to the little brother I never had (I’m an only child). He’s energetic, he’s silly and he plays with legos… I mean, his lego bowtie has become a kind of symbol not just to him but to many! He’s also insanely insightful, an incredible facilitator and has good reason for letting go of the pressures so many of us have ","id":"7lwAEhK2Y20aTPQ2OgbsEg","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/65f6e2d627029cc27424657bf9a16feef415ba05","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/828388f97f60a7d629555d4629b31b83d59c6f05","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/5846e11153913e52b39fcdced702bf217fdedcdc","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 15: Rediscover Your Play with Jeff Harry","release_date":"2020-09-11","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:7lwAEhK2Y20aTPQ2OgbsEg"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/1f9664fa9290ebd1cd9e3226097b4080611c66e2","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" Episode 14 features Apryl Zarate Schlueter, who is the Chief Energy! Officer of The Cheerful Mind, Inc. – a personal empowerment and lifestyle brand that is committed to cultivating REAL confidence and success through productivity, passion, and play. Her superpower is creating customized solutions to help people and organizations FOCUS on WHAT TRULY MATTERS. Apryl is the founder of Cheerful Mind Media, as well as The Accountability Success Circle, a community in which she teaches tools and techniques for “having more fun while getting stuff done” and living a life driven by personal values. Apryl is also a motivational speaker, professional emcee, holds certifications as a professional coach and body language trainer, and is the Author of Finding Success in Balance: My Journey to The Cheerful Mind.  Takeaways from this episode 1) Know what you value in life, and then live your life by those values! 2) It’s okay not to know what you’re doing! (special shoutout to artist and maker Halyn Erickson) …and so can you! 3) The body and mind are deeply connected. We’ve all heard ‘mind over matter’ but sometimes when we’re not listening to our bodies needs, it becomes matter over mind! Helpful Links: As usual, you if watching these episodes is your preference to listening… you can ","duration_ms":2912826,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/2gU4IvYGCwO3vxsTzkCwr3"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/2gU4IvYGCwO3vxsTzkCwr3","html_description":"\"\"\n

Episode 14 features Apryl Zarate Schlueter, who is the Chief Energy! Officer of The Cheerful Mind, Inc. – a personal empowerment and lifestyle brand that is committed to cultivating REAL confidence and success through productivity, passion, and play. Her superpower is creating customized solutions to help people and organizations FOCUS on WHAT TRULY MATTERS.

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Apryl is the founder of Cheerful Mind Media, as well as The Accountability Success Circle, a community in which she teaches tools and techniques for “having more fun while getting stuff done” and living a life driven by personal values. Apryl is also a motivational speaker, professional emcee, holds certifications as a professional coach and body language trainer, and is the Author of Finding Success in Balance: My Journey to The Cheerful Mind. 

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Takeaways from this episode

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1) Know what you value in life, and then live your life by those values!

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2) It’s okay not to know what you’re doing! (special shoutout to artist and maker Halyn Erickson)

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3) The body and mind are deeply connected. We’ve all heard ‘mind over matter’ but sometimes when we’re not listening to our bodies needs, it becomes matter over mind!

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Helpful Links:

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As usual, you if watching these episodes is your preference to listening… you can \n

In this episode of the Changed Podcast, it’s Gerald T. Nepom M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Immune Tolerance Network and former director of Benaroya Research Institute! As part of the direct COVID response efforts, Jerry has plenty of thoughts to share on curiosity, change, flexibility, and science!

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We are living through a time where science is referred to at the dinner table, possibly more than any other period in history (according to me).

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With COVID 19 top of mind for everyone, we are looking to the scientific community to tell us how to be safe, to tell us they’ll find a cure, to tell us ANYTHING that will make us feel less shaky and more secure in these particularly “turbulent times” (as I have heard every corporate entity refer to 2020, in the massive number of sales related emails I receive every week). Read More\n

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So I thought, why not invite a prominent immunologist onto the show to talk about the broad concept of change! The sciences are built on the idea that our understanding of the world is ever changing, and I just so happen to have a scientist-in-law to ask about the role of flexibility in scientific research!

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Dr. Gerald T. Nepom M.D., Ph.D., former director of Benaroya Research Institute and current director of the Immune Tolerance Network
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Gerald T. Nepom, M.D., Ph.D., who goes by ‘Jerry’ to just about everyone is Director of the Immune Tolerance Network, a National Institutes of Health initiative for immune therapies of disease, and founder and former Director of the Benaroya Research Institute, in Seattle WA, USA. 

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He’s also my uncle-in-law, a native Oregonian, a professor at the University of Washington, and a scientist credited with numerous discoveries over decades o","id":"69WEoHDG8oVfAhsVcS1lXJ","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/8dac48c39c9ca4cefde2566ad8f4de0d77b1a1e1","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/c3da6efc017b0ae714d8f623ede83afd031f3cb9","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/bb6ab8b481113204b47131fccab7b14a6397fc6c","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 13: Science! Dr. Gerald T. Nepom M.D., Ph.D. Director of the Immune Tolerance Network","release_date":"2020-08-28","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:69WEoHDG8oVfAhsVcS1lXJ"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/40f1d11ebd6d21461e53cfc9f219a66b69acb63d","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" Episode 12 of the Changed Podcast features Executive Coach/Consultant, Melissa Thornley Trying to describe Melissa Thornley is like trying to describe a beautiful patchwork quilt, or the contents of a haberdashery. The question isn’t to ask her what has she done… better to ask what hasn’t she done! From burlesque to executive coaching Melissa is a woman of many talents, a lot of fascinating experiences and a journey that continues to unfold. When I asked her “what are your feelings about change?” in her interview on the Changed Podcast, it was no surprise that the answer came back, “I thrive on it!” Read More Specializing in emotional intelligence and instinctive working styles, Melissa Thornley operates at the intersection of the left brain and right brain.  She has years of experience as an advertising/film industry executive. Melissa led creative teams in Chicago, New York, and London. Previous clients include McDonald’s, Walgreens, Anheuser Busch, Nike, Capital One, Coca-Cola and PBS.  She is also the former Chicago Director of the Institute for Management Studies, where Melissa collaborated with talent and leadership departments of Fortune 500 companies on leadership initiatives to serve emerging leaders to senior level executives. In addition to her traditional business background, she often draws upon her training in improv and mindfulness, keeping her creative juices flowing through kung fu, dance, yoga, and writing.  Takeaways from this conversation: Sometimes CHANGE shows up in the form of an unexpected gift like getting a phone call on the Nile; or it can be the result of making hard choices, like choosing to leave a job or a marriage. No matter what kind of change it is, there a moments when it’s not just ok, but critically important to pause, say “I have no idea what I’m doing,” reassess and then move forward. Big journeys begin with little steps. Helpful Links: Melissa’s website: htt","duration_ms":2275239,"explicit":true,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/0z8csZ5U3aQoRBz2wwAFpT"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/0z8csZ5U3aQoRBz2wwAFpT","html_description":"\"\"\n

Episode 12 of the Changed Podcast features Executive Coach/Consultant, Melissa Thornley

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Trying to describe Melissa Thornley is like trying to describe a beautiful patchwork quilt, or the contents of a haberdashery. The question isn’t to ask her what has she done… better to ask what hasn’t she done! From burlesque to executive coaching Melissa is a woman of many talents, a lot of fascinating experiences and a journey that continues to unfold. When I asked her “what are your feelings about change?” in her interview on the Changed Podcast, it was no surprise that the answer came back, “I thrive on it!”

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Specializing in emotional intelligence and instinctive working styles, Melissa Thornley operates at the intersection of the left brain and right brain. 

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She has years of experience as an advertising/film industry executive. Melissa led creative teams in Chicago, New York, and London. Previous clients include McDonald’s, Walgreens, Anheuser Busch, Nike, Capital One, Coca-Cola and PBS.  She is also the former Chicago Director of the Institute for Management Studies, where Melissa collaborated with talent and leadership departments of Fortune 500 companies on leadership initiatives to serve emerging leaders to senior level executives.

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In addition to her traditional business background, she often draws upon her training in improv and mindfulness, keeping her creative juices flowing through kung fu, dance, yoga, and writing. 

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Takeaways from this conversation:

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Sometimes CHANGE shows up in the form of an unexpected gift like getting a phone call on the Nile; or it can be the result of making hard choices, like choosing to leave a job or a marriage.

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No matter what kind of change it is, there a moments when it’s not just ok, but critically important to pause, say “I have no idea what I’m doing,” reassess and then move forward.

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Big journeys begin with little steps.

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Helpful Links:

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Melissa’s website: htt","id":"0z8csZ5U3aQoRBz2wwAFpT","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/e5b1099c54ac8ee6aa694601a008cb1da5caa758","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/9f2b7119252159bd12ed6ebdf3fe3b45f6889f5f","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/59f93fb3c10fc494909d8992afe86199c330529e","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 12: Melissa Thornley, Executive Coach and Consultant","release_date":"2020-08-21","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:0z8csZ5U3aQoRBz2wwAFpT"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/a3c9662f090473eb10aba10ac98afa10df0bc679","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" Shannon Stott: Professional Improviser shares an internal moment of pivot on the Changed Podcast Shannon Stott, happens to be one of the most delightful people you will ever meet. She and her husband Gus have been making the world a better place on Shannon’s YouTube channel by delightfully ‘destroying’ improv together. We talk so much about improv on the Changed Podcast, I felt like I was long overdue to invite a full time improviser onto the show! AND who better than Shannon Stott, of Shannon Stott improv. Her passion for the art form is enough to make anyone want to jump up and join in on a game of zip-zap-zop! More importantly than enthusiasm though, Shannon has used the art form of ‘making it up on stage’ to explore our world in particularly interesting ways, including the show she describes in this episode, Twins, in which she and creative partner Quinn Buckner, dance along the lines of what’s comfortable and culturally acceptable in order to better understand the differences and universalities in human experience. Takeaways from this episode This episode is full of keepers. I loved the simple honesty of Shannon’s declaration, “It is hard to create something without a blueprint.” But there were a couple of key takeaways that Shannon points out that come from improv but speak directly to the heart of how we might cope with the continually changing landscape in which we live. It is possible to develop deep empathy by ‘being’ someone else. This isn’t the same as pretending to be someone else. It is instead about for a moment allowing yourself to feel what it feels like to walk, talk, sit, breathe, THINK the way another human does. Checking your understanding with people in service of deepening what you know instead of proving it, builds trust. If you have an inkling that something you’ve said or done may have impacted someone, you may want to check with them. If you suspect that you are jumping to conclusions about why someone is behaving or talking in a certain way, you might check your assumptions with that person, rather than choose actions based on what you’re actually making up and don’t really know.Relationship is the foundation for asking good questions in improv… and in real life. On stage, asking questions that go nowhere “What are we doing? Who are you?” aren’t great for furthering the scene. The same is true in collaboration, goal setting and so much more. Instead use your relationships (including the one you have with yourself) to spark meaning filled questions.If you’re lost, confused, or curious about something, someone in the audience is too! On stage, performers are trained to think about audience experience. This is also an inc","duration_ms":2755788,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/7sGBzUvlEODz4lj3JTJnhS"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/7sGBzUvlEODz4lj3JTJnhS","html_description":"\"Improviser\n

Shannon Stott: Professional Improviser shares an internal moment of pivot on the Changed Podcast

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Shannon Stott, happens to be one of the most delightful people you will ever meet. She and her husband Gus have been making the world a better place on Shannon’s YouTube channel by delightfully ‘destroying’ improv together.

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We talk so much about improv on the Changed Podcast, I felt like I was long overdue to invite a full time improviser onto the show! AND who better than Shannon Stott, of Shannon Stott improv. Her passion for the art form is enough to make anyone want to jump up and join in on a game of zip-zap-zop!

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More importantly than enthusiasm though, Shannon has used the art form of ‘making it up on stage’ to explore our world in particularly interesting ways, including the show she describes in this episode, Twins, in which she and creative partner Quinn Buckner, dance along the lines of what’s comfortable and culturally acceptable in order to better understand the differences and universalities in human experience.

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Takeaways from this episode

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This episode is full of keepers. I loved the simple honesty of Shannon’s declaration, “It is hard to create something without a blueprint.” But there were a couple of key takeaways that Shannon points out that come from improv but speak directly to the heart of how we might cope with the continually changing landscape in which we live.

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  • It is possible to develop deep empathy by ‘being’ someone else. This isn’t the same as pretending to be someone else. It is instead about for a moment allowing yourself to feel what it feels like to walk, talk, sit, breathe, THINK the way another human does.
  • Checking your understanding with people in service of deepening what you know instead of proving it, builds trust. If you have an inkling that something you’ve said or done may have impacted someone, you may want to check with them. If you suspect that you are jumping to conclusions about why someone is behaving or talking in a certain way, you might check your assumptions with that person, rather than choose actions based on what you’re actually making up and don’t really know.
  • Relationship is the foundation for asking good questions in improv… and in real life. On stage, asking questions that go nowhere “What are we doing? Who are you?” aren’t great for furthering the scene. The same is true in collaboration, goal setting and so much more. Instead use your relationships (including the one you have with yourself) to spark meaning filled questions.
  • If you’re lost, confused, or curious about something, someone in the audience is too! On stage, performers are trained to think about audience experience. This is also an inc","id":"7sGBzUvlEODz4lj3JTJnhS","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/f0e79606a1831de518f29687a48d9e265fea83b1","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/61f5a0bc5f7cc3fabb8f5d376689abd73cba599c","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/4f201959a60bee80560e1a5637c5876c55ce7152","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 11: Improviser, Shannon Stott!","release_date":"2020-08-13","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:7sGBzUvlEODz4lj3JTJnhS"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/ba68c30f301a3514112a3ba083bee6c8fa9b6c2f","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" Motivational speaker Lou Radja shares his thoughts on ‘dancing in the rain,’ on being part of the complicated tapestry of human experience, and on finding the intersection of success and significance. As a social entrepreneur, Lou Radja is deeply dedicated to helping individuals and teams thrive at the intersection of success & significance. He is a recognized and award winning Motivational Speaker offering trainings on leadership, personal growth, diversity and service which serve to inspire and equip audiences around the world, to Be More and Give More. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of EduCongo, a U.S. based nonprofit organization devoted to generating awareness and support to provide quality education for over 2,000 underprivileged children in the Congo. Motivational Speaker, Lou Radja. Be More. Give More. Lou Radja and I met briefly in 1993 and have lived parallel lives in many ways. And in many ways, our lives have been worlds apart. We are both speakers. We are both residents of the Pacific Northwest. We are both immensely inspired by our fathers. AND we both believe deeply that humanity is a whole, beautiful, messy and intertwined unit. And that bringing out the best in ourselves and each other in order to make a positive impact on the world matters. We both see the possibility of a beautiful future. We both believe that beautiful future begins in each of our own hearts and minds right now. We are undoubtedly more alike than we are different. However, our experiences as teenagers in Ashland, Oregon could not have been more dissimilar. Lou was an athlete, I was a nerd. Lou spoke 4 languages in addition to English. I spoke English and I studied only enough Spanish to pass whatever was required of me to graduate. I am white. Lou is black. A difference that unfortunately played a role in his welcoming not just to this country, but to the idyllic town in which we both finished High School. Lou is clear. The stories he shares in this episode (and many others like it), do not define his full memory of Ashland, Oregon any more than they define who he his or who he has become. Instead his stories, simply illustrate that life is complicated. That community is messy and that i","duration_ms":2215628,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/1s02g4xLcIrbsV3iAOLU42"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/1s02g4xLcIrbsV3iAOLU42","html_description":"\"\"\n

    Motivational speaker Lou Radja shares his thoughts on ‘dancing in the rain,’ on being part of the complicated tapestry of human experience, and on finding the intersection of success and significance.

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    As a social entrepreneur, Lou Radja is deeply dedicated to helping individuals and teams thrive at the intersection of success & significance. He is a recognized and award winning Motivational Speaker offering trainings on leadership, personal growth, diversity and service which serve to inspire and equip audiences around the world, to Be More and Give More.

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    He is also the Founder and Executive Director of EduCongo, a U.S. based nonprofit organization devoted to generating awareness and support to provide quality education for over 2,000 underprivileged children in the Congo.

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    Motivational Speaker, Lou Radja. Be More. Give More.
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    Lou Radja and I met briefly in 1993 and have lived parallel lives in many ways. And in many ways, our lives have been worlds apart.

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    We are both speakers. We are both residents of the Pacific Northwest. We are both immensely inspired by our fathers. AND we both believe deeply that humanity is a whole, beautiful, messy and intertwined unit. And that bringing out the best in ourselves and each other in order to make a positive impact on the world matters. We both see the possibility of a beautiful future. We both believe that beautiful future begins in each of our own hearts and minds right now.

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    We are undoubtedly more alike than we are different.

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    However, our experiences as teenagers in Ashland, Oregon could not have been more dissimilar. Lou was an athlete, I was a nerd. Lou spoke 4 languages in addition to English. I spoke English and I studied only enough Spanish to pass whatever was required of me to graduate.

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    I am white. Lou is black.

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    A difference that unfortunately played a role in his welcoming not just to this country, but to the idyllic town in which we both finished High School.

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    Lou is clear. The stories he shares in this episode (and many others like it), do not define his full memory of Ashland, Oregon any more than they define who he his or who he has become.

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    Instead his stories, simply illustrate that life is complicated. That community is messy and that i","id":"1s02g4xLcIrbsV3iAOLU42","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/37bac0ffa2f97b29e2a224edd191cc4e265fa7f0","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/be3e9bc1e5e318988f4e72ac52741fca1ca61de6","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/44f1f13bc0109132ec1985de35784562c0ec1f44","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 10: Lou Radja, Motivational Speaker and Social Entrepreneur","release_date":"2020-08-06","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:1s02g4xLcIrbsV3iAOLU42"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/b45dc05afa743e669fed1cd0f70ed90478c520c9","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" Gary Ware shares the story of how he came to be the founder of Breakthrough Play on this week’s episode of the Changed Podcast Gary Ware is the Founder of Breakthrough Play. He is a self proclaimed Creativity Catalyst who helps professionals reach their breakthrough moment while playing and having a great time.  Gary Ware, Founder of Breakthrough Play Like many of my guests Gary Ware has years of experience on stage as an improv performer. And like many of the improvisers I know (myself included) thought initially of improv as “just a hobby.” However, after experiencing burnout in his pursuit for success and happiness, he realized that what was missing was Play. Gary points out that as adults, we often feel that “play” is childish or something that is distracting. Society plays pressures on us, making us feel like in order to be productive, we need to be glued to a desk for hours on end… but playing is actually incredibly valuable. Joy, fun and silliness actually help us learn, explore new concepts, develop resilience and much, much more. Take aways from this episode Life is going to happen. Some changes are easy and some are hard. There are a couple of things you can take from the world of improv theatre, to help you process changes as they happen: Play the scene you’re in… Sometimes we have the luxury to sit back and grieve that this moment is no longer the previous moment, or worse that this moment isn’t the moment we expected it to be! BUT most of the time, when faced with less than ideal changes like sudden job loss, or losing your home it can be helpful to take a pause and ask yourself what the offers are in the moment. In improv an offer is anything you can simply take and use. So regrouping and processing is also about what can you play with as you move forward. If you’re having trouble making a choice with the options you have, give yourself more options… When Gary lost his business, the choices seemed to be binary: either find a new job, or seek unemployment… BUT there were a lot more options than first met the eye, and thanks to jumping outside of the circle of expectations (another term from the world of improv) Gary actually jumped a bit closer to what has felt like an even more sa","duration_ms":2434612,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/4RgpxUv0OqvomqalFVlIzD"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/4RgpxUv0OqvomqalFVlIzD","html_description":"\"\"\n

    Gary Ware shares the story of how he came to be the founder of Breakthrough Play on this week’s episode of the Changed Podcast

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    Gary Ware is the Founder of Breakthrough Play. He is a self proclaimed Creativity Catalyst who helps professionals reach their breakthrough moment while playing and having a great time. 

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    Gary Ware, Founder of Breakthrough Play
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    Like many of my guests Gary Ware has years of experience on stage as an improv performer. And like many of the improvisers I know (myself included) thought initially of improv as “just a hobby.” However, after experiencing burnout in his pursuit for success and happiness, he realized that what was missing was Play.

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    Gary points out that as adults, we often feel that “play” is childish or something that is distracting. Society plays pressures on us, making us feel like in order to be productive, we need to be glued to a desk for hours on end… but playing is actually incredibly valuable. Joy, fun and silliness actually help us learn, explore new concepts, develop resilience and much, much more.

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    Take aways from this episode

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    Life is going to happen. Some changes are easy and some are hard. There are a couple of things you can take from the world of improv theatre, to help you process changes as they happen:

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    Play the scene you’re in…

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    Sometimes we have the luxury to sit back and grieve that this moment is no longer the previous moment, or worse that this moment isn’t the moment we expected it to be! BUT most of the time, when faced with less than ideal changes like sudden job loss, or losing your home it can be helpful to take a pause and ask yourself what the offers are in the moment. In improv an offer is anything you can simply take and use. So regrouping and processing is also about what can you play with as you move forward.

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    If you’re having trouble making a choice with the options you have, give yourself more options…

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    When Gary lost his business, the choices seemed to be binary: either find a new job, or seek unemployment… BUT there were a lot more options than first met the eye, and thanks to jumping outside of the circle of expectations (another term from the world of improv) Gary actually jumped a bit closer to what has felt like an even more sa","id":"4RgpxUv0OqvomqalFVlIzD","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/b2a27a5fb659ce666918978a82479d9c757561e3","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/255ae710d54301f662b17a785e9ece5557e871c9","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/ec164671fe79bd8cfd79b4d65c23ca70f5ef88f8","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 9: Founder of Breakthrough Play, Gary Ware","release_date":"2020-07-30","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:4RgpxUv0OqvomqalFVlIzD"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/5eb6f05f081d96a11b7891a8cea206ec5df24cd5","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" We all know that change happens. We all know that it’s up to us to interpret and determine the meaning of the events in our lives. But what filters do we choose? How shall we frame it up for ourselves… and where do we stand to benefit from what we’ve learned? This week on the Changed Podcast, actor and writer, Todd Stashwick shares his views on Styx, on becoming who you already are, and on the scar tissue that forms to make us stronger following abrupt and dramatic moments of change. You can find Todd Stashwick in almost every TV show. This man has done it all from sitcom to action so if he looks familiar to you, that’s because you’ve seen him on screen. In recent entertainment memory you might have enjoyed Stashwick as Dr. Drakken in Disney’s Kim Possible, or as Deacon in SYFY’s series, 12 Monkeys. We sat down (together apart) i","duration_ms":3027200,"explicit":true,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/4iLzocvwwgIvTpAW0z7sjB"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/4iLzocvwwgIvTpAW0z7sjB","html_description":"\"\"\n

    We all know that change happens. We all know that it’s up to us to interpret and determine the meaning of the events in our lives. But what filters do we choose? How shall we frame it up for ourselves… and where do we stand to benefit from what we’ve learned?

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    This week on the Changed Podcast, actor and writer, Todd Stashwick shares his views on Styx, on becoming who you already are, and on the scar tissue that forms to make us stronger following abrupt and dramatic moments of change.

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    You can find Todd Stashwick in almost every TV show. This man has done it all from sitcom to action so if he looks familiar to you, that’s because you’ve seen him on screen. In recent entertainment memory you might have enjoyed Stashwick as Dr. Drakken in Disney’s Kim Possible, or as Deacon in SYFY’s series, 12 Monkeys.

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    We sat down (together apart) i","id":"4iLzocvwwgIvTpAW0z7sjB","images":[{"height":640,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/38eca498d7e3816c30a51c327cbac4b464d6aea2","width":640},{"height":300,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/60daedae7700d535bc89d1fd316aec604eb023ed","width":300},{"height":64,"url":"https://i.scdn.co/image/b05d17f9951c252926e072e77cd1c55acba34735","width":64}],"is_externally_hosted":false,"is_paywall_content":false,"is_playable":true,"language":"en-US","languages":["en-US"],"name":"Episode 8: Actor, Writer, Todd Stashwick","release_date":"2020-07-23","release_date_precision":"day","type":"episode","uri":"spotify:episode:4iLzocvwwgIvTpAW0z7sjB"},{"audio_preview_url":"https://p.scdn.co/mp3-preview/80df7983cb3639973eec5b33520f242796647417","content_type":"PODCAST_EPISODE","description":" Writer, animator and Head of Story on Sony Pictures Animation‘s upcoming feature film Connected, Guillermo Martinez shares his story of leaving everything you know behind, so that he could make all of his dreams come true… on episode 7 of the Changed Podcast Guillermo Martinezshot by Michael Lewis at the SPA offices in April 2019. This week, I have the honor of sharing this lovely conversation I had in mid-June with Guillermo Martinez, an improviser, writer, animator and Head of Story on Sony Pictures Animation‘s upcoming feature film Connected slated to open in theaters on October 23rd, 2020 (click here to watch the trailer). Guillermo and I met several years back on stage (or more likely in the green room) at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, OR. He is the kind of guy you see on stage, or meet once, and never forget. He’s ridiculously playful and completely present and flexible as an improv comedy performer, so it’s no wonder that he’s been able to add tremendous value to fantastic stories at Cartoon Network, Laika, and Sony Pictures Animation. To truly get a sense of Guillermo’s sense of play, you can check out this Tumblr (click here) from a couple of years back, many posts are still super relatable, like this one poking fun at social media. ","duration_ms":2117068,"explicit":false,"external_urls":{"spotify":"https://open.spotify.com/episode/1rsMygSH7giLG54yAozvpD"},"href":"https://api.spotify.com/v1/episodes/1rsMygSH7giLG54yAozvpD","html_description":"\"\"\n

    Writer, animator and Head of Story on Sony Pictures Animation‘s upcoming feature film Connected, Guillermo Martinez shares his story of leaving everything you know behind, so that he could make all of his dreams come true… on episode 7 of the Changed Podcast

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    Guillermo Martinezshot by Michael Lewis at the SPA offices in April 2019.
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    This week, I have the honor of sharing this lovely conversation I had in mid-June with Guillermo Martinez, an improviser, writer, animator and Head of Story on Sony Pictures Animation‘s upcoming feature film Connected slated to open in theaters on October 23rd, 2020 (click here to watch the trailer).

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    Guillermo and I met several years back on stage (or more likely in the green room) at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, OR. He is the kind of guy you see on stage, or meet once, and never forget. He’s ridiculously playful and completely present and flexible as an improv comedy performer, so it’s no wonder that he’s been able to add tremendous value to fantastic stories at Cartoon Network, Laika, and Sony Pictures Animation.

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    This week confidence and relationship coach Nadine Montaghami shares her harrowing tale of survival. A violently traumatic day 8 years ago opened up a world of possibility for Nadine, as she had an unexpected “ah-ha moment.” This wake up call was the spark that changed everything.

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    Dr Rick Kirschner shares thoughts on change, opportunity and this moment in history…

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    Inviting Dr Rick Kirschner, who happens to be my dad, to be a guest on my podcast may feel like nepotism, but as the founder of my company and an expert in communication, change and vitality how could I not?

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    I met Mo 14 years ago in Austin, Texas when we were both cast members of an all-female Musical Improv Group that neither of us are members of anymore. Being in a musical improv group with Mo, and then later an improv duo called Battle-Axe (check out this vintage Blogspot account!) there are some things that I know to be true about this profoundly talented woman.

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    I invited her to talk to me on the Changed Podcast for good reason. She’s a compelling storyteller (I loved her novel, but I’ve also been tugged along a delicately-strung-together improvised narrative by this dynamo and her ability to see the matrix of an improvised story as it is arriving).

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    M.J. (as her friends call her) and I spoke on March 20th this year in the midst of our adjusting to Stay at Home orders across the country. As always our conversation was delightful, energizing and somehow familiar. From the first time we met over a decade ago, until now we’ve had a warm connection and though we don’t speak often, I always look forward to our conversations.

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    I started this project in January. But for the launch of the Changed Podcast, I chose to reach into the beginning of Spring. While this wasn’t the first episode I recorded, I wanted it to be the first one I published for this project because even in the midst of profound present-moment change, she and I agreed that we can look to the past, and to our own interpretations of that big FAT word: CHANGE, to think about how we want to approach each present moment.

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    For some people change is hard. For others change is easy.

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    Enjoy <3

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