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Using Agile Philosophies to Live a Happy, Productive, and Meaningful Life

Carpe Diem Connections Yvette Francino

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Using Agile Philosophies to Live a Happy, Productive, and Meaningful Life

    Season 4, Episode 3: Dan Jaworski competing in Kona Ironman after getting early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis

    Season 4, Episode 3: Dan Jaworski competing in Kona Ironman after getting early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis

    Short introduction of Dan Jaworski, who is participating in the Kona Ironman after receiving an early onset Alzheimer's diagnosis.  Full YouTube video available here: https://youtu.be/BuqwJjPNZzk

    Blog post: https://www.carpediemday.com/alzheimers-diagnosis-motivates-dan-jaworski-to-fulfill-his-dream-participate-in-the-kona-ironman/

    When Dan Jaworski received a devastating diagnosis and a recommendation from his doctor to move forward on his bucket list, he knew what he needed to do.

    “Within hours of my diagnosis, I contacted Sarah Hartmann at The IRONMAN Foundation. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity to race Kona on October 9, 2021”

    The month of June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

    You can read more about Dan and his inspirational story here. His attitude of resilience and strength is the same “Carpe Diem spirit” that I saw in my friend Craig Dunham when he was faced with an ALS Diagnosis. It’s the reason I started CarpeDiemDay.com.

    Rather than ask for money, Dan asked for 140 names – one for each of the 140.6 miles of the race – of others who are battling Alzheimer’s and related diseases.

    His list of 140 names, along with notes and tributes are listed on his site. And despite not asking for money, he has currently raised over $70K in donations for the Alzheimer’s Association.

    Gratefully, I don’t currently know anyone personally suffering from Alzheimer’s, but I certainly understand the devastation and fear most people would have in the face of such a diagnosis.

    Dan’s optimistic attitude, his drive, tenacity, and resilient spirit will most certainly work in his favor in the coming months, both in his training and in his overall health.

    Let’s follow his lead! Whether it’s participating in an Ironman, writing a book, or repairing a relationship, don’t wait. Follow your dreams.

    Carpe Diem!


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    Season 4, Episode 2: Interview with Baroness Susan Greenfield - Plasticity and the future of Alzheimer's

    Season 4, Episode 2: Interview with Baroness Susan Greenfield - Plasticity and the future of Alzheimer's

    In this episode, I interview Baroness Susan Greenfield, a renowned neuroscientist about Brain Plasticity and the Future of Alzheimer's.

    Blog Post: https://www.carpediemday.com/baroness-susan-greenfield-talks-about-the-future-of-alzheimers/

    YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_3SsrTNxD8



    I’ve been looking forward to my interview with Baroness Susan Greenfield since I heard her speak at the Douglas Adams Memorial lecture in March.

    Besides being a world renowned neuroscientist on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s, she’s an interesting and entertaining speaker! She’s the epitome of what many of us yearn to be: highly intelligent, funny, and working on unraveling some of the biggest mysteries of the mind, including the meaning of consciousness.

    She also is an entrepreneur. In 2013, she co-founded Neuro-Bio, a company that develops diagnostic tests and therapeutics to help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    In our interview, I asked Dr. Greenfield about her views on a cure. She mentioned the recent FDA approval of the controversial Biogen announcement of a drug claiming to slow down the progress of Alzheimer’s.

    She expressed more hope and optimism about the approach and drug under development at Neuro-Bio. Though not available to the public yet due to regulatory phases, Dr. Greenfield indicated that, with fair winds, it might be “two years away.”


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    Season 4, Episode 1 - Retrospectives for Learning

    Season 4, Episode 1 - Retrospectives for Learning

    One of the Agile "ceremonies" is called a Retrospective. This is a time in which we reflect on "What went well" "What could be better" and "What we want to do differently going forward."

    In this episode, I use my podcasting experience as an example of how to ask these questions to learn and improve.


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    Season 3, Episode 10 - Meaning with Shirley F. Rivera

    Season 3, Episode 10 - Meaning with Shirley F. Rivera

    In Season 3 we are talking about the 10 Keys of Happiness defined by Action For Happiness. The 10th and final key is Meaning. Shirley F. Rivera is a trained Ikigai Tribe Coach and talks about what ikigai is - what motivates us to get up in the morning.  We explore the topics of meaning, purpose, and ikigai and its relationship to happiness.


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    • 33 min
    Season 3, Episode 9: Awareness with Becky Burns

    Season 3, Episode 9: Awareness with Becky Burns

    This season we are talking about the 10 Keys to Happiness as defined by Action For Happiness, with the 9th Key being Awareness.  I'm rejoined by my co-host from Season 2, Becky Burns, who talks about her journey with Self-Awareness.


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    Season 3, Episode 8 - Emotion with Meghan Baskerville

    Season 3, Episode 8 - Emotion with Meghan Baskerville

    Summary:

    In this episode we're talking about Emotion, the 8th Key to Happiness as defined by Action for Happiness.  My guest is Meghan Baskerville, a Communications major who I met through National Days Calendar's Ambassador program on social media.  In this episode we talk about about how emotions can be impacted by social media.



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    The 8th of the 10 Keys to Happiness, according to the Action for Happiness Website, is Emotion.

    My guest on this week’s Carpe Diem Connection podcast is Meghan Baskerville, a 29-year-old Communications student. I met Meghan virtually as part of the National Days Ambassador program.

    Meghan is always supportive, friendly, and celebrating every day. Her pictures on social media are fun and spunky and her natural smile is contagious.

    Meghan has lost over 100 pounds in the past year and she’s documented her weight-loss journey on social media.

    In this podcast we talk a bit about social media and how our emotions are effected by others reactions or comments.

    Come join us on the Carpe Diem Connections Facebook group and let us know your thoughts about how social media affects your emotions and happiness! I know that will give me a happiness boost!


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    • 20 min

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