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Welcome to Curious Minds with Dr. L, a podcast where we use curiosity as the cure for stagnation in our lives.

As a psychologist, I’ve worked with individuals, couples, and families for over fifteen years, helping them peel back the layers of what keeps them standing still and gently nudging them to move towards their goals.

After countless sessions, I have learned one thing I know to be true: When we get curious, we change. And through this podcast, you will see that when we allow the answers to our curious questions bubble to the surface, we will find the path we are meant to be on.

So if you feel stuck, lost, unhappy, confused about what you want next, or like you just want to quit–and let’s be honest–that’s all of us, this podcast will give you a window into how best to use curiosity to find your way and the insight you seek to find the path you’re meant to follow.

Curious Minds with Dr. L Dr. Lara Pence

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Welcome to Curious Minds with Dr. L, a podcast where we use curiosity as the cure for stagnation in our lives.

As a psychologist, I’ve worked with individuals, couples, and families for over fifteen years, helping them peel back the layers of what keeps them standing still and gently nudging them to move towards their goals.

After countless sessions, I have learned one thing I know to be true: When we get curious, we change. And through this podcast, you will see that when we allow the answers to our curious questions bubble to the surface, we will find the path we are meant to be on.

So if you feel stuck, lost, unhappy, confused about what you want next, or like you just want to quit–and let’s be honest–that’s all of us, this podcast will give you a window into how best to use curiosity to find your way and the insight you seek to find the path you’re meant to follow.

    Kressa Peterson | The Imbalance of Building a Business

    Kressa Peterson | The Imbalance of Building a Business

    Is it possible to create balance when building a business? How do you execute on an idea? And, what are the ways that you use your strengths to propel yourself to the top? Lots of questions and curiosity with Kressa Peterson. 
    Kressa Peterson is the founder and CEO of shower toga, an item that allows anyone to strip down and clean up in public places without needing changing rooms. She landed a spot on Shark Tank on NBC in 2019 and her product won substantial praise, as she walked out of the Shark Tank a winner with a partner who believed in her, Mark Cuban. She is also an athlete, adventurer, cancer survivor, and mother.
    On this episode Kressa and Dr. L dive into how to go from idea to real business. They explore all of the growing pains that come from starting your own business, how to delegate (or not), how to create balance (or not), and how to stay above the fray. 
    www.showertoga.com
    www.drlarapence.com

    • 59 min
    Zoë Rom | The Synonymous Nature of Curiosity and Empathy

    Zoë Rom | The Synonymous Nature of Curiosity and Empathy

    How are curiosity and empathy related or even the same? What are the ways that we can get creative about establishing a connection with others? And, what steps are needed to set goals, crush them, and find joy in all of it? This and so many nuggets of wisdom with the incredible Zoë Rom.
    Zoë is a Boulder based writer and journalist. She is the associate editor of trail runner magazine, host of the DNF podcast and an outspoken advocate for environmental justice. She has a master’s degree in environmental journalism from the University of Colorado and has a deep passion for our public lands. 
    In this episode of curious minds, Dr. L dives deep with Zoë into the intersection of journalism, empathy, and curiosity. we explore the intricacies of building connections with strangers, how inquiry can serve as an investment platform into the other, and what we can learn from allowing ourselves to become vulnerable in the process. Zoë provided so many nuggets of wisdom it was hard to pick an audio clip to share on social media! Listen to this one twice…maybe even three times if you can :)
    www.zoerom.com
    www.drlarapence.com

    • 55 min
    Scott Mann | The Power of Story

    Scott Mann | The Power of Story

    How do you use story to work through difficult times? What does the role of your own body play in healing and discovery? And how can you heal wounds through curiosity and expression? Scott Mann joins us to share his powerful story. 
    Scott Mann is the President of Rooftop Leadership, a leadership consulting and training company, and Co-Founder of the Heroes Journey, a non-profit dedicated to helping Veterans and Military Families find their voice and tell their story as they transition out of military service. As a former Army Green Beret with multiple combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, Scott takes the lessons from working in low-trust environments to help leaders build relationships and bridge the human trust gaps we all face today. Scott has appeared on numerous media platforms, including CNN and Fox. Scott is also a playwright and actor currently bringing his award-winning play "Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret" to life as a major film this Memorial Day weekend.
    In this week's episode, Dr. L and Scott discuss how curiosity can be used to fuel the healing process. They explore the ways in which we can use our body to understand our experience and what we need to know about the cost of war. This is a special episode as we lead into Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy!
    https://www.rooftopleadership.com
    www.drlarapence.com

    • 50 min
    Mike Eckert | Breaking World Records and Smashing Expectations

    Mike Eckert | Breaking World Records and Smashing Expectations

    How do you continue to level up after smashing your goals? What do you need to stay motivated? And, how do you maintain confidence in training after an injury? Lots of questions answered with super-athlete Michael Eckert. 
    Mike Eckert is a United States Marine, World Record Breaker for the most pull-ups in hour, an American Ninja Warrior, and trainer. For over 13 years Michael has been competing as an athlete while also training thousands of marines and civilians in high-performance fitness.
    On this week's episode, Dr. L and Mike get curious about motivation, dedication, and the true mindset required to break a world record. This is a fun episode with critical wisdom from a marine who reminds us that no one is getting out of here alive. Enjoy!
    https://michaeleckertfit.com
    www.drlarapence.com

    • 47 min
    Caroline Burckle | Negotiating the Tension Between Extreme and Moderate

    Caroline Burckle | Negotiating the Tension Between Extreme and Moderate

    How do you learn to ask yourself the kinds of questions that move you towards self-awareness? How do you navigate being extreme and moderate at the same time? And how do we use the physical space to create healing? On this week's episode we have Caroline Burckle to unpack all things internal superpowers. 
    Caroline Burckle is an Olympic Bronze Medalist from the 2008 Beijing Games in swimming. She is a World & NCAA Champion and has a Masters of Sport Psychology and an Associate of Arts in Product Development. She is also the founder of RISE athletes – a mentoring program for youth athletes - and an artist. 
    On this week's episode, Dr. L and Caroline explore all things learning to understand yourself. They discuss the ways in which athletes can often operate through all-or-nothing thinking, the power of using the word AND, and what happens when your body breaks and you are forced to look inward for solutions. This one goes deep so grab that note pad and listen up!
    www.carolineburckle.com
    www.drlarapence.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Curious Minds Mini | A Failed First Attempt

    Curious Minds Mini | A Failed First Attempt

    How do you take perspective on a significant failure? What does a relationship with quitting really look like? And how do you maintain positivity when you fall on your face? On this special episode, Dr. L is joined by special guest host, Matt B. Davis, and they discuss her recent attempt to complete a 50 mile ultramarathon. If you've ever done something and failed, this is an extra awesome dose of humility and authenticity. 
    www.drlarapence.com
    www.obstacleracingmedia.com

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

crushtheworld ,

Awesome conversations!

Dr. L has an awesome way of exploring important topics. She goes beyond just surface level stuff and really dives deep with guests. And her mini episodes are great - she’s funny but helpful all at the same time.

somethinchicclt ,

Dr. L Is The Best!

Dr. L is the perfect person to host a podcast! Really excited for all the amazing guests she will be interviewing and learning more about what makes them tick and how they get curious.

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