A weekly podcast for people who want to lead a well-designed life. Imagine what you want + allow it to happen. Hosted by Sharon Lipovsky, founder of Point Road Studios, executive coach, and creative entrepreneur.
For show notes visit www.pointroadstudios.com/podcast
134: The ABCs of Vision
A is for Actualize. B is for Brainstorm. C is for create. Okay, just kidding, that's not quite the structure of today's podcast. In this week's episode, Sharon does share some key terms for breaking apart the big idea of vision. She says a more linear set of distinctions that can move us along that path by exploring terms like strategy, goals, milestones and tactics. And also shares a magical pathway to vision through the lens of words like surrender, release, be, listen and move. The idea is not that there is a single or better pathway to realizing and stepping into what you really want. Instead these are distinct ways to break down something that can feel big into simple concepts and structures. This episode closes with some questions for you to consider as you wend your way down your own visionary path.
133: Not Forcing Things
The podcast is back! Listen to Sharon read Frank Bidart poems, share what she's been up to over the last 4 months and talk about the power of not forcing things. She discusses how being still can be uncomfortable and yet why that's important. She shares how to drop in and listen to the voice within you (and not just the mental chatter) and lead and act from that space of wisdom. And finally, when you are just itching to sprint to action even if it doesn't feel right, she reminds you to just breathe. And see if you can't tilt into a deeper sense of presence over action.
132: The Power of Pause
Taking time out brings about mixed emotions for a lot of us. We know we'd like to, but how to balance what needs doing with the desire for taking a break. We've talked in the past on this podcast about the importance of taking breaks and how they can be fun. But what about when we don't choose the pause? What about when it feels like it is out of our control? That's just what we dig into this week. Inspired by an extended power outage on the home front, Sharon discusses key distinctions about the kinds of pauses we take, recent lessons she has learned and some questions to prompt reflection about your own relationship to the concept of pause. From the disruptive nature of stopping to how we react differently to short, medium and long-term breaks, prepare to see with new eyes the power of pause.
131: What Stories Are You Telling Yourself?
This week's episode shines a light on the important role that our stories play in our lives and works. Not just as a reminder of what has been, but as a signal for what's coming next. To step into what we really want, we have to own our stories. This podcast will help you along this path. Sharon begins the episode with some personal updates, which include east coast spring break adventures, the kick off of building her dream home and how she missed three Thursdays of hitting publish on the podcast. She shares how her own story about being a failure if she missed publishing the podcast weekly was wrestling with her story that there is a way to do the podcast in her own way, with ease. She then shares how the podcast schedule is evolving. The episode builds from Sharon's own stories to reflections and actionable tips for both how to see the stories you tell and how to create shifts in your stories.
"It's not just about changing your stories. It's about choosing them." - Sharon Lipovsky
Ideas Shared How To See Your Stories Name What You See Slow Down Be Still Drop In How to Create Story Shifts Allow Discomfort Be Kind Challenge Your Assumptions Get Help Go At Your Own Pace Links and Resources The Line Hotel (DC) Sister City Hotel (NYC) This podcast shares a bit of Sharon's move to upstate NY from DC
130: A Few of My Favorite Things
Raindrops on roses / And whiskers on kittens / Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens / Brown paper packages tied up with strings / These are a few of my favorite things...or so the song goes. This week Sharon is inspired by the feeling of Spring in the air and wants to share a personal update about how things are going at this very transitional and transformational moment in her life. She shares a behind the scenes look at what's happening with her home and her work and how her intention setting process is evolving this year and this season. This is a great episode for anyone who's been wondering what exactly Sharon's been up to in her cottage in the woods. It's also excellent for those of you looking for some reflection and inspiration as you contemplate or move through a transition of your own.
Ideas Shared Sharon's monthly intention setting from 2018 has been shifting to be more seasonal. Simplicity continues to be the focus in 2019. In the transition from the winter focus on clearing to something new that's opening up. Sharon is getting ready to break ground on her new home! She shares what the process is like. She also talked about the difference between her personal vision and her professional vision - and how the two have been interacting together over the last 7 years. Reflection Questions Re: Simplicity What matters most? How can I bring ease into my actions? Is there a simpler way? How do I embrace less? Links and Resources Design Yourself episode 105 on Lessons Learned in the Home Building Process
The amazing design partner she has had on her Catskills home is the wonderful Sanabria and Co
Here are the podcasts on each monthly theme in 2018:
January – Rituals February – Focus March – Center April – Magic May – Vision June – Truth July – Trust August – Move September – Listen October – Care November – Savor December – Slow
129: Money and Making Leaps with Bill Goulding
Meet Bill Goulding in this week's episode. He's finishing up his PhD at MIT's Sloan School of Management. His research interests include Empirical Asset Pricing, Financial Intermediation, and Market Microstructure. If that sounds confusing to you, don't worry, we break down his deep financial expertise into human terms and also discuss his own unexpected path to his nearly finished PhD. We talk about the stresses and benefits of professional development through higher education and Bill's own journey. Bill is insightful, open and funny and makes complex topics accessible. This is a great episode for anyone curious about finance, economics and the impact of both on your average human being. It's also lovely for anyone whose ever gone through or thought about pursuing a PhD.
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Approaching my 28th birthday I felt stagnant, wasting away my days, and felt like I had disconnected with my hopes and dreams that I had had as a child. I wanted something more. I wanted to feel like I was moving towards my dreams again.
All that said, Sharon’s podcast helped my fine those hopes and dreams again and start on a journey of focusing and filtering aspects of my life. I look forward to hearing more of Sharon’s experiences and applying more of her challenges with each podcast I listen to.
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I’m becoming a Sharon Lipovsky groupie
If you want a great walking companion, I highly recommend Sharon Lipovsky’s podcast, Design Yourself. Sharon is often with me on my walks through her podcasts. She is inspiring and thought provoking in a way that gets you moving towards your dreams. She believes you can do it, whatever it is, and you start believing it. Get going on listening to these podcasts and recommend it to your friends.
Sharon is down to earth and caring, yet she speaks with an authority based on her own years of experience, plus her years of coaching clients.
So many career guidance books amount to the same old adages, repackaged in a new form. Sharon delivers fresh counsel in a soft, soothing voice. It's as if she's talking directly to me.