The world seems to be getting louder. Not just louder in sound, but louder visually and mentally as well.
Distractions abound. It’s almost impossible to carry on a conversation, concentrate on a single thought, or focus on an assignment or project for more than a few minutes without something or someone interrupting.
The buzz or chime of an incoming text message, an alert of someone commenting on an Instagram post, or the ‘ding’ of an email that requires immediate action.
Quiet time seems to be a distant memory.
This podcast is my attempt to document where and how people find focus, quiet their minds, and avoid distractions.
Melissa's son Cannon was 20 months old when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, at the time she was 38 weeks pregnant with twin boys.
Melissa told me the story of getting through this challenging time, healing her son, and how it led to the start of the non-profit organization that now funds pediatric cancer research worldwide.
We discuss how she manages being a mother, a business woman, and wife, and to give the best of herself to each of these parts of her life.
Actor, musician, public speaker and creator of Orlando's "Immerse" festival, Cole NeSmith brings his usual calming perspective to Finding My Quiet Place.
We talk about what creates stress in his life, and how he deals with that, both in the gym and in the company of good friends, who don't ask anything of him.
See photos of Cole in his quiet place on Instagram at @FindingMyQuietPlace, taken with a 1950s Rolleiflex twin-lens camera on Kodak Tri-X b/w film.
Christie Miga is a teacher and artist in Orlando. She is trained in experiential learning, and is happy to be instructing middle-school students.
She calls herself an introverted extrovert, and finds interacting with people in general exhausting.
Her quiet place is loud. Her studio is a small room at the back of her home, but it's all hers.
Get to know Phil Hoffman and learn about how he settles himself down when he's 'agitated'.
We spend time in his quiet place, which is his media room. On the wall, he has framed his favorite albums of all time.
On this episode, we talk (among other things) about the difference between dropping the needle on a vinyl record and streaming songs on your phone. In addition to audio quality, there's something about taking in the songs sequentially, as the artist chose to organize them.
Meet Evan Miga, lover of robots. A self-described tinkerer, Evan spends his spare time building things — mostly robots — in his garage workshop.
We talk about the importance of giving yourself permission to play, create and make things that serve no purpose other than to be. He shares his secrets for keeping a childlike curiosity about how things work, and how you probably have all the ingredients to build a robot in your home right now.
We sit down with Brendan L Byrne, reporter for 90.7 WMFE in Orlando, and talk about why his quiet place is in the back of his house, making craft beer.
He talks about how mental focus and detailed planning are required to follow all the steps to make a tasty brew, and the fact that he's in control of all the variables gives him a sense of peace and calm.
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An intimate look
When I first met Jim, he was the only person to ever help me feel comfortable in front of a camera. I hated the way I thought I looked to others, yet he saw something else. Now, with this latest project, I’m seeing the same ability to see what makes others human even if they’d never really thought about it themselves. By helping people share their quiet places both through photographs and interviews, Jim brings out the unique beauty and brings new meaning to taking “dust off the lense.” Wonderful job, Jim!