23 episodes

Join us as we explore what it means to be on a perfectly imperfect journey to a fulfilled life. We have a deep curiosity about the ways in which we each navigate the journey - how to savor the times when you’re in flow, what happens when you hit a bump in the road, and how to find the learning and growth in ALL of it. Because the one thing that is certain is no one’s life path is a straight line!
We have lots of thoughts, ideas, and questions to share around what it takes to live a fulfilling life and we will also be talking to friends, colleagues, and experts. While our focus is on modern “western” concerns, interests, needs, fears, etc. we look to both eastern and western philosophies and practices to guide us on our journeys. We hope this podcast will feel like getting together with some good friends over a glass of wine or a cup of tea every few weeks - we do not have all the answers, but we have lots of questions and hope to inspire you to consider where you want your own journey to take you.
Anne is an HR Executive and consultant and Sherry’s an executive and life coach. We have been friends and colleagues for over fifteen years and have had the good fortune to dive deeply into a wide variety of approaches that we’ve brought into both our professional and personal lives.

Flowing East and West: The Perfectly Imperfect Journey to a Fulfilled Life Anne Robie and Sherry Essig

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

Join us as we explore what it means to be on a perfectly imperfect journey to a fulfilled life. We have a deep curiosity about the ways in which we each navigate the journey - how to savor the times when you’re in flow, what happens when you hit a bump in the road, and how to find the learning and growth in ALL of it. Because the one thing that is certain is no one’s life path is a straight line!
We have lots of thoughts, ideas, and questions to share around what it takes to live a fulfilling life and we will also be talking to friends, colleagues, and experts. While our focus is on modern “western” concerns, interests, needs, fears, etc. we look to both eastern and western philosophies and practices to guide us on our journeys. We hope this podcast will feel like getting together with some good friends over a glass of wine or a cup of tea every few weeks - we do not have all the answers, but we have lots of questions and hope to inspire you to consider where you want your own journey to take you.
Anne is an HR Executive and consultant and Sherry’s an executive and life coach. We have been friends and colleagues for over fifteen years and have had the good fortune to dive deeply into a wide variety of approaches that we’ve brought into both our professional and personal lives.

    Gratitude

    Gratitude

    Gratitude can change your life, in ways both small and profound. With the US Thanksgiving day coming up soon, it felt particularly timely to focus on gratitude. Being thankful is a powerful tool for all of us - it makes us healthier, happier, and increases the positivity of all of our relationships. There’s very little that gives us such a big return on something that’s accessible to everyone. Join us as we share some of the research about the impact of gratitude, tools you can use to build a sustainable gratitude practice, and stories from a few of our prior guests. We also share what we’re each grateful for, in that moment. Wherever you are in the world, we are incredibly grateful to you, our listeners, and wish you a very happy start to the holiday season. 

    “It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.” ~ David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine Monk


    Resources:


    Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier:
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier 


     


    Why Gratitude is Good:


    https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good 


    Gratitude Is Good: Why It’s Important And How To Cultivate
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/tracybrower/2021/01/03/gratitude-is-good-why-its-important-and-how-to-cultivate-it/?sh=3f6478972a0f 
     


    Soul Pancake: An Experiment in Gratitude | The Science of Happiness
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHv6vTKD6lg  

    Shawn Achor: https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work

    Links to prior episodes mentioned in podcast:
    Mike Robbins: https://open.spotify.com/episode/670x4wp1Muhw9sqXN8CO0w?si=b3699454a0a145f2

    Ali Ingersoll: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6bGZyOaOPD3nM8yp0VKVad?si=e6598e16e4cb449d 

    • 35 min
    Leaving perfectionism behind

    Leaving perfectionism behind

    Chris Tsakalakis is (among many other things) the son of Greek Immigrants, a CEO several times over and a recovering perfectionist.  Chris told us:  “perfectionism is a deep level of insecurity...because deep down you feel imperfect.”  But he didn’t start out with that level of wisdom. 



    Early in his career, Chris struggled with receiving constructive feedback, was tough on his colleagues, and generally chafed at authority.  Through deep reflection, help from mentors and professionals, and the twists and turns of a tech executive’s career path, Chris has emerged with a much deeper understanding of how he wants to show up in the world.  Chris is now the CEO of Kiva, a global non-profit and he joined us to talk about his really interesting path in the tech world and away from perfectionism.  

    • 46 min
    Love is the Biggest Weapon We Have

    Love is the Biggest Weapon We Have

    When we asked Chris Pierce to join us on the podcast, we already knew he was an amazing musician.  His music has been nominated for awards, he’s been featured on NPR and the TV show This is Us; you only have to listen to him sing a few bars to really appreciate the depth of his craft.  What we did not know, but will quickly be obvious when you’re just a few minutes into the episode, is what an amazing human he is.  Chris has not had a super easy life - among other things, he has been falsely accused and arrested, he has been beaten, he has witnessed a cross burning in his yard as a child, and perhaps most devastating to a budding musician, he lost his hearing at a young age (since partially corrected through surgery).  And yet, his enduring belief is that challenging times lead us to something even more beautiful than we could have imagined, and staying open to vulnerability leads to growth.  Chris believes love translates like nothing else; when confronted by an angry attendee at a recent concert, he responded in a calm, respectful way.  When we both marveled at the way he handled the situation, Chris told us: love is the biggest weapon we have.  


    It is also a verb: we love Chris Pierce. Listen in - we think you will love him too.  



    CHRIS PIERCE gained national prominence with “We Can Always Come Back To This”. His hit co-write aired on 3 episodes of the #1 NBC primetime series ‘THIS IS US’, then went on to peak at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, and #12 on iTunes Top 100. Pierce has done worldwide headlining tours and has performed on stage with: Seal, Cold War Kids, Al Green, Rodrigo y Gabriella, Jill Scott, Toots & the Maytals, Sara Bareilles, Buddy Guy, Keb’Mo’, Blind Boys of Alabama, B.B. King, Aaron Neville and others. Pierce’s 2020 collaboration in Americana duo WAR & PIERCE yielded the hit single “AMEN” which was featured on NPR’s WORLD CAFE and aired on 200+ AAA / NonComm stations, then racked up 2M spins on Spotify.  He also is part of a new project called LEON CREEK who will be releasing their first album in the fall of 2021.  Chris Pierce recently performed at NPR’s Mountain Stage which broadcast on 300 NPR Stations.  His 2021 album, 'AMERICAN SILENCE' has garnered massive critical acclaim from NPR, SiriusXM, The Bluegrass Situation, NoDepression, Rolling Stone Country, AmericanaUK and more. www.chrispierce.com

    • 44 min
    Time to Celebrate

    Time to Celebrate

    What started as a little seedling of an idea while walking down the beach in San Diego has now blossomed into our 20th episode!  Both of us deeply believe that reflection is an important part of being on a perfectly imperfect journey. And reflection is the core of this episode. We’ve taken some time to pause and reflect on what we’ve learned, how we’ve grown and how lucky we feel to have been joined by such amazing guests.  Please join us as we take a look at the journey of our podcast (thus far!) and consider some of the truly remarkable moments we’ve had with our guests.  Stay tuned all the way to the end to laugh with us and hear some of our favorite blooper moments.



    We are also SUPER excited to announce the launch of our brand new podcast website: flowingeastandwest.com.  Please take a peek and download the infographic highlighting words of wisdom our guests would whisper to their younger selves. We’ve also made it printable so you can keep their wise words close at hand. We hope you enjoy it!

    • 31 min
    An Emotional Journey

    An Emotional Journey

    One would think riding your bike 5000 miles across the country would be all about the physical experience, but in the case of David Richman, the true poignancy of his story is the emotional journey he took.  David interviewed 15 people about their experiences with cancer - either as a survivor, a caregiver or a practitioner.  He then rode his bike across the U.S. to meet with many of them while he explored his own experience of his sister’s battle with cancer and wrote about all of this in his fantastic book, Cycle of Lives.  David’s book and the stories he shared with us is an exploration of physical, mental and emotional strength and he offers simple practices for building capabilities in each area.  Join us as we explore David’s personal journey, on and off the bike.  


    Trigger warning: Suicide is mentioned in this episode between 25:32 and 26:32. 


     


    Bio:


    David is an author, public speaker, philanthropist, and endurance athlete whose mission is to form more meaningful human connections through storytelling. In his first book, Winning in the Middle of the Pack, he discussed how to get more out of ourselves than ever imagined. With Cycle of Lives, David shares the interconnected stories of people overcoming trauma and delves deeply into their emotional journeys with cancer.


    He continues to do Ironman triathlons and a wide range of endurance athletic events, having recently completed a solo 4,700-mile bike ride. He is married, lives in Southern Nevada, and has twins who are in college.


    David’s website: https://david-richman.com/


    Cycle of Lives book page: https://david-richman.com/cycle-of-lives/

    • 41 min
    Untether Your Voice

    Untether Your Voice

    Cara Jones was born into a family who belonged to the Unification Church, popularly known as the Moonies.  Her family didn’t just belong to the Monies - they were very senior in the church's hierarchy and her memberships in both the church and her family were inextricably linked.  She grew up as a very active member of the Moonies and ultimately found herself standing in the Olympic Stadium in Seoul Korea, along with thousands of similarly dressed brides and grooms, marrying a man she barely knew. Although she had been a big believer in the church teachings, something didn’t feel quite right to her, even as she loudly proclaimed her commitment to the church and the man she had just married.  


    Join us for this episode as we explore Cara’s journey out of the church as she navigated the path to finding her own voice and forging a new relationship with her parents.  


     


    Tell the truth or be haunted by an unlived life.  ~ Cara Jones


     


    BIO:


    Cara Jones is a story coach, writer and former Emmy Award Winning journalist. She is the founder of film production company Storytellers for Good and director of the film Blessed Child (which premiered at DOC NYC in 2019 ). The film is a personal journey documentary about leaving her family's faith, one that is famous for arranged marriages and mass weddings. The 7 year journey of making the film inspires her current work as a coach helping entrepreneurs untether their voices through the telling of their personal stories. Cara is also a MOTH story slam winner and her writing has been featured in the Washington Post, HuffPo and the Boston Globe.


     


    Show notes


    Cara’s website:   http://cara-jones.com/ 



    Blessed Child film: https://www.amazon.com/Blessed-Child-Cara-Jones/dp/B08CGL6Q5J

    • 38 min

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