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 Through the Lens of the Pandemic
Every year, right around this time, inboxes, blogs and day-time television are filled with discussions about gratitude. Google “why is gratitude good?” and you’ll get millions of results. While we’re happy to jump on the bandwagon, this time we’re doing it with a twist. We asked several of our friends (and one new friend!), what they’re grateful for with regards to the pandemic. While everyone agreed COVID has been a universally horrible situation, we got some truly beautiful instances of gratitude that we’re excited to share. To round things out, Sherry and Anne also model how to express gratitude, to each other, live and unrehearsed.
Special thanks to our Guests:
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Well Being of We with Kerri Kelly
Kerri Kelly, author of American Detox, joins us on the podcast this week to talk about her life and the lessons she learned through the process of writing her book. Kerri takes us on parts of her journey, beginning with 9/11 and how that changed her life as she grappled with tremendous loss, both personally and societally. Ultimately, Kerri takes a hard look at the way healthcare functions (or doesn’t), while never shying away from the role we as individuals play. While this all sounds heavy, Kerri’s willingness to laugh at herself, share her story so openly and encourage us all to think more collectively is incredibly uplifting.
Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement that is democratizing wellbeing for all. A descendant of generations of firemen and first responders, Kerri has dedicated her life to kicking down doors and fighting for justice. She’s been teaching yoga for over 20 years and is known for making waves in the wellness industry by challenging norms, disrupting systems and mobilizing people to act.
American Detox: https://www.americandetox.co/
A Sense of Balance
Work / Life balance, integration, or just plain ol’ life balance - we hear this topic come up over and over as people try to seek the ultimate destination of “balance.” Join us on the podcast as we bust a few myths about what balance is and share some suggestions for cultivating a greater sense of balance in your own life.
“Balance is not something you find, it is something you create.” - Jana Kingsford
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler
Toward the end of the podcast, Sherry introduces us to the “Balance Wheel,” which gives you a definitive snapshot of how balanced you feel about the various parts of your life. You can access the wheel here: https://tinyurl.com/balancewheel-pod-episode47
Journey of Self-Awareness with Vanessa Loder
Vanessa Loder has been on a journey of self awareness, from playing on the soccer field as a teen and college student, to graduating at the top of her class at an Ivy League, to finding herself, in full business attire, sneaking out of her downtown San Francisco office to attend a hypnosis and past life seminar. Along the way, she fine-tuned her ability to pay attention to what she calls the “energetic breadcrumbs,” giving her insight into her true heart’s desire. Please listen in as Vanessa shares her perfectly imperfect journey, and gives some great advice for all of us to tune into our own inner wisdom.
“Women are so happy for a seat at the table, we haven’t really questioned how the table is set” Vanessa Loder
To order Vanessa’s book and get some of her supplementary materials: https://vanessaloder.com/soul-solution/
Some of the books Vanessa mentions:
Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
The Instruction by Ainslie MacLeod
Soulcraft by Bill Plotkin
Vanessa Loder is an acclaimed keynote speaker and sought-after expert on women’s leadership, mindfulness, stress management, rewiring your brain for happiness, owning your inner game, and sustainable success. Vanessa’s work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, the Huffington Post and Glamour magazine. Her guided meditations have been streamed over 1 million times globally. Vanessa’s Tedx talk “How To Lean In Without Burning Out” has over 155,000 views. Loder is the author of the forthcoming book, The Soul Solution: A Guide for Brilliant, Overwhelmed Women to Quiet the Noise, Find Their Superpower and (Finally) Feel Satisfied, released by SoundsTrue in October 2022.
In her previous life, Loder was a successful private equity investor who advised fast growing companies. She is a self-described over-achiever whose unfulfilling experience left her burned out, exhausted, and eager to find another way.
After spending close to a decade working in finance on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, Vanessa felt that she had climbed to the top of the wrong ladder! Her personal transformation, subsequent research and work have led to thousands of women finding their way back to soul.
Vanessa has worked with high performing teams and leaders at AirBnb, Bain & Co, Cambridge Associates, Castlight Health, Charles Schwab, Cisco, Dreamforce, Flextronics, Goldman Sachs, Google, LinkedIn, Mattel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, PA Conference for Women, PG&E, PwC, Sheppard Mullin, Salesforce, StubHub!, Tedx, The Dailey Method, The Hamlin School, The North Face, The Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford MSx Women, ThoughtSpot, Uber, Upwork, Watermark, Women in Private Equity and many other organizations.
Vanessa received her MBA from Stanford University and her BA in Economics from Columbia University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude. Loder is certified as an Executive Coach by the Hendricks Institute and trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) by Carl Buchheit at NLP Marin. Vanessa currently lives in Lafayette, CA with her husband and two children, who remind her to take “mommy time-outs” when she’s about to lose her marbles.
Change The World By Changing Ourselves with Oneika Mays
Oneika Mays has always been a seeker, even as a young child. She grew up in a stable family structure, went to good schools, and even landed in a fulfilling career she loved. But there was always something nagging at her, just below the surface: she wanted to trust herself, but couldn’t quite get there. Then, one day in yoga class, her instructor said “You can change or be comfortable, but not both.” As tears streamed down her face she realized she needed a change, and was ready to embrace the discomfort. Fast forward to today and Oneika is still a seeker, learning and transforming as she teaches yoga and meditation to individuals and groups both inside prison and on the outside. She has an amazing story - please join us to hear Oneika’s perfectly imperfect journey.
About Oneika Mays:
Oneika Mays (LMT, E-RYT) transitioned to yoga and meditation from a 20 year career in
corporate retail leadership over 10 years ago. Oneika used that experience to support social
justice non-profits and teach meditation/yoga inside jails. Today, she is the first Mindfulness
Coach at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. At Rikers she works one-on-one with community
members in a therapeutic setting. Sessions are a combination of modalities and are infused with
compassion. These sessions help people foster resilience and agency. She believes that our
justice system needs to focus on transformation and restoration rather than punishment. This
idea of liberation and compassion is woven into her work whether it’s in a jail, speaking to
audiences or teaching meditation. In addition to teaching meditation and yoga Oneika facilitates
workshops and trainings centered around resilience, liberation and compassion. She believes
that meditation, movement and mindfulness practices can forge a path to freedom.
Currently Oneika is working on a scripted project she created, Blur, a story about two atypical
teenagers navigating their identity in the 1980s. Her co-writer is Steven Mclaine. Oneika is
bringing meditation and yoga to Arizona as a featured presenter at the Sedona Yoga Festival.
She is also the co-host of the soon to be released podcast, But You Don’t Sound Black with
Rasheed J. Daniel. She can currently be seen on TBS’ Lost Resort.
Instagram: https://Instagram.com/oneikamaysWebsite: www.oneikamays.com
Featured presenter at Embodied Philosophy’s conference, “Radical Teaching.” Oneika’s talk is “Disrupting with Love.”https://www.embodiedphilosophy.com/event/radical-teaching-roundup/
Board Member: One Love Prison Meditation Project: https://onelovepmp.org/
Projects in development:
Creator/Writer - BLUR
Production Company - TeamSheed
Producer- Rasheed J. Daniel
Consultant/Co-host - FREE SPIRIT
Producer- Ben Dwork
Creator- Becca Elrich
Co-host Spiritual Citizenship Conference 2021- In Conversation with Cornel West
Faculty- Interdependence Project - Meditation Teacher Training
Taking Up Space
What does it mean to “take up space”? Why is it important? We have been so inspired and impressed by the way so many of our guests have chosen to let their voices be heard, their opinions known, and their stories told. Join us this week as Anne and Sherry discuss the big and small ways to “take up space” and the reasons we think it’s important. We also offer up a few practices you can use to become more skillful and confident with inhabiting spaces in ways that are meaningful to you.
Amy Cuddy Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_may_shape_who_you_are?language=en
Rosa Parks: https://www.ledablack.com/take-up-space/
Ray of sunshine
So enjoyed my talk with Sherry and Anne. They are a ray of sunshine! They are very welcoming, engaging, uplifting, and curious. They are truly a gift! Please keep it up Anne and Sherry!!
Buckle Up for Fun and Learning!
Sherry and Anne have put out into the world a jewel of a podcast. If inspiration, life lessons, humor and just plain fun interest you, this podcast will too. Diverse interesting guests with different career and life paths that share their own perfectly imperfect journeys. A must listen for me. Thank you Anne and Sherry!
A conversation with friends
This podcast is my chance to listen in to Sherry and Anne as if we were sitting on the back porch over a cup of tea sharing and learning from each other. It is uncanny how each episode addresses something I needed to hear that very day or week or month - owning my choices, finding comfort in discomfort, embracing vulnerability, and (my favorite!) those sliding doors moments in our lives. Thank you for being so open and sharing a part of yourselves with us.