90 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 • 68 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.

    Today I Noticed with Willow Older and Deborah Huber

    Today I Noticed with Willow Older and Deborah Huber

    What started as a mishap - trying to catch an exhibit at a local museum, only to find out it was closed that day -  turned into a mindfulness practice.  How does this happen?  Take two inspiring, creative women and set them loose in San Francisco with an unexpected few hours, and a whole new way of living their days was born.  An amazing Instagram page, a book and many workshops later, Willow and Deborah join the podcast to share what they’ve learned and engage Sherry and Anne in an impromptu “Today I Noticed” practice.  
     
    Bio:
    Willow Older and Deborah Huber are the founders of Today I Noticed, a creative mindfulness practice, and the authors of Today I Noticed: A Little Book of Mindfulness that Will Change the Way You See the World and the 2025 Today I Noticed: A Year of Inspiration and Mindfulness daily desk calendar. They lead mindfulness workshops for companies, teams, and conferences of all sizes.
     
    Willow is an internationally published writer who runs her own editorial services business.
    Deborah has spent her career in various creative and management roles in the tech industry designing and managing the development of digital products.
     

    • 37 min
    Perfection within the Imperfection with Sue Lambert

    Perfection within the Imperfection with Sue Lambert

    Sue Lambert survived her abusive childhood by numbing her pain with alcohol as she tried to live up to an idealized perfection standard.  Through pure guts and determination, Sue left home, did well at work, and started a family, but always felt that she was not “normal.” After undergoing surgery, Sue became addicted to pain pills in addition to her alcohol addiction, spiraled downwards, and eventually landed in prison. One of the classes she signed up for while incarcerated was with the Enneagram Prison Project. In this unlikeliest of places, she found a doorway to examine her ingrained ways of operating in the world and ultimately found hope.  Sue now knows true perfection lies within the imperfect.  
     
    Bio
    Sue Lambert is an Enneagram Prison Project (EPP) Ambassador. She is also a retired EPP Faculty Member and Guide, a Life Coach, certified ACE (adverse childhood experiences) trainer, an IEA (International Enneagram Association) Accredited Professional, and Certified Narrative Enneagram Teacher. Sue identifies with Type 1 on the Enneagram and is passionate and driven to support others as they navigate their personal growth and development post-incarceration. She finds joy and fulfillment in nurturing others to reach their highest potential. Sue lives with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids and is “Nanny Granny” to them all. She feels a strong connection to her essential self when she is outside and enjoying nature and animals (horses/dogs/wildlife), where she knows in her heart that everything is “perfect” the way it is. Sue learned about the Enneagram and EPP behind bars and exemplifies the work, inspiring people worldwide to find inner freedom. Sue’s story includes what she describes as a dark time in her life, where she was also able to find light, and one of those light beams was the union she found with EPP, the Enneagram, and her true self, an impact she says saved her life.
    Oprah Daily article on Sue: https://www.oprahdaily.com/life/health/a60583312/enneagram-test-prison-program/ 
    Enneagram Prison Project: https://www.enneagramprisonproject.org/

    • 33 min
    Rebel With a Cause with Shelley Paxton

    Rebel With a Cause with Shelley Paxton

    She was at the top of her game with one of the world’s most iconic brands, doing the work that had taken her across the world and back multiple times. From the outside looking in, things looked really good for Shelley Paxton.
    But, she had a secret.  Shelley would be awoken every night by the same nightmare and walked through her days with anxiety, both of which she tried to numb with busyness and alcohol. She finally reached a point where she couldn’t tolerate the pain of playing to someone else’s version of success and went on a journey to find her lost soul.  Shelley no longer believes in following the rules, and wants to lead a revolution for all of us to reclaim our rebel nature and fully dance to the beat of our own music.  
     
    Bio
     
    Think Brené Brown meets Biker Babe, with a dash of Liz Gilbert. As former Chief
    Marketing Officer of Harley-Davidson, Shelley Paxton found herself at the top of the
    proverbial mountain feeling success-EMPTY instead of success-FULL. That awakening led
    her on a profound journey that became her mission, business, and Simon & Schuster-
    published bestselling book, Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel's Guide to Finding Your Best Life. 
     
    She’s leading a REBELution to rewrite the script of success.
     
    Shelley’s inspiring work has been featured on NBC, CBS, Forbes, Thrive Global, Inc.,
    Business Insider, Yahoo!, and a TEDx stage.
     
    Her signature keynote – “Where Soul Meets Success” – is an essential roadmap for
    leaders and organizations to redefine success in ways that celebrate humanity, well-
    being, and fulfillment. It’s the post-pandemic antidote to burnout and seeking.
     
    She’s based in Chicago (when not indulging her wanderlust) and is obsessed with mental
    health advocacy and the color orange.
     
    Soulbbatical: A Corporate Rebel's Guide to Finding Your Best Life at Amazon 
    For more info and booking: www.shelleypaxton.comIG: @theshelleypaxton

    • 37 min
    The Serious Work of Play

    The Serious Work of Play

    As children, play was a fundamental part of how we lived our days - whether it was an impromptu game with neighborhood friends, recess at school, or creating secret worlds with dolls or army figurines.  There was no agenda, there was just fun for the sake of it.  What we didn’t know then was how important play was to our development, creativity, and overall health.As we get older, something shifts and we are increasingly asked to “act like a grown-up.”  We lose play as a regular part of our lives, and with it, a tool that can be so helpful in our continued growth, and happiness.  In this episode, Sherry and Anne explore the importance of play as adults and how to welcome more of it back into our lives. 

    • 29 min
    Mid Life Beginning with Suzanne Beaumont

    Mid Life Beginning with Suzanne Beaumont

    When Suzanne Beaumont saw an advertisement for a marathon that invited readers to “change their life,” she was 49 and not much of a runner.  But something called to her and she started lacing up her trainers.  Several months later she finished that marathon and had the realization that doing hard things was not only possible, but could also propel her to move out of her comfort zone in other ways.  Suzanne feels like she has had a brand new beginning at midlife and now follows her passions wherever they take her - writing, traveling, and discovering herself.  Listen in to Suzanne’s perfectly imperfect journey.  
     
    Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard
     
    Bio
    Suzanne Beaumont has lived in Wake Forest, NC for 25 years, raised three beautiful children there, and has been writing for the past eight years. She writes to simply know herself and explore the world around her. She studied writing with Natalie Goldberg and is currently studying haiku with Clark Strand.
    As Suzanne reads or listens, phrases will often catch her attention and she'll discover a poem or essay that she didn’t know was inside her. And so it goes.
    She began running in 2006, and stepped way out of her comfort zone when she signed up to run her first marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s team in training (TNT) program. She’s since run a half-dozen marathons, a handful of ultra marathons, and too many half-marathons to count, and served as a TNT volunteer coach for ten years.
    Suzanne recently retired from her long-term career as a software architect, at organizations including Alcatel-Lucent, Research in Motion, Lenovo, and most recently, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
    She writes most days just like she runs most days; these are her practices that keep her grounded and moving forward.

    • 33 min
    The Power of Play with Shirin Etessam

    The Power of Play with Shirin Etessam

    Shirin Etessam was born in Iran and enjoyed a fairly happy and privileged childhood.  When her parents immigrated to the US, after some initial struggles, she found her place in high school and began to flourish.  She experienced success after college, working in film and television. Eventually she fell in love and adopted 2 children with her wife, with whom she initially had a nine-year friendship. While everything looked great from the outside, there was a problem bubbling below the surface: Shirin had started losing parts of her soul along her journey and had shrunk into a much smaller version of herself.  When her relationship eventually ended, Shirin began a multi-year, painful process of clawing her way back to her true self, through much self-reflection, spiritual teachings, and most importantly, the power of play.
     
    Bio:
    Shirin Etessam is a renowned play expert and storyteller, blending her background in film, TV, and branded content with a deep passion for the transformative power of play. Following a pivotal life event, Shirin embarked on a journey that shifted her focus from external achievements to the joys of internal fulfillment through play. With over a decade of dedicated research and exploration, she harnesses the principles of curiosity, creativity, and spontaneity to promote mental and spiritual health. Shirin advocates for integrating play into all facets of life, emphasizing its crucial role in today’s world for achieving true contentment and joy. Her work stands at the intersection of science and play, aiming to enlighten others on its essential benefits for our well-being.
     
    Website: https://www.shirinetessam.com/ 
    Free to Be: A Six Week Guide to Reclaiming Your Soul: https://www.shirinetessam.com/freetobe/ 

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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68 Ratings

FiveRavioli ,

Living Life in the Front seat not the back. Great episode !

Looking forward to more episodes as I live my perfectly imperfect journey!

@lotsalawley ,

Survivor with Trish Hegarty

This episode was so inspiring. Trish is a self-proclaimed tough girl and a real survivor of life’s challenges. Anne and Sherry skillfully and compassionately draw out the softer Trish guarded inside. We get the whole package. Can’t wait to read Trish’s book when it is finished!

David Richman Author ,

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!!

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