Join Life Bridger Robin St James for a deep dive into how other people from varying occupations, age groups, and countries navigated their life decisions when they encountered adversity, difficult choices, or no options at all. The pivots and potholes others experienced can offer insight on how to navigate your tricky situations. Join us as we discuss the unexpected benefits, funny stories, and difficulties faced, which all led to a new chapter of life.
Pivoting to Potholes
Let's talk about the Potholes we encounter in our lives.
We are starting with the Potholes of lying. The first podcast in this series will be about Good Lying (i.e., Have you ever received a sweater from your Grandma, just for you, and it's a color you dislike.) The second podcast will focus on Bad Lying.
We will not be exploring lying in the media or government; instead, we are keeping it personal. Of course, we all lie, but I have never heard anyone say how they adore liars. Why is that?
It is drawing on the current research in Sociology, Psychology, and other sciences that will help create a broader understanding of how Lying serves us and how it can entrap us.
Join me for a fun talk about lying misconceptions, dealing with bad lies, learning how to be a more honest liar and lots of other tips to navigate lying more healthily.
Turk Fickling: Founder TTP Fitness
Growing up in New Jersey, Turk was surrounded by diversity. After high school, the options encouraged were limited, and Turk chose the Marine Corp. After four years, he had decided to become a State Trouper in North Carolina, but he felt called to begin bodybuilding. Playing a pickup basketball game, Turk encountered his first pothole by sustaining a catastrophic injury that led to arthritis and multiple joint replacements. He opened a smoothie business, worked in the mortgage field, and ultimately returned to personal training. Listen as Turk talks about steroid abuse versus use and how a suggestion motivated him to move off the bottom. Married, well, sort of (there's a story here), a beautiful baby, and a new business result from persevering when he did not feel like it.
Robin St James: LifeBridging.org
Turk Fickling: Founder TTP Fitness https://ttpfitness.com/
Jonathan Fredette: Mycologist
Jonathan was born in what he calls an inhospitable place, the desert of Southern California, and at 18, he felt called to adventurous exploration, which led him to Portland, Oregon. Proximity engendered a love of naturopathic medicine and biology. The next call to adventure prompted a move to Austria, where there was much drinking of beer and stoned museum appreciation. It was at the Louvre where Frau Lois inspired his passion for learning. Returning to the states, Jonathan began his scientific studies, which led to his interest in biohacking and ultimately mycology; he describes this as "applied miraculousness." In 2019 Jonathan launched an enterprise focused on the nutritional and health benefits of mushrooms. Jonathan's advice to anyone working at the DMV is to "quit" and pursue the thing that inflames your passions.
Robin St James
Linnea Wardwell: Co-Founder BotanicalMedicine.org
In the sixties, a woman’s choice of futures was limited. However, some women stepped out of not simply the acceptable female role, but out of the functions dictated by society et al. Linnea Wardwell attended college with the idea of becoming a teacher. A fateful plane delay changed the course of her life when she met her future husband Larry, who was the antithesis of American cultural norms of the day. Their life together began in Washington DC, working for the government. Linnea became a fellow at the Smithsonian. She left to explore the Transcendental Meditation movement, living all over the country, running TM centers, and ultimately landing in Berkeley, where TM met the prolific drug culture. Linnea had been raised with priorities of botanicals, herbs, and naturopathy. This foundation was fully engaged when she and her husband launched a business to educate naturopathic doctors, which continues 22 years later. Join us as we talk about TM, drugs, naturopathy, doing the right thing, and many other delightfully relevant tidbits.
Linnea Wardwell: botanicalmedicine.org
Intro Music: An Illusion - A Lost European
Mariah Knight: Bioengineer
Mariah began making pivots early in life when she transferred to a “high school for misfits” (Arts and Communications), where she found her cohort, who remain her posse today. When Mariah began college, she had to re-take math classes, and this is where she learned that math had been taught to her incorrectly: Math was no longer her arch-nemesis. So she changed her major from psychology to mechanical engineering, which led her to work in the biomedical field. Listen as Mariah talks about her journey from goth to operating rooms.
Robin St James
Intro Music by Roger Bashew
Vickie Bottelson: Making Life Pivot Now
Meet Vickie Bottelson, who we are fortunate to catch as she makes a significant life pivot. An actor and singer from an early age, Vickie also worked at Disney in children’s content. When the internet blew up in the 1990’s Vickie was right there to ride the wave, and as all waves do, it crashed into the shore. She then went on the road for six years to perform and ended up living in Nashville. She hit a pothole and returned to Los Angeles to work for MySpace until she was downsized, which led to her current position as the Marketing and Events Manager at Lake Arrowhead Village. She is in the middle of figuring out her next move, and she has great stories to tell about her process in deciding which of the terrific opportunities she will accept.
Robin St James
Vickie Bottelson: Story Wrens https://www.storywrens.com/
Intro Music by: Roger Bashew