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Love Your Story is a podcast about the power of our personal story, how we can use our stories to empower us, take the prerogative to reframe the stories that hold us back, all while celebrating the unique heroic journey we each take. Learn techniques for changing the stories that keep us small, celebrate true life stories, learn about academic story research, and consider fairytale metaphor. Story is a powerful tool, and when you know how to use it on purpose you become powerful.

Love Your Story Lori Lee

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 115 Ratings

Love Your Story is a podcast about the power of our personal story, how we can use our stories to empower us, take the prerogative to reframe the stories that hold us back, all while celebrating the unique heroic journey we each take. Learn techniques for changing the stories that keep us small, celebrate true life stories, learn about academic story research, and consider fairytale metaphor. Story is a powerful tool, and when you know how to use it on purpose you become powerful.

    Episode 232: Be an Encourager - Life Hack

    Episode 232: Be an Encourager - Life Hack

    Episode 232: Be an Encourager - Life HackWelcome to the LYS Podcast 
    November is a set of 3 episodes called 15-minute life hacks. I’m calling the November nudges. Each episode is a quick reminder of a life tool to inspire and help you connect to the world around you as you create your best life story on purpose.
    Today is week 2 and we’re all about cheerleading. This life hack is about Being and Encourager and Jessica Burrell, owner of Life Amplified will be here for all 3 episodes.
    Come with me for a quickie. This one’s about lifting as we go.
    When I started my Next Level training - that was my emotional intelligence training back in 2016, I had no idea what it would entail. I was there because a friend suggested the training for my own personal growth. I’m not here today to list all the things I gained, but one of those things was a personal coach. My coaches, across my program, not only called me out on my fears and complaints, they not only answered my hard questions, they were also cheerleaders. When I said, “It’s too hard,” or “I can’t do it.” they said, “If you say so.” And, I automatically knew it was up to me to change my attitude. But when I was in the struggle to pull up courage, to face fear and self doubt, they would look at me with complete and utter faith. They would help me envision outcomes and create belief. When I doubted, they did not. Oh my heart! What an incredible gift. To find people who will believe and lift you, support you when you need it most.
    Join us for the audio program where we talk - short and sweet about the importance of encouraging each other.
    Some of the things we talk about:
    “You can borrow my belief in you until you can believe it for yourself.” - Jessica’s friend.
    We don’t do life alone, and we have chances everyday to make a big difference in people’s lives - in the lives of our families and friends. These moments of cheerleading can make a huge difference in each other’s lives, can cement relationships. We can make history when we cheerlead at the crossroads of people’s dreams.
    I heard a story the other day of a little gal that carried glitter in her pockets. When her mom was doing laundry she asked her why there was glitter in her pockets. “Mom,” she said, “you never know when someone needs to be celebrated.”
    Clifton Strength Finders: Jessica’s strength is WOO. How many of your have the gift of Winning Others Over by supporting them.
    Reminder - in my book LIFE - Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday, the 21-Challenges, Challenge 12 is - Give someone in your SOI hardy encouragement for something they are doing. Do what you can to forward THEIR agenda.
    Sometimes this is simple like leaving a podcast review for a podcast you like. Maybe it’s showing up to a ribbon cutting or kick-off party, maybe it’s calling to tell them you know they’ve got what it takes to make their dream happen. Think about the other person, what they are trying to accomplish - how you can support them and what you can contribute to helping them move forward. By small and simple things. 
    Whether it’s glitter in your pocket to throw for those spontaneous celebrations, or really standing for someone’s dream. Whether it’s a quick phone call to say, “you can do it,” or creating a killer play-list for someone with all the “take the world by storm” songs, let’s be cheerleaders. 
    Of course your challenge this week is to find someone in your SOI that you can cheer on. That you can celebrate. That you can shore up their foundation when they doubt.
    LET’S DO THIS! Have a great two weeks, until we meet again.

    • 18 min
    Episode 231: Life Hack - Clearing Conversations

    Episode 231: Life Hack - Clearing Conversations

    Episode 231: Life Hack - Clearing Conversations: 5 Steps to Clearing Up Miscommunication
    November is a set of 3 episodes called 15-minute life hacks. I’m calling the November nudges. Each episode is a quick reminder of a life tool to inspire and help you connect to the world around you as you create your best life story on purpose.

     

    Today is week 1 and we’re bring you 5 actionable steps for clearing up misunderstandings. This life hack is about communication, and Jessica Burrell, owner of Life Amplified will be here for all 3 episodes.

     

    The other day I was at a music festival and most everyone was busy enjoying the music, but one young man walked by the outskirts of the main body screaming into his phone. He REALLY wanted to be heard by the party on the other side.

     

    Communication vies for the top rung on the ladder of human struggles. We want so badly to be heard and understood, as does each person we interact with. But we all have different backgrounds, different stories in our minds, different insecurities that trigger hot buttons, different experiences. We all create different stories in our minds about what is going on. This makes clear communication extremely challenging.

     

    Add in things like text and email that allow things to be taken out of context. It’s a wonder we are not all constantly misunderstanding. Or, maybe we are.

    Join the audio for my discussion with Jessica Burrell, owner of Amplify Your Life as we discuss the 5 steps of having a clearing conversation.

    Step 1 - Tell the event without emotion

    Step 2 - The stories I made up about myself were...

    Step 3 - The stories I made up about you/institution/world were...

    Step 4 - I acknowledge my stories and what they created...

    Step 5 - In the future I commit to...

     

    We share examples about a misunderstanding between Jessica and I; a misunderstanding between Jessica and one of her teammates, we talk about how we create stories in our own minds…. This is one of the most important and self aware aspects of this process.

     

    We can all use clearing conversations multiple times a week. We can use them everybody - kids, friends, associates, parents, etc. This is a person-to-person skill set. Ya know, communication skills should have been taught in public schools, but since they aren’t we get to acquire our own communication skills along our individual paths. This one is golden.

     

    Your challenge this week is to have a clearing conversation with someone you have a misunderstanding with. Just try it. Let them know you’re trying a new format and have them work with you.

     

    I promise - it’s worth it. Please share this with someone - maybe even the someone you want to have the clearing conversation with. We’ll see you in two weeks for the next 15-minute life hack.

    • 21 min
    Episode 230: Your Story Matters - Interview Amy Chandler

    Episode 230: Your Story Matters - Interview Amy Chandler

    Episode 230: Your Story Matters - Interview Amy Chandler
    Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast.

    Every once in awhile I find another story practitioner who preaches the same truths I teach. Birds of a feather - another who understands this simple but often overlooked idea of how much our stories matter, how powerful we can be when we realize the power in our stories, and our ability to write them with intention.

    Today is one of those days. Amy Chandler is an entrepreneur who helps people become an active agent in their story. She is the founder of a non profit called My Story Matters, that started forming about 15 years ago - one chapter at a time. She understands her mission is to empower people with the tools and resources they need to write their own story. As they do so, they choose to claim and create the future they want to achieve. She knows that within each of us is a unique skill set designed to help us achieve far more than we realize.

    Tune into the audio program for our talk - because Amy has been to correctional facilities, in elementary schools, in high schools, all over the place helping people tell their stories, and I think you’ll like hearing about her adventures and seeing what they tell you about the importance of your own story.

    I asked Amy questions like:

    Amy, let’s start off with what you do in My Story Matters. What exactly do you do and who do you do it with?
    In your work, what stories can you share of watching people step into their power as they own their stories?
    Let’s talk about intentional living. What is your take on that - specifically about healing? Share any specific story of this happening?
    You talk about claiming and creating a life of miracles. What does that mean to you?
    One of the quotes you often share is “When we give voice and energy to our war stories they consume us. When we give voice and energy to our champion story it transforms us.” This sounds a lot like what I call - THE STORIES WE TELL OURSELVES. Let’s talk about this a bit.
    I’d really like to hear about what you call, "dealing with life’s detours through the growth zone”
    Let’s end with some stories of transformation that you have witnessed as the people you have worked with have stepped up to find, tell, accept their stories.


    Find Amy:

    amy@mystorymatters.org

    www.mystorymatters.org

    www.safeharborscourse.com

    @mystorymatters

    Why do our stories matter? I think they matter on multiple levels. They matter to us individually because they are literally the playing out of our lives. They matter to us because we want to have adventure, fun, love, accomplishment, satisfaction, growth. They matter to us because if our lives don’t matter, the foundation of purpose starts to dissolve. Our stories also matter from a simple space of empowerment. When you know who you are and the power you have to create just what you want, you realize you are powerful, you matter, and that ties us into why our stories matter to each other. Our stories matter to each other because we are all in the same giant play. Our characters interact, we benefit from one another, we share with one another, we hurt one another sometimes, we set off domino effects everyday that matter to many people (in kind and positive ways as well as cruel and difficult ways), we shine a light on the way ahead as we share our stories and support one another. No one does life alone, we all need each other, and like it or not, acknowledge it or not, our lives are woven together like a...

    • 33 min
    Episode 229: Mothering with Intention - Interview Lara Johnson

    Episode 229: Mothering with Intention - Interview Lara Johnson

    Episode 229: Mothering with Intention- Interview Lara Johnson
    Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. The other day I had a woman approach me and confide that she was a focused and successful career woman before her children, and that she struggles with being with her kids all the time. It felt like her career was fading away and her kids did not afford her the success she felt in the corporate world. She was panicking and felt a bit like she was drowning. We talked a bit about seasons of life, about investing our time in the things we most value, in living our best, personal lives.

    Today we are diving into this topic with an expert. Lara Johnson has been married for 14 years, has 3 beautiful tyrants, 2 spicy cats, and a baby on the way. She has the best job in the world helping moms live their lives ON purpose and WITH purpose.

    In her free time she likes to grow and kill plants, play with pretty rocks, awkwardly dance in the kitchen, read too many books, and spend time with God, nature, and her family.

    As a speaker, podcast host, writer, consultant, and coach, she has helped thousands of moms be in a better mood, play more with their kids, manage their homes better, get their to-do lists done, and answer their purpose with fire in their Souls. Stay tuned for my talk with her and how mothering/ and apply this to fathering as well, can be less stressful and more of what you want.

    Can I start with a worry I have? I am always so honored to be a part of sharing the sacred stories of people’s lives. But so often, the triumph comes after the tragedy, the struggle, maybe always….there is no triumph in sitting around and watching TV or in a story that focuses on the easy times of our lives. Therefore, I find that our episodes are often focused on something depressing - an eating disorder, a divorce, mental illness, sexual assault, death, domestic violence….this sounds like dark list, and I can just imagine people saying, geez, I don’t want to tune in to another depressing story, (even though they have happy endings of learning.) So, I’ve tried really hard this year to include lots of positive episodes that focus on creating our life stories on purpose, like the Hero on a Mission series, and noticing and focusing on our happiness in the Practical Happiness episode, or how to Engineer our Lives on purpose, in the Life Engineered episode. Well, today is another of those supportive, live-on-purpose episodes, and this one is about motherhood. How to Mother on purpose in our own unique ways.

    Tune in to hear my interview with Lara Johnson where we talk about ideas like:

    Lara - first tell us what you do and why you’re qualified to talk to us about this topic.

    Motherhood can be a challenge - those of us lucky enough to be mothers have found our way through in different ways. Some moms love babies, some love teens, some love toddlers, some want many kids, some want only one or two, and as we learn and navigate this, we learn who we are and boy is this a workshop for patience and love and joy and things you never imagined. But like all things, we can live reactively or intentionally. Let’s talk about what a reactive MOM life looks like and what a MOM on purpose life looks like.

    We all come with different talents and abilities. You say, “Your kids don’t need the best, they just need you.” Do you think our children need specifically what we have to offer?

    You have something called Discover Your Purpose - how does that work?

    How to Contact Lara Johnson:E: lara@larajohnsoncoaching.com
    W: a...

    • 29 min
    Episode 228: The Stewardship Principle - Interview Ganel-Lyn Condie

    Episode 228: The Stewardship Principle - Interview Ganel-Lyn Condie

    Episode 228: The Stewardship Principle - Interview Ganel-Lyn Condie
    Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast.

    “When was the last time you experienced a major shift in your perspective? A moment when you learned something that changed your paradigm so significantly that the way you once saw things is forever altered with a new viewpoint?” So begins the book, “The Stewardship Principle,” by Ganel-Lyn Condie

    Tune into the audio program because today Ganel-Lyn is on the show to take us deeper into what that paradigm shift is, and I for one, needed the shift.

    Ganel-Lyn Condie is a popular motivational speaker – she inspires with her unique honesty, authenticity and spirit. She is dedicated to her family, faith, and inspiring others. Ganel-Lyn has experienced healing from a major chronic illness and is the mother to two miracle children. After the heart-breaking suicide of her 40 year old sister, Ganel-Lyn is constantly working towards suicide prevention. Ganel-Lyn lives with an open heart and feels passionate about sharing principles that will empower others to live life with more joy. She is a regular television/radio guest, and hosts the popular shows REAL TALK CFM and THE MIDDLE. Ganel-Lyn’s talks and books have now encouraged thousands of people all over the world.

     

    Connect with Ganel-Lyn:

    Facebook - Real Talk: https://www.facebook.com/groups/realtalkcfm/?multi_permalinks=775617246659046&notif_id=1621479650343120&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif

    Website: www.ganellyn.com

    Instagram - The Middle: https://www.instagram.com/third.hour/

    Buy her book the Stewardship Principe: https://ganellyn.com/products/

     

    Click to listen to the interview:

    Here are some of my main take-aways from this concept: A. Everything is on loan to us from God, so we can talk with him about how he wants us to handle our stewardships. B. Success is about our process and efforts, not necessarily about the outcome. C. Our stewardships - the good and the bad are tailor made for us, so don’t bother with comparison. D. This whole process of stewarding is what the path to being more like God looks like.

    This week's challenge: What are you struggling with right now in your life - a child? a relationship? a health issue? Your challenge this week is to shift your mindset from owning this to one of stewardship over it. How does this lighten the load? How does this bring hope?

    Thanks for being with us. Please share this episode - it’s a couple clicks on your phone to message it to someone you know, and spread the love, joy and understanding around creating your best life on purpose.

    • 37 min
    Episode 227: Blooming - Interview Carrington Smith

    Episode 227: Blooming - Interview Carrington Smith

    Episode 227: Blooming - Interview Carrington Smith
    Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. The most beautiful flowers and plants bloom with fertilizer, water, and light.

    Today’s guest, Carrington Smith, says in her book, “I had been told to shut up and not tell my story. It makes people feel uncomfortable. But the truth is that my power, my secret weapons, my gifts are IN my stories. That is where I discovered the authentic me - where I discovered the gifts, the buried treasure - in all the shit (which turns out to be fertilizer). It is in the debris of life, in the fire, that I found out who I was and what I was made of.

    Tune in for my interview with Carrington to hear her story and the process of blooming.

    Carrington Smith is the author of Blooming: Finding Gifts in the Shit of Life. Despite being born into a legacy of wealth, life was not so kind to her. Carrington has survived childhood abuse, sexual assault, two divorces, mountains of debt, religious manipulation, and the loss of close friends. In her bestselling, debut memoir, she combines her wit with wisdom to share her journey from trauma to triumph. Today, with a shift in mindset, she lives a life filled with joy, opportunity, and purpose.

    We talk about her story at home - Everyone’s story starts at home. You spend a number of chapters giving your background with your family, the incident with you father and the bike ride, the toilet incident at church, your mother’s response to your rape - these stories set a scene of a childhood that was traumatic and unsupportive. Can you share some of these most pivotal stories with us and then let’s talk about what gifts these held for you.

    Let’s talk about the importance of owning our stories. In your experience, how did you do this? What was the power behind owning your whole messy story?

     

     

    CONNECT WITH CARRINGTON

    Carrie@CarringtonLegal.com

    Carrington-Smith.com

    +1(512)627-7467

    in/CarrieSmithTrabue

    @CarringtonATX

     

    In each of the interviews on the love your story show, our purpose is to share the stories of our lives and learn from one another how we got through them - that’s what stories do, they inspire and teach. Carrington’s book more or less sums up what we are doing here on every show - listening and learning how to bloom despite the hard stuff. But I think we’re far enough along here to note that in the end, we can really thrive BECAUSE of the hard stuff we go through. We learn who we are as our character unfolds and we learn and grow. We become strong because we had to. We become empathetic because we now understand things we didn’t know before the fertilizer got shoveled our way. We become resilient because we learned to bounce back and regroup. We bloom BECAUSE of the fertilizer. It’s a rough game, and it’s one we often want to tap out of, but understanding how it’s played, can help a lot when the growth spurts happen.

    Your challenge this week is to choose one of your past challenges - something really tough you went through, and to journal at least 1 page about what you gained from that experience. Just let it free flow as you write, and by the end you’ll be able to dig through and find the gifts.

    Have a beautiful week and share this, right now, with someone in your life who is struggling. We’ll let the show remind them that there are gifts to be found in the hard stuff.

    See you in two weeks.

    • 34 min

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115 Ratings

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Lori creates a safe place for all of us

I was not always been comfortable with my story. This podcast has helped me see the beauty, depth, joy, richness, and compassion available to me regardless of how hard my story seemed at times. I love every interview and insight offered. And feel like Lori does an exceptional job at creating a safe place for all of us to discover and fall in love with our stories. Thank you Lori for sharing your gifts with us!

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Embracing Your Own Story

Thanks Lori Lee for your incredible insights on helping each of us to embrace our stories… the good, the bad, the ugly

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The power of story

Lori and her guests demonstrate such courage and provide hope in every episode. I walk away feeling empowered, reminded of how our trials in life can become something that increases our strength and relatability.

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