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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

    • Self-Improvement
    • 5.0, 105 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 170: Life Through the Eyes of a Child Trapped in a Blind and Deaf Man's Body: Interview with Kenny Tedford & Paul Smith

    Episode 170: Life Through the Eyes of a Child Trapped in a Blind and Deaf Man's Body: Interview with Kenny Tedford & Paul Smith

    • 33 min
    Episode 169: Challenge #3: Find the Lesson in Something that Doesn’t Go Your Way

    Episode 169: Challenge #3: Find the Lesson in Something that Doesn’t Go Your Way

    Episode 169: Challenge #3: Find the Lesson in Something that Doesn't Go Your WayWelcome Listeners to the Love Your Story podcast. Today’s episode is a part of a series where I am going into more detail on each of the challenges in my book - LIFE Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday, the 21 Life Connection Challenges.


    In episode 89 I went into some wonderful detail about the process of doing Random Acts of Kinds - and we got feedback from the RAK night and what they looked like, what popped up for those doing the acts of kindness, and what feelings and thoughts doing the RAK’s generated in those doing them. It’s all a lot less predictable than it sounds.


    In episode 163 I went into detail with Ashley Stuart, a de-clutter expert, and we talked about why challenge #2 - to get rid of 1 think you no longer need - is so much more important than this simple act seems on the surface. 


    These episodes open up the wonderful egg of why these challenges were included in the book in the first place by getting into more detail about what they are, having experts weigh in on the ideas, and then showing real life examples.


    Stay tuned because today we are exploring Challenge #3 - to find the lesson in something that doesn’t go your way.


    Maya Angelo said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”. 


    Amen, sista!


    There are lots of ways to look at life. Lots of ways to look at every event that happens to us and the way we interpret it. I’m talking about the guy who cuts us off in traffic, or your friend that always shows up late - I’m talking about every day stuff. When we learn how to be aware of our conclusion and interpretations of them, and then we get good at choosing perceptions that serve us, then we control our own destiny with power.


    We acknowledge all the time that our stories are filled with challenges - people we clash with; lost love; bad drivers; situations that require the depths of our patience; health and body issues; disappointments; lost jobs; that lump of coal you got for Christmas; the state of the world; the defining of sharks.


    Of course there are also moments of beauty and miracles, but this challenge is about the habit of how we deal with disappointments and challenges. One of the tays we can approach life is with the idea that everything is a life lesson. If you look at life as if the people you meet and everything you encounter are all a part of your learning experience here in this thing we call life, then we get lots of opportunities to choose attitude.


    When we approach life as if all our experiences hold a gift for us then hope and faith become our companions instead of blaming, bitterness and disappointment. 


    It’s easy to start making up stories about ourselves and others when things don’t happen the way we want: I’m not good enough; that person had it out for me; my boss doesn’t really like me, the world is full of assholes. None of these are helpful stories - even if they seem real. That’s where the practiced habit of remembering that you get the wonderful challenge and opportunity to choose how you see things. 


    Become aware of your interpretations


    Remember they are not fact - they are created by your upbringing, culture, belief system, education, assumptions, etc.


    Choose to shift the negative interpretations into ones that will serve you better.


    What do I mean by ones that serve you better? Choose interpretations that focus on the lesson or meaning in something really hard. For example, when I was first reframing my story about many difficult things that had happened to me as I went through 3 divorces, I realized, with some reframing help, that I had experienced many things that gave me massive amounts of empathy for others. I had gained empathy and understanding that helped me grow. My most painful li

    • 33 min
    Episode 168: My Last Bad Day – the SHIFT – Interview Michael O’Brien

    Episode 168: My Last Bad Day – the SHIFT – Interview Michael O’Brien

    Episode 168: My Last Bad Day - The SHIFT - Interview Michael O'Brien 


    On the morning of July 11, 2001, Michael O’Brien, an avid cyclist, was riding his bicycle on a New Mexico road when an SUV hit him head-on going 40 mph. The crushing accident left him near death as the mede-vac helicopter descended to take his broken body to be pieced back together. Today Michael is with us and will take us to the darkness of his accident and the long, slow road to recovery, but he’ll also take us to his shift - the moment when he decided it was the power of his mind that would decide the rest of his life. It wasn’t the tragedy that would define him, but how he responded to the tragedy.


    I recently returned from a Genius Bootcamp, put on by Leslie Householder, in Arizona. The concept behind her teachings are a greater understanding of universal law and how to implement those laws for the greatest most powerful creations of our own lives. At the very foundation of universal law is the understanding of the power of the human mind. Where we focus our attention begins to create things spiritually, and eventually we bring those into the physical world - whether it’s an idea of something we want to create, attracting money, or changing our vibrations to live healthier or with more joy. Truth always ties into truth and as I read Michael O’Brien’s book Shift  and cheered him on as he intentionally chose the mindset and perspective that would help him make his way back into a life he wanted, I just smiled at the way this truth comes up over and over. This is why I’m always asking you, “What story are you telling yourself?” “Are you creating your life on purpose?” And “You’re responsible for creating the life story you want to tell.” It’s all about our personal agency to shift our story when needed.”


    Listen to the audio program to hear Michael's story and how he shifted. We talk about questions like:


    1. Your accident was almost 20 years ago and I believe your book just came out. When did you decide you wanted to start sharing your story and why?


    2. Take us back to the accident - what do you remember?


    3. What was the hardest part?


    4. What would you do differently?


    5. What were you most grateful for at the time?


    6. How did the shift happen?


    7. You have 20 tips at the back of your book - can you share your top 3?


    When I talk about reframing our stories - the ones that are holding us back, I’m talking about this very thing - this SHIFT. When we are stuck in a story that isn’t serving us, we MUST understand that we can shift our perspective and change our interpretation in order to stay on higher vibrational levels - in order to stay out of the victim mindset - in order to live our best life story. 


    I’m grateful to Michael for sharing his story and his shift and giving us a visual of what that looks like in action. The power of our minds more vast than we can comprehend. Use yours to create your best space: to lift you when you are down, to intentionally create the life you want, to overcome.


    For more information on Michael and his books:


    www.facebook.com/michaelspeloton


    www.instagram.com/michaelobrienshift


    Books: My Last Bed Day Shift, and his memoir: Shift: Creating Better Tomorrows


    Your challenge this week is to find a story that needs to shift for you. Are you in a fight with your spouse and you can choose to let go of a way of seeing something that can help you find a happier space? Are you holding a grudge - can you shift and give someone the benefit of the doubt? Do you have something bigger that needs a major shift? Try changing the thought and see what happens. Things only have the power we give them.


    See you in two weeks on the next episode of Love Your Story

    • 42 min
    Episode 167: Life Interrupted – Problems Call Forth our Courage and our Wisdom

    Episode 167: Life Interrupted – Problems Call Forth our Courage and our Wisdom

    Episode 166: Life Interrupted - Problems Call Forth our Courage and our WisdomScott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled said, “Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed, they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.” 


    Stay tuned for today’s episode which I have created to remind you about all the courage and wisdom you’ve gained from your problems and challenges, and that life interrupted is actually just life.


    As most of you know, the Love Your Story podcast started from an earlier time in my life where I didn’t love my story. I felt shame and disappointment about my three failed marriages. I felt like I had failed in places where I was meant to succeed. What I wasn’t seeing during those rough years was that the relationship problems and all my efforts at saving my relationships, the struggles and the learning, the mistakes, the stretching that was required in the most painful places, and maybe especially the spiritual experiences I had as I tried to stand again after being metaphorically gutted in all kinds of ways….well these events would create courage and wisdom. They would show me my own strength. They would give me empathy and understanding I could never have had if I hadn’t been in the battles I’d fought.


    Elisabeth Kubler Ross said, “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation , a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fill them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” 


    Today’s episode is a reminder that the problems in your life, big and small, have the potential to call forth your courage and wisdom. They have the potential to create in you understanding and empathy, and to align you with the human plight in ways that the easy life could not. As we traverse our problems sometimes it’s hard to remember that they are opportunities, that they are workshops, so this reminder episode is a space for you to look at the problem you are currently wrestling with - what is it? Let’s pinpoint it right here……., now console yourself with the knowledge that you are growing, and then consider what story you can create around it that will serve you best - that will help with that growth state, that will bring hope bubbling to the surface, even if it’s just hope for a better time, with the knowing that at some point the difficult parts of your journey will make more sense.


    In episode 22 Becky Andrews, a blind woman, mom, and mental health councilor shares a story of an important crossroads where she recognized a crucial moment in her life - where she could choose to control her fear or to stay home bound. She shifted from her fear and chose how she was going to let her problem of losing her eyesight and the fear she felt control her life. Here’s Becky:


    Tune in for this flashback clip...


    Hellen Keller once said, “Although the world is very full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”


    The overcoming of it - the struggle, these are the opportunities of the metaphorical cocoon. Richard Bach, one of my favorite writers - pointed out, “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.”


    We are all at a different stage within our cocoons - changing, growing, turning stubby legs into beautiful wings. I always remember the example taught in grade school - you can’t help a chicken break out of it’s egg or it won’t be strong enough to survive. You can’t pry a roses petals open or it will wilt and die. You can’t tear open the cocoon to help the butterfly emerge - the butterfly must break out of the cocoon itself in order to have the stre

    • 34 min
    Episode166: Born to Succeed – Interview Braxton Nielsen

    Episode166: Born to Succeed – Interview Braxton Nielsen

    Episode166: Born to Succeed - Interview Braxton NielsenAugust 31, 2017 Braxton Nielsen was crushed and paralyzed by a bucking bronco in a rodeo in Filer, Idaho. Growing up his dad always told him he was born to succeed. Those comments created a mindset that would serve Braxton as he faced a broken back. 


    Aways interested in rodeo, Braxton placed 8th in the nation in 2017 and then went pro. His dream of becoming a world champion bareback rider was getting closer and closer, but life happened and after the accident Braxton was given less than a 5% chance of walking again. 


    Five fused vertebrae’s, two rods, eight screws, numbness in his right leg and can’t feel his left foot. Recover is a long road, but stay tuned today to hear about his journey and to soak in some of that positive attitude that Braxton exudes as he talks about life.


     


    Braxton was born and raised in Roosevelt Utah where he now resides with his lovely wife Heather. He grew up loving the outdoors, spending time with family, and he was a three sport athlete in high school where he received all state awards. Braxton says. “We as individuals were born to succeed. There are no limits. The only one that limits yourself is you. Life is great. Don’t waste a second being unhappy, but be grateful, be positive and truly know that you were born to succeed.”


    Tune into the audio program to hear Braxton's Story and to talk about questions like:


    1. When did you know you wanted to rodeo?


    2. What type of mental focus does it take to bareback ride?


    3. Did that help you deal with this?


    4. Tell me about the accident.


    5. What happened afterward?


    6. When did you decide you were going to beat it?


    7. What was it like?


    8. What was the hardest part?


    9. How did you get through that part?


    10. How do you stay so positive?


    11. How can other people keep that same attitude when they are faced with their tough spaces?


    The thing that stands out to me most about Braxton is his infectious optimism. It’s as if there really is no doubt that we are all incredibly powerful, born to succeed and nothing stands in our way. Thank YOU Braxton for sharing that faith, that optimism, and for shining a light on what it looks like to truly live big and face our problems head-on.


    More information on Braxton: Podcast: Born to Succeed; #borntosucceed


    Your challenge this week is to repeat this mantra - all week long - “I was born to succeed.” Do it on the way to work. Do it while you’re walking down the hall. Chant it in the shower! The subconscious is what creates our outcomes, and our subconscious is programed by emotion and repetition. There really is power to repetition and belief. Chant, baby chant.


    Thanks for being here this week - remember to use the website - lorijlee@msn.com (mailto:lorijlee@msn.com) with Tell Your Story in the subject line and we’ll make that happen.


    See you in two weeks on the next episode.

    • 31 min
    Episode 165 COVID 19 Survivor Story: Interview Matt Newey

    Episode 165 COVID 19 Survivor Story: Interview Matt Newey

    Episode 165 COVID 19 Survivor Story:Interview Matt Newey 


    Welcome to the Love Your Story podcast. Over the past month I’ve listened to a number of podcast hosts hop on and talk about their take regarding COVID 19 and the Coronavirus. I’m almost sick of hearing about it, but one thing I haven’t heard is a real first-hand account of having the virus. So….today that’s what I’m bringing to you. Stay tuned for my interview with Matt Newey, a 23 year old outdoor photographer/video from Centerville, UT. Who, on March 19th, was Utah’s 78th confirmed Covid-19 case. 


     


    Matt Newey most likely contracted the virus while on a ski trip to Colorado with four friends. 


    This is Matt’s Covid-19 story.


    First - let’s make Matt a real person. Here’s a little about him. Matt is a 23 year old outdoor photographer, videographer and adventurer. From the time Matt got his first Gopro camera at the age of 10 he has been videoing himself ever since doing ski backflips, rock climbing and searching for the perfect landscape photo. In high school shooting one of his many time lapse shots of the Great Salt Lake he realized his mission is to “chase sunsets for a living.” He further realized that this is his passion when he went off at 18 on an 8 day solo trip taking pictures on southern Utah. He’s a skier, a son, a brother, and an all around good kid who survived.


    Tune into the audio program to hear Matt tell his own story.


    To find Matt:


    Instagram: @mattcnewey  https://www.instagram.com/mattcnewey/ (https://www.instagram.com/mattcnewey/)


    YouTube:  https://youtu.be/Vd7tpRbas48 (https://youtu.be/Vd7tpRbas48)


    Website:  https://mattcnewey.com/work (https://mattcnewey.com/work)


    Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/666837390339248/posts/1063467160676267/?vh=e&d=n (https://www.facebook.com/666837390339248/posts/1063467160676267/?vh=e&d=n)


    Lots of stories are being written right now. People who are getting COVID 19, people who are fighting it on the front lines, people who are terrified and living as such, people who are creating some wonderful family/home time during social distancing and quarantine.


    Personally I feel like this very odd time for us holds a basket of opportunities. Family time. Time to take stock of our preparedness. Time to focus on home and loved ones. Time to slow down. Time, like Matt has illustrated, where you are on the front lines and you have a story to share in order to help others better understand what is going on.


    I encourage all of us to turn to love, community, family and sharing to get the most beauty and positive outcome from a time in history that also holds the potential for loss and suffering. Each day write beautiful things into your story. Small and simple things that feel better than fear. 


    Also - it’s a great time for families to hop on Amazon and buy my book - LIFE - Living Intentional and Fearless Everyday - the 21 LIFE Connection challenges. I’ve gotten lots of reports of families who are doing the challenges together and making the most of their social distancing time while practicing fun life skills together.


    See you in two weeks on the next episode of the LYS podcast.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Rvonnieder ,

This podcast brings joy and hope!

Lori has a unique gift for helping people open up their hearts and tell their story in an authentic way. She is bringing more light and connection to the world through this amazing podcast. I am so grateful for her and all the people who have shared their stories so we can all be inspired to love our own story. It has helped me find hope and courage and joy in this world. Very well done.

AProc ,

Our Stories Are Everything

We can tell whatever story we want about ourselves inside our heads. Is the story you are telling yourself helping you or hurting you? This is so important and I love how this podcast highlights this. Thanks for all the interviews!

Kim Turano ,

Love this podcast!

Your interview with Amanda Grow was fantastic! Thank you for giving her story a voice! ❤️

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