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"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?" - mary anne evansThis quote summarizes my life purpose. Life isn't easy. It's complex, filled with the unexpected, and sometimes really hard. While life is full of challenges, I believe there are myriad things we can do to help make life less difficult for each other.On this podcast we'll share stories, struggles, and successes that help us know we're not alone. And knowing we're not alone is one way to make life less difficult.

Make Life Less Difficult Lisa Tilstra

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

"What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?" - mary anne evansThis quote summarizes my life purpose. Life isn't easy. It's complex, filled with the unexpected, and sometimes really hard. While life is full of challenges, I believe there are myriad things we can do to help make life less difficult for each other.On this podcast we'll share stories, struggles, and successes that help us know we're not alone. And knowing we're not alone is one way to make life less difficult.

    Elizabeth & Jakob Blank: A Story of Partnership and of Better Balls

    Elizabeth & Jakob Blank: A Story of Partnership and of Better Balls

    My guests today are Elizabeth and Jakob Blank.

    This is my first time having two guests and it’s a complete delight to share this conversation with you.

    Elizabeth was first recommended to me for the podcast by Jakob.  Then, after meeting and chatting with Elizabeth, she had the idea of also having Jakob on to build out their story and journey in a way that reflects how they do life – together!

    Elizabeth is an author and poet.  Jakob is a leadership coach and consultant.

    Together, they created the company, Better Balls, to make the world’s best apparel – starting with men’s underwear.  They have various reasons behind founding this company, but a major one is making a difference for the next generation.

    And speaking of the next generation, their one-year-old son also pops in for an appearance in the podcast, so it’s truly a family affair!

    This is an amazing and inspiring conversation where Elizabeth and Jakob share how they seek to work in a balanced partnership between each other, and also with the environment as they grow their business.  We talk about conflict, trust, love, and more.

    Elizabeth and Jakob, thank you so much for this conversation.  Thank you for sharing pieces of each of your journeys, glimpses into your inspiring partnership, and for the passion you have for making the world a better place.

    If you’d like to join the mailing list of Better Balls, please go to www.betterballs.world.



    Make Life Less Difficult

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Julie F.: Live Big, Love Better!

    Julie F.: Live Big, Love Better!

    My guest today is Julie F.

    Julie and I met through a wonderful organization we both work for a company  where Julie is the Operations Manager.

    Prior to her work with Educe, Julie worked at McKinsey & Company for almost 6 years.

    Originally from the US, Julie and her family have lived in Munich Germany for almost a decade.  In our conversation, she shares the journey of how she got there.

    My conversation with Julie is deeply special for a number of reasons, but the one I will highlight here is that she committed to being a guest and sharing pieces of her journey after hearing many other guests share their stories.  

    It is my sincere hope that listening to the stories of other would indeed spark courage and a desire to tell stories that may not have otherwise been shared.

    Julie, thank you for your courage and vulnerability in stepping up to share these pieces of your journey.  It’s beyond special to have this conversation with you and be able to share it on the podcast.  I look forward to future conversations too!

    Connect with Julie: knittingstricken.com

    Resources:
    The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk
    Getting Past Your Past, Francine Shapiro
    Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving, Pete Walker
    Talks and guided meditations by Tara Brach

    Quit Like a Woman: The Radical Choice to Not Drink in a Culture Obsessed with Alcohol, Holly Whitaker *I recommend the audiobook
    Huberman Lab (Andrew Huberman, neuroscientist) podcast Episode "What Alcohol Does to Your Body, Brain & Health" 
    Keep Coming Back podcast series on sobriety
    Make Life Less Difficult

    • 50 min
    Deiadre Rauch: How are your Thoughts affecting your Life?

    Deiadre Rauch: How are your Thoughts affecting your Life?

    My guest today is Deiadre Rauch.

    Deiadre has a degree in engineering from Purdue University.  She’s a structured thinker and kis keenly interested in how the way we think impacts how we feel and what we do as leaders.  Deiadre’s unique blend of business experience, cultural awareness, and a love of helping people to get what they want out of life, prompted her pursuit of coaching as a profession.

    She completed the Leadership Coaching Program at the Institute for Transformational Leadership (ITL) from Georgetown University and founded her company, TFD Leadership Coaching, in 2013.

    Deiadre has spent two-thirds of her career living and working internationally. She maintains a truly global perspective, bolstered by assignments in London, Kuala Lumpur, Brussels and elsewhere around the world. She has over 30 years of experience working as a leader both domestically and internationally.

    Deiadre lives in Northern Virginia, traveling when she gets the chance and enjoying her friends and family, while also continually developing her own authentic leadership style. She is also a 500-hour yoga teacher trainer, and loves teaching yoga to beginners.  

    Deiadre, thank you for this inspiring conversation.  Thank you for your passion for making life less difficult.  It’s truly a joy to learn about your journey, hear your wisdom and be inspired by your vision.
     
    Learn more visit Deiadre’s website at: www.thetrueleaderinyou.com


     
    Make Life Less Difficult

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Kelly Kienzle: The Adventures of Achieving Less and Being More

    Kelly Kienzle: The Adventures of Achieving Less and Being More

    My guest today is Kelly Kienzle.

    Kelly is a returning guest to the podcast, after being a guest on episode 14, in October 2021.

    It’s a sincere treat to have her back and enter into this conversation.

    Kelly is the founder of Open Circle Coaching.  She provides leadership coaching and facilitation to individuals and teams to improve organizational performance.  She believes that by strengthening self-awareness and widening perspective, a leader can learn to see scenarios from a new angle that uncovers the possibility for greater productivity, creativity and overall fulfillment.

    In our conversation today, Kelly shares about her experience taking a partial sabbatical.  Slowing down. Allowing herself to have idle time.  Kelly shares the gifts and challenges of this experience in a way that I believe you’ll find extremely thought-provoking.

    We recorded this conversation at the end of October 2023, and as it’s getting published near the beginning of 2024, I have deeply appreciated the reflections Kelly shares, as they are helping me be thoughtful about shaping my time in this new year.

    Kelly, thank you for coming back on the podcast.  Thank you for your willingness to share your journey, your lessons learned (and lessons being learned), your reflections, and your thoughtful wisdom.

    If you’d like to connect with Kelly, you can find links below.

    Website: https://opencirclecoaching.com/
    Make Life Less Difficult

    • 1 hr
    Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Cerella: The Bookend to the Journey to Retirement

    Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Cerella: The Bookend to the Journey to Retirement

    My guest today is Retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Cerella.

    Tony has been on the podcast two times previously and has graciously agreed to talk with me again as a bookend to our conversational theme of his retirement from the US Army after 23 years of service.

    If you haven’t listened to our other conversations, you can find them at episodes 99 and 121.  The first conversation was about processing and preparing for the upcoming retirement.  The second conversation was about being in the “in-between” space, when he was post-retirement ceremony, but still waiting for the official processing of his retirement.

    And now, today, Tony shares about being fully retired.  He shares about various mindset shifts, including the incredibly difficult process of a disability rating. 

    Tony, thank you, for joining me again.  Thank you for sharing your stories and experiences with candor and vulnerability. Your passion for helping others by sharing your stories and journey align deeply with my own purpose and hope for this podcast. 

    If you’d like to connect with Tony and learn more about the work he does, please check out the links below.

    www.kaveoleadership.com
    Tony.cerella@gmail.com


    Make Life Less Difficult

    • 50 min
    Dorcas Cheng-Tozun: Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul

    Dorcas Cheng-Tozun: Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul

    My guest today is Dorcas Cheng-Tozun.

    Dorcas is an award-winning writer, editor, speaker, communications consultant, and former Inc.com columnist. She is the author of several books including Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul: How to Change the World in Quiet Ways, which we discuss today. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Image Journal, and dozens of other publications in the US, Asia, and Africa. 

    Dorcas has nearly twenty years of experience as a nonprofit and social enterprise professional. A Silicon Valley native, she has lived in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Nairobi, Kenya. She and her entrepreneur husband have been married for eighteen years and have two young sons.

    In our conversation today, Dorcas shares how she came to understand herself to be a highly sensitive person. She helps us understand what that means and how highly sensitive persons can find ways to engage in emotionally demanding work while staying true to oneself, pursuing balance, and overall well-being.

    Dorcas, thank you for this lovely conversation.  Thank you for sharing your stories and journey here and also through your writing.  You are making the world a kinder place.

    You’ll find links in the show notes to Dorcas’s website, books, and social media pages.
     
    Website: www.chengtozun.com
    Links to places to buy books: www.chengtozun.com/books
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/chengtozun
    IG: www.instagram.com/chengtozun/
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chengtozun/
     
    Starred review in Booklist: https://www.booklistonline.com/Social-Justice-for-the-Sensitive-Soul-How-to-Change-the-World-in-Quiet-Ways-/pid=9777030
    Make Life Less Difficult

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Investor from afar ,

Wise, winsome, and spiced with wit

Listening to the first seven episodes of Lisa’s new podcast has brought moments of insight, practical wisdom, inspiration, challenge, and laughter. Lisa and her guests coax me into being the best version of myself. Possibly the interview with Russ is my favorite so far—but it’s a tough choice because each episode is thoroughly wise, winsome, and spiced with wit!

ZeeLectric85 ,

Lisa is inspiring!

I really appreciate Lisa’s sincerity and passion and her ability to stir thoughts and emotions in the listener. And I’m inspired by this idea of making life less difficult for ourselves and others and think this is a very realistic and practical way of looking at life - but it is also inspirational and motivating at the same time. Thanks for encouraging us to tell our stories, Lisa!

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