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The goal of this podcast is to add value to your daily commute and to add some happiness and smiles to your day! Selfishly, my goal is to learn from people I respect and admire -so I can string together one "perfect day" after another in this crazy ride we call life!

Maximum Enthusiasm Megan Hottman

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

The goal of this podcast is to add value to your daily commute and to add some happiness and smiles to your day! Selfishly, my goal is to learn from people I respect and admire -so I can string together one "perfect day" after another in this crazy ride we call life!

    Tony Lupo: on alternative energy, interviews with veterans and being jolly

    Tony Lupo: on alternative energy, interviews with veterans and being jolly

    HI listeners!!! Please meet my JOLLY and optimistic friend, TONY LUPO! I am sooo stoked to bring his insights, enthusiasm, and most importantly, OPTIMISM -- and thoughts on alternative energy and fuel sources (he's a Chief Geophysicist !!!) and he also works on an amazing podcast in which he features and tells veterans' stories-- all while absolutely EXUDING the essence of JOLLY. He truly is a JOLLY giant, and I'm so thankful to call him a friend and to know there are humans like him in this human existence making a real difference for all of us!

    "... my outlook on life is that human beings are amazing – I am grateful that I’m one of them. Our ability to understand our surroundings, to communicate, I think human beings are destined for great things, that we’re going to overcome a lot of the things that we see today - I mean how can you not be enthusiastic about that?" -- Tony Lupo




    He references this Book – Herodotus- The Histories
    Also he recommended to me this one :
    Alchemy: The Dark Art & Curious Science in Creating Magic in Brands, Business and Life.
    By Rory Sutherland

    Find him on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-lupo-48524535/

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Melissa Colonno: Deliberate Less

    Melissa Colonno: Deliberate Less

    Hey friends, so stoked to bring you another guest who speaks on topics related to LESS, ENOUGH, sustainability and climate! You can read ALL the things about her at her website here: https://www.deliberateless.com and also on her linked in bio: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-c-97113613/ 

    Mom of three, she is SUPER intentional- hence, deliberate- less. She really does make very intentional decisions for herself and her family and I appreciate the thought and time and research she puts into the things she buys, owns, and feeds her family. I’ve always admired her on her social media account and getting to know her better via our Bike Ambassador team last year.
    Here are some awesome links and references she points out:

    Imperfect Foods - food/produce delivery, preventing food waste!

    Books:"How to Be a Conscious Eater" by Sophie Egan

    "Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale" by Adam Minter


    Azure Market - bulk food

    thredUp Online consignment

    Joyfill refill market

    Buy Nothing Project (find your local group!)

    Time Magazine article:

    "We Analyzed the Emissions 4 Families Generated in a Week. Here's What We Learned About Living Greener"

    Podcast Rec:

    How to Save a Planet

    In my intro, I mention this podcast I recently listened to on the Rich Roll podcast—  


    • 1 hr 9 min
    Jenn Dice, PeopleForBikes

    Jenn Dice, PeopleForBikes

    Meet amazing powerhouse rockstar, Jenn Dice, President & CEO of PeopleForBikes (aka PFB)!

    Can we just talk about the power of bikes for a second— and how they can save us, if we’d let them!? People for Bikes is working hard to make cycling GREAT and safe for cyclists in the US. They do amazing work- and right now, I am proud to be one of their featured “local bike champions,” (more HERE). I really hope you’ll do as we ask in this interview, and join PFB —it’s FREE! Get involved and please do send the emails to your elected officials when they send you an email with a pending bicycle-related issue! You can dig in HERE!

    Ways to get involved:

    Join Ride Spot + Participate in one of our Monthly or Yearly Challenges — You can earn rewards and prizes just for riding your bike.

    Submit a Local Bike Champion

    Sign Up for the PFB Grassroots Army at the bottom of the main PFB Site to get notified about issues affecting biking in your area

    See how your City Rates for bikes with our City Ratings Site — new U.S. scores arriving in early summer

    Tag us in your best bike riding social media pictures on IG (@peopleforbikes and @ride_spot)

    PLUS …. More about Jenn Dice HERE and HERE


    The Rich Roll podcast episode I referenced in my intro here is this one: https://www.richroll.com/podcast/jacqueline-novogratz-657/

    I listened to it on a hike and loved how they talk about people who get involved in solving the world’s unsolvable problems and issues- tackling them with fervor and intensity even though the problems are so giant.

    I also referenced this podcast interview of mine recently featured on the I am Driven podcast.

    The three books I mentioned in my intro:

    -Atomic Habits

    -A Year to Live

    -Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ashlee Piper, Sustainability expert (and badass!)

    Ashlee Piper, Sustainability expert (and badass!)

    Helloooooooo earth fans, meet this lovely badass, Ashlee Piper!
    I first encountered her (name) when I ordered her book "Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet."
    I loved that it truly is a handbook- written very practically and down to earth and approachable - and funny, with loads of F-bombs too.
    I was overjoyed that she agreed to come on the show and she drops some true GEMS in our chat.
    You can read about her and her book here: https://www.ashleepiper.com/book




    She also mentions several great websites, orgs and groups, like your local "buy nothing" group on facebook, "free geek", thredup, and more. I learned so much from her in this interview beyond what I'd learned in her book.

    Also you MUST watch her TED TALK as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBdSz0ox4PQ

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Pete Piccolo -Career Pivots & Bike Advocacy

    Pete Piccolo -Career Pivots & Bike Advocacy

    Hey friends, please meet Pete! (Today (11/10) is also his birthday so let’s please give him a shout-out, some thanks and virtual high-fives today !

    I know Pete as a result of being in the bike advocacy world - he’s the ED of Bicycle Colorado, Colorado’s top and most effective statewide bicycle advocacy organization. He’s been there for a few years now and our paths have understandably crossed as a result of our work in this realm.

    Yet somehow I’ve also always known he came from outside of the world of bikes prior to taking this role, and I felt called to host him on the show here once I announced my retirement. I don’t know why I had that idea, it just felt like the right time to sit down and have this chat with him -and it was!

    Also yes you read that right - on 10/21/21, I announced my retirement from my work as TheCyclist-Lawyer. The truth inside me has been welling up for some time and I was honestly making myself sick trying to outrun it, avoid it, out work it, muscle through it. More on this for another time and show- I’ve got a lot to share as I continue to unpack this transition I’m in.

    So Pete and I —we barely skimmed the surface on the bike advocacy questions and topics I wanted to cover with him so I’m hoping we can do a part 2 soon. For now- check this one out and be inspired— to pivot in life and in work, AND, to get involved in ANY WAY you possibly can, in bike advocacy or in whatever realm of service in any topic that touches you. The world needs us ALL rolling up our sleeves getting more involved!

    Read more about Pete (and Bicycle Colorado) here: https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/bicycle-colorado-names-peter-piccolo-executive-director/

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mike Foote and Environmental Law

    Mike Foote and Environmental Law

    Meet my friend and fellow lawyer, Mike Foote. Mike is a former DA and former legislator, now law firm founder and environmental activist. His firm specializes in "enviro law" and in my dealings with him in cycling law and law writing and learning more about climate crisis, oil and gas and the challenges we face here in CO and nationwide, I've learned a lot more about what environmental law means and stands for- and why we all need to know more about it and pay attention to this area of law and activism. I hope you'll learn a lot from this episode and be inspired by Mike's approach to working for something he believes in, with a focus on making a difference and keeping Colorado amazing.

    You can learn more about Mike and his firm here: https://footelawfirm.net/mike-foote/

    Some of the impactful organizations he references are:
    Earth Justice
    Sierra Club
    Center for Biodiversity
    Wildlife Guardian

    The book I refer to in my intro is Sarah Wilson’s “This One Wild and Precious Life,” which I HIGHLY recommend! Read more here: https://www.sarahwilson.com/this-one-wild-and-precious-life/

    • 49 min

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Megan continues to inspire me with her poscasts and guests. I am usually on the go but really stop and listen, truly impactful!

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