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Alison Hadden's battling terminal cancer, but she's focused on living her best life - as her best self - every day. Join her as she chats with resilient adventures, seekers, trailblazers, and exceptionally good humans as they explore what it means to live fully, because there's "No Time to Waste" - for all of us. | More at www.notimetowasteproject.com

No Time to Waste Alison Hadden

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Alison Hadden's battling terminal cancer, but she's focused on living her best life - as her best self - every day. Join her as she chats with resilient adventures, seekers, trailblazers, and exceptionally good humans as they explore what it means to live fully, because there's "No Time to Waste" - for all of us. | More at www.notimetowasteproject.com

    46. The Points Guy Brian Kelly | Travel, Mi Amor

    46. The Points Guy Brian Kelly | Travel, Mi Amor

    Brian Kelly aka The Points Guy has become one of the top influencers and experts in the travel and hospitality space. Anyone in my close circle knows how passionate I am about travel, my first true love, and my borderline obsession w points. I think I’ve visited 21 countries now and wouldn’t be surprised if guy’s been to the remaining 175.

    Brian’s quickly become the go-to-guy when it comes to the Points Game - using lucrative credit card signup bonuses and strategic travel to accrue rewards points that can be redeemed for free trips. For those that play (like me) it’s a legit hobby we take very seriously and all I wanted to do was share my proudest points trips and use up all the recording time.

    Brian and I decided to throw the standard interview script out the window and “just have a real conversation” so we could relish in gushing about our passion for travel, revisit some memorable experiences, and chat about the healing power of animals and our shared Pennsylvania roots. And now after our convo, I’m back to planning my Japan trip again, cancer be damned - I might just need to wrangle up a tour guide.

    @briankelly

    @thepointsguy

    www.thepointsguy.com

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    • 41 min
    45. Adventurer Grandma Joy | Age is Just a Number

    45. Adventurer Grandma Joy | Age is Just a Number

    Grandma Joy (of “Grandma Joy’s Road Trip” fame) is a spunky 91-year-old adventurer who’s been traveling the country with her grandson, Brad for the last chunk of years. Their goal has been to try and visit all 63 U.S. National Parks and they’ve only got one to go now!
    After you hear some of Grandma Joy’s pearls of wisdom, you’ll see why she’s become something of a celeb in her small Ohio town after being on the Rachel Ray show and recently being profiled in People Magazine.
    She’s living like there’s No Time to Waste, encouraging all of us to just “give it a whirl” and I couldn’t agree more.
    @grandmajoysroadtrip
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    • 38 min
    44. Happiness Expert Gretchen Rubin | Know Thyself

    44. Happiness Expert Gretchen Rubin | Know Thyself

    Writer Gretchen Rubin is widely known as an expert on Happiness and Good Habits. Few know that she actually started her career in law, as Editor of the Yale Law Review and clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court.

    One day Gretchen came to an important conclusion about her life: It was time to move off this path because she realized she would rather fail as a writer than succeed as a lawyer. Except she didn’t fail. Gretchen wrote five NYT Bestsellers including “The Happiness Project” - how I was first introduced to her years ago - and more recently, “The Four Tendencies” which we ended up talking a lot about. (FYI I’m a Questioner with a tip to Rebel which apparently Steve Jobs was too)

    Gretchenn’s also the co-host of the Happier Podcast, an experienced speaker, wife and mom. Keep in mind The Washington Post called Gretchen “Type A-PLUS” so you might not want to attempt to keep up with this one.

    The Four Tendencies Book | Quiz

    The Happier Podcast

    @gretchenrubin

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    • 34 min
    43. Religious Historian Kate Bowler | Laugh-Crying

    43. Religious Historian Kate Bowler | Laugh-Crying

    Kate Bowler is a religious historian and Professor at the Duke Divinity School. She’s also a witty, warm, wildly successful author, wife and mom living with Stage IV Cancer.

    Much of Kate’s early work was focused on the Prosperity Gospel - the belief that if you had the right faith, and prayed the right prayers, God would reward you with health, wealth and happiness.

    Soon after writing “Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel” Kate got diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer at the age of 35. Oh, the irony.

    Her newest book No Cure for Being Human follows the bestseller “Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I’ve Loved” which all challenge the American belief that all tragedies are tests of character.

    As you’ll hear, Kate felt like an old friend who’d happily greet me on one of those wraparound southern porches with a cup of tea and Ted Lasso biscuits.

    We laughed and we laugh-cried as we compared stories and empathized with our shared grief. Because sometimes, there is no good answer to “why us?” but we move forward anyway.

    No Cure for Being Human

    Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved

    Everything Happens Podcast

    @katecbowler

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    • 46 min
    42. Dr. Sunita Puri | That Good Night

    42. Dr. Sunita Puri | That Good Night

    Sunita Puri is the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California.

    She’s also the author of 2019 bestseller That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour. Not since Suleika Jaouad’s Between Two Kingdoms have I experienced such poignant and elegant writing that captures the essence of the author’s experience so expertly.

    Sunita documents the life events that led her to the palliative path, the challenges that those in her position face, and offers tools to help readers better communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us.

    We chatted about the book and dug into the struggles of leading a department that requires nonstop justification to patients, their families, and even other medical professionals. And we also uncovered what Sunita does to take care of herself - mentally, emotionally, and spiritually - so her job doesn’t rob her of her own personal joy.

    @sunitapurimd

    Buy the Book Here

    www.sunitapuri.com

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    • 43 min
    41. Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble | Memento Mori

    41. Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble | Memento Mori

    Sister Aletheia was profiled by the NY Times in “Meet the Nun Who Wants You to Remember You Will Die” reviving the Memento Mori movement. Memento Mori is the practice of intentionally thinking about our own death as a means of appreciating the present and living a better life now. 

    Sister Aletheia’s path to the convent was anything but conventional. She was a rebellious atheist who loved punk rock and spent her 20s volunteering, then working in Bay Area tech before finding her way back to the church. Her Catholic order - the Daughters of St Paul - are known as the #medianuns for their use of social media (even TikTok!) and other modern tools to spread the gospel. 

    Sister and I talked about our society’s avoidance of death, her ongoing wrestling match with God when it comes to the world’s suffering, and why reflecting on death isn’t a morbid affair, but a healthy and healing practice that can help us accept the inevitable with hope. 

    Meet the Nun Who Wants You to Remember You Will Die (NY Times, May 2021) 

    www.pursuedbytruth.com 

    @pursuedbytruth 

    Daughters of St. Paul TikTok 

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    • 39 min

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Courageous discussion

I worked with Allison years ago at Active. Thank you for your courage to remind everyone to live life to the fullest. Your podcast has helped me process the loss of my dad and reminds me to find joy every day. Thank you Allison. You are in my thoughts and prayers and wishing you strength and peace through your incredibly courageous journey.

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