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If life really is a gift, how do we make every second count? We start with a photo and see where we end up. Join me as I meet amazing people and discover whatever rabbit holes we can find. Be inspired!

    119 – Ann Charles on Attracting Legions of Followers to Your Writing or other Entrepreneurial Empire

    119 – Ann Charles on Attracting Legions of Followers to Your Writing or other Entrepreneurial Empire

    What is it to be an entrepreneur? What is it to be a writer? What is it to lead so many people around a shared vision? These are questions I've tackled with Po since 2006, and here I was on a call with the hilarious and delightful force of nature that is Ann Charles.   

    If you want inspiration on how to create an empire around your craft and creative expression – listen in. If you want some insight on why writing comedic, multi-genre texts – listen in. If you want to learn about an author who has my full admiration for her work and tireless passion – listen in.   

    And you may even pick up a cat by the end of it. Just make sure you look carefully between its legs!  



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     1. To find out more about Ann Charles, visit:  http://www.anncharles.com/  



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    118 – Julie Gianelloni Connor on Diplomats, Writing, Publishing and Exploring the Camino de Santiago

    118 – Julie Gianelloni Connor on Diplomats, Writing, Publishing and Exploring the Camino de Santiago

    Between 2006 and 2009,  when I first worked with Po Chung, one of the programs we worked on was called The Good Life Initiative. The premise, feeding from various authors and our own efforts, was to help various people who achieved much in their lives to move from success to significance.  

    Sitting around metaphorical the fire with Julie Gianelloni Connor, I felt I was in the presence of someone who had also moved from success to significance. I was under the spell of someone who had clearly seen the world.   

    On this one-hour journey, Julie brought me across a stage with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the writing of her first book after completing the Camino de Santiago, then her next book but as a publisher, and finally on horseback across the famed pilgrimage.   

    Join us. Come fall under Julie's incredible spell!  

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    1. To learn more about Julie as an author, visit:  http://www.julieconnorauthor.com/  

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    117 - Randi-Lee Bowslaugh on Finding Your Dopamine and Writing Your Way to Fulfilment

    117 - Randi-Lee Bowslaugh on Finding Your Dopamine and Writing Your Way to Fulfilment

    In 1985, Joseph Campbell spoke with Bill Moyers to tackle the idea of how to live a meaningful, purposeful life. One memorable sentence from that was the idea of "finding your bliss". Calling in from Toronto, I got on the line with Randi-Lee Bowslaugh, not knowing who she was or where she was speaking from.   

    Turns out that she's based just a short highway drive away from me! Listen in as we cover the ground that has helped Randi-Lee navigate towards finding her bliss.   

    Writing books, supporting her son, the power of her family, and sharing her insights on acceptance around mental health. Come be inspired by how she "follows her dopamine" to create the good life and find her bliss.  

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    116 - REISSUE – Khaliun Tugsbayar Shares a Sliver of Mongolia and Evokes Her Beloved Land

    116 - REISSUE – Khaliun Tugsbayar Shares a Sliver of Mongolia and Evokes Her Beloved Land

    For this week's episode, I'll reissue the one recorded in July 2020 because she spoke on the magic and wonder of Mongolia. This, because more people need to hear about the nation and its amazing people.   

    How many Mongolians do YOU know? In my case, I had never met anyone from Mongolia until I met Khaliun at The Hive, in Sai Kung, Hong Kong.   

    We met in Wanchai to discuss what it was like to grow up in Mongolia, what Khaliun's attachment is to the land, the unexpected beauty of the Mongolian language, how identity is shaped by your own self and how people see you, that Shooting it RAW has nothing to do with porn, and other goodness.       

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    115 - Thomas Späeter as Musician-Photographer-Author-Tissue-Engineer Conservationist and More

    115 - Thomas Späeter as Musician-Photographer-Author-Tissue-Engineer Conservationist and More

    In episode 92 with Anna Blocki, I first got the introduction to what tissue engineering is about and its application. When we finished recording, she said I would probably LOVE meeting and having Thomas Späeter on as well. Sure, I said, sounds great.   

    So Thomas and I were playing email tag as our schedules just didn't line up. Was he in Germany? Or was it California? How could we meet? Many months later, the stars aligned and we happened to find ourselves in the same city!  

    Want to be inspired? Listen in to Thomas' energy, way of seeing the world, and how he makes every second count. I left with a serious man-crush. Listen in and you decide. He's AMAZING!  

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    To find out more about Thomas and his work, visit:     

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    -  Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/thomasspaeter/ 



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    • 58 min
    114 - Nivedita Ramanujam on Connecting Ourselves with Mindful Practice to Our Place in the World

    114 - Nivedita Ramanujam on Connecting Ourselves with Mindful Practice to Our Place in the World

    I am delighted to have Nivedita Ramanujam join me on the podcast.   

    Based in Hong Kong – in fact, only a few kilometers away from my house – Nivedita is a practicing psychologist, completing her PhD, an artist, and a profoundly inspiring care giver. Literally giving care to herself, others, and the full biosphere around us. 

    Listen in as Nivedita shares her journey and why she commits so much of her energy and effort to make her life and of others her so much better. This is as true for her clients treated with EMDR and other therapies, as for the horses and other animals who have suffered great pain and trauma.  



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