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The Small Changes Big Shifts podcast is your weekly dose of wellness encouragement. It’s the small changes that stick and ultimately compound to create big shifts in our holistic well-being. Dr. Michelle Robin and her renowned guests will share wisdom, knowledge, real life stories and practical tips to inspire and inform you as you move forward on your journey to a life of wellness.

Small Changes Big Shifts Dr. Michelle Robin

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 137 Ratings

The Small Changes Big Shifts podcast is your weekly dose of wellness encouragement. It’s the small changes that stick and ultimately compound to create big shifts in our holistic well-being. Dr. Michelle Robin and her renowned guests will share wisdom, knowledge, real life stories and practical tips to inspire and inform you as you move forward on your journey to a life of wellness.

    Jill Tupper

    Jill Tupper

    As a Professor & Keynote Speaker, Jill Tupper draws upon her adventures in marathons, triathlons, rock-climbing, out-rigging, traveling the world and climbing Kilimanjaro to inspire others to take on this triathlon of life with goals, guts and grit.
    Her global experiences in working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, Ethiopia and beyond, backed by breakthroughs in neuroscience, proves the revolutionary power of purpose in work & in life.
    A Master’s in Leadership, B.S. in Occupational Therapy and a Professor at The Rady Executive Business School, UCSD with Certifications in Meditation, Executive Coaching & Corporate Negotiation, Jill is uniquely qualified to harness the power of the mind + body connection to catapult leadership in business to unprecedented heights.
    This cutting edge conundrum of Body + Mind + Business in Jill’s Corporate Triathlete Leadership Training is unparalleled in it’s dynamic & undeniable connection between optimal wellbeing & outstanding leadership.
    Jill high-energy & engaging keynotes have challenged thousands around the globe to take inspired action and achieve peak potential.

    Join Dr. Michelle and Jill Tupper as they talk about:

    What inspired Jill to become a motivational speaker and an executive coach. Signs and nudges to pay attention to in life to help you find your unique qualities and be open to what life brings you. The power of learning how to listen to ourselves and notice the divine appointments that show up. What steps you can take to help set yourself up for success. Words of advice she would give parents with the challenges that their children are facing from the pandemic. The power of pivoting, not panicking during difficult moments. How parents can teach their children to be responsible for themselves. What to do when you find yourself in a space of self-criticism: don’t judge and instead observe. Mentioned In This Episode
    Jill Tupper SCBS Sleep Campaign Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect:
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    • 30 min
    Jasmin Williams

    Jasmin Williams

    Jasmin Williams is the Founder of Creatively Resilient and also a Senior Project Manager, US Social Impact at Sesame Workshop where she utilizes the iconic power of the Muppets to help children and families overcome adversity by equipping providers across the country with free tools and resources via the Sesame Street in CommunitiesModel.
    Join Dr. Michelle and Jasmin as they talk about:

    Her connection to Kansas City and her passion for helping communities heal from trauma and thrive. The mission of Sesame Street in Communities and how they’re making a difference for parents and caregivers. How COVID-19 impacted their organization and the overwhelming support they have received to help families during this difficult time. What inspired her to launch Creatively Resilient and what difference she wants to make in the world with it. Why everyone in some way, shape, or form, has been traumatized by the pandemic and how she wants to help you heal. Examples of how she practices resiliency herself. All about the 14-Day Challenge she’s launching with Creatively Resilient including her 3-phase approach. How being creative feeds your resilience. Why vulnerability can be scary but is such a powerful tool to help you open yourself up to big shifts. Learn about 14-Day Creatively Resilient’s 3-Phase Approach:
    Identify what purpose(s) looks like for you. Lean into how you can build upon your purpose(s) and start integrating that into your life. Discover the lens through which you see the world.   Mentioned In This Episode
    Jasmin Williams Creatively Resilient Sesame Workshop Sesame Street in Communities Healthy KC SCBS Sleep Campaign Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect:
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    • 23 min
    Jeff Hanson’s Story with Hal and Julie Hanson

    Jeff Hanson’s Story with Hal and Julie Hanson

    Jeff’s Story

    Self-taught as an artist, Jeff Hanson first began painting watercolor notecards while undergoing chemotherapy at age 12. What was initially a pastime and distraction from his treatments, Jeff’s painting soon evolved into a curbside business, Jeff’s Bistro. Proceeds benefited the Children’s Tumor Foundation to fund optic tumor research.
    Jeff’s original notecards gradually transitioned to acrylics-on-canvas, both for sale and gifts to charity live auctions across the nation. At age 15, the “accidental artist” in a business built on a philanthropy-first model, became Jeffrey Owen Hanson LLC.
    About Hal and Julie Hanson
    Hal Hanson, MD, is a practicing emergency physician and motivational speaker from Kansas City. Raised in Iowa, Dr. Hanson attended the University of Iowa and completed a Family Medicine residency in Michigan.
    Dr. Hanson now resides in Overland Park, Kansas, with his wife Julie. Hanson's hobbies include writing, photography, and travel. Lessons From CLOD is Dr. Hanson's only published work to date. 
    Join Dr. Michelle and both Hal and Julie Hanson as they talk about:

    The dreams most parents have for their child and how those can shift over time. How parents can encourage and support their child’s unique gifts. The moment they discovered Jeff’s natural gift for art and how they helped him cultivate and use that gift to help the world. Why it’s important not to focus on what society says your children should be interested in or be good at. How they focused on raising Jeff to be happy, independent, and give back to the world. The power in approaching everyone you meet with unconditional positive regard. Jeff’s philanthropic work and how he gave back to the community by donating to several organizations. What CLOD taught Hal and Julie about what’s important in life and their biggest takeaways from Jeff’s life. Mentioned In This Episode
    Jeff Hanson Lessons From CLOD by Hal O. Hanson and Julie A. Hanson SCBS Sleep Campaign [Gratitude] Day 25 - Sally Smith 241 – Mindy Corporon Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect:
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    • 31 min
    Liz Murray Part II

    Liz Murray Part II

    Liz Murray’s story is sure to move your heart about overcoming adversity in life. Formerly homeless, Liz transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope, and hard-won success.
    The subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film, Homeless to Harvard, Murray graduated from Harvard in 2009, and went on to receive her Masters in the Psychology of Education at Columbia University. Today, as co-founder and Executive Director of The Arthur Project, Murray is a passionate advocate for under-served youth, working to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning.
    Learn how you can help people heal from addiction in our Kansas City community with the organization In the Name of GRACE.
    Join Dr. Michelle and Liz in Part 2 as they talk about:

    How the impact of her childhood has affected her view on society. Breaking down how each of us carries the story of the society that we come from. How we can be less dismissive not only of other people’s struggles but our own as well. Why it’s okay to spend time with your loved ones or with yourself instead of feeling this pressure by society to be ambitious. Words of wisdom she has for those who are facing difficult moments because of COVID-19. Why we need to adjust our expectations in life and be grateful for what we do have and are able to do each day. How to find joy in small moments throughout the day. Mentioned In This Episode
    Homeless to Harvard Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray The Arthur Project Episode 316 – Kiona Sinks and Lisa Ginter D. Vance Alfie Kohn SCBS Sleep Campaign Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect:
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    • 19 min
    Liz Murray Part I

    Liz Murray Part I

    Liz Murray’s story is sure to move your heart about overcoming adversity in life. Formerly homeless, Liz transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope, and hard-won success.
    The subject of Lifetime Television’s Emmy-nominated original film, Homeless to Harvard, Murray graduated from Harvard in 2009, and went on to receive her Masters in the Psychology of Education at Columbia University. Today, as co-founder and Executive Director of The Arthur Project, Murray is a passionate advocate for under-served youth, working to end generational poverty through relationship-based learning.
    Learn how you can help people heal from addiction in our Kansas City community with the organization In the Name of GRACE.
    Join Dr. Michelle and Liz as they talk about:

    The mentors, teacher, and non-profit that supported her and helped her see that there was another way to live. Her backstory growing up in the Bronx with drug addicted parents. Why addiction can be a family illness that impacts the entire household. The dreams her mother had while she was growing up that she shared with Liz. Unpacking the good and the bad that can happen side by side and the gray area that existed in her family’s situation. How it was difficult for her to decide how to approach and communicate her thoughts and feelings about her parents’ drug addiction with them. About her book, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, and what lessons she has learned from her past to help her navigate COVID-19. The power of kinship and embodying community and our relationships with others. Learn more about Liz’s background and life experience as she shares:
    How she has raised her biracial children and helped them navigate the world. The work that she is doing to help make the world a better place for all people. Her visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee with her family. About the current book she is working on writing, The Weight of Two Worlds. Her words of advice for parents when their children come to them and ask them to help make sense of the world. What lessons her children have taught her about human rights and celebrating freedom in the USA. Mentioned In This Episode
    Homeless to Harvard Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray The Arthur Project The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander The Hoffman Process Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle Homeboy Industries Episode 276 – Frank Ferrante National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mindby Dr. Daniel J. Siegel and Dr. Tina Payne Bryson In the Name of GRACE SCBS Sleep Campaign Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation CommunityAmerica Credit Union AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect:
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    • 34 min
    Kiona Sinks and Lisa Ginter

    Kiona Sinks and Lisa Ginter

    About Kiona Sinks
    Kiona Sinks by trade is a social and civic innovator setting the standard for how young leaders should model in action community engagement, bringing forward generations of all sectors of professions to change the perspective on what community activism should model in our modern day world.
    Kiona takes pride in giving back, Kiona is a community minded connector with 10 years of consistent volunteerism and community engagement. She is both mission -driven and passionate about diversity and inclusion and promoting social, and civic engagement.

    About Lisa Ginter

    Lisa Ginter is a celebrated leader in Kansas City as both the CEO of CommunityAmerica Credit Union and an influential figure in the business, civic and philanthropic community.
    Lisa has served in a leadership role at CommunityAmerica since she joined the organization in 1995. Since becoming CEO in 2015, Lisa grew the Credit Union from $1.5 billion to nearly $4 billion in assets in just five years. With a mission to help members achieve financial peace of mind at every life stage, Lisa has inspired and advanced every division and line of business at CommunityAmerica. As the Official Banking Partner of the Kansas City Chiefs, and frequently named as Kansas City’s top Credit Union and ‘Best Place to Work,’ CommunityAmerica has become a powerhouse in Kansas City under Lisa’s leadership. She is also an advocate for credit unions on a national level, serving on the Executive Board of Directors for CUNA (Credit Union National Association).
    Join Dr. Michelle, Kiona, and Lisa as they talk about:

    What it means to have good financial health to help us with our physical and mental wellbeing. Why helping young people is such an important part of Lisa’s mission. The benefits of adding credits to your life and examples of some that Kiona has added to hers. How having a financial partner can help you really focus on your goals in life. Various services that CommunityAmerica Credit Union offers for people of all ages, finance backgrounds, and goals. Why it’s so important to put your health first as soon as possible for greater wellness into the future. Their favorite pieces of advice for any life goals you have for yourself. Underlying outreach programs that CommunityAmerica Credit Union hosts for the Kansas City area. Mentioned In This Episode
    CommunityAmerica Credit Union SCBS Sleep Campaign Your Wellness Connection SCBS 40 Days of Gratitude Big Shifts Foundation AdventHealth SCBS 31-Day Kindness Campaign Connect with CommunityAmerica Credit Union:
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    • 18 min

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