starTEDover is a series of 18 minute inspiring stories of falling and standing back up, getting knocked over and rebuilding, healing, growing, persevering.
These interviews are edited down to 18 minutes, because 18, in Hebrew numerology, is the number for life or chai, and my hope is that these stories of starting over could enliven you today or even save a life.
Music is provided by my friends Malte Hagemeister and Kristian Nord of The Great Escape. You can find out more about them and their inspiring music at www.CaliforniaMusic.com
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If you are in a place in life where you have a hard time imagining what starting over could look like, reach out to me at ted@starTEDover.com and let’s see if a coaching relationship is the right one for you at this time.
I’m Ted Riter, wishing you blessings for starting over.
Ryan Geist - Ego Death
Welcome to episode number 18 of starTEDover, the final episode of season one. My idea from the beginning was to produce 18 18-minute interviews that would inspire listeners and even save lives. Though my guest today was one of my first interviews, I wanted to save publication for the season’s finale because, frankly, my guest Ryan Geist could have used a story like his when he was experiencing his darkest days of addiction and psychosis.
Gretchen Shanks - From Shame to Worthiness
My guest on starTEDover today is Gretchen Shanks, who shares her story of living through decades of sexual shame before learning how to celebrate her own worthiness.
Gretchen Shanks (she/her) is a Seattle-based sex and dating coach certified in the Somatica Method, an experiential and practical method of coaching grounded in the body.
Gretchen can be found on Instagram @gretchen.shanks and at her website www.gretchenshanks.com.
Ali Kole - Cracking Open Living Lighter
My guest on starTEDover today is Ali Kole, who shares her story of cracking open, living lighter, and bringing more beauty to the world.
Ali Kole is a sensual muse who helps women and couples ignite passionately enlivened intimacy and freedom in their lives and relationships. During her 20+years as a beauty industry CEO and advisor, her search to “have it all” led her to 14 years studying, practicing and now teaching intimacy and pleasure.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirk Westwood - Pushing To Be the Best
My guest today on starTEDover is Kirk Westwood, who shares his story of pushing to be the best, which led to tremendous pain, and then learning to follow what he loved, which led to tremendous healing.
Diagnosed with an illness they said would kill him, Kirk Westwood turned to doing things he didn’t understand.
Now companies, organizations and sports teams have used his skills to make/raise millions of dollars, successfully pivot technologies and create winning teams.
Richard Ayling - Choosing to Belong
My guest today on starTEDover is Richard Ayling, who shares his story of choosing between a lifetime of medication and being an outsider or a life of flow, balance, and belonging.
Richard Ayling is a transformational coach, author and facilitator. In 2006 he was diagnosed with a lifelong autoimmune disease, and this led him to study mindset and meditation to aid his recovery.
To contact Richard directly, email email@example.com or visit his website www.re-align.co
Mark Doody - A Millimeter of Willingness
My guest today on starTEDover is Mark Doody, who shares his story of being caught in a cycle of shame and drug use that he finally broke with a prayer to find his car keys.
After years of struggling with heroin addiction Mark reconnected with hope and strength as he stepped into a life of sobriety and purpose. Today, Mark works in a leadership role for tech company, is in a healthy loving relationship, and dedicates his spare time to helping people struggling with addiction find sobriety.
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A Millimeter of Willingness
Amazing! Leading by example and transparency is the most difficult way but the most inspiring also. Loved this authentic story.