A podcast for busy professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators on living and leading from the heart.
A podcast for busy professionals, entrepreneurs, and educators on living and leading from the heart.
Turning a Passion for the Environment into a Thriving Social Enterprise
Founder and president emerita of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman said, "You really can change the world if you care enough." And the people who have created a lasting change in the world because they cared deeply about the plight of the people and environment around them. They also took massive action to address the problem they saw in the world. And they did that with passion and commitment to a greater cause. This month, as we reflected on passion, we look at how passionate people follow-through on inspired thought. A thought which said, “maybe YOU should pursue THIS course of action because you feel so passionately about it.” When someone pays attention to that call and aligns their intellectual curiosity with their emotional draw and intuitive gut reaction that that is the right direction to move in, doors open up into a new world that is infinitely more rewarding and purposeful unfolds. In this episode, I talk to Danny Blue, the founder of One Million Acres, about following that passion and creating a life and business that has a positive impact on other people and communities. We talk about how Danny left a high-paying corporate job to pursue his passion for the environment, love for the outdoors, and affection for animals. We also talk about finding a fresh path after leaving a settled position and being okay with the uncertainty that inevitably follows. Danny also shares how he started his social enterprise, One Million Acres, whose mission is to protect one million acres of the endangered rainforest while empowering indigenous artisan communities to rise out of poverty through the sale of hand-crafted and entirely biodegradable hand bracelets. What are your passions and how can you turn that into a commitment to making your life more purposeful, fulfilling, and impactful? About Danny BlueDanny took a trip to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador in the summer of 2018 where he stayed in one village of the Waorani tribe, a beautiful people that have been living in harmony with the land for hundreds of years. On the drive into the jungle, it completely blew Danny away by the vast number of oil pipes lining the sides of the dirt roads. More shocking was the massive "oil block" (a fenced-in facility with a giant crab-like machine sucking oil out of the ground) located not even 100 yards away from the village where he was staying. After learning more about the plight facing these indigenous communities, and how their lack of economic opportunities was furthering the exploitation of their land, he knew he had to do something. Danny founded OMA to harness the power of the collective good in people, to bring about large-scale change in the world and stand up to greedy corporations that care more about monetary gain than they do the future of our planet. About One Mission Acres (OMA)OMA is a social enterprise, a business that uses profits to support social impact causes. OMA makes bracelets entirely of sustainably sourced organic materials from the Amazon Rainforest, making it 100% biodegradable. The OMA bracelet is the only bracelet that has a zero-waste plantable packaging, meaning you can plant your packaging when you're done with it to cut down even more on unnecessary waste. The heart and soul of OMA lie within our relationships with our indigenous artisan partners. OMA goes beyond selling bracelets to fund a cause. Instead, OMA is committed to creating new economies and opportunities for indigenous artisans in the same areas we are working to protect, thus increasing their ability to make a social impact.LinksOne Million AcresDanny's Facebook PageDanny's Linkedin Page
Cultivating Patience, Presence, and Joy for a More Centered Life
This month as we reflect on passion as our theme, one thing that comes to mind is how to keep the passion that you have for something going on when things get tough. Sometimes in life and in business, things don't go as planned. And we can feel like the passion that we initially started with isn’t enough to sustain our goals and take us where we want to go. In this podcast episode, Ryan Stanley shows us how to continue pursuing our passions and following our dreams even when we run into hard times along the way. Ryan's book “Be patient, Be present, Be Joyful” is a delightful book that contains nuggets of wisdom to help us find the strength when passion isn't enough to carry us through rough times. Ryan and I discussed finding the patience to deal with life inconveniences that will inevitably arise and enjoying when things don't go the way we hope it to. Patience helps us put things in perspective and shows us that in the grand scheme of things, a little inconvenience - such as being stuck in traffic - will not derail our goals and hopes for the future. And to be patient, we really need to be present at the moment. Finally, when we are present at the moment, we will find joy and it's that joy that takes us through those rough times when our most passionate desires cannot sustain the pursuit of our goals in life or in business.About RyanRyan is a lifelong entrepreneur who is known for his impressively natural ability to connect with, understand and empower those who are in pursuit of and willing to make significant changes in their personal and professional lives so they can end up being the best versions of themselves. Since graduating from The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) in 2009 as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) Ryan has changed the lives of hundreds of clients from all walks of life. More recently, Ryan has also been working at his alma mater as both an Admissions Coach, where he closed almost $22 Million in sales in 8 years, and as their first-ever Internal Coach where he coached staff from entry-level to C suite on everything from daily professional growth to how they want to show up energetically in other more personal areas of their life.In July of 2019, Ryan published his first book titled 'Be Patient, Be Present, Be Joyful: A First Aid Kit for the Emotional Bumps, Scrapes, and Bruises of Life'. It can be found anywhere that books are sold and on his own website at https://www.ryanstanley.com/In the Spring of 2020, Ryan took his sales and coaching expertise to new levels by co-founding Teach Me to Sell, an online Sales Training Organization focusing on working closely with Service Oriented SoloPreneurs or SOS's (Coaches, Consultants, Direct Sales) as well as those new to any sales role in purpose-driven organizations to help them push past fears and blocks around sales.
Reflections on Creativity
In this episode, I reflect on creativity and discuss:1. what creativity is and isn't2. why creativity is important 3. how to get your creative juices flowing Here are 10 ways to spark your innate creativity and lead you to a more creative life:🖼️ Create an inspiration board🖼️ Go out more and look around you for inspiration🖼️ Sketch and draw🖼️ Play a musical instrument🖼️ Socialize (but during the pandemic, socialization might have to happen online)🖼️ Be curious about the world around you 🖼️ Be adventurous🖼️ Collaborate with others - diverse viewpoints collectively improve creativity🖼️ Meditate 🖼️ Be grateful Link: How to Use Creativity to Achieve a More Consistent State of Well-Being
Why Business Skills are Important for Creative Entrepreneurship
Creative entrepreneurs love the adventure of creating something from scratch. There is something to be said about the creative spirit. It is free, unfettered, and it takes you anywhere your imagination wishes. There is nothing to hold back the creative mind. When the spark of entrepreneurship ignites that creative spirit, ideas come fast. The sky is the limit at that point. To be successful as a creative entrepreneur, though, you need to have business skills. And the determination to succeed. Business skills help you be realistic about being a creative entrepreneur. They help you account for revenue, profits, and expenses. They keep you organized and focus on goals. They drive your creative mission and provide the means to monetize that mission. They, most importantly, help you pay bills, buy clothes, and put food on your table. In this episode, I talk with Russell Nohelty about being a creative entrepreneur. Russell offers budding entrepreneurs sound advice on honing in your business skills. And shows you how to be both a creative and an entrepreneur. Above that, Russell points out that being a creative entrepreneur is not a misnomer. You can be both a creative and a business person at the same time. To be successful, you need to align both your creative right brain and analytical left brain. Links Russell's WebsiteHow to Build an Audience at the Complete Creative About Russell Nohelty Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author, publisher, and consultant. He runs the small press Wannabe Press and The Complete Creative, which helps creatives build better businesses. He’s run successful Kickstarter campaigns for Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, The Godsverse Chronicles, Katrina Hates the Dead, My Father Didn’t Kill Himself, Spaceship Broken: Needs Repairs, and I Can’t Stop Tooting: A Love Story, Monsters and Other Scary Shit, Cthulhu is Hard to Spell volume 1 and 2, and Pixie Dust raising over $180,000 on the platform to date, including four campaigns that raised over $25,000 each, and two that raised over $30,000. He’s also written several graphic novels, novels, and children’s books which all can be found on his site, www.russellnohelty.com. For the last several years, Russell has cataloged and documented his own journey to build a creative business. He interviewed hundreds of other successful creators and dissected their stories to find out how they built and sustained their careers. He compiled all the lessons, successes, and failures he learned into his creative academy, The Complete Creative, www.thecompletecreative.com, which includes, courses, a podcast, a blog, and two books How to Build a Creative Business, a practical guide to building a sustainable business as a creative, and How to Become a Successful Author, a focused compendium of everything Russell has learned becoming a six-figure author. He is dedicated to showing other creatives how to build their own businesses through his company, The Complete Creative. He truly believes anybody can be a success as long as they treat themselves as an entrepreneur and run their career like a business.
Art as a Tool for Finding Your Deepest Happiness
Have you ever felt the call to be more creative and to have a richer, deeper, and more fulfilled life but did not know how to reach it or get there? Maybe you didn't know the right words to describe the life you want or couldn't even tell someone else what you were feeling because words somehow escape you ~ even if you spend your professional life as a lawyer or an educator where words are your essential tools of trade? Don't fret. Try drawing or painting what you feel. Forget trying to capture those feelings in words. Just draw or paint and let the art lead you. That's the message that our awesome guest in this episode, Julie Claire, shares with us this week.Julie is both an artist and a creativity-based coach living in New Mexico. For around 15 years she has been helping people connect with their intuition, their inner guidance and their creative voice in their art lives and/or in their personal lives. She describes herself as a “recovering thinker”, having grown up “smart”, who after many years realized it was those little moments of creativity and intuition that consistently pointed her towards her joy.Julie has developed her own coaching style working with people who know they are more creative and alive than their external lives would suggest. She leads intuitive painting retreats for creatives looking to free themselves up in paint. And Julie offers a free weekly online class to people around the globe called: The Creative Cure for Anxious Times on Fridays at 9am Pacific/noon Eastern on Zoom.You can hear Julie interview other creative professionals on her weekly podcast Creative at the Wheel on Soundcloud.Here's how you can reach Julie:Julie's website with all her offeringsJulie’s Creative at the Wheel podcast on SoundcloudFriday's The Creative Cure for Anxious Times 9am Pacific / noon Eastern on ZoomJulie's Business Facebook PageOne on one life coaching with JulieOne on one creativity coaching with JulieEmail Julie at: firstname.lastname@example.org~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Download our Creativity Booklet for the month of July to help you include more creative activity into your life this month and share your experience with us for the episode on the last Tuesday of July.Download the HCL's July Creativity Booklet
Reflections on Adventure: SWIM to Embrace Adventure
In the final episode for the month of June we wrap up our reflection of adventure and what that means to heart centered living. It has been a incredibly busy week so this episode is published at the end of the week for the episode that was meant to air on June the 30th. Sorry about the delay but here is the reflection episode for June. This month’s theme was "Adventure" and in the HCL adventure booklet and guest interviews with Tamika and Kimmlyn Archie, Lee Chambers, and Dan Zehner, we reflected on what adventure meant to heart centered living.In reflection, adventure = curiosity + bravery .... if we use the following definitions:Curiosity: “I seek out situations where I gain new experiences without getting in my own or other people’s way.”Bravery: "I act on my convictions, and I face threats, challenges, difficulties, and pains, despite my doubts and fears."(these definitions came from the VIA Institute on Character that study character strengths) It might seem that adventure has been put on hold lately and we did not get to choose to our adventures but sometimes it is important to realize that instead of getting to choose the adventure, the adventure chooses us. AND we need to embrace the adventure that comes our way. One of the most important adventures of our lifetime that chose us is the adventure of healing past hurts and racial divides that have come to the forefront these past few weeks. To heal, we need to have difficult and often uncomfortable conversations. In thinking about how to approach these conversations instead of running away from them, I came up with this acronym that would apply to any adventure that brings us out of our comfort zone. SWIMSo, what does SWIM stand for and how does the acronym help us embrace a life of adventure? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here is what it stands for:S - suspend fear W - withhold judgement I - initiate the first stepM - manage expectationsAnd here is how it helps us embrace adventure. S - suspend fearWhen we suspend fear, we taper our flight or fight response to activities that cause our heart-rates to rise, such as an adventurous undertaking.W - withhold judgementWhen we withhold judgement, we allow ourselves to take a step into the unknown and explore the beauty that the adventure might uncover. I - initiating the first stepThe first step is always the hardest and we need to take that first step in the direction of adventure. The next step and the ones that follow do get easier and easier.M - managing expectationsWe need to manage our expectations of what that adventure might include because many times, the route to that peak of the mountain or the oasis of calm involves difficult times and trudging through unpleasant experiences before we reach our destination.I hope you enjoyed June’s episodes. The episodes in July will be on the theme of creativity and I encourage you to download our creativity booklet to help you incorporate creativity into your daily life to support your journey to a more heart-centered space, where intellect, intuition and emotion align, so that you can meet the world's deep hunger from that place of deep happiness and watch miracles unfold.Talk again next week.Links:VIA Institute on Character