177 episodes

What is your pivotal moment?
The Life Shift Podcast is a weekly podcast featuring candid conversations with people about the pivotal moments that changed their lives forever.

We all have our stories, but through these conversations, we discover communities. We learn that there are commonalities through the ups and downs that we all face. But most importantly, we learn that we are not alone. The Life Shift podcast highlights life-altering moments and humanizes the struggles and triumphs through them all.
Hosted by Matt Gilhooly

"I want these conversations to feel like eavesdropping on two friends having a human conversation. These are the conversations that we should be having with each other. Below the surface."

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The Life Shift - Life-Changing Pivotal Moments Matt Gilhooly

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 127 Ratings

What is your pivotal moment?
The Life Shift Podcast is a weekly podcast featuring candid conversations with people about the pivotal moments that changed their lives forever.

We all have our stories, but through these conversations, we discover communities. We learn that there are commonalities through the ups and downs that we all face. But most importantly, we learn that we are not alone. The Life Shift podcast highlights life-altering moments and humanizes the struggles and triumphs through them all.
Hosted by Matt Gilhooly

"I want these conversations to feel like eavesdropping on two friends having a human conversation. These are the conversations that we should be having with each other. Below the surface."

Please follow/subscribe on your favorite podcast app, listen to new episodes every Tuesday, and let me know your thoughts about the show.
If you enjoy The Life Shift Podcast, please take a moment to rate the show 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Get access to ad-free episodes released two days early and bonus episodes with past guests through Patreon. www.patreon.com/thelifeshiftpodcast

For more information, please visit: https://www.thelifeshiftpodcast.com

    Lindsey Leaverton | Unmasking Identity: Transformation in Faith and Sexuality

    Lindsey Leaverton | Unmasking Identity: Transformation in Faith and Sexuality

    In this episode, we delve deep into Lindsey Leaverton's transformative journey. From her once-thriving career in the evangelical contemporary Christian music industry to coming out as a lesbian, Lindsey shares her struggles, resilience, and growth. She offers a raw account of reconciling faith with sexuality, the aftermath of being outed, and the loss of her career and social network.
    Highlights from this episode include:
    The influence of societal and religious conditioning on self-acceptanceThe empowering narrative of resilience and personal growth amidst adversityThe importance of fostering safe spaces for open, honest discussions about sexuality.
    Lindsey's story underscores the damaging impact of societal and religious conditioning on self-perception and acceptance. Raised in a fundamentalist church, Lindsey grappled with internalized homophobia, going to the extent of trying ex-gay therapy to suppress her sexuality.
    Amidst adversity, Lindsey’s resilience shines through. The sudden end of her career following her outing was a challenging period. However, Lindsey views this as a pivotal moment leading to her acceptance and embracing her identity.
    Lindsey's experience underscores the significance of creating safe spaces for open discussions about sexuality. The support and acceptance from her parents, despite their initial beliefs, emphasize the power of open dialogue in fostering acceptance and healing.
    Lindsey Kane Leaverton champions the idea that everything in life, even the worst of it all, is a gift.
    In her Amazon best-selling book, Not Another Self-Help Book, Lindsey shares personal experiences of grief and loss and the journey she went on to get unstuck, despite all of life’s sh*t. In her book, she guides readers to raise their awareness, add tools to their toolkit, and find a way to laugh while crying your way through a messy life.
    Connect with Lindsey:
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    • 1 hr
    Discovering Personal Freedom in Entrepreneurship | Jenn Trepeck

    Discovering Personal Freedom in Entrepreneurship | Jenn Trepeck

    In this episode, Jenn Trepeck, an Optimal Health Coach, Podcast Host, and Business Consultant, shares her journey of transformation from an overscheduled student to a thriving entrepreneur. She highlights her experiences in diverse fields, such as health and wellness and the podcast industry. This conversation offers an insightful exploration of topics such as the emotional connection to food, trauma, perfectionism, and the power of living in the moment.
    Major Takeaways:
    Emotional Connection to Food: Jenn provides a deeper understanding of how societal factors and personal experiences can create a complex relationship with food.Redefining Trauma: The conversation introduces a unique perspective on trauma, emphasizing the importance of processing emotions.Journey to Entrepreneurship: Jenn's journey of transformation showcases her passion for learning, growth, and the satisfaction derived from living in the moment.
    Detailed Takeaways:
    Emotional Connection to Food: Jenn emphasizes that societal factors and personal experiences often lead to an emotional bond with food. This bond can result in a complex relationship with food that manifests in various forms, including eating disorders.Redefining Trauma: The episode offers an unconventional perspective on trauma, viewing it as the unfelt emotions of any event. This perspective highlights the importance of processing emotions to prevent trauma.Journey to Entrepreneurship: Jenn's transition from a diligent student to a multi-venture entrepreneur reveals her passion for learning and growth. Despite the challenges and uncertainties, Jenn enjoys living in the moment, learning from every experience, and embracing entrepreneurship.
    Guest Bio: Jenn Trepeck is an Optimal Health Coach, Podcaster, and Business Consultant. Recognized as one of Podcast Magazine’s '40 under 40,' Jenn is known for her passion for wellness and visionary leadership. After graduating from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Jenn founded Better Life Now LLC while working full-time in hedge funds. Jenn started the Salad with a Side of Fries Podcast to reach a larger audience and teach the nutrition education we all need but were never taught. Jenn also implements revenue-generating wellness programs in doctors' offices, salons, and spas to expand impact further and help change the state of healthcare.
    Connect with Jenn and her Show:
    Instagram: Salad with a Side of FriesInstagram: Jenn TrepeckFacebook: Salad with a Side of Fries PodcastFacebook: Jennifer TrepeckTwitter: Jenn TrepeckLinkedIn: Jennifer TrepeckYouTube: Salad with a Side of FriesTikTok: Salad with a Side of FriesWebsite: Salad with a Side of

    • 57 min
    From Emotional Neglect to Self-Awareness | Justin B. Long

    From Emotional Neglect to Self-Awareness | Justin B. Long

    Justin B. Long is a prolific author, entrepreneur, and podcast host. Justin bravely delves into his past, sharing his transformative journey from a childhood overshadowed by perfectionism and neglect to his current reality of success and self-awareness. His story underscores the resilience of the human spirit, the power of self-discovery, and the crucial role of confronting and overcoming negative self-perceptions.
    Major Takeaways:
    The impact of childhood experiences on self-perceptionThe journey towards self-discovery and healingThe power of sharing personal experiences to inspire and empower others
    Impact of Childhood Experiences on Self-Perception: The episode opens a window into Justin's childhood, which was dominated by his father's unattainable standards and his mother’s emotional neglect. Despite his efforts, this upbringing instilled a belief that he would never be good enough. This powerful narrative illustrates how early experiences can mold self-perception and personal development.
    Journey Towards Self-Discovery and Healing: Despite his challenging beginnings, Justin made a remarkable transformation. His journey towards self-discovery and healing kickstarted at age 32 when he embraced sobriety. He underlines the importance of self-understanding and addressing past trauma to realize one’s full potential.
    Power of Sharing Personal Experiences: By sharing his life story, Justin showcases the strength inherent in overcoming adversity. His story can inspire listeners to confront their personal challenges and seek growth and healing. The episode emphasizes the importance of sharing personal journeys, not just for self-healing but to inspire and empower others.
    The Life Shift bonuses on Patreon: https://patreon.com/thelifeshiftpodcast
    Justin B. Long is a celebrated author, business owner, and podcast host. His popular podcast, Straight from the Horse Doctor’s Mouth, which he co-hosts with his wife, Dr. Erica Lacher, and his best-selling book series, The Adventures of the Horse Doctor’s Husband, have resonated with audiences worldwide. His latest book, The Righteous Rage of a Ten-Year-Old Boy, provides a raw, intense examination of his early life, negative self-image, and the path toward healing.
    Connect with Justin:
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Breaking the Norm: Choosing Personal Fulfillment over Societal Expectations | James Brackin IV

    Breaking the Norm: Choosing Personal Fulfillment over Societal Expectations | James Brackin IV

    James Brackin IV is a personal coach and host of 'The You Can Too Podcast.' In this episode, James shares the life-altering effects of his childhood experiences and the power of self-reflection for personal transformation.

    Major Takeaways:
    The power of turning personal pain into purpose
    The significance of self-reflection in personal growth
    The courage required to challenge societal expectations


    Transforming Personal Pain into Purpose: James's personal history of loss and hardship has been a driving force for his desire to help others. His story highlights that adversity can become a catalyst for positive change, turning personal pain into a purpose that can benefit others.

    Self-reflection and Personal Growth: James stresses the role of self-reflection in his journey of personal growth. He highlights how the pandemic provided an opportunity for him to reassess his life and discover his passion for coaching and podcasting.

    Challenging Societal Expectations: James's decision to forego college and follow his path of self-discovery challenges societal norms. His story underscores the importance of prioritizing personal fulfillment over societal expectations.

    James is a personal coach for entrepreneurs. He helps them uncover the root of their self-sabotage, enabling them to elevate their personal and professional lives. He's also the host of the top 1% podcast, The You Can Too Podcast.

    Connect with James: https://tapistr.ee/jamesbrackiniv (https://tapistr.ee/jamesbrackiniv)

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    • 57 min
    Transforming Grief & the Power of Storytelling | Dr. Marianne Bette

    Transforming Grief & the Power of Storytelling | Dr. Marianne Bette

    Dr. Marianne Bette is a retired family physician who has experienced an extraordinary journey of grief, healing, and transformation. She shares her personal experiences with loss, the healing power of storytelling, and the role of medical professionals in counseling those dealing with grief.

    Key Takeaways:
    Therapeutic Nature of Storytelling
    Personal Journey Through Grief and Loss
    Role of Medical Professionals in Counseling Grievers


    Therapeutic Nature of Storytelling
    Storytelling plays a crucial role in healing and navigating through grief. Dr. Bette emphasizes how sharing experiences of loss can provide comfort, reduce feelings of isolation, and guide those undergoing similar situations. Her work post-retirement involves sharing these stories to help others.

    Personal Journey Through Grief and Loss
    Dr. Bette's recounting of her personal journey through grief is deeply impactful. She narrates the tragic loss of her fiancé, leading her to contemplate suicide. This story is a testament to the depths of despair grief can lead to and the challenging journey toward healing.

    Role of Medical Professionals in Counseling Grievers
    As a retired family physician, Dr. Bette shares insights on medical professionals' role in counseling grieving individuals. She advocates for doctors to recognize and address the emotional impact of loss, offering guidance and support during these challenging times.

    Dr. Marianne Bette is a retired family physician based in Southbury, Connecticut. After enduring significant losses in her life, she has spent her retirement educating others on grief and healing. Her first book, 'Living with a Dead Man,' chronicles her first husband's battle with cancer. Her current book, 'Living with a Grieving Heart,' serves as a guide for those navigating grief.

    Connect with Dr. Bette on https://instagram.com/bettemarianne (Instagram) or https://emeraldlakebooks.com/living-with-a-grieving-heart/ (her website). Her book is available on https://amzn.to/42sLNAi (Amazon).

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    • 58 min
    A Psychedelic Path from Finance to Inner Discovery | James Eshleman

    A Psychedelic Path from Finance to Inner Discovery | James Eshleman

    James Eshleman, a transformational guide from Denver, shares his story about how he has transitioned from a conventional career in finance to facilitating profound personal transformations through psychedelic experiences. James candidly shares his journey of breaking free from societal molds and the profound impact of psychedelic therapy on both his life and those he guides.
    Major Takeaways:
    Embracing the weight of expectations as a catalyst for growth.The pivotal role of acceptance and self-belief in forging one's path.Exploring the depths of psychedelic therapy's transformative potential.

    Embracing Expectations as a Catalyst: Raised with the heavy expectation of continuing his family's legacy in a small town, James initially saw this as a burden. However, he reflects on how these pressures propelled him towards self-discovery and, ultimately, liberation from a predetermined path, igniting his journey of profound personal transformation.
    The Journey to Self-Acceptance: James's experience in the finance industry, characterized by a sense of stagnation and unfulfillment, led him to a critical turning point. He shares the liberating moment of stepping away from the security of his career to pursue a life aligned with his authentic self, emphasizing the importance of self-belief and acceptance in navigating life's shifts.
    The Transformative Power of Psychedelic Therapy: James delves into the significant impact psychedelic therapy has had on his life and those he guides. Through his work, he illuminates the potential of psychedelics to facilitate deep healing and personal growth, advocating for their regulated use and sharing insights from his role in shaping psychedelic therapy standards in Colorado.
    James Eshleman is a dedicated guide and advocate at the forefront of the psychedelic movement. His journey from the corporate world to the realm of psychedelic therapy showcases his commitment to facilitating transformation. With extensive experience in guiding individuals through life-changing psychedelic experiences and a role in pioneering regulated psychedelic therapy in Colorado, James continues to contribute profoundly to the field.
    Instagram: @jameseshleman

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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127 Ratings

jpeterkin ,

Great stories, great host

Story sharing at its finest! Matt clearly cares about what he’s doing and the people he’s interacting with. His ability to get to the heart of a story, yet stay compassionate, is a beautiful gift.

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Get to the real

I love listening to Matt’s podcast on how so many have shifted their lives in really fascinating ways. It is always inspiring to listen to. Plus it was fun to be a guest and share my shift too! Love it!

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I listened to the episode about navigating loss. I found it relatable, and I like how the host helped the guest to reflect. Processing and sharing human experiences is beneficial for both speakers and listeners. Thank you. - Tamara Miller Davis, author of “Despite the Buzz”

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