Where the Road Bends is a space to explore personal evolutions and life transitions. Join host Steve Schlafman as he interviews a diverse range of guests on their own stories of transformational change, as well as practitioners who study change and guide others through their own transitions. Tune in for thought-provoking conversations, practical advice and wisdom, and inspiration for your own journey of transformation. Whether you're longing for something new, going through a big change yourself, or simply curious about how people evolve, Where the Road Bends is exactly where you need to be.
#008: Dr. Susan Campbell - From Triggered to Tranquil
I had the pleasure of connecting with Dr. Susan Campbell, a pioneer in the authentic relating movement, psychologist, and author of more than ten books including From Triggered to Tranquil: How Self-Compassion and Mindful Presence Can Transform Relationship Conflicts and Heal Childhood Wounds. In this engaging and thought-provoking conversation, we delve into Dr. Campbell's transition from academia to private practice, where she served and trained thousands of couples. We also explore the concepts of Authentic Relating and its role in discovering our true nature, as well as the importance of regulating our nervous system and navigating emotional pain. We also unpack how to understand personal control patterns, utilizing trigger work as a catalyst for personal growth, and leveraging mindful awareness to transform old behavioral patterns. I hope you enjoy my wisdom-filled conversation with Dr. Susan Campbell.
#007: Andy Johns - Healing from Childhood Trauma and Silicon Valley
I had the pleasure of connecting with Andy Johns, a recovering tech executive, founder of Clues.life, and a passionate mental health advocate. In this engaging and thought-provoking conversation, we delve into Andy's healing journey and a number of crucial topics. Specifically, we explore the profound impact of childhood trauma on mental health and self-identity and emphasize the critical role that therapy plays in addressing harmful identity structures. Furthermore, we highlight the transformative power of authentic self-expression and underscore the importance of creating space for play and experimentation as an essential component of the emotional healing process. Finally, we discuss the role of community and acts of service in the recovery journey, offering valuable insights and perspectives on these topics. I'm excited for you to my wisdom-filled conversation with Andy Johns.
#006: Kyle Kowalski - The Art of Living Intentionally
I had the pleasure of speaking with Kyle Kowalski, the founder of Sloww.co, a platform dedicated to curating "the web's deepest guide to the world's wisdom." Kyle and I explored the transformative power of crisis and how it can lead to significant changes in our lives. We also discussed the importance of observation and reflection in "connecting the dots" and discovering our purpose and meaning. Along the way, Kyle shared his insights on intentional living, curiosity, and how surrendering control can help us appreciate the mysteries of life. Finally, we touched on some fascinating topics, including Kyle's perspectives on free will and the interplay between nature and nurture. I'm excited for you to listen to this inspiring conversation with Kyle Kowalski!
#005: Diana Chapman - Conscious Self-Leadership
In our fifth conversation, I talk with Diana Chapman, the co-founder of the Conscious Leadership Group and one of the most sought-after executive coaches in the world. We discuss tools to navigate difficult feelings, the importance of body mindfulness in emotional regulation, and the link between personal integrity and creativity. Additionally, we explore the importance of curiosity and play in reducing drama and what happens when we step into our "zone of genius".
#004: Andrea Breanna - Prioritizing Personal Happiness
In our fourth conversation, I talk with Andrea Breanna openly transgender CEO and founder of RebelMouse and former CTO for Huffington Post. Andrea describes how coming out as transgender humanized her position as CEO, and inspired herself and her co-workers to be more open, vulnerable and creative. Drawing on her experience as a trans person in the workplace and the greater world, she illustrates how being true to yourself can enhance happiness and success not only for yourself, but for everyone in your sphere of influence. Andrea’s story is about being honest with ourselves, embracing who we are even if we have to risk everything, and not conforming to whatever roles society places on us.
#003: Holly Whitaker - Respecting the Order of Life
In our third conversation, I talk with New York Times-bestselling author and speaker Holly Whitaker. She’s known for her work in the field of addiction recovery and her focus on the intersection of wellness, feminism, and personal growth. In 2021, she was fired from Tempest, the addiction recovery company she founded and poured her life into. This thrust her into a period of grieving, introspection, and transition. In this conversation, we discussed various topics such as the connection between one's identity and their company, how to navigate major life transitions, reframing ambition and purpose, embracing wonder and waiting for things to unfold, and acknowledging that everyone is in recovery.
Thought provoking and practical
Steven allows the guest to explore and share their knowledge in a smooth, curiosity filled way. The selection of speakers is fantastic! Thank you for providing this platform and introducing such an interesting verity of experts. Looking forward to more episodes and topics.
Thoughtful conversations about nonlinear living…
This is not the podcast to listen to at 2.5X speed.
This is the podcast to listen to when you want to reflect on what you believe and what you really want (when you’re not caught up in societal conditioning).
Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of the twists and turns in our lives. Listening to Steve and his guests shows how to do it with courage and acceptance…
This podcast is deep. It’s a warm and thoughtful conversation between people who have taken the time to pause life and reflect on why they’re pursuing the career paths they’re on. They’re very generous to share those insights so clearly. Gave me a lot to think about.