(40) Stay Humble No Matter Where You Are or Go

Life Changing Stories Photo Ladan JiracekIf you traveled to a foreign country, would you put yourself in situations of sleeping in parks or other exposed places? How about doing that with your mother?!

Master’s student and world traveler, Ladan Jiracek, did and shares some cool stories of times when he really stretched his comfort zones during his travels.

Why would he do something like that? As he shares on the podcast, to stay humble, appreciate diversity, and of course- to share memorable stories!

Listen to Ladan’s life changing stories and what he learned here:

Ladan’s Life Changing Lessons

  • Traveling opens you up to meeting all kinds of people. Talking to these people help you live a life of diversity.
  • It’s easy to get stressed because you have no idea of what is about to happen (and your mind wants to predict outcomes). What you learn though is that 99% of the time, things work out. You figure out a way and you get by. You may have to make sacrifices but when it becomes a thing of your past, it’s only a valuable lesson.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • When you’re outside your comfort zones, you’re not only vulnerable, you are more reliable on people who can provide necessary resources to you. In these types of situations, you realize how cool people are and how big of hearts they have, because they are so generous and helpful.

References Mentioned By and Ways to Connect With Ladan

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Recreate Your Life Story!  Learn how to let go of your past, find happiness in the present, and live in full excitement about what your future holds.  Click here to learn more.
  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

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Posted: March 24, 2015 By: Comment: 0

(39) The Sacrifices We Make with Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones Photo“A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.”

One day Jenny Jones was doing her thing- homework when all of a sudden the all to familiar FB message notification pinged her. She thought it was a friend of a friend asking a random question. But when the person asked if her parents died in a car accident, it ignited a complete investigation into what happened.

Listen to Jenny’s life changing story and how it changed her life here:

Jenny’s Life Changing Lessons

  • Not asking questions isn’t really the right thing to do. Knowing when to ask the question is sometimes better than asking the question itself.
  • Life is a constant process of healing. Not just for you but for everyone you’ve ever had relationship with.
  • The answers will come. When the time is right. Once you let go it comes back to you.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Our lives are lived full of experiences. Some of those experiences consist of wondering more and/or having unanswered questions remained. When we learn more information and understand our “Why”, we realize when the time is right to let go.
  • If you have a question, the question never really goes away. Don’t be afraid to seek your answers.

References Mentioned By and Ways to Connect With Jenny

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Recreate Your Life Story!  Learn how to let go of your past, find happiness in the present, and live in full excitement about what your future holds.  Click here to learn more.
  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

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Posted: March 17, 2015 By: Comment: 2

(38) Living, Loving, Dying, and Living Again with Alysha St. Germain

AlyshaStGermainWeddingPhotoShared from Alysha…

“Today I am just a typical stay at home mom of three, blogger, writer, and wanna be inspirer. About a year ago I relocated from the west to the east coast. It’s been a huge transition but it just feels right.

I suppose I should start with what brought me to the East a Coast… it was love, but not just any love… it was surprising, life changing, take your breath away kind of love and it was completely unexpected.”

Listen to Alysha’s life changing stories here:

“In March of 2013 I lost my husband to colon cancer. He fought hard for what seemed like an eternity, but in reality it was only 15 months. Although he suffered and I would never have wished for him to have suffered any longer, now it doesn’t seem like long enough. 15 months can fly by in a flash, especially when you’re living in hot pursuit of test results and news of Cancer progression all the while attempting to maintain somewhat of a normal life while raising two young children. It was a tough balance. My Pete had a particularly rough time expressing his emotions through the whole thing. I mean, who wouldn’t have a difficult time when confronted with your own mortality in such a startling way ?!?! Caught up in our own angst we became divisive and as a couple, we didn’t possess the tools to confront what was happening. It wasn’t until weeks before he passed that he dropped his walls and allowed me in. We knew time was scarce and regretted allowing so much come between us during his battle with cancer. We allowed our anger towards an inanimate object, Cancer, to disguise themselves as anger towards one another. But, in his final moments of life I was drawn to a new found level of vulnerability. It felt so good to be completely honest with one another. It was a feeling I had craved all along, yet simultaneously feared.

When he passed away, I felt lost and bereft. I became a young widow who was solely responsible for the well-being of our two children. There were days I was paralyzed in the fear I was going to screw it all up, and fail to make Pete proud of me.

While he was sick we had discussed the thought of me finding love again. He had said that he didn’t like the thought of it but respected that it was something that would eventually happen.

Pete and I shared a connection that was special, intense, and unique. We understood each other. He was my best friend and I respected him in a deep way. He showed me what it meant to love and respect myself, because in his eyes, I was a princess. He was my everything.

But, something interesting happened for me when he passed. I craved connection, which isn’t unlike most widows, but I developed a peace in the unknown. I just knew I would love again. I didn’t know when or how, but I knew. Unlike most, I didn’t believe I would need to be “done” grieving in order to love again. After all, Pete loved me in a way that proved real, selfless love existed, and I knew I wanted that again.”

Alysha’s Life Changing Lessons

“Sooner than most, I met my chapter two. It was completely random, but we connected instantaneously. He had also experienced the loss of his wife, therefore he understood that grieving is a lifelong process. Although his loss was sudden, I felt he understood me.

Only 7 months passed from the time we met to the time we were married, and we faced scrutiny for it, but it didn’t matter — because we knew. We both knew how fleeting life can be and we didn’t want to spend any time apart. We craved authenticity and vulnerability with one another on a whole new level. We didn’t want anything to be left unsaid. It was both terrifying and refreshing to find someone so genuine and accepting at a time when I was continuing to grieve the loss of my husband and father to my children. Together we have processed our losses and striven to create a better future for ourselves and our children. We have also added a new addition to our family in the form of our precious son Ethan. My Dave and his late wife did not have children, yet he has managed to ease into the role of surrogate father selflessly and graciously. The new addition has only served to provide more healing for our grieving souls.”

Pearls of Wisdom

“It’s okay to be fearful of loving again, but the idea of cheating on your late spouse isn’t realistic. Relationships are different. There is no comparison of love — only personality traits and connection.

Someone who genuinely loves you will not require you to be finished grieving and will understand it is a process that never ends. They will understand that love does not end where new love begins and they will make concessions for your past whenever possible.

If and when the time is right for you to love again, it won’t be without fear or anxiety, but if it is right, the beauty and wonderment of new love will overshadow those fears and only bring peace to your grieving soul.

When new love begins, you will not close off the memories of your loved one, but you will bring them with you into the next chapter of your life as you find out how your past and present mingle.”

References Mentioned By and Ways to Connect With Alysha

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Recreate Your Life Story!  Learn how to let go of your past, find happiness in the present, and live in full excitement about what your future holds.  Click here to learn more.
  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

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Posted: March 10, 2015 By: Comment: 3

(37) Healing Intergenerational Trauma

GregArcherPhotoAsk the Universe for a sign and you shall receive…

Greg Archer wrote a book called Grace Revealed. It’s an amazing story of the experiences of his Polish ancestors who were victim’s of Stalin’s deportation.

It’s also a story of his personal transformation and inter-generational trauma.

Greg Archer is a journalist and author. He is a committed student of Bikram Yoga and is currently discerning his next place to call home.

Listen to Greg’s inspirational short stories and how they changed his life.

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Recreate Your Life Story!  Learn how to let go of your past, find happiness in the present, and live in full excitement about what your future holds.  Click here to learn more.
  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

Greg’s Life Changing Lessons

  • Knows when he’s about to take a leap of faith. Fear and doubt enters his life and he either allows himself to get pummeled by it or he opens his mind to the possibilities of going somewhere he hasn’t gone before.
  • There’s always more to purge in life.
  • There will be times when you get a sign and you don’t want to follow it because you’re not ready for the growth.
  • There’s no “Spiritual Novocaine” for encounters and situations that are painful. You just have to feel into it.
  • What happens before us lives on through us, whether we were/are aware of it or not.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Committing to a life of awareness helps you develop your intuition, which in turn helps you recognize when the currents of life are about to change.
  • “Life is Like a Yoga Pose” Greg Archer. Breathe through the fear and doubt and sit with it, rather than run from it, and things will shift in that moment. Allow things to be.
  • There are things that we encounter in life, of which aren’t fully ours. They may have been passed down from a previous generation and we’re the “lucky ones” that are in a position to deal with it and heal what might have been a past trauma.
  • Most of us are stronger, more confident, and intuitive than what we give ourselves credit for being.
  • If you want to learn more about the lives of your ancestors, start by asking your oldest family member about the stories they remember from their childhood.

References Mentioned By and Ways to Connect With Greg

 

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Posted: March 3, 2015 By: Comment: 0

(36) The Spiritual Journey of a $100 Million Real Estate Project

Alex-Coley-Headshot“Community transformation comes from individual transformation” according to Alex Coley, Co-founder and Principle at Hallmark Partners, inc. And when a public space is built to foster authenticity and well-being, the community members benefit in ways that help with their Spiritual development.

Alex Coley has been working in real estate since he was 19 years old. He lives and works in the Jacksonville, Florida area, is a Father, and an avid tennis fan.

Listen to Alex’s inspirational short stories of how a major real estate project had an impact on his personal transformation.

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Recreate Your Life Story!  Learn how to let go of your past, find happiness in the present, and live in full excitement about what your future holds.  Click here to learn more.
  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

Alex’s Life Changing Lessons

  • Life gives you opportunities to grow. The more you view things from being less stressful and more about learning, the more you’ll grow.
  • The most successful public spaces in the world are a reflection of the ethos (character) of the community it serves.
  • You have to be authentic in order to be successful.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Individual transformation creates community transformation. It all starts from within and is reflected outward.
  • Be at peace with yourself and others every step of your personal journey.
  • “With my own self I can do nothing but with God all things are possible”
  • Things really do work out when you allow the divine to flow through you.
  • Live out your Spiritual principles throughout each moment. You are a Spiritual being living the human experience.

References Mentioned By and Ways to Connect With Alex

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Posted: February 24, 2015 By: Comment: 0

(35) How Many 2nd Chances Will Life Give You?

MarioColaoWeightLossDo you eat poorly, smoke, and drink because you don’t know how to deal with your inner issues?  Mario did. And he nearly killed himself from it. But God gave Mario a 2nd chance and he stepped up to make the changes necessary to live in good health.

Listen to Mario’s inspirational short stories of what he did when God gave him a 2nd chance at life.

Mario is the author of I’ve Said It All Before, a book that can help change your life. Knowing that he was lucky to live through symptoms of a 3 am heart attack, he now dedicates his life to empowering people and helping them realize they can do and be what they want to be just as long as they get started.

Listen to Mario’s Story Here

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Recreate Your Life Story!  Learn how to let go of your past, find happiness in the present, and live in full excitement about what your future holds.  Click here to learn more.
  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

Mario’s Life Changing Lessons

  • You’re not a bad person if your life isn’t going well. In most cases it means you’re making bad choices.
  • Eating poorly, smoking, and drinking can be indicators of behaviors that people do because they don’t like who they are.
  • The only place having excuses will get you is further into the hole you’re already in.
  • Negative emotions that could kill you are the same emotions that can save you.
  • Your motivation has to be a lot bigger than yourself.  To stay motivated, you have to think of others!

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Life is too short to not pursue your dreams.
  • There’s always a 2nd chance at life. You can start over the moment you decide to. The only thing you need to do is stay committed.
  • You can use the memories of your most difficult experiences to be a catalyst for doing what will make you a better person.
  • If you want your life to change you have to start!
  • If you hate your life and you want to do something to make it better, pick someone you look up to and use their life as your inspiration and example.
  • Start slow. Approach you desire for change as something that you will do the rest of your life.
  • You’re not alone in having the feelings you’re currently feeling. There are others out there who are going through what you are going through. You just have to be willing to put yourself out there and find it.

References Mentioned By and Ways to Connect With Mario

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Posted: February 17, 2015 By: Comment: 0

(34) The Journey to Live In Effortless Flow with Kristi Lee Schatz

KristiLeeSchatzHeadshotWhat does a commitment to meditation and personal growth actually do for you? Today’s guest, Kristi Lee Schatz shares her story of transformation, from the time she felt not good enough, to now living in effortless flow!

Listen to Kristi’s inspirational stories of committing to personal development and living more authentically.

Kristi is the Founder & Director of Peaceful Living Productions and is the role of Director of Health and Wellness for Unity Plaza in Jacksonsville, FL.   Her passion is to help the world live up to its unrealized potential and seeks to inspire others to move beyond their fears and live the life they truly desire.

Listen to Kristi’s Story Here

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

Kristi’s Life Changing Lessons

  • The human experience provides many lessons to claim your self worth. Choosing the status quo may get you by but choosing your power is the journey to live more authentically.
  • Meditation is a great way to turn the mental tapes off; those tapes that make you feel unworthy.
  • You can beat yourself up by thinking meditation is supposed to happen a certain way. Regardless, recognizing that is a process of developing self awareness, as well as helping those nasty voices become quiet and leave you alone.
  • Vulnerability is uncomfortable. But the process of living more vulnerably is the key to living more authentically.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Everything is a discipline. Making choices today doesn’t always mean that old stuff won’t come up. True transformation is awareness, honesty, and embracing your soul’s presence in any given moment.
  • Evidence of being good enough comes from being in the moment and feeling self love.
  • Let go of your perceived outcomes. It will help you live more authentically.
  • Expressing more vulnerability to others helps develop your intuition and tap more into your limitless potential.
  • Cultivate a consistent meditation practice.

References Mentioned By and Ways to Connect With Kristi

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Posted: February 10, 2015 By: Comment: 1

(33) Our Connection is Deeper Than We Know: with Mary McLaurine

MaryMclaurinephotoMary’s stroke of hard luck with her own mortality has helped her understand both the importance of gratitude for things we usually take for granted, and also the Spiritual connection to ourselves and others.

Listen to Mary’s inspirational short stories of living through not one, but TWO kidney transplants!

Mary is a writer. She blogs at The Heart of Sassy Lassie. She’s also a Mother and a person deeply connected to her Scottish heritage.

Mary’s Story

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

Mary’s Life Changing Lessons

  • Time doesn’t stop when you experience a health challenge. When you realize you don’t have time, you also realize that you have to find emotional, mental, and physical strength to carry on with the day to day functions of life.
  • Without something to blame, it’s easy to get more frustrated. When that happens, it’s easy to fall into experiences of pity.
  • Acceptance is the recipe for how to stop feeling sorry for yourself.It literally is about deciding what you’re going
    to focus your attention on.
  • The human body is so adaptable! If you are sick for a long time, that becomes your normal. Doing what it takes to maintain health does become the new normal.
  • Anger, bitterness, and resentment prevent you from moving on with your life.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • The end of one’s life creates a beginning for someone else’s. We are all connected: Spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
  • We often worry because we think it will burden others. In most cases, other people involved feel very different. They want to help. Your job is not to worry but to receive the gift being given to you.
  • 2nd only to love, being gifted an organ is the best thing someone can give/receive.
  • There’s always something to learn from everything that happens in life.
  • Backing up from being lost inside of yourself- to look at the bigger picture changes your perspective, and therefore, changes your emotions.
  • Some of the most difficult things in life later become the best things that ever happen to you.
  • Pain exaggerates when you’re too trapped inside of your own self. Try to get outside of yourself for moments. Revisit your connection to others and you will find that the original pain transforms and heals.

References Mentioned By and Ways to Connect With Mary

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Posted: February 3, 2015 By: Comment: 1

(32) Live Life to the Fullest with Vinnie Tortorich

Vinnie TortorichVinnie has a great life. He fitness trains big time Hollywood actors. He is an advocate for health consciousness. But when Vinnie got the news in 2007 that he was a long shot to live longer than 6 months because he had Leukemia, that changed everything.

Listen to Vinnie’s inspirational short stories of how he handled the news of a Leukemia diganosis.

Vinnie is an author, radio and podcast host, and fitness trainer based out of Beverly Hills, CA. He’s often referred to as America’s angriest trainer.

Vinnie’s Story

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

Vinnie’s Life Changing Lessons

  • Everyone wants to do the right thing. Everyone has good intentions. Everyone tries to get in shape. But there’s only so much one knows about their health. Vinnie is angry FOR everyone who’s trying to be healthy because major product manufacturers are very deceiving with their marketing messages.
  • It’s your choice to let devastating news affect you. You can choose to move your life forward rather than backward.
  • Being a friend is someone who will “be there” for you.
  • When battling cancer, it can feel like life gets put on hold. Ironically though, life does go on.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • If you have tough news to share with your loved ones and you don’t want them to over react, share the news with them in a public setting.
  • Life is fragile. Live it to the fullest.

References Mentioned By Vinnie

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Posted: January 27, 2015 By: Comment: 0

(31) Share Your Story Because It Could Save Someone’s Life- with Alexandra Rosas

AlexandraRosasphotoAlexandra carried the burden of shame for way too long. She thought her father took his life because of what she did. When she started story telling, she realized how much it helped heal her shame. But the moment she learned her stories helped save someone else’s life… that changed everything!

Listen to Alexandra’s inspirational short stories of how to transform shame!

Alexandra is a busy mother of three and is also an award winning blogger at Good Day, Regular People.

Alexandra’s Story

Recommended Life Changing Programs

  • Dream Builder: An online personal development program that helps you manifest your most desirable dreams. Click here to view a free webinar that explains more about the program.

Alexandra’s Life Changing Lessons

  • It’s not your fault. It’s too easy to think that unfortunate events happen because of something you’ve done. In most cases though, it’s the opposite. You think you’ve created the unfortunate or painful event.
  • Shame comes from the silence of what happened. Often the unfortunate and fortunate things in life are inseparable. You have to come to peace with knowing that it’s part of growth and learning.
  • Blogging helps you create order for your feelings. It also helps shift and move the thoughts that tend to consume the mind.

Pearls of Wisdom

  • Live a live true to who you are and you will save yourself from regret and shame.
  • The world needs you in it. It needs you to share your experiences and lessons with others. Your story could change someone’s life!
  • Carrying shame will prevent you from being your true self. Once you tell your story, you create community, which helps you let go of the burden associated with shame.
  • Strength comes from the pride you feel in the sharing of your story. And also by being in service to others.

References Mentioned By Alexandra

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Posted: January 20, 2015 By: Comment: 3