Stuck in IdeaLand?

"Write blog post about life bubbles when I get home." says the message in my Google doc.

Only by the time I get home, I’ve forgotten what life bubbles are, and also forgotten where to find the note in my Google doc.

Are you like me? An ideas person? You've got notebooks, real and virtual, filled with reams of ideas, half-started books, plays, projects, notes about chapters, outlines of topics, collections of lists of all the things you’re going to do in your business. Here’s one of mine:

  • Coaching
  • Mastermind groups
  • Live events
  • Online courses
  • HYL summit
  • A Hell Yes Life by Norman Bell (the international bestseller)

And so on. These are all things I want to do, but often I find myself writing about what I want to do instead of actually doing what I want to do. Staying in IdeaLand is one of the ways I’ve found that the fear in me keeps me stuck. I’m like a deer in headlights inside a bubble, the Idea Bubble. And in a way, I’m safe as long as I keep spinning around in that bubble, coming up with more and more new ideas, ideas that I’ll never actually pursue because they’ll be blotted out by new ideas, pushed down the page of my Google doc, lost on an obscure Evernote recording, jotted on page 87 of a notebook like the one I’m writing in now.

Staying in IdeaLand is one of the ways I’ve found that the fear in me keeps me stuck. I’m like a deer in headlights inside a bubble, the Idea Bubble. And in a way, I’m safe as long as I keep spinning around in that bubble, coming up with more and more new ideas.

What’s the solution to the problem of being stuck in an IdeaLand?

It’s simple, obvious, and unromantic: Take action.

Did you hear the idea-making part of your brain right now when I read those two words?

"Take action? Oh blah blah, that old thing. Anyway, boy have I got a great idea for a tent that float down the river! Oh shoot, someone already came up with that idea..."

Take action.

Will any action do? Yes, but to find the best action, ask is this a "planning-to-do" action or is this a "doing" action.

"Planning-to-do" actions are necessary - as are ideas of course! - but doing actions are the ones that will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something, and with doing actions there’s an opportunity to get into one of the most blessed states of consciousness you can experience: the Flow State (more about that in another blog post.)

For me this blog post is an example of a doing action. I’m not jotting down the name or topic of the blog post, followed by the name or topic of 100 others I’m someday going to write. I’m writing it. And then I’m going to post it. And then I’m going to send it to my email list. And if you’re reading this it looks like I’ve already done the last two.

"Planning-to-do" actions are necessary - as are ideas of course! - but doing actions are the ones that will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something, and with doing actions there’s an opportunity to get into one of the most blessed states of consciousness you can experience: the Flow State.

In 2017 I did a lot of doing. I launched the Hell Yes Life podcast and interviewed dozens of amazing entrepreneurs, artists, adventurers, authors, and speakers who all have one thing in common: They’re living their Hell Yes Life.

This year, I’ve been focused on starting my coaching practice - HYL Coaching - so I can help other people move out of IdeaLand and take action so they can start living there Hell Yes Lives.

I currently have space for two new clients, so if you’re currently stuck in IdeaLand and not sure how to move forward, or need help and accountability in taking action then schedule a complementary 30 minute strategy session so we can see if it makes sense for us to work together.

Whether it’s with a coach a mastermind group a mentor or an accountability buddy, I have found that having some kind of accountability helps me get out of IdeaLand and in the action.

Whether you choose to work with me or someone else, I encourage you to take some kind of "doing" action today towards your dreams.

Anything. Just stumble forward. Let go of doing it right, or doing it perfectly, and take one of your IdeaLand ideas and just run with it.

If you want some accountability, then drop me a line at norman@hellyeslife.com and tell me what you’re going to do today. Or just leave a comment in the comment section below.

Good luck! 🙂

063: Black Panther, Elon Musk, and the Power of Creative Visioning

This week on the HYL podcast, we talk about the power of creative visioning, and I offer up a few examples. First, I tell you a bit about a vision board I recently completed and what it includes. (See the link to a video that shows you how to do it yourself below, and check out the image on the episode page to see my vision board.)

I then talk a bit about a few examples of visioning I've seen out in the world over the past few weeks - one was at the Black Panther movie, a second has to do with Elon Musk's rocket launch a few weeks ago, and the third is related to something school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez said in her speech last week. [Editor's note: I incorrectly refer to her as Elena Gonzalez in the episode.]

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062: Why Stories Are Killing Us…And How They Can Save Us

Listen in as I break down how stories are screwing with your brain, manipulating your attention, and ruining your life. Oh, and by the way, they can save us too! 🙂

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061: A Few Thoughts on The Last Jedi

Today on the HYL Podcast, I'm chiming in, somewhat belatedly, on the latest Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. As you may or may not be aware, this movie has sparked a lot of diverse opinions, with some people saying they thought it was the best Star Wars movie ever while others are saying this movie marks the death of the new trilogy and Star Wars in general. 

As a life-long Star Wars fan, I couldn't resist adding my two cents to the pile, so take a listen to my thoughts about the movie, plus my recommendation about the one thing I think you should do if you hated The Last Jedi (or any other creative work for that matter). [Note: this episode contain SPOILERS.]

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060: Why You Need to Set Boundaries with Crazymakers

In this episode, I talk about a topic that I have discovered (over the course of recording this episode) that I am passionate about, and that topic is...well, if you read the title of the episode, you know what the topic is: Crazymakers and how to set boundaries with them. In truth, we only start to touch on the actual boundary-setting piece, but I think this is a good primer on a topic I'll likely return to again in the future.

Some of the terrain we cover includes talking about what crazymakers are and what kinds of behavior you might expect to see from them. We also affirm that you as an adult human being have the absolute right to take care of yourself, and to decide who you will let in to your life and who you won't. ​

This is super-important topic, especially for those of you out there who (like me) suffer from bouts of codependency. So tune in! And if you care to, drop me a message about a boundary you've set (or need to set) with a crazymaker in your life.

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059: On Finding Your Voice

Today on the podcast I wax rhapsodic on the topic of finding one's voice...or more specifically, my voice. Why are we doing what we're doing? Is it to get more likes or followers? Or is it because it's what we really think or care about? Are we asking ourselves the dream-killing question "What will they think of me?" or are we asking: "What do I think of me? What do I want to do? What do I love? What do I want to say, regardless of how popular it is, or how many likes I get or don't get?"

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058: Lessons from the Sh*tstorm

On today's episode, I check in with an update about the family crisis I'm in the midst of that caused me to pause the podcast at the beginning of November. Over the course of this rather long, rambling episode, I also talk about some of the lessons I've learned so far from going through one of the most challenging times in my life. 

Toward the end, I go over the parameters of this "Season 2" of the podcast (Short version: I'm in Minimum Viable Podcast mode, and the only rule is, there are no rules.)

The overall theme of this season of the podcast is: Adversity, so please feel free to send me your stories about how you faced or overcame adversity and the lessons you learned. (I'm not doing interview episodes at the moment, but I'd love to read your story to the HYL audience if you've got one to share.)

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057: Hitting the Pause Button

This week on the Hell Yes Life podcast, I announce that I'm going on hiatus for awhile, and leave you with some  thoughts on what it means to live a Hell Yes Life to ponder during the break. Thank you for a great first season of the podcast,  and see you in 2018!

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How to Rise From the Ashes and Transform Your Life with Giovanna Capozza

Giovanna Capozza is my guest on the Hell Yes Life podcast this week. Giovanna is a Master Life Coach, Emotional & Spiritual Intelligence Educator and Mind/Body Expert. She began her spiritual and personal development journey over 20 years ago and now acts as a catalyst for the transformation of the mind and the belief systems that hold you back and sabotage your life, relationships and businesses.

In 2013 Giovanna shifted her focus to work predominantly with women who are ready to start playing a bigger game and living a bigger life. She is currently also the host of She Rises a podcast dedicated to her mission to un.settle and heal women globally.

Giovanna and I had a great conversation about victimhood, responsibility, radical self love, personal transformation, and more. I know you’re going to enjoy it, so be sure and tune in!

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How to Make Enemies with the Present Moment (and 2 Ways to Stop)

This week on the Hell Yes Life podcast, I'm doing another blogisode. It's called "How to Make enemies with the Present Moment, and 2 Ways to Stop. Feel free to listen to the episode, read the post below....or both! We'll be back next week with another interview episode.

How to Make Enemies with the Present Moment (And 2 Ways To Stop)

Here's the thing about deciding to pursue your dreams: As soon as you do, you may well find yourself making enemies with your present circumstances.

There's nothing like developing a grand, lofty, amazing, pie-in-the-sky, Academy Award-winning vision to make your present circumstances feel like you're [living on the set of Sanford and Son.] There's nothing like marinating in that dream vision of that dream career to make you seethe in fiery, stewing resentment about the asinine and mundane details of your current day job.

This has been one of the biggest challenges I've faced with going after my dreams – that pull between where I want to be and where I am now. Let's be clear: you should have a big vision. You should be visualizing yourself up onstage making your Oscar speech (or whatever). But as Jim Carrey once said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey (and I'm paraphrasing) “You can't just have a big vision and then go eat a sandwich.”

You've got to do stuff.

Taking action is one of the two things I’ve found to help ease the tension between my dream reality and my present day reality. The more we find the time to take some kind of action towards our dream, whether it's writing a blog post or a chapter for your book (as I'm doing now) or spending 10 minutes on your website, or that new app your building, or that new creative project you're working on, the more that tension will be eased.

I would suggest this action in the morning, before the chaos of the rest of your day gets into full swing. Even if you just spend 10 minutes on it, you'll get to carry that secret feeling with you for the rest of the day that is like “Ha-ha! Little does everyone know, I took one step towards my dream today. Hee-hee-hee.”

The other thing that helps is gratitude. I don't always do this myself, but when I do, my life goes better. Yes, that's right. I'm suggesting you do a gratitude list. A gratitude list is not for when you're already feeling grateful. It specifically is for when you're not feeling grateful. It's for when you're feeling petty, resentful, wallowing in self-pity, and just pissed off at the world.

So the key here is not to wait until you feel like doing a gratitude list. You just do it, and inevitably the first few thing – or maybe the first 50 things – you say you'll be saying through gritted teeth with a sarcastic tone in your voice. But I'm willing to bet if you do it long enough, you'll start to shift as you realize there are some basic things about your present circumstances that you're taking for granted that are pretty awesome.

When I'm doing a gratitude list, I like to focus on the basics as opposed to the things I think I should be grateful for, like my job and my house, etc. I go like this:

I'm grateful for air.

I'm grateful for breathing.

I'm grateful for gravity. Yeah! got to love gravity! Keeping me on the ground! Thanks gravity!

I'm grateful for chickens. (Mmmmm, chicken. And mmmm, eggs.)

I'm grateful for laughing. Good old laughing!

I'm grateful for my health. Sweet! I'm not sick today!

I'm grateful for Altoids.

I'm grateful for food. Good old food!

I'm grateful for dogs and cats. Good old dogs and cats! And cat videos. I'm grateful for Grumpy Cat and Maru and I'm grateful for our neighbor cat Whiskers (aka “the Whiskey Whisk”. Who, by the way, is the true owner of our neighborhood and he’s nice enough to let us live there. Thanks King Whisky-Whisk!)

I'm grateful for teeth. Yay teeth!

I'm grateful for cars and light bulbs. Thanks Henry Ford and Thomas Edison!

Thanks for not giving up on the hundredth or thousand failed attempt.

I'm grateful for coffee. Thanks for the pick me up coffee!

I'm grateful for water. Yay water! which makes up 90% of my body or so I'm told.

I'm grateful for ideas and creativity and possibilities.

I'm grateful for new people I meet.

I'm grateful for people. It's so weird and amazing to be a human being and to be among other human beings.

I'm grateful for Otter Pops and swimming pools and sunshine and rain and candy and kale and clothes and belts and pants. Good old pants (funny word pants—PANTS!!!!) and good old movies and podcasts and books and TV shows!

And I’m even grateful for my problems. Good old problems. I'm grateful for you because I know you're here to teach me something, even though I don't know what that is yet.

And so on.

You get the idea, right?

Over the course of writing that out just now, my mind truly did shift from focusing on what my life is lacking to what I have in my life on the most fundamental level (Air! Food! Water! Shelter! Whoo-hoo! I’m rockin’ it.)

What we're looking for here is that George Bailey moment—that “It's a Wonderful Life” moment when we realize how much we already have in our lives to be grateful for, and to remember that all this stuff that we take for granted will not always be here because WE will not always be here (it sort of seems like we will, but we definitely won’t).

So when we’re pursuing our Hell Yes Life, we take action towards our dreams, even if it's just for 10 minutes, and then we shift to gratitude.

We breathe it in. We hear a bell ring and we think Clarence the angel…

And then we get on with our day, knowing that things are unfolding as they should.

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Lessons from Little Ones with Nick Britton

Nick Britton, author of Lessons from the Little Ones is my guest this week on the Hell Yes Life podcast. Nick has held many positions in his life –he is a former football player and military academy graduate—but he says his one of his favorite jobs has been as a preschool teacher.

Listen in to my conversation with Nick as we discuss what children can teach us and how we can access the positive innate childlike qualities like spontaneity, determination, presence, and curiosity that are inside all of us.

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053: 3 Steps to an Intentional Life with Diane Forster

Diane Forster is an intentional living expert and the best-selling author of “I Have Today: Find Your Passion, Purpose and Smile…Finally!” She is the Founder of “I Have Today” focused on helping women live empowered, fulfilling lives through books, digital programs, speaking, live events, coaching, mentoring, and webinars. 

Diane is also a certified coach, mentor, and mastermind facilitator in NLP. She works with clients privately on their professional and personal goals, with High Level Mastermind Groups, and with Couples to “fix” their marriage. Diane has mastered the art of living each day to the fullest through her proven systems and techniques.

In our conversation, Diane tells the story of how reaching the lowest point in her life led to breakthrough and transformation. We then discuss the three steps she recommends to living an intentional life.

Diane recommends:

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052: How to Awaken Your Creative Consciousness with Breaking Into Brilliance Author Lynn Singer

Note: Click here to access my bonus interview with Lynn Singer about the process she went through to create her multi-media project, Breaking Into Brilliance.

Hell Yes Lifers, today my guest is Lynn Singer. Lynn is an actress, renowned voiceover professional and voice coach, and also the author of a new one-of-a-kind multimedia project called Breaking Into Brilliance: An Awakening of Creative Consciousness.

Lynn describes Breaking Into Brilliance as an interactive, animated, emotional, online experience masquerading as a book. Breaking into Brilliance uses storytelling, key dreams, art and healing exercises to help examine limiting thought patterns and discover how the mind can heal the body (and vice versa). There's even an interactive iJournal entry on each page to record your own responses, questions and searching.

Lynn created Breaking Into Brilliance because she says so many of us are miserable or stuck or reacting to life from old wounds. Breaking Into Brilliance is a gentle way to shake people loose and encourage them to take a journey to unleash their creative selves.

On the show, we start off by hearing a story about Lynn’s own experience of creative awakening, and we learn why doesn’t recommend doing it the way she did it.

We then discuss how her awakening led her in completely new directions in life, as well as why and how she created Breaking into Brilliance.

One more note: With this episode, I also conducted a separate bonus mini-interview for HYL Club members, where we take a behind-the-scenes look at how Lynn went about creating the multimedia project that is Breaking into Brilliance.

Click here to access my bonus interview with Lynn Singer about the process she went through to create her multi-media project, Breaking Into Brilliance.

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051: Spreading Positivity through PEAR Cards – with Nathan Anderson and Matthew Roberts

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Today my guests on the Hell Yes Life podcast are Nathan Anderson and Matthew Roberts. Nathan and Matthew are the founders of PEAR cards, and PEAR stands for Positive Engagement and Response.

Nathan and Matthew created PEAR cards, a card-based activity for families, friends, coworkers, classrooms, or any social situation to help create positive communication.

On the show, we talk about where the idea for PEAR cards came from, about taking leaps of faith, and about how life is more fun when you’re pursuing something you’re passionate about.

I also asked them to share some mindset and productivity tips, and they talked about how to deal with doubts, the advantages and challenges of working with a good friend, and how to be open in every moment to new possibilities related to your passion.

If you’re reading this and it’s before October 19th 2017, please head over to Matt and Nathan’s Kickstarter page and order a set of their PEAR cards. They’re off to a good start, but they need to receive $19,000 in pledges to get funded.

There’s a link to their website and a direct link to their Kickstarter campaign below, so click on the links and order a set -- or several sets – today!

One more note: With this episode, I also conducted a separate bonus mini-interview for HYL Club members, where Nathan and Matt drill down into the nuts and bolts of putting together a successful Kickstarter campaign.

If you think you might want to launch a Kickstarter campaign at some point, click on the links above or below and subscribe for free to the HYL Club for this exclusive interview. Once you’re on the list, you’ll automatically get access to all future bonus content, so sign up today!

Click here to access my bonus interview with Nathan and Matthew about the key factors to keep in mind when launching a Kickstarter campaign.

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050: 7 Inspiring Stories from the First 50 Episodes of HYL

Hello Hell Yes Lifers and welcome to episode 50 of the Hell Yes Life podcast!

To celebrate our 50th episode, I have put together a collection of some of my favorite stories from the first 49 episodes. All of these stories are about turning point moments where the teller faced some sort of challenge and learned something from it.

In this episode, you’ll hear stories from Quito Keutla, Peter Feysa, Felice Cohen, Kathy Tuccaro, Dave Sanderson, Cathy O’Dowd and Chris Ballew.

Here are links to the full episodes, in order of appearance:

003: How Gratitude Can Turn Hell Into Hell Yes with Quito Keutla

007: How to Conquer Any Fear with Peter Feysa

015: How to Live Large with Less with Felice Cohen

024: How Driving the Biggest Truck in the World Helped Kathy Tuccaro to Dream Big

029: Why Every Moment Matters with Miracle on the Hudson Survivor Dave Sanderson

030: How Cathy O’Dowd Climbed Mount Everest, One Step at a Time

049: From the Presidents to Caspar Babypants: How Chris Ballew Found His True Calling as a Children’s Singer

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049: From the Presidents to Caspar Babypants: How Chris Ballew Found His True Calling as a Children’s Singer

In this episode of the Hell Yes Life, I speak with Chris Ballew as he recalls his meeting with Madonna while performing in the band The Presidents Of The United States of America. Chris talks about his experiences with Beck, in both performing and learning from the singer songwriter. Chris discusses The Beatles and their influence on his own career, how he dealt with fame and popularity, as well as how he went from famous rock star to children’s singer songwriter.

Chris Ballew is a professional industry musician and songwriter. He was the Lead singer of the hit 90's band The Presidents Of The United States Of America. Chris Ballew is now a hit children’s singer songwriter performing under the name of Casper Babypants.

How did this former rock star find what he calls his true calling as a children’s singer songwriter?

Time Stamps:

03:15: Chris's story about meeting Madonna 

10:06: Working Attitude For Success.

14:38: Chris Ballew’s Hell Yes!

16:35: An early moment of realization.

22:05: Chris Ballew with Beck (Bek David Campbell) on how celebrities and popular music are impeding todays music ability.

24:00: Managing the pressure of fame.

27:58: Fame isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

30:45: After The Presidents to the present.

36:50: Finding your calling?

39:24: Live Performance - Free Couch.

For more on Chris Ballew and his music check out his website:

www.BabyPantsMusic.com

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048: The Ego’s Code: Understand the Truth Behind Your Negativity with Clayton John Ainger

Hell Yes Lifers, today my guest is Clayton John Ainger.

Clayton is a six-time award-winning author of the book, The Ego’s Code: Understand the Truth Behind Your Negativity. In the book, Clayton explores the spiritual reasons for negativity, its purpose and where it comes from. He explains the effect on the physical body, the mind, and how it impacts on your life. Based in the United Kingdom, Clayton is also an internationally recognized psychic medium, spiritual teacher and spiritual coach.

During a meditation at Stonehenge, he received clear and detailed guidance about why we experience negativity, the true purpose of ego and how to be free of it. He found that there is a pattern to our negativity which he calls The Ego’s Code, and he discovered a way to decipher it, clear out negativity, remove unhelpful habits, change old belief patterns and restore the soul so that you can live your truth – in a life of fun, play, happiness and fulfilment.

On the show we talked about:

  • How he transitioned from being a tax specialist to becoming as author and spiritual teacher
  • Why negativity is always related to your past patterns
  • How you can understand and decipher your own negativity patterns
  • Why we have a choice about how we react to present circumstances
  • Why positive thinking doesn’t work and why we need to give negativity a voice
  • How we can use awareness of our negativity patterns to take care of ourselves in the present.
  • How to use what Clayton calls the W.I.N. technique to bring down your stress levels.
  • How Clayton realized that being a psychic medium was part of his path.
  • And much more!

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047: The Road Out of Victim Town

[Today's episode is a blogisode - a podcast episode based on a blog post. You can feel free to listen to the episode, read the post below, or both!]

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I'm having a William S. Burroughs moment, or something like that but without the psilocybin.

I am holed up in a motel in Anaheim California and I am in the midst of writing my first book in the next five hours or bust.

I just heated up some water for coffee in the microwave I just had a screamfest in the bathroom when I discovered a rather large cockroach in the bathtub.

I learned a couple of interesting things. I learned that unlike the big spiders I'm used to seeing in our tub at home, cockroaches can swim against the current of the water coming down at them from the shower head, and they can crawl back up the drain once you've wash them down. So those were two interesting tidbits I learned here in my stay.

I'm already planning out my witty and scathing review of this hotel on Booking.com which will have comments like “Yeah, that moment when you pick up the bathtub stopper and a roach jumps off the underside of it and onto the floor, causing you to bleat like a little baby lamb? Yeah, you don't want that.” BOOM! That'll show them.

But then I think, “Who's the one that booked this hotel?...Me.”

“Who's the one who decided I needed to save $150?…. Me.”

This has been one of my themes over the past year - taking personal responsibility. I have a reading I have been doing in the morning that includes the phrase: “I am the source of my own results”.

It also said something about taking action and then making corrections along the way when we need to.

Action-correction. Action-correction.

Action: Book room at cheap motel.

Result: Morning cockroach battles.

Correction: Never do that again and book a hotel at the La Quinta level or above.

“I am the source of my own results.”

This is not a phrase that comes naturally to me. For most of my life, I've gotten pretty used to playing victim. Ah, good old victim mode! It's so easy and comforting in a lot of ways because it relieves you of any responsibility for what happens in your life.

You can just be like “Yeah, well of course I'm phoning it in at work. Did you see Trump's tweet this morning?” or “Hey, I can't help going off on my kids. That's just how my dad treated me.”

Now I’m a liberal-minded guy, so I'm not saying everyone should be kicked off of welfare and just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and be individually responsible for everything that happens in their lives.

I'm a white male in the United States, so no matter what kinds of issues I’ve gone through, I’ve had some privileges and opportunities that someone born black in Detroit or Kenya hasn’t had.

But I'm also not an upper class wealthy guy who's had everything handed to him on a platter.

I'm struggling. I'm still paycheck-to-paycheck. And I just so want to go to Victim Town.

I SO want to blame that large technology company that I've been in orbit of in my work life for the past 10 years for my less than satisfying career. I SO want to blame the consulting firms and agencies I've worked for for the seven times I've been let go in the past decade (yes, seven times). I SO want to blame the media and Trump for creating this giant cesspool that we call American culture.

I SO want to blame my mom for getting sick when I was 12. This is the big one. I really want to blame her for developing panic attacks and agoraphobia and never getting better as the source of everything bad that's happened to me and as my big reason for saying “Hey, look what happened! Of course I'm messed up. Of course I can't do this. I'm limited. I'm handicapped. Give me a break, huh?”

I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to say that and live my life from that space. I have for many years and the fact is, I WAS traumatized. I WAS handicapped. And maybe you were too. Maybe you had it way worse than I did. Maybe you were abused. Maybe you witnessed or experienced violence, lived in poverty, experienced racism, sexism, violence, rape, abuse. You WERE traumatized. You WERE handicapped.

But the question is: Is that the end of the story?

Is that where we want to end it?

“Yeah, my mom got sick so I got all messed up and that's about it….and then...I died. (Uhhhhhhh)."

That's not what I want. I don't think it's what you want either.

There’s a part in the Tony Robbins documentary, “I Am Not your Guru” where he's doing an intervention with a young woman. He's talking to her on a deep level and she's talking about how she blames her father for everything bad that's ever happened to her, and Tony Robbins says (and I'm paraphrasing here) “Yes blame him, but blame elegantly. Blame him for all the bad stuff that's happened, but also blame him for the strong woman you've become.”

I remember watching this and having this realization wash over me because I've done the same thing. I've blamed my mom and her illness for everything bad that's happened to me. But her illness and everything that's happened, all the struggles I've gone through, all the frustrations and trauma I faced, and all the recovery work and personal development work and addiction work and therapy and codependency work and có-counseling work – that all happened as a result of learning how to cope with my mom getting sick.

And it's not like “Woohoo! Let's put a pretty bow on a pile of crap and call it good!”

It's more just to say “Hey this is what happened, and for worse AND for better, it has completely shaped who I am as a person.”

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that something crappy happened to you too. It's hard to get through human life without something bad happening.

At this point, in your life, there's a few different ways you could look at what's happened and where you are now but for the sake of simplicity, let's say that there are two options:

1) You feel that you've been a victim of circumstances and there's nothing you can do about it...OR:

2) You take responsibility for your life and YOU get to decide how it goes from here on out.

As tempting as that first choice is, doesn't the second choice feel so much better? So much more empowering? And yes so much scarier. It's scary to stand out there on the ledge of the unknown and say “Okay, I take responsibility for my life. Now what?”

Well, here's the good news: This isn't about sheer self will. It isn't about powering through and trying to be Atlas, carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders.

It's actually about asking for help.

That's right. One of the first things you can do to take control of your life is to turn that control over by asking for help from others and from the Universe.

Call a friend. Go to a 12-step meeting. Join a personal development Facebook group.

Tell your story and ask for help. You don't have to do this alone.

So as I sit here in this not-so-great motel room and hope there are no other “friends” waiting for me in the tub this morning, I can remind myself of this I am the source of my own results.

I can take action then correct.

I can reach out for help when I need to.

I think I'll focus on taking care of myself today…and skip writing that scathing Booking.com review.

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(Like this kind of post and episode? not so much? email me and let me know what you think at hellyeslife (at) gmail.com.)

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046: How Can I Help You?

This week, we're doing something a bit different. Instead of the usual Tuesday interview episode, I'm checking in with an update about the show and my recent trip to Anaheim, California for the Podcast Movement 2017 conference. I then pose an important question to YOU, my treasured and valued HYL listener. 

And heck, I guess I'm going to blow the suspense in case you don't want to listen but still are interested in offering feedback. The question is: "How can I help you?" I'd love to hear from you, dear listener, so please email me at hellyeslife (at) gmail.com and let me know who you are, what you're up to, what you're struggling with and how I might be able to help you.

So please email me! Again it's:

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045: How Tiny Leaps Can Lead to Big Changes with Gregg Clunis

Gregg Clunis is an entrepreneur, podcaster, and consultant and the host of Tiny Leaps, Big Changes, a top-ranked podcast that is focused on making personal development simple and, as Gregg says, “less ‘fluffy’”. In Gregg’s own words: “Personal development has become about saying things that sound nice, but aren’t rooted in any practicality. I started this podcast as a response to what I felt was a rotting personal development industry. Since then it’s grown into a larger community of people around the world who want to change their lives but realize it will take one step at a time to get there.”

On the episode, we talk about:

· How and why Gregg dove into the world of podcasting

· Why he thinks just talking about finding your passion and the work you love can be dangerous

· How he decided to create a podcast that focuses on the day-to-day things we can do to improve our lives

· Why he thinks the personal development industry can be elitist and that personal development itself is “just your life”

· Plus a HYL exclusive announcement about an exciting development in Gregg’s life.

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044: Mastering the Craft of Creativity with Comedian Bob Stromberg

Bob Stromberg travels continually performing his very unique blend of original story, standup and shtick. His work has leftlasting impressions on Fortune 500 companies, raised multimillions for nonprofits,garnered literary and theater awards and broken box office recordsin the US and Europe. The London Times said “ He’s a genuinely funny man”.The Chicago Sun Times called him, “… a mesmerizing physical comedian.”

Bob has joined a very small group of elite artists who have stayed prolific and profitably busy for over forty years. How’s he done it? By “Mastering the Craft of Creativity”. In his online class, Bob shares three profound, transforming disciplines that lead to creating a rich, personalreservoir of original ideas.

On the show, we talk a lot about the creative process, not just as it applies to artists, but also for entrepreneurs. You'll also hear about the night Bob created his first shadow puppet by candlelight, you'll hear about his appearance on a TV show hosted by comedian Steve Harvey, and much more.

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043: How to Achieve Financial Freedom with Tim Rhode of 1 Life Fully Lived

Tim Rhode is the founder of 1 Life Fully Lived, an organization he says he created in order to change the lives of millions of people across the planet by offer a hand up, instead of a handout. 

Tim says he got off to a slow start in life. He barely graduated from high school, and never went to college. At 25, Tim was a part-time grocery clerk and he also painted addresses on people’s curbs so he could buy diapers for his kids.

Tim went on to dream, plan, and create his own ‘magnificent life’ and has a diverse range of talents that can help others create the life of their dreams. He finally found his passion for selling real estate and within 18 years, he sold over 2,500 homes. Every year as his income continued to grow, he continued living “small” and invested his income and reinvested his profits. Tim created a vision that inspired him. He worked hard, managed his finances, spent less than he earned andlearned how to invest. He kept moving forward, and created an amazing life for himself and his family.

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042: How a 65-foot Wave Changed Brenna Hindman’s Life (HYL Stories #1)

Hell Yes Lifers, today I’m offering up a new kind of episode. It’s called HYL Stories. I had a conversation with Brenna Hindman a few weeks ago and she told me a story about a boat trip that completely changed her perspective on life. I thought it might be worth sharing her story with you. So for this episode, Brenna tells her story, and then I ask some questions afterward. Please go to the contact page on HellYesLife.com and let me know what you think of this format. And if you’ve got a story to tell about a moment that changed your life, please let me know that as well.

About Brenna Hindman:

Brenna Hindman connects leaders and visionaries to the resources and opportunities essential to achieving their goals. She works as a consultant, speaker, and adviser to startups, founders, and influencers to evangelize businesses, discover hidden talent, and create global impact. Brenna draws on more than two decades of experience as a former semi-professional athlete and leader in health and wellness, certified Neuro-Linguistic-Programming (NLP) and hypnotherapy practitioner, and seven years studying with Shamans in South America and globally.

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041: #MyDreamIs: How Tay and Val Inspired Thousands to Follow Their Dreams

Award-winning filmmakers, Tay and Val left successful media careers, closed their production company in Singapore, wrapped work on their nationally televised television series P.S. I’m Sorry, and set off to travel the world by bicycle for a documentary project to inspire dreams.

Six years, three continents, more than 400 public talks and national radio and TV appearances in twelve countries, and 2 TEDx talks later, Tay and Val settled in the Pacific Northwest and became City Artists of Seattle. Their work has appeared on Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, and Thrive Global. They are also co-founders of M Meditation, Seattle’s premier modern meditation movement.

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040: Your Hell Yes Relationship: How to Move from Selfish to Sacred with Kendra Cunov

Today my guest on the podcast is teacher and coach Kendra Cunov. Rich Litvin, Author of “The Prosperous Coach” calls Kendra one of the most powerful coaches & leaders he knows.

Kendra Cunov has been teaching, facilitating, and (most importantly) practicing Authentic Relating & Integral Circling for the last fifteen years. She works with organizations, leaders & coaches and has consulted for companies such as Genentech & is currently on staff for 4PC, an elite mastermind for the top 4% of coaches in the world, which was founded by Rick Litvin.

Kendra also co-facilitates relationship and intimacy workshops with speaker and teacher John Wineland. We spent a good amount of our conversation focusing on relationships and how we can better communicate with our partners, so if this is an area you want to work on in your life, be sure and tune in.

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039: How Origami Artist Ross Symons Attracted 100k+ Instagram Followers, One Fold at a Time

Ross Symons is an origami artist who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Three years ago, Ross was working in a 9-to-5 job as a website developer, and he was miserable. He decided to dedicate the entire year of 2014 to improving his origami skills and sharing it with world. That’s when he started his popular Instagram account, where he folded and posted a different origami figure every day of the year. He increased his following on this account from just 120 to over 100,000 in under 18 months.

As the project grew, he developed an entire brand around White on Rice, which has allowed him to quit his 9-to-5 job and run his own business. He creates origami installations, art exhibitions, origami stop frame animations and social media content for brands around the world. He also does public speaking gigs where he shares his story about how he made the shift from 9-5 web developer to an Instagrammer and full time artist.

For an inspiring chat about creative entrepreneurship, tune in to this episode with Ross Symons!

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038: Finish the Sandwich

On this FreeFormMonday (FFM) episode, we talk about the theme of finishing what you start. I talk about a strange habit I noticed last year when I was working with a coach and the mantra I started using to break the habit. I also talk about one of the big practices I've used to increase the likelihood that I'll finish a project.

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037: From Nepal with Love: How Jeff Rasley Found a Life of Adventure and Service in the Himalaya

Jeff Rasley is an avid outdoorsman and recreational athlete who has trekked or climbed in the India-Nepal Himalayas almost every year since 1995. He is author of nine books including "India - Nepal Himalayas In the Moment" and "Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal". Jeff is president of the Basa Village Foundation, which funds culturally sensitive development in Nepal. He is also U.S. liaison for the Himalayan expedition company Adventure GeoTreks Ltd.

In our conversation, we mainly talk about his experiences in Nepal, but Jeff is a man of many interests. He is a director for five nonprofits, and he teaches about the philosophy of philanthropy at Butler University in Indiana. He has scuba dived throughout the Caribbean, and sea-kayaked in Palau, Tonga, and the Greek Isles. He also loves to read and considers completing Marcel Proust’s 3600-page “Remembrance of Things Past” as great an adventure as climbing Himalayan peaks.

If you're like me and you dream of trekking in the Himalayas, or even if you just like to hear some great travel tales, then tune in to this episode with Jeff Rasley.

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036: On the Grateful Dead, having fun, taking small steps, and more

In today's episode (FreeFormFriday #3) I talk about my recent and unexpected fascination with the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia's outlook on life, where his top priority was having fun. But first, I discuss some recent steps I've taken toward my Hell Yes dream of being a professional speaker.

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035: From Finance to Founding Tough Girl Challenges: Why Sarah Williams Chose a Life of Adventure

Today my guest is Sarah Williams. Sarah is the host of the the Tough Girl Podcast. After working in finance for 8 years, Sarah quit her job and spent 18 months travelling the world, climbing Kilimanjaro, backpacking around South America and going skiing. She used this time to help her decide what she wanted to do with her life. Not long after, she launched her podcast.

Sarah says the mission of the podcast is motivate and inspire women and girls. On her show, Sarah has interviewed elite athletes who are training for the next Olympics, to Arctic explorers, cross channel swimmers, ultra endurance athletes as well as everyday women who have overcome extraordinary challenges.

Sarah is definitely an adventurer herself. In 2016, she was mentioned by the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom as one of the top 10 inspiring contemporary female adventurers. Also in 2016, she ran in the (absolutely insane) Marathon des Sables, a six-day, 156 mi ultramarathon, which is approximately the distance of six regular marathons. And right now as we speak (in June of 2017) Sarah is in the midst of her latest personal Tough Girl Challenge, hiking the Appalachian Trail, which is over 2,100 miles long, in 100 days!

On the show, we talk about Sarah’s journey from a career in finance to a lifestyle of adventure. We also talk about how and why she decided to start the Tough Girl podcast, as well as what it means to be a Tough Girl. You’ll also hear a first-hand account of what it’s like to be at the starting line of the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, and you’ll also find out what song they play right before the gun goes off to start the race. 🙂

If you’re looking for some awe-inspiring adventure stories and amazing insights, then tune in to today’s episode with Sarah Williams!

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033: Step 5: Take Your Hell Yes Action (5 Steps to a HYL)

Today we talk about the fifth and final step in the 5 Steps to a Hell Yes Life process. Congratulations! You made it through all 5! (You did listen to the other four, right? 🙂 In this episode, we review the 5-step process, hear some wise quotes about taking action, discuss the meaning of the saying "throwing your hat over the fence", and go over several ways you can take meaningful action toward your Hell Yes Life today!

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032: 50+ Vacations in 5 Years: How to Run a Successful Business While You Travel the World – with Millie Leung

Today my guest is Millie Leung. Millie is an entrepreneur, author and international speaker. She is also a wife and a mother of two young girls. She runs a successful business from her mobile phone and laptop and has been on over 50 family vacations in the last five years. Her passions include entrepreneurship, financial education and personal growth. Her book 'Mind and Money Makeover' launched in July of 2016 on Amazon.com and has achieved Best Seller status in three categories.

On the show, we talk about how Millie started out following the traditional path to success, how and when she decided the traditional path wasn’t for her, how she went about immersing herself in the world of entrepreneurship, how she manages to travel the world with her family, and much more.

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031: From 0 to 3.5M Facebook Followers in 3 years: How to Attract a Massive Social Media Following with Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is a speaker, coach, writer, author, entrepreneur and Facebook expert. Steven has amassed an online following of over 3.5 million followers. Originally starting his business in personal development, his expertise in social media, blogging, coaching, and growing an online business has become highly sought after, leading him to create Your Digital Formula, a program for entrepreneurs to grow their online presence and grow their business. Steven’s network of heart-centered entrepreneurs reaches over 100 million people a day with their unique messages, while also helping entrepreneurs grow their audience and their individual business.

On the show, we discuss:

How Steven got started in the online personal development space

How a certain book falling on his head changed the course of Steven’s life

How he started on Facebook and went on to grow his audience to over 3.5 million followers

How one of his posts went viral in 2014 and has now been seen by 2% of the population of the planet(!)

The three questions you should ask yourself when creating Facebook content

Why engagement rate is the key (and often overlooked) statistic to follow on Facebook

Why you should make sure your Facebook posts include “the 3 E’s”

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030: How Cathy O’Dowd Climbed Mount Everest, One Step at a Time

Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest from both its north and south sides. She was also on the mountain in 1996 during the infamous storm that took the lives of several people and inspired the book Into Thin Air and the movie Everest.

In the late 1990’s, Cathy was completing her master’s degree in Media Studies in South Africa, when she saw a newspaper advertisement for a place on the first South African Everest expedition. Six months later, she became the first South African to summit Everest. Three years later she became the first woman in the world to climb the mountain from both sides.

Cathy has been a professional speaker for nearly 20 years and has presented her message to companies in over 40 countries on six continents. She has written a book about her Everest experiences, called Just for the Love of It.

Cathy O’Dowd’s new project, The Business of Adventure is designed to help would-be adventurers answer the killer question: How are you going to pay for it? Find out more at thebusinessofadventure.com, or on Twitter: @bizofadventure.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • How Cathy ended up joining the first-ever South African Mount Everest expedition,
  • What happened on the mountain during the infamous storm of 1996 and during her own summit experience
  • What we can do when we face enormous challenges while pursuing our passion
  • How we can achieve any goal – even climbing Mount Everest – by taking one step at a time.
  • And much more!

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029: Why Every Moment Matters with Miracle on the Hudson Survivor Dave Sanderson

On January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson was the last passenger off the back of US Airways Flight 1549, the plane that crashed into the Hudson River, which is best known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”. Dave was largely responsible for making sure many others made it out safely.

Since that day, Dave has gone on to become a motivational speaker and author. Currently, Sanderson averages over 100 speeches a year for major corporations across the United States as well as overseas. In his presentations, he shares the lessons he learned during the “Miracle on the Hudson” as well as during his 30 years in sales and sales management, and his 10 years being on and leading a security team for Tony Robbins. In his new book, “Moments Matter”, Sanderson discusses lessons learned from the Miracle on the Hudson and how one defining moment in your life can create a lifetime of purpose.

In addition, Sanderson has appeared at countless fundraisers that have raised over $8.56 million for the American Red Cross. He continues to donate his speaker services to the organization as an expression of gratitude for the care he received from one of the first people he saw after he was rescued and transferred to land in New Jersey: a Red Cross volunteer with a blanket.

In the episode, Dave takes us through a first-hand account of the events of January 15, 2009. We then discuss all of the amazing developments that have happened to Dave since that day, as well as how he came to realize that every moment of your life really matters and why you should show up for the life that’s in front of you.

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028: How Olympia LePoint Overcame Mathaphobia and Helped Launch 28 Space Shuttle Missions

Olympia LePoint is an internationally-recognized science leader who helped launch NASA’s Endeavor, Discovery, Columbia, and Atlantis space shuttles, part of a career total of 28 space shuttle launches. And yet, Olympia’s road to success wasn’t a straight one. Despite growing up in challenging circumstances and failing algebra and geometry in high school, Olympia persisted toward her vision of working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

With some help from teachers and others along the way, Olympia went on to earn a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics and to graduate in the top five of her class at California State University Northridge.

Olympia has written her first book, “Mathaphobia: How You Can Overcome Your Math Fears and Become a Rocket Scientist”. She also has a TED Talk called "Reprogramming Your Brain to Overcome Fear" which has received over 600,000 views.

In our conversation, we talked about the steps she recommends taking to overcome fear, plus she shared her story of how she went from struggling in math and science in high school to do all the amazing things she’s done since. 

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027: Step 4 – ID your Hell No’s (5 Steps to a HYL)

Today on the Hell Yes Life podcast, we delve into Step 4 of the 5-Step Hell Yes Life process, which is "ID your Hell No's". In this step, we take a look at (cue scary music) YOUR PAST (ahhh!) and how it may be affecting you in the present. We discuss triggers and how to recognize when you've been triggered, codependency and how to deal with that question that so often stops us in our tracks: "What will they think of me?" We also touch on a few of the tools I have in my toolbox to identify past patterns and deal with them on a daily basis. 

(Note that while I have had a lot of experience working on myself, I am not a licensed psychologist, therapist, or anything like that, so take anything I say here with a grain of salt, and consult a trained professional if you're feeling depressed, etc.)​

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026: Why Britany Felix Ditched the 9-to-5, Hit the Road, and Started Living Unconventionally

Britany Felix, host of the travel podcast, Living Unconventionally, is my guest on today's show. In the Spring of 2016, Britany Felix and her husband quit the highest paying jobs they’d ever had, sold almost everything they owned (including their home), and began traveling the Western United States in their RV. Britany is also the owner of Custom Podcast Editing where she helps everyday people discover the power of podcasting and how to get their message out into the world.

On this episode, you'll learn:

  • What the first trip was that cultivated Britany’s love of travel
  • How and why Britany started her podcast
  • How she and her husband decided to sell their house, buy an RV, and start traveling around the U.S.
  • Why Moab, Utah was a highlight of their trip
  • Why quitting her job the first time didn't work
  • What action you should take if you're thinking about hitting the road too

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025: On Cutting to the Chase, Creative Distraction, Having Fun, and More (FreeFormFriday #1)

In this first edition of what I'm calling FreeFormFriday, I talk about the ideas of creative distraction and cutting to the chase, as well as doing little things to have fun and come alive throughout your day. Are you busying yourself with things that really don't matter because you're secretly avoiding the big, risky thing that could really move things forward? Have you given up some of the fun things you used to do because you've decided "I'm too old for that" or some other excuse? If so, tune in to this episode. You'll also get a mini-update about how the show is going as well as a few thoughts I have on "being authentic."

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024: How Driving the Biggest Truck in the World Helped Kathy Tuccaro to Dream Big

Kathy Tuccaro is the author of the upcoming book “Dream Big! Overcoming a Lifetime of Trauma and Abuse That Led to Dreams of Success.” In addition to being a motivational speaker and author, Kathy works full time as a heavy equipment operator, and part of her job is to drive THE BIGGEST TRUCK IN THE WORLD! She drives a 400-ton Caterpillar truck up in the Alberta Oil Sands in Canada. (Check out the picture below of Kathy and this truck. When I saw this picture, I thought “oh man I’ve GOT to have Kathy on the show!”)

In the interview, we talk about Kathy’s journey out of extremely challenging circumstances to how she ended up driving the BIGGEST TRUCK IN THE WORLD to how this development led her forward to writing her book, and working on some amazing service projects.

Kathy spends her days off talking at women’s shelters, recovery centers and schools to give free self-esteem workshops as well as various other personal development classes. Kathy says: “Today, I am unstoppable in my dream to bring some light to those seeking it in the form of HOPE!”

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023: Carlyn Montes de Oca on Why She Created “Dog as My Doctor, Cat as Nurse”

Today on the Hell Yes Life podcast, I’m excited to have as my guest animal advocate Carlyn Montes De Oca. Carlyn is animal-human health expert, speaker and author of the brand new book “Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse: An Animal Lover’s Guide to a Healthy, Happy, and Extraordinary Life.” Carlyn is a former film editor and she has worked on such classic movies as "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and "Three Men and a Little Lady".  She was also voted PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Over 50 and has been a spokesperson for the Guardian Campaign at In Defense of Animals.

Today, she is also the founder of The Animal-Human Health Connection, whose focus is to bring awareness to the many powerful ways that animals enhance human health, happiness, and longevity. Written for the dog and cat lover, animal advocate, and fan of natural medicine, Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse reveals how our timeless relationships with our beloved animal friends hold the keys to our optimal health.

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022: How to Side Hustle your Way to Success with Nick Loper

Today my guest is Nick Loper, who is the host of the Side Hustle Show. Nick’s podcast has been one of the top 5 shows I’ve listened to over the past few years as I’ve started down the road toward podcasting and online entrepreneurship, so I’m excited to have him on the show!

Through his podcast, Nick helps people earn money outside of their day job. He's an author, online entrepreneur, and life-long student in the game of business. His latest role is as Chief Side Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing community and resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs.

On the show, we talked about how Nick got started on his journey as a side hustler, how doing affiliate marketing for a shoe company led him into the world of internet marketing, what Nick’s first side hustle consisted of, what happened on Nick’s breakthrough episode of his podcast (episode 64), and much more!

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021: Step 3 – Build your Hell Yes Day (5 Steps to a HYL)

In this solo episode, we discuss Step 3 of the 5-Step Hell Yes Life Process: Build Your Hell Yes Day. Now that we've identified our Hell Yes in Step 1 and created our Hell Yes cringeworthy vision in Step 2, it's time to look at how we work our Hell Yes into our daily lives. We take a look at one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for a Hell Yes Day - develop a morning routine. I also share a bit about my personal journey with my day job, which led me to develop what I call "Operation: Honest Day's Work". Finally, we look at how we can fit our Hell Yes into our lives, even if we're already filled to the brim with other responsibilities.

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020: How to Live Your Great Big Life with Dawn Armstrong

This week my guest is Dawn Armstrong, the founder of Live Your Great Big Life. Dawn, who is otherwise known as the “Possibility Ninja”, has spent the last 15 years cultivating leaders and creating thriving communities with elite athletes, scientists, teachers, teens and most recently as a mentor life coach. Dawn is an athlete, biochemist, educator, leadership guru, disruptive speaker, adrenalin junkie and mother of two. A former teacher, Dawn saw an opportunity to create programs that would build courage, confidence and creativity in people and she went for it. She now has a Facebook community of her own and is up to all kinds of great stuff, including leadership coaching, team building workshops, and more. Dawn's first book will be released early in 2018 and is called “The Steep Edge - Chronicles of Risk Takers and Sunset Chasers.”

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019: How to Achieve Happiness from the Inside Out with Maura Sweeney

Maura Sweeney is an author, Huffington Post contributor, international speaker, podcaster and creator of the Foundations of Happiness eCourse. She is also the trademarked Ambassador of Happiness, a title she earned pursuing her own Hell Yes Life, starting in her 50's. Now Maura shares her "Living Happy - Inside Out" mantra through books, podcasts, videos, and blog posts. Combining reflective questions and insightful stories, Maura helps individuals find their voice, entrepreneurs develop their brand and leaders emerge into their most authentic, influential and highest versions of self. She loves speaking on topics like influence, leadership, emotional intelligence and authenticity.

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018: John Lee Dumas of EOFire on How to Master Productivity, Discipline and Focus

Hell Yes Lifers, I have created a special “JLD on HYL” Power Pack PDF, which includes a transcript of my interview, a list of key takeaways, and information on how to receive 10% off the price of JLD’s Mastery Journal. Download it now!

John Lee Dumas of the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast is my special guest today. On his podcast, John interviews today’s most inspiring entrepreneurs seven days a week. Since John launched EOFire in 2012, he has put out over 1600 episodes and has interviewed today’s top entrepreneurs including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Tim Ferriss. EOFire generates 7 figures in revenue annually and gets over 1 million monthly listens.

Last year John released the Freedom Journal, which helps you achieve your number one goal in 100 days. Now he has released his follow up, The Mastery Journal, which helps you master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days, which is what we focused on in our conversation.

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  • EOFire – Website. Check out John’s free courses in how to create a podcast, conduct webinars, and more.
  • Mastery Journal. You can buy the Mastery Journal here. (Be sure and get your JLD on HYL Power Pack so you can get your 10% discount.)

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