Are you curious about what coaching is, and how it can help you to open new possibilities in your life? Have a listen to this sample coaching session to see how this powerful exploration might be right for you.
Basically, ontology is the study of the way of being. (2:56)
After experiencing the loss of her first son, just eight days after his birth, a young mother learns to grow around her grief – first by bringing her second son into the world, and then by becoming a life and loss coach, dedicated to helping others transform the pain of loss into strength.
You actually grow around your grief. (Yolanda, 21:56)
Yolanda Castellón is a life and loss coach supporting parents who have lost a baby before, during or shortly after birth. By asking the right questions, validating feelings, being present and offering a safe space to share, she empowers parents to transform the pain of loss into strength. Her goal is not to teach them how to live life after loss, but rather to help them unlock their own ways of moving forward.
A holistic health counselor opens up about menopause, the importance of educating the men in our lives, and removing the taboos around this key transitional moment.
It’s natural, it’s normal. (Sacha, 36:13)
My guest today is Sacha Jones. A native of South Wales, in the UK, Sacha moved to New York City in 1988 and founded Sacha Jones Holistic Living after training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She runs seasonal nourish & cleanse classes virtually to allow people from all over the world to participate. Sacha is also a Lifecycle Celebrant who officiates weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies. Along with her husband Mike, she splits her time between the East Village in New York City, and Sullivan County in upstate New York.
A journalist collaborates with artists of all types to get the word out about a wide variety of crimes taking place on the world’s oceans.
One person can have an impact. (Ian, 42:11)
Ian Urbina is an investigative reporter based in Washington. His most recent series, The Outlaw Ocean, chronicles a diversity of crimes offshore, including the killing of stowaways, sea slavery, intentional dumping, illegal fishing, the stealing of ships, gun running, stranding of crews, and murder with impunity. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East, much of that time spent on fishing ships.
After spending his childhood and young adulthood working with wood, a craftsman is ready for a challenge. When he sees an unvarnished instrument hanging in the window of the Welsh School of Violin Making, his course is set.
The viola really does express that passion of the human voice. (David, 24:21)
David Milward trained at the Welsh School of Violin Making. His work in restoration workshops allowed him to gain valuable insights into both instrument restoration and the work of important makers of the past. He continued to make instruments during this time and was soon asked to develop a viola model, leading to a career during which he has focused on the traditional viola form to suit the needs of today’s players. David’s instruments can be found in several of the world’s major orchestras and in the hands of many working musicians.
It was his grandmother who told him to observe nature carefully. Then she named him after his grandfather, who owned his own land and livestock in Kenya, and all of these elements began to pop up in his artwork.
Have the courage to try what your heart is telling you. (Onkoba, 36:16)
George Ongeri Omesa is a contemporary Kenyan artist who is known by his artistic name: Onkoba. Inspired by a desire to understand the simplicity of human existence, he creates limited edition woodcut prints which explore such themes as love, hate, hope, desire, and ambition. In his work as a framer, he recycles discarded driftwood to design frames, as well as artistic furniture pieces. Onkoba is former banker and an accountant by education. Along with his wife Jackie, he operates and runs The Art Kiosk in Loresho (Nairobi), Kenya.
She began as a reader on the bookmobile in her small New Jersey town. Her next chapter was as a writer, but these days she lives on an olive farm in Italy, and she’s back to reading in her role as a coach, guiding authors through the process of writing their own books.
Writing a book is hard. It’s really hard. (Barbara, 13:30)
Barbara Boyd coaches writers in non-fiction, middle grade, literary fiction, and memoir. A nurturer and consummate organizer, Barbara helps writers clarify and express their ideas while advocating for the reader. She has collaborated on more than two hundred books in various roles of book coach, developmental editor, and ghostwriter on topics that include leadership, health, self-help, finance, and memoir. Under her own name, she’s authored a dozen books for the For Dummies, Complete Idiot’s Guide, and Teach Yourself Visually series. Barbara believes everyone has a book to write—you need only ask the right questions. To learn more, visit www.barbarajboyd.com.
She’s thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. She’s trekked in Nepal with a 3- and 5-yr-old. She’s taught all over the world. But the groundwork for these adventures was laid when she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America.
When you move into a community as an outsider or a foreigner, you have to work at becoming part of that community. (Kelly, 29:20)
Kelly Rusch is an American living and raising her family overseas. Six years ago, she decided to leave her elementary teaching job in Alaska to see where the world would take her. Since then, she has taught in India, the United Arab Emirates, and is currently teaching in Indonesia. She is lucky to have a husband and 3 children who love meeting amazing people, eating delicious global cuisines, and exploring new lands with her (and who don’t mind sleeping in airports, riding night trains, and using squatty potties!). Her curiosity for travel began back in college, but her love for exploring the world began while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a tiny village in El Salvador, Central America.
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A young couple flies to Lesotho to meet the little boy they’ve adopted, but all the clothes they’ve brought will have to wait until he grows into them because as it turns out, he’s only 18 months old. Just a year or two later, it’s the Democratic Republic of Congo that awaits when they make the trip to meet their daughter. This time around, they’re expecting a 5-year-old and are met by an 8-year-old.
Live music is such a thing here. (Felice, 13:14)
Felice Dougherty is an educator and travel enthusiast who has been stuck at 98 countries visited for over a year. When she is not planning her family’s next adventure, she teaches second grade at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. At home, she often pretends she is on the cooking show Chopped. In her kitchen. By herself. Her two children and husband enjoy her culinary creations–or at least they say they do because they know better.
Two 20-somethings with a dream of teaching overseas hop on a plane to Spain and hope for the best. What they find is far more than they could have expected, leading them on adventures to Turkey, the UAE, Taiwan and beyond.
We wanted to see for ourselves what was happening. (Laurel Green, 24:47)
Matt & Laurel Green met at university in the late 90s, married, then headed west to live the typical Seattle lifestyle: he playing in an indie rock band and she working in a coffee shop. After about three years they ventured back east and began to consider their options. They started their careers in education teaching English in Spain, and eventually decided to go back to school to acquire full teaching credentials. They have been living and working outside of the United States for over 10 years now, and have completed teaching contracts in Dubai, Istanbul, and Taipei.
As a child, Phyllis felt embarrassed by the food her mother packed in her lunchbox, and rebelled against the Chinese school she had to attend on Sundays. But now, she seeks these same experiences for her young son, striving to find the right balance between her parents’ culture, her husband’s culture and American culture.
Phyllis Huang is a Taiwanese-American born in Queens, New York but raised in Northern New Jersey. She is the Global Vice President of Change & Organizational Effectiveness for PVH Corp in New York City, as well as being a wife and a full-time mother to a young son. Phyllis consults business leaders on change and transformation to ensure that employees at all levels have healthy mental mindsets, behavior and skills to ensure success. Her position is often described as being a “corporate therapist”. Her experience has been with fashion/apparel and media industries. Past companies include: Gap, Levi Strauss & Co, and Viacom.
“There’s that piece of you, and then there’s the other piece of you.” (Phyllis, 35:49)
Phyllis has a BA from New York University and an MA in Leadership and Organizational Psychology from the University of San Diego.
She currently lives in Jersey City, NJ with the Statue of Liberty as her backyard! Personally, Phyllis is super passionate about traveling and all aspects of food – learning, cooking and eating. She is happiest when she can travel and eat.
When Emily Powers was in 5th grade, her mother Nicole Powers (S11, E2) turned herself in for forgery, after stealing from her employer to support her drug addiction. Incredibly, the way Emily responded to this crisis was to lean into her studies, to such an extent that she was honored with a nomination to West Point. She ultimately chose to attend Hanover College, where her tuition is covered thanks to merit scholarships. She hopes to double major in Biology and Sociology, with a possible minor in Philosophy.
While she is still unclear about what the future holds, she has no doubt that she wants to work with people. Some of her favorite pastimes include journaling, personal fitness and reading. Big things lie ahead for this incredible young woman!
“You can take what happened to you and grow from it, or you can be bitter about it.” (Emily, 33:42)