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Conversations with Anna; Stories to Move Your Life Forward
68 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
49. Ryan Sawrie Applies His New Digital Strategy Book to Life
Meet Ryan Sawrie who, after a decade in digital content creation has written a fantastic book, one which I am now a super fan of, Build Your Digital Strategy: Every Step From A to FRyan's book is a concise guidebook that I found to be applicable to many areas of your personal and professional life. True to the purpose of this podcast, I challenge Ryan to take us through this 7 steps as they apply to our personal growth and experience. You can tell from this episode that he's as talented as a spouse and father as he is a digital strategist. Visit the link above to find the book on Amazon. This is the book's website which is full of resources!
47 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
48. Quit for Good
So much around quitting is negative, especially with older generations and outdated mindsets. This can be related to a career, a friendship, relationship or even family. In a time when mental and emotional health is finally taking a front seat, quitting is a positive and can actually be the best thing you can do for yourself and your relationships. This conversation focuses on how you know when to quit and why it is so tied to our self worth. Here are the resources mentioned in the episode:NPR article: Setting BoundariesLinkedIn article: Why Quitters Are Often The Real Heroes Behind The StoryAnnie Duke's Twitter thread on quittingFast Company article: Ask Yourself These Four Questions Before You Quit Something
30 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
47. The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Moving toward better self monitoring on a journey toward authenticity, we have to understand that we are natural storytellers and also how we tell those stories internally. This episode is meant to serve as a reminder that your patterns, self-talk, and your inner dialogue are a result of your experiences, your self worth, and often your mindset. You also need to constantly seek the input of other voices in your story.The TED Talk I referenced in this episode can be found here.
36 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
46. Authenticity and the Importance of Self Monitoring
Based on questions from Gen Z in college classrooms around the difference between being authentic and being socially aware/politically correct, I started to research this a bit. This episode and these links are what I found to be helpful in explaining true authenticity and also self monitoring:Psychology Today's Self Monitoring AssessmentHave We Got Authenticity Wrong?Adam Grant: “Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice.” Brené Brown: “My Response to the Adam Grant’s New York Times Op-ed: Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice.”
28 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
45. Newfound Uses for the MBTI, Myers Briggs, in Dealing with Stress
I had the opportunity to hear a professor talk about the dominate type of your Myers Briggs Type (MBTI) recently, how pairing around your type works, and more importantly how different types take on and react to stress. WOW! I was blown away that I didn't realize the power of the information available around the Myers Briggs!Here are the links mentioned in this episode:https://eu.themyersbriggs.com/en/Using-Type/Stress-heads-Type-table https://ap.themyersbriggs.com/content/Quick_Tips/VT_Type_stressors_and_reactions.pdf https://www.psychologyjunkie.com/2015/08/02/how-each-mbti-type-reacts-to-stress-and-how-to-help/ https://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/understanding-mbti-type-dynamics/function-pairs.htm
31 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
44. Tell Me What You Do Without Telling Me What You Do
Transferrable skills are a difficult list to cultivate if you are not living your truth. If you don't believe in YOU and if you aren't doing what fulfills you then it is even more difficult. In this episode I challenge you to think about your transferrable skills, the evidence you can offer to demonstrate these skills, the social proof around them, but more importantly how you can ultimately describe then confidently to someone else so that they know what skills and value you offer. I'm seeing too many people right now still focused on the "what". What does the job title say, what does the job do, what does the job pay, what does the upward mobility look like, what will I tell people about it, how will it look on my resume? Not enough WHY but that's because the why is hard and it is directly related to YOU and your ability to live in your truth. I hope this episode gives you something to think about. I want you to intentionally research and start to list/explain your own transferrable skills!
25 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
43. Your Productivity Is Not Your Worth
If you don't know yourself, love yourself and live your authentic life you will often find yourself defining yourself by your career, your to-do-lists, your outcomes and others. You have to find times to constantly sit with yourself and evaluate. This conversation is about helping you identify those times and boundaries.The Brene' Brown Wholehearted InventoryExcellent article from Vox on dealing with the post pandemic pressures
35 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
42. A Case Study: What a Career Crisis Looks Like When You're Not Being Authentic
I had the occasion to hear from a Gen Z connection about some confusion and desperation regarding a career path. This was truly too good of a textbook case study on starting with YOU and allowing that to lead your career search, not trying to fit in many boxes and compartments that aren't made for you.
26 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
41.How Important Living Your Truth is to Managing Your Energy
"Manage your energy, not your time". I heard that simple sentence this week and it shook me. Part of it is that this is my first week back from a vacation, but it still shook me in terms of how much the authenticity and truth in your life leads to your energy level.Amazon Affiliate Link to book: The Power of Full Engagement; Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal Harvard Business Review Article Manage Your Energy, Not Your TimeManage Your Energy AssessmentHelpful Article on Manage Your Energy Not Your TimeAtlantic Article on Pandemic SenioritisAxios Article: 1 in 4 Plan to Bolt from Their Job Post Pandemic
23 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
40. Be Resume Ready; a Growth Mindset Approach to Living Your Truth
In this episode I talk about how you can apply a growth mindset and "living in the present" to your resume, LinkedIn, portfolio, etc. Being without the pressure of a deadline will allow you to do the best work on these artifacts and tell your most authentic story of yourself, your skills and outcomes. I hope you enjoy this lens of growth mindset!
57 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
39. Truth in Grief - The Ways I am Coping with Losing my Dad
It has been a while since we have had a conversation! I needed the space and grace to accept and grieve the unexpected loss of my dad. I wasn't ready to have conversations, until today. Today I wanted to talk about the ways in which preparing for and having so many conversations on this podcast helped me know, accept, love and manage myself through one of the hardest times in my life. I hope this helps you too.
67 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
38. Katie and David; How Having a Friend on the Journey of Living an Authentic Life Makes a Difference
Katie and David have become two of my best examples of what it means to live your truth. They work hard at it. They hold one another accountable. They support one another and even have great text tips for when they need each other. "Do you have the headspace...?" and "Who do you need me to be?"I appreciate this conversation where they are open and vulnerable about their past, present, therapy, and friendship.David Braidwood and Katie Meloche share and discuss that their friendship, which the the
43 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
37. A COVID Christmas and the Test of My Truth
Much of what I have covered in this podcast is great to hear, it's easy to talk about and to assume you're implementing, but when faced with something hard, are you ready? If you're truly self aware, self accepting, truly authentic then tests are sometimes easier. I lived through a unique experience over the Christmas 2020 season and I really have to say, I'm proud of myself and my reactions and proactivity both mentally and emotionally. I leaned quite a bit on my truths and looked for red flags. In reflection, I overall feel like I owe the work I put in on this podcast for making what could have been a difficult experience a little better for myself and my family.Also, my word for 2020? Truth. Imagine that!
25 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
36. The Importance of Thinking vs Feeling and How You Process
After reading a LinkedIn article by Shane Snow I was knocked back to process how often I interchange the words thinking and feeling. As a feeler, I know from my marriage (to a thinker) that I have to often preface what I communicate with "where I am" and what I need from him as a deliberative processor. The internal response to starting sentences with "I think" or "I feel" is important, but most important when we do it wrong. When we say we feel something but it is really an opinion not a thought, of vice versa is one reason we have confusion internally and in our interactions with others.Recall your Myers Briggs or 16 personalities outcomes, as those are built upon Jungian Type Theories. Be aware and do better! I challenge you to intentionally inventory your use of these two simple words for a bit to see how you do!
82 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
35. Cheryl Burke on All The Things About Life Coaching
Cheryl Burke is a life coach. What does that mean? How is that different than a career coach or therapist? How long does a person need a life coach (your whole life?!?)? What does it cost? How do you choose one? All of these questions are answered in this conversation along with some amazing gold nuggets of information and even some quotes. I took so many notes during this episode!Cheryl's WebsiteCheryl on LinkedInCheryl's Facebook PageCheryl on IGICF Certified Coach Finder
84 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
34. Liesel Mertes, Workplace Empathy Coach
I knew the first and only time I met Liesel in person, a real coup in 2020, that she was someone I wanted to stay connected to and that I could learn from. I was right. Liesel has created so many moments of clarity on her website and social media platforms in the past year that have helped me grasp reality and perspective in all that 2020 had to offer. Hear her story, learn about her work and just listen as she shows her authenticity; it's a gift to witness for sure.Find Liesel Mertes:WebsiteHandle with Care; Empathy in the Workplace PodcastLeading with Empathy blog post Meet the avatars!TwitterLinkedInFacebook
43 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Despite the dictionary definition, think about the courage it takes to live your truth. Or as E. E. Cummings said "It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. "The Psychology Today article that covers 7 Core Qualities of Authentic People is discussed. As is the difficulty of being a professional vs your true self, reference made here to the Harvard Business Review article The Authenticity Paradox.Overall, this conversation is a reminder what it means to live a true life and be yourself.
66 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
32. Meet Emily Hepp
I have known Emily Hepp since she was 15 and I taught her in high school. Since those days she used a notebook to earn a position at Southwest Airlines in the Culture Department. She has been on The Today Show with Kathi Lee and Hoda, She has been on The Ellen Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, she has written a book, she has been a keynote speaker, she also started a virtual mentor program during COVID, and she's also been unemployed by choice and by default a few times. Currently, she is awaiting a call from the Hallmark Channel in response to an Instagram project. She's just amazing.What's the best thing about Emily? The fact she tells us about how she found her true self very early on, she has the ultimate Golden Ticket story in my opinion (I'm super biased as her high school teacher though!). But, she's using her gifts to empower others and it is such a wonderful thing.Check out Emily's Book on Amazon: She Is More Than The Freshman Fifteen: Fifteen Life Lessons for CollegeConnect with Emily on InstagramConnect with Emily on LinkedIn
33 minutes | Nov 6, 2020
31. Consider Your Foundation; What Built You
On your journey to self awareness, you have to consider the external environment. This conversation focuses on those outside influences of family, friends, love, loss, and more. Once you understand more about what framed you, you'll be closer to true self awareness. That leads to the the rest of The Golden Ticket of then accepting yourself, loving yourself and then sharing your gifts with the world.
44 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
30. Thinking the Right Thoughts - Cognitive Distortions
This conversation is about how our thoughts actually create our emotions. If you we are more aware of that, we can start to really take back control and power over some of our responses to various people and situations. With a brief overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy we are introduced to Cognitive Distortions. This list is an example of those covered in this conversation. Ultimately, deciding if how you are thinking, the resulting feelings and your behaviors are providing you with the best version of yourself is how we use this conversation to be more aware of how we can live a more authentic life, leaving more room for positive emotions.
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